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Man Serving Time Out Of Hughes County Placed On Escape Status

Monday, August 3, 2015

A minimum-security inmate in Rapid City, who is serving time from convictions in Hughes County, has been placed on escape status after failing to return from his work release job on time.

31 year old Raymond Freeman was last seen at his work release job in Rapid City Saturday afternoon. Escape procedures were enacted after he failed to return to the Rapid City Community Work Center, the Department of Corrections facility housing minimum-security inmates and Community Transition Program parolees, at the scheduled time.

Freeman is a Native American male, 5-feet-7-inches tall and weighs approximately 165 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. 

Freeman is serving concurrent 5-year sentences for possession of a controlled substance and unauthorized ingestion of a controlled substance. Both sentences commenced in June 2014 from Hughes County. 

Anyone who sees Freeman or knows of his whereabouts should contact law enforcement immediately.

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Oahe Wildlife Rehabilitation Center In Drastic Need Of Fish Or Wild Game

Monday, August 3, 2015

The Oahe Wildlife Rehabilitation Center currently has a dramatic shortage of fish and wild game to feed birds of prey and other animals that are now temporarily housed at the Center.


“Late winter, spring, and summer seasons traditionally bring increased numbers of injured birds and animals that are brought to the Center due to bird migration injuries, animal births, and animal injuries,” said Dr. Virginia Trexler-Myren, DVM, who operates the Center. “The amount of fish and game necessary to feed the recuperating and temporarily housed birds and animals always increases dramatically during these seasons.”


“We rely completely and sincerely appreciate the donations of sportsmen, fishermen, Conservations Officers, Fish and Wildlife Service and the general public as they help us feed birds and animals while they are recuperating, usually after surgery or therapy,” she said.


Trexler-Myren and her staff volunteer their medical skills, time, and medicine in order to treat injured wild birds or animals for release back into the wild, if possible, after they have healed from their injuries.


Donations of fresh or frozen fish and wild game meat can be dropped off at All Creatures Animal Hospital located at 1415 North Harrison Avenue in Pierre between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday or by calling 605-645-2911. 


Wild birds or animals cannot consume domestic meat, such as beef, pork, lamb, or breaded fish products. 

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Rounds Leading The Effort To Defund Planned Parenthood

Monday, August 3, 2015

Over the past week there has been a nationwide controversy over the videos that surfaced from Planned Parenthood.

South Dakota U.S. Senator Mike Rounds has co-sponsored several bills to try and defund Planned Parenthood last week. Rounds says the recently surfaced videos of Planned Parenthood executives are appalling…


Rounds says his proposed legislation would defund Planned Parenthood…


Rounds says he is looking forward to the vote to defund Planned Parenthood later today. A total of 60 votes are needed for the bill to be reviewed by the senate.

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Two Fatalities Reported So Far During 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Monday, August 3, 2015

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is well underway, and as the crowds make their way into the Black Hills area, a second fatality has been reported.

The highway patrol says the latest fatality happened Friday night on Vanocker Canyon Road, south of Galena Road. The patrol says 65-year-old William Carter of Seville, Ohio, was driving a 2001 Harley Davidson Softtail at approximately 5:39 p.m. when he left the road while taking a curve. Carter separated from the bike. He was not wearing a helmet and was taken to Sturgis Regional Hospital where he died. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor, however, speed around the curve is believed to have played a role in the crash.

Meanwhile, the victim of the rally's first reported fatality has been identified. Gergory Bullard, age 45 of Fort Collins, Colorado, died in a crash on U.S. Highway 14A one mile south of Lead.

As for the rest of the latest rally report, the patrol reports 53 DUI arrests, 57 Misdemeanor Drug Arrests, 33 Felony Drug Arrests and 483 total citations. This includes the entire Sturgis/Rapid City District.

There have been 46 injury accidents and 26 non-injury accidents.All numbers are well ahead of last year at this time.

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Rural Highmore Man, Who Turned 102 Sunday, Honored For Philanthropic Efforts

Monday, August 3, 2015

Rural Highmore resident John Zilverberg turned 102 years young on Sunday. Zilverberg is being recognized for his philanthropic achievements in the South Dakota Community Foundation’s latest Philanthropy Works video.

Through his donor advised fund at the South Dakota Community Foundation, John has awarded more than 130 grants totaling over $54,000 to nonprofits serving the Highmore area.

“John Zilverberg is a prime example of the others-before-self mentality of South Dakotans,” says Stephanie Judson, president of the South Dakota Community Foundation. “He is using the money he earned as a hard-working rancher to make a difference in his community for years to come.”

Zilverberg continues to stay active not only in philanthropic endeavors, but also in athletics. In July 2015, he competed in the National Senior Games in Minneapolis as the oldest competitor. He won first place in bowling and hammer throw. He also earned second place in discus, javelin and shot put. As the oldest competitor, he was given the honor of leading all the participants in the “Oath of Athletes.”

“Even at 102, John feels it is important to be active both physically and mentally every day. He says, ‘You can’t just sit in your rocking chair!’” says Peg Zilverberg, John’s daughter-in-law. “When he gives back to the community, he feels he is being a good steward of his resources.”

Visit the South Dakota Community Foundation’s Facebook page to wish John a happy birthday and thank him for giving back to South Dakota at

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First Ever Build A Bid Contest Coming To The South Dakota State Fair

Monday, August 3, 2015

The South Dakota State Fair will host its first ever Build A Bird contest at this year’s fair and we want you to participate. Sponsored by the South Dakota Poultry Industries Association, competitors will test their creative talents utilizing any materials to create a poultry or fowl exhibit in the contest.

The exhibits will be on display in the Poultry Barn for the length of the fair. Judging categories include Most Creative and Most Lifelike and will be broken down to ages 17 and younger and ages 18 and older. A $100 prize will be awarded to the top winner in each category, with a $50 prize for second place. Entries will be judged on Friday, Sept. 4, and must preregister prior to Aug. 29. Registration forms can be found at

In lieu of recent Avian Flu outbreaks across the Midwest, the live poultry shows have been suspended at the South Dakota State Fair. No live animals will be allowed.

Live poultry may be absent from the 2015 South Dakota State Fair, but the Poultry barn will still host plenty of events throughout the fair including several presentations on poultry health, updates on the Avian Flu, Ag Heritage Museum old time poultry exhibit and a lunch sponsored by Dakota Provisions.

Monday, Sept. 7, is Poultry Party Day: Poultry Education at the State Fair and will feature a “Calling all Redheads” contest at the NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage. The closest red-haired person to match the color of a Rhode Island Red Chicken will win a prize sponsored by the South Dakota Poultry Fanciers Association. Other fun activities include a “Something to Crow About: Bird Calling Contest” and “State’s Largest Chicken Dance.”


The 2015 South Dakota State Fair will run from Thursday, Sept. 3, through Monday, Sept. 7. Channel Seeds preview night will be Wednesday, Sept. 2. This year’s theme is “Sew it. Grow it. Show it.” For more information on State Fair events, contact the Fair office at 800-529-0900, visit or find them on Facebook or Twitter. 

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Pierre Residents Vocal With Their Concerns On Hilger's Gulch Initiative

Monday, August 3, 2015

Many Pierre residents have been rather vocal lately after it was revealed that Governor Dennis Daugaard, along with the Bureau of Administration, will be embarking on an initiative to bring back the native landscape of South Dakota to Hilger’s Gulch.

In an effort to conserve natural resources which will help sustain the environment for future generations to enjoy, Daugaard has carefully chosen vegetation that will thrive in the natural climate of central South Dakota claiming that is will save thousands of dollars in taxpayer money.

The announcement of the initiative was a shock to most, as it was sprung on residents rather quickly.

Long time Pierre resident Jason Dodson has some concerns with the initiative, saying the main concern is that the community was not allowed a voice on the project…


Dodson, who is definitely not alone with his concerns, says that most concerns surround around the possibility that the initiative will bring more wildlife to town, not less…


Dodson adds that he just wants to see what is best for Pierre…


Governor Daugaard has said that public input is appreciated on the project; however the plan has already been developed.

Bureau of Administration Special Projects Coordinator Leah Svendsen says, “There is a lot of support for this Hilger’s Gulch imitative. There are both sides on this issue, just like any other change.”

A map of the initiative, along with further information on the project can be found on Facebook by liking the South Dakota Bureau of Administration. 

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92 Teacher Positions Remain Unfilled Across South Dakota

Monday, August 3, 2015

According to the Associated School Boards of South Dakota, 92 teaching positions across South Dakota remain unfilled for the upcoming school year that starts in less than a week.

State Representative Elizabeth May of Kyle recently led an initiate calling for a special session of the South Dakota legislature to address the issue of teacher shortages, essentially calling it a crisis.

Governor Dennis Daugaard says that the open teaching positions are concerning, however it does not warrant the issue being called a crisis…

(Gov Crisis1)

However, May says that South Dakotans know that the teacher shortage is an issue…

(May Crisis2)

Only fourteen of the one hundred and five state lawmakers signed onto May’s call for a special session. 

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Death Toll Up To Six Already During The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Monday, August 3, 2015

As the 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally officially gets underway, traffic congestion and accidents remain the focal point for law enforcement.

The latest rally tally issued this morning shows six fatalities have now been reported – four of them which occurred over the past 24 hours.

In one crash, a 49-year-old Iowa woman was killed after her motorcycle was struck in a construction zone west of Murdo. Rhonda Denato of Ottuma, Iowa, was not wearing a helmet. Denato’s bike was struck by a 2013 GMC Sierra being driven by 55-year-old Randall Miller of Mount Vernon. He has been arrested for DUI and reckless driving.

Also on Sunday, a Seattle, Washington motorcyclist died after his motorcycle struck a Ford F350 pickup truck pulling a horse trailer on South Dakota Highway 44 at Interior. Brian Ware, age 51, died as a result of injuries he suffered in the crash. His passenger, 56-year-old Laura Ware, received serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

Early Monday morning, the patrol says 47-year-old Todd Hay of Deland, Florida died after crashing his motorcycle on Middle Street in Sturgis. Hay was riding his motorcycle when it crossed Sherman Street and left the road, striking a wooden fence pole in a residential yard. Hay received fatal injuries.

A fourth accident resulting in a fatality involved a corvette that crashed into a cable guard rail Sunday on I-90 at mile marker 71. Archie Smith, age 73 of Kansas City, died in the crash. His passenger, 42-year-old Leanne Moore, also of Kansas City, was seriously hurt.


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South Dakota Electric Cooperatives Bracing For Impacts Of EPA's Clean Power Plan

Monday, August 3, 2015

Electric cooperatives in South Dakota are bracing for what they describe as the negative financial and reliability impacts of the Environmental Protection Agency’s newly released Clean Power Plan regulating existing power plants.

Acting under what the EPA says is its authority given to them by Congress under the section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, the agency today released a final rule that will seek to limit carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. South Dakota Rural Electric Association General Manager Ed Anderson says the new regulations are a clear overreach by the EPA that will dramatically reshape how America generates and uses electricity.

“This rule will have a dramatic impact on the electric bills paid by every South Dakotan,” Anderson said. “We’ve worked extremely hard to control costs and keep electricity affordable, but the EPA’s plan will simply increase the cost of electricity for every consumer.”

Anderson said his members have for years been working to lessen the impact on the environment by adding renewable generation and lower-emitting resources while saving consumers money on their electric bills through energy efficiency programs.

As consumer-owned utilities, electric cooperatives will be disproportionately affected by the rule by increasing electricity prices and jeopardizing reliability. By shutting down coal-fired generation, the EPA will remove a vital safety net in emergencies or times of extreme power demand. Anderson said consumers will be hit with higher electric bills while the rule impacts reliability of the power grid.

During the EPA’s rulemaking process, end-consumer members of South Dakota’s electric cooperatives sent in more than 28,000 comments to the EPA calling on the agency to abandon their overreaching regulations. “South Dakotans made their voice heard loud and clear during the public comment period, and we appreciate their efforts to tell the EPA their concerns,” said Anderson. 

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