City CommissionThe Huron City Commission has a busy agenda for it’s weekly meeting. The group will start by meeting as the Board of Adjustment for three variance request considerations and a conditional use permit. There is opposition to at least two of the variances by neighbors near there respective project areas. The conditional use permit, if approved would allow A-T&T Mobility to install cell phone equipment on a tower at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds to improve cell reception during the Fair and for residences near the tower. When the City Commission reconvenes, Commissioners will consider a change order and payment request for a water main replacement project and hold a public hearing for a home occupation request. Public hearings will also be held for Biennial Home Occupation Permit renewals. Nine permits are up for consideration. Two trailer court license renewals are also up for consideration. The second reading of an ordinance regarding zoning violations and penalties will be heard and the Commission will consider authorizing the Huron Fire Department to apply for 2017 Homeland Security grant funds for new breathing gear. Commissioners will also consider authorizing the Mayor to sign amendments to the Certified Local Government Grant with the State of South Dakota and allowing the Mayor to sign any additional documents. There are no scheduled work sessions, however the Huron City Commission will meet in executive session for a personnel matter. The Huron City Commission meets tonight at 5:30 PM at the Huron Municipal Building. The meeting is open to the public.

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hpdawk2With the recent officer involved shootings in Baton Rouge, Minnesota, Fresno and the shootings, which left five officers dead at the end of a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, and now again in Baton Rouge, conversations about police conduct and racial tensions have been elevated.
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says policing works best when officers are involved in their community…

Jackley says the key to a good relationship between the community and the local police is trust…

Jackley says even in the face of tragedy, South Dakotans have united behind their police….

Jackley says many South Dakota officers train together, which provides consistency and the ability for different branches of law enforcement to help each other out.  Jackley says s simple handshake, and a thank you from the public really goes a long way in building the trust between officers and the community.

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SD CapitalThe Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations of the South Dakota legislature met Friday in Pierre.  The group got an update on the Obligation Recovery Center, that rolled out this month.
Senator Bill Van Gerpen of Tyndall says it was a much anticipated update….

The ORC will work to collect past due debts to the state. Some guesses are that as much as thirty million dollars could be outstanding.  The committee also heard a report on the final revenue numbers for fiscal year 2016 that closed at the end of June.  The initial report showed about a fourteen million dollar surplus.  Van Gerpen says that money could have gone to health care providers…

Van Gerpen says legislators were very conservative in their budget estimates…

Legislators will also hear revenue estimates for 2017.

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Photo Credit:  Kayla Sylaart

Photo Credit: Kayla Sylaart

Millions of people have been mesmerized by the Pokemon GO app. A consumer advocate has a few handy tips to enhance the experience.  The game encourages those with the app to go searching and capturing Pokemon in various locations. State Director Jessie Schmidt of the Better Business Bureau in South Dakota cautions that personal information could be at risk.

In playing the game, Schmidt feels there are also some common-sense safety rules to follow.

Additionally, Schmidt says the app consumes a lot of data so those with limited data plans should frequently monitor usage.  Plus be aware that battery power can evaporate quickly because of the multiple programs needed to play the game.

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HPD CarThe Huron City Commission gave approval this week to allow the Huron Police Department to apply for federal grants to pay for equipment. Dispatch Supervisor Lisa McWethy says the radio system used to communicate with officers on the street is in need of replacement….

The second portion of the grant is for helmets and headsets for the department’s Special Response Team. The two grants have a deadline of August first. Decisions by the U-S Department of Homeland Security on whether the grants will be approved will happen in September.

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James River FloodingThe Missouri River flooding of 2011 changed the profile of the mouth of the James River.
That river, which flows from North Dakota through eastern South Dakota empties into the Missouri River east of Yankton.  The high water pushed debris and sand into the mouth, forcing water to flow westward into the Missouri River.  James River Water Development Manager Dave Bartel says they have had discussions about that blockage…

Bartel says the flow of the James River was cutting into that old sand bar…


Bartel says no one is really responsible for those changes…


Bartel says it would be very expensive to attempt to dredge a new channel for the river.

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Thune Biz DayWhile it appears there will not be Senate or Congressional debates at Dakotafest this year, there may be debates later on.  South Dakota Senator John Thune says nothing has been set yet…

There will be a Congressional forum at Dakotafest with Thune, Senator Mike Rounds and Congresswoman Kristi Noem.  Thune says he anticipates participating in debates later this year…

Thune, who has about twelve million dollars in his campaign fund, says he will run hard this year…

Thune will face democrat Jay Williams in the November election.

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City AttorneyNew laws that went into effect at the beginning of the month could have an impact on the actions and conduct of the Huron City Commission. City Attorney Jeff Banks laid out the most important of the freshly christened statutes during Monday night’s Huron City Commission meeting…

The other major changes deals with bidding for projects and equipment…

Overall, Banks says that despite the high number of bills that impact municipalities there are few that require major changes.

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2016 DaugaardThe Huron Event Center has weathered the storm of change that took place with the ownership change of the Crossroads Hotel. H-E-C manager Brenda Jager gave a semi-annual update to the Huron City Commission Monday night. She says since the City took over management and operation of the Event Center, they’ve been able to make some changes….

The Event Center is also seeing upgrades…

One concern for the Event Center when news of the Verto’s closing came was how the Huron Event Center would handle the crowds that came with the State Class B Girls Basketball Tournament at the Huron Arena…

Jager says there are 16 weddings booked into the Event Center in 2016. She says 40 convention contacts were made in the last six months. Jager says that number could have been higher but they were occupied with getting the Event Center running as it’s own facility.

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NWPSHot and humid conditions this week will put an extra strain on power production facilities to keep up with air conditioning demand.  Northwestern Energy Spokesman Tom Glanzer says warm nights really pushes demand…


Glanzer says they used to worry about peak loads pushing their capacity. He says they added a plant to their system just for that demand…


Northwestern serves about sixty-three thousand customers in eastern South Dakota. Their peak demand was three hundred six megawatts in 2015. Their average daily load is about one hundred eighty-six megawatts.  Glanzer says summer weather in general can be hard on their equipment…


Glanzer says they also have wind generation available if needed to keep the fans spinning.

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