NewsJune 21 2017

Kennebec has a new attorney

Posted by Lucy

Kennebec has a new attorney  
 
By Lucy Halverson/LCH
 
   Amy Janssen, who has been working at Sundall Law office in Kennebec since the summer of 2014, passed her bar exam last February and is now fully licensed to practice law in South Dakota and her home state of Nebraska.  
    Sitting at her desk at the law office, surrounded by law reference books and her young daughter’s colorful artwork, Janssen was excited to discuss her law practice, and what brought her to Kennebec.  
    Growing up on a ranch in Nebraska, Janssen said she always wanted to be a lawyer.  
   “I knew since I was eight-years-old that I wanted to be an attorney,” she said. “I thought it was the best way to help people.” 
   During college she devoted her time to her studies rather than extra-curricular activities.  
  I knew what I wanted to do, and really focused on my grades,” Janssen said. 
  Her interest in criminal law and helping people developed as a member of the college Criminal Justice Association at Chadron State College.  
  We participated in ride-alongs with law enforcement, observed drug dogs in action, and experienced crime scene analysis,” she said.  
  She recently started accepting court-appointments from the Sixth Circuit Court at Kennebec, and had her first day in court June 15, representing a client on a criminal charge.  
  It went well,” Janssen said about her first appearance in front of Sixth Circuit Judge Patricia J. DeVaney.  
  In addition to court-appointments, she is now accepting clients at her private practice at Sundall Law, and was recently named the attorney for the town of Kennebec - a position Sundall held for nearly 40 years.  
  With Sundall’s mentoring, she has gained valuable experience in probate and real estate law over the last several years.  
  I have the best mentor,” she said, in reference to working with Sundall.  
  As a court-appointed attorney, she’s also knowledgeable in criminal law, dealing with DUI’s and drug possession charges.  
   Janssen was raised on a ranch near Gordon, Neb. She graduated from high school in 2006, then went on to further her education at Wayne and Chadron, Neb. She earned a criminal justice degree, and then enrolled in law school at the University of South Dakota where she graduated in May of 2014. 
  South Dakota’s Rural Attorney Recruitment Program, approved by the 2013 South Dakota Legislature, is credited with bringing Janssen to Lyman County. 
  The program provides attorneys with an incentive payment funded by the South Dakota United Judicial System, the State Bar, and the eligible county, to practice law. As a qualifying county Lyman County is responsible for 35 percent of the total amount of the incentive payment, payable over five years, to assist with the attorney’s law school tuition and fees. Janssen is one of approximately 16 licensed attorneys to be placed in qualifying counties since the program started. 
  I had let it be known at the law school that I was looking for someone to come in and eventually take over,” Sundall said.  
  Janssen contacted several different law firms in the state including Sundall. After visiting the area, she and her husband Jake chose Kennebec in part because he also found employment as a heavy equipment operator with Kennebec Telephone Construction.  
  We wanted to live in a smaller community, and I didn’t want to stay in Nebraska,” she said. “It [Kennebec] just fit the best.”  
  Sundall was happy to get the call. He joked that the list of lawyers wanting to move to Kennebec was a “pretty short list!” 
  Amy and her family are a good fit for Kennebec,” he said. “I would encourage clients to give her an opportunity.”  
  In her spare time Janssen enjoys reading and spending time with her family, attending her daughter’s activities, and traveling back to Nebraska to visit extended family. 
  Amy was sworn into office by Chief Justice David Gilbertson at a private ceremony attended by her husband and their two children, Aerika and Joseph, along with other family members, and Herb and Deanna Sundall at the South Dakota Supreme Court in Pierre May 2.

NewsJune 14 2017

Museum hosts dinner to RASDak riders

Posted by Lucy

Museum hosts dinner to RASDak riders
 
The Lyman County Museum hosted an evening meal, musical entertainment, and a beer garden for community members and RASDak riders on Wed., June 7. Approximately 225 people attended the event.

NewsJune 14 2017

Drought conditions move into Lyman County

Posted by Lucy

Drought conditions move into Lyman County
 
Governor activates State drought Task Force 
 
   
   PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard activated the state Drought Task Force Thurs., June 8 to monitor drought conditions across South Dakota.  
    The United States Drought Monitor has classified portions of north central and northeast South Dakota in Severe (D2) drought, including the counties of: Corson, northern Dewey, Campbell, Walworth, McPherson, Edmunds, Faulk, western Brown, and northwest Spink. Moderate (D1) drought conditions include the counties of: southern Dewey, Stanley, northern Jones, northern Lyman, Potter, Sully, Hughes, Buffalo, Hand, Hyde, eastern Brown, eastern Spink, Marshall, Day, northern Clark, and western Roberts.  
    “The recent hot, dry weather has increased drought conditions quickly in parts of South Dakota,” says Gov. Daugaard. “The Drought Task Force gives us a way to share information so we can all appropriately respond. We want to be ready in case drought conditions persist.” 
    Task Force members will coordinate the exchange of drought information among government agencies as well as agriculture, fire and water-supply organizations. Officials say the exchange of information will allow the task force to better monitor the development and seriousness of the drought. The task force also will evaluate the impact of drought on economic sectors of the state.
Much of central South Dakota, as well as portions of northeast South Dakota have only seen 25 percent to 50 percent of normal precipitation in the past 90 days. Across the D1 and D2 drought areas, precipitation since the start of the year is running roughly 3.50 to 4.50 inches below normal.  
    The eight to 14 day outlook issued on June 7 from the Climate Prediction Center forecasts below normal temperatures across northern and eastern South Dakota, with below normal precipitation forecast west of Interstate 29. The latest three to four week outlook calls for equal chances for above or below normal temperatures and precipitation.  
    Persistent dry conditions and recent hot temperatures with low humidity have increased fire danger across the region. After low to sometimes moderate fire danger during spring green-up, days of high fire danger are likely during dry and windy periods. 
    Lyman County Commission passed a burn ordinance in 2016 that prohibits any burning based when the National Weather Service declares a very high or extreme grassland fire danger or issues a red flag warning for strong winds.  
    A handful of counties have either begun or completed the process of issuing Drought Declarations.  
    There are many reports of winter wheat being cut for hay instead of harvesting for grain - mainly central and northern parts of South Dakota. Cattle may have to graze on spring wheat. Cattle are also being sold, both yearlings and cow/calf pairs. This is happening in mainly central and northern areas as well, where D2 drought conditions exist. Cattle are now feeding on dry lots in many areas, instead of out on pastures, due to short grass. This brings the risk of possible dust pneumonia to calves especially. Alfalfa is not even being cut once in central South Dakota. The latest South Dakota Crop Progress and Condition report indicates Alfalfa hay condition rated 65 percent poor or very poor. Pasture and range condition rated 40 percent poor or very poor. Stock water supplies rated 26 percent short or very short. 
 
 

NewsJune 07 2017

Back in the swim of things

Posted by Lucy

Back in the swim of things

The Presho City pool opened Sunday, June 4. The weather was a sunny 95 degrees. Two sessions of Red Cross swimming lessons will be offered this summer, with each session meeting for two weeks, Monday-Friday. The first session will run from June 12 – June 23, and the second session from July 10 – July 21. Swimming lesson registration can be made by contacting Randi Diehm, swimming instructor at preshopool©gmail.com; Facebook (Presho Pool); or 605-280-1733.The entrance fee to use the pool is $1 for children14 and under, $2 for people age 15 and older. An individual season ticket is $35 and a family pass is $75. Exercise sessions will begin Monday, June 12 with Michelle Boer as instructor. The cost of the exercise classes are included with season passes. If you do not have a season pass the cost is $1 per class. Exercise classes are; Exercise Aqua Zumba held Monday and Thursdays, 5:15 pm; lap swim or aqua jogging held Tuesdays and Fridays, 7 am; and Water Fitness Class, instructor led, Wednesdays, 7 am. The pool is available for pool parties at $45 an hour. Pool parties can be arranged by calling the pool at 895-9405 or pool manager, Michelle Boer at 605-450-1597.
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