NewsOctober 28 2015

New Trooper assigned to Presho

Posted by Lucy

Highway Patrol graduation Friday, Oct. 30

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol welcomes its latest group of nine troopers during a graduation ceremony to be held Friday, Oct. 30, in the state Capitol Rotunda.

Class 57, consisting of eight men and one woman, graduates after eight months of rigorous training. The recruits first completed the basic law enforcement training, then attended the South Dakota Highway Patrol Recruit Academy, which was followed by field training. The period from initial application to graduation is about one year,.

"It is not easy to become a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper and it shouldn’t be," says Col. Craig Price, superintendent of the South Dakota Highway Patrol. "Graduation is a major accomplishment and this is our chance to officially welcome them into the Highway Patrol."

The graduating recruits and their duty stations are Jose Barrera, Britton; Sheldon Brakke, Spearfish; Liz Cynkar, Pierre; Cody Ford, Spearfish; Nathan Monger, Faith; Zach O’Neill, Pierre; Joseph Peterson, Presho; Richard Verga, Deadwood; and Kayne Weaver, Chamberlain.

Lt. Gov. Matt Michels is guest speaker at the ceremony, which starts at 10 a.m. At the end of graduation, the new troopers will receive their patrol cars which will be parked behind the state Capitol. Many of the graduates are scheduled to be on duty as early as Saturday, Oct. 31.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony.

NewsOctober 21 2015

Opening day in Lyman County

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Pheasants flush from a standing corn field south of Kennebec Saturday, October 17 during the opening weekend of the 2015 pheasant hunting season. Standing crops may have hindered hunters in bagging their limit. To read more about opening weekend and the average bird count for hunters pick up this week's Lyman County Herald.

NewsOctober 21 2015

Hunters pack the gym for annual PF Banquet

Posted by Lucy

The Kennebec gym was packed with hunters Saturday night for the local Pheasants Forever banquet and fundraiser.

Organizers set up for about 180 people the night before and had to add tables to accommodate the large crowd of attendees.

Pheasants Forever treasurer Cody Palmer stated, it was probably one of the biggest banquets the Lyman County chapter has hosted.

It was definitely one of the better ones," said Cody.

"We estimated that we served about 225," said Danielle Palmer, secretary of the local chapter. "We ran out of food and I know some of the volunteer helpers didn’t get to eat."

Members of the Lyman High School band, and volunteer parents cooked and served the prime rib meal. "It’s a fundraiser for the band," said Danielle. Adding, the Kennebec fire department runs the bar with assistance from Mark Halvorson of Hot Rod’s to help fund their department.

Following the meal, 24 guns were raffled and PF prints and other items auctioned to raise money for the local chapter.

In addition to PF officers and other volunteers, Steve Hayes and Justin Lester of Dakota Prairie Bank of Presho clerked the auction.

BankWest employees in Kennebec and Presho selected the local PF banquet to be one of their community projects for 2015 and assisted with setting up for the event and selling raffles throughout the night.

Joel Olivier of Presho was the auctioneer.

Those attending purchased their national PF membership and paid for their meal, and many added to the event by purchasing raffles and auction items.

The funds raised at the auction will be used to host a Wounded Vet hunt November 9-11.

This will be the third year of the hunt but the first time the veterans will be treated to all the amenities of a paid hunt.

"In the past we had individuals volunteer the hunting and lodging," Danielle said. "Sometimes we weren’t the most organized."

Members of the local PF chapter decided the veterans deserved a "real hunt" and have invited eight veterans to attend. The hunt will also utilize a local hunting operation.

This year Rob and Lois Comp of Presho will host the event which organizers expect will move to another lodge next year.

"We notified all the veteran hospitals in the state, but it sounds like most of the vets will come from the Sioux Falls area," said Danielle.

NewsOctober 14 2015

2015 Lyman County Visitor and Hunting Guide Now Available

Posted by Lucy

The 2015 Visitor and Hunting Guide  for Lyman County is now available. The guide contains information about hunting in the area  such as where to get licenses,and local conservation officers as well as important phone numbers for the towns of Presho, Kennebec, Reliance, and Vivian. Guides will be available at locations around the towns, and any extra copies can be picked up at the Lyman County Herald in Presho. 

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