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Month: March, 2017

Highway 83 To Be Resurfaced South Of Fort Pierre

Friday, March 31, 2017

The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin a 12 million dollar resurfacing project on Highway 83 from the south end of the Bad River Bridge in Fort Pierre for about 22 miles south, starting in mid-April.

Minor erosion control and drainage pipe repair work has already begun. The milling and paving operations are expected to occur starting in April until mid-July.

Dean VanDeWiele  with the DOT says work on the project will include micro-milling asphalt concrete, asphalt concrete resurfacing, pipe and erosion repair, rumble strips, pavement markings and centerline rumble stripes.

During the micro-milling and asphalt paving operations, traffic will be directed through the work zone with the use of flaggers and pilot car. Motorists can expect some delays on Highway 83, both north and southbound, with lane closures being used while these operations proceed.

Other projects that are part of the same contract include placing an asphalt wearing course on Highway 14B (Garfield Avenue) from 4th Street in Pierre to the intersection of Highway 14B/14. Traffic will be controlled with flaggers and a pilot car and drivers can expect delays in this location and may want to consider an alternate route. This work is expected to take place from mid-June through mid-July.

The contractor will also be working on Highway 14 from the end of the divided highway to approximately six miles east of Pierre placing centerline rumble strips. Work is expected to begin on June 26. Flaggers and/or a pilot car may be needed during this work and motorists can expect delays during this operation.

The prime contractor on the $12 million project is Duininck, Inc. of Prinsburg, Minnesota. The completion date for the project is Sept. 27.

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More Information Released On Pierre Teen Alcohol Poisoning Death

Friday, March 31, 2017

(KWAT)-The Lake Area Tech student who died earlier this month from apparent acute alcohol intoxication had a blood alcohol level more than three-and-a-half times above the legal limit for driving in South Dakota. That information is contained in arrest warrant affidavits obtained by KWAT News in Watertown.

The court documents indicate 19 year-old Kiona Leigh York of Pierre had a blood alcohol level of .296 percent. The legal limit for driving in South Dakota is .08 percent.

The affidavit says police were called to an apartment at 113 2nd Street Southwest in Watertown during the early morning hours of March 21st, where they found York unresponsive. Defendants Logan Schilling and Brady Johnke admitted consuming vodka brought to the apartment by Johnke.

York was pronounced dead at Prairie Lakes Hospital at 4:42 a.m., just over an hour after the initial police call.

The affidavit says surveillance video shows the alcohol consumed by York, Schilling and Johnke was purchased earlier in the evening by Kayla Juhnke, a mutual friend of all parties involved.

Johnke, Juhnke and Schilling are all charged with misdemeanors in connection with York’s death. York was a 2016 graduate of Stanley County High School in Fort Pierre, and was studying Marketing and Business Management at LATI. 

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Pierre Spring Baseball Gets Season Started This Weekend

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Pierre Spring baseball team will get their season under way Saturday afternoon at Kelley Field. It will be a double header and they will start at 1 and 3 pm against Douglas.

Steve Gray the head coach of the spring baseball team says that their goals this season are pretty simple this year. Coach Gray went on to say that these early games of the season are always a defensive battle and low scoring.

The spring team did not have the opportunity to play inside the newly renovated Hyde Stadium last due to the fact that it was still being worked on. Coach Gray says they are excited to get back into Hyde where the high school teams has had some good games in the past.

You’ll be able to hear the first game of the double header right here on Today’s KCCR. You’ll also be able to hear all of the spring baseball’s season right here only on Today’s KCCR. 

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Pierre Govs and Lady Govs Track And Field Head To Brookings Tomorrow

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Pierre Govs and the Lady Govs track and field team will get things back under way Saturday. They will return to Brookings where they were last weekend for the Brookings Invite starting at 1 pm.

Last weekend they competed in the ESD Conference Indoor Meet, the Lady Govs would finish in 16th and the Govs were able to finish in 12th.

This meet this weekend will be held in the SDSU indoor track and field facility just like last weekend.

Up next for the Govs and the Lady Govs, they will host their first invite of the season as they will host the Bob Judson Invite on April 4th starting at 4 pm.   

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Emily Mikkelsen Named To Class AA Second Team

Friday, March 31, 2017

Pierre Lady Gov Sophomore Emily Mikkelsen has been named to the second team for Class AA All State Girls Basketball team that was released on Friday and it is chosen by the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association.

Mikkelsen was the lead the Lady Govs in scoring this season averaging 14.4 points per game, she was also able to pull down 2.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.3 steals per game. Mikkelsen is the first All-State selection from Pierre since 2015 when Sydney Palmer was able to get first team honors.  

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KCCR To Welcome New General Manager In July

Friday, March 31, 2017

Riverfront Broadcasting, LLC of Yankton has announced that Tara Steiner of Pierre will be the new General Manager of their Pierre stations-KCCR AM, KCCR FM, and KLXS, effective July 1st.

Riverfront Broadcasting Owners Carolyn and Doyle Becker announces the formation of Riverfront Broadcasting of Minnesota. The Beckers have joined forces with Steve and Laura White. As part owners, the White’s will be moving to Minnesota to oversee their new properties of KDOM AM and FM in Windom, MN and KBEW AM and FM in Blue Earth, MN. 

Riverfront Broadcasting is headquartered in Yankton and own and operate stations in South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois.

KBEW Owner Jerry Papenfuss has owned the KDOM stations since 2001. He says he is very pleased to pass ownership of the station to Riverfront. He says they are professional broadcasters with an outstanding track record. 

Change of ownership is expected to take place on June 30th upon FCC Approval. The Whites have been active Pierre community members since 2002. 

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Pierre Man Arrested For Rape

Friday, March 31, 2017

A Pierre man was arrested Thursday morning on a rape charge.

Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster confirms with KCCR News that on Thursday at 2:35 AM, they received a call of a sexual assault in the 400 block of South Fort Street. Upon investigation, 31 year old Jordan Morris of Pierre was arrested for Second Degree Rape.

Blemaster adds that no other information regarding this arrest may be released at this time.

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Sobriety Checkpoints Planned In Hughes/Stanley County

Friday, March 31, 2017

Sobriety checkpoints are planned in 19 South Dakota counties, including Hughes and Stanley, during April.


The checkpoints are conducted by the South Dakota Highway Patrol as a way to discourage people from drinking and then driving. All told, 24 checkpoints are scheduled to be held during the month.


April checkpoints are planned for the counties of Brown, Brule, Butte, Clay, Codington, Davison, Grant, Hughes, Jerauld, Lake, Lawrence, Meade, Minnehaha, Pennington, Roberts, Spink, Stanley, Walworth and Yankton.


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

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Michels Not Pursuing Governor Run In 2018

Friday, March 31, 2017

Lieutenant Governor Matt Michels says that he will not be pursuing a run for Governor in 2018. In fact, he says he will be completely done with politics after his current term is up.


Many have encouraged Michels to take a crack at the governor candidacy, but he says he has made a “very difficult decision” to not run for governor…


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Michels, of Yankton, was elected on a ticket with Gov. Dennis Daugaard in 2010.The Daugaard/Michels team was reelected in 2014. Michels represented District 18 as a member of the South Dakota House of Representatives for eight years from 1999 to 2006.


Another reason why Michels has declined a run for Governor is that he wants to spend more time with family…


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Michels adds that he has no specific plans after his term is complete

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Michels will become the Chairman of the National Lieutenant Governors association in July. Michels will not be endorsing any candidate for Governor.

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Railroad History Program To Be Held At The Depot

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Area residents can learn about the history of railroads and one historic depot in South Dakota during a program that will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 11th, in the 1906 Fort Pierre Depot Museum. 

Everyone is welcome to attend the free program, made possible by a grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council.

Rick Mills will present the program “Yesterday and Today – Railroading in the Land of Infinite Variety.” He is a fifth generation resident of western South Dakota and a lifelong railroad enthusiast. He has been director of the South Dakota State Railroad Museum in Hill City since the museum opened in 2010.

Gary and Connie Grittner of Fort Pierre’s Bring it Home Committee will tell about efforts to bring the Fort Pierre depot back to Fort Pierre. Please call (605) 773-6006 for more information about the program.

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