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Month: February, 2016

Capital Clinch Regular Season League Title

Monday, February 29, 2016

The Oahe Capitals clinched the regular season league title over the weekend. 

The Oahe Capitals played the final two games of their regular season at home. The Capitals beat the Huron All Stars on Friday night by a score of 9-1, and then beat the Aberdeen Cougars with a 10-0 shutout on Saturday night. They clinched the regular season league title, edging out the Brookings Rangers who tied in total points but lost on head-to-head tie-breaking rules. 

The Capitals finished the season with a 16-0-0-2 record and will have the next two weeks off as they prepare for their state tournament in Brookings on March 11-13.

The Lady Capitals had the weekend off as they prepare for their state tournament in Mitchell this coming weekend.

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Anne Lewis Announces Candidacy For Pierre City Commission

Monday, February 29, 2016

Anne Lewis, chair of the Pierre Parks and Recreation Citizen Advisory Board, has announced her intention to run for the Pierre City Commission.

Lewis says she wants to build a strong, healthy community. For financial health, Lewis wants to increase the city's rainy day fund. Lewis also wants to make the community more walkable.

Lewis, who led a group that sought to see a chicken ordinance passed, says she is not running in order to get chickens in Pierre.

Lewis currently works for the South Dakota Discovery Center.

Lewis says that she is interested in hearing from residents of Pierre. She has a page on her website responding to the concerns and questions she hears repeatedly. You can contact her through her website annelewisforpierre.com.

So far, Lewis, Dave Braun, and Current City Commissioner Steve Harding have all announced their intentions to run for two open spots on the commission in June. Jeanne Goodman indicated she will not be running for re-election.  

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Birds Of Prey Show Entertains Hundreds At KCCR Farm/Home Show

Monday, February 29, 2016

Hundreds of people attending the KCCR Farm, Home, and Sports Show over the weekend received a first-hand look at four different birds of prey on Saturday.

The University of Minnesota Raptor Center was back again this year, and they wowed the crowd with three different shows. They allowed residents a free opportunity to see and learn more about a red-tailed hawk, an American kestrel, a great-horned owl, and a bald eagle.

The Raptor Center works to rescue injured birds of prey and return them to the wild. Kate Hanson of the Raptor Center travels the country showcasing injured birds for educational purposes that are too injured to live in the wild…

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Hanson says that all four species of birds that were showcased Saturday can be found within a five miles radius of Pierre. Hanson says it takes a lot of training for the birds to be in front of a bunch of people…

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Hanson says the most important way to preserve the birds of prey for generations to come is to help with their habitat…

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The Raptor Center handles about 700 birds of prey a year, most of them coming from the Midwest. 

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South Dakota Sports Hall Of Fame Member Passes Away

Monday, February 29, 2016

A South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame Member who at one time coached basketball and taught in Stanley County and Sully Buttes passed away on Friday.

Roger M. Nelson died at the age of 80 on Friday, fighting off his third bout with cancer. Funeral Services have been set for 10:00am Wednesday at GracePoint Wesleyan Church in  Brookings.

Nelson was very active in sports his entire life. He played center and linebacker on the varsity football team for Brookings as a sophomore; then the coach moved him to quarterback and linebacker as a junior. He led them to the ESD Championship. Then as a senior he played tackle and linebacker. In basketball he started as a freshman and they finished 3rd in the State and won the ESD Championship. As a sophomore he started at guard, helping the team to the ’52 State Championship and ESD Championship with only one loss. As a junior the Bobcats earned 5th place in the state tourney and he was the second leading scorer in the ESD.

Nelson earned his teaching degree at the University of South Dakota, and later went back to get his Master’s Degree. He taught school in Hartley, IA and Fort Pierre, SD and was high school principal and taught in Colman, Onida, West Central, Flandreau, Canova and Deubrook. If he wasn’t busy enough, he also coached at all of these schools.

In Canova, his girls basketball team took him to the first 4 state tournaments in 1975, 6, 7, and 8, placing as high as 3rd place with one loss.

In his later years, he was a referee for football, basketball, volleyball, track and umped softball and baseball. He officiated 3 finals in football and basketball.

Roger was a Hall of Fame athlete, longtime official and familiar face at virtually every sporting event in South Dakota. In recent years Nelson kept himself active by attending as many local sporting events as he could. Despite his Coyote blood he was a regular at SDSU’s Frost Arena, and also frequented Augustana games, high school games and track meets. He was a member of the South Dakota Sport Hall of Fame, as well as a Hall of Fame inductee for Brookings High School, USD, state amateur basketball and South Dakota Senior Olympics.


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Northwest Pipe Fittings Are Expanding To Pierre

Monday, February 29, 2016

A large, vacant building at a prominent intersection in Pierre will soon be occupied thanks to the planned expansion of Northwest Pipe Fittings of Huron.

After looking at several locations, Northwest Pipe has entered into a lease agreement for the approximately 20,000 square foot former Beck Motors building on East Wells Avenue, at the bottom of the truck route.

Northwest Pipe is an independent wholesale distributor serving a five-state region. Starting in Rapid City in 1953, the company’s product offering has grown from the initial pipe, valves and fittings to include plumbing fixtures, water well pumps and supplies, hydronic heating equipment and accessories and more recently turf irrigation products.

Mary Pearson, President of Northwest Pipe of Huron, says the Pierre location will allow them to better serve the many quality customers they currently serve from a distance…

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Northwest Pipe will initially employ three people and expand as business increases. Pearson says Northwest Pipe will begin making minor renovations to the building and property soon and expects to be open the first part of April…

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Pearson says the location is well suited to accommodate their warehousing needs while being easily accessible and attractive for their customers. Pearson also appreciates the Pierre Economic Development Corporation’s assistance in making this business happen.

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Pierre/Fort Pierre Crews Plowing Streets

Monday, February 29, 2016

With the recent and continued snowfall in excess of 2 inches of snow, the City of Fort Pierre has started plowing the emergency snow routes at 3:30 p.m. Central Time today. Secondary streets will follow the emergency routes.

Fort Pierre City ordinances require that “there shall be no parking on the emergency snow routes when there is more than two 2 inches of snowfall until the said routes have been cleared to the edges of the street.” Also a reminder, that with snow continuing to fall the plows may pass thru the routes more than once so please be alert to further snow accumulations.

Pierre officials are out plowing streets and emergency snow routes as well, have have not declared a snow emergency. 

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Capital Area United Way Reaches Campaign Goal

Monday, February 29, 2016

The Capital Area United Way has reached its 2015-2016 fundraising goal of $575,000. Funds raised during the “Be Someone’s Hero” campaign will help support over 50 programs in 20 nonprofit partner agencies in Hughes and Stanley counties, including programs like Girls on the Run and the Imagination Library.

Throughout the “Be Someone’s Hero” campaign, the Capital Area United Way spoke to over 1200 people in the community and provided over 30 presentations to businesses, state government, organizations, schools and government entities. Capital Area United Way Executive Director Christina Oey says the community really responded to the call for help…

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Oey says at the end of February is usually the time when they hit the campaign goal. Oey says the Capital Area United Way services many partner agencies in the Pierre/Fort Pierre community…

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 The 2015-2016 “Be Someone’s Hero” campaign was co-chaired by Tony and Shiela Mangan. 

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Teen Who Died In UTV Accident Near Selby Identified

Monday, February 29, 2016

South Dakota Highway Patrol officials have released the name of the person killed in an UTV crash early Sunday morning northwest of Selby.

16 year old Bradley Keller of Mobridge was driving a 2013 Polaris Ranger UTV westbound on 127th Street when he lost control on the gravel road. The vehicle went into the south ditch and rolled.

The driver died from his injuries. Three other passengers, two females and one male, suffered minor injuries. Seatbelts were not used.

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol continues to investigate. Other agencies at the scene were the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office, the Selby Ambulance and the Mobridge Ambulance.

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Governor Wont Push For Medicaid Expansion This Session

Monday, February 29, 2016

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard says he won’t push Medicaid expansion during the final days of the 2016 legislative session.

He says legislators have their hands full in the days they have left for debate…

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The final four days of the session are reserved for conference committees.

Daugaard says he will ask the Appropriations Committee to take Medicaid expansion out of the budget bill…

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Daugaard says this doesn’t mean the end of Medicaid expansion efforts in the state…

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The state got a letter from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare last week outlining the federal changes that would be made to allow South Dakota to expand Medicaid coverage. The Governor’s plan would cover an additional fifty thousand people under Medicaid.

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Sobriety Checkpoints Planned For Hughes County In March

Monday, February 29, 2016

Sobriety checkpoints are planned in 16 South Dakota counties, including Hughes, during the month of March.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol conducts the checkpoints as a way to discourage people from drinking and then driving.

Checkpoints are planned for the counties of Aurora, Brown, Butte, Clay, Codington, Davison, Edmunds, Hughes, Kingsbury, Lawrence, Marshall, Minnehaha, Pennington, Roberts, Sanborn and Yankton.

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

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