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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

News update for Feb. 27 issue…

Worthing approves municipal garbage service

During the past year, the Worthing City Commission has been discussing the option of contracting residential garbage collection with a single hauler for the community.  
On Monday night, the Commissioners approved an ordinance that will allow the City to contract out the collection of garbage for its residents.
Mayor Eric Saugstad explained that there are several reasons why the city decided  on this option.
“One of the biggest benefits contracting with one service provider for the entire community is price,” said Saugstad. “By using an existing contract a hauler has with another, larger community, the city is able to take advantage of lower prices.   This results in better rates for our residents.”

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Weischedel claims Region Championship title; LHS qualifies seven for State Tournament

Lennox will be sending seven wrestlers to the State A Tournament this Friday and Saturday with a strong performance at the Region Meet held in Lennox on Thursday, Feb. 20 and Friday, Feb. 21.
As a team, Lennox earned fourth place with 106 points among the nine teams in Region 2A. Washington won the Tournament (201 points), followed by Brandon Valley in second (159.50), Vermillion third (145), Sioux Falls Lincoln and Yankton tied for fifth (80), Harrisburg seventh (71), Dakota Valley eighth (54), and Tea Area ninth (28).
“Our goal all year was to make the state tournament and place high in the region,” said Oriole head coach Randy Weischedel, “we accomplished this goal as a team.”
Lennox had one Region champion, Wesley Weischedel at 113 pounds; two runners-up: Cole Halouska at 106 and Matt Mazourek at 132 pounds; two third place finishers: Chris Stokke at 195 pounds and Tyler Zebell at 120 pounds; and two fourth place finishers: Sam Metivier at 220 pounds and Nate DeWitt at 285 pounds. All seven of those wrestlers have qualified for the State Meet and will represent Lennox High School in Rapid City.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

News preview for Feb. 20th issue…

Five middle school students named to All-State Band
Five Lennox Middle School students will be heading to Pierre next week to participate in the 15th Annual South Dakota Music Educators Association Middle School All-State Band.  Students will rehearse with guest conductors all day Friday and Saturday and perform in a feature concert at 4 p.m. at T.F. Riggs High School in Pierre on Saturday, Mar. 1. The Honor Band guest conductor will be Robert Sheldon; the Festival Band will be directed by Dr. Eric Peterson, SDSU.
Selected for the All-State Honor Band is Sam Osborn on Bass Clarinet and Liz Rezac on Clarinet. Playing in the Festival Band is Madeline Loewe, Percussion; Sarah Kroeger, Horn; and Karissa West, Horn. 
“There were a record number of auditions submitted,” said Middle School Band instructor Sara Bakken. “I am proud to be traveling to this event with accomplished students who have committed to being among the best in the state. 

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Indoor pool, driving range on LADC’s wish list for Lennox

by Erica Gaspar

Lennox Area Development Corporation (LADC) member Wayne Petersen may be new to the board, but brings with him a long list of ideas for improving Lennox. For the past eight years, he has managed the Long Creek Park Manufactured Home Park, owned by Gene Kuper, a Lennox native now living in Texas.
The 10-year-old park has room for 85 homes, some of which could be stick-built single family or twin home units. Up to three Governor’s Houses are also being considered for the area, Petersen said. Eventually, the southwest corner of the property may hold a day care facility and convenience store.
Currently, 21 of the park’s lots are occupied. To fill the park and boost affordable housing options for current or potential Lennox residents, the manufactured homes are being sold at cost, which is about $10,000 less expensive than similar options in Sioux Falls, Petersen estimated. 

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

News preview for Feb. 13th issue…

Council gives nod to development by golf course

By Debbie Schmidt
While Lennox City Council did not approve Rowan “Rosie” and Carol Doorn’s preliminary subdivision plan for Lenkota Acres Addition on Monday night, they did confirm that they would give a letter in support of the project to the Lincoln County Commissioners so that the land could be rezoned to rural residential.
The Doorns have fought for years to develop their land west of the Lenkota Country Club. Last year they hired Eric Willadsen, an engineer with the Willadsen Lund Engineering Firm, to draw up an engineered plan. The Planning Commission approved the Preliminary Subdivision Plan for Lenkota Acres Addition last November, but were then told by the council that a public hearing needed to be held. That hearing was held on Jan. 30 and the Commission again approved the plan.
Another public hearing was held on Monday night as the preliminary plan came before the council. The Doorns had returned from their winter home in Arizona to attend the meeting. Willadsen spoke to the council on the Doorns’ behalf.

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High speed chase ends in the arrest of an 18-year old Lennox man

By Debbie Schmidt
A burglary at Cenex last Wednesday evening, eventually led to the arrest of an 18-year-old Lennox man, Justin Bentley.
Lincoln County Deputy Aaron Bartscher spotted a vehicle in the Cenex parking lot about 2:30 Thursday morning and recognized Bentley, who was wanted on a probation violation and suspicion of stealing a handgun. As the officer went to arrest him, Bentley sped north on Highway 17 towards Tea. Bartscher and Lennox Police Officer Chad Papke pursued.  As he approached Tea, Tea Police Officer Steve Lowry placed a spike strip on 272nd St., which blew out Bentley’s tires. He was apprehended at 271st St. and 468th Ave. The stolen handgun was found in the vehicle.
Lennox Police Chief Orv Jorgensen said that over $3,000 was stolen from Cenex, but most of it was recovered. The business had not been broken into, so it is believed the thief used a set of keys to gain entry. Jorgensen said the burglary was still under investigation.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

News preview for Feb. 6th issue…

Nomination petitions begin circulation

If you are interested in serving on the city council or local school board, now is the time to begin circulating a nomination petition. Petitions may be picked up at the respective business offices. 
On the Lennox City Council, three aldermen seats will become vacant, along with the position of Mayor. The aldermen seats are currently held by Glenn Nelson in Ward I; Greg Poppenga, Ward II; and Mike Gregg, Ward III. The current Mayor is Orville Wiebers. An alderman from each ward will be elected for a two year term. The mayor is elected at large and will also serve for two years.
On the Lennox School Board, three 3-year term positions will become vacant. Those seats are currently held by Mary Peters, Sandy Poppenga and Dawn Wolf. 

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FFA Issues Team presents at Capitol

The Lennox Sundstrom FFA Agriculture Issues Team traveled to Pierre to present their issue on cloning cattle, January 23. They were invited to appear before both the house and senate agriculture committees by the Senate Minority Leader, Jason Frerichs. Doing the presentations at such a prestigious event was a great experience for the team. Team members are Autumn Haan, Samantha Hagedorn, Jared Kroeger, Jayden Peery and Katelynd Whitehead.
The fifteen-minute presentation, which shows the pros and cons of cloning beef cattle, was followed up with many questions by the committees.  The team will face similar questioning when they compete at the national competition next fall.

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