NewsNovember 22 2017

Game On, Cancer fundraiser

Posted by Lucy

Game On, Cancer fundraiser  
 
Stanley Jones Trust donated $38,173 to the Game On, Cancer event for the Helmsley Cancer Center. Pictured l-r: Donna Brakke, volunteer; Angela Ehlers, event coordinator; Kellie Yachley, Director of Avera St. Mary’s Foundation; Tami McClanahan, Stanley Jones Trust Board member; Devan Kleven, Cap Stone Student from Sully Buttes, and Andrea Diehm, volunteer. Game On, Cancer was held Friday evening and throughout the day Saturday at Jet Lanes Bowling Alley. Local donations made throughout the event were over $5,000. Stanley Jones Trust made a donation of $31,873 bringing the total to over $36,000. The Leona M. and Harry B.Helmsley Charitable Trust matched the donations bringing the total to over $74,000.

NewsNovember 22 2017

Grassland Coalition December Road Show will feature Gabe Brown

Posted by Lucy

Grassland Coalition December Road Show will feature Gabe Brown
 
   BROOKINGS, S.D. - The South Dakota Grassland Coalition, SDSU Extension and other partnering organizations celebrate another successful year by offering a great educational opportunity to members and non-members alike during the 2017 Road Show December 11 - 15 coming to several South Dakota Communities.  
   Gabe Brown will be the featured speaker during the roadshow stops in Hot Springs, Chamberlain, Crooks, Watertown and Aberdeen.   
   Gabe Brown is recognized as a national leader in the soil health movement. He converted his North Dakota farm from conventional tillage and grazing practices to a regenerative approach that has drastically reduced input expenses and increased profitability. These new management practices have also improved the overall health of his soil, livestock and lifestyle.  
   Event organizers ask that attendees RSVP to the contacts listed for each location below if possible for the meal, but walk ins are welcome. Registration at each event will begin at 9:30 am. Cost is Free to current Grassland Coalition members and $30 for non-members and includes a 1-yr membership with admission to Coalition events, tours, etc. For any general questions, contact Judge Jessop at 605-280-0127. 
   During the road show, Gabe will share details of transitioning a farm away from conventional mentality and methods. He will discuss how the decision to embrace alternative management has improved the health of the air, water, plants, animals and people associated with his operation’s farming and grazing strategies.

2017 Road Show Agenda:

Hot Springs: Mon., Dec. 11, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (MST), American Legion Hall (1045 Jennings Ave, Hot Springs), RSVP to: Dave Ollila, SDSU Extension Sheep Field Specialist (605) 394-1722 or  david.ollila@sdstate.edu  

Chamberlain: Tues., Dec. 12, Road Show & Annual Meeting, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (CST), AmericInn (1981 E King St, Chamberlain), RSVP to: Judge Jessop - S.D. Grassland Coalition, (605) 280-0127 or judge.jessop©sdconservation.net. Following the road show, the S.D. Grassland Coalition Annual Meeting will begin at 12:35 p.m. 

Crooks: Wed., Dec. 13, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (CST), Crooks Community Center (701 S Western Ave, Crooks), RSVP to: Judge Jessop, S.D. Grassland Coalition, (605) 280-0127 or judge.jessop©sdconservation.net 

Watertown: Thurs., Dec. 14, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (CST), Codington County Extension Complex (1910 West Kemp Ave), RSVP to: Pete Bauman, SDSU Extension Range Field Specialist, peter.bauman©sdstate.edu or (605) 882-5140  or Jan Rounds, janice.rounds©sdstate.edu  (605) 882-5140

Aberdeen: Fri., Dec. 15, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (CST), Dakota Event Center (720 Lamont St S, Aberdeen, SD), RSVP to: Valeree DeVine, (605)426-6951 ex.3 or  valeree.devine@sd.usda.gov  

NewsNovember 15 2017

Seventh grade Veterans Day presentation

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Seventh grade Veterans Day presentation 
 
Seventh grader, Coy, puts the last piece of the puzzle on the display of the American Flag during the seventh grade presentation at the Veterans Day Program Friday, November 10. The seventh graders also built a picture of the ‘Fallen Soldier Battle Cross’ to honor the veterans who gave their life for our country.

NewsNovember 15 2017

Presho to hold Cancer Center Fundraiser

Posted by Lucy

Presho to hold Cancer Center Fundraiser
 
    It may be all fun and games November 17 through 18 at Jet Lanes but the mission is serious. Funds raised from “Game On, Cancer,” a 24-hour games marathon, will go towards building the Helmsley Cancer Center in Pierre and will be matched 1:1 by the Helmsley Foundation. Game players, fans and spectators are welcome to come and go throughout. Free will donations may be dropped off at any time during the 24 hours. 
   A variety of games, suitable for all ages, will be offered and include some special events. First out of the gate at 6:00 pm Friday will be the cancer derby, a race organizers created of horses representing cancer colors (pink for breast cancer, gold for pediatric cancer, etc.) that will call a winner based on donations designated for each color. Race progress will be posted hourly as donations are tallied. Lyman cheerleaders donated the “Cheer for a Cure” money jar where a donation gains a guess at the amount of money in the jar with the closest guess winning the money jar.  
   Games involving bowling, darts, bean bags, cards, dice and boards are on the agenda. Event planners challenge participants to organize/create their own games, noting supplies will be available. Lyman High Honor Society is in charge of games during “Teen Time,” which is 2 am until 7 am. Later Saturday morning, kids may decorate the face of their stick horse (provided) before racing their horses. A treasure hunt, two cake walks, and at least one balloon dart board are also planned.  
   Owner Carl Brakke says Jet Lanes is pleased to host “Game On, Cancer“ and he plans to donate a portion of his sales to the Helmsley Cancer Center. The kitchen will remain open later than usual with pizza and snacks offered all night. Breakfast will also be on the menu.  
   A beam that will be placed in the lobby of the Helmsley Cancer Center will be on hand for all to sign. Those signing have their choice of three pen colors: one for a cancer survivor, one in memory of, and one as a supporter of those who have had cancer.  
   The cancer derby horses will cross the finish line at 5:59 pm Saturday, November 18, at which time funds donated will be tallied. Representatives of Avera St. Mary’s Foundation will also be on hand for a special announcement. Volunteers are needed to assist making game supplies, preparing cakes, running games, or to be available to lend a hand.
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