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A Publication of Ravellette Publications, Inc., Philip, South Dakota 57567. The Official Newspaper of Haakon County, South Dakota. Copyright 1981.
Number 14Volume 107November 29, 2012
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by Del Bartels
Representatives from the Na-tional Park Service met with vari-ous groups in Philip, Monday, No-vember 19, about future planningfor a trail system in the Philiparea.“I was thinking we could putsome examples together, and youcan get a feel for what the commu-nity might want. Then, we canmeet in about another month,” saidDavid Thomson, program managerfor the Midwest Region’s Rivers,Trails and Conservation Assistanceprogram. He said that his programworks outside of parks, helpingcommunities with their projects.“We don’t have very many grantsthat come through us. We help peo-ple find grants out there,” saidThomson.Representatives from the city,county, local businesses and otherPhilip groups were given a brief overview of what the rivers andtrails program has helped accom-plish in South Dakota and otherstates. The Midwest Region, basedout of Omaha, Neb., includes SouthDakota, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas,Missouri, Nebraska and NorthDakota. Kenny Points, a rivers andparks intern with several projectsunder his belt, will stay with anyfuture Philip project. Thomson willalso remain involved, though to asomewhat lesser degree.The RTCA program is the com-munity assistance branch of theNational Park Service. It offerstechnical expertise on community-led natural resource conservationand outdoor recreation projects, socommunities can conserve rivers,preserve open space and developtrails and greenways.Points said that assistance isprovided for one year and may berenewed for a second year, if war-ranted. There are experts in the re-gion office ready to assist Philip.Their various trail backgroundsrange from bicycling to equestrianto water transportation. Commu-nity goals are advanced from con-ceptual plans to workable plans.The program identifies potentialsources of funding, all to teachhands-on conservation. The pro-gram is geared to help build part-nerships to set goals through con-sensus.Murdo is taking advantage of theRTCA program with a recreationaltrail around a lake south of town.Whitewood is expanding and mak-ing handicap friendly a currenttrail around its under used, 40-acrecity park.Philip’s Don Burns summarized,“You’re not really coming withmoney, but with assistance. Whenthere is money there, we have to bein a position for it; (you’re offering)a year’s worth of expertise.”Thomsen agreed, “Usually weare connecting people to grantsources. That says a lot to the grantpeople, if you are ready to be com-mitted.”Local groups select the trails orrivers that they would like to con-serve. The RTCA program does notown or manage any of the land orprojects; that is the job of the localorganization. Some communitieshave created brochures connectedto their trail project, which listlocal businesses and phone num-bers, and list the area’s differentfestivals and events.Before the Philip meeting, Thom-sen and Points toured the area,being shown some of the commu-nity’s possibilities for trail projects.They were told of the 2015 side-walk project up Larimar Avenue,which will be elderly friendly. Theywere shown the area that used tobe a park south of town. They wereshown the triangular piece of landbetween the baseball diamondsand the western Welcome to Philipsign. And, they were shown thesmall areas around town that couldbe somehow connected, such asFire Hall Park, Old School Park,Haakon County Young Women’sKiddie Park, Lasting Legacy andother areas.“If you get into state or federalfunds, all the limitations are laidout,” said Points. “I’m all for con-necting all your hubs, your parksand monuments.”“I know that the biggest objec-tion I ran into was the mainte-nance issue,” said Philip’s TanyaMcIlravy. Points said that, withgood planning, any maintenancecould be minimalized. In offeringsome feel for the direction of futureplans, McIlravy added, “A thingthat Horizons is going for is a frontporch gathering place.”Philip’s Trish Larson inquiredabout the next steps, “So, after thecommunity input, what part doesthe community play?” She was con-cerned about getting everyone onboard right away, especially thosewho kept up the parks or own land.“At what point do you get hold of the landowners ... your land is inour plan? The first place they see itshould not be in the newspaper.”The year’s worth of assistancefrom the RTCA does not reallybegin until a Philip area coalitionis represented and a list of possibleplans can be narrowed.
A Philip area trail, with expertisefrom National Park Service’s RTCA
Representatives of local governmental and community organizations discussedpossible expertise assistance offered by the Rivers, Trails and Conservation As-sistance program on any consensus-based trail project.
Photo by Del Bartels
by Del Bartels
The Haakon School District’sBoard of Education meeting, Mon-day, November 19, was held aftermembers had gathered earlier inthe afternoon with the administra-tion for annual tour of the Philipschool buildings.More contracts have been offi-cially approved for winter sports.Brad Haynes is the assistant boys’basketball coach. Deb Smith is theyearbook advisor. Tayta West isthe junior high girls’ basketballcoach. Keven Morehart is the assis-tant wrestling coach. The positionof the junior high boys’ basketballcoach will be formally approvedlater.The board went into executivesession to discuss personnel issues.No action was taken.The month’s substitute teacherpay, for an equivalent of 45.5 days,came to $3,998.98. The month’swages for the district, with a totalof 2,348.33 hours worked, came toa total of $25,668.08.In his secondary principal’s re-port, Mike Baer announced thatNovember 21 was midterms for theinstructors and students. Reportswill be tabulated during the weekafter Thanksgiving.Baer listed several recent accom-plishments. The FFA natural re-sources team earned seventh placein the nation. Philip High Schoolwon the eight-school academicchallenge. There will be a sixth,seventh and eigth grade academicchallenge in January. Matt Don-nelly was recognized as teacher of the year by the South Dakota Asso-ciation for Health, Physical Educa-tion, Recreation and Dance. Ban-ners, plaques and team photos arebeing put up in different places inthe school. The team photos willnot include only sports, but will in-clude such groups as the FFA,FCCLA, all school play, NationalHonor Society and others. Eachphoto will be replaced with thenext year’s group photo when thatparticular season comes around.The Department of Educationhas requested input from the dis-trict in producing a webinar, be-cause the Haakon students scoredso well on a benchmark pretest.The test was given to be used as abenchmark, thus used to marklater strived for improvements bythe students and the school. Such aspectacular showing leaves lessroom in order to show improve-ment. “It’s still good news to us,”said Baer.The new guided study hall pro-gram had several students test outof certain subject areas. “There’s noramifications for not trying on theSouth Dakota State Test of Educa-tional Progress,” said Baer. “Wehad some kids who really wantedto get off of that (the guided studyhall).”Semester tests will be held De-cember 19-20. Seniors will take se-mester tests.In his superintendent’s report,Keven Morehart added that a fifthgrade, sixth grade and junior highband and choir concert will be pre-sented at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, No-vember 27. A Dakota Assembly willbe held at 8:00 a.m. Thursday, No-vember 29, with Paul Imholte per-forming on a large variety of stringed instruments, includingthe jaw harp. The public is encour-aged to attend both.Board member Anita Petersonreported on the Associated SchoolBoards of South Dakota. Theirgoals during the upcoming legisla-tive session will include improvedschool funding, promoting commoncore curriculum but with fundingbehind it, supporting local controlin managing school districts, andcorrecting the current direction of school nutrition.Concerning school lunches, Pe-terson relayed an analogy. Take apound of hamburger and cut it inhalf, then cut it in half again for aquarter pound hamburger. The fed-eral government wants to cut thatin half again, and that is what youare feeding students so they canlearn and play sports. Peterson re-ported that some parents, espe-cially of football players, may haveto pay for more food themselves.The next scheduled meeting forthe board of education will be at6:00 p.m., Monday, December 17,in room A-1 of the Philip HighSchool.
 School board hears district’srecent accomplishmments
The Philip chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is againsponsoring its community Maggie Grace Angel Tree. This is Philip FCCLA’s 15thyear sponsoring the Angel Tree. The tree was set up at the Haakon County Court-house, November 26. Maggie Grace was born in 2002 to Doug and KarenMehlhaff, Rapid City. She died suddenly from complications of a very rare respi-ratory bacteria. The angel tree is dedicated in Maggie's memory in the hope thatneedy children in the area will be shown the spirit and love of Christmas. ThePhilip FCCLA chapter, in conjunction with the local churches and the Haakon Com-munity Health office, will distribute the donations to children in need in the Philiparea. Gifts beyond our community need will be distributed by the Jackson Com-munity Health office and the Bennett County foster child program. “Last year theresponse was very generous, with nearly 300 gifts,” said Brigitte Brucklacher,Philip FCCLA advisor. “We hope this year’s giving equals that generosity, as thereare many families and programs in need because of the economy.” To donate tothe project, leave an unwrapped toy, book or new article of clothing under thetree located next to the Extension office in the courthouse before 4:00 p.m.,Wednesday, December 19. Gifts are for children ages infant to teenage. If youknow of a child in need in our community or would like more information, contactBrucklacher at the Philip High School, 859-2680. Pictured are, clockwise fromlower left, Afton Burns, FCCLA Chairperson Kelsie Kroetch, Samantha Huston andKatelyn Enders.
Photo by Del Bartels
FCCLA’s angel tree
Philip Livestock Auction hasbeen honored by the South DakotaFarm Bureau with the Friend of  Agriculture award, in recognitionfor PLA’s service to the agriculturecommunity in Philip and the sur-rounding area.“Farmers and ranchers couldn’tdo what they do without supportivelocal businesses that understandthe needs of today’s agriculturalproducers,” said Scott VanderWal,president of the South DakotaFarm Bureau and family farmerfrom Volga. “It is our pleasure torecognize Philip Livestock Auctionand the work they do to sustainagriculture in Philip and the sur-rounding community.”Businesses are nominated bytheir local county Farm Bureau.The recognition was presented dur-ing an annual banquet held Satur-day, November 17.SDFB also presented the Friendof Agriculture award to Olson’sMotor Co. in Clark, SouthwestGrain in Lemmon, and Paul’s Feedand Seed in Faith.SDFB is a grassroots agricultureorganization representing morethan 13,000 member familiesacross the state. Founded in 1917,SDFB works to represent, uphold,and improve the state’s numberone industry – agriculture.
Philip Livestock Auction earnsFriend of Agriculture award
Philip’s Glo-N-Go Parade of Lights
Curt Arthur and Greg Arthur –E&A ConstructionRay’s ApplianceKennedy ImplementThe annual Glo-N-Go Parade of Lights traveled down the streets of Philip, Satur-day, November 24. Just before it, the Philip Volunteer Fire Department held itsbarbeque fundraiser at the fire hall. Above is float entry by the South Dakota De-partment of Transportation.
Photos by Del Bartels
 
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Lookin’ Around
by Syd Iwan
Motion catches the eye. Which of us hasn’t been trailing cattleacross the prairie only to have yourattention drawn to a coyote streak-ing away to safer quarters? Maybeinstead it was a deer or rabbitbouncing away or a grouse flyingup right in front of you. Even if you’ve never trailed cattle or beenon a horse, the same principle ap-plies to just taking a walk or driv-ing down the road. If somethingmoves, you tend to see it.What’s more, once you’ve noticedsomething in motion, you mightcontinue to gaze at it if it’s inter-esting. Lots of times I’ve paused tolook at deer leaping over fences.They’re quite graceful and enjoy-able to watch. Rabbits playing inthe yard are similar. They oftenrace around playing tag, or theymight jump straight up into the airas if scared to death which theyaren’t. They’re just having fun. A horse running full tilt is pleasingto see as well –strength and graceall at the same time. Little calvesgamboling about in the springtimeare nifty too.People are often fun to observe,and sometimes I have trouble notstaring. That is supposedly impo-lite. Have you even noticed thatyoung men tend to strut a bit, es-pecially those of the cowboy per-suasion? Dress a young fellow incowboy boots, spurs, jeans, cowboyshirt and hat, and they’re apt tostrut. Other times they saunterand act really cool. Noticing eithercan bring a smile to my face.Then you have the graceful peo-ple. They move as if doing somekind of slow dance. Women are abit better at this than men, butsome men have an easy grace aswell. I remember noticing a youngfellow shinny up a tall auger oneday. He did it quickly and effort-lessly. I just stared in appreciationat the strength and agility that al-lowed him to do it.How about watching kids on aplayground? They’re apt to be run-ning, jumping, chasing each other,screaming, laughing and havingsuch a grand time. It helps one toremember that it’s okay to havefun from time to time. Sometimeswe forget how to do that and needa reminder.This is not to say that all motionis attractive. Take slithering, forexample. Unless you are a majorfan of snakes, you might not carefor slithering. Snakes tend to creepme out so noticing their movementdoes nothing for me except to sendme running for a hoe to beheadthem and stop them from movingever again. My moves in killingsnakes might not be that great toexamine either since they are aptto be hard and fast and perhapswith just a touch of loathing ormaybe a dram or two of panic.Crab-like locomotion is some-what disturbing too. Why can’tthose that use it walk straight likeeveryone else? Fluttering, of course, can occasionally get onyour nerves such as when millerscircle repeatedly around a light orin your face. You usually just wantto shout, “Stop that!” If they don’t,you may be somewhat prone tograbbing a swatter or newspaperand making them quit.Some people enjoy seeing objectstravel at high speeds such as youmight find at the NASCAR races.It doesn’t do much for me, eitherwhen seeing it or doing it. It’s finewith airplanes since they need acertain amount of forward move-ment to keep themselves fromdropping out of the sky. Vehiclesdon’t have that rationale. I recall afew years ago when I drove 95MPH for about 15 miles on thefreeway trying to keep up with anambulance containing my son andwife. Going that fast made me de-cidedly nervous. I wasn’t used to it. After a bit I decided I’d rather getto the hospital safely than not atall and slowed down to more man-ageable levels. Since then, I’vebeen fairly content with the 75MPH freeway speed limit with oc-casional downhill bursts to 78.Anyway, to get the full effect of my hypothesis that motion attractsthe eye, you probably should gooutside now and sit on the porch ordeck for a bit. I’d bet you willmostly look at things that are mov-ing such as birds in the air, vehi-cles driving close by or in the dis-tance, floating clouds, grass rip-pling in the breeze, people and crit-ters moving about, and the like.Sometimes it’s fun to just sit andwatch the world go by. Give it atry. You might like it.
Eye of an angel
... by Del Bartels 
The little girl was full of joy and fear, as her father held her underher arms and raised her high over his head. She could just reach thetop of the Christmas tree. Her arms outstretched, she lowered the conelike robe of the antique ornament over the top branch. The girl neverforgot how the light glistened off of the porcelain angel’s eyes.As years went by, she didn’t realize how the two of them struggled.Compared with two parent families, their Christmases were almostbare. The tree itself was often a gift from a landowner who let themcut it down. The girl loved going with her father to get it. Afterward,the hot chocolate helped rewarm her tingling feet and numb fingers.Gifts were mostly needed clothing, but there was always somethingfor her that was handmade by father. As her birthdays grew, thosegifts changed from wooden dolls and miniature furniture to a lovinglymade hope chest.The Christmas of her last year in high school, she gracefully bal-anced on a chair to place the tree’s angel. College, even with all herhard-earned grades, savings, scholarships and loans, would be a pennypinching trial. In exchange for everything that he could spare, her fa-ther insisted she simply do well. She had to bum rides from classmatefriends, but she got back each Christmas to be father.She fell in love. The wedding present from father was the Christmasornament angel; she cried. The couple lived so far away, but a fewyears later, he could visit over Christmas and he seemed so happy thatshe was expecting. He had brought her cherished dolls and miniaturefurniture, each carefully resanded and repainted. A few years later,though his hands were growing less sure and nimble, she was so proudwhen he held his granddaughter up so she take her turn at being theone to place the porcelain angel on the tree.A son was born. Years went by. Visits from father and to father’splace were precious. Her husband and she did well, which seemed tocause her father to walk a bit lighter. Still, his handmade gifts forChristmas were better than all the lavish and extravagant packagesunder the tree. Her own children grew and began their own lives.The time had come. Her father would make no more gifts. He wouldno longer raise a child, nor watch anyone else raise a child, to placethe angel at the top of the Christmas tree.She sat in the spacious living room, with so much family all around.She joyfully handed to her children and grandchildren decorations forthem to put on the tree. Finally, only the porcelain angel remained.Gingerly taking it, her son gently put it in the hands of his tiny daugh-ter, who showed joy and fear at being raised so high. She stretched outand lowered the cone like robe of the angel over the top branch.Granddaughter, grandmother, angel ... everyone else noted how thelight glistened off of her eyes.
LADIES’ PRAYER BREAKFAST …
Monday, December 3, 7:00a.m. at the Senechal Apts. lobby in Philip. Devotions will be shar-ing. All ladies welcome.
CORNERSTONE RESCUE MISSION WINTER NEEDS …
Boxes are located at all churches in Philip and Midland, St. Mary’sCatholic Church in Milesville, Okaton Community Church,Belvidere Community Church and the Presbyterian church inKadoka. See this week’s ad for further details.
MILESVILLE VFD ANNUAL MEETING …
Monday, December10, 7:00 p.m. at the west side fire hall in Milesville. Everyone wel-come.
COMMUNITY BETTERMENT COMMITTEE …
 Annual Christ-mas Lighting Contest. Judging for three places will begin at 6:00p.m. Sunday, December 23. Call Darlene Matt at 859-2077 to nom-inate a display, and don’t forget to turn your lights on!
HAAKON COUNTY CROONER CHRISTMAS CONCERTSCHEDULE …
December 2, Kadoka Catholic Church, 1:30 p.m.,Wall Community Center, 4:30 p.m. December 16, Philip NursingHome, 1:30 p.m., Philip Courthouse, 4:00 p.m. Everyone welcome.
To have your NON-PROFIT meeting listed here, please sub-mit them by calling: 859-2516, or e-mailing to: ads@pioneer-review. com. We will run your event notice the twoissuespriortoyoureventat no charge.
Dear Editor,I was reading Blast from thePast 84 years ago, when I cameacross a line in the third paragraphthat tickled my funny bone.The newsperson was relatingthat friends had gathered to give anewly wed couple a “rousing chari-var.” I’m quite sure they meantchivaree.Merriam Webster had no listingfor charivari. Even so, I think I’d bea little hesitant in rousing one.Jeanie WaaraPhilip, SD
(We strive to leave the originalspellings from those stories for their“flavor.”) The Pioneer Review staff 
 
Letter to the Editor
by Del Bartels
Sonja Crowley, Joe Heimer andtheir spouses stayed in Philip, No-vember 19-21, to take in somepheasant hunting. Dakota RanchOutfitters had donated a huntingexcursion to a Women Against Vio-lence, Inc. fundraiser auction. TheCrowley party had won the one-daypheasant trip.Donating to a worthy cause;hunting pheasant; visiting Philip;all these are run-of-the-mill occur-rences. The story of Crowley andHeimer, though, is not a run-of-the-mill story.In November of 1996, Heimer, anexperienced guide, was leadingCrowley on an elk hunt just northof Yellowstone National Park. Backthen, Crowley was from Chamber-lain, though now lives in RapidCity. Heimer, now from Montana,used to live in Dupree.Below is a brief summary of theirstory that was published as a chap-ter in the book
Mark of the Grizzly
by Scott McMillion.On the elk hunt, the two firstsaw the grizzly bear from about 60feet away. Its cubs were fartherback. Trying to back off, the twohunters were charged by the bear.Heimer, who was carrying hisclient’s rifle, got off one shot, butthe bear tackled him, knocking thegun away and tearing into his legs.The grizzly dropped him, and thenattacked Crowley. It grabbed herby the head, crushing her jaw andtearing apart her face. Crowley re-membered hearing the teethcrunching into her head.Heimer staggered to the gun, butcouldn’t fire because he might hitCrowley as the bear was whippingher body around. The bear finallydropped Crowley and ran back to-ward its cubs.Heimer started giving first aid toCrowley, wrapping his shirtaround her mangled face. She fran-tically pointed; the grizzly wascoming back. This time, Heimerput a round through the bear’sshoulder and it dropped, but it gotup and charged again. The third,up-close shot put it down for good.After a year, Crowley had donemuch of the recovery from her in- juries, physical and mental. Shelost an eye, and the left side of herface is a bit limp. Heimer recoveredmore quickly, and received theMontana Outfitters and Guides As-sociation’s guide of the year awardfor his actions.Since 1996, the couples get to-gether at least once a year. ThePhilip hunting trip happened to beon Heimer’s birthday. Though thisis their first real stop in Philip, “Wedrive through here all the time,”said Crowley. Heimer added abouttheir trips since 1996, “We havemore fun, that’s for sure.”
Bear attack survivor visits Philip
Joe Heimer and Sonja Crowley won a pheasant hunting trip from a WomanAgainst Violence Inc. fundraiser. The trip was donated by Pat West and the DakotaRanch Outfitters. The hunting party stayed at the West Motel.
Photo by Bartels
South Dakota’s rural communi-ties have received over $458.7 mil-lion in United States Departmentof Agriculture Rural Developmentfunding in federal fiscal year 2012,completed on September 30. Dur-ing the last four years, USDA hasinvested more than $1.5 billion inSouth Dakota, according to ElsieMeeks, Rural Development statedirector.The program’s funds assist hous-ing, business and community de-velopment, water and waste water,energy, distance learning andtelemedicine, electric and telecom-munications. Water and wastewater funds are limited to commu-nities of less than 10,000 popula-tions. Housing and community fa-cility funding is available to townsof 20,000 population or less. Busi-nesses and industries in communi-ties up to 50,000 residents can getfunding through the business pro-grams.“Essentially, we can work withevery community in this state, out-side of Sioux Falls and Rapid City,”Meeks said. “USDA Rural Develop-ment’s 62 South Dakota employeeslook forward to serving rural SouthDakota this year.”Over $176.5 million was deliv-ered to South Dakota for housingin fiscal year 2012, which is thesecond highest year on record.•The Single Family HousingGuaranteed Loan program and theSingle Family Housing Direct Loanprogram brought homeownershipto 1,381 households through morethan $164.6 million.•The Rural Home Repair Loanand Grant program provided$167,321 in assistance to 28 SouthDakota homeowners for essentialrepairs.•Two Housing PreservationGrants totaling $50,000 wereawarded to assist in repairinghomes of very low and low incomefamily households.•More than $9.8 million of rentalassistance was provided to 1,967tenants residing in a Rural Devel-opment multi-family rural rentalhousing complex. There are 362multi-family projects in the state.•Assisted three multi-familyhousing properties with obligationsof $784,972.More than $81.6 million was de-livered to South Dakota through itscommunity programs.•The Community Facilities Pro-gram assisted 24 projects through$39.1 million for libraries, publicsafety, long-term care facilities,and tribal colleges.•Through the Water and Envi-ronmental Programs, 15 communi-ties and 14,608 rural residentswere helped by $42.3 million forsafe, potable drinking water, safeand sanitary wastewater disposal,and solid waste.*One Rural Community Develop-ment Initiative of $200,000 was se-lected that will provide technicalassistance to recipients and pro-vide new and expanded knowledgeto them in the areas of housing,community facilities, and economicdevelopment activities.More than $38.3 million was de-livered through various businessprograms. The programs assisted32 businesses and 17 agriculturalproducers/small businesses. Jobstotaling 1,873 were created and/orsaved.•The Business and IndustryGuaranteed Loan program madeavailable $33.2 million that,through leveraging, assisted ninebusinesses.•The Rural Business EnterpriseGrant program provided six grantstotaling nearly $759,900.•The Rural Business Opportu-nity Grant program delivered$158,579 to three recipients.•Three Intermediary RelendingLoan Program recipients wereawarded $1,003,000.•Through the Rural EconomicDevelopment Loan and Grant pro-gram, one loan totaling $1 millionand four grants for $1 million wereawarded.•The Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program provided threegrants totaling $97,554.
 S.D. gets $458.7 million in Rural Development funding
•The Value-Added AgriculturalProduct Market DevelopmentGrant program provided funding of $17,500 to one producer and the Value-Added Agricultural ProductMarket Development Grant (Be-ginning and Socially Disadvan-taged Farmers and Ranchers) pro-gram provided funding of $300,000to one producer.•One Rural Cooperative Devel-opment Grant for $175,000 wasawarded.•One Small Socially Disadvan-taged Producer Grant for $175,000was awarded.•Through the 9007 Rural En-ergy for America Program, SouthDakota was awarded 16 projectsfor a total of $368,408 for renew-able energy and energy efficiencyprojects.•The Advanced Biofuel PaymentProgram issued two payments to-taling $5,560 to advanced biofuelproducers to support and ensure anexpanding production of advancedbiofuels.USDA Rural Utilities ServiceElectric Guaranteed Loans werereceived by five recipients totalingmore than $161.4 million. The Dis-tance Learning and Telemedicineprogram awarded funding totaling$849,689 to two South Dakota re-cipients.
 
Reducing Wind Erosion
Seeing local crop fields that suf-fered from wind erosion during thehigh winds in late-October seemsmild compared to the dust bowldays of the dirty thirties, recentlyportrayed in the PBS documen-tary, “The Dust Bowl.” If youmissed the documentary, pre-miered November 18 and 19 onPBS, you can download it fromiTunes, and/or read about, viewpictures and video clips on thePBS website: http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/dustbowl/.The question was raised in thedocumentary, and occasionally indiscussions, could it happen again?The general feeling is, thanks toconservation practices that havebeen applied, the advent of no-tillfarming practices, and other ad-vances, certainly not to the scalethat it did in the 30s. In localizedareas, however, wind erosion canbe severe, lower soil productivityand increase the costs of producingcrops.Wind erosion physically re-moves the most fertile part of thesoil (organic matter, clay, and silt).Blowing soil can reduce seedlingsurvival and growth, depress cropyields, and increase the suscepti-bility of plants to certain types of stress, including diseases. Winderosion also adversely affects peo-ple not directly connected to theland, by polluting the air, fillingroad ditches, deteriorating waterquality, causing automobile acci-dents, and many other problems.Although the 2012 drought hasleft few options available to farm-ers with little or no residue on cropfields, over the long term, thereare three main practices that havebeen identified to reduce wind ero-sion.Reduce the wind velocity at thesoil surface. Wind speed as low assix mph one foot above the soil sur-face can start the movement of soilparticles with highly erodible fieldconditions (smooth, bare, loose, dryand finely granulated particles).Wind speed increasing from 20mph to 30 mph triples the rate of erosion. Wind velocity at the soilsurface can be reduced with wind-breaks, crop residue, cover crops,surface roughness and strip crop-ping.Maintaining crop residue on thesoil surface and/or ridging orroughing the soil surface will trapmoving soil particles and reduceerosion. The smallest soil particlescan be lifted from the soil surface,suspended, and carried manymiles before falling. Larger parti-cles can be dislodged and movedacross the soil surface in a bounc-ing or jumping manner, often dis-lodging other particles from thesurface, causing a cumulative ef-fect.Finally, increasing the size of soil aggregates requires a strongerwind to move soil and cause soilerosion. The size of soil aggregatescan be increased by using crop ro-tations that include grasses andlegumes, growing high-residuecrops and returning the residue tothe soil, or leaving it on the soilsurface, applying manure, and re-ducing or eliminating tillage. If wind erosion is occurring, and/orconditions are such that the occur-rence seems inevitable, emergencytillage can bring large, stable clodsto the soil surface if soil moistureand texture allow it.
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Local youth participated in the Haakon/Jackson 4-H Youth-In-Action Day on Friday, November 16, at Philip. The 4-H membersgave presentations, judged 4-H FCS classes, took a livestockology quiz and then worked on a visual arts project for Christ-mas. Participants were, back row, left to right, Tate DeJong, Seth Haigh, Peyton DeJong, Shaina Solon, Savannah Solon,McKenzie Stilwell and Elle Moon; front row, Trew DeJong, Mark Stangle, Hudson Johnson, Abby Moon, Riley Schofield, GageWeller, Tagg Weller, Quinn Moon and Josie Rush. Not pictured but giving a presentation was Katie Haigh.
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Haakon/Jackson 4-H Youth In Action Day
Haakon/Jackson 4-H recognition
Kash Block won the rodeo programcover contest.Katie Haigh earned the top senior live-stock judging award.The top secretary award went to SageGabriel, for her hard work keeping clubrecords.
The Haakon/Jackson 4-H pro-gram held it’s year end recognitionevent, November 4 at the Philip American Legion Hall.Members of 4-H were rewardedfor their hard work throughout theyear. Pins, medals and certificateswere awarded during the event.Project awards and county fair andlivestock premiums were awardedto 46 members.Leaders were recognized fortheir dedication. Donna Staben hasled 4-H for 38 years. Nicki Nelson,Pam DeJong and Tina Staben haveeach been 4-H leaders for 12 years.Nancy Haigh –six years, JackieStilwell and Amy Smiley fiveyears each, Jim Harty and HughHarty –four years each, Jodi Par-sons and Donna Enders –threeyears each, and Adele Harty andHeather Gabriel –one year each.Haakon/Jackson 4-H also recog-nized Grady and Bernice Crew of Crew Agency as the Friends of 4-H.“We appreciate the dedication of the youth, staff, parents, leadersand of course our sponsors and thecommunity for the support. With-out you, 4-H would not flourish asit has and will continue to do,” saidCarrie Weller, 4-H advisor.“Be watching for 4-H youth doingcommunity service in your area.The Haakon/Jackson Junior Lead-ers are starting a new campaign.The Ronald MacDonald House 4-HDrive to collect supplies and dona-tions for the Sioux Falls house. You may notice Christmas cladflamingoes invading the lawnsaround town, so be ready to helpthe 4-Hers,” said Weller.
The top three overall awards went to: Sage Gabriel for general 4-H, Gage Wellerfor agriculture, and McKenzie Stilwell for family and consumer sciences.Wyatt Enders –senior, left, and Sage Gabriel –junior, right, won the Bud MayMemorial buckes. They are pictured with Liz May.
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