December 20 2005

[b]Lyman scores above the State average on Writing test[/b]

Posted by Nicole
Seventy percent of Lymans fifth graders and seventy-eight percent of Lymans ninth graders can write well enough to score proficient or better on a nationally-normed writing assessment that was given last October. This compares at the state level to fifty percent of grade five and sixty four percent of grade nine respectively.

An analytical scoring system is used for the Stanford Writing Test using a four-point scale that scores writing samples from a low of 1 to a high of 4 in six characteristics: Ideas and Development; Organization, Unity, and Coherence; Word Choice; Sentences and Paragraphs; Grammar and Usage; and Writing Mechanics.

Mark Dunn, Lyman School Counselor said, We are pleased again this year with our scores. Our fifth graders scored 20 percentage points above their peers in the state and our freshmen were 14 points higher. Our teachers have really put an emphasis on writing and our students want to do well in this area as well.

December 20 2005

[b]Obituaries[/b]

Posted by Nicole
David F. Brodrecht, 45
David Brodrecht, 45, Presho, died Wednesday December 14, 2005 in a farm accident near Presho. Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 20, 2005 at Christ the King Catholic Church in Presho with Father Michael Hight officiating. Burial followed at Holy Angels Cemetery, Presho.


Randall Kim Uithoven, 49
Randall Kim Uithoven, 49, Black Hawk, was born April 1, 1956 and died in a car accident on Monday Dec. 12, 2005. Funeral services were 10:00 a.m., Friday Dec. 16, 2005 at Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home with Pastor Bruce Baum officiating.

Irene Bredeson, 92
Funeral services for Irene Bredeson, 92, of Kerrville, TX will be Thursday, December 22, 2005 at 1:00 PM at the Hickey-Wevik Funeral Chapel in Chamberlain with burial in the Riverview Cemetery at Chamberlain. Visitation will be Wednesday, December 21 from 3 to 8 PM at the Hickey-Wevik Funeral Chapel in Chamberlain.

December 13 2005

Posted by Nicole


Charles Bowar displays the instruments used in recording precipitation for the NWS.

December 13 2005

[b]Kennebec man records daily weather data [/b]

Posted by Nicole

By Lucy Halverson

Everyday at 6:00 PM Charles (Charley) Bowar, Kennebecs National Weather Service Observer, reads and records the high and low temperatures for the previous 24 hours and determines the amount of precipitation received, if any. Bowar has been doing this for the past 36 years.

Advancements in technology may have changed the procedure slightly over the years but Bowar, or on the rare occasion he is out of town a substitute, must record and reset the weather instruments everyday.
The temperature is displayed electronically on a screen installed inside Bowars home. The machine records the high and low for a 24-hour period. Precipitation in whatever form it takes, from rain, sleet, or snow is collect in large metal container 2 feet tall by 8 inches wide, with a funnel top, much like an ordinary KELO-Land rain gauge only bigger; a glass tube about 2 inches in diameter fits inside the container.

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