Announcements for April 9, 2013


PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Here are some school and other weather related announcements for today. If your organization or school have announcements we can help you pass along, contact us at 605-224-8686 or 1-800-658-5439 in Pierre or 605-845-3654 or 1-800-658-3451 in Mobridge. Fax numbers are 605-224-8984 and 605-845-5094. Cancellations or postponements can also be e-mailed to



-Stanley County Schools will be closed tomorrow, April 10 due to the weather.  The Stanley County GOLD program (afterschool program) will be closed tomorrow, as well.

-There will be no afterschool program at McKinley Elementary today in Pierre.  Also, there will be no school for Pierre tomorrow.

-St. Joseph’s School in Pierre is cancelling school tomorrow.

-No school in Kimball tomorrow.

-Chamberlain Schools will be closed tomorrow.



-South Dakota officials have closed Interstate 90 between Rapid City and Sioux Falls effective immediately. That segment of Interstate will remain closed until conditions improve and crews are able to clear the roadway. Officials with the state Departments of Transportation and Public Safety say existing road conditions are deteriorating as the storm intensifies.Strong winds and moderate to heavy snow overnight and into Wednesday will cause additional deterioration and hazardous driving conditions with zero to near zero visibility, icy roads, as well as blowing and drifting snow. Two construction projects on I-90 with head-to-head traffic are contributing to making travel particularly difficult and will hamper efforts to keep the roadway open, especially during the overnight hours. Transportation Department crews will continue maintenance operations into the early evening hours when it is safe to do so.When snowplow operations are suspended, roadways quickly become blocked and travel conditions deteriorate within the service area. Officials will assess road conditions as early as possible on Wednesday morning to determine when some segments of roadways can be opened as conditions improve. Travelers are urged to visit or to call 511 to check road conditions in other parts of South Dakota. Officials caution travelers to watch the weather and be prepared to change travel plans. Motorists are reminded that state law includes both criminal penalties and a civil fine of up to $1,000 for being on a closed highway. Motorists found traveling on I-90 between Rapid City and Sioux Falls during the closure will be in violation of state law. A stranded traveler could also be charged for the cost of a rescue effort, up to $10,000.

-The YMCA is closed today. Plans call for the Y to reopen at noon Wednesday.  There will be no morning youth or adult classes/programs and no Kids Stop tomorrow.

-Oahe Inc. and Value Village will be closed tomorrow.

-State officials have opened the state Emergency Operations Center due to the major spring storm carrying strong winds, heavy snow and freezing rain across much of South Dakota. Lt. Governor Matt Michels, acting on behalf of Governor Daugaard, ordered a Level Three activation, which means a limited number of staff members from key state response agencies will monitor conditions and coordinate appropriate levels of response together. Agencies immediately involved include the Office of Emergency Management, South Dakota Highway Patrol and the Department of Transportation. The EOC staff will coordinate responses with other state, local, tribal and private agencies and organizations and can immediately seek additional personnel and resources as needed. The storm began late Monday, but as the National Weather Service forecast, the first wave passed through by early Tuesday. A second, stronger and more wide-reaching wave of snow, wind and freezing rain was expected to enter the state this evening and move slowly from south to north. The storm was expected to continue to impact parts of the state into Thursday. The snow and wind carried on the second wave of the storm are expected to make travel difficult to nearly impossible at times through Wednesday and into Thursday. Citizens are cautioned to expect the closure of some portions of the interstate highway system. Electrical power outages are also possible.  People who must travel are encouraged to visit or call 511 to check latest road conditions and travel advisories.

-State government offices in South Dakota are scheduled to be open tomorrow (Wednesday), as statewide blizzard conditions continue. Officials suggest that citizens call ahead to make sure the specific office they plan to visit is staffed. State employees, like other South Dakota residents, are dealing with the impacts of the storm. While state government offices are open, there could be areas of the state where employees may be unable to reach a specific office to staff it by the start of business hours. Citizens seeking services are asked to call ahead and confirm that a specific office is open before traveling to that location. Citizens may also check local media sources for any information on local storm-related closings.

-The Rosebud Sioux Tribe will be closed on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, due to the continued inclement weather and hazardous road conditions. Employees will be granted administrative leave.

-Lodestar Casino in Fort Thompson will be closed tonight and will open tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m.

-The Capital Area United Way’s “Scoop-It” snow removal program for the elderly and disabled has experienced a “glitch” today – no teams were able to leave the Women’s Prison because of mechanical problems with their vehicles.  United Way Executive Director Gloria Hanson says they encourage neighbors to step up and help anyone who is unable to remove snow from their walks and driveways.  The prison does not yet know if they will have vehicles available for snow removal teams tomorrow.

-(From the City of Pierre) Due to the probability of additional snow this evening through tomorrow, the City is issuing an Emergency Snow Routes (ESR) Snow Alert.  A “Snow Alert” means the City plans to remove snow curb-to-curb on Emergency Snow Routes beginning at 2:00 AM.  Residents must have vehicles removed from all ESR’s by Midnight after which time vehicles will be ticketed and towed.  The Snow Alert will remain in effect until the City lifts the declaration.  After snow has been removed from ESR’s plowing will move to non-ESR streets.  Residents can assist crews in removing snow by moving vehicles off of street parking locations. Residents are reminded that it is a violation of city ordinance to move snow back onto a plowed street from either a driveway or sidewalk.

-The Rawlins Library in Pierre is closed.

-There will be no urgent care tonight at Avera Medical Group in Pierre.  Tomorrow, Avera Medical Group will be operating as urgent care with walk-ins only.  All patients with appointments scheduled for tomorrow will need to call to reschedule.

-Tomorrow the Pierre Mall opens at noon but K-mart will open at 9:00 a.m.

-The Pierre Area Referral Service and Pierre-Fort Pierre Pantry is closed tomorrow.  For emergency assistance, call the Pierre Police Department for assistance at 773-7410.

-River Cities Public Transit has shut down for the day.  They will reopen at 7:00 a.m. Wednesday-weather permitting.

-All Wednesday programs at Lutheran Memorial Church in Pierre are cancelled.

-There will be no Wednesday evening service and children’s classes at New Life Assembly on Wednesday, April 10.

-Capital Area Counseling has cancelled all group sessions for tonight.

-The Boys and Girls Club of the Capital Area will be closed tomorrow.

-The Parents Matter meeting that was to be tomorrow (4/10) at noon at Avera St. Mary’s has been cancelled.  The meeting will be rescheduled later this month.

-All Rehabilitation Services at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital are cancelled for Wednesday, April 10th. This includes Physical, Occupational, Speech and Massage Therapy and Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

-Four seminars by the Department of Revenue scheduled for tomorrow, are being cancelled due to the inclement weather. The South Dakota/Minnesota Border Issues seminars in Sioux Falls have been postponed until May 16th. The Basic Tax seminars in Rapid City at the Western Dakota Technical Institute have been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

-Wednesday night Faith Formation and Catechisis of the Good Shepherd classes at St. John’s Catholic Church have been canceled.

-Faith Lutheran Preschool will not have classes tomorrow.

-Wednesday’s AWANA at Community Bible Church in Pierre is cancelled

-The Big Dakota Conference Golf Meet in Pierre scheduled for Thursday has been cancelled.

-The Large Group Music Contest @ Mobridge scheduled for Wednesday April 10th has been CANCELLED. There is no make-up date.

-SD Urban Indian Health of Pierre was closed today. Employees advise that you call before you come there on Wednesday.

-Kennebec Dakotaland Feeds’ Creep Feed Booking Day at Hot Rod Steakhouse that was scheduled for tomorrow at noon has been cancelled until a later date

-Professional Counseling Associates in Pierre is closed tomorrow.

-YMCA Soccer cancelled for tonight.

-No classes tonight at the Right Turn in Pierre.




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