NewsOctober 10 2018

Posted by Lucy

Local couple receives state honor

Jim & Karen Gilman of rural Kennebec display the traveling award they received as the 2018 4-H Council Heartland Saddle Award recipients. Each year, individuals or couples are nominated for the honor; the field is then narrowed to five finalists. When presented their award at the SD State Fair, the Gilmans were joined by family.

NewsOctober 10 2018

Thrift Store joins Save-A-Label program

Posted by Lucy

Thrift Store joins Save-A-Label program

By: Angela Eves/LCH

   Looking for a way to help in the community but don’t have extra time to give? The Thrift Store and More in Presho has joined the Best Choice Save-A-Label program. The Save-A-Label program helps non-profit organizations raise money by turning labels into cash.
  Non-profit groups earn $.03 for each Best Choice UPC symbol redeemed, with a minimum of 1,000 labels required for redemption. Each bundle of 1,000 UPC symbols is worth $30, with no limit to how many bundles can be submitted.
  In addition, the Save-A-Label program issues one Bonus Certificate per group per year, which is redeemable with 1,000 UPC labels to receive an additional $30.
  You can help this effort by simply cutting around the UPC label of any Best Choice products, which are sold at local retailers around the area. There are more than 3,500 Best Choice products sold at over 2,400 stores in 24 states, giving many options to find labels.
  UPC labels can be dropped off at the Thrift Store or Husman’s Grocery in Presho during regular business hours. Money raised through the program will be put directly back into the community through activities sponsored by the Thrift Store throughout each year.

NewsOctober 03 2018

MW Club presents Home Town Hero Award

Posted by Lucy

MW Club presents Home Town Hero Award 
 
Modern Woodmen Club #2866-2 presented Dan Labeda with the hometown hero award for his heroism in saving a life at Hutch’s Cafe in June. Club members presenting the award before the football game Friday evening are l-r: Dawsen Volmer, Canyon Garnos and Chase Seaboy.

NewsOctober 03 2018

Referendum Petition filed with city determined to be invalid

Posted by Lucy

Referendum Petition filed with city determined to be invalid 
 
By Lucy Halverson/LCH
 
   The Presho City Council rejected a municipal referendum petition filed by Dan Meyer to put the sewer project to a vote of the people of Presho during their Monday night meeting. The decision was based on the city’s attorney opinion that the petition was invalid and not compliant with state statues. 
   According to state laws (2-1-9 and 9-20-9), the petition didn’t not meet the requirements of requisite heading and verification on all pages. It was a three-page copy of an official petition, not a self contained petition. The deadline to file a referendum petition is 20 days after the publication of an action taken by the city council. Mayor Mike Sprenger informed the council that Meyer had been contacted regarding the invalid petition.  
   Terry Aaker of SPN Engineering was not present at the meeting to give an update on the project plans. Sprenger stated he has been in contract with SPN and the plan is still being completed. The city has received a grant, and loan forgiveness from the state to fund the project, although an increase in sewer/water rates is expected to fund the improvement project.  
   This project will not raise taxes,” said Angela Ehlers. “Sewer fees will go up but the amount at this time is not know.” 
   It probably wouldn’t hurt to educate people a little more,” said Carl Brakke, referring to the project that will replace the sewer system in much of the town, and redo Main Street.  
   Ehlers stated some Main Street property owners have questioned what their responsibilities will be regarding sidewalk replacement. 
   We do need public meetings on how we’re going to implement the project,” said Ehlers. 
   The bid of $240,967 for the Sidewalk Project was awarded by the state to Sharpe Enterprises of Fort Pierre on Monday, Sept. 24. The council discussed the project and the process that has been in the works for the past four years. The city of Presho will be responsible for about 18 percent of the cost or about $43,000 and approximately $14,000 of in-kind labor and equipment.  
   The council approved the 2019 Appropriations Ordinance as presented.  
   Tabled the discussion regarding the implementation of the IPMC – International Property Management Code to allow council members more time to study the changes in the 2018 and 2019 codes. 
   A written report from Mike Olson, Code Enforcer, was reviewed by the council. Sprenger noted that since Olson completed the report, some property owners have shown progress on improvements; 19 have made contact with Olson and have been given a date to compete work and be in compliance with city ordinances. Only three properties have not taken any action and could be scheduled for abatement. 
   A written animal nuisance complaint filed by Presho resident Susan Thomas concerning dogs in her neighborhood was considered by the council. The parties involved in the complaint were in attendance and following a discussion, that became belligerent at times, the council dismissed the complaint as no specific nuisance was identified, and it appeared to be more of a misunderstanding of the city’s leash law than a nuisance violation. 
   Ehlers asked if the dogs in question were licensed, reminding owners all dogs must be vaccinated and licensed. Council member Roy England stated, “I hear a lot of complaints of dogs running in other people’s yards. We probably have to try and corral the dogs or take pictures of them and charge the owners when they are running at large... and nobody’s around them.”
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