December 06 2005

[b]Presho Holiday Open House held[/b]

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By Nicole Choal

The Annual Presho Area Chamber Hometown Christmas Holiday Open House was held Thursday December 1st, 2005 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Businesses around town were open extra hours to accommodate holiday shoppers and to show appreciation for their customers year long business. In addition to the local businesses providing snacks and refreshments, door prizes and in-store specials, money was raised to support school organizations. The Lyman Education Association (LEA) baked and sold Christmas cookies, candy and casseroles to raise funds and the cheerleaders provided singing entertainment, caroling for donations.

The sponsor of the event, the Presho Chamber, enticed locals to come to town by offering a chamber bucks drawings totaling $ 275. To enter, a person visited every participating business to receive a stamp on their bingo card until a blackout bingo was completed. The winning Bingo entries drawn were Joan Potter, $ 100; Crystal Brakke, $ 100; and LaVerne Ehlers, $ 75.00. The chamber booth held drawings for four prizes. Presho Flowers donated a Christmas wreath won by Kenda Mortenson, Pro Bait & Tackle donated a tackle box won by Curly Schoenfelder, Dakota Builders Supply donated a giant sticking won by Essence Monson, and New Frontier Station donated pizza and a pop won by Hadley Cropsey.

Executive Secretary of the Chamber, Tammy Cole reported a lot of people in town. Due to the cold weather I think people stayed at the businesses longer, rather than walking around a lot. Jody Reuman of Hair West commented, We had a wonderful turnout, and really appreciate all the people stopping in despite the cold weather.
The highlight of the evening occurred when Santa arrived in town to visit with area children and adults. The night ended with the 5th Annual Parade of Lights which only had three entries due to lack of participation.

December 06 2005

[b]Presho Legion Memebers Recognized[/b]

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Twelve members of the Presho Legion Post #89 attended the breakfast meeting Saturday, December 3, 2005 at Hutchs Caf. Special recognition was given for consecutive years of membership those include: Bob Cameron, Paul Olson, Pete Swinson, and Daryld Walters for 60 years; Donald Abrahamson for 50 years; Richard Thornberg for 30 years; James Boss for 20 years; and Brain Nies for 10 years. Each person received a special card signed by the State Commander Philip Anderson showing the number of years of consecutive membership.

The post received a Thank You and ribbon for the $ 200 contribution to the National Emergency Fund to go to the victims for the hurricanes.

September 15 & 16 2006 are the dates set for a memorial for the Vietnam Veterans at Pierre at the site of the Veterans memorial on Capitol Lake near the state capitol. A dedication of the 7ft tall bronze statue of a combat weary Vietnam War soldiers will be held. South Dakota had over 28,000 young men and women called to serve. Two hundred gave the supreme sacrifice. Those from our area were John Hutchison and Ronald Oleson.

November 29 2005

[b]Obituaries[/b]

Posted by Nicole
Dennis Denny Swedlund, 68
Dennis Denny Swedlund, 68 of Presho, SD died Thursday, December 1, 2005 at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls following an accident at his ranch near Hamill, S.D. Services were 1:30 pm Tuesday, December 6, 2005 at American Lutheran Church in Presho with burial at the Presho City Cemetery.

Allen Brinckmeyer, 73
Allen Brinckmeyer, 73 of Presho died Wednesday, November 30, 2005 at his home in Presho, SD. Services were 2:00 pm Monday December 5 at the United Methodist Church in Presho with burial at Presho City Cemetery.

Clarence Wayne Gloe, 76
Clarence Wayne Gloe, 76 of Pierre died Sunday, November 27 at the Dakota Heritage House in Pierre. Prayer service was 7:00 pm Wednesday at the Chapel with Masonic Rites following. Services were 10:00 am Thursday, December 1, 2005 at Congregational United Church of Christ with burial at Scotty Philip Cemetery.

Rex Lux, 54
The postponed funeral services for Rex Lux, 54, of Gregory will now be held on Thursday. Dec. 8, 2005 at St. James Catholic Church in Chamberlain, SD beginning at 1:30 PM. Burial will be in the Riverview Cemetery at Chamberlain.

November 29 2005

[b]Major Storm Blows Into Area [/b]

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By Lucy Halverson

People started digging out from under the seasons first major snow storm Tuesday morning.

A major winter storm moved into the area Sunday evening bringing with it strong northwesterly winds averaging 40-50 miles per hour and heavy snow. By Monday morning the system shut down schools, including Lyman Schools, and many businesses throughout South Dakota.

On Monday the National Weather Service revised the Winter Storm Warning for much of central South Dakota to a blizzard warning which remained in effect until midnight Monday.

Charlie Bowar of Kennebec measured about 12 inches Monday morning. The snow continued to fall all day Monday. Unofficial snow amounts Tuesday morning range from 20 inches in Kennebec to 14 inches at Gregory, 10 inches in Pierre, and about five inches in Murdo.
The South Dakota Department of Transportation closed I-90 between Kadoka and Sioux Falls Monday because of the hazardous road conditions. I-29 from Sioux Falls to Fargo, ND was also closed.

According to Lyman County Sheriff Don Manger I-90 through Lyman County was littered with vehicle stuck in snow drifts. We starting getting 911 calls early Monday morning from motorists stranded out on I-90, said Manger. With near white out conditions, poor visibility hampered rescue attempts.

High winds caused power outages Monday though out Lyman County and the surrounding area. Many locations across South Dakota were still with out power Tuesday morning.

I-90 travelers caught in the storm found shelter in local cafes, motels, and service stations until the Interstate was reopened Tuesday.
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