Category Archives: Local News

Pierre Police Implementing Reforms To Use-Of-Force Policies

Pierre Police Implementing Reforms To Use-Of-Force Policies

PIERRE — Law enforcement agencies across the country are under the microscope with a number of high-profile, fatal officer-involved use-of-force incidents. The deaths have resulted in a movement to bring about policing reforms to how officers address the use-of-force. Pierre Police Captain Bryan Walz says those reforms are funneling down already to the local level……read more »

Airport Manager With Denver Air Connection Says Reliability Is Excellent

Airport Manager With Denver Air Connection Says Reliability Is Excellent

THIEF RIVER FALLS, MN — The United States Department of Transportation’s selection of Denver Air Connection for a two-year contract to provide Essential Air Service to Pierre and Watertown has both communities wondering just what kind of air service parent company Key Lime Air will provide. One person with experience with Denver Air Connection’s abilities…read more »

South Dakota Severe Weather Takes Many Forms To Be Aware Of

South Dakota Severe Weather Takes Many Forms To Be Aware Of

PIERRE — South Dakota continues to prepare for severe weather as Severe Weather Awareness Week ends on Friday. While tornadoes, hail and flooding gain most of the attention for severe storms, Kelly Serr, the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Aberdeen says there are other kinds of severe weather to be aware…read more »

Pierre City Commissioners Get Progress Update On Waldron Bridge Construction

Pierre City Commissioners Get Progress Update On Waldron Bridge Construction

PIERRE — Work on building a new Missouri River crossing between Pierre and Fort Pierre remains on schedule. The Pierre City Commission was given a progress report on the John Waldron Memorial Bridge Tuesday night. Denae Johnson with Project Solutions says traffic will remain open during construction with some restrictions and changes…. A 13-foot width…read more »

Officials Planning Prescribed Burns Near Oahe Dam

Officials Planning Prescribed Burns Near Oahe Dam

OMAHA, NE — The US Army Corps of Engineers is planning a number of prescribed burns on Corps of Engineers property around the Oahe Dam in the next few weeks. The grassland burns will depend on weather conditions at several restoration sites like wind, temperature, relative humidity, smoke dispersal and an appropriate number of local…read more »

Hughes County Looking To Address Rising Attorney Costs

Hughes County Looking To Address Rising Attorney Costs

PIERRE — The Hughes County Commission this week passed a budget supplement resolution to cover court appointed attorney costs incurred by the county. County Manager Kevin Hipple says county is spending a lot of money for lawyers for court… Hipple says State’s Attorney Jessica LaMie is trying to get costs under control… Commission Chair Randy…read more »

Pierre City Commission Rejects Expansion Of Fireworks Ordinance

Pierre City Commission Rejects Expansion Of Fireworks Ordinance

PIERRE — The Pierre City Commission has rejected proposed revisions to the city’s fireworks ordinances that would have allowed expanded, but still limited use. Pierre allowed expanded fireworks use last year due to Covid-19 concerns with social distancing. Pierre resident Harlan Fransen supported keeping the changes… Travis Duffy spoke in opposition to the proposal telling…read more »

Health Officials Continue Push To Vaccinate South Dakotans Against Covid-19

Health Officials Continue Push To Vaccinate South Dakotans Against Covid-19

PIERRE — Medical officials from South Dakota’s top health systems joined state health officials in urging South Dakotan’s to get vaccinated against Covid-19. Health Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon says vaccinations are the end game for the pandemic… Dr. David Basel with Avera Medical Group says the future of the pandemic is in the general public’s hands……read more »

Pierre City Commission To Meet Tonight

Pierre City Commission To Meet Tonight

PIERRE — The Pierre City Commission is meeting tonight at the Pierre Municipal Building. Commissioners will consider approval of a seven-item consent calendar before moving on to three items of unfinished business. The Commission will consider awarding a bid for the wastewater treatment plant redesign project and an administrative services agreement with Burns and McDonnell…read more »