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District 24 candidate forum tonight

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The District 24 state Senate candidates meet tonight in one of their few joint appearances.

Democrat challenger Ruth Rehn and Republican incumbent Jeff Monroe will discuss issues during a candidate forum sponsored by the Governmental Relations Committee of the Pierre Chamber of Commerce. The one-hour forum will include questions submitted by the public.

Tonight’s forum starts at 6 p.m. in the Pierre Chamber of Commerce’s community room. Organizers say a planned forum on Initiated Measure 1, has been cancelled because they could not secure both a supporter and an opponent. The measure would require health insurers to include all willing and qualified health care providers on their provider lists.

Another forum involving the two candidates is scheduled for November 3, the day before the election, on KCCR Radio.



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Warm, windy day ahead

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

It will be another summer-like day – warm and windy.

Temperatures are expected to be in the 70s and 80s today.  It also will be breezy with winds reaching 20 to 25 miles an hour by this afternoon.

Officials warn that the conditions will push the fire danger index to higher levels. The public is being urged to be careful with open fires. Rain is possible later on tonight.


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City Commission to consider Hyde Stadium project

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pierre city commissioners tonight will consider two issues that pertain to the proposed renovation of Hyde Stadium.

The commission is expected to approve a professional services agreement and also a budget supplement ordinance for the project. The city has agreed to pay half of the $1.2 million project.

A design committee for the project is meeting for the first time tonight starting at 6:30 p.m.

Tonight’s Pierre City Commission meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. in the commission room of the Pierre City Hall. The public is invited to attend.


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Deer Task Force to recommend no harvest

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pierre’s Deer Task Force plans to recommend that no deer harvest be done this year, which would be for the first time since the program started in 2007.

City Commissioner Jeanne Goodman, who is chairperson of the task force, says the group Monday night reviewed the deer counts done last month. She says the average count was 24 deer for each of the three separate counts conducted. Goodman says that is considerably lower than counts done in past years.

Goodman says the task force believes there are fewer deer in the city based on the counts and the lower number of residential complaints and vehicle-deer accidents received.

The program started in 2007 and continued each year except for 2011 after the Missouri River Flood. The number of deer to be harvested, set by the state Game, Fish and Parks Department, has reached as high as 70. In the last two years, the harvest number was 20 deer each.

Goodman plans to discuss the issue at tonight’s city commission meeting. A formal task force recommendation will be made at next week’s meeting.

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Police Chief: Negotiation training works

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pierre’s Police Chief says training played a large role in helping a police officer keep a despondent female from jumping off the Missouri River train bridge last week.

The officer, who has not been named, talked for about 20 minutes Thursday night with the woman who was sitting on the edge of the train bridge over the Missouri River. Officials say she made several comments about jumping. The officer sat near the woman, talked to her and when she made movements that indicated she might jump, the officer was able to grab her and pull her back to safety.

Police Chief David Panzer, Junior says such negotiation training, designed to defuse potential tense situations, is something all officers are provided.

Panzer says Thursday night’s incident was unusual because of where it was. But he says officers using their negotiation training happens on a daily basis.

A new component introduced in the last few years to such training is providing officers with guidance on how to help those who are dealing with mental health issues.


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Capital Area United Way Business Blitz today

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Members of the Capital Area United Way fan out across the area this morning contacting businesses about being part of this year’s fund-raising campaign.

Executive Director Christina Oey says this is the first time the United Way has tried a business blitz in several years. She says about 200 businesses will be contacted in a three-hour period.

Oey says several volunteers will be part of  the blitz. She says this is a chance to meet with businesses on a face-to-face basis.

This year’s campaign, which has a goal of $550,000, has been on-going for about a month. Oey says several businesses have already completed their fund-raising efforts. The state government portion of the campaign also is beginning. 


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Fire does minimal damage to combine

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Monday afternoon fire did minimal damage to a combine east of Pierre.

Pierre Rural Fire Department Chief Jason Roggow says the fire was first reported four miles east of Pierre south of Highway 14.  While crews were headed there, the operator of the combine drove it to a nearby farm. There, a water hose was used to douse the flame.

Roggow says there was little damage to the combine and no other fires were reported. Crews were on scene for about an hour.


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Local residents honored at awards ceremony

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Fort Pierre resident and a Pierre business were recognized Monday for their contributions to the employment of South Dakotans with disabilities.

Governor Dennis Daugaard presented Governor’s Awards to three individuals, two businesses and a non-profit agency.

Among the winners were:

*** Steve Stewart of Fort Pierre, who received the Outstanding Employee with a Disability Award.  Stewart is a rehabilitation engineer for the state Department of Human Services. During his almost 30 years in state government, Stewart  has been known as a mentor and role model for all colleagues, not just those with disabilities.

*** Pierre Walmart Store, was honored as the Outstanding Private Large Employer. The store was recognized for its work with large agencies to actively recruit qualified applicants. More than 10 percent of its current workforce consists of people with disabilities.

Monday’s ceremony was held in the state Capitol Rotunda. The event was co-sponsored by South Dakota’s Board of Vocational Rehabilitation, Board of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Statewide Independent Living Council and the Department of Human Services.


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Pierre, Fort Pierre officials want units off streets

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pierre Police Tuesday issued 81 warning notices to property owners who still have boats, campers, recreational vehicles and trailers parked on city streets.

Officials said last week that notices would be issued this week by officers. Such items need to be off city streets before winter so snow crews can plow city streets curb to curb.

Captain Elton Blemaster says those who received such notices now have 96 hours to move them off city streets  -- which is about Saturday. If not, tickets will be issued and the units could later be towed. People with questions can call Blemaster at 773-7410.

Meanwhile, in Fort Pierre, officials are asking residents to move similar items from the public right of way. City ordinance prohibits such parking from November 15 until March 15 for a continuous period of more than 24 hours.

If the vehicle is not moved within 24 hours of the citation being issued, Fort Pierre officials say the owner will be fined $25 and the actual cost of removal and towing.

Residents with questions should contact the Fort Pierre City Office at 223-7690. 

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Wild fire burns 150 acres

Monday, October 20, 2014

A fire of undetermined origin burned 150 acres of grass and brush near the Oahe Dam's emergency spillway Saturday afternoon.

Fort Pierre Fire Chief Rick Cronin says hunters may have been the cause of the fire, but that can't be determined.

Cronin says high winds, warm temperatures and hilly terrain made fighting the fire difficult. There were no injuries and no structures threatened. Firefighters from Fort Pierre and Pierre Rural were at the scene for almost four hours.

The public is reminded to be careful with all materials that could start open fires.



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