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DOT Releases Funds Back To Pierre

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The SD Department of Transportation recently released some funds back to the city of Pierre.

About four years back, the city of Pierre and the DOT funded a project that repaired railroad crossings and put safety gates at the majority of the railroad crossings in Pierre. Pierre was recently awarded their share of the leftover funds, in the amount of just fewer than 400 thousand dollars.

Pierre City Administrator Leon Schochenmaier says the remainder of the funds will be deposited in the city’s STIP account.

The money deposited into the city of Pierre’s STIP fund is the city’s share of the leftover money, and the DOT had the same amount leftover from the project as well.

There has not been a major accident at a railroad crossing in the city in over six years, a statistic that the city project was well worth the money. 

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Steamboat Amphitheater Parking Lot To Be Complete This Year

Sunday, July 24, 2016

In addition to street reconstruction across Pierre this summer, two parking lots will be reconstructed, including one that was ruined in the 2011 flood.

The Pierre City Commission recently gave their blessing to city staff to Advertise for bids on the Steamboat Park Amphitheater parking lot and the city parking lot north of Petersen Motors.  

Pierre City Administrator Leon Schochenmaier says Federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds will be used for both projects…

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Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill adds that the community has been anticipating the day that the Steamboat Park Amphitheater parking lot will be completed…

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The Steamboat Amphitheater parking lot is the last major reconstruction project leftover from the 2011 flood. The commission approved having city staff advertise for bids on the projects, which will be completed yet this year. 

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New Pierre Airport Fire Station Coming Soon

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Pierre City Commission recently approved the request to advertise for bids for the construction on a new Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) building. The current structure that houses the federally required firefighting trucks and equipment at the airport is dilapidating.

Pierre Airport Manager Mike Isaacs says that the fire station will be “quite large”…

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There will also be a parking lot that will be constructed around the facility as part of the construction project.

Due to discretionary money, the new fire station will start construction yet this year…

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The exact price tag of the project will not be known until the bids for the project are returned says Issacs…

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Pierre will pay five percent of the overall price tag on the project, with the state paying five percent and the feds paying ninety. The fire station will be constructed where the old airport terminal was located. 

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Pierre Man Sentenced For Falsification Of Financial Records

Friday, July 22, 2016

A Pierre man has been charged and sentenced with Falsification of Financial Records Required to be kept by Labor Unions.

According to US Attorney Randy Seiler, 49 year old Ken Potter was sentenced to one year of probation, along with a 25 dollar donation to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

The conviction stemmed from an incident that took place between July 1st of 2013 and September 30th of 2014 when Potter was an employee of the South Dakota Education Association and was a member of the South Dakota Staff Organization (SDSO), which have a collective bargaining agreement with the US Department of Labor.

Seiler says that Potter issued 13 unauthorized checks and made 3 unauthorized cash withdrawals for a total of 4,130 dollars. At the time of the offense, Potter was the treasurer of the SDSO.

These unauthorized expenses created a loss in the SDSO accounts. The Organization had an audit preformed of the books, which confirmed the theft by Potter. 

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Eagle Butte Man Sentenced For Biting Tribal Officer

Friday, July 22, 2016

An Eagle Butte man has been convicted of assaulting a federal officer.

According to US Attorney Randy Seiler, 33 year old Norman Blue Coat was sentenced earlier this week to 27 months in custody, followed by 2 years of supervised release.

The conviction stems from a November 11th incident when a Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Officer drove alongside Blue Coat and a female that were arguing and asked if they were okay. Both said yes, but the female appeared to be crying. The officer told the couple to then stop walking, but they ignored him.

When the officer asked Blue Coat to come to his patrol car, he became uncooperative. Blue Coat refused to walk to the officers patrol vehicle, and then he began to argue with the officer. When trying to arrest Blue Coat, he grabbed the officer’s shirt and pulled the officer as close to him as possible, and then proceeded to bite the officer on the bicep.

Blue Coat was immediately turned over to the custody of the US Marshall Service. 

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Pierre Woman Wins New Harley

Friday, July 22, 2016

A Pierre woman has won a brand new 2016 HD Street 750 Harley Motorcycle after her name was drawn Thursday night at the Annual Boys and Girls Club Harley Giveaway Raffle Picnic.

Mandy Kuipers was the winner of the Harley.

Three early bird prizes were given away. A one night's say at the AmericInn Hotel & Suites, food certificate from Beck Motors, and a beverage certificate from Capital City Wine and Spirits went to Matt Flyger. Dennis Ries and Chad Robinson were also selected for food certificates.

450 tickets for the raffle were sold, and many attended the picnic Thursday made possible by the Central SD Harley Owners club.

The raffle was made possible by the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce, Petersen Motors and the Boys & Girls Club of the Capitol Area. 

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Hultman Selected To Toll Fellowship Program

Thursday, July 21, 2016

South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation Secretary Marcia Hultman of Pierre has been selected to participate in one of the nation’s premier leadership development programs for state government officials, The Council of State Governments’ Henry Toll Fellowship program.

The 48 leaders in the Class of 2016 Toll Fellowship Program hail from 29 states, Puerto Rico and Guam and represent all three branches of state government. A 12-member committee of state leaders, many who are Toll Fellows themselves, reviewed applications and selected the class.

Describing why she applied for the program, Hultman said, “I wish to increase my leadership skills in an environment that will take me out of my comfort and safety zone.”

For 30 years, the Toll Fellowship program, named for CSG founder Henry Wolcott Toll, has convened a group of the nation’s top state officials for an intensive, six-day, five-night intellectual boot camp. This year's program will be held Aug. 26-31 in Lexington, Kentucky.

Hultman said she wants to learn the best ways to facilitate relationships between the branches of state government in order to ensure fiscal responsibility, transparency and the establishment of goals that are beneficial to the citizens in her state.


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Thune Talks Water Rights Issues In Pierre Wednesday

Thursday, July 21, 2016

South Dakota’s Senior Senator John Thune was in Pierre Wednesday, meeting with officials in the community, and talking about Missouri River issues.

Thune met with state and local officials, including Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill, about Missouri River water usages, the Army Corps of Engineers, and river management.

Thune says the conversation was dominated by Corps issues. The Corps, within the last eight years, started charging for surplus water. Thune says it’s still an ongoing issue…

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Thune says another Water Resources Development act on the federal level is on the way. It will make sure the state’s water rights are protected…

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He also adds that this act will make sure that issues between the state and the Corps are resolved…

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Thune also met with local law enforcement Wednesday in Pierre, to discuss ongoing issues and personnel shortages that are facing.

Thune will be in Gettysburg today to speak to the Rotary club. 

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Manning Named PAWS Animal Rescue President

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The local Paws Animal Rescue has a new president.

Paws Animal Rescue accepted the resignation of President Brian Watterson and has named Brenda Manning as their new president. Manning has always had a great love for animals and rescue work…

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Manning has been helping Paws in the background for quite a while, including grant work. With the current PAWS Board of Directors and the membership all working together, Manning says that there is nowhere else to go but up…

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She adds that PAWS will be focusing on more outreach programs, including helping individual’s grieve the loss of a pet…

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PAWS will be hosting a bake sale fundraiser during Crazy Days this Saturday at Northridge Plaza. The bake sale table next to Gators will be open 10 am to 1 pm.

For more information or to become a member of PAWS, visit 

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Thune Briefed On Issues Facing Cheyenne River Tribe

Thursday, July 21, 2016

South Dakota Senator John Thune traveled to Eagle Butte earlier this week to be briefed by Cheyenne River Sioux tribal leadership on many issues facing the tribe.

He talked about housing, education, law enforcement issues and the ongoing crisis at the Indian Health Service. 

Thune says the federal bureaucracies serving Native Americans in the state, including IHS, are extremely removed from those who they serve…

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Thune recently introduced the IHS Accountability Act of 2016, and says he met with Cheyenne River leadership to try and free up some of the “red tape” issues facing the tribes…

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Thune adds that his IHS Accountability Act is progressing, but not as quickly as needed…

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He adds that the statistics among the states reservations are shocking, and that is a failure on the government to provide quality healthcare amongst Indian Health Service clinics and hospitals. 

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