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Bison Courier
Official Newspaper for the City of Bison, Perkins County, and the Bison SchoolDistrict APublication of Ravellette Publications, Inc.
 P.O.Box 429 • Bison, SouthDakota 57620-042 Phone: (605) 244-7199 • FAX (605) 244-7198 
Volume 30Number 48May 16, 2013
Includes Tax
County Commissioners have a full plate
Roads, bridges, law enforcement are major issues 
 By Beth Hulm
It’s a really busy time for countylawmakers. Not only are CountyCommissioners working to get aComprehensive Plan and ZoningOrdinances in place, they are ne-gotiating with The City of Lem-mon and Adams County to fixRailway Street, the farm to mar-ket road on Lemmon’s north sidethat is the truck route to South-west Grain; they are having con-versations with Bison Townshipregarding both a box culvert and afailing bridge; and, they are in-volved in a contract with the Lem-mon Police Department and theCity of Lemmon to create county-wide law enforcement. In additionto all of that, it’s time to start writ-ing the budget for 2014 and High-way Superintendent Tracy Buerhas engaged them in conversationtostart putting money away to re-do the Bixby Road, west of Bison.Lemmon City Councilman Gar-rett Schweitzer told the countyboard last week that RailwayStreet “is quite possibly the worstone in the county.” Lemmon nativeand project engineer Craig Mizera,HDR, Inc., Bismarck, accompa-nied Schweitzer to the meetingand Chuck Christman, chairmanof the Adams County Commission,was there, too. North Dakota hasoil and gas money and Christmanisurging his state legislators tosupport funding for the street.South Dakota doesn’thave bigmoney available but G. Schweitzerurged Perkins County Commis-sioners to talk with their legisla-tive representatives, tooThe City of Lemmon is workingwith South Dakota DOT on afunding package and Schweitzerfinds them to be “very lenient.”Railway Street is a county roadall the way through Lemmon butSchweitzer said that the City willshoulder the responsibility for thesection that’s inside the city limits. Adams County will pay for whatlays in their state. SouthwestGrain will also cooperate, accord-ing to Schweitzer.Perkins County’s share would bethe Theater Road to the state lineon the west side and the corporatelimits on the east. The estimatedprice tag for the county’s sharewould be more than $2 million.The overall design so far is towiden the road and to apply 12inches of gravel and then 6 inchesof asphalt. Perkins County Com-missioners call that a “Cadillac”model and Road SuperintendentBuer thinks it’s being made toodifficult. He suggests grinding upthe current road, laying new basefollowed by chip seal and oil beforespreading a new mat. “The key isthe base,” he said.“We have one shot at it.” Mizerasaid. “Let’sdo it right.” Some slop
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Public Hearing leaves no clearanswers for school board
 By Beth Hulm
Bison school board chairmanDan Kvale may not have gottenexactly what he and the rest of theboard were hoping for on Mondaynight. In his opening comments,during a public meeting held inthe school cafeteria, Kvale said,“We really want some guidelines.”Opinions were varied, however,and, in the end, to build new or torepair the current school will be aboard decision.Board members have been skit-tish about spending big money – an estimated $75,000 – to have anengineer do a walk-through of theschool to identify problem areasand provide a cost estimate for re-pairs. They would be even moreuncomfortable proposing a bondissue for funding a new multi-mil-lion dollar school without firsthearing what school patrons haveto say.The decision to build new or tofix what is there is the “cross-roads” that the board now finds it-self at, according to board memberEric Arneson. At another public meeting, acouple of months ago, patronsleaned towards – and were excitedabout – a brand new school. Thisweek they were more cautious.The ultimate goal would be to beeconomically wise while, at thesame time, creating a buildingthat will stand the test of time.“Weneed to be very careful andthoughtful,” said Phil Hahn, Bisonarea businessman and formerschool board member. He sug-gested a 10-year plan and not to“jump into this thing,” adding, “It’salot of work for the board but it’swhat the community needs you todo.” Admittedly,in 10 years costswill rise and Kvale said that inter-est rates won’t stay at the currentlow rate either. “It might be a oncein a 100-year opportunity,” hesaid.Hahn estimated that a totallynew school could end up costing asmuch as $15 million. Faith’snewschool came in at $4.1 millionwhile Harding County spent $9.7million on theirs, according to fig-ures gathered by business man-ager Bonnie Crow. Faith did notadd a 2nd gym, a cafeteria, a shopor a library.Bruce Hendrickson, Meadow-area rancher and also a formerschool board member, leans to-wards a new school. The currentold building needs a lot of work.“No matter how much you stick init, it’s still going to be an old build-ing,” he said. Amongst the things on a long to-do list are a new parking lot on theeast side (recently estimated at$150,000); duct work for the cur-rent coal furnace or possibly a sec-ond furnace for better heat distri-bution (the last one was $373,000in 1998 and was a used model); fix-ing leaking roofs; new plumbing inacouple of areas; handicap acces-sibility throughout; providingcampus security and possiblybuilding a new shop.Todd Goddard and Fritz John-son, Prairie City, and Scott Storm,Meadow, took the opposite point of view. New buildings require up-keep and maintenance, too. “Stickyour money into fixing the oneyou’ve got,” Goddard said.Jim Goddard, Prairie Cityrancher,doesn’tthink that theboard can get a bond issue to pass.“I don’t know if you can get themto vote for it.”Brad Seidel, Bison, said, “Onceare-model starts, you have tobring the whole building up tocode.” Hendrickson added that a
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Countywide LawEnforcementagreement
 About six months ago, theLemmon Police Committee ap-proached the Perkins CountyCommission and Perkins CountySheriff’s Office regarding thepossibility of combining their po-lice department into the Sheriff’sOffice. Based upon this request,acommittee was formed to lookinto this possibility. The commit-tee was comprised of two CountyCommissioners, the Lemmon Po-lice Committee, and the Sheriff.The City indicated that overthe last six years, they have hadproblems not only recruiting, butretaining a third police officer.The City has had 12 different of-ficers in this position over thattime period. It is very difficult torecruit qualified officers to asmall, rural police department,and a larger department offersmore opportunity and can attractqualified applicants. The Sher-iff’sOffice has only seen one newDeputy in that same six yeartime-frame. Alarger Sheriff’sOffice will help with law enforce-ment coverage issues for the Cityand County, such as when one of the Deputy’s has to be in court orwhen a Deputy is on vacation,there will be others to respond tocitizen needs, county wide. Acombined force should also allowfor better trained staff that canmore quickly handle the tasks athand.If this agreement is put intoplace, the staffing levels will staythe same as they have been. Thesheriff and two deputies will re-side in Bison, while threedeputies will reside in Lemmon.Thetwo current Lemmon policeofficers would become deputysheriffs. As the law enforcement agree-ment was worked through theearly phases of discussion, theSheriff put together an estimatedannual cost for the County toprovide law enforcement to theCity in 2014. This cost came inat$201,088. This provides forthe three deputies and all opera-tional costs.Some of the terms of thisagreement include: The City,County, or Sheriff can terminatethis agreement by giving 180days written notice; All Cityequipment will be inventoried.When an item is replaced or pur-chased as a new item with Cityfunds, it will be tracked. In theevent that the agreement wouldbe terminated, all items on thatlist would be returned to the City,including replacement vehiclesthat the City has paid for.The Sheriff will be part of theCity’s annual budget process.The cost of inflation and other in-creasing costs may be negotiatedand mutually agreed upon. Thisprocess may be done annually oras needed. The Sheriff will trackthe City funds just as the Cityhas done in the past. In theevent that any party would ter-minate this agreement, the Citystill has all their funds identifiedso they can pick up right whereweleft off and stand their policeforce back up and get it opera-tional. It is believed that by pro-viding for the option of being ableto return the city equipment, andthe full funding by the city,cre-ates a safety net for the citizensof the city and county.The Lemmon Police Commit-tee, Perkins County Commission,and Sheriff’s Office have donemuch research into this agree-ment. Agoal of this proposedagreement is to provide the bestpossible law enforcement andsafety for all citizens within thecounty, as we deal with changesand look toward the future. Duediligence must be done to makethe best decision for all the citi-zens in Perkins County.
Highlights & Happenings are on page 24
Page 2 • The Bison Courier •
Thursday, May 16, 2013
1st Presbyterian Church Rummage Sale
,Saturday,May 25th from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at ViLeonard’sresidence,303 1st Ave E, in case of inclement weather it will be heldat the first Presbyterian Church. Proceeds will be used tohelp send kids to camp.
Story Hour at the Bison Public Library
May 17th at10:30 a.m. for Mother’sDay.May 20th Summer Reading program kickoff for elemen-tary at 6 p.m.May 22nd Summer Reading program kickoff for teens 6p.m.
The American Lutheran Church
is seeking weddingdresses, baptism gowns and Easter hats from 1913 - 2013to display during their 100 Year Anniversary program. If you have an item or know of someone who does, pleasecontact Salli at 605-244-5491.
There will be an all school party
atthe Lions ParkMay 23, 2013 from 11-3. More info at a later date. Allstudents are welcome.
Bison Senior
citizens, dues of $10.00 are due. Pleasepay your dues so we can keep the center open, the build-ing is in need of repairs.
 Alcoholics Anonymous
is meeting weekly in Bison.The group meets every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in thebasement of the Presbyterian Church. Everyone is wel-come.
To have your NON-PROFIT meeting listed here, please sub-mit them by calling: 244-7199, or e-mailing to: courier@sd-plains.com. We will run your event notice the two issues priorto your event at no charge.
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Members of Town and CountryCFELmet three times in late Aprilto conduct a variety of business.First, 10 members gathered onthe fourth Thursday in GrandElectric’s Social Room for theirregular monthly meeting. TeddiCarlson was the hostess.Plans were finalized for the Com-munity Coffee Break in Bison onThursday afternoon, May 9 andalso for a farewell gathering forMargie Hershey, who will be mov-ing from the area. Donations wereapproved for the Public Libraryand also for the Gala Day Fun Runand Walk. Vera Kraemer sharedher spring table setting, which sherecently set up at a Tour of Tablesevent in Mobridge.Two days later,eight of the localclub members were joined by Ruby VanDenBerg, Zeona and DonnaErhart, Lemmon, who are CFELmembers-at-large, at the PerkinsCounty bi-annual Council meet-ing. Agenda items that morning in-cluded discussion of three CFEL-sponsored events: the scholarshipcommittee announced that therewere four applications from Lem-mon High School but none fromBison so far; and committee mem-bers reported on last fall’sAnnualChristmas Fair and on the Paradeof Trees at the courthouse duringthe holidays. In 2013, the Christ-mas Fair will be on Saturday,No-vember 2. Historian Diana Landisread a report of 2012 happenings,which has been sent to the StateHistorian.The Fall Council was set for Sat-urday, October 19.Immediately following theSpring Council, all of the abovemembers reconvened for the an-nual Area I meeting. Joining themwas Alice Holcomb, Buffalo andState President Cheryl Kleppin.Two Perkins County women alsoserve on the state board. Aletha Adcock and Bernice Kari, Bison,are the Area I Director and State Vice President of Programs, re-spectively.Adcock’s term is draw-ing to a close and Teddi Carlsonwas chosen to replace her as AreaIDirector on the state board. An interesting program was pre-sented by Linda Borchert, fromCommunities Against Violenceand Abuse, which is centered inLemmon but serves a seven-county area. CAVAsponsors a safehouse in Lemmon which employsthree part-time employees and of-fers counseling services, mostly forvictims of domestic violence. Thereare also 15 volunteer advocates, afive-person board and a 24-hourhot line. Borchert gave a brief his-tory and told of Cava’s variousfunding sources, which includesmuch local fundraising. Also during that second meeting,members were encouraged toenter Cultural Arts exhibits,which were independently judged.Receiving top blue ribbons fortheir efforts were Alice Holcomb inFiber Arts and Beth Hulm in cre-ative writing. Those who receivedblue ribbons were Holcomb, TeddiCarlson (2), and Ruby VanDen-Berg (2). All of the above blue rib-bon entries will be judged again atthe state level during the StateConvention in Huron next fall.Throughout the day,there was aSilent Auction being conducted toraise money for the Area I treas-ury.
CFELconducts local club and county business
SD CFEL Area I officers (seated left to right) Donna Erhart, secretary/treasurer; Bernice Kari,chairwoman; and Alice Holcomb, vice chairwoman. Linda Borchert, standing, gave an interest-ing and informative talk about the work done by CAVA in Lemmon.
Inthis issue you will find publica-tion of financial summaries of vari-ous insurance companies licensed todo business in South Dakota.Insurance companies doing busi-ness in South Dakota are requiredby state law to publish these finan-cial summaries annually. The sum-mary lists the insurance company'sassets, liabilities, business in SouthDakota for the year and the lines inwhich the company is authorized bythe state of South Dakota to sell in-surance.“Recent times in our nation's econ-omy have shown us that more disclo-sure and more information is crucialto public confidence in all aspects of our financial industry," SouthDakota Newspaper Association Gen-eral Manager David Bordewyk said."These important public notices helpfulfill the expectations held by SouthDakotans.”The published insurance companyfinancial statements from all SouthDakota newspapers soon will beavailable atwww.sdpublicnotices.com. The web-site is a compilation of all public no-tices first published in all SouthDakota newspapers.This newspaper along with allother newspapers in the state andSDNAhave joined together to pro-vide the public notice website as a
Public notices highlight insurance companies’financial condition
public service at no cost to state andlocal governments.For more information about anyinsurance company doing businessin South Dakota, contact the stateDivision of Insurance in Pierre at(605) 773-3563.For more information about thepublication of these legal notices,contact your local newspaper orSDNA.South Dakota Newspaper Associa-tion, founded in 1882 and based inBrookings, represents 130 weeklyand daily newspapers with a totalreadership of more than 600,000.
The Bison Courier •
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Page 3
Garden Gate
Straw Bale Gardening
Werecently saw on Facebookthat someone planted a few veg-etables in a straw bale. The ideawas interesting so here is someinfo if you are inclined to experi-ment with that type of garden.Dr. N.L. Mansour of OregonState University (retired) did someresearch on straw bale culture. Hesays straw is an excellent mediumfor growing vegetables. He makesthese recommendations for suc-cess.First purchase wheat strawbakes as they have less weed seedsand generally no perennial weeds.Soak the bales thoroughly, theywill heat when wet, you may havetowet them more than once if weather is warm. After about 5 to7days the bales will cool down andbe ready for planting. Some wheatseeds may sprout but they can bepulled or ignored as they don’t puton much growth. If you’re luckythe bales may last two seasons solook for bales with synthetic twine.Make sure you place the baleswhere you want them to stay asonce soaked they are very heavy tomove. Place them so the twine ishorizontal and the straw verticalwhich allows for better root pene-tration. Place the bales in a singleline or place several together, it alldepends on your available space.This is the ultimate easy raisedbed!Now get ready to plant. Roughup the bale surface a bit then putabout three inches of compost ortop soil on top for your seed bed.What can you grow? Quite a bit!Salad greens are the easiest andadapt well to this system but alsocucumbers, tomatoes, pepperswork well. Just experiment andkeep notes on what works andwhat doesn’t. Be sure to throw afew flowers in there just for funand color.Probably you won’t have successwith root crops because the strawwould inhibit growth and theywould be hard to harvest. Corn isalso not be recommended. You cantransplant into the straw bale butyouwill need a good sharp troweltodig into the bale to make a bitof a hole to hold some soil and thetransplant. Only two tomatoplants per bale and only three pep-per plants are suggested. If youwant to make your bale garden alittle more colorful plant alyssumonthe edges, sprinkle a fewmarigolds and nasturtiums,Bright Lights Swiss Chard, MerlotLettuce, Emerald Oaks Lettuceand Lemon cucumbers spillingover the edges will add interestand beauty.Have fun, in this area findingthe bales will be the hardest partthis year. Good Luck! Let meknow if you try it and how itworked.
Let the rain kiss you. Let therain beat upon your head with sil-ver liquid drops. Let the rain sing  you a lullaby. ~ Langston Hughes
Submitted by Karen Englehart,Master Gardener, SDSU Coopera-tive Extension Service
I-Grow (formerly Extension Service)is conducting Gardening 101 work-shops around the state, here is thenext closest one to our area:Insects and PesticidesCome learn which insects in your gar-den are good, bad and just plain fun.Learn organic and conventional waysto manage pest populations. Seemounted insects to learn what actualspecimens look like so you can identifythem in your garden.June 7 – Spearfish, Hudson Hall, 222W. HudsonTime: 9 – 4, lunch on your own (12-1)Cost: $25 per personRegistration InformationContact Mary Roduner (mary.ro-duner@sdstate.edu) or 605-394-1722.Registration closes one week beforeeach workshop.
Spring planting season: Select the right tree
Selection of trees for planting inahomelandscape depends on thedesired effect and the purpose thetrees will satisfy in the landscape,explains Tchukki Andersen,BCMA, CTSP* and staff arboristwith the Tree Care Industry Asso-ciation (TCIA). "Will they attractbirds to the area?" she asks."Shade a patio? Screen an un-sightly view? Enhance the appear-ance of the home? Identify an en-trance or exit? Trees can providecontrast and relief from surround-ing buildings and create seasonalinterest in areas near the home,"says Andersen.TCIAadvises homeowners toconsider the following factorswhen selecting a tree:•hardiness (ability of the plant tosurvive extremes of winter coldand summer heat)•mature height and spread•growth rate•cleanliness•type of root system•moisture requirements•space available above ground andbelow ground•maintenance requirements•available at local nursery•ornamental effects, such asbranching habit, texture, and colorof bark, flower, fruit and foliage;and whether the tree is evergreenor deciduous Aprofessional tree care com-pany can help you determinewhich tree species both performwell in your local area and aresuited to your desired plantingsite. Arborists often do a closeanalysis of the specific plantingsite to determine the susceptibil-ity or resistance to environmentalconditions, such as:•disease and insect problems thatmay limit your selections•the prior use of the planting site•soil conditions, such as poordrainage, high or low pH, and soilnutrition•the presence or absence of chan-nelized winds•the location of utilities, bothabove and below ground, becausethey are site conditions that dic-tate plant choice and location•the relationship of the plant toroads, walkways and securitylighting
Is there enough space to plantatree?
The space available at the spe-cific site and mature tree size areimportant considerations and ad-dressing these limits will go a longway toward reducing maintenancecosts. Do not plant trees that willgrow 25 feet or taller under ornear overhead power lines. Do notforget the underground utilities.Out-of-sight does not mean thatthey would not have to be servicedatsome point. Call 811 for the na-tional "Call before you dig" hotlinebefore selecting a planting site.Permanent plantings such as treesshould be spaced to allow utilityservice. Ground-level utility struc-tures such as transformers and in-dividual service connections re-quire space to be serviced. Amini-mum of 10 feet clearance after thetree has grown to maturity willhelp avoid any possible electricalhazards.
 Where to plant
Community ordinances may re-strict planting of trees near powerlines, parking strips, street lights,sewers, traffic control signs andsignals, sidewalks and propertylines. Municipalities may requireplanting permits for trees plantedon city property. City codes oftenrequire that trees on city propertybe maintained by the city, so citi-zens planting an improper selec-tion can cause problems for them-selves and the municipality.
Find a Professional
 Aprofessional arborist can as-sess your landscape and work withyou to determine the best treesand shrubs to plant for your exist-ing landscape. Contact the TreeCare Industry Association, a pub-lic and professional resource ontrees and arboriculture since 1938.Celebrating its 75th anniversarythis year, TCIAhas more than2,000 member companies who rec-ognize stringent safety and per-formance standards and who arerequired to carry liability insur-ance. TCIAalso has the nation'sonly Accreditation program thathelps consumers find tree carecompanies that have been in-spected and accredited based on:adherence to industry standardsfor quality and safety; mainte-nance of trained, professionalstaff; and dedication to ethics andquality in business practices. Formore, visit www.tcia.org orwww.treecaretips.org.

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