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Timber Lake Man Dies In Monday House Fire

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A Timber Lake man has died as a result of an early Monday morning fire in the Dewey County town.

Dewey County Sheriff Les Mayer says the fire department received the call at approximately 3:30am Monday.  He says when firefighters arrived at the scene of the trailer home fire; it was fully engulfed in flames. Firefighter’s battled an exploding oxygen tank, electrical lines throwing sparks, and a propane tank that exploded as well.  

Mayer adds that once the fire was under control, they discovery the body of 62 year old Leroy Linderman, who was the only person residing at the residence.

No cause of the fire was determined. The State Fire Marshall's office was called to investigate the fire. 

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Ruth Karim Memorial Scholarships Presented

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Three 2,300 dollar scholarships were presented to USD Nursing students Tuesday at the Capital University Center in Pierre for the Spring/Summer session through the Ruth Karim Education Endowment. The Endowment was established through the Avera St. Mary's Foundation. It was established by Mansour Karim to honor his wife Ruth.

The scholarships are a way to encourage enrollment and completion of the new 4-year nursing degree that is being offered by USD Nursing through Capital University Center.

Karim presented the scholarships to Kari Huber, Emily Spaid, and Shaina Bollinger.

Karim, when presenting the checks and giving everyone hugs, noted the real need for nurses in Pierre. He added “this is a fun day.”

The American Legion also presented their annual 40 et 8 Grant scholarships at the event. Those went to Kristin Kusser, Libby Sherer, and Desiree Stephen. 

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Pierre Woman Sentenced After Contributing To State Motel Fire

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A Pierre woman has avoided a lengthy jail sentence after a case that Hughes County States Attorney Wendy Kloeppner called “the most ridiculous thing in my fourteen years of being a prosecutor.”

38 year old Tracy St. John was sentenced in Hughes County Court on a felony charge of aiding and abetting wreckless burning, which alleged that she advised a juvenile to intentionally start a fire, that caused one dozen residents to be without a home after the August 25th of 2016 State Motel fire in Pierre.

In early January, St. John was found guilty after a court trial. She was also found guilty to a part 2 information, alleging she was previously convicted of 3rd offense DUI. That amended her possible conviction from a class four felony to a class three.

In the overnight hours previous to the State Motel fire, St. John, along with two other individuals was consuming alcohol in an apartment room at the Motel, when three male juveniles came to her apartment. The juveniles were listening to music when they started complaining of bed bugs and cockroaches crawling on them. One of the juveniles, who was St. John’s nephew, found an aerosol can and a lighter and began to try to kill the bugs with a homemade flame thrower. That eventually started the fire.

St. John’s attorney Jeremy Lund testified Tuesday that “this is a difficult case.” He stated that St. John would be a better candidate for treatment and that she has limited mental capabilities due to having fetal alcohol syndrome.

Kloeppner argued for the maximum sentence for St. John, 15 years in the Women’s Prison, saying that the fire cause over 500,000 dollars in damage to the building. She added St. John is a danger to the community and “we are just lucky that nobody died in the fire.”

Judge John Brown ultimately sentenced St. John to remain in custody for 180 days or until an impatient treatment program becomes available for St. John. He ordered a suspended 15 year sentence and five years’ supervised probation on the conviction.  

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Votes Encouraged For Pierre Park Upgrades

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Starting Saturday, people can start nominating Pierre to receive a $20,000 grant to enhance the Pleasant Drive playground.

Between April 1st and the 30th, anyone can visit to vote for Pierre. If Pierre receives the most votes in the nationwide online voting competition, the National Recreation and Park Association in collaboration with the Walt Disney Company will award the city a $20,000 Meet Me at the Park grant to enhance a local park.

Tom Farnsworth, City Parks and Recreation Director, say “The Board has put a priority on improving the playground located at the intersection of West Pleasant Drive and South Poplar Avenue.”

Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill says that this competition is an excellent opportunity for Pierre to gain some resources to renovate a park and is encouraging everyone to get out and vote.

People are allowed to vote online daily.

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Habitat For Humanity Ethnic Dinner To Be Held

Monday, March 27, 2017

The local Oahe Habitat for Humanity will host the “Taste of the World” Ethnic Dinner from 5-7 pm on Tuesday, April 4 at the First United Methodist Church in Pierre.

According to Board Member Steve Wegman, the event will feature dishes from different ethnic groups from around the world, including enchiladas, lefse, sweet and sour pork, lasagna, vegetarian dishes, egg rolls, spaghetti, brats, knoephla soup and more.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $3 for children under age 12.

All proceeds will benefit Oahe Habitat for Humanity’s mission to build simple, decent, affordable housing for families who could not otherwise afford a home. A build is planned for this summer in Fort Pierre. 

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Cheyenne River Tribe Cracking Down On Meth

Monday, March 27, 2017

It has been almost two years since the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Council passed a resolution, banning tribal members and other individuals who have been convicted of dealing methamphetamine (meth) from the reservation in an effort to crack down on the meth epidemic rampant on the Reservation. So far, ten banishment orders have been signed and delivered to convicted offenders.

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe was the first tribe in the region to enact banishment as a punishment for dealing meth. The resolution was amended in January to add a conviction of conspiracy to distribute meth to the list of convictions eligible for banishment.

With a number of recent meth related convictions, more banishment orders are expected. According to CRST Law Enforcement officials, the banishment orders are hand delivered to the individuals at their sentencing hearing. The banishments won’t go into effect until offenders are released from prison.

According to CRST Chief of Police Joe Wicks, officials had a busy calendar year in 2016 with over 800 drug related arrests. 

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Lawmakers Return To Pierre For Veto Day

Monday, March 27, 2017

South Dakota legislators return to Pierre today for the final day of the 2017 legislature.

Governor Dennis Daugaard has vetoed five bills, which lawmakers will consider.

Among them, two bills dealing with concealed carry of hand guns. Daugaard vetoed the “constitutional carry” bill, which would have allowed concealed carry of a gun without a permit.

Former Daugaard Chief of Staff and 2018 Congressional Candidate Dusty Johnson says the bill is reasonable. Johnson adds that everyone has different viewpoints, especially when it comes to controversial topics.

Other vetoes to be considered deal with special education funding, a rollback of a communications tax and a bill dealing with juvenile offenders.

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New Christy Minstrels To Headline Pierre Concert Series

Monday, March 27, 2017

The five concerts for the 2017-2018 season of the Pierre Concert Series has been announced.

The Pierre Concert Association is committed to bringing live talent to the Riggs Theater stage, and they have kept their yearly membership fees to only 50 dollars per person this next year.

Joan Likness from the Pierre Concert Series says the next season will start Monday September 25th with the series headliner-the New Christy Minstrels. The New Christy Minstrels, still Under the Direction of Randy Sparks, is an American large-ensemble folk music group founded by Randy Sparks in 1961. From their beginnings as prominent figures in the early-1960s U.S. folk revival, the group recorded over 20 albums and had several hits. 

That’s only the first concert. The second concert in the series features a blend of modern Celtic music and traditional songs. Maggie In the Meantime will come to Pierre on October 29th at 2:00 P.M.

Alias Brass will headline on March 20th 0f 2018, along with the David Osborne Trio, back by popular demand on April 9th of 2018, and Ireland’s Happy Man Cahal Dunne on May 5th. He will perform at Lutheran Memorial Church.

Likness adds that they had such a hard time picking the shows for the next season, but they are confident all the shows will impress the Pierre audience.

All performances are at 730 pm each respective night, except Maggie In The Meantime, at the Riggs Theater. Dunne will perform at the church. Memberships may be purchased at the door at each performance, subject to seat availability. So, better yet, get your memberships today by calling Likness at 224-7909. 

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Pierre Fire Had Busy Weekend

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Pierre volunteer fire department had a busy weekend-responding to four fire calls.

Pierre Fire Chief Ian Paul says luckily, there were no major incidents…

(Ian Weekend 1)

Sunday evening at approximately 7pm, the Fire department, along with local law enforcement were called to the Pierre Airport as a precautionary measure after there were some suspected concerns with a planes landing gear…

(Ian Weekend 2)

Paul adds that there were no issues found with the landing gear.  

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Duo Arrested On Multiple Charges After Stealing From Pierre Business

Monday, March 27, 2017

Two individuals were arrested on multiple charges over the weekend after stealing from a Pierre business.

On Saturday at 2:47 PM the Pierre Police Department received a call that two subjects stole clothing items from a business located in the 1700 block of North Garfield.  The subject had left the area in a vehicle. 

Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says that law enforcement officers located the vehicle near the intersection of North Airport Road and Highway 14. The two were located near a building in the vicinity. 22 year old Tina Necklace of Sioux Falls was arrested for a Warrant, Petty Theft, Obstructing, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Drug or Substance, and Ingesting of controlled drug or substance as a felony.  25 year old Bryan Scares The Hawk of Pierre was arrested for a Warrant, Petty Theft, Obstructing, False Impersonation to Deceive Law Enforcement, Possession of a Controlled Drug or Substance, and Possession of Less than 2 Ounces of Marijuana. 

Both were taken to the Hughes County Jail for booking.

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