Do you consider yourself “in the know?”  If you live in Aberdeen, you certainly should!

Aberdeen has opened its brand new $8 million public library.  Here’s a picture of it!

The facility is over 29,000 square feet with a long list of features that include a genealogy space, meeting rooms, and separate areas for adult, youth, and children’s books.

You can read much more about it , along with a history of public libraries in Aberdeen, right here:   (Did you know that Aberdeen has had a library since 1884?)

There are still a lot of us out here who remember when the card catalog at a library was our version of Google.  Fairly easy to use (if you didn’t mind papercuts on your fingertips from rifling through the cards) but certainly not updated on a second-by-second basis.

That was pretty much the state of public access information technology up into the early 1990’s.   It could take a while to run something down – but not anymore!

The advent of the smart phone, the Internet, and personal computers has linked the world directly to your fingertips, and South Dakota One Call is no different.   You will always be “in the know” about what’s underground before you dig!

Find us through our website, or come in through the portal at or use the smart phone app at

If you want to talk directly with someone, just make a free call to 811 (in-state) or (800) 781-7474 (outside of South Dakota).  I guarantee that you will not get a papercut!

We’d like to take a moment to congratulate a pair of 811 winners – Larry Schuler with Electric Supply in Sioux Falls and Aaron Pearcy in Rapid City.   Their names were drawn out of all who requested a locate on national 811 day, August 11.

Each of them won an Igloo Sportsman Cooler, complete with a snappy South Dakota 811 sticker attached!

Thanks to everyone, though, who called in a locate request on August 11 – and also on ANY day of the year.   You’re all prize winners in our book!

Until next week, safe digging!

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