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Onida Red Cross Volunteer Back At It Again

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Longtime Onida Red Cross volunteer Nancy McKenney has been dispatched to help with the wildfires in California.

McKenney has been activated by the National Red Cross to respond to Burbank, California. She will serve as a Shelter Manager for the Erskine Fire. McKenney is flying out of Aberdeen this morning, and will fly into Burbank. At this point, she is not sure what all she will be doing other than she will be a shelter manager.

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Changes Coming To 14/83 And Truck Bypass Intersection Next Year

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Despite some public comments, changes will be made to the intersection of Highway 14/83 and Garfield Avenue (truck bypass) intersection just northeast of Pierre next year.

Officials from the South Dakota Department of Transportation recently held a series of public meetings over the last year on the proposed changes, which saw numerous people making comments. One of the first pieces of action the DOT did to reduce accidents was reduce the speed in that area, which was done late last year.

DOT Planning Engineer Mark Malone says now, next year, officials will make tow temporary changes to that area. The first change will be putting pavement markings at the intersection…

(Mark Update 1)

He adds that with putting up the pavement markings, they are hoping to mitigate the crashes.

Another change, which saw more public comments, will be made at the North Airport Road and Kingsway intersection. Malone says the change will close access from North Airport to Kingsway for the generic public…

(Mark Update 2)

Concerns arose from the public about access off of North Airport for fire trucks going onto Kingsway. Malone says emergency vehicles only will be allowed access…

(Mark Update 3)

Malone adds that these are only temporary changes, and will accommodate additional changes as that area of town grows in the future. 

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Pierre Alleys Are A "Unique Beast"

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Not only are Pierre residents talking about streets, but they are making comments about alleys not being up to par.

Questions are arising on whose responsibility it is to repair alleys in the Capitol City. Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill says that generally it’s the neighboring property owners’ responsibility to repair alleys; however, they are a “unique beast”…

(Pierre Alleys 1)

Gill encourages residents to contact city hall if you have questions about your alleys…

(Pierre Alleys 2)

Gill adds that it is also the property owner’s responsibility to trim overhanging trees and shrubs, to allow for garbage trucks and other vehicles to pass through. 

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Volunteers Needed For Annual Missouri River Cleanup

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Volunteers are needed for the annual Missouri River/Lake Sharpe Clean Up. The event will be Wednesday July 6th from 5-8PM, based out of Downs Marina in Griffin Park in Pierre. This will be the 7th clean up in the last eight years in the Pierre-Fort Pierre area. 

Land and water based crews will pick up litter and debris along the river. The trash is brought back to Downs Marina for proper disposal by the City of Pierre.

Last year a record number of more than 135 volunteers collected over 4,760 pounds or 2.38 tons of debris. Over 15.5 tons of trash and debris have been removed from upper Lake Sharpe in the six previous clean-up efforts. 

The annual clean-up is a partnership between the Central South Dakota Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited, the Izaak Walton League of America, the cities of Pierre and Fort Pierre, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, BankWest, TMA, Eagle Sales, Thrivent Financial and many other area businesses and organizations.

Following the clean-up South Dakota Walleyes Unlimited and the Pierre Chapter of the Izaak Walton League invites clean up volunteers to enjoy a picnic supper in Griffin Park in appreciation for their efforts and help.

For more information or to volunteer, provide a boat or pontoon; donate funds or other needed items to the 2016 Missouri River/Lake Sharpe Clean Up contact Paul Lepisto at 224-1770 or 220-1219.

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Highway Patrol Recruits To Paint Hyde Stadium Fence

Monday, June 27, 2016

Two levels of South Dakota Highway Patrol recruits, those who are training to be troopers and those who may be troopers soon, will become painters for one night on Tuesday.

The nine members of the current trooper recruiting class, along with the 24 high school students attending this week’s Youth Trooper Academy, will spend Tuesday night staining one side of the new outfield fence at Hyde Stadium. Several other Highway Patrol instructors and youth academy mentors are also expected to participate.

The idea of painting the recently-installed new outfield fence was suggested by Pierre city officials. The Pierre Post 8 baseball volunteers and city crews stained the interior side of the fence. The Highway Patrol group will work on the exterior side.

Work will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday weather permitting. Officials hope to finish the project in one night. All paint and supplies will be provided by the city.

Highway Patrol trooper recruits are in the middle of the 10-week training academy with graduation later this fall. The Youth Trooper Academy started Monday and concludes Friday afternoon with a graduation ceremony. The training for both groups is centered at the Mickelson Law Enforcement Training Center in north Pierre.

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

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Near Record Crowd Attends Oahe Days 2016

Monday, June 27, 2016

Despite hot temperatures Friday, Oahe Days 2016 saw near record crowds.

Thousands of area residents enjoyed food, fun, concerts, and laughter at Oahe Days this past weekend, and officials say the crowd numbers were up compared to the last few years.

Oahe Days Committee Volunteer Chairperson Nicole Gordon, who was in her first year at the helm, says the event was successful…

(Oahe Days 2016 1)

Friday afternoon’s 100 plus degree heat kept a few people away from the festival, but Gordon was happy with the crowd regardless…

(Oahe Days 2016 2)

Gordon took over the helm of the Oahe Days committee in February, so they got a late start on booking the bands and events. She says the committee will already start planning for next year very soon…

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Gordon adds that the carnival, good food, rodeo, live music, and the beer tent drew thousands, making it one of the most successful events Pierre has ever seen.

“Buckin On The River” drew an approximate crowd of two thousand rodeo fans Saturday night to the annual Oahe Days event. The event paid out around ten thousand dollars to area bull riders. 

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Rural Onida Teen Takes "Trip Of A Lifetime"

Monday, June 27, 2016

Every June, as many as 1,500 high school students from across the country spend a week in the nation's capital as part of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. The students are sponsored by local electric cooperatives – cooperatives that are committed to educating America's rural youth about America and the role electric cooperatives play in developing strong rural communities.

Participating in the Youth Tour is a way to learn about this great nation, develop leadership skills, gain a better understanding of electric cooperatives, and make friendships that will last beyond the week. Forty-three students from across South Dakota went on the all-expenses paid trip.

Oahe Electric sent one high school student to Washington DC this year-Josh Weinheimer of rural Onida. He says that in order to apply for the trip, all he had to do was write an essay…

(Josh Youth Tour 1)

Weinheimer adds that they had a jam-packed week of events while in Washington D.C. earlier this month…

(Josh Youth Tour 2)

Weinheimer’s favorite part of the trip was touring the monuments. He says the trip will have a lasting impact on him for the rest of his life…

(Josh Youth Tour 3)

Weinheimer recently graduated from high school, and will be attending SDSU in the fall to major in mechanical engineering.  He deeply thanks Oahe Electric for sponsoring the “once in a lifetime” trip for him, and encourages other high school students to apply for the trip next year. 

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Wagner Man Charged In Thursday Afternoon Central South Dakota Pursuit

Monday, June 27, 2016

More details are being released on a high speed pursuit that led multiple law enforcement agencies across central South Dakota Thursday afternoon.

On Thursday at 3:54 PM, the Pierre Police Department received a report of a stolen 1998 C1500 pickup from a business located in the 400 block of West Dakota Ave in Pierre. 

According to Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster, approximately one hour later a vehicle pursuit was initiated in Stanley County on U.S. Highway 83, which ultimately ended with the vehicle crashing on Interstate 90 approximately two miles west of Highway 83. The stolen vehicle was recovered.

Blemaster says one subject inside that vehicle was injured and taken to Avera St. Mary's Hospital by ambulance.  After being released from the hospital Saturday at 1:00 PM, 30 year old Albaro Picotte of Wagner, South Dakota was arrested by the Pierre Police Department for Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle over $1,000. Other traffic related charges are pending in both Stanley and Lyman Counties. Stanley County Deputy Sheriff Greg Swanson says they have referred the suggested charges in Stanley County to the Stanley County States Attorney for consideration.

Picotte is currently being held at the Hughes County Jail.

Law enforcement agencies assisting in the pursuit were the Stanley County Sheriff’s Office, the South Dakota Highway Patrol, the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks, the Jones County Sheriff’s Office, and the Lyman County Sheriff’s office. 

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Major Gas Leak Occurs At Chuch/Jefferson Monday

Monday, June 27, 2016

A major natural gas leak occurred Monday afternoon at the corner of East Church Street and Jefferson Avenue in Pierre.

Crews were working on a natural gas line underground shortly after 1:00 P.M., when a gas line was hit, and the gas began gushing out of the area.

Pierre Police Captain Derald Gross says a two block radius was evacuated as a precaution…

(Gross Gas Leak 1)

The Pierre Volunteer Fire Department evacuated a two-block perimeter surrounding the intersection of East Church Street and Jefferson Avenue. Gross says MDU capped off the gas line at a nearby location shortly after the leak was reported and spent close to two hours repairing the brake. Gross says it was a very large leak, and the gas could be heard gushing out for a few blocks away. He also says no injuries were reported.

The two-hour evacuation included Tower Apartments, Rawlins Municipal Library, and the YMCA, as well as other residents within the perimeter.

The scene was all clear shortly after 3:15 PM, and residents were able to go back to their homes at that time. If residents in that area have questions with their gas line, they are encouraged to contact MDU at 605.224.0947.  


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After 100 Plus Years In The Family, Pierre Publishing Company Sold

Monday, June 27, 2016

A Pierre business that has been in the same family for over 100 years and five generations has been sold to new owners.

PRYNTCOMM, currently owned by Tom Roberts of Pierre, is being sold to Mike Moore of Fort Pierre. The sale will officially take effect July 1st. PRYNTCOMM was originally “The State Publishing Company” for over a century, before Roberts changed the name of the business in 2010.

Roberts says his family has deep roots in Pierre, and he never intended on selling the business…

(Pryntcomm Sold 1)

He adds that the timing is right to sell the business…

(Pryntcomm Sold 2)

Moore has operated a similar business in Albuquerque, New Mexico, before marrying his wife, who is from Fort Pierre. He says he is excited to take over one of the most well recognized businesses in Pierre…

(Pryntcomm Sold 3)

He adds that he wants to employee more people and train more young people. He is hopeful that more young people will want to get into the printing field, despite Pierre’s low unemployment rate.

Another goal of Moore’s is to open satellite offices in Sioux Falls and Rapid City. Roberts will continue to open and operate FASTSIGNS. 

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