September 17 2008


Posted by Marissa
Zion Jonathan McKillop

Zion Jonathan McKillop was born and died on September 11, 2008, at Spearfish Regional Hospital.

Though his time here was short, he deeply impacted many people in countless ways.  His tissues were donated to give new life and new hope to other infants.

Zion is survived by his parents Chris and Amanda McKillop and his brother Nevada, all of Spearfish; his paternal grandparents Don and Sue McKillop of Gillette, his maternal grandparents Mark and Paula Mowry of New Delhi, India; his great grandparents Dan and Carol McKillop of Gillette, Clyde and Mary Goin of Mitchell, Sylvia and the late Paul Sack of Spearfish, and George and Shirley Mowry of Presho.  He is also survived by three aunts, five uncles and three cousins.

Memorial services will be held at 3:00 PM on Friday, September 19, 2008 at Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapel in Spearfish, with Pastor Jim Roberts officiating.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapels & Crematory Service of Spearfish.  Online condolences may be written at:

September 10 2008

VHS Alumni view replica of former school

Posted by Marissa
Edwin ‘Punk’ Strom of Vivian displayed his most recently completed miniature while attending the Vivian All-School Alumni Reunion Saturday, August 30.  The replica is all that remains of the old brick school that was demolished in the mid-1980’s. The replica of the three story Vivian School features the tube fire escape, front step, play ground equipment including the Giant Stride, tetter-totter and flag pole.  Punk has constructed several miniature replicas from wood such as the out buildings and barn from the family farm northeast of Vivian and the Vivian Lutheran Church. 

September 10 2008

City considers budget for 2009

Posted by Marissa
By Lucy Halverson
Lyman County Herald

Presho City Councilwoman Angela Ehlers, a member of the budget committee, presented the first reading of the 2009 budget at the regular September meeting Thursday.

The proposed budget estimates expenditures at $631,582 for 2009.

City sewer rates are expected to increase by $2 to $12 per month.  According to Ehlers, that is still about $8 less per month than recommended by the state.

City employees will receive a 3% increase in salary with the exception of the mayor and council members.  Summer help will continue to receive a quarter per hour increase for the number of years employed by the city.  Due to increases in the minimum wage, salaries at the library will see a 6 percent increase next year.

Other added expenditures to the budget include $16,500 allotted to improvements to Railroad Street, in order to widen and gravel the street for truck traffic.  Pool improvements and the possibility of hiring an  assistant manager position will add about $45,000 to the pool budget.  Initial plans are to add at least one slide to the shallow end of the pool.  In order to make room along the north side, the pool area will expand to the north.

The proposed budget receives a second reading at the October meeting before being approved.

Norma Johnson presented a pool report for 2008.  The number of swimmers using the pool were about the same as last year.  The cost of heating the pool was discussed.  Due to the high cost of propane, while nearly the same amount of fuel was used,  it cost about $1,200 more to heat the pool in 2008 than it did last year.    A discussion was also held regarding the high dive. A claim was submitted to the city for injuries sustained by a youth who was injured while diving from the  board this summer. The council discussed whether it is advisable to continue using the board.   Johnson  stated that she believes if used properly the board is safe.  No decision was made at this time regarding the future of the high dive.

In other business before the council, it was agreed that Tillie Husman would not be charged for the concrete hauled to the rubble site following the burning of an old house on her property.  According to Forrest Hupp, city maintenance, the city didn’t charge in the past when several property owners were encouraged to remove old houses from Presho.   Husman will be charged for the load of metal that was dropped at the rubble site.

Hupp also informed the council of several repairs needed on the loader, the Dodge pickup and a dump truck.  Councilman Bob Rohla volunteered to check into the upcoming State auction to see what used trucks may be available to purchase.  The council agreed that if they could get a truck formerly used at the state shop in Presho for around the $10,000 mark they would replace the 1976 dump truck currently used by the city. 

A discussion regarding patching Main Street within the three block business district was held.  The city crew will make the patches if they can find tack oil and asphalt as needed for the repairs.  Mayor Carl Brakke stated that while this is a short term fix, it might temporarily keep the street from getting any worse.

September 10 2008

Vivian to host District 8 Fall Convention

Posted by Marissa
VIVIAN — The annual District 8 Fall Convention of the South Dakota American Legion will be held Thursday, September 18, 2008  in Vivian for Legionnaires from Gregory, Lyman and Tripp counties.

The Legion business session will begin at 7:00 p.m. in The Community Hall. The session will be preceded by social hour at 6:00 p.m. Sandwiches and coffee will be served after the meetings in the community hall.

State Commander Jim Huls of Madison (member of the Salem American Legion Post) will conduct the meeting and will outline his “Aim High – Soaring to New Heights” program for the 2009 American Legion year. State Commander Huls will be assisted by State Adjutant Ron Boyd of Watertown and State Membership Chairman LaVaun Holan of Chamberlain.

State Commander Huls will be introduced by District 8 Commander Tony Opbroek of Burke.  Vivian  American Legion Post Commander will be in charge of local arrangements.

The District 8 Auxiliary will hold its convention meeting at 7:00 p.m. the same day in Vivian Community Hall.
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