Pierre, SD weather

Month: July, 2017

Fort Pierre Fire Department Has Busy Weekend

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Fort Pierre Volunteer Fire Department had an active weekend.

According to Fort Pierre Fire Chief Justin Jones, they responded to a vehicle fire inside of the ServiceMaster Company Building along Highway 14. The call came in at approximately 7:30 PM on Friday.

He says the employees of the business parked a van inside, and it caught fire, destroying the van. The bulk of the fire damage was contained to the vehicle itself, and there was smoke and water damage in the remainder of the building. He says “we got pretty lucky that we didn’t lose more than the van.”

Crews were on scene for approximately 2 and one half hours. There were no injuries.

The department was also dispatched to the Holiday Inn Express at approximately 2:00 AM on Saturday morning for fire alarms going off throughout the building. There was no fire, and Jones says they did not know what triggered the alarms.

On Saturday afternoon at approximately 5:30 PM, the department was dispatched to a grass fire in northwestern part of Stanley County to assist the Four Corners Fire Department. The fire was on Mule Deer Road near the Cheyenne River. Jones says it was caused by lightning. He was unsure of how many acres were burned in that fire.

As a reminder, it’s still very dry in most areas, so continue to be careful with outdoor activities. 

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Wheat Field Fire Occurs Near Onida

Monday, July 31, 2017

Residents of Onida Friday afternoon witnessed a massive wheat field fire.

Onida Fire Chief Bobby Ramler says that the call came in at approximately 3:30 PM to a portion of the wheat field on fire just about a half mile south of the Onida city limits.

He says about 80 acres of standing wheat were burned in the fire. The fire was caused by a hawk that flew into a power line, causing sparks. There were no structures damaged.

Heavy black smoke could be seen for several miles away during the fire. Crews battled the fire for approximately 2 hours.

Additional pictures of the fire can be found on the Today’s KCCR Facebook page. 

(photos courtesy of Jerry Rausch) 

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Fort Pierre Hosts Rendezvous

Monday, July 31, 2017

Fort Pierre brought their rich history to life over the weekend as they welcomed the Muzzleloaders of the Black Hills to the Bad River shores.

KSFY reports that it may not have been a real rendezvous at Fishers Lilly Park, but it was perfect timing for Fort Pierre's bicentennial. The central part of the state is one of the first early trading areas with evidence that the French were trading through this area as early as the 1600s.

Many visitors of all ages got to see how Fort Pierre settlers lived. There's up to 5 different styles of shelters the original residents used. The reenactors had fires, started with their own supplies, to cook everything they ate while they were here.

The pre-1840s muzzleloader reenactors invited the public to visit, see demonstrations, shoot a real black power gun and learn about the region's history.

Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson joined in on the fun over the weekend and shot a black powdered rifle and thoroughly enjoyed her experience. 

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Roundabout Still Proposed At 4th And Euclid

Monday, July 31, 2017

The South Dakota Department of Transportation in early June held a public meeting revealing plans for a complete rebuild of US Highway 14/Euclid Avenue in Pierre.

Since the meeting, the DOT has taken in public comments and has modified some aspects of the rebuild slightly.

DOT Planning Engineer Mark Malone says they will be back before the public with the revised plans in late August…

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The meeting time and location on the revised plans will be published at a later date.

One of the main focus areas on the project will be the corner of 4th and Euclid. Malone says the plan is still to place a roundabout at that intersection…

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He adds that a few years back, the DOT put up temporary street lights at the 4th Street and Euclid intersection for a few months, and the crashes actually increased…

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The Euclid Avenue reconstruction project is planned to begin in 2022. The estimated price tag for the project would be between 9 and 10 million dollars.

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Fort Pierre To Begin Water Restrictions

Monday, July 31, 2017

West River/Lyman Jones Rural Water will be implementing water restrictions on all their customers.

The City of Fort Pierre gets their water from West River Lyman Jones; therefore, Fort Pierre will be implementing water restrictions beginning Tuesday.

Fort Pierre Public Works Director Rick Hahn says the city has been asked to reduce their water consumption by 200,000 gallons a day starting Tuesday until further notice. City officials are asking that there be no watering of lawns in Fort Pierre between the hours of 10 am to 8 pm. 

He adds that odd numbered houses can water on odd number days and even numbered houses will water on even days. Common Areas, Right of Ways and Parks can water on Thursdays and Sundays only. 

If residents have any questions, please feel free to contact the City office at 223-7690.

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Hughes County Updating Jail Security System

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Hughes County Commissioners have authorized Hughes County Sheriff Mike Leidholt to allow an Alabama company to upgrade the jail’s security system.

Leidholt says the upgrades will include replacing several cameras in the jail, computers, and other equipment…

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The need to replace the system arose quickly adds Leidholt. Meanwhile, the population at the Hughes County Jail is at capacity…

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The jail has 168 inmates, which is capacity. 

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Post 8 Are State Champions

Monday, July 31, 2017

What a state tournament it was for Post 8 as they defeated Mitchell 12-10 for their first state championship since 1968. Pierre went 5-0 in the state tournament with wins over Sioux Falls West, Brandon Valley, Rapid City Post 22, Aberdeen and Mitchell.

Post 8 once again would get off to a great start yesterday as they would get up 3-1 after one and scored two more runs in the top of the second. Post 8 would get up big as they would be up 9-1 going to the bottom of the seventh inning when Post 8 would allow nine runs for Mitchell to tie it up. Nobody would score and the game would go into extra innings. The game would go to the 11th inning when Austin Hoss would come to the plate hitting a shot to deep right center field that would drive in the two winning runs.

Spenser Sarringar would shut down the Mitchell batter in the bottom of the 11th to win the game. Sarrigar picks up the win as he went four and two-thirds, gave up zero runs, three hits and struck out one. Kyle Stover got the start he went six innings, gave up four runs, five hits and struck out three. Ryland DeVries started the game for Mitchell he went five innings, gave up six runs, seven hits and struck out three.

Landon Badger was named tournament MVP and also the Big Stick Award winner. Post 8’s season is not over they will now travel to Dickinson, North Dakota for the National Regional Tournament. Tournament will start on Wednesday and will run until Monday.      

(Courtesy Photo)

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Lady Govs and Govs Get Soccer Practice Started Today

Monday, July 31, 2017

Well its that time of the year now as the Pierre Govs and the Lady Govs Soccer teams will get their first official practice under way today.

Last year the Lady Govs were able to make it to the semifinals of the state tournament before losing to Sioux Falls O’Gorman. This year Head Coach Sydney Zanin will look to improve on that with a lot of players returning.

On the boys side the Govs will have a new head coach this season as the will welcome Sean Blanchette. He will replace Brad Kruse who step down at the end of last season.

Both teams will start two a days and will have their first games of the season two weeks from Tuesday as they both will welcome Spearfish. 

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Pierre Rattlers Get State Tournament Started Friday

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Pierre Rattlers will play the Vermillion Red Sox in the first game of the South Dakota State Amateur Baseball Tournament. The game will be played at Hyde Stadium on Friday night and will start at 8 pm.

The opening game of the tournament will be between the defending state champion Renner Monarchs and the Castlewood Ravens. The two winners will play on Saturday at 1:30 pm and the two losers will play an elimination game at 11 am on Saturday.

On the other side of the bracket Aberdeen will take on the Sioux Falls Flying Squirrels on Saturday at 5 pm. The other game will be between the Sioux Falls Brewers and the Black Hills A’s.

The two winners will play each other at 1:30 pm on Sunday and the two losers will play an elimination game at 11 am.

The six teams that are able to win at least one game will advance to the second and final weekend of the State Class A Amateur Baseball Tournament in Mitchell August 11th thru the 13th

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Names Released In Thursday Accident Near Wessington Springs

Monday, July 31, 2017

Three Wessington Springs men have been identified as those involved in a two-vehicle crash that killed two people and seriously injured the other Thursday morning west of Wessington Springs.

According to the South Dakota Highway Patrol, a 2006 Ford F-350 pickup was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 34 when it crossed the center line and collided with a westbound 2005 International 8000 truck. The pickup entered the south ditch and started on fire. 75 year old Donald Wetzel, the driver, and 30 year old Matthew Wetzel, the passenger, both were pronounced dead at the scene.

52 year old Scott Wenzel was the driver of the International truck. He suffered life-threatening injuries. He was transported to a Wessington Springs hospital and later airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. Other agencies on scene were the Jerauld County Sheriff’s Office, Sanborn County Sheriff’s Office, Wessington Springs Ambulance, Wessington Springs Fire Department and Highway Patrol Motor Carrier Service.

The Highway Patrol is part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. 

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