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.

NewsSeptember 17 2014

Lutherans observe 100 years in Presho

Posted by Lucy

The Presho American Lutheran Church held a centennial celebration Sunday, September 14 with a program and picnic dinner following a joint worship service with the Lyman Lutheran parishes that packed the pews of the church.

Janet Rabern served as emcee for the program that featured stories compiled from church history and records starting in 1890 when the Medicine Valley United Synod church was established at the Earling settlement about three miles west of present day Kennebec.

There were two different Norwegian synods serving the people of Lyman County from as early as 1890 up until the merger between the United Synod and the Norwegian Synod in 1914.

The Norwegian Lutherans built their first church in Presho in 1908, and later built the present day church in 1951. A ground level addition was added to the church in 1972.

Descendants of some of the original members of the Lutheran Church participated in the program including, Nelson Brakke, Quint Garnos, Jerry Busch, Debbie Millard, Daryl Walters, Dean Brakke, Pete Swinson, and Paul Olson. Others assisting were Kym Lebeda, Jody Reuman, Sarah Rusche, and Pastor Arlyn Rusche.

Other churches that merged in addition to Medicine Valley United Synod, include; the White River United Synod, Medicine Creek Norwegian Synod, Hilmoe Norwegian Synod, Vivian Norwegian Synod, and Kennebec Lutheran.

NewsSeptember 10 2014

Rails to the Future Applauds Receipt of $13 Million TIGER Grant to Build Railroad to Presho

Posted by Lucy
Rails to the Future is pleased to announce
 the receipt of a Transportation Investment 
Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) 
grant in the amount of $12,686,089. 
	“We would like to thank Governor 
Daugaard, the Congressional Delegation, the 
State Legislature and the State Railroad 
Board for their leadership in helping make 
this project become a reality,” said Steve 
Halverson, President of Rails to the Future.
“The entire state of South Dakota will 
benefit from this project for 
generations to come.”
	“We also thank all of the private 
citizens and businesses who contributed
over $1 million in  commitments to the 
project,” said Halverson.  
“Their generous support was critical 
to getting the local match percentage
high enough to submit a competitive 
application for the grant.”

Rails to the Future announced
last April that over $ 1 million had been 
raised in local match for the Transportation 
Investment Generating Economic 
Recovery (TIGER)grant the state 
of South Dakota was applying for at 
the time. The State’s TIGER grant 
application sought $13 
million for rehabilitation of the 
state-owned line from Chamberlain 
to Presho. 

During the past Session, the
legislature appropriated $7.2 million for 
rehabilitation of the state-owned 
railroad west of Chamberlain. The 
SD Wheat Growers testified during 
committee hearings that they would 
build a $40 million shuttle loader 
facility and agronomy center if the 
railroad is rehabilitated 
at least as far as Lyman. 

After Session, the SD Railroad
 Board committed an additional $7 
million towards the grant. The local 
match of $1 million to the grant 
application. When combining the $13 
million TIGER grant, state and local 
contributions, total cost for the railroad 
rehabilitation is about $28 million.   

The $1 million in local commitments
were been made by farmers, 
businesses, ag organizations, tribal and 
local governments that support 
the project. 

Rails to the Future is a grassroots
organization that was created 
primarily by farmers that want to raise 
money to help get the state-owned 
railroad extended from Chamberlain 
to Presho. The organization will 
continue to hold meetings and 
raise funding for railroad 
rehabilitation further west.
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