NewsFebruary 08 2017

Presho Guardsman completes mission to Washington, DC

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Presho Guardsman completes mission to Washington, DC
 
Lucy Halverson/LCH
 
As a relatively new member of the National Guard, Casey Uthe of Presho recently completed a memorable assignment. Uthe is a member of South Dakota National Guard’s Sioux Falls based 235th military police company, which was one of the many units present at the January 20 inauguration of Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States. The mission started Wed., Jan. 18 when the unit flew out of Sioux Falls to Washington, D.C. Uthe and his unit were housed at the FedEx Field, the home stadium of the Washington Redskins. I’d never been to Washington, D.C, or saw a big stadium like that either,” said Uthe. “We were on the fifth floor where the private suites are.” The guardsmen slept on cots set up in the hall, not in the suites. It was pretty nice,” said Uthe. On the day of the inauguration, Jan. 20, Uthe and his unit were up a little after midnight to prepare to arrive at their assigned gate location by 4:00 a.m. South Dakota’s military police unit assisted the Secret Service at the checkpoint along Pennsylvania Ave., one of the few not shut down by protesters. The protesters would group together and try to get in front of the gate to block people from getting in,” said Uthe. “The Metro police did a good job of keeping them out.” The unit returned to the stadium Friday evening and returned to South Dakota on Saturday. Uthe joined the 235th military police unit in December of 2015. This was his first mission. It was a privilege being there and serving,” said Uthe. “One I won’t forget.”

NewsFebruary 08 2017

Local teen served as page on legislature

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Local teen served as page on legislature
 
Emily Muirhead of Presho served as a legislative page in Pierre during the current session. Her sponsor was Rep. James Schaefer, R-Kennebec. Muirhead said she enjoyed meeting new people at the Legislature, learning the procedure and exploring the Capitol. The daughter of Scott and Julie Muirhead, she plans to attend the University of South Dakota to study elementary education or vocal performance.

NewsFebruary 01 2017

Snow piles on Main following storm

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Snow piles on Main following storm

Chevy climbs to the top of a large snow pile on Main Street in front of the Lyman County Herald office last Wednesday morning following about 7 inches of new snow. Classes were called off at Lyman Tuesday and Wednesday due to the snow and high winds.
 

NewsFebruary 01 2017

Outlook Shows Potential Drought Improvement for State

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  Outlook Shows Potential Drought Improvement for State
 
      BROOKINGS, S.D. - As South Dakota faces yet another winter storm, the climate outlooks for early spring have been released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) which allows us to look to the end of the 2017 winter season.
     “Precipitation outlooks for the next three months show higher likelihood of wetter than average conditions through April for the western and northern regions of the state,” said Laura Edwards, Acting State Climatologist & SDSU Extension Climate Field Specialist.
      Edwards said this projection of wetter than average conditions could be good news to those who suffered through the drought of 2016.
      “Although there have been some improvements in the severity of drought in western South Dakota, there are still some lingering concerns of having sufficient water to meet the demand, especially for agricultural production in 2017,” she said.
      Snow reports from the Black Hills have been close to average, if not slightly above average, so far this season.
      With at least another month of winter left to go, Edwards said there is still time for more precipitation to fall and improve drought conditions before the growing season begins.
      With the southeast now showing equal chances of wetter, drier or near average precipitation through April 2017, Edwards said there is no concern over whether or not there will be enough moisture to begin the growing season.  
     “With the wet fall and early winter, there is enough moisture in the soils to begin in the spring, with just a little more than average for this time of year,” she said.
      For the southeast region, Edwards said drought is not much of a concern for the early spring season. 
 
Temperatures predicted to be colder than average 
 
     The temperature outlook for February through April indicate that colder than average temperatures are more likely to prevail in the northern and northwestern counties of South Dakota.
     “This is consistent with La Nia as it will wane in the late winter,” Edwards said.
     Historically, Edwards explained, climate patterns like this have been cooler than average in the month of February.
     “Colder than average temperature is currently the most challenging aspect of the outlook for the spring, as this can hold back planting and spring fieldwork in the northern counties,” she said. “Looking ahead at the climate outlook for late winter and early spring, the forecasters for this outlook are less confident than in recent months.”
      Edwards explained that spring can often bring large swings in both temperature and precipitation.
     “Climate patterns like La Niña are less reliable in the spring season, so forecasters tend to focus on two to three weeks at a time,” she said.
      Precipitation outlook for February through April 2017.
      Most of South Dakota is favored to be wetter than average in the late winter/early spring, with the exception of the southeast.
      Temperature outlook for February through April 2017. Colder than average temperatures are more likely across northern counties of South Dakota.
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