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Bison Courier, October 31, 2013

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Bison Courier
Official Newspaper for the City of Bison, Perkins County, and the Bison School District A Publication of Ravellette Publications, Inc.
 P.O. Box 429 • Bison, South Dakota 57620-0429  Phone: (605) 244-7199 • FAX (605) 244-7198 
Volume 31Number 20October 31, 2013
Includes Tax
tato soup, chicken noodle soup,sandwiches, homemade pies.Everyone Welcome. Hunters Wel-come. Free Will Offering.
 An Ecumenical CommunityThanksgiving
service will beheld Sunday, December 1 at 7p.m. at the Catholic Church.
 A community choir
will besinging, practice will be heldWednesday evenings, Oct, 30,Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27 at the Baptistchurch at 7 p.m.. All are welcometo be a part of the CommunityChoir.
Highlights & Happenings
October 31st is thedeadline date for the Taxes.Taxes postmarked by October31st will be considered on time.Interest will accrue starting No-vember 1st.
The Veterans Day program
will be Monday, November 11, at2:30 P.M. in the Bison Schoolgym. Everyone is invited to at-tend to honor all the veterans.
Immanuel Lutheran ChurchFall Supper,
November 16th at5 p.m. Beef vegetable soup, po-
Friends and neighbors gather for Wolff Benefit
Page 12Page 5
What’s inside
Page 7Page 9
In July, the Wolff’s family tooka detour that none of them everexpected. Tracy was diagnosedwith multiple myeloma cancer(plasma cell cancer). With thiscancer, it will more or less suckthe calcium out of your bones andcreate high protein and calciumlevels in the blood. The cancerhas damaged 3 or 4 vertebrae inhis back leaving them fracturedand compressed. Tracy has severeback pain and the fracturepinches on his nerves causingmuscles spasms and all kinds of other odd side effects dependingon what gets pinched. “We shouldfeel extremely fortunate to havea small community hospital thatperforms in such a professionalway. I credit them for my earlydetection and for my current painmanagement. Dr. Hoerauf, hisfellow colleagues, and his nursingstaff have been continually out-standing in their performanceand care for me." Tracy said in aletter read by his daughter Whit-ney during the benefit Saturdaynight.Tracy has undergone radiationtreatments on his back to help tokill the cancer cells and give hisback a chance to start to heal.Currently, Tracy takes a chemopill regiment at home. His im-mune system is suppressed atthis time and so he is very re-stricted to visitors. After he fin-ishes his chemo, they will have togo to Minnesota, Arizona, orTexas to have stem cell trans-plants done. That will be the laststep so far in the goal of "remis-sion or smoldering." The stem celltransplant process can take up tothree months and once Tracy andMary leave, their home will needto be professionally cleaned andsanitized. They will not be able toreturn until the treatments arecomplete.Saturday night friends, familyand surrounding communitymembers once again opened theirhearts and their pocketbooks, inthe spirit of taking care of eachother, to lend a helping hand tothe Wolff family. There was anoverwhelming outpouring of sup-port for the family. The family isvery grateful of the abundance of generosity of the people who do-nated items to the auction as wellas those who purchased the auc-tion items.Thank you especially to Lem-mon Livestock, Southwest Grain,Indian Creek Church, AmericanLutheran Church, and PeaceLutheran Church, Linton, NorthDakota for donating the foodalong with Dacotah Bank for do-nating the paper products, JennyGreen for cooking the meat andDoug and Mason Dietterle forauctioneering. Thank you to MaxLoughlin, Kyle Kopren, JustinKolb, and Morgan Kronberg forhelping with the auction.Thank you to Perkins CountyFair Board for the use of theBentley Building and the BisonNational Honor Society for help-ing setup and serve. Thank you toNadine Gebhart, Dacotah Bankof Lemmon and Bison and Carol’sBarber Shop for being drop off places for auction donations. Alsothank you to Harding andPerkins Branch of Thrivent forthe supplemental funds."I am not sure how we will everbe able to give enough thanks tothose who care and give credit tothose who make events like thishappen" Mary and Tracy sharedwith those gathered on Saturdaynight.
Blood Drive
, November 25, 2013 atthe Grand Electric Social room 12:45 p.m. -5:15 p.m. contact Bernice Kari for information244-5472.
 An Ecumenical Community Thanksgiving
serv-ice will be held Sunday, December 1 at 7 p.m. at theCatholic Church.
 Alcoholics Anonymous
is meeting weekly in Bison.The group meets every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in thebasement of the Presbyterian Church. Everyone is wel-come.To have your NON-PROFIT meeting listed here, pleasesubmit them by calling: 244-7199, or e-mailing to:courier@sdplains.com. We will run your event notice thetwo issues prior to your event at no charge.
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Published weekly every Thursday by Ravellette Publ., Inc.at PO Box 429, Bison SD 57620-0429
 Telephone: 605-244-7199 • Fax: 605-244-7198
E-mail Addresses: courier@sdplains.comcouriernews@sdplains.comSUBSCRIPTION RATES:
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Send address changes to The Bison Courier, PO Box 429, Bison SD 57620-0429
Display and Classified Advertising: Mon-days at 12:00 p.m. Legals: Fridays at 12:00 p.m. 
Don Ravellette
Editor/Office Manager:
Arlis Seim
Asst. Editor/Reporter:
Lita Wells
Ad Sales:
Beth Hulm
(605-244-5231), Beth@sdplains.com
Ravellette Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Nothing may bereprinted, photocopied or in any way reproduced from this publication, in wholeor in part, without the written consent of the publisher.
2 • The Bison Courier •
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Dr. Jason M. HafnerDr. David J. Prosser
Faith Clinic
1st & 3rd Wed. of the month
Buffalo Clinic
2nd & 4th Wed. of the month
Nutrition SiteMenu
Thursday, October 31
Mexican chicken soupfruity slaw unsalted crackersfruit crisp
Friday, November 1
Salisbury steak w/gravymashed potatoesparsley carrotsgrapes
Monday, November 4
Chicken parmesanscalloped potatoescorn o’brian tropical fruit 
Tuesday, November 5
Beef stew  whole wheat biscuit crunchy cranberry saladorange
Wednesday, November 6
Breaded baked fishparsley potatoesglazed carrotschocolate puddingbanana
Letter to the Editor
Dear Editor,I wish to alert the people of Bison about the on-going con-struction project on Main Street. As of Monday morning, October28, the last of the storm sewerpipe was being laid. BL Contract-ing would move next to WestMain Street to begin working onculverts and driveways. They willalso prepare the ground for re-seeding, which will be done in thespring.Black top will be spread on thebusiness district of Main Street(where disturbed for the stormsewer) in the spring and WestMain Street will be chip-sealed atthat time, too. Landscaping andfencing will also be held overuntil nicer weather in the spring.In the event that we get somenice weather this fall, work wouldbe done earlier.Rain and snow in October hasput the project behind schedule.Per the Town of Bison’s contractwith BL Contracting, the projectcompletion date is – and alwayshas been - July 1, 2014.The Town Board appreciatesyour patience as the project con-tinues to move forward towardscompletion under adverseweather conditions.
Sincerely,Juell ChapmanTown Board president
BHS Sr. football players
Michael Kopren, Logan Hendrickson, Clayton Prelle.
The Bison Courier •
Thursday, October 31, 2013
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CHS Foundation contributes toSouth Dakota blizzard relief
The CHS Foundation will con-tribute $100,000 to the SouthDakota Rancher Relief Fund toassist livestock producers in theaftermath of a devastating bliz-zard earlier this month.“Ranchers across westernSouth Dakota suffered significantloss of cattle, sheep and otherlivestock as a result of this storm,the vast majority of which is notcovered by insurance or otherprograms,” says William Nelson,president, CHS Foundation.“Through this contribution, wehope to alleviate some of thecostly storm affects and supportthese producers in restoring theirlives and livelihoods.”The South Dakota Rancher Re-lief Fund, which has been en-dorsed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard,is administered by the BlackHills Area Community Founda-tion in cooperation with theSouth Dakota Association of Co-operatives, South Dakota Stock-growers Association, the SouthDakota Cattlemen’s Associationand the South Dakota SheepGrowers Association. Its goal is todirectly benefit livestock produc-ers impacted by the blizzard.In addition to the contribution,CHS is working directly with itsaffected producer customers inthe region to identify short- andlong-term needs for feed andother assistance.
Courtesy of 
 By: Ben Dunsmoor
The images of the thousands of cattle that died during the earlyOctober blizzard have been heart-breaking for many and all tooreal for ranchers."It'd be devastating to walk outand see your whole livelihooddead in a creek somewhere,"Burke-area rancher D.J. Steffensaid.Steffen has his own herd of cat-tle near Burke, South Dakota,and when he learned about thelivestock losses farther west, heknew he wanted to help. Butbeing in the business himself, heknew he didn't just want to writea check."Most ranchers don't ranch forthe money. It's more of a lifestylethan a form of income," Steffensaid.That's when he found the groupHeifers for South Dakota, agrassroots organization thatsprouted up quickly and is al-ready growing."Right away they're going tohave that and there's going to bea new calf there this spring. If someone was going to do that forme, it would sure make me feelbetter," Heifers for South DakotaNebraska and South Dakota or-ganizer Kim Shepperd said.Shepperd has become the go-toorganizer for the group in SouthDakota and Nebraska.Heifers for South Dakota isworking to donate livestock to theranchers who lost cattle in thestorm. Shepperd already has
Heifers for South Dakota
ranchers in the region who havepledged 60 heifers."If we could get two, three, fourtruckloads that would be great,"Shepperd said.Heifers for South Dakota wasstarted as a Facebook page andthen a website just in the last fewweeks by an eastern Montanarancher who had the idea of do-nating cattle to help rebuildherds."We're focusing on livestock.We're focusing on giving quality-type, breeding material that willbe an investment in these peo-ple's lives; not just right now witha check donation but for years tocome," Montana rancher andHeifers for South Dakota organ-izer Ty Linger said.He says the response has beenoutstanding so far with around350 cattle pledged and another$250,000 in donations given tobuy livestock for ranchers."I would love to help at least 30families. Our current plan is todonate 15 to 20 head of cattle to afamily just getting started inagriculture, young people. This isthe focus group most of thedonors are wanting to reach outto," Linger said.They are asking for emails,calls, messages and suggestionsas they gather more cattle to do-nate."We had a private message theother day about a gentlemen whosaid, 'I lost most of my herd but Iknow my neighbor is in evenworse shape than me. So if some-one puts my name on your list,please give what you were in-tending to donate to me to him,'and that touched my heart thateven after all his loss, he was stillwilling to help someone out,"Shepperd said. And Heifers for South Dakotasays the donation of livestock willhelp out the ranchers long term -it will also help them out withmorale.Steffen has already pledgedthree of his cows to the cause."It's something I thought wouldbe meaningful, let people knowyou care and that you're willingto give up part of your herd tohelp somebody out," Steffen said."If you use the example of givea man a fish, he'll eat for a day orteach a man to fish and he'll eatfor a lifetime, we're giving thesepeople a fishing pole. They al-ready know how to do it. They al-ready know how to catch the fish.We're just giving them the meansto keep rolling with it," Lingersaid.The organization hopes thehelp and support keep pouring in,so this group of ranchers can helpout ranchers in the best way theyknow how."I hope it keeps growing. It'sgreat that people are willing togive," Steffen said.Heifers for South Dakota hasalso heard from truckers, veteri-narians and brand inspectorswho are willing to donate theirtime to make the effort possible.The group is accepting dona-tions through November 9.
South Dakota FFA members earn FFA Jackets
To its owner, the FFA jacket is aphysical reminder of the personalaccomplishments achievedthrough the organization - a sym-bol of commitment and dedicationfor all who wear the corduroy. Thisfall 158 South Dakota FFA mem-bers from 44 chapters earned theirown FFA jackets through the SDFFA Foundation Blue JacketsBright Futures FFA Jacket Pro-gram - carrying forward that long-standing tradition of pride, dignityand honor. Jackets were sponsoredby various individuals through theSD FFA Foundation program, wel-coming new members into the fab-ric of FFA. 218 FFA members filledout the Blue Jackets Bright Fu-tures FFA Jacket Program appli-cation, answering four short essayquestions about their FFA experi-ence and goals, competing to earntheir own FFA jacket instead of purchasing one. 2013 local recipi-ents are: Jordan Maier - Lemmon,Tyler Heil - Lemmon, James Odell- Lemmon,
Julianna Kari -Bison, Jenna Kari - Bison,Jacob Schalesky - Bison.
“Whether it’s getting your jacketfor the first time, seeing a mob of 50,000 blue jackets wandering thestreets of Indianapolis, or proudlyhanging your jacket in the closetafter an event, each FFA jackettells a story. Thank you to all thesponsors who have helped mem-bers get their stories started thisyear.” said FFA member AshleyTonak.When students join the FFA,they typically purchase or borrow jackets to compete in the manyCareer Development Events of-fered through FFA. The blue cor-duroy FFA jacket is their team“uniform” to be worn at all officialFFA events. The blue corduroyFFA jacket has been the statussymbol of the national FFA organ-ization since 1933, when delegatesto the national convention voted tomake the jacket part of the orga-nization’s official attire, thus cre-ating the long standing tradition.Individuals and businesses in-terested in sponsoring an FFA  jacket for a SD FFA membershould contact Gerri Ann Eide, SDFFA Foundation Executive Direc-tor at 605-765-4865 or gerri@sdf-fafoundation.org. Sponsorshipsare $55 per jacket.The SD FFA Foundation isproud to support Agricultural Ed-ucation and the FFA’s mission tomake a difference in the lives of students by developing their po-tential for premier leadership, per-sonal growth and career successthrough agricultural education.For more information about theSouth Dakota FFA Foundationand South Dakota’s FFA pro-grams, visit www.sdffafounda-tion.org or like us on facebook.

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