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The official newspaper of Jackson County, South Dakota
includes tax
Volume 106Number 3August 2, 2012
News Briefs
JC Hazard Mitigation
plankickoff meeting, 7:00 p.m. onWednesday, August 1 at theKadoka Fire Hall.
KCBA meeting
Thursday, Au-gust 2, 12 noon at the H&HRestaurant.
Badlands Cowboys forChrist Rodeo Bible Camp
starts Monday, August 6, andwill contintue through the 9thfor youth ages 13 through 19.Questions please call 605-837-2376 or 605-441-8554.
Summer Reading Program
at the Jackson County Libraryon Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m. forchildren ages 3-6.Drought in western SouthDakota has accelerated fall cattlesales, and the state Brand Boardreminds livestock producers thatownership inspections of cattle,horses and mules are required be-fore their sale, slaughter or re-moval from the LivestockOwnership Inspection Area, lo-cated west of the Missouri River.No one may transport any cattle,horses or mules from the LivestockOwnership Inspection area withoutan inspection by the Brand Board,unless the shipper possesses a localinspection certificate, market clear-ance document, shipper’s permit,convoy certificate, lifetime horsetransportation permit or an annualhorse permit.A local inspection certificate isvalid for transportation of livestockout of the inspection area only onthe date issued. A shipper’s permitmay be acquired up to 48 hoursprior to shipment.Enforcement checkpoints will beset up along the border of the Live-stock Ownership Inspection Area tocheck for violations of SouthDakota brand laws.Livestock being removed fromthe ownership inspection areawithout authorization may be im-pounded by any law enforcementofficer until the animals are in-spected for ownership by an au-thorized brand inspector.The penalty for unauthorized re-moval is a Class 1 misdemeanor,which carries up to a $2,000 fine, amaximum of one year in jail, orboth.To receive a brand inspection,the shipper must contact a brandinspector and allow the inspectorample time to provide it. A ship-per’s permit may be acquired bycalling the Brand Board office.For more information on how toacquire brand inspections a ship-per’s permit, call the South DakotaState Brand Board at (877) 574-0054 or visitwww.sdbrandboard.com
Ownership inspectionrequired for all westriver livestock 
of the banquet by telling the stu-dents about his journey to Afghanistan. Upon returning from Afghanistan, Daugaard told theboys of visiting the National Guardhere in South Dakota and thankingthem for their sacrifice in keepingthis great nation great.Governor Daugaard was not theonly politician that VanderMay hadthe pleasure to hear. Senator JohnThune also spoke to the boys andanswered their questions about thestate of our nation. Thune told of his aspirations to be involved inpolitics and emphasized the impor-tance of character.He stated, “Character is thequalities and attributes that defineyou as a person, and great leadersunderstand what it means toserve.” The importance of being in-volved in community and servingand leading was emphasizedthroughout the five-day conference.Kwincy Ferguson spent her timein Vermillion with other girls fromacross the state. She had quite adifferent experience. She learnedabout state government and hadthe opportunity to run for differentpositions in the government. Theemphasis at Girls State was the ju-dicial part of government. Fergu-son was able to take a tour of thecourthouse and the jail in Vermil-lion, and she participated in sev-eral mock trials. She enjoyed herexperience greatly.“Girls State was very educa-tional,” stated Ferguson. “While Iwas at Girls State I learned aboutour state government and our citygovernments. We were put intocities while we were there and thenour cities got to have meetings tolearn how our city governmentworks. We got to run for positionsin our city government. I was a citycouncil woman and learned whatthe city council women do for ourcity.” After learning about local citygovernment and running for differ-ent positions, Ferguson startedlearning about state government.The girls took tests to tell themwhether they would be able to runfor judicial offices, executive offices,or legislative offices. Ferguson tookthe bar exam so she could go intothe judicial part of our government. All of this precipitated her partici-pation in the mock trials at GirlsState.John Thune also spoke to Fergu-son’s group, talking to them aboutthe Senate. After Thune finishedhis speech, he talked to the girlsabout their futures. All of the girlswere granted photo opportunitieswith the senator from SouthDakota.“Girls State not only was educa-tional, but it was very fun. I got tomeet a lot of new kids my age thatwere also interested in our govern-ment,” Ferguson commented.
--submitted by Teresa Shuck
Kenar VanderMay and KwincyFerguson embarked on an adven-ture to learn what they could aboutour state government and how itfunctions.They were selected as represen-tatives from Kadoka to attend BoysState and Girls State from May 28through June 1. VanderMay ventured to Pierre,where he learned about state gov-ernment and some of the issues fac-ing the state today. He attendedthe Governor’s Banquet and hadthe honor of listening to GovernorDaugaard speak to those in atten-dance. Daugaard stressed the im-portance of young people, like VanderMay and Ferguson, leadingthe state in the future. He empha-sized the strength of human poten-tial and that “talent alone cannotbeat persistence and determina-tion” Daugaard ended his portion
 Students share summer experiences from Girls State and Boys State
 Representing Kadoka
Kwincy Ferguson (L) and Kenar Van-derMay were selected to attend Girls State and Boys State by the Kadoka American Legion and Legion Auxiliary from Post 27 in Kadoka.
--photo by Ronda Dennis
neighbor boy was killed and Jackwas one of the pallbearers. In thatera, the work of the funeral direc-tor could include being the countycoroner as well as running the am-bulance. The hearse, actually a“combination unit,” converted intoan ambulance when needed.That is only one way the funeralhome business has changed overthe years. It used to include dig-ging the graves, making the sur-face vaults, performing the “fullfuneral service, then changingclothes and filling in the grave,”said Jack. Today, there are specificgravediggers and the vaults arebrought in from suppliers.The Rushes moved to Chamber-lain for a short time, where Jack’sduties still included ambulancework. In 1969, now in the big cityof Sioux City, Iowa, he no longerhad to do the ambulance part orthe cemetery work. In 1977, theymoved to Sioux Falls, where heworked as a funeral director untilmoving to Philip in December1983.“I was 37, and my goal in lifewas to own my own funeral home.I thought, if I’m going to work thatmany hours, I might as well workfor myself,” said Jack. He had pre-viously held a high school summer job at the Wall Drug Store. So,when he heard from a supply sales-man that the funeral home ownedby W.E. “Woody” and Ruth Woodallwas for sale, he investigated.In 1983, the Rushes moved toPhilip to operate the funeral home,as well as the visitation chapels inWall and in Kadoka.Robert “Bob” Coyle stayed onand became Jack’s right-hand man.“He was always there and willingto help, and Sharon, Bob’s wife, an-swered the phone,” said Jack.“After Bob died (July 4, 2000),Gayle came aboard and has workedfaithfully ever since; a real asset tothe funeral home. Someone has tobe able to answer the phones 24/7,know what is going on and able toanswer questions,” said Jack.Gayle graduated from MountMarty College with a degree in so-cial work. “I’ve never had a socialwork job in my life, but I use socialwork every day of my life,” saidGayle. Jack’s sister has also comeon board this year to shoulder someof the office load. Jack joked,“Maybe this place will be a bed andbreakfast; I’m going to sleep hereand Gayle’s going to feed me?”The Rushes have raised threechildren, Lisa Moon, Creighton,Bridgett Stark, Breese, Ill., andDaniel John (D.J.), Philip. D.J. isnow the second half of the owner-ship/management of Rush FuneralHome.“I grew up here, in this house,and around it (the business), so Iknew it was definitely what I didnot want to do!” said D.J. Onlyafter three years in the Army, andthen earning an economics degreefrom South Dakota State Univer-sity, did he consider entering intothe funeral home business. By Jan-uary 2001, D.J. had completed hismortuary science degree at theUniversity of Minnesota and hisapprenticeship in Brookings. Hismortuary graduating class startedwith around 30 students, with half not continuing. “The attrition rateisn’t very good,” said D.J.Now, he is part of the business.“You know just about everybodyand it’s worked out well, most of the time. The work environment isokay. There are tough days inwhatever you are doing.”“I think it is a good move; morespace,” said D.J. “When I camehere, I think he (Jack) had onedesk. Now we have three comput-ers and four printers. We just grewout of it.”
Continued on page 2--by Del Bartels
The Rush Funeral Home’s mainchapel will be moving from 203 W.Pine Street to 165 East Highway14, in Philip. The new buildingshould be completed by this fall.“Gayle and I have lived in a fu-neral home, or next to one, most of our married life,” said Jack Rush.This move of the funeral home, andthe conversion of the current site toa traditional home, will changethat. “This was actually built as afuneral home, but has been addedon to three times,” said Rush.Jack and Gayle met in 1967 andmarried in 1968, while Jack wascompleting his apprenticeship inMadison. He had graduated fromthe Wisconsin Institute of Mortu-ary Science in Milwaukee. Origi-nally, Jack had become interestedin the funeral profession after a
Rush Funeral Home moving to new location
 Rush Funeral Home
Jack (L), Gayle, Margaret and D.J.Rush share memories of their business and excitement of moving to a newlocation.
--photo by Del Bartels
Pauline (Polly) Kujawawas born to John andGertrude Heid on May 27,1923. She joined one brotherand two sisters.She attended CathedralHigh School in St. Cloud,Minn. and later worked asa phone/switchboard oper-ator for a transportationcompany.Polly enjoyed boating,swimming in the lake, rollerskating, playing the accor-dion and violin, movies anddances as a young lady.Polly met Ed Kujawawhen her good friend, Retta(Ed’s sister), introducedthem. They were marriedNovember 24, 1949, in Lux-emburg, Minn.The Kujawas lived inKadoka and he worked for JF Anderson Lumber Co.,which they bought in 1961 and renamed to Kadoka Lumber & SupplyCo. The business was sold to Jim and Arlene Kujawa in 1991.During this time they had six children: Joanne, Jim, Ken, Karen, Ritaand Rhonda. Additions to the family include 12 grandchildren and 15great-grandchildren.Polly has been a member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church andtaught CCD classes, American Legion Auxiliary, Altar Society, PTA andhelped organize blood drives. She has enjoyed sewing, bridge club andplanting flowers. For over 20 years she walked two or more miles everymorning. And, she made time to go to daily Mass early in the morning before making breakfast for her family.Holiday traditions were special for the family, including oyster stew,chili and apple pie for Christmas Eve, corn flake wreaths and divinityfor Christmas and red velvet cake for Valentine’s Day.Polly’s children recall that their mom was famous for her homemadedonuts. Often when she made donuts for a bake sale, they would sell be-fore she walked in the door. She always had fresh homemade bakedgoods on the kitchen counter then they came home from school, and shemade special outfits for the children when they were growing up. Pollynot only cooked for her family, but she was a cook at the nursing homefor many years. She was a devoted mother who was home for her chil-dren and attended sporting events for all six of her children.Polly and Ed enjoyed many trips, including Florida, Branson, Mo., theRose Bowl and travels to Chicago, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Phoenixand Denver visiting her children.Polly lived in the same house in the southwest corner of Kadoka for61 years before she became a resident at the Kadoka Nursing Home onDecember 14, 2010.Congratulations, Polly, for being the August Resident of the Month atthe Kadoka Nursing Home.
Kadoka Nursing HomeResident of the Month
USDA Farm Service Agency(FSA) State Executive DirectorCraig Schaunaman, has an-nounced that in response todrought conditions, FSA has au-thorized emergency haying andgrazing use of Conservation Re-serve Program (CRP) acres for allSouth Dakota counties."South Dakota producers inter-ested in emergency haying andgrazing of CRP must contact theirlocal FSA offices to obtain approvalto hay or graze CRP," said Schau-naman. Any approved emergencyhaying and grazing of CRP cannotbegin until August 2, 2012, whichis after the end of the primary nest-ing and brood rearing season inSouth Dakota. "Producers will alsoneed to obtain a modified conserva-tion plan from the Natural Re-sources Conservation Service(NRCS) that includes haying andgrazing requirements," he said.Under CRP emergency hayingand grazing provisions, haying ac-tivity may not exceed August 31,2012, and grazing activity may notexceed September 30, 2012. Theacreage eligible for emergency hay-ing and grazing is limited to thoseconservation practices eligibleunder the emergency release of CRP for haying and grazing pur-poses. Currently there are approx-imately 532,000 acres of CRPavailable for emergency hayingand grazing in South Dakota.There are an additional 19,000acres of Conservation Practice 25,Rare and Declining Habitat avail-able for emergency grazing pur-poses only. Wetland and farmablewetland conservation practices areconsidered to be environmentallysensitive; therefore, are not eligiblefor emergency haying and grazing.On July 11, 2012, Secretary Vil-sack said that the 25 percent CRPpayment reduction will be reducedto 10 percent for all 2012 emer-gency haying and grazing authori-zations in order to provide greaterflexibility to producers in responseto the drought conditions.Under emergency haying andgrazing provisions, producers arereminded that the same CRPacreage cannot be both hayedand/or grazed at the same time.For example, if 50 percent of a fieldor contiguous field is hayed, the re-maining unhayed 50 percent can-not be grazed; it must remainunhayed and ungrazed for wildlifehabitat purposes.In an effort to proactively serveSouth Dakota farmers and ranch-ers, the South Dakota Farm Serv-ice Agency and the South DakotaDepartment of Agriculture are en-couraging producers to utilize theon-line hay finder services avail-able via www.hayexchange.comand www.haybarn.com.For more information and to re-quest approval for emergency hay-ing and grazing of CRP acrescontact your local FSA office.
USDA authorizes emergency haying and grazing of CRP acres in South Dakota
KNH Carnival
 The Kadoka Nursing Home willbe holding what they hope to calltheir first annual carnival on Sun-day, August 12 from 1-3 p.m. alongthe west side of the facility.The event will be complete funfor all ages including a number of games and lots of food.Included in the carnival will bea cake walk. The nursing home isaccepting donations for the cakewalk. You may call Ruby or Cathyat 837-2270.And, you won’t want to miss outon the dunk tank were nursinghome employees, including RubySanftner, will be on the board.This fundraiser is to help raisemoney for the resident activitiesaccount.
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1 Thessalonians 5:24Have you ever felt discouraged about trying to livethe Christian life? If your efforts to make a differencein the world seem fruitless, a principle about followingChrist could change your outlook.The Lord served others in love, and His actions had tremendous impact in the world. How was He soeffective? Scripture tells us that Jesus did not speak or act on His own initiative but, rather, dependedupon His Father abiding in Him to do the work (John 14:10). And we are to follow His example.Yet we often attempt to serve out of our own abilities, intelligence, and reasoning power. Even thoughwe may pour great effort and long hours into ministry, these alone won't produce fruitfulness, becausewe'e not ministering as the Lord intended.True service is commissioned, empowered, and blessed by God alone. It may be our hands that areworking, but our Father is the One at work. And the glory belongs to Him, not us.What comfort this should give us! The Lord is not looking for people who are extremely talented. Hewill use all who are willing to let His Spirit work through them. And we can be confident that He willprovide all we need in order to do whatever He asks.Who among us can serve the living God? Truthfully, no one can. Genuine service occurs only when weallow the Almighty to pour Himself through us; we are mere vessels. Even if the impact is not obvious tous, we know that God has achieved Hispurpose. And above all, He is glorified.
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Monday, August 6
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Tuesday, August 7
Oven fried chicken, pasta veg-etable salad, mixed vegetables,dinner roll, and apricots.
 Wednesday, August 8
Hamburger stroganoff over noo-dles, green beans, tomato spoonsalad, bread, and pears.
Thursday, August 9
Roast pork, mashed potatoesand gravy, cooked cabbage, bread,and applesauce.
Friday, August 10
Chef salad, bread sticks, plums,and cookies.
Meals forthe Elderly
EverBlest will perform at theConcordia Lutheran Church at 7p.m. on Friday, August 3. Theirconcert will consist of Christianchoral music - a blend of traditionaland contemporary - as well as ex-cerpts from Richard Wilson’s musi-cal, He lived the Good Life.The concert will be performed asa part of EverBlest’s tour to theColorado Rockies and back thissummer.This is the 25th year of EverBlest Youth Choir, which is aninterdenominational choir, an out-reach ministry program of Cam-bridge Evangelical LutheranChurch. It has been a vital part of the youth culture in Cambridge,welcoming any high school youthwho wish to participate in the mis-sion of sharing faith and glorifyingJesus Christ through the gift of music.The summer mission tour is anintegral part of the identity of EverBlest. This year’s tour, whichis scheduled for August 2-11, willconsist of seven concerts in 10 daysin four states. In previous years,they have travelled to Mexico,Canada, Virginia beach, and mostrecently, toured New England.
EverBlest YouthChoir concert August 3
The latest US Drought Monitorhas most of Jackson County in aD2 or severe with the north westrated a D3 or extreme drought.Jackson has applied for and shouldbe named as a disaster area by theUSDA Secretary of Ag. Let’s lookat what disaster USDA/FSA pro-grams/options are/or could beavailable:Emergency Loan Program-ad-ministered by the FSA Farm LoanProgram (FLP) team.Emergency Conservation Pro-gram (ECP)-this is for emergencylivestock water (permanent & tem-porary practices). Currently nofunding for this program but coun-ties are asking to implement it-stay tuned with more to follow onthis program.Non-insured Assistance Pro-gram (NAP)-pasture, forage crops,grass hay or most crops not cov-ered by Federal Crop Insurancecoverage can be covered by NAPcoverage. This coverage is avail-able from FSA for a nominal fee.Producers who obtained ’12 NAPcoverage by the applicable dead-lines need to make sure that atimely Notice of Loss is on file atthe FSA County Office in order toearn any NAP benefits.Emergency release of CRP acresor haying or grazing-this has beenreleased and certain provisionsapply. Contact the FSA County Of-fice if you have CRP acres andwish to hay or graze it under ei-ther the emergency release ormanaged provisions. As most of you know, Congressis currently writing another FarmBill. Talk is that the Crop Disasterprogram or SURE and LivestockIndemnity Program (LIP or deadcow) may be again in the bill.These programs ended October of 2011. We encourage producers tocontinue to take pictures of theirdead livestock lost due to adverseweather and keep on with 3rdparty certifications, for if the LIPprogram should come back. Plusother disaster programs may alsobe authorized as a result of thishistoric drought affecting an esti-mated 65% of the country.Please don’t hesitate to call orstop by your local FSA County Of-fice if you have any questionsand/or need more information onthese or any programs adminis-tered by FSA.Of course, outside of FSA pro-grams-many producers are inquir-ing about a Disaster Declarationbecause of how livestock sales dur-ing a natural disaster (drought)are treated by the IRS. See yourtax professional for more details onthis topic
The Jackson County FSA officecan trace its roots to 1954 when itwas the Jackson/Washabaugh Of-fice with Muriel Drury at thehelm. My association and friend-ship began with the next head of what, by then, was known as the Agricultural Stabilization Conser-vation Service or the ASCS office,Stanton ‘Beef’ Uhlir. He gave anew ‘green horn’ lots of good ad-vice. Then came Steven Olson,Marcia Bunger and Brian Stewartas what is known as the CountyExecutive Directors or CED of theoffice. All became good friends andit was my turn to give some adviceand get info/advice from thecounty we always considered our‘good neighbor to the north’. Thenit was my pleasure and also sadduty to be Jackson County’s last‘acting’ CED.On Tuesday, July 24 an openhouse was held to honor, thankand say ‘good bye’ to the last twofull-time employees of the JacksonCounty FSA Office. Colleen Peter-son has over 24 years of service tothen ASCS and now, FSA. She willbe heading to the Haakon CountyFSA in Philip. Stevie Uhlir hasover 23 years of service and will begoing to the Jones County FSA inMurdo. In what was truly proof of the appreciation of their dedicatedservice to the producers, land own-ers, other Jackson County cus-tomers, our sister agency-NRCSand business associates, theturnout for this send off was reallyimpressive…the town, the county,turned out in force to show theirgratitude for the outstanding serv-ice Colleen and Stevie have pro-vided over the years. I know bothStevie and Colleen appreciate themany cards, flowers, gifts andwords of encouragement given tothem by a grateful community,county residents and friends.Friday, July 27 was the last daythat the Jackson County FSA atKadoka was open to serve its pro-ducers and customers.HaakonCounty in Philip is where the filesare going. In most cases producerscan choose to transfer to theirchoice of any convenient FSA officefor the next crop year.Many asked why and we weretold budget cuts and government‘belt tightening’ were the reasonsto consolidate some FSA Countyoffices. All I know for sure is thatKadoka and Jackson County willtruly miss this Main Street fixtureand its staff…
Jackson County FSA
Michael Goetzinger, County Executive Director 
pre-planning and other more mod-ern aspects of funeral homes.School student visits now occur,with funeral directors teaching stu-dents the different aspects of deathand dying. The Rush FuneralHome website, www.rushfuneral-home. com, addresses the cost of afuneral, which includes the six per-cent sales tax for materials andservices. The site explains what fu-neral directors do, different aspectsand options of funeral arrange-ments, and how the directors canhelp the family.The new building will eventuallybe 4,917 square feet, with a 36x36garage. It will be OccupationalSafety and Health Administrationcompliant; including the air ex-change unit in the embalmingroom set to exchange the air 14times per hour. The layout of theviewing room will be for easier vis-iting of the attendees. Actual fu-neral services will still be held inchurches or other family chosenplaces.“We’re only assuming by moreroom, D.J. can do his mass commu-nication, website, videos ... he cando more. That is where the funeralhome business is changing. Youhave to be capable of supplyingboth the old and the new. We arehere to do what a family wants andwhen they want it,” said Jack
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D.J. believes the best thingabout the funeral home business isthe process. “You probably knowthe family. The next four to fivedays you are with them, you seethe way they process grief. Theyare healing. You hope you’ve been alittle part of that. Maybe that’s whyyou do it.”“The worst thing is personalscheduling. You can’t schedule any-thing, family vacations, etc., itdoesn’t matter,” said D.J.Jack said, “One thing I didn’twant to do was be tied down like onthe dairy farm I grew up on. Wehad to be there every morning andevery evening. This is totally differ-ent; we being a family owned andoperated business – we are 24/7.We’ve survived from 1967 to today,45 years of the funeral business. Ithas been a great move coming towestern South Dakota and we haveno regrets.”The new location was once thePark-Inn Cafe and gas station, be-fore it became a Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah Witnesses. “When itwas a cafe, I used to go up thereand have coffee every day,” saidJack. Today, the public opinion of the funeral home business is lean-ing away from being unapproacheduntil needed. Now coming in caninclude coffee while people discuss
Rush Funeral Home to move to new location
On July 13, 2012, the Environ-mental Protection Agency (EPA)withdrew its proposed Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 308 CAFO (Con-centrated Animal Feeding Opera-tions) Reporting Rule. Theproposed rule was the result of anout-of-court settlement agreementbetween EPA and environmentalactivists and would have requiredall cattle operations meeting theregulatory definition of a CAFO toreport a long list of informationabout their operations to EPA, in-cluding the precise type and loca-tion of the livestock operation.EPA planned to place the informa-tion gathered on the agency’s web-site in a searchable database.The South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association (SDCA) voiced concern,fearing extremists could access theinformation with the intent to doharm to individual cattle opera-tions or the nation’s food system.Bryan Nagel, a cattle feederfrom Avon and chairman of theSouth Dakota Cattlemen’s Associa-tion’s Cattle Feeder Council stated,“This move by EPA is a victory forcattlemen and illustrates the im-portance of the beef cattle commu-nity working together to educategovernment officials. The impor-tance of cattlemen engaging in theregulatory process and voicing yourconcerns is most evident in thistype of win.”“Results like this verify the ben-efit of membership in organizationssuch as SDCA and the NationalCattlemen’s Beef Association. Thecollective voices of cattlemen fromacross the state and nation wereheard, preventing overreachingregulation and quieting the ex-tremists looking to harm livestockproducers,” stated Todd Wilkinson,Second Vice President of SDCA anda cattle feeder from De Smet.In comments on the proposerule, SDCA pointed out regulatoryagencies such as the South DakotaDepartment of Environment andNatural Resources already collectand monitor CAFOs through theirpermitting process and encouragedEPA to seek existing data sourcesto meet the goals of the proposedrule. In withdrawing the rule, EPA noted they will gather and evaluateinformation on CAFOs obtainedfrom already established relation-ships with states and federal part-ners.
 South Dakota Cattlemen Association (SDCA) applauds the withdrawal of proposed livestock reporting rule
Jeffrey Zimprich, State Conser-vationist, of USDA’s Natural Re-sources Conservation Service,Huron, says field offices around thestate are ready to provide informa-tion and assistance to farmers hithard by the drought. NRCS admin-isters a number of Farm Bill pro-grams that provide technical andfinancial assistance to farmers andranchers to install conservationpractices.Zimprich said, “The prolongedand extreme heat temperaturescoupled with lack of rain is creatingsituations in some areas of SouthDakota where some producers maybe forced to make critical changesto their operation.” The SouthDakota Governor’s Drought TaskForce web site is an excellent re-source: http://drought.sd.gov/.NRCS is also encouraging produc-ers seeking advice to contact theirdistrict conservationist at the localfield office.The NRCS, along with manyagencies, are working to help pro-ducers with their present drought-related crop and livestockproduction needs, the agenciesstrength is in working with the pro-ducers to cooperatively identify theconservation practices and man-agement that will minimize the ef-fects of future droughts. “NRCShas a lot we can offer producerstechnically, but at this time of theyear, there is not a lot of financialassistance,” says Zimprich. “The fi-nancial assistance funds have beenobligated for this fiscal year 2012.National funding at the presenttime is being targeted toward thehardest hit drought areas acrossthe Nation. He explains, “Financialfunding may become availableafter October 1, 2012 depending onthe passage on a new Farm Bill.”“While the weather situationand soil conditions are similar tothe 1930s,” says Zimprich, “farm-ers and ranchers may be, in gen-eral, better coping with the droughtbecause of the lessons we learnedfrom the Dust Bowl. Now, produc-ers using conservation practiceshave their natural resources in abetter condition than 75 years ago.”Crop residue management helpsprevent precipitation loss by reduc-ing runoff and soil temperaturesand evaporation. Ponds, pipelinesand tanks can help distributewater to where forage is located.Grazing plans and fencing canmanage livestock grazing to keepforage plants healthy and deeprooted to maximize plant survivaland productivity. Cover crops canimprove soil health to improvewater storage in the soil profile aswell as provide additional grazing.Livestock producers have beenespecially hard hit and NRCS hasgrazing specialists that providesuggestions about range and pas-ture management and options andconsideration for forage and watermanagement. Zimprich says, “It’simportant for producers to have abackup plan such as deferred or ro-tational grazing, alternative watersources, combining herds, reducinglivestock numbers, etc.”“Producers with conservationcontracts with the agency who can-not meet established practice in-stallation deadlines will have someflexibility in meeting their obliga-tions,” said Zimprich. Zimprichsuggests that producers go overtheir contracts with their districtconservationist to determine if practice implantation schedulesneed to be modified. Some pro-grams allow for practice substitu-tion or rescheduling of installationdates.” He adds, “Assistance is alsoavailable for those farmers thathave established practices whichhave failed because of drought.”NRCS encourages farmers thatare considering installing any engi-neered practices (such as dams,grassed waterways, water and sed-iment control basins) to also con-sider resource conditions beforeconstruction. “These practices costa lot of money and we don’t want tosee them fail. One of the biggestconcerns is a lack of soil moisturethat would prohibit proper com-paction.” NRCS can adviselandowners and contractors on op-timum moisture levels to achievethe best outcome.Farmers and ranchers withwater, land or crop managementconcerns can get help from NRCSthrough the development of a con-servation plan. The EnvironmentalQuality Incentives Program (EQIP)has continuous signup. Zimprichencourages farmers and ranchersto come in to their local office forideas and future options for recov-ering from the drought. “It alsohelps us,” he says, “to get an idea of the needs out on the South Dakotalandscape so we can be ready if andwhen conservation program fund-ing becomes available.” Conserva-tion plans can include droughtplanning and are free. Being pre-pared helps producers to continueoperations even in the most severeconditions. Contact the NRCS staff in your local USDA Service Centerfor information about mitigatingdrought damage and specific FarmBill programs.
Natural Resources drought assitanceavailable for farmers/ranchers
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Are you on cordial terms withyour bathroom scale, or do you per-haps have a love/hate relation-ship? If you’re like me, you cast afriendly glance at your scale onthose days it says you’ve lost apound or two. On other days, itmight get cussed at for remindingyou that you still weigh too much(or too little in a few cases.)This is not to say that the scaleis anyway at fault for just tellingthe truth. It is, however, easier tocuss the weight-measurement de-vice than to adjust the eatinghabits that are adding poundage toyour frame. Nevertheless, I stillcheck my weight fairly often sinceI don’t want to turn into a com-plete blimp. If the reading is ad-verse, I leave the chocolate and icecream alone and try not to overeatat all and certainly not on thosethings like chips and fries thathave way too much grease. Some-times I’m successful in loweringmy intake, and sometimes I justmaintain the status quo. I’ve beendoing fairly well of late and haveactually lost a pound or two, butvigilance is the key and sometimesI’m not very vigilant.Mirrors can be similar to scalesin that, in most cases, they insiston telling the truth. This is dis-gusting. Why can’t they lie a littleonce in a while? Do they reallyhave to state so clearly that yourhair is a mess, you need a shave,and your eyebrows have gone allbushy again? I don’t always wantto know those things or take stepsto improve my appearance.Then we come to thermometers.Ours have been reading over ahundred degrees this summer onfar too many days. Those temper-atures are for people who live quitea bit farther south like in Texas, Arizona, etc. We aren’t used to thatmuch heat for very long. Sure, wealways have a few days over ahundred every summer and oftenclose to the fourth of July, but theyusually don’t just go on and on likethey have recently. This last win-ter, the thermometers were fairlykind and seldom showed tempsbelow zero. That is just fine, butthis hot stuff is for the birds.Adding machines have beenknown to raise my blood pressure,too, when they indicate that my ac-counts are out of balance. Theymay say I’m off three cents, threedollars, or three-thousand, but theresult is the same. I’m going tohave to go back and find the mis-take. I normally use a system thatchecks things as I go, but I stillsometime come up with problems.It might be I’ve written a one likea seven or vice versa. Other timesmy eights look like threes. I try towrite clearly and precisely, but er-rors are still going to occasionallycreep in.Neither are cell phones a com-plete delight. They have beenknown to receive calls that you’drather not take. People might dialyour number and try to talk youinto doing things you don’t want todo, or give time or money you don’twant to spare. Particularly dis-tressing are calls trying to sell youstuff or enlist your support of somecharity that you somehow distrustor don’t care about. Political mes-sages may be the worst althoughmany of those are recorded onesthat you can hang up on withoutguilt.There are even those days whenyou strongly feel like picking upyour computer and simply tossingit out the door. It is being difficultand not doing at all what you wantit to do. You may have to fiddle forhours getting the dumb thingworking right or even haul it off tothe repair shop. Occasionally allyou can do is go out and buy a newone since the old one is completelynuts and will no longer do much of anything useful.But back to scales. My motherhad one she would never let us re-place. It weighed her about five toten pounds light, which was muchto her liking. She knew it waslying to her, but she didn’t care. Noone was to run off with her favoritescale, and I think it is still sittingaround her old house althoughshe’s been gone for over a decadenow. You just never know whenyou might need a scale that weighslight.Incidentally, a lot of people don’tgo to church or read the Bible be-cause either thing might indicatethat adjustments need to be made.Sometimes we simply do not wantto change although basically weknow we should and would be bet-ter off if we did. On the whole,however, we need to know thetruth about our weight, our ap-pearance, and our lifestyle. It isnot a good idea to “shoot the mes-senger,” as it were. We’re usuallybetter off swallowing the truth andgoing forward with fixing what-ever needs it.Right now, though, I’m headingoff to bed. I’m not going to weighmyself first or look in the mirror.I’m tired, and those things will justhave to wait until tomorrow whenI’m rested and can deal with un-welcome information. Then we’llsee what needs to be done and giveit a shot.
Love-Hate Relationships
Lookin’ Around
by Syd Iwan
Frank Carlson didn’t win aranch rodeo this week like he andhis crew did last week. He did,however, come in third in break-away roping at the Wanblee rodeowhich was combined with a fair,pow wow and horse race. He wasalso in the horse race but said hishorse was too slow compared to theopposition. Frank went to the eventwith Toni, son Sage, and his uncle,James Carlson. Frank said Sagewas given his Lakota name andseemed to be having a really goodtime.Betty Kusick was visited by JoeLivermont on Saturday. Theyplayed quite a bit of cribbage. Ear-lier in the week, Betty went toRapid City with Loretta andLawrence Schreiber of Quinn.Betty kept a doctor appointment,and then they went out to view thehouse their daughter/sister, Kathy,and her husband had just pur-chased in Hermosa. Hermosa isabout fifteen miles south of Rapid.The house was quite nice. Back athome, Betty hasn’t been doingmuch fishing lately since it’s beentoo hot. She has been watering herpots of cucumbers and tomatoesevery day and enjoying the cucum-bers. The tomatoes, alas, are slowto ripen although she did pick a cu-cumber off the tomato vines thisweek since a vine had snuck inthere and grown a cuc. Betty saidthat one day her yard was full of blackbirds. A flock had landedthere and was eating some of thegrasshoppers, which was fine. Theywouldn’t be missed.John Addison participated in therodeo at Deadwood on Friday. Herode in the bareback event as usualbut didn’t have much luck thisweek. On Tuesday of this comingweek, John and Samantha’s son,Koye, will have surgery in SiouxFalls to remove a lump on his back.It doesn’t appear to be a seriousthing, but the doctors say it shouldcome off. Koye was born on April10 of last year so is a little over ayear old.Bunny Green’s foot is healingenough now that she can step on itsome without a lot of pain. Youmight remember that she steppedon a toothpick last week and droveit quite a ways into her foot.Cheryll Wells has been nursing hersome and helping with soaking thefoot, etc. On Saturday, Bunny wasdisappointed to learn that JeanetteScarborough and her daughter,Jackie, and a friend had stopped tovisit. Unfortunately, Bunny was inthe shower, the dog was barking,the fans were running, and she didnot hear the knock. Jeanette andcompany are from Rapid City andhad been to visit Charles Willert inKadoka. On Sunday, LarryGrimme came by for a short visit.Chuck and Merry Willard droveto Timber Lake on Saturday totake in the 40th reunion of theirhigh-school class. There were fortyin their class, four have died, andeighteen were at the reunion whichwas about half of the survivingmembers. The affair was held in atent on Main Street, and they basi-cally had quite a good time. Merrywas a little disappointed that oneclassmate she went to countrygrade school with wasn’t able tocome. Saturday evening, theystayed overnight with Merry’s folksin Mobridge. On the way home onSunday, they visited two of Merry’sbrothers over by Trail City. Back athome, daughter Niki Kleinsassercame on Friday evening andwatched over things while her folkswere gone. She mowed and wa-tered, fed the bucket calf, tendedthe chickens and did whatever elseneeded doing. Chuck and Merryhave been and will be getting readyfor Rodeo Bible Camp which will beheld in Kadoka next week.Nancy Schofield continues tospend quite a bit of her time work-ing at 1880 Town. This week sheworked on scraping old paint off ahouse there and repainting. In Au-gust, it looks like Joy Dolezal andshe will be back to taking ticketssince the helpers who are doingthat now have to leave. At home,Kirby Schofield and John Dolezalare attempting to build a deer-proof fence around the garden sincethe deer tend to wander through,bite off green tomatoes and thenspit them out. Nancy says theyhave two large tomatoes in pots onthe deck. One is acting normally inproducing fruit, but the other oneis a large good-looking plant that todate hasn’t bothered to have anyblossoms so it can’t set on fruit. Asa result, it doesn’t appear to beworth much except to providegreenery.Delores Bonenberger said theywere through with haying now andon to odd jobs of fixing fence andwhatever needs work. The hay cropwas not extensive this year withonly one cutting, but they are gladfor the one.Jim Willert said he has been try-ing to get most of his work done inthe mornings of late to avoid theheat. Son Jeff continues to roamthe country participating in rodeos.He didn’t ride at Deadwood thisyear but has been lots of otherplaces. He is expected home a fewdays this week before heading backout.Jo Rodgers spent time workingat the Parmalee and St. Francispost offices this week. She has beenhelping to get things set up withnew staff after others have retired.The Presho post office is on theagenda for this coming week andprobably a day or two at Murdowhere she is actually the postmas-ter. This weekend, Jory Rodgerswent camping near Chamberlainwith a group put together by hisaunt, Diana Coller. He came homerosy with a bit of sunburn. Nextweekend on Saturday the 4th, abunch of local families are gettingtogether to hold a rummage sale atJR’s there in Belvidere.The South Dakota Board of Ed-ucation received updates Mondayduring its regularly scheduledmeeting on two online programsthat create rigor and relevance forhigh school students.The South Dakota VirtualSchool provides expanded courseoffering to students through onlinestudies. It gives students the op-portunity to take more AdvancedPlacement courses, study highlyspecialized subjects, or receive tai-lored remedial instruction.In 2011-2012, 133 public schooldistricts and school systems partic-ipated in South Dakota VirtualSchool. That’s up from 88 just threeyears ago. More than 2,900 full- orpart-time students in grades 6-12use the system, for a total of 3,822semester registrations.“Especially in many of thesmaller districts in the state,schools may not be able to pay afull-time teacher in advanced orhighly specialized subjects,” saidcurriculum specialist Erin Larsen.“The South Dakota Virtual Schoolgives students those same opportu-nities, increasing the rigor and rel-evance of their high schooleducation.”Currently, there are 364 semes-ter course offerings through SouthDakota Virtual School, with 24 APcourses and 82 credit recoverycourses. In the future, the virtualschool will expand to offer morecourses at the middle-school level.Another program, South DakotaMyLife, is an online career devel-opment tool that encourages stu-dents to explore careers throughinterest inventories and skills as-sessments. Students can then re-search careers they are matchedwith and save that data to their on-line portfolios. With that knowl-edge, they can use their profiles toplan their academic programs andtrack their goals.“SDMyLife usage is really highright now,” said Tiffany Sanderson,career and technical education ad-ministrator in the Department of Education. “Overall usage has beensteadily climbing since we intro-duced the site four years ago. It’s agood indication that students haveaccess to the resources they needfor success in high school andpreparation for life after 12thgrade.”Completion of the online interestinventories has allowed the state’seducation analysts to compare stu-dent interest data with workforceneeds so teachers and counselorscan educate students regarding rel-evant opportunities in SouthDakota. In a related study, it wasdiscovered that students complet-ing career and technical educationprograms graduated and continuedto the postsecondary level at ahigher rate than the average stu-dent population.
Online programs helping high school students succeed
South Dakota's dry spring andhot, dry summer conditions areleading to severe stress for many of the state's trees and shrubs, ac-cording to John Ball, SDSU Exten-sion Forester and Forest HealthSpecialist for the South Dakota De-partment of Agriculture."The most common symptom of moisture stress is leaves turning alighter green than is typical for thespecies. Affected leaves are alsoshowing brown and crisp margins,with browning often occurring be-tween the leaf veins," Ball said.In current drought conditions,evergreen foliage on drought-stressed trees, particularlyseedlings, is turning yellow to al-most purple at the tips of the nee-dles. Some of the older needles,which were formed three to fiveyears ago, on drought-stressedtrees are beginning to drop prema-turely."There is not much that can bedone at this time other than water,"Ball said. "This is particularly im-portant for new plantings, whetherthey are seedlings in a new wind-break or a tree just planted in ayard."He says a seedling is going toneed between a pint and a quart of water per day, while a newlyplanted tree will need about 2 to 3gallons per day at this time."Most young tree belts are prob-ably not receiving anywhere closeto this amount and I suspect therewill be a lot of replanting nextspring," he said.Ball says established trees willnot need daily watering, but stillrequire weekly watering to survivethis dry, hot summer. A 2-inch di-ameter tree, as measured at 6-inches above the ground, should bereceiving about 20 gallons of watera week."This is best-applied slowly witha soaker hose placed near the tree,"he said. "Tree roots typically extendout as far as the tree is tall, but thecritical watering zone is a distanceout about two-thirds the height."
 Watering suggestions fordrought-stressed trees
Life! We have been togetherThrough pleasant and cloudyweather;“Tis, hard to part when friendsare dear, Perhaps ‘twill cost a sigh, a tear. Anna Barbauld
Monday and Tuesday evenings,June Ring’s grandson, Matthew,was an overnight guest at Bruceand Jessie Ring home. Wednesday,June Ring and grandchildren,Matthew and Stephanie, tooktheir branding iron and were partin the branding party at the Mel-lette County Museum in WhiteRiver.Early Tuesday morning, theJames Letelliers went to Philip.Marjorie Anne enjoyed breakfastwith Ellen Totton at the nursinghome while James kept an appoint-ment.It has been a welcome of relief toeveryone to have the fires on theRosebud and our surroundingunder control. We appreciate thehard-working crews near and farwe are enjoying clear skies andfresh air. We were almost smoth-ered with smoke and hazy skies fora few days last week; the coolertemperatures are more than wel-come.Gale and JoAnne Letellier andGary visited in the Bill Letellierhome on Tuesday.Wednesday, the Jason Burmafamily traveled to Platte and vis-ited the Grandpa and GrandmaHarry and Ruth Burma.Jade Burma was among themany area youth attending a base-ball clinic in Rosebud all day Fri-day. Beaver was not feeling well sohe ended up going to a differentkind of clinic. He is much betternow.Sunday morning guests of Max-ine Allard were her son, Stan, andgrandson, Patrick, of Rapid City.The guys spent the day doing er-rands like fixing fence, etc. forMaxine. They also took back themotorcycles for the hill climb at theSturgis Motorcycle Rally coming upsoon.Saturday and Sunday the JamesLetelliers joined all the rest of theirfamily at the Jensen reunion heldin Custer State Park in the BlackHills. The main event was a ban-quet held in the White BuffaloRoom at Blue Bell Lodge. Familymembers came from California toTexas and all points in between.The Danish cousins kept in touchwith e-mail. It was almost like theywere there because they could evensee us! Marjorie’s sister, Karen,and Gary Price of Maurine and Lu- Anne and Paul Beckwith of Pierrewere given surprise anniversarycelebrations. The Price’s fortiethand Beckwith’s twenty-fifth. SueLarson had also put together apower point on the Dexheimerbranch of the Jensen family tree aspart of the evening program.Throughout the weekend Olympicstyle competitions were held andwe came home with our share of medals. The fun weekend wastopped off with a Jensen baseballgame behind the State GameLodge. Erica Beckwith of Omaha isthe only one of the James Letellierfamily not able to attend. Mygrandfather, JP Jensen, had oftensaid, “My roots are in Denmark,but I blossomed in America” and hecertainly did.The little league baseball teamsin Parmelee and Norris are verygrateful to Robbie Jacobson andthe First Baptist Church in SiouxFalls for the big load of equipmentshe sent our way. It included every-thing from bases to bats and every-thing in between, enough for fourteams. We truly appreciate JoeKary, too, and for letting us knowit was available and keeping it atthe store. Joe sure has the rightconnections to benefit the kids.Folks will be surprised to see anew face behind the Norris Post Of-fice window from now on as ourfaithful Postmaster Carol Fergu-son retired this week after twenty-seven and a half years with theUnited States Postal Service. Carolserved most of that time in herhometown of Norris.Carol Ferguson began workingfor the postal department underher uncle, Bob Totton, serving ashis replacement in Norris. It wasthen she first began handing outcandy to the little ones, who taggedalong to get the mail, just like BobTotton. She was also Officer inCharge, a temporary position inKadoka, Martin, Rosebud and foralmost a year in Mission.Carol was sworn in as NorrisPostmaster January 18, 1985, andserved until 1995 after the retire-ment of her Uncle Bob. Carol wasappointed Postmaster at Rosebudin 1995 and served there until2001. When the Norris Post Officebecame available in 2001 Carolmade the difficult decision of rather to serve in a lower level PostOffice and be close to home; so shereturned to Norris for the lasteleven years of her postal servicecareer.Carol Ferguson has many pre-cious memories while serving thepeople in the different communi-ties. The first post office in 1985was located south of the pool hallbuilding and had no water. Post of-fice boxes had combination locksand windows so folks would walkin peak through the window beforegetting their mail. In the old NorrisPost Office was an oil burner thathad to be lit every day before get-ting rid of the winter chill. There acouple chairs that were settingaround in the back room and localpeople would come in and chat andget the latest news. Oh, if thosewalls could talk! First carriers onthe route were Danny and Sid Ad-dison. Gail Berry was the postmas-ter relief in 1985.In July of 1986 a new modulartrailer was moved across the streetto served as the Norris Post Of-fice, complete with water, lawn andtrees.Carol has memories of spendingstormy winter nights in the back-room at the Rosebud Post Officeand sleeping on an army cot with asleeping bag. Kind folks wouldoften come by the back door with ahot plate of food. She purchased a Yugo (a very small car made in Yu-goslavia that had gone out of pro-duction) which got 46 mpg. Carolsays, “It made good mileage, butoften left me walking because ithad a very small gas tank and thegauge was broken.”Carol Ferguson will go down inhistory as one of many postmasterswe have had over the century, be-ginning with P.H. Putnam in 1909.Our heartfelt appreciation to Carolfor her loyal service to this littlecommunity she calls home. At theretirement of the postmaster, weonly hope it doesn’t mean the lossof the post office, too. Susan Taftwill be serving as Officer in Chargeat the Norris Post Office.Have a great week!
 After 27 
 years …
of serv-ing as postmaster, Carol Fergusonhas retired from the Norris PostOffice.Shown above is Carol Fergusonwhen she was sworn in as NorrisPostmaster on January 18, 1985,by Marion T. Pulliam, SectionalCenter Manager/Postmaster of Rapid City. Also witnessing the ce-ramony was was her husband, Ed,and family. At right, Carol takes a moment inthe lobby of the Norris Post Officeon her final day.
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