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   From the desk of News Director Kevin Larsen


Category: Local News

Aberdeen Murder Trial Starts In Fort Pierre

Thursday, August 25, 2016

An Aberdeen murder trial officially started in Fort Pierre Wednesday.

John Hemminger is being charged in the stabbing death of Jessica Goebel last January. The trail was moved amid concerns of not seating a proper jury in Brown County.

In his opening statements, Chief Deputy State Attorney Chris White retold the events leading up to Goebel's death, while Defense Attorney Tom Cogley asked the jury to make their decision based upon the facts of the case.

Cogley says that the Brown County Detectives who investigated their murders performed "sloppy scene work" when handling the investigation. Both attorneys questioned several witnesses, including Goebel's sister, acquaintances of the couple, and neighbors who testified they heard sounds coming from her apartment on the night of her attack.

Hemminger has pleaded not guilty to the charge. If convicted, he could face life in prison. Thirty-eight witnesses are scheduled to testify throughout the trial. 


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Fire Occurs At State Motel Early Thursday

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Several firefighters were awoken early Thursday morning to a report of smoke coming from the State Motel in Pierre. The motel is just south of Delta Dental. 

Pierre Fire Chief Ian Paul says the report came in shortly after 5:00 A.M this morning to the complex, which is directly south of Delta Dental.

He adds that the approximately one dozen residents of the complex made it out safely, along with their pets. Paul says due to the extent of the fire, it will be a while before they can identify the cause of the fire.

The Red Cross assisted the one dozen residents of the hotel that is used for apartments, and will be finding living arrangements for the approximately one dozen residents displaced.

The Pierre Police Department responded to the scene, and was first on scene making sure everyone was out of the complex.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office has been requested by local authorities to help with the investigation into the fire.

For a video of the fire, visit Today's KCCR on Facebook. 


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Special Olympics Pigskin Madness Tickets Available

Thursday, August 25, 2016

This Friday is the deadline to purchase tickets for this fall's Special Olympics "Pigskin Madness."

A computer picks four NFL teams for you to follow each weekend of the season. Whatever points those four teams score that week are added together, and the highest scoring four teams win $200 for the ticketholder, $100 for second highest, $80 for third highest, and so on down to $20. Even the worst ticket of each weekend wins $20. Half of each ticket's $20 purchase price goes to South Dakota Special Olympics, and the other half stays here locally to support local Special Olympians.

Tickets are available from Chuck Quinn at Oahe Inc. by calling 224-4501. 


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Deadline Nearing For Special Olympics Pigskin Madness

Thursday, August 25, 2016

This Friday is the deadline to purchase tickets for this fall's Special Olympics "Pigskin Madness."

A computer picks four NFL teams for you to follow each weekend of the season. Whatever points those four teams score that week are added together, and the highest scoring four teams win $200 for the ticketholder, $100 for second highest, $80 for third highest, and so on down to $20. Even the worst ticket of each weekend wins $20. Half of each ticket's $20 purchase price goes to South Dakota Special Olympics, and the other half stays here locally to support local Special Olympians.

Tickets are available from Chuck Quinn at Oahe Inc. by calling 224-4501. 


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Eight Men Charged After Sex Trafficking Operation At Sturgis Rally

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Eight men are facing sex-trafficking related charges as the result of a joint law enforcement operation in western South Dakota. Attorney general Marty Jackley says the operation occurred during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle rally,

He says law enforcement places false ads on-line, establishes communication with the suspect, and then arranges a meeting where the person is arrested.

The men are facing charges including attempted enticement of a minor using the Internet and attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor.

Jackley says the joint operation involved local, state, and federal agencies. 


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City Applies For Grant For Possible Kelly Field Restroom Facility

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Pierre Parks and Rec Director Tom Farnsworth applied for a grant this week that, if awarded, will allow a concession stand and restroom building to be built at Kelly Field in Pierre.

The Pierre City Commission approved the grant application this week for a State Land and Water Conservation Fund grant.

Farnsworth says that those that attend games at Kelly Field currently have to walk a ways, or use porta-potys.

Conditions of the grant are a fifty percent match, meaning the city will have to pay for half of the project, if the grant is awarded adds Farnsworth.

Farnsworth tells KCCR News that it’s probable the grant will be awarded, but not guaranteed. If awarded Farnsworth is confident that he can find individuals willing to donate for the city’s share of the project. 


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United Way Launches Project HERO

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Capital Area United Way is launching a new program called Project H.E.R.O., which aims at helping local schools and educators in Hughes and Stanley counties.

Project H.E.R.O. will provide milk tickets to students to ensure they are receiving well-balanced and nutritious meals throughout the day. Milk tickets will be provided to students who are unable to purchase milk, at no cost to the student. 

United Way Executive Director Christina Oey says “This is a perfect example of how our donors respond to the call for help. This is an unmet need in our community, and we hope these funds will help students get the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow.”

The program will also provide transportation tickets to students so they are able to get to school on time and reach to learn.

Funding will be provided to all schools in Hughes and Stanley counties. No applications are needed.  


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Business Owners Set To Take Over Teton Island Development

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

There is a new committee underway in Fort Pierre working on the Teton Island bylaws.

In the original bylaws, once 80 percent or more of the 32 acres are sold, the Teton Island Business Park Owners Association goes into effect. That has happened recently.

Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson says they are in the process of getting to the point where the business owners run Teton Island…

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Hanson adds that multiple developers are eyeing Teton Island…

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Originally, Pierre and Fort Pierre were co-owners of the Hustan property, before Fort Pierre bought out Pierre’s share in 2004 and renamed it Teton Island. 


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Vandals Set Flaming Fountain On Fire Overnight

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Eternal Flaming Fountain War Memorial in Pierre on the shores of Capital Lake has not been burning for several years, but that changed for a few hours Wednesday morning.

Bureau of Administration Special Projects Coordinator Leah Svendsen says the fountain burned in the early morning hours of Wednesday due to vandals that lit the fire overnight…

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She adds that the flame was out shortly before 10AM Wednesday morning, due to it burning itself out…

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The 1300-foot steel casing on the well that supplies water to the Fountain was inspected two weeks ago to check for structural integrity before work begins on installation of LED lights at the fountain. Svendsen says still, she has not received a report from the company that inspected the well…

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Capital security will be reviewing the Capital Lake Visitors Center security tape to see if they can catch the vandals.   


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Pierre Named One Of The Best Places For Retires

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

If you’re thinking about retiring, think about Pierre.

The city has recently been named to SmartAsset’s list of most tax-friendly places for retirees. SmartAsset is a national financial technology company. South Dakota’s capital city came in as the sixth most tax-friendly South Dakota community for retired people according to Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill.

Gill said that city government has been working hard to provide opportunities for retired community members to stay active. The city Recreation Department offers a seasoned citizen program. Now in its fourth year, the program includes line dancing, pickleball, Tai Chi, computer classes, book club, and a variety of crafting classes.  For more information about the Seasoned Citizen program, contact Mindy Cheap at 605.773.7445.

Other local recreational opportunities that might be of interest to retirees include an 18-hole golf course, a 50-mile trail system, public fishing piers and fish cleaning station, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, 9 parks totaling 97 acres of park space and an arboretum.


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