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Owner shuts down SD radio station after adverse state ruling

Monday, September 25, 2017

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The owner of a South Dakota radio station has shut down the station and closed his remaining properties after a ruling from state banking regulators.

Owner Chuck Brennan took KBAD-FM off the air Saturday night. A statement on the radio station's home page says KBAD and all of the remaining Badlands Entities properties are closed and up for sale.

The announcement comes 10 days after South Dakota banking regulators revoked the lending license for Brennan's Dollar Loan Center stores in Sioux Falls and Rapid City. The state Division of Banking shut down the stores after learning the short-term loan company was charging 36 percent interest and charging late fees if loans were not repaid in a week.

Brennan's empire once included a motor speedway, a rock 'n' roll academy and a sprawling pawnshop.

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Rural South Dakota community struggles 2 years after crime

Monday, September 25, 2017

PLATTE, S.D. (AP) — A sense of normalcy is beginning to return to surrounding school districts two years after a murder-suicide put a rural South Dakota community in the spotlight for a high-profile corruption case involving stolen education funds.

Scott Westerhuis fatally shot his wife and four children before killing himself in 2015. The state later found that Westerhuis embezzled more than $1 million from his business, Mid-Central Educational Cooperative, at the expense of the schools in the group. Mid-Central dissolved this summer, forcing member districts to form a new cooperative that provides special education services.

The state sued the districts in June, saying they should foot the bill if the U.S. Department of Education decides to make the state refund a $4 million grant from Mid-Central.

The Argus Leader reports Platte's elementary school principal, Jennifer Knecht, says students haven't been affected day-to-day.

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Film With Pierre Ties Makes Debut At South Dakota Film Fest

Friday, September 22, 2017

PIERRE, S.D. (TodaysKCCR.com) -- A film with local ties makes its debut this weekend. 

Andrew Kightlinger directed the film Tater Tot & Patton which will make its South Dakota premiere this Saturday, September 23rd in Aberdeen at the South Dakota Film Festival.   

Kightlinger tells us what the film is about:

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Kightlinger says there are some local names that appear in the film:

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There are some big names that also appear in the film:

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Tater Tot & Patton was shot on just north of Fort Pierre.  Kightlinger explains how they ended up shooting in central South Dakota:

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You’ll also see some local businesses in the film:

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Kightlinger says they plan on showing the film in Pierre sometime in 2018.

Tater Tot & Patton will show at 7 P.M. Saturday during the South Dakota Film Festival in Aberdeen.   You can purchase tickets in advance by visiting SouthDakotaFilmFest.org.

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Thune, Rounds both support GOP health care bill

Friday, September 22, 2017

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's two Republican U.S. senators both say they support the latest GOP effort to replace former President Barack Obama's health care law.

The new bill by Sens. Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham would replace major pillars of the Affordable Care Act with block grants to states to design their own programs.

Sens. John Thune and Mike Rounds both say the proposed law would fix a failing system while benefiting states.

A study by the consulting firm Avalere Health concluded 34 states would see cuts in federal funding for health insurance by 2026 under the bill, but South Dakota isn't among them. The study says the state would see an increase of $1 billion.

President Donald Trump and Republican Senate leaders are trying to rally 50 Republican votes to pass the bill.

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Drought in North and South Dakota eases significantly

Friday, September 22, 2017


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Drought in North and South Dakota has eased significantly over the past week.

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows a reduction in extreme and exceptional drought from 19 percent to less than 4 percent, due to heavy rains in North Dakota. The northwestern corner of the state is the only area that remains in those categories of drought, which are the two worst.

Overall, 87 percent of North Dakota is in some stage of drought, down from 93 percent last week.

Seventy-two-percent of South Dakota is in some stage of drought, unchanged over the week. Areas in severe or extreme drought declined slightly, from 44 percent to 40 percent.

The federal Agriculture Department reports that South Dakota leads major-producing states in very poor to poor ratings for sorghum, corn and soybean crops.
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Bankers: Rural economy continues to struggle in 10 states

Friday, September 22, 2017

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new report says low commodity prices and weak farm incomes are continuing to hamper the rural economy in parts of 10 Plains and Midwestern states.

The Rural Mainstreet Index for the region fell to its lowest level of the year at 39.6 from August's 42.2. The index released Thursday ranges between 0 and 100, with any number under 50 indicating a shrinking economy.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss, who oversees the survey of bankers, says more than half of the bankers reported that they have restructured farm loans. Nearly 20 percent have increased their collateral requirements.

Bankers reported a 2.1 percent increase in farm loan defaults over the past year.

Bankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed.

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Silver Anniversary For Heart Walk Saturday

Friday, September 22, 2017

PIERRE, S.D. (TodaysKCCR.com) -- The American Heart Associations 25th Annual Heartwalk is coming up this weekend, and that means it's time to take an assessment of your health and lifestyle.  Meshanna Heckenlaible, a long time supporter of the Heartwalk stopped by the KCCR studios to give some specifics about the walk;

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This year the Heartwalk is being held at Hyde Stadium once again.  Heckenlaible said that they were there earlier, and returning is nice, with all the new renovations at the ballpark.  And on that Saturday, Heckenlaible said there's lots of activity going on...

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Heckenlaible lists the honorees--and all of the new technology that's available to help you in your goals for a healthier heart--and lifestyle;

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For more details, be sure to stop by and like the Central SD Heartwalk Facebook page, or contact Meshanna at 222-1405.  You can also honor a person by getting a heart logo and card with the name of the person you want to remember--or have lost.  And, all honorees of the past 25 years are encouraged to participate Saturday, starting at 10AM at Hyde Stadium in Pierre.  

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Traditional Arts Demonstration Day Sept. 23 at Cultural Heritage Center

Friday, September 22, 2017

PIERRE, S.D. (News Release) -- Four American Indian traditional artists will be demonstrating their work on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

The free event, hosted by the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society, runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. CDT. Refreshments will be served, and there is free admission to the museum galleries on that day.

Alana Traversie of Pierre will demonstrate beading. Traversie learned to bead earrings and create simple loom patterns at a young age Traversie’s specialty is beaded moccasins, and she takes great pride in every pair she makes.

Mike Marshall is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and makes his home there, on the reservation.  Marshall has extensive knowledge of traditional Lakota games and toys and will be making game pieces and playing traditional games with museum visitors.

Two artists will be demonstrating traditional star quilting – Jennifer Carter from Fort Pierre and Denise Lightningfire from Lantry. The single star that dominates most star quilts is made of small diamond-shaped fabric patches pieced together into eight sections. The eight-sided star is formed when these sections are joined together.

For more information about programs, events and exhibits at the Cultural Heritage Center, please call 605-773-3458 or visit history.sd.gov.

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Pierre Cuts Back Help Finalize 2018 Budget

Friday, September 22, 2017

PIERRE, S.D. (TodaysKCCR.com) -- Pierre Mayor Steve Harding talked about getting the bottom line to even out when working on the 2018 city budget. He said while the typical city projects will continue, they had to find other expenditures to cut back on. Harding said equipment for the city upkeep lost out on some new additions:

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Meanwhile the city continues to keep monies in their budget for outside agencies that serve a purpose for the city and it’s population. Those agencies Harding listed, and that are in the 2018 budget include; Capital Area Counciling, Capital City Band, Capital University Center, Central SD RSVP Program, CYI Center in Ft. Pierre, the Chamber of Commerce, Missouri Shores Domestic Violence Center, Oahe Inc., Paws Animal Rescue, Pierre Area Referral, PEDCO, and River Cities Public Transit.

One area where the city has had to spend extra is on the city streets. Harding said that—since 2013, the number of city streets and blocks that have had repairs has grown—and it’s not stopping now:

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While a 47 million dollar budget at times suffers a strain to cover all projects, Harding and the city commission made sure that no reserves were used to reach that goal. And that policy goes back a little ways:

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City commissioners, along with Mayor Harding expressed a desire to help build the “rainy day” fund in reserves, for future unseen projects. Harding spoke recently on KCCR’s Ask The Mayor program.

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City of Pierre Awarded Grant From The Wellmark Foundation

Friday, September 22, 2017

DES MOINES, IA (News Release) — The Wellmark Foundation awarded the City of Pierre a $68,019.34 grant for the Marina Trail Connector. Organizations were able to request up to $100,000 in grant funding. To ensure community support for the grant project, communities were challenged to match this grant amount dollar-for-dollar.

The grant will build and define an ADA-compliant multi-modal trail that connects the city’s current trail system to the state of South Dakota’s Lewis and Clark trail. The trail enhancements include resurfacing and striping of trail lines, adding lighting, seating, and a rest area. Once complete, the trail will provide access to a fishable body of water.

The City of Pierre was one of 15 Large MATCH grant recipients from throughout Iowa and South Dakota. The Foundation received a total of 42 applications. Each of the grant recipients submitted projects that can help individuals, families and communities achieve better health through safe and healthy environments that encourage physical activity and access to and consumption of nutritious foods.

This was the fifth year The Wellmark Foundation offered the MATCH grant program. 

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