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K
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The official newspaper of Jackson County, South Dakota
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Volume 105Number 40April 19, 2012
~ by Robyn Jones ~ ~ by Robyn Jones ~ ~ by Robyn Jones ~ 
Official ElectionResultsKadoka AreaSchool BoardTuesday, April 10
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Mark Williams - 238Jim Brown - 187
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Ross Block - 245
Mark DeVries - 98
The Jackson County Commis-sioners held their regular monthlymeeting on Monday, April 9, withall commissioners in attendance.Mental illness billings andhealth care estimation notices werereviewed and all requests for pay-ments were denied.Jackson County States AttorneyDan Van Gorp is revising the letterthat is sent to the provider whenthe billings are denied.County Auditor Vicki Wilsonpresented the financial statement. A motion carried to transfer $3,000into the E911 Fund and approvethe financial statement.A tax comparison for 2010 and2011 taxes was presented showingthe tax levies and property valua-tion.Curt Reiter gave a presentationregarding electronic imaging forthe Register of Deeds office. All doc-uments need to be scanned and Re-iter will rent the scanners to thecounty, which will vary in price ac-cording to the size of the scanner.Reiter stated that Register of Deeds Mitzi Mitchell will be able toscan the small documents, but hewould do the larger plats and alsochange the blueprint documents toa white back ground with blacktype, so they’re easier to read. A motion carried to enter into a con-tract with Curt Reiter for imagingservices.Emergency Manager Jackie Stil-well stated that Jackson Countyhad been awarded a HazardousMitigation Grant and accepting thegrant was approved.Bills were reviewed and all wereapproved as presented, exceptbillings from Clinical Laboratoryand Community Health Center of the Black Hills were denied.Fuel bids were opened and re-viewed. A motion carried to acceptthe bids from Midwest Coop forbulk unleaded gas, #1 and #2 bulkdiesel and propane. An additionalmotion carried to accept the bidfrom Discount Fuel for unleadedgas, #1 and #2 diesel at the pumpsfor the current daily pump price.The commissioners approved forthe treasurer, auditor and registerof deeds to attend the spring work-shop for elected officials on May 9-11 in Pierre.Highway Superintendent MitchOlney updated the commissionerson road maintenance being done.Currently they are completelingsome work in the northern part of the county and plans include to dosome on the road leading to theBreck residence and move to thesouthern part of the county.He stated that the push cat isbeing repaired in Rapid City and ademonstration of a mulcher isbeing scheduled to be held in late April.Olney presented quotes on2,000 - 2,500 watt generators. Afterdiscussion, it was determined thata larger generator would be morebeneficial to the county.Olney made contact withHogen’s Hardware and the pur-chase of a 9,000 watt generator inthe amount of $769.00.Prior to purchasing a generator,the county had been using a gener-ator owned by Olney. In exchangefor the use of his generator, thecommissioners declared four oldbridge planks surplus and tradedthem to Olney as compensation forthe use of his generator.Olney questioned about addinga dove tail to the flat bed trailer.Earlier it was agreed once the sur-plused metal beams had been sold,those funds would be used to coverthe expense of the dove tail. Earlierquotes for the dove tail were $3,500to $3,800. The commissionersasked Olney to obtain a currentprice qoute.Olney presented a bill from T.F.Luke & Sons for the crushing andscreening that has been completedat the Kennedy pit. Van Gorp re-viewed the bill and contract andstated that the commissionerscould approve to pay the bill orwait until the project was com-pleted, either decision was accept-able without breeching thecontract. A motion carried to denythe billing and to have Van Gorpdraft a letter to Luke with their de-cision.A motion carried to go into exec-utive session at 2:37 p.m. for per-sonnel matters. They returned toopen session at 3:17 p.m., with noaction taken.Commissioner Ronnie Twisssaid that he had contacted KenBarlett for an estimate on repairsthat need to be done at the Interiorshop.Olney stated that the road de-partment should receive four dif-ferent radios. Discussion was heldon the possiblity of upgrading therepeater or if it would need to be re-placed.Jackson County Sheriff RayClements, Jr. presented a bill fromthe jail in Winner.The commissioners then enteredinto executive session at 3:30 p.m.with Clements present. At 3:47p.m. they returned to open session,with no action taken.Discussion was held on liabilityif the county would assist at a fireto put in a fire line. Wilson willcheck with the insurance companyprior to the next meeting.With no other business themeeting adjourned. The next regu-lar meeting will be held on May 14at 9:00 a.m.
Commissioners proceed with electronic imagining for Registerof Deeds office, deny billing for gravel screening and crushing
The Jackson County Commis-sioner held a special meeting onWednesday, April 11 at 2:00 p.m. inconjunction with the County Boardof Equalization meeting.No appeals were submitted con-testing values, although owner oc-cupied status was added to oneresidence.Director of Equalization BradStone reported that when soil sam-ples were updated, the tax exemptstatus was removed from a piece of property owned by the county. A tax exempt status was re-quested by Evergreen Children’sHome.The commissioners approved toboth adding the tax exempt statusfor both properties.At 3:17 p.m. the commissionersentered into executive session forpersonnel matters. They returnedto open session at 4:27 p.m. with noaction taken.The burn ban resolution thatwas adopted at a previous meetingwas discussed.An addendum was approved andadded to the resolution reads as fol-lows.“It is further resolved, that theban on open burning does not applyto (1) those areas falling within theboundaries of any permitted com-mercial, state, or federal camp-ground; (2) burn barrels, gratecovered outdoor fireplaces, charcoaland liquid fuel grills, and (3) a con-tained fire used to heat irons forbranding purposes.“It is further resolved, that theban on open burning shall be in ef-fect during any period of time thatthe fire danger, as determined byuse of the South Dakota grasslandfire danger index published by theNational Weather Service, hasreached the very high or extremecategory in Pennington County.The ban on open burning shall au-tomatically be suspended duringany time period that the fire dan-ger falls below the very high cate-gory in Jackson County.”Highway Superintendent MitchOlney informed the commissionersthat a quote to repair the push catwas received. The equalizer barneeds to be replaced and it is esti-mated to be approximately $7,000for total repairs. A motion carriedto approve the repairs.Olney also requested permissionto purchase more culverts, whichwas approved.A bill from Regional Health Ref-erence Laboratory was reviewedand denied in the amount of $375.County Auditor Vicki Wilsonstated that an organization hassubmitted an application for a spe-cial events license for malt bever-age. Since the permit does not needto be submitted to the state, thecounty needs to set the applicationfee. Following discussion, motioncarried to set the fee at $25 per day.With no further business, themeeting adjourned.
County commissioners make changes to burn ban
tive for a total of at least 60 min-utes per day during five or more of the past seven days•22 percent wrongly believesmokeless tobacco is safer than cig-arettes•26 percent had five or moredrinks of alcohol within a couple of hours, on one or more of the past 30days•24 percent of currently sexu-ally active students, defined asthose who’ve had sexual inter-course during the past threemonths, drank alcohol or useddrugs before their last sexual inter-course.Studies have proven that physi-cally and emotionally healthy stu-dents will perform better in theclassroom and enjoy continued suc-cess throughout their lives. A comprehensive school healthprogram is a key component in re-ducing the occurrence of risk be-haviors among young people.
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The 2011 South Dakota YouthRisk Behavior Survey Report hasbeen released. Administered every other year,the Youth Risk Behavior Survey isa questionnaire that assesses thesix priority health-risk behaviorsthat result in the greatest amountof morbidity, mortality and socialproblems among youth. About 1,800 students in grades9-12 at randomly selected public,private and Bureau of Indian Edu-cation schools participated in thesurvey.Key indicators included in thereport are outlined below:•27 percent of students werebullied on school property in thepast 12 months•20 percent had been bulliedelectronically during the past 12months•18 percent seriously consideredattempting suicide in the past 12months•49 percent were physically ac-
2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey results released
The Kadoka Area School Boardheld their regular monthly meetingon Wednesday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m.The agenda, financial report,bills and minutes from the March12 and 28 meetings were approved.Within the superintendent’s re-port, Jamie Hermann stated thatthe school improvement plan foreach attendance center in the dis-trict is complete and has been sub-mitted to the SD Department of Education, as required by Title 1.DakotaStep testing is near com-pletion and due into the SD Dept.of Education by April 20.Section one of the Indian Educa-tion requirement has been com-pleted and there will be a smallincrease in the amount allocated tothe district.In previous years these fundshave been used to provide a busmonitor and instructional aide po-sitions. With these funds, a videosurveillance system will be in-stalled on the Wanblee and Interiorbuses. It is being considered to usethe remaining fund balance to sup-ply students with second portionsfor no charge at lunch.The budget process for the 2012-2013 school year has began.If the district qualifies as a heav-ily impacted district, additionalfunding would be available throughImpact Aid. There are several cri-terias that must be met to receivethis status, including the creationof a pension fund through the levycollection process. The levy for thisfund would be set at $0.30 perthousand, but the district woulddecrease the capital outlay fundlevy by $0.30, so the tax base wouldnot been increased.If the district would receive thedistinction of heavily impacted, thedistrict would receive approxi-mately an additional one milliondollars in funding.Elementary Principal RogerJensen gave an update on activitiesfor the remainder of the school yearincluding field trip and music pro-gram dates.Jensen stated that the Responseto Intervention (RtI)assessementsfor grades K-5 have been completedand there will be an RtI conferencein July at Chamberlain.Jensen also presented a staff training schedule for teachers toattend to help prepare them for thecommon core testing that will beimplemented in 2014.Secondary Principal Tim Hage-dorn stated that the handbook is inthe process of being updated andchanges will be presented at thenext board meeting.The class schedule for the 2012-2013 school year is near completeand student pre-registration willbe done next week.The buildings and ground com-mittee stated that the specificationfor the interior repairs on the GreatHall have been received, but theexterior specifications have not.Hermann stated that areas of sheetrock, insulation and somewindows will be replaced.The policy committee reviewedcorporal punishment and the sex-ual harassment section of the pol-icy book and proposed a policychange that addresses the issues if board members excuse themselvesor abstain from voting due to a con-flict of interest and there is not aquorum casting a vote, then thepassage of the motion will be deter-mined by majority of the remainingboard members.The board then entered into ex-ecutive session at 7:30 p.m. withHagedorn and a few citizens whowere in attendance, for the purposeof student matters. The board re-turned to open session at 8:40 p.m.with no action taken.Second reading was held on theweather or emergency calendarmake up policy and the schoolsponsored extra curricular activi-ties policy, which were both ap-proved for adoption.Review and canvassing of thevotes from the school board electionthat was held on April 10 was con-ducted. The election results werecertified as Mark Williams 238votes, Jim Brown 187 votes, RossBlock 245 votes, and Mark DeVries98 votes.At 9:03 p.m. the board enteredinto executive session for personnelmatters and returned to open ses-sion at 9:38 p.m.A motion was made and failed torenew the contract to Roger Jensenfor the elementary principal posi-tion for the 2012-2013 school term.A motion was approved to renewthe contract to Tim Hagedorn forthe secondary principal position forthe 2012-2013 school term.Support staff contracts were ap-proved to be offered as recom-mended by the negotiationscommittee.Advertising for lunch services atthe Midland School for the 2012-2013 was approved and was thefinal action item of the meeting.The board then entered into ex-ecutive session at 9:41 p.m. for ad-ministrative staff contractnegotiations. They returned toopen session at 11:15, with no ac-tion taken, and the meeting wasadjourned.The next regular board meetingwill be held on Wednesday, May 9at 7 p.m. at the Kadoka School.
School board adopts policies for weather or emergency makeup days, sponsoring extra curricular coop activities
Piping in sprinkler system
 Work began on the sprinklersystem at the Kadoka NursingHome on Tuesday, April 10. A two-member crew has turned into fourguys from Complete ContractingSolutions.Workers are boring through thecement walls and placing pipealong the ceiling. Each room willhave three sprinkler heads in-stalled.“It’s dusty, noisy and you needear plugs,” said Ruby Sanftner.Once completed there will be asuspended ceiling put in and thelights will be lowered.Work will also continue in theclinic, WIC office and the base-ment.
Can you do it in 258 seconds?” sheasked.“It’s a frenzied attack done by acrazy guy or a drunk guy. In thiscase it’s a drunk guy,” Flanderadded.Thomas Petersen took the wit-ness stand in his own defense Mon-day morning, claiming he blackedout after his wife threatened himwith a knife and scratched his facedeeply enough to draw blood.Petersen admitted “flashes of memory” and “stabbing at” his wifebut denied he meant to kill or hadany recollection of causing ReneePetersen’s fatal wounds. Hevaguely recalled picking up threeknives.“What’s the next thing you re-member?” Flander asked.“Standing over her next to thefront door,” Petersen said.Hammerand, during cross-ex-amination, focused on intricaciesthat Petersen testified he could re-member on the day Renee Petersendied.“If you did not have specific in-tent to kill, why did you stab her129 times?” Hammerand asked.“I don’t recall,” Petersen said.“Why did you use three separateknives?”“I don’t have an answer to thatquestion,” Petersen said.During his closing remarks,Hammerand rejected the idea thatPetersen blacked out.“Isn’t it interesting,” Ham-merand said. “He can rememberRenee’s ‘evil look’ ... but right afterthat, when the attack starts, thememory starts to go.”
reprinted with permission--by Dennis Magee for The Globe Gazette
Jurors needed only about 30minutes to convict Thomas Pe-tersen on April 16, 2012.Prosecutor Doug Hammerandsuccessfully argued that usingthree knives to inflict 129 cut orstab wounds demonstrated malice,deliberation, premeditation andspecific intent to kill beyond a rea-sonable doubt.“Folks, it’s that easy. Use yourcommon sense,” Hammerand told jurors during his closing statement.Judy Renee Petersen, 36, died onJune 4, 2011. Her husband, now aconvicted murderer, will be sen-tenced on the one-year anniversaryof her death. He will serve life inprison with no chance for parole.Petersen is due back in ButlerCounty District Court at 2 p.m.June 4.Edwin Case of Dallas, Texas,Renee Petersen’s brother, spoke forthe family after the verdict cameback about 4 p.m. Monday.The ordeal of the five-day trialhad been “very agonizing,” Casesaid, and he thanked prosecutors,investigators and others who hadshown support along the way.The speed with which jurorsworked was gratifying, Case added,and the conclusion of Petersen’sguilt was therefore inescapable.“It was helpful. A jury finding averdict that quickly makes it veryobvious,” Case said.Defense attorney Susan Flandertried to argue the viciousness of theattack itself proved Petersen wasintoxicated and unable to form spe-cific intent to kill.During her closing remarks,Flander asked jurors to imaginethe crime and how long the slash-ing and cutting would take.“Can you do it in 129 seconds?
Jury takes 30 minutes to find ThomasPetersen guilty of wife's death
 
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Read Lamentations 3:24-26Many Christians struggle to discipline themselvesin the area of self-gratification. There are so manythings we want right now. And to make matters worse,we usually have the ability to follow through on our de-sires. That's what the entire credit card industry is all about: have it now; pay later.But finances aren't the only area where we get into trouble. Some people are in a hurry to be marriedand therefore make an unwise choice regarding a mate. Others don't even see marriage as necessary andopt for premarital sex instead of waiting for the right person. Or maybe you're just in a hurry to becomesuccessful and well-respected in your career, never giving any thought to whether your pursuit alignswith God's plans for your life.One reason the Lord wants us to wait is to protect us from our own self-destructive ways. Those whocan't say no to their own desires end up enslaved to them. God wants us to be mature believers who havethe character and self-restraint to wait for Him to provide in His perfect time. Because the heavenly Fa-ther is omniscient, He alone knows what's best. You can trust that if He asks you to wait, He has some-thing more wonderful in mind than you could ever provide for yourself.Does anything seem to have a power over you? If so, it may be an area that requires the practice of self-restraint. Yield to the Lord, and submit your desires to Him. Then, begin saying no to temptationsas you wait for God to reveal His will for your life.
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ing, while the audio will be identi-fied as a test.Local emergency response agen-cies may practice their responseprocedures and schools will con-duct safety drills for their students.Individuals do not need to takeany action during the drill, butthey are encouraged to make plansto protect themselves and theirfamilies before storms develop.Don’t wait until the storm isheaded toward you as there won’tbe time. Information about stormsafety is available from countyemergency management offices orvisit the following web sites: TheRapid City National Weather Serv-ice at www.weather.gov/rapidcity,Black Hills Chapter of the Ameri-can Red Cross at www.blackhill-sredcross.org, and the SouthDakota Department of Health atwww.bReadySD.com. A statewide tornado drill will beconducted for South Dakota by theNational Weather Service between9:00 and 9:30 am MDT (10:00 and10:30 a.m. CDT) on Wednesday, April 25. Because the exercise isused to ensure communicationsand warning systems are function-ing properly before storm season,people will see and hear the alertsused for tornadoes.Outdoor warning sirens will besounded in many towns. The sirensmay not be heard inside homes andoffice buildings, as they are in-tended to alert people who are out-doors away from radio or TV.The drill will also include activa-tion of the Emergency Alert Sys-tem, which will interrupt localmedia broadcasts. The publicshould be aware that the scroll ontelevision will look like a real warn-
Tornado warning systems to be tested April 25
A national volunteer network of precipitation observers, or CoCo-RaHS (Community CollaborativeRain Hail & Snow Network) islooking for more volunteers totrack precipitation events acrossSouth Dakota reported State Cli-matologist, Dennis Todey, during arecent iGrow Radio Network inter-view."These are everyday people whoenjoy measuring precipitation andare willing to report that on the in-ternet," he says, of the volunteerswho measure and report after rain,hail and snow events.Despite today's automated technol-ogy, Todey believes local reportingis still essential in tracking thevariability of rainfall."It's a huge benefit to us to havepeople across the state who moni-tor precipitation. The biggest vari-ability in weather across the stateis how precipitation varies. Evenwith all the technology we have, wereally need to have on-groundmeasurements all across the stateto tell us what is really happeningon the ground," he said. "Where wehave heavy rain events, like floodevents, the National Weather Serv-ice has issued flash flood warningsbased on people's reports on howmuch rain fall there was," he said.Todey says volunteer reports canalso be useful in documentingdrought conditions."If people can tell us how manydays they've gone without rainfall,it helps us document drought con-ditions and better support disasterdeclaration because of drought," hesaid.Volunteers willing to be part of the CoCoRaHS network must bewilling to take daily precipitationreadings between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m.and report the events on-line. Theyare asked to use a standard 4-inchdiameter rain gauge and will re-ceive a small bit of training.A March Madness recruitingcampaign is now underway. Tolearn more visit www.cocorahs.orgor contact Todey at (605) 688-5678.For more information on thistopic, visit iGrow.org. The iGrowRadio Network and SDSU Exten-sion bring listeners an informativeshow each day. For more informa-tion on the iGrow Radio Network,or to listen to archived shows, visitwww.igrow.org.
Weather reporting volunteers needed
Gerald P. “Jerry” Kerkvliet _________ 
Gerald P. “Jerry” Kerkvliet, 70,of Salem passed away on April 12,2012, at the VA Hospital in SiouxFalls, SD.Jerry Kerkvliet was born on No-vember 26, 1941, to John and Eliz-abeth (Koch) Kerkvliet in RockRapids, IA. The family moved toSalem, SD. Jerry received his edu-cation in Salem, graduating fromSt. Mary’s High School. In 1964 heenlisted in the army and served hiscountry overseas for two years. OnJune 15, 1968, he married FayeParke in Kadoka, SD. A year laterhe started trucking and did so untilhis health forced him to retire. Theopen road was his passion.Jerry was a member of St.Mary’s Catholic Church in Salem.He was also a member of the Amer-ican Legion Post 140. He lovedplaying pool and bean-bags, wherehe served as “The Decider” in theKerkvliet family tournaments. Hewas also an avid sports fan and fol-lowed politics religiously. His great-est love of all was for his family,especially his grandchildren. Theywere his greatest joy in life.Jerry is survived by his wife,Faye of Salem, his daughter, Teri(Jed) Kylander, and their children,Ella and Evan, all of HighlandsRanch, CO, a brother, Wayne(Carol) of Ham Lake, MN, threesisters, Sr. Marietta Kerkvliet of  Yankton, SD, Donna (Jim) Mullerof Ft. Collins, CO, and Mary Kay(Dave) Butler of Lake Carlos, MN,and many nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by hisparents, John and Elizabeth, histwin brother, Ronald, brother,Michael, brother-in-law, John Nitz,and three nieces, Sarah Nitz,Michelle Davis, and Kristine Mc-Quistion.Funeral mass were held at 10:30a.m. on Monday, April 16, 2012, atSt. Mary’s Catholic Church inSalem. Visitation was held at 12p.m. on Sunday, April 15 with a 3p.m. rosary and a 7 p.m. prayerservice all at Kinzley FuneralHome in Salem. Online guest bookis available at www.kinzleyfh.com
2011 Youth RiskBehavior Survey
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The six priority health-risk be-haviors include: behaviors thatcontribute to unintentional injuriesand violence; tobacco use; alcoholand other drug use; sexual behav-iors that contribute to unintendedpregnancy and sexually transmit-ted diseases (STDs), includinghuman immunodeficiency virus(HIV) infection; unhealthy dietarybehaviors; and physical inactivity.The SD Youth Risk BehaviorSurvey is funded by the Centers forDisease Control and Prevention,and Coordinated School Health,which is a collaboration betweenthe state departments of Educationand Health.To view a complete report, go tohttp://healthyschools.sd.gov andclick on Youth Risk Behavior Sur-vey.Warner said.Warner and other officerstrained their weapons on the manthey believed was the subject of an Amber Alert issued in Iowa. South Dakota trooper was using anassault rifle, and Warner had ashotgun, according to the parkranger.“I fired the first round of myshotgun,” Warner testified, “andracked the second shell.”Warner said Petersen made sev-eral “erratic” statements and cau-tioned the officer not to employ hisTaser.“He said something to the effectof my day was going to go verybadly, or end very badly,’” Warnersaid.Later parts of the incident werecaptured on video, recorded by adashboard camera mounted inTrooper Clay Kartak’s patrol car.Kartak is a member of the SouthDakota State Highway Patrol and joined the high-speed pursuit.On the video, jurors saw Pe-tersen’s burning pickup and then atense standoff that lasted about 20minutes.“Stop right there,” Kartak calledto another officer on the video.“That’s the crazy guy.”Petersen walked several hun-dred yards, concealing a black itemin a pocket as he walked along thehighway.“He does have something in hishand. We do not know what it is,”Kartak reported at one point.Kartak admitted being “ampedup” during what he described as astressful situation. As officers jock-eyed for position, closing in as Pe-tersen retreated and backing off ashe advanced, Kartak’s frustrationseemed to show.Petersen swore repeatedly andthreatened the officers.“My name is ___ ___,” he yelled.“I want this guy to shoot me,”Petersen added later, pointing atan officer holding what looked likea shotgun.In cross examining Kartak, de-fense attorney Susan Flander di-rected attention to another of herclient’s comments.“He said his wife was trying totake his balls off with a paringknife. Is that correct?” Flanderasked the trooper.“Yes,” he said.The video concluded when a of-ficer fired his Taser. As Petersenwent down in a ditch, at least ninelaw enforcement officials moved inquickly to subdue him and takehim into custody.
reprinted with permmission--by Dennis Magee for The Globe Gazette
 Aided by technology, jurors onThursday heard from the lateRenee Judy Petersen and her hus-band, Thomas Petersen, the manaccused of murdering her, at thesecond day of trail, April 12, 2012.“He was making threats againsthimself and me,” Renee Petersentexted.The message went to ThomasPetersen’s sister, Kelly Svebek,about two months before a fatalstabbing claimed Renee Petersen’slife.Thomas Petersen also “hintedat” killing himself if he did not winfull custody of his children as thecouple headed for divorce, accord-ing to Renee Petersen’s texts.He also “planned on attending afuneral in two weeks, and it wasn’this.” Authorities allege Petersenstabbed and cut his wife more than120 times on June 4, 2011. He al-legedly used three knives in the at-tack.Renee Petersen’s son, CodyGeorge, discovered her body in thefamily’s home in Greene.Petersen, however, allegedly fledthe scene with the couple’s 2-year-old son.Jurors on Thursday learned howclose Petersen came to losing hisown life during a confrontationJune 5, 2011.Bryan Warner, a federal parklaw enforcement officer in June2011, testified about the pursuit inSouth Dakota that ultimately ledto Petersen’s arrest.During the chase, Warner saidhe topped 100 mph in his patrol ve-hicle and watched as Petersenforced a sheriff’s patrol car off aroad.Warner testified seeing Peterseneject his 2-year-old son from hispickup after stopping briefly dur-ing the pursuit.“I saw the defendant throwsomething out of the door. At thetime I couldn’t comprehend was itwas,” Warner said.“I realized it was the child thatwe were looking for,” as a result of an Amber Alert, he added.Officials were able to narrowtheir search for Petersen becausehe used a credit card in SouthDakota. Warner was just a fewmiles away and deduced Petersen’slikely route.“There were only a couple of ways for the individual to go,”Warner said.While being taken into custody,Petersen talked about hoping for acliff to drive off, according toWarner. He also suggested hewanted officers to shoot him.“He said he wished one of the of-ficers had an itchy trigger finger,”
SD officers officers testify inPetersen trial on chase dangers
the fatal confrontation, Petersenblacked out, according to Flander’sversion of events.“The next thing he knows, hewakes up and he saw a horrificsight,” Flander told jurors. “Hisonly thought was to get his 2-year-old son out of there.”Law enforcement officials appre-hended Petersen in South Dakota.He had the couple’s youngest childwith him, according to numeroussources.Hammerand anticipated thequestion of specific intent and in-toxication, which from the attor-neys’ opening statements appears acentral issue in Petersen’s case.“His specific intent when hegrabbed the first knife, the secondknife and the third knife was to killRenee Petersen,” Hammerandsaid.Jurors also heard from BeverlyTruax, a dispatcher for ButlerCounty who first spoke to ReneePetersen’s son, Cody George. Ham-merand also played a recording of the 911 call from June 4, 2011. Onit, George frantically pleads foremergency crews to hurry.“I need them here now,” the boysaid.“Hang in there, man. I know itseems like forever,” a male dis-patcher responded.“Momma, wake up,” George saidlater, adding “there’s no pulse oranything.”“Just keep pumping, man,” thedispatcher said.Many in the courtroom audi-ence, including Renee Petersen’smother, wept as the six-minuterecording played.Six men and six women will de-termine Petersen’s guilt or inno-cence. Defense attorneys,prosecutors and the court pickedthe group from a field of 92 poten-tial candidates.The process began at 9 a.m.Tuesday and concluded when thoseselected took an oath at 11:30 a.m.Wednesday. The court also selectedtwo alternates — a man and awoman.Petersen appeared comfortableduring the first two days of histrial. He actively participated withhis defense team, Flander and An-nette Boehlje, as they eliminatedpotential jurors Wednesday morn-ing. At one point, Petersen smiledwith others in the courtroom whenFlander asked if any potential juror had ever been described as“stubborn or willful by anyoneother than their spouse.”
reprinted with permmission--by Dennis Magee for The Globe Gazette
Prosecutor Doug Hammerandopened his case against ThomasPetersen on Wednesday, April 11with compelling and emotional ev-idence, including testimony froman 18-year-old Eagle Scout.Cody George was only 17, how-ever, when he discovered hismother’s bloody body in the fam-ily’s home in Greene and attemptedCPR.Jurors learned George’s mother,Judy Renee Petersen, 36, sufferedmultiple injuries to her face, neck,head, chest and arms.“If you count every cut and stabwound, there’s 129,” Hammerandsaid.Thomas Petersen, Judy ReneePetersen’s husband and George’sstepfather, is on trial on a charge of first-degree murder. If convicted,he faces life in prison with nochance for parole.Petersen attacked his wife withthree knives, Hammerand told ju-rors during his opening remarks.One was a filet knife, the secondwas a chef’s knife and the thirdwas described as “short.” Two of theknives’ blades bent during the as-sault, according to Hammerand.“This case is not a whodunit,” headded.The fatal confrontation capped adownward spiral in the couple’s re-lationship. They had moved fromTexas several years earlier becauseboth liked the idea of living in Iowaand ultimately bought a home inGreene.Petersen worked as a Schwandelivery man. Renee Petersen wasemployed by a health clinic. Butmoney was a problem, and eventu-ally the van Renee Petersen drovewas repossessed.“In June of last year, the mar-riage between Thomas and ReneePetersen was over,” Hammerandsaid.Petersen promised a familymember he would make the divorce“as difficult as possible” for his wifeand “make her life miserable,” ac-cording to Hammerand.Defense attorney Susan Flanderconceded the point, even suggest-ing jurors would indeed find herclient guilty, although not of first-degree murder. She noted Pe-tersen’s history with mental healthissues and what she described as aserious drinking problem.“This is the action of a manunder the influence of alcohol,”Flander said during her openingstatement.That, she said, means Petersencould not form specific intent tokill. According to Flander, jurorsmust then conclude Petersen isguilty of a no more than second-de-gree murder.Renee Petersen got close to herhusband during an argument andmay have brandished somethingsilver in Petersen’s direction, ac-cording to Flander.“He felt something against histesticles and Renee said somethingabout ‘cutting them off’ and ‘wak-ing up without them,’ ” Flandersaid.Because he had been drinkingall through the day leading up to
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Now that we’ve had April show-ers, we can probably expect Mayflowers. We can also probably ex-pect the onset of garden fever andwith a vengeance. This latterdreadful condition is when people,in the throes of optimism, plant amuch bigger garden then theyneed or can reasonably expect totake care of. I speak from experi-ence.In my younger years, I oftenplowed up a huge bit of groundwith a tractor and then set toplanting everything under the sunin great quantity. A normal gardenwould usually include radishes,leaf lettuce, peas, beans, beets,carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers,onions, corn, potatoes, squash andanything else that looked interest-ing. This was all fine and gooduntil summer and reality tooktheir toll. A large garden, as youknow, will require a whole lot of weeding and, in this arid climate,watering. If you have much else todo in life, you may not be able tokeep things under control longenough to get much of a harvest.As a result, I’ve had to rational-ize. First off, many vegetablestaste about as good when you pur-chase them as when you growthem. They may even be cheaperif you consider your time worthanything. Take green beans for in-stance. You can buy them quitereasonably in either frozen orcanned form. I’ve never cannedany that I’ve raised since thosehave been known to easily go badand poison your entire family. Wehave frozen a lot of them, though,and I can’t really tell much differ-ence between home-grown andpurchased. Incidentally, my momfroze a lot of beans I’d raised, butshe thought you should blanchthem first which involves brieflyboiling them before plunging theminto ice water. Later we found youcould just cut the dumb things upand freeze them without the te-dium. There wasn’t much taste ortexture difference between beansfrozen the hard way or the easyway.Secondly, I’m not good with cer-tain vegetables, such as corn. Mydad could raise corn and so can mywife, but I don’t seem to have theknack. Mine grows two feet tall,tassels out, and puts out stuntedlittle ears. Other veggies are sobuggy that I tire of picking off bugsor fluffing everything with insecti-cide. Potatoes and every memberof the cabbage family come tomind. The cabbage family wouldinclude cabbage, broccoli, cauli-flower, Brussels sprouts, andkohlrabi.As a result of excessive garden-ing over many years, I have, of course, gained a lot of knowledgethrough experience. Oddly enough,though, I often get carried awaywith things to the extent that theynearly drive me crazy. Then, afterI’ve learned all I want to knowabout a subject, I sort of lose inter-est and go on to other things. Thelearning somehow seems more im-portant and interesting than goingon and continually using thegained knowledge and experience.I can’t exactly explain why that is,but it has happened to me morethan a few times. Rabbit raisingand photography come to mind.I’m still in my computer, writing,and piano playing modes, however,and all are complicated enoughthat they should hold my interestfor a while yet.As you know, however, home-grown tomatoes and cucumbersare much superior to anything youcan buy in a store. Neither do theytake a lot of special care. A littlewatering and fertilizing should dothe job, especially if you don’t havea lot of other plants to tend. Thisyear, then, my plans are to haveabout three tomato plants and acouple hills of cucumbers. I mightalso plant a few radishes just be-cause I like to grow them. Theyonly take a month from seed todinner table and are fun. I don’teat them much since I don’t enjoyburping them for hours after-wards, but wife Corinne likes themwhich is a good excuse for growingthem. Actually, I’d plant a fewmore things like beans, peas,beets, and squash if our life was alittle more settled, but that doesn’tappear to be in the cards this year.Maybe next year.Huckleberries, by the way, arefun to grow. They do bake up intofairly good pies, but the best thingis when people see them growingand pick some to eat. They look de-licious but are perfectly dreadfulwhen raw. The grimace on the faceof someone eating an uncookedhuckleberry is priceless. So, fornow, it’s about time to plantradishes, beets, peas, potatoes,and leaf lettuce since those thrivein cool weather and don’t do muchif planted too late. I’ll leave thoseto you this year since you probablyhave already contracted gardenfever and can’t wait to feel the soilrun through your fingers. I person-ally will just wait a few moreweeks and get going on sometomatoes and cucs. As you can see,I have garden fever under controlfor now, but there may be an out-break of it at some time in the fu-ture. It’s hard to say. Good luck toyou on having a sensibly sized gar-den this time around. If I can do it,so can you, or at least for this year.No bets on next year.
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by Syd Iwan
Grady Davis celebrated histwelfth birthday a couple timesthis last week. On Saturday, he andhis family journeyed to Wall wherethey hooked up with their Irishfriend, Trisha, visited with her andsome friends of hers, toured WallDrug, etc. Trisha has stayed at theFortune Bed and Breakfast severaltimes, and Francie visited her inIreland last year. Then at CowboyChurch, held at the hall inBelvidere on Wednesday evening,they had a birthday cake and icecream. Grady’s mom, Francie, iscurrently editing the South Dakotapoetry magazine and will be work-ing on that through April instead of writing Belvidere news.Rudy Reimann visited his folks,Rick and Rayma, in Midland onFriday and Saturday. His brothers,Stanley and Forrest, were homesince they came to attend the MikeSchofield funeral in Philip on Fri-day. Rudy was a pallbearer at thefuneral. Rudy was quite a bityounger than Mike but still consid-ered him a good friend. Rudy saidthey had an inch of rain in Midlandby Sunday morning and more camethroughout the day.Bunny Green was visited on Sat-urday by her former daughter-in-law, Penny, of Sturgis. Penny and afriend of hers brought all kinds of goodies with them for dinner andleft the remainder for Bunny to uselater. Penny is an artist, andBunny says she can really paint.Bunny visited with Betty Kusickon the phone this week, but the twodidn’t get together in person.Bunny also got a graduation an-nouncement from the daughter of Dan Davidson of Idaho. Dan is theson of Marguerite Drabek and ranthe truck stop in Kadoka for anumber of years. He had somefairly serious health problems for afew years but seems to be recov-ered from those at present. LarryGrimme stopped by briefly on Sun-day as did Wally Wells. Bunny alsolearned this week that her grand-daughter, Cindy Houck’s husband,Don, lost his sister in a car accidentrecently and had to fly to the fu-neral.Bill and Norma Headlee werevisited a couple times this weekendby their daughter, Corale Dorn,and family of Dell Rapids. TheDorns were coming and going toSpearfish where they participatedin the Whirlwind Horse memorialrun. This was in commemoration of a high-school and college classmateof some family members that hadbeen killed in a car accident.Corale’s sister, Monica, is anotherrunner in the family but didn’t par-ticipate in the run this year sinceshe is expecting a baby in June.This was a long run but shorterversions were also available.Norma figured between Corale, herhusband, and kids, a goodly num-ber of miles were covered. Headleeswere also visited by Norma’s sister,Marge Kraushaar, of Illionois thisweek. Marge had been staying withher brother, Tom DeVries, for a fewdays, and they both came over forsupper one day when Corale andfamily were there. The Headleehousehold was busy last weekendover Easter with daughters, Mon-ica, Donella, and Anora, on handwith various family members. Sev-eral kids were involved which re-quired the hiding and finding of lots of Easter eggs.Greg Badure said they havebeen staying fairly close to homethis week, in part because the kidshad colds and such. There wasn’teven Sunday school on Sundaysince teacher, Merry Willard, calledand said she wasn’t in to fightingmuddy roads to come in that day.Greg said they will go back to the12-hour days required for rest-areamaintenance starting in mid-May.Out at the ranch, Al and Bax areinto calving and are being assistedthis year again by Paul Scherff.Paul works most of the year on adude ranch, the H F Bar, near Buf-falo and Sheridan, Wyoming. It isin the foothills of the BighornMountains. This is the same ranchthat Greg worked on for about 15years, and it is considered the sec-ond oldest dude ranch in the coun-try. It was started back about 1910when its owners were looking foradditional income to pay for theranch. Various guys from the areahave worked there on and off,mostly through Greg’s encourage-ment since he was the first fromthis area to work there. Tojo Os-born’s nephew, Troy Ehrmantraut,was one of those who spent severalseasons at the H F Bar and onewho often comes here in the springto help with brandings and otherwork. He does a lot of horse shoeingduring the year as well.Mike Perault said calving hasbeen going quite well, thanks inpart to the nice weather this year.He was glad to report an inch andtwenty hundredths of rain thisweekend which he said was verywelcomed.Mark DeVries said his sons,Gavin and Geoffrey, are in track atpresent. The family often attendsthe Kadoka meets to cheer themon. Mark’s folks, Jim and Lynn,came from Kansas a few weeks agoduring their spring break sincethey are both teachers. Jim is ex-pected back probably in May for awhile as usual as are various otherfamily members. Lynn DeVries hastaught school in Korea on and off for quite a few years but is notplanning any trips there in thenear future due to unrest betweenthe Koreas and between them andneighboring countries.
“April showers spring May flowers” Thomas Tusser
Saturday evening before Easter,Chris and Cindy Knecht and boysof Martin visited in the Dan Tafthome. Easter Sunday guests at theTafts were Susan’s parents, Alvinand Judy Simmons, of Martin.On Monday, Dan Taft anddaughters, Samantha and Morgan,helped Evan and Dorothy Blighwork cattle at Maxine Allards.Samantha left for USD in Vermil-lion that evening. Dan, Susan andMorgan took livestock to Philip forthe sale on Tuesday.The Jason Burma family left fortheir home at Sunshine Bible Acad-emy on Easter Monday afternoonafter spending the Easter holidayweekend at Norris. They wenthome by the way of Platte and vis-ited a bit with Andrea Beckwith atthe
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in Mis-sion.Heather Taft headed back toSDSU at Brookings on Tuesdayafter spending the Easter weekendat home.The school election was held atthe Norris Township Hall on Tues-day with Susan Taft, Leona Wood-enKnife and Erna WoodenKnifeserving on the election board.
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The Tuesday afternoon gradeschool basketball games withWhite River will continue throughthe month of April. This week it isat Norris gym, come and cheer thekids on.Parent/teacher conferences willbe held on Thursday evening from4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Parents be sureand attend.Maxine Allard and Evan andDorothy Bligh were among thehuge crowd of folks attending theservices for Scott Arrow held onWednesday afternoon at the NorrisSchool gym. Our prayers continuefor his dear family.Thursday morning the JamesLetelliers were in Philip and en- joyed a visit with Ellen Totton. Jimand Jessie Root of Midland alsostopped to visit Ellen that morning.St. John Lutheran Ladies Aidemet Thursday afternoon at thechurch with Sharon, Jan Ring andJune Ring and Pastor Denke at-tending. They were busy planningthe upcoming LWML meeting.Saturday, the gals hosted theLutheran Women’s MissionaryLeague at the church basementwith twenty one ladies attending.Ladies attended representedchurches in Gregory, Winner, Rose-bud, Murdo, Draper, Chamberlainand Lead.Pastor Andrew Utecht was thespeaker for the event. They werethrilled to have former St. JohnLutheran Pastor and Mrs. BobUtecht attend, along with formerSt. John members, Emma Waack,and daughters, Dorothy and Mil-dred, of Winner. Glad to hear your“boys” are taking such good care of you, Emma.Julie Letellier was an overnightguest at the James Letelliers anddid some yard work before the driz-zly weather set in on Saturday.When she turned the water on atthe Burma garden spot, it reallydid decide settle down and rain.Rain is the name of the gamethese days. We woke up to a lovelyslow steady rain on Sunday and itcontinued through out the day.Rain is worth more than penniesfrom heaven in this country! Weare a very grateful people and withsuch a dry winter, we began towonder if it even could rain. Themoisture was just what the doctorordered for this country and itcame at the right time, too. It wasfun to hear reports of anywhere to1.5 inches to 2.8 inches and every-where in between. We are thankfulfor every drop!Have a great week!If there are any problems in lo-cating information, however, it cantake longer. That is especially truewhen it involves someone who hasdied, DeJabet noted, and heirs aretrying to locate the required infor-mation.However, using the depart-ment’s Internet site, www.sdtrea-surer.gov, can greatly speed up theprocess, with the key being to havethe right information to submit.If after searching the list at thesite, and finding property, there isa claim form to complete. Print theform and sign it, photocopy the re-quested documentation, and mail itto the State Treasurer’s Office. A search can also be requested byphone, calling the division at 1-866-357-2547, or emailing at un-claimed@sdtreasurer.gov.Written requests for searchesmay be sent to State TreasurerRich Sattgast, Unclaimed PropertyDivision, 500 E. Capitol Ave.,Pierre SD 57501. Items to includeare your legal name, prior name if it has changed, current mailing ad-dress and phone number. If asearch of someone else’s name is re-quested, the relationship with thatperson must be included.“It’s good to do the Internetsearch,” reminded Sattgast, sincethe ad listing in the newspapers isonly the current year.There also is a dollar limit forthose listed in the ads, said DeJa-bet. The website, she said, listseverything $10 and up. Typically,she said, if a claim is made, thestaff will check also to see if thereis anything under $10.“So, then you’ll find that $1.83dividend,” DeJabet added, “andwe’ll attach it.”Currently, Sattgast said, noth-ing under the $50 limit is listed inthe advertisement. Come July 1,when new legislation goes into ef-fect, that limit will increase to$125.But the website still will haveeverything $10 and up, DeJabetsaid, and “we have the ability tochange that limit.” However, theproblem with seeing that mythical$1.18, she said, is that people willsee that and won’t act on it.If a claim form is not returned in120 days, DeJabet said, and no re-sponse received to the remindersent out halfway through, “we willdrop your claim, because as youcan imagine, we get thousands of claims and they will remain openand in our system if we don’t havea deadline.”It always can be refiled, saidSattgast, adding, “these propertiesare in perpetuity—there is nodeadline that they no longer belongto the person.”“Our database is kept forever,”said DeJabet, adding, “we nevererase your name… if it has notbeen paid out, you will always be inthere.”It is, she said, what is called “aperpetual liability to the state of South Dakota—we are obligated topay that at any point in time, andyour heirs can come back and claimit.” And, she added, many do.With about 9,000 new propertiesa year to handle, the two explained,and only three staff members, it isnot feasible to do cold calling,searching for people, even thoughsome may appear obvious to the ca-sual observer. DeJabet said they dogo through and pull out the publicentities that may be listed. And, Sattgast noted, “we havebeen advised by the Attorney Gen-eral not to do a cold call,” since itcould be a mistaken identity.If something is sent out to some-body in error, agreed DeJabet, “itbecomes very difficult for them tounderstand” when it is found itdoes not belong to them after all.Sattgast said he encourages peo-ple to check, since the state is cur-rently holding $23 million worth of property… just waiting for rightfulowners to claim.Sattgast and staff members arenot just sitting back waiting for youto call, however… they are doingwhat they can to be visible andavailable at large statewide or re-gional gatherings of people, such asat the Sioux Empire Home Show,the Black Hills Home Show, theState Fair, the Sioux Empire Fair,Brown County Fair andDakotaFest in Mitchell. And the newspaper advertisingthat is done each year reaps bene-fits seen in increased numbers of applicants.By emphasizing the web page inthat advertising this year, DeJabetsaid, there were 2,000 more claimssubmitted as a result during thethree-week cycle of advertising.People who call in and are on callwaiting also are encouraged to usethe web page. People with so-called“smart phones” can scan the aplogo in printed information to alsotake them to the information.During the non-advertising timeframe, she said, “we average 50 perday… but that is actually pickingup as people become more aware.”Sattgast said the division has twomain responsibilities: one is findingthe properties out there, and theother is reuniting them with thepeople to whom it rightfully be-longs.“You can write to us,” DeJabet said,adding, “you can call us, you cancheck on-line, you can check onyour phone, you can visit us at theFair or the Home Show, you canwalk in—lots of ways to get to us.”“And we love to give money away— we are one of the few governmentagencies that likes to give moneyaway.”--by Elizabeth “Sam” GroszCommunity News ServiceWhether it is a forgotten safetydeposit box or a lost dividendcheck, or even misplaced shares of stock, the state of South Dakota isthe keeper of unclaimed property.However, State Treasurer RichSattgast and his staff don’t neces-sarily want to keep the propertyforever. In fact, they actively workto get such items back to theirrightful owners.Now, with several innovativeideas in place, Sattgast and Un-claimed Property AdministratorLee DeJabet already are seeinglarge increases in inquiries aboutsuch property, and getting it backin the hands of the rightful owners.But, just what is unclaimed prop-erty?“We get property in from the fi-nancial institutions, life insurance,banks, credit card companies, andsafe deposit boxes or stock,” saidDeJabet, and it is put into the de-partment’s data base with the lastknown person, address, or “what-ever the holder (financial institu-tion) gives us.”Financial institutions from allover the nation are required to dothat each year with unclaimedproperty, she said. Once the statehas it, the state is required to ad-vertise what it is holding.The advertising season recentlyended for the department, and in-quiries have been pouring in. Theads listed names, addresses and afile number for each unclaimedproperty and are regionalized forthe area served by the newspaper.“Now we will ask you a few ques-tions,” said DeJabet about theprocess, “if we are talking to you onthe phone.” That will be suchthings as name, address and socialsecurity number. If that matches,she said, a claim form will bemailed out.The claim form will have on ithow much the property is, where itcame from, how much it is, and theguidelines, or documentation thedepartment needs.“Two things we always require,”said DeJabet, “are a government-issued photo ID and your social se-curity number.” There will alsohave to be proof if a name haschanged, she added.Then, depending on what kind of property it is, business, inheritanceand such, all have their own type of documentation needed, she said.Once the applicant returns theclaim form, she said, and “every-thing is good, we process it and itgoes for payment.” This generallytakes 10 days, DeJabet said, butcan take up to three weeks, be-cause after the Treasurer’s officeprocesses the claim, it goes to theState Auditor for issuance of thecheck.It may only take one to two daysat the Treasurer’s office, she said,but once it gets to the Auditor’s of-fice, it has to be checked and placedon their payment schedule. If ei-ther office is experiencing high vol-ume, it can take the three-weekspan.
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