Stained Glass Being Removed from Capitol Rotunda as
Restoration Project Begins
Mueller says 16 panels that create the “eye” of the rotunda were taken out of place Thursday and Friday but they remained in the dome until they could be brought down yesterday. Kevin Grabowski, project director from Conrad Schmitt Studios said yesterday that the dome portion of the project is the most complicated of the Capitol’s four areas where glass will be removed.
Grabowski says the panels are showing their age and are in need of some attention.
Lights that used to illuminate the panels in the rotunda dome no longer work and the state is considering adding a new lighting system in the dome to highlight the beauty of the panels. Grabowski says the lighting, combined with the cleaning and restoration work on the panels will likely make a difference in how they currently look from afar.
Plans call for all of the stained glass in the rotunda dome to be removed by the end of the week. The spaces will be replaced by specially cut wood pieces. Grabowski says once the work is done, the state will have some piece of mind knowing that the stained glass pieces are very stable and will remain so into the future. Conrad Schmitt Studios has set up a blog to offer updates on the progress of the restoration project. The blog is available at http://conradschmittprojects.wordpress.com/. Check out a video of crews lowering a section of stained glass Monday on the homepage of our website at www.drgnews.com.
SD Humanities Speaker Discusses Importance of Repair and
Restoration Work on Stained Glass at Capitol
Getting a chance to see the panels close up-once they were brought down to the floor of the rotunda, Johnson said the pieces are quite special.
Johnson says it’s hoped that the renovation work on the panels will provide more of a clue into where the glass was created when the Capitol was constructed more than 100 years ago.
Johnson identified the stained glass as “American Opalescent Glass”.
She says it was probably made in Kokomo, Indiana by a company called
Kokomo Glass, which was a popular glass maker at the time. Johnson plans
to go to the Conrad Schmitt Studios in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the
coming months to check the progress of the South Dakota project.
Commission Gives Okay for Placement of Statue Honoring Former
Governor Bill Janklow
Kinsman says Trail of Governors Foundation needed to get approval from the commission to place the Janklow statue near the Capitol as the commission is responsible for changes made to the Capitol complex and nearby grounds.
Kinsman says cement needs to be placed before the Janklow statue can be put up.
Rick Jensen, President of the Trail of Governors Foundation says once
the concrete pad is complete, the Janklow statue will be erected in its
new home sometime this year. He says it will face Broadway Avenue and
will be looking toward the Hilger’s Gulch area with the statues back to
Capitol Lake and the monuments located behind it. The Trail of Governors
board will meet tomorrow to likely give the final approval for the
placement of Governor Wollman. Jensen says plans call for it to be
located at the southwest corner of the Pierre Street and Dakota Avenue
intersection in a newly created bump-out area.
Highway Work to Impact Highway 83 from SD/ND Border North
Winter Wheat Meeting to be Held in Draper Next Week
Fanning says one of the two speakers at the event will be Nathan Mueller, SDSU Extension Agronomist-who will talk about various Winter Wheat varieties, Crop Performance Testing trials and more.
Fanning says SDSU Extension Commodity Marketing Specialist Lisa Elliot will also be at the meeting to provide an outlook for wheat prices and potential changes in the crop insurance program.
Tuesday’s meeting is free and starts with a meal prepared by local church women and sponsored by several area businesses at 6:30 p.m. at the Auditorium in Draper. For more information, contact the Winner Regional Extension Center at 842-1267.
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - An Air Force colonel says the service will conduct a thorough investigation into the crash of a B-1B bomber in southeastern Montana. Meanwhile, Col. Kevin Kennedy says he's thankful that four crew members were able to safely eject. The airplane crashed Monday in a remote area near Broadus, Mont. It was based at South Dakota's Ellsworth Air Force Base, one of only two bases in the U.S. that have B-1B crews. Kennedy says two 28th Bomb Wing pilots and two weapons system officers were taken by ambulance and air to South Dakota hospitals in Rapid City and Spearfish. He says their injuries were not life threatening. No details were released about what may have caused the crash, which occurred about 170 miles southeast of Billings, Mont.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A Pierre woman has pleaded guilty to stealing
from the federal government. Thirty-seven-year-old Brandis Rose was
accused of misappropriating more than $8,700 while working in 2009 for
South Dakota CARES, an organization affiliated with the federal Social
Security Administration. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says Rose will be
sentenced Oct. 28 on the charge of theft of government funds. She could
face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - City commissioners in Pierre will be considering
a proposal in the coming weeks to build an indoor sports facility and
events center. A Public Facilities Task Force has endorsed the idea of a
multimillion-dollar facility that could handle indoor sports as well as
shows and meetings. The task force has representatives of city and
county government, and the business, health and education sectors.
Building a new facility has been talked about since the run-down City
Auditorium closed more than two years ago. A consultant earlier this
year recommended a 40,000-square-foot multipurpose building.
STURGIS, S.D. (AP) - A Sturgis man has claimed a $90,000 Hot Lotto prize. Charles Dirnbauer says he plans to pay off his motorcycle, pay some other bills and put the rest in savings. Dirnbauer's ticket matched all five white ball numbers but missed the Hot Ball in the Saturday drawing to win the game's $30,000 second prize. He also bought an option for an additional dollar that tripled the winnings. The odds of winning Hot Lotto's second prize are 1 in about 1.6 million. Hot Lotto is played in 15 states and the District of Columbia. The jackpot sits at $1.2 million for the next drawing, on Wednesday.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Allegiant Air is adding service at the St. Cloud
Regional Airport. The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation recently
announced new service to a leisure destination, although no city was named.
Mayor Dave Kleis plans to make an announcement on the destination today.
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - The judge who's now deciding on a sentence
for former Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning has said her
decision could come as soon as tomorrow morning. Col. Denise Lind
began her deliberations this morning after a court-martial at Fort
Meade in Maryland. Manning could get up to 90 years for leaking
documents to WikiLeaks, including Iraq and Afghanistan battlefield
reports and State Department diplomatic cables.
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's chief negotiator says her country will
make "dramatic decisions" to reach a final peace agreement that will
end the conflict with the Palestinians. But she's warning that hawks
inside the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are
making her job more difficult. The remarks from Tzipi Livni came as
a senior Palestinian official said Israeli and Palestinian
negotiators would meet today for their second round of talks.
UNDATED (AP) - An annual survey shows that the average cost for
employer-sponsored health insurance rose modestly this year, but it
still outpaced worker wage increases.
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Dillon Gee pitched into the eighth inning
for the New York Mets in a 6-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on
Monday afternoon in a makeup game from April 14. Gee turned in yet
another quality start, and the offense for the Mets was about as
balanced as could be with RBI singles by Eric Young, Daniel Murphy,
Andrew Brown, Wilmer Flores and Omar Quintanilla. All five of them had
two hits, as did Marlon Byrd, who hit his 20th home run. Rookie Kyle
Gibson struggled again, failing to finish the fourth. He recorded 11
outs and surrendered 10 hits. The Mets won the first two games of the
series here by a total score of 20-7, but the finale was postponed due
to cold and rain.
NEW YORK (AP) - Major League Baseball has issued a challenge to
Alex Rodriguez's lawyer to allow the sport to make public the
evidence that led to the 211-game suspension of the New York third
baseman. MLB executive vice president Rob Manfred says baseball
would disclose "all drug tests" and "all prior violations" of
Rodriguez, plus evidence tied to whether Rodriguez obstructed MLB's
investigation of the Biogenesis clinic. The move came after the
lawyer told NBC's "Today" show on Monday that the evidence would
"never stand up" in court or before an arbitrator.