Number 19Volume 107May 10, 2012
South Dakotans turn to newspa-pers first for local news and infor-mation as well as informationabout where to shop locally, ac-cording to a recent statewide sur-vey of 500 adults.South Dakota newspapers out-pace all other media as the No. 1source for local news. The state's119 weeklies and 11 dailies alsoare the first place South Dakotansgo for local retail advertising infor-mation.The random phone survey of 500adults was completed in late 2011by Pulse Research of Portland,Ore. The survey was commis-sioned by South Dakota Newspa-per Association."Newspapers supply the trustedcontent, both news and advertis-ing, readers are looking for," saidSDNA President Lucy Halverson,publisher of the Lyman CountyHerald, Presho. "Newspapers in
South Dakota newspapers aremain source for local information
The South Dakota Departmentof Environment and Natural Re-sources (DENR) announced thatthe City of Wall public water sys-tem and the system’s certified op-erators have been awarded aDrinking Water Certificate of Achievement Award. The award isfor outstanding water system oper-ations and environmental compli-ance with state drinking waterstandards for the past year.The system’s certified operatorsare Jeffrey Clark and Garrett
DENR recognizes City of Wallfor drinking water compliance
Bryan.“The best bargain in SouthDakota is reliable, high quality,safe water from your public drink-ing water systems - 24 hours perday - seven days a week,” saidDENR Secretary Steve Pirner.“The managers and operators re-ceiving this DENR award guaran-teed their water was safe byachieving 100 percent compliancewith the Safe Drinking Water Actduring 2011.”The Wall Elementary fifth gradeclass received certificates, pins andred t-shirts on Wednesday, May 2,when they graduated from theDrug Abuse Resistance Education(D.A.R.E.) program. Deputy RickMcPherson instructor for the pro-gram, Deputy Darren Ginn andGame Warden Jamin Hartlandshook hands and congratulatedstudents as they came forward toreceive their awards.Deputy McPherson taught theprogram to 17 fifth graders whowere taught skills to avoid alcohol,drugs or tobacco, peer pressure andbullying. Deputy McPherson said,“The big topic of the program thisyear was helping students withpeer pressure and bullying.”McPherson announced the winnersof the essay contest: first - TerelEisenbraun, second - JaiceeWilliams, third - Jack Ermish andtied for fourth - Shelby Ruland andJacob Bielmaier.D.A.R.E. officers also pick onestudent who is an exemplary rolemode in-class as well as out-of-class. McPherson announced thatJaicee Williams was the deservingrecipient. Jaicee received theD.A.R.E. mascot stuffed animal,named Darin.Students in the class also re-ceived basketballs and footballsfrom the school for graduating fromD.A.R.E.D.A.R.E. report first place win-ner Terel Eisenbraun’s essay:D.A.R.E. stands for Define, As-sess, Respond and Evaluate. I havelearned a bunch of bad thingsabout alcohol and many otherdrugs. I have learned that if yousniff, touch or eat any drug you candie instantly and I hope I neverthink about doing drugs. I havelearned about peer pressure andhow you need to look the person inthe eye so they know you are seri-ous.I have learned that there are 200known poisons in cigarette smoke.That is important because if I everthought about smoking I would re-member that it has 200 poisons init. I have learned about the warn-ing signs on the cigarette boxes. If I ever thought about smoking Imight buy a pack and look at thewarning signs and say this is thenumber one cause of lung cancerand I wouldn’t do it. I have learnedto always say no to any kind of drug or alcohol and if someone ispeer pressuring me or not. I havealso learned that 3,000 nonsmok-ers die a year from second handsmoking. This will help me becauseI will know that when someone issmoking I will leave. I have learnedthat tobacco or drugs will stainyour teeth and give you bad breath.I have also learned that it will slowdown your breathing and will makeyou dizzy and also make you worseat sports and sports are a very bigpart of my life and I love them so Iwould never do anything that canhurt me at sports. This all made abig influence on me because I wantto be a good person and not dodrugs.The skills I have learned arevery important and they will helpme throughout life. I pledge tonever do drugs, drink or smoke. Ipledge to be a good person andavoid peer pressure. I want tothank you, Deputy McPherson, for
Wall Fifth grade 2012 graduates.
Back row pictured from left to right ... Mercede Hess, JaiceeWilliams, Cooper McLaughlin, Victoria Poor Bear, Jace O’Rourke, Derek Griebel, Jack Ermish andRaiden Crawford. Front row pictured from left to right ... Terel Eisenbraun, Meghan Patterson,Shelby Ruland, Tadan Casjens, Bradan McDonnell, Karlie Dartt, Cash Wilson and Cooper Mc-Conaghy. ~
Photo Laurie Hindman
Graduating class of Drug AbuseResistance Education program
all the things you have taught meand for using your time to cometeach us. I pledge to rememberthese skills you have taught meand use them. I really hope to re-member these skills as long as Ilive.Second place winner JaiceeWilliams essay:Lots of people think drinking,smoking and doing drugs is cool.Guess what, though, it’s not!D.A.R.E. has taught me lots of things that I didn’t know. Did youknow smoking and drinking hurtsyour whole body? Tobacco can giveyou gum, lung and heart cancer.Tobacco can also make your teethyellow and fall out. Tobacco affectsyour whole body. too. Marijuana isaddictive. D.A.R.E. taught me thatyou can grow it, it is a type of smoke and it is illegal in theUnited States. Marijuana hasmore tar in it than a cigarette.When you take marijuana thepupils in your eyes get small andyou loose your concentration.D.A.R.E. helped me learn that al-cohol advertising is everywhere.D.A.R.E. also taught me not to be-lieve what is in the advertisement. Ads are everywhere for alcohol.They are on your computers, TVsand in stores. They are also ontoys, T-shirts and billboards andon posters. Don’t be fooled by theads!D.A.R.E. stands for two things.One is a decision-making modeland the other tells what D.A.R.E.does. The decision-making modelone is, define, assess, respond andevaluate. The other one is, Drug Abuse Resistance Education.Our D.A.R.E. officer, DeputyRick McPherson, showed us whatpeer pressure feels like. He pre-tended to be someone, our olderbrother, our best friend or a personwe don’t know and offered us apretend cigarette or beer. Wewould say no and he would startpressuring us. He would start say-ing things like, “Why don’t youwant it, it’s fine,” or “What areyou? A chicken,” or, “Hey! Why’dyou tell mom and dad about thebeer under my bed?!” It was hardwork but we persuaded him thatbeer or cigarettes aren’t good foryour health.We have a D.A.R.E. box wherewe write down questions and heanswers them for us. One personasked, “How many drugs arethere?” and he answered, “Morethan I can think of.”We have a D.A.R.E. book thatwe do activities in. We use our de-cision-making model in the book alot to answer questions.D.A.R.E. has me 1) stay awayfrom drugs and 2) the cops areeverywhere to protect me from il-legal things.Next week we will hear from thethird and fourth winners of theD.A.R.E. essay contest.South Dakota are an integral partof their community and will con-tinue to be well into the future."South Dakota daily and weeklynewspapers and their websites arethe No. 1 source for local news andinformation for more than two-thirds of the adults who partici-pated in the Pulse Research sur-vey.Almost half of the survey re-spondents said they look to news-papers first for local retail adver-tising information, far outpacingall other media choices.Among some of the other key re-sponses from the statewide survey:•Seventy-four percent of SouthDakotans read their local newspa-per. At least two adults per house-hold read each issue of SouthDakota newspapers.•When asked about the credibil-ity and believability of informationthey read in newspapers, SouthDakotans ranked their local news-papers higher than in previousyears when the same survey ques-tion was asked.•The average age of SouthDakotans who read newspapers is45. Almost two-thirds of SouthDakota newspaper readers have atleast some level of post-secondaryeducation.•The average household incomeof South Dakota newspaper read-ers is $59,458. Sixty percent aremarried.Pulse Research, Inc., completed500 phone interviews with SouthDakota adults between Oct. 24-31,2011. Every South Dakota countyis represented in the phone survey.South Dakota Newspaper Asso-ciation, founded in 1882 and basedin Brookings, represents 130weekly and daily newspapers witha total readership of more than600,000.To qualify for the DrinkingWater Certificate of Achievement Award, public water systems andtheir operators had to meet all of the following requirements for2011:•compliance monitoring,•drinking water standards,•distribute a Drinking WaterReport,•lead/copper actions levels, and•comply with operator certifica-tion requirements.
D.A.R.E. essay winners.
Pictured from left to right ... tied for fourth place were Shelby Ruland and Jacob Bielmaier, thirdplace - Jack Ermish, second place - Jaicee Williams and firstplace Terel Eisenbraun reading his essay outloud to the classand those in attendance.
~Photo Laurie Hindman
D.A.R.E. instructor DeputyRick McPherson congratu-lates Jaicee Williams for beingchosen as an exemplary rolemodel for the program. Jaiceereceived a stuffed lion namedDarin.
~Photo Laurie Hindman
Wall Elementary PrincipalChuck Sykora hands out foot-balls to Bradan McDonnelland Cash Wilson as GameWarden Jamin Hartland andDeputy Darren Ginn look on.The girls received basketballs.
~Photo Laurie Hindman
Inside this week’s edition
Page 2............... Letters tothe Editor Page 3 .................Area NewsPage 4 .............. Social newsPage 5 ................. ObituariesPage 6 ....................... SportsPage 7 ......................... TrackPage 8 ............... Local NewsPage 9 ............... ClassifiedsPage 10 ..... Philip Livestock Auction
Inside this week’s edition
Page 11 ..........................Golf Page 12 - 15 ... EqualizationminutesPage 16 - 20 ....... Insurancestatements
Governor declares May as Beef Month
Governor Dennis Daugaard re-cently proclaimed this fifth monthof 2012 as May Beef Month—agreat time to recognize the hugecontribution that the beef industrymakes to the state of SouthDakota.In making the proclamation, theexecutive director of the SouthDakota Beef Industry Council(SDBIC) says the governor is hon-oring cattle producers and all of theallied industries that play a role inbringing beef to the plates of con-sumers in the state—and world-wide.“It is important that SouthDakotans recognize the valuablecontributions the beef cattle indus-try makes to our state,” explainsFrederick. “This proclamation is a45-year-old tradition that recog-nizes one of the state’s most impor-tant economic sectors.” In fact, saysFrederick, South Dakota’s numberone industry, agriculture, has a $21billion-economic impact on thestate’s economy, and the beef indus-try contributes $2.8 billion to thattotal—the largest segment.“We appreciate the Governor’srecognition of the beef industry andits more than 15,000 cattle produc-ers who not only contribute eco-nomically to our state but are goodstewards of their land, utilizingenvironmental practices that willensure their ranches and farmswill be productive for future gener-ations,” says Frederick.The SDBIC will be celebratingBeef Month with a number of beef promotion events throughout themonth across the state. Frederickalso encourages South Dakotans tosimply enjoy a beef burger or steakthis month as they begin the tradi-tional grilling season. “As you putthat ground beef burger or steakon the grill,” says Frederick, “justremember the thousands of pro-ducers in our state who are dedi-cated to producing a safe, nutri-tious and delicious product.”In this issue you will find publi-cation of financial summaries of various insurance companies li-censed to do business in SouthDakota.Insurance companies doing busi-ness in South Dakota are requiredby state law to publish these finan-cial summaries annually. The sum-mary lists the insurance com-pany's assets, liabilities, businessin South Dakota for the year andthe lines in which the company isauthorized by the state of SouthDakota to sell insurance."Recent times in our nation'seconomy have shown us that moredisclosure and more information iscrucial to public confidence in allaspects of our financial industry,"SDNA General Manager DavidBordewyk said. "These importantpublic notices help fulfill the ex-pectations held by SouthDakotans."The published insurance com-pany financial statements from allSouth Dakota newspapers soon
Public Notices highlight InsuranceCompanies' financial condition
will be available at www.sdpublic-notices.com. The Web site is a com-pilation of all public notices firstpublished in all South Dakotanewspapers.This newspaper along with allother newspapers in the state andSouth Dakota Newspaper Associa-tion have joined together to pro-vide the public notice Web site asa public service at no cost to stateand local governments.For more information about anyinsurance company doing businessin South Dakota, contact the stateDivision of Insurance in Pierre at(605) 773-3563.For more information about thepublication of these legal notices,contact your local newspaper orSouth Dakota Newspaper Associa-tion.South Dakota Newspaper Asso-ciation, founded in 1882 and basedin Brookings, represents 130weekly and daily newspapers witha total readership of more than600,000.
Road work scheduled along theBadlands Loop Road (Hwy 240)
A one mile detour to replace cul-verts along the Badlands LoopRoad (Highway 240) began onMonday, May 7, and will last up tothree weeks. During this time pe-riod, a detour routed through thetown of Interior, SD will be in effectMonday, Tuesday and Wednesdayof each week. Barring unforeseencircumstances, traffic will return tothe normal route Thursdaysthrough Sundays. All overlooks and parking areas,including the Saddle Pass Trail-head, will remain open.
The detour willroute traffic through the town of Interior on Highway 377 and theOld Interior road (gravel). Detourroutes will be clearly marked.