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Month: April, 2017

Gill Outlines Top Priorities Of Last 2 Months In Office

Friday, April 28, 2017

Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill has just two months left as the Mayor of South Dakota’s Capital City. Earlier this year, she announced that she will not be running for reelection back in January after nine years as the Mayor.  

She says before she leaves office, one of her top priorities is overseeing the hiring of Pierre’s next city administrator…

(Gill 2 Months 1)

Gill says she continues to meet with people that want to see new things happen in Pierre…

(Gill 2 Months 2)

Gill says overall, she wants the transition in leadership to be as smooth as possible…

(Gill 2 Months 3)

Gill’s last day as Mayor will be June 30th. The Mayoral election will be June 6th, with Steve Harding and Steve Robinson running for the position.

Gill adds that she will remain in Pierre after June 30th, and will continue to serve in her full time job as the Bureau of Human Resources Commissioner for the state. 


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Riggs Choir To Perform At The Capitol

Friday, April 28, 2017

The Riggs High Chamber Choir will present their annual concert “Angels in the Architecture” on Tuesday night at 6:00 PM in the Capitol Rotunda.

Riggs Choir Director Rodd Bauck says that this tradition began in the spring of 2014. The Riggs Chamber Choir traditionally goes on a tour of the elementary and middle schools, and in 2014, they had the idea of ending the tour day with a free concert in the Capitol Rotunda where we perform our entire repertoire from the year.

He adds we are lucky and blessed to live in a town where our state capitol building is as public as it is. It has fantastic acoustics, and to be able to perform music in that space is both gratifying and rewarding.

Bauck says they will be performing music that ranges from classical madrigals, to Haitian music, to pop and jazz, and to folk songs. He encourages everyone to take some time on Tuesday evening at 6:00 PM to hear some beautiful music performed in a beautiful setting.


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Riggs Preparing For Culinary Arts Program

Friday, April 28, 2017

The Pierre School District is currently seeking bids for the complete remodel of two existing classrooms at Riggs for a culinary arts program.

According to Riggs High School Principal Kevin Mutchelknaus, the school was awarded a 244,000 dollar Prostart Grant for the program. ProStart is a nationwide, two-year high school program that unites the classroom and industry to develop the best and brightest talent into tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice leaders.

Mutchelknaus says that the grant now allows the commercial restaurant kitchen to be built at Riggs…

(Kevin Prostart 1)

Mutchelknaus says there are a high demand for the foods related classes at the high school, and a high demand for those that want to work in a food related career…

(Kevin Prostart 2)

The course will be offered beginning in the fall of 2018 to allow for plenty of time for the remodel… 

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Mutchelknaus is hopeful that the Pierre School Board will receive quality bids for the project, and that they can award the bids at their May board meeting.

Pierre will become the 15th school in the state to offer the Prostart program in 2018. 


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Govs Tennis Has Good Start To Busy Weekend

Friday, April 28, 2017

The Pierre Govs boys tennis team hosted the Pierre Triangular yesterday. The Govs would go up against Huron, Spearfish and Sioux Falls O’Gorman.

In the morning session the Govs would take on Huron as they were able to get revenge on a lost to them earlier on the year as the Govs won 5-4. Head coach of the Govs Steve Steele says it was a good win.

The Govs would then take on Spearfish and dominate from start to finish as they were able to win that one 8-1. After some of the guys had to play 5 or 6 matches they had to go up against Sioux Falls O’Gorman and the Govs lost a tough on 9-0.

The Govs will head out to Rapid City for the Rapid City Invite today and tomorrow. Coach Steele says that they will be facing some tough competition.

Pierre def Huron 5-4
1Sngl- Hight (P) def Meyer (H) 10-0
2Sngl- Wernsmann (P) def Rubish (H) 10-6
3Sngl- Sterrett (H) def Zago (P) 10-2
4Sngl- Claeys (H) def Rae (P) 10-1
5Sngl- Schlader (H) def Johnson (P) 10-4
6Sngl- Uecker (H) def Warne (P) 10-8
1Dbl- Hight & Zago (P) def Meyer & Sterrett (H) 10-0
2Dbl- Wernsmann & Rae (P) def Rubish & Claeys(H) 11-9
3Dbl- Johnson & Hanson (P) def Schlader & Uecker (H) 10-6


Pierre def Spearfish 8-1
1Sngl- Hight (P) def Hoffman (S) 10-1
2Sngl- Wernsmann (P) def Harr (S) 10-5
3Sngl- Hill (P) def Thorman (S) 10-8
4Sngl- Adam (P) def Burket (S) 10-3
5Sngl- Johnson (P) def Schlinkert (S) 10-3
6Sngl- Warne (P) def Doerges (S) 10-5
1Dbl- Hight & Wernsmann (P) def Hoffman & Harr (S) 10-2
2Dbl- Thurman & Burket (S) def B Judson & Leingang (P) 10-4
3Dbl- Johnson & Hanson (P) def Schlinkert & Doerges (S) 10-4


SF O'Gorman def Pierre 9-0
1Sngl- Damgaed (O) def Hight (P) 4-6, 7-5, 10-7
2Sngl- McDowell (O) def Wernsmann (P) 6-3, 6-2
3Sngl- Yousef (O) def Zago (P) 6-0, 6-2
4Sngl- Ridl (O) def Rae (P) 6-2, 6-2
5Sngl- Moffitt (O) def Johnson (P) 6-3, 6-0
6Sngl- Dally (O) def Warne (P) 6-3, 7-5
1Dbl- Damgard & McDowell (O) def Hight & Zago (P) 7-5, 6-2
2Dbl- Yousef & Ridl (O) def Wernsmann & Rae (P) 6-1, 6-3
3Dbl- Moffitt & Curd (O) def Johnson & Hanson (P) 7-6, 6-1


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Pierre Spring Baseball Finally Back In Action This Weekend

Friday, April 28, 2017

The Pierre spring baseball team will get back into action this weekend as they will open Hyde Stadium for the first time.

The Govs will play two double headers, one on Saturday vs. Rapid City Central that will start at 4 and 6 pm. Then on Sunday the Govs will take on Harrisburg as they will play at 1 and 3 pm.

The Govs are 4-0 on the season and have not played since April 6th when they traveled to Winner. You will be able to hear both of these double headers right here on Today’s KCCR. 


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Batting Cages Set To Open On Monday

Friday, April 28, 2017

 PIERRE, S.D. – Weather permitting, the batting cages at the Oahe Softball Complex will be opening for the season this Monday evening. 

As usual, hours of operation will be weeknights from 5:30-9:00 and weekends from 12-6 PM, or by appointment.  Baseball and softball players of all ages are invited to come and take their swings in preparation for the upcoming seasons.  Punch cards from last season will still be honored. 

The batting cages do rely on volunteer help to keep them open and operating.  Volunteers and their children are eligible for free hitting during their working hours.  Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Brian Oakland through Facebook, or also through the Pierre Batting Cage Association Facebook page.

Batting Cages Set To Open On Monday

Friday, April 28, 2017

 PIERRE, S.D. – Weather permitting, the batting cages at the Oahe Softball Complex will be opening for the season this Monday evening. 

As usual, hours of operation will be weeknights from 5:30-9:00 and weekends from 12-6 PM, or by appointment.  Baseball and softball players of all ages are invited to come and take their swings in preparation for the upcoming seasons.  Punch cards from last season will still be honored. 

The batting cages do rely on volunteer help to keep them open and operating.  Volunteers and their children are eligible for free hitting during their working hours.  Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Brian Oakland through Facebook, or also through the Pierre Batting Cage Association Facebook page.


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Rawlins Hosting "Go Green" Event

Friday, April 28, 2017

If you’re looking for ways to be more environmentally friendly, check out Rawlins Municipal library this weekend. The library is hosting a special “Go Green” event on Saturday. It starts at 10 a.m. and features Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill and Nick Emme with the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Gill will reflect on the eight years of the City’s Go Green and Clean environmental clean-up campaign and highlight what’s been accomplished since its inception. Then Emme, who serves as the Recycling Coordinator for the state, will present information about recycling, the recycling opportunities available in Pierre, and opportunities for conserving our natural resources. Light refreshments will be provided.

Following the speakers, you can turn their lessons into action by volunteering to remove litter and debris from the library grounds. Rawlins Library will begin its annual clean-up effort at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Staff expects the volunteer opportunity to take about an hour. Gloves and bags will be provided to all volunteers.

For additional information, contact Rawlins Municipal Library at 605.773.7421.


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Brad Dean Is Heading To Dakota Wesleyan

Friday, April 28, 2017

Pierre Gov senior basketball player Brad Dean has officially announced where he will be attending school in the fall.

He announced on his Twitter page on Wednesday that he will be attending Dakota Wesleyan to continue his basketball career. Dean led the Govs in scoring this season as he was able to average 19 points per game.

He was able to set a team record for 41 steals this season and is now the all-time leading 3 point shooter hitting as he was able to hit 77. That puts him second behind Lane Severyn on the all-time 3 point baskets made in school history.    


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South Dakota Named Second Most Gambling Addicted State

Friday, April 28, 2017

On the heels of the Fort Pierre Horse Races this weekend, personal finance website WalletHub has named South Dakota as the second most gambling addicted state in the nation, just behind only Nevada.

Jill Gonzales says South Dakota ranks third in gambling friendliness, with plenty of options, and ranks sixth in gambling problem and treatment. Gonzales says those include 15 parameters ranging from the presence of illegal gambling, to per capita lottery sales, to the share of adults with gambling disorders.  

South Dakota is first in the nation with the number of casinos per 100,000 residents. WalletHub also looked at the number of gaming machines per 1,000 residents and the state rank third. When it comes to establishments, WalletHub looked at land-based casinos; including video lottery places, racetrack casinos and tribal casinos.

Gonzales says South Dakota is not affiliated with the National Council on Problem Gambling, casino employees on the gaming floor don't have training on disorders and what to look for and there's no state provided gambling addiction program in South Dakota. South Dakota was the third most gambling addicted state last year.

Gambling disorder affects slightly more than 2% of all U.S. adults. According to the Mayo Clinic, "gambling can stimulate the brain's reward system much like drugs such as alcohol can lead to addiction."


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