January 24 2006

[b]2006 marks Dakota Prairie Banks 100th year [/b]

Posted by Nicole
By Lucy Halverson

Steve Hayes, president of Dakota Prairie Bank, saw his father Keith Hayes dream through to fulfillment this past week with the completion of an expansion project at the Presho branch.

Expanding our facility at Presho was an aspiration of my fathers for the last 5 years of his life. He worked on the plans, collected ideas and knew what he wanted to accomplish, said Steve. Unfortunately failing health prevented the elder Hayes from actually starting the project as he passed away in the spring of 2005. Seeing our bank expand here in Presho and marking the 100th anniversary of the Dakota Prairie Bank and the town of Draper were goals my father wanted to accomplish, Steve added.

Two of those goals were reached and celebrated last Friday night, January 20th when Dakota Prairie Bank held an open house and dedication of the 24 feet by 80 feet addition to the bank. Ground was broke on the project in July of 2005. The main contractor was Midwest Construction of Pierre. Local suppliers and subcontractors included; Dakota Builders Supply, Russ Comp Construction, PowerCom, Patrick Construction and Lonnie Ellwanger of Draper.

The addition offers an expanded board room, work room, storage, rest room, and a large office for the bank president. With the completion of the project, Erica Sundall, assistant vice-president, will now be working at the Presho branch. She will move into the office space previously used by the bank president.

The turn out was phenomenal, stated Steve. We had 230 register at the guest book but many of those were couples and or families. We estimate that more than 300 attended. We appreciate our customers throughout the year but especially want to thank them for being so understanding during our construction phase these past few months, added Steve. Commemorative banks and insulated cups were given away by the bank.

This open house kicks off our 100th Anniversary celebration which will conclude on June 9th at the Draper Centennial Celebration with a free barbecue under a big tent to be erected on Main Street, said Steve. According to Steve other anniversary events are planned over the next few months either at Presho or Draper.

Marge Hayes and other family members including Jody (Hayes) Wingert, Mary (Hayes) Dott, and bank staff members from Draper and Presho along with board members were on hand for the open house and dedication.

A framed collage of photographs of the old bank buildings in Draper and the new buildings in Draper and Presho along with a photograph of Keith grace the new boardroom and Steves office as a tribute to the patriarch of the Hayes family.

January 24 2006

[b]Basketball Fundraiser Saturday at Kennebec Gym[/b]

Posted by Nicole
By Nicole Choal

The Lyman Learning Center, a non-profit day care in Presho, and the Kennebec Korral, a day care in Kennebec, will hold a fund raiser in Kennebec Saturday night, January 28th.

The night begins at 5 p.m. with a bake sale and concession stand featuring walking tacos at the Kennebec lunch room.
A basketball game pitting moms, dads, and other community volunteers from the Lyman Learning Center against the Kennebec Korral tips off at 7 p.m.

BINGO will be played in the lunchroom from 8:30 - 9:30 p.m.
For those of you of the wagering kind, a Calcutta will take place prior to the basketball game. Persons will be bidding on the number of free throws made in five minutes.

The children are very excited to be part of the entertainment, so they will have their own game at half time, said Lorri Wagner, parent and board member from the Lyman Learning Center. Children need not attend either day care to participate in the game, just come on out to the floor when called. The Lyman Learning Center children will also be cheering on their team throughout the game, and will be very official looking in cheerleading attire made by Jean Moore. Other children who wish to cheer the players on are also welcome.

The funds raised throughout the night will be divided between the two day cares. We will probably use the money to paint the day care and buy an educational area rug, which will help the children learn the ABCs and cut down on the noise level, stated Lorri Wagner of the Lyman Learning Center. According the Jason Thiry, parent of children at the Kennebec Korral, their proceeds will be used for more general things such as heating and electricity. The Kennebec Korral day care is owned and operated by Michelle Schindler of Reliance.

Thrivent Financial will provide supplemental funds to the non-profit Lyman Learning Center.

January 24 2006

[b]Obituaries[/b]

Posted by Nicole
Frieda Authier, 78
Frieda Authier, 78, of Lemoore, CA and resident of Livermore, CA for 37 years, passed away on Wednesday, January 18, 2006 in Fresno, CA. Frieda was born at Kennebec, South Dakota on June 14, 1927. She married Jerome Authier from Vivian.

Timothy L. Nissen, 46
Funeral services for Tim Nissen, 46, of Pierre, SD were held Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at the United Methodist Church in Reliance, SD with burial at the Reliance Cemetery at Reliance.

Abe C. Langdeau, 90
Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at the Lower Brule Community Center, Lower Brule, SD for Abe Langdeau who died Thursday, January 19, 2006 at Beverly Healthcare in Pierre. Fr. Webster Tow Hawk officiated. Burial was at the Lower Brule Episcopal Cemetery, Lower Brule, SD.

Bob Scott, 83
Funeral services were held Monday, January 23, 2006 at the Vivian Auditorium, Vivian, SD for Robert Scott, Pierre formerly of Vivian, who died Thursday, January 19, 2006 at St. Marys Hospital in Pierre. Burial was at the Presho City Cemetery, Presho, SD.

January 18 2006

Posted by Nicole



Drew Reuman, a senior at Lyman High School, was presented the Pete Kerns Memorial Sportsmanship Award at the 38th annual Jones Co. Invitational Tournament Saturday Jan. 14 by the grandchildren of Mr. Kerns. L-R: Reuman, Kelsey Kerns, and Brock Kralicek. Reuman was the 10th player to receive this award and only the second from Lyman. Tyler McPeak of Lyman was the first recipient of the award in 1997. See page 6 for tournament results. photo by Kim Halverson
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