NewsDecember 27 2017

Smith retires after 35 years

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Smith retires after 35 years

Lorne Smith is presented a gift card by Board President Paul Goldhammer, as a token of appreciation for his 35 years of service as a director on the WR/LJ Rural Water board.

NewsDecember 27 2017

GLF Nearing Goal

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GLF Nearing Goal
 
    Greater Lyman Foundation currently has a total of $474,819.95 in actual donations, as it closes in on its next donation goal of $500,000. Once the total reaches $500,000 it matches a challenge from The South Dakota Community Foundation, which will result in GLF receiving a $20,000.00 grant from SDCF. 
   Very significant donations were made in 2017 from Virgil Miller $10,000, Jim Fulwider $1,300.06 in bushels of wheat, Town of Oacoma $1,000, Wayne & Dorothy Monson $1,000, Raymond & Jeanne Chaussee $1,000, Adam & Aaron Schindler $500, Stephen & Marla Hayes $500 and Kent & Mildred Hamiel $500. 
   Other generous donations have been made by James Lindley, Matt & Christie Collins, Dr. Janice Ebersdorfer, Rodney Sather, Dale & Sherry Lulf, Dennis & Joan Kenzy, Pal & Joyce Jessop, Francis Milnar, Gary & Connie Grittner, Jean Ann Brakke, Justin & Lisa Jessop, Lyman County Title Company, Meta Halverson, Ron & Mary Hendricks, Roy & Leah England, Ryan & Lorlen Husman, Shelli Collins, Steve & Renee Thomas, Wade & Chyree Hamiel and William & Pamela Reis. 
   Designated donations were made in honor of Pete Swinson, Mary Jo & Cooper Garnos, Melinda & Donnie McManus, Janice & Dave Moore, Barb Concannon, Paul Reuman, Joe & Sharon Connot, Dean & Marion Brakke, Ben Reifel, Casey Uthe, Leonard & Joan Potter, Scott & Julie Muirhead and Gerry Sylva. 
   Memorials were made by Kim & Lucy Halverson, Cloe Collins, Rodney Sather, Jeff & Stacy Tveit, Carol Birgen & Mike Sprenger, Bob & Lesa Patrick, Brian & Melody Hohn, Bryan & Dana Kouri, Donnie & Melinda McManus, Donny & Sheila Manger, Duane & Diane Sather, Edith Holmquist, Eugene & Betty Jean Mertens, Eva Miller, Frank & Martha Brost, Herb & Deanna Sundall, Jim & Carol Sundall, Jean Ann Brakke, Justin & Lisa Jessop, Lela Knudson, Mary Lou Gilman, Merle & Marlene Aamot, Meta Halverson, Michael & Nola Ambur, Mike & Marlene Reuman, Owen & Sally Garnos Pam Michalek, Paul & LaVerne Olson, Randy & Julie Holmquist, Raymond & Jean Moore, Richard & Linda Vavra, Rodney & Darlene Cudmore, Rodney Sather, Ruth Ann McManus, Steven & Barbara Roth, Swinson Family, Verne & Debbie Brakke, Wade & Chyree Hamiel and Wayne & Dorothy Monson. 
   Memorials were given in memory of Gordon Garnos, Laddy Christensen, Jamie Collins, Inez Schoulte, Palmer Strom, Edwin “Punk” Strom, Ronald Juhnke, Robert Krier, Chief Dave Bald Eagle, James Neiger, Linda Cole, Doreine Anderson, Pete Swinson, Clint Roberts, Jerry Smith, Lindy Patrick, Les & Delores Patrick, Marie Houchin, Ray Sanderson, Donny Manger, Joe Hieb, Leland Isburg, Tom Sweeney, Benjamin Authier, Dale Hofwolt, Hazel Juhnke, Paul “Cork” Reuman, Gerry Houchin, Cecelia Hofwolt, Eddie Lillebo, Dorothy Stewart, Everett Terca, LeRoy Wagaman, Sandy Dyson, Bob Sundall, Marvin “Shorty” Schoon, Marjorie Farmer, Sheila Manger, Don Williams, Betty Albers Hicks, Robert Bonestell, Paul Hofwolt, Edward Johnson, Carmen Madsen, Virginia LeAnn Robbins, Colonel Zane Vincent Kortum, James “Bob” Hansen, Helen Louder, Josephine Schoenfelder, Gwen Hoffer, Trinity Surat, Robert Loe and Shorty Marshall. 
   The GLF Board greatly appreciates all donations, according to Board Chair Herb Sundall, and thanks everyone for their support. 
   The GLF Board recently held its annual election. Elected to Board of Director positions were: Jim Fulwider, Bruce Eymer, and Lyman High School Representative. 
   Officers elected for 2018 were: Chairman Herb C. Sundall, 1st Vice Chairman Justin Jessop, 2nd Vice Chairman Jim Fulwider, Secretary Crystal Brakke and Treasurer Janet Schindler. 
   The Board reminds donors that it is not too late to make a tax deductible charitable gift to GLF for 2017. Send your donations to Greater Lyman Foundation, PO Box 187, Kennebec, SD 57544. 
   The GLF Board wishes a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone.

NewsDecember 20 2017

Zion Lutheran celebrates Christmas

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Zion Lutheran celebrates Christmas 
 
Zion Lutheran Wednesday School children spread the joy of Christmas during their program Sunday evening. The children performed many Christmas carols with bells. Beth Mertens played the guitar and sang “Away in the Manger” while the preschool acted out the scene. The middle school played “Joy to the World” with bells. Jordan Zirpel played a solo on the piano of the “First Noel”. Pictured back row l-r: Justice, Lincoln, Jonas. Third row l-r: Chevelle, Quinn, Kenzie, Claire, Kaysha, Olerichs. Second row l-r: Chisum, Josie, Autumn, Jett, Soren, Lorelei. Front row: Damon. The play was directed by LeAnne Zirpel, Rita Herman, Colby Brakke, Betty Jean Mertens, Beth Mertens, Renee Miller, and Pastor Welton.

NewsDecember 20 2017

2017-2018 La Niña and Winter outlook

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2017-2018 La Niña and Winter outlook
 
    BROOKINGS, S.D. - The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center has officially declared a La Niña Advisory, as of November 9, 2017. 
   This means that La Niña conditions are observed and expected to continue,” said Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension State Climatologist. 
   NOAA observes La Niña conditions using sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, Edwards explained. “For La Niña, ocean temperatures are cooler than average near the equator in the Pacific Ocean, which can alter jet streams and storm tracks,” she said. 
   What to Expect Historically, La Niña has brought colder than average temperatures in winter for South Dakota. “There are varying strengths of La Niña, from weak to strong. Overall the colder temperatures are fairly consistent in any La Niña winter,” Edwards said. “What is more variable is snowfall.” 
   In weak La Niña events, there has historically been above average snowfall in the Northern Plains states. In strong La Niña events, this is not usually the case. 
   For our winter season ahead, Edwards said a weak La Niña is expected. “Thus the climate outlook shows an increased chance of above average precipitation,” she explained. This potential increase is snowfall is more likely to occur in mid- to late winter, or around January and February of 2018. 
   December Outlook Despite the very dry November, there was recently a large pattern shift in early December, which is now starting to look more like a typical La Niña pattern. 
   This will put South Dakota near the jet stream path, bringing colder air down from Canada and possibly some more chances of precipitation in the next couple of weeks,” Edwards said. 
   La Nina’s impact on agriculture This cold, and possibly wet, climate outlook may create challenges for South Dakota’s livestock producers who have already struggled with drought losses in pastures and forage. “One way that animals adapt to severe cold is to increase their feed intake, which is already a challenge in some areas,” Edwards said. 
   Shelter and protection from severe cold and some increased snowpack amounts may need to be considered as well.  Winter wheat growers may take some solace in the potential for increased snowfall, as this can insulate the crop in harsh cold temperatures. Also, increased snowfall can provide some soil moisture in the spring when it comes out of dormancy.
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