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Pennington County Courant • July 19, 2012•
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Gov. Dennis Daugaard an-nounced recently a six-part DriverLicensing Improvement Plan toaddress long wait times in theSioux Falls area and to make theDriver Licensing system more effi-cient and convenient to customersstatewide.A combination of staff shortagesand the traditionally busy summerseason created longer wait timesthan normal at driver exam sta-tions in Sioux Falls. GovernorDaugaard said state governmenthas an obligation to serve cus-tomers well, and aggressive actionis needed to bring wait times forapplicants to acceptable levels.“Two hours is too long to wait,’’the Governor said. “Our Driver Li-censing staff is working hard, butwe need to step up and get themthe tools they need to take care of the problem. This plan does that.’’The six parts of the Driver Li-censing Improvement Plan are:1. Extended hours of operation – Extending special hours of opera-tion at the two Sioux Falls examstations to each stay open until 7p.m.2. Employee overtime – Author-izing overtime as needed to re-spond to the increased traffic atstations during times of staff shortages.3. Hiring and training – Institut-ing aggressive hiring and trainingprograms to fill vacancies.4. Advance scheduling – An-nouncing the development of a sys-tem allowing citizens to scheduletheir driver license and non-driverID card renewals and duplicate li-censes.5. Self-service kiosks – Signing acontract for the installation of self-
Governor annonces drver lcensng mprovement plan
service kiosks at several exam sta-tions.6. Temporary licenses – Urgingcitizens in immediate need of re-newal services but unable or un-willing to wait in line to call theDriver Licensing Program inPierre to obtain a temporary li-cense, good for six months, underthe current process. The numberto call is 1-800-952-3696.Two parts of the initiative – ad-vance scheduling and self-servicekiosks, will take time to imple-ment, but the other efforts shouldreduce wait times soon, accordingto Cindy Gerber, Director of theDriver Licensing Program.The advance scheduling projectshould be operational within a fewweeks and will allow citizens to goonline to schedule appointmentsfor renewals and duplicate li-censes. A similar program alreadyin operation allows for scheduleddriving tests in several of thestate’s larger cities. The expansionto scheduled renewals will begin inSioux Falls and Rapid City on atrial basis and will be expanded aswarranted.This week, a $1.2 million con-tract was signed to install, pro-gram and maintain the self-servicekiosks in several exam stationsacross the state, including SiouxFalls. A federal grant funds thecontract, which will be fulfilled inthe coming months. The kioskswill allow citizens to complete partof the application or renewalprocess themselves. Customersstill will need to see an examinerfor a vision test, to have docu-ments checked and to pay neces-sary fees, but they will be able tofill out the application and takethe driver license photograph be-fore visiting the examiner. Thatwill shorten the time each cus-tomer is with an examiner.Sioux Falls currently has twoexam stations. The station at 3716S. Westport Avenue is a full-servicesite and will be open until 7 p.m.on weekdays. The station at 415 N.Dakota Avenue, which offers re-newal services, will also be openuntil 7 p.m., as soon as the changeis approved by the county. After much discussion over thenumber of days high school stu-dents can miss, the 7-12 Handbookwas approved.Cross Country schedule washanded out to board members.Mary Williams is having an issuewith meets falling on school daysand the coach being absent fromher classroom during that time.Rieckman will invite the AthleticDirector and Cross Country Coachto the next board meeting to dis-cuss the issue.Rieckman passed around aquote that was received to fix thehail damages and do some remod-eling to the Big White School. Thequote did not include taking theporch off on the east side butRieckman felt the cost would beunder $200. Todd Trask wants theschool to be fixed-up properly andmake sure that house wrap isused. Rieckman will call JudyGoldhammer to have an insuranceadjustor come up and get a quote
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for the damages.The board approved to enter intoexecutive session for the purposeof discussing personnel accordingto SDCL 1-25.2The board entered out of execu-tive session where Rieckman rec-ognized Wayne Shull for beingnamed 9A Assistant FootballCoach of the Year, John Hess forbeing named Regional Girls Bas-ketball Coach of the Year andMark Ammann Regional Girls andBoys Golf Coach of the Year.The next school board meetingwill be held on Tuesday, August 14at 7:00 p.m. in the school library.With no other business themeeting was adjourned.
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The 2012 Badlands Alumni pro-gram was held during the Wall Cel-ebration on July 14 at the WallCommunity Center Grand Hall.Debbie Bryan who has been incharge of the program said, “It wasa huge success with approximately100 people attending and the en-tertainment did a superb job.Former administration andteachers were recognized alongwith the honored classes of theyear.Former administrators attend-ing were: Pat Deering, Gale Patter-son, Merlin Doyle, Dave Hahn andKen Poppe.Former teachers were: DeloresLuze, Mike Luze, LorraineFauske, Mike Erz, Shari Ochs,Jerry Perrott, Dan Badger, KarenPoppe, Sandy Feller, Gale Patter-son, Karol Patterson, RichardKirsch, Chuck Carlbom. SharonDodge, Mary Wilson, Zona Hair-grove, Barry Field, Carol Field,Marcine Patterson, Diane Geigle,Donna Belle Talty, Darla Crownand Nick Feller.Former classmates at the pro-gram were: Dean Pierson, LarryCollier, Ed Eisenbraun, Jim Peter-son, Linda Peterson, Dorothy Gei-gle, Kathryn Stone, GaryStone,Amie Estes, Ruby Flatt,Wanda Goodrich, Barbara Craw-ford, Neva Hamann, Don Kjerstad,Mary Jane Parks, Shirley Ten-nyson, Edith Paulsen, Peggy Lurz,Dave LaFee, Linda LaFee, KayDahlquist, Jim Joyce, Leila Joyce,Diane Patterson, Frances Poste,Helen Crawford, Loretta Ramsey,Twila Roopman, Charlene Jones,Florence Crowser, Norman Geigle,Dan Dartt, Don Schleferstein, BillHamann, Virginia Ferguson, KarlDeLand, Sandra Merchan, DonnaStaben, Joan Ferguson, VioletSmoot, Bud Estes, Don Goodsell,Lyndell Peterson, Arla Olsen, Es-ther Carsten, Darwin Hocking,Glenn Alishouse, Betty Alishouse,Freddie Ferguson, Rodney Hin-
Badlands Almn 2012 program
Bd Estes who gradated 75 years ago was crowned for bengthe oldest almn attendng the 2012 Badlands Alnm programheld on Satrday, Jly 14 at the WallCommnty Center GrandHall.
~Photo Laurie Hindman
Honored classes joned hands as Dense Baldwn sngs a trbtesong to them at the end of another sccessfl renon.
~Photo Laurie Hindman
man, Ronald Johannesen, LyleWilliams, Neal Lurz, Norm Mer-rill, Bob Johnson, Marge Huether,JoAnn Tennyson, Fran Tennyson,Paul Eisenbraun, Connie Ryan,Janeen Trevillyan, Kimberly Sims, Valerie Sims, Denise Baldwin,Cheryl Hinman, Anita Peterson, Allen Foster, Bernard Foster,Laine Halverson, Ginger Sandake,Deb Johnson, Bill Bielmaier, JoeCrawford, Ardie Crawford, CraigBryan, Debbie Bryan, Connie Wolf,Eileen Flatt, Dawna Tsitrian, Mil-dred Harnish, Dorothy Shearer, Viola Williams, Larry Eisenbraun,Delja Hoffman, Goldie Eason,Shirley Crawford and DennisWalsh.Bryan noted she hopes that the Almuni Committee will be able tocontinue having past alumni at-tend the program.The U.S. Forest Service remindsthe public that very high fire dan-ger remains across the Black Hillsarea and everyone can help pre-vent human-caused fires by abid-ing by the restrictions that are inplace. The Plains are reportingvery high to extreme fire danger.Local, state, and federal officialsare meeting each week to discussthe need for fire restrictions as theseason continues. They considerfactors such as current and pre-dicted weather, fuel moisture, fireactivity, and available resources todetermine whether fire restric-tions need to be revised or main-tained at the current level.Craig Bobzien, Black Hills Na-tional Forest Supervisor, says,“The restrictions will remain in
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place until fire managers deem itis appropriate to rescind them.” Headds, “We understand this may beinconvenient for residents and vis-itors, especially those wishing toenjoy a campfire. However, giventhe hot gusty winds and this year’sfire activity, we need to take neces-sary precautions to prevent ahuman-caused fire from startingand growing rapidly.”While there have been occa-sional thunderstorms and showersthe past week, these are generallyisolated in nature and not wide-spread enough to lessen the over-all fire danger. According to theNational Weather Service, the po-tential for large fire growth re-mains over the area the early partof this week.Fire restrictions are in effect forthe Black Hills Forest Fire Protec-tion District, which encompassesthe following counties: Lawrence,Meade, Pennington, Custer, andFall River.Campfires in federal, state, localand private campgrounds are pro-hibited during the duration of these restrictions. The definition of campfires includes: building, maintaining, attending orusing a fire, campfire, charcoalgrill, coal, wood burning stove orsheepherder’s stove.Additional restrictions are inplace on the Black Hills NationalForest. For more information,please call 605-673-9200.
Mayor Dave Hahn rdes hsMayor Cycle drng the WallCelebraton parade held onSatrday, Jly 14. Hahn hasbeen the mayor for the Cty of Wall for 28 years.
~Photo Laurie Hindman
Little Cowboys and Cowgirls en-tered in the Stick Horse Rodeosponsored by Super 8 underneaththe Wall Celebration Tent: theycame from their hometowns of Platte, Parker, Rapid City, Wall,Wasta and Quinn South Dakota.They came with their stickhorses, chaps, boots, spurs, hats,and were given a back number. If they could not get their stick horseloaded they had stick horses forthem to ride.There were two events theycould enter, barrel racing wherethey raced around three barrelsand had their name annouced byCelebration Chairperson DustinCurr. The second event was theWild Ride where they could ridetheir stick horse for six secondsand they could buck, stomp, kick,wave, or do what ever they wantedto do. After the event was finishedthey were called up by name to re-ceive a particpation prize.The Celebration Committee alsohad water ballon fights, sand box,and bubbles for the kids to play in.What a fun day for all!!
Stick Horse participants.
Alle Kjerstad, Sherdan Deerng, Js-ts Mehlaff, Tyson Dartt, Gabrel Faske, Jaden Faske, JettMohr, Dawson Hancock, Jace Mohr, Taten Gttngs, (helper)Charle Rose Heathershaw, Kyler Strand, (helper) EmmaMcheals, Braylee Walker, (helper) Karle Dartt, Lcy Moon andEmmy Moon. Other partcpates were: Brady Heltzel, BrttanyWalker, Brooks Dedrck, Lbby Dedrck and Hayden Strand.
~Photo Laurie Hindman