NewsJune 08 2016

Wheat Growers to host open house at new load out facility at Kennebec

Posted by Lucy

Wheat Growers Elevator at Kennebec will hold a grand opening of the new elevator Tuesday, June 14 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Facility tours will begin  at 4:00 and be given every 15 minutes until 5:30, when a complimentary meal will be served.
The SD Secretary of  Transportation Darin Bergquist will be the guest speaker. 
According to Jeff Tiede, regional manager with Wheat Growers, the elevator is not yet operational but the elevator staff has moved from the former office located in Kennebec to the new office northwest of the Agronomy Center.
“There is a lot of testing of electrical equipment going on now and will probably take a week to 10-days to complete,” said Tiede.  “Our goal was to be operational by the 2016 winter wheat harvest and I think we’ll make that.”
Wheat Growers announced in October 2014 they would build a new shuttle train load-out facility at Kennebec following the approval of the railroad rehab project from Chamberlain west to Presho.
Ground was broke on the new Agronomy Center in the spring of 2015 and was opened by February of 2016.  The new 130 foot concrete elevator was poured in October of 2015 and is expected to be open by the first part of July.
The Agronomy Center  employs 13 people and the grain facility has ten staff members. 
The grain handling facility with two scales for weighing trucks as they enter and depart will be more efficient and faster than the old site.
Tiede stated that the old office and scale may still be utilized during the busy harvest season but day to day operations will be headquartered in the new grain office.
Work has started on the circle track that will come off the main line of the MRC railroad on the west side of Hwy 273 and run between the flat storage and elevator for loading.  The track is expected to be completed to coincide with the completion of the railroad rehab project later this fall.

NewsJune 01 2016

Honoring those who gave the supreme sacrifice

Posted by Lucy

An outdoor Memorial Day service at the Kennebec cemetery featured presentations by members of the Johnson/Peterson including Charles Hamer (right) and Wayne Monson (left). An indoor service with Scott Muirhead as speaker was also held in Reliance.

NewsJune 01 2016

Primary Election set for Tuesday, June 7

Posted by Lucy

The 2016 Primary Election will be held Tuesday, June 7th across South Dakota.  Many counties in the state have combined city and or school elections along with the Primary.
In Lyman County there will be as many as five different ballots available at the voting precincts depending on your location and party affiliation.
For precincts #1 Iona, #4 Oacoma and #6 Reliance a combined election ballot for the Chamberlain School District (7-1) will be given to those living in the Chamberlain School District.
Ballots for Lyman County voters include;  Republican with Chamberlain School, Republican without school, Democrat with school, Democrat without school, and Non-political (just school).  See page 13 of this week’s Lyman County Herald for copies of sample ballots.
Only registered Republicans can vote on the Republican ballot, and registered Democrats on the Democratic ballot. But, Independent voters have the option between the Democratic ballot and the nonpolitical as approved by the state Democratic party several years ago.
Republican voters will select a candidate for United States President and two candidates for Lyman County Commission. Any presidential candidates suspending their campaigns after April 22nd will still be on the ballot for the South Dakota presidential primary.
Democratic voters will select a candidate for United States President.
Those living in the Chamberlain School District will elect three board members from a field of five candidates including; Jim Anderson, Marlo Natwick, Linnea Wright, Leanne Larson and Lyndsie Steckelberg.
The election polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. central time.  See poll location information on page 10.
Anyone in line to vote prior to 7 pm will be allowed to cast a ballot.
Voters are reminded they must show a valid photo ID to the election board to be allowed to vote. Voters with disabilities may contact the County Auditor for information and special assistance in absentee voting or polling place accessibility.
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