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$2,200 or more because of strongcalf prices.Some ranchers might look out of state for calves to rebuild herds.Richter, 45, figures the stormcost his family $300,000 to$350,000.One of the poignant aspects of the situation is how it brings outthe best in people. Richter sayshe’s appreciated the help fromfriends and neighbors. “We’vebeen awful fortunate to have someawful good neighbors,” he says.“There hasn’t been a day yet thatI haven’t been onthe phone withall of them, onceor twice a day,wondering whocan help whowhere. That’swhat’ll get a per-son through adeal like this — your friends andyour neighbors.”The Richterssold calves inPhilip. The calvesaveraged 560pounds andbrought $1.88 perpound — an ex-cellent price. Hesays his familywill be meetingsoon to figure outthe next step, fi-nancially. TheRichters have fivechildren, includ-ing two in collegeat South DakotaState Universityin Brookings, sothere are lots of things to figureout.Struggling together. The Pa-pouseks have a lot invested intheir herd, and in the area. Thefamily has lived here since 1949.Papousek and a brother, Duane,split a partnership about 15 yearsago. Richard started his currentherd of Angus. He prefers the
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Haakon School BoardRegular Meeting * * * *Notice to Creditors* * * *Town of MidlandWine License Hearing 
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Newspaper association board members meet with governor
Public Notices Month in SouthDakota wrapped up in Octoberwhen South Dakota Newspaper Association Board members metwith Gov. Dennis Daugaard at thestate capitol in Pierre.SDNA President Steve Bakerpresented Daugaard with a PublicNotices Month "VIP All-accessbadge," signifying the publicawareness campaign for public no-tices that newspapers have beenpromoting in October.Public notices published in thelocal newspaper are verifiable, in-dependent and permanent, alltraits important to protecting theintegrity of public notices," Bakersaid.The SDNA president added:"We are grateful for the opportu-nity to meet with Gov. Daugaardand convey the significance thatpublic notices have in informingthe public about the business of government."You can learn more about publicnotices by visiting with the staff of your local newspaper or by goingonline at www.facebook. com/Pub-licNotices.Other members of the SDNA board include Paul Buum, pub-lisher of The Alcester Union &Hudsonite; John Suhr, publisherof the Reporter & Farmer at Web-ster; Jan Kittelson, of the MillerPress, Wessington Times Enter-prise and Wolsey News; ShannonBrinker, publisher of the RapidCity Journal; Becky Tycz, pub-lisher of the Scotland Journal,Tyndall Tribune & Register andSpringfield Times; and CharleyNajacht, publisher of the CusterCounty Chronicle, Hill City Pre-vailer and Winner Advocate.South Dakota Newspaper As-sociation, founded in 1882 andbased in Brookings, representsthe state's 130 weekly and dailynewspapers with total readershipof more than 600,000.
South Dakota Newspaper Association Board members met with Gov. Dennis Daugaard at the state capitol onOct. 25 as part of the Public Notices Month observance in the state. From left: SDNA board members Jan Kittelsonof Miller, Shannon Brinker of Rapid City, John Suhr of Webster, Gov. Daugaard, Steve Baker of Pierre, CharleyNajacht of Custer and Becky Tycz of Tyndall.
Blood donors now have theability to complete their dona-tion interview online the sameday of their blood donation ap-pointment.“Whenever we survey donorsabout how we can make theirexperience better, they usuallysay that the interview processshould be simplified, shortenedor automated,” said JenniferBredahl, regional donor recruit-ment director for United BloodServices. “We took these sugges-tions to heart and now arehappy to provide this new,shortened interview process forour dedicated donors.”With this new service, UnitedBlood Services can reduce thelength of interviews at the dona-tion site to only essential follow-up questions. Donors can visitthe United Blood Services web-site, access the interview andprint out a barcoded fast trackdonation ticket that they mustbring with them to their ap-pointment.United Blood Services encour-ages donors to give the onlinehealth history questionnaire atry for their next donation at theupcoming blood drive, Tuesday,November 12, at Philip HighSchool’s Fine Arts Buildingfrom 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Po-tential donors can make an ap-pointment to give atwww.united bloodservices.orgor by callin Maureen Palecek at859-2655.There are some importantguidelines to note, especiallythat donors must complete thequestionnaire the same day astheir donation. Donors still havethe option to have one of theUnited Blood Services staff members ask the health historyquestions, like usual.Instructions can be found on-line at the United Blood Serv-ices website by clicking the“health history questionnaire”link on the left. Answers cannotbe saved, so donors must com-plete the 10-15 minute inter-view in one sitting. Donor datais stored only in the barcoded“fast track donation ticket” thata donor will print following thecomputer interview, so a login isnot required.People who are 16 or older,weigh at least 110 pounds andare in good health are eligible todonate blood. Additional heightand weight requirements applyto donors 22 and younger.Donors who are 16 must haveassigned permission from a par-ent or guardian.
Novemberblood drive
The Haakon County PublicLibrary will hold its annualscholastic book fair Tuesdaythrough Friday, November 5-8.The fair will be open from 11:30a.m. to 5:30 each day.
Book fair
The Brand New Day Yoga studio in downtown Philipwill be holding an open house.“Come enjoy a glass of wine and familiarize yourself with the studio,” said owner and instructor Christine Andrus. “Take the opportunity to ask questions aboutwhat to expect, and relax in the newly renovated yogastudio.” Andrus is a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance.Andrus stated that yoga is for everyone. The studiowill be specializing in yoga for the “brand new to yoga”student. All classes are appropriate for the first timeyoga practitioner. Options are given for all levels of ex-perience and flexibility. This yoga studio is designedwith our whole community in mind, said Andrus.According to her, yoga is a form of gentle exercise thatuses meditation, or simply said, an increased aware-ness of the connection between breath and purposefulmovement. Classes are being developed to suit theneeds of the participants. All classes are between 60and 90 minutes, unless otherwise specified.“There’s no disputing that yoga is therapeutic,” said Andrus. “Just get started and you’ll get better as yougo along.” She added that the medical community sug-gests such things as yoga for stress relief, increasedflexibility, stamina and balance. Football players aretaking up yoga to work on specific muscle groups andhealing. Yoga is no-impact anaerobics.The studio will offer Vinyasa and Hatha classes to get the ball rolling, and add more
Andrus opens Brand New Day yoga studio
specialized and specific classes as feedback dictates.Some additional classes in the works are yoga for chil-dren, yoga for teens, restorative yoga and power yoga.For specific class descriptions and times, call Andrus,visit the website or “like us on facebook.” For more in-formation about the open house, see the related adver-tisement.The studio is located in the east side of the mainfloor of the Waddell Building, across from the Senechal Apartments. Remodeling has included a changing room,new floor tiling and cascading curtains for the windows. Andrus said that she bought the building in 2009with the dream of bringing life back to an all-but aban-doned building in the heart of downtown Philip. Usedfor years as a storage facility for Kennedy Implementon the main floor and as a clinic upstairs, the buildingitself was neglected but sturdy. Although the possibili-ties for such a beautiful and historically importantbuilding in the community are endless, the cost of ren-ovation was prohibitive and after a few stalled ideas, Andrus decided to open a yoga studio on one side of themain level.Christine’s father, Pete Metz did the lion’s share of the work, bringing the building up to habitable condi-tions. With hopes of slowly continuing the renovationover time to include the west side of the main floor andthe upstairs, Andrus is very happy to be able to use the building for something she feelspassionate about, bringing yoga to the people of Philip and the surrounding areas.
by Mikkel PatesPreprinted with permissionfrom Agweek
Richard Papousek says the im-pact of the early October 4 bliz-zard on his cattle ranch inPennington County, still hasn’tbeen completely realized.It’s been slow to sink in.Papousek ranches with his wife,Lorayna, who works with the farmand ranch, but also is a schoolteacher in a one-room school-house. Besides the cattle, theyraise wheat, corn and millet.“I didn’t think that storm wasthat bad when it was going on,”Papousek says, remembering theblizzard that ran October 3 to 5and blasted western SouthDakota, and southwest NorthDakota. “You could see quite aways during the storm, but thatsnow was so wet — just heavy,heavy wet snow.”Adnan Akyuz, North Dakotastate climatologist, doesn’t thinkthe region ever had a blizzard “of this intensity this early in the sea-son. Usually it’s well into Novem-ber before we get one this bad,” hesays. “This was unusually earlywith unusually large amounts of snow.”Some areas in the Dakotas re-ceived nearly as much snow in oneday as they normally receive in anentire winter, he says. He blamesa weather system in whichsoutherly flow carrying moisturecollided with a northerly flowbearing cold.“This system was just so un-usual,” he says. “There were justincredible snowfall totals.”Papousek’s pastures are inthree general locations. He typi-cally runs about 450 head of mother cows. They also handle350 to 500 head of yearlings ayear, depending on the availabil-ity of pasture. The standard planis to sell bred heifers in Philipevery January. This fall, theywere holding about 100 of theirown bred heifers as replacementsto rebuild the herd. They hadabout 230 bred heifers to sell.The day before the blizzard,they’d taken precautions, movinganimals into protected areas, butto no avail“Now we have 137 of them left,”Papousek says.Sickening reality. The tragedybegan to sink in hard on October5 and 6 when Papousek finally gotto a set of yearlings south of Quinn and they had all perished.They had become disoriented inthe snow, and drifted about fivemiles south toInterstate 90and up to threemiles east.Some crossedInterstate 90.“You getdown there andsee that and youalmost get sickto your stomach — I did any-how.” Therewere 75 deadyearlings alongI-90.Even moregrisly was a sec-ond herd onpasture alongthe famous“wall of theBadlands,” nearthe town of Wall. Now it’sdeath valley — ravines filledwith the car-casses of dozensof his cows.They’d beenplaced on the lowlands, presum-ably protected by the wall. But theanimals found a way up a ravineand onto the plateau above, andthen got lost, disoriented, andwandered back over to theprecipice to their death.Luckily, one had survived and afarm employee, Mike Luedeman,found and saved it. It was a rarepositive outcome.Helping hands. The emotionalimpact is blatant. Papousek saysthe cattle are kind of like family.They’re not children, of course, butthe rancher does everything hecan to keep them alive and pros-pering. “They’re your livelihood;you’ve got to treat them good,” hesays.Financially, the storm has beendevastating. “I told my wife thatat 60 years old, I’m not so sure Iwant to rebuild this thing. I wasthinking about maybe retiring in-stead of working for the rest of myliving days.”Neighbors Troy and DawnRichter often have 300 to 320pregnant mother cows this time of year. The storm probably reducedthe herd by 100 head. Last year,the mother cows were worth about$1,500 to $1,800, but this year,Troy thinks they could go up to
 Sinking In
Richard Papousek, 60, of Quinn, says 110 cows and 88 calves died driftingaway from the “wall of the Badlands” where they became disoriented andplummeted to their deaths. It took until October 10 to discover all of thelosses. Elsewhere he lost 86 bred heifers.
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lighter, 1,200-pound cows, in partbecause they eat less grass in thedry years.Richard has a stepson, Evan,who teaches agriculture in Wag-ner. He’s helped during the crisisand at other times, but hasasthma and isn’t likely to farmfull time. Daughter, Lissa, is a junior in college in Chadron, Neb.,and would like to teach school andrun the ranch on the side some-day.On October 15, Papousek sayshe should be weaning calves now,but it’s so muddy he’s not doing itfor fear of pneumonia and becauseof the inconvenience of hauling infeed. “I suppose we’re going tohave to wait until it freezes up tobring in the cattle to the lots andfeed them,” he says.Instead, he was helping Richterhaul home some stray cows thathad been accumulated at the Pa-pousek place on October 9, butcouldn’t immediately be moved, inpart because of high water nearthe Richter place.Papousek says the losses arehard to figure out. “I’m pretty surethey ‘drowned’ standing up,” hesays of his cattle, but these insur-ance companies “do not want todefine drowning,” Papousek says.“They think drowning happens ina dam. I’ve talked to professionals,veterinarians that say that isn’tnecessarily the definition of drowning.” He’s talking withlawyers, but isn’t sure how it’llend.“I was planning on kind of cut-ting back in about five years, notbeing in the center of a refinancedeal,” Papousek says, adding thathe’d been planning on doing morehunting and fishing. He has a boatat Pierre, on the Missouri River.Other than breaking a leg andankle in a fall from a ladder inMarch 2012, he’s in good health.But the future is uncertain. Theonly bright side for sure is that theextra moisture this year will meanthe surviving cattle will eat wellin the spring.
Classes will be held in the east wing of the Waddell Building. The openhouse will include an informal survey to determine the direction of variousclasses. “The benefits of yoga are the same if you stretch far or little,” saidinstructor Christine Andrus. Classes can be geared for youngsters, workingadults, seniors and all in between.
 
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Syd Iwan
On Friday, we took a dead-cowtour of our river ranch. We lostsome cattle, you see, in the recentblizzard, and those in the knowsay those losses should be verifiedby a third party and picturesshould be taken. This is in casethere are disaster payments lateron. There might be some of thoseif they ever pass a farm bill, if itcontains a disaster clause, andvarious other ifs. Nevertheless, itis good to be prepared in casesomething useful happens. As aresult, Ted, Jim and I from theranch and neighbors Kenny andWade loaded up in the five-seaterpickup and took a drive.Ted was our driver, and heheaded up the main road to theborder of our land. Then we wentalong the railroad, through a gate,and back into our pasture. Therewas a road going easily down tothe bottom, but we didn’t takethat. Instead we went down a dimtrail along the fence line and rail-road a ways. From there wecrossed a very steep draw thatmight give the normal driverpause. It didn’t faze Ted so downand up we went. From there wefollowed ridges and such, notingdead critters along the way. Fi-nally we arrived down on the riverbottom where most of the de-ceased cows and calves were,along the bluffs and another fenceline. We counted and took pic-tures all along the way. Then wehit a somewhat better trail thatwound around here and there be-fore getting back to the main roadfor our return to where westarted.Our route for this little junketwas by no means smooth. If Tedhadn’t lived on the place for overhalf a century, I might have beena bit nervous. As it was, I trustedthat he knew where he was goingand what he was doing so I stayedfairly calm. He knew where therough spots were, where heshould speed up in case theground was soft and so on. He didmention that his four-wheelerwas loaded in the back of thepickup in case we got stuck some-where, but that didn’t happen.There were no problems whatso-ever. It was even a pleasant daywith sunshine and comfortabletemperatures.Ranch tours are nothing new tome. Dad took me on many of themwhen I was a kid, and I’ve drivenpeople around the place myself.With Dad, he sometimes drove onside hills that seemed a littletippy to me. We never tipped overso I guess he knew what he wasdoing. He also drove fairly fastand occasionally bounced into ahole or over a rough spot of somesort. He often gave rides to visit-ing relatives and friends whenthey wanted to see the ranch.More than a few times, those folkswere getting into more than theybargained for and returned homewith a certain amount of relief. AsI said, Dad was a competentdriver, but some of his routescould make a person nervous. Inever actually saw any visitorsget out of the pickup when theygot back home and kiss theground in relief, but some mayhave felt like doing so.One time, I made an older ladyfairly nervous. She had lived inthe area as a girl and had someassociation with a sod house thatwas still standing out south sev-eral miles. It was in our neigh-bor’s pasture, but he didn’t mindus looking at it. Anyway, to get tothe soddy, there was a fairly steepdraw that had to be navigated.When I got to the brink of thedrop-off, my lady passenger saidin some alarm, “You aren’t drivingdown that hill are you?” “Yep,” Ireplied and did so. She held onpretty tightly to the armrest butcame through the ordeal quitewell. She then enjoyed touring thesoddy which brought back manypleasant memories of times past.I think in the end she thought itwas worth the scare of navigatingsteep hills to see what she remem-bered from her youth, but the poorgal did have some tense moments.I still smile at the couple thatdecided to go cross country in apickup from our home place toHorseshoe Butte which is somefive or more miles away. Thereare long and easy ways to getthere, but this fellow knew of some short abandoned trail hewanted to use. It involved steephills, nasty inclines, a creek, andother perils. Nevertheless, hemade it across okay and seemedquite pleased with himself. Hisgal was not as excited about thetrip as he was. I asked her if shewould like to make that same journey another day some time inthe future. “Not in this lifetime!”she replied with a shudder.So, if you want to see somepretty country, I’ll be glad to giveyou a tour of the ranch. There’s alot of interesting stuff to see. I’lltry to drive carefully and not scarethe wits out of you, but there areno guarantees. If you feel particu-larly brave some day, come for atour. It might be an outing youwon’t soon forget. You can tellyour grandkids about it.
Ranch Tours
Country Praises
by Del Bartels
Have you ever laughed so hardthat you end up holding your ribsbecause it hurt? That kind of painshould come far more often!A gentle shoulder rub is onething, but an exhaustive, musclerending massage is a body-rackingrhapsody of pain. Bring it on!The preceeding deep, sporadicand tentative breathes are an ag-gravation, until the wall shatter-ing sneeze finally lets loose. Somepeople are quiet, dainty and politesneezers. Instead of reversingeverything into where my brainused to be, I prefer to let thesneeze go forward and out –I’llpatch the wallboard later.Then there is the sobering sortof pain. Crying is usually a sign of sadness, but can be an outlet forextreme joy. Either way, when aperson has not felt a tear for toolong of a time, the stinging aroundthe eyes is undeniable.An over-exuberant handshakefrom a friend is a good thing, andfeels good a second time when theblood flow returns to your fingers. A slap on the back, if meant well,might rattle your teeth fillings,but is a good pain. And it also feelsgood when you can share the con-gratulations by slapping yourfriend’s back in return.The first day of practice for asport season, or of a physically de-manding chore or line of work, isa certain punishment to the body.The real pain comes the nextmorning, as muscles, tendons, joints and calloused skin gang upto remind you of the day beforeand the joy of getting to do it allover again. That is one of theharsher ways of proving to your-self that you are alive.Pain is relative. Shotgun prac-tice might bruise your shoulderand create a dread of the nextshot. Yet, the same poundingsmade during the first day of pheasant season don’t even regis-ter through the exhilaration of good times and good people.Hook marks, chapped hands,sunburn, eyes tired from waterglare ... still it was a great dayfishing. Frosted and rope-wornhands, semi-blind vision fromsnow glare, feet begging for a hotbath, neck and wrists red frommelting snow ... still it was a greatday sledding. Sore ribs, hoarsethroat from yelling, joints twistedas far as they can go without med-ical attention ... but the afternoongame of “tag” football was great.Some pain adds personality. Oldinjuries sometimes forecast wet orcold weather. Old scars are identi-fying marks, as well as startingpoints to regale better and betterstories of how they were gotten.Ever arm wrestle someone whocan lock their wrist because of anold injury? Ever throw somethingat someone who is continuallycracking their knuckles, suppos-edly because of joint wear or in- juries? Ever burn your handgrabbing something hot thatsomeone else barely notices be-cause of their callouses? Ever getreminded of the time you spankeda child who had something intheir hip pocket, thus making“this will hurt me more than itwill you” too literal?A mother’s childbirthing pain isovershadowed when holding thechild. A father’s pain of a childgrowing up is overshadowed whenthe child says, “I love you.”Life can be full of pain. In many
Hurts so good
Nancy Haigh
A group of students opted to take a HuntSafe course, taught by Matt Donnelly, that was offered through the Philip school system. The group were atthe shooting range west of Philip practicing Tuesday of last week. Pictured from left are Bosten Morehart, who was assisted by Donnelly, Zach Thomsenwith the S.D. Game Fish & Parks, Tom Parquet helping Jet Jones, Cody Donnelly, Jesse Hostutler helping Colby Fitch with his eye protection, Victor Dennis and Reece Heltzel. Those involved with the class were thankful for the support of the school and the school board for the opportunity to offer the class this way.
Fall HuntSafe course held through local school
Vehicle crash in Philip
Some time approximately between 2:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. Sunday, Oc-tober 27, a 2013 Toyota Scion car rolled at least once, coming to rest onits front bumper against the chain-link and barbed wire security fence of the Western Area Power Administration building in Philip. The vehicle wasgoing east on Highway 14 before it left the road. A phone call reportingthe crashed vehicle was received by Philip Police Chief Kit Graham ataround 7:30 a.m. South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Ben Filipiak con-firmed the SDHP’s release that, “
The driver had left the scene of the crashand was later found at home. He had been consuming alcohol and wascharged accordingly. A passenger was injured and had to be treated atthe hospital for serious non-life threatening injuries.” Filipiak said thatthere was only one passenger.
The investigation is ongoing.
Don Ravellette
Bob Young, his two sons, Robbyand Matthew, and their threehouseholds donated a black-baldyheifer for a roll-over auction atPhilip Livestock Auction.The October 19 sale brought$12,806 to go to the South DakotaRanchers’ Relief Fund.“We were one of the very fortu-nate ones (after the storm),” saidB. Young. “I have some neighborswho lost a fourth to half to 60 per-cent of their livestock production.We decided to give back and helpout. PLA has always been sup-portive of my family.”Other roll-over auctions havebeen held at different places sincethis roll-over auction. “It was anice-breaker, and it’s gettingstarted everywhere,” said B. Young.
Cow roll-over for S.D.Ranchers’ Relief Fund
Following the tragic loss manyof South Dakota's livestock pro-ducers have suffered during theOctober blizzard, communitygatherings have been scheduled tobegin the process of rebuildingand assisting our producers.Each event will offer a free mealand information about resourcesavailable as ranch families look torebuild their ranch operations inthe wake of the blizzard. Re-sources and information will beavailable from the South Dakota Animal Industry Board, the SouthDakota Department of Agricul-ture, South Dakota State Univer-sity Extension, other federal andstate agencies, bank and loan offi-cers, insurance agents, agricul-tural industry organizations, andmental health professionals.These gatherings are a joint ef-fort by South Dakota Cattlemen's Association, South Dakota FarmBureau, South Dakota FarmersUnion, and South Dakota Stock-growers Association with the sup-port of other industry groups andlocal businesses.Community gatherings havebeen held in Union Center, Faith,New Underwood, Belle Fourche,and Custer and Fall River County. 
 A community gathering isslated for Philip, Saturday,November 2, in the Bad RiverSenior Citizen’s Center, from5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The gatherings feature a minitrade show where groups can setup tables with information and re-sources available to our ranchers.If you wish to have a table at theevents, contact Mike Traxinger.His contact information is listedbelow. Be sure to include yourname, contact information, theevents you are able to attend, anda short synopsis of who you areand what you will be providing forinformation and resources.The gatherings will feature afree meal for producers and fami-lies in the area. Mike Traxinger iscurrently collecting donations forthe meals, which will be cateredby local community members.Each gathering will have ashort presentation to provide a bigpicture overview of what re-sources are available to ranchers.Silvia Christen is the program or-ganizer. She and Silvia Christenwill co-emcee the gatherings.A program will be developed foreach event that will include a listof the information and resourcesavailable, and a list of sponsors.
Contact Information
South Dakota Cattlemen's Asso-ciation, Jodie Anderson –execu-tive director, 605-280-9190 orexecutive@sdcattlemen.org
Community gatherings to start rebuild andassist process after storm
South Dakota Farm Bureau,Lowell Mesman –organizationaldirector, 605-280-1319 or Low-ell@sdfbf.orgSouth Dakota Farmers Union,Mike Traxinger –legislative direc-tor, 605-377-4110 or mtraxinger@sdfu.orgSouth Dakota Stockgrowers As-sociation, Silvia Christen –execu-tive director, 660-626-6634 orsilvia.sdsga@midconetwork.com.
 
Extension
Bob Fanning. Field SpecialistWinner Regional Extension Center
Rural Livin’
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Thursday: Partly cloudy. Highof 55F. Breezy. Winds fromthe WNW at 15 to 20 mph.Thursday Night:Mostlycloudy in the evening, thenovercast. Low of 36F. Breezy. Windsfrom the WNW at 10 to 25 mph.Friday:Partly cloudy witha chance of rain. High of54F. Windy. Winds fromthe NW at 20 to 30mph. Friday Night:Partly cloudy. Low of 36F. Windsfrom the WNW at 10 to 15 mph.Saturday:Clear. High of54F. Winds from theWest at 5 to 10 mphshifting to the South inthe afternoon. SaturdayNight: Clear. Low of 36F. Windsfrom the SE at 10 to 15 mph.Sunday:Partly cloudy. Highof 54F. Breezy. Winds fromthe NW at 10 to 20 mph.Sunday Night:Partlycloudy. Low of 36F with awindchill as low as 28F. Winds fromthe NW at 5 to 10 mph.Monday:Partlycloudy. High of 46F.Winds from the NWat 10 to 15 mph.Monday Night:Partly cloudy. Low of 28F. Windsfrom the NNW at 5 to 10 mph.
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The term, “out of the box” canrefer to different things, but therecan be similarities. A product thatis “out of the box” is considerednew, or at least unused. Whensomeone refers to thinking “out of the box”, they generally meannew ideas, or approaching thingsin a new or innovative way. Newideas are sometimes welcomed,but often met with resistance,which can be a good thing.Obviously, not all new ideas aregood ones, and not worth pursu-ing. Mankind has not progressedto the point where we are today,however, by doing things likethey’ve always been done. Sincethe dawn of time, human beingshave relentlessly been searchingfor better, quicker, simpler, eas-ier, more cost effective, etc., etc.ways of getting things done.At the recent SDSU ExtensionConference, a co-worker relatedhis experience upon returningfrom college to propose the idea of initiating no-till farming practiceson the family farm. This being20+ years ago, the suggestion wasmet with resistance, but he wasgiven the blessing to experimenton a small portion of the farm. Itmust have proven beneficial asthe entire farm is managed no-tilltoday.Two different people, farms, or-ganizations, businesses, etc. cantry to implement the same gen-eral idea, and one might succeedwhile the other fails. There arecertainly no guarantees, whichkeep life interesting.Most people cannot afford to al-ways be the innovator, whetherdue to finances, time, talent, cre-ativity, or whatever reason. Therewill always be someone who is thevisionary, and the majority of thetime, the rest of us can take ad-vantage of their innovation tomake our lives better, quicker,easier, etc.As not everyone can be the in-novator, not everyone will adoptevery idea into their life, farm,etc. We weren’t cut out of thesame mold, and a given practicemay not fit everyone, or at least inthe same way. At the same timenew ideas are being tested to seeif they will work, yesterday’s ideasare being evaluated by people todecide if they should be adopted.Specific to farming, equipmentmanufacturers, chemical compa-nies, seed companies, UniversityExperiment Stations and Exten-sion Services, farmers themselvesand others are continually testingnew ways of doing things. Farm-ers who are considering adoptingthese new practices, pieces of equipment, chemicals, seed vari-eties, etc. also need to think “outof the box” to be open to tryingthem.If you are having a problemwith some aspect of your farmingoperation, or believe there couldbe a better way to do something,the first step might be to do whatresearchers do, find out if anyoneelse has worked on this. Goodsources of information can be yourlocal Extension Service, agrono-mist, implement dealer, etc. Proof that a new idea worked for some-one else may be enough to con-vince you to try it. Keeping anopen mind is an important key tosuccess, along with enough resist-ance to require evidence.
Calendar
12-3-4: Ag Horizons Conference,Ramkota Inn, Pierre
Out of the Box
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The contractor removing live-stock carcasses from state high-way rights of way completed thatoperation on October 23.The blizzard that struck west-ern South Dakota on October 4dumped record amounts of snowin some areas and resulted in thedeaths of thousands of cattle andother livestock. The state con-tracted with Dakota Rendering,Inc., of Freeman, to remove car-casses from state rights of way.Several of the 15 storm-im-pacted counties also have beenworking to remove carcasses fromtheir road rights of way, and indi-vidual producers are dealing withthe task of handling the carcassesfound on private property.For producers still dealing withthe process of removing carcassesfrom their property, the SouthDakota Animal Industry Boardand the South Dakota Depart-ment of Environment and NaturalResources have prepared guide-lines on how to properly dispose of dead livestock. A copy of thoseguidelines may be accessed atwww.aib.sd.gov.On Monday, October 28, teamsof local, state and Federal Emer-gency Management Agency offi-cials will begin assessing stormdamage to public infrastructureand property of private, nonprofitentities such as rural electric co-operatives in the 15-county area.Gov. Dennis Daugaard will usethe information from those PDAsto prepare a request to the Presi-dent for a disaster declaration. If a declaration is granted, the fed-eral government would reimburseup to 75 percent of the cost of damage to public property.Counties included in the prelim-inary damage assessments in-clude Haakon County. The othercounties are Butte, Meade,Perkins, Lawrence, Pennington,Custer, Corson, Dewey, Ziebach,Harding, Jackson, Mellette, FallRiver and Shannon.
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Cattle semitrailers all in a row
Sale day, Tuesday, October 22, at the Philip Livestock Auction was an extra packed day. Semis full of livestockwaited in long lines to unload. There were over 12,000 head of cattle sold during that sale.
Del Bartels
by Ruby Gabriel
The dry summer leading up tothe disastrous winter of 1888brought thousands of cattle toWest River. Cattle were trailed infrom Wyoming, Montana andother areas of Dakota Territory.The summer proceeding thewinter of 1888 was a dry onewhich increased the hardships of southern cattle struggling withtheir first Dakota winter. They en-tered the winter in poor conditionand died like flies. Severe wintershad been seen many times in WestRiver, but none with such an enor-mous loss as the one of 1888. Thecattle that did not perish in drawsor die from starvation drifted farfrom their home territory.The spring round-up of thatyear was the most unique in theannuals of West River. It coveredmore territory, employed moreriders, more saddle horses, morewagons, and covered more squaremiles for the number of cattlegathered than any in the historyof the business. A scant 3,000head of cattle were found alive.Historically during this round-upmore than 100,000 head of cattlemight be gathered. This area in-cluded the entire northwesternpart of Dakota Territory.May 4, 1905 began as a typicalspring day, with a pleasant rain inthe forenoon. James Braddock,who lived on the south side of theCheyenne River, in present dayHaakon County, was makingplans for preparing his hayingequipment when some of hisneighbors rode in. One of themasked, “What are you planning onfeeding that hay to?”Around noon the rain turned tosnow, and one of the best-knownblizzards took place. Braddockand his hired man rode out; lakebeds, draws, creeks, and damswere filled with dead cattle andhorses. He lost 1,400 head of three-year-old steers. That fall hefound 88 steers and shipped themto Chicago.He stopped in Ft. Pierre on hisreturn trip and gave the check tohis banker. Braddock told hisbanker, “All I have left is fourcows, six horses and a thousandton of hay.” The banker replied,“As long as you have a checkbookyou should go to Texas and buysome cattle to eat that hay.”Braddock took the train toTexas and had purchased 13 trainloads of cattle, each train had be-tween 12 and 15 cars, when he re-ceived a wire from the banker thathe better cut the buying trip shortand come home.Corbin Morse lost 11,000 headof fat steers, worth $500,000,which drifted over the Badlandswall, in this same storm.October 3, 2013, began with aheavy rain – shortly after dinnerthe temperature dropped, snowbegan to fall and the wind grewstrong. Livestock were troubled!Cows and calves were in search of each other, but couldn’t find theirway. As blizzard conditions en-hanced; cattle in search of safety,became tangled in barbed wirefence, suffocated in the snowdrifts, drowned from drifting intodams, or froze to death – theywere chilled from the earlier rain.Thousands of cattle mark theWest River roads and pastureswith this loss!A few days ago, I heard two menvisiting about this storm. One of them said to the other, “Yes, I losta few head of cattle, but I can do itagain. God helped me the firsttime.”
 South Dakota blizzards

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