September 20 2005

[b]Blanke-Diehm family honored as century farm[/b]

Posted by Nicole
The Blanke Diehm farm was recognized with a Century Farm Award Sept. 7th at the South Dakota State Fair. Bonnie Diehm and her son Monte Diehm were on hand to accept the award. To receive Century Farm recognition, a farm must consits of a minimum of 80 acres and have been owned by the same family for at least 100 years. The family receives a certificate, metal sign, and buttons.

The Blanke-Diehm farm was started in 1905 by Charles and Margaret Blanke. In November 1921 Herman Diehm married the Blankes daughter Frances. They lived on the Blanke farm; the Blankes moved to Presho in 1926.

The farm is still located on the original site it was built on. The farm has been continuously occupied by a Blanke-Diehm family. Monte now lives on the farm; he is the 4th generation and great grandson of Charles Blanke.

The house was originally built in 1905. It has had some remolding done over the years. All of the other orginal buildings are now gone.
The Diehm children were: Donald, deceased; Delores, Littleton, Colorado; and Larry Ft. Pierre.
A family Blanke-Diehm family reunion will be held in October in honor of 100 years.

Three other Lyman Co. farms were recognized at this years fair, watch the Herald for future stories.

September 13 2005

Posted by Nicole

The Reliance Cemetery improvement project includes a gazebo, pillars, and military statues. The project has been completed by volunteers and funded with donations from private citizens and matching funds from Thrivent for Lutherans and Modern Woodmen of America.

September 13 2005

[b]Memorial at Reliance Cemetery nears completion[/b]

Posted by Nicole
By Lucy Halverson

An improvement project at the Reliance Cemetery, which was started in 2004, continued throughout the summer of 2005. Volunteers built a gazebo, and installed two statues, a memorial wall, and seven pillars.

The memorial wall lists all Reliance area veterans including one Civil War veteran. The pillars will be engraved with the names of Reliance area individuals who died while serving the United States in the military.

The Reliance Area Community Development (RACD), local Thrivent for Lutherans members, Modern Woodmen of America members, and other area residents have donated the funds and many hours of labor to complete the project.

According to project leader, Ron McManus, a few details remain to be finished. Maps of the cemeteries, both the Catholic and the city, will be posted under the gazebo for the convenience of visitors, said McManus.

An official dedication of the memorial will be held at a later date.

September 13 2005

[b]Lymans State testing scores remain strong[/b]

Posted by Nicole
Students of Lyman School District continue to score above the national average in all grades in the Stanford Achievement Test (SAT) 10, Mark Dunn, Lyman School Counselor, told Lyman School board members Monday night at the regualer monthly board meeting.

The SAT 10, part of the Dakota STEP Test, which currently measures the state content standards in reading and math in grades three through eight and eleventh grade, was administered to Lyman students last April.

The 2005 Report Card for students in South Dakota was released in August. Under South Dakota standards, 54% of students in grades three through eight must be proficient in math and 78% proficient in reading. The 11th grade standard requires 67% in math and 66% in reading. According to Mr. Dunn 82% of Lyman students were proficient in math and 80% proficient in reading. Proficiency rates for the state reached 82% in reading and 74% in math, which were up from last years scores of 77% and 71% respectively.

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