Bison Courier, June 20, 2013

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Volume 31 Number 1 June 20, 2013
Includes Tax
Official Newspaper for the City of Bison, Perkins County, and the Bison School District A Publication of Ravellette Publications, Inc. P.O. Box 429 • Bison, South Dakota 57620-0429 Phone: (605) 244-7199 • FAX (605) 244-7198
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per year. As a result students would have more incentive to get their work in and keep up their grades. “This change would help students be more consistent and would be better for the kids”, said Kopren. It would promote a higher quality of work. “The goal is to help the students be less ineligible,” remarked Bonacci. It was the board’s consensus that a new policy be written implementing this change. Next month a first reading will be heard. A second reading must also be done to make this policy change. After the second reading the new policy will be in force. Two new teachers were hired, Abby Landphere will teach fourth grade and Mesha Larson will be the new high school Math teacher. Contracts for certified staff and non-certified staff were also approved. Business Manager Bonnie Crow informed the board of budget changes for the fiscal year which begins in July. The General Fund expenditures would total about 1.5 million. An amount of $186,489. surplus funds would be used. The computer lab also needs new tables and chairs. Included in the capital outlay budget is $300,000 ear marked for a new shop building, $100,000 for roofing, $50,000.00 for engineering fees and twenty new computers. Because there is only one full time special ed teacher the full levy may not be needed. The school lunch program fund would also increase while the Impact Aid fund would stay the same. The budget proposal will be finalized at the public hearing to be held Monday, July 8th at 8 p.m. The hearing is an opportunity for citizens to voice their opinions on the continued on page 3
Two new teachers hired
All five school board members were present on June 11 for their regular monthly meeting that lasted for 4 3/4 hours as they grappled with many issues. A recent issue confronting the board is the possibility of building a new school or spending money on renovation of the present school. After examining the school TSP Engineering of Rapid City recommended building a new school. A team from the engineering firm has completed a walk through and submitted to the board a proposal of $35,620.00 to complete a study giving the board a dollar amount that would be needed to repair the facility. It could be up to one and a half years before anything could actually be started. The firm would write the specs and oversee the bidding process also. The project could also be done in phases. Water is now running into the basement at this present time. After a time of discussion the board gave the “green light” to go ahead . The project team will inform the board what renovations would cost. “We need this information for the tax payers,” remarked Eric Arneson, board member. Watch for more information on this big project in the future. Teachers Kalin Chapman, Christi Ryen, Tarina Kopren and Eliza Bonacci were present to propose eligibility changes for the high school students. The present policy is thirteen years old and needs some updates. Presently ineligibility lists are given to the teachers nine times per year. These lists determine if students can participate in extra-curricular activities such as ball games, oral interp, school trips, etc., according to their grades. These teachers proposed that the lists be sent out every two weeks or eighteen times
Commissioners take their meeting on the road
day work week at the county courthouse. The premise would be to work longer days Monday – Thursday and to lock the doors at noon on Friday or to rotate staff so that some employees work on Mondays and others on Fridays, leaving the courthouse open five days a week but giving employees a four-day work week. Finance Officer Sylvia Chapman expressed concerns. She said it would leave the offices shortstaffed a couple of days a week. Schweitzer is also not sold on the idea. “We’re not there for the employees,” he said. “We’re there for the public.” Commissioner Wayne Henderson also had a proposition. He suggested having only one Perkins County Economic Development board vs. Lemmon and Bison each having their own and the rest of the county possibly not being served. Visitor Ed Gold, Lemmon, said that he’d been thinking the same thing. With SDSU also now offering services through Paul Thares in the Regional Extension Office in Lemmon, there are actually three entities that could probably work more effectively, if combined, he said. Commissioners had mixed feelings about the suggestion. Besler agreed that “it makes sense,” but “making it work would be a challenge.” Rusty Foster likes the idea of serving the “entire” county while Schweitzer said that if neither town is interested, “You can’t make them do it.” He added, “It’s not up to us.” Thares was actually the first visitor of the day to the board room. He introduced himself as the Community Development Field Specialist for SDSU in Lemmon. He has been in the position since March and Schweitzer said that he has “jumped in with both feet” and “is not afraid to get involved” in the community. Loyson Carda was the first to step forward with a budget request last week. He is the Veteran Service Officer for Perkins County but also the supervisor for the Weed and Pest board. His suggestion was to decrease his time in the Veteran Service office to mornings only from April - October because there are less and less veterans in the county. “I can guarantee you that the veterans will be taken care of,” he said. In ex continued on page 9
Matt Schackow, 2007 LHS graduate, is the newest member of Perkins County’s law enforcement team. He was sworn in last week by the Honorable Judge Johnson. He’ll reside in Bison. His hiring completes the six-man force, three of whom are stationed in Lemmon and three in Bison. By Beth Hulm As has become their custom, Perkins County Commissioners took their monthly meeting to Lemmon last week. They started early and went into mid-afternoon to complete a lengthy agenda there. Highway Superintendent Tracy Buer also made the trip from Bison for his monthly chat with his bosses. At Chairman Mike Schweitzer’s request, he had put some cost estimates together for fixing Theater Road. Buer said that his crew could widen and fix the road to “make it new again.” They would grind up the existing surface and lay it back down, over a new base for approximately $60,000. “This is just an estimate,” Buer cautioned. He could coordinate with Anderson Western, the contractor on the State Highway 73 project, to get a three-inch overlay put over the road in 2015, which would be another $230,000 (at today’s costs) for an approximate $300,000 total. Theater Road is immediately west of Lemmon and runs north from Highway 12 to Railway Street. Some say it’s the worse road in the county system. It receives a lot of truck traffic to Southwest Grain. Garrett Schweitzer, Lemmon City Council, and the Commissioners were all interested to know if Buer and his crew could do something similar with Railway Street, which is to be a joint venture amongst the City of Lemmon, Adams County and Perkins County. It could save county taxpayers a lot of money if the local crew could do the work vs. hiring a contractor. Lemmon and Adams County both have assistance from state government, however, and Perkins County does not. Therefore, there are certain guidelines that will have to be followed. The county’s top priority is to fix Theater Road. Buer is moving forward with the bid letting for a failing bridge on Golf Course Road, southwest of Bison, in spite of Bison Township’s request to close that section of road and to use county money to help fix the 178th Street bridge instead. Buer said that he had met with township representatives and had promised to furnish labor to fix the latter if the township were to purchase the material. Commissioners support that offer. They are also interested in starting a capital accumulation fund for the eventual resurfacing of the well-traveled Bixby Road, five miles west of Bison but they are being cautious until the Theater Road and Railway Street issues are resolved. Commissioner Brad Besler, who lives on the Bixby Road, urged his peers to make a decision so that the Bixby Road can be part of the 2014 budget. A conversation has started about the pros and cons of a four-
Join Bernie Rose for cake & ice cream on June 29th from 2 - 4 to celebrate her 98th Birthday.
Highlights & Happenings
40th Wedding Anniversary Open House for Greg and Peggy Fried, Saturday, July 6th from 2 to 5 p.m. at their house, 605 1st Ave. W., Bison. Hutterite chickens will be here June 28th, call Connie with your order 244-5518.
The Town of Bison will again sponsor transportation to swimming lessons for children who have completed kindergarten and up. Lessons are July 8-19. Please mail child’s name, age and swimming lesson level plus $50 per child to: Town of Bison, PO Box 910, Bison, SD 57620. Registrations must be received no later than Friday, June 28.
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No foul play suspected in Philip man’s death
in Bison
According to the South Dakota Attorney General’s office, as of Monday morning there is no foul play suspected in the death of a Philip man. Zane George Nelson, 28, son of Dennis Nelson and Diana Olivier, both of Philip, was found in downtown Philip just after midnight Sunday morning, June 16. He had earlier been at the local demolition derby and was celebrating his Philip High School 10-year class reunion. According to Sara Rabern, public information officer with the Attorney General’s office, there is no foul play expected. A full autopsy is being conducted by the state. The body was first discovered by a citizen. The incident was initially investigated by personnel from the Philip City Police, Haakon County Sheriff ’s Department and the South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation. The investigation is still ongoing. “As far as the cause of death, we don’t have a clue as of yet,” said Philip Police Chief Kit Graham. “We have a lot more questions than we do answers, but that’s common. It’s going to take time.” Services for Nelson are pending with Rush Funeral Home. A full obituary will be published.
BHSU announces spring 2013 Dean’s List
The Office of Academic Affairs at Black Hills State University has released the dean’s list for the spring 2013 semester. A total of 697 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. Amanda Johnson, Bison Jessica Johnson, Bison Ann Wilken, Meadow Katie Doll, Prairie City
Johnson receives degree from the University of Denver
All School Reunion-Saturday, June 22, 2013, Open to the Public, Bison Gymnasium, 6:00 p.m. –Evening meal $25.00 per person/$30.00 per person at the door. Anyone interested in singing in the choir for the Gala Day's Church Service please meet at Grace Baptist Church Wednesday night, May 22 through June 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Bison Public Library reading program, 3rd - 6th grade June 14th. All programs are at 10:30.
T-Ball practice Wednesday June 12th 5:00- 6:00 p.m.; June 19th 5:00-6:00 p.m.
The American Lutheran Church is seeking wedding dresses, baptism gowns and Easter hats from 1913 - 2013 to display during their 100 Year Anniversary program. If you have an item or know of someone who does, please contact Salli at 605-244-5491. 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. To have your NON-PROFIT meeting listed here, please sub-
Paint South Dakota volunteers needed! If you are able to paint and scrap please join the crew to rejuvenate Bob Hanson’s home June 27th and 28th at 5:30 pm and June 29th at 8:00 am. Please register with Brandi Baysinger 2447526 or any Committee member. If you are able to help at any time please stop in.
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Anna Christina Johnson graduated from the University of Denver on June 8th, 2013. Her studies included a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish with minors in International Studies and Business Administration. Anna is the daughter of Les and Cathy Johnson of Bison, South Dakota.
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New teachers
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leave days unused at $15.00 per day. Crow informed the board that non-certified staff have never had this option in the past. It could be a request for next year when the non-certified staff negotiates with the board concerning their wages. Therefore this request was denied. An agreement with the Town of Bison was read which enables the city to use the activity bus to transport kids to swimming lessons and open swimming to the pool in Hettinger during the second and third week in July. The school is also asked to provide a driver. Parents must sign a release slip saying their child can ride the bus. Dates on the contract are not listed. Also it is not clear who takes care of the release slips. As a result the contract will be returned to the city for clarification and rewritten. Another letter was read from James Seim who asked to purchase two acres of school land in Rockford Township for $300.00. Kari informed all that a chain of title is needed. To sell that land the board would have to surplus it. In the future it could be put up for bids. As a result his request was denied. Chairman Dan Kvale announced that the Bison Economic Development Inc. is looking for volunteers to help paint Bob Hanson’s house. The dates when help is needed are June 27, 28 & 29. High School students could take advantage of this opportunity to serve the community. At the beginning of this session Kathleen Engle, an enthusiastic teacher from New Castle, Wyoming, gave a presentation of her program geared to help new teachers become successful. According to the National Association of School Boards 50% of teachers leave teaching after their 5th year of teaching. Her job is to mentor new teachers. She said a teacher must be able to teach 21st century skills so students can become adaptable. One goal is to prevent the constant turn-over of teachers. Using a chart she explained her program in detail. Also she offered her help to the new superintendent if the help is needed, She remarked that teachers often “eat their own”. In other business: Kraemer was designated to complete and submit the consolidated application for the Title I Grant funds. The board approved Clay Anderson and James Hanson to be elected on the Board of the South Dakota High School Activities Association. The board acknowledged that health insurance for employees went up 3%. The date of the next meeting was set for Monday, July 8th at 7 p.m. Superintendent Kraemer gave his last report. At this time there are 142 students registered for the coming school term. However, there may be others registered before the new term begins. A new high school secretary will soon be hired to replace Joy Worm who has retired. Many athletic positions still need to be filled. Thank you, Mr Kraemer, for your four years of service to this school district. We wish you well as you leave this school district to begin a new position as principal in the Faith School District in July. Bon Voyage.
continued from page 1 way tax payer money for the school is spent. Board member Marcie Kari wondered if the school needs a new activity bus. When 28 students ride the bus with their gear and luggage the aisles are blocked which is a fire danger. A bus with a luggage compartment on one side of the bus would solve that problem. The 2006 bus now being used was purchased in 2005 and has 80,000 miles on it. Business Manager Crow will shop around to find out what is available. A letter was read declaring that board members may have workman’s comp coverage. Crow will check on the cost of it and inform the board about this issue next month. The bus contract with Gene Smith was discussed. After board members read it they had some concerns. Fire drills are needed to insure bus safety but are not mentioned in the contract. There was discussion on the use of a different vehicle for the south route. As a result the contract will be rewritten before it is approved. The Roth 457 Plan can now be made available to teachers. Quickly the board approved this possibility to save funds for teacher retirement. The money for Roth would be taken out of teacher wages for this saving plan. A letter was also received from Sherry Basford, retired head cook, requesting pay for her 47.4 sick
Farm Service Agency county committee nomination period begins June 17
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the nomination period for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees begins on Monday, June 17. "I encourage all eligible farmers and ranchers to participate in this year's county committee elections by nominating candidates by the August 1 deadline," said Vilsack. "County committees are a vital link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and provide an opportunity to farmers and ranchers for their opinions and ideas to be heard. We have been seeing an increase in the number of nominations of women and minority candidates and I hope that trend continues.” To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area in which the person is a candidate. Farmers and ranchers may nominate themselves or others, and organizations representing minorities and women also may nominate candidates. To become a
candidate, an eligible individual must sign the nomination form, FSA-669A. The form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available online at http://www.fsa.usda.gov /elections. Nomination forms for the 2013 election must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on Aug. 1, 2013. Elections will take place this fall. While FSA county committees do not approve or deny farm ownership or operating loans, they make decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs and other agricultural issues. Members serve three-year terms. Nationwide, there are about 7,800 farmers and ranchers serving on FSA county committees. Committees consist of three to 11 members that are elected by eligible producers. FSA will mail ballots to eligible voters beginning Nov. 4. The voted ballots are due back to the local county office either via mail or in person by Dec. 2. Newly elected committee members and alternates take office on Jan. 1, 2014.
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By Tiss Treib
Judy Lewis of Sturgis spent the weekend with Art and Marilyn Christman. Cassie Foster visited with Bernie Rose Wednesday. Vonnie Foster and Nora Anderson visited with Bernie Rose Thursday. Della Hatle, Dorothy and Kathleen Carmichael visited with Bernie Rose Friday. Fred and Bev Schopp visited at the Bob and Connie Hourigan home Sunday afternoon. Jerry and Carolyn Petik traveled to Lemmon Tuesday noon to have lunch with a cousin from MT who was passing through. Carolyn Petik and Irene Young visited with Jeri Lynn Bakken Tuesday afternoon. Thursday morning, Carolyn Petik visited with her mother, Irene Young in Lemmon.
Obituary Zane Nelson
doors, though fishing was his greatest passion. Everywhere he went, his fishing pole could be found packed in the back seat. After graduation Zane attended Mitchell Technical Institute studying Electrical Construction and Maintenance. Upon becoming an apprentice electrician in 2005, he moved to Ft Collins, Colorado where he worked on numerous commercial construction projects until moving back to Philip in 2012. Zane loved the great outdoors of Colorado and took every advantage to snowboard, camp, hike, skateboard, and of course, fish. Zane was a friend to everyone, never speaking a bad word about anyone, and possessed a knack of listening to others without judgment. He always had a contagious smile on his face and his laugh was, and always will be, unforgettable. Grateful for having shared his life, Zane is survived by his mother, Diana (Scott) Olivier, his father, Dennis Nelson, two brothers, Heath (Kim) Kennedy and Dane (Amanda) Nelson, his sister, Heather (Nathan Kjerstad) Nelson, four nieces, Kate and Grace Kennedy and Allie and Natalie Kjerstad, maternal grandparents, Lavern and Dianne Terkildsen, and his paternal grandmother, Frances Nelson. He was preceded in death by his niece, Kaya Lynn Huling, a cousin, Tucker Smith, and his paternal grandfather, Jake Nelson. Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at the American Legion Hall in Philip, with a prayer service to follow at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 21, at the American Legion Hall in Philip, with Pastor Frezil Westerlund officiating. Interment will be at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip. Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip. His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com
Zane Nelson, age 28, of Philip, died Sunday morning, June 16, 2013, in Philip. Zane George Nelson was born on January 11, 1985 to Dennis and Diana (Terkildsen) Nelson in Rosebud, South Dakota. He became the little brother to Heath Kennedy and Heather Nelson, and later the older brother of Dane Nelson, son
of Dennis and Jana (Klug) Nelson. Zane attended kindergarten in Philip and graduated from Philip High School in 2003. He played football all four years of high school and was an outstanding wrestler, placing at the State B wrestling tournament his freshman through senior years. Zane loved everything about being out-
School is out, please drive with care as children are playing and don’t always think befor they act!
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Obituary Karen Delbridge
1/2 miles from her home riding her horse Becky. Karen attended high school in New Underwood, graduating in 1964. Later she worked for her brother Keith and wife Delores on the Vinyl Chaffee Ranch through the summer. In June of 1965, she met her future husband at the state high school rodeo in New Underwood. She worked at Phil Town in Sturgis until Karen and Harold were married at Viewfield Church on January 16, 1966. They worked on the –VO Ranch for Harold and Nylia Severson until November of 1966 when they went to work for Karen’s dad until his death in 1968. Harold and Karen moved to the Earl Kellogg ranch in October of 1968 and worked with Arlene Kellogg where they purchased Raymond Kellogg’s place. Their love for horses and livestock made ranching an enjoyable time in their lives. During this time, they enjoyed their friendships with many at the Enning Roping Club. Karen’s love for animals helped her raise bum lambs for some 50 years. In 1976, they followed the Lord’s call to the ministry where Harold attended Lee Bible College and Karen worked in the college student center for three years. In 1979, they moved to Meadow and Pastored the Coal Springs Church of God until 1985 when they came to Union Center Pastoring the Prairie Bible Church for 23 1/2 years. Karen taught a countless number of children in Sunday school, midweek Bible Study, and VBS, where each learned of God’s love and plan of salvation. She taught Sunday school at Elm Springs for many years. Karen often packed a picnic lunch, and Sunday noon meal was enjoyed under the Belle Fourche River Bridge before services in the afternoon. Karen cooked, sewed, and helped her children in 4-H and school. She loved making cakes, Valentine boxes, Halloween costumes, and volunteering at school. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Harold; her sons and their wives, Arlin and Kathy Delbridge, Black Hawk, SD, and Chad and Dr. Karen Delbridge, Cheyenne, WY; her daughters and their husbands, Amanda and Gabriel Ruiz, Anchorage, AK, and Candace and Morgan Veit, Dupree, SD. She is survived by her grandchildren, whom are her legacy. She is also survived by five brothers, two sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her father and mother, Perry and Amanda Smith, and a stillborn daughter in 1969. A memorial has been established.
An exciting summer day
By Daris Howard When I was only five years old, my older brother, Albert, talked me into helping him burn the garbage that had been collecting in our garage. He said that it would be a great Fathers’ Day gift. We had taken it to the field on the north of our farm, right on the edge of the desert. All went okay, except for the fact that I lost my eyebrows and the front of my hair from standing too close to the fire. We had come back from our little adventure, and, being very tired, I took a nap. I had barely fallen asleep when the roar of fire engine sirens woke me. I rubbed the sleep from my eyes and went outside to join my brothers and sisters. More fire engines roared by, and I looked to the north and could see grey smoke billowing into the sky. “Hey,” Daniel said. “Let’s climb up into the barn so we can see what’s happening.” Everyone agreed, so we made our way there. Our barn was one of those tall ones from a previous era that was the height of a four story building. We all climbed into the loft and then climbed the ladder to the opening at the back. My brothers and sisters all sat on the opening ledge, but, since I was the youngest, I was not allowed to do something so dangerous, and had to stand on the ladder to look out. Beyond our farm, to the north, lay miles and miles of range land covered with dry grass and sagebrush. This was what was on fire. Luckily it was an unusually windless day, and the fire was moving slowly. We watched as truck after truck emptied their loads along the fire line, then rushed back to the ditch by our house to fill their tanks with more water. The brave firefighters were gradually encircling the fire rim, but despite their best efforts, they could not stop the fire from reaching the power line that ran across the open range. We watched as the first power pole started to tip. Soon, others near it began to lean, and then, suddenly, a whole section of the line crashed to the ground. As the poles hit the ground, they sparked a new round of fires, and the firemen raced to head them off. The battle continued all day, but as the sun started to approach the horizon, the firemen finished and started to wind up their hoses. The blackened land stretched out in a continued on page 9
Karen Diann (Smith) Delbridge, 67, Red Owl, South Dakota, died Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at the RCRH Hospice of the Hills. Visitation was Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel. Funeral services was held Monday, June 17, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis with Rev. Denzel Nonhof, Bishop Tony Cooper, and Rev. Thomas Gillum officiating. Karen Diann (Smith) Delbridge was born to William Perry and Amanda (Sattler) Smith on June 4, 1946, on the Ranch at Herford, SD. Beginning her life weighing under four pounds, she attended grade school at the Doyle school 2
Pastors Perspective
Rev. Dana Lockhart Prairie Fellowship Parish
Sunday School 9:30 a.m. • Worship Service - 10:30a.m. Wednesday Prayer Mtg. - 7:30 p.m.
Grace Baptist Church • Pastor Phil Hahn Church of Christ
In the Gospel of John, Jesus, knowing that his hour had come and preparing his disciples for the crucifixion, offers a remarkable prayer for Christian unity (John 17:20-24). Jesus prays on behalf of “all who will be in me” that “they may all be one.” These words have been on my mind recently, as I begin a period of service as the interim pastor of the Prairie Fellowship Parish. For the next 7 months, three ELCA Lutheran congregations in the Bison area will be exploring and testing a cooperative ministry arrangement with my congregation in Buffalo. More than just sharing resources and a pastor, I believe this arrangement provides the opportunity for important conversations about Christian unity, the mission of the church, and the importance of cooperation in rural ministry. As people of faith, we have been bombarded with “bad news” about the state of Christianity in America. Religion no longer holds as prominent of a place in our culture, public discourse or communal life as it once did. The category of people who have no religious affiliation continues to grow, while many of our congregations struggle with decreasing attendance and an aging membership. Demographic shifts have particularly hit our rural communities: young people move away and communities get smaller, leaving many small congregations struggling to continue their service to the Lord. All this “bad news” can at times be overwhelming and may even shadow the Good News that is our mission and joy to proclaim. At times like these, Christians turn to the Word of God for comfort, guidance and strength. As a pastor, I believe that Jesus’ prayer in John 17 may be the answer to the prayers of struggling congregations across the country. Jesus reminds us that we are not alone in our struggles, that we are united with Christians across the globe, and that all followers of the Risen Lord share a common bond and an essential unity. As Christians, we have reason to lament and grieve the divisions that exist among us. Our divided witness is doubtlessly contributing to our decline. Yet we know that it is not us who can heal these divisions: only God can rejoin what we humans have torn asunder. Perhaps in our struggles, God is calling us to a time of repentance, and that along with this repentance, the Holy Spirit is guiding the church to increase our cooperation with one another. Grounded in our unity in Christ, how can churches work with one another to feed the hungry, educate children and adults, and proclaim the Gospel in word and deed? How can we as individuals work together with people who attend different churches to share the love of God and serve all in need? The possibilities are endless! After all, the “bad news” about Christianity is nothing compared to the Good News we find in Holy Scripture, where God has a habit of turning scarcity into abundance (look for instance, at John 6:1-15). What if instead of worrying about what we don’t have (enough volunteers, young people, resources etc.) or what we are worried about losing (influence, cultural relevance), we ask the question, “what great things does God have in mind for our small congregations working together?” I look forward to serving the people of the Bison area and answering this question.
Saturday evening service at Indian Creek - 5:00 p.m. • Rosebud - 7:00 p.m. Sunday morning services at American - 8:00 a.m. • Grand River Lutheran
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. South Jct. of Highways 73 & 20 Sunday School - 10:00 a.m., Worship Service - 11:00 a.m. Sabbath School - 2:00 p.m., Worship Service - 3:00 p.m.
Coal Springs Community Church Pastors Nels & Angie Easterby
Seventh Day Adventist Church • Pastor Donavon Kack
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church • Fr. Tony Grossenburg
Saturday Mass: - Lemmon 4:45 p.m. Bison - 7:15 p.m., Sunday Mass: Lemmon - 8:15 a.m., Morristown - 10:30 a.m.
First Presbyterian Church • Pastor Florence Hoff, CRE
Reva • Worship Service - 9:00 a.m., WMF 2nd Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.
Holland Center Christian Reformed Church Pastor Brad Burkhalter • Lodgepole
Worship Service - 8:00 a.m. Worship Service -9:30 a.m.
Beckman Wesleyan Church • Pastor Brad Burkhalter
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.
Slim Buttes Lutheran • Pastor Henry Mohagen
Page 6 • The Bison Courier • Thursday, June 20, 2013 Hershey shares culinary skills with club members plus club hosts two special events
May was a busy month for Town and Country CFEL members. Special events included a free Community Coffee Break in the Grand Electric Social Room early in the month in recognition of the annual statewide South Dakota Community and Family Extension Leaders week. At the end of the month Town and Country gathered at Mom's Place to bid farewell to member Margie Hershey, who has now moved from the community. Vera Kraemer and Beth Hulm, who recently attended a crepes’ cooking school in Rapid City, volunteered to furnish the dessert for the coffee party. They used their newfound knowledge to offer up a variety of dessert crepes. Margie Hershey hosted the regular May meeting in her home. She and her daughter Mariah won the Quarter Finals in a Dutch Oven cook-off in Custer, SD last fall. That earned them a berth in the World Competition in Sandy, Utah on March 16 and 17 where they finished second in the Semi Finals and advanced to the World Finals. On club night, Hershey shared that experience with her peers in the Town and Country CFEL club. She fielded their many questions before serving up two delicious cakes, baked the Dutch oven way over hot charcoal. Hershey and her daughter are already busy planning recipes for their next Dutch oven competition. It was Hershey’s final meeting with the local club. She and her husband Brooke have moved to Rapid City. The next regular meeting of Town and Country CFEL will be hosted by Mary Lee Drake on June 27. Guests and new members are always welcome! As is their custom – and weather permitting – Town and Country will post American flags on Main Street for Flag Day and during Gala Days. Inclement weather on Memorial Day prevented the flags from being flown that day.
A farewell coffee/crepes party was held for Margie Hershey at Mom's Place.
Margie Hershey presented a program on Dutch oven cooking to her peers in the Town and Country CFEL club.
The Bison Courier • Thursday, June 20, 2013 • Page 7
75th anniversary at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church
Pastor Lance Hoff, son of the congregation, delivered the sermon at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church on Sunday evening for the 75th anniversary celebration. Pastor Lance Hoff traveled to Bison from Helenville, Wisconsin. Pastor Gerhardt Juergens is currently serving Bison and Morristown, S.D. Pastor Juergens has been here since the summer of 2005.
The children’s choir singing, “This is the Day, the Lord Has Made”, with the congregation echoing the children. The children also sang a beautiful song called, “Someone Special”. This song teaches the children how God was there when they began and will be there also when they depart; because they hold God in their heart. Pictured are; Daemik Wells, Marcella Wells, Joshua Juergens, Hannah Juergens, Grace Juergens, Dustin Wells, Kaitlyn Gebhart, Shannon Gebhart.
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Page 8 • The Bison Courier • Thursday, June 20, 2013 Bison Gala Days and All School Reunion Souvenir
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8 cups cubed and seeded watermelon 1 cup strawberries, halved 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice 1 cup white sugar 2 cups water (you may substitute Sprite or 7-up instead of water) Combine all the ingredients and blend until it is smooth (you may have to do it in 2 batches!).
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Perkins County Brand Throws are being sold for just $40.00. The throw, measuring 48 X 69, comes in black & cream or brown & cream and features 96 brands representing past, present and future Perkins County ranchers and families. The brand throw would make a perfect souvenir to commemorate your time spent with friends and family at Bison's 2013 Gala Days and the All School Reunion. All funds raised from the brand throw sales will go towards the finishing touches on the newly erected grandstand at the Perkins County fairgrounds. If you have any questions or would like to purchase a brand throw, please call Marcie Brownlee-Kari at 244-7125.
Lilacs are looking good this Spring
Lilacs are one of those plants whose lovely flower clusters and sweet fragrance are anticipated by gardeners in many parts of the world but especially in the colder regions of the United States, Europe and Asia, according to David Graper, Extension Horticulture Specialist and Director of McCrory Gardens. "While lilacs are not native to North America, they were brought here by the earliest settlers because they were so highly prized in the Old World," Graper said. "Interestingly, lilacs were one of the first flowering plants to be forced into bloom in a greenhouse by the Dutch back in the 1600's. There are about 22 different species of Syringa with nine of these well adapted and commonly available for planting in our Northern Plains climate." Graper explains that lilacs are members of the genus Syringa which is derived from the Greek word syrinx, meaning hollow stem. "In fact, some of the first English common names for Lilac were "pipe tree" and "blow stem" coming from the early use of lilac stems in the manufacture of smoking pipes and even crude needles used in medicine. Our common name of Lilac is derived from a variety of similar words meaning bluish," he said. Graper says the primary interest in lilacs comes from the lovely, fragrant clusters of flowers which are freely borne in the spring. He says they do particularly well in our climate. "Lilacs require several weeks of temperatures below or near freezing to develop the characteristic plump, paired flower buds on the ends of the twigs which prevent most lilacs from being grown in warmer climates in the southern U.S. In fact, lilacs are extremely hardy with most growing well where winter temperatures dip to -30F and can even survive to 40F," he said. Best growing conditions Lilacs grow best in a site that receives full sun exposure but they will also do well in part shade. They grow best in a soil with a near-neutral pH as long as it is not too wet. They will perform best if grown in a mulched bed, free from the competition of lawn grass. Supplemental irrigation during drought will also help them to grow and bloom more prolifically. Most plants will grow from 6 to 10-feet in height with a similar spread, thanks to the suckers which develop around the base of the plant on most species except the Chinese lilac. Older plants will often benefit from regular (renewal) pruning, generally cutting down the tallest shoots to within a few inches of the ground right after they are done flowering. This will encourage new shoots to develop from the base that will generally begin flowering in 3-4 years. If this renewal pruning is practiced regularly, a lilac plant can be managed at a smaller size and also have flowers lower on the plant to enjoy and use for cutting. Graper says old, overgrown plants can be given a rejuvenation pruning where all the shoots are cut down to within a few inches of the ground. "This is a great way to reinvigorate an old ugly plant that has gotten too tall and may have lots of dead wood in it. It will take 3-4 years for the plant to begin blooming again," he said. Topping of the taller shoots, several feet above the ground is not recommended since often those topped shoots will die back or produce an overabundance of shoots several feet from the ground while the base of the plant is nearly bare. The Japanese Tree lilac is an exception since it is often trained to grow as a small tree, so it should not be given renewal or rejuvenation pruning. Best varieties to plant in South Dakota Lilac flowers range in color from pure white to pink, blue, violet, magenta, purple and even yellow. They may have single or double flowers and range in fragrance from almost none to quite strong. Most are considered to have a pleasing fragrance except perhaps the tree lilacs which some may find mildly objectionable. Most species and cultivars of modern lilacs have plain green leaves with little fall color but some have variegated foliage and display interesting fall color, especially the Manchurian and Hyacinth Lilacs.
The Bison Courier • Thursday, June 20, 2013 • Page 9
Teen Political Camp Scholarships still available
Students interested in politics still have a chance to apply for ten remaining $100 scholarships available for the upcoming Teen Leadership Camp in the Black Hills. The camp, sponsored by the Teen Age Republicans (TARs), is attended by students from across the state and features a variety of fun and educational opportunities. Middle school and high school students interested in politics or public service are invited to participate in the camp, which will be July 22-27, 2013. In previous years, students have spent time with top elected officials, including U.S. Senator John Thune and Governor Dennis Daugaard, visited Mt. Rushmore, spent an afterTherefore, they are asking for an additional $10,000 that would be put towards housing needs in conjunction with the new Wheeler Housing Initiative. Fire Chief Chad Baumgarten wants about $5,000 more for the Lemmon Fire Department, too. Costs just keep increasing, he said. It was the theme of the day that most entities do need more money to operate on. Ottman told them, “We’ll take it under consideration.” Nobody will get a promise until expenses are balanced against projected budget revenues. Susan Sandgren had the same request for Three Rivers that she always does and which she never receives but thanked the county board “for supporting our agency.” Western Senior Citizens didn’t change their request for senior meals although, program-wide, the Rapid City representative said that their revenue is down about $72,000. Commissioners made two technological advances during last week’s meeting. Each of the fiveman board was given a notebook tablet on which Chapman had loaded all of the documents that they would need for that day’s business. It will serve as a tool to keep commissioners informed of happenings that occur between meetings, also. A new program, known as Gov Teller, will be started in the county business office whereby employees will be able to accept credit card payments for goods and services. noon at the Rushmore Waterslides, participated in educational sessions, and enjoyed the beauty of the Black Hills. Those interested in the $100 scholarships can visit www.sdtars.com or contact State Advisor Dusty Johnson at stateadvisor@sdtars.com or 605280-5511. “There isn’t a day that goes by that somebody doesn’t come in and want to use their credit or debit card,” Chapman told commissioners. Card swipers, at about $65 each, would be the county’s only expense. In other business on Tuesday, two new county employees were announced. Matthew Schackow, 2007 Lemmon High School graduate, was sworn in as a deputy sheriff earlier that morning in the courtroom at Bison. He will reside in Bison and completes the sixman staff for the Perkins County sheriff department as they establish county-wide law enforcement. Brad Mackaben, Bison, has been hired by Buer in the county highway department. The new Comprehensive Planning board has organized but Commissioners have been informed that one of them must serve on that board and that the membership of the board must be an uneven number. Earlier they had appointed seven county residents. They have now appointed Willard Ottman to represent them and will find one more person to recruit. They also set the pay for that board at $50 per meeting plus mileage. A supplemental tax retirement plan, offered by South Dakota Retirement System, was approved for county employees. It is optional for employees and costs the county nothing. Commissioners enjoyed a working lunch, sponsored by KBJM radio.
Commissioners take their meeting on the road
continued from page 1 change, he wants to add to the Weed and Pest budget because “we’re going to be much more active….more aggressive” at controlling noxious weeds. Total county dollars for the two entities would be about the same as they’ve been, Carda said. Jim Lorenz, Lemmon Seniors, was up next. He asked for the same $1,250 that his organization has been receiving from the county. He was proud to report that membership has taken a dramatic increase, that dues have gone up and that the new building is being rented more often to generate more revenue. Arrow Transit will need more help financially or run the risk of cutting services. Chris Block explained that they’ve lost funding from both Live, Inc. and Meade County, creating a $20,000 shortfall that will need to be made up. She doubled her request from the county to $8,000 from previous years. Koreen Anderson and Jack Anderson also doubled their request for the Lemmon Grandstands and Rodeo to $5,000. K. Anderson also spoke for Lemmon Jr. Livestock, asking for the same $3,500 that the county has been giving them annually. Four gentlemen – Shane Penfield, G. Schweitzer, Dave Johnson and J. Anderson - were present from LACED, Lemmon’s Economic Development group. They cited recent projects but focused on housing, which they say is “extremely difficult” to find in Lemmon.
continued from page 5 visible V shape. “Look at that,” John said. “It looks like the fire started at a point in our north pasture.” “Not only that,” I chimed in, trying to be helpful, “Albert and I are very lucky that it didn’t start until after we finished burning the garbage there, or we could have been hurt.” Everyone turned and looked at me, and with my missing eyebrows and missing hair, they just assumed I was guilty. “You and Albert burned garbage out there?” John asked. Albert had told me about the fifth amendment, and I figured it was time to invoke my rights and not incriminate myself any more. When everyone turned to where Albert had been, he was gone. I barely remembered that, in the ex-
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citement, he had slipped past me, heading down the ladder. “Where did Albert go?” Daniel asked. I just shrugged. Until hunger drove Albert from his hiding place, he was impossible to find. That left me alone to face my parents. My father, who had helped fight the fire, was tired, covered in soot, and unhappy. My punishment was severe. I was to spend weeks working at Grandma’s house where she could keep an eye on me so I couldn’t get into more trouble. For hours on end I had to dig grass, and every other miserable weed known to man, from her garden. It was hot and boring. Well, I should say that it was boring until the day I discovered what a person could do with Grandma’s magnifying glass. And thank heavens for that fifth amendment which meant I didn’t have to explain how her garden shed randomly caught on fire.
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Over $5.6 million announced for 31 South Dakota counties
U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (DSD) today announced that the Department of the Interior has designated over $5.6 million in 2013 Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program payments to 31 counties in South Dakota. The PILT program provides funding to local governments for public schools, county road projects, firefighting and police protections, forest management projects and other important programs in counties with large tracts of federal lands. "South Dakota’s Black Hills National Forest, national grasslands and national parks are tremendous assets to our state, but they are not part of the local property tax base," Johnson said. "The PILT program ensures that these communities have additional resources to support local schools, county roads and other services people rely on. I have long supported fully funding the PILT program to aid counties in South Dakota in funding essential public services, and I will continue working with my colleagues to add long-term certainty to this vital program." Eligibility for the PILT program is reserved for counties that contain non-taxable federal lands within their boundaries. This funding is especially important in South Dakota, which is home to several national monuments, parks, national forests and national grasslands. Since 2008, PILT has been fullyfunded, first under the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 and this year under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act. Mandatory funding discontinues at the end of this fiscal year. If mandatory funding is not extended, the program will be subject to annual appropriations, which could result in a much lower funding level for these vital public services. County , payment, total acres BEADLE COUNTY, $705. 293; BON HOMME COUNTY, $26,589, 11,041; BROWN COUNTY, $192, 80; BRULE COUNTY, $21,375, BUFFALO COUNTY, 8,876; BUTTE $28,624, 11,886; COUNTY, $386,070, 160,313; CAMPBELL COUNTY, $44,311, 18,400; CHARLES MIX COUNTY, $49,186, 20,424; CLARK COUNTY, $1,546, 642; CLAY COUNTY, $0, 11; CODINGTON COUNTY, $0, 31; CORSON COUNTY, $157,546, 65,420; CUSTER COUNTY, $669,781, 398,731; DAY COUNTY, $503, 209; DEWEY COUNTY, $189,634, 78,744; FALL RIVER COUNTY, $631,192, 285,527; GREGORY COUNTY, $42,883, 17,807; HAAKON COUNTY, $9,134, 3,793; HAND COUNTY, $192, 80; HARDING COUNTY, $209,573, 103,898; HUGHES COUNTY, $79,276, 32,919; HYDE COUNTY, 1,738; JACKSON $4,186, COUNTY, $258,143, 107,192; JERAULD COUNTY, $0, 40; $47,098, JONES COUNTY, 19,557; LAWRENCE COUNTY, $424,795, 278,913; LYMAN COUNTY, $218,764, 90,840; MARSHALL COUNTY, $0, 37; MCPHERSON COUNTY, $385, 160; MEADE COUNTY, $160,528, 81,450; MINER COUNTY, $0, 40; PENNINGTON COUNTY, $1,356,548, 689,100; PERKINS COUNTY, $263,729, 109,512; POTTER COUNTY, $31,471, 13,068; ROBERTS COUNTY, 547; SHANNON $1,317, COUNTY, $4,763, 1,978; SPINK COUNTY, $1,778, 738; STANLEY COUNTY, $225,271, 93,542; SULLY COUNTY, $72,815, 30,236; TRIPP COUNTY, $385, 160; WALWORTH COUNTY, 16,460; YANKTON $39,639, $5,623, 2,335; COUNTY, ZIEBACH COUNTY, $4,217, 1,751. TOTAL $5,669,767, ACRES 2,758,519
Tiss Treib accompanied her uncle John Johnson to Bismarck Tuesday. They attended the funeral of their cousin/nephew Jerald “Gary” Kettleson. They returned home that afternoon. Tiss Treib called on Shirley Johnson Wednesday afternoon. Tiss Treib took Bernie Gunther out to lunch in Hettinger Friday. Tiss Treib was among those who attended the 100th Anniversary for the ranch of Jim and Patsy Miller Saturday evening. Jasmine Seim accompanied her home. Nolan and Linda Seim traveled to Hettinger Saturday evening. On their way home, they stopped at Tiss Treib’s to pick up Jasmine who had accompanied Tiss home after the Miller picnic. Chet Anderson was a Saturday evening caller of Nolan and Linda Seim. Nolan and Linda Seim and family attended the picnic at the Jim and Patsy Miller ranch Saturday afternoon. LaVonne Foss, Shirley and Lexi Johnson made a trip to Hettinger Tuesday.
Rosebud News .............................By Tiss Treib
LaVonne Foss picked up Shirley Johnson and they attended the 100th Anniversary ranch party at Jim and Patsy Miller’s. Thelma Sandgren called on Shirley Johnson Sunday afternoon. Duane Meink returned home Friday after spending a week in Virginia with Troy Meink and family. Duane Meink attended the Haynes School Reunion this weekend. Dorothy and Lynn Frey and Marilyn Schwartzbauer attended NLA Class Reunion in Watertown Saturday. They were overnight guests of Betty and Rola Stoltenberg. They returned home Sunday. Albert Keller returned home from work on Wednesday early morning. Bridget Keller and Korbin ran into Hettinger Wednesday morning to run errands. Thursday, Albert and Bridget Keller and the boys ran into Hettinger to get yard fencing supplies. Friday, Albert and Bridget
Keller and the boys traveled to Wilton, ND and stayed the weekend with Earl and Mary Hirchert. They returned home Sunday late afternoon. Duane and Dawn Harris and Doug Frisvold were Sunday supper guests of Albert and Bridget Keller and boys. Thelma Sandgren was among those who attended the funeral of Gwen Green in Bison Monday. Jim Long of MN stopped in on Tuesday, as he was out taking care of prairie dogs, they had a good visit. Thelma Sandgren called on Helen Meink Wednesday. Thursday, Ray Lapka and his son from Mitchell, SD stopped in to see Thelma Sandgren’s prairie dogs. Friday was Thelma Sandgren’s day in Hettinger. She had lunch with Gladys Merwin and played cards at the Senior Center before returning home. Steve Sandgren, Ray Lapka and his son stopped in to see Thelma Sandgren Saturday. Later, Thelma attended the anniversary party at the Jim and Patsy Miller ranch. Thelma Sandgren called on Shirley Johnson Sunday afternoon to deliver her news for Tiss.
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The Bison Courier • Thursday, June 20, 2013 • Page 11
Pinkeye prevention in Tillage erosion can impact yields cattle this summer
Now is the time to think ahead about preventive measures for pinkeye. Pinkeye is the common name for Infectious Bovine Kerato-Conjunctivitis, a highly infectious disease that affects the eyes of cattle. It causes infection of the eye itself as well as inflammation of the conjunctiva (inside lining membrane of the eyelid). Typical symptoms include tearing from the infected eye, squinting, reddening of the membranes of the eyelid, and with advancing conditions, ulceration of the cornea, leading to the classic white, inflamed spot on the eyeball. If left untreated, this ulceration can lead to permanent scarring resulting in impairment of vision. There are several conditions that can increase the chance for pinkeye to spread among cattle. From excessive dust in the air to cool, wet weather conditions says Ken Olson, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist. "Wet conditions can be conducive to the spread of pinkeye," he said. "Damp ground provides increased breeding grounds for flies, particularly face flies, which are the primary carriers of the bacterial organism (Moraxella bovis) that causes the disease." Additionally, Olson says increased moisture means greater forage production. Taller forage pokes cattle in the face, serving both as an irritant to the eye, as well as a vector for the spread of the Moraxella bovis organism from one animal to another. Prevention of pinkeye begins with fly control and can also include pinkeye vaccines. "A variety of vaccine products are available, and all have potential to boost an animal's immune system against the Moraxella bovis organism," he said. "While these vaccines often may not completely prevent pinkeye occurrence, they will reduce severity. Follow specific label directions for whichever product is used to get maximum benefit." Olson says cattle should be vaccinated in the spring before fly season starts, because while the vaccine can be used later in the summer, in the face of a pinkeye outbreak, it will be much less effective. Providing shade is another way to prevent pinkeye, as eye irritation from UV radiation can contribute to vulnerability of the eye to a pinkeye infection. "A final preventive measure is early treatment of initial cases to minimize spread from infected cattle to others," Olson said. "Unfortunately, cattle handling can be difficult in summer grazing settings. That said, treatment should be administered as promptly as possible to reduce the scale of outbreaks." 4-pronged Treatment Approach: 1.) Providing a topical anti-bacterial powder in the infected eye(s); 2.) Injecting a small amount (1 ml) of antibiotic into the layers of the membrane of the inner eyelid; 3.) An intramuscular injection of a long-acting oxytetracycline; and 4.) Gluing a patch over the eye to protect it from UV radiation. Olson reminds cattle producers that the bovine eye has great healing power and typically will recover quickly once provided these treatments. To learn more about pinkeye prevention iGrow.org.
Unlike water erosion, tillage erosion is not strongly affected by slope length. Therefore, in hilly regions that have many changes in slope, tillage erosion can be the dominant erosive force, explains Thomas Schumacher, retired SDSU Plant Science Professor. "Tillage erosion is the downslope movement of soil by tillage. During tillage, soil is lifted and gravity moves soil downslope. Soil movement by tillage increases with slope steepness. However, net soil transport by tillage is determined by the change in slope. Soil movement by tillage very slowly levels the land surface. Soil is removed from areas where slope is increasing (convex) and deposited in areas where slope is decreasing (concave)," said Schumacher. He adds that this applies in the eastern Dakotas, western Minnesota, and throughout the Prairie Pothole Region. Conditions that Schumacher says influence tillage erosion include: intensive tillage; the tillage operation implement design; depth, speed, and direction of tillage; topography - curvature, change in slope, steepness; and soil properties - bulk density and soil texture. "Any implement that lifts the soil will cause tillage erosion," he said. "Some secondary operations are as erosive as primary tillage operations.” Soil changes resulting from tillage erosion Tillage erosion degrades soil quality in upper slope positions. “The additive effect of years of combined tillage, water and wind erosion is shallow topsoil in the upper slope (sometimes with exposed subsoil) and deep topsoil accumulation in depressions," Schumacher said. He adds that erosion also changes soil organic matter content, soil texture, water holding capacity, nutrient availability, aeration, pH and other soil properties that affect productivity. When it comes to productivity
changes resulting from tillage erosion, Schumacher says tillage erosion depletes crop yield in areas of soil loss. "In our studies, plant growth and yield was linked to changes in soil properties induced by soil movement by tillage," he said. "We measured yield in an eroded prairie landscape for four years - three years of wheat and one year of soybean - and found that grain yields in the most eroded portions of the field were consistently less than half of the yield in noneroded areas." Effects on management In the eastern Dakotas and western Minnesota, research shows longterm tillage has increased the land area with poor-quality topsoil. "Crop yields on eroded land reflect soil properties. Approaches to reduce the effects of soil erosion on productivity are being investigated, including precision agriculture and targeted application of manure and other soil amendments," he said. To learn more visit, iGrow.org.
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Pass the ketchup
By: Jill Pertler We were out of ketchup – or catsup, depending on your preference. You say tuh-may-toe; I say tuh-mahtoe. The word ketchup is sometimes associated with a particular brand. I buy lots of generic products, but not generic ketchup. When it comes to red condiments, my family practices purebred, pure-brand loyalty. At least we did. Although ketchup is an American icon, the sauce originated in China in the 1600s. It was made with pickled fish and spices and didn’t even contain tomatoes; the ingredient was added when the condiment came to the United States sometime in the early 1800s. By 1837, a guy named Yerks had modified and commercialized the product and marketed it nationwide. The American love affair with ketchup had begun. For most of us. Some people don’t like ketchup. They don’t live at my house. We love the stuff – high fructose corn syrup and all. What’s not to like? Inside the bottle, you’ll find food flexibility at its finest. Depending on your culinary needs, you can use it as an ingredient (meatloaf) or condiment (cheeseburger). While the jury is still out on nutritional legitimacy, in some circles our tomato-based friend is considered a vegetable – even though tomatoes are technically fruits, but I’ve never been able to keep that one straight. I’ve witnessed creative ketchup use in the kitchen and beyond. My son likes it with macaroni and cheese. I enjoy dill pickles dipped in ketchup. I even know one friend who pours the sauce on his pancakes. He seems to enjoy it; I say to each his own on that one. (Please pass the syrup.) The red wonder is more than just food and can resemble pretend blood on Halloween or other festive occasions when one wants to fake significant injury. Ketchup can get rid of chlorine build-up on hair and shine tarnished metal (but not at the same time). I’ve also heard rumors it enhances the flavor of French fries, but that idea sounds a little extreme – sort of like putting ketchup on pancakes. Most ketchup consumers fit into one of two categories: dippers or squeezers. I am a dipper. I like to squirt a round puddle of the sassy sauce on my plate and dip my burger, hot dog or baloney sandwich right into the mix. This creates ample disbursement of the condiment and the flavor it imparts. My husband is a squeezer. He lifts the bun off his sandwich and squeezes the desired amount of ketchup onto the bread in a zigzag pattern. The idea is to create an even layer of ketchup throughout the sandwich. Squeezers enjoy consistency in their condiment distribution; it’s all about control. In order to dip or squeeze, you’ve got to keep a supply of the red spread in your fridge. We were plum out. At our house, running out of ketchup is serious business. Not as serious as a car wreck or broken bone; more along the lines of running out of toilet paper or losing the TV remote. Serious enough to warrant a trip to the store. Once there, I made an appalling discovery. The shelves where my preferred brand sits were empty. This forced me to do the unthinkable. I grabbed a bottle from the company containing less than 57 varieties and put it in my cart, knowing I’d most likely regret such roguish actions in the morning. I arrived home just in time for a lunch of brats (sausages, not kids). I dipped. My husband squeezed. We both took a bite and lovingly caught each other’s eye like a married couple does when bonding over the birth of a child, 25-year wedding anniversary or new type of ketchup. The other brand tasted – good – tangy and flavorful and completely ketchuptastic. I didn’t know what to think. Every idea and hypothesis I’d formulated about ketchup (or catsup) was thrown out with the bratwater. Maybe, just maybe, ketchup on French fries isn’t such a bad idea after all. And the whole pancake thing? It definitely deserves reconsideration.
Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, playwright and author of “The Do-It-Yourselfer’s Guide to Self-Syndication” You can read more columns at the Slices of Life page on Facebook.
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Amy Kirk is a ranch wife from Custer, South Dakota.
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Using Choice Words on the Ranch
Cursing is a touchy subject with me. I’m not fond of the language when it’s used excessively but I’ll be honest, I’m only human. I make mistakes and sometimes I lecture my husband about his cussing. It’s okay when I do it because there are times when expletives are acceptable. I can tolerate saying bad words, but more importantly, I use them with discretion. Of course when I do it, I choose the milder versions. I love how a ranch wife friend of mine handled the swearing issue with her kids. When her two sons were middle school-aged the only time they were allowed to use foul language was while moving cows. Expletives can be tolerated to a certain extent. The only times I consider it necessary to resort to offensive language would be when checking cows and finding new stretches of fence to fix, cows out, the neighbor’s bull or cows in with our cows, finding thirsty cows standing around empty tanks, hitting my head on the rafters in our attic, banging my shin in the dark on misplaced furniture, things like that. The thing about profanity is that it’s out there too much, being
excessively abused instead of brought out for special instances. Inappropriate language is all around us and it’s not very virtuous but if you’re an average, normal human, you’ve likely spoken the language to some degree. For the most part, today’s society has become immune to the shock value of swear words and its use is not only acceptable but unfortunately, has become the norm in our country. My old-fashioned ears have an exceptionally low tolerance quota for listening to toxic, high-potency profanity. While hanging clothes on the line one time, my ears had reached their quota of verbal sewage coming from the open shop doors. What I heard was an air attack of F-bombs being dropped. Out of extreme irritation of hearing cussing beyond my daily limit, I went over to call a cease-fire. The mechanical repairing techniques that were being applied on our windrower wasn’t fixing the problem, so my spouse fired a full metal jacket of profanities at it to convey his frustration since things weren’t going his way. I walked over and asked him why he found it necessary to pick the worst word—the one I despise the most—to vent with. He answered with something about how his word choices and the decibels used is how things get done, or in this particular case, get fixed. He’s convinced that speaking such offensive words helps improve the situation. I liken my distaste for the concentrated spewage of swear words to the way husbands dislike their wives excessively harping, criticizing, nagging, and lecturing repeatedly all at once. Husbands squirm, cringe, and sometimes walk off to get away from and avoid hearing it. Likewise, it’s hard to listen to cursing when it’s overdone, used in excess, and abused, and I react similarly when I hear a torrent of cursing. Hearing too much profanity at once makes me think of a sewer that’s backed up. I guess that would explain why swearing is called foul language.
gala A festive occasion, especially a lavish social event or entertainment
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Monday, June 10, 2013 7:00 p.m. City Hall
Bison Town Board
CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL: Chairman Juell Chapman called the regular meeting of the Town Board to order at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 10, 2013. All other trustees - Luke Clements, Matt Butsavage, Mike Lockert and David Kopren - were present. Others present: Branden Landphere, Eric Bogue, employees Heath McKinstry, Kelli Nelson and Beth Hulm; and Gladys Jackson, press. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WAS RECITED BY ALL.
FINANCIAL STATEMENT: 0502013 – Chapman moved, seconded by Butsavage to approve the Financial Report as presented. Carried. The complete report is on file at City Hall. DELEGATION: Kelli Nelson spoke with trustees about Gala Day preparations.
MINUTES: 049-2013 - Kopren moved, seconded by Clements to approve the May 6, 2013 minutes as presented. Carried.
PUBLIC HEARINGS/BID OPENING: 7:30 p.m. – 051-2013 - Chapman moved, seconded by Kopren to approve Commercial Club’s request for a special malt beverage license on Friday, June 21, 2013 during Gala Days on Main Street from 5:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, only; and also during the mud bog, west of the fairgrounds, on Sat. June 22, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. only. Carried. 7:35 p.m. – 052-2013 – Chapman moved, seconded by Lockert to approve Bison Fire Department’s request for a special malt beverage license at Lion’s Club Park on Saturday, June 22, beginning at 5:00 p.m. through Sunday, June 23 at 2:00 a.m. only. Carried. 7:40 p.m. – 053-2013 – Clements moved, seconded by Kopren to approve Perkins County Fair Board’s request for a special malt beverage license at the fairgrounds on Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 4:00 – 10:00 p.m., only; and during the County Fair on Friday, August 16, 2013 from 4:00 – 10:00 p.m. only; and on Saturday, August 17, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. through 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 18, 2013; and on Sunday, August 18, 2013 from 12:00 noon – 10:00 p.m., only. Carried. 7:45 – 054-2013 – Motion by Butsavage, seconded by Clements to accept a bid from Dolores Chapman for $300 to mow approximately 60 acres of hay ground at Bison Municipal Airport. Carried. There were no bids on the other parcels of city-owned hay ground. 055-2013 – Motion by Clements, seconded by Chapman to advertise remaining city-owned hay tracts near Bison Municipal Airport for grazing, pending further research. Roll call vote: Clement, aye; Buttsavage, nay; Lockert, aye; Kopren, aye; Chapman, aye. Carried 4-1. UNFINISHED BUSINESS Storm Sewer bids/Award: Trustees
STATUS REPORT: Trustees reviewed McKinstry’s written status report with him.
reviewed three Storm Sewer construction bids, including Alternate #1, which were received and opened by Engineer Allan Page in Bison on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at Grand Electric Social Room, as follows: B.L. Contracting, Bison, SD - $543,374.50; Quinn Construction, Rapid City, SD $622,599.00 and Quam Construction, Wilmar, MN – $883,350.00. 056 – 2013 – Chapman moved, seconded by Butsavage to award the Storm Sewer project, including Alternate #1, to the low bidder, B. L. Contracting, Bison, SD for $543,374.50. Carried. Discussion followed about potential improvements to the north side of the street, west from 1st Ave. West, to match repairs on the south side, which will be disturbed to due to placement of the storm sewer. Also discusses was an upcoming storm sewer pre-construction meeting. Summer Swimming contract: City Attorney Eric Bogue presented a draft of an amendment to the existing swimming contract with Bison School, which includes provisions for the town to use a school bus and driver to transport area youth to open swimming at the Hettinger Pool after swimming lessons have ended in July. 057-2013 – Kopren moved, seconded by Clements to buy extra insurance coverage for swimming lessons and open swimming. Carried. Dog Ordinance: Bogue presented a draft ordinance for dog management and control. Board members will review prior to the July meeting. Sump Pump ordinance: Bogue presented a draft ordinance for sump pump guidelines. Board members will review prior to the July meeting. Old/Obsolete ordinances: Bogue informed trustees that there are two ways to update the Town of Bison’s ordinance book. One is to have a committee of board members review the existing ordinances and suggest changes. A new ordinance book could be approved without having to publish each individual ordinance. The second option would be to purchase a set of ordinances, expressly written for communities of the same size, etc. as Bison. Easement: Bogue is continuing to work on an easement for the property owners at Prairie Lounge and the house directly north of it so that city employees can dig to find water shutoffs. Super AWOS Maintenance/Upkeep: No action was taken on a reduced-cost maintenance agreement. Brosz Engineering: 058-2013 – Lockert moved, seconded by Chapman to pay Brosz Eng. $8,550 for design work for water and sewer extension to Kolb’s 2nd Addition. Carried. Revised Culvert Policy: Trustees continue to work on new wording for revising the culvert policy. NEW BUSINESS 059-2013 – Lockert moved, seconded by Chapman to approve the following resolution for repairs and continued maintenance of Coleman Ave., subject to approval of a Community Access Grant. Carried. RESOLUTION OF FINANCIAL COMMITMENT, RESPONSIBILITY FOR ROAD MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT FOR PROJECT
Surface Water Modification: Trustees are in receipt of a modified Surface Water Discharge permit, effective June 1, 2013. A facility plan, identifying the steps the town will take to address sources of excess flow into the system and correct other identified causes of noncompliance must be submitted to SDDENR no later than July 1, 2013. Engineer Nick Hoffman, Interstate Engineering, will submit the plan for the Town. Quarterly reports to SDDENR also commence on July 1, 2013. PCRWS building: Trustees had been approached about cost-sharing a new equipment storage building with Perkins County Rural Water. They expressed no interest in doing so. Butsavage driveway: Butsavage reported his intentions to extend the driveway to his home by 8 ft. and also to extend the culvert.
Bison, and WHEREAS, the SDDOT requires a 40 percent local match for the construction costs of a project up to a specified amount; and WHEREAS, the SDDOT requires the local government agency to be responsible for the maintenance of improved road; and WHEREAS, the Town of Bison is in full support of this project and grant application; THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Town of Bison will provide the local match needed to supplement the SDDOT grant. This match will be 40 percent of the construction costs as shown in the grant application. THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Town of Bison will b responsible for maintenance of the improved road; and THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Town of Bison expresses its full support and cooperation to the road improvement project and the SDDOT CAG application.
CLAIMS: The following claims were presented and approved for payment. May payroll by dept – Fin. Admin., $645.46; Streets, $881.99; Airport, $213.09; Parks & Rec., $883.14; Library, $778.75; Liquor, $5,063.39; Water, $872.67; Sewer, $328.23; Solid Waste, $2,222.55. Total FICA, $2,0450.58; Health Ins, $500; SDRS, $670.20; Supp. Retirement, $35; A&B Business, supp, $86.76; Besler Trucking, prof fees, $1,200; Bison Amb., subsidy, $3,000; Bison Bar, prof fees, $350; Bison Cemetery, subsidy, $500; Bison Courier, publishing, $340.01; Bison Food, supp, $22.48; Bison Grain Co., supp, $1,022.22; Bison Imp, repairs, $95.98; Bison Senior Citizens, subsidy, $500; Coca Cola, supp., $169.50; Current Connection, supp., $51.22; Dacotah Ins., prem, $10,606.77; Dakota Feed, supp., $1,126.65; DPFCU, util/supp/repairs/postage, $413.47; Dakota Supply, equip., $468.36; Dept. of Rev., sales tax, $1,482.26; G&O, supp., $89.40; Grand Electric, util/re-
riod is closed for this year. 3.) The new 2014 budget was briefly discussed. 4.) Clements requested the use of the town’s yellow dump truck when Economic Development participates in the Paint SD program in Bison.
pairs, $3,718; HD Supply, supp., $272.56; Hettinger Candy, supp., $845.68; Jerome Bev., beer, $1,782.75; Johnson Bros., on/off/beer, misc, $597.56; KLJ, prof fees, $2,077.80; KBM, prof fees, $16,470.81; Nelson, Kelli, supp, $93.81; NW Bev., beer, $3,908.30; NWSDRLA, prof. fees, $2,164.50; Pepsi, supp., $477.65; PCRWS, water/prof fees, $4,479.10; Republic, on/off sale, $2,423.48; S&S, supp, $1,803.70; SDDENR, fees, $180; SD Lottery, $2,390.78; Servall, prof. fees, $93.93; WRCTC, util., $268.85; West River Shrine, donation, $100. ADJOURNMENT: Chairman Chapman adjourned the meeting at 10:30 p.m.
NEXT MEETINGS: The next regular meeting is Monday, July 8, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. ATTEST: APPROVED:
Elizabeth Hulm, Finance Officer Juell Chapman, Chairman
[Published June 20, 2013 at a total approximate cost of $131.59.]
The Town Board of Bison will be accepting bids until 7:30 p.m. on Monday, July 8, 2013 for mowing of 60 acres, more or less, of hay surrounding the runway at Bison Municipal Airport, inside the fence. The hay must be mowed, baled and moved, or lined up along the fence. The bids will be publicly opened and read at Bison City Hall on July 8, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. Send or deliver bids to: Town of Bison, PO Box 910, 309 1st Ave. W., Bison, SD 57620. Mark the envelope Airport Hay Bid. ATTEST: Elizabeth Hulm Finance Officer Town of Bison
The Town Board of Bison will be accepting bids until 7:30 p.m. on Monday, July 8, 2013 for mowing of 60 acres, more or less, of hay surrounding the runway at Bison Municipal Airport, inside the fence. The hay must be mowed, baled and moved, or lined up along the fence. The bids will be publicly opened and read at Bison City Hall on July 8, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. Send or deliver bids to: Town of Bison, PO Box 910, 309 1st Ave. W., Bison, SD 57620. Mark the envelope Airport Hay Bid. ATTEST: Elizabeth Hulm Finance Officer Town of Bison
SUMMER JOB APPLICATIONS 061-2013: Butsavage moved, seconded by Lockert to offer a part-time position to Kassidy Sarsland to serve as swimming chaperone for swimming lesson and open swimming during the month of July. Carried. Other advertised positions remain open. CORRESPONDENCE: 1.) Trustees are in receipt of an offer from SDRS which employees could take advantage of if the town so approves. Action will be taken at the July 8 meeting. 2.) Hulm cautioned that all contractors must provide proof of insurance before they do work for the Town of Bison and to be especially careful of transient vendors.
RESIGNATION 060-2013: Lockert moved, seconded by Clements to regretfully accept the resignation of maintenance worker Larry Hendricks, effective Friday, June 7, 2013. Carried.
[Published June 20 and June 27, 2013 at a total approximate cost of $16.26.]
[Published June 20 and June 27, 2013 at a total approximate cost of $16.26.]
The world’s average school year is 200 days per year. In the U.S., it is 180 days; in Sweden 170 days, in Japan it is 243 days. So enjoy, the summer with your kids!
WHEREAS, the Town of Bison is applying for a Community Access Grant through the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) for the Town of
OPEN FORUM: 1.) 062-2013 – Clements moved, seconded by Chapman to bill new sewer and water taps to A+ Repair at $150 each, per resolution. Carried. 2.)The possible purchase of an electronic speed sign for the vicinity of the school was discussed. SDDOT offers grant money but the grant pe-
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The weather has been beautiful this week. We got a good rain Tuesday with .87 and the sun has been shining every day since then. You can almost hear the grass growing. Sunday was the Regional High School Rodeo in Dupree. I stopped at the rodeo on my way to Pierre. It was a perfect day for a rodeo, the ambulance didn’t have to haul anyone off, and there were a lot of great folks to visit with. I got to Pierre in time for an Executive Board supper meeting with Investment Officer Matt Clark and Rob Wylie, the Executive Director of the SD Retirement System. The Executive Board met early Monday morning for the report of the Investment Council Subcommittee and to appoint a new member to the South Dakota Investment Council. The candidates were Steve Kirby, Robert Litz, Lorin Brass, Rick Althoff, and Donald Looney. After interviewing the candidates that afternoon, Steve Kirby was selected as the new member of the Investment Council. Reub and Pastor Burkhalter have been working on the church in Prairie City all week. I ran to Hettinger for material for their project Tuesday morning while Casey, Bryce and Trig trailed cows to Glendo. Casey and Trig spent Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning fixing a busted waterline in our pasture. Wednesday afternoon they went to Prairie City to help at the church. USFW Scott Larson sent me notice that US Fish and Wildlife opened the comment period on Monday to remove the gray wolf from the Endangered Species list in the lower 48 states, with the exception of the Mexican wolf in the southwest. I'm sharing the information with those of you who are concerned about the growing wolf population. The 90-day public comment period will remain open until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on September 11, 2013. Written comments and information concerning each proposed rule can be submitted by one of the following methods to the appropriate docket numbers: Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments to the following docket numbers: Gray wolf: Docket No. [FWSHQ-ES-2013-0073] Mexican Wolf: Docket No. [FWS-R2-ES-2013-0056] U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: [please use appropriate docket number for each species - see above]; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042-PDM; Arlington, VA 22203. A big crowd attended Buck Brengle’s funeral at the High Plains Western Heritage Center in Spearfish Thursday afternoon. Always interested in history, Buck was happy to get the new Harding County History book before he passed away. Several friends and relatives of Buck’s are looking forward to getting copies too. For those of you wanting a copy of the book, send a check for $80 for the two volume set written to “Harding County history book” to Alice Holcomb, 13699 Harding Rd, Buffalo, SD 57720 if you plan to pick the volumes up and $90 if you want them mailed to you. The next Great Western Cattle Trail Association will meet at 7:00pm Wednesday, June 26 at the High Plains Western Heritage Center in Spearfish. I talked to Brad Lemmel (Red Lemmel’s son from Faith) with the South Dakota Department of Tourism and he plans to attend the meeting. The GWCTA will work with the Tourism Dept. as we mark the cattle trails through western South Dakota. We hope those of you with an interest in western history or who have ancestors who trailed cattle up the trails can join us. We lost another old friend when Stanley Pope was killed by a cow Tuesday. Another huge crowd gathered for Stanley’s funeral at the Catholic Church in Bowman on Friday. We’re really going to miss Buck and Stanley and their families have our sympathy. It seems like every time we use any machinery on the ranch I get another trip to town. This Monday I got stuff to fix the lawnmower and two tractors from Hettinger and Bowman. Now these cowboys have to repair everything that busted this week. Hopefully, they know more than this cowboy: A man was driving across western South Dakota on his way home from a rodeo late one night. The road was deserted and he hadn't seen a soul for what seemed like hours. Suddenly his car started to cough and splutter and the engine slowly died away, leaving him sitting by the road in total silence. He popped the hood and looked to see if there was anything that he could do to get it going again. Unfortunately, he had a limited knowledge of cars, so all he could do was look at the engine, feeling despondent. As he peered by the gradually fading light of his flashlight, he cursed that he had not put in new batteries, like he had promised. Suddenly, through the inky shadows, came a deep voice, "It's your fuel pump." The man jumped up quickly striking his head on the underside of the hood. "Who said that?" he demanded. There were two horses standing in the pasture alongside and the man was amazed when the nearest of the two horses repeated, "It's your fuel pump, tap it with your flashlight, and try it again." Confused, the man tapped the fuel pump with his flashlight, turned the key and sure enough, the engine roared into life. He muttered a short thanks to the horse and screeched away. When he reached the next town, he ran into the local bar. "Large whiskey, please!" he said. A rancher sitting at the bar looked at the man's ashen face and asked, "What's wrong? You look like you've seen a ghost!" "It's unbelievable," the man said and recalled the whole tale to the rancher. The rancher took a sip of his beer and looked thoughtful. "A horse, you say? Was it by any chance a white horse?" The man replied to the affirmative. "Yes it was! Am I crazy?" "No, you ain't crazy. In fact, you're darn lucky," said the rancher "cuz the black horse don't know nothin “about cars!"
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Wanted: Pasture to rent and hay land to rent or put up on shares. Custom haying: round, medium square, small squares. Please call Tom 605-866-4605; 605-949-1933. B33-tfn
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Visitor in rural Perkins County including Bison and Lemmon. A passion for early childhood education/development, experience working successfully with a multidisciplinary team and multicultural awareness are necessary. Strong communication skills, experience working with families of diverse cultures, and a valid driver’s license are required. This individual will be working with ten to twelve families (pregnant women, infants and/or toddlers) in a home-based model. This is a 40 hours per week 12 month position. A BS/BA in Early Childhood or related field is preferred. An AA degree in Early Childhood, an Infant/Toddler CDA, or equivalent experience will be considered. Applicant should be willing to further educational experiences. Preference is given to individuals with Head Start, home visitation, or relevant experience. Computer experience is required. Applicants are subject to background checks and drug screening. We provide a competitive salary and benefit package. Salary is dependent upon education and experience. For more information and an application, please call 605-7238837. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Position open until 6/28/13 or until filled. B1-2tc Help Wanted: The Town of Bison is now accepting applications for a
duties and application process please visit our website at www.cityofspearfish.com.
THANK YOU The Jolly Ranchers 4H Club would like to extend a huge Thank You to the Bison Food Store for again, partnering with us. You are vital to our Community Service Project of providing Memorial Day Wreaths for sale to the public. Also, many thanks to all who purchased our wreaths and supporting our club. We will be back next year!! The Jolly Ranchers 4H Club
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A Sincere Thank You I would like to say a big thank-you to all my co-workers, friends, family and directors and members of Grand Electric and West River Telephone for all the support, gifts and well wishes on my retirement. It was much appreciated and made me feel very humble. I enjoyed and was grateful for all the years worked at the local rural electric and telephone companies, they were some of the best! I will miss the employees and members, but not the daily routine. Thank you also to Mrs. Spenny for the beautiful cake. I look forward to the next chapter. Thank you all again. Gladys Jackson
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SISSETON SCHOOL DISTRICT Openings: SPED K-12 (2 Positions), SPED Early Childhood. Contact: Dr. Stephen Schulte, Supt., 516 8th Ave. W. Sisseton, SD 57262, (605)698-7613. Positions open until filled. EOE. RYAN’S HANGAR RESTAURANT is seeking experienced night cook. Must be reliable, work well with others, enjoy fast-paced environment in a professional kitchen. Apply online Ryanshangar.com. DOUGLAS COUNTY COMMISSION is taking applications for fulltime Douglas County Highway Su-
FULL TIME TECHNOLOGY INSTRUCTOR with or without coaching (4 day school week) at the Edgemont School District. Position open until filled. For more information contact Dave Cortney at 605-6627254 or email dave.cortney@k12.sd.us. QUILT SUPPLY SALE LILA HUPP QUILT SUPPLY SALE (30 Years worth of supplies). Friday., June 21, 401 Elm St.,
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