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Month: August, 2017

Pierre Commission Continues Budget Work

Thursday, August 31, 2017


The Pierre City Commission continued their budget process Tuesday night by listening to outside agency funding requests along with individual department budget proposals.

The city of Pierre budget for 2018 has to be complete by the end of September.

Pierre Mayor Steve Harding says they have passed the halfway mark of the overall process. He says the process is slightly different this year than in the years past…

(Budget Process 1)

He adds that each city department director has been working closely with their respective liaison commissioner…

(Budget Process 2)

He adds that due to the low farm economy, it’s going to be a tight budget year for the city…

(Budget Process 3)

Harding is hopeful that the city will get a final budget in place quicker than they have in the past. The commission will be having another budget work session today at 12 noon. 

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Housing Crisis Hits Onida

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Onida City Council, during a special meeting recently, granted a conditional use permit for Don and Bobby Ramler to make a lot in the northern part of Onida into a temporary campground for individuals constructing the massive Ethanol plant just south of town.

The temporary campground is needed for the emergency housing crisis that is occurring during the build of the ethanol plant.

Ringneck Energy has officially started construction on its $150 million ethanol plant.  Ringneck Energy CEO Walt Wendland says the construction contractor Fagen Inc. is currently pouring concrete for the facility…

(Plant Construction 1)

He says that the demand for housing in the Onida area will significantly increase next year…

(Plant Construction 2)

Wedland adds that despite the low farm economy, the worldwide demand for ethanol and renewable energy is increasing…

(Plant Construction 3)

Once fully operational, the plant will produce 80 million gallons of ethanol annually. Anticipated construction completion is December of 2018. 

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Miss Oahe Organization Needs Volunteers

Thursday, August 31, 2017

(courtesy photo)

With the Miss America pageant just two weeks away, the future of the local Miss Oahe Pageant is currently in limbo.

For several years, young women from across the state competed in September for the Miss Oahe crown and the Miss Oahe Scholarship. Board Member Carrie Eads says that will not be occurring this fall due to the lack of overall interest.

Eads says the organization could have a pageant anytime until March to qualify for next year’s state pageant. However, more volunteers are needed in order to continue the program for young women in the community.

The Miss Oahe Organization is part of the Miss America Organization, which is the nation’s leading advocate for women’s education and the largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women in the United States, awarding millions of dollars annually in cash awards and in-kind tuition waivers

If individuals in the community would like to see this vital community program continue in central South Dakota, more volunteer board members are needed. Please contact Eads at missoaheorganization@gmail.com for questions or for more information on how you can be a board member. 

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Fort Pierre Cowboy To Take Another Ride For Veterans

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Fort Pierre cowboy Tony Jones, who rode on horseback along a three-month journey last summer to Washington DC, will be embarking on another ride this summer just a little closer to home.

Jones took the journey last year to raise awareness due to the care, or lack thereof, of our veterans.

Jones will be embarking on the horseback ride from Fort Pierre to the Fort Meade VA Healthcare facility near Sturgis on September 18th.

Jones says his effort to raise awareness about the subpar quality of veterans healthcare is not over…

(Tony Jones 1)

Jones says veterans talk to him almost every day in regards to struggles with VA healthcare and overall needs…

(Tony Jones 2)

Jones adds that if anyone wants to make donations to support his ride, please send them to the Save a Warrior Foundation.

Every day across the nation, 22 people who served our country, take their own lives. Jones is encouraging others to join him on the ride this summer.

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Rotary Club Hosting Deals On Meals Fundraiser

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Pierre/Ft. Pierre Rotary Club is serving up their third “Deals on Meals” fundraiser, which benefits the Community Youth Involved Center, at a unique venue – the Fort Pierre Farmer’s Market.

Rotary Club President Paul Knecht says the club will serve the meal from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday. The menu includes pork carnitas tacos, vegetable kabobs, cheesy nachos and a dessert.

The Rotary Club has pledged $24,000 to fund new commercial refrigeration equipment at the Community Youth Involved Center. Knecht said the club has already made two of four $6,000 payments toward fulfilling its pledge. In addition to local fundraising events, money for the project will come from individual member donations and grants.

Tickets for the “Deals on Meals” event are available from any Pierre/Ft. Pierre Rotary Club member and can also be purchased at the event. Tickets prices are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for kids 12 and under.  

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State Fair Starts Today In Huron

Thursday, August 31, 2017

It’s South Dakota State Fair time once again. The 2017 edition of the State Fair officially begins today.

KWAT reports that State Fair Spokeswoman Candi Briley says they’ve made some upgrades to the grounds in recent months….

(Briley 1)

The State Fair is coming off a very good year….

(Briley 2)

If you have any State Fair-related questions, visit the state fair website…..

(Briley 3)

The State Fair runs through Labor Day Monday. 

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Charles Mix County Inmate Escapes

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Authorities are searching for a Charles Mix County inmate who escaped from jail last night.  19-year old Jubal Grant assaulted a county correctional officer and fled just before 9:30 PM.

Grant is described as a Native American male, black hair, brown eyes, 6 feet 1 inch tall, 170 lbs. and was last seen wearing an orange jail uniform and a black t-shirt.

KMIT reports that Grant was being held in the Charles Mix County Jail on charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and bond violations. Grant resides in Wagner, but also has contacts in Vermillion.

He is considered dangerous with a history of assaulting law enforcement officers.

Anyone with any information regarding Jubal Grant’s whereabouts is asked to notify their local police or the Charles Mix County Sheriff’s Office at 605-487-7625.

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This Weeks PACA Avera Athletes Of The Week

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Congratulations to Logan Spelbring and Emily Mikkelsen for being chosen as PACA-Avera’s Athletes of the Week!

Logan is one of the hardest workers they have in their football program. He spent all offseason really hitting the weights hard and preparing for his senior year. He has really thrived and sets a great example for our younger players both in work ethic and in never hesitating to take extra reps at practice. Logan has put in the time and deserves recognition for his efforts.

Emily had a dominating performance against Harrisburg by scoring four (4) goals and tallying two (2) assists in leading the Lady Govs soccer team to an 8-1 victory over Harrisburg last Thursday.  Emily elevated her game to the next level despite the opposing team placing their fastest and best defender against her. Her determination and level of play led the team by example not only in goal scoring but in keeping the ball in the attacking half of the field for the majority of the game.  

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Stanley County Avera Athletes of the Week

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Stanley County School Avera Athletes for the week have been named. 

TJ Drageset was instrumental in the volleyball triangular versus Wall and Bennett County.  She had excellent coverage, hits and nets. 

Dylan Gabriel was named for football.  He had 245 yards rushing in two games vs.  Mt. Vernon/Plankinton and Winner.  Dylan is a starter on defense and offense.  Congratulations to these athletes.  Go Buffs!

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Lady Govs Volleyball Return To The Court Tonight

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Lady Govs volleyball team will be back in action tonight as they will travel to Harrisburg for a match starting at 7 pm.

The Lady Govs took on Aberdeen Central on Tuesday night and loss a tough one in three straight sets. Harrisburg is off to a good start so far this season as they are 2-0. Head Coach of the Lady Govs Chris Swiden says that this match tonight is very similar to the tough match they had on Tuesday (Chris Swiden.mp3).

The Lady Govs will be off till September 5th after tonight’s match when they will take on Brookings in Brookings.

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