NewsJanuary 17 2018

Kennebec Town & Country Club to host ice fishing tournament

Posted by Lucy

Kennebec Town & Country Club to host ice fishing tournament
 
The Kennebec Town & Country Club will hold their Ice Fishing Tournament January 27 and 28. The rules meeting will be held at the Prairie Dust Bar and will start at 12 pm and all fishermen must be registered by that time. Participants may fish on three lakes, Byre, Brakke and Fate. Registration for the tournament is $60 per team. Prizes will be awarded for biggest walleye, biggest northern, biggest bass, and biggest pan fish. Payouts will be on first and second team weight of fish. For more information call Matt Collins @ 869.2580 or 222.2211.

NewsJanuary 10 2018

BankWest to close in Vivian

Posted by Lucy

BankWest to close in Vivian
 
   BankWest in Vivian has been serving the community since 1979. As of Friday, March 2, BankWest will no longer provide on-site staff based on decreased transaction levels and the cost to maintain and staff the location. BankWest may not have a teller at their location in Vivian after March 2, however, bank services will still be available for customers.  
   A state-of-the-art Interactive Teller Machine (ITM) has been installed in the lobby of the bank and will remain available for customers to use. This is not your typical ATM as it has many additional features.  
   The ITM will offer a live feed to a bank representative from Pierre, Rapid City, or the Sioux Falls office. The customer can simply pick up the phone located on the ITM and they are instantly connected with a teller seven days a week (except for federal holidays) from 7 am – 7 pm. Outside of those hours the machine can be used like any other bank ATM.  
   Since the bank is only staffed from 8 am – 12 pm Monday through Friday this will give customers greater flexibility for their banking needs.  
   Customers can make deposits, cash checks, withdraw funds, get change for a larger bill, make loan payments, transfer funds, and more. The ITM is very user friendly and bank representatives can assist you with using the new machine. If you currently have a safe deposit box at this branch you will have the option of transferring the contents of that box to a deposit box at the Kennebec or Pierre branch locations.

NewsJanuary 10 2018

North Central Farmers Elevator and Wheat Growers announce new co-op name

Posted by Lucy

North Central Farmers Elevator and Wheat Growers announce new co-op name

   Aberdeen, SD - The Boards of Directors of North Central Farmers Elevator and Wheat Growers voted earlier today to approve the name for the new cooperative that will launch February 1 – Agtegra Cooperative. 
   Wheat Growers CEO Chris Pearson, who has been chosen to lead the new Agtegra Cooperative, said the Boards focused on choosing a name that would represent the rich history and bright future the two cooperatives share. 
   We knew we needed to choose a name that allowed us the ability to adapt to changes in the ag industry,” Pearson said. “We knew not to limit ourselves to a geography, or to just one commodity crop or another. We also heard from our members through this process that to them, strength, stability and dependability are key characteristics they value from us. They want us grounded in agriculture, and they want us to stand together with them for the long haul – always holding a connection to our past and looking into the future.” 
   Pearson said Agtegra Cooperative reflects all that. “That’s a lot to pack into one name. But we believe Agtegra is a name that grounds us in agriculture, and points to the high level of integrity and dependability that we will seek to achieve serving our member-owners today and into the future.” 
   In the end, we listened to our members and allowed their input and opinion to guide us through this process,” Pearson said. 
   Pearson said that in the three months since the vote, the employee teams of Wheat Growers and North Central have been laser focused on building a new cooperative committed to delivering value to its members. 
   We’re combining two, legacy-rich organizations into one. We are preparing to create new efficiencies, expanding the use of new technologies, creating new opportunities for our employee team – all aimed at creating more value for our members,” Pearson said. “We’re excited about the progress we’ve made and looking forward to introducing this new farmer-owned cooperative to our members in a few weeks.” 
   The new Agtegra Cooperative that will begin operation Feb. 1 will be a farmer-owned agricultural cooperative, headquartered in Aberdeen, S.D., with 900 employees in North and South Dakota serving more than 60 communities and approximately 7,850 member-owners and 22,600 equity holders. In addition to offering grain and agronomy services, the cooperative will offer its members aerial application services, fuel, animal feed, and precision ag hardware and software products and services. 
   Merging two strong cooperatives into one gives us the ability to expand the services and capabilities we offer our member-owners,” Pearson said. “Our purchase of the Kimball fertilizer plant from Gavilon announced yesterday, and our plans to expand the North Central aerial application service across our entire trade area, are two great examples of the high-quality products, services and efficiencies that we can provide our members from this new cooperative.”

NewsJanuary 03 2018

Cold temperatures don’t deter fishermen

Posted by Lucy

Cold temperatures don’t deter fishermen

Despite extremely cold temperatures over the New Year’s holiday weekend many residents took advantage of the cold temperatures and set up ice shacks on the lakes. Temperatures reached as low as -35 on New Year’s Day. Pictured is an ice fisherman set up on Brakke Dam Sunday, December 31.
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