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Please join in the memory of Gale Brink, Jennifer Anderson’s mother.

Gale Brink, 82, of Pierre, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2020 at Highmore Healthcare.

Graveside Services were held at 2:30pm, Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Blunt.  

Gale’s passion to serve touched so many during her lifetime.  Whether you knew her from her years in customer service, her restaurant and outstanding cooking abilities, or her multiple volunteer activities, you were touched by her generosity.
B. Gale Brink was born in Canadian, TX on April 20, 1938 to Oscar and Roberta (Popham) Parrott. She was a country girl with a passion for her animals. She attended school in Canadian until the early 1950’s when she moved to Midland, SD with her parents and brother, Robert “Butch” Parrott.  Her parents moved to a place north of Hayes, SD where she lived until the young age of 15, when she met and married Jim Brink and started her own family.  Gale was not a stranger to work.  She was a mother of 3 children by the time she was 20 years old, raising their children while working to help support her young family.  Jim and Gale settled their family in Onida, SD in the early 1970s and brought another daughter into their home. 
Her biggest passion has always been her family.  She was blessed with her first grandchild a few short months after her youngest child was born, and her blessings continued to grow as her family grew.  She was a key player in all of her grandchildren’s lives, teaching care and compassion, life skills, how to play in the dirt, or spoiling with “sugar” or a “bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck.”
In 1993, when her children were grown and independent, Gale relocated to Washington State, an area that remained fondly in her memories from a brief move there in 1967-68. Joining her son Jim and Colleen, she spent the next 20 years continuing her passion to serve in the support of her local family, where her grandchildren affectionately nicknamed her “Triple G” (Great Grandma Gale); her church, Washington Cathedral; her employer, FileNet where she supported administration and facilities; and her numerous friends and acquaintances. During this time “Triple G” was a positive influence in the raising of two grandchildren and five great grandchildren, was active in her church and developed a passion for travel with trips to Hawaii, the Caribbean and Alaska.  Her family applauded her gained ability to live the bountiful life she so fully deserved.   
In 2013, she moved back to Pierre, SD to support her next generation of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She was a granny on the go for as long as her health allowed.  She never missed an opportunity to watch her grands and great-grands play a sport or dance a recital.  She was very active in the SE Methodist Church and its mission work with the summer lunch programs and the Banquet meals.  She was also a regular participant and volunteer in the Pierre Senior Center.  Gale’s call for servitude was complete when she was released to heaven on May 14, 2020. 
Grateful for her love and mourning her loss are her children, Sue Joachim and Sam Holland; Jim and Colleen Brink; and Jennifer and Jason Anderson; her grandchildren: Craig Joachim; Megan and Jerid Jaeger, with their children Jaydn, Jaycee and Jovi; Colby and Marquette Brink, with their children Madison, Colt and McKia; Delynda and Vince Christenson, with their children Brinley, Parker and Brooklyn; Sydney Brink; Scott and Meghan Brink with their children Mason, Weston, Kadynce; Dustin and Becky Brink with their children Brianna, Taylor and Tristin; Danielle Larson with her children Shayla, Shaune and Reese; Jace Anderson and Hannah Lorenz; and Blake Anderson. 
Preceding her in death are her parents, her brother Robert Parrott, her daughter Lynda Brink, her granddaughter Melissa Joachim and her great-granddaughter Jessa Lee Jaeger.  

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made in care of Feigum Funeral Home for distribution to her favorite charitable organizations

From Rick Hahn, Public Works Director, Fort Pierre
RE: Crack Seal Cleanup

Debris Concerns

“The street sweeper will be out to collect the debris soon.  The sealer needs some cure time before it is hit with a broom.

For your information, some of the high traveled streets in Marion’s Garden will also be receiving a chip seal surfacing later this summer.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact our office”

Sincerely,

Richard A. Hahn PE
Public Works Director
City of Fort Pierre
Office (605) 223-7690
Cell (605) 280-9818

 

SDANG ‘Fight’n Lobos’ Over Pierre & Fort Pierre!
Saturday, May 16 appx 1:55-2:05 pm CDT

FOUR F-16’s will flyover the River Cities this Saturday to honor Armed Forces Day and salute our healthcare workers.

 Details from SDANG Public Affairs: 

4 F-16’s flying in formation;
Arrive closer to 1:55 but with the window open to 2:05 for weather;
Approach PIR from the north and exit to the south;
Flying at 1,500 feet above ground!
Slowing to 400 mph over PIR!
Time on station – one pass only;
You will hear them for miles!

Attention MGHOA Residents
Upcoming Events

~ Cleanup Day   ~  Saturday, May 2, 2020

~ MGHOA is planning our annual comunnity cleanup for May 2, 9am-noon.  We will meet at Playground Park, and will disperse in groups, no larger than 10, for projects in the subdivsion.  Socail distancing guidlines will be enforced.

~ Our Annual Garage sale will be canceled for 2020.

~ Our MGHOA Annual Member Meeting is posponed for the time being.  Social gathering guidelines dictate this decision.  When the time is right we will meet, once the coast is clear.

 

 


April 15, 2020
The City of Fort Pierre Newsletter/Update
is posted here.
Mayor Hanson and her staff have compiled
valuable information for your reference.

click here

 

MGHOA Residents Participate In
Street Masters 2020 Classic Car Easter Egg Hunt
April 12, 2020

Marlin and Ardys Roseland
’67 Nova/’94 Corvette
Tom and Kristi Maher
’14 Mustang
Gary and Connie Grittner
Plymouth Prowler
Gene Wieczorek and Joanne Beaird
Chevrolet Corvair

Mike and Judy Weisgram
Chevrolet Corvette

President Weisgram’s Spring 2020 Message
March 12, 2020

Marion’s Garden Homeowners Association

President’s Message – Spring 2020

Dear Friends,

Spring is just around the corner and I wanted to share a few thoughts for the upcoming Spring season and upcoming events for our Association members and housing development. Our Board of Directors met recently, and we have set dates for our Annual Meeting, Clean Up Day event, and Development Wide Yard Sale too. The dates are the following:

1. Clean Up Day – Saturday May 2, 2020. Meet at the Playground park at 9:00 AM and bring rakes, gloves, pruning shears / tools (if possible), and some ambition. We will provide the trash bags. The goal is to trim some bushes / trees and clean up debris that has blown in over the fall and winter. We usually conclude around noon and have pizza and refreshments at Dudley’s. Hope to see you there.

2. Marion’s Garden Annual Meeting – Tuesday evening, May 12, 2020. Meeting will start at 6:30 PM at the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center upstairs meeting room. We will review the financials, have copies of all the monthly meetings, give reports from Committee chairs, and converse about topics that the Board has been discussing. Please attend and bring your questions and comments as we look forward to discussing current conditions of our development. Your input helps us plan for the future.

3. Community Wide Yard Sale – Saturday May 16, 2020. May kicks off a busy yard sale time in Pierre / Fort Pierre and this is the opportunity to join your neighbors and have a yard or garage sale to clear out some room and turn your formerly loved treasures into cash. You run your own sale and MGHA will do the promoting. It’s been successful in the past, so we plan to hold it again in 2020.

4. Exterior Remodeling on your agenda this year? How about some Landscaping changes this year? New boat docks? If so, please contact one of our volunteers on the Architectural Committee to run your plans past the committee to make sure they are in line with our covenants and guidelines. Dave Bonde, Kevin Forsch, Mike Durrick, Gary Gritner, and Marlin Roseland are our committee members. Please contact one of them to get on the Architectural Committee’s meeting agenda to approve your plans.

One topic that has had a lot of discussion is the spring outlook for water releases from the Oahe Dam. Since 2011, many of us regularly watch water release schedules and amounts, mountain and plains snow accumulations, expected runoff amounts, and height of the Oahe Dam reservoir. As we have stayed in touch with the City of Fort Pierre and Senator Rounds Office, the most recent information has the threat of flooding conditions in Pierre / Fort Pierre at a greatly reduced chance. Obviously, there can be blizzards and large rain events that could change things but as of now, our Board is feeling less stressed about high water releases effecting our housing development. We had contemplated buying large cofferdams and deploying them behind the river houses as part of a city-wide effort to hold back flood waters. For us that have memories of 2011, we remember the large earthen dikes that protected our development but absolutely tore up yards and roads that took months and years to rebuild. Fortunately, we don’t anticipate adverse conditions this year, but we will stay vigilant and communicate with the City and Senator Rounds Office on a regular basis.

Thank you for paying attention to upcoming events and the annual meeting date and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Sincerely,

Mike Weisgram

 

DO THE FIVE
Help stop Coronavirus
1

HANDS Wash them often

2

ELBOW Cough into it

3

FACE Don’t touch it

4

FEET Stay more than 3ft apart

5

FEEL sick? Stay home

Please Take Heed To Avoid Sewer Problems in MG

Thursday, March 19, 2020

The following is from this morning’s Capital Journal.  Marion’s Garden does have a sewage pump station located on Skerrol’s.  Please do your part to avoid problems  caused by flushing improper items during this ongoing situation.

 

“Those hoarding toilet paper during the COVID-19 crisis may be causing more trouble than they realize.

When toilet paper is hard to come by, people turn to other solutions to get themselves clean. Those other solutions, like baby wipes, paper towels, and even tissues or paper towels, can wreak havoc on sewer lines.

“Toilet paper is uniquely designed to break down when it gets in the sanitary sewer system,” Pierre Wastewater Superintendent Nathan McCombs said. “Flushing anything that isn’t designed to go down the toilet is going to cause problems.” “

 

A Special Note for Midco Customers

We’re here to help.

Dear Midco® Customer:

In this time of uncertainly, we’re ready to support you. Connecting you to your work, classwork and loved ones is one of our top priorities.

As a commitment to our customers, we won’t disconnect services to customers financially affected by the Coronavirus pandemic for the next 60 days (through May 15). We will lead with compassion and work with those directly impacted. If you are having financial difficulties during this time, we encourage you to contact our customer care representatives by phone, via chat on Midco.com, text or social media.

With so many students at home now and lots of coursework to complete, we’re reminding schools and communities about our Lifeline program. It’s a federal program intended to put home phone and internet service within reach of qualifying families – giving low-income households affordable home phone or internet access. The Lifeline Internet Service is $14.95 per month (includes modem), but with a subsidy credit, the customer’s cost is $5.70 a month for 25 Mbps downloads and up to 3 Mbps uploads service. Typically, the online application and approval process takes three-to-five days. Once approved, the service installation is free.

Midco’s internet services are unlimited, meaning Midco does not impose any data caps or additional fees, so go ahead and work, learn and binge without worries. As for extra at-home internet usage, the Midco Network was designed to support large amounts of heavy traffic. The network is widely dispersed and designed to handle 20% above capacity peak usage times.

We’re all being faced with new challenges. You can feel confident that Midco will help you stay connected.

We’re committed to being here for you in good times and in bad.

Be well,

Pat McAdaragh
Midco President & CEO

All Marion’s Garden Homeowners
March 11, 2020

As we approach Spring, if you are currently considering improvements to your property, you are reminded that any exterior improvements must be approved by the Architectural Committee.  Concept  drawings and color samples should be provided.

Please contact:

Dave Bonde, Architectural Chair
605 280 9680

 

Current Water Releases
12:01 am
02/10/2020

1607.72 ft MSL- Pool Elevation above Oahe 
10071.00 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse
0.00 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Stilling Basin Outlet Works
Total Release – 10071.00 Cubic ft/second
1421.92 ft MSL- Tailwater elevation

Highest release rate for 02/09/2020 – 25146.00 Cubic ft/second – 10:00am

What a differnce, a month or two makes…Forecast for Spring 2020 will be updated over the next few weeks. 

Past history places the water levels in Marion’s Garden Canal
system approximately 6-8 inches above the canal wall cap in the 55-56,000 range.  

For hourly updated US Army Corps of Engineer information on current water releases from Oahe Dam
click here

For Hourly Data Collection Platform  – enter “Oahe” in the box

A-G-E Corp Pulls Paddlewheeler “Sunset” from Bad River

 


Capital Journal – 02-03-2020

The Sunset paddlewheeler made it ashore over the weekend — two weeks after high winds, lowering river level and ice worked to tip it on its berth on the Bad River enough to take on water.

It sat on the south bank just above the mouth of the Bad River as it joins the Missouri River in Fort Pierre. Captain Caleb Gilkerson helped organize an effort to save the boat.

Last week, the riverboat began to get righted. A crew worked to pump out the water from the first floor while keeping air in the compartments.

A-G-E Corps. Contracting of Fort Pierre, which has done the heavy lifting for the Sunset when it was brought to Pierre and Fort Pierre three years ago, had a big payloader and a track hoe providing the pulling on cables from both sides of the boat to both banks of the river to stabilize the boat for the past week or more. “So it didn’t tip over in the river while they were pumping it out,” said Andy Johnson, A-G-E Corporation Contractor of Fort Pierre.
On Friday afternoon, Jan. 31, a crew from A-G-E used two big payloaders and a motor grader to pull the riverboat out of the river into the parking lot behind the Silver Spur on the north bank of the Bad River, said Johnson.

A lot of people came to watch the operation Friday, Johnson said.

On Sunday, the second day of 50-ish temperatures, small ice floes were moving fast down the Bad River into the Missouri on Sunday. There was no ice standing on the Bad River near its mouth. People were driving back to the parking lot on Sunday to get a look at the beached paddlewheeler.

That’s where it will stay for some time while the Coast Guard and insurance officials inspect the Sunset to determine the extent of damage, Johnson said.

Gilkerson has been in the waters off Central America doing a diving trip for more than a week and is expected back in Pierre this week.

Before he left, Gilkerson made dives into the water-filled first floor of the boat. He estimated the Sunset, which normally weighs 120,000 pounds, was up to about 350,000 pounds with the extra water, while it lay off-kilter in the Bad River.

On Sunday, he texted to the Capital Journal this description of the rescue work by the A-G-E crew and employees of Gilkerson’s Steamboats Inc.:

“Racing against the clock divers worked tirelessly sealing more than 25 pipes underwater. With the boat sunken the pipes that normally serve as vents for the hull compartments became water intakes. After dealing them they attached a water suction line and a snorkel line to each of the six compartments. Then crews began the four-hour process of dewatering the Sunset.”

“On Friday, the third day after re-floating The Sunset and with the warm weather bringing the very real possibility of a destructive ice flow looming, Andy Johnson of AGE resolved to pull the Sunset out at the Bad River landing.”

“Without a trailer the AGE crew used soap, water and rubber mats for a kind of slip and slide. Then with brute horsepower using two large (payloaders) and a road grader attached to the boat they dragged it out of the water.”

“The Sunset is still needs to be lifted off the ground and blocked up.”

More Photos
click here

 

Current Water Releases
12:01 am
12/03/2019

1609.11 ft MSL- Pool Elevation above Oahe 
50308.00 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse
9194.00 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Stilling Basin Outlet Works
Total Release – 59502.00 Cubic ft/second
1428.32 ft MSL- Tailwater elevation

Highest release rate for 12/02/2019 – 65162.00 Cubic ft/second – 10:00am

Releases Scheduled to reach 62,000-65000 Cf/s through Nov 30, 2019.  As indicated, the releases will continue to drop thru the end of December 2019

Past history places the water levels in Marion’s Garden Canal
system approximately 6-8 inches above the canal wall cap in the 55-56,000 range.  

For hourly updated US Army Corps of Engineer information on current water releases from Oahe Dam
click here

For Hourly Data Collection Platform  – enter “Oahe” in the box

Enough About the COE!
It’s Time to Decorate for Christmas!!

Our annual Marion’s Garden Christmas Lighting Contest will be contested through Friday December 20, 2019.  Judging will take place on that evening.  Get your displays set up and lit up, for sure, on Friday, December 20.
Any questions:
Contact Reg Nelsen – 605 280 2333

2019 Christmas Lighting
For Categories and Details

Current Water Releases
12:01 am
11/19/2019

1611.43 ft MSL- Pool Elevation above Oahe  – Down +/- 2.0 ft
49589 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse – Down +/- 1500 Cf/s
14384.0 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Stilling Basin Outlet Works -Up  slightly
Total Release – 63973.00 Cubic ft/second – Down +/- 1000 Cf/s
1428.67 ft MSL- Tailwater elevation – Down +/- .30 ft

Highest release rate for 10/18/2019 – 64822 Cubic ft/second – 10:00pm

Releases Scheduled to reach 62,000-65000 Cf/s through Nov 30, 2019

Past history places the water levels in Marion’s Garden Canal
system approximately 6-8 inches above the canal wall cap in the 55-56,000 range.  

For hourly updated US Army Corps of Engineer information on current water releases from Oahe Dam
click here

For Hourly Data Collection Platform  – enter “Oahe” in the box


Current Water Releases
12:01 am
10/29/2019

1613.52 ft MSL- Pool Elevation above Oahe  – Up slightly
50950 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse – Down +/- 150 Cf/s
14045.0 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Stilling Basin Outlet Works -Up  slightly
Total Release – 64995.00 Cubic ft/second – Down slightly
1428.91 ft MSL- Tailwater elevation – Down slightly

Highest release rate for 10/28/2019 – 65163 Cubic ft/second – 3:00am

Releases Scheduled to reach 62,000-65000 Cf/s through Nov 30, 2019

Past history places the water levels in Marion’s Garden Canal
system approximately 6-8 inches above the canal wall cap in the 55-56,000 range.  

For hourly updated US Army Corps of Engineer information on current water releases from Oahe Dam
click here

For Hourly Data Collection Platform  – enter “Oahe” in the box


Current Water Releases
12:01 am
10/26/2019

1613.35 ft MSL- Pool Elevation above Oahe  – Down slightly
51029.00 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse – Up +/- 2000 Cf/s
14037.00 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Stilling Basin Outlet Works -Up  +/- 2000 Cf/s
Total Release – 65068.00 Cubic ft/second – Up +/- 4000 Cf/s
1428.97 ft MSL- Tailwater elevation – Up +/- .50 ft MSL

Highest release rate for 10/25/2019 – 65178 Cubic ft/second – 4:00pm

Releases Scheduled to reach 62,000-65000 Cf/s through Nov 30, 2019

Past history places the water levels in Marion’s Garden Canal
system approximately 6-8 inches above the canal wall cap in the 55-56,000 range.  

For hourly updated US Army Corps of Engineer information on current water releases from Oahe Dam
click here

For Hourly Data Collection Platform  – enter “Oahe” in the box

 


Current Water Releases
12:01 am
10/22/2019

1613.71 ft MSL- Pool Elevation above Oahe  – Up slightly
49036.00 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse – Up +/- 500 Cfs
12070.00 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Stilling Basin Outlet Works -Up slightly
Total Release – 61106.00 Cubic ft/second – Up +/- 600Cfs
1428.48 ft MSL- Tailwater elevation – Down slightly

Highest release rate for 10/21/2019 – 63308 Cubic ft/second – 10:00pm

Releases Scheduled to reach 62,000-65000 Cf/s through Nov 30, 2019

Past history places the water levels in Marion’s Garden Canal
system approximately 6-8 inches above the canal wall cap in the 55-56,000 range.  

For hourly updated US Army Corps of Engineer information on current water releases from Oahe Dam
click here

For Hourly Data Collection Platform  – enter “Oahe” in the box


Current Water Releases
12:01 am
10/21/2019

1613.66 ft MSL- Pool Elevation above Oahe 
48567.00 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse
12066.00 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Stilling Basin Outlet Works
Total Release – 60633.00 Cubic ft/second
1428.64 ft MSL- Tailwater elevation

Highest release rate for 10/21/2019 – 63255 Cubic ft/second – 800pm

Releases Scheduled to reach 62,000-65000 Cf/s through Nov 30, 2019

Past history places the water levels in Marion’s Garden Canal
system approximately 6-8 inches above the canal wall cap in the 55-56,000 range.  

For hourly updated US Army Corps of Engineer information on current water releases from Oahe Dam
click here

For Hourly Data Collection Platform  – enter “Oahe” in the box

 


Gary Ambur’s Mother, Arlene Ambur Passes
Please Keep Gary and Bridget in your thoughts and prayers

Arlene Ambur—January 11, 1922 – October 4, 2019

Arlene Johanna Ambur, passed away on October 4, 2019. Funeral services will be at 10:30am on Monday, October 14, 2019 at American Lutheran Church in Presho, SD. Visitation will be from 9:30am until 10:30am at the church prior to the funeral and interment will follow at Presho City Cemetery. Memorials will be given to the Greater Lyman Foundation. 

She was born January 11, 1922, in Presho SD to Hilda and Martin Olson.  She graduated, Salutatorian of her class, in 1940. Her high school years were some of her favorite years with stories of Luther League and fun with friends. After high school she worked in various cafes including one at Stanford, SD and the Severson Café in Presho. Arlene attended National College of Business in Rapid City and, truth be known, she didn’t learn a thing as she had received such good education in high school in Presho.  She, however, did not tell her father that she knew everything they were teaching because she was having a great time in Rapid City going to USO dances and being on her own. She worked for A.C. Miller in Kennebec after completing her classes.

Arlene married Arvid Ambur on April 28, 1945.  Together they raised their four children. A lifelong Preshoite, Arlene was involved in her community and church. For many years she coordinated the Poppy Poster Contest and sales for the American Legion Auxiliary, she tied numerous quilts for the American Lutheran Church Women’s group. She was organist at the church, sharing her musical gift with other churches by playing for many funerals in the community.

Arlene is survived by her children, Michael-Nola Ambur, Arvidene-Dick Stanley, Dona-Rusty Thompson, and Gary-Bridget Ambur.  Brother Paul-Laverne Olson, sister-in-law Kay Ambur, 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews—each being a very special person to Arlene.

Arlene was preceded in death by her husband Arvid, infant son Robert, her parents Hilda (Mogan) and Martin Olson; siblings and in-laws Alpha and Lawrence Ambur, Alice and Don Sanderson, Clara and Ira Scott.

FUNERAL SERVICE
American Lutheran Church
  • 211 Birch Ave
    Presho, SD 57568
  •  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Presho City Cemetery immediately following the funeral service.


Current Water Releases
12:00 Midnight
10/12/2019

2019-10-12 ~ 12:00 Midnight

1613.97 ft MSL- Pool Elevation above Oahe 
50867.00 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse
10989.00 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Stilling Basin Outlet Works
Total Release – 61856.00 Cubic ft/second – Up over recent releases
1428.40 ft MSL- Tailwater elevation – Up slightly

Highest release rate for 10/128/2019 – 61,965 Cubic ft/second – 700pm

Releases Scheduled to reach 61,000 Cf/s starting September 30, 2019 and likely continue through November.
Past history places the water levels in Marion’s Garden Canal
system approximately 6-8 inches above the canal wall cap in the 55-56,000 range.  

For hourly updated US Army Corps of Engineer information on current water releases from Oahe Dam
click here

For Hourly Data Collection Platform  – enter “Oahe” in the box

Current Water Releases
12:00 Midnight
10/08/2019

2019-10-08 ~ 12:00 Midnight

1614.22 ft MSL- Pool Elevation above Oahe  – Down slightly
48881.00 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse – Up slightly
18941.00 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Stilling Basin Outlet Works – Steady
Total Release – 59232.00 Cubic ft/second – Up over recent releases
1428.22 ft MSL- Tailwater elevation – Up slightly

Highest release rate for 10/08/2019 – 61,723.00 Cubic ft/second – 600pm

Releases Scheduled to reach 61,000 Cf/s starting September 30, 2019 and likely continue through November.
Past history places the water levels in Marion’s Garden Canal
system approximately 6-8 inches above the canal wall cap in the 55-56,000 range.  

For hourly updated US Army Corps of Engineer information on current water releases from Oahe Dam
click here

For Hourly Data Collection Platform  – enter “Oahe” in the box

Current Water Releases
12:00 Midnight
10/05/2019

2019-10-05 ~ 12:00 Midnight

1614.36 ft MSL- Pool Elevation above Oahe  – Down slightly
39983.00 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse – Up slightly
18951.00 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Stilling Basin Outlet Works – Steady
Total Release – 58934.00 Cubic ft/second – Up over recent releases
1428.01 ft MSL- Tailwater elevation – Down slightly

Highest release rate for 10/05/2019 – 61,512.00 Cubic ft/second – 1100pm

Releases Scheduled to reach 61,000 Cf/s starting September 30, 2019 and likely continue through November.
Past history places the water levels in Marion’s Garden Canal
system approximately 6-8 inches above the canal wall cap in the 55-56,000 range.  

For hourly updated US Army Corps of Engineer information on current water releases from Oahe Dam
click here

For Hourly Data Collection Platform  – enter “Oahe” in the box


MGHOA Fall Social
Saturday, October 5, 2019
5:30pm at Dudley’s Valley Tap

MGHOA will provide the Meat!
Smoked/grilled Turkey, Chicken and Ribs
Prepared by Grillmaster Jerry Cloud

Please plan to bring a dish to pass
Soda and Adult Beverages will be available for purchase

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Presidents Letter for 4th Quarter 2019
Posted at the bottom of this page
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Notice from Rick Hahn

Fort Public Works Director

“To provide some relief to our Sanitary Sewer System, we are requesting all residents  verify that the sump pumps are discharging to the street or outside of residence.

DO NOT DISCHARGE SUMP PUMPS TO SANITARY SEWER DIRECTLY OR DISCHARGE TO FLOOR DRAINS OR SIMILAR DRAINS CONNECTED TO THE SANITARY SEWER.

It is against City ordinance to discharge sump pumps to the sanitary sewer system.”

Current Water Releases
12:00 Midnight
10/04/2019

2019-10-04 ~ 12:00 Midnight

1614.53 ft MSL- Pool Elevation above Oahe  – Down slightly
39608.00 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse – Down slightly
18960.00 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Stilling Basin Outlet Works – Steady
Total Release – 585680.00 Cubic ft/second – Down 1000.00 Cubic ft/second over recent releases
1428.30 ft MSL- Tailwater elevation – Steady

Highest release rate for 10/04/2019 – 61,539.00 Cubic ft/second – 200pm

Releases Scheduled to reach 61,000 Cf/s starting September 30, 2019 and likely continue through November.  
Past history places the water levels in Marion’s Garden Canal
system approximately 6-8 inches above the canal wall cap in the 55-56,000 range.  

For hourly updated US Army Corps of Engineer information on current water releases from Oahe Dam
click here

For Hourly Data Collection Platform  – enter “Oahe” in the box

 

Current Water Releases
12:00 Midnight
10/01/2019

2019-10-01 ~ 12:00 Midnight

1614.84 ft MSL- Pool Elevation above Oahe  – Down slightly
40629.00 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse – Down slightly
18981.00 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Stilling Basin Outlet Works – Steady
Total Release – 59610.00 Cubic ft/second – Steady
1428.07 ft MSL- Tailwater elevation – Down slightly

Highest release rate for 10/01/2019 – 61,538.00 Cubic ft/second – 1000am

Releases Scheduled to reach 61,000 Cf/s starting September 30, 2019 and likely continue through November.  
Past history places the water levels in Marion’s Garden Canal
system approximately 6-8 inches above the canal wall cap in the 55-56,000 range.  

For hourly updated US Army Corps of Engineer information on current water releases from Oahe Dam
click here

For Hourly Data Collection Platform  – enter “Oahe” in the box

 “Signs, Signs, Everywhere are Signs”

Residents of Marion’s Garden have noted the addition of signage to our community.  Many have been in place for several years and your Marion’s Garden Homeowners Association Board has added a few new advisories this summer.  Residents are reminded of the following:

  • MGHOA endorses a a Neighborhood Crime Watch Policy – Members are reminded to report any suspicious activity to proper authorities for resolution of the situation.   If you see something that doesn’t look right or seems suspicious – Please Report It!
  • The area surrounding the Canal proper is private property and as such trespassing is not allowed.  In addition diving is prohibited from the canal walls. Swimming in the canal is discouraged, and there is no lifeguard on duty at any time.  The Canal is posted as not being safe for winter activities due to the unstable water levels experienced through the winter months.  Traversing the Canal during the winter months is discouraged.
  • Marion’s Garden Marina is intended for the sole use of the members of that organization.  There is to be no diving or swimming off the dock system.
  • The playground at Railway Park is intended for the use of Marion’s Garden Residents.  All playground equipment is to be used for the purposes intended.  Should a resident note any unsafe use or any damaged equipment, it should be reported to a Board member immediately.
  • Marion’s Garden has a public bike path passing through.  Please note the location of that path and observe all “No Parking” zones.
  • Residents are reminded that on street parking is not allowed.  All residents must park in driveways.  The occasional visitor is allowed to park on the street if off street parking is mot available.  This advisory allows Marion’s Garden residents to avoid having to install sidewalks on their property, leaving the roadway open for bike paths and pedestrians.
  • Finally, The posted speed limit within the development is 25MPH…we have alot of children and pets in the area…Please remain alert at all times.

Marion’s Garden Aerial Photos
circa 1994-1995
Courtesy Dave and Linda Bonde

Historical Map of Fort Pierre and the Missouri River

Willow Island and Teton Island (Marion’s Island) are actually part of the present day Marion’s Garden.  According to the attached 1891 U.S. Surveyor General’s map, present day Marion’s Garden subdivision was largely part of Teton Island and a small portion of Willow Island.  The western and eastern boundaries of the subdivision were actually river channel surrounding the islands.

Teton Island, better known as Marion’s Island, was largely a garden area owned by Hormidas Marion.  In early early half of the 20th Century, the area now known as Teton Island development, south of the car bridge, was known as Marion Gardens, operated as a truck farm.  Note the name was Marion Gardens…not Marion’s Garden.

The approximate location of the west abutment of the train bridge is noted on the map.

Please feel free to correct, amend, or add your comments by emailing at info@mymghoa.com.

1891 Map
Marion’s Garden Approximate Location Map

Interesting Driving Tour of Pierre-Fort Pierre

The Historic Pierre organization (www.historicpierre.com) has put together an interesting brochure detailing a driving tour of the Pierre-Fort Pierre area.  The tour lists 32 points of interest in the area.  Please click the link below to view the document.

Pierre-Fort Pierre Driving Tour

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 President’s Message for Spring 2020

March 12, 2020

Marion’s Garden Homeowners Association

President’s Message – Spring 2020

Dear Friends,

Spring is just around the corner and I wanted to share a few thoughts for the upcoming Spring season and upcoming events for our Association members and housing development. Our Board of Directors met recently, and we have set dates for our Annual Meeting, Clean Up Day event, and Development Wide Yard Sale too. The dates are the following:

1. Clean Up Day – Saturday May 2, 2020. Meet at the Playground park at 9:00 AM and bring rakes, gloves, pruning shears / tools (if possible), and some ambition. We will provide the trash bags. The goal is to trim some bushes / trees and clean up debris that has blown in over the fall and winter. We usually conclude around noon and have pizza and refreshments at Dudley’s. Hope to see you there.

2. Marion’s Garden Annual Meeting – Tuesday evening, May 12, 2020. Meeting will start at 6:30 PM at the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center upstairs meeting room. We will review the financials, have copies of all the monthly meetings, give reports from Committee chairs, and converse about topics that the Board has been discussing. Please attend and bring your questions and comments as we look forward to discussing current conditions of our development. Your input helps us plan for the future.

3. Community Wide Yard Sale – Saturday May 16, 2020. May kicks off a busy yard sale time in Pierre / Fort Pierre and this is the opportunity to join your neighbors and have a yard or garage sale to clear out some room and turn your formerly loved treasures into cash. You run your own sale and MGHA will do the promoting. It’s been successful in the past, so we plan to hold it again in 2020.

4. Exterior Remodeling on your agenda this year? How about some Landscaping changes this year? New boat docks? If so, please contact one of our volunteers on the Architectural Committee to run your plans past the committee to make sure they are in line with our covenants and guidelines. Dave Bonde, Kevin Forsch, Mike Durrick, Gary Gritner, and Marlin Roseland are our committee members. Please contact one of them to get on the Architectural Committee’s meeting agenda to approve your plans.

One topic that has had a lot of discussion is the spring outlook for water releases from the Oahe Dam. Since 2011, many of us regularly watch water release schedules and amounts, mountain and plains snow accumulations, expected runoff amounts, and height of the Oahe Dam reservoir. As we have stayed in touch with the City of Fort Pierre and Senator Rounds Office, the most recent information has the threat of flooding conditions in Pierre / Fort Pierre at a greatly reduced chance. Obviously, there can be blizzards and large rain events that could change things but as of now, our Board is feeling less stressed about high water releases effecting our housing development. We had contemplated buying large cofferdams and deploying them behind the river houses as part of a city-wide effort to hold back flood waters. For us that have memories of 2011, we remember the large earthen dikes that protected our development but absolutely tore up yards and roads that took months and years to rebuild. Fortunately, we don’t anticipate adverse conditions this year, but we will stay vigilant and communicate with the City and Senator Rounds Office on a regular basis.

Thank you for paying attention to upcoming events and the annual meeting date and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Sincerely,

Mike Weisgram

 

 

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June 11 , 2019
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