NewsSeptember 10 2014
Rails to the Future is pleased to announce
the receipt of a Transportation Investment
Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER)
grant in the amount of $12,686,089.
“We would like to thank Governor
Daugaard, the Congressional Delegation, the
State Legislature and the State Railroad
Board for their leadership in helping make
this project become a reality,” said Steve
Halverson, President of Rails to the Future.
“The entire state of South Dakota will
benefit from this project for
generations to come.”
“We also thank all of the private
citizens and businesses who contributed
over $1 million in commitments to the
project,” said Halverson.
“Their generous support was critical
to getting the local match percentage
high enough to submit a competitive
application for the grant.”
Rails to the Future announced
last April that over $ 1 million had been
raised in local match for the Transportation
Investment Generating Economic
Recovery (TIGER)grant the state
of South Dakota was applying for at
the time. The State’s TIGER grant
application sought $13
million for rehabilitation of the
state-owned line from Chamberlain
During the past Session, the
legislature appropriated $7.2 million for
rehabilitation of the state-owned
railroad west of Chamberlain. The
SD Wheat Growers testified during
committee hearings that they would
build a $40 million shuttle loader
facility and agronomy center if the
railroad is rehabilitated
at least as far as Lyman.
After Session, the SD Railroad
Board committed an additional $7
million towards the grant. The local
match of $1 million to the grant
application. When combining the $13
million TIGER grant, state and local
contributions, total cost for the railroad
rehabilitation is about $28 million.
The $1 million in local commitments
were been made by farmers,
businesses, ag organizations, tribal and
local governments that support
Rails to the Future is a grassroots
organization that was created
primarily by farmers that want to raise
money to help get the state-owned
railroad extended from Chamberlain
to Presho. The organization will
continue to hold meetings and
raise funding for railroad
rehabilitation further west.
NewsSeptember 03 2014
NewsSeptember 03 2014
Celebrate grandparents day and South Dakota’s 125 year of statehood Sunday, September 7th at the Lyman County Historical Society Museum.
Organizers invite all ages to come to the celebration that kicks off at 3:00 pm with games for the entire family. Bring a lawn chair and sit back and listen to live music by Plain Folks, a band from the Pierre area, that will entertain for about one hour.
Lonis Wendt of Vivian will deliver his presentation on Dakota Territory and how North and South Dakota were separated and became two states in 1989. Wendt will also provide information on W.P. Lyman and J.S. Presho, the two men that the county and city are named for.
In honor of the state’s 125 anniversary, a state tree will be planted on the museum grounds, and a potluck supper and watermelon feed will conclude the day. All paper products will be provide. Bring a dish to share and enjoy a fun and entertaining day at your Lyman County museum.
- Hunting begins
- Pheasants make a come back
- Wheat Growers Kennebec facility groundbreaking set for October 15
- 1971 West Lyman football team inducted into Hall of Fame
- Presho woman gives state $10,000 for new rail line
- New art in Vivian
- Kennebec to expand, upgrade waterwaste system
- Wheat Growers Announces Kennebec Site for Grain/Agronomy Facility
- Raiders host Cross Country meet
- Committee to study possible restructuring of Lyman School
- Raider colors on parade
- Lutherans observe 100 years in Presho