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Bison Courier
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
Volume 30
Number 50
May 30, 2013
Includes Tax
Bison senior finishes second in sixth annual Rising Star of the West Scholarship contest
Bison High School senior Shaley
finished second in the seventh an-
nual Rising Star of the West schol-
arship contest on KEVN Black
Hills FOX TV, sponsored by Black
Hills FOX and First Interstate
Bank. She wins a $2,000 college
scholarship. The four finalists in
this year’s contest each delivered
four on-air commentaries which
were rated by both on-line viewers
and a Black Hills FOX panel. The
winners were picked by a combi-
nation of those groups. Home-
school senior Rae McKee of Nemo
is this year’s winner. She receives
a $4,000 college scholarship.
Wall High School senior Ryder
Wilson took third place and a
$1,000 scholarship.
Belle Fourche High School sen-
ior Zac Christy finished fourth and
is the winner of a $500 scholar-
KEVN Black Hills FOX TV gen-
eral manager Cindy McNeill says,
“I was especially impressed with
the tremendous quality of this
year’s contestants. We were
thrilled to get participation from
such a wide variety of communi-
ties from all across the Black
South Dakota Regional Presi-
dent, Bob Nicholson, says First In-
terstate Bank is proud to support
Rising Star of the West and its
scholarship program. Nicholson
says, “First Interstate is commit-
ted to helping make our communi-
ties a better place to live, learn
and work. We congratulate this
year's scholarship recipients and
wish them well in their future ac-
ademic endeavors."
McKee joins Janesa Bakeberg,
Annelise Ewing and Kaitlyn Hem-
mingson of Spearfish High School,
Shad Christman of Lemmon High
School, St. Thomas More’s Caila
Brennan and Lead Deadwood’s
Jordon Barthel as winners of the
Rising Star of the West scholar-
ship contest.
By Beth Hulm
Perkins County’s brand new
panel, the Comprehensive Plan-
ning Board, met for the first time
last week during the noon hour at
Mom’s Place in Bison.
That board has been appointed
by the County Commission to
work with Blaise Emerson and Ali
DeMersseman of Black Hills
Council of Local Governments to
draw up a “road map” for the fu-
ture goals and development of
Perkins County.
Emerson admitted that the ne-
cessity of writing a plan is cer-
tainly being pushed by oil activity
to the north and how the county
will re-act to that. Its purpose,
however, is not “How are we going
to survive?” but “How are we going
to grow?”
Lemmon’s committee member
Dave Johnson said, “It’s a good
time to be doing it.”
A Comprehensive Plan does not
dictate that there would ever be
zoning ordinances to govern land
use but without a Comprehensive
Plan in place there could never be
an ordinance. It’s the horse that
goes before the cart.
It doesn’t need to be “a big, ex-
travagant plan,” Emerson said.
Yet, according to DeMersseman, it
is “a pretty intensive process.”
This first meeting was to pre-
pare a timeline for completion of
the project by next fall, which in-
cludes a great deal of public input.
The new board has already
begun to target community groups
to interview and a survey is being
prepared for individuals to com-
plete. “We want to get as many
perspectives as we can,” De-
Mersseman said.
Survey questions will include
identifying the major strengths of
the county and what improve-
ments would make living here bet-
ter for its people. What are the
hopes for the future? What types
of business and services are
wanted and needed?
Nobody will have to sign their
names to the survey but it will tar-
get age groups, how many years
the respondent has lived in
Perkins County and their zip code.
The survey will be available lo-
cally and also on-line at
rkinsplan. Awebpage is also being
developed at perkinscountyplan
DeMersseman will also study
background data to get a feel for
demographics within the county
and the board will review the re-
cently completed plan that Hard-
ing County did. They’ll also be
looking at plans written in neigh-
boring North Dakota counties.
Emerson said that he will work on
getting “a feel” for local businesses
and the agricultural community.
He commented, “The drought has
hurt the economy quite a bit for
quite a few years.”
Board member Todd Fink,
Prairie City, thinks that a “very
critical point to address” is that
kids go off to college and to other
jobs instead of returning to family
farms and ranches. Another factor,
he said, is that the remoteness of
the county makes it difficult for
new business because of the costs
of shipping “freight in and goods
Johnson, however, thinks that
the railroad going through Lem-
mon should be “highly exciting” to
new business. He urged the board
to look for the positive in all
Joining Johnson and Fink on
the new board are Vaughn Meyer,
Sorum; Chuck Anderson, Meadow;
Geraldine Peck and Dan Kvale,
Bison; and Reggie Kennedy, rural
By September the group hopes
to have a draft of the history and
county profile completed. Next,
will be the first in a series of two
public open houses, which will be
hosted in various communities
throughout the county both times.
The Comprehensive Planning
Board wants to have a final draft
of their plan completed by October,
to be followed by the second round
of public open houses.
The people of Perkins County
will have sufficient time to review
that plan before final completion
and adoption early in the New
Year. Perkins County Commission-
ers will have the final vote.
Ideally, the plan should be re-
viewed every five years, according
to DeMersseman.
“There’s no such thing as no
change,” Emerson said.
Comprehensive planners meet for first time
Highlights & Happenings
Mixed couples golf league will
start on June 4th and fun night on
June 6. Any questions or to sign up
contact Jeffrey Johnson at 390-
90th Birthday Open House for
Anna Goddard, June 1, at the
Sturgis Senior Citizen Center
from 2 - 4 p.m. No gifts please.
Prairie Fellowship Parish will
be hosting a farewell potluck for
Pastor Margie and Brook Hershey
at the Lions Club park in Bison on
Wednesday, May 29th at 6:30 pm.
Meat, buns, condiments and
drinks will be provided. Prairie
Fellowship Parish members are
asked to bring salads and desserts.
The public is invited to attend.
Arrow Transit provides transporta-
tion for appointments, shopping and
more. Rapid city trips are 1st Tuesday
and 3rd Wednesday for $30.00. Lem-
mon to Bismarck trips are 2nd
Wednesday and 4th thursday for
$25.00. lemmon to Dickinson 1st
Wednesday for $20.00. Call for infor-
mation 374-3189.
Kids Fishing Day, Sunday June 9 from 2 - 5 p.m.
at the Blacktail Trailhead. Call 374-3592 for information.
Anyone interested in singing in the choir for
the Gala Day's Church Service please meet at Grace
Baptist Church Wednesday night, May 22 through June
19 at 7:30 pm.
The American Lutheran Church is seeking wedding
dresses, baptism gowns and Easter hats from 1913 - 2013
to display during their 100 Year Anniversary program. If
you have an item or know of someone who does, please
contact Salli at 605-244-5491.
Alcoholics Anonymous is meeting weekly in Bison.
The group meets every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in the
basement of the Presbyterian Church. Everyone is wel-
To have your NON-PROFIT meeting listed here, please sub-
mit them by calling: 244-7199, or e-mailing to: courier@sd-
plains.com. We will run your event notice the two issues prior
to your event at no charge.
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Judy Lewis of Sturgis and Sarah
Lewis of Brookings spent a couple
days during the week with Art and
Marilyn Christman.
Martina Ham visited with Mari-
lyn Christman Friday afternoon.
Saturday evening, Mary Ellen
Fried was a supper guest of Herb
Fried and to visit with Danny and
Nancy Stetler of Lincoln, ND; John
and Tina Stetler and boys of Min-
neapolis, MN; Steve and Cora Fried
of Rapid City. They were visiting
Herb for the Memorial weekend.
Vonnie Foster took Bernie Rose
to Esther Johnson’s 98th birthday
open house Saturday afternoon in
Fred and Bev Schopp were Tues-
day supper guests of Ray and Julie
Schopp and family to celebrate
Fred’s birthday.
Thursday evening, Fred and Bev
Schopp were among the many
guests of Pat and Barb Clark as
they hosted a reception for their son
Tayte Clark who graduated from
Sunshine Bible Academy.
Sunday after church, Fred and
Bev Schopp had lunch with Ken,
Rita and Ryan Becker and Bob and
Connie Hourigan. Later they vis-
ited with Martha Jean Peterson.
A week ago Saturday, Carolyn
Petik attended Graduation in
Leif and Mirandi Bakken were
Saturday overnight guests of Jerry
and Carolyn Petik. On Sunday they
all attended Baccalaureate Service
for Tayte Clark at Sunshine Bible
Academy. They then continued on
to Fond du Lac, WI where they
spent Monday through Wednesday
with Kurt and Leah Petik and fam-
ily. On Monday night they attended
the Woodworth Middle School vocal
concert in which Grant and Kiya
were participants. On Tuesday,
they were among visitors at the
Meadow News .....By Tiss Treib
home of Jerry's aunt, Helen (Oliver)
Everson near Edgerton, WI. Tues-
day evening they attended a track
meet that Kiya participated in and
on Wednesday they all attended a
Jazz Concert that Grant and Kiya
were also in. They returned home
on Thursday.
Thursday evening Jerry and Car-
olyn attended the Graduation Re-
ception for Tayte Clark.
Len and Darlys Hofer were
Thursday overnight guests at
Friday afternoon, Carolyn
Petik visited with Ernestine Miller.
Carolyn Petik was a Saturday af-
ternoon visitor of Irene Young.
Thursday, LaVon Schoon of Bis-
marck arrived home for the week-
Leland, Seth, Adrik and Jesse
Schoon of White River arrived at
Luther and Luana Schoon’s Friday.
Luther, Luana and LaVon Schoon
were among those who attended
the wedding rehearsal supper for
Derek Schoon and Britnai Der-
schan Friday evening.
Luther, Luana, Layne, LaVon,
Lealand, Seth, Adrik and Jesse
Schoon attended the wedding of
Derek Schoon and Britnai Der-
schan in Lemmon at the Commu-
nity Center Saturday afternoon.
Wayne and Jeanette Zimmerman
of Lewiston, NE arrived at Luther
and Luana Schoon’s to spend two
weeks fishing at Shadehill.
Sunday, the Luther Schoon fam-
ily visited the grave sites at Green
Hill Cemetery.
Garden Gate
Many Thanks
We would like to thank the com-
munity for the wonderful support
of the Master Gardeners’ fourth
annual plant swap and sale in
May. This spring event is a major
fund raiser for the projects that
the Master Gardeners work on all
year long. This year we brought
in bedding plants from a new sup-
plier out of Sioux Falls. We were
very pleased with the new supplier
and felt the plants were much
nicer than previous years.
We learned a good lesson which
we will remember for next year,
we ordered too much, one of these
times we will get it right. We still
had some left on the fourth after-
noon so we planted the containers
on the fairgrounds and we shared
several flats of flowers with the
folks in Lemmon that were hailed
out Saturday evening in two nasty
storms. Florence Hoff graciously
agreed to haul the plants to Lem-
mon for us.
We got in and sent out some
great swaps this year, lots of
healthy big African violets and
other house plants. This is a fun
way to share what you have too
much of and to pick up something
you would like to have.
We are no longer able to order or
sell shrubs and some types of
perennials without a special li-
cense. Rather than go through
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that hassle we will not order the
plants that need special licensing.
Thanks so much everyone for your
support, we appreciate each and
every one of you that came
through the door whether you
were swapping or shopping! It is
always fun to meet other garden-
ers, the pros and the beginners.
We wish you all happy gardening
and encourage you to show off
your bloomers!
"An addiction to gardening is not
all bad when you consider all the
other choices in life." - Unknown
Submitted by - Karen Englehart,
Master Gardener, SDSU Coopera-
tive Extension Service
Rosebud News ............By Tiss Treib
Thelma Sandgren called on Jim
and Patsy Miller Tuesday and got fer-
tilizer for her plants.
Thelma Sandgren made her usual
trip to Hettinger Friday. She visited
with her brother, Buster Van Wyk
Thelma Sandgren attended a birth-
day luncheon for Ann Weaver in Het-
tinger Friday. Others in attendance
were Gladys Merwin and Lorraine
Thelma Sandgren played pinochle
at the Senior Center in Hettinger Fri-
Brady Ham brought a couple loads
of cattle over to Sandgren’s Saturday.
Thelma Sandgren went to Shirley
Johnson’s Saturday and caught a ride
to Lemmon with LaVonne Foss. They
attended Esther Johnson’s 98th birth-
day open house. The evening finished
off with a bad storm.
Rosebud Church held a farewell
potluck following services Sunday for
Brooke and Margie Hershey.
Thelma Sandgren attended the
95th birthday open house for Helen
Meink in Lemmon Sunday.
Tiss Treib hosted a 98th birthday
Open House for her mother, Esther
Johnson Saturday afternoon in Lem-
mon. Many friends and family in the
community attended. Others travel-
ing from a distance included Helen
Crow of Huron, SD; Ruth Hoefert of
Sioux Falls, SD; June and Chester
Kalberer of Almont, ND; Jerry and
Margie of Bismarck, ND; Lorna Ben-
der of Bismarck; Leona Schaaf of
Glen Ullin; and Bernice Thorson of
Almont, ND.
Jim and Patsy Miller traveled to
Hettinger Friday to play cards and
visited Violet Miller at the Nursing
Jim and Patsy Miller traveled to
Lemmon Friday evening to put flow-
ers out at the cemetery and attended
a Shriners meeting.
David Miller of Rapid City was a
Friday overnight guest of Jim and
Patsy Miller.
Matt and Jim Miller spent Satur-
day in Bison at a Mason’s meeting.
Patsy and Christi Miller were among
those who attended Esther Johnson’s
98th birthday party in Lemmon Sat-
Christi and Matt Miller returned to
their home in Hettinger Saturday af-
ternoon, Jim and Patsy Miller fol-
lowed them to help with any hail
damage and Christi cooked them all
Jim and Patsy Miller brought sup-
per to Nolan and Linda Seim Sunday
LaVonne Foss took Shirley and
Lexi Johnson and Thelma Sandgren
to Esther Johnson’s 98th birthday
open house in Lemmon Saturday.
LaVonne Foss took Shirley and
Lexi Johnson to Hettinger Sunday.
Sandra Friese of Buckley, WA ar-
rived at Helen Meink’s Thursday, to
spend some time.
Troy Meink of Virginia visited with
his grandmother, Helen Meink Fri-
Troy and Christine Merkel of Texas
visited with Helen Meink Wednesday.
Stacy Gillespie and her daughter
Andi of Phoenix, AZ visited with her
grandmother, Helen Meink Friday.
Don and Kathy Meink of Crofton,
NE arrived on Helen’s birthday,
Thursday to spend the weekend with
Carole Preszler and Kathy Meink
hosted a 95th Birthday Open House
for Helen Meink in Lemmon Sunday.
Duane and Sue Meink; Tabbi and
Paolo Mauri and Emily; Rebecca
Askew; Carole Preszler and Leonard
Jonas; Troy and Christine Merkel;
Sandra Friese; Don and Kathy Meink
were among the family members who
Brandt Meink of Omaha, NE; Risa
and Tom Moes and family of Kansas
City, MO; Penny Preszler of Phoenix,
AZ; Wendy Parcel and husband of
Belle Fourche; Troy Meink; Stacy and
Andi Gillespie; Dee Dee Smith and
family was among those who at-
tended their grandmother, Helen
Meink’s 95th birthday open house in
Lemmon Sunday.
Horace Seim and Dorothy Bowers
were Friday visitors of Tim and
JoAnne Seim.
Jo Seim’s parents, John and Ann
Turtle of England and Justin and Jo
Seim and Jacob of Belle Fourche ar-
rived Thursday afternoon at Tim and
JoAnne Seim’s.
John and Ann Turtle and JoAnne
Seim visited with Wilford and Delores
Seim in Lemmon Sunday afternoon.
Dorothy, Lynn, Dean, Rolland Frey;
Marilyn Schwartzbauer and Noel and
Braylyn Miller of Bismarck attended
the High School Graduation of Sarah
Dragger Sunday in Dickinson.
Paul, Harmony and Amya Hoffman
of Glenden, MN arrived at Keith and
Bev Hoffman’s Saturday evening.
Sunday supper guests of Keith and
Bev Hoffman were Paul, Harmony
and Amya Hoffman; Jeff and Jackie
Van Vactor; Ty and Krista Ellingson
and boys.
The Master Gardeners had hundreds of plants for customers to chose from.
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Kids Fishing Day
Mark your calendars for the an-
nual Kid’s Fishing Day which will
be held on Sunday, June 9, 2013,
from 2:00 to 5:00 at the Blacktail
Trailhead (Pasture 9 Reservoir)
which is approximately 15 miles
south of Lemmon on Highway 73.
The fishing day is free of charge
and open to children 14 and under.
All children must be accompanied
by a parent or guardian and must
bring their own fishing poles,
tackle, and bait.
South Dakota Department of
Game, Fish, and Parks will again
have archery and bb gun activities
at the event. Registration for kids
to participate in these activities re-
quires a parent or guardian signa-
ture. You may register at the For-
est Service office before June 9 or
at the event.
The Grand River Sportsmans
Club will serve a free lunch after
the event.
For more information, contact
the Forest Service office at 374-
Letter to the Editor
Commoditization of the United
States cattle industry
I recently read a report by one of
our cattle market analysts, who
tried to identify what issues and/or
policies had damaged the cattle in-
dustry the most. Great question ...
with an exploding population that
needs to feed itself, one would cer-
tainly wonder why the United States
cattle industry is contracting.
The analyst identified two such is-
sues, but he also exposed the ex-
tremes that such folks as himself,
certain industry groups, and some of
our more social media will go to dis-
tort the facts and create smoke
screens to accomplish their socialis-
tic agenda. The article states that
“mandatory country of origin label-
ing (COOL) for fresh meat products”
has “added billions of dollars of costs
to the livestock and meat industry.”
WOW – billions! Somebody needs to
tell him that COOL has only been in
effect since 2009 and that even the
packers and retailers couldn't come
up with a figure that ridiculous.
Then he goes on to say that the
blame for COOL lies squarely with a
“tiny minority of livestock produc-
These are the same tactics used by
our monthly Beef Enquirer-like pub-
lications that we get for free to cre-
ate public record to try and show a
lack of producer support. The prob-
lem is that – when you look at all the
local and state Farm Bureau, Farm-
ers Union and cattlemen's groups –
you will find overwhelming producer
support for mandatory COOL.
He then goes to say, “Surveys
showed consumers didn't care about
labeling.” WOW, I believe what we
have seen reported is just the oppo-
site with multiple surveys showing
consumer support for COOL.
And then he finishes up by saying
that USDA (United States Depart-
ment of Agriculture) “changes will
only increase discrimination against
foreign born livestock.” Not sure
what changes he’s talking about, but
the ones submitted by USDAto come
into WTO (World Trade Organiza-
tion) compliance are designed to re-
duce the discrimination practice
yielded by U.S. packers in an effort
to kill COOL. I still think what the
packers did bordered on anti-com-
petitive and discriminatory practices
... a heck of a thing to witness in this
I point this out on COOL not be-
cause I believe anyone really buys
into these distortions, as we all un-
derstand the extremes these folks
will go to and certainly they have
lost their credibility with the aver-
age U.S. cattle producers. Rather, I
point this out because these are the
same people and groups that told
you in the late ’80s and the ’90s that
you need to learn to compete in a
global market; however, they oppose
you identifying your product. They
also told you that your competition
was poultry and pork and not im-
That’s interesting, because it was
recently announced that the Na-
tional Pork Producers Council and
the Cattlemen's Beef Board have
been working in partnership for
nearly two years to provide more
“consumer-friendly” names for 350
new and older cuts of beef and pork
under URMIS (Uniform Retail Meat
Identity Standards) with some of the
pork cuts adapting beef names. Now
while some of this appears good,
other changes have the potential to
reduce and confuse beef sales. For
example, no longer is it just pork
chops; now it will be ribeye chops,
porterhouse chops, and New York
chops. So when the young housewife
walks up to the meat counter to buy
a “ribeye” for her loved one, she will
be asked by the meat retailer, “pork
or beef?” She may then very well ask
the perceived professional, “What do
you suggest?”
I imagine the response by the re-
tailer will depend on which product
gives him the most profit, along with
his own biases.
I understand why the pork folks
went for this, but here’s the problem
for U.S. cattle producers. These
meat cut names, while not trade-
marked brand names, act very much
like brand names for the beef/cattle
industry. Consumers are familiar
with these terms in beef and relate
those names to such things as flavor,
tenderness and quality. Historically,
consumers have made decisions
based on these names, they have be-
come the brand-like name of each
cut, and you don’t conspire to let
your competitor use your brand
It is well understood that brand
names simplify shopping and aid in
processing of information about
products; however, these types of
changes complicate meat buying de-
cisions for consumers and compro-
mise beef ’s ability to separate itself
in the animal protein market and
promote itself. As the EBAC noted,
“People recognize brand and attach
a certain intrinsic value to the prod-
uct because of its name” like ribeye,
New York, porterhouse, T-bone –
those names kind of make your
mouth water, don’t they?
Another marketing expert goes on
to say, “Do NOT underestimate the
power of name brands. This power
can be so compelling to your buyers
that they may be blinded to all other
purchase considerations.” But not
now, not with beef. No wonder
Patrick Fleming of the National
Pork Board said it will aid the con-
sumer’s “decision-making on pork by
adapting beef nomenclature for
pork.” In other words, they will sell
more pork ... at beef ’s expense.
So, as we look to answer the ques-
tion of what issues and/or policies
have done the most damage to U.S.
cattle herd, I would have to say the
destructionist trade policies of some
of our industry groups and our social
media, who have had no problem
sacrificing U.S. producers for trade
liberalization, as well as the social
commoditization and standardiza-
tion of our industry and the fading
product identity in the animal pro-
tein domestic and global market; in-
stead of concentrating on differenti-
ating between our products, we are
blurring the lines.
/s/ Leo McDonnell
Leo McDonnell
Columbus, MT
Note: Leo McDonnell ranches in
Montana and North Dakota and
helped to grow the family business,
Midland Bull Test at Columbus,
Mont., into the largest genetic cattle
performance test in North America.
Pastor Henry Mohagen
Slim Buttes Free Lutheran Church
Reva, South Dakota
Memorial Day
Not to many days ago we celebrated “Armed Forces Day”. This is a time we honor those that are in
the military now. Those that are willing to defend our land and also the land of some foreign country
that is under some unfair oppression. On Memorial Day we honor those that died defending (hopefully
what is right) or what our nation has determined to defend. Wars have been controversial thru-out
history and people wonder why the involvement. Memorial Day has become more than honoring those
who have died for their country to also include anyone who has served our country and then to include
family members and friends that have gone before us even with no military contact.
Many of our families have had warriors that have been willing to fight a fight for our spiritual
well-being and freedom also. Just like soldiers fighting for our country, our forefathers have tried to
pass down God’s Word to the generations to come. This goes back to Noah following the flood. I re-
member my dad telling me” the battle is now yours and your generation, I am part of the old guard”. It
is interesting how quickly that term “old guard” now fits for me.
Today we see many things in our great land that are challenging our faith and our standard “the
Bible”. In the secular world we should not be surprised about some of these issues but we are seeing
these same things infiltrating the Church and the Christian circle as well. Instead of using the Bible
as a standard there is an effort to explain around some issues to the point of acceptance. Some of these
are contrary to what scripture sets out before us.
When Jesus was on trial before Pontius Pilate He made this statement, “The reason I was born,
and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”
We have a tendency to shy away from truth when it makes us uncomfortable. That is just our human
nature because of sin. In the Gospel of John chapter 20 he writes; but these are written that you may
believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
We first need to believe this truth ourselves and then work to instill that into the next generation
and the generations to come. So some Memorial Day out family will say, “there lies the Old Guard
that fought for the truth”.
Pastors Perspective
Grace Baptist Church • Pastor Phil Hahn
Sunday School 9:30 a.m. • Worship Service - 10:30a.m.
Wednesday Prayer Mtg. - 6:30 p.m.
Church of Christ
18 mi. south of Prairie City - Worship Service - 10:00 a.m.
Prairie Fellowship Parish ELCA• Pastor Margie Hershey
Indian Creek - 8:00 a.m. • American - 9:30 a.m. • Rosebud - 11:00 a.m.
Christ Lutheran Church WELS •
Pastor Gerhardt Juergens
Sunday Bible Class - 8:00 a.m., Worship Service - 8:30 a.m.
Coal Springs Community Church
Pastors Nels & Angie Easterby
South Jct. of Highways 73 & 20
Sunday School - 10:00 a.m., Worship Service - 11:00 a.m.
Seventh Day Adventist Church • Pastor Donavon Kack
Sabbath School - 2:00 p.m., Worship Service - 3:00 p.m.
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church • Fr. Tony Grossenburg
Saturday Mass: - Lemmon 4:45 p.m. Bison - 7:15 p.m.,
Sunday Mass: Lemmon - 8:15 a.m., Morristown - 10:30 a.m.
Holland Center Christian Reformed Church
Pastor Brad Burkhalter • Lodgepole
Worship Service - 8:00 a.m.
First Presbyterian Church • Pastor Florence Hoff, CRE
Worship Service -9:30 a.m.
Slim Buttes Lutheran • Pastor Henry Mohagen
Reva • Worship Service - 9:00 a.m., WMF 2nd Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.
Beckman Wesleyan Church • Pastor Brad Burkhalter
Prairie City
Sunday School - 10:00 a.m., Morning Worship - 11:00 a.m.
Vesper Service - 6:00 p.m., Wed. Evenings - 7:30 p.m.
The Bison Courier • Thursday, May 30, 2013 • Page 5
Bruce E. Verhulst
Bruce E. Verhulst, age 47 of
Reeder, passed away on Thursday,
May, 23, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospi-
tal in Rochester, Minnesota.
The Funeral Service for Bruce
was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday,
May 28, 2013 at Our Savior’s
Lutheran Church in Reeder. Pas-
tor Stephanie Swanson will offici-
ate and following a time of fellow-
ship and a luncheon, burial will be
in the Ralph Lutheran Cemetery.
A Family and Friends Service
was held on Monday evening at
7:00p.m. at the Centennial Chapel
of the Evanson-Jensen Funeral
Home in Hettinger.
Special music was provided by
Carolyn Erickson, Elizabeth Ver-
hulst, and Angie Oase.
Serving as casketbearers were
Richard Sarsland, Gene Robinson,
Jeff Jung, Kim Hodell, Tony Dil-
lon, and Bob Sousa. All family and
friends are considered Honorary
A Memorial has been estab-
Bruce Edward Verhulst was
born June 16, 1965 in Bowman,
North Dakota, the youngest of five
children born to Ralph E. and
Beatrice V. (Pederson) Verhulst.
He was baptized and confirmed at
Ralph Lutheran Church. He at-
tended grade school at Ralph and
attended two years of high school
in Scranton and then graduated
from Bowman High School in
1984. During his high school
years he played football. Bruce
then began working for Jim Binga-
man near Prairie City on his farm
and ranching operation.
Bruce was united in marriage to
Laura Lee. They lived in Lemmon
where he worked for NoDak Farm
Supply and later on began work-
ing for Wheeler Manufacturing.
On July 26, 1997, Bruce was
united in marriage to Linda
Finchem. They continued to live
in Lemmon where they were em-
ployed with Wheeler Manufactur-
ing. In 2005, they moved to the
Verhult ranch at Ralph when
Bruce took a job working for
GMHR cleaning and repairing
railroad cars in Scranton.
Bruce and Linda moved to
Reeder where they have continued
to live since. He began working at
the Scranton Equity/ Pronto Parts
operating the tire repair truck.
Bruce suddenly became ill in
April 2013 and was diagnosed
with lung cancer on April 30, 2013.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, rid-
ing bike with his dog Cheyenne,
and remodeling a 1943 interna-
tional tractor given to him by his
dad. He loved playing cards and
gambling, especially playing pull
tabs, and loved going to the casi-
Bruce was a member of Our
Savior’s Lutheran Church, the
Reeder Volunteer Fire Depart-
ment, Reeder Park Board, and vol-
unteered for numerous activities
and events in the area.
Keeping him in their fondest
memories are his wife, Linda,
Reeder, ND; step-daughter, Shaya
Finchem, Stanberry, MO; Step-
granddaughters, Nikole and Alli-
son, and step-grandson, Austin;
his mother, Beatrice Verhulst,
Reeder, ND; 1 brother and sister-
in-law, Steve and Barbara Ver-
hulst, Ralph, SD; 3 sisters and 2
brothers-in-law, Diane Sanford,
Reeder, ND; Pam and Greg Oase,
Bismarck, ND; Nancy and Scott
Doe, Beulah, ND; brother-in-law,
Neal Johnson and his family, Tia
and Tyler, Bismarck, ND; and nu-
merous nieces and nephews.
Bruce was preceded in death by
his father, Ralph Verhulst, his
grandparents, Anders and Olive
Pederson and Edward and Lila
Verhulst and brother-in-law, Lane
Johnson; and his dear pet cats,
Fred and Barney.
Visitation will be on Monday
from 1:00 to 7:00pm at the Centen-
nial Chapel of the Evanson-Jensen
Funeral Home in Hettinger and on
Tuesday one hour prior to services
at the church in Reeder.
Condolences may be sent to the
family at www.evansonjensenfu-
Highway Patrol Campaign:
‘Obey the Sign, Avoid the Fine’
South Dakota’s Highway Patrol
is using the Memorial Day travel
weekend to kick off “Obey the Sign
and Avoid the Fine,’’ a summer-
long safe-travel campaign.
The campaign is an initiative to
reduce highway crashes and in-
crease safety on South Dakota’s
roadways, says Col. Craig Price,
superintendent of the Highway
Patrol. The kick-off weekend will
include a high-visibility saturation
patrol on Monday, Memorial Day.
“Our statistics show that speed-
ing, impaired driving and other
hazardous moving violations are
major contributors in crashes, in-
juries and deaths on our high-
ways,’’ Price said. “We’re kicking
off our safety campaign on Memo-
rial Day weekend to get the maxi-
mum public awareness of the need
for safety on the roadways.’’
Speed and alcohol will be the top
two targets for the enforcement
campaign this summer, Price said.
The Highway Patrol believes that
focus will have the largest impact
on reducing fatal crashes.
“Obviously, we will be enforcing
all the other traffic laws,’’ he said.
“That’s the reasoning behind the
‘Obey the Sign and Avoid the Fine’
campaign slogan.’’
Highway Patrol troopers will
work in teams and will partner
with other law enforcement agen-
cies when opportunities arise,
Price said. Monday’s saturation
patrol will have virtually all uni-
formed troopers on the highways.
In addition to enforcement, the
summer safety campaign will use
social media for public education
and will partner with the State
Department of Transportation for
permanent and portable message
boards with safe-driving messages
on the interstates and other high-
traffic areas in South Dakota.
Iron Man
130 minutes
May 31 - June 2
surround sound
Lemmon 374-5107
Page 6 • The Bison Courier • Thursday, May 30, 2013
Kindergarten & Third grade
Bison Kindergarten & 3rd Grade field trip to Shadehill was cancelled on May 21st due to the
beautiful rain. So, Game Fish and Parks came to the students! Keith Mutschler and Jim Straight
showed the students animal pelts, talked about their jobs and answered questions from the
group. Learning stations were set up in the gym including: fishing pole casting, worm investi-
gations, baiting a hook and an art project. The fun day also included a movie and a short bus ride.
Jim Straight and Keith Mutschler with Bison Kindergarten and 3rd Grade Students (and a moun-
tain lion pelt held up in the back!)
The Bison Courier • Thursday, May 30, 2013 • Page 7
Talon Lundberg shows off his casting skills while Jetta Hulm, Keith Mutschler, and Robin Staple
look on.
Jozee Veal and Heidi Collins investigate a live worm.
Heidi Kopren shows students how to bait a hook using a
gummy worm while Ian Arneson, Rylee Veal and Jacelyn Wat-
son-Veal watch.
students have Field Trip
Page 8 • The Bison Courier • Thursday, May 30, 2013
Three Bison High golfers go to State
Julianna Kari, Conner and
Collin Palmer were the three
members of the Bison golf team
who qualified for a trip to Brook-
ings on May 20th and 21st. Two
days of competition in the wind,
cool temps and a few rain showers
tested the Palmer boys and Kari
on every shot through out the
tourney. Julianna and Collin got
there first taste at competing at
the highest level in high school
golf. They learned that your first
experience at state can prove to be
trickier to handle then you think.
Water hazards seem bigger, sand
bunkers tougher to get out off, and
more spectators watching can be
intimidating for the first time.
Even with the distractions and
hazards they both gave it there all
on every shot, and gained a lot of
experience that they will take with
them through out there high
school golf career. Awesome job
this year Julianna and Collin.
Conner competed in his third state
tourney, were he shot 88 the first
day and 87 on the second day. Con-
ner finished only 6 strokes out
from metaling in the top 25. Great
job Conner on a awesome golf sea-
son. I would to thank the parents
who helped me out at regionals
and state. With out your help it
would have made it a lot tougher
on me to get the kids ready to com-
pete. Thanks again, Coach John-
Collin Palmer at the State Meet. Conner Palmer at the State Meet.
Julianna Kari golfing at the State Meet.
Bison School District has the following positions available:
Athletic Director
Head Boys Basketball and Ass't.
Head Girls Basketball and Ass't.
Head Football and Ass't.
Ass't. Volleyball.
The Bison Courier • Thursday, May 30, 2013 • Page 9
Farm Safety comes to Bison Elementary
Bison Elementary students enjoyed an afternoon out of the classroom learning about farm safety. Students in grades kindergarten through 6th traveled through
6 different sessions on Farm Safety. The students learned about grain bins and tractors safety, ATVs, chemical safety, animal safety, lawn mower safety, and elec-
tricity safety. The students learned the do and don’ts on the farm.
Every student in Bison Elementary received a t-shirt about Farm Safety with the help from the South Dakota Farm Bureau, Farm Credit Services of America, Drieske
Storage, Southwest Grain, Gebhart Ranch, Bank of the West, Dacotah Bank, Stateline Designs, Grand Electric, Northwest Supply, and West River Telephone Com-
Greg Fried & Ida Schmidt go over ATV Safety.
Justin Kolb goes over Lawn Mower Safety with students.
Page 10 • The Bison Courier • Thursday, May 30, 2013
Bison FFA spring events
Submitted by:
Kimberly Peck, Reporter
Twenty six members of the
Bison FFA chapter attended the
85th Annual State Convention
held in Brookings on April 14-16.
During the convention, the
members competed in their Career
Development Events, listened to
keynote speakers, and watched
hypnotist, Al Snyder. Those earn-
ing recognition were Madison
Hulm with a Silver Emblem in
Floriculture, Wil Kolb with a
Bronze Emblem in Ag Mechanics,
Logan Hendrickson with a Bronze
Emblem in Ag Mechanics, and
Beth Seidel with a Bronze Em-
blem in Horse Judging. In addi-
tion the Ag Mechanics Team ( Wil
Kolb, Logan Hendrickson, Wran-
gler Weishaar, and Conner
Palmer) earned a Bronze Emblem
as a team. Shelly Peck, WIl Kolb,
Lane Kopren, Megan Serr, Anna
Hatle, and Shaley Lensegrav were
recognized for receiving their
State Degree. Carrie Schalesky
was named the 2013-2014 State
The Annual FFA Banquet was
held on May 9, 2013 in the Bison
School lunch room. The evening
started with opening ceremonies
conducted by the 2012-2013 officer
team. After opening ceremony,
members, family, and guests all
enjoyed a hamburger/hot dog sup-
per. Greenhand Degrees were pre-
sented Reed Arneson, Marranda
Hulm, Paden Sexton, Justin
Moody, Tony Gerbracht, Tori
Voller, Reece Leonard, and Collin
Palmer for completing all of the
Greenhand requirements. Many
of these individuals were inter-
viewed by a panel of judges for the
Star Greenhand Award. Reece
Leonard was named this year’s
Star Greenhand. Next, the Chap-
ter Degrees were awarded to Syd-
ney Arneson, Clayton Prelle, Con-
ner Palmer, Tyler Plaggemeyer,
Logan Hendrickson, and Beth Sei-
del. Les Lensegrav auctioned off
individual members and teams of
members in the Annual Member
Auction. Thank you to all the com-
munity members who purchased
FFA members! To conclude the
banquet, the 2013-2014 FFA offi-
cer team was announced as fol-
lows: Sydney Arneson- President,
Logan Hendrickson- Vice Presi-
dent, Tessa Kopren- Secretary,
Layton Hendrickson- Treasurer,
Kimberly Peck-Reporter, Wrangler
Weishaar- Sentinel, Beth Seidel-
Historian, and Ty Plaggemeyer-
Bison Courier
for all your
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The Bison Courier • Thursday, May 30, 2013 • Page 11
On March 20th many Bison FFA
members traveled to Sturgis to
compete in their first Career De-
velopment Event (CDE) competi-
tion this spring. After a long day
of competition, the results were as
Meats ID and Evaluation: Lane
Kopren-1st place, Ty Plaggemeyer-
8th place, Bison Meats Team- 3rd
Milk Evaluation: Megan Serr- 4th
place, Tessa Kopren- 5th place,
Justin Moody-6th place, Sydney
Arneson-9th, Milk Evaluation
Team placed 2nd
Floriculture: Madison Hulm- 3rd
place, Floriculture Team- 5th place
Ag Mechanics- Logan Hendrick-
son- 7th place, Ag Mechanics
Team- 4th place
Agronomy- Logan Hendrickson-
8th place Agronomy, Agronomy
Team-5th place
Horse Judging- Horse Judging
Team- 3rd place
The Harding County CDEs were
held on March 27th . Even though
many of our members were com-
peting at History Day, we still
earned the following recognitions:
Ag Mechanics: Drew Reder- 1st
place, Wrangler Weishaar- 3rd
place, John Hatle- 5th place, Ag
Mechanics Team- 1st place
Dairy Foods: Tessa Kopren 5th
Livestock Judging- Layton Hen-
drickson- 5th place, Livestock
Judging Team-5th place
April 3rd the FFA members trav-
eled to Philip and Wall for their
last competition before state. The
Bison members had a very good
showing at their last practice be-
fore state. The Wall/Philip results
are as follows:
Horse Judging-Anna Hatle-4th
place, Shaley Lensegrav- 5th
place, Beth Seidel- 8th place,
Horse Judging Team-2nd place
Ag Mechanics- Wil Kolb- 4th place,
Wrangler Weishaar- 7th place, Ag
Mechanics Team- 3rd place
Dairy Foods- Sydney Arneson- 3rd
place, Megan Serr- 5th place,
Tessa Kopren-8th place, Dairy
Foods Team- 2nd place
Meats ID and Evaluation: Lane
Kopren-7th place, Meats Team-
3rd place
Floriculture- Tori Voller- 5th place,
Floriculture Team- 5th place
Bison FFA attend
spring CDE’s
Bison FFA members earning a Greenhand Degree were Reed Arnneson, Tori Voller, Paden Sexton, Marranda Hulm, Tony Gerbracht,
Reece Leonard, Justin Moody.
Bison FFA members earning a Chapter Degree were Sydney Arneson, Logan Hendrickson, Tyler
Plaggemeyer, Clayton Prelle.
Bison FFA members earning a State Degree were Megan Serr, Shelly Peck, Wil Kolb, Lane Kopren,
Anna Hatle, Shaley Lensegrav.
Page 12 • The Bison Courier • Thursday, May 30, 2013
By Robert Drown,
Natural Resource Specialist
Wow, it rained! The watering
that many have done over the last
year or so has helped keep trees
and shrubs alive but it is not as
beneficial as rainwater. Now
things are going to start happen-
ing with plant development,
growth and depending on the hu-
midity and temperatures associ-
ated with disease and pest prob-
lems. Following are some prob-
lems that may show up on a tree
near you and how to control them.
Apple scab is a fungal disease
to trees and shrubs in the apple
family. The disease is most notice-
able in mid–summer as dull black
or grey-brown lesions on the sur-
face of tree leaves and fruit. The
disease rarely kills its host, but
can significantly reduce fruit
yields and fruit quality. Young
leaves are most susceptible to
being infected within the first
week after unfolding.
Captan can be used to control
apple scab on crabapple and apple
trees. The first application should
be done as the buds swell and open
and do two or three more applica-
tions spaced 10 days apart. Other
fungicides that can be used on or-
namental crabapples only are pro-
priconazole contained in such
products as Bonide INFUSE Sys-
temic Disease Control, Ferti-Lome
Systemic Fungicide Liquid or
chlorothalonil contained in such
products as Bonide Fungionil,
Garden Tech Daconil, Gordon’s
Multi-Purpose Fungicide, Ortho
Daconil just before the bud
Tree Facts –
Upcoming disease and pest problems
sheaths have opened.
Zimmerman Pine Moth is a
native insect that has become es-
tablished throughout northwest-
ern South Dakota. Ponderosa
Pines in shelterbelts have been
most commonly infested, but Aus-
trian, Mugo, Jack and Scotch
Pines are also reported as hosts.
It infests the tips of branches and
the main trunk feeding on the
inner bark. Branches typically
break at the crotch area where
they join the trunk. Dead and
dying branches, most often in the
upper half of the tree, commonly
indicate infestations. The first ex-
ternal symptoms of injury are pop-
corn-like pitch masses at wound
sites. The pitch masses may reach
golf-ball size and ultimately re-
semble clusters of small, pale
grapes. The injury not only re-
tards growth but also deforms the
tree. Partially girdled whorls be-
come so weakened that the tree
breaks off.
Permethrin contained in prod-
ucts such as Bonide Borer-Mine
Killer and Gordon’s Bug-No-More
can be used to control this pest.
April is normally the time for
chemical control but as late of a
spring as we are having you
should be able to kill the caterpil-
lars in May by soaking the tree
and especially the trunk before the
temperature warms. When they
start crawling about and begin to
dig deep into the tree trunk they
will be killed by the poison residue
on the bark. Repeat the spray ap-
plication in August to kill young
caterpillars that hatch from the
Diplodia Tip Blight a fungal
disease that affects Austrian and
Scotch that are growing under
stressful conditions. The fungus is
known to infect the younger and
healthy needles of newly formed
candles. It especially attacks the
tips and needles of trees that have
been weakened by stress from
drought, injuries to roots, not
enough nutrients in the soil, exces-
sive amounts of shade, as well as
injuries inflicted from weather and
insects. It shows up as canker like
injuries that ooze a resin that
serves to infect other trees. The
most evident sign of a pine tree
being infected is if the trees have
brown, stunted new shoots with
short, brown needles.
To control treat with a fungicide
containing propiconazole or
chlorothalanil before the bud
sheaths have opened. See above
under apple scab for products con-
taining these active ingredients.
My sources for this news release
were the Dr. John Ball, SDDAFor-
est Health Specialist and USDA
Forest Service General Technical
Report Diseases of Trees of the
Great Plains. If you would like
more information about “Upcom-
ing Disease and Pest Problems,”
call Bob Drown at the Conserva-
tion Office at 605-244-5222, Ex-
tension 4.
Pine branch infected with Diplodia Fungus.”
The Bison Courier • Thursday, May 30, 2013 • Page 13
Does your lawn need a makeover after 2012's heat and drought
This spring South Dakotan's
lawns are coming off the 2012
growing season which was full of
drought and heat stress. David
Chalmers Professor and SDSU Ex-
tension Turfgrass Associate offers
some advice for homeowners about
how the 2012 drought may have
impacted their lawns and what to
consider when restoring their
lawns this year.
"The drought and heat of 2012
was exceptional for our area. It
has given us a better appreciation
for the role of water in caring for
our landscape plants," Chalmers
Due to the 2012 drought and
watering restrictions put into
place by many municipalities,
many homeowners had to make
some tough decisions. They had to
decide if they would allow their
lawn to go dormant or try water-
ing through a drought which be-
came quite expensive for some.
How well your lawn has re-
grown this spring depends on the
amount of water your lawn did or
did not lawn receive last year and
it's maturity.
Chalmers says many existing
non-irrigated lawns turned brown
and were unable to recover and
start growing again in the fall due
to continued drought and heat
stress. Whereas, he says grasses
that were watered occasionally
seem to have come out this spring
with decent growth.
"However the less the lawns
were watered last year the more
likely they were to thin out before
winter," he said.
New lawns that were planted in
the fall of 2011 or spring 2012 but
did not receive water last summer
and fall may not come back this
"A newly seeded lawn really
needs an entire year of good grow-
ing conditions to become fully es-
tablished and to be more tolerant
of heat and drought," Chalmers
said. "If new lawns were not irri-
gated, the heat and drought
caused a lot of stress."
He adds that shaded areas had
less heat stress and may be able to
recover more easily as a result.
Grasses vary in watering needs
and how they survive dry times.
Chalmers says that the type of
turfgrass in your lawn also im-
pacts its ability to recover from
last year's drought. He says that
grasses that use water very effi-
ciently, like the warm-season
grass buffalograss, survived the
drought without much irrigation.
Grass stands that were healthy
and well established for at least a
few years - and made up of Ken-
tucky bluegrass had a good chance
of surviving.
"Kentucky bluegrass has a sum-
mer dormancy mechanism that al-
lows its leaves to brown and the
crown of the plant to go dormant
during drought. Lawns will usu-
ally green up again with late sum-
mer and fall rains," he said.
"Whereas, fine fescues used in low
to moderate maintenance lawns
can survive dry times but they
have difficulty with excessive
He explains that summer
weather, which includes periodic
rain events, provides cool-season
grasses with just enough water to
keep them alive and healthy dur-
ing dormancy; however this was
not the case last season.
"When cool season grasses slow-
down in growth or go dormant, the
best management practice is to
apply about 1/4 inch of water every
few weeks to keep the crown hy-
drated so it can stay viable to re-
grow when moisture is more avail-
able," he said.
What to do if your lawn did not
return this spring
If your lawn came out well this
spring then fertilizer, irrigation
and weed management will help it
to recover more before summer. If
your lawn is thin, or with patches
or large areas that are not recov-
ering, Chalmers says spring is a
good time to seed if you can count
on water being available. Yet, we
are nearing the end of our spring
seeding period. Otherwise, he says
the best time for seeding a new
lawn is August 15 to September 1.
"As of early May the U.S.
Drought Monitor still placed most
of South Dakota under some stage
of moisture stress. Unless your
area receives substantial moisture
this spring, many municipalities
are likely to maintain watering re-
strictions," he said.
Many of these restrictions limit
lawn watering to once a week and
Chalmers says that is not enough
to sustain any type of seeding.
"Watering is essential whether a
homeowner is overseeding an ex-
isting lawn or starting a new lawn.
It needs moist soil from frequent
irrigation and good seed to soil
contact for seed to germinate and
allow seedlings to develop," he
said. "Once per week watering re-
strictions, without any rainfall,
places any new seeding at risk."
If a homeowner is planning to do
any seeding this growing season,
Chalmers suggests they visit with
their local municipalities about
possibly qualifying for a tempo-
rary "special exception for water
usage." These exemptions may
allow for 21 to 28 days of more fre-
quent watering that would help
seed germinate and start growing.
"But, the young grass plants will
continue to need more water after
that to really get established and
withstand summer heat and
drought," Chalmers said. "If once
per week watering restrictions re-
main in place after that, the
seedlings would probably die from
too much moisture stress."
Page 14 • The Bison Courier • Thursday, May 30, 2013
DATE: May 13, 2013 TIME HELD:
5:30 p.m. KIND OF MEETING: Spe-
cial/Regular WHERE HELD: Lunch-
room/Boardroom MEMBERS PRE-
SENT: Arneson, Beckman, Kari,
Kvale, Thompson MEMBERS AB-
ERS PRESENT: Supt. Kraemer, Bus
Mgr. Crow, Ass’t Bus. Mgr. Johnson,
Gene Smith, numerous patrons and
Numerous patrons presented com-
ments and concerns concerning the re-
modeling or construction of the school
At 7:00 p.m. the board moved to the
regular boardroom.
116. Motion by Thompson second by
Beckman to approve the consent
agenda with the following additions:
#21a. Contract with IT Firm; #21b.
Contract with State Dept. of Health
and #21c. Property Insurance Renewal
Agreement and to approve the minutes
of the regular meeting dated April 8,
April 15 and the special meeting dated
April 16, 2013 and to approve the fi-
nancial reports. Motion carried.
117. Motion by Arneson second by Kari
to approve the claims listed below. Mo-
tion carried.
1,923.22; API INC, S U P P L I E S ,
109.85; AUKLAND, JOYCE, E L E C -
70.50; J W PEPPER & SON INC.,
GUTTERS, 8,978.00
VICES, 2,397.95
ROOM, 69.00
Total Payroll for April-$80,222.31
Elem-$21,406.80; Junior High-
$4,187.88; High School-$15,320.69;
Title-$5,850.94; Library-$3,478.89;
Network Managers-$515.54; Office of
the Supt-$5556.25; Secretaries-
$3,712.39; Fiscal-$2,390.00; Custodial-
$3,745.78; Co-curricular-$2,148.91;
Special Ed-$8,769.08; School Lunch-
Discussion on the building. An engi-
neer will be contacted to obtain cost es-
timates for repairs.
118. Motion by Arneson second by
Thompson to approve the implementa-
tion of a History Day Account. Motion
119. Motion by Thompson second by
Arneson to enter into executive session
to discuss a student issue. Motion car-
ried. Chairman Kvale declared the
meeting into executive session at 7:15
p.m. and back in regular session at
7:50 p.m.
Kristen Seidel presented the board
with information on the recent History
Day Competition and also presented
an agenda showing the schedule for
National History Day which the stu-
dents had qualified for.
120. Motion by Beckman second by Ar-
neson to enter into executive session to
discuss a student issue. Motion car-
ried. Chairman Kvale declared the
meeting into executive session at 8:12
p.m. and back in regular session at
8:15 p.m.
121. Motion by Beckman second by Ar-
neson to approve the open enrollment
request that was presented. Motion
122. Motion by Beckman second by
Thompson to approve the contract of
Nathan Burkhalter as Assistant Track
Coach in the amount of $1,684.00 for
the 2012-2013 school year. Motion car-
123. Motion by Arneson second by Kari
to approve the resignation of Darren
Jackson as Music Teacher effective at
the end of the 2012-2013 school year.
Motion carried.
Gene Smith was present to discuss the
renewal of his busing contract for
2013-2014 school year.
124. Motion by Kari second by Arneson
to offer the same contract as the previ-
ous year with the elimination of the
north route. Motion carried.
125. Motion by Thompson second by
Cash on Hand 4-1-13 12676.74 3059.31 4743.59 38320.31
Invested in Securities 818944.29 600139.10 15914.53 69987.26
Local Sources:
Interest 245.70 118.21 37.15
Taxes 23111.85 11384.08 7970.56 1708.44
Miscellaneous 2184.52
Intermediate Sources:
County Apportionment 839.25
State Sources:
State Aid 38665.00
Total Receipts: 65046.32 11502.29 8007.71 1708.44 4464.17
Total Disbursements: 110334.78 1069.50 11932.06 5528.02
Cash on Hand 4-30-13 14585.03 1989.81 3811.53 37171.66
Invested In Securities 771747.54 611641.39 12922.24 71695.70
IMPACT AID FUND: $81,551.36
Receipts 6155.48
Disbursements 7739.57
Ending Balance $2201.64
Elks Golf Course
Golf Entry Fee 60.00
Belle Fourche School
Track Entry Fee 30.00
Registration Fee 195.00
Dave Masters
Prom Music 270.00
Petty Cash
Postage 1627.07
SD FFA Fees 735.00
Dupree School
Spelling Fee 53.00
Shell Fleet Plus, Gas 96.73
Hettinger Candy, Candy 142.31
Stateline Designs, Supplies 84.80
Christi Ryen
Supply Reimbursement 83.89
Coca Cola, Pop 80.00
Moderne Glass, Supplies 341.25
Anderson’s, Supplies 72.00
Mom’s Place, Meals 162.76
Dakota Players
Children’s Theatre 1023.21
Bowman Public School
Track Entry Fee 125.00
Darren Jackson, Class Fee 139.00
School Lunch, Meals 9.00
Lemmon School
Track Entry Fee 115.00
Sturgis High School
Track Entry Fee 83.00
Yearbook Ad Sales 630.80
General Fund
March Reimbursement 878.07
Sophomores, Refund 159.60
Thespians, Play 1597.00
Sophomores, Sale of Candy 101.70
Special Clearings
Starting Cash 400.00
FFA, State Convention 25.00
Sophomores, Refund 370.40
Dacotah Bank, Interest 1.60
[Published May 30, 2013 at a total approximate cost of $125.07.]
The Bison Courier • Thursday, May 30, 2013 • Page 15
Kari to approve the results of the elec-
tion held on April 9, 2013 and to de-
clare Daniel Beckman, Jr. and Daniel
J. Kvale as board members for three
year terms beginning July 1, 2013. Mo-
tion carried. Official results are: Daniel
J. Kvale-191 votes; Daniel Beckman,
Jr.-158 and Chris Seidel-107.
126. Motion by Arneson second by
Thompson to approve the contract for
the Workman’s Compensation Policy
with ASB Trust in the amount of
$8,004.00 for the 2013-2014 school
year. Motion carried.
Bev Kopren presented the updated Ne-
gotiated Agreement for the board’s ap-
127. Motion by Beckman second by Ar-
neson to ratify the Negotiated Agree-
ment as presented. Motion carried.
A committee of non-certified staff met
with the board to discuss their con-
tracts for the upcoming school year.
128. Motion by Beckman second by Ar-
neson to enter into executive session to
discuss personnel. Motion carried.
Chairman Kvale declared the meeting
into executive session at 8:45 p.m. and
back in regular session at 9:50 p.m.
129. Motion by Arneson second by
Beckman to increase the base pay of
the paraprofessionals to $9.20 per hour
and to offer longevity pay increases of
.20/per hour per year of employment
and to increase all other non-certified
staff by .40/per hour for the 2013-2014
school year. Motion carried.
Bus. Mgr. Crow walked the board
through the preliminary budgets for
the upcoming school year.
Supt. Kraemer presented the board
with ballots for their approval.
130. Motion by Arneson second by
Thompson to vote yes on Amendment
#1. Motion carried.
131. Motion by Arneson second by Kari
to cast a ballot for James Hanson for a
position on the SDHSAA Board of Di-
rectors. Motion carried.
132. Motion by Thompson second by
Beckman to cast a ballot for Clay An-
derson for a position on the SDHSAA
Board of Directors. Motion carried.
133. Motion by Thompson second by
Arneson to enter into executive session
to discuss personnel. Motion carried.
Chairman Kvale declared the meeting
into executive session at 10:35 p.m.
and back in regular session at 11:45
Aspecial meeting will be held on Mon-
day, May 20, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
134. Motion by Arneson second by
Thompson to enter into a contract with
Technology Center in the amount of
$2,250.00 for 25 hours of technical sup-
port for one year. Motion carried.
135. Motion by Arneson second by Kari
to approve the contract in the amount
of $280.00 with the SD Dept of Health
for the 2013-2014 school year. Motion
carried. Kvale abstain.
136. Motion by Kari second by Thomp-
son to approve the contract with ASB
for property and liability insurance in
the amount of $14,747.00 for the 2013-
2014 school year. Motion carried.
Dan Beckman gave a short report
STARS Agreement has been signed
Wrestling Coop Approval
End of School
137. Motion by Kari second by Arneson
to adjourn the meeting at 11:58 p.m.
Motion carried.
Dan Kvale, Chairman
Colette Johnson, Ass’t Bus. Mgr.
[Published May 30, 2013 at a total ap-
proximate cost of $117.62.]
DATE: May 20, 2013 TIME HELD:
10:00 a.m. KIND OF MEETING: Spe-
cial WHERE HELD: Boardroom MEM-
BERS PRESENT: Arneson, Kari,
and Thompson OFFICERS AND OTH-
ERS PRESENT: Bus Mgr. Crow, Ass’t
Bus. Mgr. Johnson, Engineers from
TSP, Connie Aaker and Becky Peacock
A walk through of the entire school
building was done. A short discussion
was held with the engineers after the
completion of the tour. They will pres-
ent a proposal to the board with ideas
for repairs needed to the school build-
Dan Kvale, Chairman
Bonnie Crow, Bus. Mgr.
[Published May 30, 2013 at a total ap-
proximate cost of $9.75.]
DATE: May 20, 2013 TIME HELD:
7:00 p.m. KIND OF MEETING: Spe-
cial WHERE HELD: Boardroom MEM-
BERS PRESENT: Arneson, Beckman,
Kari, Kvale, Thompson MEMBERS
OTHERS PRESENT: Supt. Kraemer,
Bus Mgr. Crow, Ass’t Bus. Mgr. John-
son, Gene Smith, Trevor Fisher, Cheryl
Hulm and Beth Hulm
Chairman Kvale called the meeting to
order with a call for the salute to the
Chairman Kvale asked for a motion to
switch items #3 and #4.
138. Motion by Beckman second by Ar-
neson to approve this request. Motion
139. Motion by Arneson second by
Thompson to enter into executive ses-
sion to discuss personnel. Motion car-
ried. Chairman Kvale declared the
meeting into executive session at 7:05
p.m. and back in regular session at
7:20 p.m.
Discussion on the 2013-2014 bus
140. Motion by Kari second by Beck-
man to enter into executive session to
discuss student issue. Motion carried.
Chairman Kvale declared the meeting
into executive session at 7:40 p.m. and
back in regular session at 8:10 p.m.
141. Motion by Arneson to keep the
same routes as the previous year and
to increase the bus routes only by .08
cents per mile and to require all driv-
ers to obtain a CDL physical for the
2013-2014 school year. Motion carried.
142. Motion by Thompson second by
Kari to enter into executive session to
discuss personnel. Motion carried.
Chairman Kvale declared the meeting
into executive session at 8:35 p.m. and
back in regular session at 9:20 p.m.
143. Motion to adjourn the meeting at
9:40 p.m.
Dan Kvale, Chairman
Colette Johnson, Ass’t Bus. Mgr.
[Published May 30, 2013 at a total ap-
proximate cost of $23.72.]
The Board of Trustees for the Town of
Bison, South Dakota, has scheduled a
public hearing on Monday, June 10,
2013 at 7:40 p.m. at Bison Town Hall.
At said time and place the board will
consider the application of the Perkins
County Fair Board for a special malt
beverage license at the Perkins County
Fairgrounds during Gala Days (June
22 only, 4:00 – 10:00 p.m.) and during
the Perkins County Fair on Friday,
Aug. 16, 2013, from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m;
on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013 from 4:00
p.m. – 2:00 a.m. Sunday, August, 18,
2013; and from 12:00 noon – 10:00 p.m.
on Sunday, August 18, 2012. All objec-
tions thereto prior to final decisions.
Elizabeth Hulm
Finance Officer
[Published May 23 & May 30, 2013 at
a total approximate cost of $20.16.]
Pursuant to SDCL ch. 43-30A, notice
is hereby given that a mineral interest
in, on or under the following described
lands in the County of Perkins, State
of South Dakota, has lapsed, to-wit:
Township 15 North, Range 10 East,
Section 3: SE1/4.
The name of the record owner of the
mineral interest is LLOYD BREM-
SETH, Madison, Minnesota.
This NOTICE is given by D. THOMAS
DARD (“Goddards”), of 16599 Peggy
Creek Road, Prairie City, SD 57649, in
order to succeed to the ownership of
the mineral interest.
Attorneys for Goddards
Max Main
618 State Street
Belle Fourche, SD 57717
[Published May 23, May 30 and June
6, 2013 at a total approximate cost of
their intention to claim title to such
lapsed minerals as being abandoned
mineral interests.
SDCL 43-30A-02, provides that the
title to the abandoned mineral inter-
ests vests in the owners of the surface
estate in the land in or under which
such mineral interests are located on
the date of the abandonment.
Please take FURTHER NOTICE, that
each of you, as the above-named record
mineral interest owners, have sixty
(60) days after the first publication of
this Notice to record a statement of
claim in the office of Recorder in and
for Perkins County, South Dakota, in
accordance with SDCL 43-30A-05. If
no statement of the claim is filed
within such sixty (60) day period, the
title to the abandoned mineral inter-
ests will vest in Brian and Dana
Scholz, husband and wife the owners
of the surface interest in and to the
land hereinabove described.
Dated this 17th day of May, 2013.
/s/ Eric M. Hardy
Eric M. Hardy, #4013
Attorney for the Scholz family
P.O. Box 390
Hettinger, North Dakota 58639
(701) 567-2418
Sworn to and subscribed before me this
17th day of May, 2013.
/s/ Nancy Secrest
Nancy Secrest, Notary Public
Adams County, North Dakota
My Commission Expires: 7/18/2018
[Published May 23, May 30, June 6,
2013 at a total approximate cost of
TO: W.W. Grigsby, Mahota Grigsby and
Charles Niell Ross A/K/A CN Ross :
TAKE NOTICE, that, under the au-
thority granted in SDCL 43-30A-06,
that Brian and Dana Scholz, husband
and wife, as surface owners of the fol-
lowing described real estate situated in
the County of Perkins and State of
South Dakota:
hereby give notice of the lapse of min-
eral interests of the above-named
record mineral interest owners on, in
or under the land above described, and
of their intention to succeed to the min-
eral interests of the above-named
record mineral interest owners, and of
Dr. Jason M. Hafner
Dr. David J. Prosser
Faith Clinic
1st & 3rd Wed. of the month
Buffalo Clinic
2nd & 4th Wed. of the month
Page 16 • The Bison Courier • Thursday, May 30, 2013
Protecting your
landscape from
wildlife damage
by Melinda Myers
They’re cute, they’re furry and they
love to eat – your landscape that is. If
you are battling with rabbits, deer,
groundhogs or other wildlife, don't give
up. And if you are lucky enough to be
wildlife-free at the moment, be vigilant
and prepared to prevent damage be-
fore these beautiful creatures move
into your landscape to dine.
Anyone who has battled wildlife
knows the frustration and difficulty in-
volved in controlling them. Your best
defense is a fence. A four foot high
fence anchored tightly to the ground
will keep out rabbits. Five foot high
fences around small garden areas will
usually keep out deer. They seem to
avoid these small confined spaces. The
larger the area the more likely deer
will enter. Woodchucks are more diffi-
cult. They will dig under or climb over
the fence. You must place the fence at
least 12" below the soil surface with 4
to 5 feet above the ground. Make sure
gates are also secured from animals.
Some communities allow electric
fences that provide a slight shock to
help keep deer out of the landscape.
Another option is the wireless deer
fence. The system uses plastic posts
with wire tips charged by AAbatteries.
The plastic tip is filled with a deer at-
tractant. When the deer nuzzles the
tip it gets a light shock, encouraging it
to move on to other feeding grounds.
Scare tactics have been used for
many years. Motion sensitive sprin-
klers, blow up owls, clanging pans and
rubber snakes strategically placed
around a garden may help scare away
unwanted critters. Unfortunately
urban animals are used to noise and
may not be alarmed. Move and alter-
nate the various scare tactics for more
effective control. The animals won't be
afraid of an owl that hasn't moved in
two weeks.
Homemade and commercial repel-
lents can also be used. Make sure they
are safe to use on food crops if treating
fruits and vegetables. You’ll have the
best results if applied before the ani-
mals start feeding. It is easier to pre-
vent damage than break old feeding
patterns. Look for natural products
like those found in Messina Wildlife’s
Animal Stopper line. They are made
of herbs and smell good, so they repel
animals without repelling you and
your guests.
Live trapping can be inhumane and
should be a last option. Babies can be
separated from their parents, animals
can be released in unfamiliar territory,
and trapped animals can suffer from
heat and a lack of food and water.
Plus, once you catch the animal, you
need to find a place to release it. The
nearby parks, farms and forests al-
ready have too many of their own ani-
mals and therefore they don't want
The key to success is variety, persist-
ence, and adaptability. Watch for ani-
mal tracks, droppings and other signs
that indicate wildlife have moved into
your area. Apply repellents and install
scare tactics and fencing before the an-
imals begin feeding. Try a combination
of tactics, continually monitor for dam-
age and make changes as needed. And
when you feel discouraged, remember
that gardeners have been battling an-
imals in the garden long before us.
The Bison Courier • Thursday, May 30, 2013 • Page 17
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encouraged to apply. EEO/AA.
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It’s been such a nice soggy week.
The rainfall since last Monday to-
taled 1.14 inches and it’s still rain-
ing as I write this on Memorial
Day. We only got 44 hundredths on
Saturday while some folks got sev-
eral inches, but we’re thankful we
didn’t get any of the hail that ham-
mered several places around here.
After church Sunday morning,
Amanda Schuchard showed me a
video she took of the hail that
wiped out all her plants and dam-
aged their grass. There were re-
ports of several new lambs killed
by the hail, severe damage to
homes and vehicles, and funnel
clouds sighted north of Sturgis
and west of here in Montana.
Even with all this moisture, my
garden doesn’t look good. The only
things up so far are radishes,
turnips, lettuce, and a couple cu-
cumber plants. I got some tomato,
pepper, and cabbage plants at
Northwest Supple when I went to
Lemmon Thursday to get two new
recliners from Olson Furniture.
When I set the plants out on Fri-
day the ground was still dry a cou-
ple of inches below the surface, so
we’ve got a lot of catching up to do
before the drought is broken.
We lost three friends this week.
Bruce Verhulst and Lyle Parfrey
both passed away on Thursday.
Ralph Trevillyan’s funeral was
Friday in Buffalo and lots of
friends gathered to bid this won-
derful man a last goodbye. I’m
going to miss not having Ralph
around to ask advice about gar-
dening, history, and archeology. He
was a wealth of information and so
much fun to visit with. Our sym-
pathy goes out to the families of
these fine men.
Reub got Peder Tenold to haul a
truckload of belting home from
Gillette on Friday so these guys
can build more corral panels. Reub
rode along with Peder and they
visited with Guy on the phone
while they were out there. Peder
will be going back next week to
help Guy with a building project.
Casey and his crew gathered
pairs to take to our Horse Creek
summer pasture on Thursday and
trailed them as far as the Hack-
amore ranch where they left them
for the night. They shot two fox
pups on the way home late that af-
ternoon. Saturday Reub and I took
the Kubota up to Horse Creek and
fixed fence while Casey and the
crew finished trailing the cows
into the Horse Creek pasture.
I took my camera along to take
some pictures of some rocks up
there that really intrigue me.
There are several sandstone tow-
ers that have holes coming up
through the center that go deep
underground. I’m guessing that
they either had trees growing up
in the middle of each tower that
rotted way leaving the hole, or,
and this is my best guess, they
were formed as pipes to release
gases or smoke during the volcanic
activity in the area that also
formed the lava bombs and vol-
canic rock scattered all over up
there. I wish Dr. Phil Bjork from
the School of Mines was still alive
so I could ask him about this. I’ve
read and re-read John Paul Gries
great book “Roadside Geology of
South Dakota” and can’t find any-
thing about these rocks in there,
unfortunately Gries passed away
in 2003 so I can’t ask him about
them either. Can any of you recom-
mend a geologist who might be
able to answer my questions?
Pastor Henry and Linda Moha-
gen were in Colby, Kansas this
weekend for the wedding of Ida
Schmidt and Eric Sander. Jim
Petik gave the Gideon message at
Slim Buttes Lutheran Sunday in
Henry’s absence. The weather
cleared off enough by Sunday af-
ternoon that Reub and I were able
to get the Glendo Cemetery
mowed and cleaned up before
Memorial Day.
When we finished at the ceme-
tery we drove over to check out
how the Nash’s were doing and got
there just in time to visit with
Dennis, Roger, and Dale Nash,
along with Larry Hendricks and
Darwin Huiner who were helping
them brand. We got caught up on
what the neighbors were doing,
checked out Dennis’ new .44mag-
num pistol with scope, Darwin’s
new little titanium .22 rifle, and
solved most of the world’s prob-
lems before we let them get back
to the cows. Love this neighbor-
I’ll leave you with this article
that Joe Lowe, former state wild-
land fire coordinator, wrote for the
Rapid City Journal on Memorial
Day in 2006:
Reflections on Memorial Day
As Memorial Day approaches,
I've been spending time reflecting
on its meaning. To me it comes
with some sadness as I lost my fa-
ther during World War II when my
mother was seven months preg-
nant with me.
My Irish mother always ex-
pressed to me that my father gave
his life for his country, and they
both thought it was necessary to
protect the world from the Axis in-
Two decades later, my favorite
uncle was killed in Vietnam when
he threw himself on a hand
grenade to save others in that the-
My father and my uncle made
this sacrifice so we all can enjoy
the unique and special freedom we
have in the United States. These
freedoms were earned through the
willing and dedicated efforts of all
American veterans who have paid
a high price for that freedom
throughout American history.
We should feel fortunate to live
in a country where we can go to
the church of our choosing, speak
freely about things with which we
disagree and enjoy a quality of life
not available in other countries of
the world. We must remain com-
mitted to the United States. It is
our country and we must all do our
part in keeping it strong.
This Memorial Day let us spend
some time reflecting on the free-
doms we enjoy, and the courageous
acts of devotion by those veterans
who are now deceased. Their ulti-
mate contribution will always be
Grand River Roundup ............................................................... By Betty Olson
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HELPWANTED: Grand Electric
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P. O. Box 39, Bison, SD 57620.
GEC is an equal opportunity em-
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Two years previous experience in
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experience working successfully
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lands Head Start: Prenatal to Five
is seeking a high energy, self-mo-
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experience working with families,
and valid driver’s license and some
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weeks per year position. We pro-
vide a competitive salary and ben-
efit package. Salary is dependent
upon education and experience.
Pre-employment drug screening
and background checks are re-
quired.For more information and
an application, please call 605-
723-8837. Position open until
6/14/13 or until filled. This institu-
tion is an equal opportunity
provider and employer.
Seasonal Help Wanted: The
Town of Bison is now accepting ap-
plications for summer help – one
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help and one to organize swim-
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swimming. Applicants must be 18
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SDCA urges caution on proposed
changes to antimicrobial availability
At a public hearing jointly hosted
by the Food and Drug Administra-
tion (FDA) and the Animal and
Plant Health Inspection Service of
the United States Department of
Agriculture (USDA-APHIS) Tuesday
in Pierre, South Dakota Cattlemen's
Association (SDCA) leaders urged
caution regarding proposed changes
to the availability of antimicrobials
for food animal production. Due to
concerns about antibiotic resistance,
FDAis proposing to subject some an-
timicrobial medications to enhanced
veterinary oversight, requiring a
Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) for
some feed- or water-delivered antibi-
otics that are currently available
over the counter.
The Pierre hearing was one of five
scheduled throughout the country.
SDCAjoined over 40 individuals and
representatives from the pork, poul-
try, veterinary and feed milling sec-
tors to express concerns about the
potential for increased cost and pa-
perwork burdens that would result
as these medications are brought
under additional veterinary over-
sight. Hearing attendees also asked
FDAto provide clarity about how the
information they collect might be
used and what factors will be consid-
ered when determining the success
or failure of the proposal.
Todd Wilkinson, a partner in Red
Stone Feeders and SDCA Vice Pres-
ident, discussed how antimicrobials
help him provide a safe, wholesome
beef product and noted the changes
would increase costs for his low-mar-
gin business.
"Red Stone Feeders feeds cattle at
multiple geographic locations and
works with multiple consulting vet-
erinarians. Requiring VFDs for our
operation would mean multiple or-
ders from multiple veterinarians at
multiple feed mills, all of which re-
sult in increased paperwork and
costs for the feedlot, vets and feed
mills," Wilkinson testified. "Adding
costs without adding benefits is con-
cerning for cattle feeders, who have
been operating on extremely narrow
profit margins," he added.
SDCA President Cory Eich also
reminded FDAand APHIS represen-
tatives there are many rural areas
that are underserved by veterinari-
ans and he pointed out concerns
about how the FDA might use the
data it collects as a result of this ini-
"In addition to concerns about vet-
erinary availability as well as in-
creased paperwork and costs, recent
releases of producer information by
the Environmental Protection
Agency demonstrate cattlemen and
women are justified in our appre-
hensions about how additional data
collected by the Federal government
might be used to harm our busi-
nesses," said Eich.
SDCAurges livestock producers to
review FDA's proposed guidance
document, which is available on
their website at www.fda.gov. Pro-
ducers are also urged to submit writ-
ten comments to the FDA docket
number FDA-2012-N-1046 at

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