Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce
January 2021 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 January 2021 newsletter.

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

In This Issue
2021 Chamber Board of Directors
  
Executive Board
Thomas Allerdings - President,
ClubHouse Hotel & Suites
Aaron Fabel- Vice President, Oahe Family YMCA
Jodie Hickman Anderson - Secretary,
Strategic Association Services
Melissa Puepke - Treasurer
First Dakota National Bank
Meredith Lee - Past President, Lee Real Estate
 
Board Members
Kellie Yackley
Avera St. Mary's
Kiel Wendelschafer
Warlmart
Ty Kinneberg
BankWest
Jessica Mefferd
Mefferd Agency - Farmers Union Insurance
Steve Bass
Edgewood Senior Living
Tori Reeves
BankWest
Chris McConnell
Black Hills Federal Credit Union
Jaymason Bramblee
Oahe Federal Credit Union
Stephen Webb
Gateway Ford, Lincoln & Toyota
Angie Bollweg
Sanford Health

Ex-Officio Members
Andy Hubbart, PEDCO Chairman
Pierre Mayor Steve Harding
Ft. Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson
 
2021 PEDCO Board of Directors
  
Andy Hubbart - Chairman
BankWest
Mark Anderson - Secretary
Self Employed
Kim Easland - Treasurer
American Bank & Trust
Trustee - Doug Abraham
May, Adam, Gerdes, Thompson Law Firm
Trustee - Rick Dockter
Ameriprise Financial
Trustee - Ron Wagner
First National Bank
Trustee - Gordon Woods
SD Intrastate Pipeline
Karl Richards
Avera Medical Associates Clinic
Prakash Saripalli
My3Tech, 1 Stop Travel
Dawn Morris
Morris Inc.
Zach Clark
Clark Insurance
Damon Wheelhouse
Allied Plumbing & Heating

Liaisons - Annual Appointment
Thomas Allerdings
Chamber of Commerce
Jamie Huizenga
Pierre City Commission
Kim Olson
Area Director, Sen. Mike Rounds
Kristi Honeywell
Pierre City Administrator
Norm Weaver
Hughes County Commission

Administration
Jim Protexter
Chief Operating Officer
Alicia Fabel
Administrative Asst.
 

 


CEO Report
Jamie Seiner, Chief Executive Officer
Happy New Year! This new year brings me feelings of hope, inspiration and growth. This past year brought so many takeaways. We watched many businesses in our backyard and across the nation struggle, and continue to struggle. It really made me aware how passionate the Chamber team and board are to provide information, resources and solutions for our community and its businesses. The Chamber team, member businesses and organizations and the entire community had to pivot, and pivot again. It was amazing to watch us all find new ways to deliver, cope, support, communicate and even grow through the disruption.

I'd like to take a minute to thank all the Chamber members who have renewed their membership for the coming year. One of the most visible ways to benefit through your membership is to make sure you are connected to our communications. You do that easiest by logging into your Chamber account, https://pierre.org/member-login/. Get all of your representatives entered as contacts and double check your descriptions and contact information; this will get you the best search engine optimization, not only on our website but also when businesses are searched on Google or any other web browser. If you have employees you want to plug into the community, we can help find a committee that will give them a chance to network and be a leader. Please contact Katie Johnson at our office by email at kjohnson@pierre.org or by phone, 605-224-7361, to help with finding ways to benefit the most from your Chamber investment.

A new year always brings changes to our Chamber board. I'd like to take an opportunity to thank Meredith Lee for serving as our 2020 Chamber President and welcome Thomas Allerdings who will take over for 2021. Thank you to all of the 2020 Board Members, I appreciate your time and dedication; it was a challenging year and you got us through it. A special thank you to the outgoing board members Jennifer Anderson, Dennis Rounds, Pam Metzinger, Tanner Kost, and Jamie Maher. We welcome new board members Kellie Yackley, Kiel Wendelschafer, Ty Kinneberg, Jessica Mefferd, Jaymason Bramble, and Stephen Webb.

Through the new year, remember, we are a Chamber because of you. Please let us know how we can best serve you in 2021 and beyond.

Best wishes for a prosperous and happy new year to all.

The Pierre Area Chamber will be closed on Monday, January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We will resume regular business hours at 8:00 AM on Tuesday, January 19.

4 New Year's Resolutions For Your Business
This year has been a little more difficult to figure out new year's resolutions. Part of that is because we're all still reeling from the "lessons" we learned in 2020. Even the best prepared businesses lacked preparation for a global pandemic. Still, the new year is a great time to reexamine what you've been doing and how it can get better. Here are a few ideas:

4 New Year's Resolutions for Your Business
The following ideas are a good start and in case you are one of the "words" people when it comes to year themes, we've worked those in as well.

Automation
Get ready to retake your day. There are so many ways you can use automation to simplify tasks. From drip marketing campaigns to nurture leads into sales to daily briefings your AI can work to help you start your day (or "if, then" sequences) with the necessary information, you can spend less time on the administrative tasks and more time generating revenue.

Analysis
You know all that hard work you've been putting in to engage your audience on those social channels? If you're not monitoring and analyzing the data behind your efforts, you're not getting any value out of it. Take a little time to understand your most popular posts and the time of day that garners the most reactions. Look to see which sites are performing and which aren't.

While you're at it, check Google Analytics to see how your site is performing. If you send out a newsletter, get to know the tools your sender offers. Some allow you to see where people are spending the most time on your newsletter content. All of them will show you open rate and clicks. Take a look at the correlation between subject line and open rate.

Security
In the past six months alone my debit card has been reissued 3 times because of fraud. We haven't been able to track down where that compromise has occurred, but this is a common problem. Don't make the mistake of thinking that because you have a 2-person operation, no one is interested in your data. If there's the potential for money and fraud, how many employees you have won't matter to them. They're looking for easy ways to get data. If you're unprotected, you're an easy mark.

Passion
"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." Sound familiar?

But there is some truth to that. And since people buy from those they know, like, and trust, making 2021 the year you discover or reignite your passion is a solid idea to creating a more loyal customer base. Sharing what makes you tick and gets you excited can help people connect with you. It also can help safeguard you against burnout.
Take some time to explore your passions, even if you have to schedule it on your calendar.

The new year is a great time to start those things you've been putting off because it's a natural reset/fresh start moment. However, you can work toward these goals at any time. And when you do, you'll feel a whole lot better about your path to recovery or success.

Cheers to 2021!
 
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Deadline: February 19, 2021.
Congress Passes Relief Bill
Congress recently passed a $900 billion spending bill that provides additional economic relief for businesses impacted by COVID-19. The bill includes another round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) as a 100% forgivable loan, including several other provisions.
Other provisions of the bill include:
  • Greater PPP Flexibility and Higher Forgivable Loan Limits (2.5 times payroll for most businesses; 3.5 times payroll for restaurants)
  • Businesses Can Deduct Certain Expenses Paid with PPP Loans (payroll, rent, utilities, etc.)
  • Expanded Employee Retention Tax Credits (ERTC) through July 1, 2021
  • Extends Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) for Five Years
  • SBA Lending Program Expansion
Businesses seeking assistance should contact their local lender or CPA. However, it will likely be a few weeks before most lenders and CPAs are up-to-speed on its provisions.
Status Update on Small Business Grants
While many have received funds from the first round of Governor Noem's small business grant program, some are still pending. If your application is approved, payments will be directly deposited into your account. Grant funds awarded in round two will likely be distributed starting in January 2021.

To check the status of your grant, log into the grant application portal using the same credentials used to apply for the grant. Once you have logged in, click "Applications" in the top left corner. The status should be listed as Submitted, Returned, or Payment Processed.
Submitted - Your grant application has been received.

Returned - Check your junk email folder or contact the helpline because additional information is needed.
Payment Processed - Check your bank account as funds should have been deposited.

If your application is approved, there is NO DEADLINE for your business to spend the funds. 

If you have questions, email covid.bizgrants@state.sd.us or call 605-937-7243 (M-F, 8am to 5pm).
Pierre Mayor Steve Harding's Report
While deciding what to report out in this month's chamber column, I took a look back at my chamber column archives. A year ago, I told you Pierre was going to be a sea of bright orange. That bright orange was a reference to all of the major construction projects happening in the Capital City -new bridge, drinking water treatment, new pool, renovation of the Boys and Girls Club, airport upgrades, modernization of the wastewater treatment plant, and the rebuilding of Euclid Avenue.

A year later, I'm happy to say, with the exception of one, all of the major projects are full-steam ahead! And that full-steam engine is fueling more than $100-million of investments in this community.  Let me break it down for you.
The two biggest drivers are the new bridge the South Dakota Dept. of Transportation is building across the Missouri River and the Drinking Water Treatment Facility the City is building.
The new bridge comes with a price tag of $50 million; the Drinking Water Treatment Facility has a project cost of $37.5 million. Both projects are in the construction phase.
Since the bridge project is a state one, I won't speak to the specifics of it. But the project has already added a crane to the local skyline. As for the drinking water treatment facility, we're well on our way. The major holding tank for the pumping structure is built, the steel casing that runs under the highway as a conduit from the pumping structure to the treatment facility is in place, the project's largest concrete pour is done, and the marine contractor will be here before spring to sink the 800-foot pipe that will transport water from the river to the facility.
Demo work is well underway at the site of the City's new outdoor pool too! The pool bathhouse is down, the vegetation has been cleared, and the team is dismantling the concrete bowl. Construction of the new $13 million pool is scheduled to start this spring!
We modernized the taxiways at our airport to bring them into compliance with new FAA regulations. That $3.9 million project wrapped up in December. And we just awarded the contract to add supplemental parking at the airport terminal. By previously referenced examples, it's a small investment at $200,000.
Our $15.3 million modernization of the wastewater treatment plant will start this coming spring. And as you likely know, we buttoned up the $4.5 million expansion and renovation of the Boys and Girls Club this summer.
The only major project that is still in the planning phase is the rebuilding of Euclid Avenue. We continue to work closely with the state on their plans for the street.
While all the construction projects are active, the community will continue to benefit from the economic activity they spur.
As I said last year, Pierre's future continues to look bright... orange!
Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson's Report
Looking back at my desk calendar, January appears to be a very typical month, with lunch meetings, the Governor's Prayer Breakfast, ribbon cuttings, annual meetings, and a variety of legislative events (all in person!). Moving into February, there were open houses, and countless meetings and receptions, all in person.
Then March hit.
We closed our City offices to the public in mid-month. Employees worked remotely where possible, Council meetings were held by Zoom, and major projects postponed. We began having regular Zoom meetings to share information with other communities and agencies. And so it went.
But, events were still taking place. The High School Rodeo Finals in June, 4th of July events (parade, rodeo, fireworks), Streetmasters Car Show and Trader Days in August, Fort Pierre Summer Nights (a scaled down version of our weekly farmers market), 4-H Finals rodeo, and horse races returned to Fort Pierre in October. Archeologists worked in Cedar Hill Cemetery, along with a drone operator taking aerial photos and videos, to help us improve our records of that historic place.
Organizations continued their work. Fort Pierre Tourism (BID Board) met the challenge of promoting Fort Pierre during a pandemic. Fort Pierre Development found innovative ways to meet and continue the growth and development of our community. Council and staff of the City of Fort Pierre rallied around one another to make sure essential tasks were covered even when individuals were personally affected.
Work continued on the planning and funding of a major improvement project on our sanitary sewer system. A fun diversion was the lighting of the Bad River pedestrian bridge. Despite COVID-related delays, we were able to flip the switch, to the enjoyment of a larger-than-usual crowd, and kick off the Christmas season.
And now, looking forward to 2021, we are grateful for living in a community that demonstrates care for one another every day. We are grateful that COVID vaccines are now available; we are eagerly awaiting normalcy. My new year's prediction is that we will emerge on the other side of this frightening and frustrating experience with an appreciation for the simple things in life. My own list includes handshakes and hugs, seeing friends and family in person, a packed church, kids in classrooms, and tossing my collection of facemasks!
Wishing you all the very best in the New Year.

PEDCO Passes Gavel "COVID Style"
Jim Protexter, PEDCO Chief Operating Officer
With about half of the members attending (and social distancing) in person and the other half via ZOOM, the PEDCO board of directors Dec. 15 elected its 2021 slate of officers.

Andy Hubbart, Assistant Vice President of Ag and Commercial Lending at BankWest for the past eight years, was elected to a two-year term to replace outgoing Chairman Ron Wagner, First National Bank. Other officers elected were Kim Easland, American Bank and Trust, Treasurer; Mark Anderson, self-employed, Secretary; and Trustees Doug Abraham, May Adam Law Firm; Rick Dockter, Ameriprise Financial; Wagner; and Gordon Woods, SD Intrastate Pipeline.

During Wagner's term the corporation approved four low-interest loans totaling $133,000 to support healthcare, daycare and small businesses. Lending practices in the areas of collections and illicit funds were reviewed and improved. Wagner's term also saw new investment in the pulse processing plant near Harrold, two new scholarships for Leadership Pierre and Build Dakota, and the groundwork for Learn & Earn, a new post-secondary program being offered next year through Dakota Wesleyan University.

While Covid-19 dictated most of the activities during Wagner's second year, PEDCO continued to provide technical assistance for the various federal loan and grant programs, the hotel tax Business Improvement District and existing borrowers needing to defer payments due to loss of business. Pierre's economy based on sales tax continued to improve despite the pandemic.
Andy Hubbart, right, an ag and commercial loan officer at BankWest, accepts the PEDCO chairman's gavel from Ron Wagner, First National Bank. 
Hubbart is a native of Brandon and earned his bachelor's degree in economics from South Dakota State University and his master's degree in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota. He serves on his church council and is heavily involved in Delta Waterfowl. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing, golfing and spending time with his wife, Katie, and their 2-year-old son, Camden.

Hubbart was recently recognized as BankWest's newest QUEST Employee, an award nominated by co-workers and presented to associates who consistently go above and beyond to deliver quality service.
Trail Still A Bright Spot For PEDCO
PEDCO COO Jim Protexter, left, presents a check for the Bad River bridge lighting project to the Fort Pierre Development Corporation's Sunny Hannum, office manager, and Dave Bonde, Executive Director.
The Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Trail spanning from Farm Island to Oahe Dam continues to be a source of pride and investment for PEDCO.
It was the corporation's River Resources Committee, chaired by Dave Bonde, that took on the trail project back in 1999. Through that five-year effort, 50 miles of trails were added, connected or enhanced. To complete the link, three bridges were added: Storm's Crossing south of Hillsview Golf Course, the Van Meter bridge near Marion's Acres, and the Bad River bridge connecting Fort Pierre to Fischer's Lilly Park.

This year the Future Fort Pierre committee raised funds to add LED lighting to the Bad River bridge. Given PEDCO's past involvement in enhancing the trail system, a donation was awarded to the project. The new highway bridge being built over the Missouri River will also feature pedestrian, recreational and lighting enhancements, further enhancing the trail system as an attraction for residents and visitors.
 
Capital City Economy
September 2020
Current Month
Same Month 2019
Percent Change
2020 YTD
2019 YTD
Percent Change
CITY TAX RECEIPTS
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pierre 2%
$694,396
$716,523
-3.1%
$6,132,173
$5,948,109
3.1%
Pierre 1% BBB
$48,220
$48,680
-0.9%
$380,456
$405,528
-6.2%
Fort Pierre 2%
$113,837
$105,054
8.4%
$945,437
$885,157
6.8%
Fort Pierre 1% BBB
$11,873
$9,516
24.8%
$85,250
$90,593
-5.9%
OCCUPANCY TAX
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pierre BID #1
$13,640
$24,994
-45.4%
$116,542
$180,606
-35.5%
AIRPORT BOARDINGS
 
 
 
 
 
 
SkyWest
634
1,808
-64.9%
5,354
9,268
-42.2%
DAILY TRAFFIC
 
 
 
 
 
 
Missouri River Bridge
14,948
15,411
-3.0%
115,748
131,775
-12.2%
US 14 East of Pierre
3,269
3,385
-3.4%
23,643
26,902
-12.1%
CITY OF PIERRE BUILDING PERMITS
 
 
 
 
 
 
Residential:
New Homes
Stick Built - Number
0
3
17
5
    Dollar Amount
$0
$490,000
0.0%
$3,708,126
$1,080,000
243.3%
Other* - Number
1
1
6
3
   Dollar Amount
$75,000
$60,000
0.0%
$267,001
$127,900
108.8%
Remodeling
Number
6
2
56
38
    Dollar Amount
$138,254
$3,200
4220.4%
$839,566
$323,112
159.8%
Commercial:
New Buildings
Number
2
2
8
7
   Dollar Amount
$3,165,771
$158,000
0.0%
$6,785,654
$5,896,340
15.1%
Improvements
Number
1
1
20
30
    Dollar Amount
$40,000
$78,000
-48.7%
$1,008,220
$2,477,764
-59.3%
Total Permits**
Number
67
79
503
517
    Dollar Amount
$3,897,934
$956,404
307.6%
$16,708,710
$13,125,111
27.3%
HUGHES COUNTY BUILDING PERMITS
 
 
 
 
 
 
Residential:
New Homes
Number
2
1
5
6
    Dollar Amount
$445,000
$499,943
0.0%
$1,240,059
$2,144,943
-42.2%
Other* - Number
0
0
2
4
    Dollar Amount
$0
$0
0.0%
$144,000
$202,000
-28.7%
Remodeling
Number
5
6
23
80
    Dollar Amount
$114,114
$230,205
-50.4%
$392,312
$1,598,084
-75.5%
Commercial:
New Buildings
Number
0
1
0
2
   Dollar Amount
$0
$302,316
0.0%
$0
$580,316
0.0%
Improvements
Number
0
0
0
3
    Dollar Amount
$0
$0
0.0%
$0
$181,900
0.0%
Total Permits**
Number
8
8
63
119
    Dollar Amount
$659,114
$1,032,464
-36.2%
$2,864,829
$6,084,677
-52.9%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WORK FORCE              
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pierre MiSA***
Total Work Force
12,585
12,596
Total Employed
12,251
12,285
Total Unemployed
334
311
Unemployment Rate
2.7%
2.5%
* 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
Tia Kafka, Convention & Visitors Bureau Director
A sneak peek of the 2021 Pierre Visitor Guide.
January is looking very different for the CVB this year. Because of the pandemic, we are not able to go to the sport shows and other conventions we normally attend every year. Instead, the CVB will be focusing on ways we can market the community and promote our safe travel messaging.
You may have seen some ads for Pierre promoting travel. We were awarded with CARES Act funding specifically for tourism marketing and to promote safe travel. It is important for us to continue to market our community, even during a pandemic. Awareness is key for when people are planning their next vacation, and we want them to choose Pierre when the time feels right for them to travel.
We will be working hard throughout 2021 to help our tourism industry partners who were most affected by the pandemic to recover. Marketing and promoting the area will help their businesses and bring visitor spending back to our community. In addition to our marketing efforts, we've also been working to freshen up our image. One major project was a complete redesign of the visitor guide and we're excited to be releasing the new and improved guide in the next few weeks.
Happy New Year! Let's make 2021 a memorable year!
Membership Report
Katie Johnson, Membership Director
It has been a year of change! From business owners to citizens, there isn't one person who hasn't felt the effects of COVID-19. A crisis on this scale can alter society in dramatic ways, for better or worse, and we are all reminded of it every time we leave our homes. I look forward to the day when masks are not necessary, we do not second guess a handshake, and we can hug our grandparents. I must believe we will get back to some of the "normal," while embracing the "new normal."

We understand first-hand the challenges the entire business community is facing right now. Our team has been working non-stop to continue to connect with our members and provide them, and the entire community, with the most up-to-date resources and information to help navigate through the end of this pandemic.

This past year created many challenges and a lot of disruption. We were able to pivot and assess what we were offering our members and found new ways to support the business community. We started a Facebook group to help members stay up to date on information we were receiving daily, sometimes hourly. Within months we prepared an online COVID-19 toolkit, and encouraged local businesses to take part in our Be Clean. Be Healthy. Be Safe. Pledge. We assisted the City of Pierre in applying for grants by utilizing our membership data, and created a local ecommerce shopping platform for the Pierre area (PierreArea.ShopWhereILive.Com) to continue encouraging shopping #Loyal2Local. Using that platform, we created the 'May Day Extravaganza' promotion in which we were able to stimulate nearly $8,000 in revenue for local merchants through gift card purchases in one day, and just recently held a 'Dashing to the Dough' holiday promotion in conjunction with BankWest. Periodically, we provided the community with videos containing information and insight from local leaders like Dr. Holland with Avera St. Mary's Hospital, Superintendent Dr. Kelley Glodt with the Pierre School District, and Pierre Mayor, Steve Harding. We maintained as many of our normal functions as we could, creating virtual Business After Hours, Ribbon Cuttings/Open Houses, Board Meetings, Committee Meetings, Leadercast, and Taste of Pierre. We even had a few in-person and socially distant events like the Chamber's Golf Classic, Annual Celebration To-Go, and Meet Santa's Reindeer.

Our office was able to safely assist tourists throughout COVID-19 with our visitor bags that were prepackaged and available outside the Visitor's Center. We also developed a relocation packet to fulfill the many inquiries we received from people across the country looking to move to our area.

What this year has made very clear is disruption can facilitate opportunity and long-term positive change. More complex and flexible use of technology, a revived appreciation for the outdoors and life's simple pleasures, the value of family and friends, and the importance of kindness and grace. I am fortunate to work with such talented and thoughtful coworkers who really care about the work they do and love this community as much as I do.

So here is to 2021 - A year to continue supporting local, innovating, and to creating an improved "new normal!"

Happy New Year!

Katie Johnson
Membership Director
New Members

Fearless & Wonderfully Made Yoga & Wellness Center
Jennifer Rancour
840 N. Garfield Ave Suite #3
Pierre, SD 57501
605-220-4121
 
I specialize in Chair & Accessible Yoga, Kids' yoga & mindful meditation, infrared sauna, nutrition, and overall wellness. Independent Arbonne & doTerra consultant with stock on hand.
 
South Dakota Popcorn Co.
313 S. Pierre Street
Pierre, SD 57501
605-222-6240
Facebook Business Page            
 
We are a South Dakota company that offers superior popcorn products, gift boxes and tasty treats. We put the 'pop' in popcorn.
South Dakota Popcorn Co.,Inc. is a privately owned & operated company Since 1979. All our products are made in the state of South Dakota. All products can be shipped anywhere in the US. PayPal Payment is available through our website.
Member Highlights




  

If your business or team member has something to celebrate, email Mallory!

The South Dakota Governor's Prayer Breakfast Committee is sad to announce that we will not be gathering for the 2021 Governor's Prayer Breakfast. We instead have invited people from across South Dakota to cover our state legislators, Governor, and other state leaders in prayer. We invite you also, on the morning we would have had the breakfast, January 25th, to pray intentionally for our leaders. We look forward to gathering with you in January 2022. https://sdgpb.org/

Chamber Events

Meet Santa's Reindeer

The Pierre Area Chamber encouraged its members to add as many items to the local shopping platform, PierreArea.ShopWhereILive.com, as they could before November 30 for a chance to host Santa's Reindeer at their chosen location on December 19. East Pierre Landscape & Garden Center stepped their game up and earned the well-attended event. It was a beautiful 45 degree day with blue skies and little wind - a true Chamber of Commerce kind of day.

Light Up The Pierre Area Holiday Light Competition
Congratulations to our Light Up The Pierre Area winners, and thank you to all who participated!


The Pierre Area Chamber's Annual Awards

2020 Business of the Year: Drifter's Bar & Grille

2020 Prairie Family Business of the Year: Lee Real Estate

2020 Pierre Area Pride Award: DT Meyer

2020 Outstanding Hospitality Award: Don's Sinclair


2020 Ambassador of the Year: Mandy Kuipers


Save the Dates!


January Calendar of Events

Jan 1: Bald Eagle Walk (self-guided). Daily through January. Oahe Downstream. For more information: https://gfp.sd.gov/events/detail/1402/. Park Entry Fee or Pass Required.

Jan 1 - 31: Volunteers needed at food bank. Two shifts available daily. Assembly takes place at Feeding South Dakota, 20562 Grace Avenue. For more information: andrew@feedingsouthdakota.orghttp://feedingsouthdakota.org/.

Jan 4: Canvasback Art Club. First Monday of each month, 7-9 pm. Rawlins Library, 1000 E. Church. For more information: Bev Letellier, 605-224-7993

Jan 5: Motivate Your MOOD. 6PM-8PM. Online with The Right Turn. For more information: The Right Turn, 605-773-4755kbly@midconetwork.com. $5

Jan 6, 13, 20, 27: River City Toastmasters. Wednesdays. Meeting Via Teams. For more information: Brian Underdahl, 605-220-1003.

Jan 7: Ice Fishing Seminar with an Ice Fishing Pro (Facebook Live). Thursday, January 7, 2020 at 7pm. Runnings FB Live (@myrunnings). For more information: Runnings. Free

Jan 9: Saturday Blitz. 9:30AM-12:30PM. The Right Turn Classroom. For more information: The Right Turn, 605-773-4755kbly@midconetwork.com. $5 per class

Jan 11: Stately Stitchers Guild Meeting. 2nd Monday of each month. Social time 6:45, meeting starts at 7pm. Lutheran Memorial Church Basement, 320 E Prospect Avenue, Pierre, South Dakota. For more information: Pat Wheeldreyer, 605-224-4773.

Jan 12: South Dakota's 96th Legislative Session Opens. South Dakota Capitol at noon.

Jan 12: Think Your FOOD. 6PM-8PM. Online with The Right Turn. For more information: The Right Turn, 605-773-4755kbly@midconetwork.com. $5

Jan 13: Feeding South Dakota - Mobile Food Pantry Distribution. 2nd Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. River City Transit, Pierre. For more information: (605) 494-3663.

Jan 14: Bitting Hurts. 6PM-7PM. Online with The Right Turn. For more information: The Right Turn, 605-773-4755kbly@midconetwork.com. $5

Jan 18: Bariatric and Weight Loss Support Group. Third Monday of each month, 7 - 8 pm. Sanford Clinic Pierre, 521 E Sioux Ave. For more information: Angie Bollweg 

Jan 19: Be Fit... Recahrge your Engery. 6PM-8PM. Online with The Right Turn. For more information: The Right Turn, 605-773-4755kbly@midconetwork.com.$5

Jan 20: Lunch Time: Setting Professional Goals. 12:45PM-1:45PM. Online with The Right Turn. For more information: The Right Turn, 605-773-4755kbly@midconetwork.com. $5

Jan 21: CPR Training. 6PM-9PM. The Right Turn Classroom. For more information: The Right Turn, 605-773-4755kbly@midconetwork.com. $30 if state registered childcare provider, $60 for all others.

Jan 25: Governor's Prayer Morning. Wherever you are, Governor Noem invites all to pray intentionally for our leaders.

Jan 25: Flip It!. 6PM-7:30PM. The Right Turn Classroom. For more information: The Right Turn, 605-773-4755kbly@midconetwork.com. $5

Jan 26, 28: Zoom Basic Spanish for Kids . 4-5 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays through March 5. Zoom Classes. For more information: 773-2160
info@capitalcitycampus.orghttp://capitalcitycampus.org. Cost of class: $150.00 plus book.

Jan 26, 28: Zoom Basic Spanish - Adults. 6-7:30 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays through March 5. Zoom Classes. For more information: 773-2160
info@capitalcitycampus.orghttp://capitalcitycampus.org. Cost of class: $150.00 - includes hand out and/or books.

Jan 26: MOVE Your Body. 6PM-8PM. Online with The Right Turn. For more information: The Right Turn, 605-773-4755kbly@midconetwork.com. $5

Jan 28: Family Financial Literacy with The Right Turn. 5:30-6:30PM. Activities are geared toward PreK-2nd grade level. For more information: The Right Turn, 
605-773-4755kbly@midconetwork.com.
For future months, go to www.pierre.org