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Month: December, 2016

Truck Versus Train Accident Occurs In Fort Pierre

Saturday, December 31, 2016

A vehicle versus train accident occurred in Fort Pierre on Friday evening.

According to the South Dakota Highway Patrol, a 2013 Ford F150 was traveling east on U.S. Highway 14 in Fort Pierre when the vehicle hit a train while crossing the railroad tracks just west of the junction of Highways 14/34 and Highway 83. The roadway was blocked for about 90 minutes.

The accident occurred at 6:34 p.m. The driver of the vehicle was 59 year old Gary Dupris of Eagle Butte, who was the lone occupant. There were no injuries and he was wearing a seatbelt. Charges are pending.

The Highway Patrol continues to investigate the accident. The Stanley County Sheriff’s Office was also on scene. 


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Sobriety Checkpoints Planned In Hughes County

Saturday, December 31, 2016

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol plans to ring in the first month of 2017 with another group of sobriety checkpoints.

The Patrol will hold 17 checkpoints in 16 different counties, including Hughes, during January. The checkpoints are done each month as a way to discourage people from drinking and then driving.

January checkpoints are planned for the following counties: Butte, Charles Mix, Codington, Custer, Davison, Day, Hughes, Kingsbury, Lincoln, Minnehaha, Roberts Sanborn, Tripp, Union, Walworth and Yankton.

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


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DOT To Hold Public Meeting On Northeast Pierre Transportation Plan

Saturday, December 31, 2016

The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with the city of Pierre, will hold a public open house as part of the Northeast Pierre Master Transportation Plan. This open house public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the gymnasium at Kennedy Elementary School in Pierre.

The Northeast Pierre Master Transportation Plan study will address a full range of transportation options and issues, including pedestrian, bicycle, transit, freight and automobile. The purpose of the meeting is to introduce the goals of the study to the public and start gathering feedback in how the community sees growth taking shape in the northeast portion of Pierre and adjacent areas of Hughes County south of Range Road / 205th Street.  Future access along the U.S. 14/U.S. 83, land use, location of future roadways and pedestrian / bike mobility will all be topics that will be discussed.

For those who cannot attend the meeting or would like additional information on the study, information will be made available online after the meeting at www.pierrenestudy.com.

The meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the location indicated. A brief, summarizing presentation will be made at approximately 7:05 p.m. followed by an open house discussion with SDDOT, city and consultant staff. The opportunity to present written comments will be provided. Written comments will be accepted until Jan. 18, 2017.

For more information, contact Steve Gramm, planning engineer, at 605.773.6641.


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Flags To Fly At Half Staff Across Capitol Tuesday

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Flags at the State Capitol in Pierre will fly at half-staff on Tuesday to honor the life of former legislator Ervin Bader of Aberdeen, who passed away on Christmas Day.

96 year old Bader represented the Edmunds County area in the state House for three terms from 1955 to 1960.

He was appointed ambassador to the SD Diplomatic Corps by the Governor of South Dakota. He made several trips to Washington DC to contact Congressional delegations seeking funds for the Web Water Project and also seeking support for “FAIR” Funds available for Independent Retirement for federal employees.


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Eagle Butte Man Charged With Breaking Into Dupree Business

Saturday, December 31, 2016

An Eagle Butte man has been indicted for third degree burglary after breaking into a Dupree business.

According to US Attorney Randy Seiler, 37 year old Joseph Marshall pled not guilty last week to breaking into the Ranch House Café on May 8th with the intent to commit the crime of larceny.

The charge is merely an accusation and he is innocent until such time as proven guilty. He was remanded to the custody of the US Marshall’s Service pending trail. A trial date has not yet been set. 


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New 'Gold Card' Permit May Make Gun Shopping Easier, Faster

Thursday, December 29, 2016

(AP) — Supporters say a new South Dakota concealed carry permit would speed up gun shopping for permit holders if it receives federal approval.

The "gold card" would bypass a background check for each firearm purchase from a licensed dealer. Instead, shoppers would simply be able to present the permit, which requires completing an FBI fingerprint background check on top of the standard obligations necessary to get a concealed carry permit.

South Dakota would join over two dozen states with such an option if it's approved by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

A bureau spokeswoman says that the agency won't make a decision until after the new law goes into effect on Jan. 1. Foes contend that background checks should be the default for every gun purchase.


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Gill Reflects On 2016 Capital City Accomplishments

Thursday, December 29, 2016

2016 was the year for construction projects in the Capital City.

As the year comes to an end this weekend, Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill reflects on the city’s strategic plan and reminisces about the many improvements the city has seen in the course of the year.

Gill says the one thing that the city has worked the hardest on over the year is restoring reliable commercial air service to the capital city…

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Gill says the city is capitalizing on the capitol location, and one of the major attractions is Hillsview Golf Course…

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Gill adds that the city continues to improve the downtown business area, including the ongoing discussions surrounding the establishment of a downtown Business Improvement District…

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Other major projects in 2016 Gill mentioned were the renovations to the Capitol Creek Trail and Hyde Stadium. The replacement of the fire engine at Station 3 and the ongoing replacements of street lights across town were also highlighted.

The city issue that received the most attention in 2016 was the failed vote to construct a 14.5 million dollar event/rec center in northeast Pierre. 


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Hundreds Still Without Power In Potter County

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Some South Dakota residents are finally warm after being without power since the weekend.

Tony Spilde with Montana-Dakota Utilities says his teams have restored electrical service to Eureka, Hillsview and Hosmer, totaling about 900 customers, around 12 p.m. Wednesday.

By Saturday, power should be back on for about 430 customers in Hoven, Tolstoy and Onaka where nearly 80 poles are down. Spilde said he appreciates customers' patience during this process.

Repairs to the lines – which are spread out among counties across the state from the Montana border to the Minnesota border – are slow going as crews encounter deep snow in the west and thick ice in the east. At least one cooperative is reporting discovery of additional damage as they are able to access more parts of their system. The counties affected encompass more than 20,000 square miles – or about the area of the states of Maryland and New Jersey.

In northeast South Dakota, cooperatives report ice the diameter of two-liter bottles surrounding power lines, which would fit through the bottle’s opening.

Ten distribution cooperatives and one transmission cooperative continue to have outages related to the storm. Employees at those cooperatives have been working since Sunday to make repairs. More than 60 workers from 15 South Dakota electric cooperatives are assisting with repairs, as are 52 workers from 13 cooperatives in Minnesota and Iowa. Private contractors add approximately 75 more workers to the force.

The Christmas Day storms brought blizzard, strong winds, freezing rains and even lightning strikes to the state. 


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Onida Has A New Fire Chief

Thursday, December 29, 2016

The city of Onida has a new fire chief.

The Onida Fire Department has elected Bobby Ramler as their new chief, taking over the helm from Brian Ring, who served as chief for the last five years.

The remainder of the officers and executive committee for the upcoming year include 1st assistant chief Kevin Heath, 2nd assistant chief Alan Birney, Secretary Steve Christ, Treasurer Chris Heath, Training officer Trevor Lightfield, and Trustees Chuck Weischedel & Scott Currier

Ring says it has been “his honor and privilege to lead the Onida Fire Department and would like to thank them for allowing him to do it.” 


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State Historical Society Program To Focus On Great Depression

Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Great Depression and “A New Deal for South Dakota” will be the focus of a public program at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre next week.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday as part of the History and Heritage Book Club and will involve several program areas of the South Dakota State Historical Society. Everyone is welcome at the free event, sponsored by the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation and the South Dakota Historical Society Press.

Historic preservation, museum and archives staff will discuss the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps; John and Alan Lomax, who helped catalog songs during the Depression era; and photographer John Vachon and the Farm Security Administration.

Author R. Alton Lee is joining the meeting by telephone to discuss his book, “A New Deal for South Dakota: Drought, Depression, and Relief.” The book was published by the South Dakota Historical Society Press in September 2016.

The book is available at the Heritage Stores at the Cultural Heritage Center and the Capitol. Please call (605) 773-6006 for more information about the program.


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