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Deployment Ceremony Held In Pierre

Monday, July 24, 2017

Fifteen Soldiers from the South Dakota Army National Guard's 200th Engineer Company were honored during a deployment ceremony in Pierre Saturday afternoon.

Many family members, friends and community supporters assembled at the Riggs High School Theater to say farewell to the Soldiers who will depart for a nine-month deployment to the Middle East.

The Soldiers will serve as a Bridge Training Team and provide training and assistance to coalition forces on military bridge systems throughout the region. As a multi-role bridge unit, the 200th's mission is to assemble, maintain, repair and replace all standard U.S. Army bridge systems.

200th Bridge Training Team Captain Mark Francisco says the team is ready for any challenges…

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Other ceremony speakers included Gov. Dennis Daugaard, U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds, U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem, Pierre Mayor Steve Harding, and South Dakota National Guard Major General Tim Reisch.

Harding told the crowd that the 200th and the South Dakota National Guard gave the community of Pierre hope during the flood of 2011…

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Rounds told those departing that they are the “best of the best”…

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Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, this will be the third mobilization for the Pierre, Chamberlain and Mobridge-based unit, which deployed forces to Iraq in 2003-2004 and Afghanistan in 2011-2012.

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Highway Patrol Ceremony Held In Pierre

Monday, July 24, 2017

The South Dakota Highway Patrol welcomed its largest group of new troopers in more than forty years at a ceremony Friday morning inside of the State Capitol Rotunda in Pierre.

The class saw twenty recruits, fifteen men and five women. It’s the largest class since twenty-five recruits joined in 1974. It’s also the highest class of women ever in state history.

Highway Patrol Superintendent Colonel Craig Price says the Highway Patrol is some of the best people in the nation…

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Price says working for the Highway Patrol is no doubt one of the most dangerous professions…

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Governor Dennis Daugaard was the featured speaker at the ceremony. He told those becoming troopers Friday that there will be many challenges facing them…

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The recruits have had a year of academy and field training in Pierre. They will be assigned to stations across the state and some started as soon as Saturday.

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“Born To Buck” Reunion To Be Held Next Month

Monday, July 24, 2017

The Casey Tibbs Documentary “Born To Buck" will be having a 50th Year Reunion next month in Fort Pierre. The Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center is hosting the reunion on Saturday, August 19th at 2:00 PM at the Rodeo Center.

The film is about how Casey Tibbs moved more than 300 wild horses from White River to Fort Pierre. Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center Director Cindy Bahe says the film's actors and extras are invited as well as the general public...

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Bahe says she is organizing the event to document the stories of those involved in the film…

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Bahe says the Rodeo Center will have a viewing of the movie with an informal presentation from those that played a role in the production of the film during the event. 

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Fort Pierre Farmers Market Event Returns Tuesday

Monday, July 24, 2017

The weekly Tuesday night Fort Pierre Farmers Markets have been very successful so far according to city officials.

Farmers Markets are definitely popular throughout the summer, as Pierre hosts not one but two weekly farmers markets on Saturdays. Vendors come from as far as Clark to sell their home-grown products.

Fort Pierre has hosted two Farmers Markets so far this summer, and will continue each Tuesday night until mid-September. Chris Maxwell of the Fort Pierre Bicentennial Committee says they have had amazing support from the community so far…

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Maxwell says there will be much more than fresh produce at the event this Tuesday night…

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Local residents are also able to take a ride on “The Sunset-” the 90 foot paddleboat that Caleb Gilkerson brought to the area-during the weekly Farmers Market.

The Farmers Market will be running from 5pm to 8pm each Tuesday throughout the summer in downtown Fort Pierre. To find out about all of Fort Pierre’s events for their bicentennial celebration, visit www.fortpierre.com

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Former Director Of National Museum Of History To Visit Pierre

Monday, July 24, 2017

Brent Glass, former director of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, is making appearances in Pierre today to promote his new book, “50 Great American Places: Essential Historic Sites Across the U.S.”

Glass’s 7 p.m. presentation at the Capitol Lake Visitor Center will be the primary opportunity for the public to interact with him. The evening will include a presentation by Glass as well as questions and answers with the audience, followed by a book signing. Books will be available for purchase.   

From 1:30-2:30 p.m. today, Glass will be signing his book at the Cultural Heritage Center.  There is no admission fee to come to the book signing, and no formal presentation is planned at the afternoon event.  

“50 Great American Places” is published by Simon & Schuster. Glass, a historian and the director emeritus of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of History, leads readers on a journey through 50 of the most important cultural and historic sites in the United States. Featuring a foreword from bestselling author David McCullough, this book is part travelogue and part collection of historical essays.

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Pierre Seeking Bids For Airport Boarding Bridge

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Pierre City Commission this week approved seeking bids for a boarding bridge at the Pierre Regional Airport.

The estimated half million dollar bridge is financed 90 percent by the feds, 5 percent by the state, and 5 percent by the city.

Pierre Airport Manager Mike Isaacs says there are a lot of advantages to the boarding bridge…

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Issacs says the boarding bridge was planned when the new terminal was built five years ago…

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Isaacs says that the boarding bridge is very versatile…

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It will take four to six months to construct the massive boarding bridge, and will arrive in Pierre early next year. 

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National Guard Hosting Training North Of Pierre

Friday, July 21, 2017

In addition to the deployment ceremony for the 15 members of the local unit of the South Dakota National Guard on Saturday, a training exercise for a separate unit of the National Guard will take place this weekend in our area.

The South Dakota National Guard State Medical Command is hosting a wide array of training exercises northwest of the Oahe Dam throughout the day Saturday.

Company Battalion Commander Lieutenant Colonel Murray Thompson says their company is excited to bring military families from across the state into the Pierre/Fort Pierre area…

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Thompson says that the public will see a lot of military grade vehicles participating in this exercise…

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He says the public is welcome to witness the training from a safe distance…

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He says this training is required every two years so the soldiers are up to date in their medic skills.


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Stanley County Parts Ways With Fairgrounds Manager

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Stanley County Commissioners at their meeting earlier this month announced that they are parting ways with their fairground manager. At their meeting last week, Stanley County Commission Chairman Dana Iversen stated that the county was “letting Aaron go.”

The Stanley County Commissioners hired Aaron Brewer to take over the reins of the Stanley County Fairgrounds last year in April.

Brewer, a rural Pierre resident, has an extensive background in rodeo and business management.  His last official day with the county will be July 25th.

Two County Commissioners and the Stanley County Auditor will oversee the operations of the Fairgrounds until a replacement is hired. 

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Hughes County Hosting Wind Farm Ordinance Meeting

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Hughes County Planning Commission is currently looking at possible changes to ordinances regulating wind farms. At this point, the proposed changes would only impact Large Wind Energy Conversion Systems.

The County will have a Wind Ordinance Informational Meeting on Monday in the Commissioners Room on the second floor of the Hughes County Courthouse at 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM. The meeting is to discuss the proposed changes and answer any questions.

Hughes County Planning Director Lee McCurrin says the county is having these meetings to let interested parties review draft ordinance language and other information. Members of the Hughes County Planning Commission, County Commission, and County staff will be available to answer questions. These meetings will not be official public hearings, but will be come and go events. The ordinance changes would impact the entire county and are not targeted at any specific wind farm or project.

Hughes County encourages anyone with an interest in wind energy in the County to attend the meeting to get their questions answered and to offer any comments or concerns with wind energy.

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Five Arrested On Drug Charges In Pierre

Friday, July 21, 2017

Five individuals were arrested in Pierre Wednesday on drug charges.

According to Pierre Police Captain Jason Jones, on Wednesday at approximately 7:52 pm a Pierre Police Officer stopped a Northbound 2017 Jeep Wrangler for speeding near Garfield and Buffalo Street. The officer detected the smell of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle and other officers arrived to assist with the five total occupants and further investigate.

The driver of the vehicle, 21 year old Casandra Artichoker of Mission was arrested for Possession of Marijuana 2 oz. or less, Possession or use of drug paraphernalia and Open Container in a motor vehicle. Passengers 20 year old Leon Badhand of St Francis, 20 year old Tate Birdinground of Rosebud, 23 year old Tavis Birdinground of Rosebud and 20 year old Faith Haukaas of Valentine, NE were all also arrested and charged with Ingesting a substance to become intoxicated, Possession of Marijuana 2 oz. or less and Possession or use of drug paraphernalia.

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