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December Newsletter from your Pierre Area Chamber

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

Hello Callie,


This is the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce, Pierre Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Pierre Economic Development Corporation's December 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

CEO's Report
Sara Rankin, Chamber Chief Executive Officer

“Volunteers don’t necessarily have the time; they have the heart” – Elizabeth Andrew


This quote is the epitome of every volunteer I have ever had the pleasure of working with. They don’t do it for the recognition, and they certainly don’t do it for the pay, they do it because it is their chance to give back to the community or make a difference in the lives of those around them. For some it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or to build on existing experience and knowledge. Whatever their reason, they do it because their heart has led them there.


The Chamber is a fantastic way to get involved and stay on the forefront of change in our community. Some of the opportunities to get involved for an hour or two a month include:


Capital Area Networking Group (CAN): A group of professionals in the Capital area that focus on fostering business relationships, evolving business environments, and professional development.


Agri-Interest Committee: Promotes ties between agriculture-based interests and the Pierre/Fort Pierre business community. Join this committee and explore ways to connect the community to the ag industry and help plan an event or two.


Government Relations Committee: Give member businesses a voice in the political process on a local, state, and national level. Join this committee to review issues that impact Chamber membership and help plan Legislative Coffee events and forums to provide an opportunity for local voters to be educated on issues and candidates.


As we begin to wrap up 2021 and head toward the new year, I find myself wondering where the time has gone. It seems like it was just yesterday when I started this journey at the Chamber, and here I am, five and a half months in. That time could have become overwhelming without the support of the Chamber’s many volunteers (and of course the amazing staff), but most especially those who volunteer their time to sit on our Board of Directors. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our outgoing board members; Melissa Puepke, Chris McConnell and Angie Bollweg and to welcome our newest board members; Kevin Tiger and Jill Janecke. Thank you for giving your time to help in making the Chamber and our member businesses a success! Thank you to outgoing President Thomas Allerdings for your leadership during a year of much transition, we appreciate you!


The Chamber is just one organization that counts on volunteers, there are so many incredible agencies and community events that rely on volunteers to make things happen. I encourage each of you to find a volunteer opportunity in the community that speaks to your heart, and make it happen this holiday season!


Wishing you a Happy Holiday Season and thank you for staying Loyal2Local!

2022 Board of Directors Announced

Executive Board:
President: Aaron Fabel, Oahe Family YMCA
Vice President: Jodie Anderson, Strategic Association Services
Secretary: Jessica Mefferd, Farmers Union Insurance
Treasurer: Jaymason Bramblee, Oahe Federal Credit Union
Past President: Thomas Allerdings, ClubHouse Hotel & Suites


Board Members:
Meredith Lee, Lee Real Estate
Kellie Yackley, Avera
Kiel Wendelschafer, Walmart
Ty Kinneberg, BankWest
Steve Bass, Delta Dental of South Dakota
Scott Neu, Reinke Gray Wealth Management
Stephen Webb, Gateway Ford Lincoln & Toyota
Uriah Steber, Drifters Bar & Grille
Kevin Tiger, Silver Spur Restaurant
Jill Janecke, Rising Hope Counseling, LLC


The Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce will be closed on Friday, December 24, and Friday, December 31 to spend the holidays with our loved ones. Happy holidays to you and yours!

Don't Open a Business Before Answering These questions
Christina R. Metcalf, Contributor, Chamber Blog Post

5 ways you can GIVE this #GivingTuesday
1. Give your time or your talent; volunteer, lend your skills
2. Give your voice; sign a petition, advocate for a cause
3. Give money; donate or fundraise for a nonprofit
4. Give goods; organize a food, supply or clothing drive
5. Give kindness; buy someone lunch, compliment a stranger, hold the door for someone

Pierre Mayor Steve Harding's Report

Season’s greetings! I hope your holidays are off to a good start.


I’m once again feeling very blessed this season. I absolutely have many things to be thankful for in my personal life - health, friends, family, and a couple of grandchildren to spoil all year long.


In my professional life, I have many blessing to count as well. I share a commission desk with a group of dedicated public servants who always keep the best interests of the community in mind. Together, we are armed with a team of employees who help us find solutions, create opportunities, and improve our community.


Plus, we have many community-minded people living in Pierre. These are folks who volunteer at Feeding South Dakota, spend their noon hours at meetings benefitting the city, donate through the United Way, coach little kids soccer teams, feed the animals at the local shelter, and serve on city advisory boards.


These are also the folks who are helping usher in improvements in our park system. We have several volunteer groups that have brought the resources and gumption to develop new park amenities. We have a dog park under development, a new outdoor pool in the works, and pickleball court plans moving forward all because Pierre has citizens who are passionate and willing to put forth effort to improve the community. 


Many of our sports facilities have updated scoreboards thanks to the generosity of our corporate citizens. Our softball complex and tennis courts have shade structures thanks also to public-private partnerships. Hyde Stadium and the Griffin Park baseball field were both renovated as the result of ambitious user groups. 


As the old saying goes… it’s not the place, it’s the people. Admittedly, I might be a little biased, but I think the people in this community, whether they’re volunteers, public servants, business owners, or our youth are the best!


As it turns out, my professional blessings are yours to enjoy as well.


Thank you for all you do to make Pierre a wonderful place to call home.


Enjoy the holiday season!

Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson's Report

We are fortunate that the Central SD Enhancement District was prepared with a good computer program and training to assist their members through the process. The staff there came up with 5-6 options for us to choose from that would meet the requirements for equality and non-discrimination.


Ordinance no. 1057, reflecting the redrawn ward map, was introduced at a special Council meeting on November 18th. It will be on the agenda for final approval at the December 6th meeting and will become effective January 1, 2022. With Council approval, the new map will look like the illustration.

Jim Protexter, COO
Capital City Economy
CVB Report
Tia Kafka, Convention & Visitors Bureau Director

Christmas at the Capitol is in full swing. The trees are on display from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, now through December 26, 2021. Invite family and friends to view the trees. I promise you will not be disappointed after seeing the beautiful displays. This year’s theme is ‘Winter Wishes.’


After taking in the trees, don’t forget to check out the third annual ‘Light up the Pierre Area’ holiday light competition. The deadline to participate is December 3, just email your name, address and a photo of your display to conatchamber@pierre.org. A map of participating area residents who are happy to show off their home’s holiday displays will be available on the Chamber’s website and Facebook page from December 7-28. Grab some hot chocolate, load up the family and take a driving tour. Don’t forget to cast your vote online at pierre.org for your favorite homes and businesses! 


The Pierre Convention & Visitors Bureau is finishing the marketing plan for 2022. We will be continuing with successful concepts that have remained in the plan for the past few years and will implement some new ideas as well. The marketing plan is an effective foundation to facilitate getting the word out to people interested in visiting our beautiful area.


Happy holidays to you all, and I hope everyone stays healthy and safe. Support our small businesses and shop local this holiday season! #Loyal2 Local

Membership Report
Katie Johnson, Membership Director
New Members

Fun Time Rentals

Derek Diedrich

114 E 9th Ave.

Fort Pierre, SD 57532




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We rent FUN! Boats, campers, jet skii's, kayaks, paddle boards, trailers, cars, RV tubes, swim mats and generators.

ElleWorx Massage and Wellness

Elle Barnett

365 S Pierre St.

Pierre, SD 57501




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We are a massage practice that operates by appointment. We also offer other services, like an oxygen bar for optimal wellness. We're your partner in all things healthy and well living. This is your invitation to a more relaxed you, and we welcome you!

Gateway Mortgage, A Division of Gateway First Bank

Stephanie Odden

221 W Capital, Suite 103

Pierre, SD 57501




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We are a Mortgage Bank with Headquarters in Jenks, Oklahoma. Gateway has been in South Dakota since 2016. Buying a home just got easier at Gateway Mortgage.

Pierre Music, LLC

Kerry Freidel

1615 N Harrison Ave

Pierre, SD 57501




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Central South Dakota's best resource for music lessons, instruments, instrument rentals, PA system rentals, and audio recording gear. Currently offering lessons for piano, violin, drums, ukulele, guitar, banjo, harp, and band instruments.

Member Highlights
Chamber Events & Reminders

Ribbon Cuttings & Open Houses

The Farr House


The Farr House celebrated it's grand opening with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House on Tuesday, Oct. 26. You can find the historic home at 106 E Wynoka Avenue in Pierre, SD. Call Ashley at 605-301-0861 to book the Airbnb for a stay, or to rent the space for a small special event.

Karl's TV & Applicance


Congratulations to Karl's TV & Appliance on moving into its new store location in Northridge Plaza! Visit the showroom at 1615 N Harrison and shop their great selection of name brand appliances.

Fall Business After Hours

The Chamber held its Fall Business After Hours on Thursday, Nov. 18 at The LB - The Longbranch. Co-hosts included the South Dakota Popcorn Co., NorthStar Financial Services, Vona Johnson Coaching, The Farr House, and the Oahe Home Builders Association.

Participating businesses and attendees enjoyed food, beverages and getting back to building relationships in person.

If your business would like to participate in a future Business After Hours, contact Katie Johnson via email or call 605-224-7361.

Parade of Lights 2021

Monday, Nov. 22 was a beautiful evening for the 21st annual Parade of Lights! Thank you to those who decorated a float and helped us to ring in the holiday season. Thank you to the community for showing up to support our local organizations and businesses. If you weren't able to make it to the parade in person, it will re-run on OaheTV through the holiday season.

- Congratulations to the 2021 float award winners - 

1st Place sponsored by Lynn's Dakotamart: Avera St. Mary's

2nd Place sponsored by ClubHouse Hotel & Suites: Fun Time Rentals

3rd Place sponsored by First National Bank: Central SD Skating Club

Griswold Award sponsored by Walmart: Fischer, Rounds & Associates

Mayor's Choice: Ferding Electric, Inc.

Leadership Pierre 2021-2022

 Leadership Pierre enjoyed their third session on Nov. 4, which focused on local and state government. The objective of the session was to learn about different aspects of local and state government, with a focus on how to become part of public service, either by running for office, participating as a juror, or contributing to our state through employment or serving on a board.

Get Involved

December 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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