NewsMarch 29 2017

Meet the candidates

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Meet the candidates
 
Lucy Halverson/LCH
   The cities of Presho and Reliance will hold municipal elections Tuesday, April 11 to elect candidates to their respective city council and town board.
    As a service to voters in these communities the Lyman County Herald asked all candidates to participate in the Meet the Candidates forum. Questionnaires were sent to candidates and those who chose to submit their answers are published inside on page 3 of this week’s issue. Sample ballots will be published next week.
    In Presho, all registered voters will vote in the mayor’s race but only those living in Ward III are eligible to elect one candidate to fill the Ward III vacancy on the city council.
    Running for mayor of Presho is incumbent Mike Sprenger and Tony Urban.
    In Ward III, incumbent Lance Mortenson is being challenged by Carl Brakke.
    In Ward, I and II incumbents Roy England and Colby Brakke are unopposed for election to the 2-year terms on the city council.
    The town of Reliance will elect one candidate to fill one 3-year term on the town board. Derrick Schmitt is challenging incumbent Jeff Williamson.
    City elections will be held Tuesday, April 11, 2017 from 700 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Registered voters in the town of Reliance will vote at the Reliance Town Hall while Presho citizens will vote at the city office meeting room.

NewsMarch 22 2017

Lyman HS band performs for crowd

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Lyman HS band performs for crowd
 
The Lyman band, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Muirhead, traveled to Aberdeen on Thursday, Mar. 16 to play at the State B Basketball Tournament as Band of the Day. They played during the warm ups, in between games, and at halftime.

NewsMarch 22 2017

Climate update predicts wetter than average April

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Climate update predicts wetter than average April
 
   BROOKINGS, S.D. - April is more likely to be wetter than average, according to a climate outlook released March 16, 2017 by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center.
   Of anywhere in the United States, the highest likelihood of wetter conditions is in our area,” said Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension State Climatologist. “There is a bulls-eye in eastern South Dakota that is projected to have wetter conditions than average in April.”
   Edwards explained that this spring outlook is consistent with the long term trend in the region.
   The long term trends in eastern South Dakota over the last several decades has shown more precipitation in the spring and falls seasons,” she said. “The good news is that there is no concern about drought development in the spring season for farmers and gardeners.”
   Edwards added that April precipitation has proven to be critical for pasture, forage and hay production throughout the state. 
   Abundant moisture would benefit grasslands and hay for livestock feed this summer,” she said.
   Due to the above-freezing temperatures throughout February and early March, the soils are now able to absorb some more moisture. 
   Even though many of the state’s eastern counties had a refreeze, with colder temperatures that started around March 10, Edwards said soils will warm up quickly after the new snow melts.
   No substantial flood risks
   No regions in South Dakota are at risk for substantial flooding at this time. “According to the NOAA Flood Outlook released March 16, only the far eastern areas in the Minnesota River basin have any risk of even minor flooding,” Edwards said. 
   The temperature outlook for April shows warmer than average conditions favored to our south and eastern portions of the U.S. but Edwards said it less clear for South Dakota. 
   There is some uncertainty on what lies ahead for spring temperatures, with equal chances of warmer or cooler than average in the next three months,” she said.

NewsMarch 15 2017

Three seats on board up for election

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Three seats on board up for election
 
Angela Eves/LCH 
 The Lyman School Board of Education met Mon., March 13 with all school board members in attendance. Three positions on the school board will become vacant this year with terms ending for Rhonda Schelske, Reliance, Dennis Stanley, Presho, and Kim Schweitzer, Presho.
Nominating petitions may be picked up at the office of the business manager at the Presho site as of Tues., April 11. The deadline for returning the completed petitions to the business manager is Mon., May 12 at 5:00 p.m.
If more than three nominating petitions are filed, an election will be held in June to fill the positions on the board. The term for these positions is three years. Registered voters living within the Lyman School District No. 42-1 boundaries are elegible to vote in the election. If necessary, voting precincts will be located at Reliance, Lower Brule, Kennebec, Presho, and Vivian.
The building committee presented two drafts to expand the current gym. It was suggested that in order for the building committee to continue with any plans or drafts of an addition, the instructional committee needs to formulate a plan for how the sites will be structured. The Instructional Committee is going to spend the next month or two formulating a plan to present to the board. The focus will be placed on the long term needs of the school district. Jodi Smith suggested that they hold several public input meetings as necessary.
Superintendent Vlasman proposed that the school hire a Technology Coordinator, as Carol Birgen will be retiring as the Technology Coordinator next year. The motion was carried through and the position will be posted to the school website and also posted to some college job boards in hopes to recruit a new technology graduate.
The school calendar for the 2017-18 school year was approved. After the board was presented with five different options, one plan was revised to accommodate some concerns with the start and end dates and to allow for a longer winter break. The 2017-18 school year will begin on August 22 and will commence May 16. The calendar gives the students and staff a twelve day Christmas break.
The board received a resignation from Brittany Reuman to relieve her duties as the head girl’s basketball coach. A motion was carried to approve the resignation.
Kennebec Elementary has received $30,000 from the Matilda Dorman Trust. These funds can only be used for materials at the Kennebec site as these were the stipulations of the trust. Kennebec will receive $1,500 per year, which should allow for the money to be used over the next twenty years.
Principal reports were given by Lillebo and Boer.
March’s enrollment at Kennebec was 96 in the Middle School and 99 in the Elementary. Presho has 91 students in the Elementary and 102 in the High School.
The board went into executive session at 9:52 p.m. to discuss negotiations and personnel. They returned from executive session at 10:55 p.m. with no additional motions being made.
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