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Month: June, 2017

Neighbors Dispute Halfway House In Pierre

Friday, June 30, 2017

A Pierre pastor wants to open a halfway house in the 200 block of West Broadway for women just out of the state Women's Prison, but he's running into opposition in the residential neighborhood.

Pierre resident Jessica Bardeson knocked on doors in her Pierre neighborhood Wednesday, seeking signatures on her petition to stop the Rev. Jack Benjamin's plan.

Benjamin announced the plans to build the halfway house next to United Pentecostal Church a year ago, where he is a pastor. That location is across town from the house he bought last month, which is next door to Bardeson. Benjamin says that he understands the concerns of neighbors...

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Benjamin says the recently purchased home will be temporary housing for the women. He plans to raise $300,000 to build the other facility next to his church. Benjamin, who has been a chaplain at the Women’s Prison in Pierre for nearly a decade, says that something needs to be done to stop the recidivism rate...

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Bardeson says this affects everyone...

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Bardeson says she has 25 signatures on her petition. Benjamin says they will provide supervision at the transitional home, Bardeson says they won’t.

Utilities Director Brad Palmer says that Benjamin's plans fits within city ordinances.

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It’s Leon Schochenmaier Day In Pierre

Friday, June 30, 2017

Today has been proclaimed Leon Schochenmaier day in the city of Pierre.

Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill has proclaimed the special day for City Administrator Schochenmaier as today is his last day in the position, after serving the city for the last 11 years.

Schochenmaier says that it was 11 years ago this week that he interviewed for the position...

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Schochenmaier says there were a lot of problems that occurred in his time with the city, but they always came up with a solution...

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He says working for the city was a great opportunity and wants to thank everyone for their support over the years.

The City of Pierre is hosting a going away party for Mayor Laurie Gill and Schochenmaier. The public is encouraged to attend. The open house is today from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce.  Light refreshments will be served.

Brad Palmer, City Utility Director, will serve as the interim City Administrator until a permanent replacement is named.

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ACLU Suing Avera St. Mary’s, Pierre Police

Friday, June 30, 2017

The South Dakota ACLU is suing over the use of catheters to force urine samples in investigations.

The suit names the South Dakota Department of Social Services, Avera St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre, members of the Pierre Police Department, and the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

State ACLU Legal Director Courtney Bowie says the Pierre suit involves the use of a catheter on a three-year-old child in an abuse case. Bowie says that the use of catheters violates basic human rights.

According to the ACLU, during the investigation into a suspected case of child abuse and on the order and direction of the South Dakota Department of Social Services, the ACLU alleges Avera St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre forcibly catheterized a three-year-old boy. The South Dakota Department of Social Services obtained involuntary and coerced consent from the child’s mother, who was being investigated after her boyfriend was arrested for a probation violation, under the threat of the removal of her children.

The complaint filed on behalf of the child challenges the practice of catheterizing children who are suspected of being victims of child abuse in violation of their rights under the Fourth Amendment, the Fifth Amendment, and the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. According to the suit, the child was emotionally traumatized and suffered a staph infection as a result of the catheterization.

Avera St. Mary’s has not been served with any lawsuit related to these reports. Avera’s Director of Communications Jay Gravholt says “they will not comment beyond this release regarding any allegations associated with these matters. As we have previously stated, Avera has long recommended that care never be forced on anyone. We have communicated this position to law enforcement and conducted staff training.”  

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Rounds Praises WOTUS Withdrawal

Friday, June 30, 2017

President Trump this week stated that his administration will revoke a rule that gives the Environmental Protection Agency broad authority over regulating the pollution of wetlands and tributaries that run into the nation’s largest rivers. That’s the Waters of the US Rule (WOTUS).

South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds says this is great news for South Dakota landowners...

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Rounds says that South Dakota landowners have plenty to worry about and does not need the EPA breathing down their backs...

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The existing WPTUS regulation covers wetlands adjacent to either traditional navigable waters or interstate waters, as well as streams serving as tributaries to navigable waters.

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July Sobriety Checkpoints Include Stanley County

Friday, June 30, 2017

July’s sobriety checkpoint schedule has been released.  

The checkpoints are funded by the Office of Highway Safety and conducted by the Highway Patrol. The checkpoints are designed to discourage people from drinking and then driving.

July’s schedule calls for 25 checkpoints in 19 counties. Checkpoints are planned for the counties of Beadle, Brookings, Brown, Butte, Codington, Davison, Day, Gregory, Hamlin, Jackson, Lake, Lincoln, Meade, Minnehaha, Pennington, Roberts, Spink, Stanley and Yankton.

Both the Office of Highway Safety and the Highway Patrol are part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

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Methodist Church Hosting Local Concert

Friday, June 30, 2017

Organist/pianist Ron Smith and vocalist Jeff Speaect will present a concert of patriotic music on Sunday at 2:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church in Pierre.

The concert is open to the public. The performers will have a Meet & Greet with attendees in the Narthex after the concert. Ice cream will be served.

For more information, contact Elaine at 224-5939.

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Post 8 Heads To Minot For A Three Day Tournament

Friday, June 30, 2017

The Post 8 baseball team will get back to the diamond tonight when they will be traveling to Minot North Dakota for a three day tournament.

Post 8 played three games this week already winning in Aberdeen Tuesday night 5-3 and splitting their double header in Brookings on Wednesday winning game one 16-4 and losing game two 11-1.

Pierre will play two game today, two games tomorrow and one game on Sunday. Post 8 is 18-10 on the year.

They will return home next Wednesday for the final time this season as they will play a one nine inning game with Rapid City Post 320. You’ll be able to hear that game next Wednesday right here on Today’s KCCR. 

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Small College Basketball Hall of Fame to Induct Don Meyer

Friday, June 30, 2017

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — Legendary men's basketball coach Don Meyer is being inducted into the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame.

Meyer was one of the winningest coaches in college basketball history. He led his teams into the playoffs 19 times and compiled a 923-324 record during his 38-year career, most of which he spent at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, and at Northern State in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

The native of Wayne, Nebraska, died of cancer in 2014. He's already a member of the NAIA Hall of Fame, and in 2010 he was given a lifetime achievement award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The Small College Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony is Nov. 2 in Evansville, Indiana.

 Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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Friday, June 30, 2017

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Pierre Committed To Current Outdoor Pool

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Pierre’s outdoor swimming pool was closed for a second day in a row Tuesday due to water quality not being up to par.

The Pierre Area Waterpark Committee has been working for some time now trying to sell the concept of a replacement for the current city pool, with many roadblocks.

Pierre Mayor-Elect Steve Harding says the city is committed to the current pool.

Harding says the pool is not making money, despite some public perception.

Harding says there are a lot of questions that need to be answered concerning the possibility of a new pool.

Harding says that the current city pool, which was built in 1922, still has a few years of life left until the city can look at funding and the type of facility that is needed.  

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