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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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