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   From the desk of News Director Kevin Larsen

Category: Local News

Construction Projects Across Pierre Continue

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Construction projects across Pierre continue this week.

Yesterday morning, city crews replaced a malfunctioning water valve in eastern Pierre along Highway 34, which caused residents in the eastern part of town to be without water for three hours in the morning.

Later this week, City Administrator Leon Schochenmaier says there will be another water valve that will be replaced…

(Leon Update 1)

Many street projects will continue this week as well says Schochenmaier, including pavement of a street near Korner Grocery…

(Leon Update 2)

There will be over twenty different streets or segment of streets to be completed in the city’s chip sealing program, which will start at the end of the week. He adds that the curb and gutter contractor is staying busy as well…

(Leon Update 3)

In addition, some improvements to the city’s wastewater treatment plant will begin this week.

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Pierre Man Arrested For Hit And Run

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A Pierre man was arrested Tuesday morning after being involved in a hit and run accident Monday.

On Monday night at approximately 11:30 P.M, officers with the Pierre Police Department responded to the 100 block of South Yankton Avenue for a report of a hit and run traffic collision. 

Pierre Police Captain Derald Gross says that upon arrival, officers found that a White Chevrolet Malibu had collided with a 5th Wheel RV that was parked on Yankton Avenue. The Malibu was unoccupied when officers arrived on scene. 

As the investigation unfolded, it was revealed that the Malibu was operated by 30 year old Carlos Shockey of Pierre at the time of the crash. 

Shockey was later charged Tuesday morning with Driving without Valid License or Permit, Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility, Leaving the Scene of Accident with Unattended Vehicle, Leaving Accident Scene, and Reckless Driving.

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Lyman County Firefighters Battle Blazes Monday

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Lyman County firefighters battled two separate blazes Monday afternoon, one north of Presho and one north of Lyman.

Presho Fire Chief Donny Manger says several crews responded to a blaze eight miles north of Presho, with several area departments on scene assisting. Crews arrived on scene shortly after 4:00 P.M, and remained there for approximately four hours.

The blaze north of Presho burned nearly 300 acres, mainly in a wheat field. The fire was human caused.

While crews were finishing working the scene north of Presho, another fire sparked between Kennebec and Reliance, three miles north of Lyman. Several acres of a wheat field burned in that blaze.

Several area departments were on scene, at both fires, including Chamberlain/Oacoma Lower Brule, Kennebec, Presho, Reliance, Winner, Draper, and Vivian. The fire near Lyman had also been contained around 9 p.m.

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4-H Achievement Days Continue In Fort Pierre

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The local Prairie Winds 4-H Achievement Days are in its final day in Fort Pierre. The events are occurring at the Schomer Barn on Stanley County Fairgrounds and the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center.

Prairie Winds 4-H Council President Mel Schumacher says despite Achievement days being earlier than normal, the events Monday were well attended…

(Mel 4-H 1)

Today, Schumacher says the events involve more of the larger animals…

(Mel 4-H 2)

Enjoy free admission to the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center when you tour the non-livestock exhibits today.

Schumacher adds that Prairie Winds 4-H is alive and well in the community…

(Mel 4-H 3)

This morning beginning at 8 am, there is a Pancake and Sausage Breakfast sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America which is open to the public at the Joe Schomer Barn. The CHS Complimentary BBQ will begin at 5 pm this evening in front of the Schomer Barn and is open to the public. The 4-H Livestock Premium Sale will begin at 6 pm with an Ice Cream Social for all to enjoy.

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Off Duty Gettysburg Police Officer Killed In Sunday Accident

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

23 year old Luke Kleinlein of Brookings and Gettysburg has been identified as the person who died in a motorcycle-pickup truck crash that occurred Sunday night east of Gettysburg.

Kleinlein was driving a 1983 Honda motorcycle westbound on U.S. Highway 212 near the junction of 316th Avenue. A 2016 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck was eastbound on U.S. Highway 212 and attempted to turn north towards 316th Avenue. The pickup collided with the motorcycle.

Kleinlein was thrown from the motorcycle. He later died of his injuries.

Officials with the city of Gettysburg confirm that Kleinman was a police officer with the city of Gettysburg at the time of the accident.

59 year old Todd Oster of Gettysburg was the pickup driver. He was not injured.

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. Other agencies on scene were the Potter County Sheriff’s Office and Gettysburg Ambulance.

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Duvall Attends Legislator Conferences

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Even though the state legislature is not in session in Pierre currently, that does not mean local lawmakers are not staying active in state and local affairs.

District 24 Representative Mary Duvall in late June attended an International Legislators Forum in Grand Forks North Dakota and last week, traveled to Milwaukee Wisconsin for the Midwest Legislators Conference.

Duvall says some issues cross the border into Canada…

(Duvall Conference 1)

In Wisconsin, Duvall says the issues discussed were similar in nature…

(Duvall Conference 2)

Duvall adds that coming up as the legislative session approaches, Duvall will be in the depths of conversation on the State Run Veterinary Health Lab at SDSU…

(Duvall Conference 3)

Duvall, along with the Board of Regents and architects, has been working for the last few years to figure out what is needed at the SDSU Health Lab.

Duvall, along with other District 24 Representative Tim Rounds and Senator Jeff Monroe, are not facing any challengers in the November election this year. 

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American Indian Chief David Beautiful Bald Eagle Jr. Dies

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — American Indian Chief David Beautiful Bald Eagle Jr. has died on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Charlie Rooks with Rooks Funeral Home in Eagle Butte tells The Associated Press that Bald Eagle died in his home Friday at age 97. A traditional four-day wake began Monday at his home. His funeral is Friday at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis.

Bald Eagle was born in a tepee in 1919. Bald Eagle for decades was the face of South Dakota's Lakota people in state tourism promotions.

He served in the Army during World War II. Back home, he became a champion Lakota dancer, rodeo cowboy and chief of the Minicoujou band. He also appeared in movies, including the Oscar-winning "Dances with Wolves."


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Pierre Residents Anticipating Dairy Queen Opening Next Year

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

As other towns across South Dakota prepare for the annual Dairy Queen Miracle Treat Day Thursday, Pierre residents are getting almost giddy for the day that Dairy Queen will be back in the Capitol City.

Locations across the state, including Miller and Eagle Butte, will donate $1 from each blizzard sold to Children's Miracle Network.

In early May, Pierre residents Lonnie and Jackie Heier announced that they purchased the former Dairy Queen building on Sioux Avenue, and announced they will be opening a new Dairy Queen Grill & Chill restaurant in the spring or summer of 2017.

Heier says they are currently in the planning stages for renovations to the building…

(DQ Anticipation 1)

Heier adds that everything from the ice cream machine to the ceiling will be brand new in the building. He anticipates residents will see some contractors working on the building starting the first of the year…

(DQ Anticipation 2)

He adds they are still aiming for the first day of business to be late spring or early summer of 2017…

(DQ Anticipation 3)

The Heier’s currently own and operate DQ’s in Eagle Butte, Martin and Vermillion. They plan to initially employee thirty to thirty-five employees. 

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One Person Died In Accident Near Gettysburg Sunday

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

One person died in a motorcycle-pickup truck crash that occurred Sunday night east of Gettysburg. Names of those involved are not being released pending notification of family members.

A 1983 Honda VF1100C motorcycle was westbound on U.S. Highway 212 near the junction of 316th Avenue. A 2016 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck was eastbound on U.S. Highway 212 and attempted to turn north towards 316th Avenue. The pickup collided with the motorcycle.

The driver of the motorcycle was thrown from the vehicle. He later died of his injuries. The pickup driver was not injured.

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. Other agencies on scene were the Potter County Sheriff’s Office and Gettysburg Ambulance.

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

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FBI Increases Reward For 10 Year Old Lower Brule Death Investigation

Monday, July 25, 2016

It has been almost 10 years after the body of Victoria “Vicki” Jane Eagleman was found in a remote area of the Lower Brule Indian Reservation. Still, nobody has been arrested in connection to her death.

Friday, the FBI increased the reward to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for her disappearance and death.

She was last seen alive on the weekend of July 28, 2006, in Lower Brule. On Aug. 23rd of 2006, Eagleman's remains were found in a remote location on the Lower Brule Indian Reservation.

Richard T. Thornton, special agent in charge of the Minneapolis office of the FBI, requests that anyone with information regarding this case contact the FBI Pierre Resident Agency at (605) 224-1331 or (605) 773-3536.

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