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Aquaponic horticulture scheduled for spring semester splash in Stanley County

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Aquaponic horticulture scheduled for spring semester splash in Stanley County


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Future USS South Dakota submarine sailors surface at Stanley County Elementary School

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Future USS South Dakota submarine sailors surface at Stanley County Elementary School


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“It’s something really special”: Fort Pierre man turns abused farm ground into a wildlife haven

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Gathering to give thanks in Pierre and Fort Pierre
People gathered to sing that song early Thursday in one Pierre church.. “We have so many things to be thankful for,” the Rev. Joseph Holzhauser told the 80 parishioners in the pews of SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day in Pierre. One of them is having “our native son,” the Rev. Tom Anderson home from his Aberdeen parish to help out at Thanksgiving Mass, Holzhauser said   Read More ...
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Fort Pierre City Council considering electric increases
For three different rate tiers, next year Fort Pierre residential electric customers could pay the same as they do now, 4 percent more, and 8 percent more per kilowatt hour. Rate tiers depend on time of year and amount of electricity used. Electric customers could also pay 9 percent more for the monthly base. The effect of the various rate increases is expected to generate 3 percent more revenue, according to Roxanne Heezen, the city’s finance director   Read More ...
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Fort Pierre per gallon water rates proposed to stay same; 2 percent more for monthly base
Based on preliminary action by the city council at its regular twice-monthly meeting on Monday, Fort Pierre water customers will pay the same per gallon charge in 2018 as they did this year. But they'll see about a 2 percent increase in the monthly base charge – from $24.50 to $25.00 for city residents, and from $36.75 to $37.50 for those who live outside the city   Read More ...
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Fort Pierre Body Shop Burns
A pile of charred metal is all that remains of the Fort Pierre Body Shop, located on the south side of US-14 near the junction of SD-1806, after an early morning fire destroyed the building. According to Fort Pierre Fire Chief Justin Jones, the alarm came in around 2 a.m. Tuesday morning. It took him maybe two minutes to reach the fire – he lives nearby – but the building was already engulfed in flames when he arrived, Jones told the Capital Journal   Read More ...
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Seiler to leave U.S. attorney’s office Dec. 31, stay in Fort Pierre as lawyer
U.S. Attorney Randy Seiler will practice law in Fort Pierre after he leaves office as South Dakota’s top federal prosecutor on Dec. 31, he announced on Monday. Seiler, 71, said he’s retiring after 20 years working as a federal prosecutor in the state and being U.S. attorney since March 2015. It will bring to a close a long career of public service, beginning with Seiler’s four years in the Air Force in the late 1960s, including a tour of duty in Vietnam   Read More ...
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Fort Pierre continues Christmas tree tradition of manhole as tree stand
A blue spruce sliced from the yard of Pierre resident Dave Templeton made its way across the Missouri River on Monday morning. There it was anchored in the heart of Fort Pierre, literally in the intersection of Deadwood Street and Main Avenue. The crew from A-G-E Corp. lifted the tree off the bed of the trunk, lowering the trunk into a manhole dedicated to the specific purpose of receiving the city's annual Christmas tree   Read More ...
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Fort Pierre agrees to partial payment for rec trail paving done by Morris, Inc
After postponing the proposal at their previous meeting, the Fort Pierre City Council approved an arrangement to pay Morris, Inc. a partial amount for rec trail paving work the company was contracted to do. Fort Pierre Public Works Director Rick Hahn had proposed the arrangement at the council's previous meeting. But the council delayed action, due to concerns that a Game, Fish and Parks grant might not reimburse any of the city’s costs, based on a failure to complete the entire project up to standard   Read More ...
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Fort Pierre’s Randy Seiler to retire as U.S. attorney for SD
Randy Seiler of Fort Pierre will announce Monday his retirement as U.S. attorney for South Dakota, he told the Capital Journal. A career federal prosecutor in South Dakota, Seiler, 71, has been working as U.S. attorney since March 2015. That’s when Brendan Johnson resigned to take a job with a Minneapolis-based law firm and Seiler – Johnson’s top assistant – was named acting U   Read More ...
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Aquaponic horticulture scheduled for spring semester splash in Stanley County
A $20,000 grant from the Turner Foundation has been awarded to the Stanley County School District. The money will be used to build an indoor greenhouse and aquaponics facility in the ag classroom building. Aquaponics and hydroponics are approaches to growing plants without soil; nutrients that would typically come from soil are delivered in mineral nutrient solutions. Confirmation of the grant award came from district superintendent Joel Price in the “good news” section of his regular report to the board at its regular monthly meeting Monday evening   Read More ...
Categories: Farming | 
Tags: Horticulture |  Fish farming |  Aquaponics | 
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Fairgrounds update: From bull riding to bleachers
Bull riding and bleachers were the two main points of Fairgrounds Manager Scott Deal's report to the Stanley County Commission at its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday. Deal told commissioners he had a Thursday meeting scheduled to talk to Allen Weischedel, of Sully County's Weischedel Bucking Bulls, about organizing a New Year's Eve bull-riding event. The initial conversation he'd had with Weischedel, Deal told them, was based on the idea that Weischedel would line up sponsors and handle the event's organization   Read More ...
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Churches in Pierre, Fort Pierre reflect on need for security after church shootings Sunday in Texas, California
Some churches in Pierre and Fort Pierre have people packing in the pews, carrying guns, while others don’t. It’s an issue that again is being talked about after the horrific shooting in the Southern Baptist Church in a small Texas town last week in which a man shot and killed 26 people in the pews, including crying babies at point blank range with a semi-automatic rifle   Read More ...
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Stanley County to consider 5-year contract for 4-H Finals Rodeo
At its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, the Stanley County Commission was asked by the South Dakota 4-H Finals Rodeo Committee to consider two significant changes to its hosting of the event. One change would begin with the contract for the 2018 rodeo, scheduled for Aug. 17-19 at the Stanley County fairgrounds. Instead of signing a one-year agreement, as they have in years past, Stanley County and the 4-H Finals Committee would strike a five-year deal that includes 2018 as the first year   Read More ...
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Mike Kenzy appointed to fill vacancy on Stanley County Commission
Mike Kenzy, co-owner of local business Kenzy Construction, was sworn in Tuesday evening as a new Stanley County commissioner at the commission’s regular monthly meeting. Kenzy fills the District 2 vacancy left by Scott Deal when he resigned from the commission, effective Sept. 1, and took over the county job of fairgrounds manager. District 2 includes most of the southwestern part of the city of Fort Pierre, west of US-83   Read More ...
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New film on Fort Pierre’s John Waldron’s WWII heroism premieres publicly on SD Public TV
“South Dakota Warrior,” the short film on the World War II heroism of Lt. Cmdr. John Waldron, who grew up in Fort Pierre, is now available online and made its public premiere at 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 6, on South Dakota Public TV. The 20-minute film was produced and directed by John Mollison, a 1983 Riggs High graduate, known for his “Old Guys and Their Airplanes” series of which the Waldron film is the latest episode   Read More ...
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Fort Pierre to decorate Capitol’s Christmas tree
A 27-and-a-half-foot Colorado Blue Spruce was delivered to the Capitol in Pierre early Monday afternoon. Grown in South Dakota – on Pickerel Lake near Grenville – it will serve as the tallest Christmas tree in the Capitol Rotunda this year. The privilege of decorating the tree was awarded to the City of Fort Pierre, according to Dawn Hill, co-chair of Christmas at the Capitol   Read More ...
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Tags: Holidays |  Christmas |  Christmas Trees | 
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Fort Pierre tables annual agreement for upkeep of historical sites
It was an item that Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson described before the city council’s regular Monday meeting as more or less routine. But the council wound up voting to table a one-year $4,000 contract with two historical groups for upkeep of two prominent historical sites located in or near the city. It will likely reappear on the council’s next meeting agenda   Read More ...
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Fort Pierre plans for water needs, long and short term
At its regular biweekly meeting in mid-October, members of the Fort Pierre city council reflected a bit on the city’s water system. No action was taken, because no related item appeared on the agenda. Still, the conversation provided some insight into how councilmembers and staff are thinking about city water. In condensed form, the basic picture looks like this: The city is making shorter term planning efforts for growth and increased water use; it’s also thinking strategically about significant increased needs over the next two decades   Read More ...
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Future USS South Dakota submarine sailors surface at Stanley County Elementary School
Four U.S. Navy sailors – who will be a part of the crew of the USS South Dakota, when it’s commissioned sometime next year – visited with Stanley County Elementary students Friday morning. The submarine’s connection to the Stanley County Schools is through its elementary principal, Terri Mehlhaff, whose husband is finance officer for the American Legion Pierre Post 8. The four crew members – Kyle Fontenot, Justin Lee, Nicholas Wilbratte and Jeffrey Langley – paid a visit to the American Legion post the previous evening   Read More ...
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Snow business: Prep to park elsewhere in Pierre, Fort Pierre
Wednesday was Winter Weather Preparedness Day in South Dakota. Even if residents weren’t aware of the designated day two days ago – and somehow missed the temperatures in the mid-30s that blew through the area, borne by 40-mph northwest winds – they might have clued into winter’s approach from the preparations their local governments are making. One way the cities on both sides of the river are getting ready for winter is to remind motorists about seasonal parking regulations   Read More ...
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Fort Pierre Family Dollar Store now open, ribbon cutting Friday morning
Fort Pierre’s Family Dollar Store, located at Deadwood Street and 7th Avenue, has been open for business since Thursday last week. A formal grand opening with a ribbon cutting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday. Just inside the door is a sign that announces “$5 Halloween Candy” – which might dispel a possible misconception that everything inside a Family Dollar Store is priced at a dollar   Read More ...
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Fort Pierre buffer zone: Proposal in the works for joint city-county control
Wednesday evening, the planning commissions of the City of Fort Pierre and Stanley County continued work on a proposal that would give the city and county joint control over zoning issues in a one-mile buffer zone outside the city boundaries. Currently, the City of Fort Pierre has sole control over zoning ordinances in the extraterritorial buffer area. By sometime early next year that could change   Read More ...
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McClellands closes: Last day a fundraiser for Stanley County wrestling building
Mike McClelland celebrated his 70th birthday earlier this month. So he “retired” – by closing McClellands Restaurant over the weekend. The steakhouse was open for 12 years a half-mile north of US-14 on SD-1806. Continuing in business will be McClellands Cafe, at the Sale Barn, open on Fridays and Saturdays. That’s where anyone who might miss McClelland’s cooking can still get hot beef sandwiches, burgers, cheeseburgers, soups, roast beef dinners and weekly specials   Read More ...
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SDRA names Fort Pierre Fourth of July Rodeo “Rodeo of the Year” “
This year’s three-night Fourth of July Rodeo at Stanley County fairgrounds was named “Rodeo of the Year” by the South Dakota Rodeo Association, according to SDRA Publicity Director Merretta Anderson. Anderson explained that the award was voted on by members during the contestant meeting at the SDRA Finals, which were held in Rapid City last weekend. Stanley County’s rodeo was chosen from 26 other SDRA events   Read More ...
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“Future Fort Pierre” initiative in final organizational stages
According to Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson, an economic development effort that’s flying under the banner of “Future Fort Pierre” is close to involving the general public. After an initial meeting that took place at the end of July, a second organizational meeting was held last week on Thursday. Fort Pierre Tourism Promotion Council (FPTPC) Executive Director Chris Maxwell hopes a final organizational meeting can take place before the end of the year   Read More ...
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Fort Pierre City Council OKs submission of grant application for demolition of dilapidated houses
A public hearing held at Monday’s regular Fort Pierre City Council meeting drew no members of the rank-and-file public. But Dave Bonde, executive director of the Fort Pierre Development Corporation (FPDC), attended the meeting to help explain details of the federal grant that could fund a proposal to demolish “dilapidated structures” in the city, and put the properties up for sale for residential redevelopment   Read More ...
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Stanley County releases information on commissioner candidates
Information about five candidates who applied to fill the vacant spot on the county commission has been released by Stanley County. In the order their documents were stamped as received by the county, the candidates are: Carl Rathbun, Tyler Green, Michael Kenzy, Lynn Fravel and Marsha Titze Davenport. Aside from the apparent redaction of some details, like the wages earned by applicants at various jobs and the exact dates of their employment, the materials appear to have been provided to the Capital Journal in their entirety   Read More ...
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“It’s something really special”: Fort Pierre man turns abused farm ground into a wildlife haven
John Moisan is a hunter. That fact becomes apparent when he looks out at the 640 acres of land he owns in Tripp County a few dozen miles south of Presho. Moisan sees the cuts and draws, the cattails and trees not as impediments to farming and cattle but as goldmines for pheasants, grouse and deer. Driving around his property in the back of a friend’s pickup, he points to the grass he’s planted as his proudest achievement, not the rows of sorghum that also thrive on his land   Read More ...
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Tags: Farms | 
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Pierre misses, Stanley Co. hits mandated teacher pay goal
The Stanley County and Pierre school districts both increased teacher salaries last year (2017) compared to the year before. Based on data released by the Department of Education last week, Stanley County’s average teacher salary increased by $3,278 (8.6 percent) to $41,242, from $37,964 in 2016. And Pierre’s average teacher salary increased $4,990 (11.8 percent) to $47,300, from $42,310 in 2016   Read More ...
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Two neighboring Fort Pierre businesses on course to launch soon
A Family Dollar Store is expected to open its doors to customers in Fort Pierre on Oct. 19, according to district manager Todd Wilson, who’s based in Denver. When the Capital Journal dropped by Wednesday, workers were installing shelving in the store, located at Seventh Avenue on the east side of Deadwood Street. A more formal grand opening with a ribbon cutting is currently scheduled for the morning of Oct   Read More ...
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Fort Pierre, The Crossroads of the Prairie
As the 1860’s dawned, ill winds were blowing across America. Slavery and States Rights were being debated at nearly every supper table. Abraham Lincoln had been elected President in 1860. Before he could be sworn into office, seven states had seceded from the Union. Four others were soon to follow. If secession were to be successful, it would end one of the world’s few true republics   Read More ...
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Fort Pierre’s Perkins owner building Ground Round in Huron
Diane London, the owner of Perkins Restaurant who has battled the City of Fort Pierre in court, is building a Ground Round restaurant and sports bar in Huron, South Dakota. It’s a two-hour drive east of Pierre, where she lives, to Huron. And she will make it a couple of times a week and then more, London said Thursday. “But this will always be my home,” she said of Pierre and Fort Pierre   Read More ...
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Stanley County 5-year road and bridge plan hopes for BIG results
In the short run at least, applying dust control agents to gravel roads is more economical than paving them. That’s evident from the contrast between this year’s and last year’s five-year highway and bridge plan for Stanley County. The updated five-year plan, which covers 2018-2022, was adopted by the county commission at its regular Tuesday evening meeting. The adopted plan also includes specific projects the county hopes will be funded through the state’s Bridge Improvement Grant program   Read More ...
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Interviewees selected for replacement appointee to Stanley County Commission
Three interviewees to fill the vacancy on the five-member Stanley County Commission were selected by the four remaining commissioners at a closed session during their regular meeting Tuesday evening. That was the expected, next step in the process, based on remarks made by commissioners at their special meeting in late September, which was convened primarily to adopt the 2018 budget. Commission Chair Dana Iversen told the Capital Journal after the September special meeting that he hoped an appointment to fill the vacancy could be made at the commission’s regular November meeting   Read More ...
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Stanley County School board starts review of mission
“To prepare and challenge students to become lifelong learners and productive citizens in a global society.” That’s the current mission statement of the Stanley County School District. It’s posted on the door to the Parkview Auditorium – because it was posted there by superintendent Joel Price. But Monday evening the school board started a process of reviewing that statement, as well as the six separate goals that were previously adopted by the board   Read More ...
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Fort Pierre Council sets hearing on “Bulldoze, Build and Beautify” $76K grant application
Fort Pierre might receive $76,622 in federal money to “bulldoze, build and beautify” about 10 vacant houses in the city. In action taken at its Monday evening meeting, the city council set an Oct. 16 public hearing on the city’s application for the funding. The city had already notified the governor’s office of economic development (GOED) of its intent to apply for funds   Read More ...
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Stanley County commission didn’t want to raise taxes
The basic news out of the Stanley County Commission meeting last week was simple: Commissioners adopted a 2018 budget totalling $4,095,396 – which was about $380,000 less than the $4,477,267 in the provisional budget. That’s an 8.5 percent reduction. The provisional budget is based on a “wish list” of requests from departments and outside entities. Even if commissioners might not have had specific objections based on the merit of those requests, they were clear about the overarching reason they undertook the cuts: They did not want to use the allowable increase in taxes that could otherwise be generated by this year’s 1 percent increase in the consumer price index (CPI)   Read More ...
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Stanley County on path to replace commissioner
After a closed session to discuss personnel, as allowed under SDCL 1-25-2(1), Stanley County commissioners discussed briefly Tuesday evening how they expected to take the next step in filling the vacant spot on the commission. Interviewees will be chosen next week at the regular meeting of the commission. Commission Chair Dana Iversen told the Capital Journal after Tuesday’s special meeting that he hoped an appointment to fill the vacancy could be made at the commission’s regular November meeting   Read More ...
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Stanley County cuts about $380K from 2018 budget to avoid using CPI increase
The provisional budget for Stanley County called for revenues and expenditures balanced at $4,477,267. But, by the end of their special meeting Tuesday evening, commissioners had adopted a final budget totalling just $4,095,396, or about $380,000 less. The impetus behind the cuts was not the lack of an available revenue source. After the meeting, Commission Chair Dana Iverson told The Capital Journal that all of those cuts could have been avoided – if the commission had opted to use an allowable increase in property taxes   Read More ...
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20th annual Stirling rodeo raises most money ever for “cancer warriors”
The Stirling Family Memorial Ranch Rodeo had a goal of raising $20,000 this year, its 20th anniversary. And that goal was exceeded, according to Julie Stirling Fieldsend, president of the board of directors for the nonprofit. Money raised from the rodeo, which was held at the Stanley County fairgrounds two weekends ago, goes to help provide financial support for those living with cancer   Read More ...
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Fort Pierre looks to build on bicentennial momentum
Ideas the Capital Journal has heard for building on the momentum generated by last weekend’s bicentennial celebration in Fort Pierre are as plentiful as the buffalo cutouts that were set up across town. Here’s a sampling: expansion of the Tuesday farmers market into a weekly festival; a chuckwagon cook-off; an annual, full-scale rendezvous of black powder enthusiasts; and establishing Fort Pierre as “Buffalo Capital of the United States   Read More ...
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