Number 6Volume 108February 7, 2013
B Elzabeth “Sam” GszCmmunt News Sece
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-
Legslatve Dstrcts 30, 32, 34, 35: Dstrct 5 FFA PresdentKaden Esenbraun; Senator Mark Krkeby; Dstrct 5 FFA Secre-tary Jennfer Emery; State FFA Treasurer Tyler Swan.
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 Apprecaton supper was held on Frday, January 25 at the Wall Communty Center.The event was sponsored by the Wall area busness owners to show ther apprecaton to ther rural customers. Four hundred people regstered for $1400 n Wall merchants gft certfcated andtwo Carhartt jackets. The Wall Natonal Honor Socety was the entertanment for the kds and TwnRvers played for the dance whch began at 7:30 p.m. and lasted untl 11:30 p.m.
~Photo Laurie Hindman
Area merchants host Ag Apprecaton supper
‘Socal host’ bll defeated n Senate commttee
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
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 Trans receves tophonors at S.D. One Act Play Festval
The award wnnng cast and crew of the superor rated one-act play
share a momentfollowng ther crtque by the state festval judges. Pctured back row: from left to rght ... ThomasVan Osdol, Travs Brenner, Ryder Wlson, Cody Harrs and Austn Huether. Pctured front row:from left to rght ... Catrona Brunnemann, Sterlng Ellens, Analse Garland, Autumn Deerng, LbbSykora, Mchaela Schaefer, Ncole Esenbraun, Emly Lnn, Shanda Rae Enruquez, Madde Bauer,Nathan Patterson and Andrew Ferrs.
~Photo courtesy of Gerald Julson
and Philip HighSchool’s production of
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
Wsconsn man sentenced nunlawful takng of wldlfe
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.