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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

News preview for Mar. 28th issue…

Philanthropy at work: Local farmer supports Lincoln County through America’s Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM

The Lennox Fire Department and Lennox Ambulance will now be able to better protect the community, thanks to the support of local farmers, Robert and Brad Smidt of Smidt Farms, and America’s Farmers Grow Communities.
Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, Grow Communities provides farmers in eligible counties the chance to win a $2,500 donation for a local nonprofit organization of their choice. To further support counties declared natural disaster areas by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) due to the drought this year, winning farmers in these counties are able to direct double donations, a total of $5,000.

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Aiming for State 

When Lennox native Josh Kirchner was student teaching in Rapid City the spring of 2011, he was invited by his uncle to come to the State Archery Shoot at the Civic Center. 
“I met Curt Robertson, who was the head of the NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program) here in South Dakota at the time, and he told me if I get a job in South Dakota that I should become an instructor and start a team,” said Kirchner
Kirchner was hired in the Lennox School District for the 2011-12 school year and upon his hiring he talked with LHS principal Tim Raabe about starting up the program and thus the archery program at Lennox High School was born. 

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

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South Dakota Department of Health investigates Lennox Elementary School illnesses

A little over two weeks ago, students at the Lennox Elementary School started to get sick at an alarming rate. Students would complain about stomach aches and then would develop vomiting and diarrhea. By March 8, 70 out of 400 Lennox Elementary students were home sick.
The illness seemed different than the normal stomach flu, said Superintendent Dr. Robert Mayer.  Students were very ill and out of school for up to four days. Sometimes they would come back to school and get sick again.

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Scott Rogers to retire after 36 years in local clinic

On March 27 there will be a retirement party for Scott Rogers, the Physicians Assistant at Sanford Clinic Lennox. The event will be held from 12:45 to 2 p.m. at the Lennox Pizza Ranch to celebrate Rogers’ 36 years of service to the Lennox Community.
Rogers has always loved medicine and while serving in the Armed Forces the profession of Physician Assistant was just being created. Physician Assistants, also known as PAs, practice medicine under the direction of physicians and surgeons. They are formally trained to examine patients, diagnose injuries and illnesses, and provide treatment. The profession “looked attractive to me,” said Rogers.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

News Preview for March 14th…

First year of Junior Kindergarten proving to be a success

Last fall, the Lennox School District implemented a Junior Kindergarten program.  As the school year is about three-quarters completed, school officials are very pleased with the program.
Junior Kindergarten is “definitely a learning process, but overall it’s been fantastic,” said Lennox Elementary Principal Darin Eich. In fact, he felt there were few changes that would need to be made next year.

Land sale approved

Old football field and former administration office sold to Lennox Properties, LLC during the Lennox School District 41-4 board of education regular monthly meeting Monday night. 

Paul Jacobson, Ron Hanssen appointed to Planning Commission

The March Lennox Council meeting opened on Monday night with approval of the agenda, minutes, claims, and payroll report.
David Schonhardt, Finance Officer, presented his report. He said that he requested a few bids for the pool lift project and was just starting to get them back. 

Local artist takes top honors in art show

Drake Wood, of Lennox, took home the Best of Show in three-dimensional art at the 33rd Annual Artists of the Plains Art Show and Sale on 
Feb. 15-57 with his art piece “Earth Quest.” 
The mission of the show, hosted by Augustana College Center for Western Studies, is to promote Northern Plains art and artists. Wood was one of 26 artists selected for this year’s event.

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

News preview for Mar. 7th issue…

Baseball/softball registrations due March 15

The Lennox Park and Rec Advisory Board held a public informational meeting on Monday, March 4. The main topic of discussion was baseball and softball registration. 
The Board is asking all registrations be turned in by March 15. 
“We want them registering earlier for head count purposes,” said Chad Wulf, board member.
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David Jal and Dr. Scott Boyen’s family to speak at CCM Benefit Dinner on Sunday

A dinner to benefit Community Churches in Mission (CCM) will be held at the Lennox High School Cafetorium on Sunday, March 10, from 11:30 to 1:30. Scott’s Pork Loin highlights the full menu that will include salads and desserts.
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