November 14, 2012
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Counting Our Blessings
The passing months have high-lighted some of the country’s deepdivides and overwhelming chal-lenges. As the end of the year ap-proaches, it is important to pauseand give thanks for the manyblessings that come with living inthis great country.The national celebration of Thanksgiving reminds each of usto set aside our frustrations, wor-ries, and problems, and insteadtake time to express gratitude forthe good fortune in our lives. Weare thankful for the exceptionalservice of our brave troops aroundthe world, who protect our nationfrom foreign and domesticthreats. We are thankful to live ina country where we can freelyworship our Creator, speak ourminds without fear, and enjoy thefreedom that is the cornerstone of our society. And perhaps most of all, we are thankful for the bless-ings of family, for the support of our communities, and for the fel-lowship of our friends and neigh-bors.South Dakotans not only speakwords of gratitude, but also ex-press gratitude through their actsof goodwill and charity. In com-munities across the state, fund-raisers are held for families expe-riencing tough times, neighborsoffer a helpful hand with errands,and food drives and Thanksgivingdinners are provided for thosewho are in need of a warm mealand friendship. The selfless actsof those around us make each of us thankful that South Dakota isthe place we call home. As the year draws to a close, Iam thankful for my wonderfulfamily and the opportunity to con-tinue to serve our state in theU.S. Senate. The new year will befilled with challenges, but it willalso be filled with the promise formany great blessings. Kimberleyand I wish all South Dakotansand their families safe travelsand a very blessed Thanksgiving.The South Dakota Departmentof Transportation says Highway79/34 (Lazelle Street) in Sturgis isnow open to one lane of traffic ineach direction, along with thecenter turn lane. The truck-routedetour has also been removed.One lane of eastbound andwestbound traffic will remainclosed on Lazelle Street betweenJunction Avenue and BlancheStreet until crews finish curb,gutter and sidewalk repairs.The northbound and south-bound intersection of Junction Avenue and Lazelle Street re-mains closed until construction iscomplete.It is anticipated that all laneson Lazelle Street and Junction Avenue will be open to traffic byFriday, Nov. 17, weather permit-ting.The overall completion date forthe project is July 23, 2013.The prime contractor on the $2million project is Ainsworth-Ben-ning Construction, Inc., of The 2012 Custer State ParkFall Classic Bison Auction will beheld on Saturday, Nov. 17, at thepark corrals, selling about 256head of bison.This year’s offerings include 27mature bred cows, 16 matureopen cows, 43 two-year-old bredheifers, 3 two-year-old openheifers, 9 yearling heifers, 61heifer calves, 62 bull calves, 19yearling bulls, 5 two-year-oldgrade bulls, 11 two-year-oldbreeding bulls, and 17 burros.The auction will begin Satur-day morning at 10 a.m. MST atthe Custer State Park Buffalocorrals, located 15 miles east of Custer on Highway 16A and thennine miles south on the WildlifeLoop Road. Signs will be posted toassist in locating the corrals. A buyers’ reception will be heldprior to the auction on Friday,Nov. 16, from 6-8 p.m. MST at theCreekside Lodge in Custer StateThe annual holiday open houseof the South Dakota State Histor-ical Society at the Cultural Her-itage Center in Pierre is 12-4:30p.m. CST on Friday, Nov. 23.“Our open house has becomeone of the traditional holidaykick-off events for Pierre and FortPierre,” said Jay D. Vogt, societydirector. “Every year, people tellme they look forward to coming
Hghway 79/34 open to traffc through Sturgs
Spearfish.For more information, contactJohn Gerlach with the Depart-ment of Transportation at 605-394-6968.up to the Cultural Heritage Cen-ter the day after Thanksgiving.” As always, the open house willfeature free admission to the mu-seum. This year’s featured exhibitis “Our South Dakota: BigLand/Big Ideas/Big Hearts,” afun-filled, hands-on exhibit thatwon a national award.There will be holiday treatsand local live entertainment.There will also be living-historydemonstrations and, for the kids,pictures with Santa Claus.In the giving spirit of the sea-son, attendees are encouraged tobring a canned good for donationto the Pierre Food Pantry. Dona-tions can be left on a table as peo-ple enter the building.For holiday shoppers, the Her-itage Store offers discounts onunique gifts for those on yourlist.The Cultural Heritage Centeris always decorated for the sea-son. This year, two display casesin the lobby will feature holidaycollections. A festively decoratedantique sleigh will also be dis-played.Call (605) 773-3458 for moreinformation, or visit www.his-tory.sd.gov.
Cultural Hertage Center holdayopen house scheduled for Nov. 23
Park.For the past 47 years, the parkhas made its surplus bison avail-able for sale to the private sector. A significant amount of park rev-enue comes from the bison saleand goes toward continued opera-tions of the state park system.For additional informationabout the upcoming bison auc-tion, contact Custer State Park at605-255-4515 or e-mail questionsto CusterStatePark@state.sd.us
Custer State Park to hold annual Bson Aucton
Several South Dakota cowboysare ranked in the PRCA stand-ings.
Jess Tierney,Sturgis, 12th; Paul David Tier-ney, Oral, 16th
Joe Gunderson, Agar, 18th
Todd Suhn,Hermosa, 9th; Jake Rinehart,Highmore, 18th
Paul DavidTierney, header, 25th; Matt Zan-canella, Aurora, heeler, 28th
Chad Ferley,Oelrichs, 6th;
Cole Elshere,Faith, 12th
; Jeff Willert,Belvidere, 21st; Chuck Schmidt,Keldron, 22nd; Jesse Bail, CampCrook, 27th; JJ Elshere, Here-ford, 28th; Louie Brunson, Inte-rior, 37th
Jess Tierney,Hermosa, 7th; Coy Thompson,Whitewood, 30th
Ardie Maier,Timber Lake, 6th; Corey Maier,Timber Lake, 16th
Area cowboys in PRCA standings
The award-winning “Our South Dakota” exhibit …
at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre provideshands-on fun for people of all ages.(Photo courtesy South Dakota State Historical Society)