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Avera Breaks Ground On Helmsley Center

Monday, April 24, 2017


Avera St. Mary’s Hospital broke ground on the new Helmsley Center Friday morning.

This project will bring the full scope of cancer care to central South Dakota, as Avera St. Mary’s will be home to Avera’s sixth regional Avera Cancer Institute location. The building project is expected to be completed in the late fall of 2018.

Mikel Holland, President and Chief Medical Officer at Avera St. Mary’s says Friday is just the start of great things to come in Central South Dakota…

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The three-story, 57,000 square-foot building will connect to the existing hospital with a shared wall and the existing clinic via a link.

Holland adds that this center will change the way cancer care is delivered in central South Dakota…

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There has already, previous to Friday, been some sight preparation and fencing put up at the site of future home of the Helmsley Center. Holland adds construction crews are “ready to go to work now.”

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It's Severe Weather Awareness Week

Monday, April 24, 2017

South Dakotans are being urged to start preparing now for the inevitable severe weather that will occur this spring and summer in South Dakota.

This week has been designated as Severe Weather Awareness Week in South Dakota. Officials say this is a good time to start thinking about what to do when severe thunderstorms or tornadoes impact the state.

State and local officials will spend the week encouraging people to start making preparations now. Several counties throughout the week are holding severe weather preparedness meetings for their weather spotters and the public.

A statewide tornado drill will be held Wednesday. The test watch is scheduled for 10 a.m. CDT with the warning issued at 10:15 a.m.

In most communities on Wednesday, severe weather sirens will be sounded. People are reminded that it is only a test unless otherwise announced.

Hughes and Stanley County Emergency Manager Rob Fines will be a guest on the KCCR morning show Tuesday morning just after 7am to discuss more about severe weather awareness week. 

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Man To Be Arraigned After Eluding Sully County Officers

Monday, April 24, 2017

An Eagle Butte man will be arraigned on charges in Sully County Court today after eluding a Sully County Deputy on last Friday April 14th.

According to Sully County Sheriff Bill Stahl, 41 year old Thomas Olan Morgan was charged with DUI, Aggravated Assault on Law Enforcement, Aggravated Eluding, Intentional Damage to Property, Reckless Driving, No Driver’s License, Speeding and Seatbelt Violations.

He says Morgan was stopped by law enforcement on US Highway 83 north of Onida on Friday the 14th when during the course of the Sully County deputy’s investigation, Morgan ran from the deputy’s vehicle back to his vehicle he was previously driving and then sped away in an attempt to elude the officer. Morgan led several law enforcement agencies on a high speed chase for several miles before getting the vehicle stuck in a field west of Agar.

Agencies involved in the chase were the Sully County Sheriff’s Office, Potter County Sheriff’s Office, Gettysburg Police Department and South Dakota Highway Patrol.

Morgan is currently being held at the Hughes County Jail on a $5,000 bond.

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Downtown Pierre Barbershop Changing Owners

Monday, April 24, 2017

A longtime downtown Pierre barbershop is changing ownership.

Kelli Allison has purchased Scott's Barbershop from Scott Rank and is officially taking over ownership on May 1st. She says all this week; they will be closed for a complete remodel. Once they reopen next week if all goes well this week, the business will look completely different on the inside.

The barbershop has changed names over the years, but has been in operation in downtown Pierre since 1965. Allison will be the first ever female owner and once opened, it will be named “The Gentleman’s Barber Shop.”

In addition to haircuts, the business will offer waxing, and a various line of shampoos. Hours will be Monday through Friday from 8-5 and Saturday from 7-11am. 

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Downtown Pierre Coffee Shop Opening Next Week

Monday, April 24, 2017

Since an early September of 2015 fire damaged a lower Pierre Street business, the Pierre 347 Coffee Shop and Bakery has been closed. The closure of that business will change next week.

The owners of the Alley Exchange next door have purchase the building, and have completely remodeled the former Pierre 347 business. The new name of the coffee shop will be “The Exchange.” The Exchange will officially open on Thursday May 4th. They are having a grand opening event from 4 to 7pm.

Alley Exchange Manager Abby Morley will be the manager of the new business as well. She says the customer’s downtown felt that a coffee shop was critical for lower Pierre Street…

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The business has been totally remodeled from top to bottom. The new business will offer the same traditional foods as the old business did according to Morley…

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Morley adds that they will have a door that allows customers to go between The Exchange and The Alley Exchange.

Morley will be the manager and co-owner of “The Exchange.” Glennis Zarecky will be the other co-owner. 

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Onida Teen To Take "Trip Of A Lifetime"

Monday, April 24, 2017

Every June, as many as 1,500 high school students from across the country spend a week in the nation’s capital as part of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. The students are sponsored by local electric cooperatives – cooperatives that are committed to educating America's rural youth about America and the role electric cooperatives play in developing strong rural communities.

Participating in the Youth Tour is a way to learn about this nation, develop leadership skills, gain a better understanding of electric cooperatives, and make friendships that will last beyond the week. Thirty-seven students, including one from Onida, will go on the all-expenses paid trip this summer.

Oahe Electric is sending one high school student to Washington DC this year-Hannah Weinheimer of Onida.

Weinheimer is a senior at Agar/Blunt/Onida. She has been active in track, cross country, FCCLA, cheerleading, and yearbook. She was a legislative page for Senator Jeff Monroe this past session. She is the daughter of Jeff and Tomi Kay Weinheimer. 

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Pierre Woman Charged With Embezzling From Church

Friday, April 21, 2017

A Pierre woman who was sentenced to six years of probation for embezzling more than $34,000 from a Fort Pierre economic development group back in May of 2015 has been indicted on additional grand theft charges.

60-year-old Joni Boub of Pierre was recently indicted by a Hughes County Grand Jury for Grand Theft and Forgery.

Court documents charge Boub with one count in grand theft, alleging that she embezzled $60,166 dollars from the Dakota Association of the United Church of Christ between June 15th of 2015 and July 22nd of 2016. The Forgery charge states that on July 22nd of 2016, she altered a written check belonging to the church.  

Boub was charged in January of 2015 for writing more than 40 forged checks while she worked as the office manager of the Fort Pierre Development Corporation. Boub was ordered in 2015 to pay court costs and restitution to the development group. She was given a 10 year suspended sentence at the time.

Due to the prior conviction, Hughes County States Attorney Wendy Kloeppner filed a part II Habitual offender information which would increase her felony charges by one class each if convicted.  

Boub will be arraigned on the recent charges May 23rd in the Hughes County Courtroom. She is currently in custody on a 10,000 dollar cash bond. 

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Go Green And Clean Kicks Off In Pierre

Friday, April 21, 2017

Pierre’s citywide spring clean-up started Thursday.

Students from the Pierre Indian Learning Center and representatives from the railroad picked up trash along the railroad tracks throughout town yesterday.

Today, representatives from several state government agencies and students from Georgia Morse Middle School will join forces to clear litter and debris from the gulch, as well as Fourth Street and East Airport Road. Their efforts are all part of Pierre’s annual Go Green and Clean campaign.

Pierre Parks and Recreation Director Tom Farnsworth says that this year’s program is stronger than ever. Farnsworth also encourages Pierre residents to clean up their own yards as well.

The campaign is a civic pride effort designed to get the city shined up for the summer season. Each year for the last seven, dozens of volunteers and volunteer groups have painted public facilities, cleaned up flower beds, cleared litter and otherwise helped make Pierre look its best.

This year’s Go Green and Clean campaign also includes an Arbor Day tree planting seminar, a tree trimming seminar this weekend and an educational program about recycling.  For more information about Go Green and Clean, visit cityofpierre.org or contact Tom Farnsworth at 605.773.7407.

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Blunt Holding Community Fun Day

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Blunt Fire Department is inviting everyone to the 3rd Annual Blunt Community Fun Day happening this Saturday starting at 3 pm with Bingo at the Blunt School Gym. The evening activities will include a supper and a movie.

After the Bingo games at 3, there will be a severe weather presentation, followed by the supper and movie. All proceeds from the free will offering baked potato supper will go to benefit the Blunt Junior Firefighter program.

The Blunt first responders will be providing free blood pressure checks throughout the afternoon. The Blunt Fire Department encourages everyone in the area to stop by to check it out and get you tickets.

There will be a concession stand during the movie, which begins at 7:00 P.M. The movie is titled “NYC Tornado Terror.” It is not rated.

All proceeds from the Bingo Session and Concession Stand are going to the Blunt PTO. The Blunt Fire Department looks forward to seeing everyone there and thanks you for your support.

For more information on the event, call Travis at 605-280-6477.

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Rotary Hosting CYI Center Fundraiser

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Pierre/Ft. Pierre Rotary Club members are raising money for the commercial refrigeration equipment at the Community Youth Involved Center in Fort Pierre. The club is preparing for its second “Deals on Meals” fundraising event, which will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. next Friday, April 28th, at the First United Methodist Church in Pierre.

The menu for the second “Deals on Meals” includes three different European chicken entrees, baked macaroni and cheese, peas and onions, apple-zucchini salad, and Black Forest chocolate cake.

Local Rotarian and Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson says the CYI Center kitchen renovation will benefit multiple groups and causes.

Tickets for the “Deals on Meals” event are available from any Pierre/Ft. Pierre Rotary Club member, at Dakota Prairie Bank in Fort Pierre, First National Bank in Ft. Pierre, or at any BankWest location in Pierre. Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for kids 12 and under.  

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