NewsAugust 17 2016

Presho Firefighters receive Grain Bin Rescue equipment and training

Posted by Lucy

A company representative (left) demonstrates to Dave Cole (center) and Nick Jasnoch (right) of the Presho Volunteer Fire Department how to set up the aluminium panel system prior to placing the system inside the grain loaded truck parked above the pit at Dakota Mill and Grain.  Volunteer firemen from area departments, Lyman Co. ambulance staff and others attended the training.  Kennebec and Reliance fire departments already have their own equipment for rescues.

NewsAugust 17 2016

Lyman County ACS Survivor celebration event

Posted by Lucy

Lyman County’s American Cancer Society (ACS)  volunteers will host a Celebration of Life event Monday, August 22 to honor cancer  survivors and those that helped them in their fight.
 The event will be held at the Presho United Methodist Church fellowship hall  at 7 p.m. featuring a short address by a cancer survivor, refreshments, and t-shirts.
Brule County volunteers will hold a Relay for Life Friday, August 19 at American Creek Campground starting with registration at 4:30.  A night of celebration, with food, and games for all ages.  
Both events are open to all.  
“Come and help us honor our brave survivors and those that helped them in their fight,” stated American Cancer Society volunteer Susan Shearer. 

NewsAugust 10 2016

Swimming season comes to an end

Posted by Lucy

Due to maintenance problems the Presho Pool's last day was Tuesday, August 9th, different from the original closing date which was set for Friday, August 12th. The pool did host the Thrift Store's Pool Party on Monday, August 8th with many kids attending. Chace Seaboy (center) organizes a rally team for a race at the swimming pool.

NewsAugust 10 2016

County completes rural development analysis

Posted by Lucy

Identifying and evaluating potential sites for Ag related development is the first step in planning for economic development in rural Lyman County.  As of this month, the county has completed this first step with a Site Analysis Study compiled by Planning and Development District III and South Dakota Ag Development.
District III GIS Coordinator Harry Redman and SD Ag Development Representative David Skaggs presented the completed Lyman County Rural Development Site Analysis Study to the county commission at their August 2nd meeting. The commission passed a resolution over a year ago to have a study completed at no cost to the county.  
The study was funded by the South Dakota Value Added Agriculture Subfund.
David Skaggs, South Dakota Ag Development Representative, a site analysis is an important aspect to bringing in development.
“The county is being very pro-active,” said Skaggs.
The study utilizes an established set of criteria deemed critical for either a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) or an Agriculturally-related Industrial Development (AID).  Based on the availability of access to state and county roads, three-phase electricity, rural water and the capacity of the system, location of shallow aquifer, zoning districts and setback requirements, proximity to rural residences and communities and proximity to rail the study identified 708 sites in the county that meet the minimum standards for CAFO analysis and 319 sites for AID analysis. The sites are rated Good, Better or Best. The potential sites are predominately located along Interstate 90, SD Hwy 83, and SD Hwy 47 north of Reliance.
“Sites are 40 acres, the required size for most feeding operations,” Skaggs said.  
According to Redman, local governments, landowners, and state agencies such as the Dept. of Ag or the Governor’s office of Economic Develop can all benefit from the rural site analysis.  
 These entities now have access to a marketing tool to promote Lyman County for development.  In addition, the report may assist local governments in updating their zoning ordinances and permitting procedures while increasing local awareness of potential development opportunities.  
“Our office regularly receives calls from companies looking to move to the state,” said Skaggs.  He added that the new grain facility at Kennebec and the rehabbed rail line could help bring development to the area.
The next step on the county level is to establish a local contact person that would work with the state officials and local landowners with regards to inquiries for potential development sites.  
Skaggs stated that a contact person would discreetly approach landowners to determine interest in selling.  
“It would be impossible to have any development without a willing landowner wishing to sell some land,” said Skaggs.    
Ryan Huffman, county commission chairman stated this is a step in the right direction for future economic development in the county.
“There are ag businesses that want to come to South Dakota, they just need to know where they would be welcome,” said Huffman.
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