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The official newspaper of Jackson County, South Dakota
includes tax
Volume 107Number 13October 10, 2013
Robyn Jones
The sunshine and healthy livestock was welcomed sight for many ranchers in the area after the recent blizzard that hit the area October 4 and 5. What began with up to three inches of rain, soon turned into several inches of snow,and wind gusts ranging from 50-70 mhp. The conditions took its toll on livestock and large numbers of livestock perished in the storm, while others wandered for miles in white out conditions.In a press release from The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) it reminds producers who have lost livestock during the recent blizzard to document losses. Proper documentation is critical to ensure processing of potential claims.“This early season, record setting blizzard is devastating to our producers and our thoughts are with them,” said Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch. “We are working to coordinate with ag industry stakeholders to establishand execute a response plan.”SDDA is working closely with the Office of Emergency Management, Animal Industry Board, Brand Board and Governor’s Office on recovery efforts.Producers should document all livestock losses with pictures, vaccination and hauling receipts, or any other records for possible future use in disaster relief programs. Third-party verification of losses is recommended. If you havequestions regarding livestock identification, please contact the South Dakota Brand Board at 605.773.3324.Affected producers should contact their local county emergency manager listed: Bennett County: Jeff Siscoe, 605.685.5994; Butte County: Martha Wierzbicki, 605.569.2766; Corson County: Brad Schell, 605.273.4481; Custer County: Mike Carter, 605.673.8152; Fall River County: Frank Maynard, 605.745.7562; Haakon County: Lola Roseth, 605.567.3515; Harding County: Kathy Glines, 605.375.3313; Jackson County: Jackie Stilwell, 605.488.0334; Jones County: Angie Kinsley, 605.669.7101; Lawrence County: Paul Thomson, 605.578.2122; Meade County: Angella Sutton, 605.347.7623; Mellette County: Karen O’Brien, 605.259.3371; Pennington County: Dustin Willett,605.394.2185; Perkins County: Kelly Serr, 605.244.5243; Shannon County: Frank Maynard, 605.745.7562; Todd County: Kara Walking, 605.429.3246; Ziebach County: Mike Burgee, 605.365.5129.The South Dakota Animal Industry Board (AIB) will be coordinating disposal of livestock carcasses. Brand Board inspectors will be involved in identifying livestock and livestock carcasses.
Robyn Jones
With the Federal Government shut down, also comes the closure of the Badlands National Park. Cones were inplace to block all look out points (above) and the pass through the park is open to the Interior junction, but theloop that continues to Interstate 90 is closed (below). Visitors from across the states who were making an attemptto visit the badlands even with the closure were asked to leave by park rangers.Signs located throughout the Bad-lands National Park to inform visi-tors the park is closed.
The 64th annual West CentralElectric Cooperative meeting washeld Wednesday, October 2, in theKadoka auditorium. The businessmeeting, presented by the board of directors, was followed by a com-plementary roast beef supper forthe approximately 325 guests andWest Central Electric personnelpresent.Cooperative members won doorprizes such as a color televisions,beef certificates, barbecues, smallappliances and other prizes. Ins-tumental dinner music was pro-vided by the Jim Szana Trio.The attendees approved a by-law change where only 50 cooper-ative members need be present toconstitute a quorum. Thoughabout 325 attended the annualmeeting, voting ability is perpower meter, thus one householdusually has only one vote.West Central Electric is a ruralcooperative serving members inHaakon, Jackson, Jones, Lymanand Stanley counties. The cooper-ative maintains around 3,573miles of line in an area of morethan 7,000 square miles, servingapproximately 3,660 members.The cooperative’s monthly news-letter, “Cooperative Connections,”includes energy saving programs,current events and issues aboutthe cooperative, along with local,state and national news and infor-mation. Almost 40 people are em-ployed by West Central Electric.West Central Electric officerspresented the projected future of the cooperative. Chief ExecutiveOfficer Steve Reed said that, withthe diminishing population in thearea, everything has grown to bemore efficient. This includes suchthings as LED lighting. Thus WestCentral has had to also becomevery efficient. He thanked mem-bers for their patience during theimplementation of a new billingsystem, where members can nowgo online to check even their dailyusage. With Golden West Telecom-munication’s expansion of its localcall area, Reed asked that mem-bers use West Cental’s phoneThe South Dakota Departmentof Transportation will be closingHighway 63 across the Bad RiverBridge in Midland beginning at 6a.m. until 7 p.m. MDT on Wednes-day, Oct. 9, weather permitting,for the second of two bridge deckpours.Motorists will need to find an al-ternate route around the bridgeduring the closure.The prime contractor on this$1.5 million project is Heavy Con-structors of Rapid City.For more information, contactDean VanDeWiele with the SouthDakota Department of Trans-portation at 605-773-5294.For complete road constructioninformation, visit www.safetrav-elusa.com/sd or dial 511.number 669-8100 instead of 800numbers.Reed said that there is no cleardirection from Washington, D.C.,concerning power companies andenergy policies. What used to bealmost an order to build coal-firedpower plants, has now changedfrom that, while coal is beingshipped to China. He said that thestalled TransCanada XL Pipelinewould be good for the power in-dustry. He concluded with thatcontrolling peak demands equalslower costs. Vic Simmons of Rushmore Elec-tric presented an update for thestate’s electric cooperatives. Gen-eration of electrical power needsto meet the maximum demand atpeak times. Simmons listed thepros and cons of generating elec-trical power by use of coal, hydropower, natural gas, wind and nu-clear power.The cons often involved the gov-ernment. “We need a national en-ergy policy. one that doesn’t al-ways change,” said Simmons. Nat-ural gas is limited because nomajor gas line goes through SouthDakota. Hydro power is at the dis-cretion of the Corps of Engineers.Nuclear power is regulated by dis-posal of spent fuel. Even windpower –currently economical onlybecause of tax credits –must bewary of endangered species, suchas causing harm to whoopingcranes. All power sources areunder attack from the Environ-mental Protection Agency.Simmons concluded with, “Weall use power. We can help withwhen we use it.” Customers/ mem-bers are encouraged to help withelectrical load bearing by runningmajor appliances at night or in thetimes that are not peak times forelectrical use. The cooperative, byusing a customer-requested con-nection system, can temporarilyturn off hot water heaters if vari-able peak load times require it.
West Central Electric meeting
Government shutdownaffects South Dakota locally
Bridge closure in Midland
Chuck Kroetch, left, was honored by Chief Executive Officer Steve Reed,for Kroetch’s 18 years on the West Central Electric board of directors.
Del Bartels
October blizzard brings harsh conditions to western South Dakota
- Thursday, October 10, 2013 - Kadoka Press
Infinite Variety
This state is sometimes called“The Land of Infinite Variety.”That would include blizzards asearly as October 4, hundred-and-twelve degree heat in July, andvarious other things we’d rathernot talk about. I particularly donot need major snowstorms in Oc-tober. That is way too early.Not that we suffered all thatmuch in yesterday’s blizzard. Ourelectricity was only out an hour ortwo, and it wasn’t that cold. Itwas, of course, extremely windyand wasn’t a day for leisurelystrolls in the park or across theprairie. My main complaint is thatthis kind of a weather system putsmy nerves on edge. I can’t reallysettle to anything. I’m wonderingwhen the power is going to go out,how much snow there will be togive us grief, and, primarily, whenthe dumb thing is going to getover. You’d think that I’ve livedthrough enough of these storms to just take them in stride, but Iguess I haven’t. They still get mefussed up. At present, however, the windhas subsided, the snow has quit,and the stars are out. There’s aglow in the east meaning sunriseis imminent. Things are a lot bet-ter. I can take a deep breath andget back to some semblance of nor-mal. That’s a good thing. Maybe Ican even accomplish something of value today. Who knows? Alter-nately, I may need a day to get my-self back to normal beforeattempting anything that takesrational thinking or concentration.If I ramble on incoherently here,you’ll know why.Despite the occasional storm orother form of miserable weather, Ido basically like this area suffi-ciently to plan on staying. I’vebeen to enough other places in mylifetime to compare living condi-tions, and we actually have itpretty good here most of the time.For one thing, we aren’t crowded.There is plenty of room to move. If I pass three cars on the countryroads going to town, that is heavytraffic. Quite often I pass no one.Even the interstate is by no meansbumper to bumper, and for ninemonths of the year it really doesn’thave much traffic. In the summermonths with tourists, we mighthave to keep our wits about uswhen driving, but few touristscome here from November to April. They have better sense. Thebusiest time might be in Augustwhen they have the motorcyclerally, and you can easily pass ahundred roaring two-wheelersevery ten miles and campers ga-lore. The quietest time is probablyJanuary when most sensible peo-ple stay farther south.I also like the fact that our statedoes have a wide variety of scenery. We have farm country inthe east and ranch country west.Over northeast there are lots of lakes, and a big old river runsnorth to south in the middle. Inthe southwest, the badlands takeup a chunk of real estate. Waywest are mountains and treeswhich I don’t care much for andconsider somewhat claustropho-bic, but other folks seem to thinkthey’re dandy.We also have major differencesin annual rainfall from east towest. East river often has enoughmoisture to raise corn and soy-beans while the northwest barelyhas enough to grow grass. Here inthe middle we are between the ex-tremes and usually have enoughprecipitation for grass and hay,but crops are somewhat hit andmiss. We may be able to growthem or maybe not. I never didcare much for farming so that isn’tmy main concern, but I do like tohave the enough grass to decentlyfeed the critters.Culturally speaking, the artsare more at home far east and farwest in the biggest towns. Be-tween those more heavily popu-lated areas, you aren’t going tofind many orchestras or art gal-leries, or much classical music. Iwas trained as a classical pianist,but I don’t spend a lot of time onthat here since the general popu-lation isn’t keen on that sort of thing. That’s okay. There are otherforms of music that fill the bill ad-equately, and I can concentrate onthose.Far and away, though, the bestthing about this state is the peo-ple. They are basically friendlyand helpful. If you live in this areaas long as I have, you know andlike a whole lot of people. In cities,people may not know their next-door neighbor whereas here we getto know practically everyone. If wedial the wrong number on thephone, we’re apt to know the per-son who answers and end up hav-ing a nice chat before hanging up.This is sort of nice. I like it.So, occasionally the infinite va-riety of weather we have to dealwith in this silly state can besomewhat of a pain. Other thingsmore than compensate, however,so I guess I’ll just stick around tosee what happens next. It may begood or it may be less so, but I’mprobably here to stay on thesewide-open prairies that, most of the time, I love.
Senate DemocratsShould Stop BlockingFunding for DoDCivilians, NationalGuard Employees
Military service covers a widerange of duties and responsibili-ties throughout the branches of our Armed Forces. From operatingand maintaining equipment, todefending our nation at home, todeploying forces abroad, each of these men and women—civilian,National Guard and Reserve, andactive-duty military—are criticalto sustaining our military readi-ness. Due to the important natureof their job, those who serve anddefend our nation should not beforced to face the added anxiety of wondering how their pay will beaffected by disagreements overspending in Washington.On Monday, September 30th,President Obama signed the “PayOur Military Act” to provide payduring a lapse in governmentfunding for active-duty membersof the Armed Forces. The legisla-tion, which passed with unani-mous support in the Senate, alsoprovided the Secretary of Defensewith the authority to pay civilianand contract employees who areengaged in supporting our ArmedForces. Unfortunately, despite en-actment of this law, the Depart-ment of Defense (DoD) civilianpersonnel and full-time NationalGuard employees throughout thecountry were furloughed.In response to these furloughs,I sent a letter to Secretary of De-fense Chuck Hagel calling for himto send these hard-working menand women back to work. My let-ter stressed that the legislationsigned by the president grantedauthority to pay civilian and con-tract employees who are engagedin supporting our Armed Forces,including many of those who wererecently furloughed at Ellsworth Air Force Base and South DakotaNational Guard installations. I be-lieve that Congress acted withclear intent to prevent the fur-lough of National Guard employ-ees and civilian DoD personnelwho support our Armed Forces, aposition supported by the Adju-tant General of the South DakotaNational Guard, and am dismayedthat the administration still choseto inappropriately furlough thesemen and women.In addition to my letter, I alsooffered a unanimous consentagreement on the Senate floor topass a bill to ensure NationalGuard and Reserve servicemenand women who are not on active-duty are able to train and receivecompensation during this lapse ingovernment funding. Unfortu-nately, Senate Democrats blockedfunding for this bill along withthree other common-sense fundingbills to resume normal operationsfor several important governmentfunctions, including: veterans’services, lifesaving medicine andtreatment, and national parks andmuseums. I was disappointed thatthe Senate Democrat MajorityLeader chose to play partisan pol-itics rather than pass measures tofund these important services.I will continue to work to endthis unnecessary partial govern-ment shutdown and put our DoDcivilian personnel and NationalGuard servicemen and womenback to work.
Lookin’ Around
| Syd Iwan
From the U.S. Senate
| Senator John Thune
From the U.S. Senate
| Senator Tim Johnson
Finding CommonGround to Fund theGovernment
 At midnight on October 1st, thefederal government shut downdue to a lapse in appropriations.I’ve heard from hundreds of SouthDakotans about the shutdown andhave heard from hundreds whosupport the effort underway toprotect people from the damagingeffects of Obamacare. I want totake this opportunity to sharesome insight into where I standand to let you know what I’ve beendoing to try to resolve this issue.I was not in favor of shuttingdown the government and I wantto see it get reopened as soon aspossible. In the past, governmentfunding bills have always includednegotiations on reforms that canbe put into place. That is why it isso surprising that the Presidentand the Senate are refusing to ne-gotiate. I have voted four times inthe past week to keep the govern-ment open while also asking thatno one get special treatmentunder Obamacare – which issomething I’ve heard repeatedlyfrom South Dakotans who havecontacted me and asked for.One of the most recent bills Ivoted for would have kept the gov-ernment open while also delayingthe individual mandate in Oba-macare for one year. This mandaterequires all individuals to pur-chase health insurance or pay atax. President Obama previouslydecided to give big businesses adelay from this requirement, sowhy should we treat individualsand families any differently? I be-lieve it is only fair that big busi-nesses and the people of SouthDakota be treated the same underObamacare. All of these attempts to fundthe government while providingfairness from Obamacare havebeen rejected out of hand by theSenate Majority Leader. In re-sponse, I supported an attempt toconvene a formal conference com-mittee so the House and the Sen-ate could meet and work out ourdifferences. Unfortunately, our re-quest for negotiation was rejected.Our country’s spending prob-lems are simply unsustainable.The federal government goes $4billion into debt every day. Withthe debt we have accumulated inthe past year we could have fullyfunded the state of South Dakota’sbudget for nearly 200 years. Wecannot continue to borrow moneyfrom China to fund our federalgovernment today and expect ourchildren and grandchildren to pickup the tab. That’s why the Presi-dent’s insistence that we continueto do so and stick with the statusquo is so shocking.Obamacare is a law that toomany people don’t want and ourcountry can’t afford. It is filledwith nothing but broken promises.In fact a recent Manhattan Insti-tute study shows that youngmales in South Dakota will see a145 percent increase in their pre-miums because of Obamacare. A 64-year-old female in SouthDakota will see her premiums in-crease by over 93 percent, accord-ing to the same study.While I would prefer to see thelaw completely repealed and de-funded, I have been and remainwilling to find common groundwith Senate Democrats. I amhopeful that the President willbegin to start productive conversa-tions with Congress that will keepour country strong and safe. They just need to be willing to come tothe table and talk.In the meantime, I have beensupporting targeted funding billsthat would allow our governmentto continue doing things like payour troops, operate national parks,continue children’s cancer re-search, and take care of veterans.These basic functions of govern-ment are not controversial.There’s no reason we shouldn’tfund them immediately.Please know that I will con-tinue working to resolve this prob-lem. In the meantime, I hope Icontinue hearing from you. I ap-preciate hearing your stories andreceiving your feedback. Pleasestay in touch.
From the U.S. House
| Representative Kristi Noem
Republican ShutdownPuts South Dakotansat Risk
 Visitors to Mount Rushmorehave been turned away. More than400 civilian employees atEllsworth Air Force Base havebeen sent home without pay.South Dakota small businesses re-lying on federal Small Business Administration loans to grow andcreate new jobs have been cut off from this credit. USDA officesacross the state are shuttered.These are just a few examples of the real, every day impact the gov-ernment shutdown is having inSouth Dakota.Nationwide, the shutdown hasresulted in 800,000 federal work-ers being furloughed, more than400 national parks and monu-ments being closed, veterans edu-cation and rehabilitation benefitsnot being processed, and 19,000children being sent home fromHead Start centers. The shutdownis disrupting our recent economicgains. It will cost our economy $10billion each week the governmentremains closed. Additionally, athree-to-four week shutdown isprojected to slash our country’sGDP by 1.4 percent. For the goodof the country, Congress mustreach a deal to end the govern-ment shutdown.Last week, the Senate passed a“clean” funding bill to keep thegovernment running through mid-November. This would give Con-gress time to negotiate alonger-term measure to providefunding certainty through the re-mainder of the fiscal year. This billrepresents a compromise fromSenate Democrats and funds thegovernment at spending levelsthat are closely in line with theHouse-passed Ryan Budget. Un-fortunately, the House has refusedto vote on the Senate bill and hasinstead attached a controversialpolicy rider to delay the AffordableCare Act, commonly called “Oba-macare.”There isn’t the support in theSenate to approve a policy riderdelaying Obamacare, and thePresident has vowed to veto theHouse bill. Republicans havemade their case against Oba-macare legislatively and judiciallythrough the courts, but they havelost the argument each time. TheSupreme Court issued its decision,the American people had theirvoices heard in last November’selection, and Obamacare is mov-ing forward as a result. There is atime and a place to debate policy,but it is reckless to hold our gov-ernment hostage when one sidedoes not get its way.We live in a nation where thereare checks and balances. OurFounding Fathers created a gov-ernment designed around theprinciples of compromise and con-sensus. Unfortunately, a relativelysmall minority in the House haveabandoned the spirit of compro-mise, grinding the government toa halt until they get everythingthey want. This is not the way ademocracy works.South Dakotans are rightfullysick and tired of the gridlock andpartisanship in Washington. Ourcountry simply cannot afford tostumble from one manufacturedcrisis to the next. The Americanpeople expect and deserve better.While I believe we can find solu-tions to contentious issues, it willrequire compromise and a willing-ness to work together for the com-mon good. The time has come forthe House of Representatives toend the government shutdownand for Congress to get to work onthe nation’s business.
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To Jackson County forgiving Bennett County $500 forthe elderly meals that is to reim-burse the cost for the service inJackson County. They provide aservice that would cost residentsway more and is very muchneeded.
Kudos & Concern:
To JacksonCounty Commissioners for settingup 911 county wide. But now theradios need upgraded for the 911service and this is a great expense.Who’s responsibility will it be? Theambulance and each fire depart-ment or the county?
To the SD DOT, West Cen-tral Electric lineman, and theemergency workers who were outin the recent blizzard clearingroads, restoring power and help-ing those in need! We are thankfulfor your hard work and dedication.
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“A great man stands on God. A small man standson a great man.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
I am doing news this week, be-cause June Ring is stranded inRapid City, she and Jean Karywere participating in the SouthDakota History Conference whenthe storm hit there. Watch for herversion of the storm in the newsnext week.The Dan Tafts went up to RapidCity on Thursday afternoon andgot a motel room. The appoint-ments they had scheduled for Fri-day morning were canceledbecause of the blizzard along withthe Lakota Nation volleyball tour-nament. They soon becamecounted among the hundredsstranded in the Black Hills untilSunday evening when they finallycould travel on Interstate 90.Susan reported of seeing the sadsight of lots of dead cattle alongthe way. Heather Taft held the fortdown here at Norris while theywere gone. She ended up wran-gling their cattle back home withthe help of neighbors.Sept. 28, Deb Ring broughtdown her friends, Gene and MarieBoufquet, from Montana to showthem her home place. They wereguests of Deb parent’s, Robert andSharon Ring, for the day.Wednesday, Sharon Ring tookher grandson, Jeremy, to Murdo tokeep his appointment.
Norris School News:
54% of the parents turned out for the par-ent/teacher conference held lastThursday evening. Tuesday after-noon, they plan to take the stu-dents in for the prevention dayassembly at White River at 2:30p.m.Sharon Ring reported 3½ inchesof rain before the snow hit on Fri-day night.The fall blizzard of 2013 willdefinitely go down in history.Thursday evening folks were busybringing in their garden produceand covering the rest in prepara-tion for the storm headed our way.My entryway looks like the mak-ings for a big vegetable soup. It isfull of everything from cabbage,tomatoes, potatoes and onions, towatermelon. That night it startedto rain, we received over twoinches before the snow startedlater Friday evening. Saturday wewoke up to a blanket of snow anda real winter blizzard. All thepreparation in the world does notget a person ready for a storm likethat. The trees were all weigheddown and breaking branches. It isquite a sight to see the trees stillgreen and snow on the ground.The mighty oaks down the creeklook pretty sad.Friday night and Saturday, theelectricity was blinking off and on,and the folks north of town actu-ally lost power. In the middle of the day on Saturday we lost theuse of the telephone and Norris isa dead zone for cell phones, too!Losing contact with family andneighbors in a blizzard like that islosing a lifeline. The phone servicewas restored within a few hoursand the electricity is back on nowtoo.Sunday morning was a muchdifferent day. The wind had dieddown, the snow had quit and thesun was shining. Church serviceswere canceled as folks began tosurvey the damages and counttheir losses. South Dakota has thebest people in the world and astorm like this proves it all themore. In this country we share ourprofits, losses and blessings witheveryone. We know we are all inthis together.Many folks saw our cattle be-hind the Norris Head Start build-ing and called, offered their helpand several came to help when wegot them in. With the help of friends and neighbors ranchersare still gathering up and sortingtheir cattle that drifted or strayedwith the storm today (Monday). Itseems everyone has suffered someloss. I looked out one door and sawthe church steeple pointing us toGod and then I go to the entrywayon the opposite end and see all thegarden produce; (it shows no signof the terrible hail storm that hitin late July). Just as the gardenrecovered from the storm, withGod’s help; we will recover.Pat and Donna Nowlin of Stoughton, WI, visited in Kadokalast week. They had been toBrookings to visit with his brother,Ed Nowlin, and stopped to visit inDeSmet on the way to Kadoka.While here they visited with AuntLillian Carlson, who was still a pa-tient in the Philip hospital andwith his sister, Janice Nowlin.Thursday they were on their wayto Rapid City to have supper withJanice’s son, Justin.Tim and Carmen Huffman arenew grandparents with the birthof granddaughter, Ariella KennedeHuffman, on September 16. She isthe daughter of Keith Huffmanand Lindsey Bettelyoun of RapidCity. Ariella weighed eight pounds,15 ounces and was 20 1/2 incheslong. Carmen spent a few dayswith Keith and Lindsey after thebirth and had planned to visitagain this past weekend.Jerry Baldwin of Rapid Citywas a Kadoka visitor on Tuesday,October 1. He told the morningcoffee drinkers that on Monday hetook part in the Crazy Horse Au-tumn Volksmarch public hike nearCuster.Deb and Marv Moor went toBurke on Friday to attend the fu-neral of Marv’s cousin, KathyLindwurm, age 50. They were ableto arrive back home just as therain turned to sleet, and then intoa full blown snow blizzard. Marvhas been busy since working withWest Central to get the electricityback on after many electric polesand wires in the area were torndown because of heavy snow andice. An unusual October blizzardraged in Western South Dakota allday Saturday, and as of Mondayschools in the Hills were closed asthe Lead area got over 50” of snowand Rapid City snow measuredover 30”. In Kadoka the snowfallwasn’t as high but the wind keptthe visibilty near zero and Inter-state 90 was closed from Murdo tothe Wyoming border for severalhours. We were lucky that theelectricity was off and on duringthe morning Saturday. The treesin Kadoka took a real hit, as manylarge tree limbs are on the groundor hanging from large cracks.There are many reports of largelosses of cattle from area ranches. A large crowd attended the an-nual West Central meeting andsupper in Kadoka on Wednesdaynight. People in this area are cer-tainly grateful for this electriccompany and are even more sowhen a snow storm like we hadthis past weekend occurs.Legion Auxiliary members arereminded that there will be no Oc-tober meeting this month and thenext meeting will be on November14. October 15 is the deadline fortaking gifts to the local library forthe Veterans at the Hot Springs Veterans Hospital’s ChristmasGift Shops. The gifts will be takento the facility in Hot Springs onWednesday, October 16 as the giftshops will be held in early Novem-ber.Only one area bronc riderplaced in rodeos last week – ColeElshere tied for 3rd with a score of 77 and winnings of $1,085 at the Atlantic City, NJ, BoardwalkRodeo. There are eight SouthDakota bronc riders in the top 50in the world standings, with ChadFerley up to 3rd place with win-nings of $103,771 and ColeElshere standing at 10th, win-nings of $80,698. Included in thoseeight are Ty Thompson and LouieBrunson.The West Central Electric heldtheir annual meeting and appreci-ation supper on Wednesdayevening. There was a huge crowdthat attended. It was a very goodmeeting and prizes and moreprizes were given out.May we welcome two new resi-dents at the apartments, ConnieWoodenKnife and her daughter.The Jackson-Kadoka EconomicDevelopment Corp. held theirmonthly meeting at the Commu-nity Room on Wednesday, October2. They meet on the first Wednes-day of each month and the meet-ing is open to the public. Theirpurpose and goal is to the develop-ment and promotion of JacksonCounty and the City of Kadoka.The people who serve on the boardneed your interest, encouragementand ideas to proceed in the best ef-forts. It was a very interestingmeeting and the board is very ded-icated to their responsibilities.This is your city and county, foryour sake, please participate withinterest. Again, I heard an inter-esting meeting. Where were you?My grandson, Chris Riggins,stopped in Sunday evening andwhen he left my lights were on,and there was a picture and soundon the TV. Gods blessing. It was along and quiet Sunday. I read abook Saturday afternoon.Thought: “Truth is the only safeground to stand on.”Church was held in Belvidereon Sunday despite the interstatebeing closed and the other roadsbeing somewhat dicey. The congre-gation only numbered about 15, or16 if you counted Rev. McCubbin.It wasn’t exactly a standing-room-only affair. It did turn out to be anice morning, however, and theday was a major improvementover the blizzard on Friday andSaturday. Marj and Marvin Streethad returned to their house underthe water tower on Saturdayevening although they had to takethe service road from Murdo westsince the interstate was closed.Marj played the organ for churchon Sunday. They hope to be here acouple of weeks or so. Since theirwater heater had gone bad the lasttime they were here, they werehoping to go to Rapid City on Sun-day afternoon for a replacement.Sister Crystal Paulson stronglyadvised against that. A call to sis-ter Elaine in Rapid City confirmedthat it was a bad idea. A call toMenard’s showed that theyweren’t even open for business.Getting a new water heater hastherefore been postponed untilroads and businesses get back tonormal.The Fox family made up abouthalf the congregation in church onSunday at Belvidere. Kenny,Roxie, Wade, Patty, and fourdaughters made eight, and 16 wasall that was there. Kenny saidthat, so far, they haven’t found anydead cattle from the storm at theirplace, but they have quite a bit of natural protection for which theyare thankful. Reports are comingin, however, of large losses northand west. It appears to be a com-bination of this being an early bliz-zard that came before the cattlehad time to grow their wintercoats, rain beforehand whichchilled everything down, andstrong wind and snow. A lot of thecattle were still in summer pas-tures where there traditionallyisn’t as much protection as winterquarters.Jim and Fayola Mansfield droveto Wyoming again on Monday towatch their grandson, Thomas,play football. His team was play-ing against Wright, and they cameout the winners. Wright is anearby town that is home to anumber of miners from the area.Daughter Alison and her husband,Mike Davis, report getting plentyof snow on Friday and Saturday.They haven’t noticed any dead cat-tle at their place yet and hope notto find any. Mansfields haven’tcompletely checked all their cattleyet but haven’t noticed a lot of losses although a few. Fayola hadheard bad reports of cattle lossesat Wall, northwest of Philip, northof Belvidere, and at Interior. Somecattle also apparently drifted overthe Badlands wall. It was a nastystorm that came too early for thecattle or ranchers to be ready forit.Chuck Fortune said they didn’tseem to have many cattle losses.He also said the rain and moisturewere welcome, and they may havegotten close to three inches of pre-cipitation. Two of that probablycame as rain and the rest as snow.John Addison is preparing totake part in the Badlands circuitrodeo finals that will be held atMinot, ND, from Thursdaythrough Sunday of this week. Hewill compete in bareback. Hisbrother Eric will be in the SDRA (South Dakota Rodeo Asso.) finalsafter that only in saddle bronc in-stead of bareback. John said theyweathered the storm fairly welland only had brief power outagesat their place.Nikki Bonenberger said theywere holding their own after thestorm. They made it through with-out too much damage. This weekwill be back to school as usual.Brett normally takes the kids toschool when he goes to town towork at the feed store and picksthem up again afterwards.MaKaylan is in Gail Reutter’sfirst-grade class, and McCoy is inDana Eisenbraun’s pre-kinder-garten class. Nikki isn’t workingoff the place at present so stayshome when she can but goes totown on schooling trips as neces-sary.Dolezals lost a few cattle in thewinter storm but faired fairly well.Joy got a few days off from 1880Town since there weren’t a lot of people stopping to tour the placeduring a blizzard. They couldn’tget there anyway with the inter-state closed. Things may get moreback to normal later this week.Jim Addison said there werequite a few dead cattle visiblealong the roads from Belvidere to1880 Town. Daughter Jami did goto school in Murdo on Friday, andJim went there in the rain in theafternoon to pick her up. She wassomewhat interested in stayingwith friends instead of cominghome, but she did come home. OnSaturday when their electricitywas out quite a bit at Belvidere,her friends in Murdo told her sheshould have stayed since theirpower never went out and theywere nice and warm with theirfurnace working just fine. Geor-gann had planned to do some bar-rel racing this weekend, but thatwas cancelled. They said theywould refund any entrance feesand so forth. Georgann has alsobeen in Philip quite a bit helpingher mom, Audrey Carley, who ispreparing for a possible trip totheir Florida quarters in a fewdays.Syd Iwan’s pickup was powerwashed by a combination of wind-driven rain and snow. A few spotswere missed on the leeward side,but that can be easily remedied bya few strokes of a wet rag. Thereisn’t a lot of good to be said for therecent storm except that, and thatmoisture is usually welcome inthis area.Larry and Jo Johnston felt theeffects of the storm, along withseveral neighbors. Both cows andcalves died in the storm and othersdrifted for miles and through sev-eral fences in the blowing snow.
Correspondent News
Kadoka Press - Thursday, October 10, 2013 -
 Norris News
| Marjorie Anne Letellier,
Kadoka Area News
| Sydne Lenox,
Gateway News
| Lola Joyce Riggins,
837-2053 (Let it ring.)
Belvidere News
| Syd Iwan,
Well, it’s a catch up week hereat KNH on the news. We’ve hadseveral visitors and family mem-bers stop by the past couple of weeks.First thing we would like to ex-tend our deepest sympathy to Vicki Wilson and family for theirloss. Many family membersstopped over to see their grand-mother, Edith Perault. Some of those stopping by were JasonHeadlee, Mary Knight, and RockyHarris, and of course, Vicki.Emma Jarl got to go out tolunch at Jigger’s Restaurant withher grandson, Stan, and his fam-ily, Deb, Trey, and Savannah Knis-pel on Saturday. Lunch wasterrific and the social hours wereeven better.Katie Weller Knutson, thedaughter of Bud and Clara BelleWeller, was here for a couple of days visiting. She definitely inher-ited her mom’s disposition. She’sso pleasant and kind. Also, stop-ping in to see Clara Belle were herhusband, Bud, Shirley Josserand,and some friends.Short Ireland got back from histrip to Miami, OK. He went to visithis oldest son, Jerry, and his wife,Pam. He took the trip with his son,Hal. Shorty was gone about sixdays and came back with a fewstories to tell and stated he had agreat trip!Jack and Elaine Roghair cameby to see the residents and to kickthe ball around in fitness class. Idon’t know who likes it the most,Jack or the residents! I know theybring BIG smiles around here.Micki Word got a surprise visitfrom a good friend and fellow em-ployer, Royce Garrett. Roycestayed a few hours and theyseemed to catch up on some oldbusiness. Micki, also had a chanceto go to some of the homecomingevents, including the footballgame. She also went to the girlsvolleyball game with Derald Kul-havey and Cathy Stone. Keep upthe good job Kougars! We’d alsolike to wish Micki’s husband, Bob,a speedy recovery. Bob and MaryEllen Herbaugh are over in thePhilip hospital.Joy Carson was a very popularlady once again this week. Sawyer,a nephew dropped by along withOliver, Gayle, Ron, Renate, andWilma. We all keep her quite busyduring the day. She loves to doword search or read when she’s inher room.Bunny Green had a visit fromher daughter, Darlene, and friend.They sat outside and enjoyed thefresh air and probably the lastlook at the beautiful flowers. Wedid get the produce picked fromthe garden and the apples picked,peeled, and homemade apple piesmade. Talk about some good stuff!Others stopping in were Betty Ku-sick and many others to say hello.Larry and Genell Kimball, anephew of Kate DeVries, came byto say hi. Kate enjoyed showingthem around the facility and intro-ducing them to a few of the resi-dents and staff. Arlyss Klundt and Raynitadrove down from Rapid City totake Ruth Klundt our to Jigger’sfor lunch. Everything was deli-cious as always! They stayedawhile to visit and then headedback.Mary Bull Bear shared herweek with many family membersand friends. Mary loves when thelittle ones stop in.Mike Kinsley and Gen Liffen-gen from Murdo were here forSunday church services. They willbe here on any month having fiveSundays. We appreciate all thosewho come in and do our churchservices.Reverend Ray Greenseth andColleen stopped by to check MaryEllen Herbaugh. They were luckyto have stopped when they did asMary Ellen was only back for acouple of days before she had to re-turn to the Philip hospital. Getwell soon.Lois Pettyjohn, Lola Joyce Rig-gins, and Father Bryan were allhere Monday. This starts us off toa good week!rances Terkilsen and Geraldine Allen called and played Bingo withus last Tuesday. We always enjoya new voice for the calling. Anyoneout there that would like to volun-teer calling Bingo, read devotions,or do any other activity PLEASEcall me, Cathy Stone 837-2270. Wealways are looking for an extrahand or foot up in here!Those visiting Dwight Louderthis week were his brother, Nelva,and his wife, Janet. One of theboys and Dorothy were also in tocheck on him.Lova Bushnell and ShirleyJosserand came by on Saturday tovisit and to take in the afternoongame. We played Bingo since ithad to be canceled because of theparade. Speaking of the parade wehad a good time trying to put it to-gether in the wind. Our theme:Scotties are the “UnderdogS”!Those riding in the parade were: Alice Wilmarth, Charity Edwards,Ruth Klundt, Sheila Bowen,Elmer Williams, Shorty Ireland,Kate DeVries, Ruby Saftner, andCathy Stone.We are always happy to see allwho stop by to say hi, and keepcoming back, we enjoy each andeveryone of you! And we so appre-ciate everyone for taking the timeto stop. Remember the HolidayFestival on November 3.
Kadoka Nursing Home
| Cathy Stone,

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