NewsJune 20 2018

EPA Administrator Pruitt hears South Dakota producers’ concerns

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EPA Administrator Pruitt hears South Dakota producers’ concerns 
 
By Lucy Halverson/LCH
 
   Last Wednesday, Reliance area producer and member of the National Sorghum Producers (NSP) legislative committee, Adam Schindler, volunteered his family farm to host the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s visit to South Dakota. The private event included a roundtable discussion with area farmers and ethanol producers regarding Renewable Fuels Standard concerns, the sorghum oil advanced biofuels pathway, and EPA’s decisions that impact South Dakota farmers and ranchers.  
   Schindler, who has been involved in leadership positions on the NSP board since 2012, and his family, parents Ken and Janet and brother Aaron, hosted the event on their sorghum, soybean, sunflower, wheat, cattle and corn farm near Reliance, touring fields with the Administrator in addition to holding the roundtable discussion with about 50 invited guests, many representing various ag related groups and associations.  
   The Schindler family had just five days notice to prepare for the cabinet member’s visit to central South Dakota.  
   We appreciate Administrator Pruitt for taking the time to listen to the concerns and challenges facing South Dakota producers,” Schindler said. “The changes in blending obligations related to Renewal Fuel Stadard waivers are costing South Dakota farmers millions of dollars, and we hope to see the EPA take steps to resolve this issue and maintain the Administration’s commitment to renewable fuels.” 
   Schindler, Administrator Pruitt and one of his top aids spent over a hour riding around the farm in Schindler’s farm pickup. We talked about farming operations.... just tried to make a connection with him” said Schindler. “We had a very frank discussion.” 
   Tom Willis, NSP board director and CEO of Conestoga Energy, the largest end-market user of sorghum in the U.S., told Administrator Pruitt the EPA’s policies have brought the renewable energy space and row crop producers to the edge of abyss and most plants are struggling to make a profit today. 
   Administrator Pruitt said he doesn’t want to pick winners and losers,” Willis said, “but EPA has already picked oil over rural America with his hardship Renewable Identification Numbers (RIN) waivers.” 
   Administrator Pruitt also told the group an advanced pathway for sorghum oil use in biodiesel production will be finished by the end of June, which is anticipated news for sorghum producers. 
   We have worked on this sorghum oil pathway for almost four years now,” NSP CEO Tim Lust said. “That is long enough. Our growers deserve to finally see this pathway in the Federal Register, and we look forward to Pruitt following through this month on his commitment.” 
   This was the second stop on Pruitt’s tour in the heartland, hearing about the impacts of ethanol policy on farmers and ethanol producers. 
   There are clearly still differences of opinion between the Administrator and agriculture on the impact of RIN prices on commodity prices,” Lust said. “We look forward to continuing that discussion and appreciate the free exchange today. There is undoubtedly a lot of work left to do with Administrator Pruitt and the Administration quantifying how much this issue is impacting commodity markets and affecting our growers.” 
  
 
 

NewsJune 20 2018

Presho lifeguards for the season

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Presho lifeguards for the season 
 
Lifeguards working at the Presho Pool this summer are back row l-r: Quincy Taylor, Rian Halligan, Bryson Muirhead, Tristan Penny. Front row l-r: Brad Lebeda, Kadi Terca, Briar Schweitzer and Kacie Wagner. The lifeguards assist supervisor Randi Diehm with swimming lessons every morning. They help with swim exercise classes and work as lifeguards at the pool in the afternoon and evenings under the direction of manager Melissa Slaba. The pool and park workers help with painting curbs, painting the fire hydrants, cleaning gutters and emptying trash barrels around the town. The second session of swimming lessons will start July 9 and run through July 20.

NewsJune 13 2018

American Lutheran Church hosts Vacation Bible School

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American Lutheran Church hosts Vacation Bible School 
 
The theme for this years VBS hosted by the American Lutheran Church in Presho was “Fruits of the Spirit”. From arts and crafts, educational lessons, and song and dance with Pastor Arlyn playing guitar were some of the activities the kids participated in. Funds were provided through the Thrivent Action Team for snacks and the t-shirts. Jody Reuman and Kathy Diehm volunteered to help prepare and serve the snacks to the group each day. A VBS program will be held on Sunday, June 24 at 11:30 at the Presho American Lutheran Church. Pictured back row l-r: Jen McNaughton, teacher; Jan Rabern, teacher; Ayden, Theresa, teacher helper; Chace, Izzy, Silas, Texi, teacher helper; middle row l-r: Mesa, Canyon, Sophie, Avery, Jonah, Rian Halligan, teacher; front row l-r: Tehya, Rozin, Jensen, and Ginger.

NewsJune 13 2018

Presho Downtown Fun Night to be held June 14

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Presho Downtown Fun Night to be held June 14  
 
   Presho Area Chamber is hosting a Downtown Fun Night to be held Thursday, June 14 on Main Street at Presho from 6-9 pm.  
   There will be three bounce houses located throughout Main Street. Plinko and Chicken Poop Bingo are some of the games that will be played and other activities and games will be featured up and down Main Street. 
   The Thrift Store & More will serve a free supper of hamburgers and chips celebrating their 10th anniversary. Jet Lanes will be serving Wings and will have a beer garden.  
  Fire truck rides will be offered to all ages.  
  Bring the family out for an evening of fun and games.  
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