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Thursday, October 31, 2013

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State Highway 17 slated for major improvements in 2016

The South Dakota Department of Transportation hosted an open house last week to give local residents an overview of the planned SD Highway 17 project and to receive input from the public. The project is planned for 2016.
Mark Leiferman, Chief Road Design Engineer, presented a power point outlining the project. The improvements will begin at the City limits north of Lennox and continue to the junction of Highway 44 at the south edge of Lennox.

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Lewis & Clark capital call rejected

The Lewis & Clark Regional Water System’s board of directors voted Oct. 24 to reject the capital call, which would have required LCRWS members to put more money into the project to keep it moving forward. Lack of federal funds has stalled the project and members had two options: continue the “wait and see” strategy and hope federal funds would be delivered, or to ask members that have already fully paid for their portions to pay more into the system.
Five of 20 members — Luverne, Worthington, Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water System, Lennox and Beresford — voted in favor of the capital call. Lennox Council instructed their representative to vote for the capital call, citing that the best thing for LCRWS members would be to get all members on the system as soon as possible.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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Council makes decision to vote in favor of Lewis & Clark capital call

At the City Council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 15 the councilmen heard from Lennox resident Laura Thiesse about raising chickens within the City limits. 
She proposed that the City adopt the same ordinance as Sioux Falls to allow chickens in the city. Currently the Lennox ordinance allows livestock such as cattle, sheep or fowl only with the permission of the City Council. Thiesse presented the council with a short version of the ordinance passed by Sioux Falls.
Thiesse asked for permission to raise a maximum of six chickens.

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LHS boys qualify for State as a team, Mechels, Bainbridge also State bound

With all six runners in the top 25, the Lennox High School boys cross country team had no trouble claiming the Region 3A title—qualifying as a team for the State Meet to be held this Saturday, Oct. 26.
Nathan Timmerman led the way for the Orioles, claiming individual first place honors with his time of 17:11. Mitchell Peters took fourth with a strong run and time of 17:17. Austin Weischedel finished sixth, clocking a time of 17:25. Josh Friese took 11th for Lennox (17:45), Creighton Raabe was right behind with a 12th place finish (17:46) and Devon Jongeling took 24th (18:38). 

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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Bus route adjusted for Chancellor town students

The Lennox Area Community Fund presented a grant in the amount of $900 to the Performance Plus program at Monday night’s school board meeting. The Performance Plus program is a program for the LWC Middle School that is intended to help students with organization and homework. Amy Roeder currently oversees this after school program.
Several new teachers introduced themselves to the board. 
Following the financial reports and claims, Dan Severson spoke to the Board. Severson was representing a group of concerned parents from Chancellor. 
Severson currently serves on the Chancellor town board. He spoke to the board members regarding the transportation issue that has been ongoing for several months.

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Meeting regarding Highway 17 project to be held Tuesday

The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will hold an open house meeting on Oct. 22 about the proposed Highway 17 project. The meeting will be held at the Lennox Middle School Cafetorium from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
The project will involve grading, curb and gutter, lighting and asphalt/concrete surfacing on Highway 17 from the Junction with SD Highway 44 to the north city limits of Lennox.
There will be a presentation shortly after 5:30 p.m. 

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

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Online attacks: School addresses cyberbullying

Last week, both parents and students at Lennox High School were made aware of a danger in the technology age—cyberbullying.  Cyberbullying is when a child or teen is threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child or teen using interactive technologies, the internet or mobile phones. 
Lennox School District has been seeing an increasing number of reports of bullying via social networking sites, said Joann Huber, Lennox High School Counselor.  
“If it interferes with teaching and kids are upset—that’s where we step in,” she said.

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Local veteran awarded French Legion of Honor medal

World War II veteran Verlyn Hofer was honored recently with the French Legion of Honor medal, appointing him a “Chevalier” of the French Legion of Honor.
A letter from French Ambassador Francois Delattre announced the award. The letter explained that the award was “a sign of France’s infinite gratitude and appreciation for your personal and precious contribution to the United States’ decisive role in the liberation of our country during World War II.”

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

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Lennox mill levy to go down

By Debbie Schmidt
Lennox City Council passed a budget on Sept. 24 that would lower the City’s mill levy from 12.172 to 9.81, giving property owners a significant decrease in their property taxes. The council was able to bring the mill levy down by bringing down the expenditures and by now having Wilson Trailer on the tax rolls.
 “As a council, we have targeted this— we’ve worked hard to do it and we’ve achieved it,” said Tracy West, who is chairman of the Finance Committee.  “[The finance committee] checked everything and then we double checked it.”
“I hear that so much—that our mill levy is too high—that we have to get our mill levy down to get new homes and businesses in,” said Mayor Orville Wiebers.

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Cinco qualifies for State Golf

Lennox hosted the 2013 Boys Class A Region 2 Golf Tournament at the Lenkota Country Club on Monday, Sept. 30. The top 27 golfers qualified for the State A Meet which will be held Oct. 7 and 8 at Hartford. 
Among those qualifying was Lennox’s Jake Cinco who finished in 26th place. Cinco shot a 45 on the front nine and a 46 on the back to finish with a 91, qualifying him for State. Preston Lauters was just six golfers off from qualifying as he finished in 33rd place with his score of 96. He shot a 50 on the front nine and a 46 on the back. 

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