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Bison Courier, May 24, 2012

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Bison Courier
Official Newspaper for the City of Bison, Perkins County, and the Bison SchoolDistrict APublication of Ravellette Publications, Inc.
 P.O.Box 429 • Bison, SouthDakota 57620-0429  Phone: (605) 244-7199 • FAX (605) 244-7198 
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Bridal Shower
honoring KalinEngle, bride-elect of Beau Chap-man, on Saturday, June 2, at 10:00a.m. at the Prairie Lounge inBison. The bride is registered atSears and Decker's Floral.
Potluck dinner
at the ImanuelLutheran Church at Zeona, Sun-day, June 3 at 12:30 to honor
IlmaGabriel’s 90th Birthday
. Comeand help celebrate with the Spe-cial Lady!
Mixed Couples golf league
willstart on Tuesday, May 29, teamswill consist of two people. Anybodyinterested in Golf League contactJeffrey Johnson at 605-390-3743.
Golf Fun nights
will be onThursdays, and on May 31, therewill be a clean-up evening at thegolf course starting at 6:00.
The softball league
is looking fora group or individual to do the con-cession stand Thursday nights.Games begin at 6pm. ContactTally Seim if interested, as soon aspossible. 605-431-0682 or 788-2981.
Rummage sale
at Vera Krae-mer’s on Friday, June 1, 9 a.m. – 4p.m. 201 East Carr St. Some of theproceeds will be used to fill 4th of July Care Packages for deployedsoldiers. Anybody who wants todonate rummage sale items to thecampaign should call Vera, 244-5779 or Beth Hulm, 244-5231.Fabrics, children, baby andwomen’s clothing, housewares, Avon products and more.
MEMORIALDAY WREATHS AND VASES AVAILABLENOW!!
The Jolly Ranchers 4H Club haspartnered with the Bison FoodStore to offer for sale to the public,beautiful Memorial Day Wreathsand Vases. They are made of recy-cled products, hand crafted by theJolly Ranchers and reasonablypriced. Thank you for supporting4H and local business.
 White goods and branches:
TheTown of Bison will pick up whitegoods from curb sites on Wednes-day afternoon, May 23. All freonmust be removed and the appli-ance tagged before items can bepicked up. The town maintenancecrew will pick up tree branches,etc., beginning Thursday, May 24.
Bison High School class of 2012
Back row: Roy Goddard, Kylee Sandgren, Tanner Besler. Middle row: Shawn Klein, Carrietta Schalesky. Front row: JessicaJohnson, Lindsey Hendrickson, Christian Wolff. Look for more graduation coverage inside. Photo courtesy of Nancy Reimer.
 
Memorial Day Program Bison American Legion
Rogers-Smith Post #255 • Monday, May 28, 2012 • 9:00 a.m.
Welcome.........................................................Post #255 Steve SennAdvance of Colors.........................................Post #255 Color GuardInvocation...................Post #255 Chaplin Pastor Gerhardt JuergensNational Anthem...............................................................AudienceAddress...........Gerhardt Juergens • 1986 - 1990 USAF, Bison, S.D.December 1989 • participated in “Just Cause” in PanamaYears of Service Awards..................................Post #255 Steve SennPlacng of Wreath................................................................AuxiliaryVideoBenediction................Post #255 Chaplin Pastor Grehardt JuergensRetiring of Colors......................................... Post #255 Color GuardPlacement of Wreath at Flag MemorialDismissal.......................................................Post #255 Steve Senn
Color Guard will proceed to the Cemeteries - aproximatelyBison - 10:15; Meadow - 10:30; Chance - 11:00; Prairie City - 11:40
 
THE BISON COURIER
Periodicals Postage Paid at Bison, SD 57620POSTAL PERMIT #009-944
Published weekly every Thursday by Ravellette Publ., Inc.at POBox 429, Bison SD 57620-0429
 Telephone: 605-244-7199 • Fax: 605-244-7198
E-mail Addresses: courier@sdplains.comcouriernews@sdplains.comSUBSCRIPTION RATES:
Bison............................................................................$36.04Meadow, Shadehill, Prairie City, Reva & Lodgepole........$35.36Lemmon........................................................................$36.04in state........................................................$39.00 + sales taxout of state (
Includes all Hettinger addresses.) 
...$39.00 (no tax)
POSTMASTER:
Send address changes to The Bison Courier, POBox 429, Bison SD 57620-0429
Deadlines:
Display and Classified Advertising: Mon-days at 12:00 p.m. Legals: Fridays at 12:00 p.m.
Publisher:
Don Ravellette
News/Office Manager:
Arlis Seim
Ad Sales:
Beth Hulm (244-5231),beth@sdplains.com
COPYRIGHT:
Ravellette Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Nothing may bereprinted, photocopied or in any way reproduced from this publication, in whole orin part, without the written consent of the publisher.
Page 2 • The Bison Courier •
Thursday, May 24, 2012
The 45th Annual Lake AreaTechnical Institute graduation cer-emony was held Friday, May 11,2012, with six hundred forty grad-uates receiving their diplomas.The following student was pre-sented an Associate of Applied Sci-ence Degree (AAS), by Deb Shep-hard, President of Lake Area Tech.
Jamie LJackson,
Bison, SDEnergy Operations
Jackson receives degree
Nutrition SiteMenu
Thursday May 24
Hungarian goulash tomato spoon saladgreen beanspears
Friday May 25
Sweet & sour porkoven baked brown ricesteamed broccoliapricots
Monday May 28
NOMEALSMemorial Day
Tuesday May 29
Pork chops w/celery saucemashed potatoesgreen bean casserole tropical fruit 
Wednesday May 30
BBQ beef on a bunparsley carrotspotato saladlime sunshine saladbanana
The Jolly Ranchers 4H Club metSunday, May 6, 2012 at theBrushy Schoolhouse. Vice Presi-dent, Jacob Kolb, called the meet-ing to order. Nicole led the Pledgeof Allegiance and Shawna Kolb ledthe 4H Pledge. 11 members an-swered roll call to the topic of “what would you do with 1 hour of free time?”Stephanie read the minutes of the last meeting and they were ap-proved as read. The Treasurer’sReport was unavailable. Out-standing bills were received andStephanie made a motion, sec-onded by Julianna, to pay the out-standing bills.OLD BUSINESS: Veronicagave a report on the Memorial Daywreaths and vases that have beensold and that still are available forsale at the Bison Food Store.Several members of our club at-tended the Horse Safety Trainingthat was held in Bison, April 20,2012.Depending on weather andschedules, we will all get togethersometime and put steel on theporch part of the building andpaint.NEW BUSINESS: Veronicaasked the club if they would bewilling to donate money to pur-chase 2 plaques for the PerkinsCounty Horseshow that is to beheld June 11, 2012. Shawna madea motion, seconded by Nicole to doso.LEADERS REPORT: Daphnegave the report and reminded usthat a very important LeadersMeeting is to held Monday, May 7,2012.
Respectfully Submitted:Julianna Kari, Reporter
Jolly Ranchers 4H club stil has Memorial DayWreaths and Vases for sale!!!
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Great entertainment, good foodand door prizes await those whoattend Grand Electric’s AnnualMeeting on Friday, June 1, 2012.This year’s Annual Meeting willbe held at West River’s Warehousein Bison, SD. Please note the fol-lowing time changes to theagenda: Open House and OfficeTours will begin at 2:30 p.m.;Demonstrations will start at 3:30p.m.; Registration will begin at4:30 p.m.; the barbecued beef, porkand lamb supper will be from 5:00p.m. to 6:00 p.m.; the businessmeeting will start at 6:00 p.m. andThe Potter Family will be enter-taining you at 7:00 p.m.The Potter Family enjoys per-forming a variety of vintage, 50’sand 60’s music at various venues,and they continue to maintaintheir roots in gospel music. Themembers of The Potter Familyhave been singing and performingsince childhood. Stop by GrandElectric’s Annual Meeting andenjoy an evening filled with musicby The Potter Family.During the business meeting,members will hear reports on theCooperative’s business for 2011,elect three directors and receiveupdates on current activities aswell as challenges.There will be door prizes forkids. During the meeting, kids willbe entertained in the social room.Members attending Grand Elec-tric’s Annual Meeting will alsohave a chance to win one of nu-merous door prizes that will begiven away during the meeting. At6:00 p.m., one lucky individual willhave a chance to play “PLINKO”and win up to $100 CASH!The grand prize will be a draw-ing from the entire membershipfor a $500 cash prize. If that per-son is not present, we will draw forfive $100 cash prizes.It is YOUR Annual Meeting, somark your calendar today andmake plans to attend.
Grand Electric’s Annual Meeting to beHeld Friday, June 1st:
Entertainment Provided by The Potter Family 
4-H club does community service
Thunder Butte Valley 4-H clubmet Sunday May 20th at the Bent-ley building. All present did static judging first including two Clover-buds. The whole club then wentout to the rodeo grounds andpicked up garbage. After enjoyinga nice cold bottle of water themeeting was called to order byPresident Wrangler with Secre-tary Dodge taking notes. Ashtinled the Pledge of Allegiance, andGavin led the 4-H pledge. After,the coming months events werediscussed the meeting was closedand Ashtin gave his first speech onRange Rules for Archery, and then Ashtin, Gavin, and Wrangler gavea talk on horse tack for their horsepin for the year.
Ashtin Gerbracht gives his first speech on Range Rules forArchery.
Dr. Jason M. HafnerDr. David J. Prosser
OPTOMETRISTS
Faith Clinic
Every 1st Wed. of the month
Buffalo Clinic
Every 3rd Wed. of themonth
1-800-648-0760
Vote for Brad W Besler on June 5th.Republican Candidatefor Perkins Co. Commi-sioner District #4.
I am a life long residentof Perkins County andhave a vested interest inthe town of Bison, the ruralpeople of this district andall of Perkins County.I would appreciate your vote.
This ad sponsored by the candidate.
 
The Bison Courier •
Thursday, May 24, 2012
• Page 3
Our Friends, Our Family, Our Future
Celebrate our lovewith us June 2, 2012,2 - 4 p.m.at the Legion inBison, SD.Everyone Welcome!Austin & TimaraKopren
Randy & Diane Vetter invite ALL to come and celebratetheir 20th Anniversarywith a dance at thePrairie Loungeon May 26that 8:30 p.m.
NOCARDSor GIFTS!Music byPlay One Drink One
 
Birthday partyopen house and card shower for Esther Johnson’s97th BirthdayFridayMay 25th at 2:00 p.m.at the Sugar Shack in Lemmon.
Cards can be sent to Esther at 12785 168th Ave,Bison, SD 57620
Jeff Zimprich will serve as stateconservationist for the NaturalResources Conservation Service(NRCS) in South Dakota. The se-lection, made by NRCS Chief DaveWhite, ensures continued leader-ship as the agency works withpartners and landowners to applyconservation on the ground. Anative of South Dakota, Zim-prich grew up on a small farm onthe east side of the state. Hebegan his 29 year conservation ca-reer in Montana as a studenttrainee for the Soil ConservationService in 1983 while attendingthe University of Montana. Aftergraduating with a degree inRangeland Management, heworked in three Montana field of-fices as a soil conservationist anddistrict conservationist. He trans-ferred to Iowa in 1988 and workedin two area offices and the DesMoines State Office. He is cur-rently the Assistant State Conser-vationist for Field Office Opera-tions in southwest Iowa. Zimprichserved several details in NRCS na-tional headquarters. He just com-pleted a detail as the acting stateconservationist in Illinois.“I am honored to accept thischallenging opportunity andpledge to work side-by-side withall the very talented employees inSouth Dakota, along with all thelandowners and partners,” saidZimprich.Zimprich said he is excited tocontinue the South Dakota tradi-tion of conservation excellence.“The conservation challenges aremany but it is important we facethem head on and together so wecan protect the bountiful naturalresources of the state.”Jeff and his wife Kim have onemarried son and twin daughters.In his spare time, Jeff enjoysspending time outdoors, travelingwith his wife, and time with hisfamily.
New NRCS State Conservationistnamed for South Dakota
The U.S. Postal Service's newplan for providing rural residentswith new options for keeping theirlocal post offices drew praise fromNational Newspaper Associationthis week.The Postal Service has an-nounced it intends to take anotherlook at its handling of rural postoffice closings, after taking a bat-tering on Capitol Hill and fromrural residents for its earlier planto close about 3,700 unprofitableoffices. Now, it says, it intends tooffer communities the opportunityto keep the offices open, but withreduced window hours. Alist of affected offices is avail-able.NNAPresident Reed Anfinsonsaid the new plan is a step in theright direction and that NNAlooksforward to learning more details."There is a widespread feeling insmall towns that the Postal Ser-vice is poised to abandon rural America. From reduced deliverytimes to the ending of Saturdaymail to the post office closings, itseemed as if we were running agantlet of bad news on mail serv-ice. Although NNAdid not opposepost office closings in general, werecommended a different ap-proach. Our thought was thatmany of these offices could remainopen if USPS used a "circuit-rider"approach for postmasters, staffedthe offices with lower-level clerks,and simply kept the offices openfor fewer hours. That idea camefrom our Postal Committee Chair-man Max Heath, who testified onit before the Postal RegulatoryCommission.“Although NNAis pleased withPostmaster General Pat Donahoe’swillingness to work with ruralcommunities to keep their post of-fices open, of continuing andgreater concern is the plan forclosing more than half the mailprocessing centers around thecountry. The proposed cuts wouldhave a devastating impact on thedelivery of mail, including news-papers, prescription drugs andpackages across rural America.The mail is more important inrural America than in many otherspots around the country. Fornewspapers, it is the key to help-ing us fulfill our roles as the trib-unes of civic engagement."The Postal Service said it willfile a new plan before the PRC, de-tailing the options it intends tooffer small towns before post of-fices are closed.Heath said he hoped the newplan would provide greater detailon how small business mailers likeNNA's community newspaperscould enter mail to reach residentson the rural routes served by thereduced hours."I feel encouraged by the PostalService's announcement. It seemsto me as if some of the more Dra-conian thoughts about cuttingservice across the board may be re-calibrated. I hope we'll see some of the same openness to flexibility onother important issues to ournewspaper mailers," he said.
Better plan for rural postoffices earns NNAplaudits
By: Jay VanduchI was going to Las Vegas for theNational Association of Broadcast-ers convention (unfortunately,nothing happened in Vegas thatneeded to stay in Vegas). I evenwon $22.13 on a slot machine,which was just enough to cover thecost of a blueberry Danish I hadfor breakfast, but that’s a story foranother time.To get there I flew on a commercialairline. Now, I’ll admit up frontthat I like to drive, I always have,but I thought it would save time tofly the 1401 miles. Except, I hadto arrive two hours early at theairport to get my seat assignment,buy some gum, head up to theboarding area, get on the plane, sitthere for 45 minutes and thentake-off. Seasoned travelers in theaudience will notice that I missedone important stop; securitycheck-in. It used to be that, at anairport, the term “take-off” hadsomething to do with getting theplane airborne. Now it meanstake off your shoes, take your lap-top out and put it in a separatecontainer to be X-rayed, take off your coat, take off your belt, takeoff your watch, take off your jew-elry, and take everything out of your pockets. Then you get towalk into a machine that looks
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