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   From the desk of News Director Kevin Larsen


Category: Local News

Dairy Queen Set To Return To Pierre

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Dairy Queen will be returning to Pierre, after a few years of not having one in the Capitol City.

Pierre residents Lonnie and Jackie Heier, who recently purchased the former Dairy Queen building on Sioux Avenue, are excited to announce they will be opening a new Dairy Queen Grill & Chill restaurant in the spring or summer of 2017.

According to Lonnie Heier, purchasing the building and bringing a Dairy Queen back to town was an easy decision for him…

(Lonnie DQ 1)

Heier says they will be looking to employ between 40-50 staff, both full and part-time. He adds that, the building will be completely renovated and remodeled before the grand opening….

(Lonnie DQ 2)

Heier adds that DQ is a natural fit for the area…

(Lonnie DQ 3)

The Heier’s currently own and operate DQ’s in Eagle Butte, Martin and Vermillion. They have two boys, Crew and Hayden.

Dairy Queen is a wholly owned subsidiary of Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and has been in business for 76 years with over 6,400 locations worldwide.


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Hughes County Employees Victorious In Friendly Food Drive Competition

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The 2016 Pierre Area Referral Service Ardis Townsend Challenge came to an end late last week, and the final numbers of food and money donations continue to be added up. PARS ultimate goal of 50,000 pounds of food seems to be a close possibility.

This past month, employees from Hughes County challenged employees from the City of Pierre, and Stanley County/City of Fort Pierre. For a first year hoping to be an annual event of a Challenge within the Challenge, Hughes County came out the Victor. The three teams combined raised 2,246.33 in food and money. One pound of food equals one dollar. Hughes County received the Traveling Trophy with raising $964.28. 

According to PARS Executive Director Laura White, the real winners of this friendly and fun completion is our local food pantry and BackPack program run through PARS. 

The official numbers have not been counted as on Monday evening, however, White says they are definitely close to meeting their overall goal of 50,000 pounds. 


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Fort Pierre City Council Discusses Proposed Community Park

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Fort Pierre City Council received their first look at the design layout of the planned neighborhood park coming to the Marion’s Acres area of Fort Pierre.

In what started as an idea by a resident that came to Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson shortly after she took office in 2014, looks like now will become a reality.  

The design of the park came before the city council for discussion on Monday, and Hanson says they have proposed location, at the corner of Jura Avenue and Mull Street…

(Hanson Community Park 1)

In what has been discussed on KCCR’s “Ask The Mayor” with Hanson for some time now, the next step for the development of the park is to take care of some drainage issues one half acre parcel of property.

Hanson, with the help of Public Works Director Rick Hahn, revealed the exact layout of the park Monday. It will include several amenities says Hanson…

(Hanson Community Park 2)

During discussion of the proposed layout of the park, councilman Bob Ricketts questioned if they were going to put some time of restroom into the park. That was not in the original plans, but the council all agreed that it would be a good idea, and will be added to the plan.

Hanson adds that the proposed park is all about allowing residents in that area of northern Fort Pierre the same opportunity as those that live on the south end of town…

(Hanson Community Park 3)

The city recently received two 10,000 dollar grants for the park, one from Wellmark and one from Avera.

Property owner Gary Johnson has graciously agreed to donate the land to the city, and when the drainage issues are complete, the council will take final action on deeding the property to the city before any park amenities will be placed. 


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Faith Man Pleads Not Guilty To Double Murder Charges

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) - A man accused of fatally shooting an ex-girlfriend and a friend in the small town of Faith has pleaded not guilty.

Berton Toavs pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder Monday in Meade County state court in Sturgis. He's accused of killing Eliza Edgins and Nathan Gann on April 26 at a residence in the northwestern South Dakota Meade County community of Faith. A judge scheduled a May 16 status hearing.

Gann and Edgins worked at a bar and grill in Faith. Toavs has been working at ranches and a livestock auction. About 430 people live in Faith.


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Sixth Season Of Weekly Governors Mansion Tours Starts Next Month

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The sixth season of free weekly tours at the South Dakota Governor’s Mansion in Pierre will begin next month.

 First Lady Linda Daugaard said she and the Governor are happy to again open the home on the shore of Capitol Lake to the public.

Beginning June 1, weekly public tours will be conducted each Wednesday in June, July and August. Guests attending the first tour of the summer on June 1 will be greeted by the Mount Rushmore mascots in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the completion of the national memorial.

 “It’s truly a pleasure to welcome guests to the Governor’s mansion. For those signed up to tour on June 1, make sure to bring your cameras for a photo with the Mount Rushmore mascots,” First Lady Daugaard said.

 The 30-minute tours will begin at 1 p.m. and will be conducted by volunteers, including the First Lady. Tour groups will consist of up to 40 people.

 Public tour tickets, at no charge, must be obtained in advance and will be available only from the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce. Those interested in a tour should call the Chamber at 605-224-7361.


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"Take Back Day" Saturday Was A Near Record Success

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Another near record 63 pounds of expired or unused prescription drugs will be safely disposed of after Saturday’s “Take Back Day.” in Pierre.

The event, held twice a year, is designed to allow residents to drop off their unused or expired prescription medication, no questions asked. The drugs are then disposed of either by local or federal authorities.

Pierre Police, in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, sponsored the four-hour event held at Pierre City Hall.

According to Pierre Police Captain Derald Gross, 52 people took part in Saturday’s event. Gross adds that this was the second largest turn in since the program began being implemented in Pierre back in 2010.  


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Riggs High Spring Play Occurring This Week

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Riggs High Drama department continues their performances of “Bad Auditions by Bad Actors” this week. Performances are tonight, May 3rd, at 7:30 PM, and Thursday May 5 @ 5:30 PM.  All performances are in Riggs Theater. 

Tickets are $5 for adults & $3 for students. Riggs high activity tickets will all be honored. 

Newbie director Carol (Mikendra Lynn) has one day to find the leads for a community theater production of Romeo and Juliet. But what seems like a simple task proves impossible when the pool of auditioners includes extreme method actors (Nolan Ortbahn), puppeteers (Owen Bremser), a performer (Kayla Peplinski) who brings her coach (Nancy Li), a performer who  doesn’t  know how to channel their rage (Ben Kleis), one woman who may or may not think she's a cat (Sheyenne Stadel) to name a few; and she has to deal with an assistant (Judah McKinley) who may or may not be on drugs.

The ensemble is rounded out by Samantha Gortmaker, Angeli Lange, Claire Lentsch, Katie Owens, and Tim Walsh. This hilarious comedy will bring you to the last place you'd ever want to be, behind the doors of a casting session. The play is being directed by Ms. Hyrma Zakahi.


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Governors Residence Tours To Begin Next Month

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The sixth season of free weekly tours at the South Dakota Governor’s Mansion in Pierre will begin next month.

 First Lady Linda Daugaard said she and the Governor are happy to again open the home on the shore of Capitol Lake to the public.

Beginning June 1, weekly public tours will be conducted each Wednesday in June, July and August. Guests attending the first tour of the summer on June 1 will be greeted by the Mount Rushmore mascots in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the completion of the national memorial.

 “It’s truly a pleasure to welcome guests to the Governor’s mansion. For those signed up to tour on June 1, make sure to bring your cameras for a photo with the Mount Rushmore mascots,” First Lady Daugaard said.

 The 30-minute tours will begin at 1 p.m. and will be conducted by volunteers, including the First Lady. Tour groups will consist of up to 40 people.

 Public tour tickets, at no charge, must be obtained in advance and will be available only from the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce. Those interested in a tour should call the Chamber at 605-224-7361.


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Riggs Choir Department Hosting Multiple Concerts For The Community

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Riggs Choir Department is staying very active in the next week.

On Wednesday, the Riggs Chamber Choir will be going on a performance tour of the elementary schools and the middle school in Pierre. According to Riggs Choir Director Rodd Bauck, the choir does this to promote not only singing and choir, but to promote the involvement in the fine arts as a whole. He adds it’s always fun for the elementary kids to see the students perform and see what they can eventually be a part of when they reach high school.

They will perform at all of the elementary schools in the morning from 8:15—10:30. They will then head to GMMS to sing over their three lunch periods beginning at 11:50 and ending at 1:06. During 7th hour, they will be performing for the choir and band students, and any additional classes who wish to see them perform. We will be in the new gym for that performance.

On Monday May 9, the Riggs Choral Spring Concert: “Blest Be the Musical Tie That Binds” will be performed for the public at 7:30 PM in the Riggs Theater. Admission is only $3 for students and $5 for adults.

Bauck says this is their final choir concert of the year. They will be singing jazz, show tunes, and pop literature. He adds that this is often a favorite of the students because it is a lighter concert, a little more laid back, and features some music that they can better relate to more so than some of our other literature throughout the year.

On Thursday May 12, the Riggs Chamber Choir Concert will be hosting the “Angels in the Architecture 2016” at 6:00 P.M. in the Capitol Rotunda. This is a free admission event.

This is an annual tradition that began in the spring of 2014. The Chamber Choir performs all a cappella literature, and Bauck says the Capitol Rotunda is the perfect place for the group to perform and showcase their talents. The group will perform their entire repertoire from throughout the year with music ranging from 16th Century Madrigals, to Colombian and Haitian folk songs, to holiday literature, to modern literature, and pop and jazz.

The students and the staff encourage the community to come out and listen to the concerts. 


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Deadline Approaching For SD Students To Win Up To 10,000 Dollars

Monday, May 2, 2016

The deadline for young South Dakota drivers to enter a statewide contest to win prize money is quickly approaching.

A new interactive web-based program, created by the South Dakota Office of Highway Safety, is designed to encourage young people to be safe drivers. It's also is a way for students to win some cold, hard cash.

“Lesson Learned” features South Dakota high school students participating in demonstrations that show what happens when drivers are distracted, not wearing seatbelts and driving under the influence.

South Dakota Office of Highway Safety Director Lee Axdahl says the videos are designed to help raise student awareness about driver safety through social media…

(Lee Axdahl 1)

Filming for the video series took place in three South Dakota high schools, including Sully Buttes, according to Axdahl…

(Lee Axdahl 2)

With warmer weather approaching, Axdahl says this is a good time for such a safety campaign aimed at students…

(Lee Axdahl 3)

The videos can be found at: http://www.lessonlearnedsd.com. The deadline for teens to watch the videos and get registered is May 22nd


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