The Winterfest Craft & Gift Show and Bake Sale will take place in Valentine, Nebraska on December 5 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Residents are encouraged to shop local and shop small with handcrafted gifts from local crafters. The Bake Sale is sponsored by Valentine Chapter P.E.O.
Homecoming Week begins for several area schools this week. Burke School’s Homecoming that was scheduled for week was postponed will take place this week. Other schools that will celebrate their school pride this week include Winner School as well as Keya Paha County School.
Fire officials from the Nebraska National Forests & Grasslands (NNFG) urge visitors to help prevent wildfires. Currently Fire Danger in all areas of the Forest are rated “Very High.”
The wild-land fire support community of the NNFG noted that hunting season brings many visitors onto public lands. Forest Service officials ask that all forest visitors be considerate and practice fire prevention: Know before you go on that camping trip; Fire restrictions may be in place; Target shooting and use of power equipment can spark a wildfire; If you do have a campfire, keep it small, never leave it unattended, and put it out completely before you leave; and finally, remember that fireworks and exploding targets are not allowed on national forest system lands, so leave them home.
Jack Isaacs, Forest Supervisor, “Many areas of our National Forests are very drought-stricken with high fire potential. Help us prevent wildland fires on our Public Lands. We ask folks to be careful and cautious with campfires and avoid driving through the tall, cured grass.”
Be sure to have maps with you to ensure you are on public land. Our Motor Vehicle Use Maps are a free resource that can help. They are available at district offices or online or through the AVENZA app. Learn more about maps at https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/nebraska/maps-pubs. Forest Visitor Maps are available online for a fee through the USGS Store and electronically through the Avenza Maps mobile app for a fee. For additional information, visit us online at https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/nebraska/home; on Twitter @USFSNebraska or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NebraskaForestsGrasslands/.
There will be an Indian Taco Benefit for Elsie Ptacek on Wednesday, October 14th from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center in Winner, S.D. The family is asking for donations to assist with medical costs and travel expenses.
Governor Kristi Noem announced that the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host the 55th annual Buffalo Roundup and 27th annual Arts Festival in Custer State Park later this month. The Buffalo Roundup begins at 9:30 a.m. MDT on Friday, Sept. 25. The Arts Festival will run from today through Saturday, Sept. 26.
“The Buffalo Roundup embodies the spirit of South Dakota and gives us an opportunity to show off Custer State Park to the world,” said Governor Noem. “This event also helps us emphasize the importance of conservation, ensuring that we’ll have bison thundering through the park for generations to come.”
The parking areas for the Roundup, located near the corrals along the Wildlife Loop Road, open at 6:15 a.m. MDT and close at 9:30 a.m. MDT on Sept. 25. For safety reasons, spectators need to remain in the viewing areas until all the buffalo are corralled which typically occurs around noon.
The annual Arts Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. MDT on Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. The Arts Festival takes place near the State Game Lodge and features western and bluegrass entertainment along with numerous vendors.
“While the Buffalo Roundup serves as a critical management tool for Custer State Park, it is an event unlike any other in the world,” said Scott Simpson, director of the Division of Parks and Recreation. “The West comes alive on Roundup morning and leaves guests with memories that last a lifetime.”
A state park entrance license is required on Thursday and Saturday, but there is no cost to attend the Buffalo Roundup or Arts Festival on Friday. Share the experience by using #SDintheField and #BuffaloRoundup when posting images to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Governor Kristi Noem and Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken announced plans to complete construction on the Veterans Parkway on the south side of Sioux Falls. The Transportation Commission approved plans for the final completion of the project earlier today.
“As South Dakota’s economy continues to grow, it’s crucial that we finalize this major infrastructure investment in Sioux Falls,” said Governor Noem. “The Veterans Parkway will enhance economic opportunities for the city and the surrounding area, and I’m grateful for the continued partnership between the State and the City to get this project across the finish line.”
There are four remaining projects anticipated, which will span from I-29 to 57th Street. Once the remaining projects are completed, the City of Sioux Falls will take over jurisdiction.
“We are grateful to the Governor’s Office and the South Dakota Department of Transportation for making this critical investment in roadway infrastructure,” said Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken. “The southern expansion of Veterans Parkway has been discussed for decades, and when completed, it will be transformational for our region. This multiyear roadway expansion will not only improve traffic flow and better connect Sioux Falls to neighboring communities but also spark significant economic development along with the project.”
The total estimated cost for the remaining portion of the Veterans Parkway is $208.9 million, including $176 million from the State of South Dakota and $32.9 million from the City of Sioux Falls.
Yesterday, Governor Kristi Noem announced that she will be calling a special session of the state legislature. The legislature will meet on Monday, October 5, 2020, with the purpose of considering legislation related to the use of federal stimulus relief funds, including the $1.25 billion allocated to South Dakota in Relief Funds.
The Chamberlain City Commission will meet this evening at 6:00 p.m. at the Chamberlain City offices at 715 N. Main Street.
The Winner City Council will meet this evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers.
The Gregory City Council will meet at 6:00 p.m. he Gregory City Council will meet this evening at 6:00 p.m. at the Gregory Fire Hall.
There will be a special Winner School Board meeting today at 1:00 p.m. at the Superintendent’s office. This meeting is in regard to a discussion with possible action on the Return to Learn Plan. Stayed tuned to KWYR for information after the meeting.