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Fire Destroys Part Of Wooden Shed Behind The Holdiay Inn

Thursday, September 3, 2015

The back parking lot of the Holiday Inn Express in Fort Pierre looks a little different today as there was a Wednesday morning fire destroyed the small wooden shed holding the garbage dumpster.

The Fort Pierre Fire Department helped put out a fire that started in the garbage dumpster. Firefighters were notified that flames were seen in a dumpster near the building at 10:10 Wednesday morning. The dumpster is surrounded by a wooden-type structure and it caught on fire, as well. 

Fort Pierre National Grasslands offices are just across the street and the agency’s U.S. Forest Service firefighters were able to begin putting out the blaze a short time after it was noted. Fort Pierre firefighters also worked to make sure the fire was completely out with the use of thermal cameras.  There was no threat to the nearby Holiday Inn Express. 

Firefighters were at the call for about a half-hour and it’s believed the fire likely started with smoking material discarded in the dumpster. The fire left about $1,500 in damage.


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Slumberland Of Pierre Being Honored Today By The Governor For "Bridging The Gap"

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Governor Dennis Daugaard will recognize an elite group of individuals, including Slumberland of Pierre, for their contributions to the rehabilitation and employment of South Dakotans with disabilities during a ceremony this morning in the capitol rotunda.

Daugaard says this ceremony is to honor those people that treat people with disabilities just like one of us…

(Gov Disabilities 1)

Daugaard adds Slumberland, among others, have bridged the gap in South Dakota to allow those will disabilities be an integral part of society. Daugaard adds South Dakota does a better job than other states on “bridging the gap”…

(Gov Disabilities 2)

Daugaard adds that those in our state with disabilities are very good overall workers…

(Gov Disabilities 3)

The awards ceremony will be held at 10 A.M. today, with Slumberland being honored with the Outstanding Private Employer Award.


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Coming Home For Cancer Concert Benefiting Local Relay For Life This Weekend

Thursday, September 3, 2015

It's called "Coming Home for Cancer," and it is a benefit for the local Hughes/Stanley Relay for Life. The concert will take place at the Ramkota RiverCentre at 7 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 5.

Pierre native Chris Gage and his life partner, Christine Albert, are coming home from Austin, Texas, to be part of the show. So is Pierre native Ryan Merriam, who with colleagues Andy Gibson and Dan Witte, are bringing their Dueling Duo program to be part of the show.

Tickets are available at Prairie Pages Bookseller, Pierre Music at the mall, and Hallmark Card & Candy. In advance tickets sell for $20 per person or $150 for a table for eight. At the door tickets are $25 per person.

Make sure to tune in to the KCCR morning show shortly after 7AM Friday for complete details of the concert. 


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Hughes/Stanley County Courthouses Closed Monday

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Remember, in observation of Labor Day this coming Monday, the Hughes County Court House will be closed.

Also, Hughes County Treasurer Mary Scott reminds vehicle owners to check their license plate decals to make sure they are not expired. If your last name begins with the letter S your renewal month is September.  South Dakota law requires proof of ownership in the form of title, registration or renewal postcard along with your driver’s License or photo ID.  Please have your documents with you to avoid long lines and delays.

The Stanley County Courthouse will be closed as well. 


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Many Activities Planned For Homecoming Week At Stanley County Schools Next Week

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Many, many activities are planned for Homecoming week next week for the Stanley County Buffaloes. The students will also be dressing up with different themes throughout the week.

On Monday, Labor Day, there is no school. However, at 4:00 p.m. 9th-12th grades - Street Painting, Booster Club Decorating & Cheerleaders will be painting car windows for $2.00

On Tuesday, it’s Toga Day in the Middle/High School and Duct Tape Day in Elementary.
Coronation will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the middle/high school gym followed by Burning of the Letters at Ole Williamson Field. Cookies and lemonade served by the Booster Club

2015 Queen Candidates are:  Kaycee Cronin, Kady Nielsen, and Kelsey VanDenHemel.  King candidates include:  Kevin Boring, Lukas Chase and Colten Drageset. The second grade students serving as crown bearers are Tessa Rasmussen and Coy Ludemann.   

Wednesday is Grandparent's Day for the students.

Thursday, September 10th is Salute to the Troops Day with the volleyball at Philip at 6:30 p.m.

Friday is packed full of activities for Homecoming. It’s Spirit Day so you are encouraged to wear your gurple & gold.

Friday’s event schedule, including the parade, is as follows:

8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Float Decorating
1:00 p.m. - Pep Rally - Parkview Auditorium

PARADE

2:00 p.m. - Parade Line up by the post office
2:30 p.m. - Parade

5:30 pm - Booster Club Whopper Feed 5:30-7:00 p.m. $6.00 for whopper, chips, cookie, & drink Face painting by cheerleaders $1.00

7:00 p.m. - Football vs Lyman

9:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. - Dance for students in grades 9-12 (SC students only)


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Remember Safety When Traveling This Holiday Weekend

Thursday, September 3, 2015

South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety officials hope for another fatality free Labor Day travel weekend this year.

There was no fatality crashes reported in 2014. That was the first year since 2004 that no highway fatality was reported during the Labor Day holiday period. There were 35 injury crashes and 42 injuries reported during the 2014 holiday weekend.

 Col. Craig Price, superintendent of the Highway Patrol, says troopers will have a visible presence on the state’s highways and roads during the holiday weekend. He says the holiday is a busy travel one with many motorists attending the South Dakota State Fair and other events.

“Safe travel is everyone’s responsibility every day, but it is even more important during a busy time like the Labor Day weekend,” Price says. “Your chances of traveling safely are greatly improved if you follow speed limits, drive defensively in the higher volume of holiday traffic and buckle up.’’

Among the safety tips the department recommends:

*** Do not drink and drive.

*** Make sure that everybody in the vehicle is wearing a seat belt.

*** Observe all rules of the road.

*** Don’t become distracted while driving.

*** Watch out for other motorists and wildlife.

Both the Office of Highway Safety and the Highway Patrol are part of the Department of Public Safety.


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Rawlins Library Celebrating Library Card Sign Up Month

Thursday, September 3, 2015

It’s quick, it’s free, and it gives you access to world of information!  It’s a library card.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Pierre Rawlins Municipal Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every child is armed with an important learning tool – a free library card.

“Research tells us children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school,” said Library Director Robin Schrupp.  “Our programming is certainly centered on reading, but our library is far more than a quiet place of study. We offer all sorts activities for kids and provide a wide array of resources for adults.”

Resources available at the library include eBooks, online databases, online professional coursework, reference resources, and of course a wide variety of reading materials that can be accessed in person or online.

These materials are available to anyone who has a library card.  To get a card, you’ll need a photo ID and proof of physical mailing address.  Children can register under a parent’s account.

For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit the Rawlins Municipal Library in person at 1000 E Church St in Pierre, phone 773-7421, or visit the library online at www.rawlinslibrary.org.   


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FFA Leaders Inviting You To See Them At The State Fair

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Many FFA members have a busy few days ahead of them with the South Dakota State Fair underway. Jordanne Howe of Redfield is the South Dakota FFA State President. When you go to the state fair this weekend, you are urged to stop at the FFA Ag Learning Center on the fairgrounds in Huron-where a number of activities are underway…

(Jordanne 1)

The center is located across from the Beef Complex and Howe says visitors will find brochures and information highlighting what FFA does throughout the year. How says they are advocating for the future farmers in the state…

(Jordanne 2)

Howe has been in FFA since eighth grade and says her passion has increased for agriculture and FFA over the years, even though she did not spend her youth on a farm. 

She says she has learned the impact that agriculture has on everyday life and wants to pass that information down to the younger generation. She says the future of ag in South Dakota is in good hands…

(Jordanne 3)

Howe invites people of all ages to talk with FFA members about the organization at the fair. The 19-year-old Howe is attending; you guessed it, South Dakota State University.


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Slumberland Of Pierre Recognized For Their Efforts To Employ Individuals With Disabilities

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Gov. Dennis Daugaard presented awards Thursday morning to South Dakota businesses and workers who have contributed the most in 2015 to the employment of people with disabilities.

One of those honorees was Slumberland Furniture in Pierre. Governor Daugaard says that Slumberland not only hires, but provides continuing support for its employees with disabilities. As a family-owned business, Slumberland in Pierre takes pride in helping organizations that strengthen children and families in need as well as encouraging employees to share their time and talents with the community.

Slumberland Furniture of Pierre received this year’s Outstanding Private Small Employer award with co-owners Paul and Megan Bowen accepting. The Bowen’s accepted the award for their partnership in employing Oahe Inc. clients. Paul Bowan says he is very humbled with this award…

(Bowan 1)

Bowan adds that the individual from Oahe Inc that he employs in a crucial part of his business…

(Bowan 2)

Bowan says that the little things make employing individuals with disabilities all the difference in the world…

(Bowan 3)

Bowan adds that it is a privilege for himself and his wife to employee Oahe Inc. clients…

(Bowan 4)

Wanda, the client that he employs, even gave Paul a fist bump congratulating the Bowen’s on their award after the ceremony.

The 2015 Governor’s Awards ceremony was co-sponsored by South Dakota’s Board of Vocational Rehabilitation, Board of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Statewide Independent Living Council and the Department of Human Services.


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Pierre City Commission Talk Hilgers Gulch Tuesday Night

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Many Pierre residents agree that they want to “Keep It Green.”

 

Obviously that’s Hilgers Gulch, and those supporters appealed to city leaders Tuesday, urging them to talk to the state.

 

Members of the Pierre City Commission heard from Pierre resident Bonnie Bjork at their meeting, with supporters in the audience. Bjork urged the city to at least compromise with the state before officials start the chemical burn process on the greenery.

 

City Commissioner Jamie Huizenga says the commissioners ultimately agreed to try and set up a meeting with the South Dakota Bureau of Administration.

 

It was made evident in the meeting that the commissioners are rather split on the Hilgers Gulch initiative issue, and that is why they agree to send a few of the commissioners if the bureau will allow the meeting. Mayor Laurie Gill supports the Gulch initiative, while Pierre City Commissioner Jim Mehlhaff wants to “keep it green”

 

Huizinga, who did not take a stand either way, says the city does not want to step on any toes.

 

When asked if the possible meeting with the bureau was a move to try and appease some of the outspoken residents against the initiative, Huizinga says that is not necessarily the case.

 

Huizinga adds that the meeting with the bureau obviously has not been set yet, and the meeting is only if the bureau agrees. 


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