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Month: November, 2016

Wreaths Across America Program Set

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The South Dakota Funeral Directors Association will again participate in Wreaths Across America, a national program which pays tribute to fallen veterans of all wars during the Christmas season.

A formal wreath presentation will be held at the Flaming Fountain Veterans Memorial on Capitol Lake in Pierre at 11:00 AM on Monday, December 12th.

The Wreaths Across America story began in 1992 when businessman Morrill Worcester of the Worcester Wreath Company began a tradition of placing wreaths on the headstones of our Nation's fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery during the holidays. The national wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Alexandria, Virginia will be held on Saturday, December 17th.

This year will be their 10th annual wreath laying ceremony. Participants in the South Dakota ceremony are the Board of Directors and members of the South Dakota Funeral Directors Association (SDFDA), Pierre Post 8 American Legion, Pierre VFW Post 2038, Oahe Marine Corps League, Vietnam Era Veterans Association, and the Disabled American Veterans. Featured speaker confirmed at this time will be Major General Tim Reisch, Adjutant General of the South Dakota National Guard; and Chad Osthus, President of the South Dakota Funeral Directors Association. The public is encouraged to attend to help pay tribute to fallen soldiers during the Christmas season. 

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Pierre Superintendent Explains What Goes Into Calling A "Snow Day"

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Snow days are very rare in Pierre, and once again Tuesday there was some questions after River Cities Transit pulled their buses from the Pierre streets in the afternoon.

Questions arose from some parents as to why Pierre didn’t dismiss early after the road conditions barred River Cities Transit from transporting kids back home Tuesday.

Pierre School Superintendent Dr. Kelly Glodt says there are a lot of factors that go into declaring a “snow day” or early dismissal for students, and each snow event is unique. He says the safety of the students is the upmost concern during any snow event.

He adds that Pierre is unique because they do not provide bus transportation for students. Glodt adds that even if Pierre has school during a snow event, he urges out of town parents to tell their respective school they won’t be making it.

Glodt adds that with any snow event, he is in contact with Stanley County Superintendent Joel Price about the conditions. 

He adds that Tuesday was a prime example of many area schools not having school or dismissing early, but since Pierre does not provide transportation that is not the case. 

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City Reveals 2017 Street Construction Projects

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Pierre City Commission Tuesday night received a firsthand look at the planned street construction projects across the city in 2017.

Many projects are planned, totaling 2.5 million dollars in estimated work. The main high profile project in 2017 will be the complete rebuild of Capitol Avenue directly in front of the Capitol according to Pierre Utilities Director Brad Palmer. He adds that they have met with state leaders about this upcoming project several times.

Pierre City Administrator Leon Schochenmaier says that they will shut the entire street down so they can get the project done as quickly as possible.

The other major street project for 2017 is the complete street rebuild on North Harrison between Capitol and Robinson. A complete list of proposed street construction projects can be found on the city of Pierre’s website. 

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Class 11B All-State Football Team

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Quarterback — Drew Demers, Winner;

Fullback — Jayden Schroeder, Winner;

Running Back — Cameron Kuil, Winner;

Cole Gassman, Bridgewater-Ethan/Emery;

Wide Receiver — Trevor Pray, Groton Area; Zeke Robinson, Elk Point-Jefferson;

Tight End — Nick Strasburg, Sioux Valley;

Tackle — Jordan Turgeon, Winner; Willie Heiberger, Tri-Valley;

Guard — Conner Deutsch, Roncalli; Mclain Lone, Groton Area;

Center — Wyatt Ewing, Winner.



End — Chance Goodfellow, Sioux Valley; Isaac Naasz, Winner;

Lineman — Andrew Mullaney, Sioux Valley; Krockett Krolikowski, Winner;

Linebacker — Colton Cox, Roncalli; Matt Larson, Sioux Valley; Chase Kingsbury, Winner; Colton Plagmann, Bridgewater-Ethan/Emery;

Back — Braden Sommer, Roncalli; Jacob Eddy, Bridgewater-Ethan/Emery; Kayleb Brozik, Winner; Bennett Shabazz, Groton Area.

Special Teams

Kicker — Jesse Grosdidier, Elk Point Jefferson;

Punter — Colin Cleveland, McCook Central/Montrose;

Long Snapper — Kyler Holzbauer, Parkston;

Special Teams Player — Landon Freeman, Tri-Valley.


Honorable Mention

Jordan McKean, Parkston; Brayden Leischner, Parkston; Jacob Kasowski, Tri-Valley; Dalton Martian, Mobridge-Pollock; Dylan Cerney, Mobridge-Pollock; Russell Leader Charge, Red Cloud; Jevon Hacker, Red Cloud; Marshall Gibbons, Red Cloud; Brandon Keith, Groton Area; Trevon Tuggles, Groton Area; Will Risse, Bennett County; Joey Eickman, McCook Central/Montrose; Joseph Lane, Beresford.

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Lady Govs Gymnastics Get Season Going Tomorrow

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Lady Govs will start their gymnastics season tomorrow afternoon at home. The meet will start 30 mins earlier than normally scheduled. The meet will begin at 5:30 pm instead of 6 pm. The gym will open up at 3 pm and warm ups will start at 4 pm. This is a varsity and JV meet with teams from Huron Stanley County and Chamberlain. 

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Fort Pierre Development Corporation Awards Fix Up Grants

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Fort Pierre Development Corporation Board of Directors annualy set aside 10,000 dollars from a revolving loan fund. They have been doing this for three years now.

The money, called “fix up, clean up” dollars, is used to spruce up Fort Pierre’s appearance. Fort Pierre Development Corporation Director Dave Bonde says they then solicit businesses to apply for the money.

The funds being awarded are in preparation for Fort Pierre’s bicentennial events.

Bonde is looking forward to what charges are made to the businesses that were awarded funds this winter. 

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Sobriety Checkpoints Planned In Hughes County

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Along with everything else that is part of the holidays; the South Dakota Highway Patrol will spend time in December reminding people not to mix too much celebration with driving.

The Patrol plans to conduct 21 sobriety checkpoints in 19 counties, including Hughes, during the month. The checkpoints, held monthly in different counties, are designed to encourage people to not drink and then drive.

December checkpoints are scheduled for the counties of Brookings, Brown, Butte, Codington, Custer, Day, Gregory, Hughes, Hutchinson, Jackson, Jerauld, Kingsbury, Lincoln, Meade, Minnehaha, Pennington, Roberts, Spink and Yankton.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol is part of the Department of Public Safety.

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Pierre Mayor Attends National League Of Cities Convention

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

South Dakota Municipal League President and Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill recently attended the National League of Cities convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The National League of Cities is the umbrella that serves 49 of the 50 state municipal leagues. Gill says that the convention went great.

Gill says they talked about federal policy at the convention. Another topic of conversation was how municipalities can continue to work on ways to improve technology.

Locally, Gill says she received some insight on how they can better formulate their strategic plan and incorporating the public more often so the city is moving in the direction that residents want to see. 

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Class 11A All-State Football Team

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Quarterback— Payton Conrad, sr., Tea:

Fullback— Tanner Heim, sr., Dell Rapids:

Running back— Jadon Janke, jr., Madison:

Running back— Adam Heien, sr., Tea:

Receiver— Mason Leighton, sr., Madison:

Receiver— Jake Aanderud, sr., St. Thomas More:

Tight end— Alex DeJong, sr., Canton:

Tackle— Ryan Parker, sr., Dakota Valley:

Tackle— Austin Lohsandt, sr., Madison:

Guard— Jake O’Byrne, sr., Belle Fourche:

Guard— Nate Guthmiller, sr., Madison:

Center— Chase Thurness, sr., St. Thomas More:



End— Marcus VandenBosch, sr., Madison:

End— Seth Anderson, sr., Dell Rapids:

Tackle— Brennan Moran, jr., Dakota Valley:

Tackle— Christian Hackett, sr., West Central:

Linebacker— Jeremiah Maka, sr., Tea:

Linebacker— Aaron Mallinger, sr., West Central:

Linebacker— Nate McKee, sr., Dell Rapids:

Linebacker— Riley Janke, sr., Madison:

Defensive back— Hunter Hansen, sr., Dell Rapids:

Defensive back— Jaxon Janke, jr., Madison:

Defensive back— Noah Guse, sr., Madison:

Defensive back— Brice Harkless, sr.,

Special teams

Kicker— Trey Nachtigall, sr., Hot Springs:

Punter— Jake Peterson, sr., Canton:

Special teams player— Zach Lange, sr., Belle Fourche:

Long snapper— Wyatt Jewett, sr., Cheyenne-Eagle Butte:


Honorable mentions

Preston Arity, sr., St. Thomas More; Cameron Fees, sr., St. Thomas More; Kobe Whipple, jr., St. Thomas More; Trevor Pulscher, sr., Dell Rapids; Dawson Kerzman, sr., Dell Rapids; Logan Peterson, sr., Vermillion; Brexton Traversie, sr., Cheyenne-Eagle Butte; Bennett Chesterman, sr., Dakota Valley; Evan Munkvold, sr., Tea; Caden Maciejewski, sr., Hot Springs; Sawyer Prins, sr., Sioux Falls Christian; Kayden Verley, fr., Canton; Devon Garry, jr., West Central
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Hosanna Dance To Perform Two Shows Saturday

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Hosanna Dance Studio of Pierre will perform a children’s ballet dance theater performance of “A Snow White Christmas” at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. this Saturday at the Riggs Theater.

Director Sunny Hannum, and her co-directors Josh and Sarah Easter, have put together this delightful rendition of the old fairy tale of Snow White with a new twist as Snow White emerges from a blizzard to be threatened by her evil step mother.  This dance version of Snow White comes complete with pantomime and acting, beautiful costumes, power point backdrops, sets and props.

Young and old alike, as well as male and female, love the storybook approach of Hosanna Dance’s performances.  Hannum invites you to come and see how good triumphs over evil and as always, love triumphs in the end.  Doors will be open at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. for the free will admission event.

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