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Pierre Man Says He Would Not Be Here Today If It Wasn't For Someone Donating Blood

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The importance of donating blood was evident in Fort Pierre Tuesday afternoon.

Brad Maskovich, who has been donating blood since he was old enough to do so, recently got to see for himself how bad the need for blood in central South Dakota is.

Maskovich says recently he received news that nobody wants to hear: you have cancer…

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Maskovich had to have surgery to remove his right kidney due to the cancer. He is proud to say that he is cancer free, but the doctors won’t give the “cancer free” status for a few years.

Maskovich adds that if it was not for the help of strangers that donated blood when he was in surgery, he says he would not be with us today…

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Maskovich donated blood himself at a United Blood Services blood drive for the first time since having cancer on Tuesday.

United Blood Services spokeswoman Abbie Titze says that donating blood is all about helping somebody, and Brad’s story speaks for itself…

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Titze adds that central South Dakota needs more people like Brad, who donate every time they are eligible. 

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Several New Laws In South Dakota Go Into Affect Today

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Several new laws that were passed by the South Dakota legislature earlier this year go into effect today.

District 24 Representative Tim Rounds says one of those laws that will be changed has been in the works for about 20 years. Rounds says this law will allow wine to be shipped to your doorstep…

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Rounds says that another law that goes into effect today is that you have to be 18 in order to get a commercial driver’s license…

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Rounds adds that residents who have had damage to their vehicles will notice that the damage disclosure law is essentially eliminated…

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Rounds adds that in the light of the recent storm that came though Pierre, that is a huge piece of legislation that will benefit those that have had hail damage or tree damage to your cars.

Those are just a few of the many bills that were passed earlier this year that will go into effect today.

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North Dakota Man Killed In Tragic Accident Near Harrold

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A North Dakota man was killed early Monday evening at an asphalt production plant in rural Sully County.

66 year old Jerold “Jerry” Walth of Wishek North Dakota was performing maintenance on equipment at the asphalt plant when he was consumed by a slat conveyor at 7:20 P.M. The accident occurred at a plant located about seven miles northwest of Harrold.

Sully County Sherriff Bill Stahl says Walth was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Harrold Fire Department, the Onida Fire Department, and the Onida Ambulance assisted the Sully County Sheriff’s office.   

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Sobriety Checkpoints Planned In Hughes County

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Sobriety checkpoints will be conducted by the South Dakota Highway Patrol in 17 counties during July, including Hughes County.


The monthly checkpoints are done as a way to discourage people from drinking and driving.


July checkpoints will be done in the counties of Beadle, Brookings, Butte, Clay, Codington, Day, Davison, Gregory, Hughes, Kingsbury, Lawrence, Lincoln, Meade, Minnehaha, Pennington, Roberts and Walworth.


During June, the Highway Patrol scheduled DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols in all 66 South Dakota counties.

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South Dakota Participating In "See Something, Say Something" Campaign

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

As part of a national anti-terrorism effort, South Dakotans are being encouraged to become involved in protecting their community by reporting suspicious activity.

South Dakota’s Homeland Security Office is taking part in the national “See Something, Say Something” campaign. It was originally implemented by the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority and licensed to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a nationwide campaign. South Dakota Homeland Security Director Steve Pluta says the effort is designed to ask for the public’s help. 

“Suspicious activity can be any observed behavior that could possibly indicate terrorism or terrorism related crime,” he says.  “If it is a life threatening emergency, crime in progress, or a rapidly evolving public safety issue, we still want people to call 911.” 

The South Dakota effort will include social media, posters, public service announcements and other components. Pluta says citizens reporting suspicious activity should note who or what they saw, when they saw it, where it occurred, and why it is suspicious. 

“If people see something that may not look right, please call authorities,” he says. “Maybe how someone is taking photos of government buildings or public infrastructure sites like dams or arenas looks odd. Maybe someone seems to be measuring distances to buildings when there is no need to do that.  Maybe it’s repeated or prolonged observation of a particular building.  If someone sees something out of the ordinary, they should call law enforcement.” 

To alert authorities of any suspicious behavior, call 844-373-7233. Officials say the tip line is not a substitute for 911. Citizens should still call 911 for emergencies. 

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Senate Bill 69 Is Going To South Dakota Voters

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Petitions were delivered to the Secretary of State's office Monday to refer Senate Bill (SB) 69, “An Act to revise certain provisions regarding elections and election petitions” and Senate Bill 177, "An Act to establish a youth minimum wage." to the voters of South Dakota.

All new laws passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor will go into effect July 1, 2015 unless the threshold of 13,871 petition signatures from South Dakota voters is met for each bill in question.

If the signatures are approved, SB 69 and/or SB 177 will be referred to the vote of the people in the November 2016 general election.

Referendum petitions for Senate Bill 69, “An Act to revise certain provisions regarding elections and election petitions” have been validated and filed with the SD Secretary of State's office.

This referendum petition will be Referred Law 19.

“Having a group of South Dakotans take a strong interest in our lawmaking process is healthy and positive for our state. The best government comes from an active and informed citizenry,” said Secretary of State Shantel Krebs

The petition sponsor for SB 69 and SB 177 is Aberdeen resident Corey Allen Heidelberger.

SB 69 and SB 177 were signed into law during the 2015 legislative session.

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Board Reverses Decision On Renaming Harney Peak

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A South Dakota board has reversed itself and recommended that Harney Peak not be renamed even though some American Indians may find it offensive.

The Board on Geographic Names earlier recommended that Harney Peak, in the Black Hills National Forest, have its name changed to "Hinhan Kaga (Making of Owls)."

Board members say there was no public consensus on a new name. At least two members of Gov. Dennis Daugaard's cabinet had opposed the proposed name change.

The state board's recommendation now goes to a federal board.

Harney Peak was named for Arm Gen. William S. Harney, who in 1855 led soldiers who killed Sioux Indians in Nebraska.

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Pierre City Commission Meets Tonight

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Pierre City Commission is back in action tonight.

The commission will present a Storm Damage Update.

The commission will award a bid for the Airport Apron Project.

In other business, the commission will take action on the Airport Improvement Program 2015 Grant Application.

They will discuss the Go Green and Clean Business Recognition Program and the upcoming Lake Sharpe Clean-Up.

Travel Reimbursement Personnel Policy Changes will come before the commission tonight and there will be another change order on the lower Pierre Street construction project.

The meeting begins at 5:30 P.M. in city hall and it is open to the community. 

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Leave Your Fireworks At Home If You Are Going To A State Park This Weekend

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The upcoming Fourth of July holiday is a busy time in South Dakota's state parks and recreation areas. The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks is asking state park visitors to leave fireworks at home.

According to Doug Hofer, state parks director, campgrounds are traditionally busy with campers and other visitors enjoying the parks during this time period.

“Combining fireworks and large numbers of people creates a dangerous situation,” said Hofer. “We appreciate it when visitors do their part to help keep the parks safe and fun.”

Discharging fireworks is prohibited on all lands owned or leased by GFP. The ban includes state parks, recreation areas, lakeside use areas, game production areas and nature areas. Discharging fireworks is also illegal within the boundaries of the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District, national forests and national parks in South Dakota.

For more information on the South Dakota State Parks, visit or call 605-773-3391.

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Cen-Kota Republican Women Meet Wednesday

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Cen-Kota Republican Women will be hosting their monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 1st from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at Perkins Restaurant in Fort Pierre. Cen-Kota will hear from District 24 legislators Senator Jeff Monroe, Representative Tim Rounds and Representative Mary Duvall regarding new laws taking effect on July 1 and a general discussion about the 2015 legislative session.

All are invited to attend. Please contact Cen-Kota President Kelsey Webb at 605-210-3342 for more information.

Cen-Kota Republican Women is a local unit club of the South Dakota Federation of Republican Women and the National Federation of Republican Women.

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