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   From the desk of News Director Kevin Larsen

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Cowan Awarded "Hometown Hero" At Stirling Ranch Rodeo

Monday, September 26, 2016

Hundreds of local community members attended the annual Stirling Family Ranch Rodeo Saturday in Fort Pierre.

The annual event began as a memorial to late Highmore rancher Dick Stirling, who died in 1997 of cancer. All money raised goes to those battling cancer in our community.

A main highlight for attendees is recognizing the “Hometown Hero.” The award is given out to someone who goes above any beyond for the community.

This year “Hometown Hero” was Willie Cowan. Cowan, who has never met a stranger, has spent his life involved in the rodeo and cattle business.

Cowan’s accomplishments out of the arena helping youth over the years far outshine his own wins.

Cowan, along with his wife Loretta and a small group of local members, started the 4H Finals Rodeo 45 years ago. The 4H Rodeo program in SD is one of only two programs in the Nation and SD has over 1,500 kids competing and had nearly 550 contestants at the 2016 Finals. Cowan started as a field man at Ft. Pierre Livestock over 30 years ago and ran the crew out back for the majority of that time.  Cowan was there to lend a hand to the area youth by “putting them to work if they were willing”. 

Over the years, Cowan has been incredibly supportive and encouraging to the Stirling family in their endeavors for the Stirling Family Memorial Ranch Rodeo. In addition, he has participated and helped at many of the events and most recently has been sharing his beautiful wagon and horses for the Grand Entry and Memorial Walk and Ride. 

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Stanley County Students Raising Funds For Athletic Director Battling Cancer

Monday, September 26, 2016

Former Lady Buffalo and Stanley County Athletic Director Sierra Moeller is battling breast cancer, and the Stanley county Student body is coming together to help her with her battle.

T-shirts are currently being sold to benefit Moeller. Stanley County Coaches Association President John Latham is organizing the T-Shirt sales, and says this is a great way for the students to help Moeller.

T-shirt cost is $10 with $5 from each sale going to Sierra.  Sizes are adult S-4XL.  Please contact Mr. Latham at the high school by calling 223-7745 or student council members Damon Hoftiezer, Carson Wyly, or Andi Drageset to order your t-shirt. 


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Major Progress Made To New Stanley County Wrestling Room

Monday, September 26, 2016

The efforts of a local group of Stanley County wrestling fans and supporters are being shown off as a long-awaited high-school wrestling facility is currently being constructed in Fort Pierre.

The Stanley County Wrestling Facility Organization, comprised of business people, fans, head coach John Latham and parents of present and former wrestlers, has signed a lease on a parcel of school property behind the elementary school that would be turned back to the school once the facility is completed.

According to Latham, major progress was made to the facility over the weekend…

(Wrestling Room 1)

He adds that no school funds are being utilized for the building…

(Wrestling Room 2)

The facility will have a wrestling and workout area that could accommodate two full floor mats plus locker, training and utility rooms, a unisex bathroom and a small coach’s room. The facility would also serve the Stanley County Youth Wrestling club and benefit close to 100 wrestlers per season.

All donations will be channeled through the South Dakota Community Foundation and are tax deductible. For donation information, contact Latham at the high school.

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Harrold Woman Arrested For Stealing Electric Wheelchair

Monday, September 26, 2016

A rural Harrold woman was arrested over the weekend after stealing a electric wheelchair.

On Saturday at approximately 12 noon, officers with the Pierre Police Department were made aware of individuals that were intoxicated and riding in a wheel chair. 

Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says the 33 year old Carla Howe was in possession of the electric wheel chair. Officers made contact with the actual owner of the wheel chair and he said that the wheelchair was in fact stolen.  The chair is valued at over $1,000. The wheelchair was stolen from the 200 block of N. Euclid.  We came across Howe near the intersection of Central and Missouri.  

Howe was arrested for Grand Theft over 1,000 dollars and Possession of Stolen Property. She was transported to the Hughes County Jail for booking. 

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Onida Red Cross Volunteer Dispatched To Iowa

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Long time Onida Red Cross Volunteer Nancy McKenney has been dispatched again.

McKenney has been activated to respond to expected flooding in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  She will be helping with shelter set up for the evacuation that has been ordered for areas affected for potential 28 foot flooding of the Cedar River.  Evacuation must be done by 8 PM Sunday. 

McKenny left on Saturday. 

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Aberdeen Man Convicted Of Murder Asks For New Trial

Sunday, September 25, 2016

(AP)-An attorney for an Aberdeen man convicted in the stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend says his client deserves a new trial.
A Hughes County jury last month found 34-year-old John Hemminger guilty of premeditated murder in the January 2015 death of 26-year-old Jessica Goebel of Aberdeen. Hemminger was sentenced to life in prison.
Defense attorneys believe prosecutor Chris White made an inappropriate statement when he told the jury that Hemminger's team could have presented more than 49 of the 500 text messages between the two as evidence.
Hemminger's attorneys say the comment shifted the burden of proof from the prosecution to the defense and they could not respond because it came during the final argument in the case.
Prosecutors have not filed their response.

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Hundreds Attend Vietnam War Memorial Rededication

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Hundreds of Vietnam veterans returned to Pierre Saturday to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Vietnam Veteran War Memorial Dedication and to rededicate the memorial.

Pierre Veteran Joe Gerlach organized the event, and it started with a motorcycle parade through Fort Pierre and Pierre, the ceremony, any many other events.

South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds was governor 10 years ago at the dedication ceremony and spoke from the same spot again Saturday. He told the veterans and supporters in attendance that the most important words that were said 10 year ago were “welcome home”…

(Vietnam Rededication 1)

Rounds adds that the Vietnam War Memorial means much more than just a piece of granite…

(Vietnam Rededication 2)

South Dakota Secretary of Veteran Affairs Larry Zimmerman was another featured speaker, and says that Vietnam Vets hold a special place in all South Dakotans hearts…

(Vietnam Rededication 3)

Ten years ago this month, 32,000 people gathered around Capital Lake in Pierre to witness the original dedication of the Vietnam War Memorial. Thousands of veterans experienced the rare opportunity that weekend to bond with others who have shared the same experiences and for many, the same nightmares and rejections. Hundreds did the same Saturday. 

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Pierre Woman Arrested On Burglary, Forgery Charges

Saturday, September 24, 2016

A Pierre woman has been arrested on burglary and forgery related charges.

According to Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster, on Tuesday officers were dispatched to a burglary report at 7:24 AM in the 2400 block of Flag Mountain Drive. The report was that someone entered an unlocked apartment and stole a purse.  The purse was later located but some cash and checks were taken. 

Blemaster adds that they conducted an investigation and developed a suspect by the name of 19 year old Mechiya English Pretty Weasel. On Thursday, they were dispatched at 2:34 PM to the 700 block of East Dakota on an unrelated call. They did locate English Pretty Weasel and she was arrested for Theft, Burglary in the First Degree, and Forgery.  She allegedly forged two checks valued at approximately $800 total. 

She was booked at the Hughes County Jail where she is currently being held.

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Annual South Dakota Gathering To Be Held Next Week

Friday, September 23, 2016

People with disabilities, family members, case managers, direct support professionals, educators and other professionals in the field of human services will be in attendance at the 7th annual South Dakota Gathering next week in Oacoma.

The gathering will be held at the Cedar Shore Resort on Tuesday afternoon and will continue all day Wednesday.

The gathering offers opportunities to learn more about Person Centered Practices and is hosted by the South Dakota Person Centered Practices community of practice and supported by the Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities.

The South Dakota Gathering started in 2010 to enhance learning in statewide person centered efforts and has since branched out to include self-advocates and family members to promote self-direction in planning for their supports.

For more information, contact Julie Hand at 605-773-3348 or at

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Oahe Habitat For Humanity Completes 2016 Home Build

Friday, September 23, 2016

The local Oahe Habitat for Humanity Chapter has finished building their home in 2016, the first since the 2011 flood.

The home is located at 106 E Scotty Philip Ave, four blocks south of the Bad River Bridge in Fort Pierre.

Oahe Habitat for Humanity Board member Don Zeller says volunteers have been working on the home and attached garage all summer. In order to apply to live in a Habitat for Humanity Home, there is a long, complicated criterion that they need to meet. Zeller says the family that will be living in the home is a single mother with two young children.

The Oahe Habitat for Humanity will be hosting an open house and a blessing of the new home on Monday evening at 6 p.m. All are welcome to the event.

Zeller adds that Oahe Habitat for Humanity is “alive and well” in the community and they will always be looking for volunteers in the future. 

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