Bison Courier, January 30, 2014

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Northwest SD teenager gets lift from flying drones
Volume 31 Number 33 January 30, 2014
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Brandon Tenold thinks drones get a bad rap. He's trying to change that, one flight at a time. "I want to show that these are good because the media displays drones as killers, media displays drones as things that hurt people," Tenold said. "I want to show that they can do a lot of good." The 17-year-old high school junior from Reva in northwestern South Dakota hopes to join the Air Force and eventually have a private-sector career in drone construction and operation. He has a good start, building and flying his own drones along with more traditional remote-control airplanes in his dad's auto shop.
The Bison High School Drama Class and Bison Post Prom Committee are excited to announce Love Through The Ages Dinner Theatre to be presented on February 14, 2014 in the Bison School Gym. Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. with the show starting at 7:00 p.m. To start the evening off the Bison Post Prom Committee will be preparing and serving a delicious dinner of Pork Loin with Cranberry Sauce, Potato,
Dinner Theatre coming to Bison
Steamed Vegetable, Roll, Dessert and Drink. The dinner will be followed by a one time showing of Love Through The Ages. A presentation of humorous vignettes, Love Through The Ages was written and will be performed by the Bison High School Drama Class. Tickets will be available from Junior class and Drama class members. The price of the ticket will include dinner and the show. There are a limited amount of tickets being sold and they must
It's big, beautiful country, but not without its complications. Strong winds and electrical storms will ground the batterypowered drones, which are affected by storms 30 miles away. Brandon doesn't fly when the wind is more than 20 mph. But when he does send up his drone, it offers a unique look at the landscape. Equipped with a GPS system, auto pilot, video gear and a recorder, the drone can quickly offer images that would otherwise take horses, pickups and even larger airplanes. Federal regulations prevent him from flying his drones above 500 feet.
But the benefits of drones will become clearer in coming years, as they are used to benefit people in agriculture and other industries, Brandon says. "With this you can check your cattle from a couple miles away," Tenold said. "If you have a dead calf, or a dead cow somewhere, you can fly over it and see exactly where it is. It's also good for agricultural, such as crops." There's another great thing about a drone that has appeal to a teenager. "They are incredibly fun to fly," Tenold said. Printed with permission from KELO Land.
Four short months after the devastating winter storm Atlas struck western South Dakota, the Rancher Relief Fund (RRF) is poised to disburse an additional $3.3 million to hundreds of livestock producers in the impacted area. Cory Eich, President of the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association, noted, "We can't thank the Rancher Relief Fund donors enough. The outpouring of support from around the country has been gratifying and we're pleased to be able to distribute over $4 million back to the livestock producers of western South Dakota and neighboring states who lost animals in the early blizzard." The Rancher Relief Fund distributed nearly $775,000 to impacted livestock producers prior to the application deadline of December 31, 2013. With more than 600 applications received, the SD Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (SDVOAD) will be working as quickly as possible to disburse an additional $3.3 million to the qualified applicants in the coming weeks. All disbursements are based on criteria established by representa-
Rancher Relief Fund helping hundreds of ranchers
be purchased by February 5, 2014. For your convenience, you may also stop in the Bison High School office to purchase a ticket. For those who would like to come and enjoy the show without eating dinner there will be a free will donation opportunity in the lobby. We invite the entire community to join us in an evening of good food and entertainment.
The Rancher’s Forum has a long standing history in Faith. It has been an opportunity for ranchers to interact with animal scientists, veterinarians, and industry. The 37th Annual Rancher’s Forum will be no different. SDSU Extension, the City of Faith and area producers would like to invite you to attend the 37th Annual Rancher's Forum at the Legion in Faith on Feb. 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Beef: From Conception to Consumption presenters & topics: Amanda Blair, SDSU Meat Scientist, will focus her discussion on fetal programming research in beef cattle and the effects on performance and meat quality. During gestation there is a tremendous draw of nutrients to meet the demands of the developing fetus and if these demands are not met alterations in fetal development can occur. This field of research will enhance efforts to improve the efficiency of beef production from conception to consumption. Blair received her Bachelors and Doctorate from Purdue University. She is located in Rapid City at the West River Ag Center. Alice Harty, DVM, will be highlighting heifer preventative health strategies for your herd. Contin-
37th Annual Faith Rancher's Forum
tives of the founding livestock organizations. In order to qualify for assistance from the Rancher Relief Fund, applicants must demonstrate they are livestock producers and they must have lost a minimum of ten percent of their livestock herd. "With approximately 600 applicants reporting losses of roughly 43,000 head of cattle, sheep and horses, we recognize the financial assistance from the Rancher Relief Fund will not come close to fully reimbursing the ranchers that suffered devastating losses. However, we know every little bit helps in the wake of the historic storm," said Bob Fortune, SD Stockgrowers Association President. Tax deductible donations are still being accepted for the Rancher Relief Fund and can be made online by going to the Black Hills Area Community Foundation's website at www.giveblackhills.org. Additional funding rounds may be provided to RRF applicants, depending on continued contributions. For answers to frequently asked questions or for more information on the Rancher Relief Fund, please visit www.ranchersrelief.org.
ued efforts toward health will increase the retention of heifers in the herd. There are many factors that play a role in the success or failure of a vaccination program. Harty received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Iowa State University. George Perry, SDSU Extension Beef Reproduction Specialist has been invited. He will highlight research on how management of heifer development can influence fertility. Perry joined SDSU in 2003. He earned his Masters and Doctorate from University of Missouri - Columbia. Robin Salverson, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist will be available to field questions related to heifer development. Salverson is located at the Lemmon Regional Extension Center with a background in reproductive management. A representative from Congresswoman Noem’s office will be the luncheon speaker. There will be a meal, trade show set up as well as door prize drawings throughout the day. The registration fee for the event is $10 per person and preregistration by Feb. 10 is strongly encouraged. To preregister, call the City of Faith Office at 605-9672261.
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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.
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Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for two summer 2014 Governor’s Office Internships in Pierre. The positions will be paid and run from May to September 2014. Governor’s Office interns have the opportunity to work at the highest level of state government, learning about and preparing legislation to be introduced in the next legislative session. Interns’ duties will depend on interests and strengths. Typical duties will include aiding the
Governor seeking interns for summer term
Governor’s general counsel, conducting policy research, preparing policy briefings and staffing the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and First Lady. The positions are open to all undergraduate or graduate-level students. Preference will be given to South Dakota residents attending South Dakota colleges or universities. Students who are interested in receiving credit should also apply. The Governor’s staff is open to working with individual universi-
ties and professors to secure credit for the internship program. Interested students should submit a resume, cover letter and two letters of recommendation by March 1, via email, to Patrick. Weber@state.sd.us. For more information on duties or logistics, please visit http:// or sd.gov/governor/Internship contact Patrick Weber at Patrick.Weber@state.sd.us or 605-773-5999.
Variety of events for all ages your local Public Library Nutrition Site at Make a resolution this year to Lemmon resident, Kathleen NorSwiss steak w/onion & tomato mashed potatoes peas pears Sausage gravy over biscuit green beans baked squash jello w/strawberries
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Monday, February 3
Salisbury steak mashed potatoes parsley carrots grapes
Tuesday, February 4 Turkey tetrazzini tossed salad mandarin oranges Wednesday, February 5 Chili marinated veggie salad cooked apples wheat crackers
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check out what’s happening at your local public library. During the month of February the Bison Public Library will be offering “Blind Date with a Book,” in honor of Valentine’s Day. As the program title states, you pick a book without knowing any of its characteristics; no title, no author, no summary. It’s just for fun though, no reports necessary at the end. If you pick one you don’t like, bring it back for another, no questions asked, no hurt feelings. February 4th the library will host an open house involving the Affordable Care Act from 2-6 PM. If you have any questions on the right insurance coverage for you, a representative from Prairie Community Health will be there to answer your questions. If you’ve always wanted to learn to knit but haven’t had the opportunity, the library is holding a Beginners Knitting class, February 10th at 5:30 PM. Registration is open to the first 10 people. You can either bring your own needles or buy them from the library at cost. Stacy will also present a fun book talk on some fiction novels available for checkout revolved around knitting. Interested in a book discussion? This year’s One Book South Dakota’s book choice is Dakota by
ris. The library has a few copies for checkout, but you can also buy it on your Kindle or get it through online dealers like Amazon. The discussion will take place on March 4th at the library. Keep an eye out for kid activities as well. Coming soon will be Science Experiment Tuesdays and a jump back into story hour on Fridays. If you’re on Facebook, look for our Mad Libs Monday post and get ready for the Word of the Day challenge to enlighten your vocabulary. We are also in the works for hosting a book signing for local author Dodge Weishaar and his book, The Fallen. Don’t forget about our ongoing program, South Dakota Titles To Go. If you have an electronic device, you can download books to borrow, both in written format and audio. Call the library for more information. If you have suggestions for events you’d like to see at the library in the future, don’t hesitate to share. See you at the library!
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Club takes nostalgic look at aprons…..
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Town and Country members were a bit nostalgic during their regular January meeting last week when hostess Diana Landis brought out a collection of heirloom aprons. With more than 20 family aprons to showcase, Landis paired her collection with the Dr. Edward Keller book entitled, “My Mother’s Apron.” Back in the day, our foremothers used aprons to protect their clothing while cooking, baking and keeping house, often hanging it on a hook when they left the house and putting it back on upon their return. It had pockets for things like snacks and handkerchiefs -sometimes the apron was the handkerchief! It was
used to carry eggs and garden product and to hold a bread bowl while kneading or fruit while peeling. There were aprons for everyday use and others for Sundays. Six members of the CFEL club shared their own stories about aprons; some had them in a cedar chest from weddings where they had the honor of serving the reception. The bride’s gift to them was often a sheer apron. Prior to the apron program, members took care of business, as a new club year got underway. The 2014 slate of officers is the same as last year so the installation ceremony was dispensed with. Carolyn Hendricks, Mary Ellen Fried and Beth Hulm will continue as chairwoman, vice chair and secretary/treasurer, re-
spectively. Town and Country will help sponsor motivational speaker Holly Hunter, a South Dakota “Survivor” television participant at Bison School on March 5. That presentation is for the student body. An upcoming dinner theater, sponsored by the school drama club on Valentines Day, is open to the public, with limited seating. Club members were encouraged to attend. A committee was named to make the arrangements for the club’s annual Valentine tea. At that time, secret friends from the community will learn which Town and Country member has been sending secret cards and gifts throughout the year. The committee consists of Hendricks, Sara Weishaar, Joyce Waddell and Landis. Secret friends will be notified of the time and place by special invitation after arrangements have been made. Cards were signed for a couple of club members who have recently been hospitalized. Neither was present at last week’s meeting but a card and gift will be delivered to them, per the club bylaws. New members are always welcome. Anyone who is interested should contact Beth Hulm, 2445231. Arrangements will be made for interested persons to visit the next meeting, which will be hosted by Vi Leonard on February 27.
Academic Achievement Team Award, initiated during the 199697 school year, the SDHSAA Academic Achievement Team Award program is designed to recognize varsity athletic teams and fine arts groups for their academic excellence. The South Dakota High School Activities Association believes that high school students learn in two distinct ways: inside the classroom and outside the classroom (on the stage and/or athletic field). This academic program creates a positive environment for school teams to have its members excel in the classroom. This program is also meant to motivate students toward academic excellence and to promote academic encouragement from teammates.
Academic Achievement Team Award
All varsity athletic teams and fine arts groups that participate in Association-sponsored activities are eligible for this recognition program. The Academic Team Award program provides high school students with the opportunity to prove they can be overwhelmingly successful in both academics as well as in athletic and fine arts activities. All varsity athletic teams and fine arts groups that achieve a combined grade point average of 3.0 or higher are eligible to receive an SDHSAA Academic Achievement Team Award. Bison Boys Cross Country Team, Football Team, Volleyball Team, All-State Chorus, Oral Interpretation, Girls Cross Country Team
Monday, February 3 Chicken Patty sweet potato puffs whole grain roll, salad bar fruit & milk Tuesday, February 4 Burritos rice vegetable casserole salad bar fruit & milk
Wednesday, February 5
Sausage links mac & cheese whole grain roll, salad bar fruit & milk Hamburger gravy mashed potatoes green beans whole grain roll, salad bar fruit & milk
Thursday, February 6
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“A” Seventh Grade “B”
Shane Collins Tallie Lundberg Jessica Stockert Jaren Beckman Jace Prelle Bailee Storm
Julia Kopren
Clarkson Health Care in Rapid City, SD. Born Julia Deibert on January 17, 1922, at Drew, South Dakota, she was one of 13 children born to Augustin and Mary Eva (Smaltz) Deibert. Julia attended country school and graduated from Bison High School. Julia married Carvel Kopren in 1941 and together had five children; one daughter, Sharon and four sons, Ronald, Gary, Timothy and David. As a young couple they traveled by train to California where they both worked at a defense plant making airplanes. They returned to Bison when Carvel was drafted into the US Armed Forces. Julia worked for many years at the local Dacotah Bank retiring in 1984. She was an active member of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, the Legion Auxiliary, and the Senior Citizen Center in Bison. She enjoyed music and dancing, playing cards and dominos, reading, crafts, cooking and baking. She was a loving grandma and great-grandma and was always excited to see the little ones. Family and friends could always count on a delicious meal or tasty snack when stopping by to visit. Julia is survived by her sons, Ronald (Judy) Kopren, Rapid City, SD, Gary (Trish) Kopren, Carefree, AZ, Timothy Kopren, Rapid City, SD and David (Paula) Kopren, Bison, SD; six grandchildren, Ann (Jason) Erpelding, Cary, IL, Mike (Cristina) Kopren, Rapid City, SD, Kristopher Kopren, Portland, OR, Michael Kopren, Chris (Kortney) Seidel and Brad (Kristen) Seidel all of Bison, SD; twelve grandchildren, Alex, Kyle and Erin Erpelding, Cary, IL, Kaylee Matt, Brayden, Caitlyn, and Maya Kopren, Rapid City, SD, Kahlea, Colbin and Kimery Seidel and Olivia and Owen Seidel, all of Bison, SD; one sister, Josephine Sander; three brothers, George (Ella Faye) Deibert, August (Norma) Deibert and Aloyisous “Gene” (Carol) Deibert; and numerous nieces and nephews. Julia was preceded in death by her husband, Carvel; her parents; one daughter, Sharon; five sisters, Katherine, Anna Marie, Elizabeth, Margaret and Eva Mae; and three brothers, Mike, Joe and John. Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. followed by a Rosary Service at 8:00 p.m. on Friday evening, January 31, 2014 at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Bison. Condolences may be sent through our website at www.evansonjensenfuneralhome.com.
Eighth Grade
Jim Brockel Matthew Johnson Tuff Seim Gracee Veal
Hope Crabtree Jacob Kahler Tylee Lundberg
Ross Collins Sara Hatle Jenna Kari Julianna Kari Madelyn Seidel
Ninth Grade
Dylan Beckman Nicole Hafner Jacob Kolb Kimberly Kvale Maudie Lee Joshua McKinstry
“A”Tenth Grade“B”
Reed Arneson Collin Palmer Paden Sexton Victoria Voller Anthony Gerbracht Marranda Hulm Reece Leonard
Mass of Christian Burial for Julia Kopren, age 92, of Rapid City, South Dakota, formerly of Bison, SD, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Bison, South Dakota. Fr. John Heying will officiate with burial to follow in the Bison Cemetery. Julia Kopren passed away on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at
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1st & 3rd Wed. of the month 2nd & 4th Wed. of the month
“A”Eleventh Grade“B”
Maggie Archibald Joshua Beckman Kiana Brockel Layton Hendrickson Madison Hulm Tessa Kopren Kimberly Peck Drew Reder Wrangler Weishaar
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Buffalo Clinic Faith Clinic
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Piggy Drawings January 24, 2014
$25.00 - Cindy Kopren Bison
Dillon Collins John Hatle Tyler Kari
Twelfth Grade
Sydney Arneson Logan Hendrickson Charlotte Johnson Christopher Morris Tyler Plaggemeyer
Stephanie Kolb Michael Kopren Joseph Kvale Conner Palmer Clayton Prelle Beth Seidel Brianna Sexton Dodge Weishaar
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Esther Lyman
Esther Lyman, age 95 of Lemmon, passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Five Counties Nursing Home in Lemmon. The Funeral Service for Esther will be held at 2:00pm MT Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Spencer Memorial Presbyterian Church in Lemmon. Following a time of fellowship and luncheon, burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery in Lemmon.
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Sunday School 9:30 a.m. • Worship Service - 10:30a.m. Wednesday Prayer Mtg. - 7:30 p.m.
Visitation will on Friday, January 31, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Evanson Jensen Funeral Home in Lemmon and from 12:00 noon until the start of the service at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the Spencer Memorial Presbyterian Church. Esther Florence (Minges) Lyman was born October 13, 1918, on the homestead in Corson County, the only child to George Minges and Tressa (Priebe) Esther went to the Minges. grade school in the badlands of Perkins County closest to the Box K ranch. She attended Lemmon High School, living with her Grandma and Grandpa Priebe, graduating with the class of 1936. Following high school she went to St. Paul MN and received her nurses training at Mounds Park Hospital. She was part of the group to first experiment with penicillin and see its amazing results. In March of 1941 Esther married James M. Lyman, oldest son of the Lyman family and closest neighbor and friend. Jim was a
WWII soldier and the young couple went to Tyler Texas where he was stationed. Esther returned to St. Paul in July of 1944 when Jim was deployed to Europe and was there when she heard of his death in March of 1945. She stayed in the Twin Cities and went ahead to get a degree in Public Health from the University of Minnesota. Thomas W. Lyman, 2nd son of the Lyman family came courting and they were married in October of 1948. The newlyweds built a home on the Lyman Place and this is where they raised their 4 children. Esther and Tom were together for more than 50 years, and 40 of them were on the Rippling Water Ranch. During those years she experienced floods, fires, blizzards, rattle snakes and drought. In the late 50’s Bernie and Katie Kling came to work on the ranch, their relationship became permanent and they became like family. Esther and Tom were founding members of the Hope Presbyterian Church and active in its mission locally and globally. Esther drew much support being part of UPW, United Presbyterian Women. Being an only child Esther considered her sister-in-law Sara Lyman Beran as a sister.
The Lyman visits to MN in the winter and the Beran visit to the ranch in the summer were an annual highlight. On years when cattle prices were good Esther and Tom got the chance to visit their children in various places around the country and world. Esther kept pictures and souvenirs from each trip and enjoyed sharing them. Esther’s children were a large part of her reason for living. Long after dementia had taken over her mind and she could not remember events, dates or faces, when she was asked how many children she had Esther would hold up four fingers and rattle off “Helen, George, Addie and Susan.” In 1994 Tom and Esther moved off the ranch to Canistota, SD where Addie and her husband John Holm lived. When Tom died in 2002 Esther was unable to live independently and moved to Custer to live with Addie and John. Words can hardly describe all the love and care Addie and John gave to Esther during the 10 years she lived in Custer and her dementia grew progressively worse. In May of 2012 Esther moved to Five Counties Nursing Home in Lemmon SD. It was like com-
ing home to her. Although her thinking was foggy she could sometimes “rise to the occasion” when friends and neighbors would visit. She died peacefully after supper on Sunday night January 19, 2014 in the care of wonderful staff. Esther is survived by her daughter Helen Williams and grandson Jason Williams of Toronto Canada, her son, George Lyman and his wife Sharon of Grand Prairie, TX and grandsons John and Peter Lyman of San Marcos, TX, her daughter Addie Holm of Custer, SD, her daughter Susan Marley and husband Darrell of Haverhill, MA, her grandson Leo Marley of Ludlow, VT and her granddaughter Sara Marley Julitz and her husband John, and great-grandson Jack Julitz of Kyle, TX. She was preceded in death by her husband James Lyman, her parents, her son-in-law, Brian Williams, her husband Thomas Lyman, her sister-in-law, Sara Beran and son-in-law, John Holm. Condolences may be sent through our website at www.evansonjensenfuneralhome.com.
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.
Pastor’s Perspective
Pastor Calvin Chapman Church of Christ Faith, South Dakota
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
"Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.” (Matthew 10:16 NAS) Jesus was not a pessimist that ran around crying, “The sky is falling!” Nor was He a “head in the clouds” optimist. Jesus was a realist. His life and teachings were rooted in the “real world”, in the reality of God and God’s truth and character. As a result, His trust and confidence were not in this world and its institutions or in the people running things here. In fact, Jesus was skeptical when it came to people: Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name, observing His signs which He was doing. But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, for He knew all men, and because He did not need anyone to testify concerning man, for He Himself knew what was in man. (John 2:23-25 NAS) Did the realistic approach that Jesus took towards people cause Him to give up on humans? Absolutely not! While He knew what Satan’s wolves can do to God’s sheep and taught us to use wisdom in our relationships with others, He also believed in the change that the love of God can bring to the human heart. And, He calls us to keep our hearts dovishly innocent and pure and hopeful. God bless you as you seek His face this week and walk closer with your Creator.
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Steve Sandgren came out to the ranch Thursday to have lunch and spend time with his mother, Thelma Sandgren. Thelma Sandgren went to Hettinger Friday to play cards at the Senior Center. James Sandgren came out to the ranch Saturday to do some work and visit with his mother, Thelma Sandgren. Tiss Treib accompanied Jim and Patsy Miller to the NWFS supper and meeting in Lemmon Thursday evening. Tiss Treib spent Saturday overnight in Hettinger because of the expected weather, that didn’t happen. Isaac Anderson was a Friday overnight guest of Tim and JoAnne Seim. Dawn and Duane Harris were Sunday dinner guests of Tim and JoAnne Seim. Lynn Frey attended the Southwest Grain supper and meeting
Rosebud News by Tiss Treib
in Lemmon Tuesday evening. Two FEMA reps called on the Frey Ranch Wednesday to discuss township business. Lynn Frey attended the NWFS supper and meeting in Lemmon Thursday evening. Lynn Frey took his pay loader over to Keith Hoffman’s to clean the ice off the slab. Jim and Patsy Miller were guests of Christi and Matt Miller Monday evening. Jim and Patsy Miller visited with Violet Miller Tuesday in Hettinger at the Nursing home. Jim and Patsy Miller went to Hettinger Friday and visited with Violet Miller at the Nursing Home. Patsy Miller and J.W. Seim attended the Parish Council meeting in Bison Saturday afternoon. Jim and Patsy Miller attended the Maher Bull Preview at Casey Maher’s Sunday.
Judy Lewis of Sturgis spent the weekend with Art and Marilyn Christman. Monday afternoon, Fred and Bev Schopp attended the One Act Play at the High School Gym in Lemmon. Fred and Bev Schopp attended the Little Moreau Tournament games Friday in Bison and Saturday in Lemmon. Sunday afternoon, Katie Schopp and Jeremy Thompson
Meadow News by Tiss Treib
visited with Fred and Bev Schopp. Carolyn Petik attended the Regional One Act Play competition in Mobridge on Wednesday. Carolyn Petik visited Ernestine Miller on Thursday. Jerry Petik visited with Ron Johnson in Lemmon on Saturday.  Jerry and Carolyn also visited with Irene Young and then attended the basketball game.
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Faith Longhorns roll over short-handed Cardinals, 70-29
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The Faith Longhorns jumped out to an early 1st quarter lead and coasted to a 70-29 win over the Cardinals. The Cardinals played without two of their top scorers as Ty Plaggemeyer (sprained ankle) and John Hatle (sore knees) missed the game. Chris Morris led the Cardinals with 7 points. Layton Hendrickson added 6, Tyler Kari-5, Collin Palmer-5, Reed Arneson-5, and Logan Hendrickson-1. Palmer and Arneson came off the bench to provide some badly needed scoring punch. Layton Hendrickson played one of his better games as he scored 6 points and did a good job on the boards.
Cardinals play at home on Monday and Saturday
The Cardinal Boys will be host to Takini on Monday night. Friday will find both boys and girls teams traveling to Kadoka for a double header. The Cardinals will be home on Saturday afternoon for a doubleheader with Wakpala. The girls game will begin at 2:30 p.m. with the boys game following.
Layton Hendrickson drives to the hoop.
The Bison Cardinals led until the final two minutes on Monday night, but the visiting Timber Lake Panthers pulled out an exciting 54-48 win. The Cardinals led 15-9, 29-20, and 36-35 at the quarter breaks, but they were unable to secure the victory. John Hatle propelled the Cardinals to a 29-20 half-time lead as he scored 14 of his 20 points in the 1st two quarters. Tyler Kari added
Cardinal boys lose tough decision to Panthers, 54-48
14, Logan Hendrickson-5, Chris Morris-4, Michael Kopren-3, and Layton Hendrickson-2. Chris Morris pulled down 11 rebounds, Hatle and Kari had 9 each, and Logan Hendrickson added 7. A cold shooting 3rd period proved to be the downfall for the Cardinals as they were only able to score 5 points in the period. Free throws proved to be the difference as Timber Lake connected Timber Lake JV- 38 Cardinals JV- 26 Scoring Josh McKinstry- 8 Collin Palmer- 7 Ross Collins- 6 Reed Arneson- 3 Dylan Beckman- 2
on 14 of 25 while the Cardinals went 7 for 14.
Northern State University releases fall 2013 deanʼs list
Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D., has released the dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester. Students who have earned at least a 3.5 grade point average for the semester are eligible for the dean’s list. There are four categories: • Full-time students with a GPA of 3.5-3.99. • Full-time students with a
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Amy Kirk is a ranch wife from Custer, SD
more experience in dealing with DIY projects and marriage simultaneously. Progress on Operation Camper Redo slowed when I got in over my head as a result of overestimating my female DIY capabilities. Mostly what I accomplished once I got my camper parked in my husband’s shop was make it immobile, and now the grace period is over. He would like the other half of his shop back before calving season. He compared my camper project in his shop to rebuilding a motor in my kitchen—an excellent analogy. So basically, all the shop floor sweeping, cleaning out, decluttering and organizing I did to help smooth over my camper’s presence didn’t candy-coat the fact that my project had taken up usable shop space. Since I took on restoring my camper by myself and landed in DIY project purgatory, I’ve worked on small-scale tasks and done what women do when faced with a dilemma: gather information. In addition to camper restoration research, I asked lots of questions and advice of known fix-it guys on how I should replace the entire wall where I created a gaping hole. What I needed to get back on track towards the goal (for me it’s to have my camper restored the way I want but for my husband it would be to get his shop space back) was DIY
men’s problem-solving suggestions and reassurance that it was possible to put the camper back together, but also to recruit more manpower and the power tools required for the job. The guys I inquired about my situation included my girlfriends’ husbands, my construction-minded relatives, family friends, neighbors, and employees at home improvement stores. Instead of picking one of the suggestions, I became too indecisive in figuring out the best way to go about putting my camper back together by myself. By getting our friend involved to help Art and me, there’s been renewed hope that my camper will reach a status that my DIY capabilities can handle, that matrimonial harmony will not be interrupted, and the camper will be out of the shop soon. Jerry’s renovation problem-solving ideas, can-do attitude, table saw, and necessary power tools we don’t own, has helped keep my marital happiness intact. Art and I want each other to be happy, and Jerry’s become part of the solution to continued unity between us and the three of us have made good progress on my camper. I’ve discovered that the key to success on my DIY projects is quality marriage counseling which involves getting a sound mediator who can address a couple’s issues and has good power tools.
GPA of 4.0. • Part-time students with a GPA of 3.5-3.99. • Part-time students with a GPA of 4.0. Students who achieved dean’s list status and requested that their names be released to the media are listed below. Each category is listed separately below. Part time students 3.50-3.99: Michael Stockert, Bison
Getting Out of DIY Purgatory Recently, my husband offered to help me get my camper put back together by enlisting a friend of ours for whom we’ve jokingly dubbed as our “marriage counselor”— a veteran DIY (do it yourself) project man. My 1970’s travel trailer restoration project has been parked in my husband’s shop which has limited space and my camper is now on the verge of eviction. Our friend Jerry, aka “the marriage counselor” has the project know-how and power tools necessary to keep marital peace between my husband and me by serving as mediator between my project predicament and my husband’s boundaries. He was also enlisted because he and his wife Linda have been married longer than Art and I have, giving Jerry
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Cattle Business Weekly publishers honored as BHSS 2014 Agri-Businessmen of the Year
by Codi Vallery-Mills Thousands of cattle producers in the region sit down to read The Cattle Business Weekly newspaper each week for its market news and industry coverage. It is a publication known to be published, “For Cattlemen by Cattlemen” and in this case the cattlemen behind the newspaper are Don Ravellette and Donnie Leddy. The two have been chosen as this year’s Agri-Businessmen of the Year by the Black Hills Stock Show and will be awarded the honor at the Stockman’s Banquet and Ball February 5. The two began their newspaper partnership in 2005 after becoming acquainted while providing ringman service for many of the same seedstock sales. The two held a belief that a newspaper dedicated solely to the cattle industry of South Dakota and surrounding states was in need. They decided to put their skills and backgrounds together and The Cattle Business Weekly was born. Don Ravellette holds knowledge of publishing and printing from his family’s ownership of Ravellette Publications, Inc. based out of Philip. In 1987, Don became a full partner in the wellestablished family business and throughout the years has added additional community newspapers to the publishing company that was started in 1963. Ravellette Publications owns eight publications in western South Dakota and just completed their 50th year in business. Don served as president of the South Dakota Daily and Weekly Newspaper Association in 2001. Don married a ranch girl from Milesville, Tami Sandal, 33 years ago. They have lived in Philip all their life and also own a registered and commercial herd of cattle. They have four children: Tasya is a teacher in Wyoming. Beau manages the printing department at Ravellette Publications and cattle sales for RPI Promotions. Beau's wife, Mary, works at The Cattle Business Weekly in accounting and graphics. Beau and Mary have two children Gage and Taryn. Tonya Kruger is an accountant with First National Bank in Sioux Falls and is married to husband Joe, who teaches in Minnesota. Tara lives in Sioux Falls and works as an addictions counselor with Keystone Treatment Center's adolescent program. Donnie Leddy is a third generation cattleman from Grant County. He spent his youth and college days active in cattle shows and livestock judging. He met his wife of 20 years, Krecia Beit-
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Donnie Leddy, left, and Don Ravellette
elspacher from Bowdle, while attending college at South Dakota State University. They have three children – Kiera a junior in high school, Kadon a freshman and Korbin a fourth grader – who are all active in junior livestock activities. Donnie spent 14 years working for the American International Charolais Association as a field representative in this region. His connections from Canada to Texas, East Coast to West, and his involvement in the breed’s Charolais Journal, equipped him well for ownership in The Cattle Business Weekly. In addition to his involvement in the cattle industry and The Cattle Business Weekly he has involved himself in real estate marketing in South Dakota. In 2005, Donnie and Don began to discuss the possibilities of a livestock publication. Don had a few plans jotted down already for a livestock publication if the opportunity presented itself and Donnie was ready to start out on his own. “It snowballed from there and we decided to take a run at it,” says Don. The first issue of The Cattle Business Weekly was published that August, just in time to be introduced at the South Dakota State Fair. Copies of the publication were sent to cattle producers in a nine state region and soon the response began to pour in. “Apparently there was a need for it because every cattle sale we went to someone would come up and talk promotion with us,” says Don. “And from there it really grew bigger and faster that we could keep up,” adds Donnie. “We were overwhelmed and gratified at the positive response.” The newspaper was packed full
of industry news, market reports and columnists from the start – making it an entertaining resource for cattlemen. Unique to the paper was the fact that both Don and Donnie took time to write a publisher’s column that appeared weekly, a tradition that continues today.
“I think it was the content, plus the personal touch – our experience, making ranch visits that made the difference for us,” says Don. Now in its eighth year the newspaper includes special sections like Country Kids Connection, South Dakota Angus News, Charolais Country and Range & Pasture Journal. An award winning herd reference guide magazine is also printed every fall. It’s design and content make it a publication that is kept year round by cattle producers. “There is no doubt the people behind the production of our publications are why we have been successful. Timely, pertinent information, along with quality design provided by our staff and knowledgeable advertising reps has been an important part,” says Donnie. The Cattle Business Weekly field staff attends 300 production sales annually. A lot of beautiful scenery, quality cattle and great people are seen along the way. “We are in the heart of great,
great beef raising cattlemen and families. It doesn’t get any better than this right here,” says Don. Like Don and Donnie, The Cattle Business Weekly field representatives and office staff have their own backgrounds in agriculture. So while the publication may be only eight years old, the shared knowledge of the industry and lifestyle is decades old. From the gals in our office – Mary, Stacy and Jackie – to our editorial team headed by Codi Mills and Kindra Gordon, to our knowledgeable sales team of Beau Bendigo, Kris Petersen, Jim Scheel and Jim Williams, their talents have had a huge impact on CBW’s success,” says Donnie. Both men say to be recognized by their peers and those they serve in the cattle industry with the Black Hills Stock Show’s Agri-Businessmen of the Year Award is very humbling. “We are an owner run business just like many of the generational farms and ranches we serve. We hope to continue to provide news to them via print and Web for generations,” says Donnie.
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has extended the deadline for new enrollments in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) for Fiscal Year 2014. Producers interested in participating in the program can submit applications through their local NRCS office through February 7. Jessica Michalski, CSP program manager, Clark, stated, “In 2013, CSP became the largest financial assistance program offered to farmers and ranchers by South Dakota NRCS.” The CSP now brings over $46 million annually into the hands of South Dakota farmers and ranchers for their stewardship activities. “CSP’s conservation enhancements are making great advancements in improving air and water quality, providing wildlife habitat and increasing soil and plant health on approximately four million acres throughout the state,” she said. Common enhancements in
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South Dakota on cropland include improved sprayer technology, zone application of fertilizer, planting of cover crops, wildlife friendly haying, and plant tissue testing. Enhancements being implemented on grazing land across South Dakota include monitoring key grazing areas, rotating supplement and feeding areas, and analyzing forage for nutrient quality. “I would encourage producers interested in continuing a tradition of conservation work on their operation to consider signing up for the CSP,” said Michalski. “Producers who have historically been involved in conservation programs like the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), the Grassland Reserve Program (GRP), or the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) make excellent candidates for the CSP.” Learn more by visiting the NRCS web site and the self screening checklist or contact any local USDA service center.
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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 INFORM FSA OF ANY CHANGES Selling Land - If you plan on selling farmland, you should be aware of several consequences associated with FSA programs. For example, if you're planning to sell land that's enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program, the buyer must agree to continue the enrollment. If the buyer doesn't want to continue the CRP contract, you might have to refund all of the payments you've received to date. Reviewing program implications with your local Farm Serv-
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ice Agency staff before completing a sale of farmland is always a prudent precaution. Farm Reconstitutions - When changes in farm ownership or operation take place, a farm reconstitution is necessary. The reconstitution or recon, is the process of combining or dividing farms or tracts of land based on the farming operation. Ownership/Operation Changes •Changes include any land that has been bought or sold, land that has had an ownership change due to the passing away of an owner, farming different land than you did the previous year, changing from cash to share rent or share to cash rent, and any corporation, LLP, LLC, Trust or other entity that has been formed in the last year that now owns or operates ground. Contact Information - Please verify that we have your current contact information on file. If you have a change of mailing address, phone number, or email address, please remember to notify our office of the changes so that we can update our files. This will save us all time and prevent a delay in program benefits.
Changing Banks - Almost all Farm Service Agency payments are made electronically using direct deposit. To keep the system running smoothly, it's critical to keep the county office staff up to date on changes you might make in your financial institutions. If you have changed accounts or institutions that might affect the direct deposit of your FSA payments, contact the FSA county office so we can update our files to insure continued uninterrupted service. FSA Signature Policy - Using the correct signature when doing business with FSA can save time and prevent a delay in program benefits. The following are FSA signature guidelines: •Spouses may sign documents on behalf of each other for FSA and CCC programs in which either has an interest, unless written notification denying a spouse this authority has been provided to the county office. •Spouses shall not sign on behalf of each other as an authorized signatory for partnerships, joint ventures, corporations, or other similar entities.
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•HB 1027 provides for the transfer of the state's interests in the Watertown National Guard armory to the city of Watertown. •HB 1037 authorizes the Transportation Commission to establish limited speed zones on non-state trunk highways under the jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation. •HB 1042 revises the penalty for late payment of the additional original registration tax on aircraft. •HB 1044 will authorize limited cosmetology services outside of a licensed salon or booth. •HB 1045 revises unemployment insurance contribution rates. •HB 1050 revises enforcement actions by the insurance director. •HB 1051 revises provisions regarding the regulation of captive insurance companies. •HB 1052 will authorize additional disclosure regarding insurance investigations and examinations. •HB 1055 revises provisions regarding references to the Internal Revenue Code. *HB 1056 repeals obsolete provisions regarding the taxation, the licensing, and the regulation of motor vehicles. •HB 1059 revises provisions regarding the exemption of mass transit motor vehicles from licensing and registration fees and the motor vehicle excise tax. •HB 1061 includes limited liability companies in provisions regarding the licensing of boats and motor vehicles and provisions regarding the dealers and manufacturers of vehicles, manufactured homes, and mobile homes. The Senate passed two bills dealing with Common Core standards for education. SB 64 would limit the authority of the Board of Education to adopt Common Core standards. SB 63 would protect student privacy by prohibiting the collection of information not necessary for the calculation of funding for public education, the determination of student academic progress, state and federal reporting requirements or other duties prescribed to a school district, the department, or the state board of education by law. These bills will now come to the House for consideration. The legislative social calendar kept us busy and well fed this week. The South Dakota Tourism conference was held Wednesday and Thursday at the Ramkota and Thursday the Future Farmers of America (FFA) treated us to breakfast at the AmricanInn in Fort Pierre. Friday morning was the tenth annual Governor’s prayer breakfast. The speaker this year was Tamrat Layne Admassu, the former Prime Minister of Ethiopia. Tamrat went from the Prime Minister’s office to jail, while his wife and two children escaped to a refugee camp. He spent 12 years in prison, ten of those years in solitary confinement where he became a Christian. His life story and his testimony were riveting. We tend to take for granted the freedoms we enjoy in this country and it’s good to be reminded how blessed we are. Legislators from District 28 and 29 had a Cracker Barrel at the Belle Inn in Belle Fourche Saturday. Sen. Ryan Maher, Sen. Larry Rhoden, Rep. Dean Wink, Rep. Gary Cammack, and I answered questions about education issues, tax bills, property rights, and SB 46, the bill to make animal cruelty a felony. It was an absolutely beautiful day. When I left Belle Fourche about 2:30 my car thermometer read 58 degrees and water was running everywhere. It was still 40 degrees when I locked the chickens up that evening and the wind was just starting to blow. The wind howled all night and it snowed a little morning. Several Sunday churches canceled services on Sunday, and by Sunday night the temperature here had dropped to a minus 5 degrees with 64 mph winds. The wind went down Monday morning, but weatherman says it’s going to be really cold all
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week. Remember what they say about the Dakotas? - “If you don’t like the weather, just wait and few minutes and it will change”. Try to stay warm! 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 at this link: meetings http://legis.sd.gov/ Use the link to find 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.
This was the second week of the 2014 session and we are starting to work on legislation. Most of the bills we’ve dealt with so far have been agency bills, but the deadline for legislators to turn in their bills is looming and we will begin working on them next week. On Tuesday our Agriculture and Natural Resources committee heard two department heads give presentations. First, Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch gave a very interesting department overview of the Department of Agriculture. Following the Dept. of Ag presentation, Secretary of Game, Fish and Parks Jeff Vonk gave an overview of the different departments within the GF&P and answered questions from the committee. Thursday morning Steve Pirner, Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources gave the Ag Committee an overview briefing of his department. Following Sec. Pirner’s presentation, the FFA gave our committee a very interesting presentation on Cloning. Local Government committee didn’t meet on Tuesday and we only dealt with two bills on Thursday. Rep. Scott Parsley tabled his bill, HB 1062, that would have provided for historical snowmobile license plates. Our committee passed HB 1064 to repeal obsolete provisions and references concerning weather modification programs. HB 1064 also passed the House on Friday. These are some other bills that passed the House this week: •HB 1016 repeals outdated or unnecessary statutes and administrative rules pertaining to the Department of Public Safety. •HB 1021 provides for judicial review of Board of Regents decisions involving student discipline and residency classification. •HB 1025 revises statutes and administrative rules regarding licensure of nursing facility administrators and to increase fees. •HB 1026 provides for the transfer of the state's interests in the Webster National Guard armory and underlying land to the city of Webster.
Senator Ryan Maherʼs views on week 2 of the 2014 Legislative session
joined in with the Joint Appropriations Committee and listened to the Dept. of Education review the education funding formula and an update of the Technical Institutes. In the Senate State Affairs Committee we passed out two Common Core bills. There is more detail on these bills below. Representative Kristi Noem visited the Capitol on Wednesday January 22, and provided us an update and the fiasco that is taking place in Washington DC. Many bills are in the drafting process and many ideas are starting to float though the capitol, some have merit while many others will never see the light of day. Bill filing has been slow but the deadline is Friday the 31st. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture is working on a Livestock Loan Program to help ranchers in Western South Dakota, in the aftermath of the October 2013 blizzard. The Department is currently in the drafting stage of this process, some of the highlights are as follows: •Livestock purchase loan will be made in conjunction with local banks. •South Dakota Dept. of Ag. will be able to fund up to $200,000 or 50% of a livestock loan. •Interest rate will be 2.75% in disaster declared county. •Maximum term of beef cattle is 7 years, and sheep will be 5 years. Common Core Standards Much of the debate this week focused on “Common Core” standards for education. The Common Core State Standards Initiative is an education initiative that details what K-12 students should know at the end of each grade. The initiative is sponsored by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers and seeks to establish consistent education standards across the states as well as ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to enter two or four year college programs or enter the workforce. This will be the premise for quite a bit of debate over this legislative session. The South Dakota Board of Education is charged with adopting content standards for education and can voluntarily adopt all, or sections, of the Common Core standards. In South Dakota, the Board has only adopted the standards for English language arts and mathematics. Several bills regarding Common Core were addressed in the Senate this week. SB 64- The Senate passed SB 64 with a vote of 28-6 to limit the authority of the Board of Education to adopt Common Core standards. The bill prohibits standards from being enacted before July 1, 2016 and requires that public hearings be held to give members of the public the opportunity to provide input to the Board on whether the standards being proposed should be adopted and implemented in South Dakota. SB 63-The Senate also passed Senate Bill 63 with a vote of 34-0. The legislation would protect student privacy by prohibiting the collection of information not necessary for the calculation of funding for public education. Along with the determination of student academic progress, state and federal reporting requirements, or other duties prescribed to a school district, the department, or the state board of education by law. Here is the text of the bill and what information will not be provided to the Federal Government. No elementary school or secondary school student shall be required to submit to a survey, analysis, or evaluation that reveals information concerning: (1)Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student's parent; (2)Mental or psychological problems or aspects of the stu-
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Greetings from Pierre, we have complete the second week of the nine week session and the process is beginning to take shape as committees are starting to meet and pass bills out to the full Senate for further debate.. This past week in Senate Education we
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dent or the student's family; (3)Sex behavior or attitudes of the student or the student's family; (4)Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior; (5)Critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family relationships; (6)Legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians, and ministers; (7)Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or student's parent; (8)Personal or family gun ownership; or (9)Income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such program), SB 62- Senate Bill 62 would have created an appropriation for a comprehensive evaluation of the Common Core state standards. It would have also established an Evaluation Council to compare Common Core standards in math and English to previous standards used in South Dakota and study other aspects of the standards, it received 18 yes votes and 16 no votes, but failed to obtain a necessary 2/3rds vote on the Senate floor. Senate Bills 63 and 64 will now go to the House of Representatives for their consideration. As always, I look forward to hearing from you all this session on issues that are of concern and importance to you and your opinions do matter. You can reach me on my email at rmm2697@hotmail.com or sen.maher@state .sd.us you can also follow the process online and listen to any of the bill hearings and committee meetings at http://legis.state.sd. us/sessions/2012/CommitteeMenu.aspx
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There has been a lot of discussion this winter about field peas and other pulse crops such as chickpeas and lentils due to the construction of a processing plant near Harrold. If you are thinking about growing field peas in 2014, Ruth Beck, SDSU Extension Agronomy Field Specialist has some tips to share. "Let me start by reminding growers that pulse crops are not new to South Dakota. Field peas, chickpeas and lentils have been grown with success in central and western South Dakota for over twenty years," she said. She added that long time pulse crop growers have found pulse crops to provide a reasonable and consistent rate of return to the investment. In addition, many of the growers have found that pulse crops also provide other benefits. For instance, field peas work well in rotations that include winter wheat. Beck explained that peas are planted in early spring and most years are harvested in time to moisture sufficient allow recharge to occur before planting winter wheat that fall. When
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added to a field rotation, they can also break the cycle of weeds and diseases that can build with too many wheat or other grass crops in a sequence. She added that these crops can also save on input costs. "Because pulse crops are legumes, which means when they are inoculated properly, they can fix most of their own nitrogen. This significantly reduces fertilizer requirements as compared to other rotational crops," Beck said. "One of the biggest advantages of peas is they have a lot of potential salvage value. For instance, if poor weather at harvest reduces the suitability of the peas for the high-end markets, peas will still provide an excellent high protein livestock feed. In dry years peas can also be grown as a forage, because their growth is in the spring when there is often more soil moisture available." Processing Plant would Open Markets One reason more growers have not planted pulse crops in the past is the fact that South Dakota growers do not have easy access to the processing markets. However, with the construction of a processing plant in central South Dakota, producers who have not grown pulse crops in the past may be considering this option now. If you are considering trying field peas for the first time, here are some tips to consider; Field peas offer the best (lowest risk) option to step into pulse production. There are two types of field peas; yellow and green. Generally green peas are sold into the human edible market and therefore quality can be a larger issue. Green peas are also used in premium dog food products. Yellow peas are popular in the feed markets and manufacturing sector. Some countries prefer yellow peas for human consumption. They have typically yielded better than green pea varieties in this area. Lining up a good seed source is very important. South Dakota has been a large producer of pea seed. Go to www.sdpulsegrowers.com for a list of seed producers and sellers. Pea seed is susceptible to damage, especially if it is handled in cold weather. All seed should be handled gently once the weather gets warmer. Use belts not augers, make sure towers have bumpers, etc. Line up a seed source soon. Peas are a cool season crop and are able to withstand relatively cool temperatures (19-23 deg F) at early growth (1-5 node stage) so it is important to plant them early in the growing season. Like wheat, very hot weather during flowering can limit their production. Being a large seed, peas have a lot of push and are therefore well adapted to no-till growing conditions. The seed should be inoculated with the proper type of rhizobium inoculant. Peas, lentils and chickpeas require a different strain than soybeans. Producers cannot afford to not inoculate or to have inoculant that does not work. We recommend using two sources of inoculant, especially with first time producers. Using both a seed applied and a granular source of inoculant has worked well in the past.
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Peas should be seeded at 350,000 pure live seeds/acre and planted deep enough to allow seed to absorb moisture (deeper than wheat). Proper depth helps peas withstand spring frosts. Peas can be drilled in narrow rows (10 inches or less). Use the least amount of air velocity as possible and equip towers with rubber pads. The key is to be gentle. Small cracks in the seed coat can affect germination. Most growers using low-disturbance no-till techniques in South Dakota do not use rollers. Grassy weeds are relatively easy to control with post emerge weed control, however broad leaf weeds should be controlled with a preemergent herbicide. It takes a while for peas to be competitive, so early germinating broadleaf weeds can be a problem. Early pre-plant (late fall or early spring) programs provide the best insurance. Chickpeas and lentils have also been grown very successfully in South Dakota. Anyone considering either of these, should carefully research production practices, adaptability and varieties beforehand.
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South Dakota top sunflower producing state 2013
For only the second time since 1977, South Dakota has been named the leading sunflower producing state in the nation, acto United States cording Department of Agriculture statistics released last week. The report estimates production in South Dakota at 997 million pounds, an increase of 12 percent from 2012. Of those 997 million pounds, 830 million were oil sunflowers and 176 million pounds were non-oil varieties. “This is good news for South Dakota producers that grow this profitable crop, said Tom Young, Onida, National Sunflower Association chairman. “It will also inject money into the local economy for many areas of the state.” Planted acres, harvested acres, and yield per acre in South Dakota were all up in 2013. Planted acres increased by five percent, harvested acres by four percent, and yield per acre increased seven percent. Nationwide, production of nonoil sunflower varieties is estimated at 386 million pounds, a slight increase from last year. Harvested acres are up six percent from 2012. The average yield
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decreased by 90 pounds. Production of oil-type sunflower varieties in the United States was down 31 percent from 2012. The weather played a big role in those decreases – a wet spring kept many producers from even planting sunflower in 2013. “We are optimistic for 2014 and hope to see increased sunflower acres in South Dakota as well as in other sunflower producing states,” said Young. “Sunflowers have been an advantageous crop for many farmers in South Dakota and have proven to be a crop that can do well despite the unpredictable South Dakota weather.” For more on the USDA numbers, visit w w w. s u n f l o w e r n s a . c o m / stats/usda-reports.
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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 Wanted: Part-time bartenders. Day, night and weekend shifts. EOE. Call Kelli or stop at Bison Bar. 244-5265. B33-2tc 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
Director of Operations: Prairie Community Health, Inc. a Federally Qualified Health Center serving five rural communities and 40 staff, in South Dakota is 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
Administrative Assistant: This position is responsible for various tasks that are assigned by the Administrative staff located in the Prairie Community Health administrative building in Isabel. This position will also lead the invoice payables function, filing and assist Executive staff. Must have knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, of PC’s, laptops, printers, scanners etc., as well as knowledge of a variety of computer software applications in word processing, spreadsheets, and database.GED or High School Diploma required. Contact Information: Please forward CV or questions to plocken@pchchc.net. Prairie Community Health, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Open until filled. B33-2tc
COMMUNITY WEEKLY NEWSPAPER editor/reporter in Hazen, ND. Experience or degree preferred. Excellent community, company (www.bhgnews.com). Apply at news@bhgnews.com.
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.
EMPLOYMENT AVON: WANT TO MAKE EXTRA $$money$$ to pay off holiday debt? 40% discount. Only $10 to join. Call 605-334-0525, JudisJewels.Avon@yahoo.com.
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.
BROKER/OWNER OF a successful, long-established western SD/ND real estate agency seeks an experienced licensee to take over or purchase agency. 605-4501450.
SULLY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE accepting applications for a Deputy Sheriff. An EOE. Sully County Sheriff ’s Office, PO Box 189, Onida, SD 57564. SD591@VENTURECOMM.NET.
WANTED: REPORTER for community newspaper in southeast South Dakota. Strong writing, photography and Photoshop skills required. Full-time with health insurance. Send resume to PO Box 310, Elk Point, SD 57025.
WATER/WASTEWATER SUPERINTENDENT/Operator Performs duties as assigned by the City Council. Work areas include streets, snow removal, mowing, water, sewer and equipment maintenance. Superintendent will assist Street Superintendent when needed. Required to become South Dakota certified in water and wastewater and have valid driver’s license. Complete job description including job duties and minimum qualifications and applications are available from Jefferson Finance Officer, P.O. Box 276, Jefferson, South Dakota 57038, Telephone # 605-966-5838. Applications taken until position filled. EOE.
REAL ESTATE NOTICE WE HAVE “CASH” buyers for Larger Tracts of Farm & Pasture Land! Contact Mike Konstant @ Dakota Properties Real Estate (605) 641-0094 (Lic. SD,ND,MT, WY).
PROFESSIONAL TRUCK DRIVING CLASS leading to an exciting and profitable career begins 2/24/14. Training utilizes simulator, tractor-trailer classroom. Financial assistance and job placement available! Visit us, so we can answer any questions! 1866-308-7755 www.americantruckdrivingacademy.com.
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, 605-2645650, www.goldeneagleloghomes .com.
HUNTING DOGS YELLOW LAB PUPS, males, excellent pets, even better in the field. Best bloodlines. Only five left from one and only litter. $600. 605-940-0852.
HEALTH/BEAUTY IF YOU USED THE BLOOD THINNER PRADAXA and suffered internal bleeding, hemorrhaging, required hospitalization or a loved one died while taking Pradaxa between October 2010 and the present, you maybe entitled to compensation. Call Attorney Charles H. Johnston 1-800-535-5727.
GUNS, GOLD, GIRLS, GUTS, AND GLORY: It’s THE TROUBLESHOOTER! An exciting new Western series by Dave Diamond. Available now on Amazon Kindle.
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.
16 • The Bison Courier • Thursday, January 30, 2014
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