Janklow appoints Y2K task force

Janklow appoints Y2K task force Gov. Bill Janklow has appointed a task force to make sure South Dakota will be prepared for problems caused by the "Year 2000" computer glitch.

Janklow says he has charged the group with finding out how ready important infrastructure will be when the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31. "We need to know what to expect and how to deal with any potential problems," Janklow said.

The task force will gather information on the Y2K compliance status and progress of systems such as utilities, communications, health care, nursing care, public works, law enforcement and emergency services.

Janklow said the group will report its progress and the state of affairs in each industry and individual entity on a monthly basis.

The 23-member group, co-chaired by Major General Phil Killey of the National Guard and Dick Howard of the County Commissioners Association, will hold its first meeting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 11 at the Capitol in Pierre.

Members of Governor's Y2K Task Force are: David Bordewyk, Brookings, SD Newspaper Association; Jim Burg, Pierre, Public Utilities Commission; Mark Deak, Sioux Falls, SD Health Care Association; Otto Doll, Pierre, Bureau of Information and Telecommunications; Arthur Donnell, Huron, Northwestern Public Service; Tom Hennies, Rapid City, state representative; David Hewett, Sioux Falls, SD Association of Health Care Organizations; Don Holloway, Rapid City, Pennington County Sheriff; Ronald Holsteen, Pierre, SD Rural Electric Association; Dick Howard, Pierre, County Commissioners Association; Major General Phil Killey, Rapid City, National Guard; Larry Lucas, Mission, state representative; Brian Meyer, Pierre, Rural and Independent Telephone Companies; Bob Miller, Pierre, SD Electric Utility Companies; Janet Newman, Watertown, Bureau of Information and Telecommunications; Orville Smidt, Brookings, state representative; John Stahl, Aberdeen, fire chief; Bob Sutton, Pierre, SD Bankers Association; Larry Toll, Sioux Falls, US West; Carol Twedt, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County commissioner; Yvonne Vik, Pierre, SD Municipal League; Theodore Vore, Spearfish, public works director and Steve Willard, Pierre, SD Broadcasters Association.

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