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Holden Retiring From BOA

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Jeff Holden, the Commissioner of the South Dakota Bureau of Administration, is retiring from state government. Holden says he is pursuing another opportunity outside of state government.

Holden started his career in state government at the Department of Commerce and Regulation in 1985. After receiving several promotions at that department, Holden then went to the Bureau of Administration where he was hired as an administrator and purchasing director. Holden was promoted to be the deputy commissioner in 2011 under Commissioner Paul Kinsman and was then appointed by Governor Daugaard to serve as commissioner in late 2015.

Holden was in the forefront of the controversial Hilger’s Gulch changes by Daugaard and the BOA. He says a lot has happened is his short time as Commissioner.

Holden adds that he has been privileged to work in state government.

Holden and his wife Staci will continue to reside in Pierre. Daugaard plans to name a replacement for Holden later this month.

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Davis To Take Over As Lyman County Superintendent

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Former Pierre resident and Stanley County graduate Rob Davis will take over the helm as Superintendent of Lyman County Schools this summer. Current Superintendent Lynn Vlasman is retiring.

Davis is currently the Superintendent in McIntosh, and says he is excited to be closer to home.

Davis graduated from Stanley County in 1983, and has taught in various school districts before becoming a Superintendent. His longest teaching tenure was in Pierre for 10 years.

Davis says that he has some clear cut goals for Lyman County. Davis adds that he is excited to serve the Lyman County communities.

Davis comes to Lyman County at the time that the school board is discussing a proposed plan that would move kindergarten through second grade to one building and third through fifth grade into the other. Right now, one section of kindergarten through fifth grade is housed in Kennebec, and a second group of the same classes is in Presho.

The school board has also discussed the possibility of a new elementary building, but Vlasman says at this time there has not been a recommendation to the board at large regarding a specific building project. 

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CYI Center Renovations On Schedule

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The 1.4 million dollar renovation project currently occurring at the Community Youth and Involved Center in Fort Pierre is coming along really well according to Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson.

Hanson says the recent mild winder has moved along the project significantly…

(Hanson Update 1)

She adds that the new bathrooms are in place as well…

(Hanson Update 2)

Per contract, the renovations are to be done by the 4th of May. Hanson adds, jokingly, that is the renovations are not done by the 4th of May; somebody will have to answer to Center Director Pay Duffy.

The fundraising committee is still looking for about 200,000 dollars out of the 1.4 million that is needed for the project. If you would like to make a donation to the project, contact Duffy at 223-2701.

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COOL Bill Defeated On Senate Floor

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A country of origin bill on beef in the state has been killed by the Senate. However, one Hughes County resident will not stop campaigning for the bill.

Jerald Bronemann of Harrold walked the sidewalks around the state capitol all day Tuesday wearing signs that read “Don’t be a fool, vote for cool”.  It’s his form of protest against those he says are hurting the cattle industry. He hoped the message would have caught the eye of state senators debating over Senate bill 135.

The bill called for mandatory country of origin labeling on beef products sold in South Dakota, if the grocer knows where the product comes from. However, the bill was defeated in the senate and the issue is dead for this session

COOL was federal law before congress repealed it in late 2015. South Dakota cattle producers have seen their prices plummeted since then. Proponents argue that just about everything South Dakotans buy, from shoes, to clothing and cars are all labeled to indicate where they were made, so why shouldn’t our beef follow the same guidelines. Opponents said it’s a level of unnecessary red tape that hurts small businesses.

Bronemann says he’ll push for re-introduction of COOL in South Dakota, and be back with his signs to support the measure if it ever comes back. 

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Noem Discusses Tax Reform In Pierre

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

U.S. Representative Kristi Noem says Republicans are glad to have a partner in the White House after years of working as a check against former President Barack Obama.

Noem gave speeches Tuesday to the South Dakota House and Senate. She says much of Obama's legacy was "built on sand" and can be quickly undone with executive orders.

The state's lone U.S. representative, who sits on the Ways and Means Committee, says that one of her priorities over the next two years is that she wants to pursue an overhaul of the tax system…

(Noem Tax 1)

Noem adds it’s been almost thirty years since Congress has done fundamental tax reform…

(Noem Tax 2)

She adds that President Trump is “open minded” to the tax reforms…

(Noem Tax 3)

Noem adds that the Ways and Means Committee has been discussing tax reforms for at least the last two years, and with the new administration, they are just putting their thoughts together on the process. 

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Hoftiezer Selected As 70th Annual King Of Hearts

Monday, February 20, 2017

Stanley County’s Damon Hoftiezer has been named the 70th Annual King of Hearts at the Job’s Daughters King of Hearts Dance Sunday.

Hoftiezer was selected based on leadership, character and community involvement. Job’s Daughter’s hosted the event with the first dance held in 1948, in the McClure Hall.

Organizers say over 580 high school students and family members attended the event annual event held at Riggs High School.

The King of Heart’s dance is a formal attire event which means suit or tuxedo for the men and appropriate formal gown or dress for the ladies. The event is open only to students in grades 9th-12th.  This year there were twelve candidates, who are required to be seniors, were selected based on recommendations and qualities such as leadership, character and involvement in city and community activities.

Job’s Daughters is an organization for young girls between the ages of 10 through 20 years old and teaches leadership, community service, organization, and memorization skills.

Congratulations to the all of the candidates Connor Gerber – Pierre. Kole Pickner – Onida, Trey Dravland – Pierre, Brody Hultman– Pierre, Damon Hoftiezer – Fort Pierre, Andrew Norwick – Pierre, Bradley Dean – Pierre, Aaron Hoelscher – Pierre, Nolan Ortbahn – Pierre, Jordan Lutmer – Pierre, Andrew Van Gerpen – Pierre, and Spencer Sarringar – Pierre.

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SD Senate To Take UP COOL Bill

Monday, February 20, 2017

The State Senate will consider a bill tomorrow that would require retailers to display the country of origin of beef sold in South Dakota.

The full Senate will take up the proposal after the Senate State Affairs Committee voted 5-3 last week to send the bill to the floor.

South Dakota Stockgrowers Association executive director Silvia Christen says customers want to know what kind of food they’re putting on their plates. She says the bill could help increase demand for U.S. beef.

However, District 29 Senator Gary Cammack says he’s concerned about small town grocers. Christen says stores she’s talked to are in favor of the bill.

The South Dakota Retailers Association has come out in opposition of the bill. Executive Director Shawn Lyons says the bill is an unnecessary government mandate that would put a burden on grocers.

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KCCR Farm, Home And Sports Show This Weekend

Monday, February 20, 2017

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

The 45th annual show is this weekend at the Ramkota RiverCentre featuring over 80 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 when you arrive 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 at 4:00 P.M. on Sunday. You can also register all week at Slumberland.

The Annual Birds of Prey Show will be held Saturday at 10:30 A.M, 12:30 P.M, and 2:00 P.M. Adults and kids will be able to get up close and personal with the birds.

New this year will be 2 free seminars on Sunday, one presented by East Pierre Landscaping on Gardening 101 and another presentation from the staff at Avera St Mary’s Healthcare.

The Lions Club is doing free vision checks on kids of any age to help identify and problems both days. There will be lots of door prizes, food and fun. 

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Crossover Day Approaching For Legislature

Monday, February 20, 2017

It is getting down to decision time this legislative session.  

This week marks three weeks and counting before the end of the session’s main run on March 10th. Crossover Day, which is when all bills have to be dealt with in their house of origin, is Thursday.

Several major pieces of legislation still have to be dealt with this week. District 24 Representative Tim Rounds of Pierre says it is time for lawmakers to make some decisions…

(Crossover 1)

Rounds says the big topic this week for the House is discussion surrounding provisions of IM 22…

(Crossover 2)

He adds with 105 opinions in the legislature, it’s going to be a tough week to get everything accomplished before crossover day. 

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Pierre St. Patrick's Day Festivities Approaching

Monday, February 20, 2017

St. Patrick’s Day is less than a month away, and the local Irish Club is planning a massive celebration in Pierre.

Irish club member Kevin Merscheim says that the parade will be March 17 at 5:15 p.m., leaving from Georgia Morse Middle School, down Pierre Street, and ending at the Legion Cabin. Lineup for the parade will be at the GMMS parking lot. To get your entry in the parade, contact Merscheim at 223-2970.

After the parade, all are invited to Irish stew feed at the Legion Cabin. Tickets are only eight dollars for adults and kids 10 and under are three dollars. The feed is a fundraiser to provide under privileged individuals with eye exams and eyeglasses locally.



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