Dedication for ‘Beacon of Light’ set for Sept. 17

Chamberlain will soon be home to a 50-foot sculpture of a Native American woman receiving a star quilt, made from 128 stainless steel diamond shapes. It’s artist Dale Lamhere’s intention the colored diamonds flutter like leaves in response to the wind. Jane Murphy, the Dignity Ceremony Planner, met with a small group of Chamberlain community members Thursday, August 25 to discuss the arrival of the Dignity Sculpture. Murphy explained the 1,100 pound sculpture will be traveling down Highway 44 to Chamberlain from Buffalo Ridge Ranch near Cheyenne River where it is currently being assembled. The Dignity Sculpture will arrive in the Chamberlain area on Friday, September 9, a week before the cel

Moving of 1,000 wild horses in South Dakota clears hurdle

BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. (AP) - The federal government is a step closer to relocating more than 1,000 wild horses to a private ranch in southwestern South Dakota. The Black Hills Pioneer reports initial results of a Bureau of Land Management study indicate the move would have no negative impacts on the environment. People with concerns have about a month to appeal. The herd would come from the famed Triple U Ranch near Fort Pierre, a main setting for the movie "Dances with Wolves." The ranch was sold last year. The herd could be relocated to Butte County as early as next month. The wild horse facility would be known as the Elm Butte Off Range Pasture.

2016 South Dakota Public Hunting Atlas & Hunting Handbook Now Available

Pierre, SD -( The South Dakota Public Hunting Atlas and Hunting Handbook are “must haves” for anyone spending time in this state’s outdoors. The atlas contains maps and information on our Walk-In Areas, Game Production Areas, Waterfowl Production Areas, some School and Public Lands and Bureau of Land Management lands. The handbook has season dates, laws and every other bit of information for every hunting season. There are several ways to get these books. Click on the above images for the online PDF version. You can also find any changes that may have occurred in the Atlas since the time of publication. Hunters can also download either the GFP Android or IOS mobile app to get t

Teen walks 3 hours to work; South Dakota Highway Patrol gets him a new bike

"I think what got the traction on this is the fact that this kid is walking eight miles one way to work everyday," said Sergeant. Steve Swenson of the South Dakota Highway Patrol. A simple act of kindness by a member of the South Dakota Highway Patrol has caught the attention of people across the country. A photo of a Sioux Falls teen being presented a refurbished bike has been shared 1,000 times in five short days. Imagine walking three hours to work every day on the side of the interstate. That's what Tanner Romerein, 19, was doing until help came from somewhere he never expected. "I found Tanner walking down the interstate and I pulled up to him and I just asked him what he was doing. And

Nominations Sought for South Dakota Retailer of the Year Award

PIERRE, S.D.--The South Dakota Retailers Association invites customers, vendors and civic organizations to nominate their favorite retail store, grocery store or restaurant for the South Dakota Retailer of the Year Award. Each year, the Association presents the award to a business owner or manager who is committed to running an excellent business and who plays a positive role in their community. “Every community has those business people who stand out because they go the extra mile in taking care of their customers, they are supportive of their employees, and they give back to their community in meaningful ways,” says Shawn Lyons, Executive Director of the South Dakota Retailers Association

2015 Record Breaking Year for South Dakota Tourism

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - 2015 was a record breaking year for tourism in South Dakota. Officials say the 75th Sturgis motorcycle rally had record breaking attendance and more people made the trip to Mount Rushmore than ever before. Nearly 14 million people visited South Dakota and they spent a record amount of money. 2016 has kept up with last year. 62,000 more hotel rooms have been booked this year compared to last year and tax revenue is up by more than $3 million dollars. The Towne Place Suites near the Empire Mall in Sioux Falls has more guests walking through the front doors. “Our hotel has actually increased about 4 percent occupancy for the year,” general manager Jim Wasco said. He says he

Renovations planned for Madison apartment units

The owner of a Madison housing development is planning to make some renovations to the properties. Jeffrey Brooks of Brooks Commercial Real Estate of Sioux Falls met with Madison City Commissioners Monday to ask for the city’s support in his pursuit of financial assistance with renovating the Harvest Point apartments in Madison. Brooks told commissioners that there are 30 units in the three buildings located on Southeast 9th Street. He said that the units were built in 1994 and he is planning to do more than a million dollars in renovations to them. Brooks told commissioners that he plans to do some extensive renovations to the apartments. Brooks said that a market study he had completed sho

Northwestern Energy donation to new health and family services center

St. Joseph’s Indian School gratefully receives a donation from NorthWestern Energy in support of the Health & Family Services Center, which is expected to be completed at the end of 2017. From left to right are Mike Tyrell, President, St. Joseph’s Indian School; Gerald Bertsch, Economic Development and Key Accounts Specialist, NorthWestern Energy; Donna Dean, Executive Director of Corporate Services, St. Joseph’s Indian School. (Chamberlain, S.D.) NorthWestern Energy has gifted $20,000 to St. Joseph’s Indian School in support of the new Health and Family Services Center. “NorthWestern Energy works to build stronger communities in its service area of Nebraska, South Dakota and Montana,” sha

Dakotafest women’s brunch speaker to focus on life lessons learned in farming

Melanie Brown has taken some important life lessons from growing up on a South Dakota farm. “The lessons we need to learn we learn in farming,” Brown said. Today, the farm girl is a motivational speaker who has spent decades teaching leadership skills and team building for corporations and others. She’ll share her message at the Women’s Brunch during Dakotafest on Wednesday, Aug. 17. Brown said that people can take lessons from such basic farming activities as planting and cultivating, and also from the disruptive storms that frustrate farmers. Seeds don’t blossom overnight, she said. You have to be committed and dedicated before gathering a harvest, she said, and it’s important to learn how

Downtown Antiques has New Owners

After nearly 30 years of owning Downtown Antiques, Barry Betts – and Granger the dog, of course– are turning in their keys to a new owner.The new owners are the Wagner family, including Josh Wagner and his mother Annette and father Chuck.The store, which had it’s last day under the ownership of Betts on July 30, will re-open mid-August under the new Wagner family ownership.“I’m 75-years-old and it was time that I retired. This store, it’s given me a good life – me and Granger both. "Right, Granger!” said Betts, followed by a bark from Granger. In the meantime, the Wagners, who also own a craft/antique/fabric store in Gregory, are making a few cosmetic changes to the inside of the antique sto

CHS Booster Club Golf Tourney August 13th

The 7th Annual CHS Booster Club Cub Scramble Golf Tournament will take place on Aug. 13th at the Chamberlain Country Club. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and golfers will tee off at 11 a.m. At 4 p.m. awards and prizes will be given out. The entry fee is $160 per 4-person team or $40 per golfer. The fee includes 18 holes of golf and a meal. For additional information call (605)280-4051.

Empire Fair starts Monday 8/8

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The Sioux Empire Fair runs through Sunday at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds where there are many discount days and events planned throughout the week. Admission to the fair is $7 for adults and $2 for children who are between the ages of 6 and 12. Kids who are 5 years old or younger get in for free. Veterans who have a valid military I.D. will also get in the fair for free. The fair is open from 10:00 AM until Midnight every day except the last day on Sunday when it is open from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM. On Monday, admission to the fair is free all day. The free admission will include a concert by The Beach Boys. Tickets for carnival rides are also just $1 on Monday. The carniva

Chamberlain to host 4th annual American Island Days festival

American Island Days is back again for its fourth year in Chamberlain, with events planned for the whole family, August 19 through August 21. Friday night, the festivities begin with a Little Miss & Miss American Island pageant. Little girls in kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade will be competing for the titles at the Oacoma Community Center (100 E 3rd St., Oacoma) at 7 p.m., August 19. Registration forms can be picked up at the CCC. Saturday, the schedule is in full-swing with vendors, inflatables, food, Ag Olympics (forms available at CCC), and more. We've got a long list of fun activities planned this year. Keep this list close and watch for updates for events still pending as August g

Madison considers future move for Police Department

Mayor Roy Lindsay outlined a proposal on Monday to purchase the office building located west of Madison's City Hall and move some municipal departments into the two-story building. Speaking during a short budget meeting held after the Madison City Commission's regular session, Lindsay proposed a couple of funding items that would assist a proposal to purchase the Hanson building for city use. Lindsay provided a two-page written proposal for the building purchase and basically read the document during his presentation. Among the reasons for purchasing the building, located on the northeast corner of Center St. and Van Eps Ave., were better access to the Madison finance office and the Madison

Kukes discusses possible Oacoma strip mall with board

Barry Kukes presented the funding request for the Lake Francis Case Development Corporation to the Oacoma Board on Monday night. The funding request for 2017 is $3,500 which was the same amount as the 2016 request. Kukes informed the board that the financial needs for LFCDC has changed as the old building has been sold and freed up funds. The board was also informed that LFCDC is working on bringing a strip mall to Oacoma with three stores that are interested in coming to the area. The funds provided to LFCDC will be used to push further economic development and enticing businesses to come to the area.

Bartunek claims Mrs. Mitchell 2016 title

Sarah Bartunek, Mitchell, was recently crowned Mrs. Mitchell 2016. As Mrs. Mitchell 2016, she will make appearances in her local area, and is accepted to compete for the title of Mrs. South Dakota 2017, held December 2016. The winner of Mrs. South Dakota will go on to compete in the Mrs. America Pageant in Las Vegas with 50 other state representatives. Bartunek is the owner of Sarah's Earth Gifts and is a homemaker. She and her husband Travis have three children: Chloe, Sunny and William. Her pageant platform is Helping with Horsepower. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys camping and fishing. The Mrs. South Dakota Pageant is now accepting applications from married women, to represent their city,

Powerball lottery ticket sold in Aberdeen worth $50,000

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — A Powerball ticket sold in Aberdeen is worth $50,000 in the latest drawing. South Dakota lottery officials say the ticket matched four of five white ball numbers and the Powerball in Saturday's drawing to win the game's third prize, at odds of 1 in about 913,000. The winning numbers are 11, 17, 21, 23, 32, Powerball 5 and Power Play 2. Powerball is played in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The $487.4 million jackpot for the Saturday drawing was hit on a single ticket sold in New Hampshire. The jackpot is at $40 million for the next drawing, on Wednesday.

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