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Fallen Hero Banners On Display In Pierre Monday

Saturday, May 27, 2017

The South Dakota Fallen Heroes Banners will be on display on Memorial Day Monday from 9am to 3pm at the Capitol Lake Visitor Center.

The banners are a mobile display honoring South Dakota’s Sons and Daughters that died since 9/11 in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

Event Organizer Jerry Duba of Rapid City says the banners are life size replicas…

(Jerry Duba 1)

Duba says they would like a permanent memorial for these fallen heroes from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts honored on the Capitol Grounds.

He says there will be 36 different banners on display…

(Jerry Duba 2)

The banners will be accompanied by Fallen Heroes Banners Committee members and members of Pierre Military Service Clubs. The event is open to the public at no charge.

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Pierre Man Pleads Not Guilty To Rape Charge

Friday, May 26, 2017

A Pierre man has been indicted by a Lyman County Grand Jury with third degree rape and sexual contact with a minor charges.

19 year old Slater Pauley made his initial court appearance on the charges Thursday morning in Kennebec in front of Circuit Judge Patricia DeVaney.

Court documents allege that between February 1st of 2016 and November 23rd of 2016, Pauley committed the crimes of third degree rape and sexual contact of a child less than sixteen years of age, but over thirteen. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in Kennebec.

Pauley pled not guilty to the charges Thursday. He has posted a 1,000 dollar cash bond. Pauley is innocent until such time as proven guilty.

DeVaney set a status hearing for Pauley June 29th at 10am at the Lyman County Courthouse. 

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Highway Patrol Conducting Joint Operation

Friday, May 26, 2017

South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers and Minnesota State Patrol Troopers will join together to conduct a 23-hour traffic safety operation starting this morning.

The Minnesota State Patrol, South Dakota Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies are participating in the annual I-90 Safety Operation taking place until 4am Saturday.

South Dakota troopers will patrol Interstate 90 from Wyoming to Minnesota while the Minnesota State Patrol covers between South Dakota and Wisconsin. Officials from both states say the goal of the campaign is to help ensure that motorists stay safe.

Troopers will promote highway safety through enforcement, with an emphasis on speed, hazardous moving violations, seatbelt use and impaired driving. The operation includes use of patrol aircraft, personnel with police service dogs, drug recognition experts and motor carrier personnel.

Traffic is expected to be heavy because it is the Memorial Day weekend and the start of the summer travel season. Officials say this is a good time for such a joint operation.

While I-90 is the focus, troopers also will monitor other state and county roads, especially those that might be used to avoid the state-line ports of entry.

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Post 8 Hosting Memorial Day Service At Riggs

Friday, May 26, 2017

After a weekend of ballgames, picnics, fishing trips, graduations, camp outings and other summer-like activities, Pierre-Fort Pierre area citizens, along with the rest of the nation, are being reminded to remember what the Memorial Day holiday is really all about.

Memorial Day is the holiday where Americans pause and reflect about all those who served, especially all those who served and never returned. Also remembered are their families.

Pierre’s traditional Memorial Day ceremony starts at 11 a.m. Monday in the Riggs High School Theater. Prelude music by the Capital City Band begins at 10:30 a.m. Guest speaker is Pastor John Fette, a Vietnam War wounded Marine veteran. His speech is entitled “The Human Cost of Liberty.” A lunch will be served after the ceremony at the Pierre Post 8 American Legion Cabin.

As for all holidays, the American and South Dakota state flags are posted across the Missouri River Bridge. It is a program of the Pierre-Fort Pierre Exchange Club.

Also, local Boy Scouts will help the Exchange Club post American flags at more than 130 businesses.

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Miss South Dakota Contestants Gather In Pierre

Friday, May 26, 2017

Sixteen young women, all local title-holders from around the state, spent last weekend in Pierre preparing for the annual Miss South Dakota Pageant in June. This year’s pageant theme is “Simply Classic!” Tickets for all three nights of competition and related events are now on sale.

The Pageant will be held in the Mueller Civic Center Theater in Hot Springs June 15th through the 17. Visit www.misssd.org for your tickets.

Local title holders competing for the state crown include Pierre’s Annie Woodmansey, Miss Sully County Fair, and Rutland’s Rachel Black, Miss Oahe Days.

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“The Lego Guy” Returns To Rawlins

Friday, May 26, 2017

Rawlins Municipal Library wants every kid to be a reading superhero this summer and is kicking off their summer reading program “Build a Better World.”

The summer kicks off with “The Lego Guy”, Curtis Mork on Wednesday May 31st. The event and features information about the history of Legos, their transformation and the many different ways Legos can be used. Mork also brings themed Legos for kids to play with. There will be two programs for kids, beginning at 10 a.m. and at 1 p.m.

Mork will bring his LEGO display sets and children will be able to construct their own LEGO creations. Ne registration is required for the free event.

Throughout the summer, children will be encouraged to read books. The program requires reading logs to be kept. When kids reach appropriate bench marks, they can submit their reading logs for prizes. The program is available for children five and under, and kids in grades kindergarten through eighth grade.

Rawlins Municipal Library is located at 1000 E. Church St in Pierre. For more information, please call the library at 773-7421 or visit www.rawlinslibrary.org.

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Pierre Police Vehicle Involved In Collision

Friday, May 26, 2017

A Pierre police vehicle was involved in a collision Thursday evening.

According to Hughes County Sheriff Mike Leidholt, whose office investigated the accident, the crash occurred at 6:10 pm at the intersection of Dakota and Central in Pierre.

Leidholt says that 26 year old Brittany Olson of Pierre was traveling northbound in a 2014 Ford Escape on Central when she tried stopping at the stop sign, but her flip flop got caught on the brake pedal, causing her foot to slip and she did not stop.  Her vehicle ran into the Pierre Police vehicle, driven by 33 year old Cole Martin of Pierre. Martin was westbound on Dakota.

Leidholt says that the Pierre Police Vehicle received 10,000 dollars in damage and Olson’s vehicle received 6,000 dollars in damage.

Officer Martin was transported as a precaution to Avera St. Mary’s hospital due to a “sore neck.” Olson was cited for a stop sign violation. 

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Flags To Fly At Half Staff Monday Morning

Friday, May 26, 2017

Gov. Dennis Daugaard asks that flags be flown at half-staff on the morning of Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, in observance of fallen military service members.

President Donald Trump has proclaimed Memorial Day as a Day of Prayer for Permanent Peace and has called on governors of the United States to request flags at half-staff from 8 a.m. until noon and then at full-staff from noon until sunset.

The President has designated the hour beginning at 11 a.m., local time, to unite in prayer. He also urges Americans to observe a National Moment of Remembrance beginning at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day.


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Fort Pierre Legend Bernie Duffy Passes Away

Friday, May 26, 2017

Longtime Stanley County resident and well known Fort Pierre community member Bernie Duffy has passed away.

Duffy graduated from High School in 1947, and served his county during the Korean Conflict. At that time, he married then Peggy Crowley at a USO club in New York City. They later married. After getting out of the Navy, Bernie went on to earn a master’s in education from what is now South Dakota State University in 1955-56.

He then returned to Stanley County to serve as a teacher, coach, principal and superintendent from 1956 through 1967. Duffy was Stanley County state’s attorney from 1970 to 1993.

Duffy always owned horses through the years and he was a friend of Rodeo Legend Casey Tibbs and a founding member of the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center.

Fellow founding member and Casey’s niece Dayle Angyal says “Bernie was a very valuable board member to the center.” He worked as the legal counsel when the building was being constructed. Angyal also stated that Duffy donated part of the land for the Rodeo Center.

Duffy, who was a true friend of Fort Pierre, “had his heart in it for sure” added Angyal.

Services for Duffy are pending under the direction of the Isburg Funeral Chapel. 

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Lawmakers Draft Non-Meandered Lake Legislation

Thursday, May 25, 2017

It's an issue that's created waves across the state for the past few months. Twenty-four non-meandered lakes, including Cottonwood Lake in Sully County east of Agar, were closed by state Game, Fish and Parks in April following a state Supreme Court ruling, and years of in-action by the South Dakota Legislature.

Now, a group of lawmakers, including Pierre Representative Mary Duvall, hope to solve the complicated issue of public waters on top of private lands once and for all by drafting legislation aimed at reopening the lakes this summer.

Much of the bill discussion in Pierre Wednesday was on how to make land owners and sportsmen happy, but small business owners were also present to make their views known.

Legislators are pleased with how much input they've received from all sides of the issues. Its public testimony and casual conversations across the state that give them an idea of what issues are still there and need to be addressed.

Committee members are still trying to find a compromise that will make everyone happy, but it's quite a tightrope act to accomplish.

Legislators will continue the process of drafting legislation and hope to finish a potential bill during their next meeting in Pierre on June 2nd. That meeting is also open to the public.

(KSFY contributed to this story)

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