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COPYRIGHT: 1988 Faith Independent. All rights re-served. Nothing may bereprinted, photocopied, or inany way reproduced from this publication, in whole orpart, without the written consent of the publishers.Longtime Faith area rancherand beekeeper, Albert Steen Jr.,88, died peacefully in his sleep inthe early morning hours of Febru-ary 10, 2013 at the Fort Meade VA Hospital near Sturgis, SD.Service of Remembrance washeld Friday, February 15, 2013 atthe Fort Meade Chapel at FortMeade, SD. Rev. Harold Del-bridge officiated and inurnmentof Albert's and his wife Lila'sashes was held at the Black HillsNational Cemetery south of Stur-gis, SD. Albert was born the youngestof five boys to Albert and Eliza-beth (Heiner) Steen on January19, 1925 at the Steen homesteadcabin southeast of Faith, SD. Heattended various country schoolsin Ziebach County. Junior wasthe only son to graduate with theclass of 1943 from Faith HighSchool. He helped his family herdsheep, raise cattle and breakhorses.Junior herded about 1200sheep with his brothers Charlesand Eugene throughout the win-ters, springs and falls of 1943,1944 and 1945 near present dayTakini School. With a remuda of two horses, several sheepdogsand a sheep wagon about the sizeof a small car, the three brothersspent their days on the prairies.It was here that Junior began tosharpen his culinary skills. Hewas often in charge of the chowline and he developed an appreci-ation for cooking.He enlisted in the US Army in April of 1946 and spent the next18 months during WWII at basesin Califonia, Montana and Arkansas. He did clerical work atthe bases in California often aspaymaster. Junior was honorablydischarged in 1947.Junior met Lila Knight in 1949at a dance in Red Scaffold. Theywere married on September 13,1951 before a Justice of the Peacein Rapid City. Together theymoved next door to his parents onthe homestead and began ranch-ing.He worked several years forJim and Ethel Keegan's dirt mov-ing operation as a cat skinner. Hehelped his father-in-law WallyKnight with his dirt moving busi-ness, as well.In 1979 he began his beekeep-ing career with Lawrence Steenand Alan Fowler. He set up beeyards within his own cattle rangeand over most of western Ziebach
Albert “Junior” Steen
County. Junior extracted honeyat Alan Fowler's plant in Faithuntil he built his own plant in1983. He sold his honey to DutchGold.Junior retired from the beebusiness in 1989, but extractedfor several more years. In 1994 hebought a small herd of cows thathe watched over for years as a petproject. He was a member of theRed Scaffold Volunteer Fire De-partment, the American Legion,Faith Stock Show and Rodeo As-sociation, Sheep Growers Associ-ation and was a storm watcher forthe National Weather Service.He enjoyed fishing, hunting,gardening, good stories, coffee,the Faith News, travelling, hisdogs and cats and card playingwith the Chalmers family. Hisgreatest pleasure was being onthe ranch and cooking supper forhis grandson, Chris, no matterhow late it was.Junior was preceded in deathby his wife Lila of 57 years, hisparents, Albert Sr. and Elizabeth,his brothers, Arnold, Charles,Gene and Lawrence, his sisters-in-law, Verna and Florence Steenand Marjory Knight and hisbrothers-in-law, Jess Knight andLuther Knight.Grateful for having shared inhis life are his daughter, LouAnnSteen of Faith, SD and JomaySteen of McLaughlin, SD; hisgrandchildren, Bobbi (Mark)Misar, Christopher and EugeneSteen and great grandchildren,Jase, Lani and Marty Misar; sis-ters-in-law, Edith Knight of Cherry Creek, Nadine Cook of Covelo, CA and Mary Ann Knightof Eagle Butte, SD and HeleneSteen of Rapid City, SD; brothers-in-law, Stanley Cook of Covelo,CA and Doug Knight of Dupree,SD and numerous nieces andnephews.Condolences to Albert’s familycan be sent through our websiteat www.evansonjensenfuneral-home.com
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VA Black Hills Health CareSystem (BHHCS) is pleased toannounce the appointment of Joanne Barreno as the new Sui-cide Prevention Coordinator(SPC).Joanne will work to ensure ap-propriate measures are taken toprevent suicide in the VA BHHCS Veteran population. She will fa-cilitate suicide prevention strate-gies through education,monitoring and coordination of activities. Joanne will assess Vet-erans for high risk suicide, trackappointments and coordinate en-hanced care as needed. As SPC,she will ensure Veterans identi-fied as high risk for suicide aremonitored and maintain commu-nication through phone calls andmailings. Joanne will work in col-laboration with VA Veterans Cri-sis Line staff and others toprovide confidential support andreferral for Veterans in crisis. Shewill also provide educational re-sources to medical providers, Vet-erans, family members andcommunity members about riskfactors and warning signs for sui-cide.Joanne came to work at VA BHHCS in 2008 after transfer-ring from the Vet Center Outsta-tion in Martin, SD. She has beena social worker for various pro-grams at the Hot Springs VA Medical Center and the Commu-nity Based Outpatient Clinic inPierre. Joanne also provided out-patient mental health services toEagle Butte, McLaughlin, Rose-bud and Winner VA clinics whilestationed at Pierre. She com-pleted her Master of Social Workat the University at Buffalo, theState University of New York andBachelor of Social Work at Buf-falo State College.Joanne grew up on her dad’sreservation territory, Cattarau-gus Indian Reservation in Irving,New York. She has been a careerfederal employee since 1985.Joanne is a certified foster parentthrough Lakota OyateWakanyeja Owicakiyapi, Inc.(LOWO). She is also an enrolledOneida band member from SixNations Reserve of the GrandRiver.
VA BHHCS welcomes newSucde Preventon Coordnator
arching policy goals.I truly believe that we shouldstrive for more TAXPAYERS, notmore TAXES or higherrates. Spreading the burdenamong many makes each one'sburden lighter. We should notcontinue to chip away at oursteady, broad tax base. It’s easy toagree with each group and makean exception "just this once." Butwe must be vigilant against it. Voters, taxpayers and the pub-lic in general don’t have an asso-ciation, interest group, orlobbyists. As your Governor, I be-lieve it’s my responsibility tospeak for the people. It’s my job towork on behalf of the unorganizedmany against the interests of theorganized few. Let's keep our taxrates low by asking everyone toshare in the responsibility to pay.
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