NewsNovember 20 2018

December Climate Outlook uncertain as El Nino develops

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December Climate Outlook uncertain as El Nino develops
 

   BROOKINGS, S.D. - As El Niño develops in the Pacific Ocean, the month ahead proves to be challenging for climate forecasters, said Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension State Climatologist.  
   For South Dakota, there is an increased likelihood of wetter than average conditions in the western two-thirds of the state. However, the eastern one-third of South Dakota has equal chances of above, below or near normal precipitation in December,” she said, pointing to the December Climate Outlook released November 15, 2018 by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center. 
   There is some confidence that a wetter pattern may affect the Rocky Mountains and just east of that region in the month ahead. 
   The temperature outlook, Edwards said, is less certain for the next several weeks. “A lot of attention has been paid to a developing El Niño in the Pacific Ocean, which has often brought warmer than average temperatures to the Northern Plains in December. This year, however, it is a weak El Niño, and other atmospheric patterns can affect our region as well,” she said. 
   Currently, Edwards said climatologists are looking at the atmospheric pattern over the arctic. “The current pattern favors colder than average temperatures over South Dakota, which is contributing to lower confidence in the December outlook,” she explained. 
   For December through February, the updated outlook indicates that El Niño may be a more significant player after December. “The temperature outlook for the next three months shows elevated chances of warmer than average temperatures overall,” Edwards said. 
   She explained that this is consistent with a typical El Niño winter that South Dakota has experienced in the past. Current forecasts show it is about 80 percent likely to develop fully in the winter. One source of uncertainty, Edwards said, a weak El Niño event is forecasted. 
   “Wintertime snowfall or precipitation is generally not well correlated with El Nino in the Northern Plains region,” she said. “This year’s outlook is consistent with history, and is projecting equal chances of wetter, drier or near average precipitation for the next three months overall.” 
   Frozen soils help with 2018 harvest 
   Fall harvest is still underway in South Dakota, particularly corn harvest. 
   Edwards said the recent drier, colder pattern has helped harvest progress in areas of the state where soils were too wet to run equipment. “Soil temperatures are cooling and frost depths for most locations are around four to six inches deep as of November 15,” she said. “Frozen soils reduce mud and can ease the burden of heavy machinery on the field.”

NewsNovember 14 2018

Lyman County follows state in voting for first woman governor

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Lyman County follows state in voting for first woman governor

Lucy Halverson/LCH

   Sixty-three percent of the registered voters in Lyman County turned out for the General Election November 6 and followed much of the state in voting for the Republican candidates Dusty Johnson for United States House of Representatives and Kristi Noem for governor, the first-ever woman to hold the office in the history of South Dakota.
  The governor’s race was close as expected with Noem receiving 51 percent of the votes statewide (172,894) and Sutton 48 percent (161,416 votes). The third candidate, Kurt Evans received 4,844 votes.
   In the house race, Johnson received 60 percent of the votes against Tim Bjorkman’s 36 percent, and Ron Wieczorek’s 2 percent.
   In Lyman County, Noem carried the county with just 10 votes, 691 votes to Sutton’s 681, while Johnson garnered 830 votes to Bjorkman’s 499.
   Statewide, 62.75 percent of voters registered in South Dakota voted in the midterm election.
   District 26, comprised of Brule, Buffalo, Jones, Lyman, Mellette and Todd counties, re-elected state Senator Troy Heinert (D) of Mission with 3,890 votes for another term over challenger Joel Koskan (R) who received 3,450.
   In District 26B, (Brule, Buffalo, Jones and Lyman counties) Republican Rebecca Reimer of Oacoma won over Democrat Debra Smith of Vivian 2716 to 1695, and in District 26A (Mellette and Todd) Shawn Bordeaux returns to his seat to the house as he was unchallenged.
   On the county level, voters could vote for up to three candidates for county commission. The top three vote getters in the race were Jared Schelske with 756, Zane Reis with 729, and incumbent Ryan Huffman with 696. Incumbent Steve Perry of Presho who came in fourth place with 671 votes, has filed with the country auditor for an official recount based on South Dakota election laws and the percentage of the votes cast in the commission race. The recount, which will determine if there were any discrepancies, will take place at the courthouse on November 19, 2018. The new commissioners will be sworn into office at the first meeting in January of 2019.
   Deputy Auditor Debra Halverson ran unopposed for the auditor’s position being vacated by Pam Michalek upon her retirement. Michalek’s term ends the first-Tuesday of March, 2019, according to state law.
   Other incumbents unopposed in the election include Register of Deeds Tracy Brakke and Sheriff Steve Manger, who will be sworn into another 4-year term in January.
   According to the election results canvassed by the county commission Thursday, Nov. 8 and printed on page 11 of this issue, 1,410 ballots were cast out of 2,234 registered voters in Lyman county.
   Lower Brule precinct had the lowest turnout with 32.3 percent while Iona recorded the highest at 86.4.
   Lyman county recorded 171 absentee ballots compared to 198 in 2016 and 145 in 2012.
    Visit the South Dakota Secretary of State’s website at http://electionresults.sd.gov// for compete statewide results on all candidates and issues.

NewsNovember 14 2018

Mowry among 2018 Honorees at Tribute Dinner

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Mowry among 2018 Honorees at Tribute Dinner

The Casey Tibbs Foundation held its’ 29th Annual Tribute Dinner on Saturday, November 3, 2018 honoring those in six different divisions. Honorees are l-r: Steve Mowry, bullfighting; Bill and Deb Myers, owners of animal athlete Frenchman’s Guy, a palomino stallion; Kristi Lensegrav-Birkeland, goat tying; Yvonne, professional organist and Glen Hollenbeck, professional calf roper; and Alice Sutton Albin (Raymond Sr’s daughter), Georga Sutton (Raymond Sr’s daughter-in-law), Rodeo Promoter; and Jake Rinehart, steer wrestling.

NewsNovember 07 2018

Indian Tacos draw a crowd to Reliance

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Indian Tacos draw a crowd to Reliance
 
Mianna Tveit (left) and Jacob Sazue served up Indian Tacos at the Reliance Carousel held at the Legion Hall last Saturday to raise money for educational trips they are taking next summer. Also, involved in the fund raiser was Corwin Mohr-Eymer who was unavailable for the photo due to Oral Interp practice Saturday morning. The students were assisted in the concession stand by family members. The event was very successful and there were 26 vendors. The youth used Thrivent Action Teams and received matching funds from Modern Woodman.
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