NewsSeptember 17 2014
Seventh grade girls, l-r: Lyndsey Thiry, Jezarae Uthe, Kacie Wagner and Jacey Miller ride their class float, "Roar" through the homecoming parade Friday afternoon while a group of high school students dressed in school colors of red, black and white cheer them on. The 7th graders won first place in the middle school float competition. See more photos and homecoming related stories inside on pages 6 & 7.
NewsSeptember 17 2014
The Presho American Lutheran Church held a centennial celebration Sunday, September 14 with a program and picnic dinner following a joint worship service with the Lyman Lutheran parishes that packed the pews of the church.
Janet Rabern served as emcee for the program that featured stories compiled from church history and records starting in 1890 when the Medicine Valley United Synod church was established at the Earling settlement about three miles west of present day Kennebec.
There were two different Norwegian synods serving the people of Lyman County from as early as 1890 up until the merger between the United Synod and the Norwegian Synod in 1914.
The Norwegian Lutherans built their first church in Presho in 1908, and later built the present day church in 1951. A ground level addition was added to the church in 1972.
Descendants of some of the original members of the Lutheran Church participated in the program including, Nelson Brakke, Quint Garnos, Jerry Busch, Debbie Millard, Daryl Walters, Dean Brakke, Pete Swinson, and Paul Olson. Others assisting were Kym Lebeda, Jody Reuman, Sarah Rusche, and Pastor Arlyn Rusche.
Other churches that merged in addition to Medicine Valley United Synod, include; the White River United Synod, Medicine Creek Norwegian Synod, Hilmoe Norwegian Synod, Vivian Norwegian Synod, and Kennebec Lutheran.
NewsSeptember 10 2014
Rails to the Future is pleased to announce
the receipt of a Transportation Investment
Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER)
grant in the amount of $12,686,089.
“We would like to thank Governor
Daugaard, the Congressional Delegation, the
State Legislature and the State Railroad
Board for their leadership in helping make
this project become a reality,” said Steve
Halverson, President of Rails to the Future.
“The entire state of South Dakota will
benefit from this project for
generations to come.”
“We also thank all of the private
citizens and businesses who contributed
over $1 million in commitments to the
project,” said Halverson.
“Their generous support was critical
to getting the local match percentage
high enough to submit a competitive
application for the grant.”
Rails to the Future announced
last April that over $ 1 million had been
raised in local match for the Transportation
Investment Generating Economic
Recovery (TIGER)grant the state
of South Dakota was applying for at
the time. The State’s TIGER grant
application sought $13
million for rehabilitation of the
state-owned line from Chamberlain
During the past Session, the
legislature appropriated $7.2 million for
rehabilitation of the state-owned
railroad west of Chamberlain. The
SD Wheat Growers testified during
committee hearings that they would
build a $40 million shuttle loader
facility and agronomy center if the
railroad is rehabilitated
at least as far as Lyman.
After Session, the SD Railroad
Board committed an additional $7
million towards the grant. The local
match of $1 million to the grant
application. When combining the $13
million TIGER grant, state and local
contributions, total cost for the railroad
rehabilitation is about $28 million.
The $1 million in local commitments
were been made by farmers,
businesses, ag organizations, tribal and
local governments that support
Rails to the Future is a grassroots
organization that was created
primarily by farmers that want to raise
money to help get the state-owned
railroad extended from Chamberlain
to Presho. The organization will
continue to hold meetings and
raise funding for railroad
rehabilitation further west.
- Wheat Growers Announces Kennebec Site for Grain/Agronomy Facility
- Raiders host Cross Country meet
- Committee to study possible restructuring of Lyman School
- Raider colors on parade
- Lutherans observe 100 years in Presho
- Rails to the Future Applauds Receipt of $13 Million TIGER Grant to Build Railroad to Presho
- Homecoming King and Queen Crowned
- Survey indicates pheasants numbers strong in central South Dakota
- Celebrate South Dakota's 125 years of Statehood at the museum Sunday
- Booster Club hosts kick off
- Market features sunflower blooms and more
- Kennebec to celebrate Lake Byre; DayTriathlon set for Saturday