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Month: June, 2016

Pierre Workforce Development Committee Outlines Barriers, Solutions

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Pierre business growth is being impeded by a workforce shortage and reliable daycare. Marketing and encouragement of technical skill training might help solve the problem. Those findings were revealed Tuesday night at the Pierre City Commission meeting.

Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill established a workforce development council almost a year ago to try and get to the bottom of the workforce shortage issue in Pierre. The council includes a cross-sector of about thirty government and private industry stakeholders tasked with recommending solutions to our local workforce shortage. The council consists of three committees–education, housing and recruitment.

Recruitment Committee Vice-Chair Laura Schoen Carbonneau delivered the findings to the Pierre City Commission, saying that one of the main barriers, from the recruitment side, is the shortage of childcare in Pierre…

(Laura Workforce 1)

Schoen Carbonneau says another recruitment barrier is a workforce pool that is limited by burnout, work ethic, and substance abuse…

(Laura Workforce 2)

The recruitment committee is in the initial stages of pursuing solutions. Recommendations under consideration include exploring a community cooperative daycare, continuing outreach to Native American reservations, and highlighting the importance of technical skills and the trade industry.

The committee will spend the next several months exploring the feasibility of solutions or finding appropriate organizations to champion the solution. Schoen Carbonneau says that is not going to be an easy task…

(Laura Workforce 3)

In the future, the committee will come together with a final report for the city commission, where they will possibly take action on some or all of the recommendations. 

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SDHSAA Will Hold Moratorium

Thursday, June 30, 2016
For the first time, the South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) will hold a moratorium on summertime workouts for high school athletes. The moratorium will begin Friday July 1st and end on the 7th. During that time period, coaches cannot hold workouts with their athletes. Recently, the SDHSAA discussed a moratorium to be established during the Christmas holiday break. The moratorium would require teams to take five days off in a row, which included Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. However, several schools were not for the motion due to scheduling of major tournaments over the holiday break.
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Sobriety Checkpoints Planned In Hughes/Stanley County

Thursday, June 30, 2016

South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers will again conduct sobriety checkpoints in several South Dakota counties, including Hughes and Stanley, during the month of July.

The monthly checkpoints are used as a way to discourage motorists from drinking and then driving. In July, the Highway Patrol plans to hold 22 checkpoints in 25 counties.

Counties scheduled for checkpoints in July include Beadle, Brown, Butte, Charles Mix, Codington, Custer, Day, Fall River, Hanson, Hughes, Jackson, Jerauld, Lake, Lawrence, Lincoln, Meade, Minnehaha, Roberts, Pennington, Potter, Stanley and Yankton.  

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

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Post 8 Baseball Returns to Action Tonight

Thursday, June 30, 2016
Post 8 baseball returns to action today as they will head to North Dakota for the Jim Peck Fargo Baseball Tournament. They will play two games today one at 10:30 against Minot and against Aberdeen at 1 pm. Post 8 looks to improve there already impressive record from 20-6 on the season. They will play two more games tomorrow and finish the tournament on Saturday afternoon.
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Pierre Royals Get a W

Thursday, June 30, 2016
The Pierre Royals finally got things going Tuesday with a 6-4 victory Tuesday over Chamberlain. It was all thanks to a solid performance from pitcher Royce Pease. The win snapped a three game losing skid that the Royals were on. Chamberlain held the Royals to 13 hits during the game. The Royals record improves to 3-10 on the season. They will have 2 game home stand at Kelley Field that starts Friday with another match up against Plankinton, whom the royals defeated 7-6 on June 9th. 
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Hughes County Residents Reminded Of New Burn Ban Ordinance

Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Hughes County Commissioners recently enacted a new way of enacting a burn ban.

The new burn band ordinance, which is the first of its kind on South Dakota, will follow the declarations issued by the National Weather Service each day. If the fire danger is in the Very High or Extreme Category, or a red flag earning issued, the burn ban will be in place for the day.

Hughes County Emergency Manager Rob Fines says the old way for enacting or rescinding burn bans was not effective…

(Burn Ban Update 1)

The new way of open burning the county puts more responsibility on the property owners says Fines…

(Burn Ban Update 2)

For the public, in order to know what category the fire index is in, they are encouraged to go to the National Weather Services’ website, Hughes County’s website, or stay tuned to KCCR.

Fines adds that the Stanley County Commissioners are eyeing the adoption of the same burn ban ordinance. Outdoor burning inside any Hughes County municipalities is strictly prohibited at any time. 

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Post 8 looses Game one in Fargo

Thursday, June 30, 2016
Pierre Post 8 drops their first game in the Jim Peck Fargo Baseball Tournament. Pierre has lost two of their last three after splitting their double header against Mitchell Monday night. Peyton Zabel allowed just two runs and took the loss for Pierre 8. Minot managed just one hit off of the Pierre Post eight's pitcher, who only allowed two earned runs. Zabel would strikeout 6 and walk only one batter. Broden Wonderlich got it done on the hill for Minot, he allowed one run over seven innings. He struck out seven, walked only three and surrendered five hit. Minot would score both of their run in the fourth inning. Pierre would only get one run and that would come in the seventh. They will play Aberdeen in game two at 1 pm. 
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Goodman Says Goodbye To Pierre City Commission

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

After serving the citizens of Pierre for just over seven years, Pierre City Commissioner Jeanne Goodman participated in her last meeting as a commissioner Tuesday.

Goodman was appointed by Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill in April of 2009 when Jesse Naze moved out of town. Goodman is an engineer with the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Goodman says it’s bittersweet to leave the commission…

(Goodman Outgoing 1)

She adds that when she accepted Gill’s appointment to the commission back in 2009, she didn’t realize how much of a time commitment the position really requires…

(Goodman Outgoing 2)

Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill says Goodman has been a great public servant…

(Goodman Outgoing 3)

Goodman says her most memorable event of her time on the commission was the 2011 flood, and how the community came together at a time of tragedy.

Incoming City Commissioner Blake Barringer will be sworn into office on July 5th. 

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Hoven Man Dies From Motorcycle Crash

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A Hoven man has died of injuries suffered in a motorcycle crash that occurred Saturday near Selby.

58 year old James Webb was traveling northbound on 309th Avenue when a deer ran out in front of his motorcycle. The motorcycle struck the deer and Webb, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from the motorcycle. He was airlifted to a Bismarck, N.D. hospital where he died Tuesday.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol continues to investigate. Other agencies on scene were the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office, Selby Ambulance and Selby Fire and Rescue. 

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Daugaard Backing Amendment R

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Governor Dennis Daugaard is backing a proposed constitutional amendment that supporters say will help South Dakota’s Tech schools address the state’s skilled workforce shortage. 

Boosters launched their campaign this week to convince South Dakota residents to vote for Constitutional Amendment R at the Polls in November. Greg Von Wald, who is the Executive Director of the Skilled Workforce Advocacy Council, says that Amendment R would make the Technical schools a prime focus of funding…

(Amendment R 1)

The amendment would also give technical and career programs direct access to funding and policymaking within state government…

(Amendment R 2)

Daugaard says that, although South Dakota’s unemployment rate is low at just over 2 percent, it’s still presenting a challenge to employers who are dealing with a shrinking pool of workers…

(Amendment R 3)

Supporters say the Amendment would elevate South Dakota’s technical schools to a position equal with the state’s K-12 schools and public universities during the legislative budgeting and policymaking process.

The amendment is also meant to make it clear that South Dakota’s four technical institutes in Watertown, Mitchell, Sioux Falls and Rapid City are independent from the state Board of Regents. 

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