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March 14, 2001
Thune, Tech to host Homestake town hall meeting
U. S. Rep John Thune and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology will host a town hall meeting Friday about the Homestake National Underground Laboratory.
The event is scheduled for 11: 30 a. m. MST Friday, March 16, at the Golden Hills Best Western Resort in Lead, S. D.
As host of the meeting, Thune will focus on job opportunities at the proposed laboratory, the next legislative and funding steps in Congress and keeping the community involved in the project.
Along with Thune and Tech President Dr. Richard Gowen, Black Hills area mayors, Homestake officials and United Steel Workers of America representatives will participate in the discussion. In addition, Lead 2000, community leaders, chambers of commerce members as well as Black Hills State University Dr. Thomas Flickema and BHSU history professor David Wolff will participate.
“ We would like to invite anyone who is interested in the project and its potential impacts on the Lead community and the Black Hills,” Thune said. “ The Lead community, the School of Mines and Technology and Homestake officials have accomplished an incredible amount of work in a short time. The meeting will allow us to continue the progress and move full steam ahead toward the project’s full realization.”
“ We hosted almost 300 people at a similar meeting in Rapid City,” Tech’s Gowen said. “ This meeting gives us another chance to spread the word about this exciting project.”
On Monday, March 5, the National Underground Laboratory Committee recommended Homestake as the site for a world- class underground scientific laboratory. South Dakota’s congressional delegation is working with attorneys from Homestake and South Dakota Tech, as well as the environmental community, on the critical next step. The group is developing legislation that will allow Homestake to convey the mine to the state.
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