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Bison Courier, November 14, 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 22November 14, 2013
Includes Tax
Immanuel Lutheran ChurchFall Supper,
November 16th at5 p.m. Beef vegetable soup, po-tato soup, chicken noodle soup,sandwiches, homemade pies.Everyone Welcome. Hunters Wel-come. Free Will Offering.
Highlights & Happenings
 Veteran’s Day Pancake &sausage breakfast
will beserved at the American LegionPost #255. Serving will be from 5a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday, Novem-ber 16, 2013. Adults $5.00, Chil-dren under 12 - $4.00, Pre-schoolFREE.By Beth HulmThree times was the charm forthe annual telephone meetingthis fall. Originally scheduled forOctober 7 and again for the 15th,West River Cooperative Tele-phone’s Annual Meeting, tradi-tionally held on the first Mondaynight in October, had been post-poned twice when early winterblizzard Atlas ravaged the areaon October 4 and 5. That earlywinter storm created a lot of extra work for electric and tele-phone employees and prioritieshad to be elsewhere. Finally, onNovember 4, with power restoredto all residents, and extra workcrews and the National Guardsent home, it was time to cele-brate West River’s 60th anniver-sary at this year’s annualmeeting.It was also General ManagerJerry Reisenauer’s final Annualmeeting with the cooperative. After 25 years, he will be retiringin a few months.Preceding the traditional pan-cake and sausage supper meet-ing, there was another celebrat-ion. Helen Aaker, a 40-year em-ployee of the cooperative, has alsoretired. There was cake and icecream in the social room in honorof her many years of dedicatedservice.There was cake and ice creamagain after the evening meetingto commemorate WRCTC’s 60years of bringing telephone serv-ice and other technology, includ-ing the Internet, to a wide, localservice area. As has been his tradition sincethe War on Terror began in 2001,Reisenauer has offered a patrioticvideo prior to addressing themembership. This year’s tributewas to area servicemen, set to themusic of Rory Hoffman, Lemmon,and country superstar Billy RayCyrus.In his final manager report,Reisenauer offered a timeline of how the company has grownsince its beginnings on October15, 1953 in Bison. As the com-pany grew, it first purchased theold Sorum Telephone Companyand eventually added CampCrook, Buffalo, Lemmon, Newelland Nisland.The cooperative made historyby being amongst the first in thenation to offer a one-party systemto its subscribers and, later, to in-stall four-fiber optic cable. (Nowthere is 48- and 96-fiber opticcable.)It was in Reisenauer’s first yearat the cooperative that the firstinternet service was offered.Reisenauer said that the com-pany is in “great financial and op-erational shape.” The 2012 profitmargin was $2.9 million, thegreatest in the company’s history,he said. Assets now top $40 mil-lion and, in the past 10 years,revenues have doubled to over$11,000,000. Reisenauer creditedhis staff and the board of direc-tors for that growth.He also proudly announced thatWest River has gone four yearsand a half-million hours with nolost-time to accidents.The successes that the coopera-tive has experienced have notcome without challenges. Reise-nauer said that the Federal Com-munication Commission contin-ues to confront the workings of the cooperative, attempting topush costs back to the local level.In addition to Reisenauer and Aaker, a couple of other employ-ees and two directors were recog-nized for years of service.Recognition is earned in five-yearincrements. Directors John John-son, Buffalo, and Sandy Helms,Reva, have served the board for25 and 10 years, respectively.Colle Nash, Director of Opera-tions, has been on the job for 35years and journeyman TyrelEllingson for 5.Four new employees have joined the staff since the last an-nual meeting – Jeannie Reiff, ac-countant; Sarah Hauser andJanelle Goddard, customer serv-ice reps; and Larry Hendricks,custodian. An election, overseen by 10-yearcooperative attorney RondaMiller, placed five prospective di-rectors on a ballot. IncumbentsGreg Fried, Bison; Joe Burke,Newell; and Les Wolff, Lemmon,were each re-elected to anotherthree-year term.Throughout the meeting, morethan 50 door prizes were handedout Additionally, Dolores Chap-man, Bison, won $50 in the early-bird Plinko game and five luckywinners received crisp $100 billsin the grand prize drawing. Win-ners were Lynn and Holly Wad-dell, Shadehill; Dennis and BertLewton, Kindra Aaker and TeddiCarlson, all from Bison; andRoland and Carol Hoffman, Lem-mon.Entertainment, following thebusiness meeting, was providedby the Potter Family of RapidCity. Clover Potter, her son,daughter and daughter-in-lawalso performed for Grand Electricconsumers in June, 2012. Theirrepeat performance was as well-received as the previous one.They vocally performed classicand new music, ending with thepatriotic favorite, Lee Green-wood’s “God Bless the USA.”
See more pictures on page 12 & 13.
Employee Tyrel Ellingson, a five-year employee of the cooperative, served pancakes and sausageto more than 200 people, including George and Margaret Gerbracht and Herman and Ruby Van-DenBerg.
Whatʼs inside
page 11page 8page 12
WRCTC celebrates 60 years at Annual Meeting;
Reisenauer says “Thanks for 25 years”
Blood Drive
, November 25, 2013 at the Grand Electric Social room 12:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. contact Bernice Kari for information 244-5472.
Ecumenical Community Thanksgiving
servicehas bee cancelled due to scheduling difficulty. It willbe back next year.
 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, please submit 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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Arlis Seim
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Lita Wells
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Beth Hulm
(605-244-5231), Beth@sdplains.com
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2 • The Bison Courier •
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Dr. Jason M. HafnerDr. David J. Prosser
Faith Clinic
1st & 3rd Wed. of the month
Buffalo Clinic
2nd & 4th Wed. of the month
S.D. Department of Agriculture and S.D. Game,Fish & Parks will host M-44 Certification Class
 A group of South Dakota live-stock producers recently requestedthe ability to become certified inthe use of M-44s to assist SouthDakota Game, Fish and Parks(SDGFP) with predator control.The South Dakota Departmentof Agriculture (SDDA) annuallyconducts training for and certifiesapplicators of M-44 devices. All in-dividuals interested in receivingM-44 certification need to contactthe SDDA office at (605) 773-4432by Dec. 2 to pre-register. There isno cost for the training and classdetails will be sent to all inter-ested parties. Dates and locationsof meetings will be determinedbased upon pre-registration re-sults.
M-44 certification increasespredator control efforts
Today, when a livestock pro-ducer contacts SDGFP WildlifeDamage Specialists about a coyoteissue on their land, the M-44 istheir go-to control tool. An M-44 is a sodium cyanide in- jector, set on spring compressorthat quickly releases the chemicalinto a coyote's mouth if they bitedown and pull up on the baitedcapsule. Like all methods SDGFPwildlife damage specialists use tocontrol wildlife, the M-44 is a veryhumane and target specificmethod."Effective coyote control inSouth Dakota depends heavily onthe use of M-44s," said Keith Fisk,Wildlife Damage Program Admin-istrator.Fisk added that the number of M-44s his team sets is limited tothe number they can responsiblycheck each week.When Mike Kintigh, Region1Regional Supervisor explainedthis during a recent Multi-CountyPredator Control District meeting,the livestock producers in atten-dance requested that they be pro-vided with the ability to becomecertified. A landowner who is cer-tified can check the M-44s on hisland for the State Trapper, allow-ing him to be more effective withhis time and get more work done."This certification will allowlandowners to become more proac-tive when it comes to predator con-trol on their own land, workingalone or by cooperating withSDGFP," Kintigh said. Certifiedapplicators may also purchase andapply M-44 devices on their ownthrough the SDDA program.This past year, the 24 SDGFPWildlife Damage Specialists lo-cated throughout the state, re-sponded to more than 1,900requests and worked with morethan 1,200 livestock producers tostop predators. The joint efforts of SDGFP, Predator Control Districtsand USDA Wildlife Services re-sulted in the removal of over 8,000coyotes, statewide.
Daniel Turgeon, wildlife damage specialist with South DakotaGame, Fish & Parks re-baits an M44 M44 sodium cyanide in- jectors as he tracks coyotes.
Nutrition Site Menu
Thursday, November 14
Chilimarinated vegetable salad whole wheat crackersapple
Friday, November 15
Roast porkboiled potatoes w/gravypeas, orange juice jello w/whipped topping & almonds
Monday, November 18
Spanish rice w/hamburgerseasoned spinachgrape juiceorange
Tuesday, November 19
Autumn chickenbaked sweet potatoharvest beets tossed salad w/dressing
Wednesday, November 20
Mexican chicken soupfruity slaw unsalted crackersfruit crisp
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