P ierre Area Chamber of Commerce
September 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 September 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
  
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
Midwest Development Inc.
Montana-Dakota Utilities
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
Anderson Nill & Associates Inc.
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.
RedRossa Italian Grille
Robins Water Conditioning Inc.
Stulken Petersen Lingle Walti & Jones LLP

Bronze Investors - $150
Acorn Trust Company, All Around Graphix, American Family Insurance - Boyd Conzemius Agency, AmericInn Hotel & Suites, Anderson Contractors Inc., Anderson Dentistry, Angel's Salon, Arby's Restaurant, BPRO Inc., Bechtold Thompson Dental Clinic, Black Hills Federal Credit Union, Bob's Lounge, Brakke Financial Services, Butler Machinery Co., Capital Area Counseling Service, Capital City Wine & Spirits, Capital Journal, Central Dakota Eyecare LLP, Century Business Products, Chandlers Inc., Chase Auto & RV, Clausen & Rice LLP, Clubhouse Hotel & Suites, Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Cone Ag Inc., Cowboy Country Stores, DJ's Convenience Store, Dairy Queen, Dakota Radio Group KGFX - KPLO - River 92.7 - 1001.1 The Eagle, Dakota Storm Roofing, Dentistry at the St. Charles, Rick Dockter/Ameriprise Financial, Drifters Bar & Grille, East Pierre Landscape & Garden Center, Envirotech, Feigum Funeral Home, Ferding Electric Inc., Fine Line Auto, Fort Pierre Development Corporation, Fort Pierre Livestock Auction, Foster Rentals, Friman Oil & Gas, Gateway Ford Lincoln Toyota, Governor's Inn, 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, Linn Real Estate, Mad Mary's Steakhouse & Saloon, May Adam Gerdes & Thompson, MicroFix Inc., Midcontinent Communications, Midwest Cooperatives, Moreno & Bachand PC, Morris Inc., Mustang Aviation, Nagel Agency, Northridge Plaza, Northwest Pipe Fittings Inc., Oahe Electric Cooperative, Oahe Federal Credit Union, Oahe Home Builders Association, Oahe Veterinary Clinic, Olinger Law Firm, Olson Plumbing Inc., Palmer Currier & Hoffert LLP, Peitz Heating & Cooling, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company, Pergroup, 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, Runnings, SDN Communications, Servall Uniform & Linen, ServiceMaster of Pierre, Smith Plumbing, S.D. Electric Utility Companies, State 123 Theatre, State Farm Insurance - Becki Potrzeba, Thielen Surveying & Mapping, TMA of Pierre, US Bank, Wheelhouse Plumbing, Willard & Associates Inc., Willow Creek Wildlife, WW Tire Service

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

 

CEO's Report
Jamie Seiner , Chief Executive Officer
Growth can mean many things: accomplishing goals, financial advancements, getting taller (or wider), or business expansion. Most of the time, growth is sought out and celebrated. As far as the communities of Pierre and Fort Pierre go, growth is necessary for our communities in terms of work force, business investment, and sustainability of the life we love.
An important measurement of growth is soon upon us. In 2020, the United States Census will be conducted. Since the first Census in 1790, the method to gather a count of our nation will be approached in the most modern way yet. For the first time ever there will include an online option for responding. In 2020, the Census Bureau will focus on asking residents to self-respond either online, by phone or by mail. Fewer enumerators will be going door-to-door, and it will be more challenging than in decades past to gather an accurate count.
Federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. Communities benefit the most when the Census counts everyone. When you respond to the Census, you help our area get its fair share of the more than $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.
The 2020 Census' demographic information holds exceptional value for businesses by helping them make informed decisions about expansion, product development, marketing, and creating jobs. Developers use the Census to build new homes and revitalize neighborhoods. Local government uses the Census for public safety and emergency preparedness. Residents use the Census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy.
Reduced count will equal a loss in federal funds. For our area, it will mean money not spent on healthcare, education, transportation and, in the long run, funds not streaming into local business. According to the Census Bureau it could amount to nearly $1,500 per person not counted. As the state capitol, our community feels the impact more than other cities if South Dakota's data is accurate.
The results of the 2020 Census can help shape the future of the Pierre and Fort Pierre communities, and there are many ways for individuals, businesses, organizations and others to take part and encourage everyone to respond and be counted. As we continue to strive for growth, let's strive for accuracy in our current reflection of our community. A great way to be Loyal2Local is encouraging everyone to participate and sharing the Census' importance with others.
New Faces, Great Places

The Chamber crew wants to say a very special thank you to Kim Grambihler, our summer intern. We had a great summer and appreciate your hard work. Have a great school year at Dakota State University! We are also excited to welcome Alicia Fabel, our new Administrative Coordinator, to the Chamber staff. Alicia will be sitting at the front desk offering a warm welcome when you visit the Chamber. Stop by and say hi!

Pierre Mayor Steve Harding's Report
If you have been paying attention to City Government operations at all in the last month or so, you'll know we have had some unanticipated projects -namely a sinkhole in Griffin Park.

That sinkhole, caused by a collapsed sanitary sewer line, has diverted staff time, energy, and resources away from other projects the city had planned for this year. Pair that with a wet summer, and we have had to reprioritize what we can get accomplished during this abbreviated construction season.

Here's how the 2019 infrastructure and construction projects are shifting in Pierre.

I'm happy to report, that despite the unusual season, we're on track to accomplish the vast majority of our identified street and utility projects. Of the 23 projects on our list, we expect to have up to 20 completed by the end of the year.

Among others, these projects include street and utility work on Park Street, Sully Avenue, East Sioux Avenue, Buffalo Street, Bushfield Drive, Harrison Avenue and Franklin Street. In the Parks and Rec world, we're also finishing our upgrades to the Oahe Softball Complex, installing a new HVAC unit at the YMCA Aquatics Center, and demolition work has started for the Boys and Girls Club remodel.

Projects that will unfortunately be delayed include underground utility work on Poplar Avenue and the rebuild of one block of Evans Street. We were expecting to lay new sanitary sewer pipe at our wastewater treatment facility; we will pause that until next year.

Yet this year, we do intend to pick up some unscheduled street maintenance work on Seventh Street, between Highway 83 and Grand Avenue.

We are disappointed that we most likely won't accomplish everything we hoped to this season. However, I am very proud of the City staff. This has been a challenging season for sure, and our utility teams have been putting in long hours and working in mostly soggy conditions to make the most of the 2019 construction season.

Here's to hoping Mother Nature tosses us a softball of a fall, so we can continue improving the streets, utilities, and your quality of life!

Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson's Report
I'm not a big fan of social media in general, but I do use Facebook to brag about my grandkids or promote some community event. I was recently surprised to get a "See Your Memories" message containing a FB post I had made on August 16, 2011, about progress on the rebuilding of our home after the flood. It read, "Kitchen cabinets and countertop are re-installed - plumbing tomorrow!"

I'm sure a lot of you who went through the experience are having some of the same flashbacks. Despite the fact that we had just completed an extensive remodeling project (the carpet was so new; it hadn't been vacuumed yet!) we were fortunate that the only damage to our house was self-inflicted. With a forecast of 3-4 feet of water in our house for 100 days, we tried to mitigate the damage by removing everything we had just installed. The residents of Marion's Garden escaped major flooding when the inlet into our canal development was closed off, something no one thought possible.

While the experience of literally ripping out all those new improvements (they don't come out nearly as carefully and precisely as they go in), plugging the drains, relocating the downspouts, and sandbagging the house was traumatic, the assistance we received from friends, family, neighbors and even perfect strangers is what we choose to remember. Our household goods ended up in seven different storage areas, and we honestly didn't know some of the kind people who showed up, packed up our stuff, and drove off with it. We were too shell-shocked to care where it went. (And yes, we eventually found it all.)

We remember the unending job of filling and placing sandbags, focusing on one house at a time on our street, neighbor helping neighbor. I have a vivid memory of driving away from the house after it was empty and surrounded with a four-foot wall of sandbags, wondering what we would come home to. The water was up to our patio in the back and over the curb in the front.

Some of our best memories were made at the hamburger nights at View 34, when a hundred or more residents, displaced by the flood waters, met weekly to share stories and support one another. Many had watched their homes fill with water and could only monitor the damage from the safety of a boat. The first few nights there was a lot of sadness and despair, but as the summer went on, the true character of our friends came through, and it was easy to witness a spirit of "together, we can get through this."

An experience like the 2011 flood can serve as a lesson for the future, and it can also remind us of the goodness and generosity of our neighbors, not just in Pierre and Fort Pierre, but the surrounding community.

Capital City Economy
May 2019
Current Month
Same Month 2018
Percent Change
2019 YTD
2018 YTD
Percent Change
CITY TAX RECEIPTS
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pierre 2%
$611,069
$609,986
0.2%
$3,081,418
$3,159,220
-2.5%
Pierre 1% BBB
$41,586
$41,436
0.4%
$206,978
$210,892
-1.9%
Fort Pierre 2%
$107,393
$90,283
19.0%
$438,226
$414,894
5.6%
Fort Pierre 1% BBB
$10,689
$10,016
6.7%
$43,253
$42,882
0.9%
OCCUPANCY TAX
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pierre BID #1
$18,472
$17,840
3.5%
$84,360
$83,602
0.9%
 
 
AIRPORT BOARDINGS
 
 
 
 
 
 
SkyWest
1,374
820
67.6%
2,506
4150
-39.6%
 
 
DAILY TRAFFIC
 
 
 
 
 
 
Missouri River Bridge
15,264
16026
-4.8%
67,046
68,889
-2.7%
US 14 East of Pierre
3,180
3225
-1.4%
13,168
13,122
0.4%
 
 
CITY OF PIERRE BUILDING PERMITS
 
 
 
 
 
 
Residential:
New Homes
Stick Built - Number
0
2
1
3
   Dollar Amount
$0
$395,000
0.0%
$300,000
$815,000
-63.2%
Other* - Number
1
1
2
1
   Dollar Amount
$70,000
$0
0.0%
$121,900
$0
0.0%
Remodeling
Number
6
8
26
32
   Dollar Amount
$88,575
$283,895
-68.8%
$229,162
$447,196
-48.8%
Commercial:
New Buildings
Number
1
1
3
4
   Dollar Amount
$224,640
$960,465
-76.6%
$995,840
$2,093,112
-52.4%
Improvements
Number
2
1
21
7
   Dollar Amount
$1,330
$4,000
-66.8%
$1,428,164
$1,565,971
-8.8%
Total Permits**
Number
65
120
214
271
   Dollar Amount
$839,108
$2,162,172
-61.2%
$3,991,992
$6,612,351
-39.6%
 
 
HUGHES COUNTY BUILDING PERMITS
 
 
 
 
 
 
Residential:
New Homes
Number
1
0
3
2
   Dollar Amount
$586,000
$0
0.0%
$1,190,000
$460,000
158.7%
Other* - Number
0
0
1
0
   Dollar Amount
$0
$0
0.0%
$122,000
$0
0.0%
Remodeling
Number
11
4
30
12
   Dollar Amount
$107,941
$34,461
213.2%
$433,793
$162,461
167.0%
Commercial:
New Buildings
Number
0
1
0
4
   Dollar Amount
$0
$15,000
0.0%
$0
$19,500
0.0%
Improvements
Number
0
0
1
0
   Dollar Amount
$0
$0
0.0%
$140,000
$0
0.0%
Total Permits**
Number
12
6
38
23
   Dollar Amount
$693,941
$58,419
1087.9%
$2,014,981
$661,419
204.6%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WORK FORCE              
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pierre MiSA***
Total Work Force
12,634
12,522
Total Employed
12,332
12,225
Total Unemployed
302
297
Unemployment Rate
2.4%
2.4%
* 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

Pierre Economic Development Corporation
Job Fair Oct. 21 at State Prison in Springfield
South Dakota businesses are being encouraged to explore the benefits of employing workers with felony convictions by participating in a job fair at Mike Durfee State Prison in Springfield.

The event will take place from 1-3:30 p.m. Oct. 21 in the MDSP Library-Visitors Center. Employers can meet hundreds of potential employees with vocational experience in a variety of fields including auto body and auto mechanics, welding, construction/building trades, and electrical and plumbing apprentices. Many others have experience in truck driving, food service, masonry, road construction, plumbing and electrical.

Employers that provide an ex-offender on-the-job training can get reimbursed a portion of the training costs. Hiring an ex-offender can qualify for a federal income tax credit. For more information on these programs, visit the DLR Job Service website: www.sdjobs.org.

To reserve a table to showcase your business, contact Monica Wepking at monica.wepking@state.sd.us.



Big Idea Competition Challenges Student Entrepreneurs
The Small Business Development Center and BIG Idea Committee in Aberdeen is seeking students to submit entrepreneurship ideas for a chance to win cash and scholarships.

BIG Idea, which runs from Sept. 1 through Oct. 31, is a statewide competition that exposes youth to the possibility of business ownership. Students ideas can be for any type of business they choose to create. It could be an idea for a locally based business or an innovative product or service that a student has identified. Students will submit their business idea at www.BIGideaSD.com.

Application sections that will be required include: Concept Overview (75 words), Product or Service (250 words), Market Opportunity (250 words), Competition (250 words), and Management and Operations (250 words).

Eight ideas will be chosen as finalists and required to make a 6-minute presentation with a visual component. The final competition and awards ceremony will be at Northern State University on Wednesday, Dec. 11. First place will win $1,000 cash and up to $2,000 in scholarships from NSU, Presentation College or the SD School of Mines & Technology. Prizes are offered for up to eighth place plus the categories of Marketing Design, Wellness Award, Food Animal Agriculture and Agriculture Innovation.

To learn more, visit www.BIGideaSD.com or contact Kelly Weaver with GROW SD at kelly@growsd.org or 605-626-2565.
Retail Briefs
Real estate takes notice as US economy flashes warning signs
Real estate fundamentals are still solid, but recent developments indicating a larger US economic slowdown are causing concern to mount in the commercial real estate community. "This is the tenth inning of a nine-inning game -- you realize that one day it's going to end," says Time Equities Chairman and CEO Francis Greenburger. The Real Deal online (New York City) (8/19)

Checkout-free experiences growing in grocery, c-stores
Checkout-free technology is becoming more widespread as Amazon prepares to open 3,000 cashierless stores and other companies eye convenience store and grocery applications. Caper uses a shopping cart with built-in sensors to scan and keep track of purchases, while Grabango has designed a solution that uses shelf sensors. Progressive Grocer (8/16)

Escort policy for minors goes live at Jefferson Mall in Ky.
Jefferson Mall in Louisville, Ky., has been turning away unaccompanied minors after 4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays following complaints from retailers and other customers. "This is something that you're seeing at shopping centers across the nation," says Sarah Robinson, the mall's spokesperson. Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer (Ky.) (8/12)

Mall of America owner makes big bet on American Dream
Mall of America owner Triple Five Group has put 49% of the massive Minnesota retail center up as collateral for a loan on its ambitious American Dream project in New Jersey, according to public documents. Mall of America will still be the country's biggest shopping mall, but American Dream will feature a bigger entertainment lineup including a 16-story ski slope, a water park and a Nickelodeon theme park. Star Tribune (8/11)

In-store purchases preferred for back-to-school shoppers
In-store shopping appealed to 56% of back-to-school shoppers, while 29% anticipated buying items online, according to Coresight. For online back-to-school shopping, 74% of US mothers said they will make purchases on Amazon, while 59% said they will likely place orders with Walmart. Grocery Dive (8/9)
CVB Report
Lois Ries, Convention & Visitors Bureau Director
It has been a busy summer, but it's not too early to start making plans for Rooster Rush in October. We will be doing some fun things again this year. One thing that you should start planning for is the Orange Spirt Day - when businesses and individuals decorate their yards or entryways with hunting displays. Visitors traveling through the city appreciate all the great decorations. Give our office a call and we will come take a picture of your display with your employees on October 15 or October 16. It's a must that you call our office to make that appointment. Other events planned for the Rooster Rush week are meet and greets at the airport to welcome onboard hunters, book readings at the schools, an art show, and be sure to watch Facebook for our Rooster Rush Cocktail Hunt.

We are getting the 2020 Pierre Visitor Guide ready for publication. Over 17,000 guides are printed and distributed. These guides go to: visitors interested in coming to Pierre; rest stops along the interstate; newcomers to the area; conventions and conferences held here; reunions; and at sport shows in NE, MN, WI, IL and MO last year. If you are interested in being a part of this publication give us a call.

Through the Pierre BID, the CVB coordinates which sport shows Pierre will have a presence at. In 2020, Pierre will have a booth at the Wisconsin Sport Show; Lincoln, Nebraska Sport Show; Pheasant Fest in Minneapolis; St. Cloud Sport Show and the Show in Kansas City, Missouri. We have volunteers that run the booths for us at the show. The CVB secures booth space, tables and information for the booth to give out to people interested in the fishing and hunting in the Pierre area.

Remember to give our office a call - 224-7361 for more information on Rooster Rush and all the activities we have planned. Let's have a fantastic fall season.

Membership Report
Katie Johnson, Membership Director
September is my favorite month of the year; the weather is warm during the day, and cool enough to open your windows at night. School is in full swing and the fall schedule is a welcome sight after a summer of fun. Football season has started and hearing the marching band practice in the morning from my house always puts a smile on my face.

Last weekend we covered the state and took two of our daughters to college. Ellie is attending Black Hills State University; it is a beautiful campus, and the perfect place for her to start a degree in Nursing. Grace is a sophomore at SDSU. After interning for the Pierre Trappers this past summer, Grace has decided to change her major to Public Relations and is excited about her future. Addie is a junior at Riggs this year, and it will be different with only 3 of us in the house. I plan to enjoy NOT having a senior this year and prepare for next year.

The 'Imagine This! Tour of Homes' is coming up! The only home tour where you can meet the individuals behind the work in the house you are touring. It is a great way to get inspiration for your future projects and meet the people who can make your idea a reality. Not to mention, local restaurants will be on hand at each house with appetizers; and the Realtors will be offering beverages at each house as well. There are only 125 tickets available for purchase, and as I write this article, there are still some available. If you plan to get a group together to attend, call us right away! To get your entire group on the same bus we will need to know ahead of time. You can book online until August 30th at www.pierre.org, or you can reserve your spot by calling the Pierre Area Chamber 224-7361. Tickets will be sold until they are gone, so get your group together and join the tour!

It won't be long, and Rooster Rush will be upon us! Avera will be hosting the fall Business After Hours at the Helmsley Center on Thursday, October 17th, 4:30-6pm. November brings the Parade of Lights, the tree lighting ceremony and Christmas at the Capitol, and Shop Small Saturday is Nov. 30!

Enjoy the fall, it never lasts as long as we would like it to!



New Members
Bounce Around City & Family Fun Center - New Ownership
1615 N. Harrison- Northridge Plaza
Pierre, SD 57501
605-222-6102
A family fun place to entertain the whole family, indoor activities, birthday parties, off premise rentals, party, meeting or banquet room for rent. 

Del Schuh's Painting Inc.
327 Dacey Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
605-342-2675
We are locally owned and operated. Contractor with over 26 years of experience. No job to small or too big, call us for all of your painResidential and light Commercial Heating and Air Conditioning Sales, Service, and installation. ting needs.

Larry Fry Heating Inc.
2509 E. Franklin St.
Pierre, SD 57501
605-224-9548
Residential and light Commercial Heating and Air Conditioning Sales, Service, and installation.

Nancee Johnson-Dupont Real Estate-Central SD
(605) 280-0945
Contact Nancee for your central South Dakota real estate needs!

The Fieldhouse
2013 Eastgate Ave
Pierre, SD 57501
605-494-0178
Pierre's newest sports bar with NFL direct ticket, and MLB extra innings baseball package. Full bar, limited menu featuring grilled burgers, brats, hotdogs, pizza and other assorted concession fare.
Member Highlights

Please contact Mallory if your business is celebrating something at 
mgordon@pierre.org or 605-224-7361.

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
Getting Unstuck - Crafting a Creative Life
At a recent conference I was at, one of the speakers talked about how we often get stuck in a rut in our lives, and she offered suggestions of how to get up and going again.
  1. Set goals and then look at them - are they aligned with your real passion? Setting goals just for the purpose of setting goals is useless if they aren't what you really want to do.
  2. Play is the highest form of research - this is according to Albert Einstein.
  3. Get a sense of purpose.
  4. Engagements and connections are important.
  5. Put time for creativity on your schedule.
  6. Write, journal, blog.
  7. Dedicate time for your goals. Start with ten minutes a day.
GET UNSTUCK:
  • Start creating habits - HEADS UP - PHONE DOWN!
  • Where does your "work" live - where is your creative space that is just for you.
  • Create your own content for your life - and believe in it.
  • Engage our senses. Music, Sounds, Lavender, Rain.
  • Get out of your head! Do a posture check. Take two minutes to close your eyes, drop your shoulders and breathe.
  • Build. Do projects that sooth you.
  • Reframe thoughts - don't sit in the negative. And, don't let negative people rent space in your head.
  • Get inspired - According to Gore Vidal "The Unfed Mind Devours Itself."
  • There will be times in your life when nothing grows - and that's ok - relax.
  • Collaborate - support others. That support comes back to you in many ways.
  • And, remember. . .if something goes wrong....life will go on.

Chamber Events

Summer Business After Hours
Summer Business After Hours was held on Thursday, August 1 at Richie Z's Brickhouse BBQ & Grille. Attendees had the pleasure of sampling Richie Z's spectacular cooking while mingling with Summer Business After Hours Co-hosts: Marco, Oahe Family YMCA, River City Toastmasters, Edward Jones - Financial Advisor: Carol Gengler and Mefford Agency: Farmers Union Insurance. Thank you to our attendees and our hosts - its was a great night of networking, prizes and more!

Save the Dates!


September Calendar of Events


September 1: Oahe Chapel Ecumenical Sunday Worship Service from 8:00 - 9:00 AM at Oahe Chapel. Final service of the season.

September 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30: 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

September 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30: 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

September 2: Canvasback Art Club from 7:00 - 9:00 PM at Rawlins Library. Contact: Bev Letellier 6005-224-7993

September 3: Volunteers needed at food bank from 5:30 - 7:30 PM at Feeding South Dakota, 20562 Grace Avenue. Contact: Feeding SD, 494-3663

September 4: Mabel's Family Support Group - Alzheimer's & Dementia from 12:00 - 1:00 PM at Edgewood. Contact: Katie Nagle 494-3400. Free to attend, $7 for lunch (please RSVP)

September 4, 11, 18, 25: River City Toastmasters from 12:10 - 12:50 PM at Lutheran Memorial Church, basement conference room. Contact: Brian Underdahl 605-220-1003. Free

September 4: Stanley American Legion Post 20 Monthly Meeting from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at Moose Lodge. Contact: Royce Loesch royceloesch@gmail.com

September 5, 19: Breast Cancer Survivors from 12:00 - 1:00 PM at 415 S. Crow St. Contact: 945-0827

September 5: Grand Opening and Open House - Pierre Area Referral  from 4:00 - 6:00 PM at 110 West Missouri Ave.

September 7-8: Co-Ed State Softball Complex tournament at Pierre Softball Complex

September 7, 14, 21, 28, 31: Capital City Farmers Market from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Corner of Sioux & Coteau. Contact: Lindy Geraets, 605-222-1290

September 7: Family Fun Saturday "Quillwork" from 10:00 - 11:30 AM at the Cultural Heritage Center. Contact: Ronette Rumpca, 605-773-6011. Free.

September 7: Imagine This! Tour of Homes 2019 from 1:00 - 5:00 PM. Contact: 224-7361. Fees: $25 per ticket; includes transportation, beverages and appetizers.

September 8: Oahe Chapel Pie Social from 1:30 - 3:30 PM at Oahe Chapel. Contact: Katie Nelson kate.nelson@state.sd.us . Free will donation

September 9: Stately Stitchers Guild Meeting from 6:45 - 8:45 PM at Lutheran Memorial Church Basement. Contact: Myrna Buckles 605-222-6847. Fees: Guests are free, dues are $12 yearly

September 10: St. Benedict's Guest House Open House from 4:30 - 6:30 PM at 415 S. Crow St., Pierre. Contact: Laurie Allison, laurie.countryside@midconetwork.com . Free.
September 10: Author Talk from 7:00 - 8:30 PM at Cultural Heritage Center. Contact: Dorinda Daniel dorinda.daniel@state.sd.us

September 12: Beck Motor's 50th Anniversary Celebration from 4:30 - 9:00 PM at Beck Motor Company

September 12: Breastfeeding Class form 6:00 - 8:00 PM at Avera Saint Mary's Cafeteria Conference Room. Contact: Dawn Tassler 605-224-3189. Fees: $10

September 13-15: 8th Annual Dakota Western Heritage Festival at Expo Center & Stanley County Fairgrounds. Contact: Gary Heintz 605-280-8938 or Carmen Magee 605-280-8938. Free

September 14: Walk of Hope from 8:15 AM - 12:00 PM at Captiol Lake Visitors Center. Contact: 605-224-3451

September 14: Meal, Music, and Memories on the Missouri at 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM at Lily Park. Contact: 605-224-5939. Fees: Adults - $18, Children 12 & Under - Free

September 14: Rally for Robert from 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM at Izaak Walton Clubhouse. Contact: Marc 222-6727, Marlin 222-9437, or Countryside office 945-0827. Fees: Dice Run - $20, Free will offering for meal

September 14-15: 22nd Annual Stirling Family Memorial Rodeo at Stanley County Fairgrounds. Contact: Julie Stirling Fieldsend 605-261-1720. Free will donation

September 14: Central SD Survivors of Suicide Support Group from 6:30 - 8:00 PM. Contact: Julie Moore julie.moore@avera.org . Free

September 16: Bariatric and Weight Loss Support Group from 7:00 - 8:00 PM at Sanford Clinic. Contact: Angie Bollweg 605-945-5560. Free

September 16, 23, 30: Reading Buddies at Buchanan Elementary School from 12:45 - 1:15 PM. To volunteer call Teri Royer, 605-224-3337 or email teri.royer@avera.org

September 17, 24: Reading Buddies at Kennedy Elementary School from 1:45 - 2:15 PM. To volunteer call Teri Royer, 605-224-3337 or email teri.royer@avera.org

September 19, 26: Reading Buddies at Pierre Indian Learning Center from 10:00 - 10:30 AM. To volunteer call Teri Royer, 605-224-3337 or email teri.royer@avera.org

September 19: Dementia Caregivers Support Group from 6:00 - 7:00 PM at 415 S. Crow St. Contact: 605-945-0827

September 24: Project Connect Day 2019 from 3:00 - 6:00 PM at Faith Lutheran Church. Contact: Denise Albertson or Davis Schofeild 605-773-3181. Free

September 24: Pierre Area Right to Life Meeting from 6:30 - 8:00 PM at Birht Right Facility. Contact: Irma LeFaive irl60@hotmail.com

September 25: Teams 2.0 from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce. Contact: Jamie Seiner 224-7361
For future months, go to www.pierre.org