Bison Courier, April 18, 2013

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Volume 30 Number 44 April 18, 2013
Includes Tax
Official Newspaper for the City of Bison, Perkins County, and the Bison School District A Publication of Ravellette Publications, Inc. P.O. Box 429 • Bison, South Dakota 57620-0429 Phone: (605) 244-7199 • FAX (605) 244-7198
Reimbursement and communication problems key issues of Pautre fire
By Beth Hulm It’s not so much a question of “who” will pay for the approximate $1.5 million dollars in losses sustained by ranchers in northern Perkins County following the recent Pautre Fire but more a question of “when” the U.S. government will write the checks. Paul Hancock, District Forest Ranger in the Lemmon office, has admitted liability for the fire; he just can’t guarantee how quickly federal wheels will turn to pay for damages. The April 3 fire started when the wind came up and stirred a Forest Service planned 130acre “controlled” burn. The end result was an estimated 14,000 acres of burned grassland some federal, some privately owned. Thirteen ranchers were impacted by the flames. It has left ranchers scrambling to find pastures and feed for their cattle. Nobody can predict how long it will take for the grasslands (already suffering from drought) to recover. According to County Commissioner Wayne Henderson, water and wind erosion will also be “terrific.” The extent of damages may not be known until cattle are pregnancy tested in the fall. Already, there have been reports of horses with pneumonia due to smoke inhalation. Henderson said, there is “a staggering amount” of fence posts and gates to rebuild, too. Local fire departments who responded to help fight the big blaze also have claims. In addition to fuel costs, they are reporting ruined tires and other damages to fire fighting equipment. Commissioner Willard Ottman reminded everyone that the local fire departments already “operate on a shoestring” and need to be compensated. Those firefighters who spent a long day and night containing the fire say that poor communication was a major issue. Commissioner Wayne Henderson, also a member of Grand River Grazing Association said he had “talked to many” and the picture he’s getting is that emergency response “failed miserably.” Last Tuesday Hancock met continued on page 5
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Grazing Association had requested no prescribed burns but Pautre Fire claimed 14,000 acres
By Beth Hulm In the aftermath of the recent Pautre Fire, which burned an estimated 14,000 acres of Grand River Grasslands, Tim Smith, Lodgepole, current president of the Grand River Grazing Association, appeared before the County Commission last Tuesday to share his concerns about the relationship between his organization and the U.S. Forest Service. “You can draw your own conclusions,” he said. Smith offered a timeline of communications, starting more than a year ago, detailing the Association’s desire to halt all controlled burns in the Dakota Prairie Grasslands. He said that the Forest Service had promised no prescribed burns unless the weather changed. “It did,” Smith said. “It got worse.” Smith said that the Fire Service had been told, “It’s too dry and way too dangerous to burn.” Weather conditions in Hettinger on April 3 included temperatures in the low 70s and “red flag” fire warnings. Paul Hancock, District Ranger in Lemmon, said that in some parts of the country, a prescribed burn is “a great tool.” He made the decision to do the controlled burn on the information that he had and he wouldn’t say that he wouldn’t do it again. He said that he didn’t hear about impending 30 mph winds until it was too late. Fire sometimes works on some growth, Smith said, but prescribed burns are “harmful to grass.” There is generally 60% less grass for forage available after a burn if it stays dry, he said. This is according to Dr. Kevin Sedivic, NDSU Rangeland Management Specialist. In January of this year, Smith said that the Grazing Association was one of eight entities to sign a Memorandum of Understanding for range management. It meant, Smith said, “We will work together.” Now he says that the pact was not followed for this fire. In February there was a new 10year grazing agreement signed between the Grazing Association and the Forest Service. Key words were “cooperate, communicate and work together.” According to Smith, the Forest Service has not invited the Grazing Association to its meetings and has not always made the ranchers feel welcome when they did attend. Smith said that he attended the post-fire meeting at the Hettinger continued on page 5
Dogs on the loose are becoming a problem
A delegation from Homestead Heights (HUD) met with the Town Board Wednesday evening. They are concerned about the dogs running loose in Bison. There have been several incidents where dogs have been on Homestead Heights property growling at the residents. The Sheriff ’s office has been called numerous times. The Sheriff ’s office informed the Homestead Heights people that they had to file a complaint and go before a judge before the Sheriff ’s office can legally do anything. that is the way the nuisance ordinance for the town is written. The Homestead Heights delegation feel that something needs tobe changed so that something can be done without going through the lengthy process. Homestead Heights is actually owned by the Town of Bison and Bison is liable. The residence of Homestead Heights need to be protected, these people are elderly and shouldn’t have to fear being attacked by dogs if they outside of the building. If Bison had an impounding ordinance the dogs would be impounded and the owners would have to pay a fine to get them back. Trent Fink and Karin Vinkemmulder have purchased the lot just north of their home (former Gossman property) and are planning to put up a 40x80 shop for their A+ Repair business. At the northeast corner of the property the street is not straight and is partially in their right of way, they asked for permission to use dirt from the right of way to level the property. The town will give them an easement for 5 to 10 feet of the right of way on the north/south street. A verbal agreement was made and will be honored. Fink will bring a drawing to the May meeting. Tim Gross of Brosz Engineering was present with plans for proceeding if the fifty plus lots were to be developed. He discovered a couple of manholes that need to be extended at least two feet, the street has been built up right over the top of these manholes and repairs need to be made to get them in compliance with codes. Jim Hodgson of Dacotah Insurance presented the insurance renewal proposal. The Board chose to change to Employers Mutual Company. KLJ Engineering has suggested a 4000 gallon tank at the airport. The Board voted togo along with the business plan for the fuel system at the airport per KLJ engineers request. The storm sewer project has finally gotten the go ahead from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Advertisement for bids will begin and bid opening will be May 21, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. at the Grand Electric Social Room. Start date is August 1 and completion date is October 1. Coleman Avenue may finally be repaired, a community access grant is being applied for and this project should be able to move forward. Board member Mike Lockert attended the airport conference and the Bison airport will be crack sealed and rejuvenated in 2013, the fueling station will be installed in 2013 and the electronics data website will be up and running by 2015. The results of the April 9th election follow: Dave Kopren - 107 votes Luke Clements - 122 votes James Sandgren - 89 votes The Ordinance Revising Ordinance 2000-1 Nuisance Ordinance failed by a vote of 27 yes votes to 145 no votes. South Dakota has funding available for removal of underground fuel tanks. A pick up day for tree branches and white goods has been set for May - watch for dates in the Bison Courier. The next meeting is May 6th at 7 p.m.
Wedding Reception for Margaretta & Keith Hanson at Reva Hall, Saturday, April 27th from 3 - 5 p.m. Everyone Welcome, NO GIFTS PLEASE.
Highlights & Happenings
Tim Smith shares his concerns about the Puatre Fire as Bison Fireman Heath McKinstry looks on.
Bridal Shower for Ida Schmidt, Saturday, April 27th at 10 a.m. at the
Grand Electric Social Room. The couple are registered at Target, Bed Bath & Beyond & Herbergers. BHS seniors and parents please email or drop off a senior picture for the graduation page in the Bison Courier. - courier@sdplains.com
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Farm Bureau Camp
“Inspiring our leaders for tomorrow” is the theme for the South Dakota Farm Bureau Camp. High School students in grades 9-12 from across the state will be joining together to learn about leadership and patriotism while making some lifelong friends. Camp is going to be June 10-12, 2013 at the Thunderstik Lodge by Chamberlain. Space is limited, so only the first 40 applications will be accepted. Applications can be found at the South Dakota Farm Bureau website, www.sdfbf.org or by calling 605-353-8052. They are due May 1st. Parents do not need to be Farm Bureau members for their children to participate. Farm Bureau Camp is a great place to work on team-building skills with the State FFA Officers, go through the “Alive at 25” driving course, play games and enjoy campfires. Campers will also have the opportunity to learn about patriotism, the Constitution, international viewpoints, nutrition and wellness, and Congressional insight. “Farm Bureau camp is a great place for making new friends, but more importantly, the sessions and training we offer will help students become better citizens and leaders in their schools, churches, and communities. Farm Bureau camp is really a life changing opportunity” said Cindy Foster, South Dakota Farm Bureau camp director.
Trailer Court development slated for northern Perkins County
By Beth Hulm Thomas Rusch, Haynes, ND, a former real estate developer from Wisconsin, presented his plan to the County Commission last week to build a 120-space trailer court five miles south of Hettinger, in Perkins County. It’s on land that he bought from Clarence Archibald. “Prairie View Park,” in Grand River Township, “is going to take years to develop,” Rusch said. He’ll first develop the area and then advertise covenants, one section at a time. Plans are to begin construction in the spring of 2014. Brosz Engineering, Bowman, did the plat work. The court will have cul de sacs and paved roads. All but 17 of the proposed 120 spots will have separate septic systems. A park will be part of the design. “This is by no means a man camp, at all,” Rusch said. He admits, however, that nearby oil activity might have something to do with his wish to develop the project. It’s meant to be a permanent residential park. “We’ll do whatever the engineer says to do it right,” Rusch promised. The plat that he presented to county officials isn’t quite ready. He’ll be back soon to have it approved. Platted lots increase the taxable value of the land. State’s Attorney Shane Penfield asked if there were future plans to incorporate the area as a municipality. Rusch said that he hadn’t considered that idea. Rusch has also purchased some land near Bison but, for now, has no plans to develope it. Don McKinstry, Jr. and Ridge Veal visited the board room to discuss bridges in Bison Township that need work. Highway Superintendent Tracy Buer had already announced his intentions to fix one on Golf Course Road, southwest of Bison. It’s eligible for federal costshare. The township representatives would rather have help with a different bridge. “We really need help with the bridge going south,” they said. “If the creek comes up,” Veal said, “I think it’s going to take it completely out.” He and McKinstry offered to take over the Golf Course bridge - to “swap” bridges - with the county as a means of reducing the county’s liability on the Golf Course Road bridge and to get them help with repairs on the other one. Buer agreed to hold up on letting bids on the Golf Course Road bridge until he can do further research. Buer told Commissioners that he would like to piggyback off a Sanborn County (Woonsocket) bid for two Sheehan Mack trucks, cab and chassis only, for $104,848. Adding a box and some other incidentals would increase the price on each truck to approximately $150,000. Originally, he was looking for only one truck but would now like to delay the purchase of another motor grader, planned for next year, to build up his truck fleet first. Not all of the commissioners agreed. “Grading roads are a priority deal,” according to Foster. A decision was postponed until a special April 18 meeting. The board will also discuss a county-wide burn ban that day. In other business during last Tuesday’s meeting of the County Commission, was the postponement of the appointment of a Planning Commission to work with Black Hills Council of Local Governments to write a Comprehensive Plan until a full board could be present. Chairman Mike Schweitzer was absent on Tuesday. Vice Chair Wayne Henderson said, “We aren’t totally prepared to pick a committee yet today.” He suggested a special meeting “as soon as we could” to get that task accomplished. The Commission will meet on Thursday, April 18 at 1:00 to appoint the new board. Penfield recommended that each commissioner bring two names, possibly from their own districts, and to choose five people from that list. His philosophy is “the fewer the better.” Henderson is leaning more towards a seven-person board to get a good cross section of the county represented. The already-signed contract with BHCLG is for $7,500. Commissioner Rusty Foster and visitor Holly Waddell, representing Western Plains Action Group, think that price tag is too much. Waddell said that a lot of the work has already been done by WPAG. Visitor Todd Fink interjected that several years ago, when Black Hills Council assisted with the grant, etc. for the new Prairie City Fire Hall, they paid $7,500. “It’s not out of line; it’s not excessive,” he said. Director of Equalization Rownea Gerbracht reminded that “a good share” of the expense is for the PR work that BHC has and will do and for the numerous trips that they’ve made and will make to Perkins County. A new 4H/Youth Advisor has been hired by SDSU for Perkins and Harding County. Her start date is April 28. A Rapid City company has inspected the courthouse sewer system and has located blockages. They had not yet sent a report or cost estimate for repairs yet. With the 2014 budget planning process set to begin soon, Commissioners agreed to hold their June 11 meeting in Lemmon.
The Bison Public Library will have a story time on April 19th at 10:30 a.m..
Bison Senior citizens, dues of $10.00 are due. Please pay your dues so we can keep the center open, the building is in need of repairs.
Alcoholics Anonymous is meeting weekly in Bison. The group meets every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in the basement of the Presbyterian Church. Everyone is welcome.
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Garden Gate
Living Ground Covers II
News Flash! Alternative Gardening to be held in Faith! Here is the info! Learn about raised bed, no till gardening, lasagna gardening, and using containers of all kinds. We will also discuss water conservation, mulching and proper watering techniques. Plant a one gallon pot with spring vegetable seed to take home along with two packages of seed appropriate for pot culture. April 27 – Faith, VFW Hall, Main Street Time: 9 – 4, lunch on your own (12-1). Cost: $40 per person – includes all supplies to take home! Call or email to register. Mary Roduner (mary.roduner@sdstate.edu) or 605-3941722 as soon as possible! Now back to Ground Covers…. When choosing a living ground cover, there are a few things you should take into consideration. If possible choose a native species. Some natives of the Dakotas are: Pussytoes, Virginia Waterleaf, Prairie Smoke, Common Blue Violet, Wild Strawberry (edible fruit), they can be found on the website Plantnative. Some ground cover troublemakers to avoid are: variegated bishop’s weed, Japenese barberry, crown vetch, cypress spurge, mock strawberry, wintercreeper, Japanese fleeceflower, creeping Jenny, variegated ribbon grass. As stated last week, always make sure your perennial ground cover is containable as many have invasive features. Some ground covers have been introduced from other countries and are considered as invasive species in some states. A ground cover that is hardy for Zone 3 and 4 are sedums, there are several varieties of sedum all of which are not fussy about soil and are usually drought tolerant. Sedum Angelina and Sedum Flaming Carpet are attractive as well as hardy. You might also consider Creeping Blue Phlox resembling a low blue carpet or Lysimachia Aurea for a yellow carpetlike accent. Some cultivars of Dianthus also work for ground cover such as Dainthus Firewitch a low growing mounding plant with hot pink blooms. As we mentioned last week, always monitor any ground cover you plant, as the name implies they are meant to cover the ground, their creeping nature is to keep covering the ground even where you don’t want it. Don’t let it invade your neighbor’s yard! Remember not to dump stems, rhizomes or roots into your compost pile, they will come back to haunt you when you put that compost in your garden. Organic ground cover mulches available, many right in your yard, grass clippings, leaves (shredded are best), wood chips or shredded bark. You need to maintain a 3inch layer of organic mulch for weed control. Inorganic mulches are another option, usually selected for aesthetic . Inorganic mulches are stone, gravel, rubber mats, shredded rubber or weed barrier fabrics. These mulches do nothing to benefit the plants or soil. There are many ground covers available, some rather plain, others very attractive. Enjoy doing your research and picking a groundcover that enhances the beauty of your landscape. His shoots spread over his garden. – Job 8:16 Submitted by, Karen Englehart, Master Gardener, SDSU Cooperative Extension Service
County Equalization board opens and closes on same day
By Beth Hulm Following their regular monthly meeting and lunch at the board table, four county commissioners took an oath to act as the Perkins County Equalization board. They met with Rownea Gerbracht, Director of Equalization, for little more than an hour to open the books and to close them again in one session. Although there were three appeals on their agenda, none of those individuals came to the meeting to state their cases. •Robert Roy, Lemmon, who also appealed last year, changed his mind. He asked last year that his taxes be lowered because the City of Lemmon was not fixing the drainage issues in the street in front of his house, causing water to seep into his basement home. He wasn’t aware that the valuation of his home had been decreased last year when he filed again this year. •Gerbracht was able to settle an appeal for a Bison-area rancher before the meeting. Ridge and Peggy Veal had appealed that some of their land was over-valued because it is a lake bed. At one time, it was valued as such but during recent changes in the soil ratings table, it had been missed and the values increased. Gerbracht recommended the changes that Veal requested to a tune of a $9,192 valuation decrease. •Duane and Dawn Harris, Lemmon, sent an appeal based on the fact that their valuations had increased 50% during the period of 2009 – 2013. They did not attend the meeting. Gerbracht recommended leaving the valuation as it was previously because it was consistent with others in the county, following implementation of assessments based on productivity. All three of these parties still have the right to come before the county board by the end of April. The board’s action to close the books was pending any further requests from them. The board also acted on some office “clean-ups.” When new software was installed in the assessor’s office, a few mistakes were found, which resulted in a $129,880 decrease in valuations throughout the county. For example, Michael Drayton’s house, rural Lemmon, was on the tax rolls twice; Lynn and Nancy Miller on Cedar Canyon Rd. should have had an ag exemption, an ag exemption for Don Merriman was removed because he moved into Lemmon, and a few other properties needed to have the year-built entered so as not to default to 2012. The Disabled Veterans property tax exemption is unchanged from previously. There are four qualifying exemptions. An elderly assessment freeze is approved for 16 qualifying applicants. Gary Frisvold lost his owner-occupied status when he moved from the country to Lemmon. Four new tax exempt properties were added to last year’s list – two are properties in Lemmon, which economic development has taken over; one is the new Senior Citizens Center in Lemmon; and the other is the Meadow Volunteer Fire Department. Two individuals, John Hill and Jack Ryen, were added to the predator control list. The equalization board also briefly reviewed the assessment and predator control lists for unorganized townships.
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265 South Dakota FFA members will receive their State FFA Degree, with four of those individuals to be recognized as the State Star Farmer, Star in Agribusiness, Star in Ag Placement and Star in Agriscience, at the 85th South Dakota State FFA Convention held in Brookings, S.D., April 1416, 2013. The State FFA Degree is the highest degree of membership conferred by the South Dakota FFA Association. The requirements for this degree include: •Having earned and productively invested at least $1,000, or worked at least 300 hours in excess of scheduled class time, or a
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combination thereof, in a Supervised Agricultural Experience program. •Demonstrated leadership ability by performing ten procedures of Parliamentary Law, giving a six-minute speech on an agriculture or FFA-related topic and serving as an officer, committee chairperson or participating member of a chapter committee. •Have completed at least 25 hours of community service. 2013 State FFA Degree Recipients Bison: Anna Hatle, Wil Kolb, Lane Kopren, Shaley Lensegrav, Shelly Peck, Megan Serr
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School board: contracts and building
By Beth Hulm The Bison school board accomplished their April agenda in two separate meetings, a week apart. On April 8, which should’ve been the regular monthly meeting, the weather was stormy but a few agenda items had to be dealt with. Most importantly, the board had to approve a superintendent contract and offer teacher contracts for next year. Marilyn Azevedo was hired to be the new superintendent for Bison School District. Her one-year contract is for $65,000. The board offered all current staff members a position for the 2013-14 school year. Also that night, Camille Drown was offered the head cook position for next year. Drown has been the assistant cook and replaces longtime head cook Sherry Basford who is retiring at the end of the current school year. Nathan Burkhalter was hired as assistant track coach for this year’s track season. His dad, Brad Burkhalter, is the head coach. About half of the board’s threehour meeting that night was done behind closed doors prior to making the aforementioned hiring decisions. Board member Eric Arneson attended by teleconference. When the board reconvened this Monday night, all five members were seated around the board table and made short work of the remaining agenda items. At Monday’s meeting, Kalin Chapman asked to have some conditions in her offered contract removed. She no longer wishes to be the Athletic Director. She would continue to be the physical education teacher and to coach volleyball. The board accepted her request and will issue her a new contract. Discussion continues on the pros and cons of building a new school vs. doing numerous repairs on the existing structure. The board is considering hiring an engineer to do a walk-through and offer suggestions for improvements. Dan Kvale, board chairman, thinks the figures that he would come up with “could push us one way or another.” Arneson is uncomfortable about hiring an expensive engineering firm without first talking to constituents. He was successful in convincing his peers to host a public meeting where they can learn what school patrons have to say about spending that money. A public meeting has been scheduled for May 6 from 5:30 – 6:30, prior to the May school board meeting. It will take place in the cafeteria (or the gymnasium, if necessary). Board members ask that anyone who wishes to speak that night come prepared with a short statement. Attendees will be asked to sign in if they wish to speak to the issue of hiring an engineer. There may be other public meetings in the future as the board moves through this phase. Board member Angie Thompson said, “We either need to build or we need to start planning improvements over the next five to ten years.” Three teachers – Shawnda Carmichael, Heidi Kopren and Bev Kopren – offered a presentation comparing this year’s attendance records, deficiencies and A and B honor roll numbers to last year’s, when there was regular tutoring days on Fridays and to the years when students went to school five days a week. In all categories discussed, results prove that tutoring days didn’t have much impact. “It’s seems to be working out,” Carmichael said. Matt Butsavage, Trustee for the Town of Bison, and Beth Hulm, Finance Officer for the town, visited with board members about using a school bus for proposed open swimming for area children this summer. The town is considering not having a summer rec program but, instead, running a bus to Hettinger 4-6 times in July, after swimming lesson end, for kids to take advantage of open swimming. School board members will allow the town to use a bus and will hire the driver but they’ll expect reimbursement for their actual costs. It’s possible that they would trade services, similar to what is done when the town uses a bus and school driver for swimming lessons during the first two weeks in July. The town will present a contract with those terms for both boards to sign. New South Dakota legislation, signed into law by Gov. Daugaard, allows schools to have trained staff members with concealed weapons on the school premises for student protection. Not much discussion was called for. All five board members voiced emphatic “no’s.” Supt. Kraemer’s response was, “I’m very glad to hear that.” Board members changed their collective minds about joining the new South Dakota Stars software program being offered by the South Dakota Department of Education. Initially, the board had decided against joining the program, which they thought could lead to a breach of confidentiality regarding student records. The software program combines student information from various sources into one place for easier access by member schools. Mr. Kraemer had discovered that local student information would be included in the program whether Bison signs a Memorandum of Agreement or not and, without signing, the statistics and records would not be available to local teachers. They also would not be allowed to attend any training. Carmichael convinced the board that having all of the information on one site could be very helpful. All of the same information is already available, she said. It’s very timeconsuming to go to different web sites to find it all.
South Dakota 4-H looks for host families
Pastors Perspective
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Choose Whom Ye Will Serve
4-H Youth Exchange programs provide youth with the opportunity to reach their full potential as future leaders in communities, as well as, in the workplace, says Suzanne Geppert, SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Partnerships Field Specialist. "Exchanges mobilize volunteers and communities to meet the needs of youth by creating non-formal, educational opportunities to help youth thrive in a complex and changing world; allowing them to problem solve and plan through various life skill development opportunities utilizing the 4-H Guiding Principles," she said. "These life skills can be developed even further by allowing our youth to advance their practices in an International Exchange." Geppert explains that state and county exchanges are basically a series of learning experiences in which 4-H members visit the homes and communities of 4-H members in another geographical location, and then receives visitors in return. Counties usually host a group one year and return the visit the following year. 4-H also provides its members with the opportunity to travel internationally. Alan Lambert, South Dakota 4H International Programs Volunteer Coordinator, manages the exchanges which include delegates travelling abroad, inbound exchangees and the host families needed for home stays. Lambert says host families are currently being sought for one month 4H International Exchange Programs. Currently Lambert is seeking host families for 24 teens from Japan; ages 12-16. The teens will be staying with local families as part of a two-way exchange program sponsored through 4continued on page 8
Pastor Brad Burkhalter
Joshua 24:15 is a very well known passage of scripture. It is found on wall plaques in many Christian homes that I have visited. The passage is actually Joshua's call to the children of Israel to leave the false gods that their neighbors had been serving and commit themselves to the one true God. The problem was that the children of Israel were prone to be lead astray by false gods. They wanted to be like everybody else; they didn't want to be different or out of step with the people they were around. The people who lived around them worshiped gods that they could see and touch. The false gods allowed them to follow their sinful nature and pursue pleasure, greed, and self-indulgence. While the true God of Israel called them to deny themselves and pursue righteousness and holiness and to set themselves apart for His use. For awhile the Israelites would serve God, but then they would fall into trying to worship God and the false gods. Eventually they would abandon God altogether and live in open rebellion and selfish pursuits. In a lot of ways today's Christians faces the same choice. They can serve God and deny themselves and submit to God's will and way, or they can serve one of the many false gods of our culture. Most end up trying to serve both. They try to serve God but at the same time they also serve the god of money, immorality, or some other self serving god. The reason for writing this is to remind us that our tendency is to follow after self serving gods and away from the one true God. So Joshua's words are a challenge to us today as it was to the children of Israel of his day. "Choose you this day whom ye will serve...but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."
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Wednesday, April 24
continued from page 1 with the Perkins County Commission. Lemmon’s fire chief Chad Baumgarten, Todd Fink from the Prairie City fire department and Heath McKinstry and Dave Lensegrav, Bison and Meadow firefighters, respectively, sat in on the conversation. Hancock said that it was his understanding that help was summoned right away when the fire jumped the line early in the afternoon. Lensegrav said that the Meadow department didn’t get a call until 3:29 p.m. Henderson told Hancock that the people running “your fire” weren’t knowledgeable of the area. “The little rural fire departments put the fire out while Service vehicles Forest watched!” Lensegrav thinks that the county needs a resolution, which would give “the locals” decision-making control. Prescribed burns should have to get the county’s permission before a match is lit, he said. That would also give time for local fire departments to get prepared. Area rancher Ridge Veal, who was not impacted by the fire, thinks the county sheriff should have the final say. “A county sheriff trumps the FBI,” he said. Fink said that local departments lack knowledge of their new digital radio system, leading to poor communication during the widespread fire. Firefighters went without food or drink most of the day. Baumgarten said that sandwiches were sent from Lemmon but McKinstry said that he didn’t get one until 1 a.m. and Henderson said, “The Lodgepole boys went home hungry.” Henderson said that there needs to be an emergency supply plan and that there should’ve been an ambulance on stand-by. Fortunately, there were no injuries but the potential was there. Commissioner Rusty Foster said that it’s time to learn something from the experience. “Some day we’re going to lose more than fence and grass.” Baumgarten has already planned a meeting with all area departments to discuss communication and education. South Dakota Wildland Fire, Rapid City, will also attend.
continued from page 1 NDSU Research Center on April 6 and was denied the opportunity by Hancock to address the group. Dakota Prairie Grassland Information Officer Anderson Babette Anderson did allow him to speak. He said that it doesn’t appear that the Forest Service wants to communicate and address concerns. Hancock was the lone Forest Service employee in the county board room last Tuesday. Wayne Henderson, vice chair of the commission who chaired Tuesday’s meeting, thinks that the Forest Service has thrown Hancock to the wolves. He’s a “sacrificial lamb,” he said. Hancock faced a standing-room-only crowd of angry ranchers in Hettinger a few days earlier and he was back, by himself again, to take the heat in Bison. Also in attendance at the courthouse was Dakota Prairie Grasslands specialist Chad Prosser who simply listened to the conversation and made no comment. Hancock has taken full responsibility for the fire and the damages that ensued but Henderson wants a written response from somebody “higher up” in the Forest Service. Forest Ranger Hancock didn’t come with a prepared statement last week. He said that he was there to answer questions. “We’re trying to figure out every option that we can,” he said, to get the area operational again. “We are responsible and we are trying to figure out everything that we can to reimburse.” He couldn’t answer whether there are immediate funds available to hire people to do the work and to pay for materials, etc. He offered that landowners could start their own repairs, keep receipts and then file tort claims against the federal government. They’ll have to put their damages “to a dollar amount.” The Federal Tort Claims Act ("FTCA") allows certain kinds of lawsuits against federal employ-
Grazing Association
ees who are acting within the scope of their employment. The FTCA is intended to provide monetary compensation for injury, property loss, or death “caused by the negligent or wrongful act or omission of any employee of the Government.” States Attorney Shane Penfield asked if immediate reimbursement shuts the door on further reimbursement. Hancock replied, “We’re not sure.” Penfield cautioned individuals against signing off on any claims too early. Once a claim is signed, he said, it might be too late to add contingencies later. Henderson asked if ranchers are expected to pay up front. “Unfortunately, yes,” was Hancock’s reply. They’ll need to “bear the burden,” he said but they’ll be reimbursed. He just couldn’t offer a timeline for when that might happen. He said that he’s put in a request for a claims specialist to be in the Lemmon office. (Since Tuesday’s meeting, members and nonmembers of the Grazing Association have taken it into their own hands to have a Tort Claims Specialist in Lemmon on April 18 and 19, who will explain the claim process.) Commissioner Rusty Foster is angry. “If we (as individuals) start a fire, we pay for it,” he said. “When employees of the Forest Service start a fire, we pay for it…and employees (of the Forest Service) still get the same paycheck!” Ridge Veal, Bison-area rancher, called the fire “absolutely senseless.” If there’s too much grass, he said, it’s poor management. “(Those affected) need something pretty fast. You’re talking their livelihood,” he said. Penfield wants to enlist the help of South Dakota’s Congressional Delegation to “cut through red tape” to speed up federal reimbursement checks. In fact, Senator John Thune and Representative Kristi Noem have already written letters to Fire Chief Tom Tidwell in Washington, calling for immediate action. A representative from
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Noem’s Rapid City office will be at the courthouse on Monday, April 15 and Alaska Café in Lemmon on April 16. The fire and reimbursement is sure to be a hot topic there. Hancock asked the county board if they knew of resources that could be readily available to assist the afflicted. He didn’t have all the answers. Henderson said, “There’s a lot of concern about getting reimbursed.” When he asked if the Forest Service concedes responsibility for direct and indirect impacts of the fire, Hancock responded, “We’re trying to provide what help we can….I don’t see why we wouldn’t be.” In answer to Commissioner Willard Ottman’s question about how long it will take for the grass to recover completely, Hancock said, “I don’t have an answer for that either.” In conclusion, Henderson commented that the Grazing Association and Forest Service were once friends. “Now, we’re foes,” he said. He hopes that something good can come from the experience. “Locals need to be listened to,” he said. P.S. Why “Pautre” Fire? According to one local fire chief, fires are named after the fire’s place of origin. Once named, they are not changed. Somebody misread the memo. It was intended to be “Pasture” Fire.
The Bison Elementary Schoolwide Plan will be reviewed on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 5:00 P.M. in the school lunch room. Parents, community members, school board members and school staff are invited and encouraged to participate in the annual review. This review is held each spring to discuss the contents of the plan and make necessary changes. The schoolwide plan includes objectives and strategies that provide opportunities for all Bison School K-6 students to meet the state's proficient and advanced level of student academic achievement. In addition, various activities are held at the school each year to promote family involvement. Included, but not limited to, are the fall Sock Hop, Grandparent's Day, Family Library Night and Read Across America Week. In lieu of a printed survey being sent out to gain input about the schoolwide plan and activities, comments and suggestions about the plan and activities may be emailed to the Title I Director at Roxie.Seaman@k12.sd.us Child care will be provided at the school during the meeting. Plan on attending the annual schoolwide plan review meeting.
Bison Elementary Schoolwide Plan Annual review scheduled
Sunday School 9:30 a.m. • Worship Service - 10:30a.m. Wednesday Prayer Mtg. - 6:30 p.m.
Grace Baptist Church • Pastor Phil Hahn Church of Christ
Prairie Fellowship Parish ELCA • Pastor Margie Hershey
Indian Creek - 8:00 a.m. • American - 9:30 a.m. • Rosebud - 11:00 a.m.
18 mi. south of Prairie City - Worship Service - 10:00 a.m.
Christ Lutheran Church WELS •
Pastor Gerhardt Juergens
Sunday Bible Class - 8:00 a.m., Worship Service - 8:30 a.m. South Jct. of Highways 73 & 20 Sunday School - 10:00 a.m., Worship Service - 11:00 a.m. Sabbath School - 2:00 p.m., Worship Service - 3:00 p.m.
Coal Springs Community Church Pastors Nels & Angie Easterby
Seventh Day Adventist Church • Pastor Donavon Kack
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church • Fr. Tony Grossenburg
Saturday Mass: Morristown - 4:45 p.m. Lemmon - 7:15 p.m., Sunday Mass: Lemmon - 8:15 a.m., Bison - 11:00 a.m.
Dr. Jason M. Hafner Dr. David J. Prosser
1st & 3rd Wed. of the month 2nd & 4th Wed. of the month
Buffalo Clinic
Faith Clinic
First Presbyterian Church • Pastor Florence Hoff, CRE
Reva • Sunday School 9:45, Worship Service - 11:00 a.m., WMF 2nd Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.
Holland Center Christian Reformed Church Pastor Brad Burkhalter • Lodgepole
Worship Service - 8:00 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. • Worship Service -10:30 a.m.
Slim Buttes Lutheran • Pastor Henry Mohagen
Prairie City Sunday School - 10:00 a.m., Morning Worship - 11:00 a.m. Vesper Service - 6:00 p.m., Wed. Evenings - 7:30 p.m.
Beckman Wesleyan Church • Pastor Brad Burkhalter
Ridge Veal listens intently as Paul Hancock, District Ranger in Lemmon, explains about the Pautre Fire.
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Bison Track Team travels to Mobridge and Belle Fourche
Another track season is officially underway. On Tuesday, April 4th, the Varsity team traveled to Mobridge to run in the first meet of the season. It was a fairly cold day and we even had a snow flurry blow through. In spite of the snow and cold we actually had a good day at the track. The Early Bird Meet is normally a fairly small meet with about 7-9 teams and a good warm up for the season. This time the meet was a little different, with 17 teams showing up. More teams means tougher competition, but we still placed a good number of athletes and came home with more medals than I thought we would. The surprise of the day was the Jr. High boys placing in all four of their relays: fifth in the 4x800, sixth in the 4x200, seventh in the Medley and eighth in the 4x400. Congratulations to Ross Collins, Matthew Johnson, Jake Kahler and Joey Aukland. They were the core of those winning relays. Cody Buer had a good day placing 3rd in the triple jump and 7th in the high jump (5'2"). Cole Buer came home with a 3rd place medal in the long jump (17'1"). Josh McKinstry placed 5th in the triple jump and Daniel Burkhalter won the mile (4:59) and the 2 mile (11:09) in his first varsity meet. The only negative note was an early injury to Seth Buer causing a quick scratch to our 4x100 team. Hopefully we will get that relay back on track later in the season. Our lone female runner was Sydney Senn. She fell in the mile run, bruised her knee and bled all over, but still got up and managed to finish 5th (6:28). All things considered it was a good meet and a great start to our season. The first middle school track meet of the year took place on April 6th in Belle Fourche. It was a huge meet with oceans of kids from all over western South Dakota, Eastern Wyoming and North Dakota. We had several kids in their first track meet ever and that makes things exciting for a coach. Bison Track has a bright future and it showed in this meet. Daniel Burkhalter had the best day competing in four events and winning them all. He won the 2 mile in 10:49, the mile in 5:03, the 800 in 2:21 and he anchored the 4x400 to a win. The other winning 4x400 members were Ross Collins, Matthew Johnson, and Josh McKinstry. Josh also won the 75 hurdles (13:28), finished 2nd in the triple jump (35'2")and 6th in the 200 hurdles (31:46). Joey Aukland took 2nd in the two mile (14:03) and 5th in the 200m dash (29:63). Shane Collins threw the discus 71'9", taking 3rd and Jimmy Brockel threw the disc 70'7", taking 5th. The 4x100 team of Jase Prelle, Jake Kahler, Ross & Shane Collins placed 3rd (58:19). The 4x200 team, Tanner Cables, Shane Collins, Matthew Johnson and Jake Kahler finished 4th (2:22) and the medley team, Cables, Johnson and the Collins brothers finished 2nd (2:12). Jase Prelle long jumped 13'1.5", placing 6th. It was a wonderful start to the Jr. High track season.
Josh McKinstry running the 110m hurdles at Mobridge.
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Tillage worst thing for SD soils
Tillage may be the worst thing right now that could happen for soil in South Dakota fields say conservation officials. Spring tillage is a tradition that is steeped deeply into American agriculture. Now, more and more producers are realizing that tillage is not in the best interest of their soil’s health. “Tillage was once considered necessary in order to prepare a proper seed bed for planting. Now, we know that we can produce as much or more grain without tilling the soil,” says Jason Miller, Conservation Agronomist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Pierre, SD. “Tillage passes reduce surface soil moisture, but more alarming is that fact that tillage is incredibly destructive to soil; it is like a tornado going through a house,’ says Miller. Tillage collapses and destroys organic matter and soil structure. “Those macro pores in the soil structure are essential–they are what helps water to infiltrate the soil profile,” he says. “The possibility of 2013 being another dry year should have producers rethinking their use of tillage,” says Miller. In a tilled condition, soil is vulnerable to erosion. “As dry as the soil profile is starting out this year, even getting the crop seeded will be difficult without a concern for wind erosion,” says Miller. Winds during the spring easily pick up soil particles on tilled fields before crops can become established. “Reducing or eliminating tillage, increases surface residue, builds organic matter and preserves soil health,” says Miller. Improved cropping systems for building soil should include no-till, diverse high residue producing crop rotations and cover crops. Producers interested in learning more about soil health or wanting technical assistance for implementing a soil health management system on their farm or ranch should contact their local NRCS office or visit the Soil Health Information Center at www.nrcs.usda.gov.
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4-H host families continued from page 4 H and the Japanese LABO organization. "The Japanese youth come eager to live our everyday life and make friends that will last a lifetime," Lambert said. The exchangees will stay with their South Dakota host families from July 22, 2013 to August 18. The program accepts host families with children of the same gender and about the same age. Families without children in this age range are encouraged to host an adult chaperone for two weeks. "Families do not need to be involved in 4-H to host, they just need a willingness to share their home and world," Lambert said. The Japanese LABO Exchange, in cooperation with 4-H International Exchange Programs, is one of the largest exchange programs involving North American and Japanese youth in the world. Since it began in 1972, more than 40,000 students have stayed with families in 39 states including South Dakota, and more than 6,300 youth have lived with host families in Japan. There is no need to know the Japanese language. The students have been studying English, and are anxious to use it. "The program gives host families a chance to share their culture, friendship and family life with an exchange student, and at the same time learn about Japanese life. The home stays last only a month, but the effects last a lifetime," he said. Information and host family applications about the program are available by contacting a local 4-H leader, county extension office or through the South Dakota 4-H Leaders website: http://www.southdakota4hleaders.co m/page_14.html. For more information contact, Lambert at 605-366-6107 or alanelambert@gmail.com.
BHS Drama dept presents ----
Flora (Sara Hatle), Maleficient (Madison Hulm).
Stepsister (Darren Jackson), Stepsister (Matthew Johnson).
Selling: 39 Powerful Yearling & 2 experienced two-year-oldAngus Bulls backed by great carcass genetics
O ering includes sons of: Connealy Stimulus 8419 - 9 head Hoover Dam - 8 head SydGen Mandate 6079 - 5 head HA Program 5652 - 4 head Final Answer 924 SDG - 3 head Mytty In Focus - 2 head Sitz Uncommon - 1 head
Bred and managed to survive, thrive and produce in a tough environment.
Larry, I am writing to let you know how pleased I am with the Bulls I purchased from you over the past 3 years. When you first asked me what I wanted in a bull and I stated: good disposition; easy calving; above average weaning weights and range ready from day 1. Stomprud Angus Bulls delivered all I asked for and more. This past fall, I had a 100% pregnancy rate in a 60 day breeding season and 75% of the cows calved in the first 21 days this spring and “knock on wood”, I have not had to pull a calf so far this calving season. The only problem I have is that the calves are so hardy when they are born, that they are up and sucking and running off beside their mommy before I can get them tagged and weighed. But; that's a good problem to have and eventually I will get caught up on tagging them all before branding time. Also, just had the bulls tested this spring and they all tested good to excellent. Thanks for providing me with the best set of bulls I have ever owned and I will be back to purchase another Stomprud Angus yearling bull next year. Sincerely, Ron Frederick, Mission, SD
Princess Rapunzel ( Shaley Lensegrav), Princess Aurora (Tessa Kopren), Princess Snow White (Kiana Brockel).
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“The Princess Scandal”
Nutrition Site Menu
Hot beef sandwich mashed potatoes w/gravy corn & sunshine salad Chili, chopped green peppers crackers, jello w/pears & apple Meatloaf, baked potato lima beans w/pimento pineapple tidbits dinner roll Hamburger on a bun hash browns, baked beans tomato slice on lettuce pears
Thursday, April 18
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Monday, April 22
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Six of the seven dwarves, Happy (Wil Kolb), Doc (Daniel Chapman), Sleepy (Lane Kopren), Sneezy (Matthew Johnson), Bashful (Anna Hatle), Grumpy (Logan Hendrickson).
chicken parmesan brown rice, baked squash cooked apples
Fairy God Mother (Kassidy Sarsland), Princess Cinderella ( Anna Hatle).
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Electric Avenue -----------------------------
Gentry Reder Stephanie Kolb.
Clayton Prelle escorted Bryce Olson.
Seth Buer Aberle.
Tree Facts – Pruning trees and shrubs
By Robert Drown, Natural Resource Specialist Most plants can be pruned at almost any time of year without jeopardizing basic survival. However, it is preferable to prune specific plants at specific points in the year. Trees and shrubs that flower before the end of June should be pruned immediately after flowering. Other trees and shrubs, those which flower after the end of June, should be pruned in winter or early spring before new growth starts. Proper pruning requires good tools, using them correctly and maintaining them. Some of the more commonly used tools are HAND SHEARS - for branches up to 1/4'’ diameter, POLE PRUNERS - for branches beyond arm’s reach, LOPPING SHEARS For branches up to 1-1/2'’ diameter, HEDGE SHEAR - for clipping new growth into formal shapes and PRUNING SAWS - for branches over 1'’ diameter. The three basic pruning techniques are pinching, thinning and heading back. Pinching involves using your hands to break off growing tips to control plant size. Thinning involves using tools to removes some branches back to a main branch, trunk, or soil line. Heading back involves trimming branches back to a good bud or lateral branch. When pruning broadleaf shrubs, cut above a bud to prevent dieback of the stem and encourage a new branch to develop from the bud. Remove branches which tend to rub against each other and dead, damaged, or diseased branches. Also, remove dead flower branches, dead flowers, and old fruit stocks as soon as the flowers have wilted or the fruit has dropped. Declining shrubs can be rejuvenated by cutting them back to ground line. Many new shoots will grow from the base that may require some thinning. Large trees need pruning to prevent injury and damage to life and property. This usually involves the removal of large branches or limbs from trees. Low-hanging branches may cause injury to individuals mowing the lawn or walking on the street. Also, branches sometimes rub against the house and roof. To remove the branches that are over 1" in diameter, use the double cut method. First cut halfway on the underside of the limb, second make a cut clear through several inches further out on the upper part of the limb. When the branch is removed, there is no splintering of the main tree trunk. Then remove the stub by conventional methods, taking care not to cut into the branch With evergreen shrubs, avoid shearing, prune using the thinning technique, do not cut branches back to the old wood. Reduce new growth annually, and when removing the larger branches for thinning, cut close to the main trunk, leaving no stubs. Heavy thinning is needed only every few years. Pinch out 1/2 of the candle (the new growth) when it is approximately 2" long in the spring, to thicken the new growth of coniferous trees such as pines, spruce, or fir. If the terminal of a pine or spruce has been lost, form a new one by bending one of the youngest lateral branches near the terminal into an upright position. Basic pruning includes adherence to basic safety rules. 1. Call in a professional for large jobs you don't have the equipment for. 2. Keep all equipment sharp and in good repair. 3. Use equipment only for the job it was designed to do. 4. Be conscious of electric lines when pruning near them. 5. If a power line is touching a tree limb, call the power company fast and stay clear of the tree. 6. Never climb a tree without a safety rope, with or without a ladder. 7. Keep your fingers clear when using hand clippers. 8. Use care in handling pruned limbs and brush to avoid eye injury. My source for this news release was Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service. If you would like more information about “Pruning Trees and Shrubs,” contact Bob Drown at the Conservation Office at 605-244-5222, Extension 4 or by e-mail at robert.drown@sd.nacdnet.net.
The double cut method is used when pruning larger sized limbs to avoid bark ripping and branch splintering.
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Electric Avenue prom 2013 -----------------
Tanner Stippich Megan serr.
Back row: Paden Sexton, Reece Leonard, Justin Moody, Cole Buer, Cody Buer, Tony Gerbracht, Reed Arneson, Collin Palmer. Front row: Marranda Hulm, Tori Voller.
Michael kopren escorted Jimi Feist.
Lane Kopren escorted Charlotte Johnson.
Dominik Ossowski escorted Lanae McKinstry.
8th Grade girls that attended the prom were Sydney Senn, Nicole Hafner, Julianna Kari
Conner Palmer escorted Destiny Wesner.
Wil kolb escorted Sydney Arneson. Wrangler Weishaar escorted Nicole Hafner.
Ty Plaggemeyer escorted Kimberly Peck.
Ryan Serr escorted Kassidy Sarsland.
Joseph Kvale escorted Kyra Holzer.
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Daniel Chapman escorted Taylor Trohkimoinen.
Sophmores: Wrangler Wershaar, Kianna Brockel, Tyler Kari, Madison Hulm, John Hatle, Kimberly Peck, Joshua Beckman, Tessa Kopren, Drew Reder.
Payton Jerde escorted Anna Hatle.
Jon Sever escorted Beth Seidel.
Dodge Weishaar Kianna Brockel.
Christopher Morris escorted Kayley Johnson.
Logan Hendrickson escorted Shaley Lensegrav.
Christian Wolff escorted Brittnee Aaker.
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Tornado warning systems to be tested April 24
A statewide tornado drill will be conducted for South Dakota by the National Weather Service between 9:00 and 9:30 am MDT (10:00 and 10:30 am CDT) on Wednesday, April 24. Because the exercise is used to ensure communications and warning systems are functioning properly before storm season, people will see and hear the actual alerts used for tornadoes. Outdoor warning sirens will be sounded in many towns. The sirens may not be heard inside homes and office buildings, as they are intended to alert people who are outdoors away from radio or TV. The drill will also include activation of the Emergency Alert System, which will interrupt local media broadcasts. The public should be aware that the scroll on broadcast television and cable TV channels will look like a real warning, while the NOAA Weather
South Dakota Farm Bureau
The South Dakota Farm Bureau would like to remind everyone that the deadline is approaching quickly for the EPA’s Oil Spill Prevention, Control & Countermeasure (SPCC) Program, which requires compliance by May 10, 2013. Rebecca Perrin, EPA Region 8 Agriculture Advisor states, “"Although EPA can't begin enforcement of the SPCC rule for farms, as defined in the statute, until after October 1st 2013, it's important for farmers to remember that the deadline for SPCC compliance is still May 10th.” According to the U.S. EPA, farms or ranches that store more than 1,320 total U.S. gallons of oil or oil products in aboveground containers sized 55 gallons or larger, or more than 42,000 U.S. gallons in completely buried containers, and could be reasonably expected to discharge oil to waters of the U.S., are required to have an SPCC plan in place. May 10, 2013 is the newly amended compliance date by which farms must prepare
Radio and broadcast audio will be identified as a test. Local emergency response agencies may practice their response procedures and many schools will conduct safety drills for their students. Individuals do not need to take any action during the drill, but they are encouraged to make plans to protect themselves and their families before storms develop. Don’t wait until the storm is headed toward you as there won’t be time. Information about storm safety is available from county emergency management offices or visit the following web sites: The Rapid City National Weather Service at www.weather.gov/rapidcity, Black Hills Chapter of the American Red at Cross www.blackhillsredcross.org, and the South Dakota Department of Health at www.bReadySD.com
or amend and implement their SPCC plan. If your farm was in operation before August 16, 2002 and you do not already have a Plan, you must prepare and implement a plan as soon as possible. The EPA offered this link for more information to insure everyone is in compliance with the SPCC program. http://www.epa.gov/emergencies/co ntent/spcc/spcc_ag.htm "EPA is committed to working with the agricultural community to find efficient and practical solutions to environmental challenges," said Rebecca Perrin, EPA's agriculture advisor in Denver. "Every farm or livestock operation is required to determine if they need an SPCC plan in place to reduce the risks, and costs, associated with potential oil spills. EPA is offering assistance to make sure that those who need a plan are taking appropriate steps to meet these requirements. We encourage producers to call us directly with any questions."
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9 Things to have on hand in case of an emergency
•Water – Make sure to include one gallon of water per person per day for drinking and sanitation. •Food – Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking and little to no water. •Flashlight – Make sure to include extra batteries along with your flashlight. •First Aid Kit –Make sure your first aid kit includes the basics, as well as a first aid reference guide. •Tools –Make sure you have the tools on hand to turn of utilities, like a wretch or pliers. •Radio –Make sure to stash extra batteries or consider investing in a hand crank radio. •Clothing – Bring a change of clothes for everyone, including sturdy shoes and gloves. •Money – Make sure to have cash on hand. ATMs and credit cards won’t work if the power is out. •Contact Information – Always carry a current list of family phone number and email addresses, including someone out of the area who might be easier to reach if there is an issue with local phone lines.
Date: April 9, 2013 Present: Commissioners Henderson, Ottman, Besler, Foster, Finance Officer Chapman Others Present: Shane Penfield, Rownea Gerbracht, Tracy Buer, Lynn Waddell, Holly Waddell, Tom Rusch, Paul Hancock, Chad Prosser, Tim Smith, Dave Lensegrav, Chad Baumgarten, Don McKinstry Jr, Ridge Veal, Health McKinstry, Lauren Donovan, press, Beth Hulm, press Absent: Commissioner Schweitzer Call to Order Vice Chairman Henderson called the regular April meeting to order at 10:00 am. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Perkins County Commission Regular Meeting
Approval of Agenda Foster moved, Ottman seconded to approve the meeting agenda, motion carried. Approval of Minutes Ottman moved, Besler seconded to approve the minutes of the March 12th regular meeting, motion carried. Foster moved, Besler seconded to approve the minutes of the April 2nd Special Meeting, motion carried.
Monthly Reports •Finance Officers Account with the Deputy Finance Officer - To the Hon-
Invitation for Bids of BISON
Correspondence •Jill Olson requested approval for travel for a staff meeting in Sturgis on April 30th and the new WIC-IT Training to be held in Rapid City July 8-12, 2013. Approval was given. •The Commission received a response from Governor Daugaard concerning the Animal Damage Control Program. Liquor Licenses •Foster moved, Ottman seconded to approve the renewal of Lemmon Country Club Retail (on-sale) Liquor License # RL-5710, all ayes, motion carried. •Ottman moved, Foster seconded to approve the renewal of Bison Country Club Retail (on-sale) Liquor License #5825, all ayes, motion carried.
orable Board of County Commissioners Perkins County: I hereby submit the following report of my examination of the cash and cash items in the hands of the Deputy Finance Officer of this County as of March 31, 2013, Sylvia Chapman, Finance Officer, Perkins County. Total amount of deposits in banks $68,234.36, total amount of actual cash $150.69; Insured Money Market $1,270,894.73; Dakota Plains Federal Credit Union membership fee $10.04; Certificates of Deposit $495,531.04; South Dakota FIT $101,495.23; Total $1,936,316.09. The total represents state, county, schools, cities and township funds, which will be transferred to each entity of government after being apportioned. •Sheriff ’s Fees in the amount of $719.44 were reviewed. •Register of Deeds fees in the amount of $2,795.24 were reviewed. •Sheriff car logs were reviewed. •Motor Vehicle fees for the month of March were reviewed. •Quarterly Report for the Community Health Nurse was reviewed. •Highway Superintendent Monthly Maintenance & Project Report was reviewed. •Longevity increases of 10¢ will be realized by the following: Paulette Fero, April 1, $14.02/hr; Jeff VanVactor, April 8, 17.08/hr; Todd Campbell, April 1, $3,171.32/month
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4-H Advisor for Perkins & Harding Counties has been hired. She will be starting this month. Commissioner Meeting in Lemmon Discussion was held on whether to have the Commission Meeting in Lemmon in May or June or possibly both. Ottman moved, Besler seconded to have the regular Commission meeting on June 11th in Lemmon at 10:00 a.m., motion carried.
•Dave Lensegrav spoke to the travesty of the fire and to the impact that the fire had on the ranchers in Perkins County.
Thomas Rusch Thomas Rusch was present to share a preliminary plat for his proposed mobile home park to be located in the SE quarter of S29-T23-R12 in Perkins County. This proposal would accommodate approximately 120 mobile homes. Rusch assured the Commission that was by no means a man camp but a professional sub-division. He has developed other sub-divisions in Wisconsin.
Highway Superintendent Buer addressed the Commission concerning the bid for a truck. He has obtained the minutes from Sanborn County on the acceptance of a bid for a Mack Truck. He would like to purchase off of the Sanborn County bid. It will be placed on the April 18th Special Meeting agenda. Claims The following claims were presented and approved for payment: March payroll: 71,870.81; IRS, fica, 4,604.56; SD Retirement, retirement, 3,705.43; Delta Dental, insurance, 931.20; Lincoln Mutual, insurance, 124.56; SDSDBF, insurance, 16,825.35; A&B Business, supplies, 240.17; Ace Steel, repairs, 506.77; Adams County, repairs, 14,421.81; D Andahl, ct reporting, 378.00; Best Western, travel, 79.00; Bison Food, supplies, 63.58; Bison Implement, supplies/repairs, 1,446.68; T Buer, travel, 68.00; Butler Machinery, repairs, 542.21; City/County Alcohol, poor relief, 840.00; Country Media, publishing 543.74; Current Connection, supplies/equipment, 1,561.87; Dakota Business, supplies, 306.32; Dakota Feed, chemical, 16,972.90; Dakota Fluid, repairs, 45.69; Deadwood Mountain Grand, travel, 57.00; EMC Insurance, premium, 459.00; Evergreen Supply, supplies, 831.26; Executive Mgmt, supplies, 5.61; Lemmon Area Medical, blood testing, 200.00; G & O Paper, supplies, 669.90; R Gerbracht, travel, 253.65; Grand Electric, utilities, 1,304.95; Hersrud, repairs, 72.33; John Deere, repairs, 5,887.87; Kennedy, Rokahr, Pier, Knoff, MH ct appt atty, 187.80; Kevin’s Fire Extinguisher, supplies, 730.00; Kimball Midwest, supplies, 393.09; Lemmon EMT, travel, 740.71; Lewis & Clark, MI physician, 149.00; Loftus Dental, jail meds, 810.00; Lycox Enterprises, repairs, 200.44; Matheson TriGas, supplies, 287.28; McLeod’s Printing, supplies, 264.73; Meade Co Auditor, jail board, 2,145.00; Meadow Fire Dept, subsidy/insurance, 7,083.00; NAPA Auto, repairs, 1,130.60; Northern Truck Equipment, repairs, 149.97; NW Farm & Home, supplies, 2,961.74; S Penfield, rent, 400.00; Penor Texaco, supplies, 233.15; Phil’s Paint & Body, repairs, 100.00; Print Shop, supplies, 45.00; Rivinius Tilling, maintenance, 450.00; Rushmore Communications, repairs, 110.00; SD County Weed, dues, 150.00; SD Dept Health, blood testing/CHN qtr pymt, 1,615.00; SD DOT, repairs, 2,515.41; SD Human Services, patient care, 611.63; SDEMA, dues, 90.00; SD Sheriff Assn, registration, 65.00; Super 8, travel, 129.98; SW Crime Conference, dues, 30.00; Three Rivers MH, CHN rent, 900.00; Town of Bison, utilities, 187.48; Verizon Wireless, utilities, 120.03; VISA, travel/supplies, 557.61; Western Communication, repairs, 310.00; Western SD Juvenile Center, jail board, 900.00; WR Telephone, utilities, 886.86. Adjournment Foster moved, Besler seconded to adjourn the regular meeting at 2:00 p.m., motion carried. The next regular meeting of the Perkins County Commission will be Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at the Perkins County Courthouse. ATTEST: APPROVED:
Golf Course Road Bridge Don McKinstry, Jr and Ridge Veal were present to discuss the Golf Course Road Bridge. They would like to forgo the work on the Golf Course Road Bridge in favor of working on the bridge on 178th Avenue. Don McKinstry, Jr. would like Perkins County to put a moratorium on the letting of bids on the bridge project if possible. Buer would like it to be noted that he would like to continue with the project. Forest Service •Paul Hancock, District Ranger with the Forest Service was present to discuss the fire which started on Forest Service land last week. Hancock stressed that the priority is the reimbursement to ranchers so that their operations can get up and running. Hancock inquired as to whether the county had any resources to help those affected while waiting for approval of federal torte to come through. •Tim Smith was present representing private sector, Grand River Grazing Association and as a member of the Lodgepole Fire Department. Smith reviewed the events of April 5th and the fact that the control burn proceeded after urging from various parties not go forth with it. •Commissioner Henderson would like a list of questions answered in writing by Forest Service personnel higher up than Paul Hancock. •Commissioner Ottman would like to propose a Resolution in support of those suffering damages from the fire and encourage our Congressional Representatives to promote rapid action on the reimbursement for damages. This will be addressed at the Special Meeting to be held April 18th at 1:00 p.m. •Chad Baumgarten addressed the need to have better communications between the numerous fire departments and other entities involved. The various fire departments in Perkins County will be holding a joint meeting Tuesday evening, April 16th at the Perkins County Courthouse.
[Published April 18, 2013 at a total approximate cost of $37.60.]
Bison Area Economic Development is accepting bids for the letters “BISON” to be attached to the top of both business signs along HWY 20. The bid should include the cost of the letters, BISON, and the attachment of the letters to the signs. The approximate height of the letters should be 24 inches tall and the appropriate width to make them proportional. The work must be completed by June 1, 2013. For more details, please contact Brandi Baysinger at 605244-7526. Please submit all bids by April 30th, 2013. Mark envelope SIGN BID and send to Bison Area Economic Development PO Box 444 Bison, SD 57620.
Perkins County Comprehensive Plan •Discussion was held on holding a special meeting for the purpose of appointing the Perkins County Comprehensive Planning Board. Besler moved, Ottman seconded to set a special meeting for Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the Perkins County Courthouse, motion carried. •Discussion was held on whether the Planning Commission should be a 7-man or a 5-man board. •Besler moved, Foster seconded to enter into a Performance Contract with Black Hills Council of Local Government at a cost of $7500.00, all ayes, motion carried. SDSU 4-H Advisor Commissioner Ottman reported that a
[Published April 18, 2013 at a total approximate cost of $99.75.]
Sylvia Chapman, Finance Officer Wayne Henderson, Vice Chairman
Date: April 9, 2013 Present: commissioners Henderson, Foster, Ottman, Besler, Finance Officer Chapman Others present: Rownea Gerbracht, Janelle Goddard, Beth Hulm press Call to Order Vice Chairman Henderson called the meeting to order at 10:05 a.m. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Perkins County Commission Meeting as a Board of Equalization
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Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption There are four persons eligible for the Disabled Veteran Property Exemption. Besler moved, Foster seconded to allow the Director of Equalization to remove the qualifying properties values totaling $129,880, motion carried. Elderly Assessment Freeze Ottman moved, Foster seconded to approve the applications for Elderly Assessment Freeze, motion carried. prove the office clean up items, all ayes motion carried. •Requested Value - $5,200 •Proposed Value (no change) AG-A value - $7,105 § #10426 (N 1/2 NW 1/4, SW 1/4 NW 1/4) •Requested Value - $24,000 •Proposed Value (no change) AG-A value - $29,910 § #10428 (N 1/2 SW 1/4, SE 1/4 SW 1/4) •Requested Value - $24,000 •Proposed Value (no change) •AG-A value - $28,491 § #10429 (SE 1/4) •Requested Value - $36,000 •Proposed Value (no change) AG-A value - $37,567 Ottman moved, Besler seconded to accept the recommendation of the Director of Equalization to leave the values as is on Duane & Dawn Harris’s property, motion carried.
Grapes for your garden
Are you looking for a plant that you can train up a fence, over an arbor or pretty much over any shape you desire? Grapes fit the bill, while also bearing fruit for jams, jellies, juice and yes, wine, says Rhoda Burrows, SDSU Extension Horticulture Specialist. "Many may ask, "grapes in the Dakotas?'" Indeed - even wine grapes, thanks to the efforts of grape breeders over the past 30 years," Burrows said. "Given an appropriate growing site and care, these vines can last for decades or more, even in our climate." What is an appropriate growing site for grapes? Burrows says there is some truth to the adage that grapes like poor soil. "Too rich a soil generally causes poorer quality fruit as well as problems for the vines' hardening off in the fall, leading to greater winter damage," she said. She says although a soil that has high (5 to 8 percent) organic matter is great for growing your vegetable garden or raspberries, it supplies too much nitrogen for grapes. Grapes should also not be planted where water stands after a rain, as they do not tolerate wet conditions. "Another reason for avoiding low areas is that such areas are prone to frost and grapes are very sensitive to frost. Although the vines are quite heat-tolerant, avoid training them across a south- or west-facing wall (especially in the southern part of our region), as these areas warm up too early in the spring and can cause the buds to break when there is still high danger of frost," Burrows said. If you wish to maximize fruit production from the vines, Burrows says to keep in mind that you will need to prune them back drastically each year. "So you may not want to utilize them where you need an early-season privacy screen. Grapes also need full sun; shading drastically reduces fruiting and winterhardiness," she said. Grapes are relatively easy to grow, but homeowners can increase their production and vine health with care. Grapes are very sensitive to herbicides, including the common lawn herbicides, so be very careful in applying any of these near the vines. Fall applications after the vines have dropped their leaves are safest, but care should still be taken that the herbicide doesn't contact the vines or drift near them. Don't apply any herbicides that can be taken up through the roots. "We see herbicide damage every year in South Dakota, usually caused by drift from lawn or field applications," she said. Grapes are susceptible to a few diseases, although Burrows points out that ours have relatively few disease problems compared to our eastern neighbors. Good pruning to thin and shape the leaf canopy to one to two leaves thick greatly reduces problems with downy mildew and other leaf and fruit diseases. "The key to pruning is to remember that only two-year-old canes (stems) bear fruit, so remove vast amounts (up to 90 percent) of the past season's growth each spring. In fact, one system is to select four healthy canes from the previous season, and prune off all other growth - except for a couple of short stubs just to grow some extra canes for the following year," Burrows said. She adds that the ideal time to prune is fairly late in the spring, before the buds break, but late enough that the stems "bleed" when cut; this will actually help delay budbreak a bit, helping to avoid frost damage. Following are some excellent varieties for homeowners to try: Somerset Seedless - This red table grape is hardy to -30°F; ripens about the same time as Valiant. Strawberrylike flavor. This is the only seedless grape that has performed well in South Dakota. Valiant - One of our hardiest grapes, vigorous and very well adapted to our climate and soils. Has small clusters of dark blue berries which ripen before most other grapes. Excellent juice, jelly, or table grape; may also be used for wine. The 4-cane pruning system works well for this variety. This grape has a tendency to overbear; you may need to remove some of the clusters. Bred by Dr. Ron Peterson at South Dakota State University. Marquette - An excellent new red wine grape with high sugar and moderate acidity. Open, orderly growth habit. Very good resistance to downy mildew, powdery mildew, and black rot; moderate resistance to phylloxera. Tends to break bud early, so avoid sites that warm up early in the spring. Wine is ruby color with pronounced tannins and notes of cherry, berry, black pepper, and spice. Released in 2006 by the University of Minnesota. Frontenac. Hardy blue wine grape with cherry flavors. Excellent wine grape for this region, ripens mid- to late September. Tends to have high acidity. Needs good pruning and cluster thinning to keep vine from overproducing. Good disease resistance and some tolerance to 2,4-D herbicide. Minnesota patented cultivar. Frontenac Gris - A white sport of Frontenac, with a growth habit similar to Frontenac. Gray/light red fruit. A midseason variety harvested in late September. Minnesota patented cultivar. Brianna -White wine grape developed by Elmer Swenson. Berries are greenish gold to gold when fully ripe in early to mid-September. Wine is balanced with pineapple nose and flavor. Also makes a flavorful white juice or table grape. Winter hardy in South Dakota; North Dakota???. LaCrescent -Hardy white wine grape released by the University of Minnesota in 2002. Ripens early (to goldenbrown color), but acidity remains high and may need to be reduced during winemaking. Moderately susceptible to powdery and downy mildew. Loose clusters with occasional fruit set problems. May be susceptible to spring frost in areas that warm up early. Wine has apricot-like flavor and is excellent for blending. Minnesota patented cultivar. King of the North. Vigorous, late ripening Concord style grape that originated in Wisconsin. Good for juice, but acidic for fresh eating.
Oaths of Office Oaths of Office were completed by the commissioners. Office Clean Up Gerbracht and Goddard presented a list of office clean up items.
Certified Owner Occupied List Ottman moved, Foster seconded to approve the Certified Owner Occupied list for 2013 and remove owner occupied status for Gary Frisvold rural property since he moved to a house in Lemmon which he is declaring owner occupied on, motion carried. Tax Exempt List Foster moved, Besler seconded to approve the tax exempt list as presented by the Director of Equalization office, motion carried. 2:15 Robert Roy Robert Roy filed an appeal on (#13509) Lemmon’s 2nd Addn Blk 1 Lots 12-16. • Current NA-D value - $11,150 •Current NA-D1 value - $86,318 •Proposed NA-D value$11,150 •Proposed NA-D1 value$86,318
*Lynn & Nancy Miller – NE 26-1311 record #281 •Should have Ag exemption •Current Ag Exemption value - $0 •Proposed Ag Exemption value$10,000
*Dennis & Lynda Drayton – N 1/2 Govt Lot 4 (NSWNW) 20-23-17 record #17627 •House value is on the tax rolls twice, should be taxed on record #17624 (Michael Drayton) •Current NA-A1 value - $60.446 • Proposed NA-A1 value- $0
Ridge Veal Ridge Veal filed an appeal with the Director of Equalization on the following property: § #5665 (NE 1/4 ) 6-17-14 •Current AG-A value - $51,858 •Proposed AG-A value- $50,274 § #5667 (SW 1/4 ) 6-17-14 •Current AG-A value - $47,052 •Proposed AG-A value- $46,802 § #5668 (SE 1/4 ) 6-17-14 •Current AG-A value - $45,576 •Proposed AG-A value- $38,218
*Patrick & Karen Odenbach – Reno’s Addn Blk Lots 1, 2 N 1/2 of Lot 3 record #13825 •Clerical •Current NA-D1-S value - $174,954 •Proposed NA-D1-S value- $138,996 *Jeffrey & Mary Haase – Engebretson’s Addn Blk 8 Lots 11 & 12 record #13800 •Clerical •Current NA-D1-S value - $108,635 •Proposed NA-D1-S value- $77,857
*Don Merriman – SWSE, Pt Lot 4, SESW 19-21-16 record #10889 •Ag Exemption was left on when Owner Occupied was moved to house in Lemmon •Current Ag Exemption value $10,000 •Proposed Ag Exemption value- $0
This past week he called DOE Gerbracht and advised her that he would not be present and wish to withdraw his appeal. The Commission acted on it since it was on the agenda. Foster moved, Foster seconded to accept the recommendation of Director of Equalization to leave the value of Robert Roy’s property, motion carried.
Director of Equalization Gerbracht recommended a property value reduction to the board. Foster moved, Besler seconded to approve the recommendation of the Director of Equalization to reduce the property valuation as proposed, motion carried.
*Kerry & Laura Holmes – Carr’s 1st Addn Blk 19 Lots 10, 11, & N 1/2 OF Lot 12 -- MH ON RE record #12885 •Clerical •Current NA-DM1-S value $29,287 •Proposed NA-DM1-S value$25,999 Foster moved, Ottman seconded to ap-
Duane Harris – 2:30 Duane & Dawn Harris were not present but had filed a written appeal on the following property values: § #10383 (NE 1/4 NE 1/4, S 1/2 NW 1/4 less Lot 1 of the Harris Addn) 1-21-13 •Requested Value - $37,875 •Proposed Value (no change) AG-A value - $45,139 § #10386 (SW 1/4 less Lot 1 of Harris Addn) 10-21-13 •Requested Value - $43,500 • Proposed Value (no change) AG-A value - $50,180 § #10401 (E 1/2 NE 1/4, SW 1/4 NE 1/4) 10-21-13 •Requested Value - $15,260 •Proposed Value (no change) AG-A value - $18,925 § #10403 (S 1/2 SW 1/4) 10-21-13 •Requested Value - $24,000 •Proposed Value (no change) AG-A value - $27,437 § #10407 (NW 1/4 NW 1/4) 11-21-13
Township Change Requests Foster moved, Ottman seconded to accept requests from Duell Township to add Jack Ryen and Horse Creek Township to add John Hill to the predatory animal list, motion carried. Unorganized Townships The unorganized township books were reviewed by the board.
Assessment Rolls Foster moved, Ottman seconded to close the assessment rolls pending any further action, motion carried. Adjournment Ottman moved, Besler seconded to adjourn the meeting at 3:12 p.m. ATTEST: APPROVED:
Sylvia Chapman, Finance Officer Wayne Henderson, Vice Chairman [Published April 18, 2013 at a total approximate cost of $72.79.]
Lenard Chapman, Plaintiff,
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Case No. CIV 13-08
the Plaintiff in the above entitled action which is on file in the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Perkins County, South Dakota, and to serve a copy of your Answer thereto upon the subscriber hereto at his office in the Adams County Courthouse, P. O. Box 390, Hettinger, North Dakota 58639, within thirty (30) days after the service of this Summons upon you, exclusive of the day of such service, and in case of your failure to appear or answer as above required, the Plaintiff will apply to the court for a judgment against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. Dated at Hettinger, North Dakota this 15th day of March, 2013. /s/ Eric M. Hardy Eric M. Hardy, #4013 Crane Roseland Hardy, PC Attorneys for Plaintiff P. O. Box 390 Hettinger, North Dakota 58639 (701) 567-2418
Estate Of Margaret ) Virginia James, ) Estate Of Suzanne Pollard, ) Kristine Pollard Stein, ) Kathryn Pollard, ) ):SS Jessica L. Pollard, ) and all other ) ) Persons Unknown claiming ) any estate or interest in, ) or lien or encumbrance ) upon the property described) in the Complaint, ) ) ) Defendants. )
Notice is hereby given that a Petition requesting that certain public roadways be vacated in Moreau township, Perkins County, South Dakota, pursuant to SDCL 31-3-6, as herein after specifically described has been received by the Board of Supervisors of Moreau Township; that the Petition may be examined by contacting the Clerk of the Township at the address indicated below; that the specific description of the property being requested to be vacated is:
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16 into Section 21; then southwest across the NE 1/4 of Section 21 into Section 20; then westward across the N 1/2 of Section 20, crossing Rabbit Creek and then due north, paralleling Rabbit Creek and terminating at midpoint of the turn prior to heading south, a distance of approximately 3.8 miles. ship East of the Black Hills Meridian, and terminating where such road meets the Capp road in Section 1, a distance of approximately 339 feet. Therefore, notice is hereby given that the Board of Supervisors of Moreau Township will hold two public hearings to consider the vacation of the above described public roadway; that such meetings will be held on Friday the 26 day of April, 2013, at 7:00 p.m., at the residence of Dennis and Noma Welter. The second meeting will be held on Saturday the 27 day of April 2013, at 7:00 p.m. at the residence of Dennis and Noma Welter. That any person interested in the proposed action may be present at said date and time and present their information, opinions and/or arguments relative to the proposed action. Any persons unable to attend this hearing may deliver their written opinion for consideration by the Board of Supervisors, such testimony should be delivered prior ti the date ant time of the scheduled hearings by mailing or delivering the opinion to: Noma Welter, Clerk of Moreau Township, PO Box 52 15699 SD HWY 73, Faith, SD 57626 Moreau Township /s/Noma Welter Clerk of Moreau Township
To the above named Defendants: YOU AND EACH OF YOU are further notified that the purpose of this action is to quiet the Plaintiffs= title to the Plaintiff ’s following described real estate in Township 18 North, Range 15 East. B.H.M., Perkins County, South Dakota, to-wit: Section 29: W1/2SW1/4 and to determine all adverse claims thereto, and that no personal claim is made against you. /s/ Eric M. Hardy Eric M. Hardy, #4013 Attorney for Plaintiff
That portion of the existing public right-of-way including statutory rightof-way and any right-of-way acquired by deed, known as the Old Usta road beginning where such road crosses the section line between Sections 22 and 23, heading north through the NE 1/4 of Section 22, Township 15 North, Range 15 East of the Black Hills Meridian then northeast into Section 14, heading north through the SE 1/4; then crossing into Section 15, heading due west across Section 15 and crossing into Section 16; then heading southwest across the SE 1/4 of Section
That portion of the existing public right-of-way including statutory rightof-way and any right-of-way acquired by deed, beginning where it crosses the section line between Section 1 of Township14 North, Range 15 East of the Black Hills Meridian and, Section 6 of Township 14 North, Range 16 East of the Black Hills Meridian , heading southwest across approximate midpoint of E1/2E1/2NE1/4 of Section 1 of Township 14 North, Range 15 Town-
That portion of the existing public right-of-way including statutory rightof-way and any right-of-way acquired by deed, beginning at the mid-section line between Sections 15 and 16 of Township 15 North, Range 15 East of the Black Hills Meridian, heading north along the section line until the approximate quarter-section point between Sections 9 and 10; also beginning at the point where Sections 15, 16, 9 and 10; meet, then heading due west along the section line until approximate mid-section between Sections 8 and 17; then heading south into Section 17 where it terminates, a distance of approximately 2.26 miles.
[Published April 11 and April 18, 2013 at a total approximate cost of $76.04.]
YOU ARE HEREBY summoned and required to answer the Complaint of
[Published April 18, April 24, May 2 and May 9, 2013 at a total approximate cost of $108.03.]
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN 1st day of April 2013, pursuant to SDCL 38-22 as amended to all owners, occupants, agents and public officials in charge of lands in Perkins County, South Dakota, that they are responsible for suppression, control, and eradication of noxious weeds and declared pest’s infestation that may exist on such lands. Chemical, biological, and/or cultural control methods used for the suppression, control and eradication of noxious weed and declared pest infestations shall be those approved for such purpose by the Perkins County Weed and Pest Supervisor, and the South Dakota State University Experiment Station. The Perkins County Weed and Pest Control Board request all organic producers within the county to meet with the board to identify all land under this program. The Perkins County Weed and Pest Board have a Prairie Dog applicator for use. A deposit of $25.00 is required for
Perkins County Notice of Responsibility to Control Noxious Weeds and Declared Pests
3 days of usage. Call 374-5315 or 2447299 for arrangements.
Upon failure to observe this notice, the county weed and pest board is required to proceed pursuant to the law and have the noxious weeds of declared pests destroyed by such methods as they find necessary, the expense of which shall constitute a lien and be entered as a tax against the land, and be collected as other real estate taxes are collected, or by other means as provided by law. Plant and animals designated as being noxious weeds and declared pests in the state of South Dakota are Leafy Spurge, Salt Cedar, Perennial Sow Thistle, Russian Knapweed, Hoary Cress, Canada Thistle, Purple Loosestrife, Gypsy Moth, and Prairie Dogs.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that upon establishing probable cause to believe a noxious weed or declared pest infestation exists upon any property in Perkins County, representative of Perkins County Weed and Pest Control board will enter upon said property for the purpose of inspecting and confirming that such infestation actually exists. Robert Hermann, Chairman Perkins County Weed and Pest Board
[Published April 11 and April 18, 2013 at a total approximate cost of $48.75.]
Page 18 • The Bison Courier • Thursday, April 18, 2013 Grand River Roundup ............................................................... By Betty Olson
We were blessed with more moisture this week. We didn’t get much snow from that storm last Monday that buried most of the state, but Sunday another storm moved in here that covered the northern border of South Dakota and dumped over a foot of snow on our neighbors to the north. That earlier storm sure covered a big area. Guy called from Wyoming to tell me he couldn’t get to work at the Dry Fork power plant north of Gillette and the kids didn’t have school. Harding County let school out early on Monday and started two hours late on Tuesday, but we got by a lot better than those south of us. Since we didn’t get much snow, we were never without electricity, no one got stuck, and no trees went down. The weatherman said Rapid City set a record for the most snow in 24 hours, almost 30 inches! The second storm started Saturday night when the wind blew a mist over the east side of the house that froze so thick on the windows we couldn’t see out. The highway was too icy to make it to church Sunday morning and it really started snowing Sunday afternoon. I called Shirley Meyer at Dickinson to talk about some of the Pautre fire issues Sunday afternoon and Shirley told me they had a foot of snow and all the roads were closed. Lanie got home Sunday afternoon from visiting Ashley Thybo in Fort Collins and was planning on heading home to Dickinson for her job in Killdeer in the morning until she heard Shirley’s warning. Lanie stayed here and helped out in the lambing shed Monday until it was safe to drive to Dickinson. Calving and lambing make this the busiest time of year on the ranch. It’s hard to keep healthy when you’re working outside in all kinds of weather and at all hours of the day and several of our neighbors wound up in the hospital this week. Jess Marty wrecked his four-wheeler this week, breaking his pelvis in three places, buggering up his shoulder and getting a concussion. He’s in pretty tough shape in the Rapid City hospital. Laura Fisher was bringing in a cow at Vern Anders’ when her horse fell with her, breaking her leg in two places. Luckily her cell phone had coverage and she was able to call her Dad. When Vern found her, Laura's little girl stayed with her mother while Vern called for help. The terrain was too rough to get an ambulance in there, but Jamie Gerbracht and Vern were able to get her loaded in Jamie’s four-wheel drive Suburban and haul her out to the hospital in Rapid City. Willis Kopren got another ambulance trip to the hospital in Hettinger this week. This was his second ride on an ambulance and his second hospital visit in a couple weeks. He’s home again, but hopefully my young cousin will take better care of himself this spring! Predators are getting more plentiful around here. Several of our neighbors have lost calves to coyotes. Cal and Ty Thybo found a couple coyotes next to a cow that had just calved. The cow was so busy guarding her calf from the coyotes she hadn’t been able to lick the calf. Thybos shot two of the coyotes and think they got a third one that night. April 15th was the last day to send your tax money to the federal government. Pres. Obama filed his tax returns this week and, as a multi-millionaire and a “one-percenter”, he only paid 18% to the government, much less than the “fair share” he demands from small businesses. With that in mind, here's a cheerful story: The IRS decides to audit Grandpa, and summons him to the IRS office. The IRS auditor was not surprised when Grandpa showed up with his attorney. The auditor said, “Well, sir, you have an extravagant lifestyle and no full-time employment, which you explain by saying that you win money gambling. I'm not sure the IRS finds that believable.” ‘I'm a great gambler, and I can prove it,” says Grandpa. “How about a demonstration?” The auditor thinks for a moment and said, “Okay. Go ahead.” Grandpa says, “I'll bet you a thousand dollars that I can bite my own eye.” The auditor thinks a moment and says, ‘It's a bet.” Grandpa removes his glass eye and bites it. The auditor's jaw drops. Grandpa says, ‘Now, I'll bet you two thousand dollars that I can bite my other eye.’ Now the auditor can tell Grandpa isn't blind, so he takes the bet. Grandpa removes his dentures and bites his good eye. The stunned auditor now realizes he has wagered and lost three grand, with Grandpa's attorney as a witness. He starts to get nervous. ‘Want to go double or nothing?” Grandpa asks “I'll bet you six thousand dollars that I can stand on one side of your desk, and peek into that wastebasket on the other side, and never get a drop anywhere in between.” The auditor, twice burned, is cautious now, but he looks carefully and decides there's no way this old guy could possibly manage that stunt, so he agrees again. Grandpa stands beside the desk and unzips his pants, but although he strains mightily, he can't make the stream reach the wastebasket on the other side, so he pretty much urinates all over the auditor's desk. The auditor leaps with joy, realizing that he has just turned a major loss into a huge win. But Grandpa's own attorney moans and puts his head in his hands. “Are you okay?” the auditor asks. “Not really,” says the attorney. “This morning, when Grandpa told me he'd been summoned for an audit, he bet me twenty five thousand dollars that he could come in here and peek all over your desk and that you'd be happy about it!” Don’t mess with old people!
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FOR SALE For Sale by the Lodgepole VFD a 1975 F250 Pickup with duals. Bed included but removed and extra set of five original rims and tires. 360 engine, odometer reads 13,000 miles, manual transmission and 4 wheel drive. Sealed bids accepted through April 25th with three highest bidders given the opportunity to verbally raise their bids on April 30th. Contact Jerry Vliem (605) 564-4615 or Bob Parker (605) 5642238 with questions. Mail bids to Wade Henderson at 11000SD HWY 75, Lodgepole, SD 57640. B43-2tc able driver’s license required within 30-90 days following hire in order to drive company vehicles. Those who are qualified may be required to drive pickup trucks and small transportation vehicles. $12.33/hr or current applicable AEWR. Workers are guaranteed 3/4 of work hours of total period. Work tools, supplies, equipment supplied by employer without charge to worker. Housing with kitchen facilities provided at no cost to only those workers who are not reasonably able to return same day to their place of residence at time of recruitment. Transportation and subsistence expenses to work site will be paid to nonresident workers not later than upon completion of 50% of the job contract. Interviews required. Apply for this job at nearest State Workforce Agency in state in which this ad appears, or SDWorks, 415 14th Ave. East, Mobridge, SD 57601-1306. Provide copy of this ad. ND Job Order #312771. Seasonal Help Wanted: The Town of Bison is now accepting applications for summer help – one to two individuals for maintenance help and one to organize swimming lesson and possibly open swimming. Applicants must be 18 and over. Please request an application from: Finance Officer, Box 910, Bison, SD 57620 or call 244-5677 or 244-5231. The Town of Bison is an Equal Opportunity Employer. B39-tfn FOR RENT For rent: Homestead Heights located in Bison, S.D., has a one and two bedroom apartment available. Homestead Heights is a low-income elderly and disabled Section 8 HUD (Housing and Urban Development) housing facility. We are smoke free. Energy Assistance is available for those who qualify. Utilities are included in the rent. Homestead Heights is an equal housing opportunity. For more information, please call (605) 244-5473. B14-tfn
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I sincerely want to thank the community for its support during my mother, Jessie Kolb’s, illness, demise and my bereavement. Your personal inquiries, visits, phone calls, flowers, cards, food and financial support have been overwhelming and I will never forget it. During a time when I could have felt very alone, I didn’t because of your encouragement and prayers. A special thank you to those who helped me with the funeral service – Pastor Marjorie Hershey, EvansonJensen Funeral Home, American Lutheran’s WELCA especially Margo Kronberg, Bison Food Store and Eliza Blue and Darren Jackson for music. Additionally, thank you for your continued concern for my father, Herb Kolb. He does understand the loss of my mother and I’ve shared your cards and memories with him. This community is the best. Salli Kolb Blazey and Herb Kolb
Thank You Thank You to all of the fire departments (volunteer & full-time) that responded to the Pautre Fire. This 10 - 12,000 acre fire would not have been contained without your hardwork. We also thank the news media for their coverage of the disaster. Vince & Susan Gunn
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STATES ATTORNEY FOR Hughes County, full time. Opportunity for organized, innovative, dedicated, and self motivated attorney to guide county States Attorney efforts. This is an appointment to an elected position with supervisory responsibility. Salary from $68,400/yr DOQ. Contact your local Dept of Labor or Karla Pickard, 605-773-7477, Hughes County Courthouse. Open until filled. EOE. CUSTER REGIONAL HOSPITAL has an exciting full time opportunity to work with a supportive team of professional therapists in the beautiful southern Black Hills of SD. We are located just a short distance from Mount Rushmore, Wind Cave National Park, Custer State Park, Jewel Cave National Park and many other outdoor attractions. Competitive salary and benefits available including sign on bonus. Please contact Jim Simons, Rehab Services Director, at 605-673-2229 ext. 301or jsimons@regionalhealth.com for more information or go to www.regionalhealth.com to apply. EOE. WANTED: ELECTRICIAN with South Dakota contractor license or ability to get contractor license. Responsible for startup and managing wiring department in north central South Dakota. Benefit package, wages negotiable. Call 605-426-6891 for more details. District, 300 1st St. NE. tim.casper@k12.sd.us, 605-8474455. SMART SALES AND LEASE seeks bookkeeper. Work from home. Hourly wage based on experience. M-F 8-4,Degree/management experience a plus. Resume, questions: careers@smartsalesandlease.com. LOG HOMES DAKOTA LOG HOME Builders representing Golden Eagle Log Homes, building in eastern, central, northwestern South & North Dakota. Scott Connell, 605-5302672, Craig Connell, 605-2645650, www.goldeneagleloghomes .com. NOTICES ADVERTISE IN NEWSPAPERS statewide for only $150.00. Put the South Dakota Statewide Classifieds Network to work for you today! (25 words for $150. Each additional word $5.) Call this newspaper or 800-658-3697 for details.
WANTED The Bison School District is taking applications for Assistant Cook for the 2013-2014 school year. Applications may be picked up in the business office during regular business hours. EOE. B44-2tc Wanted: Straw or corn stalks to bale in 2013. Round or square bales. On shares or will purchase in field. Contact Tom at 605-866-4605. B43-tfn Wanted: Pasture to rent and hay land to rent or put up on shares. Custom haying: round, medium square, small squares. Please call Tom 605-866-4605; 605-949-1933. B33-tfn
SEARCH STATE-WIDE APARTMENT Listings, sorted by rent, location and other options. www.sdhousingsearch.com South Dakota Housing Development Authority. REAL ESTATE LARAMIE RIVER RANCH Limited Parcels Left! 35 acre ranches, From $695 per acre. Magnificent Water and Mountain Views. Low Down – Guaranteed Financing. CALL TODAY! 1 - 888 - 411- 7050. www.RanchLandWyoming.com. VACATIONS BLACK HILLS VACATIONS: Mystery Mountain Resort – Cabins, TV sites & Camping in the Pines. Visit: www.blackhillsresorts.com & www.facebook.com/ mysterymountain or 800-6582267.
HELP WANTED 1 position - Temporary/seasonal work planting, cultivating, harvesting and storing crops on a wheat, bean, corn and oilseed crop farm, from 5/9/2013 to 12/15/2013 at Celley Farms, Regan, ND. Three months of previous experience required in the job described. Saturday work required. Must be able to lift/carry 60 lbs. No minimum education or High School diploma/equivalent is necessary for the position. No smoking or use of tobacco products is allowed on company premises or in company-provided housing at any time. Insur-
AUCTIONS HANSEN PLUMBING INC. & Kirk Hansen Estate, Saturday, April 27, 10:30CST, Gettysburg. Directional Borer, Vehicles, Trailers, Tools & Equipment. For pictures and full listing www.penrodauction.com Richard D. Penrod Real Estate & Auction. 1-800-4560741. FARMLAND AUCTION - 285 Acres, Selby SD. selling in 2 tracts. Saturday April 20, 10 AM. Walz Estate, Steve Simon (agent for seller) 605-380-8506. www.sdauctions.com. EMPLOYMENT HOUSING & NIGHT MOTEL Clerk in Sturgis, SD. Non-smoking/drinking & non-pet, 1-bedroom apartment fully furnished with utilities during open season. $650/month for closed season. Email www.star-lite@star-litemotel.com for application.
LAKE PRESTON SCHOOL District, PE-Health-Technology instructor, with or without coaching, opened 4-9-13, closes 4-26-13, Contact: Tim Casper, Supt, Lake Preston School District, 300 1st St. NE. tim.casper@k12.sd.us, 605847-4455. LAKE PRESTON SCHOOL District, Ag Ed instructor, with or without coaching, opened 4-9-13, closes 4-26-13, Contact: Tim Casper, Supt, Lake Preston School
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Changes in the agriculture land productivity valuation
South Dakota Farm Bureau recently hosted a meeting in Western South Dakota about the changes that are taking place in the agricultural land productivity valuation and commodity prices assessments. Michael Houdyshell, Director, Property & Special Taxes Division from South Dakota Department of Revenue was on hand to inform farmers and ranchers about how their land values will now be based upon its productivity value starting in the 2011 tax payable year. He stated, “The Department of Revenue contracts with the Economics Department of South Dakota State University (SDSU) to produce the “productivity value” or the “formula value” for the productivity valuation system. This value is the starting point for valuing all agricultural land in the state. This starting value is adjusted by the county Director of Equalization to ensure uniform and fair valuations.” The productivity formula is where they begin in figuring the gross revenue per acre. This process uses an 8-year period from data that was collected by the USDA/NASS to figure the gross revenue per acre in each county. The 2011 tax payable year would use values from the year 2001 to 2008. With cropland the productivity value is established by each county’s information based on USDA/NASS. According to the South Dakota Department of Revenue “this price is weighted based upon the quantity of the commodity sold each month during the marketing year; actual production of each crop is multiplied by the commodity price for the crop to determine the gross revenue for the crop. The gross revenue of all of the crops is added together and divided by the number of acres, to get the gross revenue per acre in the county.” The prices also do not include deficiency payments, CCC loans outstanding, or purchases by the government. Cash rents are used to figure the gross revenue with non-cropland also using the 8 year average. The USDA/NASS determined cash rents in counties across South Dakota from the years 2001 through 2007 by using a survey. They had hoped to have enough responses to publish the cash rents from every county by 2008, but they did not get enough responses from every county. They used past cash rent prices and rent from surrounding counties to help establish the cash rent for the counties without a published 2008 number. Listeners
were told that the Department is currently working to find an alternative to get the cash rent data. Michael Houdyshell also reminds everyone that “the transition to productivity valuation does not change the appeal rights of property owners. In South Dakota, property cannot be assessed for more than its market value and must be assessed equitably in relation to other property in the county. If you disagree with the assessment of your property, you can appeal the valuation the same way you would have appealed a valuation based upon the market”. The farmer or rancher should first contract the County Director of Equalization. He or she will be able to explain the new system along with showing similar valued property, and recent sales of similar property. “Although the statewide amount of agricultural value in the productivity system is the same as that from the old valuation system, individual counties increase or decrease significantly, states the Department of Revenue, to prevent sudden large shifts in values, and to ensure they had time to address any unanticipated problems, the Legislature limited increases or decreases to 10% a year.”
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