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Month: March, 2016

Construction Projects Continue Across Pierre

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Street construction and various city projects continue around Pierre this week.

City Administrator Leon Schochenmaier says street crews are working on the curb and gutter in various locations across town…

(Leon Construction 1)

Another project underway is the replacement of the Ulmen Lift Station…

(Leon Construction 2)

The lift station is by the school administration building. A lift station is designed to move wastewater from lower to higher elevation, particularly where the elevation of the source is not sufficient for gravity flow.

Another project that has been discusses intensely in the past, and has caused some controversy is tree trimming. Schochenmaier says crews are currently taking care of the trees not in compliance with city ordinance…

(Leon Construction 3)

Schochenmaier adds that there are still a number of seasonal positions available to help complete the remainder of the ongoing projects. For more information on the openings, visit cityofpierre.org. 


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Moore Played Critical Role Critical In Recently Passed Suicide Prevention Bill

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Julie Moore, who works with suicide prevention for Avera St. Mary’s Foundation in Pierre, had a critical role in the recent passage of a bill by the South Dakota Legislature that would establish certain suicide prevention trainings for school teachers.

Under the bill, in order for teachers to renew their teaching license, they would be required to complete at least one hour of youth suicide training and prevention.  

Moore says it was an honor helping to get SB 129 bill passed and signed into law…

(Moore Bill 1)

Moore testified on the bill earlier this year at the Capitol. Moore adds that locally in Pierre, the community is seeing a breakthrough in suicide prevention…

(Moore Bill 2)

Moore adds that it is critical that if someone is struggling with suicidal thoughts that they seek help…

(Moore Bill 3)

Moore is also one of the local community members that serve on the recently formed Mobile Crisis Response service team in Pierre and Fort Pierre. Their next meeting is Friday. 


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Name Released In Fatal Jones County Accident

Thursday, March 31, 2016

A Rapid City man has been identified as the person who died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred early Wednesday morning south of Murdo in Jones County.

39 year old Denny Steele was driving a 2001 Chevy Tahoe south on U.S. Highway 83 when he lost control. The vehicle went into the ditch and eventually rolled.

Steele was ejected and later pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seatbelt and was the only occupant in the vehicle.

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. Other agencies at the scene were the Jones County Sheriff’s Office and Murdo Police Department. 


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Teen Mock Legislature Happening In Pierre This Weekend

Thursday, March 31, 2016

For forty-one years, young people from across South Dakota have been learning about our state's legislative process at the Teen Mock Legislature in Pierre.

This year's non-partisan Teen Mock Legislature is Saturday at the State Capitol. The teens will participate in educational sessions and speak with Senator Mike Rounds Friday at Parkview Auditorium in Fort Pierre.

Event Director Justin Bell of Pierre says this is an opportunity for teenagers to draft and debate bills on the floor of the House of Representatives and to discuss issues with our state's political leaders, including Attorney General Marty Jackley, Senate Minority Leader Billie Sutton, and Governor Dennis Daugaard.

Bell says this is a bipartisan event…

(Mock Legislature 1)

For the sixth consecutive year, a generous donor has made it possible for the leaders to waive the registration fee the students. The Teen Mock Legislature is open to all middle school and high school students. Bell adds they are expecting over sixty students to participate this year.


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New State Vets Home Dedicated Wednesday

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Lt. Gov. Matt Michels joined state and local officials at the dedication of the new Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home Wednesday in Hot Springs. The facility provides long-term care for our veterans.

Other speakers included South Dakota Secretary of Veterans Affairs Larry Zimmerman, Superintendent Brad Richardson, Medal of Honor recipient Michael J. Fitzmaurice, Sculptor Darwin Wolf, and Project Manager Andy Scull of Scull Construction.

Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs Larry Zimmerman applauded those who worked diligently to bring this dream to fruition.

The new state of the art facility incorporates the latest in nursing home construction design and staffing concepts and has 76 skilled and 24 independent living rooms.  This two-story facility has eight neighborhoods/households arranged around administrative and support amenities in the center. Residents have access to physical therapy, speech therapy, fitness, recreational opportunities, workshops and an auditorium.  The community space is located in the center of the building on the main floor and includes a chapel, cafeteria, postal service, pharmacy, barber shop and community room to name a few. 


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Oahe Child Development Receives Grant

Thursday, March 31, 2016

On Thursday, the Oahe Child Development Center in Pierre received a $1,000 grant from Midcontinent Communications to make playground updates to the Jones County Preschool/Head Start site in Murdo. 

Oahe Child Development Center is a non-profit agency that administers Head Start and Early Head Start services for 208 families in Hyde, Hughes, Stanley, Sully, Jones, and Mellette Counties. 

Head Start focuses on developing physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth for both the enrolled children and their families. OCDC helps families to set goals and work towards achieving those goals in order to make a positive impact on the children, parents, and communities in which they provide services.  

Midcontinent’s Kim Slinke presented the check to Oahe Child Development Center Director Sue Glodt on Thursday. 


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Capitol Rotunda To Be Lit Blue Saturday For Autism Awareness

Thursday, March 31, 2016

On the heels of measures passed during the legislative session in Pierre to help individuals with Autism, South Dakota is coming together to recognize those who have Autism Spectrum Disorders in the month of April. 

In Pierre, Governor Dennis Daugaard has declared April as Autism Awareness Month, recognizing that Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States, and that the efforts to address autism are critical to the health of the state. On Saturday the Capitol Rotunda floor will be lit blue in recognition of Autism Awareness Month.

South Dakota lawmakers have been taking affirmative steps in recent years to address care for citizens with autism, such as helping parents’ insurance coverage address treatment for autism, as well as conducting two studies towards that goal. This year, Pierre Senator Jeff Monroe was the prime sponsor of a bill that will license persons offering applied behavior analysis services, including autism diagnosis services, to the public…

(Monroe Bill 1)

The bill was signed into law by Governor Dennis Daugaard earlier this month. Monroe, a Chiropractor in Pierre, says more and more children are diagnosed with autism in South Dakota every day…

(Monroe Bill 2)

The Crazy Horse Memorial in Custer will light up blue for World Autism Awareness Day as well Saturday. The monument will be lit up starting around 10 p.m. Admission to the memorial will be waived after 6 p.m.


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Pierre Awarded Loan For Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The South Dakota State Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved nearly 54.8 million dollars for water and waste projects. The board met Wednesday and Thursday in Pierre.

The total includes $14.6 million in grants and $40.2 million in low-interest loans, with $4.96 million of the loan total in principal forgiveness.

The grants and loans awarded by the board are administered through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources include a lone awarded to the city of Pierre.

Pierre was awarded 4.071 million dollars for two loans that includes a $3.821 million loan for wastewater treatment facility improvements and a $250,000 loan amendment for the solid waste baler replacement.

The grants, loans and principal forgiveness were awarded from DENR’s Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program, Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program, Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program, Solid Waste Management Program and State Water Resources Management System.

The Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program, funded in part by revenues from the Petroleum Release Compensation Tank Inspection fee and the sale of lotto tickets, provides grants and loans for water, wastewater and watershed projects. The Solid Waste Management Program provides grants and loans for solid waste disposal, recycling and waste tire projects. 


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Pierre/Fort Pierre Adult Prom Happening Saturday

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The 4th Annual Pierre/Fort Pierre Adult Prom will take place on Saturday at the AmericInn Lodge and Suites in Fort Pierre.

Residents are encouraged to dress up and dance the night away to the music of DJ Tanya Tunes. The Silent Auction/Social Hour begins at 7:00 PM and the music begins at 9:00 PM. 

Tickets are only $40 per couple or $25 for singles. Prices will be raised at the door to $50 per couple and $30 for singles tickets. You can purchase tickets in advance from Tate Gabriel at Affections Floral and Wine in Fort Pierre.

The money collected from ticket sales and the silent auction will be awarded as scholarships to a Riggs and a Stanley County High School senior who are active in community service and plan on attending a South Dakota University or technical school after graduation. Over $19,000 in scholarships have been awarded in the first three years of the event.

More information can be found on the Facebook event page "Pierre/Ft. Pierre Adult Prom."


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Annual Go Green And Clean Campaign Few Weeks Away

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Hundreds of volunteers are expected to hit the streets in April to make Pierre a cleaner, more inviting community. Their volunteer work is all in the name of the Go Green and Clean campaign.

The civic pride campaign, now in its seventh year, is a community-wide spring clean-up effort designed to prepare Pierre for its many summer visitors. More than 25 volunteer groups will work to clear litter and debris from state and public areas.

Pierre Director of Parks and Recreation Tom Farnsworth says there is still time to get involved with the volunteer efforts…

(Tom Go Green 1)

Farnsworth says in addition to the trash removal efforts; there are other projects that they have been adopted by volunteer groups…

(Tom Go Green 2)

Farnsworth also encourages the private sector to spruce up their properties…

(Tom Go Green 3)

The volunteer projects are spread out over the two week period of April 17 - April 30. Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill will kick off the campaign on Wednesday, April 13th at the Riggs High School.

Pierre is always looking for new Go Green initiatives and partnerships. Citizens with an interest in the campaign should contact Farnsworth at 773-2527.


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