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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.”
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
Stronger Economies Together
... by D Brs
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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