Business briefs 11-24-20


Seward gets SDSU employee honor

BROOKING – Having an abundance of knowledge and always demonstrating a willingness to help is how co-workers describe Jamie Seward, South Dakota State University’s Civil Service Employee of the Month for November.

A custodial supervisor I, Seward manages the custodial operations of the Avera Health and Science Center, Berg Agricultural Hall, Enrollment Services Center, Wenona Hall and The Barn.

Certified in fire restoration, water restoration, mold remediation, tile restoration, carpet cleaning restoration, structural drying restoration, HVAC and duct work systems, Seward brings a well-rounded knowledge base.

“I would like to congratulate Jamie on his years of dedicated service in working for SDSU. He is an anchor for custodial with his vast knowledge in the field. He provides great leadership to the team and is willing to help anyone. He works third shift and oversees the Avera Health and Science Center group with 11 workers. This award is well deserved for someone who gives his all on a daily basis,” said Troy Syhre, SDSU’s director of custodial services.

He and his wife, Connie, live in Volga. They have two daughters, Sydney and Sierra, and three sons, Casey, Jazon and Axel. 

Hy-Vee reinstates reserved shopping hour for those considered high risk

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Starting today, Hy-Vee is reinstating its reserved shopping hour for customers considered “high risk” in response to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases throughout its eight-state region.

The reserved hour will be offered at all Hy-Vee locations from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., Monday through Friday, and is dedicated for these customers:

• Ages 60 and older

• Expectant mothers

• Anyone with an underlying health condition(s) that makes him/her more susceptible to serious illness

“As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the areas we serve, we believe it’s necessary to bring back this special hour to best serve customers who are at a higher risk of serious illness. Hy-Vee remains committed to our customers during these challenging times and will take all measures necessary to keep them and our employees safe,” a Hy-Vee press release said.

All other customers are asked to respect this hour reserved for these at-risk customers, and limit their shopping to before or after the 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. hour, Monday through Friday. 

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