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Bison Courier, June 26, 2014

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 By Beth Hulm
Three architects from TSP metwith a full school board last Mondayevening to offer apologies for brieflydropping the ball regarding theschool's plans for a new facility. Del Acker, Principal Director, Sheridan,WY, said that two previous archi-tects on the project for the past yearhad “different visions” than others inthe company and are no longerworking there. Board members weredisappointed that they weren’t madeaware of that. Acker assured them,“You still are in good hands.” Acker introduced Eric Monroe andBob Morcom, Rapid City architects,who will now be overseeing theBison project. While Monroe is rela-tively new to the firm, Morcom has30 years of experience with the com-pany. “You're not slipping a notch,” Acker said.Toby Morris, securities financialplanner, Pierre, came to the meet-ing, too, to talk about what Bisonschool can afford out of their capitaloutlay fund. He said that $3 millioncan come from capital outlay if theboard would increase to the maxi-mum mil levy of $3, which could belowered later. Currently the levy isat $2. Money could also be raisedthrough a bond issue to make a totalof $7.5 – $8 million.“Does the budget drive the projector is the project driving the budget?”Morris asked. Board member Eric Arneson said it's the former. “Do youwant to stay within a levy amount ora dollar amount?” was Morris' nextquestion. It's a perception. Whichwould the public be most receptiveto - an $8 million dollar project or a$3 per thousand assessment?Board president Dan Kvale's gutfeeling is that the public is going towant the total dollar and how muchit “hits them in the pocketbook.”Morris said that “inflation is theenemy.” Board members agree thatit has to pass public approval thefirst time. Colette Johnson, assistantbusiness manager, voiced it foreveryone. “We're only going to dothis once; we've got to do it right.”Kvale wants a building that willwithstand time – 80 years or more.Board member Marcie Brownlee-Kari said, “In my mind, anythingthat might have to be done in the fu-ture, should be done now.Board members feel that the pub-lic's awareness level of the old schoolis very low. “You can drive by thisbuilding and it looks fine,” accordingto Brownlee-Kari.Morris agreed that, while thebuilding has “curb appeal,” there area lot of issues, in terms of code, as-sessiblity and more, that the publicdoesn't see. TSP has estimated $11 -$12 million to bring the building upto code. It's “expensive, not appropri-ate,” to put that kind of money intoan old building, he said. Acker presented plans that rangefrom $6.8 to $11 million, some usingmore of the existing building thanothers. Morris thinks that $7.5 mil-lion is a good figure. Arneson feels that renovationswill last 20 years; new construction,50.The more new construction, theless the total cost will be, Acker said,because renovations cost more thannew. He was “poised” to hear whatboard members had to say and totake it back to the drawing board.
School board moves closer to proposingnew school; stays with TSP firm
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 32Number 2June 26, 2014
Includes Tax
Please remove flowers from the Chance Cemetery
by July1, Thankyou.
 Authorities will be called next time kids are caught at ourdam. Signs are posted! Merle & Cheryl Hulm
There will be “Open Library”
at the Bison School Library on Thursday,June 26th from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Students may check books out forsummer reading. Everyone Welcome!
Swimming Lessons
will be July 7th - July 18th at 11:30 a.m., cost willbe $60.00, bus will leave from the high school parking lot at 10:30 a.m. andarrive back in Bison at approximately 2:15 p.m. Please have your kids packa lunch. The deadline for registration will be June 30th, 2014. If you haveany questions, please contact Lenae McKinstry at 605-431-8953.
Main Street is back
Crews have started work on replacing the asphalt after the storm sewer project.
Highlights & Happenings
Jerde selected to sing NationalAnthem at Black Hills Roundup
Eva Jerde won Saturday's Black Hills Roundup National An-them contest at Herrmann Park - and will sing the anthem atthe July 4, 5 and 6 PRCA rodeo performances. Along withother awards, she received this leather Roundup jacket fromRoundup Chairman Ferman Clarkson after winning the com-petition.
 According to board chairman DanKvale, “To keep the town held to-gether, we need to keep the schoolgoing.”Morris would like to present thequestion to voters during the No-vember General Election. “Electionsare generally won with a largervoter turnout,” he said. If the issuepasses in November, bidding wouldtake place 2 – 3 months later withnext spring as a construction startdate. Acker promised that his firmcould develop a plan within 2 weeks,giving board members time to mullit over so they can discuss and makea decision at their July 14 meeting.TSP won't charge the school for anyfurther engineering to get a prelim-inary design ready for bidding. Noneof the floor plans that they've devel-oped so far are working so they'll re-vise to the board's specs “at our cost,not yours,” he said. Also at that July 14 meeting, theboard will adopt a new budget forthe 2014-15 school year. Having abetter idea of what to do in terms of renovations/construction will helpthem to finalize that budget, espe-cially in capital outlay. A publichearing is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.during that meeting. As proposed sofar, the General Fund budget willuse about $600,000 in taxpayermoney and $217,000 in surplusfunds, or about $29,000 more thanwas used for the 2013-14 school year.Business Manager Bonnie Crowasked for authority to plug in anynecessary contingency transfers tothe old budget before closing thosebooks next month. She said therewould be “quite a few” because therewere “a lot of changes after schoolstarted” last fall.Superintendent Marilyn Azevedoannounced that all teacher contractsthat have been issued have beensigned. There is a staff opening ortwo yet.
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, Saturday , June 28, 2:00 p.m. at the Lion’s Club Park in Bison. Games for all ages, Cany, Prizes. Spon-sored by Stateline Right to Life
Perkins county 4-H Special Events Day
July 9th , 1p.m. at the Bentley Building
Summer reading at the Bison Public Library
are asfollows Tuesday’s 3 - 4 p.m. 6th - 8th grade; Wednesday’s11 - 12 a.m. Pre/K; 3 - 4 p.m. 3rd - 5th grades; Friday’s 11- 12 a.m. 1st - 2nd grades
 Alcoholics Anonymous
is meeting weekly in Bison. Thegroup meets every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in the basement of the Presbyterian Church. Everyone is welcome.To have your NON-PROFIT meeting listed here, please sub-mit them by calling: 244-7199, or e-mailing to: courier@sd-plains.com. We will run your event notice the two issues
prior to your event at no charge.
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2 • The Bison Courier •
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Nutrition SiteMenu
Thursday, June 26
Lasagna rotini tossed saladfrench breadmixed fruit 
Friday, June 27
Applesauce ribsbaked potatoparsley carrotsstrawberries w/topping
Monday, June 30
Spanish rice w/hamburgerspinach salad tomato juiceorange
Tuesday, July 1
Salisbury steak w/gravybaked brown ricesteamed cabbageparsley carrotsapricots
Wednesday, July 2
Hawaiian chicken saladsliced tomatoesdinner rollfruit crisp w/topping
Senator John Thune (R-SouthDakota) is currently seeking in-telligent, hard-working collegestudents to serve as summer in-terns in his office in Washington,D.C., as well as in his offices in Aberdeen, Rapid City, and SiouxFalls.Interns in Thune’s state officeswill participate in constituentservice and state outreach activi-ties, while students in the Wash-ington, D.C., office will have theopportunity to witness the leg-islative process, give Capitoltours, and attend Senate votesand hearings. Both in-state andWashington, D.C., internshipswill allow students to workclosely with constituents, honetheir research and writing skills,and learn a multitude of valuableoffice skills.“Students have a unique oppor-tunity to experience democracy inaction as interns in a Senate of-fice,” said Thune. “Interns gainvaluable knowledge about bothstate and national issues and anunderstanding of the inner work-ings of a Senate office. I encour-age all students to considerapplying for this rewarding expe-rience.”Senator Thune is a member of the Senate Committees on Agri-culture, Nutrition, and Forestry;Commerce, Science, and Trans-portation; and Finance.College students who are inter-ested in interning in SenatorThune’s Washington, D.C., officeshould submit a resume andcover letter, by July 11, 2014, to:Senator John Thune, Attn:Logan Penfield, 511 Dirksen Sen-ate Office Building, Washington,D.C. 20510By Fax to: 202-228-5429Or by E-mail to: Logan_Pen-field@thune.senate.gov College students who are inter-ested in interning in SenatorThune’s Sioux Falls, Rapid City,or Aberdeen offices should submita resume and cover letter, by July11, 2014, to:Senator John Thune, Attn:Robin Long, 320 North Main Av-enue, Suite B, Sioux Falls, SD57104Or by E-mail to:robin_long@thune.senate.govFor more information, pleasecall 202-224-2321.
Thuneʼs Office accepting FallInternship applications
NOAA's Climate PredictionCenter June 19 Outlook states a70 percent likelihood of El Ninodevelopment sometime duringthe months of July, August andSeptember which could be goodnews for those in the region whohave been experiencing floodingfrom extreme events in June, ex-plained Laura Edwards, SDSUExtension Climate Field Special-ist."Precipitation can be a particu-larly difficult challenge to fore-cast for months or seasons inadvance during the summer, butthe latest projection through Sep-tember favors wetter conditionsfor all but the southeast part of the state," Edwards said.She added that although it isalways possible to get some local-ized extreme rain events; fore-casting rain amounts 30 to 90days in advance is nearly impos-sible. "The probability of aboveaverage rain is the same as belowor near average rain for thesoutheastern counties that havebeen inundated in the last twoweeks." she said.She is quick to add however,that the cooler and wetter condi-tions during the summer that isoften associated with El Nino isnot necessarily a reliable fore-cast."There is a lot of variability inour area as far what El Ninobrings our way," Edwards said.Overall, Edwards said the out-look showed South Dakotans see-ing cooler than averagetemperatures through July. "Al-most the whole state is favored tobe cooler than average in the cli-mate models," said Edwards."This has been a consistent trendover the last few months. Theonly exception is the southeastpart of the state." As for precipitation in July, therecently released outlooks indi-cate western counties to lean onthe wetter side. The eastern half of South Dakota has equalchances of being wetter, drier, ornear average for the month. For the rest of the growing sea-son through September, the out-look shows a continuation of cooler than average temperaturesto be more likely than eitherwarmer than average or near-av-erage temperatures. "The climate models are reallykeying in on El Nino-like condi-tions for the summer," says Den-nis Todey, SDSU Extension StateClimatologist. "The take-homemessage is that the likelihood of stress from dry or hot conditionsis largely reduced for most of thestate."
Climate outlooks favor cooler than average July
The Bison Courier •
Thursday, June 26, 2014
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Living in a hundred year oldranch house, with outbuildingthat are nearly as old, meansthere is always something thatneeds fixed, and almost every-thing used to look better. I don’tmind this. In fact, I kind of like it.It takes the pressure off. I am anaccidental housekeeper, meaning,I usually start a job, like makingtea, and then the water boils outof the teapot because I’ve forgot-ten it, and suddenly I am wash-ing the kitchen floor. As long as Ican continue to cultivate my ownabsentmindedness, the houseshould stay relatively clean. Really though, most days itwould be very embarrassing if someone dropped in unexpect-edly. I like to think there is athreshold that I don’t drop below,but that is pure fantasy. On morethan one occasion I’ve realized itwas a completely different seasonthe last time I scrubbed the bath-room floor (I don’t make tea inthere, you see). I am fortunate tolive with a man who says hismother taught him to scrub thefloor the same as mine did, so if it’s not scrubbed it’s his fault too. And the other day when I waslamenting how helpless I some-times feel in the face of all theranch work I am too weak or tooinexperienced to do, he noted thatI’m not a hired hand. Still, I liketo contribute, and when I lookdown and realize the white tile isnow a shade more similar tobrown, I feel I’m not pulling myweight. (As a side note: who everthought white tile was a goodidea? For those young people get-ting ready to decorate their firsthomes, be warned, it is NOT, un-less you enjoy the feeling of fail-ure.) All this is a strange way tostart an column that is actuallyabout the exact opposite idea.The epiphany I am about to de-scribe came as I prepared to hostnearly every member of my im-mediate family, at overlapping in-tervals, extending over a severalweek period. Now my familymembers, as a group, are neitherhardcore neat freaks, nor partic-ularly judgemental, but my momis a self-proclaimed germaphobe,and there are several others whosuffer from allergies. Since mostranches would essentially be anexcellent place to send an allergysufferer/germaphobe if youwanted to torture them, I setabout preparing to host my fam-ily by seeing if there wasn’t some-one else that could do it. Just kidding, I only let myself have that little fantasy for abouta day. But, it is true that as thearrival date of the first batch of visitors approached, I began toworry we were all going to regretthe venture. Then yesterday morning I wasin the barn trying to feed an or-phaned calf who can’t decide if hebelongs in this world or the next.He is skin and bones, stinks of scours, has crusty, dirty blisterson his nose and lips, and when Ifeed him, the milk and saliva thatrun out of his mouth combine intoa sticky, muddy paste. It’s grossand it’s frustrating. So there I stood, covered inmuddy milk paste, wrestling witha calf who wanted nothing to dowith the whole affair. “Half a bot-tle, most of it on me, will have tobe good enough for now,” Ithought, and took myself inside.I’ll admit I also thought -- and itwasn’t the first time -- “If you aregoing to die, just get it over withalready!” Believe it or not, I wanted this.To me this is the real deal: it isthe messiness of corporeal life,and it is also the heady windowbetween heaven and earth. On aranch we watch babies beingbirthed, we watch them grow, wewatch them die, sometimes, evenwhen we’ve worked hard to healthem. Ironically, many of theselittle ones are born to be food. Allour care and labor ends in theirslaughter, and then people wenever meet eat them. It’s a heavythought. As is, of course, a re-minder that everything born willbecome food eventually. Which iswhy I also think it is beautiful,important, and humbling work. My family, like me, is full of cityfolk. I’d be surprised if any of them have ever been closer to acow than the ones they mightdrive by while zipping down theinterstate. They know wherehamburger comes from...the gro-cery store. So, the adults may notwant to feed the baby calf, but Ihope that my nieces and nephewwill. A lot of modern, human lifetries to look cleaner than it reallyis, and I think that is dangerous.It’s good to remember our rootsare in the soil and the muck.Some people say God is in the de-tail, but I believe you can findGod in the dirt, where all thingsbegin and end. When the guests arrive, thebathroom floor will be freshlymopped, but I am guessing thatwhite tile won’t stay white long.We’ll go to the barn and see thebaby broiler chicks, the roly-polymama cat-to-be, the bum calvesand lambs. Then they’ll track allthat back to the house, runningin to tell their mom and dad andgrandma what they saw, the olddogs following them through thescreen door, nobody bothering towipe their feet. And I am okaywith that. It’s all part of themessy glory of life beside a LittlePasture on the Prairie.
Little Pasture on the Prairie
by Eliza Blue 
Little Pasture on the Prairie
by Eliza Blue 
2014 Make it with wool districtcontests have been scheduled inSioux Falls, Huron, Aberdeen,and Newell, SD. Contests will beheld:District 3: Aberdeen, SD withthe Style Show at the BrownCounty Fair at 3 p.m. on Satur-day, August 16. Judging will startat 10:30 a.m. Contact District Di-rector, Stacy Hadrick, 347-1195.District 4: Brookings, SD withthe contest starting at 9:00 a.m.at Our Savior Lutheran Church,1010 8th St. on Saturday, Sep-tember 13, 2014. Contact DistrictDirector, Dianne Perry, 546-2190.District 5: Sioux Falls, SD withthe contest starting at 4 p.m. inthe Sioux Falls Regional Exten-sion Center, 2001 E 8th St onMonday, September 8, 2014. Con-tact Lavonne Meyer, District Di-rector at 297-4186.District 1: Newell, SD with thecontest starting at 3:30 p.m.,Thursday, September 18, 2014 atthe NVN Sr Center, Newell; withthe style show at the Newell RamSale Barn. Contact Ida MarieSnorteland, District Director,642-5123. District 2, NorthwestSD can also enter in Newell.The 2012 State Contest will beheld in Brookings, SD September26 during the SD Sheep GrowersMeeting. For more informationabout the district and state con-tests and to receive an entryblank, contact Ida Marie Snorte-land, 642-5123 orSnorteland@blackhills.com.Categories for the contest in-clude pre-teen, 12 years old andyounger; Juniors, 13-16; Seniors,17-24;adults, over 24; and profes-sional. Other divisions include:made for others, wearable acces-sory, recycled article, and novelty,quilt, and afghan's. There issomething for everyone.
South DakotaMake it with Wool

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