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Month: February, 2017

Lawmakers Reject Call To Study Race Relations

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A House panel has rejected a call to create a commission to study race relations among Native Americans and the state of South Dakota.

The House State Affairs Committee on Monday voted down the resolution. Democratic Rep. Shawn Bordeaux of Mission, the bill’s prime sponsor, says it's necessary to talk about race in South Dakota…

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The resolution would have encouraged the formation of a truth and healing conciliation commission to oversee an analysis of past and present policies affecting tribes and chart a path for the healing and empowerment of tribal members.

Republican Rep. Tona Rozum of Mitchell, an opponent, says that she doesn't think another government commission would help the overall issue.

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Lady Govs Advance To District Championship Game

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Lady Govs strong pressure defense ended up being too much for the Huron Tigers to handle last night in the first round of the District 3AA basketball tournament. The Lady Govs would lead from start to finish knocking off Huron with the final score of 69-51.

The Lady Govs started the game off hot outscoring the Tigers in the first quarter 21-12. The Lady Govs would keep that going in the second quarter as they would go in to the locker room with a big lead 40-18 and outscore Huron in the second quarter 19-6. The Tigers would battle back in the third as they outscored the Lady Govs 19-17. Pierre would struggle in the fourth quarter as Huron had cut the lead to 10 at one point with the ball but the pressure defense was just too much for Huron to handle. The Tigers did outscore the lady Govs in the fourth 14-12.

Pierre did have three in double figures as Emily Mikkelsen led the way with 18, Hallie Jerome had 16 and Kylie Kessler added 12. Leading the way for the Huron Tigers was Karissa Schroder who had 13.

The Lady Govs advance to the district 3AA Championship game, which will be Thursday night at Aberdeen Central. You’ll be able to hear that game on Today’s KCCR, tip should be at 7 pm.

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Govs Boys basketball Team Will Get Their District Tournament Under Way Tonight

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Well it all gets started tonight for the Govs boys’ basketball team as they will host Aberdeen Central in the semifinal of the District 3AA tournament. The game will start at 7 pm.

These two teams have had some battles this season as they get ready to meet for the third time this year. The first time these two teams played back on January 27th it came down to a last second jumper from Peyton Zabel as the Govs were able to win that game 65-63. The second time they played each other was in Aberdeen as the Govs let a 20 point lead in the second half slip away but key free throws down the stretch brought home the victory. As the Govs were able to win 70-64.

The Govs come into this game as the two seed and have a 10-10 record. Aberdeen Central comes into this game as the three seed with a 8-12 record. Aberdeen Central is coming into this game losing three of their last four. Pierre comes in also losers of three of their last four games as well.

You’ll be able to hear tonight’s game on Today's KCCR with pregame starting at 6:40 pm. 

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Sully Buttes Charger Boys Get Their District Tournament Under Way Tonight

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Sully Buttes Charger boys basketball team will get their District 4B tournament under way tonight in Onida. The game should tip off at 7 pm.

The Chargers will be taking on Hitchcock-Tulare who beat Sunshine Bible Academy last night in the first round 80-53. Sully Buttes finished the season with a 15-5 record as Hitchcock-Tulare finished with a 6-14 record.

These two teams have played each other this season as they played each other back on January 26th as the Chargers were able to win that game 60-31. You’ll be able to hear this game over on Country 95.3 FM, DT Meyer will be on the call for you. Pregame will start at 6:40 pm. 

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Stanley County Boys Basketball Get Their District Tournament Underway Tonight

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Stanley County Buffaloes Boys basketball team will get their 6A District tournament under way tonight as they will be hosting Mobridge-Pollock. The game will start at 7 pm from Parkview Gym.

The Buffaloes finished the season with an 11-9 record and have lost their last two game coming into tonight. Mobridge-Pollock finished the season with an 8-12 record on the season and have lost three of their last four games.

These two teams did play each other earlier this season back on February 14th as Stanley County was able to win that game 60-55.   

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Last Nights High School Basketball Scores

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Boys Basketball

District 2B

Northwestern 52, Leola/Frederick 51

District 3B

Faulkton Area 58, Edmunds Central 25

Ipswich 58, Eureka/Bowdle 51

District 4B

Hitchcock-Tulare 80, Sunshine Bible Academy 53

District 6B

Wessington Springs 60, Iroquois 59, OT

District 7B

Elkton-Lake Benton 46, Dell Rapids St. Mary 36

District 8B

Hanson 46, Ethan 42

Mitchell Christian 70, Howard 56

District 9B

Freeman Academy/Marion 62, Freeman 60

District 10B

Gayville-Volin 72, Centerville 34

District 11B

Andes Central/Dakota Christian 73, Tripp-Delmont/Armour 46

District 12B

Burke/South Central 76, Avon 63

District 13B

Kadoka Area 53, Jones County 52

District 15B

Dupree 72, Wakpala 42

Tiospaye Topa 66, McIntosh 32

District 16B

Newell 70, Takini 64

Region 7A

Pine Ridge 73, Bennett County 46

St. Francis Indian 85, Todd County 56

Winner 52, Red Cloud 48

Region 8A

Custer 51, Hill City 43

Hot Springs 63, Lead-Deadwood 31

Spearfish 63, Belle Fourche 54


Girls Basketball

District 1AA


Sioux Falls O’Gorman 52, Brookings 38

Sioux Falls Roosevelt 66, Watertown 33

District 2AA


Brandon Valley 66, Sioux Falls Lincoln 45

Harrisburg 65, Sioux Falls Washington 56

District 3AA


Aberdeen Central 48, Mitchell 26

Pierre 69, Huron 51

District 4AA


Rapid City Central 75, Douglas 37

Rapid City Stevens 52, Sturgis Brown 40

Region 4A

Regional Semifinal

Vermillion 57, Dakota Valley 54   

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SDSU Animal Diagnostic Lab Funding Bill Passes First Test

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A bill that authorizes the construction of a new animal diagnostic lab at SDSU in Brookings passed out of the legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee.

The bill, SB172, has been amended to include funding provisions that will be referenced in the state aid to education funding bill.

Pierre Representative Mary Duvall has been a staunch advocate for the lab, and says the bill was amended to use property tax cuts that were authorized by last year’s half cent sales tax increase bill. Duvall adds that the agricultural groups and farmers that she has talked to are in support of the proposal.

Duvall adds that despite Revenue projections for this year’s budget which are down about twenty-five million dollars, she feels there is enough support for the lab.

Duvall, along with fellow District 24 lawmakers Time Rounds and Jeff Monroe, will be live on AM 1240 Today’s KCCR Friday morning at 830am for a session update show. 

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Homeless Causing Talk Among Downtown Pierre Property Owners

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Homelessness in downtown Pierre was discussed at Tuesday’s meeting of the Historic Pierre Street Association (HPSA).

HPSA President and Longbranch owner Scott Schroeder, who was elected earlier in the meeting, brought up the homeless population issue. Multiple downtown property owners have had to clean up feces from individuals that defecated in their parking lots and in front of their places of business downtown recently.

Schroeder stated that he has been very kind and helped out multiple individuals with a meal; however, he says “it’s when they take advantage of your gifts. Sometimes your generosity bites you in the butt.”

He adds that it is an issue, despite what some might think. Pierre Parks and Rec Director Tom Farnsworth, representing the city at the meeting, stated that there are resources in the community, but many take advantage of the resources.

Schroeder added that the bigger overall problem is that most of these individuals choose to be homeless. “To help them, it would take a mindset on their part. There are plenty of people in Pierre that enable them.” He says simply, the homeless are becoming a deterrent to people that want to shop downtown. “We need to draw the line, but is there a community wide solution to this? I don’t know.”

There is city ordinances in place that would stop some of the issues discussed. Pierre Police Chief Dave Panzer, speaking to KCCR, states that they do receive various complaints about trespassing, panhandling, and disorderly conduct downtown. He says “If we don’t know about it, we can’t help.”

All at the meeting agreed that there is no easy solution to the problem.

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Generosity Moves Pierre Avera Cancer Institute Closer to Reality

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Avera St. Mary’s Foundation has reached a fundraising milestone in the Helmsley Center Challenge and Avera Cancer Institute project, with more than half of the funds committed for the project.

In August, Avera St. Mary’s Hospital announced plans to build the 30 million dollar Helmsley Center and Avera Cancer Institute to provide radiation and infusion therapy to the Pierre region. The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust awarded a grant of $7.5 million dollars and an additional $2.5 million in a dollar-for-dollar matching grant. Avera St. Mary’s Foundation has been actively fundraising to meet the match.

Dr. Mikel Holland, Avera St. Mary’s President and Chief Medical Officer, says while the foundation has been busy with the fundraising process, many at Avera have been busy with the design process as well.

Ellen Lee, Avera Foundation Vice President, says the key to this project is the stories from those that have had to travel to get cancer radiation therapy. Holland adds that this facility will offer the well needed service.

The Helmsley Center will not only offer complete cancer care. Holland says it will house a upgrade to some existing services already in place. That includes a new cafeteria and orthopedic services. 

The Helmsley Center Challenge campaign is taking place in 15 central South Dakota counties that will directly benefit from the new facilities and expanded cancer care options. While there is still significant fundraising left to meet the $2.5 million match, work is expected to begin on the Helmsley Center later this spring. A ground-breaking ceremony will be held in late April.  

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Riggs Latin Club Roman Banquet Is This Saturday

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

For the 44th time, the Latin Club of Riggs High School will be holding its Roman Banquet at 6:00 pm in the Capitol Rotunda on Saturday.

This year’s theme will honor law enforcement personnel. After some entertainment and appetizers under the dome, the 100 plus toga-clad diners will sweep down the grand staircase to cross Capitol Avenue and stroll to GMMS Middle school. In that venue there will be a further six courses of the dinner. Latin students past and present along with their parents will recline in ancient splendor.

Forty-seven year Latin teacher Jay Mickelson says the recipes as exotic as pheasant brains, flamingo tongues, and fish livers served on Medusa’s shield will be interrupted by lavish entertainment provided from fine high school musicians and actors.

Every Roman Banquet is a bit different adds Mickelson. Alumni are welcome to attend. 

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