Jones County News
Murdo Coyote • March 14, 2013 •
Murdo Coyote – Murdo, SD
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by Jody Lebeda • 669-2526• email@example.com
David Geisler and David Jr.were to see John Geisler in SiouxFalls. John is in the VAhospitaland is not doing well. The addressfor John is: Veterans Hospital2501, West 22nd St., Sioux Falls,S.D. 57105. John is in room 366,he would appreciate cards andprayers. Betty Geisler is in thenursing home Palisades Manor920 4th St. Garretson S.D. 57030;she would like to hear from all herfriends in Murdo, too.Don and Mary Heib had visi-tors this weekend, Candy andRyan from Brandon. Candy isDon’s granddaughter. She and herfamily of four children came tospend the long spring break herein Murdo. While Keagan washere, she and grandpa went outselling Girl Scout cookies. Theyenjoyed their time together get-ting to know the little ones andhaving lots of fun.Helen McMillan accompaniedJackie Fosheim on a trip to Bran-don where Helen stayed with herdaughter Teresa and husbandGary Schweitzer. Jackie jour-neyed on to Windom to visit For-rest and Londa and family. Sheattended Cierra’s “Ice SkatingShow” where Cierra received a tenyear trophy. All of the grand kidswere home so it was a lot of funand visiting. Velma Vollmer’s son, Jerry,from New Jersey came to spendabout a week visiting with Velmaand his two brothers, Rodney andDale, as well as old school matesthat still live in the Murdo area.Jody Lebeda went out to coffeeat a local cafe and got in somegood visiting with Rose Elrod,Marilyn Seymour and GregHauptman.The organization meetings forthe Murdo Area Farmer's Marketis progressing and many interest-ed local growers and crafters werethere to share their ideas. Thenext meeting is set for March 25at 7 p.m. Anyone interested is wel-come to attend.Henry and Elaine Roghair vis-ited at the home of their daughter,Sarah, and her husband,Jonathan, a few days last week.Clarice Roghair traveled toKadoka a week ago to visit Harri-et Noteboom at the Care Center.From there she drove into a fiercewind to Philip to see Grace McKil-lip at the Philip Hospital.Graceplanned to be living with her sonDoug in Pierre by the time of thiswriting.Jessie Harrison spent her firstspring break of the season in theeast.She and her mom, ClariceRoghair, left Murdo on Wednes-day after school and arrived atSunshine Bible Academy south of Miller in time for supper, followedby Senior Chapel.Then Jessiespent the night in the dorm andthe next day attended sophomoreclasses.Shehas chosen to attendSBAfor the last nine weeks of thisschool year.Thursday evening Jessie joinedfriends from Wall to watch theirbasketball girls play against Han-son while Clarice visited a friendfrom high school days, EvieDuBois Reintz.The next morn-ing, Clarice and Jessie traveled onsouth and east to do some shop-ping, then headed for home.The Okaton Church ladies havebeen meeting on Tuesday after-noons for Bible Study at the homeof Evelyn Daum.They extend awelcome to any ladies who wouldlike to join them.They recentlysent a big batch of pillowcasedresses to orphan girls in Haiti byway of Dianna Boni.On Joyce Roghair's birthdayshe hosted the Scovil Townshipannual meeting.Mel, Clarice andJessie Roghair took in a GermanChocolate cake to be enjoyed withice cream.
East Side News
by Janet Louder • 669-2696
I finally caught up with the Sun-day, February 24 birthday gal, GenLiffengren. Afew days prior to that,son Lindsay of Tucson, Ariz.,arrived. He arranged asupper/birthday party to celebratehis mom's 80th at a local cafe. Onhand to help her celebrate were:daughter Jodee of Black Hawk; Kimand Jean Kinsley; Karen and RonTedrow of Pierre; Mike Kinsley;Marty and Angie Kinsley; Kelly andLavonne Kinsley and son Court. A good time was had. Lindsay left onWednesday.Neal Christian of Gordon, Neb.,had a business appointment onMonday morning of last week here. After, him and mom Lila Mae calledon Terry and Kay Moore south of Vivian. Kay seems to be doing wellafter having back surgery recently.Neal spent the night. On Tuesday,Lila Mae and Neal kept an appoint-ment in Pierre, and he returnedhome that evening.Dorothy and Darin Louder visit-ed Dwight in Kadoka Wednesdayand then to the home of DeannaByrd. Among the many that attendedthe benefit Monday evening of lastweek for Karly Culver at theLutheran Memorial Church inPierre were Rosa Lee Styles, MargieBoyle, Ron Lebeda and Holly. Karlyis the daughter/granddaughter of former Draperites Dena Culver andSharlene and Butch Rada. Karlyhas medical problems and is doctor-ing in Rochester, Minn.Belated happy birthday to formerDraperite Lisa Sharp March 9. Iknow how old she is but I'm nottelling; although she is a graduateof DHS with class of '73. She lives inCalifornia. I also know her and momElsa still get the Murdo Coyote. Audrey Mathews had coffee anda visit with Darlene Fuoss andGrace Todd at Parkwood on Mondayof last week. She planned to see newresident Irene Caldwell, but didn'tcatch up with her, next time.Sarah Dowling left on Thursdayfor Peetz, Colo., to spend time withfiance JPCarwin, returning homeon Monday.Nelva and Janet Louder visitedEllouise Ellwanger last Tuesdaymorning and even had a cup of cof-fee.Sunday evening supper guests of Kim and Tony Schmidt were Don Volmer, Amanda and Kraig Hen-richs, Blake and Layney.Ray and Shirley Vik and Orlo andTooty Schervem of Presho attendedthe Fuoss bull sale last week. Theysaid the catered food was very good,and that's "no bull".Kia Miller, student at USD Ver-million, spent the weekend herewith parents Ken and Carmen.Curt and Janet Miller, MarkStrait, and Chuck and MarilynStrait all brought a carry-in dinnercomplete with birthday cake to thehome of Bernard and Marge Strait'son Monday to celebrate Marge'sbirthday. Happy birthday, Marge.Nelva and Janet Louder visitedRay and Janice Pike over coffee Sat-urday afternoon. (We needed a pick-up as we had just cleaned thechurch.)The community extends theirsympathy to the family of little fivemonth old Aila Grace Dixon. Ailapassed away March 6 in Rapid Citydue to a rare incurable genetic dis-order named Zellweger Syndrome.She is the daughter of Christopherand Kayleigh Dixon; great grand-daughter of former Draperite Becky(Miller) and Grant Myer of DesMoines, Iowa. Ken Miller and PennyDowling attended the memorialservice held at the Fountain SpringsCommunity Church Monday inRapid City.Former Draperite Bev LouderDrabek of Rapid City underwentsurgery at Rapid City Regional Hos-pital last Friday. All went okay. Shehopes to be home at the end of theweek. Speedy recovery, Bev.Ray and Janice Pike met theirniece, Patti and John Devitt, Dillonand Trevor, of Harrisburg for lunchand a visit at a local cafe Thursday.The Devitts were on their way toRapid City.The Kolls township meeting washeld last Tuesday at Eldon andEsther Magnusons. Ray and JanicePike, Darin Louder and Scott Math-ews were there, and following themeeting, all enjoyed coffee and cook-ies.Nelva and Janet Louder visitedDorothy and Brad Louder Sundayafternoon, played a few cards,topped off with a yummy piece of pieand coffee.Forty-one years ago, Trace Dowl-ing took Karen Erikson to be hisbride. Happy anniversary, you two.Following church Sunday, Rayand Shirley Vik, Don Volmer, Rayand Janice Pike, Lila Mae Christ-ian, Nelva and Janet Louder haddinner together at a local cafe. Alice Horsley visited GraceWeber one day last week.Eldon and Esther Magnuson tookcare of a little business in Murdoand Draper on Friday morning andthen ended up at Ray and JanicePikes for lunch.Casey and Gavin Miller visitedgrandparents Nelva and JanetLouder Monday afternoon.Dave and Linda Brost left onSunday, February 23 for Waunakee,Wisc., to spend time with son Pauland Denise and family Taylor,Jamie, Alex and Dillon. On Satur-day, March 2, they got to watchgrandson Alex play with theLaCrosse University of Wisconsintraveling tennis team at the Madi-son University of Wisconsin. He wonthree matches. Linda reports thecollege is huge; it has 12 indoor ten-nis courts. That evening, Deniseprepared supper for the tennis teamfrom LaCrosse, which was Paul'sbirthday, but he was unable to bethere. Earlier in the week the group,along with Taylor's friend, Casey,went out for supper to celebratePaul and Casey's birthdays. Whilethere, Dave and a friend spent a fewdays ice fishing at Sturgeon Bay. Iforgot to ask if it was a successfulfishing trip; I'm assuming it was. Allin all it was a great week. Theyreturned home on Sunday, March 3,with good roads both ways.
Jones County Sheriff’s Report
The Sheriff’s report is printed
by Jones CountySheriff’s Office. It may or may notcontain every call received by thedepartment.
Deputy Sylva and Sheriff Weberresponded to a report of a subjectthreatening someone with afirearm and
several shots beingfired in Charlietown
.Aresi-dent was located and arrested onseveral charges, including aggra-vated assault with a firearm,grand theft of a firearm, threaten-ing law enforcement, possession of a firearm while intoxicated, reck-less discharge of a firearm, disor-derly conduct and drug charges.Deputy Sylva responded to an
erratic driver on US HWY. 83,south of Murdo.
The vehicle waslocated and followed for severalmiles and was observed to be driv-ing fine.
DCI Agent Jaris and DeputySylva obtained a
search war-rant for the residenceinvolved in the shooting
toobtain more evidence. Assistedwith delivering protection order tobe served in Mellette Co.
Deputy Sylva responded to a
report of a domestic assault inMurdo
. It was found that theassault had occurred in WhiteRiver.
Deputy Sylva responded to thereport of a
vehiclebroke downon I-90
, and people walking onthe old highway in the same area.Unable to locate.
Sheriff Weber responded to I-90, eastbound, mm205 to a reportof a
vehicle needing assistancechanging a flat tire
.Road sideassistance was called to changethetire.Sheriff Weber responded to
Charlietown in Murdo to thereport of an intoxicated sub- ject causing problems
.Themale subject was removed andtransported to the Mellette Co.line and turned over to the Mel-lette Co Sheriff's Office for trans-portation further south.Sheriff Weber responded to I-90, eastbound, mm193 to the
report of a broke down vehi-cle.
Unable to locate.Sheriff Weber responded to areport of a
semi that was brokedown in the northbound driv-ing lane on US HWY. 83
, mm59.Traffic control was provided whilesemi was hooked up and towed toMurdo.
West Side News
South Dakota can take pride insuccessful legislative session
Acolumn by Gov. DennisDaugaard
The 88th South Dakota Legisla-tive Session concluded last week.During our two month legislativeprocess, the demands are great onour legislators. They come to theCapitol early and leave late. Theystudy policy, work with con-stituents, and gain perspective onthe process.Nearly 500 bills were intro-duced in the 2013 legislative ses-sion. Unlike Congress, our legisla-ture gives a public hearing and anup-or-down vote on every bill.South Dakota’s system allows forpublic input and open discussionof the issues our state faces.South Dakota’s way works. Wedo not have a full-time legislaturewith thousands of staffers. SouthDakota relies on the neighborly,common sense approach of its citi-zen legislators.This session brought greatexamples of cooperation and pro-ductivity from the legislature,even as Washington, D.C. contin-ued to find division and deadlock.In South Dakota, our work thissession has been heralded as “oneof the most productive in recentmemory.”We passed monumental reformsto our prison system by bringingtogether law enforcement, judges,treatment providers, defenseattorneys, and legislators fromboth political parties. The reformswill make our state safer whileholding offenders more account-able and saving taxpayer dollars.These changes will more effective-ly change the behavior of non-vio-lent offenders. This could havebeen a controversial bill, but itwon broad bipartisan support.We authorized an extension of the Mickelson Trail to MountRushmore, and founded GoodEarth State Park at Blood Run,South Dakota’s first new statepark in forty years.We enacted several bills for ourveterans and military personnel,including a bill I proposed to wel-come military spouses to SouthDakota by expediting their profes-sional licensure processes.We created the first scholarshipprogram based on students’finan-cial needs.We passed legislationto make it easier for SouthDakotans to become organ donors.Finally, we passed a bipartisaneconomic development packagethat will meet my number one pri-ority of growing our economy andcreating jobs in South Dakota.South Dakota’s citizen legisla-ture is owed a debt of gratitude fortheir work this year, as in allyears. They are ranchers, teach-ers, small business owners, andnurses. For two months out of theyear, they leave their homes, their jobs, and their families and cometo Pierre to debate ideas and shareperspectives.They represent us in the truestsense. The work they do is notalways glamorous, but it is impor-tant. I thank each and every legis-lator for their service during thissession. They should take pride ina job well done.
Managing droughtrisk on the ranch
Cattle producers are in theplanning phase for the upcominggrazing season. In order to suc-cessfully plan for this season, theymust take an inventory of the for-age available and be able to esti-mate the grazing potential of pas-tures, says Kalyn Waters, SDSUExtension Cow/Calf Field Special-ist.“Now is the time to start theplanning process. Having the righttools and knowledge to do so, willmake a world of difference. Attending the drought manage-ment webinars will put those toolsin producers’hands,” Waters said.In an effort to proactively aidcattle producers, SDSU ExtensionLivestock staff partnered withUniversity of Nebraska-LincolnExtension to host a five-part webi-nar series to help those raisingcattle prepare for the possibility of the drought continuing in 2013.The one-hour ManagingDrought Risk on the Ranch webi-nar series are being held the lastWednesday of each month, con-cluding in May. All sessions beginat 9 a.m. MST or 10 a.m. CST andare hosted at SDSU ExtensionRegional Centers.Each session will include cur-rent drought updates, forecastsand presentations about specificinformation or tools. Followingeach webinar, SDSU ExtensionState and Field Specialists will beavailable for a question andanswer session via video confer-ence. They will also present addi-tional information relevant toSouth Dakota producers.During the March 27 webinar,Pat Reece, former University of Nebraska-Lincoln Range Manage-ment Specialist, will discuss theCumulative Forage ReductionIndex. Reece is currently theowner of and a senior consultantat Prairie & Montane Enterprises.He has developed the CFR Indexin response to needs of ranchers hehas worked with to developdrought response plans. Reecepoints out that when animal num-bers need to be reduced because of drought, delayed marketing canhave substantial financial conse-quences, often costing typicalranches tens of thousands of dol-lars.Following Reece’s presentation,South Dakota attendees will alsohave an opportunity to hear fromrancher, Bill Slovek of Philip.Slovek is a progressive rancherand current board member for theSouth Dakota Grassland Coali-tion. Slovek’s ranch lies in thesouthwestern portion of the statein a region heavily impacted bythe drought. His perspective ondrought decision making, herdmanagement and hidden opportu-nities will allow other producersan opportunity to consider theirown options.“UNLExtension and theDrought Mitigation Center havedone an outstanding job puttingtogether this program. They haveslated some of the best speakersavailable to provide critical infor-mation to producers. Our Januaryand February sessions proved thatthese are quality, applicable meet-ings that producers will gaingreatly from, and we had over 50attendees statewide at each,”Waters said.Topics each month will considerdrought planning information andtools available to producers. Inaddition to University and Agencypresenters, a number of rancherswill also be featured, describingdevelopment and execution of their drought plans.These meetings are also intend-ed to educate professionals andconsultants who work with ranch-ers as a professional developmentseries.The webinars are sponsored bythe National Drought MitigationCenter at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The series wasdeveloped with support from theSustainable Agriculture Researchand Education (SARE) program,which is funded by the U.S.Department of Agriculture -National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA).Scheduled dates and topics forthe series include:March 27: The New CumulativeForage Reduction (CFR) Index: Assessing Drought Impacts andPlanning a Grazing Strategy; April 24: Using a Drought Cal-culator to Assist Stocking Deci-sions; andMay 29: Economic Factors toWeigh in Making Decisions duringDrought.For more information pleasevisit www.igrow.org, contact thenearest SDSU Extension RegionalCenter, or call Kalyn Waters,SDSU Cow/Calf Field Specialist at605-842-1267 or Pete Bauman,SDSU Range Field Specialist at605-882-5140.
Crop insurance helpssupports local economies
Farmers in a key region of theUnited States relied on their invest-ment in crop insurance to weatherthe effects of severe drought in 2012. At the same time, indemnity pay-ments helped communities andstates avoid some of the angst thatwould have accompanied significantcrop and revenue losses.Insurance payments not onlyhelped ensure that most farmers willbe able to plant another crop in2013, the indemnities also produceda significant impact beyond the farmgate. According to a study by econo-mists in Lincoln, Nebraska, indem-nity payments generated off-farmeconomic impact of nearly $2.2 bil-lion across Iowa, Nebraska, SouthDakota and Wyoming. That figureincludes $721 million of laborincome that preserved 20,900 off-farm jobs in the region.Dr. Brad Lubben, an agriculturaleconomist, and Dr. Eric Thompson,an economist, conducted the study,underwritten by Farm Credit Ser-vices of America (FCSAmerica), aleading farm lender in the four-statearea. Thompson specializes inresearch on state and local economicgrowth and on economic impactanalysis. Lubben focuses on policyand risk management in agriculture.Both are faculty members at theUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln.*“This research helps us answerthe question: ‘What would have hap-pened in both rural and urban com-munities if producers had not beenprotected by crop insurance duringthe severe drought last year?’” saidDoug Stark, president and CEO of FCSAmerica. “The study shows thatwhile crop insurance is critical forfarmers, in years of significant loss italso helps stabilize jobs and incomesoff the farm as well. Indemnity pay-ments replace some of the incomethat farmers would have earnedfrom a more normal crop, enablingthem to continue investing in theirbusinesses and households.”Key findings of the study include:· Farmers paid $885 million inpremiums during 2012 to insurenearly 54 million acres across Iowa,Nebraska, South Dakota andWyoming, or 85 percent of insurableplanted acres for principal crops.· Through March 4, farmers in thefour states had received a total of $4.482 billion in indemnity pay-ments for the 2012 growing season(April 2012 through March 2013).·Farmer purchases of goods andservices attributable to the indemni-ty payments are estimated to yieldnearly $2.2 billion in off-farm eco-nomic impact across the region. Thatincludes $1.0 billion in Iowa, $780million in Nebraska, $386 million inSouth Dakota and $4.7 million inWyoming. The difference betweenthe total net payments and theregional economic impact reflectssavings by farmers and economicimpact outside the four-state region,which was beyond the scope of thestudy.·The economists estimate thenumber of off-farm jobs saved byfarmers’investment in crop insur-ance total 20,900 across the territo-ry, including 9,650 in Iowa, 7,450 inNebraska, 3,750 in South Dakotaand 50 in Wyoming.
Metro Areas Feel the Effect, Too
“What’s interesting is the numberof jobs that would have been lostwithout crop insurance,” Starknotes. “Indemnity payments replacesome of the income lost to thedrought, so money continues to flowthroughout local economies as pro-ducers use the payments to supporttheir households and businesses. And metropolitan areas benefit aswell as rural communities. Forexample, net crop insurance indem-nity payments saved an estimated114 jobs in Omaha and Lincoln, and129 in Des Moines, according to thisstudy.”The ability to partially manageexternal risk with insurance isessential to managing family farmsand farms in general and to makethe types of major investmentrequired in modern, efficient agricul-ture operations, the study’s authorsreported.“On a more practical level, cropinsurance is critical for agriculturalproducers and their communitiesduring years when drought or othernatural phenomena damage ordestroy crops,” Lubben and Thomp-son wrote. “The income from cropinsurance payments can play a keyrole in stabilizing local economiesboth in the year of the drought andin subsequent years. In agriculturalstates such as Iowa, Nebraska,South Dakota and Wyoming, cropinsurance can also play a key role instabilizing the statewide economies.” According to Stark, “Most farmerspurchase crop insurance every year,understanding they may have lossesresulting in claims only a few timesin their careers. Crop insurance hasbecome a fundamental risk manage-ment tool for most operators.“Critics of federal crop insuranceseldom consider the substantial eco-nomic impact of indemnity pay-ments beyond the farm gate,” Starknoted. “Farmers do indeed rely oncrop insurance as a key risk manage-ment tool, but crop insurance alsocreates economic stability for com-munities and families near and far,”he said.Despite the 2012 drought’s sever-ity, there has been no clamor for anad hoc disaster program, Starknoted. “Crop insurance is doing the job for which it is intended,” he said.