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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.
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
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