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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 19October 25, 2012
Includes Tax
Highlights & Happenings
The Veterans Day
program will beon Monday, November 12 at 2:30P.M. in the Bison School gym.
October 31, 2012 is thedue date for the last half of taxes.Interest and penalty will accrue be-ginning November 1st.
Moreau Township’s
October 30thmeeting set for 7:00p.m. at the Den-nis Welter Residence
continued on page 20 
Jan Gossman, Librarian at the Bison Public Library, with heraward.
Gossman awarded Distinguished Service Award
Jan Gossman, Library Directorat Bison Public Library, wasawarded the Distinguished Ser-vice Award at the annual confer-ence of the South Dakota Library Association.The Distinguished Service Award honors a member who hasfurthered the development of li-braries in South Dakota and hasperformed exemplary service foran extended period of time. JanGossman was recognized for hermany years of service which led tothe establishment and improve-ment of library services for Bisonand the surrounding community.Nominators noted her many yearsof work to assure that the librarywas properly housed and her ex-cellent customer service.
NEW ENGLAND — Law en-forcement is looking for two — pos-sibly three — suspects linked to anarmed robbery early Thursday at American Bank Center.Two armed men wearing dark-colored ski masks reportedly en-tered the bank from a next door al-leyway and approached a bankteller, who followed the robbers’in-struction and placed a knownamount of money in a laptop bag,according to a press release fromthe Hettinger County Sheriff’s Of-fice.Chief Deputy Josh Monson withthe Hettinger County Sheriff’s Of-fice said the incident occurred be-tween 8:15 and 8:20 a.m. Thursdayand no one was injured.The suspects are believed to havegotten into a dark grey or darkgreen compact pickup before leav-ing.One suspect is a white male, ap-proximately 6-feet tall and weighsbetween 165 pounds to 170 pounds.He wore a light blue jean jacket anddark blue and carried a sawed-off pump shotgun with a light coloredwood stock. Asecond suspect is approxi-mately 5-foot, 6-inches tall, weighs155 pounds and has long, dark hairpulled back in a ponytail.He wore a red bandanna tiedaround his neck, a black sweat-shirt/jacket, dark pants and blackshoes, and he carried a large-framerevolver with a 6- or 8-inch barrel.The possible third suspect is awhite male who wore a brimmedhat and was driving a dark green ordark gray compact pickup, possiblya Ford Ranger.It has been suggested that themen may have been involved inbreak-ins at homes in New Eng-land, but North Dakota HighwayPatrol Sgt. Dan Haugen said that isnot true.“Two house alarms were acti-vated at 11:30 a.m. but contrary torumors, the two isolated alarmshad nothing to do with the bankrobbery suspects,” he said. American Bank Center is offer-ing a reward for information lead-ing to an arrest, according to theSheriff’s Office press release.“Most importantly, all of the em-ployees are safe and no one washurt,” Stan Koppinger,president/CEO of the AmericanBank Center, told The DickinsonPress.But due to the investigation,Koppinger was unable to commentfurther, he said.Several people outside of Ameri-can Bank Center on Thursday alsodeclined comment.Law enforcement, includingNorth Dakota Highway Patrol andHettinger County Sheriff’s Office,were highly visible around NewEngland in the hours following theincident. Anyone with information isasked to contact state radio at 800-472-2121.Reprinted with permission from theDickinson Press
BUCYRUS — Looking likesomething out of an apocalypticHollywood film, much of the smalltown of Bucyrus was burned to theground after being swept up in araging wildfire Wednesday. Aided by winds in excess of 60mph, a fire estimated by firefight-ers to be nearly 10 miles long con-tinued to burn into the night in Adams County, swallowing up sev-eral homes in its path and causingevacuations and panic.Homes were seen burning orburned to the ground as of 9 p.m.,decimating structures and sendingresidents scrambling. As of lateWednesday night, there were noreports of injuries.“I’ve never seen anything likethis,” said Scranton Fire Chief Ryan Schumacher. “Everything isburned here. The town is basicallygone.”Schumacher said he knew of atleast three homes that had beendestroyed and added that therewere nine fire departments thathe knew of assisting. Highway 12was shut down for several miles in Adams County with nearly everyutility pole for at least a three-milestretch burning or completelygone.With smoke thick and heavy,red-hot embers blew about rapidlyin the continuous strong winds.Surrounded by flames, the rail-road that heads through Bucyruswas shut down.“As far as we can tell, the firestretches from the Highway 12 in-tersection east to mile marker 69,”said Shawn Peterson of the AdamsCounty Sheriff’s Office. “It’s a longstretch. There are little fires pop-ping up all around — it’s not agood situation.”Only a handful of homes re-mained standing into the night asdozens of firefighters worked tocontain the blaze. At the 2010 U.S.Census, the population forBucyrus was listed at 27. Thecause of the blaze was unknown,although officials believed it mayhave started from a previous firein the area.“Bucyrus has been pretty muchcompletely lost,” Adams CountyState’s Attorney Aaron Roselandsaid.The fire started at about 2 p.m.or 3 p.m. about a mile west of the104-year-old town. The city wasevacuated at 5 p.m. or 5:30 p.m.By about 8 p.m., the North DakotaDepartment of Transportationshut down Highway 12 from its in-tersection with Highway 22 toHettinger.Hettinger was in the clear, Rose-land said. But they were watchingit through the night for flare upsas winds continued to blow.“We’re ongoing with efforts totry to make sure that people whoneed shelter have shelter at ourlocal armory,” Roseland said.Emergency services from AdamsCounty, Bison, S.D., BowmanCounty, Hettinger, Lemmon, S.D.,Lodgepole, S.D., Mott, Reeder, Re-gent, Reva, S.D. and Scrantonwere assisting with firefighting, hesaid. The Red Cross was also inHettinger.“We’ve got some trucks that areover there,” Lemmon Fire Chief Harlen Hess said. “We’re standingby to do what we can do for them,but I don’t think it’s a threat to the
continued on page 14 
Men in ski masks rob New England bank
Bucyrus burns: Small town faces tough road after fire devastation
Page 2 • The Bison Courier •
Thursday, October 25, 2012
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Nutrition SiteMenu
Thursday, October 25
Pork chops w/celery saucesweet potatoesgreen beansfresh fruit 
Friday, October 26
Mexican chicken soupunsalted crackersfruit slaw fruit crisp
Monday, October 29
Hamburger on w/w bunhash brownsbaked beans tomato slices on lettucepears
Tuesday, October 30
Turkey ala kingmashed potatoespeaslime perfection saladorange
Wednesday, October 31
Sweet & sour porkoven baked brown ricesteamed broccoliapricots
BisonChristmas Fair 
Sponsored by:Perkins County CFEL ClubProceeds go to theirScholarship Fund
Saturday, November 3, 20129 - 3 at the Bentley BuildingPerkins County FairgroundsBison, SD 
Lunch served all day
Bison School District has com-pleted the required annual Ac-countability and Assessment Re-port. This report includes data onthe state, district, high school, jun-ior high and elementary levelsbased on the Dakota Step tests.Copies of the report for parentswere sent home with students lastweek on Wednesday, October 17.Copies were also placed in theMain Office at Bison School, theBison Post Office and the BisonPublic Library. More informationis available at the SD Departmentof Education website atdoe.sdgov/reportcard or by callingBison School.
Bison School completes accountability and assessment report
Bucyrus disaster relief fund establishedat Dakota Plains FCU
Dakota Plains Federal CreditUnion’s President/CEO Peter But-terfield announced today that thecredit union has established a“Bucyrus Disaster Relief Fund” attheir Hettinger, ND branch. Thecredit union will accept donationsfrom anyone wanting to help thefire victims. Donations may bemade payable to: Bucyrus ND Dis-aster Relief Fund, c/o DakotaPlains Federal Credit Union, 221S. Main St., PO Box 1020, Het-tinger, ND 58639.In addition, Dakota Plains FCUhas established a $50,000 pool of low-interest loans for memberswho have been affected by the fire.New members will also be eligiblefor the loans. The maximum loanamount will be $5,000 per house-hold. The APR will be 1.5% to bepaid back in 60 months. Theseloans will be administeredthrough the credit union’s Lem-mon, South Dakota or Hettinger,North Dakota branches only.Bucyrus, a small farming com-munity located in South WesternNorth Dakota, was devastated bya fire that took place on Wednes-day, October 17. While there wereno major injuries, the propertyloss was immense for the townthat has a population of 27, ac-cording to the latest census. Thestate fire marshal is investigatingthe cause of the fire that also de-stroyed about 70 electrical powerpoles and temporarily closed U.S.Highway 12. The area has beenextremely dry this fall and windswere reported to be as high as 71mph the day of the fire.Headquartered in Bismarck,Credit Union Association of theDakotas (CUAD) is the trade asso-ciation serving credit unions in theDakotas. CUAD serves 73 creditunions in North and SouthDakota, serving over 406,000members, with assets in excess of $4.6 billion. For more informationabout CUAD visit our website atwww.cuad.coopSecretary of State Jason Gant isencouraging students, teachers,and parents to participate in TheMy Voice™ National StudentMock Election on November 1.The mock election gives studentsacross the country the opportunityto cast their votes for candidatesin both the federal and state elec-tions. It also provides a forum forthem to talk about the issues theycare about this fall and beyond.Student voting begins on Octo-ber 25 and culminates on the Na-tional Mock Election day, Novem-ber 1, in advance of the election.South Dakota students, teachers,and parents are encouraged totake part by registering theirschools online at sdsos.gov or na-tionalmockelection.org.“South Dakota young voters aregiven the opportunity to partici-pate in the voting process whilelearning about the importance of using their own voice to sharetheir perspectives on important is-sues, said Gant. “For the first timethe National Student Mock Elec-tion will take place entirely online,as will student polling onstatewide and national topics, so-cial issues, education, and localcommunities.”Educators are encouraged to usethe free materials and curriculumdeveloped for the program to cre-ate thoughtful lessons leading upto and around the upcoming elec-tion of the president, U.S. senatorsand representatives, and stateelected officials.This program, a digital initia-tive of the Pearson Foundation,builds on the 30-year history of theNational Student Mock Election,the leading program in studentvoice. Co-founded by EdwardStanley and Gloria Kirshner in1980 as the National Student/Par-ent Mock Election, it still standsas the world’s largest nationalmock election after three decadesand 18 elections“It is never too early to start em-powering our future leaders to beinvolved and share their opinionsabout the issues currently facingour state and nation, stated Secre-tary Gant.For more information and toregister to vote, go to www.sdsos.gov or www.nationalmock-election.org.
Secretary of State Jason Gant encouragesstudents to participate in mock election
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has ex-tended an Executive Order to haulover-width baled livestock feeduntil Dec. 21, 2012, in SouthDakota.The Executive Order statesthat, upon receipt of a permit, per-mission is granted to move over-width baled livestock feed not ex-ceeding 12-feet-wide or 15-feet-high for two hours after sunsetand two hours before sunrise. Theorder allows movement of over-width baled livestock feed untilcessation of the drought emer-gency, or no later than Dec. 21.Over-width vehicles must beequipped with flashing or rotatingwhite or amber warning lights oneach side of the load’s widest ex-tremity. The warning lights mustbe clearly visible to motorists ap-proaching from the front and rear.Movement under the ExecutiveOrder is valid only for baled live-stock feed.“This year’s persistent droughtconditions have left livestock pro-ducers across South Dakota withinadequate feed supplies,” saidSouth Dakota Secretary of Agri-culture Walt Bones. “Increasinghauling height and width restric-tions for baled hay will allow pro-ducers to move feed in a more effi-cient manner.”The normal size restriction onSouth Dakota highway loads is 14-feet, 3-inches high and 8-feet, 6-inches wide. Although height and width re-strictions for baled livestock feedhave been temporarily increasedby Executive Order, several high-ways in the state have width andheight restrictions in place be-cause of construction or perma-nent structures that cannot ac-commodate such large loads.Truckers are encouraged to checktheir routes ahead of time forthose restrictions.For information on permits, con-tact a South Dakota port of entryor call 800-637-3255.
Over-width baled livestock feed haulingextended 60 days in South Dakota
The Bison Courier •
Thursday, October 25, 2012
• Page 3
She was born October 29, 1922 in Havelock, N.D.in her grandmothershouse.Her children are John Sam Marty,Prairie City, SD;Mary Lou Marty,Tucson, AZ; and Elizabeth May, Kyle, SD.She has seven grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.Cards may be sent to20261 BIA 2Kyle, SD 57752
Helen Marty will celebrate her 90th Birthday with an open house from 1 - 4 p.m., Saturday,October 27, 2012, at theHoliday Inn in Spearfish, SD 
In Touch Massage
Tues - Thurs by appointment$45.00 per hour massage
Mom’s PlaceMain St • Bison Kate Trigg307-689-0344
Jozee Veal and Jaylie Beckmanparticipated in the South DakotaSpecial Olympic bowling in RapidCity on Oct. 19, 2012.Jozee place 1st and Jaylie 3rd.It was a full house, with 70 moreparticipants than last year.Jozee is the daughter of Chrisand Jennifer Veal, Meadow, SouthDakota and Jaylie is the daughterof Jenny and Dan Beckman of Prairie City, South Dakota.
Beckman and Veal participatein Special Olympics
Jaylie Beckman and Jozee Veal with their ribbons.
October is Domestic Violence Aware-ness Month across the nation and atime to support the campaign againstdomestic violence and abuse.“Many South Dakotans are affectedby domestic violence, regardless of age,education or race,” said Kim Malsam-Rysdon, secretary of the Department of Social Services. “It is important for in-dividuals to understand the signs of abuse, so victims can get the help theyneed.”The South Dakota Domestic AbuseProgram funds 27 shelters across thestate for victims of abuse. Shelter pro-grams offer many services, including24-hour crisis lines, transportation,immediate and safe shelter, food, cloth-ing, counseling and information, andreferrals to other services victims mayneed.Congress passed the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month commemo-rative legislation in 1989. National,statewide, and community-based do-mestic violence prevention and victimservice organizations mark this monthwith recognition ceremonies, memorialactivities, public education campaignsand community outreach events.To locate your local service providervisit http://dss.sd.gov/victimservices
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month
Department of Social Services offers support services to victims of abuse 
Physical activity is essential to abalanced lifestyle, but it can be diffi-cult to gather the motivation to ac-tually do it. Many people look at ex-ercising as a chore, but it’s impor-tant to start viewing it as an accom-plishment and something thatmakes you feel better. TOPS Club,Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), thenonprofit weight-loss support organ-ization, offers tips to make yourworkout routine more enjoyable.• Find a partner. Exercising witha friend can make a workout moreenjoyable, help you push yourself,and hold you accountable. You canchallenge each other, encourage oneanother on those days you don’t feellike exercising, and share new tech-niques. Working out with anotherperson can also make it seem morelike social time than work.• Increase time and intensitygradually. If you take on too muchduring your workouts, you may be-come burned out, lose motivation, orstart to dislike exercising. Listen toyour body and decide how long orhard you’ll workout depending onhow you feel.• Vary your activities. Exercisesessions can seem tedious whenyou’re repeating the same workoutat the same place every day, so mixup your routine. Run on the tread-mill. Take a Zumba class. Walkaround a park. Play a sport. If you’re a runner or bike rider, changeup your routes. There are endlessphysical activity options and ways tospice up your workouts. Try to pickactivities that fit your interests, andunderstand your preferences so youknow where you like to exercise, if you like to do it alone or with an-other person, and other options.• Reward yourself. Give yourself something to look forward to afteryour workout – a movie night, newaccessory, or other small, inexpen-sive treat.• Join a club. Take part in a bootcamp or fitness class to stay moti-vated and learn new exercises.• Celebrate the small “victories.”Weight loss can be a slow process,and individuals often get frustrated – so celebrate the smaller feats! Per-haps you did more push-ups, walkedfurther, or exercised after work in-stead of watching television. Thiswill help you stay on track and seethe progress you’ve made.• Set a realistic goal each session.Decide what you’d like to accomplishfor each workout and stick to it. Doyou want to reduce your mile time byone minute? Or would you like to do10 more crunches? Smaller goalsgive you something to strive for dur-ing your workout, and it’s often eas-ier to focus on them than your over-all objective. Make sure it’s some-thing that will challenge you butisn’t impractical.• Listen to music. Make a work-out playlist on your MP3 device tohelp get your mind off of the taskand give you a soundtrack to youractivity. It can also give you a boost. According to the American Councilon Exercise (ACE), people who in-crease the beat frequency of musicduring a workout tend to go faster orwork harder.• Stay hydrated. Avoid dehydra-tion and drink plenty of water be-fore, during, and after your workout.Bring a water bottle with you to helpyour performance and replenish thefluids you lose through sweating.• Dress properly. It’s important tobe comfortable when you’re exercis-ing. Make sure to choose appropri-ate attire for the activity and theweather, select sweat-wicking mate-rials, use sturdy shoes, and wearprotective gear, if needed. Treatingyourself to some new, attractiveworkout clothes can also boost yourenthusiasm for exercising.TOPS Club Inc. (Take Off PoundsSensibly) is the original weight-losssupport and wellness education or-ganization. Founded more than 64years ago, TOPS is the only non-profit, noncommercial weight-lossorganization of its kind. TOPS pro-motes successful weight manage-ment with a “Real People. RealWeight Loss.SM” philosophy thatcombines support from others atweekly chapter meetings, healthyeating, regular exercise, and well-ness information. TOPS has about170,000 members – male and fe-male, age seven and older – innearly 10,000 chapters throughoutthe United States and Canada.
Create an enjoyable workout
/domesticabuse/ or call one of the hot-line numbers listed below.Domestic Abuse Hotline Numbers:South Dakota Domestic Abuse Hotline:1-800-430-SAFE, National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFEHearing Impaired: 1-800-787-3224

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