NewsNovember 15 2017

Seventh grade Veterans Day presentation

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Seventh grade Veterans Day presentation 
 
Seventh grader, Coy, puts the last piece of the puzzle on the display of the American Flag during the seventh grade presentation at the Veterans Day Program Friday, November 10. The seventh graders also built a picture of the ‘Fallen Soldier Battle Cross’ to honor the veterans who gave their life for our country.

NewsNovember 15 2017

Presho to hold Cancer Center Fundraiser

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Presho to hold Cancer Center Fundraiser
 
    It may be all fun and games November 17 through 18 at Jet Lanes but the mission is serious. Funds raised from “Game On, Cancer,” a 24-hour games marathon, will go towards building the Helmsley Cancer Center in Pierre and will be matched 1:1 by the Helmsley Foundation. Game players, fans and spectators are welcome to come and go throughout. Free will donations may be dropped off at any time during the 24 hours. 
   A variety of games, suitable for all ages, will be offered and include some special events. First out of the gate at 6:00 pm Friday will be the cancer derby, a race organizers created of horses representing cancer colors (pink for breast cancer, gold for pediatric cancer, etc.) that will call a winner based on donations designated for each color. Race progress will be posted hourly as donations are tallied. Lyman cheerleaders donated the “Cheer for a Cure” money jar where a donation gains a guess at the amount of money in the jar with the closest guess winning the money jar.  
   Games involving bowling, darts, bean bags, cards, dice and boards are on the agenda. Event planners challenge participants to organize/create their own games, noting supplies will be available. Lyman High Honor Society is in charge of games during “Teen Time,” which is 2 am until 7 am. Later Saturday morning, kids may decorate the face of their stick horse (provided) before racing their horses. A treasure hunt, two cake walks, and at least one balloon dart board are also planned.  
   Owner Carl Brakke says Jet Lanes is pleased to host “Game On, Cancer“ and he plans to donate a portion of his sales to the Helmsley Cancer Center. The kitchen will remain open later than usual with pizza and snacks offered all night. Breakfast will also be on the menu.  
   A beam that will be placed in the lobby of the Helmsley Cancer Center will be on hand for all to sign. Those signing have their choice of three pen colors: one for a cancer survivor, one in memory of, and one as a supporter of those who have had cancer.  
   The cancer derby horses will cross the finish line at 5:59 pm Saturday, November 18, at which time funds donated will be tallied. Representatives of Avera St. Mary’s Foundation will also be on hand for a special announcement. Volunteers are needed to assist making game supplies, preparing cakes, running games, or to be available to lend a hand.

NewsNovember 08 2017

Coffee Cup Fuel Stop addressing congestion issues

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Coffee Cup Fuel Stop addressing congestion issues 
 
Coffee Cup Fuel Stop in Vivian are making improvements to their layout in order to create more parking and a better traffic flow. Currently more underground tanks are being installed to the south side of the building to accommodate three additional gas dispensers and two flex fuel dispensers. Under the expanded canopy there will be 16 fueling stations all together on the south side. The fueling stations on the west side of the building will eventually be removed and will create parking and improved handicap access. The semi truck fueling lanes will be relocated to the east side of the building. This should help eliminate the current congestion issues. As the remodeling continues plans are to eventually expand the store to the north with an expanded product line of fresh foods and drinks.

NewsNovember 08 2017

Presho seeks grants for sewer project

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Presho seeks grants for sewer project
 
  Angela Eves/LCH
   A representative of District III Planning and Development, Eric Ambroson, presented multiple financing options to the city council at their regular board meeting held Monday, Nov. 6 to help fund a sewer and water project. Ambroson presented multiple scenarios to the board and outlined a time table for the application process for grants and loans. 
   The city is currently looking at funding the project through sources such as the DOT Community Access Program, DENR, USDA Rural Development Program, and the Community Development block grant program. The city applied for a $400,000 grant back in July from the DOT Community Access Program, and the council is expecting to hear back within a couple weeks on whether that application was approved. Also, an application for a loan from the Department of Energy and Natural Resources (DENR) will be put together in December and submitted.  
   While the council hopes to cover most of the expense of the new sewer and storm drain cost with grant money, the city will need to obtain loans in order to cover the total estimated expense of the $2 million dollar project.  
   Nicole Husman, chamber director, reported to the council that half of the Rooster Rush shirts have been sold. Sales will continue on the shirts through the hunting season. Thurs., Nov. 30 will be the Presho Holiday Open House. The chamber will again draw for winners from names submitted at chamber member businesses for a turkey and $25 chamber bucks each Monday till Christmas. Husman also reported that there was a good turn out at the Trunk or Treat event Oct. 30.
   Mayor Mike Sprenger reported that Mike Olson, code enforcer, has five abate notices that he still needs to follow up with. Sprenger stated that Olson had made a comment about Presho being one of the best towns he has worked with. Sprenger stated that residents have complied well with the notices and the process went smooth. The council plans to have Olson back in the spring to look at other nuisance violations.  
   Roy England gave the council an update on the Dakota Mill and Grain project. Dakota Mill and Grain had submitted a proposal to the FAA to allow them to build a grain bin at the future railroad car loading terminal. Dakota Mill is working with senators and the FAA in order to have the application approved. The time frame for this approval is expected to last approximately 30-60 days. Construction on the site is continuing as planned at this time.  
   The first reading of Ordinance #1-2017 to established a new sewer rate of $30 was read by the council. This is an increase from the current cost of $23. This will help the city cover the cost of maintenance and upkeep of the sewer system. The board will vote on this increase at their next monthly meeting.  
   Council members also discussed the school’s request to close Birch Avenue between Second and Third Street for a building project. The board determined that prior to making any decision or discussing the issue the school would need to file a petition with the city. At that time, the city would hold a public hearing to help determine the final decision. 
   In other business, the city approved the following:
Approved liquor license renewal for Hutch’s Cafe – on sale
Approved liquor license renewal for Jet Lanes – on and off sale
Approved liquor license renewal for Prairie Post – on and off sale
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