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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 23November 22, 2012
Includes Tax
s & Happ
Public Meeting on Oil & Gas 2013Legislation.
November 27, 2012 -6:30 PM Reva Hall. Meet and discuss17 proposed bills concerning Oil & Gasdevelopment. Legislators Olson andMaher will discuss and answer ques-tions about the 17 bills. Tom Horan of SD DOT in will address highway is-sues. Hosted by Western Plains ActionGroup
Public Meeting:
Tuesday, November27, 7 p.m. Grand Electric Social room.To discuss City Storm Sewer projectwith engineer.
regular chickens, smokedchickens and smoked turkeys, callConnie 244-5518
 Arrow Transit
provides transporta-tion for appointments, shopping andmore. Rapid city trips are 1st Tuesdayand 3rd Wednesday for $30.00. Lem-mon to Bismarck trips are 2ndWednesday and 4th thursday for$25.00. lemmon ti Dickinson 1stWednesday for $20.00. Call for infor-mation 374-3189
In July of 2012, the Oil and GasSummer Study Committee of theSouth Dakota Legislature met inHarding and Perkins Counties tohear local concerns about Oil andGas Development in Northwest-ern South Dakota. They also hadmeetings in Pierre and Bismarck,ND to review how our neighbors tothe north are handling Oil andGas development.On October 30, 2012, the Oiland Gas Summer Study Commit-tee released 17 draft bills dealingwith wide-ranging issues of oil andgas development in the northwestregion of the state. Western Plains Action Group, part of DakotaRural Action, is sponsoring a pub-lic meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 27,6:30 pm at Reva Hall to discussthe legislation and how it will im-pact you and your community.This is your opportunity to becomeinformed about proposed legisla-tion that will affect this area.Most residents of Harding andPerkins Counties have long seenthe impacts of oil and gas explo-ration. The State Legislature willbe deciding on many important is-sues ranging from bonding on newoil and gas wells to funding forland reclamation on old well sites.Representative Betty Olson andSenator Ryan Maher, both mem-bers of the summer study, will bethere to talk about the legislationand to answer any questions.In addition, Tom Horan from theSouth Dakota Department of Transportation will be at the meet-ing to discuss road conditions andproblems caused by increased traf-fic going up to the North Dakotaoil fields. As the legislature’s sum-mer study did not take up thisissue, it will be up to the Depart-ment to ensure appropriate fundsare committed to thePerkins/Harding area.Please join Western Plains Ac-tion Group to discuss these impor-tant issues. There will be refresh-ments and ample time for ques-tions. For more information, con-tact Karen Englehart at 605-244-5402 or Sabrina King at 605-716-2200, or email sabrina@dako-tarural.org.
Oil and Gas Legislation public meeting
Tuesday November 27, 2012 – 6:30 p.m. at the Meeting Hall in Reva, SD 
Town & Country Clubcollecting gifts for CAVA
Once again the Town and Coun-try CFELClub will collect gifts forkids and their Mom’s who havestayed at the CAVA(Communitiesagainst Violence and Abuse) housein Lemmon. To be involved in thisproject the public may place un-wrapped gifts under the Town andCountry Club tree at the Court-house from Dec. 1st to Dec. 19. Di-rector Linda Seim made the fol-lowing suggestions for gifts for in-fants to 14 years:
Kids -
Hand held electronics •Toys • Travel games • Balls •Small dolls • Socks (very muchneeded) • Pajamas • Slippers •Clothes
Moms -
Perfume • Lotions •Slippers • Pajamas • Shampoo •Bath Salts & Bubble bath • Totebag • Overnight bags • Short termphone cards • Disposable cameras• New or good used sweaters orsweatshirts
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Published weekly every Thursday by Ravellette Publ., Inc.at POBox 429, Bison SD 57620-0429
 Telephone: 605-244-7199 • Fax: 605-244-7198
E-mail Addresses: courier@sdplains.comcouriernews@sdplains.comSUBSCRIPTION RATES:
Bison............................................................................$36.04Meadow, Shadehill, Prairie City, Reva & Lodgepole........$35.36Lemmon........................................................................$36.04in state........................................................$39.00 + sales taxout of state (
Includes all Hettinger addresses.) 
...$39.00 (no tax)
Send address changes to The Bison Courier, POBox 429, Bison SD 57620-0429
Display and Classified Advertising: Mon-days at 12:00 p.m. Legals: Fridays at 12:00 p.m.
Don Ravellette
News/Office Manager:
Arlis Seim
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Beth Hulm (244-5231),beth@sdplains.com
Ravellette Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Nothing may bereprinted, photocopied or in any way reproduced from this publication, in wholeor in part, without the written consent of the publisher.
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Thursday, November 22, 2012
Nutrition SiteMenu
Thursday, November 22NO MEALSTHANKSGIVINGFriday, November 23NO MEALSMonday, November 26
Swiss steakbaked potatogreen beansseasonal fruit 
Tuesday, November 27
Ham, sweet potatocorn o’breinapricots & sherbet 
Wednesday, November 28
chicken & dressingmashed potatoes w/gravycarrotsfruity slaw seasonal fruit 
Veal Haygrinding
605-244-7773 • 605-788-2286
Set the table’for a healthier Thanksgiving
This holiday season, TOPSClub, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensi-bly), the nonprofit weight-loss sup-port organization, encourages peo-ple to change the way they thinkabout eating during family gather-ings to avoid seasonal weight gain.Being prepared, having a gameplan, and staying positive are allkeys to mindful eating during cel-ebrations, allowing you to enjoytime with loved ones without wor-rying about your food choices.TOPS offers several tips to helpyou enjoy Thanksgiving and otherupcoming holiday get-togetherswithout regret:• Eat before – Eat somethinglight before you attend a holidaymeal or buffet. Vegetables withlow-calorie dip, salad, a handful of walnuts, or light yogurt curb yourappetite and make it easier to con-trol your intake.• Bring a dish – If you know thehostess, offer to bring a healthy“dish to pass” that you won’t feelguilty about enjoying, like simplesweet potatoes or a low-fat greenbean casserole.• Modify recipes – Exchangesugar and fat in recipes withhealthier alternatives, such ashoney, olive oil, and applesauce.Include “high-impact” flavors fromspices, seasonal fruits and vegeta-bles, and fresh herbs.• Limit alcohol – Alcohol is anappetite stimulant. Sip slowly orhave a nonalcoholic drink instead. Acalorie-free beverage allows youto use those calories for food.• Choose carefully – Some “bestbets” at the buffet include freshfruit, whole-grain crackers withhummus or reduced fat cheese,shrimp cocktail, crab, pretzels,turkey breast, and lean ham.• Think simple – Choose foodscooked without butter and sauce. As a general rule, fried foods orfoods covered with sauces add 10grams of fat, or 90 calories, perserving.• Trick yourself – Use saladplates and slender glasses.Smaller dishes cause you to takeless, while giving the illusion thatyou are actually eating more.• Don’t feel guilty – If you “over-did it” at the meal or party, don’tgive up. Just eat carefully for thenext day or two and add extra ac-tivity to avoid gaining extrapounds.• Don’t keep leftovers – If youare hosting Thanksgiving or otherholiday meals, be sure to send left-overs home with your guests toavoid temptations. Put leftoversaway immediately to avoid unnec-essary snacking.• Consider a nap alternative – Make an after-meal walk, game of touch football, or trip to an ice-skating rink part of your holidaytradition. Sign up and train for a“turkey trot” 5K race in your area,commonly held the morning of Thanksgiving. Or spend the after-noon volunteering at a local soupkitchen or shelter.• Exercise – Increase your nor-mal exercise routine the day be-fore and after the holiday. Thisshould help to compensate for pos-sible overeating and lack of physi-cal activity while visiting withfriends and family.
Christmas purchasesaccount for 1/6 of allretail sales in the U.S.
It’s been two years since SouthDakota implemented a compre-hensive smoke-free law, and todaythe numbers show it’s saving livesand money. According to state statisticsfrom the South Dakota Associationof Healthcare Organizations(SDAHO), the number of hospital-izations due to heart attacks de-creased by 6 percent from 2009 to2011. Furthermore, the 98 fewerheart attack hospitalizationssaved $4.2 million in healthcarecosts.“When the smoke-free law waspassed, South Dakotans were toldit would improve their health andsave them dollars,” said Dr. AllenNord, Rapid City physician and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) volun-teer. “These statistics show they’regetting just that. This common-sense public health law is trulylifesaving.”The smoke-free law, whichpassed by 65 percent of voters in2010, protects all South Dakotaworkers from the serious healthhazards of secondhand smoke, in-cluding lung cancer, heart diseaseand emphysema.“As expected, South Dakota’ssmoke-free law continues to be asuccess in improving the health of our state,” said Darcy Ellefson, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network volunteer and pul-monary rehabilitation specialist.“Each and every day that peopleacross South Dakota can go towork without being exposed to sec-ondhand smoke is a day to cele-brate.”South Dakota currently spendsan estimated $274 million on to-bacco-related death and diseaseseach year. However, as we’re al-ready seeing in South Dakota,smoke-free laws, along with othercomprehensive tobacco preventionand control efforts, reduce the fi-nancial burden of tobacco over-time. Additional research aroundthe country shows smoke-free lawshelp cut down instances of lungcancer, heart attacks, strokes andasthma attacks, and encouragesmokers to quit and prevent youthfrom starting smoking.“South Dakota’s long-awaited,smoke-free law saves lives– some-thing you just can’t put a price tagon,” said Megan Myers, Govern-ment Relations Specialist for the ACS CAN in South Dakota. “Busi-nesses are adapting and residentsare still enjoying their vote twoyears later.”“Today’s milestone is another re-minder of the positive impact pub-lic health laws, like the smoke-freeair law, can have on the lives of thepeople of South Dakota,” said Dr.Nord. “I, for myself, my family andmy patients, look forward to manymore smoke-free anniversaries tocome.”On November 10th, 2010, SouthDakota became the 23rd state toimplement a comprehensive,statewide, smoke-free law.
South Dakota heart attacks downafter smoke-free law implemented
Two years later smoke-free law is working 
The traditional threecolors of Christmas aregreen, red, and gold.Green has long been asymbol of life andrebirth; red symbolizesthe blood of Christ, andgold represents light aswell as wealth androyalty.
The Bison Courier •
Thursday,November 22, 2012
• Page 3
Parents: Kelly and Kristin Carmichael, Belle Fourche,SDMaternal Grandparents: Steven and Kathleen EngleNewcastle, WYMaternal Great-Grandparents: Marie Packard and the lateFrank Packard Pine Haven, WY & the lateRobert and Doris Engle Newcastle, WYPaternal Grandparents: Jess and Susan Carmichael Bison,SDPaternal Great-Grandparents:Art and Cleo DeKnikker Faith,SD & Dorothy and the late James Carmichael Meadow,SD
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The holidays are a time whenpeople too often get over theirheads in debt. The best way toavoid debt is to take preventativeaction before you begin spending.Credit Unions are advocates for fi-nancial literacy, and as such, wehave prepared a series of short,practical tips to help consumerskeep their holiday debt under con-trol. This information is particu-larly timely, as the Holiday shop-ping season kicks off with “BlackFriday” on November 23rd! Yourlocal credit union and the entirecredit union network wish you avery happy, safe, and stress-freeHoliday Season! These tips willhelp you get there.Make a Budget, and a List:Right now, decide how much youcan afford to spend and staywithin that budget. Stayingwithin budget will be much easierif you make a price list of all giftsand other holiday items you planto purchase. Even if it’s a moregeneral rather than detailed list,it will still help you avoid over-spending and impulse buys.Check It Twice: Make sure yourlist includes not only gift or gift re-cipients, but also all the projectsand activities that make up yourholiday. It's easy to overlook extraexpenses for holiday foods, partyclothes, holiday décor and postage.Examine each item and ask your-self, “Does it earn its place in ourcelebration?” You might discoverhow much you’re doing just out of habit or perceived expectation.Comparison Shop: You can eas-ily save more than 10 percent onmost items, sometimes consider-ably more, by comparing prices atdifferent stores. The Internet andsmart phones have made compar-ison shopping that much easier.But when shopping online, shopwisely. Be sure you are purchas-ing from a secure site and reviewemailed statements for accuracyas you receive them.Make Time Your Ally. The rea-son to start sooner rather thanlater is that when you delay, youpay. At last minute, you have tosettle for something, and it mightcost more than you wanted orplanned to pay. After Christmas isa good time to shop for next year’spresents. You can find some greatbargains right after the holidays.Then tuck those gifts away untilnext season (just don’t forget aboutthem!). Another benefit to start-ing early: It gives you more timeto find the “right” gift and avoidimpulsive decisions, which toooften leave you less happy withyour purchase.Pay Off Debts Quickly: You’reless likely to overdo it if you pay incash. If you must make holidaypurchases using credit, use alower-interest card (you’ll oftenfind lower rates on credit unioncards) and pay off this debt as soonas possible early next year. Don’tborrow more than you can repay inseveral months. Remember thatcredit card debt is relatively ex-pensive. And if you only make therequired minimum monthly pay-ment, you may never pay off thedebt.Plan for Next Year by Opening aChristmas Club Account: Whilethese accounts do not pay much if any interest, they provide a practi-cal way to save small amountsover time. Ask your credit union orbank to automatically transferfunds from your checking accountto your Christmas Club accountevery month. The discipline of sav-ing reinforces your good budget in-tentions. Find credit unions you’reeligible to join at www.aSmarter-Choice.orgSee what’s in your supplydrawer: You may have more wrap-ping paper, ribbons, unused cardsand gift boxes stored away fromlast season than you realize. Useup those holiday supplies first totrim down the amount you’ll haveto buy this season.Understand how layaway pro-grams work. An old holidaystandby—store layaway pro-grams—have re-emerged this hol-iday season, allowing consumersto put items on hold at the storeand pay for them over time. Be-fore deciding to use layaway, knowthe payment schedule and readthe fine print. Be realistic abouthow these payments will fit intoyour spending plan and what youcan really afford. Understand thelayaway policy including time be-tween payments and schedule of payments, service fees, late andcancellation fee policies, refundand exchange policies.Be Smart About Gift Cards: Therules today significantly restrictedgift card expiration dates and feescompared to several years ago. Butthose who give or receive a giftcard should still read the fineprint. And if you get a gift card,use it sooner rather than later toavoid forgetting about unused bal-ances on the card, or forgettingabout the card altogether. And if you still have gift cards you re-ceived from others last year, usethem to shop this year. It’s a smartway to reduce your out-of-pocketexpenses.Pay Attention to the Return Pol-icy. Some stores have tighter poli-cies. Pay attention to the returnpolicy when you make a purchase;keep receipts and note time limits,restocking fees,and other factorsthat may affect your recipient.Find Some Low- or No-CostWays to Celebrate. Adding a fewchanges can ease the strain onyour spending budget. For exam-ple, draw names to limit the num-ber of people for whom you pur-chase gifts; give homemade items;make your own gift wrap; organizea potluck rather than trying tomake, and pay for, the entire holi-day meal.With the extreme weather andmarket volatility, today’s cattle-men must stay up to date with thelatest advancements to maximizetheir bottom line. The SouthDakota Cattlemen’s Association(SDCA) provides members withthe opportunity to network withindustry leaders at the64thAnnual Convention and TradeShow, November 28-29, 2012 atthe Crossroads Hotel & Conven-tion Center in Huron.Featuring a diverse selection of companies, products, and services,SDCA’s tradeshow gives attendeesthe opportunity to network withkey personnel from businessesthat serve cattlemen.“The trade show is a great op-portunity for beef producers to net-work with industry experts andlearn about changes in the tech-nology cattlemen use to advancetheir product’s quality,” said Jeff Smeenk, SDCAPresident.SDCA’s President’s Auction willalso provide attendees the oppor-tunity to bid on valuable items, in-cluding a $5000 gift certificate to-wards Silencer equipment fromDubas Cattle Company. Proceedsof the President’s Auction helpcover expenses for SDCA’s volun-teer leaders when they travel onbehalf of the association.For more information on theconvention or trade show, pleasevisit SDCA’s website at www.sd-cattlemen.org or contact the SDCA office at 605-945-2333.
Keeping holiday debt under control
SDCATradeshow providesopportunities to learn aboutadvancements in the cattle industry
Approximately30-35 million real(living) Christmastrees are sold eachyear in the U.S.

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