June 20 2006

Kennebec Celebrates Agriculture

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By Lucy Halverson

The community of Kennebec celebrated 101 years of Agriculture Saturday with games, food and entertainment. Despite the fact that numerous other events were going on around the area over the weekend, many took in some or all the festivities at Kennebec on Saturday.

The celebration started with a Ranch Rodeo Friday night at the Kennebec Arena. Eight local teams, many consisting of females and young adults, participated in the events. The Christensen Land & Cattle team, Charlie Gran, Laddy Christensen, Blue Fink, and CY Christensen, took first place in team points.

Saturday various ag related vendors set up on Kennebec’s Main Street. Donelle Christensen, Jacey Miller, and Kasey Miller were the winners in the chicken poo Bingo game. Kiley Volmer and Tracy Brakke each tied in the rolling pin toss. In addition, there were other games for kids throughout the afternoon.

A free barbecue catered by BJ’s Food Center was served at 5 p.m. at the firehouse. The bleachers were full of spectators as the 20X Beaver Bull Riding featured two rounds of action kicked off with the Jr. bull riding at 6:30 p.m. Local youth riding were Ryder Schweitzer, TC Fredricks, Dylan Madsen, Levi Brakke, and Dawson Jandreau. Taylor Cowan, Ft. Pierre was the only junior bull rider to earn a 6 second ride.

Only four bulls were rode in the first round of the Northern Bull Riding Tour. Zeback Comer, of Rapid City had the best 8 second ride with a score of 75 followed by Tyler Kastet, 70; Eldon Cassidy, 65; and Derek Hunter, 62. In the second round of fresh bulls, Will Sargent of Winner earned the winning score with 76 points. The only other cowboy to ride in the second round was Jarod Miller with a 73.

Carson Carlisle of Ft. Pierre was the lucky winner of the 20X Beaver Cowboy hat given away at the 20X Beaver Bull Riding.

June 20 2006

St. Michael’s of Kennebec to celebrate centennial

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St. Michael’s Catholic Church of Kennebec will celebrate their centennial Sunday, June 25 with an a special mass at 9 a.m. followed by a potluck dinner, organized by St. Michael’s Altar Society at 12:00 p.m. A white elephant bingo and other games for all ages will start at 1:30 p.m. At 3:30 p.m. a program will be held and a barbecue at 5 p.m. will conclude the day’s activities. For the white elephant bingo, people are asked to bring an item from their home in an unmarked sealed brown paper bag for the prizes.

Past priest who have served the parish have been invited to attend. Bishop Cupich indicated he would not be able to attend but plans to visit St. Michael’s on Sunday, October 8 to celebrate the centennial with parishioners.

Everyone is invited to attend.

June 20 2006

Olson receives 2006 Outstanding Educator Award from DWU

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Long time Presho educator LaVerne Olson was recognized as a honored alumni at Dakota Wesleyan University’s Alumni Days Celebration this past weekend at Mitchell. Five other alumni were also honored at the recognition banquet Saturday evening at the Sherman Center.

Attending the event with LaVerne were her husband Paul of Presho and their son David of Yankton. Daughter Paula and her family were unable to attend. Former students of LaVerne’s in attendance included Gordon and Beth Garnos, Owen and Sally Garnos, Gordon Fosness, Avys Johnson, Theron Johnson, Genny Trimble Tays, and Donna Gloe Youngberg.

On Friday during the Alumni College, which was presented by the 2006 alumni award winners LaVerne presented "What didn’t I teach."
Olson taught 44 years in the Presho and Lyman school districts before retiring in 1993. During her teaching career, Olson was introduced to the age of computers and embraced it wholeheartedly. In the late 1970s, Olson purchased the first Apple Computer for the school and spent the next two decades serving as a certified computer instructor while spending thousands of dollars of her own money to ensure students had access to the latest computer technology. In 1990, Olson launched the three-year process of automating the libraries at Lyman High School and Presho Elementary School. Olson is one of a few educators certified to teach on the elementary, middle, junior high and secondary levels. Olson continues to work as a part-time librarian at the Presho Public Library. She and her husband, Paul, have two children David and Paula.

June 13 2006

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Sister Elaine Tworek delivered the invocation at the dedication of the Reliance Veterans Memorial. Mayor Red McManus is pictured on the right. [/html]
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