Faith Independent, October 31, 2013

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October 30, 2013
Faith Gathering ... for area livestock producers was held Saturday night, October 26th, at the Faith Community Legion
and learned what resources are available to them following losses of livestock in the blizzard “Atlas”.
Hall. Approximately 100 ranchers were served supper Photo by Loretta Passolt
CHS Foundation contributes to South Dakota blizzard relief
The CHS Foundation (Cenex Harvest States) will contribute $100,000 to the South Dakota Rancher Relief Fund to assist livestock producers in the aftermath of a devastating blizzard earlier this month. “Ranchers across western South Dakota suffered significant loss of cattle, sheep and other livestock as a result of this storm, the vast majority of which is not covered by insurance or other programs,” says William Nelson, president, CHS Foundation. “Through this contribution, we hope to alleviate some of the costly storm affects and support these producers in restoring their lives and livelihoods.” The South Dakota Rancher Relief Fund, which has been endorsed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard, is administered by the Black Hills Area Community Foundation in cooperation with the South Dakota Association of Cooperatives, South Dakota Stockgrowers Association, the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association and the South Dakota Sheep Growers Association. Its goal is to directly benefit livestock producers impacted by the blizzard. In addition to the contribution, CHS is working directly with its affected producer customers in the region to identify short- and long-term needs for feed and other assistance.
First National Bank of Faith ... hosted an open house on Monday for customers to meet the board members from the main branch in Philip. Pictured are Ralph “Shorty” Jones, Morris Jones, Ray Smith, President and Duane Roseth. Photo by Loretta Passolt
Page 2 • October 30, 2013 • The Faith Independent Marketing Hometown America sessions to be held
People move to Faith and people leave – why? Is it just about the job opportunities or are there other reasons? Are there things Faith can do to help recruit new residents? Once they are here, what might help them stay? These questions and others will be addressed in a program, Marketing Hometown America, which will be offered in October and November in Faith. Co-sponsor of the program is the City of Faith, Debbie Brown, Finance Officer. The city office will help with registration and materials distribution. Faith was chosen as one of several communities in the state to participate in the effort that is funded by South Dakota State University Extension and developed and delivered by the SDSU Extension Community Development Team. Rural communities in Nebraska and North Dakota are also a part of the program. “Paul Thares, Extension Educator in the Lemmon Regional Center is excited to be able to offer this program in Faith”, said Dave Olson, SDSU Extension Community Development Program Leader.  “It is based on research done right here in western South Dakota. It really gives a community tools for the future.” People who participate in the program will: •Learn what new residents are looking for as they relocate to a rural community; •Discover often overlooked local assets that attract potential new residents; •Understand the importance of local family and friend referrals and the positive image that can be projected through a community web site and social media; •Learn and practice the skills of positive community dialogue to increase involvement and confidence in their ability to market their community; •Build and implement a marketing action plan that incorporates realistic and achievable actions to successfully market their community: and •Increase the community’s human capacity and confidence in using the dialogue approach to address future community issues. The process includes small groups forming and being led by locally trained facilitators, Michele Hulm, Deanna Fischbach and Scott Gray. Participants are given a community guide that provides background information, lists discussion questions and activities.  If you would like to join these groups contact the City Office and they will get you placed with a group. Each small group holds a series of four meetings where they draft a marketing plan and identify activities they could do in the community to help make themselves more marketable. Each group reports back at an open community forum where everyone votes on their favorite pieces of the proposed plans and activities and has an opportunity to volunteer to help or lead one of the future actions. “It helps a community with decisions on how to market themselves to potential new residents. When new residents find a good community “match”, they stay and everyone benefits – the new residents, the current citizens and the community as a whole,” according to Thares.   People wanting to participate in a small group session in October and November can also call or stop by the City Office (9672261) to register and pick up a flyer. For more information contact either the co-sponsor listed above at 967-2261 or the Lemmon Regional Center 374-4177.
Minnehaha County resident state’s first flu death
The first South Dakotan to die of the flu this season was a Minnehaha County resident in the 70-79 age group, the Department of Health reported today. To protect patient confidentiality, additional information about the deceased is not being released. “Our sympathy is with the family and we can only hope their tragic loss will serve to remind others just how serious an illness flu can be and encourage them to get vaccinated,” said Dr. Lon Kightlinger, state epidemiologist for the department. “No vaccine is 100 percent effective but the annual flu vaccination is the single best way to reduce your chances of catching the flu and decrease the severity of the flu if you do catch it.” To date South Dakota has reported three laboratory-confirmed cases of flu and one flu-related hospitalization. Annual flu vaccination is recommended for everyone but some people are at particularly high risk and should be sure to be vaccinated. This includes people over 50, pregnant women, those with chronic medical conditions, health-care workers and household contacts of high risk populations, especially those with young infants in the household. Children should also be vaccinated as they account for significant numbers of cases each year and help spread flu in the community. The department offers free flu vaccine for kids from six months to 18 years. In addition to vaccination, to prevent the spread of the flu: •Wash your hands often with soap and water or use alcoholbased hand gel ;  •Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze; •Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth; and, •Stay home if you're sick. Learn more about preventing the flu at http://flu.sd.gov.   
Four generations … Great grandmother Georgia Feist holding great grandson Beckham Simons, Grandpa Jim Feist holding his granddaugher, Sawyer Simons and Kelsie Simons. Photo courtesy of Tammy Sletten
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All meals served with milk and bread. Menu subject to change without notice. Wed., Oct. 30: Chili, Marinated vegetable salad, Apple Thur., Oct. 31: Pork roast, Mashed potatoes & gravy, Corn O’Brian, Crunchy cranberry salad Fri., Nov. 1: Salisbury steak w/gravy, Mashed potatoes, Parsley carrots, Grapes Mon. Nov. 4: Chicken parmesan, Scalloped potatoes, Corn O’Brian, Tropical fruit Tue., Nov. 5: Beef stew, Crunchy cranberry salad, Orange Wed., Nov. 6: Breaded baked fish, Parsley potatoes, Glazed carrots, Chocolate pudding, Banana Thur., Nov. 7: Thanksgiving Dinner – Roast turkey, Mashed potatoes & gravy, Green Bean Almondine, Cranberry sauce, Pumpkin pie Fri., Nov. 8: Hungarian goulash, Cooked cabbage, Pears
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October 30, 2013 • The Faith Independent •
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Blizzard costs state’s ranchers
By Lura Roti, for SDSU Extension & South Dakota State University College of Agriculture & Biological Sciences
Three weeks after the Oct. 4 and 5 disaster, the economic impact on ranchers and their families - like the livestock death toll - remains a climbing estimate. Digging out from the two-day blizzard that wreaked havoc on much of western South Dakota and killed more than 25,000 head of cattle, sheep and horses will take much more than snow removal, said Dan Oedekoven, Director of the South Dakota State University West River Ag Center. "Ranchers have some real financial struggles ahead of them and it goes beyond the immediate loss of income from calves they no longer have to sell this fall," Oedekoven said. A cattle producer himself, Oedekoven explained that most ranchers are part of a family business that is several generations old. With each cow killed in the storm, that rancher not only lost the calf that would have been born in the spring of 2014, the family lost future access to valuable genetics. Jim Krantz, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist agreed with Oedekoven, explaining further the long-term impact lost genetics will have on western South Dakota ranchers. "A cow or heifer only has one calf each year, so it takes years and generations to develop genetics," Krantz said. "Each ranch is unique and may have different genetic needs based on the environment, feed resources and country they live in." The number of cows, calves and steers lost to the storm varies greatly from one ranch to the next, said Adele Harty, SDSU Cow/Calf Field Specialist. Harty was among several SDSU Extension staff who walked among the carnage and served as third-party verifiers. Some ranchers lost 700 head, while their neighbor may have only lost 10 cows. Harty said we'll never know the exact numbers because some ranchers aren't reporting. "Losses like these are very personal for the ranch families. Many feel they have failed because of what happened. Its heart wrenching for them and for those of us who work closely with the ranch community," Harty said. "For some ranchers, this storm took their livelihood. Ranching is what they do, what they love to do and for some, the only work they've ever done." For Harty, who grew up on a cattle ranch in eastern Colorado, the losses her clients face are very real. For those who are not involved in agriculture or don't own their own business, Harty explained the impact of these death losses like this: "Imagine you lost your job and you know that you will be unable to get another job for two years (which is what happened when rancher's fall calf crop died and their cows, pregnant with the 2014 calf crop, also died). While at the same time you have to make payments on a $100,000 credit card or you'll lose your home and the land your great-greatgrandfather homesteaded," Harty said. She added that in some cases, the debt livestock producers carry is much more than $100,000. The operating loan, used to cover feed, equipment and the costs of new cows, and is expected to be paid off each year with the sale of calves in the fall. Livestock losses extend beyond cattle. It's predicted that more than 4,000 sheep and several hundred horses were also lost in the disaster. "I've talked to 15 horse breeders who combined lost 350 horses, and the majority of these were young horses, under 2 years old," said Mindy Hubert, SDSU Extension Small Acreage Field Specialist. "That's over 20 horses per ranch, and I know there are many, many more ranches out there that lost horses. Like cattle, the horses were not ready; they didn't have their winter coats. It's as if Mother Nature wasn't ready for Mother Nature." Hubert explained that like cattle producers, horse breeders lost generations of genetics and future income in the storm. "I have already heard from horse trainers who will have fewer clients, because they either lost horses in the storm, or lost so many cattle that they can no longer afford to have their horses professionally trained," Hubert said. To learn more about how the storm's early fall timing made it particularly devastating to all livestock, iGrow.org, and search for the article "Understanding What Happened." What we know at this point. Information compiled by Rosie Nold, Ag & Natural Resources Program Director, SDSU and; Darrell Mark, Adjunct Professor of Economics at South Dakota State University Among the South Dakota counties hardest hit by the Oct. 4-5 blizzard were the 12 counties comprising the Northwest and West Central agricultural reporting districts of Butte, Corson, Dewey, Harding, Perkins, Ziebach, Haakon, Jackson, Lawrence, Meade, Pennington and Stanley. According to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, these 12 counties had 769,000 head of cattle and calves as of Jan. 1, 2013. Of these, an estimated 456,000 head were beef mother cows on ranches. While final losses are still being tallied, South Dakota's Animal Industry Board estimates up to 25,000 head may have perished in the storm. This implies upwards to 5 percent of the region's cow herd could have been lost in the bliz-
zard. "To those not familiar with the beef cow industry, a 5 percent loss of beef cows in just one part of one state might seem small, but the economic impact on the region and state are significant and will be felt for some time," said Darrell Mark, Adjunct Professor of Economics at South Dakota State University. Mark added that the impact on individual ranchers suffering the losses is especially large. "Some individual ranchers have had confirmed losses of over 20 percent of their herd. Though not verified through official reporting venues, many reports indicate much higher losses, exceeding 50 percent of herds in some cases," Mark said. Based on 2007 Census of Agriculture data, the average beef cow herd size is about 155 head in Northwest and West Central South Dakota. Even a 10 percent loss for such an average sized operation would be about 16 head. Given the high cull rates in recent years, caused by drought and high feed costs, it is expected that many of the beef cows that died in the storm would have been young cows near the peak of their productivity, Mark said. "Current market prices for good, young bred cows generally range from $1,500 to $2,000 per head and prices for pairs or cows with calves at their side range from $2,000 per pair to $2,500 per pair," Mark said. So, he explained further, for an average loss of 16 head of cows conservatively valued at $1,500 per head, the total value of the death loss is about $24,000. "The rancher with a 20 percent death loss having an average herd size of 155 head could have lost more than $46,500 in the value of cows alone," Mark said. "Of course, some ranches are much larger than these averages and lost 75 to 100 head of beef cows - or more - which would be valued from $112,000 to $150,000. Financial losses of a quarter million dollars or more to an individual rancher are quite possible in many situations, just from the cows that died in the storm." The value of the lost beef cows is only part of the financial impact that ranchers will experience from this storm, explained Rosie Nold, SDSU Extension Ag & Natural Resources Program Director, SDSU. "In the short run, costs for recovery efforts will include fence repairs and disposal of dead animals. Reports are also coming in that there is death loss among cows that survived the storm, and calves have reduced immune function, making them more susceptible to respiratory and other diseases," Nold said. In the longer run, Nold said rebuilding herds will be more expensive, and in some cases, difficult to achieve at the same level of quality as before the blizzard. "Ranches affected by the storm
included both commercial cowcalf operations and seedstock producers. For all, fewer replacement bred stock will be available in the region, but also nationwide," Nold said. She added that because total beef cow numbers in the United States are at the lowest level they have been since the 1950's, high quality breeding stock is in short supply across the country. "For some operations, seedstock in particular, breeding stock with the desired genetics may not be available or will be significantly more expensive than the average prices quoted above," she said. "Prices for such high quality breeding stock commonly range from $3,000 to $10,000 per head, but the value of losing decades worth of genetic selection in a herd is incalculable." Looking at the entire financial picture, Mark explained that ranchers are likely to become more leveraged as their asset base decreased with lost cows and their sales volume declined due to loss of calves that were days or weeks away from being sold. "Ranchers' interest costs for maintaining their remaining operation, and possibly re-growing their operation, will be higher as well," he said. "Many of these costs cannot be calculated until more is known about the actual size and scope of the losses incurred by these ranchers. Yet, it is likely that some producers hardest-hit by this storm could become insolvent as they try to recover." Both Mark and Nold said that the economic impact of the blizzard will also be felt across the state and regional cattle industry as well as on Main Street businesses throughout western South Dakota. "Already tight feeder cattle supplies have been further reduced by the storm. This may result in slightly higher prices cattle feeders pay for feeder calves and fewer cattle to place in feedyards this fall and winter," Mark said. "Already high prices for high quality breeding stock
will be driven higher." Additionally, Nold said the loss of an estimated 25,000 head of beef cows will not only have a nearly $40 million direct and immediate impact on ranchers who owned the cows, but there will also be other recovery expenses and lost revenues for years to come. The magnified indirect and induced economic impacts will be felt in the regional economy as ranchers spend less money on goods and services, which ultimately will affect nearly all main street businesses in the area. There is hope. Even today, three weeks after the storm, Amy Cammack questions her actions as she worked to protect her herd in the wake of an imminent storm. "I wonder why I didn't do something different," she says of her decision to push a group of cows into an old farm stead where she thought they'd find shelter in old buildings. But instead, the cows drifted with the wind, piled up and died along eight fence lines. "If I'd left them where they were, they may have drifted into a neighbor's stackyard and the outcome could have been different." Amy and her husband, Gary ranch and operate Cammack Ranch Supply in Union Center. Because of their ranch supply business, they understand that they are not alone in their loss of cattle. Each day, they visit with customers whose stories mirror their own or are much worse. "This goes beyond economics. I don't know a single rancher, that when he pulled over the hill on horseback or snow mobile and saw the carnage thought about economic loss," said Gary, who also serves as District 29 State Representative. "Their first thought was far from economics. Their first thought was their responsibility to care for those animals. And there those animals lay dead in a pile." He added, that like his wife, their next thought was, 'what could I have done differently?' Of all those impacted by the Continued on Page 4
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Faith News
By Loretta Passolt
October has come and is almost gone, with typical fall weather. That means that Christmas isn’t far behind! The early part of the week was quite chilly, in the 40s. We were in the 60s one day and 50s a couple days near the end of the week. The nights have been below freezing. For those who saw in the paper where Rebecca Rodriguez is walking from Texas to Canada, she spent Friday night with Vaughn and Lois Meyer. She asked if she could set up her tent in their yard. Lois told her that wouldn’t be necessary and invited her into their home for the night. She had supper with them. Lois said they found her very nice and interesting to visit with. Lois served her breakfast in the morning and she went on her way, hoping to make it to the Slim Buttes by evening. Vaughn and Lois live on a ranch located where Sorum used to be. Lois is Garnet Gaaskjolen’s daughter. Garnet Gaaskjolen visited with Keith and Roxi Gaaskjolen on Saturday. She had dinner with them and being a weekend Sarah was home from college so she and son Eli visited at Keith’s too. Marge Hoffman flew to Colorado Springs, CO for five days to attend the outdoor wedding of a niece. She said she stayed at the Broadmore Resort and said it was one of the nicest places she’d ever stayed at. The countryside there is also beautiful with mountains, etc. She also got to visit with another niece and nephew on her side of the family while she was there. Marge also said that Mary Mooney’s family was hosting a party for her 80th birthday this past Tuesday, 29th. Many in our area know Mary. We want to wish her many more! Cindy Escott had a letter from Ellen Simon. She is doing really well, and continues to be her doctor's "miracle kid"! She is helping with an upcoming fund-raising craft and bake sale for the local high school. She said she enjoys getting the Faith paper, and just wishes more people would put their news in it. Paul and I made a road trip to Marmarth, ND last Friday to take Melissa’s dog, Bella back to her. Melissa and Nick’s girlfriend, Renee came down from the McGregor area to get her and get some things done around the house and yard. Jeremy and Nick were working. We finally got to see their remodeled basement and also Nick’s new house. It’s not a new house but it’s new to him. We played a couple games of cards and got in lots of visiting. We spent the night and came home Saturday after lunch. It was a nice weekend for a drive, and we had a good time.
We noticed there were several large areas with water sitting from the melted snow. Didn’t notice many power poles that were replaced, but I’m sure there were, probably off the main roads. The football team ended their regular season last Thursday night on their home field with a big win over Timber Lake. The Longhorns traveled to Wall for the first round of playoffs this past Tuesday night, 29th. Wall was undefeated, 8-0, and Faith was 7-1. Harding County was #3 and took on #2 Kadoka Area. The boys have had a great season! The B & A volleyball girls will be traveling to Takini for games this Thursday night. The district tournament starts next Tuesday, November 5th and continues on the 7th and 8th. This Thursday night is Halloween. Be careful if you’re out driving around town, etc. and watch for those little ones out trick or treating. They can’t see very well in their costumes. Hope the weather isn’t too cold! The past few years have been pretty nice. The high for the day is projected to be in the mid 40s, getting to the 30s by nightfall. It will be a little chilly. We had a record high of 81º in 1999, and a record low of 8º in 2002, so be prepared for anything! Remember to set your clocks back this Saturday night before you go to bed. Daylight Savings Time ends so we’ll be back to normal time!
Lindskov selected as 2014 South Dakota Teacher of the Year
LuAnn Lindskov, Timber Lake High School math and science teacher, has been selected as the 2014 South Dakota Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made during a banquet at the Cedar Shore Conference Center in Oacoma. Lindskov, who lives in Isabel, is a National Board Certified Teacher. She is a member of Black Hills State University’s QuarkNet, a group of South Dakota science teachers who study subatomic physics and network their students with physicists and students from around the world to collect and share cosmic radiation data. In summer 2011, she was selected for and attended BootCamp in advanced particle physics research at the FermiLab National Laboratory near Chicago. “The caliber of candidates for this honor is second to none. I commend them all. I’m thrilled that LuAnn is being recognized for her holistic approach to education,” said South Dakota Secretary of Education Melody Schopp. “She’s connected and therefore keeps her students connected to the community, region, state and country.” A panel of educators from across the state selected Lindskov from among five regional finalists. In addition to Lindskov, other finalists included: Mindy Foltz, Rosholt School District; Donna DeKraai, Brookings School District; Sonya Fossum, Mitchell School District; and Tammy Jo Schlechter, Custer School District. As recipient of the honor, Lindskov receives $9,000 in cash prizes and a $7,000 technology package to use in her classroom. Prize packages are made possible through the generosity of private businesses and organizations. In addition, Lindskov will represent South Dakota as a candidate for the National Teacher of the Year award. The National Teacher of the Year Program began in 1952 and continues as the oldest, most prestigious national honors program that focuses public attention on excellence in teaching. The 2014 National Teacher of the Year will be announced during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in April.
Blizzard costs
storm, Gary is most concerned about young cattle producers who were just starting out; and then he added, "young or old, if you see 50 to 80 percent of your herd and equity lost within 48-hours, that can be devastating." David Koupal reiterates Gary's statement. Koupal is an instructor for the South Dakota Center for Farm/Ranch Management at Mitchell Technical Institute. Throughout the disaster, he worked closely with SDSU Extension personnel and area ranchers as a third-party verifier. "You cry with them and understand their pain," said Koupal, also a cattle rancher. "And together you try to find a bright spot among all the devastation like every time you find a live animal or hear that some of your cows that you thought were dead are actually alive in the neighbor's pasture 10 miles away." He went on to share an experience that happened while he was verifying hundreds of dead cows on a ranch. The rancher spotted a live cow and shook his head in disbelief. "The rancher began to tell me a story about how in 1997 after a blizzard, not as bad as this one, but bad enough that he lost a lot of cattle, there was a heifer calf
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who survived. He nursed the heifer through pneumonia that winter and she had the first calf that spring. The rancher named that calf Hope," Koupal said. "And that cow he spotted; she was Hope. I retell this true story to remind people that there is still hope out there." For many ranchers hope is found within their neighbors and friends, said David Ollila, SDSU Extension Sheep Field Specialist and a sheep and cattle producer from Newell. "This situation is certainly disheartening and sad, but the spirit of the American rancher lives on. Ranchers are resilient people and will do what needs to be done," Ollila said. "Within the ranching community we are helping each other and doing what needs to be done. Working together to help our neighbors regardless of how financially hurt we are." To learn more about how the blizzard impacted South Dakota livestock producers, visit iGrow.org. To donate to the Rancher Relief Fund, visit iGrow.org and link to the Rancher Relief Fund. For assistance or to volunteer, call 211 or 1-877-708-4357 to reach the Volunteers Organized Against Disaster.
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Opal Area News
By Kay Ingalls
Another week of storm recovery so not a lot of social activity. Thankful for nicer weather for that discouraging job. Tuesda,y Dwayne Vig flew to Pierre to attend the funeral services for Lil Briggs. Zona took Rebecca and her push cart to the Royal Center School corner to help her on her way walking to Canada. Spud and Bernice Lemmel went to Whitewood on Tuesday to Rorey Lemmel's place to pick up Ronnie's stud horse, back to the ranch to pick up 3 more horses and took all into Ronnie's in Faith. They then loaded up four of the kids’ 4-H horses to bring out to the ranch.  That appears to be a break-even deal, took 4 and brought 4 back. Carmen Heidler attended the sewing day at the Opal Church basement on Friday.  John attended the evening gathering at the Union Center Community Center for livestock producers and anyone interested in what kind of help is available to people as a result of the storm.   Howard and I went to Rapid City on Friday for a day of appointments.  We came home in time to stop at Union Center and attend the supper and meeting. Hugh and Eleanor Ingalls were also down for the gathering. Rod, Tracy and Justin Ingalls also went to Rapid City on Friday for appointments and shopping.  Some hold-up time on the New Underwood cut across road due to road repairs, but will sure be nice when completed. Sure would be wonderful if the Stoneville Road would be the next paving project as that road is the pits. Saturday afternoon, Paul and Debbie Delbridge spent time at the Marlin and Ethel Ingalls place where they were joined by Marlin and Ethel for an afternoon of fencing.  Not sure if that is a social event, but sure seems to always be an necessity and was a simply beautiful fall day. John and Carmen Heidler got to entertain the Heidler granddaughters on Saturday. Lisle Reeve had a surprise overnight visit on Saturday from his sister Merle and husband Larry from Boise, ID. I went to Sturgis, via of Rita Bestgen's, on Saturday, stopping briefly there before going on into Sturgis to pick up some supplies and then spent the afternoon visiting with sisters Freda Wilson and Clara Beth Peterson and her daughter LuAnn Carlson from Sioux Falls.  We all joined other family and friends that evening at the Sturgis Vet's Club for supper and dancing and celebrating the 65th wedding anniversary of Vern and Rosalie Simons.  Bill and Verna Simons came up from Colorado and several of the children of Ardell and Gwen Simons also joined the cousins for the celebration.  Sundae Orwick also stopped in and she is from Winnemucca, NV. She had been to Bismarck and stopped by on her way home to visit her folks, Wayne and Joyce Simons. Sunday, the Lemmel family
spent time picking up livestock panels from the summer pasture area that had been set up for their summer herd owners to collect their livestock. Bernice said they needed to use the road for a loading corral because of mud. Dwayne Vig flew up to Prairie City on Sunday to preach and then spend another hour in the air checking for stray cattle and down fences. Dave Morrison and Bret Burress gave a Christian music presentation at the Opal Community Church on Sunday for the church's harvest festival gathering.  A great potluck meal and fellowship followed. The month of October is coming to an end this week and in spite of the storm and recovery it seems the month went by very fast, making oh so much winter closer. Lots of calves going to market and being weaned is another sign of late fall.
Central Meade County News
By Sandy Rhoden
The weekend was pleasant and sunny, but the wind came up with much colder temperatures on Sunday night to remind us that we were in South Dakota and November is closing in. The white stuff made its way to Central Meade County on Monday morning. Soldiers of the Cross began last week with over 30 youth in attendance. Those traveling on Highway 34 from Enning to Sturgis may have noticed some small signs of encouragement along the route. The Soldiers of the Cross 2nd4th grade class of Melanie Cammack's painted signs to put along the highway to send the messages that hopefully will bring some comfort and support to our ranch families. Sheri and Lynn Spring took the time to put the signs up for all to be encouraged by. Donna Cammack did a visiting tour last Friday in Sturgis. She had lunch with Scott and Jeannie Cammack, and later visited with Ardis Smiley, Dot French, and Leona Bruch. On her way home she stopped in to visit her twin sister Deloris and husband Bill. She dedicated her trip totally to visiting and came home with no purchased items. Lucky, Irene and Josh Lee stopped in for a visit on Saturday at Floyd and Donna Cammack's. The Friday night meeting and supper held for area ranchers in Union Center was very well attended. There were tables around the CMC Community Center sponsored by bankers, farm organizations, health entities, etc. who were there to be of help with information and needed assistance. Bob and Aggie Jones traveled on Wednesday to Sioux Falls to visit their daughter, Anna and her husband. Sylvia Rhoden has spent over a week with her mother in Minnesota and is expected to return home sometime this week. Bob and Susie Young had a new home delivered that was pre-built and moved in to the west of their original home. This will be a big change after raising their family in the home that they have lived in for well over 30 years. October is Pastor Appreciation Month. On Sunday, Pastor Wes Labrier was honored during Sunday service with some special comments. Wes and Sue were also presented with gift certificates to use at the local businesses for a Central Meade County shopping spree. Jayde and Dana Keffeler, Travis and Jone Enright, along with the Afdahls enjoyed a trip to Las Vegas. They attended many attractions and appeared to have a great time after observing the pictures of their trip on facebook. The Faith Longhorns were scheduled to meet with Wall on Tuesday night to see who would move on to the football playoffs. Faith Longhorns lost their first string quarterback to knee surgery, so they have been working on that adjustment. However, they beat Timber Lake handily last week. Wall is undefeated at this time so it should be a good game. Many of the ranchers who had cattle to sell or ship have done so or are in the process of doing so. Some are working on getting large tree branches cleaned up after the Atlas snow storm.
Cow roll-over for S.D. Ranchers’ relief fund
Bob Young, his two sons, Robby and Matthew, and their three households donated a black baldy heifer for a roll-over auction at Philip Livestock Auction. The October 19 sale brought $12,806 to go to the South Dakota Ranchers’ relief fund. “We were one of the very fortunate ones (after the storm),” said B. Young. “I have some neighbors who lost a fourth to half to 60 percent of their livestock production. We decided to give back and help out. PLA has always been supportive of my family.” Other roll-over auctions have been held at different places since this roll-over. “It was an ice-breaker, and it’s getting started every where,” said B. Young.
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Page 6 • October 30, 2013 • The Faith Independent New program at Lynn’s Dakotamart rewards shoppers & schools when rotisserie chickens are purchased
Minneapolis, MN - (October 21, 2013) - Now through December, all FAITH  area schools and LYNN'S DAKOTAMART  stores are working together to earn donations from the Gold'n Plump® brand of deli rotisserie chicken. The money raised is unrestricted, meaning it can be used for school operating expenses or educational enrichment, such as field trips, art, technology and physical fitness. "Earning donations for a product purchase is new for us," says Rory Bidinger, brand advocacy and marketing manager for Gold'n Plump. Patterned after similar label redemption programs that pay schools for proofs-of-purchase, the Minnesota-based chicken provider is working with Labels 2 Learn, a "next generation" program that takes redemptions online to eliminate tedious cutting and sorting of physical labels. To earn a donation, buy a specially marked Gold'n Plump rotisserie chicken found in the deli at LYNN'S DAKOTAMART stores while supplies last, then redeem the Cash Code located on the inside of the sleeve at www.Labels2Learn.com.    "Labels 2 Learn is another way Gold'n Plump helps busy parents save time," adds Bidinger.  "They can now support their child's school while shopping for a quick, healthy family meal -- and school volunteers can do something besides count labels." "Because this program is more efficient, we can help people really stretch their dollar," explains Bidinger. "We donate twenty cents for every Cash Code redeemed online to the customer's chosen school, which is up to four times higher than similar programs." To Gold'n Plump, says Bidinger, participating in the program is "a way to thank loyal customers and a natural extension of our commitment to healthy families and good chicken." According to Labels 2 Learn, most schools feel the squeeze of tighter budgets, making them increasingly dependent on multiple fundraisers that often lead to "fundraising fatigue." Automatic spending cuts required through "sequestration" will lead to $3 billion in federal education cuts, according to the National Education Association.  Schools will raise about $1.4 billion this year to balance their budgets, and one in five schools holds six or more fundraising events per year, says the Association of Fund-Raising Distributors & Suppliers. Per-student spending in South Dakota has decreased  7.4  per cent in between 2008 and 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, and on average, about 44 percent of total education expenditures come from state funds. About Gold'n Plump® Chicken - Good Chicken is Our Mission Gold'n Plump® is distributed nationally by St. Cloud, MNbased GNP Company - a familyowned provider of premium branded and custom chicken products to retail, deli and foodservice customers. The brand's good chicken mission centers on being truly all-natural, highly trimmed and free of unwanted solution, skin and parts. The company employs about 1,600 people and partners with nearly 350 family farmers in Minnesota and Wisconsin to produce wholesome, high-quality chicken. To learn more about the Gold'n Plump brand and its products, as well as find great recipes, general cooking and safe handling tips and nutrition information, visit GoldnPlump.com. For more information about the company, visit GNPCompany.com.   About Labels 2 Learn: Labels 2 Learn enables Gold'n Plump and other consumer brands to redirect a portion of their advertising budgets directly to the financial support of K-12 schools. Products that carry L2L Cash Codes can be redeemed for cash at www.Labels2Learn.com with a smartphone, barcode scanner or keyboard. L2L donations are unrestricted, and 100% of the donation amount is paid directly to participating schools. Thank you for helping to fund great school experiences for our kids!
Growing in Agriculture
SD Sec. of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch
The blizzard and lessons learned Life and death are intertwined with animal agriculture. It’s a harsh reality, but as the old saying goes, “those who do not lose any livestock are the ones who do not have any livestock.” Our farmers and ranchers are prepared for that reality, but nothing could prepare us – or our livestock – for the devastating early season blizzard of Oct. 4 – 7, now called “Winter Storm Atlas.” Thousands of cattle perished in the relentless onslaught of driving wind, freezing rain and heavy snow that pounded our communities, landscapes and the livestock of western South Dakota. This storm was an indiscriminate killer; it took the lives of cattle, sheep, horses, buffalo, deer and antelope. Adding to the loss, many ranchers were only days away from marketing their calves, paying their bills and reinvesting for the future. This event is about more than just the loss of livestock; the story goes deeper. The farmers and ranchers involved in animal agriculture provide our country and the world with access to high quality protein. The producers who lost livestock in this storm lost more than just the product of one growing season; they lost years of work. In many cases, a steadfast commitment over multiple generations to developing their herd’s genetic traits vanished in a matter of hours. For many ranchers, the inability to protect their livestock has caused a reoccurring feeling of guilt. Clearly, this was not their fault. Winter Storm Atlas ambushed the world of our ranching families, but our fiercely independent producers will live on and rebuild. Even though many experienced sobering losses, they maintain the pioneering spirit of our ancestors. Hope remains. In the days following the devastation, we quickly saw the outpouring of support for our affected communities and producers. Whether it was a phone call, a brief visit, a helping hand, a couple hours of volunteer labor, the loan of needed equipment or a financial gift, South Dakotans showed up. With miles and miles of fences to repair and seed stock to replace, the chores aren’t done yet. The road to recovery is aided through your generosity. If you have enjoyed success in agriculture or have enjoyed life’s blessings, please consider a donation to the “Rancher Relief Fund” at www.GiveBlackHills.org Please keep our ranchers and their families in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you.
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Gov. Daugaard signs executive order to deal with propane shortage
Due to extremely low inventories and outages of propane products in South Dakota, Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed an executive order to assure expedited commercial delivery of those products. “The continued transportation of propane is essential for agricultural operations in South Dakota,’’ Gov. Daugaard said. “We need to assure that the supplies of propane are maintained to enable our producers to carry on normal operations.’’ The Governor’s order declares a state of emergency and exempts delivery of propane from federal motor carrier regulations on drivers’ hours of service. Although hours of service have been temporarily suspended for commercial deliveries, companies may not require or allow fatigued drivers to make deliveries, Gov. Daugaard said. The executive order expires at midnight Nov. 30, 2013. 
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October Students of the Month
Cross country coach is retiring
By Trey Grubl and Connor Smith Coach and teacher Marlene Gustafson is going to retire in May. She has been coaching Cross Country since 1992, and also coached track from 1982 until 2010. Track is her favorite sport to coach because she participated in it, and won the state championship in high school. But cross country is like one big family because they all get along well. The most successful year in cross country was 1996 because Mike McDaniel won individual in state, and the boys won the state title. The boys team included Mike McDaniel, Nick Passolt, Allen Demaret, Eric Gustafson, and Jamie Thomas. Her most successful time in track was when the girls won the 4 by 100 3 years in a row. She motivated her players by giving them words of encouragement and tell them yes, you can do it. Mrs. Gustafson will sure be missed!
Cooper Schuelke is the son of Cody and Meridee Schuelke, and is a kindergarten this year. Cooper shows respect with his manners and his words. He is always very kind and always willing to help out his friends, classmates, and teachers.
Brooklyn Hanson is a 7th grade student and the daughter of Bret and Karri Hanson. Brooklyn displays integrity and honesty. She treats her classmates with kindness, compassion, and respect. She always shows up on time with an excellent attitude, and ready to work hard.
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Seth Drum is son of Gary and Karleen Drum, and is a 7th grader this year. He is always honest, works well with others. Seth is always courteous to all students, even when they disagree.
Kailyn Groves is the daughter of Kevin and Buffy Groves. She is an 8th grader. Kailyn always shows up on time to class, and ready to work. She shows respect to all the teachers, and her fellow students.
Wyatt Schuelke, a sophomore, is always ready to help out in any way, and treats all other students fairly and kindly. Wyatt lives by Opal, and he is the son of Kirk and Stacy Schuelke. He always does his work, and more. Wyatt always respects the teacher and authority.  
JJ Halligan is the son of Murdock and Lynn Halligan, and is a junior this year. You can count on JJ if some student or teacher have a question and need an honest answer. JJ always turns his work in on time. He goes above and beyond in the pursuit of excellence both in academics and sports.
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Karli Kilby is the daughter of Rusty and Michelle Kilby, and is a senior this year. Karli always is very trustworthy and is reliable, so you always can count on her.  She turns work in on time and treats everyone equally throughout the day.
Brooke Enright is the daughter of Travis and Jone Enright. Her teacher says that she chose Brooke because she is always respectful to teachers and classmates. Brooke has always stood up and performed when others have backed down or been unable to. Brooke is a senior.
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Faith versus Gettysburg
By Katie Bogue and Jami Derflinger
The Lady Longhorns played Gettysburg (Potter County) on Friday, the 25th. The scores of the matches were (varsity) 1925, 15-25, and 7-25, and (JV) 2510, 21-25, and 11-25. “We came out strong but had a few too many simple mistakes! They are definitely beatable, we just have to show up to play and finish the games!” were senior, Shanna Selby’s thoughts on the game. She played a great game, leading the serves with three aces and the sets with five assists. The player that stood out, however, was Teagan Engel. “Teagan was just a beast in the front row against Potter County. She led the team in blocks with 13 solo blocks and 7 block assists. Potter County had quite a few decent hitters so having her put up a big game like this really helped us” said coach Grueb. Teagan also tied in kills with Michaelah Martin, having three each. Michaelah also led the serve receives, with 23, and tied Maddy Vance in digs, both having six. “Once again, we started out playing really well and then just fell apart. Volleyball is such a game of momentum. In the second and third sets we just couldn’t get any momentum going and it seemed like we couldn’t get anything to go our way,” were Coach Ali Grueb’s thoughts. The girls know what they need to work on, and will get it worked out in practice so they can come back with some fire and win.
Football team ends regular season with 1 loss
By Shali Sheridan and Kianna Fisher
The best way to end the regular season is with a win, and the Longhorns got just that on Thursday night against the Timber Lake Panthers. The Longhorns finished on a good note with their win, 42-7. The Longhorns are now fourth in their region heading into the playoffs. Faith came to play Thursday night scoring 18 points in the first quarter, and 24 in the second. Dalton Sheridan had 4 touchdown passes on 97 yards passing, Tyler Hohenberger grabbing all 4 of those touchdown passes. Rushing leaders were Clay Bernstein with 94 yards, Josh Afdahl with 56 yards, and Wyatt Schuelke with 30 yards. Assistant Coach Travis Grueb said, “Well, we finally got off to a good start and came out and hit well.” We also talked to Jake Foster about the game, “It was a good game for the JV to get in and get some minutes, and for us to work on making sure there’s no change in the game when varsity comes out.” On the first-round playoff game with Wall, Travis told us, “We’re going to have to bring it for all 4 quarters; ‘relentless’ is going to be the key word.” The Longhorns will be kicking off the postseason by traveling to Wall to face Wall on their home field at 5:30.
Student creativity could unleash a $750 prize
YANKTON, S.D. – Telling the story of South Dakota’s healthcare workforce shortage or cleverly promoting healthcare careers could produce a cash prize for high school students. The 2014 Healthcare Video Contest is underway. South Dakota students, grades 9 through 12, are encouraged to create a short video addressing health career shortages or boosting health career awareness. In the decade leading up to 2020, more than 8,000 new healthcare workers will be needed in South Dakota. There will be a 17 percent decrease in high school graduates between 2002 and 2018. By the year 2025, the number of elderly in South Dakota will double. This creates a challenging situation to meet potential growing demand with a declining supply of workers. Videos will be judged on four criteria: educational value, entertainment value, originality and content. Videos are to be 5 minutes or less with no more than five participants per team. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top three teams in each category: first, $750; second, $500; and third, $250. The contest is sponsored by the SD Association of Health Care Organizations, the SD Healthcare Workforce Center and Yankton Rural Area Health Education Center (YRAHEC). Entries will focus on one of two categories: healthcare workforce shortage in South Dakota or the promotion of healthcare careers. The contest aims to bring a greater awareness to high school students, their peers and others about the demand for healthcare workers in the state. Contact your high school counselor or health science teacher for more information. Also visit www.yrahec.org for contest details, forms and rules. Telephone YRAHEC at 605-6551400. Entry deadline to YRAHEC is January 6, 2014.
Lady ‘Horns travel to Timber Lake
By Jami Derflinger and Katie Bogue
The Lady Longhorns played the Timber Lake Panthers last week and put up a good fight, even though they didn’t pull out the win. The scores of the JV game were 15-25 and 16-25, and the scores of the varsity game were 19-25, 16-25, and 19-25. “They were a tough team to play and it was some good competition for us. However, we did start to dig ourselves a hole and just got down on ourselves,” were senior Karli Kilby’s thought on the game. Karli led the team in sets with 10 assists, and tied Maddy Vance and Shanna Selby on kills, having five each. Teagan Engel had six solo blocks. Maddy Vance led the digs, having 13, the receives, having 16, and tied Brooklyn Schauer with three aces. Brooklyn was also named player of the game by her coach, Ali Grueb. “Brooklyn rotated in to play one spot in the front row and served for us. She served up quite a few aces and consistently got the ball over and in.” “Our ‘elephant trunks’ as we call them, single-handedly lost this game for us. It is a matter of moving our feet and anticipating hits and serves; we need to focus on getting our passes in our midline.” The coach wasn’t too happy about this game, but the girls have been working hard and you can expect them to come back with some attitude and prove how good of a team they really are.
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Beef industry scholarship awarded to Bobbie Till
South Dakota Stockgrowers Association and the South Dakota Cattlewomen awarded the Guy E Ham Beef Industry Scholarship to Bobbie Till during the 122nd Annual Convention on September 28. Bobbie is the daughter of George and Lisa Till from Dupree, South Dakota.  She graduated from Dupree High School in 2012 and is currently in her second year at Black Hills State University where she is studying Veterinary Medicine. She plans to pursue an advanced degree and become a large animal veterinarian. Shane Kolb, Past President of the SD Stockgrowers presented Bobbie with the $1,000 scholarship and said, "What really stands out is Bobbie's dedication to working for causes and other people.  Bobbie volunteers her time for things like children's shoe drives and tutoring events, cancer fundraisers, veterans events, and a long list of other items that will surely make a difference in our communities.  The Guy E Ham Beef Industry Scholarship was endowed t the SD Stockgrowers and the SD Cattlewomen in memory of Guy Ham. Ham had a deep commitment to the education of young leaders in agriculture and was a strong advocate for higher education in agriculture. More information about the scholarship can be found by visiting www.southdakotastockgrowers.c om.
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‘Still in the cow business’ - SD Ranchers share trials, humility and cowboy spirit
By Carrie Stadheim Courtesy Tri-State Livestock News Marvin Jobgen: Still in the cow business “You can spend all day on the dead ones but you need to spend more time on the live ones,” Scenic, S.D., rancher Marvin Jobgen said. In the days following the already infamous early autumn storm “Atlas” that chilled animals with freezing rain and blew and scattered them for miles, dropping several feet of snow in some cases, Jobgen discovered scenes not viewed in a rancher’s worst nightmares. “In one pasture we turned out 126 pairs and we came back out of there with 26 cows and 90 calves,” Jobgen reported, explaining that his cattle are “scattered out” on several summer pastures including community grazing allotments. “One deal was about 15 percent loss on cows and very few calves,” he said, adding that in one particular pasture the cattle sought shelter in an old shed and all were survivors. “Our allotments have pretty good protection but the cattle drifted through badlands creeks and I think some of them breathed in so much water they basically drowned.” Jobgen said that in another pasture, cows dropped down off a big steep ridge in the badlands, plunging to their death in an ugly pile of water, snow, mud and cattle. “It just depended on where you were and the lay of the terrain and what creeks caught the cattle,” he explained. Accurate counts won’t be possible until fall work is done because some cattle remain mixed with the neighbors’ cattle. Good brands are always crucial to the ranchers in that country for identifying ownership in the fall, and because Jobgens have good relationships with their neighbors, they don’t worry about cattle that might have drifted into places they aren’t aware of. “We run in a lot of common pastures so these dead cattle in the creeks, you don’t know if they are yours or a neighbor’s. Until we all get cattle home and start vaccinating and getting counts ... then we’ll get a lot better number of individual losses coming out of these allotments.” Jobgen said his cattle are all hot branded for ownership and freeze branded for herd identification so he eventually expects to be able to tally all the live ones, giving him an accounting on the dead ones as well. “You know what you had going in but so many drifted through fences, you know how many you are coming out with but you don’t know which pastures they started in.” Right now trailing cattle that drifted back toward home is a daily task and Jobgen said his horses are getting weary. “I think they just want to run away when they see me coming,” he joked. “You can’t get too far with the cattle in this mud,” Jobgen added. “They are a little confused but their health seems to be good. The worst of the storm only lasted 13 or 14 hours,” he said. Jogben said he had planned, as usual, to sell his steer calves at the end of October and wean his heifer calves. Now he’ll be weaning all of the calves and figuring out when to market the steers. He’s also working to get the dead ones disposed of but the mud isn’t helping. “Down here in the Badlands if you go off the road when it’s this muddy, it doesn’t matter what you are driving, you are stuck.” Jobgen worries about younger ranchers with loans on cattle or horses. “There were neighbors who lost some really valuable horses. Not $250 killer horses, well-bred horses with stud fees up to $6,000. They’re entire livelihoods revolve around raising or breaking horses,” Jobgen said, commenting on one neighbor who trains horses who lost 10 of the 11 geldings he was breaking and another neighbor that lost 38 mares and colts. The government shutdown had caused further trouble for some ranchers with USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) loans, he said. “They sold cattle and had their check in hand to pay off loans but their check had to be co-signed by the FSA office and the offices were closed.” Some ranchers were paying hundreds of dollars a day in interest, Jobgen said. Jobgen said 2013 was shaping up to be the best year of his ranching career. “Financially, things were looking awfully bright and now they are not, so any purchases we were considering are history, it’s not going to happen.” Looking ahead, Jobgen said he might try to buy some cows if he can. “Otherwise we’ll just do what we’ve always done, tighten up the budget, save back more heifers and buckle down for a couple of years until we can pay the bills. We’re still in the cow business, we started with a heck of a lot less.” But he worries about the younger operators who lost as much as 90 percent of their herds. “It will be two years before we can get a check out of these heifer calves and some of these young guys can’t wait that long. They’ve got to get cows back in the pasture.” To help the younger rancher, Jobgen would like to see some kind of assistance that might fill in after a potential farm bill payment of 65 to 75 percent of market value. “I’d rather see these young guys get a cow in the pasture than money in their pocket. It would be the best for them and the whole economy.” Derflingers: Good cover wasn’t enough done, every time we have a blizzard we come out okay because we have such good protection.” Derflinger shared concern over a neighbor whose cows drifted six miles before walking blindly into a dugout and never making it out. Derflinger is unsure how he will pay the bills this fall. “It’s tight every year anyway. It’s really bad now. Something’s got to change now,” he said. Marti Jo said she hopes their story can be an encouragement to others “fighting the same battle.” “I just hope we never have to go through this again,” he said, recalling a book he had once read that spoke of a matador cowboy who crossed the Cheyenne River after a spring storm in 1906 or 1907 “on dead steers.” Derflinger thought that must have been an exaggeration. “I believe it now,” he said. Paul Erk: Worst blizzard ever In the “earliest and worst” blizzard he had ever seen, Newell, S.D., rancher Paul Erk said he lost cows, calves and sheep. Still he “got by pretty good” compared to some of his neighbors, he reported. “I’ve seen longer storms and I’ve seen colder storms, but this was the hardest on livestock I’ve seen,” he said of the Oct. 4-5 storm that included an inch and a half of freezing rain followed by about two feet of snow and up to 70 mph winds on his ranch. Many older cows sought shelter or lay down but the younger cows drifted and experienced bigger death loss, he noted. “The cattle weren’t acclimated. They were still slick-haired. It doesn’t matter where you look, out on a flat, in a creek, they are just dead. They wore themselves out.” Erk, who sells registered Rambouillet bucks, said a Canadian customer was determined to meet him on Saturday to pick up bucks. “I told him he wouldn’t be able to get in here but he was determined, he said he had an appointment on Monday at the port. So we fought our way out on Sunday to find the rams,” Erk said, adding that those stud rams had drifted over in a corral. “There Continued on Page 11
Marti Jo shared thoughts about their beloved stallion, Oklahoma Krash, yet another casualty of the storm." We lost this big, beautiful boy and have been reeling from the sadness of it all. Krash, you will live on in our memories and never be forgotten. Looking forward to your crop of colts next spring but know it will be bittersweet." Photo by Marti Jo Derflinger Bucky and Marti Jo Derflinger, who ranch with their daughter Jami near Opal, S.D., know too well the feeling of discovering a large percentage of their herd gone. Derflinger, who’s current tallies indicate around 65 cows and 45-plus calves dead, said he woke up several mornings in hopes of a new beginning after a terrible dream. “It was awful finding all those dead cows but when we found our stud, Oklahoma Krash, dead, that was not cool. That was really tough,” he said, of the horse they had foaled on the ranch in April of 2007. Family photographs show Krash waiting attentively as Bucky doctors calves, being ridden by a jockey in regional horse races and affectionately nuzzling Jami. The horses had the best protection, he said, in the bottom of a draw about 200 feet deep that never collected much snow. “We’ve never lost a horse in a blizzard and we lost 12 head this time.” He could see where the horses had spent most of the time in that draw and then finally drifted out and perished. The storm claimed mostly young cows out of his herd of approximately 200, he reports. “We only lost two cows that we know of, over eight years old,” he said, adding that some new fall calves drifted eight miles with the other cattle and survived, while many of their mothers did not. “The cows were fat, as fat as they’ve ever been,” he said. “It seems like we lost our best cows. It doesn’t make any sense.” Losing cow families that had been built on a careful AI program, using the breed’s top sires for the past several years, is particularly heartbreaking, Derflinger said. In the 11 years he’s been on the place, Derflinger has never seen drifts as high as he saw from this storm. “One draw drifted shut and buried them,” he said. “We’ve had three spring blizzards in a row that didn’t fill that draw.” After sorting with his wife, daughter and neighbors for several days, the family then slowly trailed the remaining tired and weak cattle home. “They wouldn’t go through a snow bank. They’d had enough of that,” he said, adding that they left a few along the way that refused to step in even a couple of inches of snow. Burying the dead is not a project that will be completed in a day or two. “It’s so muddy here we can’t even begin to get to them until it dries out a little,” he said. “Everyone has really pulled together, it’s good to have good neighbors and family,” he added, noting that the biggest thing he’s learned from the blizzard is that he can prepare the best way he knows but ultimately the weather is out of his control. “Mother Nature was pretty mean this time. I don’t know what else I could have
Livestock lost during "Atlas" are being gathered into piles across Western South Dakota in preparation for rendering trucks or to be disposed of in designated pits. Livestock producers will not quickly recover from the phyisical and mental toll of this nauseating job. Photo by Heather (Hamilton) Maude
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Grand River Roundup
By Betty Olson
We had almost a whole week of fall before winter returned this Monday. I got my root vegetables dug and the hoses, sprinklers, garden tools and lawnmowers stored away. Now if we had all the downed tree branches hauled out of the yard, we’d almost be ready for winter!    Tuesday was the annual meeting of the High Plains Western Heritage Center in Spearfish at the Heritage Center. Our vice president, Loren Christensen, has been a director for several years. This year Loren decided to step away and let someone else fill his spot, so Mick Harrison was elected to be the new vice president.   We lost more old friends this week. Dora (Bohnsack) Johnson, 96, from Reeder, ND, passed away Saturday, October 19th, at the Edgewood Vista Assisted Living Center in Billings. Dora’s funeral was Saturday in Reeder with burial at the Rose Hill Cemetery. Vivian "Sis" (Anderson) Nichols, 89, passed away on Sunday, October 20th, at Fountain Springs Healthcare in Rapid City. Sis’ funeral was held on Monday in Reeder and she was also buried in the Rose Hill Cemetery. Herb Kolb, 89, passed away on Thursday morning, October 24, at the Five Counties Nursing Home in Lemmon. Herb’s funeral was also on Monday in Bison and he was buried with Military Honors at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. Herb was a real cowboy and a dear friend who took over the city cop job in Bison from my father during my last year in high school. Every Sunday morning Herb would come up to our café where I was waiting tables and, with that big grin of his, let me know exactly what time I’d gotten home on Saturday night. Never once was he wrong! My sister and I tried to spot Herb when we came home late, but we never could locate him. A year after I was out of high school I came home one day and Mom sent me down to the grocery store to pick up something for the cafe. My sister Judy had just gotten a new-to-her Volkswagen and I drove it downtown. After picking up the groceries, I got back in the Volkswagen and couldn’t figure out how to put it in reverse to back away from the curb, so I just drove up on the sidewalk and turned the car around...just as Herb drove by. He pulled me over, heard what my problem was and chewed me out before he explained to me that I needed to push down on the shift lever to get it in reverse. And he grinned all the time he was reprimanding me! Herb was later elected as the Perkins County Sheriff and honorably served that office for sixteen years. Rest in peace old friend, you served Perkins County well.   If you didn’t get around to sending your comments to USFW to take wolves off the Endangered Species list you’ve been given more time. I’ll share this notice with you so you can get your comments sent: Fish and Wildlife Service today announced rescheduled dates for the remainder of a series of public hearings on two proposed rules — one to list the Mexican wolf as an endangered subspecies and delist the gray wolf elsewhere, and the other to improve recovery efforts for the Mexican wolf in the Southwest. Comment period deadlines also are extended until December 17 to allow the hearings to take place within the public comment periods on the proposed rules. A formal notice of these hearings and the extension of the comment period will appear in the Federal Register on October 28. To learn more about the proposed rules, view the draft Federal Register notice with the details of the public hearings, and for links to submit comments to the public record, visit www.fws.gov/home/wolfrecovery And speaking of predators, Trig killed a coyote right after the big blizzard and Casey shot two coyotes on Saturday. So far our guard dogs have been able to keep the predators away from the sheep, but there are so many coyotes, wolves and mountain lions around here that it’s only a matter of time before we lose live-
stock. The GF&P trappers are stretched way too thin and right now Perkins County is without a trapper, although a new one has been hired to take over in December.   Halloween is coming so I’d like to share this scary story Todd Trask sent me a few years ago: A BUMP IN THE NIGHT A man was walking home alone late one foggy night, when behind him he hears: BUMP… BUMP… BUMP… Walking faster, he looks back and through the fog he makes out the image of an upright casket banging its way down the middle of the street toward him. BUMP…  BUMP… BUMP… Terrified, the man begins to run toward his home, the casket bouncing quickly behind him. FASTER… FASTER… BUMP… BUMP… BUMP… He runs up to his door, fumbles with his keys, opens the door, rushes in, slams and locks the door behind him. However, the casket crashes through his door, with the lid of the casket clapping…clappity-BUMP… clappityBUMP… clappity-BUMP… on his heels, the terrified man runs. Rushing upstairs to the bathroom, the man locks himself in. His heart is pounding; his head is reeling; his breath is coming in sobbing gasps. With a loud CRASH the casket breaks down the door. Bumping and clapping toward him. The man screams and reaches for something, anything, but all he can find is a bottle of cough syrup! Desperate, he throws the cough syrup at the casket and . . . hopefully you're ready for this? The coffin stops!!!
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were $3,500 worth of rams laying on top of each other in a snow drift, but they jumped right out of there and we got them loaded.” Erk then pushed snow several miles north to Hoover to meet the customer. It was then that he received an alarming phone call. “We hadn’t even been able to get out of the yard until then, so we hadn’t seen our cattle, but we got a call that there were dead cattle found five miles south, and I started worrying.” Still without electricity as of Oct. 15, Erk said that his son, daughter-in-law and grandkids spent the weekend after the storm helping tally, sort and dispose of livestock. Neighbors were crucial too. “We are very fortunate out here. We all worked together, we did what we could for everybody else; they did what they could for us. That is what communities do.” While his original plan to ship lambs during the week of the blizzard were thwarted, Erk plans to ship his lambs in the coming days. “I’m sure they’ve lost weight,” he said, explaining that the approximately 85-pound
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lambs probably lost about 10 pounds each. But he is thankful to still have most of them. “Most of them are alive, but they look rough, really rough,” Erk said. The sheep had been hunkered down in natural shelter on Friday morning when the family decided to bring them in closer to home, after hearing news reports of a more severe blizzard than originally forecasted. “They were in a draw, we got them out of there and walked them home a mile or mile and a half. We got one pickup stuck so I walked and with two other pickups we had a time getting them out of there but we got them into the corral.” He explained that on Saturday afternoon, after turning them out of the corral, a few sheep died as a result of the cold and stress of the storm. Erk said he lost “enough” livestock, but knows others are worse off than he. “We pray for our neighbors and friends across South Dakota, and hope they keep their spirits up and keep going.”
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Page 12 • The Faith Independent • October 30, 2013 THINKING ABOUT HEALTH
By Trudy Lieberman, Rural Health News Service On October 1, millions of uninsured Americans---105,000 in South Dakota---suddenly got a new way to buy health insurance. They can now shop in the state insurance exchanges. Many of them had been shut out of the insurance market because they have pre-existing health conditions. In January it will be illegal for insurers to turn away sick people. It's expected that about 24 million people will find insurance coverage in the exchanges, and about 60 percent of them will be eligible for a subsidy to help them pay the premiums. For families with incomes hovering around the federal poverty level ($23,550 for a family of four; $11,490 for individuals) and somewhat above, subsidies will be large and might cover a good chunk of the premium. Families with higher incomes will get smaller subsidies and will have to pay most of the premium themselves. That could be a big chunk of the family budget if they choose a policy with good coverage. Customers in the exchanges will mostly be those who have no cludes freelancers, retirees not yet old enough to get Medicare, people between jobs, and families of workers whose employers provide insurance for employees but not for their spouses or kids. A Hastings, Neb., woman who is disabled because of a medical error is one of those who will be looking for an insurance deal on the exchange. She and her husband already have insurance they bought in the individual market. She had heard about the new law and went online to do a bit of research, She left her name the site of on ehealthinsurance.com, and received calls from 15 agents eager to sign her up when the exchanges opened for business. One from Florida told her if she didn't sign up quickly her application would not be accepted. The woman told me the agent's message was "'if you don't work with me on this, you've blown it, honey.'" That brings up the matter of where to go for help. One place to start is the website healthcare.gov, the entry point for people in states like South Dakota. The federal government also runs The Marketplace Call Center 1-800-318-2596. You can also look for a navigator, a real live person trained to help people enroll in a policy. They are supposed to be unbiased and can't steer consumers to any particular policy. To find one in Hastings, I clicked on LocalHelp.HealthCare.gov. It gave me three choices: a hospital in Lexington, Community Action of Nebraska, and Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, both in Lincoln. Not exactly help around the corner. Once you find your way to a list of insurance offerings either on a website or with a navigator's help, the task becomes tricky. Choosing health insurance is never easy, whether you're buying inside or outside an exchange. You don't have to rush into anything right now. Take your time and study the options. Coverage doesn't begin until January (if you sign up by December 15), and open enrollment doesn't end until March 31. If you buy a cheap policy that doesn't cover your needs when you're sick, you may be stuck with it for months until the next open enrollment. "It's a like walking into a chasm of uncertainty," the Hastings woman said. "It's a little like shopping for a used car. You don't know if you're getting a lemon."     Editor's note: The Rural Health News Service is funded by a grant from The Commonwealth Fund and distributed through the Nebraska Press Association Foundation, the Colorado Press Association and the South Dakota Newspaper Association.
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coverage and those who now buy it in what's called the individual market. If you have employer coverage, Medicare, Medicaid, or coverage from the military or the Indian Health Service, forget the exchanges. The law assumes you already have health coverage. The poorest of the poor in the 26 states that have chosen not to expand their Medicaid programs including South Dakota cannot shop in them either. They have incomes below the poverty level, and because their states have chosen not to expand, they have few options. Because of the way the law was written it was assumed that people with incomes below the poverty line would get Medicaid as well as those with incomes between 100 and 138 percent of poverty. Because of the court decision, that meant those whose incomes were 99 percent of the poverty level are out of luck if their state has chosen not to expand. Their incomes are too low for them to buy insurance on their own and unless their state offers benefits to childless adults (most don't), they can't get Medicaid either. People who have coverage they've already bought in the individual market can also check out the exchange to see if they can get a better deal. That in-
State, local, federal teams assessing blizzard damage
A team of state, local and FEMA officials are currently in Meade County conducting a preliminary assessment of damage (PDA) from the Atlas Blizzard. The assessment is an essential step toward seeking and receiving a presidential disaster declaration. This collective team is one of several working to determine how much damage to public infrastructure occurred during the blizzard. The assessments are being done in 15 counties, as well as on the Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River Indian reservations. The blizzard dumped record amounts of snow in parts of the Black Hills, closed interstates and blocked many other roads, left thousands of homes and businesses without power and killed thousands of cattle and other livestock on ranches across a wide area of western South Dakota. The PDA teams assess damage to all public infrastructure and to property of private non-profit entities, including the rural electric cooperatives. The Governor will use the results of the PDAs to determine whether a request for a presidential disaster declaration is warranted. If the President grants such a request, up to 75 percent of eligible costs could be reimbursed by the federal government. The Governor’s request does not guarantee federal funding will be made available to South Dakota. More information will become available in the following weeks.
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Johnson introduces resolution recognizing “National Bison Day”
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) led a bipartisan group of Senators in introducing a resolution designating November 2, 2013, the first Saturday of November, as “National Bison Day”. “National Bison Day is an opportunity to celebrate the bison as a living symbol of the United States,” said Johnson. “Bison not only play a central role in Native American culture, they are increasingly important in South Dakota and across the nation as bison ranching and interest in this great mammal have grown.” The “National Bison Day” resolution outlines the historical, cultural, and economic significance of the bison to the United States. It also notes the cultural and economic importance of the bison to many Indian tribes.  Joining Senator Johnson in this effort were Senators Enzi (R-WY), Baldwin (D-WI), Bennet (D-CO), Cochran (R-MS), Gillibrand (D-NY), Hatch (R-UT), Heinrich (D-NM), Heitkamp (DND), Hoeven (R-ND), Johanns (R-NE), Lee (R-UT), Moran (RKS), Portman (R-OH), Schumer (D-NY), Tester (D-MT), Thune (D-SD), Udall (D-NM), and Whitehouse (D-RI). The text of the “National Bison Day” resolution is below. Senate Resolution Designating November 2, 2013, as ‘‘National Bison Day’’. Whereas bison are considered a historical symbol of the United States; Whereas bison were integrally linked with the economic and spiritual lives of many Indian tribes through trade and sacred ceremonies; Whereas there are more than 60 Indian tribes participating in the Intertribal Buffalo Council; Whereas numerous members of Indian tribes are involved in bison restoration on tribal land; Whereas members of Indian tribes have a combined herd on more than 1,000,000 acres of tribal land; Whereas the Intertribal Buffalo Council is a tribal organization incorporated pursuant to section 17 of the Act of June 18, 1934 (commonly known as ‘‘Indian Reorganization Act’’) (25 U.S.C. 477); Whereas bison can play an important role in improving the types of grasses found in landscapes to the benefit of grasslands; Whereas a bison has been depicted on the official seal of the Department of the Interior since 1912; Whereas bison hold significant economic value for private producers and rural communities; Whereas, as of 2007, the United States had 4,499 bison producers creating jobs and providing a sustainable and healthy meat source contributing to the food security of the United States; Whereas a bison is portrayed on 2 State flags; Whereas the bison has been adopted by 3 States as the official mammal or animal of those States; Whereas the buffalo nickel played an important role in modernizing the currency of the United States; Whereas several sports teams have the bison as a mascot, which highlights the iconic significance of bison in the United States; Whereas on December 8, 1905, William Hornaday, Theodore Roosevelt, and others formed the American Bison Society in response to the near extinction of bison in the United States; Whereas on October 11, 1907, the American Bison Society sent 15 bison to the first big game refuge in the United States, which was known as the ‘‘Wichita Reserve Bison Refuge’’; Whereas in 2005, the American Bison Society was reestablished, bringing together bison ranchers, managers from Indian tribes, Federal and State agencies, conservation organizations, and natural and social scientists from the United States, Canada, and Mexico to create a vision for the North American bison in the 21st century; Whereas there are bison herds in National Wildlife Refuges and National Parks; Whereas there are bison in State-managed herds across 11 States; Whereas there is a growing effort to celebrate and officially recognize the hisNat’l Bison Day-1030 orical, cultural, and economic significance of the North American bison to the heritage of the United States; and Whereas members of Indian tribes, bison producers, conservationists, sportsmen, educators, and other public and private partners have participated in the first annual National Bison Day on November 1, 2012, and are committed to continuing this tradition annually on the first Saturday of November: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate— (1) designates November 2, 2013, the first Saturday of November, as National Bison Day; and (2) encourages the people of the United States to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
Turn in Poachers benefits S.D. wildlife
The Game, Fish and Parks Department is reminding citizens that the South Dakota Turn in Poachers (TIPs) program continues to be operational and callers who have knowledge of illegal hunting and fishing activity could be eligible for rewards. The program provides an important avenue for citizens to report hunting and fishing law violations, and in the process, prevent the loss of wildlife that can result from illegal actions. “In the annual reporting period from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013 the TIPs program resulted in 103 arrests of wildlife law violators,” GFP law program administrator Andy Alban said. “Wildlife would have been lost and violators would have gone unpunished if citizens had not been proactive by calling the TIPs hotline and reporting violations they had observed.” During the past year, the TIPs program reported 212 investigations initiated through citizen reports, leading to 103 arrests, $ $19,143 in fines and $7,300 in civil penalties. Callers can remain anonymous, and are eligible for rewards in cases that lead to an arrest. Rewards may range up to $300 for big game and $100 for small game or fishing violations. Higher rewards may be offered in extreme cases. Last year $9,000 in rewards were paid. “The TIPs program has been going since 1984, and in that time citizens have generated over 10,000 investigations that have led to 3,500 arrests,” Alban said. “We are grateful to the men and women who have cared enough about South Dakota’s wildlife to report illegal activity. Each and every individual is a vital part of the work to preserve our natural resources.” Alban pointed to several violations that were investigated and successfully prosecuted this past year through the assistance of eyewitnesses including: The arrest of two out-of-state suspects for driving into South Dakota, trespassing and chasing down a deer with a pickup. The passenger shot a deer from a moving vehicle with archery equipment, tagged it with a license from a neighboring state, loaded the deer and quickly hauled it back to the neighboring state. •Two out-of-state suspects who were arrested for chasing a coyote across a field with a snowmobile, running down the coyote with a snowmobile, recklessly operating a snowmobile and eluding officers. •Two out-of-state suspects arrested for taking walleye over their limit. •Prosecution of three out-ofstate suspects for chasing snow geese with a motor vehicle and shooting from a moving motor vehicle. •Three South Dakota residents prosecuted for shooting deer with the aid of a spotlight, chasing and running over deer with a vehicle, all during April when seasons are closed. Individuals may call the TIPs at 1-888-OVERBAG (683-7224) to report violations, or report via the TIPs website at gfp.sd.gov/agency/law-enforcement/turn-in-poachers.aspx.
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The Dewey, Meade & Ziebach County FSA offices would like to keep you informed of the following items important to USDA programs. If you have any questions please contact the Dewey County office at 865-3522 ext 2, Meade County at 347-4952 ext 2, or Ziebach County at 365-5179 ext 2 IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER: NOVEMBER 15 – Last day to report forage, winter wheat and rye JANUARY 2, 2014 – Last day to report honey 2014 CROP ACREAGE REPORTING DATES The new fall reporting date effective for the 2013 crop year has been continued for 2014 without the benefit of the waived late filing fee. All Fall crops must be reported by November 15, 2013 or a late filed fee will be assessed of $46.00 per farm. Crops required to be reported by November 15, 2013, are any grasses or grass mixes for grazing or hay, alfalfa and mixed hay, and any other Fall seeded crops such as winter wheat. This is a current program requirement regardless whether or not you are carrying federal crop insurance, and we expect it to continue with either an extension of this farm bill or the passing of a new one. Protect your program eligibility and report timely! So, please call for an appointment to complete this report timely before the November 15th deadline. LIVESTOCK LOSSES As of now the FSA does not have a program for livestock losses as the farm bill has expired. State and government agencies and officials continue to gather information to present to Congress on South Dakota livestock losses and the financial impact. You are encouraged to keep records of death losses and related expenses. Previous Farm Bill livestock programs identified acceptable evidence as: pictures, rendering receipts, and unaffiliated third party verification, vet documentation, etc.
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Governor extends executive orders to accommodate ranchers
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Well, the weather didn't cooperate, but the market was steady to higher. A great run of calves for the sale with great buyer attendance. Thank you for your business. Ross Engraf 69.............................Angus steers Dan Engraf 69.............................Angus steers Dean LaDue 130...........................Angus steers 72.............................Angus steers 34.............................Angus steers 126..........................Angus heifers Walters & Campbell 123...........................Angus steers 46.............................Angus steers 94............................Angus heifers Hall Ranch 85 .......................blk & bldy steers 99 .......................blk & bldy steers R & C Olson 81.............................Angus steers Boyd Ellingson 96.............................Angus steers 62.............................Angus steers Fordyce & Groves 105...........................Angus steers Dan Kari 96.............................Angus steers R & S Keil 98.............................Angus steers
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88............................Angus heifers Randy Fox 47......................1st x baldy steers Todd Goddard 106...........................Angus steers R & R Peck 148...........................Angus steers Lutz Ranch 99.............................Angus steers 46.............................Angus steers R & D Nash 79.............................Angus steers 51............................Angus heifers C & K Kerstein 197...........................Angus steers 49.............................Angus steers 114 ..........................Angus heifers A & C Elshere 97 .......................blk & bldy steers Johnson Ranch 106.......................blk & red steers 22.........................blk & red steers Pete Anderson 67.............................Angus steers Dwight Kolb 70.............................Angus steers Linn Ranch 65.............................Angus steers 34.............................Angus steers Darrell Stockert 85.............................Angus steers 12.............................Angus steers
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Gov. Dennis Daugaard has extended his executive orders on cattle to accommodate ranchers who have experienced losses.  “Ranchers across the state are still dealing with the devastating losses from Winter Storm Atlas,” said Gov. Daugaard. “With cattle losses estimated between 15,000 and 30,000, it’s necessary that we lift weight limits and give ranchers the time they need.” 
The executive orders waive overweight limits for truckers hauling carcasses of cattle and the standard 36-hour carcass disposal requirement for animals killed in the blizzard.  Both orders were initially signed on Friday, Oct. 11, and were set to expire Oct. 25. The executive orders have both been extended until Nov. 30.
Illegally dumped snow causes problems
The South Dakota Department of Transportation reminds the public and commercial snow removal operators that it is illegal to place or dump excess snow on highway right of way, which includes driving surfaces, shoulders and ditches.  “The recent snowstorms in parts of western and central South Dakota have deposited a large amount of snow already this year and we are seeing an increase in violators,” said Todd Seaman, Rapid City region engineer. ”The space within the right of way needs to be reserved for future snow that may fall on the road. If the department’s plow operators do not have a place to put that snow, it severely hampers their ability to clear roadways.” Violation of the anti-dumping law is a Class 1 misdemeanor, with a penalty of up to one year in jail, $2,000 in fines, or both. It is the policy of the SDDOT to remove snow that has been illegally piled within the highway right of way that may be a safety hazard. In addition, violators will be billed for the costs of removing illegally dumped snow. “Piling snow in the state highway right of way can be very dangerous,” says Greg Fuller, director of operations. “Snow piles can restrict sight distance, as well as present an extreme hazard if a vehicle leaves the roadway. Snow piles that remain adjacent to the road may cause additional drifting and visibility problems posing more safety hazards to travelers, as well as additional expenses for manpower and equipment to remove the illegally dumped snow.” Property owners and access users are reminded it is their responsibility to remove snow from the ends of driveways and around their own mailboxes. Fuller asks landowners and commercial snow-removal operators to keep excess snow on private property or haul it to legal dumping sites. 
Sale Time: 9 AM – Expecting 4000-4500 calves
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More calves expected by sale time, over 95% of these calves will have their fall pre-conditioning shots with shot records available on sale day.
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The City of Faith, South Dakota will be accepting sealed Bids for the purchase of a used Digger Derrick Truck as per specifications on file in the Finance Office at the Faith Community Center, Faith, South Dakota. Sealed bids will be received up until 4:00 P.M. MDT on November 5, 2013. Bids will publicly be opened and read in the regular meeting room of the Common Council in the Faith Community Center at Faith, South Dakota at 7:15 P.M., M.S.T. on November 5, 2013. Each sealed bid must be clearly marked “Digger Derrick Truck”. The City of Faith reserves the right to reject any and all bids and any and all portions thereof, and to waive any irregularities. By: Debbie Brown City Finance Officer
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The Faith Independent • October 30, 2013 •
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FOR SALE: Several nice refrigerators with warranties. Del’s, Exit 63, Box Elder, SD, 390-9810. F7-2tc
THE FAITH SCHOOL BOARD is accepting applications or nominations for the position of school board member. Applications can be picked up at the school business office. Position is open until filled. Closing Date Nov. 4th.
District. 9-month position, approximately 26 hours/week. Four day week. Benefits. Responsible for inventory, menu planning, record keeping and supervising several employees. Computer skills needed and some heavy lifting will be required. Wages depending on experience. Contact Dave Cortney (605) 662-7254, email Dave.Cortney@edgemont.k12.sd.us. EMPLOYMENT IMMEDIATE OPENING. Duties include but not limited to, bulk delivery of fuel. CDL, Hazmat required. Will train. Farmers Oil Company, Orient SD. Information, Don, 3922424. FULL TIME JACKSON COUNTY HIGHWAY Department Worker. Truck driver, heavy equipment operator, light equipment operator. Experience preferred, but will train. CDL required, or to be obtained in six months. Pre-employment drug and alcohol screening required. Benefits package. Applications / resumes accepted. Information (605) 837-2410 or (605) 837 ñ 2422 Fax (605) 837-2447. THE AWARD WINNING Chamberlain/Oacoma SUN has an immediate opening for a full-time reporter interested in covering community news in the Chamberlain, South Dakota community. Offering a competitive wage and benefit package. Applicants qualified in writing, and photography should apply to publisher Lucy Halverson at lucy@lcherald.com or mail resume to PO BOX 518, Presho, SD 57544. HEAD COOK for Edgemont School DENTAL ASSISTANT: Delta Dental Dakota Smiles Mobile Dental program is seeking a Dental Assistant to join a dedicated team of professionals in a mobile dentistry environment. This program aims to improve oral health for South Dakotans in need of care. Responsibilities will include: providing chair side assistance, taking xrays, patient charting, and equipment sterilization. In addition, the dental assistant is responsible for greeting patients, preparing for treatment, and providing back-up support to other staff when needed. This position is based out of the Pierre Delta Dental office however the mobile staff is required to travel across the state during the work week. Applicant must have graduated from an accredited dental assisting education program or equivalent training is preferred. Required CPR & x-ray certification will be provided if not already obtained. Competitive salary and benefits including health, dental, vision, and 401k. Email cover letter, resume and professional references to summer.sporrer@deltadentalsd.co m or for more information please contact Carrie Mikkonen at 605494-2549. You can also access the job description and submit online at www.deltadentalsd.com. FOR SALE BY BID SURPLUS PROPERTY FOR SALE: 1979 John Deere 4440 Quad/Power shift tractor, Hours: 8290, Form: Sealed Bid, Deadline: November 8th 2013, 5 pm, Bid Opening: November 12th, 2013 7:00 p.m. Contact information: Daryl Sieverding 605-661-5268, Town of Humboldt, PO Box 72, Humboldt, SD 57035. LOG HOMES DAKOTA LOG HOME Builders representing Golden Eagle Log Homes, building in eastern, central, northwestern South & North Dakota. Scott Connell, 605-530-2672, Craig Connell, 605-264-5650, www.goldeneagleloghomes.com. MISCELLANEOUS DISH TV RETAILER- Starting at $19.99/month (for 12 mos.) & High Speed Internet starting at $14.95/month (where available.) SAVE! Ask About SAME DAY Installation! CALL Now! 1-800-3081892. NOTICES ADVERTISE IN NEWSPAPERS statewide for only $150.00. Put the South Dakota Statewide Classifieds Network to work for you today! (25 words for $150. Each additional word $5.) Call this newspaper or 800-658-3697 for details. OTR/DRIVERS DRIVERS WANTED: CDL, owner operators, freight from Midwest up to 48 states, home regularly, newer equipment, Health, 401K, call Randy, A&A Express, 800-6583549.
ARE YOU PREPARED FOR AN EMERGENCY? Come hear presentations about: * What you should have in your car for winter preparedness
Presented by Hoss Frankfurh
LOOKING FOR land for prairie dog hunting in 2014 spring and fall. Call 1-715-933-0273. F6-3tp
* First aid supplies for a safe winter home
Presented by Joseph Gould
APARTMENTS AVAILABLE: Countryside Apartments in Faith. 1 bedroom, carpeted throughout. Laundry facilities available. Handicap accessible. Rent based on income. For information contact: MetroPlains management, LLC 1800-244-2826 or 1-605-347-3077 Equal Opportunity HousingF5-tfc PASTURE WATER LINES with trencher and backhoe, Livestock Water Systems. 10 1/2 miles south of Maurine, 605-748-2473 Merle Vig. F2-tfc A bit late, but heartfelt just the same – A BIG thank you to Megan and Shawn and all of our friends for the cards and best wishes on our anniversary. You all are wonderful people and we are glad to call you friends. Howard & Bobbi Huxtable
* Food storage
Presented by Anne Taylor
November 3, 2013, 5 PM
at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
409 Dakota St., Faith, SD EVERYONE WELCOME! Soup and light refreshments provided
email us at: faithind@faithsd.com
…T he Better Choice Pr airie Oasis Mall PH: 605-967-2622 – Faith, S D
Bakery Fresh 8ct Hamburger Buns Fresh Breads
Produce Special
Locally grown Squash Carnival, Buttercup, Butternut or Acorn Squash

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