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    1. Senate State Affairs Committee Passes Republican-backed Bill Repealing Government Ethics Overhaul

      Heinert_2017The Senate State Affairs Committee passes a Republican-backed bill that would repeal a sweeping government ethics overhaul approved by South Dakota voters in November. The measure would dismantle the ballot initiative that created an ethics commission, public campaign funding and limitations on lobbyist gifts to lawmakers. The full House voted Tuesday to approve the bill. Initiative supporters say lawmakers are attempting to thwart the will of the voters. During today’s hearing, Assistant Minority Leader, Senator Troy Heinert of Mission, says those lawmakers involved in the lawsuit against IM22 should not be voting on this measure since they will benefit financially if this law passes and the lawsuit is dropped.

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      The lawmakers named in the court case against IM22 are reportedly paying legal expenses out of their own pockets.  Republican lawmakers say IM22 is unconstitutional.

      Blake CurdMajority Leader, Senator Blake Curd of Sioux Falls, says they are not trying to overturn the will of the voters.

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      The measure passed along party lines, 7-2, and now moves to the Senate floor.


    2. Evolution And Climate Change Teaching Bill Passes Senate Floor Test

      creation vs evolutionThe fourth try for a bill critic’s claim is aimed at the teaching of evolution and climate change in South Dakota schools passed the full Senate floor test Wednesday afternoon.  Pierre Senator Jeff Monroe’s scientific teaching bill passed on a 23-12 vote.  This year’s bill, according to Monroe, is a scaled down version of the previous three scientific teaching bills that he has introduced in the past. Senate Bill 55 is called:  “An Act to protect the teaching of certain scientific information, where Monroe states that currently, science teaching in South Dakota is one directional.

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      Senator Troy Heinert of Mission is opposed to the bill, saying it would take away control from the local school boards.

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      Senator Ernie Otten of Tea says this bill will allow students to utilize critical thinking skills.

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      Monroe adds that this bill is “fixing a problem that is evident now. If it’s not in the curriculum, it’s not in this bill.” The measure now heads to the House Education committee


    3. From The Desk Of Watertown Mayor Steve Thorson On KXLG Radio

      steve thorsonListen below to hear Watertown Mayor Steve Thorson on KXLG’s From The Desk Of The Mayor

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    4. Storm Dumps 17 Inches Of Snow At Yankton

      yankton snow updateMore than 17 inches of snow fell in Yankton over last 24 hours leaving the area buried in drifts.  The photo below shows a bit of what Yankton residents will have to deal with today.


    5. President Donald Trump’s Signs Executive Actions Granting The Dakota Access And Keystone XL Pipelines Approval To Proceed

      keystone pipeline ap photoBISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s executive actions on the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines are aimed at turning the much-protested pipelines into reality. Here’s a look at what may be next for the two pipelines:

      WHAT THEY ARE AND WHERE THEY STOOD BEFORE TUESDAY

      The $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline to carry North Dakota oil through South Dakota and Iowa to a shipping point in Illinois is nearly complete, except for a stretch underneath Lake Oahe, a Missouri River reservoir in southern North Dakota. Construction is stalled due to a court fight between developer Energy Transfer Partners and the Army Corps of Engineers over permission for the pipeline to cross under the lake amid objections from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which gets its drinking water from the lake.

      The $8 billion Keystone XL project was to bring oil from Canada’s oil sands to Nebraska, where it would join other lines already leading to refineries along the Gulf Coast. Former President Barack Obama halted it in late 2015, declaring it would undercut U.S. efforts to clinch a global climate change deal that was a centerpiece of his environmental agenda.

      WHAT THE ORDERS MEAN

      Trump’s move on Dakota Access didn’t immediately clear the way for construction to resume, but it did order the Corps to quickly consider whether to approve the Lake Oahe crossing.

      Tribal attorney Jan Hasselman said what happens next will depend on how the Corps interprets the language. He said the tribe will fight in court any reversal of the Corps’ recent decision to conduct a full environmental study of the crossing — a process that could take up to two years.

      Not completing a study “would be a gross violation of the tribe’s treaty rights,” he said.

      The Corps’ Northwestern Division didn’t immediately comment, saying it was still studying Trump’s action.

      Trump’s nominee for Army secretary hasn’t yet been confirmed. But U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, a North Dakota Republican who has advised Trump on energy issues, said he doesn’t think that needs to happen for the Army to consider Trump’s message.

      On Keystone XL, Trump invited TransCanada to reapply to the State Department for a presidential permit to build and operate the pipeline. State Department approval is needed because the pipeline would cross the northern U.S. border.

      Trump directed the State Department and other agencies to make a decision within 60 days of a final application and declared that a 2014 State Department environmental study satisfies required reviews under environmental and endangered species laws. Environmental groups promised a legal challenge, arguing a new application requires a new review.

      WILL PROTESTERS RETURN?

      Opposition to Dakota Access resulted in hundreds and sometimes thousands of people camping on federal land along the pipeline route in North Dakota. The area since August has been the site of numerous, sometimes violent clashes between protesters and police, with nearly 625 arrests.

      The camp has dwindled to fewer than 300 people after the Tribal Council recently told protesters to leave due to harsh winter weather and the need to get the area cleaned up before spring flooding.

      Trump’s action could re-ignite protests, but “to what degree, we don’t know,” said Dallas Goldtooth of the Indigenous Environmental Network, which had been one of the main camp organizers before heeding the tribe’s call to leave last month. That group and other organizers have since called on Dakota Access opponents to spread out around the country rather than concentrate in southern North Dakota.

      Aaron Dorn, 32, from Utica, New York, said he has no plans to leave the camp.

      “I’m glad Trump got elected — it wakes people up to government-controlled capitalism,” he said.

      Keystone XL sparked several big protests across the country, including some at the White House that ended with hundreds of arrests, as well as an encampment on South Dakota’s Rosebud Reservation that lasted for several months in 2014.

      Jane Kleeb, founder and president of the Nebraska-based Bold Alliance, which fought Keystone XL, said the renewed fight to stop Keystone XL will take place on several fronts. The route still needs approval from the Nebraska Public Service Commission, which she said normally takes eight months to a year. Keystone’s developers can’t use eminent domain to acquire the land they need until the PSC approves the route, she said, and affected farmers and ranchers have already dug in against it. She said that will mean more fights in court — and more protests on the land.

      “You’ll see tepees, you’ll see tractors,” Kleeb said. “You’ll see lots of people who are directly at risk, then all of our allies who support us. … Now everybody’s awareness level is a hundred times more because of Dakota Access.”

      WHAT DO THE DEVELOPERS SAY?

      Dakota Access developer Energy Transfer Partners didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on Trump’s action. But a recent court filing indicates the company is ready to drill under Lake Oahe if it gets permission from the Corps. The company has entry and exit holes drilled on either side and has already put oil in the pipeline leading up to the lake in anticipation of finishing the project.

      Keystone XL developer TransCanada said it will take up Trump on his invitation to reapply for a permit.

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      Associated Press writers Matthew Daly and Ken Thomas contributed to this story from Washington. AP writer Steve Karnowski contributed from Minneapolis.


    6. Waverly-South Shore 5th Annual Coaches Versus Cancer Girls Basketball Doubleheader Raising Dollars For Relay For Cancer

      waverly south shore cancer eventA traditional event that has garnered lots of buzz in recent years around the state will be held in Waverly. The 5th Annual Coaches Versus Cancer Girls Basketball Doubleheader will also feature the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Of Codington County fundraiser.  Organizer Julie Kneeland says the event has been a big hit and success in recent years and she’s hoping for the same this year.

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      To mark the event they are selling Waverly-South Shore Coyote T’s and Hoodies. The evening will include player pledges, bake sale, donation bucket run, silent auction, Wall of Hope cares and more.

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      Contact Julie Kneeland at 520-0661 with questions or on facebook. Last year they raised more than 3700 dollars and over all they raised nearly 10,000 dollars over the last five years.


    7. South Dakota Agricultural Mediation Cases Rising Dramatically!

      Mike JaspersState Ag Secretary Mike Jaspers appeared before the House Ag and Natural Resources Committee today (Tuesday) where he briefed lawmakers.  He says the state of the agricultural community has been generating much talk these days both in and outside of the legislature.

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      His department fielded 78 requests for mediation in 2014, 112 in 2015, and 212 requests last year.

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       Of those 212 requests last year 75 participated in mediation discussions.

       


    8. Codington County Dive Rescue Has Busy Month

      jim suttone photo 2The Codington County Dive Rescue team has been very busy this last month says Emergency Management Director Jim Sutton. He says most recently they were called back to Arlington, South Dakota where another search was made for a missing duck hunter.

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      The  deceased body of 23 year old Matthew Hill of Volga was discovered early in the search where his brother’s boat had capsized.  However, authorities called off the search for his older brother 28 year-old Thomas Hill of White.  Severe cold and wind hindered rescue worker efforts in early December.  The Brookings County Sheriff says the entire shoreline was searched numerous times by foot and with ATVs in an attempt to locate the missing man, but with no success.  Watertown Search and Rescue also used their submersible but could not locate the elder brother. Sutton said they were also requested by Roberts County to search for a missing person.  They were also requested to help officials at Rapid City locate a missing homicide victim.

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      No county funds go into that Dive and Rescue budget.   All members of the team are volunteers and are not paid for their services.  County Auditor Cindy Brugman says that, in 2016, the team had 34,000 dollars in revenues.  Some of the dollar came from contracts with other counties along with a 10,000 dollar grant from the city of Watertown.

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      Brugman says that, basically the revenues used by the team come from outside the county.


    9. Disaster Declaration For December Storm

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      PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard Monday requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration to help South Dakota recover from a late December storm that did more than $9.1 million in damage to public property.

      The request covers public assistance in 24 counties — Butte, Clark, Codington, Day, Deuel, Dewey, Edmunds, Fall River, Faulk, Grant, Haakon, Hamlin, Harding, Jackson, Jones, Marshall, McPherson, Meade, Pennington, Perkins, Roberts, Stanley, Sully and Ziebach. Also included is the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe within Dewey and Ziebach counties and the Oglala Sioux Tribe within Jackson County.

      In a letter to President Donald Trump, Gov. Daugaard says the storm started Dec. 24 and continued through Dec. 26. Blizzard conditions, high winds and freezing ice led to broken power poles, downed electrical lines and stranded motorists. Three deaths were associated with the storm.

      “County and city governments were overwhelmed by the blizzard conditions and ice accumulations and struggled with maintaining accessibility for emergency traffic during the snowstorm,” Gov. Daugaard wrote the President. “When emergency officers responded to 911 callers, it took hours and a great deal of snow removal or specialized snow equipment to reach them.”

      Earlier this month, Gov. Daugaard had requested that FEMA help the South Dakota Office of Emergency Management verify the public property damage information provided by the counties. That work was done last week.

      Gov. Daugaard stated in his letter that the state has responded to six previous Presidential Disaster Declarations since 2013. The Governor said the state still is working through the recovery process from those six disasters with FEMA.

      “As you understand, recovery from disasters takes years after the initial event to fully recover physically, emotionally, and financially,” wrote the Governor. “This severe winter storm event impacted many of the same rural electric cooperatives as in the 2010 and 2013 disasters, which are still dealing with the financial ramifications and hardships from those events.”

      The request is necessary for federal disaster funds to be made available to South Dakota. If the President grants the declaration, up to 75 percent of eligible costs could be reimbursed by the government. The Governor’s request does not guarantee that funding will be made available to South Dakota.

      The Office of Emergency Management is part of the Department of Public Safety.


    10. Farmers Union Says President’s Nixing The Trans Pacific Partnership A Good Thing

      doug SombkeWASHINGTON, DC — President Trump nixing the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Deal is a good thing says Doug Sombke with the South Dakota Farmer’s Union.  Sombke says TPP does not properly address currency manipulation that would allow other nations to achieve unfair trade advantages over the U.S.

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      They weren’t concentrating on fair trade, they were just concentrating on free trade and fair trade is a lot different than just free trade,” Sombke explains. He says its sad to consider all the time and energy spent on TPP, but  not everything in it was good for the United States.

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      South Dakota U.S. Senator John Thune suggests it’s time to start over.   “I look forward to working with the Trump administration to pursue new trade deals that open markets for South Dakota products, especially our agriculture products, and ensure that American producers have the ability to compete on a level playing field in the global marketplace.” says Senator Thune ina a statement released by his office.  South Dakota U.S. Senator Mike Rounds is also looking to the future. He says, through his office, that  the new administration has said it will seek to negotiate better trade deals and he supports any effort that improves the ability to trade South Dakota goods and services around the World.  TPP is a complicated trade agreement among twelve of the Pacific Rim countries, finalized after seven years of negotiation.

       


    11. Watertown Residents Travel To Pierre For Hour Of Reflection

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      1. A group of Watertown residents traveled to Pierre Sunday, Jan. 22nd in support of the pro life event, the 44th Annual Hour of Reflection.  Immaculate Conception School choir with director Paul Moneke, keynote speaker Lee Schoenbeck, and one of the South Dakota Right to Life Founders, Mansour Karim.  Prior to the event, hundreds of people formed a LifeChain walk through Pierre.

       

      (Watertown, SD) – A bus full of Watertown residents traveled to Pierre yesterday for the 44th annual Hour of Reflection, held in remembrance of the nearly 60 million lives lost to abortion since Roe v. Wade.  Watertown’s Lee Schoenbeck was the keynote speaker for the event, which was held in the Capitol building rotunda. The Pierre Area Right to Life Group, along with South Dakota Right to Life, held the event.  Students from Immaculate Conception School in Watertown provided the music and were given a standing ovation for their performance of “Ocean’s (Where feet may fail)” by United.  Prior to the Hour of Reflection, hundreds of people joined in a Life Chain Walk through Pierre.  For more information on Right to Life, please visit watertownrighttolife.org or sdrighttolife.org.


    12. Local Lawmakers Participate In Cracker-Barrel At Watertown

      hugh bartels 2Two of the three District 5 legislators appeared for their first Cracker Barrel session Saturday at LATI. In attendance were both Representatives Nancy York and Hugh Bartels. State Senator Neil Tapio was absent attending the Presidential Inaugural in Washington.  Both were asked where they stood regarding repeal of the ethics law Initiated Measure 22 that is currently on hold from being implemented after Republican Lawmakers asked for and were successful at getting an injunction.  Republican lawmakers plan to introduce bills this session to repeal at least portions of the law saying the measure is unconstitutional and poorly written.

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      Bartels said there were numerous reasons why the Republican leadership asked for the injunction.

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      Bartels says the law isn’t workable with a citizen legislature and remains unconstitutional, an emotional point for Bartels.

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      nancy york legislative photoAt that point, state lawmakers will start over again. He expects at least six bills coming back before the lawmakers making the changes.  Bartels said that many bills will be needed, because the state’s constitution says it’s not legal to change more than one issue in a bill.  Bartels says the changes will make it workable for South Dakota.  Representative Nancy York also commented.

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    13. Large Turnout For South Dakota Women’s March Sioux Falls

      women's march sioux fallsPhoto courtesy of Women’s March Sioux Falls Facebook page

      A surprisingly large turnout for Women’s March Sioux Falls happened on Saturday morning in Downtown Sioux Falls.  Just over 33 hundred women, men and children marched together peacefully in solidarity with Women’s March Washington DC, along with many other marches across the world. Many carried homemade signs.  We have more below with Beth Warden in Sioux Falls.

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      almost 1,000 turned out in Rapid City. Organizers say over 500 marched in Vermillion. Protestors also took to the Capitol steps in Pierre. The Women’s March Sioux Falls mission statement is as follows.  “We are peacefully marching to show our strength, courage, and solidarity with WOMEN and South Dakotans, including the LGBTQ community, people of all faiths, people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, and people of all genders. We stand united for equal human rights.”


    14. Sales Tax To Be Debated Again In South Dakota Legislature

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      South Dakota legislators will again be debating a sales tax increase this year. Senate Minority Leader Billie Sutton of Burke says they will introduce a bill to roll back the sales tax on food.

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      Sutton says the rollback would help a lot of low income people in the state.

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      Sutton made the announcement at the democratic briefing, wrapping up the second full week of the legislature. Lawmakers return to Pierre on Monday for another, four day week.

       


    15. This Is Inauguration Day!

      Mike Rounds seanate 2015Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President in a ceremony at the US Capitol at twelve noon. (eastern time).  South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds says there are some themes he hopes the new President will include in his speech.

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      Rounds says tax reform also needs to be included.

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      Rounds says there also has to be a focus on regulations that slow job growth.

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      Rounds says they had about three hundred people come through his office to pick up tickets to the inauguration.

       


    16. Watertown Legislator Raises Concerns Over Hair Braiding Bill Citing Safety Hazards

      Tim RoundsA bill that would exempt natural hair braiding from the practice of cosmetology in South Dakota received overwhelming support on the House floor Thursday. The bill, HB 1048, passed on a 59 to 8 vote.   Republican Representative Tim Rounds of Pierre says this bill is simple and anything to deregulate is a positive thing.

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      nancy york legislative photoRepublican Representative Nancy York of Watertown says that this bill poses a safety hazard…

       

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      Currently, cosmetologists are required to pay a licensing fee and undergo several training hours to braid hair. The bill was brought forward on behalf of the South Dakota Cosmetology Commission.

       


    17. Record Number Of Visitors Made South Dakota Their Travel Destination In 2016

      tourism conferenceA record number of visitors made South Dakota their travel destination in 2016.  Lieutenant Governor Matt Michels says a record 13.9 million visitors traveled to South Dakota in 2016.

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      He says those visitors rang up more than $3.8 billion in spending and generated roughly $279 million in state and local tax dollars, an increase of $8.4 million.

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      An estimated 53,000 people in South Dakota are employed by the tourism industry in South Dakota, an increase of more than 3,000 jobs from 2010. This is the seventh straight year of economic growth for the states tourism industry. But State Tourism Secretary Jim Hagen says there’s room to grow.

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      Tourism officials made the announcement Thursday night during the State Tourism Conference going on this week in Pierre.


    18. Habitat for Humanity Greater Watertown Region Welcomes New Executive Director

      Nick GorrHabitat for Humanity Greater Watertown Region is pleased to welcome Nick Gorr as Executive Director. In announcing the appointment, Mary A. Goldade, President of the Board of Directors, said “We are delighted to welcome Gorr to the Watertown Habitat Affiliate and we look forward to his leadership as we work together continuing our mission of providing affordable housing in our community.”  Previously, Gorr had been responsible for Benefits Administration, Recruiting and Account Management for Beaver Dam Community Hospitals, Remedy Intelligent Staffing and ABM Industries. Gorr is excited about joining Habitat for Humanity Greater Watertown Region.  “It is an honor to be part of this wonderful group, Board of Directors and volunteers, joining in their commitment to affordable housing in Codington County!”  It is the mission of Habitat for Humanity Greater Watertown Region to build homes, communities & hope through partnerships with people and organizations throughout Codington County. Habitat homes are made possible through gifts of money, construction materials and labor. Partner families are selected based on their need for simple, decent and affordable housing; their ability to pay back a zero-interest home loan; and their willingness to partner with Habitat by completing hundreds of hours of “sweat equity” and a series of basic homebuyer classes.  In 2016, Habitat for Humanity Greater Watertown celebrated its 25th anniversary and the accomplishment of having built 27 affordable homes in Codington County in that time.  For more information, please contact Habitat for Humanity Greater Watertown Region office at (605) 884-0366 or habitat@iw.net. For more information about recent and ongoing initiatives of Habitat Greater Watertown Region, please like us on Facebook Habitat for Humanity Greater Watertown Region or see our website www.habitatwatertownsd.org.

       


    19. Watertown High School Student Detained For Making Threatening Statement About School Violence

      watertown police car 2016click audio tab to hear Watertown Police Department Sgt. Troy VanDusen

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      On 01/19/2017 during the early morning hours the Watertown Police Department received a report of a Watertown High School student who made a threatening statement about school violence.
      The Watertown Police Department and School Officials have thoroughly investigated the comments made by the child. The investigation concluded the comment was made out of anger and there were no intentions to harm anyone. At this time, no information has been obtained indicating any potential danger to the school or the students.
      The Watertown Police Department take any threat of violence seriously. The juvenile has been detained at the Codington County Detention Center for making the threats.
      The Police Department and the Watertown School District work closely together to ensure the safety of everyone. If there were any indications, no matter how slight, of potential danger to the students and/or school personnel, notifications would have been made.
      To be clear and to avoid any rumors, this was a single juvenile who made a comment out of anger and posed no imminent threat to the public.


    20. Ft. Pierre Kicks Off Bicentennial Year With Party

      Fort Pierre CelebrationHundreds of people packed Drifters Event Center in Fort Pierre Wednesday night for the kick-off to a massive celebration in 2017 for Fort Pierre’s Bicentennial year. The event coincided with the annual Governors Conference on Tourism that ends today. Fort Pierre Bicentennial Planning Committee Chairperson Chris Maxwell is excited to share the Fort Pierre bicentennial year with everyone possible…

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      Maxwell adds that the next step is to finish planning all the events this year…

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      Lieutenant Governor Matt Michaels was the featured speaker at the event Wednesday, and encourages everyone from across the state to get to know the rich history of Fort Pierre…

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      Fort Pierre has the honor of being the first bicentennial in the entire state.


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