P ierre Area Chamber of Commerce
February 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 February 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
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
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
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
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

Jim Protexter
Chief Operating Officer
Carmen Magee
Administrative Asst.

Pierre Economic Development Corporation 
2019 Investor List
(As of 1/25)
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 St. Mary's/Avera Medical Group
First National Bank
Wells Fargo Bank

Gold Investors - $600
A-G-E Corporation
American Bank & Trust
Beck Motor Company
Brosz Engineering Inc.
First Dakota National Bank
SD Intrastate Pipeline Co.

Silver Investors - $300
Allied Plumbing and Heating
Bartlett & Weaver Eye Clinic
Clark Engineering Corporation
Dakota Prairie Bank
Delta Dental
Dougherty & Company LLC
Farm Credit Services of America
Fischer Rounds & Associates
Hermanson, Swenson & Rath, DDS, PC
Nystrom Electrical Contracting Inc.
Robins Water Conditioning Inc.

Bronze Investors - $150
Acorn Trust Company, American Family Insurance - Boyd Conzemius Agency, Anderson Contractors Inc., Anderson Dentistry, Angel's Salon, BPRO Inc., Bechtold Thompson Dental Clinic, Black Hills Federal Credit Union, Brakke Financial Services, Capital City Wine & Spirits, Central Dakota Eyecare LLP, Chandlers Inc., Chase Auto & RV, Clausen & Rice LLP, Clubhouse Hotel & Suites, Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Cowboy Country Stores, DJ's Convenience Store, Dakota Radio Group KGFX - KPLO - River 92.7 - 1001.1 The Eagle, Dentistry at the St. Charles, Rick Dockter/Ameriprise Financial, Drifters Bar & Grille, Envirotech, Feigum Funeral Home, Ferding Electric Inc., Fine Line Auto, Fort Pierre Development Corporation, Fort Pierre Livestock Auction, Foster Rentals, Friman Oil & Gas, 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, La Minestra, Leingang Home Center, Leyden and Associates, Mad Mary's Steakhouse & Saloon, May Adam Gerdes & Thompson, MicroFix Inc., Midcontinent Communications, Moreno & Bachand PC, Morris Inc., Nagel Agency, Northridge Plaza, Northwest Pipe Fittings Inc., Oahe Electric Cooperative, Oahe Federal Credit Union, Oahe Veterinary Clinic, Olinger Law Firm, Olson Plumbing Inc., Palmer Currier & Hoffert LLP, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company, Perkins Restaurant, Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce, Pizza Ranch, Prairie Pages Bookseller LLC, Puetz Corporation, Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center, Reinke Gray Wealth Management, Riter Rogers Wattier & Northrup LLP, Servall Uniform & Linen, ServiceMaster of Pierre, Smith Plumbing, S.D. Electric Utility Companies, Thielen Surveying & Mapping, TMA of Pierre, Wheelhouse Plumbing, Willard & Associates Inc., Willow Creek Wildlife

Individual & Non-Profit Investors - $60
Capital University Center, Oahe Incorporated, S.D. Bankers Association, S.D. Chamber of Commerce & Industry, S.D. Community Foundation, S.D. Development Corporation, S.D. Discovery Center, S.D. S.D. Telecommunications Association, Rev. Jon B. Urbach


President's Report
Jennifer Anderson, Board President                     
Greetings Chamber Members!
As your Board President for 2019, I am tasked with writing an article for the Monthly Newsletter. For those of you who don't know me, I am a "numbers" person. The idea of publishing my written word is a bit daunting, but I'll do my best to keep you informed!
First, allow me to THANK YOU for your membership and contribution to the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce. Rest assured, your membership dollars work hard for you and your communities. The Chamber Staff and Board of Directors meet every month to discuss how to best utilize our assets for the benefit of our membership.
We have been working on a new strategic plan for over a year, taking time to address several areas of operations to enhance and energize our relationship with members and the communities. One of the key components to this plan was developing a new Mission and Vision Statement for the Chamber. We also implemented a new program called Leadership Pierre, where we help members of the community become more familiar with the area and provide skill training for leaders. This year, our plan is to focus on Member Services and Communications.
My goal is to see this plan to fruition during my term. We have a great group of leaders on the Board, an energetic Staff at the Chamber, and we are all dedicated to making the Pierre Area the best it can be!
We have so many exciting things in store for you this year. Please follow the Chamber's Facebook page, subscribe to the weekly "What's Happening" email and/or the monthly Newsletter for more details.
I look forward to meeting you and learning your visions and goals for the upcoming year!

Pierre Mayor Steve Harding's Report
The good news: we're on the fast track to restore reliable commercial air service to Central South Dakota. Unfortunately, we have to restore it because our most recent commercial air carrier, California Pacific Airlines (CP Air), ceased operations to Pierre and Watertown.
This situation is unfortunate for many reasons - the disruptions it caused on those who were depending on it, the gap in service, and the end of a good run.
ADI, Inc. was selected to serve the Pierre and Watertown markets about three years ago. And for more than two years, they did a nice job of meeting Pierre's needs. ADI's on-time and reliability rates outshined mainline carriers like Delta, and the number of people flying in and out of Pierre grew immensely. Then ADI was bought out by CP Air, the company's focus shifted, and Pierre and Watertown suffered.
That puts us back in the process of finding an Essential Air Service (EAS) provider for the two communities. Thankfully, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is moving swiftly to replace CP Air; the USDOT began soliciting proposals from airlines interested in serving Pierre and Watertown in mid-January and asked that proposals be submitted by Jan. 30.
As you might remember, the USDOT holds the EAS contract with the air carrier. The Cities are given the opportunity to review those proposals and provide feedback to the USDOT. The USDOT takes that input into consideration while also reviewing the financial wellness, safety record, and licensing of the potential air service providers.
Once the USDOT completes its deep review of the airlines, it issues a contract based on our feedback and its findings.  
At this point, it's a waiting game for us. We'll soon find out what airlines are interested and able to serve Pierre and how they want to serve us. Their proposals will outline ticket prices, flight schedules, flight destination, as well as airplane type.
Once we receive our menu of options, the City will again recommend the best option available.
We'll know more soon. Until then, please know that the City is doing everything it can to restore safe reliable air service to the Capital City.
Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson's Report
I have learned that some of our residents are offended when I refer to Fort Pierre as a "bedroom community." A simple definition of the term is "a residential area inhabited largely by people who commute to a nearby city for work." A demographic study done for this area in 2014 indicated that of Fort Pierre residents who are employed, 85 percent of us work in Pierre. With large employers like Avera and the State of South Dakota being located in Pierre, this comes as no big surprise. This employment situation confirms the definition of "bedroom community" as accurate for Fort Pierre.
It wasn't always true. As a child growing up here, I can recall a very active commercial downtown. We had a department store and two additional grocery stores, dry cleaners, drug store, appliance store, jewelry store, hardware store, meat market, implement dealership, hotel, several restaurants and bars, liquor store, hair salon, barber shops, and many other main street businesses that have become great memories. It would take considerable investment and support by the residents of Fort Pierre to bring these business opportunities back to Fort Pierre.
The good news is that, unlike most small cities in the Midwest, Fort Pierre is growing! And the very reason we are growing when others are fading away is our location....on the shores of the beautiful Missouri River offering wonderful recreational opportunities to residents and visitors, and just minutes away from a variety of employment opportunities, not to mention great water, low crime and a coveted quality of life, and highly desirable building lots, both residential and commercial.  
Would we like to recruit a major business like Menard's to Fort Pierre? Of course. But at the same time, our expectations must be realistic. A new hotel and a new truck plaza will be built in the Teton Island area this year. There are any number of specialty stores and services that are expected to follow but more are needed. Fort Pierre Development Corporation and the City of Fort Pierre are eager to work with entrepreneurs with ideas for locations and other advice.
Let's just acknowledge that the "old days" are behind us, and recognize Fort Pierre's present and future as a growing and thriving community.

Capital City Economy
October 2018 Current Month Same Month 2017 Percent Change 2018 YTD 2017 YTD Percent Change
Pierre 2% $641,631 $619,234 3.6% $6,502,563 $6,420,591 1.3%
Pierre 1% BBB $44,899 $41,400 8.5% $453,859 $447,277 1.5%
Fort Pierre 2% $103,418 $149,410 -30.8% $963,136 $981,715 -1.9%
Fort Pierre 1% BBB $11,114 $10,971 1.3% $102,730 $103,791 -1.0%
OCCUPANCY TAX            
Pierre BID No.1 $27,002 $25,328 6.6% $204,786 $199,791 2.5%
ADI 1117 1,392 -19.8% 8775 9,439 -7.0%
DAILY TRAFFIC            
Missouri River Bridge 14845 15,209 -2.4% 147,785 153,287 -3.6%
US 14 East of Pierre 3237 3,160 2.4% 29,760 30,023 -0.9%
New Homes
Stick Built - Number 3 3 10 15
   Dollar Amount $904,858 $669,400 0.0% $2,549,428 $3,579,603 -28.8%
Other* - Number 1 4 6 27
   Dollar Amount $15,000 $78,000 -80.8% $176,000 $998,500 -82.4%
Number 2 2 41 54
   Dollar Amount $128,000 $85,000 50.6% $450,331 $880,688 -48.9%
New Buildings
Number 1 2 6 9
   Dollar Amount $3,183,970 $1,040,000 0.0% $5,677,082 $26,236,951 -78.4%
Number 4 4 20 32
   Dollar Amount $163,180 $95,370 71.1% $2,734,795 $1,021,098 167.8%
Total Permits**
Number 84 73 783 765
   Dollar Amount $4,635,572 $2,319,890 99.8% $15,358,648 $37,043,379 -58.5%
New Homes
Number 1 2 10 8
   Dollar Amount $240,000 $775,000 0.0% $2,650,800 $2,245,184 18.1%
Other* - Number 0 1 3 2
   Dollar Amount $0 $87,147 0.0% $205,000 $98,147 108.9%
Number 6 3 44 25
   Dollar Amount $65,251 $31,479 107.3% $703,430 $633,740 11.0%
New Buildings
Number 0 0 5 0
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $568,000 $0 0.0%
Number 0 0 0 2
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $0 $312,000 0.0%
Total Permits**
Number 11 9 94 63
   Dollar Amount $426,822 $1,313,626 -67.5% $5,556,348 $5,399,953 2.9%
WORK FORCE                           
Pierre MiSA***
Total Work Force 12,538 12,808
Total Employed 12,257 12,486
Total Unemployed 281 322
Unemployment Rate 2.2% 2.5%
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
2019 Marks 43rd Business Day at the Legislature
After a thorough review of last year's event and input from local communities, the SD Chamber of Commerce & Industry's Business Day Committee determined that further condensing the day would be beneficial. To address already busy schedules and minimize time away, they have established an informative, interesting event that allows for active participation while maintaining an efficiency of time.  

This event is time well spent to stay informed of trending issues, vote your opinions during Business Caucus and network with business and community peers and legislative leaders from across the state. Here is this year's schedule.  

1:30 p.m.          Registration opens at the Ramkota
2-3:30 p.m.       Legislative Update and the annual Business Caucus (audience response
3:30-5 p.m.       Open Schedule - Time to view the legislative process at the Capitol
4 p.m.              Update at Capitol (Addressing a timely issue being debated by the Legislature)
5-7 p.m.           Reception (co-sponsored by Economic Development offices) and
Manufacturer's Showcase.
In lieu of the traditional banquet, PEDCO and other sponsors will provide heavy hors d'oeuvres and extended time for networking.
6-6:30 p.m.       Business Day Program and Awards Presentations
Guest Speaker: US Chamber President Tom Donohue has been invited
7 p.m.              Adjourn
If you are able to attend Business Day, the online registration at www.sdchamber.biz is up and running. Register by Friday, Feb. 9, for reduced fees: Full registration for the day is $85 - Reception and banquet only is $70. After February 9, rates increase. Fee for the legislative update, luncheon, and Business Caucus only is $50. For registration assistance, call Shavonne Mitchell at 1-800-742-8112.   

Retail Briefs
NRF report: Americans to keep Super Bowl spending steady
US consumers will spend an average of $81.30 per person on food, beverages, team apparel and other goods to celebrate the Super Bowl, about the same as they spent last year, according to a National Retail Federation survey. "Whether it's to see who wins, watch the halftime show and commercials or just get together with friends, this is the biggest party since New Year's Eve," NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. Dayton Daily News (Ohio) (1/24)
Walmart boosts pay to recruit 900 truck drivers
Walmart is raising pay for truck drivers and offering more regular schedules in a push to fill 900 job openings in a competitive arena. Qualified new drivers will make an average annual salary of $87,500 and have 21 vacation days. The Dallas Morning News (1/23)
Walmart joins Udelv for driverless car delivery test
Walmart is teaming with Udelv to experiment with driverless grocery delivery in Arizona, the latest in a series of pilot programs for the retailer. "We want to make sure we stay on the cutting edge of grocery delivery by exploring what's new and next," says Tom Ward, senior vice president of Walmart's US digital operations. CNBC (1/8)
Holiday shopping data signal best year since 2005
The 2018 holiday shopping season may be the best since 2005 because of low unemployment and wage increases. Current forecasts show holiday sales may have increased as much as 5%. Bloomberg (1/3)
CVB Report
Lois Ries, CVB Director
The South Dakota Tourism Conference was once again a huge success. The conference offered keynote speakers and several breakout sessions. The attendees walked away with solid steps that we can all use to improve tourism in our communities. Pierre is very fortunate that this conference is held here. The economic impact is evident with money being spent for lodging, food, gas and shopping.

This year I traveled to Louisville, Kentucky for American Bus Association Marketplace. The ABA Marketplace is considered to be the core for the group travel industry. I met face-to-face with tour operators in prescheduled appointments. The appointments are the nucleus of the event. I also attended numerous networking opportunities and educational seminars.

In February I will attend Pheasant Fest in Schaumberg, Illinois. Pheasant Fest sets attendance records year after year. This is just one of the shows that the Pierre CVB coordinates that the Pierre BID #1 funds. The other shows will be in Kansas City, Eau Clair, Lincoln, and St. Cloud.

Pierre's exceptional hunting and fishing industries were represented at the Kansas City Sports Show in January. Sports shows are sponsored by the Pierre Bid #1 and are imperative in pulling sportsman to our area over our competitors with similar offerings.

Membership Report
Katie Johnson, Membership Director
We love our members, and February 14 th is the day to let you know! The Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce will once again be distributing our new 2019 Membership Plaques throughout the day to thank you for investing in your chamber!

The Chamber's mission is to further the interests of businesses - to advocate on their behalf and provide needed services and opportunities for growth. We want to be your voice; we are eager to help you succeed, and we believe that when you're successful, our entire community benefits from that success. Displaying your membership plaque in your window or on your door for your customer to see helps solidify that mission.

We can't wait to see you on Valentine's day; and if you are out of town, be watching for your plaque in the mail!

The Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce LOVES our members! Happy Valentine's Day and thank you for investing in your Chamber <3
New Members
South Dakota Community Foundation
1714 N. Lincoln Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501

Since 1987, the South Dakota Community Foundation has helped people reach their charitable goals and strengthened communities by making your donations do more. We work to grow charitable assets to bring philanthropy to life for a stronger South Dakota.
South Dakota Missouri River Tourism Update
Karen Kern, Executive Director of SDMRT
20207 SD Hwy 1804
PO Box 786
Pierre, SD 57501
It's Show Time!
South Dakota Missouri River Tourism (SDMRT) is one of the four tourism regions in the state, representing the 17 counties on both sides of the Missouri River - from the ND border to the NE & IA borders. SDMRT was formed by Governor Nils Boe after the dams were built and the organization was tasked with working to provide access to the river for residents and non-residents. Originally it was known as Great Lakes of SD Association, but six years ago became Missouri River Tourism Association. All the regions are non-profit membership based.
One of the marketing campaigns we take on each year is Sports & Travel Shows. During the months of January through March we attend 5 to 6 shows, all in our target market area. Those target areas consist of states where visitors can easily visit and explore some part of our beautiful Missouri River.
We are often asked how we quantify the shows - how do we evaluate the results from the shows and how do we know if attending the shows has been valuable to the river area. We evaluate them in 3 areas: 1) Where the show is located, what is their attendee numbers and where are the attendees coming from - are they in the areas that will be a benefit to our members; 2) How much visitor information is distributed at the show; and, 3) What do the show attendees tell us - what questions do they ask and what are they looking for - are they looking for hunting or fishing, culture or history or outdoor recreation? We listen carefully! And, we make sure that the people representing our organization at the shows know the answers to questions that they might encounter and that they represent our membership to the fullest.
In 2019 we will be represented at St. Paul, MN; Council Bluffs, IA; Wausau, WI, Omaha, NE; Milwaukee, WI and Omaha, NE. The organization also offers a coop buy in for our members where we take a number of their brochures to each of the shows. For information on SD Missouri River Tourism, please email info@sdmissouririver.com or visit www.sdmissouririver.com 
Chamber Events

Legislative Welcome
Pierre rolled out the red carpet at the 2019 Legislative 'Back to Business' Welcome on Tuesday, January 8, hosted by the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by area locals and businesses.

Fireball Run Sneak Peek Preview

Locals gathered at Beck Motor Company on Thursday, January 10 for a special sneak peek premiere showing of Season 11 Fireball Run Big Country featuring the Pierre and Fort Pierre communities, as well as Trace and Bryan Beck.


Leadership Pierre
The fi fth session of Leadership Pierre, held on January 3, focused on media and education. The group toured KCCR and the Capital Journal, had thought-provoking sessions with Patrick Callahan of Lifewrx Media LLC, 
Tony Mangan of the Public Information Office for SD Public Safety, Dr. Jay Perry of Academic Affairs, Chris Maxwell of CUC, and both Super Intendents Dr. Kelly Glodt and Dr. Joel Price, as well as Mary Stadick Smith, the interim South Dakota Secretary of Education. Leadership Pierre wrapped up the day with a tour of the T.F. Riggs High School with Assistant Principal Rob Coverdale. The objective for Session 5 was to learn how to communicate effectively using the media in our community, and to understand the k-12 and higher education opportunities in the Pierre/Fort Pierre area. 
February Calendar of Events

February 1: EMT Class, 1/1/19 - 6/1/19, Location TBD, call Joe Meligan 605-280-0440 or Paula Tronvold 605-661-6337 and please leave a message for more information. Fee $500
February 1: Edgewood SOUPer Bowl, at Edgewood, 1950 East Fourth Street, Pierre from 11 am - 1 pm CST. Contact: kim.brakke@edgewoodvista.com or call Steve Bass, Katie Nagle or Kim Brakke at 605 494-3400. Follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/235238910701015/ Free will donation to the South Dakota Alzheimer's Association.
February 2: St. Joseph School Carnival at St. Joseph School/St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 210 E. Broadway Ave. Pierre from 10 am - 2 pm. Contact: clk@mayadam.net Cost for tickets $0.25.
February 2: Pink the Rink at Oahe Hockey at Expo Center, Fort Pierre from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm CST. Contact: pnelson0049@msn.com or Mary Lehecka Nelson at 605-222-2247. There is a fee.
February 3, 10, 17 & 24: Open Skate PAYSA rink at 1610 N. Lowell St. Pierre. Every Sunday from 1 - 3 pm. $3 admission/ $2 skate rental.
February 3: Museum Activity Day at the Cultural Heritage Center from 1-4pm. Free to attend but children must be accompanied by an adult. SDSU ice cream will be served and there is free admission to the museum galleries. Contact: Ronette Rumpca at 605-773-6011
February 3: Super Bowl Party at the American Legion Cabin starting at 4pm. Food available for freewill donation. Cornhole, 50/50 drawing, Super Bowl Scoreboards, prizes & fun for all!
February 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 & 27: Seasoned Citizen Tai Chi at Oahe YMCA from 10 - 10:45 am. Contact Mindy Cheap 605-773-7445. Fees: $24 per week/ Free to Senior Center Members.
February 4: Canvasback Art Club at Rawlins Library, Pierre from 7 - 9 pm.
February 5: Seasoned Citizen Chair Workouts at Pierre Senior Center from 10:45 am - 11:30 am. Contact: Mindy Cheap 605-773-7445. $12 Fee, Free to Senior Center members.
February 5: Volunteers needed at food bank, Feeding South Dakota at 20562 Grace Ave. Pierre from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Contact Russ or Andrew 494-3663.
February 5 & 12 - Birth to Three Classes for Parents and Caregivers at The Right Turn, 115 E. Sioux Ave. Pierre from 7 pm - 9 pm, Contact: kpauly@midconetwork.com or call 605 773-4755 to register or for more information. Free to attend.
February 6, 13, 20, & 27: Zumba Gold at Pierre Senior Center from 9:00 am - 9:45 am. Contact: Mindy Cheap, 605-773-7445 mindy.cheap@ci.pierre.sd.us Fees: $12/ Free to Senior Center members.
February 6: Mabel's Family Support Group - Alzheimer's & Dementia at Edgewood, 1950 East Fourth St. Pierre from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm. Contact katie.nagle@edgewoodvista.com or call Katie Nagle at 494-3400.
February 6: Stanley American Legion Post 20 Monthly Meeting at Moose Lodge, Fort Pierre from 6 - 8 pm. Contact Royce Loesch, royceloesch@gmail.com
February 7 & 21: Breast Cancer Survivors at 200 East Dakota Ave. Suite 1 in Countryside Classroom, Pierre, from 12 - 1 pm. Contact 605-945-0827.
February 7: Winter Business After Hours 2019 at Izaak Walton League, Pierre from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm. Co-hosts include: Bartlett & Weaver Eye Clinic, Travel Leaders, CUC, Oahe Home Builders Association, and Oahe Hockey Association. Free and open to the public.
February 8: Ballroom Swisher's Dance Club at American Legion Cabin, Pierre, from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Contact 605 222-1401. $10 Admission for nonmembers.
February 9: Sibling Readiness Class at Avera Saint Mary's Hospital, Pierre, from 9:30 - 10:30 am. Contact Dawn Tassler at 605 224-3189. www.growinguptogether.org
February 9: Legislative Coffee at Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce, 800 W. Dakota Ave. Pierre, from 10:00 - 11:00 am. Contact Jamie Seiner at 224-7361 or email jseiner@pierre.org
February 9: 10th Annual Mighty Mo' Blizzard Ice Bowl tournament at Steamboat Park Disc Golf Course. Registration from 10-10:30am with tee off at 11:00am. Fees: $25/adult, $15 kids. 1 mulligan per can of food (limit to 10) Contact: Dan Maxfield at 605-209-2788
February 9 & 10: 2019 Capital City Qualifier at Pierre Aquatic Center/Oahe Family YMCA, Pierre, starts at 11:00 am on Saturday and 9:30 am on Sunday. Contact Becky Burke, Meet Director at pstmeetdirector@gmail.com
February 9: Valentine Luncheon at First United Methodist Church, Pierre, from 12:00 - 1:30 pm. Contact Elaine Scott at 605-224-5939 or email pierre1umc@mncomm.com
February 11: Stately Stitcher's Guild Meeting at Lutheran Memorial Church Basement, 320 E. Prospect Ave. Pierre from 6:45 - 8:45 pm. Contact Myrna Buckles at 605 222-6847
February 11: History & Heritage Book Club at the Cultural Heritage Center from 7-8:30pm. Free.
February 12: Pierre Empty Bowls at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church (714 N. Grand Ave.) from 5:30-7:30pm. Fees: $10/adult, $5/kids (5 & under free). Tickets available at Pottery Plus or Feeding South Dakota. Contact: Russ at 605-494-3663
February 14: Central SD Survivors of Suicide Support Group location to TBA from 6:30 - 8 pm. Contact Julie Moore at Julie.moore@avera.org
February 16: South Dakota APR/AAPF State Powerlifting Champions at Ft. Pierre Pat Duffy Community Center starts at 9 am CST. Contact John (J.R.) Bolger at 605 222-8640 or pierreherogym@gmail.com www.theherogym.com Free will donation.
February 16: Make and Take a Bulb Planter at East Pierre Landscape & Garden Center from 1-3pm. Fees: $20 includes pot, soil & 10 bulbs. Must pre-register via phone, email or Facebook. Contact: 605-224-8832 or info@eastpierregarden.com
February 19: Understanding Alzheimer's & Dementia Lunch & Learn at Edgewood, 1950 East Fourth St. Pierre from 12:00 - 1:00 pm CST. Contact Steve Bass, Katie Nagle or Kim Brakke at 605 494-3400 or email kim.brakke@edgewoodvista.com Free lunch will be provided.
February 20-23: 42nd Annual Blizzard Sale at Wegner Auto from 8:00am-6:00pm! Free hot dogs, cookies, pop, great giveaways and register to win a car! NO PURCHASE NECESSARY! Contact: Wegner Auto at 605-224-9900
February 22-24 & 28: Pierre Players Presents: Bill W. and Dr. Bob at Grand Opera House, 109 S. Pierre St. Pierre, performance at 7:30 pm. With Sunday Matinee at 2:00pm. Fees: $13 Students/Seniors $15 Adults. Call 605-224-7826 for reservations or emailinfo@pierreplayers.com or www.pierreplayers.com 
February 23 & 24: 47 th Annual Farm, Home & Sports Show at Ramkota Convention Center, Pierre. Contact steve@todayskccr.com or www.todayskccr.com
February 23: High Plains Wildlife Assoc. - Game Feed at Izaak Walton League Clubhouse, 1200 Izaak Walton Rd. Pierre from 5:30 - 9:00 pm. Contact Ron McMahon at 605 280-4879 or email ron.mcmahon@icloud.com
February 28: BSA Troop 27 Perkins Fundraiser from 4:00-8:00pm at Perkins Restaurant.
February 28: Pierre Ducks Unlimited Annual Banquet at Izaak Walton Clubhouse from 5:30-9:00pm. Fees: $45 single/ $60 couple. Contact Kyle Potter at 605-280-3280.
For future months, go to www.pierre.org