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Murdo Coyote, May 30, 2013

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OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF JONES COUNTY, SOUTH DAKOTA.
“SERVING THE AREA SINCE 1904” 
MURDO
A PUBLICATION OF RAVELLETTE PUBLICATIONS, INC.
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Number 22Volume 107May 30, 2013
Coyote
Highway Patrol Campaign:‘Obey the Sign, Avoid the Fine’
South Dakota’s Highway Patrolis using the Memorial Day travelweekend to kick off “Obey the Signand Avoid the Fine,’’ a summer-long safe-travel campaign.The campaign is an initiative toreduce highway crashes andincrease safety on South Dakota’sroadways, says Col. Craig Price,superintendent of the HighwayPatrol. The kick-off weekend willinclude a high-visibility saturationpatrol on Monday, Memorial Day.“Our statistics show that speed-ing, impaired driving and otherhazardous moving violations aremajor contributors in crashes,injuries and deaths on our high-ways,’’ Price said. “We’re kickingoff our safety campaign on Memo-rial Day weekend to get the maxi-mum public awareness of the needfor safety on the roadways.’Speed and alcohol will be thetop two targets for the enforce-ment campaign this summer, Pricesaid. The Highway Patrol believesthat focus will have the largestimpact on reducing fatal crashes.“Obviously, we will be enforcingall the other traffic laws,’’ he said.“That’s the reasoning behind the‘Obey the Sign and Avoid the Fine’campaign slogan.’’Highway Patrol troopers willwork in teams and will partnerwith other law enforcement agen-cies when opportunities arise,Price said. Monday’s saturationpatrol will have virtually all uni-formed troopers on the highways.In addition to enforcement, thesummer safety campaign will usesocial media for public educationand will partner with the StateDepartment of Transportation forpermanent and portable messageboards with safe-driving messageson the interstates and other high-traffic areas in South Dakota.
Memorial Day celebratedMay 27, local 4-H volunteers
Coyotes bring home medals from state track meet
Jake Lolley and Morgan Feddersen retrieving flag poles.
Courtesy photos 
Perfect hand-off...
Mikayla Waldron, right, receives the batonfrom Rachel Buxcel and takes off during a relay at the statetrack meet.
Courtesy photos 
4x200 meter relay...
Calli Glaze, right, warms up to start the4x200 meter relay as Hannah Hight holds her blocks.
Hitting the home stretch...
Kalli Hespe rounds the curve,anchoring a relay.Alex Newsam, Jacob Birkeland, and LeAnn Birkeland help VirgilStickler sort the crosses bearing the names of fallen soldiers.Colleen Greenseth hanging a flag.
by Karlee Moore
Memorial Day services wereheld at the Murdo Cemetery, theDraper Cemetery and the MonsonCemetery north of Murdo on Mon-day, May 27. The Legion groups inboth Murdo and Draper hosted theceremonies.Stephanie Hespe and KalliHespe combined their talents toplay Taps on trumpets at theMurdo and Draper Cemeteries.Nicki Kell sang God Bless Americain Murdo, and Becky Bryan sangthree patriotic songs at the Draperceremony.The local 4-H club volunteeredat the Murdo Cemetery to helpdecorate for the day. After patrons paid theirrespects at the Draper ceremony,they were invited to a potlucklunch at the Draper Auditorium.The weather cooperated duringthe day, making for a great day of remembrance and honor.
by Karlee Moore
Jones County athletes traveledto Sioux Falls last weekend to par-ticipate in the state track meet onMay 24 and 25.Wyatt Hespe (12), Chad John-son (11), Josh Daum (12) and CodyHight (10) participated in the4x400 meter relay and ran a timeof 3:40.07 in the preliminary racebut missed out on qualifying forthe finals by about two seconds.The top eight teams advanced tothe finals and the Coyotes placedninth in the preliminary round.Wyatt Hespe, senior, ran the200 meter dash, but also fell shortof the finals. Hespe finished thepreliminary round with a time of 24.26, putting him in fourteenthplace in the preliminaries.The Lady Coyotes placed ineach event they entered in themeet. Sophomore Rachel Buxcelran the 800 meter run and placedeighth overall. She ran a 2:28.00 inthe preliminary round, and fin-ished the finals with a time of 2:27.98.The girls entered two relayteams in the meet, placing in both.Calli Glaze (9), Mikayla Waldron(11), Buxcel (10), and Kalli Hespe(10) ran the 4x200 meter relay andplaced eighth. The young team rana 1:52.80 in the preliminary roundand a 1:55.94 in the finals.Hannah Hight (8), Waldron,Buxcel and K. Hespe ran the4x400 meter relay and placed sev-enth. They ran a 4:23.70 in thepreliminary round and a 4:28.64 inthe finals.
4x400 meter relay 
Chad Johnson finishes his legof the boys 4x400 meter relay.
4x400 meter relay 
Han-nah Hight kicks off the 4x400relay with the first leg.
4x400 meter relay 
Cody Hight runs the secondleg of the 4x400 meter relay.
800 meter run 
Rachel Buxcel, center, strides out during the 800 meter run.
 
Jones County News
Murdo Coyote • May 30, 2013 •
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Murdo Coyote – Murdo, SD
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Local News
by Jody Lebeda • 669-2526 • jody1945@gmail.com
Chelsee, Addison and JoeyRankin hosted a birthday celebra-tion for husband/dad Tyler attheir home on Tuesday, May 21.Those helping him celebrate withsupper, cake and ice cream includ-ed: Bob Rankin; Andy and JillRankin, Riley and Peyton; Drewand Kati Venard, Mallory andTenley. Happy birthday, Tyler!Memorial Day started off in thefog as the group hung the flags atthe cemetery, but soon the Lordprovided a beautiful day as theflags waved gently in the breeze. A great day there was a goodcrowd that turned out to remem-ber our veterans and our lovedones that have gone on before us.The service was very impressiveand nice. The service began with awelcome by Commander RayFreier. With Ellen Valburg at thepiano, the Legion entered the col-ors. Invocation was done by Pas-tor Rick Hazen. Becky Bryan sangthe “National Anthem.” A Pledgeof Allegiance reading was given byDavid Seamans and Duane Pars-ley. The community read the rollcall of deceased veterans. Tapswere played by Stephanie andKalli Hespe. Becky sang “Lettersfrom Home.” The address wasgiven by Debra Willert and shedid a wonderful job; she hadserved her country herself. Beckythen sang “Some Gave All.” Thebenediction was given by PastorHazen and then there was theretiring of colors. From there tothe cemetery, where our guys dida good job and taps were playedagain. Then it was time to eat – there was no lack of food and noone should have gone away hun-gry. I have to comment on hownice it is when so many pitch in toput tables and chairs away andclean. We do have a great lil com-munity. One more comment: theprograms were made by KarenBower and I must say, she did asuper job.Following the dinner on Memo-rial Day, Skyler Dowling andfriend Brittany visited GrandmaRosa Lee Styles at the farm.Rapid City area, formerDraperites Janet Louder saw atthe service were Don and ElaineMiller; Jeri (Dowling) Hodder andRick Mills.Blake Henrichs was among thegroup that graduated fromkindergarten last week. On handfor his big day were parents Amanda and Kraig and sisterLayney; Grandparents Kim andTony Schmidt, Kathy and KevinHenrichs from Freeman; AuntKayla Hoag and girls from Aberdeen and Blake’s good friend,Lill Seamans. Congratulations,Blake! A Hamer-Whitney familyreunion was held Sunday at ahunting lodge south of Kennebec.Jason Seamans of Rapid Cityspent the weekend with parentsDavid and Lill. The trio attendedthe reunion. A potluck dinner washeld, followed with lots of gamesfor all ages and supper to top theday off. They came from all overS.D. and from Wyo. It proved to bea great day. A week ago Monday, Roger Vikand Patti Dowling stopped for avisit with Margaret and GregRankin. They were on their wayhome to Spearfish after being inScotland for the graduation of granddaughter/niece Audrey Gallfrom high school on Sunday. Audrey is the daughter of Pamand Gary Gall. A family supper was held atMargaret and Greg Rankin’s lastThursday. Those enjoying the gettogether were: Karen Authier andson Michael and Jen Authier fromFt. Collins; Kris and DickBradley; Bob Rankin; Andy andJill Rankin and family; Kati andDrew Venard and girls. ChelseeRankin and kids stopped in for abrief visit. Ray and Shirley Vikwere also visitors at the Rankins.Kris Bradley spent MemorialDay with Margaret Rankin.My neighbor, Tony, gave me aflower (I think from the neighbor’syard) and then said you don't needto put this in the paper! Being alittle on the smart side – I decidedI would. Isn’t he sweet! Virginia Louder is back forawhile from her stay in NorthCarolina. She flew into Minneapo-lis and spent Tuesday andWednesday nights with Russelland Janet Hurst. She flew intoRapid City where sister-in-lawShirley Wood met her. They hadlunch together and then visitedEva Louder. Later Virginia andShirley met Christopher and KatiNix for supper, and Virginiaaccompanied them back to Murdowhere she is staying with Carmaand Greg Miller. Following churchSunday, Virginia and Rosa LeeStyles had dinner together inMurdo. Virginia plans to accompa-ny grandson Sean Louder back toNorth Carolina on Wednesday,where he will stay with his dad, Alan, for some time. Virginia willreturn back here soon.On Saturday, Eldon and EstherMagnuson met Delores Volmerand they decorated graves inMurdo and Draper. They stoppedat the late Sam Smith farm andgot in a visit with the Smith fami-ly gathered there. They try to gettogether and spend time at thefarm at least once a year. On Sun-day following church, the Magnu-sons went to Pierre. They acciden-tally met Ray and Janice Pike andhad dinner together. Later theMagnusons and Pikes attendedthe 100th birthday open house forIrene Caldwell at the Ft. Pierre Youth Center. The party was host-ed by her family. I understandthere was a great turnout to helpher celebrate. Sorry we had tomiss it. So glad you had a “greatday,” Irene.The Magnusons visited thecemetery and decorated graves inPierre. Later yet, the visitedgrandson Dusty Pelle and family.Ray and Janice Pike met Jerryand Marialyce Lenocker of Mitchell for lunch Wednesday at alocal drive inn in Murdo.Janet Louder had a chat withKenny and Joyce Ferris of HuronSunday at the cemetery. Theywere in the area putting flowerson relatives’ graves here and inMurdo.On Thursday, Nelva and JanetLouder met Gerald and WandaMathews for lunch in Pierre. After, it was to appointments forthe gals.Friday Nelva and Janet Louderleft for the hills. They stopped inKadoka and visited Dwight Loud-er. Dorothy and Darin Louderwere also there. They visitedDeanna Byrd as well. They wenton to Rapid City and later thatday, helped son Jay with a garagesale. Son Brian was there helping,along with Don Pearson. Therewas a very good turnout. Thatevening daughter Cara brought ussupper. Don’s brother, Brad andwife Tami of Mitchell, were visit-ing at the Pearson house. Satur-day morning, they started overagain with the sale and hadanother good turnout. The daywas nice – it did get pretty warm.It was a successful sale. Saturdayevening, Nelva and Janet, Brianand Jay went to the Pearson’s forsupper where they joined Don’sparents, Chuck and Carol Pearsonof Lusk; his sis, Linda of Spearfish; Brad and Tami, plusPearson kids and grandkids. Donwas busy at the grill. Sundaymorning, they woke to rain; theyreturned home in time to getready for Memorial Day.Josh and Valerie Fredericksenof Watertown are in the process of moving to Draper. Josh workedwith the Legion on Memorial Dayand Valerie was a great help inthe kitchen hall. We need someyoung help.Doug and Jackie Nies wereamong the many that attendedthe Memorial Day services.Janet Louder saw Delores Volmer and daughter MarleneReuman at the services. Frankand Donna Volmer and Summerfrom Winner were also there,where they joined Flavia and Ray-mond Stotts for dinner at the hall.Tom and Marcia Authier of  Vivian and Larry and Dort Kothof Winner were also at the service.Janet Louder talked to WandaMathews this morning. She’shome and doing well as she got anew knee in Pierre on Friday.Hubby Gerald and son Troy havebeen with her – plus, she had sev-eral visitors while there. Speedyrecovery, Wanda.Karen Miller visited her daugh-ter and son-in-law, Bobbie andMark Boetel, and grandkids Alyssa, Collin and Justin, inFargo over the weekend. She gotto meet great grandson Caleb andspent a couple days enjoying him.Ron and Donna Kinsley, Wen-dell and Sharon Tisher andMartha Kinsley attended Memori-al Day services at Murdo on Mon-day and enjoyed coffee and rolls atMartha’s afterwards.Tyler, Chelsee, Addison andJoey Rankin spent Thursdaynight through Monday afternoonof the Memorial Day weekendcamping near Pierre. Those join-ing them in the fun includedRandy and Holly Nemec of Mid-land; Don and Erin Bourk of Blunt; and Brian, Katey, Morgan,Tanner and Taiton Ortlieb of Stur-gis.
Vacation Bible School
Community Bible Church
 VBS will be held June 3-7 from9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thisyear’s theme is “KnowingChrist”. Kids kindergartenthrough sixth grade are wel-come to attend and have lots of fun with crafts, verses, stories,games and snacks.
CRP Informational Meeting
Pheasants Forever, NRCS,and FSA will be teaming up toconduct a public informationalmeeting on the new CRP sign-upat 6:00 p.m. on May 29 at theMurdo Tech Center. Supper willbe provided by the local Pheas-ants Forever Chapter.
Exercise room notice
In order to improve the securi-ty of the high school building,beginning on May 28 all fitnessfacilities will be accessible witha key card only. If you do notcurrently have a card, you maystop at the High School Office tosign a waiver and purchase acard for $15.Insurance purposes requireall users of the fitness facilitiessign a Policy Waiver andRelease. All existing key cardshave already been deactivated.In order to reactivate your card,you will need to stop at the HighSchool Office and sign therelease form. There will be noadditional charge for existingcard holders and you do notneed to bring your card in toreactivate it, you simply need tosign the waiver.Call the high school at 669-2258 with any questions or toverify our summer hours.
Murdo City Council
The Murdo City Council willmeet Wednesday, June 5 at 7:30p.m. at the city office. The publicis welcome to attend.
Noticethe date change.
Draper Town Board
The Draper Town Board willmeet Monday, June 3 at 7:00p.m. at the Draper hall. Thepublic is welcome to attend.
Open AA meetings
Thursdays 8:00 p.m. at theEast Commons. Call 530-0371or 280-7642.
Al-Anon
For Al–Anon meetings call669-2596 for time and place.
County Commissioners
The Jones County Commis-sioners will hold their monthlymeeting at the courthouse onTuesday, June 4 at 9 a.m. Thepublic is welcome to attend.
J.C. School Board
The Jones County School Dis-trict #37-3 will hold theirmonthly meeting Monday, June10 at 8 p.m. at the high schoollibrary. The public is encouragedto attend.
Caring and Sharing
The Caring and Sharing can-cer support group will meet onMonday, June 10 at 7 p.m. at theMessiah Lutheran Church. Any-one whose life has been touchedby cancer is welcome to partici-pate.
Trading Pages Library
The Trading Pages Library atthe Murdo Coyote is open Mon-day through Wednesday from 9a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday asopen. There are many new booksavailable. Stop in and check oneout.
NOTICE
One of the winners of the col-oring contest from Murdo inMay was
Corwin Dykstra
. Weneed an address for Corwin. Callthe Coyote office at 669-2271.
To have your NON-PROFITmeeting listed here, pleasesubmit them by calling 669-2271 or emailing to coy-oteads@gwtc.net. We will runyour event notice the twoissues prior to your eventatno charge. PLEASE KEEP INMIND, if you charge for anevent, we must charge youfor an ad!
Coyote News Briefs
 
East Side News
by Janet Louder •
669-2696
Nutbuster Grill & Lounge 
has bought out the “Busted Nut Restaurant” in Draper, SD 
Nutbuster Grill & Lounge 
will reopen on June 1, 2013 Monday thru Saturday 5 p.m. –10 p.m.
Thank you 
The Memorial Day service heldat the Murdo Cemetery was verywell attended. The Avenue of Flagswas displayed and as soon as thethick fog lifted, a glorious tributeto all our fallen veterans followed.Thanks to Nikki Kell for her solo‘God Bless America” and toStephanie and Kalli Hespe fortheir trumpet duet of “Taps” and toall the other participants thatmade up the spectacular program.Remember to thank a soldier forhis or her service to this greatcountry; so we may remain a freecountry under God. Because free-dom isn’t FREE.What about that storm we hadlast night? What awesome light-ning; we are so blessed. My raingauge has two inches and I haveheard we may have had two and ahalf or more. Winds of 60-70 mphwere clocked between here andKadoka. As I write, no reports of major damage and the rain was soneeded. The lightning was awe-some –what a show of God’spower.Deloris Iversen and Barb God-frey went to Fort Pierre to attendthe 100th birthday party for IreneCaldwell, her birthday was in Jan-uary.Jackie Fosheim spent the week-end with Tory and LeAnna Fos-heim of Pierre. Saturday theydrove to Huron for the first birth-day party and baptism of KoleeDant, daughter of Vicki Dant (Fos-heim) and granddaughter of Toryand LeAnna Fosheim.Julia Broeacher attended theMemorial Day service and thenspent the afternoon at Tom Lebe-da’s visiting with Betty and Rus-sell Beck, Ronnie and Holly Lebe-da, Sonya and Randy Lebeda andSkyler Jackson.Edna McKenzie called to chatand catch up on local goings on;she is doing very well and missesall her friends in Murdo. Shehopes to be here for Memorial Daybut probably won’t make it for theprogram.Mary Ann and Leonard Ankerhave been visiting Murdo for a fewdays and will be returning home toRapid City on Tuesday. Theyenjoyed seeing so many friendsand relatives at the Memorial Dayprogram.Phyllis Kochersberger, age 59,of Philip, S.D., died May 25, 2013,at her 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 April24, 1971, in Wall. After their mar-riage they made their home inPhilip, where she worked numer-ous jobs in the area. She thenbegan working at Dakota Caseand later Scotchman Industries,where she worked for the last 24years.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, Valerie, 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 deathby her parents, Martin C. and Adella (Schwarting) Eisenbraun;five brothers, Bernard, LeRoy,Robert, Alan and Leonard Eisen-braun; and two sisters, EvelynFuerstenau and Mary 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_____________________________ 
Obituary
 
Church and Community
Murdo Coyote • May 30, 2013 •
Page 3
Catholic Church of St. Martin
502 E. Second St., Murdo, S.D. • Father Gary Oreshoski
Saturday Mass: 6 p.m.St. Anthony’s Catholic Church
Draper, S.D. • Father Gary Oreshoski
Sunday Mass: 8:30 a.m.Draper United Methodist Church
Pastor Rick Hazen
Sunday Worship: 11 a.m.Murdo United Methodist Church
Pastor Rick Hazen • Corner of E. 2nd and Jefferson Ave.
Sunday Worship: 9:30 a.m. and Fellowship Time •
Sunday School: 10:30 a.m.United Methodist Women: 1st Wednesday at 2 p.m. • ALL WELCOME!
Okaton Evangelical Free Church
Okaton I–90 Exit 183 • Pastor Gary McCubbin • 605–837–2233 (Kadoka)
Sunday Worship: 9 a.m. (CT) •
Sunday School: 10:30 a.m. (CT)
Messiah Lutheran Church
308 Cedar, Murdo, S.D. • Pastor Ray Greenseth
Sunday Worship: 9 a.m. •
Sunday School: 10 a.m. • Bible Study: Tuesday 7 a.m.Thursday 9:30 a.m. • Midweek: Wednesday 3:15 p.m.
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
Draper, S.D. • Pastor Ray Greenseth
Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. •
Bible Study: Wednesday 9 a.m.
Community Bible Church
410 Washington, Murdo, S.D. • Pastor Alvin Gwin • 669–2600
Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. •
Sunday School: 9:45 a.m.Wed. Night Bible Study: 7 p.m.
 
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Sin Is No Jokeby Pastor Cornelius R. Stam
The present trend in American moral conduct is downward. Increasing thousands all about us are throwing restraint to the winds “to enjoy the pleasuresof sin”.We struggle with the problem of juvenile delinquency, but tempt the young in a hundred ways to immorality and violence. We are shocked at the deedsof sex-mad criminals who make it unsafe for women to walk the streets at night, but our women continue to pay less and less heed to the principles of mod-esty and decency that would contribute so greatly to their own safety.Most of all, we have disregarded the Word of God. No longer does the Bible hold the first place in our homes. It rather lies gathering dust while our moraland spiritual strength is dissipated by pursuing pleasures that fail to bring true happiness or satisfaction. Yes, we have “a form of godliness” but our conduct“denies the power thereof”.Sin may be “fun” to many. They may joke about drunkenness, indecency and immorality, but God declares that it is no joke to Him. He says: “Foolsmake a mock at sin”(Prov.14:9); for, not only does sin in its very nature break down, rather than build up; but, as responsible creatures, sinners will one dayhave to give an account of their conduct to the God who created them.To look at the brighter side, we may all rejoice in another indication that sin is no joke to God. St. Paul points it out in I Corinthians 15:3, where he says:“Christ died for our sins”. Christ knew the horrible results of sin and the dreadful penalty which justice must visit upon it. Yes, and He also knew that “allhave sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Rom.3:23), and in infinite love He left the glories of heaven and stooped to bear the disgrace and penal-ty for sin Himself! “Christ… hath once suffered for sins, the Just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God” (IPet.3:18), and those who come to knowGod through faith in Christ experience peace and joy which this world can never afford.
Two minutes with the bible 
Jones County Weather 
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 “For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, anddo not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)
We are a nation of people long-ing to be free. Free to assemble,free to worship, free to expressourselves, free to print andbroadcast the news. Those whocome to our shores long for free-dom. Veterans fought and died, sacri-ficed their own freedom to keepus free. And those who stayedworking on the farms and ranch-es,and in businesses and facto-ries, and those who bought warbonds during those hard times — all sacrificed to keep us free — free from the tyranny of dictatorswho would have enslaved us. Wegladly look to almighty God andproclaim to others the freedomHe gave to us. We humbly thankGod for the many sacrifices of those who God called, who gavetheir lives to keep us free. I comefrom a family of immigrants, whofought alongside other Ameri-cans in World War I and WorldWar II. At the base of the Statueof Liberty in New York harbor,these words greet all immi-grants:
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning tobe free, the wretched refuse of  your teeming shores. Send these,the homeless, tempest tossed tome. I lift my lamp beside the gold-en door.” 
The next time you take downand fold an Americanflag,remember those who havegiven their last full measure of devotion, and know why it’s fold-ed in a three-sided or tri-cornpattern. Each fold means some-thing. That three-sided tri-cornpattern reminds us of those“farmer-patriots” who worethree-sided hats, fought for ourliberty, giving their lives in theRevolutionary War. The poet,Robert Frost later wrote aboutthem, and the shots fired at Lex-ington and Concord: 
“By the rude bridge that archedthe flood, Their flag to April’sbreeze unfurled. Here once theembattled farmers stood, And fired the shot, heard ‘round theworld.” 
Memorial Day is not just anoth-er “three day holiday.” It is trulya day to “remember” and “givethanks.” In 2000, Congressenacted a law called the NationalMoment of Remembrance. At 3p.m. on Memorial Day, we are topause for a moment of silence toremember the men and womenwho fought and died for our coun-try. One of our founding fathersand presidents, Thomas Jeffer-son, wrote that: “The price of lib-erty is eternal vigilance.”Besides being a nation of “free”immigrants, we are still, “Onenation, under God, indivisible,with liberty and justice for all.”May the peace of Jesus Christ bewith you.
Seizing the Hope Set Before Us ... Heb 6:18 
by Pastor Rick HazenUnited Methodist ChurchMurdo and Draper
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 clos-er to my lap until he was rightbeside me. Then he’d lift his rearone more time and nonchalantlydrop it on my lap as if I probablywouldn’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 any bush-es that might harbor things of interest. At home, Sam was an early-warning system of anything thatwas suspicious or might be anintruder. He especially hatedsnakes and wouldn’t quit barkingat them until someone arrivedwith a hoe and removed the nastything’s head. The body needed tobe disposed of in the burn barrel,and then his job was done. Youcouldn’t just throw it out onto theprairie, though, since that wasn’tright according to him. He’d barkat the corpse until it was properlydisposed of in the burn barrel.This hatred of snakes was evenmore intense after he was bittenon the nose by a rattler that hadslithered right in front of the doghouse and got in a strike whenSam was trying to get out. Samsurvived the strike, but his nosewas pretty big for 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 himenough that he could barely draghimself around. He adored cheeseand ate it so fast that he didn’tnotice the pills. Even then youhad to proceed with caution, butyou could get the quills out if youworked 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.Rex would find them and standbarking at them until Corkyarrived on the scene. Corky wouldthen sneak in without getting bit-ten, grab the nasty old things, andshake them to death. Their team-work was appreciated.Later I had Rags who was ablack-and-white, medium-sizedgal that was a sweetie. Morerecently, son Chance had a blackdog he named “Candy.” She was agood friend to the whole familyand lived in the house quite a bit.She was no small thing but wasn’tas big 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 wideand wouldn’t bother to come backhome if we didn’t go get him. Itwas a relief when he finally ranoff never to return. We also oncegot a yellow Lab for Chance, buthe was much too busy for all of us. A neighbor took a shine to him,and we were very generous andallowed him to keep him.Right now we don’t have a dogdue to our somewhat unsettledexistence. If we ever have another,I’d like him to be a lot like Sam.He was hard to beat. If you have adog at present or in the future, Ihope you luck out with him asmuch as I did with Sam. He and Iwere buddies and the very best of friends.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, anorange streak would rise up andaccompany 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 wasrequired. A lapdog he wasn’t since he wasmuch too large. He didn’t neces-sarily 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 
Lookin’ Around
• Syd Iwan •
Commoditizationof the United Statescattle industry
I recently read a report by oneof our cattle market analysts, whotried to identify what issues and/orpolicies had damaged the cattleindustry the most. Great question... with an exploding populationthat needs to feed itself, one wouldcertainly wonder why the UnitedStates cattle industry is contract-ing.The analyst identified two suchissues, but he also exposed theextremes that such folks as him-self, certain industry groups, andsome of our more social media willgo to distort the facts and createsmoke screens to accomplish theirsocialistic agenda. The articlestates that “mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) for freshmeat products” has “added billionsof dollars of costs to the livestockand meat industry.” WOW – bil-lions! Somebody needs to tell himthat COOL has only been in effectsince 2009 and that even the pack-ers and retailers couldn't come upwith a figure 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 cat-tlemen's groups – you will findoverwhelming producer supportfor mandatory 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 StatesDepartment of Agriculture)“changes will only increase dis-crimination against foreign bornlivestock.” Not sure what changeshe’s talking about, but the onessubmitted by USDA to come intoWTO (World Trade Organization)compliance are designed to reducethe discrimination practice yieldedby U.S. packers in an effort to killCOOL. I still think what the pack-ers did bordered on anti-competi-tive and discriminatory practices... a heck of a thing to witness inthis country.I point this out on COOL notbecause I believe anyone reallybuys into these distortions, as weall understand the extremes thesefolks will go to and certainly theyhave lost their credibility with theaverage U.S. cattle producers.Rather, I point this out becausethese are the same people andgroups that told you in the late’80s and the ’90s that you need tolearn to compete in a global mar-ket; however, they oppose youidentifying your product. Theyalso told you that your competitionwas poultry and pork and notimports.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 profession-al, “What do you suggest?”I imagine the response by theretailer will depend on which prod-uct gives him the most profit,along with 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 forthe beef/cattle industry. Con-sumers are familiar with theseterms in beef and relate thosenames to such things as flavor,tenderness and quality. Historical-ly, consumers have made decisionsbased on these names, they havebecome the brand-like name of each cut, and you don’t conspire tolet your competitor use your brandname!It is well understood that brandnames simplify shopping and aidin processing 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 brandand attach a certain intrinsicvalue to the product because of itsname” like ribeye, New York,porterhouse, T-bone – those nameskind of make your 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 theNational Pork Board said it willaid the consumer’s “decision-mak-ing on pork by adapting beef nomenclature for pork.” In otherwords, they will sell more pork ...at beef’s expense.So, as we look to answer thequestion of what issues and/orpolicies have done the most dam-age to U.S. cattle herd, I wouldhave to say the destructionisttrade policies of some of our indus-try groups and our social media,who have had no problem sacrific-ing U.S. producers for trade liber-alization, as well as the social com-moditization and standardizationof our industry and the fadingproduct identity in the animal pro-tein domestic and global market;instead of concentrating on differ-entiating between our products,we are blurring the lines.
/s/ Leo McDonnell
Note: Leo McDonnell ranches inMontana and North Dakota andhelped to grow the family busi-ness, Midland Bull Test at Colum-bus, Mont., into the largest genet-ic cattle performance test in North America.
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