Curse it all! First his watch hadstopped, so he had stayed for onemore drink, thinking he had time.Then another, and another. Lastcall?! He raced out for home. As hestepped on the gas to head out of town, he realized that his cellphone had the time. He fumbledwith it, but the battery was dead.He couldn’t even call with a lameexcuse saying he was on the way.Curse the rain! The blacktopwas slippery and so very dark. Histires must be hydroplaning tomake him swerve so much. But,he sped up; he was already so late.Damn! He skidded clear into thegrassy ditch at the corner to thegravel road. Still moving, hegunned it and got back onto theroad. Those ruts in the mud wouldbe there tomorrow for everyone tosee. The rutted gravel road wasmuddy and slick.What the? Flashers blinked athim from up ahead. A car wasstopped right in the way. What id-iotic fool would be on this gravelroad this time of night in the rain?He hit the brakes, swerving andthrowing wet gravel in all direc-tions. How he stayed between theditches and got stopped in timewas a miracle. The taste of second-hand beer and whiskey made himgrimace.The other car’s interior light sil-houetted an old woman standingoutside of the open driver’s door.The car was almost sideways onthe road. His headlights showedthe other car was tipped forwardon a flat front tire. He finallyfound his door handle, crawled outand held onto his car as he easedalong it, slipping as he made hisway toward the old lady. Blast it,he didn’t recognize her and hewanted so badly to cuss out some-body he knew.The old bat was all a-tither. Heslurred that he would help changeher tire. Her blasted trunk wasstuck, and when it finally flewopen it surprised him and he fellback in the mud. He didn’t care if she heard him or not. Hoistinghimself up against the bumper, henoticed the “68” license plates andcouldn’t place the county.The jack had to be placed on ahand-scooped mound of gravelrocks for stability. When the sparewas put on, he had to feel aroundin the mud to find the lug nuts. Fi-nally done, grimy as a pigwrestler, he said something notvery pleasant to her as he madehis way back to his car. In a sickly,syrupy pleasant voice, she calledback for him to have a blessednight. Yeah, right!The morning sun blindinglyglared through the windshield. Ittook several minutes for him to re-alize that he had fallen asleep inthe driver’s seat. The car wasparked in the middle of a gravelroad. His brain finally registeredthat he was still a few miles fromhome. His keys were missing; no,there they were on his dashboard.He looked down, expecting to seecaked mud, but he was no dirtierthan when he left the bar lastnight. The ache of a hangover wascoming on strong, but he had sleptoff most of the booze. He got out todo some business. There were notire tracks but his own, and theysnaked wickedly all the way backdown the road. Some strange oldlady ... “68” plates?He slowly, carefully continuedhome, thankful that he was stillalive to give a lame excuse.
by Bill Kunkle
One of the things South Dakotais famous for is its honey, thatsweet stuff people have relishedfor thousands of years. Thatsweet, thick fluid produced bybees from the nectar of flowersand sweet clover, and wild flowersas well, is one of four of the bestin the world.Chris and Terry Baldwin of Belvidere, South Dakota, are oneof the most prominant honey pro-ducers in the area. They havebeen in business for 18 years andcall their product “South Beekota,Pure South Dakota Honey,Golden Valley Apiaries, LLC”.They have about 18 hives in fivedifferent West River SouthDakota coutnies.Like many “snowbirds,” thebees move to Texas for the winter.Other things that make SouthDakota sweet is the
photographs of Philip HighSchool girls, the prose of reporterslike Sonia Nemec, whose longstory in the paper’s September12th edition that brought manymemories for us, for a girl calledKelly, and the sweeping patternsof the prairie.The small towns here are notrelics of a bygone era, rather theyare demonstrations of a differentform of modernity. Philip is acommunity that has transformedinto a landscape for development,investment and commercial gain.The evidence of this is seen everyweek in the
Andwhenever I go back, I’m im-pressed by the ties of kinship andfaith.As a photographer, I find peacein a quiet moment anywhere, butconnect with the people and theelemental forces of life in WestRiver South Dakota. In somesmall, laughing way, I am a childagain here.
Prairie Designs Studio
Prairie Designs Floral Studio celebrated the impending fall season with acraft class and a fall open house, September 16-17. There were a varietyof fall and Christmas permanent botanical arrangements, live African vio-lets and orchids, as well as a selection of merchandise. Crafters were in-structed in a hands-on class on how to create their own classic harvestcornucopia to last throughout the season and for many years to come.Treats and visits with friends rounded out the event. Shown is Elke Baxter,owner and operator of the business.
The South Dakota Rodeo Asso-ciation wrapped up its season. Year-end standings as of Septem-ber 23 are as follows
1. Chance Englebert,Burdock; 2. Mark Kenyon, Hayti; 3. LonnyLesmeister, Rapid City; 4. Shane O'Connell,Rapid City; 5. Joe Wilson, Long Valley; 6.Ryan Burkinshaw; 7. Stetson Murphy,Rapid City; 8. Andrew Hall, Wagner; 9.Cheyenne Seymour, Gillette, Wyo.; 10.Brody Kronberg, Bison; 11. Levi Collins, HotSprings
1. Shelby Vinson, Wor-thing; 2. Kailee Webb, Isabel; 3. LacyCowan, Highmore; 4. Kaylee Gallino,Wasta; 5. Hallie Fulton, Miller; 6. KristiSteffes, Vale; 7. Wanda Brown, Edgemont;8. Courtney Whitman, Sturgis; 9. KrystalMarone, Isabel; 10. Courtney Birkholtz, Wil-low Lake; 11. Tanya Talsma, Iona; 12. KatieLensegrav, Interior; 13. Melodi Christensen,Kennebec; 14. Colbee Mohr, Timber Lake;15. Brooke Steckelberg, Chamberlain; 16.Carole Hollers, Sturgis; 17. Megan Leddy, Virgil; 18. ReAnn Crane, Whitewood; 19.Debra Bixler, Hitchcock; 20. Lisa Bruley,Willow Lake
1. Laura Hunt,Ridgeview; 2. Jenny Belkham, Blunt; 3.Kaylee Nelson, Dickinson, N.D.; 4. JoeyPainter, Buffalo; 5. Jacque Murray, Isabel;6. Syerra Christensen, Kennebec; 7. BaileyPeterson, Parade; 8. Megan Steiger, Mo-bridge; 9. Jana Jasper, St. Charles; 10.Cassy Woodward, Dupree; 11. ElizabethBaker, Box Elder; 12. Webb; 13. Fulton 14.Toree Gunn, Wasta; 15. Trisha Price, Faith;16. Jamie Britton, Buffalo; 17. BrendaWhite, Oelrichs; 18. Hollers; 19. Patty JoBuress, Isabel; 20. Dori Hollenbeck, Winner
1. Tyson Donovan, Sturgis;2. Taygen Schuelke, Newell; 3. Jared Schae-fer, Leola; 4. Allen Auer, Whitewood; 5. JoeyKoupal, Dante; 6. Ian Jacobs, Faith; 7. ChrisKuemper, Delmont; 8. Clint Nelson, Philip
1. Trey Young, Dupree; 2.Troy Wilcox, Red Owl; 3. Colton Musick,Pierre; 4. Treg Schaack, Edgemont; 5. JaceMelvin, Ft. Pierre; 6. Dallas Louden, Martin;7. Matt Peters, Hot Springs; 8. Jamie Wolf,Pierre; 9. Justin Scofield, Volga; 10. RexTreeby, Hecla; 11. Jess Woodward, Dupree;12. Kourt Starr, Dupree; 13. Daine Mc-Nenny, Sturgis; 14. Chad Pelster, BelleFourche; 15. Owen Fagerhaug, Plankinton;16. Calder Johnston, Elm Springs; 17. LeviHapney, Quinn; 18. Carson Musick, Pierre;19. Brent Belkham, Blunt; 20. TravisCowan, Highmore
1. Lacey Tech, Fairfax; 2.Marone; 3. Katie Doll, Prairie City; 4. KristiBirkeland, Dupree; 5. Fulton; 6. Katy Miller,Faith; 7. Chelsey Kelly, Dupree; 8. ShaynaMiller, Faith; 9. Tarin Hupp, Huron; 10.Shandel Yordy, Martin; 11. Stacy Doll,Prairie City; 12. Price; 13. Lensegrav; 14.Britton; 14. Lexy Williams, Hettinger, N.D.;15. Courtney Dahlgren, Timber Lake; 16. Abby Jo Eckstaine, Kennebec; 17. Kelsey Arthur, Fairfax; 18. Painter
Mixed Team Roping:
1. Baker; 2. Trina Arneson, Enning; 3. Lorita Nelson, Philip; 4.Brooke Nelson, Philip; 5. White; 6. K. Nel-son; 7. Ashley Price, Faith; 8. S. Chris-tensen; 9. Painter; 10. Lacey Jo March, HotSprings; 11. Hunt; 12. Hanna Brown, Faith13. T. Price,; 14. Jasper; 15. Crane 16.Denise Nelson, Midland; 17. Whitney Knip-pling, Chamberlain; 18. Cassie Foster, Lem-mon; 19. Jolene Loiseau, Colman; 20. AlisaMcGrath, Belle Fourche
Saddle Bronc Riding:
1. Shorty Gar-rett, Dupree; 2. Wyatt Kammerer, Philip; 3.Travis Schroth, Buffalo Gap; 4. EricGewecke, Red Owl; 5. Kaden Deal, Dupree;6. Ty Kennedy, Philip; 7. Eric Addison, Ca-puta; 8. K.C. Longbrake, Eagle Butte; 9.Lane Stirling, Buffalo; 10; Jay Longbrake,Dupree; 11. Marty Hebb, Cherry Creek; 12.Shadow Jensen, Martin; 13. Kash Deal,Dupree; 14. Kyle Hapney, Harrold; 15. TateLongbrake; 16. Schuelke; 17. Dillon Schroth,Buffalo Gap; 19. Tyrell Bachman, Faith; 19.Seth Longbrake, Howes, 20. Shilo Donner,Morristown
Sr. Men’s Breakaway:
1. Steve Klein,Sioux Falls; 2. J.B. Lord, Sturgis; 3. ChuckNelson, Hartford; 4. Billy Gallino, Wasta; 5.John Hoven, McLaughlin; 6. Scott Lammers,Hermosa; 7. Terry McPherson, Piedmont; 8.John Dean, Platte; 9. Kirk Ford, Huron; 10.Delbert Cobb, Red Owl; 11. Clifford Tibbs,Ft. Pierre; 12. Bryce Sigman, Sturgis; 13.Lennis Fagerhaug, Wessington Springs; 14.Bob Burke, Sundance, Wyo.; 15. Dana Sip-pel, Pierpont; 16. Tom Williams, Faith; 17.Jerry Sharp, Long Valley; 18. LynnWilliams, Faith; 19. Mike Nelson, Philip; 20.Gary Simon, Timber Lake
1. J. Lord; 2. SamOlson, Buffalo; 3. Clint Nelson; 4. CaseyOlson, Prairie City; 5. Jerod Schwarting,White River; 6. L. Hapney, 7. Tom Hunt,Eagle Butte; 8. Wilcox; 9. J. Melvin; 10. E.Lord; 11. Wyatt Schaack, Wall; 12. TateCowan, Ft. Pierre; 13. Mike Wiedman, St.Charles; 14. Johnston; 15. Tye Hale, Faith;16. J.D. Johnson, Dupree; 17. BlakeWilliams, Piedmont; 18. J.J. Hunt,Ridgeview; 19. Evan Thyberg, Hartford; 20.Dean Moncur, Sturgis
1. Tom Varilek, Geddes/Klein/Mick Varilek, Geddes; 2. ClintonOlinger, Plankinton/Katie Anderson, Plank-inton/Randall Olson, Harrisburg; 3. RobertDevitt, Harrisburg/Jamie Kuiper, Canton/Gerald Sorenson, Canton; 4. Gary Garbe/Morgan Tebay/Rick Tebay, all of Alpena; 5.Sara Teeslink, Kimball/Doni Zeller, Forest-burg; 6. Terry Trower, Dell Rapids/Joe Skib-inski, Sioux Falls/Chuck Nelson; 7. BartBlum, Reliance/Mary Pat Fawcett, Colome;8. Jason Friz, Sissteton; 9. Chad Herrboldt,Sisseton; 10. Collin Borgmann/LindsayBorg-mann/Paul Borgmann, all of WhiteLake; 11. Steve Deschepper,Chancellor/Elizabeth Reurink, Lennox/JayReurink, Lennox; 12. Harold Fischer/DanaNelson/Michelle Johnson, all of Vermillion;13. Warren Kiehn, Chamberlain; 14. TomJones, Viborg/Terry McCutcheon, Brook-ings/Dean; 15. Carson Olinger, Plankinton;16. Ronald South, Jr., Wessington Springs;17. Nick Coulter, Montrose/Larry Fossum,Hartford/Dani Miller, Montrose; 18. SuzetteFanning, Elk Point
Team Roping - Header:
1. E. Lord; 2.Tucker Dale, Timber Lake; 3. Tyrell Moody;4. J. Lord; 5. Colton Musick; 6. L. Hapney;7. Wilcox; 8. Devin McGrath; 9. Clay Edgar,Oral; 10. McPherson; 11. Jared Odens,Letcher; 12. Jake Nelson, Creighton; 13. R.Treeby; 14. Kevin Schmidt, Box Elder; 15.Jr. Dees, Aurora; 16. Connor McNenny; 17.Shaun Ruland, Wall; 18. Brett Wilcox; 19.Scott White, Oelrcihs; 20 Jensen
Team Roping - Heeler:
1. Jade Nelson,Midland; 2. Rory Brown, Edgemont; 3. L.Lord; 4. Paul Griemsmann, Piedmont; 5.Carson Musick; 6. Dalton Richter, Quinn; 7.Melvin Arneson, Enning; 8. M. Peters; 9.Billy Myers, St. Onge; 10. Emit Valnes,Eden; 11. Jeff Nelson, Philip; 12. Jesse Dale,Timber Lake; 13. Jade Schmidt, Box Elder;14. Matt Zancanella, Aurora; 15. D. Mc-Nenny; 16. Clint Cobb, Red Owl; 17. EliotHight, White River; 18. Dustin Schaefer,South Shore; 19. L. Williams, Faith; 20.Cash Hetzel, Lemmon
1. J. Lord; 2. E. Lord;3. T. Wilcox; 4. Klein; 5. Colton Musick; 6. L.Hapney; 7. J. Melvin; 8. Peters; 9. CarsonMusick; 10. Chuck Nelson; 11. McPherson;12. Gallino; 13. Treeby; 14. Schuelke; 15.Clint Nelson; 16. Wilson; 17. D. McNenny;18. Johnston; 19. Dean 20. Wiedman
1. Webb; 2.Baker; 3. Fulton; 4. L. Hunt; 5. Painter; 6.
S.D. Rodeo Association year-end standings
K. Nelson; 7. S. Christensen 8. Marone; 9.Jasper; 10. Peterson; 11. B. White; 12. T.Price; 13. K. Doll; 14. Woodward; 15. H.Brown; 16. B. Nelson; 17. K. Miller; 18.Lensegrav 19. Hollers; 20. Hollenbeck
1. T. Schaack; 2. TateCowan,; 3. Jensen; 4. W. Schaack; 5. Mur-phy; 6. J. Schmidt; 7. Dees; 8. C. McNenny;9. Kash Deal; 10. Jacobs; 11. Jason Hapney,Harrold; 12. Thyberg; 13. Cash Hetzel; 13.Colby Hetzel, Lemmon; 14. Skibinski; 15.Bachman; 16. Ty Ollerich, Hartford; 17.Hoyt Kraeger, Miller; 18. Tucker McDaniel,Midland; 19. Kuemper
1. Vinson ; 2. K.Miller; 3. Lensegrav; 4. Anderson; 5. S.Miller; 6. Birkholtz; 7. Tanya Talsma, Iona;8. Jill Jandreau, Kimball; 9. Katie Jo Mor-gan, Valentine, Neb.; 10. Brooke Steckel-berg, Chamberlain; 11. Teeslink; 12. Foster;13. Molly Winckler, Brandon; 14. LexyWilliams; 15. E. Reurink; 16. Tana Bonnet,Rapid City; 17. S. Doll; 18. Brandy JoMarch, Hot Springs; 19. Dahlgren 20. Whit-ney Sprunk, Hermosa
The SDRA Finals are slated forOctober 18-20 in Rapid City at theJames Kjerstad Event Center.