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Month: August, 2015

Zenner Scores Again

Monday, August 31, 2015

Former South Dakota State University running back Zach Zenner scored the game winning touchdown as the Detroit Lions defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars over the weekend by a score of 22-17. Zenner finished the game with 8 carries for 85 yards & a score which came with 1:41 left in the fourth quarter. 

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Onida Red Cross Volunteer Back At It Again

Monday, August 31, 2015

An Onida Red Cross volunteer is back at it again.

Nancy McKenney, of Onida, will fly out of Pierre today. She will be deployed to Browning, Montana as wildfires continue to threaten several communities in the central and western part of the state. The response continues to ramp up.

McKenny says this will be a two week deployment for her.

The American Red Cross has hundreds of volunteers on the ground assisting with the disaster relief efforts in the western United States as wildfires threaten numerous communities in Washington and Montana. Volunteers from Western South Dakota are deploying to assist with the efforts.

The fires burning in the state of Washington are the largest in history, consuming about 600,000 acres so far. Red Cross workers have opened 12 shelters since the fires started, providing more than 750 overnight stays for evacuees. Many more people are visiting the shelters during the day for meals, to get information, or to charge mobile devices. Heavy rains displaces thousands of people earlier this summer. More than 100 Red Cross workers have provided more than 12,000 meals and snacks, including meals for U.S. military helping fight the fires.

You can help people affected by disasters like wildfires, floods, tornados, and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

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Special Olympics Of Pierre Receives Generous Donation From Two Local Organizations

Monday, August 31, 2015

Last Monday, a group of local Special Olympics volunteers, athletes, coaches, and parents met to thank two sponsors from the Pierre Community for their continued support.

The two sponsors were the Pierre Student Senate and Raymond James/Schmitz Financial Group.  The Student Senate started raising funds back in the spring of 2015 for the Special Olympics South Dakota –Pierre group. Between the two groups, Special Olympics South Dakota of Pierre has funds of over $1,500 to start their programming. 

“We feel very strongly about Special Olympics and want to donate to an organization that gives each person a chance to be involved,” said Marc Schmitz, presenting a check for $1000.00 on behalf of him and his wife Jill. The Special Olympics group will be starting bowling this fall.

Over the course of the year, the group will be involved in basketball, track & field, and equestrienne. The group is focusing on school-aged athletes, ages 8 and above, in the Pierre Area that would want to participate. If you are interested in participating, volunteering or coaching, please contact Angela Boddicker (angela.boddicker@k12.sd.us), Jalynn Schmitz (Jalynn.joy@gmail.com) or find their group on Facebook (Special Olympics- Pierre, South Dakota).

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Pierre Rallying Around Young Twins Recently Diagnosed With Leukemia

Monday, August 31, 2015

The entire capitol city is rallying around two young girls recently diagnosed with leukemia.

At just three months old, twins Kenedi and Kendal Breyfogle are wrapping up their first round of chemo treatments.

The Breyfogle family says the twins were born at 33 weeks and spent a month in the NICU in Sioux Falls, before heading home to Pierre. But after only a few weeks at home, their parents noticed sores on both girls that doctors dianosed as leukemia--a strain that is normally only found in adults.

"The fact that they're identical twins makes them like one in this sense...and then to be diagnosed so early is extremely uncommon, it’s not unheard of but it’s extremely uncommon," dad Aaron Breyfogle said.

The girls and their mom are now at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester for months of chemo treatments; Dad and big sister will continue to make trips back and forth from Pierre to support these infant twins as they battle cancer.

"The amount of support we've already received from our families and the entire Pierre community is just amazing, its incredible the amount of support we've already received," Breyfogle said.

Businesses all over Pierre are holding benefits for the girls over the next few weeks.

One of those businesses is Back Motors. Please help them raise $5000 for this beautiful family. On Saturday, September 12th from 12-4, Beck Motor staff & families will be volunteering their time, Trace & Steve will be donating the oil changes, & May, Adam, Gerdes & Thompson Law Firm will be washing vehicles, both for a suggested donation of $50. Beck's will have 7 bays open so their goal is to get 60 oil changes done.

There is also a Go-Fund-Me account set up that has raised more than $15,000.

You can also follow the Twins' Facebook page called Twice the Fight, where you can read updates on their progress.

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High School Softball Poll

Monday, August 31, 2015
The first fall high school softball poll of the season was released over the weekend. 

#1 SF Roosevelt
#2 SF Washington 
#2 RC Stevens  
#4 Brookings 
#5 Brandon Valley 
Receiving votes RC Central, Watertown, SF O'Gorman, SF Lincoln
#1 Lennox  
#2 Harrisburg  
#3 Madison 
#4 Vermillion
#4 West Central 
Receiving votes Rapid City Douglas
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Former Governor Rounds Says A Compromise Is Needed On Hilgers Gulch Initiative

Monday, August 31, 2015

Many Pierre residents have been nothing short of vocal since the proposed initiative to Hilgers Gulch by Governor Dennis Daugaard was announced.

What was originally designed as a calm walking area more than 30 years ago, state officials from the Bureau of Administration back in July presented a plan that has been spearheaded by Daugaard that will transform the gulch with native South Dakota grasslands, flowers, and trees.

Many Pierre residents have been wondering, what does former governor, lifelong Pierre resident and current state senator Mike Rounds have to say about the initiative?

Rounds says he is going to support Daugaard with whatever final decision is made…

(Rounds Hilgers 1)

However, Rounds says he loves the green up there…

(Rounds Hilgers 2)

Rounds adds that, even himself, hopes there is some compromise between the Daugaard administration and the residents of Pierre...

(Rounds Hilgers 3)

The Hilgers Gulch initiative will be one of the many topics that Governor Daugaard will speak about this afternoon during “Ask The Governor” live on KCCR. Daugaard will be live on AM 1240 Today’s KCCR at 2:00 P.M. If you have any questions about Hilgers Gulch or anything else for that matter, that you want Daugaard to answer, make sure to e-mail your questions to news@todayskccr.com or call them in to 6005-224-1240. 

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Pierre Man Will Fill Up His Gas Tank For Free Thanks To Paying It Forward

Monday, August 31, 2015

Andrew Deis of Pierre has received a special thank you for paying it forward in his community. Deis was selected to receive free fuel from Tanks of Thanks®, a program that rewards people who go the extra mile for others.

Recently, Deis received a $50 Tanks of Thanks gift card, which is redeemable at any Cenex® location, for his volunteer work with the AARP Tax-Aide Program. Andrew has been a volunteer for 18 years, working to ensure that volunteer tax counselors are trained and that the program¹s computer systems are running properly. He also directs five counselors, each of whom works with more than 500 taxpayers each year.

The Tanks of Thanks program from CHS and Cenex retailers encourages people to nominate neighbors, family and friends for free fuel as a way to thank them for doing good deeds, both large and small. Each month, more than $5,000 in free fuel is given away through the Tanks of Thanks program.

"Tanks of Thanks does more than give away free fuel. It empowers people to continue doing good things for their communities, explains Akhtar Hussain, CHS refined fuels brand marketing manager. "Our Cenex retailers are proud of the communities they serve and the people who make those communities so special.

According to Hussain, nominating someone for Tanks of Thanks is easy, and anyone can nominate or be nominated for any act of kindness. Congratulations to Andrew Deis, and thank you for your contributions to the community," he says.

To make a nomination, visit TanksofThanks.com and briefly describe why someone deserves a Tank of Thanks. 

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Many Pierre Residents Attend Ghost Hunting Event Saturday

Monday, August 31, 2015

The Rawlins Municipal Library had so many people wanting to hear about South Dakota’s haunted past on Saturday, they had to have a second event.

Chad Lewis, who has traveled the entire nation ghost hunting and researching haunted places, gave an in depth presentation that highlighted his passion for the unusual.

Rawlins Library Director Robin Schrupp said the turnout of people was amazing…

(Robin Ghosts 1)

For over two decades Lewis has traveled the back roads of the world in search of the strange and unusual. From tracking vampires in Transylvania and searching for the elusive monster of Loch Ness, Chad has scoured the earth in search of the paranormal. With a Master’s Degree in Psychology, Chad has authored over 20 books on the supernatural, and extensively lectures on his fascinating findings. The more bizarre the legend, the more likely it is that you will find Chad there.

Schrupp adds that Lewis even had those that attended share their haunted stories with him…

(Robin Ghosts 2)

Schrupp says that thanks to KCCR, they had a good problem with the amount of people that came to the presentation…

(Robin Ghosts 3)

For more information on Lewis and all his work, visit www.unexplainedresearch.com.

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Pierre Born Rodeo Star Looses Battle With Brain Cancer

Monday, August 31, 2015

Brian Fulton, a two-time qualifier for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and 12-times the Badlands Circuit all-around champion, died Aug. 28 at Cherry County Hospital in his hometown of Valentine, Neb., after a long battle with brain cancer. He was 52.

Fulton first underwent surgery to remove a malignant tumor in September 2006 and had a second operation in January 2009. When the cancer returned again this spring, Fulton underwent a lengthy course of radiation and chemotherapy in North Platte, Neb., enduring the daily 2½-hour commute each way so he could be home with his family.

Fulton, who was born in Pierre, joined the PRCA in 1984 straight out of South Dakota State University and quickly developed into one of his era’s elite timed-event cowboys. He qualified for the 1991 National Finals Rodeo as a tie-down roper and made it to the 1996 NFR as a steer wrestler, finishing second in the world to Chad Bedell by $14,777.

Fulton placed in seven of 10 rounds at that 1996 NFR, sharing the wins in Rounds 2 and 3. If not for a broken barrier penalty in Round 5, he would have won the average title and the gold buckle.

For nearly 20 years he was a dominant figure in the Badlands Circuit. In addition to the record 12 year-end all-around championships (1984, 1986-90, 1993-95, 1997-99), he also won six year-end steer wrestling titles (1986, 1988-89, 1995, 1998-99) and one in tie-down roping (1994).

From 1986-98, Fulton won 11 titles at the RAM Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo in Minot, N.D., four each in the all-around and steer wrestling and three in tie-down roping. He represented the Badlands Circuit at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo 10 times (1987-91, 1994-96, 1999-2000), winning the RNCFR tie-down roping title in 1995 and the all-around a year later.

He was inducted into the Casey Tibbs Hall of Fame in Pierre, S.D., in 1999.

A knee injury early in the 2001 season forced Fulton to step away from full-time competition.

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Hughes County 4-H Family Planning For Worst Case Scenario At Tuesday County Commission Meeting

Monday, August 31, 2015

As the entire 4-H family in the state of South Dakota is anticipating showing animals and putting their finishing touches on their purple ribbon exhibits for the State Fair later this week, the local Prairie Winds 4-H family of Hughes and Stanley County is focused on trying to save their program for the future.

The Hughes County Commission recently announced that they need to cut close to one million dollars from their 2016 budget by October 1st, and funding for 4-H in Hughes County might need to be cut.

President of the local 4-H Council Amy Mesman says they are ready for the public meeting, and welcoming any 4-H supporters…

(Amy Mesman 1)

Mesman adds that they are planning for the worst case scenario…

(Amy Mesman 2)

The public meeting begins in the commissioner’s room on the second floor of the Hughes County Courthouse at 5:30 Tuesday evening. 

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