NewsJanuary 30 2019

Nominating petitions for city elections now available

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Nominating petitions for city elections now available
Registered voters living within the city limits of Presho, Kennebec or Reliance are eligible to file a nominating petition for a position on their respective town board or city council before the February 22, 2019 deadline. Presho elects candidates by Wards and has three seats on the six person council up for election in 2019 All vacancies are for 2-year terms. In Ward I the seat currently held by Roy England, in Ward II Colby Brakke and in Ward III the chair held by Carl Brakke are up for election. The position of Mayor, currently held by Mike Sprenger, will also be on the ballot. If you have questions regarding ward boundaries please contact the Presho City Office at 895-2337. If you have changed residences within the city limits of Presho, you may need to change your physical address with the clerk. The town of Kennebec is governed by a town board consisting of five trustees and an elected chairman. The three-year term currently held by Jared Schelske is up for election. Reliance has a three-person board with an elected president. The seat held by April Reis, a 3-year term, is up for election in 2019. Reis currently serves as the board president. Nominating petitions may be picked up at the local finance office in each town and must be completed and filed no later than 5:00 pm Friday, February 22, 2019. If more petitions are filed than there are seats open, all city or town elections will be held Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

NewsJanuary 24 2019

Huffman elected chairman of Lyman Co. Commissioners

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Huffman elected chairman of Lyman Co. Commissioners
The Lyman County Board of Commissioners held their first meeting of 2019 Tuesday, Jan. 8 at the courthouse in Kennebec. New commissioners Zane Reis and Jared Schelske were sworn into office, and officers were elected. L-R; Ryan Huffman was named Chairman, Bill Lengkeek-Vice Chairman, Zane Reis, Leslie Reuer, and Jared Schelske.

NewsJanuary 24 2019

Kennebec T&C Club to host Ice Fishing Tournament

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T & C Club to host Ice Fishing Tournament
 
 The Kennebec Town & Country Club will hold their Ice Fishing Tournament Sat., Jan. 26 and Sun., Jan.27. The rules meeting will be held at the Prairie Dust Bar at 11 am Saturday morning. Participants may fish on three lakes, Byre, Brakke and Fate. Registration for the tournament is $60 per team. Prizes will be awarded for biggest walleye, biggest northern, biggest bass, and biggest pan fish. Payouts will be on first and second team weight of fish. For more information call Matt Collins @ 869.2580 or 222.2211.

NewsJanuary 24 2019

First-class postage increases by 5 cents

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First-class postage increases by 5 cents 
The New Year has arrived and with it comes a 10 percent increase in the price of a first-class postage stamp. The price of a first-class forever stamp will increase from 50 cents to 55 cents on Sunday, January 27 – the biggest price increase by total cents in the history of the post office. The largest percentage price increase occurred in 1991 when the cost of a stamp went from 25 cents to 29 cents. The postage price increase is an effort by the United States Postal Services (USPS) to offset record operating losses in 2018 totaling nearly $4 billion, due to a volume decline in 2018 of 3.2 billion pieces. A 3.6 percent decline in first-class mail, which provides its most significant share of income, was recorded. Approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission, the January increase in first-class postage accompanies mail and package rate increases across the board for the USPS – an effort to keep the post office “competitive while providing the agency with needed revenue,” officials said. The new rates will increase mailing service product prices approximately 2.5 percent overall. Shipping services price increases vary by product. For example, priority mail express will increase 3.9 percent and priority mail will increase 5.9 percent. Although mailing services price increases are based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), shipping services prices are primarily adjusted according to market conditions. The new prices will include a 5-cent increase in the price of a first-class forever stamp, from 50 cents to 55 cents. The single-piece additional ounce price will be reduced from 21 cents down to 15 cents, so a 2-ounce stamped letter, such as a typical wedding invitation, will cost less to mail, decreasing from 71 cents to 70 cents. The post office, which “receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products, and services to fund its operations,” touts the fact that it “has some of the lowest letter mail postage rates in the industrialized world and also continues to offer a great value in shipping.” The USPS has not been profitable in a decade. Other USPS 2019 postal price increases taking effect January 27: Small flat rate box from $7.20 to $7.90 Medium flat rate box from $13.65 to $14.35 Large flat rate box from $18.90 to $19.95. Regular flat rate envelope from $6.70 to $7.35 Large flat rate envelope from $7 to $7.65 Padded flat rate envelope from $7.25 to $8
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