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Sports events rides
The Jones County School Dis-trict is offering free in-townrides to any of our home activi-ties (sporting events, music con-certs etc.) for senior citizens liv-ing in Murdo. For more informa-tion or to request a ride, call thehigh school at 669-2258 no laterthan 3 p.m. on the day of theevent.
Trading Pages Library
The Trading Pages library atthe Murdo Coyote is open Mon-day through Wednesday from 9a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday asopen. There are many new booksavailable. Stop in and check oneout. Anyone willing to help keepthe library organized is asked tocall Ella Fuhrer at 669-2636.
EMT training February 1
The Jones County Ambulanceis looking to expand their EMTmembers and would like to haveanyone who might be interestedin becoming an EMT to let themknow. They have set a date forFebruary 1, 2013 for the firstEMT training. Watch the CoyoteBriefs in the future for moreinformation regarding the train-ing. Anyone with an interest oranyone with questions that theambulance crew could answerare asked to call and leave amessage at 669-3125 or to callTammy Van Dam at 530-7553.
South Central RC&D
South Central RC&D will beholding a meeting on January17, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. at theJones County Seniors for Ser-vice Building located at 115Main St., Murdo.The public iswelcome to attend.
Open AAmeetings
Thursdays 8:00 p.m. at theEast Commons. Call 530-0371or 280-7642.
For Al–Anon meetings call669-2596 for time and place.
Includes tax
Number 3Volume 107January 17, 2013
Jones CountyWhite River Kadoka AreaStanley County
Thursday, Jan. 17, 6:30 p.m.LoserGame 1Friday 6:30p.m.Friday 8:00p.m.
WinnerGame 1
LoserGame 2
WinnerGame 2
Thursday, Jan. 20, 8:00 p.m.
White River site 
Southern Plains Conference GirlsBasketball Tournament
January 17-19, 2013
South CentralLymanColomeGregory
Thursday, Jan. 17, 6:30 p.m.LoserGame 1Friday 6:30p.m.Friday 8:00p.m.
WinnerGame 1
LoserGame 2
WinnerGame 2
Thursday, Jan. 20, 8:00 p.m.
Burke site Championship Round Saturday @ 1:00 p.m. in Colome 
Jerald Applebee Harold Thune Thune family 
Harold Thune was joined by all five of hischildren, back from left to right: Bob, Tim and John. Front row:Karen, Harold and Rich.
Applebee family 
Joining Jerald Applebee at the dedicationceremony include, left to right: Son-in-law Jeff, daughter JeriLynn, grandson Bradley, and granddaughter Karren.
Jones County Invitational founders honored
by Karlee Barnes
Forty-five years ago, two mentook it upon themselves to organ-ize an invitational tournamentthat would grow to become the old-est running invitational in thestate.In 1969, then head coach Jerald Applebee and assistant coachHarold Thune, with the help of superintendent Maurice Haug-land, organized the first everMurdo Invitational BasketballTournament to take the place of the Three Rivers Conference tour-nament.On Saturday, January 12, dur-ing the 45th annual tournament,Thune and Applebee receivedgreat honors as the Murdo City Auditorium has been renamed tothe Harold Thune Auditorium andthe playing court is now called theJerald Applebee Court.Of the dedication, Thune said,“It is really a surprise, I am veryhonored. Iam glad that Mr. Apple-bee is honored along with me.”“It is very humbling,” said Applebee. He agreed that the ded-ication was a surprise, and saidthat he never thought that hewould have the floor dedicated tohim.Senator John Thune attendedthe dedication, along with histhree brothers and his sister, andwas beaming with pride for hisfather. “His life and ours revolvedaround school and athletics here,so it is very special,” Sen. Thunesaid of his family.Thune and Applebee are men of exemplary character who continueto support Jones County athleticsand education.When asked, Applebee didn’tthink that the tournament wouldhave ever made it 45 years.“It has surpassed my expecta-tions, and I hope it can go on foranother 45 years,” Applebee said of the tournament.Thune said, “It has always beengood that the community has sup-ported the tournament very well. Iam very appreciative of that.” Applebee and Thune both men-tioned that the tournament givesarea teams and spectators alike amid-winter break from the normalbasketball season.“Some years, the tournamenthere was as good as the state tour-naments,” said Thune.Dakota Radio Group announcerand Jones County High Schoolalumni Darren Boyle has beenbroadcasting the tournament for12 years, and said, “This tourna-ment is an absolute riot for me todo! It is one of the most electricatmospheres in basketball thatyou can do during the season,”Boyle said through his 20 yearsof sports broadcasting, Thune and Applebee are always mentionedwhen talking about the history of South Dakota basketball.“If there was anyone in townthat the gym and court needed tobe named after, it was these two.”Boyle said. Applebee and Thune were hon-ored during half time of the secondgame on Saturday night. Theyreceived plaques and bothaddressed the crowd and spoke of their gratitude for the honor.During his speech, Thune saidthat he was in Murdo during thebuilding of the auditorium that isnow named for him. He said, “Itwas really mankind at his best. Itis very rewarding to see it main-tained and upgraded as time goeson. What a great asset to the com-munity.”He also said, “There just has tobe something magnetic aboutMurdo. It is a great place to liveand it’s a great place to be from.”Both men played an instrumen-tal roll in not only Jones Countyathletics, but also Jones Countyeducation for many years. Applebee arrived in Murdo inthe fall of 1962 and taught Ameri-can History and Government.Through his years with the schooldistrict, he served as the boys bas-ketball, football and track coach.He was the principal of MurdoHigh School during the 1970-1971school year, and held the AthleticDirector position from 1984 untilhis retirement in 1994.Thune started his distinguishedathletic career in Murdo when heled the Coyotes to the state tour-nament in 1937. He walked awayfrom a second place win with atournament high 35 points, wasnamed to the All-Tournamentteam, and was also named Cap-tain of the Team. In addition, hewas named Associated Press Out-standing Player of the Year. Hewent on to attend the University of Minnesota, where he continued hisbasketball career and was selectedas team MVPduring his junioryear.He returned to Murdo in 1963to teach World History and WorldGeography, International Rela-tions and Physical Education. Hewas the assistant football and boysbasketball coach under Applebeefrom 1963-1969, as well as thehead girlsbasketball coach.Thune also served as the AthleticDirector until his retirement in1984. He was inducted into theSouth Dakota Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010, and will be induct-ed into the South Dakota SportsHall of Fame on April 13, 2013.
Long time friends and fellow honorees Jerald Applebee (left) and Harold Thune posefollowing the dedication ceremony. The Murdo City Auditorium has been named the Harold ThuneAuditorium and the playing court has been named the Jerald Applebee Court.
Photos by Karlee Barnes 
Jones County News
Murdo Coyote • January 17, 2013 •
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Murdo Coyote – Murdo, SD
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East Side News
by Janet Louder •
Don and Ardie Zimbleman, Fly-ing Farmer friends from Fuller-ton, N.D., stopped at Bill andEllen Valburg’s January 4 andspent the night. They were ontheir way to the winter home in Arizona.Ellouise Ellwanger received thenews of the passing of her sister-in-law, former Jones County resi-dent Esther Ellwanger Witt, 86, of Pocatello, Idaho. Esther passedaway December 23 with a memo-rial service held December 28with interment beside her hus-band, Ted. She leaves four sonsand their families; brothers Rudy(Laverne) Ellwanger; Bill (Isabel)Ellwanger; and Ellouise. She waspreceded in death by parents Fredand Freida, brothers Art andFred, and sister Hilda Hudson.Our sympathy to the family.Dorothy and Darin Louderspent time in Kadoka withDwight Wednesday morning.Gen Liffengren met brother-in-law Art Jansen for lunch and agood visit while in Rapid Cityrecently.Following church Sunday, AliceHorsley visited Janet and ScottDowling.Margaret and Greg Rankin,along with Dick and Kris Bradleyand Karen Authier, enjoyed Sun-day dinner together at a local cafe.The Court Whist Card Clubmet with Ellouise Ellwanger onour nice Wednesday afternoon lastweek. Going home with the prizeswere Elaine Meyers, Lila MaeChristian and Bev Nies. Ellouise,assisted by Margie Boyle, served avery good lunch of sandwiches,chips, dips, crackers, cheese, etc.,topped off with a strawberrydessert.Following church Sunday, Pas-tor Rick and Jane Hazen, Ray andJanice Pike, Don Volmer, Lila MaeChristian, Rosa Lee Styles, Nelvaand Janet Louder had dinnertogether at a local cafe.Following church Sunday,Eldon and Esther Magnuson haddinner in Murdo. After, they visit-ed at the home of Chad andHeather Whitney and boys.Ray and Janice Pike spent Sun-day afternoon visiting Bob andSusie Rankin.Nelva and Janet Louder visitedBill and Ellen Valburg Sundayafternoon and then enjoyed sup-per with them. Then, you guessedit – more visiting. It's been a longtime since we've been together.Had a call from Melva Vik. Shetells me that hubby Roger is in therehab unit at Ft. Meade. I'm surehe would enjoy hearing fromfriends and relatives. His addressis Roger Vik, Ft. Meade MedicalCenter, 113 Commanche Rd., Ft.Meade, S.D., 57741 or call 605-347-2511, extension 9, then 5131.Not much news this week, lotsof it due to our nasty weather. Although several have been tak-ing in the invitational tourna-ment, but hard to name all. Mon-day afternoon, the young fellasplayed ball at the Draper hall,Jones County against Philip.Then I'm sure many of them wentto Murdo to the tournament asthe big boys were playing there, sowas a very busy night.
Local News
by Jody Lebeda • 669-2526• jody1945@gmail.com
We are back to winter! Afastmoving blizzard put things backin the winter mode where it issupposed to be this time of year. Astorm came just in time to com-plicate the Jones County basket-ball tournament; the champi-onship game was played on Mon-day.The Modern Woodmen spon-sored a winter fair and potatobake and bake sale at the seniorcenter on Saturday. Many localvendors displayed their wares,including rice bags, purses, jewel-ry, Pampered Chef, Watkins andmany other neat items. Fundsraised from the potato bake andbake sale went to the Jones Coun-ty Swing Choir. It was fairly wellattended and the potatoes werescrumptious.Jackie Fosheim attended theball games on Saturday, where theJones County school board andcity council did a presentation toHarold Thune and Jerald Apple-bee, renaming the Murdo audito-rium to the Harold Thune Audito-rium and the gym to Jerald Apple-bee Court. All of Harold’s familywere at the presentation.Jackie Fosheim and HelenMcMillan gave Karla Mannhaltera ride to Kadoka where she mether sister from Martin, and theywent on to Rapid City. Helen andJackie went to lunch at one of Kadoka’s finest and had a wonder-ful meal.Clarice Roghair and Georganna(Iversen) Addison went to theRanchers workshop in WhiteRiver on Tuesday, January 14where they took part in the ven-dor’s fair.Linda and Larry Labrier spentNew Years with Keith and JudyMoody, formerly of Murdo, nownear Clearfield.Lashae Labrier has been homefor the Christmas break andreturned to La Grange, Wyo.,where she is starting her secondsemester at Frontier School of theBible. She works on a ranch nearthe school in the afternoons check-ing cattle and helping out withchores. Levi Moody is the assis-tant Dean of Students and TeresaMoody is Lashae’s roommate, soshe has some family to keep herfrom getting too homesick.Nearly everyone is either enter-taining the flu bug, just gettingover it, or trying to stay awayfrom it. Several different versionsare out there so please do all youcan to avoid it and if you do get itstay home and stay warm.Bobbi Knispel is doing her stu-dent teaching in Rosebud and lov-ing it. She was one of the helpersat the winter potato fund raiser.Rose Comp, Lea Glaze andmany of the swing choir membersalso staffed the bake sale table,raising money for the swing choirEdna McKenzie said she had agreat holiday this year. She spentChristmas with Pam and Chesterand family. Edna doesn’t get toMurdo very often anymore butstill likesto keep in touch with allher friends. Sheena Larsen andPam Bryan come to see her andget things she needs. At theassisted living, she is kept busywith exercise and cards and othergroup activities. Anyone whom I haven’t calledcan always give me a call if youhave news to add to the paper.
Jones County Sheriff’s Report
The Sheriff’s report is printedas received by Jones County Sher-iff’s Office. It may or may not con-tain every call received by thedepartment.Sheriff and Deputy calls:
Jan. 2 All calls for vehicles off theroad were caused by icy roads.
Deputy Sylva responded to the
report ofthreevehicles inthe median or ditches
on I-90,mm 180, mm 191and mm 193.The vehicles were pulled out.Deputy Sylva responded to the
report of possible over weighttrucks
traveling northbound onHwy. 83. Unable to weigh trucksdue to no scale available.Deputy Sylva responded to the
report of three more vehiclesin the ditch or median
on I-90at mm 208, mm 188, and mm 209. All vehicles were pulled out.Deputy Sylva responded to thereport of 
three vehicles thatwere in the ditch on I-90between mm 207 and mm 209
.These were different reports fromall the others.Unable to locate.
Deputy Sylva responded to the
report of a car in the medianon I-90, westbound
, mm 209. Vehicle was pulled out.Deputy Sylva responded to thereport of a
one vehicle rolloveron I-90, westbound, mm 209.The two passengers wereseverely injured
and weretransported to St. Mary’s Hospitalby the Jones Co. Ambulance.Deputy Sylva, assisted by Jack-son Co. Deputy, made a
trafficstop on a vehicle that wastraveling 116 mph.Jan.4
Sheriff Weber responded to theSuper 8 in Murdo to the
report of a suspicious subject
.The sub- ject checked out okay.
Jan. 5
Sheriff Weber
responded toseveral vehicles in the ditchesand the median on I-90
,between mm 204 and 189 due toicy roads.Ten vehicles werepulled out.Deputy Sylva and Sheriff Weberresponded to a semiin the medi-an on I-90, eastbound, mm194.The
semi was blocking bothlanes. Traffic was divertedaround area
until the semi waspulled out and removed off of theroadway.Deputy Sylva and Sheriff Weberresponded to
two more vehiclesin the median on I-90, mm 193and mm 191
. Vehicles weretowed out.Deputy Sylva and Sheriff Weberresponded to the
report of twosemis in the ditch on I-90,westbound, mm189
. The semiswere towed out of the ditch.Sheriff Weber responded to the
report of a subject that hadfallen in front of the PilotTruckstop
and was bleedingfrom his head.The subject wasloaded in to Jones Co. Amb. andwas attempted to be transportedto the Rosebud Hospital.Deputy Sylva and Sheriff Weberresponded to and assisted withthe attempt to locate the subjectthe Jones Co. Ambulance wastransporting to the Rosebud Hos-pital.While enroute the
patientbecame combative and left theambulance when it stopped inMellette Co.
and walked away.The SD Highway Patrol, Murdoand White River Fire Dept., Mel-lette Co. Deputy, and the BIA attempted to locate the subject. After an extensive five hours of searching, the search was calledoff.The subject called his girl-friend the next morning and toldher that he was alright.
Jan. 7
Sheriff Weber responded thereport of a
possible domesticassault that was happening onI-90, westbound, mm 209
on theshoulder of the highway.It wasfound not to be an assault.vehicle had broke down and some-one had stopped to help. Vehiclewas towed away.
Jan. 8
Sheriff Weber
responded to areport of a wounded deeralong SD Hwy 248
.The deerhad been hit by a vehicle andwasput down.Sheriff Weber responded to a
report of a vehicle that hadbacked in to another vehicle
in Draper in a private driveway.Sheriff Weber responded to areport of a
possible intoxicateddriver northbound on Hwy 83
.The driver was located, checkedout and was found not to be intox-icated.
Guess who isturning 60 onJanuary 18th?!
Love Stephanie, Kiel,Doug, Megan, & Brooklyn
To the good people ofMurdo & the surrounding area:
Thank you for the honoring ofus in regard to the Murdo CityAuditorium.It is true that both of us spent countless hours inthe gym working with many of the young people of thecommunity. It was a privilege to do so. To have a chance tobuild into the lives of our youth is a rare opportunity. JonesCounty is to be commended for providing a great facility and awholesome atmosphere for our youth with a constantcommitment to upgrading and improving the facility.Thank you for recognizing us as having a part in it.
Coaches Jerald Applebee and Harold Thune 
& Lost Souls Tav 
will begin serving lunches on January 21• Opening at 11:00 a.m.• Daily Specials plus our awesome menu
Orders to go are available and mustbe called in by11:30 a.m.
Prairie Home Ladies meeting
The Prairie Home Ladies met atthe church Tuesday, January 8.Chair Velma opened the meet-ing with prayer. Roll call, paymentof dues and an idea for a craft forthe year was answered by Velma,Rosa Lee, Lila Mae, Linda, Margieand Janet. Secretary Margie readthe minutes of the last meeting;approved. Treasurer Rosa Leegave the year end treasurer’sreport; approved. Janet presenteda bill for the Christmas gift shebought for our adoptee, Larry Coxof Oahe, Inc.; paid. Lila Maemotioned, seconded by Linda, for Velma to buy material to makeschool kits for the fall in gather-ing; carried. Amotion was made byMargie, seconded by Lila Mae, tomake our annual donations toOahe, Inc., hospice, MissouriShores and post-prom party; car-ried. Meeting adjourned. Velmahad a quiz on “Who’s Who in theNew Testament?” Janet read anarticle about the first organiza-tional meeting of PHL, which washeld January 2, 1908; at that timeit was known as “Pleasant HillsLadies Aid Society of theMethodist Episcopal Church,”other names were also mentioned,and was eventually shortened toPHL; aren’t we glad! It got itsname from the community in thenorthwest part of Draper Town-ship, “The Prairie Home Commu-nity.” The group then took downthe Christmas tree and the otherdecorations and put away foranother year. After, a frozen oreodessert and coffee were served by Velma and Lila Mae.
Murdo Coyote
now acceptscredit cards.Call 605-669-2271and pay yoursubscription or adwith your credit card.
Celebrating retirement 
Carol Cressy celebrated herretirement from her deputy clerk of courts position on FridayJanuary 4. Pictured from left to right: Heather Covey, CircuitAdministrator; Judy Feddersen, Clerk of Courts; Carol Cressy;Judge John Brown.
Courtesy photo 
Good luck to the LadyCoyotes in the SouthernPlains ConferenceTournament!
Murdo Coyote
Murdo Coyote January 17, 2013
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Catholic Church of St. Martin
502 E. Second St., Murdo, S.D. • Father Gary Oreshoski
Saturday Mass: 6 p.m.St. Anthony’s Catholic Church
Draper, S.D. • Father Gary Oreshoski
Sunday Mass: 8:30 a.m.Draper United Methodist Church
Pastor Rick Hazen
Sunday Worship: 11 a.m.Murdo United Methodist Church
Pastor Rick Hazen • Corner of E. 2nd and Jefferson Ave.
Sunday Worship: 9:30 a.m. and Fellowship Time •
Sunday School: 10:30 a.m.United Methodist Women: 1st Wednesday at 2 p.m. • ALLWELCOME!
Okaton Evangelical Free Church
Okaton I–90 Exit 183 • Pastor Gary McCubbin • 605–837–2233 (Kadoka)
Sunday Worship: 9 a.m. (CT) •
Sunday School: 10:30 a.m. (CT)
Messiah Lutheran Church
308 Cedar, Murdo, S.D. • Pastor Ray Greenseth
Sunday Worship: 9 a.m. •
Sunday School: 10 a.m. • Bible Study: Tuesday 7 a.m.Thursday 9:30 a.m. • Midweek: Wednesday 3:15 p.m.
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
Draper, S.D. • Pastor Ray Greenseth
Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. •
Bible Study: Wednesday 9 a.m.
Community Bible Church
410 Washington, Murdo, S.D. • Pastor Alvin Gwin • 669–2600
Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. •
Sunday School: 9:45 a.m.Wed. Night Bible Study: 7 p.m.
 Midwest Co–op
Graham’sBest Western
 First NationalBank
669–2414 • Member F.D.I.C.
 PHONE: 669–2271 FAX: 669–2744mcoyote@gwtc.net 
Super 8 Motel
 Dakota PrairieBank
 Draper and Presho
669–2401 • Member F.D.I.C.
Who’s Been Good To Whom?by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam
As I once left a restaurant, the cashier and part owner asked how “the pastor” was feeling. I replied: “Fine. The Lord has been very good to me.”With this she began to tell how good the Lord had been to her. She had come to America from Greece and had raised a family and prospered here untilnow, with her family, she owned and operated a good-sized restaurant. “So”, she said, “the Lord has been good to me”, and after a moment’s hesitation,“but then, I’ve been good to Him too!”Imagine! How He needed her! It is sad, but this is the low conception of God held by many religious, but unsaved people. They entertain the strangenotion that if they put a few dollars into the Church, God ought to bless them — or the still more foolish notion that if they are good to others, He oughtto be good to them!But He owes us nothing just because we may have been good to others! And even if we sought only to please Him, this would not make Him ourdebtor. He does not need us. There is nothing we can do to enrich Him. This is why Ephesians 2:8-10 declares that salvation is “not of yourselves”, and“not of works, lest any man should boast”.No, we cannot gain His favor by “being good to Him”. Yet, it is true that His children will be rewarded for faithfulness to Him. This is not a dispen-sational matter; it is a promise that God has always held out to His people (Dan.12:3; Matt. 25:21; ICor.4:5; IThes.2:19; IITim.4:7,8; IPet.5:1). But suchrewards are “rewards of grace”.Let us who know Him, then, seek above all else to be faithful in our service to Him, not to gain acceptance with God, for He has already “made usaccepted in the Beloved” (Eph.1:6), but rather out of love and gratitude to Him who gave Himself for us.
Two minutes with the bible 
“I Am the Way, the Truth and theLife. No one comes to the Fatherexcept though Me.” John 14:6 
“We all go to the same place.”“Many roads go up the moun-tain, but they all get to the top.”“All religions are essentially thesame.” “One religion is as goodas another.”We have all heard these state-ments...right...funny thing aboutthem some people think thatthey are true yet, people whoselect a doctor do so very careful-ly.These commonly heard viewsabove summarize what is knownas “universalism”, the myth thatultimately all people will be savedregardless of what they believe orwhat religion they follow.But the “Gospel in a nutshell”says, “For God so loved the worldthat He gave His One and onlySon, that whoever believes in Himshall not perish but have eternallife.” John 3:16There is the universal salvation.God offers salvation to ALLpeo-ple but only through Jesus Christ. And because of what Jesus hasdone we are declared righteous,forgiven by God. We are saved,that is, rescued from our sins andmade God's children and heirs of eternal life through the deathand resurrection of His Son.That is why it is so importantto get the Good News aboutJesus Christ out to everyone. And we must also be faithfulwitnesses in our own backyards.So we thank God daily for thesalvation that He offers to allbelievers. We pray that humani-ty may come to know and believein Jesus Christ, the only way tothe Father and eternal life.We pray: Thank You, heavenlyFather, for showing me the roadback to God, the only Way; theTruth and the Life: Jesus Christ. Amen.
by Pastor Ray Greenseth, Messiah/St. Paul Lutheran Churches
“Christ is the Only Way”
We will be closed Monday, January 21 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Member FDIC
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Emily Wickstrom, RuralAdvocate for Missouri ShoresDomestic Violence Center,is at the J.C. Courthousein the jury room
Tuesday, January 2210:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARYFor more information call
Domestic Violence, SexualAssault, Dating Violence.
Emily is also available forpresentations to any group.
 Why I love South DakotaBy June Wells, a formerNebraskan
I want to share a highlight of atrip I made to South Dakota thissummer.My family roots are in SouthDakota, my Grandparents Ruth(Wenzel) and Ralph Forman wereborn on dairy farms in easternSouth Dakota – South Shore /Watertown area in 1915 and 1911.They moved to and raised theirfamily in Edgemont. I have livedin Texas for the past 17 years (a job transfer requirement, not achoice) and this August made atrip with my mother to visit someof our relatives that live, andsome, still dairy farm in northeast-ern parts of South Dakota.Mom lives in Gillette, Wyoming – she picked me up at the airportin Rapid City and we headed east.We stayed in Murdo for the nighthaving arrived in town about 4p.m. We had stayed there beforewhen we were on our way to fami-ly reunions but I hadn’t been therefor over a decade. We checked intoGraham’s Best Western, still verynice, and took a walk about townto stretch out car-cramped legs.We found a mix of old, new andsome abandoned places on ourwalk and pleasantly saw a verynicely kept downtown area.It wasgood to see the folks of Murdo tak-ing good care and showing pride intheir hometown.I loved all thewonderful smelling petunias onMain Street.I can’t grow petuniasin Texas; well, I can but they lastfor about four weeks before theheat kills them.Where I live innorth central Texas (west of Ft.Worth) there are two seasons of death when it comes to plants:freezing in the winter and too darnhot (and dry) in the summer.Ihave long missed being able togrow flowers and a nice gardensince moving here.I always enjoypetunias when I come north. I alsoalways get as much of two otherthings I can’t get in Texas – rhubarb and HOME GROWNtomatoes. Rhubarb won’t surviveat all here and the tomatoes haveto have cool nights to grow andtaste worth a darn.So when Itravel north, I eat as much as I canget.So here’s my story illustratingwhy I love the people of SouthDakota. After our walk, Mom and I wentto the Murdo Drive Inn for supper.Right away I noticed the tomatoplants in the front of the patio atthe Drive Inn. I also noticed therewere no ripe tomatoes. Mom and Iordered an enchilada and took ourseat on the patio enjoying the niceevening.When the enchiladaarrived, I saw the chopped toma-toes on it.They were beautiful,bright red and plump. I pointedthem out and told mom excitedly,“I think they are home grown!”One delicious bite confirmed it.The taste was heavenly. I hadn’thad a home grown tomato in twoyears!! It was wonderful.I went to the counter for a nap-kin and commented how wonder-ful the home grown tomatoes wereand how I had missed the wonder-ful summer treat after havingbeen sentenced to living where Icannot grow them.I explained Iusually got home grown tomatoeswhen I traveled north but thisyear my trip back to Nebraska wasearly and with the drought, thetomatoes weren’t ripe.I returnedto the patio and enjoyed the won-derful enchilada. Before we fin-ished, the lady from behind thecounter brought me out a brownpaper bag with five (5!) beautifullush brilliant bright red homegrown tomatoes for me to take. Iwas THRILLED!I texted my hus-band back in Texas a photo of thebeauties.He was jealous buthappy for me. It was such a kindgesture to a stranger – the womanwho gave them to me said she tooloved tomatoes and couldn’t imag-ine not being able to get them.Wow, how wonderful is that?!When I got back to Graham’s, Itold the manager, Nadine, thestory and asked if she knew thename of the lady that had givenme the tomatoes. She said it wasMary Cazan, and it sounded likesomething Mary would do. I sentMary a thank you note but I wantto state publicly how much her actof sharing and kindness hadmeant. I’m sure she and many oth-ers reading this story don’t think itwas much - but it was and is. Itpoints to the goodness of the peo-ple who live in your town, in yourstate.I’m sure Mary learnedkindness growing up – and it isingrained in her and others likeher.How lucky you are to livewhere you live. How lucky I was tobe a recipient of kindness y’alltake for granted.(I had to throwthe y’all in – it is one Texas trait Ilike!)Thank you, Mary. Thank you tothe folks of Murdo for makingMurdo a highlight on my trip toSouth Dakota this summer.By the way – When we stayed atmy aunt’s farm she had home growtomatoes too.We ate her tomatoesat her house and then ate the one’sMary gave us when we stayed inmotels – they were the best bed-time snack ever.
Letter to the editor
First Jones County winter fair deemed a successCoyotes finish in secondplace at J.C. Invitational
by Dee LeRoye
In spite of whirling, driftingsnow that blocked roads and sentvehicles into the ditch, a surpris-ing number of folks turned out onMurdo’s Main Street last Satur-day, January 12, 2013 to take partin the winter fair.Some were intown for the annual basketballinvitational tournament, otherscame to buy from the vendors andmost contributed to preparing or just enjoying the potato feed spon-sored by and benefiting the JonesCounty High School Jazz Choir.Participants signing in at thedoor numbered more than 60.They shopped at the vendor’stables, which included Scentsy,Wild Things, Pampered Chef,Paparazzi Jewelry, Ray’s Hot andCold Packs, Thirty-One, Watkinsand Lemongrass Spa.From there,customers proceeded to the southpart of the senior citizen’s center,where they enjoyed baked potatoeswith all the trimmings and theirchoice of pie or apple crisp.Bakedgoodies were also available forbuying and taking home.Profits from the food sales andsilent auction items were donatedto the jazz choir.Various busi-nesses and individuals aroundtown donated door prizes andsilent auction items.Food itemswere donated by jazz choir mem-bers and families.Door prize donors include:Moore Building Center, AshleyGeigle with Pampered Chef, Mod-ern Woodmen, First Fidelity Bank,Corky’s, Roghair Angus, All ProTowing, Sherry from Hair, Inc.,Pioneer Country Mart and Farm-ers Union Oil at Murdo.Linda Kerns from the BuffaloRestaurant donated nacho cheesesauce and foil wraps for the pota-toes.Items for the silent auctionincluded jewelry from Kayla withPaparazzi, Sherry from Hair, Inc.,and Sharon Hullinger, as well as abelt and feathered headband fromGeorganna with Wild Things.The top-selling auction item was achild’s wooden rocker, which was akit donated by Corky’s and assem-bled by Wyatt Hespe with Mr. Git-tings from the Jones County car-pentry class.Michele McNeely served as reg-istrar and Jody Lebeda as cashier,while Rose Comp and Bobbi Knis-pel were in kitchen command.Jody Lebeda also helped withmaintenance and clean-up afterthe event.The profits for the jazz choirwill be put towards a spring tripfor a concert performance and/orclinic. Another winter fair is alreadybeing planned for 2014.See youthen!
Seniors accept award 
Jones County Coyote seniors accept their second place awardtogether at the conclusion of the 45th Annual Jones County Invitational Basketball Tournament.From left to right: Philip Mathews (4), Wyatt Hespe (3), Wyatt Walker (12), Kyle Manke (22), JoshDaum (11) and Gus Volmer (5)
Photo by Karlee Barnes 

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