July 19 2005

[b]July means harvest, heat in Lyman County[/b]

Posted by Nicole
Fire destroys acres of wheat stubble south of Kennebec

by Lucy Halverson

Julys hot dry weather along with harvest activity can be disastrous for farmers when fire strikes.
Dave Hoogendoorn, Kennebec, was the first to notice smoke and flames coming from a wheat stubble field, belonging to the Mike Arnoldy and family, located about 7 miles south of Kennebec, Thursday afternoon. Hoogendoorn called the Kennebec fire department about 5 pm.

When we arrived flames, 25 to 30 feet high, were coming off the head of the fire, stated Kennebec fireman and Lyman County Emergency Director, Steve Manger. The fire apparently started in the southeast corner of a field of wheat stubble, located less than a mile west of 318th Ave (main road south of Kennebec) and quickly moved to the northwest burning acres of stubble. Mike Arnoldys hired man was driving a Rhino, equipped with a sprayer, spot spraying thistle when straw got on the motor and ignited.

It was an extremely hot fire and traveled very fast. We had it nearly contained when it came to a grass waterway, but about that time we (Kennebec fire department) ran out of water, and it went right through that green grass, added Manger.

The Presho and Reliance departments were called in for assistance. In addition local farmer Jerry Mundlein brought a trailer with a water tank. Other neighbors with tractors and disks attempted to break the ground around the fire to form a fire line, but the fire jumped at least two lines before it was finally contained just south of a building site belonging to Gary Schindler.

Mike Arnoldy was not sure of the number of acres burned. I was cutting wheat north of Presho when I heard about the fire, by the time I got there it was about all over, stated Arnoldy.
A few acres of Gary Schindlers uncut wheat was burned before the fire was extinguished.

Manger reminds area residents that onlookers need to stay a safe distance back from any emergency situation such as the Arnoldy fire. The smoke was so thick on the north side of the fire that drivers had difficulty seeing. A fire truck nearly collided with a vehicle that was driving by.

July 19 2005

[b]LeadershipPlenty Program to be held in Lyman County this fall[/b]

Posted by Nicole
By Lucy Halverson

Planning and Development District III of Yankton, South Dakota will present a LeadershipPlenty program in Lyman County, which will run from September through November.

LeadershipPlenty is a program intended to equip people from rural communities with the leadership skills to be more effective in solving problems within their communities.

The LeadershipPlenty curriculum, developed by the Pew Partnership for Civic Change, focuses on how groups can learn to work together to take action on behalf of their community. The program teaches participants how to identify community assets, manage conflict, build strategic partnerships, and other skills that will enhance their ability to lead volunteers in local decision-making and problem solving.

July 19 2005


Posted by Nicole
Mary Urban, 102

Mary Urban, 102 of Presho died Thursday, July 14, 2005 at the Winner Nursing Home. Services were 10:30 am Monday, July 18, 2005 at the United Methodist Church in Presho with burial at Holy Angels Cemetery in Presho.

July 12 2005

Posted by Nicole
Image: http://www.lcherald.com/e107_files/images/preshoparade.jpg

Dakota Prairie Bank of Presho and Draper wish Presho a Happy Birthday during the Centennial Parade Saturday, July 2, 2005.

See the July 13th issue of the Herald for many more photos.
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