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Pennington County Courant, May 10, 2012

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Section A
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
First Section
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
Second Section
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. 
Detour Route:
The detour willroute traffic through the town of Interior on Highway 377 and theOld Interior road (gravel). Detourroutes will be clearly marked.
 
Area News
PenningtonCounty Courant
Publisher:
Don Ravellette
General Manager of Operations:
Kelly Penticoff 
Office Manager/Graphics:
Ann Clark
Staff Writer:Laurie Hindman 
Subscription Rates:
In PenningtonCountyand those having Kadoka,Belvidere, Cottonwood, Elm Springs, Inte-rior, Philip, Midland, Milesville, and Cedar Pass addresses:
$35.00 per year;
PLUSapplicable sales tax. In-State:
$42.00 per year 
; PLUS applicable sales tax. Out-of-State:
$42.00 per year.
Periodicals Postage Paid at Wall, SD.
Postmaster Send change of address notices to:Pennington Co. CourantPO Box 435Wall, SD 57790-0435.
Established in 1906. The PenningtonCo. Courant, an official newspaper of Pen-
 
nington County, the towns of Wall, Quinnand Wasta, and the school district in Wall,SD, is published weekly by Ravellette Pub-lications, Inc. The Pennington CountyCourant office is located on the corner of 4th Ave. and Norris St. in Wall, SD.
Telephone: (605)279-2565FAX: (605)279-2965E-mail Address: courant@gwtc.net Copyrighted 1982:
Ravellette Publica-tions, Inc. All rights reserved. Nothing maybe reprinted, photocopied, or in any way re-produced from this publication, in whole or in part, without the written consent of thepublisher.
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Letters to the Editor 
Letters policy 
The
 Pennington County Courant
welcomes lettersconcerning comments on any news story or local hap-pening. All letters must be signed by the author. We re-serve the right to edit any offensive material and alsoto edit to fill the allotted space. The “Letters” columnis the reader’s chance to write to the rest of the readersand to state their views on any subject. We believe thiscolumn protects the First Amendment right of freespeech and urge you to make your feelings known.
 
 
Jace Shearer, Wall, SouthDakota, is a new member of the American Angus Association®, re-ports Bryce Schumann, CEO of thenational breed organization head-quartered in Saint Joseph, MO.The American Angus Associa-tion, with nearly 30,000 activeadult and junior members, is thelargest beef breed association inthe world. Its computerizedrecords include detailed informa-tion on nearly 19 million regis-
Jace Shearer joins membershipof American Angus Association
tered Angus.The Association records ances-tral information, keeps productionrecords on individual animals, anddevelops industry-leading selec-tion tools for its members. Theseprograms and services help mem-bers select and mate the best ani-mals in their herds to producequality genetics for the beef cattleindustry and quality beef for con-sumers.Black Hills Federal Credit Unionis pleased to announce the recipi-ents of the 2012 VIBZ Scholar-ships. The four high school seniorswere selected from more than 50applicants from 19 area schools inwestern and central South Dakota.Each will receive a $1,000 scholar-ship toward attending the collegeof their choice.The recipients are members of Black Hills Federal Credit Union’s VIBZ teen program which is de-signed to promote financial literacyamong young adults and assistthem in effectively managing theirpersonal finances.The VIBZ Scholarship Commit-tee congratulates the following2012 recipients:
Black Hills Federal Credit Unionscholarship recipients selected
 Megan Schlosser,
CentralHigh School in Rapid City, planson attending University of SouthDakota
Cassidy Trapp,
T.F. RiggsHigh School in Pierre, plans on at-tending South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Sara Stewart,
Homeschool inRapid City, plans on attendingWestern Dakota Technical Insti-tute
William Hendricks,
StevensHigh School in Rapid City, planson attending Iowa State Univer-sity An additional 12 applicationswere recognized with a $25 OfficeDepot Gift Card.
South Dakota Ag groupsboosted by withdrawal of Child Labor proposed rule
Two of the state's leading aggroups are encouraged by the an-nouncement that the U.S. Depart-ment of Labor (DOL) is withdraw-ing a proposed rule dealing withchildren under the age of 16 whowork on farms and ranches. TheSD Cattlemen's Association andthe SD Farm Bureau attribute theDOL's decision to the thousands of comments of concern regarding theproposed rule and its effect on fam-ily farms and ranches.“This is a victory for farm andranch families,” said Jeff Smeenk,South Dakota Cattlemen’s Associa-tion (SDCA) president and fourthgeneration rancher from Newellwho hopes his children will be ableto continue the family tradition.He continued, “This is an impor-tant step to safeguard our opportu-nity to teach our children how to besafe around animals and equip-ment, ensuring the next genera-tion of agriculture producers havethe skills they’ll need to be suc-cessful.”SD Farm Bureau President,Scott VanderWal, who farms withhis family near Volga, SD, added,"We are relieved that the Adminis-tration recognized its folly in pro-posing the rule in the first place.The federal government does notneed to spend its time and re-sources interfering with farmersand ranchers who, for generations,have responsibly taught their chil-dren to work with machinery andlivestock."According to the Department of Labor, they will work with ruralstakeholders to continue educationprograms for youth to reduce acci-dents of young workers and pro-mote safer agricultural workingpractices.
Reminder the Wall WritersGroup meets next Saturday
The next meeting of the WallWriters Group is scheduled for Sat-urday, May 12. Starting at 9:30a.m., at 416 Sixth Avenue in Wall,writers will share their written sto-ries on the assigned topics or bringsomething else they have written.The first option for the assignedtopics for May is “Your early years,were they fun?” This is not a “yes”or “no” answer. Keep in mind Mem-oir writing and write about some-thing that actually happened orwrite the memory into a fictionalstory. Make up the characters,place, or change the time to 100 ormore years ago.The second topic option is titled“Write about having guests for ameal.”The Wall Writers Group wel-comes anyone interested in writingof any age or writing ability.Please bring a notebook and pen.If you have any questions,please contact either Linda at(605) 786-6937 or Dave at (605)279-2952.Happy Mother’s Day to all Monson Sunday, May 13.
University of South Dakotaawards degrees at 125thSpring Commencement
The University of South Dakotaawarded degrees to more than1,250 candidates at the 125thSpring Commencement on Satur-day, May 5 during a ceremony atthe DakotaDome.Receiving their degrees from theWall area are:
Lindsey Marie RennerHildebrand
, Master of Business Administration,
Lisa Marie An-derson
, Bachelor of Science, Biol-ogy; •
Erin Simpfenderfer
, Bach-elor of Science in Education, Ele-mentary Education, Special Edu-cation; •
 Ashton Rae Schulz
,Bachelor of Science, Dental Hy-giene; •
 Ashton Rae Schulz
, As-sociate of Science, Dental Hygiene.
FSA crop certificationdeadline is July 15th
USDA Farm Service Agency(FSA) State Executive DirectorCraig Schaunaman, reminds pro-ducers that the annual crop certifi-cation deadline is July 15, 2012.Producers who file accurate andtimely reports for all crops andland uses, including preventedplanted and failed acreage can pre-vent the potential loss of FSA pro-gram benefits."I encourage all producers to con-tact their local FSA office to makean appointment to file their annualacreage report by the July 15thdeadline in order to comply withFSA program eligibility require-ments," said Schaunaman.South Dakota FSA offices nolonger mail appointment cards andmaps to producers for acreage re-porting purposes. Producers are re-sponsible for contacting their localFSA office to set up an appoint-ment to file their 2012 acreage re-port. Hard copy maps will be pro-vided to the producer at the timethe acreage report is filed. Produc-ers wishing to obtain digital colorcopies of their respective maps areencouraged to provide their e-mailaddress or a new jump drive totheir local FSA office to facilitatethe request for digital maps.Producers are also reminded toreport crop losses insured throughFederal Crop Insurance and theNoninsured Crop Disaster Assis-tance Program (NAP) within 15days of the disaster or as soon asthe loss is apparent.Additional information aboutthe acreage reporting process orprograms administered by FSA may be obtained by contactingyour local FSA office or on the webat www.fsa.usda.gov.
School of Mines offers hands-onScience Classes for Kids
This summer, the South DakotaSchool of Mines and Technologywill host a variety of day classes tointroduce students to different as-pects of science, technology, math-ematics and engineering.Classes are available for stu-dents in grades 3-12. There are awide variety of classes to fit eachstudents interest, including Bal-loon Rockets, Stupendously StrongShapes, Chemistry Magic andSpinning Crazy, just to name afew. Kids will have a great time, allwhile learning about science.If you know students who are in-terested in attending classes thissummer, please encourage them tosign up soon, as enrollment is lim-ited. For a complete listing of all of these classes, as well as age andregistration information, visitwww.sdsmt.edu/learn or call YouthPrograms at (605) 394-2693.To the Editor,I feel it is time to start letting thecommunity know some of the rea-sons that I am running for theschool board.Last fall some students broughtbats or PVC pipe (I never did hearwhich it was for sure) to the lockerroom and beat on some of theeighth graders with these items. Ithen heard the punishment was toget lectured by the coach/superin-tendent on why this was wrong andthen they were told to apologize.This punishment did not seemharsh enough to me, but conflictingpolicy left some doubt about the ap-propriate steps that should havebeen taken in this instance. I thenfound out that this same beatingactivity has also taken place in the2009/10 school year, with no pun-ishment, because the superintend-ent said he didn’t know about it.My point is that bullying will con-tinue until clear policy is writtenand then executed.I felt that someone needed tostick up for the kids that are beingpicked on. So this is one reasonthat I’m running for school board. Ifeel that giving my attention to de-tails will help to make the policiesclear on the action to be takenagainst the school bullies and hope-fully deter future incidents of bul-lying from happening.I have also sat back for the lastfour years and watched the dis-mantling of the boys basketballprogram in the Wall school. TheSchool Board should be ashamed of what they have done to it. In thepast five years my son Clancy, hasnot had the same set of basketballcoaches for more than one year.How can you build any kind of abasketball program by changingcoaches every year? How can you justify hiring a first time coachover someone with over 13 years of coaching experience? I believe thatthe students deserve the bestavailable coach in the communitywhen there have been no superiorapplications received from outsideof the community. Providing thestudents with the best availablecoach is another reason for run-ning for school board.I was also not happy with theSchool Board’s decision to giveCoach Hess extra wages becausewe would be coaching both thegirls and the boys varsity basket-ball this past year. I felt that sincehe was not putting in more prac-tice time with either group (in facteach group was now going to haveless practice time with their headcoach due to game conflicts) thiswas a waste of school funds. I feelthat the School Board should beheld accountable to the tax payersfor everything they spend and thisexpenditure was irresponsible.I have also been surprised thatsome people have started talkingto me about how they feel some of the teachers aren’t doing as well inteaching our students as theycould and should be, and that theyare kept on staff just because theyare local residents. I feel that theWall students deserve the bestteachers and I have no problemasking those teachers who are notproperly preparing our students tostep it up or move on.In summary I am running forschool board so I can help writeclear school policies, vote to pro-vide students with the best teach-ers and coaches available, andstrive for responsible spending of the school funds./s/Angela LytleWall, SD
Badlands alumni reunion tobe celebrated July 13 and 14
Contacts are now being made toclasses being honored this year incelebrating the 39th school reunionof Wall, Quinn and Wasta schoolson July 13 and 14.All alumni teachers and friendsare invited to attend the reunionbut need not have graduated fromany of the three schools to attend.Classes being honored this yearfrom those ending in the two, suchas 1932, 1942, 1952 and 1962 etc.The alumni committee will belisting names last of June of thosewho will be attending the schoolunion.Bud Estes will be celebrating his75th year of graduating in 1937.Mark you calendar of this yearsalumni celebration.
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Finalists named for the 2012Leopold Conservation Award
Sand County Foundation, theSouth Dakota Cattlemen’s Associa-tion and the South Dakota Grass-land Coalition are pleased to an-nounce the finalists for the 2012Leopold Conservation Award.“The high caliber of nominees forthe Leopold Conservation Award,year after year, is an indicationthat South Dakota’s natural re-sources are in good hands,” saidBrent Haglund, president, SandCounty Foundation. “The nomineesand finalists for the 2012 awardare all highly dedicated to a landethic that will help to ensure thatthe land, water and wildlife in theircare will flourish for future gener-ations.”The Leopold Conservation Award, named in honor of world-renowned conservationist AldoLeopold, is comprised of $10,000and a Leopold crystal. The award ispresented annually in eight statesto private landowners who practiceresponsible land stewardship andmanagement.The 2012 finalists, listed alpha-betically, are (brief bios appearbelow):•Arneson Family, PerkinsCounty•Gary & Amy Cammack, MeadeCounty•Ray & Linda Gilbert, HardingCounty•Jim & Karen Kopriva, ClarkCountyThe Leopold Conservation Awardrecipient will be announced in late April and formally recognized No-vember 28 at the South DakotaCattlemen’s Association’s AnnualConvention in Pierre.The Leopold Conservation Awardin South Dakota is sponsored by American State Bank, BelleFourche River Watershed Partner-ship, Daybreak Ranch, Ducks Un-limited, Farm Credit, MillbornSeeds, Natural Resources Conser-vation Service (NRCS), Partnersfor Fish and Wildlife, the Ras-mussen Leopold Fund, SouthDakota’s Conservation Districts,the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Re-sources, the South Dakota FarmBureau Federation, the SouthDakota Department of Game, Fishand Parks, the South DakotaGrassland Coalition, the SouthDakota State University Founda-tion, The Lynde and Harry BradleyFoundation, The Nature Conser-vancy and World Wildlife Fund(WWF).For more information, pleasevisit www.leopoldconservation-award.org.
Gary and Amy Cammack(Meade County)
Gary and Amy Cammack operatetheir 7,000-acre ranch under a phi-losophy that involves improvingthe range, creating wildlife habitat,conserving energy and building aproductive and profitable cattlebusiness. The Cammacks planted20,000 trees over the past 27 years.They believe that the plantings andisolation of riparian areas can pro-vide wildlife habitat, as well as pro-tection for livestock along theperimeters of the shelterbelts. Inaddition, they are building a water jet system to plant willow and cot-tonwood shoots, providing addedprotection to livestock and wildlife.Gary and Amy also take pride inrecycling materials for agriculturalpurposes. For instance, their watertanks are all made out of old equip-ment tires. They also were amongthe first ranchers to install V-wind-breaks from reject metal they buyfrom steel mills. These 10 foot high,96 foot long, V-shaped windbreaksprovide protection from theweather but also keep cattle out of creek bottoms, resulting in fewernutrients in the water and lesstrampling of vegetation in riparianareas.
Jim and Karen Kopriva (ClarkCounty)
Jim and Karen Kopriva’s ranch,which they operate with their son,Lee, is located near Raymond andconsists of approximately 2,000acres. Initially, the Koprivas weregrain farmers but economics and afondness for cattle prompted thefamily to transition their croplandto grassland and hayland over thepast decade. Today, just 130 acresare no-tilled and cropped. The re-maining acreage consists of nativerangeland, seeded pastures andhayland. The Koprivas utilize ro-tational grazing, which has helpedthem increase grazing by 50 per-cent. Their rotational grazingstrategy includes cross fencing andwater developments, such as tworural water pipelines that are de-signed to utilize geothermal heatto provide ice-free water for thecattle in remote areas. The familyuses controlled burns to combat in-vasive species. They also havetheir herd graze cover crops andcrop residue, taking grazing pres-sure off of their pastures and help-ing to lower costs and dependenceon harvested and purchased feed.The Koprivas enhance wildlifehabitat on their ranch by leavingsome acres on each quarter of theirland for wildlife-friendly enhance-ments such as tree belt and extrawide fencerows.
 Arneson family (PerkinsCounty)
In 2004, Eric Arneson, whenfaced with the reality of encroach-ing development, made the diffi-cult decision to leave the land hisgreat-grandfather homesteaded inMontana. He and his family nowoperate a 21,000 acre ranch nearBison, South Dakota. In the spanof eight years, the Arnesons havemade significant strides in grass-land and water management.They implemented rest rotationgrazing on over 16,000 acres of range and pasture, maintained anexisting cell grazing system, con-verted 2,500 acres of crop groundto perennial pasture, installedover eight miles of fence andplanted nearly 5,000 feet of wind-breaks. Their water managementefforts include the installation of awell/pump house, 31 water tanks,17 miles of pipeline and improvedthe riparian area around ThunderButte Creek. The Arnesons’ con-version of some of their cropland tograssland has led to more sustain-able grassland for livestock pro-duction and improved wildlife di-versity, which, they believe, is anindicator of an effective manage-ment plan.
 Ray and Linda Gilbert (Hard-ing County)
The Gilbert Angus Ranch hasbeen exclusively a grass ranchsince 1894. Ray and Linda Gilbert,their son, Lloyd, his wife, Pattyand their children manage thegrassland through a rotationalgrazing system, and they are ded-icated to it. 90 percent of their landhas never been mechanically dis-turbed. The Gilberts believe graz-ing is the best use of the hardgrasses of Harding County. Theirgrazing system has proven to bebeneficial through lower inputcosts, less stress on the land andgreater grass variety. The family’smanagement efforts have allowedthe Gilbert family to increase their Angus cow herd to 1,100 head, andthey now run only mother cowsthat are born and raised on theranch. A primary goal of theGilberts’ grazing system is sus-tainability. Their grazing systemand water development projectshave allowed the family to main-tain herd size even in times of se-vere drought. As a result of theirmany conservation practices, theGilbert family has seen a great di-versity of wildlife on the ranch.Gilbert Angus Ranch is home towildlife species such as pronghornantelope, mule deer, fox and sev-eral types of birds.Hundreds of bison skullswashed onshore below Oahe Damwhen the Missouri River flooded in2011. The river refused to yield an
The mystery of the lost Anchor 
item of great historic interest,though: an anchor that has lain atthe bottom of the river for morethan two centuries.The anchor came to rest in thesilt of the Missouri River the nightof September 27, 1804, after beingcut from the keelboat used in theLewis and Clark Expedition.The Corps of Discovery, as thescientific expedition was called,consisted of 45 men traveling in akeelboat and two flat-bottomedboats called pirogues when it leftCamp Dubois, near St. Louis, Mis-souri in May 1804, according toElin Woodger and BrandonToropov’s Encyclopedia of theLewis and Clark Expedition. Theexpedition entered what is now theFort Pierre/Pierre area in late Sep-tember 1804. The expedition’s timewith the Lakota was marked byconfrontation and feasting.On the evening of September 27,Clark and some of the men were ina pirogue, returning to the keel-boat, after feasting with theLakota and watching the womendance. The pirogue hit the keel-boat’s anchor cable and broke it.Expedition members hunted un-successfully for the anchor in theMissouri River’s silt the nextmorning, then continued on their journey upriver.In the late 1970s, a scuba driversaw a six-inch piece of cast ironsticking out of the sandy bottom of the Missouri River off the swim-ming beach a few miles down-stream from Oahe Dam.The piece of cast iron turned outto be the point of an anchor thatwas about four feet six inches long,weighing about 95 pounds, andhaving a four-foot crossbar.The location of where the anchorwas found and its age led some tobelieve that the anchor was theone lost by the Corps of Discovery.But was it?Probably not, was the answergiven by Lewis and Clark scholarsand maritime experts.Their reasons were that thattype of anchor with a crossbar didnot become popular until the mid-19th century, decades after theLewis and Clark Expedition. Also,at the time of the expedition, thekeelboat would have used the an-chor as a portable strong point.The anchor would have beentaken upstream in a smaller craftor by foot and locked into some-thing solid. Then the keelboatwould have been pulled to thatpoint. The weight of the anchorprobably made it too heavy to dothat.The anchor was donated to theSouth Dakota State Historical So-ciety. It is on display in the mu-seum at the Cultural HeritageCenter in Pierre as part of the “Onthe Big Muddy” exhibit.As for the lost anchor, at leasttwo theories abide regarding it.One is that someone found theanchor, retrieved it and did not letthe find be known publicly, not re-alizing the historical significanceof the anchor.The other theory is that the an-chor is still waiting to be foundunder the Missouri River silt.It’s one of history’s mysteries.This moment in South Dakotahistory is provided by the SouthDakota Historical Society Founda-tion, the nonprofit fundraisingpartner of the South Dakota StateHistorical Society. Find us on theweb at www.sdhsf.org.
Pictured is the anchor as it isdisplayed in the museum atthe Cultural Heritage Center.
~Photo by the SouthDakota State Historical Society 
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Kaylee Gallino of Wasta will bea member of the Chadron StateCollege team that will be compet-ing at the College National FinalsRodeo in Casper, Wyo., on June 10-16.A senior, Gallino finished secondin the barrel racing standings inthe Central Rocky Mountain Re-gion during the 2011-12 season. As a member of the CSC team thatfinished second in the final re-gional standings, she also willcompete in the breakaway ropingat the national rodeo.Kaylee and her faithful bay geld-ing, Bob, came on strong thisspring to qualify for nationals inthe barrels.They placed just once during thefive rodeos last fall, and that wassixth at the Chadron State rodeo,which opened the season in the re-gion.But during the spring portion of the schedule, they hit their stride.They placed second at theGillette College rodeo in mid-March and also placed high in allthree of the final rodeos.Kaylee was the all-around cow-girl at the Eastern Wyoming Col-lege rodeo at Torrington in early April. She won both go-rounds of breakaway roping to claim thechampionship in that event andplaced second in the final barrelracing standings.At the next rodeo, hosted byCasper College, Kaylee was fifth in
Kaylee Gallino qualifiesfor national rodeo
the barrels. She clinched her tripto the CNFR by winning the barrelrace at the University of Wyomingrodeo on April 27-29 to wrap upthe season.Kaylee’s times at Laramie were15.29 and 15.23 seconds.She finished the season with 660points to clinch second in the re-gion’s barrel racing standings. Shealso wound up ninth in breakawayroping.Joining Gallino on the ChadronState team at nationals will besenior Kelsey Scott of Douglas,Wyo., the region’s breakaway win-ner, third place team ropingheader and runner-up all-aroundcowgirl, and freshman KatieLoughran of Broken Bow, Neb.,who runs the barrels.A Chadron State cowboy, MilesSpickelmier of Imperial, also qual-ified for nationals by tying for firstin steer wrestling in the region.
Second season of Governor’sMansion tours begin June 6
First Lady Linda Daugaard an-nounced that weekly public toursof the Governor’s Mansion willbegin on Wednesday, June 6.Tickets can be obtained in ad-vance, at no charge, from thePierre Chamber of Commerce.“Dennis and I are pleased to wel-come visitors to see this beautifulhome,” Mrs. Daugaard said. “It isan honor to live here, but we wantto share it with all South Dakotansbecause it belongs to them.”This is the second summer thatpublic tours will be offered at theGovernor’s Mansion.Beginning June 6, weekly publictours will be conducted eachWednesday in June, July, and Au-gust (with the exception of July 4,Independence Day; no tour thatweek).The 30-minute tours, for groupsof up to 30 people, will begin at 10a.m. CDT, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2p.m., and will be conducted by vol-unteers, including the First Lady.Tour tickets (free) must be ob-tained in advance and will beavailable only from the PierreChamber of Commerce.Those people interesting in ar-ranging a tour should call theChamber of Commerce at 605-224-7361.
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