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A Publication of Ravellette Publications, Inc., Philip, South Dakota 57567. The Official Newspaper of Haakon County, South Dakota. Copyright 1981.
Number 1Volume 107August 30, 2012
Market Report
Winter Wheat, 12 Pro............................$7.97Winter Wheat, Any Pro...........................$7.17Spring Wheat, 14 Pro...........................$8.03Milo........................................................$7.31Corn.......................................................$7.26Millet...................................................$22.25Sunflowers..........................................$30.50
The Pioneer Review will be CLOSED Monday, Sept. 3rd in observance of 
Have a safe weekend! 
by Nancy Haigh
The 2013 budget was discussedby the Haakon County CommissionTuesday, August 21.The board looked at revenuesand expenses, coming up with apossible three or five percent raisefor the county employees, a possi-ble quarter time position in the di-rector of equalization office and apossible half time deputy for theregister of deeds. Auditor Pat Free-man will crunch the numbers andhave a provisional budget for theboard to approve at their Septem-ber 4 meeting.Commissioners Nick Konst andGary Snook were placed on theHaakon County Regional Railroad Authority.The board reviewed a leaseagreement drawn up by State’s At-torney Gay Tollefson that will beused between the county and thecity of Philip.
Commissionershold budget talks
by Bill Kunkle
Most of South Dakota consists of small-town America and the landof legendary cowboys. The prairiestretches further than the eye cansee with endless blackness atnight.The cowboy, a folk hero, his ap-peal is freedom, vigorous open airlife, rather quiet, frank, simple life,able to suffer adversities of snow-storms, blizzards, hailstorms, blaz-ing heat, rattlesnakes, orneryhorses and hard work.But relaxation was present inthe endless empty prairies. Thesound of stillness is interrupted bythe wind stirring a rustle of cotton-wood tree leaves. The perfect daymay bring the soft, melancholy coo-ing of the turtle dove (mourningdove).History is everywhere. Every-thing from Wild Bill Hickok,Calamity Jane, to the hoofbeats of George Armstrong Custer and his7th Calvary.“Oh, bury me not on the loneprairie” was, and still is, the cow-boy’s song. South Dakota poetBadger Clark wrote, “I didn’t livewhere churches grow.” But it’s stillGod’s country.It’s easy to become intoxicatedwith the romance of life in WestRiver South Dakota, where eventhe meadowlark can be all that dis-turbs the silence, nature at its best.Realizing the uncertainty of thislife, I want to spend as much of itas I can in West River SouthDakota.
The home place
The quiet dignity of the South Dakota prairie –that stretches as far as the eye can see –is still there. Kunkle photoMonday, August 27, would have been Dalles Craig Brucklacher’s 24th birthday. He was killed in 2007 in a drunk driving crash during his junior year at Philip High School. Officers of the Philip branch of Family, Career and Community Leadersof America served cake to all students in grades seven through 12 and staff in the commons area. The FCCLA is continuing its yearly message of “Drive Wise to Stay Alive! Drive distraction free, drive drug free and always buckle up.” Kelsie Kroetch,the local 2012-2013 FCCLA president, shown far left, said, “We think it’s important to do this every year because it remindsus to buckle up, and the possible reality if you don’t.” Brucklacher’s mother, Sharon Ellwein, donated a basket of wristbandswhich read, “Drive Wise to Stay Alive in memory of DCB,” to be distributed to everyone who wanted one. The other FCCLAofficers are, continuing from left, Samantha Huston, vice president, Gavin Brucklacher, historian, and Bailey Radway, treas-urer. Not pictured are Afton Burns, secretary, and Katlin Knutson, reporter.
Photo by Del Bartels
FCCLA promotes Drive Wise to Stay Alive
Midwest Cooperatives has donated 20 student backpacks filled with school supplies to Philip Elementary School. Theywere distributed by classroom instructors to students who would make the most use of them. Shown is Midwest AgronomyManager Jim Kanable, left, shaking hands with Philip Elementary Principal Keven Morehart.
Photo by Del Bartels
Rachael Hoyer, an agronomy in-tern at Midwest Cooperatives inPhilip during the summer, was oneof 72 Cenex Harvest States internswho attended a recent intern wrap-up event. After this summer, Hoyerstill has a year and a half remain-ing of university work before shegraduates. Under the heading of learning and networking, the in-terns assembled school suppliesinto 500 backpacks to be distrib-uted to elementary students in amulti-state area.Twenty of those backpacks weregiven to students in the Philip Ele-mentary School. Each backpackcontained a water bottle and a sup-ply bag, which in turn contained asunflower seed snack, two folders,two notebooks, a box of 24 crayons,two glue sticks and a pencil. Thebackpacks have a main compart-ment, several smaller compart-ments and a bottle holder. Also in-side was a handwritten note thatstated, “We believe in you, and youcan accomplish anything. Have agreat year.”Jim Kanable, agronomy man-ager at Midwest Cooperatives inPhilip, presented the backpacks tothe Philip Elementary School.Keven Morehart, elementary prin-cipal, said the backpacks would bedistributed by classroom instruc-tors to those students who mostneeded and who wanted them.
Backpack supplies for students
Members of the Philip Garden Club attended another day at the Central StatesFair in Rapid City, Friday, August 24. Classes on gardening were presented by var-ious Master Gardeners, and everyone came home with a few new plants. Theevent was preceeded with a visit to Master Gardener Cathie Draine's home inPiedmont. She and her husband, LeRoy, live on a wonderful Black Hills propertywith a lovely garden. Draine was very generous in sharing her gardening secretson sloping rocky terrain. The Garden Club is planning another public event in Sep-tember. From left: Tina Staben, Betty Smith, Barb Kroetch, Elke Baxter, Draine,Donna Staben and Betty LaBeau.
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Garden Club excursion
Governor Dennis Daugaard hasissued an executive order that,upon receipt of a permit, grantspermission to move overwidthbaled livestock feed not exceeding12 feet wide or 15 feet high inSouth Dakota two hours after sun-set and two hours before sunrise.Overwidth vehicles must beequipped with flashing or rotatingwhite or amber warning lightsplaced at each side of the load’swidest extremity. The warninglights must be clearly visible to mo-torists approaching from the frontand rear. Movement under the ex-ecutive order is valid only for baledlivestock feed.The order allows overwidth mov-ing of baled livestock feed until ces-sation of the drought emergency orno later than October 20.“This summer’s persistentdrought conditions have left live-stock producers across SouthDakota with inadequate feed sup-plies,” said Walt Bones, SouthDakota Secretary of Agriculture.“Increasing hauling height andwidth restrictions for baled haywill allow producers to move feedin a more efficient manner.The normal restriction on SouthDakota highway loads is 14’3”high, and 8’6” wide.Although height and width re-strictions for baled livestock feedhave been temporarily increased byexecutive order, several highwaysin the state have width and heightrestrictions in place because of con-struction or permanent structures.Truckers are encouraged to checktheir routes ahead of time for thoserestrictions.Agriculture is South Dakota'snumber one industry, generatingnearly $21 billion in annual eco-nomic activity and employing morethan 80,000 South Dakotans. TheSouth Dakota Department of Agri-culture's mission is to promote, pro-tect, preserve and improve this in-dustry for today and tomorrow. Visit online at http://sdda.sd.gov.
Moving overwidth baled feed permitted
An open government task forceappointed by the governor and theattorney general agreed at its firstmeeting August 22 in Pierre to lookcloser at state laws pertaining togovernment meetings and recordsand discuss possible changes tothose laws.Thirty-one people representinggovernment, news media, law en-forcement, courts and businessidentified a list of issues related tothe state's open meetings andrecords laws and agreed to formtwo subcommittees to tackle thelist. The task force plans to meetagain September 12 in Pierre.The task force appointed by Gov-ernor Dennis Daugaard and Attor-ney General Marty Jackley is sim-ilar to groups formed by former At-torney General Larry Long adecade ago. The work of thosegroups led to several changes inSouth Dakota’s open governmentlaws, including the creation of theOpen Meetings Commission.“We think good government istransparent and open,” Daugaardtold the task force in opening com-ments August 22.Daugaard urged the task force tolook at the various open govern-ment laws implemented in recentyears and determine if any changesare needed. In particular, he citedthe state’s open records reform lawof 2009, which created a “presump-tion of openness” for public accessto government records and files.Jackley noted that there is a del-icate balance between the need toprotect the privacy of certain infor-mation kept by government andthe need for transparency in gov-ernment.News media representatives onthe task force made several sugges-tions for the entire group to con-sider, including possible changes toprovisions in the open meetingslaws that allow for executive ses-sions and changes in the openrecords laws that allow for certaintypes of information to be kept con-
Task force tackles open state government issues
fidential.The group also heard a presenta-tion by Deputy Attorney GeneralDiane Best about the history of various open government laws im-plemented the past 10 years.
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Flower gardens tend to have amind of their own. They sometimesresist suggestions and prefer to dotheir own thing. That has been thecase with the one behind our housethis year, but it has put on a fairlygood show anyway that was mostlydone by itself without much inputfrom us.It all started last fall when wifeCorinne yearned for a gloriousspring display of tulips, daffodils,and hyacinths. She therefore or-dered a hundred or so bulbs whichwe carefully planted with lashingsof bone-meal fertilizer. This spring,then, Corinne eagerly waited forthe expected riot of color andbeauty. It didn’t happen. It was abad year for bulbs for some un-known reason, and the whole localarea was affected. We did have afew nice daffodils and one hot-pinktulip. The tulip was pleasant tolook at for a few days until a hurri-cane-strength wind came throughand blew all its petals off. Some of the other tulips and the hyacinthscame up and flowered but theywere stunted things with theblooms barely visible and lowenough to the ground that theywere mostly hidden by leaves.They weren’t much to look at.Never mind. The big clump of irises came through and put on anice show of purple blooms. Theylasted quite a while and were fol-lowed by some purple salvia hereand there. The best showing,though, was the larkspur whichcame next. These are actually an-nual plants instead of perennial,but they throw out so many seedsthat, if you have them one year,you’re apt to have more of them thenext. Such was the case. We hadhuge areas that came up withloads of purple, blue and whitespiky flowers. They went on a longtime and were great.Next on the garden’s agendawere hollyhocks. There was one bigclump of those plus a couple of smaller ones. They were mostlypink with one or two reds and pro-vided a nice display. We thoughtthey were done for the year, but re-cently they’ve thrown out a fewmore blooms, especially at the top.The bottom part of each stalk hasgone to seed enough that a hereto-fore-unidentified bird parks itself sideways on a stock each morningand crunches the seeds. The birdhas some pinkish orange on itsbreast, some white wing bars, anda yellow beak but doesn’t quitematch any pictures in the birdbook. If the seeds hold out longenough, we might eventually get agood enough look to figure thingsout. Grasshoppers and some dis-ease caused problems for a while,but those have now disappearedand been replaced by recurrentgrowth. We are slightly wonderingif more spikes with flowers will ap-pear before frost, but we’ll have towait and see on that.At the moment, we’ve mostlygone from hollyhocks to morningglories. These are large purpleblooms that brighten our morn-ings. They have finally grantedCorinne’s wish to have somethingpretty trail over the retaining wall.She originally wanted some specialkind of petunias for that purpose,but those were not available in anyof the local greenhouses thisspring. We did find another plantthat grows down instead of up andhas lots of small yellow or pinkblooms. Those were potted, parkedbehind the wall, and instructed togrow over and down. They refused.Every time Corinne would turnthem so a branch was headed over,they pulled those back and sentthem another direction. Maybe thewall was too hot or something. Themorning glories, though, all bythemselves started growing overand down so that three hanging-down sprigs are now in place andblooming. They are also climbingup the little lilac that neverbloomed and up some elm sprigsthat will be pulled later this fall.Also in evidence are a little cedartree and various other non-bloom-ing plants of various sizes andshapes. They all add interest andhave grown thanks to the waterand fertilizer Corinne has giventhem over the summer. She is intonurturing things including plants.The creeping jenny likes the caretoo, but it can’t be uprooted atpresent without also pulling themorning glories. It actually haspretty white flowers that could beenjoyed more if one didn’t knowwhat a pest this plant can be.So, that’s the story of the flowergarden. It definitely had a mind of its own this year but still managedto provide beauty and interest.Who knows, maybe next year willbe even better. The bulbs are stillthere and might bloom, and otherneat stuff is apt to happen. We’lllook forward to it. The sillyflowerbed seems to know what it’sdoing. Except for pulling a fewweeds and watering, maybe weshould just keep our hands off.
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Labor Day reality
... by Del Bartels 
The three-day weekend is, for many, the last big blast of summer.Come Tuesday, many people will be almost too worn out to return to aproductive day of work or school. Fairs, fishing, camping, barbecues,family reunions, a whirlwind downhill slide for the tourism season, asmall breather from the crazy start of schools and colleges –seeminglysomething for everyone who works.Labor Day became a national holiday when Congress and PresidentGrover Cleveland pushed through its legislation in just six days fol-lowing the end of the nationwide 1894 Pullman Strike. Almost 4,000employees of the Pullman Palace Car Company held a wildcat strikebecause of cuts in wages. This brought railroad traffic west of Chicagoto a stop. The American Railway Union, the nation's first industry wideunion, was then in a struggle with the entire railroad system, involving250,000 workers in 27 states. The strike ended following the deaths of a number of workers in a conflict with the United States military andU.S. Marshals.Today, South Dakota is one of 23 “right-to-work” states. That meansemployees do not have to belong to a union or pay union dues in orderto hold a job. The other states and the District of Columbia do not haveright-to-work laws, which can exist because of the 1947 federal Taft-Hartley Act. In South Dakota, “right-to-work” is simply practical.Could farmers effectively strike for fewer hours? Could ranchers win astrike for better working conditions during calving? Could the summertourism industry ever succumb to giving coffee breaks during the Stur-gis Rally? Could volunteer firemen get their wages doubled? On-the- job training is already an everyday necessity for a rural work force. A family member, friend or neighbor who happens to be your boss is al-ready safety conscious, probably even more for you than for themselves.Tiny Ma and Pa businesses simply can’t afford full benefits for theirfew employees, and no union can change that. Besides, remember thatNoah’s Ark was built by a small family operation and the Titanic wasbuilt by shipyard labor.Labor and work are different. Babysitting the eight grandkids for athree-day weekend is hard work, but usually not slave labor nor paidfor labor. As the Bible states, most people wouldn’t hesitate to work atfreeing stuck livestock, even if that work was on the sabbath. Most en-deavors on Labor Day leave us more exhausted than if we had pulleda double shift at work, but we do them anyway. Some people say thatif you love your job and have fun at it, then in actuality you never worka day in your life.Now, our unified goal should be for all of us to fill our gas tanks be-fore the weekend, to get groceries before the weekend, to barbecue ourown feasts during the weekend, and other preparations so that moreand more people don’t have to labor during their Labor Day.Want to have a great feeling allday on Tuesday, September 18?Plan to stop by the Knights of Columbus blood drive, from 10:30a.m. to 5:00 p.m., in the Fine ArtsBuilding at the Philip High School.By giving blood, a donor helps re-plenish a community resource usedby a neighbor, relative, friend oreven a complete stanger. The dona-tion gives a future patient the samerecovery opportunity as a currentpatient, because it assures bloodwill be on the hospital shelf whenit is needed.Only when a significant numberof people donate on a regular basiscan a community maintain ade-quate blood supplies. “If everyonewaited for an emergency to donate,many lives would be jeopardized,”said Lori Liebman, United BloodServices donor recruitment direc-tor. “Waiting to donate in an emer-gency only creates more emer- gen-cies. Blood must be available at alltimes in sufficient amounts to meetthe needs of a community”Volunteer blood donors must beat least 16 years old, weigh at least110 pounds and be in good health.More height/weight requirementsapply to donors 22 and younger,and donors who are 16, or 17 in cer-tain areas, must have signed per-mission from a parent or guardian.Potential donors can make anappointment to give at www.blood-hero.com or by calling Rick Palecekin Philip at 859-2525, or call RapidCity 342-8585, or call Mitchell 996-3688. Donors will also receive afree cholesterol test.
Blood drive September 18
law enforcement––––––––––––––––––––––– 
3-21-12: Fishing Without License, Non-Resident:
 Tony E.Brendgard, Rapid City; fined $170.
6-8-12: Speeding:
Cody R. Ohman, Pierre; fined $105.
7-10-12: Failure to Make Proper Stop at Stop Intersection:
Diane L. Neyens, Long Valley; fined $110.
7-18-12: Passing Vehicles Yielding One-Half of Highway:
Karch M. Foley, Philip; fined $120.
7-8-12: Fail to Report Accident to Police Officer:
Ovidiu D.Avram, Minot, ND; fined $270.
Careless Driving:
Avram; fined$120.
Tyler Hauk was the winner a recent raffle for a Henry Big Boy Colt .45 rifle. TheGem Theatre held the raffle as one of many fundraisers to go toward the pur-chase of a digital projector. The movie distribution industry will have phased outthe old 35 millimeter projector technology by the end of 2013. A total of $65,000is needed for the new equipment, and that does not include 3D capability. Ac-cording to Amy Moses, manager of the Gem, the theatre is now a non-profit or-ganization, as part of its ongoing attempt to keep its doors open.
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 Save the Gem raffle winner
Senator John Thune (R-SD) saidthe American Farm Bureau Feder-ation report released August 21clearly shows that the Democratcontrolled Senate’s recently passedtax legislation would jeopardize thefuture of 71 percent of SouthDakota’s family farms because itintentionally returns the death taxexemption to $1 million next yearinstead of keeping it at the current$5 million.Over the past few years theprices of all South Dakota agricul-tural land, especially cropland, hasincreased substantially. This dra-matic price increase, along with theDemocrats’ proposal to reduce thedeath tax exemption level to $1million, could make passing a fam-ily farm of only a few hundredacres to the next generation eco-nomically impossible due to deathtax liability. According to data col-lected by AFBF, when applying2012 farm real estate values, farmsand ranches larger than 714 acreswould likely exceed the $1 millionexemption level. Crop producerswould be particularly impacted bythe lower exemption levels, asfarms larger than 431 acres of crop-land would be likely to exceed the$1 million exemption level.“This report outlines just howdevastating the Senate Democrats’death tax proposal would be toSouth Dakota farmers and ranch-ers,” said Thune. “The value of cropland across South Dakota hasincreased by more than 23 percentover the last year. According to thedata collected by AFBF from theUnited States Department of Agri-culture’s National Agriculture Sta-tistics Service, the appreciatedvalue of cropland throughout thestate means that nearly 71 percentof South Dakota farms would ex-ceed the $1 million exemption levelunder the Senate Democrats’ pro-posal. Since many family farm andranch assets consist of land, live-stock, equipment, and small cashreserves, this punitive tax leavesthe next generation with littlechoice but to sell family holdings topay the death tax. In March of thisyear, I introduced the Death TaxRepeal Permanency Act whichwould permanently repeal the fed-eral death tax and the generationskipping transfer tax. Repeal of this destructive tax is critical tokeeping family farms and ranchesintact across South Dakota.”“Today’s report shows that theoutdated death tax would impactover half of South Dakota’s farmsand ranches if it is allowed to re-vert to pre-2001 levels,” said Scott VanderWal, president of the SouthDakota Farm Bureau. “The Senateshould pass Senator Thune’s deathtax repeal bill, or at the very least,
Over 70 percent of landowners to be subjects to death tax 
Judon Fambrough, an attorneywith the Real Estate Center atTexas A&M University, has advicethat may be useful to South Dakotalandowners looking at lucrative oiland gas leases.“The money may be good, butdon’t surrender your propertyrights,” said Fambrough. A 35-yearmember of the center staff, he spe-cializes in property rights, includ-ing oil and gas, wind power, hunt-ing leases and landowner liability.Fambrough offers tips on pro-tecting property rights during leasenegotiations in his publicationHints on Negotiating an Oil andGas Lease. The guide covers suchtopics as leasing provisions, dura-tion of the lease, royalty clausesand surface damages. While it waswritten for Texas landowners,Fambrough said the informationcan be useful in other states aswell. That is good news forlandowners in South Dakota,where recent geological findingssuggest the state could be next inline for an oil boom.Fambrough said one of the mostimportant things a landowner willneed to negotiate in an oil and gaslease, regardless of location, is thedepth clause or a horizontal sever-ance clause.“Limit the lease to the bottom of the deepest producing formation atthe end of the primary term,” Fam-brough said. “Otherwise, one pro-ducing well, at any depth, holds theentire leased premises to the centerof the earth.”Likewise, when negotiating thevertical severance clause, Fam-brough recommends limiting thenumber of acres held by one pro-ducing well.“In Texas, the Railroad Commis-sion dictates the number of acres awell needs for a drilling permit andfor the amount of production it willallow from that well,” Fambroughsaid. “These are known as ‘produc-tion units.’ Either specify howmany acres one well will hold atthe end of the primary term orstate it can hold no greater numberthan allowed by the state govern-mental agency having jurisdiction.”Fambrough said that if a verticalseverance clause is not included,then one well holds the entireleased premises until that well orsubsequent ones drilled on theproperty quit producing.There’s also the matter of nego-
Oil and gas leasing hints for South Dakota landowners
extend current levels to protectSouth Dakota’s agriculture produc-ers from this unfair tax.”On July 25, Senate Democratspassed legislation on a party linevote of 51 to 48 that would increasetaxes on small businesses and fam-ilies. Additionally, if enacted, thisbill would return the current $5million death tax exemption to $1million next year, and would raisethe tax rate from the current toprate of 35 percent to an exorbitant55 percent.Senator Thune’s legislation, theDeath Tax Repeal Permanency Act, has 37 cosponsors and is sup-ported by more than 50 groups andorganizations. RepresentativeKevin Brady (R-TX) introducedidentical legislation in the House of Representatives and the bill hasmore than 200 bipartisan cospon-sors.tiating a minimum royalty provi-sion. “Most wells start off great buttail off after about six months of production,” Fambrough said.“Generally speaking, if a well doesnot reach payout during the firstsix months, it will never pay for it-self. The cost of the well will neverbe recovered.” However, this doesnot mean the oil company willabandon the well.“The oil company will milk it aslong as they can, and the marginalproduction will continue to hold thelease even though it is not produc-ing in paying quantities,” Fam-brough said. “Mineral owners needto negotiate a minimum royaltyprovision so that if their royaltiesfall below a certain level, the oilcompany must make up for the dif-ference or lose the lease.”Each of these clauses must be ne-gotiated, but none appear in an oiland gas lease, Fambrough said.“Hints on Negotiating an Oil andGas Lease” explains these clausesin greater detail. It can be down-loaded free from the center’s web-site athttp://recenter.tamu.edu/pdf /229.pdf.
High school sports at all-time high
Boosted by continued growth ingirls sports, participation in highschool sports increased for the 23rdconsecutive year in 2011-12, ac-cording to the annual High School Athletics Participation Survey con-ducted by the National Federationof State High School Associations.Locally, as of August 27, therewere 101 students registered in thePhilip High School. There were 27students out for football, 21 out forvolleyball and 11 out for crosscountry. That makes over 58 per-cent of the high school studentbody out for fall sports.Based on figures from the 51NFHS-member state high schoolathletic/activity associations, par-ticipation for the 2011-12 schoolyear reached an all-time high of 7,692,520 participants, an increaseof 24,565 from the previous year.“In this time of increasing finan-cial challenges in our high schools,we are encouraged that participa-tion in high school sports continuesto rise,” said Bob Gardner, NFHSexecutive director.Girls participation continued toclimb. Boys participation figuresdipped for the first time since 1992-93, down 9,419 from last year’snumber of 4,494,406 to 4,484,987.Baseball, soccer and cross countryall had increases from the previousyear.
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Boyd Waara 
 and wish her good luck  on his retirement and 40 years of banking! 
Friday, Sept. 7th 
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
First National Bank Lobby Downtown Philip 
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