Main Street issues continue to plague Town Board
James and Marcie Sandgrenwere present at the Town Boardmeeting, October 16th, to discussthe condition of Main Street.They feel that west main needs tohave some priority, it is almostimpassable and is only one laneon good days. Driveways on westmain have been almost inaccessi-ble since the beginning of theproject. M Sandgren asked,"What is the plan, what do wehave to look forward to?" Chap-man replied, "We kinda turned itover to Branden." J Sandgrensaid, " If there was an emergencyon west main, an emergency ve-hicle can not make it down thestreet."Before BL Construction cancomplete west main he needs tocut ditches and put culverts in.Sandgrens stated that they donot want a culvert in their drive-way, they feel that the bridge intheir driveway takes on way morewater than a culvert that wouldbe put in there. The water thatflows through Sandgrens comesfrom the south not the east.Perkins County Title Company,a business on the south side of main street would like to be in-cluded in the curb and gutterquote. there is 25 feet of curb andgutter needed in front of theirbusiness. Chapman will get anestimate from BL Constructionand it will be discussed at thenext meeting.Main Street businesses arewhat bring people to town, whichin turn fund street projects fromthe two percent sales tax that isset aside for street repairs andmaintenance. The Town as wellas the Main Street businessesshould all take pride in our town.J Sandgren commented, "BLConstruction has done an excel-lent job!" The street project com-pletion date is July 1, 2014.The question was also asked,why the town is buying up lotsand taking them off of the taxroll? The town recently pur-chased a lot between Main Streetand Carr Street. The plan is tobuild a street that doesn't matchup with any other street. It alsogoes through a main water waythat drains the north central partof town. Is this necessary? Chap-man stated, " maybe we can movethe driveway to the BentleyBuilding east to join the newstreet." M Sandgren asked, Doesthe Town have the finances to dowhat needs to be done on thestreets that are currently tornup?" Butsavage replied, "we havea plan."SDSU Extension Representa-tive Paul Thares of Lemmon pre-sented a very impressiveexplanation of what is availablethrough SDSU Extension withthere Community DevelopmentProgram. Thares stresses the Youth Entrepreneurship Pro-gram. This program gets youngpeople involved and helps themtake ownership in their commu-nities. This program helps youthbuild valuable relationships withadult leaders in the communitywho care about their communi-ties future. Youth can get in-volved by job shadowing andvolunteering.Thares is working at Market-
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the survey and have activities setup to gather additional commu-nity input regarding communitystrengths and opportunities forPerkins County. Refreshmentswill be served.
Bison Cemetery Assn
will meetWednesday October 30 at 7:00p.m. at the Buzz Stop. Any inter-ested persons are welcome to at-tend.
October 31st is thedeadline date for the Taxes.Taxes postmarked by October31st will be considered on time.Interest will accrue starting No-vember 1st.
Highlights & Happenings
Trees & White Goods Pick-up
The Town of Bison will pick uptrees first and then white goods,starting immediately throughFriday, October 25. White goodsmust have Freon removed and betagged by Grand Electric.
Benefit supper and auction
for the Tracy Wolff family will beSaturday, October 26th at 5 p.m.at the Bentley Building. Auctionitems can be left at DacotahBank.
Perkins County Comprehen-sive Planning CommunityOpen House
: Thursday, October24th, 7 pm at the Bentley Build-ing. We will reveal the results of
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Volume 31Number 19October 24, 2013
Bison blizzard bonanza
By Anna McNuff The story of one British Girl’s12,000 mile, 7 month cyclethrough all 50 US states, and herstay near Bison during the Octo-ber snowstorm Atlas. Raising money for Right to Play and talk-ing about her adventure by bikealong the way. She left Alaska inthe summer of 2013 an will end inHawaii.
Well stone me, it’s been aneventful few weeks. I’ve hadsmall storms, big storms, off-roadadventures, truck riding, cowmilking and a degree of localfame. Smothered over the top islashings of human kindness, witha side order of wonderful peeps.
THE BAIN OF MONTANA
I’ll keep this brief, although thetorturous riding was anythingbut. Riding on gravel is one thing.Riding on sand, sludge, rocks andmud is entirely another. Toss inthe added Brucey bonus of ‘whoknows how long this goes on for’and ‘here’s a 30mph cross windfor you’ and I’ll admit things inSouthern Montana got a little …frustrating. I maintain that ade-quate route research had beenconducted. I was to follow a net-work of minor roads and put mygood faith in names like ‘High-way 446’ and ‘Old US Highway10’. Aye, foolish me. Apparentlyit’s not illegal to call a few looselyplaced stones a ‘highway’ (FYI itshould be. Who do I need to call?).There was nothing for it but to goBritish on the gravel’s ass - keepcalm, and carry on. Although Idid later adapt this to “developmild Tourette’s, and carry on”.
Gravel gravity aside, Montanais an incredibly picturesque state,and I was sad to wave it’s beauti-ful mountains goodbye. After abrief and illicit tarmac affair withNorth Dakota I made my wayinto South Dakota. With the USGovernment shutdown havingscuppered plans to get the fullMount Rushmore experience (Se-riously Obaams? How could you.Sort it out already), and warningsof another storm headed directlyfor the Black Hills, I pedalledEast as far and as fast as I could. Apparently, I am yet to masterthe art of out-cycling weather…
THE WONDERFUL WEICHMANNS
The day I met the Weichmannfamily, was actually the worstday I’d had on the bike so far. AndI don’t say that lightly. As I rolledinto the small town of Bison (pop-ulation 340), I was in a slump.Overtired, run down and havingbeen passed by a total of 4 carsthat day - I was just about on theverge of cracking out the emer-gency volleyball and naming itWilson.To my delight, someone, some-where heard my weary cries. Andas if by magic, Katie appeared.She drove past, waving so enthu-siastically from within the carthat I feared her whole right armmight just detach and fly into thewindscreen. I, being the dignifiedlady I am, retorted with a wave of equal magnitude. She pulled thecar over and we had a mutual ex-change of who’s, why’s, when’sand where’s - imagine two overex-cited puppies meeting in a park(minus the butt sniffing). Katieoffered up a spare bed at herhome, and sure enough thatevening I was back at Casa We-ichmann, meeting the family, eat-ing pizza and drinking hot choccy(avec marshmallows).continued on page 5
Looking down Main Street to the west.