NewsOctober 25 2017

Raider Volleyball hosts Dig Pink

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Raider Volleyball hosts Dig Pink 

To raise awareness of breast cancer, the Lyman Volleyball team hosted a Dig Pink event at Monday’s volleyball game at the gym in Presho. Tickets were sold for prizes at the beginning of the volleyball game and winners were drawn between matches. The volleyball team wore pink jerseys along with the Pink Pig to honor those who are fighting or who have fought breast cancer. L-r: Kadi, Katie, Lyndsey, ‘Pink Pig’ Sage, Kacie, Kayt, Jacey, and Allison. Lyman defeated Stanley County in three sets, 25-21, 25-20, 25-15.

NewsOctober 25 2017

Fire protection improves in Reliance area

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Fire protection improves in Reliance area
Lucy Halverson/LCH 
 
  The extra hours of training for members of the Reliance Fire Department to become certified in structural fire fighting and earn a “yellow card” has paid off for the community of Reliance, as the Structural Fire Insurance rating has dropped from a 10 to a 7. 
  An ISO (Insurance Service Office) evaluates every aspect of a city, including fire hydrants and its fire department to identify the ISO rating that is used by some insurance companies to set premiums. The ISO rating is from 10 – 1 with 1 being the best. The Reliance Fire Department was recently notified that the ISO rating for Reliance has been improved from a 10 down to a 7 effective January 1, 2018. 
  The improvement in this rating could improve home insurance costs in the Reliance area,” said Fire Chief Shane Reis. “But more importantly, it shows your local department is improving at what we do.” 
  Earning a yellow card for structural fire certification were Reis, Assistant Fire Chief Brent Hofer and Aaron Schindler. In addition, several other Reliance firefighters attended some of the classes and training as they could.  
  The desire to upgrade and improve the Reliance Fire Department started several years ago, but the push for more classroom and hands on training came this past year.  
  In 2017, this has already led to clocking over 500 hours of training for our small department,” he said. “Several of our 17 active firefighters took the “yellow card” classes for structural fire skill and we are urging more to do so in the future.” 
  Several area departments have pursued the “yellow card” and realize the importance of knowledge it represents.  
  We salute and thank any firefighter who commits to the long process of receiving their certification,” Reis added. 
  The additional training along with recent improvements in fire engines and tenders and other upgrades at Reliance have led to the major community benefit of an improved ISO rating.  
  To illustrate the changes needed to upgrade to this rating, the first area addressed was equipment improvement. 
  Reis stated that the department purchased new bunker gear about ten years ago and added a pumper for larger water output about five years ago. A new tender for more water storage was added in 2016. The self-contained breathing apparatus equipment (SCBA) was upgraded to lighter tanks for easier maneuverability and longer duration in dangerous smoke situations, and a SCBA refilling station was installed in the Reliance Fire Hall. 
  Reliance firemen cooperated with the Chamberlain/Oacoma Fire Department this year for the certifications, and after the classroom instruction was completed; they participated in multiple department trainings, such as vehicle extrication, a smoke house, and a propane burn tree. 
  These group exercises, conducted among several departments, leads to better team work and communications between departments that may not work together on a common basis,” said Reis.  
   A few firefighters from Reliance also participated in a structure burn simulator taught by the Platte Fire Department, where they operated live hoses with real flames in a 300 degree plus environment. 
  In the last year, the Reliance fireman have also upgraded their communication system. 
  More hand-held radios, with cordless microphones were purchased along with in-vehicle charging stations to improve communication out in the field. A base station to communicate from the fire hall to the fire was also installed. To ensure a quicker response time a new notification system was established with assistance from Kennebec Telephone Company. The new system has improved the number of firefighters responding to calls.  
  Good communication is one of the most important resources for firefighter safety,” said Reis. 
   All of these pieces added together plus the dedication of local volunteers have led to the ISO improvement for the Reliance community. 
  We hope to continually improve the rating in the future, and believe it is just a reflection and a good reward for the things a department should be doing already,” he said.  
  The Reliance Firemen thank the community for their continued financial support of the department and the many other entities that made these improvements possible.

NewsOctober 18 2017

Kennebec Elementary take a ride

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Kennebec Elementary take a ride
 
In honor of National Fire Prevention Week local fire departments visited with youth at each elementary school teaching students about fire safety and the role that the departments play within our community. Pictured is Mrs. Samco’s fifth grade class at Kennebec Elementary. The class rode on the fire truck after Fire Chief Don Manger and Rod Bowar gave a presentation about fire safety and the tools the firemen use when they combat a fire.

NewsOctober 18 2017

South Dakota’s unofficial October holiday

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South Dakota’s unofficial October holiday
 
By: Senator John Thune
 
  For many South Dakotans, myself included, the third Saturday in October is always circled on the calendar. While most fall weekends are primetime for college football and Major League Baseball playoffs, those are all overshadowed, at least for me, by walking through a food plot, slough, or corn field and hearing a friend or family member yell, “rooster!” The South Dakota pheasant opener is more than an annual event. It’s an unofficial holiday, and it’s right around the corner.   
  For me, hunting has always been more about the experience than the number of birds I bring home. Sure, limiting out on ringnecks is great, but it’s the memories I’m able to create along the way that matter the most. As long as I’m walking the fields with friends and family, an empty hunting vest never bothers me. I’m blessed that I’m still able to enjoy hunts with my siblings and my dad who is 97 years young. My sons-in-law have also taken up pheasant hunting, which is exciting for me to be able to pass this tradition on to the next generation. 
  We wouldn’t have pheasants in South Dakota if it were not for the several hundred thousand acres of suitable habitat that allows them to survive and successfully reproduce in our sometimes harsh climate. We’re fortunate to have landowners throughout the state who both love the thrill of the hunt and understand the importance of wildlife habitat and conservation. We couldn’t have one without the other. While the land and opportunities exist in South Dakota, this year’s drought and diminishing Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) footprint didn’t do the pheasant population any favors. According to a state survey, the population is 45 percent smaller than it was last year. 
  For a lot of hunters, when they hear CRP mentioned, they think of pheasants. The popular and well-respected conservation program provides incentives for landowners to set aside portions of their property that can serve as nesting and brood-rearing areas for pheasants. This year’s low pheasant population and low commodity prices are great reasons to increase the number of available CRP acres. This is why I’ve introduced legislation that would boost the CRP acreage cap to 30 million acres in the next Farm Bill, which represents a 25 percent increase. I’ve introduced additional bills in Congress that would authorize a shorter-term (three-five years) conserving use program that would complement CRP, and expand the sodsaver initiative nationwide, which is something I first authored in the 2008 and 2014 farm bills. 
  Each year pheasant season brings people from around the world to South Dakota, and it has a significant residual effect on the state’s economy. Pheasant hunters bring hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity with them. They’re staying in hotels, eating at restaurants and diners, and they’re picking up supplies at sporting goods stores around the state. It’s important that we look for ways to strengthen and preserve the state’s pheasant population, which is what several of my farm bill proposals are aimed at achieving.   
  They don’t call South Dakota the “pheasant capital of the world” for nothing, so as folks hop in their trucks, put on their blaze orange, and bring their dogs into the field, I wish everyone a safe, successful, and memorable hunt.
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