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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 15Volume 107December 6, 2012
Market Report
Winter Wheat, 12 Pro..........$8.36Any Pro.............................$7.56Spring Wheat, 14 Pro...........$8.37Milo.......................................$6.79Corn.......................................$7.04Millet...................................$30.00Sunflower Seeds................$21.50
WinterActivities Guide
Inserted in this week’sissue
Christmasin Midland
Philip Nursing HomeTree of Love honorsloved ones
The Philip Nursing Home will again have the
Tree of Love
during the holidays. You may ask:“What is the
Tree of Love?” 
Tree of Love
is a way in which the com-munity can remember loved ones who may havepassed away or a loved one who is still living. Itis a worthy project which makes money for theresidents’ activity fund.Three trees will be placed on the bulletinboard at the nursing home in early December:The
In Memory Tree –
for those loved ones nolonger living
In Honor of Tree –
for thatspecial loved one still alive;and the
Tree for  Businesses.
Colored symbols are placed on the trees.Red symbols are $25; Blue are $10; Green are$5; and White are $1. The price differencesallow everyone the opportunity to give a trib-ute in someone’s name. The name of the hon-ored person and the name of the sponsorare placed on the symbol. Those decorat-ing the trees appreciate a condensed ver-sion of the information. For example:
TheJohn Doe Family.
Include the necessaryinformation of the honoree and thesponsorDonations will be accepted fromnow until Christmas. Your
Tree of Love
donation can besent to the Philip Nursing Home, Attn:Cheri Heeb, PO Box 790, Philip, SD57567. Please note on the envelope thatit is a
Tree of Love
gift. Out-of-town busi-nesses are also invited to participate.Barbara Kroetch and Peggy Hook willbe visiting local businesses for the
 Busi-ness Tree
The 10th annual Christmas in Midland celebration was held Saturday, December1, at the Midland Legion Hall. There were over 225 registered attendees. Activitiesincluded hay rides provided by Rick Reimann and his daughter Jamie, door prizes,cookies and cider, viewing the many trees set up by different organizations, anda visit by Santa Claus. A live nativity scene was performed, which included tradi-tional Christmas songs. Shown above is Clancy Doud with one of the many Christ-mas trees on display. A drawing by the senior citizen group for a picture drawn byMickey Woitte was won by Shari Estep, Austin, Texas. A drawing by the MidlandSlam Dunkers Relay For Life team for an afghan was won by Ronnie Sammons,and for a doily was won by Christine Niedan. The doily and afghan were made byBetty Block. See more photos inside this issue.
Photos by Del Bartels
Christmas in Midland
Be watching for some pinkflamingos wearing Santa hats to belanding in a yard near you as theHaakon/Jackson 4-H Jr. Leader'sare helping out the Ronald McDon-ald House in Sioux Falls.They are asking for your help tomake a difference in the lives of those families that are affected byillness. The Ronald McDonaldHouse Program provides a "Home Away From Home" for familieswith sick and injured children re-ceiving critical medical care. Theyprovide stability, support, a homecooked meal, a place to stay at littleto no cost, and let the family focuson getting their child healthyagain.If you find a pink flamingo inyour yard, you can call the numberlisted to have them moved. All weask is that you donate one or moreof the items on the Ronald McDon-ald House Wish List. These itemscan be dropped off at the Extensionoffice in either the Haakon or Jack-son County Courthouses. ContactNicki Nelson at 308-862-1051 orthe Haakon County office at 859-2840 for questions or more infor-mation.There are many items that theyneed to keep helping families in-cluding: food items –fruit cups,granola bars and individualwrapped snacks, snack sized cere-als, chips, crackers, individualsized Jello and pudding snack cups,individual cans, bottles, or boxes of fruit juice, chunky & hearty soup,canned pasta and spaghettios,sugar and artificial sweeteners, cof-fee, coffee creamer, coffee regularsized filters, fruit snacks and rollups , Hamburger Helper, ketchup,mustard, mayonnaise and paperplates; cleaning and sanitaryitems –bathroom cleaning sup-plies, Playtex rubber gloves, papertowels, all sizes of Ziploc bags (es-pecially gallon), plastic wrap, alu-minum foil, dishwasher soap, liq-uid laundry soap, Windex andother multipurpose cleaners, dis-infecting wipes, antibacterial soapsand dry Swiffer pads; personalitems toothpaste, toothbrushes,travel sized deodorant, pillow pro-tectors, towels (bath hand andwashclothes), and deep pocket,queen sized bedding.This is being done in memory of one of their own former 4-H Jr.Leaders - Jennifer Nelson whosefamily was helped by the RonaldMcDonald House Program. Pleasehelp us help others! Thank you!
Pink flamingos to help raise funds
The Haakon/Jackson 4-H Jr. Leaders kicked off their pink flamingo/Ronald Mc-Donald House fundraiser during Philip’s parade of lights.
Courtesy photo
by Del Bartels
Thursday morning, November29, Paul Imholte was the object of an assembly for kindergartenthrough sixth graders and for thegeneral public.Imholte said that his goal is toincrease awareness in the audienceof not only music, but specificallythe great variety of stringed instru-ments. He grabbed the audience’sattention by first moving amongthe students as he played a livelytune on the fiddle.Volunteer Mallory Vetter helpedImholte demonstrate the woodenspoons, which made a minisculepitch difference when played on dif-ferent parts of the body, such as thearm or even the head. The spoonsare “a very inexpensive drum setthat you can carry with you., saidImholte.Explaining briefly the origins of each instrument, Imholte nextplayed the eight string mandolin,first used in Italy. He then had vol-unteers create different verses forthe song “She’ll be Coming Aroundthe Mountain,” as he picked thefive string banjo. The song is an American folk song, he said, thusno one knows who originally wroteit, and everyone in the room ownsit.He played the hammered dul-cimer, which has 70 strings andtwo bridges that make a musicalfifth relationship. It is a stringedinstrument, but played with mal-lets, and is the predecessor to themodern day piano.Using the guitar, he sang a diddyabout rutabagas. Using the auto-harp, he went from a minuet byBach to a diddy about eating ba-nanas. Using the dulcimer –some-times called the mountain or Ap-palachian dulcimer –he performeda love song “Simple Gifts.”Having started playing such in-struments when he was 10 andpracticing for 40 some years, “I’mstill learning, though a little bitslower than I used to,” saidImholte.To the tough question from theaudience, he admitted that histhree favorite instruments of theones he plays would be the guitar,hammered dulcimer and violin,“but the violin is hard to chord.”The last instrument introducedwas a jaw harp, technically not astring instrument because it uses ametal band for sound vibration.Taking it out of his mouth to singthe words, he played an anti-smok-ing song, “I had a Horse ThatSmoked Cigarettes.”The assembly concluded withImholte playing the guitar and theaudience singing the song, “ThisLand is Your Land.”Imholte was brought to Philipthrough the Dakota Assembliesprogram, locally paid for by dona-tions to the school’s teachers fundwhich includes donations from thecollection of bottle caps, Box Topsand other sources.
 Stringman visits Philip Elementary
Paul Imholte, the stringman, performed for elementary stu-dents, November 29. Above he is playing the dulcimer. Thehammered dulcimer is on its stand. Shown at right, he isplaying the wooden spoons with Mallory Vetter being thesounding board. Below, Imholte began his session, playing the fiddle from within the audience.
Photo by Del Bartels
by Del Bartels
The Freemasons held their an-nual District 15 meeting, Saturday,December 1, in the Philip MasonicLodge #153.Welcoming State Grand MasterJack Hantz, Belle Fourche, asguest speaker were District MasterDoug Thorson, Philip, Wall MasterGrant Shearer, and other attend-ing Freemasons.Hantz acknowledged the absenceof some district members, particu-larly from the Martin lodge, whowere participating in the annualMartin parade of lights. Martin,though, will host next year’s dis-trict meeting.Hantz restated the hierarchy of Masonic responsibility of family, job, then the lodge. “Family first,always,” said Hantz.“My obligation is to accept the re-sponsibility to travel all over thestate, and neighboring states, torepresent you and all Masons,”said Hantz. With a little over 5,000Masons in South Dakota, “We havedecided to do our best to keep thebrothers together and increase ourmembers.” The Grand Lodge meet-ing this year will be family ori-ented. “We are working on scholar-ships for the kids and giving tocharities. We’ve got to keep ourroots growing.”One of the most community ori-ented programs supported by Ma-sons is the South Dakota ChildIdentification Program (CHIP). A 
Masonic District 15 meeting in Philip
Ike Dale was presented his 50-year pin during the District 15 meeting of SouthDakota Freemasons, December 1, in Philip. Back row, from left: Tucker Smith,Brad Heltzel, District 15 Master Doug Thorson and Wall Master Grant Shearer.Front: Beau Ravellette, Dale, and S.D. Grand Master Jack Hantz.
Photo –Bartels
personal identification package isgiven to parents of participatingchildren. The packets includes aphoto, fingerprints, DNA swab,and an audio/visual recording of their child.“I’m a 100 percent believer ingetting the older teenage girls in-volved in the CHIP program. It’snot just for little kids,” said Grant.“If you can get in with the school,it really helps. We did our lastCHIP program on parent/teacherday,” said Thorson.Hantz praised the public accessi-bility and internal record keepingby Masons by computers and theInternet. “Computers are a greatthing. All this paperwork goingback and forth will stop. It’s all atyour fingertips,” said Hantz. TheSouth Dakota Masonic website ismygrandlodge.org.The district meeting concludedwith a 50-year pin presentation toIke Dale, Philip. Dale entered Ma-sonry in May 1961, and was raisedto Master Mason in March 1962.“I have a lot of stories. It’s beenquite an experience,” said Dale.“My friends, neighbors and broth-ers, it’s been a fun trip so far.”Thorson noted that the year Daleserved as master of the Philiplodge, 1969, was the year Thorsonwas born.
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Thursday:Partly cloudy. High of 48F. Breezy.Winds from the NNW at 10 to 20 mph.Thursday Night:Partly cloudy with a chanceof snow and rain showers after midnight.Fog overnight. Low of 23F with a windchill as lowas 12F. Breezy. Winds from the North at 10 to 20mph shifting to the ESE after midnight. Chance ofsnow 30% with accumulations up to 1 in. possible.Friday:Overcast with a chance of snow anda chance of rain in the morning, thenmostly cloudy with a chance of snow anda chance of rain. High of 41F. Breezy.Winds from the East at 10 to 20 mph.Chance of snow 60%. Friday Night:Partlycloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 18F with a windchill aslow as 9F. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph.Saturday:Partly cloudy. Fog early.High of 37F with a windchillas low as 7F. Winds fromthe SE at 10 to 15 mph.Saturday Night: Partlycloudy. Low of 25F with a wind-chill as low as 19F. Winds from the WNWat 5 to 15 mph.
Sunday:Partly cloudy. High of30F with a windchill as low as10F. Breezy. Winds from theNNW at 15 to 20 mph.Sunday Night:Partly cloudy.Fog overnight. Low of 7F. Breezy. Windsfrom the NW at 10 to 20 mph.Monday:Partly cloudy. High of34F with a windchill as lowas 10F. Winds from theSouth at 5 to 10 mph.Monday Night:Clear. Fogovernight. Low of -4F. Windsfrom the WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Lookin’ Around
by Syd Iwan
I’ve worked as a waiter. I cancarry full cups of coffee around ata goodly rate of speed withoutspilling them. Well, er, usually Ican. Sometimes I may slop a littleif I try to go through a door whilecarrying something in addition tothe coffee. Going through both thefront door and the screen door canbe problematic as well. Still, I havefairly good liquid-carrying skills.As you go through life, if youdon’t watch out, you’re apt to gainskills at this and that (like coffee-carrying) from jobs or experiencesyou happen to have. Take cooking,for example. I’ve always cookedsome so as to avoid starvationwhen left to my own devices. Ilearned quite a bit more about it,though, when I took up trying tofeed the wife, son and some ranchguys in addition to myself. As ithappened, we decided many yearsago to home-school son Chance,and wife Corinne wasn’t sure shecould both teach and cook. Thecooking was known to take quite abit of time, especially on those daysthe men came for dinner whichthey did fairly often. As a result, Ivolunteered for kitchen duty. Thiswas fine, but I had to stretch mymeager skills somewhat to avoidserving the same fare every dayand also to accommodate some foodsensitivities plus likes and dis-likes. I basically can and do eat al-most everything without muchtrouble, but this doesn’t hold truefor everyone.Anyway, through doing it, Ilearned to cook a varied menu.What’s more, I tend to get carriedaway with any project I take on soI learned a lot more than strictlynecessary through my fondness forexperimentation. Some experi-ments came out nicely and othersnot so much. Scones were not amajor success. Even the dog would-n’t eat them. He buried them in-stead. Tacos, on the other hand,turned out well including makingthe shells from scratch. We haveeaten a lot of those.I have also invented variousmenu items and desserts althoughoften from goofing up and trying tocorrect matters. Take the chocolatecherry meringue cake I came upwith through accidentally addingtoo much sugar when trying tomake an angel-food cake. Aftercogitating over that mistake a bit,I decided to add some cocoa andchopped cherries and see whathappened. It turned out very wellindeed, and I still make it fromtime to time. I had to call it ameringue cake because adding toomuch sugar to egg whites gives youmeringue, not angel food, butthat’s no big deal.The other day, though, I messedup making that cake by setting theoven to 275 degrees instead of 325.I didn’t notice the error until afterI’d taken the pan out and turned itupside down to cool. The cake thenfell out of the tin so something wasobviously wrong—namely it wasbadly undercooked. Taking a hintfrom how you warm up Frenchbread (according to the breadwrapper,) I cranked the oven up to400 degrees and threw the confec-tion back in the oven for ten min-utes although I wasn’t at all surehow that would come out. Luckilyit worked, and the cake was saved.Alas, the learning curve is some-what bent in areas where you mayhave experience but little aptitude.Electrical, plumbing, and mechan-ical matters pop to mind. I’ve hadto do some of all of those throughnecessity, but I’m not a fastlearner. Basic stuff I can dothrough hard work and sweat, but,if things get complicated, I call forhelp. Carpentry is a little easierbut still not my best suit.Then, too, if you live longenough, some of the things you’velearned become obsolete. Take carengines, for example. I know a lit-tle about carburetors but nothingabout fuel injection. Electrical sys-tems on modern cars are com-pletely beyond me. You have tohave complicated electronic gear tofigure out what is wrong, and I’mnot really interested in learningthat. Similarly, through great ef-fort, I learned to develop photo-graphic film and make both colorand black-and-white prints fromnegatives. Now, thanks to the dig-ital revolution, you can barely buyfilm anymore. That’s okay, how-ever. I don’t miss all those smellychemicals and the tedium involvedwith using them. Digital camerasare great and computer printing just fine.At the moment, though, I am alittle short on my coffee consump-tion for the day. I’d better correctthat and maybe take some blackliquid out onto the deck to drink.That is not a problem. I’m prettygood at carrying coffee around.Maybe, too, I’ll take my digitalcamera along and try to capturethe sunset, which seems to beshaping up nicely. Life goes on.Live and learn.(By the way, opinions vary.Corinne has a lower opinion of mycoffee-carrying skills than I do.Something about spots on thefloor.)
Staying in shape
... by Del Bartels 
Eat right, exercise, get enough sleep and don’t do anything bad foryour body. All these helpful rules sound good. That’s about all they do.Eat right ... yeah right. Everything that tastes good is supposedlybad for you, and if it isn’t, then the quantity needed to survive is waytoo much to stay healthy. Most things on grocery shelves includemonosodium glutamate, an amino acid industrially used as a flavorenhancer. When I want flavor, I eat a steak. No, it is not the size of adeck of cards; it’s a STEAK. If it doesn’t cover the plate, it must be aconspiracy by foreign-born politicians and the soy industry. Eat to sur-vive? I survive to eat. Salad greens? I eat critters that eat greens.Exercise (pardon my swearing) is for people who don’t work, don’thave fun, don’t anything else or don’t have a life. Jogging, if it is notin preparation for hunting season or to win at something, is nothingmore than self-inflicted pain. What rancher –after branding calves,putting in fence posts, loading hay and fertilizer, and knuckle-bustingto fix the tractor –comes home and gets on the treadmill? Nobody ac-tually wants to be stout, chunky, big-boned, horizontally tall, portly,wide-ish or ‘but has a great personality.’ Imagine a newlywed openingher first Christmas present from her husband, to find a weight-lossprogram certificate from the health club. Imagine your kid havingshow-and-tell day on examples of big, and introducing you.The sleep idea sounds soooo good. It just doesn’t happen. Your bossfrowns on that sort of thing ... as do the passing motorists. Heavenhelp you if your kid, from their chair in the band during a school con-cert, can hear your snoring over the top of the bass drums. If sleep dep-rivation wasn’t such a socially-promoted thing, why do dance halls stayopen until after 1:00 a.m.? And, why do TV stations air 24 hours? Be-sides, who can fall back asleep for the rest of the night once they getup off of the couch? Maybe I’ll get enough sleep after I’m dead.Not doing anything bad to your body is unnatural and anti-Ameri-can. If everyone stopped drinking and smoking, the United Stateseconomy would crash and the government would go broke from loss of tax revenue. A healthy population would collapse more than a few en-tire industries –with people not needing vitamins, nor exercise equip-ment, nor hangover remedies, nor any other health placeboes. Havesome beer, a cigar and pure sugar, then enjoy a roller coaster.Generally, health is common sense, but that is often asking toomuch. When it comes to eating habits, some people don’t get the ironyof having candy machines in a dentist’s reception room. When it comesto having a lifestyle full of work and fun activity, it was once said thatfootball is 50 athletes in desperate need of rest entertaining 50,000spectators in desperate need of exercise. When it comes to sleep, justturn off the TV, and, if really desperate, read a little something to putyourself asleep, such as this column.
will make an appearance at the GemTheatre in Philip in December. Enjoy a free family movie and don’tforget to take your picture with Santa & Mrs. Claus too. Watch ourad for more details to come.
will be Wednes-day, December 5, at 6:00 p.m. at the Milesville Hall. There will betwo director positions up for election.
Monday, December10, 7:00 p.m. at the west side fire hall in Milesville. Everyone wel-come.
 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!
December 16, Philip Nursing Home, 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.
Christmas in Midland
At left, the hayrides providedby the Reimannfamily wereaccentuated bythe childrenpetting thepatient horsesand the friendlydogs. A local girlpets one of thehorses underJamieReimann’ssupervision.The live nativity scene performed by local children involved traditional Christmas songs, accompianied on guitar, by PastorAndy Blye.During the annual Christmas in Midland, Santa Claus posed for pictures with allyoung at heart. Shown, clockwise from lower left, are Cappie West, Jewel Jones,Cylver Lurz and Kaitlyn Fosheim.Petoske Construction –first placeRight, MidlandAuxiliary –second placeBelow, TrinityLutheranChurch –tie forthird placeFar right, RelayFor Life tie forthird place
Attorney General Marty Jackleyannounced today that the 15th an-nual Pie Day will be held on Satur-day, December 8 from 11:00 a.m. to3:00 p.m. at the Capitol building inPierre.The event will include free pie,cookies, coffee and ice cream. Thisevent is free and the public is en-couraged to stop by the Capitol andenjoy. Area talent will provide en-tertainment throughout the day.If you have any questions re-garding this event, contact SaraRabern at 605-773-3215.
Capitol’sPie Day
Condition of the Winter Wheat Crop
The fall of 2012 has been a chal-lenge for South Dakota’s winterwheat producers as they faced verydry soil conditions to plant into.During the week of November 25,2012, 64 percent of winter wheatin South Dakota was rated in pooror very poor condition. This ratingwas the worst of any state in theprimary winter wheat growing re-gion.The quick development of se-vere to exceptional drought, ac-cording to the U.S. Drought Moni-tor (http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/), has affected much of thewheat producing areas of the US.The winter wheat crop conditionsin the central US has affected thenational rating, which is now at itslowest level since records of thistype began in 1986.The South Dakota Weekly CropWeather Report, published by theNational Agricultural StatisticsService puts the hard red winterwheat of South Dakota at 60 per-cent emerged as of November 25.Other states have significantlybetter ratings, both in conditionand percent emerged. Some peoplebelieve the report of 60 percent of winter wheat emerged seems high.The NASS crop progress estimatesare based on a subjective opinionsurvey of county officials, whichare not claimed to be statisticallyaccurate. The important fact isthat even if the figure is high, 60%is the lowest percent of winterwheat emerged by late Novemberin South Dakota since at least1990. One other fall that standsout with a low percentage of win-ter wheat emergence in SouthDakota was 2000, when 74 percentof the crop was reported emergedin November. The statewide aver-age yield in 2001 was 32 bu/acre,which tied for the 2nd and 3rd low-est yield since 1990. It is not advis-able to make yield predictions forthe 2013 cropping season based onthis however.Many areas where winter wheatwas planted into dry soil have re-ceived small amounts of moisturevia rain and/or snow. This limitedmoisture has caused some of thewheat to sprout, but little has ac-tually emerged to a significant de-gree. These seedlings have usedenergy reserves from the seed, andhave not been able to generatephotosynthetic activity and de-velop crowns to store energy forwinter survival. Without addi-tional moisture, the sproutedseedlings may dry out and die.Dry soil cools off more quicklyand will get colder than soil withadequate moisture, if low air tem-peratures occur without snow forinsulation. This potential exposureto low temperatures could con-tribute to significant winterkill fora crop in marginal condition. Mois-ture in the form of either rain orsnow would improve the conditionof the crop and chances for its sur-vival. However prospects for mois-ture don’t look good.Producers may want to wait be-fore making decisions such as fer-tilizing until they have a betterhandle on the potential of the crop. As spring approaches, winterwheat growers will want to assessthe condition of the crop. If thecrop is insured, producers shouldcontact their crop insurance agentbefore taking steps to terminatethe crop and initiate alternativeplans.The good news is that if the cropsurvives, it is almost certain thatthe plants will vernalize and pro-duce a seed head. All that is neces-sary for the winter wheat plants tovernalize is for the kernel to takeon moisture and swell, and gothrough a period of about threeweeks at about 40 degrees orlower. It is almost unheard of forwinter wheat planted in the fall inSouth Dakota to not complete thatprocess. It is well known amongproducers that wheat, particularlywinter wheat, is a tough crop andcan surprise you with its re-siliency.For more information, visithttp://igrow.org/agronomy/wheat/.
12/11: Soil Health Info Day-Davison County Extension Com-plex, Mitchell
E xtensionNews
by Bob FanningField Specialist, WinnerRegional Extension Center
Rural Living
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This fall, many livestock produc-ers who veterinarian Jim Stangle,Milesville, works with have to becreative when it comes to findingforage for their cattle.The drought left them with re-duced hay supplies and little to nowinter grazing. To help ensure thatthe forages his clients find are safeto feed, the Haakon County veteri-narian tests samples of standingforages for nitrates.“Because of the drought we knewnitrates would be a big problemthis year. I took a South DakotaState University Extension train-ing course so I could provide localtesting to producers in my area,”said Stangle, who was one of manySouth Dakota veterinarians to re-ceive certification from SDSU Ex-tension this summer on the nitratequik test.Along with getting their foragestested for nitrates, Stangle saidthat, because many of his clientshave to purchase additional foragesor protein supplements this year,many cattle producers rely onSDSU Extension to provide themwith information on affordable op-tions, as well as customized feedrations.“Because they aren’t selling aproduct, producers know they cantrust SDSU Extension field special-ists for unbiased recommenda-tions,” Stangle said.Adele Harty, Philip, is the SDSUExtension cow/calf field specialistStangle works with. She is one of about specialists hired when a newstaffing model was put into placeOctober 2011 as part of a completereorganization, implemented tocomply with state budget cuts.Harty has worked within SDSUExtension since 2005. When shewas rehired in 2011 as an SDSUExtension field specialist her jobdescription changed.“I was raised on a cow/calf oper-ation. My education is focused incow/calf nutrition. Before I was re-hired, I worked with all livestockproducers. Now that I'm able tofocus on, and work with solelycow/calf producers I can utilize myknowledge, experience and educa-tion to help South Dakota cow/calf producers to become better at whatthey are already good at,” Hartysaid.Harty and her peers are expectedto have their master's degree.Today, field specialists office in oneof eight regional centers, but oftentravel throughout the state.“This provides a greater level of expertise to the entire state,” saidRosie Nold, SDSU Extension pro-gram director for agriculture andnatural resources. “Instead of gen-eralists in each county, we haveseveral specialized staff serving theentire state. This allows SDSU Ex-tension to provide a deeper level of focus, expertise and research basedinformation to help solve the chal-lenging questions or issues SouthDakotans face.”Karla Trautman, associate direc-tor of SDSU Extension, added thatbecause specialists serve the entirestate, there is an increased focus oncollaboration between SDSU Ex-tension specialists, SDSU facultyand supporters throughout thestate.Through the budget driven reor-ganization, SDSU Extension in-creased its commitment to 4-H.More than 30 4-H youth programadvisor positions were created, incoordination with local communi-ties, to focus on 4-H, a programwhich serves more than 59,000South Dakota youth each year.“The university reinforced itscommitment to 4-H and youth de-velopment by implementing countylevel 4-H youth program advisorpositions,” Peter Nielson, SDSUExtension 4-H youth developmentprogram director. “Four-H mem-bers and programs did not havethis type of dedicated focus in theold system."Nielson explained that todaythere is more of a prioritized 4-Hfocus because, 4-H youth programadvisors, like field specialists, arefully committed to 4-H and youthprogramming.“Although there have been grow-ing pains in many areas, 4-H mem-bers and their families have seenincreased opportunities this year,"said Paula Hamilton, president of the state 4-H leaders association.Along with face-to-face educa-tional seminars and workshops,SDSU Extension offers webinars,has smartphone apps and provides24/7 access to educational materi-als and information through iGrow.iGrow is an online teaching plat-form. The free service gives produc-ers information they need to moni-tor current developments in agri-culture, research and trade; farmspecific agricultural weather, prof-itability calculators, and librariesof agricultural production andmanagement information, podcastsand forums, all in a highly secureonline environment that works oncomputers, smart phones and mo-bile Internet devices.“We look at iGrow as our virtualSDSU Extension office. Within itsfirst year of operation, this virtualoffice has had 96,000 visitors andthose visitors asked 300,000 ques-tions,” said Emery Tschetter, direc-tor of communications and market-ing for SDSU College of Agricul-ture and Biological Sciences.South Dakotans can also pick upthe phone and call AnswerLinewith a question. AnswerLine is atoll free connection to family andconsumer science specialists dedi-cated to answering questions anddirecting consumers to research-based resources.“This is a one-stop-shop for an-swers to family and consumer sci-ence questions," said JoanHegerfeld-Baker, Extension foodsafety specialist. “Through An-swerLine, consumers have accessto an office full of specialists, alongwith data and resources compiledby SDSU Extension field special-ists, faculty and researchers."During the growing season, An-swerLine also provided access toanswers for horticultural ques-tions.SDSU Extension also hit the air-waves in 2011, introducing theiGrow radio network. A companionservice to iGrow.org, the dailythree minute segment can be heardon 12 major radio stations acrossthe state and region.Hosted by farm broadcaster,Pam Geppert, iGrow Radio Net-work programs are drawn from thecredible and accurate informationon iGrow.org. The radio programsfeature field specialists and univer-sity faculty who cover a variety of topics ranging from agronomy andweather, to livestock productionand rural life.To learn more about SDSU Ex-tension, visit iGrow.org.
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The Haakon/Jackson 4-H programheld its year end recognition event,November 4, at the Philip AmericanLegion Hall. Members were rewardedfor their hard work throughout theyear. The top secretary award went toSage Bierle, shown above, for her hardwork keeping club records. In lastweek’s issue of the Pioneer Review,Bierle’s last name was mislabeled. Weapologize for the error.
4-H honors
Local businesses supportPhilip FFA chapter
Jones’ Saddlery, Bottle and Vet, Philip, and Golden Veterinarian Services,Milesville, made recent donations to the Philip FFA chapter. The donations weremade possible by a Pfizer Animal Health program. For eligible purchases of PfizerAnimal Health cattle and equine products, a donation was made on behalf of each local business to the Philip FFA Chapter. The chapter and its student mem-bers can use the funding for help with classroom materials, educational oppor-tunities, travel to the national convention and more. “The money will be used tohelp fund local community projects and FFA scholarships,” said Doug Hauk, PhilipFFA Chapter advisor. Shown above, from left, are Philip FFA Chapter membersCarl Poss, Nick Hamill, Ryan Van Tassel, Avery Johnson and Thomas Doolittlethanking Irvin Jones of Jones’ Saddlery, Bottle and Vet. Shown below is Philip FFAChapter member Ben Stangle thanking Dr. Jim Stangle of Golden VeterinarianServices.
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More than 105 students are setto graduate at Northern State Uni-versity’s winter commencementSaturday, December 8, in Ab-erdeen.The ceremony will be at 10:30a.m. at the Johnson Fine Arts Cen-ter Theater.Of those to graduate are:Lincoln T. Smith, Philip, whowill be receiving a bachelor of sci-ence in honoribus in manage-ment –marketing. He is a candi-date for summa cum laude recogni-tion.Jordan R. Smith, Philip, who willbe receiving a bachelor in science inprofessional accountacy finance.He is a candidate for magna cumlaude recognition.
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