P ierre Area Chamber of Commerce
 February 2018 Newsletter


Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce, Pierre Convention & Visitors Bureau & Pierre Economic Development Corporation E-News


This is the electronic version of the Pierre Area Chamber's February 2018 newsletter. We continue to provide a hard copy of this document in the Capital Journal as well.

Life is good on the river,
The Staff at the
Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce

In This Issue
Pierre Economic Development Corporation
2018 Investor List
(from 1/1 to 1/25)
  
Thank you to the following businesses, organizations and individuals who are supporting economic development in Central South Dakota through their PEDCO membership investment.
  

Platinum Investors - $1000
Avera Health,
BankWest,
First National Bank,
Wells Fargo Bank

Gold Investors - $600
A-G-E Corporation
 American Bank & Trust
 Beck Motor Company
Brosz Engineering Inc.

Silver Investors - $300
Allied Plumbing and Heating
Beemer & Bartlett Eye Clinic
Delta Dental
 Farm Credit Services of America
First Dakota National Bank Fischer Rounds & Associates
Lariat Lanes
Nystrom Electrical Contracting Inc.
Robins Water Conditioning Inc.
Wegner Auto Company

Bronze Investors - $150
Acorn Trust Company, Anderson Contractors Inc., Angel's Salon, Audiology Associates Inc., BPRO Inc., Bechtold Thompson Dental Clinic, Black Hills Federal Credit Union, Butler Machinery Co., Capital Area Counseling Service, Capital City Wine & Spirits, Capital Journal, Central Dakota Eyecare LLP, Century Business Products, Chandlers Inc., Chase Auto & RV, Clausen & Rice LLP, Clubhouse Hotel & Suites, Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Cone Ag Inc., Cowboy Country Stores, DJ's Convenience Store, Dakota Business Center, Dentistry at the St. Charles, Drifters Bar & Grille, Envirotech, Feigum Funeral Home, Ferding Electric Inc., Fine Line Auto, Fort Pierre Livestock Auction, Foster Rentals, Friman Oil & Gas, Graham Tire Co., Grossenburg Implement, Hughes County Abstract, Isburg Funeral Chapels, Jake's Goodtimes Place, Jerome Beverage Inc., KCCR 1240 AM/KLXS 95.3 FM, KGFX - KG93 - KJBI - KPLO Radio, Mad Mary's Steakhouse & Saloon, May Adam Gerdes & Thompson, MicroFix Inc., Midcontinent Communications, Mustang Aviation, Nagel Agency, Oahe Electric Cooperative, Oahe Federal Credit Union, Oahe Veterinary Clinic, Olinger Law Firm, Overhead Door Company of Pierre, Palmer Currier & Hoffert LLP, Peitz Heating & Cooling, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company, Pergroup, Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce, Puetz Corporation, Reinke Gray Wealth Management, River Cities Public Transit, SDN Communications, Servall Uniform & Linen, ServiceMaster of Pierre, Smith Plumbing, S.D. Electric Utility Companies, SWS Financial Services Inc., Thielen Surveying & Mapping, TMA of Pierre, US Bank, United Sioux Tribes Development Corp., Weather All Roofing Inc., Wheelhouse Plumbing, Willard & Associates Inc., Willow Creek Wildlife, WW Tire Service, Zesto of Pierre

Individual & Non-Profit Investors - $60
Capital University Center, Fort Pierre Development Corporation, Oahe Incorporated, Pierre Indian Learning Center, Charles P. Schroyer, S.D. Bankers Association, S.D. Community Foundation, S.D. Discovery Center, S.D. Rural Electric Association, S.D. Telecommunications Association, Pastor Brad Urbach

 

President's Report
Bryan Beck, Board President

Miracles can happen! But not without hard work. I'm writing this on January 15th, the day after the Minnesota Vikings shocked their fandom with a last second 61 yard touchdown to win the game and punch their ticket to play in the NFC Championship. That kind of thing just doesn't happen to Vikings fans. While miraculous plays can be the difference between heroism and heartbreak, I firmly believe that-in both business and sports-you make your own luck. That play was certainly a shocker, but it was only possible through the hard work off of the field by the players involved. Guaranteed, they had practiced over and over throws and catches exactly like the one we saw Sunday night. And when called upon to perform during a high pressure situation, they executed perfectly.
This principal is also true in business. Whether you are a one person show, or a company with 50+ employees, you have to put in the work that will ensure you'll get lucky when it really counts. In real terms this means evaluating your policies, training your employees, and keeping up-to-date with new marketing techniques that allow you to remain competitive, just for starters. It's about consciously building a culture of success by making sure you nail the basics every time.
In my line of work, this means role-playing customer interactions with my co-workers. But no matter what your business, there are always things you can practice. Practice them until you don't even have to think about it. The words and actions will follow, and you will be amazed at the results. There will certainly still be failures, but these will be much easier to diagnose when you at least know without a doubt the things you did right. If you are willing to put in the work, you can put yourself in a position to make miracles happen.
Don't take my word for it. Here is a short article on the subject: 'Perfect Practice Makes Perfect'

 

 

 

 

 

Pierre Mayor Steve Harding's Report
 
Pierre's new City Hall project is starting to take shape. The new City Hall building, on the other hand, is losing shape. That, however, is a deliberate move. Let me explain.
 
On January 2, the Pierre City Commission approved a request to bid the City Hall Renovation Project. That action allowed the City to start advertising the project and contractors to develop their bid proposals. Our target completion date for the renovation is July 1. Staff would then relocate to the new office.
 
As for the losing shape part... city staff has gotten a jump start on the work at the new building. The City Parks, Electric and IT Departments have completed the lion's share of the demolition work for the move. They have torn down walls, pulled down lights and removed carpet. In the process, they have salvaged doors, cabinets, data cables, ceiling tiles and flooring that will be repurposed to help control costs. This sets the stage for a contractor to build out the conference space, office space, commission room and additional bathrooms necessary to make the building work efficiently for City Government operations.
 
While it's a bit premature to speculate on what might happen to the current City Hall location, I can say that the City's current intention is to sell the lot where the building is located along with the lot immediately to the north of the building. I can also say that we have already received contact from some people who are interested in purchasing the property.
 
Please join us for the City Commission meeting every Tuesday evening at 5:30pm. I'll provide regular project updates during those meetings and share pictures of the progress we're making. Meetings are held at City Hall or can be viewed live on Channel 8, Channel 608 or at OaheTV.com.
 
Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson's Report
 
TO FORT PIERRE RESIDENTS:
 
After deliberation and conversation with my husband Ron and others whose opinion I value, I am both proud and humbled to announce that I will seek another term as Mayor of Fort Pierre. 2017 was a jam-packed year, and we have another busy agenda for 2018 and beyond. Frankly, I want to be a part of it.
 
Governor Daugaard concluded his State of the State address with some sage comments from former Governor Janklow to the effect of "make the place better than you found it." That's good advice for anyone, and I hope it will be true of my time in office. Of course, none of us do this job alone, and I am surrounded by an excellent team: a solid City Council, dedicated and hard-working staff, well-informed boards and committees, and innumerable volunteers ready to take on any new challenge.
 
I have to admit that I came into office thinking I knew more about the operation of a municipality than I actually did. I felt that my two years on the City Council had adequately prepared me to be mayor. But the fact is that serving on the Council, as valuable as it is, doesn't prepare you for the myriad day-to-day operations of a city.
 
The last four years have gone by quickly, and I continue to learn something new every day. Not surprisingly, I have learned that people in this town are hard-working, independent, generally ready to share their opinions, proud of their community, and caring of their neighbors. They have certain expectations of their elected officials and city staff, and will let us know when we fall below those expectations, but also when we've exceeded them. What more could you ask?
 
I truly enjoy this job and all that goes with it. I hope I've met the expectations of the residents, and once in a while, exceeded them. My wish is that you will honor me with another two years as your mayor.

Stay involved during the 2018 Legislative Session:
 
Follow bills at www.SDLegislature.gov
 
Contact:
Senator Jeff Monroe
773-3821 or 224-0264
 
Representative Mary Duvall
773-3851 or 224-4070
 
Representative Tim Rounds
773-3851 or 224-6588


PEDCO Welcomes Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President February 8th
Are you curious about interest rates, and the Federal Reserve's monetary policy views? Do you have a hard question about the economy? Are you curious about what the Minneapolis Fed does within the Federal Reserve System? Do you care about income inequality, and what might be done about it? Are you worried that banks are still too big to fail?
 
Neel Kashkari, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, will host a Town Hall Forum to answer these and other questions from 7:30-9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, at the Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center in Pierre. The event is free, and will feature a dynamic, free-form audience Q&A with President Kashkari, who is a member of the Federal Open Market Committee, where the Federal Reserve sets interest rates.
 
At the Town Hall Forum, President Kashkari will give brief opening remarks, followed by an open-mic Q&A with the audience, which will be moderated by Laura Schoen Carbonneau, CEO of the Pierre Chamber of Commerce.
 
What: Town Hall Forum with Neel Kashkari, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
When: 7:30-9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8
Where: Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center, Amphitheater II, 920 W Sioux Ave, Pierre, SD.
Cost: Free, and includes light food and refreshments
 
To register for this FREE event , go to: FRBMinneapolis.cvent.com/Pierre
 
Program:
7:30 a.m.         Doors open, free food and refreshment
8:00 a.m.         Welcome & introduction by Laura Schoen Carbonneau, CEO of the Pierre Chamber of                                    Commerce; opening remarks by Neel Kashkari
8:15 a.m.         Q&A with audience, moderated by Laura Schoen Carbonneau
9:00 a.m.         Program ends
 
Mr. Kashkari has been president of the Minneapolis Fed since January 2016. During his brief tenure, he has made it a priority each year to visit local communities in every state in the Minneapolis Fed's Ninth District, which includes Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and portions of Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. While Mr. Kashkari is visiting the Pierre region, he will also visit privately with business owners and executives, elected officials, tribal leaders and other community leaders.
 
This Town Hall Forum is held in partnership with:
  • Pierre Chamber of Commerce
  • Pierre Economic Development Corporation
  • Fort Pierre Development Corporation
  • South Dakota Bankers Association
  
Retail Briefs
Amazon opens store free of checkout lines
Amazon opened its first Amazon Go store, in downtown Seattle, to the public yesterday. Customers avoid a checkout line by using an app to enter, shop and pay at the 1,800-square-foot store, which sells typical convenience store fare and high-end fresh foods. USA Today (1/22)
 
Panel: Signs point to strong retail growth in 2018
An improved economy has buoyed consumer confidence and shoppers are likely to meet or beat the 4.2% sales growth retailers booked in 2017, according to panelists at Retail's Big Show. "We had a confluence of strong job growth, we had a pick up in income, we saw home values also increase, and stock prices," said NRF Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz. NorthJersey (1/15)
 
IKEA, TJX and Dollar Tree plan brick-and-mortar growth
Retailers that offer consumers experiences they can't find anywhere else are in growth mode and adding new stores. The TJX Companies' brands are adding new off-price stores, IKEA will add three new stores, and Dollar Tree plans to open hundreds of new Dollar Tree and Family Dollar locations this year. USA Today (1/16)
 
Walmart pharmacies to take aim at the opioid crisis
Walmart will start dispensing DisposeRx packages for free with each opioid prescription it sells at its namesake and Sam's Club pharmacies, the company said. About one-third of opioid prescriptions are unused and DisposeRx dissolves the leftover medications. MediaPost Communications (1/17)
 
US Supreme Court to hear case over online retail taxes
The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by South Dakota, which seeks to tax online sales from retailers that are beyond its borders. The case could overturn the 1992 Quill v. North Dakota ruling, which found that retailers only have to collect taxes in the states where they have a physical presence. The Wall Street Journal (1/12)
 
Retailers expect a windfall as new tax rate takes effect
Lawmakers eliminated a proposed tax on imports from the tax bill, and the drop in the corporate rate from 35% to 21% will free up cash. Some retailers are expected to use the new funds to reward shareholders while others are likely to reinvest in their operations, according to a report by Nomura Securities. The Wall Street Journal (1/7)

Capital City Economy
October 2017 Current Month Same Month 2016 Percent Change 2017 YTD 2016 YTD Percent Change
CITY TAX RECEIPTS            
Pierre 2% $619,234 $620,330 -0.2% $6,420,591 $6,619,339 -3.0%
Pierre 1% BBB $41,400 $43,621 -5.1% $447,277 $452,416 -1.1%
Fort Pierre 2% $149,410 $95,721 56.1% $981,715 $1,019,343 -3.7%
Fort Pierre 1% BBB $10,971 $10,960 0.1% $103,791 $97,171 6.8%
OCCUPANCY TAX            
Pierre BID #1 (Est. 8/2014) $25,328 $25,780 -1.8% $199,791 $211,337 -5.5%
AIRPORT BOARDINGS            
Aerodynamics Inc. 1,392 1,223 13.8% 9,439 4,399 114.6%
DAILY TRAFFIC            
Missouri River Bridge 15,209 15,702 -3.1% 153,287 157,943 -2.9%
US 14 East of Pierre 3,160 3,306 -4.4% 30,023 30,797 -2.5%
CITY OF PIERRE BUILDING PERMITS            
Residential:
New Homes
Stick Built - Number 3 2 15 13
   Dollar Amount $669,400 $529,000 26.5% $3,579,603 $3,205,416 11.7%
Other* - Number 4 0 27 8
   Dollar Amount $78,000 $0 0.0% $998,500 $354,716 181.5%
Remodeling
Number 2 4 54 63
   Dollar Amount $85,000 $50,900 67.0% $880,688 $1,140,262 -22.8%
Commercial:
New Buildings
Number 2 0 9 11
   Dollar Amount $1,040,000 $0 0.0% $26,236,951 $7,106,927 269.2%
Improvements
Number 4 5 32 27
   Dollar Amount $95,370 $718,452 -86.7% $1,021,098 $3,955,470 -74.2%
Total Permits**
Number 73 94 765 1094
   Dollar Amount $2,319,890 $1,796,820 29.1% $37,043,379 $24,431,387 51.6%
HUGHES COUNTY BUILDING PERMITS            
Residential:
New Homes
Number 2 1 8 16
   Dollar Amount $775,000 $475,000 63.2% $2,245,184 $3,971,604 -43.5%
Other* - Number 1 0 2 1
   Dollar Amount $87,147 $0 0.0% $98,147 $60,000 63.6%
Remodeling
Number 3 0 25 7
   Dollar Amount $31,479 $0 0.0% $633,740 $349,772 81.2%
Commercial:
New Buildings
Number 0 0 0 1
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $0 $38,000 0.0%
Improvements
Number 0 0 2 1
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $312,000 $23,000 1256.5%
Total Permits**
Number 9 4 63 70
   Dollar Amount $1,313,626 $559,000 135.0% $5,399,953 $5,792,121 -6.8%
             
WORK FORCE                           
Pierre MiSA***
Total Work Force 12,900 13,010
Total Employed 12,568 12,764
Total Unemployed 332 246
Unemployment Rate 2.6% 1.9%
For local job opportunities, visit http://dol.sd.gov/localoffices/pierre
* Includes multi-family, mobile and manufactured homes
** Includes residential, commercial, and all other permits.
*** Pierre Micropolitan Statistical Area includes Hughes & Stanley counties
Source: Pierre Economic Development Corporation Research
2018 Marks 42nd Business Day at the Legislature

This year's Business Day at the Legislature Feb. 22 will feature two speakers from Washington, DC. Michael Walz, Director of Public Affairs/State Government for POET, will speak at the noon luncheon. Aurelia Skipwith, US Department of Interior, Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks, is the keynote during the evening banquet.
 
The agenda for Thursday, Feb. 22, follows the same format as past years:

11 AM        Registration opens at the Ramkota
12 PM        Lunch with Guest Speaker Michael Walz, POET
1:15 PM     Legislative Update and the annual Business Caucus (audience response session)
2:45 PM     Open Schedule - Time to view the legislative process at the Capitol
3:30 PM     Update at Capitol (Pertinent and relevant issues being debated by the Legislature)
4:45 PM     Economic Developer's Reception (co-sponsored by PEDCO) and Manufacturer's Showcase
5:45 PM     Business Day Banquet with Keynote Speaker Aurelia Skipwith, US Department of Interior
8:00 PM     Adjourn
  
If you are able to attend Business Day, the online registration at www.sdchamber.biz is up and running. Register by Friday, Feb. 9, for reduced fees: Full registration for the day is $85 - Reception and banquet only is $70. After February 9, rates increase. Fee for the legislative update, luncheon, and Business Caucus only is $50. For registration assistance, call Shavonne Mitchell at 1-800-742-8112.   

 

 

 

 

 

CVB Report
Lois Ries , CVB Director 

The Pierre Convention & Visitors Bureau started out 2018 by attending the South Dakota Tourism Conference in Pierre. We heard from great speakers about the tourism industry. It was nice to be in contact with all of the Tourism folks from across the state. At this same time, I have meetings with the South Dakota Association of CVB's and the Visitor Industry Alliance. Both of these are great groups to collaborate with - they work hard for South Dakota tourism.
 
At the Conference Gala on the 18th, the community of Pierre was awarded the Cacklin' Community Award. This award is given to the community in South Dakota that showed the most "Orange Spirit" during Rooster Rush week in welcoming pheasant hunters to their city. In October we celebrated Rooster Rush with meet and greets at local businesses and at the airport. Area businesses decorated their storefronts in orange. We took pictures of all the business employees dressed in their hunting attire. Area dignitaries visited grade schools in Pierre and read the book, "The Mystery of the Pheasants". Carol Schneiderhan and Cathy Lester from the Short Grass Arts Council helped us display local outdoor art at participating businesses around town. It takes the whole community and many loyal volunteers to win this award and Pierre certainly stepped up.
 
I also attended the American Bus Association in Charlotte in January. Again, this is a great way to be in contact with tourism professionals from across the nation. I met with bus tour operators from all over the country and told them all the great things we have to offer here in Pierre. There is also networking opportunities and seminars to attend.
The CVB office also helps to coordinate the sport shows that the Pierre BID funds. In January the show was in Council Bluffs, Iowa. In February they travel to Nebraska, Sioux Falls and Minnesota. Our team does a great job of getting the word out about the great hunting and fishing we have in Pierre.
 
Plans are under way for the Bassmaster Elite Tournament. The tournament is June 29, 30, July 1 and 2, 2018. Volunteers are needed. Give our office a call at 224-7361 if you are interested.
 
Stay warm and check out all the events that are going on in Pierre at www.pierre.org
 

  W³ Award
This year's interactive hunting rich media unit received a Silver W3 Award, being recognized for its creative excellence. This unit allowed visitors to virtually hunt pheasants in Pierre by allowing them to tap the moving pheasants on the screen to "bag their birds."
 
What is a W3 award?
The W³ Awards honors creative excellence on the web, and recognizes the creative and marketing professionals behind award winning sites, videos and marketing programs. Simply put, the W³ is the first major web competition to be accessible to the biggest agencies, the smallest firms, and everyone in between. Small firms are as likely to win as Fortune 500 companies and international agencies. The W³ is sanctioned and judged by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts, an invitation-only body consisting of top-tier professionals from a "Who's Who" of acclaimed media, interactive, advertising, and marketing firms. 
Membership Report
Katie Johnson, Membership Director
 
Business After Hours is changing! There will now be four Business After Hours events per year, with six chamber members at each event. The time has changed a little as well; we know many of you have after-work events that make it hard to attend Business After Hours, so we thought 4:30-6pm may be more convenient and help attendance.
Each Business After Hours event will have a host location and five co-hosts. The host location will provide the appetizers, and offer beverages for purchase. Replacing the progressive drawing, each co-host will provide a door prize to be given away at the end of the night to our attendee's. Upon arrival to the event you will be given a registration card which will be your ticket to the door prize-all you have to do is visit each co-host! The idea to change this event is rooted in the fact that the Chamber is consistently having more members join that are sole proprietors, who would not have the space or time to organize a Business After Hours event without a partner.
We are excited to announce our first Business After Hours of 2018 will be held at The Bill of Rights Brewery on Thursday, February 22nd, from 4:30-6pm! Just a reminder, this event is open to the public and we welcome everyone who would like to attend.
The next Business After Hours is set for May 31st at Hyde Stadium with The Pierre Trappers as the location host, stay tuned for more FUN information to come!
P.S. We love our members! Our ambassadors and board members will be out delivering the new 2018 Membership Plaques on Valentine's Day! Thank you for investing in your Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Members
 
Dairy Queen
519 W. Sioux Ave
Pierre, SD
605-494-0289
'Fan food, not fast food'
 
Lenny's Remodel Etc. Inc
Pierre, SD
605-280-0638
Let us help you with all of your remodeling needs! New construction, pole barns, foundations, and concrete work! Give Lenny a call today!
 
Pierre Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol
Richard Rezac
3910 Airport Road
Pierre, SD 57501
605-871-9095
"Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is a Total Force Partner and Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. Since our inception during the earliest days of World War II, CAP has been there to search for and find the lost, provide comfort in times of disaster and work to keep the homeland safe. We selflessly devote our time, energy and expertise toward the well-being of our communities. We also promote aviation and related fields through aerospace/STEM education and help shape future leaders through our cadet program for youth ages 12 - 18. If you have any questions or are interested in joining us, contact Richard Rezac at richard.rezac@sdcap.us or 605-871-9095."
Pierre Street Masters
PO Box 185
Pierre, SD 57501
605-222-9437
To join the Street Masters of Pierre, South Dakota, you simply need to provide us your contact information and pay the $30 annual membership fee. It's as simple as that! You can join anytime of the year. Membership fees are good from August through July, with annual membership dues payable in August. Complete the membership form and mail it along with your membership dues to PO Box 185, Pierre, SD 57501. That's all!
 
The Light of the World Church
366 S. Pierre Street
Pierre, SD
979-900-4554
720-628-5978


The Ribbon Has Been Cut!
Bounce Around City held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, January 26th to celebrate the change in ownership. Congrats, Jeanine and Jerid Maskovich.
  Help Make-A-Wish Kids Take Flight During March 1 Campaign
SIOUX FALLS, January 10, 2018 - For the sixth year, Make-A-Wish ®  South Dakota is reaching out to South Dakotans for unused airline miles. This year's Wishes in Flight campaign is Thursday, March 1. Donated miles enable the chapter to grant travel wishes to kids facing life-threatening medical conditions across the state.

More than 70 percent of the wishes granted by Make-A-Wish require air travel, the largest expense of the chapter's annual wish budget. Miles from Delta and United Airlines are accepted. Once the miles are donated, they never expire and 100 percent of the donated miles stay in South Dakota. Over the last five years more than 10 million miles have been donated, saving the organization thousands of dollars in airfare each year.
 
Watch KSFY-TV or NewsCenter1 March 1 for more information. Miles will be accepted that day by calling 1.800.640.9198. Miles can also be donated anytime online at southdakota.wish.org. A minimum donation of 1,000 miles is required for Delta and 500 miles for United. To expedite the process, you need to have your account number and know exactly how many miles you would like to donate.

"Wishes are life-changing for the sick kids and families we serve" Paul Krueger, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish South Dakota said. "Travel wishes give families time to be together where they can focus on being a family, rather than treatment, hospital stays and whatever illness the child is facing. Wishes are much-needed breaks."  

For travel wishes typically the wish child, his or her parents or guardians and immediate siblings living at home are included in the wish. Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL, remains the most popular travel destination, Hawaii is second and other wish trips take kids all over the country and even the world.


The statewide effort is made possible by KSFY-TV, NewsCenter1, Five Star Call Centers and Midco.

Make-A-Wish South Dakota was founded in 1984 to grant the wishes of children between the ages of 2 ½ and 18 with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Since its inception, Make-A-Wish® South Dakota has granted more than 1,240 wishes. Fifty three wishes were granted last fiscal year and more than 50 kids are in the process of receiving a wish. The average cost of a wish is nearly $7,000. Visit southdakota.wish.org or call 605.335.8000 for more information.

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February Calendar of Events
 

February 1 - Breast Cancer Survivors from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Countryside Classroom. Contact number: 945-0827
February 1-March 8 - Spanish classes at CUC from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. every Thursday for six weeks. Contact information: CUC 773-2160   Fees: $130 plus the cost of the book
February 2 - Edgewood SOUPer Bowl Fundraiser from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Contact information: Kim Brakke, Area Marketing Manager   605-494-3400   Fees: Free will donation benefiting the Alzheimer's Association of South Dakota.
February 2 - Pink the Rink from 8:15 p.m.-10:15 p.m. at the Ft. Pierre Expo Center. The Oahe Hockey Association will "Pink the Rink" to raise awareness for cancer. Come watch the varsity team take on Rapid City. Contact Information: Kathi Mueller   Fees: $6 for adults
February 3 - 16th Annual "Eagles and Bagels" at the Oahe Downstream Recreation Area-20439 Marina Loop Road from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Contact information: Oahe Downstream         605-223-7722   Fees: Free
February 3 - Sibling Readiness Class at Avera St. Mary's Hospital from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Contact information: Dawn Tassler 605-224-3189   Fees: $5.00 and scholarships are available
February 3 - St. Joseph School Fun Night-games, bingo, raffle, lunch and more from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at SS Peter and Paul Family Center. Contact information: Lindsay Strohfus 605-280-2136.
February 3 - Beef Stew Dinner at the Pierre Senior Center from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Contact information: Jeannie at 605-224-7730   Fees: $8.00 adult, $5.00 children 4-10, under 4-free.
February 4 - Make your own perfume for Valentines day from 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Rawlin's Library. Contact: Dawson Lewis at 605-222-9530 or email DawsonL@aol.com
February 5, 12, 19, 26 - City of Pierre Seasoned Citizen Activities at the Y/ Pierre Aquatic Multipurpose Room Times vary, so for more information call Mindy 773-7445   Fees: varied
February 5-Canvasback Art Club monthly meeting from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at Rawlins Library. Contact: Bev Letellier   605-224-7993
February 6 - Volunteers needed at the food bank at the Feeding South Dakota warehouse from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Contact information: Russ or Andrew at 605-494-3663 or email andrew@feedingsouthdakota.org 20-30 volunteers are needed for this project.
February 6 - Quickbooks-Part One at CUC from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Contact information: CUC 773-2160   Fees: $80
February 7 - Stanley American Legion Post 20 monthly meeting from 6-8 p.m. at the Moose Lodge in Fort Pierre. There will be a potluck dinner at 6:00 p.m. and a membership meeting at 7:00 p.m. All veterans are invited to attend and enjoy a meal on Post 20 and have fun. Contact: Royce Loesch, Post 20 Commander
February 7 - Quickbooks-Part Two at CUC from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Contact information: CUC 773-2160   Fees: $80
February 8 - Town Hall Forum with Neel Kashkari from 7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. at the Ramkota Hotel. Contact information: Ron Wirtz   Fees: free
February 8 - Engaging Through the Stages of Dementia at Edgewood in Pierre from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Contact information: Kim Brakke-Area Marketing Manager 494-3400   Fees: Free! Complimentary lunch will be provided, but preregistration to 494-3400 by Monday, February 5th is preferred.
February 8 - Banking & Financing Workshop from 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the SD Department of Labor, Job Services - 116 W. Missouri Ave. Contact: 773-3372 to register by February 5th.
February 10-11 - 2018 Capital City Qualifier at the Pierre Aquatic Center/Oahe Family YMCA. Meet starts at 9:00 a.m. both days   Contact information: Becky Burke   Fees: free for spectators. Concessions, shirts, and swim gear will be available for sale.
February 10 - Legislative Coffee at Magpies-107 N. Main Street in Fort Pierre from 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Contact information: Laura Schoen Carbonneau at 224-7361 Fees: The public is welcome-no charge to attend.
February 10 - Valentine Salad Luncheon sponsored by the United Methodist Women from 12:05 p.m.-2:00 p.m. at 117 N. Central Avenue. Contact information: Elaine Scott 605-224-5939   Admission: $10.00
February 10 - Hearts of Gold Dinner, Banquet, and Dance for Teens from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. at the Ramkota Hotel. Formal attire is required and parents are welcome to attend. Contact information: Natasha Smith   605-478-0277   Fees: $25 per person
February 12 - Stately Stitchers Guild Meeting from 6:45 p.m.-8:45 p.m. at Lutheran Memorial   Church basement. Social time is 6:45 p.m., meeting starts at 7:00 p.m.   Contact: Myrna Buckles 222-6847   Fees/admission: no fee to attend as a guest, when you join the guild dues are $12 per year.
February 13 - Chamber's Hospitality Committee Meeting in the Chamber Board Room from 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
February 14 - Central SD Survivors of Suicide Support Group from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. with monthly location to be announced. Contact: Julie Moore @ Avera.org Fees: no charge
February 15 - Breast Cancer Survivors Meeting from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Countryside Classroom. Contact information: 945-0827
February 15 - Aging in Our Community from 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the Countryside Hospice Support and Memory Care Center   Contact information: 945-0827   Fees: no charge
February 17 - Soup Luncheon/Bingo Fundraiser at the Fort Pierre Moose Lodge from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  Bingo will be from 1:00-3:00. There will also be a membership drive, silent auction, and humor added by Don Boyd. The Ladies of the Moose and Short Grass Arts Council are combining efforts to support several youth oriented programs, World Fest, and this year's first ensemble-Ondekoza from Japan. Contact information: Barb Wood for SGAC 605-567-3597 or Marilyn Hoyt for the Moose. Fees: fees for soup and other fundraiser activities such as bingo will be posted at the door.
February 21 - Pierre Players Preview Performance "The Three Musketeers" from 7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. at the Grand Opera House   Contact information: 605-224-7826   Fees: $5 at the door
February 23-25 - Pierre Players Present "The Three Musketeers" at the Grand Opera House from 7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Contact information: 605-224-7826   Admission: Adult tickets are $15, general admission student (high school and under) and senior citizen tickets are $13.
February 26 - Ondekoza Welcoming Reception from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at the center court of Northridge Plaza. Contact information: Barb Wood Fees: free

For future months, go to www.pierre.org