P ierre Area Chamber of Commerce
 November 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 November 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
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, Chamber Board President
From our earliest days, we are taught to play nice, share, use the buddy system and hold hands while crossing the street. These are the most basic ideas of collaboration. These are the ways we grow, learn and keep ourselves safe. Consider that everyone you will meet knows something you don't. By working together as a team, great accomplishments are attainable. Like the saying, "Alone we are smart, together we are brilliant." Collaboration creates community, community inspires social change.
Collaboration is something that I have admired within our community; entities conferring with each other and cooperating to figure out the best end result.  There have been several examples of successful events this last year and there will be several more in the next.  
The Chamber of Commerce strives to collaborate as much as possible and keeps the lines of communication open with other area Chambers, the administration of the City, and other community organizations. No one is here because they did it on their own.
Collaboration breeds success. Collaboration is the way things get done.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies
Andrew and Jessica Mefferd celebrated their new Farmers Union Insurance Agency with a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 16, 2017. You can find them at 1007 Wells Avenue in Pierre.


Pierre Mayor Steve Harding's Report
If you take a walk about town this fall, you'll see some nice improvements -improvements that are designed to make your walk about more enjoyable.
Capitol Avenue is the centerpiece of the enhancements. Although the rebuild of Capitol Avenue received most of the attention this summer, the street wasn't just improved for motorists. Pedestrians will also enjoy new and improved crosswalks. We added high-visibility red paint to the crosswalks in front of the Capitol Building. Additionally, those crosswalks were widened, brought into compliance with ADA regulations, and made more visible by other surrounding safety features.
Thanks to a partnership with the State of South Dakota and the Trail of Governors Foundation, Capitol Avenue also received an aesthetic boost this fall. Life-size statues of Governors Joe Foss, Sigurd Anderson and Leslie Jensen now adorn the sidewalk on the south side of Capitol Avenue.
If you follow the Trail of Governors all the way downtown, you'll notice new high-visibility crosswalks along Sioux Avenue, and you'll find yet another Governor standing on the corner. A statue of Governor Tom Berry was placed at the corner of Pierre Street and Dakota Avenue in late September.
You can expect continued efforts to improve the walking experience in Pierre. The Trail of Governors will add three more life-size statues to its trail next year, and the city has plans to make major improvements to the riverfront walking trail near Downs Marina and to the trail just west of the causeway.
I encourage you to take a walk and take in all the recent improvements that have been made throughout Pierre.
Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson's Report
One of our final Bicentennial events was held on Friday, October 6. "South Dakota Warrior," a short documentary of the story of Lt. Commander John Waldron, premiered in Fort Pierre at the Pat Duffy Community Center. The film was produced by Pierre native John Mollison.
As many people have heard me say, I grew up in Fort Pierre and had never heard of this local hero until the Missouri River bridge was named for him. I hope this documentary will forever change that, so that John Waldron will become a household word and his selfless patriotism and sacrifice will become a well-known story.  
Waldron, part Lakota Sioux, was born on Bad River southwest of Fort Pierre. He graduated from the Naval Academy and from law school, and served in the Navy as a pilot during World War II. Although Waldron and 28 of his 29 men died in the attack, his heroic actions as a torpedo bomber squadron leader changed the course of the Battle of Midway Island and shortened World War II.
To tell the story, Mollison interviewed Francis White Bird, himself a decorated Veteran of the Viet Nam War, to get a sense of what it means to be a Lakota warrior. He also tapped the knowledge of noted naval aviation historian Barrett Tillman to understand the significance of Waldron's actions. The film includes historic video of Waldron and his squadron just before they left on their mission to Midway Island, as well as aerial footage taken by Mollison and his crew in vintage WW II airplanes.
Approximately 170 people attended the Fort Pierre premiere, which was the first public showing of the film. It also premiered at the Air and Space Museum at Ellsworth Air Force Base the following day. It will be shown statewide on SD Public Broadcasting on November 6th and will be available online on-demand Vimeo.  
Area residents may remember Dr. David West, a Sioux Falls ophthalmologist, from the Waldron memorial dedication at the Pierre airport in June of 2016, which included a flyover of six WW II warbirds. Dr. West is an avid military history fan and is a prime sponsor of "South Dakota Warrior." Other supporters are: the SD Community Foundation, Sanford Health, the Ellsworth Heritage Foundation, Monsour Karim, the Fort Pierre Tourism & Promotion Council, Black Hills Federal Credit Union, First National Bank in Fort Pierre, and Dakota Prairie Bank.
The film has already attracted the attention of several film festivals and has been nominated for awards in the documentary category. You don't want to miss it!
Business After Hours  

Farm Credit Services of America
Farm Credit Services of America hosted a well-attended Business After Hours on Thursday, October 5, 2017.
 PEDCO - Notice of Annual Meeting
Jim Protexter, PEDCO COO
All PEDCO members are invited to attend the Board of Directors Annual Meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at Richie Z'S Brickhouse BBQ & Grill, 401 S. Central Avenue.
The main purpose of the annual meeting is to elect nominees to the board of directors. A nominating committee will develop the slate of nominees. Members interested in consideration by the nominating committee may contact PEDCO at jim@pedco.biz . Officers are selected from the board at the December meeting.
Following the annual meeting activities, members will be able to participate in a Build Dakota/Technical Institute Roadshow. This will be a unique opportunity to discuss partnerships with representatives from Lake Area, Mitchell and Western Dakota technical institutes as well as the South Dakota Department of Labor.
Food and beverages will be provided to registered members. To register for the annual meeting, please email Penny Andersen at pandersen@pierre.org. by COB Tuesday, Nov. 14.

Retail Briefs

The consumer perception of the economy is strong, at a 13-year high, the jobless rate is low and consumers are ready to shop. If retailers fail to hit marks this holiday season, it will not be due to lack of consumer interest or ability to buy. Bloomberg Gadfly (10/17)
The National Retail Federation and other trade groups are backing efforts to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement to meet the needs of today's global supply chains, but they are concerned that some US proposals will do more harm than good, writes NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. "[A] flawed NAFTA modernization could significantly impact US consumers by increasing prices and limiting the choice and availability of products ranging from apparel and electronics to fresh fruits and vegetables," he writes. The Hill (10/13)
US retail sales rose 1.6% in September from the previous month, the biggest monthly jump since March 2015, as spending grew in several segments including home improvement, grocery and non-store retail, according to a Commerce Department report. Sales at bars and restaurants grew 0.8%, the largest increase since January. Reuters (10/13)
The belief that brick-and-mortar retail stores are in crisis is exaggerated, spurred on by myths that all retailers are suffering or that traditional and e-commerce retail are separate entities. The reality is that 85% of retail sales happen in stores and that physical and e-commerce actually work in tandem. ABC News (10/12)  
Grocers including Wegmans Food Markets, Kroger and Whole Foods Market are increasingly looking to shopping malls as locations for new stores. Malls meet grocery shoppers' demands for convenience and one-stop shopping, but grocers should be ready to tackle challenges that come with mall stores, including crowds and large parking lots that could require shoppers to carry their groceries long distances, according to Paul Milner, marketing director for electronic shelf labeling firm Displaydata. Progressive Grocer (10/10)  
Walmart cut about $20 million in annual costs by making little changes to its plastic shopping bags and trimmed another $7 million by shortening the length of its paper receipts, said Chief Financial Officer Brett Biggs. The retailer also expects costs to come down on the e-commerce side after several years of significant investment to grow online retail. CNBC (10/11)
Houses of worship are joining the ranks of tenants in some struggling US shopping malls seeking to shore up their occupancy rates. While churches are not ideal tenants -- they do not draw traffic during the week and can be hard to evict -- they do have the advantage of turning a center into a mixed-use product. The Wall Street Journal (10/10)
Strip retail centers with less than 100,000 square feet of space offer a healthy mix of tenants, many of which are e-commerce resistant, executives from CBRE said. They provide convenience, food and service-oriented businesses and tend to include features such as drive-thru windows, outparcels and long-term leases. Bisnow (10/8)
The National Retail Federation expects as much as a 4% increase in holiday retail sales in November and December owing to improved consumer confidence, increasing wages and low unemployment. Deloitte also expects e-commerce to grow as much as 21% this year, challenging physical retailers. Houston Chronicle (10/10)
Retailers are making changes to compete with pure-play online rivals, according to an international survey of 256 retail executives by Applied Predictive Technologies. Price matching, loyalty programs and features that upgrade the in-store experience are all areas where traditional retailers are focusing their efforts, the report found. Women's Wear Daily (10/5)  

Capital City Economy
July 2017 Current Month  Same Month 2016 Percent Change 2017 YTD 2016 YTD Percent Change
Pierre 2% $717,939 $693,118 3.6% $4,511,019 $4,601,927 -2.0%
Pierre 1% BBB $52,076 $48,085 8.3% $314,138 $307,800 2.1%
Fort Pierre 2% $96,493 $114,181 -15.5% $647,877 $727,967 -11.0%
Fort Pierre 1% BBB $10,619 $13,779 -22.9% $73,144 $66,710 9.6%
OCCUPANCY TAX            
Pierre BID #1 (Est. 8/2014) $23,732 $25,092 -5.4% $132,283 $137,912 -4.1%
ADI 988 230 329.6% 6,108 1,839 232.1%
DAILY TRAFFIC            
Missouri River Bridge 16,648 17,563 -5.2% 106,748 110,192 -3.1%
US 14 East of Pierre 3,306 3,474 -4.8% 20,368 20,883 -2.5%
New Homes
Stick Built - Number 2 1 8 9
   Dollar Amount $805,000 $210,000 283.3% $2,179,203 $2,086,416 4.4%
Other* - Number 2 1 20 5
   Dollar Amount $67,500 $65,000 3.8% $792,500 $150,138 427.8%
Number  5 3 45 45
   Dollar Amount $12,600 $57,000 -77.9% $681,188 $883,650 -22.9%
New Buildings
Number  0 1 4 10
   Dollar Amount $0 $2,181,583 0.0% $23,299,151 $6,939,082 235.8%
Number  3 4 25 18
   Dollar Amount $44,249 $221,034 -80.0% $607,231 $2,961,718 -79.5%
Total Permits**
Number  87 99 476 820
   Dollar Amount $1,431,695 $3,528,077 -59.4% $30,116,925 $19,943,566 51.0%
New Homes
Number  2 2 5 11
   Dollar Amount $266,000 $340,000 -21.8% $1,170,184 $2,003,604 -41.6%
Other* - Number 0 0 1 0
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $11,000 $0 0.0%
Number  1 1 7 6
   Dollar Amount $6,000 $20,000 -70.0% $555,255 $159,772 247.5%
New Buildings
Number  0 0 0 1
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $0 $38,000 0.0%
Number  0 0 1 1
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $270,000 $23,000 1073.9%
Total Permits**
Number  4 8 28 53
   Dollar Amount $282,795 $430,785 -34.4% $2,332,121 $3,341,632 -30.2%
WORK FORCE                            
Pierre MiSA***
Total Work Force 13,136 13,159
Total Employed 12,829 12,922
Total Unemployed 307 237
Unemployment Rate 2.3% 1.8%
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
PEDCO Notice of Elections
The Pierre Economic Development Corporation will nominate board members at its Nov. 21 annual meeting (see related article). In accordance with PEDCO's bylaws, the nominating committee is submitting the following slate for approval by the membership:
Bryan Beck, Beck Motor Company (Chamber Liaison)
Current board member nominations for renewal:
Larry Deiter, SD Department of Labor & Regulation
Dawn Morris, Morris Inc.
Karl Richards, Avera Medical Associates Clinic
Tiffany Sanderson, Vivayic
Ron Wagner, First National Bank
Gordon Woods, South Dakota Intrastate Pipeline Company
Additional nominations may be made from the floor by members during the annual meeting.

CVB Report 
Lois Ries, CVB Director

The Colors of Christmas is the theme for the 2017 Christmas at the Capitol. Thousands of people travel to Pierre to enjoy the beautifully decorated trees. The trees are decorated by schools, churches, communities and civic groups from across the state. The lighting ceremony is November 21st. This is the official start of the viewing of the trees. The display will be open to the public from November 22nd thru December 26th, 8am - 10pm (CST) each day.
The two-story South Dakota tree featured in the Capitol rotunda will be decorated by the town of Fort Pierre. The decorations will commemorate the Bicentennial. Many other parts of the Capitol will be decorated in addition to the trees including the grand marble staircase, entrance ways and the Capitol grounds.
On many evenings and weekends, musical artists will perform at the Capitol. Pierre offers other excellent entertainment opportunities during the Christmas holidays. If you have an event and would like to let the public know about it, go to our website www.pierre.org and get your event on the calendar. This website is an excellent resource for events going on in the community.
As you can see by the color orange, this issue of the newsletter is still full of news about Rooster Rush. Many events were held to commemorate pheasant hunting in Pierre. We do appreciate the cooperation of all the businesses participating.





Membership Report
Katie Johnson, Membership Director 
pleased and relieved.
The word thankful has always been more of a feeling to me than a word, so when I googled the definition it made me laugh out loud. Pleased and relieved ARE the feelings I have working at the chamber. I get to work with a group of volunteers who are my ambassadors, they have full time jobs, but are always willing to help whenever asked. The ambassadors come to the ribbon cuttings, business after hours, and help deliver the membership plaques at the beginning of a new year! More importantly, they are a group of people who understand the importance of the chamber and encourage businesses and individuals to get involved with both the chamber, and our community. And of course, thank you to all of our members who continue to invest, and for allowing me the opportunity to show you the value of your membership! We have had a great 2017 and 2018 is only going to get better!
The best part of my job is getting to work with the great staff at the Pierre Area Chamber, as well as United Way, and PEDCO who are also housed within the same building. In addition, I have to say thank you to my family and friends who help get things done too... volunteering, setting up, tearing down - whatever it is you step up and help get it done!
Business After Hours will be hosted by Shoe Sensation in the Northridge Plaza on November 2nd, from 5-6:30! I encourage EVERYONE to attend, these events are open to the public, the store will be open, and I am told there will be some excellent door prizes and discounts on shoes during this event! The progressive drawing is up to $700, every chamber member is automatically in the drawing, but you must be present to win! Hope to see you all there!

New Chamber Members

Angel's Salon
Angel Kolb
419 S Pierre St
Pierre, SD 57501

Hermanson Endodontics, LLC
Brian Hermanson
1709 N. Lincoln Ave Ste 103
Pierre, SD 57501

Life of Travel Company
Erin Budmayr


Mefford Agency, Famers Union Insurance
Andrew and Jessica Mefford
1007 Wells Ave
Pierre, SD 57501

The White Bunny
Jessica and Tony Jockheck
207 E. Capitol Ave #108
Pierre, SD 57501
Chamber Board Nominations Announced

The Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce's nominating committee is offering a slate of candidates for 2018.
  The proposed 2018 Executive Board will consist of President Bryan Beck (Beck Motor Company), President-Elect Jennifer Anderson (Anderson, Nil & Associates), Vice President John Hight (Cherokee Enterprises), Secretary Steve Bass (Edgewood Senior Living Center), Treasurer Meredith Lee (Lee Real Estate) and Past President Melissa Puepke (First Dakota National Bank).
  Nominations for the three-year terms include: Angie Bollweg (Sanford Clinic Pierre), Russ Hoffert (Feeding South Dakota) and Kristie Maher (South Dakota Discovery Center).
Incoming president Bryan Beck will appoint Mike Kannas (Menards), Kim Larson (Farm Credit Services of America) and Dan Park (Bankwest) to each serve a one-year term.

Any additional chamber member in good standing who is interested in submitting his or her name for consideration for a position on the Chamber Board of Directors can do so by circulating a petition and obtaining signatures from one-third of the chamber membership. Such petitions shall be forwarded to the nominating committee no later than November 14, 2017. His or her name will be added to the ballot and sent out to all eligible voters prior to the Annual Celebration. The nominees receiving the majority of the votes shall be declared elected to the Board of Directors. Should a tie occur, the nominating committee shall cast the deciding vote.  In the event no other chamber member submits his or her name, the nominated slate will become the 2018 chamber board.

Newly elected and appointed board members shall be seated at the December board meeting and shall be considered participating members until their term ends.



November Calendar of Events
November 1 - Rooster Rush Art Show at participating businesses.
November 1 - 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
November 2 - Breast Cancer Survivors from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Countryside Classroom. Contact number: 945-0827
November 2-3 - Spread the Warmth-Citywide Coat Giveaway.   Coat giveaway will be from 1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. at the Trinity Center at First United Methodist Church. Contact: Don Shields   224-7779
November 2 - Operation Gratitude-Halloween candy buy back from 2:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. at Missouri River Dentistry. They will pay $1 per pound (up to 5 pounds) for unopened Halloween candy that will be sent to troops overseas. Draw a picture or write a letter for a soldier to be included in the package. Contact: Colleen or Brooke @ Missouri River Dentistry   605-223-2021.
November 2 - Business after Hours Hosted by Shoe Sensation at the Northridge Plaza store from 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
November 4 - Women of the Moose-Craft and Collectibles Fair at the Fort Pierre Moose Lodge from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Contact: Cary Nickle 605-381-6342   Fees: $15 for vendor table, free admission to attend the fair.
November 4-5 - 2017 Pierre Invitational swim meet starts at 9:00 a.m. each day at the Oahe YMCA/Pierre Aquatic Center. Contact: Becky Burke at pstmeetdirector@gmail.com
November 4-5 - Canvasback Art Club 22nd Annual Art Show at the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce. Saturday-9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Sunday-10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Fees: Free
November 4 - Childbirth Class at Avera St. Mary's Hospital from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break. Contact: Dawn Tassler 605-224-3189 Fees: $40.00 with scholarships available.
November 4 - Family Fun Day - Make-and-Take a Holiday Ornament at the Cultural Heritage Center from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Contact: Cultural Heritage Center   605-773-3458   Fees: free
November 4 - St. Joseph Elementary School's Extravaganza from 5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. at the Ramkota. Fees/Admission-Tickets are $35 for one or $250 for a table of 8 and will be on sale beginning   October 10 at the St. Joseph School office.
November 4 - 28th Annual Casey Tibbs Foundation Tribute Dinner from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. at the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center. Contact: Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center 605-494-1094   Fees: $35 per ticket and can be purchased the first week of October by phone or by visiting the Rodeo Center. Advanced tickets are recommended-seating is limited.
November 4-5, 11-12 - Pierre Minecraft Maniacs Classes K-12 at Bits, Bytes, and Gadgets. Session 'A' -Nov. 4-5, Session 'B' -Nov. 11-12. Contact: Dustin VanBalen 605-295-0687 or 605-295-1490. Each session is $200, includes lunch and a t-shirt. Mention "Read it on the Pierre Chamber Newsletter" and receive a $40 discount.
November 5 - Maggie in the Meantime-The Pierre Concert Series at Riggs High Theater from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.   Contact: 605-224-7909   Fees: Admittance by season membership only. Memberships can be purchased at the door of each performance.
November 6 - Canvasback Art Club monthly meeting from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at Rawlins Library. Contact: Bev Letellier 605-224-7993
November 7 - Open House and Ribbon Cutting at Hermanson Endodontics LLC from 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m.
November 7 - Volunteers needed at the food bank at the Feeding South Dakota building from           5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. 20-30 volunteers are needed for this project. Contact: Russ or Andrew at 494-3663 or email andrew@feedingsouthdakota.org
November 8 - Pierre Area Charitable Organizations Philanthropy Luncheon at Richie Z's Brickhouse BBQ & Grill from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Contact: Angela Lisburg angelalisburg@avera.org or Dawn Tassler gut1@dakota2k.net    Fees: $20
November 9 - Ribbon Cutting and Open House-White Bunny in the St. Charles Building from 4:00-6:00 p.m. with ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m.
November 9 - Humanities Council Seaker - "The Faces and Deeds of Deeds and Valor" featuring Huron-born WWI balloonist, Harlou Neibling from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at SD National Guard Museum - 301 E. Dakot Ave. Free Admission. Contact: Sonja M Johnson at sonja.johnson@state.sd.us
November 10 - Fall Pheasant Feed from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Firs Congregational United Church of Christ - 123 N. Highland Ave.      Admission: adults: $10, kids 12 & under: $5
November 10 - Ballroom Swisher's Club Dance at the American Legion Cabin from 8:00 p.m.-11:55 p.m. Contact: 605-222-1401 Cost: $10 with a free lesson prior to the dance at 7:00.
November 11-12 - Zonta Fall and Holiday Craft and Vendor Show at the Ramkota River Center from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Nov.11 and from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Nov. 12. Contact: Callie Iverson   605-295-4831   Fees: free
November 11-12 - Pierre Minecraft Maniacs Classes K-12-Session "B" at Bits Bytes & Gadgets Contact: Dustin VanBalen 605-295-0687 or 605-295-1490. Fees: Each session $200, includes lunch and a t-shirt. Mention "Read it on the Pierre Chamber Newsletter" and receive a discount-save $40.
November 13 - Paws Animal Rescue Spay-ghetti Supper from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at the American Legion Cabin. Contact: Brenda Manning 223-CATS   Fees: free will offering
November 13 - 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.
November 13, 20, 27 - Winter Cornhole League Kickoff from 7:00p.m. - 11:00 p.m. at T's Tavern in Fort Pierre. Contact: Ashley Schlichenmayer-Okroi at 605-380-6934 or on the Pierre Area Cornhle League or Pierre Young Professionals respective Facebook pages.
November 14 - Chamber Hospitality Committee Meeting in the Chamber Board Room from 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Contact number: 224-7361
November 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
November 14 - History and Heritage Book Club from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Cultural Heritage Center - 900 Governors Dr.    Contact: Dorinda Daniel at dorinda.daniel@state.sd.us   fees: Free
November 16 - Breast Cancer Survivors from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Countryside Classroom, Suite 1. Contact: 605-945-0827
November 16 - "Caring through the Holidays" presentation at Edgewood Senior Living from 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Contact: Kim Brakke-Area Marketing Manager   605-494-3400   Fees: free
November 17 - Ribbon Cutting and Open House at Angel's Salon from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Ribbon cutting at 12:30 p.m.
November 18 - Ag Appreciation Banquet 2017 at the Ramkota Hotel from 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
November 19 - Comedy Stage Hypnotist at the Ramkota Hotel from 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Fees: Ages 15 & older $15, Ages 8-14-$10 cash at the door or purchase online. Contact: Ramkota
November 20 - Parade of Lights 2017 from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Lineup will be at Riggs High School parking lot at 5:00, parade will begin at 6:00. Contact: Laura Schoen Carbonneau       605-224-7361   Fees: donations welcome to help offset costs. Not charge to attend or be in the parade.
November 23 - Happy Thanksgiving!
November 24-26 - Holiday Market Craft and Vendor Fair at Northridge Plaza. Friday-9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., Saturday-10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Sunday-11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Contact: Billy Brueggeman   605-852-2880   Fees: Free to attend. Vendors-please contact Billy for info/cost.
November 24-25 - FCSDA Fine Arts Scholarship Fundraiser Christmas Dance Performance at T.F. Riggs Theatre at 7:30 p.m. both evenings. Contact: Pamela Cronin   Fees: all seats $4
November 29 - Pierre Players Preview Performance of "Calendar Girls" from 7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. at the Grand Opera House. Contact: 605-224-7826   Fees: general admission-$5.00 at the door
November 30 - CuriosiTeens at the SD Discovery Center from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Contact: Rhea Waldman-Education Director  605-224-8295   Fees: members-$10 non-members-$12 per year-members-$80, non-members-$100 (get a SD Discovery Center family membership for $40 with your CuriosiTeens yearly dues.
November 30 - Breastfeeding Class from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at Avera St. Mary's Hospital. Contact: Dawn Tassler 605-224-3189   Fees: $10 and scholarships are available.

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