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Current Water Releases
12:01 am
11/19/2019

1611.43 ft MSL- Pool Elevation above Oahe  – Down +/- 2.0 ft
49589 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse – Down +/- 1500 Cf/s
14384.0 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Stilling Basin Outlet Works -Up  slightly
Total Release – 63973.00 Cubic ft/second – Down +/- 1000 Cf/s
1428.67 ft MSL- Tailwater elevation – Down +/- .30 ft

Highest release rate for 10/18/2019 – 64822 Cubic ft/second – 10:00pm

Releases Scheduled to reach 62,000-65000 Cf/s through Nov 30, 2019

Past history places the water levels in Marion’s Garden Canal
system approximately 6-8 inches above the canal wall cap in the 55-56,000 range.  

For hourly updated US Army Corps of Engineer information on current water releases from Oahe Dam
click here

For Hourly Data Collection Platform  – enter “Oahe” in the box


Current Water Releases
12:01 am
10/29/2019

1613.52 ft MSL- Pool Elevation above Oahe  – Up slightly
50950 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse – Down +/- 150 Cf/s
14045.0 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Stilling Basin Outlet Works -Up  slightly
Total Release – 64995.00 Cubic ft/second – Down slightly
1428.91 ft MSL- Tailwater elevation – Down slightly

Highest release rate for 10/28/2019 – 65163 Cubic ft/second – 3:00am

Releases Scheduled to reach 62,000-65000 Cf/s through Nov 30, 2019

Past history places the water levels in Marion’s Garden Canal
system approximately 6-8 inches above the canal wall cap in the 55-56,000 range.  

For hourly updated US Army Corps of Engineer information on current water releases from Oahe Dam
click here

For Hourly Data Collection Platform  – enter “Oahe” in the box


Current Water Releases
12:01 am
10/26/2019

1613.35 ft MSL- Pool Elevation above Oahe  – Down slightly
51029.00 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse – Up +/- 2000 Cf/s
14037.00 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Stilling Basin Outlet Works -Up  +/- 2000 Cf/s
Total Release – 65068.00 Cubic ft/second – Up +/- 4000 Cf/s
1428.97 ft MSL- Tailwater elevation – Up +/- .50 ft MSL

Highest release rate for 10/25/2019 – 65178 Cubic ft/second – 4:00pm

Releases Scheduled to reach 62,000-65000 Cf/s through Nov 30, 2019

Past history places the water levels in Marion’s Garden Canal
system approximately 6-8 inches above the canal wall cap in the 55-56,000 range.  

For hourly updated US Army Corps of Engineer information on current water releases from Oahe Dam
click here

For Hourly Data Collection Platform  – enter “Oahe” in the box

 


Current Water Releases
12:01 am
10/22/2019

1613.71 ft MSL- Pool Elevation above Oahe  – Up slightly
49036.00 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse – Up +/- 500 Cfs
12070.00 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Stilling Basin Outlet Works -Up slightly
Total Release – 61106.00 Cubic ft/second – Up +/- 600Cfs
1428.48 ft MSL- Tailwater elevation – Down slightly

Highest release rate for 10/21/2019 – 63308 Cubic ft/second – 10:00pm

Releases Scheduled to reach 62,000-65000 Cf/s through Nov 30, 2019

Past history places the water levels in Marion’s Garden Canal
system approximately 6-8 inches above the canal wall cap in the 55-56,000 range.  

For hourly updated US Army Corps of Engineer information on current water releases from Oahe Dam
click here

For Hourly Data Collection Platform  – enter “Oahe” in the box


Current Water Releases
12:01 am
10/21/2019

1613.66 ft MSL- Pool Elevation above Oahe 
48567.00 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse
12066.00 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Stilling Basin Outlet Works
Total Release – 60633.00 Cubic ft/second
1428.64 ft MSL- Tailwater elevation

Highest release rate for 10/21/2019 – 63255 Cubic ft/second – 800pm

Releases Scheduled to reach 62,000-65000 Cf/s through Nov 30, 2019

Past history places the water levels in Marion’s Garden Canal
system approximately 6-8 inches above the canal wall cap in the 55-56,000 range.  

For hourly updated US Army Corps of Engineer information on current water releases from Oahe Dam
click here

For Hourly Data Collection Platform  – enter “Oahe” in the box

 


Gary Ambur’s Mother, Arlene Ambur Passes
Please Keep Gary and Bridget in your thoughts and prayers

Arlene Ambur—January 11, 1922 – October 4, 2019

Arlene Johanna Ambur, passed away on October 4, 2019. Funeral services will be at 10:30am on Monday, October 14, 2019 at American Lutheran Church in Presho, SD. Visitation will be from 9:30am until 10:30am at the church prior to the funeral and interment will follow at Presho City Cemetery. Memorials will be given to the Greater Lyman Foundation. 

She was born January 11, 1922, in Presho SD to Hilda and Martin Olson.  She graduated, Salutatorian of her class, in 1940. Her high school years were some of her favorite years with stories of Luther League and fun with friends. After high school she worked in various cafes including one at Stanford, SD and the Severson Café in Presho. Arlene attended National College of Business in Rapid City and, truth be known, she didn’t learn a thing as she had received such good education in high school in Presho.  She, however, did not tell her father that she knew everything they were teaching because she was having a great time in Rapid City going to USO dances and being on her own. She worked for A.C. Miller in Kennebec after completing her classes.

Arlene married Arvid Ambur on April 28, 1945.  Together they raised their four children. A lifelong Preshoite, Arlene was involved in her community and church. For many years she coordinated the Poppy Poster Contest and sales for the American Legion Auxiliary, she tied numerous quilts for the American Lutheran Church Women’s group. She was organist at the church, sharing her musical gift with other churches by playing for many funerals in the community.

Arlene is survived by her children, Michael-Nola Ambur, Arvidene-Dick Stanley, Dona-Rusty Thompson, and Gary-Bridget Ambur.  Brother Paul-Laverne Olson, sister-in-law Kay Ambur, 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews—each being a very special person to Arlene.

Arlene was preceded in death by her husband Arvid, infant son Robert, her parents Hilda (Mogan) and Martin Olson; siblings and in-laws Alpha and Lawrence Ambur, Alice and Don Sanderson, Clara and Ira Scott.

FUNERAL SERVICE
American Lutheran Church
  • 211 Birch Ave
    Presho, SD 57568
  •  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Presho City Cemetery immediately following the funeral service.


Current Water Releases
12:00 Midnight
10/12/2019

2019-10-12 ~ 12:00 Midnight

1613.97 ft MSL- Pool Elevation above Oahe 
50867.00 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse
10989.00 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Stilling Basin Outlet Works
Total Release – 61856.00 Cubic ft/second – Up over recent releases
1428.40 ft MSL- Tailwater elevation – Up slightly

Highest release rate for 10/128/2019 – 61,965 Cubic ft/second – 700pm

Releases Scheduled to reach 61,000 Cf/s starting September 30, 2019 and likely continue through November.
Past history places the water levels in Marion’s Garden Canal
system approximately 6-8 inches above the canal wall cap in the 55-56,000 range.  

For hourly updated US Army Corps of Engineer information on current water releases from Oahe Dam
click here

For Hourly Data Collection Platform  – enter “Oahe” in the box

Current Water Releases
12:00 Midnight
10/08/2019

2019-10-08 ~ 12:00 Midnight

1614.22 ft MSL- Pool Elevation above Oahe  – Down slightly
48881.00 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse – Up slightly
18941.00 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Stilling Basin Outlet Works – Steady
Total Release – 59232.00 Cubic ft/second – Up over recent releases
1428.22 ft MSL- Tailwater elevation – Up slightly

Highest release rate for 10/08/2019 – 61,723.00 Cubic ft/second – 600pm

Releases Scheduled to reach 61,000 Cf/s starting September 30, 2019 and likely continue through November.
Past history places the water levels in Marion’s Garden Canal
system approximately 6-8 inches above the canal wall cap in the 55-56,000 range.  

For hourly updated US Army Corps of Engineer information on current water releases from Oahe Dam
click here

For Hourly Data Collection Platform  – enter “Oahe” in the box

Current Water Releases
12:00 Midnight
10/05/2019

2019-10-05 ~ 12:00 Midnight

1614.36 ft MSL- Pool Elevation above Oahe  – Down slightly
39983.00 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse – Up slightly
18951.00 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Stilling Basin Outlet Works – Steady
Total Release – 58934.00 Cubic ft/second – Up over recent releases
1428.01 ft MSL- Tailwater elevation – Down slightly

Highest release rate for 10/05/2019 – 61,512.00 Cubic ft/second – 1100pm

Releases Scheduled to reach 61,000 Cf/s starting September 30, 2019 and likely continue through November.
Past history places the water levels in Marion’s Garden Canal
system approximately 6-8 inches above the canal wall cap in the 55-56,000 range.  

For hourly updated US Army Corps of Engineer information on current water releases from Oahe Dam
click here

For Hourly Data Collection Platform  – enter “Oahe” in the box


MGHOA Fall Social
Saturday, October 5, 2019
5:30pm at Dudley’s Valley Tap

MGHOA will provide the Meat!
Smoked/grilled Turkey, Chicken and Ribs
Prepared by Grillmaster Jerry Cloud

Please plan to bring a dish to pass
Soda and Adult Beverages will be available for purchase

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Presidents Letter for 4th Quarter 2019
Posted at the bottom of this page
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Notice from Rick Hahn

Fort Public Works Director

“To provide some relief to our Sanitary Sewer System, we are requesting all residents  verify that the sump pumps are discharging to the street or outside of residence.

DO NOT DISCHARGE SUMP PUMPS TO SANITARY SEWER DIRECTLY OR DISCHARGE TO FLOOR DRAINS OR SIMILAR DRAINS CONNECTED TO THE SANITARY SEWER.

It is against City ordinance to discharge sump pumps to the sanitary sewer system.”

Current Water Releases
12:00 Midnight
10/04/2019

2019-10-04 ~ 12:00 Midnight

1614.53 ft MSL- Pool Elevation above Oahe  – Down slightly
39608.00 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse – Down slightly
18960.00 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Stilling Basin Outlet Works – Steady
Total Release – 585680.00 Cubic ft/second – Down 1000.00 Cubic ft/second over recent releases
1428.30 ft MSL- Tailwater elevation – Steady

Highest release rate for 10/04/2019 – 61,539.00 Cubic ft/second – 200pm

Releases Scheduled to reach 61,000 Cf/s starting September 30, 2019 and likely continue through November.  
Past history places the water levels in Marion’s Garden Canal
system approximately 6-8 inches above the canal wall cap in the 55-56,000 range.  

For hourly updated US Army Corps of Engineer information on current water releases from Oahe Dam
click here

For Hourly Data Collection Platform  – enter “Oahe” in the box

 

Current Water Releases
12:00 Midnight
10/01/2019

2019-10-01 ~ 12:00 Midnight

1614.84 ft MSL- Pool Elevation above Oahe  – Down slightly
40629.00 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse – Down slightly
18981.00 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Stilling Basin Outlet Works – Steady
Total Release – 59610.00 Cubic ft/second – Steady
1428.07 ft MSL- Tailwater elevation – Down slightly

Highest release rate for 10/01/2019 – 61,538.00 Cubic ft/second – 1000am

Releases Scheduled to reach 61,000 Cf/s starting September 30, 2019 and likely continue through November.  
Past history places the water levels in Marion’s Garden Canal
system approximately 6-8 inches above the canal wall cap in the 55-56,000 range.  

For hourly updated US Army Corps of Engineer information on current water releases from Oahe Dam
click here

For Hourly Data Collection Platform  – enter “Oahe” in the box

 “Signs, Signs, Everywhere are Signs”

Residents of Marion’s Garden have noted the addition of signage to our community.  Many have been in place for several years and your Marion’s Garden Homeowners Association Board has added a few new advisories this summer.  Residents are reminded of the following:

  • MGHOA endorses a a Neighborhood Crime Watch Policy – Members are reminded to report any suspicious activity to proper authorities for resolution of the situation.   If you see something that doesn’t look right or seems suspicious – Please Report It!
  • The area surrounding the Canal proper is private property and as such trespassing is not allowed.  In addition diving is prohibited from the canal walls. Swimming in the canal is discouraged, and there is no lifeguard on duty at any time.  The Canal is posted as not being safe for winter activities due to the unstable water levels experienced through the winter months.  Traversing the Canal during the winter months is discouraged.
  • Marion’s Garden Marina is intended for the sole use of the members of that organization.  There is to be no diving or swimming off the dock system.
  • The playground at Railway Park is intended for the use of Marion’s Garden Residents.  All playground equipment is to be used for the purposes intended.  Should a resident note any unsafe use or any damaged equipment, it should be reported to a Board member immediately.
  • Marion’s Garden has a public bike path passing through.  Please note the location of that path and observe all “No Parking” zones.
  • Residents are reminded that on street parking is not allowed.  All residents must park in driveways.  The occasional visitor is allowed to park on the street if off street parking is mot available.  This advisory allows Marion’s Garden residents to avoid having to install sidewalks on their property, leaving the roadway open for bike paths and pedestrians.
  • Finally, The posted speed limit within the development is 25MPH…we have alot of children and pets in the area…Please remain alert at all times.

Marion’s Garden Aerial Photos
circa 1994-1995
Courtesy Dave and Linda Bonde

Historical Map of Fort Pierre and the Missouri River

Willow Island and Teton Island (Marion’s Island) are actually part of the present day Marion’s Garden.  According to the attached 1891 U.S. Surveyor General’s map, present day Marion’s Garden subdivision was largely part of Teton Island and a small portion of Willow Island.  The western and eastern boundaries of the subdivision were actually river channel surrounding the islands.

Teton Island, better known as Marion’s Island, was largely a garden area owned by Hormidas Marion.  In early early half of the 20th Century, the area now known as Teton Island development, south of the car bridge, was known as Marion Gardens, operated as a truck farm.  Note the name was Marion Gardens…not Marion’s Garden.

The approximate location of the west abutment of the train bridge is noted on the map.

Please feel free to correct, amend, or add your comments by emailing at info@mymghoa.com.

1891 Map
Marion’s Garden Approximate Location Map

Interesting Driving Tour of Pierre-Fort Pierre

The Historic Pierre organization (www.historicpierre.com) has put together an interesting brochure detailing a driving tour of the Pierre-Fort Pierre area.  The tour lists 32 points of interest in the area.  Please click the link below to view the document.

Pierre-Fort Pierre Driving Tour

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 President’s Message for 4th Quarter 2019

October 4, 2019

Marion’s Garden Homeowners Association

RE:  Presidents Letter for 4th Quarter 2019

Hi Friends,

Somehow it feels colder than 52 degrees as I pen this letter.  I have started some fall cleanup around our house but have lots to do before I have that completed.  It is always a melancholy time when the pontoon boat gets taken out of the water and into storage for another winter.  Quite frankly, with the high water releases and our busy family life, our time on the water was pretty nil.   All part of fall so I just need to get over summer and enjoy some cooler temperatures, an end to mowing, and no mosquitoes.  It is kind of like one of my grandson’s response to my question of how are things going, he’ll usually say, “I’m good”.

The two topics I will mention with this note is the continued high water releases from Lake Oahe / Oahe Dam and the condition of my son in law, Chris Maxwell.

Regarding the water releases and flood conditions around the upper Midwest and the forecast for this winter and spring………………all we have are projections and optimism.  I met today with our Mayor and City Engineer to get up to speed with the high water releases and planning if they get higher.  Obviously the Corp of Engineers are trying to evacuate water from the Dam system and we are watching the elevation of Lake Oahe closely.  We would like to see it drop to the desired elevation of 1607′ (above sea level) but know that the continued rains in the basin has challenged the goal.  As of this writing, the level is 1614.2 and releases are a steady 61,000 cfm.  With continued flows at this level, and possibly 65,000 cfm at times, the goal of 1607 is supposed to occur sometime in December.  How hard the winter is with snow accumulation and wet spring blizzards and rains is anybody’s guess.  When viewing the projections of flows this afternoon, I also had the Corp’s and US Weather Services best guess weather forecast for next spring and it is surprisingly not bad.  In fact in the February / March forecast, the projections are for a return to a more “normal” spring with normal moisture.  Time will tell but I am more optimistic today with that information than I was earlier.  I do personally think the Corp has done a good job managing the largest water runoff since 2011.  They definitely have a better communication system than the flood year.  The next public meeting the Corp is offering is coming up on October 23rd.  Please look for the location and time for that meeting as it should yield some very pertinent information we can use.  If I am remembering correctly, I think the meeting is at the Casey Tibbs Center but please check it out for yourselves as your attendance there will be meaningful.  Not to look negatively, but if the level of Lake Oahe does not get down to 1607′ because of continued rains / snow / ice accumulation, we better be getting an action plan.  I am not going to think that way however.

About Chris, as many of you know, Chris Maxwell is our son in law (married to our daughter Molly) and he contracted a disease (from a virus) called Guillain-Barre’ Syndrome in early February of this year.  Unfortunately he got a very severe case of it and in the period of six weeks, he was completely paralyzed.  He couldn’t even blink his eyes.  On a ventilator, there was a bunch of very tense moments that I would rather not recall but you get the severity of his condition.  The treatments he received were mostly unsuccessful in stopping the progression of the disease and it just kind of had to run its course through his body.  Without going through all the details, it is possible to recover from Guillain-Barre’ and we knew Chris would be a fighter so we held out hope that with God’s healing grace, hard work at top notch rehabilitation facilities, and his determination, Chris would return to us being able to function.  As of this writing, Chris is recovering.  He is walking and talking, learning to drive a car again, and close to being the Chris we remember.  If I was a betting man, he will be home just in time to go “trick or treating” with his kids.  It will be a joyful day to say the least.  Along the way, we have had so much love and concern given to us that it is unimaginable to think (and receive) all of the support our communities have given us.  It humbles us all.  Saying “Thank You” doesn’t seem enough but from the bottom of our hearts, we are so grateful for your love and support.  You can’t imagine it until you receive and experience it.  Thank you all so very much!

I will close with my best wishes for a great fall season, safety on your pheasant hunts, happy Halloween, happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and good health to us all.

Sincerely,

Mike Weisgram

 

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