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Thursday, July 25, 2013

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A modern day treasure hunt… Geocaching

Who doesn’t like to treasure hunt!  It’s the thrill of the hunt, the thrill of discovery. And now you can treasure hunt right in your own community or to the ends of the earth or even in space — with Geocaching, a real outdoor treasure hunting game using a handheld GPS device.
The game began back in May of 2000, when President Bill Clinton accepted the recommendation of the Department of the Defense to end the intentional degradation of GPS satellite signals. Dave Ulmer, a GPS enthusiast from Oregon, wanted to test the accuracy of the GPS signal. He hid a container in the woods and noted the coordinates with a GPS unit. Then he posted it online, telling the finders to locate the container with their GPS device and “take some stuff, leave some stuff.”

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City sidewalks under scrutiny

In an effort to keep Lennox a safe place for both the young and old, the City will soon begin contacting property owners who have residential sidewalks that are in need of repair.  Greg Stack, Lennox Public Works Director, said that the City will first deal with the most severe sidewalk problems in the City—those on which they have received complaints.
Homeowners will get a letter identifying the problem and given a timeline to get their sidewalks replaced or repaired. Stack is expecting that the most severe problems will be addressed this construction season.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

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Lennox School District gears up for back to school

Lennox & Worthing Elementary Open Houses Aug. 13, 5:30-6:30pm
Middle School Open House Aug. 13, 6:30-7:30pm
Lennox High School Fall Fling for freshman and sophomores Aug.  8, 6-9pm
Junior and Senior experience Aug. 9, 6-9pm
First Day of School Aug. 20

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Bid for Worthing Safe Routes to School project comes in $65,000 over estimate

Worthing City Commissioners met on Thursday, July 11. In the absence of Mayor Eric Saugstad, Commissioner Board President Darren VanHouten opened the meeting.
City Engineer Jon Fischer, of Stockwell Engineers, spoke to the Commissioners during the open speaking portion of the meeting. He explained that the Safe Routes to School Phase 1 bid opening was held by the DOT (Department of Transportation). There was one bidder, Carstensen Conracting Inc of Pipestone, who bid $203,625; that amount was $65,000 over the estimated cost of the project. Fischer recommended that the city reject the bid. He said that was the State’s recommendation as well. 
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Thursday, July 11, 2013

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Council votes to proceed with legal action on old football field property

Lennox City Council members on Monday night took action regarding the old football field property, located to the south of the softball diamonds at Westerman Park.
Tracy West made the motion to “bring forth legal proceedings to enforce our mutual use agreement for an affirmative injunction granting access pursuant to the mutual agreement and for proceedings to acquire said property at fair market value.”
All of the council voted in favor of the motion, with the exception of Greg Poppenga, who abstained. Poppenga had no comment on his decision to abstain.

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Council meeting filled with discussion on various city issues

Lennox City Council began Monday night’s meeting with an executive session. The regular meeting began about 7:05. After approving the  agenda, minutes of June 10, claims, and payroll report a public hearing on zoning regulation 12.10(C) was held.
The proposed ordinance amended the Site-Built Single-Family and Multi-Family Dwelling Standards, stating that roofing materials shall be wood shingle or shake, composition, asphalt laminate, clay or metal.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

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Old Fashioned Fourth of July

Firecracker Road Race 8:00 a.m.
Races include 1 & 2 mile and 5K, 10K. Registration begins at 
7 a.m. at high school; race begins at 8 a.m.

4th of July Parade 10:30 a.m.
Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. Route from Sinning Sports Complex to Main, N. on Main to 1st, W. on 1st to Elm, S. on Elm to Hwy 44. 

Arts in the Park 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Craft and food vendors at Westerman Park (Main & Park Drive) following Parade. Band Boosters pork loin supper, 5-7 p.m.

Legion Baseball Game 1 p.m. 
Lennox Legion Team vs. Vermillion, Lennox Baseball Park

Lennox Area Museum 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
Open to the public — 3rd & Main

Band Concert 8:00 p.m. 
Lennox Municipal Band concert at the bandshell in park

Fireworks Dusk, following Band Concert 
Spectacular fireworks show beginning at dusk in the park.  

To donate to the fireworks show, please send donation to Lennox Commercial Club, PO Box 181, Lennox, SD 57039 or drop off donation at a Commercial Club business.

Klusmanns open hearts, home

By Wendy Sweeter
Jay and Julie Klusmann hadn’t planned on adopting two Haitian boys but Julie Klusmann said you cannot ignore God’s plans.
“We feel like when God puts these opportunities in your life and you can choose to follow through with what he’s given you or you can choose to ignore it, and we don’t want to ignore it,” Klusmann said.
The Klusmanns adopted Stanley, 6, in April. Stanley came to stay with them while he was in the United States on a medical visa. Klusmann said circumstances in Haiti did not allow for Stanley to return to his family and the Klusmanns did not want to let him go.

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