NewsJanuary 11 2017

2017 Hall of Fame Induction

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2017 Hall of Fame Induction
 
The first Hall of Fame Induction for 2017 was held Sat., Jan. 7 at the Lyman Gym during the Mid Dakota Monster Wrestling Tournament. Former outstanding wrestler Dana Hoffer was presented with his Hall of Fame plaque by his former high school wrestling coach Tim Steffensen.
 

NewsJanuary 11 2017

Town board asks for one more re-design

Posted by Lucy

Town board asks for one more re-design
 
Lucy Halverson/LCH
    Several city residents, concerned with the location of the proposed new sanitary sewer lines, attended Monday night’s Kennebec Town Board meeting to ask the town to reconsider where the lines cross their property. 
     New Grant of Access forms along with location maps were distributed to property owners affected by the installation of lift stations and new lines following the December town meeting. At that time, the board decided that if changes were to be made it would be at the cost of the property owner. After further discussion Monday night, it became apparent that based on the proposed engineering firm’s plan, the project as presented would cause disruption to several businesses and unnecessary cost to trench or bore through other utilities, trees and structures.
     The board agreed to send the proposed changes as presented by the property owners in attendance, and others submitted, back to the engineers to be re-designed at the town’s cost, and then move forward with bid letting. 
     Todd Longville, presiding over the meeting as vice-president, stated he was hopeful, property owners would approve the plan with the changes.
     "For the last time, let’s get it re-designed, so property owners will sign off on it and get it out to bid,” said Longville.  
     SPN engineer Camden Hoffer stated the project needed to be advertised for 10 days, and the town could possibly open bids at the February 6 meeting. 
     Following an executive session the board returned and authorized a two-percent salary increase for permanent city employees, Charlie Gran, Bailey Creasey and Kathy Caslin, and also a $50 Christmas bonus for employees. 
     The board instructed Creasey to start advertising for summer help. In other action, the board approved the following:     
     • Grant of Access for the rodeo grounds. 
     • Appoint Deb Halverson to the Housing Board to fill position vacated by Rodney Mick.
     • Building permit from Todd and Barb Meier for a 20 x 21 foot addition to the motel office.
     • Donation of $1,000 to Rails to the Future.
     • Changing the date on the Welcome to Kennebec sign to 1905 at an estimated cost of $640.

NewsJanuary 04 2017

Power back on in West Central coverage area

Posted by Lucy

West Central Electric Cooperative crewmen had to plow through snow drifts to reach areas where lines and poles were down.

NewsJanuary 04 2017

Power back on in West Central coverage area

Posted by Lucy

Power back on in West Central coverage area
     Power has been restored to all rural electric cooperative members in South Dakota who were affected by the Christmas Day 2016 winter storm Europa.
     As of January 1, all members, including those hardest hit in the northeastern part of the state had power.
     West Central Electric Cooperative at Murdo had restored electricity to the last of their members as of Friday, Dec. 30.
     The storm caused outages to more than 23,000 members of more than 20 South Dakota electric cooperatives, extending across most of the state of South Dakota.
     Hundreds of co-op employees at the cooperatives affected by the storm worked all week to make repairs. More than 74 workers from 16 South Dakota electric cooperatives assisted with repairs, along with 52 workers from 13 cooperatives in Minnesota and Iowa.
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