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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 31
Number 23
November 21, 2013
Includes Tax
Grand Electric Cooperative, Inc. and West River Cooperative
Telephone Company Welcome new General Manager
The Grand Electric and
WRCTC Boards of Directors se-
lected Reed Metzger, as the next
General Manager. He began his
new duties on November 4, 2013.
In this position, he will serve as
the General Manager for both or-
ganizations and report to both
the electric and telephone boards.
The combined Cooperatives pro-
vide employment for 48 dedicated
“I’m grateful for the trust the
board members have placed in
me and truly honored to be given
the opportunity to serve as the
next General Manager. I look for-
ward to joining the hard working
team of directors and employees
that serve the member-owners.
My wife and I will be moving our
family to the area soon and we’re
excited about meeting and get-
ting to know the employees, the
board, and the members. We also
look forward to getting involved
in the community,” said Metzger.
Metzger replaces Jerry Reise-
nauer, the current General Man-
ager, when Reisenauer retires
after serving the Cooperatives for
27 dedicated years. The organi-
zation holds the distinction of
having had only five General
Managers in its 63 year history.
“Reisenauer has had a distin-
guished career with GEC/
WRCTC. He has served on many
boards and committees repre-
senting the Cooperatives over the
years and is highly respected
both locally and nationally for his
numerous contributions to the
electric and telephone coopera-
tive industries,” said John Long,
Chairman of the GEC Board of
“On behalf of both Boards of Di-
rectors, we want to thank Jerry
for his dedicated service to our
membership and wish him well in
his retirement,” DeJon Bakken,
Chairman of the WRCTC Board,
“The Board selected Mr. Met-
zger following a nationwide
search conducted over many
months. The Board takes its fidu-
ciary responsibility very seriously
and interviewed numerous highly
qualified candidates – ultimately
selecting Metzger,” Long said.
“Both Boards felt his strong
leadership skills, excellent inter-
personal skills, his motivation
and enthusiasm, ability to learn
quickly, educational background
and General Manager Coopera-
tive experience, along with his
personal traits that reflect our
strong culture and work ethic,
make him an outstanding choice
to lead us into the challenging
times ahead. He is committed to
the cooperative principles of
doing what is best for our mem-
bers,” he said.
Metzger served as CEO/GM of
the Bijou Telephone Cooperative
in Byers, CO. He has been with
Bijou Telephone Cooperative
since 2000, serving as Construc-
tion Technician, Project Manager,
Operations /Plant manager and
for the past eight years as its
CEO/GM reporting to the Board
of Directors.
“He has expertise in strategic
and financial planning, adminis-
tration, operations, member and
regulatory agency relations and
business development. He is an
excellent communicator, consen-
sus builder and is very successful
in developing relationships with
employees, customers, board
members and industry groups.
He is also a tenacious leader able
to capitalize on rapid industry
and technology changes toward
building a cohesive, robust, and
financially sound organization.
We look forward to having Met-
zger lead our Cooperatives for
many years. He is bright, ener-
getic and willing to learn,” said
continued on page 6
Buer resigns as Highway Superintendent
By Beth Hulm
Tracy Buer has resigned after
27 years in Perkins County em-
ploy. He is currently serving as
the Highway Superintendent.
Buer gave no reason – at least not
in open session – when he sub-
mitted his resignation to the
County Commission last Tuesday
during their regular November
meeting. He met behind closed
doors with the five-man commis-
sion for approximately 10 min-
utes before his resignation was
officially accepted. Buer will be
asked to prepare a written exit
He will continue working until
the end of November and will re-
ceive an eight week severance
package after that. The position
will be advertised over a broad
area. In the interim, Buer’s fore-
man, Duane Holtgard, will take
the reins to lead the highway
Holtgard was invited into the
board room where there was a
discussion over whether he would
receive additional pay for “quite a
bit more responsibility” or
whether the extra duties are al-
ready “part of your foreman job.”
He will receive overtime for what-
ever extra hours he has to work.
Foreman Holtgard requested a
closed session with the commis-
sion. It lasted an hour. There was
no official action taken when it
was over.
Moving on with their brief
agenda, a discussion that began
last month continued regarding
moving the 4H/Youth advisor to
the offices in the Bentley Build-
ing at the fairgrounds in Bison.
Members of the fairboard, exten-
sion board and Chairman Juell
Chapman from the Bison town
board were all present to speak to
that issue.
Geraldine Peck, representing
the extension board, said, “We are
sure in favor of it.” She went on
to say that the extension board
has $1,000 in their budget ear-
marked for utilities and that
there may be other available
monies in their budget to help
with additional expenses.
Max Matthews, representing
the fairboard, said that it
wouldn’t cost the county more
than the $5,000 that they are al-
ready budgeting as a county sub-
sidy. The fairboard hopes to rent
office space to the Town of Bison
for $300 per month, which would
also help pay the bills.
Chapman made no commit
continued on page 8
Board members make quick work of agenda
Shane Steiner of KLJ Engi-
neering presented a plan to rebid
the Airport Fuel System project.
This is needed to stay in compli-
ance with the Capital Improve-
ment Program. There is some
interest in the fuel system project
that will be bid soon. This fuel
system would allow pilots flying
in the area to have access to re-
fuel at the Bison Airport.
There is a possibility of starting
a business plan and justification
to construct a new hangar in
2015. A turf cross runway may be
in the plan for the future, it
would be a SW/NE runway.
The Town has been approached
about renting office space in the
south side of the Bentley Building
for $300 a month. There is room
for storage and a Board room.
The Town Board is looking at de-
molishing at least part of the cur-
rent Town Hall and building new.
This offer at the Bentley Building
seems like a good offer to get
them by until they can proceed
with their plan. A contract would
have to be drawn up with the
County for snow removal and
mowing. Juell will attend the
Perkins County Commissioners
meeting to get more details before
a decision is made.
A conference call has been set
up for Friday, November 15th
with Bill Lass of Black Hills
Council to discuss the DENR's in-
flow and infiltration report.
Cracked sewer pipes and man-
holes have been letting ground-
water into the lagoons. The pipes
and manholes need to be relined
to solve the problem.
Also to be discussed lining the
lagoons and infrastructure.
These conference call items
were believed to be one project
and they are actually two differ-
ent projects.
The lagoons have been pumped
and prepared for winter. The
town crew has a couple of days
left and then the tree branch
cleanup should be complete.
Water samples all came back
Correction Oops! We found at least two errors in the story for
West River Telephone's Annual Meeting last week. 1.) Tyrell Elling-
son is a 10-year employee; and 2.) Dolores Chapman won $100
playing Plinko. I apologize for those errors. B. Hulm
Blood Drive, November 25, 2013 at
the Grand Electric Social room 12:45 p.m. -
5:15 p.m. contact Bernice Kari for information
Ecumenical Community Thanksgiving service
has bee cancelled due to scheduling difficulty. It will
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2 • The Bison Courier • Thursday, November 21, 2013
Nutrition Site
Thursday, November 21
Hot beef sandwich
mashed potatoes w/gravy
sunshine salad
Friday, November 22
Sausage gravy over biscuit
green beans
baked squash
jello w/strawberries
Monday, November 25
Turkey tetrazzini
tossed salad w/dressing
tomato slices
mandarin oranges
Tuesday, November 26
Tator tot casserole
tossed salad w/dressing
baked squash
Wednesday, November 27
Ginger pork chops
baked potato w/sour cream
seasoned spinach
I am writing this letter as a par-
ent of two 4-hers in the Perkins
County 4-h program. They are
involved and in many events and
activities and part of the Shoot-
ing Sports group that meets on
sundays at the Bentley Building.
Since we have joined the Perkins
County group there has been
many changes to 4-h, including
but not limited to the dissolution
of the Extension Office in Bison.
That has made many things diffi-
cult. We have been so fortunate
to have hired two extremely tal-
ented youth coordinators since
that time. They both have made
me very proud and they did and
are working there hardest to
make this program a success and
continue to bring activities to
youth. As a community, I see the
struggle with the understanding
of the program now and the in-
ability to regain trust and confi-
dence in this program for youth.
We are still a youth promotion,
funded by local and state govern-
ment monies. We have a Leaders
governing board who meets regu-
larly and has many topics and is-
sues to address. We are not
affiliated with the Fair Board,
but do have a representative at
each of their meetings to request
needs for the youth. A reoccur-
ring issue this past year is the vi-
ability and need for shooting
sports and the use of the Bentley
Building. In the past years, there
has been damage done to the
walls at the Bentley Building
when the youth practice in the fa-
cility. As a group, we repaired
that damage this year and recog-
nized that it is not the first time
there has been significant dam-
age done. There were many "re-
paired" spots that I personally
witnessed and again repaired to
the best of our ability, which in-
cluded painting an entire wall.
We have now taken precautions
to not continue to damage the
walls further. However, the ban-
ter about so and so said...and she
and he did not like..and they
should find somewhere else to be.
I am mortified by the comments
made and thrown at the youth.
With the restrictions and guide-
lines we must follow, there is cur-
rently no other place to hold
shooting sports. We have more
youth signed up in this area than
anywhere else in our 4-h pro-
gram. This is such a good thing
for our youth, yes, this is a youth
activity. We have three volunteer
trainers and many parents at-
tending these practices each
week. This shows us there is
promise in our Perkins County 4-
h program. I say, lets take that
negativity, put a new spin on it
and put it towards supporting
these youth and families!!. I read
a statistic one time a few years
ago that a youth who is involved
in an after school activity is ten
times less likely to have been de-
tained by law enforcement before
they are 18 years of age. Looking
at that and the ability, I know,
that the leaders and parents and
youth posess on our county, we
are on a fast track to raising suc-
cessful adults. That's really what
its all about, in the big picture of
things. Its time to jump on board,
volunteer, sponsor, and attend
youth activities and support their
/s/ Lisa Harpster
Lisa Harpster
Letter to the Editor
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Meadow News .........By Tiss Treib
Chuck and Sarah Lewis of
Sturgis and Sarah’s friend Josh
hunted at Art and Marilyn
Christman’s Sunday.
Bev Schopp and Katie Schopp
traveled to Bucyrus to the home
of Ken and Rita Becker. Del and
Arlys Krause of Bismarck were
also visitors.
Jerry Petik attended a Grazing
Association meeting in Lemmon
on Tuesday afternoon.
Carolyn Petik and Jeri Lynn
Bakken attended the District
Oral Interp contest in Timberlake
on Wednesday. Mirandi Bakken
was a participant.
Carolyn Petik had lunch with
Irene Young in Lemmon on
Thursday. Thursday evening she
attended Grand Valley Gals Club
at the home of Barb Clark.
On Friday, Carolyn Petik at-
tended the funeral of Linda Seim.
In the afternoon she visited with
Linda Zimmerman at her home
and also stopped briefly at Irene
Daryl and Geraldine Storm
were Sunday evening visitors at
Ed and Violet Chapman and
Mary Ellen Fried were Sunday
afternoon visitors of Jim and Vera
Connie Ellison, Lila Ellison,
Barb Westphal accompanied
JoAnn Benson to card club at the
home of Betty Tomac Thursday.
Dean and Lila Ellison attended
the Christmas Fair and Turkey
Jamboree in Lemmon Saturday.
Belle Kvale returned home from
Tucson, AZ Friday night where
she spent a week visiting Richard
Kvale and his family. Belle vis-
ited lots of grandchildren and
great grandchildren in Phoenix,
Bev Holdahl came and had din-
ner with Belle Kvale Saturday.
Tim and Charlotte Kvale
brought supper out to Belle Kvale
Sunday evening.
Don and Phyllis Pearson were
Friday afternoon visitors of Bill
and Vickie Penfield.
Chad Penfield, Richard
Splittstoesser and TJ Shockley
hunted deer at Bill and Vicki
Penfield’s over the weekend.
Luther and Luana Schoon
spent Tuesday and Wednesday in
Derek and Emma Grace
Schoon were Friday supper
guests of Luther and Luana
Luther and Luana Schoon at-
tended services and celebrated
the anniversary of the church
with a Potluck and Basket Ex-
change Sunday.
Luther and Luana Schoon trav-
eled to Mott to attend the Musick
Acoustic Guitar Concert Sunday
Gov. Daugaard seeks disaster
declaration for west river blizzard
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today re-
quested a Presidential Disaster Dec-
laration to help 14 counties and two
Indian reservations recover from a
powerful early-October blizzard in
western South Dakota.
The request is for public assis-
tance in those west-river counties,
snow removal assistance in six coun-
ties with record snowfalls, debris re-
moval and disaster unemployment
Teams of state, local and FEMA
officials conducted preliminary dam-
age assessments in the storm-im-
pacted area beginning Monday, Oct.
28. Those assessments showed a
preliminary estimate of nearly $38
million in damages to public infra-
structure and property of private,
non-profit entities. If a presidential
disaster declaration is granted, a
more detailed assessment of costs
will begin.
In a letter to President Barack
Obama, the Governor noted that the
storm began with heavy rainfall in
the Black Hills area. The rain
changed to snow, and the winds in-
creased to as much as 65-70 mph in
some areas of the western plains.
Record snowfalls were recorded in
Butte, Custer, Fall River, Lawrence,
Meade and Pennington counties.
Nearly 50,000 customers were with-
out power for a period of time and no
travel was advised across more than
half the state.
“As the severe winter storm was
occurring, a vast majority of western
South Dakota was literally shut
down for four days,’’ Gov. Daugaard
The first storm with heavy snow
and high winds struck on Oct. 3. A
second storm that started on Oct. 10
brought more rain where deep snow
was already melting. That resulted
in flash flooding in some areas.
Thousands of head of cattle and
other livestock were lost during the
two-week-long storm event.
“As you can imagine, this has not
only taken a financial toll on the
ranching community but also an
emotional toll,’’ the Governor wrote.
“Ranchers are a very hardy, proud
and self-reliant group of people, but
sometimes they need assistance as
well to ensure their well-being today
and for the future of their ranching
He said disaster unemployment
assistance could help ranchers who
have no income because of the loss of
livestock, as well as other self-em-
ployed individuals who assist live-
stock producers.
Today’s request is a necessary step
for federal disaster funds to be made
available to South Dakota. If the
President grants the declaration, up
to 75 percent of eligible costs could
be reimbursed by the federal govern-
ment. The Governor’s request does
not guarantee federal funding will
be made available to South Dakota.
Counties included in the disaster
request are Butte, Corson, Custer,
Dewey, Fall River, Haakon, Harding,
Jackson, Lawrence, Meade, Pen-
nington, Perkins, Shannon and
Ziebach, as well as the Cheyenne
River Indian Reservation and the
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
The Bison Courier • Thursday, November 21, 2013 • 3
Bison School District considers joining NWAS
Board members discussed join-
ing North West Area Schools to
bring trade units to Bison. NWAS
could offer Bison a three year con-
tract if another school district ops
out within a year, at a cost of
$80,000 per year to Bison. Board
member Arneson would like to
tell NWAS "we are interested."
Chairman Kvale showed concern,
he wonders if the school can af-
ford the trade units. Units are
equipped with everything neces-
sary to teach a trade including a
teacher. Bison School would have
to supply a cement slab where the
unit could be located including
electricity and plumbing. The
Board will continue to research
this option.
The NWAS speech therapist re-
cently gave a ninety day resigna-
tion notice. There is not a speech
therapist available at this time.
There is the possibility of tele-
therapy by computer with para-
speech assistant Katie Helms.
Helms has one year of study left
to complete her certification as a
Speech Therapist "Speech is im-
portant", commented Board
member Beckman. Speech serv-
ices will continue with NWAS via
the tele-therapy.
Eric Terrell, Bison math
teacher, was present to discuss
math prep for the ACT test. He
has been doing tutoring to help
students prepare for the test. Ter-
rell believes math testing is im-
portant at every grade level, it
enables the teacher to know
where students skill levels are.
Terrell had a copy of a more re-
cent Geometry text book that has
better instruction than the book
students are currently using. Ter-
rell also has observed that many
7 - 12 students scored very low in
Geometry and requested 20
copies of the new Geometry text-
book. The Board gave permission
to purchase the text books.
Contracts were approved for
Beau Chapman to coach 5 - 6
grade boys basketball; Tammy
Prelle a Special Ed Para-Profes-
sional; Nina Loper as High
School secretary and Lauren
Holder as Athletic Director with
a $2000 wage increase.
Superintendent Azevedo was
happy to report that some teach-
ers have volunteered to revamp
the school handbook.
Azevedo passed out a sample
Code of Ethics and a list of chap-
erones to each board member for
evaluation. Board member Kari
wondered if volunteers also need
a background check. Azevedo will
check into this and report back to
board members.
TSP Architecture of Rapid City
would like to be informed about
the school's future educational
goals if a new school is built or
renovated for a cost of $10,000. It
was the Boards consensus that
the school can set their own edu-
cational goals without paying
$10,000. A figure of "total cost of
a new school or renovation is
needed for a public meeting, " re-
marked Arneson. Blue prints
could cost one half million. Busi-
ness Manager Crow will call TSP
to find out exactly what the
$10,000 includes.
A facility agreement was dis-
cussed and put on hold until the
December meeting.
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4• The Bison Courier • Thursday, November 21, 2013
Mayor Pinnow appeals to PCRWS Directors
By Beth Hulm
Lemmon’s Mayor Neal Pinnow
appealed to the rural water board
of directors last week that they
would use some of their available
funds to help pay back a $5.144
million loan, borrowed from the
State of South Dakota during the
construction of the system. Be-
ginning in January 2015, Perkins
County Rural Water System will
begin re-paying that debt. The
City of Lemmon, Town of Bison
and area ranchers all have signed
contracts with PCRWS and,
therefore, are responsible for
making payments..
Late this past summer, South
Dakota Rural Water created an
amortization schedule that would
have Lemmon repaying a grand
total of $1,736,100, Bison
$385,800 and rural customers,
$3,022,100 over the next 40
years, with annual payments..
Pinnow thinks that PCRWS
should pay a share of that, too.
He had studied the rural water
company’s financial statement
and it appears to him that they
have sufficient funds to kick in
their share. “The money is there,”
he said. He also believes that the
total debt could be reduced if
there were no interest-only pay-
ments in the repayment sched-
ule, bringing it down from
$239,000 per year to $222,000.
Accompanied by Garrett
Schweitzer, president of Lem-
mon’s city council, Pinnow spoke
to the board of directors during
their regular November meeting
last week in Bison.
His proposal would have
PCRWS paying 30%, or approxi-
mately $1.5 million of the total
debt, which calculates to about
$66,000 annually. Repayment for
rural users could then drop from
$129,520.26 per year to
$91,520.26; the City of Lemmon
from $75,107.81 to $52,575.47;
and Bison from $16,690.63 to
$11,683.44 per year. Rural users
account for about 800 meters,
Lemmon for 650 and Bison for
Pinnow further urged that user
rates remain unchanged. Instead,
he suggested tacking on a “small,
monthly debt surcharge” to
everybody’s bill. Office Manager
Brandi Baysinger said that
changing the repayment schedule
from interest-only during the
first five years would make her
about $75,000 short for the 2014
Unbeknowst to Pinnow, the
PCRWS board has already raised
the minimum that ranchers pay
from $40 to $63 per month. That
is before the ranchers start pay-
ing for usage. Lemmon’s rural di-
rector Lynn Frey said that the
increase is there to help repay the
debt, hence already moving some
of the debt repayment to PCRWS.
What the “magic numbers” will
be for the two cities are yet un-
known. Lemmon and Bison have
never paid a monthly minimum.
According to former General
Manager Paul Adcock, the cities
would not have been on board to
build the system had there been
minimums. “If we’d have started
out with minimums,” he said,
“we’d have plenty of money.”
PCRWS won’t be ready to ac-
cept a new budget until they have
all of the numbers. A finance
committee was created to study
the issue with Baysinger. Direc-
tors Frey, Colin LaMont, Matt
Butsavage and newcomer Chuck
Edwards were appointed to that
committee, which will meet on
Nov. 19. Pinnow’s presentation
gives them food for thought. They
felt that Pinnow had the advan-
tage last week. He has looked at
and studied their financials; they
have not seen the cities’ budgets.
There will be further negotiations
with all involved before the re-
payment schedule is finalized.
Another issue that the board
has to deal with is the tardiness
of construction on a new pump
station. That project was slated
to be completed by Nov. 30. The
contractor has not asked for an
extension and, according to the
contract he signed, there is a
$500 per day penalty for not fin-
ishing on time.
Yet another matter facing the
rural water board is to hire a new
General Manager. They are cur-
rently without one. Following Ad-
cock’s resignation a year ago,
employee Doyle Udager stepped
up to fill his shoes. Udager has
since also resigned and taken an-
other job. George Vansco, South
Dakota Rural Water, was at last
week’s meeting to offer his ex-
pertise and assistance with the
hiring process.
In spite of all of that, during
the Annual Meeting, which pre-
ceded the regular monthly meet-
ing, President Don Melling told
those gathered that PCRWS had
“a pretty fair year.” Baysinger
said that her “biggest struggle” is
collecting on rural accounts. She
has had to take some consumers
to small claims court, she said.
Two Prairie City residents
voiced concerns. Nancy Brixey
asked why Lodgepole has three
directors on the board and Prairie
City has none. True, Stanley
Brixey, who lives outside of
Prairie City, is a director but he is
considered a Bison director. It
was explained that when the sys-
tem was formed, population was
used to divide the northern part
of the county equally by thirds.
Prairie City fell into Bison’s third.
Meadow’s director Brian Morris
is also in that third of the popula-
tion split.
Roxie Seaman said that she’s
concerned about big increases in
user rates. Melling’s answer was-
n’t definitive. He said, “It’s prob-
ably not too significant…maybe.”
Water rates are based on how
much water is sold, whether or
not Southwest Water Authority
raises their rates to PCRWS and
how much money is needed to
balance the budget. According to
Frey, more water has been sold
than was projected and LaMont
doesn’t think increases “will be
that bad.”
Not only was there no General
Manager's report during the An-
nual Meeting, the entity’s attor-
ney, engineer and KBA
accountant were also absent.
Reorganization of the board
was accomplished during the An-
nual Meeting. There being no
candidates, other than incumbent
directors Rod LeFebre and Holly
Waddell, they were re-elected to
another term. Edwards has been
appointed by the City of Lemmon
to fill that vacancy. Officers for
the upcoming year stayed the
same: Melling, president; Morris,
vice president; Frey, secretary;
and Butsavage, treasurer.
The Bison Courier • Thursday, November 21, 2013 • 5
6 • The Bison Courier • Thursday, November 21, 2013
Southern 101
I recently attended a week-long
writer’s retreat in Florida and
learned a great deal about the
South; mostly that they all say
their words funny (which they
thought the same about me), but
I did notice similarities between
Northern Florida and home.
To me it seemed odd that
Florida had places like Miami,
Tampa, and Orlando, which are
places known for Disney World,
beaches lined with palm trees,
colorful homes so bright they
could take your eye out, and then
see random stuff like palm trees
and pine trees, bear crossing
signs, and roadside stands selling
boiled peanuts. Floridians will
veer off the road for boiled
peanuts like South Dakotans do
for sweet corn. Southerners also
love their cheese grits the way
Dakotans love mashed potatoes.
Back home, mountain lions are
the resident animals that can be
a threat to human life, but
Florida’s are alligators. I learned
the Everglades is not the only
place to see alligators. Thankfully
the ones I saw were at a safe dis-
Some of the things about
Florida reminded me of home,
but with a Floridian twist. It
turns out Florida has rednecks
too, but they’re called bubbas.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to
meet a bubba in person, probably
because it was deer hunting sea-
son when I was there.
There were big game crossing
signs that had been defaced just
like the signs back home. Florida
had bear-crossing signs instead of
deer crossing signs and some of
the signs had a permanent
marker-drawn horn on the bear
silhouettes to look like a rhinoc-
Sharing a habitat with alliga-
tors and manatees in Florida is
like having buffalo in Custer
State Park. The locals tend to ig-
nore them and aren’t as fasci-
nated by them the way visitors
are, and like buffalo, gators are
best viewed from afar.
I always visualized Florida as
being beachy and Ft. Lauderdale-
like, but the countryside I saw
wasn’t even close to a beach at-
mosphere until I got to St. George
Island. The highway on the drive
to the retreat was lined with
densely wooded areas of 20 foot
Amy Kirk is a ranch wife from Custer, SD
high cypress and white pine trees
and reminded me of South
Dakota’s tall cornfields.
I also noticed that at home, I
perpetually deal with hay every-
where. It gets in coat and pants
pockets, shoes, and pants cuffs. I
find hay bits in blankets and on
pillows, and it’s frequently scat-
tered on the floor. At the retreat,
it was obvious that Floridians
have sand to deal with on a regu-
lar basis. I had it in my socks,
shoes, pockets, bags, in my bed
sheets, and felt it on the tile floor
everytime I walked around bare-
The vastness of Florida’s Emer-
ald Coast is similar to the wide
open prairielands of South
Dakota. In Florida, residents
have to adapt to hurricanes,
whereas South Dakotans have to
adapt to snowstorms. Sea shells
are just like pine cones around
here. Once you’ve seen one,
you’ve seen them all, yet visitors
pick up both as keepsakes. Seag-
ulls are a part of that ocean vast-
ness the way prairie dogs are to
open range lands and the resi-
dents of both states consider such
neighbors a nuisance.
The biggest similarity I learned
was that Floridians love their col-
lege football the way farmers and
ranchers love their tractors.
Florida college football fans and
farmers and ranchers all show off
who they support by the hats,
coats, and shirts they wear and
coffee mugs they drink out of.
The difference between Florida
and South Dakota was best de-
scribed by another retreater,
Susan, who told me she has a
sign in her house that says, “We
speak Southern.”
Metzger received his Bachelor
in Business Administration from
the Minnesota School of Busi-
ness. He also holds an A.A. in
General Studies from Morgan
Community College in Fort Mor-
gan, CO. He completed his Bach-
elor’s Degree in Business while
raising a growing family and run-
ning a very successful Coopera-
tive. He plans to continue to
pursue his MBA degree while em-
ployed with GEC/WRCTC. He
also plans to enroll in NRECA’s
Management Intern Program in
the future.
He and his wife Brandy have
four children; Alyssa, Tucker,
McKenna and Emmett. Brandy is
an avid horse lover. She went to
school to study Secondary Educa-
tion in social studies and hopes to
fulfill that degree one day, but for
now she is busy being a stay-at-
home mom. She looks forward to
becoming involved in the Bison
school district with the children
and meeting other mothers in the
New general manager
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The Bison Courier • Thursday, November 21, 2013 • 7
The Rancher Relief Fund is now
accepting applications for assis-
tance from livestock producers im-
pacted by the blizzard.
Representatives of the Rancher
Relief Fund founding livestock or-
ganizations identified dual priori-
ties for fund distribution – assist
those who were hardest hit first
and provide financial assistance to
as many producers as possible.
Based on these priorities, funds
will be distributed through the
South Dakota Volunteer Organi-
zations Active in Disasters (SD-
VOAD), which is comprised of a
number of disaster relief organiza-
Assistance application forms
are available online at www.
RanchersRelief.org. An applica-
tion deadline of December 31 has
been set in order to assess the
number of applications and the
severity of the needs of those ap-
Bob Fortune, Belvidere, South
Dakota Stockgrowers Association
president said, “The Rancher Re-
lief Fund was established by live-
stock producers for the benefit of
livestock producers who lost ani-
mals during the devastating Octo-
ber blizzard. We’ve identified
experienced relief agency partners
to assist us in disbursing the
funds to those who need help.”
The South Dakota Rancher Re-
lief Fund was established by the
S.D. Stockgrowers Association,
South Dakota Cattlemen's Associ-
ation and South Dakota Sheep-
growers Association at the Black
Hills Area Community Founda-
tion to provide support and relief
assistance for livestock producers
impacted by Winter Storm Atlas
October 4-7.
“The outpouring of support for
the West River ranchers who lost
animals during the blizzard has
been overwhelming. The response
and fundraising for the Rancher
Relief Fund has been a great team
effort by the livestock organiza-
tions, the Black Hills Area Com-
munity Foundation and SD-
VOAD,” said Cory Eich, Canova,
president of the S.D. Cattlemen's
Immediate release of funds to
applicants prior to the deadline
may occur with the most severe
cases. A second funding round
may be made available to appli-
cants who have signed up before
the December 31 deadline, de-
pending on continued contribu-
tions to the Rancher Relief Fund
and the number of qualified appli-
cations received.
Recommendations for families
who may need assistance will also
be accepted and nomination forms
are posted at www.RanchersRe-
lief.org. Future updates about the
fund will also be posted at
Rancher Relief Fund
accepting applications
for assistance
Game, Fish & Parks personnel &
equipment help in storm's aftermath
By Lura Roti, for South Dakota
Game, Fish & Parks
Proficiencies that Game, Fish
& Parks staff typically put to use
managing wildlife and their habi-
tats became invaluable following
Winter Storm Atlas, Oct. 4-5. A
team of South Dakota Game,
Fish & Parks personnel was
called to action and joined the
ranks of first responders.
Within 24-hours of its ending,
GF&P staff were delivering oxy-
gen to Rapid City residents,
clearing livestock off highways;
accessing remote, snowed in
areas where citizens needed med-
ical aide; searching for stranded
hunters; clearing deer off Rapid
City Regional Airport runway
and helping restore emergency
radio communication to a moun-
taintop radio tower.
"Our staff feels very proud that
we were able to respond and help
the public in any way that we
could during this disaster," says
Mike Kintigh, Regional Supervi-
sor for S.D. GF&P. "Like all state
employees, when there is a state
emergency, we are on-call to as-
sist with any equipment or ex-
pertise we possess."
Like their neighbors, Kintigh
and his staff left homes without
electricity and, in several cases,
had to walk several blocks to
reach cleared roads to be trans-
ported to the GF&P headquar-
ters. By end of day Saturday they
had dug out equipment and
began responding to calls from
the Emergency Operations Cen-
"This storm was particularly
trying - our staff were immobi-
lized like everyone else. The first
team member to make it to the of-
fice began picking up those of us
who were stranded at home,"
Kintigh said. "We left our families
behind to fend for themselves
without power so we could re-
spond to other's needs - that's
what first responders do."
Along with staff, the depart-
ments' equipment played an im-
portant role in recovery efforts.
Kintigh explained that because
all state equipment and its oper-
ators are catalogued, in emer-
gency situations, the state knows
who to call.
The department's tracked
UTVs were used to travel streets
too snow packed for even four-
wheel drive vehicles. Conserva-
tion Officer, Joe Keeton was one
of the first responders assigned to
deliver oxygen tanks to several
Rapid City residents' whose oxy-
gen machines quit when their
homes' lost electricity in the
"Losing electricity can be terri-
fying if you depend upon it to
breath," explains Keeton, who
has served as a GF&P conserva-
tion officer since 2004. "I was
given a list of addresses and a
truck full of oxygen tanks. I drove
as close as I could with the four-
wheel drive and then would un-
load the tracked UTV and drive
the rest of the way."
A team of 10 GF&P staff were
asked to help the Animal Indus-
try Board with cattle carcass re-
moval. The crew used four of the
department's trucks that are
equipped with front bumper,
heavy duty winches and spent
two days pulling cattle carcasses
out of highway ditches to the
road's shoulder so rendering
trucks could haul them away.
"Storm clean up is dirty work,
but our team was eager to help in
any way we could," Kintigh said.
The tracked UTVs came in
handy again when an emergency
communication radio tower went
out. Keeton and Conservation Of-
ficer, Josh Brainard, were asked
to transport Adam Scott, a senior
radio technician for Pennington
County, up the switchback trails
to the top of Seth Bullock Tower
site. It took the three men four
hours to make it up the 2-mile
trail because of fallen trees.
"I know we cleared at least 24
downed trees. I've never seen
anything like it," Scott said. "We
would climb out of the UTV into
snow that was 4-feet deep and
then use the chainsaw to clear de-
bris. By the end of the trip we'd
become quite an effective tree
clearing team."
Once Scott arrived at the tower,
it took him about an hour to dis-
cover the maintenance issue and
repair the backup generator.
"We were all relieved when he
got the communication tower op-
erating," Brainard recalls. "The
work we did during the storm
was very rewarding."
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modern technology available, “it
should work.” Commissioner Brad
Besler called the question and the
vote was unanimous to move Schu-
macher’s office to the fairgrounds.
Chapman stayed behind when
the rest of that delegation departed
to address a couple of other topics.
He passed on a culvert request
from the Seventh Day Adventist
Church for the ditch east of their
building, on 5th Ave. West, which is
a county road. He also asked for a
quote, per city block, for what the
county would charge to grind,
gravel and chip seal city streets.
Sheriff Kelly Serr stepped in
briefly to announce the hiring of a
sixth deputy, who will be stationed
in Lemmon. The hiring of Antonio
Garcia fills the vacancy left on
Serr’s staff when Deputy Todd
Campbell retired. The new deputy
has a four-year bachelor degree in
criminal justice and will begin his
new duties at $15.85 per hour.
Serr also announced that Perkins
County has been awarded a disas-
ter declaration from the State of
South Dakota and the federal gov-
ernment following winter storm
Atlas. There will be a briefing for
area personnel with FEMA on Nov.
25 at 2:00 p.m. in the courthouse.
Serr, along with Besler and John
Peck, were named as appraisers for
county surplus property, which in-
cludes vehicles and a tractor.
Buer resigns
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ments for the town. He will take
the matter before his own board.
Mike Schweitzer, Chairman of
the County Commission, wasn’t
convinced that it would be a good
move, financially. “It is going to cost
more money,” he said, “It’s just not
going to increase the budget.”
He brought up the issues of snow
removal, lawn mowing and custo-
dial services, which he said were a
“bugger” when building mainte-
nance was being performed by the
county. More recently, those duties
have been turned over to the fair-
board, who gets $5,000 in county
money to help pay for them. Com-
missioner Wayne Henderson
doesn’t want those responsibilities
coming back to Perkins County.
There is also an issue regarding
the secretary. Currently, Becca Veal
has a combined position that gives
her a fulltime job. She is the part-
time secretary for the state’s attor-
ney in the courthouse and also a
part-time secretary for the
4H/Youth advisor. State’s Attorney
Shane Penfield said that the
arrangement “has been working
quite well” and feels that the secre-
tary’s presence is needed in the
courthouse. He said, “It’s going to
cause issues” if the office moves to
the Bentley Building. Addressing
Schumacher he said, “Let’s make
the thing work.”
Peck thinks that with all of the
The Perkins County Predator Control
Board Annual Meeting
December 3rd
Grand Electric Social Room
Bison, SD at 1:00 pm.
Three board member terms will end: Kory VanWyk,
Lenard Chapman and T.W. Schalesky.
There will be an election held to fill these
3 positions, along with other business and discussions.
The Bison Courier • Thursday, November 21, 2013 • 9
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AUCTION LOCATION. From Sturgis: Tree (3) miles East on Highway
34 to Highway 79, North on Highway 79 nineteen (19) miles. From Newell:
Four (4) miles South on Highway 79. Watch for signs.
Hay is all 2013 crop in round bales.
First cutting alfalfa, 550 bales; Second cutting, 560 bales;
Tird cutting, 160 bales; Oats and Wheat combination, 225 bales;
Grass hay, 70 bales; Haybet Barley, 20 bales.
COMMENTS: All 2013 crop year, net wrap round bales, baled with Vermeer
605 M baler. Most bales stacked close to blacktop highway. Loader available
sale day to load hay. All stacks will be marked with number of bales in each
stack. Sellers of hay have been in business for several years and put up quality
Owners: Lewis & Shaykett, Nisland, South Dakota
and Guest Consignors
Not Responsible For Accidents
First Lady with 3rd grade. Back row: Mrs. Heidi Kopren, Dustin Wells, Mary Carmichael, Alex Mar-
tinez, Kaia Day, Mrs. Azevedo. Front row: Axelynn Sacrison, Shauna Jamerson, 1st Lady Linda
Daugaard, Caden Fisher, Allison Kahler, Travis Storm.
First Lady with 5th grade. Back row: Gavin Nelson, Mrs. Waddell, Eli Harpster, Mrs. Azevedo, Levi
Krautschun, Mrs. Miles, Rawlin Smith. Front row: Will Crabtree, Samantha Jamerson, Jaylie
Beckman, 1st Lady Linda Daugaard, Kenley Day, Roni Voller.
First Lady reads to Bison students
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10 • The Bison Courier • Thursday, November 21, 2013
Funeral services for Linda Seim,
age 55, of Shadehill, South Dakota,
were held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday,
November 15, 2013, at the F.J.
Reeder Armory in Lemmon, South
Dakota. Pastor Roger Dietterle and
Pastor Dana Lockhart officiated and
following a potluck luncheon, burial
took place in the Seim Cemetery
south of White Butte, South Dakota.
Linda Marie Block Seim was born
January 27th, 1958 to Harry
Michael Block and Jacquelyn Marie
Richards Block on the front steps of
the hospital in McLaughlin, South
Dakota. She attended grade school
in Mobridge and graduated from
McIntosh High School in 1976. She
moved to Lemmon after graduating
to work at the hospital with her
cousin Julie Hoff and soon to be sis-
ter in law Christina Loock-Block just
as soon as she introduced her to her
big brother Gene...Linda loved play-
ing matchmaker. Her cousin Julie
decided to take a chance at this
matchmaking too, so she introduced
Linda to a handsome black bearded
cowboy named Nolan Seim...they
were a match made in heaven and
were married December 10th 1977
at the Lemmon Rural Lutheran Par-
sonage with friends Luke and Dawn
Harris by their side as best man and
matron of honor. The preacher's cat
played the piano and Luke whistled
rocking back and forth on the heels
of his boots. Their wedding was can-
celled due to the death of Nolan's
uncle Andrew Johnson, he died a few
days before the wedding was to take
place so they decided to elope in-
stead as Linda informed Nolan she
wasn't going to live with him with-
out being married and she was mov-
ing back home, Nolan wouldn't hear
of it so together they shoveled their
way through the four feet of snow
left behind from a recent blizzard to
get married. Shirley Harris made
them a steak dinner after the wed-
ding as a reception, years later
Shirley gave Linda and Nolan the
dinning set she used for their wed-
ding night dinner as a gift.
This December would have been
their 36th wedding anniversary.
They were married as teenagers and
grew up together building their life
on the Seim family ranch raising
cattle. On April 11, 1979 they wel-
comed a little girl into the world and
named her Sarah Anne Seim.
Linda's greatest passion in life was
caring for others! She joined Com-
munities Against Violence and
Abuse "CAVA" in 1989 as an advo-
cate, later serving on the board of di-
rectors and in 1996 she joined the
staff in the office, in 1998 she be-
came Executive Director and held
that position until her death. She de-
voted 25 years to putting her heart
and soul into helping women and
children in crisis.
Linda and Nolan loved children
and over the last 35 years many chil-
dren have graced the Seim ranch
and called Linda's mega-watt smile,
big chested hugs, and great food
home. Some stayed for a few days, a
few weeks, and some forever, all
were and still are loved to this day.
Those who learned the lessons of
life, love and unwavering loyalty
from her are better for it, those who
missed the point of these lessons
completely missed her purpose in
this life. Nevertheless once you were
in her heart you were one of her kids
Having even more love to give
Linda and Nolan had the opportu-
nity to adopt 2 beautiful little girls
and add to their family so in Novem-
ber 2000 Linda and Nolan adopted
Kathleen Nellie Briscoe and Lynd-
say Marie Witt, Sarah now had "of-
ficial" sisters, in January 2005 we
were blessed with Jasmine Sage
Weasel, and in 2006 they adopted
their own grandson Logan James.
Linda always had the ability to find
the best in a person, even the lost
souls, she'd say with every challenge
there is a reward you just have to let
God show you the way.
Her secret passion in life was
being a storm chaser during every
thunderstorm she would drive
everyone to the top of the hill and
wait for the approaching storm, she
always had bottles of shampoo and
condition in the event of a torrential
downpour because showers courtesy
of God where not to be wasted, and
coats for wind surfing in gail force
winds. She loved to dance in the rain
and for many of us those are our best
memories. She also loved her Buicks
and went though many of them over
the years. When she discovered
Buick made a turbo-charged engine
she was ecstatic and Nolan was so
proud to bring her home her first
turbo-charged Buick, which quickly
earned it's name the Silver Bullet
and had her praying to the corn
Gods while children laughed hyster-
ically in the back seat screaming
that was the best launch ever. Nolan
found out that week what the cost of
air ride suspension was. Her prized
car was her 76 Buick-The Rocket.
Linda screamed with delight in
2006 when a young man asked for
her daughters hand in marriage,
Larry Dreiske quickly took a place in
her heart. The gems of her world
were her grandchildren Spencer
Allen and McKenna Rae Dreiske
and she loved to spoil them and
leave little presents in the
"Grandma Drop Box" that Spencer
made for her. She welcomed Ole
Herland into the family with an-
other scream of delight May 4th,
2013 when he asked Kathy to marry
him. Linda was honored to start the
wedding planning process with
Kathy which will be held in the sum-
mer of 2014. Linda was so proud
that her "Blue Jean Babies" had fi-
nally found men that could put up
with them.
Even when her health started to
fail her in 2013 Linda always had a
smile and always wanted to help
others even to the end, never letting
anyone know how bad things were,
her faithful Husband Nolan stayed
by her side day and night showing
her endless love and affection, she
passed from this life November 8th
2013 in the arms of the man she
adored most with one last kiss,
beard snuggle and I love you.
Linda Seim gave many gifts of
kindness to all she knew and even as
we lay this amazing angel to rest
today, her final act of kindness is in
the works as she gave the gift of
sight to a little girl with her eyes.
What better gift is there than to see
the world through Linda's eyes.
Keeping her in their hearts are
her husband, Nolan Seim; three
daughters, Sarah (Larry) Dreiske,
Kathy (Ole Herland) Seim and Jas-
mine Weasel; one son, Logan Seim;
two grandchildren, Spencer Dreiske
and McKenna Rae Dreiske; two
brothers, Bill (Debbie) Block and
Jerry Block; one sister, Sandy
(Jerry) Renken; one sister-in-law,
Christina Block; and numerous
nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her
parents; her siblings, Gene Block,
Roger Block and Mary Rose Block in
infancy; and one granddaughter,
Brenna Gene Dreiske.
Visitation was from 1:00 p.m. to
9:00 p.m. on Thursday, November
14, 2013 at the Evanson Jensen Fu-
neral Home in Lemmon.
Condolences may be sent through
our website at www.evansonjensen-
Linda Seim
Monday, November 25
Corn dogs
baked beans
salad bar
fruit & milk
Tuesday, November 26
wg roll
cinnamon roll
salad bar
fruit & milk
Wednesday, November 27
Ham Sandwich
potato salad
salad bar
fruit & milk
Thursday, November 28
The Bison Courier • Thursday, November 21, 2013 • 11
Grace Baptist Church • Pastor Phil Hahn
Sunday School 9:30 a.m. • Worship Service - 10:30a.m.
Wednesday Prayer Mtg. - 7:30 p.m.
Church of Christ
18 mi. south of Prairie City - Worship Service - 10:00 a.m.
Prairie Fellowship Parish ELCA • Pastor Dana Lockhart
Sat. evening services • GR Luth. - 4:00 p.m. •American - 6:30 p.m.
Sunday morning services •Rosebud - 8:00 a.m. • Indian Creek - 10:30 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
South Jct. of Highways 73 & 20
Sunday School - 10:00 a.m., Worship Service - 11:00 a.m.
Seventh Day Adventist Church • Pastor David Moench
Sabbath School - 2:00 p.m., Worship Service - 3:00 p.m.
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.
Holland Center Christian Reformed Church
Pastor Brad Burkhalter • Lodgepole
Worship Service - 8:00 a.m.
First Presbyterian Church • Pastor Florence Hoff, CRE
Worship Service - 10:30 a.m. Sunday School - 9:30 for all ages
Slim Buttes Lutheran • Pastor Henry Mohagen
Reva • Sunday School 9:45 a.m. for all ages
•Worship Service - 11:00 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.
Church Services
Elva Ellwein
Pastor Phil Hahn
Grace Baptist Church, Bison
Pastor’s Perspective
Restore us, O God, make your face shine upon us so that we may be saved.
Psalm 80 verse 3
In my auto body business, I work on vehicles that are in need of
restoration. Maybe a deer hit, maybe a hail storm, or maybe some
other kind of collision; these vehicles have been damaged and are in
need of being repaired and restored back to NEW. I also have
worked on many antique or collectible cars which were brought to me
in need of restoration, broken down, wore out, rusted out; their
owners desire was for them to be made NEW. I have enjoyed
working on them, but most of all I enjoy seeing the finished product
from wrecked to repaired, from junk or salvage to saved! Do you
know the human race is also in need of restoration? Every human
being has been wrecked by sin and is in need of repair. Every human
being has been damaged and in a state of disrepair. We all have a
need to be restored or made NEW. Thank God He made a way for us
to experience the restoration that we need and that way is by faith
alone in Jesus Christ, His Son. Only your personal faith placed in
Jesus Christ can bring you restoration, can fix the wreck of your life,
can repair the damage that sin causes, can restore the corrosion that
results from our sin. Only our personal faith in Jesus Christ, God's
Son, can save us and make us NEW.
II Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a NEW
creation, the old has gone and the NEW has come.
Come to Christ today and be made NEW!
Funeral services for Elva Ell-
wein, age 92, of Mobridge and for-
merly of Isabel were held at 11
a.m. CT, Friday, October 25, 2013
at the UCC Church in Mobridge.
Burial was at 1:30 p.m. MT
Hillsview Cemetery in Isabel
under the direction of Kesling Fu-
neral Home of Mobridge. Visita-
tion was at 5 p.m., with a prayer
service at 7 p.m. Thursday at the
funeral home. Elva passed away
Sunday, October 20, 2013 at the
Mobridge Regional Hospital.
Elva Maud Bouwman Waddell
Ellwein was born on August 11,
1921, to Richard and Mabel (Het-
trick) Bouwman on the home-
stead southeast of Merriman,
NE. She graduated from Merri-
man High School in 1938.
On April 18, 1939 she married
Frederic Edwin (Ed) Waddell at
Martin, SD. They lived in Merri-
man and had four sons, Frederic
Jack, Donald Eugene, Robert
Wendell, and Merle William
(Bill). The family moved to Isabel,
SD, right after the 1949 blizzard
and ranched there until they
moved to town and Ed worked for
the Automotive Co. as an electri-
cian and mechanic until his death
in 1966. Elva thoroughly enjoyed
raising her sons and taking part
in their activities. She also raised
a large garden and loved to cook.
Elva worked in Elfrink's Super
Value Store in Isabel, where she
always had a friendly smile and a
cheery word for the customers.
Elva and H.O. (Ben) Ellwein
were married June 5, 1967. Elva
thoroughly enjoyed being Ben's
fulltime ranching partner at Is-
abel. They were members of a
cattleman's association and the
Isabel Rodeo and Saddle Club.
Ben and Elva moved to Belle
Fourche in the early 1990's and
then to Summerset, SD, and later
to Somerset Assisted Living in
Rapid City. In the fall of 2006
they transferred to the Golden
Living Center in Mobridge. After
Ben's death Elva moved to
Prairie Sunset Village Assisted
Living and then later back to the
Golden Living Center.
She was a proud grandmother
to her many grandchildren and
great grandchildren. She was a
member of the United Church of
Christ. She was well-known for
her hospitality wherever she
lived. One of the highlights of her
life was a five year Bible study.
Elva enjoyed fishing, hunting,
square dancing, gardening, riding
horses, playing cards, singing
and playing harmonica.
She is survived by her sons,
Don (Peg) Waddell of Mobridge,
Bob (Esther) of Bonesteel, SD,
daughter-in-law, Joyce Waddell of
Bison, SD, and a host of grand-
children and great grandchildren,
as well as many friends.
She was preceded in death by
two husbands, her sons, Jack and
Bill, two daughters-in-law, Judy
and Paula and two grandchil-
dren, sister, Lola and half-
brother, Derk.
For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.
12 • The Bison Courier • Thursday, November 21, 2013
Western Horizons Care Center
recently underwent the Annual
Healthcare and Life Safety Sur-
vey. Both surveys went really well
and the facility is proud of its en-
tire staff.
In the Life Safety Survey, 6 con-
cerns were noted, 3 of them ended
up being cited which means they
need to be rectified sooner than
later. A couple concerns noted but
not cited relate to stuff we run into
every month depending on the
season associated with the build-
ing shifting and doors not closely
completely. The rest were all
minor and fixes rectified them
within a couple of days. Nothing
has changed with the building so
the items noted have not been is-
sues in prior years. The surveyor
spent a total of 2 hours in the
building which it the fastest Life
Safety Survey seen at Western
Horizons Care Center since I have
been administrator. The surveyor
praised the Maintenance Depart-
ment Staff, Mike Carpenter, Main-
tenance and Karen Hehn,
Environmental Department Su-
pervisor, for the great job of stay-
ing on top of their tasks and
associated paperwork. All re-
quested items were ready to be
produced upon request, indicated
all was in order, and the tasks are
kept up-to-date as well as moni-
tored per regulation. The survey-
ors comments was that he wished
all the facilities he visits was this
well organized, legible, and in
order reflective of building’s pre-
ventative maintenance. The facil-
ity walk-through only re-assured
the surveyor that the paperwork
reflected their efforts in building
maintenance and any changes
done were done properly.
The cited issues from the Life
Safety Surveyor were the use of a
“maintenance free” automotive
battery on the generator versus a
regular automotive battery, door
closers needed to be added to two
doors due to square footage of the
rooms behind them, and a double
fire door didn’t close completely
due to building’ seasonal shifting.
The Healthcare Survey was also
very short. Historically, we have
seen four surveyors survey the fa-
cility but this year only three sur-
veyors arrived. Surveyors arrived
on Monday, Sept 23rd at 10:00AM,
and wrapped things up to exit
Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 PM
after meeting with staff and resi-
dents about their findings.
The surveyors made many posi-
tive comments to the DON and
Administrator regarding the care
and services at Western Horizons
Care Center. A couple heard are
“how nice the staff was to work
with”, “how content the resident
are”, “the great cooperation they
(surveyors) received from staff”,
“observed that the staff works well
with the residents”, “and that
staff ’s actions and interactions
with residents really shows how
much the staff care about the res-
idents they care for.” We have
many new employees who were
very nervous but ended up doing a
great job doing what they do every
day for the residents with the sur-
veyors present.
The surveyors look at all the
services provided at Western Hori-
zons Care Center, many items
were noted for staff to look at
changing or improving on which is
done every year. Out of that, only
one citation was given. The one
cited concern was in regards to the
staff ’s use of gait belts. Gait belts
are put around a resident’s waist
and used to help staff safely lift a
resident from a sitting position or
walk with residents safely.
Both surveys are done annually.
In review of Western Horizons
Care Center surveys, for the past
3 years the facility and staff have
made great strides in overall im-
provement and more importantly
– has maintained the improve-
ments. This was also noted by the
surveyors. This indicates that
staff members are staying on top
of the ever changing industry of
Long Term Care to continue to
provide the best nursing home
care and rehabilitation services we
can to our residents and short stay
All Western Horizons Care Cen-
ter staff and contracted staff have
worked really hard to improve, en-
sure, and maintain quality care
and quality of life for the resi-
dents. This year’s surveys are
proof of this endeavor. We will
continue to work towards main-
taining these goals as well as con-
tinue to look for ways to improve.
Western Horizons Care Center
is in need of Certified Nursing As-
sistants and if offering a CNA
Training Course in December. We
have need for full time and part
time aides (CNA’s) and nursing
staff (LPN and RN’s). One of the
main goals is to maintain and im-
prove resident quality of care,
quality of life, and resident/ family
satisfaction with our services. The
best way to continue to maintain
and improve is to have local care-
givers who are tied to the area,
communities, and have a sense of
ownership in the facility where
they are providing care, folks who
know the residents, and work with
them on a regular long term basis.
Our goal is not to have any travel-
ing or agency caregivers in our
building caring for the residents.
We have had many great traveling
caregivers work with us. The
issue is they are not here for long
term employment and just don’t
stick around long to get to know us
as well as local caregivers do. Hir-
ing local caregivers not only main-
tains resident quality of care and
quality of life but also keeps our
local economy thriving. If you are
interested in becoming a caregiver,
please check into the CNA train-
ing course. Starting wage is very
competitive for CNA’s right now
plus benefits are offered as well. If
you like working with people, get
satisfaction out of caring for oth-
ers, or have an interest in a
healthcare field, Nurse Aide work
is a great place to start a health-
care career!
Western Horizons Care Center underwent survey
Case No. CIV 13-22
Brian and Dana Scholz, Husband
and Wife, Plaintiffs,
WW Grigsby; Mahota Grigsby;
CN Ross, AKA Charles Niell Ross;
and all other persons
unknown claiming any estate or
interest in, or encumbrance upon
the property described in the
Complaint, whether as heirs, de-
visees, legatees or Personal Rep-
resentatives of the aforemen-
tioned parties or as holding any
claim adverse to Plaintiffs’ owner-
ship or any cloud upon Plaintiffs’
title thereto,
YOU ARE HEREBY summoned and
required to answer the Complaint of
the Plaintiffs in the above entitled ac-
tion which is on file in the office of the
Clerk of the Circuit Court of Perkins
County, South Dakota, and to serve a
copy of your Answer thereto upon the
subscriber hereto at his office in the
Adams County Courthouse, P. O. Box
390, Hettinger, North Dakota 58639,
within thirty (30) days after the service
of this Summons upon you, exclusive
of the day of such service, and in case
of your failure to appear or answer as
above required, the Plaintiffs will take
judgment against you by default for
the relief demanded in the Complaint.
Dated at Hettinger, North Dakota this
23rd day of September, 2013.
/s/Eric M. Hardy
Eric M. Hardy, # 4013
Crane Roseland Hardy, PC
Attorneys for Plaintiffs
P.O. Box 390
Hettinger, North Dakota 58639
(701) 567-2418
To the above named Defendants:
YOU AND EACH OF YOU are further
notified that the purpose of this action
is to quiet the Plaintiffs’ title to the fol-
lowing described land, situated in the
County of Perkins and State of South
Dakota, to-wit:
and to determine all adverse claims
thereto, and that no personal claim is
made against you.
/s/Eric M. Hardy
Eric M. Hardy, #4013
Crane Roseland Hardy, PC
Attorneys for Plaintiff
P.O. Box 390
Hettinger, ND 58639
(701) 567-2418
[Published October 31, 2013; Novem-
ber 7, 2013; November 14, 2013; No-
vember 21, 2013 at a total
approximate cost of $121.54.]
The Bison Courier • Thursday, November 21, 2013 • 13
We started the week with a cou-
ple inches of snow on Monday and
a low of two degrees that night.
School started two hours late in
Harding County because of the
nasty roads, but by the next day
the roads were clear. Thankfully it
warmed up to almost sixty degrees
by Wednesday and most of the
snow has melted again.
Tuesday the guys leveled the
ground where they’re going to
build yet another shop just across
the creek from our house. Wednes-
day Casey went to Mandan and
Bismarck for lumber and we set
poles on Thursday, Friday, and Sat-
urday. The way things are going, it
probably won’t be too long before
the whole ranch will be under a
People send me the best stuff.
Jerry Verhust mailed me a hand
written copy of Benny Robinson’s
story “Old Three Toes – A Grey
Wolf” about a wolf that killed thou-
sands of dollars worth of livestock
in Harding County back in the
1920s. Benny was a neighbor of the
Olson’s and is the grandfather of
Kevin and Kirk Robinson who still
live in Harding County.
Jerry also sent me a story about
Hugh Glass, who was mauled by a
grizzly bear while scouting for an
army detachment camped near
what is now the town of Shadehill
in the fall of 1823. He was found by
a pair of soldiers, both close friends
of his. They treated his wounds
and covered him with the hide of
the grizzly bear he had managed to
kill. They expected him to die and
were digging his grave when a
band of hostile Indians ap-
proached. The two soldiers joined
the rest of their company in flight,
leaving Glass for dead.
He awoke alone and unarmed,
with a broken leg and festering
wounds on his back where the flesh
had been torn off exposing bare
ribs. It took Glass two months to
crawl to the Cheyenne River where
he made a crude dugout from a
fallen tree trunk and was able to
float down the Missouri River to
Ft. Kiowa, a distance of over 200
miles. Read Frederick Manfred’s
book “Lord Grizzly” for the rest of
his incredible story.
Frank Goodell from Omaha, NE,
also sent me some fascinating his-
tory this week. His father, Harry
Goodell, was born in 1899 and or-
phaned at an early age. He was
raised by his aunt and uncle, Nellie
and Fred Fuller, on their ranch
near Buffalo. After graduating
from college, Harry taught school
at the Barr country school near
Govert and married one of his for-
mer students, Cecil Nadine
Springer. He later bought the
Western Call, a weekly newspaper
in Reeder, and the Scranton Star in
Frank sent me an autographed
copy of Archer B. Gilfillan’s book
“Sheep” and a couple of articles
from the Western Call about Gilfil-
lan and one of my childhood he-
roes, Charles Laflin, who published
the Govert Advance newspaper at
Govert and started the Sorum Tele-
phone Company where my parents
worked after we moved to Bison in
the 1950s.
I joined the other two legislators
from District 28, Sen. Ryan Maher
and Rep. Dean Schrempp, for a
meeting on legislative issues with
teachers and school board mem-
bers in Eagle Butte on Wednesday.
We discussed school funding and
tried to answer other questions
they had on education issues.
Harding County EMTs held a
training mini-conference at the
new school in Buffalo on Saturday.
After a class on oil field chemicals
and safety issues, we toured sev-
eral Continental oil field sites
north of Buffalo before lunch. After
lunch a police officer from Dickin-
son schooled us on the many illegal
drugs that are passing through our
county and told us what to watch
out for when we’re called to an ac-
cident or medical emergency.
After several other informative
speakers, we ended the day with a
trauma class about a school shoot-
ing, much like the shootings in
Connecticut and Colorado. This
was scary stuff. This time two
highway patrolmen were there to
speak at the conference, but when
you consider how many students
and teachers would be killed before
law enforcement could get to the
school on a normal day this sce-
nario certainly reinforced the need
for the school sentinel bill we
passed this year in the legislature!
Since Monday was Veterans Day
I took legislative commemorations
to Eagle Butte with me on Wednes-
day that the legislature passed for
two soldiers from Eagle Butte who
had been killed in action. The first
commemoration was for Private
First Class Sheldon Hawk Eagle
who was killed in Iraq on Novem-
ber 15, 2003. The second was for
Corporal Tanner O'Leary who was
killed in Afghanistan on December
12, 2007. The teachers and staff at
the Eagle Butte School know the
relatives of these brave men and
will give the commemorations to
their families. Words cannot ex-
press our gratitude for the sacri-
fices made by these brave young
In honor of our veterans, I’ll
leave you with these bumper stick-
ers seen on military bases:
*Except For Ending Slavery,
Fascism, Nazism and Commu-
nism, WAR has Never Solved Any-
*U.S. Air Force - Travel Agents
To Allah
*Stop Global Whining
*When In Doubt, Empty The
*Naval Corollary: Dead Men
Don't Testify.
*Death Smiles At Everyone -
Marines Smile Back
*Marine Sniper - You can run,
but you'll just die tired
*What Do I Feel When I Kill A
Terrorist? A Little Recoil
*Marines - Providing Enemies of
America an Opportunity To Die
For their Country Since 1775
*Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of
Anyone Who Threatens It
*Happiness Is A Belt-Fed
*Artillery Brings Dignity to
What Would Otherwise Be Just A
Vulgar Brawl
*One Shot, Twelve Kills - U.S.
Naval Gun Fire Support
*Machine Gunners - Accuracy
By Volume
*A Dead Enemy Is A Peaceful
Enemy - Blessed Be The Peace-
*If You Can Read This, Thank A
Teacher. If You Can Read It In Eng-
lish, Thank A Veteran
"Some people spend an entire
lifetime wondering if they made a
difference in the world. But the
U.S. ARMED FORCES don't have
that problem." ...Ronald Reagan
Grand River Roundup ................
.... By Betty Olson
Rosebud News...
By Tiss Treib
Last Sunday, after the funeral
Lorna Bender, Auggie and Leona
Schaff, Lowell Schaff and sons
were Sunday evening guests of
Tim and JoAnne Seim.
Matt and Christi Miller were
Sunday guests of Jim and Patsy
Matt and Christi Miller and
Zabrina; Jim and Patsy Miller at-
tended the Christmas Fair in
Lemmon Saturday.
Jim and Patsy Miller attended
the funeral of Linda Seim Friday.
Jim and Patsy Miller traveled to
Bison Thursday evening.
Jim and Patsy Miller traveled
to Lemmon and Bowman
Thelma Sandgren was a Satur-
day evening cupcake and cappuc-
cino guest of Shirley Johnson.
Jodi Johnson called on Tiss
Treib Monday morning.
Michele Gaylord took Tiss
Treib out to lunch Tuesday in
Rita Whittet accompanied Tiss
Treib to Belle Fourche Thursday.
They visited with Carla Oelke be-
fore returning home.
Tiss Treib met Nick Treib at
White Butte Friday morning and
they attended the funeral of
Linda Seim. Tiss also attended
the Graveside Service at the Seim
family cemetery.
Tiss Treib accompanied Gary,
Jodi and Lexi Johnson to Lem-
mon Friday evening for the movie
“Unstoppable”, they then all went
out to supper and later attended
the Turkey Jamboree.
Vince Gunn stopped and had a
coffee break with Thelma Sand-
gren one morning last week.
Wednesday Steve Sandgren
and a hunter from MN had lunch
with Thelma Sandgren.
Thursday was a busy day;
Thelma Sandgren met Warren
and Kory Van Wyk and Gladys
Vleim at the home of Dean An-
derson in the morning to take
care of memorials for their
brother, Buster Van Wyk. Then
Thelma had a hair appointment
and a quick bowl of soup at a local
restraint. The then stopped at the
hospital to visit Helen Meink and
on to the Nursing Home to spend
time with Ann Weaver and Fern
Sipma. She spent a few minutes
with her sister, Gladys before re-
turning home.
Friday, Thelma Sandgren made
a trip to Lemmon for Linda
Seim’s funeral. We were blessed
with a beautiful day as the burial
was in the Seim cemetery in An-
derson Township.
Sunday Thelma attended wor-
ship at Rosebud, visited with
Shirley Johnson when she deliv-
ered her news. Later she at-
tended Bible Study at the home of
Lester and Sharon Longwood.
1985 – The first NFR was held in Las Vegas – and what a
history it has been. The rodeo has been an integral part of the
Las Vegas success story over the past two decades, a time
period that has seen the cityʼs population jump from 590,000
to 1.7 million, and its annual number of visitors from
14.2 million to some 37 million.
14 • The Bison Courier • Thursday, November 21, 2013
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Topsoil, River
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Call for a
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Perkins County, SD, is seeking to
fill the position of highway super-
intendent. Applicant will be re-
sponsible for bridge and highway
construction and maintenance,
equipment operation and mainte-
nance, supervision of county
highway shop and workers. Must
have a working knowledge of a
county highway system. Must
possess professional relationships
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system/central air. $2500 as is,
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& CNA’s, top weekly pay, direct
deposit, & flexible schedules.
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Great business opportunity, great
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We have lowered the price & will
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representing Golden Eagle Log
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2672, Craig Connell, 605-264-
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$19.99/month (for 12 mos.) &
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$14.95/month (where available.)
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Midwest up to 48 states, home
regularly, newer equipment,
Health, 401K, call Randy, A&A
Express, 800-658-3549.
Boot Hill--New construction, only
two units left and the project will
be complete. 1470 +/- square feet.
Two bedroom, two bath and two
stall garages. Great location, low
association dues and close to all
the Black Hills attractions. Have
the interior finished to your spec-
ifications. Reindl Real Estate and
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of a champion bull, mother is a
milk machine! Will be weaned
Feb – March. Taking non-refund-
able deposits now. Registered,
$1400 or Unregistered, $1000.
Delivery extra, from Glad Valley.
Fed only certified / transitional
organic hay, grains, minerals.
Call Ron 605-466-2553 or 605-
Christmas is coming! Cro-
cheted dishrags, pot scrubbers,
embroidered towels, crocheted
caps, scarves, soup mixes. See
Arlis at the Bison Courier.
Thank You
The family of Charles Clark
would like to extend our sincere
thanks for the amazing outpour-
ing of support and prayers we re-
ceived when he passed away. We
are truly blessed to live in a com-
munity that cares so deeply for
each other. We’d like to give a
special thank you to Kim and Jim
Petik for being first on the scene
and staying with mom until fam-
ily could arrive; Stuart, Lisa and
Chuck Schmidt and Dennis and
Leah Kling for opening their
homes to family traveling from a
distance; the employees of
Moreau Grand Electric for all of
their support and prayers, Ray
Huber from Evanson Jensen Fu-
neral Home and the many other
people who brought food, stopped
in to share memories, called, sent
flowers for the service or helped
out in any way. Charlie would
have been honored to see how
many gathered to pay tribute to
Peggy Clark
Clint & Narcel Clark
Amy & Dean Hauck
Scot & Kathleen Clark
and Families
The Bison Courier • Thursday, November 21, 2013 • 15
Every day at
Supply Co.
Lemmon, S D
Pepsi - Coke
12 pack $4.19
24 pack $6.99
Dr. Jason M. Hafner
Dr. David J. Prosser
Faith Clinic
1st & 3rd Wed. of the month
Buffalo Clinic
2nd & 4th Wed. of the month
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