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Official Newspaper for the City of Bison, Perkins County, and the Bison School District A Publication of Ravellette Publications, Inc. P.O. Box 429 • Bison, South Dakota 57620-0429 Phone: (605) 244-7199 • FAX (605) 244-7198
Commission boost salaries to make Superintendent and long time job more appealing to newcomers cook resign from Bison School
By Beth Hulm County highway workers won’t make any more money in 2013 than they did last year (unless they work necessary overtime) but they also will no longer have to work 10 hours of mandatory overtime every week to get that same take home pay. County Commissioners boosted the base wage and current wages by $3.00 per hour last week for the highway crew, hoping to make the job more appealing to those who answer help wanted ads. In recent months it had become apparent to county officials that the starting wage was too low for the that position. Mandatory overtime for 50 hour weeks during much of the calendar year wasn’t always appealing either. Therefore, the hourly wage has increased and workers will find themselves with 10 more hours of leisure time each week. Basically, they’ll receive the same paycheck. In the future, the highway crew may be asked to work four tenhour days vs. five eights. Overtime will change to being paid on a 40hr. week vs. an 8-hr. day. Commissioner Wayne Henderson, Lodgepole, thinks that the changes should make the job “super attractive for new employees.” Road boss Tracy Buer will see a $2.00 per hour raise in his salary to allow for a larger spread between him and his foreman. Sheriff Kelly Serr and his deputies were also increased by $2/hr. Commissioners felt that those in law enforcement were working too much overtime without compensation. All other county employees realized a 50-cent per hour increase over last year. employee, newcomer One Jeanette Krueger, in the Director of Equalization office will actually increase from $11.22/hr. to $12.34/hr. due to a change in her job title. She will be a Deputy continued on page 2 By Beth Hulm School board members accepted two resignations on Monday night. Donald Kraemer tendered his, effective at the end of his current contract, which is June 30. In a written letter of resignation, he said that he had enjoyed his years in Bison and simply said that he wanted to pursue “other options.” He is completing his 5th year as combined superintendent and K12 principal. Longtime head cook Sherry Basford is retiring after more than 40 years in the school kitchen. She urged the board to hire a replacement as soon as possible so that the new head cook can train for the position. School board members continue to agonize over whether or not to spend the money to construct a building for shop classes and other classrooms. It’s an expensive undertaking that would drain the school surplus funds and the board has not been able to find a source for grant money. Board member Eric Arneson and Supt. Kraemer had both followed leads from previous board discussions to no avail. Arneson learned that it wasn’t feasible to hire an out-of-state contractor whom he knows. “Too much is different between states,” he said. Mr. Kraemer also had no luck in
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Judge Bastian performed the Oath of Office for Brad Besler, Bison, the newest Perkins County Commissioner.
researching module or mobile classrooms. Kari said that the board needs to make a decision…“unless somebody comes up with a great idea.” Arneson suggested getting public input. The board already tried that once and nobody showed up. It was an agenda item last summer for discussion during a regular board meeting. Kari said that proper publicity - through the newspaper and personal contact might help to make the community more aware of the situation. She’ll write the press release for a public meeting which will be on Wednesday, January 30 at 5:30 in the school cafeteria. The “bottom line,” according to Arneson is “we have to do something!” TW Schalesky and Chet Anderson visited the school board to talk about forming a wrestling co-op with Hettinger. The conversation has taken place before but has become a more pressing matter as two of the boys move up to the varsity level next year. Three boys are practicing four times a week and participating with the Hettinger JV squad right now. Hettinger would need a contract with Bison school to allow those boys to wrestle at the competitive varsity level next year. continued on page 6
No vote yet on storm sewer ------------------------By Gladys Jackson After the Call to Order, Flag Salute, Roll Call, approval of December 10 and 28 board minutes and the monthly financial report, the Town Board was ready to entertain a delegation of Dan and Sherry Jackson. The Jacksons had requested to meet with the Board in regard to the progress on a 15-month water meter problem which both parties were aware of. They were told that the Board felt the problem has finally been fixed and they asked that both the Jacksons and employee Heath McKinstry take individual readings and compare their findings to make sure. An adjustment will be made with water used before the new water rates went into effect. Employee Heath McKinstry gave a status report on items ongoing to the Board. He suggested that after the retaining wall at the dump has had a chance to settle that some type of wings should be put on the sides. He also informed the Board that he would like to visit with an adjoining landowner about purchasing some extra land around the dumpsters to allow for turning of vehicles and to take the gates further out to help eliminate the drifts on the driveway to the dumpsters. The Board approved Heath checking this out. He also reported that the bolt bales have not been picked up yet at the dump. Heath reported that the maintenance on town equipment is continuing, slowly but surely. He reported that the backhoe will need more work than town employees are capable of doing. He was told to check out the options on this. Heath will be attending a pesticide and tree workshop in the future. President Chapman went into old business, which included voting on the storm sewer project. He had received a scaled back proposal from the engineers which would include no sidewalks, very little curb and gutter, 36 inch pipe, and the holding pond; but would not include the Lions Park or the City Park; they would have to be done in two different projects. Chapman then said, “I would like to hear each of your ideas on this scaled back proposal.” After questions and discussions, the consensus was that the Board did not know if the 36 inch pipe would be big enough down the line when other parts of the project would be tied in, and they did not want to move on this until more questions could be answered. They also wondered about the additional cost of using larger pipe, conflicts with pipe on Main Street and certain alleys and about moving the holding pond to the west end of town. The scaled back estimate was $455,000.00 not including a new engineering bill if the above questions are to be answered. This cost also does not include the Lions Park, City Park or anything east of the proposed holding pond site (tree plot right east of the former Richard and Geraldine Heck house). President Chapman will re-visit with the engineers and see what he can find out; therefore no vote was taken on the storm sewer project. The continuation of reviewing job descriptions was held. The Board will take them home to study and review further. A snow removal policy was also discussed at this time. New business included setting the date, time and place for the upcoming Municipal Election. The election will be April 9 at the Bentley Building from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Clerks will be determined jointly with the school if possible. Beth Hulm will visit with the school on elections and get things organized. Up for election this year are Luke Clements and David Kopren, each for a three-year term. The Town will advertise for a summer maintenance/recreation helper by the first of March. Beth will check with the Hettinger pool in regard to swimming lessons and open swimming. Utility rates for water, sewer and garbage were reviewed as well as rental of town equipment. Sewer rates may climb $5.00, water and garbage rates will be discussed at next month’s meeting. As rates are approved, there will be more on them in the publication of the official Town Board minutes. The Board then went into Executive Session to discuss personnel, employee evaluations and to set wages for 2013.
Thunder Butte Valley 4-H Fundraiser for Bucyrus Fire Chili, Garlic Bread & Dessert & BINGO. January 19th, 5:00 pm at Elbert Bentley Building (free will) Bingo starts at 6:00 pm tickets $1.00 per round Everyone is invited to a baby
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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. Donate Blood January 23, 2013 at the Grand Electric Social room. 11:45 - 6 p.m. 244-5472 for info.
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continued from page 1 II instead of an appraiser. That increase includes the 50 cents per hour that everyone else received. Sheriff Serr initiated a conversation with commissioners about the possibility of implementing “county law” in Perkins County. The City of Lemmon has been struggling in recent years to maintain a three-man police force and they have been discussing the possibility of working with the county. “It’s time to get it out on the table,” Serr said. He said that he isn’t totally convinced that it’s the right route to take but he’s been researching the pros and cons and wanted to know if the commission felt that he should continue to do so or if he should drop the idea. Changing trends in crime within the county have made the sheriff ’s department extremely busy, Serr said, and having extra deputies in Lemmon would be an advantage. On the other hand, Lemmon would pay the county (as Bison already does) to do their police work and the city council would lose local control. It won’t save Lemmon any money but it might serve to make law enforcement “more stable” for them, according to Henderson. He’s in favor of more research if Serr is “100% on board and in control of it.” Commissioner Rusty Foster, Meadow, cautioned against adding stress to the sheriff ’s department. “(Lemmon’s) got a problem and
Commission boosts salaries
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they can’t get help. You’re taking that on.” As a whole, the five-man board trusts Serr’s opinion. Like him, they aren’t ready to commit yet but they aren’t ready to turn the idea down either. They encouraged him to proceed with his study and to report back in a month - or however long it takes for him to reach a conclusion. Perkins County, the City of Lemmon and the sheriff ’s department will all have to agree on the merger before it could happen. It being the beginning of a new fiscal year, three individuals recited oaths of office at this first meeting of the New Year. The Honorable Judge Bastian came down from his court chambers to swear them in. Shane Penfield is beginning his 2nd term as State’s Attor-
will serve as vice chair for 2013. There were some visitors during last week’s five-and-a-half hour meeting…. Four senior citizens from Lemmon made a brief appearance to ask commissioners to abate some taxes for their new Senior Center. Jim Lorenz prefaced their comments. “I’m sure if any of you overpaid your taxes,” he said, “you’d want a refund on it.” One of Lorenz’s peers blamed a “crackdown by the IRS” for the loss of their federal tax exemption. That decision has since been overturned but, in the meantime, the county had not recognized the seniors’ request for tax exempt status. Penfield interjected that, according to the State of South Dakota, the organization always was exempt. The question had been
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The Honorable Judge John Bastian administered the Oath of Office to Shane Penfield, who is beginning his second term as Perkins County State's Attorney. ney. He was uncontested for the position. Returning Commissioner Willard Ottman, Lemmon, was also unopposed for his board seat. Brad Besler, Bison, won the Republican primary last June against incumbent Jim Gochenour and had no competition for the General Election in November. Each man will serve a four-year term. Mike Schweitzer, Lemmon, was re-elected by his peers to continue as board chairman; Henderson
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tabled from the December meeting when four commissioners had a tie vote. This time, a motion passed to rebate more than $800 for 2011 taxes due in 2012 and another $1,000+ for 2012 taxes due this year. Darlene Kueffler, BW Insurance, Lemmon, made her annual appearance to deliver the county’s 2013 insurance package. Overall, the county will experience a 6%, or approximately $1,800, increase over last year. “It’s not that bad,”
Kueffler said. She thanked the county board for keeping her as their agent for the past ten years and “staying local.” Max Matthews, rural Bison, representing Perkins County Predator Control, asked commissioners to pen a letter to Governor Daugaard regarding an investigation into Game, Fish and Parks’ policies and procedures that will not include Animal Damage Control and Wildlife Damage Management. GF&P recently reduced predator and nuisance animal control services, a decision that has lead to substantial resource loss for South Dakota sheep growers and others. Since 2004-2005 verified predator losses to sheep and cattle, beaver damage to trees and property, predator losses to poultry and miscellaneous damage caused by predators and nuisance animals, as reported by trappers, is over $1,000,000! There is also concern in the reduction of prairie dog control services and the impact that has to livestock producers. Commissioners agreed to write a letter sharing these concerns and requesting an unbiased, external, independent investigation to address the Animal Damage Control and Wildlife Damage Management program. Tracy Buer also had a request from commissioners. His was to ask assistance from the State Highway Patrol to enforce load limits on county roads. He requested that the board advertise the private sale of gravel to individuals and for road oil, culverts and concrete products, too. Of the former, Buer said that gravel resources in the county are diminishing and that he plans to be “careful” when selling to individuals. Henderson proposed that the county get out of the gravel selling business entirely. “If we need something done and we don’t have time,” Buer said, “I’ll come in here and we’ll discuss it.”
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Funeral services for --------------------
Frankie Reeves age 97, of Shakopee, Minnesota and formerly
Amy Kirk is a ranch wife from Custer, South Dakota.
of Mobridge will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 19, 2013 at Kesling Funeral Home in Mobridge. Burial will be in the Timber Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3-5 at the funeral home Friday. Frankie passed away Wednesday, January 9, 2013 in Shakopee.
Norman G. Smith "Bud" age 93 of Lodgepole, passed
away on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at Southwest Healthcare Services in Bowman. Funeral services were January 16, 2013. Watch next weeks paper for a complete obituary.
In the wintertime the most important tool on our ranch is “the twine cutter.” Other people may recognize this special implement by a more elaborate name like “pocket knife” or “utility knife.” Regardless of what people call it, it’s is a vital component in achieving the daily task of feeding cows. The twine cutter performs the simple function of cutting the nylon string that tightly binds a round bale together. Once the twine is cut, cows can be fed the hay—with no strings attached. By now you already know I’m kinda weird so it probably doesn’t come as a surprise to you that there’s something I find gratifying about making a clean cut through twine. It’s the sound of tightwrapped nylon string popping as it gives way to being severed. This can only be achieved with a sharp twine cutter. It’s a very therapeu-
Key That Just Doesn’t Cut It
tic process, especially when each string can be sliced through easily with a little pressure and the twine “pops” as it’s cut. It means the string ends won’t look like my typical frayed mess. My husband favors top-of-theline twine cutters: the kind with a serrated edge. As much as I like using a good sharp utility knife, carbide blade pocket knife, or a serrated pocket knife, I don’t trust myself with any of these kinds of twine cutters. They are not safe in my hands. I tend to lose them especially if they’re brand new. Many a designated twine cutting knife has been lost on account of my negligence. When we first got a pickup equipped with a bale bed to feed cows round bales easier, my husband put a pocket knife in a special spot in the cab. It was left there so whoever fed cows had something to cut the twine with. The value of this tool was most evident the first time I had the feed pickup surrounded by a mob of cows impatiently trying to eat hay from the bale still loaded and the twine cutter was missing. I can tell you from personal experience that it is virtually impossible to cut tight twine strings with a
jagged-edged pickup key. Cutting nylon string with a key is like attempting to castrate with a butter knife. At times I’ve forgotten the twine cutter in the pocket of a pair of coveralls or a coat back at the house but I’ve also left a few good twine cutters on the back of the feed pickup. This is why I have my own twine-cutting tool now. Our feed pickup is equipped with two twine cutters: one good one and mine. Mine is a ranchy custom-made job my husband created just for me. It’s an old flathead tip screwdriver (no longer flat-tipped) with a section tooth welded onto the end of it. Mine is the only one that has a handle and I don’t have to take off my gloves and fold it up like a pocket knife. Mine doesn’t have any investment value whatsoever since it’s comprised of discarded metal he found under the welding table. My twine cutting tool is inexpensive and easy to replace so I never seem to lose it the way I have with store-bought pocket knives. My twine cutter isn’t as fancy as a folding knife but it’s better than the alternative. Using a key just doesn’t cut it—the twine that is.
Sunday School 9:30 a.m. • Worship Service - 10:30a.m. Wednesday Prayer Mtg. - 6:30 p.m.
Grace Baptist Church • Pastor Phil Hahn Church of Christ
Prairie Fellowship Parish ELCA • Pastor Margie Hershey
Indian Creek - 8:00 a.m. • American - 9:30 a.m. • Rosebud - 11:00 a.m.
18 mi. south of Prairie City - Worship Service - 10:00 a.m.
Christ Lutheran Church WELS •
Pastor Gerhardt Juergens
Sunday Bible Class - 8:00 a.m., Worship Service - 8:30 a.m. 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.
De-Icing salt can harm trees and landscape plants
Each winter, millions of tons of de-icing salt are applied to state and municipal roads to keep them safe for vehicles to travel. Salt is spread near houses to avoid pedestrian injuries. This is necessary for safety, but did you know excessive salt can cause widespread damage to trees - possibly leading to permanent decline and even death? According to the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the tree care industry, even severe salt damage might not be visible on a tree until the end of summer, leaving homeowners wondering what might have caused the problem. In some cases, decline might not be visible for years. "Salt deposits migrate to the stems, buds and roots of trees," explains Tchukki Andersen, BCMA, CTSP*, staff arborist with TCIA. "This causes disfigured foliage, stunted growth and severe decline in tree health. Salt runoff washes from pavement into the ground, increasing salt levels in the soil." There are steps you can take to ward off tree damage from salt. TCIA recommends taking the following measures: Avoid use of de-icing salt unless necessary. Mix salt with abrasives such as sand, cinders and ash. Use alternative de-icing salts such as calcium chloride and calcium magnesium acetate. Improve drainage of soils. Add organic matter such as activated charcoal or gypsum, and thoroughly leach salt residues from the soil. Erect barriers between pavement and plants. Plant trees in locations away from any type of salt spray. Plant salt-resistant trees in areas where high salt spray is inevitable, i.e. near walkways, driveways or roads. Provide adequate irrigation and mulching to reduce water loss. Prune properly and add fertilizers to correct nutrient deficiency as indicated in spring soil testing. Control tree damaging diseases and pest infestations. Find a professional, A professional arborist can assess your landscape and work with you to determine the safest course of action. Contact the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), a public and professional resource on trees and arboriculture since 1938. It has more than 2,000 member companies who recognize stringent safety and performance standards and who are required to carry liability insurance. TCIA also has the nation's only Accreditation program that helps consumers find tree care companies that have been inspected and accredited based on: adherence to industry standards for quality and safety; maintenance of trained, professional staff; and dedication to ethics and quality in business practices. An easy way to find a tree care service provider in your area is to use the Find Qualified Tree Care program. You can use this service by calling 1-800-7332622 or by doing a ZIP code search at www.treecaretips.org.
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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South Dakota Legislative News
sponsibility. Instead of dealing with the ‘fiscal cliff ’ on New Years Eve, Congress and the president delayed the debt crisis for another couple months when there will be another huge fight over raising the debt ceiling and cutting spending. The federal government's financial woes will greatly impact South Dakota's spending plans. In the governor's proposed budget he left $26.5 million in anticipated revenue uncommitted over the next two years in case it's needed if the federal funding comes up short. The legislature will likely spend most of the session under a cloud of uncertainty as we try to put together a budget without knowing how much we will have to spend. Chief Justice David Gilbertson gave the 2013 State of the Judiciary Address on Wednesday. South Dakota spends more on our criminal justice system than most of the surrounding states and he addressed ways to deal with that. The first issue he talked about was the expansion of substance abuse courts. This year the women's prison has 450 occupants - in 1982 there were only 32. The men's prisons house 3,600 occupants while there were only 600 in 1980. The cost per inmate is $25,000 per year and substance abuse courts would help to reduce the number of prisoners. The success rate of rehab programs stands at 81% and due to current programs there 103 empty prison cells. Chief Justice Gilbertson also addressed military veterans in the criminal justice system. 36% of the homeless are veterans, 76% of the homeless veterans suffer from alcohol, drug, or mental issues, and every day 18 veterans commit suicide. Thirty one states have created programs to treat these underlying issues rather then prosecution. Hopefully South Dakota can follow the lead of the other states by using what works for them. The Chief Justice is also concerned about the decline of access to attorneys in rural areas. His three point plan to address the issue would 1)provide resources to law school grads who wish to practice in rural areas 2)develop incentives that encourage locating in rural areas and 3)create a website that brings together aging rural attorneys with law school grads. I serve on the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and the Local Government Committee. Thursday the Ag Committee heard very interesting presentations about the devastation caused by the Pine Beetle infestation in the Black Hills and the science involved with the in situ uranium mining near Edgemont. In the wake of the tragedy in Newtown and the call for gun control at the federal level, several bills are being written to improve safety for schools, protect Second Amendment rights and other gun legislation. I will be co-sponsoring a bill with Rep. Scott Craig and Sen. Craig Tieszen that will allow school boards to authorize certain individuals the right to carry inside a school. The proposed language is permissive, giving school boards the option to approve exceptions to gun-free zones based on certain conditions if adopted at the local level. I've heard reports of other gun bills in the works, but haven't seen any of them yet. The focus on keeping our children safe and protecting our Second Amendment rights brought to mind this quote by Edmund Burke: ‘The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.’ Hopefully legislators in Pierre can uphold the Constitution, as we are sworn to do, and get something done to protect our citizens. The Oil and Gas Development Committee voted to introduce eight bills to address the issues that arose at our hearings. I will be the prime sponsor of HB 1001 that would require mineral developers to give notice to surface owners before entering the land. Sen. Sutton is the prime sponsor of SB 2 and I am the House prime sponsor on the bill that would provide funding for unresolved surface depredation caused by oil and gas exploration and to make an appropriation therefor. The other Oil and Gas legislation bills are: •HB 1002 to provide for the creation of a trust account for un-locatable mineral interest owners. •HB 1003 to provide for mediation between mineral developers and surface owners in certain disputes over surface depredation and to provide for mediation of mineral fee disputes. •HB 1004 to provide for the award of treble damages in certain surface depredation cases. •HB 1005 to require certain posting of information if hydraulic fracture stimulation is performed on oil and gas wells. •HB 1006 to revise certain provisions relating to the termination of certain mineral interests. •SB 1 to revise the provisions regarding plugging and performance bonds for oil and gas wells and to repeal the supplemental restoration bond requirement. You can contact me at the House Chamber number 773-3851. Leave a phone number and I’ll call you back. The fax number is 773-6806. If you send a fax, address it to Rep. Betty Olson. You can also email me at rep.bettyolson@state.sd.us during session. You can keep track of bills and committee meetings at this link: http://legis.state.sd.us/ You can also use this link to find the legislators, see what committees they are on, read all the bills and track the status of each bill, listen to committee hearings, and contact the legislators.
Rep. Betty Olson
Governor Daugaard kicked off the start of the 2013 legislative session with his State of the State Address on Tuesday. The Dow Jones weekly newspaper Barons listed South Dakota as the ‘Best Run State in America’ this year and Gov. Daugaard addressed the good stewardship we practice in our state. Our budget is one of the healthiest in the nation because we made tough budget decisions. The biggest problem facing us as we work on our budget this year is the federal government's fiscal irre-
Greetings from Pierre, we just finished our first week of the 88th Legislative Session, which started on January 8th. I am proud of the fact that we serve as citizen lawmakers and take great pride in our accessibility to all of you as constituents in our district. Our regular jobs and involvement in local community activities allows us to stay grounded and held accountable. This is my seventh session and the start of my four
Senator Ryan Maher
and final term as your Senator for District 28. Over the next two years I will be serving on the Senate Education Committee, the Senate Commerce Committee and I will be the chairman of the Senate Tax Committee. I will also serve as a Major Whip to the Republican Caucus. On Tuesday, we heard the Governor’s State of the State address where he provided and shared optimistic outlook on the current status and future of our great state. Stewardship was the theme of this year’s address. It is an understood concept by all of us who know how to pay our bills and be an asset to society. The criminal justice reform legislation will be a focal point for this legislative session, and I look forward to the rewards of this bill with an increased focus on alternative sentencing, mental health, and integrate our prisoners back into society as much as possible. All of this will require an upfront investment of money and people, but we can hopefully avoid the need to build more prisons in the very near future. Along with my fellow senators, my hope is that we can find ways to create true economic development throughout all of South Dakota with
a strong focus of bringing more young people back in our rural communities. Housing is a critical component along with the necessary job opportunities. Lastly, we should give upfront knowledge on potential taxes and rebates we may see during this session. This week in Senate Tax we heard from Henry Carlson Jr. who was a state legislator from 30 years ago when he helped reform South Dakota’s contractor excise tax. The tax was instituted in 1979 as part of a sweeping package of new taxes, tax increases and tax expansions. But the problem with the contractor tax was that the owner of a construction project often was paying it more than once. Carlson, a prominent figure in South Dakota’s construction industry, was elected in 1982 as a Republican candidate to the state Senate from Sioux Falls. He tried to straighten out what he saw as double taxation. Today the contractor excise tax is third-largest source of revenue for state government’s general fund, after the sales and use tax and video lottery. The tax brought in nearly $65.7 million in fiscal 2011 and
nearly $83 million in fiscal ’12. It is forecast to generate nearly $84.6 million the current 2013 fiscal year that ends June 30. Carlson said state government needed additional revenue to replace the funds lost through repeal of the personal property tax, which Carlson described as one of the worst taxes that South Dakota has ever had. “It was well known as the liar’s tax,” he said. Carlson generally favored the contractor excise tax but wanted it simplified so it didn’t fall on subcontractors too. “It’s a fair tax. Everyone can pay for it,” he told the committee Wednesday. “I can’t see any reason why it should be repealed.” Some legislators have discussed eliminating the tax as a step to make South Dakota more attractive for new and expanding businesses. State Revenue Secretary Andy Gerlach, a member of Daugaard’s cabinet; also spoke to the Senate Tax committee Wednesday after Carlson’s remarks. “Right now we think it’s about as fair a tax as you can have in South Dakota,” Gerlach said.
The State of the Judiciary reminded many of us of the fact that we have a shortage of lawyers in rural areas, which is related to my earlier mention of the need for more young families in rural communities. Our current drug and alcohol alternative courts proved they assist in rehabilitation of troubled citizens, and Chief Justice Gilbertson continues to expand their presence. Veterans needs are more important now than ever, with the most troubling statistic of how we are losing more soldiers back home from suicide than we lost overseas with the recent Iraq and Afghanistan wars. We all must do our part to provide help to our fellow neighbors that are veterans. Mental health services must take precedence and we owe that to folks who need the help the most. Please Keep in touch on the issues and feel free to contact me at (605) 850-3598 or at my legislative email sen.maher@state.sd.us My person email address is rmm2697@hotmail.com. I enjoy the chance to serve as an elected official in your citizen Legislature. As always you can follow everything online at http://legis.state.sd.us/sessions/2013/index.aspx
Obituaries Patti Storm
(Mills) Oder. She attended school in Kansas and Colorado and graduated from Lemmon High School in 1968. She attended SDSU in Brookings where she graduated in 1972 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Home Economics. On June 1, 1972, Patti was united in marriage to David E. Storm at St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lemmon. They began their life together in Lemmon where she began substitute teaching and she was the Journalism Advisor. In May of 1973, they purchased a ranch near Meadow where she and David ranched and raised their sons, Scott and Steve. Patti substitute taught at the Progress and Bison schools. She worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a rural route mail carrier for 8 1/2 years driving the Meadow and Bison routes. She then worked in Lemmon for Wolff ’s Wheel Alignment for 3 years. In the summer of 1995, she returned to college at Brookings to renew her teaching certificate. Patti then taught high school English and Journalism at Lemmon High School for 3 years. In the fall of 1998 she began teaching at Faith High School where she was currently teaching. In 2008, Patti was diagnosed with a lung disease and has been battling it since. She passed from this life early Wednesday morning, January 9, 2013 at her home near Meadow at the age of 62 years, 4
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The Funeral Service for Patti Storm, age 62 of Meadow, was held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 12, 2013 at St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lemmon. Pastor Frank Gantt officiated with burial in Gallaway Cemetery at Meadow. Special music was provided by Rhonda Tomac, organist. Serving as casketbearers were Milton, Daryl, and Allen Storm, Fred Gebhart, Fred Reede, Jack Gabbert, Don Borowski, and Jess Carmichael. All of Patti’s grandchildren, her co-workers, and former and current students of Faith High School are considered Honorary Bearers. PATRICIA J. ODER “Patti” was born on September 2, 1950 in Hugoton, Kansas to Peggy Jean
months, 7 days. Patti had a passion for teaching and inspired many students. Teaching English to her students was one of her favorite things to do, but the most memorable are the time’s spent with her family and grandchildren. She loved attending their school and rodeo activities. Patti was a Leader for many years of the Rough and Ready 4-H Club. Surviving family members include her husband, David, 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Scott and Chandra Storm, Meadow, SD; Steve and Tara Storm, Spearfish, SD; 4 grandchildren, Bailee, Travis, Riley, and Colton Storm; 1 brother, Jim Swartz, in Minnesota; sisters-in-law, Donna and Janeane; 2 cousins, Jack (Heather) Wilson, and Cris Wilson; and numerous nieces and nephews. Patti was preceded in death by her grandparents, Ivan and Helen Mills, mother, Peggy McClung, father, Walter Ray Oder, brother, Randy Swartz, cousin, Danny Ivan Wilson, and aunt, Betty (Mills) Johnson. Visitation will be on Friday from 1:00 to 9:00pm at the EvansonJensen Funeral Home in Lemmon and on Saturday one hour prior to services at St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.evansonjensenfuneralhome.com.
Micky Lee Barnica
Funeral services for Micky Barnica, age 45, of Glad Valley, South Dakota were held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at the Isabel Baptist Church in Isabel, South Dakota. Pastor Jamie Hamblet will officiate with burial in the Hillview Cemetery in Isabel. Micky Lee Barnica was born in Hettinger, North Dakota on September 28, 1967 to Larry and Sue Barnica. He attended a small, tworoom, rural schoolhouse from 1st to 8th grade at The Progress School in Lemmon district. For his high school years he attended school in Isabel where he excelled
as a scholar. He had a love for knowledge and enjoyed reading the encyclopedias as a child. He spent free time hunting, fishing, and spending time with family including his sisters Cindy and Laura. He went to college for a year and a half before he came back home to pursue what he considered the best occupation in the world, farming. Micky became partners with his father on the farm and ranch north of Glad Valley where he lived the life and work he enjoyed. In November of 1999 Micky met Julie Gunderson, who was a music teacher in Timber Lake. They had a whirlwind courtship with a proposal on Valentine’s Day and marriage on August 19th of 2000 in Halliday, North Dakota. They were blessed with two children who added adventure and joy to his life. His daughter Sarah Belinda was born August 15th, 2001 and son Seth Larry on December 10th of 2003. Micky had a deep love of God and was active as a member of the Isabel Baptist Church. His greatest joy was to know that his family, and especially his children, had accepted Jesus as their savior and could be together in eternity. Family meant a great deal to him, and he had a special place in his heart for his
nieces and nephews. In February of 2009 Micky noticed a problem with his walking but didn’t think too much on it; however, by the spring of 2010 it was noticeably worse. He started seeing doctors about it, and in July he was sent to the Mayo Clinic where he was diagnosed with ALS. It was prayer and God’s grace that saw him through to the end. He went home to be with the Lord, surrounded by his family, at the hospital in Hettinger on Saturday, January 5, 2013. Grateful for having shared in his life are his wife, Julie, and two children, Seth and Sarah Barnica, all of Glad Valley, SD; his mother and father, Larry and Sue Barnica, Glad Valley, SD; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Cindy Sue and Bret Pederson, Glad Valley, SD and Laura and Kenny Gill, Timber Lake, SD; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents; and one uncle, Lee Barnica. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. followed by a family service at 7:00 p.m. all on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at the Isabel Baptist Church.
Helen Lewis, age 80 of Hettinger, passed away on Friday, January 11, 2013, at Western Horizons Care Center in Hettinger, ND. The funeral service for Helen will be held at 10:30 a.m. (MST), Thursday, January 17, 2013, at the United Methodist Church in Hettinger. Pastor Paul Lint will officiate with burial in the Hettinger Cemetery. Special music will be provided by Betty Svihovec, organist, and Ada Jean Cornella, pianist; with vocalists Jim Lewis, The Borderline Singers, and Bekki Holzkamm. Serving as casket bearers are Tom Braaten, Rick Holzkamm, Dennis Knutson, Keith Kvanvig, Stan Laufer, Allan LeFebre, and Arlo Nash. All special friends and neighbors are considered honorary bearers. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. (MST) to the time of the service for family and friends at 7:30 p.m. at the Centennial Chapel in Hettinger. Helen Marie Sather was born November 14, 1932, in Adams County, ND, to Oscar and Ruth (Braaten) Sather. She grew up north of Hettinger in Argonne Township and attended country grade school and graduated from Hettinger High School in 1950. She was in the choir and a member of the National Honor Society. She worked as a clerk in the Red Owl Store in Hettinger. Helen was united in marriage to Robert (Bob) Lewis on June 2, 1952, at Miles City, MT. They lived on the Lewis Ranch in Perkins County, SD, in the Ellingson community where Bob and Helen ranched and farmed together. Three children--Mark, Constance, and James--were born to this union. The Lewis’s lived on the ranch until 2001 when they retired and moved into Hettinger. Following their retirement, they enjoyed traveling. They traveled to Norway, England, France, Sweden, Mexico, and Canada and Hawaii and many other states,
spending seven winter months in Winterhaven, CA. When Helen’s health began to fail, she was able to continue to live in her own home with the support and care of her loving husband, family, and nurses, caregivers, and doctors--especially Dr. Kent Hoerauf, who faithfully provided his support and care for many years. Staying only a day at Western Horizons Care Center, Helen peacefully passed away on Friday, January 11, 2012, at the age of 80 years, 1 month, 27 days. Helen was Horse Creek Township clerk, an officer in the Bethany EUB Church and the United Methodist Church, a member and officer in the West River Health Services Auxiliary and the Jolly Jills Homemakers Club, a member of election boards, and a volunteer at the Clothes Closet. She taught Sunday School and Bible School and was a Bible study leader. She and Bob supported various local community projects, including West River Health Services, Western Horizons Living Center, the Adams County Fair, 4H, the Dakota Museum, the American Red Cross, and the Anne Carlsen Children’s Center. Helen supported many missions through the church. She was an avid reader and an excellent cook and enjoyed knitting, crocheting, sewing, and quilting. She quilted baby blankets for family and friends, and also blankets that were sold by the hospital auxiliary. Her blankets covered most of the babies in the four-state area and beyond. She made afghans for the graduates and needlework presents for wedding gifts. She was an active ranch wife--helping with calving and haying, and always kept a meticulous yard and home. Surviving family members include her husband, Bob, Hettinger, ND; 2 sons and 1 daughter-in-law, Mark Lewis, Lisbon, ND, and James and Melissa Lewis, Bismarck, ND; 9 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, 2 brothersin-law, Earl Laufer, Hettinger, ND, and Darrel Bowman, Bozeman, MT; 1 sister-in-law, Barbara Sather, Hansville, WA; 1 sister-inlaw and 1 brother-in-law, Patti and Bill Ohnemus, Spearfish, SD; many nieces and nephews; and several cousins in Norway. She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Ruth Sather, daughter, Constance (Connie) Lewis Priest; brother, Birger Sather; 2 sisters, Liv Laufer and Joan Bowman; and 1 sister-in-law and 1 brother-in-law, Marilyn and Robert Mundahl. A memorial has been established. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.funeralhomesofcaring.com.
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Cards lose to Richardton/Taylor in double overtime
continued from page 1 For up to three wrestlers, Bison would pay $250 as part of the contract. If more wrestlers sign up, the price would increase. Schalesky said that the families would pay themselves if the school wouldn’t do it. They’d provide their own transportation, too, which raised a liability question. Their main goal is the signed contract. Schalesky said that his son is “very good at wrestling and that’s what he wants to do.” He also wants to remain a student at Bison and to be a part of the local football program. Before the board meets in regular session again, Supt. Kraemer will talk with Hettinger’s principal, their wrestling coach and with the South Dakota High School Activities Association. Schalesky has already been to Pierre to visit SDHSAA personnel and he says that interstate co-op agreements are not uncommon. School board members will review the contract and be ready to make an informed decision next month.
Michael Kopren coming down with a rebound
Yancy Buer playing some tough defense. The Cardinals lost 77 - 80 in double over-time.
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School meal standards add more grains and proteins
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced recently that they will be lifting the previously imposed limits on how much protein and grains could be served to students in one week. The latest modifications will be set in place for the rest of the 2012-2013 school year, explains Ann Schwader, SDSU Extension Nutrition Field Specialist. "These changes are positive and show that the USDA is willing to work with nutrition officials and others who have concerns related to the new standards," Schwader said. The original changes to the school lunch standards were announced January 2012, due to the national Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act (Public Law 111-296) that determined how much of certain food groups could be served, set limits on calories and salt and phased in whole grains. Schwader says the move to create stricter guidelines was motivated by the fact that the obesity rates among school children are growing and steps were needed to reverse the trend. "These guidelines aligned school meals with the latest nutrition science, based on recommendations of nutrition experts and the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans nutrition recommendations," she said. The new school meal patterns meet specific calorie ranges for children in grades K-5 (650 calories), 6-8 (700 calories), and 9-12 (850 calories). The intention of the new school lunch guidelines is to ensure that almost all children receive at least one-third of their daily nutritional and energy needs," Schwader said. The latest modifications are being provided to allow schools more weekly planning options to ensure that children receive a nutritious meal every day of the week. According to the revisions, the students can eat as many grains and proteins as they want, as long as they are eating the allotted amount of calories put forth by the USDA. SDSU Extension recommends that parents assist their children with the changes to the school lunch standards. "Parents can make sure their youth eats a nutritious breakfast and encourage them to take and eat the fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat milk offered in school meals," she said. Parents and organizations can contact SDSU Extension Nutrition Field Staff about the new school lunch standards and the modifications. For additional information contact your SDSU Extension Regional Center. Contact information can be found at www.iGrow.org.
Sometimes we wonder if that cow rattling the chute is worth keeping. Recent research suggests maybe not, said Elaine Grings, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Management & Production Specialist. Grings points to studies conducted several years ago with Brahman-crosses which found that cows with excitable temperaments had lower pregnancy rates than their calmer herdmates. Researchers at Oregon State University expanded the study to look at the effect of cattle temperament and acclimation to handling on reproductive performance in Angus ? Hereford cross cows. Their results were reported in the October issue of the Journal of Animal Science. More than 400 spring-calving range cows at two locations in eastern Oregon were tested for temperament using both a chute score and measurement of exit velocity from a squeeze chute. The chute score is a 5-point scale, 1 being assigned calm cattle which exhibited no movement and a 5 assigned to violent animals which exhibited continuous struggling. Exit velocity was also measured with an infrared sensor and converted to a 1-5 point scale - 1 given to the slowest and 5 to the fastest. The chute and exit scores were averaged to give a temperament score, animals with a score of less than 3 received an adequate score whereas, animals receiving a 3 or greater received a temperament
Research shows cow temperament affects reproduction
score of aggressive. About 25 percent of the cows were scored as aggressive and these cows had lower pregnancy rates of 89 percent compared to the adequate temperament cows, which had a pregnancy rate of 95 percent. "At one location, cows were bred by AI and then exposed to natural service clean up bulls. The second location used natural service mating only," Grings said. "The fact that bulls were used indicates that the lowered pregnancy rates in the aggressive cows were not due only to stress during handling at AI." Cow body condition and calf birth and weaning weights were not different between the groups and there were also no difference between groups in pregnancy loss or loss of calves from birth to weaning. Decreased weight of calves weaned per cow exposed in the aggressive groups was related to the effect on pregnancy rate alone. "Based on this and other studies, the researchers suggest culling on temperament or adapting cattle to handling could help in maximizing reproductive performance in beef cows," she said. These researchers reported on a second study on the effect of acclimating heifers to handling on reproductive performance. After weaning, they divided 6-month-old heifers into two groups of about 44 heifers each. One group was processed through a handling facility three times a week for four
weeks. Heifers receiving more frequent handling reached puberty at an earlier age than their herdmates, but pregnancy rates after AI were not different. The more frequently-handled heifers had lower exit scores, but not chute scores compared to those handled less frequently. "The researchers therefore suggest that exposing heifers to handling and human interaction may improve reproduction," Grings said. "They do caution that this training needs to occur when animals are fairly young." In a previous study, when they attempted to acclimate mature cows to handling, they were not successful at improving pregnancy rates. Grings says there are still some questions left to be answered. "We still need to determine, what the minimum amount of handling needed to train an animal and what is the best age for training," she said. In summary: Pregnancy rates were improved in groups of cows with less aggressive temperaments. Heifers acclimated to handling at about 6 months of age reached puberty at an earlier age and had lower chute exit scores than heifers handled less frequently. Acclimating young animals to handling and culling on temperament may have beneficial effects on reproduction in beef cattle.
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Regally Ready -- for
by: Carrie Stadheim, Assistant Editor, Tri-State Livestock News Mandi Seim grew up in rural Perkins County, SD, doing what ranch kids do – riding her horse, moving and checking cattle and going to school when she had to. In her junior year of high school she took a job with a local horse trainer to earn some extra cash. She drove the 20 miles roundtrip every afternoon following school, and during the summer, to help feed oats, pitch hay, fill water tubs and keep stalls clean at Johnson Racing Stables south of Lemmon, SD. It didn’t take long and she was doing more than just the boring stuff – she helped breed mares and make sure the horses got their daily exercise. Soon, she was traveling to Quarter Horse races in Ft. Pierre, and Aberdeen, SD, and Skakopee, MN, with Johnson, then by herself. “There would be some days in Fort Pierre and Aberdeen where it would get crazy. I think on our biggest day, we had 28 head in – it was hectic getting that many ready. We would have three or four horses in one race. Then there were times we’d have horses at two different race tracks so I did a lot of traveling.” She hauled horses to Remington Park in Oklahoma City, OK; Turf Paradise in Phoenix, AZ; and Rocky Mountain Turf Club in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada alone. Seim said the first time she went to Lethbridge she was scared to death to cross the border, but after a scolding from Canadian Customs for not having her birth certificate, she was on her way. At the track, she had to coordinate exercise schedules and ensure horses were fed and stalls were cleaned. “As with any athlete there is maintenance work. A lot of the horses would get their legs iced and then wrapped with some type of medication daily,” she recalled. On race day Seim was responsible for making sure each horse got to the right race at the right time with the right equipment, occasionally saddling (if Johnson was at another track), and taking care of the horse after the race. “I’d usually have a couple of people to help me but ultimately it was my job to be sure it was all done correctly and on time.” Seim can now tell been-there, done-that stories of racetracks from Assiniboia Downs in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, to Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY; Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, AR to Yellowstone Downs in Billings, MT. Oh yes, and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In 2007, Seim and Devron Leingang from Mandan, ND, went to Assiniboia Downs, where they trained thoroughbreds together. She noted one difference between the two kinds of horses. “Quarter Horses go to the track every couple of days during training. Thoroughbreds run farther distances so they train harder – they go almost every day.” While working on their own in Winnipeg, they trained horses for Jim Peterson of Mobridge, SD. In 2010, the opportunity arose to go to work for Jim’s son-in-law Steve Asmussen from Texas. In April of 2010, Seim and Leingang were sent to Woodbine in Toronto, Canada to oversee a barn of 40 horses for the Asmussen Stable. Two years into their employment with Steve, one of the horses they were training – Regally Ready – was invited by Sheikh Mohammed to compete in the Al Quoz Sprint, held in Dubai every spring. Regally had won a grade 1 stake race at Woodbine called the Nearctic Stake, giving him a free berth into the Breeders Cup Sprint in Kentucky three weeks later (November of 2011) which he also won. Sending a horse to Dubai to run wasn’t a totally new experience for Asmussen as “Curlin,” who now stands at Lanes End Stud Farm, had won the $10-million Dubai World Cup in 2008. But for the two young trainers, it was new territory. The flight for the horse and trainers cost the owner about thirty thousand dollars. “We hadn’t flown with a horse before so we didn’t really know what to expect but luckily the Sheikh sent a gentleman from England named Chris to fly with us – he was a professional who did that kind of thing all the time, and that helped ease the tension for us.” Seim said that she, Leingang and Chris flew out of Los Angeles, CA, in a huge cargo plane. In fact, they were the only travelers aboard in addition to the pilots. “They loaded cargo until it was jam-packed with crates and pallets, then in the middle of it there was Regally in a portable stall, with hay and water, and wood chips on the floor.” Seim said there were some delays before the plane could take off. “First, the pilots wouldn’t leave because some meals had been placed in the fridge for the three of us, but they weren’t labeled.” Someone had to come label the food – which was so terrible, they couldn’t eat it anyway – before the pilot would leave. Then the pilot decided he wanted to turn the temperature in the belly (where all the cargo – and Regally – were) down to about 35 degrees to keep a pallet of asparagus cool. “Chris exchanged a few words with him and they finally settled on 65 degrees, and we were off.” Regally was tied up for takeoff and then Leingang was able to climb down with him and untie him for the remainder of the flight. “He stood really well for the flight,” she recalled. “Anyone who went down in the belly had to take an oxygen bottle and a mask with them ... just in case.” The plane touched down in Amsterdam for a change of pilots and all the cargo. except the horse, had to be unloaded and the plane was then re-loaded with new cargo. Seim recalled their final touchdown after 22 hours aboard the plane. “When we arrived in Dubai we got in the portable stall with Regally and he was unloaded out the nose of the plane and lowered by a hydraulic lift to the ground.” Then while Regally was loaded on
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a van and hauled to Meydan Race Course, Seim and Leingang were forced to leave him for two hours to make their way through immigration. They were a little nervous about sending Regally with someone they didn’t know. “We weren’t scared that they’d take him or anything like that, but Regally can get a little rambunctious and if the person wasn’t a real good horse handler, he could get loose or get spooked and bump his hip and get hurt as they load and unload him. We had too much money invested for him to get hurt before the race!” The two trainers met Regally back at the track, where everything was fine. They were in Dubai for a week and a half before the first race. “We wanted to get a race over that track before the big race,” she said. Regally didn’t show signs of jet lag from the trip, and adjusted well to the new surroundings, as did his caretakers. “There was a quarantine area with 13 barns for horses from different countries.” Of course they were stalled in the U.S. barn along with six other horses preparing for other big races to be held the same day as the Al Quoz Sprint. Seim and Leingang got the chance to sample some middle eastern food, as two meals per day were provided at the U.S. barn, often consisting of local cuisine like fish or lamb. But when they had a spare moment, they would head over to the world’s largest mall – that boasts an indoor ski slope – and eat at any one of their favorite American restaurant chains. They also watched camel races from afar. “We weren’t allowed to have a camera but we watched them from a distance or on TV,” she also recalled seeing camels hobbled to keep them from running off. “We were only allowed to train Regally during certain hours so our horses never actually interacted with Dubai horses until race day,” said Seim. “Devron and I would lead Regally to the track (a 45 minute walk) for training. Once we reached the track Devron or Jimmy, our gallop boy, would gallop him. Then we would lead him back to the barn (another 45 minutes). We wanted to keep the weight off him because the American horses are not used to that long of a walk. Tracks in the U.S. are much closer to the barns.” After another three weeks of training following the first “practice race” it was time for Regally to do what he was born to do – race. “Cory Nakatani rode him, the same jockey who had ridden him to win the two big races back home.” Unfortunately, Regally didn’t cross the finish line first. “It seemed like he didn’t really want to run. They water the turf over there a lot more than here, which makes it really soft, and I don’t think he liked that,” said Seim. The five furlong race was over in seconds, and four days later horse and trainers were on their way back home. Regally ran in Chicago, IL, over the fourth of July and then in New York after that. Devron and Mandi have made up their minds to stay closer to home, and for the first time in 13 years, she won’t be heading “to the track” this spring. Seim, who now makes her home in New Salem, ND, works at a durable medical equipment store in Bismarck, ND, where they sell wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, etc., and Devron drives truck in the oilfield nearby. They own one of the horses they helped train, and keep him at her folks’ place near Bison, SD, where she has ridden him a few times. The horse had a bowed tendon and the owner didn’t seem to have the patience to wait for healing, so he turned the horse over to her. “I let him rest so he could heal and now he’s ready for use. I’ll ride him more this summer.” “We miss the racehorses every day,” Seim lamented. “We have had the opportunity to work with some very high class horses and travel lots of places because of them. When we decided to come home an old friend of mine said ‘I am not sure I believe it, you have a little too much gypsy in your blood.’ He just might be right,” said Seim.
Seim is the daughter of Robert and Arlis Seim of Bison, S.D. Leingang is the son of Dori Leingang of Mandan, N.D. and Bill Leingang of Lincoln, N.D. Reprinted with permission from the Tri-State Livestock News.
Mandi Seim received “the best turned out horse” award for the race. She received $625 AED. (Over 100 American dollars). She always braids the horse's mane before a race, which might have helped catch the judges' attention. Photo courtesy Mandi Seim
Leingang and Regally Ready just before the Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Photo courtesy Mandi Seim
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Certainty in uncertain times -------------------------------------------------South Dakota’s electric cooperatives gathered in Pierre Jan. 10 and 11 for the South Dakota Rural Electric Association’s 71st annual meeting. During the meeting, the 317 cooperative leaders, which represented each of the state’s 31 electric cooperatives, heard presentations that focused on grassroots advocacy, the importance of an energized cooperative culture and other aspects impacting electric cooperatives. On Thursday, cooperative directors attended an “In the Boardroom” training session presented by NRECA focusing on Planning Among Regulatory Uncertainty. A session on the importance of grassroots advocacy was also held, which included a state legislative update prior to the evening’s Legislative Dinner, which saw more than 420 people attend. “This year will be a great opportunity to know the new legislators,” said SDREA board president Don Heeren. “Our Co-op Day at the Capitol on Feb. 26 will provide an additional occasion for co-op members, directors and employees to get to know our lawmakers and become more familiar with the legislative process.” The importance of co-op members being involved in their cooperatives was stressed by SDREA’s general manager. “There is so much going on in our industry right now that these meetings take on special meaning,” said SDREA general manager Ed Anderson. “Bringing electric co-op leaders from around the state to discuss issues and spend time with their local legislators adds tremendous value to our organization.” Gov. Dennis Daugaard spoke to the group on Friday morning and commended their work in the state. “You go the extra mile for your members and you’re persistent. We, as a state, need to be persistent in solving our budget issues,” said Daugaard. On Friday morning, representatives of Sen. Tim Johnson, Sen. John Thune and Rep. Kristi Noem spoke to the group and gave an update on issues from a national perspective. Board Reorganizes – Following the meeting, the board of directors held its re-organizational meeting. Southeastern Electric director Don Heeren of Parker was re-elected as the association’s president while Lacreek Electric director Butch Livermont of Martin was reelected as the association’s vice president. West River Electric director Bill Bielmaier of Wall was re-elected secretary of the association and West Central Electric director D.J. Mertens of Kennebec was elected as the association’s treasurer. About South Dakota’s Electric Cooperatives – South Dakota’s electric cooperatives provide electricity to more than 114,000 homes, farms and businesses in the state, averaging only 2.37 consumers per mile of line. SDREA is a member-owned, member-controlled association of 31 electric cooperatives in South Dakota. SDREA is devoted to unifying, promoting and protecting the interests of member electric cooperatives in South Dakota by providing leadership, training, communication, legislative representation and other member services.
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Al and Tiss Treib attended the funeral for Jake Nelson in Hettinger Tuesday. Tiss Treib made a trip to Lemmon Wednesday. Lucas Allen spent Wednesday at the Treib ranch. Katie and Mara Wiechmann brought Esther Johnson to Hettinger Thursday, Tiss visited with them briefly. Tiss Treib spent Friday overnight in Hettinger at the Care Center in anticipation of the blizzard that never came. Al Treib made a trip to Hettinger Friday and picked up Stanford Allen who spent the weekend. Albert returned to work on Tuesday. Stefanie and Peyton Honeyman were Wednesday visitors of Bridget and Lil Albert. They brought with them some items for the new baby. Thursday Bridget and Lil Albert traveled to Bismarck and stayed with Dawn. Bridget had a baby appointment on Friday and Lil Albert
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had his 2 year check up on Friday as well. They returned home Saturday afternoon. Thursday, Steve Sandgren came out and had lunch with his mother, Thelma Sandgren. Saturday, James Sandgren came up and had lunch with his mother, Thelma Sandgren. Sunday afternoon, Thelma Sandgren went to visit Helen Meink and they exchanged magazines. Lynn Frey attended the funeral of Patti Storm in Lemmon Saturday. Patsy Miller made a trip to Lemmon Tuesday. John and Noreen Green were Wednesday visitors of Jim and Patsy Miller. Patsy Miller made a trip to Hettinger Thursday. Rosebud Worship REMINDER: will be at 8:00 am Sunday, January 20th. Sunday January 27th will be Worship followed by the Annual Meeting and Potluck. A brief Ladies Aide meeting will also be held to plan for Easter.
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4-H Scholarship Deadline is April 1
Youth, who have at least five years of active membership in South Dakota 4-H and are current high school seniors or are enrolled in post secondary education are encouraged to apply for South Dakota 4-H Scholarships. "These scholarships are specifically for SD 4-H members and the process makes it easy to apply for as many as you would like," said Audrey Rider SDSU Extension 4H Youth Leadership Field Specialist. There are seven different scholarship opportunities and the deadline for all applications is April 1, 2013. To apply for South Dakota State 4-H Scholarship(s), applicants need to submit the following four four items: Cover letter of one typewritten page (8?"x11"), with one inch margins, using a 12 point font. Résumé of one or two typewritten pages (8?"x11"), with one inch margins, using a 12 point font
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Non-confidential one-page letter of recommendation from ONE of the following: 4-H club leader, county 4-H Youth Program Advisor, school administrator or teacher, employer, pastor or someone who can comment on the applicant's goals and skills. For high school seniors, an official copy of his/her high school transcript with the current cumulative grade point average (GPA), rank in class and ACT/SAT scores. For current college students, a college and/or technical institute transcript with the current cumulative GPA. Students also have the option of submitting one page of photos with captions showing 4-H leadership work/accomplishments. To find out what to include in your cover letter and resume please refer to the 2013 South Dakota State 4-H Scholarship Policy document in the 4-H Resource library on iGrow.org. A committee will review all applications and announce recipients in early May. All applicants will be notified via USPS mail regarding their final status after selection of recipients. All recipients must complete and return the 4-H Scholarship Acceptance Form to receive the scholarship(s). 4-H scholarship awards are based on fulfillment of scholarship-specific criteria and the following: •40 percent scholastic achievement; •10 percent character; •40 percent 4-H project involvement including Citizenship/Community Service and Leadership; and •10 percent financial need. To learn more contact your local SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor. For a complete listing, visit iGrow.org.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Perkins County will receive bids at the Office of the County Auditor, for various types of asphalt road oil. Exact types of oil are listed on the bid sheets, which are on file at the County Highway Superintendents Office. All of the above bids will be opened at 11:15 A.M. on Tuesday, February 12, 2013. You are hereby advised that all bids shall be accompanied by a bid bond in the sum of five thousand dollars issued by Surety authorized to do business in the State of South Dakota and made payable to Perkins County Treasurer as a guarantee that the bidder will enter into a contract in accordance with the terms of the Bid. A Certified Check, Cashiers Check, or Bank Draft in the amount of five thousand dollars may be used in lieu of a Bid Bond.
CALL FOR BIDS FOR ASPHALT ROAD OIL
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Perkins County Commission Regular Meeting
of 73% of the 2012 payable 2013 taxes on Lemmon’s 1st Addition Block 9, Lots 5 & 6, City of Lemmon in the amount of $1,771.77, motion carried.
Date: January 8, 2013 Present: Commissioners Schweitzer, Foster, Ottman, Besler and Henderson, and Finance Officer Chapman Others present: Shane Penfield, Rownea Gerbracht, Tracy Buer, Kelly Serr, Helen Gregory, Claudia Merriman, Evelyn Fogerty, Jim Lorenz, Max Matthews, Beth Hulm, press Call to Order The meeting was called to order by Finance Officer Chapman at 10:00 a.m. in the Perkins County Commissioner Room. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Oaths of Office The Honorable Judge John Bastian of the 4th Judicial Circuit was present to give the Oaths of Office to State’s Attorney Penfield, Commissioner Brad Besler and Commissioner Willard Ottman.
Executive Session Henderson moved, Ottman seconded to retire into executive session to discuss personnel at 10:21 am, motion carried. The meeting was declared out of executive session at 11:00 am. Correspondence Fairview Chapter #166 will be holding a raffle with proceeds going to support their scholarship. Meadow Fire Department will be holding Coyote Hunt Calcutta with proceeds going to the Meadow Fire Department.
Minutes •Ottman moved, Foster seconded to approve the minutes of the December 10, 2012 meeting following one correction: Gochenour was absent, motion carried. •Foster moved, Henderson seconded to approve the minutes of the special December 28, 2012 meeting, motion carried.
base wage, motion carried roll call vote: Foster aye, Ottman nay, Besler nay, Henderson nay, Schweitzer aye, motion failed.
Henderson moved, Besler seconded to increase the Sheriff and Sheriff Deputies $2.00 per hour; highway maintenance workers $3.00 per hour based on overtime after 40 hours in a work week with no mandatory overtime; $2.00 per hour for the highway superintendent; .50 per hour for the remaining full-time employees, and new employee starting wage at the base wage, motion carried roll call vote: Ottman nay, Besler aye, Henderson aye, Foster nay, Schweitzer aye, motion carried. Ottman moved, Henderson seconded to give part-time employees .50 per hour increase, all ayes, carried. Foster moved, Henderson seconded to leave the Commissioner wages as is, motion carried. Gerbracht addressed the board concerning changing Jeanette Kruger’s title to Deputy II and to set her wage at $12.34 per hour. Foster moved, Henderson seconded to change Jeanette Kruger’s title to Deputy II and to adjust her wage to $12.34 per hour, motion carried.
Non-Certified Part-time Jailers $9.72/hour Extension Board, $35.00/meeting Weed Board Chairman $125.00/meeting Weed Board $100.00/meeting Hours of Work & Overtime Policy Discussion was held on the Hours of Work and Overtime Policy. The consensus of the Commission was to allow the Highway Superintendent leeway on setting the work week between four 10-hour days versus five 8-hour days. Foster moved, Besler seconded to change the overtime policy as follows: Overtime after 8 hours per day will be replaced with overtime being paid on hours worked in excess of 40 hours in the work week, motion carried.
The Board of County Commissioners reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids and waive any defects therein. Tracy Buer Perkins County Highway Department Box 158 Bison, South Dakota
Max Matthew – Predator Control District Besler moved, Henderson seconded to address a letter to Governor Daugaard regarding Game, Fish & Parks’ Animal Damage Control program, motion carried. Liability, Property & Automobile Insurance Darlene Kueffler was present to review the renewal policy for Perkins County’s liability, property and automobile insurance coverage. Besler moved, Henderson seconded to accept the insurance quote from Bank of the West Insurance in the amount of $30,591.00, motion carried.
[Published January 17, 2013 and January 24, 2013 at a total approximate cost of $27.31
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Perkins County will receive bids at the Office of the Perkins County Auditor for precast concrete culverts, bridge decking units, bridge beams, cattle passes, box culverts, abutment plank and any other concrete products needed by Perkins County. All of the above bids will be opened at 11:10 A.M. on Tuesday, February 12,2013 in the Commissioners Room at the Courthouse in Bison, South Dakota.
NOTICE TO RECEIVE BIDS FOR CONCRETE PRODUCTS
Each bid must be accompanied by a Certified Check or Cashiers Check in the amount of $500.00 made payable to the Perkins County Treasurer. By virtue of statutory authority, preference will be given to materials, products and supplies found or produced within the State of South Dakota. All materials to be delivered F.O.B. Perkins County Yard or Job Site. Quantity to be determined by the Highway Superintendent.
The Board of County Commissioners reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids and waive any defects therein. Tracy Buer Perkins County Highway Supt. Box 158 Bison, SD 57620
[Published January 17, 2013 and January 24, 2013 at a total approximate cost of $31.20 .]
Tax Abatement for Lemmon Senior Citizen’s Center A discussion was held on the application for tax abatement and refund on Lemmon’s 1st Addition Block 9, Lots 5 & 6, City of Lemmon. The amount requested for the 2011 payable 2012 taxes is $800.59 which is 65% of the 2nd half taxes. Ottman moved, Henderson seconded to abate and refund $800.59 of the 2011 payable 2012 taxes on Lemmon’s 1st Addition Block 9, Lots 5 & 6, City of Lemmon, motion carried. Henderson moved, Foster seconded to grant the abatement request
Monthly Reports •Finance Officers Account with the Deputy Finance Officer - To the Honorable Board of County Commissioners Perkins County: I hereby submit the following report of my examination of the cash and cash items in the hands of the Deputy Finance Officer of this County as of December 31, 2012, Sylvia Chapman, Finance Officer, Perkins County. Total amount of deposits in banks $43,713.89, Total amount of actual cash $150.69; Insured Money Market $2,225,648.08; Dakota Plains Federal Credit Union membership fee $10.04; Certificates of Deposit $495,531.04; South Dakota FIT $101,495.23; Total $2,866,548.97. The total represents state, county, schools, cities and township funds, which will be transferred to each entity of government after being apportioned. •Sheriff ’s Fees in the amount of $277.48 were reviewed. •Sheriff car logs were reviewed. •Motor Vehicle fees for the month of December, 2012 were reviewed. •Register of Deed’s fees in the amount of $10,167.98 were reviewed. •Longevity increase of .10/hour will be realized for the following: Shane Penfield, 1-1-2013, Renita Van Vactor 1-2-13; Darlene Lockert 1-19-2013.
Election of Officer •Finance Officer Chapman called for nominations for Chairman. Ottman nominated Schweitzer. Besler moved, Henderson seconded that nominations cease and a unanimous ballot be cast for Schweitzer, all ayes, motion carried. •The meeting was turned over to Chairman Schweitzer. The floor was opened up for nominations for Vice Chairman. Besler nominated Henderson. Besler moved, Ottman seconded that nominations cease and a unanimous ballot be cast for Henderson, all ayes, motion carried.
Appointments •Foster moved, Besler seconded to appoint the following members to the 4-H Advisory Board: Geraldine Peck, Sharon Anderson, Faye Schalesky, Julia Brixey with Willard Ottman as Commissioner representative to the 4H Advisory Board, motion carried. •Henderson moved, Foster seconded to approve the following Fair Board members: Gary Larson, Tracy Buer, Bev Heier, Max Matthews, Jens Hansen, Tarina Kopren, TW Schalesky, JD Ryen, Clyde Hafner, Penny Nelson, 4-H Leader Representative Faye Schalesky, Bernice Kari, Commissioner Representative Brad Besler, motion carried. • Foster moved, Ottman seconded to appoint the following people to the Local Emergency Planning Committee: Kelly Serr, Patty Benson, Tamara Buer, Harlan Hess, Alan McGinnis, Keith Mutschler, Dean Penor, Arnold Schopp, Mike Schweitzer, Dick Vliem, motion carried. •Ottman moved, Besler seconded to appoint the following to the Perkins County Weed Board: Robert Hermann, Kevin Van Slooten, Jim Anderson, Tim Smith, Commissioner Rusty Foster, motion carried. •Henderson moved, Besler seconded to appoint the following to the Mental Health Board: Tim Parmley, Patty Benson and Dan Kvale, motion carried. •Chairman Schweitzer appointed Wayne Henderson as Perkins County’s representative to the Northwest Regional Landfill Board. •Perkins County Coroner Ray Huber has appointed Kirby Chapman as a Deputy Coroner for Perkins County. •Ottman moved, Foster seconded to designate the following as legal newspapers for Perkins County: Bison Courier, Lemmon Leader and Dakota Herald, motion carried. •Foster moved, Besler seconded to set the per diem rate at the current state rate, motion carried.
Annual Publication of Salaries Discussion was held on the wages and the hours for the highway department and sheriff ’s office. Foster moved, Ottman seconded to increase the Sheriff and Sheriff Deputies $1.50 per hour; highway maintenance workers $3.00 per hour based on overtime after 40 hours in a work week with no mandatory overtime; $1.50 per hour for the highway superintendent; .50 per hour for the remaining full-time employees, and new employee starting wage at the
The 2013 wages, including longevity, are as follows: Mike Schweitzer, Commissioner $6,528.00/year Rusty Foster, Commissioner $6,528.00/year Willard Ottman, Commissioner $6,528.00/year Brad W. Besler, Commissioner $6,528.00/year Wayne Henderson, Commissioner $6,528.00/year Shane C. Penfield, States Attorney $46,133.84/year Sylvia Chapman, Finance Officer $47,557.63/year Paulette Fero, Deputy Finance Officer $13.92/hour Paula Kopren,Deputy Finance Officer $13.42/hour Darlene Lockert, Register of Deeds $38,677.71/year Heidi Stevens, Deputy Register of Deeds, $13.82/hour Rownea Gerbracht, Director of Equalization, $37,221.71/year Janelle Goddard, Deputy Director of Equalization, $14.22/hour Jeanette Kruger, Deputy II Director of Equalization, $12.34/hour Kelly Serr, Sheriff, $51,291.35/year Kirby Chapman, Chief Deputy Sheriff, $42,694.04/year Todd Campbell, Deputy Sheriff $37,847.82/year Alan McGinnis, Part-time Deputy Sheriff $12.38/hour Tamara Buer, Secretary, $13.56/hour Jackie Van Vactor, Custodial $22,152.00/year Custodian Fill In, Custodial $9.02/hour Jill Olson, Administrative Assistant $11.72/hour Loyson Carda, Veteran Service/Weed Secretary, $12.21/hour Tracy Buer, Highway Superintendent $51,992.06/year Patsy Crow, Secretary, $14.49/hour Duane Holtgard, Maintenance Worker $18.50/hour Jeff Van Vactor, Maintenance Worker $16.98/hour Pat Clark, Maintenance Worker $16.12/hour Daroll Aukland, Maintenance Worker $15.45/hour Otto Staples, Maintenance Worker $15.35/hour Certified Part-time Jailers $10.78/hour
Highway Superintendent Buer •Buer requested the Commission to approve the Perkins County Weight Limit Enforcement Resolution. Foster moved, Henderson seconded to introduce and approve Resolution 2013-1, Perkins County Weight Limit Enforcement Resolution, roll call vote: Henderson aye, Foster aye, Ottman aye, Besler aye, Schweitzer aye, motion carried. Perkins County Weight Limit Enforcement Resolution 2013-1
Commissioner Ottman left the meeting
WHEREAS, seasonal climatic changes can be detrimental to our highways, causing serious and expensive damage to occur and, WHEREAS, the Perkins County Board of County Commissioners desire to protect existing Perkins County Highways, ultimately saving tax dollars and, WHEREAS, the Perkins County Board of County Commissioners, desire the enforcement of weight limitations on Perkins County Roads as set forth and posted by the Perkins County Highway Superintendent NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED; WHEREAS, the spring load restrictions on Perkins County Highways shall be set at Six (6) tons per axle on County Highways C-19, C-3, C-9, C9A, C-25 and C-2 during the spring thaw period and when limit signs are in place. The South Dakota Highway Patrol is hereby requested to enforce these spring weight restrictions on Perkins County Highways. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the penalty for the violation of the load restrictions shall be set forth in SDCL 32-33-55.
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•Discussion was held on setting a hearing on the public sale of gravel at 11:00 am on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at the Perkins County Courthouse. •Henderson moved, Besler seconded to set the gravel rates as follows: private individuals at $3.25 per ton and townships at $3.00 per ton, motion carried. •The machine rate schedule will be addressed at the February meeting to give the Superintendent time to figure the costs with the changes in the hourly rate. •Foster moved, Henderson seconded to allow Superintendent Buer to advertise for bids culverts, concrete products and oil for 2013, motion carried. •Superintendent Buer has hired Otto Stapel with his first day being January 7, 2013. •Discussion was held on the hours of work for the Highway Department. The hours of work will remain at five 8-hour days for the time being. HLS Grant Foster moved, Henderson seconded to accept HLS Grant in the amount of 23,974.80, to auto-supplement the 2012 budget as follows: 226-211-454, 8,614.00; 226-222-454, 14,222.75; 226211-428, 1,138.05 and to transfer the following equipment dollars: Butte County, 9,714.00; Corson County, 590.00; Dewey County, 2,966.40; Meade County, 4,508.75; Ziebach County, 5.057.60, motion carried.
Kelly Serr – County-wide Law Enforcement Kelly Serr was present to inform the Commissioners that he, along with Commissioner Schweitzer, met with Lemmon Mayor Neal Pinnow concerning the possibility of County-wide Law Enforcement. A lengthy discussion was held. The consensus of the Commission was to research the topic further and bring more information prior to action by the board.
Bison Implement, repairs/supplies, 1,737.20; Connecting Point, repairs, 910.00; Country Media, publishing, 157.50; Creative Product, Drug Education, 108.00; Current Connection, supplies/equipment, 413.88; Door Security Products, equipment, 127.70; Farm Plan, repairs, 15,652.72; G&O Paper, supplies, 335.55; Grand Electric, utilities/repairs, 6,119.06; Grimms Pump, repairs, 37.63; Hedahls, repairs, 22.03; Kevin’s Fire Extinguisher, Sheriff supplies, 140.38; McLeod’s Printing, supplies, 73.92; Mid-States Organized, dues, 100.00; NAPA Auto, supplies, 123.28; NW Farm & Home, repairs, 148.40; PharmChem Inc, supplies, 131.00; Prairie Community Health, prof fees, 157.00; Premier Equipment, repairs, 370.52; SBM, maintenance, 140.35; Ida Schmidt, travel, 76.90; SD Dept Public Safety, supplies, 20.00; SD DOT, contracts, 101,440.33; SD Human Services, patient care, 493.25; SD State Attorney, dues, 679.00; SDACC, dues, 917.48; SDACHS, dues, 225.00; SDACO, dues, 733.74; SD Sheriffs Assn, dues, 439.46; Tennant’s Auto, maintenance, 96.05; Three Rivers, CHN rent, 900.00; Town of Bison, utilities, 168.70; Vanguard Appraisals, maintenance, 532.00; Verizon Wireless, utilities, 120.03; Visa, travel, 57.95; WR Telephone, utilities, 846.01 HLS Grant Claims Motorola Solutions, Inc, EM subsidy, 8,043.00; Rushmore Communications, EM subsidy, 2,660.00; Western Communication, EM subsidy, 7,215.55, Ziebach County, subsidy, 5057.60; Meade County, EM subsidy, 4,508.75; Corson County, subsidy, 590.00; Dewey County, subsidy, 2,966.40; Butte County, subsidy, 9,714.00.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013 6:00 p.m. City Hall
Bison Town Board
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crease the size of the pipe. They compiled a list of questions for engineer Allan Page, which they’ll discuss further at the February 11 meeting. Employee job descriptions: Hulm shared a rubble site supervisor job description used by Dell Rapids. McKinstry will adapt it to fit Bison’s needs; the bar manager will be asked to adapt her own job description as it applies to bartenders. Uke on City Property: Chapman and Hulm will attempt to get a letter from the city attorney which Clements would hand-deliver this coming weekend to the owner of a Uke that is sitting on city property. Trustees want it removed. CLAIMS: The following claims were presented and approved for payment. December payroll by dept – Board of Trustees, $1,400; Fin. Admin., $710.99; Streets, $1,586.72; Airport, $38.03; Parks & Rec., $79.19; Library, $567.40; Econ. Development, $27.29; Liquor, $5,961.46; Water, $718.66; Sewer, $677.05; Solid Waste, $2,043.27. Total FICA, $2,519.99; Health Ins, $500; SDRS, $695.54; Supp. Retirement, $35; 701 Foods, supp., $72.30; Bison Bar, fees, $152; Bison Courier, publishing, $203.87; Bison Grain Co., supp, $646.94; Bison Library, subsidy, $611.93; Coca Cola, supp., $214.55; Dakota Feed, supp., $177.55; DPFCU, util/supp/prof fees/postage, $507.59; Dept. of Rev., sales tax, $1,858.16; Frito, supp., $35.36; G&O, supp, $277.10; Grand Electric, util/repair/maint, $2,727.13; Hettinger Candy, supp., $1,049.32; Jerome Bev., beer, $2,549.50; Johnson Bros., on/off/beer/supp, $2,616.81; NW Bev., beer, $1,887.80; NWSDRLA, prof. fees, $2,164.50; Pepsi, supp., $436.60; PCRWS, water, $2,137.20; Republic, on/off sale, $4,219.04; Robert Jackson, prof fees, $100; S&S, supp., $2,244.95; SD Water and Wastewater, fees, $10; Servall, prof. fees, $73.41; WRCTC, util., $254.91. EXECUTIVE SESSION FOR PERSONNEL PURSUANT TO SDCL 125-2(1): 005-2012 – Clements moved, seconded by Kopren to go into executive session at 9:26 p.m. for employee evaluations and other personnel matters. Carried. Chairman Chapman declared the meeting back in open session at 11:22.
CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL: Chairman Juell Chapman called the regular monthly meeting of the Bison Town Board to order on Tuesday, January 8 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall. All trustees - Luke Clements, Matt Butsavage Mike Lockert, David Kopren were present. Others present: Dan and Sherri Jackson, Richard Seidel, employees Heath McKinstry and Beth Hulm; and Gladys Jackson, press. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WAS RECITED BY ALL.
MINUTES: 001-2013 – Lockert moved, seconded by Clements to approve the minutes of the regular Dec. 10 and the year-end Dec. 28 meetings. Carried.
ALL ACTION IN THE FOLLOWING MINUTES CARRIED BY UNANIMOUS VOTE UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED.
Claims The following claims were presented and approved for payment: December payroll: 70,075.79; IRS, fica, 4,642.95; SD Retirement, retirement, 3,672.71; Delta Dental, insurance, 893.90; Lincoln Mutual, insurance, 116.64; SDSDBF, insurance, 15,145.53; Loyson Carda, travel, 99.90; A+ Repair, repairs, 551.76; Avera Queen, blood testing, 111.90; Bison Courier, publishing, 449.67; Bison Food, supplies, 29.41;
Adjournment Foster moved, Henderson seconded to adjourn the meeting at 3:32 pm, motion carried. The next regular meeting of the Perkins County Commission will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at the Perkins County Courthouse. The Annual Township Meeting will be held following the Commissioner Meeting at 2:00 pm at the Elbert Bentley Fair Building in Bison. ATTEST: APPROVED:
STATUS REPORT: Trustees reviewed McKinstry’s written status report with him. The complete report is on file at City Hall. McKinstry also suggested talking to the landowner about purchasing additional footage on the west side of the dump for expansion and about the need to move gates to alleviate snow problems near the dumpsters.
FINANCIAL STATEMENT: 1022013 – Chapman moved, seconded by Kopren to approve the Financial Report. Carried. End-of-year total monies on deposit at Dacotah Bank were $538,019.03. The complete Financial Statement is on file at City Hall.
DELEGATION: The Jacksons from Country Inn were present to discuss an issue with their electronic meter reading and the software program that runs it. The situation was resolved to the satisfaction of both parties.
Sylvia Chapman, Finance Officer Mike Schweitzer, Chairman
[Published January 17, 2013 at a total approximate cost of $187.80.]
UNFINISHED BUSINESS Vote on proceeding with Storm Sewer project: Trustees are still not ready to commit to the new storm sewer and continue to have questions for the engineer regarding the size of the pipe that would run down Main Street and the additional costs involved for excavation and engineering should they in-
Judy Lewis is spending the weekend with Art and Marilyn Christman. Roy Hulm, Keith Hulm and Sally Kolb visited at the Art and Marilyn Christman home and with Judy Lewis. Sally and Judy were roommates in College. On December 17th Mary Ellen Fried and her grandson Lucas Fried left Rapid City and flew to Kodiak, Alaska where they visited there over the Christmas and New Year Holiday at the home of Ron and Joyce Fried and family. They returned home January 9th. Mary Ellen Fried was a Saturday supper guest of Greg and Peggy Fried. Last Wednesday, Fred and Bev
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Schopp accompanied Bob Hourigan to Bismarck and were supper guests of Bob and Connie’s on the way home. Thursday, Fred and Bev Schopp traveled to Faith for the Cowgirls Basketball game. Saturday, Fred and Bev Schopp attended the funeral for Patti Storm in Lemmon. Saturday evening Fred and Bev Schopp were supper guests of Ray and Julie Schopp and family. Tuesday, Jerry Petik attended a Grazing association meeting and Carolyn visited her mother, Irene Young and also visited some residents at Five Counties Nursing Home. Tuesday evening, Jerry and Car-
olyn Petik went out to supper with DeJon, Jeri Lynn, Leif and Mirandi Bakken, Ed and Phyllis Schmidt to celebrate Jerry’s birthday. Thursday, Jerry and Carolyn Petik attended the funeral for Micky Barnica in Isabel. Saturday, Carolyn Petik was among those who attended the funeral for Patti Storm in Lemmon. Carolyn Petik was a brief caller at Irene Young’s Saturday. Carolyn Petik was a Saturday afternoon and supper guest of Chad and Lisa O’Dell’s. Jerry Petik visited with Ernestine Miller one morning this week.
NEW BUSINESS Leave time for firefighters: Hulm will contact the city attorney for guidance in understanding/rewriting the Town of Bison’s leave time policy, 7.10, as it pertains to firefighters. Summer Tractor Contract: Trustees reviewed a written contract drawn up by Attorney Eric Bogue for the free use of a Ford tractor (model TS6120) next summer from Lindskov’s in Isabel. Hulm was instructed to check on insurance coverage on the tractor. Snow Removal Policy: Trustees discussed McKinstry’s unwritten policy for snow removal. When snow accumulates to 2.5 inches or more, the city cleans snow from the streets but not from any private property or driveways. The driveways for the fire department and ambulance are plowed first, followed by Main Street before businesses open for the day and then other city streets. Business owners should not be dumping their snow in the streets after the town has cleaned them. Wastewater System Grant: DENR notified trustees by letter that the grant money that had been approved to pay Interstate Engineering for a study of the sanitary sewer system/lagoon expired on Dec. 31, 2012 and therefore, is cancelled. The engineering report has not been completed and the town will need to reapply. Municipal Election: 003-2013 – Motion by Kopren, seconded by Clements to set Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., for the municipal election and to hold it in conjunction with Bison school at the Bentley Building. Hulm and the school business manager will choose three clerks to be paid at a rate of $8 per hour. Carried. Summer positions: 004-2013 – Motion by Chapman, seconded by Clements to begin advertising for summer maintenance help in early March. Carried. There was discussion about discontinuing the summer rec program, except for swimming lessons, and to run a bus to Hettinger a couple of times a week in July for open swimming instead. Utility and equipment rental rates: Trustees reviewed the current utility rates and equipment rental rates and will make necessary changes next month. In the meantime, Hulm will check with PCRW to learn the current rate per thousand gallons of water that the town is paying; she will also check with the insurance agent about liability issues when citizens use the city’s truck. CORRESPONDENCE: None.
NWSDRLA: Richard Seidel, the town’s representative on the regional landfill board stopped briefly to report that the City of Newell has withdrawn from the association, thereby forfeiting their equity in it. He cautioned Bison against doing the same thing because of the large amount of equity that the town maintains.
OPEN FORUM: 007-2013 – Kopren moved, seconded by Chapman to bill Bison Public Library $69.73 for the amount that their budget was overspent in 2012. Carried. ADJOURNMENT: Chairman Chapman adjourned the meeting at 10:30 p.m.
Wages for 2013: 006-2013 – Clements moved, seconded by Butsavage to set the following wages for city employees, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2013, as follows: Kelli Nelson, bar manager, $33,000/annual; Heath McKinstry, Maintenance Supervisor,$14/hr; Elizabeth Hulm, Finance Officer, $12/hr; Larry Hendricks, Maintenance worker, $11.03/hr; Summer help and day workers, $10/hr; Wilber Haggart, Solid Waste manager, $9.59/hr; Custodian, Amanda Senn, $9.56/hr; Connie Aaker, Kindra Aaker, Kathy Hafner, Julie Hanson, and BreAnn Nelson, Liquor Store workers, $9.31/hr; Stacy Kvale, Librarian, $9.31/hr; and library substitutes, $8.96/hr. Carried.
NEXT MEETINGS: The next regular meeting is Monday, February 11, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. ATTEST: APPROVED:
Elizabeth Hulm, Finance Officer Juell Chapman Chairman, Town of Bison
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1,000 gallon tank. Carried. Year-end Bonuses for Employees: 1152012 - Butsavage moved to pay fulltime employees $150 and part-time employees $50 each for year-end bonuses. His motion died for lack of a second. 116-2012 – Clements moved, seconded by Kopren to give all current employees a year-end bonus based on their number of hours actually worked in 2012 and to pay them at a rate of 14.4 cents per hour, capped at $300. Carried. fund account by resolution of the Town Board, as needed. THEREFORE LET IT BE RESOLVED, that the following amounts be transferred from 101-410-4291 Contingency to: an individual account, the uke still sitting on city property and a contract for free tractor use next summer. Chapman offered an update from Interstate Engineering regarding the town’s wastewater system.
CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL: Chairman Juell Chapman called the year-end meeting of the Bison Town Board to order on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall. All trustees Luke Clements, Matt Butsavage, Mike Lockert, David Kopren - were present. Others present: Employees Heath McKinstry and Beth Hulm; and Teddi Carlson, press. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WAS RECITED BY ALL.
ALL ACTION IN THE FOLLOWING MINUTES CARRIED BY UNANIMOUS VOTE UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS Vote on proceeding with Storm Sewer project: Trustees are unsure that the current, approved plans and specifications are what they want. Chairman Chapman will talk with engineer Allan Page prior to the January meeting about some changes in design. 1132012 – Motion by Chapman, seconded by Butsavage to move the next meeting to January 8, at which time the full board will be present to vote on storm sewer project. Carried. Airport Cardtrol paperwork: 114-2012 – Clements moved, seconded by Kopren to authorize Chairman Chapman to sign the validation paperwork for Kadrmas Lee & Jackson Engineering to design a new fuel system at Bison Municipal Airport, amending it to a
YEAR-END CLAIMS: The following claims were presented and approved for payment. SD Arborist Ass’n, recertification, $25; HD Supply, supp, $13.24; Newman Traffic Signs, repairs/maint, $134.35; SD DENR, recertification, $6; WRCTC, equip., $269.40. CONTINGENCY TRANSFERS: 1172012 – Lockert moved, seconded by Clements to approve the following resolution: RESOLUTION 2012 – 4 WHEREAS, the Town of Bison prepares and approves a budget each September for the following calendar year; and WHEREAS, the budget for 2012 contains a contingency fund of $17,250 that can be transferred to any general
NEW BUSINESS Set new bartender wage: 116-2012 – Clements moved, seconded by Chapman to pay BreAnn Nelson $9.31 per hour, based on precedence for all other bartenders who were hired in 2012. Carried.
101-412-4210 Board of Trustees liability insurance $2,500.00 101-416-4140 Workman’s Comp premium $ 452.72 101-422-4280 Fire Dept.utilities $ 199.29 101-455-4110 Library salaries $750.00 101-455-4320 Library building $400.00 101-461-4162 Bison School donation $80.00 Roll call vote: Butsavage, yes; Clements, yes; Kopren, yes; Lockert, yes; Chapman, yes. Carried 5-0. Juell Chapman, Chairman Town Board of Bison Attest: Elizabeth Hulm Municipal Finance Officer Total transfer $4,382.01
ADJOURNMENT: Chairman Chapman adjourned the meeting at 8:00 p.m.
NEXT MEETINGS: The next regular meeting is Tuesday, January 8 at 6:00 p.m. ATTEST: APPROVED:
The following offices will become vacant due to the expiration of the present term of office of the elective officer: Luke Clements 3 year term David Kopren 3 year term
Notice of Vacancy Municipality of Bison
Elizabeth Hulm, Finance Officer Juell Chapman Chairman, Town of Bison
Circulation of nominating petitions may begin on January 25, 2013 and petitions may be filed in the office of the finance officer, located at 309 1st Ave. West, Bison, between the hours of noon – 4:00 p.m. mountain time not later than the 22nd day of February, 2013. Elizabeth Hulm Finance Officer
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OPEN FORUM: Chapman and Butsavage reported that they attended the Dec. 13 meeting of PCRWS. Hulm suggested a revision of 7.1 in the employee handbook concerning leave time for fire duty. Hulm will contact Eric Bogue, city attorney, regarding the proper procedure for non-payment of
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A special thank you for all the work that went into the Christmas Concert at the school. IT WAS GREAT! Second, being able to purchase FFA fruit is equally wonderful as we do not have access to it. We purchased grapefruit and pineapple (not a bad piece of fruit anywhere). Sorry I was so slow getting this written, but what a great day! Ann M. Mackaben
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