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Perkins Breyfogle Family Benefit Happening Today

Thursday, October 8, 2015

There will be a Perkins fundraiser for the Breyfogle twins tonight at the Perkins restaurant in Fort Pierre.


Aaron and Abby Breyfogle's twin girls have been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and are currently in their second round of chemotherapy. Please join the community at Perkins this evening starting at 4:00 p.m.

All tips and a portion of the night's proceeds will go to the Breyfogle family. Please come out and make supper plans at Perkins tonight.

An account has been set up for the Breyfogles at First National Bank in Pierre.

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Governor's Office Accepting Internships In Pierre

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for two spring 2016 Governor’s Office internships in Pierre. The positions will be paid and run from early January through May 2016.

Governor’s Office interns have the opportunity to work at the highest level of state government. During the legislative session, interns will work closely with Governor’s Office policy staff members on the administration’s legislative priorities.

Interns’ duties will depend on interests and strengths. Typical duties will include aiding the Governor’s general counsel, conducting policy research, preparing policy briefings and staffing the Governor, Lt. Governor and First Lady.

The positions are open to all undergraduate or graduate-level students. Preference will be given to South Dakota residents attending South Dakota colleges or universities.

Students who are interested in receiving credit should also apply. The Governor’s staff is open to working with individual universities and professors to secure credit for the internship program.

Interested students should submit a resume, cover letter and two letters of recommendation by Nov. 1, via email, to

For more information on duties or logistics, please visit or contact Patrick Weber at or 605-773-5999.

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Chili Feed Fundraiser Friday To Benefit Local Teens In Need

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Before you take in the Pierre and Aberdeen Central football game in Pierre Friday night, please consider partaking in a chili feed fundraiser for “Teens in Need”

A free will donation chili feed will occur from 6:00 P.M. until half time at the Governor/Golden Eagle game. All donations will be going to support local high school students in need at Riggs and Stanley County High Schools.

The chili feed is sponsored by Avera St. Mary’s Foundation, and Communications Coordinator Amanda Bacon invites everyone to help our local “teens in need”…

(Chili Feed 1)

Avera St. Mary’s Vice President of Missions Karen Gallagher has been spearheading the new “teens in need” fundraising drive, and says the meal will include more than just chili…

(Chili Feed 2)

Gallagher adds that“Teens In Need” is a new program spearheaded by the Avera St. Mary’s Foundation. She says that the community just was made aware of the need for basic items that teenagers need…

(Chili Feed 3)

Gallagher adds that there are many students in the high schools that don’t even have the 40 cents to pay for a reduced fee lunch. All the funds raised Friday will go directly to the high school counselors to assist students with basic needs that most take for granted. 

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BIA Changing Their Ways When Distributing Money To Lower Brule Tribe

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Bureau of Indian Affairs plans to change the way it sends money to South Dakota’s Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, amid allegations of financial mismanagement by the tribe in recent years.  

The BIA plans to distribute money for social services and other programs on a monthly basis, rather than in a lump sum on Oct. 1 as is typically done.  Federal auditors are examining nearly $20 million in grants to the tribe in response to a human rights organization’s report this year alleging financial mismanagement in the tribal government. Interior Department officials have said the audits are meant to make sure the money is being spent and handled correctly, and are not criminal inquiries. 

Now-deceased Chairman Michael Jandreau denied any wrongdoing by the tribe.

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Wakpa Sica Site Not A Top Priority For Newly Elected Chairman

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Since the announcement that the Lower Brule Sioux Tribal Council elected Lewis Grass Rope as their new chairman, many tribal members have questioned the legality and transparency of the way he was elected.

On Sept. 10th the Lower Brule Sioux Tribal Council, convened a special session of the Tribal Council to fill the vacant chairman's seat left open by the passing of the late Michael B. Jandreau.

The council recognized and reaffirmed by a vote of 3 to 0, that Lewis Grass Rope was elected as the tribal member to fill the vacant chairmen’s seat. Grass Rope was officially sworn in as Chairman of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe by Traditional Chief and Rapid City based attorney Steven C. Emery.

Amidst the controversy and questions surrounding the way he was elected, all indicators claim that Grass Rope is in fact the new tribal chairman.

Now that the tribe has a new chairman, many are wondering if the Wakpa Sica Reconciliation Place in northern Fort Pierre along Highway 1806 will get the attention it needs. According to the tribal constitution, the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe has ultimate authority over the site.

Grass Rope says the turmoil on the tribe needs to cease before he can worry about the Wakpa Sica site…

(Grass Rope 1)

However, Grass Rope adds, that something needs to be done with the site sooner than later…

(Grass Rope 2)

Until funds dried up, the facility was intended to serve as a “tribal gathering place” to house the Sioux Nation Judicial Support Center and the Sioux National Economic Development Council. It was also intended as a site to display and interpret tribal history, culture and art.

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Former Governor Miller Laid To Rest Wednesday

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Since his death on Sept. 28th just a week short of his 90th birthday, former Gov. Walter Dale Miller has been remembered by almost every South Dakotan and praised for his long service to South Dakota.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard, U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds and other noted politicians took to the state capitol for the first farewell ceremony for Miller on Monday. However, final farewells to the West River cowboy closer to home Wednesday, back in western South Dakota not far from where Miller grew up on the family ranch in Meade County north of New Underwood.

Family, friends and a few noted politicians gathered at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Rapid City for Miller's funeral service. It was a celebration of a long life that made a difference, to Miller’s family and his state.

Family members sang, spoke and wept without reservation, as they bid farewell to a patriarch who taught fundamental lessons in life.

Miller’s work ethic was showcased in Pierre, where he had a 20-year legislative career and became the only person in history to hold every leadership position – from majority leader for the Republicans to Speaker of the House and President of the Senate.

Governor Dennis Daugaard, who attended both the Capitol memorial service and the funeral service in Rapid City, said Miller was the perfect man at the perfect time.

Miller would serve less than two years as governor, facing challenges ranging from a prison riot to flooding to the sudden need for a special legislative session and painful budget cuts. He lost a Republican primary race in 1994 to former Gov. Bill Janklow.

Miller was a strong, West River conservative, but he was willing to cooperate and form friendships with politicians on the other side of the aisle, particularly when it meant passing important legislation.

Miller was buried Wednesday near the Viewfield cemetery not far from his home ranch.

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Rounds Signs On To VETS Act

Thursday, October 8, 2015

South Dakota U.S. Senator Mike Rounds a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, today signed on as an original cosponsor to the bipartisan Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2015 (VETS Act). This bill would allow Department of Veterans Affairs health professionals to provide telemedicine services across state lines if they are qualified and practice within the scope of their authorized federal duties.

“The VA’s telehealth program allows our veterans to receive quality care from the comfort of their home and make fewer trips to the doctor’s office and reduces overall health care costs,” said Rounds. “Our legislation will expand the VA telehealth program by allowing it to cross state lines. This is especially important to large, rural states like South Dakota, whose veterans may live hundreds of miles from the closest VA facility.”

Currently, the VA can only waive state license requirements if both the patient and provider are located in a federally owned facility. However, if the veteran and provider are located in the same state, the VA performs many at-home telehealth care appointments. This requires veterans in rural locations seeking telehealth treatment across state lines to travel to a federal facility, just to use a camera or a phone. This unnecessary barrier to care increases VA costs and needlessly inconveniences veterans who are seeking the care they deserve.

This legislation also makes sure Congress can oversee the VA’s telehealth program by requiring the VA to measure the program’s effectiveness.

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Obama Nominates Seiler As South Dakota's US Attorney

Thursday, October 8, 2015
President Barack Obama has nominated Randolph Seiler of Fort Pierre to be South Dakota's U.S. Attorney.

Seiler has been the acting U.S. attorney in the state since March, when then-U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson stepped down for a job in private practice. The U.S. Senate must confirm Seiler's appointment.

Obama nominated six U.S. attorneys Thursday. He says they have distinguished themselves as some of the best and brightest their profession has to offer.

Seiler has worked at the federal office since 1995. He was a violent crime prosecutor until 2009, when he was named first assistant U.S. attorney.

He also serves as a member of the Fort Pierre city council.

Seiler worked in private practice in Mobridge before becoming a prosecutor. He graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Law.

When it comes down to it, the only thing that actually may change is that Seiler can drop the word "acting" from his official title. 

His nomination will now head to the Senate for confirmation.

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SD State Fair Exceeds Expectations

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Attendance at the 2015 South Dakota State Fair exceeded organizer expectations and showed a slight increase over 2014.This year 210,893 people came to the fair, just over 400 more than last year.

“We knew that last year’s numbers were phenomenal so our goal this year was to keep pace with those numbers and we have clearly done that as our attendance figure was up slightly,” commented Peggy Besch, SD State Fair director. “With this being my first fair as manager, I am so pleased with the outcome of the State Fair. It’s fun and truly an honor to be part of something that has such a long history and tradition in the State of South Dakota.”

Revenue projections also reflect positive growth. “Our preliminary revenue projections indicate a six percent increase over last year,” added Besch. “Some of that is due to an increase in our gate admission fee, but other key performance indicators such as sponsorships, concessions, vendor sales and carnival revenues also reflect an increase.”

The SD State Fair hosted 1,811 campers this year, an increase of one percent over 2014. GoldStar Amusements also experienced a record year with a five percent increase in revenue. Saturday and Sunday are the two busiest days of the fair, with both days breaking last year’s attendance comparatively.

The 2016 SD State Fair is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 1 through Monday, Sept. 5. 

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CAC/Pierre Schools Teaming Up For Bullying Awareness Event Next Week

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Capital Area Counseling Service Board of Directors and Central South Dakota Teen Court are partnering with Pierre Public Schools to spread the message to prevent bullying and to draw awareness to the public about the issue. It is not just an education or health problem; it requires a community solution. We are committed to working together to help our schools and families address bullying as a preventable issue.

“The CACS Board of Directors’ vision is to promote the well-being of our citizens and communities; bullying is an issue that we are addressing and we are pleased to have support of the local schools, organizations and leaders,” Lindsey Riter-Rapp, CACS Board of Directors.

Each year CACS has provided schools and the community with pledges to sign that state they will not participate in bullying behavior and will stand up for others that become victim to bullying. The “Take a Stand, Lend a Hand” pledges are available at This could be a group photo with pledges, solo photo or hang them all on a wall to show your support for the anti-bullying movement.

This will be the 3rd annual Bullying Prevention Rally and CACS heard the community and school administrators’ request to get this information to the 6th grade students.

This year’s event will be held during school hours for the 6th grade class at the middle school, and parents are welcome to attend. There will be presentations by the Central South Dakota Teen Court, the TF Riggs Governor to Governor Program and motivational speeches by Lisa Blake and Torry Zeller. The community is also encouraged to wear blue on Wednesday, October 14th to raise awareness.

Riter-Rapp will be a guest on the KCCR morning show shortly after 700 on Tuesday the 13th

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