Bison Courier, April 25, 2013

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Volume 30 Number 45 April 25, 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
Bison Courier
By Beth Hulm For the third time this month, County Commissioners have gathered in their board room in Bison. Initially, the meeting on April 18 was called to name a board to write a comprehensive plan for Perkins County but a few other items also dotted the agenda. All five commissioners were present to offer input as to who should be on the board that will work with Black Hills Council of Local Governments to write the comprehensive plan. Later, that plan will be introduced to the County Commission for final approval. Once it is in place, commissioners will draw up ordinances meant to protect the property rights of county residents. Per State’s Attorney Shane Penfield’s suggestion a week ago, almost all of the commissioners brought a name or two (or three) for consideration. The first official business was to set the size of the board at seven members. Appointed were Dave Johnson, Lemmon; Vaughn Meyer, Sorum; Todd Fink, Prairie City; Reggie Kennedy, rural Faith; Geraldine Peck and Dan Kvale, Bison; and Dan Anderson, Meadow. A commissioner was not named to that committee because, as one of them put it, “They’re going to bring it to us anyway.” Still uppermost in everybody’s mind is the Pautre Fire, which burned an estimated 14,000 acres of federal and private land in the Grand River grasslands, starting on April 3. During Thursday’s special meeting, county commissioners approved a resolution, which will be mailed to federal and state digni-
Bison senior ready for finals of 7th Annual Rising Star of the West Scholarship Contest
Commission names comprehensive planning committee
taries. In it, they are adamant that the Forest Service pay for the damages to all the affected parties, including local volunteer fire departments, and that they do it in a timely manner. They also resolved that proper conservation measures be taken to control excessive soil erosion. A letter, written by Tim Smith, Lodgepole, President of Grand River Grazing Association, and addressed to Dennis Neitzke, Grassland Supervisor of the Bismarck Forest Service office, will also be sent up the food chain, all the way to the oval office! County Commissioners had copies. In it, Smith has outlined events since the day of the fire, beginning the very next day when Paul Hancock, Grand River District Ranger, was quoted in a news release as saying, “As suppression operations are ending, the Forest Service will be conducting an assessment to determine property damage and working on short and long term strategies to pay for the damage we caused.” On Saturday, April 6, a public information meeting was held in Hettinger where the U.S. Forest Service told nearly 100 farmers and ranchers that they claimed responsibility for the fire. In his letter, Smith wrote that locals were “offended” and “disappointed” that the Forest Service felt the need to post law enforcement at the meeting. He wrote that the locals were “angry” but that they would not have harmed anyone. He felt that the Forest Service was ill-prepared to answer questions about the claims process that day. The next day, on Sunday, April 7, Hancock met with Grazing Association Directors and asked them to pay upfront for damages caused by the wildfire and to seek reimbursement later. Hancock said the same thing when he met with Perkins County Commissioners on Tuesday, April 9. Three days later, on April 12, Hancock and Range Specialist Dave Hodges personally visited some grazing association members and non-members. The ranchers were told that it could take up to two years before they would receive any federal payments. At least one association member was told that he should file a claim with his personal insurance company. “The FS has specifically asked the Association and the Perkins County Commissioners to take their money and use it toward the Pautre Wildfire,” Smith wrote in his letter, “and the FS would reimburse them later.” Smith finds that “very inappropriate.” He also doesn’t think that the Forest Service can obligate federal funds in that way. The Grand River Grazing Association has formed a committee, led by Dan Anderson, Meadow, which has contacted a tort claims’ specialist to meet with those affected by the fire in Lemmon late last week. Other committee members include Jerry Petik, Keldron, Bob Parker and Commissioner Wayne Henderson, Lodgepole, and State’s Attorney Shane Penfield. Penfield invited Hancock and others from the Forest Service to attend that meeting and urged them to ask the Administrative Officer from the Black Hills National Forest to come also so that continued on page 5
Bison High School senior Shaley Lensegrav is part of the final round of the 7th annual Rising Star of the West Scholarship Contest which begins Tuesday April 23rd on Black Hills FOX News at Nine. This year’s contest, sponsored by KEVN Black Hills FOX and First Interstate Bank, offers a total of $7,500 in scholarship money. Four Black Hills high school seniors advanced from the initial field of 20 contestants to make it into this year’s finals. Lensegrav, homeschool senior Rae McKee, Wall High School senior Ryder Wilson and Belle Fourche High School senior Zac Christy will all be presenting four one minute commentaries over the next four weeks. This year, the students will each be speaking on four specific topics. The chosen topics are what is the best way to keep our schools safe, what are the pros and cons of social media usage in teens’ lives today, what can the average
Bison Elementary Schoolwide Plan Annual Review will be May 1 at 5:00 P.M. in the school lunchroom. Everyone is welcome. Child care will be provided at the school.
REMINDER: April 30th is the deadline date for the first half taxes. Taxes postmarked by April 30th will be considered on time. Interest will accrue starting May 1st.
Highlights & Happenings
day, May 1st from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Legion Post. Lunch will include Turkey or Pulled Pork Sandwiches, salads, creamed corn and homemade pies. We will also be having a bake sale which will begin at 10:00 a.m. Everyone Welcome!
American do to make the country a better place and who is the ultimate role model. After viewing their commentaries on Black Hills FOX News at Nine, viewers are invited to view them online at www.blackhillsfox .com and rate each one. Those viewer ratings and the ratings of a Black Hills FOX panel will determine this year’s winners. This year’s first place winner will take home a $4,000 college scholarship from Black Hills FOX and First Interstate Bank. Second place receives a $2,000 scholarship, with $1,000 for third and $500 for fourth. The winner will be announced on May 21st. This year’s finalists are hoping to join previous winners Shad Christman of Lemmon, Annelise Ewing, Kaitlyn Hemmingson and Janesa Bakeberg of Spearfish, Caila Brennan of St. Thomas More and Jordon Barthel of Lead-Deadwood with the title of The Rising Star of the West.
School board notes and corrections
By Beth Hulm The school board met briefly over the noon hour last Tuesday to accept the resignation of Ruth Hobbs, math teacher. Her letter of resignation was received earlier this month and Tuesday’s board action was retroactive to that date. There were two errors in last week’s report of April’s two previous school board meetings. At the April 8 meeting, teacher contracts were offered. The story erroneously stated that all returning teachers had been offered contracts. Actually, there is still one
WELCA will be having their annual Luncheon and Bake Sale on Wednes-
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.
Arrow Transit provides transportation for appointments, shopping and more. Rapid city trips are 1st Tuesday and 3rd Wednesday for $30.00. Lemmon to Bismarck trips are 2nd Wednesday and 4th thursday for $25.00. lemmon to Dickinson 1st Wednesday for $20.00. Call for information 374-3189. BHS seniors and parents please email or drop off a senior picture for the graduation page in the Bison Courier. - courier@sdplains.com
contract pending. Also, the date for a public meeting to discuss whether or not school patrons would support the hiring of an engineer to study current building conditions is scheduled for Monday, May 13. Board members will meet with constituents prior to their regular May meeting, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria (or the gymnasium, if necessary.) Anybody who would like to address the issue at hand should come prepared to do so. There will be a sign-up sheet at the door.
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Letter’s to the Editor
Dear Editor, In September, 2012 there was a party that hauled in a semi load of sheep and unloaded them. The weather was hot, dry and dusty. The owner unloaded them in town, on his private property, so the sheep would have water as they did not have water in the lot where they lived in the country. During the September 10 meeting of the Bison Town Board, two town residents came in wanting the Town to do something. The city has a nuisance ordinance and also a committee to respond to these problems. Action was taken and the sheep were removed by the owner two days later. A petition, with the proper number of signatures, was presented to the Town Board by concerned citizens on Friday, October 5 and was discussed as part of the board’s agenda on Monday, October 8. The board took action and set a date to bring the ordinance to a vote of the people during the next municipal election on April 9, 2013. That initiated ordinance had a flaw in it. It referred to a different ordinance that has nothing to do with animals. It has come to my attention that
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Bison Cemetery Association will hold their annual meeting on April 30, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Grand Electric Social Room. Anyone interested is welcome to attend. There will be an all school party at the Lions Park May 23, 2013 from 11 - 3. More info at a later date. All students are welcome.
several citizens of Bison thought that the Town Board was responsible for writing the ordinance. They were NOT! When a properly signed petition is presented to the Town Board, the Board has no choice but to bring it to a vote of the people. If anyone has questions about what happened in this situation, I would be happy to talk to them. Juell Chapman Concerned Citizen of Bison
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.
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.
To have your NON-PROFIT meeting listed here, please submit them by calling: 244-7199, or e-mailing to: courier@sdplains.com. We will run your event notice the two issues prior to your event at no charge.
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Bison Clinic Thanks Susan Carmichael
Editor: Growing up on the Upper Great Plains I always heard how perfect our hard grass is for producing cattle, and our family sure enjoys eating the beef we raise. But my friends and relatives in the city and urban areas have had little opportunity to confidently choose meat born, raised and processed in the United States of America when perusing the meat counter. Until COOL. Congress began requiring meat to have a country-of-origin label (COOL) in 2009. However, Canada and Mexico challenged
COOL at the World Trade Organization. In response, USDA has proposed changes that make COOL even stronger. The new rule requires processors to specify meat’s origin from ranch to meat counter – stating where the animal was born, raised, and slaughtered. The changes USDA made to comply with the WTO are great, but the big meat packers are telling them to back off. As a producer, I heartily support these rules and have asked USDA to implement them as written without any watering down or bowing to
the major meat packers’ lobbying efforts to weaken the rules. Join me in telling USDA to implement the COOL rule by contacting your US congressmen. (Maybe you will get a chance to see them during the spring recess April 29 – May 3, when they will be visiting their home states.) Ask them to let USDA know we support the new Country of Origin Labeling rule as is. Holly Waddell Near Bison, SD 605-244-5475
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The morning of the Pautre fire our little girl read us the weather forecast off the computer. She informed us that we were under high fire danger and a low pressure system with gusty winds. Later that day our yard got full of smoke and I was bombarded with questions from her. She wanted to know how the fire started and why? After I had tried to explain what had happened she looked at me and said (Dad that is just plain
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stupid). We went to town the same day that the Forest Service met with the fire victims. Heavily armed rangers with attack dogs were present. Why the big show of force? My neighbors to the north are all ranch families not the Dalton gang! Our daughter noticed one of the Forest rangers and his big dog. She asked me why does he look so grumpy? Rather that try to explain intimidation I told her (I bet that big dog pooped in his pickup)! On the way home we encountered dozens of Forest service pickups. Jazzy looked around at all the men and pickups and said ( I sure hope these guys are here to help clean up this mess). Now that would have been a good idea not to mention good public relations, send that small army in here with fence stretchers and post pounders. I was told that the ranger who addressed the fire victims referred to his education numerous times. Consuming the entire buffet of book learning will never replace a side order of brains! College degrees and all are you folks really sure that you are smarter than a third grader? Thank You Nolan Seim
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Fundamental basketball camp held in
Back row: Will Crabtree, Corbin Mackaben, Gavin Nelson, Carter Johnson, Jace Prelle, Matthew Johnson, Roni Voller, Taylor Thompson, Ian Arneson. Front row: Kahlea Seidel, Layton Hendrickson, Braden Kopren, Ashton Gerbracht, Ty Plaggemeyer, Cory Peck. Thirteen Bison students from grades 3-6 attended a free basketball camp on Saturday April 20, 2013 under the direction of Layton Hendrickson and Tyler Plaggemeyer. The boys were assisted by Kimberly Peck and supervised by Karen Plaggemeyer and Bruce Hendrickson. The camp participants enjoyed an entire day of basketball consisting of drills, games, and scrimmaging. The focus was kept on the fundamentals- passing, dribbling, shooting form, shuffling, and pick and rolls. It was all about having fun while learning though, so they played lots of games including simon says, red light green light, relay races and lightning. They were even treated to an ice cream break in the afternoon. This camp originated from a challenge put forth by Mrs. Shawnda Carmichael to her Na-
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Pastors Perspective
“Come on! Have a heart!” Hopefully, no one has ever said that to you. Maybe, though, you have said that to someone else. But, have you ever said that to God? Does God even have a heart? Yes, He does!
Calvin Chapman, Pastor Faith church of Christ
The first mention in the Bible of God’s heart takes place right before the Flood of Noah: The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. (Genesis 6:6 NASV) This peek into the heart of God takes place after a vivid description of what was going on in the people of that time: Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually…. Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence (murder). (Genesis 6:5,11 NASV) This sad chapter in human history was filled with evil and murder. If somebody got in another’s way, they just eliminated him. All that potential for good that God had placed in humans was being used for bad. And, that broke God’s heart. The Hebrew word for “grieved” literally means to cut or carve. So, the first time God’s heart is seen in scripture, it is sliced open to the deepest part. Nobody has hurt worse than God. So, how should this affect us? Before I learned about the heart of God, I was motivated by the fear of what God might do to me. But, then I learned that I can break God’s heart. I discovered God is vulnerable when it comes to His children and how they treat Him and each other. Now, I am just as concerned about what I can do to God as I am concerned about what God can do to me. I do not want to abuse that soft spot of love that God has for me. Do you?
continued from page 1 all parties could be informed about the claims’ process. An invitation was also been extended to South Dakota and North Dakota senators and representatives. Henderson told his peers at the special meeting of the Perkins County Commission last week that they need to be vigilant in getting the Forest Service to act quickly on payments to those who need help. “If we don’t press them, I think it’s going to get swept away,” he said. “Let’s make as much noise as we can.” The county board took official action to have Chairman Mike Schweitzer invite the South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture to visit Perkins County. Sheriff Kelly Serr was at last Thursday’s meeting to discuss a county-wide burn ban. He said that it doesn’t do a lot of good for commissioners to pass a resolution banning fires. If it’s not in ordinance form, he said, it really isn’t enforceable. The sheer size of the county means that conditions aren’t always the same in all areas and a burn ban would not apply to
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cities within the county. He also warned that an individual’s private insurance carrier might not cover an incident if a burn ban was in effect. There are state laws that impose penalties on those who start fires that get out of control, he said. After listening to Serr’s reasoning, Commissioner Willard Ottman said, “I think we just forget it (a ban).” No action was taken. Highway Superintendent Tracy Buer was back to talk about snow truck purchases. Schweitzer, who was absent from an earlier meeting where Buer requested to purchase two trucks, said that his “train of thought” is that there have been a lot of projects already this year to pay for from the highway budget. “We’re spending quite a bit of money. I’m just not sure today’s the day.” Buer argued that his current trucks are old and he’s worried that they are no longer dependable and could become a safety issue for his crew. “We haven’t updated our equipment in years,” he said. A couple of commissioners talked about buying used trucks vs. new. “A hundred thousand miles on a truck….is pretty brand new,” Commissioner Rusty Foster said, adding that any manufacturing glitches have already been taken care of under warranties. “I’m just a little nervous, Tracy,” Schweitzer said. “I’m really nervous about the money.” The general consensus of the board was that any truck purchases have to wait awhile. The issue of two Bison Township bridges came up again, too. Buer would like to proceed with the bidding process for the bridge on Golf Course Road and then either accept or reject the bids. Ottman wants to work with the township in fixing the south bridge. The new 4H/Youth advisor, Kelly Jo Schumacher, will begin her new duties in Perkins and Harding counties on Monday, April 29. She is currently training in Brookings. She will be living in Buffalo and traveling to Bison for office hours. Commissioners continue to delay in hiring a secretary for the combined Extension/State’s Attorney offices. In the meantime, they have agreed to pay Penfield’s private practice secretary for county work that she is assisting with.
SHIINE seeks local volunteers
The South Dakota Senior Health Information and Insurance Education (SHIINE) program is currently seeking volunteers for all aspects of the SHIINE program. One of the primary functions of SHIINE volunteer is to help seniors with their Medicare questions. Volunteers receive training on all parts of Medicare and learn how to provide one-on-one Medicare counseling. Volunteer counselors are vital to the success of the program, as they provide opportunities for seniors to discuss their Medicare questions and concerns in person. All services are unbiased and confidential. Although volunteers are most active during Part D (prescription drug) open enrollment in the months of October, November and December, they are needed yearround. If becoming a volunteer counselor isn’t for you, please talk to your regional SHIINE coordinator about other ways to contribute your time and talents. Training includes: •All parts of Medicare, •How to counsel people individually, •How to provide referrals, and •How to navigate the Medicare website and plan finder tool. Individuals interested in serving as SHIINE volunteer counselors should be comfortable using computers, the Internet, and meeting with individuals in public locations, such as libraries or senior centers. Volunteers can choose the hours they would like to provide services. A SHIINE volunteer may not hold a current license to sell Medicare-related health insurance. To become a SHIINE volunteer or learn more about it, visit www.shiine.net or contact a regional coordinator nearest you: Eastern South Dakota: Tom Hoy; Phone: 605-333-3314 or 1-800-536-8197; E-mail: shiine@ cfag.org Central South Dakota: Kathleen Nagle Phone: 605-224-3212 or 1-877-331-4834; E-mail: shiine@centralsd.org Western South Dakota: Debbie Stangle, Phone: 605-342-8635 or 1-877-286-9072; E-mail: shiine@ westriversd.org
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.
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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.
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
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Rising Star of the West finalist Shaley Lensegrav
Shaley Lensegrav, Bison High School senior and one of the four finalists in KEVN’s Rising Star of the West Scholarship competition, will once again be on TV delivering four original taped commentaries. For the next four weeks each finalist will have a chance to present their own opinion on four topics chosen by Rising Star Officials. These topics range from social media to role models. After the segments have aired on TV, viewers will then be able to go online and rate each student’s video by going to www.blackhillsfox.com and clicking on the Rising Star of the West link on the right side of the page. The student with the highest average rating at the end of the four weeks of competition will take home the top scholarship of $4000 dollars. Please tune into KEVN Black Hills Fox to watch Shaley and other students as they compete in this great scholarship opportunity. Shaley’s air dates are as follows: Monday April 22nd Tuesday April 23rd Friday May 3rd Thursday May 9th Wednesday May 15th Shaley would like to thank everyone for supporting her in the first round and would greatly appreciate your support and votes! Thank you!
Noem staff to hold local office hours in Bison
U.S. Representative Kristi Noem (R-SD) announced today that Kyle Holt of her Rapid City office will hold a constituent outreach day in Bison on Monday, April 29. Kyle will be available on Monday between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. in the Perkins County Courthouse. “As South Dakota’s lone Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, I believe it is very important for me and my staff to meet with South Dakotans to hear about the issues important to them. It is my hope that individuals needing help with a federal agency or simply wishing to pass on their concerns to me will stop by,” said Noem. Aside from this opportunity, Kyle also plans on visiting with community leaders in the region. Area residents are invited to contact Rep. Noem’s Rapid City office at 791-4673 if you would like to set up an appointment or if you need immediate assistance. If you are unable to find time to come to Bison on Monday, you can always reach Rep. Noem’s office via her website, www.noem.house.gov. WHAT: Constituent Outreach Day WHEN: Monday, April 29, 2013, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. WHERE: Perkins County Courthouse 101 Main Street, Bison, SD 57620
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has treated us pretty well, but when we get hit with a lot of snow, sometimes doubt can pay us a visit about our decision to start calving at the end of February. Murphy’s Law has proven that we wouldn’t be immune to latespring wintery weather if we bumped our calving time up to a later date. In the last two weeks we’ve received most of our winter season’s snowfall, but anytime neighboring ranches miss bad cold spells or a snowstorm because they started calving before or after us, it tends to make our wondering worse. The only thing we know for certain about messing with our start-date is that we’d likely regret it because a freak snowstorm or an abnormal cold snap would show up anyway. Weather-related calving season stresses always cause my husband and me to dredge up the same question for more re-hashing: should we change the date when we start calving? We don’t have as much flexibility as other ranches do in moving our calving season to a later date. We feel our calves do better if they’re at least a month old before the herd gets turned out June 1st on the vast Forest Service summer range we lease. Basically, ranchers in our region can either deal with calving season winter weather when they’re used to it or change their calving date and deal with it when they’re not used to it. Many cattlemen pick their calving start-dates in hopes of missing a good majority of
Brockel and Kopren attend South Dakota State Student Council Convention
Amy Kirk is a ranch wife from Custer, South Dakota.
Calving Start-Dates
Deciding on the best time to calve is tricky. A lot of Midwestern ranchers determine their calving start-date by the kinds of conditions they want to be dealing with baby calves in: blowing snow, freezing cold wind, or below zero temperatures. Most cattlemen and cattlewomen would gladly take muddy conditions over the other choices any day. With the exception of taking a hiatus for the drought the last couple of years, late spring snowstorms—the kind with lots of heavy, sticky, wet snow, gusty winds, and sometimes downed power lines—have been a longstanding tradition in our region. Stockmen know their area’s climate characteristics pretty well and weather is one of the deciding factors for many in picking their calving time. Around here, winter and spring oftentimes mean the same thing weather-wise. Determining when to deal with calving issues regarding weather conditions is usually based on the hopes that keeping baby calves alive might be less work if the weather is good most of the season. Some years the weather is better for calving in than others, and for my husband and me this year
the harshest weather, but Mother Nature usually has other ideas and has proven time and again that she’s in charge. If we stick with our normal calving startdate, at least we have a good idea when Mother Nature is most likely to stir things up during our calving season. All we really know for sure is that there’s no way around it: sunshine or snow, warm or cold, calving is still going to be a lot of work. The only thing we’ve changed this year regarding how we feel about our calving season is that all the moisture-dense snow is a welcome sight.
Kiana Brockel and Tessa Kopren represented Bison High School at the South Dakota State Student Council Convention held in Pierre. The girls joined 750 student leaders and advisors from all over South Dakota. Kopren was elected president of the Upper Missouri region during the convention and will preside over the regional meeting that will be held this fall in Mobridge. Kianna and Tessa traveled to Pierre with student council members from Harding County.
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2013-2014 South Dakota State FFA officers elected
Eleven candidates interviewed for the six South Dakota FFA leadership roles. The individuals elected to the South Dakota State FFA officer team will travel across the state throughout the next year presenting speeches, facilitating workshops, hosting camps, holding conferences and conducting business for the South Dakota FFA Association. Those selected to serve the South Dakota FFA for 2013-2014 are: State FFA President: Makayla Heisler, Newell; State FFA Vice President: Breanna Bullington, Brookings; State FFA Secretary: Cheyenne Leonhardt, Groton; State FFA Treasurer: David Strain, Sturgis; State FFA Reporter: Carrietta Schalesky, Bison; State FFA Sentinel Shala Larson, Webster.
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Delegation encourages Forest Service to use retired C-27J Aircraft to fight wildland fires
Senators John Thune (R-S.D.), Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), and Representative Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) today sent a letter to the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service, Tom Tidwell, encouraging the agency to consider the use of the Air Force’s soon-to-be retired C-27J aircraft to fight wildland fires in the Rocky Mountain Region, including the Black Hills National Forest. The Air Force plans to divest the C-27J aircraft as part of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act Implementation Plan. “Providing the Forest Service with the tools needed to fight wildland fires is critical to protecting some of our country’s greatest national treasures and the personal property of those living in the Black Hills area,” said Thune. “I urge the Forest Service to consider using these C-27J aircraft to fight wildland fires, and to examine the benefit that operating these aircraft from Ellsworth Air Force Base could have on the surrounding area.” “Acquiring the C-27J from the Air Force could be an innovative way to help the Forest Service meet their need for additional, modernized fire suppression aircraft,” said Johnson. “I encourage the Forest Service to evaluate how these aircrafts could help them combat fires in the Black Hills and throughout the country.” “As folks who live in the Black Hills know, a fire is only a spark or lightning strike away. The ongoing pine beetle infestation has only added to this problem,” said Noem. “Positioning C-27J aircraft at Ellsworth Air Force Base would provide another resource to protect the people, businesses and communities of the Black Hills and the broader region from catastrophic fires.” According to the Air Force’s implementation plan, the Air Force plans to divest up to 21 C-27Js, and the Forest Service has the right of first refusal to acquire these aircraft without additional cost to taxpayers. The delegation’s letter urges the Forest Service to consider operating some of these aircraft out of Ellsworth Air Force Base, and highlights the benefits that these aircraft could have in meeting the future needs of the Forest Service, both in South Dakota and in surrounding states. The text of the delegation’s letter follows: April 16, 2013 Mr. Tom Tidwell Chief, U.S. Forest Service Sidney R. Yates Building 201 14th Street, SW, 4th Floor Washington, DC 20250 under consideration for acquisition, and is the C-27J suitable to meet certain anticipated needs of the Forest Service? 2. Is it correct that the Forest Service has the authority to contract with private entities for the use of large, contractor-owned/contractor-operated air tankers? If so, is this a model the Forest Service intends to continue to use in the future? 3. Could the acquisition of the C27J, free of charge from the Air Force, fit that model of contracting with private company third parties for operations and maintenance? Please keep us informed if there is any way we can be of assistance as the Forest Service determines if these C-27J aircraft can be utilized in a fiscally responsible manner to combat wildland fires. Kindest Regards, Senator John Thune Senator Tim Johnson Representative Kristi Noem
Dear Chief Tidwell: We write today to bring your attention to the Air Force’s Fiscal Year 2013, National Defense Authorization Act (FY13 NDAA) Implementation Plan, which includes a section regarding the divestiture of the C-27J Spartan aircraft. As stated in the implementation plan, the FY13 NDAA “requires the Secretary of Defense to afford the Secretary of Agriculture the first right of refusal” to acquire the aircraft after the C-27J Spartan aircraft are deemed in excess of the needs of the Department of Defense. The C-27J is a new aircraft primarily used for transport by the Air Force, and we understand that these aircraft could assist the U.S. Forest Service when retrofitted to fight wildland fires. We respectfully encourage you to explore how these aircraft might possibly be used to meet future needs of the Forest Service in its efforts to combat forest fires in the Rocky Mountain Region, including the Black Hills National Forest. As you are aware, South Dakota is home to Ellsworth Air Force Base, located near Rapid City. It may be possible for one or two of these aircraft, which would be operated by the Forest Service, to be based at Ellsworth in order to better serve the surrounding area. We also understand the Forest Service is in the process of evaluating the existing air fleet to determine future needs and the assets required to meet those demands. As part of that process, please answer the following questions: 1. What types of aircraft are
Gary Christman left Sunday for his home in Houston. Jim Christman of Australia arrived Sunday to spend a week with his parents, Art and Marilyn Christman. Friday evening, Vera Wilson and Mary Ellen Fried attended the Bison High School Spring Play. Greg and Peggy Fried were Sunday afternoon callers at the home of Mary Ellen Fried. Carolyn Petik left Saturday for a trip Wisconsin to visit Kurt Petik and family. Vonnie Foster visited with Bernie Rose on Thursday. Dan and Stacy Kvale visited Harold and Norman Kvale and Bernie Rose. Jim Christman left Saturday and traveled to California to spend time with his family before returning to Australia. Tim and Kendra McIntyre of Webster arrived at Mary Ellen Fried’s Friday to spend the weekend. Friday supper guests of Mary Ellen Fried were Tim and Kendra McIntyre, James and Marci Sandgren; Greg and Peggy Fried. Saturday supper guests of Mary Ellen Fried were Allen and Kaye McIntyre; Herb Fried; Greg and Peggy Fried; Tim and Kendra McIntyre. Tim and Kendra McIntyre returned to their home in Webster Sunday. Tuesday evening, Jerry and Carolyn Petik were among family members who went out to supper in Lemmon with Rich Kvale, from Tucson Arizona. Jerry Petik attended meetings in Lemmon on Thursday. Jerry and Carolyn Petik attended the Jr. High/High School Spring Concert in Lemmon on Thursday evening. Carolyn was a Thursday evening visitor of Irene Young. Carolyn Petik was among Friday lunch guests at the home of Becky Roghair at Gopher. Carolyn Petik accompanied her music students to the grade school music contest in McIntosh on Saturday. Dorothy and Kathleen Carmichael visited Bernie Rose Monday. Vonnie Foster visited with Bernie Rose Tuesday. Dorothy Carmichael visited with Bernie Rose Thursday. Louise Cain visited with Bernie Rose Friday.
Meadow News .....By Tiss Treib
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Bison School’s Annual Family
Forty-five parents, children, and teachers attended Bison School’s annual Family Library Night . It was held in the Bison School Library from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Thursday, March 21, 2012. 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. Distinguished picture books for children, that have been recognized as Caldecott Medal award winners, were also featured. 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.
Pictured above is Chris Seidel enjoying a book with his daughter, Kahlea—3rd Gr., and his son, Colbin—Kdg.
Trish Peck and her daughter, Jada—Kdg., are enjoying a book together.
Lita Wells and her son, Dustin—2nd grade are enjoying a book together.
Sarah Jeurgens is reading to her daughter, Grace—Kdg, and her younger daughter, Hannah.
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night was well attended
Garden Gate
Nature’s Magic Potion
As you all know the key to a good garden is good soil. Many of us do not have such good soil as we live in an area prone to clay, just a step above gumbo in soil quality. Compost is the magic potion that helps soil quality and Mother Nature uses it every chance she can and you should too. Compost is the natural method of recycling by breaking down unused organic matter using bacteria and other soil borne organisms. When you make compost you are just helping speed up the process and recycling something that would end up in a land fill. Composting does not have to be expensive or complicated. If you have the space it can just be a pile in an unnoticeable corner of the yard or garden for a process called cold composting. This method is much slower because it takes longer for the matter to breakdown but works well for small steady amounts of organic matter. Occasionally you will want to turn the pile and water it when necessary as wet matter decomposes much quicker than dry matter. This method often takes a year to get finished compost. A faster method is hot composting. This method can be as cheap or expensive as you want to go. A hot compost pile is usually made up all at one time such as in the fall when you have big piles of leaves you want to turn into magic potion for your garden. Hot composting usually entails some kind of a bin to confine the material in a small space and trapping the heat it generates during the composting process, the more heat, the faster it decomposes. Compost materials, especially for the “hot method” should be a mix of organic brown debris (leaves, straw, hay and dried up dead plants along with green materials such as grass clippings, kitchen scraps and green plants, some include a little soil or manure to hasten things along. A mix of about 1 part green material to 30 parts brown material seems to be the optimum mixture. Some garden supply companies sell a product, “compost activator”, to kick-start the whole process but that choice is up to you. What about those fancy tumbling bins? They work just fine; speed things up, reduce the odor, are neat and fairly easy, keep critters out, but are expensive. Sometimes a neat pile covered with black plastic will work almost as good, IF, you don’t have critters that like to dig into such delicacies as rotting kitchen scraps, leaves, etc.; think raccoons, skunks, wild turkeys, whatever you have in your neck of the woods. Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand. ~Henry David Thoreau, journal, 5 January 1856 Submitted by Karen Englehart, Master Gardener, SDSU Cooperative Extension Service
Pictured above is Sara Stadler, sharing a book with her son Kyle.
Pictured above is Sarah Holzer reading to her daughter, Grace—Kdg., and her son, Garrett—2nd grade.
Kaden Glover—Kdg., is sharing a book with his mother, Jennifer Glover and Cody Green.
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Workshop on repairing ice-damaged trees and shrubs
South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will host a damaged tree and shrub workshop at 6:30 p.m. CT on Monday, April 29, at the Sioux Falls Extension Regional Center. This month’s ice storm left thousands of broken and damaged trees in its wake. Many tree owners are looking at their bent and broken trees and wondering whether they can be saved, and if so, what can be done. The workshops will be led by John Ball, SDSU Extension Forestry Specialist, and Rick Mayko, Community Forester. The sessions will help landowners decide if damaged trees are worth saving and show techniques for pruning and repairing trees. Additional workshops are planned for the near future. Ice-damaged shrubs, evergreens, and fruit trees will also be covered in the workshops. Tips on hiring a tree company to work on larger trees will be discussed as well. In instances when trees cannot be saved, homeowners should be aware that buying replacement trees from out-of-state nurseries increases the potential risk of bringing trees infested with insects and diseases to South Dakota, such as emerald ash borers in ash trees. With confirmed infestations of emerald ash borer in Minn. and Iowa, SDDA suggests that people can avoid buying trees infested with diseases or other pests by getting trees from reputable local nurseries where the trees have been inspected or are grown there. Homeowners who buy locally grown trees also have a good chance of getting stock that are more suitable to South Dakota’s climate. For more information on the workshops, contact Tiffany Arp at 605.773.3594.
Boomer Babble Thoughts at Large
Leaving Earth
By Doug Ortman Well Boomer’s, we have finally done it. We have finally screwed up our planet to such a degree that scientist Stephen Hawking is now saying that the human race needs to leave this planet because earth, as we know it, will be finished, ruined, caput in the next one thousand years. This news and statement was very disturbing to many people but not to me, as I like to travel. Stephen says humans have become too angry, too gluttonous and are depleting our planet of all resources. He says we must colonize space in the next two hundred years or we are doomed and will cause our own extinction. I’m thinking of going back to Mars, my wife will probably go to Venus. Some of you may be skeptical of man’s ability to colonize space or another planet but I’m sure we can. I am a Boomer Trekkie. I’ve seen what the future holds. I was in high school when Star Trek the television show began. Over four decades later, I have seen much of that science fiction come true. Communicators are our cell phones. Phasers are Laser weapons. The Universal Language Translator is a function done by any computer. The Tricorder is seen in hand held medical devices. We have gone from the speed of horse travel to 20,000 mph in the space shuttle in little more than one hundred years. I think we can speed that up a just a little…maybe to Warp 1 in the next one hundred years. In high school, we often repeated the Star Trek saying: “…to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.” Of course, then we were talking about sneaking into the ladies restroom but now Hawking is giving it new meaning. I think he is right. We should seek to find a new planet…preferably a larger one that will take us longer to pollute and destroy. Hawking says we have two hundred years to blow this popcorn joint. So don’t pack your bags just yet, if humanity can collectively quit dragging our feet, I think we can keep this big ball spinning for a few more good years.
Spring wheat planting
The most important factors in producing a profitable spring wheat field are selecting the best cultivar, providing proper fertility, planting on time and having a good seedbed to plant into, says Paul O. Johnson SDSU Extension Agronomy Field Specialist. When selecting a variety, Johnson encourages growers to reference the Variety Recommendations for 2013 contained in the 2012 annual report on Spring Wheat: http://igrow.org/up/resources/03-3011-2012.pdf. "South Dakota has seven varieties which are recommended statewide and two which are recommended for only some of the crop adaptation regions," he said. "The 2012 annual report also provides variety traits. This information can be very helpful when picking one of the recommended varieties to best fit a given operation." Things to consider when planning for 2013 Spring wheat needs to be planted early in the spring. "Normally it should be planted by the third week of April or within the first two weeks of planting possible in the spring. Producers should check crop insurance planting dates for the location to be planted to ensure coverage," Johnson said. Spring Wheat is normally planted one to two inches deep in the soil but will emerge from as deep as three inches. "Planting into moisture will ensure an even stand at emergence. Uniform emergence will in turn; produce a crop that will mature evenly. This is desirable at harvest but also helps for timing pesticide applications throughout the growing season.," he said. Spring wheat should be planted at a minimum of 1.2 million pure live seeds per acre or 28 seeds per square foot. This translates into about 1.5 bushels per acre with average size spring wheat seed. Late planting or planting into poor seedbeds requires a higher seeding rate. Spring wheat requires a good fertilizer package to produce high yields. Fields should be soil tested to determine fertilizer needs. Caution should be taken if fertilizer is being placed with the seed. Too high a rate with the seed can hurt germination.
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Tuesday, April 30 chicken fajita w/cheese lettuce, salsa WK corn & milk Ham & scalloped potatoes salad bar fruit & milk
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Monday, April 29 Hamburger w/bun salad bar fruit & milk
Pathways to Wellness—this year’s theme for May is Mental Health Month—calls attention to strategies and approaches that help all Americans achieve wellness and good mental and overall health. “Wellness is essential to living a full and productive life,” said Robert J. Kean, Executive Director of South Dakota Advocacy Services (SDAS). “We may have different ideas about what wellness means, but it involves a set of skills and strategies prevent the onset or shorten the duration of illness and promote recovery and wellbeing. It’s about keeping healthy as well as getting healthy.” Dianna Marshall, Program Director for the SDAS Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Program said “wellness is more than absence of disease. It involves complete general, mental and social well-being. And mental health is an essential component of overall health and well-being. The fact is our overall well-being is tied to the balance that exists between our emotional, physical, spiritual and mental health. “ Kean added everyone is at risk of stress given the demands it brings
May is Mental Health Month: Pathways to wellness essential to leading full and productive lives
and the challenges at work and at home. But there are steps that maintain well-being and help everyone achieve wellness. These involve a balanced diet, regular exercise, enough sleep, a sense of self-worth, development of coping skills that promote resiliency, emotional awareness, and connections to family, friends and the community. He said these steps should be complemented by taking stock of one’s well-being through regular mental health checkups. “Just as we check our blood pressure and get cancer screenings, it’s a good idea to take periodic stock of our emotional wellbeing. One recent study said everyone should get their mental health checked as often as they get a physical, and many doctors routinely screen for mental health, which typically include a series of questions about lifestyle, eating and drinking habits and mental wellness. But a checkup doesn’t necessarily require a special trip to the doctor. There are also online screening tools you can use. While conditions like depression are common—roughly 1 in 5 Americans have a mental health condition—they are extremely treatable.” “Fully embracing the concept of wellness not only improves health in the mind, body and spirit, but also maximizes one’s potential to lead a
full and productive life,” Marshall added. Using strategies that promote resiliency and strengthen mental health and prevent mental health and substance use conditions lead to improved general health and a healthier society: greater academic achievement by our children, a more productive economy, and families that stay together. “It’s why pathways to wellness are so important and why we need to spread the word” noted Kean. Governor Dennis Daugaard has signed a proclamation declaring May as Mental Health Awareness Month in South Dakota.
Changes in the agriculture land productivity valuation
A very important portion of this article got cut off last week, here it is in its entirety.
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. Cropland and non-cropland values can now increase or decrease by 15, 20, or 25% per year depending on how far a county is from its full productivity value.”
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Jim and Patsy Miller traveled to Hettinger Thursday and visited with Violet Miller at the Nursing Home. Jim and Patsy Miller attended the Rory Hoffman concert in Lemmon Friday evening. LaVonne Foss took Shirley Johnson to Lemmon Thursday and visited at the Johnson home on their return. Thelma Sandgren called on Shirley Johnson Friday afternoon. Due to the weather this has been a very quiet week for Thelma Sandgren. Friday she went to Hettinger as usual. Gladys Merwin and Thelma had dinner at Prairie Rose Floral, and then she played cards and won third. She then visited her brother Warren Van Wyk at the hospital, then to the Nursing home to visit her siblings, Gladys Vliem and Buster Van Wyk. Georgia Sandgren of Sturgis arrived at Thelma Sandgren’s Friday evening. Saturday morning, Georgia and Thelma fixed dinner and took it over to Kory and Rory Van Wyk, as they are busy lambing out Kory’s sheep. Rory takes his vacation from Slope Electric at that time to help. The cousins are the same age so they enjoyed getting together. Georgia had left her car at Alf and Betty Vliem’s so they visited there. Georgia returned to Sturgis from there and Thelma came on home. Jim Gilland visited with Thelma Sandgren Sunday afternoon. Al and Tiss Treib made a trip to St. Onge Saturday. Dorena Wiechmann brought Esther Johnson up to the Hettinger Hospital Sunday morning and she was admitted. Al and Tiss Treib joined them for part of the afternoon and took Dorena out for dinner. Al and Tiss Treib left for Rapid City Sunday afternoon. Friday, Bridget Keller and the boys traveled to Lemmon and had supper with Larry and Sarah Dreiske and the kids and picked up her bountiful basket. Nolan and Linda Seim and family traveled to McLaughlin Saturday to visit Jasmine’s brother. They went to Mobridge for shopping and dinner out. Jasmine Seim spent time with the Anderson’s.
Rosebud News .........................................................................................By Tiss Treib
Dorothy Frey spent Sunday overnight at the Western Horizon’s Care Center. Gary, Jody and Lexi Johnson, Roger Ingebretson and Shirley Johnson went to Summerville for supper Saturday evening. Shirley Johnson took LaVonne Foss out to dinner at Summerville Sunday noon. Tuesday Thelma Sandgren traveled to Lemmon and took Steve out to dinner for his birthday. Thelma Sandgren stopped at Shirley Johnson’s on her way home Tuesday. Thursday, Thelma Sandgren called on Helen Meink and they exchanged magazines. Friday, a busy day in Hettinger, Thelma had dinner with Gladys Merwin, then they went to the Senior Center and played pinochle, Thelma won second. She then went to the Western Horizon’s care center to visit her siblings, Gladys Vliem and Buster Van Wyk. Sunday was a good day, James, Marci and Kylee Sandgren; Steve, Susie, Leslie and Rachel Sandgren all came out to the ranch and had dinner with Thelma and a good visit. Albert Keller arrived home Wednesday. Albert, Bridget, Lil Albert and Korbin Keller traveled to Lemmon Wednesday afternoon. Thursday, Albert and Bridget Keller and boys traveled to Bison and then to Lemmon. Friday, Bridget Keller traveled to Bismarck for Guards and returned home Sunday. Albert Keller, Lil Albert and Korbin traveled to Timber Lake for the weekend. Matt and Christi Miller brought supper out to Jim and Patsy Miller Tuesday evening. Jim and Patsy Miller traveled to Lemmon Wednesday. Barb Lyon and Patsy Miller traveled to Scranton Friday. Jasmine Seim accompanied the Chet Anderson family to Bison for the play Friday evening. Ethan and Isaac Anderson were Sunday overnight guests of Nolan and Linda Seim. Jasmine Seim was a Sunday afternoon guest of the Anderson girls for a play date.
Keith and Bev Hoffman met Tony Talley of Casper, WY for coffee Tuesday morning in Lemmon. Al and Tiss Treib returned home Monday after a trip to Rapid City. Tiss Treib visited with her mother, Esther Johnson in the West River Regional hospital Tuesday afternoon. Dorena Wiechmann and Tiss Treib visited with Esther Johnson at the Hettinger hospital Wednesday afternoon. Al and Tiss Treib made a trip to Bismarck Thursday. Al was admitted to the hospital and Tiss returned home. Tiss Treib made a trip to Bismarck Friday afternoon to pick up Al. On their way home that evening they met up with Loren Kilen and Amy Traxel near Mandan. They also visited with Tiss’ cousins Cindy and husband Ken Connel of Bismarck and Linda Nelson of Fargo. They all had supper together before going to their respective homes. Tiss Treib visited with her mother, Esther Johnson Saturday and Sunday afternoon’s after work.
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Tight hay supplies, high prices to continue
South Dakota hay prices have been at high levels throughout the 2012 marketing year. Based on numbers from the National Agricultural Statistics Service, March alfalfa prices were at $230 per ton and have remained steady for several months. The March price for other hay reached a record high of $170 per ton. "Usually, such high prices result in a shift in production and use. However, other commodity prices and input costs are higher too," said Matthew Diersen, SDSU Extension Risk/Business Management Specialist. He adds that looking at this year's hay prices by adjusting for inflation shows that prices are also at record-high levels on a real basis. "Despite a price index, with 1982 as the base year that has doubled in recent years, the real price of hay in South Dakota had not been above $70 per ton during the past decade," Diersen said. The last peak in real prices happened in the 2002 drought year when the price reached $79 per ton. Diersen says 2013's record rates are due to the fact that in 2012, South Dakota producers had expected to harvest 3.5 million acres of hay; and higher expected returns for other crops and drought conditions combined to reduce harvested acres to only 3.1 million acres. To top that off, yields were low, limiting supply. "The result was that price increased to the high nominal levels and a real price of $100 per ton," he said. Price prospects continue to favor sellers over buyers. "Fall disappearance was unusually large leaving a stocks level on Dec. 1, 2012 of only 4.3 million tons. The stocks level was the smallest since Jan. 1, 1977 following the 1976 drought," Diersen said. He says current stocks are also similar to the levels in late 1989 when there were only 3.35 million head of cattle in South Dakota inventories. On Jan. 1, 2013 there were 3.85 million head. Diersen says modeling historic stock levels and winter use gives competing views of just how little hay may be left in South Dakota. "Usually, much of the hay produced in South Dakota is used for feed and not sold. As part of the collective feed inventory, one could take the Dec.1 stocks and use them evenly over the remaining six months of the feeding year," Diersen said. He shares an example: on May 1 only 1/6 of the Dec. 1 4.3 million tons in inventory may remain or only 0.72 million tons. "Most years, producers try to maintain a surplus over that level. Likewise, high prices may mean some hay that was raised for onfarm use enters the marketing channel," he said. "Factoring in the high price level actually forecasts a negative stocks level for May 1." The high real price would normally result in sharply higher hay acres in South Dakota. Solid expected returns for other crops and the presence of revenue insurance have limited hay to an expected 3.1 million acres. Diersen says a tight old crop supply, low expected production for 2013 and no difference in the national picture combine to suggest high hay prices will continue for the 2013 marketing year.
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DATE: April 8, 2013 TIME HELD: 7:00 p.m. KIND OF MEETING: Regular WHERE HELD: Boardroom MEMBERS PRESENT: Arneson(Teleconference), Beckman, Kari, Kvale, Thompson MEMBERS ABSENT: None OFFICERS AND OTHERS PRESENT: Supt. Kraemer, Bus Mgr. Crow, Corben Alley CHAIRMAN KVALE CALLED THE MEETING TO ORDER WITH A CALL FOR THE SALUTE TO THE FLAG.
BISON FOOD STORE, SUPPLIES, 86.06; CASS CLAY CREAMERY, SUPPLIES, 759.44; SHANE LABRIER, MEAL TICKET REFUND, 35.75; SYSCO FOOD, SUPPLIES, 3090.84. TOTAL SCHOOL LUNCH FUND $3,972.09 Total Payroll for March-$82,819.67 Elem-$21,311.80; Junior High$4,208.13; High School-$16,602.94; Title-$6,094.99; Library-$3,478.89; Network-$609.79; Supt-$5,556.25; Secretaries-$3,284.08; Fiscal-$2160.25; Custodial-$3,820.40; Co-curricular$4,242.67; Spec Ed-$8,345.64; School Lunch-$3,103.84 RESIGNATION No action taken.
Lenard Chapman, Plaintiff,
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PROJECT: Storm Sewer System Improvements Bison, SD BID DEADLINE: May 21, 2013 - 2:30 p.m. MT
Engineer: KBM, Inc., 405 Bruce Avenue – Suite 200, Grand Forks, ND 58201 Owner: City of Bison, 309 1st Ave West, Bison, SD 57620 Builders Exchanges: Construction Industry Center, Rapid City, SD Bismarck-Mandan Builders Exchange, Mandan, ND
Case No. CIV 13-08
CONSENT AGENDA 99. Motion by Beckman second by Thompson to approve the consent agenda with these changes: only items #4, 9, 11, 14, 15 and 16 will be acted upon tonight. The completion of the board meeting will be held on Monday, April 15, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Motion carried.
CONTRACTS 101. Motion by Beckman second by Thompson to enter into executive session to discuss personnel. Motion carried. Chairman Kvale declared the meeting into executive session at 7:16 p.m. and back in regular session at 8:24 p.m.
102. Motion by Thompson second by Kari to issue an invitation to enter into a contract to Julia Brixey, Eliza Bonacci, Shawnda Carmichael, Kalin Chapman, Darla Kahler, Donna Keller, Bev Kopren, Heidi Kopren, Tarina Kopren, Joyce Matthews, Shelby Miles, Christi Ryen, Roxie Seaman, Kristen Seidel, Joyce Waddell, Michelle Stockert and Darren Jackson for the 20132014 school year. Motion carried. 103. Motion by Kari second by Beckman to approve the contract of Camille Drown in the amount of $11.25/hour for the 2013-2014 school year as Head Cook. Motion carried.
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: Sealed bids for the above project will be received at the office of the Owner, City of Bison, 309 1st Ave West, Bison, SD 57620 until the Bid Deadline. Bids received after this time will not be accepted. Bids will be opened and publicly read aloud immediately, after the bid closing time, at Grand Electric Social Room, located at 801 Coleman Avenue, South side of building, Bison, South Dakota. All interested parties are invited to attend. The general construction work covered by these Plans and Specifications shall include all labor, tools, materials and equipment required for construction of 4,479 linear feet of 8”-36” RCP and HDPE Storm Sewer pipe; 11 - Reinforced Precast MH; 14 Catch Basins; 1,170 CY Detention Pond with 475ft of 6’ Chain Link Fencing; and all other miscellaneous work. Work shall be commenced within ten (10) calendar days after date of written Notice to Proceed and shall be substantially complete by September 30, 2013. Final completion by July 1, 2014.
Sioux Falls Builder Exchange, Sioux Falls, SD
Plains Builders Exchange, Inc., Sioux Falls, SD
Builders & Traders Exchange, Fargo, ND Construction Plans Exchange, Bismarck ND
In accordance with South Dakota Codified Law 5-18B-1, the agency, upon request, furnish at least one copy of the plans and specifications, without charge to each contractor resident in South Dakota who intends, in good faith, to bid upon the project. The agency may require the return of the copy at the time of the opening of bids. Copies of the Bidding Documents may be obtained from the Engineer (701) 772-7156 upon receipt of Seventy-Five Dollars ($75.00 ), NON-REFUNDABLE, for each set of documents.
104. Motion by Kari second by Beckman to approve the contract of Marilyn Azevedo in the amount of $65,000.00 for the 2013-2014 school year as Superintendent/Principal effective 7-1-2013. Motion carried. EXECUTIVE SESSION 105. Motion by Thompson second by Kari to enter into executive session to discuss personnel. Motion carried. Chairman Kvale declared the meeting into executive session at 8:35 p.m. and back in regular session at 8:50 p.m. 106. Motion by Arneson second by Beckman to offer the assistant track position to Nathan Burkhalter for the 2012-2013 school year. Motion carried.
YOU ARE HEREBY summoned and required to answer the Complaint of 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
BID SECURITY: A Bid must be accompanied by Bid security made payable to OWNER in an amount of 5% of Bidder’s maximum Bid price and in the form of a certified check issued by a state or national bank, or in lieu thereof a bid bond for 10% of Bidder’s maximum Bid price issued by a surety authorized to do business in the state of South Dakota and meeting the requirements of paragraphs 5.01 and 5.02 of the General Conditions. QUALIFICATIONS: Bidder shall submit a Statement of Bidder’s Qualifications to the Owner with their Bid.
STATE AND FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS: State prevailing wage rates are applicable to this project, not less than the minimum rates as determined by the Davis-Bacon Act must be paid on this project and that the contractor and/or subcontractor must ensure that employees and applicants for employment are not discriminated against because of their race, color, religion, sex, or natural origin.
Bidders on this work will be required to comply with the President's Executive Order 11246, as amended by Executive Order’s 11375 and 12086 and subsequent regulations.
107. Motion by Thompson second by Kari to adjourn the meeting at 9:57 p.m. Motion carried. Dan Kvale, Chairman Bonnie Crow, Business Mgr.
[Published April 18, 2013 at a total approximate cost of $58.82.]
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
RIGHTS RESERVED: The Owner reserves the right to waive irregularities, to reject any or all bids, and to defer acceptance of any bid for a period not to exceed thirty (30) calendar days after the date the bids are received. All bids will be made on the basis of cash payment for such work. The Owner further reserves the right to award the Contract in the best interests of the Owner. In estimating the least cost to the Owner as one of the factors in deciding the award of the Contract, the Owner will consider, in addition to the bid prices, the experience and responsibility of the Bidder. BIDDING DOCUMENTS All work is to be in accordance with the Bidding Documents which may be examined at the following locations:
Bidders on this work will be required to comply with Executive Orders 11625 and 12138. The requirements for bidders and contractors, under this regulation and executive order, concern utilization of minority business enterprises (MBE), small businesses (SB), and labor surplus area businesses (LSAB).
The goal for MBE is 1.0% of the total dollar value of the project. The goal for the WBE is 4.0% of the total dollar value of the project. By order of the City Council of Bison, SD. Dated this 15th day of April, 2013. By /s/Elizabeth Hulm, Owner Clerk
[Published April 25 & May 2, 2013 at a total approximate cost of $ 109.82.]
[Published April 18, April 24, May 2 and May 9, 2013 at a total approximate cost of $108.03.]
For all your advertising needs contact the Bison Courier 244-7199 courier@sdplains.com
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 7:00 p.m. City Hall
Bison Town Board
minus comp and collision on the John Deere loader. Carried.
CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL: Chairman Juell Chapman called the regular monthly meeting of the Bison Town Board to order on Wednesday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall. All trustees - Luke Clements, Matt Butsavage, Mike Lockert, David Kopren were present. Others present: Engineer Tim Grosz, Kortney Seidel, Paul Adcock, Trent Fink, Karin Vinkemulder, Jim Hodgson; employees Heath McKinstry, Beth Hulm and Kelli Nelson; and Arlis Seim, press. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WAS RECITED BY ALL.
MINUTES: 030-2013 - Clements moved, seconded by Butsavage to approve the March 11, 2013 minutes, as corrected and amended. Carried. 0312013 – Lockert moved, seconded by Clements to approve the minutes from the March 18, 2013 Equalization meeting. Carried. FINANCIAL STATEMENT: 0322013 – Kopren moved, seconded by Butsavage to approve the Financial Report as presented. Carried. The complete report is on file at City Hall.
STATUS REPORT: Trustees reviewed McKinstry’s written status report with him. That report is on file at City Hall. McKinstry was authorized to order a metal detector for approximately $630. McKinstry shared a quote to camera sewer lines throughout the entire town and another for repairs in Kolb 2nd Addition. Approximately 300 ft. of emergency sewer repairs are needed east of the Community Center downtown. Clean-up dates were set for trees (May 16) and white goods (May 17). McKinstry objected to verbiage in his employee job description that hard hats need to be worn “at all times.”
DELEGATION: 1.) Paul Adcock and Kortney Seidel, representing Homestead Heights, an entity of the Town of Bison, expressed displeasure over the enforcement of a current dog-related issue. Trustees will review the ordinance and consult with their city attorney. 2.) Fink/Vinkemulder returned to inform trustees that they have purchased a lot (Lot 1C and E ? Lot 1B, Block 2, Kolb 2nd Addition located in the SW1/4 of Section 13, Township 18 North, Range 13 East of the BHM. Perkins County, South Dakota) and requested to dig from the town’s easement west for cut and fill slopes that will allow water to drain. A formal easement will be written and signed by both parties but, for now, trustees gave a verbal “go ahead” so the 40 x 80 building project may begin. UNFINISHED BUSINESS Sewer lines: Tim Grosz, Brosz Engineering, presented a blue print for sewer extensions on 5th and 6th Avenues in Kolb 2nd Addition at an estimated cost of $31,000. He’ll prepare a proposal for later review.
NEW BUSINESS, CONTINUED Airport Conference: Lockert gave a report on the 2013 South Dakota Airports Conference that he attended at Cedar Shores on March 27 – 28. He highlighted that 10% of all grant monies will now be withheld until the completion of each grant project and emphasized the importance of budgeting that money to pay claims up-front. He said that within three years it will be mandatory to do all grant reporting electronically. There is a new FAA manager. Bison School requests: 036-2012 – Clements moved, seconded by Lockert to donate $45 to the school yearbook for advertising. Carried. Requests from the school music department, addressed to both the Town of Bison and to Bison Bar, to help fund an upcoming choir and band field trip to Denver, were denied.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS, CONTINUED: Sanitary sewer system lagoon: 0342014 - Kopren moved, seconded by Clements to authorize Chairman Chapman to sign Interstate Engineering’s request for an extension to June 15, 2013 for completion of the engineering study. Carried. Business Plan for airport fuel system: 035-2013 – Motion by Butsavage, seconded by Kopren to approve KLJ’s Business Plan for a new Aviation Fuel System and to authorize Chairman Chapman to sign it. Carried. Storm Sewer project: 035-2013 Clements moved, seconded by Kopren to instruct Allan Page, KBM Engineering, to advertise bids for the storm sewer project and to open those bids on Tuesday, May 21 at the Grand Electric Social Room at 2:30 p.m. Carried. Trustees hope that construction could begin by August 1, 2013. Community Access Grant: Trustees discussed applying for a Community Access Grant through the Department of Transportation for repairs to Coleman Ave. Costs covered by an awarded grant would be cost-shared with Perkins County. Open Swimming: Butsavage will meet with the school board on April 15 to discuss contract particulars regarding the use of a school bus and a driver to take area children to open swimming in Hettinger several times in the summertime.
500; Fin. Admin., $672.56; Streets, $1,396.37; Airport, $39.03; Parks & Rec., $417.45; Library, $792.37; Liquor, $5,281.84; Water, $778.54; Sewer, $475.07; Solid Waste, $1,284.08. Total FICA, $2,407.57; Health Ins, $500; SDRS, $628.62; Supp. Retirement, $35; A&B Business, supplies, $82.71; Bison Comm. Club, donation, $2, 500; Bison Courier, publishing, $276.61; Bison Food, supp, $3.65; Bison Grain Co., supp, $787.50; Bison Imp, repairs, $58.86; Bison School, donation, $45; Coca Cola, supp., $71.40; Dakota Feed, supp., $263.41; DPFCU, util/supp/bldg, $449.50; Dept. of Rev., sales tax, $1,391.73; Frito, supp., $34.32.; G&O, supp., $24.60; Grand Electric, util/repairs, $3,326.73; Hettinger Candy, supp., $569.00; Jerome Bev., beer, $1,295.45; Johnson Bros., on/off /supp, $1,856.86; KBM Eng., prof fees, $11,980.50; Lockert, Mike, trav/conf, $479.70; Nelson, Kelli, supp, $325; NW Bev., beer, $1,882.65; NWSDRLA, prof. fees, $2,164.50; One Call, prof fees, $5.25; Pepsi, supp., $120.95; PCRWS, water/prof fees, $2,956.30; Potomac Aviation, fees, $250; Republic, on/off sale, $2,193.21; S&S, supp, $1,340; SD Lottery, $1,520.26; Servall, prof. fees, $110.37; WRCTC, util., $274.37. EXECUTIVE SESSION FOR PERSONNEL PURSUANT TO SDCL 125-2(1): 036-2013 – Clements moved, seconded by Lockert to go into executive session at 11:04 p.m. to discuss personnel issues. Carried. Chapman declared the meeting back in open session at 11.42 p.m. ADJOURNMENT: Chairman Chapman adjourned the meeting at 11:43 p.m.
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Discharge permit will extend several interim compliance dates and the final construction end date contained in the town of Bison’s compliance schedule. The modification specifies the quality of water that can be discharged and still protect the uses of the receiving water. The proposed discharge permit and supporting document are available from DENR at the address listed below.
In accordance with the Administrative Rules of South Dakota, Chapter 74:50:02, any person desiring to comment on the Department's recommendation for the conditional issuance of this permit must submit written comments to the below address within the specified thirty (30) day comment period. Comments may be directed to the following address: South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Environmental Services, Surface Water Quality Program, Joe Foss Building, 523 East Capitol, Pierre, SD 57501-3181. Any person desiring a public hearing must file a petition which complies with the ARSD 74:50:02. If no objections are received within the specified 30-day period, the Secretary will issue final determinations within sixty days of the date of this notice. Additional information may be obtained by calling Tina Piroutek, with DENR, at (605) 773-3351, or by writing to the address listed above. [Published April 25, 2013 at a total approximate cost of $27.80.] . Steven M. Pirner
The gravel mining site in FREDLUND TWP, 11601 SD Hwy 75, Lodgepole, SD. Located at NW 1/4 Section 21-Twp 20 R 12-Perkins County, SD. General Location in 181/4 miles south of North Dakota border and 1/4 miles East on SD Hwy 75. No current plan to mine. For additional information contact Fredlund township - James LeFebre (clerk) (605) 564-2304 or SD Dept of Environment & Natural Resources, Minerals and Mining Program 523 East Capitol Avenue, Pierre, SD 57501-3182, (605) 773-4201. [Published April 25, 2013 at a total approximate cost of $8.31.]
Notice of Intent to Continue Operation
NEXT MEETINGS: The next regular meeting is Monday, May 6, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. ATTEST: APPROVED:
In the Matter of the Estate of ) WAYNE SPATZ JR., AKA ) WAYNE SPATZ, Deceased. ) NOTICE TO CREDITORS Notice is given that on April 12, 2013, Janene Spatz, whose address is 10780 155th Avenue, Reeder, ND 58649, was appointed as personal representative of the estate of Wayne Spatz Jr., aka Wayne Spatz. Creditors of decedent must file their claims within four months after the date of the first publication of this notice or their claims may be barred. File #PRO 13-08 ) )SS. )
Elizabeth Hulm, Finance Officer Juell Chapman, Chairman
[Published April 25, 2013 at a total approximate cost of $84.15.]
CORRESPONDENCE: A letter from DENR was reviewed regarding underground tank removals. Lockert will review information about Community Facility loans received from Denise Livingston. A Keystone Pipeline meeting will be held in Grand Island, NE on April 18. Paint South Dakota applications were forwarded to Bison Economic Development. OPEN FORUM: A completed Infiltration and Inflow analysis was received from KBM Engineering and was forwarded to DENR and Nick Hoffman, Interstate Engineering.
CANVASS VOTES: Trustees canvassed the results of the April 9 election with the following results. An ordinance to amend 2000-1: The ordinance failed, 27 yes votes to 145 no votes. For two trustee three-year terms, currently held by Luke Clements and David Kopren: Luke Clements, 122; David Kopren, 107; James Sandgren, 89. Clements and Kopren will recite their new oaths of office at the May 6, 2013 meeting.
The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has received a request to modify the Surface Water Discharge (SWD) permit from the following applicant: APPLICANT NAME: Town of Bison PERMIT NUMBER: SD0022411
ADJOURNMENT 117. Motion by Thompson, second by Kari to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried. Chairman Kvale adjourned the meeting at 12:05 p.m. Daniel Kvale, Chairman Donald Kraemer, Superintendent
RESIGNATION 116. Motion by Kari, second by Thompson to accept the resignation of Ruth Hobbs as high school math teacher, effective April 1, 2013. Motion carried.
Claims may be filed with the personal representative or may be filed with the clerk, and a copy of the claim mailed to the personal representative. JANENE SPATZ 10780 155th Avenue Reeder, ND 58649 Trish Peck P.O. Box 426 Bison, , SD 57620 (605) 244-5626
NEW BUSINESS Insurance Renewal: Jim Hodgson, Dacotah Insurance Agent, presented two options for the next property and liability insurance year, effective April 1, 2013. 033-2013 – Lockert moved, seconded by Kopren to accept the quote from Employee Mutual of $11,178.91
Located FACILITY LOCATION: in the Southwest ? of Section 13, Township 18 North, Range 13 East, in Perkins County, South Dakota MAILING ADDRESS: PO Box 910 Bison, SD 57620
[Published April 25, 2013 at a total approximate cost of $11.70.]
Steven J. Wild P.O. Box 260 Bowman, ND 58623 (701) 523-3112
CLAIMS: The following claims were presented and approved for payment. March payroll by dept – Trustees, $1,
The modification of the Surface Water
[Published April 25, May 2, May 9, 2013 at a total approximate cost of $52.58.]
Page 18 • The Bison Courier • Thursday, April 25, 2013 Grand River Roundup ............................................................... By Betty Olson
This was certainly a tense and exciting week. It literally started off with a bang on Monday when Islamic terrorists set off two bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people, an eight year old boy and two young women, and injuring almost two hundred others. Many of the injured had limbs blown off by shrapnel from the bombs and all were shot full of ball bearings and nails that had been loaded into the pressure cooker bombs. More snow storms were predicted on Tuesday and Wednesday, but, as usual, we didn’t get much of anything here. School was canceled in Buffalo on Wednesday, so Bryce and Trig got to spend the day in the lambing shed instead of the classroom. I swear, we’ve had more winter this spring than we did over the entire winter! All three “snowstorms” on Sunday, Wednesday, and Saturday only left eleven hundredths in the rain gauge, but it stayed cold all week. I keep forgetting to tell you that the Harding County history books should be done some time next month. Some of you have asked if it’s still possible to buy the two-volume set. The answer is yes, and the price for the two books together is $80. Send your check to Alice Holcomb, 13699 Harding Road, Buffalo, SD 57720 and if you want them mailed to you add another $10 ($90 total) to cover the cost of shipping. There are a multitude of fascinating stories about the people, places, and history of Harding County. I can hardly wait to get mine and I’m pretty sure I won’t get much work done until I get both volumes read! There was a terrible explosion and fire at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas on Wednesday that killed at least 14 people, including several firemen that were fighting the fire when the plant exploded. The explosion leveled all the homes and buildings in 37 blocks and there are still some people missing. And speaking of fire, landowners who had losses in the Pautre Fire had a meeting in Lemmon on Thursday to listen to Tort Claims Specialist Frank Carroll tell them how to get the claim forms process started. Carroll told landowners and fire departments that they have to document every expense they have from the fire and he met with them individually after the meeting on Thursday and again on Friday morning. The forms may be amended for two years after the fire, so he reminded them to write everything down and take pictures to document livestock losses, erosion, and any other damages they find. I celebrated another birthday this Friday, April 19th and I have to tell you about the nice card I got from Bonnie Jerde. Bonnie sent me a picture of the quilt she made to be raffled off for the Diabetes Inc. Kids Kamp at Outlaw Ranch near Custer. She makes one of these beautiful quilts every year to be raffled off to raise money for kids with diabetes. Better buy a ticket, her quilts are wonderful!! The more birthdays I have the less I care to watch the news on that day. Bad news just seems to focus on my birth date. For instance, on April 19, 1993 South Dakota governor George Mickelson and seven others were killed when a state-owned aircraft crashed landed in Iowa and the Branch Davidian Compound near Waco, Texas, was destroyed in a fire after 51-day stand-off with federal ATF agents under the Clinton administration; 76 people died, including 24 British nationals and 20 children. On April 19, 1995 a truck bomb at Federal Building in Oklahoma City killed 168 and injured 500, many of the dead and injured were children. This year on my birthday I turned on the TV that morning to watch the search for the youngest of the two jihadist Muslim terrorists who bombed the Boston Marathon. The older brother had been killed during the night in a shoot-out with police after the two had executed a police officer seated in patrol car and critically injured another police officer in the gun fight. Toward evening the second terrorist was found hiding in a boat in a backyard in Watertown, MA. He was captured after another shoot-out and is in serious condition in a Jewish hospital, which I find to be rather ironic! I hope the authorities will be able to get some information out of him as soon as he is able to talk, because from the explosives that were found in the terrorists’ apartment they had more destruction planned and authorities think other jihadists were probably involved. On that happy note, I’ll leave you with this: "WE WOULD RATHER DO BUSINESS WITH 1000 AL QAEDA TERRORISTS THAN WITH ONE SINGLE AMERICAN" This sign was prominently displayed in the window of a business in Boston. You are probably outraged at the thought of such an inflammatory statement. One would think that anti-hate groups from all across the country would be marching on this business and that the National Guard might have to be called to keep the angry crowds back. But, perhaps in these stressful times one might be tempted to let the proprietors simply make their statement. “We are a society which holds Freedom of Speech as perhaps our greatest liberty, aren’t we?“ And after all, it is just a sign. You may ask what kind of business would dare post such a sign? Answer: A Funeral Home Who said morticians have no sense of humor? God Bless America!
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DISPLAY ADS: $4.70 per column inch. CLASSIFIED ADS: $5.90 for 30 words; 10¢ for each word thereafter. $2.00 billing charge applies. THANK YOU'S: $5.90 minimum or $3.10 per column inch. $2.00 billing charge applies. HIGHLIGHTS & HAPPENINGS: $5.90 minimum or $3.10 per column inch. $2.00 billing charge applies. HAPPY ADS: With or Without Picture: $15.00 minimum or $4.50 per column inch.BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT: $36.00 for 2x7 announcement. Ad Deadline is Monday at NOON! Legal Deadline is Friday at NOON! 244-7199 or courier@sdplains.com
FOR SALE For Sale: 3x3x8 Flax straw $40 a bale and Barley silage will load 605-359-9222. 7 miles west of Bison. B45-2tp Thank You Thanks for the “Kind Words” and cards when my sister Jessie died and also my brother Bill in January. Frankie Almen Sturgis, SD
Advertising Rates:
electric distribution system necessary. Certified Journeyman or ability to enroll in apprentice program. EOE Accepting applications or resumes until filled. City Finance Office, PO Box 587, 209 N Main, Groton, SD 57445.
BIDS SEALED BIDS FOR A 140-H2007 CAT Motor Grader #CCA03280 with rear ripper. Bids accepted until May 6. For information call Faulk County Highway Department 1-605-598-6233.
KTC CONSTRUCTION SEEKS EMPLOYEES, both part-time and full-time. Excellent pay/benefits! Underground plumbing, digging, trenching, operating equipment. Willing to train. Submit resumes to rodb@kennebectelephone.com <mailto:rodb@kennebectelephone.com>. Questions, call 605869-2220.
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.
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 American Lutheran The Church is seeking wedding dresses, baptism gowns and Easter hats from 1913 - 2013 to display during their 100 Year Anniversary program. If you have an item or know of someone who does, please contact Salli at 605-244-5491. B45-6tc
We would like to thank all the volunteer fire firefighters, friends and neighbors that came to help fight the Forest Service Fire. We truly appreciate all of you coming and helping to save buildings and what grass you could. Duane and Dawn Harris Albert and Bridget Keller
EMPLOYMENT DEPUTY STATES ATTORNEY for HUGHES COUNTY, full time. Contact your local Dept of Labor or Carla Lantz, 605-773-7461, Hughes County Courthouse. Closes May 13. EOE.
BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY AVON – Only $10 to start. Call for information without any obligation. 1-877-454-9658.
The family of Tony Buckmeier would like to thank everyone who sent food, cards and prayers our way when we lost our husband, dad, brother and uncle. The buckmeier family
NORTHWEST AREA SCHOOLS EDUCATION COOPERATIVE 2013-2014: Early childhood special education teacher: Starting salary $35,000 with great benefits: Contact Director Cris Owens 605-4662206, Christine.Owens@k12.sd.us. TOP PAY FOR RN’s, LPN’s/LVN’s, CNA’s, Med Aides. $2,000 Bonus – Free Gas. AACO Nursing Agency Call 1-800-656-4414 Ext. 18. IMMEDIATE OPENING - ELECTRIC LINEMAN who will assist with miscellaneous City maintenance duties. Knowledge and skills in construction, maintenance, repair, and installation of
CUSTER REGIONAL HOSPITAL has an exciting full time Occupational Therapist opportunity, working 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. 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. FOR SALE LONGBRANCH IN PIERRE, SD. We have lowered the price & will consider contract for deed. Call Russell Spaid 605-280-1067.
MISCELLANEOUS HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR CAREER! 3 Week Hands-On Training School. Bulldozers, Backhoes, Excavators. National Certifications. Lifetime Job Placement Assistance. VA Benefits Eligible! 1-866-362-6497.
NOTICES SEARCH STATE-WIDE APARTMENT Listings, sorted by rent, location and other options. www.sdhousingsearch.com South Dakota Housing Development Authority. 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: 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
VACATIONS BLACK HILLS VACATIONS: Mystery Mountain Resort – Cabins, TV sites & Camping in the Pines. Visit: www.blackhillsresorts.com & www.facebook.com/mysterymountain or 800-658-2267. WANTED WANTED: HUNTING LAND for Pheasant, quality Mule Deer 170” class+, Whitetail Deer 150” class+ and Merrium Turkey. Call 605448-8064.
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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According to SDCL 10-6-77 we must increase up to : • 15% if the county is less than 30% from its full ag income value • 20% if between 30% and 50% from its full ag income value • 25% if more than 50% from its full ag income value Perkins County Director of Equalization • 605-244-5623
Hurry N’ Hustle Fun Run & Walk
Bison All School Reunion - Sat. June 23rd at 8:00 a.m. Hurry N’ Hustle Fun Run & Walk - 3K Run or Walk Come join the fun – Walk or Run! Official Registration form Fun Run\Walk day Saturday June 23rd registration located at Bison City Park From 6:45 to 7:45
RUN\WALK STARTS AT 8:00 a.m. Early registration fee: $15.00 Register by May 15th 2013 Registration Race Day: $20.00 Upon submitting this entry form, I, the undersigned, waive any and all rights and claims for myself, heirs and assigns for any personal and/or personal property damage I may have against the sponsors, organizers, city, agents, or anyone acting in their behalf for the organization of this event. The entry form will also authorize the release of my name and photo to the media. I understand and agree to this waiver. Signature ( If under 21 must be signed by parent or sponsor) _____________________________________________________________ Name: (Print please) _____________________________________________________________ Address: _____________________________________________________________ City/State/Zip:_______________________________________________ Age___________T-Shirt Size: S M L XL XXL (Circle size) Male_______Female_______ Phone:__________________
Registration Fee________ Entry Fees are payable to : Glenda Landphere, Hurry N’ Hustle Club, Box 206, Bison, SD 57620 Entry Fee includes T-shirt, prizes, refreshments and a good time! All proceeds will be used for improvements on the Bison City Park

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