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Stanley County School Honors President's Academic Excellence Award Recipients

Friday, May 22, 2015

Congratulations to the Stanley County School recipients of the President's Education Award for Academic Excellence. This award is given to 5th grade students who have maintained a 3.5-4.0 gpa through 4th and 5th grade.

Students receiving this award for 2014-2015 are: Taylee Stroup, Stran Scott, Vanya Kliewer, Daysen Titze, Kaden Heezen, Kamryn Schilling, Elle Holley, Evan Nordstrom, Kedrick Martin, Jordana Dog Eagle, Bailey Siedschlaw, Shaylee Tople, Cormac Dduffy and Lucas Jones-Rural Cheyenne.

The Stanley County School student body elected their new officers for the 2015-2016 school year.  Kevin Boring was selected as President; Lukas Chase-Vice President; and Colten Drageset-secretary/treasurer.  

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Fort Pierre To Host 22nd Match Of Champions Bronc Riding Event June 6th

Friday, May 22, 2015

30 of the top cowboys will be matched up against some of the best bucking stock in the upper Midwest in the Match of Champions Bronc ride the eve of Saturday, June 6, 2015 at the Stanley County Fairgrounds in Fort Pierre. Now in its 22nd year, the Match of Champions bronc riders compete for the $15,000 purse. Advanced tickets are $15, $20 at the gate and $35 for those who want reserved, padded seats.

Earlier that day at 2:00 there will be several events at the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center, located on the bluffs of Fort Pierre. There will be live interviews with the second generation of the Diamond A Cattle Company Members. The Diamond A was the largest open range cow outfit in the history of South Dakota in operation from 1902 until 1959.  Visitors can listen to live music by Singer/songwriter Daniel (Boone) Johnson of the Mystic Cowboys. 

At 3:00 four and five-year olds will compete in the stick pony races. John McBeth, infamous for his bronc riding and instructing, will be signing his book "Eight Seconds of Grace." Ranchers will be burning their brands into the timbers of the Rodeo Center. The museum will be open and free to the public.

 The western activities continue at the Stanley County Fairgrounds with a steak fry at 5:30. Tickets are available at the gate only for $15. The Match of Champions follows at 7pm. For more information: 605-494-1094 or

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Mount Rushmore To Be Featured On Rose Parade Float New Years Day

Friday, May 22, 2015

The South Dakota Department of Tourism announced Thursday that Mount Rushmore will be featured on one of the floats in the 127th Rose Parade on New Year’s Day 2016 in Pasadena, California.

Tourism spokeswoman Wanda Goodman has the details….


Goodman says this will be a first for South Dakota….


She says appearing in the parade will mean a huge amount of exposure for South Dakota….


Phoenix Decorating Company of Pasadena will build South Dakota’s float. They’ve produced more than 750 Rose Parade floats in their 33 year history.

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Game Fish & Parks To Hold Public Meeting In Pierre On East/West River Deer Season Changes

Friday, May 22, 2015

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ Commission proposals for the East and West River deer seasons contain two potential changes. We want to ensure you are aware of them and have an opportunity to provide feedback on them.

The Commission proposed the removal of the nine day antlerless season for both East and West River deer hunting seasons.

The Commission also proposed to change the season dates for Corson, Dewey and Ziebach Counties to align with the 2015 West River deer hunting season.

This information was first released on May 11 and the entire press release package can be viewed at

The Commission will finalize this proposal at their June 4-5, 2015, meeting at the Ramkota RiverCenter in Pierre. Written comments can be sent to To be part of the official public record, comments must be received by 12 p.m. on June 4. Please include your full name along with the city and state of residence. If you would like to comment in person, the public hearing will be held June 4, at 2 p.m. at the Ramkota RiverCenter in Pierre.

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Highway Patrol Out In Full Force This Holiday Weekend

Friday, May 22, 2015

Law enforcement agencies in South Dakota and Minnesota will be out in full force this weekend along Interstate 90. As a part of an operation to increase safety on the highway during the holiday weekend, South Dakota Highway Patrol Captain Alan Welsh says the roads around the interstate will also be under their radar…


Welsh says they will also be using canine units to enforce criminal drug activity as well…


The operation begins today and will extend into the early hours of tomorrow morning. Welsh says they do this every year before Memorial Day to mark the beginning of the vacation and travel seasons.

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Stanley County Burn Ban Still In Affect

Friday, May 22, 2015

Although Hughes County has lifted their burn ban, the Fort Pierre Fire department is reminding Stanley County folks, the county is still in a burn ban. While it has rained recently, bans are enacted & taken off only by the county commission and only can be done at one of their regular or special commission meetings.

There have been many phone calls to the fire department lately from folks saying they will be burning. To put it simply, our reply is that it would be in violation with ordinance, and a fine by law enforcement is possible. Also, by simply calling one county commissioner to tell them you are burning doesnt constitute the burn ban lift.

The fire department does not give nor deny permission to burn - ever. Thats not their job, nor will they take responsibility for telling you to burn.

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American Legion Poker Run To Be Held Saturday

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Pierre American Legion Riders Memorial Day Weekend Poker Run is going on Saturday. The event is open to all vehicles, not just motorcycles.

American Legion Riders’ Nick Dooley has the details of the 100 mile poker run that is taking place Saturday…


Dooley explains that the Legion riders are more than just motorcycle riders, they are family…


Dooley adds that the Poker Run allows the riders to give back to the community…


There will be a significant amount of prizes given away during the poker run. Payout is 50 percent of the total pot.

The event will be held rain or shine. 

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Former Pierre Resident To Be Awarded Governor's History Award

Friday, May 22, 2015

The South Dakota State Historical Society will present the Robinson Memorial Award, one of the Governor’s Awards for History, on Saturday, May 30, to Harold H. Schuler of Tucson, Ariz., and formerly of Pierre.

Five other individuals or groups will also receive Governor’s Awards for History for their efforts in preserving state history.

The award winners include Jean Kessloff of Rapid City, Jennifer Phillips of Aberdeen, Fraser Harrison of England, the Grant County Historical Society in Milbank and The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs.

The awards will be presented at a luncheon on Saturday, May 30, during the annual history conference of the State Historical Society in Pierre.

“Our award winners are to be commended for their efforts at preserving our state’s history,” said Gov. Dennis Daugaard. “Their work helps to keep the past alive for future generations.”

“We are pleased to give out these awards,” added Jay Vogt, director of the State Historical Society. “These are just a few of the shining examples of how people across the state and beyond are helping us in our efforts to promote, nurture and sustain South Dakota history.”

Named after former state historians Doane and Will G. Robinson, the Robinson Memorial Award is the highest award given in the field of history in South Dakota, recognizing a lifetime of outstanding and meritorious service.

Schuler has donated tireless service to the cause of preserving and promoting South Dakota history. Schuler has written several books about South Dakota history. “Fort Pierre Chouteau,” his most widely held volume, is among the collections of 87 libraries, including the British Library.

The Saturday awards luncheon is part of this year’s State Historical Society annual history conference, taking place Friday and Saturday in Pierre. This year’s theme is “Prairie to Pines: People and Their Environment in South Dakota.” Registrations are still being accepted. Call (605) 773-6000 for more information.

The State Historical Society is headquartered at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. For more information, visit or call (605) 773-3458.

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Everyone Is Welcome To Pierre's Memorial Day Service On Monday

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2038 will be hosting their annual Memorial Day Service on Monday.

Pierre American Legion Manager Ron Lebeau says music will begin at 10:30 at the Riggs High School Theater. Larry Johnson and the Capitol City Band will welcome guests starting at 10:30. The program will begin at 11.00 A.M.

Master of Ceremonies will be VFW commander Wayne Bellander. Father Michael Griffin, who is a captain in the United States Army, will be the guest speaker at the event.

Fourteen different veterans’ organizations will be represented at the event. Those leaders will be participating in the ceremonial laying of the wreaths.

The Capitol City Ban will present a few selections during the service.

Following the service, everyone is invited to join the Legion for a light lunch at the American Legion cabin served by the VFW Auxiliary.

Once again, the service begins at 11:00 on Memorial Day at the Riggs High School Theater. 

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Governor Requests That Flags To Be Flown At Half-Staff Monday

Friday, May 22, 2015

Gov. Dennis Daugaard asks that flags be flown at half-staff on the morning of Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, in observance of fallen military service members.

President Barack Obama has proclaimed Memorial Day as a Day of Prayer for Permanent Peace and has called on governors of the United States to request flags at half-staff from 8 a.m. until noon and then at full-staff from noon until sunset.

The President has designated the hour beginning at 11 a.m., local time, to unite in prayer. He also urges Americans to observe a National Moment of Remembrance beginning at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day. 

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