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Month: December, 2015

Capitals Fall To Dickinson

Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Oahe Capitals concluded play at the Hazen-Beulah Winter Classic on Wednesday afternoon with a loss to Dickinson 9-2. The Capitals finish tournament play with a 2-1 mark after defeating Mayville-Portland & Hazen-Beulah the last two days. The 14-3 Capitals return to play on January 8th when they host Brookings at the Expo Center. 

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Registration Deadline For Pierre Lightning Basketball Tournament

Thursday, December 31, 2015

The deadline to register for the 2016 Pierre Lightning Basketball Tournament is Friday January 1st. The tournament returns to Pierre on January 16th.  The tournament is for youth girls’ basketball players 3rd through 8th grades. The tournament guarantees three games for each team that participates. Entry fee is $125. For more information contact Dan Lusk at 605-222-5121 or by email atdblusk@pie.midco.net

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Big Bo Classic

Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Sully Buttes girls basketball team will return to the courts on Saturday when they participate in the Big Bo Classic held at Wolsey Wessington High School. 

10:30 Wakpala Girls vs. Iroquois Girls  
12:00 Kimball/White Lake Boys vs. Iroquois Boys
1:30 Kimball/White Lake Girls vs. Sully Buttes Girls
3:00 James Valley Christian Girls vs. Herreid/Selby Girls
4:30 James Valley Christian Boys vs. Herreid/Selby Boys
6:00 Wolsey-Wessington Girls vs. Potter County Girls
7:30 Wolsey-Wessington Boys vs. Potter County Boys

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SDSU Wins Summit Opener

Thursday, December 31, 2015

(From SDSU Sports Information Desk)

The South Dakota State women’s basketball team used a 25-10 run in the first quarter and recorded a 76-39 victory over Denver Wednesday night in its Summit League. The 39 points were the fewest points allowed by the Jackrabbits since holding Utah Valley to 38 points in an 87-38 win Nov. 12, 2010. The Jackrabbits were led by sophomore Macy Miller, who finished with a game-high 17 points. Former Pierre Lady Governor Sydney Palmer played 15 minutes & scored 5 points.  The Jackrabbits return to action Sunday when they play North Dakota State at 4 p.m.

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South Dakota Minimum Wage Increasing Friday

Thursday, December 31, 2015

In addition to South Dakotans being able to have wine shipped to their door starting tomorrow, the South Dakota minimum wage will increase from $8.50 an hour to $8.55.

The minimum wage is annually adjusted by any increase in the cost of living, as measured in the Consumer Price Index published by the U.S. Department of Labor. This year’s increase was 0.2 percent and is rounded up to the nearest five cents.

The hourly minimum wage for tipped employees will be $4.28/hour effective Friday, half the minimum wage for non-tipped employees. Wages and tips combined must equal at least the minimum wage.

These increases will apply to all South Dakota employers, with few limited exceptions.

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Sobriety Checkpoints Planned In Hughes County

Thursday, December 31, 2015

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol will begin 2016 by conducting sobriety checkpoints in 18 counties, including Hughes, during the month of January.

Checkpoints are held each month in different counties. The checkpoints are designed to discourage motorists from drinking and then driving.

Sobriety checkpoints are planned for January in the counties of Bennett, Brown, Brule, Butte, Charles Mix, Clay, Codington, Day, Hughes, Jerauld, Lawrence, Lincoln, Minnehaha, Moody, Pennington, Roberts, Sanborn and Walworth.

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

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Lawmaker Bringing Hemp Bill To Pierre Next Month

Thursday, December 31, 2015

An industrial crop that is being imported on a daily basis effectively denying South Dakota farmers an opportunity to compete and share in the profits of our neighbors to the north, including North Dakota, might change under a bill that is coming to Pierre next month.

The issue of production and cultivation of hemp will come before the full legislature next session.

A rotational crop that is already being produced in North Dakota, hemp would be extremely beneficial to South Dakota’s Agricultural economy according to bill sponsor Mike Verchio of Hill City…

(Mike Hemp Bill 1)

Vechio says hemp gets often confused with marijuana; however, they are completely different…

(Mike Hemp Bill 2)

Verchio adds that he will be doing a lot of work to educate South Dakotans, especially lawmakers, about the crop. With Ag being the number one industry in South Dakota, the legalization of hemp would benefit everyone adds Verchio.

Thirteen states, including neighbors Nebraska and North Dakota, allow industrial hemp farming for research or commercial purposes. 

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Lemmon South Dakota Site For Movie Premiere of 'The Revenant' Next Week

Thursday, December 31, 2015

A small South Dakota town will roll out the red carpet for the premiere of a big screen movie that highlights a true and grizzly event that happened there nearly two centuries ago.

Many in Lemmon, S.D., are hoping “The Revenant,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, will bring tourists to town because of its connection to the story of a mountain man’s near fatal attack by a female grizzly bear.

The town of Lemmon will host the premiere in special arrangement with 20th Century Fox studio on Jan. 6th, the only early showing in either of the Dakotas prior to its general release two days later.

Governor Dennis Daugaard says the film is based on the true story of Hugh Glass, a fur trapper, who joined a wilderness expedition in 1823 and suffered a vicious mauling at the claws and teeth of a grizzly bear near Lemmon…

(Gov Glass 1)

Glass was left for dead by two of the company men ordered to remain with him while the main expedition pressed on adds Daugaard…

(Gov Glass 2)

Glass eventually catched up with the young men that left him for dead and he forgave them.

To add to the atmosphere at the movie premier in Lemmon next week, local scrap metal artist John Lopez will move his Hugh Glass sculpture to the front of the theater for the premiere.

The sculpture was completed this summer and is Lopez’s vision of the moment of the attack, with the grizzly up and roaring while Glass struggles to defend himself and save his life. It was unveiled during the town’s first highly successful Hugh Glass Rendezvous this summer, held near the site of the attack at what is now Shadehill Reservoir. 

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Pierre Man Charged With Child Rape To Be Held On Conditions Of No Bond

Thursday, December 31, 2015

A Pierre man who was arrested Tuesday morning on rape charges involving a minor is being held on conditions of no bond.

At his initial court/bond hearing appearance Thursday, 30 year old David Timmons of Pierre appeared before Judge Leo Disburg on 1st degree rape and sexual contract with a child less than 16 charges.

According to court documents, officers with the Pierre police department allege that Timmons raped a 15-year-old girl in her home in the 100 block of Skyline Drive where he had done plumbing work. While he was there, Timmons raped the girl.

On Tuesday, Officer Drew Heaton of the Pierre police department responded to the call of an “unkown problem” and met with the 15-year-old girl and her grandmother, who both live in the home. The victim was transported to the Child Assessment Center at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital after the meeting. That is where the victim described the details of what happened.

In court, the prosecution requested “no bond,” as he is a flight risk and knows where the victim sleeps.

Timmons told the court that “This is a crazy circumstance. I need to get out and pay my bills. I have never been a flight risk.”

Timmons requested some type of bond, however, Disburg agreed with the prosecution and left bond at “no bond.”

The next court appearance for Timmons will be February 17th at 1:15 P.M. Timmons is innocent until proven guilty. 

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Governors Defeat #1 Watertown In Double Overtime

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Pierre Governor basketball team knocked off #1 Watertown in double overtime Tuesday evening by a score of 64-57. The Governors took advantage of free throw shooting in both overtimes, scoring 13 of their 17 points from the charity stripe. Watertown guard Nate Davis led all scorers with 20 points. Pierre’s Bradley Dean led the Governors with 16 points, 13 of which came in the second half & both overtimes. The Governors improve to 3-1 on the season & will continue season play on Saturday when they travel to Yankton. 

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