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Correction

An article in Wednesday’s edition incorrectly identified the church used for training students involved in Project Trust. The church was First Congregational United Church of Christ.

Town hall broadcasts scheduled

FAIRMONT — The informational town hall meeting on the proposed community center in Fairmont, recorded Wednesday night at the Opera House, will be broadcast on local cable channel 13. The video will air at 2, 6 and 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Orchestra conductor to step down

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vanska plans to step down when his contract ends in 2022.

Vanska made the announcement at the orchestra board’s annual meeting Wednesday. He says he wanted to give the organization plenty of time to find his replacement.

Under Vanska, the orchestra has been recognized worldwide and has taken multiple European tours.

Man takes deal in immigrant case

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A 22-year-old man accused of providing people living in the U.S. illegally to O’Neill businesses has made a plea deal.

U.S. District Court records say 22-year-old Antonio De Jesus Castro pleaded guilty Tuesday in Lincoln to conspiracy to harbor aliens. Officials agreed not to prosecute him for other crimes, including fraud and money laundering, in return for his plea.

Castro was among those indicted in connection with Aug. 8 raids that targeted businesses in Nebraska and Minnesota, including some in O’Neill. Officials say the business owners and operators knowingly hired people who are in the U.S. illegally. Sentencing is scheduled for March 8.

S.D. regents pass tuition plan

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — Students from six surrounding states will soon pay the same tuition rate as South Dakota residents at the state’s public universities.

The South Dakota Board of Regents approved the new policy this week. Their goal is to grow enrollment, meet the state’s workforce needs and attract more financial resources to the universities and the state. The new program takes effect in summer 2019

The South Dakota Advantage program allows first-year and transfer students from Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa and Colorado to pay the same tuition as South Dakota residents.

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