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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 25Volume 107
February 14, 2013
by Nancy Haigh
The county highway departmentwas given approval to purchase athird motor grader at the HaakonCounty Board of Commissioner’smeeting February 5.When discussions were first heldregarding the purchase of one-yearold graders leased by the city of Sioux Falls, the county signed upfor two new graders. The thoughtat that time was to surplus twoCaterpillar H models. As talkshave continued the county has de-cided it would be best to surplusthe two newest Caterpillar M mod-els that have often been on the re-pair list, along with an H model. Alex Kulesza, Butler Machineryrepresentative, discussed variousoptions with the board. The two Mmodels have new rippers on them.Kulesza noted that that would be adraw for some contractors andmight drive up the bid price. Thecost of new rippers, which wouldnot have to be modified to fit thenew machines, would not increasethe final dollar line that much, saidKulesza.The final purchase for threeblades with two rippers would costalmost $177,000, financed overfour years. The board also ap-proved the purchase of a third rip-per and a wing unit.The board will formally surplusthree graders after Butler Machin-ery has looked the machines overand completed an estimate on theirvalue. At that time Kulesza willhelp the county with advertisingthe machines for sale. The countydoes have a guaranteed buy backamount through Butler Machineryfor the two M models, per the orig-inal purchase agreement, whichthe county can exercise if the bidscome in lower.Kenny Neville noted that thecounty no longer needs to advertiseculvert bids since there is only onedealer in South Dakota. He notedthat prices are three to four percentlower than last year. The board ap-proved, per Neville’s request, to re-move a bridge from the county’sbridge system. The bridge had beenreplaced last summer with a largeculvert.The board voted to not finan-cially support the Capital AreaCounseling service. HaakonCounty Auditor Patricia (Pat) Free-man noted that some of the coun-ties the agency works in provide fi-nancial assistance while others donot.Quarterly reports were given byEmergency Manager Lola Roseth,county health nurse Heidi Burnsand Director of Equalization ToniRhodes. Rhodes noted that resi-dents can now file for tax appeals.The city of Philip will hold theirequalization hearing March 18 andthe county’s will be April 9. Free-man reported that the county cantake the South Dakota State De-partment of Revenue determinedConsumer Price Index tax increaseof just over two percent. She alsonoted new growth to be taxed on in2014 is $3,521,333.State’s Attorney Gay Tollefsonupdated the board regarding Sun-day liquor licenses. She said thecounty does not have to have an or-dinance if they choose to followstate law. No decision was made onwhether to approve a Sunday li-cense.The board approved to amendResolution 2013-03 from the Janu-ary meeting to reflect wages forpermanent part-time deputies andpermanent full-time deputies.They approved the Januarymeeting minutes as well as war-rants for the past month. Discus-sion was held regarding a bill forunemployment benefits. The boardquestioned if the individual was el-igible for the benefits. Freemannoted that she had asked for ap-proval prior to the meeting to paythe bill as it was due before the endof the month. She noted the fundshad already been sent to the billingparty for the unemployment bene-fits.Travel requests were approvedfor 4-H advisor Carrie Weller andNeville. Elke Baxter was approvedto be a member of the Haakon/Jackson Fair Board.
Commission commits to third blade
Farmers and ranchers across thecountry are heeding the call tohave their voices heard and theirfarms represented in the 2012 Cen-sus of Agriculture.About 1.4 million census formshave been returned. For those whomissed the deadline, USDA re-minds producers that their farm isimportant and needs to be counted. As a result, census forms are stillbeing accepted.According to Sandee Gittings, if help is required, the South DakotaNational Agricultural StatisticsService office in Sioux Falls canhave a local representative come tothe landowner to help with the cen-sus forms; call 1-(605)-323-6500.“Information from the Census of Agriculture helps USDA monitortrends and better understand theneeds in agriculture,” said Agricul-ture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Pro-viding industry stakeholders, com-munity leaders, lawmakers and in-dividual farm operators with themost comprehensive and accurateUnited States agricultural reports,we all help ensure the tools areavailable to make informed, sounddecisions to protect the future of American agriculture.”Conducted every five years byUSDA’s NASS, the census providesdetailed data covering nearly everyfacet of United States agriculture.It looks at land use and ownership,production practices, expendituresand other factors that affect theway farmers and ranchers do busi-ness. The deadline for submittingCensus forms was February 4, andmany farmers and ranchers haveresponded. However, those who didnot respond by the original duedate will receive another copy of the form in the mail to give themanother opportunity.“Accurate and comprehensive in-formation from all farmers andranchers is important so that theCensus can provide a true pictureof U.S. agriculture today and helpeveryone plan appropriately for fu-ture,” said Vilsack. “This level of information is only gathered andreleased once every five years, sowe need the participation of everyproducer to ensure the agriculturalindustry and rural America receivethe representation that will pro-vide them with the most benefitand value.”Farmers and ranchers can re-turn their forms by mail or onlineby visiting a secure website,www.agcensus.usda.gov. Federallaw requires all agricultural pro-ducers to participate in the Censusand requires NASS to keep all in-dividual information confidential.For more information and help-ful tips on completing your form,visit www.agcensus.usda.gov orcall 1-888-4AG-STAT (1-888-424-7828), or call USDA/NASS at 1-800-338-2557.
USDA census extended, local help
Twenty-three rural hospitals inSouth Dakota will receive a total of $278,037 in federal funding forprojects to improve patient access,reduce medication errors, reducehospital readmissions, and im-prove operations.Philip Health Services, Inc. isone of the hospitals receivingMedicare Rural Hospital Flexibil-ity Program direct awards. It willreceive $13,135.The federal funding comesthrough the South Dakota Depart-ment of Health. Over the last 12years, rural hospitals in SouthDakota have received more than$4,078,000 in direct awardsthrough the program.Hospitals must be Medicare cer-tified as critical access to be eligiblefor the funds. Critical access hospi-tals receive a higher Medicare re-imbursement rate and are eligiblefor federal funding for improve-ment projects. There are currently38 critical access hospitals in SouthDakota.The funding helps rural hospi-tals make direct, positive impactson patient care and health out-comes, noted an official from thePlatte Health Center - Avera, oneof the facilities receiving funds.“Without the additional supple-mental financial assistance we re-ceive from this program, we wouldnot have been able to implementthe programs and processes wecurrently have in place,” said JodySternberg, RN, and director of pa-tient care services at Platte. “Thisprogram makes a difference forcritical access hospitals.”
State awards funding to Philip hospital
The Philip High School one-act cast and crew, performing the serious play “Dis-covering Rogue,” earned a superior rating at the 57th annual South Dakota HighSchool Activities Association’s State One-Act Play Festival in Brandon, January31 through February 2. Nearly 1,000 students and 66 directors represented en-tries from 14 Class “B” schools, 14 Class “A” schools and 13 Class “AA” schools.There were nine professional judges. Two Philip actors, Shelby Schofield andRachel Parsons, were among only 118 total actors who earned Outstanding In-dividual Performer awards. Kelsie Kroetch and Brad Pfeifle represented one of only four Class “B” ensembles which earned Outstanding Ensemble Groupsrecognition at the festival. Pictured are, from lower left, Schofield, Parsons, di-rector Laura O’Connor, Pfeifle and Kroetch. Other members of the Philip cast andcrew were Brooke Nelson, Jane Poss, Amanda McIlravy, Ted’Dee Buffalo, ColeRothenberger, Josh Quinn, Brock Hanson, James Fitzgerald, Tyshia Ferguson, CarlPoss, Brian Pfeifle and Sam Stangle.
Photo by Del Bartels
Philip one-act earns“superior” at state
Nearly 1,500 eligible patrons of Midwest Cooperatives will share inthe distribution of $2.86 million incash patronage and equity during2013 based on business they haveconducted with the company.The Midwest Cooperatives an-nual meetings will be Wednesday,February 20, in Pierre, and at 5:30p.m., Thursday, February 21, atthe American Legion Hall inPhilip. The meetings will include afree roast beef meal, door prizesand speakers presenting an updatefrom the company. The meetingsare open for all; because of the sup-per count, please RSVP. MidwestCooperatives has site locations inPierre, Philip, Kadoka, Highmore,Blunt, Onida nd Draper.“We’re extremely proud that wecan provide this tremendous returnto our customers and owners,” saidMilt Handcock, general manager.“One of the most important wayswe help producers grow is by deliv-ering an economic return on thebusiness they do with Midwest Co-operatives. This underscores theadded value of being a cooperativesystem owner and customer.“Through their ownership in acooperative like Midwest Coopera-tives, not only do they have accessto products and services, they alsoshare in our success and that of theintegrated CHS system. This en-ables all of us to invest in the fu-ture of our local producers, thisbusiness and our community.”Midwest Cooperatives is a locallycontrolled retail division of CHSInc., the nation’s leading producer-owned cooperative. During 2013,Midwest Cooperatives will allocatea total of $7.5 million in patronagedividends to its eligible customersbased on business done September1, 2011 through August 31, 2012, of which $2.86 million is being paidout in cash.Overall, CHS expects to returnup to a record $600 million duringits 2013 fiscal year in cash patron-age, equity redemptions and divi-dends paid on preferred stock tonearly 1,200 eligible cooperativesand nearly 50,000 individual mem-bers and others in 50 states. CHSnet income for its fiscal year ending August 31, 2012, was $1.26 billion.Patronage is based on businessdone with CHS during fiscal 2012,while equity redemptions repre-sent retirement of ownership inCHS earned in past years. Since itwas established in 1998, CHS hasreturned more than $3.1 billion incash to its owners.If they have not already done so,individuals who have reached age70 and representatives of the es-tates of deceased members are en-couraged to contact Handcock to re-quest redemption of their equity.CHS makes equity redemptions toeligible members throughout theyear, based on attaining age 70 orestate retirements, but potentiallyeligible individuals must initiatecontact.
Midwest Cooperative patrons toreceive CHS cash distribution
“The Buffalo King” airs in Philip
A free private airing of the documentary film “The Buffalo King” was presented at the Gem Theatre, Sunday, February 10.The film is about the man-caused decimation of the North American bison and a hand full of individuals who worked tosave it from extinction. One of those men was James “Scotty” Philip –immigrant, goldrusher, cowboy, wagon freighter,cattle baron, statesman and namesake for the town of Philip. The film’s producer, Justin Koehler, spoke at the airing aboutthe production of the movie and future plans for it at film festivals. He suggested that the film could be shown at localannual events, such as Philip Festival Days.
United States Senator Tim John-son released this statement on theUnited States Postal Service’s an-nouncement regarding the elimina-tion of Saturday delivery.“I have long said the eliminationof Saturday mail delivery should bea last resort option. Last spring,the Senate passed a postal reformbill that would have addressed thepostal service’s current budgetshortfalls and prohibited theagency from eliminating Saturdaydelivery for at least two years whilealternative cost savings are imple-mented. The bill was never broughtup for a vote in the House, and thisprevented postal reform from mov-ing forward.“The elimination of Saturday de-livery does not take effect until Au-gust 1, so there is still time for Con-gress to come together and passcomprehensive postal reform. I willcontinue working to preserve theuniversal service mandate that en-sures those in South Dakota andother rural areas continue havingaccess to quality and affordablemail service.”United States RepresentativeKristi Noem released the followingstatement. “I strongly believe thatthe postal service needs to focus onmaking additional internal andstructural reforms before it cutsservices. I understand that seriouschanges need to take place to makethe USPS financially viable, but Ido not support eliminating Satur-day delivery. Coming from such arural state, our postal service iscritical to the way families andbusinesses operate. Before thePostal Service makes decisionsthat affect South Dakotans and therest of rural America, I believe theUSPS should review all availableoptions in order to establish an ef-ficient and sustainable deliverysystem.”
USPS to stop Saturday deliveries
The South Dakota Farm Bureauis hosting a series of meetingacross the state this month forfarmers and ranchers to learn moreabout the Environmental Protec-tion Agency’s oil spill prevention,control and countermeasure pro-gram, which requires complianceby May 10 of this year.Two representatives from theEPA’s region eight office in Denverwill lead the meetings: RebeccaPerrin, EPA Region Eight agricul-ture advisor, and Jim Peterson,EPA Region Eight SPCC inspector.According to the U.S. EPA, farmsor ranches that store more than1,320 total U.S. gallons of oil or oilproducts in above ground contain-ers sized 55 gallons or larger, ormore than 42,000 U.S. gallons incompletely buried containers, andcould be reasonably expected todischarge oil to waters of the U.S.,are required to have an SPCC plan.EPA requires an SPCC plan to bein place by May 10, 2013.The schedule for the SPCC meet-ings is as follows: (all times arelocal)•February 25 in Sturgis, 3:00p.m. at the Meade County Exten-sion Building Community Room.
•February 26 in Wall, 10:00a.m. at the Community Build-ing on Main Street
•February 26 in Pierre, 4:00 p.m.at the Capitol Building BasementRoom A (plus 6 DDN locations)The meeting at 4:00 p.m. CT onFebruary 26 will be broadcast overthe Digital Dakota Network fromPierre to several locations, includ-ing Rapid City, SDSM&T’s Class-room Building Room 109There is no cost to attend theseinformational meetings, no pre-reg-istration is required, and you donot need to be a member of FarmBureau to attend.
EPA meetings on oil spills