P ierre Area Chamber of Commerce
 October 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 October 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


CEO's Report
Laura Schoen Carbonneau, CEO
After months of planning, Fireball Run is just days away. This is an amazing opportunity for our community and one that is possible thanks to the many people who have been or will be part of the experience on September 29 and 30.
One of the biggest contributions to the cause has been our Pierre Rockers team Bryan and Trace Beck. By the time this comes out in the newsletter, the two will be a few days into their Fireball Run journey. Be sure to follow their progress online at www.fireballrun.com under the "Leaderboard" tab. You can watch how they do on each of their daily missions. And, if you haven't already, be sure to vote for them online under the "Teams" tab. At the end of the rally, the team with the most votes wins an award. You can also follow them on Fireball Run Team 4 Pierre Rockers Facebook page. Watch for clues and help them out if you can.
Sixteen of our local attractions and experiences have been planning for the 40 Fireball Run teams visit to Pierre and Fort Pierre. It has involved scripting, pre-season visits to capture video and audio, lining up volunteers and in some cases, working with the Fireball Run producers on one-of-a-kind experiences. Thank you to all of the people who work at each of these locations for your patience and professionalism as you have this unique experience to showcase what our community has to offer.
The Middle School STEM Club, led by Justin Tostinson, did an amazing job over the summer by building 5 of the 10 boats the Fireball Run teams will use on September 29. These students worked many hours in the hot weather and their creations are truly amazing. It will be fun to see how they perform. Thanks also to the Pierre/Ft. Pierre Rotary Club, Black Hills Federal Credit Union, Pierre Capital Journal, Slumberland Furniture, Fischer Rounds, Hogans Hardware Hank and the Oahe Federal Credit Union for their contributions of duct tape, cardboard, paint or other supplies for the boats. Special recognition goes to the Department of Game, Fish and Parks for letting us borrow life vests and paddles and to the Kiwanis Club for helping transport the boats from the middle school to the race area by the American Legion. Marc Schmitz with the Exchange Club is letting us borrow an anchor. Thank you also to Shay Duncan, Meredith Lee, Carl Morris, Bridget M Photography and Oahe Federal Credit Union for completing our fleet of boats. If you want to watch this challenge, stop down at the beach by the American Legion between 3:30 and 5:30. Should be some fun entertainment!
Over 150 volunteers will be involved with making sure Pierre and Fort Pierre has all the attractions and events covered. Thank you to each and every one who is part of this experience. Amanda Dodson is heading up our Crowd Building Committee, Eve Smith is in charge of our Welcome Committee and Dennis Rounds is taking the lead on our Logistics Committee. In addition, Pierre city crews, the Pierre Police Department and both the Pierre and Fort Pierre Fire Departments are involved. Sarah Sonnenschein is helping us with decorations at the Fireball Run banquet on Friday night and Meredith Lee has also been a great resource for us. She was our representative in last year's season which will soon be available on Amazon Prime and had a lot of good feedback for us.
Events like this don't happen without financial support. 1st Dakota National Bank, Bankwest, Beck Motors, Delta Dental of South Dakota, Fast Signs, Fort Pierre Tourism Council, Lynn's Dakotamart, Missouri River Tourism Association, Oahe Federal Credit Union, PEDCO, Pryntcomm, Riverwalk Landing, Sanford Clinic, View 34, ADI, Morris Inc., Days Inn, Governor's Inn, ClubHouse Hotel & Suites, The Pierre Ramkota and Spring Creek have stepped up financially or with in-kind assistance. The Pierre BID Board also needs special recognition. Without their trust in Lois Ries and I that this is a great opportunity for Pierre, we wouldn't be a Fireball Run host.
Finally, to everyone who plans to come out to the Finish Line on Pierre Street between 3:00 - 6:00 pm on Friday, September 29 and/or to the Starting Line between 7:00 - 9:00 am on Saturday, September 30, thank you for showing up! The "No Worries" band is going to start things off on Friday. On Saturday morning, the Riggs Emerald Regime, PIERREcussion drum line and the Riggs dance team will all make an appearance. Several members of the Street Masters will have their cars on display. We are hoping to win the "Best Community" award and have a great shot if we can get a great crowd. Bring your foam fingers, pompoms (either green or purple - everyone is welcome!). The Riggs Emerald Regiment, the Pierre Youth Orchestra and lots of others will be involved. Bring out your best community colors and pride. Let's show Fireball Run our community spirit!


Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies
 Winner Physical Therapy, located in the Capitol Creek Center at 740 E. Sioux Ave., celebrated the opening of their new Pierre location with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on September 21, 2017.

Pierre Mayor Steve Harding's Report
It's time to roll out the bright orange carpet and welcome hunters from all across the country to our wonderful community!
Each year our businesses and community members do a fantastic job of making our out-of-town guests feel welcome. And I know you won't disappoint this year!
Hunters certainly buoy our local economy in a number of ways. Not the least of which is the impact they have at Pierre Regional Airport. Our enplanements double during the hunting season and that's important for a number of reasons.
First, it obviously brings more people into our community to eat at our restaurants, stay in our hotels and lodges, and otherwise give our local businesses a boost.
Second, those hunters add to our total enplanements. Our goal each year is to have at least 10,000 passengers board a commercial airplane in Pierre. If we meet that mark, we receive an annual stipend of $1 million from the federal government for airport infrastructure. That money helped pay for our new airport terminal back in 2012 and is funding the new boarding bridge.
Third, the more traffic we have at our airport, the easier it is for Pierre to maintain its Essential Air Service (EAS) designation. The EAS program makes accessible and affordable scheduled commercial air service possible in Pierre.
If you need one more reason to be happy to see the annual influx of hunter orange -here it is. Our visitors are very much helping make sure that you can fly in and out of Pierre for years to come.
Happy hunting and safe travels to all!
Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson's Report
It was a heck of a party! That seemed to be the common thought during our exciting Bicentennial weekend. I'm about to attempt a dangerous task - to acknowledge a few of the dozens of people responsible for the success of the event. Dangerous because I can't name everyone who has spent time the last two years in planning and carrying out this event.
First, a huge shout out to Planning Committee Chair Chris Maxwell. Chris (and Molly) put in hundreds of hours themselves but they also know how to get others involved. Chris coordinated the Bicentennial Downtown Farmer's Markets, procured the new signage (including the breathtaking buffalo murals) and singlehandedly secured our generous sponsors. A list appears on the Bicentennial t-shirts, ads, and signs around town.
The Fort Pierre Tourism & Promotion Council and the Fort Pierre Development Corporation made commitments, financial and personnel. Thank you to all of our sponsors. We couldn't have done much without your support. As a result of your generosity, very few tax dollars were expended.
Our initial decision to coordinate our Bicentennial with the Dakota Western Heritage Festival and Stirling Family Ranch Rodeo was a natural partnership. Gary Heintz, Carmen Cowan Magee, and Willie Cowan attended many planning meetings. They and the Stirling family were great to work with.
Becci Scott, Dan Filipek, and Mike Weisgram organized the downtown and merchant support. Randy Seiler and Larissa Skjonsberg and their committee coordinated all the parade details, and there were many. Randy also headed up the 5k walk/run and has been invaluable in countless ways.
Judy Weisgram took on the job of treasurer and also volunteers at the Log Cabin. Judy works closely with Sunny Hannum, who chaired the Marketing Committee and did pretty much whatever needed to be done, from writing numerous articles, tracking commemorative items and mail orders, and updating the website, to staffing the Bicentennial booth. Will and Shuree Mortenson designed the calendars of events.
Eileen Fischer headed up another hardworking committee which coordinated the Arts Festival in Fischers-Lilly Park, recruited the vendors and took care of their requests. Eileen also designed and bought commemorative items. DeLynn and Bryan Hanson researched and ordered the beautiful Bicentennial rifles. Souvenir t-shirts and caps were designed by Molly Fulton and Abby Campea.
Pat Miller and Sandi Durick took on the responsibility of planning the official program, and coordinated details of the weekend with our honored guests: family members of Meriwether Lewis, Chief Black Buffalo, Joseph LaFramboise, Pierre Chouteau, Jr., Fred Dupree, James "Scotty" Philip, Lt. Commander John Waldron, and Casey Tibbs.
Then there were the logistics and details which required attention by Rick Hahn, Vern Thorson, Roxanne Heezen, and other City staff members too numerous to mention by name. I couldn't be more proud of all of the employees of the City of Fort Pierre. Your hard work and willingness to do tasks that aren't in your job description are appreciated, more than you know. You're the best!
And for those of you who are not mentioned in this limited space, but who served tirelessly on committees, or who volunteered or participated in some other way, please know that Fort Pierre's 200th birthday party was fun and memorable because you stepped up and got involved. That's what I love most about our little community on the river.  
Again, my deepest thanks. On to the next 200 years!

Business After Hours  

 Feeding South Dakota  

Feeding South Dakota hosted Business After Hours on August 31st, where they recognized Beck Motor Company for their continuous support.
PEDCO - More Business Remodeling This Year
Jim Protexter, PEDCO COO
The number of building permits issued for Business Repairs/Additions in Pierre is up 35 percent through August compared to 2016.
So far there have been 27 permits issued, mainly to retail and professional service businesses. And while the dollar value is not as high this year, it is important to note that much of the activity is remodeling to meet market demands or accommodate future growth. Such investment is also a positive sign that management is confidently optimistic about Pierre's economic future.
Some of the remodeling projects are more visible from the outside and will add to Pierre's impressive selection of eateries. Richie Z's Brickhouse BBQ & Grill opens next month in the former VFW building. Dairy Queen was taken down to the studs and is being rebuilt as a DQ Grill & Chill. Big Tom's Diner is preparing to move into the former Chase Auto and will offer an expanded menu and bar. The former First National Bank space in Northridge Plaza is being converted into kitchen and dining space for a soon-to-be-announced restaurant. Bill of Rights Brewery has made several unique changes to its new space in the Linn Medical mall near Runnings.
Other notable projects represent a healthy range of industries stepping up to better serve our area. Central Dakota Eyecare and Pierre Health Center have reinvested. So has the Days Inn, Pierre Music, SD Wheat Inc. and Doggie Do's and Kittens Too.
PEDCO was even able to get in on some of the action. Pierre Monument Company on South Pierre Street needed a facelift, and owner Mary Gibson took advantage of PEDCO's Downtown Storefront Improvement Program. With the help of a low-interest loan, Gibson turned the pale gray concrete façade into a warm and colorful brick. New windows were added for better light and curb appeal.
A Monumental Renovation:

Thank yo to all the business owners and management that have decided now is a good time to invet in their business and reinvest in Pierre!

Retail Briefs

Survey: Consumers to shop close to home for the holidays
About three-quarters of consumers said they'll buy from local small and mid-sized businesses this holiday season, according to a Vistaprint survey. Almost 80% will use a search engine to find information on local merchants, making digital marketing plans key for small-business owners. GeoMarketing (9/19)
Walgreens wins approval to buy 1,932 Rite Aid stores
US regulators have approved a revised version of Walgreens Boots Alliance's bid to acquire Rite Aid stores, the pharmacy chain said Tuesday. Under the new deal, Walgreens will pay $4.38 billion for 1,932 Rite Aid locations, giving Walgreens about 10,000 stores in the US. Chicago Tribune (9/19) 
Walmart takes a different tack for seasonal staff
Walmart won't hire temporary staffers this holiday season and instead will offer existing employees the chance to earn more during the busy holiday weeks, the retailer said. The company employs about 1.5 million people in the US, and beefed-up training programs have prepared them to meet holiday season demands, said Judith McKenna, Walmart US chief operating officer. Bloomberg (9/20) 
Crocs is seeing results from a four-year turnaround plan that resulted in 160 store closures and a focus on the footwear brand's signature clog. The shoes are making a comeback with new colors and prints that are winning over consumers seeking a balance between fashion and comfort, CEO Andrew Rees said. The Washington Post (9/19) 
Toys R Us filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday night, with $3 billion in financing and a restructuring plan. The retailer, which has about 1,600 global stores, is expected to close underperforming locations, and its Canadian division will also seek protection from creditors. Bloomberg (9/19)
Retailers will face fierce competition for seasonal employees this year, as many retailers plan to offer consumers incentives to spend more in-store, says coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. Many seasonal workers will also be needed in warehousing and transportation sectors related to holiday retail as consumers turn to virtual shopping. ConsumerAffairs (9/18) 
Three-quarters of US retailers beat their earnings forecasts in the second quarter, and some -- including Kohl's, Walmart and TJX Companies -- reported increases in traffic, writes retail analyst Deborah Weinswig. Those indicators and others point to an upswing for brick-and-mortar retail, she writes. Forbes (9/13) 

Capital City Economy
June 2017 Current Month Same Month 2016 Percent Change 2017 YTD 2016 YTD Percent Change
Pierre 2% $694,400 $700,116 -0.8% $3,793,080 $3,908,809 -3.0%
Pierre 1% BBB $45,448 $47,772 -4.9% $262,062 $259,715 0.9%
Fort Pierre 2% $96,504 $104,447 -7.6% $551,384 $613,786 -10.2%
Fort Pierre 1% BBB $12,560 $11,333 10.8% $62,525 $52,930 18.1%
OCCUPANCY TAX            
Pierre BID #1 (Est. 8/2014) $23,824 $25,370 -6.1% $108,551 $112,820 -3.8%
ADI 1,006 188 435.1% 5,120 1,609 218.2%
DAILY TRAFFIC            
Missouri River Bridge 17,225 17,801 -3.2% 90,100 92,629 -2.7%
US 14 East of Pierre 3,377 3,466 -2.6% 17,062 17,409 -2.0%
New Homes
Stick Built - Number 2 3 6 8
   Dollar Amount $320,000 $1,013,916 -68.4% $1,374,203 $1,876,416 -26.8%
Other* - Number 2 0 18 4
   Dollar Amount $19,000 $0 0.0% $725,000 $85,138 751.6%
Number 2 3 40 42
   Dollar Amount $42,500 $73,000 -41.8% $668,588 $826,650 -19.1%
New Buildings
Number 1 4 4 9
   Dollar Amount $19,934,000 $3,390,799 487.9% $23,299,151 $4,757,499 389.7%
Number 4 4 22 14
   Dollar Amount $31,452 $1,540,806 -98.0% $562,982 $2,740,684 -79.5%
Total Permits**
Number 84 114 389 721
   Dollar Amount $20,748,620 $7,023,949 195.4% $28,685,230 $16,415,489 74.7%
New Homes
Number 2 0 3 9
   Dollar Amount $634,184 $0 0.0% $904,184 $1,663,604 -45.6%
Other* - Number 0 0 1 0
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $11,000 $0 0.0%
Number 1 1 6 5
   Dollar Amount $20,000 $20,000 0.0% $549,255 $139,772 293.0%
New Buildings
Number 0 1 0 1
   Dollar Amount $0 $38,000 0.0% $0 $38,000 0.0%
Number 0 0 1 1
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $270,000 $23,000 0.0%
Total Permits**
Number 7 11 24 45
   Dollar Amount $752,551 $278,500 170.2% $2,049,326 $2,910,847 -29.6%
WORK FORCE                           
Pierre MiSA***
Total Work Force 13,142 13,212
Total Employed 12,831 12,946
Total Unemployed 311 266
Unemployment Rate 2.4% 2.0%
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



CVB Report 
Lois Ries, CVB Director

t is Rooster Rush time. Pheasant hunting is one of Pierre's most important "holidays". It is a tradition where family and friends come together each year and celebrate not only hunting the pheasant but, the friendships that have grown over the years.
The Pierre Convention & Visitors Bureau partners with South Dakota Tourism to make hunters feel welcome in the community. We will be doing different events throughout the community to celebrate the "holiday" Rooster Rush.
The Rooster Rush Art Show runs October 4th thru November 1, 2017. The Best Orange Spirit/Hunting Display pictures will be taken on October 17 & 18, 2017 by appointment only. Something new this year is the Rooster Rush Book Reading at the area grade schools during the week of Rooster Rush. The Pierre Convention & Visitor Staff will greet hunters at the Airport on October 19th and 20th. Volunteers will greet hunters at Lynn's Dakotamart and Runnings on October 20th. For other hunting events, visit our webpage www.pierre.org for a full calendar.





Membership Report
Katie Johnson, Membership Director 
A HUGE thank you to all the homeowners on our Imagine This Tour of Homes. I know it isn't easy to prepare for 100 plus people to walk through your homes-yet you did it very graciously, and I admire how easy you made it look.
I would also like to thank the 30 vendors who were present at each house to share their work at each of those homes. As the Membership Director, my goal is to provide member benefits. Together with Oahe Home Builders Association, I believe we were able to provide a benefit to our members that would allow the vendors to mingle with potential customers in a fun and relaxing venue. To all of our new members, I say 'thank you' for seeing the vision of this project and 'welcome' to the OHBA and the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce - we do what we do, for you!
You can't have an event like this without volunteers! Thank you for always being there to support the Pierre Area Chamber with your time! While there wasn't financial payment, I hope you had time to enjoy a beverage and visit with all of the guests! We sold out of tickets on Saturday morning, the busses were full, and the weather was perfect! If you weren't able to make it on the tour this year, I encourage you to mark your calendars for next year!
Have a great October!

New Chamber Members

B&G Produce
Lindy and Matt Geraets
Pierre, SD 57501
  We are Lindy & Matt Geraets. We have a great appreciation for quality food (Matt is a chef) and feel we are improving the local food scene each year. When we're not growing produce and fruit, we enjoy travel. There's always another adventure on the horizon. Lindy's parents, Debby & Crayton Bouchie, have an 80 acre farm about 20 miles east of Pierre, SD. This is where Lindy grew up and where we farm about 3 acres. 2017 will be our 9th farmers' market season. We learn something new every year and feel like we master a few things each year.
We believe is growing healthy food, therefore we use organic practices. We try not to use any sprays or powders on our produce, but if we have to, we use organic products.
Missy Schuetzle-Realtor
Contact Missy today to help you find your next home!
Pottery Plus
Debbie Jensen
111 E. Capital Ave
Pierre, SD 57501
Pottery plus is your one stop shop to get all the creative juices flowing. You can paint pottery, take a class on painting canvas, they also have wood designs as well! Stop by and see them today!
Pure Bliss Bakery & Café
111 W. Capitol Ave
Pierre, SD 57501
Log onto Facebook and check out the daily specials, including a Paleo diet everyday as well! Need some cupcakes or cookies, give Laura a call!
Richie Z's Brickhouse BBQ and Grill
401 S. Central Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
Opening soon! Watch for the ribbon cutting announcement.
Shane Cowan Guide Service
28441 SD Hwy 1804
Pierre, SD 57501
Fishing is my passion for 30 years and I love sharing it through guiding in the Pierre, SD area on Lake Oahe, Lake Sharpe, and surrounding lakes.
The Rancher and the Filly
840 N. Garfield Ave ste 103
Pierre, SD 57501
The Rancher and the Filly, is a "true" western store with truly exceptional inventory hand picked by folks who know Western. A little bit of everything for everyone! Stop by and check out the olive oils, vinegars and food items as well!
Winner Physical Therapy Inc.
Capital Creek Center
740 E. Sioux Ave Ste 103
Pierre, SD 57501


October Calendar of Events
October 1 - High Plains Youth Rodeo Finals at the Schomer Arena from 1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Contact: Lazy 3S Rodeo Company, Shelli Langdeau 605-222-8510   www.lazy3Srodeo.com Fees: $10 @ gate. $7.50 in advance, 9 and under-free. Online sales at website and ticket sales at Bad River Mercantile
October 2 - Canvasback Art Club monthly meeting from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at Rawlins Library. Contact: Bev Letellier 605-224-7993
October 2 - Pierre Players "Calendar Girls" Auditions at the Grand Opera House from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.   Contact: Director Alisa DeMers 605-280-3700
October 2-3 - State AA Boys High School Golf Championship at Hillsview Golf Course.
October 3 - 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
October 3 - 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.
October 3 - History Trivia Night at the St. Charles Lounge from 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Contact: South Dakota State Archives   605-773-3804   Fees: none
October 3 - Generations in the Workplace-Managing Diversity Seminar (National Disability Employment Awareness Month Event) at Ramkota Convention Center, Amphitheater 2 from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Contact: Cindy Ryan 605-773-3318 Fees: free
October 4 - November 1-Rooster Rush Art Show at participating businesses. Fees: none
October 4 - 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
October 4 and 11 - Quickbooks-Parts One and Two at Capital University Center 2nd floor, 206m from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.   Contact: 773-2160   Fees: $80.00
October 5 - Farm Credit Services of America Hosts Business after Hours at 2505 E. 4th Street from 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
October 5 - Breast Cancer Survivors from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Countryside Classroom. Contact number: 945-0827
October 5 - Spanish classes at Capital University Center, Thursday nights for 6 weeks. Contact: 773-2160 Fees: $130 plus cost of book
October 7 - Raise the Woof PAWS Animal Rescue Benefit at RedRossa Italian Grille Ballroom from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Contact: Jen Uecker 605-295-0288   Fees: $20-tickets available at RedRossa, Gateway Ford, or PAWS Animal Rescue (Thurs.-5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Sat.-11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.)
October 9 - 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.
October 10 - Chamber Hospitality Committee Meeting in the Chamber Board Room from 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Contact number: 224-7361
October 11 - Quickbooks-Part Two at Capital University Center 2nd floor, 206m from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.   Contact: 773-2160   Fees: $80.00
October 12 - Breastfeeding Class at Avera St. Mary's Hospital from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Contact: Dawn Tassler 605-224-3189  Fees: $10.00 and scholarships are available.
October 14 - 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 with scholarships available
October 14 - Family Fun Day-Fabulous Pheasants at the Cultural Heritage Center from 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Contact number: 605-773-3458   Fees: free
October 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
October 16 - October 30-Spread the Warmth-Citywide Coat Drive. Drop-off locations at Dakotamart, YMCA, and First United Methodist Church. Coat giveaway will be on November 2 and 3 from 1:00p.m.-6:00 p.m. at Trinity Center at First United Methodist Church. Contact: Don Shields 224-7779
October 17 and 24 - Facebook for Business and Non-Profit at Capital University Center from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Contact: 773-2160   Fees: $50.00
October 17-18 - Best Orange Spirit Day/Hunting Display at participating local businesses, individuals may decorate their front yard to show appreciation for the hunting season. Contact: 224-7361 or email lries@pierre.org to make an appointment to get a picture taken of your display. Please have your display ready by noon on Friday, September 29th to welcome Fireball Run.   Fees: none
October 19 - Breast Cancer Survivors at Countryside Classroom from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 P.M. Contact: 605-945-0827
October 19 - Trick or Treat at Northridge Plaza from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Contact: Northridge Plaza   Fees: Free
October 20-21 - Second Annual Rooster Jam! At Drifters Bar and Grille. Contact: Drifters Bar and Grille   Fees: Free
October 21-22 - Hunter's Wives Day Out Craft and Vendor Fair at Northridge Plaza. Saturday-10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Sunday-Noon until 5:00 p.m. Contact: Billy Brueggeman   605-852-2880   Fees: free to attend, vendors please contact Billy.
October 21 - Second Annual Fall Festival at East Pierre Landscape and Garden Center from 1 p.m.-5 p.m.   Contact: 605-224-8832   Fees: $0.25 per ticket for kids' games
October 21 - Scotty Philip Cemetery Virtual Tour at Capitol Lake Visitors Center from 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Contact: South Dakota State Archives   605-773-3804   Fees: free
October 24 & 30 - Common Sense Parenting Class at Avera St. Mary's from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Contact: Dawn Tassler   605-224-3189 Fees: $45.00 and scholarships are available
October 26 - CuriosiTeens at the South Dakota Discovery Center Contact: Rhea Waldman Education Director 605-224-8295 Fees: members-$10, non-members-$12 per class, members-$80 and non-members-$100 per year (get a SD Discovery Center family membership for only $40 with you CuriosiTeens yearly dues).
October 28-29 - Mariachi San Pablo at Faith Lutheran Church Sanctuary- Oct. 28-6:00 p.m. concert, Oct. 29-3:00 p.m. performance. Reformation worship to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Contact: Pastor Josh Baumann   605-224-2216  Fees: free will offering collected both days.
October 30 - Murder at the State Archives at the Capitol Lake Visitors Center from 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Contact: South Dakota State Archives 605-773-3804   Fees: no fees
October 31 - Trick or Treating at Edgewood Senior Living from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. for kids of all ages! Adult supervision is required. Contact: Kim Brakke  605-494-3400 or kim.brakke@edgewoodvista.com. For more info, visit https://indd.adobe.com/view/45e316e1-e9e9-440a-834f-8c1ceb89fe1

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