Bison Courier, April 19, 2012

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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
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city sewer/water system doesn’t function, making the property “unlivable and unsellable,” creating a health hazard and costing them thousands every year in clean-up costs. Mrs. Roy said, “It’s like a slough. You can smell it.” B. Roy maintains that “fixing culverts would solve 95% of your problem.” A plumber told him that re-routing the plumbing to a noflood area or fixing the pump station would alleviate the problems. “We’re going to bring this to a head somehow,” Roy said. Board member Rusty Foster said, “It’s pretty much a city deal.” Mike Schweitzer, chairman of the county board, was at the local review meeting when the Roys were there on March 19. As far as lowering the property value, that board’s hands were tied because of the missed filing deadline but they referred the problem to their water committee to look into. Schweitzer thinks it is also a street issue. Roy agreed that putting in a couple of larger culverts and changing the grade of the road would help. Standing water also inhibits traffic, he said. Schweitzer said that he’d visit with Mayor Pinnow and with the alderman for Roy’s district. The county board was not unsympathetic. They asked Rownea Gerbracht, Director of Equalization, to re-evaluate the property. She may be able to reduce the value, due to water damage, for next year’s assessment. Three other properties were on the county’s agenda last week. Doug and Karla Lewton, rural Prairie City, asked to have two old mobile homes on their property taken off the tax rolls. One has major water damage and the roof has caved in on the other. Gerbracht recommended that the board honor that request, which they did. Todd and Ronda Fink, Strool Township, Prairie City, actually asked to have the value on their continued on page 14 By Gladys Jackson One of the items on the agenda at the April 11th Town Board Meeting was election results. Vice President Luke Clements called the meeting to order in the absence of President Juell Chapman. Election results, with 162 ballots being cast and two spoiled ballots, were as follows: Terry Haggart Dave Kopren Darla Moody Jeff Van Vactor Matthew Butsavage 48 126 50 34 64
Equalization process doesn’t help one Lemmon couple…..at least not this year
By Beth Hulm Bob and Kim Roy, Lemmon, didn’t get any satisfaction during Perkins County’s recent equalization process. Not for this year, anyway. They took their plight all the way to the county board (a.k.a. the Board of County Commissioners) in Bison last week. The Roys have a legitimate complaint but they failed to meet filing deadlines. Getting their values lowered during the equalization process, due to the property’s extensive water damage, can’t change for this year. Property values are determined by the county Director of Equalization and may be appealed by property owners. For 2012 assessments, appeals had to be submitted to local boards of equalization by March 15 and heard during hearings, which were scheduled for the week beginning March 19. The Roys didn’t file until noon on the 19th and, therefore, could not be heard by their local board, which, in their case, was the Lemmon City Council. The appeal process allows property owners to take their complaints to the higher, county board when they aren’t satisfied at the first level. When an appellant misses the filing deadline, however, they don’t get the opportunity to do that. The Roys visited the county board room anyway last Tuesday, during the time set aside to hear appeals…and they shared their story. Bob and Kim Roy live in a onestory home on 7th St. East in Lemmon, a house that was built in 2004 during the drought. The house is partially located below ground level and therein lies the problem. They take in water – not just ground water but run-off water and sewage, too. There’s mold. K. Roy said, “The value is significantly less than what we are being taxed for.” Her husband added, “You might as well blow it up with a stick of dynamite. It’s worth nothing.” Roy says the problem is that the
Town Board meets - canvass election results
Todd Fink and Lonnie Krause met with the board. Todd had questions on the road build on East White Street from Ernest Kari’s east then south to 5th Avenue ending at Dem Crary’s. He had questions on width of road, size of culverts, where utilities were located, where the base gravel will come from and the time frame for completion. Todd will work up an estimate for the board to consider with a possible July start date. Lonnie Krause visited with the board in regard to leasing some of the land west of town for a few horses; that land was recently purchased from Herb Kolb. Krause realizes the fence needs fixing and there is no water. The board will soon let this out for bids, along with hay bids at the airport. Employee Heath McKinstry had reported to the board that the company from Iowa that has the sewer jetter for sale would deliver it and give a demonstration. After discussion, the board voted to purchase the sewer jetter at a cost of $15,000.00 (which includes delivery and the demonstration). Status reports revealed that the pump at the lagoon is not in very good shape and mix needs to be gotten to fix up the streets. The board discussed a government program whereby a new Ford tractor can be used for the summer, free of charge. The town would be responsible for fuel, oil and insurance. This tractor could also be used by the golf course and, in exchange, the town would be able to use the golf course’s large mower. The tractor would be taken back in October. The consensus was that this would be a good program. Unfinished business included more discussion on garbage rates and a “Man Camp” ordinance. The board has requested sample ordinances from other towns. Craig Silkman from Hettinger, who built the new sewer line in the Cooper Addition for new homes there, would like to be paid. The board has been waiting for a camera to check out some unresolved issues that have come up before he is paid. He stated that he needs payment and therefore will get his own camera man to check this out. continued on page 4
Matthew Butsavage (3-year term) and Dave Kopren (1-year term) were declared the winners of the election. Dave was appointed last spring for one year, until this election. He is finishing out the term of Eric Kahler, but had to run for the last year of that term. The board reviewed applicants for summer employment in executive session. Justin Kolb and Kelli Nelson were hired for summer employees. Kelli will be in charge of the Summer Rec Program, including swimming lessons.
County road at Bison won’t be paved
By Beth Hulm County commissioners thought about it for a month – since opening bids for the White Butte overlay project in March – but last Thursday they decided not to extend the project to include .6 of a mile south of Highway 20. That section of C-1 is the east boundary for the Town of Bison. Once, it was paved. Border State Paving, Fargo, was awarded the bid for the White Butte Road ($3,371,745.94), which doesn’t include the county’s engineering costs. The contractor included the other .6 miles as an alternate for approximately $217,500 more. Discussion on the alternate had been postponed to the April meeting. Highway Supt. Tracy Buer told the board last week that they still didn’t have to make the decision and that, once the project gets underway, actual material costs could decrease, creating a better price. Lodgepole-area commissioner Wayne Henderson wanted to know how important it was to pave those .6 miles. “Is it a huge deal to leave it just as it is?” “We want to move forward, not backwards,” Buer answered. He said that the county should be improving the roads and not allowing them to go back to gravel. Chip seal and oil is an option for the stretch of road in question. Board members felt that if they were to pave that short stretch of road, they should put load limits on it to protect it. “I really hate to put a top on it and put a load limit on it,” Rusty Foster said. Load limits would cut off trucks coming into Bison from the south. Financing for the White Butte project is mostly through federal S.T.I.P. (state transportation improvement plan) dollars that have been accumulating over recent years. Adding in the engineering costs makes the total price tag approximately $3.5 million. There is approximately $2.7 million in the S.T.I.P. fund; the remaining $800,000 will be county taxpayer money. Commissioners have been setting money aside, in a capital improvement fund, and have $625,000 saved. The remainder will be found in Buer’s existing highway fund budget. Last month, a fire in the county yard totally destroyed a 1990 Peterbilt truck. The cause of the fire is still under investigation but is thought to be an electrical fire in the truck itself. It was insured. Commissioners will let bids for its replacement. While Buer was still in the room, board members discussed their “Hours of Work” policy, as it pertains to overtime pay. The policy mostly affects county highway workers. The Director of Equalization office sometimes uses an alternative work schedule, working four ten-hour days but they have waived overtime pay. Highway workers are required to work five 10-hour days and receive 10 hours of overtime every week. They count on that paycheck. If the county were to change their policy to pay overtime based on a 40 hour week vs. the current 8-hour day, it could impact some of that overtime pay, especially when holidays and sick days occur. According to Buer, it would “reduce their pay by quite a little” and that would be “wrong.” Chairman Mike Schweitzer defended the current pay method and Buer said, “I don’t see it being a bad thing the way it is.” When it was all said and done, nothing was changed. Commissioners did take official action to express their willingness continued on page 4
Highlights & Happenings
Join the Bison Music Boosters on Wednesday, April 25, at 5:00 P.M. in the school music room as the high school music students recap their trip to Minneapolis. Everyone welcome. Bridal Shower for Christy Miller at Rosebud Church north of Bison April 22 - from 2 - 4 p.m. Everyone Welcome
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State Fair looks for South Dakota talent
Dr. Jason M. Hafner Dr. David J. Prosser
A long-time tradition at the South Dakota State Fair is the Sherwin Linton Show on the Centennial Stage, and the popular musician is looking for South Dakota talent to join him this summer at the Fair. A large part of Linton’s time is spent finding and presenting South Dakota talent at the State Fair. The Fair and Linton are asking for musicians, singers and variety performers to submit materials to the Fair for consideration to perform as guests with “The Sherwin Linton Show,” which performs three times daily on the Centennial Stage during the State Fair. “We like to invite entertainers of all ages, both professional and non-professional, to be on stage with us. They may use prerecorded tracks for backup or play their own instruments,” Linton said. “The experience and exposure are very positive things not only for our audience but also the performers.” Linton invited two of last year’s guests, 18-year-old Lane Moore of Vivian and 8-year-old Delaney Johnston of Summit, to sing on his show at the Midwest Country Music Theater in Sandstone, Minn. The Midwest Country show is aired nationally each week on the RFD TV Network. For consideration for the 2012 South Dakota State Fair, please submit a photo, brief bio and CD or DVD to: Sherwin Linton, Centennial Stage, South Dakota State Fair, 890 3rd Street SW, Huron, SD 57350 Please include name, address, and contact information on all materials submitted. The 2012 South Dakota State Fair will run from Thursday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 3. Channel Seeds Preview night will be Wednesday, Aug. 29. For more information on State Fair events, contact the Fair office at 800-5290900, visit www.sdstatefair.com or find it on Facebook and Twitter.
Tornado warning systems to be tested April 25
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 25. Because the exercise is used to ensure communications and warning systems are functioning properly before storm season, people will see and hear the 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 television will look like a real warning, while the audio will be identified as a test. Local emergency response agencies may practice their response procedures and 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 Cross at www.blackhillsredcross.org, and the South Dakota Department of Health at www.bReadySD.com.
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The Northwest Area Schools Spelling Contest will be held Wednesday, April 25 at the Dupree School. Students from Bison, Dupree, Faith, Eagle Butte, Harding County, Lemmon, McIntosh, McLaughlin and Timber Lake and will be participating. Students in grades 1 - 8 will be competing in the Written Word Contest and the Oral Contest. Awards will be given to the 1st through 5th place winners in both contests. The public is invited to attend the Awards Ceremony that is scheduled to begin at 12:15 in the Dupree School Gymnasium.
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Lines from the bookshelf
Mark Baldwin contains projects for screens, chairs, storage, plant stands, a porch swing, tables and trash containers, to name a few. Moving beyond building projects, are some landscaping books. There are lots of ideas to be thinking about and starting on before the actual plants go in. “Midwest Home Landscaping” - Including Southern Canada, by Roger Holmes and Rita Buchanan, is relevant in our northern planting zone. Besides some fences, arbors and trellises, this book includes lots of plant profiles to help us get the right plant in the right spot where it will be happy and ultimately make us happy. This book covers landscaping from organization to completion. A couple of older but still good books are part of the Ortho Chemical Company series. “Landscaping with Wildflowers and Native Plants” contains lists of suitable plants for various locations. “Small space Gardens” is full of ideas to make the most of a small yard or even a patio. It includes information on vegetables, trees, fruit and even community gardens. If you are not really into building or even raising a garden, you might be interested in plants from a different perspective. “Mary Anne’s Garden” is an absolutely delightful book by Mary Anne McLean. Mary Anne is an artist first and a gardener second and became fascinated with how ordinary plants, like lettuce, for instance, grow and what they look like as they come out of the ground and change as they mature and die. The book is full of time-lapse drawings and writings that she calls the little miracles of garden life. Her curiosity about how things grow and mature, found her chin to the ground, drawing the emerging lettuce leaf. Her curiosity also led her to discover how a cabbage worm eats from his right to his left and his jaws open and close sideways like little hedge clippers. I am taking her word for this, but maybe that explains why he can do so much damage so quickly. The Library just got a new shipment of Large Print books that we will have for about three months. As I glanced at them, I saw a good selection of popular authors, and topics. These books are not only a blessing for those of us who don’t see as well as we used to, but they also provide an opportunity to read books that we don’t ordinarily have on our shelves.
Thank you everyone from the bottom of our hearts for coming to Lester's funeral. For all the phone calls, beautiful cards, flowers, & memorials given in his memory. Thank you to the girls from the Church for the wonderful lunch after the service & all the delicious food brought to our home. For all the prayers & hugs before and after Lester’s passing, we felt them all in our heart. How proud Grandpa would have been for the wonderful tribute his precious Grandson wrote from the heart to his Grandpa. Thank you Pastor Phil for your comforting message and for everything else you have done for us. To Sandy for everything you have done for all of us. To Lester’s special nieces who sang so beautiful and played the piano so pretty. To his dear nephews and family friends who carried him to his resting place until the Lord returns. Ray and Matt, you both were so gracious in every way. Gods Blessings to all! Ramona Brockel, Thomas Brockel, Jane & Dale Shinabarger’s, Terry L. Shinabarger
By Vi Leonard As I write this there is moisture coming down! Not much, but I have to have hope that there will be more, right? That leads into what I want to talk about this week. We have all been anxious to get our hands dirty in the garden, but afraid to hope that there will be no more winter with freezing temperatures. I found several good outdoor project books with loads of fun things that can be made now that frost won’t bother a bit. “Outdoor Projects 1-2-3-“from Home Depot is a treasury of designs and how-tos with colored step-by-step instructions for a wide range of yard and landscaping projects. It includes both building new things and repairing things that might need a touch-up. There are ideas for fences, gates, walks, steps, garden beds and edging. Also covered are patios, furniture, sheds of several sizes, water features and lighting, plus more. It looks like with a few basic tools, some time and just a little knowhow; most folks could find something in this book that would be a good addition to their summer outdoor living area. Another book along the same lines is “Weekend Woodworking for the Garden” by Cindy Burda. It also gives a lot of basic information on tools and materials for the many projects. There are planters, bird feeders, a potting bench, compost bins, a boot bench and more. There are some bigger things like tables and a sunshade to make relaxing and dining outdoors more pleasant. “2 x 4 Projects for Outdoor Living” by Stevie Henderson and
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County road
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continued from page 1 to offer a long-term lease contract to the Town of Bison for office space at the Bentley Building. Fair board member Max Matthews sat in on that conversation. He reported that two Bison trustees had attended their recent meeting and had indicated that they would not be interested in a short-term lease. Bison was offered a lease for $425/mo., which the fair board calculated would result in an approximate $1,000 profit per year for them to help with their expenses and maintenance. A three-way meeting with commissioners, Bison trustees and fair board members will be scheduled during the commission’s June meeting. The May meeting will be held in Lemmon at Dakota Lodge on May 10, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The budgeting process for 2013 will start that day. Also during that meeting, there will be a tax deed sale on several Lemmon properties. A $75,000 state grant could 100% fund old tire clean-up in Perkins County. The county would work with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to set up times and locations for tire drop-offs. The county would then hire a contractor to haul the tires away and the grant would pay the expenses. Tires from commercial businesses would be excluded from the program. Chris Candelaria, Keystone Pipeline representative, was back to visit with commissioners about the oil pipeline that will pass through the very southwestern corner of Perkins County. He sought right-of-way privileges to build approaches on three roads, including Zeona Road, 156th Ave. and Cedar Canyon Road, which the project will bore underneath,. He said that there would be no digging on private property. In other business, Buer announced that load limits will go off county roads on April 23; Schweitzer shared a complimentary letter about the Perkins County Assessor’s office that came from the State Dept. of Revenue; and there was a 45-minute executive session to discuss personnel issues.
Town Board
continued from page 1 New business included a visit from Mr. Jim Hodgson of Dacotah Bank in Lemmon to conduct a review of the board’s insurances. The good news was that this year’s bill was $1.00 less than it was in 2004! The town will stay with Dacotah Bank Insurance. Board member Luke Clements asked the board for help in purchasing new bases and sand for the softball field. He stated that the Men’s Club and Economic Development would also help with expenses. City Finance Officer Beth Hulm reported that there is $1,500.00 set aside for supplies in the park budget. This will be revisited in the near future. He also reported that the golf course will be putting in new culverts and may need one or two truckloads of gravel. This is fine with the board. The town recently paid to have
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tires hauled away, now it has learned that there will be a statewide tire pick-up conducted by the State of South Dakota. This, however, does not include businesses. If the county does not participate in this, the town will look into it. The Public Library survey was reviewed. E-books were discussed. There is a $600.00 fee for the local library to join the e-reader card program, and this would need to be done by May 1st. Following a recent meeting of the Perkins County Fairboard, rental rates for the town to use office space at the Bentley Building would be $425.00/month plus the town would be responsible for snow removal and grass mowing. After discussion, this item was tabled to be discussed at a later date. The next regular meeting of the Bison Town Board will be May 7 at 7:00 p.m.
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Pastors Perspective
By Pastor Phil Hahn Grace Baptist Church
FILL UP MY CUP Are you struggling with emptiness in your life? Do you live each day trying to fill an empty void, searching for that new thing that will bring you fillness or joy? The Bible has good news for you! According to I Peter 1:18&19, God has sent His Son, Jesus, to set you free from “the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers.” You see, when you try to find satisfaction in this world, when you seek the things of this world to fill the void, it only leaves you feeling empty and frustrated. Jesus Christ came to give us new life and that new life is full and abundant. In Christ alone you can have a life full of His joy, His peace, and His blessing. Will you come to him and commit your empty life to him? Will you receive Him as your Lord and Savior? Will you then live your life for Him who died for you instead of living for yourself? If you do, He will fill you with His fullness (Colossians 2:6-10). “FILL MY CUP, LORD. I LIFT IT UP LORD. COME AND QUENCH THIS THIRSTING OF MY SOUL.”
The Bison Courier • Thursday, April 19, 2012 • Page 5 Obituary
Vernon “Evie” Evanson
work with his father, who owned Evanson’s Funeral Home and Evanson’s Furniture in addition to operating an ambulance service. This business later became Evanson and Son. Evie was united in marriage to Olive “Ollie” Hanson at the American Lutheran Church in Lemmon on June 25, 1941. They were blessed with a daughter, Darlene. On October 31, 1944, Evie was inducted into the U.S. Army and served in France during World War II. He was honorably discharged on July 23, 1946 and then returned to Lemmon. Evie was an avid supporter of the Lemmon community and involved in numerous activities and business ventures in the area. He was an organizing member and served on the Board of Directors of KBJM Radio, Lemmon Livestock Market, and Gregorian Manufacturing. He was involved with the Lemmon Housing Authority, helping to oversee the first HUD elderly housing complex in Lemmon, and a member of the original Lemmon Economic Development Board to revitalize Main Street. Evie also served on Lemmon’s school board and city council, as well as the Lemmon Volunteer Fire Department, Jaycees, and LIONS Club. To many, he was known as "Lion Evie" having joined the Lemmon LIONS Club in April 1949. Serving as president numerous times, he provided the inspiration of the city's Club, having sponsored over 100 new members over the 63 years - a regional record both in recruitment and in number of years served. He was past President of the Lemmon Chamber of Commerce and a member of the VFW, American Legion, Masonic Lodge, and West River Shrine Club. He was a member of the South Dakota Funeral Directors Association, serving as its president in 1975. He was chosen as the Centennial Grand Marshal because of his extra ordinary commitment to the town he loved. The Clown Band was one of Evie’s most enjoyable ventures. He played the cornet in high school, so this was the catalyst to organize this quirky group of musicians famous for their musical abilities and comical antics. The band of merry clowns marched in parades all over the state and even gained national attention all because he and a small group of business men wanted to bring attention to his beloved little prairie town. Not only being a local sports fan and supporter, he was also an avid Minnesota Vikings fan. Evie was a long-time member of Calvary Lutheran Church, serving in various capacities as well as singing in the choir for 50 plus years. His faith in God and service were the backbone of who he was. Evie was a very caring, kind, generous and compassionate man. He admitted that one of his life goals was to give comfort to those suffering the loss of a loved one, a passion he devoted his life to. Many in this area saw his compassion as he served as their funeral director. Parenting and grandparenting his small lively family was one of Ollie and Evie’s greatest joys. His sense of humor and joke playing had no bounds and his thoughtful advice was enormously beneficial. He always had a smile and an accepting way, giving all a sense of confidence and the feeling of his “loving hand”. His retirement in 1986 afforded Evie and Ollie more time for their love of golf, travel, yard work, and spending time with their daughter and family. They especially enjoyed “wintering” in Palm Springs, CA. Celebrating his life are his wife of 70 years, Ollie, his daughter and son-in-law, Darlene and Dick Goebel, Severna Park, MD; three grandchildren, Scott Goebel, Melissa and her husband, Ato Leone, Lindsay-Paige and her husband, Chris Veitenheimer, four great grandchildren, Corena Leone, Dylan and Megan Goebel, and Riley Veitenheimer, and several nieces and nephews. “Well done my good and faithful Servant.” The Funeral Services for Evie will be held at 11:00am Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Lemmon with Pastor Bob Edwards, officiating. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery with full military honors afforded by the Brattvet- Green American Legion Post #66 of Lemmon. A Masonic/Family service was held at 6:30pm on Friday evening at the Evanson-Jensen Funeral Home in Lemmon. The Visitation was held beginning at 1:00 on Friday with the family present from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Special music will be provided by Eldon and Mary Jean Jensen. Serving as casketbearers were Scott, Dylan, and Megan Goebel, Lindsay-Paige, Chris, and Riley Veitenheimer, Melissa and Corena Leone. Ron Johnson, Jack Rafferty, Eldon Jensen, and Ray Huber are considered as honorary bearers. A memorial has been established. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.evansonjensenfuneralhome.com.
God has called a wonderful man to his Heavenly Home. Vernon “Evie” Evanson passed from this life on Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 12:50am at the age of 92. What a beautiful time to meet the face of God! Vernon Gerald Evanson was born on November 18, 1919 in Lemmon, SD, the oldest child and only son of Richard “Dick” and Sadie (Aure) Evanson. He had two sisters, Delores and Dorothy, both now deceased. Evie received his education in Lemmon, graduating from Lemmon High School with the Class of 1937. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout and later attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN for one year. He transferred to the University of Minnesota, graduating with a Degree in Mortuary Science. Evie returned to Lemmon to
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Annie Hoar
Marcus (wife Mary) Hoar of Edgemont, South Dakota; daughters, Eunice Forney of Hot Springs; Judy (husband Jerry) Ebeling of Ama, Louisiana; eleven grandchildren, William R. and Robert (Kim) Vargo; Steven and Donald Parker; Deanna (Chris) Elmquist; Terri (Hector) Flores; John Hoar; Charles and Aaron Forney; Michael (April) and David Ebeling; eighteen great-grandchildren; one great great-grandson and numerous nieces and nephews. Sisters-in-law Gwyneth Green, Hettinger, North Dakota, Dorothy (Howard) Haugen, Bison, South Dakota. Brother-in-law Norman Kopren, Bison, SD. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard, her oldest daughter, Amy Vargo and her sons-in-law, William Vargo and William Forney; parents, Hans John and Anna Haugen; brother, Ivan Anton Haugen and sister, Mary Adelle Haugen. Annie’s hobbies included card games, quilting, baking, cooking, crocheting, tatting, bingo, extension clubs, and helping with 4H club activities. Visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., Sunday, April 22, 2012, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hot Springs. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 23, 2012, at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Dwayne Hunzeker officiating. Committal service will be at 2:30 p.m. April 23, 2012, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, South Dakota. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in Annie’s name to benefit St. John’s Lutheran Church. Arrangements have been placed in the care of McColley’s Chapel of the Hills in Hot Springs. Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.
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Coal Springs Community Church Pastors Nels & Angie Easterby
Seventh Day Adventist Church • Pastor Donavon Kack
Sabbath School - 10:30 a.m., Worship Service - 11:00 a.m.
South Jct. of Highways 73 & 20 Sunday School - 10:00 a.m., Worship Service - 11:00 a.m.
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church • Fr. Tony Grossenburg
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Holland Center Christian Reformed Church Pastor Brad Burkhalter • Lodgepole
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First Presbyterian Church • Pastor Florence Hoff, CLP
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Annie Hoar, age 92, of Hot Springs, SD, passed away Sunday, April 15, 2012, at the Fall River Hospital in Hot Springs. Annie was born on October 16, 1919 at Bison, South Dakota, to Hans John and Anna (Anderson) Haugen. Survivors include sons, Ivan (wife Sandy) Hoar of Hot Springs;
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Beckman Wesleyan Church • Pastor Brad Burkhalter
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.
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Meadow News ..................By Tiss Treib
Jim Christman of Peru arrived Saturday to spend some time with his parents, Art and Marilyn Christman and to help with farming. Jerry Petik attended a Grand River Grazing Association meeting in Lemmon on Tuesday afternoon. Jerry was a Wednesday caller at Ernestine Miller's. Pastor Ed Zimmerman was a Thursday afternoon caller at Petiks. Barb Clark brought Cassidy and Teigan for music lessons in the afternoon. Carolyn Petik attended Grand Valley Gals club at Kim Petik's on Thursday evening. Carolyn Petik was a Friday afternoon visitor at Irene Young's. In the evening, she and Jerry attended Grand Valley Community Club. Dale Holtey of Huron was a Saturday lunch guest at Petik's. Sunday afternoon, Jerry and Carolyn Petik and Irene Young were visitors at Bakken's to celebrate Mirandi's 14th birthday. Tuesday, Mary Ellen Fried traveled to Hettinger and visited with Judy Randall at the Western Horizon’s Care Center and spent the afternoon at the home of Allen and Kay McIntyre to visit with Jon and Kellee Morgan and boys. Kaylene Erlenbush and Mary Ellen joined them for supper. Wednesday, Mary Ellen Fried, Esther Haggart, Edith Meland accompanied Della Hatle to the Bison school Spring Music concert. Friday evening, Skip Woodbury of Tuscon, AZ, Dean Woodbury of Fredrickburg, Virginia and Glen Woodbury of Rapid City arrived at the home of their aunt, Mary Ellen Fried to spend the weekend and visit with family and friends in the Bison area and also Judy Randall at the Western’s Horizon’s care center. Skip is Judy’s brother. Sunday dinner guests of Mary Ellen Fried were Greg and Peggy Fried, Herb Fried, Kenneth Randall, Roxie Seamonds, Scott Fried, Skip, Dean and Glen Woodbury. Joyce Waddell and Duane Friedwere afternoon caller to visit with Dean and Glen.
GrandRiver Roundup..............................By Betty Olson
We got more April showers! Thursday I dumped .17” out of the rain gauge and we got another 29 hundredths on Saturday. The pastures are greening up, the trees are leafing out, and the moisture should reduce the fire danger. Lanie left for Dickinson Easter Sunday evening because she had to work in Killdeer the next day and Taz went back to college in Chadron Monday morning. Bryce and Trig didn’t have school Easter Monday, so Casey and the kids sorted sheep and set up the shed to get ready for lambing. Just in time - the sheep started lambing the next day! The Butte County Republican Women met at the Belle Inn Tuesday and I was invited to speak to the group after lunch. Tuesday was the school board and municipal election in Belle and I visited with former Buffalo pastor Jean Helmer that afternoon while checking on an AT&T cell phone. The next morning I heard on the radio that Jean had won a seat on the Belle Fourche school board. Wednesday was cold and really windy. Instead of firing up the wood stove, I warmed up the house by baking a big batch of buns and hamburger pasties. Later that afternoon I warmed up my soul with a call to Reub’s Aunt Virginia (Lenerville) Olson out in Great Falls. Virginia turned 93 on April 11 and is the only one remaining in the generation of Buck’s 13 siblings and their spouses. Ken Lenerville was married to Amy’s sister Mabel Graves and Virginia is Ken’s sister, making her sons double cousins of Reuben and Doug. This wonderful lady was raised on her parent’s homestead just south of the Grand River on what is now Will Larson’s ranch and she’s my go-to lady for all those old family history questions that come up occasionally. And speaking of double relatives, Nubby Larson’s sister, Donna (Freitag) Larson, 74, passed away last Monday. Donna was married to Pete Larson’s brother Kent, making their kids double cousins too. Kent and Donna ran Kent’s Body Shop in 14th. Happy Birthday everybody!! With all these birthdays, I’ll Circle, Montana. They owned and operated the Gambles Store (later leave you with these words of wisLarson True Value) for many dom from Will Rogers about growyears where Donna was the paint ing older: First ~ Eventually you will specialist. The store is now owned by their son Arnie. Donna’s fu- reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging neral was this Monday in Circle. Our old neighbor Neale Kait- about it. Second ~ The older we get, the fors, 88, died Easter Sunday and his funeral was Friday at the fewer things seem worth waiting Ralph Lutheran Church. Neale in line for. Third ~ Some people try to turn and his brother Ray sang with the “Happy Wanderers”, a singing back their odometers. Not me, I group in the Reeder area. Ray’s want people to know "why" I look daughter-in-law, Chris Kaitfors this way. I've traveled a long way and her daughters Kelsey and and some of the roads weren't Hillary sang for Neale’s funeral, paved. Fourth ~ When you are dissatisending with a wonderful rendition fied and would like to go back to of ‘Happy Wanderer’. These families have our sympa- youth, think of Algebra. Fifth ~ You know you are getthy. It’s that time of the year again - ting old when everything either Reub hauled a bunch of manure to dries up or leaks. Sixth ~ I don't know how I got fertilize all my garden spots on Saturday. Casey helped hook the over the hill without getting to the new tiller up to the tractor and top. Seventh ~ One of the many Reub got all four garden spots tilled for me before the rain things no one tells you about aging started that afternoon. I’ve got all is that it is such a nice change the garden seeds, seed potatoes, from being young. Eighth ~ One must wait until and onion sets I need, so as soon as the ground dries up enough, I’ll evening to see how splendid the day has been. get them planted. Ninth ~ Being young is beautiIf you get the BEEF magazine, did you see the picture of our vet, ful, but being old is comfortable. Tenth ~ Long ago when men Ethan Andress, in the Merck advertisement on page 18 of the cursed and beat the ground with April issue? I hadn’t noticed it sticks, it was called witchcraft.† until Sharon Longwood pointed it Today it's called golf. And finally ~ If you don't learn out to me after Bible Study at their house Sunday evening. Nice to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you are picture, Ethan! Colton Njos from Belle Fourche old. was named KOTA TV Athlete of the Week this week. The son of Loren and Wendy Njos, Colton reIf a statue in the park of a minds me so much of his Grandpa Lores Njos! Congratulations person on a horse has both Colton. front legs in the air, the perWe had lots of birthdays to cele- son died in battle; if the horse brate this week. In addition to has one front leg in the air, Aunt Virginia’s birthday on the the 11th, Peg Donner celebrated her person died as a result of birthday on the 10th, our daughwounds ter-in-law Angie shares a birthday received in battle; if the with Jedd Parfrey, Jarett Jenson, Gene Tenold, and Kent and Keith horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of Larson on the 12th, and my cousin natural causes. Jean Kopren’s birthday was on the
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Rosebud News ......................................By Tiss Treib
Justin and Jo Seim returned to their home in Lead Monday morning after spending Sunday with Tim and JoAnne Seim. Tim and JoAnne Seim visited at Chet and Mandy Anderson’s Saturday morning. Monday, Patricia Keller, Timber Lake, Natasha and Ian Keller Sioux City, Iowa, were visitors of Albert and Bridget Keller. They came to see the new place progression. They were dinner and supper guests. They returned to Timber Lake Monday evening. Tuesday, Dave Kopp, from Iowa came to see the Keller’s. He traveled on Thursday with Albert to Montana to work. Al Treib made a trip to Bismarck Tuesday. Tiss Treib visited with Dee Strehlow Wednesday afternoon. Al and Tiss Treib made a trip to Lemmon Saturday morning and had coffee with Dan and Jan Lindeman. Tiss Treib visited with John and Shirley Johnson after chores Saturday and had stew. Thelma Sandgren spent Saturday afternoon with Helen Meink. Wednesday, Jim and Patsy Miller and Matt Miller visited at the home of John and Noreen Green. Friday evening, Patsy and Christi Miller traveled to Rapid City and returned home Saturday. Donald Miller of Gillette, WY arrived at Jim and Patsy Miller’s Saturday to spend the weekend. Matt Miller and Christi Miller and Donald Miller were Sunday supper guests of Jim and Patsy Miller. Tuesday, Thelma Sandgren took dinner to Warren Van Wyk, because it is lambing time. Rory Van Wyk is home to help Kory Van Wyk. Thelma enjoyed visiting with them all. Thelma then visited with Henrietta LaFebre and stopped for dessert and tea with Alf and Betty Vliem. It was a good day. Thursday, Jim and Patsy Miller were luncheon guests of Thelma Sandgren and then Jim tilled her rhubarb patch. Friday Thelma Sandgren took off for Hettinger a little early in the morning and had a coffee break with Jim and Angie Spenny on her way to town and tea with John and Shirley Johnson on her way home. Saturday, Thelma Sandgren took magazines to Helen Meink and enjoyed tea and cookies and had a good visit. Kathleen Leseberg stopped in at Thelma Sandgrens on Honey business and she visited with many neighbors also. Thelma Sandgren was a Sunday evening guest of Lester and Sharon Longwood for Bible Study.
Thank you to everyone who voted for me in the school board election. I look forward to meeting many more parents, teachers, students and community members in the coming months. It is your input that will help to shape the future of the Bison School District. Angie Thompson
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The Service
One Sunday morning, the pastor noticed little Alex was staring up at the large plaque that hung in the foyer of the church. It was covered with names, and small American flags were mounted on either side of it. The seven-year-old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the pastor walked up, stood beside the boy, and said quietly, "Good morning, Alex." "Good morning," replied the young man, still focused on the plaque. "What is this?" Alex asked. "Well, son, it's a memorial to all the young men and women who died in the service." Soberly, they stood together, staring at the large plaque. Little Alex's voice was trembling and barely audible when he asked, "Which service, the 9:45 or the 11:15?"
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Bison school library celebrates National School Library month
Forty parents, children, and teachers attended Bison School’s annual Family Library Night which was held recently. The Family Library Night was hosted by Joyce Waddell, K-12 school librarian, and Roxie Seaman, Title I teacher. Mrs. Waddell introduced this year’s sixteen “Prairie Bud” books for grades K-2 and this year’s sixteen “Prairie Pasque” books for grades 3-5 by giving a brief synopsis of each book. Dr. Seuss, popular author of children’s books, was also featured. Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to the world as the beloved Dr. Seuss, published more than forty books between 1937 and 1991, when he died at the age of 87. More than half a billion copies of his books have been sold. The Family Library Night program included a brief explanation of the library facilities and a reading time for children to share library books with their parents. The evening concluded with door prizes and cookies.
2012 Senior Spotlight
Jessica Johnson is the pretty and petite daughter and only child of Sheila Kari Johnson, rural Bison, and Gus Johnson, Rapid City. She’s a rodeo queen, an accomplished violinist, a top student and a golfer. Born on Dec. 21, 1992, She attended Rapid City elementary schools before moving back to her mother’s home county, to the ranch, where she can have her horses, Whiskey and Mac. “I always wanted to live out in the country,” she said. “I’m blessed to be out here.” She came to Bison school in the 7th grade. She likes the many opportunities that such a small school offers and said that it “became a family” for her. Jessica is currently a top-four finalist in KEVN’s “Rising Star of the West” competition, she’s a member of FFA, rodeo club (breakaway and team roping), has won state honors in both Oral Interp and golf and is involved in drama. She’s vice president of the National Honor Society and is on the Student Council. She’s a Regent Scholar, even though she had to “suffer through” Spanish to attain that. She was in 4-H. She began taking violin lessons in grade 4 and now teaches it to others. Sometimes she plays at mass (Mud Butte) or from atop Whiskey, performing the National Anthem at rodeos. She is the reigning Perkins County Rodeo Queen and the Regional High School Rodeo Queen. In 2009, she was Jr. Miss Rodeo South Dakota. She might compete for Miss Rodeo South Dakota some day but said she isn’t quite ready “to have that much responsibility.” Her dream would be to hold the title “just for a day” or to be the first woman roper in a National Finals Rodeo. One of her favorite things to do is to golf with her dad. Jessica equally enjoys golf and rodeo but isn’t sure that she’ll compete in either at the college level. She’s enrolled at BHSU, Spearfish, for next year but hasn’t decided on a major area of study. “There are so many things that I enjoy doing,” she said. Whatever she decides to do, she wants “to serve others and to make the world a better place.”
Garrett Holzer, First Grade Student, and son of Toby and Sarah Holzer, is reading to the audience from his favorite book.
Jessica Jayne Johnson
Dustin Wells, first grade student and son of Brian and Lita Wells, with Mrs. Joyce Waddell, K-12 Bison School Librarian. Dustin is reading to the audience from the “The Cat In The Hat” book by Dr. Seuss, as Dr. Seuss was the featured author for Family Library Night.
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TREE FACTS – The History of Arbor Day
During the late 1800s Morton's idea spread from Nebraska with Kansas, Tennessee, Minnesota and Ohio all proclaiming their own Arbor Days. By 1920, more than 45 states and territorial possessions were celebrating Arbor Day. Today all 50 states in the USA celebrate Arbor Day although the dates may vary in keeping with the local climate. State Arbor Days held in our part of the nation are as follows: Wyoming – last Monday in April; Iowa, Montana, Nebraska and South Dakota - last Friday in April and North Dakota – first Friday in May. In 1970, President Richard Nixon proclaimed the last Friday in April as National Arbor Day. Arbor Day is an excellent opportunity for homeowners to take a good look at the trees on their property and plan for the future. Trees should be checked for broken branches, disease and insect problems. Planting new trees can improve your property and provide wind or heat protection. Arbor Day is the time for community leaders to take stock of the trees in their neighborhoods and public areas. Thoughtful plans for tree planting and tree maintenance can make a real difference to your community. Following are inspirational quotes taken from several Arbor Day speeches by Mr. Morton. “we ought to bequeath to posterity as many forests and orchards as we have exhausted and consumed.” “To preserve beauty on the earth, beauty herself beseeches us to plant trees, and renew dead landscapes with the shadow and light of plant life flitting through the pendant limbs, the willowy boughs and the waving foliage of sturdy, yet graceful woods.” “let us endeavor then by our words on “Arbor Day” - and all other opportune occasions - to so embellish the world with plant life, trees, flowers and foliage, as to make our earth homes approximate to those which the prophets, poets and seers of all ages have portrayed as the Home in Heaven.” My sources for this news release were the Arbor Day Foundation and TREEHELP. COM. If you would like more information about The History of Arbor Day call Bob Drown at the Conservation Office at 605-244-5222, Extension 4.
Bull nutrition impacts semen production
While breeding season may still be a ways off, bull nutrition now can have an impact on semen production, says Adele Harty, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist. "It's critical that we have nutrition where we need it to be, well in advance of breeding season," Harty said during a recent iGrow Radio Network interview. She says cattlemen should strive for a body condition of 6 as most bulls will lose about 100 pounds during the breeding season. So what does a body score of 6 look like? "They are going to have some spongy fat over their ribs, hooks and pins, and you'll be able to see some of the shoulder muscle movement, and they'll have fat deposits in their brisket," she said. To get there, many bulls may need a higher plain of nutrition than simply hay - with higher energy and protein requirements based on the age of the bull. Harty says many purchased bulls may carry plenty of condition, and she encourages slowly bringing them down to a maintenance diet combined with increased exercise. "If you can turn them into a pasture or a bigger area where they can exercise, it will help them stay sound longer and actually have better libido during the breeding season," Harty said.
By Robert W. Drown, Natural Resource Specialist The tree planter’s holiday of Arbor Day has its roots in Nebraska. The first Arbor Day took place on April 10, 1872 in Nebraska. It was started by Julius Sterling Morton (1832-1902), a Nebraska journalist and politician. Morton worked to improve agricultural techniques and even served as President Grover Cleveland's Secretary of Agriculture. But his most important legacy is Arbor Day. The Morton’s had moved to Nebraska from Michigan and missed the woodlands and lush vegetation of the east. The Morton’s planted many trees, shrubs and even an apple orchard on their land. They realized that the plains, though treeless, had a climate and soil favorable to tree growth. The settlers in the new territory were in need of trees for homes, fences, farm buildings, fuel and windbreaks. Morton often wrote about the trees best suited to the plains encouraging the planting of trees. Morton believed that Nebraska's landscape and economy would benefit from the wide-scale planting of trees. He proposed that a special day be dedicated to tree planting and increasing awareness of the importance of trees. On Nebraska's first Arbor Day more than one million trees were planted. After the second Arbor Day in 1884, Nebraska made it a legal state holiday.
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Bison music students presented A Tribute to Musicals at the Spring Concert
Katie Kvale, Gavin Nelson, Rawlin Smith, Will Crabtree, Roni Voller, Kenley Day.
Kindergarten students Abigayle Thompson, Emery Lensegrav, Cohen Palmer, Jarett Schuchard, Jayda Seim and Maddie Hulm sang When You Wish Upon a Star and I’ve Got No Strings.
Shaley Lensegrav and Nicole Hafner performed with the high school band.
Tuff Seim and Darrick Palmeno-Sacrison playing bells and drums in grade school band.
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Puppy Chow
NOTE: This snack is NOT for puppies or dogs. Please do not feed it to them. Chocolate is very harmful to our animal friends. This snack is for people only! 2 cups chocolate chips, 1 (15 ounce) box Crispix or Rice Chex, 1 cup peanut butter, 1/2 cup margarine, 3 cups confectioners' sugar Heat chocolate chips, peanut butter and margarine on HIGH in a glass bowl in microwave until melted — mix well. Combine cereal and chocolate mix. Stir until completely coated. Place confectioners' sugar in a bag, add cereal mix, and shake to coat. Spread on wax paper. Let stand until set.
Notice is hereby given that the Bison School District No. 52-1, Bison, South Dakota, has been audited by Cahill Bauer & Associates, LLC for the year ended June 30, 2011. A detailed report thereon is available for public inspection, during normal business hours, at the business office of the School District, and also available at the Department of Legislative Audit in Pierre, South Dakota or on the Department of Legislative Audit website at HYPERLINK "http://www.state.sd.us/legislativeaudit/Reports/reports_all.htm" http://www.state.sd.us/legislativeaudit/Reports/reports_all.htm. The following findings and recommendations provide a brief description of material weaknesses in internal control that are described in more detail in the audit report. Finding: Internal control over financial reporting and compliance is not adequate. Recommendation: We recommend a high level of awareness be maintained by management to assist in preventing, detecting, or correcting matters that may arise due to this internal control weakness. Finding: The School’s internal control structure should provide for the preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Recommendation: It is the responsibility of management and those charged with governance to make the decision whether to accept the degree of risk associated with this condition because of cost or other considerations. CAHILL BAUER & ASSOCIATES, LLC [Published April 19, and April 26, 2012 at a total approximate cost of $39.66.]
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Art in the Garden As spring approaches maybe we should think about adding a little Art to our garden or landscape. We think of art inside our homes as pictures, vases and statues, but what is Art in the garden? You can spice up your outdoor yard or garden with whatever suits your fancy, fits your lifestyle or chosen theme. It might be rummage sale finds, antiques, hand crafted items; something that reflects your style and personality. The first rule of thumb when thinking about art outdoors is to determine whether you want the art to be the center of attention or a supporting role in your main scheme of things. Look around your landscape, what grabs your interest, what is around it? Could a piece of “art” visually enhance the area or enhance what you consider a focal point? Art that is larger than its surroundings is a natural way to create a focal point. There are simple ways to do this without a large piece. Place a statue or a pot on a base that raises it above the surroundings or use a collection of items that are similar in color or material or items of contrasting vivid colors and textures or forms. Give your choice of art significance by placing it in front of a trellis or under an arch or arbor. Art placed in such a manner draws the eye and creates a layered dimension. Not all garden art needs to be a focal point. Positioning art along a path, near a corner that will signal a visitor to move along and see what is new around the corner or beyond the shrub, the fence, etc... Experiment with colorful containers, sculptures, birdbaths, benches, and arbors. Whether they’re subtle accents that blend into the setting or bold attentiongetters that add sparkle and pizzazz, art helps define your garden style. Consider designing your own art. Not a sculptor? You can tie some wooden poles together in a teepee design and grow vines to cover it. Located in the right spot, your teepee can be not only a plant support, but also a work of art. Paint an old chair or other object with bright colors and patterns to place it in your flower bed, even the side of a garden shed offers a canvas for your creative expression. Get those creative juices going! "Nature is the art of God." ~ Thomas Browne, Religio Medici, 1635 Submitted by - Karen Englehart, Master Gardener, SDSU Cooperative Extension Service
Stockgrowers call on USDA to continue reform of Beef Check-off Program
The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association sent a letter to US Dept of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this week calling for additional reform to the Beef Check-off program. In the letter to Secretary Vilsack, Stockgrowers President Shane Kolb said, "We feel strongly that producer confidence must be restored to the Beef check-off program in order to continue the program as a benefit to producers." The Beef Check-off program is a federal mandate that requires one dollar of every beef animal sold in the United States to be paid for use to promote and research beef. The promotion and research work is contracted to private organizations, mostly the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and their affiliates. South Dakota Stockgrower members have become wary of the Beef Check-off program after recent audits found a lack of transparency and inadequate firewalls to separate producer check-off funds from the NCBA's private work as a lobby organization. Those lobby efforts have often been in conflict with the policies supported by other producer groups including Stockgrowers. Additionally, the legislation that governs the Beef Check-off program explicitly denies the use of check-off moneys for any lobbying by any contractor. "It is becoming increasingly difficult for our members to justify sending their hard earned dollars to a contracting organization without more substantial assurance that the money is being separated from any lobbying efforts." "At a time when the United States Beef herd is experiencing its lowest numbers ever, and consumer confidence is being repeatedly shaken through issues like the lean finely textured beef discussion, we need a strong beef promotion program working for producers more than ever." Kolb closed the letter by saying, "We feel that these changes would make significant strides toward restoring producer confidence and support for the Beef Check-off program. The Stockgrowers Board of Directors have called for reforms to include: Amending the Beef Promotion Act by 1) allowing the Cattlemen's Beef Board to become a completely independent and freestanding organization, and 2) lifting the 5 percent cap on CBB administrative costs so it can finances its own independent meetings without assistance from or coordination with any policy organization. An amendment to the Beef Promotion Act that would limit any one organization from being awarded contracts that equal more than fifty percent of the total check-off dollars in any calendar year and that no portion of the beef check-off dollars awarded to such an organization be used to pay for any portion of salaries or benefits of people employed by a policy or lobbying organization or of an individual consultant or lobbyist. A change in policy that accomplishes 1) a complete separation between any policy organization and Federation of State Beef Councils to provide for complete check-off accountability, 2) an increase in check-off fees to be tied to a two-year periodic producer referendum on the check-off program, and 3) the beef check-off program should be housed with other mandatory check-off programs under USDA.
April 21st is TAX FREE day at NW Farm & Home Shop all day, Buy all you want. We’ll pay the taxes! *excludes building packages
•Greenhouse opening soon!
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Oven-Baked Carrot Fries
1 1/2 pounds carrots, 1 teaspoon sugar, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary, Pinch of pepper Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a shallow pan with foil. Using a sharp knife, slice away the tip and end of each carrot; peel each completely. Cut carrots in half crosswise, then cut lengthwise, then cut lengthwise again.In a mixing bowl, combine the carrot sticks, olive oil, rosemary, salt and pepper. Stir until all are evenly coated. Place carrots in pan, spreading sticks out as much as possible. Bake for 20 minutes or until carrots are tender. Serve hot or at room temperature. Makes 4 servings.
Equalization process
continued from page 1 commercial property increased! They recently completed renovations on a masonry shop, built in 1950. Requests to increase values is “backward from what most people want,” according to Foster. Fink is frustrated, however, at low property values throughout his area. Nobody is willing to fixup or sell property that has little value, he said. “I just wish that we could raise everybody’s in Prairie City.” He maintains that higher taxes might encourage property owners to get rid of their properties to somebody who might want to improve them. Gerbracht’s hands are tied. Without sales, she has no formula with which to increase values. “It’s not going to change until people step forward and do it,” Fink said. His own request was honored because of his improvements. It will be taxed at a discretionary value for the first five years because it is commercial property. The rest of Tuesday’s meeting was spent cleaning up some clerical errors, approving tax exempt property, predator control and owner occupied lists. Unorganized township assessment books were available for the board’s review. All county equalization matters being complete, the equalization books were both opened and closed in the same day.
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For Sale FOR SALE: 1 used lathe, old. Call Fritz at 1-605-866-4434. F32-2tp Second Chance! Three bed, two bath ranch style home with basement for sale. Includes extra lot, a one-room school house and 4 car garage. 613 1st Ave. West. If interested call Kvale's at 244-7536. B40-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) 2445473. B14-tfn Services Cleaning Services, various hours available. References upon request. Please call Karin @ 2447799 or 406-581-1108. B30-tfn Employment The Bison Courier has a part time opening for more information call 244-7199. B44-tfn
SERVICE TECHNIWANTED: CIANS at a stable dealership with three locations in South Dakota and four locations in Nebraska. Excellent benefit package. A/C service departments. Wages DOE. For locations and phone numbers check our website: www.grossenburg.com. EQUIPMENT OPERATOR/MAINTENANCE Worker: Full-time. Must have commercial driver’s license/able to obtain within 3 months of hire date. Benefits package. Position open until filled. Apply: Haakon Co. Highway Dept., 22260 Lake Waggoner Rd., Philip, SD 57567. 605/859-2472. HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE FOREMAN, full time, Pierre area. Must have CDL, supervisory experience preferred. Wage DOQ. Contact DOL or Hughes County, 605-7737477. Closes April 27. EOE. TRI COOP ELEVATOR, Gully, MN, is seeking a qualified General Manager, a diversified grain, energy, and agronomy cooperative with sales exceeding $15 million. Position requires knowledge in grain marketing, financial management, human resource management. Competitive salary and benefits. Send or fax (888-653-5527) resume to: Larry Fuller, 5213 Shoal Drive, Bismarck ND 58503 Email: larry.fuller@chsinc.com. MADISON DAILY LEADER is seeking a motivated, solution-driven advertising representative to generate and manage accounts for print and online. Excellent benefits. Send cover letter and resume to Melissa@MadisonDailyLeader.com. GREAT PAYING JOBS! Statewide construction jobs, $12.00 - $15.00 OR MORE hourly + benefits. Summer or permanent. No experience necessary. Hit Pay Dirt! Apply Online www.sdwork.org. MOBILE COORDINATOR: Delta Dental of South Dakota has an exciting opportunity for a health professional to work as a coordinator with the mobile dental program. Successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, the ability to lead others, the ability to multi-task, and a passion for working with children. Coordinator will be responsible for supervising a team of 3-4 staff, scheduling patient visits, and working with local community organizations in an effort to provide dental care to underserved children. Position is based out of Pierre and requires travel up to 40weeks/year, M-F at various sites across South Dakota. Coordinator must be willing to drive a 40 ft. long truck (CDL training will be provided). Excellent salary/benefit package including: medical, dental, vision, life & disability insurance, paid vacation, sick leave, continuing education opportunities, and 401k. Send cover letter and resume to: Summer Sporrer, HR, Delta Dental of South Dakota, 720 N. Euclid Ave., Pierre, SD 57501. F/T SERVICE TECHNICIAN John Deere Dealership, Yankton / Freeman. Servicing, repairing, reconditioning customer/dealer equipment. Service department experience and tools required. Contact Rick Stone 605-760-4436 StoneR@deerequipment.com. PRAIRIE AG PARTNERS of Lake Preston, SD, is seeking a qualified General Manager. This $175M cooperative with 4 locations offering grain marketing (with rail), full service retail agronomy, energy (bulk/retail), and feed (bulk/bag). Grain, agronomy, energy, feed, and service as well as financial and personal management experience required. Email: larry.fuller@chsinc.com or fax (888653-5527) resume to: Larry Fuller, 5213 Shoal Drive, Bismarck ND 58503. TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR yardman. Duties include loading and unloading trucks, delivery, filling bins, customer sales. Benefit package. Send resume to Johnson Lumber, Attention Dan, 22 W 5th Ave, Webster, SD 57274; 605-3456000. TOWN OF POLLOCK, SD: Maintenance employee. Must have or be able to obtain Class 1 water/wastewater certification. Salary DOE. Call 605-889-2490 for application. Deadline to apply is May 7, 2012. GREAT PAYING JOBS! Statewide construction jobs, $12.00 - $15.00 OR MORE hourly + benefits. Summer or permanent. No experience necessary. Hit Pay Dirt! Apply Online www.sdwork.org. FULL-TIME PIPE layer/machine operator. For local NESD excavation work. CDL required. Wages/benefits DOE. Call Clint Duerre, Duerre Excavation, Bristol, SD - 605-492-3475. FOR SALE THRIFTSTORE & MORE offers large selection of children & adult clothing, household items, books and toys. Children’s clothing JUST .49 cents; adult .99 cents. Open Thurs. & Fri. 10 AM -5:30 PM, Sat. 10 AM -2 PM CST. I-90, Exit 225 & 226, Main Street, Presho. NEED A REASON to live in the Northern Black Hills? Look here. Established and highly successful PAINTING BUSINESS for sale. Call 605-641-4940 daytime for information. NOW IS THE CHANCE to buy a well established & successful business in the State Capitol of S.D. The Longbranch is for SALE (serious inquires only). Call Russell Spaid 605280-1067. LOG HOMES DAKOTA LOG HOME Builders representing Golden Eagle Log Homes, building in eastern, central, northwestern South & North Dakota. Scott Connell, 605-530-2672, Craig Connell, 605-264-5650, www.goldeneagleloghomes.com. PETS CHESAPEAKE PUPPIES: I own both parents they are registered and excellent hunting dogs, waterfowl or upland birds. Pups were born 3-1-2012. $400. 605-7302088. STEEL BUILDINGS STEEL BUILDINGS - FACTORY DIRECT: 40x80, 50x100, 62x120, 70x150, 80x200, Must liquidate Spring deliveries. Limited supply. Call Trever 1-888-782-7040. 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. AUCTIONS WESTERN AUCTION: Buick 45,000 mi. Car, 2011 Enclosed Trailer, 2800 Gold & Silver Coins, 59 Guns, Antiques, Artifacts, Furniture, Art, Apr 28-29, Wall, SD, 1605-544-3316,www.PiroutekAuction.com
EDUCATION MEDICAL BILLING TRAINEES needed! Train to become a Medical Office Assistant! No experience needed! Local job training. Placement available. HS diploma or GED and PC needed! 1-888-926-7884. EMPLOYMENT GREAT PAYING JOBS! Statewide construction jobs, $12.00 - $15.00 OR MORE hourly + benefits. Summer or permanent. No experience necessary. Hit Pay Dirt! Apply Online www.sdwork.org. TODD COUNTY SCHOOL District, Mission, SD is seeking candidates for the position of superintendent of schools. The candidate needs to have the proper certification requirements and should be a strong educational leader with human relations skills and knowledge of working with cultural diversity. Contact Dr. Julie Ertz at 605-391-4719 or jertz@asbsd.org for application materials. Filing deadline May 4th. CUSTER REGIONAL SENIOR CARE is searching for dedicated, caring nurses to join our team. We have full and part time LPN and RN positions available. We offer excellent benefits and competitive wages. For more information please contact TerryAnn Scott at (605) 673-2237 ext. 29 or log onto www.regionalhealth.com to apply. EEOC/AA. SELL CABLE TV, Internet and Phone throughout SD. Great Income, Travel Required. Need vehicle, valid drivers license. Must pass background check. Call Matt 1-888657-0791.
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Page 16 • The Bison Courier • Thursday, April 19, 2012 The national cowherd of cattle and calves is around 31.4 million head, that is the lowest Beef Cow Inventory number in at least 38 years.
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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that sealed bids will be received by the Board of County Commissioners, of Perkins County South Dakota, at the office of the Perkins County Finance Office, at Bison, South Dakota, until 11:00 A.M.. on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 for the purchase of One Used Semi-Truck Tractor . Such bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at that time in the Commissioner Room in the Courthouse at Bison, South Dakota. Bids, if mailed, should be addressed to the Perkins County Finance Office PO Box 126 Bison, SD 57620 and marked “Sealed Bid for used Semi Truck Tractor” . Each bid must be accompanied by a Certified Check, Cashier’s Check or Bank Draft in the amount of 5% of the total bid and drawn on a Solvent State or National Bank or in lieu thereof, a 10% Bid Bond issued by a Surety authorized to do business in the State of South Dakota and payable to Perkins County. Specifications and Bid Proposal Forms are on file at the Perkins County Highway Dept. Bison, SD and can be obtained by calling 605-244-5629. The Perkins County Board of Commissioners reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids, and waive any defects therein. Dated at Bison, South Dakota, this 12th day of April, 2012. Tracy Buer Perkins County Highway Superintendent Bison, South Dakota 57620

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