Pukwana student awarded $1,500 scholarship

Pukwana – Local student Reed Pazour has been awarded a $1,500 scholarship from America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. In the fall, Pazour will study agricultural business management at Mitchell Technical Institute. Pazour exemplifies the quality of students who are selected for Grow Ag Leaders scholarships. “He has a gift for encouraging others to strive to get things done. This also compels him to do it right the first time. He is not afraid to interact with anyone and to work with them to help them achieve their goals. He has worked very hard, not only academically, but mentally to overcome some learning disabilities to achieve the education that he needs to at

Chamberlain wows Great Race participants with warm welcome

When it came to hosting 120+ drivers and their vintage cars, Chamberlain-Oacoma brought its A Game. The drivers and their navigators stopped in town on their journey east to Sioux Falls as part of the Great Race event that had drivers race in a game of accuracy from San Rafael, Calif., to Moline, Ill. They made several pit stops a long the way to either spend the night or eat lunch. Chamberlain was one stop on the route for the participants to eat lunch, and as far as the drivers were concerned, the community did not disappoint. Several drivers commented that the Indian Tacos prepared by Joyce Hoffer and served by upwards of 10-15 volunteers was the best lunch they’d had during the entire co

Chamberlain, SD Inflatable Run, July 2

The City of Chamberlain will be offering an exciting inflatable 5K Run/Walk on July 2! The event will kick start the 4th of July events in Chamberlain which will include, games, music, food, drinks, and other family fun activities. Registration is $35 with a t-shirt, or $25 with no t-shirt. The deadline is Wednesday, June 29 by 5 p.m. Registrations will be taken up to the morning of the race, however if you do not pre-register you will not receive a t-shirt. The race check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the American Creek parking lot (701 N Main St.). The run will start shortly after that at 8 a.m. There will be nine different inflatable obstacles that participants will enter along the 5K ro

Down Home Fourth of July parade held on Saturday, July 2

The fourth annual Down Home 4th parade will stroll down Chamberlain’s Main Street sporting its red, white and blue spirit a few days before Independence Day this year. The parade will kick off at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 2, at the Avenue of Flags, continuing down Main Street. People interested in entering a float into the parade can contact Amy Goodman at (605)730-1500. No entry is too big or too small. Participants from towns surrounding Chamberlain are also welcome to participate.

Main Street businesses form new ‘Shop Chamberlain’ group

108 Affinity celebrated “Food Friday” with sno-cones outside the salon. Balloons in front of Main Street businesses let shoppers know they are open late and a part of Shop Chamberlain. Whether people are shopping at local retailers every day or feasting on locally sourced meals at independent restaurants, consumers’ interest in supporting local, independent businesses is on the rise, and a group called Shop Chamberlain is looking to help downtown business expand that interest. A group of local downtown business owners have decided it is time to have decided it is time to create a brand that would entice local consumers and tourists to shop locally. Mollie Harmon, owner of 108 Affinity; Karri

Jackley ending presidential term at attorneys general group

PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley is ending his presidential term at the National Association of Attorneys General. Jackley's office said Monday that he will conclude his term at the group's summer meeting this week. He says it has been an honor to lead the states' attorneys general over the last year. Jackley says he's proud of their accomplishments, which have been driven by strong bipartisan cooperation. While president of the association, Jackley has focused on officer-involved shootings, police body cameras and campus sexual assaults, among other issues. He will transition into the role of past president of the group for the next year.

South Dakota Hosts 2016 Great Race

Photo courtesy of The Great Race This week a line of vintage, open-faced race cars are taking off on the 2016 Great Race. South Dakotans can experience the car rally at three stops across the state. Participants of the 34th annual Great Race plan to make stops in Rapid City, Chamberlain and Sioux Falls June 23 and 24. Jeff Stumb is the director of the Great Race. He says this year’s theme is based on the Lincoln highway, but cars will deviate off of that route to visit Mt. Rushmore and the Badlands. “Most of these cars, you’d be lucky if you could see them in a museum, and here we are, taking them out of the museum, putting them on the backroads, and racing for prize money and coming to all

South Dakota Reaches AAA Credit Rating

A global finance organization just upgraded South Dakota’s credit rating. The improved rating helps the state pay lower interest rates on loans. The Fitch Group bumped South Dakota’s issuer default rating from a AA+ to a AAA. This is the highest ranking offered by the financial group. The change affects $143 million in bonds issued by the South Dakota Health and Education Facilities Authority. Ernie Goss is the Economics Chair at Creighton University. He says the ranking is quite an accomplishment for the state. “I think chiefly that your government has not made promises for future generations and future retirees they can’t fulfill. So the pension system is in good condition and that’s not t

Chamberlain Shopko Grand Opening

Shopko has scheduled the grand opening for their Chamberlain, SD Hometown store on July 22, 2016. Construction for this store began back in October 2015. The 26,000 square foot store offers much of what a full-scale Shopko offers just on a slightly smaller basis. Store manager, Lowell Peterson recently said at a walk-through for city officials, that Shopko is very concerned about being a good neighbor and community conscience. They will be giving the local school district a $2500.00 grant at the July grand opening. Oppidan Development is the developer for Shopko. “We are pleased to continue to partner with Shopko as it grows its presence nationwide,” said Paul Tucci, vice president with Oppi

South Dakota West River Deer Hunting Season Finalized

Pierre, SD - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission has finalized the 2016 West River deer hunting season. A total of 14,345 one-tag, 5,420 two-tag licenses will be available for residents and 1,151 one-tag, 434 two-tag licenses would be available for nonresidents. The season will run from Nov. 5-8 and Nov. 21-27, 2016, for Gregory and Mellette counties. For all other hunting units, the season will run from Nov. 12-27, 2016.

South Dakota a Top State for Young Adults

PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota is near the top of the pack as a great place for millennials to live, according to new research by state. For adults ages 20 to 24, South Dakota is ranked second only to North Dakota by the personal finance websiteMoneyRates.com, as one of the most attractive states for young people just starting their careers. MoneyRates senior financial analyst Richard Barrington says South Dakota has a winning combination of factors in its favor. "South Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation and yet, they also have the cheapest rents in the nation," says Barrington. "If you're a young adult, the combination of good job prospects and affordable rents in pre

The Ingalls' Homestead is a great place

"Experience an old-fashioned family day in De Smet. The Ingalls' Homestead is a great place to experience a piece of American history with events, exhibitions, beautiful landscapes and camping that will bring the family together to experience the Little Town experience. www.desmetsd.com" Laura’s Living Prairie Touch history with your fingers! Experience the lifestyle of pioneer homesteaders by twisting hay, grinding wheat, making rope and riding a horse drawn covered wagon across the native grass prairie to a live one-room country school. Imagine living on Laura’s wide-open prairie. Lured by the prospect of free land from the Homestead Act of 1862, the Ingalls family traveled over a thousand

County approves zoning items for Big Sioux Rural Water

The Lake County Commission has approved three items as part of a larger project that will eventually help bring water to Madison. As part of a special meeting to consider zoning items on Friday, commissioners approved a variance, conditional use permit, and plat for Big Sioux Rural Water to build a water pumping station in the southeast part of the county. Martin Jarrett with Big Sioux Rural Water told commissioners it’s all part of a three-million dollar project that will involve the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System and Minnehaha Community Water as well. Big Sioux’s variance request was to build the pumping station on one-half acre instead of the required one acre of land. Commissioner

Millennials find success in South Dakota

When it comes to cheap available housing, employment and a quality nightlife, South Dakota has most of the country beat. At least, according to the financial management website MoneyRates. The Mount Rushmore state has the proper amenities for someone either fresh out of college, or an young adult who has settled but wants to try something new. "I was in Minneapolis for ten years," says Meranda VanNingen, the client service specialist for Insight Marketing Design. "And after starting a family my husband and I both decided moving back to South Dakota was best for our family and our children. And the ability to do all the things we were doing in Minneapolis was here." MoneyRates analyzed things

Trump easily wins South Dakota primary

South Dakota Republicans got behind their party's presumptive presidential nominee on Tuesday. Donald Trump easily won the South Dakota GOP primary, claiming more than 67 percent of the vote as of late Tuesday with a handful of precincts yet to report. The Associated Press called the contest for Trump minutes after polls closed in western South Dakota, quickly quieting speculation about whether former opponents Ted Cruz or John Kasich might make a stronger showing as protest votes in the state. Cruz and Kasich, who suspended their campaigns after South Dakota's primary ballot was printed, received about 17 percent and 16 percent, respectively. Noel Schaeffer, 54, of Sioux Falls, wasn't immed

South Dakota to Get First Inspired Giving Day

PIERRE, S.D. – Tuesday marks the first ever Inspired Giving Day in South Dakota. More than 200 businesses and other organizations are encouraging South Dakotans to donate to help the American Heart Association promote healthier living. The long-term goal is to help South Dakota communities become free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Kevin Sypal, regional vice president of the American Heart Association of South Dakota, says the donations will partly go towards working with state lawmakers to bring more health conscious initiatives to South Dakota. "And that can be anything from having CPR in schools as a graduation requirement,” Sypal explains. “Also, like Medicaid expansion and workin

605 Day Celebrates South Dakota Pride

South Dakotan’s share the same area code. 6-0-5 is used by every South Dakotan from Sioux Falls to Spearfish. It’s turns out that June 5th… is 6-0-5 day… and state officials think this is a great time to celebrate what it means to be South Dakotan. South Dakota is one of twelve states that have one area code for all residents. The number coincidentally matches the date of June 5th.Katelyn Richter is with state Department of Tourism. She says there are many reasons to celebrate being a South Dakota citizen. “Being really proud of where we come from, what we have to offer here and being able to showcase our unique landscapes and also our great friendly faces that we have here in South Dakota.

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