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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 7Volume 107October 11, 2012
Market Report
Winter Wheat, 12 Pro...........$8.21Any Pro..............................$7.41Spring Wheat, 14 Pro...........$8.57Milo.......................................$6.80Corn.......................................$7.00Millet...................................$28.75Sunflower Seeds................$23.00
Philip HighSchoolfootball
by Nncy Hgh
The October 2, meeting for theHaakon County Board of Commis-sioners was uneventful as theytook care of basic business.The first item of business was acorrection in the September 4,2012, minutes. Auditor Pat Free-man had written that the boardhad decided to send a letter toSouth Dakota State Universitythat Haakon County would not bepart of the four county 4-H cluster.Freeman had also written that Sh-eryl Hansen, 4-H administrativeassistant had been offered, and ac-cepted the position of 4-H advisor.The two issues had been discussedas possibilities but no decisions hadbeen made.Two Haakon County commis-sioners will meet with their coun-terparts from Jones, Jackson andMellette counties October 10 to dis-cuss the cluster’s continuation ordemise. Also at the meeting will beBarry Dunn, SDSU director of Ex-tension. Adele Harty, Extension cow/calf field specialist and Mary Roduner,Extension consumer horticulturefield specialist from the Rapid CityRegional Extension Center visitedwith the commission. They up-dated the board on activities withintheir fields and asked for theboard’s comments and suggestionson how the program has worked forthem and their constituents in thepast year.
Light agenda for commission
Kenny Neville, Haakon County highwaysuperintendent, was recognized Sep-tember 17 at the South Dakota Associ-ation of County Commissioners’ an-nual convention for 40 years as a high-way department employee in HaakonCounty. Neville began as an equipmentoperator in 1972. He became superin-tendent in September 1993, replacing Hank Miller.
Photo by Nancy Haigh
Roduner noted she is in charge of the Master Gardner program aswell as being an entomologist, spe-cializing in garden insects, not cropinsects.Kenny Neville updated the boardon the highway department. Heand the commission discussedwork at the Robb’s Flat site. Thenew building should be moved tothe site within two weeks.The board approved membershippayments for the Central SouthDakota Enhancement District andthe National Association of CountyOfficials.Reports reviewed included theveteran’s service officer, sheriff andauditor/treasurer. Freeman notedthe jail and mentally ill funds werein the red once again. The boardapproved to supplement the jailfund by $18,000 and the mentallyill fund by $5,000.Warrants for the past monthwere approved. An executive session for person-nel evaluations was conducted forapproximately 45 minutes.The board’s next meeting wschanged from November 8 to No-vember 6 so the board can also can-vass the general election results.
by D Brs
The Philip Area AARP/RetiredTeachers Association held itsmonthly soup supper and meeting,Monday, September 24.The guest speaker was BritMiller, president of the PhilipChamber of Commerce. Miller saidhe grew up in Philip and is a 2005Philip High School graduate.“I was one of those kids whocouldn’t wait to get out of Philip,”said Miller. “We don’t appreciatewhat we have here.” After college,he held banking positions in Hovenand Aberdeen. He said that, then,his goal was to move back to Philipand give back to the community. “Irealized just how special Philip is,”said Miller. He has since helpedwith the Philip Volunteer Fire De-partment, helped referee footballand basketball games, and volun-teers for various other activities.He related that he moved back inMay, and in November was talkedinto being the vice president of thePhilip Chamber of Commerce. Allhe had to do was start showing upfor meetings, and next term thevice president became the presi-dent.“We should be more active, bothas a chamber and economic devel-opment,” said Miller. “We have somany great employers, but we areshort on housing. We are not look-ing into it real far.”He praised the Philip Invita-tional Matched Bronc Ride, andnoted for the past two years it hashad 2,000 people at the rodeogrounds. “What we need to do isfind more things like that,” saidMiller.He also praised other localdraws, such as a tax break for newconstruction that has been initi-ated by the Philip City Council.Miller noted that the NAPA storewill be relocated to across from thePit Stop gas station. “If Dale (Mor-rison) didn’t step up, we mighthave lost NAPA in Philip,” saidMiller. “If you go to Wall orKadoka, everybody talks about the(Gem) theater.”Miller said that we have to getmore things going, though thedrought-affected economy is a fac-tor, “Hopefully we can get somerain and we can come out of it.Pray for some rain for our localfarmers and ranchers.” He sug-gested maybe a cost share programor some other incentive to get somelocal buildings redone.“We are moving in the right di-rection,” concluded Miller. “If youever see anybody on the street youdon’t know, say hi. It takes every-body to make it better.”In AARP/Retired Teacher Asso-ciation business, the local chaptermust purchase liability insuranceas a safeguard, especially with theuse of the senior center facilities.The annual grandparent essaywinners are students Jasmine Fer-guson, Morgan Cantrell and CylverLurz. There were 49 schools and1,361 students across the state par-ticipating in the essay program thisyear. “They get really excited whenthey can write about their grand-parents. It’s fun to read, too,” saidMarcia West.The “You’ve Earned a Say” pro-gram from South Dakota AARPmade a 66-county tour acrossSouth Dakota, registering what lo-cals had to say about Medicare andSocial Security. The informationwas compiled by SDAARP and sentto the national office, and fromthere will be sent to officials inWashington, D.C. Local chapterswill be kept updated, mainlythrough Mike West who serves onthe executive board of SDAARP.During the local meetings of “You’ve Earned a Say,” food driveswere held. Almost 5,000 pounds of food was gathered statewide. TheCountry Cupboard food pantrybased out of Wall needs syrup andcanned fruit, “but any kind of foodis welcome. It is used more thanwe’d like to think,” said West.The next meeting of the Philipchapter of the AARP/RetiredTeachers Association will be Mon-day, October 29, at 6:00 p.m. at theBad River Senior Citizen’s Center.
AARP guest speaker Brit Miller
by D Brs
For its Monday, October 9 meet-ing, the Philip Chamber of Com-merce hosted Kari O’Neill, whopromoted the Stronger EconomiesTogether program.A few year’s back the Philip com-munity began its participation inthe Horizons program. This is aleadership development programdesigned for small, rural towns. Itsmain goals are to train future com-munity leaders, address poverty is-sues and work to make localchanges. Though bettering thelocal economy, job prospectives andhousing are usually targets formany communities, local econom-ics are not necessarily the mainpurpose of the Horizons program.Stronger Economies Together(SET) is geared to bring a region of communities together in order toimprove the economies of all of them as a whole. This local regionwould include Haakon, Jacksonand eastern Pennington counties“We can do more together thanwe can on our own,” said MaryBurnett. “It’s logical. This is ourtrade area ... we’ve got businesseswho employ people from other com-munities.” She related that thestated region generally follows thelocal telecommunications exchangeboundaries and “our medical serv-ices are key to that area.”“Basically, if we pull togetherand pool our resources, we canhave a hand in our future,” saidBurnett.O’Neill generalized how the ruraldevelopment program has done inother states since it began twoyears ago. “They’ve worked out alot of the kinks and its a really goodprogram,” said O’Neill. Once a re-gion can show its SET plan, certaingrants may then be applied for tohelp implement that plan.To help get the regional economicdevelopment group off the ground,O’Neill, Burnett and Becky Breckhave been contacting people to joinin the first official SET meeting forthe region’s communities. Thatmeeting is tentatively set for Tues-day, November 13, in Kadoka. Ninemeetings, to cover nine progressivemodules, are to be held within thefirst year of the two-year program.Philip may host at least two of those meetings.The group will consist of 40 to 50
Chamber looks into StrongerEconomies Together program
by U.S. RprsnvMk Rgrs (R-Mch.)
We can get our national news oncable television, catch the weatheron local broadcast stations, listento talk radio on the AM or FM dialand follow our favorite blogs on theInternet, but where do we turn forlocal information that directly im-pacts our daily lives? More oftenthan not it is community newspa-pers.Technology has transformed howwe gather information in the 21stcentury. Newscycles run 24/7,tablets and laptops are becomingsmaller and smart phones keepgetting smarter.As a result most traditional largenewspapers are struggling to stayalive – they are more and more fre-quently printing only two to threetimes a week, personnel and con-tent are shrinking like never be-fore, and more information isshifted to online editions.Yet local community newspapersare thriving because they have per-sistently weathered the storm yearin and year out to remain a fixturein our everyday lives. As our soci-eties become more complex and di-verse with growing numbers of ways to obtain information, therole of local newspapers in inform-ing our communities becomes evenmore significant.We count on them to regularlycheck in with the courts and policestations. They print announce-ments on births, deaths, engage-ments, marriages, anniversaries,church news, job openings, schoolinformation and service club en-deavors.They publish notices of local mu-nicipal meetings. They print tax in-creases, millage initiatives, noticesof changes in laws and property re-zoning – all issues that most di-rectly affect our pocketbooks by de-termining how our hard-earned taxdollars are spent at the local leveland how are local officials are rep-resenting us.They help run the local economicengine and provide a marketplacefor the community. They offer localsmall businesses with an effectiveand affordable means of connectingwith local consumers. They printsales at the supermarket, couponsfor discounts at local stores, real es-tate listings, and classifieds foreverything from a used car to aneighbor’s garage sale.It’s also personal. Communitiesfeel a sense of ownership in theirlocal newspaper, and the peoplethat report the news are often ourfriends and neighbors down thestreet.News aggregating websites suchas Drudge Report and the majornews blogs are great at offering upmajor national and internationalnews and analysis, but they simplydo not provide the information onissues that impact us at the locallevel. It is especially true for theelderly and those with low incomeswho often have less access to com-puters and transportation.They normally only publish oncea week, but community newspa-pers remain the one constantsource of local information. In goodtimes and in bad, they stay focusedon us as a community.Now more than ever, communitynewspapers are an important bind-ing thread of our cities and towns.
Local newspapers connectus with our communites
by D Brs
The 63rd annual West CentralElectric Cooperative meeting, heldin Philip, Wednesday, October 3,was a warning of diminishing in-come, an increasing need for morepower plants, an environmentalcondemnation of coal-poweredplants and an awareness of peakpower requirements.Approximately 250 guests andWest Central Electric personnelgathered in the Philip Fine ArtsBuilding. The official businessmeeting was followed by a roastbeef supper provided by the Philip Volunteer Fire Department. Theevening’s entertainment was theJim Szana Trio jazz group.Door prizes included beef certifi-cates, small appliances and grandprizes of a color television, a patiobarbecue and a tabletop barbecue.During the meeting, the Philipchapter of Family, Career andCommunity Leaders of Americaprovided child care. The openingprayer was given by Father Kevin Achbach and the national anthemwas sung by the Philip High Schoolhonor choir.West Central Electric is a ruralcooperative serving members inHaakon, Jackson, Jones, Lymanand Stanley counties. The coopera-tive maintains around 3,573 milesof line in an area of more than7,000 square miles, serving approx-imately 3,660 members. The coop-erative’s monthly newsletter, “Co-operative Connections,” includesenergy saving programs, currentevents and issues about the cooper-ative, along with local, state andnational news and information. Al-most 40 people are employed byWest Central Electric.West Central Electric officerspresented the projected future of the cooperative. Chief ExecutiveOfficer Steve Reed said, “One thingabout electricity, a warm winter isnot necessarily a good thing.” Hepointed out that less usage equatedinto less sales, but with the sameoperating costs and with increasingpeak requirements. The coopera-tive is nine percent down from theprevious year, even with the hotsummer’s high air conditionerneeds.“We believe this year’s weatherpattern is an anomaly,” said Reed. After stressing that costs are goingup, he added, “Coal is all of a sud-den the bad guy in the environmen-tal debate,” even though almost 57percent of the area’s electricity in2011 came from coal operatedplants. Hydropower fulfilled 22percent of the needs, renewables(wind) nine percent, nuclear twopercent, natural gas half of a per-cent, and purchases from otherareas was close to 10 percent.Reed announced that the cus-tomer billing due date will be onthe 20th of each month, to assistwith the cooperative’s own pay-ment due dates. And, in 2013 athree dollar charge increase will beimplemented. Customers who re-quire less than 500 feet of hook-upwill not be charged, but for over500 feet the cooperative memberwill be charged an aid fee. Reedsaid that it costs $12,000 to build a1,500 foot hook-up.One bright point, said Reed, wasthat the TransCanada KeystoneXL Pipeline will, by far, be the co-operative’s main customer. Trans-Canada has already paid $9.5 mil-lion for the cooperative to increaseits infrastructure.Reed mentioned that the cooper-ative’s two way automated commu-nication computer program is help-ing to control a stable output of en-ergy. Bar coding will help withreal-time inventory. Cell phone no-tifications to members will alsosave costs and efforts, especiallysince landlines may be out duringa power outage.Vic Simmons of Rushmore Elec-tric presented an update for thestate’s electric cooperatives. Hesaid, in order to keep up with fu-ture demand, more power plantsmust be built relatively soon. Thecooperatives of South Dakota,North Dakota, Montana andWyoming have a $2.9 billion con-struction program. Costs are goingup, a great percentage being a di-rect result of requirements underthe Clean Air Act.Cooperatives must be able to pro-vide the generation and transmis-sion of electricity needed to meetmaximum usage at any given in-stance. Demand side management,also called load control, can be pos-itively affected by individuals byrunning major appliances in off-peak times.Customers/members are encour-aged to help with electrical loadbearing by running major appli-ances at night or in the times thatare not peak times for electricaluse. The cooperative, by using acustomer-requested connection sys-tem, can temporarily turn off hotwater heaters if variable peak loadtimes require it.
West Central Electric meeting
Steve Reed, chief executive officerPhilip area main-tenance person-nel, from left:foreman JimNickelson, line-men NathanDrury and Greg Arthur.Chuck Kroetch, Philip, vice president on the West CentralElectric board of directors, helped distribute service awardsto employees. Here he is presenting a 20-year recognitionto Becky McQuistian, West Central Electric Cooperative cus-tomer service.
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“Dead skunk in the middle of theroad. You got yer dead skunk inthe middle of the road. Stinkin’ tohigh Heaven!” So go the lyrics of asong written and performed byLoudon Wainwright. It is espe-cially appropriate right now sinceskunks appear to have had a ban-ner year. Not only are they dead inthe middle of the road but also onthe shoulder and even on some citystreets. I don’t know how manycarcasses I’ve seen, but there havebeen a lot.This is not hard to believe sinceskunks often have multiple off-spring. They are similar to cats asfar as reproduction goes, and youknow having four kittens in abatch is fairly common. Sometimesthere are more that that. There-fore, if you have ten female skunksaround, they could multiply them-selves to forty by fall. I think that’swhat happened this year. Theremust have been many largebatches and few stillbornsThis, too, is the season you aremost apt to see the results of theyear’s production since they are alldrifting around looking for cozywinter quarters. Culverts underroads are quite popular. Buildingsare too. Just the other day, Wallyasked if I’d like to help him movethree dead skunks from under hishouse. I said that, alas, I had avery busy schedule for both themorning and afternoon andcouldn’t possibly provide assis-tance. What a pity I couldn’t help.Over the years, I’ve dispatched awhole lot of skunks. They particu-larly adore the cat food I usuallyhave sitting out in dishes in thebarn. What’s more, the cats just ac-cept them as kin without making afuss. Let a coon come in the barnand eat cat food, and the cats getnervous. You can tell right awaythat something is wrong when youwalk in the barn and the cats areall sitting on high places lookingnervously around. This is a signalto grab your gun, walk carefully,and check the rafters for ringedtails. Cats give no warning aboutskunks, though, so you’d just bet-ter keep your wits about you in thebarn, especially after dark. I’venever been actually sprayed by astriped kitty, but it has been a nearthing many times. Early springand fall are the times one shouldbe especially careful.It’s not bad enough that thesestriped beasts have potent stinkglands, but, what is worse, theyare the most common carrier of ra-bies in this area. As far as I know,we have never had rabies on theplace, but that doesn’t mean itcouldn’t happen. Any critter in-cluding cats that acts strangelyneeds to be closely watched. Theonly thing worse than a rabidskunk, as far as I’m concerned,would be a rabid bat. You couldprobably outrun a skunk, but batswould be quite a bit trickier toavoid. We sometimes get bats inthe barn too, and I really hate that.I go in and out just as quickly aspossible when they are there. Ac-cording to recent statistics, notmany bats actually have rabies,but I don’t trust them anyway, thenasty things. If they were loveablecreatures, they wouldn’t be com-monly displayed in conjunctionwith the scariest time of year,namely Halloween.It is also almost impossible tochase a skunk out of a building be-fore shooting it. They won’t go evenif there are lots of doors, andthey’re all open. For one thing, youhave to stay a goodly distanceaway so you can’t really force theissue. Long ago I gave up trying toget them outside and now justshoot them where they stand.Then I quickly exit the buildingand wait at least a day before goingback, picking up the smelly beastwith a pitchfork, and disposing of it a considerable distance awaydown a draw.The only redeeming featureabout skunks might be that theyare fairly pretty. They usuallyhave glossy black hair punctuatedby a big white stripe or two. Theirbeauty, though, could be comparedto that of creeping jenny which alsois somewhat pretty. Neither onecan be fully appreciated when youknow what problems they cancause.My favorite story in this regard,however, might be the one fromschooldays in town. It was springand a lilac was blooming outsidethe window. Mom said, “Open thewindow so you can smell thelilacs.” I did open the window but just as a skunk walked by. I toldMom, “I don’t think I care much forthe smell of lilacs.” She came to myroom right away to check this out,smelled the skunk, and got a terri-ble fit of the giggles.So in conclusion, “It’s dead. It’sin the middle. Dead skunk in themiddle of the road. It’s dead. It’s inthe middle, and stinkin’ to high,high Heaven.”
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7-9-12: Speeding:
Hank R. Hamil, Piedmont, OK; fined $105.
7-10-12: Careless Driving:
Linda A. Swendsen, Hermosa; fined$120.
7-11-12: Fee Required of Harvest Vehicle:
Bryce E. Erickson, Tustin, MI; fined $170.
7-11-12: Extra Weight Allow Vehicles Hauling From Har-vest:
 Joni R. Driskell, Steinaner, NE; fined $170.
7-11-12: Extra Weight Allow Vehicles Hauling From Har-vest:
 Joseph J. Gray, Remington, VA; fined $170.
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people representing the differentcommunities in the region. Theywill then work in smaller groups.The modules are geared knowingthat some people will probably notbe able to make all of the meetings.The second year is to be more onthe region’s own initiative, withless oversight from Extension edu-cators, United States Departmentof Agriculture Rural Developmentstate staff, and Regional Rural De-velopment Centers.Previous regional areas in theSET program have strengthenedtheir local telecommunications, im-proved their local food market andfood distribution, or brought inadult education to augment thelocal business needs such as weld-ing training.“In two years you are not goingto develop a big, big change, butyou’ll have a start,” said O’Neill. Available will be coaching and ex-pertise from the Governors Officeof Economic Development, state de-mographic data, leadership train-ing, technological assistance, andpeer-to-peer networking.Some of the major benefits tosuccessful region applicants havebeen the uncovering of local assetsand resources that can advance theregion’s economy. The local SET re-gion may apply for a special assis-tance grant to help with dataanalyses or get specific expertiseneeded by the team. If interested in joining, individuals should contactBurnett or Brech.The next official meeting for thePhilip Chamber of Commerce willbe at 7:00 p.m., Monday, November12, at the 73
Saloon’s meetingroom.
 Stronger Economies Together
Prfc hun
... by D Brs 
On and off for months now the rancher had spotted, though onlyfleetingly, the massive buck. A lifelong hunter, he had noted the firstinitial growth of the antlers, then the velveting of the thick, sprawlingrack. One dewy predawn, he watched in wonder as the stag loudlyscraped off the covering against a tree, the newly polished horns glis-tening in the first streaks of the rising sun. No other bucks had daredanswer the clacking challenge; this deer was king. Before the sun fin-ished its kiss with the horizon, the master of the fields had vanished. Yet, over the months the rancher had gained a feeling for the routetaken by the buck during the surveillance of its realm.Now, the man sat by the gaping window of the loft in an old barnfairly distant from his house. He quietly unscrewed the top of his coffeethermos to refill his cup. Decades of experience had taught him to staypart of the night, thus he had climbed up hours ago using braille andfamiliarity in the noiseless dark. His rifle rested across his lap.Eyes stained to penetrate the night’s darkness. Pinpricks of starsbegan fading as the eastern horizon grew less black. The blurred massalong the creek wavered into individual tentacled shapes and furtherinto the bare-branched trees they were. Upright spears in the distanceslowly distinguished themselves as power poles. Post by post a fenceline hazed itself out of the field behind, the field itself crawling from alight-absorbing ebony to a brown covering of winter grasses.Ears were aware of hints of vibration barely called sound. A bird,acres away, scolded the coming morning. A creak echoed from below,as old barn wood stretched to the day’s waking temperatures. Milesaway, a truck hummed through the night. The man’s own breathing,slowed to a statue’s pace, whispered like ancient air from a cave. A ...something ... made a single tick from out a long ways. Could it havebeen brittle grass being brushed aside, one twig becoming two as it waspushed into the ground, a tap of antler against branch?The rising heat from the cup near his face was ignored. Coffee, straw,the creek –all were smells as the cup was eased down. Dried grainlines of the wood could be felt by his skin as the cup reached the board.Out the window, grasses glanced his way as air lightly mimicked abreeze. Lines on the earth became stems of plants, specks becameleaves on the ground, brownish spots became cow leavings, and brown-ish lines became ancient tire tracks. There he stood! The monarch wasin full pride. Huge shoulders supported the thick neck. His head bran-dished the sculpted antlers that were his crown.Years of raising the gun. Hours of sighting in. Minutes of easing thetrigger. The king heard the click. He stared, snorted in disgust and wasgone. The man smiled. He laid down the rifle and unsheathed his knife.One more deep mark joined the scores of others on the barn wall nextto the window. Never a bullet, but always hunting at its best.Donald W. Haynes, Philip, aModern Woodmen of America rep-resentative, has completed a five-day educational program at Mod-ern Woodmen’s home office in RockIsland, Ill.The advanced training programfocused on helping business ownerswith Modern Woodmen life insur-ance plans, annuities and IRAs. Additional emphasis was given tothe use of employee benefit plans invarious types of businesses. Train-ing also included strategies to helpprovide income from retirement as-sets and pension plans to those ap-proaching retirement.Founded in 1883, Modern Wood-men of America touches lives andsecures futures. The fraternal fi-nancial services organization offersfinancial products and fraternalmember benefits to individuals andfamilies throughout the UnitedStates.
Haynes finishes advanced training
The Country Cupboard foodpantry and the Wall CommunityLibrary are working together byFeeding the Mind and Body. Thelibrary has donated books the li-brary board has deemed surplus tothe food pantry. The pantry willthen use the books in fundraisingopportunities.The first major fundraising eventwill be for the pantry to participatein the Wall Community Craft Fairheld in November. At this event,books can be purchased for a can of food or a monetary donation. It willbe an opportunity for gift shopping,for motels to provide reading mate-rial for their guests, or adding topersonal collections.The library storage capacity forsurplus books is all but non-exis-tent. The library cannot sell thebooks, but can donate them to anonprofit organization 501 (c3).The library desires to partner withanother Wall community servicegroup that would benefit the li-brary and the community.This partnership benefits citi-zens of Wall as well as those inmany adjacent rural areas. The li-brary and pantry have been part-ners since the pantry opened. A basket of books has been madeavailable to pantry clients since itopened in May 2010. Both entitiesdesire to serve their local citizensto the fullest degree of their mis-sions, to share their resources.People can help their library,food pantry and the community bycoming to the community craft fair,November 4, by bringing a can of food and walking away with a bookor two. Join the community inFeeding the Mind and Body.
Feeding mind and body
Philip Motor, in conjunction with Ford Motor Company, held a vehicle test driving event, Friday, October 5, in which $20 per test drive was donated to the PhilipVolunteer Fire Department. Several types of vehicles –cars and pickups –wereavailable for inspection at the Philip Fire Hall parking lot. A free lunch was offeredto all licensed drivers who did a no-obligation test drive. Approximately 250 peo-ple registered for test drives. The PVFD might use the funds toward purchasing anew pumper truck, or other needed equipment. Shown above are licensed driversregistering to test drive a vehicle. Below are Philip Motor’s Tyler Hauk, PVFDdeputy chief Marty Hansen and firefighter Tyler Gartner.
Photos by Del Bartels
Drive one 4UR community
Wednesday, October 3, Doug Hauk’s freshmen and sophomore classes were vis-ited by two state FFA officers, Kelli Garry, state reporter, left, and Taylor Leonhardt,state president. Both are freshmen at South Dakota State University, and areearning six credit hours in communications skills through classroom visits, busi-ness tours and legislative breakfasts. In Philip, they led interactive games thatincluded introducing people as if they were vegetables or pizza toppings, andworking among different groups to find missing Lego pieces to complete a team’sproject. All this was to promote FFA. State FFA officers visit every FFA chapter inSouth Dakota. These two are on a central swing through the state. “Pretty activeyear for these kids,” said Hauk. “We both like it a lot, the workshop aspect espe-cially. We have different curriculum activities for different age groups on team-work and trust,” said Garry.
Photo by Del Bartels
 State FFA officers visit
The following local FFA mem-bers have qualified to compete orperform at the 85th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Octo-ber 24 through October 27.Natural resources – Philip:Wyatt Johnson, Avery Johnson,Jade Berry and Nicholas Hamill.Agricultural issues – Wall: BrettGartner, Elsie Fortune, EmilyLinn, Jennifer Emery, Josie Bla-sius, Kaden Eisenbraun and KaileySawvell.
Philip team to FFA nationals
On September 30, 22 shootersparticipated in the annual TownTeam Shoot held at the KadokaTrapclub. Competing were shootersfrom Winner, Belvidere, Pierre,Hamill, Midland, Kadoka, Custer,Edgemont, Hot Springs, Wall andGillette, Wyo.The team competion was heldfirst, with three teams shooting atotal of 125 targets each The teamfrom Wall/Edgemont consisting of Garrett Bryan, Toby Wagner, Jes-sica Wagner, Mick Stoddard and Alfred Schutt was the winner.Kadoka and Belvidere were theother two competing teams.After the team shoot, there werethree other competions of 50 birdseach in singles, handicap and dou-bles. Champion in singles was TomParquet, Midland, with 50/50.Class A was Mick Stoddard, Edge-mont, with 48/50. Class B was Jeff Swartz, Pierre, with 40/50, andClass C was Toby Wagner, Wall,with 36/50.Winning the handicap was RudyReimann, Belvidere, with 44/50.Class A was Swartz with 37/50 andClass C was Stoddard with 33/50.Doubles champion was Stoddardwith 47/50. Class A winner wasStanley Reimann, Gillette, Wyo.,with 46/50. Class B was RussellCvach, Midland, with 36/50, andClass C was Jessica Wagner, Wall,with 33/50.Winning the gorilla, the longeststreak in the 16-yard singles with-out a miss, was Parquet with 50/50.
Kadoka trapshoot results
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Pocket gophers and moles havesimilarities, and distinct differences.Both animals spend the majority of their time below ground, and causehomeowners headaches with theirburrowing activity. Pocket gophersalso cause problems for farmers andranchers, particularly in hayfields,where the dirt mounds they createinterferes with hay harvest.Determining which pest is in-volved is important in implementinga control method, and the best wayto do so is by the signs that can beseen above ground. Often, the onlyvisible sign of pocket gophers is themounds they construct as they re-turn below ground after their occa-sional visits into the open air. Pocketgopher mounds are generally fan orkidney-shaped, as opposed to thesmaller, usually round moundsmade by moles. Pocket gopher bur-rows are typically deep enough to re-main largely undetected from thesoil surface, whereas at least some of the burrows moles create show up asundulating, raised runways.Pocket gophers are rodents, andtherefore plant feeders, not onlycausing damage and being a nui-sance because of their mound build-ing habits, but cause some direct lossby feeding on the roots of plants,somewhat on aboveground vegeta-tion, and pulling vegetation intotheir tunnels from below. They arealso known to damage plastic waterlines and electrical cables by chew-ing on them.Moles on the other hand, are notrodents, but insectivores. Their dietconsists mainly of the insects, grubs,and worms they find in the soil.Moles are thought to damage rootsand tubers by feeding on them, butrodents usually are to blame. Al-though moles remove damaging in-sects from lawns and gardens, theirburrowing habits are not viewed fa-vorably.Due to the mole’s exclusive diet of insects, toxic grain baits are seldomeffective, although two poisons arefederally registered for use on them.Pocket gophers however, being her-bivores, can be controlled with poi-son baits. The baits can be applied inburrows by hand on a small scale, orwith a mechanical burrow builder if dealing with a field scale infestation.Fumigants are possible methodsof controlling both pocket gophersand moles, but they have beenknown to close off burrows so the fu-migant cannot get to them. The fu-migant may also move too slowlythrough the burrow system to be ef-fective. Carbon monoxide from auto-mobile exhaust can be effective dueto its greater volume and pressure.Fumigating can also be quite time-consuming and labor intensive.Due to their somewhat solitarynature, and the fact that one pocketgopher or one mole can construct anextensive burrow system, trapping isconsidered very successful for bothpests. For pocket gophers, trappingis best for small areas and animalsnot controlled with a poisoning con-trol program. Because of somewhatdifferent habits and size, differenttraps are intended for each pest.Both gopher traps and mole trapscan be purchased at many hardwarestores.There are also cultural and othermethods of minimizing damage fromboth pocket gophers and moles. Moreinformation on preventing and stop-ping damage from pocket gophers,moles and other wildlife can be ob-tained from the “Internet Center forWildlife Damage Management”:http://icwdm.org/ or contacting yourRegional Extension Center.
10/16-18: SDSU Extension An-nual Conference, Brookings11/27-28: Ag Horizons Confer-ence, Pierre
by Bob FanningField Specialist, WinnerRegional Extension Center
 Saddlery, Bottle & Vet Locally owned & operated 859-2482 • Philip 
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Rural Living
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We have trucksavailable for onfarm pickup or if you are a trucker call us for loads.
Now buying
Bird Food, Oil Sunflower Seeds,Green & Yellow Peas, Flax, Millet,Safflower, and Milo
Lee Klocke (605) 350-7486
email: lklocke@sunbird-inc.com
Now buying
Large Oil, Con Oil and ConfectionSunflowers for the edible andde hulling market.
Jarrid Graff at (605) 350-0188
email: jarrid@advancedsunflower.com or 
Danny Dale at (605) 412-0129
email: danny@advancedsunflower.com
Call for current prices andnew crop sunflower prices.
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will meet Tuesday, October 16, at6:30 in the Senechal Lobby. Anyone is welcome to attend.
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will meet Monday, October 29, at 6:00in the Senior Center with a soup supper, speaker and annual meet-ing. Anyone is invited to attend.
CBC HalloWeeN PaRtY …
Free to the community …Wednesday, Oct. 24, senior citizen’s center, Philip. Potluck, 6:15p.m. with drinks and utensils provided. Prizes for costumes. Pleasebring two cans of food for food bank and white elephant gift inbrown paper bag with no names. Everyone welcome! For more info.,call Darlene Matt at 859-2077.
leGioN aUXiliaRY MeetiNG …
Thursday, Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m.at the home of Kay Ainslie. Please bring Christmas gifts for the vet-erans at the state home.
PleaSe JoiN US …
in praying for our nation on Saturday, Oct.13, at 12;00 p.m. at Philip Fire Hall Park.
 aFteR 105 YeaRS, SeRViCeS at tHe MileSVille PoStoFFiCe aRe eNDiNG …
with an “emergency suspension.” Thelast day to do business was September 29. The Postal Service willbe trying to find a new plan to provide services in the Milesvillearea, but the likely next step will be permanent closure.
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Philip Area Farmer’s Market
 Fall Fest 
Saturday, October 13th
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Pasture, rangeland and forageinsurance is available for 2013 inSouth Dakota based on a rainfallindex.Haying and grazing needs can becovered against moisture shortagesusing the pasture, rangeland andforage rainfall index, said MatthewDiersen, South Dakota State Uni-versity extension risk and businessmanagement specialist.“While producers would prefer tobe paid if they did not have forage,the pasture, rangeland and foragerainfall index relies on a close his-torical relationship between rain-fall timing and forage productionamounts,” Diersen said. He ex-plained that producers can guardagainst low precipitation during in-sured intervals for localized gridsspecific to haying or grazing needs.Rainfall is grid-level and not farm-or ranch-level when measured.November 15 is the deadline topurchase or change coverage forthe 2013 calendar year.Diersen explained that the pas-ture, rangeland and forage rainfallindex coverage available in SouthDakota mirrors pasture rents (peracre) for grazing.“The coverage is constant at$204.23 per acre for haying. In theevent that precipitation is low dur-ing an insured interval, producerscould use indemnity payments toreplace income or to purchase re-placement feed," he said. "Unfortu-nately the coverage does not in-crease should prices move higherduring the insured year.”Encouraging indicators at thestate level suggest that the pas-ture, rangeland and forage rainfallindex would work well to manageforage production risk. In yearswith below average rainfall inSouth Dakota, the hay yield wasalso often below average. In partic-ular, notable drought years inSouth Dakota (1976, 1988, 2002and 2006) had sharply lower rain-fall totals and hay yields.According to the Census of Agri-culture, there were 23 million acresin permanent pasture and range-land across South Dakota in 2007.The pasture, rangeland and foragerainfall has been available in SouthDakota since the 2007 crop yearusing a vegetation index, but only540,000 acres were insured withpasture, rangeland and forage in2012.“As detailed in the crop insur-ance provisions, catastrophic cover-age is not available for pasture,rangeland and forage. Thus, pro-ducers may also purchase Nonin-sured Disaster Assistance Program(NAP) coverage for the pasture,rangeland and non-alfalfa hay-land,” Diersen said.He said it is up to producers todecide whether the insurance isnecessary and valuable. “The highsubsidy rate likely gives the cover-age value, but there are no ab-solute guarantees that precip- ita-tion shortages will always line upwith forage needs,” he said.Premiums for pasture, range-land and forage rainfall index varyby county, type, coverage level,practice/interval, and grid location.Producers have to pick a coveragelevel from 70 to 90 percent of thegrid base. A default to considerwould be the 70 percent level as ithas the highest subsidy rate. Pro-ducers also have to pick a produc-tivity level from 60 percent to 150percent of the county base. This al-lows for intra-county variability insoil type, grade, and forage type.Diersen explained that there aremany ways to allocate coverage.“Not all acres need to be insured.Selected acres are allocated across11 two-month intervals. Intervalscannot overlap a given month. Atmost 70 percent and no fewer than10 percent of acres can be in a sin-gle interval," he said. "Ideally, aproducer will know key monthsthat a lack of precipitation wouldresult in less forage production.”For more information, visitwww.igrow.org. Interested insur-able parties can also contact a cropinsurance agent or go online to theRisk Management Agency websitewww.rma.usda.gov.
 South Dakota pastures nowinsurable with rainfall index 
Due to this year’s drought, theNatural Resources ConservationService has allowed an “area-widevariance” for minimum residue re-quirements on highly erodiblelands (HEL).The variance applies to all coun-ties in South Dakota exceptRoberts County, if eligibility re-quirements are met.The area-wide variance would beavailable for any untilled HELfields where residue levels are lessthan required by the conservationplans due to drought or becauseresidue has been harvested for for-age (silage baled, grazed).With the following exceptions,the variance would not apply toHEL fields that have been tilledand have inadequate residue levelssince it is expected that tillage ac-tivities be reduced or eliminated inan attempt to ensure plannedresidue levels are met.Exceptions-variance would alsoapply to tilled HEL fields if: A cover crop or fall crop was plantedimmediately after fall tillage. Theonly tillage was due to spring ap-plication of anhydrous ammonia(with a narrow or low disturbanceshank on 30-inch or wider spac-ings).Again, the variance will onlyapply if minimum residue levelsidentified in the HEL complianceplan are not met. HEL fields withadequate residue levels would beconsidered actively applying theconservation plan and would notneed a variance.For more information on thearea-wide variance for HEL, con-tact Gerald Jasmer, state resourceconservationist, at 605-352-1234.
Area-wide variance on residuerequirements for erodible lands

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