May 03 2005

[b]State reaches agreement with BNSF for CORE railroad line[/b]

Posted by Nicole
PIERRE, SD- (April 28, 2005) Gov. Mike Rounds and officials from the BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) recently announced a settlement agreement that paves the way for the sale of the state-owned Core railroad line to BNSF, while providing enhanced transportation access to markets for South Dakota shippers and producers of agricultural products. The acquisition price is $41.64 million reduced by the value of the properties retained by the state. The sales agreement is subject to approval by the Surface Transportation Board.

This is great news for our farmers and shippers in South Dakota, said the Governor. In 1986, the state of South Dakota and BNSF entered into a contract regarding the operation of the Core railroad line in South Dakota. This contract included a formula allowing the BNSF to purchase the Core line under specific conditions at a time of their choosing. BNSF has exercised their option to purchase the Core line. As a condition of the sale, we negotiated a settlement agreement protecting and expanding access to the Core line for our South Dakota shippers. This agreement also settles two pending law suits involving the Core line.

May 03 2005

[b]Trains could return to area thanks to State agreement[/b]

Posted by Nicole
By Lucy Halverson

The recent announcement by the governor that an agreement has been reached with the BNSF Railway Company may pave the way for trains to return to service in Lyman County.

According to Alex Huff of the Dakota Southern Railway the agreement states that access rights must also be given to smaller South Dakota based railroads like Dakota Southern. As part of the conditions to sell the CORE railroad line to BNSF, agreements must be made within the next six-months with the smaller railroads around the state, Huff stated.

Dakota Southern leases the line from Vivian to Mitchell and has continued to maintain the line for the past six years. Frankly, I wasnt too optimistic that wed ever see trains running on this line again, added Huff.

May 03 2005


Posted by Nicole
George Keith Hayes
George Keith Hayes, surrounded by his family, went peacefully to the Lord on April 27, 2005.
A funeral Mass was held at Christ the King Catholic Church, Presho, SD, Saturday, April 30, followed by interment at the Draper Cemetery.

Lyle O. Whitney, Jr., 66
Funeral services for Lyle O. Whitney, Jr., 66, of Lower Brule was Monday, May 2, 2005 at 10 AM at the Lower Brule Community Center at Lower Brule with burial in the St. Marys Catholic Cemetery at Lower Brule.

April 26 2005

Posted by Nicole

Medicine Creek was running bank full through Kennebec Friday morning April 22nd, following two days of heavy rains
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