NewsDecember 24 2014

Urban joins Stanley/Jones Clinic

Posted by Lucy

Rural Health Care, Inc has hired Katie Urban, PA-C to fill the vacancy at the Stanley/Jones Memorial Clinic in Presho following the retirement of Dianna England December 15.

Katie was previously employed at the Avera Gregory Clinic in Gregory and Winner, SD. She started her new position with RHCI December 1st .

"We are very excited to have Katie join RHCI," said Jim Hardwick CEO of RHCI. "She is very well-educated, experienced, and a good fit in the community."

Katie, born and raised in Kentucky, is married to Presho native Clay Urban. The couple met while Clay was in the Army and stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and moved back to South Dakota in 2012.

A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, Katie joined the Kentucky National Guard in 2004, and then went active duty Army for two years while she received her PA-C certification. She trained at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas and Ft. Riley, Kansas. Katie took a job with Avera and the couple moved to Gregory in July of 2012.

She continues to serve in the National Guard as a Captain assigned to the 196th MEB at Sioux Falls.

Last summer, Katie and her husband Clay and their two young boys, six year-old JT and Owen age one moved to Presho.

After commuting to work in Gregory and Winner for nearly six months, Katie is happy for the opportunity to work at the Stanley/Jones Clinic. She started seeing patients at the clinic Tuesday, December 16th.

"It’s wonderful to be working closer to home and family," said Katie.

She looks forward to providing health care to the Presho area. A position formerly held by her mother-in-law Dianna England.

"I admire what RHCI stands for, to assure people access to quality health care," said Katie. "I look forward to meeting people and putting names and faces together."

Katie joins Dr. Phil Meyer, Internist and Dr. Mikel Holland, Family Practitioner, and Rosemary Collins, LPN in providing health care to the Presho area.

As a member of RHCI, the Stanley/Jones Memorial Clinic strives to meet the needs of the rural community it serves as a Federally Qualified Health Center. RHCI also offers a sliding scale fee program for those who financially qualify. Information about the sliding fee scale is available at the clinic.

The Stanley/Jones Memorial Clinic is open Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and offers extended hours on Tuesdays, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.

NewsDecember 22 2014

Correction

Posted by Lucy

Christmas Eve Church services at Vivian are set for 5:30 pm!

NewsDecember 18 2014

Ground broken for the Wheat Growers fertilizer plant

Posted by Lucy

Scrapers move dirt at the site of the new dry fertilizer plant, part of the $40 million grain handling facility being built by Wheat Growers, Inc. west of Kennebec. Looking south from the site, Jim Anderson’s hanger is visible in the background.

NewsDecember 18 2014

Greater Lyman Foundation works toward challenge

Posted by Lucy

The total donations to Greater Lyman Foundation have now reached $348,700. The Foundation is working toward its goal of raising $50,000 to meet Gary and Connie Grittner’s challenge. The Grittners agreed to donate $25,000 if the Foundation raised $50,000 by May 2016. The Foundation has already raised over $27,000 toward their goal with $23,000 still to go. The GLF Board of Directors asks people to help them meet the challenged by making a donation.

A very substantial recent donation came from the Andersen Family Land Limited Partnership, who generously donated $10,000 in honor of Mildred Andersen and in memory of George Andersen, former residents and business owners in Presho. In making the donation, partner Steve Andersen stated there was no doubt his dad would have been a big supporter of the Greater Lyman Foundation.

Other recent donations have been made by Paul & LaVerne Olson, James & Carol Sundall, Rodney J. Sather, Kim & Lucy Halverson, Ruth Ann McManus, Wayne & Dorothy Monson, Michael & Nola Ambur, Herb & Deanna Sundall, Michael Sprenger and Carol Birgen, and Eugene & Betty Jean Mertens.

Memorials have been given in memory of Donna Hupp, Wenzel Steffenson, Woodrow Ambur, Marge Schoenhard, Bessie Schlomer, Carlie Caslin, Patty Ann Recoy Peterson, Louis Schelske, and Randy Morris.

As we approach the end of the year the Foundation Board of Directors remind everyone it would be a good time to donate to help the Foundation reach the Grittner challenge. Farmers are reminded gifts of grain to the Foundation will not only result in a donation to the Foundation, but will result in the farmer avoiding paying income tax on a sale of the grain. Give the grain to the Foundation and the Foundation will sell the grain. The local elevators have a bill of sale form to use. The farmer can designate a portion of his load of grain to be given to the Foundation. That portion of grain is then immediately sold in the name of the Foundation. By giving a gift in this manner the farmer avoids paying tax on those bushels, and the Foundation gets the full benefit of the value of the grain as a donation. It’s a win-win situation, states the GLF Board.

Recently the South Dakota Community Foundation announced they will accept gifts of real estate and retain the real estate for the benefit of GLF rather than sell the real estate, The donor receives a deduction and the GLF receives the income from the real estate in the future. If the donor so specifies, real estate taxes can continue to be paid on the real estate so the real estate is not removed from the tax rolls. By keeping it on the tax rolls the entire county benefits.

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