NewsOctober 13 2014

Wheat Growers Kennebec facility groundbreaking set for October 15

Posted by Lucy
Groundbreaking begins October 15 for Wheat Growers' state-of-the-art shuttle loader 
grain handling, fertilizer and agronomy facility in Kennebec, S.D.

Thanks to the hard work of many partners, the 40-mile Chamberlain to Presho
railroad line will be rehabilitated, enabling Wheat Growers to proceed with the new 
Kennebec facility. Wheat Growers is proceeding with plans to build the new 
Kennebec facility that will be located on the rehabilitated rail line. The event is
also a chance for Wheat Growers to say thanks to Rails to the Future, the 
South Dakota legislature, the Railroad Board and Department of 

The groundbreaking event begins at 11:00 a.m. with a program, followed by an
11:30 a.m. groundbreaking ceremony. The site for the event is across the road 
to the west from the existing Wheat Growers facility in Kennebec.

Special guests will be in attendance, and all media are welcome to attend.

NewsOctober 10 2014

1971 West Lyman football team inducted into Hall of Fame

Posted by Lucy

During the Lyman football game this upcoming Friday, Oct. 10 the 1971 West Lyman football team is being inducted into the Hall of Fame. At half-time the football team's accompishments will be recognized along with an individual plaque presentation for the inductees that are able to attend. There has only been 5 inductees that have RSVP'd but are hoping to have several more in attendance. Kickoff is at 7:00 pm vs New Underwood.

NewsOctober 08 2014

Presho woman gives state $10,000 for new rail line

Posted by Lucy

The following is reprinted with permission from the Pierre Capital Journal.

By David Rookhuyzen

It was the type of individual donation the state is generally not used to seeing.

Norma Johnson, 87, personally presented a check of $10,000 to Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Wednesday as a donation for the refurbishment of the state-owned MRC Railroad between Chamberlain and Presho.

The $30 million project will put in heavier rails and allow for bigger cars along the line, which was originally built in 1905. The legislature approved $7.2 million for the project during the last session and the state railroad board added another $7 million. Rails to the Future, a booster organization for the project, raised another $1 million from producers and agriculture groups.

Johnson, who farms in the area, said she had heard word about the railroad and wanted to do something to help.

"I’ve just always been a Presho booster," she said.

Johnson said she was happy to donate the money for all the little towns out in the middle of nowhere that could be helped by having a working rail line.

Daugaard said it was the example of Johnson that inspired others in the Presho area to donate to the project. And those funds were instrumental in the state securing a $12 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER, grant.

The state had received a similar grant for work on the line between Mitchell and Chamberlain three years ago and Daugaard said he didn’t expect to get another one so soon. But the money donated by Johnson and others gave the state a strong application.

"That says a lot and I think that said a lot in Washington D.C.," he said.

Bill Ferguson, with Rails to the Future, said the refurbishment was a needed project whose time has come. Not only will it help ship out local wheat – this year’s harvest was 53 million bushels – but also cut down the wear and tear from heavy trucks on county and local roads.

What makes Johnson’s donation so special is that she most likely won’t reap any of the benefits herself, he said.

"She’s doing it for the children and grandchildren of the area," Ferguson said.

NewsOctober 01 2014

New art in Vivian

Posted by Lucy

Travis Sickler, a professional painter from Pierre, has been working on new art work in Vivian. Sickler stated that "he loves making something out of nothing and has never painted grain bins before." Pictured left is one of two grain bin murals that has been completed The bins are located on the north/west part of town.

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