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Month: May, 2016

Pierre Teen Dies In Sunday Crash In Nebraska

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A Pierre teen has died in a crash Sunday morning in Cherry County Nebraska.

According to the Nebraska State Patrol, 15-year old Sydney Lindbloom of Pierre was killed in the crash Sunday morning. The Patrol says it happened just after 9 a.m. Sunday on Nebraska Highway 61 just north of the town of Merriman.

News Channel Nebraska reports that Lindbloom was a passenger in a southbound pickup driven by 26-year old Devyn Dillon of Rapid City. Dillon’s truck moved off the side of the road and rolled into a steep ditch, landing on its roof.

Dillon’s condition, as well as that of a third passenger, identified as Shawn Spears of Fort Pierre, is currently unknown at this time.

It is unknown if seat belts were in use at the time of the accident. The accident is currently still under investigation, with more details to be released at a later time. 

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Sobriety Checkpoints Planned In Hughes County

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Sobriety checkpoints will be held statewide during the month of June by the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

Checkpoints are planned for 18 counties, including Hughes. The Highway Patrol conducts the checkpoints as a way to discourage motorists from drinking and then driving.

Counties scheduled for checkpoints in June are: Brown, Brule, Butte, Codington, Custer, Edmunds, Day, Davison, Hamlin, Hughes, Lake, Lincoln, Minnehaha, Roberts, Pennington, Sanborn, Spink, and Yankton.

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

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Stanley County Schools Update Safety Procedures

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Stanley County School District recently enhanced their safety procedures and updated their safety plan at all schools.  The Stanley County School Board contracted with Rex Osborn and his company “More Than Talk.” 

“More Than Talk” focuses on preparedness, prevention, response, and recovery with every project. Osborn prides himself and his company on the safety of your kids, staff, teachers, and community.

Osborn, who is originally from Redfield South Dakota, says the plan is divided into three phases…

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He says those three phases are what is new, so the entire community can work together as a team.

“More Than Talk” is based out of California. Osborn has performed this service for 100 different schools over the last three years, with Stanley County being the first in the state for the company.

Osborn adds that all communities are expecting schools, including Stanley County, to increase their school safety measures…

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One of the many procedures that were updated was Stanley County’s “secured lockdown” plan…

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He adds they focused just as much time and energy in the safety measures at the Cheyenne School north of Hayes as they did in Fort Pierre.

Long-time Stanley County teacher Shirley Swanson graduated with Osborn, and Swanson got the ball rolling with the entire project. 

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Two Burglaries Occur In Pierre Over The Weekend

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Two burglaries occurred in Pierre over the weekend.

On Monday morning at 5:52 AM, the Pierre Police Department received a report of a burglary at the Korner Grocery store located in the 100 block of South Van Buren Ave. The suspect or suspects entered the business by using a rock to gain entrance through a front window. Items taken from Korner Grocery were various wines and beers valued at approximately $85. The loss of the broken window was estimated at $450.

Also on Monday while officers were investigating the Korner Grocery burglary, they came across a garage screen door that had been cut in the 200 block of South Jefferson Ave.  The victim of that burglary told officers that some items had been taken from the garage.

According to Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster, officers believe both burglaries are related. He says there are no suspects at this time and the two incidents are both still under investigation.

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Governors Mansion Tours Start Wednesday With Special Guests

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The sixth season of free weekly tours at the South Dakota Governor’s Mansion in Pierre starts Wednesday.

First Lady Linda Daugaard says she and the Governor are happy to again open the home on the shore of Capitol Lake to the public.

Beginning June 1st, weekly public tours will be conducted each Wednesday in June, July and August. Guests attending the first tour of the summer this Wednesday will be greeted by the Mount Rushmore mascots in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the completion of the national memorial.

Linda reminds residents that for those signed up to tour Wednesday, make sure to bring your cameras for a photo with the Mount Rushmore mascots.

The 30-minute tours will begin at 1 p.m. and will be conducted by volunteers, including the First Lady. Tour groups will consist of up to 40 people.

Public tour tickets, at no charge, must be obtained in advance and will be available only from the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce. Those interested in a tour should call the Chamber at 605-224-7361.

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Certain Pierre Utility Customers May Experience Low Water Pressure

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Some Pierre utility customers may experience low water pressure Wednesday, while the City Water Department upgrades the water main in northeast Pierre.

Residents living west of Euclid Avenue between Eighth and Fourth Streets, including River Rim and River View Drive, should expect low pressure between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Impacted property owners should refrain from utilizing irrigation systems during the low water pressure period.

The City of Pierre maintains more than 100 miles of water main. In a typical year, the City provides more than 1-billion gallons of water to its customers.

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November Pierre/Fort Pierre Car Theft Spree Suspect Sentenced

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

One of the three individuals charged with stealing a total of eight vehicles in Pierre and Fort Pierre in early November has been sentenced to two years in the state penitentiary.

24 year old Earl Howe Jr. of Pierre was originally charged with 3rd offense DUI, receiving or possessing a stolen vehicle, wreckless driving, hit and run, failure to report an accident, contributing to the abuse or neglect of a child, and attempted grand theft.

In March, as part of a plea deal, Howe pled guilty to Contributing to abuse, neglect, or delinquency or causing child to become child in need of supervision, and Driving under the Influence of Alcohol. The Defendant admitted the allegations contained in the Part II Information, pertaining to the charges of one prior conviction of Driving under the Influence on August 9th, 2010, in Hughes County and another prior conviction of Driving under the Influence on December 13, 2012, in Hughes County, South Dakota within the past ten years. By plea agreement, the state dismissed the remaining charges.

In court last week, Judge Patricia DeVaney found Howe guilty of Contributing to abuse, neglect, or delinquency or causing child to become child in need of supervision and 3rd offense Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.

Howe was sentenced to the South Dakota State Penitentiary for a period of two years. He received credit for 62 days already served. He was also ordered to pay associated court costs.

Howe was also ordered to participate and complete treatment or counseling to address his chemical dependency and anger management, and also receive mental health counseling.

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Shrine Circus Returns To Fort Pierre This Week

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Oahe Shrine Club is putting the finishing touches together for their annual Shrine Circus at the Stanley County Expo Center in Fort Pierre next week.

The circus will be held Wednesday and Thursday June 8th and 9th with 2 shows both days, at 4:00 and 8:00 P.M. Oahe Club Shriner Charlie Walker invites the whole family out to an evening full of fun and laughter.

All the proceeds from the circus will be going to help with medical expenses for local children served by the Shriners hospital. Walker, who volunteers his time driving kids to and from Minneapolis, says it is “so gratifying” to see the smiles on the kids’ faces after helping them.

Tickets to the circus are only 10 dollars for adults and 4 dollars for children. Tickets are available from local sponsors where the Shrine circus posters are displayed throughout Pierre and Fort Pierre or also by calling Walker at 280-5259.

KCCR Radio has a limited number of free kid’s tickets that can be picked up at the KCCR Studios at 106 West Capitol on a first come, first serve basis. 

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Robinson/Borglum Correspondence On Display At The Cultural Heritage Center

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Two pieces of correspondence, one sent in August of 1924 by State Historian Doane Robinson to sculptor Gutzon Borglum concerning a “heroic sculpture of unusual character” in the Black Hills of South Dakota, and Borglum’s reply to that request are currently on display in the research room of the South Dakota State Historical Society-Archives at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

The State Archives is open Monday through Friday and the first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. There is no charge to see the exhibited letters.

The correspondence highlights the first contact between Robinson, who had the idea to carve significant sculptures in the Black Hills, and Borglum, the future carver of Mount Rushmore. This initial communication was the genesis for a carved national monument in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

In January 1924, at a meeting of the Black and Yellow Trail Association, Robinson gave an address titled, “The Pull of the Historic Place,” emphasizing the importance of bringing tourist traffic through the state. Robinson’s initial idea was for carved monuments in the Black Hills, specifically using the granite “needles” in Custer State Park.

In Robinson’s mind, the sculptures were to specifically highlight South Dakota’s history. His early proposal included historic figures such as Lewis and Clark, Sacajawea and Red Cloud. But Robinson needed a sculptor.

A sampling of books from the State Archives library will also be on display alongside the correspondence. Since the completion of Mount Rushmore 75 years ago numerous books have been researched and written to commemorate this historic project. These books about Borglum and Mount Rushmore are available in the research room during open hours.

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Fort Pierre National Grassland's Spring Grouse Count At Record High

Monday, May 30, 2016

Record-high numbers of both greater prairie-chickens and sharp-tailed grouse were found this spring on the Fort Pierre National Grassland in central South Dakota. USDA Forest Service staff has conducted standardized surveys there since 1988. 

This year, a total of 491 male greater prairie-chickens and 131 male sharp-tailed grouse were tallied, a substantial increase over last year’s totals of 413 male prairie-chickens and 56 male sharp-tailed grouse.  

Dan Svingen, District Ranger for the Fort Pierre Ranger District says “These numbers are reflective of both the quality habitat provided by the Grassland and surrounding lands, and the generally beneficial weather over the last several months.” 

For more information on the Fort Pierre National Grassland’s, call 605-224-5517.

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