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Releases Slightly Higher At Oahe Dam

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Slightly higher water releases are occurring from the Oahe Reservoir this month according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Jody Farhat, chief of the Corps’ Missouri River Basin Water Management Division, says the increases are to meet higher energy demands at the dam…

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Farhat says the Corps runoff forecast at Oahe is actually down due to the current drought in our area…

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She says there are no plans to increase the releases at Oahe…

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The Oahe reservoir level is expected to remain nearly steady, ending the month near elevation 1610.1 feet. 

The Corps of Engineers will continue to monitor basin conditions and will adjust the regulation of the reservoir system based on the most up-to-date information. 

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Fort Pierre History Book Is Out

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The long awaited Fort Pierre history book is out.

A priority for Fort Pierre in the last few years was putting together a Fort Pierre history book, just in time for their massive Fort Pierre bicentennial celebration in September.

Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson says individuals can purchase the book now…

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She says the history book turned out fantastic…

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Hanson says the key to the book is the stories shared by some of their long-time residents…

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There are multiple chapters of the book focused on the major eras of Fort Pierre’s history.

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Wood Carving Landmark Coming To Pierre

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Craig Burnett of Danel Boones Carvings and Creations in Pierre has been spending the last several weeks carving a massive wildlife scene in the old cottonwood tree in front of the Izaak Walton League in Pierre.

The Izaak Walton League is financing the tree carving. Instead of taking out the dead tree, the Izaak Walton League members decided to put the tree to good use.

Burnett has been an arborist for the last 30 years. For the last 15 years, he has been focusing on chainsaw carving. He says the chainsaw has always come natural to him. Burnett recently completed carving a buffalo in an old tree in front of the Stanley County High School.

Local Izaak Walton League Manager Marty Nowak says that “when the carving is done, it’s going to be a landmark for the city of Pierre.”

Nowak adds that the tree will most likely be a memorial in honor of the late Ben Gienger. Gienger’s widow Sharon donated about half of the funds needed for the massive carving. Nowak says they are taking donations for the remainder of the financing for the sculpture.

Burnett expects the massive carving to be complete towards the end of this year or the beginning of next year. There will also be bench seats at the bottom of the tree carving. 

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Johnson Critical Over IHS Operations

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Congressional Candidate Dusty Johnson says the federal government has seriously let down Native Americans in regards to healthcare, especially in South Dakota.

Johnson, who is originally from Pierre, served six years on the Public Utilities Commission before resigning to join Daugaard's administration. He then in 2014 went to work for Vantage Point Solutions, an engineering and consulting company in Mitchell, where Johnson lives. 

Johnson says a poster child for how the federal government has “dropped the ball” is Indian Health Services…

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He says throwing more money at the IHS problem will not make it go away…

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He says South Dakota’s delegation needs to ask the really hard questions to the individuals in DC that run IHS…

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Earlier this year, U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds introduced a bill to provide for a comprehensive audit of IHS. Rounds’ bill would require the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to use existing funds to contract with an independent firm to assess the state of IHS. 

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Jackley Speaks About GEAR UP In Pierre

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley appeared before the Government Operations and Audit Committee of the legislature in Pierre Monday. He answered questions about the investigation into the GEAR UP program, and Mid Central Educational Cooperative in Platte, which managed that grant program.

WNAX reports that Jackley answered a series of questions, mostly from State Senator Stace Nelson of Fulton. One dealt with the ability of GOAC to investigate boards that are part of state agencies…

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Mid Central was audited by the Schoenfish Company, including state Representative Kyle Schoenfish of Scotland. Jackley says he doesn’t see liability of that company…

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Jackley was also asked if he was investigating more than the GEAR UP contracts held by Mid Central…

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The committee will also hear from the Department of Education about those programs.

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Fort Pierre Rallies To Construct Concession Stand

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Many Fort Pierre individuals and businesses have "stepped up to the plate" when a need within the community was recently determined. 

A Concessions Stand/Ticket Booth was recently constructed and placed near the softball field on the south side of Parkview Auditorium.

Fort Pierre Resident Doug Boes organized the community project. He says the building was desperately needed…

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The concession stand building will be turned into a ticket both for Stanley County football games…

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Boes says a lot of kids in the community helped construct the building and it was “just something that needed to be done.”

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Man Arrested After Threatening Sully County Officer

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A Rapid City man has been charged with threatening a Sully County Deputy Sheriff.

According to Sully County Chief Deputy Sheriff Curt Olson, on Sunday evening at approximately 7:30 PM, Deputy Sheriff Jordan Anderson stopped a vehicle for speeding along Highway 83.

He says during the course of the traffic stop, 61 year old Charles Richard Emery became agitated with Anderson and threatened to use force against Anderson. While attempting to place Emery under arrest for threatening a law enforcement officer, Emery began to resist arrest resulting in Anderson drawing his taser. He drew the taser because of the extent of Emery’s threats and his resisting. Emery did state that his wished he had a weapon.   

Two off duty North Dakota officers drove by the incident as it was occurring and assisted in taking Emery into custody. Emery was transported to the Hughes County Jail for speeding, threatening a law enforcement officer, obstructing, and resisting arrest.

The Hughes County Sheriff’s Office and the South Dakota Highway Patrol responded to this incident due to the nature of agitation of Emery.  


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Two Dead After Fatal Crash In Alcester

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

South Dakota Highway Patrol officials say the investigation into Monday’s fatal crash in Alcester continues to indicate that the incident was unintentional.

Two people were killed and six others were injured when a vehicle ran into Alcester Care and Rehab Center, hitting seven people who were coming out of the building. The group was a mixture of center employees and residents. The driver was also injured.  

An 81-year-old woman, driving a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix, had pulled into a driveway area near the building when witnesses say the driver unintentionally stepped on the gas instead of the brakes, sending the car into the building.

Names of the eight people involved have not yet been released. The female driver is one of the six that were injured. The injured were taken to hospitals in Hawarden, Iowa; Sioux City, Iowa; and Sioux Falls. Some of the injured have already been treated and released.

Highway Patrol officials say the investigation continues and will likely take several days to complete.

Other agencies on scene were the Union County Sheriff’s Office; Alcester Police Department; Union County Emergency Management; Alcester Fire Department; ambulances from Alcester, Beresford, Vermillion, Hawarden, and Ireton Iowa. Medical helicopters from Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls and Mercy Medical in Sioux City, Iowa were also on scene.

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

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Deployment Ceremony Held In Pierre

Monday, July 24, 2017

Fifteen Soldiers from the South Dakota Army National Guard's 200th Engineer Company were honored during a deployment ceremony in Pierre Saturday afternoon.

Many family members, friends and community supporters assembled at the Riggs High School Theater to say farewell to the Soldiers who will depart for a nine-month deployment to the Middle East.

The Soldiers will serve as a Bridge Training Team and provide training and assistance to coalition forces on military bridge systems throughout the region. As a multi-role bridge unit, the 200th's mission is to assemble, maintain, repair and replace all standard U.S. Army bridge systems.

200th Bridge Training Team Captain Mark Francisco says the team is ready for any challenges…

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Other ceremony speakers included Gov. Dennis Daugaard, U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds, U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem, Pierre Mayor Steve Harding, and South Dakota National Guard Major General Tim Reisch.

Harding told the crowd that the 200th and the South Dakota National Guard gave the community of Pierre hope during the flood of 2011…

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Rounds told those departing that they are the “best of the best”…

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Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, this will be the third mobilization for the Pierre, Chamberlain and Mobridge-based unit, which deployed forces to Iraq in 2003-2004 and Afghanistan in 2011-2012.

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Highway Patrol Ceremony Held In Pierre

Monday, July 24, 2017

The South Dakota Highway Patrol welcomed its largest group of new troopers in more than forty years at a ceremony Friday morning inside of the State Capitol Rotunda in Pierre.

The class saw twenty recruits, fifteen men and five women. It’s the largest class since twenty-five recruits joined in 1974. It’s also the highest class of women ever in state history.

Highway Patrol Superintendent Colonel Craig Price says the Highway Patrol is some of the best people in the nation…

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Price says working for the Highway Patrol is no doubt one of the most dangerous professions…

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Governor Dennis Daugaard was the featured speaker at the ceremony. He told those becoming troopers Friday that there will be many challenges facing them…

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The recruits have had a year of academy and field training in Pierre. They will be assigned to stations across the state and some started as soon as Saturday.

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