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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 27December 19, 2013
Includes Tax
Holistic Managementworkshops to be heldin McIntosh and EagleButte, South Dakota
The South Dakota GrasslandsCoalition, Corson, Perkins,Dewey, Ziebach, and Tri-CountyConservation Districts, TatankaRC&D, and the Natural Re-sources Conservation Servicehave rescheduled their 3 day Ho-listic Resource ManagementWorkshops. One will be heldTuesday, January 7 throughThursday, January 9, 2014 from10:00 AM to 5:30 PM each day atthe Cheyenne River Motel Con-ference Room in Eagle Butte,South Dakota. The second onewill be held Wednesday, January15 through Friday, January 17,
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Commissioners tackle a variety of issues
 By Beth Hulm
Commissioners had a widerange of topics on their agendalast week and, as always, roadswere a priority discussion.The meeting kicked off at 10a.m. with the decision to moveforward in hiring an engineer forPerkins County’s share of Rail-way Street, which runs on Lem-mon’s north side, bordering (andshared with) Adams County, ND.That road has become heavilytraveled with increased facilitiesat Southwest Grain.Perkins County will pay for theroad that begins at Lemmon’s citylimits and goes west, for aboutthree-quarters of a mile, to theNorth Dakota state line. Engi-neering alone for that section willamount to somewhere between$600,000 and $700,000.Commissioner Rusty Foster isconcerned. “I’m really confusedhow Perkins County can keep upwith Adams County,” he said.North Dakota has the oil money(and federally matched funds)that South Dakota doesn’t have.Perkins County owns the southhalf of the road and AdamsCounty the northern part. Be-cause federal money is involved,the road has to be built by federalstandards.Commissioner Mike Schwei-tzer assured his peers that all en-tities have to agree – the twostates, two counties, City of Lem-mon and the Department of Transportation. “If you guys aretrying to tell me that this roaddoesn’t need to be fixed, he said ,“you need to drive it.”“I don’t argue that it don’t needto be fixed,” Foster said. Hethinks it could’ve been done for alot less money if the feds weren’tinvolved. He termed it “rip-off deal.”Wayne Henderson, commis-sioner for the western part of Perkins County, chipped in with,“We don’t have much choice, re-ally” and Willard Ottman, Lem-mon, remarked, “You’re damnedif you do and you’re damned if you don’t.” Bison area commis-sioner Brad Besler had little tosay about it.Schweitzer called it “a greatproblem to have” because thatroad brings many trucks to Lem-mon and the people driving themspend money in town, maybeeven making it their “tradetown.”Contracts won’t be bid untillate 2014 for construction in2015.Schweitzer was equally vocalabout a road project within theTown of Bison. Chairman JuellChapman has a letter from Gov.Dennis Daugaard in which heawards the Town of Bison a$193,500 Community AccessGrant through the Department of Transportation to fix Coleman Ave. That street is the main thor-oughfare into town, leading to theschool, government offices, courthouse and most of Bison’s busi-nesses including Grand Electricand West River Telephone, whichare located on Coleman Ave.The grant is a 60/40 match anddoes not include any engineeringfees, estimated at approximately$90,000. Last September, mem-bers of the Town Board had ap-proached commissioners, asking
Grade 5th and 6th singing Winter Fantasy at the Bison School Christmas concert. Left to Right: Katie Kvale, Veronica Voller,Samantha Jamerson, Kiley Schuchard, Hannah McKinstry, Taylor Fisher.
Bison School Christmas concert
them to share the engineeringfees and 40-percent match be-cause, although it lies withinBison’s city limits, most of it – from Carr Street north to High-way 20 - is county-owned.Schweitzer predicts that therewill be “backlash” from the Cityof Lemmon if the county helpspay for repairs. Lemmon also hasa county road that runs throughit. “It is not fair,” he said, but healso said that he won’t stand inthe way of the project being done.If the county does help supportthe project, Schweitzer would bein favor of turning the road overto the town after it is finished.In the application that thetown wrote, they included a reso-lution, passed by the town’strustees, in which they statedthat they would be solely respon-sible for maintaining the roadonce it was fixed. The next step isto wait for somebody from theDOT to visit with details. Acting Highway Superintend-ent Duane Holtgard was awardeda $500 bonus check for everymonth in that position, beginningDec. 1, until a new superintend-ent is hired. He’ll also receive a$50 stipend for the use of his per-sonal cell phone. Holtgard visited with thecounty board for a long time lastweek, bringing them up to dateon projects that are in processand those that need to be accom-plished. At Holtgard’s recommendation,one of the two trucks that wererecently ordered will be cancelled,mostly because they aren’t readyfor delivery yet. The county willhope to piggyback off a BrookingsCounty bid to equip the remain-ing truck.There are still vacancies on thehighway crew and Holtgard saidthat wages need to be higher sothat those positions can be filled. All employee wages for next yearwill be set at the January 7 meet-ing.Highway workers will be get-ting a new winter coat. They arenecessary for “warmth andsafety,” Holtgard said.Todd Fink, of Fink Dirtmoving,
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2 • The Bison Courier •
Thursday, December 19, 2013
December 18th, First Presbyterian ChurchChristmas program 7 p.m.December 21st, American Lutheran ChurchChristmas program. .Grace Baptist Church
Christmas program December22 at 10:30 a.m.1st Presbyterian Candlelight Christmas Eve servicewith communion 4:30 p.m. December 24th.
Christ Lutheran Church
Christmas Eve candlelightprogram, 6:30pm, Dec 24, Christmas Eve, All welcome.
Prairie Fellowship Parish
Christmas Eve Service6:30 p.m. on December 24 at American Lutheran inBison All are welcome!
 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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Nutrition SiteMenu
Thursday, December 19
Roast beefmashed potatoes w/gravyharvest beetspeach fruit crisp
Friday, December 20
Applesauce ribsbaked potato w/sour creamparsley carrotsstrawberries w/topping
Monday, December 23
Chicken alfredoharvest beetscranberry sauceapple juicefruit cocktail
Tuesday, December 24
Baked fishparsley potatoesglazed carrotspuddingpineapple chunks
Wednesday, December 25
Christmas NO MEALS
The Bison Courier •
Thursday, December 19, 2013
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"There's no place like home." In 1923 John Howard Payne penned the words, “Be it ever so humble, there’s no place likehome.” No couple on earth ever had a home like their's. Not only were they the happiest couplethat ever lived. And, not only were they free from worry, struggle, pain or fear but the LordGod was a regular guest in their home. Adam and Eve knew what it was to experience a face to face relationship with their Creator. There was no need for the great God of the universe to veil His glory with them. Tragically, however, rebellion found its way into the hearts of our first parents and God's physical presence with man was no longer possible. That is until one special day over2,000 years ago. Why did God send His Son into the world? Yes, to pay for our redemp-tion. But also, like the father in the story of the Prodigal Son, He longed once again to bewith us. In John 1:14 we are told that "[God became a man] and made His dwelling among us." That is Jesus made His home with us. Ironically after entering His ministry He becamehomeless. Said Jesus, "Foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of man has no place to lay his head” (Mt. 8:20).  But surely from time to time even the Son of God longed for a place of rest; a retreat fromthe burdens of His day; a place where He would not be disturbed, and where He couldspeak freely without criticism. Was there such a place on earth – a place where He might find peace from the great burden that was His? Scripture suggests that there was such a place. It was found in the home of Martha, Mary, and Lazarus. Their home was in Bethany (John 12:1,2). Jesus stayed there when attending temple ceremonies like the Passover in Jerusalem which was less than two miles away (Mt. 21:17). Bethany is also located on the ridge of the Mount of Olives where Jesus spent many a nightin prayer, and it was also the site of Jesus’ final departure from this world(Luke 22:39 - 41; 24:50, 51).  And, so the home of Martha, Mary and Lazarus was that one place on earth where Jesuscould find comfort, peace and rest - that Jesus could call home. Think of it! Think of how wonderful it would have been to have Jesus as a regular houseguest. Now let me ask, If Jesus were to walk the streets of our world today in whosehome would He find acceptance, joy, and peace? Are our homes a place where Jesus lovesto stay? Is He a regular and welcomed guest there? Isn't it true that if we are Christ's that our sweetest and best thoughts are of Him - that welong to be with Jesus, to do His will and to please Him in all things? Who has our heart,our warmest affections and best energies? Jesus tells us, "Anyone who loves me he willobey My teaching. My Father will love them, and We will come to them and make Ourhome with them" (John 14:23).The home that Jesus loves to stay in today is not in need of fine furnishings, but rather of hearts that love and are obedient to Him. The occupants of Martha’s home truly lovedJesus as He loved them. One day, sooner than we realize, Jesus will come a second time to planet earth - this time to take His children to their Eternal Home. Who will join Himthere? Won't it be those in whose homes He loved to visit in while here?May our hearts and homes be open to Jesus this coming Christmas Day and every daythereafter.
Pastor’s Perspective
Dave MoenchPastor, Bison Seventh-day Adventist Church
USDA/Farm Service Agency news
The Dewey, Meade, Perkins &Ziebach County FSA offices wouldlike to keep you informed of thefollowing items important toUSDA programs. If you have anyquestions please contact theDewey County office at 865-3522ext 2, Meade County at 347-4952ext 2, Perkins at 244-5222 ext 2 orZiebach County at 365-5179 ext 2.
 Acreage Reporting Dates for2014
Producers now have until Janu-ary 15, 2014, to report crops thathave a November 15, 2013, or De-cember 15, 2013, reporting dead-line without paying a late file fee.Crops under this waiver includewinter wheat, rye and native andimproved grasses intended for graz-ing or haying. The Risk Manage-ment Agency (RMA) did not grant awaiver so producers need to consulttheir crop insurance agent for dead-lines for insured crops.In order to comply with FSA pro-gram eligibility requirements, allproducers are encouraged to visitthe FSA County FSA office to filean accurate crop certification reportby the applicable deadline.The following acreage reportingdates are applicable:•January 2, 2014: Honey•January 15, 2014: Late -filed2014 winter wheat, rye and peren-nial forage (fees waived)•July 15, 2014: All other springseeded crops.The following exceptions apply tothe above acreage reporting dates:•If the crop has not been plantedby the above acreage reportingdate, then the acreage must be re-ported no later than 15 calendardays after planting is completed.•If a producer acquires addi-tional acreage after the aboveacreage reporting date, then theacreage must be reported no laterthan 30 calendar days after pur-chase or acquiring the lease. Ap-propriate documentation must beprovided to the county office.•If a perennial forage crop is re-ported with the intended use of "cover only", "green manure", "leftstanding", or "seed" then theacreage must be reported by July15, 2014.Noninsured Crop Disaster Assis-tance Program (NAP) policy hold-ers should note that the acreagereporting date for NAP coveredcrops is the earlier of the dateslisted above or 15 calendar days be-fore grazing or harvesting of thecrop begins. Additionally, producers can pur-chase both NAP and RMA coveragefor 2014 annual forage crops. NAPcoverage will not be available for2015 annual forage crops.Late file fees will be assessed for2013 crops reported after Septem-ber 15, 2013, and 2014 crops re-ported after January 15, 2014.

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