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Month: January, 2016

Hohn Heading To DWU

Sunday, January 31, 2016
Pierre Governor senior Layne Hohn has committed to play football at Dakota Wesleyan University. Hohn made his announcement via social media on Saturday afternoon. Hohn led the Governor defense in tackles with 91 while adding two sacks & two interceptions. Hohn was the only senior this season to have started on the Governors 2013 state title football team. Hohn received All-ESD & All-State honors during the Governors' 2015 campaign. 
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Pierre Gymnasts Finish 2nd @ Rapid Triangular

Sunday, January 31, 2016
The Pierre Lady Governor gymnastics team finished 2nd at a triangular in Rapid City on Saturday with a total of 122.800 points. RC Stevens won the triangular with a total of 140.450 points. The Lady Governors had three gymnasts finish in the top ten in the all-around. Dani Ullman finished 6th with a score of 32.300, Kylee Hanson took 7th with a score of 31.300, & Jodi Klinger placed 10th with 28.950 points. Next up for the Lady Governors will be the Eastern South Dakota Conference event in Watertown on February 6th. 
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Fort Pierre Development Corporation Elects New Officers

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Fort Pierre Development Corporation (FPDC) elected a new slate of officers following their annual meeting on Thursday. Joel Catlin was elected president of the Corporation. Catlin has served as Vice President for the group for two years. Chris Maxwell was elected Vice President. Maxwell has been on the board for one year.  Shane Clarambeau was elected Treasurer. He also has served on the FPDC Board for one year.

The FPDC Board approved newly elected board members, Shad Ludemann, President of the Fort Pierre Branch of First National Bank, and Fort Pierre business woman Becci Scott. Holiday Inn Express Manager Dawn Gordon was re-elected for a second term.

Fort Pierre Development Corporation, incorporated in 1986, promotes business growth and retention, tourism, and quality of life in Fort Pierre and Stanley County. Membership includes businesses, nonprofit organizations, government entities, and individuals. Members are eligible for low-interest loans, special events like ground-breaking ceremonies, ribbon-cuttings and open houses.

If you are interested in joining Fort Pierre Development Corporation, contact Dave Bonde or Sunny Hannum at 223-7603 or by email at fpdc@fortpierre.com.


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Possible Medicaid Expansion To Dominate Conversations At The Capitol This Week In Pierre

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The question of Medicaid expansion in South Dakota may get some answers later this week. South Dakota legislators and administration officials have been meeting with federal authorities in hopes of working out a plan involving the Indian Health Service.

Senate minority leader Billie Sutton of Burke says they have a wide range of people in on the negotiations…

(Medicaid 1)

South Dakota Senator and former South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds says that lawmakers should be cautious as the discussions unfold this week…

(Medicaid 2)

Rounds says that decision is ultimately up to the legislature, and his goal is for them to have all the facts…

(Medicaid 3)

Rounds adds that if Medicaid is expanded, lawmakers need to have an alternative plan to get the funding for the program, because the federal government cannot afford the cost of the program.

The Affordable Care Act provides full federal funding for the Medicaid expansion through next year, and states will have to pick up an increasing share of the tab until it reaches 10 percent in 2021 and future years.


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SDDOT To Host Public Meeting On Truck Route/Hwy 14 Intersection Monday

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will be hosting a public meeting and open house on Monday night at 7 p.m., at the Ramkota in Pierre to talk about continued changes and improvements to the intersection of U.S. Highway 14 and Garfield Avenue (Truck Route) in Pierre.

This meeting is designed to gain additional public input in the planning process and allow everyone the opportunity to voice ideas on the project. The subject project could possibly include changes to the configuration of the intersection of U.S. 14/Garfield Avenue.

SDDOT recently hired a consultant to aid in the review of the area from a safety and functional standpoint. SDDOT has partnered with the city of Pierre and Hughes County to review multiple options to address the traffic and safety needs in the vicinity of the two intersections.

SDDOT would like the public’s help in gaining additional insight into the project in order to meet its mission statement of providing a safe and efficient transportation system for all to use.

Speed limits in that area were lowered in late November, which was one of the feedback's that were received from the public last summer. 


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Lady Governors Falter In 2nd Half, Fall To Brandon

Sunday, January 31, 2016
The Pierre Lady Governor basketball team fell to the Brandon Valley Lady Lynx on Saturday night by a score of 69-57. Trailing only by two at the half, the Lady Governors were outscored by ten over the next two quarters. Hallie Jerome led the Lady Governors with 17 points. Pierre drops to 5-8 on the season & will host Mitchell on Friday inside the Riggs High Gymnasium. Tip-off is scheduled for 7PM. 
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Brandon Hands Pierre 3rd Straight Loss

Sunday, January 31, 2016
The Brandon Valley Lynx gave the Pierre Governor basketball team their third consecutive loss on Saturday night by a score 64-53. The Lynx led by as many as 17 in the second half & had 5 players score in double figures. Erin Severyn led the Governors with 18 points. Pierre falls to 9-5 on the season & will look to end their losing streak on Friday when they travel to Mitchell. 
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Hughes County Commissioners To Consider First Reading On Large Vehicle Wheel Tax Increase

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Hughes County Commissioners will meet Monday night, and will give a first reading to an increase in the county wheel tax for the largest vehicle category.

The possible new wheel tax ordinance would increase the county’s wheel tax on the largest vehicle category. Those vehicles are 6,000 pounds and higher. The increase would be from $2 per wheel up to $5 per wheel. That would also be a maximum of $60 per vehicle. This ordinance will be only a first reading, and with any ordinances, two readings are needed.

Under this proposal, most drivers’ tax bill would not increase. Regular cars and most pickups would not be affected.

Proposals to increase the county wheel tax have failed in the past. Voters overwhelmingly defeated a referred measure in 1995, and in 2008 county commissioners voted narrowly to reject another proposal after a Pierre resident threatened to refer it. Voters in 2012 rejected it again.

The commissioners will meet Monday in the Commissioners room of the Hughes County Courthouse at 5:30 P.M.


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SDABA Annual Meeting

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The South Dakota Amateur Baseball Association will hold its annual meeting at the Highland Conference Center in Mitchell on February 14th. The meeting will be held at noon. League officers, umpires, fans, & media are invited to the meeting. On the agenda the association will review the past year activities, financial reports, promotions, & elect new officers. 

 
 

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Permanent Daylight Savings Time Bill Fails By One Vote In The Senate

Sunday, January 31, 2016

A bill to make daylight saving time permanent year round in South Dakota was narrowly defeated on the Senate floor last week. The measure would have “rejected standard time” and kept in place daylight saving time indefinitely.

In a vote that was overshadowed by the drug testing for welfare recipients bill, which failed in committee, the South Dakota Senate rejected sending the bill to the house by one vote.

A majority of the Senators present votes yea on the issue, 17 to 16. However, two senators were excused from the vote. Those two were Senators Jason Frerichs of Wilmont and William Shorma of Dakota Dunes.

Under state statue, bills need a majority of members elected to pass a bill.

Primarily sponsored by Sen. Betty Olson and Rep. Sam Marty, both of Prairie City, introduced the measure that would have stopped the twice-a-year routine of switching clocks and keep the sun up past 5:30 p.m. year-round.

Olson said she and many of her neighbors are “darn sick” of switching clocks and having to adjust to the change.

A similar bill introduced in the Legislature last year failed to advance out of committee hearings.


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