Bison Courier - Thursday, April 11, 2013

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Volume 30 Number 43 April 11, 2013
Includes Tax
Official Newspaper for the City of Bison, Perkins County, and the Bison School District A Publication of Ravellette Publications, Inc. P.O. Box 429 • Bison, South Dakota 57620-0429 Phone: (605) 244-7199 • FAX (605) 244-7198
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BHS prom 2013 “Electric Avenue”
14,000 acres burn
Castle Butte school, see story on page 4. Photo courtesy of Charity Newman.
Projects on Highways 73 & 20 in Perkins County to begin
Sydney Arneson was crowned Prom Queen and Wil Kolb was crowned Prom King. The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin a 44mile asphalt concrete resurfacing and shoulder-widening project on Highway 73 and Highway 20 in Perkins County on Monday, April 8. The 36-mile project on Highway 73 will start at the junction with Highway 212 and move north to the north junction with Highway 20. On Highway 20, work will begin at the south junction with Highway 73 and move east eight miles to the Ziebach County line. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane with an 11-foot width restriction, flaggers and a pilot car.
Contract signed to hire help in writing Comprehensive Plan for Perkins County
By Beth Hulm Last Tuesday’s special meeting of the County Commission drew a small crowd of visitors. Members of Western Plains Action Group (the local chapter of Dakota Rural Action), four of the Town of Bison’s five trustees and some court house department heads lined the board room as Commissioners visited with Blaise Emerson, Black Hills Council of Local Governments, Rapid City, regarding his proposal to assist in writing a Comprehensive Plan for Perkins County. Emerson explained that he had been contacted by the Commission to present a proposal for them to consider. His proposal included guiding a local planning commission through the planning process, setting a timeline for completion and agreeing upon compensation which would be paid to BHCLG. That price tag is $7,500. At the end of the hour-long discussion, the county board voted to proceed. Emerson promised to have a contract available for signing at the April 9 meeting of the County Commission. In his opening comments, Emerson explained that a comprehensive plan for future land use and planning endeavors should include three important components: land, people and economy. He stressed that a comprehensive plan is NOT zoning but that no zoning can occur without first having a plan in place. There is a provision in law that would allow the county to pass a temporary zoning ordinance while the plan is being written. Commissioners will look into that further when they meet in regular session. The first order of business will be to name a Planning Commission, which Emerson suggested be a committee of five people. One could be a County Commissioner who would act as a liaison between the two groups. He suggested members from various segments of the county – for example, farmers and/or ranchers, the business community, local government, emergency management, various age groups and locations. That group will be the “eyes and ears on the ground,” he said, adding that BHCLG would be “heavily involved.” Lynn Waddell reminded that this is a rural county with a major emphasis on agriculture. He warned not to “underweight the ag community” on the planning commission. Emerson agreed that agriculture is the “base of this county and the community.” Mike Schweitzer, chairman of the County Commission, said it would continued on page 10
Movie Night at Slim Buttes Lutheran Church, Sunday, April 14th, 6 pm “October Baby” is the movie.
Highlights & Happenings
Motorists can expect up to two lane closures with 15-minute delays each, loose gravel, shoulder drop offs, and equipment crossing and/or entering the highway. The prime contractor on the $13.8 million project is Anderson Western, Inc. of Bismarck North Dakota, and the completion date is Sept. 1. For more information, contact Adam McMahon with the Department of Transportation at 605892-2872. Complete road construction information can be found at www.safetravelusa.com/sd or by dialing 511.
Bridal Shower for Rebekah Diehl, bride elect of Shannon Veal will be at the Grand Electric Social room on April 20th at 3 p,m, The couple is registered at Target & Herbergers Master Gardeners are taking presale orders for Bedding Plants. If interested please call Geraldine Peck at 390-1533 by Friday the 12th.
Arrow Transit provides transportation for appointments, shopping and more. Rapid city trips are 1st Tuesday and 3rd Wednesday for $30.00. Lemmon to Bismarck trips are 2nd Wednesday and 4th thursday for $25.00. lemmon to Dickinson 1st Wednesday for $20.00. Call for information 374-3189. BHS seniors and parents please email or drop off a senior picture for the graduation page in the Bison Courier. - courier@sdplains.com
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Thune calls for immediate response to grassland fire
The school play will be Thursday, April 11 & Friday, April 12, at 7 p.m.
Auditions for the Children’s Theater will be Monday at 3:45 at the school gym. The performance will be at 7p.m. on April 19th. They will be performing X is for Zebra.
Movie Night at Slim Buttes Lutheran Church, Sunday, April 14th, 6 p.m. “October Baby”
Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) today sent a letter to the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service, Tom Tidwell, calling for the agency to take immediate action to reimburse landowners for the recent grassland fire in Perkins County. On April 3, 2013, the U.S. Forest Service lost control of a controlled burn that resulted in up to 14,000 acres of damaged pasture and farmland in Perkins County,
South Dakota, which has been experiencing prolonged drought conditions. Local landowners and fire crews responded to the blaze, which was fully contained by Sunday, April 7. “The damage caused by the U.S. Forest Service is inexcusable,” said Thune. “It could take years for the burnt pastures and farmland to recover, and in the past, landowners have to wait years beranchers that just lost our land for our livestock really the hardened criminals here that we needed them to be present? Also, I was informed of Forest Service in and around the area packing guns and watch dogs….was this necessary? Secondly, when holding a meeting for questions to be answered about claims and what had happened, it would have been great to actually have a single question answered instead of the same reply of, “That is a really good question, but I don’t have an answer for it”, for every question that was asked. Would have it made sense to have someone there that knew anything about the claims process to maybe describe the process of that? Thirdly, it would have been great to have more than two forest service officials present, perhaps their boss’ would have been a bit more informative for us, instead of hear-
fore being reimbursed. I am calling on the Forest Service to take immediate action to assess the damage, provide landowners a timely opportunity to apply for reimbursement, and ensure that ranchers are made whole as soon as possible. Additionally, I am asking the Forest Service to review its controlled burn policies during drought conditions to prevent future grassland fires.” ing about his education and what the Forest Service does. We already figured out what they do….look around. From the beginning, Mr. Hancock pointed out that he did not know any of the families that were affected by this fire. Would have it maybe been a good idea to have us stand up and introduce ourselves so he could see our faces, eye to eye, of the lives he has tarnished and caused so much stress upon? I do not understand why they chose to hold a meeting and not be prepared what so ever. All they showed at this meeting was they wanted to show power of law being present to us. We are all adults and majority have a college education just like you Mr. Hancock. Let’s get some real answers or solutions now and some face to face apologizing done. Sincerely, /s/Albert and Bridget Keller /s/Duane and Dawn Harris Harris-Keller Hereford Ranch
The Bison Public Library will have a story time on April 19th at 10:30 a.m..
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Noem staff to hold local Office Hours in Bison
Garden Gate
Those of you that have a perennial garden of flowers or woody plants may want to consider using a perennial ground cover rather than bare space or all mulch cover. This can be considered a living ground cover or living mulch. Advantages of living mulch are: it doesn’t need yearly replacement, it stays in place, cats will not be able to paw it aside to use your flower bed for “facilities”, it provides added interest and beauty to your landscape. The disadvantage is it does take time to get the plants established and you need to know the plants you choose will not over whelm the plants or shrubs you are “mulching”. The bottom line is to do your research and set up your plan before you purchase any ground cover plants. A popular ground cover is a perennial geranium, a newer variety is Cambridge geraniums, they are more compact than the old familiar Johnson Blue. An advantage is of the newer type is they require little or no late summer shearing. They creep along establishing satellite plants by rhizomes. It is easier to control the mother plant as well as lift and transplant the babies. Geranium x cantabrigiense of Cambridge geraniums, These plants form a low, spreading mat of fragrant dark green leaves, bearing clusters of bright magenta-pink flowers. The very long blooming period sets this apart from others, and makes it especially useful as a low groundcover or edging plant. Also worth considering in tubs or mixed containers. Fairly drought tolerant, once established. They are easily divided in spring or early fall, considered evergreen but some turn orangeyred in the Fall. According to the research, these are rated for Zones 4 to 9, however in some catalogs they are listed as hardy to Zone 5 which may be “iffy” for Perkins County. There are older varieties such as Cranesbill or Biokovo which are not quite as lovely as the newer variety but have small abundant flowers ranging from white to pink. Plants are not fussy about the type of soil and will do well in full sun or partial shade. Next week we will touch on some other ground covers. Remember to call 244-5402 if you want rhubarb plants. It will soon be time to dig and divide! Old timers depended on the standby rhubarb for desserts and jams and it hasn’t lost its popularity yet! Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience. – Ralph Waldo Emerson Submitted by, Karen Englehart, Master Gardener, SDSU Cooperative Extension Service
U.S. Representative Kristi Noem (R-SD) announced today that Kyle Holt of her Rapid City office will hold a constituent outreach day in Bison on Monday, April 15. Kyle will be available on Monday between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. in the Perkins County Courthouse. “As South Dakota’s lone Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, I believe it is very important for me and my staff to meet with South Dakotans to hear about the issues important to them. It is my hope that individuals needing help with a federal agency or simply wishing to pass on their concerns to me will stop by,” said Noem. Aside from this opportunity, Kyle also plans on visiting with community leaders in the region.
Area residents are invited to contact Rep. Noem’s Rapid City office at 791-4673 if you would like to set up an appointment or if you need immediate assistance. If you are unable to find time to come to Bison on Monday, you can always reach Rep. Noem’s office via her
website, www.noem.house.gov. WHAT: Constituent Outreach Day WHEN: Monday, April 15, 2013 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. WHERE: Perkins County Courthouse, 101 Main Street, Bison, SD 57620
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Wildfire burns 14,000 acres in northern S.D.
By Lauren Donovan Bismarck Tribune The Forest Service lit a match at about noon Wednesday and within hours had a wildfire on its hands that scorched an estimated 14,000 acres before it was mostly contained with help of federal and local firefighters. The agency manages the Grand River National Grasslands and was conducting what was supposed to have been a controlled burn on about 180 acres. Instead, within three hours of starting the burn and when it was just about done, the fire jumped the perimeter and took off south and west, jumping the north branch of the Grand River in an area west of Lemmon, S.D. The burn created a mosaic through private and federal acres and at least a dozen ranchers were affected. Ranchers lost use of their private pastures and pasture they lease on the grasslands, unless rain comes this spring and turns the sooty, sour-smelling black into green. By Thursday, the agency was out sizing up damage to miles of grass, hay stores and burned-out fences. It appeared there were no burned structures or injured or killed cattle. Forest Service crews, aided by local volunteers, were out dampening hot spots. “We’ll cover what damage there is,” said Dennis Neitzke, Dakota Prairie Grasslands supervisor. “We got lucky. There were no homes burned.” The Gunns Neitzke was out on the burn and met up with Vince and Susan Gunn, local ranchers who were out surveying their losses. The day was mild and sunny out there on the enormous sweeps of land between buttes, thawing creeks and scattered homesteads. The black and the smell were a sad contrast to the beauty of the land. Susan Gunn said she accepted Neitzke’s face-to-face apology with a “thank you.” She said she knows the Forest Service didn’t start the wildfire purposely. “But what a mistake; what a devastating mistake,” she said. Vince Gunn said he and other ranchers will probably have to sell cattle because hay is hard to find and expensive now. Ranchers typically start turning cow-calf pairs out onto pasture grass starting in about mid-May, depending on conditions and permits with the Forest Service. Vince Gunn was a director for the Grand River Grazing Association, which is the local grazing office for the grasslands. He said the association has spoken against controlled burns in dry years like this one, when the region has only received 10 percent of normal moisture since fall. “We said, ‘Not during a serious drought period, only when conditions were favorable,’” he said. The couple own about 1,800 acres and estimates half was burned. The Gunns weren’t sure how much of the federal pasture where they have permits for 63 cow-calf pairs was affected. Vince Gunn said fire damage can last much longer than a season, depending on how fast the grass regrows and how much organic covering blows off in the wind or erodes away. “If we don’t get rain, this is a three- to four-year problem,” he said. The Kellers A neighbor, Bridget Keller, returned to her ranch home overlooking the north branch of the Grand River late Wednesday, after fleeing with her toddler and infant when the fire got within 200 yards. “I threw the kids in the vehicle and stopped at our 96-year-old neighbor, who didn’t want to leave because she had a casserole in the oven,” she said. She and her husband, Albert, are just getting started on the ranch. “Without grass, we’ll have to sell the cattle. This is a hard start,” she said. Mostly, she’s upset. “It wasn’t very controlled. Why burn when it’s supposed to be in the 60s and the winds are picking up?” she wondered. Neitzke said the fire crew from the Medora District called in for a spot forecast for the exact conditions at the location before ignition. “The decision was made based on the information they had,” he said. Neitzke said it’s too soon to say how the agency can make up for the lost pastures, if ranchers can’t use them this year. Reprinted with permission from the Bismarck Tribune.
Castle Butte school after the fire. Bison Courier photo.
Ranchers do not have a lot of grazing with the drought conditions. These cows are east of where the fire burned. Bison Courier photo.
The fire burned along these buttes northwest of Duane Meink’s and down along the west side of his buildings. Bison Courier photo.
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This picture shows the old Dyson place. Bison Courier photo.
These cows and calves are in the lot in front of the barn in the picture to the left everything here is charred black. Bison Courier photo.
The view out the door of Gary and Jodi Johnson’s home. Note how close the fire was to the sidewalk. Photo courtesy of Tiss Trieb.
The King school west of the Isdal place. Bison Courier photo.
The fire burned up to the Isdal place, the Isdal’s settled here about 1910. Bison Courier photo.
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Collins takes first at State AAU
Shane Collins pictured center won his second state championship in AAU Wrestling held in Brookings SD. This years contest had 1300 wrestlers competing in more than 1,985 matches on the first day. This was the largest tournament since the program began in 1968. Harland Groves and Jaren Beckman also competed in the state tournament. Both wrestlers won their first match, but were unable to place in the top 8 this year.
Bison AAU wrestlers finished out the year with their annual year end party. Wrestlers thank everyone for the support this season. Pictured above Hugh Groves, Harland groves, Jaren Beckman, Shane Collins, Braden Kopren and Jeremy Lanore. Front row Ashtin Gerbracht, Tanner Cables, Colt Kopren, Kaden Glover, Rylee Veal, Cooper Mackaben, and Corbin Mackaben. Not Pictured Teigan Clark.
Tiss Treib made a trip to Lemmon Wednesday afternoon. Dorena Wiechmann and Kari Hoff brought Esther Johnson to the clinic in Hettinger Saturday morning. After finding everything to be ok, Tiss Treib took them all out to dinner. Dorena Wiechmann, Kari Hoff and Esther Johnson traveled to Lemmon and attended the Missoula children’s theatre presentation Saturday afternoon. Mara Wiechmann was a participant. Later in the evening, they traveled to the home of Luke and Amber Wiechmann to help Lucille celebrate her 5th birthday. Larry and Janice Clark of Waterloo, Iowa were Saturday evening guests of Al and Tiss Treib. They made the tour around looking at the burnt pastureland. Later they went out to supper together in Lemmon. Larry and Janice Clark of Waterloo, Iowa visited with Esther Johnson, Kari Hoff and Dorena Wiechmann Sunday morning at the Hoff home. The week started out quietly and then Don Archibald called on Thelma Sandgren Wednesday morning. Steve Sandgren came out for lunch and then Jim and Patsy Miller took a coffee break with Thelma after checking on the fire. James and Marci Sandgren were evening callers. Steve Sandgren and a friend stopped briefly Thursday at Thelma’s with a fire report. Thelma Sandgren made her usual trip to Hettinger Friday. She started her day with a hair appointment, had lunch with Gladys Merwin and then played cards at the Senior Center. Thelma won third. She then stopped at the Nursing home to visit her siblings and friends. Later she met up with Vern and Lucy Millerin and went to check out their home, which is very nice. Sunday, Thelma Sandgren woke up to a sprinkle of rain, she then went to church. James, Marci and Kylee Sandgren were dinner guests and they then toured the big fire burn. The traffic in the area has been unbelievable. Tuesday, Albert Keller returned to work by Epping. Tabbi and Emily Mauri were Thursday evening guests of Bridget Harris. Barb Bartell stopped in
Rosebud News .....By Tiss Treib
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briefly as well. Friday, Feathers Seim and Dorothy Bowers, Duane Harris, Tracy Buer, Brad Besler and Rusty Foster were afternoon visitors of Bridget Keller and boys. Saturday, Dawn Harris and Bridget Keller and the boys went to Hettinger for errands and to attend the Forest Service meeting. Sunday, Bridget Keller and the boys attended church services. Sue Meink and Emily Mauri, Jennifer and Mackenzie Anderson were afternoon visitors. Larry and Janice Clark of Waterloo, Iowa were Saturday afternoon visitors of Shirley Johnson and Lexi Johnson. Thelma Sandgren visited with John and Shirley Johnson Sunday afternoon. Don Meink of Crofton, NE arrived Tuesday at Helen Meink’s to spend a week. Danny and Kelly LaDue and boys left Tuesday and traveled to Sturgis to visit with Gary and Margie LaDue. They continued on their way home Wednesday and arrived Thursday. Justin, Jo and Jacob Seim returned to their home in Belle Fourche Saturday after spending a week with Tim and JoAnne Seim. Nolan and Linda Seim and family toured the fire area Thursday afternoon. Jim and Patsy Miller made a trip to Hettinger Wednesday and visited with Violet Miller at the Nursing home. Jim and Patsy Miller made a trip to Lemmon Saturday. Albert Keller returned home from work Wednesday night. Thursday, the Kellers traveled to Bismarck for Korbins 2 month well check and dental appointments. Saturday, the Kellers went to Lemmon for the Easter Egg hunt. Sunday, Kellers attended sunrise service then traveled from there to Bert and Patricia Kellers for Easter Day. They returned home that evening. Monday, Kellers traveled to Bison and had pizza at the Buzz Stop and ran some errands. Jim and Patsy Miller and Jim Anderson and Mandy, Ella, Greta and Erik Anderson were brief visitors on Thursday afternoon at Kellers.
Guest Columnist
One Too Many Women in My Husband’s Life
Normally I harass my husband that he has one too many women in his life because of how much he fusses over our cows but I decided it was time to give it a rest. Instead I’ve chosen to harass him for having one too many women in his life because of our female dog’s arrogance when she rides with him in the pickup. I found my husband’s theme song about this situation after he and I re-watched the 1980 Clint Eastwood movie, Any Which Way You Can. I dubbed the song One Too Many Women in Your Life from the movie as “his” song. It doesn’t matter whether he and I are in the Dodge feed pickup headed out to feed our cows or we’re buzzing up to Pringle in the Buckskin (my husband’s tan Toyota flatbed ranch pickup) to feed the bulls, our dog Pepper always rides along. Her presence has developed an ongoing battle between her and me over who gets the window seat. She deliberately tries to make it a pain to want to sit in the passenger’s seat. Every morning my husband and I take care of all the livestock chores together. I end up getting in and out of the pickup several times to get gates, cut twine, kick up hay at the hay rack, let cows out of the barn, etc. Every time I open the pickup door, getting even one cheek on the pickup seat is a constant battle. I have to push her resistant dead weight hind end over to the middle seat in order to get in and shut the door—an act that has become dreaded more than having to get out and get the gate. It doesn’t matter if I get out of the pickup for a gate that only takes a second to open (these are gates known as “she-can gates,” as in, “She can get the gate herself easily”), when I open the pickup door to get back in, Pepper’s already moved over and leaning into the door or laying across the seat claiming the whole passenger’s side. Pepper gives me a look like she’s deliberately going to make sitting in her spot miserable for me. She’s sort of laid claim to being my husband’s girl—the female who gets to ride along with him wherever he goes. Part of Pepper’s window seat insistence may stem from the fact
Amy Kirk is a ranch wife from Custer, South Dakota.
that when she first gets in the pickup my husband allows her to kiss his cheek and I won’t. Being licked by a dog is not my idea of an enjoyable sensory experience. She’ll even try to fumigate me out of the pickup entirely by finding some cow cleaning to eat beforehand that causes her to have morning toxic dog gas. Pepper is used to having the passenger seat to herself in any pickup that my husband drives because she spends a lot more time riding around in the pickup with him than I do and she seems to think it should stay that way. She acts as if she’s entitled to seat precedence. Getting the window seat has come down to accepting that if you want the passenger seat in our feed pickup, you gotta take it any which way you can.
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Seniors: Ryan Serr, Wil Kolb, Kassidy Sarsland, Anna Hatle, Brittnee Aaker, Shaley Lensegrav, Megan Serr, Daniel Chapman and Lane Kopren.
Reece Leonard escorted Kasey Larson.
Collin Palmer escorted Brianna Williams.
Josh Johnson escorted Brianna Sexton.
Justin Moody escorted Maggie Archibald.
John Hatle escorted Marranda Hulm.
Cole Buer escorted Taycee Butts.
Well, we got through that so now we can forget about it until next year, RIGHT? WRONG! Easter or “The Resurrection” is not something we get through and then leave it behind until next year. Even when it appears that Easter has been taken over by bunnies and eggs we cannot forget the real meaning of Easter for another year. This should be an entire year observance. Yes we always look forward to Christmas with the birth of Jesus, which is important, because without a birth there could not be a death and resurrection. As difficult as it is for us to comprehend the GOOD of Good Friday, with the horrible death of Jesus, it was necessary and God’s plan making it good. Fortunately the account does not end in the tomb. Resurrection morning brought a number of different reactions along with recognitions; Mary Magdalene recognized Jesus when he spoke to her and she grabbed a hold of him with the statement “My Lord and My God”. Some of the Disciples believed when they were given the report that Jesus had risen from the dead. The soldiers guarding the tomb were as “dead men” when the tomb opened and Jesus came out. In the Gospel of John, when the disciples were in hiding, Jesus came in to them and they were “Overjoyed” when they recognized Jesus. Thomas was not with them and when they gave the report Thomas said “I will not believe unless I can put my finger in the scars on Jesus hand and his side”, thus comes the statement “Doubting Thomas”. Later Jesus revealed himself to Thomas and Jesus responds with “blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed’. What is our response to the Resurrection? John writes this report so that we may believe that Jesus is the Christ, and that by believing you may have life in his name. Keep Easter foremost in your mind throughout the year.
Pastor Henry Mohagen Slim Buttes Lutheran Church, Reva SD
Pastors Perspective
Paden Sexton escorted Sydney Senn.
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Back row: Ty Plaggemeyer, Seth Buer, Michael Kopren, clayton Prelle,Logan Hendrickson, Christopher Morris, Dodge Weishaar, Drake Butsavage, Conner Palmer, Joseph Kvale. Front row: Beth Seidel, Stephanie Kolb, Brianna Sexton, Lanae McKinstry, Sydney Arneson, Charlotte Johnson, Kayley Johnson.
Northwest Area Schools spelling contest
The Northwest Area Schools Spelling Contest is scheduled to be held Wednesday, April 17 at Dupree School. Students from Bison, Dupree, Eagle Butte, Faith, Harding County, Lemmon, McIntosh, McLaughlin, Smee and Timber Lake Schools will be participating. Students in grades 1 though 8
will be competing in both the Written Word and Oral Contest. Awards will be given to the 1st through 5th place winners in both contests. The public is invited to attend the Awards Ceremony that is scheduled to begin at 12:15 in the Dupree School Gymnasium.
Tony Gerbracht escorted Rebecca Rittberger.
Tessa Kopren was escorted by Clayton Koch.
Drew Reder escorted Hallie Kocer.
Sunday School 9:30 a.m. • Worship Service - 10:30a.m. Wednesday Prayer Mtg. - 6:30 p.m.
Grace Baptist Church • Pastor Phil Hahn Church of Christ
Prairie Fellowship Parish ELCA • Pastor Margie Hershey
Indian Creek - 8:00 a.m. • American - 9:30 a.m. • Rosebud - 11:00 a.m.
18 mi. south of Prairie City - Worship Service - 10:00 a.m.
Christ Lutheran Church WELS •
Pastor Gerhardt Juergens
Sunday Bible Class - 8:00 a.m., Worship Service - 8:30 a.m. South Jct. of Highways 73 & 20 Sunday School - 10:00 a.m., Worship Service - 11:00 a.m. Sabbath School - 2:00 p.m., Worship Service - 3:00 p.m.
Coal Springs Community Church Pastors Nels & Angie Easterby
Seventh Day Adventist Church • Pastor Donavon Kack
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church • Fr. Tony Grossenburg
Saturday Mass: Morristown - 4:45 p.m. Lemmon - 7:15 p.m., Sunday Mass: Lemmon - 8:15 a.m., Bison - 11:00 a.m.
Tyler Kari escorted Madison Hulm.
Jeremy Mollman escorted Tori Voller.
Joshua Beckman Kayla Barnet.
First Presbyterian Church • Pastor Florence Hoff, CRE
Reva • Sunday School 9:45, Worship Service - 11:00 a.m., WMF 2nd Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.
Holland Center Christian Reformed Church Pastor Brad Burkhalter • Lodgepole
Worship Service - 8:00 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. • Worship Service -10:30 a.m.
There will be more Prom pictures in next weeks paper.
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Slim Buttes Lutheran • Pastor Henry Mohagen
Prairie City Sunday School - 10:00 a.m., Morning Worship - 11:00 a.m. Vesper Service - 6:00 p.m., Wed. Evenings - 7:30 p.m.
Beckman Wesleyan Church • Pastor Brad Burkhalter
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Comprehensive Plan for Perkins County
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“We want something that’s going to be for all time” and not just for a boom. Holly Waddell spoke on behalf of Western Plains Action Group to say that her organization supports the writing of a Comprehensive Plan “100%” and offered their help in moving forward. Waddell said that WPAG has been studying the issue for 2-3 years already and has a lot of history within its membership on how to protect local resources. Their goal has been to protect while looking towards growth. The City of Lemmon is currently working with BHCLG to write its own Comprehensive Plan. Bison could choose to write their own or be included in the county’s plan. Unincorporated towns, such as Meadow, Lodgepole and Prairie City, would fall under the county’s plan. The Perkins County Commission is ultimately the decision making body for both a Comprehensive Plan and any ensuing ordinances. State’s Attorney Shane Penfield said, “At the end of the day, Commission, you’re driving the truck.” Emerson estimated that it would take approximately a year – “maybe a little faster; it might go a little longer” – to finalize the plan. Schweitzer adjourned the meeting with one final comment. “It sounds to me that it’s pretty important to get things rolling,” he said.
Scholarship application deadline approaches
For the sixth straight year, Farmers Union Insurance, in cooperation with the South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation, is offering $25,000 in scholarships to eligible high school seniors in South Dakota through the “Insuring a Brighter Tomorrow” scholarship program. Twenty-five high school seniors from across the state who meet certain requirements and plan to continue postsecondary education at a college, university, or technical school in the state of South Dakota will each receive $1,000. The scholarships are funded with support from Farmers Union Insurance agents in South Dakota and the South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation. The application deadline is Monday, April 15, 2013. The application must be postmarked by this date. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on the applicant’s academic records, school and community involvement, and financial need. The applicant will also be required to submit a written essay entitled, “How do you hope to impact a Brighter Tomorrow in South Dakota?” Applicants Must Meet One of the Following Requirements: •South Dakota high school senior whose parent or parents are current policyholders of Farmers Union Insurance •Member of South Dakota Farmers Union •A “Friend of the Farmers Union Foundation” (Defined as those who have contributed $25 or more to the Foundation in the past year) •Participant in any South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) sanctioned event
continued from page 1 be “a balancing act” to make sure that all segments of the population are considered but also agreed that, without agriculture, “the rest of us wouldn’t be here.” The Planning Commission will work with BHCLG to gather data from various sources, including the US Census Bureau, Department of Agriculture, Department of Labor and local surveys. They’ll consider plans already written by Western Plains Action Group and in neighboring entities. BHCLG will develop and maintain a project web page to enable communication amongst all parties. Longtime Lodgepole area rancher Gary Hendricks said that he’s not out to destroy anybody’s dreams but that he also doesn’t want to become a victim to growth and the things that accompany it. He cautioned that not all of the focus should be on man camps and other land use issues but should include the social ills that sometimes go along with growth, things like increased drug and alcohol use and “red light districts.” He suggested that clean-up be an important factor also, for example when man crews would move out of the area. The latter is one of the hardest things to plan for, according to Emerson. Penfield expounded, saying,
Applicants Must: •Complete Application Form (Available from school counselors, local Farmers Union Insurance Agents, or at www.sdfufoundation.org ) •Provide Copy of High School Transcript and ACT/SAT Score Provide a Letter of Recommendation •Submit Written Essay (Less than 500 Words) Provide Billfold Sized Portrait Picture APPLICATION DEADLINE: APRIL 15, 2013 (Postmark Date) Return Materials to: Farmers Union Insurance, Attn: Wayne Bartscher, P.O. Box 1388, Huron, SD 57350 For more information call Farmers Union Insurance: 1-800-9332841.
Montana Authors reschedule book tour
The authors of Montana Stirrups, Sage and Shenanigans are rescheduling their Montana tour due to an illness and surgery. They are three sisters—Anne Brink Krickel, Jeanie Brink Thiessen and Francie Brink Berg—who grew up on a historic 1880s cattle ranch where an owner once ran thousands of cattle on both sides of the Yellowstone River. The book tour, planned for an April launching in Miles City and including historic trails as well as presentations, media appearances and book signings in a two-week swing through the state, is now being rescheduled. An old west epic with a modern touch, Montana Stirrups, Sage and Shenanigans: Western Ranch Life in a Forgotten Era, is filled with vivid personal stories of ranching, wildlife and western humor. It is also a social history of the west, where people lived with tolerance and respect, felt the closeness of family and community and extended hospitality to strangers. Though their book is written by three women, they are pleased that men relate well to their stories. Anne says, “My friend read a few pages, laughed, told her husband and hasn’t seen the book since!” “Wonderful reading," says Watty Taylor, recent president of the Montana Stockgrowers Association. “A great book of ranch life stories that those of us involved in ranching can relate to. And for those not involved it gives a great perspective of how ranch families become so dedicated to a livelihood that it shapes the personality of family members for a lifetime. Helps our urban cousins see that their food is raised by caring families.” The 408-page book, illustrated with over 260 historic photos from the Brink family collection, is available in softcover ($29.95) and hardcover ($39.95) in bookstores and gift shops throughout Montana , by mail from Flying Diamond Books, 402 S. 14th St, Hettinger, ND 58639 (605347-1806), and online at www.MontanaStirrupsandSage.com ((info@MontanaStirrupsandSage.co m)
Invitation for Bids of BISON
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Perkins County Notice of Responsibility to Control Noxious Weeds and Declared Pests
pose by the Perkins County Weed and Pest Supervisor, and the South Dakota State University Experiment Station. Plant and animals designated as being noxious weeds and declared pests in the state of South Dakota are Leafy Spurge, Salt Cedar, Perennial Sow Thistle, Russian Knapweed, Hoary Cress, Canada Thistle, Purple Loosestrife, Gypsy Moth, and Prairie Dogs.
The Perkins County Weed and Pest Control Board request all organic producers within the county to meet with the board to identify all land under this program. The Perkins County Weed and Pest Board have a Prairie Dog applicator for use. A deposit of $25.00 is required for 3 days of usage. Call 374-5315 or 2447299 for arrangements.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN 1st day of April 2013, pursuant to SDCL 38-22 as amended to all owners, occupants, agents and public officials in charge of lands in Perkins County, South Dakota, that they are responsible for suppression, control, and eradication of noxious weeds and declared pest’s infestation that may exist on such lands. Bison Area Economic Development is accepting bids for the letters “BISON” to be attached to the top of both business signs along HWY 20. The bid should include the cost of the letters, BISON, and the attachment of the letters to the signs. The approximate height of the letters should be 24 inches tall and the appropriate width to make them proportional. The work must be completed by June 1, 2013. For more details, please contact Brandi Baysinger at 605244-7526. Please submit all bids by April 30th, 2013. Mark envelope SIGN BID and send to Bison Area Economic Development PO Box 444 Bison, SD 57620. Chemical, biological, and/or cultural control methods used for the suppression, control and eradication of noxious weed and declared pest infestations shall be those approved for such pur-
Upon failure to observe this notice, the county weed and pest board is required to proceed pursuant to the law and have the noxious weeds of declared pests destroyed by such methods as they find necessary, the expense of which shall constitute a lien and be entered as a tax against the land, and be collected as other real estate taxes are collected, or by other means as provided by law.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that upon establishing probable cause to believe a noxious weed or declared pest infestation exists upon any property in Perkins County, representative of Perkins County Weed and Pest Control board will enter upon said property for the purpose of inspecting and confirming that such infestation actually exists. Robert Hermann, Chairman Perkins County Weed and Pest Board
[Published April 11 and April 18, 2013 at a total approximate cost of $48.75.]
[Published April 11, 2013 at a total approximate cost of $37.60.]
Notice is hereby given that a Petition requesting that certain public roadways be vacated in Moreau township, Perkins County, South Dakota, pursuant to SDCL 31-3-6, as herein after specifically described has been received by the Board of Supervisors of Moreau Township; that the Petition may be examined by contacting the Clerk of the Township at the address indicated below; that the specific description of the property being requested to be vacated is:
That portion of the existing public right-of-way including statutory rightof-way and any right-of-way acquired by deed, beginning where it crosses the section line between Section 1 of Township14 North, Range 15 East of the Black Hills Meridian and, Section 6 of Township 14 North, Range 16 East of the Black Hills Meridian , heading southwest across approximate midpoint of E1/2E1/2NE1/4 of Section 1 of Township 14 North, Range 15 Township East of the Black Hills Meridian, and terminating where such road meets the Capp road in Section 1, a distance of approximately 339 feet. Therefore, notice is hereby given that the Board of Supervisors of Moreau Township will hold two public hearings to consider the vacation of the above described public roadway; that such meetings will be held on Friday the 26 day of April, 2013, at 7:00 p.m., at the residence of Dennis and Noma Welter. The second meeting will be held on Saturday the 27 day of April 2013, at 7:00 p.m. at the residence of Dennis and Noma Welter.
ning at the point where Sections 15, 16, 9 and 10; meet, then heading due west along the section line until approximate mid-section between Sections 8 and 17; then heading south into Section 17 where it terminates, a distance of approximately 2.26 miles.
That portion of the existing public right-of-way including statutory rightof-way and any right-of-way acquired by deed, beginning at the mid-section line between Sections 15 and 16 of Township 15 North, Range 15 East of the Black Hills Meridian, heading north along the section line until the approximate quarter-section point between Sections 9 and 10; also begin-
That portion of the existing public right-of-way including statutory rightof-way and any right-of-way acquired by deed, known as the Old Usta road beginning where such road crosses the section line between Sections 22 and 23, heading north through the NE 1/4 of Section 22, Township 15 North, Range 15 East of the Black Hills Meridian then northeast into Section 14, heading north through the SE 1/4; then crossing into Section 15, heading due west across Section 15 and crossing into Section 16; then heading southwest across the SE 1/4 of Section 16 into Section 21; then southwest across the NE 1/4 of Section 21 into Section 20; then westward across the N 1/2 of Section 20, crossing Rabbit Creek and then due north, paralleling Rabbit Creek and terminating at midpoint of the turn prior to heading south, a distance of approximately 3.8 miles.
That any person interested in the proposed action may be present at said date and time and present their information, opinions and/or arguments relative to the proposed action. Any persons unable to attend this hearing may deliver their written opinion for consideration by the Board of Supervisors, such testimony should be delivered prior ti the date ant time of the scheduled hearings by mailing or delivering the opinion to: Noma Welter, Clerk of Moreau Township, PO Box 52 15699 SD HWY 73, Faith, SD 57626 Moreau Township /s/Noma Welter Clerk of Moreau Township
[Published April 11 and April 18, 2013 at a total approximate cost of $76.04.]
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Meet the FRACN8R
By: Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service Williston - Monte Besler’s job can be summed up in his license plate: FRACN8R. The Williston engineer who specializes in hydraulic fracturing once earned that nickname from a co-worker in the oil field. “I had a knack for being able to design good frac jobs,” said Besler, 56. The name stuck, and it became Besler’s license plate and eventually his business name when he decided to become independent and start FRACN8R Consulting. Besler, whose business card says he’s been cracking rock in North Dakota since 1981, is hired by oil companies to optimize the results from hydraulic fracturing, therefore getting a better producing well. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is the process of extracting oil and gas from underground formations using pressurized fluids. Besler said he enjoys being able to use his experience, knowledge and instincts to look at all of the information about a well and design the best frac job. Factors such as the geology and how the company completed the well make a difference, he said. “It’s still not a perfectly defined process,” said Besler, whose industry experience includes working for Halliburton and Hess Corp. Many companies use sand in hydraulic fracturing, but Besler recommends they use man-made beads known as ceramic proppant. Sand or proppant is used to “prop open” the fractures in the rock created by the fracking process to allow the oil to flow from the rock formation into the wellbore. Ceramic is stronger and holds the fractures open better, while sand can get crushed in the hot, deep layers of the Bakken and Three Forks formations, Besler said. Sand typically costs 20 cents to 30 cents a pound, while the most expensive ceramic proppant can cost $2 to $3 per pound, Besler said. But the higher quality proppant can allow wells to be productive for 20 to 30 years, Besler said. People often think fracking fluid has dangerous or specialized chemicals, but many ingredients are common household items such as the same ingredients used in chapstick or potting soil, Besler said. He said one of his quirks is looking at the ingredient list of products he buys to see how many of the ingredients he’s used in fracking. Fracking has slowed this winter in North Dakota, in part because it can be 20 percent to 30 percent more expensive during winter months because fluids need to be heated and travel is often delayed, Besler said. Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources, estimates there were about 410 wells that were waiting for frac crews at the end of January. Besler said he expects that increased competition among companies will start bringing the cost of fracking down in the state. He believes activity will pick up after spring road restrictions are lifted. “When it finally does pick up, it’s probably going to get really busy,” Besler said. Reprinted with permission from the Dickinson Press.
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Monte Besler, a consultant known as the FRACN8R, pictured Thursday in Williston, works with companies to improve hydraulic fracturing of oil wells.
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Page 14 • The Bison Courier • Thursday, April 11, 2013 Grand River Roundup ............................................................... By Betty Olson
Hallelujah, we’re getting moisture!! A shower Friday night left .40 in our rain gauge and early Monday morning I checked the gauge again to find another .37 before it started to snow. South of here there were reports of up to an inch of rain. Now the ground is covered in snow and the weatherman is predicting a snowstorm for tonight (Monday). Too bad the Forest Service didn’t wait until after we got this moisture to start their “controlled” burn that burned thousands of acres on Wednesday! As warm as the weather was earlier in the week, you would have sworn summer was already here. I had to take my jacket off in the lambing shed before I melted down and after the shower on Friday night the grass started to green up. Casey sold wool in Belle Fourche Wednesday and Missy was working in Buffalo. Against the advice of neighboring landowners, the Forest Service started a prescribed burn on Wednesday on what was supposed to be just over a hundred acres of government pasture northwest of Lodgepole. It’s been terribly dry in this area and Tuesday night the weatherman forecast high winds for Wednesday. Not exactly a good time to be setting fires! Wednesday afternoon I heard local fire units over the fire radio headed toward Lodgepole to fight the fire that had gotten away from the Forest Service and was being driven by high winds onto the neighboring ranches. It wasn’t long until every fire department in the surrounding area had units fighting what is now called the Pautre Fire. The firefighters managed to save the ranch houses, but over 14,000 acres of pasture and hay land were burned, most of it on private land. One out-building was burned and hundreds of miles of fences will need to be replaced. One rancher had 95% of his ranch go up in smoke and several others lost the majority of their land to the fire. John Iverson from Thrivent Financial came Thursday afternoon to update some of insurance policies. He came back Friday and brought his sweet wife, Shelley (Olson) Iverson with him. Shelley hadn’t been back to visit the ranch where Grandpa Claude Olson was raised since she was a teenager and came julebakking with a bunch of the Olson and Doll relatives. Shelley was interested in seeing the picture I’d showed John the day before of her Grandpa Claude Olson and his brothers Check and John with Jack Sturdevant butchering a buffalo at the Lane Ranch back in the fifties. It is a really cool picture! I went to Hettinger Saturday evening for the meeting with the Forest Service and the ranchers involved in the Pautre Fire. That got lively! Landowners were really ticked off about the Forest Service going ahead with the prescribed burn after several of them had asked them not to because of the horribly dry conditions. The Forest Service admitted that they were responsible for the damage they caused and said that they will pay for everything. I’ve been on the phone with Rep. Noem’s office, Sen. Thune’s office and Sen. Johnson’s office and they all want to make sure that the folks that lost so much are made whole. Rep. Noem and Sen. Thune sent letters to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Chief of the U.S. Forest Service, Tom Tidwell, to request timely assistance for landowners in Perkins County affected by the Pautre Fire and asking that they immediately halt any controlled burns in the area until weather conditions improve. The Perkins County commissioners is meeting with the Forest Service on Tuesday to discuss how they are going to address these issues. As if we don’t have enough problems with the federal government, Ron Traver emailed me a story from an Oregon newspaper that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is thinking about protecting the black-backed woodpecker under the Endangered Species Act and they are considering two populations of the woodpecker - one in California and Oregon, and another in South Dakota and Wyoming. That’s the last thing we need!! All these discussions about fire fighting this week reminded me of this old story: One dark night outside a small town, a fire started inside the local chemical plant. Before long it exploded into flames and an alarm went out to fire departments from miles around. After fighting the fire for over an hour, the chemical company president approached the fire chief and said, “All of our secret formulas are in the vault in the center of the plant. They must be saved! I will give $50,000 to the engine company that brings them out safely!” As soon as the chief heard this, he ordered the firemen to strengthen their attack on the blaze. After two more hours of attacking the fire, the president of the company offered $100,000 to the engine company that could bring out the company’s secret files. From the distance a long siren was heard and another fire truck came into sight. It was a local volunteer fire company composed entirely of ranchers. To everyone’s amazement the little fire engine raced through the chemical plant gates and drove straight into the middle of the inferno. In the distance the other firemen watched as the ranchers hopped off of their rig and began to fight the fire with an effort that they had never seen before. After an hour of intense fighting the volunteer company had extinguished the fire and saved the secret formulas. Joyous, the chemical company president announced that he would double the reward to $200,000 and walked over to personally thank each of the volunteers. After thanking each of the ranchers individually, the president asked the group what they intended to do with the reward money. The fire truck driver looked him right in the eye and said, “The first thing we’re going to do is fix the dang brakes on that truck!”
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FOR SALE For Sale on sealed bids a 1997 GMC Savanah Cargo Van. Call Allen Palmer with any questions at 244-5550. bids will be opened April 15, 2013, you will be able to raise your bids at the bid opening. B43-1tc Wanted: Pasture for 100 yearlings or 50 cow/calf pairs. Call Brad Besler 244-5600. B41-3tc Wanted: Pasture to rent and hay land to rent or put up on shares. Custom haying: round, medium square, small squares. Please call Tom 605-866-4605; 605-949-1933. B33-tfn
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AUCTIONS FARMLAND AUCTION - 285 ACRES, Selby SD. selling in 2 tracts. Saturday April 20, 10 AM. Walz Estate, Steve Simon (agent for seller) 605-380-8506. www.sdauctions.com.
BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY AVON – Only $10 to start. Call for information without any obligation. 1-877-454-9658.
WANTED Wanted: Straw or corn stalks to bale in 2013. Round or square bales. On shares or will purchase in field. Contact Tom at 605-866-4605. B43-tfn
For Sale by the Lodgepole VFD a 1975 F250 Pickup with duals. Bed included but removed and extra set of five original rims and tires. 360 engine, odometer reads 13,000 miles, manual transmission and 4 wheel drive. Sealed bids accepted through April 25th with three highest biders given the opportunity to verbally raise their bids on April 30th. Contact Jerry Vliem (605) 564-4615 or Bob Parker (605) 5642238 with questions. Mail bids to Wade Henderson at 11000SD HWY 75, Lodgepole, SD 57640. B43-2tc
HELP WANTED Seasonal Help Wanted: The Town of Bison is now accepting applications for summer help – one to two individuals for maintenance help and one to organize swimming lesson and possibly open swimming. Applicants must be 18 and over. Please request an application from: Finance Officer, Box 910, Bison, SD 57620 or call 244-5677 or 244-5231. The Town of Bison is an Equal Opportunity Employer. B39-tfn
EMPLOYMENT ADVERTISE YOUR DRIVER jobs in 130 S.D. newspapers for only $150. Your 25-word classified ad will reach more than 700,000 readers. Call Cherie Jensen at the S.D. Newspaper Association, 1800-658-3697 or your local newspaper for more information. WAUBAY SCHOOL DISTRICT, WAUBAY, SD is seeking candidates for the position of superintendent/elem principal/SPED Director. The candidate should be a
THE ELK POINT-JEFFERSON SCHOOL DISTRICT is seeking a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher. If interested please send a letter of application and resume to Brian Shanks, Superintendent Box 578 Elk Point, SD 57025 we will also accept electronic materi-
WANTED: ELECTRICIAN WITH SOUTH DAKOTA contractor license or ability to get contractor license. Responsible for startup and managing wiring department in north central South Dakota. Benefit package, wages negotiable. Call 605-426-6891 for more details.
CUSTER REGIONAL HOSPITAL has an exciting full time opportunity to work with a supportive team of professional therapists in the beautiful southern Black Hills of SD. We are located just a short distance from Mount Rushmore, Wind Cave National Park, Custer State Park, Jewel Cave National Park and many other outdoor attractions. Competitive salary and benefits available including sign on bonus. Please contact Jim Simons, Rehab Services Director, at 605-673-2229 ext. 301 or jsimons@regionalhealth.com for more information or go to www.regionalhealth.com to apply. EOE. FOR SALE LONGBRANCH IN PIERRE, SD. We have lowered the price & will consider contract for deed. Call Russell Spaid 605-280-1067.
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Work Wanted after school and weekends, call Ty Collins 244-7522. B43-1tc
Perkins County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for a deputy sheriff eligibility list. Perkins County Sheriff's Office P.O. Box 234 Bison, SD 57620 (605) 2445243 An Equal Opportunity Employer. B42-2tc
FOR RENT For rent: Homestead Heights located in Bison, S.D., has a one and two bedroom apartment available. Homestead Heights is a low-income elderly and disabled Section 8 HUD (Housing and Urban Development) housing facility. We are smoke free. Energy Assistance is available for those who qualify. Utilities are included in the rent. Homestead Heights is an equal housing opportunity. For more information, please call (605) 244-5473. B14-tfn
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Myrtle Ham and daughter Barbara visited with Art, Marilyn and Gary Christman Saturday afternoon. Gary Christman of Houston, TX arrived Friday to spend some time with Art and Marilyn Christman. Last Monday afternoon, guests at the home of Jim and Esther Haggart were Wayne and Barbara Besler; Edith Meland; Della Hatle; Mary Ellen Fried. They all helped Esther celebrate her birthday. Brad Besler dropped by to wish his aunt a Happy
Meadow News .....By Tiss Treib
Birthday. Saturday evening, Mary Ellen Fried accompanied Della Hatle to the Bison High School Gym to view the Grand March for Prom. Tiss Treib and Nora Anderson called on Bernie Rose briefly Wednesday afternoon. Carolyn Petik visited Norman Kvale at the Hettinger Hospital on Wednesday. Carolyn Petik attended Hope women's Bible Study at Kim Petik's
on Thursday afternoon. She was a visitor at Irene Young's on Thursday evening. Jerry and Carolyn Petik attended the Children's Theater performance in Lemmon on Friday evening. Sunday, Carolyn and Jerry visited several people at the Nursing Home in Lemmon. Carolyn also visited with Rosemary Dreiske in the afternoon while Jerry attended meetings.

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