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Grambihler Jack O' Lantern Display Starts Saturday

Friday, October 21, 2016

Halloween is just around the corner and the annual jack-o-lantern carvings at the Grambihler residence on Grey Goose Road north of Pierre will be glowing orange again this year. This has been an annual event for many years and attracts visitors of all ages.

This year’s display will start on Saturday, October 22nd and available through Monday, October 31st; weather permitting. The Grambihlers plan to keep the lights turned on until shortly after 10:00 p.m.

To find the pumpkins, go three miles north of Pierre following Highway 1804 and then turn right on Grey Goose Road for another 4.5 miles north. You can't miss the lights once you get close. The glowing orange carvings are visible for quite a distance.

Please feel welcome to walk around for a close up view and take pictures. The Grambihler family would like everyone to be careful and watch out for other vehicles and pedestrians.

Annissa says that the pumpkin display has been getting bigger and bigger every year. It takes a lot of family and friends to get together to carve over 150 pumpkins.

Grambihler invites the entire community to share their tradition and passion for pumpkin carving. Annissa says that they are not responsible for any lost items or accidents. 

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Scare Away Hunger Food Drive Returns October 30th

Friday, October 21, 2016

The local Jolly Rustlers 4-H club will be hosting the 2nd annual scare away hunger food drive again this year for the Pierre Food Pantry.

The “hunt” will be held Sunday, October 30th from 1:30-4:30. 4-H members will be going door to door collecting food for the food pantry. 

All 4-Hers are encouraged to meet at the Pierre Area Food Pantry (next to the Boys and Girls Club) at 1:00 on Sunday, Oct. 30th. Produce can also be accepted, but if it is a large amount please contact Angela Roman, 605.295.0314.

Last year, they collected over 870 pound of food.  

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Oahe Days Committee Encouraging Residents To Complete Survey

Friday, October 21, 2016

The Oahe Days committee is inviting area resident to give feedback on the annual event that brings thousands to Pierre every summer.

Oahe Days Committee president Nicole Gordon is hoping to get feedback on how to grow and improve the Oahe Days Music and Arts Festivities. Anyone is encouraged to take a few moments to complete the survey at or find the link on

Gordon says that the committee sees things from the inside planning aspect but they are so busy the weekend of the event; they don’t really get to sit back, relax, and enjoy the festival.

Therefore, they don’t see things from the outside or spectator perspective. Gordon adds that they know people in the community have great ideas and the committee would love to hear those ideas along with what they love and don’t love about the event.

She says that if there are areas the committee can improve, they want to know. 

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Pierre Juvenile Cited After Tipping Over Vehicle Thursday Afternoon

Friday, October 21, 2016

A Pierre juvenile was cited for wreckless driving Thursday afternoon in Pierre after tipping over his vehicle at the corner of Cabot and Harrison.

Pierre Police Captain Derald Gross says that the juvenile was turning at the corner just before 3:30 PM when the individual caught the curb and it tripped the wheel, causing the vehicle to tip over on its side.

Gross says that the juvenile was wearing his seatbelt and there were no signs of impairment. He was released to his father.

He also adds that the juvenile just simply cut the corner too close. 

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Deadline To Register To Vote For Election Is Monday

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Secretary of State Shantel Krebs is encouraging South Dakotan’s to register to vote.

Krebs says the deadline to do so is 5pm on Monday. She adds that absentee voting numbers are high compared to past years.

She adds that her office is predicting between 30 and 35 percent of the ballots this year cast by absentee. Krebs urges residents to spend some time doing research before casting your ballot.

To register to vote, fill-out the voter registration form, sign it and then submit it to your County Auditor. Your Voter Registration form must be received by the County Auditor 15 days before any election if you wish to vote in that election.

Registered South Dakota voters can download the Vote 605 Mobile App to view their sample ballot and find their polling place from their smart phone. 

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Veterans Town Hall Meeting Coming To Pierre Next Week

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The VA Black Hills Health Care System and Dakotas VA Regional Office and will host a Veteran Town Hall meeting later this month.

On Friday, October 28th at 1:00 PM at the American Legion Post 8 on South Pierre Street, veterans, family members, survivors, and the public are invited to provide feedback on ways to improve VA operations and recommendations for VA program and services.

The meetings are intended to provide an open forum for VA to hear directly from beneficiaries to continue our system-wide improvements for Veteran care. 

Staff will be available to respond on a range of issues including the Veterans Choice Program and Mental Health services in VA. Immediately before the town hall is a Benefits Claims Clinic from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. During the Claims Clinic, VA representatives will be present to receive your claims for compensation benefits. VA will have secure electronic access to your benefit records and can answer your questions on your compensation claim. 

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Take Back Event Is Saturday

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Saturday is national “Take Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs Day,” and several communities will be taking part.

In Pierre, the police department will team up with the Drug Enforcement Administration to host its sixth annual event.

Central South Dakota residents can bring in your unwanted prescription drugs to the Pierre City Hall between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Last April, Americans turned in over 893,000 pounds of prescription drugs at almost 5,400 sites. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.

The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked.

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Mobridge Woman Arrested In Pierre After Stealing Vehicle

Thursday, October 20, 2016

A Mobridge woman was arrested in Pierre shortly before 2:00 am Thursday morning after stealing a vehicle in Mobridge.  

24 year old Kaitlyn Goodlow stole a 2000 Chrysler Town and Country and the Pierre Police Department received a report that she may be headed to Pierre. 

Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says that the vehicle was located in a parking lot in the 300 block of West Sioux Ave. Goodlow was arrested for possession of stolen property and transported to the Hughes Co. Jail.  

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Dyslexia Work Group Wraps Up Study In Pierre

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The South Dakota Department of Education summer workgroup studying dyslexia has been meeting in Pierre periodically over the summer, and held their final meeting of the workgroup on Wednesday.

The committee was set up by the state legislature earlier this year after a bill calling for the recognition and special instruction of dyslexic students in the state’s public schools failed in a Senate committee and deferred to the workgroup.

South Dakota Representative Lynne DiSanto of Rapid City sits on the workgroup, and says they have come up with a five year plan…

(Dyslexia 1)

DiSanto says she will be introducing legislation for the next session to expedite the five year plan…

(Dyslexia 2)

She adds that simply, the state needs to do a better job helping these students with dyslexia…

(Dyslexia 3)

DiSanto says as a parent, she has been hearing multiple stories from concerned parents of dyslexic students.

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Emergency Disaster Declaration Issued For Jackson County

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed an emergency disaster declaration for Jackson County, in response to damage caused by the 41,000-acre Cottonwood wildfire.

Under the disaster declaration, the state of South Dakota will cover 90 percent of non-federal fire apparatus fuel costs, all aircraft expenses and South Dakota Wildland Fire’s suppression expenses.

Gov. Daugaard flew over the affected area on Tuesday, and saw firsthand the damage it has caused.

The Cottonwood fire broke out on Sunday afternoon and burned over 41,000 acres of private property, national grasslands and state land. According to South Dakota Wildland Fire officials, the fire is now 100 percent contained.

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture partners with the USDA Farm Service Agency in administering a program to connect producers in need of hay with those that would like to donate hay removed from acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program.

Due to the severe losses incurred by area producers, SDDA is extending the deadline for CRP donated hay application to those producers affected by the Cottonwood fire. Producers interested in receiving donated hay can find the application on SDDA’s homepage, 

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