NewsApril 26 2017

April 20 climate update cool start to May 2017

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April 20 climate update cool start to May 2017
 
    BROOKINGS, S.D. - The April 20, 2017 climate outlook released by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows a couple of weeks of cooler weather are ahead for much of South Dakota. 
  According to the outlook, South Dakota’s planting season temperatures have an equal chance of being warmer, cooler or near average temperatures,” said Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension State Climatologist. “A week or more ago, I would have thought that eastern South Dakota would lean towards warmer temperatures in May but now the forecast is turning cool for the start of the month. So, we may end up near average overall, if the end of May turns warm.” 
     The forecast for cool temperatures, along with a mix of rain and snow across the state, will put a hold on field work for many. 
    “Wet fields in the southeast and cool soil temperatures across the region have prevented farmers and gardeners alike to make much progress in planting and spring activities,” she said. 
     Edwards added that thus far, the spring season has shown some early signs of weeds and insect activity. 
   “The warm 2016 fall season may have set the stage for both weeds and insects,” Edwards explained. 
     She added that SDSU Extension Weed specialists are already receiving reports of kochia and other species coming out. Some adult grasshoppers have also been observed in eastern South Dakota. 
     Precipitation outlook Based on NOAA report, the precipitation outlook for May 2017 for the northwestern corner of the state shows a good likelihood of above average rainfall. 
 This area was hit hard last summer with severe drought. The recent rains in April, along with a continuing stream of precipitation in May, could bring good growth to grasses and forages in the area,” Edwards said. 
  The current outlook for western South Dakota shows wetter than average now through July. As far as temperatures are concerned, the outlook is favoring warmer than average temperatures across all but the northern tier of the state from May through July. 
  This could be good news, since we are starting out the growing season with cooler temperatures, and some warmth could help with plant growth in the latter spring season,” Edwards said.
 

NewsApril 19 2017

Look at all the pretty eggs

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Look at all the pretty eggs
 
The youngest group of kids to hunt for eggs at the annual Kennebec Town & Country Club Easter Egg Hunt included, l-r: Maggie, Heidi, Mallory and Journey.

NewsApril 19 2017

Sprenger re-elected as Presho Mayor

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Sprenger re-elected as Presho Mayor 
 
    The Presho City Council held a special meeting Thurs., April 13 to canvass the votes from the April 11 city election. The council approved the vote tallies as follows: Mayor- Mike Sprenger was declared the winner with 125 votes, while challenger Anthony Urban received 64. 
   Councilman Ward III-Challenger Carl Brakke defeated the incumbent Lance Mortenson by just one vote, 37 to 36. 
   There was no election for Ward I currently represented by Roy England, or Ward II, a position held by Colby Brakke. 
   Voter turn out was good in Presho with 192 out of 379 registered voters visiting the election booth for a 51 percent voter turn out. 
   Last year, only 105 voters cast ballots in Presho’s city election, while 193 visited the polls in the last mayoral election in 2015. 
   In Reliance, 61 out of 104 registered voters cast ballots in the town election for one Trustee. Incumbent Jeff Williamson received 39 votes to Derrick Schmitt’s 22 to retain his seat on the town board. 
   All newly elected municipal board members will be sworn into office at their May meetings.
 

NewsApril 12 2017

Underwater Paradise

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Underwater Paradise
 
Lyman’s junior class transformed the school gym into an underwater scene for the 2017 Prom that was held Saturday night. Tate and Katie were crowned king and queen following the grand march of approximately 35 couples. A chaperoned dance was held until 1:00 a.m. along with after prom games of dodge ball, volleyball and basketball. All the events were held at the gym.
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