May 17 2005

[b]Grassland reserve program (GRP) call for ranking ends May 27[/b]

Posted by Nicole
Huron, S.D. - The deadline for the ranking of applications for Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) is Friday, May 27, 2005.
The GRP rule provides states with the ability to establish ranking pool areas to make the best use of funding and workforce. In consultation with the State Technical Committee, a funding pool area of west central South Dakota was established for Fiscal Year 2005. Only applications from Haakon, Stanley, Jones, and Lyman Counties will be evaluated and ranked for funding in Fiscal Year 2005. Applications will be evaluated, prioritized and selected for funding made available under provisions of the 2002 Farm Bill. In South Dakota, the State Technical Committee, which serves as an advisor to the State Conservationist, participates in the development of the ranking process.

Applications will be rated on ranking and selection criteria developed in South Dakota following broad national guidelines. Grasslands, both pasture and range lands, that are at least 40 acres or more are eligible for GRP. The goal of the GRP is to voluntarily help landowners restore and protect grassland and to preserve it as grazing lands. The Natural Resources Conservation Service provides technical and financial assistance to landowners to increase conservation on grazing lands.

For more information about GRP, contact Shane Reis at the Natural Resources Conservation Service office in Kennebec at 605- 895-2238 ext

May 10 2005

Posted by Nicole

An Idaho man, Steven Ostlund, 40, was arrested following at a residence in Presho following a high-speed chase with SD Highway Patrol and Lyman Co. Sheriffs officers. Ostlund broke into the Tony and Mary Lou Urban home after abandoning his car on the east side of Presho. He faces numerous charges. Damages to the Urban home were limited to the front door, which was broke by Ostlund.
Read the full story in the May 11, 2005 Lyman County Herald

May 10 2005

[b]Cemetery fencing project started[/b]

Posted by Nicole
A group of people from the Presho area has kicked off a fund-raising to have white vinyl permanent fencing installed around the perimeter of the Presho Cemetery.
We have already received some memorial money designated specially for cemetery improvements, stated Bonnie Diehm.
Estimates on the cost of purchasing and installing the fencing have been gathered. Well start with the east fence and depending on how much money we get expand from there, added Diehm.
Diehm added that the original metal arch gates on the east side will be incorporated into the fencing project.

May 10 2005

[b]Kennebec offering Parade Marshall position on eBay[/b]

Posted by Nicole

The Kennebec Centennial committee is taking a different approach to fund raising. The committee will auction the position of parade marshal on eBay. As of Tuesday afternoon the bid is $ 310. The auction starts Wednesday, May 4 at 8:00 pm CDT and runs until May 14 at8:00 pm .
Kim Halverson presented the idea to members of the Town & Country Clubs centennial committee meeting April 18th. This is a opportunity to publicize our centennial, to possibly help pay for the celebration, and to have a bit of fun, stated Halverson.
"Funds from the auction will go to the Kennebec Town & Country Club to offset Centennial expenses.
The committee will name a local man and women as Centennial king and queen to reign over all the centennial festivities.
To find the listing go to
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