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by Syd Iwan
We live in a land of plenty. Thequestion is not so much, “Will weeat?” as “What should we eat?”There are so very many choiceswhen it comes to food that some-times it’s hard to make up yourmind and actually pick somethingfrom the staggering variety.Even take the many choicesthere are when it comes to pizza.Most pizzas contain tomato sauceof some kind as a base, and cheeseas the final topping. Between thetwo, though, there might be pep-peroni, sausage, Canadian bacon,hamburger, anchovies, onions,green peppers, black olives, andvarious other things. If I buy apizza, either frozen or hot, my pref-erence is for the “deluxe” modelswhich have practically everythingon them. Those are quite fine. If Imake my own from the bottom up,I generally stick with just one meatplus the tomato sauce and cheese.Those are good too.Even when you go to the frozen-food section of the grocery store, allthe different brands of pizzas canbe confusing. You might want toget expert advice before buying asI did from William one day. He wasa young fellow who worked at thestore and claimed that, if you arewhat you eat, he was at leasttwenty-percent pizza if not more. Ifigured he was probably an expertso I asked his advice. Pointing atone brand he said, “Those are thebest.” Another brand had his ap-proval as well except he said theywere more expensive than the firstone but not any better. A thirdkind was labeled as okay in apinch, and a fourth was said to be“really bad! Save your money.” Outof curiosity over several months, Itried all four kinds and foundWilliam’s advice to be sterling. Heknew what he was talking about.Pizza, however, is generally notconsidered proper fare for Thanks-giving. Traditions must be upheld,you know. As a result, cookingmight take up a good part of themorning on that holiday. Natu-rally, you want to make dressingand stuff it into a turkey aboutdaylight. Then it will roast allmorning and smell so good thatyou are completely ravenous bynoon. With the turkey, you obvi-ously need mashed potatoes andgravy, candied yams, a vegetable of some sort like corn, some cran-berry sauce, perhaps a fruit salad,some buns with butter and jelly,and possibly olives, pickles, carrotor celery sticks with the celerysticks preferably being stuffed withcheese spread. Dessert almost cer-tainly has to include pumpkin pie,but some might prefer pecan orfruit pie or various others such asbanana or coconut cream. Icecream might also be required.When you cook that much all atone time, however, you are proba-bly going to have to deal with left-overs. That’s generally okay for aday or two, but then you might con-sider sharing some with the dog orcats or even the chickens. Some of the excess can be frozen for laterconsumption, of course, if you everremember to take it back out of thefreezer. I do like to remove all themeat from the turkey carcass andboil the bones up for soup base. Itmakes excellent broth and canquite easily be frozen with somemeat for later use. I do usually re-member to use that up before itgets ancient.In this country, even if you are of middle, low or no income, you canusually have a turkey-and-dress-ing meal on Thanksgiving thanksto the generosity of many of ourpeople. One local fellow, manyyears ago, started making a hugetraditional meal to which everyonewas invited. He, with the help of some others, has been doing it formany years, and they get a bigturnout. It’s a neat social event, es-pecially for those who either aren’table to cook for themselves or haveno local relatives to share with. Inother words, this is not only a landof plenty but also a land with manykind and generous people. For thatI am thankful.As usual, when you think or talkabout food too much, you get hun-gry. That is now the case with me.It’s a little too late in the day tocook a turkey, but it doesn’t takevery long to make a pizza. I thinkI’ll go do that. If all this culinarydiscussion has made you hungry aswell, I recommend a deluxe pizza. You can’t really go wrong withthat.
Best laid schemes
... by Del Bartels
Ever have one of those days when nothing goes right? My calendaris full of them. During my hot morning shower, someone started a loadof white laundry. After the door lock clicked shut, it was too late to re-member my house keys were on the dresser. Finishing a travel mug of coffee on a day-long trip, I then doubted if I turned off the empty cof-feepot. The hardware salesman, upon my third visit while doing along-running home repair project, said he would see me again: he didnot, because I went to a different store. I rushed in to a mega-grocerystore to do some “quick” shopping, and crashed into food-stamp day. Ifilled my car’s tank the day before, and then gas prices drop 20 cents.Returning home I relearned that deer, able to run at great speeds,sometimes will race a car so they can ultimately commit suicide. Whenrushing supper, turn on the burner that is actually under the pot! Ilaid down, exhausted, Sunday night, then my kid remembered heneeded help with his homework due the next day.Even leasure can be work. Halfway to a distant field at 5:00 a.m. isa poor time to remember my hunting license and bullets are on thekitchen table. For fishing trips, maybe I should test the rod for tangledline before hand. Stepping in something is an ugly way to find out thesoles of your running shoes are worn through. At least I didn’t have toput up with those annoying commercials ... when my television wentout. Taking a nap on the couch is difficult with the family dog is quietlystaring into your face, hoping to finally get fed. That last piece of cakesounded good, but it also sounded good to someone else who left theempty container on the counter.Work also can go all too wrong. It’s Thursday, but I thought todaywas Wednesday! So much for dependable %*$@ cell phone reception!What, it was 2:00 an hour ago? Not this week, but next week is payday.If I think things are working out, I’m scared to check, because the lightat the other end of the tunnel is often an oncoming train.I know that God can laugh, but I suspect it’s most often when I tellHim my plans. I guess that I should learn to go with the flow and notworry about things. Aren’t past disasters supposed to be called learn-ing experiences? Everything today will somehow be laughed at tomor-row ... I guess I’ll have to wait until tomorrow. Worrying about the fu-ture won’t change any part of it the tiniest bit. I should buck up; afterall, am I a man or a mouse? The poet Robert Burns stated my worriessimply in
To a Mouse
.“You are not alone in proving foresight may be vain.The best-laid schemes of mice and men oft go astray,and leave naught but grief and pain for promised joy.Still, thou art blest compared wi’ me; the present only touches thee.But, oh, I backward cast my eye on prospects drear;and forward, though I cannot see, I guess and fear.”
Cabin Fever Floral started off the holiday season with a Christmas celebrationopen house, November 14. Door prizes and refreshments made the shopping mood more festive, as guests browsed through the variety of items. Shown areTeresa O’Connell, left, and Krystle Doud admiring a selection.
Photo by Bartels
Cabin Fever open house
The annual Scholastic Book Fair was held in the Haakon County Public Library,November 13-16. According to Annie Brunskill, director of the library, this is oneof the library’s biggest fundraisers for buying books and equipment. Shown areEvan Kroetch, left, and Dusty Formanek looking over a book.
Photo by Del Barels
Library’s scholastic fair
The new work area and show room has been completed for the Prairie DesignsFloral Studio business owned and operated by Elke Baxter. “I have some orders,sales going for Christmas and a stack I have to catch up on,” said Baxter. Herwork can be ordered from and delivered to anywhere in the continental UnitedStates. “We consult via phone or email and I send pictures of the finished productfor your approval before you buy, and then I either ship or deliver,” said Baxter.She has recently completed a week-long floristry II - advanced design coursethrough the Institute of Floristry in Minneapolis.
Photo by Del Bartels
Show room completed forPrairie Designs Floral Studio
Members of the Philip ModernWoodmen of America chapter re-cently helped raise money for MaryParquet by holding a 50/50 raffle.The event, held October 18,raised $1,123. This includes $500matched funds by Modern Wood-men’s home office through the or-ganization’s matching fund pro-gram. The money will be used forhelping cover medical expenses.The matching fund program offersModern Woodmen members na-tionwide the chance to show theirsupport for a community cause, or-ganization or individual in need byholding fundraisers. Modern Wood-men matches money raised up to$2,500. These fundraising projectscontribute more than 6.5 million tocommunity needs nationwide eachyearCoordinated by local ModernWoodmen members, chapters pro-vide opportunities to connectthrough social activities and vol-uneer projects.For more information about thelocal chapter and how you can getinvolved, contact Don Haynes at859-2778 or firstname.lastname@example.org.As a tax-exempt fraternal benefitsociety, Modern Woodmen sells lifeinsurance, annuity and investmentproducts not to benefit stockhold-ers but to improve the quality of life of its stakeholders –members,their families and their communi-ties. This is accomplished throughsocial, charitable and volunteer ac-tivities. Annually, Modern Wood-men and its memers provide morethan $23 million and nearly onemillion volunteer hours for commu-nity projects nationwide.
Funds raised for Parquet
Political mailer confuses readers, threatens newspaper’s credibility
by Del Bartels
“I don’t want your best friend’smom standing up here tellingabout them being gone,” saidPenny Whipps, during a Dakota Assemblies program for sevenththrough 12th grade Philip schoolstudents and the general public,Thursday, November 15.Whipps first had members of theaudience briefly discuss withfriends sitting next to them aboutchoices they might make in listedhypothetical scenarios. She thenrelated about when her 22-year-oldson, Kyle, died of a drug overdose.Her mission is now to reach asmany kids as she can with the mes-sage that, by speaking up, a truefriend can save a life.Along with photos on a screen,she described Kyle in a personableway, with comments such as, “Hewas a fat baby.” Kyle was not an“at risk” student, nor were hisfriends. They were smart students,good athletes, musicians and long-time friends. At a crowded houseparty where drugs were available,all of them knew something waswrong with Kyle, but kept quiet in-
Just One Time –rightchoices school assembly
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anything for them in return. Peoplehelp and look out for each othersimply because they believe it’s theright thing to do,” said A. Blye.A. Blye serves as vice presidenton the board of Midland’s SecondCentury Develpment and he is amember of the Haakon CountyCrooners men’s singing group.The most difficult part is “beingso far from Starbucks,” said A.Blye. “All joking aside, I wouldn’ttrade it for anything. It’s an adjust-ment from living in the city, butyou learn to change the way you dothings.” He added, “It’s a much bet-ter pace of life. You actually feellike you are in control of life, ratherthan life controlling you.”
Open Bible Church in Midland
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ness, we call it the “flag.”A newspaper's flag is a represen-tation of it’s credibility and brand.In short, a newspaper flag conveysinstant familiarity and connectionfor those who read it.So it is no wonder some south-eastern South Dakota residentswere confused when they receiveda political campaign piece in themail just before the November 6election that looked very similar toa local weekly newspaper. Thecampaign mailer included a flagthat was similar in design and typestyle to the local weekly newspa-per, the Dakota Dunes North SiouxCity Times.The campaign mailer, called the“Lincoln Union County Times,”was paid for by the Union CountyRepublican Party, whose chairmanis state Senator Dan Lederman, asa promotional piece for GOP candi-dates.Shortly after the mailer showedup in mailboxes, Times PublisherBruce Odson began receiving callsfrom local residents confused by it.Was his newspaper responsible forthis campaign literature? Odsonassured them he was not.Nevertheless, the confusion wasout there. Later, Odson publisheda front-page story, telling readersthat the real Times was not respon-sible for the political campaign“Times” and that he did not appre-ciate confusion by it or the appar-ent deception.Businesses invest millions of dol-lars to build and promote theirimage and brand. Newspapers dothe same thing with their flag.Most newspapers have been con-veying a connection with theirreaders and a sense of public trustvia their newspaper flag for morethan a century.Any unauthorized use of thatnewspaper's brand and trademarkundermines that connection andtrust. Apple would not like it if someone misused its iconic logo.S.D. publishers don’t like it eitherwhen someone abuses the trustand connection they have workedhard to build with their readersand community.It’s been said that imitation isthe sincerest form of flattery. Andperhaps we should be flattered thata political campaign would emulateone of our newspapers to further itsagenda. But the risk of confusingour readers and potentially weak-ening our credibility as an inde-pendent source of information issimply too steep a price to pay.
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THE PHILIP VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT’S BBQFUNDRAISER …
will begin serving at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, No-vember 24, at the fire hall in Philip. The Glo-N-Go Parade will beginat 6:30 p.m. Everyone welcome!!
HAAKON COUNTY CROONER CHRISTMAS CONCERTSCHEDULE …
December 2, Kadoka Catholic Church, 1:30 p.m.,Wall Community Center, 4:00 p.m. December 16, Philip NursingHome, 1:30 p.m., Philip Courthouse, 4:00 p.m. Everyone welcome.
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