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   From the desk of News Director Kevin Larsen

Category: Local News

City Reminds Property Owners To Scoop Your Sidewalk

Saturday, December 3, 2016

If you own property in Pierre, please remember to scoop your sidewalk.

Pierre Construction and Operations Manager Lynn Patton remind residents that city ordinance requires property owners who have sidewalks attached to their property to clear the walkway of snow and ice within 48 hours of a snow event.

This ordinance is in place to keep pedestrians safe.

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Holiday Hours Extended At Cultural Heritage Center

Friday, December 2, 2016

The South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will be open extended hours.

The museum will be open 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. through Dec. 23. Regular hours, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., will return on Saturday, Dec. 24. The center is closed on Sunday, Christmas Day.

On Monday, Dec. 26, the museum is open 1-4:30 p.m. All other offices of the South Dakota State Historical Society are closed that day.

Two new exhibits, featuring quilts and photography, recently opened in the museum. There is a small admission fee for ages 18 and older. Children 17 and younger are always free.

The center is also closed on Sunday, New Year’s Day.

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Pierre Fire Holds Annual Awards Banquet

Friday, December 2, 2016

Pierre firefighters and their families gathered Thursday evening to celebrate the holidays and remember another firefighting year.

The department held the 2016 awards banquet at the Ramkota RiverCenter.

The event included a meal, comments from leaders and presentation of the department’s three major awards – Rookie of the Year, Firefighter of the Year and the Marso Award.

Rookie of the Year was presented to Jeremy White. Firefighter of the Year was presented to Cody Hall.

The most prestigious award is the Marso Award. The award is named after Don Marso, a well-respected Pierre firefighter who is the only department firefighter to die in the line of duty. Winning this award was Paula Tronvold.

Fred Marso has honored his late brother with this award for several years now, and Tronvold is the first female firefighter to receive the award. Tronvold told the crowd, upon receiving the award, that thank you does not seem adequate. Pierre Fire Chief Ian Paul says it’s an honor to even be nominated for an award.

It has been another active year for the department. Paul says the accomplishments this year have been incredible, with 180 calls to date. “It’s not about the number of calls, it’s about making sure everyone is able to go home safely,” adds Paul.

Paul says it is important that the department take time to gather at year’s end every year.

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Illegally Dumped Snow Causing Problems

Friday, December 2, 2016

The South Dakota Department of Transportation reminds the public and commercial snow removal operators that it is illegal to place or dump excess snow on highway right of way, which includes driving surfaces, shoulders and ditches. 

Violation of the anti-dumping law is a Class 1 misdemeanor, with a penalty of up to one year in jail, $2,000 in fines, or both. It is the policy of the SDDOT to remove snow that has been illegally piled within the highway right of way that may be a safety hazard. In addition, violators will be billed for the costs of removing illegally dumped snow.

Property owners and access users are reminded it is their responsibility to remove snow from the ends of driveways and around their own mailboxes.

The department asks landowners and commercial snow-removal operators to keep excess snow on private property or haul it to legal dumping sites.

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Fire Crews Respond To Structure Fire West Of Fort Pierre

Friday, December 2, 2016

The Fort Pierre Fire Department, along with the Pierre Rural Department, was dispatched to a structure fire just before 8am Friday morning west of Fort Pierre.

Upon arrival, a significant amount of smoke was coming from the top of a shed that housed the Hansen Quality Fencing business, approximately six miles west of Fort Pierre along Highway 14/83.

The Fort Pierre fire department was originally dispatched, and then a few minutes later they requested mutual aid from Pierre rural’ s tanker trucks. The majority of the fire was in the upper part of the structure, and smoke could be seen coming from the roof.

Fort Pierre Fire Chief Justin Jones says that the fire was caused by an electrical issue and the building has been declared a complete loss. 

The Pierre RIT team and the Stanley County Sheriff’s Office assisted.

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Phone Scam Is Circulating Across Pierre

Friday, December 2, 2016

A phone scam is circulating around Pierre.

According to Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster, a few Pierre businesses have been contacted by someone claiming to be the city of Pierre. In this call, the person demands a credit card or the power will be shut off to the business.

Blemaster says the city of Pierre does not shut off anyone’s power in this manner, and they go to the residence if needed in dealing with this type of incident. He says so far, no residents have been targeted by this scam.

If you do get a call from someone demanding a credit card from the city, please know that this is a scam and contact the city of Pierre police department of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division right away. 

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Pierre Police Take Stance On Marsy's Law

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Law enforcement agencies are limiting information provided to the public about crimes in South Dakota because of a newly passed constitutional amendment.

Transparency advocates say those moves will lessen people's knowledge about crime and policing in their communities, while amendment supporters say that authorities are being overly cautious.

According to Pierre Police Chief Dave Panzer, in response to a recent meeting with the City Attorney’s Office, the City of Pierre Police Department will no longer be able to provide the locations of where crimes or incidents take place. Also, they will continue to suspend the release of information of traffic crash reports.

Panzer says the goal has always been to protect victim’s rights and transparent reporting of police related matters in our community. The Pierre Police Department are continuing to monitor what other law enforcement agencies in the state are doing in regards to Marsy’s Law. 

Panzer adds that he anticipates more information and guidance will come in the very near future from both the City Attorney’s Office and our State Attorney General’s Office. 

Montana and the Dakotas approved the Marsy's Law amendments last month. North Dakota State's Attorneys' Association executive director Aaron Birst says he hasn't heard of North Dakota law enforcement agencies imposing similar restrictions.

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Stanley County Suing FEMA

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Stanley County is suing the Federal Emergency Management Agency after the agency demanded the county give back money that was used on a project following record flooding on the Missouri River in 2011.

FEMA has demanded Stanley County pay back $145,000 for a box culvert that the county installed on War Creek Road after the flooding. The agency says the county exceeded the scope of work for the project and didn't determine if the property had any historical significance prior to starting the project.

Stanley County filed the lawsuit against FEMA after losing two administrative appeals with the agency. The suit says that before work began, a FEMA field representative visited the site and approved the project, including that the work met historic preservation standards.

Stanley County auditor Phil Edwards says that the Commissioners approved a resolution last week in support of the lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed with the US District Court in Pierre. 

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Local Museums Offering Business Appreciation Days

Thursday, December 1, 2016

From Friday through Sunday, Dec. 9-11, the Bad River Museum Directors will host Business Appreciation Days at four participating local museums, including the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center, the South Dakota Discovery Center and the South Dakota National Guard Museum in Pierre and the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center in Fort Pierre.

Next weekend, any patron presenting a sales receipt dated from Nov. 25th-Dec.11 from any business in Fort Pierre or Pierre will receive free admission at the Cultural Heritage Center, the Discovery Center or the Casey Tibbs Center. At the National Guard Museum, where admission is always free, patrons will receive a holiday gift item.  

The Bad River Museum Directors is a working group of local museum directors who have collaborated on projects over the last two years, including “Peanuts, Naturally” and the Bad River Museums Music Project. More projects are planned for the future.  

All business receipts from any Pierre or Fort Pierre business showing a purchase made between Nov. 25 and Dec. 11 will be honored at the four participating museums from Dec. 9-11 only.   

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Fire Destroys Pierre Garage Wednesday

Thursday, December 1, 2016

A Pierre garage has been declared a complete loss after a fire destroyed the contents Wednesday evening.

Just before 6pm, the Pierre Fire department responded to a call of flames engulfing a garage at the corner of Polaris and Mercury in the Northstar addition of town.

Pierre Firefighter Doug Gordon says upon arrival the detached garage was fully engulfed. There was one car inside of the garage. They initially received reports of popping and cracking, possible coming from the vehicle that was in the garage.  

He adds there were no injuries and there is some exterior damage to the neighboring home.

The cause of the fire was still undetermined as of late Wednesday night. In addition to the Pierre Firefighters, the Fort Pierre Rapid Intervention Team, AMR and the Red Cross responded to the scene.

The owners of the garage were Tony and Medora Wieser. Video of the fire can be found on the Today’s KCCR Facebook page.  

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