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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 40Volume 107
May 30, 2013
Market Report
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Trinity Lutheran Church in Mid-land has seen many changes dur-ing the last 100 years, but theessence of serving the Lord hasbeen constant.Norsk Lutherske Kirke was itsname when founded by the Norwe-gian speaking Americans. Its con-stitution was also written in Nor-wegian.The worship services, conductedin Norwegian, were held in homesfor the first few years. Worship washeld Sunday mornings, followed bydinner and then Ladies Aid in theafternoon.In 1914, the church was renamedScandinavian Lutheran Church. Atthat time, 14 people were baptizedand there were 18 confirmed mem-bers.Fifteen years later in 1929, theMidland Parish of the Black HillsCircuit, comprised of churches inMidland, Nowlin, Deep Creek and Van Metre, purchased the Minardproperty in Midland for the parson-age. Two years later, they pur-chased the Presbyterian property.Since that time, many structuralchanges have been made to thechurch. The sanctuary is the origi-nal structure.Sidewalks were poured in frontof the church and the parsonage bythe Works Progress Administra-tion during the Depression years.This was done throughout the townof Midland. WPA men provided thelabor while groups and homeown-ers provided the materials. An addition with a basementwas added in 1949 as well as con-necting to the town’s sewer system.Indoor restrooms were part of theremodel.The 1950s saw many changes forthe church. The church was reded-icated in 1951 and by 1953 therewere three choirs –cherub, juniorand adult.Brass altar appointments and anelectric organ were purchased in1952 as a memorial to Reverend O.H. Olson. A white altar and pulpitwere installed in 1953. Another ad-dition was built on in 1959, provid-ing an education room, a kitchenand a pastor’s study.When the Trinity church inNowlin and the Midland Evangeli-cal Lutheran Church merged in1963, the name changed to TrinityLutheran Church of Midland.In 1965, the church was re-arranged with the altar to the eastand a 32 pedal organ was installed.Other updates such as air condi-tioning, hot water heating systemand new windows and siding havebe completed.The Trinity Lutheran Ladieswere organized as the MidlandLadies Aid February 23, 1913, atthe home of Mr. and Mrs GunderMonson with six ladies as chartermembers. They met for six yearsuntil worship services were movedto Nowlin in 1919.The group reorganized in 1929with one of the original membersand four other ladies. In 1935, thename was changed to the Women’sMissionary Federation and laterthe American Lutheran ChurchWomen when several Lutheranchurches formed the AmericanLutheran Church.The group was, and remains, ac-tive in maintaining and improvingthe church and parsonage. On No-vember 1, 1930, the first supperand bazaar was held. It became anannual event with lutefisk becom-ing the supper dish in 1932.When the Nowlin and Midlandwomen groups merged in 1963,groups called circles were organ-ized. By 1964, four circles wereformed for women’s Bible studyand other activities. Currently,there are three circles, Rebecca,Nowlin and Ruth with nearly 30members total. The ladies are veryactive within the church and thecommunity with education pro-grams, sewing, suppers and enter-taining at the Philip NursingHome. A total of 34 individuals have ledthe congregation during the past100 years. Reverend O.H. Olsondedicated 30 years to the commu-nity from 1918 to 1948. A celebration of the 100 yearmilestone is scheduled for Satur-day, June 1. The church serviceand program begin at 9 a.m. with apotluck and fellowship afterward.
Trinity Lutheran reaches 100 years
The original structure can be seen in the top photo right hand side with the addi-tions on the left. The bottom photo shows the church as it is today.Courtesy photosLocal Memorial Day services began with the decorating of the graves of fallenmilitary personnel, followed by a roll call of the dead, a 21-gun salute and theplaying of “Taps,” shown above. Tributes continued at the Wheeler-Brooks Amer-ican Legion Post #173. Below, Ramsey Kendall, longtime Philip resident and busi-nessman, now of Rapid City, shared a visit and a hug with Ann Moses before hepresented his guest speaker memorial address. At left, from top to bottom, areChuck O’Connor, Donnie Eymer and Keith Harry, all showing individual forms of respect to the memory of those fallen brothers and service members of theUnited States military.
Photos by Don Ravellette
Local Memorial Day services
The Midland community held its Memorial Day services in the American LegionHall and at the cemetery. After the invocation, the audience was led in singing “The Star Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America.” Among other presenta-tions, the poem “America” was recited, the song “The War was in Color” was per-formed, and a reading “Thank God for Brave Men” was done. Above, the word“America” was spelled out as each letter was verbally illustrated by, from left,Kahlen Block, Brandon McLaughlin, Caylo McLaughlin, Cass Finn, Sage Bierle,Kaitlyn Scholfield and Bailey Bierle. At right, the names of local fallen soldiers waslisted. Below, members of the local American Legion displayed colors and pre-sented arms while Kory Bierle played “Taps.”
Courtesy photos
Philip’s Ron Millage performed the opening ceremony for the Memorial Day Services at the Black Hills National Cemeterysouth of Sturgis. He is the South Dakota American Legion National Cemetery chairman. The invocation and benedictionwere given by retired pastor Art Weitschat. Tributes were given by representatives of the American Legion, the Forty andEight, the American Legion Riders, the Sturgis Honor Guard and others. Patriotic and commemorative music, including thenational anthem, were performed by the Haakon County Crooners.
Courtesy photo
Black Hills National Cemetery services
The Philip High School Scotties were represented at the 2013 South Dakota StateTrack and Field Meet. Shown is Holly Iwan coming out of the closest starter’sblock. For results and more photos, see page eight.
Courtesy photo
 Scotties at state track 
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Resolution for Opt-Out - Midland FPDProceedings - West River Water Dev. Dist.Notice of Public Hearing forMalt Beverage License - Town of Midland
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Lookin’ Around
by Syd Iwan
Sam and I were the best of bud-dies for a number of years. He wasa big orange dog that was alreadyin residence at the ranch when Igot home from college and theNavy. I know he was part husky,but the rest of him was a mystery.Whatever the mix, it was a goodone since you don’t find many dogsas nice as Sam. The folks hadnamed him “Sandy” after he wasgiven to them by a cousin so, forawhile, I called him “San” forshort. That later became “Sam”which seemed easier.This hound had several traitsthat endeared him to me. For one,he was a one-dog welcome-homecommittee. When I’d been goneand drove up the lane cominghome, I could be pretty sure Samwould be lurking along the roadsomewhere. As I drove past, an or-ange streak would rise up and ac-company me the last bit into theyard. Then, when I opened thedoor, his front feet would land onmy lap and a tongue might try togive me a kiss. A hug was required.A lapdog he wasn’t since he wasmuch too large. He didn’t necessar-ily agree with that assessment,however. When we were out walk-ing on the prairie, he would rangefar and wide around me but with-out losing track of where I was. If Isat down on a hillside, pretty soonhe’d be sitting there beside me. If Istayed there very long, he’d inchhis rear closer and closer to my lapuntil he was right beside me. Thenhe’d lift his rear one more time andnonchalantly drop it on my lap asif I probably wouldn’t notice a bigorange object parked there. Thisalways made me chuckle. I’d tellhim he was a silly old thing, grabhim around the middle, and holdhim for a little while. That’s whathe wanted, and then he was readyto be off again to carefully check allthe old holes in the ground and anybushes that might harbor things of interest.At home, Sam was an early-warning system of anything thatwas suspicious or might be an in-truder. He especially hated snakesand wouldn’t quit barking at themuntil someone arrived with a hoeand removed the nasty thing’shead. The body needed to be dis-posed of in the burn barrel, andthen his job was done. You couldn’t just throw it out onto the prairie,though, since that wasn’t right ac-cording to him. He’d bark at thecorpse until it was properly dis-posed of in the burn barrel. Thishatred of snakes was even more in-tense after he was bitten on thenose by a rattler that had slitheredright in front of the dog house andgot in a strike when Sam was try-ing to get out. Sam survived thestrike, but his nose was pretty bigfor a number of weeks.Porcupine quills did pose a prob-lem. Sam would not let you pullthem out until you’d doped him upenough that he could barely move.This was accomplished by sneak-ing pills into him through cheeseballs until you had fed him enoughthat he could barely drag himself around. He adored cheese and ateit so fast that he didn’t notice thepills. Even then you had to proceedwith caution, but you could get thequills out if you worked at it. Although Sam was probably myfavorite of all the dogs we ever had,there were others that were finetoo. As a kid, we had a pair calledCorky and Rex. Rex was my com-panion a good bit of the time, butCorky was more standoffish. Theywere a snake-killing duo. Rexwould find them and stand barkingat them until Corky arrived on thescene. Corky would then sneak inwithout getting bitten, grab thenasty old things, and shake themto death. Their teamwork was ap-preciated.Later I had Rags who was ablack-and-white, medium-sized galthat was a sweetie. More recently,son Chance had a black dog henamed “Candy.” She was a goodfriend to the whole family andlived in the house quite a bit. Shewas no small thing but wasn’t asbig as Sam. Wife Corinne had ashort round pooch named Noel whowas fairly frumpy but nice.We’ve had a few dogs that weremore problematic than enjoyable.One was a purebred beagle thatwas cute as the dickens but whohad no real loyalty to anyone. Hevisited neighbors far and wide andwouldn’t bother to come back homeif we didn’t go get him. It was a re-lief when he finally ran off never toreturn. We also once got a yellowLab for Chance, but he was muchtoo busy for all of us. A neighbortook a shine to him, and we werevery generous and allowed him tokeep him.Right now we don’t have a dogdue to our somewhat unsettled ex-istence. If we ever have another,I’d like him to be a lot like Sam. Hewas hard to beat. If you have a dogat present or in the future, I hopeyou luck out with him as much asI did with Sam. He and I were bud-dies and the very best of friends.
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Spring is the time
... by Del Bartels 
“... In the spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love...” wrote poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson.That may be, but other things also turn. The weather is an example.“... The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is an-other. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month...” wrote poet Henry Van Dyke. Around here, it sometimes seems thatwe go from winter directly into summer. South Dakota is know for itstwo seasons –winter and road construction.Farmers, ranchers, golfers, track and field competitors and othersgo from winter clothing to sunburns. Gardeners and lawn owners gofrom mulch and unraked leaves to dandelions. Ranchers go from snow-born calves to sweat-time branding. Farmers go from frozen ground toplanting in either mud or in dust. Trees go from brown gnarledbranches to delicate blossoms and then to greenish gnarled branches,all before leaves show life for the summer.No matter how short springtime feels, the feeling is great. Shake-speare asked, “Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?” Why wouldany man want to compare a lady to summer? Spring is the far highercompliment. Spring rains are romantic. Neil Sedaka sang, “... I feel thewarmth of her hand in mine. Ooh, I hear laughter in the rain; walkinghand in hand with the one I love ...” A tender moment is a lady’s headresting on your shoulder as both of you sit on the couch watching springshowers tap against and inch down the window. Flowers are every-where, just waiting to be placed in your sweetheart’s hair. Winter shut-ins are now out in the sun. Children to seniors are running and jump-ing, or at least enjoying a light stroll down the sidewalk. Doors andwindows are open so winter’s musk can leave and spring’s perfume canenter. The oldest house dog yearns to leave the carpet to lay in the sun. Young pups climb the moving mountains of their siblings, only to be-come part of that tumbling mountain of fur. Calves, lambs, kittens, tod-dlers, teens, me –youth at play.Spring is also work. Now is when the land is ready for seed, tentsand campers made fully ready, tourists for entertaining, concrete forpouring, buildings for construction. Muscles push and pull against gar-den spades, the baseball and bat, the strike on the other end of the fish-ing pole, the almost-in-reach frisbee. Work hard, play hard isn’t just asaying on my T-shirt; it is a way of life, especially during spring.Spring is also lazy. The sun and her hands are warm on my back asI stretch out on a picnic blanket. Kids don’t see my sleepy eyes behindmy sunglasses as I sit in the baseball stands. Barbecues are in lieu of hot ovens and washing of pots and pans. Evening strolls are in lieu of shoveling snow or fixing roofs. It is almost work to stare at a TV whenthe front door opens to spring. Jeans and coats give way to cutoffs andhalter tops ... and now I’m back to a man’s fancy. Ah, springtime.This is the “Year of the Teacher,”according to some people. SandyHook school comes to mind, and just this week, Briarwood andPlaza Towers elementaries inMoore, Okla., come to mind. Teach-ers in both situations used theirtraining and care for students toguide them to safety and protectthem.Marcia and Mike West, Philip re-tired teachers, have a Moore,Okla., connection and they wish toinitiate a fund for teachers and stu-dents in those two schools wherethere are 30 teachers and 500 stu-dents. Five of the teachers and 70students lost their homes. Someteachers were hurt, and oneteacher was seriously injured inthe incident. Marcia said she has acontact with a Philip High Schoolgraduate, Mike Coyle, who is aprincipal in the Central School Dis-trict in Moore. She thinks he wouldbe the best person to oversee ourdonations to those in need fromBriarwood and Plaza Towers ele-mentaries.Marcia said when she talked toMike Coyle, he was awed that wewere thinking of them. His super-intendent was surprised andpleased, but you all do know that inSouth Dakota we are all connected.We either know each other, or weknow of a connection to a fellowSouth Dakotan.Also do be aware that AARP andother groups will also make largedonations to the Moore area to as-sist with rebuilding. The Westswould like our donation to be spe-cific to the needs of teachers andstudents from the two elementaryschools in Moore. Please send yourdonations to Marcia West, presi-dent Philip Retired Teachers Asso-ciation, P.O. Box 430, Philip, SD57567.As you are all aware, the feelingof responsibility is great if you arein a threatening situation. Havingbeen in both a tornado warningand a hostage situation, I can at-test to the feeling. Training helps agreat deal, and I believe more stu-dents’ lives were saved because of that. Pass the word and let othersknow about this fund.Know that we are blessed to bethe givers, not the recipients, of funds and care.Again, thanks for your consider-ation.Nancy May, Rapid City,president S.D. RTA 
Commoditization of the United Statescattle industry
I recently read a report by one of our cattle market analysts, whotried to identify what issues and/orpolicies had damaged the cattle in-dustry the most. Great question ...with an exploding population thatneeds to feed itself, one would cer-tainly wonder why the UnitedStates cattle industry is contract-ing.The analyst identified two suchissues, but he also exposed the ex-tremes that such folks as himself,certain industry groups, and someof our more social media will go todistort the facts and create smokescreens to accomplish their social-istic agenda. The article states that“mandatory country of origin label-ing (COOL) for fresh meat prod-ucts” has “added billions of dollarsof costs to the livestock and meatindustry.” WOW billions! Some-body needs to tell him that COOLhas only been in effect since 2009and that even the packers and re-tailers couldn't come up with a fig-ure that ridiculous.Then he goes on to say that theblame for COOL lies squarely witha “tiny minority of livestock pro-ducers.”These are the same tactics usedby our monthly Beef Enquirer-likepublications that we get for free tocreate public record to try andshow a lack of producer support.The problem is that –when youlook at all the local and state FarmBureau, Farmers Union and cattle-men's groups you will find over-whelming producer support formandatory COOL.He then goes to say, “Surveysshowed consumers didn't careabout labeling.” WOW, I believewhat we have seen reported is justthe opposite with multiple surveysshowing consumer support forCOOL.And then he finishes up by say-ing that USDA (United States De-partment of Agriculture) “changeswill only increase discriminationagainst foreign born livestock.” Notsure what changes he’s talkingabout, but the ones submitted byUSDA to come into WTO (WorldTrade Organization) complianceare designed to reduce the discrim-ination practice yielded by U.S.packers in an effort to kill COOL. Istill think what the packers didbordered on anti-competitive anddiscriminatory practices ... a heckof a thing to witness in this coun-try.I point this out on COOL not be-cause I believe anyone really buysinto these distortions, as we all un-derstand the extremes these folkswill go to and certainly they havelost their credibility with the aver-age U.S. cattle producers. Rather,I point this out because these arethe same people and groups thattold you in the late ’80s and the’90s that you need to learn to com-pete in a global market; however,they oppose you identifying yourproduct. They also told you thatyour competition was poultry andpork and not imports.That’s interesting, because itwas recently announced that theNational Pork Producers Counciland the Cattlemen's Beef Boardhave been working in partnershipfor nearly two years to providemore “consumer-friendly” namesfor 350 new and older cuts of beef and pork under URMIS (UniformRetail Meat Identity Standards)with some of the pork cuts adapt-ing beef names. Now while some of this appears good, other changeshave the potential to reduce andconfuse beef sales. For example, nolonger is it just pork chops; now itwill be ribeye chops, porterhousechops, and New York chops. Sowhen the young housewife walksup to the meat counter to buy a“ribeye” for her loved one, she willbe asked by the meat retailer,“pork or beef?” She may then verywell ask the perceived professional,“What do you suggest?”I imagine the response by the re-tailer will depend on which productgives him the most profit, alongwith his own biases.I understand why the pork folkswent for this, but here’s the prob-lem for U.S. cattle producers.These meat cut names, while nottrademarked brand names, actvery much like brand names for thebeef/cattle industry. Consumersare familiar with these terms inbeef and relate those names to suchthings as flavor, tenderness andquality. Historically, consumershave made decisions based onthese names, they have become thebrand-like name of each cut, andyou don’t conspire to let your com-petitor use your brand name!It is well understood that brandnames simplify shopping and aid inprocessing of information aboutproducts; however, these types of changes complicate meat buyingdecisions for consumers and com-promise beef’s ability to separate it-self in the animal protein marketand promote itself. As the EBACnoted, “People recognize brand andattach a certain intrinsic value tothe product because of its name”like ribeye, New York, porterhouse,T-bone –those names kind of makeyour mouth water, don’t they?Another marketing expert goeson to say, “Do NOT underestimatethe power of name brands. Thispower can be so compelling to yourbuyers that they may be blinded toall other purchase considerations.”But not now, not with beef. Nowonder Patrick Fleming of the Na-tional Pork Board said it will aidthe consumer’s “decision-makingon pork by adapting beef nomencla-ture for pork.” In other words, theywill sell more pork ... at beef’s ex-pense.So, as we look to answer thequestion of what issues and/or poli-cies have done the most damage toU.S. cattle herd, I would have tosay the destructionist trade policiesof some of our industry groups andour social media, who have had noproblem sacrificing U.S. producersfor trade liberalization, as well asthe social commoditization andstandardization of our industryand the fading product identity inthe animal protein domestic andglobal market; instead of concen-trating on differentiating betweenour products, we are blurring thelines./s/ Leo McDonnellNote: Leo McDonnell ranches inMontana and North Dakota andhelped to grow the family business,Midland Bull Test at Columbus,Mont., into the largest genetic cat-tle performance test in North America.
Letter to the EditorLetter to the Editor
honest with yourself. I know this isthe hard part for me. It can be quitepainful when you are looking at thedecisions that you made that wentbelly up. I also know that this isgood medicine for me to take be-cause I really want to learn frommy mistakes so I can make betterdecisions in the future. I know thatthis is what you want too.Let me encourage you to continuewith this process of planning yourlife strategies. Planning will cer-tainly be challenging and take someself-discipline. There is no questionin my mind about how difficult thisprocess can be, and yet, planningcan also be the most rewarding andresult-producing thing you can do tolive your life to the fullest and max-imize your personal potential.The best advice I can give you asyou go through this step in theplanning process, is to have funwith it. Whatever you do, do not letit become a chore! Get those close toyou involved in the process andgather their input. Keep lookingforward! Do not let anyone stealyour dreams.
Focus on here and now
Looking forward to what’s aheadis an important part of the planningprocess. Likewise, looking backhelps us to recognize what hasbrought us to where we are. Todaywe will focus on the current situa-tions of the here and now whichgets us ready to set goals.It’s always good to take an honestsurvey of the various areas of yourlife, to recognize the areas whereyou are succeeding and those areaswhere you may be falling short andneeding to improve. Here’s a quickway to get an honest assessment inany one, or all, of the areas of yourlife.First, pick an area you want towork on. Next, take a piece of paperand make three columns. Label thefirst column the good, the secondone the bad and the third the ugly.Considering your current situa-tion in that area of you life, startlisting under the appropriate col-umn, those things you feel are goodand right, what you think is not sogood, and the stuff that is down-right ugly.In order to really be successfulwith this step you must be brutally
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Rural Livin’
Managing Alfalfa Weevils
A producer recently called toask when was the best time tospray alfalfa weevil adults. Thereare a few alfalfa producers whoseem to have discovered thatspraying the adults reduces the in-cidence and feeding damage of thelarvae.While there may be some truthto it, there are some inherent prob-lems with this practice. SDSU Ex-tension Entomologist, AdaSzczepaniec, reports that a num-ber of things can happen to ad-versely affect the adults layingeggs, the eggs hatching, the larvaesurviving, etc. Warm and wetsprings promote the growth of pathogens that attack the larvaeso weather conditions and soilmoisture play a role in the severityof alfalfa weevil infestations.There are also several predatoryinsects that offer a bio control al-ternative.These natural controls can re-sult in larval populations beinglow enough that insecticide appli-cations may not be economical. If you apply insecticides with the in-tention of controlling the adultweevils, you will never know if thepopulation of larvae would have justified insecticide treatments ornot. The larva is the damaging lifestage and the target for control, if needed. Routine insecticide appli-cations are detrimental to thepredatory insects that are typicallyabundant in alfalfa fields. There isalso concern that consistent, rou-tine insecticide applications maylead to resistance of alfalfa weevilsto insecticides.SDSU Extension’s recommen-dation is to scout for alfalfa weevilsand make management decisionsbased on numbers of weevils, thegrowth stage and/or height of thealfalfa, and other factors. The gen-eral threshold (and least precise) isto treat if 30 to 40 percent of tipsare damaged by the weevils, larvaeare present, and early harvest ismore than one week away. Thebucket method is a more precisesampling method and is the pre-ferred technique to sample alfalfaweevils to determine whether pes-ticide applications are warranted. An explanation of the bucketmethod, along with other good in-formation about alfalfa weevils canbe found in the iGrow article, “En-tomology Update: Alfalfa WeevilScouting Notes” at: http://igrow.org/agronomy/other-crops/ento-mology-update-alfalfa-weevil-scouting-notes/.Early cutting can be a highly ef-fective strategy in managing al-falfa weevils if the weather cooper-ates. Ideal conditions for early cut-ting in alfalfa weevil managementare good drying conditions, i.e.warm temperatures, low humidity,sunshine, and wind. The idea is tocut the alfalfa and get it baled andout of the field to expose the larvato the drying conditions, which willlead to a lot of mortality. Withearly cutting, producers need tomonitor the regrowth after thefirst cutting to make sure enoughlarva didn’t survive to keep thesecond cutting from regrowing.Regular scouting is crucial in mak-ing sustainable management deci-sions.
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Have you ever wondered aboutthe forage value of certain plants inyour pasture? Considered an alter-native grazing system, but needmore information about what effectit will have on the land and produc-tivity in your area? Do you justwant to learn to identify plants inyour range? If you answered yes toany of these you should plan to at-tend a pasture walk at BrettStrain’s on Wednesday, June 12,hosted by SDSU Extension, Mel-lette County NRCS, Mellette/ToddCounty Conservation District andSouth Central RC&D. The WhiteRiver Annie’s Project Group re-quested the pasture walk so thatthey could gain a better under-standing of plant identification andgrazing systems and better under-stand what is happening on theland and how management deci-sions affect the natural resources.The pasture walk is open to thepublic and everyone is invited toparticipate.The pasture walk begins at 5:30p.m. CDT and will conclude by 7:30p.m. CDT. Participants will gatheron location. To get there, travelfour miles north of White River onHwy. 83, east of the Moran AutoSalvage or 19 miles south of Murdoon Hwy. 83, east of the Moran AutoSalvage. Light snacks and refresh-ments will be available for the par-ticipants.There is a registration fee for thepasture walk, but SDSU Extensionprograms are open to all SouthDakota residents regardless of their ability to pay registration feesor other program fees as identified.For more information about thepasture walk, contact the MelletteCounty NRCS Office at 605-259-3252 or Adele Harty with SDSUExtension at adele.harty@sdstate.edu.
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A large hoop barn has markedthe horizon at the CottonwoodField Station for a couple years. A newly finished facility has an of-fice, three lab rooms, a heatedshop, commodity storage, and ma-chinery storage. Availability of thenew facilities and a desire to be-come more integrated into areacommunities prompted SouthDakota State University Ag Exper-iment Service and SDSU Extensionto host three public forums togather information to increase theutilization and improve perceptionof the Cottonwood Field Station.On April 30, May 1 and 2, forumswere held in Kadoka, Wall andPhilip to learn from communitymembers what they would like tosee happening at the CottonwoodField Station through a series of questions. Questions ranged fromwhat information they have usedfrom the station in the past to howthe station is perceived by the com-munity. Also community desiresfor utilizing the station facilities,what research they would like tosee coming from the station, andhow communication with the pub-lic could be improved. SDSU em-ployees participated only to facili-tate and listen.On May 9, representatives fromall three locations gathered at thestation to help determine whichideas should be highest priority forimplementation. Through this dis-cussion many great ideas were gen-erated. The top six ideas for utiliz-ing the facilities were:1) Coordinate with innovativeproducers to do ranch-based re-search,2) More youth activities with 4-H and FFA organizations, such as judging schools,3) Reach out beyondlocal communities to get“city” people, includingschool children, to thestation to learn wheretheir food is produced,4) Encourage othergroups, such as MasterGardeners, to use thefacilities,5) Programs such asTri-County Ag Day,similar to the Rancher’sWorkshop in WhiteRiver and Mission, and6) More information and educa-tion on birds, wildlife, hunting andpossibly partnering with Game,Fish and Parks.Ideas for research included localapplication of research done else-where, e.g. winter grazing andmineral programs to boost immunesystems. More ideas in this areawere brought forward for commit-tee review in the individual com-munity sessions. In the area of communication, community mem-bers made the following sugges-tions,1) Visit with producers, be in thepublic eye,2) Write news columns/emailsabout station activities to keep thepublic aware of what is happening(possibly quarterly or seasonally),3)Develop a Facebook page forthe Station highlighting activitiesand research, and4) Participate in industry meet-ings, specifically to listen, and fi-nally attend livestock sales with abooth and information so that peo-ple can stop by to learn aboutiGrow and SDSU research withouttaking an entire day to attend ameeting.The next step in this process isfor SDSU employees who work di-rectly with the station to reviewthe discussion and determine ac-tion steps necessary to implementcommunity members’ ideas. Oncethese are determined, communitymembers will be invited participatein and lead activities at the Cotton-wood Field Station.
Cottonwood forums provide great insight
by Senator John Thune
Families will soon be packing uptheir cars, pulling out the maps,and jumping on the road to enjoythe beautiful summer weather inSouth Dakota.Tourism is the number two in-dustry in South Dakota, so we un-derstand the implications thathigher gas prices mean not only forour own summer plans, but also forthe plans of thousands of otherfamilies hoping to enjoy some sum-mer fun in our state.Increases in gas prices acrossSouth Dakota and surroundingareas of the Midwest continue tosqueeze American families andsmall businesses who are still deal-ing with a historically slow eco-nomic recovery. The financial painof high gas prices is not limited tofilling up our own vehicles. Theprice of gasoline is driving up thecost of goods and services each of usrely upon. For example, the price totransport everyday householdgoods is higher due to increasedgas prices; these fuel costs arepassed on to the consumers in theform of higher prices. The high gasprices also impact the state’s num-ber one industry –agriculture.Farmers and ranchers, who rely onthe use of tractors, combines andother equipment, also feel thepinch of the higher prices for gaso-line and diesel fuel.Instead of working together tohelp lower the cost of gas for all Americans, the administration andSenate Democrats continue to turna blind eye to the problem. It istime for Congress to get seriousabout creating jobs and loweringenergy prices. Projects like theKeystone XL Pipeline will help pro-vide a more efficient distribution of Bakken oil to refineries across theMidwest and will help createnearly 20,000 jobs. Additionally,while oil and gas production isbooming on private lands, it contin-ues to lag in federal areas andsome of our most promising off-shore areas remain off limits. America is beginning to take holdof its energy future, but withoutthe right policies coming out of Washington, consumers will con-tinue to feel pain at the pumpthroughout the year.As South Dakotans gear up foranother season of baseball games,camping trips and summer vaca-tions, I will continues to push forresponsible access to all domesticsources of energy that will helplower prices and increase Amer-ica’s energy security.
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