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Month: March, 2017

Two Candidates Officially Vying For Pierre Mayor

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

It’s official. Only two candidates will be vying for Pierre’s next mayor.

Pierre Finance Officer Twila Hight announced Tuesday evening that Steve Harding and Steve Robinson both turned in the necessary nominating signatures to be placed on the June ballot for Mayor.

Okee Dokee welding owner/operator Robinson will face current city commissioner Harding.

Robinson, who was born and raised in Pierre, has operated his business since the early 1990’s. Robinson calls himself a “common man,” and says that is what Pierre needs for a Mayor.

Harding currently serves as the Deputy Secretary of the SD Department of the Military. He says it’s critical that someone with city government experience take over as Pierre’s next Mayor.

Tuesday at 5pm was the deadline to submit the necessary nominating petitions for Mayor. Pierre will elect their next mayor on June 6th. Current Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill is not running for reelection. 

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Lamb and Wientjes Named To Class B All State Team

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Class B All State girls basketball team has been announced. Chole Lamb and Racquel Wientjes from the two time defending state champion Sully Buttes have been selected. The team was selected by the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association.

Lamb, who is a University of South Dakota recruit, was able to average 21 points, 5.5 rebounds, six assists and four steals per game this season for the Chargers. Lamb is also the all-time leading scorer in Sully Buttes history with 1,913 points, which includes appearing in five straight state tournaments and three straight title game appearances.

Wientjes, who will be playing college basketball at Black Hills State, was able to average 20 points per game, and ranks third on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,787 points. She went on to average 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and three steals.  

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Selland Of Sandborn Central-Woonsocket Named Class B Girls Player Of The Year

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Myah Selland of Sandborn Central-Woonsocket has been selected as the Class B Girls Basketball Player of the Year after leading the Blackhawks to a runner up finish at this year’s state tournament.

Selland was able to tally up 519 points during her senior campaign and finished her high school career with 2,219 points.
She was able to grab 213 rebounds this season and compiled 961 for her career. She had 532 assist, 368 steals and 211 blocks for her career as well.

She is also a three time first team All-State player and four time All-State selection. Selland will be heading to South Dakota State in the fall to continue her basketball career.   

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Three Candidates Vying For Pierre School Board

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Officially, three candidates have submitted the necessary nominating signatures to be placed on the June ballot for Pierre School Board.

Dan Cronin, Dawson Lewis, and Bob Stalley have announced they are running for the Pierre School Board position being vacated by Randy Vance this summer. Vance chose not to run for reelection.

Pierre Business Manager Darla Mayer confirms that Tuesday evening at 5pm was the deadline for anyone to submit petitions for the opening position. The school board election will be on June 6th

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ABO Schools Eyeing Elementary Class Location Restructure

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Agar/Blunt/Onida school board will be holding a special meeting at the Blunt school gym Thursday night at 7pm. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the potential of moving 4th and 5th grade students from Blunt to Onida.

ABO Elementary Principal Shana Davis says the reason for this proposed move is because the district can’t find a needed special education instructor in Blunt.

Davis adds that the number of Blunt Elementary students requiring special education services has nearly doubled in the past year alone. She adds that if the board goes forward with the proposal, Kindergarten through third grades would still be available in Blunt.

Davis encourages Blunt community members, especially parents, to attend the meeting. 

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Tordsen Promoted To Regional Director For Rounds

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds has announced the promotion of Tyler Tordsen of Pierre to Southeast Regional Director. Tordsen has spent the last two years working in Rounds’ Pierre office as a special assistant, focusing on outreach, tribal relations, constituent services and local governments.

Rounds says “Tyler has been a tremendous asset to our team since the day he started. A lifelong South Dakotan, his strategic vision and passion for helping others have played a vital role in our constituent outreach and legislative efforts.”

Tordsen was born in Sioux Falls, raised in Rapid City and is a member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe. He earned his B.S. in economics and political science from the University of South Dakota, where he served as Student Body President and President of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.

Tordsen will now be based in Rounds’ Sioux Falls office. 

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First Ever Brewery Opening In Pierre

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Pierre’s first ever brewery is opening next month.

Brian Trimble, who is opening Bill of Rights Brewery, appeared before the Pierre City Commission Tuesday night requesting retail on-off sale malt beverage license, which the commission approved.

Trimble has been home brewing his craft for 15 years, and says it is time to go to the next level.

The business is located at 1601 North Harrison Suite number 5. Bill of Rights will be conducting a soft opening on Friday April 7th 4pm-10pm.

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Sutton Named Board Of Regents President

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Former Pierre resident Bob Sutton, a member of the South Dakota Board of Regents since 2013, is the board’s new president.

Sutton is executive vice president of human resources for Avera Health in Sioux Falls and previously served as regional president and CEO of Avera St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre.  

Sutton is active in public and community service, having chaired the South Dakota Housing Development Authority and South Dakotans for the Arts and as a board member of Junior Achievement of South Dakota.

As a graduate of South Dakota’s public university system, Sutton said he is especially honored to serve as the Board of Regents’ president. He earned two degrees from the University of South Dakota: an undergraduate degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration.

At its regular meeting this week, the Board of Regents also elected Kevin Schieffer of Sioux Falls as vice president and John Bastian of Belle Fourche as the board’s secretary.

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Oil Pipeline Under Lake Oahe Now Flowing

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The developer of the Dakota Access pipeline says oil has been placed in the pipe under Lake Oahe and the full line will be in service soon.

Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners made the announcement in a court filing Monday. The move comes despite months of protests and the objections of two American Indian tribes-Cheyenne River and Standing Rock-who say a rupture could threaten their water supply and cultural sites. The Sioux tribes still have an unresolved lawsuit seeking to stop the project.

The company says the four-state, 1,200-mile pipeline is safe. The U.S. government gave ETP permission to complete the project after Republican President Donald Trump took office.

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier says that if the Tribes are successful on either of the motions now pending before the district court, the court can vacate the permits granted to the oil company and stop the flow of oil under Lake Oahe.

In addition to the claims now pending in the district court, the challenge under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is currently pending in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.  

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Gill In DC For Final Air Service Task Force Meeting

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill is traveling to Washington DC today (Tuesday) for the 4th and final meeting of the Small Community Air Service Working Group that originated in the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act. Gill is the only Mayor in the nation on the task force.

Gill was appointed in December to the working group. The group is coordinating with local, state, and federal officials to help develop potential solutions to challenges faced by rural airports and the communities they serve, including reliability of air service and pilot training. 

Gill says this meeting will focus on the Essential Air Service program, which serves Pierre. President Donald Trump recently called to eliminate the service to rural communities. Gill says that the Essential Air Service program isn't a place to cut.

However, she adds that the Essential Air Service program needs reforms. Gill adds Trump’s proposal is just the beginning of negotiations on the Essential Air Service topic.

The group will come up with a final report after the meeting today. 

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