Bison Courier, December 12, 2013

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Kari , Arneson and Kopren qualify for State FFA Leadership
Volume 31 Number 26 December 12, 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
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KEVN Black Hills Fox announces the 8th Annual Rising Star of the West Scholarship contest
KEVN Black Hills FOX is pleased to announce its eighth annual Rising Star of the West Scholarship contest. This year, thanks to Security First Bank, the total value of scholarships is once again at $7,500. The first place winner will receive a $4,000 college scholarship, with $2,000 for second place, $1,000 for third place and $500 for fourth place. High school students will have the opportunity to present commentaries on KEVN Black Hills FOX News on topics important to them. Viewers will then be able to view those videos at blackhillsfox.com and help pick the four finalists and the eventual winner. Students who wish to participate need to shoot a short (1 minute) video of them talking about any subject that interests them. They don’t need to be elaborate productions, since those videos won’t run on air. The videos need to be submitted to
KEVN Black Hills FOX, along with an entry form, by December 31st. The 20 students selected for the contest will tape their commentaries at the KEVN Black Hills FOX studios to air beginning in February. The four weekly winners will become finalists and will tape four more commentaries on four common topics to air during the finals of the contest beginning in April. Interested students can get entry forms and rules at www.blackhillsfox.com. They could join our previous winners, Shad Christman of Lemmon High School along with Kaitlyn Hemmingson, Annelise Ewing and Janesa Bakeberg of Spearfish High School, Caila Brennan of St. Thomas More High School, Jordan Barthel of Lead-Deadwood High School and Rae McKee, a homeschool student from Nemo, as the latest Rising Star of the West.
A devastating blizzard in western South Dakota dumped over four feet of wind-blown snow October 4-7. A Rancher Relief Fund was established to assist producers who lost thousands of head of livestock in the fall storm. Dacotah Bank, based in Aberdeen, South Dakota, has donated $20,000 to the relief effort. In conjunction with the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association, South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association, and South Dakota Sheep Growers Association, the Black Hills Area Community Foundation is processing donations and grants. The bank’s donation includes a corporate donation plus local participation in a number of roll-over auctions at sale barns in Aberdeen, Mobridge, and Lemmon, SD. In a roll-over auction, a pro-
Local bank makes major donation to Rancher Relief
Congratulations to Jenna Kari (Job Interview), Sydney Arneson (Ag Broadcasting and Journalism), and Tessa Kopren (Prepared Public Speaking) for qualifying for FFA State Leadership CDEs in Pierre on December 8 and 9.
ducer, the sale barn itself, or another donor provides an animal for auction. Bids and proceeds are then directed to the Rancher Relief Fund. Joe Senger, executive vice president of Dacotah Bank, says the storm could not have come at a worse time. “You don’t expect a blizzard in October and unfortunately most livestock herds are not insured against loss in a snow storm. While direct losses to our customers were limited, Dacotah Bank still wrote a number of checks to Rancher Relief. It was the right thing to do.” Dacotah Bank is the nation’s 18th largest lender to Ag producers. Donations and applications for assistance grants can begin online at www.giveblackhills.org.
Important dates to remember: December 2013 interest rates
Interest Rate for Commodity and Marketing Assistance Loans is 1. 125% •Interest Rate for Farm Storage Facility Loans is 2.000 7 YEAR •Interest Rate for Farm Storage Facility Loans is 2.625 10 YEAR •Interest Rate for Farm Storage Facility Loans is 2.875 12 YEAR •FLP Farm Operating Loan Interest is 1.875% •FLP Farm Ownership Loan Interest is 4.125% RURAL YOUTH LOANS The Farm Service Agency makes loans to rural youths to establish and operate income-producing projects in connection with 4-H clubs, FFA and other agricultural groups. Projects must be planned and operated with the help of the organization advisor, produce sufficient income to repay the loan and provide the youth with practical business and educational experience. The maximum loan amount is $5000. Youth Loan Eligibility Requirements: •Be a citizen of the United States (which includes Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) or a legal resident alien •Be 10 years to 20 years of age •Comply with FSA’s general eligibility requirements •Reside in a rural area, city or
town with a population of 50,000 or fewer people •Be unable to get a loan from other sources •Conduct a modest income-producing project in a supervised program of work as outlined above •Demonstrate capability of planning, managing and operating the project under guidance and assistance from a project advisor. The project supervisor must recommend the project and the loan, along with providing adequate supervision. Stop by the county office for help preparing and processing the application forms.
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The Prairie Doc Perspective
Sweet Teeth
By Richard P. Holm MD Lately carbohydrates have been getting a bad rap. For the most part, if you break down everything we eat, it is can be a protein, fat, or carbohydrate. Carbohydrates are defined as sugars, either simple and sweet, or complex and starchy. Sugars, or saccharides, are the component in food for giving quick energy, the backbone for RNA carrying genetic codes, and the building blocks for the body's immunity, fertilization, blood clotting, and more. But there can be too much of a good thing. Take, for example, Halloween, a time for dressing up like ghosts and knocking on doors imploring to, "Trick or treat." One study in Atlanta found the average kid went to 15 houses and gathered 60 pieces of candy, amounting to about one and a half cups of fat and three cups of sugar, or 4,800 kilocalories. That is about three times as many calories needed for a full day of vigorous child play. It is enough to make a kid sick and I, for one, have gone down that sticky path at least one Halloween in the past. Indeed there are problems that come with too much sugar, starting as we chew it with our teeth. Experts tell us the moment sugar comes into the mouth; it begins encouraging a bacterial plaquecoating of the teeth, which makes an enamel, tooth, and gum destroying acid. In short, too much sugar starts a cascade of mouth trouble for those kids that continues as they grow up. More trouble comes after this sweet-stuff is swallowed. Expert nutritionists advise us that the epidemic of obesity comes not only from too little physical movement, but also from the excess of sweetened, nutrient-poor, highlyprocessed, profit-driven food and drink products being foisted upon our populace. It is no surprise that high-caloric yet nutrient-hollow food products and drinks are sweetened to encourage their purchase. This is not to say that sweets are all bad. Fruits are loaded with carbohydrates. Rather, it is the quantity that matters. The best advice comes from my dietician friend who encourages us to eat nutrient-rich foods grown in a garden or orchard, to enjoy a physically active life, and to savor the quality, not vast quantities, of a balance of food types, including carbohydrates. Remember, there can be too much of a good thing.
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December 21st, American Lutheran Church Christmas program. .
December 18th, First Presbyterian Church Christmas program .
December 15th, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church Christmas program .
in Bison week
Nutrition Site Menu
Thursday, December 12
Sweet & sour pork rice oriental vegetables grape juice apricots
Grace Baptist Church Christmas program December 22 at 10:30 a.m.
Friday, December 13
Hamburger on w/w bun hash browns baked beans tomato slices on lettuce pears
Prairie Fellowship Parish Christmas Eve Service 6:30 PM on December 24 at American Lutheran in Bison All are welcome!
Christ Lutheran Church Christmas Eve candlelight program, 6:30pm, Dec 24, Christmas Eve, All welcome.
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.
Creamed turkey over w/w biscuit tomato slices on lettuce fruit cocktail
Monday, December 16
Tuesday, December 17
tator tot casserole tossed salad w/dressing baked squash banana Parmesan chicken scalloped potatoes spinach salad mixed tropical fruit
Holiday highway safety 3 D month:
Impaired driving--whether by alcohol, other drugs, or by a combination of both --is a major health and safety problem for communities across our country. In fact, it is the most frequently committed violent crime in America with someone dying in an alcohol-related crash approximately every 40 minutes. Ninety-seven per cent of Americans say they see drinking and driving as a threat to themselves and their families. Impaired driving puts us all at risk. During the month of December, law enforcement, community organizations, schools, and private
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National drunk & druggeddriving prevention month
Wednesday, December 18
Wind Chill Warning - Bitter cold combination of frigid temperatures and wind. Issued when this combination reaches - 35 degrees.
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citizens are joining together, once again, to increase awareness of “3-D” Month: National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month. Last year in South Dakota, 269 total crashes were reported over the Christmas and New Year Holidays. Safe driving is everyone’s responsibility. Let’s keep this holiday season magically safe for ALL. Please celebrate the season responsibly, enjoy the warmth of family and friends, and arrive to each holiday gathering by driving sober, staying off the phone and being buckled up!
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Fred and Bev Schopp attended the Jr. High Girls Basketball game in Lemmon Thursday evening. Jerry and Carolyn Petik were in Lemmon on Thursday. While there they stopped in to visit Irene Young. Jerry Petik visited with Ernestine Miller on Friday. Jerry and Carolyn Petik, Jeri
Meadow News ...By Tiss Treib
Lynn, DeJon and Mirandi Bakken had dinner with Irene Young on Sunday. In the afternoon the ladies made Christmas goodies. Lucas Fried of Rapid City arrived Wednesday and spent Thanksgiving with Mary Ellen Fried and returned to Rapid Friday.
Enhance your holiday landscape
by Melinda Myers Add a little holiday sparkle to your landscape for you and your guests to enjoy. No matter the weather outside, a few decorative touches can greatly increase the beauty and enjoyment of your winter landscape. Try one, two or all eight of these tips to improve your landscape’s winter appeal. Add some solar powered accents. Light a pathway, your favorite tree or front porch without installing additional outlets. Look for unique colors and shapes like the solar star lantern or the changing colors of northern lights spheres (gardeners.com) for added appeal. The wide variety now available can help create a memorable winter display. Be sure to select solar accents that provide hours of enjoyment when fully charged. Create an outdoor holiday tree for you and your feathered visitors to enjoy. Decorate a few of your evergreen trees and shrubs with purchased or homemade birdseed ornaments. Holiday shapes made of energy rich birdseed and suet give the trees a holiday flare, while providing important food for birds to enjoy. These also make great gifts for your favorite gardener or bird watcher. Light up your winter containers. Fill a weather-proof planter with potting mix or play sand. Purchase greens from your favorite garden center or trim a few from your landscape. Stick the cut end of the greens in the potting mix or sand to create an attractive display. Add some colorful berries, decorative twigs and ribbon. Then add some height and light to your winter container with fiber optic solar lights. Place the container by your front steps for holiday visitors to enjoy day or night. Increase color and motion with the help of heated birdbaths. Attract greater numbers and variety of birds by providing water year round. Northern gardeners should consider heated birdbaths to insure water is available even during the coldest months. Further help the birds by adding a few stones or branches to the birdbath. This allows the birds to drink without getting wet; helping them to preserve their body heat. Create your own homemade outdoor lights. Line pathways, accent plantings or dress up fence posts with ice globe luminaries.
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Produce your own or purchase ready to make kits. Use colorful outdoor LED lights or tea candles to light up blocks or spheres of ice. You and your family will have fun creating these memorable nighttime accents. Add some livable art. Hang a few colorful and unique birdhouses in your backyard. They provide color and whimsy to the winter garden and will be ready for your feathered friends to move in this spring. Include a “gingerbread” house for the birds. Hang decorative birdseed houses from a shepherds crook or tree branch. Be sure to place it in an area where you and the birds can enjoy the decorative treat. Look for a sheltered, but open area where the birds can watch for predators while enjoying their winter feast. Move your holiday tree outdoors. Place your cut tree in a snow bank, vacant spot in the garden or make it part of your bird feeding station. The tree provides some extra greenery in the often drab winter landscape as well as shelter for the visiting birds. Then add a few of those birdseed ornaments for added food and winter decoration.
Bison High School Honor Roll
Shane Collins Tallie Lundberg Jessica Stockert
"B" 7th Grade
Jaren Beckman Jace Prelle Bailee Storm Hope Crabtree Jacob Kahler Tylee Lundberg
Jim Brockel Matthew Johnson Tuff Seim Gracee Veal Ross Collins Sara Hatle Jenna Kari Julianna Kari Madelyn Seidel
8th Grade
9th Grade
Dylan Beckman Nicole Hafner Kimberly Kvale Maudie Lee Joshua McKinstry Jacob Schalesky Sydney Senn Gregory Voller Anthony Gerbracht Marranda Hulm Reece Leonard Paden Sexton Maggie Archibald Joshua Beckman John Hatle Layton Hendrickson Madison Hulm Tessa Kopren Drew Reder Wrangler Weishaar
Reed Arneson Collin Palmer Veronica Voller
10th Grade
11th Grade
Kiana Brockel Dillion Collins Tyler Kari kimberly Peck
Sydney Arneson Logan Hendrickson Charlotte Johnson Joseph Kvale Michael Kopren Christopher Morris Conner Palmer Tyler Plaggemeyer Brianna Sexton
12th Grade
Kayley Johnson Stephanie Kolb Lenae McKinstry Clayton Prelle Beth Seidel Dodge Weishaar
There is a secret selfish longing we all share this time of year. It is traditional to give gifts at Christmas, of course, but there’s always the chance that those who adore us for our sterling qualities won’t give us what we really want or unquestioningly deserve. Therefore … we are allowed to have Christmas present dreams. Just take Doc. He knows he’ll be getting neckties from the grandkids and socks and underwear from Mrs. Doc. His daughters? Well, they’re the wild cards. They work hard each year to get Doc something different and special. But for Doc, when he sits quietly and dreams, there’s just that nine-foot Sage fly rod. Oh yes. With that, he’ll be able to feel the fish breathe down in Lewis Creek. Anita Campbell knows Dud will give her clothes that look really good to him but are either the wrong size or the wrong color, or they are a style she wouldn’t wear to the grand opening of a septic tank. But she always wears them for one day, anyway, and it’s a day when Dud is home and she knows she doesn’t have to go anywhere. Her secret Christmas dream has a lot to do with warm, sandy beaches, a tall, fruity adult beverage with an umbrella in it, and surfing lessons. She’s willing to
Home Country - Slim Randles
compromise, of course, because of the expense. It doesn’t have to have an umbrella. Steve, like many cowboys, has been gratifying his secret Christmas dreams in the well-worn pages of catalogs. His compadres in the bunkhouse will shower him with snoose, of course, as that is his drug of choice, but for himself, there’s that pair of Tony Lama boots. Oh yes, the ones with the filigree-looking tops. He knows he’ll just naturally ride Ol’ Snort
better if he’s wearing them. You know, every bride has this registry thingie she uses so Aunt Mims won’t get her a butter dish that doesn’t match the sugar bowl, so why doesn’t someone come up with a Christmas dream registry? You’re welcome. No charge. -----------Grandma thought he said “you’re the crest,” ‘til she took her free hearing test. Beltone. 1-866867-8700.
FSA assists beginning farmers to finance agricultural enterprises. Under these designated farm loan programs, FSA can provide financing to eligible applicants through either direct or guaranteed loans. FSA defines a beginning farmer as a person who: Has operated a farm for not more than 10 years Will materially and substantially participate in the operation of the farm Agrees to participate in a loan assessment, borrower training and financial management program sponsored by FSA Does not own a farm in excess of 30 percent of the county’s median size. Additional program information, loan applications, and other materials are available at your local USDA Service Center. You may also visit www.fsa.usda.gov. LOANS FOR THE SOCIALLY DISADVANTAGED FSA has a number of loan programs available to assist appli-
Beginning farmer loans
South Dakota workers, including ag producers, have less than one week left to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance benefits. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, December 18. South Dakota workers who lost their jobs or whose income was affected by the severe winter storm, snow storm and flooding that occurred October 3-16 can file a claim by calling the Unemployment Insurance Call Center at 605-626-3179. Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available to those whose employment or income have been affected by the disaster but are not eligible for state unemployment benefits, in-
Disaster unemployment assistance deadline
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cluding ranchers, farmers and the self-employed. “Bottom line, if you are self-employed and lost income due to the October blizzard, I would encourage you to call 605-626-3179 to find out if you may be eligible for disaster unemployment benefits,” said federal coordinating officer, Gary Stanley. Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available for individuals who live or work in Butte, Corson, Custer, Dewey, Fall River, Haakon, Harding, Jackson, Lawrence, Meade, Pennington, Perkins, Shannon and Ziebach counties as well as the Cheyenne River Reservation and the Pine Ridge Reservation. Federal Emergency Management Agency’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards. For more information, visit www.fema.gov or the South Dakota Office of Emergency Management website. Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available to people who do not qualify for regular state unemployment benefits from any state; who worked or were self-employed or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment, but were unable to do so because of the disaster; can no longer work or perform services because of physical damage or destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of the disaster; cannot reach their place of employment as a direct result of the disaster; have been prevented from work or self-employment because of an injury as a direct result of the disaster; establish work or self-employment they can no longer perform was their primary source of income; or have become the breadwinner or major supporter of a household because of the death of the head of the household. Individuals whose employment has been affected should apply for benefits by calling the Unemployment Insurance Call Center at 605-626-3179 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. CST. Please specify your claim is related to Disaster Unemployment Assistance and the winter storm. Individuals will need their So-
cants to begin or continue in agriculture production. Loans are available for operating type loans and/or purchase or improve farms or ranches. While all qualified producers are eligible to apply for these loan programs, the FSA has provided priority funding for members of socially disadvantaged applicants. A socially disadvantaged applicant is one of a group whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic or gender prejudice because of his or her identity as members of the group without regard to his or her individual qualities. For purposes of this program, socially disadvantaged groups are women, African Americans, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. FSA loans are only available to applicants who meet all the eligibility requirements and are unable to obtain the needed credit elsewhere.
cial Security number, copies of their most recent federal income tax forms or check stubs, or documentation to support they were working or self-employed when the disaster occurred. To receive Disaster Unemployment Assistance benefits, all required documentation must be submitted within 21 days from the day the Disaster Unemployment Assistance application is filed. The first possible week of compensation for Disaster Unemployment Assistance purposes is week ending Oct. 12, 2013, and the last possible week of compensation is week ending May 10, 2014. Re-employment assistance is available through the Department of Labor and Regulation local offices. All programs and services are provided at no charge. Detailed information is available at www.sdjobs.org.
One truism of most modern Western societies is that men die at higher rates than women for all the top ten causes of death, as compiled by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Perhaps it should come as no surprise then that – on average – men also tend to die younger than women. Are men “stuck” because of their genetics, or can they take steps that will help them to be healthier? The good news is that many of the top causes of death and disease are preventable – and they can be treated proactively if they are discovered soon enough. In order to help men (and women) increase their knowledge of health issues, Nicholas “dr. Nick” Yphantides, M.D., M.P.H., Medical Editor for TOPS Club, Inc.® (Take Off Pounds Sensibly®), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, briefly examines things that everyone should know about heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, and prostate cancer. Guard Your Heart Early Although heart disease is the leading killer of both men and women, almost twice as many males die of conditions that affect the cardiovascular system. Heart disease is thought to begin in men about ten years earlier than it does in women. This means that men have a shorter time to prevent the development of the underlying causes of heart disease. While men are more likely to make their health a priority later in life, by that time—it may be too late. Men need to be more decisive and intentional earlier.
ʻJust between us Guysʼ tips for menʼs health
Some risk factors for heart disease include gender, family history, and age. Modifying your lifestyle to regularly eat right, stay active, avoid or quit using tobacco products, and get early medical screenings for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes are all proactive things to do. Manage Your Blood Pressure Strokes are the third leading killer of men after heart disease and all forms of cancer. While the rate of strokes in men is higher than it is for women, differences between the sexes are not as significant as people get older. The key risk factor in predicting a stroke is high blood pressure. Behaviors that can reduce the risk of stroke are almost identical to those that can reduce the risk of heart disease. Breathe Easy and Breathe Clean Lung cancer remains the leading cancer killer of men and women. Each year, it claims more lives than prostate, colon, and breast cancer combined. Fortunately, rates of lung cancer have been dropping since the 1980s. In men, this trend is directly related to drops in the consumption of tobacco products in the wake of negative attention tobacco use received in the 1960s. Tobacco use is responsible for 90 percent of lung cancer cases, so the full focus of personal prevention efforts is to quit. As soon as you stop smoking, your chances of getting cancer from smoking shrink. Remember, you can prevent further damage to your lungs no matter how long
you have been using tobacco. Beyond personal smoking, additional risk factors for lung cancer include exposure to secondhand smoke, asbestos, radon, and air pollution. If you are concerned about possible exposure to carcinogens, ask your doctor. Pay Attention to Your Prostate Prostate cancer is the most common cancer found in men, and the second leading cause of cancer death in men. Not enough is yet known about the causes of prostate cancer to be able to prevent it. Treatment options for prostate cancer are much better if the disease is found while in its earlier stages, though. Part of the challenge with prostate cancer is that it shows no symptoms until cancerous cells have spread to other parts of the body. Starting at age 50, all men – and especially men who are at higher risk (those with a family history of the disease and African-American men) should get an annual physical exam and blood tests. The prostate is a small organ in the body, but ignoring it can result in major consequences. Don’t ignore pain related to any of these health problems; it can become progressively worse and may be a signal that something much more serious is going on in the body. Following these tips and/or sharing this advice with the men in your life will help heighten awareness and encourage early detection and treatment of these issues.
BHS returning lettermen
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Back row: Madison Hulm, Tessa Kopren, Kayley Johnson, Marranda Hulm, Sydney Arneson. Front row: Kimberly Peck, Jenna Kari, Julianna Kari, Lenae McKinstry. Not pictured Kiana Brockel, Tori Voller, Sydney Senn.
Michael Kopren, Tyler Plaggemeyer, John Hatle, Logan Hendrickson. The Bison Cardinals boy’s basketball team began practice on Monday, December 2. Team members are: SeniorsTyler Plaggemeyer, Michael Kopren, Logan Hendrickson and Chris Morris. Juniors- John Hatle, Layton Hendrickson and Tyler Kari. Sophomores- Reed Arneson and Collin Palmer. FreshmanJosh McKinstry, Ross Collins and Dylan Beckman. The Cardinals open the 20132014 season at McIntosh on Friday, December 13th. They return home to host the Newell Irrigators on Saturday, December 14th.
Minimum wage Eliminating liabilities ballot measure
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The petitions submitted for an initiated measure to increase the state minimum wage has passed the petition certification process, and will be placed on the November 4, 2014, general election ballot. The measure, described in its title as “An initiated measure to increase the state minimum wage,” will now appear on the ballot as Initiated Measure 18. “From our five percent sample of 1,283 signatures, we validated 1,044 out of the 25,658 officially submitted, and invalidated 239 for various reasons including lack of voter registration, improperly filling out the petitions, legibility, and notary public errors. Invalid signatures comprised 18.63 percent of the total signatures sampled, and under state law, the number of valid signatures sampled was sufficient for the measure to pass validation for the ballot,” said Secretary of State Jason Gant. “If we extrapolate the valid signatures, as per South Dakota law, they submitted 20,878 valid signatures, well over the minimum requirement of 15,855 needed.” Gant noted, “This measure marks the second initiated measure that will appear on the 2014 General Election. This measure joins Initiated Measure 17 as the only ballot questions currently on the ballot. The legislature does have the option to include constitutional measures on the ballot, and citizens have the ability to refer laws passed during the 2014 session.” The Secretary of State website has more information, including the title and explanation of this measure. by Governor Dennis Daugaard Until I became governor, Linda and I lived in the home we built on my family’s farmstead near Dell Rapids. About 10 years ago, we decided to add a small addition onto the back. Our house had no debt against it, but we signed a 15-year mortgage to pay for the addition. As you’d expect, we made regular payments on that mortgage for a number of years. Then, a few years ago, a cousin of my dad’s died. Dad’s cousin had owned a farm in Iowa. He didn’t have any close family, and he didn’t leave a will. That meant that many members of our extended family, including me, received a small inheritance of a few thousand dollars. Linda and I hadn’t expected to receive anything from dad’s cousin, and when we received the money, we used it to pay off the mortgage for the addition. We were then able to take the money that had been used for monthly payments, and use it for other things. In my state budget plan this year, I’m proposing that the state of South Dakota do something similar. In years past, our state has issued bonds, borrowing money to pay for building construction. We’ve borrowed to build a law enforcement training center in Pierre, to build treatment facilities and food service facilities at the Human Services Center in Yankton, and we’ve borrowed to improve science facilities at our state universities. Just as with a mortgage, the state has been making regular payments which will eventually repay our debts over a period of time. This year, South Dakota received an unexpected windfall from a revenue source called Unclaimed Property. We expected to receive about $50 million this year from this revenue source, and were surprised in early November to instead receive more than $125 million. This was a result of changes in our laws and the relocation of bank charters to South Dakota. Much of that is a one-time windfall. As I was planning my state budget proposal for next year, I thought back to that addition and that mortgage. That’s why I’m proposing this year that South
Christ Lutheran pre-school Christmas program
Dakota use $58 million from this one-time windfall to fully repay four outstanding bonds. Repaying these bonds early means the state will no longer need to make payments, which frees up more than $6 million a year in ongoing revenue. This year, my budget proposal includes three percent funding increases for kindergarten through 12th grade schools and Medicaid providers – almost double the 1.6 percent that funding formulas would have required. I’m also proposing a tuition freeze for in-state, on-campus students at the state universities, and increased funding for our technical institutes. Using this one-time windfall to eliminate bond liabilities helps to make these increases possible. It’s a way that we can provide more to those we want to support. Eliminating these bond liabilities also strengthens our state balance sheet, making South Dakota even more structurally sound for the future. It’s a win-win situation. I’m heading back to the addition to see what else comes to mind. It has nothing to do with the recliner there.
Christ Luthern preschool performing their christmas program at the church Sunday night. Picture from left to right: Kamden Holmes, Zoey Kopren, Coby Arthur, Julia Carmichael, Zane Day, Marcella Wells, Paisley Seim.
Denise Welch, 51 of Deadwood, passed away at the Lead- Deadwood Regional Hospital on December 5, 2013. Denise was born on February 9, 1962 to Denny and Mick Welch. She grew up in Lead and graduated from Lead High School in 1980. She attended college in Spearfish and Casper. She was currently living in Deadwood and worked at McKenna’s Gold and the Deadwood Gulch Resort. She had worked in the Gaming Industry since it first came to Deadwood. In her spare time she enjoyed crocheting, reading and baking but her favorite pastimes were her bowling and going to bingo. She enjoyed her many trips to State and National Tournaments for
Denise Welch
bowling. She is survived by a sister, Danelle (Jamie) Gerbracht of Prairie City; brother, Darrin Welch of Rapid City; three nieces, Alyssa Gerbracht, Natasha Welch-Gerbracht, and Terri Kempf; nephew, Cody Gerbracht and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mick and Denny and brother Dennace Jr. Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 13, 2013 at the Lead-Deadwood Memorial Chapel in Lead. Arrangements are under the care of the Lead-Deadwood Memorial Chapel in Lead. Online condolences may be written at w w w. f i d l e r - i s b u r g f u n e r alchapels.com
Thelma did not get her news in last week, but in this cold, it will be less. Thanksgiving she spent in Lemmon at the home of Steve and Susie Sandgren. Rachel Sandgren and Kyle; Natalie Stevens were also guests. Sunday afternoon, Thelma Sandgren went over the Larry Archibald’s and had tea with Kathy. Monday, Steve Sandgren came out to the ranch and did up some chores. John Johnson stopped in for a coffee break after he finished hauling his hay and then the bitter cold set in. Thank goodness for wonderful neighbors. Jim and Patsy Miller stopped in Friday afternoon and brought Thelma’s mail in from the
Rosebud News....By Tiss Treib
mailbox. They then enjoyed coffee and a good visit. They were certainly appreciated. Sunday, church at Rosebud with two Seim-Hulm children baptized. Potluck lunch followed. Tiss Treib spent Sunday overnight in Hettinger. Monday she made a trip to Rapid City. Tiss Treib spent Monday through Friday in Hettinger. Gary Johnson called briefly on Tiss Treib Sunday afternoon. John Johnson; Bob and Shilo Johnson traveled to Deadwood Friday for the South Dakota Quarter Horse Racing Association Banquet and meetings. Bob received Leading Quarter Horse Trainer for the twenty-fifth year in a row. John received the 3 year old running champion of the state of SD and the Champion 3 yr. old leading money earner for the state of SD for Tickle the Ivory’s. Thelma Sandgren was a Sunday afternoon lunch guest of John and Shirley Johnson. Sunday, Tim and JoAnne Seim were dinner guests of Delores Seim in Lemmon, Salvin and Laurie Gebhard of Laurel, MT were also guests. Jim and Patsy Miller spent Thursday in Hettinger. Patsy Miller was a Saturday
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house guest of Zabrina Miller. Jim and Patsy Miller; Matt and Christi Miller and Zabrina attended Pictures with Santa in Bison Sunday afternoon. Matt, Christi and Zabrina were supper guests of Jim and Patsy that evening. Albert Keller returned home from work on Wednesday. Pierce Keller, Brookings, SD and Alex Keller, Sioux City, IA came to the Albert Keller home Wednesday and stayed until Friday morning. They help put a wall up in the basement with Albert. Thursday, Bob, Lindsey and Kayden Williams were dinner guests of the Kellers. Friday, Albert and Bridget Keller headed to Bismarck for Bridget's guard drill and Christmas party. Pierce and Alex hauled the boys to Timber Lake to spend the weekend with Pat Keller, Trail City, SD. Albert and Bridget Keller went to Pat Kellers Saturday night. Sunday they celebrated Bridget's birthday with homemade cream noodles and ice cream cake. Bridget, Pat and Annette Lipp traveled to Timber Lake for the Cantata at the Holy Cross Catholic Church. Albert and Bridget Keller and the boys returned home Monday evening.
Pastor’s Perspective
After the frigid temperatures we have experienced the past two weeks, I thought it would be a good idea to look into what the Bible tells us about the cold. While we generally think about the lands of the Bible as hot, dry deserts, the Holy Land is actually very diverse in terms of geography and climate. It even snows in the highlands of Judea, including the city of Jerusalem. So the writers of the Bible certainly experienced cold weather! Throughout the Bible, connections are made between the glory of creation and the awesomeness of the Creator. In Psalm 147, cold weather is used to describe God’s power: 16He gives snow like wool; he scatters frost like ashes. 17He hurls down hail like crumbs — who can stand before his cold? We don’t usually think of bitterly cold, even dangerously cold, weather as testifying to God’s power. However as survivors of extremely cold weather, I think we can all say that no one could stand before God’s cold! This makes another Biblical reference to cold weather all the more comforting: Zechariah chapter 14 describes the “day of the Lord” and includes the promise that “6on that day there shall not be either cold or frost.” So the next time you are hunkered down in winter weather, or on those days when you have to work outside in the biting cold, take heart: you are not only witnessing a sign of God’s power, but the Lord has also promised to abolish cold weather on the day of his coming! So in this season of Advent, a season of hopeful anticipation, the cold is yet another reason to join the whole church in praying, “come, Lord Jesus!” May the Lord keep you all safe and warm in the days ahead as we prepare for a joyous celebration of Christ’s birth. Amen.
Dana Lockhart Prairie Fellowship Parish
Church Services Directory
Sunday School 9:30 a.m. • Worship Service - 10:30a.m. Wednesday Prayer Mtg. - 7:30 p.m.
Grace Baptist Church • Pastor Phil Hahn Church of Christ
Sat. evening services • GR Luth. - 5:00 p.m. •American - 6:30 p.m. Sunday morning services •Rosebud - 8:00 a.m. • Indian Creek - 10:30 a.m.
Prairie Fellowship Parish ELCA • Pastor Dana Lockhart
18 mi. south of Prairie City - Worship Service - 10:00 a.m.
Christ Lutheran Church WELS
Pastor Gerhardt Juergens
Sunday Bible Class - 8:00 a.m., Worship Service - 8:30 a.m.
Seventh Day Adventist Church • Pastor David Moench
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. Sabbath School - 2:00 p.m., Worship Service - 3:00 p.m.
South Jct. of Highways 73 & 20 Sunday School - 10:00 a.m., Worship Service - 11:00 a.m.
Coal Springs Community Church
First Presbyterian Church • Pastor Florence Hoff, CRE
Worship Service - 10:30 a.m. Sunday School - 9:30 for all ages Reva • Sunday School 9:45 a.m. for all ages •Worship Service - 11:00 a.m., WMF 2nd Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. 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.
Holland Center Christian Reformed Church Pastor Brad Burkhalter • Lodgepole
Worship Service - 8:00 a.m.
Slim Buttes Lutheran • Pastor Henry Mohagen
Beckman Wesleyan Church • Pastor Brad Burkhalter
According to the United States Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service, South Dakota's cow herd totals ranked fifth nationally - up by 5 percent from 2012. With grazing and pasture resources difficult to find in some areas of the state, cattle producers may consider looking to other areas of the state for grazing resources , explained Jim Krantz, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist. Cow lease/share arrangements may be one way to match cows to feed resources. For South Dakota cattle producers challenged by dwindling grazing resources, Krantz suggested they consider cow lease/share arrangements as an alternative to herd liquidation. " C o w lease/share arrangements offer a logistical solution in some instances for cattle producers with surplus grazing acres or winter feed and those who do not have those vital resources available to them," he said. Krantz said contractual agreements are unique in almost every circumstance due to the individuality of management programs, herd genetics, cow frame size or long term goals. "Fundamentally, particularly in the case of share agreements, discussions begin with the identification of the contributions each party will provide in this cow partnership," he said. From the owner's (lessor) viewpoint, those contributions usually include the cows themselves along with an accompanying health program and the bull power to service the cows.
Cow lease/share arrangements match cows to feed resources
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"The latter is sometimes listed on the lessee side of the ledger instead depending on the desires and goals of both parties," Krantz said. Inputs are typically listed as contributions from the lessee and might include feed, grazing acres, labor, equipment and facilities. When individual contribution values are tallied, some idea of the percentage of inputs each will provide can then serve as a guide for sharing the calf crop value. Krantz said a common industry value used extensively in recent years is a 70 percent to 30 percent share arrangement where the cow owner receives 30 percent of the calf value at a designated date. In nearly all arrangements, the cow owner will receive all the cull cow proceeds. "As these agreements are drafted, it is important for both parties to remember that this industry value may or may not fit every situation," Krantz said. This standard usually implies that the agreement includes a time frame of one year that typically runs from October to October. Should that time frame vary, adjustments to the percentage of calf value shared may need to be altered as well. While this percentage may be the primary driver in the share arrangement, there are a number of additional factors that Krantz said need consideration as lessor/lease discussions continue including: All agreements should be in writing: While many business arrangements have been done on a handshake to the benefit of both parties, there are numerous examples of verbal agreements that have failed because the parties couldn't agree on exactly what had been agreed to. Having things in writing goes a long way to eliminate those problems. Start date/end date: As stated above, typical share agreements run from October to October but should be specifically documented in writing, regardless of what it is. That timeline should also include a date when the owner needs to take responsibility for his share of the calves. Bred Cows: Cow should be guaranteed pregnant when they arrive. (If October start date) Cow numbers:On multi-year share agreements, is there a "minimum number" of cows guaranteed by the owner? (How are replacements handled?) Pregnancy test:Cows should be pregnancy-tested each fall to document non-bred individuals and eliminate winter feed costs involved with wintering them. Heifer development and/or backgrounding. If calves are to be backgrounded or heifers developed, a separate agreement needs to be made where the owner of the calves pays for the feed costs and yardage expenses. Combining this enterprise with the cow lease makes determining an equitable split of the calf crop much more difficult. Cow Body Condition Score: Herd body condition score should be assigned to cows when care for them is transferred, so both parties are aware of the expectations for cow condition if the agreement is terminated at some point later. Use of a third party to assist both parties in that process is recommended. Death loss verification: Procedures utilized by insurance companies to verify cow death loss can be adopted and included in the cow share agreement. That typically involves the services of a licensed veterinarian with the expense normally assigned to the cow owner. Health programs: Expectations for herd health, cows and calves, should be outlined in the agreement as well. Unique marketing programs sometimes have limitations on vaccines or treatment protocols making it essential to list them so they can be complied with. In addition, both party's veterinarians should be consulted for input, especially if the new environment is significantly different than the present one. Creep feeding: Creep feeding calves for some is a standard practice while other cattle producers prefer to forgo that management scheme. That decision should also be a part of the agreement. If it is
Farm Rescue wraps up record-breaking year
Farm Rescue helps largest number of farm families since inception
Bill Gross, founder and president. “We are thankful for our volunteers, sponsors, and all who support Farm Rescue in making a positive impact for present and future generations of farm families and rural communities.” Visit farmrescue.org to view video testimonials and recent news articles, and see where Farm Rescue has helped farmers. Farm Rescue is also active on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and LinkedIn. About Farm Rescue Farm Rescue was founded in
utilized, creep expenses are normally shared in the same percentage as calf value is. Method of division: Next to agreeing on sharing of calf value, how that share is to be divided may deserve some serious consideration. When all the calves are sold at public auction, the process is simple mathematics. Where are designated for calves owner/operator possession, the process is something to be discussed thoroughly as the agreement is being prepared. Cow lease/share arrangements may be a win-win scenario for cattle producers with cows and limited feed resources, said Krantz, especially grazing acres, and cattle producers who have the resources to meet those very needs. "However, only after establishing a business mindset and doing some personal homework are cow share agreements truly destined to be "win-win" for all involved," Krantz said. Two resources may be valuable to those interested in exploring cow share arrangements: A guide to cow/calf rental agreements from the North Central Farm Management Extension Committee titled Beef Cow Rental Arrangements for Your Farm available at this link: http://aglease101.org/DocLib/docs/ NCFMEC-06.pdf .
Alliance Ag Cooperative Hettinger, ND NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the 9th Annual Meeting for patrons of Alliance Ag Cooperative of Hettinger, North Dakota will be held Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 12:00 pm at the NDSU Extension Building located in Hettinger, ND. The meeting will have guest speakers, election of two board members, door prizes and much more.
Farm Rescue, a nonprofit organization that provides planting and harvesting assistance free of charge to farm families who have experienced a major illness, injury or natural disaster, has finished harvesting for 2013. 50 farm families were helped this year, and the reasons ranged from paralysis, broken bones, cancer and natural disasters. “Every year, we try to help the maximum number of farm families experiencing unexpected crises, and this year, we were able to help 50 farm families,” said
2006 and has helped more than 250 families since its inception. The organization’s mission is to help farmers who have experienced a major illness, injury, or natural disaster by providing the necessary equipment and manpower to plant or harvest their crop. Farm Rescue helps farm families in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Minnesota, and Iowa. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2014 planting season, which can be obtained at 701-252-2017 or www.farmrescue.org .
Lunch will be served at 11:30.
The South Dakota Grassland Coalition (SDGC) will be hosting their annual Grazing Management workshop in Bison, SD. Guest speakers for the workshop will be North Dakota ranchers, Gene Goven and Jerry Doan.
2013 Winter road show
phy which integrates grazing land, cropland, tame pasture and hay land into a single unit with a goal of sustainability through improved soil health. He will also be discussing water management and explaining the benefits of a healthy grass eco-system to water quality.
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Gene Goven is known for using rotational grazing as a key to his operation’s success. Goven will share his management philoso-
Jerry Doan
Jerry Doan, owner operator of the Black Leg Ranch, located near McKenzie, ND will share the history of his ranch. Doan will explain how his family incorporated an agri-tourism, wildlife guiding, and hunting business to help facilitate bringing the next generation back to the operation. He will share how they strive to improve soil health with cover crops, intensive grassland management, and no till cropping. The workshop will be held at the Grand Electric Social Room in Bison, SD on Monday, December 16th from 10:00 AM-2:30 PM. The cost of the workshop is free to all current SD Grassland Coalition members. The cost for nonmembers is $20, which includes a one-year membership. Lunch will be provided. For additional information and to register, please contact Ryan Beer at the NRCS office in Bison, 605-244-5222 Ext. 3.
Congresswoman Kristi Noem, R-SD, was joined by her colleagues on December 5 in introducing a new school nutrition bill that reduces federal mandates on school lunch standards, which have been a point of contention since their implementation at the beginning of the 2012 school year. “Parents, students and school administrators alike have reached out to me with serious concerns about the new school lunch standards,” said Noem. “This bill would give those who see our kids every day the flexibility they require to make sure students are getting the food necessary to be successful. Making sure our kids are healthy is one of my top priorities, but I also have a responsibil-
School nutrition bill
Winter Storm Warning - Severe winter conditions are about to begin in your area or will begin within the next 18 hours. Stay indoors! For snow, expect greater than 7 inches in a 12 hour period or greater than 10 inches in a 24 hour period. For ice, expect .5 inch or more in a 24 hour period.
ity to make sure they don’t go hungry either.” The Reducing Federal Mandates on School Lunch Act has been endorsed by the National School Boards Association, the School Superintendents Association (AASA) and the Council of the Great City Schools. The legislation, which has not yet been assigned a bill number, would make the United States Department of Agriculture’s temporary easing of the meat and grain requirements permanent, allowing schools more flexibility in serving meats and grains while still staying within calorie maximums. It would also give administrators flexibility on some of the rules that have increased costs for school districts.
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RESOURCES NATURAL SERVICE CONSERVATION (NRCS), Huron, S.D., November 18, 2013Annually, applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) are batched for funding consideration. December 20, 2013, is the date by which an operator or landowner must sign an application at their local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office for Fiscal Year 2014 funding consideration, according to Jennifer Wurtz, EQIP Program coordinator, with the NRCS. The EQIP program provides financial and technical assistance to help producers implement voluntary conservation practices to improve their natural resources. Payment is provided for a variety
EQIP application batching deadline is December 20, 2013
Growing in Agriculture
of practices to address resource concerns such as water quality, grazing land health and productivity, soil erosion and soil quality, and wildlife habitat development. “Applications for all NRCS conservation programs are accepted continuously, however the application batching date, or call for ranking, is December 20 for EQIP,” Wurtz says. “The ranking period for this popular conservation programs will come sooner than you realize.” She encourages any operator or landowner not to wait until the last minute to visit their local U.S. Department of Agriculture Service Center. For more information about the EQIP program, please contact the NRCS office in Bison, SD 605244-5222 x3.
By Lucas Lentsch, SD Secretary of Agriculture Another South Dakota autumn is drawing to an end with farmers and ranchers taking inventory of the year’s harvest. Agriculture folks know that sometimes fall brings an abundant harvest— and other times that crop of calves or corn comes short of our goals. With our crops just out of the field, we’ll begin planning for next year…choosing inputs to achieve yield goals and genetics that will produce pounds of gain. During this planning time, we should also take inventory of our lives. Have we planned for the future beyond next year’s crop? Notably, do we have a strategy to transition the family business to the next generation? Earlier this year, a friend of mine passed away after months of battling illness. In his lifetime, this friend had built a very successful agricultural enterprise, and yet during these months, there was hardly a word of worry spoken about his diverse and productive business. I wondered at the calmness about him and his family. Were they not concerned about the future? Then I discovered they had already made a plan that transitioned the business. Although my friend was young—just in his early sixties—several years ago with his family at the table and professional expertise beside him, he had taken action on the task of succession planning. Now, his family has comfort in knowing his wishes and activating a tran-
Taking inventory and making a plan
sition plan. If your family has done this challenging work already, congratulations to you for making it a priority. If succession planning has been on the “to do list” for some time—make it a priority. Don’t wait any longer. Now is the time to plan. Recently, I heard from a number of agricultural lenders who shared their concern regarding customers who hadn’t done the planning for one reason or another. Unfortunately, untimely deaths happen in families, which make the task feel unbearable. If you feel that succession planning does not need to be a priority, ask yourself this. For the youth, do you want to be your Dad’s 50-year old hired man? For the parents, do you want your children to work with you—or for you? What will happen to your business—your decades of work, sacrifice and success—if you don’t plan for “what if” situations in the future? I recently facilitated panel discussions at our Beginning Farmer/Rancher Symposium on the campus of South Dakota State University. Several times, the next generation producers asked for suggestions on succession planning. Take the first step. Ask your lender, accountant, and lawyer for recommendations of whom to work with. There are a number of professionals that do this sort of work; however, it is most important that you find the one that works for you and your family. I encourage you to plan now. Do not wait.
Tree Facts –
By Robert W. Drown, Natural Resource Specialist Many of our west river windbreaks (shelterbelts) have thin or missing shrub rows. This deficiency in your windbreak should not be overlooked just because the trees look good. The lack of shrubs in your windbreak causes snowdrifts on the leeward side instead of within the windbreak. Snow drifts are needed within the windbreak to provide moisture for the trees, lack of them will eventually kill a windbreak. Windbreak should have at least two shrub rows, one on the windward side and one on the leeward side. Shrubs should be spaced about 4 feet apart and have branches and foliage at ground level and at the top. At least 90% of each plant should be living with very little weeds and grass competition underneath the row.
Following are several conditions that may be occurring with your shrub rows and how to renovate them. 1.MOST SHRUBS ARE ALIVE BUT ARE SPINDLY WITH MANY DEAD BRANCHES. The best thing to do is to shear off the shrubs to a 6 to 12 inch height. Hollow or small stemmed plants can be sheared with a power sickle mower. Larger stemmed shrubs species will require a powered circular saw. 2.MANY SHRUBS ARE GONE, LIVE ONES SHOW SOME DEAD BRANCHES AND ARE OPEN AT THE BOTTOM WITH VEGETATION ON THE GROUND SURFACE. Here again shear shrubs in poor condition to a 6 to 12 inch height, hand plant new shrubs to replace dead ones and fill in blank spaces. Next fall apply herbicides labeled for use in windbreaks in a 3 to 4 foot wide band on the entire renovated row. 3.LONG SEGMENTS OF THE SHRUB ROW ARE NON-EXISTENT. First, till up and fallow the long row segments for one year. Then use snow fence or some other method to trap snow on the tilled area to store moisture. Replant the new shrub row. 4.SHRUB ROWS WERE NOT PLANTED ORIGINALLY OR IF THEY WERE THEY DIED OUT YEARS AGO. There are two
Renovating Shrubs in Windbreaks.
things you can do. Plant one or two new shrub rows, or if the planting has 7 to 10 complete rows of tall trees like Siberian elm or medium trees like, Russian olive, apricot or Ussurian pear, cut back the two windward rows. The stumps will re-sprout and function as shrub rows. 5. IF THE SHRUB ROW IS OVERTOPPED AND SUPPRESSED BY ADJACENT TREE ROWS. If the site has enough room, plant one or two new shrubs rows outside the in-
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fluence of the tree rows. If there is not enough room to do that, cut down the tree row and treat stumps to prevent sprouting. There are many alternative shrub species to choose from to repair your windbreaks. Shrubs for moist sites include Dogwood, Elder, False Indigo, Sandbar Willow and Cranberry. Shrubs for shady sites include Chokecherry, Current, Dogwood, Nannyberry, Honeysuckle, and Serviceberry. Shrubs for dry sites include Rose, Lilac, Plum, Buffaloberry, Cara-
gana, Honeysuckle, Potentilla, Sea Buckthorn and Serviceberry. My source for this news release was the South Dakota Department of Agriculture Division of Resource Conservation and Forestry. If you would like more information about “Renovating Shrubs in Windbreaks,” contact Bob Drown at the Conservation Office at 605-244-5222, Extension 4 or by e-mail at robert.drown@sd.nacdnet.net.
Well designed and functioning windbreak with shrub rows on windward and leeward sides.
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I, Sylvia Chapman, Finance Officer of Perkins County, South Dakota, do hereby certify that the taxes on the following list of real property have become delinquent for the year 2012. Certificate fee of $5.00 will be added to each description after Monday, December 16, 2013. This list may not reflect changes in recorded ownership. In testimony, I, Sylvia Chapman, Perkins County Finance Officer of Perkins County hereto set my hand and seal. /s/Sylvia Chapman Sylvia Chapman, Finance Officer
2012 Delinquent Tax Listing
Galen Bolte Behrmann Mork Addn Blk 2 Lot 8 City of Lemmon.....................$437.35 Timothy & Debbie Brixey SENE 16-18-11 Strool Township.....................$178.50 Douglas Butler NENE 1-17-13 Vickers Township...................$111.90 Rusty & Shannia Crawford Lemmon's 1st Addn Blk 10 Lot 1 MH on Real Estate City of Lemmon.....................$101.94 Douglas Dauwen Milw Land Co Blk 29 Lot 8 MH on Real Estate City of Lemmon.......................$59.27 William Erhart Lemmons 2nd Addn Blk 4 Lot 6 City of Lemmon.....................$244.43 Corinne Erickson WSW Less Hiway Lot H1 containing 2.04 ac 11-18-14 Rainbow Township................$266.84 Corinne Erickson NW 11-18-14 Rainbow Township................$563.89 Corinne Erickson SE less Hiway Lot H1 containing 5.73 10-18-14 Rainbow Township................$381.59 Corinne Erickson ENW, ESW less hiway Lot H1 containing 1.18 ac 10-18-14 Rainbow Township................$422.31 Corinne Erickson NE 10-18-14 Rainbow Township................$487.37 Corinne Erickson NSW, NSE 3-18-14 Rainbow Township................$419.50 Corinne Erickson NW 3-18-14 Rainbow Township................$320.55 Corinne Erickson NE 3-18-14 Rainbow Township................$386.93 Corinne Erickson SW 2-18-14 Rainbow Township................$443.23 Corinne Erickson WNW 2-18-14 Rainbow Township................$164.63 John Erickson SESE 3-16-11 Antelope Township................$105.50 John & Corrine Erickson SWSE, NSE 3-16-11 Antelope Township................$382.43 John & Corrine Erickson SW 3-16-11 Antelope Township................$385.95 John & Corrine Erickson NW 3-16-11 Antelope Township................$370.57 John & Corrine Erickson NE 3-16-11 Antelope Township................$306.59 John Erickson NSE - MH on real estate 2-16-11 Antelope Township................$553.04 John Erickson SSW, NESW 2-16-11 Antelope Township................$296.47
John & Corrine Erickson NWSW 2-16-11 Antelope Township................$120.42 John Erickson NW 2-16-11 Antelope Township................$332.66 John Erickson NE 2-16-11 Antelope Township................$380.09 John Erickson NW 35-17-11 Maltby Township...................$458.27 John Erickson WNE, SENE 35-17-11 Maltby Township...................$285.44 John & Corrine Erickson SE 34-17-11 Maltby Township...................$583.91 Hedstrom Ranch Inc NW 32-21-13 Barrett Township..................$492.53 Hedstrom Ranch Inc NE exc 2.8 ac 32-21-13 Barrett Township..................$477.89 Hedstrom Ranch Inc ESE, ENE 31-21-13 Barrett Township..................$518.99 Hedstrom Ranch Inc NNSW, NNWSE 31-21-13 Barrett Township................$167.06 Hedstrom Ranch Inc NW S OF Perkins County Rd #2 31-21-13 Barrett Township..................$403.33 Hedstrom Ranch Inc WNE S OF Perkins County RD #2 31-21-13 Barrett Township..................$211.92 Hedstrom Ranch Inc SSW 35-21-12 Lodgepole Township..............$172.94 Hedstrom Ranch Inc SE 34-21-12 Lodgepole Township..............$358.39 Hedstrom Ranch Inc SW 34-21-12 Lodgepole Township..............$481.73 Hedstrom Ranch Inc NE 34-21-12 Lodgepole Township..............$496.98 Roger & Barbara Heupel Milw Land co Blk 33 Lot 4 City of Lemmon.....................$514.56 Tonja Hinderliter NWSE 25-15-15 Moreau Township....................$58.46 Tonja Hinderliter NWNE, SWNE 25-15-15 Moreau Township....................$85.68 Jerry Honeyman Milw Land Co 1st Addn Blk 30 W 25' if N 1/2 of Lot 7 & N 1/2 of Lot 8 City of Lemmon.......................$45.87 Jerry Honeyman Lemmon Original Blk 13 Lots 1, 2, 3, N 1/2 & SE 1/4 of Lot 4 City of Lemmon..................$1,607.48 Maynard Hulm NW 27-19-15 Independence Township.......$594.00 Maynard Hulm WNW 22-19-15 Independence Township.......$162.78 Maynard Hulm NSW, NSE 21-19-15 Independence Township.......$339.42 Maynard Hulm NW 21-19-15 Independence Township.......$347.51 Maynard Hulm NE 21-19-15 Independence Township.......$357.16 Maynard Hulm NESW, NSE 20-19-15 Independence Township.......$237.24 Maynard Hulm NW 20-19-15 Independence Township.......$289.80 Maynard Hulm Buildings Only NE 20-19-15 Independence Township.......$388.95 Maynard Hulm NE 20-19-15 Independence Township.......$404.16 Maynard Hulm NW 18-19-15 Independence Township.......$237.55 Maynard Hulm
NE 18-19-15 Independence Township.......$285.46 Maynard Hulm SE 17-19-15 Independence Township.......$283.93 Maynard Hulm SW 17-19-15 Independence Township.......$301.59 Maynard Hulm NW 17-19-15 Independence Township.......$328.72 Maynard Hulm NE 17-19-15 Independence Township.......$287.30 Maynard Hulm SE 8-19-15 Independence Township.......$283.17 Maynard Hulm SW 8-19-15 Independence Township.......$276.74 Maynard Hulm SE 7-19-15 Independence Township.......$286.12 Maynard Hulm NE 7-19-15 Independence Township.......$291.98 Maynard Hulm SESE 6-19-15 Independence Township.........$73.46 Gregg Jacobsen 1/6 Golf Cart Bldg Lincoln Township......................$9.66 Mary Jane Kern Smiths Addn Blk 14 Lot 12 City of Lemmon.....................$632.62 Kenneth Kvanvig Tract A in SWSE & SESE 13-22-10 Horse Creek Township..........$162.86 Jim Landgrebe Milw Land Co 1st Addn Blk 28 Lot 2 City of Lemmon.....................$102.53 Melanie Lane Lemmons 2nd Add Blk 4 Lots 13, 14 & 15 City of Lemmon.....................$825.52 Melanie Lane Lemmons 2nd Addn Blk 4 Lot 12 City of Lemmon.......................$39.83 Sandra Larson Lemmons 1st Addn Blk 4 N 46' of Lot 5 City of Lemmon.....................$283.39 Tim & Audrey Lorius ESE 3-18-16 - MH on Real Estate Only Grand Central Township......$278.91 John Lower NW 20-15-10 Wyandotte Township.............$224.52 Glenette Lyons MWSW< NESW SSW - MH on Real Estate Moreau Township..................$133.63 Dennis Martin Lemmons 2nd Addn Blk 2 Lots 3 & 4 City of Lemmon.....................$559.51 Hilario & Diane Martinez Lemmons Original Blk 7 Lot 1 & N 1/2 Lot 2 City of Lemmon.....................$815.53 Harriet Riggs McGinnis & Virginia Riggs Levy SE 17-19-17 Whitney Township................$403.76 Todd Messmer Milw Land Co 2nd Addn Blk 34 Lot 5 City of Lemmon.....................$942.41 Jacob Nelson Lemmons 1st Addn Blk 10 Lot 4 City of Lemmon.....................$112.59 Michael & Peggy O'Conor Lots I in ENW (cont 4.57 ac) 27-23-16 Lincoln Township....................$51.69 Michael & Peggy O'Conor Lot D in ENW (cont 4.57 ac) 27-23-16 Lincoln Township....................$51.57 Michael & Peggy O'Conor Lemmons 2nd Addn Blk 2 Lot 1 City of Lemmon.....................$210.07 Adelia Otte NW Townsite Co 2nd Addn Blk 4 Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 City of Lemmon.......................$50.04
Richard & Patricia Pearson Lemmon Original Blk 25 Lot 8 City of Lemmon....................$226.47 Joan Pelkofer Milw Land Co 2nd Addn Blk 37 Lot 6 City of Lemmon....................$581.44 John Pung Behrmann Mork Addn Blk 4 Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 13 & 14 City of Lemmon....................$712.88 John Pung NW Townsite Co 2nd Addn Blk 4 E 70' of Lot 11 E 40' of Lot 12 City of Lemmon....................$507.68 John Pung NW Townsite Co 2nd Addn Blk 4 W 70' of Lot 11 & W 100'of Lot 12 City of Lemmon.....................$438.20 John Pung NW Townsite Co 2nd Addn Blk 4 Lots 7, 8, 9 & 10 City of Lemmon.....................$211.92 Joseph Littlefield Lemmons 1st Addn Blk 2 Lot 6 City of Lemmon.....................$145.46 William & Carol Rosenberg Lemmons 1st Addn Blk 5 Lot 3 City of Lemmon....................$435.56 Gary & Joyce Sandquist Lemmons 1st Addn Blk 8 Lot 1 City of Lemmon.....................$128.71 Bradley or Karolina Nible NW - MH on Real Estate Only Horse Creek Township............$21.22 Robert Schiley Life Estate WSE, ENW 23-19-15 Independence Township.......$345.55 Robert Schiley Life Estate NWSW 12-19-15 Independence Township.......$118.99 Robert Schiley Life Estate NW 12-19-15 Independence Township.......$482.60 Robert Schiley Life Estate SNE, NESE 11-19-15 Independence Township.......$322.68 Robert Schiley Life Estate WSE 1-19-15 Independence Township.......$212.59 Robert Schiley Life Estate SW 1-19-15 Independence Township.......$439.50 Robert Schiley Life Estate SW 22-19-16 Clark Township.....................$384.34 Robert Schiley Life Estate SNW 22-19-16 Clark Township.....................$238.34 Robert Schiley Life Estate SE - MH ON Real Estate 21-19-16 Clark Township....................$476.68 Robert Schiley Life Estate NE 21-19-16 Clark Township.....................$482.29 Robert Schiley Life Estate SE 16-19-16 Clark Township.....................$561.89 Robert Schiley Life Estate SW 16-19-16 Clark Township.....................$535.01 Roy & Karin Schiley NSE 29-19-17 Whitney Township................$260.91 Roy & Karin Schiley NE 29-19-17 Whitney Township................$451.77 Roy & Karin Schiley SE 28-19-17 Whitney Township................$389.24 Roy & Karin Schiley SW 28-19-17 Whitney Township................$448.80 Roy & Karin Schiley NW 28-19-17 Whitney Township................$347.72 Roy & Karin Schiley NE 28-19-17 Whitney Township................$421.26 Roy & Karin Schiley NSE 27-19-17 Whitney Township................$186.57 Roy & Karin Schiley SW 27-19-17 Whitney Township................$301.78 Roy & Karin Schiley NWSWNW 27-19-17 Whitney Township................$344.15
Roy & Karin Schiley NW exc 10 ac 27-19-17 Whitney Township................$437.91 Roy & Karin Schiley NE 27-19-17 Whitney Township................$405.30 Roy & Karin Schiley WNW, NWSW 26-19-17 Whitney Township................$242.45 Roy & Karin Schiley SWSW 23-19-17 Whitney Township..................$81.10 Roy & Karin Schiley SE 22-19-17 Whitney Township................$376.10 Roy & Karin Schiley SW 22-19-17 Whitney Township................$258.99 Roy & Karin Schiley NW 22-19-17 Whitney Township................$474.01 Roy & Karin Schiley WNE 22-19-17 Whitney Township................$232.53 Roy & Karin Schiley SE 21-19-17 Whitney Township................$531.77 Roy & Karin Schiley SW 21-19-17 Whitney Township................$511.04 Roy & Karin Schiley NW 21-19-17 Whitney Township................$374.72 Roy & Karin Schiley NE 20-19-17 Whitney Township................$434.97 Roy & Karin Schiley SSE 20-19-17 Whitney Township................$190.30 Roy & Karin Schiley SNE, NSE 20-19-17 Whitney Township................$473.25 Roy & Karin Schiley NSE 16-19-17 Whitney Township................$181.24 Roy & Karin Schiley NE 16-19-17 Whitney Township................$392.39 Lana Severson Lemmon Original blk 18 Lot 10 & S 1/2 of Lot 11 City of Lemmon..................$1,802.74 Simon Ranch Inc NWNE, NNW 23-14-10 Sheffield Township................$246.57 Simon Ranch Inc ENE 23-14-10 Sheffield Township...............$115.75 Simon Ranch Inc NNE, NNW 22-14-10 Sheffield Township...............$314.97 Simon Ranch Inc SE 21-14-10 Sheffield Township...............$301.78 Simon Ranch Inc SENE 21-14-10 Sheffield Township..................$82.44 Simon Ranch Inc SE 15-14-10 Sheffield Township...............$608.79 Simon Ranch Inc SW 15-14-10 Sheffield Township................$417.24 Simon Ranch Inc SENW 15-14-10 Sheffield Township..................$82.08 Simon Ranch Inc NE 15-14-10 Sheffield Township................$216.24 Simon Ranch Inc SE 14-14-10 Sheffield Township................$116.42 Simon Ranch Inc SW 14-14-10 Sheffield Township................$422.41 Simon Ranch Inc NW 14-14-10 Sheffield Township................$192.04 Simon Ranch Inc SW 1-14-10 Sheffield Township................$187.49 Robert & Kurt Wallace Milw Land Co 1st Addn Blk 30 N 60' of Lot 9 City of Lemmon.....................$196.51 Myron Wolff WNW, WSW 30-23-15 Trail Township......................$155.06
CORTRUST BANK, W&M Wolff Lmt Partnership WNE, ENW 30-23-15 Trail Township......................$141.52 Myron Wolff ENE, ESE 30-23-15 Trail Township......................$169.32 Myron Wolff SE 29-23-15 Trail Township.......................$477.94 Myron Wolff SW 29-23-15 Trail Township......................$205.81 CORTRUST BANK, W&M Wolff Lmt Partnership NW 29-23-15 Trail Township......................$173.53 Myron Wolff SWSE, WSW. SESW 20-23-15 Trail Township.......................$225.17 CORTRUST BANK, W&M Wolff Lmt Partnership SE exc 5.64 ac 19-23-15 Trail Township.......................$220.29 CORTRUST BANK, W&M Wolff Lmt Partnership SW exc 5.64 ac 19-23-15 Trail Township.......................$202.45 CORTRUST BANK, W&M Wolff Lmt Partnership SE 25-23-14 White Butte Township..........$177.61 CORTRUST BANK, W&M Wolff Lmt Partnership NE 25-23-14 White Butte Township..........$229.27 Leroy Yotter Bison Original Blk 1 N 115' of Lot 1 & Auds Lot 1X Town of Bison........................$239.44 John & Lisa Yushta Tower Hill Addn Tract Two Blk 8 Lot 4 & 5 City of Lemmon....................$769.56 Ron Zimmermann SSW, SSE 35-23-11 Viking Township...................$260.96 Ron Zimmermann NNW 2-22-11 Viking Township....................$138.01 Ron Zimmermann NNE 2-22-11 Viking Township....................$141.27
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
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Settlers in Dakota Territory carried Christmas with them and celebrated it wherever they were with whatever they could find at hand. In what would become Grant Township in northeastern Dakota Territory, a mother was struggling to give her children the best Christmas she could. Mrs. Charles Johnson feared that her six children were facing a meager celebration in 1876, not like the ones the family enjoyed in Sweden. In Sweden, the children enjoyed lutefisk, Swedish meatballs, potato sausage, chicken, baked rolls, Christmas cakes and cookies on Christmas Eve, according to a Dec. 23, 1970, article in the Grant County Review by Alfred E. Nord, a grandson of Mrs. Johnson. In Grant County, no special food would grace the table on Christmas Eve. Much had been made of giving gifts in Sweden on Christmas Eve. There were no gifts for the Johnson family in 1876. Nor was there a Christmas tree, which had always been in the family’s home at Christmas time in Sweden. “In Sweden they make much of lighting candles and placing as many as possible in all their windows on Christmas eve,” Nord wrote. “They sing, ‘Now a thousand Christmas candles are alight’ (Nu tandas tusen juleljus). In the dugout there were no windows. Grandmother lit a few candles and asked them to sing the song anyway as there might be one thousand candles in Minnesota, even if there were only a dozen candles in Grant county.” The tradition in Sweden was to attend church services at 6 Christmas morning and sing hymns to welcome in Christmas. As there was no church to attend, the Johnson family and a neighboring family, that of Gullick Olson, joined their voices together in singing Christmas carols. The theme at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre this holiday season is “Sharing Holiday Traditions.” While Mrs. Johnson was recalling holiday traditions
Sharing holiday traditions
FACILITY LOCATION: Located in the Southwest ¼ of Section 13, Township 18 North, Range 13 East, in Perkins County, South Dakota MAILING ADDRESS: PO Box 910 Bison, SD 57620
The modification of the Surface Water 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.
Notice is given that on November 26, 2013, Jack Matthews was appointed as Personal Representative of the estate of Brandon S. Matthews. 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. 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. /s/ Jack Matthews Jack Matthews, Personal Representative 10042 White Butte Road Lemmon, SD 57638
Trish Peck Perkins County Clerk of Court P. O. Box 426 Bison, South Dakota 57620 (605) 244-5626
Hedstrom Ranch Inc......................11.87 Maynard Hulm................................2.75 Luke Jones...................................116.57 Kenneth Kvanvig..........................71.69 Tim Lorius.......................................7.87 Bob Schiley......................................4.08 Scott Sexton.................................116.57 [Published December 12, 2013 at a total approximate cost of $200.72.]
Delinquent Predator Animal Tax
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.
Eric M. Hardy Attorney for the Estate of Brandon S. Matthews Crane Roseland Hardy, PC P.O. Box 390 Hettinger, North Dakota 58639 (701) 5672418
[Published December 5, December 12, and December 19, 2013 at a total approximate cost of $44.13.]
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Deadline for the December 26, 2013 issue is Thursday, December 19 at NOON. Deadline for the January 2, 2014 issue is December 26 at NOON. We print press releases, engagements and obituaries at no charge Bison Courier 244-7199 or courier@sdplains.com
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Additional information may be obtained by calling Tina Piroutek, with DENR, at (605) 773-3351, or by writing to the address listed above.
The only day of the year (through 1993) that a tornado touchdown has never been reported and confirmed somewhere in the United States is January 16th. Every other day of the year has at least one confirmed tornado report somewhere in the country.
in Sweden, other pioneer families were no doubt recalling Christmases in their native land. Traditions in Norway included exchanging presents on Christmas Eve and attending church on Christmas Day, followed by socializing in the days after Christmas. Traditions in Germany included bringing the Christmas tree into the house and exchanging presents within the family on Christmas Eve. On the prairie, pioneers were adapting holiday traditions to their circumstances. An article in the Dec. 30, 1862, Yankton Press & Dakotan stated, “Christmas was celebrated in the usual manner – children’s stockings were filled with candy, nuts, etc., on Christmas Eve.” The Faulk County Times in Faulkton stated on Dec. 28, 1882, “It being the time honored custom for Santa Claus to come in a sleigh, there had been grave apprehension, on the part of the little folks, lest he would not be enabled to make Southern Dakota this season, but the snow, even so little, on Saturday night was just in time to accommodate the old fellow, and quiet all uneasiness on the part of the little ones.” In their dugout in Grant County, Mrs. Johnson and her children ate for Christmas Eve the same foods that they had eaten for months – pickled herring, summer sausage, potatoes and rye krisp. Mrs. Johnson told the children about the good earth, the fertile soil, and the abundant harvest they would have in the future. While the family did not have gifts, Mrs. Johnson pointed out that they were rich in love for each other and that being a pioneer was a great gift. She told the youngsters that people in Grant County would be planting evergreens and they would have a Christmas tree in a few years. “Do they have Christmas out West?” wrote the Rev. Cyrus Brady in Children of the West by Cathy Luchetti. “Well, they have it in their hearts, if no place else, and, after all, that is the place above all others where it should be.”
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It’s a good thing I got the windows washed and the yard raked on the warm days last week because the weather has completely changed. After listening to the weather report last Monday, I packed my suitcase and headed south that evening. I drove in pouring rain to Thad and Angie’s where I spent the night so I could make my flight out of Rapid City to Washington DC on Tuesday. Tuesday morning the doors were frozen shut on my car and it was plastered with ice and covered with snow. It took a while to pry the doors open and scrape the heavy ice off the windshield while the car was warming up and the drive to Rapid City on the interstate was interesting, to say the least! I left my vehicle at Sen. Phil Jensen’s house and his wife Janet drove us to the airport to catch our flight to DC for the American Legislative Exchange Council States and Nation Policy Summit. There were some great speakers at the policy summit: Rep. Paul Ryan, Sen. Ron Johnson, Sen. Ted Cruz, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Grover Norquist with Americans for Tax Reform, and Tennessee state Sen. Dr. Mark Green (an army special operation flight surgeon who participated in the capture of Saddam Hussein). They addressed the issues of federalism, states rights, strict adherence to the US Constitution, lower taxes, and smaller, more accountable government. I serve on the Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force and the task force passed three pieces of model policy: 1. Resolution in Opposition to EPA’s Plan to Regulate Greenhouse Gases under the Clean Air Act 2. Resolution Concerning EPA Proposed Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards for New and Existing Fossil-Fueled Power Plants 3. Updating Net Metering Policies Resolution In one of the subcommittee meetings, Utah Rep. Ken Ivory explained how Utah is working to return federal land to the states. Utah, along with New Mexico, Arizona, Idaho, and Wyoming have all passed bills or resolutions challenging federal ownership of land within their boundaries over the past few years. According to the Institute for Energy Research, there is more than $150 trillion in mineral value locked up in federally controlled land. The institute estimates the Green River Formation in Colorado, Utah and
Grand River Roundup ............................................... By Betty Olson
Wyoming contains 982 billion barrels of oil shale that could be recovered by the states. For those of you who subscribe to Range Magazine, Ken Ivory has an article in the Winter 2014 edition “Knowledge and Courage” on this very issue. ALEC is not the only legislative organization focusing on federalism and states rights. The last issue of Capitol Ideas, the magazine published by The Council of State Governments, devoted the entire magazine to federalism, states rights, gaining control of federal lands, and limiting the federal intrusion into issues like health care that are better solved by the states. In the discussions of abuse of the states by the federal government in violation of the 10th amendment to the Constitution, I’m reminded of what Ronald Reagan said: “The federal government did not create the states; the states created the federal government.” Several legislators, including me, left the warm climate in DC and flew home on Saturday, the 72nd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It was 9 degrees below zero when our plane landed in Rapid City. Rep. Scott Craig’s wife picked us up at the airport and Ruthie gave me a ride to my car. It took a while to warm up, but the frost was mostly gone from the windows by the time I got to Sturgis. It was dark and REALLY cold by the time I navigated the icy roads back to the ranch, where our thermometer registered 19 below! Friday morning the temperature was minus 31 degrees, everything was freezing up, and there was a house fire at Kari Hoff ’s. I attribute the warmer climate in Washington to all the hot air emanating from the nation’s Capitol, but even that didn’t help some of the legislators who planned to fly out of DC on Sunday. They got trapped by a storm traveling up the east coast and couldn’t escape Foggy Bottom until Monday! Several people sent me this Department of Energy joke that relates to the federalism issue: •Let it sink in. •Quietly we go like sheep to slaughter. Does anybody out there have any memory of the reason given for the establishment of the DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY during the Carter Administration? •Anybody? •Anything?
•No? •Didn't think so! Bottom line - we've spent several hundred billion dollars in support of an agency, the reason for which not one person who reads this can remember. Ready? It was very simple and at the time everybody thought it very appropriate. The 'Department of Energy' was instituted on 8-04-1977 TO LESSEN OUR DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL. Hey, pretty efficient, huh? Especially since the department is doing everything in it’s power to stop energy exploration and recovery on federal lands. And now its 2013, 36 years later and the budget for this “necessary” department is at $27.2 BILLION A YEAR! It has over 16,000 federal employees and approximately 100,000 contact employees. And look at the wonderful job it has done! THIS IS WHERE YOU SLAP YOUR FOREHEAD AND SAY 'WHAT WAS I THINKING?' Ah, yes, good ole bureaucracy... And now we are going to turn the Banking System, Health Care and the Auto Industry over to them??? God Help Us!
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Wanted Perkins County, SD, is seeking to fill the position of highway superintendent. Applicant will be responsible for bridge and highway construction and maintenance, equipment operation and maintenance, supervision of county highway shop and workers. Must have a working knowledge of a county highway system. Must possess professional relationships with the general public and employees. Engineering background a plus. Must have valid SD Commercial Drivers License. Must pass pre-employment drug test. Perkins County is an equal opportunity employer. Application deadline is January 1, 2014 or until position is filled. Apply at Perkins County Finance Office, PO Box 126, Bison, SD, 57620. Phone 605-244-5624. B23-4tc
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Engineering background a plus. Open until 1/1/14 or until filled. For more information: 605-2445624. Apply: Perkins County Finance Office, PO Box 126, Bison, SD, 57620. EOE.
Thank You We would like to thank so very much the Prairie City and Bison Fire Departments and all of our wonderful friends, neighbors and family for there quick response to our fire on Saturday. Also thank you to the many others for there prayers and offers of assistance. You have been such an incredible blessing and we thank God for each one of you. The Hoff & Wiechmann families
PERKINS COUNTY HIGHWAY Superintendent. Must have CDL.
EMPLOYMENT CENEX OF MOHALL / Sherwood ND is seeking a qualified CEO / General Manager. This is an agronomy, energy, auto service, operation. Sales are $40 million. Strong background in finance, communication, and personnel management is desired. Ag Business degree and or ag business management experience preferred Send, email, or fax (888-653-5527) resume: Larry Fuller, 5213 Shoal Drive, Bismarck ND 58503, larry.fuller@chsinc.com.
Dr. Jason M. Hafner Dr. David J. Prosser
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Gun Show GUN SHOW - Dakota Territory Gun Collectors Association 1st Annual. DICKINSON GUN SHOW - 200 tables. Saturday, December 14, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, December15, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Astoria Hotel, North Dickinson 701-456-5000. Info: Roger Krumm, 701-336-7533 or 701851-0129. B25-2tc For Sale Keep Warm! Norseman wood burning furnace. Heats up to
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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, 605-2645 6 5 0 , www.goldeneagleloghomes.com.
1988 CHEVROLET 70 SERIES TRUCK with Telelect TS-402 Bucket Body. 366 cu in engine, new hoses, 25,300 miles, 2600 PTO hours, 40 ft bucket height, fiberglass side compartments. Call Ward at 605-397-7459. Send bids to City of Groton, PO Box 587, Groton, SD 57445 by Dec 16, 2013.
FOR SALE 330 ACRES SCENIC NORTHERN Black Hills property. Ponderosa pine covered hills, lush canyons, variety of wildlife. Close in yet private, incredible views, $1,155,000. Call 605-641-3970.
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Perkins County Farmers Union Annual meeting 4:30 p.m. Complimentary salad bar & prime rib dinner 5:30 p.m. District Six Farmers Union Annual meeting 6:30 p.m. December 20th at Smoky’s in Meadow Please RSVP 788-2976.
Highlights & Happenings
Christ Lutheran Church Christmas Eve candlelight program, 6:30pm, Dec 24, Christmas Eve, All welcome. ALC Christmas Program practice on Sat. Dec. 14th at 5:00., Wed., Dec. 18th at 4:00, Sat., Dec. 21st at 5:00 with program to
Music Boosters will meet on Wednesday, December 18, at 5:15 in the Bison School music room. Parents, students, community members and staff are welcome to attend.
follow at 6:00. Parts still available for ages 3 to Adult. Any questions, contact Heidi Kopren.
Veal Haygrinding
Shannon Veal 605-788-2270 Larry Veal 605-244-7773

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