December 03 2008

Construction begins on new Presho Oil Station

Posted by Marissa
By Lucy Halverson

Crews started dismantling the damaged Presho Oil Station last week as owners Bob Burke and Jeff Burke, move forward with plans to rebuild the facility.

The station was damaged January 23, 2008 when a semi truck left idling outside Hutch’s Motel rolled down the hill and struck the southwest corner of the  canopy and continued rolling through taking out one pump. Hitting the outside edge of the canopy caused the wood beam, which extends back into the building, to move nearly three feet on the outside (south end) edge.  Inside the building, cracks formed on the walls, and window frames pulled away from the glass when the structure was hit. 

Temporary repairs were made to allow the business to keep operating while plans were drawn up for a new building.

Crews brought down the canopy and removed the east side of the building last week.  A new 40 foot by 50 foot building will be built over top of the remaining office.  Vance Hickey of Chamberlain is the general contractor. 

“It’ll be 2,000 square feet when finished,” said Bob.  Two handicapped restrooms and a larger convenience store will be included in the new facility.   “The contractor thinks he’ll have the building done by the end of January,” said Bob.  

Plans also call for a stand alone canopy and new pumps which will be installed in the spring of 2009.

Bob and Jeff purchased Presho Oil nearly thirteen years ago from Rex and Dorothy Brown of Presho.  Jim Kotz is the manager and Leah England the book keeper.  In addition to the station, Presho Oil also has bulk service for fuel and propane.

November 26 2008

A ‘Wunnerful’ show

Posted by Marissa
Tom Authier, left, and Pal Jessop, Judge Jessop, and Rose Comp, members of Christ the King Catholic Church of Presho, were just some of the players in the church’s annual fund raiser.  This year’s program, a Holiday Tribute to Lawrence Welk, was performed prior to the serving of the evening’s roast beef dinner.  The production was well received by those in attendance.

November 26 2008

Presho City Bar lease up for renewal

Posted by Marissa
By Lucy Halverson
Lyman Coiunty Herald

The City of Presho is currently accepting bids  for a 3-year lease of the City Bar, which includes the on/off liquor license and building rent for the facility.  Bids will be let at 7 pm at the Monday, December 1 city council meeting.

The annual fixed rent for the building is $3,600 per year ($300 per month).  The bid needs to include the rent plus bid for use of the city license and fixtures.

The winning bidder will be responsible for all  operating costs, including all other merchandise and utilities, and shall carry their own liability and general coverage insurance.  In addition, the lessee will maintain any repairs on equipment failure up to $500.00 with the exception of the heating and cooling system. 

The City of Presho is the  purchasing agent for all alcoholic beverages (hard liquor) sold in the city.

The city has two other on-sale liquor licenses in addition to the City Bar license.   One is currently held by Hutch’s Lounge and another formerly held by American Legion Butrick Post #89. The second licenses has been unused for the past year.

The City Council will decide how to proceed with  awarding the available on-sale license at the Dec. meeting also.

The City Bar lease was last renewed in 2006, when two bids were received.  Janet Terca was awarded the lease.  Terca has leased The Bar for the past 12 years. 

November 26 2008


Posted by Marissa
Martin James “Duke” Deisch, 76

Martin James “Duke” Deisch, 76 died, Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at St. Mary’s TCU in Pierre.

Funeral mass was Friday, November 21 at Christ the King Catholic Church in Presho with interment at Holy Angel Cemetery in Presho.

He was born on July 6, 1932 the sixth child of Lester and Mabel (Martin) Deisch in Ida Mallot’s Hospital, Presho, SD. He graduated from Presho High School in May of 1952.  In March of 1953 he enlisted in the US Army and served until March of 1961.

He returned to his hometown and made his home there with family members.  He worked in construction jobs in the area.   He loved to hunt and fish with his family and gather for family events.

He was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers. He was known in the area for his friendliness, “kidding around” and dependable “house setter.”

He was a member of Christ the King Catholic Parish, the American Legion and VFW  and Ducks Unlimited.

He is survived by two brothers, Ronald (wife Delores) of Rapid City and Fr. Raymond Deisch of Piedmont, SD, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and infant sibling, one sister and three brothers and sisters-in-law.
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