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Fire burns 1,500 acres in Sully County

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A fire, helped by strong winds, burned an estimated 1,500 acres Tuesday west of Onida in Sully County.

Onida Fire Chief Brian Ring says the fire started in a sunflower field four miles west of Onida.  He says officials believe the fire started as a result of harvesters working in the area.

Ring says the winds pushed the fire north three miles. He says the fire was at least a half a mile wide in some places. Ring says the winds played a major role in the blaze. “If it was not for the winds, the fire would have been put out in short order,” he says.

The fire burned parts of a sunflower field and wheat stubble. Ring says most of what was burned was pasture land.

There were no injuries and no structures threatened. Crews from Onida, Blunt, Fort Pierre, Agar and Gettysburg battled the blaze for more than six hours. The fire was first reported at 1:30 p.m. Ring says crews were on scene until about 7:45 p.m. dousing water on remaining hot spots. 

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United Way Business Blitz a success

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Final results aren’t in yet, but officials say Tuesday’s Capital Area United Way’s Business Blitz was a success.

Volunteers spent about three hours Tuesday morning visiting businesses and urging participation in the United Way. Executive Director Christina Oey says it was a good day.

Oey says officials believe they raised about $5,000 on Tuesday. She says more contacts will be made the rest of the week.

This year’s fundraising goal is $550,000 to help 20 partner agencies. Wednesday also was the start of the state government agency portion of the campaign. 


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DOT Hall of Honor ticket deadline Thursday

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Thursday is the deadline to purchase tickets for next week’s Department of Transportation’s Hall of Honor dinner where a Pierre resident will be inducted.

Tim Bjorneberg is being inducted into the Hall of Honor during a dinner Tuesday night at The View. Bjorneberg spent 31 years with the department, serving in a variety of positions. His final job was as program manager for the Project Development office.

Thursday is the deadline to purchase tickets for the banquet. Tickets are $25 a person.

To purchase tickets, contact Patricia Saukel with the South Dakota Department of Transportation, 700 E. Broadway Ave., Pierre, SD 57501, call 605-773-3265, or email patricia.saukel@state.sd.us.

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Public input wanted on no harvest proposal

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Area residents now get a chance to comment on a proposed recommendation not to do a deer harvest this year in Pierre.

As KCCR News first reported, the city’s Deer Management Task Force decided at its meeting Monday not to do a deer harvest this year. City Commissioner Jeanne Goodman, who is the task force chairperson, says the numbers from last month’s deer count indicated lower numbers than in the past.

Goodman says the public now has a chance to provide input to the idea. The commission will consider whether to accept the task force’s recommendation at its November 4 meeting.


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Stanley County to take stand against bullying

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Orange is the color of the day Thursday in Stanley County Schools.

Students, staff, parents and community members are urged to wear orange Thursday. It is part of the school’s stand against bullying.

Those attending Thursday night’s football game in Fort Pierre are also urged to wear orange as well.



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Commission considers Hyde Stadium design agreement

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pierre City Commissioners Tuesday night were briefed about the proposed redesign of Hyde Stadium.

City Parks and Recreation Division Director Tom Farnsworth says Ciavarella Design, Inc. of Mitchell will do the design work for the project. Farnsworth says it will be a complete upgrade of the stadium including restrooms, seating, press box and more.

Commissioners are expected to approve the contract with Ciavarella next week. The commission Tuesday did give first reading to an ordinance that would allow the city to spend $100,000 for work that will be done on the project before 2015. Mayor Laurie Gill says that money will come from the baseball board and is part of the joint public-private partnership to share costs on the $1.2 million project.

Farnsworth says remodel work is expected to begin after the 2015 baseball season and be done sometime in the spring of 2016. 

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Long-time county employee honored

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hughes County’s Chief Deputy Auditor was honored Monday for her years of service to the county.

Sue Bourk will celebrate her 35th anniversary with the county on Wednesday. She was recently recognized at the annual South Dakota Counties Association convention and then again at Monday night’s county commission meeting. 

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State Senate candidate forum highlights differences

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Two different political viewpoints were highlighted Tuesday at a District 24 state Senate candidate forum.

Democrat challenger Ruth Rehn and Republican incumbent Senator Jeff Monroe discussed issues for an hour Tuesday night. The forum was hosted by the Governmental Relations Committee of the Pierre Chamber of Commerce. More than 40 people attended.

Monroe is seeking his second term in the Senate; he also served 10 years in the state House. Monroe says opposition to federal government mandates and new taxes plus his support of the rights of land owners, the unborn, gun owners represent the viewpoints of most District 24 residents.

But Rehn, a first-time candidate, disagrees. She says the district needs a state Senator who is less concerned with rhetoric and more concerned about working with others to get things done.

Issues discussed including the possibility of raising the gas tax, attracting more workers to the state, healthcare costs facing state government employees and education funding. Rehn says those issues needs to be addressed in a centrist approach, not a partisan approach.

While Rehn says a fresh look on the issues is needed, Monroe says the district is better served by his legislative experience and knowledge of the process.

 The two will meet in another candidate forum on Monday,  November 3, at 9 a.m. on KCCR. The election is November 4. 

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District 24 candidate forum tonight

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The District 24 state Senate candidates meet tonight in one of their few joint appearances.

Democrat challenger Ruth Rehn and Republican incumbent Jeff Monroe will discuss issues during a candidate forum sponsored by the Governmental Relations Committee of the Pierre Chamber of Commerce. The one-hour forum will include questions submitted by the public.

Tonight’s forum starts at 6 p.m. in the Pierre Chamber of Commerce’s community room. Organizers say a planned forum on Initiated Measure 1, has been cancelled because they could not secure both a supporter and an opponent. The measure would require health insurers to include all willing and qualified health care providers on their provider lists.

Another forum involving the two candidates is scheduled for November 3, the day before the election, on KCCR Radio.



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Warm, windy day ahead

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

It will be another summer-like day – warm and windy.

Temperatures are expected to be in the 70s and 80s today.  It also will be breezy with winds reaching 20 to 25 miles an hour by this afternoon.

Officials warn that the conditions will push the fire danger index to higher levels. The public is being urged to be careful with open fires. Rain is possible later on tonight.


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