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Riggs Holds Awards Night

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Over one million dollars in college scholarships were awarded Monday night to Pierre Riggs High School seniors during the school’s annual Scholarship Awards Night.

Riggs Principal Kevin Mutchelknaus says it’s in honor to watch the Pierre community invest in the future of our students.

The most prestigious scholarship handed out Monday was the R. E. Rawlins Memorial Scholarship. It was established in 1991 by Robert and Marjorie Townsley Rawlins in honor of Robert’s father, R. E. Rawlins, who was the Pierre High School Principal from 1913-1918 and Pierre School Superintendent from 1918-1948. 

Mutchelknaus says to even apply for the scholarship; students had to have a minimum of a 3.75 GPA.

The $5,000 Rawlins award recipients were Matthew Pugh, Nathanel Hill, Amanda Pugh, Shelby Guthrie and Madison Jones. The $6,000 award recipients were Caryn Brakke and Reagan Winder. 

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Fort Pierre's Larson Selected As State FFA Ambassador

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The 89th Annual South Dakota State FFA Convention was held earlier this week in Brookings, and a Fort Pierre girl was selected as a state officer for the upcoming year.

2016 Stanley County High School graduate Martee Larson was honored as a State FFA Ambassador for the upcoming year. She had to go through a rigorous interview process and is now one of only two Ambassadors from across the state that will join the State FFA officer team touring and touting the values of FFA...

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She adds that her goal as a state FFA Ambassador is to help kids experience FFA like she did in Stanley County...

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She adds that FFA is much more than just learning about Agriculture...

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Larson is a freshman at SDSU majoring in Microbiology/Pre-Vet. 

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DAV Hosting State Convention In Fort Pierre

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Along with horse racing action and the state 4-H Shooting Sports Competition, Fort Pierre is also home to the state Disabled American Veterans Convention this weekend.

Over 100 members and directors from across the state are attending the annual convention, which will be held Friday through Sunday at the AmericInn Lodge in Fort Pierre.

State DAV Director Ken Lantgen Jr of Sioux Falls says a lot of events are planned during the convention…

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Lantgen adds that veterans of South Dakota are facing challenges, but mainly, they just want others to listen…

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He adds raising awareness about the DAV is another top priority for the non-profit organization…

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During the Convention, DAV will be hosting a Veterans Town Hall Meeting Friday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. at the AmericInn. All Veterans are invited to this meeting. Congressional Delegation Staff of South Dakota and many others will be available to field questions on VA health care, and much more during the Town Hall. 

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State 4-H Shooting Sports Returns To Fort Pierre This Weekend

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Approximately 1,500 youth from across South Dakota will participate in the State 4-H Shooting Sports Completion this weekend, Friday through Sunday, utilizing three different ranges in Fort Pierre and the surrounding area.

The South Dakota State 4-H Shoot, based out of the Expo Center in Fort Pierre, is one of the largest youth shooting events in the nation. There are 2,562 entries over the weekend, with some of the students competing in multiple shooting events.

Students will be competing for a chance to advance to the National Completion held in Grand Island, Nebraska at the end of June. Teams are selected or confirmed for multiple national events during the event this weekend. This is the largest event outside of the State Fair for 4-H in South Dakota. The Local Pierre Sharp Shooters Group will have several members competing.

In addition to the students competing, many bring their families with them and stay the weekend in Pierre/Fort Pierre. The 4-H Shooting Sports program priorities are safety, youth development and skill development. 

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Trio To Serve Jail Time In Connection To Pierre Woman's Death

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

(KWAT)-All three defendants who were charged following the drinking-related death of a Lake Area Technical Institute student in Watertown last month will serve jail time.

Twenty one year-old Kayla Juhnke, and 19 year-olds Logan Schilling and Brady Johnke were sentenced in Codington County District Court Tuesday afternoon.

The trio were charged with misdemeanor crimes and all pleaded guilty after 19 year-old Kiona Leigh York of Pierre died March 21st following a night of drinking at Schilling’s residence. York’s blood-alcohol content when she was pronounced dead was .296 percent—or more than three-and-a-half times the legal limit for driving.

Juhnke was charged with purchasing the alcohol that was consumed, Johnke was charged with furnishing the alcohol and taking pictures of a passed out York and disseminating them without her consent, and Schilling provided the place where the alcohol was consumed. 

Prior to handing down the sentences, Judge Dawn Elshere told the York family that she was, “sorry for their loss.” She called York’s death a, “preventable tragedy” caused by binge drinking.

Juhnke and Schilling will each spend 11 days in the Codington County Detention Center. Johnke will serve 31 days. Elshere ordered each defendant to serve one of their days in jail on a specific date—March 1st of 2018—which is the day York would have celebrated her 20th birthday.

The defendants also must pay $8,545.97 to cover York’s funeral costs, and all three are required to make at least one public speaking appearance to high school students within the next nine months on the dangers of binge drinking, and what happened the night York died. 

York was a 2016 graduate of Stanley County High School in Fort Pierre. She was a Marketing and Business Management student at LATI at the time of her death.

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Pierre Expands Allowable Liquor Sales

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Pierre City Commission Tuesday night unanimously adopted an ordinance change that would expand the allowable liquor sales in the capitol city for two additional hours on Sunday along with Memorial Day. The change would allow liquor to be sold until 2am Sunday instead of the current midnight time cut off. 

State law already allows for the expanded liquor sale hours. City Finance Officer Twila Hight says the request came to the city from local business owners due to New Year’s Eve falling on a Sunday this year…

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The change did not come without opposition Tuesday night. Larry Weiss, former Pierre City Commissioner and President of the local Parents Matter Coalition spoke. He says alcohol is a real problem in Pierre…

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Longbranch Business Owner Scott Schroeder spoke in favor of the ordinance change…

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Pierre Police Chief Dave Panzer says that he doesn’t see any increase in police activity just due to this change. “This has been a big issue, but it’s simpler to just follow state statute.”

This proposal does not affect beer or wine sales, which are already allowed in the expanded hours.

Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill will be a guest on KCCR this morning at 8:30 AM for this week’s edition of “Ask The Mayor.” If you have any questions for Gill, please email them to news@todayskccr.com

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Casey Tibbs Film To Debut Today

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The documentary about rodeo legend and Fort Pierre native Casey Tibbs will have its world premiere in the Black Hills tonight.

Midland South Dakota native Justin Koehler has been producing, editing, and almost financing the film completely by himself.  He says the film “Floating Horses: The Life of Casey Tibbs” will debut at the Black Hills Film Festival in Rapid City Wednesday night at 7pm at the Elks Theater.

Koehler says documenting the life of Casey Tibbs into a 90-minute film is complicated. Koehler still hopes to arrange a private screening of the movie for people in the Pierre/Fort Pierre area after the film festival circuit.

Fort Pierre is the hometown of Tibbs, who won a record six Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association saddle bronc-riding championships between 1949 and 1955. He also won two all-around cowboy championships and one bareback-riding title.

Tibbs died in 1990. Many consider him the Babe Ruth of rodeo. Koehler has been working on the film mainly by himself for over a year and a half. It uses photographs and film footage of Tibbs and draws deeply from the insights of people who knew him.

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Trio Arrested After Entering Unoccupied Vehicle In Pierre

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Three individuals were arrested in Pierre Monday on multiple charges after entering a vehicle that did not belong to them.

Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says that on Monday at 6:37 PM, officers received a call that three individuals were inside of the vehicle. The three subjects then took off running from the vehicle along West Pleasant and they were followed by a citizen. The three subjects were identified as 18 year old Eli Howe, 18 of rural Harrold, 26 year old Milo Bull Bear of Pierre; and 20 year old Charles Howe Jr. of rural Harrold.

Charles Howe Jr. was arrested for Obstructing, Criminal Entry of a Motor Vehicle, and Underage Consumption of Alcohol. Bull Bear was charged with Obstructing and Criminal Entry of a Motor Vehicle.  Eli Howe was charged with Criminal Entry of Motor Vehicle, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Underage Consumption of Alcohol.  All were transported to the Hughes Co. Jail.

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Pierre Named Tree City USA

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

For the 34th year in a row, Pierre will be named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation.

The re-certification ceremony will be held at Pierre Riggs High School on Thursday, April 27 at 3:30 p.m.  Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill will accept the certification on behalf of the City and then the Pierre Arbor Board will provide a brief tree planting demonstration. The event is open to the public.

Pierre Arbor Board Chairman Ron Schreiner says Riggs was chosen this year as a place to plant the trees due to a generous donation. Schreiner adds that it’s remarkable to earn the Tree City USA designation for the last 34 years, calling it “amazing.”

To be recognized as a Tree City USA, a community has to demonstrate sound urban forestry practices that include having an Arbor Board and tree-maintenance ordinances. The recertification ceremony coincides with Pierre’s annual Go Green and Clean campaign. 

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United Way Wants Your Vote

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Capital Area United Way is asking the public to vote for their favorite project and help the United Way decide who will be awarded funding.

To vote, visit capareaunitedway.org/unitedwecan and vote for which project you think is most deserving of funds. United We Can applicants can be awarded up to $65,000 in grant money to help make their dream project become a reality.

Voting ends Friday. The vote is limited to one vote per person, and limited to Hughes and Stanley counties.

United Way Executive Director Christina Oey says “This is an exciting opportunity for our community. It’s great to see people get involved to help others!”

Voters will be able to choose from the following projects:

·         Community Youth Involved, Inc: “Community Youth Involved Senior Center Remodeling Project”

·         Boys and Girls Club: “New Playground System with Swings for the Boys and Girls Club”

·         South Dakota Discovery Center: “United We Can! Makerspace”

·         The Right Turn: “Right Turn Technology Investment and Service Expansion Project”

·         Rawlins Municipal Library: “ ‘Lift Off’ With Launchpads at the Library!”

The United We Can grant award winner(s) will be announced on May 1st

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