P ierre Area Chamber of Commerce
 May 2018 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 May 2018 newsletter. We continue to provide a hard copy of this document in the Capital Journal as well.

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

In This Issue
Pierre Economic Development Corporation
2018 Investor List
(from 3/30 to 4/20)
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
Northridge Plaza


CEO's Report
Laura Schoen Carbonneau, CEO

I've been writing this article in my head ever since February 14. That's the day Scott decided to accept an opportunity in Sioux Falls which would start our family's process of change. I've thought over and over about all the things I wanted to say in my last article. Now that it's time to write, I'm finding it hard to put the words on paper. But write I must, because the deadline is approaching...
Many people don't know that it took me three tries to get this job. The first time, I don't think I even made the first round of interviews. The second time, I did interview, but the position was offered to someone else. About a year later, I was at a planning meeting for the Vietnam War Memorial Dedication. Sandi Durick, who was serving as the chamber board president at the time, pulled me aside and asked if I was still interested in the position. It turns out the CEO had decided to leave and the board thought I might be a good fit. That was the beginning. I started on August 7, 2006 and my last day will be May 18, 2018.
It's not always been easy, but I've loved this job. I've enjoyed being part of an organization whose purpose is to help others succeed. In 11 years, there has never been one day exactly like the next. New challenges and new opportunities were at every turn. It has been a wonderful place to create partnerships, develop relationships and find ways to help strengthen the community. And let's be honest, the office didn't hurt. I am confident I've had one of the best views in town!
Over the years I had the opportunity to work with a tremendous staff, board of directors, volunteers and members. I've learned from them, searched for solutions with them and together, we have looked for ways to continuously improve. To me that's what a chamber is really all about. The people, the places, the businesses, the relationships. Thank you for all the experiences and lessons learned. I'll miss you all.
It's hard to leave a community you've come to consider your home... where you got married... had your children and made good friends. We'll miss so much about Pierre and will be forever thankful of our time spent here.
For those of you who are wondering, we have decided to live in Brandon and work in Sioux Falls. As I write this, we haven't found a house yet, but hope to soon! Scott has been on the job since the beginning of March. He is the Vice President of Marketing at First Premier Bank. I recently accepted a position which will allow me to do work similar to what I've done here. My new employers asked me to hold off on a formal announcement until they get a press release out. But it is safe to say this position will allow me to stay connected with the chamber, if even in a small way. My new job starts on June 4.
I'm proud to have served as CEO of the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce. I hope I made a difference.

Worlds Largest One-Day Leadership Conference to be Simulcast in at the Pierre Ramkota on May 4
Leadercast is the world's largest one-day leadership conference, broadcast LIVE from Atlanta and simulcast to hundreds of locations around the world on May 4, 2018. This year marks the eighteenth year of the annual leadership conference and the third year that the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce will be at hosting the event at the Pierre Ramkota.

The theme of this year's conference is, "Lead Yourself." What does it look like to lead yourself? How can you intentionally develop your own leadership skills and style? What qualities do you hope to embody as a leader? In 2018, the Leadercast Live stage will highlight leaders who will answer these questions and explain the power and importance of leading yourself first so you can lead others well.
  •  Companies with ideals of improving people's lives at the center of all they do outperform others by 400%
  • More than 70% of people consider an organization's environmental and/or social impact when deciding where to work
  • Employees that feel they are working towards a good cause show increased productivity by up to 30%
  • People who are able to make a social or environmental impact on the job are more satisfied by a 2:1 ratio 
Leadercast Live will allow attendees and viewers to improve their own personal leadership journey with tips for self-evaluation and self-growth. Top leadership experts will inspire 100 people attending the local event, and the more than 100,000 people who will attend the event live in Atlanta or at hundreds of other simulcast locations in more than 20 countries. Among the leadership experts speaking this year
  • Mae Jemison - NASA Astronaut, Engineer & Physician
  • Ian Cron - Bestselling Author, Psychotherapist, Enneagram Teacher and Speaker
  • Andy Stanley - Leadership Author & Communicator
  • Jim Loehr - Co-founder of the Human Performance Institute
  • Jen Bricker - Acrobat, Aerialist, Author & Speaker
  • Michael Hyatt - Author, Speaker and CEO of Michael Hyatt & Company
  • Care Lohrenz - The First Female F-14 Pilot, Speaker & Trainer 
For years, Leadercast has brought people together and equipped them to become better leaders, managers, community members, and employees. Here is what people have to say about Leadercast:
"With a constantly impressive lineup of speakers and the on-target themes year-over-year (and at such a value), I consider Leadercast a 'can't miss' event," Kalpana OOmmen, Vice President Talent Acquisition, Cox Enterprises & 9-year Leadercast attendee.
"The whole day was interesting from start to finish. It was valuable to hear from leaders from various fields, as each had different perspectives and experiences. I was able to learn from leaders whom I otherwise would not have known of because I was unfamiliar with their work," Katie Booth, Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
"For me, it's a re-charge. For one day I can plug-in, focus on me - my impact, obstacles, and growth opportunities. I love that it is not only a lecture but it's an immersive experience that keeps me engaged...by a multi-sensory approach," Patrick Williams, Marketing Director, SunTrust Bank.
For more information and to purchase your ticket or group tickets to the Leadercast Pierre event, visit www.pierre.org or call us at 605-224-7361.

To find out more about Bassmaster Elite Series at Lake Oahe or the Great Oudoor Festival, go to: www.pierre.org/bassmaster


To sign-up as a volunteer, go HERE

Pierre Mayor Steve Harding's Report 
Now that Spring has finally arrived, so has construction season. At the top of the list this year are several of Pierre's major thoroughfares. You'll want to take note; the construction projects could change your travel patterns.
Orange cones have already started to appear on Harrison Avenue. The section of road between North Tyler and Sunset Drive is being completely rebuilt; we're also resurfacing Harrison from Sunset Drive to North Taylor Avenue. This project is a continuation of the work completed on Harrison Avenue last summer when we rebuilt Harrison from Capitol Avenue to North Tyler. This is a high-traffic street in Pierre, and consequently it requires significant maintenance to keep the motoring public safe.
Work has also already begun on Park Street. Between Grant and Pierce Avenues, Park Street is being completely rebuilt. This includes storm sewer repairs, new curb and gutter, new road base and a new street surface.
Governors Drive is getting a facelift and that dovetails right into work on Fourth Street. Almost the full length of Fourth Street, from Garfield Avenue well past the State Health Lab, is getting a new surface. Construction work is also planned on East Capitol Avenue, Country Drive and Plum Drive.
For construction updates and information about street closures, follow Pierre Municipal Utilities on Facebook or tune into the City Commission Meeting on Tuesday nights at 5:30 p.m. The meetings air live on Oahe TV Channel 8 and Channel 608.
As we say hello to construction season and the improvements it brings to our community, we say goodbye to someone who has worked for many years to improve Pierre all year round. That person is Chamber CEO, Laura Schoen Carbonneau. On behalf of the City of Pierre, thank you Laura, for all you have done for Pierre. Whether you were securing a spot for our City in the Fireball Run television series, helping Pierre make its mark on the MONOPOLY Board, buoying downtown during the construction of Main Street, encouraging all of us to shop local, or luring in anglers from all over the country, you were giving Pierre a boost. Thank you for all you have done -you'll be missed!
Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson's Report
The highest priority identified in the first Healthy Hometown public meeting was establishing a community garden in Fort Pierre, not necessarily because it was the most important issue, but because of the short timeframe involved if we want to harvest produce yet this summer!
A committee of 9-10 people has been working diligently since the meeting in mid-March. We are hopeful that planting can begin before June 1.
The first barrier, as always, is money. There is nothing included in the City budget for a community garden, so any necessary funding will be raised through grants and sponsorships.   But that challenge is balanced by an advantage: it won't be necessary to pay for a lot. There are dozens of vacant lots scattered through Fort Pierre, owned by the Corps of Engineers, which already have water service. A written request has been made for authorization to use one of the lots for a community garden. We have verbal assurance this should be an easy request to grant.
We have identified three locations (all Corps property) scattered throughout town for community gardens, and we will start with one, located between Rose and River Lanes, about a half block from Deadwood Avenue.
The committee considered six different options for beds or plots and settled on raised beds made of 18-gauge galvanized steel, sold locally at Sioux Nation Ag Supply. Once installed, they will require little or no maintenance. There will be 26 beds in this first garden, 4'x'40'x18". The plan includes a 6-foot chain link security fence, and possibly a couple of picnic tables and compost bins.
The Fort Pierre Community Garden Committee is chaired by Ron Schreiner. Please contact him if you are interested in a garden for this year (rent will be $40 to $50 per bed per year to cover water cost) or would like more information. His phone number is 222-9611, email him at ron_schreiner@yahoo.com.

To volunteer for day-of help, sign up  HERE
BID No. 1 Board Welcomes New Member, Elects Officers
Jim Protexter, PEDCO COO
Christina Klinger, an attorney with the May Adam Law Firm, has joined the seven-member Business Improvement District No. 1 board of directors. She will serve a three-year term.
At its April meeting, Brad Reinke with Reinke Gray Wealth Management was re-elected as chairman. John Poncelet, Governors Inn, was re-elected as Secretary. Appointed to another three-year term was Rick Patel, owner of the Super 8 and Baymont Inn & Suites.
The BID No. 1 board meets quarterly to consider proposals for spending the city's proceeds from the local occupancy tax applied to hotel stays. It then makes recommendations to the city of Pierre through the annual budget process or for special public improvement projects.
Earlier this year local outdoor enthusiasts (experts) John Hight, Rick Murray and Paul Marso represented Pierre at five sports shows in the upper Midwest, including the national Pheasant Fest convention in Sioux Falls. The group, who volunteer their time, reported that the shows were well attended and they received questions about good times of the year to come out fishing, the Bassmaster Elite Tournament coming to Pierre, and that there was good interest in finding out about what the Pierre area has to offer.
The Bassmaster event at the end of June is one of the largest single investments by the BID board to date. The national exposure for the Pierre area and Lake Oahe will be tremendous. Volunteers are always needed for these big events. Contact the Chamber if you can help.
Other upcoming events supported by the Pierre BID include the state American Legion varsity baseball tournament in July, youth and adult softball tournaments, and the South Dakota 4-H Rodeo Finals in August.
With very few exceptions, the lodging industry across the state has experienced low occupancy rates compared to the previous year. Initial indications are that 2018 will be better across the state, and in Pierre, thanks in part to the efforts of local BID boards.
The goal of Pierre's BID board is to put more heads in beds, which generates more occupancy tax revenue to support marketing efforts and new or expanded events. More heads in beds means more people in town to support our other retail and service businesses.

Capital City Economy
January 2018 Current Month Same Month 2017 Percent Change 2018 YTD 2017 YTD Percent Change
Pierre 2% $786,273 $744,857 5.6% $786,273 $744,857 5.6%
Pierre 1% BBB $43,591 $54,700 -20.3% $43,591 $54,700 -20.3%
Fort Pierre 2% $76,924 $73,830 4.2% $76,924 $73,830 4.2%
Fort Pierre 1% BBB $8,039 $7,984 0.7% $8,039 $7,984 0.7%
OCCUPANCY TAX            
Pierre BID #1 (Est. 8/2014) NA $17,073 0.0% NA $17,073 0.0%
ADI 882 776 13.7% 882 776 13.7%
DAILY TRAFFIC            
Missouri River Bridge 13,147 12,734 3.2% 13,147 12,734 3.2%
US 14 East of Pierre 2,467 2,321 6.3% 2,467 2,321 6.3%
New Homes
Stick Built - Number 0 0 0 0
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $0 $0 0.0%
Other* - Number 0 0 0 0
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $0 $0 0.0%
Number 4 12 4 12
   Dollar Amount $41,800 $259,539 -83.9% $41,800 $259,539 -83.9%
New Buildings
Number 2 2 2 2
   Dollar Amount $981,147 $250,000 292.5% $981,147 $250,000 292.5%
Number 3 0 3 0
   Dollar Amount $452,000 $0 0.0% $452,000 $0 0.0%
Total Permits**
Number 25 28 25 28
   Dollar Amount $1,506,259 $821,047 83.5% $1,506,259 $821,047 83.5%
New Homes
Number 0 0 0 0
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $0 $0 0.0%
Other* - Number 0 0 0 0
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $0 $0 0.0%
Number 4 1 4 1
   Dollar Amount $104,000 $27,000 285.2% $104,000 $27,000 285.2%
New Buildings
Number 0 0 0 0
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $0 $0 0.0%
Number 0 0 0 0
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $0 $0 0.0%
Total Permits**
Number 4 1 4 1
   Dollar Amount $104,000 $27,000 285.2% $104,000 $27,000 285.2%
WORK FORCE                           
Pierre MiSA***
Total Work Force 12,716 12,933
Total Employed 12,256 12,509
Total Unemployed 460 424
Unemployment Rate 3.6% 3.3%
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
Retail Briefs
NRF survey: US consumers to spend $23.1B on mom this year
About 86% of Americans will spend about $23.1 billion on jewelry, outings and other gifts to celebrate Mother's Day this year, according to a survey from the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. "This year's Mother's Day forecast is one of the strongest we've ever seen," NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. The Columbus Dispatch (4/24) 
Walgreens tests merchandising changes, membership program
Walgreens is testing a program at 17 stores in the Gainesville, Fla., market that includes lower prices, new services and streamlined merchandise selections. The stores are also offering a subscription service that gives members discounts on merchandise and prescriptions and same-day delivery options for a $20 annual fee. Drug Store News (4/21)
Walmart, Target rev up plans for more car-charging stations
Electric car makers are working with retailers including Walmart and Target to add hundreds of vehicle charging stations at their stores. Target has 18 stations at stores in five states and it expects to grow to 100 over the next two years to give more customers a chance to charge their cars while they shop, spokesman Lee Henderson said. Star Tribune (4/23) 
Research: Amazon to take top spot among US apparel retailers
Amazon is on track to become the biggest apparel retailer in the US this year, as millennials shift more of their shopping online, according to research from Morgan Stanley. Amazon currently follows Walmart while Target, Kohl's and T.J. Maxx round out the top five. CNBC (4/19) 
Retail stores are closing at a brisk pace this year
More US stores are shuttering this year and at a pace that could surpass the closures in 2017. CoStar Group says 77 million square feet of closures have been announced thus far in 2018 compared with 105 million square feet for all of last year. Bloomberg Businessweek (4/17) 
Walmart gets more competitive with consumable goods prices
Walmart's prices on consumables have grown more competitive with discounters including Dollar General and Dollar Tree, according to a recent survey from Raymond James. "Our latest survey provides evidence that Walmart is reinvesting some of its tax savings into pricing as part of an effort to grow market share," analyst Dan Wewer wrote. MarketWatch (4/17) 
American Dream complex could debut in 2019
The American Dream entertainment complex and mall in New Jersey is expected to be completed in March 2019, the developer says. Despite numerous delays, more than 450 retailers have signed on at the development, which will include an 8.5-acre theme park and an indoor skiing and snowboarding facility. The Hudson Reporter (N.J.) (4/15) 
US consumers buy more appliances, furniture and cars in March
US retail sales grew by 0.6% in March, the Commerce Department reported. Auto sales led the growth with a 2% jump, while sales of appliances and furniture also were strong. Capital Press Agriculture (Salem, Ore.)/The Associated Press (4/16) 
Sears to shutter final Chicago store this summer
Sears will close its last store in Chicago in July, 93 years after opening its first-ever department store in the city. The retailer closed almost 20% of its stores last year and cut more than 50,000 jobs. Chicago Tribune (4/13) 
Hire with Confidence, Fire Without Fear, Tame Toxic Employees and Put Your Team on the Fast Track to Record-Shattering Success

2018 Business Seminar
"How to Supervise People and Lead a Team"
With Glen Shepard
This is a world class professional development course designed specifically for supervisors on the front line, who directly manage two or more employees. It's for managers who are "in the trenches", like the restaurant manager who can't open tonight because three of his servers didn't show up for work, the dentist who spends as much time dealing with her employees as treating patients, etc.
In this full day seminar, these top 9 modules will be covered:
Module 1: How to Find Good People when the Labor Market is Tight
Module 2: How to Manage, Motivate, and Communicate with Millennials

Module 3: Behavioral Psychology for Managers 
Module 4: How to Do Performance Evaluations
Module 5: How to Reduce Tardiness and Absenteeism
Module 6: How to Motivate People
Module 7: Advanced Supervisory Skills for Managers
Module 8: How to Use Affirmative Discipline to Correct People When They Get Off Track - without Demoralizing Them
Module 9: How to Fire Without Fear
Your Chamber has worked out a great deal for you on the tuition. Managers have paid as much as $1,295 to hear Glenn Shepard speak. You, as a member of the Chamber, may attend this event for only $197, and your 4th company registration is FREE! Non- chamber members tuition is $247. This seminar is approved for 5.00 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute and SHRM.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 3:00
CVB Report
Lois Ries, CVB Director

We are hoping for some warm weather in May. April was a bit cool and too wintery. Everyone is ready for spring. The Pierre Convention & Visitors Bureau will focus the first week in May on National Travel & Tourism Week. The Pierre CVB joins various cities and travel-related businesses statewide to talk about the importance of tourism in South Dakota and to explore the attractions and unique spots in our own back yards. We partner with South Dakota Tourism during the events we have that week.
The Pierre CVB will visit with Laura Schoen Carbonneau and DT Meyer on the KCCR morning radio show on Wednesday, May 2nd. We will visit about all the activities going on this week and also about the events for the summer in Pierre.
On May 3rd, the Pierre CVB will travel to Mitchell, SD for the annual "Lit Swap". The Lit Swap is a great way to drop off our visitors guide for the Interstate Information Centers and to connect with other travel professionals in the state. Over 2500 visitor guides will be delivered to Centers and other communities on that day.
You don't want to miss Leadercast Friday May 4, 2018. This year's theme is Lead Yourself. World-renowned speakers will inspire the leader within you - with insights, enthusiasm and real-world advice you can't do without. Who better to learn from than people who have met the same leadership challenges as you, and to succeed mightily? To register for this incredible event, go to the website: www.pierre.org/leadercast.
Tuesday, May 8, the Pierre Hospitality Committee will meet and discuss the importance of hospitality in our area. We will meet at 3:30pm at the Cultural Heritage Center.
The 10th Annual Incredible Race will take place on Thursday, May 10th. Teams of two will follow clues in a race around Pierre to various attractions and businesses. At each stop, teams will pick up a playing card along with a clue to their next destination. The winning teams will be determined by who finishes first and the best poker hand. We will have airline tickets to Denver as prizes to give away. Pre-registration is required. There is no cost and competition is open to all ages.You will be driving to each destination. Check in is at 5:45pm at the Pierre Chamber of Commerce, start time for the race is at 6:00pm. To register your team, call the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce at 605-224-7361. Deadline to register is May 3, 2018.
We are still in need for volunteers for the Bassmaster Elite Series on Lake Oahe/Great Outdoor Festival June 29 through July 2, 2018. To be a part of this great event go to this link to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/bassmaster/greatoutdoorfest. If you have questions, call the Chamber at 605-224-7361. To stay up to date on event details, visit: http://www.pierre.org/bassmaster/
It looks to be an eventful summer with visitors to Pierre. Greet visitors with enthusiasm and represent the great community that we live in with pride.
Membership Report
Katie Johnson, Membership Director
It is finally warming up and just in time for all of the fun summer events coming up! Ribbon cuttings, Leadercast, the 10th Annual Incredible Race, Graduation, and Business After Hours are just few of the events going on this month!
April and May are big months for Ribbon Cuttings; we celebrated at the Alley Cat Casino, the White Bunny and Fashion RX in April. If you missed these events, I encourage you to stop by these establishments and welcome them to the community! Ribbon cuttings celebrate new businesses, new ownership, and remodels! If you would like to host a ribbon cutting, give me a call today to get it scheduled! Days Inn is the next scheduled ribbon cutting, to be held on Thursday, May 3rd.
Graduation is on my mind this year as my husband and I have our first senior graduating from TF Riggs this month. We have been planning and preparing all year, and feel we are almost ready...for the party anyway. If you don't think our local economy is affected by Graduation, you couldn't be more wrong. Planning this graduation party has made me realize that hotels, gas stations, restaurants, caterers, and all local retail shops benefit from this annual mile-stone. The Pierre and Ft. Pierre communities support our students unconditionally and that has never been more-clear to me than this year - be sure to thank them by shopping local first! Congrats to all the 2018 graduates of TF Riggs and Stanley County!
Business After Hours will be held at Hyde Stadium on May 31st from 4:30-6pm. Come meet the Pierre Trappers, and visit with the chamber members who are co-hosting this event. Clark Engineering, Edgewood Senior Living, First Dakota National Bank, The Oahe YMCA, and Bounce Around City will be-on hand to help kick off the 2nd home game for the Trappers! As always, Business After Hours is open to the public and we welcome everyone to attend! It is going to be a great night of networking and baseball!
And this is just May...it's going to be a FUN SUMMER!

Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies

Movement Mortgage with Stephanie Odden
Movement Mortgage with Stephanie Odden, located at 222 E. Capitol in Suite 17, celebrated opening its doors on March 29, 2018 with a ribbon cutting.

Alley Cat Casino
Alley Cat Casino celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting on April 5, 2018. You can find Alley Cat Casino in the old DMV building accessed through the alley behind Burger King.

The White Bunny
The weather finally cooperated for The White Bunny to host their long-awaited ribbon cutting. The White Bunny is located at 207 E. Capitol in suite 108.

Fashion Rx
Ashley Severyn of FashionRx celebrated her new business venture with a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 26. You can find FashionRx in the Alley Exchange at 339 S. Pierre Street.
New Member
Alley Cat Casino
314 S. Central
Behind Burger King/Alley access
Pierre, SD 57501
Stop by Pierre's newest casino, located in the old drivers license building behind Burger King and check out our HOT machines and COLD beer!

Casey Tibbs "Match of Champions" Bronc Ride to be Sanctioned as PRCA Event
For the first time in its' 25 years, the Casey Tibbs "Match of Champions" bronc ride will be an official Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) event. The event will be held Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the Stanley County Fairgrounds in Fort Pierre.
As the largest American rodeo association in the world, the PRCA endorses particular rodeos across the United States, and as far away as Canada, Mexico and Brazil. Top competitors in each of the circuit rodeo events compete for points at PRCA events held during the year. "The Casey Tibbs 'Match of Champions' will be one of those circuit rodeo events this year attracting the best riders from across the country," said Board Member Bryan Hanson. "Herreid, South Dakota will also host a PRCA event the night before (June 1). Riders will have the opportunity to participate in two PRCA sanctioned events in close proximity." Tickets for the Fort Pierre event will go on sale May 1st.
The top money winners in each PRCA discipline earn a trip to the annual December championship National Finals Rodeo(NFR) held in Las Vegas. The PRCA maintains extremely high standards for the contestants and stock to maximize entertainment, providing the attendees with an enhanced and exciting event.
"We're making it an entire day western and rodeo events," said Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center Director Cindy Bahe. At 3:00 that day, the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center will host a public unveiling of the large Casey Tibbs bronze statue. "Tibbs was a six-time World Champion bronc rider," said Bahe. "This will be the second large outdoor bronze statue to be placed. The first bronze statue of 5-time World Champion Billy Etbauer was set in 2013 and we will place a third bronze statue of 4-time World Champion Clint Johnson next year. Our sculpture garden will highlight the top three bronc riders in South Dakota."
On that afternoon, ranchers can burn their brands on the outdoor timbers and the museum will be open to the public for a reduced admission. A Steak Fry will follow from 5-7pm at the Stanley County Fairgrounds with the Match of Champions Bronc Ride starting at 7pm.
For more information: www.caseytibbs.com or call 605-494-1094.
*Names of the "Match of Champions" riders will not be available until late May.
Featured Article
May Calendar of Events

May 1 - Volunteers needed at the food bank at the Feeding South Dakota warehouse from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Contact information: Russ or Andrew at 605-494-3663 or email andrew@feedingsouthdakota.org 20-30 volunteers are needed for this project.
May 2 - Stanley American Legion Post 20 monthly meeting from 6-8 p.m. at the Moose Lodge in Fort Pierre. There will be a potluck dinner at 6:00 p.m. and a membership meeting at 7:00 p.m. All veterans are invited to attend and enjoy a meal on Post 20 and have fun. Contact: Royce Loesch, Post 20 Commander
May 3 - Blacktooth Brewing Tap Takeover at Drifters Bar and Grille from 4:00 p.m.-10:00p.m.   Contact information: Drifters 605-220-5014                                
May 3 - Breast Cancer Survivors from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Countryside Classroom. Contact number: 945-0827
May 3 - Breastfeeding Class at Avera St. Mary's from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Contact information: Dawn Tassler 605-224-3189 Fees: $10.00 and scholarships are available.
May 3-5 - Pierre Players Present "Cookin' With Gus" at the Grand Opera House from 7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.   Contact information: 605-224-7826   Fees: $15-general admission, $13-general admission student (high school and under) and senior citizen tickets
May 3 - Sandbox Sand Signup Deadline at 5:00 p.m. Contact information: 605-224-7361   Cost: $6 per wheelbarrow load. Orders must be placed by Thursday, May 3.
May 4 - Leadercast 2018-Lead Yourself at the Pierre Ramkota Hotel. Registration is at 8:00 a.m. with sessions from 9:00-4:00. Contact information: Laura Schoen Carbonneau at the Chamber. Fees: $65 for chamber members and $80 for non-members. Price does not include lunch.
May 4 & 5 - City-Wide Garage Sale.
May 5 - Sandbox Sand Delivery from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. in the Pierre/Fort Pierre area. Must have been signed up by Thursday, May 3.
May 5 - Save a Stray 5K Fiesta Color Run Stray 5K Color Run from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Steamboat Ampitheatre. Contact information: Jen Uecker   605-295-0288
May 5 - Capital City Farmer's Market from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the public parking lot on the corner of Sioux Avenue and Coteau Street, one block east of downtown Pierre. Contact information: Lindy Garaets  605-222-1290
May 5 - Sibling Readiness Class from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. at Avera St. Mary's Hospital. Contact information: Dawn Tassler   605-224-3189   Fees: $5.00 and scholarships are available.
May 5 - Cinco de Mayo Beer Yoga at Drifters Bar & Grille hosted by The Andrea Royer Studio from 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.     Fees: $15 for class; beer, wine and cocktails available for purchase from bar.
May 5 & 6 - Horse Races at the Stanley County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 11:30 a.m., post time is 1:00 p.m. rain or shine.   Entrance Fee: $1
May 5 - PYP Kentucky Derby Progressive Dinner from 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. at Richie Z's, Chops, Pub 34 and Bill of Rights Brewery.    Fees: $30 each, or 2 for $20.  Contact: contact@pierreyoungprofessionals.com   Buy tickets online HERE
May 5 - Cahal Dunne-The Pierre Concert Series at the Lutheran Memorial Church from 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Contact information: 605-224-7909   Fees: Admittance is by season membership only. Memberships may be purchased at the door at each performance.
May 7 - Canvasback Art Club monthly meeting from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at Rawlins Library. Contact: Bev Letellier   605-224-7993
May 8 - Chamber's Hospitality Committee Meeting in the Chamber Board Room from 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
May 9 - Essential Safe Practices for Seniors and Medications at Edgewood from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Contact information:   Kim Brakke 605-494-3400 Fees: free! Please RSVP by May 7th by calling   605-494-3400.
May 10 - Free rides for seniors to the pot-luck luncheon at the Pierre Senior Citizen Center at 12:00 p.m. every Thursday through May. Contact information: Brett   605-945-2360           Fees: free
May 10 - 10th Annual Incredible Race and Poker Run from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Check-in at 5:45 at the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce, start time is 6:00 p.m. Contact information: 605-224-7361   Fees: free
May 11 & 12 - 2018 Pierre Volunteer Fire Department Rumble on the River at Down's Marina. May 11th check-in starting at 4:30 p.m. and mandatory rules meeting at 6:00 p.m. May 12th-boat check in at 6:00 a.m. with launch at 7:00 a.m. Fees: $100.00 per 2-3 person boat. For an extra $10 your team can be entered in the "BIG fish" contest. Contact information: Anna McCarthy 605-222-8035
May 12 - Pierre School District 5K Run/Walk from 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the Steamboat Amphitheatre. Registration-8:00 a.m.-8:45 a.m. with the walk/run starting at 9:00 a.m. Contact information: Jessica Carr at Georgia Morse Middle School. Fees: $10 if preregistered by April 27 (t-shirt guaranteed) $15 April 28-the day of the event (t-shirt not guaranteed).
May 12 - Boy Scout Rummage Sale Fundraiser from 7:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church Trinity Community Center, 117 N. Central Ave.. All rummage sale donations will be accepted Friday, May 11 from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.   Contact: Brian at (605) 494-0351 or Joan at (605) 224-0252
May 13 - Mother's Day Brunch Buffet at Drifters Event Center from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Contact information: Drifters 605-220-5014
May 13 - Fresh Roses for Mother's Day from 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. on the corner of the China Buffet and at Guadalajara's Mexican Restaurant. Contact information: Betsy 909-441-0919   Cost: Prices may vary depending on quantity.
May 13 - Mother's Day Riverboat Cruise from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Boarding at Lilly Park in Ft. Pierre. Boarding begins at 2:00 p.m. Contact information: Book online at www.sdriverboats.com  or contact Captain Caleb at 605-222-4149   Cost: Adults-14 and older-$20 per person, Kids-13 and younger-free
May 14 - Central SD Survivors of Suicide Support Group from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Monthly locations TBA   Contact information: Julie Moore @ Avera.org   Fees: no charge
May 14 - Stately Stitchers Guild Meeting from 6:45 p.m.-8:45 p.m. at Lutheran Memorial   Church basement. Social time is 6:45 p.m., meeting starts at 7:00 p.m.   Contact: Myrna Buckles 222-6847   Fees/admission: no fee to attend as a guest, when you join the guild dues are $12 per year.
May 17 - Wish Laura Schoen Carbonneau good luck & farewell at the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce Community Room from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
May 17 - Dementia Care Partner Support Group at 200 E. Dakota, Suite 1 from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Contact information: Countryside Hospice Support and Memory Center 605-945-0827   Fees: free
May 17 - Breast Cancer Survivors at the Countryside Classroom from 12:00 P.M.-1:00 P.M. Contact information: 605-945-0827
May 18 - Land and Water Rights Seminar at the Ramkota in amphitheater 1 from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.     Contact: Capital Journal 605-224-7301       Fees: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Tickets available at the Capital Journal
May 21 & 22 - Pierre Players Auditions: "Guys and Dolls" at the Grand Opera House at 7:00 p.m. Contact information: Director Brad Steckelberg   605-376-9881
May 22 - Pizza Ranch Fundraiser from 5:00p.m.-8:00 p.m. The Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary will be busing tables with all proceeds to be used for our veterans and their families. Contact information: Pater Sterling, Commander Oahe Unit 18 Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary   605-280-0770
May 24 - Hughes County, Pierre City Commission, and District 24 GOP Candidate Forums from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. in the Community Room at the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce. Contact information: 605-224-7361 Fees: free to the public
May 24 - Junior Achievement Golf Scramble Fundraiser at Hillsview Golf Course from 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.   Lunch and registration at 12:00 p.m. Shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. Contact information: Rachel Petersen   605-336-7318   Fees: Team sponsorship $260-includes 4 golfers per team, green fees & cart included, lunch provided.   Hole sponsorship: $75, includes marketing opportunity and advertising on the golf course.
May 31 - Spring Business After Hours 2018 at Hyde Stadium from 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Contact information: Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce 224-7361   Fees: free

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