Public Interviews of Applicants for Meade County Commissioner District 1

For Immediate Release: Monday, December 17, 2012 

CONTACT: Jerry Derr at 605-720-1625

Public Interviews of Applicants for Meade County Commissioner District 1 

Sturgis, SD - The Meade County Board of Commissioners will hold public interviews of District 1 Commissioner applicants at a special commission meeting on December 19, 2012 @ 9:00 am.  The public is encouraged to attend this open session meeting.  

District 1 Commissioner Applicants: 

  1. Joe Garner
  2. William Gropper
  3. Bill Kluck 
  4. Galen Niederwerder
  5. Jason Reed 
  6. Richard Richter
  7. Craig Shaver 
  8. Nicole Skouge
  9. Charles Spring

The successful applicant will be appointed in January, 2013 to fill the vacancy left by Commissioner Cammack - following his election to the SD Legislature as Representative for District 29.

Meade County Institutes Immediate "Burn Ban"

For Immediate Release: Friday, June 29, 2012

CONTACT: Angella Sutton

Meade County Institutes Immediate “Burn Ban”

Sturgis, SD – The Meade County Commission met in emergency session today to initiate an immediate county-wide burn ban and fireworks restriction. Due to the extreme fire dangers that exist, we immediately institute a burn ban in Meade County, until it is deemed by the commission that conditions have improved. The Fireworks Restriction is effective immediately until July 5, 2012. 

The restrictions are linked with the National Weather Service’s Grassland Fire Index.  The Fireworks Ban is effective when the index reaches the very high or extreme category. The Fire Index changes daily depending on rain, temperatures, and humidity. The fire index may be found online at -

There are different definitions and regulations that are entailed within the open burning allowance which include details on fireworks, campfires, and other incendiary devices. Open burning is defined as a burn barrel, open fires such as a camp fires that are not contained within a fully enclosed box or structure.  For more information please refer to the Meade County Ordinance NO. 27 - which can be found at