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Pierre Workforce Development Committee Outlines Barriers, Solutions

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Pierre business growth is being impeded by a workforce shortage and reliable daycare. Marketing and encouragement of technical skill training might help solve the problem. Those findings were revealed Tuesday night at the Pierre City Commission meeting.

Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill established a workforce development council almost a year ago to try and get to the bottom of the workforce shortage issue in Pierre. The council includes a cross-sector of about thirty government and private industry stakeholders tasked with recommending solutions to our local workforce shortage. The council consists of three committees–education, housing and recruitment.

Recruitment Committee Vice-Chair Laura Schoen Carbonneau delivered the findings to the Pierre City Commission, saying that one of the main barriers, from the recruitment side, is the shortage of childcare in Pierre…

(Laura Workforce 1)

Schoen Carbonneau says another recruitment barrier is a workforce pool that is limited by burnout, work ethic, and substance abuse…

(Laura Workforce 2)

The recruitment committee is in the initial stages of pursuing solutions. Recommendations under consideration include exploring a community cooperative daycare, continuing outreach to Native American reservations, and highlighting the importance of technical skills and the trade industry.

The committee will spend the next several months exploring the feasibility of solutions or finding appropriate organizations to champion the solution. Schoen Carbonneau says that is not going to be an easy task…

(Laura Workforce 3)

In the future, the committee will come together with a final report for the city commission, where they will possibly take action on some or all of the recommendations. 

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Sobriety Checkpoints Planned In Hughes/Stanley County

Thursday, June 30, 2016

South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers will again conduct sobriety checkpoints in several South Dakota counties, including Hughes and Stanley, during the month of July.

The monthly checkpoints are used as a way to discourage motorists from drinking and then driving. In July, the Highway Patrol plans to hold 22 checkpoints in 25 counties.

Counties scheduled for checkpoints in July include Beadle, Brown, Butte, Charles Mix, Codington, Custer, Day, Fall River, Hanson, Hughes, Jackson, Jerauld, Lake, Lawrence, Lincoln, Meade, Minnehaha, Roberts, Pennington, Potter, Stanley and Yankton.  

The South Dakota Highway Patrol is part of the Department of Public Safety.

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Hughes County Residents Reminded Of New Burn Ban Ordinance

Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Hughes County Commissioners recently enacted a new way of enacting a burn ban.

The new burn band ordinance, which is the first of its kind on South Dakota, will follow the declarations issued by the National Weather Service each day. If the fire danger is in the Very High or Extreme Category, or a red flag earning issued, the burn ban will be in place for the day.

Hughes County Emergency Manager Rob Fines says the old way for enacting or rescinding burn bans was not effective…

(Burn Ban Update 1)

The new way of open burning the county puts more responsibility on the property owners says Fines…

(Burn Ban Update 2)

For the public, in order to know what category the fire index is in, they are encouraged to go to the National Weather Services’ website, Hughes County’s website, or stay tuned to KCCR.

Fines adds that the Stanley County Commissioners are eyeing the adoption of the same burn ban ordinance. Outdoor burning inside any Hughes County municipalities is strictly prohibited at any time. 

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Goodman Says Goodbye To Pierre City Commission

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

After serving the citizens of Pierre for just over seven years, Pierre City Commissioner Jeanne Goodman participated in her last meeting as a commissioner Tuesday.

Goodman was appointed by Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill in April of 2009 when Jesse Naze moved out of town. Goodman is an engineer with the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Goodman says it’s bittersweet to leave the commission…

(Goodman Outgoing 1)

She adds that when she accepted Gill’s appointment to the commission back in 2009, she didn’t realize how much of a time commitment the position really requires…

(Goodman Outgoing 2)

Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill says Goodman has been a great public servant…

(Goodman Outgoing 3)

Goodman says her most memorable event of her time on the commission was the 2011 flood, and how the community came together at a time of tragedy.

Incoming City Commissioner Blake Barringer will be sworn into office on July 5th. 

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Hoven Man Dies From Motorcycle Crash

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A Hoven man has died of injuries suffered in a motorcycle crash that occurred Saturday near Selby.

58 year old James Webb was traveling northbound on 309th Avenue when a deer ran out in front of his motorcycle. The motorcycle struck the deer and Webb, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from the motorcycle. He was airlifted to a Bismarck, N.D. hospital where he died Tuesday.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol continues to investigate. Other agencies on scene were the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office, Selby Ambulance and Selby Fire and Rescue. 

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Daugaard Backing Amendment R

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Governor Dennis Daugaard is backing a proposed constitutional amendment that supporters say will help South Dakota’s Tech schools address the state’s skilled workforce shortage. 

Boosters launched their campaign this week to convince South Dakota residents to vote for Constitutional Amendment R at the Polls in November. Greg Von Wald, who is the Executive Director of the Skilled Workforce Advocacy Council, says that Amendment R would make the Technical schools a prime focus of funding…

(Amendment R 1)

The amendment would also give technical and career programs direct access to funding and policymaking within state government…

(Amendment R 2)

Daugaard says that, although South Dakota’s unemployment rate is low at just over 2 percent, it’s still presenting a challenge to employers who are dealing with a shrinking pool of workers…

(Amendment R 3)

Supporters say the Amendment would elevate South Dakota’s technical schools to a position equal with the state’s K-12 schools and public universities during the legislative budgeting and policymaking process.

The amendment is also meant to make it clear that South Dakota’s four technical institutes in Watertown, Mitchell, Sioux Falls and Rapid City are independent from the state Board of Regents. 

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Reward Offered For Information On Sheep Shot Near Harrold

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A 1,500 dollar reward is being offered for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who shot ten ewe sheep near Harrold late Monday night or early Tuesday. The Hughes County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the shooting.

The sheep were owned by Connie Carroll, who says she discovered her animals shot dead Tuesday…

(Harrold Sheep Shot 1)

Carroll says whoever shot the animals picked up their shell casings. She adds that the animals were worth approximately 2,500 dollars.

Carroll adds that she has no idea who would do something this deplorable…

(Harrold Sheep Shot 2)

Sargent Darin Johnson with the Hughes County Sheriff’s office says that they have no know suspects at this time and this is still an active investigation. If anyone has any information on this incident, they are encouraged to call the Sheriff’s office at 773-7470.

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4th Street Sinkhole To Be Repaired Next Week

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Crews will begin repairing a sinkhole located on Fourth Street near the North Euclid intersection next week.

A corroded storm sewer pipe caused a sinkhole on Fourth Street near the North Euclid intersection in late May. City Engineer John Childs says that Morris, Inc. was the low big on the project…

(4th Street Sinkhole 1)

The Pierre City Commission approved the bid Tuesday. Childs says throughout construction, Fourth Street, between Euclid Ave. and Governors Drive, will be closed to traffic…

(4th Street Sinkhole 2)

Childs adds that the low bid from Morris Inc. only covers the replacement of the piping, but with the gravel, pavement of the road, and everything else needed, the project will run the city roughly 100,000 dollars.

Morris, Inc. will being work on the sinkhole on July 5th and is expected to have the work completed within three weeks. The deadline per contract is July 22nd. 

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Oacoma Woman Pleads Guilty To Accessory To Stabbing

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

An Oacoma woman has pled guilty to one count of accessory to a crime.

Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that 28 year old Dayna Wells pled guilty to the charge in the Lyman County Courthouse Wednesday.

Charges stem from an incident on September 4th of 2015 in Oacoma resulting in the stabbing death of Calvin James Shields. Shield’s body was recovered on Monday, September 7th, 2015.

Accessory to a crime is a class 5 felony, punishable by up to 5 years in the state penitentiary and/or $10,000 fine. A sentencing date has not been scheduled for Wells.

Agencies assisting in this investigation include the Chamberlain Police Department, Brule County Sheriff’s Office, Lyman County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Indian Affairs, South Dakota Highway Patrol and the Division of Criminal Investigation.  This case is being prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office and the Lyman County States Attorney.

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Pierre Man Arrested On Assault, Drug Charges Wednesday

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

While being arrested on drug charges Wednesday morning, a Pierre man allegedly kicked an officer.

On Wednesday at approximately 5:00 AM, law enforcement from the Pierre Police Department, Hughes County Sheriff's Office and Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Task Force executed a search warrant in the 200 block of North Grand in Pierre.

Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says 32 year old Cody Holcombe was arrested for Possession of Marijuana-Less than 2 Ounces, Ingesting, Simple Assault against Law Enforcement, and Threatening a Law Enforcement Officer or Family.

Blemaster says Holcombe allegedly kicked law enforcement personnel and made threats against them.

Holcombe was transported to the Hughes County Jail where he is currently being held. He is innocent until such time as proven guilty. 

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