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.
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May 03 2005


Posted by Nicole
Gertrude Martha Schoenhard, 91
Funeral Services were held Tuesday, May 10, at Calvary Lutheran, Rapid City for Gertrude Schoenhard, who died Thursday, May 5 Thursday at the Victorian in Rapid City. The Rev. Dwight Stensgaard officiated Burial was at Mountain View Cemetery in Rapid City. Memorials have been established for Calvary Lutheran Church Transportation fund for the elderly and Hospice of the Hills.

May 03 2005

[b]State reaches agreement with BNSF for CORE railroad line[/b]

Posted by Nicole
PIERRE, SD- (April 28, 2005) Gov. Mike Rounds and officials from the BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) recently announced a settlement agreement that paves the way for the sale of the state-owned Core railroad line to BNSF, while providing enhanced transportation access to markets for South Dakota shippers and producers of agricultural products. The acquisition price is $41.64 million reduced by the value of the properties retained by the state. The sales agreement is subject to approval by the Surface Transportation Board.

This is great news for our farmers and shippers in South Dakota, said the Governor. In 1986, the state of South Dakota and BNSF entered into a contract regarding the operation of the Core railroad line in South Dakota. This contract included a formula allowing the BNSF to purchase the Core line under specific conditions at a time of their choosing. BNSF has exercised their option to purchase the Core line. As a condition of the sale, we negotiated a settlement agreement protecting and expanding access to the Core line for our South Dakota shippers. This agreement also settles two pending law suits involving the Core line.

May 03 2005

[b]Trains could return to area thanks to State agreement[/b]

Posted by Nicole
By Lucy Halverson

The recent announcement by the governor that an agreement has been reached with the BNSF Railway Company may pave the way for trains to return to service in Lyman County.

According to Alex Huff of the Dakota Southern Railway the agreement states that access rights must also be given to smaller South Dakota based railroads like Dakota Southern. As part of the conditions to sell the CORE railroad line to BNSF, agreements must be made within the next six-months with the smaller railroads around the state, Huff stated.

Dakota Southern leases the line from Vivian to Mitchell and has continued to maintain the line for the past six years. Frankly, I wasnt too optimistic that wed ever see trains running on this line again, added Huff.

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