January 05 2005

[b]Former Presho resident loads historic ton of coal[/b]

Posted by Kim
Doug Diedrich left the Presho area and went to work for Black Thunder coal mine near Gillette, WY in the late 1970's. The mine was still under construction when the first trainload of coal was loaded on December 14, 1977. Diedrich was at the controls that day. He was also at the controls Friday, December 17, 2005, when the mine reached a milestone never before achieved by a coal mine anywhere in the world.
The Arch Coal mine loaded and shipped its one billionth ton of coal Friday afternoon. Diedrich loaded the 74th car, fitted with a placard touting the mine's one-billionth ton, of a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad train.
The placard remained on the train as it made its way across the United States to a power plant in Stratton, Ohio.
Doug's wife Tracy (Christensen) formerly of Kennebec is also employed at Black Thunder. The mine, the second largest mine in North America, employees 650 and produces almost 10 percent of the U.S. coal supply.

January 05 2005

[b]Lines from Lucy[/b]

Posted by Kim
Has Winter finally arrived?

If you didn't get your outside Christmas lights and decorations down last week you might be waiting awhile for another warm day to come along to complete the task.


January 05 2005

[b]Iona News[/b] by Betty Shaffer

Posted by Kim
The Iona church had Christmas Eve services at
5:30 Friday evening with a very meaningful service prepared by Pastor Bill with a letter from God written on a scroll read by Pastor Bill. The Christmas story was read by several. Special music was by Dick Shaffer playing his guitar and his three granddaughters, Bailee, Santanya and Lahna helping him sing some Christmas songs. All the children helped with the nativity story, ending with the candle lighting service. Thirty Kenzys helped fill the church for the service.

January 05 2005

[b]Lyle Peterson, 89[/b]

Posted by Kim
Lyle Peterson, 89
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