Mobridge, SD—U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) today toured the Mobridge community to get a firsthand look at area projects with local leaders. The tour included a visit to the Mobridge Regional Hospital, where Johnson met with administrators and discussed the challenges facing rural health care providers.
“Mayor Jensen and economic development leaders are making real progress on projects across Mobridge. The riverfront, Main Street renovations and the new school building are just a few examples of the improvements that are being made in the community. The new railroad crossing has been a long time coming, and I hope work can move forward this year,” said Johnson.
Joining Johnson on the tour were Steve Gasser, City Administrator; Kyle Jensen, Mobridge Mayor; Gene Cox, City Councilman; Heather Beck, Mobridge Finance Officer; Christine Goldsmith, Executive Director for Mobridge Economic Development Corporation; Bruce Brekke, MEDCO Board President and District Manager for Montana-Dakota Utilities; Cindy Melcher, Executive Director of Mobridge Chamber of Commerce; B.J. Wiest, Chamber Board President; Tim Frederick, Superintendent of Mobridge-Pollock School District and Bingo Kindt, Board President of M-P School District.
A member of the Rural Health Care Caucus, Johnson also visited the Mobridge hospital and discussed the challenges confronting rural health care providers with Angie Svihovec, CEO; Dennis Schnabel, board chair; Renae Tisdall, CFO and Cathy Mickelson, Director of Nursing.
“States across rural America face unique challenges when it comes to health care, from increasing access to care to attracting health professionals. I’m glad I could visit with the staff and patients at the Regional Hospital, and I will continue working to improve care in Mobridge and throughout South Dakota,” continued Johnson.
Today’s events were part of a series Johnson is attending across South Dakota during the Congressional District Work Period. Johnson has already visited Dakota Dunes, Vermillion, Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Pierre and Ft. Pierre, and will be visiting many other communities during the month.