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City Self-Reports Inconsistencies in Discharge Reports to DENR

Thursday, March 26, 2015

In October 2014, the City of Pierre discovered inconsistencies in discharge reports concerning treated water from its wastewater treatment plant.  The City immediately self-reported the inconsistencies to the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and concurrently hired an outside firm with experience in these issues to further investigate the matter. The inconsistencies are believed to be the result of a former city employee falsifying data.

There is no indication that the falsified data has resulted in any adverse impacts to community members, community infrastructure or the Missouri River which receives treated wastewater from the city plant. Additionally, internal controls have since been implemented to prevent further inconsistencies in discharge reporting.

The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources requires all entities that treat wastewater, including the City of Pierre, to have a permit to treat and discharge wastewater. Treatment operations also must meet certain wastewater treatment standards and report the results of treatment efforts to DENR. Through this routine process, the inconsistencies were discovered. The City maintains its active permit with the DENR and continues its operation of the city wastewater treatment plant. The incident remains under investigation and no further information is available at this time.

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South Dakotans Reminded To Dig With Care

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Springtime in South Dakota means an increase in construction activity, outdoor home projects and a heightened awareness to call 811 before any digging project, according to the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission and the South Dakota One Call Board. For these reasons and more, Governor Dennis Daugaard is proclaiming April as Safe Digging Month in South Dakota.

Before starting a home renovation or landscaping project, take the important step to have a professional locator mark all underground utility lines. South Dakota law requires excavators and homeowners to contact South Dakota One Call at least two working days before beginning any digging project.

There are multiple ways to contact One Call. Simply dial 811 to talk to a representative in person, enter a request online at, or use the new South Dakota 811 mobile app available for iPhone and Android users.

811 is a free service that connects excavators and homeowners to South Dakota One Call Center personnel who quickly notify all affected utility companies of the upcoming excavation plans. The utility companies then dispatch their crews within 48 hours to mark the underground lines at the respective dig site.

Using the 811 program decreases the risk of hitting a buried utility line. Damaged lines can cause service interruptions, environmental harm, injury or even death.  Last year the South Dakota One Call Center received nearly 134,000 locate requests and sent out more than 802,000 locate tickets across the state – a comparable number of requests received in 2013, which shows that overall South Dakotans are conscientious when digging.  To learn more about 811 and safe digging practices, visit


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City Upgrading Utility Systems

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Within the next twelve months, every property owner in the City of Pierre can expect to receive a new electrical meter. The city is investing in digital utility meters.  The new meters are part of the city’s plan to improve the efficiency and reliability of your municipal electrical and water service. The digital meter system enhances the information the city gathers from the meters, allowing for quicker resolutions in the event of a power loss, the ability to alert property owners about water leaks, and provide customers with eventual connection to the smart grid.

The transition from the current meters to the digital system requires the replacement of all meters that can’t integrate into the digital system. That means all electrical meters will need to be replaced, and some water meters will also need to be. The city will cover the cost of replacement meters and has already started upgrading water meters and electrical meter infrastructure. As meters are slated for upgrades, property-owners will be contacted by local plumbers and electricians who are contracting with the city to trade-out old meters for digitally compatible ones.

There is no cost for changing out property-owner water meters, provided a valve for shutting off water is in working condition. If a valve must be installed, per City Ordinance 4-3-313 and 4-3-314 the cost of the valve installation is the responsibility of the property owner.  Additionally, property-owners must ensure water meters are accessible to the contractor.   If you have questions about the digital meter systems or meter replacement, call the City of Pierre at 605.773.7407

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Butte County Fatal Crash

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A 14-year-old Belle Fourche juvenile male died Wednesday from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle rollover Tuesday night less than one mile east of Belle Fourche.  The South Dakota Highway Patrol said a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup was eastbound on Valley 1 Road when the accident occurred at about 7:31 p.m. Tuesday. The driver lost control and then over corrected back onto the roadway. The vehicle tipped over and rolled about 1/2 times before coming to rest on its top.

The driver, Keeton Rosales, 14, of Belle Fourche received minor injuries. He was taken to Spearfish Regional Hospital and later released. Jeremiah Helton, 14, of Belle Fourche was the passenger. He was ejected from the vehicle and suffered serious life-threatening injuries. Helton was taken first via ambulance to Spearfish Regional Hospital and then transported to Rapid City Regional Hospital. He died from his injuries Wednesday. Neither occupant was wearing seat belts. Alcohol was not a factor. The crash remains under investigation by the Highway Patrol. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office, Belle Fourche Police Department and Belle Fourche Fire Department also responded to the accident scene. 

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Board On Geographic Names To Meet In Pierre

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names (SDBGN) is meeting on Tuesday, March 31, at 1:30 p.m. CDT in Pierre at the Becker-Hansen Building Commission Room, 700 E. Broadway Ave. The meeting agenda is available on the board’s website at: For more information, contact David Reiss at 605-773-3415.

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SD Gas Prices Still Sliding

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

South Dakota pump prices have continued to decrease, AAA South Dakota reports. Today’s average across the state is $2.343 for a gallon of self-serve regular, four cents lower than last week. Today’s national average price for regular gasoline is $2.42 per gallon, about half-a-cent more than one week ago, 11 cents more than one month ago but $1.11 less than on this date last year. Both the South Dakota and the national averages have now fallen for 14 of the last 17 days.

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Pierre Man Indicted on Multiple Charges of False Representation Filed for Water Pollution Control

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Attorney General Marty Jackley confirmed Tuesday that a Hughes County grand jury issued an indictment charging Greg V. Mohr, 47, Pierre, with 10 misdemeanor counts of false representation filed or maintained for water pollution control, maximum penalty one year imprisonment in a county jail and/or two thousand dollar fine. Charges stem from actions while Mohr was employed at the City of Pierre water treatment plant.

The case is being investigated by the Division of Criminal Investigation and the Environmental Protection Agency Criminal Investigations and prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office. Mohr is presumed innocent until such time as proven guilty.

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District 3 Spring Meeting

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The annual District 3 Spring Meeting of the South Dakota American Legion will be held Friday, April 10, 2015 in Reliance for Legionnaires from Hughes, Hyde, Potter, Stanley, Sully, Gregory, Lyman, Tripp and Hand counties.

The Legion business session will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Reliance American Legion Post Home. The social will begin at 6:00 p.m. and there will be lunch following the business meeting. Participants will elect District Commanders for two-year terms and County Commanders and Vice Commanders in the District for one-year terms during the business meeting.

The session will also feature Post reports regarding the past year’s unusual activities, Post Americanism reports, a membership turn-in, recognition of the District 3 Legionnaire of the Year and an address by State American Legion Commander Tim Jurgens of Milbank.

District 3 Commander LeRoy Klinger of Pierre will conduct the Legion business session and Kennebec-Reliance Post Commander Kent Hamiel will be in charge of local arrangements.The District 3 Auxiliary will hold its convention meeting at 7:00 p.m. the same day at the Reliance American Legion Post Home.

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Dupree Man Sentenced for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Aiding and Abetting

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Acting United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Dupree, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Aiding and Abetting was sentenced on March 23, 2015, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Todd Johns, age 26, was sentenced to 24 months in custody, 2 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Johns was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 16, 2014, for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury. He pled guilty to Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Aiding and Abetting on January 6, 2015.  

The conviction arose from a July 2014 incident in Eagle Butte, in which Johns and two others assaulted a victim with shod feet, metal crutches, and wooden clubs, with intent to do bodily harm.  Johns was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service to begin serving his sentence. 

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Burn Ban For Sully County

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
It looks as though the dry winter and spring weather has caught up to the area--a Sully County Burn Ban has taken effect immediately.  This means no open burns, trash barrel burns or campfires.  The only allowable open flame is for grilling food--but of course, that must be tended to.  The burn ban was requested by the Onida Fire Department and approved by the Sully County Commission.
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