P ierre Area Chamber of Commerce
 September 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 September 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
2018 Chamber Board of Directors
Executive Board
Bryan Beck - President
Beck Motor Company
Jennifer Anderson - President Elect
Anderson, Nill, and Associates
John High - Vice Presient
Crooked Creek Outfitters
Steve Bass - Secretary
Edgewood Senior Living
Meredith Lee - Treasurer
Lee Real Estate
Melissa Puepke - Past President
First Dakota National Bank
Board Members
Thomas Allerdings
Clubhouse Hotel & Suites
Angie Bollweg
Sanford Health
Paul Bowen
Slumberland Furniture
Michael Holland
Avera St. Mary's
Russ Hoffelt
Feeding South Dakota
John Clark
Capital Journal
Kim Larson
Farm Credit Services
Kristie Maher
South Dakota Discovery Center
Dan Park
Dennis Rounds
Ex-Officio Members
Mark Anderson, PEDCO President
Pierre Mayor Steve Harding
Ft. Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson
Pierre Economic Development Corporation
2018 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.

Silver Investors - $300
Clark Engineering
Bronze Investors - $150
Prairie Pages Bookseller LLC


CEO Report
Jamie Seiner, CEO

Where did the summer go? Each year summer seems to fly by faster and faster. While we will miss the summer weather along the river, there will be no shortage of fun things to keep everyone busy as we head into fall.
September is a very exciting month for the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce! We are kicking off our inaugural year of the newly revamped Leadership Pierre program. The Class of 2018-19 has been selected and is an impressive group of 15 individuals. Each one has earned their spot on this educational adventure to learn more about what makes the Pierre area so unique. They will be presented opportunities to develop their passion for the area and will be encouraged to continue to take on leadership opportunities, facilitating change and progress in our community. I want to thank the Leadership Pierre Steering Committee that took on the challenge of developing the curriculum for each session and who will see it through its first year of success. Next year, this class will be tasked with planning and organizing the curriculum for the following year's class. Please see the listing of the Class of 2018-19 within this newsletter and join me in congratulating them on being selected!
As seasons change we are planning big things among the Chamber staff and Board of Directors. On October 2, 2018, at 4pm we are eager to make a big announcement to the community. The Chamber of Commerce will be holding an open house with a door prize that will allow one lucky winner a table of eight at our Annual Celebration on December 13th. Invite friends or colleagues and watch the Chamber present our 2018 awards and be entertained by the Divas Through the Decades. We can't wait to make our big announcement and we really want to see you there! Extra entries for the door prize will be given out if you invite a non-chamber member to join you.
Be sure to visit the chamber website www.pierre.org for details about the events taking place throughout our community.
Pierre Mayor Steve Harding's Report

Pierre is no different than the rest of the state -at least when it comes to sales tax receipts this year.
Most communities, including Pierre, are seeing pretty modest sales tax gains. As we head into our budget season, that means we're taking a conservative approach. My intent is to focus on our immediate needs with a special emphasis on taking care of our infrastructure, our buildings, and our equipment.
Since taking office, my guidance has been to first take care of what we have. And this year, that's exactly how I intend to focus the budget. If we were flush with cash, there are all kinds of new and exciting ventures that could be really fun for Pierre. Given, our budget situation this year, we're going to keep things very practical!
Now, thanks to the Bassmaster Elite Fishing Tournament and Oahe Days, we do anticipate that'll we'll see a noticeable bump in tax receipts once the July revenue is reported. I'm hopeful that will give us some additional budgetary breathing room. Additionally, the fall hunting season is generally a bright spot for visitor spending in Pierre.
Aside from funding government operations, the City budget traditionally provides some financial support for outside agencies. These are local non-profits like Capital Area Counseling, River Cities Transit and the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce.
By Oct. 1, we will have the City's 2019 budget finalized. Between now and then, you'll hear us providing updates at Commission Meetings, and we'll have public notices posted for our Special Budget Work Sessions. I encourage you to get educated on the financial state of Pierre. I also encourage you to shop local. Spending your money in Pierre will support our local businesses and, in turn, help improve the City's budget and our ability to provide you with the services you expect from us.
Regardless of how the final 2018 numbers look, through Commission and City staff ideas and suggestion, we will build a balanced budget that builds our reserves and provides quality service to our community members.

Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson's Report
Fort Pierre will wrap up our fun-filled summer with a tried and true partnership: Dakota Western Heritage Festival and Stirling Family Ranch Rodeo. This is the 7th year for the Dakota Western Heritage Festival, while the Stirling Family Ranch Rodeo will celebrate its 21st annual event.
The festival kicks off on Friday, September 14, with a traditional one-day wagon train/trail ride led by wagon masters Willie Cowan and Maynard Wagner. You will be back at the Fairgrounds in plenty of time for a delicious steak supper hosted by the Hayes Fire Department. Serving begins at 5:00.
On Saturday, September 15, the Expo Center doors will open at 8:30. All activities during the day are free to the public. See some great demonstrations, be entertained by musicians, poets and other presentations on the Freedom Stage, and shop with some talented artisans and unique vendors. South Dakota saddlemakers are being featured this year.
The Expo Center doors will close at 4:30 to prepare for the Cowboy Concert, which gives you a perfect opportunity to head across the parking lot to the Stirling Ranch Rodeo Supper under the grandstands (free will offering). Then you won't want to miss the concert at the Expo Center at 7:00, featuring cowboy poet RP Smith, and musicians Trinity Seely and Jared Rogerson (Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door).
On Sunday, attend Cowboy Church at 8:30 a.m., followed by a free will breakfast hosted by the Pierre Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol. Activities continue during the day at the Expo Center, and the Stirling Family Ranch Rodeo begins at 11 a.m. This is not your typical rodeo with professional contestants, but working cowboys and cowgirls competing in events that could take place any day on a ranch: calf branding, wild cow milking, range doctor/trailer loading, and bronc riding. But perhaps the most significant aspect of this rodeo is that all proceeds go to assist families and individuals fighting cancer.
Want more information?
Dakota Western Heritage Festival: Gary Heintz, 605-222-0079 or Carmen Cowan Magee, 605-280-8938.
Wagon Train/Trail Ride: Willie Cowan, 605-280-1021
Stirling Family Ranch Rodeo: Sandy Sivertsen, 605-870-2472 or Brett Stirling, 406-794-8503, www.stirlingfamilyranchrodeo.com.

Department of Labor Wants You to Know:
Employment Specialist Position Created
The Department of Labor and Regulation will be hiring an employment specialist to help Capitol University Center increase student awareness about career opportunities in central South Dakota.
"Our employment specialist will have offices at both Job Service and CUC and work closely with the T.F. Riggs and Stanley County school districts and local businesses," says Pierre Job Service manager Mark Anderson. 
The employment specialist will help businesses create work experiences, work with students on soft skills, monitor students and promote job openings.
Applicants interested in the employment specialist position may apply at http://bhr.sd.gov/ searching Job ID # 10510.
Apprenticeship Incentive Funding Available
The Department of Labor and Regulation now has grant funding for up to $30,000 to help businesses offset the initial start-up costs when developing a new apprenticeship program. Applications will be accepted from Aug. 1 through Oct. 19.
"We recognize there is considerable effort required to start a new apprenticeship," said DLR Secretary Marcia Hultman. "This funding will offset some of the initial costs incurred by a business to increase the number and variety of apprenticeship opportunities available."
Funding priority will be given to programs offering training in information technology, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, business services, hospitality, utilities and agriculture. Programs designed to increase engagement for under-represented populations will also be given priority.
DLR was recently awarded an $847,000 State Expansion Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor's ApprenticeshipUSA program. The goal is to add 200 active apprentices by fall 2020.
For more information, visit StartTodaySD.com.
Check National Guard For Your Next New Hire
At some time, every employer is faced with filling a position in their operation. Ideally, this person is multi-skilled, trustworthy, drug-free and able to adapt to various situations. All of these attributes and more are found in National Guard Service members and their families.
The National Guard Employment Support Program (ESP) helps bridge the gap between employers and South Dakota National Guard affiliated job seekers so each can find the best fit. The program is supported by a Program Support Specialist who can develop relationships with potential employers for current or future job openings, develop job search plans, translate military skills and more.
In an effort to target employment opportunities to SDNG job seekers, the ESP provides an opportunity for civilian employers to post their job openings on the SDNG website. In addition, the Program Support Specialist will forward any new job openings weekly to interested candidates with an exceptional number of highly sought after skill sets.
Here in South Dakota there is a pool of potential employees who are able to work under pressure, understand diversity and have developed leadership skills that are valuable to civilian employers. Tap into this resource and consider hiring a National Guard member today.
For more information, contact Sheri Bartunek, SD Program Support Specialist, at (605) 737-6011 or sherlyn.j.bartunek.ctr@mail.mil.
Capital City Economy
May 2018 Current Month Same Month 2017 Percent Change 2018 YTD 2017 YTD Percent Change
Pierre 2% $609,986 $620,413 -1.7% $3,159,220 $3,098,679 2.0%
Pierre 1% BBB $41,436 $42,291 -2.0% $210,892 $216,613 -2.6%
Fort Pierre 2% $90,283 $96,927 -6.9% $414,894 $428,959 -3.3%
Fort Pierre 1% BBB $10,016 $10,304 -2.8% $42,882 $45,478 -5.7%
OCCUPANCY TAX            
Pierre BID No.1 $17,840 $18,318 -2.6% $83,602 $84,727 -1.3%
ADI 820 917 -10.6% 4150 4,114 0.9%
DAILY TRAFFIC            
Missouri River Bridge 16026 16,222 -1.2% 68,889 72,875 -5.5%
US 14 East of Pierre 3225 3,122 3.3% 13,122 13,685 -4.1%
New Homes
Stick Built - Number 2 2 3 4
   Dollar Amount $395,000 $526,000 -24.9% $815,000 $1,054,203 -22.7%
Other* - Number 1 4 1 18
   Dollar Amount $0 $118,000 0.0% $0 $706,000 0.0%
Number 8 12 32 38
   Dollar Amount $283,895 $157,199 80.6% $447,196 $626,088 -28.6%
New Buildings
Number 1 1 4 3
   Dollar Amount $960,465 $1,069,148 -10.2% $2,093,112 $3,365,151 -37.8%
Number 1 2 7 18
   Dollar Amount $4,000 $17,410 -77.0% $1,565,971 $531,530 194.6%
Total Permits**
Number 120 115 271 305
   Dollar Amount $2,162,172 $2,389,200 -9.5% $6,612,351 $7,936,610 -16.7%
New Homes
Number 0 0 2 1
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $460,000 $270,000 70.4%
Other* - Number 0 0 0 1
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $0 $11,000 0.0%
Number 4 2 12 5
   Dollar Amount $34,461 $405,255 -91.5% $162,461 $529,255 -69.3%
New Buildings
Number 1 0 4 0
   Dollar Amount $15,000 $0 0.0% $19,500 $0 0.0%
Number 0 0 0 1
   Dollar Amount $0 $0 0.0% $0 $270,000 0.0%
Total Permits**
Number 6 4 23 17
   Dollar Amount $58,419 $471,255 -87.6% $661,419 $1,296,775 -49.0%
WORK FORCE                           
Pierre MiSA***
Total Work Force 12,652 12,846
Total Employed 12,349 12,512
Total Unemployed 303 334
Unemployment Rate 2.4% 2.6%
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
Survey: IKEA, Ace Hardware win in the home category
Americans prefer IKEA for furniture, followed by HomeGoods, Target and Bed Bath & Beyond, according to a Market Force survey that ranks retailers on categories including store layout, customer service and merchandise variety. Ace Hardware won with consumers in the hardware category, followed by Menards and Lowe's. MediaPost Communications (8/21)
Walmart applies for VR patents for online shoppers
Walmart has filed two patent applications for virtual reality technology that would allow customers to shop virtual showrooms and 3D versions of Walmart stores from home. Users would wear headsets and sensor gloves to virtually stroll store shelves and select items to be shipped from fulfillment centers. Advertising Age (8/17)
Report: Good Q4 possible for small retailers
Retail sales grew 6.4% in July over the previous year, with specialty merchandise retailers in electronics, clothing and furniture reporting between 3.5% and 6.4% growth, per the US Commerce Department. Though tariffs are a concern, experts believe small and independent retailers will see a positive fourth quarter, and a Commerce Department report concurs with their assessment. The Associated Press (8/20)
NRF raises forecast for 2018 retail sales growth
Retailers fared better than expected in the first half of the year amid higher consumer confidence and low unemployment, prompting the National Retail Federation to raise its forecast for 2018, NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. The forecast now calls for sales growth of at least 4.5% this year, up from an earlier prediction of between 3.8% and 4.4%. CNBC (8/13)
Report: Walmart best at attracting pet owners to shop
Walmart wins over more customers from pet-owning homes than other national retailers, according to a report from Packaged Facts. Walmart's perceived advantages in pricing along with convenience and available brands helped it win over pet owners, according to the report. Supermarket News (8/10)
CVB Report
Lois Ries, CVB Director

This fall I will present our plans for the budget to the Pierre City Commission. We have had a successful year.
In 2018 we did the following:
  • American Bus Association
  • Co-p marketing with SD Tourism
  • This year we welcomed the Boys State Varsity Hockey Tournament, SD Republican Convention, Middle School All State Band and the ESD Track Meet in Pierre. In addition to the Dark and Pool Tournaments. We also welcomed visitors from France through a familiarization tour put on by SD Tourism.
  • Several baseball tournaments during the summer months including the Legion State Championship in August.
  • The Trappers played their inaugural year. What fun that has been. This league is a summer wood bat collegiate baseball league playing teams in Aberdeen, Spearfish and Rapid City in South Dakota. Other states with teams would be North Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska and in Manitoba. This is another great avenue of getting people to Pierre.
  • Mailings to anglers and hunters
  • Visitor Guide - 20,000 guides were given out this year to people interested in our area.
  • Several tour groups will be coming to Pierre in 2019. We help those groups out with lodging and attraction information - we create itineraries, greet the tours and help with step-on guides. We will also do the Rocky Mountain International meeting.
Our office is very hands-on with the Pierre Business Improvement District.
  • The CVB also provides assistance for the marketing side of the BID. We have worked with South Dakota Tourism and Lawrence & Schiller and started ad campaigns for the peak season in Pierre and are working on the marketing program for the shoulder season. This will include articles, video and mobile displays, banners and retargeting social media. We attract Bucket Listers in the markets of Southwest Minnesota, Northwest Iowa and Omaha. We will also do a test market in Denver. The CVB handles the small grant money to groups interested in holding their events in Pierre. Such groups this past year were Winter Fishing Weekend, State Legion tourney reception, Cannonball Run event and SD 4H Finals Rodeo. We also do the correspondence and organize presentations for the large grant monies. This year that included Women's Slow Pitch of SD, Power Surge Tournament and the Oahe Softball Association. This past winter we coordinated 5 sport shows that Pierre had a booth at. They included shows in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and at Pheasant Fest in Sioux Falls. These are hunting/fishing shows. We will continue this in 2019.
  • Through the Pierre BID we were able to secure the Bassmaster Elite Tournament. The event was held June 29 through July 2. This was our chance to showcase our community as a premier bass fishing destination. The goal of the Bassmaster Elite is that we not only hold a great tournament, but that folks who follow the coverage of the tournaments will fish and vacation in our community in years to come. B.A.S.S. projected that more than 11,000 fans turned out in Pierre for the Friday through Monday tournament. Those numbers include not only fans at the weigh-in, but people that were at the launch in the morning and people that attended the Great Outdoors Festival. During tournament week, June 26-July 3, Bassmaster coverage of the event drove over 1.1MM visits, 745K unique visitors and more than 10.1MM page views. Video coverage drew more than 358K video views. Bassmaster LIVE coverage collected 168K video plays totaling over 4.5MM minutes of viewing time. The weigh-in streaming coverage was played more than 71K times which amounted to over 1.1MM minutes of viewing time. During the week of the tournament, B.A.S.S. social medial channels collectively generated over 3.8 MM total impressions and 315K video views which resulted in more than 90K engagements (likes, comments, shares and retweets). This event was televised on August 4.
It is very important to get in front of people and tell them that Pierre is open and ready for business. Our hunting and fishing is the best ever. Our attractions, eateries and lodging are ready to show off what a great community we have.
The marketing dollars spent by the Convention and Visitors Bureau has a direct impact on our local economy. The money invested now with the CVB will build the dollars spent in the community in the years to come.
Membership Report
Katie Johnson, Membership Director
Traditionally, September's newsletter is about 'Back to School.' As I sit down to write this, my husband and I are preparing to take our oldest daughter, Grace, to Phoenix, Arizona where she will be a Freshman at Grand Canyon University! Where did the time go? I was warned when she was little that 'time would go by so fast'. I was told 'enjoy the terrible two's and the teenage shenanigans because before you know it, they will be grown up'.
As many parents know, the journey with your first child going to college really starts at the end of their junior year in high school. ACT's, senior pictures, choosing a post-high school, trade school, college or career. Not to mention the beginning of the lasts... last football game, last basketball game, Senior/Parent Party, last prom, the list goes on. We will miss Grace being in the house, sitting in 'her' spot at the kitchen counter - I might even miss doing her laundry.
Our drive to Phoenix will be long; we have decided to detour to see some sights along the way. Monday, Grace will move into her dorm with her 3 roommates, whom she has met through GCU, and start a new chapter in her life.
My husband and I have another senior in high school this year. We will start the same process with Ellie that we did for Grace. Luckily for us, Ellie has sights on a South Dakota university, so she won't be so far away next fall. Addie, our youngest, is a sophomore this year and we are thankful she will be around for a few more years before we become empty-nesters.
Many of you know I lost my dad this past July. It was too soon and we weren't ready. Bob Hartford was my mentor and the person I looked to for advice on many issues - especially before I met my husband. When I told dad that Grace wanted to go to AZ for college, his response was 'why not', he too was not a fan of cold winters. I know that dad was proud of all of his grandkids and will keep a watchful eye on all of them.
Thank you for letting me share a glimpse of my life. I hope wherever you are in your life's journey, you can wake up every morning and be thankful for the sun on your face! Thank you for your membership and for your friendship!

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Chamber Events

Massage by Michelle
Massage by Michelle, located in the St. Charles building, held a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate her grand opening in the Pierre Area.

CACS Ground Breaking
Capital Area Counseling Services celebrated the start of construction on their new building with a Ground-Breaking ceremony on Monday, August 13.  


Ag Tour 2018
The Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce Agri-Interest Committee hosted the 2018 Ag Tour on August 1, which took 35 attendees to the Rilling Produce farmland. The purpose of the annual Ag Tour is to continue to recognize the importance of agriculture in our local economy and regional heritage. The tour was a huge success thanks to Mark Rilling and crew, Richie Z's Brickhouse BBQ & Grill, and Forell Limousine & Bus Service - Thank you for your community involvement. Also, thank you to our sponsors: BankWest, Dakota Prairie Bank, Farm Credit Services of America, and Wegner Auto - we appreciate your community support!
September Calendar of Events

September 2: Oahe Chapel Ecumenical Sunday Worship Service. Chapel is located approximately four miles north of Pierre on SD Highway 1804. Service at 8 am -9 am CDT. This is the last service of the season and is hosted by the Pierre/Fort Pierre Ministerial Association and the Oahe Chapel Preservation Society.
September 3: Canvasback Art Club, meeting 7 pm - 9 pm CDT, Rawlins Library 1000 E. Church St. Pierre SD. Contact Bev Letellier 605-224-7993 for more information.
September 4: Volunteers needed at food bank to pack senior boxes, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm CDT, at the Feeding South Dakota, 20562 Grace Avenue, Pierre SD. Check out website for more details at: http://feedingsouthdakota.org/how-to-help/donate-time/ or call Russ or Andrew at 494-3663.
September 5: Stanley American Legion Post 20 Monthly Meeting, 6 pm - 8pm CDT, Moose Lodge, 910 N. Deadwood Street, Fort Pierre SD.
September 6: Breast Cancer Survivors, Countryside Classroom, 200 E. Dakota Ave. Suite 1, Pierre SD. Call 605-945-0827.
September 6: Drifters Summer Patio Sessions - live music by Zac Elliot, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm CDT. Free
September 7: Jim Perry Magic, 6 pm- 9 pm CDT, Ramkota 920 W. Sioux Ave, Pierre SD. Laughs, Wonders & Illusions will be presented. Silent and Chinese auction, begins at 6 pm followed by magic show. $20 advanced tickets, $25 at the door, proceeds benefit Pierre Area Referral Service. Email, Lizette Hunt at http://www.pierreareareferral.org/ for more information.
September 8: Walk of Hope, 8:15 am - 11 am CDT, Capitol Lake Visitors Center, Pierre SD. Coming together for suicide prevention. All proceeds support statewide & local suicide prevention/survivor support. Remembrance Ceremony will take place immediately after the walk/run. Call 605-224-3451 for more information.
September 8: Riding for Robert 11 am - 4 pm CDT, American Legion, Pierre SD. A 136 mile motorcycle dice run to benefit the Pennies for Robert Bed & Breakfast fund providing travel and lodging for local cancer patients. For more information contact Marc Hoelscher 222-6727 or Holly Hoing, 945-0827.
September 8: Country 95.3 presents The Riverfront Concert Series featuring Kasey Tyndall, 5 pm - 11:55 pm CDT, Silver Spur, Fort Pierre SD. Jessica McClintock will op at 6 pm with Kasey Tyndall starting at 8 pm. Advanced Tickets are $20 or $25 day of show. Tickets can be purchased at Riverfront Broadcasting Studios, The Silver Spur, Lynn's DakotaMart, 1st Dakota National Bank, Grey Goose Restaurant, Graham Tire and online at todayskccr.com.
September 10: Stately Switchers Guild Meeting, 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm CDT, Lutheran Memorial Church Basement, 320 E. Prospect Avenue, Pierre SD. Quilters of all ages and levels come together for friendship and enjoyment. For more information contact Myrna Buckles 605-222-6847.
September 11: Living with Alzheimer's Series- Part 2 - Middle Stages, 12 pm - 1 pm, Edgewood Pierre, 1050 East Fourth Street, Pierre SD. Please join us for the second in a three-part series, "Living with Alzheimer's". Complimentary lunch will be provided but please RSVP by Friday, September 7th by calling Kim Brakke 605 494-3400.
September 11: Chamber's Hospitality Committee Meeting, 4 pm - 5 pm CDT, Chamber Boardroom. For more information call the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce at 605-224-7361.
September 12: Drifters Summer Patio Sessions, live performance by El Dub, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm CDT.
September 14-16: Dakota Western Heritage Festival, Expo Center, Fort Pierre SD. A three day celebration of western traditions and heritage. Wagon train, western artisans, vendors and demonstrations. Freedom stage featuring Cowboy Music and Poetry. Cowboy Concert, and Church. Daily Activities are FREE to the public. For more information check out Facebook page, for concert ticket sales contact Gary Heintz at 605-222-0079 or Carmen Cowan Magee at 605-280-8938.
September 14: Central SD Survivors of Suicide Support Group, 6:30 pm - 8 pm CDT, location TBA. Keep updated via the Facebook group http:www.facebook.com/#!groups/390506904367814/ or Julie.moore@avera.org
September 15: Stirling Family Memorial Ranch Rodeo BBQ Supper, 5pm - 7 pm, Stanley County Fairgrounds, Fort Pierre SD. New time this Year, Free Will BBQ Supper, silent auction, silent Calcutta for the Ranch Rodeo teams and the Ranch Bronc Riders on Saturday evening, also on Sunday morning 10 am - 11 am. Contact Sandy Sivertsen 605-870-2472 or Brett Stirling 406-794-8503.
September 16: The 21st Annual Stirling Family Memorial Ranch Rodeo & Open Bronc Riding, 11 am - 7 pm CDT, Stanley County Fairgrounds, Fort Pierre SD. The Ranch Rodeo features ranch activities that would be part of the daily life on a ranch from bronc riding to calf branding and more.   For more info or to enter by September 7th, contact Sandy Sivertsen at 605-870-2472 or Brett Stirling at 406-794-8503.
September 18: ACLU Volunteer Training, 12 pm - 2 pm CDT or 6 pm - 8 pm, Rawling Library, 1000 E. Church St. Pierre SD. Come and learn about volunteering and working with the ACLU of South Dakota. Free, lunch will be provided for the early session and dinner for evening session, please RSVP by September 12th by emailing the southdakota@aclu.org .
September 19: Edgewood Homecoming - Pie & Coffee Social, 2 pm - 3 pm CDT, Edgewood in Pierre, 1950 East Fourth Street, Pierre SD. It's Homecoming week at Edgewood! Join us for pie and coffee and fellowship with friends! Free, contact Steve Bass, Admissions & Family Relations Director 605-494-3400.
 September 20: Breast Cancer Survivors, 12 pm - 1 pm CDT, Countryside Classroom, 200 E. Dakota Ave. Suite 1. Call 605-945-0827 for information.
September 20: Drifters Summer Patio Sessions, featuring live music by Trevor Green, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm CDT. Free !
September 21, 22, 23, 25, 27, 28, 29: Pierre Players Presents: The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church, doors open at 7 pm, show starts at 7:30 pm CDT, Pierre Players Community Theatre, 109 S. Pierre Street, Pierre SD. $13 - Seniors/Students $15 - General Admission. Call 605-224-7826 for more information.
September 22: Central South Dakota Heart Walk, 10 am - 1 pm CDT, Hyde Stadium, Pierre SD. 5k walk and program to promote healthy lifestyles and fundraising for research and programs to fight cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Form a walking team! Voluntary donations for fundraising event; get a T-shirt for a $100 donation. Contact Robin Albers, Regional Director, 605-484-1853.
September 30: Helmsley Center Open House, 11 am - 2 pm CDT, 801 E. Sioux Ave, Pierre SD. Please join us for an open house at the new Avera St. Mary's Helmsley Center. Free and open to the public.

For future months, go to www.pierre.org