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The official newspaper of Jackson County, South Dakota
includes tax
Volume 106Number 46May 30, 2013
Memorial Day 2013
 paying tribute to those who served
Memorial Day services were held in Belivdere on Monday, May 27. Presenting the colors at the cemetery are Glenn Freeman (L) who served in the US Navy, Bud Perault who servied in the US Navy, Ted Vobr who served in the US Army, Tojo Osborn whoserved in the US Army, and while Bob Bork played “Taps.” Flags were also placed on the graves of the soliders who have passed on.
“Scrappy” returned to SouthDakota on Sunday, May 25 and willnow make his home at DiscountFuel.Sculptured by Brett and TammyPrang of Incredible Metal,“Scrappy” has had quite a trip to fi-nally.He was commissioned by Geneand Ruth Lehmann, who are fromnear Kerrville, Texas. Gene’s inten-tions were for “Scrappy” to beplaced at the Kerrville HighSchool, where he and several of hisfamily members graduated from.“Scrappy” was the high school mas-cot for the Kerrville Antlers.Gene commissioned him fromthe Prangs and donated him to theschool. The school chose to notplace him at the school because of liability issues, so they decided toput him up for auction. The Prangscontacted some art investors whomight be interested in him andtraveled to Texas to attend the auc-tion.The Prangs were able to pur-chase “Scrappy” for Discount Fuelowners, Mark and Tammy Carlson.“Scrappy” is 17 feet tall and likeseveral other large art pieces sculp-tured by the Prangs, a SouthDakota license plate is included,which they were fortunate enoughto find from a gentleman in theeastern part of South Dakota, whouses the name scrappy on his li-cense plate. Also included is theFrying Pan Ranch brand, which isthe name of Prang’s ranch and hasbeen in Brett’s family for four gen-erations.
“Scrappy” comes home to South Dakota
Brett Prang adjusts “Scrappy” after arriving back home in Kadoka, who will nowmake his home at Discount Fuel.
--photo by Robyn Jones
Compiled of many items, “Scrappy” is one of the several large art scupltures cre-ated by Brett and Tammy Prang of Incredible Metal. He has traveled many milesand has found his way back to South Dakota.What appears to be snow along I-90 west of Belvidere is really hail that came onthe evening of May 27.
--photos by Robyn Jones
See the answers on page 9
Church Page …
May 30, 2013 • Kadoka Press •
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BELVIDERE COMMUNITY CHURCHPastor Gary McCubbin • 344-2233
Sunday Worship: 9:30 a.m.Coffee & Donuts: 10:30 a.m.Sunday School: 10:45 a.m. Sept. - May
OUR LADY OF VICTORY CATHOLIC CHURCHFather Bryan Sorensen • Kadoka • 837-2219
Mass: Sunday - 11:00 a.m.Confession After Mass
Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. • Church: 10:30 a.m.
EAGLE NEST LIFE CENTERGus Craven • Wanblee • 462-6002
Sunday Church: 11:00 a.m.
(6 mi. north and 3 mi. east of 1880 Town)
Rev. Glenn Denke, pastor 605-462-6169
Sunday Worship--10:00MT/11:00CT
WIC, FoodStamps & EBTPhone: 837-2232
Monday thru Saturday8 AM - 6 PM
CONCORDIA LUTHERAN • Kadoka • 837-2390
Sunday Services: 10:00 a.m.
Sunday Services: 5:00 p.m.
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCHKadoka • Pastor Gary McCubbin • 837-2233
Worship Services: 11:00 a.m.Sunday School: Sr. Adults - 9:45 a.m.Sunday School: All Ages - 9:45 a.m., • Sept. - MayRelease Time: 2:15 p.m. Wednesdays. • Sept. - May
Sunday Worship: 11:00 a.m.
Church Calendar 
Letter to the Editor
Upcoming Area Events
Jackson-Kadoka Econmic Development Corp.
will hold theirmonthly meeting on Tuesday, June 4 at 7 p.m. at the Gateway Apart-ments Community Room.
June 1
Kadoka city wide rummage sales.
KCBA will meet on June 6
at 6:30 p.m. at Club 27.
Jackson County Commissioners
will met on Monday, June 10 at9 a.m.
Kadoka City Council
will hold their monthly meeting on Monday,June 10 at 7 p.m.Read 1 John 5:13-15The Father has provided the Holy Spirit to teach Hischildren about His will for their lives (John 14:26). Why,then, do we have difficulty understanding what the planis?We make decisions based on emotion. When life presses in on us, our instinct is to move away from thesource of stress or pain. At such times, our need to remove difficulties and turmoil from our life can takeprecedence over the Lord’s plan. We figure He could not possibly want us to feel this way, so we take actionand then hope that we are in His will. Our emphasis is on ourselves rather than on God’s purposes.We focus only on the immediate. Many times we come to the Lord troubled about the choices we or ourloved ones are facing. We do not see how this situation could possibly be His will. Our short-term focus pre-vents us from seeing God’s long-term purposes.We conduct a superficial search. In our desire for an answer, we can fall into a trap and treat findingGod’s will like a checklist—read the Bible, pray, fast, serve, worship, give. Then, satisfied with what we havedone, we press the Lord for His answer now. But we have neglected to give God the time and stillness neededfor us to hear from Him (Ps. 46:10). Investing time with our Creator is a necessity, not a luxury, and listeningto Him without distractions is essential.How much Bible study is required to find out what our heavenly Father wants for us? What amount of prayer? What quantity of time? The answer is simple: Whatever it takes to hear from God. He will answer.The question is, Will we wait?
Why We Miss God’s Will
Inspiration Point
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Rosie Lejeune, age 94, of Philip,S.D., died May 23, 2013, at theHans P. Peterson Memorial Hospi-tal in Philip.Rosie Plasschaert was born De-cember 21, 1918, in Tracy, Minn.,the daughter of Richard andPauline (Lee) Plasschaert. Rosiegrew up in South Dakota, whereshe attended rural schools aroundthe Philip area, before attendingPhilip High School, graduating in1936.Rosie was united in marriage toWilliam “Bill” Humphrey in Philip.They made their home in variousplaces in South Dakota while Billworked on various ranches. In1964, they moved to Bakersfield,Calif., where Rosie had various jobsthroughout the years.Her husband, Bill, preceded herin death in 1967. Rosie continuedto remain in Bakersfield after hisdeath.In 1981, Rosie was united inmarriage to Elgie Lejeune. Theymade their home in Bakersfield,where Rosie worked as a clerk forthe court systems. Elgie passedaway in 1998.In 2009, Rosie moved to Philip tobe near her sister, Marie Hansenand her family, where she has sinceresided.Survivors include her son James“Jim” Humphrey and his wife,Nancy, of Eureka, Nev.; threegrandchildren Scott Humphreyand his wife, Teri, of Burnt Ranch,Calif., Nancy Mondonca and herhusband, Ben, of Newman, Calif.,and Jody Freitas and her husband, Vic, of Newman; three great-grand-children, Jenna Vanderziel and herhusband, Jeremy, of Bakersfield,Calif., Jaimee Humphrey of Bak-ersfield, and Clay Freitas of New-man; several nieces and nephews;and a host of other relatives andfriends.In addition to her first husband,Bill, and her second husband,Elgie, Rosie was preceded in deathby her parents; one brother,Richard Plasschaert; one sister,Marie Hansen; and one sister in in-fancy, Alice Ruth Plasschaert.Memorial services will be held at2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at theUnited Church in Philip, with Pas-tor Kathy Chesney officiating. Arrangements are with theRush Funeral Home of Philip.Her online guestbook is avail-able at www.rushfuneralhome.com
Rosie Lejeune___________________ 
Phyllis Kochersberger, age 59, of Philip, S.D., died May 25, 2013, ather home in Philip.Phyllis Ann Eisenbraun wasborn October 12, 1953, in Wall, thedaughter of Martin C. and Adella(Schwarting) Eisenbraun. Shegrew up in Wall, graduating fromWall High School in 1971.Phyllis was united in marriageto Larry Kochersberger on April 24,1971, in Wall. After their marriagethey made their home in Philip,where she worked numerous jobsin the area. She then began work-ing at Dakota Case and laterScotchman Industries, where sheworked for the last 24 years.Family was most important toPhyllis, and she also enjoyed work-ing in the yard, puzzles, readingand being home.Survivors include her husband,Larry, of Philip; one son, AlanKochersberger, of Philip; onedaughter, Amy Kittelson and herhusband, Scott, of Murdo; fourgrandchildren, Rachel, William“Willy” and Lane Kochersberger,and Kamri Kittelson; one great-grandson, Camo; two brothers,Martin Eisenbraun of Webster andRoger Eisenbraun and his wife, Va-lerie, of Morrison, Colo.; two sis-ters, Ida Neiffer of Custer andDorothy Jensen and her husband,Dale, of San Antonio, Texas; and ahost of other relatives and friends.Phyllis was preceded in death byher parents, Martin C. and Adella(Schwarting) Eisenbraun; fivebrothers, Bernard, LeRoy, Robert, Alan and Leonard Eisenbraun; andtwo sisters, Evelyn Fuerstenau andMary Ballistreri.Memorial services were heldWednesday, May 29, at the Ameri-can Legion Hall in Philip.Interment was at the MasonicCemetery in Philip. A memorial has been estab-lished. Arrangements were with theRush Funeral Home of Philip.Her online guestbook is avail-able at www.rushfuneralhome.com
Phyllis Kochersberger______________ 
James “Jimmie” Dean, age 86, of Rapid City, formerly of Philip, S.D.,died Monday, May 27, 2013, at theHospice of the Hills in Rapid City.James “Jimmie” Dean was bornMay 26, 1927, in Philip, the son of John “Jack” and Helen (Poste)Dean. He grew up on a farm-ranchin the Grindstone area northwestof Philip. He attended Dean RuralSchool in that area. He worked onhis parents’ farm-ranch until mov-ing into Philip in the late 1940s.While in Philip, he played thedrums for a local band. In the mid-1970s he moved to Rapid Citywhere he worked and stayed at theBlack Hills Workshop, where hehas since resided.Survivors include his brother,Raymond Dean of Rapid City; hissister, H. Lucile Peterson of Philip;a sister-in-law, Florence Dean of Philip; many nieces and nephews;and a host of other relatives andfriends.Jimmie was preceded in deathby his parents; and one brother,Fay Dean.Services will be held at 10:00a.m. Friday, May 31, at the UnitedChurch in Philip with PastorKathy Chesney officiating.Interment will be at the MasonicCemetery in Philip. Arrangements are with RushFuneral Home of Philip.His online guestbook is availableat www.rushfuneralhome.com
 James “Jimmie” Dean______________ 
Laura Morgan, age 102, of Philip, S.D., died Tuesday, May 28,2013, at her son’s home in Billings,Mont.Survivors include five sons, Ger-ald Glen Morgan and his wife,Gladys, of Rapid City, Philip DaleMorgan and his wife, Nanette, of Billings, Mont., Edward SamuelMorgan and his wife, Bonnie, of Miller, Kent Homer Morgan andhis wife, Twila, of Billings, andKeith Lauren Morgan and his wife,Norlene, of Billings; two daughters,Connie Mae Parsons and her hus-band, Bill, of Milesville, and KyleElaine Taylor of Gillette, Wyo.; sev-eral grandchildren, great-grand-children, and great-great-grand-children; and a host of otherrelatives and friends.Laura was preceded in death byher husband, Homer; her son, Paul Allen Morgan; a great-grandson,Kirk Michael Parsons; a sister,Mabel Ireland; two daughters-in-law, Mary Morgan and LorraineMorgan; and one son-in-law, FredTaylor.Funeral services are pendingwith Rush Funeral Home of Philip. A full obituary will appear innext week’s paper.
 Laura Morgan__________________ 
Commoditization of the UnitedStates cattle industryI 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, Ipoint this out because these are thesame people and groups that toldyou in the late ’80s and the ’90sthat you need to learn to competein a global market; however, theyoppose you identifying your prod-uct. They also told you that yourcompetition was poultry and porkand 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, “porkor beef?” She may then very wellask 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. Consumers arefamiliar with these terms in beef 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 separateitself 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. No won-der 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.
Monday, June 3
Pork chops in gravy, brown rice,broccoli, cranberry juice, dinnerroll and mixed fruit in pudding.
Tuesday, June 4
Roast beef, mashed potatoes andgravy, glazed carrots, bread andstrawberries and bananas.
 Wednesday, June 5
Lasagna, green beans, coleslaw,french bread and melon.
Thursday, June 6
Oven fried chicken, potato salad,mixed vegetables, bread and apri-cots.
Friday, June 7
Salmon loaf, oven browned pota-toes, tomato spoon salad, breadand pears.
Meals forthe Elderly
Kadoka Baseball Schedule
“B” Games at 5:30 p.m. “A” Game to follow.
Tues., June 11 at home with PhilipThurs., June 13 at MurdoTues., June 18 at home with WallThurs., June 20 at PhilipTues., June 25 at WallThurs., June 27 at home with MurdoTues., July 2 at home with PhilipTues., July 9 at MurdoThurs., July 11 at home with WallThurs., July 18 & Sat., July 20League Tournament at Kadoka
Belvidere & Norris News …
May 30, 2013 • Kadoka Press •
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Norris News
Marjorie Anne Letellier - 462 6228
Belvidere News
Syd Iwan • 381-2147
Email your news, photosand classified ads to:
Monday - Thursday10 a.m. to 11 p.m.Friday & Saturday9 a.m. to MidnightSunday1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Belvidere Store
Open Daily 
7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
24/7 Credit Card Pumps
Diesel • GasFarm Fuel
Pop • Snacks • Bee
Starting case lot specials.
We will also hold our CASH raffle drawing that night! 
See any BVFD fireman for raffle tickets! 
Street Dance to Country Rush
Belvidere Firemen’sFeed & Dance
Burgers, Brats, Beans & Beer!
Saturday, June 8
at the Belvidere Fire Hal
Downtown Belvidere
Free-will offering Feed at 6 p.m.
Dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
“Courage is doing what you areafraid to do. There can be nocourage unless you are scared.” Eddie Rickenbacker
The Dakota Niners eighth gradebaskeball team won a tournamentrecently in Omaha, Nebraska. TheDakota Niners teams are made upof basketball players from all overthe state of South Dakota and com-pete with teams from all over theMidwest. Justice Morrison of Nor-ris is a member of the team. Con-gratulations, we are proud of you.Carol Ferguson worked at thePost Office in Belvidere on Mondayand in Norris on Wednesday.Wednesday the eighth gradegraduation and middle schoolawards program was held at WhiteRiver. Those graduating fromeighth grade from Norris wereLoren Good Shield, Nate Huber,Justice Morrison, Ashton Olson,Jace Schmidt, and Morgan Taft.Norris students received theirshare of the awards given andmore. Morgan Taft received theStudent of the Year honor andSusan Taft was presented a beau-tiful star quilt in recognition forher years of volunteer service tothe White River School District. Weare very proud of all of you. Severalreceptions were held in their honorfollowing the program.Samantha Taft surprised herfamily when she arrived home intime for her sister Morgan’s eighthgrade graduation.The greatest news is all themoisture we have received recently.Norris area has gotten over threeand one-half inches at least andperhaps more since some has beenhard to measure. It has done won-ders for the countryside. It is lushand green and still growing. Thelilac bushes and fruit trees areloaded with blossoms, too. Chancesfor a lot of plums, chokecherriesand other wild fruit this year arereally great. It is amazing how raincan change our outlook on life andespecially the future. The Lord hastruly blessed us.James and Marjorie Anne Letel-lier were among the crowd attend-ing the eighth grade graduation atWhite River on Wednesday after-noon.Kristy and John WoodenKnifehosted a reception in honor of theirgrandson, Tanner Haukaas, whograduated from eighth gradeWednesday at the Norris TownshipHall. Tanner lives in White Riverbut wanted to celebrate at Norrisand that is fine with us.Last day of school for Norris andWhite River was Thursday with a12:30 p.m. dismissal. Have a greatsummer, students and teachersalike. Folks remember to be drivecarefully because the kids are outand about.Thursday Ed Ferguson hauledcows to Ft. Pierre and on Friday Edwas among those friends andneighbors helping Wes Schmidtbrand.Thursday evening, Sue Larsonof Rapid City, Julie Letellier of Kil-gore, Nebraska, Beaver Burma, Andrea Beckwith and GrandmaMarjorie Anne Letellier traveled asfar as Mitchell on their way to theSouth Dakota State Track Meet inSioux Falls.Friday they spent cheering onMarjories’s grandson, DJ Beck-with, and the Sunshine Bible Acad-emy team. Being West River SouthDakota is a thrill when it comes totrack; we can just about cheer forsomeone we know in every heat inevery race and we did. White Riverand Kadoka kept us busy, too.We returned home on Fridayevening and were glued to the com-puter all day Saturday for the re-sults of the finals. Congratulationsto all the participants and winners,they are a great bunch of kids andmake us very proud.Jean Kary accompanied JuneRing to the Mellette County Cattle-women meeting at the museum inWhite River on Thursday after-noon.Dorothy Bligh brought Maxine Allard in so she could decorategraves at Norris on Friday.The Norris Cemetery alwaysseems to have a lot of visitors forsuch a little out of the way place.Some folks come regularly from asfar away as Colorado and RapidCity. We sure appreciate the hardwork from the local guys. Thecemetery looked very nice for Me-morial Weekend.Friday morning, June Ringbabysat at Bruce Rings’ whileJessie took Reno to Rosebud for anappointment. That evening Junevisited at Maxine Allard’s homeand was a supper guest.June Ring was among the sup-per guests helping little BradleyHuber celebrate his third birthdayon Saturday night at the home of his parents David and NicoleHuber.Andrea Beckwith packed upSunday and left for the week withher sister, Cassie. They will be themissionary speakers for the Vaca-tion Bible School at the St.Lawrence Church telling of theirwork and experiences in Honduraslast June.Get well wishes go out to RobertRing this week. Robert received apacemaker at the Rapid City Re-gional Hospital last week and camehome on Saturday. Hope you willsoon be feeling great and back tobeing your jovial self.Cora Brickman brought Moyaout on Saturday so she could spenda few weeks with her grandpar-ents, Ed and Carol Ferguson. Sun-day they were Sunday dinnerguests at the Gene and MarjoriePopkes home at Lakeview. Mar- jorie’s son, Joe Grimshaw, and hischildren from Omaha were alsothere and are visiting for a fewdays.Don’t forget the slow pitch soft-ball games at Norris. Richard andCrystal Charging Hawk are host-ing a tournament. Make up a teamand come and compete. A teammust consist of six guys and sixgals. The guys have worked realhard to have the new ball fieldmowed, fenced and ready for ac-tion. guys have worked real hard tohave the new ball field mowed,fenced and ready for action.Sunday afternoon visitors of Maxine Allard were Ken and JoyceKoistenen of Pierre. Ken was busyputting out his trail cameras forthe summer and fall seasons.Sunday evening June Ring de-livered cookies for the Utecht Min-istries and attended church at theLord Warriors Lutheran Church inParmelee.Memorial Day afternoon, Jamesand Marjorie Letellier, Julie Letel-lier and Jakki and Jimmy met SueLarson in Scenic where they deco-rated the Dexheimer graves. Theygot in on a sudden downpour atCedar Pass Lodge so the kidsclimbing badlands came to a sud-den halt.Jakki and Jimmy returned toRapid City with Aunt Sue while therest returned home to Norris. Theygot home just in time to get in onanother thunderstorm thatdumped .55 of an inch of rain ac-companied by horrific winds.Reports from folks east of townsay they got less rain and somehail. Hopefully the bright sunshinethis morning will give a brighterlight on the damage done.Ethan Huber and his sister, Amanda Fire Cloud, started out onquite a trip Saturday night. Theyleft by plane at Rapid City en routeto Germany to visit their sister,Tiffany, and her husband, Felix.What better guide of Europe couldyou have than a sister in the mili-tary? Sounds like a trip of a life-time to me.When my family was all to-gether for Mother’s Day my grand-son started himself an account onmy computer. I knew, he liked toput things in files, so I was afraid Iwouldn’t be able to find a thing.Just when I thought, I should havea talk with him (after all I hadnever had anyone else on my com-puter). He called me in to the com-puter room and pointed out his iconand said, “ Now Grandma, you stayout of mine and I will stay out of yours.” Yes, Jimmy is smart; afterall he just graduated from kinder-garten!Hope you remembered ourUnited States Military this Memo-rial Day weekend.They are always alert and on the job so we can go about in freedomlike no other nation on the face of the earth. Freedom isn’t free, our Veterans pay the price.Our thanks go out to each one of you for wearing the uniform andserving on our behalf. America isgreat because she is safe. God Bless America!Have a great week!Memorial Day services wereheld as usual in Belvidere on Mon-day. Things started at the cemeterywith the parade of colors by BudPerault, Glenn Freeman, Ted Vobr,and Tojo Osborn. Bob Bork blewTaps. A program followed at thechurch hall. Greg Badure recited apoem about the flag from memory.Coleen Sprecher did a reading.Larry Dolezal was the speaker. Hespoke of the many who gave theirlives in defense of our country andcontinued with an assessment of where we are now and what weneed to do and be careful of in thefuture. Glenn Freeman spoke of how the local Legion post was indanger of being disbanded due to ashortage of members. More mem-bers were found last year fromthose with ties to the community soPost 144 can continue for a while atleast. Marlene Perault organizedthe program as she often does. A potluck dinner followed the pro-gram. About 75 to 80 people werepresent at the hall, and some oth-ers were at the cemetery but could-n’t stay for the program at the hall.Phyllis Owens came from RapidCity for Memorial Day services asusual. She came with her youngestson, Tracy. Phyllis was raised inBelvidere and lived in the area anumber of years after she wasgrown and married. Her folks rana café and pool hall for a time andare both buried at the Belviderecemetery as are both sets of hergrandparents, both Carrico andPluta. She has her brother, TomCarrico, buried here as well alongwith various cousins and other rel-atives. Her living relatives in thearea are scarce now but she is re-lated to Joe Leutenegger on thePluta side.Larry Grimme was visited by Art and Joyce Glynn of Rapid Citythis weekend. The Glynns attendedchurch on Sunday and MemorialDay services on Monday. Theirdaughter was here as well with afriend. Art and Joyce seldom missMemorial Day weekend inBelvidere.Dolores Obr had her daughters,Keitha and Elaine, here for theweekend. The family decoratedgraves in several local towns onSaturday, attended church in townon Sunday, and services on Mon-day.Marie Addison had daughtersDixie and Rena from Rapid Citywith her this weekend and at serv-ices in Belvidere on Monday.Edward Kodet and his sister,Janet Leitheiser, were both at thefamily ranch this weekend. Theycame to check on things at theplace and attend services on Mon-day. Edward is from Minneapolisand Janet from nearby Stillwater,MN. Edward has always gone by“Edward” to differentiate himself from his father who went by“Eddie” or “Ed.” The senior and junior Edwards had the samebirthday but were born thirty yearsapart.Chuck and Merry Willard cele-brated their fortieth wedding an-niversary this weekend with afamily reunion of the Willard clanthat was held at the ranch. Therewere 30 adults, 10 kids, and 7 dogs. All three of Chuck and Merry’s kidswere there, namely Casey, Coleen,and Niki. All five grandkids werethere as well. Tom DeVries camewith his horse and buggy and gaverides to whoever wanted them.There was horseback riding, fish-ing, eating and visiting. Many of those attending came on Friday,and the main event was held onSaturday. Gus and Terry Craven of Wanblee catered the evening mealon Saturday. Some people camefrom as far away as Miami and Al-buquerque. Merry noted that therewas some excitement when thedogs drug a dead rabbit throughthe grounds, and grandson Faronhad to show off a big catfish he’dcaught. On Sunday, Jerry and Annie Stout came down for a visit.Chuck and Jerry are relatedthrough Chuck’s grandma, MyrtEstes, and Jerry’s grandmother,Hazel, who were sisters. Most of the people left on Sunday, butdaughter Coleen and family plan tostay on a few days and maybe at-tend some brandings with Chuck.Merry said they had good weatherfor the event, and the whole week-end was wonderful. Chuck andMerry’s actual anniversary is onJune 2, but it was more convenientto celebrate it on Memorial Dayweekend.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 I sat down on a hillside, prettysoon he’d be sitting there besideme. If I stayed there very long,he’d inch his rear closer and closerto my lap until he was right besideme. Then he’d lift his rear onemore time and nonchalantly dropit on my lap as if I probably would-n’t notice a big orange objectparked there. This always mademe chuckle. I’d tell him he was asilly old thing, grab him aroundthe middle, and hold him for a lit-tle while. That’s what he wanted,and then he was ready to be off again to carefully check all the oldholes 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 aproblem. Sam would not let youpull them out until you’d dopedhim up enough that he couldbarely move. This was accom-plished by sneaking pills into himthrough cheese balls until you hadfed him enough that he couldbarely drag himself around. Headored cheese and ate it so fastthat he didn’t notice the pills. Eventhen you had to proceed with cau-tion, but you could get the quillsout if you worked at it. Although Sam was probably myfavorite of all the dogs we everhad, there were others that werefine too. As a kid, we had a paircalled Corky and Rex. Rex was mycompanion a good bit of the time,but Corky was more standoffish.They were a snake-killing duo. Rexwould find them and stand bark-ing at them until Corky arrived onthe scene. Corky would then sneakin without 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 Noelwho was 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.
Lookin’ Around
by Syd Iwan
On Memorial Day flags are flown at half-staff until noon, when it is raised to thetop of the staff.

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