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Lutz named Stanley County Teacher of the Year

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Third-grade teacher Sarah Lutz has been named as the Stanley County Teacher of the Year.

Lutz was honored for her dedication towards each individual student and her contributions to the school and community. This is her fourth year with the school district.

The Stanley County School Board will honor Lutz at Monday’s board meeting.

Lutz is now eligible to be considered for the Regional Teacher of the Year.  The regional winners will move to the state competition.



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Division of Securities Office moves to new address

Thursday, March 5, 2015

There is a new Pierre location for the state Division of Securities Office.

Staff members have moved from 445 East Capital Avenue to 124 South Euclid Avenue, Suite 104. The telephone number remains the same, 773-4823. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Division employees are available to assist the public with investment complaints (including securities, franchises and business opportunities), find companies licensed to sell investments in South Dakota and get answers to investment questions.

The office is part of the Department of Labor and Regulation.



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Early Childhood Screening in Stanley County

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Stanley County’s early childhood screening and kindergarten roundup is tonight and Friday morning.

The screening is a preliminary step to identify children who may be in need of special education or education related services. The screening is for children ages birth to five years old.

Kindergarten Roundup is to determine the child’s readiness for kindergarten. It is for children who will be five years old prior to September 1, 2015

Early Childhood screening requires the child to be a resident of Stanley County. The Kindergarten Round-Up is open to any child interested in attending Stanley County. The school also will need a copy of the child’s certified birth certificate and immunization records.

Call Krista Kerns in the elementary office at 223-7445, extension 301, to set up an appointment.


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Area hospitals sign early elective delivery pledge

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Pierre’s Avera St. Mary’s Hospital is one of 16 hospitals statewide to sign pledges to reduce the number of early deliveries done for non-medical reasons.

Birthing hospitals were challenged earlier this month by South Dakota First Lady Linda Daugaard and North Dakota First Lady Betsy Dalrymple to reduce such elective deliveries. The 24 hospitals in South Dakota that do such deliveries were invited to sign the pledge.

Daugaard tells KCCR News that the goal of the program is encourage hospitals to allow the mother to carry the baby for at least 39 weeks. Daugaard says early elective deliveries for non-medical reasons deprive the baby of another few weeks of valuable growth.

Initial support by the hospitals in both Dakotas has been good, according to Daugaard.

Besides Avera St. Mary’s Hospital, other local hospitals to sign the pledge so far are Sanford Chamberlain Medical Center, Mobridge Regional Hospital and Winner Regional Healthcare Center.

The deadline for hospitals to submit pledges is March 15.



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Sales Tax numbers strong

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Pierre City Commissioners Tuesday received a good report about the city’s financial health

Business Manager Twila Hight presented the 2014 Financial Report to the commission. She says for the most part, the city’s financial categories are strong and where they should be.

One major note is the city’s sales tax revenues were up 5.4 percent compared to 2013 – meaning $3.67 million. It is also more than what the commission had budgeted for.

Hight says the sales tax revenues continue to be strong.

Such an upward trend should continue, according to Hight, because of the expected business development such as the new Menards store.

Also showing an increase was the city’s third penny sales tax – also known as the “Bed, Board and Booze” tax.  That was up 6.6 percent to almost $530,000.



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Rawlins Library holds open house starting tonight

Thursday, March 5, 2015

A year of construction and renovation is celebrated starting tonight at the Pierre Rawlins Library.

It was last April that a $1.2 million enhancement project began at the library. This weekend celebrates the end of the majority of the work.

Library Director Robin Schrupp says the work has definitely improved the building and will offer services in a more efficient way.

Project work included a 12-foot expansion to the north side of the building, new exterior windows, carpeting, a 22-foot custom-made circulation desk and an advance security system to monitor and protect library activity and materials.

Schrupp, who was on KCCR Radio Tuesday morning, says if there is one best improvement above all others, it is the windows. She says for the most part, the renovation is complete.

The expansion work was funded by a $500,000 federal Community Development Block Grant and $300,000 in donations.

Tonight begins the Open House from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. and then Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. A ribbon cutting featuring Mayor Laurie Gill is 10:30 a.m. Saturday

Tours of the library will be given as well as ongoing demonstrations of eBooks, State Library databases, Gale Courses, and Rawlins’ new Atriuum card catalog.  Refreshments will be served in the Dakota Room.

This weekend’s activities also recognize the 110th anniversary of public library service to the city of Pierre and surrounding areas.  Patrons are invited to view the photos and historical items on display throughout the library.




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Incumbents circulating petitions

Thursday, March 5, 2015

All four Pierre City Commission and Pierre School Board incumbents are now circulating petitions for re-election.

Sunday was the first day to circulate petitions for the June 2 election. Those circulating petitions are city commission incumbents Jamie Huizenga and Jim Mehlhaff.  School Board members up for re-election and who have taken out petitions are Randy Hartmann and Dennis James.

In the same election, four of the five Stanley County School Board seats are open. Because of resignations, two of the seats will have different lengths of terms.

There are two seats for three years each – currently held by Gary Johnson and Tina Titze. Shaun Leafgreen and Darla Tibbs were appointed to fill vacancies. That means one of their seats will be for two years and the other for one year.

Deadline to file petitions in all three races is March 31.



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Fort Pierre City Council candidate forum April 7

Thursday, March 5, 2015

A candidate forum is April 7 for the two Fort Pierre City Council races to be decided next month.

The forum is being hosted by the Governmental Affairs Committee of the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce.The forum, being held at the AmericInn Hotel & Suites and Conference Center in Fort Pierre, begins at 6:30 p.m.

There will be two Fort Pierre council seats decided in the April 14 election. The Ward One race is between incumbent  Kevin Gabriel and challenger Charles Claussen. The Ward Three race pits incumbent Todd Bernhard against challenger Gary Grittner.

Fort Pierre residents are invited to submit questions that can be asked at the forum.  Questions can be submitted to the chamber at 800 W. Dakota Ave, Pierre, SD 57501, faxed to 224-6485, e-mailed to or sent online at . The committee will review all questions to decide which to include the night of the forum.

People will also have a chance to submit written questions the night of the forum. The moderator will decide whether to include them in the discussion.

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Vietnam Era Veteran celebration planned

Thursday, March 5, 2015

What is thought to be the largest crowd of Vietnam-Era Veterans gathering in the Pierre-Fort Pierre area in the last decade is scheduled for later this month.

South Dakota’s State  Council of Vietnam Veterans of America is hosting the salute to those 27,000 South Dakotans who served in that war. Several small celebrations are planned for March 27-30.

But  Roland Lambert, president of the South Dakota State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America, says the major celebration, with the help of other veterans group,  is planned for March 28-29 in Pierre. He says the goal is to make the event a traditional celebration.

Organizers say there has not been this many Vietnam Veterans gathered in Pierre since the 2006 dedication of the Vietnam Memorial at Capital Lake. During that weekend, thousands of people attended. Lambert doesn’t expect that many this time, but says there should be a good contingent.

Lambert stresses that such celebrations is for all of those who served during the Vietnam Era, not just those who served in Vietnam.

Activities begin Saturday, March 28 with an Agent Orange and Toxic Chemical Town Hall meeting at 1 p.m. at the Pierre American Legion 8 Cabin. At 6 p.m. that night, Post 8 will host a celebration dinner for Vietnam-Era veterans and their families. At 7 p.m. participants will have the opportunity to attend a pre-screening of “Last Days of Vietnam,” which is a PBS American Experience Production.   

Sunday’s activities include a  “Welcome Home Breakfast” at McClellands Restaurant, north of Fort Pierre from 7 a.m.-10 a.m. At noon, participants will line up for the “Celebration Run.”   This parade, which starts at 1 p.m., will travel from McClellands in Fort Pierre to the Vietnam Memorial at Capitol Lake in Pierre.

The Remembrance Ceremony to honor all of those who serve starts at 1:30 pm at Capitol Lake.   Special guest speakers include Governor Dennis Daugaard and Larry Zimmerman, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs.      

Following the ceremony, Pierre American Legion Post 8 will host a free-will donation celebration reception from 2:30 p.m.-5 p.m.    

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Klocker’s Furniture Store coming down

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Little by little, a former Pierre furniture store is finally coming down.

Demolition is now officially underway of the former Klocker’s Furniture Store building on east Sioux Avenue, just west of Avera St. Mary’s Hospital. The hospital has owned the building for several years and used it for storage.

The tearing down of the building has been long expected. As of Thursday afternoon, the entire north wall was gone, leaving only three walls standing.

It has been long anticipated that Avera St. Mary’s will use the same space for another building or purpose. Among the short-term possibilities considered are for either green space or parking. 

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