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Campaign fundraising continues for United Way

Friday, February 27, 2015

Officials of the Capital Area United Way hope to finish this year’s fundraising campaign within the next two weeks.

Executive Director Christina Oey says the campaign has raised about 99 percent of its $555,000 goal. She says the campaign has about $6,000 more to raise.

Oey says several donation packets are expected to arrive next week.

Money raised will go to help fund 20 partner agencies.

 

 


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Photo of volunteers being organized

Friday, February 27, 2015

Volunteers are the life-blood of numerous Pierre and Fort Pierre organizations. Now they are being recognized.

The Pierre Area Charitable Organization (PACO) is asking volunteers of all kinds to gather for a group photo Monday, March 30, at the state Capitol. PACO co-chairperson Christina Oey, who is executive director of the Capital Area United Way, says this is a unique way to say thanks to the volunteers.

Oey says the local charitable organizations understand the importance of volunteers.

Everyone is invited to meet at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, March 30, on the steps of the Capitol to take the photo.  he event should only take 15-30 minutes.

 

Photo of volunteers being organized

Volunteers are the life-blood of numerous Pierre and Fort Pierre organizations. Now they are being recognized.

The Pierre Area Charitable Organization (PACO) is asking volunteers of all kinds to gather for a group photo Monday, March 30, at the state Capitol. PACO co-chairperson Christina Oey, who is executive director of the Capital Area United Way, says this is a unique way to say thanks to the volunteers.

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Oey says the local charitable organizations understand the importance of volunteers.

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Everyone is invited to meet at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, March 30, on the steps of the Capitol to take the photo. In case of inclement weather, the photo will be moved indoors. The event should only take 15-30 minutes.

Deadline today for Fort Pierre city council races

Today is the deadline to submit petitions to run for one of the three Fort Pierre City Council seats open in the April 14 city election.

As of Thursday, there were already two races set – Ward One where Kevin Gabriel will face Charles Claussen and Ward Three where it will be Todd Bernhard and Gary Grittner. Both Gabriel and Bernhard are incumbent council members.

In the Ward Two race, Bob Ricketts so far is the only official candidate.

Deadline to file is 5 p.m. CST at Fort Pierre City Hall. As of Thursday, Finance Officer Roxanne Heezen says she was not aware of any other petitions still being circulated.  Election Day winners all receive two-year terms on the council.

Operation RAV honored

An effort by the state Department of Veterans Affairs to reach out to all veterans has been recognized with a national honor.

Operation Reaching All Veterans (Operation RAV) has received a 2015 Abraham Lincoln Pillars of Excellence Award. The program, which was started last year, was designed to identify and contact South Dakota’s 75,000 veterans to make sure that they were aware of the benefits and services available to them.

Department Secretary Larry Zimmerman says about 62,000 veterans were contacted. A follow-up operation to find those not yet reached begins this spring.

Operation RAV received one of four Outstanding State Program awards given during a conference this week in Alexandria, Virginia.

Little Explorers ready to open

In an area where child care is always an important need, a different kind of daycare center opens Monday.

The Little Explorers Extended Hour Child Care Academy will feature 6,000 square feet in a building located at 2510 East Irwin Street. The center is being opened by Oahe, Inc. which did a survey of the public about the needs for a new daycare.

Ann Hoye says the major difference of the academy is that is it open seven days a week, including holidays, from 5:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Full time, part-time and drop-in services are available.

Hoye expects those types of services, especially availability on the nights and weekends, to be important to many parents.

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As of now, about 30 children have been enrolled for the academy. Hove is officials are stressing that the center is available for all children in the area.

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A ribbon cutting and grand opening for the center was held Thursday.

For more information, call Oahe, Inc.  at 224-4501.

 

KCCR Farm, Home and Sports show this weekend

KCCR’s  Farm, Home and Sports show may now be in its 40s, but it is not slowing down.

The 43rd annual show is this weekend at the Ramkota RiverCentre featuring 90 exhibitors. Show times are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

There is definitely something for everyone.

One traditional event is the annual Birds of Prey show featuring eagles and other birds. The free shows are 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Stop in at the KCCR booth to pick up eco-bags by bringing one canned food item for the Pierre-Fort Pierre Food Pantry.

Also at the KCCR booth, sign up for the Slumberland Great Living Room Giveaway. The winner will be drawn Sunday.

Pierre candidate for new Monopoly board game

With the help of the voting public, the city of Pierre has a chance to pass Go, collect $200, not go to jail and take the Short Line Railroad perhaps all the way up to Park Place and Broadwalk.

Pierre is one of 60 cities up for inclusion as property spaces in the new MONOPOLY HERE & NOW special U.S. edition of the popular board game. The edition, along with a World Edition featuring names of cities worldwide, is being marketed this year to celebrate MONOPOLY’s 80th anniversary.

Danielle Armburst of game maker Hasbro says the goal was to have at least one city from each state. Given that Pierre is South Dakota’s Capital City, she says Pierre made sense.

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The public can vote at www.VoteMONOPOLY.com now through next Wednesday. Then from Wednesday through March 9, voters can not only vote for any of those 60 cities, but cities that didn’t make the cut. Armburst says two spots are being reserved for the “Wild Card” entries because there are so many good U.S. cities that deserve consideration.

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Armburst won’t say how many cities will be included in the limited edition of the game, but says there are 22 property sites. She says voting results will determine which city gets to move on up to Broadwalk and which one gets stuck on Baltic Avenue.

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As of Thursday, Pierre was only ranked only 57th out of the 60 cities while others like Bismarck, North Dakota was in the top 15. Minneapolis is currently the top vote getter.

Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill is encouraging local residents to get out and vote, saying such exposure is good for a community. Armburst agrees, saying in this case it is OK to “vote early and vote often.”

Final results will be announced March 19, which is World MONOPOLY Day.

Legislators on KCCR Monday

Monday is a day off for state lawmakers, but District 24 legislators will be in the KCCR Studios to talk about the session.

Senator Jeff Monroe and Representatives Mary Duvall and Tim Rounds will discuss the sissues still to be decided with two weeks remaining in the main run of the session.

The special legislative forum starts at 9 a.m. on KCCR. 

 

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Deadline today for Fort Pierre city council races

Friday, February 27, 2015

Today is the deadline to submit petitions to run for one of the three Fort Pierre City Council seats open in the April 14 city election.

As of Thursday, there were already two races set – Ward One where Kevin Gabriel will face Charles Claussen and Ward Three where it will be Todd Bernhard and Gary Grittner. Both Gabriel and Bernhard are incumbent council members.

In the Ward Two race, Bob Ricketts so far is the only official candidate.

Deadline to file is 5 p.m. CST at Fort Pierre City Hall. As of Thursday, Finance Officer Roxanne Heezen says she was not aware of any other petitions still being circulated.  

Election Day winners all receive two-year terms on the council.

 


CategoriesLocal News,

Operation RAV honored

Friday, February 27, 2015

An effort by the state Department of Veterans Affairs to reach out to all veterans has been recognized with a national honor.

Operation Reaching All Veterans (Operation RAV) has received a 2015 Abraham Lincoln Pillars of Excellence Award. The program, which was started last year, was designed to identify and contact South Dakota’s 75,000 veterans to make sure that they were aware of the benefits and services available to them.

Department Secretary Larry Zimmerman says about 62,000 veterans were contacted. A follow-up operation to find those not yet reached begins this spring.

Operation RAV received one of four Outstanding State Program awards given during a conference this week in Alexandria, Virginia.

 


CategoriesLocal News,

Little Explorers ready to open

Friday, February 27, 2015

In an area where child care is always an important need, a different kind of daycare center opens Monday.

The Little Explorers Extended Hour Child Care Academy will feature 6,000 square feet in a building located at 2510 East Irwin Street. The center is being opened by Oahe, Inc. which did a survey of the public about the needs for a new daycare.

Ann Hoye says the major difference of the academy is that is it open seven days a week, including holidays, from 5:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Full time, part-time and drop-in services are available.

Hoye expects those types of services, especially availability on the nights and weekends, to be important to many parents.

As of now, about 30 children have been enrolled for the academy. Hove is officials are stressing that the center is available for all children in the area.

A ribbon cutting and grand opening for the center was held Thursday.

For more information, call Oahe, Inc.  at 224-4501.

 

 


CategoriesLocal News,

KCCR Farm, Home and Sports show this weekend

Friday, February 27, 2015

KCCR’s  Farm, Home and Sports show may now be in its 40s, but it is not slowing down.

The 43rd annual show is this weekend at the Ramkota RiverCentre featuring 90 exhibitors. Show times are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

There is definitely something for everyone.

One traditional event is the annual Birds of Prey show featuring eagles and other birds. The free shows Saturday are 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Stop in at the KCCR booth to pick up eco-bags by bringing one canned food item for the Pierre-Fort Pierre Food Pantry.

Also at the KCCR booth, sign up for the Slumberland Great Living Room Giveaway. The winner will be drawn Sunday at the show.

 


CategoriesLocal News,

Pierre candidate for new Monopoly board game

Friday, February 27, 2015

With the help of the voting public, the city of Pierre has a chance to pass Go, collect $200, not go to jail and take the Short Line Railroad perhaps all the way up to Park Place and Broadwalk.

Pierre is one of 60 cities up for inclusion as property spaces in the new MONOPOLY HERE & NOW special U.S. edition of the popular board game. The edition, along with a World Edition featuring names of cities worldwide, is being marketed this year to celebrate MONOPOLY’s 80th anniversary.

Danielle Armburst of game maker Hasbro says the goal was to have at least one city from each state. Given that Pierre is South Dakota’s Capital City, she says Pierre made sense.

The public can vote at www.VoteMONOPOLY.com now through next Wednesday. Then from Wednesday through March 9, voters can not only vote for any of those 60 cities, but cities that didn’t make the cut. Armburst says two spots are being reserved for the “Wild Card” entries because there are so many good U.S. cities that deserve consideration.

Armburst won’t say how many cities will be included in the limited edition of the game, but says there are 22 property sites. She says voting results will determine which city gets to move on up to Broadwalk and which one gets stuck on Baltic Avenue.

As of Thursday, Pierre was only ranked only 57th out of the 60 cities while others like Bismarck, North Dakota was in the top 15. Minneapolis is currently the top vote getter.

Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill, who was on KCCR Radio this morning to talk about the contest, is encouraging local residents to get out and vote, saying such exposure is good for a community. Armburst agrees, saying in this case it is OK to “vote early and vote often.”

Final results will be announced March 19, which is World MONOPOLY Day.

 


CategoriesLocal News,

Legislators on KCCR Monday

Friday, February 27, 2015

Monday is a day off for state lawmakers, but District 24 legislators will be in the KCCR Studios to talk about the session.

Senator Jeff Monroe and Representatives Mary Duvall and Tim Rounds will discuss the issues still to be decided with two weeks remaining in the main run of the session.

The special legislative forum starts at 9 a.m. on KCCR. 

 

CategoriesLocal News,

KCCR Farm, Home and Sports show this weekend

Friday, February 27, 2015

KCCR’s  Farm, Home and Sports show is this weekend.

The 43rd annual show is this weekend at the Ramkota RiverCentre featuring 90 exhibitors. Show times are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday

Stop in at the KCCR booth to pick up eco-bags by bringing one canned food item for the Pierre-Fort Pierre Food Pantry.

Also at the KCCR booth, sign up for the Slumberland Great Living Room Giveaway. The winner will be drawn Sunday.

 


CategoriesLocal News,

Demolition begins at Capitol Inn and Suites

Friday, February 27, 2015

It appears that demolition of the burned-out debris of the Capitol Inn and Suites has begun.

The hotel-apartment complex was destroyed by fire in November. Since then, the fire scene at 815 East Wells Avenue has been barricaded off by a steel fence.

Some work was done Friday with a portion of the northeast side of the building pulled down. Skid loaders and other heavy equipment have been moved to the scene.

When the demolition work would begin has been a matter of conjecture. City officials have said in recent weeks that they had not heard from the complex owner about a time line.

 

 


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