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Pierre City Commission Approves Replacement Of 40 Year Old Landfill Equipment

Pierre City Commission Approves Replacement Of 40 Year Old Landfill Equipment

PIERRE — The Pierre City Commission has approved replacing a vital piece of machinery that operates at the city-run regional landfill. Solid Waste Manager Val Keller says the landfill’s scraper is nearing the end of its usefulness… Keller says they have limped the current scraper along as much as possible… The scraper is important given…read more »

First Year Productive For Industrial Hemp In South Dakota

First Year Productive For Industrial Hemp In South Dakota

PIERRE — It’s been a successful first year so far for industrial hemp growers in South Dakota. The first ever hemp farm within a city limit went in in Fort Pierre and is being used mostly for research. South Dakota Industrial Hemp Executive Director Katie Sieverding says most of the acres were put in East…read more »

Funeral Services Set For Former Broadcaster, Lawmaker Bob Faehn

Funeral Services Set For Former Broadcaster, Lawmaker Bob Faehn

WATERTOWN, S.D.–Funeral services will be held later this week for former Watertown broadcaster and state lawmaker Bob Faehn.  He died at his home Monday.  Faehn’s radio career began at KSDR in Watertown in 1984–a station which he eventually owned.  He also served six years in the South Dakota House of Representatives from 2005 to 2011, rising to the…read more »

Opponents Come Out In Strength Against Rental Registration Program

Opponents Come Out In Strength Against Rental Registration Program

PIERRE — After weeks and months of taking input and making adjustments, the Pierre City Commission took more public input Tuesday night on a proposed dwelling rental registration and inspection program. The opposition to the plan was literally 15 to one with only a single proponent testifying in favor of the plan. Jill Madsen is…read more »

Pierre School Board Hears Proposal On Buchanan Elementary Expansion

Pierre School Board Hears Proposal On Buchanan Elementary Expansion

PIERRE — The Pierre School Board got its first look at a proposed expansion of Buchanan Elementary School Monday night. District Business Manager Darla Mayer says expanding Buchanan has been discussed for years… Kennedy is 63-thousand 300 square feet and Jefferson is 57-thousand 500 compared to Buchanan’s 45-thousand 100 square feet. Mayer says no new…read more »

Party Status Approved For Harrold Family Fighting North Bend Wind Farm Project

Party Status Approved For Harrold Family Fighting North Bend Wind Farm Project

PIERRE — The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has approved a request for party status from a rural Harrold family opposed to a proposed wind farm near their family farm and pheasant lodge operation. Commission Chairman Chris Nelson says Michael and Judi Bollweg have made three applications in the docket for party status… Brent Koenecke,…read more »

Thune Says Clock Ticking On Congress To Keep Federal Government Funded

Thune Says Clock Ticking On Congress To Keep Federal Government Funded

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congress has a growing list of deadlines as 2021 moves towards fall. South Dakota Senator John Thune says Congress needs to address keeping the federal government funded and the nation’s debt limit is approaching quickly… Thune says there is a distinct difference in the debt raised during the Trump Administration and that…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 five-item consent calendar before considering regular agenda items. The calendar includes minutes from the September 7th meeting, the claims and three raffle requests for the Knights of Columbus, Zonta Club of Pierre/Fort Pierre and the…read more »