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Bison Courier, Thursday, August 2, 2012

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Highlights & Happenings
Summer reading program
potluck, August 15, 6 p.m. at theCity Park. families who partici-pated in the summer reading pro-gram are welcome. Face paintingand games to follow supper.
begins on August 13,
FootballPracticestarts from 6:30 - 11:30a.m. Volleyball practice 7 - 11 a.m.
 Anyone interested in servingconcessions
at home gamesshould contact the school at 244-5961.
Summer Rec
starts again August6th. Ages 5-10, 9:30-11:00. Ages11+, 12:00-2:00. Monday, Tuesday,and Thursday. Last day: Picnic inthe Park! August 16th, 11:30-1:00.The benefit account for
remains open at Daco-tah Bank.
Hutterrite chickens
will be here August 10, at 9:30. Call orders inby August 8, 244-5518.
Student athletes
need physicalbefore they can practice.
Bison Courier
Official Newspaper for the City of Bison, Perkins County, and the Bison SchoolDistrict APublication of Ravellette Publications, Inc.
 P.O.Box 429 • Bison, SouthDakota 57620-0429  Phone: (605) 244-7199 • FAX (605) 244-7198 
Volume 30Number 7August 2, 2012
Includes Tax
The Perkins County ConservationDistrict is inviting the public to alocal work group meeting onThursday, August 9th, at 8:00 AMat the USDAService Center inBison. The purpose of this meet-ing is to prioritize resource con-cerns for the four areas of land usewhich are crop, grazingland, head-quarters and forestland. These re-source concerns will be used to es-tablish ranking criteria for NRCSprograms.They invite all individuals, privateorganizations and public agenciesto come and give their opinions onthe natural resource issues facingthe district. For more informationcontact the District at 244-5222ext. 3.
Local work group meeting
Morris retires as Bison Postmaster
Shirley Morris, Scott Reede, Officer in Charge, Anne Fickbohn, Installing Officer.
USDAFarm Service Agency (FSA)State Executive Director CraigSchaunaman, today announced thatin response to drought conditions,FSAhas authorized emergency hay-ing and grazing use of ConservationReserve Program (CRP) acres for allSouth Dakota counties."South Dakota producers inter-ested in emergency haying and graz-ing of CRPmust contact their localFSAoffices to obtain approval to hayor graze CRP," said Schaunaman. Any approved emergency hayingand grazing of CRPcannot beginuntil August 2, 2012, which is afterthe end of the primary nesting andbrood rearing season in SouthDakota. "Producers will also need toobtain a modified conservation planfrom the Natural Resources Conser-vation Service (NRCS) that includeshaying and grazing requirements,"he said.Under CRPemergency hayingand grazing provisions, haying activ-ity may not exceed August 31, 2012,and grazing activity may not exceedSeptember 30, 2012. The acreage el-igible for emergency haying andgrazing is limited to those conserva-tion practices eligible under theemergency release of CRPfor hayingand grazing purposes. Currentlythere are approximately 532,000acres of CRPavailable for emer-gency haying and grazing in SouthDakota. There are an additional19,000 acres of Conservation Prac-tice 25, Rare and Declining Habitatavailable 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 announced that the 25 percentCRPpayment reduction will be re-duced to 10 percent for all 2012emergency haying and grazing au-thorizations in order to providegreater flexibility to farmers andranchers in response to the droughtconditions.Under emergency haying andgrazing provisions, producers are re-minded that the same CRPacreagecannot be both hayed and/or grazedat the same time. For example, if 50percent of a field or contiguous fieldis hayed, the remaining unhayed 50percent cannot be grazed; it must re-main unhayed and ungrazed forwildlife habitat purposes.In an effort to proactively serveSouth Dakota farmers and ranchers,the South Dakota Farm Service Agency and the South Dakota De-partment of Agriculture are encour-aging producers to utilize the on-linehay finder services available viawww.hayexchange.com andwww.haybarn.com.For more information and to re-quest approval for emergency hay-ing and grazing of CRPacres contactyour local FSAoffice.
USDAauthorizes emergency haying andgrazing of CRPAcres in South Dakota
 Are you ready to Relay? Tenteams have signed up to partici-pate in the American Cancer Soci-ety “Relay for life” to be held Au-gust 3rd from 6 p.m. to midnightat the Lemmon Lions Field. Thepublic is invited and we urgeeveryone to come down and join inthe evenings events. After theopening ceremonies, the first lapwill be for all cancer survivors andtheir support team. This is a truevictory lap.Bart Damjanovich will providemusic to walk to. There will be aninspirational speaker at 8:00 p.m.Games and :Lap events will beheld for one and all. Each teamwill provide a Silent Auction bas-ket for anyone to bid on. At dusk, luminaries lining theTrack will be lit and we will allhonor family members and friendswho are fighting cancer; those thatare now cancer free; and the mem-ory of those lost to this horribledisease.Luminaries are for sale at theBanks or from team members for$10.00 each or 3 for $25.00. Theywill also be on sale at the event.The R-Bar will provide refresh-ments throughout the eveningwith part of their proceeds beingdonated to the Relay.Some beaded cancer jewelry hasalso been donated. Come out andhelp support a worthy cause.“Celebrate, Remember, FightBack” so there can be a world withmore birthdays and less cancer.For information call Donna Er-hart at 374-3569 or Jill Olson at374-5669.
Relay For Life is August 3, in Lemmon
South Dakota Farmers Union isurging USDASecretary Tom Vilsackto open Conservation Reserve Pro-gram (CRP) lands in South Dakotato haying and grazing because of continued drought conditions. CRPlands are typically closed to hayingand grazing after landowners enterinto a contract with the governmentpromising to not farm, graze or haythe land. Landowners receive gov-ernment payments to keep the landin CRP.In a letter sent today, FarmersUnion President Doug Sombkeasked Secretary Vilsack to openSouth Dakota’s CRPto haying andgrazing to bring some relief to farm-ers and ranchers.“South Dakotans have beenslammed with one of the warmestsprings and summers on record,”Sombke wrote. “We’ve broken nu-merous heat records and have fallenwell below our typical rainfall aver-age for the year. Our state, over thepast two weeks, has gone from se-vere and moderate drought levels toextreme and severe, resulting di-rectly in a great loss of haying capa-bility and capacity.”Much of the concern, especially forlivestock producers, focuses on nothaving enough grazing land or hayto feed cattle. Without sufficientfeed, some cattle producers could beforced to sell parts of their herd be-cause there simply isn’t enough feed.“While I don’t believe openinghaying on the number of acres cur-rently in CRPwill be a full-relief measure, it will aid our livestockowners and help them retain theirlivestock rather than sell off num-bers to withstand the remainder of the drought,” Sombke said.
Farmers Union urges USDAto open CRPto haying and grazing
Page 2 • The Bison Courier •
Thursday, August 2, 2012
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Burkhalter awardedscholarship at SDSU
 Valarie Burkhalter of PrairieCity was awarded the Yellow andBlue Scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year at SouthDakota State University.Burkhalter is an incomingfreshman majoring in nursing atSDSU, the daughter of Brad andJennifer Burkhalter and is a 2012graduate of the Burkhalter HomeSchool.
Nutrition SiteMenu
Thursday, August 2
Hungarian Goulashcooked cabbagepears
Friday, August 3
Breaded baked fishcompany potatoesstewed tomatoes tropical fruit 
Monday, August 6
Chicken parmesanoven baked brown ricebaked squashcranberry juice cocktailcooked apples
Tuesday, August 7
Pork chops w/ celery saucemashed potatoesgreen bean casserole tropical fruit 
Wednesday, August 8
BBQ beef on a bunparsley carrots potato saladlime sunshine saladbanana
“Thank you Bison”It was great to visit Bison re-cently. I enjoyed the time I wasable to spend with local businessesand at a town hall meeting withfolks in the community.I was able to meet with the lead-ership and employees of GrandElectric and Telephone and re-ceived a tour of their facility. Oneof the topics of discussion was theimpact of government regulationson services and consumer costs.I want to thank everyone thatcame out to the town hall to askquestions and share their concernswith me. One of the big issues wediscussed was our nation’s debtcrisis, which has increased almost50 percent under PresidentObama. We also discussed theFarm Bill and concerns aboutdrought conditions. What I saw inBison and the surrounding areaswas alarming. This drought ishurting South Dakotans now,which is why I am continuing to besuch a vocal advocate for action ona Farm Bill in Washington that in-cludes livestock disaster assis-tance.There is nothing more produc-tive than conversations like theones I had in Bison with folks wholive and breathe the federal gov-ernment’s policies every day inSouth Dakota. I would like tothank those who shared theirthoughts and comments with me. Iam honored to represent the peo-ple of Bison, Perkins County, andthe people of South Dakota in Con-gress, and encourage folks to con-tact my office in Rapid City at 605-791-4673 for assistance or to sharecomments and concerns.Dear Editor,I attended The Oil and Gas StudyInterim Committee hearing heldin Bison. In all the years I havelived in Perkins County I never re-call there ever being a LegislativeCommittee hearing here. Ten of he15 committee members plus towlegislative Research Council werein attendance. In addition therewere officials from HardingCounty including the Auditor anda commissioner, several PerkinsCounty employees, school admin-istration with board members andtaxpayers from the town and ruralarea; a pretty broad spectrum of the county.Who was not there was quite ap-palling. This important hearing,critical to the operations of coun-ties and towns in northwesternSouth Dakota had no representa-tives from the Perkins CountyCommission, the Bison TownBoard and the Lemmon CityCouncil, all elected decision mak-ers for local governments, all wereinvited as recorded in their officialminutes. Is it any wonder that thispart of the state (almost one-fourth of the land mass of SD) getsno respect when the State Legisla-ture considers issues that affect usdirectly?Thanks to the Bison SchoolBoard and Superintendent for at-tending and voicing their con-cerns, at least they are looking for-ward to what energy developmentimpacts may affect the operationof the school. Highway Superin-tendent, Tracy Buer and Sheriff Serr expressed their concerns aswell. Active County Commission-ers? None!Brad Besler, winner of the pri-mary election for the county Com-mission was there but he is not inoffice now and still has to survivethe General Election in Novemberto become a County Commissioner.It is quite evident that our Com-mission has their collective headsin the sand when it comes to theimpacts of any economic boom,they don’t have a plan! Ahh, yousay, Willard Ottman and MikeSchweitzer attended the receptionfor the Committee in Lemmon onMonday evening. Excuse me; thatwas not the hearing! Ahearing iswhere the people’s voices areheard, where the employees whohave to make things work “intrenches” get to voice their worriesabout services, funding, budgetsand so forth. No Perkins CountyCommissioner was in attendanceto hear those concerns. Aglaring fact, the Committeeasked if there was a representa-tive for the city there; no, nada,none. Not even a representative of the County or City to welcome theInterim Committee to the area.The Committee asked if the Cityhad a plan on how to handle hous-ing demands and would they havethe capacity for waste water treat-ment in the event pf a “mancamp”. What about emergencyservices? Could the city or thecounty get additional employees toprovide needed services?Does the County or the Citieshave written plans to address anyof these issues? The answer, ap-parently not, at least there was noone there to comment otherwise.So we must assume there are noplans even “in the works”.SincerelyKaren Englehart
Letters to the editor
Farm families that have en- joyed 100 or 125 years of life onthe farm or ranch have the op-portunity to be honored duringthe South Dakota State Fair onThursday, Aug. 30.Century Farms have been rec-ognized at the State Fair since1984 by the South Dakota De-partment of Agriculture (SDDA)and the South Dakota Farm Bu-reau (SDFB).Farms and ranches that hadbeen family-owned for 125 yearsor more were recognized in aquasquicentennial event lastyear. That tradition will con-tinue this year. Recognition of the Quasquicentennial Farmswill immediately follow the Cen-tury Farms program.“Farm and ranch families arethe backbone of South Dakotaagriculture,” said SDFB Presi-dent Scott VanderWal. “Fami-lies that have survived 125years of drought, floods, winterstorms, insects and difficult eco-nomic times should be recog-nized for their great achieve-ments.” Afarm or ranch is eligible forCentury Farm recognition if atleast 80 acres of original land hasbeen continuously owned by thesame family for 100 years orlonger. AQuasquicentennial Farmmust meet the same acreage re-quirements and be owned by thesame family for 125 years orlonger.“It takes many generations of commitment to keep a farm orranch in the family for 100 or 125years,” said South Dakota Secre-tary of Agriculture Walt Bones.“These farm and ranch familiesrepresent the steadfast dedicationthat South Dakota has to agricul-ture. Agriculture is here to stay.” Application forms can be ob-tained online for both the CenturyFarm and the QuasquicentennialFarm recognition at www.sdfbf.orgor http://sdda.sd.gov/Secretary/Century-Farms or by calling 605-353-8052. All forms must be com-pleted and notarized before beingreturned by Aug. 13 to the SouthDakota Farm Bureau, P.O. Box1426, Huron, SD, 57350.
Quasquicentennial farm and ranchaward at South Dakota State Fair
 By Senator John Thune
Kimberley and I do our best tomaintain a healthy diet. We eatour fruits and vegetables, we con-sume many high-fiber foods, andwe try not to eat too many sweets.Part of our well-balanced diet andexercise also includes a goodsource of protein. We always enjoyeating a well prepared steak orpork chop on a warm summerevening. Not only are the steaksdelicious, but our family also rec-ognizes that our food consumptionhabits support industries that areimportant to our South Dakotaeconomy.That is why it was hard to be-lieve that our very own U.S. De-partment of Agriculture (USDA),the federal agency tasked withpromoting agriculture productionand consumption across our coun-try, would encourage people not toeat meat. On July 23rd, USDA sent an in-house “Greening Head-quarters Update” newsletter en-couraging employees to participatein “Meatless Mondays” while din-ing in USDA’s cafeterias. Thenewsletter went on to attack theproduction of meat in the U.S.,saying that meat production has“a large environmental impact,”and that an employee should “helpyourself and the environment” bynot eating meat.South Dakota farmers andranchers deserve an ally in the De-partment of Agriculture, not anadversary. USDAshould be com-mitted to policies, both internallyand externally, that support ournation’s food and livestock indus-try. I recently signed onto a lettersent by the Senate Western Cau-cus to USDASecretary Vilsackthat asked for clarification as towhether he believes the discour-agement of meat consumption inits facilities reflects the values of the department, and if the depart-ment believes their actions haveshown support for farmers andranchers in the midst of a very dif-ficult drought.USDAhas since retracted theirsupport for “Meatless Mondays”and removed the newsletter. WhileI was glad to see the departmentwalk back their support, I hopeothers will join me in continuing tocall out the dangerous claimsmade about the meat productionindustry, and support the impor-tant role ranchers and cattlemenplay in our national economy. Ilook forward to others joining meover the next several Mondays insupporting the products of farmersand ranchers across SouthDakota.
Meatless Monday bad for South Dakota
Aheadache andinflammatory pain canbe reduced by eating20 tart cherries.
The Bison Courier •
Thursday, August 2, 2012
• Page 3
Garden Gate
things like potatoes and apples.Soak intricate vegetables likebroccoli or lettuce in cold, cleanwater for a minute or two.Remove and discard the outerleaves of leafy vegetables like let-tuce and cabbage.Cut out bruised or damagedspots where bacteria may be har-boring.Use a commercial vegetablewash or save your cash and use avinegar solution to clean away oil-based or waxy pesticides andpreservatives that water won't re-move. After cleaning fruits and vegeta-bles dry with a clean towel, dryproduce keeps longer than wet ordamp produce.Dirt and bacteria on the outsideof fruits and vegetables can betransferred to the inside when thefood is cut or peeled. Properlycleaning your food prior to prepar-ing will prevent illness and the in-gestion of harmful bacteria, dirt orchemicals. Although there are sev-eral commercial produce washeson the market today, the Food andDrug Administration recommendsthat you clean fruits and vegeta-bles under clean, running waterprior to consuming.Three Tips for Washing YourSummer Berries:1. Timing is everything: Onlyrinse berries right before you usethem. Water increases the likeli-hood they'll start to mold.2. Don't soak: Place them in acolander and rinse water overthem instead of fully submergingthem.3. Give them a quick chill: Sun-ripened, warm berries have thatdelightful soft messiness to them,that’s what makes them incrediblydelicate and difficult to wash. So agood tip is to refrigerate them foran hour or so. They will be easierto rinse when they've had a chanceto firm up just a bit.Never use soap, bleach or deter-gents to clean vegetables andfruits. They can change the tasteof the food or even cause illnesswhen consumed.
"Those who labour in the earthare the chosen people of God." --Thomas Jefferson
Submitted by Karen Englehart,Master Gardener, SDSU Coopera-tive Extension Service
Cleaning the Harvest
This is the time of the summerthat lots of garden vegetables andfruit are ready. We are all in pick-ing and preserving heaven (orelsewhere if your back hurts)!The nibble marks on your veg-gies should remind you that youare not always the first to handleyour garden harvest. Who knowswhere those “teeth/hands” havebeen? Whether it's produce fromyour own garden or somethingyou've purchased at a farmer'smarket, it's always wise to cleanfruits and vegetables properly be-fore eating them.Washing away unwanted bacte-ria and chemical residue is a quickprocess so there is no excuse forskipping this step when preparinga meal. The name of the game is toclean the fruit or vegetable itself to avoid transferring germs eitherto or from the food. Here are sometips.Wash carrots, potatoes, cucum-bers, oranges and the like beforeyou peel to prevent transferringbacteria from the exterior to theedible portion.Use a soft scrub brush on firm
Happy BirthdayTuff
LoveMom & Dad
Vacation Bible SchoolAugust 6th - 10th
9 a.m. - noon
All kids Pre-Kindergarten throughJunior High are WELCOME!
For more information callWade Hofer at 788-2854 orPastor Phil Hahn at 244-7246
Hafner places at South Dakota State horse show
Congratulations to Perkins County 4-Her Nicole Hafner who received a Purple Ribbon and placed3rd overall for her Jr Division Barrel run at the State 4-H Horse Show, which was held in Huron,SD July 24th-26th. Her time was 18.43 which was only .13 of a second behind the Reserve Cham-pion who had a time of 18.30. This was Nicole’s first time competing at the South Dakota StateHorse Show. Great job Nicole!
It’s time again for the CorsonCounty Fair in McIntosh August10-12th! We are keeping up ourtried and true traditions with our4-H and Open Class static exhibit judging Friday August 10th.Enter your photography, bakedgoods, horticulture, and crafts tosee how you stack up against therest! Saturday August 11th will bethe livestock show starting at 8:30.This year we have an added $600purse to the Pen of Three andJackpot Steer and Heifer show.For the first time at the CorsonCounty Fair non 4-Hers andcloverbuds can compete in the Bot-tle Calf and Bottle Lamb classes. Agreat way to introduce young-sters to livestock showmanshipand carry on a great tradition! T-shirts awarded to all participants.The cookie contest is a great wayto off your baking skills and if youcan’t bake make sure to be at thecookie auction Saturday at 2:30 tobuy the best! The horse playdaywill start off the day Sunday Au-gust 12th. Ataste of the old westand prizes awarded in three agegroups! Cowboy Chapel Sunday at8:00 will feature David Baumanand special music. Along with great traditionsthere is new excitement at theCorson County Fair! Saturday August 11th entertainment is aswitch from what was first adver-tised. Atalent show at 6:30 willshowcase local stars in youth andadult divisions. Top three placeswill be paid in both divisions. Ad-mission to the entertainment willbe an item or cash donation formilitary care packages. Don’tcheer on the talent on an emptystomach, come early for the porksandwich supper at 5:00! Anothernew event at the Corson CountyFair will be the Veggie Races Sun-day August 12th. Following thetraditional turtle races held atnoon, the veggie races will be ac-tion for all ages! Bring your ownvegetables or add wheels to one of ours and see who can speed downthe ramp fastest. T-shirtsawarded to winners in each age di-vision. Who said fun couldn’t behealthy!Make the new excitement of theCorson County Fair in McIntoshpart of your family traditions!
Old traditions and new excitementat the Corson County Fair

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