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Bison Courier, September 6, 2012

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The town board held a specialmeeting Wednesday at noon tomeet with Allan Page, KBMengi-neer; Mike Perkovich, State of South Dakota DENR; and DeniseLivingston from the Midwest As-sistance Program, about the stormsewer project. The buildings on theHeck property are not part of thestorm sewer project and can be re-moved.Ithas been decided that the eastlot of the Heck property would notbe a good place for a holding pond.It had been suggested that theholding pond be located at thewest end of town to control theflow of water so it will not causedamage to the lagoon pond, in thesouth ditch beyond where thestorm sewer water becomes sur-face water. The north lagoon willbe rip rapped on the north andwest side of the dike to preventerosion as the overflow drainssouth and west. The holding pondwould not hold water for morethan 24 hours.The towns needs to get ease-ments from property ownerswhere the storm sewer crosses pri-vate property.Thestreet and sidewalks thatare torn up for the storm sewerwork will be replaced to originalcondition (asphalt back to asphaltcement back to cement).The wetlands northwest of theGrand Electric poleyard cannot bedrained to the south into the stormsewer because of the elevation of that location. if it were to bedrained to the northwest it wouldhave to be drained through privateproperty via a canal and it wouldhave to be determined if this iswetlands by the NRCS.The storm sewer project will beusing concrete pipe at roadwaysand HDPpipe in other areas.Curb and gutter and sidewalkwill be replaced where the stormsewer is located along MainStreet.Would it be feesable for the townto do a surcharge on the stormsewer project? If so everyone whouses sewer gets an equal charge.Or resubmit the loan applicationto increase the amount of theState REvolving Fund loan if theproject exceeds the present loanamount.In other business the board ap-proved Heath to get a new pumpfor the storage tank at the airportand have it installed and have theone taken out repaired then haveit reinstalled at pump 2 and thethird pump taken out and re-paired..The board also approved a letterto the Perkins County Commis-sioners asking them to consider a joint venture of resurfacing Cole-man Avenue from Highway 20 toMain Street.The next regular meeting will beSeptember 10 at 7 p.m.
Town board meets withstorm sewer officials
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 12September 6, 2012
Includes Tax
Local youth attend Rodeo Bible camp
Brianna Sexton had a time of 9.08 in goat tying and she tookfirst place in pole bending. See page 3 for more photos. Photocourtesy of Robyn Jones.
 As the Obama Administration con-tinues to support farmers and busi-nesses impacted by the drought, Agri-culture Secretary Tom Vilsack todayannounced a two-month extension foremergency grazing on ConservationReserve Program (CRP) acres, freeingup forage and feed for ranchers asthey look to recover from this chal-lenging time. This flexibility forranchers marks the latest action bythe U.S. Department of Agriculture toprovide assistance to producers im-pacted by the drought, which has in-cluded opening CRPand other conser-vation acres to emergency haying andgrazing, lowering the interest rate foremergency loans, and working withcrop insurance companies to provideflexibility to farmers."The Obama Administration is com-mitted to helping the thousands of farm families and businesses who con-tinue to struggle with this historicdrought," said Vilsack. "It is also im-portant that our farmers, ranchersand agribusinesses have the tools theyneed to be successful in the long term.That's why President Obama and Icontinue calling on Congress to pass acomprehensive, multi-year Food,Farm and Jobs Bill that will continueto strengthen American agriculture inthe years to come, ensure comprehen-sive disaster assistance for livestock,dairy and specialty crop producers,and provide certainty for farmers andranchers."The Secretary today also desig-nated 147 additional counties in 14states as natural disaster areas-128counties in 10 states due to drought.In the past seven weeks, USDAhasdesignated 1,892 unduplicated coun-ties in 38 states as disaster areas-1,820 due to drought-while USDAoffi-cials have fanned out to more than adozen drought-affected states as partof a total U.S. government effort tooffer support and assistance to thosein need.Toassist producers, USDAis per-mitting farmers and ranchers indrought stricken states that havebeen approved for emergency grazingto extend grazing on CRPlandthrough Nov. 30, 2012, without incur-ring an additional CRPrental pay-ment reduction. The period normallyallowed for emergency grazing laststhrough Sept. 30. The extension ap-plies to general CRPpractices (detailsbelow) and producers must submit arequest to their Farm Service Agencycounty office indicating the acreage tobegrazed. USDA's continuing effortsto add feed to the marketplace bene-fits all livestock producers, includingdairy, during this drought. Expandedhaying and grazing on CRPacres,along with usage of cover crops as out-lined last week by the Secretary, hasbegun providing much needed feed tobenefit all livestock, including dairy. At the direction of the President,Secretary Vilsack is helping coordi-nate an Administration-wide responsethat has included: the National CreditUnion Administration's increased ca-pacity for lending to customers includ-ing farmers; the U.S. Department of Transportation's emergency waiversfor federal truck weight regulationsand hours of service requirements toget help to drought-stricken commu-nities; and the Small Business Admin-istration's issuance of 71 agency decla-rations in 32 states covering 1,636counties, providing a pathway forsmall businesses, small agriculturalcooperatives and non-farm small busi-nesses that are economically affectedbythe drought in their community toapply for Economic Injury DisasterLoans (EIDL). President Obama alsostressed the need for the entire Ad-ministration to continue to look at fur-ther steps it can take to ease the painof this historic drought.Over the past seven weeks, USDA has announced:Intent to purchase up to $170 mil-lion of pork, lamb, chicken, and catfishfor federal food nutrition assistanceprograms, including food banks, tohelp relieve pressure on Americanlivestock producers and bring the na-tion's meat supply in line with de-mand. Allowed emergency loans to be madeearlier in the season.Intent to file special provisions withthe federal crop insurance program toallow haying or grazing of cover cropswithout impacting the insurability of planted 2013 spring crops. Authorized up to $5 million ingrants to evaluate and demonstrateagricultural practices that help farm-ers and ranchers adapt to drought.Granted a temporary variance fromthe National Organic Program's pas-ture practice standards for organic ru-minant livestock producers in 16states in 2012. Authorized $16 million in existingfunds from its Wildlife Habitat Incen-tive Program (WHIP) and Environ-mental Quality Incentives Program(EQIP) to target states experiencingexceptional and extreme drought.Initiated transfer of $14 million inunobligated program funds into theEmergency Conservation Program(ECP) to help farmers and ranchersrehabilitate farmland damaged bynatural disasters and for carrying outemergency water conservation meas-ures in periods of severe drought. Authorized haying and grazing of Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP)easement areas in drought-affectedareas where haying and grazing isconsistent with conservation of wildlife habitat and wetlands.Lowered the reduction in the an-nual rental payment to producers onCRPacres used for emergency hayingor grazing from 25 percent to 10 per-cent in 2012.Simplified the Secretarial disasterdesignation process and reduced thetime it takes to designate counties af-fected by disasters by 40 percent.The U.S. Drought Monitor indicatesthat 63 percent of the nation's hayacreage is in an area experiencingdrought, while approximately 72 per-cent of the nation's cattle acreage is inan area experiencing drought. Approx-imately 86 percent of the U.S. corn iswithin an area experiencing drought,down from a peak of 89 percent onJuly 24, and 83 percent of the U.S.soybeans are in a drought area, downfrom a high of 88 percent on July 24.During the week ending August 26,USDA's National Agricultural Statis-tics Service reported that 52 percentof U.S. corn and 38 percent of the soy-beans were rated in very poor to poorcondition, while rangeland and pas-tures rated very poor to poor remainedat 59 percent for the fourth consecu-tive week. Visit www.usda.gov/drought for thelatest information regarding USDA'sdrought response and assistance.The Obama Administration, with Agriculture Secretary Vilsack's lead-ership, has worked tirelessly tostrengthen rural America, maintain astrong farm safety net, and create op-portunities for America's farmers andranchers. U.S. agriculture is currentlyexperiencing one of its most produc-tive periods in American historythanks to the productivity, resiliency,and resourcefulness of our producers. Astrong farm safety net is importantto sustain the success of Americanagriculture. USDA's crop insuranceprogram currently insures 264 millionacres, 1.14 million policies, and $110billion worth of liability on about500,000 farms. In response to tighterfinancial markets, USDAhas ex-panded the availability of farm credit,helping struggling farmers refinanceloans. Since 2009, USDAhas providedmore than 128,000 loans to familyfarmers totaling more than $18 bil-lion. Over 50 percent of the loans wentto beginning and socially disadvan-taged farmers and ranchers.The extension of emergency grazingonCRPacres does not apply to thesepractices: CP8A– Grass Waterway-Non-easement; CP23 – WetlandRestoration; CP23A– WetlandRestoration-Non-Floodplain; CP27 – Farmable Wetlands Pilot Wetland;CP28 – Farmable Wetlands PilotBuffer; CP37 – Duck Nesting Habitat;and CP41 – FWPFlooded Prairie Wet-lands.South Dakota [drought and other]Brown, Brule, Buffalo, Corson, Faulk,Hand, Harding, Hughes, Hyde, Lake,Lyman, Mellette, Miner, Minnehaha,Moody,
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack extends emergencygrazing to assist ranchers impacted by drought
Secretary designates additional counties due to drought 
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Town and Country ExtensionClub met August 23 at the home of hostess Beth Hulm. The meetingwas opened with the flag pledges,creed and mission statement.The hostess gift was won byJoyce Waddell.There was again discussion ontheState Convention in Aberdeen,September 14-15 with a reminderto take cultural arts items. PerkinsCounty is also responsible for twosilent auction items.The Fall Council Meeting is Oc-tober 13, at 10:00 a.m. at Mom’sPlace. Teddi encouraged all mem-bers to attend. This year the rollsand beverages will be paid for outofPerkins County CFELfunds sothere will be no cost to attendees.There will be reports from thosewho attended the state meeting.Bernice Kari gave the fair athumbs up. It was a successful fairwith many open class items thisyear – several being quilts. Thegrandstand had a full crowd for thededication. Sara Weishaar receivedcompliments for having quite a few“town” kids in her 4-H club.Looking ahead to Christmas andthe courthouse tree, two ideas weredecided upon and dates will be setfor work later on.The next meeting will be heldSeptember 27 with Bernice Karihosting. After the meeting a very interest-ing presentation was given by BobDrown on his journey into winemaking. He gave an excellent pres-entation with demonstration of equipment and photos of the pro-gression of the wine makingprocess. Vera Kraemer, Sec/Treas
Town and Country extension club
Taylor Lensegrav of Meadowwasawarded the Yellow and BlueScholarship for the 2012-2013 aca-demic year at South Dakota StateUniversity.Lensegrav is a senior at SDSU,where he participates in PhiKappa Phi Honor Society andGolden Key Honor Society. He isthe son of Dave and RhondaLensegrav and is a 2009 graduateof the Lemmon High School.
Lensegrav awarded scholarship at SDSU
Department of Social Services’supplemental nutrition assistanceprogram recognized for exceptional administration
For the 28th consecutive year,the U.S. Department of Agricul-ture has recognized the SouthDakota Department of Social Ser-vices' (DSS) for its quality admin-istration of the Supplemental Nu-trition Assistance Program(SNAP).South Dakota will receive$650,000 in federal funding for thenation’s lowest negative error rateand being third nationally in thelowest payment error rate for fed-eral fiscal year 2011. The nationalaverage negative payment errorrate during the fiscal year was 8.3percent; South Dakota's rate was0.46 percent. The national averagepayment error rate was 3.8 per-cent; South Dakota's rate was 1.59percent.The error rate measures the cor-rectness of a state agency's actionsto deny an application or suspendor terminate benefits of a partici-pating household. The rate alsomeasures whether a state agencycorrectly determined a household'seligibility in terms of the state'scompliance with federal proce-dural requirements.In a message to DSS staff, Gov.Dennis Daugaard remarked, “Iknow you do not hear ‘thank you’enough, and I want you to know Iappreciate your work. Your effortsto make South Dakota a betterplace for families who are workingtowards financial independenceare truly important, and togetherwe continue to serve as a model forother states.”Over the years, South Dakotahas received more than $16.9 mil-lion in performance money fromUSDAfor accuracy and timelinessin providing SNAPbenefits tostate residents. The measures of performance are directly related toprogram integrity and customerservice. As of July, the SNAPprogramhas served 104,279 South Dakotaindividuals, of which 49,311 werechildren. The average monthlybenefit was $307 per household.“Iam proud of Department of Social Services staffers who con-tinue to provide exemplary publicservice through accurate and effec-tive administration of the SNAPprogram, despite record numbersof individuals and families inSouth Dakota that are currentlyreceiving SNAPbenefits,” saidDSS Secretary Kim Malsam-Rys-don. “This award reflects upontheir dedication and commitmenttohelping our residents.”The SNAPprogram helps low-income South Dakotans buy thefood they need to stay healthywhile they work to regain financialindependence. Benefits are pro-vided to supplement the recipient’sfood budget. The amount of bene-fits a household receives is basedon its size, income, and allowableexpenses.For more information aboutSNAP, call 1-877-999-5612 or visithttp://dss.sd.gov/snap/
Statewide 4-H Club campaign to raise moneyfor South Dakota backpack programs
The South Dakota 4-H YouthCouncil Club Campaign is an an-nual opportunity for 4-H memberstogive back to 4-H and also raisemoney for a designated charitythat serves youth. This year 4-Hmembers are raising money forschool backpack programs acrossSouth Dakota as well as the 4-HTeens as Teachers ScholarshipProgram. Sami Sleep, 4-H CouncilPresident from Lawrence Countyexplains, ""The extent ofchildpoverty in South Dakota amazesme. We are really enthusiasticabout this community service proj-ect and hope to better the lives of children throughout the state. Theproject will kick off at the SouthDakota State Fair, August 30th-September 3rd."The South Dakota 4-H Founda-tion is working with the youthcouncil to set up a dedicated on-line donation website for the cam-paign. At the site, each 4-H clubwill make its annual contributionto the 4-H program as well as des-ignate an additional amount fortheir local school backpack pro-gram. To put one backpack in thehands of a child for his or her fam-ily costs $5.00. Clubs will decidehow many backpacks they wouldlike to sponsor.Staff member Jennifer Stensaaswith Feeding South Dakota is ex-cited about this partnership with4-H, "Thank you for letting us beapart of this project! We are sovery grateful for programs like 4-Hthat make it possible to con-tinue helping people in need."The 4-H Youth Council is a net-work of 21 youth across the state.They represent nearly 9,000 youthin over 600 4-H community clubs.Each club will be contacted tomake a gift to the campaign. "The4-H council members are leadersin their communities," indicates Audrey Rider, 4-H Youth Leader-ship Field Specialist and counciladvisor. "By providing leadershipfor this effort, they become rolemodels for other youth about theimportance of giving back throughphilanthropy."If you are a 4-H Club Leader or4-H Member, you can make your4-H Club gift or pledge on-line, goto HYPERLINK "http://www.sd4hfoundation.org/Club_Campaign.html" http://www.sd4hfoundation.org/Club_Campaign.html
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Trig Clark won 1st place in the barebacks at Badlands RodeoBible Camp that was held in Kadoka on August 6-9. A total of 106 campers attended the camp where they received rodeo in-struction for two days, then competed in two rodeo perform-ances, along with attending daily chapel and devotions. Photocourtesy of Robyn Jones.Jake Foster of Meadow. Photo courtesy of Robyn Jones.
Cowboys for Christ
Bison Clinic 
September schedule 
Open Monday - Friday 8:00 - 5:00 Appointments 8:30 - 4:30Closed from Noon - 1:00 pmDan Kvale, MSPA-C • Monday - Friday Val Brown September 14
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Thursday, September 6
Hot beef on w/w breadmashed potatoes w/gravycorn broccoli bakepeaches & vanilla ice cream
Friday, September 7
Chilimarinated vegetable salad w/w crackerscooked apples
Monday, September10
Beef & noodles tossed saladparsley carrots & pears
Tuesday, September 11
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Roast turkeybaked sweet potatoesgreen beanscranberry sauceangel food cake w/strawberry topping
Wednesday, September12
Meatloafbaked potato w/sour creamlima beans w/pimentospineapple tidbits w/w dinner roll
by Senator John Thune
One of the best pieces of advice myparents gave me as a young man get-ting ready to leave for college was tonever forget where I came from. Morethan 30 years later my parents’advicestill rings true. As a United States Senator I canthink of no better way to stay con-nected to the state I represent than tospend time at home talking with SouthDakotans about the issues and policiesimportant to them. I always look for-ward to the August Congressionalwork period because it gives me the op-portunity to travel across the state andstay connected with constituents. This August work period has been no differ-ent. I have enjoyed meeting with a va-riety of groups and people, and cele-brating the success of communitiesacross the state.Earlier this month, I traveled downto Vermillion where I attended the rib-bon cutting ceremony for the Lewisand Clark Regional Water Systemwater treatment plant. This new plantis a victory for the 300,000 people ineastern South Dakota who will receivewater. I also traveled to Porcupinewhere I took part in the grand openingcelebration of the Rockyford Commu-nity School. This school will enrollaround 500 preschool through eighthgrade students on the Pine Ridge In-dian Reservation.I always enjoy connecting with theagriculture producers in the state, andagain this year was pleased to gatherwith farmers and ranchers atDakotaFest in Mitchell. Due to thehigh temperatures and sparse rainfall,this has been a particularly difficultyear for farmers and ranchers. As Con-gress works to pass a new Farm Bill, itis important to get feedback from theproducers impacted by these policies.Fair season is also upon us, and thatmeant visits to Parker for the TurnerCounty Fair and Aberdeen for theBrown County Fair. I enjoyed taking inthe exhibits, food, and music withmany of my fellow fair-goers. Of course, no fair season would be com-plete without a trip to Huron. I lookforward to again attending the SouthDakota State Fair. As I wrap up another August workperiod, I was glad to connect with peo-ple all over the state. It is always goodto hear directly from the people I amfortunate enough to represent andthose who will continue to keep meclose to South Dakota.
Staying connected ------------------------
Was born to Brad & Amanda Kari she joins Derek, 6; Bryce, 4; Carson, 2
GrandparentsErnie Kari Prairie City & the late Lisa Kari Del & Debbie Raisanen Dauphin, ManitobaGreat-grandparents Leona Aaker Bison, SD Mary Kari Lemmon, SD The late Ernest Theodore Ted Kari Mabel Raisanen Ontario, Canada & the lateRaymond Raisanen Lori Fehr Alberta, Canada
Katelyn Marie
August 15, 2012 • 6lbs. 2oz. • 20”long

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