NewsDecember 18 2014

Greater Lyman Foundation works toward challenge

Posted by Lucy

The total donations to Greater Lyman Foundation have now reached $348,700. The Foundation is working toward its goal of raising $50,000 to meet Gary and Connie Grittner’s challenge. The Grittners agreed to donate $25,000 if the Foundation raised $50,000 by May 2016. The Foundation has already raised over $27,000 toward their goal with $23,000 still to go. The GLF Board of Directors asks people to help them meet the challenged by making a donation.

A very substantial recent donation came from the Andersen Family Land Limited Partnership, who generously donated $10,000 in honor of Mildred Andersen and in memory of George Andersen, former residents and business owners in Presho. In making the donation, partner Steve Andersen stated there was no doubt his dad would have been a big supporter of the Greater Lyman Foundation.

Other recent donations have been made by Paul & LaVerne Olson, James & Carol Sundall, Rodney J. Sather, Kim & Lucy Halverson, Ruth Ann McManus, Wayne & Dorothy Monson, Michael & Nola Ambur, Herb & Deanna Sundall, Michael Sprenger and Carol Birgen, and Eugene & Betty Jean Mertens.

Memorials have been given in memory of Donna Hupp, Wenzel Steffenson, Woodrow Ambur, Marge Schoenhard, Bessie Schlomer, Carlie Caslin, Patty Ann Recoy Peterson, Louis Schelske, and Randy Morris.

As we approach the end of the year the Foundation Board of Directors remind everyone it would be a good time to donate to help the Foundation reach the Grittner challenge. Farmers are reminded gifts of grain to the Foundation will not only result in a donation to the Foundation, but will result in the farmer avoiding paying income tax on a sale of the grain. Give the grain to the Foundation and the Foundation will sell the grain. The local elevators have a bill of sale form to use. The farmer can designate a portion of his load of grain to be given to the Foundation. That portion of grain is then immediately sold in the name of the Foundation. By giving a gift in this manner the farmer avoids paying tax on those bushels, and the Foundation gets the full benefit of the value of the grain as a donation. It’s a win-win situation, states the GLF Board.

Recently the South Dakota Community Foundation announced they will accept gifts of real estate and retain the real estate for the benefit of GLF rather than sell the real estate, The donor receives a deduction and the GLF receives the income from the real estate in the future. If the donor so specifies, real estate taxes can continue to be paid on the real estate so the real estate is not removed from the tax rolls. By keeping it on the tax rolls the entire county benefits.

NewsDecember 15 2014

Posted by Lucy

Weather alert for Lyman County


JONES-LYMAN-BUFFALO- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF.MURDO.PRESHO.FORT THOMPSON 324 AM CST MON DEC 15 2014

.WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING.

* TIMING.MIXED PRECIPITATION EARLY THIS MORNING THEN TURNING TO  SNOW BY LATE MORNING.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY.NORTHERLY WINDS 20 TO 30 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS. VISIBILITY MAY BE LESS THAN A MILE DUE TO BLOWING SNOW.

* SNOW/ICE ACCUMULATIONS.1 TO 3 INCHES OF SNOW. LIGHT ICE  ACCUMULATIONS GENERALLY LESS THAN A TENTH OF AN INCH.

* OTHER IMPACTS.THE COMBINATION OF A WINTRY MIX FOLLOWED BY SNOWFALL & STRONG WINDS WILL MAKE TRAVEL ESPECIALLY
 HAZARDOUS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW.SLEET.OR FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR
SLIPPERY ROADS & LIMITED VISIBILITIES.& USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

NewsDecember 10 2014

A Season of Giving

Posted by Lucy

Last week businesses in Kennebec and Presho kicked off the holiday season by holding open houses giving away door prizes, holiday treats and refreshments to patrons during their respective

Christmas city-wide events.

Dalphine Varva picks out a calendar at Dakota Prairie Bank in Presho last Thursday during the Homespun Christmas Open House event.

Amber Comp, Presho and Conway Collins, Kennebec, won the gift baskets from Presho Chamber during the Homespun Christmas open house Thursday. Bank employees, l-r Justin Lester, Marilyn Walling and Meggan Brodrecht serve root beer floats to customers.

NewsDecember 10 2014

Local Food Pantry partners with Feeding South Dakota

Posted by Lucy

Lucy Halverson/LCH

The Presho Thrift Store’s food pantry has recently gained a partner that will help the organization keep food on the shelves for people who find themselves in need of assistance to feed their families.

The local Presho food pantry has become partners with Feeding South Dakota and will receive shelf stable items from the large warehouse facility located in Pierre once a month.

"The first delivery will be Wednesday," said Thrift Store board member Teresa Hanson. "We can use the help to keep food available when people need it."

The Presho Food Pantry can place an order for food online and have it delivered by the Feeding South Dakota truck once per month or can pick up items at the warehouse in Pierre.

There is no cost for the food items but partners are charged a Fair Share Handling fee to cover the cost of transporting donated food.

Russ Hofeldt, director of Feeding South Dakota said the maximum amount charged is 18 cents per pound, but it could be less.

"It depends on how far we have to transport donations of food," said Hofeldt.

Feeding South Dakota operates five program areas; Food Pantry, Backpack Program, Mobile Food Pantry, Commodity Distribution Program, and Food Bank Distribution Center out of three locations based in Sioux Falls, Pierre, and Rapid City.

Only the Pierre warehouse owns a Mobile Food Pantry truck that travels to 13 communities in central South Dakota to distribute food.

"The truck was purchased with grant funds that allow us to serve small communities without a local food pantry or access to a grocery store," said Hofeldt.

Due to distances involved, the mobile truck could not handle anymore communities as it visits each town once every six-weeks.

The Mobile Pantry visits the Lyman County towns of Reliance and Lower Brule.

"We target communities that have a need and no access to an established food pantry," said Hofeldt. The truck travels from Little

Eagle northwest of Pierre to Parmelee near the Nebraska border.

Feeding South Dakota also distributes the Commodity Senior Food Program, A USDA program that supplies food to seniors age 60 and over that meet income guidelines.

According to Darci Bultje of the Rural Office of Community Services at Lake Andes, the income limit for one-person household is $15,171, and $20,449 for a two-person household.

"Those numbers will probably change in 2015," said Bultje.

Senior citizens over 60 can apply for the Commodity program through the ROCS office or the local coordinator in Presho Susan Shear.

The commodity Program is offered in Reliance and Prersho and participates receive a box of food once per month. People living in other Lyman County communities can apply for the program but would have to pick up their box at the Reliance or Presho location.

These three locations provide hunger relief assistance to communities and organizations for a group of counties that make up their service territory. Rapid City serves the 12 most western counties, Pierre serves the 24 most central counties, and Sioux Falls covers the 30 most eastern counties in the state In total, Feeding South Dakota services 66 counties, with a total population of over 824,000 people.

Each year, Feeding South Dakota provides meals to more than 190,000 South Dakotans each year.

Along with donations of non-perishable food items, Feeding South Dakota utilizes dollar donations to cover the transportation costs of donated food items they receive from large food manufacturers through the Feeding America network. "Feeding America has created partnerships with virtually all food manufacturers. When there is a mistake in labeling or if there are overruns in production, these manufacturers cannot sell the food, so they donate it to Feeding America. We just have to cover the transportation costs," he explained.

To learn how you can give non-perishable food items or dollars to Feeding South Dakota, visit www.feedingsouthdakota.org. 

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