P ierre Area Chamber of Commerce
 July 2017 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 July 2017 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

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Pierre Economic Development Corporation 2017 Investor List
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, Midwest Development Inc., Montana-Dakota Utilities, Wells Fargo Bank

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

Silver Investors - $300
Allied Plumbing and Heating, Anderson Nill & Associates Inc., Beemer & Bartlett Eye Clinic, Dakota Prairie Bank, Delta Dental, Dougherty & Company LLC, Farm Credit Services of America, First Dakota National Bank, Fischer Rounds & Associates, Hermanson, Swenson & Rath, DDS, PC, Lariet Lanes, Nystom Electric Contracting Inc., Robins Water Conditioning Inc., Sanford Clinic Pierre, Stulken Petersen Lingle Walti & Jones LLP, Titan Michinery, Wegner Auto Company
Bronze Investors - $150
Acorn Trust Company, All Around Graphix, American Family Insurance - Boyd Conzemius Agency, AmericInn Hotel & Suites, Anderson Contractors Inc., Anderson Dental, Arby's Restaurant, Audiology Associates Inc., BPRO Inc., Baumann Lumber Inc., Bechtold Thompson Dental Clinic, Berkley Risk Administrators LLC, Black Hills Federal Credit Union, Bob's Lounge, Brakke Financial Services, 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., CommTech, Cone Ag Inc., Cowboy Country Stores, DJ's Convenience Store, Dakota Business Center, Dentistry at the St. Charles, East Pierre Landscape & Garden Center, Edward Jones, Envirotech, Factor 360, Feigum Funeral Home, Ferding Electric Inc., Fine Line Auto, Forell Limousine & Bus Service, Fort Pierre Livestock Auction, Foster Rentals, Friman Oil & Gas, Gateway Ford Lincoln Toyota, Governor's Inn, Grossenburg Implement, Halverson Hunts LLC, Hughes County Abstract, Ingram Pest Service, Isburg Funeral Chapels, Jake's Goodtimes Place, Jerome Beverage Inc., KCCR 1240 AM/KLXS 95.3 FM, KGFX - KG93 - KJBI - KPLO Radio, La Minestra, Leingang Home Center, Mad Mary's Steakhouse & Saloon, May Adam Gerdes & Thompson, MicroFix Inc., Midcontinent Communications, Midwest Cooperatives, Missouri River Dentistry, Moreno Lee & Bachand PC, Mustang Aviation, Nagel Agency, Northridge Plaza, Northwest Pipe Fittings Inc., Oahe Electric Cooperative, Oahe Federal Credit Union, Oahe Home Builders Association, Oahe Veterinary Clinic, Olinger Law Firm, Olson Plumbing Inc., Overhead Door Company of Pierre, Palmer Currier & Hoffert LLP, Peitz Heating & Cooling, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company, Petersen Motors Inc., Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce, Pizza Ranch, Prairie Pages Bookseller LLC, Pryntcomm, Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center, Red's Transit Mix, Reinke Gray Wealth Management, Riter Rogers Wattier & Northrup LLP, River Cities Public Transit, Runnings, SDN Communications, Servall Uniform & Linen, ServiceMaster of Pierre, Silver Spur, Smith Plumbing, S.D. Electric Utility Companies, S.D. Pulse Processors, State 123 Theatre, SWS Financial Services Inc., Thielen Surveying & Mapping, TMA of Pierre, US Bank, United Sioux Tribes Development Corp., View 34, Weather All Roofing Inc., Wheelhouse Plumbing, Willard & Associates Inc., Willow Creek Wildlife, WW Tire Service
Individual & Non-Profit Investors - $60
Black Hills Special Services Cooperative, Capital Area Counseling Service, Capital University Center, Rick Dockter, Fort Pierre Development Corporation, Oahe Incorporated, Pierre Indian Learning Center, Charles P. Schroyer, S.D. Bankers Association, S.D. Chamber of Commerce & Industry, S.D. Community Foundation, S.D. Discovery Center, S.D. Rural Electric Association, Telecommunications Association, Pastor Brad Urbach


























President's Report
Melissa Puepke, Board President
Summer is a great time to rejuvenate and spend quality time with family. These are the relationships we cherish most and the reason most of us work as hard as we do. Relationships are important, because they give meaning to life.
While you are considering the relationships that you value most, why not take a moment to refresh your relationships in the workplace? Consider what makes these relationships stressful and what can make them better?
Have you told anyone, especially your employees or your employer what objectives you have for your business? Are they selfishly motivated or mutually beneficial? Can progress be measured and shared, so that all can participate in achieving the goals and sharing the rewards?
While you are relaxing and enjoying these lazy, crazy days of summer, why not take a moment to consider these questions and set the stage for a better future with relationships that work- at work!    
Relationships that are collaborative and thriving almost always create better business results. Wake up in the morning and be happy to meet the challenges of the day with your chosen team.
The Chamber values our relationship with each of you and we expect that our objectives align with yours to create value, and chances to foster future success. We continue to work for you to bring you great programs and networking events designed to help you grow.
Thank you for supporting the Pierre Chamber of Commerce and making it a great place to live, work and play!
Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies

  Cricket Wireless
Cricket Wireless celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 2, 2017. Stop by and see them at 633 E. Sioux Avenue.
                                                             Anderson Dental
Anderson Dental, located at 1521 N. Harrison Ave., celebrated their new business with a ribbon cutting on June 20th. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Chuck Anderson, Dr. Kathy Anderson, or Dr. Pat Anderson call 224-6111!

                                                         Cowboy Country Store
Cowboy Country Store, found at the top of the truck route on Garfield, celebrated their newly completed renovations with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on June 21, 2017.

  Bits, Bytes, and Gadgets
Bits Bytes & Gadgets, located at 342 S. Pierre Street, celebrated their grand opening with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on June 22, 2017. See them for all of your cellular and gadget repairs!

Pierre Mayor Steve Harding's Report
Pierre is a wonderful community; thank you for opportunity to serve Pierre as a city commissioner, and now as mayor!
Although, I won't officially be sworn in as Mayor until July 5, my work has already begun. Together with Mayor Gill and the other commission members, we are working hard to hire Pierre's next city administrator. The city administrator leads the day-to-day operations of the city, including the work of its 150 employees and its nine departments. This is a big job that has a big impact on our community! We are keenly focused on finding the right person for it.
The city is also edging up on its budget season. Preliminary work has been completed; however, one of my first major duties as mayor will be completing and balancing the 2018 city budget. Recent years have brought soft sales tax receipts, and we anticipate 2018 will bring budget challenges as well. During my nine years as a commissioner, each year the city successfully balanced the budget. And despite low revenues, I fully expect we'll be able to successfully balance the budget once again.
We are also in the heat of construction season. This is an especially busy time for our utilities, parks and recreation, and engineering departments. The commission will be doing its part to keep operations moving smoothly.
Certainly, there are many other issues that will need to be addressed in both the short and the long term. I look forward to hearing from the community about what's important to you and what causes you concern. Please feel free to contact me at Steve.Harding@ci.pierre.sd.us . Your input is crucial to helping the commission make informed decisions.
For the last nine years, Pierre has been very fortunate to have the strong leadership of Mayor Gill and City Administrator Leon Schochenmaier. We have a team of dedicated city employees, and we enjoy a positive relationship with Mayor Hanson and the City of Fort Pierre. There is much work to be done, but partnering together as governments, communities, and citizens, I know we will realize success!
Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson's Report
Independence Day has always been one of my favorite holidays. As a child, it was a treat to join extended family for a fried chicken picnic and the Fort Pierre rodeo, culminating with the big fireworks display. Now it has become a weekend to gather with kids and grandkids and enjoy all that Fort Pierre has to offer. My grandchildren think there's no place like it for the 4th of July.....I couldn't agree more.
  This year, in honor of our 200th birthday, Fort Pierre has even more activities scheduled for July 1-4.
Saturday, July 1           10:00 am          Ropin' the River, Stanley County Fairgrounds
                                    7:00 pm           Hidden Timber Band, Drifters Bar & Grille
                                    8:00 pm           Ron Keel Band with the Sidehackers, Silver Spur
Sunday, July 2               9:00 am           Rodeo (Slack Time), Stanley County Fairgrounds
Monday, July 3              5:00 pm           BBQ Cook-off, Expo Center (Cooking 9 am, judging 4 pm)
7:00 pm           Rodeo, Stanley County Fairgrounds
                                    10:00 pm         Abby Nicole concert, Silver Spur
Tuesday, July 4             7:00 am           "4 on the 4th" Road Race, Pat Duffy Community Center
                                    11:00 am         4th of July Parade, downtown Fort Pierre
                                    7:00 pm           Rodeo, Stanley County Fairgrounds
                                    10:15 pm         Fireworks, Stanley County Fairgrounds
And if that isn't quite enough for you, there is another concert at the Silver Spur (Ivory with the Sidehackers) on Saturday, July 8, beginning at 8 pm.
As a reminder, fireworks may be discharged between 9 am and 10:30 pm from June 29 through July 2 and on July 5, and until 12 midnight on July 3 and 4. Bottle rockets must be at least 14 inches in length with a rocket motor length of at least 2.5 inches. No sky lanterns are allowed to be sold or discharged.
            Join us in celebrating our Nation's birthday in true Fort Pierre style!

Business After Hours

  Dakota Horse Stars Therapeutic Riding Center
Business After Hours was hosted by Dakota Horse Stars Therapeutic Riding Center on June 1, 2017. Call 223-3172 to set up a session of therapeutic horseback riding or other related activities.

Moody's Bond Rating Review
Jim Protexter, COO
Every other year Moody's Investor Service does a review on the City of Pierre's bond rating. I was recently asked to respond briefly to two local economy questions for their review of the city's wastewater bond that was issued in 2010. 
1. What residential or economic development activity has occurred within the city over the past two years?
During the period June 2015 through May 2017, there were 29 new stick-built homes added in Pierre, as well as 21 apartment units and 18 mobile homes. There were also 17 new businesses constructed or permitted during this time. Notable projects include Hobby Lobby to replace Kmart, O'Reilly Auto Parts, First National Bank full service branch, Pierre Regional Airport Fire and Rescue facility, new offices for SD Association of Realtors, a $2.2M solar park, and a new downtown coffee shop. The most significant project is the $35M Helmsley Cancer Center at Avera St. Mary's Hospital.
Pierre has been affected by the national tide of retail closures. Besides Kmart, announced closures include Rue 21 and JC Penney.
2. Please provide an update on the City's labor market and status of operations among top employers.
Pierre's labor market as of April 2017 remains tight at 2.5 percent unemployment, compared to 2.9 percent for the state. Employment status among top employers has remained constant with the exception of a large contractor who laid off 110 workers in December 2016. Unemployment spiked to 3.3 percent in January, but due to many of those workers being recalled, the rate dropped to 3.2 percent in February and 2.9 percent a month later.
To address workforce issues, Pierre's mayor convened a workforce development council that met over 18 months, beginning in early 2015. Several of the council's recommendations on issues ranging from recruitment and retention to housing to training are being tested and implemented. Capital University Center, historically a local brokerage for college courses, is being realigned to take the lead on workforce development beginning in 2018.

Chamber Golf Classic PEDCO Team to Start New Trend

Don't be surprised if you start seeing more knickers at the offices of May Adam Law Firm or South Dakota Intrastate Pipeline. According to PEDCO team members Gordon Woods, second from left, and Doug Abraham, third from left, they are comfortable enough to wear to work! Team PEDCO, which included COO Jim Protexter, left, and Rick Dockter, right, brought home it's first-ever team trophy for best "throwback" dressed team.
Retail Briefs

Whole Foods to sell to Amazon for $13.7B
Amazon has agreed to acquire Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion, or $42 per share. The deal, which is expected to close this year, would leave Whole Foods a separate brand, led by CEO John Mackey. CNBC (6/16)
Wal-Mart develops off-season cantaloupe as grocery competition builds
Wal-Mart teamed up with Bayer AG to create the seed for a sweeter cantaloupe designed to boost sales of the fruit in winter. The Sweet Spark cantaloupe is reported to be about 40% sweeter than the typical melons available in the winter months, and its debut comes on the heels of German discount grocer Lidl's ramp-up to its US launch and news of ALDI's plan to open 900 stores in the next five years. The Washington Post (6/13)

Capital City Economy
March 2017 Current Month Same Month 2016 Percent Change 2017 YTD 2016 YTD Percent Change
Pierre 2% $550,451 $599,849 -8.2% $1,839,262 $1,954,808 -5.9%
Pierre 1% BBB $37,551 $38,334 -2.0% $131,052 $125,163 4.7%
Fort Pierre 2% $85,764 $92,044 -6.8% $247,839 $279,051 -11.2%
Fort Pierre 1% BBB $10,088 $6,560 53.8% $26,837 $21,137 27.0%
Pierre BID #1 (Est. 8/2014) $16,942 $18,318 -7.5% $48,433 $50,962 -5.0%
ADI 799 305 162.0% 2,401 914 162.7%
Missouri River Bridge 14,404 14,923 -3.5% 41,039 42,659 -3.8%
US 14 East of Pierre 2,720 2,784 -2.3% 7,624 7,911 -3.6%
New Homes
Stick Built - Number 0 2 0 2
   Dollar Amount $0 $214,500 0.0% $0 $214,500 0.0%
Other* - Number 13 2 14 2
   Dollar Amount $486,000 $0 0.0% $588,000 $0 0.0%
Number 3 9 20 19
   Dollar Amount $11,250 $188,818 -94.0% $285,689 $489,041 -41.6%
New Buildings
Number 1 1 1 1
   Dollar Amount $1,971,003 $143,700 1271.6% $1,971,003 $143,700 1271.6%
Number 7 4 11 5
   Dollar Amount $32,420 $117,359 -72.4% $171,420 $120,359 42.4%
Total Permits**
Number 71 99 121 279
   Dollar Amount $2,992,344 $1,543,726 93.8% $4,134,741 $3,553,480 16.4%
New Homes
Number 1 1 1 4
   Dollar Amount $270,000 $277,000 -2.5% $270,000 $946,104 -71.5%
Other* - Number 0 0 0 0
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $0 $0 0.0%
Number 1 2 3 3
   Dollar Amount $12,000 $62,772 -80.9% $124,000 $92,772 33.7%
New Buildings
Number 0 0 0 0
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $0 $0 0.0%
Number 1 0 1 0
   Dollar Amount $270,000 $0 0.0% $270,000 $0 0.0%
Total Permits**
Number 5 3 9 8
   Dollar Amount $612,000 $339,772 80.1% $771,000 $1,118,876 -31.1%
WORK FORCE               
Pierre MiSA***
Total Work Force 12,736 12,659
Total Employed 12,362 12,333
Total Unemployed 374 326
Unemployment Rate 2.9% 2.6%
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
Breaking Ground
The South Dakota Association of Realtors broke ground for their new location on Lincoln Avenue, next to Reinke Gray on June 14, 2017.
CVB Report 
Lois Ries, CVB Director
The Pierre Convention & Visitors Bureau uses several different Medias in getting word out about the great things happening in Pierre. We co-op with South Dakota Tourism's Spring and Fall Great Getaways, and their Group Tour Co-op. We do advertisements in the SD Vacation Guide, SD Missouri River Tourism Guide and with Midwest Meetings. Earlier this year we sent out the Fishing Brochure and this past month the Hunting Brochure. These brochures have ten local partners who promote their business which pertains to fishing and hunting. The brochures are sent out to approximately 4,000 anglers and to 4,000 hunters whose addresses we obtained from Game, Fish & Parks. We promoted Oahe Days on TV and later this fall we will do promotion of Christmas at the Capitol on TV. Every Wednesday at 1:00pm, we are offering tours of the Governor's Mansion. Tickets need to be obtained through our office. Call 224-7361 to arrange your tour.
Oahe Days was a huge success. Lots of people, great entertainment, and great fun.
Many activities are planned in July. Check out all the activities on our website www.pierre.org. We should expect to see a lot of visitors to our area over the next few weeks.
Membership Report
Katie Johnson, Membership Director 

I was fortunate to attend my second year at IOM. Institute for Organization Management, it is a 4 year class that you attend one week every year, for those working in the nonprofit field, complete with a graduation at the end of 4 years. Last year there were 2 classes of first year attendee's, or students if you will. As you can imagine, when you have a room of like-minded people working for the same goal to help grow our communities and our chambers, we bonded quickly. That bond didn't quit when we left Madison, Wisconsin. We started a Facebook page and kept it touch, we learned about our friend's families, job promotions, and new and wonderful ideas to help our chambers.
This year the 'other' class joined us, or, maybe we joined them? The bond continues, our circle of friends is deeper, our network base is larger, and the Facebook page has grown. Watching the 4th year class graduate this year I realized there is a bond that will last a lifetime. Our class is tight already, and I look forward to seeing where we will be by 2019.
If you are a chamber member, it is probably because you understand the credibility that your membership brings to your business, and know how important it is to network with other like-minded members. We all want to see our community and our businesses grow and prosper, we all have the same goals, and encourage each other to invest, and do more. It is interesting to me how much of what I get out of IOM, I also get from being the Membership Director for the chamber. Thank you for investing in your chamber, thank you for being my friend, and I can't wait to see what the next year brings!


New Chamber Members

Bits, Bytes and Gadgets
342 S. Pierre Street
Pierre, SD 57501
Dustin Van Balen
Stop down and let us help you with your cellphone repair, computer and Mac repair. We are conveniently located at 342 S. Pierre Street. Stop by, or call us today!
The Gentelmen's Barbershop
417 S. Pierre Street
Pierre, SD 57501
Kelli Allison
Kelli is the new owner of the barbershop located across the street from Bankwest, give Kelli a call today and schedule your next haircut!

Thank You to The 15th Annual Chamber Golf Classic Sponsors!

And The Winner Is...
The Pierre Indian Learning Center team won the 15th Annual Chamber Golf Classic held on June 15, 2017 with a score of 54. Team members included Mike Pietz, Austin Hoss, Parker Pietz, and Andrew Van Gerpen.

Best Dressed Award
Gordon Woods and Doug Abraham, part of team PEDCO, were the best dressed for this years 'Throwback Thursday' theme.
Putting Contest Winner
Heath Olson won the putting contest by making two hole-in-one shots on the putting green after the tournament.

2017 Ag Tour to The Korkow Ranch

The Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce Agri-Interest Committee is planning its annual Ag Tour on Tuesday, July 18, 2017. The purpose of this tour is to continue to recognize the importance of agriculture in our local economy and regional heritage. The tour will take local residents and business people by bus from the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce to the Korkow Ranch in the historic Medicine Creek Valley, followed by dinner on-location provided by Richie Z's Catering.

The 'Anchor K Ranch', located 20 miles east of Pierre, is not a commercial hunting operation, but a working ranch which raises rodeo livestock and has quality farm ground. With approximately 4.5 miles of springs from Medicine Creek winding through the terrain, livestock and wildlife are provided with quality water and land where they can thrive. The Korkow family have been stewards of the land for five generations and over 80 years.
Participants will get to see the areas they have developed for pheasant hunting and wildlife habitat, the mares pasture and breeding program for rodeo horses, as well as visit the areas they keep and breed Brahma cows for bucking bulls. Historical sites located on the grounds will also be visited: teepee rings, rock formations and ancient bones.
Tickets are limited and going fast at the price of $20, with proceeds going to help fund the two Ag Scholarships that the Agri-Interest Committee awards to deserving area students each year. To purchase your tickets, you can stop into the Chamber at 800 W. Dakota, call Mallory at 605-224-7361, or go to www.pierre.org and click on '2017 Ag Tour' in the scrolling Calendar Highlights.

Preventing Suicide in Farm & Ranch Country

Nationally, Adult men in the agricultural industries (i.e. farmers, ranchers, fishers, and lumber harvesters) die by suicide six times more often than the general population.
That rate is much higher than other groups, such as construction, medicine, law and even war veterans.
Suicide in this country is a public health crisis . In our state, suicide is also the number two leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 15 and 34. Death by suicide continues to increase as deaths from other means like heart disease decrease due to advancements in medicine and health-even though suicide is completely preventable. Suicides are stopped every day.
The keys to stopping suicide are for the public to understand the warning signs; to quickly intervene; and to call for help.
With low ag prices and the additional pressures such as weather, disease and debt, it is a potentially dangerous time in central South Dakota. Farmers and ranchers are proud people. They may be the sole caretaker of land that has been in their family for many years and it's getting harder each generation to hang on. Machinery, fertilizer, labor, feed, fuel, crop and health insurance get more expensive every year and profit margins get smaller. He may have to choose between keeping the family's land and selling out. It's not hard to imagine the stress farmers and ranchers are feeling and how desperate thoughts can creep in.
It's not unusual for people to consider suicide during tough times. Making plans about suicide and making a suicide attempt are far less common. People do not wake up one day and decide to kill themselves. Typically, there is a period ranging from weeks to months to years of ambivalence about living or dying. It's during this phase that action must be taken. The person must confide in a spouse, family, pastor, friend, doctor or mental health professional. People close them must act to save their life if they do not reach out on their own.
Stopping a suicide and saving a life is not difficult or complicated. It's easier to learn than CPR and only takes a couple minutes.
Contact Dennis Pfrimmer at Capital Area Counseling Service (605-224-5811) to arrange a time for your business, club, Church, group to hear his presentation on "Preventing Suicide in Farm and Ranch Country." There is no fee for this 30-minute presentation. Save someone's life.

July Calendar of Events

July 1 - Save a Stray 5K Color Run from 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. at the west end of the Legion parking lot. Contact: Jade at Anytime Fitness at 605-224-4011 pierresd@anytimefitness.com Fees: $25 includes T-shirt. All proceeds go to PAWS Animal Rescue
July 1-2 - Hidden Timber & Whiskey Nights at Drifters Bar and Grille Contact: Drifters Bar and Grille   Fees: Free
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 - Ecumenical Sunday Worship Service at the Oahe Chapel from 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
July 2 - Patriotic Music Concert from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. Contact: Elaine Scott   605-224-5939     Fees: Free
July 2-July 4 - Fort Pierre 4th of July Rodeo at the Stanley County Fairgrounds - 7:00 p.m. Contact: Aaron Brewer   605-280-9775   Fees: $15 at the gate
July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 - Horseshoe League at Griffin Park every Monday night through August 21. Check-in time @6:20 p.m. and start pitching at 6:30. Contact: Carl Chambers 605-280-9337 or Carlene Barber 605-212-7675   Fees: $2 to join league and $1 for each night you pitch.
July 3 - Canvasback Art Club monthly meeting from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at Rawlins Library. Contact: Ralph Stephens 224-1841
July 4 - 4 on the 4th Road Race from 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. at Community Youth Involved Center Contact: Randy Seiler 605-222-8877 Fees: $25 children 12 and under free
July 4 - 4th of July Parade at 11:00. Line-up from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Registration forms at City of Fort Pierre and must be submitted by June 29th. Contact: Kelly Tibbs
July 4 - 4th of July Fireworks display at the Stanley County Fairgrounds at 10:15 p.m.
July 4 - Water Exercise Classes at the Pierre Outdoor Pool every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5:45-6:45. Contact: Mindy Cheap   773-7445   Fees: $35 all access card-good for all classes and lap swims, or $3 per visit.
July 4 - City Band Concert "Happy Birthday America!" at Steamboat Park Amphitheater from 9:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Ft. Pierre Fireworks Display following the concert Contact: Larry Johnson
July 5, 12, 19, 26 - Tai Chi from 10:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m. near the Griffin Park band shell   Contact: Mindy Cheap   773-7445   Fees: $20
July 5 - 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
July 5 - Post 8 Legion Baseball at Hyde Stadium from 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Post 8 vs Rapid City Website: http://www.post8baseball.com/
July 6, 20 - Breast Cancer Survivors from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Countryside Classroom. Contact number: 945-0827
July 6, 13, 20, 27 - Financial Peace University at River Center Church from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
July 6 - Breastfeeding Class at Avera St. Mary's Hospital from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Contact: Dawn Tassler at 605-224-3189. Fees: 10.00 and scholarships available.
July 8 - Family Fun Saturday - Fun with Flags from 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the Cultural Heritage Center. Contact: Cultural Heritage Center   605-773-3458  Fees: free
July 10 - Paws Animal Rescue Pancake Feed from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at American Legion Cabin. Contact: Brenda Manning   223-CATS   Fees: Free will offering
July 10 - 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.
July 11, 18, 25, and August 1, 8, 15 - Common Sense Parenting Class at Avera St. Mary's from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Contact: Dawn Tassler 224-3189   www.growinguptogether.org      Fees: $45.00 with scholarships available.
July 12 - City Band Concert "Mad About Movies" from 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. at the Steamboat Park Amphitheater. Contact: Larry Johnson
July 14 - Post 8 Legion Baseball Double Header from 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at Hyde Stadium. Post 8 vs Sturgis
July 14 - Burgers and Brew Cruise on the Sunset Paddleboat from 5:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Contact: 605-773-6346   Fees: $35 per person with payment by credit card appreciated when making reservation.
July 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
July 14 - Randy McAllister at Drifter's Bar and Grille from 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Contact: Drifters
July 15 - Little Wings on the Prairie-3rd Annual Butterfly Festival from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Oahe Downstream Recreation Area. Fees: A state park sticker is required on each vehicle. The event is free.
July 15 - Sibling Readiness Class at the Women's Center at Avera St. Mary's from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Contact: Dawn Tassler 605-224-3189   Fees: $5.00 and scholarships are available.
July 18 - Ag Tour 2017 at Korkow Ranch from 4:00-8:30 p.m. Contact: Mallory Gordon at 224-7361. Fees: $20 per ticket which includes transportation, meal, beverages, and the tour.
July 19 - Pierre Players Preview Performance "The 39 Steps" at the Grand Opera House at 7:30 p.m. Contact: 605-224-7826   Fees: $5 at the door
July 19 - City Band Concert "Swing the Night Away" at the Steamboat Park Amphitheater from 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Contact: Larry Johnson
July 20, 27 and August 3, 10 - Childbirth Class from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at Avera St. Mary's Hospital. Contact: Dawn Tassler 224-3189   Fees: $40 and scholarships are available.
July 21-23 - State U13/14 Baseball Tournament at Hyde Stadium   Time: TBA
July 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29 - Pierre Players "The 39 Steps" at the Grand Opera House at 7:30 p.m. Contact: 605-224-7826   Fees: $5 at door
July 22 - Best of the West 1 Horseshoe Tournament at Griffin Park from 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Contact: Carl Chambers   605-280-9337   Fees: $15
July 23 - Best of the West 2 Horseshoe Tournament at Griffin Park from 8:30-1:00. Contact: Carl Chambers   605-280-9337   Fees: $15
July 26 - City Band Concert "Broadway Favorites" at the Steamboat Park Amphitheater from 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.   Contact: Larry Johnson
July 27 - Harley Giveaway Picnic 2017 at the Steamboat Park Picnic Shelter from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Contact: Laura Shoen Carbonneau at 224-7361. Fees: $50 raffle ticket admits 2 people to the picnic.
July 28 - Oahe Summit Concert at TF Riggs Theater from 6:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Contact: Ryan at 605-222-7662     Fees: $5 admission
July 29 - BACA Oahe Blues Festival at Drifters Bar& Grille. Lunch and concert admission: $35-motorcycle, $10 passenger includes lunch and concert admission. Live music starts at 5:00, concert only tickets $15.   Raffle ticket-$100-includes all day pass for poker run, lunch, and concerts.     Contact: Corey 320-321-4201
July 29 - Lilly Fest 2017 at Fischer's Lilly Park from 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Contact: Randy Hilding 605-222-2237   Fees: No admission fee.
July 31 - August 4-Bike Week Capitol Tours beginning at the South Dakota Capitol Building. Monday-Friday at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 2:30 p.m.   Fees: free

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