NewsJune 28 2017

City of Presho considers how to proceed with Terca gift

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City of Presho considers how to proceed with Terca gift
 
Lucy Halverson/LCH 
 
   A public input meeting was held at the Presho City Library Thurs., June 15 to discuss options for the $300,000 donation from the estate of the late Everett and Francis Terca.  
  Earlier this year, Presho Mayor Mike Sprenger was notified by an attorney that the Terca’s bequeathed a sizable amount of money to the city to build a new library, and name it in their honor.  
  It was noted by Mayor Sprenger that the Terca’s will was written in 2004, which was prior to the library’s move to the former Senior Citizen building on Main Street.  
  The library was in the old location at that time,” he said.  
  In 2004, the library was located in the old bank building that now serves as the Lyman County Herald office at 223 N Main. At that time, the building was in need of major repair, and was over-crowded with shelving and books.  
  The mayor and city council members thought the city has a much better library today than it did in 2004, and considered adding on to the current building a better use of funds.  
  The city council’s building committee, Colby Brakke, Bill Lengkeek and Carl Brakke met with members of the library board earlier, and they discussed the needs of the current library.  
  The two big things the library board wanted was a meeting/multipurpose room - not as big as the gym, but bigger than the community room at the fire hall - and a children’s area for story time and activities,” Colby Brakke stated. 
  Brakke put together several schematic diagrams to give people an idea of what an addition to the library would look like. The size ranged from 1,600 to 4,800 square feet. Brakke presented two options. The first was adding on directly behind the current library, out to the alley. Another option shows the addition at the back of the of the building but going north and south, extending into the next lot next door with the structure.  
  Jim Terca, a nephew of Everett and Francis, stated he thought the couple’s intentions were for a new building.  
  The way it reads to me, they wanted a new library built,” he said, suggesting the city could sell the current library building and build new. Terca stated he felt it was important that the city follow their wishes. 
  The current library is 40 feet by 60 feet and has a kitchen area, and restrooms. Depending on cost estimates, an addition as big as the current structure or perhaps larger could be built, more than doubling the size of the building. 
  Library board member Barb Coble stated she thought they could properly honor Francis and Everett’s wishes even if they don’t start completely new, but add on to what is already there. 
  We’ll have about a new facility when we get done, and name it after them,” she said. “I don’t feel like we would have gone against what they wanted.” 
  The majority of the group in attendance was in agreement that building on to the current library was the best use of funds. 
  It looks like our next step is to get an architect,” said Sprenger.  
  Colby stated he would have a request for a proposal (RFP) drawn up for the next city council meeting July 5 in order to start moving forward.  
  The estate’s attorney estimated it may be fall before the city receives any funds as property must be sold and the estate liquidated.

NewsJune 21 2017

Unofficial School Board election results

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Three elected to Lyman School Board 

Following the Lyman School District election Tuesday, June 20, unofficial results have Jolleen Laverdure, Justin “Judge” Jessop and Kimm Schweitzer winning 3-year terms on the board of education. The fourth candidate, incumbent Dennis Stanley will not be returning to the board.
 
 

NewsJune 21 2017

Thrift Store Annual Luncheon a success

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Thrift Store Annual Luncheon a success
 
Presho Thrift Store volunteer Barb Brown, left and board members Michelle Lintvedt and Lois Comp serve Pat Diedrich and Bev Cleveland during the Thrift Store’s Annual Appreciation Luncheon held at the store Monday at noon. Comp reported the event was successful. They served approximately 70 patrons. The Thrift Store has been in operation for nine years. Fundraisers help supplement funds for building improvements. Connie Lewis Foster, Sioux Falls, won the quilt donated by Pat Diedrich. The proceeds will be used for a new hot water heater.

NewsJune 21 2017

Kennebec has a new attorney

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Kennebec has a new attorney  
 
By Lucy Halverson/LCH
 
   Amy Janssen, who has been working at Sundall Law office in Kennebec since the summer of 2014, passed her bar exam last February and is now fully licensed to practice law in South Dakota and her home state of Nebraska.  
    Sitting at her desk at the law office, surrounded by law reference books and her young daughter’s colorful artwork, Janssen was excited to discuss her law practice, and what brought her to Kennebec.  
    Growing up on a ranch in Nebraska, Janssen said she always wanted to be a lawyer.  
   “I knew since I was eight-years-old that I wanted to be an attorney,” she said. “I thought it was the best way to help people.” 
   During college she devoted her time to her studies rather than extra-curricular activities.  
  I knew what I wanted to do, and really focused on my grades,” Janssen said. 
  Her interest in criminal law and helping people developed as a member of the college Criminal Justice Association at Chadron State College.  
  We participated in ride-alongs with law enforcement, observed drug dogs in action, and experienced crime scene analysis,” she said.  
  She recently started accepting court-appointments from the Sixth Circuit Court at Kennebec, and had her first day in court June 15, representing a client on a criminal charge.  
  It went well,” Janssen said about her first appearance in front of Sixth Circuit Judge Patricia J. DeVaney.  
  In addition to court-appointments, she is now accepting clients at her private practice at Sundall Law, and was recently named the attorney for the town of Kennebec - a position Sundall held for nearly 40 years.  
  With Sundall’s mentoring, she has gained valuable experience in probate and real estate law over the last several years.  
  I have the best mentor,” she said, in reference to working with Sundall.  
  As a court-appointed attorney, she’s also knowledgeable in criminal law, dealing with DUI’s and drug possession charges.  
   Janssen was raised on a ranch near Gordon, Neb. She graduated from high school in 2006, then went on to further her education at Wayne and Chadron, Neb. She earned a criminal justice degree, and then enrolled in law school at the University of South Dakota where she graduated in May of 2014. 
  South Dakota’s Rural Attorney Recruitment Program, approved by the 2013 South Dakota Legislature, is credited with bringing Janssen to Lyman County. 
  The program provides attorneys with an incentive payment funded by the South Dakota United Judicial System, the State Bar, and the eligible county, to practice law. As a qualifying county Lyman County is responsible for 35 percent of the total amount of the incentive payment, payable over five years, to assist with the attorney’s law school tuition and fees. Janssen is one of approximately 16 licensed attorneys to be placed in qualifying counties since the program started. 
  I had let it be known at the law school that I was looking for someone to come in and eventually take over,” Sundall said.  
  Janssen contacted several different law firms in the state including Sundall. After visiting the area, she and her husband Jake chose Kennebec in part because he also found employment as a heavy equipment operator with Kennebec Telephone Construction.  
  We wanted to live in a smaller community, and I didn’t want to stay in Nebraska,” she said. “It [Kennebec] just fit the best.”  
  Sundall was happy to get the call. He joked that the list of lawyers wanting to move to Kennebec was a “pretty short list!” 
  Amy and her family are a good fit for Kennebec,” he said. “I would encourage clients to give her an opportunity.”  
  In her spare time Janssen enjoys reading and spending time with her family, attending her daughter’s activities, and traveling back to Nebraska to visit extended family. 
  Amy was sworn into office by Chief Justice David Gilbertson at a private ceremony attended by her husband and their two children, Aerika and Joseph, along with other family members, and Herb and Deanna Sundall at the South Dakota Supreme Court in Pierre May 2.
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