P ierre Area Chamber of Commerce
August 2019 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 August 2019 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
2019 Chamber Board of Directors
  
Executive Board
Jennifer Anderson - President
Anderson, Nill & Associates
Meredith Lee - President-Elect
Lee Real Estate
Thomas Allerdings - Vice Presient
ClubHouse Hotel & Suites
Russ Hofeldt - Secretary
Feeding South Dakota
Melissa Puepke - Treasurer
First Dakota National Bank
Bryan Beck - Past President
Beck Motor Co.
 
Board Members
Angie Bollweg
Sanford Health
Paul Bowen
Slumberland Furniture
Mikel Holland
Avera St. Mary's
Aaron Fabel
Oahe YMCA
Cindy Bahe
Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center
Jodie Hickman Anderson
Strategic Association Services
Kristie Maher
South Dakota Discovery Center
Chris McConnell
Black Hills FCU
Dennis Rounds
Consultant
Ex-Officio Members
Ron Wagner, PEDCO President
Pierre Mayor Steve Harding
Ft. Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson
 
2019 PEDCO Board of Directors
  
Ron Wagner - Chair  
First National Bank
Andy Hubbart - Chair-Elect
BankWest
Mark Anderson - Secretary
SD Department of Labor
Kim Easland - Treasurer
American Bank & Trust
Doug Abraham
May, Adam Law Firm
Trace Beck
Beck Motor Co.
Rick Dockter
Ameriprise Financial
Dawn Morris
Morris Inc.
Kim Olson
Sen. Mike Rounds Office
Karl Richards
Avera Medical Associates
Tiffany Sanderson
Vivayic
Gordon Woods
SD Intrastate Pipeline

Liaisons - Annual Appointment
Jamie Huizenga
Pierre City Commission
Jennifer Anderson
Chamber of Commerce
Kristi Honeywell
Pierre City Administrator
Norm Weaver
Hughes County Commission

Administration
Jim Protexter
Chief Operating Officer
 
Pierre Economic Development Corporation 
2019 Investor List
(From 6/22 to 7/26)
  
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
Midwest Development Inc.

Bronze Investors - $150
CHOPS Fine Meats & Fare LLC

 

President's Report
Jennifer Andersen, Board President
What a crazy summer we've endured in central South Dakota! As I floated on the river last weekend with family and friends, we reminisced about prior summers and how much later this summer seems than others. And regardless of weather, our seasonal businesses persevere!

Think about our farmers and the long days they worked to get their crops planted amidst rain and flooding fields. Think about our contractors who planned this year's work as early as last summer. They are now working around the clock to fulfill their obligations in a much shorter time period. Don't forget the produce vendors whose livelihood is based on their summer crop. Whatever the industry, whatever the project, let us not give up on them! As consumers, please be patient and understanding of their unusual situation.

After all, we are "Loyal2Local."

Your Chamber of Commerce has been busy as well. I've mentioned in prior articles that my goal as your President is to see the final pieces of our last Strategic Plan to fruition. I'm proud to say we have completed that task and are looking forward to the next Strategic Planning session in August.

Your current Board is motivated and enthusiastic to make the Pierre Area the best place to live and work. We are proactive in implementing changes based on the membership needs and recommendations. We make all decisions around our Mission Statement: The Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce promotes, serves, and advocates for its membership to succeed today and prepare for tomorrow.

In closing, I'd like to remind you that if you haven't attended a recent Chamber activity, there is no better time than now! We have many exciting events coming up! Check the website at www.pierre.org, follow us on Facebook or sign up for the weekly " What's Happening" email. We welcome new members and volunteers, too!

Pierre Mayor Steve Harding's Report
Hats off to our local tournament organizers and team boosters!

During the month of July, more than 40 baseball games, 2 softball tournaments, and 10 golf tourneys were hosted in the City of Pierre. Collectively, more than 1,750 people participated in those events, not including spectators, fans, and family who might have been along for the ride.

I tell you this because many of the tournament organizers are volunteers. They are providing this service for no other reason than to bring entertainment and opportunity to local children, local teams and to the community. It's a commitment from them that brings a great value to our entire city.

Not only do they provide opportunity in central South Dakota, they also provide an economic boost. We looked at the local economic impact provided by just a handful of those July events and estimated direct spending of more than $187,000.

That's additional money being spent at our local hotels, restaurants, and businesses all because someone cared enough to organize a tournament in Pierre.

I'd be remiss if I didn't also give a nod to the City's Parks Division. This is the group of people who make sure our fields are playable, our golf course is prepped for tournaments, and our facilities are capable of hosting such events.

They work behind the scenes all year long to make sure we have appropriate turf, that the lights are working, and that our sports facilities are welcoming.

As you all know, we still have a few weeks of summer left. That means we still have a number of tournaments coming to town. In August, the State U14 Baseball Tournament will be held at Hyde and Kelley Fields, Hillsview Golf Course will host at least four more tournaments, and the State Men's Softball Tournament returns to Pierre. And then in September, we'll host the State Co-ed Softball tournament.

If you do take in any of these upcoming events, give the organizers and the staff a high-five! They're working hard to bring opportunity across Pierre's home plate!

Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson's Report
There are a number of things that go into making a community a great place to live, and sometimes it's in the details. About 18 months ago, Fort Pierre embarked on an initiative called "Healthy Hometown," powered by Wellmark, to help us identify ways we could encourage healthy lifestyles for our residents.

A diverse group of individuals formed the Healthy Hometown committee and several priorities emerged, including expanding our weekly farmers markets, continuing to improve our recreational trails for walking and bicycling, and encouraging eateries to offer healthy options. But the idea that sparked the greatest urgency was developing a community garden.

Because it was already February when the first meeting was held, there wasn't any time to waste if we were going to have a crop in 2018. A small committee of volunteers, led by my husband and Master Gardener Ron Schreiner, researched best practices and came back to the full committee with a recommendation to use raised beds. Meanwhile, the City of Fort Pierre identified a vacant lot, owned by the US Army Corps of Engineers, that was conveniently located and available at no cost. Also, utilities were already in place.

The lot was cleared and leveled, galvanized steel beds were purchased locally, assembled and placed by volunteers. By mid-May of 2018, 14 beds were in place, filled, rented, and planted. Meanwhile, we were making contacts with individuals, businesses and organizations to raise the money needed to pay for the project. We were determined to spend no taxpayer money.

As always, the community responded with grace and generosity, and the first year of gardening was a successful and productive one. In addition to tremendous local support, Fort Pierre was selected by Wellmark as South Dakota's 2018 Healthy Hometown Community Award winner, carrying with it a $5,000 cash prize. The garden played a big part in capturing this prestigious honor.

And just two weeks ago, AARP announced the winners of their 2019 Community Challenge grants. Fort Pierre was awarded $8,000 to complete our community garden, one of four grants made to South Dakota communities. We were told that community engagement played an important role in our selection, but I would also suspect that the demographics of our gardeners was considered. The raised beds (now 24) created an unexpected result -- that of allowing people with reduced physical abilities to garden. A full eighty percent of our gardeners are over the age of 55; five are in their 80's, 7-8 are in our 70's, one uses a wheelchair.

We invite you to drive by and take a look at this beautiful green oasis, immediately behind the Chuckwagon, half a block toward the river.
Capital City Economy

 

April 2019

Current Month

Same Month 2018

Percent Change

2019 YTD

2018 YTD

Percent Change

CITY TAX RECEIPTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pierre 2%

$630,880

$641,922

-1.7%

$2,470,348

$2,549,234

-3.1%

Pierre 1% BBB

$43,538

$44,988

-3.2%

$165,392

$169,456

-2.4%

Fort Pierre 2%

$86,849

$82,318

5.5%

$330,833

$324,612

1.9%

Fort Pierre 1% BBB

$8,241

$9,075

-9.2%

$32,564

$32,866

-0.9%

OCCUPANCY TAX

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pierre BID #1

$16,590

$16,142

2.8%

$65,888

$65,762

0.2%

 

 

AIRPORT BOARDINGS

 

 

 

 

 

 

SkyWest

804

780

3.1%

1,132

3330

-66.0%

 

 

DAILY TRAFFIC

 

 

 

 

 

 

Missouri River Bridge

13,800

14033

-1.7%

51,782

52,863

-2.0%

US 14 East of Pierre

2,787

2649

5.2%

9,988

9,897

0.9%

 

 

CITY OF PIERRE BUILDING PERMITS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Residential:

New Homes

Stick Built - Number

0

0

1

1

   Dollar Amount

$0

$0

0.0%

$300,000

$420,000

-28.6%

Other* - Number

1

0

2

0

   Dollar Amount

$70,000

$0

0.0%

$121,900

$0

0.0%

Remodeling

Number

11

7

20

24

   Dollar Amount

$44,340

$52,850

-16.1%

$140,587

$163,301

-13.9%

Commercial:

New Buildings

Number

1

0

2

3

   Dollar Amount

$715,200

$0

0.0%

$771,200

$1,132,647

-31.9%

Improvements

Number

2

0

19

6

   Dollar Amount

$18,000

$0

0.0%

$1,426,834

$1,561,971

-8.7%

Total Permits**

Number

75

57

149

151

   Dollar Amount

$1,124,946

$310,090

262.8%

$3,152,884

$4,450,179

-29.2%

 

 

HUGHES COUNTY BUILDING PERMITS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Residential:

New Homes

Number

2

0

2

2

   Dollar Amount

$604,000

$0

0.0%

$604,000

$460,000

31.3%

Other* - Number

0

0

1

0

   Dollar Amount

$0

$0

0.0%

$122,000

$0

0.0%

Remodeling

Number

6

1

19

8

   Dollar Amount

$174,794

$0

0.0%

$325,852

$128,000

154.6%

Commercial:

New Buildings

Number

0

3

0

3

   Dollar Amount

$0

$4,500

0.0%

$0

$4,500

0.0%

Improvements

Number

0

0

1

0

   Dollar Amount

$0

$0

0.0%

$140,000

$0

0.0%

Total Permits**

Number

9

6

26

17

   Dollar Amount

$787,982

$10,500

7404.6%

$1,321,040

$603,000

119.1%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WORK FORCE                

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pierre MiSA***

Total Work Force

12,334

12,257

Total Employed

12,023

11,915

Total Unemployed

311

342

Unemployment Rate

2.5%

2.8%

For local job opportunities, visit http://dol.sd.gov/localoffices/pierre

* Includes multi-family, mobile and manufactured homes

** Includes residential, commercial, and all other permits.

*** Pierre Micropolitan Statistical Area includes Hughes & Stanley counties

Source: Pierre Economic Development Corporation Research



Regional Roundtable
Jim Protexter , PEDCO COO
If you subscribe to a regional approach to economic development, what's good for Onida or Eagle Butte or Kadoka is good for Pierre.

It's true, and that's why I was happy to help the state pull together my counterparts from this region for a rare but hopefully ongoing regional roundtable discussion a few weeks ago. "Our" area was well represented, including Campbell County, Gettysburg, Onida, Fort Pierre, Eagle Butte, Faulkton, Kadoka, Miller and Kimball.

The event was coordinated by Scott Amundson, a Community Development Representative with the Governor's Office of Economic Development. Scott worked to get the good turnout, and sweetened the pot by offering educational sessions from the local Small Business Development Center, Department of Labor and Central South Dakota Enhancement District staff as well as GOED and the Small Business Administration out of Sioux Falls.

And as Scott predicted - because he's been to these before - the highlight was the three minutes each community got at the end to talk about what they're doing, what's working and what's not. It was great to meet some of these community representatives for the first time, and to learn what challenges we have in common.

Of course we all want to focus on the positives, so we heard about the new hospital plans in Gettysburg, the new high school and middle school in Faulkton, the wind project in Campbell County and the new office incubator space in Eagle Butte. Onida is proud of their new ethanol plant, Fort Pierre has their Casey's, Kadoka and Miller have made several small business loans and Kimball is getting their zoning issues organized.

The challenge as reported by every community is housing and workforce. It was valuable to hear how each community is addressing these common concerns.

My positive to share centered on the pulse processing plant near Harrold. When we developed that facility it was with a regional approach in mind. What's good for Harrold is good for Pierre, and for Blunt and Miller and Onida as well.

Since PURIS Foods took over the plant in January, they have been conditioning seed and bought a lot of the stored peas from area producers to supply the pet food market. They have several thousand acres of peas under contract that will go into their protein products for human consumption, and are contemplating an additional building and adding workers in the near future. In fact, we are anticipating an exciting announcement from PURIS about growing their market in the coming weeks.

The regional roundtable was a success thanks to Scott and presenters Marcella Hurley, Lisa Claassen, LaJena Gruis, Jessica Falk, Mark Anderson and Paul Mehlhaff. We hope to make it an annual affair.
Retail Briefs
Retail, restaurant trade groups oppose federal minimum wage bill
Trade groups including NRF and the National Restaurant Association have voiced opposition to a bill approved by the House last week that would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. "This unprecedented proposal to increase the minimum wage by 107% is a one-size-fits all approach that would lead to unintended consequences for American workers and the businesses that employ them," NRF's David French said. CNBC (7/18)
 
Some retail jobs could change in the gig economy
The rise of the gig economy and services like Uber and Instacart have created a model that retailers can use to fill some positions with non-staffers looking for flexible work. Startups like Jyve match merchants looking for help stocking shelves, unloading trucks and doing other tasks with people looking for one-off gigs. Modern Retail (7/18)
 
Report: Retail sales rose for 4th straight month in June
US retail sales rose 0.4% in June from the previous month, beating analysts' forecasts and capping a four-month stretch of increases, according to the Commerce Department. Sales increased in 11 of 13 categories, and overall sales were up 3.4% from June of last year. The Wall Street Journal (7/16)
 
Store closures on track to top 12,000 this year
So far this year, US retailers have announced 7,062 store closures, and that number could reach more than 12,000 by year's end, according to Coresight Research. CNBC (7/13)
 
NRF: Families to spend more on back-to-school this year
US consumers are expected to spend $26.2 billion on back-to-school shopping this year, with back-to-college spending reaching $54.5 billion, according to NRF's annual survey. Families with kids in kindergarten through 12th grade are forecast to set a new average spending record of $696.70, and families with college students will spend an average of $976.78, also a record, NRF found. MarketWatch (7/15)
 
Retailers bet on the potential of bigger pet product sales
Pet product sales are on track to top $75 billion this year, up from $36 billion in 2005, according to the American Pet Products Association, as US consumers continue to spend more on everything from premium pet foods to canine fashions. Petco has created in-store kitchens as part of its focus on pet nutrition, and Walmart is expanding its in-store veterinary clinics. CO- (US Chamber of Commerce) (7/9)
 
Walmart opens 40K-square-foot pickup, delivery facility
Walmart is opening its largest stand-alone grocery pickup and delivery center, which encompasses 40,000 square feet, this week in Illinois. The retailer has about 2,450 pickup locations and more than 900 pickup towers. Progressive Grocer (7/3)
CVB Report
Lois RiesCVB Director
Pierre is the perfect destination for people to visit when traveling through South Dakota. Motorcycle riders, convention attendees, tourist and campers call our area "an oasis on the prairie". Make a great first impression with visitors to our area. Let them know of all the things there are to do here. Attractions, museums, parks and outdoor activities like hunting and fishing can keep people in the area for several days. Show them our great hospitality.

We have mailed out the information for the 2020 Pierre Visitor Guide. If you are interested in being a part of this guide, give our office a call at 605-224-7361. We will help you through the process. We have mailed out over 9000 Visitor Guides in 2019 to people interested in coming to our area. You don't want to miss out on being a part of this important marketing tool.

We have started the budget process for the Convention & Visitors Bureau. The marketing plan is being discussed for 2020. We certainly welcome all suggestions and comments concerning the marketing dollars that we spend.
We partner with South Dakota Tourism and that helps spread the dollars being spent. Hunting and fishing take a large amount of the marketing dollars that we have. Sport shows, print advertising and mailings about the outdoor market are promoted by the Pierre CVB.

Make a great first impression on visitors with a smile when greeting them, and even when answering the phone. Hospitality is an important impression when selling your business and does not go unnoticed.

A Job Well Done!
South Dakota Bass Nation wanted to show their appreciation to the Pierre Convention & Visitors Bureau for bringing the Bassmaster Elites to South Dakota in 2018. They thanks everyone for all the time and work that was dedicated to producing the event - it was great. Shawn Van Gerpen (SD BASS Nation President) presented the South Dakota BASS Nation President's Awards to Lois Ries, Director of the Pierre Convention & Visitors Bureau; Shane Cowan, owner of Shane Cowan Guide Service; and David and Angela Neilan from Spring Creek.
Membership Report
Katie Johnson, Membership Director
Imagine This...It isn't your normal tour of homes! Join us on one of 5 buses that will rotate between 5 different homes at different stages of development. The purchase of your ticket includes the transportation to each location, appetizers and beverages at each house. At each stop, you will be given a flyer with contact information for all the vendors in that location. Tours last 45 minutes per house, giving you the chance to socialize with the homeowners, developers, craftsman, designers, service professionals and more who contributed to the home. Ask any questions you may have about your future project needs, wants or ideas!

We have 5 fabulous houses...all very different and very special in their own unique way! You must see the smart shower that gives you lighting and music options. Maybe the idea of living downtown where you can walk to the park or local restaurants is more appealing! Perhaps you've always wanted to live along the Missouri river, but you're not sure where or how to start the search. Whether you are looking for specific work to be done in your household, dreaming of what could-be, or just want to spend an afternoon looking at unique homes - join us on the Imagine This! Tour of Homes on Saturday, September 7!

Tickets can be purchased for $25 per person at the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce, 800 W. Dakota Ave, or online at www.pierre.org/Imagine-This. Do not hesitate to call if you have any questions or would like to be involved with the Imagine This! Tour of Homes.




New Members
Fishing Buddy Studios, LLC
Buddy Seiner
PO Box 129
Pierre, SD 57501
605-222-9706
 
Marketing and Communications isn't for everyone. Copy, press releases, articles, reports, ads, planning meetings, etc. Don't stress out trying to make it perfect, call me instead and we will work through it together.
 
 
Pet Pros Grooming Inc.
Amy Currie
456 S. Pierre Street
Pierre, SD 57501
605-494-0275
 
An upscale cat and dog full-service grooming facility dedicated to forming lasting relationships with pets and their pet parents while rendering excellent service and pet care.

South Dakota Missouri River Tourism Update
Karen Kern, Executive Director of SDMRT
20207 SD Hwy 1804
PO Box 786
Pierre, SD 57501
888-386-4617
To those of us in the tourism industry it seems we've just started the summer season. Mother Nature took her sweet time bringing us warm weather - now it's here - and we (hopefully) are all busy.

Thinking about what you are going to do for marketing the 2020 season - or how you're going to do it may seem like something you can put off. But, in reality you can't! Good and steady planning for your next year's business and how to market is something you need to start now.

There are many choices out there. Print, videos, Facebook, newspaper, Instagram, Twitter, radio, TV, blogging, YouTube - to name just a few. It can be overwhelming. My suggestion - take some time to see what you did in the past - what worked and what didn't. Talk to people in the tourism industry that can help you research the best marketing for you. If there are marketing strategies that you aren't familiar with, find out what they are about. What are the trends. There are people who can be of value to you. The Pierre Chamber/CVB, South Dakota Missouri River Tourism that I represent, and SD State Tourism are all there to offer marketing advice. Our job is to help you succeed and be successful in your tourism business or community.

The Pierre Chamber/CVB and SD Missouri River Tourism both produce a Visitor Guide annually and they are distributed in the targeted marketing areas that benefit the Pierre area and the Missouri River as a whole. State Tourism, along with the four Tourism Regions, produce the SD Vacation Guide - 365,000 that are distributed to the entire United States and Internationally. You should be taking advantage of all these publications.

As Secretary of the State Department of Tourism James Hagen says, "The SD Missouri River Regional Visitor's and Sportsmen's Guide and the SD Vacation Guide are two of the most effective marketing tools our state has to reach visitors in key markets like Minneapolis/St. Paul, Milwaukee, Omaha, Des Moines, Kansas City, Denver and Chicago to name a few. If you are not participating in these guides by placing an ad in them, you are missing a golden opportunity to get your business or attraction before hundreds of thousands of potential visitors."

If you want help in your marketing or need to find out the benefits of advertising in these tourism publications, you can contact SD Missouri River Tourism at 605-224-4617 or contact the Pierre Chamber/CVB at 605-224-7361. You need to be a member of these tourism industry entities to participate - but that only makes good sense. We work for you!!

Don't miss out on marketing for 2020! Start  now!!



Chamber Events

Quality Quick Print Ribbon Cutting
Quality Quick Print commemorated the Grand Opening of their new location and acquisition of PryntComm with a Ribbon Cutting and Open House on Tuesday, June 25. You can find them at 1005 E. Wells Ave. for all your printing, mailing, embroidery, screen-printing, signage, banner and engraving needs!

2019 Harley Giveaway Picnic
Congratulations to Becki Potrzeba on winning the 2019 Harley Raffle Giveaway! Another congratulations to Bob Riter for winning the Early Bird Drawing! A special thank you to Petersen Motors, The Boys & Girls Club, and the Central SD Harley Owners Group for making this event possible.

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August Calendar of Events



August 1, 2, 3, 4: U14 State Baseball Tournament at Hyde Stadium
August 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29:  Adult Education and Literacy Classes from 3:00 - 7:00 PM on Mondays & Wednesdays and 8:30 - 11:45 AM on Tuesdays & Thursdays at The Right Turn, 115 E. Sioux Ave. Contact: 605 773-4755 to register or kpauly@midconetwork.com. Free to attend if over 18
August 1: Summer Business After Hours 2019 from 4:30 - 6:00 PM at Richie Z's Brickhouse BBQ & Grille, 401 S. Central Ave. Contact: Katie Johnson, 605-224-7361. Free and open to the public
August 1: Relay for Life Hughes & Stanley Counties from 6:00 - 10:00 PM at Oahe Expo Center. Contact: Tanya, tanya.grasselkrietlow@cancer.org . Free
August 1, 8, 15, 22: Tales on the River from 7:00 - 8:00 PM at Fort Pierre Moose Club. Contact: Barb Wood, 605-567-3597. Free Program. Supper from 6:15 to 7:00 PM - $5
August 1: Movies in the Park: The Goonies from 9:15 - 11:00 PM at Steamboat Park Amphitheater. Contact: Mindy Cheap, 605-773-7445. Free
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31: Capital City Farmers Market from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Corner of Sioux & Coteau. Contact: Lindy Geraets, 605-222-1290
August 3: Canvas & Cocktails from 2:00 - 4:00 PM at Drifters. Contact: events@driftersbarandgrille.com . Please check the facebook page for more details
August 4, 11, 18, 25: Oahe Chapel Ecumenical Sunday Worship Service from 8:00 - 9:00 AM at Oahe Chapel
August 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28: English as a Second Language on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:45 - 7:15 PM at The Right Turn, 115 E. Sioux Ave. Contact: 605-773-4755 or kpauly@midconetwork.com to register. Free
August 5: Canvasback Art Club from 7:00 - 9:00 PM at Rawlins Library, 1000 E. Church. Contact: Bev Letellier, 605-224-7993
August 6, 13: Fort Pierre Farmers Market from 5:00 - 7:30 PM at Deadwood Street. Contact: Lindy Geraets, 605-222-1290
August 6: Volunteers needed at food bank from 5:30 - 7:30 PM at Feeding South Dakota, 20562 Grace Avenue. Contact: Feeding SD, 494-3663
August 6, 13: Common Sense Parenting from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at Oahe Child Development Center, 23017 E. Capitol Ave. Contact: Dawn Tassler, 224-3189. The class and reference book are free
August 7: Mabel's Family Support Group - Alzheimer's & Dementia from 12:00 - 1:00 PM at Edgewood, 1950 E. Fourth St. Contract: Katie Nagel, 494-3400. Free to attend, $7 for lunch (please RSVP)
August 7, 14, 21, 28:  River City Toastmasters every Wednesday from 12:10 - 12:50 PM at Lutheran Memorial Church, basement conference room. Contact: Brian Underdahl, 605-220-1003. Free
August 7: Stanley American Legion Post 20 Monthly Meeting from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at Moose Lodge, 910 N. Deadwood St. Contact: Royce Loesch, royceloesch@gmail.com
August 9: Swisher's Dance Club form 7:30 - 11:00 PM at American Legion Cabin. Contact: Bev, 605-222-1401. Fees: $10 at the door
August 10: Sibling Readiness Class from 9:30 - 10:30 AM at Avera Saint Mary's Hospital. Contact: Dawn Tassler, 605-224-3189. Fees: $5 and scholarships are available
August 10: Pierre American Legion & Auxiliary 100 Year Centennial Dinner from 5:00 - 10:00 PM at American Legion Post 8 Cabin, 520 S. Pierre Street. Contact: Patsy Madsen, 605-280-6479. Fees: $15 per person for meal, $5 per person for dance
August 10: Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center 10 Year Anniversary from 5:00 - 8:00 PM at Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center, 210 Verendrye Dr. Contact: Kalyn Eulberg, 494-1094. Fees: Kids wristband for unlimited play - $5. Cash bar and food available.
August 12: Stately Stitchers Guild Meeting from 6:45 - 8:45 PM at Lutheran Memorial Church Basement, 320 E. Prospect Ave. Contact: Myrna Buckles, 605-222-6847. Fees: Guests are free, dues are $12.00 a year for members
August 13: Tuesday Night Farmers Market Cruise from 7:00 - 9:00 PM at Lilly Park. Contact: 605-224-6572. Fees: Adults - $25, Kids 13 & Under - Free
August 14: Central SD Survivors of Suicide Support Group from 6:30 - 8:00 PM. Contact: Julie Moore, julie.moore@avera.org . Free
August 14: Friends of Rawlins Library Story Walk from 7:00 - 8:00 PM at Hilgers Gulch, west side by the flower circle. Contact: Brenda Hemmelman, bkstand@pie.midco.net . Free will donation to support community programming and other events for Rawlins Library and PAWS
August 15: Dementia Caregivers Support Group from 6:00 - 7:00 PM at 415 S. Crow St. Contact: Countryside Hospice Support & Memory Center, 605-945-0827
August 15: Red Cross CPR Training class from 6:00 - 9:00 PM at The Right Turn, 115 E. Sioux Ave. Contact: Kriss, 605-773-4755 to register, or kpauly@midconetwork.com . Fee: $30 for registered childcare providers, $55 for non-state registered childcare professionals.
August 16, 17, 18: Fort Pierre Trader Days & Backyard BBQ Competition at Expo Center & Lilly Park. Contact: Callie Iversen for venders - 295-4831 and Steve for BBQ - 280-2737. Free Admission
August 17, 18: Men's State Open and D Softball Tournament at Pierre Softball Complex
August 19: Bariatric and Weight Loss Support Group form 7:00 - 8:00 PM at Sanford Clinic Pierre, 521 E. Sioux Ave. Contact: Angie Bollweg, 605-945-5560. Free to everyone
August 20: Breast Cancer Survivors from 12:00 - 1:00 PM at 415 S. Crow St. Contact: 945-0827
August 23, 24, 25: State Skeet Tournament at 20628 Willow Creek Road, 12 miles west of Fort Pierre. Contact: Steve, 222-3154 or Bob, 222-0309
August 24, 25: High School Trap Fundraiser at 20628 Willow Creek Road, 12 miles west of Fort Pierre. Contact: Steve, 222-3154 or Bob, 222-0309
August 26: Fall League Starts at 20628 Willow Creek Road, 12 miles west of Fort Pierre. Contact: Steve, 222-3154 or Bob, 222-0309
August 27: Pierre Area Right to Lift Meeting from 6:30 - 8:00 PM at Birth Right Facility, 318 South Henry. Contact: Irma LeFavie, irl60@hotmail.com
August 28: Lunch & Learn for Early Childhood Providers form 12:30 - 1:15 PM at The Right Turn, 115 E. Sioux. Contact: 773-4755. Free
For future months, go to www.pierre.org