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Number 13Volume 107March 29, 2012
Toastmasters International a valuabletool in speaking and leadership skills
Getting up and speaking if frontof a crowd can bring on stagefreight, anxiety and pure terror toanyone. If you experience theseemotions and want to overcomethem how about joining Toastmas-ters International. Toastmasters isa world leader in communicationand leadership development. Theirmembership is 270,000 strong. Itsmembers improve their speakingand leadership skills by attendingone of the 13,000 clubs in 116 coun-tries that makeup their global net-work of meeting locations accord-ing to www.toastmasters.org.Their website also goes on to say,“Toastmasters has developed ameeting which is a learn-by-doingworkshop in which participantshone their speaking and leader-ship skills in a no-pressure atmos-phere. A typical group has 20 - 40members who meet weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. A meetinglasts from 60 - 90 minutes.There is no instructor in a Toast-masters meeting. Instead, mem-bers evaluate one another’s pre-sentations. This feedback processis a key part of the program’s suc-cess. Meeting participants alsogive impromptu talks on assignedtopics, conducts meetings and de-velop skills related to timekeeping,grammar and parliamentary pro-cedure.Members learn communicationskills by working in the CompetentCommunication manual, a seriesof 10 self-paced speaking assign-ments designed to instill a basicfoundation in public speaking.Members also learn leadershipskills by taking on various meetingroles and working the CompetentLeadership manual. In our learn-by-doing approach, membersaren’t lectured about leadershipskill, they are given responsibili-ties and mentoring to help. Theyare then asked to take the lead.”If anyone is interested in joiningToastmasters and improving theirspeaking and leadership skillsplease e-mail Jill Reinert at rein-ert4@gwtc.net.Testicular Cancer (TC) Aware-ness Week is the first week in April. John Covell felt this was anappropriate time to share the storyof his battle with this cancer withthe intent to inform young men of the symptoms and the need forearly diagnosis in the hope thatlives may be saved.John Covell and Lorinda Simonchose their wedding date to be07/07/2007; what better weddingdate could bring good luck to amarriage? One of John’s bestfriends even wrote a poem for themtitled “Jackpot Wedding” abouthow their wedding was a jackpot,not won by luck, but by love, sacri-fice and dedication.But just nine months later goodluck was not in their lives as John,at the age of 22, was diagnosedwith advanced testicular cancer al-ready in stage III; it had spread tohis lungs, liver, and lymph nodes.John’s immediate treatment wassurgery to remove the testicle.When it was discovered how rareand serious this particular casewas, the decision was made to getthe rest of his treatment at IndianaUniversity Hospital, a worldrenowned testicular cancer hospi-tal. Due to the extent of the growthand aggressiveness of his type of cancer, he had no time to waste.Less than two weeks after Johnwas diagnosed he was coughing upblood and about to startchemotherapy. The leading oncolo-gist at IU gave John a 50 percentchance of surviving. This informa-tion, though it was somber, did notdishearten John. With his wife andfamily supporting him, he wasready to do battle.John spent the next threemonths receiving chemo treatmentat the Indiana University Hospital.Upon completion of this treatmentit appeared the cancer was in re-mission. John returned to work andcontinued to have frequent check-ups.Less than six months after com-pleting treatment, a blood test re-vealed the cancer was back. Johnimmediately returned to Indiana toundergo high dose chemotherapyalong with a stem cell transplant.
The John Covell story
Cancer survivor John Covell pictured with son Chaos and wife Lorinda.
~Courtesy Photo
He spent about six weeks in Indi-ana and was able to return to worka few weeks after the transplant.This was in April 2009. John hasbeen cancer-free since with an ex-cellent prognosis.But John’s story does not endhere. Like all cancers, it is imper-ative that it is caught in the earlystages. TC caught in the earlystages has a cure rate of over 95percent. Even in its advancedstages, the cure rate for TC is over85 percent. Despite the high curerate, too many young men are stilldying of this disease. Over 400men die in our country each yearof testicular cancer. And why isthat? It is because young men donot realize they are the ones thisdisease strikes, (primarily thosebetween the ages of 15-35) andthey do not know the symptoms;therefore they do not get to thedoctor when they should.Since John’s recovery from can-cer he has made it a goal to helpspread the word about testicularcancer. He serves as a moderatorfor the TC-Cancer.com forumwhere he counsels other youngmen and their families. He hasalso had articles published innewspapers, magazines, and beenon KELO-Land News to makeyoung men aware of the diseaseand its symptoms. Two men fromwestern SD contacted John to lethim know one of his articlesprompted them to get to the doctor;both of them were diagnosed withtesticular cancer, treated, and arecurrently cancer-free. This is justwhat John hoped would happen;that publicizing his story wouldhelp save lives.John is continuing to spread theword by offering to make presenta-tions to young men in SouthDakota high schools. He created apower point to present to youngmen which informs them of thesymptoms of testicular cancer andthe importance of early diagnosis.He also shares his personal storyof battling this disease, with themain point being that had he notignored the symptoms and saw aurologist earlier, his story mighthave been a lot less eventful.He recently gave his first pres-entation to the freshman class at Yankton High School. He is cur-rently making arrangements togive his presentation at New Un-derwood and Wall. His goal is togive his presentation to all thehigh schools throughout SouthDakota.In his presentation John empha-sizes the various symptoms of tes-ticular cancer (a lump or enlarge-ment in the testicle, a feeling of heaviness in the scrotum, a dullache in the abdomen or groin, asudden collection of fluid in thescrotum, pain or discomfort in thetesticle or scrotum, enlargement ortenderness of the breasts, and inlater stages a severe backache).If a young man has any of thesesymptoms he should see a urolo-gist immediately. Chances are hewill not have cancer, but if he does,he needs to be diagnosed and starttreatment immediately for the bestchance of survival. It is better to besafe than sorry.John also stresses the impor-tance of men doing self examsevery month to detect lumps. Hehopes that some day there will beas much public awareness on thetopic of testicular cancer as therecurrently is on breast cancer.John and his wife Lorinda cur-rently live in Yankton where Johnis an electronics technician at Vishay and Lorinda is completingher third year in medical school.They welcomed their son Chaosinto the world on September 2,2011. They have come a long waysince their wedding day on07/07/2007. Some might say thatdate ultimately brought them goodluck, but John would say it hadmore to do with that love, sacrificeand dedication that was men-tioned. After two years of being cancer-free he had this to say about theexperience: “Without Lorinda Iprobably wouldn’t have made itthis far. I owe a lot to her; she hasdone more than anyone can ask,from bathing me to holding thepuke bucket. She has been myrock.”
Equalization board hears from localresidences on overly excessive taxes
by Laurie Hindman
The Local Board of Equalizationmet on Monday, March 19 at theWall Community Center meetingroom. Mayor Dave Hahn called themeeting to order with board mem-bers: Bill Leonard, Pete Dunker,Rick Hustead, Jerry Morgan andMike Anderson present. FinanceOfficer Carolynn Anderson wasalso present.There were 21 appellants whoappeared before the board. Manyproperty owners have seen a tax in-crease of 10-13 percent on their as-sessed structure value from lastyear.The board agreed in all fairnessto property owners in the Kellyand Shearer addition to lowertheir taxes to nine percent.Homeowners within the City of Wall also came before the boardand asked for explanations of whytheir taxes have raised so much.One home owner said, “Her totalassessed value for 2012 was morethat what her home market valuewas worth.” The board looked atother homes similar in squarefootage size and agreed with herstatement that equal houses arenot being equally valued. Theboard approved the 2012 total localsuggest value.The board approved to lower onehomeowners property considerablydue to surrounding homes on ei-ther side of her. The board wantedher to know that the county willprobably reject the 2012 local sug-gested land value.The board also agreed to loweranother homeowners land valuealong with her businesses due toweather damage to the home andwater, pavement and concretedamages to the businesses. After hearing from all appel-lants the meeting was adjourned.
by Laurie Hindman
Community members from thesurrounding area of Wall attendeda Wall Ambulance District meetingheld on Thursday, March 22 at theWall Community Center.Pete Dunker opened the meetingand thanked everyone for attend-ing. He then turned over the floorto Larry Gravatt.Gravatt explained without“Funding for a Pulse” the Wall Am-bulance would die. He informed thecommunity that he had found analternate way to fund the district,which would make the Wall Ambu-lance District affordable to every-one. Gravatt went on to say, “Youcannot put a price on the healthand welfare of our community andfamilies. An ambulance can be afew minutes away or up to hoursaway.”The Wall Ambulance is critical tothis area and Gravatt proposed tohire more help by coming in with areliable source of funding to main-tain an extremely importantsource, which is the Wall Ambu-lance Service.Gravatt went on to say that theRural residents ag land was takenout of the district assessment andonly the Non-ag buildings would beassessed. He is aware that this isn’tfair to the commercial businessowners but said, “hopefully we canmake this as affordable as possi-ble.” Gravatt added the Wall resi-dents rely on the Wall AmbulanceService a lot and to think of the dis-trict as an affordable insurance pol-icy.The district has support from theWall City Council who have passeda resolution to either give six per-cent of the sales tax or $50,000.Wasta has also passed a resolutionin support and Quinn is reviewingthe plan. As of now there are only six localvolunteer EMTs who average 12years of service. This low numberis due to the additional regulationsthat are required to become a newEMT. If there was 100 percent localvolunteers the cost of savings peryear would be $30,000 and with 60percent local volunteers the ambu-lance district could save $14,400 ayear.Gravatt recounted that the newassessment for ag land is now$53,500,000. A maximum of .60mill levy for an operating budgetwould bring in $39,300 and .50 milllevy for a capital outlay budgetwould raise $32,750 and accordingto state law a mill levy can not goover 1.10. The district would haveto have fundraisers and bring indonations to help the budget.The new budget that Gravatthas drawn up shows $171,000 forlabor costs and a projected revenuebased on 75 percent collection ratewould bring in $104,000.00, withthe city kicking in $50,000, dona-tions of $25,000 and the assessedvalue being $36,000 the new rev-enue would be $215,000 and if youtimes $65,494,000 by .25 for thecapital outlay budget the total fig-ure would come in at $231,373.Gravatt understands that there isvariations and work that wouldhave to be done to the budget butusing three different values forresidences and the amount of am-bulance calls in-town, out-of-townand I-90 would make the newbudget fair to all.The community also has to step-up with donations and the need forEMTs from the local area would bea big economical support for thedistrict.Gravatt noted that this was thesecond public hearing and wouldlike to see the resolution that is tobe taken before the PenningtonCounty Commissioners pass with-out the issue having to come to avote. As Gravatt said, “This will bethe best opportunity that we haveto control our own destiny. Thisplan is workable, affordable andwe need to support it.”Dunker then made a comment tothe audience, “The city council de-cided after their last meeting tolease the ambulances and garageto the district for a proposedamount of one dollar. The councilfelt it was important for them tomaintain the titles of the ambu-lances.”Charles Kruse asked Gravattonce the district is formed can themill levy be changed to include agland. Gravatt replied he hadtalked to the county auditor andonce the resolution is signed by thecounty commissioners it will staythat way. Kruse said, “At the Cas-tle Butte Township meeting theconsensus was not in favor of theambulance district, but this wasbefore they knew that ag land was-n’t going to be taxed. Their feelingmay change since they didn’t haveall the facts.” Angela Lytle asked about theamount of labor force and volun-teers that it takes to run the am-bulance and the additional regula-tions to become a EMT. Gravattexplained that EMTs are now re-quired to have 170 hours of train-ing and another 20 hours everyyear in continuing education. JohnKitterman added that a EMT hasto recertify every two years. Lytlewanted to know if the budget in-cluded the cost of training anEMT. Dick Johnson responded toLytle’s question by saying that thestudent pays for the book and afterpassing the test and serving suc-cessfully as a EMT for six monthsthey are paid back for the book.Johnson said, “It takes a lot of hours to do the class.”Lytle then wanted to know whatwould happen if the district wasformed and there were no volun-teers to cover a shift? Gravatt said,“Stan Anderson asked the samequestion.” Gravatt is hopeful andvery optimistic that this plan willwork and asked members of theaudience to become volunteers forthe ambulance service.Gary Williams would like to seefull time Level 2 EMTs or Para-medics on staff so we aren’t meet-ing another ambulance on theroad. A paramedic who is on staff for the Wall Ambulance stated,“the majority of medical calls canbe performed by an EMT. It’s a bigexpense to have paramedics onstaff for 185 calls per year when aEMT can handle the call.Martha Whitcher asked whatother options do townships have if their geographic location isn’t con-clusive to the ambulance service.Gravatt said that township wouldneed to change its 911 service.They would also need to meet withRapid City, Wall and New Under-wood to have them taken out of that area for whatever reason.Gravatt would then have to goback to the equalization board andhave the mill levy redone. Eitherway that township will still receiveservice from Wall.Byron Denke wanted to makesure that the resolution states onlyag buildings and not ag land. Gra-vatt said, the resolution states des-ignated property which is the keyword, but will make sure that theag buildings are separated fromthe ag land. Denke also wanted toknow who is responsible for the in-surance of the new district. Gra-vatt replied the insurance will bepaid for by the funds from the am-bulance district.Jem Kjerstad asked a key ques-tion, “How will the district be gov-erned.” Gravatt explained once thedistrict is formed the city attorneyJim Nelson will develop a set of by-laws for a non-profit organization. A first annual meeting will be cre-ated and nominations for a mini-mum of five directors will be heldalong with an election. The boardwill then meet once or twice amonth to prepare a non-profitbudget which will be sent to thecounty auditor for the tax roll.Kjerstad said, “This is a fair andequitable plan for the communityand is in favor of the new ambu-lance district.”Bill Leonard wanted to knowhow many people have used theambulance and said, “Without itand Mrs. Wilson he probablywould not be here.” Leonardstated, “Either we support it or weloose it.”Ballot sheets were then handedout and the community wasthanked once again for attendingthe meeting. The ballots were tal-lied with 48 in favor and six oppos-ing the ambulance district.
Wall Ambulance District proposalis made affordable to residents of 
Eastern Pennington County
Wall Ambulance District meeting.
Members from the surround-ing communities of Wall and within Wall attended the secondambulance district meeting held at the Wall Community Center on Thursday, March 22.
~Photo Laurie Hindman
Area News
PenningtonCounty Courant
Don Ravellette
General Manager of Operations:
Kelly Penticoff 
Office Manager/Graphics:
 Ann Clark
Staff Writer:Laurie Hindman
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PLUSapplicable sales tax. In-State:
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Postmaster Send change of address notices to:Pennington Co. CourantPO Box 435Wall, SD 57790-0435.
Established in 1906. The Pennington Co.Courant, an official newspaper of Penning-
ton County, the towns of Wall, Quinn andWasta, and the school district in Wall, SD,is published weekly by Ravellette Publica-tions, Inc. The Pennington County Courantoffice is located on the corner of 4th Ave.and Norris St. in Wall, SD.
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 A new business is coming to town.
Tisha Rose fiance of JaceShearer will be opening a hair salon at 609 Glenn Street. Tishaowns a Salon in Durant, Oklahoma which employs seven styl-ists. She will be taking appoints for men, women and children’sstyles within the next couple of weeks. Pictured is Tisha Rose,3-year old Londyn Rose and Jace Shearer.
~Photo Laurie Hindman
Shearer Styles to open soon
Wall Art Guild will be hosting anart show at the Wall Drug on Fri-day, March 30 and Saturday,March 31. Members are President -Nola Price; Vice-President - LoriSchreiber and Secretary - LornaMoore. Members include: Norma Volz, Linda Hiltner, Donita Denkeand Dorothy Jones.Lorna Moore joined the guild in1988. She paints in water color, oilsand does some colored pencil.Lorna’s interests are western, ani-mals, rodeo, family portraits, his-torical buildings, floral and land-scapes.Dorothy Jones paints mostly inoils and does beautiful nativeamerican paintings and land-scapes. She also tutors other mem-bers when they need advice on art-work.Nola Price paints mostly inwater colors. She paints barns,landscapes and florals. Nola has abeautiful style of painting, verysoft and pretty.Donita Denke paints in oils. Sheis a new member and will have art-work in this years Art Show atWall Drug.Loretta Schreiber paints in oils.She does portraits and landscapes. A very talented artist.Linda Hiltner from the Wall Writ-ers group is a new member in thisyears Wall Art Show.Norma Volz shows more in pho-tography but does some watercolor art.
Wall Art Guild will host art show
Some of the Wall Art Guild members. Pictured from left to right... Dorothy Jones, Past President Vivene Matthews, Norma Volzand Nola Price.
~Courtesy Photo
Kenneth A. Beer, Rapid City,South Dakota, a representative of Modern Woodmen of America, hasbeen named to Modern Woodmen’sPresident’s Club. This distinctionrecognizes Beer’s high achievementin life insurance sales among theorganization’s representatives na-tionwide.Founded in 1883, Modern Wood-men of America touches lives andsecures futures. The fraternal fi-nancial services organization offersfinancial products and fraternalmember benefits to individuals andfamilies throughout the UnitedStates.
Kenneth Beer named to ModernWoodmen’s President’s club
 April is National VolunteerMonth and there is no better timefor you to get involved in the com-munity. Set a great example foryour children by volunteering withthem when they are young.Here are a few great volunteerideas for parents and kids:•Visit a nursing home: The sim-ple act of sharing a story or play-ing a game could brighten an eld-
Get your children volunteering
erly person’s day.•Donate food: Have your chil-dren pick out items at the grocerystore; then take the food to apantry together.•Clean up: Pick up litter in alocal park. It could be a fun way toget outdoors and will instill in yourchildren respect for the environ-ment.
By: Theresa Koupal, Reporter
(Reprinted with permission from Wagner Post/Lake AndesWave/Announcer/Dakota Action Rocket)
Evan Papousek, agricultureteacher at Wagner CommunitySchool, has been named the winnerof the February Excellence Has aFace Award. Papousek’s nomina-tion stated that he “consistentlygoes ‘above and beyond’ what is ex-pected to engage and reach stu-dents.”Papousek’s nominator cited anexample of his “can-do” attitudeand explained that he developed anew after-school program for mid-dle school students to enhancetheir interest in school through ahands-on agricultural and indus-trial arts curriculum. The nomina-tor stated, “It is my understandingthat Mr. Papousek has volunteeredhis time to organize and supervisethis program because he felt therewas a need, and he wanted to bet-ter serve our students.”The nominator added that Pa-pousek’s room is “always filled withstudents after school, many of them high school students whoneed a listening ear or help with anassignment.” According to the nominator, Pa-pousek has “gone out of his way tosupport students, coming in early,staying late, and giving up hispreparation periods to help themget their work done, not only for hisclass, but for all their classes.”The nominator added that manystudents, even those who do nothave Papousek as one of theirteachers, seek his advice and hishelp. The nominator stated, “Evenon his bad days, he can be foundencouraging students, sharing jokes and smiles. He is positive,upbeat, and willing to go the extramile for his students. It is evidentthat he loves his work and theWCS students.”The nominator concluded, “Mr.Papousek definitely lives out themotto, ‘Every Child, EveryChance, Every Day.”Individuals nominated for themonthly award must have workedat Wagner Community School fora minimum of six months. Thenomination form adds that theseindividuals must be “highly en-gaged and committed to the mis-sion, vision, and values of theschool district.” They must demon-strate “a can-do attitude” and “gothe extra mile in giving to theschool district and doing theirbest.”Individuals nominated for theaward must also function “in aspirit of partnership with otheremployees and students” and have“a clear understanding of personalaccountability” and “tend to look atthemselves first for resources andsolutions.”Individuals nominated for theaward must also “embrace changeand look for ways to reinventthemselves while continuing toprovide a high level of value to theorganization.”Monthly winners of the awardreceive a thank you with a token of appreciation. They also have theirpictures displayed on the bulletinboard by the school lunch room.Evan is the son of Lorayna andRichard Papousek of Quinn.
Papousek receives “FebruaryExcellence has a Face Award”
Wall Main Street getting an early jump start due to nice weather 
By Ted SchultzCETEC Engineering
Favorable March weather condi-tions allowed the Contractor to geta jump start on main street, con-crete paving between 6th Avenueand 5th Avenue. The water maininstallation was completed in thefall of 2011. The double curb stepon the east side of main street hasbeen eliminated with the new curband gutter design.Traffic on main street is cur-rently limited to head to head traf-fic on the west side of main streetwith no parking allowed on mainstreet from 4th Avenue to 6th Av-enue. Access to the parking lotnorth of First Interstate Bank is al-lowed from 4th Avenue and addi-tional parking will be opened asphasing allows.Concrete crews are on site andconcrete paving has commenced onthe east side of main street as wellas the intersection of 5th Avenue.The 6th Avenue intersection con-crete paving is complete. The eastside of main street and the 5th Av-enue east intersection is scheduledto be completed by the end of March and crews will start on thewest half of main street in early April. The west side of the 5th Av-enue intersection will be closed inthe next traffic switch. Sidewalkreplacement, joint sealing, andpavement marking on the east sideof main street will commence oncethe paving is complete.The electrical contractor is onsite and continued with conduit in-stallation and light pole base in-stallation. The conduit is installedbetween 4th and 7th Avenues andthe concrete light pole bases arepoured. Light pole installation isscheduled for late April. The oldwooden light poles will be removedfrom 4th Avenue to 7th Avenuewith the project.The concrete crews continue withthe west side of main street andwill be followed by asphalt pavingconnections once the asphalt plantsopen in mid-April. Pedestrian ac-cess is open in the 6th Avenue in-tersection with temporary pedes-trian detours in the 5th Avenue in-tersection.
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House plants – our all weather friends
by Elke BaxterMaster Gardener
Is it Spring yet? Those of us wholove to garden utter this phrasemany times each winter. Luckilyfor us gardening with HousePlants helps to keep us sane whenwinter winds are howling and thesnow is piled high on our favoritegarden spots. Even the ancientEgyptians planted their cherishedfavorites in urns and troughs thou-sands of years ago. With the dis-covery of the New World in the15th century many species of ourall weather friends started makingthe long journey from their tropi-cal homes to foreign shores.Whether you want to “green up”your thumb or try something new,you will initially need to dedicatea little time and energy as you firstexplore your new hobby. Youwouldn't get a dog or cat withoutknowing their basic needs (Ihope!). Plants are no different. If you expect them to not only sur-vive but flourish, you will have toapproach the situation with youreyes and ears wide open.Since most house plants hailfrom tropical regions, their needsare somewhat similar but don't fallinto the trap of believing that allhouse plants are created equal. Astheir keeper you've taken over na-ture's job, therefore you are nowresponsible to mimic their naturalhabitat as closely as possible. Thebetter you do your job, the betteryour plant will do. Your first step in becoming theproud owner of a happy andhealthy plant is to know what youhave.In some instances that's easiersaid than done. Modern varietiesare endless and whether you get aplant from a friend or buy one withan ID tag you often know as littleafter the acquisition as you did be-fore. Luckily help is everywhere:friends, neighbors, garden clubs,master gardeners, books and theworld wide web. With a little effortit won't take long before you knowexactly what you own. Your next order of business willbe to find out your plants exactneeds. Like us, plants need food,water and air. To provide foodyou'll need light since plants areable to convert light into food. Theamount of light depends on theplant. Most like more rather thanless but direct sun if often too in-tense. You may find yourself mov-ing plants from one window intoanother as the seasons change.Make sure that leaves don't touchany window panes as some plantsare quite sensitive and will pout if you're careless.Interior spaces away from win-dows are usually too dark forplants to survive and light inten-sity diminishes very quickly as youmove away from windows. Plantfood of sorts is also a necessity but
takes the place of light.Watering can be a tricky exer-cise. If you own many differenttypes of plants be aware that the“once a week watering” expeditionwill not necessarily yield satisfac-tory results. Water usage dependson the size of a plant and the pot itis in. Plants need to be potted intothe proper sized container. Whena flower pot is too large for theplant it will often rot. Plants whichare more sensitive to “wet feet” areespecially prone to this failure. A plant in bright light will generallyuse more water than one in a dim-mer spot. Time of year, growingcycle and blooming stages alsochange water needs. If in doubt,invest in a watering globe. They'reavailable in different sizes for verylittle money and take all the guesswork out of watering.Like us plants also need tobreathe but since they produceoxygen in the process, plants defi-nitely help to purify your indoorair simply by being there. A nicelukewarm shower or regular dust-ing does much to maintain a plantsbreathing ability by removing dustfrom their leaves. Fresh air is goodfor both you and your plants butavoid cold drafts as much as dry-ing air from heat vents.Most plants appreciate a fairamount of humidity in the airwhich you'll achieve automaticallywith the ownership of multipleplants. You know you've arrived atthat juncture when your other half threatens to bring home a macheteto clear a path through your jun-gle.While they need attention andsome TLC, for us “plant freaks”house plants are a worthwhile ef-fort. When the winter doldrums hitand you admire your new orchidsblooms and discover the sparkle onthat African Violet blossom re-member this quotation;"If we could see the miracle of asingle flower clearly our whole lifewould change."....Buddha
“Anna Kitterman’s Guide Service.” Anna who is a seasonedhunter wanted to learn the aspects of running a business andchose to start a guide service for hunting. She put together abrochure of pictures of hunters she has guided with the help of Tom Kruger. Anna plans to attend WTI this fall and either becomea nurse or paramedic.
~Photo Laurie Hindman
“Quilting.” Aleshia Feldman who didn’t know anything aboutsewing or sewing machines decided to piece together a quiltfrom scratch. Feldman said she spent 34 hours just on the quiltitself minus the quilting. She will be attending cosmetologyschool this fall in Hayes, KS.
~Photo Laurie Hindman
“Beekeeping.” Mikala Kraut had a friend who offered her a jobhandling bees. She worked on the financial side of businessalong with all the steps of the honey making process. Mikalasaid she never got stung once during the 92 hours she spent onthe job. She will be attending NAU in March to major in Account-ing.
~Photo Laurie Hindman
Wall Middle Schoolstudent of the month
Taylor Richter is the Wall Mid-dle School student of the month forMarch 2012.Taylor is in the seventh gradeand is an excellent student. She al-ways exceeds her own academicgoals because she works so hard toresearch and learn.Taylor is also a great role modelfor other students. She volunteersto work with other students whoneed extra help and has stood upto students who have bullied oth-ers.Taylor follows classroom rulesand is a very compassionate indi-vidual.Taylor participates in many ac-tivities including 4-H, volleyball,basketball, rodeo, golf, and youthto youth. She is also a member of the student council.
Taylor is the daughter of Troyand Dawn Richter. Brett Blasiusfrom First Interstate Bank pre-sented Taylor with a First Inter-state Bank sweatshirt and bag.Congratulations Taylor!

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