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Local area and state NRCS tree planting efforts

Tree rows ... October 2007, a young man mows the aisles in a tree grove to keep the grass and weeds down so the trees can continue growing well. They were planted in the spring of 1997.

Over 1.9 million trees were planted for conservation purposes across South Dakota during Fiscal Year 2007, according to Resource Conservationist Greg Yapp of the United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Huron.

Teresa O'Connell, Haakon County Conservation District manager, said the NRCS's East Central Area consists of 12 counties, including Haakon. In 2007, Haakon County had the most trees planted of its area. There were 34,318 trees planted, or 10.2 miles worth of windbreak trees.


Gregory B. Maxon

Gregory Blaine Maxon, 52, Rapid City, passed away peacefully in his home on Monday, October 22, 2007, after a brief bout with cancer.

Greg was brought into this world on December 16, 1954, in Bismarck, ND. He attended elementary school in Ft. Yates, ND, Pine Ridge, SD, Moorcroft, WY, Springfield, SD, and graduated from high school in Faith, SD in 1973.

He joined the Navy the year he graduated and was later honorably discharged.


Loretta V. Brendlinger

Loretta V. Brendlinger, 72, of South Buffalo Twp., PA, passed away Tuesday, October 2, 2007, while in the company of family members at Allegheny Valley Hospital in Harrison Twp., PA.

Loretta was born in Wasta, SD, on July 19, 1935, the daughter of Reinhold and Rose (Helms) Denke.

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Freeport and a homemaker. Loretta was a member of the Kittanning VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the Altar Guild at her church. She enjoyed quilting, knitting and traveling.

She was the wife of Roy T.


Emilie E. Fugate

Emilie C. Fugate, 100, died Sunday, October 21, 2007 at Goldenliving Care Center, Bella Vista.

She was born December 15, 1906 in Parkston, SD, to Christoph and Julianna (Koch) Riemann. In 1907, her parents homesteaded 10 miles southeast of Midland, where she grew up and attended rural schools through the 8th grade. She graduated from Midland High School and received her B.S. Degree from Black Hills State University, Spearfish. She also attended University of Wyoming, Laramie.

She began her teaching career in 1927 in a rural school near Midland.