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Cowan Awarded "Hometown Hero" At Stirling Ranch Rodeo

Monday, September 26, 2016

Hundreds of local community members attended the annual Stirling Family Ranch Rodeo Saturday in Fort Pierre.

The annual event began as a memorial to late Highmore rancher Dick Stirling, who died in 1997 of cancer. All money raised goes to those battling cancer in our community.

A main highlight for attendees is recognizing the “Hometown Hero.” The award is given out to someone who goes above any beyond for the community.

This year “Hometown Hero” was Willie Cowan. Cowan, who has never met a stranger, has spent his life involved in the rodeo and cattle business.

Cowan’s accomplishments out of the arena helping youth over the years far outshine his own wins.

Cowan, along with his wife Loretta and a small group of local members, started the 4H Finals Rodeo 45 years ago. The 4H Rodeo program in SD is one of only two programs in the Nation and SD has over 1,500 kids competing and had nearly 550 contestants at the 2016 Finals. Cowan started as a field man at Ft. Pierre Livestock over 30 years ago and ran the crew out back for the majority of that time.  Cowan was there to lend a hand to the area youth by “putting them to work if they were willing”. 

Over the years, Cowan has been incredibly supportive and encouraging to the Stirling family in their endeavors for the Stirling Family Memorial Ranch Rodeo. In addition, he has participated and helped at many of the events and most recently has been sharing his beautiful wagon and horses for the Grand Entry and Memorial Walk and Ride. 

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Stanley County Students Raising Funds For Athletic Trainer Battling Cancer

Monday, September 26, 2016

Former Lady Buffalo and Stanley County Athletic Trainer Sierra Moeller is battling breast cancer, and the Stanley county Student body is coming together to help her with her battle.

T-shirts are currently being sold to benefit Moeller. Stanley County Coaches Association President John Latham is organizing the T-Shirt sales, and says this is a great way for the students to help Moeller.

T-shirt cost is $10 with $5 from each sale going to Sierra.  Sizes are adult S-4XL.  Please contact Mr. Latham at the high school by calling 223-7745 or student council members Damon Hoftiezer, Carson Wyly, or Andi Drageset to order your t-shirt. 


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Major Progress Made To New Stanley County Wrestling Room

Monday, September 26, 2016

The efforts of a local group of Stanley County wrestling fans and supporters are being shown off as a long-awaited high-school wrestling facility is currently being constructed in Fort Pierre.

The Stanley County Wrestling Facility Organization, comprised of business people, fans, head coach John Latham and parents of present and former wrestlers, has signed a lease on a parcel of school property behind the elementary school that would be turned back to the school once the facility is completed.

According to Latham, major progress was made to the facility over the weekend…

(Wrestling Room 1)

He adds that no school funds are being utilized for the building…

(Wrestling Room 2)

The facility will have a wrestling and workout area that could accommodate two full floor mats plus locker, training and utility rooms, a unisex bathroom and a small coach’s room. The facility would also serve the Stanley County Youth Wrestling club and benefit close to 100 wrestlers per season.

All donations will be channeled through the South Dakota Community Foundation and are tax deductible. For donation information, contact Latham at the high school.

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Harrold Woman Arrested For Stealing Electric Wheelchair

Monday, September 26, 2016

A rural Harrold woman was arrested over the weekend after stealing a electric wheelchair.

On Saturday at approximately 12 noon, officers with the Pierre Police Department were made aware of individuals that were intoxicated and riding in a wheel chair. 

Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says the 33 year old Carla Howe was in possession of the electric wheel chair. Officers made contact with the actual owner of the wheel chair and he said that the wheelchair was in fact stolen.  The chair is valued at over $1,000. The wheelchair was stolen from the 200 block of N. Euclid.  Police officers came across Howe near the intersection of Central and Missouri.  

Howe was arrested for Grand Theft over 1,000 dollars and Possession of Stolen Property. She was transported to the Hughes County Jail for booking. 

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Hit And Run Accident In Pierre Lands Man With Several Charges

Monday, September 26, 2016

A McIntosh man was arrested on several charges in Pierre Friday after being involved in a hut and run accident.

On Friday at 10:32 PM, the Pierre Police Department responded to a report of a hit and run crash that occurred in the Super 8 motel parking lot.  The driver of the vehicle was stopped just west of the Super 8. 

As the investigation unfolded, 59 year old Kevin Dirk of McIntosh was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, 2nd offense DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, open container, and possession of less than two ounces of marijuana.

Dirk was transported to the Hughes Co. Jail.  He caused over $1,000 in damage in the traffic accident.

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Gas Leak Occurs Monday On Lower Pierre Street

Monday, September 26, 2016

A gas leak occurred in downtown Pierre Monday morning.

At approximately 11:30 AM, a contractor working in the alley in the 400 block of South Pierre Street hit a gas line, causing neighboring businesses to be evacuated as a precautionary measure.

Pierre Fire Chief Ian Paul says the gas leak was controlled within a half hour by Montana-Dakota Utilities. (MDU)

Paul says for approximately one half hour, they evacuated some businesses in the area. Paul adds that locates were done in a fast manner with the gas leak.

Traffic was diverted on the 400 block of south Pierre Street for approximately one half hour. Business was back to usual at approximatly 12 noon.

MDU crews were still working on restoring gas to neighboring businesses as of 1:00 P.M. Monday. 

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Pierre City Commission To Finalize 2017 Budget Tuesday

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Pierre City Commission will finalize and adopt their 2017 budget Tuesday night.

The commission, for the last few months, has been meticulously crunching the numbers, matching the revenues versus expenses, and holding budget hearings. The overall budget for the city in 2017 is 64.6 million, which includes the utility funds.

Pierre Finance officer Twila Hight says the budget is balanced. She says one item built into the budget is not increase in sales tax revenues.

Some of the major city projects budgeted in 2017 includes 9.7 million dollars for phase two of the city’s electric system improvements, among many other major projects.

Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill adds that when it comes to outside agency non-profit funding, they have budgeted the same for 2017 as they did in 2016, with one addition. That’s for PAWS Animal rescue.

In a separate ordinance, the Pierre City Commission will take action Tuesday on the possible nine percent increases in 2017 for water and wastewater utilities. Also, there is a flood adder at a 3.5 percent overall increase. A Public hearing and second reading on that ordinance will be held at the meeting.

The meeting begins at 5:30 PM in city hall. Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill will be a guest on the KCCR Morning show at 8:30 AM Wednesday morning for this week’s edition of “Ask The Mayor.” If you have any questions for Gill, please email them to

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Pierre Solar Farm Project Dedicated

Monday, September 26, 2016

The largest solar farm in South Dakota was dedicated with a ribbon cutting in Pierre on Monday morning.

The Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) Pierre Solar Project, located in the northwest corner of the Pierre Municipal Airport grounds, was officially welcomed to the community by many local and state officials Monday.

Missouri River Energy Director of Federal and District Power Programs Jeff Peters says that facility will be commercially operable within a week. Peters adds that Pierre is a prime location for this first solar project for MRES.

The solar farm consists of 42 massive panels the costs approximately two million dollars. The energy produced from the project will be shared among all sixty of MRES’s member communities. Peters adds that the city of Pierre will not pay any more or less for the facility being located in town.  

It was made evident at the dedication ceremony that South Dakota has lagged behind other states when it comes to renewable energy, and this project will help bridge that gap a little. 

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Community Members Encouraged To Vote For Wellmark Grant Recipient

Monday, September 26, 2016

Earlier this summer, The Wellmark Foundation announced it was accepting Community Kickstarter grant applications to fund up to $10,000 for projects in Iowa and South Dakota focused on making community members more active or improving access to healthy foods.

Wellmark Foundation Manger Stephanie Perry says that “the large number of applications is a testament to communities wanting to improve the health and well-being of their citizens.”

Area applicants include: The Pierre Play Trail Fitness Installation. The project is the installation of adult fitness equipment along the Pierre Play Trail, including border timbers, safety surface, and descriptive signs, in order to make the trail even more attractive to families.

The Stanley Post 20 Sports Field Complex. The Stanley Post 20 Legion Youth Sports Fields will be building a softball and baseball field in northern Fort Pierre.  

Pierre Project Open Skate. Project Open Skate will provide 90 pairs of ice skates for general community use during open skating times at the Expo Center in Ft. Pierre and the PAYSA skating rink in Pierre.

All 119 applications have been uploaded to From now until Oct. 7, The Wellmark Foundation encourages the public to go online to show their support by telling them which one is their favorite.  

Grant recipients will be announced in November. 

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Onida Red Cross Volunteer Dispatched To Iowa

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Long time Onida Red Cross Volunteer Nancy McKenney has been dispatched again.

McKenney has been activated to respond to expected flooding in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  She will be helping with shelter set up for the evacuation that has been ordered for areas affected for potential 28 foot flooding of the Cedar River.  Evacuation must be done by 8 PM Sunday. 

McKenny left on Saturday. 

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