Bison Courier, March 21, 2013

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Volume 30 Number 40 March 21, 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
County lawmakers take first step towards writing comprehensive plan
By Beth Hulm County Commissioners have decided to contact Black Hills Council of Local Governments to negotiate their assistance in writing a Comprehensive Plan for Perkins County. It’s a first step towards getting a zoning ordinance in place to protect property owners against outside interests, such as business or oil field man camps, that might move into the county. Commissioner Wayne Henderson started a conversation last Tuesday morning when he asked about “piggybacking” off the plan that BHCLG is already working on with Harding County. He thought it might be a way to save both time and money and to get something going quickly. His peer Rusty Foster, also anxious to get something in place, favored adopting the Harding County plan and then amending it later. State’s Attorney Shane Penfield cited differences in the demographics of the two neighboring counties. “If we’re going to do it, I’d rather do it right and rely on (Black Hills Council’s) expertise,” he said. He added, “The Comprehensive Plan is unique to us.” Penfield reminded Commissioners that the Comprehensive Plan must come first before a zoning ordinance can be adopted or there is no “teeth” for the courts to use in enforcing the ordinance. Since last summer, several public meetings around the county and many board room discussions have occurred about this topic. Visitor Mike Lockert, a trustee for the Town of Bison, urged the board to move forward. “We can’t just keep kicking it down the road,” he said. Next, there will be a Planning and Zoning board appointed. Penfield warned that the entire process will be lengthy but “if it’s made a priority, we should be able to get it done.” Finance Officer Sylvia Chapman offered a follow-up report regarding finding a company to check out rusting sewer pipes in the courthouse. She had one quote from a Rapid City company for travel and a smoke test but she will continue to research other options. The Town of Bison has a company coming to Bison soon to study some of the town’s sewer lines and she’s hoping that they could also look over the courthouse situation while they are in town. Sheriff Serr was back to update the board following a committee meeting where the focus was implementing county-wide law. Henderson was on that committee. “The meeting went well, I thought.” He reiterated that, if this new form of law enforcement happens, the sheriff “calls all the shots.” In answer to Foster’s question, Serr admitted that there are still pros and cons but he believes that the county will be better served having three officers stationed in Lemmon and three in Bison. The new form of law enforcement wouldn’t save Lemmon any money but would provide them with highly trained officers who know the proper procedures for handling a wide range of issues. That could lead to “less fodder” for defense attorneys, Serr said. There would be a contract drawn up between the county and the city to address things such as sharing the building and employee insurance. Serr suspects that controlling hours to stay within a budget will be one of his biggest challenges. The bottom line, according to Serr, is that “it’s got to be right and it has to provide for everyone in the county.” Either entity could pull out at any time if it isn’t working for them. Interviews were scheduled for last Wednesday in Reva for two candidates who have applied for the state’s 4H/Youth Advisor position, which has been open since Ida Schmidt resigned earlier this year. That advisor’s time is split between Perkins and Harding counties with an office and a secretary in each. SDSU will do the hiring, with recommendations from a local committee. Willard Ottman represents the Commissioners on that committee. Donna Bittiker, Arlington, SDSU’s new 4-H Field Operations Associate, was in Bison last Tuesday to address the County Commission. Chairman Mike Schweitzer termed it “refreshing” that SDSU has hired somebody to work with the people in the field, something that was sorely lacking when reorganization took place
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more than a year ago. Bittiker blamed some of the resignations across the state on the fact that there was not much help from SDSU. She promised that, once a 4H-Youth advisor is hired for this corner of the state, a mentor will be appointed to assist that person. There is currently also not a secretary in the Perkins County office. That position is tied in with the State’s Attorney’s secretary to create a full-time job with benefits for the successful applicant. The Commissioners won’t advertise for a secretary until the state hires a 4-H/Youth Advisor. They also won’t sign the state’s Memorandum of Understanding for the advisor until the position is filled. Until that happens, Penfield said that he could use his personal secretary from his private practice in Lemmon as a “quasi” secretary for the county. “It’s important for there to be a presence here in Bison,” he said. Therefore, he’s not interested in asking his secretary to do both jobs. He has offered (both last week and previously) to allow other courthouse offices to use his secretary when it’s not busy in his own office. The tax deed sale that was advertised for 11:00 a.m. during last Tuesday’s meeting was postponed. It has come to light that the current owner of the Main Avenue property, which was once Jerry’s Hardware in Lemmon, has filed a claim in bankruptcy court that occurred before the county took the deed for unpaid taxes. There was one sealed bid, which was left unopened, and one interested bidder present for the advertised sale. Highway Superintendent Tracy Buer was in the board room for his monthly report and told Commissioners that something has to be done with Coleman Avenue, the main thoroughfare into Bison. The street has long been controversial because it was long- ago deeded to the county but lies within the city limits of Bison. Buer said, “It’s been brushed under the rug.” Schweitzer argued, “It has and it hasn’t.” There is a county road in Lemmon, too, old Highway 12, which belongs to the county but runs through the city. “If you do for one, you’ve got to do it for all,” he continued on page 11
Here’s your sign – on Highway 20!
Bison Area Economic Development is in the process of ordering new business signs that are currently featured on the signs along Highway 20 on both sides of town. These signs were originally installed around 2008 by Bison Area Economic Development to showcase our area businesses; however, some of the signs have faded significantly. Have you looked at your sign lately? Does your sign need a facelift or to be replaced? Or,
maybe your company is currently not featured on the signs. Bison Area Economic Development would like to help you and your business stand out! For more information, please contact Brandi Baysinger with Bison Area Economic Development at 605-2447526 or email brandi@bisonsd.com. Please provide Brandi with your information for your new sign by April 15th, 2013.
Highway 20 bridge work near Camp Crook
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin work on two bridges on Highway 20 near Camp Crook beginning Monday, March 18, 2013. The bridges are located east of Camp Crook at mile markers 4.25 and 5.00. The work involves concrete overlays, expansion device modification and guard rail improvements. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane on the bridges with a 10foot width restriction. The prime contractor on this $425,407 project is Heavy Constructors, Inc. of Rapid City. The overall completion date is July 6, 2013. For more information, contact Joel Flesner with the South Dakota Department of Transportation at 605-892-2872. Complete road construction information can be found at www.safetravelusa.com/sd or by dialing 511.
BHS seniors and parents please email or drop off a senior picture for the graduation page in the Bison Courier. courier@sdplains.com Thank You It’s bingo time! Sunday March 24, 2013 at 1:30 Community Cen-
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ter $1.00 a card, play all afternoon. lots of prizes, snacks available. THIS IS THE LAST BINGO SESSION OF THE SEASON. Sponsored by the Legion Aux.
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SDSU Extension is helping recruit South Dakotans to volunteer for a national network of volunteer precipitation observers, or CoCoRaHS (Community Collaborative Rain Hail & Snow Network) to track precipitation events across South Dakota, reported State Climatologist and CoCoRaHS State Coordinator, Dennis Todey. "These are everyday people who enjoy measuring precipitation and are willing to report that on the internet," he says, of the volunteers who measure and report after rain, hail and snow events. Despite today's automated technology, Todey believes local reporting is still essential in tracking the variability of rainfall. "It's a huge benefit to us to have people across the state who monitor precipitation. The biggest variability in weather across South Dakota is how precipitation differs from place to place. Even with all the technology we have, we really need to have on-ground measurements all across the state to tell us
Weather reporting volunteers needed
what is really happening on the ground," he said. "Where we have heavy rain events, like flood events, the National Weather Service has issued flash flood warnings based on people's reports on how much rain fall there was," he said. Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension Climate Field Specialist, is the state CoCoRaHS Coordinator. She says volunteer reports can also be useful in documenting drought conditions. "If people can tell us how many days they've gone without rainfall, it helps us document drought conditions and better support disaster declaration because of drought," she said. Edwards will work directly with observers to train them and answer any questions on reporting they may have; how to use the gauge or how to use the website. She adds that becoming a CoCoRaHS volunteer may be a great fit for many of the state's agriculture producers.
Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, March 30, 10 a.m. 0-3 yr olds West Courthouse Lawn 4-5 yr olds East Courthouse Lawn 6-8 yr olds City Park 9-12 yr olds Lions Club Park In case of inclement weather, it will be held on Main Street.
Christ Lutheran Church will have 8 a.m. Easter Sunday service followed by brunch.
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. Please note: Due to a church event, there will be no meeting on Thursday, March 28th.
"Because all the CoCoRaHS reports are maintained online for free, this can ease farmer's recordkeeping. And, all of their old reports are accessible at any time," Edwards said. "This makes it easy to go back and look at past months/seasons/years of precipitation reports. If producers participate on a regular basis, it may be easier to demonstrate if a particular location is wetter/drier than other areas." Volunteers who are interested in joining the CoCoRaHS network must be willing to take daily precipitation readings between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and report the events on-line or by phone. They are asked to use a standard 4-inch diameter rain gauge and will receive a small bit of training. A March Madness recruiting campaign is now underway. To learn more visit www.cocorahs.org or contact Todey at (605) 688-5678. For more information on this topic, visit iGrow.org.
R.B. & Frances Wheeler Housing Initiative
Lemmon Area Charitable and Economic Development (LACED) board members announced today the official launch of the R.B. & Frances Wheeler Housing Initiative (RB&FWHI). The program focuses on attracting and retaining homeowners of all income levels to Lemmon. The framework for the program began November of 2012 when the board was made aware of funding available from the R.B. & Frances Wheeler Foundation. The board members of the foundation authorized a payment in the amount of $50,000 to LACED for the purpose of building the first home of the RB&FWHI. Guidelines were discussed and included stipulations that require LACED to provide “clean” lots for the homes to be built upon. LACED will also be responsible for overseeing the construction of the homes. In the months that followed, LACED worked to secure three residential properties deemed as “tear downs” to lay the groundwork for the initiative. Our focus is on properties that we feel are not suited for an individual investor as a first purchase option. Any properties suitable for “rehab” or already “clean”, were not considered as options. It is our hope that an investment in these “tear down” properties will help revitalize the housing market, and restore confidence in the community. Using the RB&FWHI as a catalyst, it is our goal to attract the investment of other buyers and rehabbers to these neighborhoods. As the initiative begins and expands, neighbors benefit from rising home values, safer and more attractive living conditions, and a greater sense of pride. We are all truly fortunate that Fran and Bob have given us this opportunity to meet a challenge that faces our community. It is our duty to honor them by being good stewards of their gift to this community. In the words of the Wheeler’s “We want to do this in an effort to help the Lemmon area develop and with the hope that this action will serve to unify the area in worthwhile, common goals”. It is in that spirit that we will begin construction this spring. Building the homes on site, with local labor, and local material purchases. Construction will be funded using a combination of capital from the LACED budget, and gifts provided by R.B. & Frances Wheeler. When sold, the proceeds from the sale of the first home will be used to fund the second. We will continue this process until such time we feel the housing is able to develop without incentive.
Grace Baptist and First Presbyterian Congregation, of Bison, will worship together on Easter Sunday morning at 8 a.m., at the First Presbyterian church. A musical cantata “Behold the Lamb” will be presented. Following worship breakfast will be served. The community is invited to celebrate the Lord’s resurrection with us! To have your NON-PROFIT meeting listed here, please submit them by calling: 244-7199, or e-mailing to: courier@sdplains.com. We will run your event notice the two issues prior to your event at no charge.
Nutrition Site Menu
Thursday, March 21
Chicken alfredo harvest beets cranberry sauce apple juice fruit cocktail
Friday, March 22
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Macaroni & cheese stewed tomatoes butterscotch pudding banana Chicken parmesan scalloped potatoes corn o’brien tropical fruit
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Bison’s first Eagle Scout award to be presented
Joseph Kvale, of Bison, has earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to Scouts, the Eagle Scout Award. Kvale was recognized in a ceremony on Saturday, March 16th at Sacrament Catholic Blessed Church. A member of Troop 244, sponsored by West River Cooperative Telephone Company, Kvale is one of approximately 4 percent of all Boy Scouts who attain the Eagle rank, according to the Baylor University. Each candidate must earn 21 merit badges and successfully complete a community, church, or synagogue-related service project to earn his Eagle; Kvale chose to build storage shelving for the Bison Food Pantry. He showed leadership through designing, funding, and building the project with local resources. With the help of local carpenters Don McKinstry and Jeff VanVactor, he designed shelving for proper support and function. Donations from the Presbyterian, Catholic and American Lutheran churches helped fund the project. The labor was donated by Layton Hendrickson, Dodge Weishaar, Kim Kvale and Drake Butsavage. He has served as Senior Patrol Leader and has received the Ad Altar Dei medal, and Historic Trails award and is a member of the Order of the Arrow. Kvale joins other outstanding American citizens who have become Eagle Scouts, among them former President Gerald Ford, astronaut Neil Armstrong, cinematographer Steven Spielberg and journalist, Walter Cronkite. Kvale is a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and is active in Oral Interp, several school plays, Track and Field, Cross Country, Band and chorus at Bison High School, where he is Junior class vice-president.
Each Easter season, Americans buy more than 700 million Marshmallow Peeps, shaped like chicks, as well as Marshmallow Bunnies and Marshmallow Eggs, making them the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy.
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Starting plants for spring
Groundhogs aren't much good at measuring winter's length jokes, David Graper, Extension Horticulture Specialist and Director of McCrory Gardens. "I don't know what the Dakota groundhogs saw back on Feb. 2, but it still looks a lot like winter around here. In fact, I don't think the groundhogs we have here at McCrory Gardens even bothered to get out of bed and take a look. They just know that we will have at least six more weeks of winter and then some," Graper said. "But, for gardeners, once we hit March we just can't help but think of spring and the upcoming gardening season." Until warmer weather arrives, Graper says that many South Dakota gardeners bide their time by studying garden catalogs and many have already ordered some, if not all of their seed for the coming growing season. " We have been busy planting here at the greenhouse at SDSU with over 120 different varieties already planted. Most of these are either perennial plants or annuals that take a long time to grow large enough to be transplanted to the garden in the spring. All of the annuals that grow quickly are still waiting in the freezer until it is their turn to get planted," he said. Graper adds that some home gardeners like to try to grow their own seedlings too. "But before you get started, there are some things that you should keep in mind, such as when to sow certain kinds of seeds, how to plant them and where they can get enough light to grow. That being said, here are some tips for you to keep in mind if you want to start your own seeds," Graper said. Read on for Graper's spring planting tips. First of all, gardeners will need to order or purchase seeds for the plants they want to start fairly soon. It is not uncommon for popular varieties to get sold out. Seed is often available locally at area garden centers, hardware stores, discount outlet stores etc. but the selection will likely be limited. In most cases, getting the typical packet size will give gardeners plenty of seeds for a typical family's needs. Next, he reminds gardeners to get their seeding supplies, which include seeding flats or pots and a good seedling potting mix. Gardeners can start seed in an ordinary flower pot but they will typically have better results if they can spread the seed out more thinly in a larger flat or container. I recommend using a seed starting or propagation mix to germinate your seeds. Most of these are composed of peat moss and vermiculite, and maybe some perlite. They are light weight and have excellent water holding capacity. If a gardener chooses to use a flat, they can make little rows in the flat to sow their seed or just scatter it across the top of the flat. The more spread out the seeds, the better they will grow. And, make it easier to transplant them to cell packs later. If a gardener is not planning to grow a lot of different seeds or are limited in space, they can buy cell packs and direct sow right into the individual cells. Another option is to use peat pellets or peat pots. The peat pellets are particularly fun for kids because when you place them in warm water they puff up and expand in a matter of minutes. Then, just plant a couple seeds in each one. Once you have the seed spread out in the pot or flat, it is a good idea to sprinkle a little media over the seed, maybe ?" deep. This will help to keep the seed moist during the germination process. After you have that done you need to thoroughly soak the growing media. The best way to do this is to fill a pan with warm water and set the pot or flat in it to allow the water to be absorbed through the bottom of the pot or flat. Let the flats or pots sit in the water until the surface of the media looks wet. Alternatively, gardeners can use a small sprinkling can to water from above but they must be careful to not wash the seed into a pile in the pot or flat. Watering tips Once the seeds are planted, gardeners need to keep the media and seed moist until the seed germinates and comes up. They can do this by putting individual pots into a small plastic bag to keep the humidity high or they can get planting flats that come with a plastic dome that fits over the flat to keep it from drying out. If the media gets too dry during germination, the germinating seed may die. It is important to place your pots or flats of seeds in a warm spot to germinate. Some place that is about 70 to 75°F works well. While many people will grow their seedlings on a windowsill, it might be too chilly to get the seed to germinate well. Plenty of light Once gardeners see the seedlings coming up, open the bag or partially remove the dome to start getting the little seedlings used to dryer air. After a couple days, completely remove the covering. Now light becomes the most important issue because the young seedlings will grow tall and spindly if they don't get enough light. A sunny south or west window will be good, or gardeners can use artificial light, usually fluorescent works well. Keep in mind that most vegetables will be growing in full sun in their garden so they need pretty high light to develop nice stocky seedlings that will transplant well later. Simple, fluorescent shop lights fitted with two tubes will work well and are inexpensive. Each four-foot shop light will provide enough light for four typical flats of seedlings, placed end to end about 6" below the lights. Gardeners can hook the shop light up to a timer so that it will automatically get turned on and off each day. Plan to give seedlings about 16 to 18 hours of light each day. Fertilize Young seedlings need fertilizer. Many propagating mixes come with some slow release fertilizer already mixed into the media, so be sure to check chosen media before starting fertilizing. Purchase some water soluble fertilizer and start by applying it at about half-strength roughly once a week. Use a small watering can, or a gardener can use the soak method, and water from below while the seedlings are still small enough that they don't wash them out. Once the seedlings get their second true leaf, then the rate can gradually increase. Be careful and don't overdo it, as young seedlings can be very sensitive to fertilizer. Gardeners can also use an organic fertilizer, like fish emulsion. These are much less likely to cause fertilizer burn, however, using this stuff can be a stinky job think of that dead carp you came across on the shore of your local lake and you will get the idea. If the seedlings are close to living quarters, like on the window sill by the kitchen table, gardeners might want to move them somewhere else or avoid this type of fertilizer. Transplanting from flat to cell pack If seeds were started in a pot or open flat, gardeners should probably transplant the seedlings into cell packs or peat pots. The advantage of using the peat pots is that you can plant the whole pot in the ground and avoid some transplant shock that can occur if you use plastic cell packs. Wait until the seedlings get large enough to handle, usually after they get about three or four true leaves. Remember, that when most seedlings first emerge, they will have two little cotyledons or seed leaves. The true leaves start growing after that. Regular potting soil can be used in the cell packs or peat pots if desired. If the gardener has a little plant stake or pot label, use this to "dig" out each seedling and make a hole in each cell of the cell pack or peat pot for it to grow on. Press the media down a little to firm it around the little seedling. Once transplanting is done, give them a good watering with a watering can to further settle the media around each plant. Place them back in the sunny window or under the lights to continue growing. Timing Timing is important for little seedlings. Often people get a little too anxious to get planting and start tomatoes in early March and later find out that the seedlings are too tall and spindly by the time they need to be transplanted to the garden. In general, gardeners are better off starting a couple weeks late as opposed to starting a month too early. Start by figuring out when the garden is typically planted, keeping in mind the last spring frost in the area. Gardeners must also keep in mind that some vegetables can take cooler temperatures, known as cool season crops, while other vegetables will not tolerate temperatures close to freezing, thus needing to be planted later after the weather and soil has warmed up. Here is a little guide to use in deciding when to start seeds. In early March, or 10-11 weeks before planting outside, plant broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, onions, coleus, petunias, rudbeckia, snapdragons, and vinca. In mid-March, or 9 weeks before planting outside, plant peppers, eggplant, dianthus, ornamental peppers, salvia, and sweet alyssum. In early April, or 6 to 7 weeks before planting outside, plant tomatoes, calendula, celosia, marigolds, basil, ornamental kale, and portulaca. In mid-April, or 3 to 4 weeks before planting outside, you can plant cosmos, sweet peas and zinnias. In late April you can plant some warm-season vining crops such as watermelon, pumpkins, and squash in peat pots or peat pellets. Keep checking the seedlings regularly, especially once they get a little bigger as they can dry out more quickly and get stressed or even die. Let the media dry out some before watering, but then water thoroughly. If using grow-lights, gardeners may have to move them up a little as the seedlings grow, but try to keep the bulbs about 6" above the plants to help them grow healthy and robust.
Home Country - Slim Randles
It occurred to me the other day just what a blessing it is to be a grandfather. The children think we’re all powerful, a fount of knowledge and wisdom. Then they turn three … We could all use coot lessons. Yes, the enigmatic old coot in every small town like ours has wisdom corralled, knowledge tucked away for a rainy day, and is especially mysterious. So here are some coot lessons. Lesson One: Look colorful. Wear a hat that was found buried at Gettysburg or Thermopylae. Don’t clean it up. Wear boots that aren’t polished with anything not provided by horses and cows. Red suspenders are called for. Extra points for stains. Lesson Two: Learn a coot skill. These include whittling, rope tricks, sharpening pocket knives and sleight of hand. You get extra points for playing something recognizable on the harmonica. A jaw harp is good. All you have to do is twang it, because no one can recognize a tune on it anyway. If you play piano, deduct 10 points. As to the whittling, you just keep your knife sharp and shave sticks thinner and thinner. Hold it up to the light and turn it. Extra points for a notch or two carved in it. Then you hand it to a kid to keep. “What is it?” a rude kid might ask. That’s when you screw up your grizzled face, wink at the kid, and say, “I’m sure you must recognize that, kid. You look pretty smart to me.” And now the all-important Les-
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By Doug Ortman Dear Boomer friends, I was just reading last week’s article by one of my Boomer colleagues. In the article, he was apologizing for sounding like a grouch because he is usually a very happy fellow. I would just like to agree; he is generally a very happy grouch. He is also getting a little older like the rest of us. Boomers now range in age from 49 to 67, not old but in the process. This brings me to the content of this article. In my mind I don’t feel old. I think this confirms the saying, “Inside of every old person is a young person saying, 'What the hell happened?'” Well, regardless of how I feel in my mind, my body is telling me that there are some things I shouldn't do anymore. About a month ago, most of my kids and five of my six grandchildren went snow tubing. I was just recovering from a chest cold so I didn’t go. It was a somewhat sad, yet smart decision. This was the first time I was sitting on the sidelines, although I felt comfortable to just be a Grandpa and watch. I was also happy I could stay inside and be warm. Last year I went ice skating with my youngest son and three of my grandkids. The whole time I was thinking it just wasn’t going to be as much fun falling as it used to be. Meanwhile, the kids seemed to have more fun the more they fell! This weekend
Boomer Babble – Thoughts at large Fear vs. Fun
son Three: Never let them pin you down on ideas. Oh, we know they’re right. The problem is, some college-trained punk will pepper us with facts and make us look bad. Here’s an example of Coot Tact. Young punk – “The world’s heading for catastrophe.” Coot – “Son, that’s what they want you to think.” Then snap your red suspenders and tip him a conspiratorial wink. (Never, upon pain of root canal, explain who “they” are) The word will spread and you will be credited with bringing civilization to the world, inventing the solenoid, rescuing fair maidens and discovering fire. And if you do this long enough, you’ll outlive anyone who can call you a liar.
Pastor Gerhardt H. Juergens, Christ Ev. Lutheran Church, Bison
“Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). There they crucified him, and with him two others--one on each side and Jesus in the middle.” (John 19:16-18) What does the cross mean? It all depends who’s looking at it. To many today, the cross is merely an ornament for a necklace. To the Roman, it was an instrument of torture, devilishly simple, but horribly painful. Ancient Cicero described crucifixion as "a most cruel and disgusting punishment", and “the very mention of the cross should be far removed not only from a Roman citizen’s body, but from his mind, his eyes, his ears.” To one thief, the cross was his door to hell, horrible and eternal. To the other thief, it was the gate to glorious heaven. It all depends on who’s looking at it. More importantly, what does the cross mean to you? John wrote three simple words, “They crucified him.” But there was nothing simple about it. We shudder as we picture Jesus laid on that cross, his lacerated back pushed against the rough wood. His hands stretched out on the cross bar. His feet positioned one on top of the other. We shrink as we hear the strokes of the hammer pounding spikes through his flesh. The crucifying is done rather quickly, and now the dying begins, but oh, so slowly! Normally hours, even days, as the victim slowly dies, his hands torn deeper by the nails, his body wracked by burning thirst, constant pain, throbbing torture. No Roman citizen was ever subjected to this shameful, slow death. The torture of the cross was reserved for slaves, the worst of criminals AND for God’s only begotten Son. Far worse were the tortures of hell that God’s Son endured on the cross. All the bitter dregs in the cup of curses for the world’s sins, all the pangs of death and the pains of hell for the wages of the world’s sins, all this fell with staggering, crushing force on God’s Son on the cross. We can’t even begin to understand the depths of hell, being separated from God’s grace. Only the devils and the damned in hell can understand Jesus cry, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mk 15:34). “ “They” crucified him. Certainly the soldiers and Pilate were involved. Behind them, the chief priests and Jewish people crucified him. Yet, to be honest, men and women of all classes and conditions, from all time, have one thing in common. We all bear the stain of sin. If we look close enough, we see ourselves, our spouses, our children, our neighbors, sinners one and all. We can truly confess, “I crucified him.” Yes, we are all guilty for crucifying God’s Son. But look again at his cross, to see why he stayed there. It’s not the nails, nor the soldiers, but the wondrous love of the God held him there to be punish in our place. See the truth that “Christ was crucified for me.” The Bible spells out this glorious truth again and again, clearly. Yes, “he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities;” “By his wounds we are healed” (Isa 53:5). Paul writes, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”(2 Cor 5:21). John writes, “The blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” (1 Jn 1:7). Our eternal salvation is finished. Down through the ages Christ’s cross has stood as an invitation to all sinners. Countless thousands have heard the crucified Christ invitation, “Whoever comes to me I will never drive away” (Jn 6:37). You and I have received this glorious invitation so many times in our lives that it perhaps doesn’t seem so grand anymore. So many voices are competing for our ears today. Life is so complex, and the world’s noise can easily drown out the sound of our Savior’s voice offering his simple, sweet invitation to all sinners. I died for YOU. During this church season of Lent, see your Savior crucified and died so that you may have eternal life in heaven. See he died for you.
Pastors Perspective
Christ Crucified – Blessed Lent!
we’re going skating again and I’m thinking I might just watch this year. Last fall my nine year old son started skateboarding. Something I used to do about a half a century ago. I figured it’s like riding a bike...you just hop on and go. I could show the boy how it’s done. I stepped on the board about three times and went a few feet with arms flailing before I concluded it would be a stupid idea to fall on cement at my age. After all, I don’t think I bounce as well as I used to. I’m satisfied now to watch my son board and offer fatherly advice such as, “Ok, NOW, the girls are watching!” This has forced me to now mentally add items to my hole in the bucket list. Things I used to do but probably shouldn’t anymore...such as trampoline flips, high diving flips, snow skiing the black runs, water skiing backwards and riding the Tilt-O-Whirl. There are some things I have never done and in my Boomer aged wisdom, I realize I shouldn't...such as break dancing, entering a Tough Mudder, dying my hair pink, wearing a speedo or frying bacon in the nude. I just have to realize that my days of saying “Hey, watch this!” or “I bet you’ve never seen this before!” are about over. However, my older son wants to parachute jump with me. I made sixty some jumps in college. I’m thinking it’s just like riding a bike.
Sunday School 9:30 a.m. • Worship Service - 10:30a.m. Wednesday Prayer Mtg. - 6:30 p.m.
Grace Baptist Church • Pastor Phil Hahn Church of Christ
Prairie Fellowship Parish ELCA • Pastor Margie Hershey
Indian Creek - 8:00 a.m. • American - 9:30 a.m. • Rosebud - 11:00 a.m.
18 mi. south of Prairie City - Worship Service - 10:00 a.m.
Christ Lutheran Church WELS •
Pastor Gerhardt Juergens
Sunday Bible Class - 8:00 a.m., Worship Service - 8:30 a.m. South Jct. of Highways 73 & 20 Sunday School - 10:00 a.m., Worship Service - 11:00 a.m. Sabbath School - 2:00 p.m., Worship Service - 3:00 p.m.
Coal Springs Community Church Pastors Nels & Angie Easterby
Seventh Day Adventist Church • Pastor Donavon Kack
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church • Fr. Tony Grossenburg
Saturday Mass: Morristown - 4:45 p.m. Lemmon - 7:15 p.m., Sunday Mass: Lemmon - 8:15 a.m., Bison - 11:00 a.m.
First Presbyterian Church • Pastor Florence Hoff, CRE
Reva • Sunday School 9:45, Worship Service - 11:00 a.m., WMF 2nd Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.
Holland Center Christian Reformed Church Pastor Brad Burkhalter • Lodgepole
Worship Service - 8:00 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. • Worship Service -10:30 a.m.
Slim Buttes Lutheran • Pastor Henry Mohagen
Prairie City Sunday School - 10:00 a.m., Morning Worship - 11:00 a.m. Vesper Service - 6:00 p.m., Wed. Evenings - 7:30 p.m.
Beckman Wesleyan Church • Pastor Brad Burkhalter
Believe him and live forever. Blessed Lent!
Tree Facts – Shelterbelt Renovation
By Robert Drown, Natural Resource Specialist What is shelterbelt renovation? USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service defines it as the widening, partial replanting, removal and replacement of selected trees and shrubs or other steps taken to improve and existing shelterbelt. It involves inventory, evaluation and improvement of the health of trees and shrubs and the overall function of shelterbelts through the use one or more of the following silvicultural techniques. Release of Sod-bound Trees and/or Shrubs - Release from sod may be accomplished with tillage or use of herbicides. Disc cultivators throw soil one direction which will create hollowed out areas between tree rows and may harm the tree’s vital feeder roots. Also, tillage should never be deeper than three inches to protect feeder roots. Many types of chemicals exist, but they all fit into two basic categories: pre-emergence and post- emergence. The most common preemergence are Princep (Simazine) and Casaron (Dichlobenil) and the most common post-emergence is Round-up (Glyphosate). Underplanting or Interplanting In this practice trees or shrubs are planted within an existing windbreak without tree removal. They are planted in rows between existing rows or between trees in an existing row. Overtopped plants even though they are shade tolerant, will grow slowly and will develop poor form and spindly growth. Cedar and Juniper are the most widely used species. Other shade tolerant species are hackberry, chokecherry, bur oak and boxelder. Row Removal and Replacement Dead or dying rows are removed and replaced within the existing windbreak. It can be done to “beef up” any or all levels of the windbreak. After tree removal the site should be fallowed one year. Where multiple adjacent rows are removed, it may be beneficial to plant one less row than what was removed. Supplemental Planting & Expansion - Additional land is needed for expansion and there needs to be room for it. One of the main benefits is that tree removal is not necessary. If the windbreak is in the correct place and correctly positioned, make sure that added rows do not negatively affect wind and snow drift patterns relative to the
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area to be protected. Thinning, Pruning and Coppicing Release thinning is used to release adjacent trees or rows by removing selected trees, partial row or entire rows. Pruning has limited use in windbreak renovation. It is sometimes used to remove diseased branches for sanitation. Coppicing is used to rejuvenate shrubs or even hardwood trees that have sprouting capabilities. It can even be used on hardwood trees less than 12 inches in diameter and under 20 years of age. Almost any shrub species can be rejuvenated through coppicing. Broadleaf trees that have shown good results are green ash, cottonwood, Russian olive, boxelder and the elms, especially Siberian elm. Cut back 6 to 8 inches above the ground to provide a good shrub row. Managing Reproduction - In many
older multiple row windbreaks that have been protected from livestock, natural reproduction of existing species will occur. A couple methods have been suggested to utilize this new growth. Leave the regeneration until it is about 8 to 10 years old then begin some selective cutting. The thinning of the regeneration can be done in rows to conform to the original windbreak design or it can be managed similar to a natural forest. My source for this news release was South Dakota Department of Agriculture, Division of Resource Conservation and Forestry. If you would like more information about “Shelterbelt Renovation,” contact Bob Drown at the Conservation Office at 605-244-5222, Extension or by e-mail at 4 robert.drown@sd.nacdnet.net.
This young sod-bound shelterbelt located in Perkins County, could be improved through the use of herbicides, tillage or both.
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Senator Ryan Maher’s views of week 9 of the 2013 Legislative session
This year’s appropriations bill is House Bill 1185, and once again education received the first dollar and the last dollar. We have been able to enhance both Education and providers with one-time funds in FY 2013, in Senate bill 90, authorized one time spending on Education in the amount of $14.6 million and in House Bill 1137, providers will see a one-time allocation of $6.2 million. In FY 2014 the revenue estimates were adopted in a conservative manner due to economic uncertainties the state is facing at this time. The FY 2014 total general fund spending will be $1.3 billion. Education will receive 46% of the 1.3 billion or $601.9 million, Taking care of the people will receive $505.6 million or 39% of the budget, protecting the public will receive $134.5 million or 10% of the general fund spending. The rest of the budget is $67.1 million or 5% is left up to the rest of state government. State aid to General Education received a 3.0% inflationary increase to their ongoing budget per the state aid formula. In addition to that K12 received a 1% one-time increase for the current year FY2013. Postsecondary Technical Institutes received a 3% inflationary increase in their ongoing budget per their funding formula. They also received an additional 1% in one-time funding in the current FY2013. The Board of Regents received a $5.4 million increase to their base budget before applying the employee compensation package to their budget. They also received $3.7 million in one-time funding. Providers in this state will receive a 3% increase in their ongoing allocations with an additional 1% onetime rate increase in the current FY2013. We are able to give a 3% salary policy along with a movement to job worth to state employees. We were also able to fund $4.1 million in on going general funds and $3million in one-time general funds for the Public Safety Improvement Act. We also passed numerous bills this year to improve our education system. SB 96 will create a joint powers agreement with school districts to collaborate, innovate and find ways for small schools to keep their autonomy. SB 233 creates the critical teaching needs scholarship program. SB 237 creates the Dakota Dreams scholarship which is needsbased financial aid for qualified resident students enrolled in postsecondary institutions. HB 1164 establishes a classroom innovation grant program. Additional highlights of the 2013 session include passage of 7 bills that support our veterans: SB 27 provides for construction, and equipping of a veterans home near Hot Springs. SB 83 designates” Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day” as a working holiday. SB 117 provides for an expedited endorsement of certain licenses, cer-
Greetings from Pierre, We have now completed the 9th and final week of 2013 legislative session. Nearly 500 bills were introduced this year. 131 bills have been signed into law by the Governor and 90 more bills await his signature. Highlights of the 2013 Legislative Session include creation of the Building South Dakota Fund to promote economic development and job creation, passage of a major criminal justice initiative and the balancing of our state budget without raising taxes, while still increasing funding for education and taking care of people. We worked across party lines to create the Building South Dakota Fund which will provide incentives for projects that create new jobs and promote economic activity. The legislature appropriated $7 million into the Building SD fund as start-up money. In the future, money from the contractor’s excise tax will be dedicated to the fund. The bill requires local approval by municipalities-decisions which are referable by a vote of the people. If municipalities are willing to dedicate a portion of their 2% sales tax for economic development incentives, it will allow the state to match the funding for approved projects. It also establishes a rural economic development partnership program for projects outside of municipal boundaries. We passed SB 70- known as the Public Safety Improvement Act with large bipartisan margins. It will improve supervision on probation and parole through expanded treatment and reduced caseloads, and it will use proven tools like drug courts and a new 24/7-style program for drug offenders. It will focus our prison space on violent and career criminals by punishing drug kingpins more harshly than users while ensuring swift and certain sanctions for offenders. The Act calls for improved victim notification and restitution collection, and it requires that all of these programs be measured and evaluated for effectiveness. It will save our state tens of millions of dollars in prison costs while keeping South Dakota even safer. Due to the fiscal responsibility we have exercised in past years, our financial house is in order. As a result, we were able to balance our budget without raising taxes. In addition we were able to increase funding for education and taking care of people.
tificates, registrations, and permits for spouses of active duty military personnel. HB 1067 designates “POW/MIA Recognition Day” as a working holiday. HB 1084 designates “Purple Heart Recognition Day” as a working holiday. HB 1118 revises certain provisions regarding special motor vehicle license plates for veterans with disabilities HB 1180 allows veterans to receive credit for military training and experience for any professional or occupational licensing board or commission. We have also taken further steps to make State Government even more efficient: B 45 permits citizens to renew their driver's license online once every ten years. SB 46 repeals certain outdated statutes and cross references related to the Department of Health. HB 1043 authorizes the Department of Revenue to establish an electronic title system for motor vehicles and to revise certain provisions regarding an electronic lien filing system. HB 1059 repeals and revises certain obsolete and unnecessary statutes and rules relating to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. HB 1063 repeals outdated and obsolete provisions regarding the Bureau of Information and Telecommunications. It has truly been an honor to serve the people of South Dakota in the state legislature. We have many accomplishments to be proud of this Session and we will continue working hard to make our state and even better place to live, work and raise a family.
Garden Gate
Okra is a very misunderstood vegetable. Either you love it, or hate it. There is no middle ground with okra. It is however, packed with nutrition and deserves respect. Normally it is considered easy to grow, that is if you live in a zone where it is happy, namely zones 9 through 11, the sunny South! The question is can it be raised here? We don’t know any one that has grown it locally but it sure might be worth an experiment, especially of you like okra. Okra is native to Ethiopia, where it has been cultivated and used for centuries. This vegetable is in common use in many African nations, and in the American South, thanks to seeds carried to the United States by slaves. Okra is a tall and attractive plant, grows very quickly and should be harvested frequently while it is still tender. Harvesting every few days will prevent toughness. Okra is great vegetable fried, or in stews and gumbos. It has a slimy texture that is unpleasant to many but is actually very useful to people with digestive problems. The okra juice coats the intestines with a natural lubricant and relieves constipation and other problems without harsh chemicals or habitforming drugs. It’s scientific name is Hibiscus esculentus, it is related to the Hibiscus family of cotton, hibiscus, and cocoa, hence the beautiful blossoms and the fact that the
Okra Love It - Hate It – Grow It?
bloom is very short lived, usually only one day. The vegetable pods look very much like the stem and sometimes hard to find when it is still small and tasty. If you are driven to experiment, here are few suggestions. Soak okra seeds in warm water for twenty-four hours before planting and keep the soil temperature at 24ºC (75°F) or above. Soil should be high in potash with a pH of 6.06.8. Sow okra ?” deep, 7-8 weeks before transplanting, germination may take up to two weeks. Okra has a tap root and does not transplant easily if the root is disturbed, we suggest you plant it in something degradable so you can transplant the whole pot/plant. Okra needs lots of sun and heat to produce; planting it in a large container and placing it in a warm sunny location might be your best bet. The plant can grow 4 or more feet tall, if it is happy, so opt for a 4 to 5 gallon size pot. Okra prefers rich, well-worked soil. It needs lots of room to grow, along with supportive stakes, and it should be watered intermittently and deeply for best results. Once pods start to develop, they can be harvested almost immediately. The longer pods sit on the plant, the more hard and unpalatable they will become. Good Luck! Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower. – Hans Christian Anderson Submitted by Karen Englehart, Master Gardener, SDSU Cooperative Extension Service
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Teens & Alcohol
A deadly decision
Did you know that during a typical prom weekend nearly half of all teen traffic deaths are alcohol related? These tragic deaths, the pain of those who are injured, and the grief of parents, friends, and loved ones are preventable. Before the celebrations begin, take a few minutes to talk with your teen about the dangers of mixing alcohol with prom fun. What is alcohol? Alcohol is a depressant that slows down body functions. Alcohol depresses nerves that control involuntary actions such as breathing and the gag reflex, which prevents choking. It also affects judgment, coordination, response and reaction time. Even small amounts of alcohol impede the ability to function normally and make good decisions. A person’s blood alcohol concentration can continue to rise even while he or she is passed out. After someone stops drinking, alcohol in the stomach and intestine continues to enter the blood stream and circulate throughout the body. A person who appears to be sleeping it off may be in real danger. *Information from SADD, MADD, Safe and Sober Prom
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Managing drought risk on the ranch: Next meeting March 27th in Lemmon
Cattle producers are in the planning phase for the upcoming grazing season. In order to successfully plan for this season, they must take an inventory of the forage available and be able to estimate the grazing potential of pastures, says Kalyn Waters, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist. "Now is the time to start the planning process. Having the right tools and knowledge to do so, will make a world of difference. Attending the drought management webinars will put those tools in producers' hands," Waters said. In an effort to proactively aid cattle producers, SDSU Extension Livestock staff partnered with University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension to host a five-part webinar series to help those raising cattle prepare for the possibility of the drought continuing in 2013. The one-hour Managing Drought Risk on the Ranch webinar series are being held the last Wednesday of each month, concluding in May. All sessions begin at 9 a.m. MST or 10 a.m. CST and are hosted at SDSU Extension Regional Centers including Lemmon, Rapid City, Winner, Aberdeen, Pierre, Watertown, Mitchell and Sioux Falls. Each session will include current drought updates, forecasts and presentations about specific information or tools. Following each webinar, SDSU Extension State and Field Specialists will be available for a question and answer session via video conference. They will also present additional information relevant to South Dakota producers. During the March 27th webinar, Pat Reece, former University of Nebraska-Lincoln Range Management Specialist, will discuss the Cumulative Forage Reduction Index. Reece is currently the owner of and a senior consultant at Prairie & Montane Enterprises. He has developed the CFR Index in response to needs of ranchers he has worked with to develop drought response plans. Reece points out that when animal numbers need to be reduced because of drought, delayed marketing can have substantial financial consequences, often costing typical ranches tens of thousands of dollars. Following Reece's presentation, South Dakota attendees will also have an opportunity to hear from rancher, Bill Slovek of Philip. Slovek is a progressive rancher and current board member for the South Dakota Grassland Coalition. Slovek's ranch lies in the southwestern portion of the state in a region heavily impacted by the drought. His perspective on drought decision making, herd management and hidden opportunities will allow other producers an opportunity to consider their own options. "UNL Extension and the Drought Mitigation Center have done an outstanding job putting together this program. They have slated some of the best speakers available to provide critical information to producers. Our January and February sessions proved that these are quality, applicable meetings that producers will gain greatly from, and we had over 50 attendees statewide at each," Waters said. Topics each month will consider drought planning information and tools available to producers. In addition to University and Agency presenters, a number of ranchers will also be featured, describing development and execution of their drought plans. These meetings are also intended to educate professionals and consultants who work with ranchers as a professional development series. The webinars are sponsored by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The series was developed with support from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA). Scheduled dates and topics for the series include: March 27: The New Cumulative Forage Reduction (CFR) Index: Assessing Drought Impacts and Planning a Grazing Strategy; April 24: Using a Drought Calculator to Assist Stocking Decisions; and May 29: Economic Factors to Weigh in Making Decisions during Drought. For more information please visit www.igrow.org, contact the nearest SDSU Extension Regional Center, or call Robin Salverson, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist at 605-374-4177.
2012 - 2013 Little Moreau Conference Boys Basketball All Conference Teams
1st Team All-Conference Ckyler Floyd, Senior, Harding County; Cody Trainor, Senior, Faith; Nate Widow, Senior, Dupree; Daniel Chapman, Senior, Bison; Kash Deal, Senior, Dupree 2nd Team All-Conference Tyler Hohenberger, Sophomore, Newell; Jess Feist, Senior, Harding County; Jaden Shockley, Senior, Lemmon; Kyle Mollman, Sophomore, McIntosh; Reggie Rhoden, Senior, Faith Honorable Mention Team Kyle Schumacher, Senior, Timber Lake; Trenton Pretty Weasel, Senior, Dupree; Wacey Boylan, Sophomore, Newell; Kellon Lawrence, Senior, Timber Lake; Jacob Shockley, Senior, Lemmon.
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The Croods
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Steve Sandgren stopped in to visit his mother, Thelma Sandgren Tuesday. Wednesday, Thelma Sandgren traveled to Hettinger and had lunch with Dean Anderson, had her hair done, had her tax appointment and a few other odds and ends, she then had supper with her sister, Gladys Vliem at the Western Horizon’s Care Center and also visited with Henry Isdal. Friday, Lodgepole Store delivered bottle gas and Thelma enjoyed a cup of coffee with Jerry Vliem. James, Marci and Kylee Sandgren came for dinner Saturday and did a bunch of odd jobs. Thelma Sandgren was a Sunday dinner guest of John and Shirley Johnson. Al Treib made a trip to South Heart Monday. Al and Tiss Treib made a trip to Bismarck Thursday. They visited briefly with Mandi Seim. Al Treib made a trip to Bismarck Friday. Albert Keller returned to work Tuesday. Thursday Bridget Keller and the boys went to Bison for some errands Friday, Bridget Keller and the boys traveled to Lemmon and visited Larry and Sarah Dreiske and family and had supper with them. Saturday, Bridget Keller and the boys and Duane and Dawn Harris traveled to Rapid City to watch Luke Harris play his violin in the Strings Concert at the Civic Center.
Rosebud News ....................................... Tiss Treib
Weather Wise
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Max Smebakken was a Saturday coffee guest of John and Shirley Johnson. LaVonne Foss called on Shirley Johnson several times this past week. Shirley Johnson accompanied Gary, Jodi and Lexi Johnson to the Jazz Dinner Theatre in Lemmon Saturday evening. Lexi was a participant. Linda and Jasmine Seim went on a date to the Jazz Dinner Theatre in Lemmon Saturday evening. Nolan and Logan Seim went out to supper Saturday evening with Larry, Spencer and McKenna Dreiske. Tim and JoAnne Seim were among those who helped Bonnie Haynes celebrate her birthday at her home Friday evening. Justin and Jo Seim and Jacob arrived at Tim and Jo Anne Seim’s Friday evening and spent through Sunday. Patsy Miller made a trip to Hettinger Tuesday afternoon. Jim, Matt and Christi Miller traveled to Rapid City for the Rush Hockey game for the Shriners Saturday and returned home Sunday.
West River Health Services scholarship/ loan
West River Health Services Foundation, in cooperation with West River Health Services is pleased to sponsor the Academic Scholarship and Loan program for students pursuing a medical career. Academic scholarships are available to help with college funding, Academic loans are available for the final two years of study, and are designed to offset a substanial part of the cost of education in exchange for a commitment of professional practice at West River Health Services. Scholarship applications and brochures are available by contacting area high school principals, guidance counselors or Cindy Marxen, Academic Scholarship Coordinator, West River Health Services Foundation, Hettinger, ND, at (701) 567-6188. You may also visit their website at ww.whrs.com for additional information. Application deadline for academic loans is June 15th.
The Prairie Doc Perspective
Comfort not poison
By Richard P. Holm MD I believe it is a moral duty to provide comfort for the suffering. About twenty years ago my Father was dying of metastatic colon cancer spread to bone. Dad was one of those unusual cases in which meds were simply inadequate for his unrelenting pain. Either he was totally unconscious, or awake and very uncomfortable. There seemed no helpful in-between, and too often pain meds brought wild and scary dreams, caused him to be combative, and frightened him and all us involved. I should add here, we do better now-a-days. Mom called me one evening and warned that Dad was talking about driving into a bridge abutment. Then she handed him the phone and I pleaded with him not to do such a thing. “I will talk with your doctor and find a better pain reliever,” I said. “How can I get relief, and how will this end?” he replied. I explained in cases like his, people often develop pneumonia, and since he directed us not to use antibiotics, this might do it, “But don’t kill yourself.” Indeed, in less than two days he developed pneumonia, his need for pain medicines lessened, and in less than two more days he escaped his cancer dying from pneumonia. The death certificate called it death by natural causes, but I suspect he voluntarily stopped coughing after our talk that night, which allowed for the blessing of a rapid case of pneumonia. Still, I would agree on the natural cause statement. There are those who request that physicians should, by law, be allowed to prescribe death-inducing poisons for patients who are similarly suffering. These people could then fill the prescription, take the poison on their own time, and thereby choose to die on their own terms instead of having to wait for pneumonia. Although this is law in some states in the US, I struggle with that prescription for death. In my opinion the issue turns around the word “intent.” It runs against my moral duty to give a poison intended to kill. On the other hand, I consider it also my moral duty to prescribe enough medicine intended to relieve suffering, even if it might hurry death. I believe there is a huge difference between the intent to kill and the intent to comfort.
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said. Lockert interjected that the town is willing to apply for a DOT Community Access Grant this spring. Trustees wrote to the county board several months ago asking for a cost-share if the 60/40 grant (up to $200,000) is successfully awarded. It will take awhile for grant monies to be made available, even if the project were to be accepted. After DOT makes an inspection, Buer suggested a temporary fix – filling the low spots and then chip sealing the surface, which he called a “band aid” until the street could be dug up, a new base laid and new surfacing applied. In other business, Buer said that he’s still looking for a semi truck to replace the one that burned up in the county yard last summer. He also needs a new snow plow truck and a new pickup for his fleet. Schweitzer said he’d like to wait awhile to see “how the dust settles” with the current budget but Buer was authorized to order a Chevy threequarter ton pick-up from Queen City Motors, Spearfish, off the state bid. The Perkins County Commission meets next on Tuesday, April 9. They’ll meet as the County Board of Equalization that afternoon.
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Boomer Babble – Thoughts at Large - Grouch on the loose
By John Chicoine Warning, this column will upset some people. Some will think its genius. Others will think the author is a certifiable nutcase. You may have heard someone question if golfers are athletes. No, really, I just heard that question on TV the other day. I didn’t make that up. The upset people reading this are golfers. I don’t want to appear biased against golfers. I used to play at golf. If someone asked my handicap, I told them it was me. My golf game continuously struggled. Golfers come in all sizes, shapes and colors. Old, young, fat, skinny, boy, girl, sophisticated, redneck, you see everything on the golf course. Beer drinking, chain smoking, well dressed, sloppy, cursing, praying, there is everything in that green pasture. Which brings us back to the original question, are golfers athletes? Football for instance has very well tuned athletes and yet there are linemen that appear to be spending too much time at the buffet table and drinking beer by the keg. But no one will deny that football players are athletes. Baseball players, hockey players, even soccer players are consider athletes. They all have something in common, crowd noise. There’s cheering, booing and screaming unmentionable things. Noise in stadiums rivals jets taking off on aircraft carriers. Referees are there to even make people more upset. But golf, what gives with that? Every shot, some guy is holding up a sign saying, “Quiet”. If you disobey, they’ll throw you out. Several golfers are aloof on television matches. They appear to be athletic elitists, who have an attitude that could rival a cat. If these golfers (maybe throw in tennis players too) are really athletes, let’s let the crowd get involved in the game. Let’s start letting fans boo Tiger Wood’s as he starts his backswing.
Phil Mickelson seems like a great guy but he makes outrageously bad decisions on the golf course. Let’s have a heckler saying, “Hey Lefty, did you leave your brain at home on that shot?” Or that Mcllroy kid who walked off the course the other day and everyone acted like it wasn’t happening. Wouldn’t it been more entertaining if someone would have yelled, “Hey, snot nosed kid, get back here and finish this game.” It’s time these overpaid sissies earn their money. Golfers can be royalty or athletes but they can’t be both. I told you, you’d get upset with me.
Jerry Petik visited with George Burns at the Hettinger Hospital on Tuesday afternoon. Carolyn Petik and Irene Young went to Bismarck on Tuesday for appointments. Jerry and Carolyn were brief callers at Ernestine Miller's on Wednesday. Carolyn Petik attended Grand Valley Gals Club at Lisa Schmidt's on Thursday evening. Friday afternoon, Carolyn visited with Irene Young in Lemmon. They attended the party honoring Laura Mosley. Jerry and Carolyn Petik attended the LHS Dinner Theater on Saturday. Afterward they visited with Leif and Claudia Bakken from Wibaux, MT who also came to attend Dinner Theater. Friday Fred and Bev Schopp made a trip to Ft. Pierre. Fred and Bev Schopp attended the Jazz Dinner Theatre in Lemmon Saturday evening.
Meadow News .....By Tiss Treib
Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can. - Danny Kaye
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March 22, 2013 at the Prairie City Fire Hall at 7 p.m. [Published March 21, 2013 at a total approximate cost of $3.25.]
Strool Township Equalization Meeting
has been rescheduled for 7 p.m March 26, 2013 at the home of Patty Kelly. [Published March 21, 2013 at a total approximate cost of $3.25.]
Moreau Township Equalization Meeting
March 23, 2013- 9:00 a.m.
1. Pledge of Allegiance 2. Call to order 3. Interview Superintendent Candidates (Executive Session). 4. Adjourn.
[Published March 21, 2013 at a total approximate cost of $6.14.]
Farm Ground ~~ Ranch Land
Directions to Glad Valley: From Faith, SD, go 3 W on Hwy 212, then 30 N on Hwy 73, then 20 E on Hwy 20 ~~~ From Lemmon, SD, go 35 S on Hwy 73, then 20 E on Hwy 20 ~~~ From Isabel, SD, go 17 W on Hwy 20 ~~ At Glad Valley, SD, go 3 N & 1 W to reach property • 4094.2 Deeded plus 723.61 Tribal (all pasture) & 1857.09 Linch Family Trust Lease (mostly pasture w/172.47 A. crop land) •1833.38 Deeded Farmland w/more land that could be farmed 320.24 Deeded Winter Wheat planted 528.55 Deeded in Hay (alfalfa & grass) 984.59 Deeded in Stubble & Summer Fallow •2260.82 Deeded Presently in Pasture & Trees Farmland acres fenced & laid out in strips ~ Hunting ~ Shelterbelts ~ Barns, Corrals & Windbreak ~ Stock Dams, Spring Fed Dugouts, Wells, some pipelines ~ Good access ~ Only 3 - 4 miles from Hwy 20 ~ FSA payments & Crop Bases ~~~ OFFERED IN 7 TRACTS AND AS 1 UNIT
Auction held at old Community Center on Main St. in Isabel, SD (Hwy 20 & Hwy 65)
4094+ Deeded Acres -- Plus 723 acre Tribal Lease & 1857 acre Private Lease -- Ziebach County – north of Faith, SD
Mon. Mar. 25, 2013 * 1:00 pm MT
Micky Barnica Estate & Larry Barnica
A school land lease auction will be held in Perkins County Courthouse, in Bison, SD on March 25, 2013 at 1:00 PM (MT).
THE GOVERNING BOARD OF Lodgepole Township do state that the above said board is unable to operate under the tax limitation measure currently in statute. We therefore OPT OUT of such tax limitation in the amount of $2500.00 starting with calendar year 2013 taxes payable in the calendar year 2014. This opt out will be for 1 year, which will be through taxes payable in the calendar year 2014. This action has been taken by the board and approved by at least a two-thirds vote of the board. This decision may be referred to a vote of the people upon a petition signed by at least five percent of the registered voters n the district and filed with the governing body within twenty days of the first publication of this decision.
A list of tracts available for lease can be obtained at the Perkins County Auditor’s Office, by visiting sdpubliclands.com, or by contacting Mike Cornelison, Office of School & Public Lands, 500 E Capitol Avenue, Pierre, SD 57501-5070 or phone (605)7734172. Disabled individuals needing assistance should contact the Office of School and Public Lands at least 48 hours in advance of the auction to make any necessary arrangements. [Published February 28, March 7, March 14, March 21, 2013 at a total approximate cost off $29.45.]
Unless this action is referred to a vote of the people and reversed by such vote, this resolution authorizes the county auditor to spread an excess levy to raise tax dollars in the above stated amount. /s/Wayne Henderson, Board Chairman /s/ Tim R. Smith, Board Member /s/ John R. Butterfield, Board Member /s/Mary Vliem,Board Member /s/Wade Henderson, Board Member [Published March 14 and March 21, 2013 at a total approximate cost of $29.90,]
Tract 1: 160 acres ~ NE¼ Sec. 18 ~ 153+ tillable acres w/ 40+ acres planted to W Wheat and 35+ acres Alfalfa ~Taxes: $336.94 or $2.11/acre Tract 2: 320 acres ~ N½ of Sec. 17 ~ 311+ tillable acres w/77+ acres planted to W Wheat and 88+ acres Alfalfa/Grass ~Taxes: $739.54 or $2.31/acre Tract 3: 289.48 acres ~ Most of west half of Sec. 7 ~ 269+ tillable acres w/ 34+ acres Alfalfa ~Taxes: $ 642.65 or $ 2.22/acre Tract 4: 577.18 acres ~ Most of Sec. 6 424.5+ tillable acres w/80 acres planted to W Wheat, 226+ acres Alfalfa, & 164 acres pasture ~ Some pasture areas would be tillable ~ Elec, & good well w/tire tank in NW ¼ ~Taxes: $1164.04 or $2.02/acre Tract 5: 863.01 acres ~ All of Sec. 24 and most of the west side of Sec. 19 ~ Great site for headquarters w/good, mature shelterbelt w/majestic pines, spruce, good well & elec, all in center of Sec. 24 ~ Dams & spring-fed dug-outs throughout Tract ~ 221+ tillable acres w/ 66+ acres planted to W Wheat, & 79+ acres Grass/Alfalfa ~ 640 acres pasture ~Taxes: $1699.84 or $1.97 /acre Tract 6: approx. 775 acres ~ All of Sec.13 and most of NW¼ of Sec. 18 ~ Mostly Pasture ~ Spring fed dug-outs & Dams ~ Borders county road ~ 35+ tillable acres, presently in grass, & 734 acres pasture ~Taxes: $1,076.86 or $ 1.39/acre Tract 7: 1109.14 acres ~ “Fort Barnica” ~ all of Sec. 5, except for Mrs. Micky Barnicaʼs home) and E½ of Sec. 7, and NW¼ of Sec. 8 ~ Barn, Corrals, & Windbreak, w/elec & especially good well w/automatic waterer in Sec. 7. (This is where Larry & Micky did their calving.) ~ See well log & you can see this could be used to pipe water throughout tract ~ Dams & Spring-fed Dug-outs ~ A lot of Sec. 7 used to be hayed ~ Sec. 5 also has springy draw to provide water all along it in wet years ~ Water Pipeline w/tank, & small dug-out in Sec. 5 ~ 417+ tillable acres w/55+ acres planted to W Wheat, 28+ acres Alfalfa/Grass & 684 acres pasture ~ Taxes: $1699.84 or $2.05/acre Successful bidder on this tract also gets option for Tribal Lease & Linch Family Trust Lease
Terms: 15 % down Auction Day w/balance due on or before April 25, 2013. Auctioneers represent Sellers Property absolutely sells to highest bidder on auction day without minimum or reserve bid!
Property Showings: Sundays Mar. 3 and Mar. 10 from 1-3 pm Broker Participation Invited ~ More Info at Websites
Dan Piroutek • 605-544-3316 R.E. Auctioneer, Lic. #282 www.PiroutekAuction.com
Piroutek Auction Service
Lonnie Arneson • 605-798-2525 R.E. Auctioneer, Lic. #11296 www.ArnesonAuction.com
Arneson Auction Service
Monday, March 11, 2013 6:00 p.m. City Hall
Bison Town Board
The Bison Courier • Thursday, March 21, 2013 • Page 13
FINANCIAL STATEMENT: 0222013 – Kopren moved, seconded by Butsavage to approve the Financial Report as presented. Carried. The complete report is on file at City Hall. prove the Feb. 12 minutes. Carried. route (with cost estimates) for future development to those areas. Carried. Any other action was postponed until after the engineer responds. UNFINISHED BUSINESS Storm Sewer project: 024-2013 – Chapman moved, seconded by Kopren to approve KBM’s updated plan for a Storm Sewer, contingent upon DENR’s approval, and to proceed with the project. Roll Call vote: Clements, aye; Butsavage, no; Lockert, no; Kopren, aye; Chapman, aye. Motion carried 3-2. The approved plan includes the detention pond at its current location and everything on Main Street from that pond west to the outlet in the ditch just past Haggart’s. The ditch would be regraded and cut down. It also includes the alley north of Main Street businesses. Pipe size was increased to handle future flows from Lions Park and City Park. Utility Resolution: 025-2014 – Clements moved, seconded by Kopren to amend the utility resolution 2013-1 for clarification and to correct a typo. Carried. West River Cable TV: No action was taken on West River’s proposed change in the agreement made with West River Cable TV in 2005, which is in effect for 25 years from that date. NEW BUSINESS Equalization Hearing: 026-2013 – Clements moved, seconded by Kopren to set 7 p.m. at City Hall as the time and place for the Town of Bison’s local review board. Carried. Change in meeting date: 027-2013 – Chapman moved, seconded by Clements to move the regular April meeting to Wednesday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m. to allow for canvassing of votes from the April 9 election. Carried. Free time swimming: Butsavage volunteered to meet with the school board on Apr. 8 to work on a contract for busing kids to free time swimming in Hettinger during the last two weeks in July. 2012 Annual Report: Butsavage moved, seconded by Clements to approve the Annual Report, compiled by KBA, and to publish the necessary schedules. Carried. Policies: (Credit card) 028-2013 – Lockert moved, seconded by Chapman to approve an updated credit card policy, with no changes. Carried. Policies for procurement, grant oversight and business continuity were discussed. $27; Dakota Feed, supp., $384.67; DPFCU, util/postage/travel/supp, $392.87; Dept. of Rev., sales tax, $1,434.80; Frito, supp., $68.60.; G&O, supp., $310.95; Grand Electric, util, $3,157.97; Heath McKinstry, travel, $47; Hettinger Candy, supp., $759.20; Jerome Bev., beer, $850.55; Jill’s Embroidery, supp, $86.75; John Deer Credit, repairs, $202.04; Johnson Bros., on/off /supp, $1,401.49; KBM Eng., prof fees, $743.44; KBA, prof fees, $1,175; MTI, repairs, $305.37; Nelson, Kelli, supp/on sale, $99.22; NW Bev., beer, $1,670.10; NWSDRLA, prof. fees, $2,314.50; Pepsi, supp., $666.45; PCRWS, water/prof fees, $3,346.40; Republic, on/off sale, $2,614.03; S&S, supp, $2,051.20; SD Lottery, $850.37; Servall, prof. fees, $76.07; Town of Bison, petty cash, $41.08; West Plains Imp, repairs/maint, $28.23; WRCTC, util., $269.85. EXECUTIVE SESSION FOR PERSONNEL PURSUANT TO SDCL 125-2(1): 029-2013 – Clements moved, seconded by Butsavage to go into executive session at 8:32 p.m. to discuss personnel issues. Carried. Chapman declared the meeting back in open session at 9:00 p.m.
CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL: Chairman Juell Chapman called the regular monthly meeting of the Bison Town Board to order on Monday, March 11 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall. All trustees - Luke Clements, Matt Butsavage, Mike Lockert, David Kopren were present. Others present: Trent Fink, Karin Vinkemulder and Richard Seidel; employees Heath McKinstry Beth Hulm and Kelli Nelson; and Arlis Seim, press. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WAS RECITED BY ALL.
STATUS REPORT: Trustees reviewed McKinstry’s written status report with him. That report is on file at City Hall. McKinstry also shared quotes from A-1 Sewer and Drain, Rapid City, for cured –in-place pipe.
DELEGATION: Trent Fink requested sewer and water to property between 5th and 6th Ave. W. on Kolb Street in Block 4 and also some street development. Richard Seidel joined the conversation to say that he has platted lots in the area for future development and would need water and sewer extended to them, also. A manhole is also needed in that vicinity. 023-2013 – Lockert moved, seconded by Chapman to hire Brosz Engineering, Bowman, to study elevations and to plan the best
354,206.51 137,133.17 193,338.05 1,522.42 300.00 334.66 55,069.77 1,317.99 1,140.44 2,481.50 6,971.63 13,375.80
OPEN FORUM: 1.)Chapman reported that the County Director of Equalization and County Register of Deeds have requested updated maps for the Town of Bison and 2.) that a heater is needed for the SRE building. 3.)Trustees discussed the possibility of applying for a DOT Community Access Grant to assist with repairs to Coleman Ave. and Main St. 4.)There are too many dogs running loose in town and Hulm was instructed to remind the community of the town’s leash law.
CORRESPONDENCE: 1.)Trustees acknowledged a letter from Jerry Fero, Elder for the Presbyterian Church, that they will put a cement pad adjacent to their sidewalk. Hulm was instructed to answer them that should the town need to disturb that cement at any time, replacement would be at the church’s expense. 2.) Trustees denied a delinquent written request from Western SD Senior Services for a subsidy to the local meal program. Hulm is to write a response, inviting them to make a timelier request for 2014 subsidies. 3.) The Annual District 10 Meeting is Thursday, April 18 in Lead, SD. The registration deadline is April 4.
ADJOURNMENT: Chairman Chapman adjourned the meeting at 9.05 p.m.
Expenditures and Other Uses: Legislative Executive Elections Financial Administration Other General Government Police Fire Highways and Streets Airport Cemeteries Health Mental Health Centers Ambulance Recreation Parks Libraries Economic Development and Assistance (Industrial Development) Total Expenditures and Other Uses Increase/Decrease in Fund Balance Transfers In (Out) Net change in Fund Balance Fund Balance - Ending
Revenues and Other Sources: Property Taxes General Sales and Use Taxes Gross Receipts Business Taxes Amusement Taxes Penalties and Interest on Delinquent Taxes Federal Grants Bank Franchise Tax Motor Vehicle Commercial Liquor Tax Reversion Motor Vehicle Licenses (5%) Local Government Highway and Bridge Fund Charges for Goods and Services: General Government Highways and Streets Culture and Recreation Forfeits: Library Investment Earnings Rentals Other Total Revenue and Other Sources
CLAIMS: The following claims were presented and approved for payment. January payroll by dept –Fin. Admin., $874.64; Streets, $1,608.98; Airport, $276.39; Parks & Rec., $56; Library, $649.53; Liquor, $5,392.87; Water, $845.99; Sewer, $450.95; Solid Waste, $1,2603.84. Total FICA, $2,360.35; Health Ins, $500; SDRS, $626.94; Supp. Retirement, $35; A&B Business, supplies/equip, $534.56; Bison Courier, publishing, $283.87; Bison Fire Dept., supp, $159.50; Bison Food, supp, $7.70; Bison Grain Co., supp, $146; Bison Imp, repairs/supp, $530.35; Business Forms, supp, $147.30; Coca Cola, supp., $202.15; Dacotah Bank, fees,
NEXT MEETINGS: Trustees meet as the Board of Equalization on Monday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall. The next regular meeting is Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. ATTEST: APPROVED:
Elizabeth Hulm, Finance Officer Juell Chapman, Chairman Town of Bison
[Published March 2174.73, 2013 at a total approximate cost of $.]
3,041.53 272.50 1,692.16 5,657.57 712.94 1,974.50 3,848.38 430,185.01 7,051.16 15,825.42 443.41 18,865.11 4,810.20 12,000.00 10,229.29 238,940.12 35,011.00 500.00 18.35 500.00 3,000.00 4,000.00 11,467.17 13,352.43 13,608.79 389,622.45
Beginning Balance Revenues Expenses Liquor 158,130.20 336.494.48 302,974.82 150,649.86 -41,000 Water 30,216.30 94,126.89 93,769.64 30,573.55 Sewer 40,348.03 46,828.36 75,000.00 Garbage 7,396.18 59,489.15 92,482.09
Transfers In (Out) Ending Balance: Long-term Debt
125,544.19 36,632.20 35,000.00
Depository Dacotah Bank, Bison
[Published March 21, 2013 at a total approximate cost of $30.11.]
Dr. Jason M. Hafner Dr. David J. Prosser
1st & 3rd Wed. of the month 2nd & 4th Wed. of the month
40,562.56 -65,000 -24,437.44
[Published March21, 2013 at a toatal approximate cost of $82.72.]
Buffalo Clinic
Faith Clinic
Page 14 • The Bison Courier • Thursday,March 21, 2013 Grand River Roundup ............................................................... By Betty Olson
It’s great to be back home on the range! I loaded up my stuff and headed back to the ranch a week ago Saturday after the midnight end of the 2013 legislative session on Friday, March 8. As soon as I had the car unloaded I got back into the groove and helped Reub cut and wrap steaks and roasts from the last beef we butchered. The time changed that night, so I set all the clocks ahead one hour. Didn’t have to change my watches though, because they were all still set to Pierre time! At least spending a couple months in Pierre on central time makes it easier for me to adjust to this idiotic time change every spring. We have a thermometer that registers the highest and lowest temperatures. I usually reset it every couple days, but didn’t reset it from the start of session in January until this Friday. The lowest temp registered was 17 degrees below zero and the high was 71 degrees last Thursday. I’m a weather spotter for the National Weather Service out of Rapid City and I just sent in my precipitation report for 2012. The total for the year was 12.61 inches, the third lowest since I started keeping track of moisture in the official rain gauge in 2005 and it was almost half of the precipitation we received in 2010. So far this year, I dumped less than a third of an inch out of the gauge since January, and that includes the .04 from that little shower this Sunday. Hopefully we get some more rain soon, or a lot of folks will have to start selling livestock to match what they have for grazing and hay supplies. Did you watch the State B championship tournament on TV this week? The Harding County pep band under the direction of Laura Johnson played for the games on Friday and when we tuned in to watch Dupree play Viborg/Hurley that evening we saw Laura being recognized by PBS. Dupree lost to Viborg/Hurley Friday night, but they played a great game against South Central on Saturday to place 3rd in state. The other team we were cheering for was White River and they won the championship over Viborg/Hurley, who took second. Pretty exciting stuff! We had lots of birthdays to celebrate this week. Cindy (Olson) Gackle had a birthday on the 10th, our grandson Collin McNelis turned nine on the 11th, Tony Holt was 89 years young on the 12th, Chip Olson’s birthday was on the 13th, Louise Jenson’s birthday was the 15th, and the newest birthday we have to celebrate is our newest grandbaby, born to our son Sage and Alaina Olson on March 16th in Dickinson. Little Ellarie Mae weighed in at 7lbs 6.7 oz and is 20 inches long. Her older sister Acalia is pretty excited about having help to keep her parents in line! Predators are still out and about. When this legislative session started in January we had eight chickens - six hens and two roosters. Halfway through the session something got into the chicken coop and left us with only two hens, two roosters, and only a couple eggs a week. When I came home from Pierre, the only chickens left are one hen and one rooster. And no eggs! Since we started calving and moved the heifers and their calves in the pen next to coop, we haven’t lost the last two survivors, but they will probably disappear as soon as the heifers are put out to pasture. Casey and Taz did shoot two coyotes and a fox Saturday, so that might help. One of the coyotes had mange, so maybe there’s hope that the disease will cut down the predator population again. St. Patrick’s Day was Sunday. I have Irish heritage both from my mother’s great grandmother, Mary McGuire, and my father family that descended from Giric, the third son of King Alpin II Mac Eochaidh of Ireland, who was the father of Kenneth I Mac Alpin, the first King of Scotland. Dad’s family belonged to the White Sept of the Scotch-Irish MacGregor clan. Since there aren’t that many Irish in this neighborhood, we don’t have a St. Patrick’s Day parade around here, but the Irish do like to have a good time! Here’s a story that followed one of those Irish celebrations: Three Irishmen, Paddy, Sean and Seamus, were stumbling home from the pub late one night and found themselves on the road which led past the old graveyard. "Come have a look over here," says Paddy, "Its Michael O'Grady's grave; God bless his soul. He lived to the ripe old age of 87." "That's nothing," says Sean, "here's one named Patrick O'Toole. It says here that he was 95 when he died!" Just then, Seamus yells out, "May the saints preserve us, here's a fella that got to be 145!" "What was his name?" asks Paddy. Seamus stumbles around a bit, awkwardly lights a match to see what else is written on the stone marker, and exclaims, "Miles, from Dublin." With that, I’ll leave you with this blessing attributed to St. Patrick: May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, May the rains fall soft upon your fields, And, until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.
Prejudices subsist in people's imagination long after they have been destroyed by their experience. - Ernest Dimnet
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WANTED Need spring house cleaning done? Call Jessie at 244-7157. $15.00 per hour. Sorry, no heavy lifting of furniture. B40-1tp 910, Bison, SD 57620 or call 2445677 or 244-5231. The Town of Bison is an Equal Opportunity Employer. B39-tfn
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cation and resume to Brian Shanks, Superintendent Box 578 Elk Point, SD 57025 we will also accept electronic materials at Brian.Shanks@k12.sd.us. PARTS INVENTORY MANAGER JOHN DEERE DEALERSHIP: Parts manager sought by multi-store John Deere dealership operation. Position currently open at C&B Operations, LLC, a 22 store John Deere dealership group headquartered out of Gettysburg, SD. Applicants should possess the ability to manage parts inventory over multiple stores, lead parts sales team marketing efforts, create and achieve budgets in a growth oriented dealership. We offer progressive marketing plans, competitive pay, full benefit package, including bonus plan. Please send resume to Mark Buchholz, buchholzm@deerequipment.com or call Mark 605-769-2030.
HERBER RANCH SELLING 125 Black Angus & F1 two-year-old heifer pairs; 20 with Charolais X calves. Philip Livestock Auction, April 2, 2013. 605-488-0360, 605-488-0079.
EMPLOYMENT LAKE PRESTON SCHOOL DISTRICT, English teacher, with coaching, opened 3-12-13, closes 3-29-13, Contact: Tim Casper, Supt, Lake Preston School District, 300 1st St. NE. tim.casper@k12.sd.us, 605-847-4455.
LOG HOMES DAKOTA LOG HOME Builders representing Golden Eagle Log Homes, building in eastern, central, northwestern South & North Dakota. Scott Connell, 605-530-2672, Craig Connell, 6052 6 4 5 6 5 0 , www.goldeneagleloghomes.com. 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.
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 HELP WANTED Seasonal Help Wanted: The Town of Bison is now accepting applications for summer help – one to two individuals for maintenance help and one to organize swimming lesson and possibly open swimming. Applicants must be 18 and over. Please request an application from: Finance Officer, Box
FOR RENT For rent: Homestead Heights located in Bison, S.D., has a one and two bedroom apartment available. Homestead Heights is a low-income elderly and disabled Section 8 HUD (Housing and Urban Development) housing facility. We are smoke free. Energy Assistance is available for those who qualify. Utilities are included in the rent. Homestead Heights is an equal housing opportunity. For more information, please call (605) 2445473. B14-tfn
CITY ADMINISTRATOR: The City of Elk Point, SD (pop. 1,939) is seeking an individual to fill the position of City Administrator. A BA (Master’s Preferred) Degree in Public Administration, Business or related field and have three to five years of municipal administrative or finance experience is required. Responsibilities include supervising and directing the activities of all departments: Finance, Street, Police, Planning and Zoning, Recreation and Public Utilities including Electric, Water, Sewer and Garbage. Other responsibilities will include serving as Executive Director to the Economic Development Corporation and Housing and Redevelopment Corporation. Applicants should have knowledge of grant writing and administration. Salary range based on experience. Closing date is Monday, April 15, 2013. Send resume and application to: City of Elk Point, PO Box 280, Elk Point, SD 57025. For job description you may call (605) 356-2141 or visit the City’s website at www.elkpoint.org. EOE. HELP WANTED: Assistant Manager of convenience store in Lemmon, SD. Will assist in the day-to-day operations of a c-store. Please call or send resume’ to Deb Stoltman, 701-223-0154; P.O. Box 832, Bismarck, ND 58502. Salary negotiable. THE ELK POINT-JEFFERSON SCHOOL DISTRICT is seeking a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher. If interested please send a letter of appli-
CUSTER REGIONAL SENIOR CARE is accepting applications for Director of Nursing. Must be licensed as a Registered Nurse in South Dakota. Previous supervisory/management experience in long term care preferred. Excellent benefits; salary based on experience. Please contact Veronica Schmidt (605) 673-2229 ext. 109 or Joey Carlson at (605) 673-2229 ext. 110 for more information. Applications may be submitted on-line at www.regionalhealth.com. EOC/AA.
REAL ESTATE Buying or Selling / Relocating or Investing. Specializing in Farmland / Ranches / Recreational Properties. Dakota Properties, Participating with Cabela’s Trophy Properties. Contact: Mike Konstant, (605) 641-0094, (866) 914-9278. STEEL BUILDINGS STEEL BUILDINGS BLOW OUT SALE! Early bird spring discounts! Save up to 40% off on machinery storage and shops. Limited Offer! Call Jim, 1-888-782-7040.
FOR RENT COMMERCIAL OFFICE SPACE for rent in Highmore, SD, includes office, conference room, reception area, kitchenette. Owner pays utilities, front/rear parking. Jan Harkless, 605-852-3131.
Five Counties Nursing Home
EOE/M/FV/D Drug Free Workplace Employer
Must have good work ethic. FREE C.N.A. certification Complete wage and complete benefits package for FT. For more information call Human Resources at 605-374-3871 or get application at Five Counties, Box 479, Lemmon, SD 57638. fch1@sdplain.com
Seeking persons for •CNA - FT/PT •RN and LPN FT/PT
Need extra cash? Job security as a trained health care worker.
Easter is a time to rejoice, be thankful, be assured that all is forgiven so life extends beyond the soil of earth. - Byron Pulsifer
Page 16 • The Bison Courier • Thursday,March 21, 2013
There is a persistent myth that at the vernal equinox, and only at the vernal equinox, can you stand a raw egg on its end. There is an equally persistent rebuttal that says it’s not possible at any time to balance a raw egg on its end. Neither assertion is true. With a little patience, you can balance a raw egg on its end at any time of year. The first day of spring has nothing to do with it.
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