A search is ongoing for an elderly Pierre man who has been missing from St. Lawrence since early this morning.
authorities are asking for the public's help in finding Leroy Nye, a man in his 80s. He was in St. Lawrence visiting family.
Hand County Emergency Manage Nehemiah
Volquardsen says Nye was last seen between 10:30 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. Saturday night.Nye was reported missing by family at 7 this morning.
Volquardsen says Nye is thought to have left St. Lawrence about 1a.m. this morning and took the
family vehicle; a dark green 2001 Chrysler Intrepid. The vehicle has the South
Dakota license plate 33M 202.
When last seen, Nye was wearing a white t-shirt.He has glasses, short grey hair and no identifiable markings.
asks that anyone who sees the vehicle or Nye, to contact local law
enforcement or the Hand County Sheriff’s Office at 853-2408.
High school graduations in Pierre, Fort Pierre
It is Graduation Day for seniors at both Stanley County and Pierre Riggs High School.
The Stanely County graduation begans at noon in the Parkview Gym in Fort Pierre. There are 31 students who will participate in the ceremony.
FormerStanleyCounty middle school teacher Bobbi Jo Parker is the guest speaker. Seniors Breeze Olson and Kathleen Lehrkamp are the Valedictorian
and Salutatorian, respectively. The seniors also will present an
honoring gift to the mother of Dallas Henninger, a former classmate who
passed away this year from cancer.
The Riggs graduation ceremony starts at 2 p.m. It has been moved indoors to the Riggs gym because of this weekend's rains.
Doors to the gym open at 1 p.m. Overflow seating is available in the Riggs Theater where people can watch the ceremony on the big screen.
Senior class speakers for the Riggs graduation are Libby Gortmaker Jasmin Fosheim and Whitney Ellwanger.
Another night of heavy rains in area
Saturday was another night of heavy rains in the Pierre-Fort Pierre area.
While there is disparity about the amount of rain received, the National Weather Service in Aberdeen has officially reported 1.61 inches of rain at the Pierre Regional Airport since Friday night through Sunday morning.
Some listeners reported much more rain during each of the two evenings. Rain of more than one inch was reported in portions of Sully, Hyde and other surrounding counties.
Large hail and high winds also were reported in the area both nights as well. Half of an inch to a quarter-size hail was reported Saturday night in portions of Stanley County.
There is a chance of rain and thunderstorms from this afternoon through at least Wednesday.
Power outage reported in Pierre Sunday morning
A large area of Pierre spent a good portion of the overnight hours without power.
City Utilities Division Director Brad Palmer says there was a power outage from 12:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. He says the outage resulted from a primary cable burn off.
The impacted area, according to Palmer, was Central Avenue to Euclid avenue than from Elizabeth Avenue to Pleasant Drive.
Palmer says officials are not sure if the outage was caused by the late night thunderstorm that rolled through the area.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Good morning from the KCCR Newsroom...
Severe weather possible in area tonight
One night after the first heavy rain in months, residents in Pierre-Fort Pierre could see more rain -- and perhaps thunderstorms -- Saturday afternoon and evening.
The National Weather Service in Aberdeen says there is a chance for severe weather again tonight. Storms are expected to develop later this afternoon, evening and overnight.
Some of the storms, according to the National Weather Service, could be severe, especially in a line from Pierre to Aberdeen. Hail and strong winds are possible.
Friday night's storms included heavy rain, high winds and some hail. More than one inch of rainfall -- 1.20 was reported in Pierre and 1.25 near Oacoma -- was reported by the National Weather Service.
Wind gusts of 61 miles an hour were reported northwest of Pierre and 58 miles near Hayes in Stanley County. Large hail from more than three-quarters of an inch in size to an inch also was reported in Stanley and Jones counties.
Keep tuned to KCCR for the latest weather updates.
Water main break reported in east Pierre
A water main break was reported Saturday morning in east Pierre.
City Utilities Division Director Brad Palmer says the break occurred on east Wells Avenue just west of the Grand Rental Station at the bottom of the truck bypass.
Palmer says the only business impacted by the outage was the Grand Rental Station. He says since the business is closed Saturday afternoon, the repair work will be done Monday.
Graduation ceremonies today, Sunday
High school graduation ceremonies start this afternoon in parts of Central South Dakota.
The Sully Buttes High School graduation begins at 3 p.m. in the gym in Onida.
Stanley County High School's graduation is at noon Sunday in the Parkview Gym in Fort Pierre.
The Pierre Riggs High School graduation, which starts at 2 p.m. Sunday, has been moved indoors to the school gym. Doors to the gym open at 1 p.m. There is also seating in the school theater where the ceremony will be shown on the big screen.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Updated at 5:10 p.m.
Group urges safe graduation celebrations
During this weekend of graduation parties, a local committee is once again reminding teens – and their parents – to celebrate in a responsible way.
Parents Matter Coalition of Central South Dakota was started initially as a group designed to encourage teens not to drink during graduation weekends and parents not to serve alcohol to the teens.
Coalition chairman Larry Weiss believes that because of the increased attention to the issue, more youth and parents are heeding the message. But he says the group continues to urge people to be careful on this weekend.
Weiss says the coalition will continue to encourage teens from drinking at other times of the year as well.
Bond switched for husband, but not wife
Bond for a man charged with deception was increased Friday in a Hughes County Courtroom. But the bond for his wife, facing a similar charge, was not changed.
George Donald Nelson III, 45, and Karla Ann Nelson, 44, both of Fargo, North Dakota have pleaded not guilty to two counts of Grand Theft by Deception and one count of Conspiracy to Commit Grand Theft by Deception.
Prosecutors have alleged that the two sold agricultural buildings and started construction on the buildings, but then the structures were never completed or were of inferior quality. The couple also is accused of not delivering all materials that were paid for and not paying vendors for materials.
The Nelsons are being held in the Hughes County Jail, each on a $20,000 bond. But in court on Friday, Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Tronvold asked that the bond for each be reinstated to no bond. He says phone conversations reviewed by officials suggested that the Nelsons may try to flee if they made bond.
Attorneys for the two defendants argued that the conversations were taken out of context.
Judge John Brown reinstated the no bond for George Nelson, saying he was a danger to society. The bond for Karla Nelson was left at $20,000.
Brown also approved the request for a private investigator for the defense, capping the cost at $2,000.
A motions hearing for the Nelsons will be held 9 a.m. Friday, June 14.
Art of Places Saturday
A love of local history, mixed with a love of local art, has joined to create a new event that takes place Saturday.
Art of Place takes place in several sites in Pierre-Fort Pierre Saturday. It is hosted by the South Dakota State Historical Society and Preserve South Dakota.
Kate Nelson of Preserve South Dakota says the day is a chance to encourage people to look at this area’s historical properties while giving local artists something new to capture.
Headquarters for the event open at 8:30 Saturday morning at the Pierre Area Senior Citizens Center, 401 South Pleasant Drive.
The day also will include a sketching session from 9 a.m.-10 a.m. at the Verendrye Monument in Fort Pierre; a Central South Dakota Photography Club photo walk on Upper and Lower Pierre Street from 11 a.m.-noon; a kids’ session on making photographs on paper at the Senior Citizens Center from 1 p.m.-2 p.m., and then a tour of Pierre’s Riverside Cemetery 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. There also will be other workshops.
Nelson says she is anxious to see what type of artwork results from the day. Artwork from the day will be displayed during Oahe Days next month.
City Farmer’s Market starts season Saturday
Some new vendors, along with some familiar standbys, will be part of the Capital City Farmer’s Market, which starts its fifth season in downtown Pierre Saturday
Organizer Lindy Geraets says the market will not only include produce, but other items as well.
The market is open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. each Saturday from now until early fall in the city parking lot at the corner of Sioux Avenue and Coteau Street.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Updated at 11:45 a.m.
Riggs graduation ceremony moves indoors
Pierre school officials say as of now, the Pierre Riggs High School graduation ceremony set for Sunday afternoon has been moved indoors because of the forecasted rain.
Principal Kevin Mutchelknaus says the threat of rain was high enough to convince officials to make decision to move indoors at this time.
Initially the event was scheduled outdoors at Hollister Field. This is the second time in the past three years that the ceremony has been moved indoors.
Sunday's event, featuring 173 graduating seniors, starts at 2 p.m. in the Riggs gym. Doors open at 1 p.m.
Overflow seating will be available in the Riggs High School Theater where the ceremony will be shown on the big screen.
Mutchelknaus says the gym can set 1,800 people and another 1,000 can sit in the theater.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Good morning from the KCCR Newsroom....
Graduation ceremonies set for local schools.
Several local high schools hold graduation ceremonies this weekend.
At Sully Buttes High School, 11 seniors will graduate in ceremonies starting at 3 p.m. Saturday in school gymnasium in Onida. The keynote speaker is Sully Buttes High School teacher Linda Aaker. Seniors Brenna Martin and Dakota Feller will give the welcome address and Macey Chambers and Tyler Kroeber the closing address.
There are 31 students who will participate in the graduation ceremonies Sunday at StanleyCountyHigh School. The event starts at noon in the Parkview Gym in FortPierre.
FormerStanleyCounty middle school teacher Bobbi Jo Parker is the guest speaker. Seniors Breeze Olson and Kathleen Lehrkamp are the Valedictorian and Salutatorian, respectively. The seniors also will present an honoring gift to the mother of Dallas Henninger, a former classmate who passed away this year from cancer.
The Pierre Riggs High School graduation starts at 2 p.m. Sunday. Senior class speakers are Libby Gortmaker Jasmin Fosheim and Whitney Ellwanger. The event is scheduled outdoors at Hollister Field.
If needed, the event will be moved indoors to the Riggs gym. A decision on that will be made later.
Rain possible this weekend for Pierre-Ft. Pierre
How much rain, if any, the Pierre-Fort Pierre area may receive this weekend is still a question.
The forecast has called for rains, and possibly severe thunderstorms, this weekend. David Hintz of the National Weather Service in Aberdeen says there is still that possibility.
Hintz says the National Weather Service is still tracking the storms; trying to determine where the most rain is possible.
The latest weather forecasts calls for the best chance of rain in the Pierre-Fort Pierre area to be early Saturday morning, Saturday night and Sunday.
Cleaning up Memorial Site
About 30 Vietnam and Vietnam Era veterans spent last Saturday cleaning up the Capital Lake Memorial Site. The crews worked four hours to paint, scrub, clean and wash away the dirt and grime collected on the statues and granite areas. The local Vietnam Era Veterans Association (VEVA) plans to make the cleanup a yearly event. (Photo courtesy of Eileen Bertsch)
Local students participate in Relay Recess Tuesday
More than 450 students from two Pierre elementary schools will honor those who have battled cancer next week.
McKinley and Washington students will participate in Relay Recess Tuesday at Hollister Field. The American Cancer Society event, being held for the first time in South Dakota, is intended to remember cancer survivors and those who have lost the battle.
Washington second grade teacher Megan Deal and physical education teacher Nancy Boe have been organizing the event. Deal says during the Relay Recess, students will participate in a variety of activities designed to promote healthy living.
Deal says the students at the two schools have been preparing for the recess. The two schools raised about $1,760 for the Pierre Relay for Life. One Washington first grade class raised $200 alone.
Deal says the students have been willing to be part of the effort. Deal hopes both cancer survivors and parents will attend Tuesday’s event.
The Relay Recess is 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Hollister Field.
Rotary Club presents scholarships
A combined $8,750 in Pierre-Fort Pierre Rotary Club scholarships were presented this month to graduating seniors from Pierre Riggs High and Stanley County High School. In the photo on the left, Stanley County students receiving scholarships were Breeze Olson, $2,500 Paul Freeburg Scholarship; Kathleen Lehrkamp, $1,000 Tyler Wilcox Rotary Scholarship; and Grady Tibbs, $500 Bob Brancel Rotary Scholarship. In the photo on the right, Riggs students receiving the scholarships were Anne Hansen, $500 Bob Brancel Rotary Scholarship; Jasmin Fosheim, $750 E.C. Michelson Rotary Scholarship; $1,000 Caleb McKinley, Pierre-Fort Pierre Rotary Scholarship; and Kristin Inman, $2,500Paul Freeburg Rotary Scholarship. Presenting the scholarships at both Awards Night were Rotary Club President Kelley Van Lith. (Courtesy photos)
State Employees group to hold District 24 forum
District 24’s three state legislators will discuss state employee issues during a forum scheduled for Tuesday night.
The South Dakota State Employees Organization (SDSEO) is hosting the three legislators. SDSEO Executive Director Eric Ollila tells KCCR News that similar legislative forums are being held elsewhere. He says this is a chance for legislators and state employees to talk issues together.
Ollila says District 24 Senator Jeff Monroe and Representatives Mary Duvall and Tim Rounds have confirmed their attendance. Ollila says he hopes for a good turnout of state employees because he says this is a chance for state employees to directly ask questions of their legislators.
The meeting forum starts at 6:30 p.m. in the community room of the Pierre Chamber of Commerce.
Scam involving Walmart reported to AG's office
South Dakotans are being urged to be careful about emails they supposedly receive from the Walmart Corporation.
Attorney General Marty Jackley, in a press release, says the Consumer Protection Division has received numerous calls from citizens about emails coming from walmart.com. The email claims a recent purchase was being processed and shipped to another address.
But actually the email directs the recipient to bogus websites where the consumer is asked to disclose personal information such as social security or bank account numbers.Jackley says the true Walmart website is http://www.walmart.com/. He says people should be careful about providing such personal information.
People who have have been a victim of such a scam or need any additional information can contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-300-1986 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today's Weather from Weathereye
Today: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms,
mainly after 5pm. Some of the storms could be severe. Mostly cloudy,
with a high near 81. South southeast wind 9 to 11 mph.
Showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could be severe. Low
around 57. East southeast wind around 6 mph becoming calm. Chance of
precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three
quarters of an inch possible.
Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72.
North wind 9 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall
amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts
possible in thunderstorms.
Sunday Night: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Low around 55. North northwest wind 15 to 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
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