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Stanley County School board to hold special meeting

Friday, October 31, 2014

 

Stanley County's school board holds a special meeting Saturday morning.

 

Agenda items include a review of board policy and an executive session to discuss negotiations.

 

Saturday's meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the meeting room of the Parkview Gymnasium.

 

 

 


CategoriesLocal News,

All-State Chorus and Orchestra concert this week

Friday, October 31, 2014

 

 Dozens of local students are participating in this weekend's All-State Chorus and Orchestra in Sioux Falls.

 

Members of the two groups were selected by audition. Practices are being held throughout today and into Saturday.

 

The concert is 7 p.m. Saturday in the Sioux Falls Arena.

 

 


CategoriesLocal News,

Halloween tonight

Friday, October 31, 2014

All sorts of ghosts, goblins, super heroes, penguins and princesses will be out today as local children celebrate Halloween.

It should be a busy evening, especially in the early hours, as the trick-and-treaters head off to neighborhood homes as well as special events.

While motorists are reminded to be careful watching for children, officials also are providing other tips;

*** Trick-or-treat during daylight hours or take a flashlight if going out after dark.

*** Add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags

*** Make sure vision is clear when wearing masks or other head garb

*** Adults should accompany young children; unaccompanied children should trick-or-treat in groups

*** Inspect candy before consuming; discard anything suspicious.

 

 

 

 

 

 


CategoriesLocal News,

Seven projects receive Pierre Educational Foundation mini-grant

Friday, October 31, 2014

Seven projects will share $3,558.58 in mini-grants awarded by the Pierre Educational Foundation.

 

The money comes from the fall cycle of the grant program which is designed to provide funds to teachers for various projects. None of the grants are more than $1,500.

 

Projects and teachers receiving funds are: 

*** Making Math More Meaningful – Amber Stout, Jefferson Elementary - $445.00

*** Bringing “Apple” to the Classroom – Andrew Dempewolf, McKinley Elementary - $498.99

*** Drafting and Design with a 3D Printer – Tom Rogers, T.F. Riggs High School -- $1,434.00

*** Music + Movement = Fun and Learning! – Jennifer Nedrebo, Jefferson Elementary -- $353.99

*** Pedal Power: Active Bodies = Active Minds – Jackie Richey, Jefferson Elementary - $200.00

*** Beyond the Basil to Bergen-Belsen – Melodie Briggs – Washington Elementary - $126.70

*** Kayaking – Lisa Bahe, T.F. Riggs High School -- $500.00

Since it began in 1995, the foundation has provided more than $143,000 in grant funds to support teachers and educational projects in the Pierre Public School District.

 


CategoriesLocal News,

Push clocks back Sunday

Friday, October 31, 2014

 

You get an extra hour of sleep Sunday – provided you push your clocks back

 

It is time to fall back to Standard Time beginning at 2 a.m. Sunday.

 

Residents are also reminded that when changing clocks, it is also a good time to change the batteries in their smoke detectors.

 

 

 

 

 


CategoriesLocal News,

Weather cited for reason North Garfield Avenue not opened yet

Friday, October 31, 2014

Officials hope forecasted warmer weather next week will allow for the North Garfield Avenue reconstruction project to be finally finished.

According to the contract, the $6.1 million project was supposed to be done by today (Friday). But Chris Boom of contractor Morris, Incorporated says it is too cold to finish the paving and concrete work. He says the colder weather this week has delayed the final work.

The goal now is to have the street project fully opened to traffic by the end of next week. Currently, traffic remains head-to-head on the east side of the street. 

Among the projects still to be done next week is the paving of Fourth Street from the North Garfield Avenue intersection west to the south entrance of Beck Motor Company. That is to be done Tuesday, meaning that section will be closed to traffic all day.

Also to be done next week is the paving of Southgate Drive, which is currently closed. Boom says street lights and striping are planned for next week as well. Boom says other finishing projects such as landscaping will be completed later.

In the project contract with the state Department of Transportation, there was to be a daily late fee assessed to the contractor if the project was not done on time. Boom says discussions about the late fee are on-going with the DOT.

 

 

 

 


CategoriesLocal News,

Effectiveness of incumbent becomes issue in local race

Friday, October 31, 2014

How effective the incumbent office holder is in the state Legislature has become the centerpiece issue in the final week of the District 24 state Senate race.

Democrat challenger Ruth Rehn is now running radio and print ads questioning the role of Republican incumbent state Senator Jeff Monroe. The ad is aimed at Republican voters and states that in the last two years, all eight of the bills sponsored by Monroe have failed to pass the GOP-controlled Legislature. The ad suggests that Monroe's positions are too radical for most Republicans.

Rehn says she has heard from many people who believe Monroe represents only a fraction of the district and not all of the voters.

But Monroe says he has sponsored or co-sponsored many bills that had been passed and signed by the Governor.

The problem, according to Rehn, is Monroe has spent too much time on issues that don't have a chance of passing the Legislature such as last year's bill that would have allowed teachers to teach intelligent design in their classes. She says the district's Senator should focus on issues that are important to the overall public instead of one narrow constituency.

Monroe has responded to the criticism by airing a new commercial that says his opponent is trying to mislead the public. Monroe says he has always believed that his beliefs represent the majority of District 24 voters.

Both Rehn and Monroe say Tuesday's election will turn on what candidate philosophy voters are most comfortable with.

 

 

 

 


CategoriesLocal News,

Weekend events to celebrate state’s 125th anniversary

Friday, October 31, 2014

Three days of events will celebrate South Dakota’s 125th anniversary of statehood.

It was on November 2, 1889 when President Benjamin Harrison signed the documents allowing both the Dakotas to join the Union. Which document he signed first has always been a point of speculation. For the record, North Dakota is the 39th state and South Dakota 40th.

While Sunday is the actual anniversary date, the majority of events are planned for Saturday.

Here is a list of events for the weekend:

Friday

*** First Ladies Ball, Ramkota RiverCentre, 6 p.m. to midnight. It is a masquerade ball. Officials say four First Ladies are expected to attend.

Saturday

*** Capitol Statehood Celebration: 10:30 a.m. re-dedication of First Ladies Inaugural Gown exhibit; 1 p.m. unveiling of three new statues for Trail of Governors; and 7 p.m. performance by South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and lighting ceremony for renovated stained glass in Capitol Rotunda.

Saturday-Sunday

*** Free admission at state Cultural Heritage Center both days highlighting special statehood artifacts. Two free genealogical workshops are at 9 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Saturday. There is a Make and Take Holiday Ornament from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. All supplies provided.

 

Weekend events to celebrate state’s 125th anniversary

Three days of events will celebrate South Dakota’s 125th anniversary of statehood.

It was on November 2, 1889 when President Benjamin Harrison signed the documents allowing both the Dakotas to join the Union. Which document he signed first has always been a point of speculation. For the record, North Dakota is the 39th state and South Dakota 40th.

While Sunday is the actual anniversary date, the majority of events are planned for Saturday.

Here is a list of events for the weekend:

Friday

*** First Ladies Ball, Ramkota RiverCentre, 6 p.m. to midnight. It is a masquerade ball. Officials say four First Ladies are expected to attend.

Saturday

*** Capitol Statehood Celebration: 10:30 a.m. re-dedication of First Ladies Inaugural Gown exhibit; 1 p.m. unveiling of three new statues for Trail of Governors; and 7 p.m. performance by South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and lighting ceremony for renovated stained glass in Capitol Rotunda.

Saturday-Sunday

*** Free admission at state Cultural Heritage Center both days highlighting special statehood artifacts. Two free genealogical workshops are at 9 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Saturday. There is a Make and Take Holiday Ornament from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. All supplies provided.

Governor’s Residence open to Halloween visitors

 

Halloween visitors are going to be welcomed again tonight at the Governor’s Residence. The question is by whom.

 

As is tradition, Governor Dennis Daugaard and First Lady Linda Daugaard will hand out treats to children on Halloween from 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Central Daylight Time.

 

Hundreds of children and parents make the trek to the residence on Halloween. Estimates are that the 1,500 to 2,000 pieces of candy will be handed out during the event.

 

The Daugaards have taken enthusiasm for the evening to a new level by actually being in Halloween costumes. While this year’s outfits are a secret; last year, the Governor and First Lady dressed as members of the Duck Dynasty family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CUC to host Dual Credit Information night November 6

An informational meeting about dual credit courses being offered this spring by Capital University Center is scheduled for next Thursday, November 6.

CUC Executive Director Janelle Toman says in a press release that due to action taken this year by the Legislature and the Governor, there is now a reduced rate of $40 per credit hour for eligible high school juniors and seniors taking college courses through any of the six public universities in South Dakota. Those courses are also offered at off-campus higher education centers including CUC.

High school students and their parents are invited to learn more about the dual credit courses being offered at CUC on Thursday, November 6 during a “College Credit Now!” informational session. The event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at CUC’s Halverson Education Building, located at 925 E. Sioux Ave. in Pierre.

Toman says this is a chance for attendees to learn more about dual-credit program’s admission requirements and what general education courses are on CUC’s schedule for the spring semester, which runs January 12 to May 8, 2015.

For more information, visit the CUC website at http://cucpierre.org/dual-credit-student/ or call CUC at 773-2160.

South Dakota Symphony Orchestra ready for Rotunda

South Dakota’s Symphony Orchestra Saturday night celebrates South Dakota in South Dakota’s state Capitol.

The 60-musician orchestra will perform as part of the  observance of the state’s 125th anniversary of statehood. This is the first time the orchestra has played in the Capitol Rotunda and director Delta David Gier (Geer) says such a venue always presents different challenges.

Gier                                                     8440

Saturday’s concert begins at 7 p.m. It will also include the dedication and lighting ceremony for the restored stained glass in the Capitol.

Gier says the pieces for the performance were carefully chosen He says the concert is designed to celebrate the state and its history.

Gier                                                     8441

All Rotunda seating tickets for the performance are gone. But the public can still attend and stand on the other floors of the Capitol. 

 

 

 

District 24 State Senate forum Monday on KCCR

District 24’s two state Senate candidates will have one final forum before Tuesday’s election on Monday live on KCCR.

Republican incumbent Jeff Monroe and Democrat challenger Ruth Rehn will discuss legislative issues in the forum, which starts at 9 a.m. Monday on KCCR.

Then on Tuesday night, KCCR will have complete election night coverage with results, interviews and analysis.

Everything ready for Capitol celebration

 

All the preparations are in place and now it is time for the celebration.

 

South Dakota celebrates its 125th anniversary of statehood Saturday. While the actual day of statehood is Sunday, November 2, the Capitol’s activities are planned for Saturday.

 

Mike Mueller of the Bureau of Administration says there will be three major activities on Saturday – each of them important.

 

Mueller                                                            8447

 

Capitol celebration events are at: 10:30 a.m., re-dedication of the First Ladies Inaugural Gown exhibit; 1 p.m. is the unveiling of the three new statues for the Trail of Governors; and 7 p.m., a performance by the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and lighting ceremony for the renovated stained glass in Capitol Rotunda.

 

All of the Capitol’s stained glass was removed, renovated and replaced in the last year. Muller says Saturday night is the first time that the new lights located behind the Rotunda glass will be lighted for the public.

 

Mueller                                                            8448

 

While this is a big weekend, Mueller says for the Bureau of Administration crews, this is just one of several main events happening at the state Capitol in the next two months.

 

Mueller                                                            8449

 

Hundreds of people are expected at the Capitol for Saturday’s events.

 

 

 

Airlines to bring EAS proposals to Pierre

 

Representatives of three airlines that want to provide an Essential Air Service route to Pierre will be in the Capital City next week for one-on-one meetings with a committee reviewing the proposals.

 

Mayor Laurie Gill, speaking on Wednesday’s “Ask the Mayor” program heard on KCCR, says each of the airlines will be in town for a separate meeting. Each airline also will bring in one of the passenger planes it would use for the route.

 

The three companies are Aerodynamics Incorporated of Beachwood, Ohio;  Boutique Air of San Francisco, California; and Great Lakes Aviation of Cheyenne, Wyoming. Great Lakes currently provides daily flights from Pierre to both Minneapolis and Denver.

Gill says the committee consists of city officials, the city’s air service consultant and local residents involved in aviation. She says the meetings are designed to give the committee a better understanding of each proposal.

Each proposal, according to Gill, is different. She says there are differences such as the type of plane to be used, whether the route goes to Minneapolis or Denver, the number of daily flights and how much subsidy is being requested.

The city has until November 17 to make recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration about the three proposals. Gill says the city will have a chance to recommend what offer to accept, if any.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trees, benches to celebrate Klumb’s life

There is probably no other tribute better to honor the life of Dr. Robert Klumb than to celebrate the outdoors.

A number of trees, two benches and a sign were dedicated Wednesday at the Pierre city Arboretum in honor offormer U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee Robert Klumb, a Pierre resident. were dedicated at the arboretum. Klumb and a co-worker were killed in a 2013 vehicle-

Klumb’s family and friends raised money for trees and benches to be installed at the arboretum in his honor. Co-worker Richard Madsen says Klumb loved the outdoors and especially trees. Madsen says teaching children about the importance of nature was always important.

Madsen                                                                       8450

Madsen says planting trees and benches in Klumb’s honors is an appropriate tribute.

Madsen                                                                       8451

Madsen says a special part of the tribute is the benches, with one in a special place near the Missouri River.

Madsen                                                                                                   8452

Madsen says Klumb’s friends hope to add more trees in the future. 


Weekend events to celebrate state’s 125th anniversary

Three days of events will celebrate South Dakota’s 125th anniversary of statehood.

It was on November 2, 1889 when President Benjamin Harrison signed the documents allowing both the Dakotas to join the Union. Which document he signed first has always been a point of speculation. For the record, North Dakota is the 39th state and South Dakota 40th.

While Sunday is the actual anniversary date, the majority of events are planned for Saturday.

Here is a list of events for the weekend:

Friday

*** First Ladies Ball, Ramkota RiverCentre, 6 p.m. to midnight. It is a masquerade ball. Officials say four First Ladies are expected to attend.

Saturday

*** Capitol Statehood Celebration: 10:30 a.m. re-dedication of First Ladies Inaugural Gown exhibit; 1 p.m. unveiling of three new statues for Trail of Governors; and 7 p.m. performance by South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and lighting ceremony for renovated stained glass in Capitol Rotunda.

Saturday-Sunday

*** Free admission at state Cultural Heritage Center both days highlighting special statehood artifacts. Two free genealogical workshops are at 9 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Saturday. There is a Make and Take Holiday Ornament from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. All supplies provided.

Governor’s Residence open to Halloween visitors

 

Halloween visitors are going to be welcomed again tonight at the Governor’s Residence. The question is by whom.

 

As is tradition, Governor Dennis Daugaard and First Lady Linda Daugaard will hand out treats to children on Halloween from 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Central Daylight Time.

 

Hundreds of children and parents make the trek to the residence on Halloween. Estimates are that the 1,500 to 2,000 pieces of candy will be handed out during the event.

 

The Daugaards have taken enthusiasm for the evening to a new level by actually being in Halloween costumes. While this year’s outfits are a secret; last year, the Governor and First Lady dressed as members of the Duck Dynasty family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CUC to host Dual Credit Information night November 6

An informational meeting about dual credit courses being offered this spring by Capital University Center is scheduled for next Thursday, November 6.

CUC Executive Director Janelle Toman says in a press release that due to action taken this year by the Legislature and the Governor, there is now a reduced rate of $40 per credit hour for eligible high school juniors and seniors taking college courses through any of the six public universities in South Dakota. Those courses are also offered at off-campus higher education centers including CUC.

High school students and their parents are invited to learn more about the dual credit courses being offered at CUC on Thursday, November 6 during a “College Credit Now!” informational session. The event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at CUC’s Halverson Education Building, located at 925 E. Sioux Ave. in Pierre.

Toman says this is a chance for attendees to learn more about dual-credit program’s admission requirements and what general education courses are on CUC’s schedule for the spring semester, which runs January 12 to May 8, 2015.

For more information, visit the CUC website at http://cucpierre.org/dual-credit-student/ or call CUC at 773-2160.

South Dakota Symphony Orchestra ready for Rotunda

South Dakota’s Symphony Orchestra Saturday night celebrates South Dakota in South Dakota’s state Capitol.

The 60-musician orchestra will perform as part of the  observance of the state’s 125th anniversary of statehood. This is the first time the orchestra has played in the Capitol Rotunda and director Delta David Gier (Geer) says such a venue always presents different challenges.

Gier                                                     8440

Saturday’s concert begins at 7 p.m. It will also include the dedication and lighting ceremony for the restored stained glass in the Capitol.

Gier says the pieces for the performance were carefully chosen He says the concert is designed to celebrate the state and its history.

Gier                                                     8441

All Rotunda seating tickets for the performance are gone. But the public can still attend and stand on the other floors of the Capitol. 

 

 

 

District 24 State Senate forum Monday on KCCR

District 24’s two state Senate candidates will have one final forum before Tuesday’s election on Monday live on KCCR.

Republican incumbent Jeff Monroe and Democrat challenger Ruth Rehn will discuss legislative issues in the forum, which starts at 9 a.m. Monday on KCCR.

Then on Tuesday night, KCCR will have complete election night coverage with results, interviews and analysis.

Everything ready for Capitol celebration

 

All the preparations are in place and now it is time for the celebration.

 

South Dakota celebrates its 125th anniversary of statehood Saturday. While the actual day of statehood is Sunday, November 2, the Capitol’s activities are planned for Saturday.

 

Mike Mueller of the Bureau of Administration says there will be three major activities on Saturday – each of them important.

 

Mueller                                                            8447

 

Capitol celebration events are at: 10:30 a.m., re-dedication of the First Ladies Inaugural Gown exhibit; 1 p.m. is the unveiling of the three new statues for the Trail of Governors; and 7 p.m., a performance by the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and lighting ceremony for the renovated stained glass in Capitol Rotunda.

 

All of the Capitol’s stained glass was removed, renovated and replaced in the last year. Muller says Saturday night is the first time that the new lights located behind the Rotunda glass will be lighted for the public.

 

Mueller                                                            8448

 

While this is a big weekend, Mueller says for the Bureau of Administration crews, this is just one of several main events happening at the state Capitol in the next two months.

 

Mueller                                                            8449

 

Hundreds of people are expected at the Capitol for Saturday’s events.

 

 

 

Airlines to bring EAS proposals to Pierre

 

Representatives of three airlines that want to provide an Essential Air Service route to Pierre will be in the Capital City next week for one-on-one meetings with a committee reviewing the proposals.

 

Mayor Laurie Gill, speaking on Wednesday’s “Ask the Mayor” program heard on KCCR, says each of the airlines will be in town for a separate meeting. Each airline also will bring in one of the passenger planes it would use for the route.

 

The three companies are Aerodynamics Incorporated of Beachwood, Ohio;  Boutique Air of San Francisco, California; and Great Lakes Aviation of Cheyenne, Wyoming. Great Lakes currently provides daily flights from Pierre to both Minneapolis and Denver.

Gill says the committee consists of city officials, the city’s air service consultant and local residents involved in aviation. She says the meetings are designed to give the committee a better understanding of each proposal.

Each proposal, according to Gill, is different. She says there are differences such as the type of plane to be used, whether the route goes to Minneapolis or Denver, the number of daily flights and how much subsidy is being requested.

The city has until November 17 to make recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration about the three proposals. Gill says the city will have a chance to recommend what offer to accept, if any.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trees, benches to celebrate Klumb’s life

There is probably no other tribute better to honor the life of Dr. Robert Klumb than to celebrate the outdoors.

A number of trees, two benches and a sign were dedicated Wednesday at the Pierre city Arboretum in honor offormer U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee Robert Klumb, a Pierre resident. were dedicated at the arboretum. Klumb and a co-worker were killed in a 2013 vehicle-

Klumb’s family and friends raised money for trees and benches to be installed at the arboretum in his honor. Co-worker Richard Madsen says Klumb loved the outdoors and especially trees. Madsen says teaching children about the importance of nature was always important.

Madsen                                                                       8450

Madsen says planting trees and benches in Klumb’s honors is an appropriate tribute.

Madsen                                                                       8451

Madsen says a special part of the tribute is the benches, with one in a special place near the Missouri River.

Madsen                                                                                                   8452

Madsen says Klumb’s friends hope to add more trees in the future. 


Weekend events to celebrate state’s 125th anniversary

Three days of events will celebrate South Dakota’s 125th anniversary of statehood.

It was on November 2, 1889 when President Benjamin Harrison signed the documents allowing both the Dakotas to join the Union. Which document he signed first has always been a point of speculation. For the record, North Dakota is the 39th state and South Dakota 40th.

While Sunday is the actual anniversary date, the majority of events are planned for Saturday.

Here is a list of events for the weekend:

Friday

*** First Ladies Ball, Ramkota RiverCentre, 6 p.m. to midnight. It is a masquerade ball. Officials say four First Ladies are expected to attend.

Saturday

*** Capitol Statehood Celebration: 10:30 a.m. re-dedication of First Ladies Inaugural Gown exhibit; 1 p.m. unveiling of three new statues for Trail of Governors; and 7 p.m. performance by South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and lighting ceremony for renovated stained glass in Capitol Rotunda.

Saturday-Sunday

*** Free admission at state Cultural Heritage Center both days highlighting special statehood artifacts. Two free genealogical workshops are at 9 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Saturday. There is a Make and Take Holiday Ornament from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. All supplies provided.

Governor’s Residence open to Halloween visitors

 

Halloween visitors are going to be welcomed again tonight at the Governor’s Residence. The question is by whom.

 

As is tradition, Governor Dennis Daugaard and First Lady Linda Daugaard will hand out treats to children on Halloween from 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Central Daylight Time.

 

Hundreds of children and parents make the trek to the residence on Halloween. Estimates are that the 1,500 to 2,000 pieces of candy will be handed out during the event.

 

The Daugaards have taken enthusiasm for the evening to a new level by actually being in Halloween costumes. While this year’s outfits are a secret; last year, the Governor and First Lady dressed as members of the Duck Dynasty family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CUC to host Dual Credit Information night November 6

An informational meeting about dual credit courses being offered this spring by Capital University Center is scheduled for next Thursday, November 6.

CUC Executive Director Janelle Toman says in a press release that due to action taken this year by the Legislature and the Governor, there is now a reduced rate of $40 per credit hour for eligible high school juniors and seniors taking college courses through any of the six public universities in South Dakota. Those courses are also offered at off-campus higher education centers including CUC.

High school students and their parents are invited to learn more about the dual credit courses being offered at CUC on Thursday, November 6 during a “College Credit Now!” informational session. The event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at CUC’s Halverson Education Building, located at 925 E. Sioux Ave. in Pierre.

Toman says this is a chance for attendees to learn more about dual-credit program’s admission requirements and what general education courses are on CUC’s schedule for the spring semester, which runs January 12 to May 8, 2015.

For more information, visit the CUC website at http://cucpierre.org/dual-credit-student/ or call CUC at 773-2160.

South Dakota Symphony Orchestra ready for Rotunda

South Dakota’s Symphony Orchestra Saturday night celebrates South Dakota in South Dakota’s state Capitol.

The 60-musician orchestra will perform as part of the  observance of the state’s 125th anniversary of statehood. This is the first time the orchestra has played in the Capitol Rotunda and director Delta David Gier (Geer) says such a venue always presents different challenges.

Gier                                                     8440

Saturday’s concert begins at 7 p.m. It will also include the dedication and lighting ceremony for the restored stained glass in the Capitol.

Gier says the pieces for the performance were carefully chosen He says the concert is designed to celebrate the state and its history.

Gier                                                     8441

All Rotunda seating tickets for the performance are gone. But the public can still attend and stand on the other floors of the Capitol. 

 

 

 

District 24 State Senate forum Monday on KCCR

District 24’s two state Senate candidates will have one final forum before Tuesday’s election on Monday live on KCCR.

Republican incumbent Jeff Monroe and Democrat challenger Ruth Rehn will discuss legislative issues in the forum, which starts at 9 a.m. Monday on KCCR.

Then on Tuesday night, KCCR will have complete election night coverage with results, interviews and analysis.

Everything ready for Capitol celebration

 

All the preparations are in place and now it is time for the celebration.

 

South Dakota celebrates its 125th anniversary of statehood Saturday. While the actual day of statehood is Sunday, November 2, the Capitol’s activities are planned for Saturday.

 

Mike Mueller of the Bureau of Administration says there will be three major activities on Saturday – each of them important.

 

Mueller                                                            8447

 

Capitol celebration events are at: 10:30 a.m., re-dedication of the First Ladies Inaugural Gown exhibit; 1 p.m. is the unveiling of the three new statues for the Trail of Governors; and 7 p.m., a performance by the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and lighting ceremony for the renovated stained glass in Capitol Rotunda.

 

All of the Capitol’s stained glass was removed, renovated and replaced in the last year. Muller says Saturday night is the first time that the new lights located behind the Rotunda glass will be lighted for the public.

 

Mueller                                                            8448

 

While this is a big weekend, Mueller says for the Bureau of Administration crews, this is just one of several main events happening at the state Capitol in the next two months.

 

Mueller                                                            8449

 

Hundreds of people are expected at the Capitol for Saturday’s events.

 

 

 

Airlines to bring EAS proposals to Pierre

 

Representatives of three airlines that want to provide an Essential Air Service route to Pierre will be in the Capital City next week for one-on-one meetings with a committee reviewing the proposals.

 

Mayor Laurie Gill, speaking on Wednesday’s “Ask the Mayor” program heard on KCCR, says each of the airlines will be in town for a separate meeting. Each airline also will bring in one of the passenger planes it would use for the route.

 

The three companies are Aerodynamics Incorporated of Beachwood, Ohio;  Boutique Air of San Francisco, California; and Great Lakes Aviation of Cheyenne, Wyoming. Great Lakes currently provides daily flights from Pierre to both Minneapolis and Denver.

Gill says the committee consists of city officials, the city’s air service consultant and local residents involved in aviation. She says the meetings are designed to give the committee a better understanding of each proposal.

Each proposal, according to Gill, is different. She says there are differences such as the type of plane to be used, whether the route goes to Minneapolis or Denver, the number of daily flights and how much subsidy is being requested.

The city has until November 17 to make recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration about the three proposals. Gill says the city will have a chance to recommend what offer to accept, if any.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trees, benches to celebrate Klumb’s life

There is probably no other tribute better to honor the life of Dr. Robert Klumb than to celebrate the outdoors.

A number of trees, two benches and a sign were dedicated Wednesday at the Pierre city Arboretum in honor offormer U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee Robert Klumb, a Pierre resident. were dedicated at the arboretum. Klumb and a co-worker were killed in a 2013 vehicle-

Klumb’s family and friends raised money for trees and benches to be installed at the arboretum in his honor. Co-worker Richard Madsen says Klumb loved the outdoors and especially trees. Madsen says teaching children about the importance of nature was always important.

Madsen                                                                       8450

Madsen says planting trees and benches in Klumb’s honors is an appropriate tribute.

Madsen                                                                       8451

Madsen says a special part of the tribute is the benches, with one in a special place near the Missouri River.

Madsen                                                                                                   8452

Madsen says Klumb’s friends hope to add more trees in the future. 



CategoriesLocal News,

Governor's Residence open to Halloween visitors

Friday, October 31, 2014

 

Halloween visitors are going to be welcomed again tonight at the Governor’s Residence. The question is by whom.

 

As is tradition, Governor Dennis Daugaard and First Lady Linda Daugaard will hand out treats to children on Halloween from 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Central Daylight Time.

 

Hundreds of children and parents make the trek to the residence on Halloween. Estimates are that the 1,500 to 2,000 pieces of candy will be handed out during the event.

 

The Daugaards have taken enthusiasm for the evening to a new level by actually being in Halloween costumes. While this year’s outfits are a secret; last year, the Governor and First Lady dressed as members of the Duck Dynasty family.

 


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District 24 State Senate forum Monday on KCCR

Friday, October 31, 2014

 

District 24’s two state Senate candidates will have one final forum before Tuesday’s election on Monday live on KCCR.


Republican incumbent Jeff Monroe and Democrat challenger Ruth Rehn will discuss legislative issues in the forum, which starts at 9 a.m. Monday on KCCR.

Then on Tuesday night, KCCR will have complete election night coverage with results, interviews and analysis.

 


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