Number 16Volume 107April 19, 2012
First Interstate Bank has re-ceived an “outstanding” rating bythe Federal Reserve Bank (FRB)for its efforts in serving low andmoderate income communities.The FRB examines First Inter-state’s community investment pro-gram every two years as part of the federal Community Reinvest-ment Act (CRA). Enacted in 1977,CRA requires banks to meet the
First Interstate Bank receives “Outstanding”rating for community reinvestment efforts
credit needs of the communitiesthey serve, including low and mod-erate income communities. Only10 percent of FRB banks are rated“outstanding,” which is the highestpossible CRA rating the FRB cangive. First Interstate has a longhistory of receiving “outstanding”ratings. According to First InterstateBancSystem, Inc. President andCEO Ed Garding, “Communityreinvestment is an integral part of our values and vision here at FirstInterstate. We are committed todelivering the highest standard of customer service and products toall of the communities we serve.”During its exam, the FRB re-views First Interstate’s lending, in-vestment, and services providedthroughout Montana, Wyoming,and South Dakota. The “outstand-ing” rating means that First Inter-state has an excellent distributionof loans among low and moderateincome areas and people, has beenvery responsive to the convenienceand service needs of its communi-ties, and has actively invested inthe community and economic revi-talization efforts in its servicearea.First Interstate Bank is a com-munity banking organization, op-erating 71 offices throughout Mon-tana, Wyoming, and westernSouth Dakota. A family businesswhose culture is driven by strongcorporate values, First Interstateis committed to exemplary cus-tomer service, exceeding customerexpectations through its productsand services, and supporting thecommunities it serves.Country Schools became part of the landscape when homesteadersbegan to settle this part of thecountry. Every township had one totwo schools depending on the num-ber of children and how spread outthe families were.Kathleen Shull was very kind tosend more information on thePleasant Ridge School and theteachers and students who begantheir education in a school house onthe prairie in Ash Township 53,Township 3 N 16 E.The first school was built in 1910on Section 29 according to theCounty School Legacy: “Humani-ties on the Frontier.” Kathleen’smother Mary Dilges O’Neill at-tended school there from 1913 to1915. Mary and Elsie Rotter werein the same grade. Other studentswere: Rotters, Pritchards, Pack-mans, Goodsell, Graham andParkins.In 1925 the Pleasant RidgeSchool was rebuilt. Its new loca-tions was now at Section 16 N.W.1/4. The contractor who built thenew school was Bill Marks. The de-sign for the new school came from aplan book and was 22 x 30 and hadan entrance hall. There were eight,four paned windows in the school,six were on the north side and twosmall windows on the west sideand the entry way had two win-dows. The school house was builtout of wood and had a hip shinglesgable roof with one door. The schoolwas painted white and had a coalshed. There was also a cistern fordrinking water and a flag pole.Students who attended the newschool were: Pritchards, Whack-lers, Parris, Goettsch, Schuler,Packman, O’Neill, Hoffman, Bab-cock, Mortensen, Geigle, Knapp,Shull, Rynard, Denke, Goodsell,Clarin, Danley, Todd, Kitterman,Pasco, Kenyon, McGriff, Lurz andHuether. At recess and when lunch wasover students would play pom-pompullaway, Annie Over, tag, base-ball, Red Rover, Simon say, Redlight Green light, drop the hand-kerchief, and pick-up sticks. Theschool also had a swing and ateeter totter. Games played in thewinter time were: Fox and Goose,King of the Mountain and thosedreaded but so loved snow ballfights. Indoor winter games con-sisted of button-button, hide thethimble, gossip and hangmanplayed on the blackboard.Kathleen attended the PleasantRidge School from 1936-1944. Herfirst grade teacher was Ann Con-nelly, Charlotte Roebuck was hersecond grade teacher, Dorothy Is-erman taught her in third grade,fourth grade teacher was RuthChristian, fifth was Thelma Cham-berlain, Emma Richards taughtsixth grade while Lil Shull taughtseventh grade and Winifred Leibytaught Kathleen in eighth grade.Other teachers were: Edith Par-rott, Alvina Freiberg, Hazel Miller,Rosalie Kennedy, Florence Erick-son, Julia Fahrnia, CharlotteEstes, Anges, Mouseau, LeonaWisehart, Kathleen O’Neill, LilySchroeder, Karel Eisenbraun, IvaEisenbraun and Bob Gibson.Some of the students who at-tended school with Kathleen were:Walt, Jim, Maurice, Colleen, Rayand Lorna Hoffman; LaverneSylvia; Marilyn, Leonard, Eugeneand Norman Schuler; Harold,Irene, George and CarolynMortensen; Eileen, Alton, Gordonand Shirley Babcock; Georgia Kit-terman; Gale, Todd, Verna andGene Platt; Adella, Daniel and Alice Denke; Jim Leiby; EwaldHuether; Morris (Ting) Danley,Neal Lurz; Patricia Shull and Mar-ilyn O’Neill.Every year the county wouldhold a YCL convention. Schoolswould send in their original arti-cles that the children from eachschool would contribute. Therewere pictures, poems, stories andriddles. The articles that werepicked were put into a book calledthe Tomahawk.Pie socials, box lunches and pro-grams were always the highlight of the school year. The school housewas also used for elections.In 1936, the Creighton Hall wasfinished. The Pleasant Ridgeschool was the first to use thestage. Ann Connelly was theteacher that year. After high school Kathleen cameback and taught from 48 - 54. Herfirst winter just so happened to bethe year of the big blizzard. Herstudents were: Lavern Schuler;Ewald Huether; NormaMortensen, Marilyn Schuler, Den-nis Kenyon, Dorothy Geigle, LornaHoffman, Gladys Schuler, KennyKenyon and Verna Huether.The last year that Kathleentaught at the school was 1953-1954. Her students were: eighthgraders Dennis Kenyon andDorothy Geigle, sixth grade wasKenny Kenyon and VernaHuether, fourth grade was Nor-man Geigle, Goldie Geigle andMarilyn Schuler and third graderGarry Kenyon. That year the YCLproject was on conservation andthe school won for the scrap bookthat they had made. As Mrs. Mary O’Neill wrote onJuly 15, 1981, “Its sad to see theseold school houses empty and for-lorn.”President Scot Eisenbraun calledthe Wall School Board meeting toorder on Wednesday, April 11.Mary Williams asked to have theteacher appreciation supper movedinto executive session. The boardapproved.Board approved consent agendafor: Minutes of March 14, boardmeeting, April claims and resigna-tion from Dan Hauk as Assistant Volleyball Coach, with regret.Eisenbraun and Pam Johnsonopened four bids for painting thePower House. After making surethe bids met all requirements andhearing from Kris Kitterman theboard voted to move the issue downthe agenda to other.The board approved to send a let-ter to Jan Bielmaier to lease 10acres of school land to him for$21.50 per acre.Resolution 12-4 pertaining toSDHSAA membership was ap-proved. Superintendent DennisRieckman explained without join-ing SDHSAA, schools would not beallowed to play in play-off, region,district or state sports.Elementary report was given byChuck Sykora. The elementary andBig White are finishing up theDakota Step test this week. Thetest results will be out this sum-mer. Kindergarten screening willtake place on Friday, April 13.There are 17 children scheduled forthe screening and Sykora saidthere is 21 signed up for kinder-garten this fall. Title One and Con-solidation surveys have been sentout. Sykora will either e-mail ormail out the survey to 7-12 parents.He is asking for the surveys to beback at school by April 16, so hecan complete the consolidated ap-plication. The Blue Ribbon applica-tion is in the first tier of review and
The Power House will receive a new coat of primer and paint this summer. The Wall School boardopened bids and will annouce the winner at a later date after all bids have been reviewed.
~Photo Laurie Hindman
the next review will begin in May.The school won’t find out until thisfall if they have been accepted as aBlue Ribbon School.Business Manager Niki Mohrannounced that the school willhold an election with the county onTuesday, June 5. Board members,Johnson, Eisenbraun, Todd Traskand Angela Lytle will have theirnames on the ballot. Mohr re-ported that Health Insurance hasincreased by 2.5 percent. Mohr willbe attending Business Managerand Impact Aid meeting in Pierreon April 24-26. She will also beworking on the 2013 budget andwill have it at the May meeting.Superintendent/7-12 PrincipalRieckman reported that the Cham-ber Banquet will he held on Fri-day, April 20. He will be unable toattend but encourages board mem-bers to attend. Rieckman informedthe board that the Kadoka Schoolwill try to come up with $500 foreach gymnastic athlete fromKadoka and $1,000 in gas allot-ment. The Building Committeehas met to discuss removing thenorthwest corner of bleachers atthe old gym so the new gymnasticfloor can be stored in the corneryear around. A quote for fencingthe football field was passedaround. Rieckman noted the fencewill be made out of two non-barbwire and will cover all four sides.He feels the sooner done the bet-ter. A motion to fence the footballfield was approved. Rieckman re-ported the Wall School has piggy-backed off of Lake Central Schoolto purchase a new school bus. Thecost of the bus is $82,561.00 sightunseen. It sits 47 and will be deliv-ered to Wall by July 1. The old busis 10 years old and has 90,000miles. The board discussedwhether they should advertise tosell the bus themselves or take the$13,500 trade-in. Rieckman will dosome research to see what theschool can do to sell the bus. A mo-tion to accept the bid from LakeCentral School District for the newbus was approved. Tuesday, May15 the school will hold their aca-demic and sports award night atthe school. Sloppy Joes, chips,drinks and brownies will beserved. The board gave their con-sensus to proceed with this plan. An updated list of Capital Outlayitems to be purchased was handedout. The board and Rieckman thenreviewed the list which includesthe possibility of purchasing acamera system for the PowerHouse, computers, carpet to be laidfrom the front door to the pop ma-chines, a new copy machine, classroom needs, track needs, footballhelmets, new volleyball uniforms,painting the Power House and thenew school bus. The cost of pur-chasing these items would come toaround $300,000.The board approved to enter intoExecutive Session for the purposeof discussing personnel and nego-tiations according to SDCL 1-25-2.The board entered out of Execu-tive Session and approved to holdthe teachers appreciation supperon Thursday, May 24 at the golf course. The board also approved2012-2013 negotiations, to offercertified contracts with new nego-tiated amounts/benefits and tooffer contracts to administrationand non-certified staff. The boardalso approved to table bids forpainting the Power House untilfurther review. With no other busi-ness the meeting was adjourned.
Wall School Board tablesPower House painting bids
More on Pleasant Ridge School
First Interstate Bank in Wall was one of the banks to receive anOutstanding rating by the Federal Reserve Bank.
~Photo Laurie Hindman
Pleasant Ridge School in 1938. The special occasion is MarilynO’Neill’s seventh birthday in October. The school hiked to theO’Neill’s to celebrate. Pictured back row from left to right ... Mau-rice Danley, Ronald Hoffman, Georgia Kitterman, IreneMortensen and Eileen Babcock. Front row from left to right ...Kathleen O’Neill, Colleen Hoffman, Gene Platt, Gale Todd, Mari-lyn O’Neill, Verna Platt and George Mortensen.
Students having a snowballfight in 1948. The roof of thecoal shed is in the back-ground.The first Pleasant Ridgeschool bus. Leonard, Eugeneand Norman Schuler wouldpick up Kathleen and MarilynO’Neill and head off to school.
The South Dakota Departmentof Transportation, in collaborationwith Pennington County, will holdpublic open houses as part of theConnecting Hills and Plains Study(CHAPS) to gather public input forhelp in developing the PenningtonCounty Master TransportationPlan. These open house publicmeetings will be held at 5:30 p.m.on the following dates and loca-tions:•April 16th, Wall CommunityCenter, 501 Main Street, Wall.•April 17th, Hill City City Hall,243 Deerfield Road, Hill City.•April 18th, Pennington CountyCourthouse, 315 Saint JosephStreet, Rapid City.CHAPS will address a full rangeof transportation options and is-sues, including pedestrian, bicycle,transit, freight, and automobile.Initial public meetings were held inOctober of 2011 to solicit input onneeded improvements, and theproject team has now developed alist of potential transportation im-provement projects for public re-view and comment. The purpose of these public meetings is to presentand gather public comments on adraft long-range, multimodal planto provide a blueprint to addressthe future transportation needs of Pennington County. Potential proj-ects include paving of gravel roads,intersection enhancements, and bi-cycle/pedestrian accommodations.For those who cannot attend anyof the meetings or desire addi-tional information on the study, in-formation will be made availableonline after the meetings athttp://www.sddot.com/pe/projdev/planning_ss_pennco.asp.The meetings will be held from5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the locationsindicated. A brief, summarizingpresentation will be made at ap-proximately 5:45 p.m. followed byan open house discussion withSDDOT, County, and Consultantstaff. The opportunity to presentwritten comments will be pro-vided. Written comments will beaccepted until May 4, 2012.Notice is further given to indi-viduals with disabilities that thispublic meeting is being held in aphysically accessible place. Pleasenotify the SDDOT ADA Coordina-tor within 48 hours of the publicmeeting if you have special needsfor which this agency will need tomake arrangements. The tele-phone number for making specialarrangements is 605-773-3540 or1-800-877-1113 (Telecommunica-tion Relay Services for the Deaf).For more information, contactSteve Gramm, Data Analysis En-gineer, at (605) 773-6641 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Department of Transportation and PenningtonCounty seek public input into PenningtonCounty Transportation Plan Study
CorrectionShelby Ruland’s name wasinadvertently left off the Prin-cipals honor roll list for thethird quarter. Shelby is a fifthgrader at the Wall School.Sorry for any inconveniencethis may have caused.