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Pierre Solar Powering Over 200 Homes

South Dakota’s largest solar project is producing enough electricity to power over 200 homes. Pierre utilities manager Brad Palmer says Pierre Solar has been online since October 2016.   Palmer says Pierre Solar produces less electricity in the winter than in the summer because of cloud cover and shorter days.
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Trappers to Hold “Fireworks Fridays”; Looking for Host Families

Friday night home games for the Pierre Trappers inaugural season will end with a bang—actually, a lot of bangs. The Pierre City Commission has approved allowing the Trappers to put on a fireworks display after their game is over. Assistant general manager Jamaal Cummings says they’re calling the promotion “Fireworks Fridays.”   The fireworks...
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South Dakota State Fleet Used 2 Million Gallons of Ethanol

The South Dakota state vehicle fleet burned nearly 2 million gallons of ethanol-blended fuels in its flex-fuel vehicles during the last year, according to the South Dakota Bureau of Administration. From mid-May 2017 through mid-May 2018, its fleet of almost 25-hundred flex-fuel vehicles used 1.91 million gallons of E-10, E-30 and E-85 fuels. Bureau...
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Pierre is Ready When Emerald Ash Borer Gets Here

Emerald ash borer hasn’t been found in Pierre, but when it gets here, the city is ready for it. City parks director Tom Farnsworth told the City Commission at this week’s (Tues.) meeting says it’s not if the pest gets to Pierre, it’s a matter of when.   Farnsworth says there are a lot...
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2019 Corn Palace Murals Revealed

(KORN) The Corn Palace has unveiled the 2019 mural designs created by Dakota Wesleyan University’s digital media and design department. The theme is “A Salute to the Military.” Corn Palace Director Scott Schmidt says it’s the first year of a new partnership with DWU.   Dakota Wesleyan has a long history with the Corn...
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Kiwanis awards nearly $9,900 in scholarships to local high school seniors

The Pierre-Fort Pierre Kiwanis Club recently awarded $9,850 in scholarships to 18 graduating seniors from Pierre Riggs and Stanley County high schools. Winning $1,000 Melvin Wall Memorial scholarships were Claire Mohr of Pierre and Abigail Arhart of Stanley County. Awarded $1,000 Don London Memorial Perkins scholarships were Jacob Beastrom of Pierre and Jennifer Sweetman...
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Regulations for Recreational Fires and Open Burning Being Added to Pierre’s City Fire Ordinance

Pierre currently doesn’t have an ordinance in place regulating open burning or recreational fires, but that will soon change. Pierre Volunteer Fire Department chief Ian Paul has drafted wording to add to the city’s fire ordinance. He told the city commission at this week’s (Tues.) meeting one section deals with open burning.   Paul...
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May 17 is Mark Swendsen Day in Pierre and Fort Pierre

May 17, 2018, has been declared Mark Swendsen Day in both Fort Pierre and Pierre. After over 40 years working for the Dakota Radio Group, Mark will be retiring. Mark and Linda will be moving to the St. Louis, MO, area to be near their children and grandchildren. Please join Mark, his wife Linda...
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Hughes County Man Indicted for Aggravated Battery on an Infant

A Hughes County Grand Jury has indicted a 35-year-old Pierre man on charges related to the injury of an infant earlier this year. Gary Johnathan Martin has been charged with aggravated battery of an infant–a class 2 felony punishable by up to 25 years in the state penitentiary and/or $50-thousand fine– and one count...
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Oahe Child Development Center Students Learn About Native American Dances

The Cook family performed a Jingle Dance and Fancy Dance for the children at Oahe Child Development Center this week.  They also shared with the children the history behind the dances.   In order left to right:  Tashina Cook Colter Cook Jr. Cook Cheppa (Wakiyan) Cook Wicozani Cook
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