NewsSeptember 26 2014

Wheat Growers Announces Kennebec Site for Grain/Agronomy Facility

Posted by Kim

(Aberdeen, SD) - Wheat Growers will build a first-class grain handling, fertilizer and agronomy facility in Lyman County, starting yet this fall. Wheat Growers’ Board of Directors has chosen a site in Lyman County, South Dakota, for a shuttle loader grain handling facility and agronomy center. The site will be in Kennebec, South Dakota, and will be located along the soon-to-be rehabilitated line that is part of the state of South Dakota’s expansion of heavy-rail service from Chamberlain to Presho.

“We selected this site after an extensive financial and structural review of several sites in the area,” Hal Clemensen, President of the Wheat Growers Board of Directors, said. “Our cooperative will move forward with dirt work and construction this fall with the goal of having the agronomy facility ready for business by the winter of 2015/2016 and the grain handling facility completed in time for harvest 2016.”

Wheat Growers had pledged to build a shuttle loader grain handling facility and agronomy center in Lyman County if the state of South Dakota rehabilitated the Chamberlain to Presho route. The South Dakota Department of Transportation recently announced that the state had been awarded a $12.68 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant. The grant money, along with $7 million approved by the South Dakota Legislature for the project, an additional $7 million committed by the state Railroad Board, and over $1 million in private funds raised by Rails to the Future will be used to rehabilitate approximately 40 miles of rail line between Chamberlain and Presho.

“This is great news for the state and for growers and agribusiness in central South Dakota,” Dale Locken, Wheat Growers CEO, said. “As promised, our farmer-owned cooperative will now move forward with our plans to build a first-class elevator and agronomy facility on the rehabilitated heavy rail line in Lyman County.”

“We want to thank Governor Daugaard, the state legislature, our Congressional delegation and the Rails to the Future group for their tremendous support of this project and the commitment of state and private funding in addition to the TIGER grant funds,” Clemensen added. “Now we’ll put our pledge into action as we build this state-of-the-art facility for growers in the area.”

About Wheat Growers

Wheat Growers is a grain and agronomy cooperative in the heart of South and North Dakota. Owned by the members it serves, Wheat Growers exists to provide, with integrity, customers with reliable markets, services and quality products through a safety-oriented, profitable and innovative organization.

NewsSeptember 24 2014

Raiders host Cross Country meet

Posted by Lucy

Lyman teammates Derek McManigal (right) and Phyzon Milton (left) race each other for the finish line at the Raider Nation Cross Country meet Saturday held at the Medicine Creek Golf Course. The friendly competition between the runners netted the same time 21.22 minutes, but Phyzon came in at 28th place, followed by Derek 29th. Approximately eleven schools participated in the Lyman Meet. The Lyman boys team finished in 4th place with 36 points behind Philip (34 pts), Winner (20 pts) and Todd County (10 pts). See more results inside on page 6.

NewsSeptember 24 2014

Committee to study possible restructuring of Lyman School

Posted by Lucy

The Lyman School Board appointed a committee of administrative and staff members to study the feasibility of restructuring the Lyman School system to better serve the educational needs of the students in the district.

A public committee meeting will be held Tuesday, September 30th at the school in Presho.

"There are a lot of issues to consider, most importantly what is the best for the students academically," said superintendent Lynn Vlasman.

Public input is welcome said Mr. Vlasman.

"We may have to limit the time people can speak to 3 or 4 minutes," said Vlasman. "There are a host of factors to consider."

The Lyman Middle School was established at Kennebec following the consolidation of Lyman Schools, and after the first year of East and West Lyman. All the towns in the school district kept their elementary schools for a period of time after consolidation, but eventually the Vivian elementary moved to Presho, and in the early 1990s Reliance students moved to Kennebec elementary.

The restructuring committee will consider whether it would be feasible to move all the elementary students to the Kennebec site and move the middle school to Presho. 1st

NewsSeptember 17 2014

Raider colors on parade

Posted by Lucy

Seventh grade girls, l-r: Lyndsey Thiry, Jezarae Uthe, Kacie Wagner and Jacey Miller ride their class float, "Roar" through the homecoming parade Friday afternoon while a group of high school students dressed in school colors of red, black and white cheer them on. The 7th graders won first place in the middle school float competition. See more photos and homecoming related stories inside on pages 6 & 7.

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