NewsJuly 08 2015

Dakota Mill makes request to purchase property along MRC line for expansion

Posted by Lucy

In addition to the $40 million dollar expansion of South Dakota Wheat Growers, two other Lyman County companies are also interested in expanding or starting a new ag related business along the MRC railroad due to the planned reconstruction of the line.

At the June 17 state Railroad Board meeting held in Pierre, Dakota Mill & Grain, Inc’s request to purchase property located in Presho along the railroad for the expansion of their operation was discussed.

Bruce Lindholm, Program Manager with the Dept. of Transportation presented information to the board from Dakota Mill & Grain’s request to purchase approximately 6.5 acres located on either side of the MRC mainline beginning at the truck route (305th Ave) on the west side of Presho, to Main Street, then after crossing main, further east on 2nd Street to the Medicine Creek bridge.

Dakota Mill’s preliminary plan is to build and operate at least a 25 car siding utilizing their existing elevator for grain load out and fertilizer unload with a design that would allow for future expansion.

Lindholm stated the Dept. of Transportation recommend the board approve the sale at the appraised value.

Following a discussion in which state Railroad Board member Jerry Cope, who is employed by Dakota Mill, recused himself, the board approved directing the DOT to meet with Dakota Southern Railway representatives and Dakota Mill to discuss the proposed property purchase and provide a report to the board at a later meeting. The area needs to be surveyed, platted and appraised before the State Rail Board can give final approval.

Another request from Reliance Rail, LLC to lease the right of way on the south side of the MRC line in Reliance for the construction of an industrial siding to support an edible pea processing and shipping facility was deferred to a later meeting at the request of the DOT.

According to Lindholm, the current switches located in Reliance were to be replaced as part of the MRC rehab project could be moved to accommodate switching off the mainline to Reliance Rail’s proposed siding.

The next state Railroad Board meeting will be July 15th in Pierre.

NewsJuly 01 2015

Scavenging through the county

Posted by Lucy

Jamie Griffith (left) of Presho and Brittany Kieffer of Kennebec partnered up for the 4th annual Scavenger’s Journey Saturday traveling to Kimball to start, then working their way back to Presho along the old Hwy 16 route through Pukwana, Chamberlain, Oacoma, and Reliance. The girls were proud of their bargains discovered along the route, especially the old Casey’s Cafe sign, which Jamie bought for her husband Casey. From reports the Herald collected, the vendors, local businesses and scavengers were happy with the event and look forward to next year.

NewsJuly 01 2015

WCE Cooperative finishes up repairs after weekend storms

Posted by Lucy

MURDO, SD -- West Central Electric Cooperative in Murdo is in the process of finishing up repairs after a series of storms ravaged the area on the night of Friday, June 19th and in the early morning hours of Monday, June 22nd.

"After the storm Friday night we had a fair amount of damage from Philip to Oacoma, that took poles down and left members without power. As we were surveying the area and beginning to make those repairs, we got hit with another significant weather system that did much more damage early Monday morning," said West Central Electric (WCE) Cooperative General Manager, Steve Reed.

Employees from West Central flew the lines after Friday’s storm to survey the damage and begin the repair process. "As we began to restore power to everyone affected by Friday’s storm, we got hit again by a stronger storm early Monday morning," Reed continued.

West Central flew the lines again after Monday’s storm and found significantly more damage. Straight line winds were recorded at 122 miles per hour in the Hayes area Monday morning and took down 27 poles (18 structures) on the main transmission line leaving just five of

the 18 substations online. The winds also brought down approximately 250 distribution poles leaving more than 5500 meters without power after the two storms.

All of the WCE members were back online by June 26, thanks in large part, to the efforts of extra help brought in from other electric cooperatives in the area. "We recruited 25 extra linemen to help us get things back online, and they really helped move the process along, working 16-18 hour days in rough and muddy conditions," said Reed. "Rain has continued to hamper the restoration process but everyone buckled down and got the job done. My hat is off to all of them." In total five lineman from Butte Electric Cooperative, four from West River Electric Cooperative, 4 from Cherry-Todd Electric Cooperative, eight from Moreau-Grand Electric Cooperative and two from Oahe Electric Cooperative aided in the restoration efforts.

NewsJune 24 2015

Posted by Lucy

Scavenger's Journey Friday, Saturday and Sunday June 26-28!

Pick up a guidebook at Hutch's Cafe or at the Pioneer Museum in Presho

Garage and Yard sales

Home breakfast at the Museum Fri. & Sat. 7:30 am  - 10:00 am

Flea market at the museum

Lunch at the Eastern Star  Sat. 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

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