Now Kate will have more time to tan.


Planned Parenthood Lays Off SD Director

Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota said the bad economy prompted it to eliminate 9.5 positions, including the director of its two South Dakota clinics.

Kate Looby confirmed she was laid off, and said she understands it was a financial decision.

She has led the clinics since March 2003.

Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Kathi Di Nicola said the organization felt it couldn’t keep its public affairs staffing level and also maintain enough workers for health care services.

She said the other positions cut were in Minnesota, and stressed that the Sioux Falls and Rapid City clinics both will stay open.

Planned Parenthood has 28 clinics and 290 employees in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.