City of HuronOpposition from neighbors swayed the Huron City Commission to deny a variance requesting to build a duplex in an area zoned for single family housing. Tim Hofer requested the variance. He says the concerns raised about property values decreasing are unfounded…

Sergeant Barry Hershman is one of many neighbors who opposed the variance…

Twenty neighbors signed a petition opposing the variance. The Hearing Examiner recommended denial of the variance because of the neighbor’s opposition. The Huron City Commission did approve two prior variances. All three variance decisions had unanimous support from Commissioners.

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20160821_160918The Huron Police and Fire Departments took part in the second annual Battle of the Badges softball fundraiser Sunday. The ball game itself was a lopsided affair and Police Chief Denny Meyer had an interesting time informing the City Commission about how his squad did….

Meyer pointed out the game was about far more than a score….

Commissioner Mark Robish did point out that the police department did win the inaugural match-up last year…

 

Mayor Paul Aylward joked about the umpiring of the game as City Commissioner Gary Harrington was the games home plate ump. The event started last year as a fundraiser for the police department’s D-A-R-E program, which is funded solely on donations.

 

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20160822_204029The Huron City Commission takes another step in making it possible for a franchise restaurant to call the city home. The first reading of an ordinance that would establish a full-service, on-sale restaurant license was approved unanimously by the Commission…

Finance Officer Paullyn Carey say Huron will have to go back and establish a current market value for the new licenses with data from 2003 to 2008….

The license is very restrictive….

Jim Borszich with the Greater Huron Development Corporation has been hinting that a franchise restaurant may be looking at Huron and a restaurant is a key component to development in the Southtown Addition…

Commissioner Doug Kludt supported the idea but was cautious about how it may affect the value of current liquor licenses…

Borszich countered by saying the Commission would be responsible for setting the fair market value of the license so as to not low ball current license holders. Borszich also made is sound like the proposed restaurant is a go, but only if the Commission passes the ordinance….

The full-service on-sale restaurant licenses are not transferable, so if a business were to leave the license would be deleted, forcing a new owner to apply for their own. The cost of the license would go directly to the City of Huron.

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SDlottoHuron in August has been a lucky strike for players of the South Dakota Lottery….

Lottery spokeswoman Kelly Thompson says Stephen Martens of Huron came forward Thursday night as the winner of the 50-thousand dollar Powerball prize from the August 13th drawing. She says it’s the winners and not the prize that usually determine when a prize is claimed….

Huron has had a large number of visitors this year as a base for a section of the Dakota Access pipeline. Thompson says if the winners are local, they could simply be getting their affairs in order before coming forward…

The Powerball jackpot is nearing the 100-million dollar mark, but Thompson says after last year’s record-breaking billion dollar jackpot, lottery fever needs a few more dollars before it will break….

The winner of the $25-thousand dollar August 2nd Mega Millions drawing is still unkonwn. Lottery winners, no matter the game have 180 days to claim their prize.

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City CommissionThe Huron City Commission his holding it’s regular weekly meeting tonight. The Commission will meet as the Board of Adjustments to consider three variance requests. The first is filed by Chad Schroder, who is requesting to build a shed closer to a lot line than allowed by code. The second is filed by Shane Price, who is looking build an addition to a shed that would push he percent of structures on a property over 30-percent, which would be against code. The last variance is filed by Tim Hofer, who is wanting to allow a duplex where only single family homes are permitted. That variance has seen significant opposition from neighbors during previous hearings. When the City Commission reconvenes, Commissioners will get a semi-annual update from the Huron Chamber and Visitor’s Bureau and will consider renewal of the contract with Kingsbury County for E-911 services. The Commission will consider a Deed to transfer lots in the West Industrial Park to the Greater Huron Development Corporation and will consider two resolutions. One, if approved would release restrictive covenants on the West Industrial Park. The second would authorize Park and Recreation Director La Ron Klock to apply for a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant to replace the playground in Memorial Park. Commissioners will hold first reading of an ordinance establishing a full service on-sale restaurant license and the Commission will continue work on the 2017 city budget. The Huron City Commission meets tonight at 5:30 PM. The meeting is open to the public.

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SD CapitalThe Substance Abuse Prevention Study committee of the South Dakota Legislature met again last week in Pierre.  The group was put together to study drug abuse issues, and talk about possible solutions.  Committee Co-chair, Representative Mike Stevens of Yankton, says they listened to several experts on prescription drug abuse…


Stevens says education will have to be part of any drug prevention program…


Stevens says one area with no apparent answers is how to help former drug users get their lives put back together…


Stevens says while they don’t have any future meetings planned now, they will have a teleconference next month, and possibly set another full meeting later this fall.

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Jail DoorTwo Huron men have been arrested in Sanborn County for burglarizing businesses and vehicles in the county south of Huron. Sanborn County Chief Deputy Jason Coenen says two 20 year-olds, Blake Dorris and Russel Bau, Jr. are being held in the Beadle County Jail on a 25-hundred dollar bond. The men were arrested Wednesday in Woonsocket on the charges.

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droughtThis year’s drought conditions in eastern South Dakota has many growers getting ready to chop their corn into silage. SDSU Extension Agronomist David  Karki says the driest conditions are north of Watertown.


He says rain tapered off in May and June, according to data compiled at their SDSU reporting station near Watertown.


Karki says before growers chop their corn into silage they should check with their crop insurance agent.


Karki says for those growers who have small grains, if there’s depleted moisture, they should hold off on any cover crops.

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imgresThe State of South Dakota is rolling out a new victim notification system.  SAVIN stands for “Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification.”  Attorney General Marty Jackley says it will get important information out quickly to people who need it most…

Jackley says updated information related to crimes and criminals will be distributed by email and text…


Jackley says the state is one of the last few in the country to move to this type of system…


There is no cost to register and get the notifications. More information is available online at: savin.sd.gov.

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SidewalkIt looks like the hot, sticky weather most of the region has been living with for the last few weeks will move on.  Laura Edwards, South Dakota’s acting Climatologist says a change is coming…


Edwards says the pattern change will bring increasing chances of rain for many areas…


Edwards says the long range look into fall looks to be mild and maybe wet…


Edwards says they are getting no indications of any threat of early frost.

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