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By Beth Hulm Thursday got off to an early start at Gary and Janet Jorgensenʼs when visiting ELCA clergy - National Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and South Dakota Synod Bishop David Zellmer - arose for breakfast at their Meadow-area ranch. The church dignitaries wanted to visit a Perkins County ranch that had sustained heavy livestock loss as a result of Winter Storm Atlas. The Jorgensens lost 22% of their cows and 7% of their calves. Joining the breakfast table were Pastor Mike Stadie, Lutheran World Respond, Chicago; Lisa Adler, Lutheran Social Services, Aberdeen; local Pastor Dana Lockhart; and Extension Educator Robin Salverson, Lemmon. The Jorgensenʼs son Chauncey, Midland, was home for a few days to lend a hand and to participate, also. Chauncey, along with his horse, also came home to help his parents in the aftermath of the storm. Bishop Eaton and Rev. Stadie, both raised in metropolitan areas, got quite an education as the Jorgensens introduced them to a calf puller, calf warming box, ear tags, necessary health inoculation records and other tools of their trade. It is what their guests wanted when they signed on for the trip – to have a hands-on experience at the ground level of ranching. It was 30 degrees that morning with a 45 – 60 mph wind as the group set off on a brisk two-hour walking tour of the creek and draws where the Jorgensenʼs cattle perished. The total loss at the Jorgensenʼs ranch was 22% of their bred cows. Janet Jorgensen said, “They were the young cows that we would have had sustaining our herd for seven to eight years.” Since then, some of the older cows and open cows have gone to market. They wouldʼve gone anyway but, when counted along with those that were lost in the storm, the Jorgensen herd is noticeably smaller than it was! Atlas Blizzard began as rain that turned to snow. Coupled with 60-70 mph winds, the livestock tried to find shelter in the draws, creek area and near the banks of a dugout. Instead, they became snow covered and died of water in their lungs and hypothermia. Gary and Janet Jorgensen have continued on page 8
Bishops and entourage visit Jorgensen ranch
Volume 31 Number 32 January 23, 2014
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National and State Lutheran leaders visit area in the aftermath of Atlas storm
Young Carter Johnson, 12, had a conversation with Bishop Elizabeth Eaton.
By Beth Hulm It didn’t take school board members very long last Monday night to do their annual superintendent evaluation. After just 25 minutes in executive session, Chairman Dan Kvale opened the door to give Marilyn Azevedo a “superior” rating! Azevedo is mid-way through her first year at Bison school. She came from Massachusetts at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year to accept the job in Bison, which includes being the superintendent and principle for the district. The five-person school board went behind closed doors for another 12 minutes to discuss Azevedo’s salary package and then made a motion to increase her wages to $67,000 for the upcoming school year. She also has the privilege of living in the school’s house, across the street from the school, and the district pays her utility
Superintendent Azevedo offered 2nd contract at Bison school
bills, health insurance, half of her retirement and other benefits. At the very beginning of the meeting, the board was in executive session to discuss a student issue with the parents. “With regret and anticipation,” elementary school teacher Shelby Miles submitted her resignation, effective at the end of the current school term. Custodian Connie Aaker was a guest in the board room to discuss a couple of issues. She brought a quote of $8,341.85 for repairs to the back-up heating system, primarily for antifreeze with glycol. The current system only heats to an inside temperature of 21 degrees. Aaker has also been researching a new burner for the elementary boiler and shared a quote of $16,285. In 2015, new legislation will take effect concerning coal emissions. “You’re going to have to look at that down the road, too,” Aaker said. The school’s primary source of heat is a coal furnace. Aaker and her assistant, Becky Peacock, have been on-call 24/7 this winter to make sure that the school stays warm. “You have to be in town when it calls or you’re in trouble,” Aaker said. She also told the board that the floor scrubber has probably exceeded its life expectancy and needs replacing. She had two quotes for getting it fixed, ranging from just under $4,790 to approximate $5,600. The Infinite Campus contract was renewed. That internet-based program keeps parents, teachers and students informed about student’s grades, assignments and more from their home computers. School board terms for Eric Arneson and Marcie Brownlee Kari expire at the end of June. Those
By Beth Hulm Early October’s Winter Storm Atlas is now more than three months behind us but the affect that it had on area ranchers will be ongoing for years to come. The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) wants area ranchers, especially, to know that they won’t be forgotten and that
help is available. Last Wednesday and Thursday, newly elected National Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and South Dakota Synod Bishop David Zellmer made a trip to Bison and Meadow to see firsthand how Atlas impacted Perkins County, which was one of 14 western South Dakota counties
that suffered livestock casualties. Accompanying them were Pastor Michael Stadie, Program Director for Lutheran Disaster Response, Chicago, and Lisa Adler, representing Lutheran Social Services, Aberdeen. The foursome arrived in Bison late on Wednesday afternoon where a potluck supper awaited
them at American Lutheran Church. Following the meal, Lutherans from 11 various churches in northwest South Dakota, southwest North Dakota and beyond gathered in the church proper to hear what the larger church can do to help those in need. Pastor Dana Lockhart, Prairie Fellowship Parish (American, Indian Creek and Rosebud congregations) and Grand River Lutheran, Buffalo, said it was his “great honor and privilege” to introduce the travelers. “This is a really big deal!” he added. In opening comments, Bishop Zellmer termed the early blizzard one of “unprecedented proportions” and Presiding Bishop Eaton acknowledged that it will have a “multi-year effect” and that, even though several months have already elapsed since the storm hit, “We haven’t forgotten about you.” She said that she would carry the stories from Western South Dakota back east with her when she returns home. She is currently moving from Ohio where she was the Bishop of the Northeastern Ohio Synod before her current appointment to Chicago, which is home to the ELCA headquarters. Zellmer, Sioux Falls, who has been on a mission trip to Africa continued on pages 8 & 9
three-year terms will be advertised and an election held in conjunction with the municipal election on Tuesday, April 8. Bison representative Dan Beckman shared that Northwest Area Schools is advertising for a new administrator. The two-hour meeting ended with a short report from Azevedo regarding her research on attendance policies and the formation of several committees that she has formed to study the need for an athletic handbook, the school calendar and more for next year. The board will meet again on Thursday night for their annual retreat. It’s a time spent in brainstorming about short and long term goals for the school district. Their ideas will be presented during the next regular school board meeting on Monday, Feb. 10.
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Thursday, January 23
Chili whole wheat crackers jello w/pears apple
BHSU announces fall 2013 dean's list
The Office of Academic Affairs at Black Hills State University has released the dean's list for the fall 2013 semester. A total of 722 students maintained a grade point average of 3.5 or above while taking at least 12 credit hours to be named to the list this semester. Shaley Lensegrav, Meadow; Anna Hatle, Meadow; Shelly Peck, Prairie City Founded in 1883, Black Hills State University is a master's level University that promotes excellence in teaching and learn-
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Alcoholics Anonymous is meeting weekly in Bison. The group meets every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in the basement of the Presbyterian Church. Everyone is welcome.
Bison area BLOOD DRIVE Wednesday, January 29, 2014 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Electric Social room.
Music Boosters will meet on Wednes day, January 22nd at 5:15 in the Bison School music room. Everyone is welcome to attend.
in Bison week
Pork chops w/celery sauce baked brown rice broccoli cranberry sauce fruit cocktail
Friday, January 24
Monday, January 27
Beef & noodles tossed salad parsley carrots plums
Gerbrachts celebrate 68 years of marriage
ing; supports research, creative and scholarly activities and provides service to the state, region, nation and global community. The third-largest University in South Dakota, BHSU enrolls nearly 4,500 students from each of the 66 counties in South Dakota, 44 states, and 29 different countries. Located in Spearfish, S.D., BHSU's location in the beautiful Black Hills offers students endless options for recreation, unique research opportunities and a vibrant community.
Tuesday, January 28
Mexican chicken soup fruity slaw unsalted crackers fruit crisp
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Creamed turkey over w/w biscuit tomato slices on lettuce fruit cocktail
Wednesday, January 29
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To promote the sheep industry in the Northern Plains the Black Hills Stock Show®, South Dakota State University Extension and other area sheep affiliations have combined with the Black Hills Stock Show® to hold Sheep Day Thursday, February 6 at the James Kjerstad Event Center on the Central States Fairgrounds. Along with the National Sheep Shearing Contest and the sheep dog trials and there will be demonstrations
Sheep Day at BHSS set for February 6
on shearing, wool spinning, wool handling, and wool classification. Dr. Lisa Surber from the Montana State Wool Lab will be in attendance demonstrating the OFDA2000 wool fiber analyzer. This machine can analyze the wool fiber's diameter, length, curvature, comfort factor and prints off a histogram detailing the uniformity of the fiber along the entire staple length. Stock show staff have indicated that they will welcome any sheep related
Harry and Pearl Gerbracht celebrated 68 years together.They are 93 and 94 years old and still get around really well and enjoy life! What a couple! Congratulations!
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groups, individuals, businesses, and associations to set up a table to display their products and promotions of the sheep industry. This could include veterinary services, animal health companies, feed companies, pasture to plate producers, wool pools, wool processors, guard dogs, sheep dogs, shearing crews, breed associations, extension folk, government agencies, American Sheep Industry, South Dakota Sheep Growers, South Dakota Stockgrowers, R-CALF-Sheep, news media, sheep equipment companies, stores that sell wool products and cuts of lamb, restaurants that serve lamb and so on. Anyone interested in displaying historical sheep equipment would be welcome to do that as well. Samples of lamb are certainly welcomed, but need to be toothpick sized with no “sides” as we do not want to take business from the concessionaires. There will be no charge for having a table, but please contact SDSU Extension Sheep Specialist Dave Ollila with your questions and interest at 605394-1722. The cost for all day which includes the sheep dog preliminaries and the finals that evening is $12 per person for 12 and over and $5 per person for those under age 12.
South Dakotan elected vice chair of National Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee
Travis Gebhart, a young rancher from Meadow, S.D., has been elected by his peers as the Vice Chair of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Committee. The election took place during the American Farm Bureau’s 95th annual meeting held recently in San Antonio, T.X. “This is an excellent opportunity for Travis as he continues his leadership experience,” said Scott VanderWal, President of the South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB), a third-generation farmer from Volga, S.D. “The opportunities and experiences he’ll get, and the people he’ll meet, while serving on the national YF&R Committee are unsurpassed.” In his new role as Vice Chairman, Gebhart’s responsibilities will include meetings, lobbying, travel, and speaking at state Farm Bureau and Young Farmer & Rancher events across the country. Looking to the future, he says he wants to keep the Young Farmers & Ranchers program moving forward, building on its
already-great legacy of raising up the next generation of leaders. “My goals on the national YF&R Committee are to keep the program moving forward and to improve membership involvement,” Gebhart commented. “Having someone from South Dakota in this leadership role shows that it can be done.” Gebhart encourages all farmers and ranchers, regardless of age, to consider getting involved in Farm Bureau. “There’s tremendous value in Farm Bureau in that it’s a general farm organization. There’s strength in numbers, and in Farm Bureau we can join together to solve problems and get things done,” Gebhart added. Travis and his wife, Renae, both serve on the American Farm Bureau’s YF&R Committee. Travis and Renae are past Chairs of the South Dakota Farm Bureau YF&R Committee, and Travis currently serves as President of the Perkins County Farm Bureau. They are parents to three young children: Shannon, Katelyn, and Kyle.
The Dewey, Meade, Perkins & Ziebach County FSA offices would like to keep you informed of the following items important to USDA programs. If you have any questions please contact the Dewey County office at 865-3522 ext 2, Meade County at 347-4952 ext 2, Perkins at 244-5222 ext 2 or Ziebach County at 365-5179 ext 2. DATES TO REMEMBER: FEBRUARY 17 – OFFICE CLOSED MARCH 15 - Last day to purchase NAP for 2014 Spring Planted and Forage Crops Microloan Program The Farm Service Agency (FSA) developed the Microloan (ML) program to better serve the unique fioperating needs of nancial beginning, niche and small family farm operations. FSA offers applicants a Microloan designed to help farmers with credit needs of $35,000 or less. The loan features a streamlined application process built to fit the needs of new and smaller producers. This loan program will also be useful to specialty crop producers and operators of community supported agriculture
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(CSA). Eligible applicants can apply for a maximum amount of $35,000 to pay for initial start-up expenses such as hoop houses to extend the growing season, essential tools, irrigation and annual expenses such as seed, fertilizer, utilities, land rents, marketing, and distribution expenses. As financing needs increase, applicants can apply for a regular operating loan up to the maximum amount of $300,000 or obtain financing from a commercial lender under FSA’s Guaranteed Loan Program. Individuals who are interested in applying for a microloan or would like to discuss other farm loan programs available should contact their local FSA office to set up an appointment with a loan official. Rural Youth Loans The Farm Service Agency makes loans to rural youths to establish and operate income-producing projects in connection with 4-H clubs, FFA and other agricultural groups. Projects must be planned and operated with the help of the organization advisor, produce sufficient income to repay the loan and provide the youth with practical business
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and educational experience. The maximum loan amount is $5000. Youth Loan Eligibility Requirements: •Be a citizen of the United States (which includes Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) or a legal resident alien •Be 10 years to 20 years of age •Comply with FSA’s general eligibility requirements •Reside in a rural area, city or town with a population of 50,000 or fewer people •Be unable to get a loan from other sources •Conduct a modest income-producing project in a supervised program of work as outlined above •Demonstrate capability of planning, managing and operating the project under guidance and assistance from a project advisor. The project supervisor must recommend the project and the loan, along with providing adequate supervision. Stop by the county office for help preparing and processing the application forms.
Farmers markets topped $1 million
South Dakota farmers market vendors sold over $1.3 million worth of products in 2013 according to the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and state farmers markets. “Direct marketing between farmers and consumers is a growing niche in South Dakota agriculture,” said ag development representative Alison Kiesz. “Farmers are able to sell their food directly to customers through markets, Community Supported Agriculture, roadside stands and other similar venues.” The department partnered with 12 farmers markets in 2013 to determine gross sales, pricing of products and conduct a customer survey. “South Dakota has at least 61 farmers markets in the state,” said Kiesz. “Few operate year round with monthly indoor markets during the winter and weekly or bi-weekly markets during the summer. Farmers markets in this study were open for 18 weeks on average during the growing season.” The surveys showed that while market vendors are geared up for early season sales in May and June, customers are not often shopping early in the season. Sales and customers usually pick up in July and August and taper off in September. Customers who shop at farmers markets are often loyal customers with 63 percent of them shopping at the market two to four times per month. Nearly half of all customers reported spending $10-$20 on each trip to the farmers market while 29 percent of customers spent less than $10 on each visit. Fifty percent of customers purchased fruits and vegetables at the market, 21 percent bought baked goods and 16 percent took home processed or prepared foods such as jelly, salsa or pot pies. Product pricing data was also collected from various markets across the state to assist sellers in appropriate pricing for the future.
“This information gives us some valuable insight into statewide customer habits and the great potential of this market,” said Lucas Lentsch, Secretary of Agriculture. “We look forward to a continued partnership with these farmers’ markets and helping grow the local foods movement in South Dakota.”
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TREE FACTS – Recognizing and preventing hazardous trees
EXAMINE THE TOP AND CROWN - When doing your tree inspections look for large dead limbs, loggers call these widowmakers. Dead limbs are an accident waiting to happen and can fall from wind or a child climbing up a tree. If a tree has been topped in the past there will be many weakly attached limbs from where it was cut. Remove any of these branches that might be a problem. Prune off any branches that cross or rub as they lead to weakened branches that may break. Assess the vigor of the tree by looking for the amount of leaf cover and leaf size. Do this by comparing the tree to other trees of the same type. Dead or dying trees around structures and paths should be promptly removed. If the same type of trees are in remote areas leave them for wildlife. CHECK THE TRUNK – Watch for and or prevent forked trunks as the crotches are weak. If possible remove one side of the fork when the tree is young. Many times they become decayed. Examine wounds and cracks and other openings for decay. Lightning scars that extend into the ground are of particular concern. If you find two vertical cracks on opposite sides of the trunk it can be a sign of root rot injury or breakage. Look for signs of decay of the trunk or large branches indicated by cavities or cankers and fruiting bodies of fungi called cankers.
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By Robert W. Drown, Natural Resource Specialist We are responsible for the safety of people and property in the vicinity of the trees we own. In public places such as a park, the unit of government that owns and operates it is responsible. Property damage, injury and even death may happen because of a defective tree. Trees should be inspected on a regular basis in order to recognize situations that might cause them to break or fall. Start with a good set of binoculars for the tops of tall trees, then look downward along the trunk and then examine the root zone. A hazardous tree has a structural defect that may cause the tree or a portion of it to fall on someone or something of value. A non-hazardous tree can be healthy and sound or dead or dying in a remote field away from paths and people.
DON’T FORGET THE ROOTS – Diseased or damaged structural roots can cause trees to become hazardous. Look for mushrooms on or near the base of the tree as they are a bad sign of root problems. Feeder roots may continue functioning giving the tree a healthy appearance while decay continues in the structural roots until the tree falls over. Trenching or construction around trees can cause structural roots to be unbalanced subject to wind throw. The severed roots also are wounded and decay organisms move in with associated fungi making trees hazardous. There are other tree hazards that can cause damage to property and injuries to people. Heavy fruit or nut production on some trees can fall down. Trees with thorns such as locust and Russian Olives can be dangerous especially to children, cause scratches to equipment and flat tires. Also, trees grown up into power lines can cause interruptions in electrical service and electrocution dangers. My source for this news release was the Arbor Day Foundation. If you would like more information about “Recognizing and Preventing Hazardous Trees,” contact Bob Drown at the Conservation Office at 605-244-5222, Extension 4 or by e-mail at robert.drown@sd.nacdnet.net.
By Beth Hulm Duane Holtgard is Perkins County’s new Highway Superintendent. County Commissioners met in special session last Tuesday to visit with candidates for the position. They conducted interviews for more than three hours, in executive session. By the end of the day, they had offered the position to Holtgard, which he immediately accepted. Holtgard began working for the county as summer help in 1997 and, later, was hired as a temporary fulltime employee. By August, 1998 he had moved into a permanent fulltime job. In 2009, he became the crew foreman, working under Highway Superintendent Tracy Buer. Upon Buer’s resignation, effective at the end of November, 2013, Holtgard had served as acting superintendent. The new superintendent’s base salary is $47,981.58 and Holtgard adds another $3,120 for his longevity in county employ. His new job became effective on January 15.
Holtgard is new Perkins County highway superintendent
Judy Lewis of Sturgis spent the weekend with Art and Marilyn Christman. Monday and Thursday evenings and Saturday Fred and Bev Schopp took in Girls Basketball games. Sunday, after church, Fred and Bev Schopp were dinner guests of Bob and Connie Hourigan. They visited with Bobi Wuebben and children. Mary Ellen Fried accompanied
Meadow News by Tiss Treib
Perkins County commissioners spent the first half hour of Tuesday’s meeting taking care of other business, including the passage of a resolution to set spring load limits on county roads and requesting that the SD Highway Patrol enforce those limits. They reviewed the final numbers for the employees’ health inpackage, which surance constitutes a 14% increase from previously. Employees agreed to a 6% reduction to share in the increase. Discussion, which started earlier this month during the regular meeting, continued concerning the installation of a fifth wheel to the new Mack truck. A decision was made to go ahead with the purchase. The Highway Department office has moved to the room recently vacated by the 4-H/Youth advisor. A window will be installed to allow for more outside lighting. The office that the highway department moved from will become a conference room, to be used by anyone who needs it.
Greg and Peggy Fried on a recent Saturday to attend the Birthday Open House for the 75th Birthday for Tina Aberle. Vera Wilson and Mary Ellen Fried spent Tuesday afternoon visiting with Delores Chapman at her home. Mary Ellen Fried; Jim and Vera Wilson; Herb Fried were Sunday dinner and afternoon guests of Ed and Violet Chapman.
By Beth Hulm I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. Matthew 23:35. Members at First Presbyterian Church in Bison have taken it upon themselves to get quality water to remote African villages. A well in Africa can be dug for $400 and, already, at least one in that far off land bears the name of a local woman. Vi Leonard, member and moderator for local Presbyterian Women, has long dreamt of doing something to make a difference in somebody’s life. She had been researching water projects in foreign lands – and putting money away - before she attended a synod gathering of Presbyterian women in Storm Lake, IA where she viewed a video presentation about the dangerously poor drinking water conditions in parts of Africa. She learned there is volunteer work being done by Marion Medical Mission, (MMM). Marion, Illinois, to alleviate that problem. She ordered a copy of the video and it has since been shown to her fellow parishioners in Bison where it touched even more hearts. Amongst them was seven-yearold Rylee Veal, son of Chris and Jennifer Veal and a 1st grader at Bison Elementary, who said he didn’t know until he watched the presentation that, in Africa, “they drink mud.”
African plight touches the hearts of local congregation
UNICEF reports that, in subSahara Africa, one in five children die before their fifth birthday because they lack potable water. “They wouldn’t die as often,” Rylee said, if they had good drinking water. That’s why he decided to donate his $35 winnings from a recent pumpkin contest towards the cost of a $400 well. Fellow Presbyterian Carlie Ellison struck a deal with Rylee. If the young boy could grow his $35 towards half the cost of a new well, Ellison would kick in the other $200. Rylee emptied his piggy bank and gathered donations from family members to uphold his end of the deal and there was enough for a well! After watching the video, others also dug deep in their pockets to contribute. Leonard, a seamstress, has been making cloth tote bags for six to seven years and selling them, mostly, at craft fairs throughout the area. She said, “Anyone can take a talent and put it to good use.” She’s named her hobby “Bags of Hope” and for every bag that she sells, she puts $10 towards a worthy cause. In 2013, she sold 90 Bags of Hope. On October 10, 2013 at 9:01 a.m., an African well was built in her honor in the village of Msango2 Malawi. It will serve 30 people. Since its inception in 1990, MMM has built 16,648 wells in Africa through their Shallow Well Program, providing access to quality water for over two million people, yet 330 million people there still lack a clean and safe water source. An average well supplies approximately 150 villagers with good water. Having good drinking water readily available to the African tribes means that natives wouldn’t have to venture into dangerously wooded areas – often risking rape – to gather wood with which to boil water. The woods are infested with many mosquitoes, too, and malaria is common there. Leonard said, “For $400, look what we can do!” The Presbyterians have so far raised enough money to construct five wells, including the one dug in Leonard’s name. Volunteers at Marion Medical Mission work hand-in-hand with local African villagers in Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania to dig 12-ft. wells. MMM sends teams to supervise local workers. Bricks for the wells are made by local villagers, who also do all the digging and provide sand and stone. Sometimes villages are located many miles from any roads and natives have to walk long distances to get the materials to the site of a well. Pick-up trucks would be beneficial but often aren’t available. A local manufacturing plant now makes parts for the wells, creating an industry and more jobs. Filters make it possible to achieve the highest standards of sanitation and are preventing the dysentery that comes from drinking dirty water. Everything is purchased, manufactured, maintained and administered in Africa by Africans. There is a native director who is paid by local residents to maintain the completed wells. According to Leonard, his compensation might be in chickens instead of cash but, because he receives payment, he is motivated to keep each well in working order. Leonard said that her Presbyterian Women’s group has done other projects, too, but they are always “careful that the money goes where it’s supposed to go.” They are confident that MMM is
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a worthy recipient. All - 100% - of the money that MMM receives goes to where it is designated; all undesignated funds are used in the mission fields in Africa. I tell you the truth; anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward. Mark 9:41.
Viva Hope Leonard makes and sells "Bags of Hope."
Seven-year-old Rylee Veal has a kind heart.
Africans in Malawi enjoy clean water from a well purchased by Vi Leonard.
Obituary
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Larry Laverne Moser
Larry L. Moser, age 79, of Lemmon, passed away early Tuesday morning at West River Regional Hospital in Hettinger, North Dakota. The Mass of Christian Burial for Larry was held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 17, 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lemmon. Fr. Tony Grossenburg officiated with burial in Greenhill Cemetery at Lemmon.
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A Rosary Service was held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lemmon. Serving as casketbearers were Arnie Schopp, Ed Wiesinger, Fred Gebhart, Bob Dietz, Nick Krebs, Todd Campbell. All of Larry’s card playing buddies are considered honorary bearers. A memorial has been established. Larry was born in Orange Township, Adams County North Dakota on March 26, 1934 to Harry and Leola (Niclai) Moser. He attended Orange Twp, Adams County Grade School and graduated from Lemmon High School in 1952. After working at miscellaneous jobs, he drove truck for John Corcoran when he was drafted into the US Army in 1958. He was honorably discharged in 1960 and Larry returned to Lemmon where he continued to drive truck for John. On June 11, 1962 Larry was joined in marriage to Lorraine Krebs at St. Mary’s Catholic
Church in Lemmon. In December of 1962, they moved to a ranch south of Thunderhawk, SD where he worked for his brother-in-law, Dale Campbell. In August of 1966, Larry started driving a Semi Tractor Trailer for Consolidated Freightways in Chicago, IL. He transferred to North Platte, NE in 1971 where he stayed until he transferred to Bismarck, ND in 1978. His final transfer was to Fargo, ND in 1994 where he worked until his retirement in February of 1997. Larry worked for Consolidated Freightways for 30 years. He received many safety awards and personally received the award for one-million miles of safe driving from the company. After retirement Larry and Lorraine returned to Lemmon
where he enjoyed his two main hobbies, playing cards, especially poker, and fishing. He continued to enjoy a few other hobbies which included playing guitar and hunting and especially spending time with his grandchildren. Larry is survived by his wife, Lorraine (Krebs) Moser, Lemmon, SD; three daughters, Becky (Dave) Moser-Eckmann, Rapid City, SD; Sherri (Bill Bodensteiner) Moser, Alleman, IA; Rose (Gary) Schlick, Mahnomen, MN; his five grandchildren, Morgan Bodensteiner, Erin Bodensteiner, Dalton Eckmann, Brody Schlick and Isabella Schlick; 2 sisters, Iona Baumeister, Lemmon, SD, and Millie (Ron) Roland, Rapid City, SD; 2 brothers-in-law, Charles Peterson, Lemmon, SD, and Dale Campbell, Keldron, SD;
and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his stepmother, Anna Geneva Moser, mother and father-in-law, Kathrine and Nick Krebs, 4 sisters, Bernice Young Mullikin, Bonnie Campbell, Rosemary Peterson and Kay Smyle, one brother, Jack Moser, 5 brothers-in-law, Gene Baumeister, Sid Young, Warren Millikin, Nick Krebs and Pete Krebs, and a sister-in-law, Julie Moser McDowell. Visitation will be on Thursday from 1:00 to 5:30pm at the Evanson-Jensen Funeral Home in Lemmon and on Friday one hour prior to services at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lemmon. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.evansonjensenfuneralhome.com
Pastor’s Perspective
Pastor Brad Burkhalter
Recently I've been preaching through the book of Romans. It's been good for me, and I hope it has also been good for my congregations. We have come to chapter 7, where the apostle Paul uses the illustration of marriage to show the believer's relationship to the law. He talks about the Christian being married to Christ. That illustration carries with it strong implications. Many things happen when two people get married and that relationship changes them in several different ways. There are also privileges associated with being married to Christ. The first is that His name becomes our name. When a woman marries a man, she takes on the name of her husband. When we are married to Christ we take on His name. We become "Christian;" we belong to Him. This is a staggering concept when you realize that His name is the name above every name and that there is no name in heaven or earth that can be compared to His name. Bearing Christ's name is an honor and God forbid that we would ever shy away from our association to Him. Another privilege of being married to Christ is that we enjoy access to the Father. Because of our relationship to His Son, we have access to the presence of the Father. In comparison (pale comparison), it would be like having the governor of the state as your father-in-law. The ability to call on the governor and gain his attention and hearing on a moment's notice would certainly be a great privilege. You have an access to the Father that you would not have otherwise, through Jesus Christ. To be able to call on the Sovereign God who created the universe is infinitely better. I could go on and on about our marriage to Christ and what that means to us as Christians, but I'm going to have to leave it with you to look deeper and meditate on this truth. Don't forget to consider the care and protection received, as well as the purpose for our marriage, which is clearly stated in Romans 7:4, "Bearing fruit unto God." May God bless you, Christian, as you consider being married to Christ.
Grace Baptist Church • Pastor Phil Hahn Church of Christ
Sat. evening services • GR Luth. - 5:00 p.m. •American - 5:30 p.m. Sunday morning services •Rosebud - 8:00 a.m. • Indian Creek - 10:30 a.m.
Prairie Fellowship Parish ELCA • Pastor Dana Lockhart
18 mi. south of Prairie City - Worship Service - 10:00 a.m.
Christ Lutheran Church WELS
Pastor Gerhardt Juergens
Sunday Bible Class - 8:00 a.m., Worship Service - 8:30 a.m.
Seventh Day Adventist Church • Pastor David Moench
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church • Fr. Tony Grossenburg
Saturday Mass: - Morristown - 4:45 p.m., Lemmon 7:15 p.m. Sunday Mass: Lemmon - 8:15 a.m., Bison - 11:00 a.m. Sabbath School - 2:00 p.m., Worship Service - 3:00 p.m.
South Jct. of Highways 73 & 20 Sunday School - 10:00 a.m., Worship Service - 11:00 a.m.
Coal Springs Community Church
First Presbyterian Church • Pastor Florence Hoff, CRE
Worship Service - 10:30 a.m. Sunday School - 9:30 for all ages Reva • Sunday School 9:45 a.m. for all ages •Worship Service - 11:00 a.m., WMF 2nd Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. Prairie City Sunday School - 10:00 a.m., Morning Worship - 11:00 a.m. Vesper Service - 6:00 p.m., Wed. Evenings - 7:30 p.m.
Holland Center Christian Reformed Church Pastor Brad Burkhalter • Lodgepole
Worship Service - 8:00 a.m.
Slim Buttes Lutheran • Pastor Henry Mohagen
Beckman Wesleyan Church • Pastor Brad Burkhalter
Obituaries
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John August Deibert
Armed Forces during WWII. His company was scheduled to deploy to Europe when he learned of his father’s illness and eventual death in 1945. He then remained stateside to serve as a Fort Leavenworth prison guard to Army soldiers. He was honorably discharged after eighteen months and returned home to assist with the daily operations of the family farm. He met Bonnie Lou Miles, from nearby Chance, in 1949 at a barn dance in Strool. They were married on the hottest day of the year July 14, 1951 in the St. James (Drew) Catholic Church by Father Murray, who flew in via a small Piper Cub airplane. The Deibert family donated the land on which the Drew Church was constructed under the supervision of John’s father, Augustin Deibert, and Anton Sander, with the assistance of several family members. John and Bonnie resided and farmed on the homestead where they relied on the two-hole outhouse and hauled water three or four times a day. Together they attended several more dances at the parish house with piano, accordion and fiddle music provided by the local Fisher family. 1952 was a banner year for John and Bonnie with the arrival of REA, bringing electric power to the farm; construction of a new barn on their property with lumber hauled from the Black Hills; and the beginning of their family, which grew to four sons; Allen, Larry, Robert and Randy. Together they enjoyed summer campouts at Shadehill and Deerfield, family reunions, and church gatherings. John was employed by Homestake Sawmill for twenty-three years before his retirement. He then worked for nine years at the Spearfish High School as the head custodian where he was wellknown for lending a quarter or two to wanting students. John liked Sunday brunches; a good baseball game; to play cards; to go fishing and hunting; he was a wonderful dancer, a great jokester, an avid bowler; a skilled carpenter, and an accomplished horseman. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and a 4th degree Knights of Columbus. He was also a Legionnaire and an associate of the Custodial Engineers. Preceding him in death were his parents Augustin and Mary Eva Deibert; brothers, Michael and Joseph; sisters, Margaret, Katherine, Elizabeth, Anna Marie, and Eva Mae. Left to mourn his loss are his wife of 62 years, Bonnie; sons, Allen (Liz) Deibert, Larry (Barb) Deibert, Bob Deibert, and Randy (Lori) Deibert; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; brothers, George (Ella Fae) Deibert, August (Norma) Deibert, and Aloyisous (Carol) Deibert; sisters, Josephine Sander and Julia Kopren; and several nieces and nephews. A special thank you is extended to his four sons; his granddaughter, Kelly Weis; Mavis Jewitt and her Hospice team; and Paula and Toni of Comfort Keepers for their expression of outstanding care and eternal love during his final days. Visitation will be from 4-7 P.M. on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Spearfish, Vigil service will follow at 7:00 P.M. Mass of Christian burial will be at 11:00 A.M. Friday, January 24, 2014 at the church with Msgr. Michael Woster as celebrant. Burial with military honors by the Spearfish Honor Guard, will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery. Memorials have been established to benefit the Knights of Columbus and Hospice of the Northern Hills. Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapels and Crematory Service of Spearfish. Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com. Er möge ruhen in Frieden (may he rest in peace)
Funeral services for Fred Richter, age 86, of Timber Lake will be at 2 p.m. MT Friday, January 24, 2014, at the United Parish in Timber Lake. Burial will be at the Timber Lake Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. Visitation will start at 5 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the church Thursday, January 23, 2014. Fred passed away Saturday, January 18, 2014 at the Mobridge Regional Hospital. Fred Herman Emil Richter was born August 31, 1927 at home in Fredrick, SD to Herman & Hattie (Storm) Richter. As a young child he contracted polio and was sent on a train to Minneapolis for treatments. Fred attended school in Fredrick and then the family moved 16 miles north of Timber Lake in 1935 & he attended country school in Corson County completing the eighth grade. He met Mildred Hieb, they were united in marriage at Timber Lake at the St. Paul Lutheran Church on September 27, 1953. They were blessed with 60 years. They had many years of good times and hardship, but never complained. To this union was born Susan (Jack) Voller, Penny (Mike) Lemburg, Lyle Richter and Cherie (Tim) Leibel, they raised the kids north of Timber Lake on the home place. Fred farmed and ranched here all of his life except in 1969 he worked at the Dewey County Highway Department for a short time then returned to the farm. They lived there until October 30, 1992 when they moved to Timber Lake. Ranching was Fred’s life, he was a good steward of the land, livestock and wildlife. Growing up in the dirty 30s he learned to be very frugal and he could make almost anything out of scraps. Fred was a jack of all trades and often he would put his own work aside to help others. Fred enjoyed hunting, fishing,
Fred Richter
trapping, camping, snowmobiling & spirited horses that would cover the ground. He worked for the Corson County Highway Department on winters that there was a lot of snow, he would take care of his cattle and plow snow late into the nights. Fred was involved in the SD Stock Growers Assn, he volunteered many years for the Days of 1910 rodeo running the rough stock return gate and a member and officer of the St. Paul Lutheran Church. Fred is survived by: daughters Susan (Jack) Voller of Mobridge, Penny (Mike) Lemburg of Bison, Cherie (Tim) Leibel of Glencross, son Lyle Richter of Timber Lake; grandchildren; Josh (Karan) Lemburg, Hadley (Nicole) Lemburg, Tigh (Kelly), Tanner, and Hayley Leibel, Jaclyn and Marilyn Richter; great-grandchildren Kendal, Landon, Jaycie, Carter and Brynn Lemburg. Also surviving are two sisters May Torevell and Mary (Gordon) Chalmers; two brother-in-laws Norman (Betty) Hieb and Larry (Darlene) Hieb; sister-in-laws Irene Stoick and Joann Richter. Preceding Fred in death are his parents Herman and Hattie (Storm) Richter, Wife Mildred (Hieb) Richter, Father & Mother In-Law David & Ida (Dikoff) Hieb, brother Ralph Richter, sister-in-law Leona Cromwell, brother in-laws; Wilfred “Goo” Stoick, Ralph Forest, Glen Torevell and Lawrence Cromwell & Niece Carol Richter. CASKETBEARERS: Grandchildren; Josh Lemburg, Hadley Lemburg, Tigh Leibel, Tanner Leibel, Hayley Leibel, Jaclyn Richter, Marilyn Richter Honorary Bearers are Henry Take The Gun, Larry Jacobs, the Golden Living Center Staff & Residents, the North Country Friends and Neighbors, and Dr. Josh Henderson.
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John August Deibert, 89 of Spearfish, entered this earthly world on May 31, 1924 and went to his heavenly home on January 18, 2014. John was the eighth child of thirteen born to Augustin Frank and Mary Eva (Schmaltz) Deibert in a two-room wooden house on their family homestead in Drew, South Dakota. Both of John’s parents were Germans from Russia migrating to the United States from Odessa as teenagers. John was raised in a crowded home celebrating holidays with a pot of borscht stew and homemade ice cream, with each child taking a turn at the crank. On a summer Sunday afternoon you could find him playing baseball for the Drew team against another rival on the Schmaltz pasture which served as the ball diamond. All the children traveled three miles by foot, horse or wagon to attend the Brushy Country School located on the high ridge south of the Deibert-Schmaltz homesteads along the Bixby Road. There John won several spelling bees and proudly graduated from the Eighth Grade. He continued to live in the Drew area and was employed by local ranchers, riding drop line for sheep and working on a shearing crew. John was drafted into the
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continued from page 1 a unique family herd, something that canʼt be restored. The Jorgensen family started the herd in 1908 and succeeding generations have built on it. According to Gary Jorgensen, “Itʼs better to build your own herd and keep it going, as it is more productive to the operation.” In addition to the strong Jorgensen family background, Janetʼs father gave each of their three children – Chad, Chauncey and Carmen - a cow that originated in her grandmaʼs herd. They were incorporated to make the herd a truly lifelong, family program. Despite their loss, the Jorgensens have a good attitude. “Yes, it happened,” Janet said. “Itʼs a chapter in our life.” Theyʼll move forward, looking to the future. They were appreciative of the churchʼs visit. They also learned a lot about Lutheran Disaster Response and Lutheran Social Services. Janet said that heir guests were all “very interested to learn about the ranchersʼ way of life.” She found them to be personable and “regular home-town people.” The visitors were overnight guests of the Jorgensens and of Terry and Mary Haggart in Bison on Wednesday night. Following a noon meal around the Jorgensenʼs dining room table on Thursday, the entourage left Perkins County and drove to Sturgis and Piedmont for another similar pastoral visit.
Bishops and entourage
since the big storm hit South Dakota, visited companion synods in Cameroon and said that the “deeply faithful” Africans “know a lot about us” and sent prayers back with him for those who suffered losses in the storm.
National and State Lutheran leaders
“These are people who are as different from you and I as we can get,” he said. “As Lutherans, we’re showing up all over the place,” Bishop Eaton said. Working through Lutheran
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flooding in Pierre a couple of summers ago. Adler took the floor to discuss some of the work being done through Lutheran Social Services, which received an initial donation of $150,000 from LDR to begin assistance efforts in western South Dakota following the recent disaster. Their first priority, she said, was to be certain that people were secure - that they had money for fuel, food and medication. Volunteer management areas were set up at 1,100 sites in the 14 affected counties to assist with debris clean-up. Free mental health services are available for emotional and overall well-being. LSS has identified dominant needs and is arranging case management to offer assistance, as needed. Adler said that, usually, LSS doesn’t work with businesses but they’ve made an exception for ranchers in this disaster. Already $4.2 million dollars has been raised through the Ranchers’ Relief Fund, worldwide, and, in December, $774,000 was given to 611 ranchers. Catholic Social Services and United Methodist have assisted with the disbursement process. The Salvation Army and other charitable entiA cold winter ranch tour: Gary Jorgensen, Bishop Dave Zellmer, Rev. Michael Stadie, Chauncey ties are also involved. Dan Anderson, Meadow, asked Jorgensen, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and Pastor Dana Lockhart. Adler where she acquired the figures that she used for losses sustained. She had reported 91,000 cows, horses and sheep perished in the storm. According to figures released by the State of South Dakota, the losses are much lower, at approximately 30,000, Anderson said. LSS’s numbers have come directly from applications that they’ve received and Adler felt that those numbers may even be low. South Dakotans have the attitude that, “I’ll pull myself up by my bootstraps,” she said, and they often won’t ask for help for
Bishop Zellmer
World Relief and its subsidiary, Lutheran Disaster Response, the ELCA has recently also helped victims of the straight winds that hit northeastern South Dakota last summer and those who suffered loss during the massive
Sharon Longwood, Rosebud Lutheran, visited with Bishop Eaton.
help for themselves because they feel that others may need it worse than they do. For that reason, LSS initiated a nomination form whereby friends and neighbors could send names of those who might need help but won’t ask for it themselves. Adler stressed that individual names of recipients are kept confidential. Pastor Stadie thanked everyone who had given money towards the relief fund and promised that 100% of the money that LDR receives goes to where it is designated. Undesignated funds are used “where it’s most needed,” and that’s where the initial $150,000 came from. He vowed that Northwest South Dakota and Southwest North Dakota will never be in a “blind spot,” adding, “We are all in this together.” On the way to Bison last week, Bishop Zellmer gave the invocations for opening day at the South Dakota legislature in Pierre in both the House and the Senate. He is friendly with Governor Daugaard and will work closely
with him during the continuing aftermath of Winter Storm Atlas. He is also a crusader for the cause of getting a national farm bill in place that includes insurance for losses, such as the livestock loss in this most recent storm, and to make it retroactive to October 1, 2013. Atlas occurred on October 4 and 5. Zellmer urged those gathered last Wednesday night to contact Rep. Kristi Noem and to simply say, “Get it done!” Not to be forgotten were the people who went days and weeks without electricity. Zellmer offered “a big shout out to linemen.” In closing, Bishop Eaton recognized, “This is not a short term deal, folks” and that the church would continue a relationship with those who need help. “You’re still going to be climbing out of the hole (for a long time),” she said. In her closing prayer, she beseeched God to bless the people who take care of His land and animals.
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Gary Jorgensen explained the calving process and when to use the calf puller to Bishop Eaton as his son Chauncey looks on.
Milton Storm, left, Meadow-area rancher, presented each visitor with a handcrafted wooden cross. Above he is pictured with Bishop David Zellmer.
The Bison Cardinals suffered their worst loss of the season Friday night at the hands of RC Christian, 71-29. The Cardinals made a game of it for one quarter, but they quickly fell behind in the 2nd quarter as Rapid City bolted to a 43-18 halftime lead. Ty Plaggemeyer suffered a sprained ankle in the 1st quarter and will be out for 2 to 3 weeks. The loss of Plaggemeyer, who was averaging 17 points a game, hurt the Cardinal’s scoring attack! Michael Kopren scored 8 of his 11 points in the 1st quarter to enable the Cardinals to stay close at 14-11, but RC Christians superior height dominated the final three
RC Christian Defeats Cardinals, 71-29
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quarters. Their 6’ 8” center led all scores with 23 points. John Hatle added 9 points Tyler Kari-5, Collin Palmer-2, and Dylan Beckman-2. Logan Hendrickson and Hatle were the rebound leaders with 6 apiece. Kari had 5, and Chris Morris and Ross Collins each had 2. JV-44 RC Christian Cardinal JV-27 Scoring Ross Collins-7 Reed Arneson-5 Josh McKinstry-5 Collin Palmer-2 Dylan Beckman-2 Jim Brockel-2 Danny Burkhalter-2
Michael Kopren goes in for a lay-up at the game between Bison Cardinals and Rapid City Christian Comets.
“Night Hawks” Roll to 85-54 win over Cardinals
Hettinger/Scranton jumped out to an early 19-7 1st quarter lead and rolled to an 85-54 win over the Cardinals. The Cardinals rebounded from a tough loss at RC Christian to have one of their better offensive games of the season, but they suffered from early turn-overs and foul trouble, which put them at a huge
disadvantage. Chriss Morris led the Cardinal scoring attack with 15 points. Tyler Kari added 11, John Hatle8, Collin Palmer-5, Dylan Beckman-5, Logan Hendrickson-4, Michael Kopren-3, and Reed Arneson-3. Logan Hendrickson was the rebound leader with 6. Hatle, Kari,
and Layton Hendrickson had 4 each. Hettinger/Scranton JV-39 Cardinal JV- 15 Scoring Collin Palmer-6 Dylan Beckman-4 Ross Collins-2 Jim Brockel-2 Mathew Johnson-1
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May Bison Area Economic Development, Inc. and South Dakota Housing Development Authority were honored to announce that the community of Bison was selected as one of the 25 communities to receive a project grant to prime and paint one home in the community. The recipient of the project was Bob Hanson. Bob Hanson is a World War II Veteran and POW. The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announced on April 26, 2013 that the Town of Bison public water system and the system’s operation specialists have been awarded a Drinking Water Certificate of Achievement. The system’s operation specialist was Heath McKinstry. Rebecca Bingaman was featured in Hills Alive talent search. The Bison High School, U.S. History and Government students, participated in History Day. Regionals were held at Timber Lake and the students participated in two out of the five categories. The categories were the website and exhibit. The theme was “Turning Points In History: People, Ideas, and Event.” All students did very well in their categories and had four exhibits and one website that advanced to state in Brookings. At the state level Anna Hatle, Shaley Lensegrav, and Kassidy Sarsland, placed 1st in the exhibit category with their project titled “Telling-In-Vision,” and advanced on to Washington, D.C. National History Day competition. Daniel Chapman was honored as one of South Dakotas top seniors. Countrywide Law Enforcement agreement with Lemmon Police Committee approached the Perkins County Commission and Perkins County Sheriff ’s Office. A committee was formed to look into this possibility. The committee was comprised of two County Commissioners, the Lemmon Police Committee, and the Sheriff. Taylor Shay Lensegrav, Meadow, SD graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in Bachelor Science in Arts and Science, with Magna Cum Laude honors. Burkhalter and McKinstry broke records as the JR High Boys win at the LMC Track meet. Eleven Bison High School students graduated: Brittnee Aaker, Ryan Serr, Shelly Peck, Yancy Buer, Shaley Lensegrav, Daniel Chapman, Anna Hatle, Lane Kopren, Kassidy Sarsland, Wil Kolb, and Megan Serr. Cardinal Track Team qualified five students for State Track
It happened in 2013
Meet: Clayton Prelle, Cole Buer, Drake Butsavage, Daniel Burkhalter and Sydney Senn. Golfers headed for State Meet: Julianna Kari, Collin Palmer, and Conner Palmer. Bison High School senior Shaley Lensegrav finished second in the seventh annual Rising Star of the West scholarship contest. She won a $2,000 college scholarship. The Prairie Home Church, at Maurine, SD, broke ground for a new church building. Engagement Michlynn Dawn Kauffold & Andrew David Hanson, both of Billings, Montana, planned a June 3rd wedding. Their parents are Mike & Julie Kauffold of Wolf Point, MT and Maria (Hanson) Thayer of Lake Orion, Michigan. Deaths Berthold A. “Bert” Fried, age 90, Sturgis, died Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the Rapid City Regional Hospital. Lyle Witt, age 62, of Hettinger, North Dakota passed away on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at the West River Regional Medical Center in Hettinger, ND. Myranda Kay Thompson, infant daughter of Scott and Angela Thompson, of Bison, South Dakota was born and passed away on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at the St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck, North Dakota. Bruce E. Verhulst, age 47, of Reeder, passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. June Trey Young conducted a roping clinic assisted by his dad, Doug Young. BHSU announced two fall scholarship recipients Shelly Peck received the Wells Fargo Business Scholarship for $1000 and a Buzz Bonus Scholarship for $3,000. And Shaley Lensegrav received the Gil and Trudy Hause Scholarship for $150, the Francis L. Waugh Scholarship for $475, the Coca-Cola Scholarship for $500, and a Buzz Bonus Scholarship for $4,000. Daniel Burkhalter placed in two events at State and set a new school record in the 2 mile run. Gladys Jackson was honored at the Grand Electric Annual meeting. She retired from the cooperative following 36 1/2 years of employment. The Office of Academic Affairs at Black Hills State University released the dean’s list for the Spring 2013 semester. Students on the dean’s list were: Amanda Johnson, Bison; Ann Wilken, Meadow; Katie Doll, Prairie City. Anna Christina Johnson graduated from the University of Denver on June 8th, 2013. Her studies included a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish with a minor in International Studies and Business Administration. Anna is the daughter of Les and Cathy Johnson of Bison, South Dakota. Christ Evangelical Luthern Church celebrated 75 years. Dakota Western Bank (DWB) awarded $2,500 in scholarships to area high school graduates. Shaley Lensegrav was awarded a $500 DWB Scholarship. Shaley, is the daughter of Leslie and Cindy Lensegrav. Bison High School hosted an all school reunion. Wed Sarah Lacher and Edward Crary were united in marriage on June 22, 2013, at Sts. Anne & Joachim Catholic Church in Fargo, ND. Parents of the couple are Barb and Gary Lacher of Horace, ND, and Lee and Dem Crary, Bison. Engagement Gayle and James Arndt of Rolling Stone, Minnesota together with Rev. Arthur and Doris Weitschat of Hot Springs, South Dakota announced the engagement and upcoming wedding of their children Jessica Lynn Arndt and Johnson Andrew Weitschat. Deaths Dennis Eckmann, age 70, of Hettinger, ND, longtime North Dakota State Highway Patrol Trooper, passed away on Saturday evening, June 1, 2013 at the St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck, ND. Gwyneth Green, age 88, of Bison, South Dakota passed away on Monday, June 3, 2013 at the Western Horizon’s Care Center in Hettinger, ND. Gayla J. Brink, age 59, of Rapid City, passed away on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at Rapid City Regional Hospital. Karen Diann (Smith) Delbridge, age 67, of Red Owl, South Dakota, died Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at the RCRH Hospice of the Hills. July Kyle Kopren, son of Ross and Bev Kopren, Prairie City, S.D. was awarded the Eldon Reinke Scholarship at the University of Mary Awards Banquet. Daniel Burkhalter traveled to Belle Fourche to run in the State Hershey Track Meet (13-14 yr boys’ division). He won the mile run for the second straight year with a time of 4:51, which set a new Hershey state record. He also won the 800 meter run with a time of 2:11. Based upon his effort at the state level he was invited to participate in the National Hershey Track Meet in Hershey, Pennsylvania in August. All expenses were paid by Hershey. Daniel also ran in the USA Track & Field venue this summer (13-14 yr boys) and earned the right to run in national meet in Greensboro, NC on July 27th. Daniel qualified by winning the 3000 meter run (9:57) at the regional meet held in Aberdeen, SD. Only the top 5 runners from the region qualify for the national meet. The First National Bank of Dad funded the trip. Daniel Burkhalter traveled to Greensboro, NC for the USA Track and Field Championships on July 27th. This national meet had about 8,000 athletes participating. Daniel finished 5th (13-14 Boys) in the 3,000 meter run (9:35) which also earned him Jr. Olympic “All-American” status. Engagement Bob and Camille Drown announced the engagement of their son Samuel Drown to Heidi Schorzmann, daughter of James and Joanne Schorzmann of Mitchell, SD. The couple had an October 12th wedding at the Presbyterian church in Mitchell, SD. Savanna Malson and Troy Bohn announced their engagement. Parents of bride are Jerome and Geralyn Malson of Hosmer. Parents of groom are Bill and Janet Bohn and the grandson of Della Dreis and Late John Dreis. Births Krew Dean Vanderpool was born July 25, 2013, he weighed 8lbs. 7.6oz and was 20” long. His parents are Khayen and Bridget Vanderpool. Deaths LaVerne L. Stippich, age 93, longtime Hettinger, North Dakota businessman passed away at the Western Horizon Care Center in Hettinger on June 28, 2013 Robert “Bob” J. Baumeister, age 82, died the morning of June 29, 2013, at the Sidney Extended Care. Lorraine Carlson, age 82, died Monday, July 8, 2013, at her home from complications of cancer. Marvin Richard Ogdahl, age 87, of Sturgis, died on Thursday, July 11, 2013, at his daughter’s residence in Texas. Ronald Emly, age 55, of Bison, South Dakota and Mott, North Dakota, passed away as the result of a farming accident southwest of Bison, SD on Saturday, July 27, 2013.
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August Youth Business Adventure (YBA) completed its 34th anniversary sessions, hosting 197 high school seniors, along with educators and business executives from across the state of South Dakota. Beth Seidel attended the YBA with the first week at Black Hills State University followed by a week at University of South Dakota. Buer, Kopren, Voller retire from FSA. Arla Kopren retired with 27 years of service. Allen Voller retired with 28 years of service. Anna Buer retired with 27 years of service. Perkins/Harding Counties welcome new 4-H Program Advisor Kellie Schumacher. JoAnn Brown retires from Faith Livestock Commission Company after 37 years. Daniel Burkhalter spent 3 full days in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Daniel ran a 4:45 mile placing him 4th in that meet. Tracy Wolff was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in the spring. With the help of Farm Rescue he was able to get his crops harvested. A neighbor contacted Farm Rescue for Wolff. Engagement Paul and Jackie Wilson of Mina, South Dakota, announced the engagement of their daughter Amber to Matt Biegler, son of Steve and Cristy Biegler of Aberdeen, South Dakota. Amber is the granddaughter of Jim and Vera Wilson of Bison, South Dakota. Births Amber Arlene Carmichael was born August 5, 2013, she weighed 8lbs 10oz and was 20”, her parents are Kyle and Shawnda Carmichael. Deaths Beryl R. Veal, age 85, life-long Meadow area rancher, passed from this world into the arms of his Heavenly Father on Tuesday, August 13, 2013. Tom Mason, age 96, long time Faith, SD area rancher passed away Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at the West River Medical Center, Hettinger, ND. Eva Mae Baumeister, age 78, of North Las Vegas, passed away August 19, 2013. Art Long, age 84, of McIntosh, South Dakota, passed away on Friday morning, August 30, 2013 at the West River Regional Medical Center in Hettinger, ND.
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South Dakota FFA officers to meet Appointments to Game, with South Dakotaʼs leaders
The South Dakota FFA Association will host the 2014 State FFA Legislative Breakfast and District Officer Training on Wednesday, Jan. 22 and Thursday, Jan. 23 at the AmericInn in Fort Pierre, S.D. This event promotes the FFA’s mission of premier leadership, personal growth and career success by bringing together South Dakota’s governmental leaders and the South Dakota FFA state and district officers. The event is hosted by the 2013-2014 state FFA officer team, including: Makayla Heisler, Newell; Breanna Bullington, Brookings; Cheyenne Leonhardt, Groton; David Strain, Sturgis; Carrietta Schalesky, Faith; and Shala Larson, Webster. The SD FFA ambassadors, Courtney Schaeffer, Menno; and Kyle Kramer, Flandreau; will assist the state officers. On the morning of Jan. 23, the state officers will conduct a breakfast program focused on agricultural education curriculum and the FFA opportunities that supplement this classroom instruction. District FFA officers and advisors will have the opportunity to visit one-onone with legislators, sharing how local agriculture education programs utilize math, science and reading skills while also designing career-specific internships for every student. Governor Daugaard will also address the group. During the evening of Jan. 22 and following the Legislative Breakfast on Jan. 23, the state officer team will host leadership training workshops for the district officers. Training will focus on a variety of areas, including: communication, personal development, team growth, service, career and technical education, and agricultural advocacy. The South Dakota FFA Legislative Breakfast and District Officer Training is sponsored by Citibank, South Dakota Association of Agriculture Educators, South Dakota Soybean Processors, South Dakota Association of Cooperatives, South Dakota Crop Improvement Association, Thunder Road, South Dakota Wheat Commission, South Dakota Farm Bureau, South Dakota Farmers Union, South Dakota Bankers Association, and our SD FFA Star Partners: Northland Ford, Monsanto, North Central Farmers Elevator, ADM Benson Quinn, CHS Foundation, South Dakota Wheat Growers, South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, Aurora Cooperative, Butler Machinery Company, C & B Operations, DuPont Pioneer, East River Electric Power Cooperative, Farm Credit Services of America, Hanson & Associates, LLC, RDO Equipment, and Wilbur-Ellis, all as a special project of the South Dakota FFA Foundation.
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Fish and Parks
Governor Dennis Daugaard has appointed Scott Phillips, Hereford, and Paul Dennert, Columbia, to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission. The governor also reappointed John Cooper, Pierre, to the commission. “The work of the Game, Fish and Parks Commission is invaluable to the management of our public resources,” Daugaard said. “I thank Scott, Paul and John for their willingness to serve.” Phillips is a rancher and coowner of River View Lodge in rural Meade County. He will serve the remaining two years of
former Commissioner Bill Cerny’s term and be eligible for reappointment to a full four-year term in 2016. Dennert is a farmer and cattleman. He served in the state House of Representatives from 1993 to 1997 and from 2005 to 2013, and in the state Senate from 1997 to 2005. He will fill the position held by former Commission Chair Susie Knippling. Cooper is a former GF&P department secretary who has served on the commission since 2010. All three appointees are subject to Senate approval.
Representative Betty Olsonʼs views of the 2014 Legislative session
tics. Tuesday was the first day of the 2014 Legislative session. Five legislators resigned last year after the 2013 session, so Gov. Daugaard appointed replacements for their positions. Senator Blake Curd replaces Mark Johnston in District 12, Senator Chuck Jones replaces Russell Olson in District 8, Senator Alan Solano replaces Stan Adelstein in District 32, Representative Dave Anderson replaces Patty Miller in District 16, and Representative Kris Langer replaces Jon Hansen in District 25. Gov. Daugaard gave his State of the State address Tuesday afternoon. Both the State of the State address and his budget address were encouraging. South Dakota is definitely moving in the right direction. Unlike the federal government, South Dakota has balanced our budget every year for 125 years. South Dakota has the 2nd lowest state tax burden in the nation. The South Dakota Retirement Pension Fund is over 100% funded. Barrons recently listed South Dakota as the Best Run State in the Nation and CNBC rated SD #1 for Business in 2013! South Dakota’s unemployment rate fell to 3.6 percent – the second lowest in the nation. Only 15 states have recovered all of the jobs those states lost during the recession. South Dakota is one of them. Today South Dakota has over 10,000 more jobs than we did before the recession. South Dakota is 2.5 percent above our pre-recession peak, while the nation remains about 1 percent below pre-recession levels. South Dakota’s average personal income growth continues to be among the highest in the nation. In the third quarter of last year, personal income growth compared to the same quarter in 2012 was the highest in the nation. Our per capita income now exceeds the national average. Numbers available for 2012 indicate that the average South Dakotan earns about 3.8 percent more than the average American and because of that, we’ve seen a 1.3 percent decrease in the number of people on Medicaid and a 2.4 percent decrease in those enrolled for SNAP or food stamps. Since the state is in good shape financially, we will be able to give increases of 3 percent to K-12 education, Medicaid providers and state salaries, which is a 1.6 percent increase called for by statute and standard practice. Harding County teachers Laura Johnson and Gene Von Bickerdyke brought twenty three Harding County students to Pierre to join ten other schools to celebrate the 200th anniversary of our national anthem by singing “The Star Spangled Banner” in the Capitol rotunda during the noon hour on Wednesday. The mixed chorus did an outstanding job! Thanks to all who participated. The Chief Justice David Gilbertson gave the State of the Judiciary message to the Legislature Wednesday afternoon. One of the things Judge Gilbertson mentioned was the collection of early courthouse pictures that the Hon. William J. Srstka donated after his retirement last year. The collection of county courthouses dating from the 1900s to the 1950s is on display outside the Supreme Court Courtroom for public enjoyments. When I took the Harding County students on a tour of the Capitol building, they were very interested in seeing what the old courthouse in Buffalo looked like. So far we haven’t dealt with much legislation yet and not many legislators have turned their bills into LRC. With few exceptions, most of the 64 House bills, 65 Senate bills, and 2 House Concurrent Resolutions have come from various state agencies and summer studies. The major issues we will deal with this session are education and Medicaid funding, non-meandered lakes legislation, Common Core standards, EB-5 program oversight, and Division of Insurance regulatory bills. The other hot-button issue for the agriculture community is Senate Bill 46, which would make cruelty to animals a class 6 felony. Every Ag organization in the state has been working long and hard with state veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven to come up with a law that will satisfy the Humane Society and PETA folks without hurting our livestock and pet owners. Several legislators
The Executive Board met on Monday before the 2014 Legislative session started. We approved the language in the first bill to be introduced in the Senate. SB 1 provides for the selection of the chair and vice chair of the Executive Board of the Legislative Research Council, to provide for the year-round governance of the Legislative Research Council by the Executive Board, to provide for the term of each constituted Executive Board, and to provide for continuity of board membership. We also had the Legislative Research Council compile a list of protocols for the nonpartisan staffing of partisan caucuses to help both political parties about constitutionality, legality, legislative precedent, legislative research, fiscal analysis, and other issues that may arise that have nothing to do with partisan poli-
representing the ag community, including me, remain skeptical. We are studying the issue and will try to do what is best for our constituents whose livelihood depends on us making the right decision. Rep. Hickey is going to bring a bill to try to do away with capital punishment. Attorney General Marty Jackley sent a packet to all legislators giving the details of the crimes committed by every one of the convicted murderers on death row in South Dakota. After reading what those depraved criminals did to their victims, I doubt Rep. Hickey’s bill even makes it out of committee. Reading the details of how those innocent victims suffered was absolutely sickening! To get in touch with me in Pierre, call 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/ 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.
Senator Ryan Maherʼs views of the 2014 Legislative session
•Rather than spend the onetime windfall, the Governor is proposing that we use much of that money to eliminate or avoid liabilities. Specifically, his proposal will spend $58 million to retire four outstanding bonds for state buildings, which will free up $6.3 million in ongoing money each year. He also proposed to use $30 million to pre-fund the Building South Dakota economic development program, which also frees up ongoing dollars. •By using the windfall to pay down liabilities, the Governor's Budget frees up enough revenue to be able to give increases of 3% to K-12 education, Medicaid providers, and state salary policy. That is more than the 1.6% increase that would have called for by statute and standard practice. -The Governor is also proposing funds to freeze tuition at the universities for in-state, on campus students; to expand the Medical School by 11 slots a year; to provide additional funding for technical institutes, and to 100% fund the State Cement Plant Pension Fund. He also included funds to pay cash for the state's share of the new State Veterans Home, rather than to issue bonds as had been planned. Additional Major Issues for Session... Education: Providing adequate funding for education is a priority for legislators every year and there will undoubtedly be extensive debate about how much education funding should increase, where the money should come from and what it should be spent on. State law only requires a CPI increase of 1.6% this year, however, Governor Daugaard has proposed a 3% increase in funding. Legislative Report Medicaid Funding: The debate over Medicaid funding has already begun and Democrats are making this issue one of their priorities for Session. Proponents are arguing that the state should expand Medicaid coverage so more people will qualify and argue that if the state spends an additional $157 million over a ten year period, it would leverage upwards of $2 billion in Federal Medicaid dollars. (Proponents also argue the state can spend $1.5 million to leverage $214 million by 2016). South Dakota is one of 21 states that have stated they will not expand Medicaid as permitted under Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) •which allows states to expand their Medicaid programs to include anyone who falls beneath 138% of the poverty level. 20 of the states that have rejected Medicaid expansion have Republican governors. Governor Daugaard has said he is leaning against expanding Medicaid and that he will ask the Legislature to hold off on any Medicaid expansion plans until there is more evidence on how the ACA is working nationally. Non-Meandered Lakes Legislation: This will be round 3 in the attempt to pass legislation determining the extent public access on water that is over land that has historically been private. The first attempt occurred in 2005 and failed after a very hardfought battle between sportsmen and landowners. The 2nd attempt failed in 2013 when both sides were unable to reach a compromise and agreed to spend the summer attempting to find common ground. Common-Core Legislation: There has been legislation introduced to limit the State’s ability to adopt Common-Core standards. Common Core started out as a state-led initiative to boost K-12 content standards as an alternative to the No Child Left Behind Act. However, there is extensive debate about how the standards are actually being implemented in schools and districts. South Dakota has not accepted any federal funding for Common-Core and the state maintains the option of adopting common-core standards or not. SB 62 — Sen. Ernie Otten, RTea, is the prime sponsor. The bill calls for an evaluation of Common Core by a 25-member council that would be created. The council would report its findings no later than Dec. 1, 2015, to the Legislature. The bill includes a $100,000 appropriation to cover costs of the evaluation process. The appropriation means the bill needs a twothirds majority in each of the Senate and the House of Representatives for approval. SB 63 — Otten is the prime sponsor. This bill seeks to limit the information collected by the state Department of Education about students and grant confi-
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dential status to other information about individual students. SB 64 — Otten is the prime sponsor. This bill would allow current Common Core standards to take effect but would require additional hearings by the state Board of Education before adopting others. EB-5 Program Oversight: There will likely be extensive debate about what additional regulations, if any, the state should implement in regard to the Immigrant Investor Program, also known as “EB-5”. It is a federal program administered by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services and was created by Congress in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors. There have already been demands for additional auditing and oversight by the state. The federal investigation is still pending in regard to the Northern Beef Plant’s utilization of the program. In addition, the state is conducting an external review of GOED by a private accounting firm, an audit by the Department of Legislative Audit and a review by accounting firm Eide Bailly of GOED’s internal control procedures. Division of Insurance Regulatory Bills: The Division of Insurance, through the Department of Labor, has introduced a package of bills that would expand its authority and implement additional regulations over the insurance industryincluding unfair claims practice.
Greetings from Pierre, we just finished our first week of the 89th Session, which Legislative started on January 14th. 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 will be my eight and final session as your Senator for District 28 its hard to believe eight years have come and gone so fast. In the Senate over this past summer we seen three of our fellow Senator resign for various reasons, however the governor has made the appointments to have them replaced by the start of session. As a result of this many of the committee assignments have been changed and shuffled a bit. Over this next session, I will be serving on the Senate State Affairs Committee, the Senate Commerce and Energy Committee and finally I was moved to be the vice-chairman of the Senate Education Committee. I will also serve as a Major Whip to the Republican Caucus. On Tuesday Governor Daugaard gave the State of the State address, which focused on the SD workforce. He emphasized the successes of South Dakota achieved through persistence and hard work. The Governor spoke of South Dakota’s low cost of living and low unemployment and stated that South Dakota has more jobs today than it did before the recession and that South Dakota citizens earn about 3.8% more per capita than the average American. Governor Daugaard has recommended a balanced budget of $1,393,732,594 for FY 2015. The FY 2014 budget is $1,476,437,920. Here are some of the highlights of the proposed budget: •The State received a one-time windfall of Unclaimed Property revenue. In all, we had projected to receive about $30 million from this source in FY14, but in fact we received just over $120 million. Some of that is a one-time windfall, but we also now believe that Unclaimed Property will continue to be collected at a higher rate about $68 million annually.
The next time you think about the state of the world, and despair that one person can’t change anything, remember the importance of blood donations. There is something you can do to make the world a better place in which to live. One donation matters...every donation matters. United Blood Services is coming to Bison on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 from 1:00 to 6:30
Be a HERO donate blood ....................... Rosebud News....By Tiss Treib
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p.m. Now, let’s say you could give blood...but you don’t give blood. What happens then? Blood may be readily available when a patient needs it. When you donate, your blood will give life to somebody. To the patient receiving chemotherapy, your donation can provide platelets; to the patient being treated for severe burns, your donation can provide plasma; to the patient who is anemic, your donation can provide red cells; and to the patient suffering from hemophilia; your donation can provide cryoprecipitate. All these people can be helped - by your one donation. Your blood and good health can be shared with others through your pledge to give. For an appointment call Bernice Kari at 244-5472.
Tuesday, Steve Sandgren came out to the ranch and did some chores and had lunch with his mother. Wednesday, Vince Gunn picked up Thelma’s mail and brought it in to the house for her and had a coffee break. Friday, Thelma went to Hettinger and also visited with her sister, Gladys Vliem at the Nursing home.
Saturday, James Sandgren came out to the ranch and took care of some hay and had dinner with his mother. Sunday, Thelma Sandgren attended Bible Study at the home of Lester and Sharon Longwood in the evening. Tiss Treib visited with Rita Whittet in Haynes, Monday afternoon. Tiss Treib made a trip to Lemmon Monday afternoon. Tiss Treib took Bernie Gunther out to lunch in Hettinger Wednesday. Tiss Treib accompanied Jim and Patsy Miller to Bison Wednesday evening to meet Bishop Eaton, presiding Bishop of the ELCA and David Zellner, Bishop of the ELCA of SD. Larry and Sarah Dreiske spent Saturday with Tiss Treib and were dinner guests. Tiss Treib visited with Tim and JoAnne Seim Sunday afternoon. LaVonne Foss and Shirley Johnson traveled to Lemmon Wednesday. Thursday evening, Ella, Greta and Eric Anderson were supper guests of Tim and JoAnne Seim. Boyd and Betty Ellingson were Thursday afternoon coffee guests of Tim and JoAnne Seim. Friday, Jacob Seim was an overnight guest of his grandparents, Tim and JoAnne Seim. Lynn Frey and Stanley Brixey spent Tuesday through Thursday in Pierre for the SD Rural Water Technical Conference. Monte Frey helped at the Frey Ranch during the week while Lynn was gone. Albert and Bridget were in Bismarck Monday for a baby appt. They found out they are going to add another baby BOY to the Keller clan. After the appointment they traveled to Trail City to get the boys. They had spent the week before with Grandma while Bridget and Albert were in Mexico. They all returned home Tuesday evening. Wednesday, Albert returned back to reality, also known as, work. Thursday, Duane and Dawn Harris were afternoon visitors. Friday, Bridget Keller and the boys were brief afternoon visitors of Paulo, Tabbi and Emily Mauri. Duane Harris was a visitor of the Keller’s in the afternoon. Dawn stopped in briefly on her way home from work as well. Saturday, Dawn Harris took the boys for the day so Bridget could work on some online training. Bridget and the boys had supper that evening at Duane and Dawns. Tuesday, Patsy Miller made a trip to Hettinger. Friday, Jim and Patsy Miller made a trip to Hettinger and visited with Violet Miller at the Nursing Home. Matt and Zabrina Miller spent Saturday afternoon with Jim and Patsy Miller. Matt, Christi and Zabrina Miller were Sunday afternoon and evening guests of Jim and Patsy Miller.
Piggy Drawings
January 3, 2014
$100.00 - Jerry Fero Notice of Public Hearing
The Perkins County Commissioners will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. to consider the sale of gravel to individuals. ATTEST: Sylvia Chapman Finance Officer
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[Published January 23 and January 30, 2014 at a total approximate cost of $10.41.]
CHAIRMAN KVALE CALLED THE MEETING TO ORDER WITH A CALL FOR THE SALUTE TO THE FLAG. BOARD RETREAT The board of Education discussed plans for the upcoming school year. Dan Kvale, Chairman Bonnie Crow, Business Mgr
DATE: January 16, 2014 TIME HELD: 6:00 p.m. KIND OF MEETING: Special WHERE HELD: Boardroom MEMBERS PRESENT: Beckman, Kari, Kvale, Arneson MEMBERS ABSENT: Thompson OFFICERS AND OTHERS PRESENT: Supt. Azevedo, Bus. Mgr. Crow, Ass’t Bus. Mgr. Johnson
BISON SCHOOL DISTRICT #52-1 BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
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Date: January 14, 2014 Present: Commissioners Besler, Henderson, Ottman, Schweitzer and Foster, Finance Officer Chapman Others present: Shane Penfield, Patsy Crow, Duane Holtgard Call to Order Chairman Besler called the special meeting to order at 1:00 pm. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Perkins County Commission Special Meeting
quested that the former Highway Office be turned into a general conference room for everyone’s use.
Health Insurance The final numbers came in for the increase in the health insurance premium. The final increase was 14%. The Commission had requested that the employees look into reducing that premium. The employees met and came up with a reduction of 6% bringing the renewal premium to 8% increase. Schweitzer moved, Ottman seconded to approve the changes in the health insurance plan, motion carried.
matic changes can be detrimental to our highways, causing serious and expensive damage to occur, and
Surplus Property Foster moved, Schweitzer seconded to surplus the HP 3600 Laser Printer for disposal, motion carried.
Approval of the Agenda Ottman moved, Henderson seconded to approve the agenda, motion carried.
Window in Highway Office Discussion was held on putting a window in the south wall of the highway office in order to get some sunlight from the south windows in the Assessor’s Office. Patsy Crow contacted KM Construction and they stated they could build a window for the wall. Schweitzer moved, Ottman seconded to approve the installation of a window in the south wall of the highway office, motion carried. Conference Room State’s Attorney Shane Penfield re-
Load Limit Resolution Schweitzer moved, Foster seconded to introduce and approve Resolution 2014-02 “Perkins County Weight Limit Enforcement Resolution”, roll call vote: Ottman aye, Schweitzer aye, Foster aye, Henderson aye, Besler aye, motion carried. Resolution 2014-02 Perkins County Weight Limit Enforcement Resolution
Mack Truck 5th Wheel Plate Discussion was held on the installation of a 5th Wheel Plate on the new Mack Truck. Ottman moved, Henderson seconded to proceed with the installation of a 5th Wheel Plate by Northern Truck & Equipment Company, motion carried.
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.
WHEREAS, the Perkins County Board of County Commissioners desire to protect existing Perkins County Highways, ultimately saving tax dollars and,
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, C-9A, C-25 and C-2 during the spring thaw period and when limits 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
Highway Superintendent Ottman moved, Henderson seconded to offer the Highway Superintendent position to Duane Holtgard at the current base wage plus longevity effective January 15, 2014; roll call vote: Schweitzer aye, Foster nay, Henderson aye, Ottman aye, Besler aye, motion carried. Adjournment Foster moved, Schweitzer seconded to adjourn the meeting at 4:56 pm. ATTEST: APPROVED:
The meeting was declared out of executive session at 4:40 pm.
Executive Session Ottman moved, Foster seconded to enter into executive session to conduct interviews for the Highway Superintendent at 1:28 pm, motion carried.
Claim Approved The subsidy claim for Tri-County Conservation District in the amount of $2850 was approved.
restrictions shall be set forth in SDCL 32-22-55.
The following offices will become vacant due to the expiration of the present term of office of the elective officer: Juell Chapman 3 year term Mike Lockert 3 year term
Notice of Vacancy Municipality of Bison
Elizabeth Hulm Finance Officer
Circulation of nominating petitions may begin on January 31, 2014 and petitions may be filed in the office of the finance officer, located at 309 1st Ave West, Bison, between the hours of 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. mountain time not later than the 25th day of February, 2014.
[Published January 16 and 23, 2014 at a total approximate cost of $14.96.]
WHEREAS, seasonal cli- Kopren moved, seconded by Chapman to approve the corrected and amended Dec. 18, 2013 minutes, to include an additional contingency transfer. Carried. fect.
[Published January 23, 2014 at a total approximate cost of $68.23.]
Sylvia Chapman, Finance Officer Brad W. Besler, Chairman
PERKINS COUNTY SNOW REMOVAL PROCEDURES
DUANE HOLTGARD SUPERINTENDENT PERKINS COUNTY COMMISSION BRAD BESLER - CHAIRMAN, WILLARD OTTMAN, MIKE SCHWEITZER, WAYNE HENDERSON AND RUSTY FOSTER
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 6:00 p.m. City Hall
Bison Town Board
CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL: Chairman Juell Chapman called the regular monthly meeting of the Town Board of Bison to order at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Trustees David Kopren, Luke Clements and Matt Butsavage were present. Mike Lockert was absent. Others present: Mike Tietz; employees Heath McKinstry and Beth Hulm; and Teddi Carlson, press. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WAS RECITED BY ALL.
APPROVE MINUTES - 002-2014 Chapman moved, seconded by Clements to approve the Dec. 9, 2013 minutes as presented. Carried. 0032014 – Kopren moved, seconded by Clements to amend and correct Utility Resolution 2013-1. Carried. 004-2014
MIKE TIETZ, DENR – Tietz traveled up from Rapid City to hand-deliver a Grant/Letter of Agreement for the removal of contaminated soil – first from the Main Street area of Bison to the rubble site and then to Northwest SD Regional Landfill on the Bixby Road. BL Contracting had estimated approximately $4,000 for removal/hauling and the Town purchased a special $500 permit from NWSDRLA. There will also be tipping fees on each weighed load of soil. DENR has reserved $17,700 in grant money, which is the estimated maximum cost of the project. There was no cost to the Town of Bison for test wells, drilled and monitored by DENR. 001-2014 - Kopren moved, seconded by Clements to authorize Chairman Chapman to sign the Grant/Letter of Agreement. Carried.
ALL ACTION IN THE FOLLOWING MINUTES CARRIED BY UNANIMOUS VOTE UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED.
Equipment Rental Rates: No changes were made. Therefore, rates set by Resolution 2012-2 remain in ef-
NEW BUSINESS Municipal Election: 007-2014 – Motion by Chapman, seconded by Butsavage to set Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 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. Two three-year positions, currently held by J. Chapman and M. Lockert, will expire.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS Tree Grant: Discussion postponed pending further research.
STATUS REPORT: Trustees reviewed McKinstry’s written status report with him. The complete report is on file at City Hall. McKinstry shared information about a chemical, CBX ProOxidizer, that might be used to accelerate the oxidation of bio-solids in the wastewater lagoon at a much reduced price vs. dredging. Trustees would like to have a speakerphone conversation with the Arizona-based company representative during their regular Feb. 10 meeting.
FINANCIAL REPORT –005-2014Kopren moved, seconded by Chapman to approve a transfer of $3,422.03 from 604 sewer reserves to 603 special project, as made by Hulm to balance the 603 enterprise fund at year-end. Carried. 006-2014 – Clements moved, seconded by Kopren to approve the year-end December fund balance of $702,211.11. Carried. Hulm announced that the cash-on-hand at Bison Municipal Bar was counted by accountant Angela Thompson on January 2.
CORRESPONDENCE: 1.) Jason Engbrecht, SD Office of Aeronautics, has requested the n-numbers (tail numbers) for all aircraft based at Bison Municipal Airport. Chapman volunteered to get those numbers for him. 2.) Chapman shared a listing of engineering rates for various services, as provided by Jason Hanson, Brosz Engineering, Sturgis.
OPEN FORUM: 1.) Hulm will confer with Jim Hodgson, Dacotah Insurance, regarding insurance coverage as a result of moving the city office; and also about a letter from Phoenix Aviation about airport renewal coverage. 2.) Chapman will write a letter to Grand Electric requesting the removal of some meters. 3.) Hulm will contact Legislative Audit about using funds, currently restricted for construction of a new building, for making rent payments at the Bentley Building.
CLAIMS: The following claims were presented and approved for payment. December payroll by department: Board of Trustees, $1,550; Fin. Admin - $815.34; Streets - $2,034.50; Airport, $216; Parks, $24; Library, $802.80, Bar - $4,885.66; Water - $719; Sewer – $223.50; Solid Waste - $1,312.66. Total FICA, $2,661.86; Health Ins, $638.28; SDRS, $638.28; Supp. Retirement, $85; Bison Bar, promotions, $240; Bison Courier, publishing, $237.86; Bison Grain Co., supp., $1,263.43; Bison Library, round-up, $616.74; Coca Cola, supp., $209.90; Dakota Feed, supp., $184.32; DPFCU, util./supp/postage/equip/prof fees, $961.71; Dept. of Rev., sales tax, $1,804.09; G&O, supp, $255.30; Grand Elec., util/repairs/maint, $2843.56; Hettinger Candy, supp., $1,231.65; Hulm, B., travel, $111; Jerome Bev., beer, $1,448.55; Johnson Bros., on/off sale, $2,406.67; NW Bev., beer, $4,511.20; NW Farm, repairs/maint, $14.84; NWSDRLA, prof. fees,
Elizabeth Hulm, Finance Officer Juell Chapman, Chairman
ATTEST: APPROVED:
NEXT MEETING: The next regular meeting of the Bison Town Board will be at 6:00 p.m. on February 10, 2014.
ADJOURNMENT: Chapman journed the meeting at 9:02 p.m.
EXECUTIVE SESSION FOR PERSONNEL PURSUANT TO SDCL 125-1(1): 008-2014 – Kopren moved, seconded by Clements to go into executive session at 7:44 p.m. to discuss employee wages. Carried. Chapman declared the meeting back in open session at 8:58 p.m. 009-2014 – Motion by Clements, seconded by Butsavage to set the following wages, equivalent to a 3% raise across the board, effective Jan. 1 – Dec. 1, 2014: Stacy Kvale, head librarian, $9.59/hr.; Bernice Kari and other library assistants, $9.23/hr.; Kelli Nelson, bar manager, $33,990/yr; Existing bar staff, $9.59/hr.; starting base for new bar workers, $8.50/hr with a $.50/hr. increase after six months and full scale of $9.59 after one year of employment; Kaye Senn, custodian, $9.85/hr.; Heath McKinstry, maintenance supervisor; $14.42/hr.; Rob Wedekind, maintenance worker, $11; Wilbur Haggart, rubble site supervisor, $9.88/hr.; Maintenance summer/ temp help., $10/hr.; Beth Hulm, Finance Officer, $12.36/hr. plus retirement for 25 hours/wk. A manager bonus on net bar profits for 2013 will be discussed after the annual bar audit is complete. ad-
$2,584.37; Pepsi, supp., $281.70; PCRWS, water, $3,219.50; Republic, on/off sale, $1.337.75; SD DENR, fees, $6; Servall, prof. fees, $133.35; Stateline Designs, supp., $374.30; WRCTC, util., $273.46.
The following information is intended to serve as general guidelines for addressing snow removal operations in Perkins County. It reflects the dual goals of efficiently clearing County roads while protecting the safety of the public and the county employees. It is the policy of Perkins County to initiate snow removal operations to maintain traffic as long as visibility is above minimum and weather conditions are such that plowing can be done safely and effectively. Snow Removal Procedures 1. When the snowfall is at least 3 inches, but less than 6 inches, all hard surface roads will be plowed during normal working hours. 2. With a snow fall of 6 inches or more, all gravel roads as well as hard surfaced roads will be plowed during normal working hours. 3. A snowfall of 6 inches or more may result in plowing activities being conducted before and after normal working hours, as well as weekends and holidays. Priorities: Paved Roads: C-09, C-09A, C-03, C-25, C-02, C-19 School Bus routes on gravel Mail Routes Remaining County Roads Unorganized Township Roads (as needed)
County snow crews will not clear private driveways or private property, except in an emergency. Snow placed in a driveway or on sidewalks by County plows where driveway or sidewalk meets the road is the responsibility of the property owner to remove . (complete policy can be seen at the Perkins County Highway Office or the Office of Finance in the Perkins County Courthouse.)
[Published January 23, 2014 at a total approximate cost of $70.83.]
[Published January 23,2014 at a total approximate cost of $23.47.]
DATE: January 13, 2014 TIME HELD: 7:00 p.m. KIND OF MEETING: Regular WHERE HELD: Boardroom MEMBERS PRESENT: Beckman, Kari, Kvale, Thompson, Arneson MEMBERS ABSENT: None OFFICERS AND OTHERS PRESENT: Supt. Azevedo, Bus. Mgr. Crow, Ass’t Bus. Mgr. Johnson, Connie Aaker, Todd & Rownea Gerbracht, Beth Hulm
BISON SCHOOL DISTRICT #52-1 BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
CONSENT AGENDA 79. Motion by Beckman second by Thompson to approve the consent agenda with the following additions: 5a. Connie Aaker/Building Updates; 9a. Infinite Campus Agreement and 9b. ASDSD Candidacy and to approve the minutes of the December 18, 2013 meeting and to approve the financial
CHAIRMAN KVALE CALLED THE MEETING TO ORDER WITH A CALL FOR THE SALUTE TO THE FLAG.
APPROVAL OF CLAIMS 80. Motion by Thompson second by Arneson to approve the claims listed below. Motion carried. A & B BUSINESS PRODUCTS, SUPPLIES, 628.89; ADVANCE PAYMENTS, MONTHLY REIMBURSEMENT, 846.33,; AMERICINN -RAPID CITY, ROOMS, 56.14; ARNESON, ERIC, MILEAGE, 112.48; BECKMAN, DANIEL, MILEAGE, 113.22; BEST WESTERN RAMKOTA INN-PIERRE, ROOMS, 505.96; BISON COURIER, PUBLISHING/ADVERTISING, 319.78; BISON FOOD STORE, SUPPLIES, 184.38; BISON GRAIN CO., GASOLINE, 309.05; BISON IMPLEMENT, REPAIRS, 419.41; CARMICHAEL, SHAWNDA, SUPPLY REIMBURSEMENT, 70.71; CHAPMAN'S ELECTRONICS, RENTAL, 310.00; DACOTAH BANK - BISON, BOX RENT, 27.00; DAKOTA FEED, GASOLINE, 136.73; DAKOTA SPORTSHAUFF, SUPPLIES; 64.95; EBSCO LIBRARY, MAGAZINES, 1,665.64; GRAND ELECTRIC, REPAIRS, 3,689.15; HARMON LAW OFFICE, LEGAL FEES, 150.00; HOLDER, BRIAN, CLASS REIMBURSEMENT, 929.99; HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS -
reports. Motion carried.
WATERTOWN, ROOMS, 662.94; JAYMAR BUSINESS FORMS INC, W-2'S, 62.42; KARI, MARCIE, MILEAGE, 199.80; KELLER, DONNA, SUPPLY REIMBURSEMENT, 229.38; MEDCO SUPPLY INC, SUPPLIES, 271.68; MILES, SHELBY, SUPPLY REIMBURSEMENT, 32.68; NORTHWEST RANCH AND FARM SUPPLY, SUPPLIES, 89.99; OASIS INN, ROOMS, 226.00; P FLEET, GASOLINE, 97.84; PECK, JOHN, SNOW REMOVAL, 325.00; RYEN, CHRISTI, TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT, 38.00; SBM, SUPPLIES, 163.73; SCHOOL SPECIALTY, SUPPLIES, 524.37; SDHSAA, DUES AND FEES, 106.00; SHELL FLEET PLUS, GASOLINE, 24.94; SMITH, GENE, MONTHLY BUS CONTRACT, 8,562.09; SOUTHWEST BUSINESS, SUPPLIES, 277.96; STATE REMITTANCE CENTER, NURSING CONTRACT, 150.00; TOWN OF BISON, WATER/SEWER /GARBAGE, 411.94; TURBIVILLE INDUSTRIAL ELECTRIC WORKS LLC, REPAIRS, 642.81; WEST RIVER COOP TELEPHONE, TELEPHONE, 328.80 TOTAL GENERAL FUND $23,968.18 BISON GRAIN CO., COAL, 6,468.37;
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BOOKS ARE FUN, LIBRARY BOOKS, 122.00; GRAND ELECTRIC, ELECTRICITY, 3,093.00; MCGRAWHILL COMPANIES, TEXTBOOKS, 2,229.25 TOTAL CAPITAL OUTLAY FUND $11,912.62 Superintendent received an excellent evaluation from the Board. man Kvale declared the meeting into executive session at 8:15 p.m. and back in regular session at 8:35 p.m.
ADVANCE PAYMENTS, REIMBURSEMENT, 296.27; BISON FOOD STORE, SUPPLIES, 188.26; CASS CLAY CREAMERY, SUPPLIES, 683.75; GERBRACHT, DANELLE, SUPPLY REIMBURSEMENT, 31.64; SYSCO FOOD SERVICES OF ND, SUPPLIES, 695.32 TOTAL SCHOOL LUNCH FUND $1,895.24 Total Payroll for December -$85,904.64 Elementary- $24,081.51; Jr. High$4,786.54; High School- $17,254.14; Title- $5,075.99; Network-$500.62; Library-$3,720.55; Supt-$5,416.67; Secretaries-$3,824.19; Fiscal-$2,675.88; Custodial-$4,602.96; Co-curricular$4,532.58; Spec Ed-$6,537.93; School Lunch-$2,895.08 DELEGATIONS Todd and Rownea Gerbracht visited with the board.
BRIXEY, JULIA, SUPPLY REIMBURSEMENT, 223.03; HANDS ON HEALTH PT, SPEC ED SERVICES, 1,553.06; NORTHWEST AREA SCHOOLS, ASSESSMENT, 18,158.50 TOTAL SPECIAL ED FUND $19,934.59
87. Motion by Arneson second by Kari to offer a contract in the amount of $67,000.00 for the 2014-2015 school year to Superintendent Azevedo. Motion carried. SUPERINTENDENT NOTES Surveillance System High School Schedule/Calendar Athletic Handbook Committee Attendance Policy Technology Improvement Plan
[Published January 23, 2014 at a total approximate cost of 72.78.]
Dan Kvale, Chairman Bonnie Crow, Business Mgr
ADJOURNMENT 88. Motion by Thompson second by Kari to adjourn the meeting at 9:10 p.m. Motion carried.
APPROVED FINANCIAL REPORT
Cash on Hand 12-1-13 Invested in Securities Local Sources: Receipts Interest Taxes Misc Co-Curricular GEN. FUND 11942.47 962051.78 461.69 37648.83 526.69 342.00 1250.06 33716.00 CAP OUTLAY 4654.37 731334.74 286.38 19526.91 SPED ED 4495.56 97051.42 29.79 13675.96
PENSION 70530.05
T&A 44682.93
2931.79
Intermediate Sources: County Apportionment State Sources: State Aid
Total Receipts: Total Disbursements: Cash on Hand 12-31-13 Invested In Securities
IMPACT AID FUND: OSCAR SMITH SCHOLARSHIP FUND SCHOOL LUNCH FUND Receipts Disbursements Ending Balance
73945.27 121907.20 12131.57 913900.75
$81,575.66 $296,051.81
19813.29 5785.31 4993.72 745027.37
13705.75 12327.17 6168.39 96757.17
2931.79 73461.84
14117.21 14421.98 44378.16
82. Motion by Thompson second by Arneson to approve the purchase of supplies in the amount of $8,341,85 from Action Mechanical for furnace repairs. Motion carried. NWAS REPORT Beckman informed the board that they are looking for a new administrator.
CONNIE AAKER/BUILDING REPAIRS UPDATE Aaker presented the board with building issues and repairs.
81. Motion by Arneson second by Kari to enter into executive session to discuss a student issue. Motion carried. Chairman Kvale declared the meeting into executive session at 7:07 p.m. and back in regular session at 7:40 p.m.
is taking sealed bids for one set of 1995 Worldbook Encyclopedias. Bids must be clearly marked “Encyclopedia Bid”. Deadline for submitting a bids is January 28th. Bids will be open on February 10th. Please mail to Bison School District, PO Box 9, Bison, SD. 57620. The Board reserves the right to reject any and all bids. [Published January 16 and 23, 2014 at a total approximate cost of $9.76.]
Bison School District #52-1
[Published January 23, 2014 at a total approximate cost of 121.60.]
Revenues: FCCLA/Fundraising FFA/Fundraising Sophomores/Concessions General Fund/November Reimb Yearbook/Fundraiser Dacotah Bank/Interest
TRUST AND AGENCY Disbursements: SD FFA/Registration Fee Hettinger Candy/Supplies Java Joe’s/Supplies Pepsi/Pop Ryan Kohn/Official Fee Brent Dirk/Official Fee Petty Cash/Starting Change Bryan Zahn/Official Fee Brent Mareska/Official Fee Christi Ryen/Supply Reimbursement Wolff Family/Donation Carrie Schalesky/Donation Shawn Klein/Donation Town of Bison/Water Ty Plaggemeyer/Fruit Sales Minntex Fruit/Fruit SD Dept of Ed/Supplies Petty Cash/Postage
9306.94 4556.77 5949.99 $7,913.72 45.00 298.42 1575.00 302.40 90.00 121.82 150.00 229.20 288.40 195.39 400.00 250.00 200.00 75.00 100.00 9504.37 296.27 68.55 539.75 11076.00 692.75 1073.61 733.00 2.10
INFINITE CAMPUS AGREEMENT 85. Motion by Thompson second by Kari to approve the agreement with Infinite Campus as presented. Motion carried. ASBSD CANDIDACY No action taken.
ELECTION 84. Motion by Kari second by Arneson to hold the school election in conjunction with the Town of Bison, set the date to be April 8th, 2014; polling places to be Bison and Prairie City; poll time to be 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; the election wage to be &8.00/hour plus mileage. Motion varied.
BOARD RETREAT Retreat has been scheduled for Thursday, January 16th at 6:00 p.m.
RETIREMENT 83. Motion by Beckman second by Thompson to accept the letter of retirement from Shelby Miles effective at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. Motion carried.
State of South Dakota County Of Perkins
NOTICE OF VACANCY ON SCHOOL BOARD BISON SCHOOL DISTRICT #52-1
VACANCIES One -three year term for the school board member position currently held by Eric Arneson One-three year term for school board member position currently held by Marcie Brownlee-Kari
The following Board positions will become vacant due to the expiration of the present term of office of the following school board members.
Date: January 17, 2014
Circulation of nominating petitions may begin on January 31, 2014 and petitions may be filed in the office of the Business Manager located at the Bison School between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. MT not later than the 28th day of February, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. or mailed by registered mail not later than February 28th , 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Bonnie Crow, Business Manager Bison School District #52-1 Box 9, Bison, SD. 57620
SUPERINTENDENT EVALUATION 86. Motion by Kari second by Arneson to enter into executive session to discuss personnel. Motion carried. Chair-
[Published January 23 and January 30 , 2014 at a total approximate cost of $26.66.]
NRCS announces EQIP program signup for initiatives application batching deadline is February 21, 2014
Annually, applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) are batched for funding consideration. February 21, 2014, is the date by which an operator or landowner must sign an application at their local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office for Fiscal Year 2014 funding consideration, according to Jennifer Wurtz, EQIP Program coordinator, with the NRCS. The EQIP program provides financial and technical assistance to help producers implement voluntary conservation practices to improve their natural resources. Payment is provided for a variety of practices to address resource concerns such as water quality, grazing land health and productivity, soil erosion and soil quality, and wildlife habitat development. The NRCS offers several different initiatives across the state. One of the statewide initiatives is geared toward organic or transitioning to organic producers. NRCS also has initiatives for onfarm energy improvements, shelterbelt renovations, as well as one for seasonal high tunnels. There are also several localized initiatives. The Mississippi River Basin Initiative (MRBI) is offered
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in the northeast part of the state. The Ogallala Aquifer Initiative (OAI) is offered in the south central part of the state. NRCS has the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) project northwest of Sioux Falls in the Skunk Creek Watershed. In Butte and Harding counties, NRCS is involved with creating or conserving habitat through the Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI). “Applications for all NRCS conservation programs, including EQIP are accepted continuously, however the application batching date is February 21, 2014, for these initiatives,” Wurtz says. “Some of these initiatives apply only to certain areas in South Dakota, so I encourage any operator or landowner who may be interested in any of these initiatives to visit NRCS at their local USDA Service Center to see if they may be eligible.” For more information about the EQIP, please contact your local NRCS office. For more information about technical assistance and conservation programs go to http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/sd/home/.
The national Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Xtreme Bulls Tour returns to Rapid City, January 31 and February 1 at the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo for the eighth annual Rapid City Xtreme Bulls. Seventy of the world’s top bull riders will converge on the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center to compete for $52,000. The headliners scheduled to compete include 10 bull riding qualifiers from the 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, matched against the rankest PRCA bulls, many of which were selected for this past December’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. The reigning world champion, J.W. Harris, Mullin, Texas, is in the lineup, along with 2012 world champion Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas, 2007 world champion Wesley Silcox, Santaquin, Utah, and 2013 Wrangler NFR qualifiers Chandler Bownds, Lubbock, Texas, Parker Breeding, Edgar, Mont., Cody Campbell, Summerville, Ore., Cooper Davis, Jasper, Texas, Elliot Jacoby, Fredricksburg, Texas, Trevor Kastner, Ardmore, Okla., Josh
Xtreme bull riding
Koschel, Nunn, Colo., and Tyler Smith, Fruita, Colo. The Xtreme Bulls Tour format features 35 cowboys participating in a long-go each night with the top 10 riders brought back for a short round. The Rapid City champion will be crowned based on the highest total score from both nights of competition. Money earned at PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour stops count towards the 2014 PRCA world standings, which determine qualifiers for the Wrangler NFR in Las Vegas. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-468-6463 or by going online at www.gotmine.com. The South Dakota cowboys scheduled to compete include Tanner Bothwell, Rapid City, Jayden Hansen, Gettysburg, John Jacobs, Timberlake, Ardie Maier, Timber Lake, Corey Maier, Timber Lake, Rorey Maier, Timber Lake, and Taygen Schuelke, Newell. The 2014 tour will feature events across the United States and will conclude with the tour finale in Ellensburg, Wash., over Labor Day weekend. In 2014, the PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour will have a combined purse of $400,000.
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For Sale Tanning bed for sale call 2447192. B32-4tp seeking a Director of Operations. This position will be located in the administrative office in Isabel SD, preference will be given to candidates who are living within or willing to relocate to the PCH service area. The successful candidate will work in coordination with the CEO and have primary oversight responsibility of all areas of health center operations, including assuring the successful flow of patient care, implementation of federal grant and contract funded programs, management of program and support staff, corporate compliance and corporate quality assurance. The successful candidate will also be responsible for interacting with partner entities, including HRSA/BPHC, hospitals, other community health centers and community based organizations. Degree in health administration or business administration with experience in management is preferred. Contact Information: Please forward resume and salary expectations or questions to plocken@pchchc.net. Submissions without salary requirements will not be considered. Prairie Community Health, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. B31-3tc
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FARM HELP WANTED: Fulltime person for general farm work on cattle farm, tractor driver. Experience necessary. Call 605-547-2257 or 712-551-7828 for details. BULL SALE WILKINSON RANCH BLACK ANGUS Yearling Bull Private Treaty Sale with equal opportunity to bid on each bull. Beginning Sat. February 8. For more information and a catalog, call Bill Wilkinson, 605-203-0379 or Mark Wilkinson, 605-203-0380 De Smet, S.D. SULLY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE accepting applications for a Deputy Sheriff. an EOE, Sully County Sheriff ’s Office, PO Box 189, Onida, SD 57564. 605SD591@VEN258-2244. TURECOMM.NET. Tripp, S.D. 57376, 605-935-1410. PUBLIC WORKS Supervisor. Operate heavy equipment, maintain streets, meters, pumps, water, sewer. CDL or obtain. FT, benefits. Applications call 605598-6515, closes 1-29-2014. EOE.
For Sale: 1)- Kirby Vacuum cleaner with attachments. Used less than 1 year. 2)- Hart Ranch membership. Best reasonable offer on both. 244-5231 or 4301606. B32-tfn Help Wanted Perkins County has job openings for Operator. Must have or obtain a valid South Dakota Class A Commercial Drivers License within 30 days of employment. Benefits include: Health & Dental insurance, retirement, sick leave, vacation and paid holidays. For application and details, contact the Highway Office in Bison,SD or call 605-244-5629. Position open until filled. Perkins County Highway Dept. Box 158, Bison, SD 57620. B32-2tc
PART-TIME POLICE OFFICER: Certified preferred, City of Tripp, Salary DOE, apply City of Tripp, Finance Office, 101 W. 1st St.,
PRESIDENT & CEO SEARCH: SDSU Alumni Association seeks an accomplished and strategic professional to serve as the new President and CEO of the Association. For details please go to: StateAlum.com/CEOSearch.
EMPLOYMENT COMMUNITY WEEKLY NEWSPAPER editor/reporter in Hazen, ND. Experience or degree preferred. Excellent community, company (www.bhgnews.com). Apply at news@bhgnews.com.
WANTED SOMEONE TO FIX or repair an antique pump organ. Located in Madison, SD. Would be willing to transport. Call 605-256-6691.
FAULKTON CITY ASSISTANT
CUSTER REGIONAL HOSPITAL has full-time RN opportunities available working in the beautiful southern Black Hills of SD. We are located just a short distance from Mount Rushmore, Wind Cave National Park, Custer State Park, Jewel Cave National Park and many other outdoor attractions. We offer competitive salary and excellent benefits. Please call 605-673-9418 for more information or log on to www.regionalhealth.com to apply. EOE.
IRRIGATION SALES POSITION available in South Dakota. This is a reputable dealer in a good territory. High income potential. Call Schmidtco Ag Services. (605) 625-3456.
IMMEDIATE OPENING FOR JOURNEYMAN PLUMBER with valid driver’s license & clean driving record. Wage DOEQ Winner Plumbing & Heating 31721 US Hwy 18, Winner, SD 57580 605-842-1487.
NYSTROM ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING currently has openings for journeyman and apprentice electricians. Positions are located at Pierre, SD. Competitive salary and benefit package. Contact Lisa at 605-224-8750 or lisa@nystromelectric.com or application forms.
IMMEDIATE OPENINGS: LPN’s & CNA’s, top weekly pay, direct deposit, & flexible schedules. Take control of your schedule with Tri-State Nursing. Apply ontoday. line www.tristatenursing.com 800727-1912.
GUNS, GOLD, GIRLS, GUTS, AND GLORY: It’s THE TROUBLESHOOTER! An exciting new Western series by Dave Diamond. Available now on Amazon Kindle.
FOR SALE MOTOR GRADER FOR SALE: Sealed bids on 140-H 2007 CAT Motor Grader, S/N CCA03286 accepted until February 3. Information call: Faulk County Highway Department 1-605-598-6233.
Director of Operations: Prairie Community Health, Inc. a Federally Qualified Health Center serving five rural communities and 40 staff, in South Dakota is
WANT TO BUY Buying jackrabbits for Jack-alopes. $5 each. Contact Frank 605-484-0898 (Rapid City).
OTR DRIVERS DRIVERS WANTED: CDL, owner operators, freight from Midwest up to 48 states, home regularly, newer equipment, Health, 401K, call Randy, A&A Express, 800-658-3549.
NOTICES ADVERTISE IN NEWSPAPERS statewide for only $150.00. Put the South Dakota Statewide Classifieds Network to work for you today! (25 words for $150. Each additional word $5.) Call this newspaper or 800-6583697 for details.
LOG HOMES DAKOTA LOG HOME Builders representing Golden Eagle Log Homes, building in eastern, central, northwestern South & North Dakota. Scott Connell, 605-5302672, Craig Connell, 605-2645 6 5 0 , www.goldeneagleloghomes.com.
HEALTH/BEAUTY P E LV I C / T R A N S VA G I N A L MESH? Did you undergo transvaginal placement of mesh for pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence between 2005 and the present? If the mesh caused complications, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Charles H. Johnson Law and speak with female staff members 1-800-535-5727.
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