P ierre Area Chamber of Commerce
July 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 July 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 5/26 to 6/21)
  
Thank you to the following businesses, organizations and individuals who are supporting economic development in Central South Dakota through their PEDCO membership investment.

Bronze Investors - $150
WW Tire Service

 

CEO's Report
Jamie Seiner, Chief Executive Officer
Change. The combination of excitement and anxiety are very common during a time of transition. So are the butterflies we all feel.
The Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce is a change facilitator in Pierre and Fort Pierre. We are working hard on making change more of an opportunity and less of a threat. Everything changes, it's how we react that makes a difference. Our story of July tells a story of how the Chamber is here for the community, your business and the future of our workforce. Let me share a few ways we are helping our community evolve in the face of change and not lose hope or feel unprepared.  
In June we experienced a gut punch as we learned that the South Dakota's Governor's Hunt would be relocated in 2020. This significant event was a long-standing tradition that allowed all of central South Dakota to share and showcase our high-quality hunting. The Chamber held a meeting on July 19th where we gathered ideas from the attendees on what opportunities could come from this change; what interest there is to make something big happen that could allow us to find new ways to celebrate the century-old tradition of pheasant hunting; and to communicate the vast access and impressive natural bird populations in our area. Thank you for the discussion. It's clear many see opportunity to build a new tradition, and we look forward to continuing the conversation.
Pierre and Fort Pierre are communities filled with family business and small business. Whether it's a ranch family, restaurant or small business, the thought of transitioning to the next generation of leadership is difficult and occasionally neglected. Sometimes it's the sale of a business, even if it's not within the family, or maybe it's preparing for unforeseen emergencies that are tricky to navigate. If change is confronted with purposeful thought and planning, it can mean the future of your business will be left with the opportunity to survive and thrive. On July 30th, the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Transition Planning Lunch & Learn event with Prairie Family Business Association and bringing in an area expert on business transition and emergency planning. Sandra McNeeley with the Legacy Group will present from noon-1:00pm and will hold a workshop from 1:00-2:00pm with access to hands-on tools. Both sessions are free, please bring a lunch and join us at the Community Room.
The Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce is starting to receive its second-year applications for Leadership Pierre. This program instills passion and perspective of the Pierre and Fort Pierre communities into each participant. Change is inevitable as emerging leaders gather and share their ideas on opportunity, challenges and dreams for our area. They are definitely not averse to change and are seeking out ways to make the future of Pierre and Fort Pierre a great place to live, play and work. Applications for the class of 2019-20 are due July 19th; give me a call, I'd love to send you one.
Do you feel the butterflies? Important measures are required to keep communities, businesses and the future workforce alive. We are so happy you are facing change with the Chamber.
Chamber Golf Classic Keeps 'Em Swingin'!
Brosz Engineering took home top honors with a scramble score of 54. The team consisted of Wayne Crawford, Derek McTighe, Gayle Varty and Kirby Welch.
A huge 'thank you' to everyone who made the 17th Annual Chamber Golf Classic a success. 22 teams enjoyed a beautiful sunny afternoon at Hillsview Golf Course on June 6th.

Special recognition goes to our Eagle sponsor, Avera; beverage cart sponsor, The Paint Store; prize sponsors, First Dakota National Bank and Slumberland of Pierre; and hole sponsors: American Bank & Trust, BankWest, Big Tom's Diner, Boyd Conzemius Agency, Inc., Bridget M. Photography, Capital Journal & Reminder Plus, Clark Insurance, Inc., Clubhouse Hotel & Suites/Ramkota Hotel & Convention Center, Delta Dental of South Dakota, Farm Credit Services of America, First National Bank, Menards, MIDCO, Midwest Construction, Pro-Lawn, Quality Quick Print, South Dakota Intrastate Pipeline and Wind Circle Network, Inc.. We also want to say a special thank you to Carin Hayne and the staff at Hillsview.


Pierre Mayor Steve Harding's Report
A giant thank you goes out to the 175 volunteers and 25 volunteer groups who gave time and talent to the Go Green and Clean campaign this spring!

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. I'm always amazed at the generosity of our community and so very humbled by all of our citizen leaders who take it upon themselves to improve Pierre for all of us who live here.

This year, we had a couple of organizations partner together to really shine a light on the campaign. BankWest and the Discovery Center partnered together to develop and sponsor Go Green tote bags that are made from recycled material. The tote bags, donning the Go Green logo, are being given out for free. The goal -to encourage people to keep our community and our planet beautiful by reducing the use of plastic bags in favor of the reusable tote bags.

It's another great example of our community members taking care of our community!
The Go Green campaign has been in place for 10 years now. Throughout the last decade, the hundreds of volunteers and volunteer groups have removed more than 65 tons of trash and debris from our community. Wow! That's a very large, very visible, and very impressive improvement to our community.

If you're looking for another chance to keep Pierre beautiful, there is a Missouri River clean up scheduled for Wednesday, July 10. This is an annual clean up that utilizes volunteers to pull debris from the River. If this is something you're interested in, please contact our Parks and Recreation Director, Tom Farnsworth. He'll be happy to connect you with the project.

The Go Green and Clean campaign will come around next spring. Consider this an early invitation to join the campaign!

Thank you again to all the volunteers and volunteer groups who have taken part in the campaign over the years. Your contributions are greatly appreciated and the community is all the better for it!

Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson's Report
We in Fort Pierre love the 4 th of July, and we invite you to celebrate with us. Events kick off with the rodeo at 7 pm on July 3, followed by the Annual  4 on the 4th Road Race in downtown Fort Pierre, beginning at 8 am July 4. The big parade will again start at 10 am this year, the rodeo will start at 7 pm, with the traditional fireworks display beginning after the rodeo, about 10 pm.

Fireworks will go on sale (and may be discharged) beginning June 29 through July 5. Please note that legal times for discharge end at 10:30 p.m. June 29 through July 2 and on July 5. The allowable time is expanded on July 3 and 4 to 12:00 midnight. Also, a reminder that bottle rockets (shorter than 14 inches and a rocket motor less than 2.5 inches) are illegal to sell or discharge, and sky lanterns are prohibited.

Continuing our tradition of honoring long-time residents, Gaylord Norman has been asked to serve as Grand Marshall this year, and the Norman family has been invited to join him in the parade. The Normans are well known ranchers and local history enthusiasts. Gaylord's parents, Roy and Edith Norman, published the Prairie Progress book and took on a monumental task in the 1970's of creating and erecting wooden signs to mark the original Fort Pierre to Deadwood Trail. The responsibility for restoring and maintaining the signs has been continued by the Norman family.

Parade entrants are invited to register online on the City of Fort Pierre web site. Staging and line-up is in its traditional location and is scheduled for 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. Awards will be made in the following categories: Most Patriotic, Best Horse Drawn, Most Humorous; Best South Dakota Pride; Best Fort Pierre Pride, and Best Antique Vehicle. Entries must be in line by 9:30 to be considered for an award. If you have multiple entries that you would like to have grouped together in the parade, please show up at the same time. Also, no water cannons or large water guns will be allowed on the floats.

The parade will follow its usual route on Highway 83 from Stanley Road to Deadwood and end at the intersection of Main and Hwy 83. Immediately following the parade, there will be an unveiling of the restored school bell at the historic Sansarc School.

Please feel free to call the City Offices at 223-7690 if you have questions.

Again, we welcome you to join us in honoring our nation's birthday. We ask that you be respectful of your neighbors and follow the timeframes for firework discharge. And please, clean up after yourselves. There are extra trash receptacles located in public areas for your convenience. Happy 4th of July!

Application Deadline: Friday, July 19, 2019
Capital City Economy
March 2019
Current Month
Same Month 2018
Percent Change
2019 YTD
2018 YTD
Percent Change
CITY TAX RECEIPTS
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pierre 2%
$553,605
$553,194
0.1%
$1,839,468
$1,907,312
-3.6%
Pierre 1% BBB
$36,781
$38,750
-5.1%
$121,854
$124,468
-2.1%
Fort Pierre 2%
$82,332
$90,344
-8.9%
$243,984
$242,294
0.7%
Fort Pierre 1% BBB
$8,388
$8,690
-3.5%
$24,323
$23,792
2.2%
OCCUPANCY TAX
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pierre BID #1
$17,124
$17,996
-4.8%
$49,298
$49,620
-0.6%
 
 
AIRPORT BOARDINGS
 
 
 
 
 
 
CPAir
0
831
0.0%
328
2550
-87.1%
 
 
DAILY TRAFFIC
 
 
 
 
 
 
Missouri River Bridge
12,990
13105
-0.9%
37,982
38,830
-2.2%
US 14 East of Pierre
2,440
2369
3.0%
7,201
7,248
-0.6%
 
 
CITY OF PIERRE BUILDING PERMITS
 
 
 
 
 
 
Residential:
New Homes
Stick Built - Number
0
1
1
1
    Dollar Amount
$0
$420,000
0.0%
$300,000
$420,000
-28.6%
Other* - Number
0
0
1
0
    Dollar Amount
$0
$0
0.0%
$51,900
$0
0.0%
Remodeling
Number
2
7
9
17
    Dollar Amount
$3,000
$19,851
-84.9%
$96,247
$110,451
-12.9%
Commercial:
New Buildings
Number
0
1
1
3
    Dollar Amount
$0
$151,500
0.0%
$56,000
$1,132,647
-95.1%
Improvements
Number
9
0
17
6
    Dollar Amount
$1,154,614
$0
0.0%
$1,408,834
$1,561,971
-9.8%
Total Permits**
Number
23
48
74
94
    Dollar Amount
$1,178,560
$1,429,559
-17.6%
$2,027,938
$4,140,089
-51.0%
 
 
HUGHES COUNTY BUILDING PERMITS
 
 
 
 
 
 
Residential:
New Homes
Number
0
2
0
2
    Dollar Amount
$0
$460,000
0.0%
$0
$460,000
0.0%
Other* - Number
0
0
1
0
    Dollar Amount
$0
$0
0.0%
$122,000
$0
0.0%
Remodeling
Number
10
2
13
7
    Dollar Amount
$92,058
$19,000
384.5%
$151,058
$128,000
18.0%
Commercial:
New Buildings
Number
0
0
0
0
    Dollar Amount
$0
$0
0.0%
$0
$0
0.0%
Improvements
Number
1
0
1
0
    Dollar Amount
$140,000
$0
0.0%
$140,000
$0
0.0%
Total Permits**
Number
12
5
17
11
    Dollar Amount
$252,058
$483,500
-47.9%
$533,058
$592,500
-10.0%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WORK FORCE                
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pierre MiSA***
Total Work Force
12,456
12,379
Total Employed
12,092
11,986
Total Unemployed
364
393
Unemployment Rate
2.9%
3.2%
* 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


PEDCO Loans Fill a Gap
Jim Protexter , PEDCO COO
Most economic development loan programs are designed to fill a gap between what the bank will lend and what the borrower needs. Gaps can result from several conditions, or a combination of conditions, from credit history to new-venture risk to a lack of borrower equity.

PEDCO currently has five loans outstanding, and the diversity of the projects is very telling of the wide sphere of influence these funds have. Current loan projects include housing, downtown storefront improvement, a tourism attraction, value-added ag processing and healthcare services.

The PEDCO Revolving Loan Fund provides business/commercial loans for businesses needing working capital and interim construction financing. Terms are typically five years or less. Businesses seeking new financing must be located in Pierre or Hughes County.

Here are some of the other guidelines for the PEDCO RLF.

Speculative Development
  • Lending institutions, insurance companies
  • Business engaged in pyramid sales
  • Gambling concerns and private clubs
  • Business that are not members in good standing of PEDCO
Eligible Uses of Funds
  • Business purposes including: start up costs, purchase of land, site improvements, machinery and equipment, and interim construction loads
Ineligible Use of Funds
  • Purchase, construction, renovation or tenant improvements of an eligible place of business that is for passive real estate investment purposes
  • Refinancing purposes
  • Repay delinquent taxes
  • Reimburse funds owned to any owner
Structure
  • PEDCO may fund up to 45% of a project in a subordinated lien position
  • Bank or credit union must participate in a project with a minimum of 20%
  • Borrower must demonstrate that credit is not available elsewhere on reasonable terms
The Process
  • The bank or credit union will share its credit analysis with PEDCO for review
  • PEDCO Executive Committee will meet to review the project on an as needed basis
Collateral
  • Second on assets that banks or credit union take as collateral
Fees
  • No origination fees
Team PEDCO
Team PEDCO once again placed in the Top 25 and had a great time June 6 at the Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic. Representing PEDCO was, from left, Damon Wheelhouse, Allied Plubming & Heating; Andy Hubbart, BankWest; Gordon Woods, South Dakota Intrastate Pipeline; and Rick Dockter, Ameriprise Financial.
Retail Briefs
Dollar Tree tests higher prices
Dollar Tree started testing higher-priced products in its "Dollar Tree Plus" line last month, to boost sales and offset higher tariffs on goods made in China. The retailer, which has historically priced everything at $1, sources about 40% of its merchandise from China. Forbes (6/18)

Airports are the new malls for luxury brands
Airports around the globe offer a growing array of luxury retail options for passengers with time and money to spend while waiting for their flights. Estee Lauder's airport sales topped its department store revenue for the first time last year. The Wall Street Journal (6/17)

Report: US retailers booked 0.5% sales growth in May
US retail sales grew 0.5% in May from the previous month and April sales were revised upward to 0.3% growth, according to the Commerce Department. May sales were up 3.2% from the same month last year, with increases in 11 of 13 categories including e-commerce, appliances and electronics, sporting goods and books. Reuters (6/14)

Amazon Go grows to 2 NYC locations
Amazon will open a second Amazon Go store in New York City Tuesday, a month after opening its first Manhattan location. The cashierless concept has grown to 13 stores, and the e-commerce giant is reportedly planning to open as many as 3,000 by 2021. CNBC (6/11)

Walmart InHome delivery coming to 3 US cities
Walmart is set to launch an in-home grocery delivery service this fall called Walmart InHome in Pittsburgh; Kansas City, Mo.; and Vero Beach, Fla. Customers who have homes outfitted with smart locks can have groceries delivered by employees wearing body cameras that allow shoppers to watch livestreams of the deliveries. The Wall Street Journal (6/7)

How Bath & Body Works uses aromas to drive mall success
Bath & Body Works stores remain perennial bright spots at malls, with scents that keep drawing customers back to spend money on soaps, lotions and candles. "Millennials are looking for moments of 'self care,' and moments of escape, and beauty and personal care brands are reaping the rewards," said MaryLeigh Bliss of research firm Ypulse. Money magazine (6/4)

Walmart expands education perks to attract younger employees
Walmart will court high school-age employees with perks including free SAT and ACT prep classes and the promise to pay for college through Walmart's "Live Better U" partnership with Guild Education. The offer will build on a previously announced program to help employees who haven't finished college earn their degrees. CNBC (6/4)

CVB Report
Lois RiesCVB Director
In July, the Pierre Convention & Visitors Bureau starts working on the budget and the media calendar for 2020. The CVB has always used different medias for getting the word out about our area. We use TV advertising and social media for many of our events. Fishing and hunting brochures are sent out each year to about 8000 anglers and hunters. SD Tourism continues to be a great partner to us. Through spring and fall Great Getaway ad campaigns we get many leads from people interested in the Pierre Area. So far, we have distributed over 9000 visitor guides this year. We also partner with SD Tourism in their Group Tour Co-op.

Oahe Days was a huge success this past month. Thousands of people enjoyed all of the great festivities in Steamboat Park. Great food, carnival and music from great bands made for an enjoyable celebration of summer on the river.

Continue to greet visitors this summer with enthusiasm and let them know all the great things there is to do in our community. Check out our events calendar on our website - pierre.org. Have a great summer.

2019 Trail of Governor's Unveiling
Membership Report
Katie Johnson, Membership Director
Four years ago, I started Institute for Organization Management at the recommendation of former CEO Laura Schoen Carbonneau. Laura told me it would be a great experience, that I would love Madison, Wisconsin and that I would have 1000+ ideas when I came back after my first year; but I was skeptical. I had never experienced anything as wonderful as what Laura had described. Institute WAS everything Laura said it would be, and MUCH MORE! To give you a little background on 'IOM', their website outlines the program as:

Institute for Organization Management was designed to enhance individual performance, elevate professional standards, and recognize association, chamber of commerce, and other nonprofit professionals who demonstrate the knowledge essential to the practice of nonprofit management. It is the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

Its curriculum, comprised of four week-long sessions, is taught by university professors, industry experts, and leading practitioners in the chamber and association industries. Each session is five days long and is offered at five locations across the country annually; allowing participants to choose which site or time of year best fits their schedule.

I decided I would jump in with both feet, I signed up to organize a class dinner, I volunteered to present in class and shared my stories with strangers. I took a huge leap of faith, and I am happy to report it was worth every bit of anxiety I felt. The professors, industry experts, and class advisors all have great words of wisdom, ideas, and desire to help you and your nonprofit organization be the best it can be.

Fast forward four years, I continued to organize class dinners, I still volunteered in class and shared my stories, but this time with some of the best people I have ever me - my IOM family with whom I graduated! It didn't matter which industry we represent, or what our titles are; we all learned from one another. The amount of knowledge in this group of people is outstanding! My IOM family, my personal Board of Directors, not only has my best interest at heart, but that of our community as well. On June 13th, we ended our four years together with IOM Graduation. It is bittersweet; although we won't be in class together, we have a connection that will bind us for years to come!

I would love to share my experience with anyone who is willing to listen. It has truly been one of the best professional experiences I have ever had. I would like to say thank you to the Pierre Area Chamber Board of Directors for investing in me, and to Laura, for getting the ball rolling!




New Members
Classic Car Wash and Miracle Mile Laundry
1509 E. Wells Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
Self-serve car wash and self-serve laundromat
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
Yes, it happened again! I was at a business when tourists asked the person at the front counter "What would you suggest we see - we're here for a couple days." The answer? "There isn't much to do around here." What?????

Let me give you some ideas!

State Capitol & Grounds - The Capitol has been restored to its 1910 beauty. It is a scaled down version of the Montana Capitol. There is a self-guided tour booklet available. Capitol Lake and the grounds feature a fountain, man-made lake, Fighting Stallions sculpture and WWII memorial, which is a tribute to the 65,000 individuals from South Dakota that were involved in the war.

South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center - The museum houses interpretive displays of the state's history. There is also an archive for genealogists and historians.

Historic Pierre Street - The historical business district has many unique shopping opportunities in old and well-preserved buildings.

South Dakota National Guard Museum - Collections include memorabilia and artifacts of the SD National Guard from 1862 up through the present and the SD Air National Guard from the late 1940s to the present.
La Framboise Island - The Island was named for Joseph La Framboise who built a fur trading post near here in 1817. Several hiking trails are located on the Island and you will find lots of wildlife.

SD Discovery Center - The building, completed in 1933, formerly housed the Pierre Electrical Power Plant and now it has become a fun and interesting family attraction, consisting of hands-on scientific and technological exhibits.

Oahe Dam - The word Oahe means "something to stand upon, a firm foundation." The Dam was dedicated in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy and is one of the largest rolled-earth dams in the world. It is 245 feet high, 9,300 feet long and the width at the base is 3,500 feet. Lake Oahe, created by the dam, stretches 231 miles north to Bismarck, ND, with 2,250 miles of shoreline. Tours are conducted seven days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Oahe Visitor Center & Oahe Chapel - The Visitor Center is open year-round - seven days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day. You can see numerous displays on the Oahe Dam, the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery and the Native Culture. The Oahe Chapel was moved to its present location when the Peoria Bottom was flooded. It had been used as a church and schoolhouse. The services were held in the Lakota language and were not changed to English until 1931. Services are held each Sunday morning from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Fischer's Lilly Park - Located in Fort Pierre at the mouth of the Bad River - that flows into the Missouri River. In 1804 Lewis & Clark encountered the Teton Sioux in this area and there was a confrontation that nearly ended the expedition. But, another of the chiefs intervened and the expedition was allowed to go on.

Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center - A historical museum devoted to the sport of rodeo with memorabilia from many rodeo superstars, including Casey Tibbs. Located in Fort Pierre.

Verendrye Monument National Historic Landmark - The monument, located in Fort Pierre, is in honor of one of the most significant artifacts in US history. In 1743 the Verendrye brothers planted a lead plate on the hill claiming the land for the King of France. The actual Verendrye Plate is at the SD Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

These are only a few of the attractions in Your Own Backyard! I would suggest you post this at the cash registers in your business for your front-line people to see. If we keep those visitors a few more hours or overnight, it means more revenue our area.



 
Chamber Events



Ribbon Cuttings & Open Houses

The Alley Exchange
Congratulations to April Stromer, the new owner of The Alley Exchange, located at 339 S. Pierre Street. April celebrated the announcement with an Open House and Ribbon Cutting on Saturday, June 1.


Marty Jackley with GPNA, LLP
Marty Jackley celebrated the opening of Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson & Ashmore LLP's new Pierre branch at 111 W. Capitol Ave., Suite 230 in the Historic Hyde Building.

Oahe Family YMCA
The Oahe Family YMCA hosted a Ribbon Cutting on Tuesday, June 19 to celebrate the completion of their Phase 1 project.
July Calendar of Events


July 1: Leadership Pierre Application Deadline July 19. Applicants will be notified by August 9, 2019. Contact: Jamie Seiner, 605-224-7361. Application fee - $25 nonrefundable, Tuition - $500 for Chamber members and $650 for non-members
July 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25: Summer Reading Program from June 3rd - July 25th at Rawlins Library, 1000 E. Church St. Contact: Pat Weeldreyer, 773-7421. Free
July 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31: 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.
July 1, 8, 15, 22: Teen Book Club from 1:00 - 2:00 PM at Rawlins Library, 1000 E Church St. Contact: Abby Edwardson, 605-773-7421. Free
July 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31: 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
July 1: Canvasback Art Club from 7:00 - 9:00 PM at Rawlins Library, 1000 E. Church. Contact Bev Letellier, 605-224-7993
July 2: Edgewood Blood Drive from 9:00 - 11:30 AM at Edgewood, 1950 E. Fourth St. Contact: Steve Bass, 605-494-3400. Free
July 2: Volunteers needed at food bank from 5:30 - 7:30 PM at Feeding South Dakota, 20562 Grace Avenue. Contact: Feeding SD, 494-3663
July 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16: Water Exercise at Pierre Outdoor Pool Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 5:45 - 6:45 PM at Pierre Outdoor Pool. Contact: Mindy Cheep, 605-773-7445. Fees: $2 per class
July 2, 16, 23, 30: Professional Skills Training for Childcare Providers from 6:00 - 7:30 PM at Oahe YMCA. Contact: The Right Turn, 773-4755. Free
July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31:  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
July 3: 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
July 4: Fort Pierre 4th of July Rodeo, Parade & 4K Run from 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM at Stanley County Fairgrounds. Contact: Scott Deal, 280-7010. Rodeo Admission: $15.00
July 4, 18: Breast Cancer Survivors from 12:00 - 1:00 PM at Countryside classroom, 200 E. Dakota Ave., Suite 1. Contact: 945-0827
July 4, 10, 17, 24: Capital City Band Concert from 8:00 - 10:00 PM (July 4th from 9:00 -11:00 PM) at Steamboat Park. Contact: Larry Johnson, ljohnson@pie.midco.net . Free
July 6, 7, 8: Border Battle Legion Baseball Tournament at Hyde Stadium
July 6, 13, 20, 27: Capital City Farmers Market from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Corner of Sioux & Coteau. Contact: Lindy Geraets, 605-222-1290
July 6: Canvas & Cocktails from 2:00 - 4:00 PM at Drifters Bar & Grille Patio. Contact: Events@Driftersbarandgrille.com . Please check the Facebook page for details.
July 7, 14, 21, 28: Oahe Chapel Ecumenical Sunday Worship Service from 8:00 - 9:00 AM at Oahe Chapel
July 8, 9, 10, 11: Health: Junior Master Gardener from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at SD Discovery Center. Contact: Rhea Waldman, rheawaldman@sd-discovery.org . Fees: $45, members of SD Discovery Center - $39
July 8: 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
July 9: Think Like An Engineer from 1:00 - 2:30 PM at SD Discovery Center. Contact: Rhea Waldman, rheawaldman@sd-discovery.org . Fees: $25, members of SD Discovery Center - $22
July 9, 16, 23, 30: Common Sense Parenting from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at Oahe Child Development Center, 23017 E Capitol Ave. Contact: Dawn Tassler, 224-3189. Free
July 10: 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)
July 10: Missouri River/Lake Sharpe Cleanup from 5:00 - 8:00 PM at Downs Marina. Contact: Paul Lepisto, 224-1770 or 220-1219. Free
July 10: Jazz and Blues Concert with Joey Leone from 6:30 - 7:30 PM at Rawlins Library, 1000 E. Church St. Contact: Robin Schrupp, 773-7421. Free
July 11: Tales on the River from 7:00 - 11:00 PM at Fort Pierre Moose Club, 910 Deadwood St. Contact: Barb Wood, 605-567-3597. Free, light meal for $5 each
July 13: Childbirth Class from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Avera Saint Mary's Hospital Cafeteria Conference Room. Contact Dawn Tassler, 605-224-3189. Fees: $40 and scholarships are available
July 13: Family Fun Saturday: Flowers in Bloom from 10:00 - 11:30 AM at Cultural Heritage Center, 900 Governors Drive. Contact: Ronette Rumpca, 605-773-6011. Free event and free admission to museum gallery during program hours
July 13: Dueling Duo from 8:30 - 11:00 at Drifters Bar & Grille Patio. Contact: Events@Driftersbarandgrille.com . Fees: tickets - $30, VIP table of 8 - $400 (limited availability)
July 14: Central SD Survivors of Suicide Support Group from 6:30 - 8:00 PM. Contact: Julie Moore, julie.moore@avera.org . Free
July 15, 16, 17, 18: Tech: Engineering - Mechanical Engineering from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at SD Discovery Center. Contact: Rhea Waldman, rheawaldman@sd-discovery.org . Fees: $45, members of SD Discovery Center - $39
July 16, 23, 30: Fort Pierre Farmers Market from 5:00 - 7:30 PM at Deadwood Street. Contact: Lindy Geraets, 605-222-1290
July 16, 23, 30: Tuesday Night Farmers Market Cruise from 7:00 - 9:00 PM at Lily Park. Contact: 605-224-6572. Fees: Adults - $25, Kids 13 & under - free
July 18: Breastfeeding Class from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at Avera Saint Mary's Cafeteria Conference Room. Contact: Dawn Tassler, 60-224-3189. Fees: $10
July 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27: PIERRE PLAYERS PRESENTS: Peter and the Starcatcher at 7:30 PM at Grand Opera House, 109 S. Pierre Street. Contact: info@pierreplayers.com . Fees: Students/Seniors - $13, Adults - $15
July 20, 21: Women's State Softball Tournament at Pierre Softball Complex (Divisions 2-3-4-5)
July 20: 5th Annual Butterfly Festival from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Oahe Downstream Recreation Area. Contact: 605-223-7722. Fees: Free, A state park sticker is required on each vehicle
July 23: Pierre Area Right to Life Meeting from 6:30 - 8:00 PM at Birth Right Facility, 318 South Henry. Contact: Irma LeFaive, irl60@hotmail.com
July 25: "The Rope Warrior" Jump Roping Show from 1:00 - 2:00 PM at YMCA, 900 E. Church St. Contact: Robin Schrupp 773-7421 or Aaron Fabel. Free
July 25: Harley Giveaway Picnic 2019 from 6:30 - 8:00 PM at Steamboat Park picnic shelter. Contact: 224-7361. Fees: $50 per raffle ticket. Each ticket admits 2 people into the picnic (Must show ticket for the picnic)
July 30: Lunch & Learn: 'Transition Planning' from 12:00 - 2:00 PM at Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce, 800 W. Dakota Ave. Contact Jamie Seiner, 605-224-7361. Fees: Free and open to the public. Bring a lunch

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