Bison Courier, January 10, 2013

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Volume 30 Number 30 January 10, 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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To encourage the habit of blood donation, United Blood Services has expanded its reward program. Donors can earn points for donating frequently and staying involved year after year. The points are redeemable for movie and restaurant gift certificates and other prizes. YOu can find the Hero in You at the upcoming January 23, 2013 blood drive, on Wednesday, from 11:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Grand Electric Social Room. Contact Bernice Kari at 244-5472 for an appointment. Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 or 17 in certain areas, must have a signed permission slip from a parent of guardian. Potential donors can make an appointment by calling 244-5472. Sponsored by the Hurry and Hustle Club. Applications for the next round of 21st Century Community Learning Center, or 21st CCLC, grants are now available online. The centers provide students with academic enrichment opportunities and activities designed to complement the students’ regular school instruction. Grant award amounts range from $50,000 to $150,000 per year, and the life of the grant is five years. While funds are often awarded to schools, other organizations are also eligible to apply. The grants must specifically support programs offered outside of regular school hours. The learning centers are in-
United Blood Services issues invitation: find the hero in you
Hero status isn’t reserved only for those brave men and women who rush into burning buildings or step into the front lines of war. “There’s a hero in all of us.” said Lori Liebman, Donor Recruitment Director of United Blood Services, this area’s non-profit community blood service provider. “Ordinary people are saving lives every day. They do it while they are on lunch break or while they are running errands. They have found the hero in themselves by donating blood. Several years ago, United Blood Services took the innovative step of highlighting donors rather than patients in its blood drive posters and materials. The organization continues that focus with a new national marketing campaign that invites people to “Find the Hero in You” by donating blood three times a year. “We asked a donor, a young man, why he gives so consistently three or four times a year,” said Liebman. “He said, ‘It feels so good to save someone’s life. Who would you do it just once?’”
Grants available to fund after-school programs
tended to assist students from high-poverty and low-performing schools in need of additional support. Funding for the grants comes from the federal government in the form of formula grants to the states. Because it is authorized under the No Child Left Behind law, programming must include an academic component and content-specific enrichment activities. “These funds help provide safe and supportive environments that offer young people meaningful and interesting learning opportunities,” said Sue Burgard, who oversees the 21st CCLC grant program for the South Dakota Department of Education. Grant applications must be submitted to the South Dakota Department of Education by March 1. To help potential applicants with the process, the 21st CCLC team has set up two opportunities to take part in a webinar. Webinars are scheduled for Jan. 23 and 24 and will provide guidance and a chance for questions. Webinar participants must pre-register by Jan. 16. While not required, applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in one of the webinars. Webinar schedule and registration are available online at http://www.doe.sd.gov/oatq/21cent. aspx or by contacting Jill Cotton at (605) 773-4693 or jill.cotton@state.sd.us
Gov. Daugaard announces $5.1 million for environmental projects
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved nearly $5.1 million in grants and loans for drinking water, wastewater, and storm water projects. The board met Friday via the Digital Dakota Network. The $5,098,950 total includes $1.56 million in grants and grant amendments and more than $3.5 million in low-interest loans. “Making grant and loan funds available for these projects will result in better drinking water, improved wastewater treatment, and enhanced protection of the environment,” the Governor said. The grants and loans awarded by the board are administered through the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Grants were awarded to: Bear Butte Valley Water, $500,000 for regional water system. Bison, $19,350 amendment for storm water management system. Eagle Butte, $260,000 amendment for wastewater facilities improvements. Pierre, $210,000 for Lincoln Avenue storm sewer. South Eastern Council of Governments (SECOG), $120,000 amendment for regional recycling and solid waste revolving loan fund A loan was awarded to: Spearfish, $3,254,000 for west zone water tank and main project. Grant and loan packages were awarded to: Astoria, $368,700 grant and $235,000 loan for wastewater system improvements. Twin Brooks, $81,900 grant and $50,000 loan for connection to Grant-Roberts Rural Water System The grants and loans were awarded from DENR’s Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program, Solid Waste Management Program, Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program, and Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program. The Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program provides grants and loans for water, wastewater, and watershed projects statewide. The Solid Waste Management Program provides grants and loans for solid waste disposal, recycling, and waste tire projects. The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program provides low-interest loans for public drinking water system projects. The Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program provides low-interest loans for wastewater and storm water projects.
Private pesticide applicator certification trainings for 2013 begin January 4
SDSU Extension will host Private Pesticide Applicator Certification Trainings beginning Jan. 4. Anyone planning to apply any pesticides to an agriculture commodity potentially worth $ 1,000 or more, need to receive certification as a private pesticide applicator, explains Buyung Hadi, SDSU Extension Pesticide Education and Urban Entomology Coordinator. "It does not matter what pesticide you apply whether it is herbicide, insecticide or fungicide you need to be certified as a Private Applicator," Hadi said. There are three options to get certified. A person many attend a threehour recertification class at any certification site listed below. Alternatively, they may stop by the local Regional Extension Center and pick-up the materials to complete the open-book, homestudy exam, or the person may take the Private Applicator exam on-line at the Department of Agriculture's website, http://apps.sd.gov/doa/pwt/. Although it is the law to become certified, Hadi says there are other benefits to becoming certified. "Certification gives you the tools to apply pesticides properly, safely and profitably. The certification is good for five years and allows applicators to buy and apply general and restricted use pesticides," he said. During the trainings, SDSU Extension personnel will cover the South Dakota rules and regulations about applying pesticides. Depending on the location, we will also discuss local pest management issues, be it insect pests, weeds or diseases. There is no charge for attending the private applicator class or taking the open-book home-study exam to become certified or recertified as a private pesticide applicator. A complete list of Private Applicator Trainings is available at: http://www.sdstate.edu/ps/extension/pat/pat-county-dates.cfm. Or visit http://igrow.org/agronomy/othercrops/ Feel free to contact any of these Regional Extension Centers Pierre – 773-8120; Lemmon – 374-4177; Rapid City – 394-1722; Winner - 842-1267.
Everyone is invited to a baby shower for Sharla Veal & baby girl at 1:00 PM on January 20th at the home of Todd & Kim Veal, 302 E. Main St. in Bison.
Highlights & Happenings
Arrow Transit provides transportation for appointments, shopping and more. Rapid city trips are 1st Tuesday and 3rd Wednesday Friday, January 11, 2013 at the Bison Home Game. Your Help Needed!
Stateline Right to Life will have the food stand and a bake sale on
for $30.00. Lemmon to Bismarck trips are 2nd Wednesday and 4th thursday for $25.00. lemmon ti Dickinson 1st Wednesday for $20.00. Call for information 3743189.
Nutrition Site Menu
Thursday, Januaury 10
Roast pork company potatoes cooked cabbage plums
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Bison High art class takes field trip
The Bison High School art class took a field trip to Jeffrey Johnson’s taxidermy workshop on December 10, 2012. Johnson a 2009 graduate of BHS walked the students through the process of working with an animal that he has been commissioned to mount for a customer. Johnson, a graduate of a taxidermy school in North Dakota showed how he starts a habitat and tries to make the animal look like it is in the wild. He told the students more than once that his goal is to make it look good enough that the hunter’s wife will allow it to be hung up in her house. Johnson also explained to the student’s that everything boils down to the details and stated that good reference photos are a must. Johnson had different mounts that he had completed and some that were still in the process for the students to look over. The students were allowed to test out Johnson’s airbrush which he uses mostly on fish. Fish start losing their color as soon ar they are taken out of the water and there were examples of grey dull looking fish that were waiting to be painted and brought back to life by Johnson’s talented hands. There was a huge Northern that Johnson is working on and he stated that it was very time consuming and tedious. He listens to sports and music while he works. The students were shown a set of
Porcupine meatballs w/gravy mashed potatoes green beans peaches oatmeal blueberry muffin Swiss steak w/tom. & onions mashed potatoes peas fruit cocktail
Friday, January 11
Monday, January 14
Tuesday, January 15
Hawaiian chicken salad sliced tomatoes apple crisp w/topping cornbread muffin BBQ roast beef baked potato broccoli pears
Justin Moody, Paden Sexton, Cody Buer, Drake Butsavage, Reed Arneson and Reece Leonard listen intently as Jeffrey Johnson explains the art of taxidermy.
long horns from a steer that Johnson is working on for the Faith School. The students requested that Johnson mount a cardinal for the Bison School. Sophomore, Dillon Collins stated that taxidermy takes a lot of time and hard work, although you get to use some pretty cool tools. Marranda Hulm learned that you should probably go to school for taxidermy and it takes a lot of talent and patience, because there are many steps before an animal is complete. I learned that there is a base mold for basically every animal even dinosaurs, I learned that planning ahead is a necessary for the bases
Wednesday, January 16
stated Reed Arneson BHS freshman. Cody Buer learned that there is a plastic foam mold inside the animals and how to use an airbrush. The art class, Donald Kraemer and Tarina Zebrowski-Kopren would like to thank Jeffrey for the informative presentation and tour that he gave them. We learned a lot. Thank You!!
Dr. Jason M. Hafner Dr. David J. Prosser
Social Security announces new online services available with a my Social Security Account
Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, today announced the agency is expanding the services available with a my Social Security account, a personalized online account that people can use beginning in their working years and continuing throughout the time they receive Social Security benefits. More than 60 million Social Security beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients can now access their benefit verification letter, payment history, and earnings record instantly using their online account. Social Security beneficiaries also can change their address and start or change direct deposit information online. “We are making it even easier for people to do their business with us from the comfort of their home, office, or library,” Commissioner Astrue said. “I encourage people of all ages to take advantage of our award-winning online services and check out the new features available through an online my Social Security account.” Social Security beneficiaries and SSI recipients with a my Social Security account can go online and get an official benefit verification letter instantly. The benefit verification letter serves as proof of income to secure loans, mortgages and other housing, and state or local benefits. Additionally, people use the letter to prove current Medicare health insurance coverage, retirement or disability status, and age. People can print or save a customized letter. Social Security processed nearly nine million requests for benefit verification letters in the past year. This new online service allows people to conduct business with Social Security without having to visit an office or make a phone call, and very often wait for a letter to arrive in the mail. It also will reduce the time spent by employees completing these requests and free them to focus on other workloads. People age 18 and older can sign
1st & 3rd Wed. of the month 2nd & 4th Wed. of the month
Buffalo Clinic
Faith Clinic
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Kolb and Brauer wed in September
The reward for giving - Why do people give or volunteer?
By Richard P. Holm MD Philosophers have argued for years if humans are capable of giving without the benefits outweighing the costs. That question turns around the value of feeling good about doing good. Other experts define altruism as giving only for selfish gain, which is different from giving as a selfless act, which is different from giving as a duty. Another researcher said that selfless acts seem to come more often as the other guy’s needs become more desperate. I am convinced, whatever the motive, when the result is helpful then the act is still good. There are many examples in my life of people who have helped me without a lot of expectation of reward, starting with my parents. I remember at least two piano accompanists who selflessly had to listen for hours at my various attempts at trumpet and singing solos; and then there was Bob Lee who gave up his limited time-off to be the chaperone on a very rigorous Boy Scout canoe trip to the boundary waters. Lots of giving for little return! I think the shining example of altruism in our society is in the field of education. When I think back on all the DeSmet teachers and coaches who mentored me and my classmates, from grade school on up, I am filled with warm gratitude for the examples of compassion, fairness, and worlds of knowledge that poured forth from those poorly-paid prairie tutors. There are many studies that prove a strong connection between volunteerism and giving with health and wellbeing. One four-year study in a group of 55 and older volunteers indicated that their generosity resulted in a 44% reduction in death rate. Another indicated that not only are kinder people happier, but that happier people are kinder. Apparently generosity increases right along with measurements of sad to happy. What’s more, gratitude goes
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hand in hand with kindness, helping both the giver and the receiver. So, why do people volunteer? There are many reasons, but I think a sense of gratitude and wishing to give back leads the way for most. But whatever the motive, when the result is beneficial then the act is still good. And the best part is that volunteering rewards the giver with better health.
Ginger Ann Kolb and Kurt Matthew Brauer were united in marriage on Friday, September 28, 2012 at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Omaha, Nebraska. The wedding ceremony was officiated by Pastor Steven Helwig. Parents of the couple are Brian and Kay Kolb, Prairie City, SD and Steve and Deb Brauer and Kay and Bob Schulz, all of Norfolk, NE. The bride was escorted to the altar by her father to the strains of "Rondeau". Special music during the ceremony was provided by Cherry Kolb, sister of the bride, who played "The Lord's Prayer" on the violin, accompanied by Sue Bollich on the piano. Other special music was provided by Kurt Rosenbaum, uncle of the bride, who sang "He Has Chosen Me For You", and Sue Bollich on the organ. Cherry Kolb, sister of the bride, served as maid of honor, and Leslie Brauer, sister of the bride, served as
matron on honor. Bridesmaids were Jennifer Kom, cousin of the bride, and Meghan Case and Kelly Hipple, friends of the couple. Best men were Justin Brauer and Michael Brauer, brothers of the groom. Groomsmen were Lucas Jung and John Wiskus, friends of the couple, and Josh Kleensang, brother of the groom. Serving as flower girls were Adelyn Brauer, niece of the couple, and Aureylia Ahlmann, niece of the groom. Sawyer Jung, friend of the couple, served as ring bearer. An elegant dinner reception and dance was held at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Omaha following the ceremony. The couple makes their home in Omaha. Kurt works for the Omaha Fire Department and Ginger works for Excel Physical Therapy. They will honeymoon in Thailand in February 2013.
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Rosebud News ............. Tiss Treib
– Healthy roots and healthy trees
scorch; tufted leaves at the end of branches; branch dieback, mushrooms/conks at the base of tree or white fungal growth under the bark. The best way to reduce the possibility of root injury and disease is to keep the tree healthy. Long, deep watering over the entire root system with time for the soil to dry between watering is better for trees than frequent light watering. Minimize actions that might cause root injury, soil compaction, soil depth changes and mechanical injury. If a tree becomes infected with a root disease, attempt to restore the tree's health or at least delay disease progression. Mulch around the base of the tree with 2 to 3 inches of wood chips or peat moss and apply nitrogen fertilizer in the spring after leaf expansion. My source for this news release was Colorado State University Extension Service. If you would like more information about “Healthy Roots and Healthy Trees,” contact Bob Drown at the Conservation Office at 605-244-5222, Extension 4 or by e-mail at robert.drown@ sd.nacdnet.net.
Lucas, Stanford and Dally Allen were Monday late afternoon and supper guests of Al and Tiss Treib Lucas, Donna, Dusti, Stanford, Dally, Peyton and LaKrista Allen spent New Year’s Day with Al and Tiss Treib. Al and Tiss Treib made a trip to the Hills Wednesday. Al and Tiss Treib made a trip to Hettinger Thursday. They picked Esther Johnson up from the hospital and returned her to the home of Kari Hoff, where she is living. The Treib’s then traveled to Lemmon. Al and Tiss Treib were Thursday supper guests of Vern and Roni Klein and family. Al and Tiss Treib made a trip to Bowman Friday. Albert Keller returned home Tuesday evening from work. He and Bridget had a nice steak and crab leg supper that Bridget prepared, to ring in the New Year together. Friday, the Albert Keller’s traveled to Bismarck for a baby appointment. No baby yet unfortunately! Sunday, Bert and Pat Keller, Trail City, SD, Mary Lou Scherer, Timberlake, Shirley Harris, and Duane Harris were guests of Albert and Bridget Keller to help celebrate little Albert's 2nd birthday, two days early. They had homemade pizza and cupcakes and lots of nice visiting. Jim and Patsy Miller traveled to Lemmon Monday and visited with Vivan Lyon at the Five Counties Nursing Home. Matt and Christi Miller spent New Year’s Eve with Jim and Patsy Miller. Matt and Christi Miller spent New Year’s Day with Jim and Patsy Miller. Jim and Patsy Miller; Matt and Christi Miller attended Eastern Star in Bison Wednesday evening.
Jim and Patsy Miller made a trip to Hettinger Friday. Jim, Patsy and Christi Miller traveled to Rapid City Saturday to attend an ice skating competition in which their niece JLynn Miller participated. They then went out to dinner with David, Nancy, John, Jamie and JLynn Miller. Kylee Sandgren came up from Bison Thursday and had lunch with her grandmother, Thelma Sandgren and then helped with some work. Ken Krisle stopped by Thursday afternoon and had lunch with Thelma Sandgren. Ken and Thelma then went up and played cards with John and Shirley Johnson. Friday was nice, so Thelma Sandgren had her usual day in Hettinger, but got home early. Sunday afternoon, Thelma Sandgren hosted a birthday pinochle party for Ken Krisle. Coffee and rolls were served at 2:00 followed by cards and finishing with a potluck supper. Those in attendance included Jim and Patsy Miller; John and Shirley Johnson; Vince and Susan Gunn; Ken Krisle; Lynn Frey, Jim Gilland; Frieda Dewey and Tiss Treib. High went to Jim Miller and Susan Gunn. Low went to John Johnson and Frieda Dewey. Shirley Harris accompanied Les and Sharon Longwood to Sioux Falls Tuesday. They attended the funeral of their 100 year old uncle Maurice Kochenderfer. They returned home Wednesday. Lynn Frey spent Thursday and Friday in Huron for a Farmers Union Board meeting and a review of Legislative Policy. Helen Meink; Sue’s sister, Lois and family of Belle Fourche; Craig Card of Belle Fourche were New Year’s Day guests of Duane and Sue Meink.
By Robert W. Drown, Natural Resource Specialist Most folks do not think about the important functions performed by tree roots. During the winter, roots provide food reserves to the tree for life functions and in the spring for producing spring foliage. Roots absorb water and minerals from the soil and transport them to the rest of the tree. Roots also serve as an anchor for the tree keeping it in a stable upright position for growth. The root system of a tree takes up a large area, typically extending outward two to four times the diameter of the average tree's crown. Root systems are made up of large long-lived roots and smaller short-lived feeder roots. The large woody tree roots can grow very large in length and girth. The majority of the long lived roots are in the upper two feet of the soil and normally do not grow deeper than 3 to 7 feet. The feeder roots are small averaging only 1/16 inch in diameter but make up a majority of the surface area of the root system. These roots grow out from the large roots near the soil surface. Some soil conditions adversely affect root growth. Soil compaction caused by farm or construction equipment results in soil particles being packed together eliminating air pockets and decreasing soil temperature. Even in the natural state soil density increases with depth, as availability of water, minerals, oxygen and soil temperature all decrease. In some soils, hard, compacted areas called hardpans occur at or near the surface restricting root growth. Tree roots can become injured, diseased and stressed. Some injuries cannot be avoided but with care most root damage can be avoided. One of the biggest killers of trees in towns and farmsteads is soil compaction. Soil compaction can be caused by foot traffic, livestock, poor soil preparation and especially during construction of buildings, roads and parking lots. After a tree is established, anything that changes the soil condition or the oxygen and water supply can be extremely detrimental. Adding as little as 4 to 6 inches of soil over a tree’s roots zone drastically reduces the amount of oxy-
gen and water available to the Removal of a similar roots. amount of soil from around a tree can expose and injure roots and reduce water availability. Improper application of fertilizer, herbicides, deicing salts, other chemicals, deep mulch, plastic or pavement injures, restricts or suffocates roots. Over watering results in saturated soil filled with water restricting oxygen uptake. Under watering or drought, results in insufficient water for proper root development. Competition for water and minerals from roots of other trees, bushes, grass and flowers can seriously stress trees. There are two basic types of fungi that cause root diseases; those that kill feeder roots and those that cause decay in the large, woody roots. These fungi reduce capability of feeder roots for absorbing water and minerals. They also may attack large, woody roots causing decay and reducing food storage and structural support for the tree. Symptoms of root disease may include small, yellow foliage, reduced growth;
Healthy roots make healthy trees
Obituaries Elsie Penor
eral homes in doing domestic work. In 1938 she went to work for the N.Y.A (National Youth Administration) in Bison, SD. She was united in marriage Athur Leroy “Roy” Penor on October 13, 1940 and they made their home in Bison. Three children were born to this union. Elsie was a long time member of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church and served in several capacities in the Ladies Aide. She taught Sunday School until her children were confirmed. She was employed by the City Café, Cottage Inn and Highway Café as a cook. Elsie and her husband leased and managed the Highway Station and Café for one year. She then went to work as a head cook for the Bison School for 13 years. Elsie also did the bookwork for the City of Bison keeping track of the water and sewer system. Elsie was noted for her donuts she baked and furnished the business places for their Christmas open house’s for several years. She also baked and decorated cakes for birthdays, anniversaries and weddings. Elsie loved to crochet and make quilts and crafts. Elsie and Roy moved to Homestead Heights in September 1993. Her husband, Roy, passed away in a car accident on July 27, 1997. Due to her failing health, she moved to the Sturgis Regional Senior Care where she resided for the past 1 1/2 years. She passed away at Sturgis Community Hospital on Tuesday morning, January 1, 2013.
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Jerry and Carolyn Petik and Oliver and Mary Petik went out to supper in Lemmon with Jim and Kim Petik to celebrate New Year's Eve. They were then evening visitors at Jim and Kim's. Oliver and Mary Petik visited with Darwin Oliver and Della Mae Hatle on Wednesday afternoon and evening. Jerry, Carolyn, Mary and Oliver Petik were among Thursday dinner guests of Jim and Kim Petik Carolyn and Mary Petik were Friday afternoon visitors of Jeri Lynn and Mirandi Bakken. They also called on John Lopez in Lemmon and stopped in at Irene Young's. They were evening visitors of Lisa and Kavan Donohue. Oliver and Mary Petik left Jerry and Carolyn's on Saturday morning to return to their home in Sandy, Utah.
Meadow News .................By Tiss Treib
Funeral services for Elsie Penor, age 91, of Bison, South Dakota were held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bison, SD. Pastor Gerhardt Juergens will officiate with burial in the Bison Cemetery. A family service was held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bison followed by visitation until time of services at 11:00am. Serving as casketbearers are Brad, Scott, and Derek Besler, David Olson, Kevin Palmer, Richard Palmer, David Dreiske, and Brandon Ceglian. All family and friends are considered honorary bearers. Elsie Besler was born at Date, South Dakota on September 19, 1921 to Christian and Julia (Wolfe) Besler. She grew up in the Date area and attended the Reeder and Antelope Schools and one semester of high school at Sorum. She was employed in sev-
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Beckman Wesleyan Church Pastor Brad Burkhalter
Surviving family members include her son and daughter-in-law, Elwood and Shirley Penor, McIntosh, SD and Casa Grande, AZ; two daughters and sons-in-law, Diana and Gail Palmer, Lakewood, CO and Cindi Penor Ceglian and Jim Ceglian, Belle Fourche, SD; 10 grandchildren; 24 greatgrandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; seven brothers and eight sisters-in-law; Victor and Pauline Besler, Cupertine, CA, Oscar Besler, Blessings, TX, Wayne and Barbara Besler, Bison, SD, Ralph and Renee Besler, Whitewood, SD, LeRoy and Virginia Besler, Madison, WI, Darrell and Linda Besler, Sturgis, SD, Marlin and Dorothy Besler, Peoria, AZ, Carol Shepherd, Gillette, WY and Ellen Besler, Spearfish, SD; two sisters and one brother-inlaw, Alma O’Rourke, Bison, SD and Esther and Jim Haggart, Bison, SD; and numerous nieces and nephews. Elsie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Arthur (Roy); three brothers, Elmer Leland, and Raymond Besler; greatgrandson, Harley Zahn; two greatgranddaughters, Sylver and Ryiannon Cegilan; one sister-inlaw, Mary Besler; and two brothers-in-law, Larry O’Rourke and Sherman Wells. A memorial has been established to Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church or to an organization of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be sent through our website at www.funeralhomesofcaring.com.
Carolyn and Jerry were Saturday afternoon callers of Ernestine Miller. Ray and Julie Schopp and family spent New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day with Fred and Bev Schopp. Ken and Rita Becker accompanied Fred and Bev Schopp to Ft. Pierre Thursday and Friday. Ken and Rita Becker spent Friday overnight at the Fred Schopp home returning to their home in Bucyrus on Saturday morning. Fred and Bev Schopp attended the Lemmon Cowgirls/Flasher Bulldogs Basketball game in Lemmon Saturday evening. Sunday, Fred and Bev Schopp had dinner in Lemmon with Connie and Bob Hourigan, Lance Hourigan and Jaylea Lemke.
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Sunday School 9:30 a.m. • Worship Service - 10:30a.m. Wednesday Prayer Mtg. - 6:30 p.m.
Grace Baptist Church • Pastor Phil Hahn Church of Christ
Prairie Fellowship Parish ELCA • Pastor Margie Hershey
Indian Creek - 8:00 a.m. • American - 9:30 a.m. • Rosebud - 11:00 a.m.
18 mi. south of Prairie City - Worship Service - 10:00 a.m.
Christ Lutheran Church WELS •
Pastor Gerhardt Juergens
"Do you believe in miracles?" That was the question an announcer asked as the 1980 USA hockey team beat the Russians and went on to win the gold medal. I remember playing golf with another pastor and his friend when one of them drove the ball off the tee box and sliced it hard into a heavily wooded area. It was clearly way out of bounds. The golfer was upset with his shot and began storming off the tee box. As he was walking away I saw his ball hit the center of a large pine tree and bounce hard straight back out into the middle of the fairway. My friend responded, "It's a miracle!" Was it a miracle? Or was it just an impressive event that is difficult to describe? The word miracle is used very loosely today to describe a wide variety of interesting events, but most of them are not miracles. The word, miracle, can be used in three different ways. First, it can be used to describe common, but impressive events. Many times we see the birth of a baby and marvel at the intricacy of God's creation. We call that a miracle. It's God working through natural laws, which are themselves creations of God. In this context miracle refers to common things that point to an uncommon cause and the power of God. Second, the word miracle can refer to God working through secondary means at just the right time and place. For example, the Star of Bethlehem may have been a super nova or cluster of stars, or some other natural phenomena. However, for it to appear at just the right time, at Jesus Birth, and to just the right people, the Magi, and then for that star to lead those people to Bethlehem, was more than just happen stance. This usage of the word miracle is talking about God working in time and space to make an event miraculous. The third usage of the word miracle refers to acts of God against nature. Like turning water into wine or raising Lazarus from the dead. This is God working against His own laws of nature. There is no natural explanation. The Bible refers to miracles sometimes as "signs." They are called signs because they point beyond themselves to something more significant. For example, God gave Moses the power to perform miracles in order to show the people, the children of Israel, that he had sent Moses. The Father authenticated the Son through the signs that he performed. Now some people deny that miracles have or can happen. I'm a believer how about you? Do you believe in miracles? Pastor Brad
Sunday Bible Class - 8:00 a.m., Worship Service - 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Bible Class - 7:00 p.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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What happened in 2012 --------------Hettinger Theater
July On Saturday, June 23, Daniel Burkhalter traveled to Pierre, SD to participate in the State Hershey Track Meet. Daniel competed in the 13-14 year old age division and won the mile run (1600m) with a time of 5:00.91. He also finished 3rd in the 800m run (2:20). His win in the mile makes it possible for him to be selected to the national team which will compete in Hershey, Pennsylvania in August. The selection process takes place in about two weeks and Daniel is hoping his name makes the list. Daniel is the 12 year old son of Brad and Jennifer Burkhalter of Prairie City. Gov. Daugaard announces $131,000 loan for Perkins County rural water system. Grand Electric chose Shaley Lensegrav as the recipient of their all-expense paid trip to DC. Shaley, along with 36 students from across South Dakota, flew out of Omaha, NE on June 15th and returned on the 21st. Day Angus Ranch, Meadow, South Dakota, is a new member of the American Angus Association®, reports Bryce Schumann, CEO of the national breed organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Mo. Dan and Sharon Anderson will be hosting a tour on their ranch located west of Glad Valley, SD on July 26 at 2:00 PM in recognition of receiving an “Excellence in Death Dorothy Marie Serr, 91, Bison and formerly of Dupree, died Thursday, July 5, 2012, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital. Jason Clay Haas, age 23 of Lemmon, SD, passed from this life Wednesday morning, July 11, 2012 at home with his parents at his side. Carrie Beth Flatmoe, age 17 of Meadow, passed from this life on Thursday, July 12, 2012 from injuries in an automobile accident while returning home from a summer Bible Camp. Clint Parker, 92, of Gettysburg, passed away Monday, July 16, 2012 at the Selby Good Samaritan Center. August Shirley Morris retired from the Bison Post Office. Nicole Hafner received a Purple Ribbon and placed 3rd overall for her Jr Division Barrel run at the State 4-H Horse Show, which was held in Huron, SD. Jessica Johnson, a 2012 graduate of Bison High School, was awarded one of the Dakota Western Banks scholarships. She plans to attend Black Hills State University to further her education. The community came together Grazing Management Award”. Birth Jacob T was born to Justin and Joanna Seim and completed the new grandstands at the Perkins County Fairgrounds. Birth Rayna Sage Miles was born to Clint and Wendy Miles. Eli Zander was born to sarah and Vanden Gaaskjolen of Meadow. Kova Sisu was born to Finn and Jessica Sacrison. Katelyn Marie was born to Brad and Amanda Kari. Conrad Richard was born to Whitney and Heinrich Muller Engagement Chase Kari and Angela Fields are pleased to announce their upcoming wedding on Saturday August 25, 2012.
City, South Dakota, passed away on Wednesday evening, August 22, 2012 at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Irine Bekken, 95, of Belle Fourche, South Dakota, passed away on August 29, 2012, at the long-term healthcare center in Belle Fourche.
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Deaths Lenora “Andy” Marie Harris, age 90, of Mott, North Dakota, formerly of the Prairie City - Bison area, passed from this life on August 5, 2011 at the Good Samaritan Society, Mott, ND. Gloria L. Veal, passed away at her home in Bison on Thursday, August 2, 2012. Matthew James Sandgren peacefully passed away on August 23, 2012. He was 15 years old and with his family at their home in Bison, South Dakota when he passed away. Robert Wilbur, age 45, of Rapid
Adeline G. Tenold, age 92 of Spearfish, died Tuesday August 14th, 2012 at the Burr's Tender Care Assisted Living Center in Spearfish. Alice Thomas, age 87, of Faith, South Dakota away on Saturday, September 1, 2012 at the Five Counties Nursing Home in Lemmon, South Dakota. Joshua David Ronken, 43, of Minneapolis, ended his life Monday, Sept. 3, 2012 after a long battle with clinical depression.
September Lane Kopren and Shelly Peck were crowned Homecoming Royalty. Chapman Rambouillet received Grand Champion Rambouillet and Supreme Champion Overall breeds, at the Newell Ram Show. The Chapman's also won the Premier Pen of Range Rams. The South Dakota National Guard 842nd Engineering has completed their one-year tour to Afghanistan and will arrive back in Spearfish on Thursday. Two Bison soldiers, Kirk Hulm and Carson Chord, are amongst the 160+ soldiers who have all returned safely. Others with Perkins County ties include Doyle Udager, Adam Dauwen, Hank Uhrig Edward Jeulfs and Josh Guthmiller. Margie Hershey and daughter Moriah Walker won the Cabella’s Challenge Dutch Oven cook-off. This is a competition sanctioned by the International Dutch Oven organization. They placed third in the dessert division, second in the breads and first in the main dish competition. They were then awarded the overall championship which qualifies them to compete at the World Dutch Oven competition in Salt Lake City in 2013. Births Ruger Jaime was born to Chris and Robin Hulm. Kacie Jae was born to Brent and Cindy Hulm. Adelyn Lorene was born to Grant Schweitzer and Lindsey Serr. Caden Joseph was born to calvin and Nicole Bronec.
Deaths Liv Laufer, age 85, of Hettinger, North Dakota, passed away September 9, 2012 at the Mott Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Mott, North Dakota. Tammy Eberhard, age 50 of Belle Fourche, died Sunday September 9th, 2012 at her home, surrounded by her loving husband. Marjorie A. Krebs, 53, of Rapid City, passed away at Rapid City Regional Hospital on Mon., Sept. 10, 2012.
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July - December -------------------------October Bison Boys XC team takes 2nd At LMC Meet. Daniel Burkhalter wins the Individual Title! The county highway department lost two members of its work crew and the Director of Equalization one through resignations last week. DOE Rownea Gerbracht minced no words when she in formed the Perkins County Commission of her lost employee. “She needs more money and we’re not giving it to her so she is moving on.” Highway Superintendent Tracy Buer, likewise, said that, while there were other reasons expressed by his men, “better wages” and “more money” contributed to their decisions to leave county employ. Jan Gossman was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for being the Bison Public Librarian. Prairie fire burns part of Bucyrus, North Dakota. Two men in ski masks robbed the bank in New England, North Dakota. Bison Cardinal football team makes it to state playoff games. Births Reece James was born to Cody and Brandy Bentsen. Lander Coy was born to Dakota and Courtney Hulm Ann Carter, age 89, died at St. Mary’s Healthcare Palliative Care Suites, September 14, 2012. Alice Hall, age 90 of Meadow, passed away Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Carriage House Manor in Sulphur Springs, TX. Saturday, September 22, 2012, at her home. Duane A. Thomas, age 89, of Faith, South Dakota passed away on Tuesday morning, October 2, 2012 at the West River Regional Medical Center in Hettinger, North Dakota. Lulu Mae Wilken, age 79 of Meadow, She went home to be with Jesus early Wednesday morning, October 10, 2012 at the Oahe Haven where she had resided for nearly four years. Janet Anne Smith passed away on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at her residence at the age of 67. Leo Anthony Hulm, 81, of Hooker, Oklahoma passed away October 20, 2012 at Southwest Medical Center in Liberal, Kansas. November Salli Kolb Blazey organized a cancer walk in memory of her sister Vicki Kolb Young who lost her life to cancer. Christie Ryen qualified for the National Make it with Wool contest. Tim McIntyre former Bison resident has been named general manager/CEO of the Lake Region Electric. United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that two men have been indicted by a federal grand jury for theft of government property and theft from an agency receiving federal funds, the South Dakota Army National Guard. Dennis Mallow, age 46, of Black Hawk, and Damon Bohnet, age 30, of Rapid City, both former federal employees of the South Dakota Army National Guard, were indicted on November 19, 2012, on two separate counts. Births Emersyn Lucille was born to Kelly and Kristin Carmichael. Deaths Percy James Bekken passed away October 25, 2012 at the Rapid City Regional Hospital. Marcie Locken, age 26, of Isabel passed away November 7, 2012 at the West River Health Services in Hettinger, North Dakota. Ingrid H. Gebhart, age 88, of Meadow, South Dakota passed away on Saturday evening, November 17, 2012 at the Five Counties Nursing Home in Lemmon, South Dakota with her family at her side. Kathy (BJ) Woll, 52 of Hurdsfield died Friday, November 16, 2012 near Hurdsfield, North Dakota. Eugene Krambeer, age 59 of Hettinger, passed away on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at the West River Regional Medical Center in Hettinger. Del Borchert, age 68, of Shadehill, passed from this life on Saturday evening, November 24, 2012 at the age of 68 years, with his family by his side. December Bison High School Oral Interp students bring home top honors from State. Travis and Renae Gebhart of Meadow, S.D. have been appointed to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Committee, a national honor based on their leadership abilities and Farm Bureau involvement. Roy and Janet Cranston were named South Dakota Hereford Association 2012 Seedstock Producers of the Year. Births Mikayla Cheryl was born o Mike and Sara Stadler Deaths Helen M. Priest, age 83 of Lemmon passed from this life on December 2, 2012 at her home in Lemmon following a two year courageous battle with cancer with her husband Ed, daughter, Colleen Oliver and granddaughter, Danielle Priest at her side. Charles F. Uecker, 87, longtime Hettinger Veterinarian passed away on December 1, 2012 at the Western Horizon's Care Center in Hettinger with his beloved wife, Edna and their children by his side. Mary P. Schuchard, 54, of Apache Junction, Arizona passed away Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, in Gilbert AZ. She fought a courageous battle with breast cancer and passed from this earth surrounded by family and friends. Nickolas Pagliaro, 14, passed away on December 2, 2012 as the result of a car accident. He was the grandson of Della Hatle, Bison. William Leroy “Bill” Smith passed away October 29, 2012, after battling lung cancer. Patricia Pearl O’Rourke Kolb passed away on December 13, 2012 at the West River Regional Medical Center in Hettinger, North Dakota. Jessie Tibbs Keckler, 68, of Eagle Butte, South Dakota passed away on November 29, 2012 at Pierre, South Dakota.
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Deaths Annette M. McKune, age 70 of Hettinger, formerly of Bismarck, passed away on Monday evening, September 24, 2012 at Western Horizon Care Center in Hettinger. Dorothy Beld, age 85, of Hettinger, North Dakota formerly of Lodgepole, South Dakota, passed from this life early Saturday morning September, 22, 2012 at the West River Regional Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. Cordavee M. Heupel, 73, died
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Boomer Babble – Thoughts at Large ----- Being a boomer is not a disease
By Doug Ortman If you were born between l946 and 1964 you are a “Boomer”. If you now have an occasional ache or pain you will probably be told by someone and even your doctor that it is old age. Probably a result of degenerative arthritis and confirmed by an x-ray showing spurring and joint space loss. You may be called frail, elderly, aging or just old but those terms should not be synonymous with disease. Degenerative just sounds so “bad” almost ominous. Having the term applied to you probably will speed your aging progression. I prefer to hear my aches and pains called “wear and tear”. Rather than frail I’d like to be called “lean”, instead of elderly I prefer “mature”, instead of old, how about “ripe”. 99% of us under age 75 are not in nursing homes. We still play tennis, golf, ride bikes, bowl, fish, hunt and swim. Yes, we may have some aches and pains after some activity but just because we’re Boomers it doesn’t mean we should automatically be labeled as “arthritic”. So you mature, ripe ole Boomers from 60-66, you need to lead the way for those of us that follow. Tell your doctor to put away the medications, you’re not a disease. Have him prescribe an exercise bike, treadmill or an elliptical bike. Then for your “wear and tear” symptoms have him prescribe a hot tub. One that’s big enough for two. You don’t want to be like the couple in separate tubs in that popular drug commercial. Then get your Boomer boy and babe butts in the tub and act your age. Boomer Babble – “Thoughts at Large” are written by the Boomer Babble Guys, Charles Doug and John with occasional help from friends. The Boomer Babble radio show is broadcast on WNAX 570 Sunday evenings at 5:00. Visit us at BoomerBabble.com.
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An exciting new event at this year’s Black Hills Stock Show Rodeo will be the Battle of the Borders, Saddle Bronc Futurity. Futurities are popping up across the United States and Canada as the best opportunity to watch top contestants challenge stock contractors top horses. Saddle Bronc riding is rodeo’s oldest event. They recreate the classic battle of cowboys of yesterday, competing on tough broncs when their outfits met up.
“Battle of the Borders” --- United States vs. Canada saddle bronc futurity
Thirty of the top Saddle Bronc riders will compete for $13,000 in purse money. Thirty of the top saddle bronc horses will compete to accumulate team points for their owners for a money purse of $30,000. The top ten cowboys will advance to the short round to compete on each contractor’s top horse. Stock contractors with ten futurity horse teams representing the United States include Powder River Rodeo, Rock Springs, WY; Burch Rodeo, Gillette, WY; Sutton Rodeo, Onida, SD and Mosbrucker Rodeo, Mandan, ND. Teams from Canada include –C5, Lac La Biche, Alberta; Outlaw Buckers, Hythe, Alberta; and Vold/Kling/Waagen , DeWinton, Alberta. Contestants include all five of the Wright brothers from Milford, UT including World Champions Cody & Jesse Wright and Cody’s son Rusty, the 2012 National High School Finals World Champion
Saddle Bronc Rider. They will be joined by World Champion Taos Muncy of Corona, NM and an all star line up of NFR and Badland Circuit Finals champions. The event takes place Tues. January 29th at 7:30 pm in the Barnett Arena at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. The action starts at 5:00 p.m. with a Calcutta selling the 30 contestants and the 10 stock contractor horse teams. The 10 contestants in the short go will be sold during the event.
Safe and sober 2013
The football play-offs are great…and the excitement is building! Make sure you get to watch all the play-off games by playing it SAFE & SMART in 2013! This year the NFL, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration along with State and local law enforcement and community organizations are joining forces to remind everyone to act responsibly throughout the play-off season! Their message is simple: If you drink DON’T drive! Partying without a designated driver is like going into the huddle without the quarterback! Smart fans know that having a plan BEFORE you start the party will ensure that EVERYONE makes it to the big game. Remember! Fans don’t let other fans drive after drinking! Enjoy the games by having your safe and sober game plan ready!
January 14, 2013 - 7:00 pm PROPOSED AGENDA: Pledge of Allegiance Call to Order Consent Agenda Approve Agenda Minutes Financial Reports Approval of Claims – Delegations –
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Northwest Area Schools Special Education Cooperative report – Dan Beckman Superintendent Report – Don Kraemer Executive Session for personnel matters – if needed (Personnel Issue SDCL 1-25-2 (1)) Motion to Adjourn -[Published January 10, 2013 at a total approximate cost of $18.05.]
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This will be the last Grand River Roundup until the 2013 legislative session is over in a couple months. I’ll be writing a legislative report during session to keep you up to date with what’s happening in Pierre and give you the contract information to reach your legislators and other government officials. Goodness knows we need you keeping an eye on your public servants, not only in Pierre but also in Washington! Wanda Pullen took her parents, Tony and Dorothy Holt, out to visit Tony’s brother Ben and his wife in Plentywood, Montana after Christmas. Ben is very interested in history and Tony wants to get him a copy of the Harding County history book as soon as we get them done, which will hopefully be early this year. A huge crowd attended the community fund raiser for Julia Davis on December 28 in Camp Crook. There was standing room only, more food than we could eat, and both the silent auction and the live auction went really well. Julia hadn’t felt very good that morning, but with Doug’s help, she was able to come and visit with all her friends and family. Please keep her in your prayers as she prepares for her upcoming surgery. John and Ione Watkins and kids came to church at Slim Buttes last Sunday. They flew in from Australia to visit the old neighbors before going down to spend time with Ione’s parents in Arizona. John is healing nicely after being seriously injured in Australia a while back, but he says drugs are wonderful! We had a Cattle Trail meeting at the High Plains Heritage Center in Spearfish Thursday. Rep. Lance Russell from Hot Springs is our legal advisor and he brought us information on forming a non-profit corporation that he and I will work on when we go back to Pierre for the 2013 legislative session January 8th. The Black Hills Pioneer interviewed three area legislators on the internet Friday. Newly elected Sen. Bob Ewing from District 31 went first, followed by yours truly from District 28B, and Rep. Fred Rompkema, also from District 31. Listeners sent in questions, mostly concerning pine beetles, oil and gas development, the state budget, school funding, and gun issues. If you missed it, the interviews are archived at http://www.bhpioneer .com/ Elsie (Besler) Penor, age 91, from Bison, passed away New Years Day at the Sturgis Community Hospital. Elsie’s funeral was Saturday in Bison with burial in the Bison Cemetery next to her husband, Roy. Bob and Norma Tenold got word on
Grand River Roundup .....................................................................By Betty Olson
Saturday that Bob’s sister, Alfa Hulse, had passed away in Missouri. Their families have our sympathy. Gert Kooiman in the hospital in Hettinger with pneumonia again. Influenza is still circulating through the community. Bill Vroman missed church this Sunday because he’s dealing with the flu and Pastor Henry Mohagen showed us a really nice Christmas movie instead of giving his regular sermon on Sunday because the flu has almost left him speechless. Henry and Linda treated us to their annual Christmas dinner after church and gave everyone Christmas ornaments copied from a picture of Slim Buttes Lutheran that Linda painted. Louise Jenson, the postmistress from Ralph, came to church and the dinner afterward and brought some depressing news. The Post Office informed her this week that the Ralph Post Office will close for good on January 18th! We have no idea how the new mail routes will run, or even if they will bother to deliver the mail to us out here in the hinterlands. Put the federal government in charge of anything and it will find a way to mess it up! Speaking of governmental inefficiency - I’m still trying to calm down after watching the fiscal cliff fiasco in Washington over New Years. When you see what your tax bill is going to be this year, you’ll probably be as upset as I am. Congress and the president did nothing to cut spending and passed a bill that raised taxes on 8 out of 10 Americans, taking an average of $1,635 out of every paycheck. Payroll taxes increased from 4.2% to 6.2% and taxpayers now have to pay all the ObamaCare taxes, which makes those paychecks even smaller. In the midst of this fiscal crisis, President Obama issued an Executive Order giving $11 billion in pay raises to V.P. Biden, the donothing Congress, his cabinet members and czars. With the financial crisis facing our nation, just how arrogant and out of touch could the president get? We exceeded the debt limit on New Years Eve, but the administration shuffled money around to cover the bills until the next fight on raising the debt ceiling in two months. Government gridlock has created a new addition to the Periodic Table of Elements: Research has led to the discovery of the heaviest element yet known to science. The new element, Governmentium (Gv), has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons, and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312. These 312 particles are held to-
gether by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons. Since Governmentium has no electrons, it is inert; however, it can be detected, because it impedes every action with which it comes into contact. A minute amount of Governmentium can cause a reaction that would normally take less than a second to take from four days to four years to complete. Governmentium has a normal half-life of 2-6 years; it does not decay, but instead undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places. In fact, Governmentium's mass will actually increase over time, since each reorganization will cause more morons to become neutrons, forming isodopes. This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to believe that Governmentium is formed whenever morons reach a critical concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as critical morass. When catalyzed with money, Governmentium becomes Administratium, an element that radiates just as much energy as Governmentium since it has half as many peons but twice as many morons.
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For Rent For rent: Homestead Heights located in Bison, S.D., has a one and two bedroom apartment available. Homestead Heights is a low-income elderly and disabled Section 8 HUD (Housing and Urban Development) housing facility. We are smoke free. Energy Assistance is available for those who qualify. Utilities are included in the rent. Homestead Heights is an equal housing opportunity. For more information, please call (605) 2445473. B14-tfn GUN SHOW Dakota Territory Gun Collector’s Association Annual Winter BISMARCK Gun Show. Saturday, January 19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, January 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. BISMARCK CIVIC CENTER. Roger Krumm 701-336-7533 or 701851-0129. B28-4tc
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Thank You The Bison Community and the entire surrounding area has done a great job of supporting the Bison Food Pantry in 2012. We will appreciate your continued support in 2013. Many families and individuals are struggling. Through your gifts of food, money and time, we will be able to assist each of them. If you need help, do not hesitate to come on the second Wednesday of each month between 2:30 and 4:30 or call me at 374-5697. My assistant, Vera Wilson, and I will be glad to help you. God Bless you All. Florence Hoff Food Pantry Coordinator
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How likely is cow herd expansion In 2013?
USDA estimated that there were 29.833 million beef cows in the country on Jan. 1, 2012. The USDA's annual cattle inventory report, to be released on Feb. 1, will provide this year's first official count of the herd, but based on beef cow slaughter and expected heifer retention last year, beef cow numbers were likely 1 percent to 1.5 percent lower on Jan. 1, 2013, says Darrell R. Mark, Adjunct Professor of Economics at South Dakota State University. "There will be much discussion throughout the year about the possibility of the beef cow herd beginning expansion from its 50-year low," Mark said. "While expected record cattle prices point to growth in beef cow numbers, the individual choice for a producer to expand cow numbers is a complex, multiyear decision made difficult by high and volatile input prices." Mark says a number of factors will influence cow-calf producers' decisions regarding herd expansion in 2013: availability of pasture, range and other feedstuffs; land values and rental rates; expected cattle prices for 2013 and beyond; herd productivity; and lifestyle choices. "Ultimately, the decision to expand this year will be based on the expected returns available this year," he said. "While there are a number of ways to increase cow herd numbers, including retaining additional heifers from the 2013 calf crop or breeding retained heifers from last years' calf crop, at this point in the yearly production cycle, I think most producers would concentrate on buying bred stock so that a calf is available to be sold in 2013." Mark says it is critical for producers to develop an enterprise budget for their cow-calf operations based on projected cattle prices and expenses for 2013. Whether or not to grow a herd this year will be determined by the potential returns available this year. Mark adds that expenses are vary considerably across different geographic areas and amongst producers, but he provided some average costs in a recent iGrow.org article; visit iGrow.org/beef to review his budget example. "Interestingly, even in a year like 2013 when we expect nearrecord high feeder cattle prices, my pro-forma cow-calf budget generated a sizeable loss when including all fixed costs and opportunity costs for labor and other non-cash variable expenses. However, there was more than a $50 per head return over cash costs including pasture," Mark said. "So, some producers may expand their herds in 2013 based on covering their cash costs." Mark adds that his projections suggest a limited number of producers will find a profitable opportunity to expand - and even then they have to have access to productive pasture and other feedstuffs and capital." But, the historically tight supply of cattle suggests feeder cattle prices should remain high for years to come, and suggest a profit opportunity may exist over the next several years for those that can make the investment to grow their herd," he said. "In all likelihood, any expansion plans this year will be governed by the drought and when/if it ends."
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