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Habitat For Humanity Ethnic Dinner To Be Held

Monday, March 27, 2017

The local Oahe Habitat for Humanity will host the “Taste of the World” Ethnic Dinner from 5-7 pm on Tuesday, April 4 at the First United Methodist Church in Pierre.

According to Board Member Steve Wegman, the event will feature dishes from different ethnic groups from around the world, including enchiladas, lefse, sweet and sour pork, lasagna, vegetarian dishes, egg rolls, spaghetti, brats, knoephla soup and more.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $3 for children under age 12.

All proceeds will benefit Oahe Habitat for Humanity’s mission to build simple, decent, affordable housing for families who could not otherwise afford a home. A build is planned for this summer in Fort Pierre. 

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Cheyenne River Tribe Cracking Down On Meth

Monday, March 27, 2017

It has been almost two years since the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Council passed a resolution, banning tribal members and other individuals who have been convicted of dealing methamphetamine (meth) from the reservation in an effort to crack down on the meth epidemic rampant on the Reservation. So far, ten banishment orders have been signed and delivered to convicted offenders.

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe was the first tribe in the region to enact banishment as a punishment for dealing meth. The resolution was amended in January to add a conviction of conspiracy to distribute meth to the list of convictions eligible for banishment.

With a number of recent meth related convictions, more banishment orders are expected. According to CRST Law Enforcement officials, the banishment orders are hand delivered to the individuals at their sentencing hearing. The banishments won’t go into effect until offenders are released from prison.

According to CRST Chief of Police Joe Wicks, officials had a busy calendar year in 2016 with over 800 drug related arrests. 

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Lawmakers Return To Pierre For Veto Day

Monday, March 27, 2017

South Dakota legislators return to Pierre today for the final day of the 2017 legislature.

Governor Dennis Daugaard has vetoed five bills, which lawmakers will consider.

Among them, two bills dealing with concealed carry of hand guns. Daugaard vetoed the “constitutional carry” bill, which would have allowed concealed carry of a gun without a permit.

Former Daugaard Chief of Staff and 2018 Congressional Candidate Dusty Johnson says the bill is reasonable. Johnson adds that everyone has different viewpoints, especially when it comes to controversial topics.

Other vetoes to be considered deal with special education funding, a rollback of a communications tax and a bill dealing with juvenile offenders.

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New Christy Minstrels To Headline Pierre Concert Series

Monday, March 27, 2017

The five concerts for the 2017-2018 season of the Pierre Concert Series has been announced.

The Pierre Concert Association is committed to bringing live talent to the Riggs Theater stage, and they have kept their yearly membership fees to only 50 dollars per person this next year.

Joan Likness from the Pierre Concert Series says the next season will start Monday September 25th with the series headliner-the New Christy Minstrels. The New Christy Minstrels, still Under the Direction of Randy Sparks, is an American large-ensemble folk music group founded by Randy Sparks in 1961. From their beginnings as prominent figures in the early-1960s U.S. folk revival, the group recorded over 20 albums and had several hits. 

That’s only the first concert. The second concert in the series features a blend of modern Celtic music and traditional songs. Maggie In the Meantime will come to Pierre on October 29th at 2:00 P.M.

Alias Brass will headline on March 20th 0f 2018, along with the David Osborne Trio, back by popular demand on April 9th of 2018, and Ireland’s Happy Man Cahal Dunne on May 5th. He will perform at Lutheran Memorial Church.

Likness adds that they had such a hard time picking the shows for the next season, but they are confident all the shows will impress the Pierre audience.

All performances are at 730 pm each respective night, except Maggie In The Meantime, at the Riggs Theater. Dunne will perform at the church. Memberships may be purchased at the door at each performance, subject to seat availability. So, better yet, get your memberships today by calling Likness at 224-7909. 

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Pierre Fire Had Busy Weekend

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Pierre volunteer fire department had a busy weekend-responding to four fire calls.

Pierre Fire Chief Ian Paul says luckily, there were no major incidents…

(Ian Weekend 1)

Sunday evening at approximately 7pm, the Fire department, along with local law enforcement were called to the Pierre Airport as a precautionary measure after there were some suspected concerns with a planes landing gear…

(Ian Weekend 2)

Paul adds that there were no issues found with the landing gear.  

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Duo Arrested On Multiple Charges After Stealing From Pierre Business

Monday, March 27, 2017

Two individuals were arrested on multiple charges over the weekend after stealing from a Pierre business.

On Saturday at 2:47 PM the Pierre Police Department received a call that two subjects stole clothing items from a business located in the 1700 block of North Garfield.  The subject had left the area in a vehicle. 

Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says that law enforcement officers located the vehicle near the intersection of North Airport Road and Highway 14. The two were located near a building in the vicinity. 22 year old Tina Necklace of Sioux Falls was arrested for a Warrant, Petty Theft, Obstructing, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Drug or Substance, and Ingesting of controlled drug or substance as a felony.  25 year old Bryan Scares The Hawk of Pierre was arrested for a Warrant, Petty Theft, Obstructing, False Impersonation to Deceive Law Enforcement, Possession of a Controlled Drug or Substance, and Possession of Less than 2 Ounces of Marijuana. 

Both were taken to the Hughes County Jail for booking.

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Lawmakers Fail To Override Daugaard Gun Bill Vetoes

Monday, March 27, 2017

A bill that some supporters were calling “constitutional carry” did not survive a veto by Governor Dennis Daugaard.

South Dakota legislators were in Pierre Monday for the final day of the 2017 session. HB1072 would repeal and revise a number of law relating to the concealed carry of handguns.

Bill sponsor, Representative Lynne Disanto of Box Elder, says permits would still be an option for people. Representative Timothy Johns of Lead says this is not a constitutional issue, and it is a bad bill. The veto was upheld on a thirty-six to thirty three vote.

Meanwhile, lawmakers failed to override one of the first bills Daugaard vetoed, HB1156, which would allow the concealed carry of hand guns in the capitol building by those with an enhanced pistol permit.

Sponsor, Representative Lee Qualm of Platte, says they need more than capitol security to be safe. Representative Craig Tiezen of Rapid City says even those with enhanced permits don’t have the necessary training.

The bill received forty-two yes votes, but twenty seven no. The override did not reach the two thirds majority needed for passage.


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Blemaster Retiring From Pierre Police Department

Monday, March 27, 2017

After 27 years of service to the city of Pierre, Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster has submitted his retirement, effective May 1st.

Blemaster is well known in the community for not only being a police officer but also his tireless volunteer commitment to various boards and non-profit organizations in the community.

Pierre Police Captain Dave Panzer says Blemaster’s retirement is a “tough loss” for the community.

Blemaster says he says seen several major incidents in his tenure in Pierre, but will enjoy retirement. Blemaster says many things have changed in his years with the department, including technology. However, one thing that has not changed is Pierre residents trust in the local law enforcement..

He adds unfortunately, there has been an increase in narcotics and narcotic arrests across the city in the recent years.

Panzer says that there will be a process that will begin shortly to fill the Captain position. 

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New Exhibit Opening At The Cultural Heritage Center

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Cultural Heritage Center Museum in Pierre is hosting a traveling exhibition that features South Dakota artist and author Paul Goble.

 Using artwork that relates to the more than 40 children’s books written and illustrated by Goble throughout his lifetime, the exhibition opens in the museum’s Hogen Gallery on Tuesday, April 4th, and runs through Sept. 24th.  

 Born in England, throughout his life Goble steeped himself in nature. He moved to the Black Hills where he honed his craft among the pine trees and mountains for more than 40 years.

 Known internationally for his award-winning children’s books, Goble received the Caldecott Medal for “The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses” in 1979. Goble began his career in design, crafting furniture that was produced throughout the United Kingdom. This early work foreshadowed his use of clean, crisp lines in his later illustrations depicting the natural world and American Indian themes.

Thirty illustrations from various points of Goble’s career are contained in the traveling exhibit. 

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Scam Targeting Pierre Utility Customers

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Pierre Police Department has been alerted to a potential scam that is targeting City of Pierre utility customers.

Businesses and people living in Pierre are being contacted via email and phone and told that they owe the City of Pierre money and that their utilities will be shut off if they don’t provide personal bank account information or wire money to an account provided by the scammer. The scammer may pose as a collection agent or claim to work for the City of Pierre.

Pierre Utility customers receive monthly billing statements for utilities. Customers may receive an automated call from the City of Pierre with a reminder of when a bill is due.  A Pierre Municipal Utility employee will never contact a customer and ask for payment, bank account information or to wire money. The Pierre Police Department is currently investigating the matter.

If you have concerns about a contact you have received regarding your Pierre Municipal Utility bill, contact Pierre Municipal Utilities at 773.7407 or the Pierre Police Department at 773.7413.  

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