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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 32Number 4July 10, 2014
Includes Tax
medical attention.It’s important to teach childrenthat water is a healthy drink andnot to wait until thirst sets in.Water is more readily absorbedby the body than other beverages,but can also pass through thebody more quickly. Low-fat milk,100% fruit juice and otherhealthy beverages may providenutrients we need, as well asfluid hydration. Many childrenare used to the sweet taste of soda, fruit drinks and juices butwe need to help children learnthat water has no fat or sugar. It’slow cost and good for children andadults. Help keep kids hydratedand healthy, on and off the field,by setting a good example forchildren by drinking water.KBJM Radio in Lemmon, SD isexcited to once again host theCountry Showdown, America’slargest talent contest, now in it’s32nd year. Thousands of aspiringcountry artists participate everyyear across the nation in contestslike the one hosted by KBJMradio. This year the CountryShowdown will be held on Thurs-day, July 10th at 7 p.m. in theBeeler Community Center onMain Street during the BossCowman Celebration. Cashprizes will be awarded to the topthree acts, compliments of theLemmon chamber of Commerce.The winner will be eligible tocompete in the North and SouthDakota state finals.Contestants already registeredthis year include
Eva Jerde
from Reva, Katelyn Ginther fromLemmon,
Maggie Archibald
from Hettinger, Morgan Duche-neaux from Timber Lake,
from Meadow,
from Bison, BrandonLawson from Harvey, ND,Chrissy Sonnek from North St.Paul, MN, Wendel Hiland fromNewell and
Shaley Lensegrav
from Meadow.Judges will be Koreen Ander-son and Lisa Schockley of Lem-mon and Katy Kindsfater fromHettinger. The MC will be Jill An-derson.
Locals musicians enter Country Showdown
Why is drinking fluids so impor-tant for kids? The body loses andneeds to replace two to threequarts of water every day. If kidsare exercising or playing in thesummer heat, they can lose evenmore water. Even if they don’tfeel thirsty when they are playingor being physically active, its im-portant to replace the water lostthrough sweating.Sweating causes the body tolose fluid (water). Children canfeel tired and aren’t able to con-tinue playing when the lost fluidsaren’t replaced. Urge kids todrink cool water (sugar and elec-trolytes can slow absorption).Kids should drink one to two cupsof cool water one to two hours be-fore the sporting event and an-other cup about 15 minutesbefore they begin. They shouldsip water during the event. Sincethe body can absorb only aboutone cup of water every 20 min-utes, 1/3 to 3/4 cup every 10 to 20minutes is suggested. Encouragekids to carry a water bottle foreasy accessibility. Make sure yousee your child drinking fluids.Watch out for signs of dehydra-tion which can include poor en-ergy levels, dry lips and tongue,infrequent urination, bright ordark colored urine and sunkeneyes. Watch for signs of heat ill-ness include thirst, musclepain/spasms, throbbing heart,and chills. If you see any of thesesigns, move the child into a coolplace, remove excess clothing andgive them a cool sports drink. If symptoms don’t improve, seek
Summer hydrationtips for kids
Fireworks light up the sky
Flowers and vegetables and the prairie grasses seem to likethe heat and humidity and are thriving.
Summers blossoms
Perkins County 4-H Special Events Day
July 9th , 1 p.m. at the Bentley Building
Bison Food Pantry
will be open July 9th from 2:30 to4:30. Anyone with a food need welcomed! For more infor-mation call 244-7799 or 406-581-1108
Summer reading at the Bison Public Library
are asfollows Week of July 14th: Preschool Only Wednesday 11-12. Week of July 21st Tuesday 3 - 4 p.m. Middle School;Wednesday 11 - 12 P/K; Friday 1st - 2nd 11 - 12.
 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.
2 • The Bison Courier •
Thursday, July 10, 2014
 T h is 
Periodicals Postage Paid at Bison, SD 57620POSTAL PERMIT #009-944
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:
Bison............................................................................$36.04 Meadow, Shadehill, Prairie City, Reva & Lodgepole........$35.36Lemmon........................................................................$36.04out of Perkins County..................................$39.00 + sales taxout of state (
Includes all Hettinger addresses.) 
...$39.00 (no tax)
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/Reporter:
Arlis Seim
 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.
Nutrition SiteMenu
Thursday, July 10
Sausage gravy over biscuit green beansbaked squash jello w/strawberries
Friday, July 11
Roast beefmashed potatoes w/gravyharvest beetsfruit crisp
Monday, July 14
Ginger pork chopsbaked potato w/sour creamspinach saladgrapes
Tuesday, July 15
Spaghetti w/meat saucepeas tossed saladfrench breadpeaches
Wednesday, July 16
Baked steak w/mushroomsmashed potatoes w/gravyglazed carrots tomato juice jello w/fruit 
Dr. Jason M. HafnerDr. David J. Prosser
Faith Clinic
1st & 3rd Wed. of the month
Buffalo Clinic
2nd & 4th Wed. of the month
Rosebud News.......
by Tiss Johnson
Gary, Jodi and Lexi Johnsonwere Monday supper guests of Tiss Johnson.Tiss Johnson was a Friday af-ternoon and supper guest of Vernand Veronica Klein and family.Later she joined them at thehome of Sylvia Engle in Het-tinger for fireworks.Tiss Johnson visited with heraunt Shirley Johnson Saturdayafternoon.David Moen brought his lawnmower out to Tiss Johnson’s Sun-day morning. Tiss mowed andDave trimmed some trees andwas a lunch guest. Thanks togood friends for helping out.Tiss Johnson met Dawn Ben-son and Kes Damjanovich atSummerville for supper Sundayevening. Thelma Sandgren visited withShirley Johnson Tuesday after-noon.Thelma Sandgren drove to thelake to visit with Steve and SusieSandgren and Leslie Kling Satur-day.Kylee Sandgren and her friend,Dillon Loper called on ThelmaSandgren Sunday afternoon.Tuesday Bridget Keller andBodee went to Bismarck for doc-tor appointments.Wednesday Albert Keller re-turned to work.Thursday Maggie Archibaldcame and helped watch the boyswhile Bridget did outside work.Dawn Harris stopped in on herway home from workFriday Duane and Dawn Har-ris, Bill and Margaret Dickinson,Devin, Richelle, Sterling, Blauxand Lexy Harris were supperguests of Bridget Keller and theboys.Saturday, Bridget Keller andthe boys went to Lemmon for er-rands then to Shadehill Lake andvisited and had supper with Den-ton and Kelly McGregor and fam-ily and Brady and CharityHathaway and family.Sunday Dawn Harris visitedBridget Keller, then she took Lil Albert and Korbin home with herfor supper.LaVonne Foss picked ShirleyJohnson up for church Saturdayevening.Jim and Patsy Miller attendedthe parade and fireworks in Het-tinger on July 4th.Matt, Christi and ZabrinaMiller were Friday afternoon,Saturday and Sunday guests of Jim and Patsy Miller.Jim and Patsy Miller attendedShrine Circus in Lemmon andBuffalo last Sunday and Monday.Monday, JoAnne Seim took Ketchand Owen LaDue to Sturgis tothe home of Gary and MargieLaDue. Tuesday, Gary andMargie took the boys to meetKelly and Danny LaDue.Tuesday, Monte Frey and Gun-nar Foss helped Lynn and DeanFrey work the last of their calves.Elizabeth Gunn returned toRapid City Sunday.
Meadow News
by Tiss Johnson
 Art and Marilyn Christman at-tended a Christman reunion inDeadwood over the weekend.Julie, Ron and Amila Scott of Glendale, AZ are spending a fewdays with Art and MarilynChristman. Carolyn Petik was a Wednes-day lunch guest at Irene Young's. Mirandi Bakken spent Thurs-day at Petiks. Carolyn Petik visited withBakkens at the Lake on Sundayafternoon, and then had supperwith Irene Young in Lemmon inthe evening.
The Bison Courier •
Thursday, July 10, 2014
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It’s getting close to weaning timefor my bums lambs. It may even bepast time, but I figured we mightas well finish the last bag of milkreplacer. This is my third batch of bums -- the other two years’ worthare in the little pasture as I writethis. That includes the wether Ibrought home the first year, nothaving a clue that he, like mostboys, was not meant to be a keeper.Two of those babies have babies of their own now. In the circle of life,they are passing me by. I startedout as their mother and have beendemoted to a kind of semi-trust-worthy, younger sibling. Theyallow me in the vicinity of thelambs, but they would never let mebabysit alone. Pearl and Theo were my firsttwo lambs, the beginning of thisgrand experiment that is slowly be-coming a way of life. I can’t remem-ber when or how I decided to takethem home, but I do rememberwalking into a barn full of ewessoon after arriving in SouthDakota and feeling like it was loveat first sight. The dusty smell of fresh straw, the warm, musty airsoft with the sounds new mamasmake, and the gentle eyes follow-ing me as I entered; I loved it all. And bottle feeding those first twobabies? Well, what can I say -- itseemed like I’d been waiting to dothat all my life. Last weekend, me and my sweet-heart went to Hulett, Wyoming tovisit a ranch where he used towork, and where he is summeringsome cows. Aptly named the LakeRanch, it is situated in a roundbowl beside Devil’s Tower and theMissouri Buttes, and therefore, be-side a sparkling, sky blue lake. Itis home to an odd assortment of folks: a soft spoken Italian calledFerdinando; a tough, no nonsenseGerman gal called Heike; and an-other Italian who wears a silverfeather in his ear, and is neverwithout his cowboy hat, calledRoby -- just to name a few. All of the folks who make the LakeRanch their home, at least for afew months a year, share one thingin common: hippophilia, or love of horses. Many of them came fromoffice high rises in European cities,where sitting in their cubicles, theyplanned vacations to the great American West. Once here, theydiscovered they could not go backto their old lives. In almost everycase, it was a passion for horsesthat started it all, and for many of them, their lives now revolvearound the daily care and keepingof members of the equine race. Where does this passion comefrom? This singular love of aspecies? Early on in my time here,I discovered that most rancherscome down pretty strongly on oneside or the other in a sheep versuscattle debate. As a rancher, you areeither a shepherd or acow(wo)man, and never the twoshall meet. Of course, I’m exagger-ating -- but only a little. Folks maykeep both, but they are usuallypretty opinionated on which theylike better. Since my first time inthe barn with the ewes, I’ve knownwhich it was for me, and it was asclear a feeling as I’ve ever had. I think horses are beautiful, Ithink cows are useful, I love mydogs and consider them somethingakin to family, but I am, inexplica-bly and inextricably, a shepherdessat heart. What does this say aboutme? Possibly something unflatter-ing, especially if you take a cattlerancher’s word for it. Most considersheep stupid, or at least capable of making spectacularly stupidchoices (and they are, even a sheeplover like myself can admit that...) In fact, it is a relatively univer-sal idea that sheep are extraordi-narily unintelligent. In thecommon vernacular, sheep areoften used as a metaphor for hu-mans that are foolish and easilyled. Thus, the modern expression,“sheeple.” However, sheep are alsomentioned hundreds of times inthe Bible, more than any other an-imal, often as a metaphor for God’schosen people. In that context,being easily led is not a bad thing.Or, it’s not bad as long as you arein the “chosen flock.” If you end upwith a bad shepherd? Well, thenyou are in trouble. In my adulthood, I’ve come torecognize that I am neither easilyled, nor a good leader, so wheredoes that leave me? Perhaps, I amattracted to sheep because theyrepresent something I’ve alwayscraved, but previously lacked,namely, a sense of community.Sheep, on occasion, may make lifethreatening choices to stay withthe flock, but the center of the flockis still the safest place to be in thevast majority of dangerous situa-tions. Outliers are easy targets. Toextend this metaphor to humans, Ioften wonder if our desire to get just what we want, just the way wewant it, and the ability to actuallyachieve these desires, (often vicar-iously via the digital world) leavesus exposed to more harm than werealize. Like sheep, most humansfind they are happiest in the com-pany of other humans. More andmore, we find ourselves in flocks of a virtual nature, with characters intelevision shows or movies beingthe other humans we spend themost time with. What does it meanto live with these new versions of flocks as the center of our lives? It’s the kind of question I canspend a great deal of time ponder-ing, but I don’t know that I’ll everreally reach a satisfying conclu-sion. In the meantime, my littlesheep dog and I will continue totake our daily ramble around thepasture, stopping where we findthe flock grazing, gathered peace-fully together. The puppy is new tothis, so she keeps trying to playwith the lambs like they are pup-pies, confused when they don’twant to wrestle. Sometimesthough, we get around to doing the job she was bred for -- waiting qui-etly, part of the flock, but not really.The birds over our heads twitterconversationally, the horses in thenext pasture shuffle by, the grassand the wind chat in whispers, andEllie and I sit on the outskirts, con-tent. Being an outlier isn’t alwaysbad, especially if it means findinga sense of belonging where youcould never have anticipated it.Like the folks at the Lake Ranch, Ifeel blessed to be in the center of alife I could never have imagineduntil I arrived, breathless and be-wildered. I know to some thechoices I’ve made looked impossi-bly stupid, and certainly many of them were; but, I still believe if love is your shepherd, you will notbe led astray.
Little Pasture on the Prairie
by Eliza Blue 
Little Pasture on the Prairie
by Eliza Blue 
U.S. Senator John Thune (R-South Dakota), Ranking Memberof the Senate Committee on Com-merce, Science, and Transporta-tion, today applauded theenactment of his bipartisan legis-lation, the Reliable Home Heat-ing Act (S. 2086). Thune’s bill,which he introduced earlier thisyear along with Senator AmyKlobuchar (D-Minnesota), willprovide governors greater auton-omy when declaring emergencies,without the need for the FederalMotor Carrier Safety Administra-tion (FMCSA) to declare that adisaster exists beyond the cur-rent 30-day declarations avail-able to governors. The legislationwill also require the Energy In-formation Administration to pro-vide early warnings to governorsif the inventory of residentialheating fuel (propane, naturalgas, and home heating oil) fallsbelow the most recent five-yearaverage for more than three con-secutive weeks.“Propane shortages and record-high home heating fuel prices puta tremendous strain on familieswho struggled to heat theirhomes and businesses this pastwinter,” said Thune. “With theenactment of my bill, I hopeSouth Dakotans can rest a littleeasier knowing when futurepropane and heating fuel short-ages arise, governors and fuel dis-tributors will now have autonomyto take the necessary steps toswiftly address shortages.”In late January, the FMCSA ex-tended state emergency ordersfor 36 states providing regulatoryrelief for commercial motor vehi-cle operators transporting homeheating fuels into areas experi-encing propane and heating fuelshortages this winter. Commer-cial carriers were exempted fromfederal Hours-of-Service regula-tions to allow for greater deliveryof home heating fuels. As a resultof related bipartisan legislationthat the president signed intolaw, FMCSA extended the emer-gency orders for certain impactedstates until May 31, 2014, unlessa governor felt that such a decla-ration was no longer needed. Dueto widespread shortages, residen-tial propane prices nearly dou-bled to $4 per gallon in Februaryof this year creating hardships forfamilies and businesses alike.Previously, the governor of astate could declare a state of emergency due to shortages of home heating fuel, which wouldprovide a 30-day exemption fromcertain federal regulations for op-erators of commercial motor vehi-cles. At the conclusion of these 30days, the exemptions would ex-pire unless extended by FMCSA or otherwise addressed by a pres-idential disaster declaration. Thislegislation will give the governorof a state the authority to extendthe state of emergency for two ad-ditional 30-day periods, for a totalof 90 days without FMCSA ac-tion.The Senate Commerce, Sci-ence, and Transportation Com-mittee has jurisdiction over theFMCSA, which is a component of the U.S. Department of Trans-portation.
Thune home heating fuelbill signed into law

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