P ierre Area Chamber of Commerce
 September 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 September2017 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, Board President
"So many activities. It's making my head spin how many activities we can do."- Brennan, from Step Brothers (Will Ferrell)
When I moved to Pierre in 2001, I had young children, so of course the activities my family participated in revolved around what they would enjoy or were involved in. Our family enjoyed many adventures on La Framboise, Farm Island, and the Downstream trails. We played in the parks, swam at the beaches, tubed, boated, floated, and knee boarded on the lakes. We spent time sledding down Hilger's Gulch, feeding the geese and fish at Capitol Lake, and then feeding them again. We visited the Cultural Heritage Center, and toured the Oahe Dam, and marveled at Christmas trees while exploring the Capitol. The kids participated in YMCA programs, we explored the Discovery Center until they kicked us out, we bowled, trick or treated, and we paraded. There was always some athletic or school activity going on, from carnivals, to musicals, to plays we could attend. It was truly a time to remember!
Now, as my children are becoming adults, I have my parents closer to me, and I have some "unaccompanied" time on my hands, I am starting to enjoy, and create a bucket list of things I haven't yet done right here in Pierre and can enjoy with my "adult" family!   Maybe I will start birding, or take up golf or I can finally work on getting back to scrap booking with a local group. We can visit the remaining museums, and tour the governor's mansion. I can learn a little about this guy named Verendryeand the interesting past of our two cities. I will even just enjoy sitting in the park on a bench, or on the water from the boat capturing the beautiful views we have and absorbing the soothing nature of living here.
Of course, I will also revisit a few of our favorites from the past because I don't ever intend to fully "grow up" and those experiences feed my soul.  
It is hard to be bored in this community! So, remember that quote and renew your passion for Pierre by finding your activities! And Remember - The Chamber is here to help you!
Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies
Advance Auto Parts celebrated their name change with a ribbon cutting ceremony on August 9th. You can find them at 410 E. Sioux Avenue or by calling (605) 224-7374. 

Pierre Mayor Steve Harding's Report
After 10 years of public input and discussion, the city of Pierre is on track for a new City Hall! The city commission recently approved the purchase of the Pierre Economic Development (PEDCO)-owned Eagle Creek building. City Hall will move into the first floor of that building and generate revenue by leasing out the second floor.
The vast majority of the constituent comments I have heard about this project have been positive. In fact, in my nine years on the commission, I have never received more positive constituent comments on a city project.
The decision to purchase the building wasn't made lightly. City staff worked hard to analyze all the City Hall replacement options. They looked at open lots, empty buildings, remodeling the current facility, and building new. Their analysis narrowed the solutions down to two choices -rebuild at our current location or purchase the Eagle Creek building.
The choice to purchase clearly was the best for our community. We could have built a 12,000 sq. ft. facility at our current location for approximately $5 million or purchase and remodel the 24,000 sq. ft. Eagle Creek building for $3.8 million. By purchasing, we are getting twice the square footage for $1.2 million less.
Thanks to lease revenue, the Eagle Creek building will eventually pay for itself and continue to produce revenue for the life of the facility. There is NO downside to this purchase. It is a City Hall that pays for itself, requires no external financing, and provides ongoing revenue!
The lot where the current City Hall is located will be sold for development. It is prime real estate right along Sioux Avenue and positioned well to boost our downtown business community.
I want to thank our citizens for their tremendous support of this project! I want to thank city staff for its research to find a prudent and affordable City Hall replacement plan. And I want to thank the City Commission for its leadership role in moving Pierre forward.
By working together, we are building a brighter future for Pierre!
Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson's Report
It's been 18 months in the making, and it is almost here! Fort Pierre's historic Bicentennial will be officially commemorated the weekend of September 15-17. As Governor Daugaard stated in his executive proclamation, naming September 2017 as Fort Pierre Bicentennial Month, "Fort Pierre's birthday is South Dakota's first ever bicentennial event, and as such, is significant to the entire state."
The celebration will actually kick off on Thursday evening, the 14th, with two showings of the new Casey Tibbs film, "Floating Horses," at Riggs Theater at 4 and 7 p.m. Admission is a free will donation.
Friday, the 15th, will see the Dakota Western Heritage Festival wagon train head out at 8:30 a.m., arriving back in Fort Pierre in time to join a historic, non-motorized parade at 3:30 p.m. Friday evening will feature a community steak feed, official program, and entertainment provided by DWHF poets and musicians at the Expo Center. An auction will be held to sell one of the Bicentennial Commemorative Henry 30-30 rifles. The second will be awarded at a drawing on Saturday night. Raffle tickets are available at Teton River Traders, the Log Cabin, Tuesday night Farmer's Markets in downtown Fort Pierre, and City Hall.
Also on Friday night, Danny Hall and the Joe Creek Band will perform at the Silver Spur.
On Saturday, a 5k Run/Walk will begin with registration in Fischer-Lilly Park at 7:30 a.m. At 9 a.m. DWHF vendors will open for business, and at 10 a.m. Bicentennial vendors will open their booths in Fischer-Lilly Park. Besides food, beer and arts and crafts, a number of children's activities such as pony rides, a maze, bouncy houses, and face painting will be available. A corn hole tournament is also planned. Helicopter rides will be located at the softball field near Parkview Auditorium.
After a day of cowboy music and poetry and demonstrations, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Suzy Bogguss will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Expo Center. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Dakotamart stores and other locations for $25, or at the door for $35.
Sunday, September 17th, cowboy church will convene at the Expo Center at 9 a.m. Stirling Family Ranch Rodeo will serve a cowboy brunch at the fairgrounds at 10 a.m. and vendor booths and activities will open once again at the Expo Center and Lilly Park at 10 a.m. The rodeo grand entry will take place at 11 a.m. and the rodeo will finish mid-afternoon.  
For a complete schedule of the Bicentennial Celebration or to purchase Bicentennial items, go to http://www.fortpierre.com/fort-pierre-bicentennial-celebration/. But whatever you do, do not miss this birthday party!


Business After Hours  

PEDCO Why The PEDCO Building Is A Good Buy For The City
Jim Protexter, PEDCO COO
I have to give Mayor Steve Harding credit. We weren't looking to sell our 28,000 square foot building behind Northridge Plaza. Not yet, anyway.
We have two years left on a lease with Eagle Creek Software Services. At their request, we were looking to helping them find someone to rent the first floor to reduce their operating cost. Although no one had stepped up to rent the first floor, our rent doesn't change. The new tenant would simply sublet from Eagle Creek.
That's why PEDCO didn't feel it should be front and center in the city's debate about whether to buy the building. We were fine for now either way. The questions of whether Pierre needs a new city hall and if this option provides the best value were not our's to affect. Mayor Harding knew the need from his many years on the commission, saw the opportunity for what it is, and is taking a strong stance with Pierre taxpayers to convey his belief that it's the right place at the right time at the right price.
Because it was the city that helped us recruit Eagle Creek, we made them an exceptional offer. We would apply any of the debt reduction paid by a private business to the purchase price. That amounts to about $1.2 million less than the $5.1 million it cost us in 2008. If you built that today, I'm sure it would be closer to $6.5 million, compared to our asking price of just under $3.9 million.
Yes, it is about twice the space the city needs right now, and someone else is paying rent on the other half. If Eagle Creek does not renew their lease in two years, we as a community have some excellent office space to recruit a new business, help an existing business expand, or to co-locate another governmental entity that is also facing outdated and undersized building problems. Either way, the city was conservative in its approach and figured the debt service without a tenant.
Now before local commercial office space owners get too excited, I want to be clear that competing with their available space is not the most likely outcome. First of all, I don't know of any other office space of this size. And second, what we usually see in recruiting is when we have a great facility to promote, we are more likely to make a company's short list. That in itself is important. But in the end the company usually finds something else or wants new construction.
I heard or read that some people think the city has already paid for the building once, and now will be paying for it a second time. That is simply false. Of the initial $5.1 million in financing PEDCO needed for this project, $828,000 was provided by the city in the form of a loan. They bought and loaned the value of the land to PEDCO, at zero interest, and we have to pay that back. The only gift in that deal is the interest savings, which at 3% over the past 8 years amounts to about $104,000. For that we are certainly grateful. And during that time, Eagle Creek contributed about $25 million in new payroll into this community. That's a sound return on the city's temporary investment.
Tax Increment Financing is just that - a financing tool to help the developer, PEDCO in this case, finance a large project. We borrowed $465,000 from the Rural Electric Economic Development fund. The property taxes are built into Eagle Creek's monthly rent to PEDCO. We pay the taxes to the county - $84,000 a year. Then later in the year we receive most of that back, so that we can pay off our REED loan. If not for the TIF reimbursement, we would not meet the bank-required debt coverage ratio based on our lease alone. The TIF was a significant factor in being able to attract Eagle Creek and that $25 million in payroll.
The TIF will be paid off early. Instead of the 20 years that are allowed, it will be paid back in nine. The funds that were not consumed by TIF application fees, financing fees, principal and interest have been put in a rent reserve account to buy time to find a new tenant if that became necessary.
Not lost in the conversation is what happens to the current city hall. A common term in planning and development is "highest and best use." While it's terribly common, it is apparently not common knowledge. The thought of adding on to the current city hall and then using the Sioux Avenue frontage for parking city vehicles absolutely contradicts a highest and best use. The city would do well for taxpayers and the business community to sell that property to generate higher traffic, sales and sales tax revenue in our community's core.
So, the city gets a new city hall in a great building with a second floor to rent out, all at a cost below a new building half the size. Eagle Creek gets an immediate reduction of almost $20,000 per month in facility cost. PEDCO keeps the TIF development proceeds after expenses. And if Eagle Creek relocates in two years, Pierre would have 14,000 square feet of excellent office space to promote.

Retail Briefs

Walmart, Google partner to launch voice-enabled shopping
Walmart is teaming up with Google to introduce a service that will allow consumers to purchase hundreds of thousands of products via voice-enabled Google Home or the Google Express app or website. Consumers will be able to link their Walmart accounts to Google Express and receive personalized shopping suggestions based on past buys. Progressive Grocer (8/23)  
Survey: Half of millennials opt for physical stores first
Millennials may be digital natives, but they also enjoy shopping at brick-and-mortar stores, according to a survey from SmarterHQ. Half of millennials say they prefer stores as their primary shopping channels, the survey found. Adweek (8/22)  
Survey: Walmart, Target, Old Navy are top of mind for back-to-school
Back-to-school ads from Walmart, Target and Old Navy are winning the most attention from viewers, and they also top the list of retailers where consumers expect to shop, according to the YouGov Brand Index. Other brands shoppers are considering include H&M, Marshalls and Urban Outfitters. MediaPost Communications (8/18)  
Report: July brought the year's biggest retail sales jump
US retail sales rose 0.6% in July from the previous month, the biggest monthly surge this year as consumers boosted spending in a variety of outlets, including department stores and building-supply chains, according to the Commerce Department. Nonstore sales surged 1.3%, fueled in part by Amazon's Prime Day sales event. Bloomberg (8/15)
Home Depot sets record as Americans spend on their homes
Home sales are on the rise and spending on home improvements is surging, fueling Home Depot's best-ever quarter for sales and earnings. The retailer booked $28.11 billion in revenue and a 6.3% same-store sales increase for the quarter ending July 31. The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) (8/15)  
Mall of America in Minn. celebrates 25th anniversary
The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., celebrated its 25th anniversary by trying to break the world records for most people wearing conical birthday hats and most people decorating cupcakes at one time. The 5.6 million-square-foot property employs 11,000 people, receives 40 million visitors annually and creates $2 billion in economic activity. Star Tribune (8/11)
Demand grows for small, local shops
Consumers are doing more of their spending at small, local shops that can offer personalized service, which has proven to be a boon for small brick-and-mortar merchants. About 70% of millennials say they want to buy American-made products and 40% report a preference for shopping at local stores, said Krista Fabregas of Fit Small Business. New York Post (8/13)  
Construction spending on shopping centers is growing
Construction spending on shopping centers was more than $1.6 billion in June, with builders spending $404 million in April on retail centers. Renovations of existing properties to boost traffic with attractions and restaurants are a large part of the spending increases. Bloomberg (8/8)

Capital City Economy
May 2017 Current Month Same Month 2016 Percent Change 2017 YTD 2016 YTD Percent Change
Pierre 2% $620,413 $615,635 0.8% $3,098,679 $3,208,693 -3.4%
Pierre 1% BBB $42,291 $41,446 2.0% $216,613 $211,943 2.2%
Fort Pierre 2% $110,114 $120,651 -8.7% $454,880 $509,339 -10.7%
Fort Pierre 1% BBB $12,825 $11,082 15.7% $49,965 $41,598 20.1%
OCCUPANCY TAX            
Pierre BID #1 (Est. 8/2014) $18,318 $19,430 -5.7% $84,727 $87,450 -3.1%
ADI 917 219 318.7% 4,114 1,421 189.5%
DAILY TRAFFIC            
Missouri River Bridge 16,222 16,753 -3.2% 72,875 74,828 -2.6%
US 14 East of Pierre 3,122 3,187 -2.0% 13,685 13,943 -1.9%
New Homes
Stick Built - Number 2 1 4 5
   Dollar Amount $526,000 $180,000 192.2% $1,054,203 $862,500 22.2%
Other* - Number 4 2 18 4
   Dollar Amount $118,000 $85,138 0.0% $706,000 $85,138 0.0%
Number 12 11 38 39
   Dollar Amount $157,199 $180,026 -12.7% $626,088 $753,650 -16.9%
New Buildings
Number 1 2 3 5
   Dollar Amount $1,069,148 $1,018,000 5.0% $3,365,151 $1,366,700 146.2%
Number 2 5 18 10
   Dollar Amount $17,410 $1,079,519 0.0% $531,530 $1,199,878 -55.7%
Total Permits**
Number 115 226 305 607
   Dollar Amount $2,389,200 $4,174,613 -42.8% $7,936,610 $9,391,540 -15.5%
New Homes
Number 0 2 1 9
   Dollar Amount $0 $477,500 0.0% $270,000 $1,663,604 -83.8%
Other* - Number 0 0 1 0
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $11,000 $0 0.0%
Number 2 0 5 4
   Dollar Amount $405,255 $0 0.0% $529,255 $119,772 341.9%
New Buildings
Number 0 0 0 0
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $0 $0 0.0%
Number 0 1 1 1
   Dollar Amount $0 $23,000 0.0% $270,000 $23,000 0.0%
Total Permits**
Number 4 15 17 34
   Dollar Amount $471,255 $758,238 -37.8% $1,296,775 $2,632,347 -50.7%
WORK FORCE                           
Pierre MiSA***
Total Work Force 12,878 12,946
Total Employed 12,568 12,678
Total Unemployed 310 268
Unemployment Rate 2.4% 2.1%
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
For more information: http://www.fortpierre.com/
CVB Report 
Lois Ries, CVB Director
In August, the Convention & Visitors Bureau went before the Pierre City Commission and presented their budget request for 2018. We talked about media spending that we did in 2017.
We attended the American Bus Association Marketplace in January. This event allows us to meet face-to-face with tour operators from around the country in pre-scheduled appointments. We talk about all that we have to offer to bus groups. Each year we have more bus groups wanting to meet with us. We have attributed our affiliation with ABA with groups that are coming into Pierre. We work with these groups in getting them information about Pierre.
We did co-ops with SD Tourism. Spring and Fall Great Getaways, Giant Step Program and National Travel and Tourism Week. We would otherwise be unable to be in the magazines where our ad is seen or in the number of newspapers that they cover. This past year we again partnered with the SD Department of Tourism for the Group Tour co-op price. This ad reached an audience of more than 60,000 domestic tour operators. The ad was placed in six publications. An overrun of 4,500 were printed and mailed to all tour operators in the SD Tourism database.
We do mailings to anglers and hunters. These sponsored mailings go out to anglers and hunters from names given to us by Game, Fish and Parks. We target North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska. Ten area businesses help to sponsor this mailing.
Oahe Days was held in Steamboat Park in June. We promote this event on TV. Thousands of people were at the event this year. Great weather this year. Many events are planned around Oahe Days thus filling our hotel rooms and area lodges.
We will be doing some events for Rooster Rush this year to get area businesses involved in welcoming hunters to the area. We will be doing the art show again this year featuring outdoor art that is coordinated by the Short Grass Arts Council. We will continue with the orange spirit and decorating events to get the whole community involved. We will do the meet and greets for hunters this fall at the airport and at Lynn's Dakotamart, and Runnings. We will have giveaways and information about Pierre. Something new we will be doing this year is coordinating a book reading at the area grade schools. Local dignitaries will visit each grade school and read the book "The Mystery of the Pheasant" written by Mark Meirhenry and David Volk. Also, we will be doing a group together with the high school at one of the football games. At the game, the kids will be dressed in orange and camo and display the banner "Welcome Hunters".
In November, we start running TV ads for Christmas at the Capitol. Thousands of people come to the Capitol to see the trees year after year.
Our office continues to reach out to lodging and industry partners in the area via phone, mailings and personal visits. Monthly, we send out postcards of upcoming events so that businesses will be prepared for the influx of visitors. We also coordinate the Governor Mansion tours. We arrange many tour itineraries for groups coming into the area. This past year we also welcomed tourism writers thru SD Tourism.

Membership Report
Katie Johnson, Membership Director 

It is coming up quick! The Imagine This Tour of Homes will be Saturday, September 9th from 1-5pm.
What is it you ask? The Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce has joined forces with the Oahe Home Builders Association to bring you an on-site home show. We were fortunate to find 5 homes to participate in the tour, you will see everything from a house still being built, to a historic home that has been totally remodeled. Each home will have a variety of contractors, craftsman, and retailers to discuss how they can help you with your next project!
Who's houses? Where are they? Well, to find out you have to buy a ticket for the event at the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce. When you purchase the ticket, it will have one of our four bank sponsors' names on it, you will go to that bank on Saturday to load the bus which will take you to all 4 locations (one stop has two houses).
Who should go on this tour? EVERYONE...this tour is designed to entertain; there will be food and beverages at each location, even if you are not considering building or remodeling, it is a great opportunity so see some beautiful homes and meet the people who helped design them.
What do I do now? Get your group together, and come to the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce to buy your ticket for this fantastic tour! For more information or inquiries, please give me a call. Thank you to our sponsors, American Bank and Trust, BankWest, First Dakota National Bank, First National Bank, and Forell Limousine and Bus Service.

New Chamber Members

River Boats LLC
Caleb Gilkerson
Contact Caleb today to find out how to experience the ONLY paddle boat in Pierre! Evening cruises to weddings, he can help you plan the best experience on the Missouri River.
Graves Plumbing Inc.
Matt Graves
Pierre, SD 57501
Graves Plumbing can help you with all of your plumbing needs, available services include, Service calls, Remodels, Excavation (underground repair), New construction, Light commercial, give Matt a call to day for your next job!
Dakota Storm Roofing
Antelmo Vazquez
28845 Perch Place
Pierre, SD 57501
Anyone that lives in South Dakota knows that storms form in seconds and can leave lots of damage in your roof. Whether it's hail damage or wind damage we are here to help you. Don't waste your time with the storm chasers. They will be gone when their job is done. Dakota Storm Roofing will be here to help you out at all times. We are your LOCAL roofing company. You don't have to be on a waiting list for long, like with the competition. We get your roof done in a timely manner.  

Sunset Lodge
Tom and Charlene Frier
28181 182nd Street
Pierre, SD 57501
The well-known Sunset Lodge overlooking Lake Oahe and the mouth of the Cheyenne River is now OPEN! Established in 1964 it was the first of its kind in the area offering 15 motel units with kitchenettes, 2 private camping cabins, 18 RV sites with full hookups and 2 with just electric. Located just 31 miles north of Pierre via Hwy 1804. Check us out on facebook, we are still working on a website!

Cathy Sonnenschein Properties
Cathy Sonnenschein
330 S. Poplar Ste 101
Pierre, SD 57501
Welcome to your one-stop source for real estate services covering the Pierre, Ft. Pierre, and Blunt areas. Real estate is one of the most exciting investments one can make, and it should be a fun and rewarding experience. Here you'll find everything you'll need to buy or sell a home, as well as learn about the market value of homes you may own in the area. It is my goal to provide you with superior service at all times, so please tell me more about you!
Mefford Agency, Farmers Union Insurance
Andrew and Jessica Mefford
1007 Wells Ave
Pierre, SD 57501
Andrew and I are married and have 4 kids Lincoln (13) Natalie (6) Breckin (4) and Lily (10 months). We also have 2 cats Ozzie and Ziggy which make our family complete! Andrew grew up in Laurens, Iowa, and I grew up in Onida, SD. We were married and lived in Pierre for a while before being transferred to Mitchell. We lived there for 7 years, and in that time started our agency with Farmers Union Insurance Agency. After 2 ½ years with Farmer's Union, we were offered the opportunity to take over Gary Ray's office while he transferred to the Brookings office, and we gladly accepted since all of our family lives in Pierre and Onida. We stay pretty busy between our children and work, but enjoy every minute of it. We look forward to coming back to the community of Pierre and raising our kids here.   We are a full service insurance agency, offering assistance with Home, Auto, Farm, Commercial, Life, and Health insurance, with the ability to offer several companies in each line.
Emily Decker Design
Emily Decker
Emily Decker has nine years of experience and knowledge in kitchen and bath design and enjoys working with homeowners to inspire and create their dream spaces. As a retailer for Dakota Kitchen and Bath, she offers a stunning line of quality products to central South Dakota. The impressive variety of cabinet door styles, stain colors, finishing techniques and internal accessories provide countless design options that allow her to create endless possibilities for each unique customer.


September Calendar of Events
September 3 - Ecumenical Sunday Worship Service at the Oahe Chapel from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
September 4 - Canvasback Art Club monthly meeting from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Rawlins Library. Contact: Ralph Stephens 224-1841
September 5 - 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  
September 5, 12, 19 - Fort Pierre Bicentennial Farmers Market on Deadwood Street in downtown Ft. Pierre from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Contact information: Julie Bolding     224-4348
September 5, 12, 19, 26 and 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.
September 6 - 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
September 7, 14, 21, 28 - 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.
September 7 - Grand Re-Opening Trunk Show at Central Dakota Eyecare from 4:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
September 7, 21 - Breast Cancer Survivors from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Countryside Classroom. Contact number: 945-0827
September 8 - Ballroom Swisher's Dance Club at the American Legion Cabin from 8:00 p.m.-11:55 p.m. Contact information: 222-1401 Fees: Guest: $10, free lesson before classes start
September 9 - OHBA Arctic Cat Raffle drawing to take place after the Imagine This Tour from 5:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Contact information: Ryan Krueger: 222-2523, Nick Osterkamp: 280-3012, Mandy Kuipers: 222-5910, Cindy Fredrich: 280-2617, Katie Johnson: 222-1969   Fees: $100 per ticket with only 225 tickets sold. Proceeds go to OHBA.
September 9 - Family Fun Day-Beautiful Beads at the Cultural Heritage Center from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Contact number: 605-773-3458   Fees: free
September 9 - Imagine This Tour-A Home and Landscape Tour from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce for $25. Included in your price is the bus ride to all locations, appetizers, and beverages at all locations. Contact number: 224-7361
September 11 - Paws Animal Rescue Turkey Supper at the American Legion Cabin from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Contact: Brenda Manning 223-CATS   Fees: free will offering
September 11 - 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.
September 12 - Chamber Hospitality Committee Meeting in the Chamber Board Room from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Contact number: 224-7361
September 14 - "Floating Horses - The Life of Casey Tibbs" Film Debuts at Riggs High School Theater to kick off Fort Pierre's Bicentennial weekend. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., with the showings starting at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Produced by SD Native Justin Koehler. Admission: Free Will Donations. Contact: Cindy Bahe cindyb@caseytibbs.com or visit www.caseytibbs.com
September 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 
September 15, 16, 17 - Fort Pierre Bicentennial Celebration Weekend - Happy 200th birthday, Fort Pierre! Check their website for more details on specific events - Bicentennial Info
September 17 - Ranch Rodeo & Open Ranch Bronc Riding from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the Stirling Family Ranch. Contact information: Sandy Sivertson: 605-870-2472 or Brett Stirling: 406-794-8503. Fees: Ranch Rodeo-$240/team Open Ranch Bronc Riding: $125/team  Wild Pony Race: $60/team
September 19 - Pre-Region 3A Boys Golf from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. at Hillsview Golf Course
September 22 - Unity Band on the Drifters Patio   Admission: free
September 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 - Pierre Players Presents: Catch Me If You Can at the Grand Opera House from 7:30p.m.-10:00 p.m. Contact number: 605-224-7826   Admission: $13 students/seniors   $15 general admission
September 23-25th - Annual Central South Dakota Heart Walk from 10:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M. at Hyde Stadium Contact information: Meshanna Heckenlaible: 605-222-1405 Admission: No admission, but bring $100 in donations and get a shirt.
September 25 - Region 3A Boys Golf from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at Hillsview Golf Course
September 25 - New Christy Minstrels-The Pierre Concert Series at Riggs High Theater from 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Contact information: 605-224-7909   Admission: Admittance is by season membership only.
September 26 - Pierre Players Annual Membership Meeting at the Grand Opera House from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Contact information: 605-224-7826
September 27-28 - South Dakota Bureau of human Resources Leadership Conference at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center     September 27: 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., September 28: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Contact Information: Laura Mehlaff: 605-773-4328 Fees: $298 per person Registration: ctr@state.sd.us by Sept. 22 More information at www.bhr.state.gov/training
September 29 - Fireball Run Coming to Pierre Welcome on Pierre Street from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Contact information: Laura Shoen Carbonneau: 224-7361
September 29 - Fireball Run Banquet at Drifters Bar and Grille from 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Contact information: Laura Schoen Carbonneau: 224-7361  Fees: Various ticket options - $60 individual ticket, $100 team sponsor, $150 dine with the teams.
September 30 - Childbirth Class from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Avera St. Mary's Hospital. Contact: Dawn Tassler: 224-3189   Fees: $40 and scholarships are available.
September 30 - Fireball Run Starting line on Broadway Ave. from 7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Contact information: Laura Schoen Carbonneau: 224-7361   Fees: No charge to attend
September 30 - Fall Classic 5K, 10-mile relay at Griffin Park from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.   Contact information: Mary Eckstrom  Fees: $20 for pre-registration for the 5K and 10 mile; $50 for the relay.
September 30 - High Plains Youth Rodeo Finals at Schomer Arena in Ft. Pierre, S.D. from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.   Contact Information: Lazy 3S Rodeo Company in Ft. Pierre, S.D. Contact Shelli Langdeau: 605-222-8510 Online entries: www.lazy3Srodeo.com      Fees: $10 at the gate, $7.50 in advance, 9 & under-free Ticket sales at Bad River Mercantile or online.

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