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Month: June, 2017

Pierre Woman Arrested After Biting Officer

Friday, June 23, 2017

A Pierre woman has been arrested for biting a Pierre Police Officer.

On Wednesday at 7:18 P.M, Pierre Police officers responded to a report of an intoxicated subject walking east within the roadway near the 2100 block of East Park Street. Officers then made contact with a 20 year old female along the street and the female was identified as Toni Ladeaux of Pierre.

Pierre Police Captain Jason Jones says an active Hughes County warrant for Ladeaux was confirmed on scene and Ladeaux was arrested for that warrant. She was additionally charged with underage consumption of alcohol. Ladeaux then began to resist arrest and bit a Pierre Police Officer as Ladeaux was being further detained for transport to jail.

Ladeaux was ultimately charged with Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest, Simple Assault - Against Law Enforcement Officer, Underage Purchase or Possession of Alcoholic Beverages and the local Warrant.

Jones says the Pierre Police Officer was not seriously injured. 

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Blunt Awarded Loan For Wastewater System Improvements

Friday, June 23, 2017

The state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved $20 million for water and waste projects. The board met Thursday in Pierre. The $20 million total includes $3,894,500 in grants and $16,106,500 in low-interest loans, with $157,000 in principal forgiveness.

Loans were awarded to area towns include Blunt, in the amount of a $710,000 loan for wastewater system improvements.

The grants and loans were awarded from DENR’s Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program, Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program and Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program.

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.

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Pelle Promoted To Sergeant Of Pierre PD

Friday, June 23, 2017

A Pierre Police Detective has been promoted to the Sargent ranks.

Dave Panzer, Chief of the Pierre Police Department, announced the promotion and reassignment of Detective Dusty Pelle. Effective July 9th, Pelle will be promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Pelle is being assigned to serve as a Patrol Sergeant in the Police Department's Patrol Division.

Sergeant Pelle started his career in Law Enforcement as a Deputy for the Haakon County Sheriff’s Office in March of 2003. He was then hired with the Pierre Police Department as a Police Officer in December of 2004 and was promoted to Detective in June 2010, where he served until his current promotion and reassignment.

Pelle obtained a diploma for Computer Information Systems Support Specialist from South East Technical Institute, which was completed in the fall of 2001.

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Rawlins Library Hosting Magic Show Today

Friday, June 23, 2017

Rawlins Municipal Library in Pierre is hosting the Jonathan May Show at 1:00 p.m. today.

May is an Iowan magician known for his humorous, family-friendly magic shows. He will perform outdoors at the library, and attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets for seating. The event is open to the public and no registration is required.

For more information, visit rawlinslibrary.org

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Party For Gill, Schochenmaier To Be Held

Friday, June 23, 2017


The City of Pierre is hosting a going away party for Mayor Laurie Gill and City Administrator Leon Schochenmaier next week. The public is encouraged to attend.

The open house is June 30th from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce.  Light refreshments will be served.

After serving nine years as mayor, Gill did not seek re-election this year. Mayor-elect Steve Harding will be sworn in as Pierre’s new mayor on July 5th.

Schochenmaier has served as Pierre’s City Administrator since 2006. He will retire on June 30th. Brad Palmer, City Utility Director, will serve as the interim City Administrator until a permanent replacement is named.

Gill and Schochenmaier will be live on KCCR Wednesday morning at 8:30 AM. 

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Drought Aid Coming To Area Counties

Friday, June 23, 2017


PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - U.S. Sen. John Thune says drought aid is coming to ranchers with cattle in six counties of South Dakota.

Thune said Thursday the U.S. Drought Monitor indicates those counties are now categorized as being in extreme drought. That triggers three months of payments under the Livestock Forage Program to eligible producers with grazing livestock.

The counties are Campbell, Dewey, Walworth, Potter, McPherson and Edmunds.

Thune says grazing livestock producers who experience extreme drought need quick assistance to provide additional feed and grazing.

The Republican senator co-authored the Livestock Forage Program which was first included in the 2008 farm bill and later in the 2014 farm bill.

U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem says she's urging the USDA to quickly provide producers relief. Drought conditions have prompted many ranchers to sell off cattle.

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

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Oahe Power Surge Fastpitch Softball Tournament To Be Held This Weekend

Friday, June 23, 2017

PIERRE, S.D. (News Release) -- Thirty-three girls fastpitch softball teams, will compete in the 3rd annual Oahe Power Surge Fastpitch Softball Tournament in Pierre this weekend.

Play kicks-off tonight at the Oahe Softball Complex at 6:30pm when Pierre Fastpitch 18U team takes on the Burke Royals.

At 6:45pm tonight, the Pierre Fastpitch 12U team will take on the Punishers from Rapid City. Then at 8pm, the Pierre Greyhounds 12U team takes on the Black Hawk Terror and the Pierre Rebels 18U team will take on the Rampage from Aberdeen.

Pool play will continue Saturday morning at 8 am in all divisions 10U - 18u. Based on Fri - Sat results the teams will be seeded for single elimination play on Sunday. Sunday's play begins at 8am with championship games scheduled at 12:30 and 1pm.

Over 430 girls will complete in this tournament hosted by the Oahe Fastpitch Softball Association. Funds from the Pierre Bid Board have helped this tournament grow over the years.

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NHSACA Names South Dakota Coach Of The Year

Friday, June 23, 2017

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (News Release) -- The National High School Athletic Coaches Association has named the 2017 NHSACA Coach of the Year Winners. 

The 2017 Coach of the Year winner from South Dakota were Richard J. “Doc” Michel of Rapid City Stevens High School, Assistant Coach of the Year in Girls’ Sports. He will be honored at the National Awards Banquet held at the NHSACA 52nd Annual Conference in East Peoria, IL on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

Other finalists from South Dakota were: Arlin Likness of Yankton High School in the sport of football, Mark Senftner of Sully Buttes High School in the sport of girls’ basketball, Ken Bruckner of Menno High School in the sport of boys’ track & field, Rich Luther of Lennox High School in the sport of girls’ track & field, Erv Gebhart of Elkton High School in the sport of boys’ cross country, Garry Winter of Chamberlain High School in the sport of girls’ cross country, Doug Rinken of Sioux Falls Washington High School in the sport of golf, Ryan Beier of Sioux Falls O’Gorman High School in the sport of soccer and Dan Mitchell of Yankton High School Assistant Coach of the Year in Girls’ Sports.

Also inducted into the 2017 NHSACA Hall of Fame were Wally Diehl (deceased) and Tom Prendergast of Sisseton.

To be considered for this award a nominee has been determined to have outstanding coaching longevity and win-loss record, championship years, awards received and service to the coaching profession and to the athletes of the State of South Dakota.

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SDHSCA Names Spring Coaches Of The Year

Friday, June 23, 2017

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (News Release) -- The South Dakota High School Coaches Association announces the Coach of the Year Awards for the Spring of 2017:

Boys’ Golf – Matt Pollock, Ipswich

Girls’ Golf – Kim Zimmerman, Aberdeen Central

Tennis – Matt Termansen, Harrisburg. Kerry Dilley of Pierre was nominated.  

Boys’ Track & Field – Jeff Larsen, Colman-Egan

Girls’ Track & Field – Rachelle DeBeer, Deubrook Area

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SDSU Football Times Finalized

Friday, June 23, 2017

BROOKINGS, S.D. (GoJacks.com) — Kickoff timesfor South Dakota State's 2017 football season have been finalized.

Each of the Jackrabbits' first three home games will be played under the lights at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium. As announced earlier, the Aug. 31 season opener and Dairy Drive game against Duquesne is set for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

SDSU's next two home games, the Sept. 16 Beef Bowl versus Drake and the Oct. 7 Hall of Fame Game against Southern Illinois, are both slated for 6 p.m. starts.

The remainder of the Jackrabbits' home schedule will consist of 2 p.m. kickoffs. SDSU will welcome Northern Iowa to Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium for Hobo Day on Oct. 14. The home slate wraps up a month later as SDSU will seek to retain the Dakota Marker versus North Dakota State on Nov. 4, followed by a Military Appreciation Day matchup with Illinois State on Nov. 11.

The Jackrabbits compiled a 6-1 home record, including a 10-7 victory over Villanova in the second round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, during their inaugural season of play at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium in 2016.

All but one of SDSU's road games versus Missouri Valley Football Conference opponents are scheduled as afternoon games. The Jackrabbits will open league play Sept. 30 with a 7 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. Central) game at Youngstown State. The Oct. 21 game at Missouri State and Nov. 18 contest at South Dakota are both set for 2 p.m., while the Oct. 28 matchup at Western Illinois is slated for 1 p.m.

The Jackrabbits' lone non-conference road game, Sept. 9 at Montana State, will kick off at 6 p.m. Mountain Time (7 p.m. Central).

A variety of season ticket options, including premium seating, remain available for the 2017 season by calling (605) 688-5422 or visiting JackrabbitTickets.com. Single-game tickets will go on sale Aug. 1.

Aug. 31 – DUQUESNE, 7 p.m.
Sept. 9 – at Montana State, 7 p.m.
Sept. 16 – DRAKE, 6 p.m.
Sept. 30 – *at Youngstown State, 6 p.m.
Oct. 7 – *SOUTHERN ILLINOIS, 6 p.m.
Oct. 14 – *NORTHERN IOWA, 2 p.m.
Oct. 21 – *at Missouri State, 2 p.m.
Oct. 28 – *at Western Illinois, 1 p.m.
Nov. 4 – *NORTH DAKOTA STATE, 2 p.m.
Nov. 11 – *ILLINOIS STATE, 2 p.m.
Nov. 18 – *at South Dakota, 2 p.m.
* Missouri Valley Football Conference game; all times Central

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