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Number 6Volume 108February 7, 2013
B Elzabeth “Sam” GszCmmunt News Sece
An attempt to set up misde-meanor charges for adults whoprovide parties for under-agedrinkers failed to pass out of theSenate State Affairs CommitteeJan. 23 at the S.D. Legislature inPierre.The measure failed by one vote,following sometimes emotional de-bate, but backers vowed to keepworking on the bill to make it ac-ceptable to lawmakers.Sen. Larry Lucas, D-Mission,said there currently is no defini-tion for the term “social host,” butis generally agreed that it refers tosomeone who provides the locationbut not necessarily the alcohol fora party.It is not a defense, said Lucas,for the adult to say that he was notpresent at the party.Joyce Glynn, West River rancherwith her husband, Roger, relatedthe story of how their son, Michael,lost his life following his 2006 highschool graduation and attendingthe subsequent party whereunder-age teens were drinking.He died as the result of a one-ve-hicle rollover where he was ejectedfrom the car.That spring, Glynn said, 13South Dakota Legislators metwith District and State FFA Offi-cers at the 2013 South Dakota FFA Legislative Breakfast and DistrictOfficer Training hosted by theSouth Dakota FFA Association onWednesday, January 23 andThursday, January 24 at the AmericInn in Fort Pierre, S.D.The purpose of the event was topromote the FFA’s mission of pre-mier leadership, personal growthand career success by bringing to-gether South Dakota’s governmen-tal leaders with leaders of theSouth Dakota FFA.The event was hosted by the2012-2013 State FFA OfficerTeam, including: Taylor Leon-hardt, Groton; Andrew Rausch,Hoven; Ashley Tonak, WillowLake; Tyler Swan, Newell; KelliGarry, Lake Preston; and SavannaSperle, Reva. The SD FFA Ambas-sadors, Darin Stoecker, Hoven,and Liz Dahl, Beresford, also as-sisted with the program. The StateFFA Officers conducted a break-
Legslatve Dstrcts 30, 32, 34, 35: Dstrct 5 FFA PresdentKaden Esenbraun; Senator Mark Krkeby; Dstrct 5 FFA Secre-tary Jennfer Emery; State FFA Treasurer Tyler Swan.
~Courtesy Photo
South Dakota FFA Association hostslegislative breakfast and training
fast program focusing on the three-part model of Agriculture, Foodand Natural Resources educationwhich includes: classroom instruc-tion, Supervised Agricultural Ex-perience (SAE) projects and FFA.District FFA Officers and advisorstook advantage of the opportunityto visit one-on-one with legislators,sharing how local agriculture edu-cation programs and FFA providehands-on, career-relevant experi-ence for students.During the evening of January23 and following the LegislativeBreakfast on January 24, theState FFA Officer Team facilitatedleadership training workshops forthe District Officers. Training fo-cused on a variety of areas, includ-ing: communication, personal de-velopment, team growth, service,career and technical education,and agricultural advocacy. DistrictOfficers also discovered what theirrole is in the upcoming State FFA Convention scheduled for April 14- 16, 2013 in Brookings, S.D.The South Dakota FFA Legisla-tive Breakfast and District OfficerTraining is sponsored by the SouthDakota Wheat Commission, SouthDakota Farm Bureau, SouthDakota Bankers Association,Thunder Road, South Dakota As-sociation of Cooperatives, SouthDakota Crop Improvement Associ-ation, South Dakota Association of  Agriculture Educators, SouthDakota Farmers Union, Citibank,South Dakota Soybean Processors,LLC, and our Star Partners:Northland Ford, East River Elec-tric Cooperative, South DakotaSoybean Research and PromotionCouncil, South Dakota WheatGrowers Association, ADM Grainof Tulare, Butler Machinery Com-pany, Wilbur-Ellis, Monsanto,CHS Foundation, Farm CreditServices of America, RDO Equip-ment Company, C & B Operations,North Central Farmers Elevatorand DuPont Pioneer, all as a spe-cial project of the South DakotaFFA Foundation.About the South Dakota FFA As-sociation:The South Dakota FFA Associa-tion is a state branch of the Na-tional FFA Organization. The Na-tional FFA Organization is a na-tional youth organization of 557,318 student members as partof 7,498 local FFA chapters in all50 states, Puerto Rico and the Vir-gin Islands. As part of the NationalFFA Organization, the SouthDakota FFA Association encom-passes 77 FFA chapters with over3,900 South Dakota FFA members.FFA strives to make a positivedifference in the lives of studentsby developing their potential forpremier leadership, personalgrowth and career success throughagricultural education. To discovermore about the South Dakota FFA  Association or the South DakotaFFA Foundation, visit them bothat www.aged.sdstate.edu or onFacebook or Twitter.
The Wall Ag Apprecaton supper was held on Frday, January 25 at the Wall Communty Center.The event was sponsored by the Wall area busness owners to show ther apprecaton to ther rural customers. Four hundred people regstered for $1400 n Wall merchants gft certfcated andtwo Carhartt jackets. The Wall Natonal Honor Socety was the entertanment for the kds and TwnRvers played for the dance whch began at 7:30 p.m. and lasted untl 11:30 p.m.
~Photo Laurie Hindman
Area merchants host Ag Apprecaton supper 
‘Socal host’ bll defeated n Senate commttee
other teenagers died under similarcircumstances.President Obama, noted Glynn,has said that “the first task of so-ciety is to keep our children safe.”She questioned whether we aredoing everything possible to dothat.She discussed the three compo-nents to keep children safe as edu-cation, legislation and enforce-ment. It is clear, she said, that it isillegal for anyone under the age of 21 to drink alcohol, and called thisbill “another tool” to be used.With 5,894 minors charged withpossession and 416 misdemeanorcharges against adults, and 200 of those dismissed, Glynn said “weare sending a bad message tokids.”Glynn said the Attorney Gen-eral’s office has voiced its supportfor the bill, as well as the SouthDakota States Attorneys Associa-tion.Supporting testimony camefrom the Concerned Women of South Dakota.However, the bill’s current lan-guage was criticized by the StateFarm Insurance Company lobbyistDick Tieszen, and RogerTellinghuisen, lobbyist for S.D.Trial Lawyers Association, as wellas several members of the commit-tee.Sen. Corey Brown, R-Gettys-burg, questioned whether that oneadditional law would havechanged anything that happenedthe night that Glynn’s son died.Sen. Larry Rhoden, R-UnionCenter, also questioned whetherthe law would be effective.The bill died 5-4 and was movedto the 41st day.After the meeting, Glynn said “Ireally thought with the State’s At-torney Association and the Attor-ney Generals’ Association, the peo-ple who have to enforce these lawsand know the laws inside and outthat are on the books, and whetherthey are enforceable or not andwhether they are enough or not, Ireally thought their backing to thelegislators would say ‘you folks arethe expert in this field and so weare going to rely on your recom-mendation.’”That didn’t happen, she said.However, Glynn said “we willnever know if this would keepsomeone from having a party attheir house.”She said she will continue tofight for a law such as this.The Wall High School produc-tion of 
Orphan Trains
earned a su-perior rating at the South DakotaOne Act Play Festival in Brandonon Saturday, February 2.The historical drama broughtglowing comments from all three judges who also awarded the casta record six individual actingawards.Receiving individual medalswere: Libbi Sykora, Analise Gar-land, Ryder Wilson, Maddie Bauer,Nicole Eisenbraun and Cartriona
Wall Players Orphan Trans receves tophonors at S.D. One Act Play Festval
The award wnnng cast and crew of the superor rated one-act play
Orphan Trains
share a momentfollowng ther crtque by the state festval judges. Pctured back row: from left to rght ... ThomasVan Osdol, Travs Brenner, Ryder Wlson, Cody Harrs and Austn Huether. Pctured front row:from left to rght ... Catrona Brunnemann, Sterlng Ellens, Analse Garland, Autumn Deerng, LbbSykora, Mchaela Schaefer, Ncole Esenbraun, Emly Lnn, Shanda Rae Enruquez, Madde Bauer,Nathan Patterson and Andrew Ferrs.
~Photo courtesy of Gerald Julson
Brunnemann.
Orphan Trains
and Philip HighSchool’s production of 
 Discovering Rogue
were among the eight ClassB schools receiving superior rat-ings in a field of 14 plays.Also included in the cast were:Travis Brenner, Sterling Ellens,Michaela Schaefer, Cody Harris,Thomas Van Osdol, AustinHuether, Emily Linn and AutumnDeering.Running lights and sound forthe Wall team were Andrew Ferris,Nathan Patterson and ShandaRae Enriquez. The play was di-rected by Ron Burtz and KathySwan.Wall’s plays have received supe-rior ratings at the State Festival infour of the six years. Last yearsproduction --
Something’s Rotten inthe State of Denmark
-- receivedpostivie critiques from the judgesbut was disqualified because it ex-ceeded the 45 minute time limit.A healthy herd of about 800bison can be found within Bad-lands National Park, about 10miles west of Wall, S.D.The expanse of prairie grassesand rugged spires of Badlands Na-tional Park inspires reverence andnostalgia, and these bison are anintegral part of Badlands history. An iconic symbol of the NationalPark Service, American bison canstill face threats even in these pro-tected places.On November 15, 2010, KeithJorgenson of Green Bay, Wisc., il-legally shot and killed a mule deerbuck in Pennington County, S.D.This started an investigationwhich uncovered how Joseph Wil-met, also of Green Bay, shot,killed, and butchered a large bullbison in Badlands National Park. A cooperative law enforcementeffort with Pennington CountySheriff’s Department, SouthDakota Game, Fish, and Parks,United States Fish and WildlifeService, United States Attorney’sOffice, and National Park Serviceresulted in Wilmet being sen-tenced on October 5, 2012, andJorgenson being sentenced on Jan-uary 7, 2013, for the unlawful tak-ing of wildlife.Badlands Superintendent EricBrunnemann stated, “We salutethe agencies that investigated thiscase, prosecuted and gave us these
Wsconsn man sentenced nunlawful takng of wldlfe
convictions. Two years and count-less hours of investigative work ex-emplifies the dedication of theseofficers. This is government thatworks.”Jorgenson disclosed that he andWilmet had been scouting for ani-mals in the days leading up to theNovember 15, 2010 discovery of the buffalo and deer."The prosecution of these twomen should serve as a notice toanyone involved in poaching in ourstate. We take wildlife crime seri-ously and we will continue our ef-forts to work with our law enforce-ment partners to investigate andprosecute these offenses,” said US Attorney Brendan Johnson.Badlands Chief Ranger CaseyOsback believes that “solid policework in the early phases of thiscase resulted in this victory overpoaching in our national parks.”Jorgenson and Wilmet were alsofound with carcasses from severaladditional deer. They stated theytook the wildlife in the vicinity of Badlands and the town of Scenic,S.D.The possession of traps or nets isnot allowable within Badlands.The taking of wildlife is an illegalact, as is “[p]ossessing unlawfullytaken wildlife or portions thereof (36 CFR§2.2(a)(3)). The NationalPark Service mission, as identifiedin the 1916 Organic Act is chargedwith the protection of “natural andhistoric objects and the wild life” innational parks. In most park units,hunting is specifically called out asa prohibited recreational use.Hunting is welcomed on some fed-eral and state properties. Respon-sible hunters research regulationsand follow appropriate guidelines,a practice Jorgenson and Wilmetdid not honor.Jorgenson was sentenced to oneyear of probation and a $1,000fine. He was ordered to pay $25 tothe Victim Assistance Fund and$2,500 in restitution.Wilmet was previously sen-tenced on October 5, 2012.By working together, the variousland management and law en-forcement agencies involved wereable to successfully work withintheir differing missions to bringthese poachers to justice. Badlandsstaff is extremely grateful that theperpetrators of the buffalo slaugh-ter were convicted.Badlands is one of four mid-westNPS units with American bison onthe landscape.Brunnemann stated that “Any-one who has seen these majesticanimals knows they are looking atour national history, our nationalicon.”For more information, seehttp://www.nps.gov/badl or onFacebook at BadlandsNPS.
 
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From the Floor 
 By District 30 Representative Mike Vericho
Cort Scheer of Elsmere, Neb.,takes the first championship titleat the Battle of the Borders U.S.vs. Canada Saddle Bronc Futurityheld during the Black Hills StockShow Rodeo.Scheer turned in a total score of 165 on two rides. He secured hiswin in the short-go on Vold/Kling/Wageen stock contrac-tor’s horse Stroker Ace with a scoreof 85.5.Tyrell Smith of Cascade, Mont.,fell short and landed in secondplace with a combined score of 159.2. He rode Power River’s 2xHorse of the Year Miss Congenial-ity for a score of 82.5 in the short-go, but it still wasn’t enough toovercome Scheer for the champi-onship title.Ryan Elshere of Quinn, S.D.,and Sterling Crawley of CollegeStation, Texas, were the only otherriders to complete two rides.Complete results from the areaare:•Spencer Wright – Milford, UT:No score on Sutton Rodeo’s Chuck-ulator•Jesse Wright – Milford, UT: Noscore on Burch’s Rodeo Slash of A scholarship honoring longtimeSouth Dakota journalist DavidKranz will be awarded this springto a South Dakota journalism stu-dent.The David Kranz-Argus LeaderMedia Scholarship recognizesKranz's more than four-decade ca-reer as a reporter, editor and polit-ical columnist. He retired from the Argus Leader in 2010."When you have had the oppor-tunity to work with a veteran jour-nalist like David Kranz, you can'thelp but be excited about honoringhis legacy. To be able to help stu-dents prepare for journalism ca-reers at the same time is evenmore satisfying," said RandellBeck, president and publisher, Argus Leader Media.The $1,200 scholarship will beawarded annually to a SouthDakota student who has com-pleted at least one year in a jour-nalism or media studies programat a South Dakota college or uni-
Scholarshp honors Davd Kranz
versity. The recipient must haveachieved a 2.5 GPA in the previoussemester and should submit exam-ples of his or her writing as part of the application. A letter of recom-mendation from an academic or journalism professional is also re-quired.Students can e-mail applicationmaterials to: mdiehl@arguleader.com.Or mail to:Michelle DiehlArgus LeaderPO Box 5034Sioux Falls, SD 57117-5034The deadline for applications is April 15. A committee will selectthe winner and the scholarshipwill be awarded for the 2013-2014school year.If you'd like additional informa-tion, contact Maricarrol Kueter,mkueter@argusleader.com, orRandell Beck at gusleader.com, orRandell Beck at rabeck@ar-gusleader.com.
NSU eleases fall2012 dean’s lst 
Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D., has released thedean’s list for the fall 2012 semes-ter.Students who have earned atleast a 3.5 grade point average forthe semester are eligible for thedean’s list.Making the deans list is:•Lincoln Smith - Quinn, S.D.
Cort Sheer won first “Battle of the Borders” saddle
bronc futurity at Black Hills Stock Show Rodeo®
Lunatic•Tyrell Smith – Cascade, MT:82.5 on Powder River’s Miss Con-geniality (Total score of 159.2 ontwo rides)•Jade Blackwell – Rapid City,SD: No score on Mosbrucker’s Warand Peace•Brady Nicholes – Hoytsville,UT: No score on Burns Rodeo’sMidnight Fantasy•Louie Brunson – Interior, SD:No score on –C5’s Biff •Ryan Elshere – Quinn, SD: 75on Two Good’s Lady Luck (Totalscore of 146.5 on two rides)•Cort Sheer – Elsmere, NE: 85.5on Vold/Kling/Wageen’s Stroker Ace (Total score of 165 on tworides)•Jake Wright – Milford, UT: NoScore on Outlaw Buckers’ F Bomb•Sterling Crawley – College Sta-tion, TX: 81.5 on Wyoykoski’s MudPie (Total score of 154 on two rides)This is the first year for the“Battle of the Borders” event. Itnot only featured many of the Pro-fessional Rodeo Cowboys Associa-tion (PRCA) Wrangler National Fi-nals Rodeo equine stars, but 30 of today’s current top riders, includ-ing many who just competed in theWrangler NFR.The event matched up stock con-tractors from the U.S. and Canadato settle bragging rights as towhich country raises the bestbucking stock.Five contractors from both theU.S. and Canada had four horseteams each composed of threeyoung colts aged six or under, plusone experienced bronc from theirtop string.The battle consisted of a long-goride during which 30 top cowboysrode inexperienced colts. The top10 riders by score from the long-goadvanced to the short round andpaired up with some of the besthorses on the PRCA circuit includ-ing Sutton Rodeo’s Chuckulator,the 2012 PRCA Horse of the Year.The winning horses earned aspot in the World Futurity Finalewhich is held in Las Vegas duringthe Wrangler NFR.About Sutton Rodeo:Long recognized as one of thecountry’s outstanding ranch androdeo families, the Suttons of South Dakota attribute much of their success to bloodlines andbreeding. For more information,connect with us at Facebook.com/SuttonRodeo.About Black Hills Stock ShowRodeo:The 36th Annual Black HillsStock Show and Rodeo® will fea-ture over 680 top PRCA contest-ants in Rapid City, S.D. for thefive-performance rodeo held Janu-ary 26 - February 2. One of thebest PRCA rodeos in the nation,nominated 15 times as PRCA's"Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year",winning this award twice!Top PRCA contestants compet-ing for over $200,000, award win-ning rodeo personnel and top buck-ing stock including "Chuckulator",the 2012 Saddle Bronc Horse of the Year, make this rodeo a mustsee event.For more information, visit:www.suttonrodeo.com and www.gotmine.com.Now it’s getting more interest-ing. HB1087 the school sentinelbill resulted in a lively and long de-bate. I supported this bill becauseof the local control and the flexibil-ity of allowing more isolatedschools to take advantage of thiswith the larger districts that al-ready have resource officers to justkeep on going on as they are.No teacher or school employee isforced to arm themselves. I couldgo on forever but e-mail or call meif you would like to get into moredetail on why I voted like I did orcome to the crackerbarrels inRapid on the 2nd, or in Edgemountand Hot Springs on the 9th.I went against HB 1113 becauseno one could say that if it wouldnot apply to all your social mediauses that could lead to a fishing ex-pedition or just plain being toonosey.On today’s calendar HB 1126has stirred an amazing amount of controversy. It would repeal mas-sage therapy licensing. As we getinto it, it appears that the head of the licensing board was the prob-lem, so my position is fix it. Wedon’t need to throw the baby outwith the bath water.Of course SB 70 the judicial re-form bill will eventually work itsway to the house, so let me knowwhat you think of that one. Wehave education funding bills com-ing up this week in committeesand of course that will also sparka lot of conversation.Please keep in touch.Rep Mike VerchioRep.verchio@state.sd.usmjverchio@aol.comCellphone - (605)391-5093Hall Phone - (605)574-2466Home Address - P.O. Box 205 HillCity, SD 57401The South Dakota Departmentof Agriculture (SDDA) would liketo remind producers who are inter-ested in signing up for SouthDakota Certified Enrolled Cattle™ Program to make sure they areBeef Quality Assurance (BQA)Trained before their first calf isborn.Prior to submitting an applica-tion for participation in the SouthDakota Certified Enrolled Cattle™program, producers must firsthave a South Dakota BQA/CriticalManagement Plan certification.Please contact the South DakotaBeef Industry Council, BQA Coor-dinator, Tracey Walsh at
B Walt Bnes,S.D. Seceta f Agcultue
I was born on a livestock farmand have cared for animals for aslong as I can remember.We had cats, dogs, horses, andcows. They all needed to be fed,watered, and cared for and mosttimes that meant I took care of those animals before I was fed, wa-tered and cared for!So, from an early age, my fatherand grandfather instilled in mysiblings and I that we had a moraland ethical responsibility to carefor our animals.One summer, my Dad came tome with a glass of water and won-dered if I needed a drink. I was hotand thirsty, but looking at thismurky, discolored water with somechunks floating in it was not whatI was looking for and turned itdown.My Dad told me he had justtaken that water from the cattle’swater tank and wondered, “If youwon’t drink it, why would youmake the cattle drink it?” Lessonlearned!I am intrigued by the current de- 
SDSU Gaudate 
The following student was acandidate for graduation after theFall 2012 session at South DakotaState University.•*Emily Ruth Helms -Creighton, S.D. Bachelor of Sci-ence in Agriculture and BiologicalSciences.•Kelli J. Sundall - Wall, S.D.Master of Science in GraduateSchool.
South Dakota Certified ™ pro
gram
The 2012 South Dakota huntingand fishing licenses expired onJanuary 31st and 2013 licensesare now available at local Game,Fish and Parks license agents oronline.Information on license agentscan be found on the GFP websiteat http://www.gfp.sd.gov/hunting/licenses/general/agents/default.asp605.224.4722.For more details please contactSarah Caslin, Livestock Develop-ment Specialist at SDDA at605.773.5436 or visit http://www.sdcec.sd.gov/Agriculture is South Dakota'sNo. 1 industry, generating over$21 billion in annual economic ac-tivity and employing more than122,000 South Dakotans. TheSouth Dakota Department of Agri-culture's mission is to promote,protect, preserve and improve thisindustry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online athttp://sdda.sd.gov or follow us onFacebook and Twitter.
GFP announces huntng andfshng lceses are now avalable
x.Licenses may be purchased on-line at http://www.gfp.sd.gov/licenses/general-hunt-fish/default.aspx.New for 2013, the SD GFP is of-fering a new resident Senior Com-bination License for residentsportsmen, ages 65 and up.
 An Ear to the Ground
bate on issues like gun control andanimal welfare because I see themas the same discussion.Unless we have engrained moralvalues, is it productive to attemptthe legislation of behavior?We have a whole myriad of lawsand rules that try to deter humansfrom hurting or abusing other hu-mans. Many of these laws arefelony convictions and in the mostsevere cases, the death penalty isinvoked. With all these penalties(deterrents) in place, our prisonsstill house people that do not valuehuman life.I am confident our ranchers andlivestock producers share my corevalues on the animal stewardshipand husbandry practices requiredto be in the livestock businessthese days.Proper nutrition, housing, vet-erinarian-approved animal healthprotocols and technology may bethe tools they use today, but itcomes right back down to the factthat they care about the well-beingof their animals.South Dakotans cannot andshould not condone any form of abuse to the animals we have inour care and custody regardless if they are a farm animal, work ani-mal, companion animal, or a pet. If simply putting additional or moresevere laws on the books changeshuman behavior to other livingthings, controlling bad things inour world would be easy. So, I askagain, can society legislate moral-ity, core values, or behavior?We need to respect all life andthere in is our challenge, I believe.The first bill of the 2013 SouthDakota Legislature, signed by Gov.Dennis Daugaard, was HB1066,which continues the current taxrate on tourism-related businessesduring the June-September pe-riod.The tax on the gross receipts of most tourism-related goods andservices was one percent until itwas raised to 1.5 percent for twoyears in 2009. A two-year exten-sion was granted by the Legisla-ture in 2011 and was due to expirethis coming June 30.HB1066, which passed the state
Governor Daugaard sgns frstbll of lawmakng sesson
House 64-4 and the Senate by 33-2, makes the 1.5 percent rate per-manent. The measure had widesupport from the state’s visitor in-dustry.Money raised by the tax is usedto promote tourism, and the lion’sshare of it is paid by out-of-statevisitors, Gov. Daugaard said.“I’m heartened by the SouthDakota visitor industry’s accept-ance of this revenue source, whichpaves the way for increasedtourism spending and boosts theentire state economy,” the Gover-nor said.The Public Safety Improvement Act, perhaps the most comprehen-sive bill this session, has been ap-proved by both houses and nowgoes to the Governor for signature.The bill was developed this pastyear by over 400 South Dakotanswho are involved in various as-pects of law enforcement.It parallels my belief that weneed better methods to address agrowing prison population.It increases penalties for violentand career criminals and providesmechanisms to hold other offend-ers more accountable. The bill isnot perfect but represents a goodstart.Those of us in the tourism busi-ness were happy to see the cent taxfor co-op marketing move to per-manent status.The data positively shows thatthis investment generates morerevenue for our state and that 73percent of it is paid by out-of-statefolks.The Hot Springs community hassome dedicated volunteers whohave spent the past year develop-ing a progressive plan for expand-ing services to veterans and try-ing to get an audience with the VA Secretary to present it.The planets aligned and thanksto the efforts of our CongressionalDelegation and their staffs, fivemembers of the Executive Com-mittee, our Governor and our threeCongressional Delegates met withhim for an hour and a half. I un-derstand the presentation wentwell and now the ball is in the Sec-retary’s hands.Uranium continues to be thesubject I hear about the most inmy emails.I spent time with three peoplefrom DENR this past week to getmore of my questions answered.While it is far from simple, anoverall picture is starting toemerge.The three agencies; NRC, EPA and SD DENR all have assignedareas of responsibility. NRC haspermitted a number of other ura-nium sites and has expertise inmonitoring compliance with theregulations and the power to en-force them.EPA has responsibility for ClassIII and Class V injection wells andhas a proven track record of en-forcing regulations. Both of theseagencies will require adequatebonding before any mining opera-tion can be started.SD DENR is processing permitapplications for ground water re-lating to volume used and a dis-charge plan for treated mine wastewater. If all permits are issued,DENR will come on board to workclosely with the federal agencies inensuring all regulations are fol-lowed.Contact people are: NRC – Ronald Burrows 301-415-6443 – ronald.burrows@nrc.gov; EPA –  Valois Shea 303-312-6276 – shea.valois@epa.gov; Eric Gron-lund – 605-773-3352 – eric.gron-lund@state.sd.usPlease contact me with yourcomments and questions. By emailin Pierre is sen.rampelberg@state.sd.us and my cellphone is 605-390-2165.
 
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Man Maude
Marvin Maude grew up on aranch near Scenic as the oldest of four children of Walter and GenMaude. He was active in 4-H whilegrowing up. Marvin stepped in asthe 4-H leader for the Rangers 4-HClub at the age of 17 to prevent theclub from closing down. It began alifetime of volunteer work that re-volved around helping kids im-prove themselves.In 1968, Marvin maried MaeScism. They raised three daugh-ters on the ranch near Hermosa,S.D. Marvin has contributed thou-sands of volunteer hours to 4-Hprograms in Pennington andCuster counties. He and Maehosted livestock and horse judgingschools for more than 15 years. To-gether they served as leaders of the club. Marvin retired as a 4-Hleader after serving for 42 years.His volunteerism continues withthe Western Junior LivestockShow. Marvin has seved as a direc-tor for the Western Junior Live-stock Show for more than threedecades and he conintues as a di-recto today. Marvin also served aspresident for the organization.Marvin has worked with theBlack Hills Stock Show both as avolunteer and as a contract em-ployee. He was instumental inhelping establish the Youth Daywith the Black Hills Stock Showand assisted with putting togetherthe livestock juding contest upthrough last year. He can also befound running the Bobcat loaderhelping take down panels and in-stall tie-stalls to make the transi-tion from the horse weekend activ-ities to the beef cattle shows.When not busy with ranching,Marvin contracts goats for goattying at 4-H, high school, and Lit-tle Britches rodeos. He is also alocal inspector for the SouthDakota Brand Broad and keepsbusy during fall shipping.Marvin’s crowning achievementis passing his volunteer spirit on toall three daughters. Julie andLeAnn are active 4-H leaders inCuster County while Lori has vol-unteerd in multiple organizationsduring her career. The learnedearly that if you are going to bepart of something, you need to giveback of your time and leadership.
Dale Hendcsn
Dale Hendrickson was bornMarch 9, 1933, in Buffalo County,Neb., but moved with his family tothe Riverton, Wyo., area when hewas eight.After graduating from highschool in 1950, he worked on aWyoming ranch until 1953, whenhe went into the Army, serving twoyears in Germany.
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After his military service, Dalereceived his doctor of veterinarymedicine degree from ColoradoState University in Fort Collins in1962 and went to work for thestate of Wyoming and a privatepractice in Casper, Wy. In 1964, he joined Norris Vet Clinic in RapidCity and in 1969 started his ownveterinary clinic. In 1979, heopened the Animal Clinic in RapidCity. He retired after 40 years of service on January 1, 2003. As hisold friend, Lyndell Petersen said,“He was one of the few large ani-mal veterinarians in the area whowas willing to go any place almostany time to serve his clients.”Dale helped found the BlackHills Roping Club and is a pastpresident. He is also a member of the Western South Dakota Bucka-roos. He has also supported theRapid City Kennel Club and itsmajor dog show, along with volun-teer work with 4-H and FFA andthe Western Junior LivestockShow in Rapid City.Dale lives on a small ranch nearCaputa with his wife Alice. Theyhave three grown children, Shellyand Mark Middleton, Rob andJody Hendrickson who have twogirls-Ollie and Scout, and Roy andChristie Hendrickson who havetwo children, Seth and Ari.These days you can probablyfind Dale at the Caputa CoffeeShop talking over the old days.
Hald Delbdge
Harold Dean Delbridge wasborn and raised in the Howes area.He married Karen Smith on Janu-ary 16, 1966, and they went towork for the Bar VO ranch atQuinn. In the fall of 1967, Karen’sfather needed help on his ranch sothey moved there to help him. After her father passed away in1968, her brothers took over theoperation of the ranch and Haroldand Karen moved to his grandfa-ther Kellog’s place south of UnionCenter, where they ranched for thenext eight years.Harold left the ranch in 1976 toattend Bible College in Cleveland,Tenn. He studied there until 1979. At that time they moved to CoalSprings and began pastoring achurch there. This was Harold’sfirst pastorate and they were thereuntil 1985 when they moved fromCoal Springs to the Prairie BibleCommunity Church where he pas-tored for 23 years. Three years agohe started the Stoneville CountryChurch where he is still pastoring.Harold has also pastored the ElmSprings Community Church since1987.Harold started rodeo announc-ing and auctioneering in 1983.Dave Lensegrav encouraged himto go to auctioneer school at Bis-marck, N.D., where Truman Kon-sile had the River Basin AuctionSchool, an auctioneering and rodeoannouncing college. Harold andLes Lensegrav went to that school.When they came back they startedthe Open Meadow Auction Servicewhich they operated for 13 years.In 1984, the Faith Stock Show con-tracted Harold to announce theirrodeo. That was the rodeo thatTruman Konsile had announcedfor years, and he said, “Isn’t thatlife, you train somebody and theytake your job”. Harold announcedFaith Stock Show for 24 years. Hisfavorite part of announcing rodeoswas encouraging the young peoplein the sport. In the year 2000,Harold and Karen had the oppor-tunity to go to the National FinalsRodeo and had the pleasure of watching the final performance. Inthe saddle bronc event there werefour young cowboys that Haroldhad watched grow up. That was avery satisfying experience for him.Harold said, “The greatest fun Ihad was young people’s rodeos. En-couraging the young cowboys andcowgirls.”Harold and Karen have lived atRed Owl for the past 18 years.Since 1979, Harold has had a fulltime ministry. In his spare time heday works for ranchers in the area.He says this has been a betterministry than the pulpit. It has af-forded him the opportunity to min-ister at weddings and funerals.Being a minister in the rodeo an-nouncing field, watching the cow-boys and cowgirls grow up, has ledto many weddings.In reminiscing, Harold tells of awedding he was to perform. Whenhe arrived to perform the wedding,the bride had forgotten to bringthe marriage license. When Haroldasked her what she planned to doabout that, she told him that theywould be at the rodeo next week.They could go ahead with the wed-ding today and then they wouldbring the marriage license andtheir witnesses and get it signed atthe rodeo, one week later. Thingslike that only happen in cowboycountry.One of the most challengingpoints in Harold’s life was while hewas pastoring at Coal Springs. Hewent there in June, and in Augustperformed his first wedding. Twoyears later he had to bury thatcouple’s 18 month-old-daughter.He said, “It lets you know thepower of God, how you get throughsome of those deals.”Harold is an active member inseveral organizations in the area.The Catalyst Club in Rapid City,South Dakota Stock Growers,South Dakota Farm Bureau, Fel-lowship of Christian Cowboys, andCentral Meade County Commu-nity Center Board.Harold had a funny story to tellon himself. He was co-announcerat the South Dakota Rodeo Finalsin Sioux Falls. His job was to plugthe sponsors while horseback inthe arena. A bareback rider had just completed his ride, so Haroldrode in to announce the sponsor of the bareback riding and the bronccame alongside Harold’s horse andstarted bucking. In trying to pullhis horse up, hang on to the micro-phone, and juggle a handful of pa-pers, things got away from him.Papers all over the arena floor. Theaudience loved it and have proba-bly never forgot it, and the otherannouncer had a big time with it.But, like Harold said, at least hedidn’t fall off.Having retired from his rodeoannouncing career, Harold looksback on a couple highlights of thatcareer. One was when the Wall Re-gional High School Rodeo Clubgave him a belt buckle when he re-tired after announcing their rodeofor 23 years. Another was whenthe Faith Stock Show also gavehim a buckle after 24 years of an-nouncing their rodeo. Harold said,“It really lets you know how muchpeople appreciate your work.”Harold and Karen have fourchildren, two boys and two girls,and 12 grandchildren. Arlen, BlackHawk, Chad, Cheyenne, Wyo., Amanda, Anchorage, Alaska; anddaughter, Candace, ThunderButte.In looking to the future, Haroldsaid that in his ministry he wantsto prepare people for the lifeahead. By that, he means he wantsthem to come to know the power of God and the relationship they canhave with Him.When we look back over theyears at Harold’s reputation, itshow us that he has given aboveand beyond of himself, assistingspiritually and physically, a largenumber of families in our end of the state. I got the feeling from just visiting with Harold, that tobe ministering to and workingwith the children and grandchil-dren of those parents he minis-tered to and worked with yearsago, gives him a real feeling of thankfulness and satisfaction. Inall fairness to Harold, I must tellyou that in this short presentationit is not possible for me to paint acomplete picture of his accomplish-ments. But for just a normal look-ing cowboy, he has sure made animpression in our communities.Chances are, if you receive So-cial Security benefits, Supplemen-tal Security Income (SSI), or anyfederal payment, you receive itelectronically. More than 90 per-cent of people getting monthly So-cial Security benefits already re-ceive electronic payments. If youdon’t yet, that’s about to change.There is a U.S. Department of Treasury rule that does away withpaper checks for most federal ben-efit and non-tax payments byMarch 1, 2013. With a few excep-tions, this mandate includes SocialSecurity, SSI, Veterans Affairs,Railroad Retirement Board, Officeof Personnel Management bene-
Electronic payments are amust for federal benefits
fits, and other non-tax payments.People required to switch havethe option of direct deposit to abank or credit union account orthey can have their monthly pay-ment directed into a Direct Ex-press debit card account (Trea-sury’s debit card program). Pleasevisit www.godirect.org to learnmore.If you still get your check in themail, sign up for electronic pay-ments now. Please visit www.godi-rect.org today and begin gettingyour Social Security and SSI pay-ments the safe, easy, reliable way — electronically.
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I often find myself thinkinglongingly of warm places aboutthis time of year. I think of desertsand tropical islands and thoselucky countries in the southernhemisphere currently enjoying thelong days of summer. I know ourtime will come, sooner rather thanlater, but the cold winter days cango so slowly.If you too are yearning for warmsummer days, perhaps we canoffer you a small mini-vacation atthe Library. We have lots of booksabout summer and warm places.I’d like to call out special noticeto
In a Sunburned Country
by BillBryson.This is a wonderful book that ispart travelogue, part comedy, partencyclopedia about the author’svisit to Australia. Australia is a country that alsoenjoys its designation as an island
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continent. The people are warmlywelcoming and the history is var-ied and interesting.Perhaps one of the most strikingparts of Australia is its peculiarwildlife. Australia has some of themost lethal animals found on theplanet.Bryson delights in exploring theland, including its cultural andnatural history. His delightful, en-gaging writing style will have youlaughing along with him and youwon’t even realize how much youare learning about the land downunder. And just perhaps, you will feel alittle bit warmer when you finish.
Catch of the day
Sean Dunker son of Bruce and Lynn Dunker of Wall, caught ths11 pound Northern Pke ce fshng Sunday mornng. Sean whos sx years old won’t dsclose hs favorte spot to fsh nor wllhs dad!!!
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