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Officials to look for cause of outage

Monday, November 24, 2014

Pierre city officials today will try to determine what caused Friday night's electrical power outage that left a good portion of the central and western parts of the city without power for more than an hour.

City Utilities Division Director Brad Palmer says the outage was reported at 6:45 p.m. Palmer says two switches failed, leading to the blackout.

The area was mainly along West Sioux Avenue. Other businesses and homes also were without power on west Capital Avenue, downtown Pierre Street and elsewhere to the west. 

Patrons of some restaurants didn't get their orders because of the outage. Those attending movies at the State Theater 1-2-3 were left in the dark. Some traffic signal systems at intersections also were not working.

Most customers had power restored by 8 p.m. But the area on West Sioux Avenue, from China Buffet to Clubhouse Inn and Suites, was without power until 11 p.m. when the two switches were replaced.

Palmer says the Clubhouse Inn and Suites was without power for an additional two hours because the business had to call an electrician to get the electricity turned back on.

Palmer says crews will discuss the origin of the cause today.



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McKenney off to help snow-bound Buffalo

Monday, November 24, 2014

An Onida American Red Cross volunteer left this morning to help the victims of the blizzard in Buffalo.

 

Nancy McKenney will serve as a shelter manager in Buffalo. The Red Cross says 65 people spent the night in Red Cross shelters this weekend.

 

The Buffalo area has been covered with more than five feet of snow. Flooding now is a problem as well.

 

McKenney is no stranger to such Red Cross efforts. She has helped with responses to many different disasters. McKenney is expected to be deployed for up to two weeks. 

 

 

 


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Federal regulations determine placement of field offices

Monday, November 24, 2014

Senator-elect Mike Rounds has discovered that it is not easy to select a site for his statewide field offices.

 

As he prepares to join the U.S. Senate in January, Rounds is setting up his offices in both DC and the state. He expects to have at least three offices in South Dakota, including one in Pierre.

 

Where those offices are going to be hasn’t been decided. Rounds says there are congressional rules that have to be followed. Rounds says his staff has started to look at sites that could work.

 

Rounds says his campaign headquarters, which is located at the corner of Highland and Capital Avenues probably will not meet those requirements unless there is considerable renovation done.

 

 

 


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Daugaard to be on KCCR Tuesday

Monday, November 24, 2014

Governor Dennis Daugaard will discuss state issues during this week’s “Ask the Governor” show to be heard on KCCR.

Because of the Governor’s scheduled, the show has been moved to Tuesday this week. It will start at 3 p.m.

The Governor is expected to discuss issues such as his upcoming budget address to lawmakers and the legislative session which starts in January.

 

 


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Capital Christmas Tree lighting ceremony Tuesday

Monday, November 24, 2014

After a weekend of work, this year’s Capital Christmas Tree Display is just about ready.

Almost 100 trees are part of this year’s display. Volunteers have spent the past two weeks working on the display.

The lighting ceremony starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Pre-event music for the tree-lighting ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m., featuring Marla Mosiman. The ceremony will feature musical performances by Capital City Children’s Chorus, the Potter Family and South Dakota Chorale.

 Immediately after the ceremony, kids of all ages can pose for pictures with Santa Claus in front of the South Dakota Christmas tree. Parents are reminded to bring their cameras. 

Following Tuesday’s lighting ceremony, the holiday display will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily from Wednesday through December 27.

 

 


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Search continues for housing

Monday, November 24, 2014

Two weeks after the fire that destroyed the Capital Inn and Suites, an official with a local organization says there are still residents looking for permanent housing.

Laura White, executive director of the Pierre Area Referral Service, says there were 68 people and 36 families that were displaced by the fire. She says there are still five to seven families that still need to be placed.

White says many property owners have been willing to help.

If there is one item that is needed, above everything else, it is beds for children, according to White. She says at least 15 children beds are needed.

Financial donations are still needed. Contributions can be made to the Pierre Area Referral Service located at 2520 East Franklin Street. White says financial contributions should be made or noted for being for the fire disaster fund.

 

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McKenney ready to help blizzard victims

Monday, November 24, 2014

In all of her years as an American Red Cross volunteer, this will be a first for Nancy McKenney.

The Onida resident today is arriving in Buffalo to serve as the manager of the Red Cross shelters set up to help those impacted by the blizzards of last week. More than five feet of snow fell last week leaving thousands snowbound.

McKenney has worked with all types of disasters. She says this is her first dealing with too much snow.

It has been a fast 24 hours for McKenney. She was called by the Red Cross officials Sunday afternoon, traveled to Sioux Falls later that night and flew to Buffalo this morning. She tells KCCR News that her job will be to help supervise all of the shelters that may be opened for the emergency. McKenney says she does not know how many will have to be opened.

McKenney says the shelter system is the same for almost any emergency.

Every disaster, McKenney says, is different. She says the Red Cross volunteers will be ready to address whatever issue may arise.

McKenney could be gone for up to two weeks.

 

 


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Friday night outage impacts 500 customers

Monday, November 24, 2014
An estimated 500 customers, both homes and businesses, were impacted by the Friday night power outage that was centered in western Pierre.

Utilities Division Director Brad Palmer says the outage was first reported at 6:45 p.m.  It was caused by a fault (short) in a primary power cable behind RedRossa, located at 808 West Sioux Avenue. The outage area, according to Palmer, was reported from the Clubhouse Inn and Suites, which is just west of RedRossa, east to Highland Avenue and then north to the substation in northwest Pierre. Several areas along west Capital Avenue also were without power.

Palmer says the fault took out two switches, which had to be replaced.

Most customers had power restored in about an hour. There was a stretch of West Sioux Avenue from the Clubhouse Inn and Suites to the China Buffet that didn’t get power back until 11 p.m. when the two new switches were installed.

But Palmer says for the Clubhouse Inn and Suites, there was no power until 1 a.m. He says the power breakers would not remain set.  A private electrician had to be called in to help restore power to the business.

 

 

 

Friday night outage impacts 500 customers

An estimated 500 customers were impacted by the Friday night power outage that was centered in western Pierre.

Utilities Division Director Brad Palmer says the outage was first reported at 6:45 p.m.  It was caused by a fault (short) in a primary power cable behind RedRossa, located at 808 West Sioux Avenue. The outage area, according to Palmer, was reported from the Clubhouse Inn and Suites, which is just west of RedRossa, east to Highland Avenue and then north to the substation in northwest Pierre. Several areas along west Capital Avenue also were without power.

Palmer says the fault took out two switches, which had to be replaced.

Most customers had power restored in about an hour. There was a stretch of West Sioux Avenue from the Clubhouse Inn and Suites to the China Buffet that didn’t get power back until 11 p.m. when the two new switches were installed.

But Palmer says for the Clubhouse Inn and Suites, there was no power until 1 a.m. He says the power breakers would not remain set.  A private electrician had to be called in to help restore power to the business.

 

Fort Pierre Christmas Tree lighting tonight

The lights go on tonight for Fort Pierre’s Christmas Tree.

A lighting ceremony starts at 6:30 p.m. for the 30-foot blue spruce tree, from the yard of Karl and Jean Hoeppner of Pierre.  The tree is located at the intersection of Main Street and Deadwood Avenue. The public is invited.

In the past, the lighting took place after the Parade of Lights in Pierre. But this year, according to Fort Pierre Development Corporation executive director Dave Bonde, organizers decided to do a larger Fort Pierre event where the businesses stay open, Christmas songs are sung by the tree followed by a chili feed.

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Bonde says the goal is encourage people to see what is happening in downtown Fort Pierre from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. After the lighting ceremony, the chili feed is being held in the Community Youth Involved Center. There is a free-will donation with proceeds going to help those city residents who are having trouble paying their utility bills.

Several Fort Pierre businesses have donated prizes to give away during the evening as well, according to Bonde.

 

 

Friday night outage impacts 500 customers

An estimated 500 customers were impacted by the Friday night power outage that was centered in western Pierre.

Utilities Division Director Brad Palmer says the outage was first reported at 6:45 p.m.  It was caused by a fault (short) in a primary power cable behind RedRossa, located at 808 West Sioux Avenue. The outage area, according to Palmer, was reported from the Clubhouse Inn and Suites, which is just west of RedRossa, east to Highland Avenue and then north to the substation in northwest Pierre. Several areas along west Capital Avenue also were without power.

Palmer says the fault took out two switches, which had to be replaced.

Most customers had power restored in about an hour. There was a stretch of West Sioux Avenue from the Clubhouse Inn and Suites to the China Buffet that didn’t get power back until 11 p.m. when the two new switches were installed.

But Palmer says for the Clubhouse Inn and Suites, there was no power until 1 a.m. He says the power breakers would not remain set.  A private electrician had to be called in to help restore power to the business.

 

Fort Pierre Christmas Tree lighting tonight

The lights go on tonight for Fort Pierre’s Christmas Tree.

A lighting ceremony starts at 6:30 p.m. for the 30-foot blue spruce tree, from the yard of Karl and Jean Hoeppner of Pierre.  The tree is located at the intersection of Main Street and Deadwood Avenue. The public is invited.

In the past, the lighting took place after the Parade of Lights in Pierre. But this year, according to Fort Pierre Development Corporation executive director Dave Bonde, organizers decided to do a larger Fort Pierre event where the businesses stay open, Christmas songs are sung by the tree followed by a chili feed.

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Bonde says the goal is encourage people to see what is happening in downtown Fort Pierre from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. After the lighting ceremony, the chili feed is being held in the Community Youth Involved Center. There is a free-will donation with proceeds going to help those city residents who are having trouble paying their utility bills.

Several Fort Pierre businesses have donated prizes to give away during the evening as well, according to Bonde.

 

 

Friday night outage impacts 500 customers

An estimated 500 customers were impacted by the Friday night power outage that was centered in western Pierre.

Utilities Division Director Brad Palmer says the outage was first reported at 6:45 p.m.  It was caused by a fault (short) in a primary power cable behind RedRossa, located at 808 West Sioux Avenue. The outage area, according to Palmer, was reported from the Clubhouse Inn and Suites, which is just west of RedRossa, east to Highland Avenue and then north to the substation in northwest Pierre. Several areas along west Capital Avenue also were without power.

Palmer says the fault took out two switches, which had to be replaced.

Most customers had power restored in about an hour. There was a stretch of West Sioux Avenue from the Clubhouse Inn and Suites to the China Buffet that didn’t get power back until 11 p.m. when the two new switches were installed.

But Palmer says for the Clubhouse Inn and Suites, there was no power until 1 a.m. He says the power breakers would not remain set.  A private electrician had to be called in to help restore power to the business.

 

Fort Pierre Christmas Tree lighting tonight

The lights go on tonight for Fort Pierre’s Christmas Tree.

A lighting ceremony starts at 6:30 p.m. for the 30-foot blue spruce tree, from the yard of Karl and Jean Hoeppner of Pierre.  The tree is located at the intersection of Main Street and Deadwood Avenue. The public is invited.

In the past, the lighting took place after the Parade of Lights in Pierre. But this year, according to Fort Pierre Development Corporation executive director Dave Bonde, organizers decided to do a larger Fort Pierre event where the businesses stay open, Christmas songs are sung by the tree followed by a chili feed.

Bonde                                                             8415

Bonde says the goal is encourage people to see what is happening in downtown Fort Pierre from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. After the lighting ceremony, the chili feed is being held in the Community Youth Involved Center. There is a free-will donation with proceeds going to help those city residents who are having trouble paying their utility bills.

Several Fort Pierre businesses have donated prizes to give away during the evening as well, according to Bonde.

 

 

Friday night outage impacts 500 customers

An estimated 500 customers were impacted by the Friday night power outage that was centered in western Pierre.

Utilities Division Director Brad Palmer says the outage was first reported at 6:45 p.m.  It was caused by a fault (short) in a primary power cable behind RedRossa, located at 808 West Sioux Avenue. The outage area, according to Palmer, was reported from the Clubhouse Inn and Suites, which is just west of RedRossa, east to Highland Avenue and then north to the substation in northwest Pierre. Several areas along west Capital Avenue also were without power.

Palmer says the fault took out two switches, which had to be replaced.

Most customers had power restored in about an hour. There was a stretch of West Sioux Avenue from the Clubhouse Inn and Suites to the China Buffet that didn’t get power back until 11 p.m. when the two new switches were installed.

But Palmer says for the Clubhouse Inn and Suites, there was no power until 1 a.m. He says the power breakers would not remain set.  A private electrician had to be called in to help restore power to the business.

 

Fort Pierre Christmas Tree lighting tonight

The lights go on tonight for Fort Pierre’s Christmas Tree.

A lighting ceremony starts at 6:30 p.m. for the 30-foot blue spruce tree, from the yard of Karl and Jean Hoeppner of Pierre.  The tree is located at the intersection of Main Street and Deadwood Avenue. The public is invited.

In the past, the lighting took place after the Parade of Lights in Pierre. But this year, according to Fort Pierre Development Corporation executive director Dave Bonde, organizers decided to do a larger Fort Pierre event where the businesses stay open, Christmas songs are sung by the tree followed by a chili feed.

Bonde                                                             8415

Bonde says the goal is encourage people to see what is happening in downtown Fort Pierre from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. After the lighting ceremony, the chili feed is being held in the Community Youth Involved Center. There is a free-will donation with proceeds going to help those city residents who are having trouble paying their utility bills.

Several Fort Pierre businesses have donated prizes to give away during the evening as well, according to Bonde.

 

 

Friday night outage impacts 500 customers

An estimated 500 customers were impacted by the Friday night power outage that was centered in western Pierre.

Utilities Division Director Brad Palmer says the outage was first reported at 6:45 p.m.  It was caused by a fault (short) in a primary power cable behind RedRossa, located at 808 West Sioux Avenue. The outage area, according to Palmer, was reported from the Clubhouse Inn and Suites, which is just west of RedRossa, east to Highland Avenue and then north to the substation in northwest Pierre. Several areas along west Capital Avenue also were without power.

Palmer says the fault took out two switches, which had to be replaced.

Most customers had power restored in about an hour. There was a stretch of West Sioux Avenue from the Clubhouse Inn and Suites to the China Buffet that didn’t get power back until 11 p.m. when the two new switches were installed.

But Palmer says for the Clubhouse Inn and Suites, there was no power until 1 a.m. He says the power breakers would not remain set.  A private electrician had to be called in to help restore power to the business.

 

Fort Pierre Christmas Tree lighting tonight

The lights go on tonight for Fort Pierre’s Christmas Tree.

A lighting ceremony starts at 6:30 p.m. for the 30-foot blue spruce tree, from the yard of Karl and Jean Hoeppner of Pierre.  The tree is located at the intersection of Main Street and Deadwood Avenue. The public is invited.

In the past, the lighting took place after the Parade of Lights in Pierre. But this year, according to Fort Pierre Development Corporation executive director Dave Bonde, organizers decided to do a larger Fort Pierre event where the businesses stay open, Christmas songs are sung by the tree followed by a chili feed.

Bonde                                                             8415

Bonde says the goal is encourage people to see what is happening in downtown Fort Pierre from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. After the lighting ceremony, the chili feed is being held in the Community Youth Involved Center. There is a free-will donation with proceeds going to help those city residents who are having trouble paying their utility bills.

Several Fort Pierre businesses have donated prizes to give away during the evening as well, according to Bonde.

 

CategoriesLocal News,

Fort Pierre Christmas Tree lighting tonight

Monday, November 24, 2014

The lights go on tonight for Fort Pierre’s Christmas Tree.

A lighting ceremony starts at 6:30 p.m. for the 30-foot blue spruce tree, from the yard of Karl and Jean Hoeppner of Pierre.  The tree is located at the intersection of Main Street and Deadwood Avenue. The public is invited.

In the past, the lighting took place after the Parade of Lights in Pierre. But this year, according to Fort Pierre Development Corporation executive director Dave Bonde, organizers decided to do a larger Fort Pierre event where the businesses stay open, Christmas songs are sung by the tree followed by a chili feed.

Bonde says the goal is encourage people to see what is happening in downtown Fort Pierre from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. After the lighting ceremony, the chili feed is being held in the Community Youth Involved Center. There is a free-will donation with proceeds going to help those city residents who are having trouble paying their utility bills.

Several Fort Pierre businesses have donated prizes to give away during the evening as well, according to Bonde.

 

CategoriesLocal News,

Cause unknown for power outage

Sunday, November 23, 2014
Pierre city officials Monday will try to determine what caused Friday night's electrical power outage that left a good portion of the central and western parts of the city without power for more than an hour.

City Utilities Division Director Brad Palmer says the outage was reported at 6:45 p.m. Palmer says two switches failed, leading to the blackout.

The area was mainly along West Sioux Avenue. Other businesses and homes also were without power on west Capital Avenue, downtown Pierre Street and elsewhere to the west. 

Patrons of some restaurants didn't get their orders because of the outage. Those attending movies at the State Theater 1-2-3 were left in the dark. Some traffic signal systems at intersections also were not working.

Most customers had power restored by 8 p.m. But the area on West Sioux Avenue, from China Buffet to Clubhouse Inn and Suites, was without power until 11 p.m. when the two switches were replaced.

Palmer says the Clubhouse Inn and Suites was without power for an additional two hours because the business had to call an electrician to get the electricity turned back on.

Palmer says crews will discuss the origin of the cause Monday.


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