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Thursday, September 18, 2014

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Cancer survivor looks to the future

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in May of 2008.  I found a lump in my right breast.  I made an appointment for a mammogram.  On May 16, 2008 I went in for my mammogram.  It had been two years since I had one.  After I was done, the nurse came to the waiting area and said the radiologist would like to see me.   He told me I had two spots and that he was 85% sure that one of them was cancerous and the other one might just be a calcium deposit.  I was stunned – probably because I was not expecting the radiologist to tell me – I was thinking usually you have to wait to see a doctor to get that kind of news.  I drove home by myself and do not remember the drive at all.  
On May 19, 2008, I had the biopsy and on May 20th, my doctor called me and told me I definitely had breast cancer.  I met with Dr. Reiland regarding surgery.  She told me I definitely had to have the right breast removed as the tumors were both cancerous and they were too far apart to do a lumpectomy.  I had already decided I wanted a double mastectomy.  I then had more tests done and also had to decide if I wanted reconstruction.  I met with Dr. Karu on this and decided I would have reconstruction.
On June 11, 2008 (the day after my 51st birthday) I had the double mastectomy.  I was in the hospital and went home three days later.  A week later Dr. Reiland called to let me know there was cancer in one of the lymph nodes that she removed and I would need to see an oncologist.  Now, I was scared.  I had my appointment with Dr. Dib and I was in tears as I asked him if I would be alive to see my 3rd grandchild who was to be born in December.  He told me he hoped I would be alive for many more grandchildren (I now have five grandsons and one granddaughter).   

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Lions honor Harold Timmerman

At the most recent Lennox Lions Club meeting, held on Thursday evening, Sept. 11, it was announced that Harold Timmerman, longtime resident of this community, was named the local 2014 recipient of the LCIF (Lions Club International Foundation) award for his public service. A contribution to the LCIF by the Local Lions Club has been given in honor of Mr. Timmerman and his name will be recorded for public viewing at the Lions International headquarters.
Lion Verlyn Hofer, who presented the award to the honoree, explained that funds contributed to the LCIF by Lion clubs and individual members from all over the world are used to carry on the many public service programs carried on by the Lions in many countries. The Lions are best known for their work on behalf of the blind and visually impaired. Their fight against diabetes and their support of the eye bank program has been recognized worldwide.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

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City council holds first reading of 2015 appropriation ordinance 

Lennox City Council met on Monday night for the first regular meeting of September. Under visitors to be heard: Glenn Nelson and Rich Schriever again spoke to the council about the Northern Cabinet property located on south Main. The men believe that city ordinances were not followed in the construction of that property and Nelson had an issue with the grant money given to Joe Kidd to cement his driveway. Chad Wulf, member of the Park and Rec Advisory Board, updated the council on their work. One of the projects they have been working on is to create a website with a calendar of activities and one that will allow people to pay online. “It’ll really enhance things,” said Wulf. He explained that the cost would be about $350 per year. Wulf also said they are working on remedies for soccer in Lennox. Lanny Poppens spoke to the council about the street that runs to the south of his property near the railroad tracks. He questioned if it was actually where it was supposed to be. He also commented that the railroad lots were not being maintained as they should be. “Until something else happens, we will do a better job of maintaining it,” assured Mayor Orville Wiebers. 

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District enrollment at 1044 

The Lennox School District 41-4 Board of Education met on Monday, September 8th. Superintendent Kirk Easton said he had received some questions as to what “Challenge Day” was; he explained to the Board that it was a one day program for students in grades 7-12 that is designed to create trust and build connections. The program is available by a grant process through the Sioux Empire United Way. Challenge Day addresses some common issues seen at most schools including: cliques, gossip, rumors, negative judgments, teasing, isolation, stereotypes, racism, sexism, bullying, violence, hopelessness, apathy, and hidden pressures to live up to the expectations of others. Also in the superintendent’s report, Easton addressed the additional bus route needed for the north Chancellor Route, citing the length of ride time for some children was an hour to an hour and a half. Easton said there will be a new driver and the route will be divided up. Easton also said enrollment numbers are at 1044. He added, “We’re steadily going up—not going down, so that’s nice.” Easton told the Board that the SD Policy and Budget Institute is hosting a non-partisan budget conversation on k-12 education funding and teacher salaries on Sept. 18th from 6-8 p.m. at the Sioux Falls Main Library, 200 N. Dakota Ave., Meeting Room A. The public is welcome to attend. Easton said work on the District’s website redesign is ongoing. “We’ve met with two different folks. I can’t promise when it’s going to be done, we want to make sure we have everything we want on there.”

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

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Former Lennox woman living with ALSFund-raiser set for September 4-6

You’ve seen the videos of the ALS ice bucket challenge, but have you heard the story of ALS? 
ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. The average life expectancy of a patient with ALS is between two and five years from when they are diagnosed. Living with ALS is a challenge and an expense that one former Lennox family is dealing with first hand.
“Mom always had health issues. They would think it was one thing and then something else would come up. It’s a really long process—diagnosing ALS,” Karry White said.
Karry is the daughter of Gloria Bultena. Gloria and her husband, Barry lived in Lennox many years, Barry running the local Bultena Service Center until it closed in the early 1990s, Gloria busy raising her five daughters and enjoying time sewing, making blankets for Project Linus among many other things. The Bultenas moved from Lennox in 2001, and now reside in Beresford.

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Dakota Territory Mounted Shooters present State Cowboy Mounted Shoot this weekend

The Dakota Territory Mounted Shooting Club (DTMS)  will again host the South Dakota State Cowboy Mounted Shoot this Saturday and Sunday at the Whitehead Arena, located south of Lennox at 28052 465th Ave. The Club welcomes competitors, their families, and spectators to the annual event. A shooters’ meeting will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday and the shoot starts at 1 p.m. On Sunday, a cowboy prayer/church service will be held at 8:30 a.m., followed by the Sunday shoot at 9 a.m. An awards ceremony will follow.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

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Long-term Recovery Team meetings set in Lincoln, Union Counties

CANTON, S.D. – The Lincoln-Union Long-term Recovery Team is hosting two additional public meetings to reach out to any residents of the two counties who have unmet needs after the June flooding.
 “We want to be sure we are reaching everyone who may need help in the recovery process after our devastating flood event,’’ said Steve Ziebarth, co-chair of the recovery team.  “We also want to make sure everyone understands the process of long-term recovery.  Both meetings will be Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. The Lincoln County meeting is at the Senior Citizens Center in Canton from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Union County meeting is in the community room of the Union County Courthouse in Elk Point from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Remembering the working man on Labor Day

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
Lois Wells, a former Lennox teacher, interviewed her husband  Bill in 2008 about his thirty years working at Morrell’s in Sioux Falls.
“Going through my notes after interviewing Bill in ‘08, I became in awe of the working man,” said Lois. “How many of us would endure the Condemned Room in order to get a permanent job to support our families?”
In honor of all the working men and women this Labor Day, here is the story of one worker at Morrell’s from 1969-1999.
Thirty Years at a Meat-Packing Plant
By Lois Wells 
In August of 1969, after 13 years in the Air Force, Bill Wells was ready for a change.  In fact, he had even talked about moving to Australia, which was a common occurrence at that time. He had assumed he could get a job with the Post Office, a work assignment he had had at SAC (Omaha in ‘66-‘67).  
When that didn’t happen, neighbors near my parents’ farm (Lloyd and Lorraine Schrag of Marion)  suggested applying at Morrell’s meat-packing plant in Sioux Falls.  None of those farmers actually worked there, but they had heard the paychecks were good.  And, they appreciated being able to truck their livestock to that location–only 40 miles away.
After two weeks of work for the Marion Lumber Yard ($1.25 an hour), the beginning salary at Morrell’s did look good: ( $4.40 an hour).  He said, “I left the Air Force getting $100 every two weeks to $200 a week with Morrell’s. I worked with a guy who had a Master’s Degree in English, and he had left teaching to get the better salary with Morrell’s–and he stayed with it.”

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

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School to begin Monday with Superintendent Kirk Easton at the helm

Monday morning school will begin in the Lennox School District. As the new year begins, a new superintendent has taken the reigns. Kirk Easton, who is originally from Custer, began his career in education as an industrial arts teacher in the Juvenile Correctional Facility in Topeka, KS. While he found the experience rewarding, Easton was ready to move into a leadership role as an administrator. He was also eager to move his family back to South Dakota, closer to their extended families.
In 2002, Easton accepted a job with the Warner School District as the Middle School/High School Principal. After returning from a 15 month deployment to Iraq, he was encouraged to apply for the superintendent’s job. He remained in Warner as superintendent and high school principal until coming to Lennox. 
“It wasn’t easy to leave,” admitted Easton, but he was ready for a new challenge.
Easton has moved to Lennox with his wife, Jacky, and their daughter, Kenni, who is a high school freshman. Their son, Tennison, is a student at South Dakota State University.

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Vote online for Lennox pool project to receive grant funds

Wellmark Inc. is celebrating its 75th anniversary by giving back to the communities it serves by awarding $7,500 to ten (10) different projects that are able to demonstrate a long-lasting impact on making the healthy choice the easy choice and improving overall community health and wellness. Examples of projects include improving parks or trails in the community, establishing or improving recreational activities, or improving access to healthy foods.
The Lennox Park and Rec board entered the new Lennox pool project to be considered for the grant and have been notified that the project will be placed online for public voting at www.wellmark.com/75 from Aug. 20 to Sept. 7.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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Doorns give up on Lenkota Acres development

Fourteen Shrine temples from the Midwest and Canada will converge on Sioux Falls and surrounding communities for the Midwest Shrine Association’s summer session, a time of competitions, celebrations and parades. The El Riad Shrine in Sioux Falls will host this year’s session, scheduled for August 20-23. About 2,000 Shriners and their families are expected to attend.
Thursday, August 21, the Shriners will parade in Tea. The parade route is as follows: Starts at Main/St. Nicholas; south to Holly; west to Cole and north to Brian. The parade kicks off at 6 p.m. and is expected to last about two hours.
Chris Karr, a public relations director for the El Riad Shrine, said Tea was at the top of the list when the Shriners were considered where to hold a parade. “We have a great working relationship with Tea from Teapot Days and other parades,” he said. “You have to consider the size of the town for staging and parking and logistically, Tea was a good choice and there is usually a strong turnout for parades held in Tea.”

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LifeLight Festival resets to streamline experience

This Labor Day weekend, August 29-31, 2014, tens of thousands will descend upon the LifeLight Festival grounds in Worthing, SD, just 12 miles south of Sioux Falls. This year marks the 17th annual festival.
New this year, the festival will require a ticket to enter, but you don’t have to pay for it. Tickets are available at no cost or by donation. Register for your festival ticket at www.LifeLight.org.
For the first time in LifeLight’s history you can secure a front row seat before the festival even begins. The new VIP FUN Zone is reserved seating located in the middle of all the festival fun, it is a fenced in section on both sides of Main Stage’s center aisle. Chairs are provided. To reserve your front row seat visit www.LifeLight.org. Seating is limited.
The festival boasts over 70 bands on five stages, including Skillet, Michael W. Smith, for KING & COUNTRY, Red, Colton Dixon, The Afters, Sanctus Real, Big Daddy Weave, Hawk Nelson, Capital Kings, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Remedy Drive, and We As Human. Speakers this year include Ken Ham, Nick Hall, Scott Dawson… 

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Southeast Threshermen to host 30th Annual Show this weekend

Southeast South Dakota Threshermen are ready to host the 30th Annual Threshing Show on Aug. 1-3 at the Goeman Auction grounds one mile north of Lennox on Highway 17.
The action will begin on Friday evening with a tractor ride to Lennox. Everyone is welcome to bring their tractor and join in the tractor ride. Participants should meet at the Goeman Auction grounds at 5:30 p.m. The tractor ride will leave the grounds at 6 p.m. sharp.
The tractor ride will go through Lennox, passing by Hilda’s Heritage and the Lennox Good Samaritan Center before leaving town.  Riders will also stop at the Lennox Museum to take in the special Allis Chalmers memorabilia display.

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Building a dream

When Jessica Peterson, A Home for Austin committee member, had the idea to hold a road race as a corporate challenge for A Home For Austin, the race’s name couldn’t be more fitting — by definition mettle means, “a person’s ability to cope well with difficulties or to face a demanding situation in a spirited and resilient way.”
Peterson felt it was a fitting tribute to the little boy who the race was raising funds for — Austin Schoppert, of Tea. As you’ve read in previous stories Austin lost his arms and legs to a rare from of meningitis in 2009. A Home For Austin was a group formed  in 2012 with the goal of building Austin a handicap accessible home.
The corporate challenge was made possible by a generous donation from Valley Exchange Bank and Exchange Insurance of Lennox and Tea.  Roger Haugo, Valley Exchange Bank president said, “Our bank and insurance agency considered it a rare privilege to be able to help with such a genuinely worthwhile project that received such wonderful support from the communities of Tea and Lennox, as well as from innumerable generous people.”
The Mettle Run took place July 26 with a half marathon starting off from Lennox at 7:30 a.m. It was soon after that the rain came. However the weather didn’t dampen the spirits of those who participated.

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