Pierre, SD weather

Month: April, 2014

Summer Hockey & Registration Info

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
The schedule and registration information for summer hockey programs offered by the City of Pierre through the summer recreation program and by the Oahe Hockey Association are now available. Two sessions of summer hockey programs are offered & all programs will be held at the PAYSA rink.

Session 1: June 2 – June 26 
Session 2: July 7 – July 31

A variety of City summer recreation hockey programs for kids ages 5-12 will be held on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. Registration for summer recreation hockey programs must be done through the City’s online summer recreation registration process. Registration is now open.

The OHA is offering additional hockey programs for boys who will play as 2nd year PeeWee through 2nd year Bantam in the upcoming 2014-15 season, and all Girls. These programs will be held in the mornings. Registration for OHA programs must be done by sending an email to James.Wedin@centurylink.com by Thursday, May 22. 

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014
The South Dakota High School Activities Association is seeking input relative to SDHSAA state athletic and fine arts tournament locations and amenities.

A quantitative survey has been developed to allow the activities association to receive feedback on a variety of issues related to State athletic & fine art events. The activities association is encouraging all students, parents, coaches and administrators from across the state to participate.  

The survey can be accessed via an online entry link or by placing a call to: 1-605-373-3088 to request a hard copy if internet access is unavailable. The online link is on the SDHSAA website at www.sdhsaa.com.  

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Batting Cages Opening

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
The Pierre Batting Cage Association announced that the batting cages at the Oahe Softball Complex will open for the season Thursday evening, May 1.  General hours for the cages will be 5:30-9:00 PM on weeknights and 12-6 PM on weekends with extended hours during tournaments, or by special arrangement.  The cages offer five baseball pitching machines at various speeds as well as three slow-pitch softball machines and one for fast-pitch softball.  The Association is always in need of volunteer assistance to keep the batting cages running during scheduled times, so anyone interested may contact Brian Oakland at 295-1549, or leave a comment on the Pierre Batting Cage Association’s Facebook page.
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Girls Fast-Pitch Skills & Drills Clinic

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
One of the top fast-pitch catchers in the region is the lead instructor for a softball clinic coming up this Sunday. Robert Petersen, assistant fast-pitch coach at Pipestone Area High School, will be in Pierre for this year’s “Skills and Drills” clinic.
More than 40 girls have already signed up to attend the clinic, which will be held this Sunday, May 4 from 1pm to 4pm at the Oahe Softball Complex in Pierre.  On-site registration is available on Sunday afternoon. Clinic drills will cover basic fundamentals for all positions. Players and coaches involved with the Oahe JO summer league are invited and encouraged to attend.
There is a $15.00 registration fee for each player, which includes a camp t-shirt. The clinic is sponsored by the Pierre Fast-pitch 16U team, with financial assistance from a grant through the Turner Foundation’s Healthy Communities/Healthy Youth program.

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Blizzard Hire New Coach

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
(From KBRK Radio) 

Dan Daikawa has been named head coach the North American Hockey League's Brookings Blizzard. Daikawa spent last season as an assistant with the Minnesota Wilderness.  Two years ago, he led the Johnstown Ironmen to 37 wins and the Robertson Cup. As a player, Daikawa skated in the United States Hockey League before playing at Miami of Ohio from 1991-94. After college, Daikawa had an 11-year playing career in Japan.

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Murtha Named To Honor Society

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
(From USD Sports Information Desk) 

South Dakota senior offensive lineman Marc Murtha was named to The National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career.

Murtha is part of a record-setting class in the eighth year of the society. A total of 838 players from 267 schools qualified for membership. In addition to the GPA requirement, qualifications for membership include being a starter or significant contributor and meeting all NCAA-mandated progress towards degree requirements. Murtha played in 22 games on the offensive line throughout his Coyote career. He started the first three games of the 2013 season and competed in five games total before having his season end with a leg injury.

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USD MBB Signs Burnette

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
(From USD Sports Information Desk) 

University of South Dakota head men’s basketball coach Craig Smith is pleased to announce the signing of Tre Burnette of Williston State to a national letter of intent. Burnette will be eligible to compete for the Coyotes this fall.

Burnette is a 6-foot-5-inch guard from Madison, Wis., and Memorial High School. He played one season at Highland Community College in Freeport, Ill., before moving to Williston State, a two-year college in Williston, N.D. He played the 2013-14 season for Eric Peterson, who is now an assistant coach for the Coyotes.

Burnette averaged 15.9 points and 7.2 rebounds in earning second-team all-conference and all-region honors for the Tetons last season. He shot 48 percent from the field and knocked down 37 three-pointers. He also had 58 steals, 57 assists and 27 blocks in 29 games.

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Dowling To Run @ Howard Wood Dakota Relays

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Pierre sophomore & track star Courtney Dowling will be competing this Friday at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays. Dowling will run against the state’s top sprinters in the 200 meter dash. Dowling owns the fastest state qualifying time of all three classes at 25.10 in the 200, which is also the top time this season of any of the eight athletes in the field. Dowling enters Friday’s Howard Wood Dakota Relays as the defending 200 meter state champion & Gatorade Athlete of the Year. 
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Applications due for SC School Board seat

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Friday is the deadline for interested Stanley County residents who want to serve on the Stanley County School Board.

Board member Rick Cronin, who himself was appointed to the board to serve out an unexpired term two years ago, has resigned to become the school district’s Maintenance Manager. He cannot be a board member while being a district employee.

Cronin had been unopposed for a three-year term this spring. That term starts July 1.

The board is now taking applications from those interested in serving on the board. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Friday.

Applicants must be a registered voter residing in Stanley County and meet the full qualifications for election to the board. Those interested should provide a resume, a letter of interest discussing qualifications and state why they want to serve on the board.

Interviews will be set up later. The selected person will serve until the June 2015 election and then be eligible to run in next year’s election for the seat, which will have two years remaining on Cronin’s new term.

Materials should be sealed in an envelope and addressed to: Sarah Carter, Board President, Stanley County School District, P.O. Box 370, Fort Pierre, SD 57532.



Stained glass removed from state Capitol

There is not much stained glass left in the state Capitol.

Crews removed the glass from above the Senate chamber Wednesday. That followed a similar process Tuesday in House chamber.

Except for two rows – one

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Occupancy tax closer to making ballot

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

One final step, expected to be only a formality, remains before the public gets to vote on a proposed hotel occupancy tax.

Pierre’s City Commission Tuesday night unanimously approved a business improvement district that allows the levying of an occupancy tax. An ordinance that would make the proposed tax official also was approved.

Commissioners next week will give final approval to the proposed tax. If that happens – and it is expected to -- the issue goes to the ballot and will be voted on by city residents in the June 3 election. Pierre’s home rule charter requires any new tax proposal to go to a public vote.

Mayor Laurie Gill says she believes the public should vote on this issue. The Mayor says so far, she has heard little opposition.

Under the proposal, a $2 tax would be charged on hotel rooms, generating at least $300,000 a year. The tax would be charged in the 10 city hotels that have at least 25 units and offer rooms for less than 28 consecutive days.

The Pierre Economic Development Corporation and the Pierre Chamber of Commerce are spearheading the effort. PEDCO executive director Jim Protexter says he is pleased by the initial reaction and support.

Supporters say money raised by the tax would be used for city marketing and to upgrade public facilities. A seven-member group, appointed by the Mayor, would run the business improvement district. The board consists of three hotel owners, three business owners and the Mayor.

The only opponents to the proposal were Days Inn owners Dallen and Dode Juelfs. Dallen Juelfs says people are taxed enough and he worries that while the intentions are good, the money would be used for other purposes than needed.

Dode Juelfs says in research she has done of other South Dakota cities with occupancy taxes, the revenue is either clearly marked for use in marketing or a more specific purpose.




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