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Pierre Seeking Bids For Airport Boarding Bridge

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Pierre City Commission this week approved seeking bids for a boarding bridge at the Pierre Regional Airport.

The estimated half million dollar bridge is financed 90 percent by the feds, 5 percent by the state, and 5 percent by the city.

Pierre Airport Manager Mike Isaacs says there are a lot of advantages to the boarding bridge…

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Issacs says the boarding bridge was planned when the new terminal was built five years ago…

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Isaacs says that the boarding bridge is very versatile…

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It will take four to six months to construct the massive boarding bridge, and will arrive in Pierre early next year. 

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National Guard Hosting Training North Of Pierre

Friday, July 21, 2017

In addition to the deployment ceremony for the 15 members of the local unit of the South Dakota National Guard on Saturday, a training exercise for a separate unit of the National Guard will take place this weekend in our area.

The South Dakota National Guard State Medical Command is hosting a wide array of training exercises northwest of the Oahe Dam throughout the day Saturday.

Company Battalion Commander Lieutenant Colonel Murray Thompson says their company is excited to bring military families from across the state into the Pierre/Fort Pierre area…

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Thompson says that the public will see a lot of military grade vehicles participating in this exercise…

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He says the public is welcome to witness the training from a safe distance…

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He says this training is required every two years so the soldiers are up to date in their medic skills.


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Stanley County Parts Ways With Fairgrounds Manager

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Stanley County Commissioners at their meeting earlier this month announced that they are parting ways with their fairground manager. At their meeting last week, Stanley County Commission Chairman Dana Iversen stated that the county was “letting Aaron go.”

The Stanley County Commissioners hired Aaron Brewer to take over the reins of the Stanley County Fairgrounds last year in April.

Brewer, a rural Pierre resident, has an extensive background in rodeo and business management.  His last official day with the county will be July 25th.

Two County Commissioners and the Stanley County Auditor will oversee the operations of the Fairgrounds until a replacement is hired. 

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Hughes County Hosting Wind Farm Ordinance Meeting

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Hughes County Planning Commission is currently looking at possible changes to ordinances regulating wind farms. At this point, the proposed changes would only impact Large Wind Energy Conversion Systems.

The County will have a Wind Ordinance Informational Meeting on Monday in the Commissioners Room on the second floor of the Hughes County Courthouse at 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM. The meeting is to discuss the proposed changes and answer any questions.

Hughes County Planning Director Lee McCurrin says the county is having these meetings to let interested parties review draft ordinance language and other information. Members of the Hughes County Planning Commission, County Commission, and County staff will be available to answer questions. These meetings will not be official public hearings, but will be come and go events. The ordinance changes would impact the entire county and are not targeted at any specific wind farm or project.

Hughes County encourages anyone with an interest in wind energy in the County to attend the meeting to get their questions answered and to offer any comments or concerns with wind energy.

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Five Arrested On Drug Charges In Pierre

Friday, July 21, 2017

Five individuals were arrested in Pierre Wednesday on drug charges.

According to Pierre Police Captain Jason Jones, on Wednesday at approximately 7:52 pm a Pierre Police Officer stopped a Northbound 2017 Jeep Wrangler for speeding near Garfield and Buffalo Street. The officer detected the smell of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle and other officers arrived to assist with the five total occupants and further investigate.

The driver of the vehicle, 21 year old Casandra Artichoker of Mission was arrested for Possession of Marijuana 2 oz. or less, Possession or use of drug paraphernalia and Open Container in a motor vehicle. Passengers 20 year old Leon Badhand of St Francis, 20 year old Tate Birdinground of Rosebud, 23 year old Tavis Birdinground of Rosebud and 20 year old Faith Haukaas of Valentine, NE were all also arrested and charged with Ingesting a substance to become intoxicated, Possession of Marijuana 2 oz. or less and Possession or use of drug paraphernalia.

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SDSU Hosting Pierre Drought Meeting

Friday, July 21, 2017

SDSU Extension will host a livestock agronomy meeting in Pierre next week.

Topics included during the meeting will be Creep feeding, managing livestock herds and feeding during drought, economic resources in the form of budget calculators and other tools; weather outlook for the remainder of the growing season; and much more.

According to a press release, additional SDSU Extension staff will be on hand to address other topics of interest to producers. Producers with concerns about nitrates in forages or water quality concerns are encouraged to bring samples in to be tested for livestock suitability during the meeting. There is no fee to attend the program and early registration is not required.

The meeting in Pierre will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday the 25th at the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce Community Room.


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Burglury Occurs Overnight At State Theater

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Pierre Police Department is continuing to investigate a burglary that occurred overnight at the State Theater in Pierre.

According to Pierre Police Captain Jason Jones, a safe was discovered early Friday morning just after 6:00 AM in the alleyway behind the theater, and the front window was broken out.  

He says this is the “second round” at the theater, as there was a burglary that was discovered early Thursday morning at 10:27 AM as well. Jones says the two burglaries are connected. 

There have been no arrests in either burglary. This is a developing story. Stay tuned to KCCR as further details emerge. 

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Breast Cancer Survivor Finds Healing In Restoring Cemetery

Thursday, July 20, 2017

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An abandoned cemetery on the southern edge of Sully County north of Harrold is getting a new life.

Cathy Myers of Highmore has done a lot of research on the abandoned cemetery, which is in the middle of a local farmer’s field.

Myers says the cemetery has been abandoned since approximately 1930. Over the years, various organizations have tried to upkeep the cemetery, with little to no luck.

Myers says the individuals buried at the cemetery are original settlers from Norway…

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She says that there are a lot of babies buried at the cemetery. The cemetery is kind of a mess right now, but she sees light at the end of the tunnel….

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Myers says that she found healing in restoring the old cemetery while battling breast cancer…

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Myers is now leading an effort to raise funds to restore the cemetery. She is seeking funds for not only the needed restoration efforts, but a foundation for ongoing expenses.

To donate to the cemetery fund, an account has been set up at the Heartland State Bank in Highmore. You can mail any donations to PO Box 219 Highmore, SD 57345. 

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Rendezvous Coming To Fort Pierre

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Fort Pierre will be hosting an old-fashioned rendezvous next week.

Staring Thursday the 27th for four days, individuals from The Muzzle Loaders of the Black Hills will showcase events like black powder shooting, primitive archery, knife and tomahawk throwing, historical clothing, and more. The events will take place at Fisher’s Lily Park.

Chris Maxwell of the Fort Pierre Bicentennial Committee says if there is any place that should have a rendezvous, its Fort Pierre…

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Maxwell says that the committee’s goals was to reach out and find out what events could take place to celebrate Fort Pierre’s Bicentennial, and this rendezvous was one of them…

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Maxwell adds that the committee is excited to bring the group to town, and is hopeful they can continue having rendezvous’ long into the future in Fort Pierre.

At the Rendezvous, a primitive camp, club members show what life was like in America before 1840.

The public is highly encouraged to attend the free rendezvous. 

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Drought Having A Lasting Impact On Everyone

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Even if you have never stepped foot into a cornfield, the current drought in central South Dakota is having an effect on everyone.

The Pierre area relies heavily on the Ag industry, and if the industry is not doing well, that means spending amongst farmers and ranchers are very low.

Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Laura Schoen-Carbonneau says the drought will have a lasting impact on commerce in the area.

Schoen-Carbonneau says in turn, the local businesses do not have the revenue to contribute to fundraisers and non-profit events.

She adds that it’s so important for everyone to support the farmers and ranchers. She says that she gives credit to those in the farm industry every year.

Agriculture is by far the largest sector of the economy in South Dakota, putting $25.6 billion on average into our state each year.

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