NewsJanuary 06 2016

40th year for Lyman tourney

Posted by Lucy

The Lyman Invitational wrestling tournament which was renamed the Mid-Dakota Monster in 2004 turns 40 years old this year.

The two-day wrestling tournament kicks off at 11:00 AM Friday at the gym in Presho and normally runs until about 10:00 PM that night. Saturday morning starts with the Parade of Champions at 9:45 AM followed by wrestling at 10:00 AM.

Lyman wrestling coach Chad Johnson reports 28 teams are expected to participate, five of which are ranked in the latest wrestling polls including four South Dakota teams; Stanley Co., Parkston, Spearfish and Potter Co., and one Nebraska team from O’Neill. Over 60 individually ranked wrestlers with implications of two #1 ranked SD heavyweights Trezon Dorean of Andes Central in Class B and Jeramiah Harmon, Spearfish in Class A potentially squaring off in the finals.

The tournament has gone through changes over the years especially since Coach Johnson, a 1998 graduate of Lyman, returned to teach and coach.

• 2004 it was first coined "The Mid Dakota Monster" when it grew from 12 teams to approximately 20 teams.

• 2005 we went to 3 mats to accommodate the growing number of teams.

•2012 SDHSAA changed weight classes

•2015 we implemented track wrestling computer software where all scoring and stats were done online.

•2016 we will be streaming on Lyman Raiders Live.

"Team numbers fluctuate from year to year, some teams travel to see different competition throughout the state, some may go to a smaller tournament to accommodate an inexperienced program, they may go somewhere for a year or two but often times come back," said Johnson.

Almost all of the teams stay in Lyman County between the local motels and hunting lodges.

Johnson said the success of the Lyman tournament has been possible all these years due to the support of the community.

"It takes a lot of manpower to run an event of this size - running the computer program, the computer scoring, the scoreboard, the hospitality room, the concessions, and the head table," stated Johnson. "We certainly rely on the community’s support."

If you’re a wrestling fan, make plans to attend the 40th annual Mid-Dakota Monster.

NewsDecember 30 2015

Snow arrived the day after Christmas

Posted by Lucy

Presho city workers Pat Mitchell in the loader and John Uthe driving the truck have logged a number of hours clearing streets during the month of December. The area has received a snow fall nearly every week this month, which produced a monthly snow fall total of approximately 20 inches. Weather conditions December 24 and part of 25th were dry with high temperatures around 35 degrees. But, that changed late Friday evening when sleet, then snow hit central South Dakota. The day-after Christmas winter storm dumped nearly 8 inches of snow in Presho according to weather observer Mike Sprenger. Other reports from observers include 6 inches at Kennebec and around 9 at Reliance. Another weather event arrived Tuesday morning bringing another additional snow to add to the monthly total.

NewsDecember 30 2015

Officials urge holiday safety

Posted by Lucy

PIERRE, S.D. – With the New Year’s holiday occurring this week, officials of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety are encouraging people to be safe with their celebrations.

Many people will travel during the next week. Col. Craig Price, superintendent of the South Dakota Highway Patrol, says drivers need to be patient and watch for others.

"We know many people will be traveling not only on the holidays themselves, but also on the days before and after each holiday," says Price. "As always, Highway Patrol troopers will be out there, helping remind motorists to be safe."

In 2014, five people died in fatal crashes during the Christmas reporting period but none during the New Year’s period. Lee Axdahl, director of the Office of Highway Safety, says with all of the activities surrounding the holidays, people need to still practice road safety.

The need to be safe goes beyond just traveling. State Fire Marshal Paul Merriman says the holiday season brings increased fire risks to the home as well.

All three DPS officials say despite all of the activities that come with the holidays, people still need to make sure they and their families remain safe.

NewsDecember 23 2015

Merry Christmas

Posted by Lucy

Pick up this week's issue and take a look at our Christmas Special Section. Includes Holiday Greetings, letters to Santa and concert photos.

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