Watertown Multi-Cultural Center Facing Uncertain Future

The Watertown based Benedictine Multicultural Center welcomes the stranger so that the stranger can participate fully in the life of the community. However an uncertain future is ahead for the center says the nuns who operate it. The center is known for embracing and celebrating diverse cultures by promoting understanding and respect for all and by providing education, referrals and multicultural resources. KXLG's Jim Aesoph has the story on the audio tab below.

Not All Federal Government Agencies Shutdown

HURON, S.D. (KELO) -- Not all of the federal government or the U.S. Agriculture Department agencies are closed from the partial shutdown.

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is open for business as usual, according to agency spokesperson Colette Kessler.

She says that during a government shutdown, agencies that receive mandatory funding or have funds appropriated in prior years that are carried forward can continue to serve customers using that money.

"If you have business with NRCS or want to begin working with NRCS, our offices will be open," Kessler said. "People can find local offices by visiting https://www.farmers.gov/service-locator."

She says some staff have been furloughed.

Meanwhile, the agency is seeking conservation proposals.

The NRCS says they will select proposals that leverage USDA and partner resources and effectively implement projects. Successful proposals will address at least one of the following:

1. Improve soil health in S.D.

2. Improving water quality in S.D.

3. Provide habitat for local wildlife species of concern.

4. Improve the environmental and economic performance of working agricultural lands in SD.

5. Assist communities and groups to build and strengthen local food projects that provide healthy food and economic opportunities.

An emphasis will be placed on projects that build technical capacity to implement Farm Bill Conservation Programs; build technical capacity of NRCS and partner field conservation em-ployees; build the capacity of local partners to develop and implement effective projects; and leverage non-federal and non-government resources to achieve positive natural resources conservation outcomes.The opportunity number USDA-NRCS-MULTI-STATE-CENTRAL-19-01 is posted on www.grants.gov<http://www.grants.gov/&gt;.

For more information about the SD CCGA proposal process, visit the NRCS SD web site at: http://bit.ly/NRCSSDCCGA2019 or contact Denise Gauer at denise.gauer@sd.usda.gov<mailto:denise.gauer@sd.usda.gov> or (605) 352-1200.

Proposals are due Feb. 20.

Kessler too looks forward to the end of the partial shutdown.

"Hopefully, this whole situation will be resolved very soon and we can get back to normal, and that includes the processing of proposals," Kessler said.

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