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   From the desk of News Director Kevin Larsen


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Pierre Woman Arrested After Assaulting Man With A Frying Pan

Friday, May 27, 2016

A Pierre woman was arrested Wednesday morning on charges of damaging vehicle windows and assaulting a man with a frying pan.

On Monday at 6:30 PM, the Pierre Police Department received a report of a vehicle having windows broken out. Upon investigation, they found that a 1999 Ford F-150 pickup had most all of the windows broken out with a hammer. There was also other damage to the vehicle caused by the hammer. The estimated damage was over $1,000. At the time, officers were unable to locate our suspect. 

On Wednesday at 2:25 PM, they were dispatched to a call of a domestic argument in the 600 block of North Grand Ave. They eventually arrested 26 year old Charlene American Horse of Pierre for Simple Assault-Domestic Violence and Ingestion of a Controlled Drug or Substance as a Felony. 

According to Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster, she allegedly struck a 32 year-old male victim with a frying pan. He was not seriously injured. Upon event further investigation, she was additionally charged with Intentional Damage to Property, stemming from the vehicle damage on Monday.

American Horse was taken to the Hughes Co. Jail where she was booked. 


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Daugaard Proclaims This Week Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week

Friday, May 27, 2016

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed this week “Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week” in the state.

Though it hasn’t been discovered in South Dakota, there’s apprehension about the potential introduction of the insect because native ash species don’t have a natural defense against it.

South Dakota Department of Agriculture Ag Program Specialist Dale Anderson of Pierre says awareness is critical when it comes to the pest…

(Ash Borer 1)

He says the threat of the pest is from the movement of firewood…

(Ash Borer 2)

Anderson says early detection is critical when it comes to the emerald ash borer…

(Ash Borer 3) 

The emerald ash borer is currently found in 25 states, including Iowa and Minnesota. 


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Pierre Men Attend Trump Rally In Bismarck Thursday

Friday, May 27, 2016

Just hours after he secured and locked up enough delegates to secure the GOP nomination for President, Donald Trump delivered his first policy speech on energy Thursday.

Trump spoke at the annual Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota, and two Pierre men were in attendance in the crowd. Dave Word and Guy Ferris made the trip to Bismark to attend the rally.

Ferris says Trump is his candidate to take back America…

(Trump Rally 1)

Ferris adds that it was an experience of a lifetime to see Trump in person…

(Trump Rally 2)

Word feels strongly that Trump will defeat the Democratic Presidential Nomination for President.

At the North Dakota rally, Trump’s speech focused on U.S. energy independence. While Trump has supported some forms of renewable energy, he has sued to oppose wind turbine projects within view of his luxury resort properties.


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2011 Flood 5 Years Later: Part 5

Friday, May 27, 2016

This week Pierre and Fort Pierre looks back, as this is the 5 year anniversary of the 2011 flood. Today is part five of this KCCR series as we look back all week on the tragic event.

South Dakota US Senator Mike Rounds, since elected as a Senator, has posed the tough questions to the Army Corps since the flood. He says his main concern was that he did not receive hardly any notice that the Corps was going to release the water at a drastic rate…

(Rounds Flood 1)

He says it soon became evident the Corps was not going to keep the water in the river banks after the releases were first announced…

(Rounds Flood 2)

Rounds adds that still, to this day, the Corps did not take any responsibility for the mistakes they made…

(Rounds Flood 3)

Rounds adds that five years later, the Corps has basically did nothing to get the tools necessary that they claim they need in order to prevent a flood like that from happening again.

Rounds assisted in the sandbagging efforts in the summer of 2011, not only trying to save his home, but many other.

Make sure to catch all the things that Rounds is working on in Washington DC on Tuesday’s edition of “Ask The Senator” only on AM 1240, Today’s KCCR at 2:00 P.M. and every last Tuesday of the month. 


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Fort Pierre Native Arrested In Huron Meth Lab Bust

Friday, May 27, 2016

Huron police say four people, including a Fort Pierre native, have been arrested and charged with a meth lab discovered last week in a Huron home.         

Two men and two women all in their twenties were arrested. The two males, 29 year-old Ben Renner and 26 year-old Jeremy Morgan have been charged with possession of a controlled substance, keeping a place for the sale or use of a controlled substance and manufacture of a controlled substance. 

The two woman, 20 year-old Mackenzie Stulken, the former Fort Pierre resident, and 21 year-old Alexandria Ackerman have been charged with possession of a controlled substance and keeping a place for sale or use of a controlled substance. Renner, Stulken and Ackerman had preliminary hearings Wednesday in the Beadle County Courthouse in Huron.

Beadle County States Attorney Mike Moore says this case will be handled differently than other meth cases. All three remain in custody with arraignments scheduled for June 14th. A preliminary hearing for Morgan has not been set.

--Story Made Possible By KOKK Radio-Huron


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Pierre/Ft. Pierre Preparing To Honor Fort Pierre WW2 Hero Next Week

Friday, May 27, 2016

World War II hero of the “Battle of Midway” and Fort Pierre Native John C. Waldron will be honored with a memorial dedication at the Pierre Municipal Airport on Friday, June 3rd at 5:30pm. The event is open to the public.

The ceremony will feature the dedication of “Dakota Warrior,” an original print of the Douglas TBD-1 Devastator flown by LCDR John C. Waldron during the Battle of Midway. The dedication will occur on the 74th anniversary of the historic event which took place June 3-7, 1942.

Waldron, a Naval Academy Graduate and of Oglala-Lakota heritage, is dubbed a hero by numerous war historians. Waldron led fifteen aircraft to an attack of the Japanese carrier fleet during the Battle of Midway. Although 29 of the 30 American crew members lost their lives during the attack, Waldron’s squadron played a crucial role in finding the Japanese fleet which allowed US Naval forces to eventually claim victory in the Pacific.

Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson says most in the area know that the bridge connecting Pierre and Fort Pierre was named after Waldron, but most do not know why…

(Waldron Event 1)

Hanson adds that the community’s goal is to not leave Waldron an “unrecognized hero”…

(Waldron Event 2)

The Waldron memorial consists of artwork created by award-winning artist, filmmaker and Pierre native John Mollison, specially commissioned by Dr. Dave West of Sioux Falls.

Weather permitting, World War II aircraft may be available for public viewing after the ceremony. There will also be a WW II aircraft that fly over the Waldron bridge. 


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Pierre Man Appointed To Board Of Regents

Friday, May 27, 2016

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has announced that he will appoint Conrad Adam of Pierre to the South Dakota Board of Regents. 

Adam will serve as the student member of the Board of Regents. He is entering his junior year at the University of South Dakota, where he is majoring in finance.

The South Dakota Board of Regents is the state governing board for the six state universities and two special schools.  The student member is one of the board’s nine members and is a full voting member of the board.

Adam will succeed Joseph Schartz, who concluded three years of service on the board this month following his graduation from South Dakota State University.


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Caution Urged As Many Travel This Holiday Weekend

Friday, May 27, 2016

South Dakota Department of Public Safety officials urge people to stay safe while traveling this Memorial Day holiday.

More vehicles are expected on South Dakota roads this weekend for the holiday and because it also is considered the official start of the summer. Col. Craig Price, superintendent of the South Dakota Highway Patrol, says troopers will be out on the roads as well.

 In 2015, there were four motor vehicle fatalities and 24 other injuries during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. All four of the fatalities were not wearing seatbelts.

Lee Axdahl, director of the state Office of Highway Safety, says the use of seatbelts continues to be a main emphasis for the department. “We’re trying to keep that seatbelt message out there to as many drivers and families as possible.  These devices have many years of proven success in reducing death and injuries when you have an unexpected crash,” he says. “It just takes a few seconds to put on a seatbelt and it could mean saving your life or the life of a loved one.”

As part of its effort, the Highway Patrol is conducting a joint I-90 safety operation with the Minnesota Highway Patrol for a 22-hour period that started Friday morning and ends early Saturday.


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Exchange Club Posting Flags Monday

Friday, May 27, 2016

The Pierre-Fort Pierre Exchange Club will be displaying the U.S. and South Dakota flags across the Missouri River Bridge in observance of Memorial Day on Monday. 

Since 2006, the Exchange Club has consistently posted flags across the bridge for various holidays and other special occasions. This Monday, A.G.E. Corporation of Fort Pierre will be sponsoring the flags across the bridge in observance of Memorial Day.

Also Monday, over 130 Pierre businesses will fly the flag in front of their business.  Since the early 1980’s the Pierre-Fort Pierre Exchange Club and the local Boy Scouts have partnered to post flags outside sponsoring businesses. 

If you are a business or individual that is interested in sponsoring these patriotic projects, please contact the Pierre-Fort Pierre Exchange Club at 605-280-4062. The Pierre-Fort Pierre Exchange Club meets Mondays at noon at the Ramkota.


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5th Annual Kite Day Returns To Pierre June 15th

Friday, May 27, 2016

The fifth annual South Dakota Kite Day is coming up Wednesday, June 15 at Hilger’s Gulch in Pierre. The event, being held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event is by Pierre Elks Lodge No. 1953.

Children, ages 14 and under, are encouraged to attend. The first 400 children will receive a free kite and a lesson on how to properly fly the kite.

Elk’s members will be available to hand out kites, offer assistance in putting them together, and getting them to fly. Parents also are encouraged to get involved.

There is no registration fee. But children are encouraged to register by going to the Pierre Elks’ Facebook page.

Kite Day is possible with financial support of Thrivent Financial, a grant from the National Elk’s Foundation and the Pierre Elk’s Lodge #1953. People with questions can call Steve Wegman at 605-295-1221. 


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