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Thursday, December 18, 2014

News preview for Dec. 18th issue…

Strasser celebrates 50 years in the barber business

Along the side of Roger’s Barber Shop in Lennox are waiting chairs that sat in the barber shop owned by Bill Davidson more than 50 years ago. Roger Strasser, owner of the shop, is quite proud of them and the history of barber shops in Lennox.
“Barber shops are becoming a dying breed,” said Strasser. People are going to the  chains like Cost Cutters or to other beauty salons.
Strasser sees the barber shop as the “last place where a man could be a man.”
He enjoys the camaraderie of his customers and the friendships they have built over the years.
“It gets to be a personal thing,” he said.

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Make A Wish grants wish for Worthing family

In October, the Mager family of Worthing received a priceless gift. Lyndsey and Andy travelled with their two children, Zoey, 10, and Brayden, 8, to Disney World. The trip was courtesy of Make A Wish and Great Western Bank of Sioux Falls and briefly allowed the family to put their everyday difficulties aside and enjoy a fun vacation together. “It was eye-opening to be able to experience the generosity of people,” Lyndsey said. “Every child there was treated like typical, normal kids but all had their special needs catered to. It was wonderful.”
When Lyndsey was 25 weeks pregnant with Brayden, she and husband Andy learned their son would be born with a chromosomal abnormality known as Ring Chromosome 18. Symptoms of the rare disorder manifest differently from patient to patient. For Brayden, it means cardiac, hearing and speech difficulties, as well as developmental delays. He is nonverbal but does use some sign language to communicate.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

School District Seeks Community input

The Lennox School District is in the early stages of developing a 5-year Strategic Plan.  This Strategic Plan will guide us through the coming years by detailing our priorities and outlining our goals, action plans, and evaluations for success.  A huge part of this process is engaging our stakeholders – parents, students, teachers, and community members.  We would like each of our stakeholder groups to log on to the provided link and submit their perception on each of the questions in the survey.  Without input from each of the groups there will be little insight on your perception of what we are currently doing well, as well on areas that we need to improve upon.  You have been asked to provide your honest assessment on this survey so that the results can be used to improve the district operations and set goals for the future.  The results will then be tabulated and shared with focus groups, Lennox School Board, and administration.  After those sessions, goals will be developed for future implementation. The survey will be “live” until Friday, December 19th.  
 - Kirk Easton, Superintendent

Staff/Parent/Community survey link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PGVK5GF

Thursday, December 4, 2014

News preview for Dec. 4th issue…

Festival of Tables set for Saturday

There’s no better way to start the holiday season than with good music, good food and good friends. You can enjoy all three this weekend at the Annual Festival of Tables, hosted by the Lennox Band Boosters.  Doors will open for the event at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Lennox Middle School Cafetorium. Brunch will be served at 10:30 a.m. and you will be seated at a specially decorated table.
“People go all-out decorating the tables,” said Paula Abbas, one of the organizers. “We have some really cool tables.”  For some of her relatives, it’s their favorite part of the season.
There will be Christmas music and music from the LHS Jazz Band and other groups.
The Festival of Tables is a major fund-raiser for the Lennox school bands. To help in this effort, the band boosters will be selling raffle tickets for some great prizes including: a 40-inch TV, Keurig coffee maker, Kitchen Aid stand mixer, Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, Washington Pavilion and Butterfly House passes, an acoustic guitar, FitBits, an iPad mini, Timeless Fitness memberships, a Lennox student golf membership, Wild Water West passes, oil changes, auto kits, car washes, spa and hair baskets/certificates, baskets of goodies, gourmet food, books;  subscriptions to the newspaper, infrared sauna sessions, Carnaval Brazilian Grill certificate and much more.  Even if you can’t make it to the Festival of Tables, you are encouraged to buy raffle tickets for a chance at these great prizes. You do not have to be present to win. Raffle tickets are $1 each or 15 for $10. You may pre-buy raffle tickets from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at the event or on Friday night at the middle school Cafetorium from 4:30-7:30 p.m. or at Lewis. 
Tickets for the Festival of Tables brunch are $10 purchased before the event or $12 at the door. Tickets can be purchased through Friday at Lewis, Sunshine or from any band student. You may also call Lesa Cinco at 214-5838 or Paula Abbas at 214-4606 to purchase tickets prior to the event.
Help out the local musicians and enjoy a great start to your holiday — get your tickets today for the Festival of Tables.

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District-Wide 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Choirs to perform with High School Choir at Christmas Concert on Monday

The District-wide 6th grade choir, 7th and 8th grade choir along with the Lennox High School Choir will present their Christmas Concert on Monday, December 8th at 8 p.m. in the high school gym.  The choirs are under the direction of Cheryl Jacobson.  This concert includes all the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students a LWC middle school (Lennox, Worthing and Chancellor).  Students should report to the high school cafetorium no later than 7:45 PM to line up.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014


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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

News preview for Nov. 27th issue…

Kuper, Lounsbery families named 4-H Families of the Year
The evening of November 8, Lincoln County 4-H members, leaders, parents, family members, award sponsors and Extension office staff gathered at the Beresford High School for the annual 4-H recognition event.  The plentiful pot-luck supper was thoroughly enjoyed.   Below are awards and recipients for their outstanding service and accomplishments for the 2014 4-H year.
4-H Alumni Awards:  Laurie Koerner, Randy Smit, and LeAnn Lothrop.
Friend of 4-H:  Larry & Sharon Bruns; and Kelley Kruger.
4-H Family of the Year:  Kris & Jolene Kuper family; Jeff & Amber Lounsbery family.
Meritorious Service: Scott & Marcia Hyronimus; Ross & LeAnn Lothrop.
CHS Eastern Farmers Scholarships:  Aryca Lothrop, Penny Speich. 
Top Ag Awards:  Grant Sweeter and Samantha Hyronimus.
Top Family Consumer Science Award: Samantha Hyronimus.
CFEL High Point Judging Awards: Consumer Decision Making-Solomon Saugstad, Nicole Nelson, Molly Myers.  Horticulture-Autumn O’Connor, Nicole Nelson, Emily Lawrenson.

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Entrepreneurial mom sews her way into business

By Erica Gaspar
Danielle Dubbelde lives on a farm a few miles southwest of Lennox. In between running her four children to school and extra curricular activities, as well as caring for the family’s two dogs, three cats and 20 some chickens, she finds time to spin her creativity into wearable works of art.
The young mom recalls taking sewing classes in grade school and decided to put those skills to use this past summer to earn extra money to help pay for all the summer activities her children were involved in. “We’re running around every night, at least five nights a week,” she said. “My husband, Brian, is the owner-operator of a semi truck, so he isn’t usually home except on weekends.”

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

News preview for Nov. 22 issue…

Cemetery board seeks funds for improvement

The Lennox Cemetery Board is comprised of eight individuals who want to ensure that their friends and neighbors will have a safe, well-kept burial space when the time comes. Many of the current board members have been associated with the cemetery on a long-term basis, including the current secretary/treasurer, Elaine Anderson. 
Anderson’s father, Helmer Skie, served in alternating roles as either a member of the board or as its president for about 20 years until he retired from the board in the early 1990s. When he died in 1998, Grace Skie, Helmer’s wife and Elaine’s mother, began the process of improving the cemetery’s all-gravel pathways with asphalt in honor of his memory.
Since then, two of the cemetery’s four driveways have been paved, at a cost of about $42,000. The two driveways on the south half of the property, along with the entire back stretch that runs parallel to the east gate and two-thirds of the path that runs along the west gate, near the entrance, are still gravel. “We would love to continue improving the paths, but asphalt is quite expensive and we’ll need more donations before we can move forward,” Anderson said. “So far, there’s more left to do than we’ve gotten done, but we are grateful for the funds we have received.”

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Lennox FFA finds success at National Convention

Members of the Lennox Sundstrom FFA Chapter in South Dakota participated in events held in conjunction with the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky. on Oct. 29 to Nov. 1.
Autumn Haan, Samantha Hagedorn, Kolby Reinke, Jayden Peery, and Jared Kroeger were one of 37 teams participating in the National FFA Agricultural Issues Forum Career Development Event (CDE). The team, led by advisor James Wilson, was awarded a Silver emblem. 
“Our Ag Issues Team competed in the semi-finals, which is a first for our chapter,” said Wilson.
The National FFA Agricultural Issues Forum CDE is a competitive event that tests students’ knowledge of agricultural issues and evaluates how well they can apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations. To qualify for the agricultural issues forum CDE, teams must design a presentation that addresses multiple viewpoints of a contemporary agricultural issue and present it to a number of audiences in their community. For the national event, they present a portfolio based on their local audiences’ feedback and deliver their presentation to a panel of judges. 

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

News preview for Nov. 13th issue…

Council denies rezoning of old football field

By Debbie Schmidt
Lennox City Council held their regular monthly meeting on Monday, Nov. 10.
Following approval of the minutes, claims and payroll report, Jerry Jones, the finance officer, gave his report. Jones reported that the budget was “in very good shape at this point in time.”  
He also reported that the sale of the railroad lots was finalized and the City netted $16,112 from the sale.
Jones has been researching a redesign of the finance office. He told the council he was looking at several options, including a complete remodel. He will report to the council when he has a better idea of what that would encompass and the costs involved.
Jones also reported that the 3rd penny sales tax has not raised as much money as he expected. He will be looking into that matter further.
Greg Stack, Public Works Director, followed with his report. He said that the water tower cleaning and the cleaning of the well at the water plant went very well. He reported that the towers were starting to show some wear and they should continue to monitor the towers and repair them as needed.

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Unlocking nature’s stories

By Erica Gaspar
Some might say local artisan and woodworker Drake Wood’s career is destiny. “I’ve loved working with wood for as long as I can remember,” he says. “It is kind of funny that ‘Wood’ just happens to be my last name too.”
Since beginning a career as a carpenter many years ago, Wood has noted the many changes that have occurred with the art that also serves as a hobby for many these days. There are two options for wood workers, Wood explained. With the old-fashioned bench work method, the piece being worked on is held steady on the bench while tools are used to shape it. When the more modern method is used, the piece is constantly in motion moving through the tools rather than the other way around. 

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