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Month: September, 2015

Governor Soccer Season Ends

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Pierre Governor soccer team was defeated by the Huron Tigers by a score of 3-0 on Tuesday in the 1st round of the AA playoffs. The Governors found themselves in an early hole falling behind 2-0 in the first twenty minutes of the match. Facing a stout defense, the Governors only recorded nine shots on Huron keeper Noah Dickson, who recorded his 7th shutout of the season. With the win, Huron will advance to the quarterfinal round & will play at Brookings on Saturday. For the Governors, the loss ends their season. Pierre finished the year with a 3-9-1 record. 

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Lady Governor Soccer Match Scheduled

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Pierre Lady Governor soccer team now knows who they will face in the first round the AA playoffs. Pierre will host Rapid City Central on Saturday October 3rd at the Pierre Indian Learning Center Soccer Complex at noon. Rapid City defeated Watertown 1-0 on Tuesday evening in the opening round of the playoffs to advance. Rapid City & Pierre met one other time this season over Labor Day weekend. The Lady Governors won that match by a tally of 2-1. KCCR Radio will have coverage of the match beginning at 11:50AM on Saturday. The game can be also heard on todayskccr.com. 

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Chargers Sweep Rival Potter County

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Sully Buttes Charger volleyball team received a good fight from rival Potter County but still managed a three set sweep for their 18th victory of the season by scores of 25-10, 25-22, & 25-22. After being rolled in the first set, the Battlers led by as many as five in the second set only to see the Chargers swing multiple four point scoring bursts to come back & win by three. In set three, the Chargers never found themselves trailing. Racquel Wientjes led all players with 12 kills. The Chargers continue their toughest stretch of games on Thursday when they travel west to face state recognized Philip. 

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Stanley County Volleyball Wins

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Stanley County Volleyball team defeated Crow Creek for their second victory of the season & the first on the road on Tuesday night in a three set sweep by scores of 25-17, 25-10, & 25-7. The 2-8 Lady Buffaloes will be back on road Thursday with a trip to Lemmon. 

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SD Sportswriters Volleyball Poll This Week

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

1. Brandon Valley 
2. Aberdeen 
3. Harrisburg 
4. O’Gorman 
5. Pierre 

ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Watertown, Roosevelt, RC Stevens 


1. S.F. Christian 
2. Mount Vernon-Plankinton 
3. Dakota Valley 
4. Redfield-Doland 
5. Bon Homme 

ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Spearfish, Mobridge-Pollock 


1. Chester Area 
2. Warner 
3. Northwestern 
4. Sully Buttes
5. Freeman Academy 


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Pierre Commissioners Approve 2016 Budget, Many Projects Planned

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

To the tune of just over 50 million dollars, the Pierre city commission Tuesday adopted the 2016 budget.

When it came time to adopt the appropriations budget for 2016 with a second and final reading, you could feel the sense of relief in the room. The budget was balanced, and according to Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill, it was easier this year than most.

Gill says that it took a couple months of long evenings to get to a final balanced budget for 2016…

(Gill Budget Final 1)

Gill says that there are many projects planned in Pierre in 2016 with the budget money, including beautification efforts to upper Pierre Street, and the replacement of the Fire Department’s engine number three in the city…

(Gill Budget Final 2)

That’s not it for projects obviously. Gill says that the city has allocated more money in 2016 for street repairs than ever before, 2.2 million dollars to be exact…

(Gill Budget Final 3)

Other city budgeted projects include one half of a million dollars for phase two of the electrical improvements and replacement of a couple vehicles in the electric department. Just shy of one million dollars has been approved for continuing repairs at the city’s wastewater treatment plant. There is also the city’s share in the cost of completion on the Hyde Stadium Renovation project. The funding for outside agencies is also included, which is just over a half million dollars. These are not all the projects, with many smaller ones not listed.

Gill adds that the city will pay for all these expenses with a combination of different revenue sources. Those include projected increase sales tax revenues, especially from Menards. The “third penny” revenue is also trending upward.

Another way to pay for the projects is the fee schedule increases in the city, with everything from an increase in parking and noise violation fees, all the way to utility service fees and fees for a tattoo artist in the city. 

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Fort Thompson Man Convinced Of Assault On A Officer

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A Fort Thompson man has been convicted of assaulting, resisting, and impeding an officer earlier this week.

26 year old Tony St. John was sentenced to 17 months in custody, followed by two years of supervised release. St. John was indicted in October of 2014 and pled guilty in July of 2015.

The conviction stemmed from an incident in late September of 2014 when a BIA officer was called to the Lodestar Casino in Fort Thompson, due to a report of an unknown male attempting to get the keys of a vehicle from a female patron of the casino. As the female walked to her car, the man demanded that she give him the keys. She locked the doors quickly and walked back into the casino and notified security.

As the officer was talking to the woman, others in the casino advised him that the man was back in the parking lot. The officer approached the man, and he then took off running. The man did not follow commands and, along with another officer, they attempted to get St. John into handcuffs. At this time, St. John kicked the second officer in the face.

St. John then reached for the second officer’s gun and he got maced by the first officer with limited effect. The officers were finally able to place him in handcuffs and arrest him. Both officers received medical treatment.

St. John was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshall's Service. 

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Event Planned In Pierre To Honor Disability Employment Awareness Month

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Gov. Dennis Daugaard continues to focus on making South Dakota a leader in employing citizens with disabilities, proclaiming October 2015 as Disability Employment Awareness Month. Events acknowledging the observation are planned across the state throughout October.

The executive proclamation advances the Governor’s goal of making South Dakota an employment-first state, one in which employment is the first priority and preferred outcome for all citizens with disabilities.

 A host of South Dakota agencies and organizations will engage in activities in October to promote awareness of disability employment issues and to help foster a disability-friendly culture in the workplace: 

One of those activities is right here in Pierre for the Pierre/Fort Pierre community on Wednesday Oct. 7th. Kathleen Barrow from Jackson Lewis P.C. Law Firm will offer a presentation at the Capital University Center, 925 E. Sioux Ave, from 8:30 to10 a.m. She will help employers learn how to focus on their employees’ abilities rather than disabilities and outline legal obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Representatives from The Right Turn, Department of Labor and Regulation, and the Department of Human Services-Divisions of Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired will share information and resources. For more information, contact Cindy Ryan at 605-773-3315.

This statewide observation coincides with National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), a national awareness campaign that takes place each October. 

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Hughes County Commissioners Approve 2016 Budget

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

“I wish we could raise fees like the city and other entities.”

That was the unanimous thought of the Hughes County Commissioners after they eventually crunched the final numbers and adopted the 2016 budget.

It’s been a long road for the Hughes County Commissioners; however they were pleased to announce that they balanced the budget with still finding 35,000 dollars for the local Prairie Winds 4-H Extension office. Prairie Winds includes Hughes, Stanley, and Sully Counties. A portion of that goes to operation of the Prairie Winds 4-H Achievement Days.  

Stanley and Sully County both finalized and adopted their 2016 budget Tuesday night.

According to Stanley County Auditor Phil Edwards, Stanley County will continue to fund the local 4-H program, contributing $18,000. Sully County contributed $15,000.

It’s safe to say that 4-H in Hughes/Stanley Counties is here to stay; however they will need to find alternative funding sources in the near future. The Hughes County Commissioners made it known that this will most likely be the last time the 4-H office will see any kind of money for 4-H, stating that they are having a lot of problems with their discretionary funding.

According to Hughes County Manager Kevin Hipple, another technicality with the 4-H budget is, in the past, Hughes County budgeted the total 4-H amount, collecting reimbursements each year from Stanley and Sully counties. If agreed upon, it is indicating that Stanley County will take over the main duties, and have Sully and Hughes reimburse them in 2016.

Taking a look further into the Hughes County budget, a significant amount of increases for the jail budget was requested in 2016 compared to 2015, with the majority of those added requests cut. The Sheriff's budget requests, for the most part, were also cut.

One of the most significant increases in 2016 compared to 2015 will be the state mandated election budget costs. It’s an increase of 780 percent. It’s mainly due in large part that 2016 is an election year, however there will be costs associated with the epoll books that were provided by the last Secretary of State that will not be provided by the current one.

Another large increase in the budget for 2016 is for “care of the poor/mentally ill.” That’s a state mandated funding for the county that will see an increase of 27 percent in the 2016 budget.

When push comes to shove, Hipple said, we are going to have to continue to look at cutting discretionary funding, and we had to do a lot of this for 2016.

The 9.15 million dollars Hughes County general fund budget for 2016 was unanimously approved. 

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Many Changes Coming For Powerball Players in South Dakota Starting Sunday

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Beginning this Sunday, Powerball players in South Dakota will have better overall odds of winning and a chance to multiply most of their winnings by up to 10 times in certain situations when changes to the lotto game officially go into effect.

The changes, proposed by the Multi-State Lottery Association which oversees the game for the lotteries that offer it and approved by the South Dakota Lottery Commission and the Legislative Rules Review Committee this summer, are designed to deliver bigger jackpots and give players a chance to win other substantial prizes.

Under the revised game, the overall odds of winning a prize will go from 1:31.8 to 1:24.9 while the odds of winning the jackpot increase from 1:175 million to 1:292 million. Powerball’s $10,000 third prize is being boosted to $50,000 and the Power Play option will be expanded to multiply most prizes (except the jackpot and the Match 5 prize) by up to 10 times whenever Powerball’s annuitized jackpot is at $150 million or less. The starting jackpot will remain at $40 million.

South Dakota Lottery executive director Norm Lingle says the game’s matrix will also change, which will affect those players who pick their own numbers for the twice weekly drawings.

“The pool of white ball numbers to choose from is going from 59 to 69 and the field of Powerball numbers is decreasing from 35 to 26. Players who choose their own numbers will need new Powerball play slips starting this Sunday. All of our lottery retailers and validation centers have the new slips available; players just need to ask for one so they’re ready to play the new game,” Lingle said.

The final drawing under the current game is Sat., Oct. 3 with the first drawing for the revised game on Wed., Oct. 7. Powerball will still cost $2 per play with an additional $1 for the Power Play option. 

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