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November Newsletter from your Pierre Area Chamber

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November, 2021 Newsletter
Promoting prosperity, growth, and our way of life in the lower Oahe region.

Hello [First Name],


This is the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce, Pierre Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Pierre Economic Development Corporation's November 2021 E-Newsletter.


Take a few moments to enjoy an update from the Chamber as we promote prosperity, growth, and our way of life in the lower Oahe region.


-Your Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce Staff

President's Report
Thomas Allerdings, Chamber Board President

I can honestly say this is my favorite time of year. The Governor and Buffalo fall sports are underway, and soon we will get to see the Oahe Capitals begin their season too! I am the person that complains about the heat from the moment it reaches 75 degrees, and love a good snow storm!


However, this is the time of year that Loyal2Local really impacts our community the most. Tourist start to slow down, and Christmas gifts are being bought for the season. I encourage you to stay local with your gift purchases and consider the options we have in the Pierre area. Get to know the local shop owners and all that they do for the community.


On November 18, the Chamber will be holding its annual board meeting that is open to all chamber members. I would encourage you to come and get to know the incoming board member candidates who are nominated for 2022.


Lastly, I want to say thank you for the chance to serve as your Chamber Board President in 2021. What a year it has been. We have made many positive changes this year, and so many more are to come. I am certain our 2022 team will keep the ball rolling and am excited to see what the future will bring!


Thank you,

Thomas Allerdings, 2021 Board President

2022 Board of Directors Announced

The Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce’s nominating committee is offering a slate of candidates for 2022.


The proposed 2022 Executive Board will consist of President Aaron Fabel (Oahe Family YMCA), Vice President Jodie Hickman Anderson (Strategic Association Services), Secretary Jessica Mefferd (Mefferd Agency, Farmers Union Insurance), Treasurer Jaymason Bramblee (Oahe Federal Credit Union) and Past President Thomas Allerdings (Clubhouse Hotel & Suites).


Nominations for the three-year terms include: Thomas Allerdings (Clubhouse Hotel & Suites), Jaymason Bramblee (Oahe Federal Credit Union) and Stephen Webb (Gateway Ford, Lincoln & Toyota).


Incoming president Aaron Fabel will appoint Uriah Steber (Drifters Bar & Grille), Kevin Tiger (Silver Spur), and Jill Janecke (Rising Hope Counseling) to each serve a one-year term.


Any additional chamber member in good standing who is interested in submitting his or her name for consideration for a position on the Chamber Board of Directors can do so by submitting a statement of willingness to serve to the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce (800 W Dakota Ave; Pierre, SD 57501). Such statements shall be forwarded to the nominating committee no later than November 14, 2019. His or her name will be added to the ballot and voted on by all members represented at the annual meeting that will be held on November 18, 2021 from 11:30am-1:00pm. The nominees receiving the majority of the votes shall be declared elected to the Board of Directors. Should a tie occur, the nominating committee shall cast the deciding vote.  In the event no other chamber member submits his or her name, the nominated slate will become the 2022 chamber board.


Newly elected and appointed board members shall be seated at the December board meeting and shall be considered participating members until their term ends.


The Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors wants to extend a special thank you for the commitment of Melissa Puepke (First Dakota National Bank), Angie Bollweg (Sanford Health) and Chris McConnell (Black Hills Federal Credit Union).


The Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce will be closed on Thursday, November 11 in observance of

Veterans Day. We will be back in the office at 8:00 AM on Friday, November 12.

The Chamber will also be closed on Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26 to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with loved ones. We will return to normal hours on Monday, Nov. 29 at 8:00 AM.

Improve Your Networking Results with a Four-Point Plan
Christina R. Metcalf, Contributor, Chamber Blog Post
Pierre Mayor Steve Harding's Report

Treated Water Coming Soon, System Flushing Coming Sooner


In June 2018, Pierre voters decided we should improve our drinking water by building a water treatment facility. In July 2020, the building design and construction plan was unveiled. By this time next year, people living in Pierre should be enjoying that new drinking water.


We have already completed the water intake located on the north side of Sioux Avenue near the car bridge. You might remember, in March, we floated and sunk a 714 foot pipe just north of the train bridge. That pipe brings water to the pump structure that we built just west of the Ramkota. That pump structure then conveys the water under Sioux Avenue to the new treatment facility.


That treatment facility is taking shape! Much of the exterior work is done. That means interior work is underway including painting, concrete work and installation of the treatment equipment. The intake and water treatment facility are two pieces of this very large system. The third component is the distribution system –the pipes that take the water from the treatment facility to your faucet.


We’re fortunate that we can retrofit our existing distribution system for the new treatment facility. But before we start pushing new water through those pipes, we need to clean them. Our existing water has a high mineral content. Those minerals can settle in the pipelines. So, for the next several weeks, we’re going to push a whole lot of water at a high speed through the pipes to clear out pipeline deposits. This is similar to the flushing process the fire department does each year.


The flushing process can cause temporary water discoloration. Despite any temporary color change, the water remains safe for drinking and bathing. To clear discolored water, when your neighborhood is flushed, run cold water, preferably from an outside spigot, until the water color returns to normal. Consider waiting to use home filtering systems, water softeners, dishwashers or washing machines until the water runs clear.


Also, pressure variations during the flushing process may cause some fire suppression systems to alarm.


The lines will be flushed in zones. We’ll start in the northern part of the community and then move south from there. Clearing all six zones could take up to a month. 


To find out when your neighborhood is being flushed, visit public.alertsense.com. There you can opt into a free text message or email that will alert you when your neighborhood is scheduled for flushing. In the meantime, visit cityofpierre.org and click on the drinking water treatment facility link. There you can find an outline of the flushing sequence, as well as frequently asked questions about the flushing process.


This will take us one step closer to the new water that we have been working on for nearly four years. Treated water will be here soon! 

Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson's Report
Jim Protexter, COO
Capital City Economy
PEDCO Notice of Elections

The Pierre Economic Development Corporation will nominate board members at its Nov. 23 annual meeting. In accordance with PEDCO’s bylaws, the nominating committee is submitting the following slate for approval by the membership:


Aaron Fabel, Oahe YMCA (Chamber Liaison)


Current board member nominations for renewal:


Andy Hubbart, BankWest

Kim Easland, American Bank & Trust

Rick Dockter, Ameriprise Financial

Damon Wheelhouse, Allied Plumbing & Heating


Additional nominations may be made from the floor by members during the Annual Meeting.

CVB Report
Tia Kafka, Convention & Visitors Bureau Director

It’s Christmas time in Pierre with Christmas at the Capitol. This year’s theme is “Winter Wishes.” Nearly 100 Christmas trees fill the rotunda and hallways of the capitol for the 40th year. The Christmas trees are decorated by schools, churches, communities, and civic groups from across the state. The Grand Lighting Ceremony is Nov. 23, 2021. The display will be open to the public daily Nov. 24 through Dec. 26, 2021, from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. (CST).

Membership Report
Katie Johnson, Membership Director
New Members

Dakota Glove

2841 Essex Rd.

Pierre, SD 57501




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106 E Wynoka

Pierre, SD 57501



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Member Highlights
Chamber Events & Reminders

Ribbon Cuttings & Open Houses

The Alley Exchange


The Alley Exchange celebrated moving into their new location with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 16. You can now find the mixed vendor marketplace at Northridge Plaza, 1615 N Garfield, from 9 AM - 8 PM Monday through Friday,  10 AM - 6 PM on Saturdays, and noon - 5 PM on Sundays.

Rooster Rush 2021

Leadership Pierre 2021-2022

 Leadership Pierre enjoyed their second session on Oct. 14, which focused on education. The objective of the session was to learn more about educational opportunities  in the Pierre area, from our area public schools, to Capital City Campus, to The Right Turn, South Dakota Discovery Center and more.

Get Involved


The South Dakota Discovery Center needs your help and input! Please take a few moments to fill out the survey.

November 2021 Calendar of Events

2021 Chamber Board of Directors


Executive Board

Thomas Allerdings - President, ClubHouse Hotel & Suites

Aaron Fabel - Vice President, Oahe Family YMCA

Jodie Anderson - Secretary, Strategic Association Services

Melissa Puepke - Treasurer, First Dakota National Bank

Meredith Lee - Past President, Lee Real Estate

Board Members

Kellie Yackley
Avera St. Mary's

Keil Wendelshafer

Jessica Mefferd
Mefferd Agency - Farmers Union Insurance

Steve Bass
Delta Dental of South Dakota

Scott Neu

Reinke Gray Wealth Management

Chris McConnell
Black Hills Federal Credit Union

Jaymason Bramblee
Oahe Federal Credit Union

Stephen Webb
Gateway Ford, Lincoln & Toyota

Uriah Steber
Drifters Bar & Grille

Ex-Officio Members

Andy Hubbart, PEDCO Chairman

Pierre Mayor Steve Harding

Ft. Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson




Pierre Area

Chamber Staff


Sara Rankin

Chief Executive Officer


Katie Johnson

Membership Director


Tia Kafka

CVB Director


Mallory Benbow

Events & Communications Director

Pierre Economic Development Corporation

2021 Investor List


Thank you to the following businesses, organizations and individuals who are supporting economic development in Central South Dakota through their PEDCO membership investment.
Platinum Investors - $1000

Avera St. Mary's/Avera Medical Group


First National Bank

Montana-Dakota Utilities


Gold Investors - $600

A-G-E Corporation

American Bank & Trust

Beck Motor Company

Brosz Engineering Inc.

First Dakota National Bank

Midwest Development Inc.

SD Intrastate Pipeline Co.


Silver Investors - $300

Allied Plumbing and Heating Inc.

American Medical Response

Anderson Nill & Associates Inc.

Bartlett & Weaver Eye Clinic

Dairy Queen

Dakota Prairie Bank

Delta Dental

Fischer Rounds & Associates Inc.

Nystrom Electrical Contracting Inc.

Robins Water Conditioning Inc.

Stulken Petersen Lingle Walti & Jones LLP


Bronze Investors - $150

Acorn Trust Company, AmericInn Hotel & Suites, Anderson Contractors Inc., Anderson Dentistry, Angel’s Salon, BPRO Inc., Black Hills Federal Credit Union, Branding Iron Bistro, Butler Machinery Co., Central Dakota Eyecare LLP, Chandlers Inc., Chase Auto & RV, Clausen & Rice Inc, Clubhouse Hotel & Suites,  CommTech, Cone Ag Inc., Country Carpet & Flooring, Cowboy Country Stores, DJ’s Convenience Store, Dakota Radio Group KGFX – KPLO – River 92.7 – 1001.1 The Eagle, Dakota Storm Roofing, Rick Dockter/Ameriprise Financial, Drifters Bar & Grille, East Pierre Landscape & Garden Center, Envirotech, Feigum Funeral Home, Ferding Electric Inc., Floss Dentistry, Fort Pierre Development Corporation, Fort Pierre Livestock Auction, Foster Rentals, Friman Oil & Gas Inc., Governor’s Inn, Halverson Hunts LLC, Hughes County Abstract, Ingram Pest Service, Isburg Funeral Chapels, Jake’s Goodtimes Place, Jerome Beverage Inc., Korner Grocery, Krueger Contracting Inc., La Minestra, Lee Real Estate, Leingang Home Center, Mad Mary’s Steakhouse & Saloon, May Adam Gerdes & Thompson LLP, McDonald’s, MicroFix Inc., Midcontinent Communications, Midwest Cooperative, Missouri River Dentistry, Moreno Bachand Hruska & Scheibe PC, Morris Inc., Mustang Aviation, Nagel Agency Inc., Northridge Plaza, Northwest Pipe Fittings Inc., Oahe Electric Cooperative, Oahe Federal Credit Union, Oahe Home Builders Association, Oahe Veterinary Clinic, Olinger Law Firm, Olson Plumbing Inc., Palmer Currier & Hoffert LLP, Peitz Heating & Cooling, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company, Pergroup, Perkins Restaurant, Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce, Pierre Sports Center, Pizza Ranch, Puetz Corporation, Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center, Reinke Gray Wealth Management, Richie Z’s Brickhouse BBQ, Riter Rogers Wattier & Northrup LLP, Runnings, South Dakota Community Foundation, SDN Communications, Servall Uniform & Linen Supply, Slumberland Furniture, Smith Plumbing, S.D. Electric Utility Companies, State 123 Theatre, State Farm Insurance – Becki Potrzeba, Sunnyside Daycare LLC, Thielen Surveying & Mapping, Titan Machinery Inc., TMA of Pierre, US Bank, Wheelhouse Plumbing, Willard & Associates Inc., Willow Creek Wildlife, WW Tire Service, Zach Clark Insurance Inc.


Individual & Non-Profit Investors $60

Capital City Campus, Charles P. Schroyer, S.D. Bankers Association, S.D. Chamber of Commerce & Industry, S.D. Discovery Center, Rev. Jon B. Urbach

2021 PEDCO Board of Directors


Executive Board


Andy Hubbart - Chairman,


Mark Anderson - Secretary,
Self Employed

Kim Easland - Treasurer,
American Bank & Trust

Trustee - Doug Abraham
May, Adam, Gerdes, Thompson Law Firm

Trustee - Rick Dockter
Ameriprise Financial

Trustee - Ron Wagner
First National Bank


Trustee - Gordon Woods
SD Intrastate Pipeline

Karl Richards
Avera Medical Associates Clinic

Prakash Saripalli
My3Tech, 1 Stop Travel

Dawn Morris
Morris Inc.

Zach Clark
Clark Insurance

Damon Wheelhouse
Allied Plumbing & Heating

Liaisons - Annual Appointment

Thomas Allerdings
Chamber of Commerce

Jamie Huizenga
Pierre City Commission

Kim Olson
Area Director of Sen. Mike Rounds

Kristi Honeywell
Pierre City Administrator

Tom Rounds

Hughes County Commission


Jim Protexter
Chief Operating Officer

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