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Study shows there is parking spots available downtown

Friday, November 21, 2014

 

You might have to walk a short distance, but a new study shows that there is ample parking in downtown Pierre.

 

The survey, presented to Pierre City Commissioners Tuesday night, covered private parking as well as parking in five public downtown areas – near the businesses of the Longbranch, Petersen Motors, Hardware  Hank, King’s Inn and Bubba Ray’s. There are 346 parking spots available – 198 in city-owned and 148 on-site private.

 

City Administrator Leon Schochenmaier says except for some peak times, such as the noon hour, there is enough parking available on a daily basis.

 

In his presentation, Schochenmaier noted that the walking distance from the Longbranch, Hardware Hank and Petersen Motors lots to the middle of Pierre Street is the same distance from Walmart’s parking lot to the middle of the store and from the Pierre Mall lot to the middle of the mall.

 

Schochenmaier says the city wants to encourage people not to be afraid to walk such short distances.

  

The study was done from May 20-June 3 and July 10-11. Three on-site parking areas also were included – Pierre Street from Sioux Avenue to Dakota Avenue; Pierre Street from Dakota Avenue to Missouri Avenue; and Dakota Avenue from Fort Street to Coteau Street.

 

 

 


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Memorial Fund established in Tidball honor

Friday, November 21, 2014

 

A fund has been established in memory of the late Fort Pierre Mayor Sam Tidball.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested contributions be made to the Sam Tidball Memorial Fund. Proceeds will benefit future improvements to Fort Pierre City Parks, the Placerville Camp and Retreat Center or the United Congregational Church Youth Scholarship Fund. 

 

Donations can be made directly to the family at this time. Condolences also may be conveyed to the family atwww.feigumfh.com.

 

Visitation for Tidball is 5 p.m.-7 p.m. tonight at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, located at 123 North Highland Avenue in Pierre.   The prayer service is 7 p.m.

The funeral service is 10 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Following the service will be a luncheon at the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center. The motorcade will then proceed to Isabel for the burial.

Interment is at 2 p.m. MST (3 p.m. CST) at the Hillsview Cemetery in Isabel. Tidball grew up in the Isabel area. 

 


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Oahe Hunt for disabled is this weekend

Friday, November 21, 2014

A good cause will mean the Oahe Downstream Recreation Area will be closed Saturday and Sunday.

 

The Oahe Hunt is this weekend, which means the area is closed from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. each day. The Oahe Hunt is only for hunters whose mobility is by means of a wheelchair. The event is sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks. This is the only time hunting is allowed within Oahe Downstream Recreation Area during the fall hunting seasons

 

Entrance into the area is limited to one access road to ensure safety. Customers of the Oahe Marina Restaurant and Resort can access the area on the west side of the Oahe Dam. Staff will be stationed at this entrance off of South Dakota Highway 1806. The road entering the recreation area from the west will be barricaded at the Stilling Basin Bridge. Detour signs will be in place to direct customers to a controlled entrance.

 

Access will be provided to the tailrace area by turning off South Dakota Highway 1804 and taking the road down the eastern face of dam. 

 

 


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Jackley wins leadership award

Friday, November 21, 2014

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley has been honored for his efforts to eliminate drunk driving and underage drinking in the state.

Jackley has won the Leadership Award given by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility for his work. In a press release, the group states that Jackley has used many of the group’s public awareness campaigns to help discourage drunk driving and underage drinking in South Dakota. The group states that Jackley has been a strong advocate on such issues.

 

 


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EAS committee readies recommendation

Friday, November 21, 2014

A committee reviewing three Essential Air Service proposals for Pierre’s commercial air service is expected to announce its recommendations at Tuesday’s city commission.

The committee has been reviewing the proposals made by Aerodynamics, Inc., Boutique Air and Great Lakes Airlines. The three have submitted proposals to fly a federally-funded route between Pierre and one of two major hubs – Denver or Minneapolis.

Mayor Laurie Gill says the committee has interviewed representatives of each airline, reviewed the proposals and actually inspected passenger planes that would be used in the service. Gill says the committee has been doing its due diligence.

The committee has until December 1 to make its comments and suggestions to the FAA. Gill says there are many issues that the committee is concerned about, but she says the main one seems to be service reliability.

After the FAA and federal Department of Transportation make the final decision, Gill says it may be some time before the EAS-funded route is up and flying.

 


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Four ticket holders share “Best For Last” prize

Friday, November 21, 2014

In the end, the last four standing decided it was best to share.

The final four ticket holders ine South Dakota Discovery Center’s “Best for Last Event” Thursday night decided to share the $10,000 grand prize. That was after the fifth and final ticket holder – Bob Sutton – decided to keep the game going. When he was eliminated in the next drawing, the other four decided to split the jackpot – each receiving about $2,500.

Executive Director Kristie Maher says the reverse-drawing, eliminating the 252 ticket holders down to the final five, always provides the suspense of the evening.

Three of the finalists were individuals – Bonnie Bjorke, Jeanne Goodman and Jay Perry. The other was a group, called the “Pawn Stars.” They pooled their money together to win one of the two remaining tickets that were auctioned off. Maher says the auction adds another element to the evening.

The evening also included music and food vendors. Maher says the night is a chance to showcase the Discovery Center.

Maher estimates the event raised at least $18,000 for the Discovery Center.

 


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Residents asked to line streets for Tidball funeral procession

Friday, November 21, 2014

Residents in Pierre and Fort Pierre are being asked to pay their final respects Saturday to former Fort Pierre Mayor Sam Tidball.

In a statement, Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson requests that residents of both communities line the streets for Tidball’s final procession through the two communities.

The funeral procession will leave the Congregational United Church of Christ in Pierre about 11 a.m., proceed down Highland Avenue to Sioux Avenue, turn right and drive west on Sioux Avenue, and cross the bridge into Fort Pierre. The procession will then continue on Highway 83 through Fort Pierre, turning right on Second Avenue, then turn right again onto Verendrye Drive to the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center.

Flags also are requested to fly at half-staff in Fort Pierre from sunrise to sunset Saturday in honor of Tidball.Hanson says the Pierre-Fort Pierre Exchange Club also has been asked to post the flags across the Missouri River Bridge in Tidball’s honor.

Hanson says the city of Fort Pierre will also display city equipment in recognition of Tidball as well. 



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Pierre Police looking for stolen vehicle

Friday, November 21, 2014

Pierre police are looking for a stolen vehicle reported Thursday afternoon from the Lynn’s Dakotamart parking lot.

Captain Elton Blemaster says the vehicle is a blue 2005 Le Sabre. License plate is South Dakota 2-T-U-193.

People with information can call Pierre Police at 773-7410. 


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Red Knights provide funds to displaced complex tenants

Friday, November 21, 2014

Members of the local Red Knights Motorcycle group today are fulfilling their mission by helping those displaced by last week's Capitol Inn and Suites fire.

Several Pierre firefighters are part of the Red Knights Motorcycle South Dakota Chapter One. The group holds several fundraisers each year with the money going to help those displaced by fire.

Chapter President Corey LaFave says the group will provide $100 to each of the displaced tenants from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. today at the North Poplar Avenue Fire Station. LaFave says the estimated 32 eligible tenants will need their Red Cross paperwork to receive the money. He says the money can be used for what purposes are needed.

LaFave says in the last few years, the chapter uses the money it raises to help victims whose homes have been damaged or destroyed by fire.

The chapter is doing a fund-raiser now with a drawing for several prizes set for December 18. Proceeds from that raffle will go to the same project.


 


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Hanson hopes for strong tribute to Tidball

Friday, November 21, 2014

Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson hopes that residents of Pierre and Fort Pierre won't forget Sam Tidball Saturday.

Tidball, who served as Fort Pierre Mayor for 16 years, died Tuesday at the age of 90. His funeral is 10 a.m. Saturday at Pierre's Congregational United Church of Christ.

Hanson is requesting that residents of both communities line the streets Saturday morning for Tidball's funeral procession. She tells KCCR News that the city wants to pay its tribute with the help of flags and residents.

Since Tidball's death, Hanson says the tributes to the former Mayor have been many.

The funeral procession will leave the Congregational United Church of Christ in Pierre about 11 a.m., proceed down Highland Avenue to Sioux Avenue, turn right and drive west on Sioux Avenue, and cross the bridge into Fort Pierre. The procession will then continue on Highway 83 through Fort Pierre, turning right on Second Avenue, then turn right again onto Verendrye Drive to the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center.

Flags also are requested to fly at half-staff in Fort Pierre from sunrise to sunset Saturday in honor of Tidball.Hanson says the Pierre-Fort Pierre Exchange Club also has been asked to post the flags across the Missouri River Bridge in Tidball’s honor.

Hanson says the city of Fort Pierre will also display city equipment in recognition of Tidball as well. 

 

Hanson hopes for strong tribute to Tidball

Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson hopes that residents of Pierre and Fort Pierre won't forget Sam Tidball Saturday.

Tidball, who served as Fort Pierre Mayor for 16 years, died Tuesday at the age of 90. His funeral is 10 a.m. Saturday at Pierre's Congregational United Church of Christ.

Hanson is requesting that residents of both communities line the streets Saturday morning for Tidball's funeral procession. She tells KCCR News that the city wants to pay its tribute with the help of flags and residents.

Since Tidball's death, Hanson says the tributes to the former Mayor have been many.

The funeral procession will leave the Congregational United Church of Christ in Pierre about 11 a.m., proceed down Highland Avenue to Sioux Avenue, turn right and drive west on Sioux Avenue, and cross the bridge into Fort Pierre. The procession will then continue on Highway 83 through Fort Pierre, turning right on Second Avenue, then turn right again onto Verendrye Drive to the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center.

Flags also are requested to fly at half-staff in Fort Pierre from sunrise to sunset Saturday in honor of Tidball.Hanson says the Pierre-Fort Pierre Exchange Club also has been asked to post the flags across the Missouri River Bridge in Tidball’s honor.

Hanson says the city of Fort Pierre will also display city equipment in recognition of Tidball as well. 

 


 

Volunteers needed to deliver holiday meals

Volunteers are needed Saturday to help deliver the Thanksgiving holiday meals being offered to eligible residents through the Pierre Area Referral Service.

Executive Director Laura White says more than 320 meals are expected to be delivered Saturday. She says anyone who wants to deliver just a few meals is welcome to participate.

Families receiving the full Thanksgiving meal had to apply first. White says there also have been donations to help provide meals to those residents who lost their homes in last week's first at the Capitol Inn and Suites.


North Garfield Avenue work done for now

 

Work for the winter on the North Garfield Avenue reconstruction project officially finished Thursday.

Chris Boom of contractor Morris Incorporated says the street is open to traffic. He says some of the work will have to be finished next spring.

The state Department of Transportation project was scheduled to be done October 31. Boom says Morris Incorporated and the DOT are discussing how much of a late fee will be assessed.


 

Riggs Big Band Dance Saturday

The sounds of the big band era -- plus a few other eras as well -- will be heard in the Pierre Riggs High School Gym Saturday night.

The Big Band Dance is 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday in the gym. It will include the new Riggs High School Jazz Band, the local Over Forte group and the Aurora Borealis Jazz Combo. 

Riggs Band Director MacKenzie McKeithon says this one of the biggest events of the band season and one of the first appearances by the school's new jazz band. She says the support of the community, such as from Over Forte, has been important.

There is also a swing dance competition with a $1 fee per couple. McKethon says the Riggs students had a chance to take dance lessons this week.

This is the first of two Big Band Dances this year. Admission is $5 each. Proceeds go to the band's trip to Chicago next spring.


Hanson hopes for strong tribute to Tidball

Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson hopes that residents of Pierre and Fort Pierre won't forget Sam Tidball Saturday.

Tidball, who served as Fort Pierre Mayor for 16 years, died Tuesday at the age of 90. His funeral is 10 a.m. Saturday at Pierre's Congregational United Church of Christ.

Hanson is requesting that residents of both communities line the streets Saturday morning for Tidball's funeral procession. She tells KCCR News that the city wants to pay its tribute with the help of flags and residents.

Since Tidball's death, Hanson says the tributes to the former Mayor have been many.

The funeral procession will leave the Congregational United Church of Christ in Pierre about 11 a.m., proceed down Highland Avenue to Sioux Avenue, turn right and drive west on Sioux Avenue, and cross the bridge into Fort Pierre. The procession will then continue on Highway 83 through Fort Pierre, turning right on Second Avenue, then turn right again onto Verendrye Drive to the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center.

Flags also are requested to fly at half-staff in Fort Pierre from sunrise to sunset Saturday in honor of Tidball.Hanson says the Pierre-Fort Pierre Exchange Club also has been asked to post the flags across the Missouri River Bridge in Tidball’s honor.

Hanson says the city of Fort Pierre will also display city equipment in recognition of Tidball as well. 

 


 

Volunteers needed to deliver holiday meals

Volunteers are needed Saturday to help deliver the Thanksgiving holiday meals being offered to eligible residents through the Pierre Area Referral Service.

Executive Director Laura White says more than 320 meals are expected to be delivered Saturday. She says anyone who wants to deliver just a few meals is welcome to participate.

Families receiving the full Thanksgiving meal had to apply first. White says there also have been donations to help provide meals to those residents who lost their homes in last week's first at the Capitol Inn and Suites.


North Garfield Avenue work done for now

 

Work for the winter on the North Garfield Avenue reconstruction project officially finished Thursday.

Chris Boom of contractor Morris Incorporated says the street is open to traffic. He says some of the work will have to be finished next spring.

The state Department of Transportation project was scheduled to be done October 31. Boom says Morris Incorporated and the DOT are discussing how much of a late fee will be assessed.


 

Riggs Big Band Dance Saturday

The sounds of the big band era -- plus a few other eras as well -- will be heard in the Pierre Riggs High School Gym Saturday night.

The Big Band Dance is 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday in the gym. It will include the new Riggs High School Jazz Band, the local Over Forte group and the Aurora Borealis Jazz Combo. 

Riggs Band Director MacKenzie McKeithon says this one of the biggest events of the band season and one of the first appearances by the school's new jazz band. She says the support of the community, such as from Over Forte, has been important.

There is also a swing dance competition with a $1 fee per couple. McKethon says the Riggs students had a chance to take dance lessons this week.

This is the first of two Big Band Dances this year. Admission is $5 each. Proceeds go to the band's trip to Chicago next spring.


Hanson hopes for strong tribute to Tidball

Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson hopes that residents of Pierre and Fort Pierre won't forget Sam Tidball Saturday.

Tidball, who served as Fort Pierre Mayor for 16 years, died Tuesday at the age of 90. His funeral is 10 a.m. Saturday at Pierre's Congregational United Church of Christ.

Hanson is requesting that residents of both communities line the streets Saturday morning for Tidball's funeral procession. She tells KCCR News that the city wants to pay its tribute with the help of flags and residents.

Since Tidball's death, Hanson says the tributes to the former Mayor have been many.

The funeral procession will leave the Congregational United Church of Christ in Pierre about 11 a.m., proceed down Highland Avenue to Sioux Avenue, turn right and drive west on Sioux Avenue, and cross the bridge into Fort Pierre. The procession will then continue on Highway 83 through Fort Pierre, turning right on Second Avenue, then turn right again onto Verendrye Drive to the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center.

Flags also are requested to fly at half-staff in Fort Pierre from sunrise to sunset Saturday in honor of Tidball.Hanson says the Pierre-Fort Pierre Exchange Club also has been asked to post the flags across the Missouri River Bridge in Tidball’s honor.

Hanson says the city of Fort Pierre will also display city equipment in recognition of Tidball as well. 

 


 

Volunteers needed to deliver holiday meals

Volunteers are needed Saturday to help deliver the Thanksgiving holiday meals being offered to eligible residents through the Pierre Area Referral Service.

Executive Director Laura White says more than 320 meals are expected to be delivered Saturday. She says anyone who wants to deliver just a few meals is welcome to participate.

Families receiving the full Thanksgiving meal had to apply first. White says there also have been donations to help provide meals to those residents who lost their homes in last week's first at the Capitol Inn and Suites.


North Garfield Avenue work done for now

 

Work for the winter on the North Garfield Avenue reconstruction project officially finished Thursday.

Chris Boom of contractor Morris Incorporated says the street is open to traffic. He says some of the work will have to be finished next spring.

The state Department of Transportation project was scheduled to be done October 31. Boom says Morris Incorporated and the DOT are discussing how much of a late fee will be assessed.


 

Riggs Big Band Dance Saturday

The sounds of the big band era -- plus a few other eras as well -- will be heard in the Pierre Riggs High School Gym Saturday night.

The Big Band Dance is 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday in the gym. It will include the new Riggs High School Jazz Band, the local Over Forte group and the Aurora Borealis Jazz Combo. 

Riggs Band Director MacKenzie McKeithon says this one of the biggest events of the band season and one of the first appearances by the school's new jazz band. She says the support of the community, such as from Over Forte, has been important.

There is also a swing dance competition with a $1 fee per couple. McKethon says the Riggs students had a chance to take dance lessons this week.

This is the first of two Big Band Dances this year. Admission is $5 each. Proceeds go to the band's trip to Chicago next spring.


Hanson hopes for strong tribute to Tidball

Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson hopes that residents of Pierre and Fort Pierre won't forget Sam Tidball Saturday.

Tidball, who served as Fort Pierre Mayor for 16 years, died Tuesday at the age of 90. His funeral is 10 a.m. Saturday at Pierre's Congregational United Church of Christ.

Hanson is requesting that residents of both communities line the streets Saturday morning for Tidball's funeral procession. She tells KCCR News that the city wants to pay its tribute with the help of flags and residents.

Since Tidball's death, Hanson says the tributes to the former Mayor have been many.

The funeral procession will leave the Congregational United Church of Christ in Pierre about 11 a.m., proceed down Highland Avenue to Sioux Avenue, turn right and drive west on Sioux Avenue, and cross the bridge into Fort Pierre. The procession will then continue on Highway 83 through Fort Pierre, turning right on Second Avenue, then turn right again onto Verendrye Drive to the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center.

Flags also are requested to fly at half-staff in Fort Pierre from sunrise to sunset Saturday in honor of Tidball.Hanson says the Pierre-Fort Pierre Exchange Club also has been asked to post the flags across the Missouri River Bridge in Tidball’s honor.

Hanson says the city of Fort Pierre will also display city equipment in recognition of Tidball as well. 

 


 

Volunteers needed to deliver holiday meals

Volunteers are needed Saturday to help deliver the Thanksgiving holiday meals being offered to eligible residents through the Pierre Area Referral Service.

Executive Director Laura White says more than 320 meals are expected to be delivered Saturday. She says anyone who wants to deliver just a few meals is welcome to participate.

Families receiving the full Thanksgiving meal had to apply first. White says there also have been donations to help provide meals to those residents who lost their homes in last week's first at the Capitol Inn and Suites.


North Garfield Avenue work done for now

 

Work for the winter on the North Garfield Avenue reconstruction project officially finished Thursday.

Chris Boom of contractor Morris Incorporated says the street is open to traffic. He says some of the work will have to be finished next spring.

The state Department of Transportation project was scheduled to be done October 31. Boom says Morris Incorporated and the DOT are discussing how much of a late fee will be assessed.


 

Riggs Big Band Dance Saturday

The sounds of the big band era -- plus a few other eras as well -- will be heard in the Pierre Riggs High School Gym Saturday night.

The Big Band Dance is 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday in the gym. It will include the new Riggs High School Jazz Band, the local Over Forte group and the Aurora Borealis Jazz Combo. 

Riggs Band Director MacKenzie McKeithon says this one of the biggest events of the band season and one of the first appearances by the school's new jazz band. She says the support of the community, such as from Over Forte, has been important.

There is also a swing dance competition with a $1 fee per couple. McKethon says the Riggs students had a chance to take dance lessons this week.

This is the first of two Big Band Dances this year. Admission is $5 each. Proceeds go to the band's trip to Chicago next spring.


Hanson hopes for strong tribute to Tidball

Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson hopes that residents of Pierre and Fort Pierre won't forget Sam Tidball Saturday.

Tidball, who served as Fort Pierre Mayor for 16 years, died Tuesday at the age of 90. His funeral is 10 a.m. Saturday at Pierre's Congregational United Church of Christ.

Hanson is requesting that residents of both communities line the streets Saturday morning for Tidball's funeral procession. She tells KCCR News that the city wants to pay its tribute with the help of flags and residents.

Since Tidball's death, Hanson says the tributes to the former Mayor have been many.

The funeral procession will leave the Congregational United Church of Christ in Pierre about 11 a.m., proceed down Highland Avenue to Sioux Avenue, turn right and drive west on Sioux Avenue, and cross the bridge into Fort Pierre. The procession will then continue on Highway 83 through Fort Pierre, turning right on Second Avenue, then turn right again onto Verendrye Drive to the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center.

Flags also are requested to fly at half-staff in Fort Pierre from sunrise to sunset Saturday in honor of Tidball.Hanson says the Pierre-Fort Pierre Exchange Club also has been asked to post the flags across the Missouri River Bridge in Tidball’s honor.

Hanson says the city of Fort Pierre will also display city equipment in recognition of Tidball as well. 

 


 

Volunteers needed to deliver holiday meals

Volunteers are needed Saturday to help deliver the Thanksgiving holiday meals being offered to eligible residents through the Pierre Area Referral Service.

Executive Director Laura White says more than 320 meals are expected to be delivered Saturday. She says anyone who wants to deliver just a few meals is welcome to participate.

Families receiving the full Thanksgiving meal had to apply first. White says there also have been donations to help provide meals to those residents who lost their homes in last week's first at the Capitol Inn and Suites.


North Garfield Avenue work done for now

 

Work for the winter on the North Garfield Avenue reconstruction project officially finished Thursday.

Chris Boom of contractor Morris Incorporated says the street is open to traffic. He says some of the work will have to be finished next spring.

The state Department of Transportation project was scheduled to be done October 31. Boom says Morris Incorporated and the DOT are discussing how much of a late fee will be assessed.


 

Riggs Big Band Dance Saturday

The sounds of the big band era -- plus a few other eras as well -- will be heard in the Pierre Riggs High School Gym Saturday night.

The Big Band Dance is 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday in the gym. It will include the new Riggs High School Jazz Band, the local Over Forte group and the Aurora Borealis Jazz Combo. 

Riggs Band Director MacKenzie McKeithon says this one of the biggest events of the band season and one of the first appearances by the school's new jazz band. She says the support of the community, such as from Over Forte, has been important.

There is also a swing dance competition with a $1 fee per couple. McKethon says the Riggs students had a chance to take dance lessons this week.

This is the first of two Big Band Dances this year. Admission is $5 each. Proceeds go to the band's trip to Chicago next spring.



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