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The official newspaper of Jackson County, South Dakota
includes tax
Volume 105Number 50June 28, 2012
See the Profit & Kadoka Pressearly deadline scheduleon page 2 in this issue.
News Briefs
Summer Reading Pro-gram
at the Jackson CountyLibrary on Wednesdays, 3:00p.m. for children ages 3-6.
It’s celebration time: class reunions, dances, ranch rodeo
The Meaning of Gravestone Carvings
To walk through a cemetery is towalk through history.“A gravestone is something tan-gible to remember that person by.When I drive by a cemetery, thefirst thing I look at is the older sec-tion. I’m curious about the styleand design of the gravestones andthe names on the gravestones,”said Virginia Hanson, archivist atthe State Archives of the SouthDakota State Historical Society, lo-cated in the Cultural Heritage Cen-ter in Pierre. She often lecturesabout genealogy and the meaningof gravestones.Wood was a common materialused to mark graves from the1840s to about 1910 in SouthDakota.“People often ask me why wehave so many unmarked burialsites. A reason is the markers pos-sibly were made of wood. Wood onlylasts so long,” Hanson said.Names cut in wood became lessvisible as the wood weathered.ized the open gateway from earthto heaven. A broken ring meant thefamily circle was severed. A lambwas often seen on the gravestonesof those under 16 and meant inno-cence or youth. An inverted torchmeant sudden death or the suddenloss of an adult life.Symbols often reflected member-ship in an organization or militaryservice. A Sears and Roebuck Catalogfrom about 1912 offered differenttombstones and styles that peoplecould order.“So if you see several stones withthe same pattern, there is a goodchance they were ordered throughthe local market,” Hanson said.The meaning of gravestone carv-ings has changed over the years.Wheat or corn stalks once symbol-ized ripe old age, but now it canmean the deceased was a farmer,Hanson said.“Since 1950, with modern etch-ing, you see about anything as faras tombstone markings -- rodeoscenes, airplanes, farm machinery,or a portrait of a person,” Hansonsaid.Motion sensors make it possiblefor a recording to turn on whenpeople walk by the gravestone andlight sensitive lamps turn on whenthe sun sets.“Back 100 years ago youwouldn’t think of putting a lamp ata grave, but now, a light at thegravesite is a modern symbol of re-membering the spirit of that per-son,” Hanson said.
This moment in South Dakotahistory is provided by the South Dakota Historical Society Founda-tion, the nonprofit fundraising  partner of the South Dakota StateHistorical Society. Find us on theweb at www.sdhsf.org 
Some wooden markers were con-sumed in prairie fires.Large rocks were also used tomark the location of graves.Some of the earliest gravestonesin South Dakota were made of localstone, with the name of the de-ceased and year of death carved byhand into the stone. Symbols wereadded if the family could afford it.“Carvers charged by the letter,so if there was a lot of carving inthe gravestone, that was quite aninvestment,” Hanson said.Many of the symbols carved on agravestone reflected the national-ity of the deceased. A Celtic cross might symbolizesomeone who came from Ireland orScotland, and an iron cross mightdenote the German-Russian peo-ple.Some of the common carvings ontombstones in South Dakota wereflowers, gates, butterflies and bro-ken rings. Flowers symbolized con-dolences, grief or sorrow, whileclosed roses meant brevity of earthly existence. A gate symbol-
 South Dakota history & heritage
county, prioritize them and identifythe activities to be undertaken tomeet the needs.At 8:00 the commissioners willhold a second hearing to discussthe future of providing driver’s li-censing service -- whether thecounty should continue providingthe service. Input will be takenfrom not only Jackson County, butsurrounding counties.Since entering into the agree-ment with the South Dakota Dept.of Public Safety in 2004, many of the state wide services have beenreduced or eliminated across thestate.Jackson County receives $5.00per license fee and the workloadhas increased throughout theyears. The county is consideringhiring additional staff for the in-creased workload.People travel a long distance toobtain their licenses in JacksonCounty, which is available Mondaythrough Friday. The next nearestplace to renew or obtain a license isMurdo, Mission or Martin; some of these sites only offer the service onlimited days.The State has denied JacksonCounty’s request for allowing thecounty to retain one-half of the li-cense fee.According to a legal notice, “If funding is not found, the commis-sioners are considering discontinu-ing the services.”For persons unable to attend thismeeting, written comments may besent to: Jackson County Commis-sion, PO Box 280, Kadoka, SD57543
 At a special Jackson CountyCommissioner’s meeting on Friday,June 29, the commissioners will beseeking public opinion on twoitems.The first agenda item at 7:00p.m. will be for public discussion onsubmitting an application to theState of South Dakota for a Com-munity Development Block Grantin order to assist with the financingof a library project. The county ex-pects to apply for up to $515,000from the CDBG Community Proj-ects Account to be used for the pro-posed project which will costapproximately $600,000.The purpose of the hearing is toreceive comments regarding theapplication from members of thecounty and to assess the commu-nity development needs of the
 Jackson County seeking inputregarding fate of license service
Calista Kirby, 23, of Brookings,Miss Rushmore, was crowned MissSouth Dakota Saturday night. Herplatform is “Stay Well, Get Well, American Cancer Society.”For her talent, she performed atumbling routine to the song “Defy-ing Gravity” from the musicalWicked. Kirby was a double prelim-inary winner, winning the talentcompetition Thursday night andthe preliminary swimsuit awardFriday night. Kirby also won theMiss America Organization Com-munity Service Award for $1,000,and the Top Interview award.First runner-up was Miss SiouxEmpire Fair, Heather Johnson of Olivia, Minnesota.Johnson was also a preliminarywinner, winning the swimsuitaward Thursday night.Second runner-up was MissSiouxland, Autumn Simunek of Hot Springs. Simunek also won ascholarship for Top Fundraiser forthe Children’s Miracle Network.Third runner-up was MissRolling Plains, Tessa Dee of Mitchell. She also won the “Ray Pe-terson Rookie of the Year” $500scholarship for the first-year con-testant with the highest overallscore.Fourth runner-up was MissLake Alvin Brittanie Venard of Tea.She also won the Miss America Ac-ademic award.Miss State Fair Abbi Sudtelgte,Miss Hot Springs Morgan Black,and Miss Rapid City Julia Kendrixrounded out the top eight semi-fi-nalists. Sudtelgte won the SouthDakota National Guard Commu-nity Service award. Miss BrookingsCecilia Knutson won the award formost talented non-finalist. MissJames Valley Calli Pritchard wasnamed Miss Congeniality by herfellow contestants.Emilee Davenport, Sioux City,Iowa, Miss USD, won the $500Harold Monroe Memorial Awardfor best non-finalist interview.Calista Kirby will representSouth Dakota at the Miss Americapageant in January 2013.Calista is the daughter of Coryand September Kirby of Brookingsand the granddaughter of Joe andKathleen Leutenegger of Kadoka.
Calista Kirby crowned Miss South Dakota 2012
 Receiving her crown
Miss South Dakota 2011, Anna Simp-son, crowns Miss South Dakota 2012, Calista Kirby.
--courtsey photo
Taking first in the Kadoka Ranch Rodeo …
The team of Gordon Livestock, Bryan Rahn (L),Mike Maconahey, Travis Anderson and Bailey Burress, gathered on Main Street near the tent to accept theirbuckles after winning this year’s first annual event. They took first place in the steer gathering and trailer load-ing event. See more ranch rodeo photos and results on page 6.
--photo by Ronda Dennis
Gals of the Class of 1972 …
enjoyed the Kadoka Ranch Rodeo Saturday afternoon before their classgathering at Club 27 that evening. Pictured (L-R): Marcy Ramsey, Darcy Gill, Darla Schueth, Dana DeVries andMarla Nelson. See the reunion class pictures on page 5 of this issue.
--photo by Ronda Dennis
June 27 through July 5 in SouthDakota. Fireworks may be dis-charged in the state during thatsame period, unless local ordi-nances set tighter limits. Citiesmay adopt more stringent limits onuse of fireworks. It’s best to checklocal ordinances and regulations.Fireworks are a traditional partof the Independence Day celebra-tion, but every year there are a fewinjuries and some unintentionalfires. This year, conditions acrossmuch of South Dakota are ex-tremely dry, and everyone needs tocooperate in using common sensewith their fireworks.Don’t combine different types of fireworks or try to explode home-made ones. Keep a source of waterhandy and never try to relight adud. While sparklers are popularwith younger children, they cancause painful burns and should beused with adult supervision.Have a happy and safe holiday.With retail sale of fireworks be-ginning on Wednesday, June 27 inSouth Dakota, State Fire MarshalPaul Merriman is asking residentsto play it safe this July 4th.Mayor Harry Weller has an-nounced that it is illegal to set off fireworks within the Kadoka citylimits. However, he said, fireworkswill be allowed at the baseball fieldon July 3 and July 4, providingthere is no other activities going on.Fireworks sales are legal from
Fourth of July fireworks safety encouraged
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Read Luke 5:1-11Decisions we consider insignificant may actually beimportant in God's eyes. Obedience in the small detailsprepares the believer for obedience in all things.Today's passage shows that Peter experienced a gentlefirst lesson in following the Lord.Peter's initial interaction with Christ seemed insignificant. We can assume Jesus asked Peter for theuse of his boat, which meant that the weary fisherman put aside his cleanup duties in order to steer thecraft for an itinerant preacher. It was a small decision, but the reward was noteworthy. Peter had a front-row seat for the message Jesus proclaimed to the crowd on the beach.The future disciple was convinced of Christ's authority because of what he heard. Therefore, he obeyedJesus' second request to let down the nets for a catch, even though doing so contradicted everything heknew about fishing. The results were miraculous--a catch so great that a second boat had to come andtake part of the haul.Jesus was gently easing Peter into a place of absolute obedience. The fisherman's brief but compellinghistory of submitting to the Lord's will and experiencing His blessing convinced him that giving up every-thing to follow Christ was the wisest choice. The rewards for that decision are both innumerable and im-measurable.Peter's experience of increasingly demanding calls to obedience and sacrifice isn't unique. That's howthe Father teaches His children to follow His will. So don't assume a decision is insignificant--God is set-ting you on a course to fulfill His good purpose for your life. Choose to obey Him always.
 A Training Course in Obedience
Inspiration Point
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Dear Editor:I am grateful that a Kadoka citycouncil member stopped by andstraightened me out on somethings. Seems that some on the citycouncil are adamant that the Com-prehensive Plan is “our plan”.However, I understand that en-vironmental engineers, Schu-macher, Paul & Nohr, authored itat substantial expense to the cityusing statistics furnished by localofficials.First, all those figures quoted inthe proposed Comprehensive Planamounting to millions of dollarsare very stale. The council hasknown this for some time. Anyonethat has contracted knows there isa great difference between what isestimated cost and what is a bidbasis. Subsequent inflation has fur-ther has increased costs. Six mil-lion may not cover the expansivedreams of city planners.That is only a part of the vagueparts of the Plan, as follows:Page 6, “A comprehensive planimpacts not only persons living inthe study area, but also those resi-dents residing and workingthroughout the Kadoka area”.On page 7 “zoning districts” arementioned without specifics.Chapter 4, Page 17. “To sustainan environmental strategy thatsupports an interworking relation-ship between the physical and builtenvironment and also protect theair and water quality to ensurepublic health and safety for the res-idents of Kadoka”. Lawyers wouldcall this “boilerplate” and it soundseerily familiar from another com-prehensive plan I have read by thesame authors.Page 19. “For all new construc-tion in Kadoka, planning and engi-neering must be used as tools tomitigate against hazards posed byhilly topography, high degree of slope and soil instability”.Chapter 6, Page 28. “Land usedefines the physical landscape andprovides justification for zoning ina community”.Page 30. “A city is obligated toassess its development constraintswhen planning for future growth inadjoining areas. They must coordi-nate with the county on all mattersconcerning annexation. Comment:We need more information on an-nexation.Further down, same page. Withthe current comprehensive planonly focusing on land within theCity's incorporated limits the com-mission felt that combining the in-dustrial district with an Agricultural designation wouldsimplify the future land use map.See comment above.Page 31. All lands being an-nexed by the city shall be placed ina No Use designation till the City'sBoard of Adjustment is able to con-duct an investigation and study of the proposed land use of the exist-ing area. For this reason, the Com-mission felt the future land usemap should contain lands outsidethe City's Limits to be classifiedunder this designation”.Comment: Sort of like therancher who didn't want to own allthe land - just that joining his prop-erty.Page 46. “ - - - - extraterritorial jurisdiction for the purposes of pro-moting health, safety, morals andgeneral welfare of the community”.Comment: Define “extraterritor-ial”? Isn't it a stretch to have con-trol of “morals” in a comprehensiveland use plan?Nancy Pelosi's is famous for say-ing, “We have to pass the bill tofind out what is in it”. In my opin-ion the goal is a scheme to wrestcontrol of Kadoka from the electedcity officials. Later we will findwhat the E.P.A. and other ap-pointed government functionariesin Washington D.C. and Pierrethink is good for us.The plan is certainly compre-hensively confusing./s/ Glenn T. FreemanBox 406Kadoka, SD 57543Dear Editor,I agree with Mr. Freeman 100%.I am against zoning and Horizons.When a person can go on anotherperson’s property and tell themwhat to do and how to do it. It is myopinion that this is communism./s/ Stephen RigginsPO Box 43Kadoka, SD 57543
Monday, July 2
Salisbury steak with gravy,mashed potatoes and gravy, pars-ley carrots, corn bread and tropicalfruit.
Tuesday, July 3
Barbecue beef, pasta vegetablesalad with tomatoes and cucum-bers, pea-cheese salad, bread andpineapple strawberry ambrosia.
 Wednesday, July 4
HOLIDAY No meals
Thursday, July 5
Eat at Jigger’s
Friday, July 6
Chicken salad on a bun with let-tuce, baked beans, coleslaw andwatermelon.
Meals forthe Elderly
Sandra Raye Sumpter May_________ 
Sandra Raye Sumpter May, age48, of Watertown, formerly of Philip, died Saturday, June 16,2012, at her home in Watertown.Sandra Raye Sumpter was born August 14, 1963, in Rapid City, thedaughter of Bill and Marsha(Fairchild) Sumpter. She grew upand received her education inPhilip, graduating from PhilipHigh School.She married Tim May and of that marriage were born two chil-dren, Amanda and Chase. Her chil-dren were her pride and joy.Sandra held various jobs duringthe years but her most rewardingwas helping to take care of hergreat-aunt, Edna Buswell, andgrandmother, Ruth Fairchild, intheir later years.She is survived by her daughter, Amanda (May) and Adam Claflin of Harrisburg; and son, Chase Mayand Carly Nighbert of Madison;her parents, Bill and MarshaSumpter of Kadoka; a sister, Shel-ley Seager of Sutton, Neb.;nephews, Eric Seager and ZackSeager of Rapid City; and twogreat-nephews, Eli and Ryder Sea-ger.She was preceded in death byher maternal grandparents, Wayneand Ruth Fairchild; and paternalgrandparents, Virgie Melton andN. W. Sumpter and Beatrice.Memorial services were heldSaturday, June 23, at the UnitedChurch in Philip with PastorKathy Chesney officiating.Music was provided by KarylSandal, pianist.Ushers were Eric and Zach Sea-ger.Interment will take place at alater date at Masonic Cemetery inPhilip. A memorial has been estab-lished. Arrangements were with theRush Funeral Home of Philip.Her online guestbook is avail-able at www.rushfuneralhome.com
 John Robert Whitford______________ 
John Robert Whitford, 81, of HotSprings, SD, was born March 28,1931, in Carter, SD, to Frank andClara (Craw) Whitford. Johnpassed away Thursday, June 14,2012 at the Hot Springs VA Med-ical Center after a very brief ill-ness. After John attended gradeschool in Carter, he attended highschool in Winner, SD, and gradu-ated in the class of 1949. John had just begun attending Black HillsTeachers College when he wasdrafted into the U.S. Army for theKorean War in 1950. John was sentto both basic training, advancedbasic training and when he wasdone was loaned to the French For-eign Legion. He was stationed inFontainebleau France and was asecretary for the head of NATO atthe time.Upon John's discharge he re-turned to college at Black HillsTeachers College where he met hisfuture bride, Irene Cummings.They were married May 29, 1955,and made their home in Spearfish Vets-ville while he finished his un-dergraduate degrees in education,history, and English. John taughtat Winner High School and at-tended graduate school in the sum-mers at the University of SouthDakota. During his tenure in Win-ner, his daughter Mary was born.He achieved a master's degree inpsychology in 1961.John received a scholarship tothe University of North Dakota topursue his doctorate in psychologyand completed most of the programbefore choosing to leave in fear of not being employable in school sys-tems at that time with such a de-gree. John's daughter Margaretwas born during the family's resi-dence in North Dakota.In 1962 John accepted a positionwith the Belvidere School where heremained until 1965 when he ac-cepted a job as superintendent of the Oelrichs, SD, School District.He remained at Oelrichs until 1980as the superintendent as well asteaching French. Their son Markwas born while they lived in Oel-richs. It was while living in Oel-richs that John underwentemergency medical techniciantraining and was a founding mem-ber of the Oelrichs Ambulance As-sociation.In 1980 John accepted a positionas school guidance counselor andpsychological tester in Martin, SD.He also became involved with the Ambulance Association in Martinwhich was much more active anddiverse and allowed him to expandand develop his skills.John and Irene moved back toOelrichs in 1989 and he accepted aposition as school counselor andtester at Loneman Day School andthe Loneman branch of OLC. Heworked there until his retirement. After his health began to decline,John and Irene made their home inHot Springs. Irene passed away onJanuary 8, 2008. In 2009, Johnmoved to the South Dakota State Veterans Home in Hot Springswhere he made his home until hispassing.John was a voracious reader andenjoyed creative writing and draw-ing. He enjoyed growing flowersand gardening. He greatly enjoyedspending time with his grandchil-dren and great-grandchildren.John was also a member of the American Legion and VFW overthe years.Surviving John are his brother,Jerry Whitford of Ashland, NE,daughters, Mary (Russel) Bledsoeand Margaret (Robert) Evans of Hot Springs and his son, Mark of Seattle, WA. He also leaves behindfive grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded indeath by his wife, Irene, and hisparents. Visitation was held from 5 p.m.to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, at Mc-Colley's Chapel of the Hills in HotSprings.Funeral services were held at11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 20,2012 at McColley's Chapel of theHills with Pastor Morris Nelson of-ficiating. Interment will follow atthe Evergreen Cemetery in HotSprings. A memorial has been estab-lished at the Hot Springs Public Li-brary. In lieu of flowers pleasemake a donation directly to the li-brary in John's name. Arrangements have been placedin the care of McColley's Chapel of the Hills in Hot Springs. Writtencondolences may be made atwww.mccolleyschapels.com.Brandon Peterson from EquipMinistries will be the guestspeaker on Sunday, July 1 at theBelvidere Community Church at9:30 a.m. and at the Kadoka Pres-byterian Church in Kadoka at11:00 a.m.Equip Ministries began at theUniversity of Brookings, SouthDakota, in 2006. Its work is to pro-claim the message of Jesus Christon campus and to equip students toanswer the tough question thatstudents are asking about theChristian faith.Brandon and his wife, Erin,have two children, Noah age 4, andJonathan age 2. Brandon holds aMaster of Arts degree from Re-deemer Seminary of Dallas, Texas.The public is cordially invited tothe churches. There will be coffeeand rolls served after the churchservice in Belvidere.
Peterson guestspeaker atBelvidere andKadoka Church
Belvidere News …
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I’ve been being a humanitariantoday. Wait. Make that “bugitar-ian.” I’ve been giving aid and succorto bugs, not humans. As it hap-pened, I was drinking some coffeeon the deck this morning and no-ticed a little black beetle upsidedown on a steel plate by the door. Asyou have probably observed, beetleshave trouble righting themselvesonce they land on their backs on aflat surface.There he was ineffectually paw-ing the air trying to find somethingto grab so he could turn himself over. There was nothing available.Eventually I tired of watching thishopeless situation and held a littlestick next to him that he couldgrasp, which he had the sense to do.I then placed him on the deckwhere he promptly fell over onto hisback again and started boxing theair. “Enough of this,” I said, andbooted the fellow off into the grasswhere at least there were morethings for him to clutch in case heflipped over again.What puzzles me somewhat withbeetles is that, as far as I know,they have wings. Why can’t they liftthemselves enough with one wingto flip over. Maybe their wings onlymove in tandem so one can’t bemoved by itself. The other possibil-ity, of course, is that beetles are soextremely stupid that it never oc-curs to them to use their wings foranything other than flying. It’s aposer, but there you are.Normally speaking, I have noreal concern for bugs. If they insiston smashing themselves againstmy windshield, I don’t really careexcept for grumbling that I can’t seeout the window very well after theysmear themselves all over it. I par-ticularly have no concern forgrasshoppers and often purposelystep on them. Crickets are similar.I especially despise having cricketsin the house since they will sooneror later start chirping and drivingme crazy. They are also frustratingin that they seem able to jumpevery time just as you try to step onthem so you look fairly silly stomp-ing around the room in pursuit.In this regard, I tend to think of a neighbor we had near our housein town when I was going to schoolthere. We called her Aunt Ellen al-though she was not a relative, andshe was a fairly thin, elderly Nor-wegian lady. She hated crickets andalways tried to step on them whenshe noticed them. That, as we said,is tricky, so seeing a little white-haired lady stomping across theroom tended to be somewhat hu-morous. She would be sputtering atthe same time which made it evenfunnier. Now, when I go high-step-ping across the room after a cricket,I almost always think of Aunt Ellenwho was actually a very sweet ladywhen she wasn’t fussed up aboutblack hopping insects.Wife Corinne will also be a bugi-tarian from time to time but mostlywhen it comes to ladybugs. Shelikes them a lot and has even beenknown to order a bag of them tohelp get rid of harmful insects onher fruit trees and other plants. If aladybug gets in the house, Corinnewill usually move it to a safe spotwhere it won’t be accidentallystepped on or otherwise harmed.Flies and millers she doesn’t carefor and swats them every chanceshe gets, but ladybugs are herfriends.Bees, generally speaking, haveme in a muddle. I don’t like thembuzzing around my head becausethey are capable of delivering anasty sting. On the other hand, I re-spect the fact that they are usefulin pollination and making honey. I just try to stay out of their way andlet them get on with life. I do grum-ble when beekeepers plant a bunchof hives by the road because you’regoing to get a smeary windshieldevery time you drive by, even if youreduce your speed quite a bit. Thesilly critters always fly right atwindshield level and seem unableto alter their flight plan for vehi-cles.Well, as you can see, helpingbugs can be unrewarding due inpart to their lack of sense or theirinability to alter the way they dothings. You will find humanitarian-ism to be similar in that some peo-ple simply lack the ability to do wellin life, either through lack of sense,poor upbringing, or maybe an ad-diction. If you help them once, youmay have to help them again andagain. That’s the way I thought itprobably was with my black beetle.Later in the day, though, either theone I’d helped or a close relativewas in the same place on the steelplate and ineffectually pawing theair as in the morning. Before I couldrush to his aid, however, he some-how finally managed to right him-self. Maybe there is hope for beetlesand possibly for people as well. Ilike to think so.
 Bugitarian Efforts
Lookin’ Around
by Syd Iwan
“Worry is like a rocking chair; it gives you something to do, butdoesn’t get you anywhere.” Capsule Sermons
Last Monday, Jesse Fergusonwent to Rapid City on business. EdFerguson was in Kadoka and Di-mock Friday on business. Thosehelping Ed celebrate Father’s DaySunday were Pete and Marla Fer-guson, Irene Kaufman, Gene andMargie Popkes and Jes Ferguson.He received calls also from son ColeFerguson and daughter, CoraBrickman, from Rapid City, whowere unable to attend.Jim and Marjorie Letellier werein Philip and Kadoka on businessMonday of last week. Tuesday Garyand Alice White of Ebart, Michi-gan, arrived with their two fostersons, Damian and Jeremiah, andthat began a number of days of vis-iting and activities while they werehere. Sue Larson of Rapid City andJulie Letellier of Kilgore came tovisit with them, as did Maxine Al-lard, JoAnn Letellier and Ray andGail Berry. Damian and Jeremiahwanted to sleep outside in a tentwhile here, but the weather drovethem inside all but one night. Thesame was true about the picnicplanned by the creek, the thirdtime it was planned it finally hap-pened. Gary and Alice were im-pressed with how clean and neatthe town of Norris was. Friday theyheaded for Pierre to visit with theBeckwith family.Saturday the Hershey StateRaces were held in Pierre. Beaver,Jade and Jakki Burma had allqualified in regions, enabling themto run in the state races. There tocheer them on were the Burmas,the Beckwiths, the Whites, SueLarson, Jim, Marjorie and JulieLetellier, and some of Don and Anna Mae Letellier’s children andgrandchildren. After the races,they all congregated at the Beck-with’s for more family time.Cassie Beckwith of Pierre at-tended the Eldon Marshall “Skillsand Drills” basketball camp inWhite River Friday afternoon. Shethen spent the night with her sis-ter, Andee Beckwith of Norris.The Mellette County Cattle-women met Thursday afternoon atthe museum in White River, hostedby Jan Endes. Joining Jan for themeeting were Donna Adrian, RoseWest, Jeannine Woodward, EuniceKrogman, Jean Kary, June,Michael and Matthew Ring, andNoreen Krogman.Jean Kary heard from her niece,Cindy Brunson, that a tornado nar-rowly missed them, but the rainand hail storm did not. They hadmuch damage to windows andbuildings from the hail.Bill and Kenda Huber drove toCenterville for parts last week.Nicole Huber and boys were inKadoka for the weekend activities.Friday Braeden wanted to sleep ina tent, and Nicole had it all set upfor him, and then went into thehouse for more supplies. About thattime the wind hit, and when theyheaded out for the tent, it was nolonger there. Another campoutfoiled by the weather!Nette Heinert was a visitor atthe Robert Ring’ home last Monday.Robert and Sharon Ring were inRapid City for a doctor appoint-ment last Tuesday. Daughter Deb-bie was also in Rapid City for ameeting and met with her parentsafterward.Rev. Denke took his Jeep to havethe air conditioning serviced oneday last week. Meanwhile the airconditioning unit at the parsonageblew up, which fouled up the fur-nace and had it blowing air into therest of the house that was over 100degrees. He was more than readyto leave the house on Saturday tohead for Wall for a family reunion.It was hosted by his Uncle Henry’sfamily. He was happy to see somany cousins, some of whom hehadn’t seen for 25 years.Last Tuesday’s supper guests atthe Jan Rasmussen home wereDan, Dawn and Kate Rasmussen,Dawn’s parents, Derald and Dar-lene Christians, Chuck and BritaTesar, and Milou, their exchangestudent from Denmark. Miloustayed with Jan for a few days, andalso spent time with Kate, as theyare the same age. Toward the endof the week, Dan and Kate tookMilou to meet Chuk and Brita inWall. The Tesars headed back toRapid City and flew back to theirhome in California.Janice Ring’s sons, Keith andMike, both spent some time withher this past weekend. After Mikeheaded back to Highmore on Satur-day, Janice and Keith drove aroundand did a little sightseeing and vis-iting, stopping in to see Ruebenand Janice Ring and Robert andSharon Ring that evening.Linda Ring worked all day at thepost office in Rosebud on Monday,Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursdayshe took Jeremy and Tyler toMurdo, where they toured the automuseum, had lunch at the newSubway at the truck stop, and thenJeremy had his appointment tohave braces put on his teeth. Fri-day she worked all day at the postoffice in White River.Thursday the Ring’s moved thebulls out with the cows in variouspastures. Sunday afternoon Torey,Jeremy and Tyler were busy mak-ing sure the electric fence on theO’Bryan place kept the bulls andcattle where they belonged.Lori Schmidt is at her summer job of making CDA visits in thestate. She had places to go aroundSioux Falls, and while there alsovisited her mother. DaughterBrandi accompanied her to SiouxFalls.Monday and Thursday of lastweek, Dan, Susan and Morgan Taftwere in Rapid City getting parts fortheir well. Wednesday they helpedEvan and Dorothy Bligh work theiryearlings. Friday Dan and Susanwere in Martin for parts. Saman-tha is in student intern nursingthis summer, but had a three dayweekend and came home.Richard and Noreen Krogmanwelcomed son, Glenn, home thisweekend. He moved from Alaska toFargo, ND, in May. He went backto Fargo Sunday. Saturday theKrogman’s went to Mass and thento the church picnic, which washeld at the Catholic Hall.Sunday afternoon Noreen was inMission for the DNP quilting ses-sion. Also there were Rose Ruff andLaurene Emery. Rose had been vis-iting former DNP quilter, CarolBrooken, and brought greetingsand supplies from her.Cliff and Elaine Krogman havegranddaughters spending sometime with them.The Krogmans have been get-ting some haying done, too.Visitors at the home of Alberta,Cliff and Pam Allard Thursdayevening were June, Michael andMathew Ring. While Albertashowed the many quilts she had just had machine quilted and vis-ited with June, Pam took the twinsout to the shed to play with kittens,and Cliff was kind enough to washand shine Alberta’s car, so it wasready for her to drive home to Yankton on Saturday.Evan and Dorothy Bligh workedyearlings on Wednesday with thehelp of neighbors. Friday they werein Pierre for a doctor appointment.The 25th, was devoted to branding!Patrick Lehman and fellow teammembers did themselves proud atthe National Shooting Sports com-petition in Grand Island, NE, thispast week. They placed 3rd overall.Blake and Amy were there cheer-ing them on, and then went to Lin-coln, NE, to get in on the MotorCross Day of National SAE For-mula Car Race competition. JasonLehman was on the team of Eightfrom Brookings, and they placed18th in a field of 88 teams, which isgreat, considering all the muchlarger teams they were pittedagainst.Saturday, June 16, JoAnnhelped served the lunch for theKodet sale at Belvidere. Mondayshe attended the Kadoka NursingHome board meeting. Wednesdayevening, JoAnn and Sharon Ringtook the garden tour in Kakoka.Sunday, she attended the Belviderealumni picnic and meeting.Marjorie and Bill Letellier fi-nally can report a nice, clear, cleanand waxed basement floor. It tooka lot of elbow grease to get thatproject completed.The Letellier’s grandson, CodyBrown, called and reported that heis now back on the ship, althoughit is stationary in port in Virginiafor the time being.There has been some concretework going on at the Ring’s lately.Tuesday the Hildebrand crewpoured the base for the outdoor fur-nace at Bruce’s, and did some workat Rueben’s that day also. Thurs-day they poured the alleyway forthe chute and corral at Jake Ring& Sons, Inc. They also repaired andpoured the entrance to the westbasement door at St. JohnLutheran Church on Thursday.Friday, June 15, Bruce Ring wasinstalling a new battery backup forJune’s computer at her home, anddiscovered that the voltage was toohigh. Monday Lacreek Electriccame out to check and agreed withhis report. Later that afternoon, anew transformer was installed atJune’s. Since the washing machinehad conked out earlier (apparentlyfrom the too high voltage), Juneand the twins went over to Bruceand Jessie’s Tuesday evening to dosome laundry, and had supper withthe family between loads.Saturday Matthew, Michael andJune Ring took dill soup over toMaxine’s for the Saturday lunch-eon, and visited afterward. Thetwins have been helping attack theweeds in the garden and muchprogress has been made, but thereis still a lot to do.June 18, Irene Kaufman kept adental appointment in Valentineand then had dinner with her sis-ter, Erna Heinert. Sunday, June 24,Irene was in Valentine for squaredancing. There was a nationalcaller there from Norfork.Ed and Carol Ferguson went toDimock and Mitchell on Friday andSaturday on business. Saturdayevening, Jesse Ferguson, Carol andEd Ferguson, Pete and Marla Fer-guson, and John Epperly of Min-neapolis, MN, were supper guestsat the Margie and Gene Popkeshome south of Mission. John hadbeen to Kadoka for his 50th classreunion from Kadoka High School.John said his class had a very goodattendance of over 60% at the re-union. Only two members of hisclass are deceased.
Belvidere High School Class of 1962 …
The class of Ed-ward Kodet (L), Mervin Griswold and Howie Ireland had a 100 percentturnout at their 50th class reunion held at the Fellowship Hall inBelvidere on Sunday. A potluck dinner and alumni meeting was held.
--photos by Ronda Dennis
Special guest …
and former Belvidere High School teacher KarelKulhavy (second from left) of Baltic, SD, visits with the 50-year honoredclass at the reunion. Aaron and Michelle Mansfieldtook his aunt, Virginia Gagnon, tothe plane on Wednesday to returnto her home in Salt Lake City,Utah. Virginia had spent the lasttwo weeks in the home of herbrother, Jim Mansfield, and hiswife, Fayola, at Kadoka. Whilehere she attended the annualMansfield family reunion whichwas held near Custer State Park.Jim, Fayola, Aaron, Michelle andTyrel Mansfield also attend the re-union that was hosted by Jim and Virginia’s sister, Jean Ireland, andher family.Virginia and Fayola enjoyedhaving lunch with Audrey Neifferin Philip a couple of times. Audreyand Virginia are sisters.Judy and Ed Gross, GailRienert and her daughter, Marcia,and John and Bev Kelly of Iowawere overnight guests of Jim andFayola traveling to and from thereunion.Tyrel Mansfield had a busyweek with three baseball games,an overnight birthday party at theStoddard ranch and a jujitsu classin Wall.
The South Dakota 9-1-1 Coordi-nation Board is reminding tele-phone users of the 9-1-1 surchargeincrease that takes effect on July 1,2012.The 2012 Legislature approvedan increase in the traditional sur-charge from the current 75 cents permonth to $1.25 per month. That feeis collected by all monthly billedtelephone and wireless serviceproviders, such as CenturyLink, Verizon, Midcontinent Communica-tions, AT&T, Golden West Telecom-munications, Knology, Vonage andothers.In addition, the Legislature alsoassessed the 2 percent 9-1-1 sur-charge on all prepaid wireless serv-ices collected at the retail point of sale. That rapidly growing segmentof wireless users includes such com-panies as TracFone, Wal-Mart’sStraight Talk service and others.The surcharge, a fee imposed invirtually every state, pays the costof operating 9-1-1 public safety dis-patch centers. In South Dakota, theLegislature first authorized a sur-charge in 1989. The fee has beenlimited to no more than 75 cents perphone line per month since then.“That’s 23 years without a fund-ing increase in an industry that haschanged almost beyond recognitionin that time,’’ said Ted Rufledt Jr.,chair of the State 9-1-1 CoordinationBoard. “Revenue from the surchargesimply hasn’t kept up with changesand rising costs of providing 9-1-1service. Some of the additional rev-enue will be used to provide addi-tional funding for the 9-1-1 centers,and some will be used to make thechanges necessary to modernize 9-1-1 in our state.’’ As of 2011, the 9-1-1 surchargecovered about half the cost of oper-ating the system in South Dakota.Besides the need for additionalrevenue to support the existing sys-tem, funding was needed for SouthDakota to update the 9-1-1 systemto what is commonly called NextGeneration 9-1-1. Most of the exist-ing system is based on 1970s tele-phone technology. With theexplosive development of wirelesssmart phones, 9-1-1 as it existstoday isn’t able to capitalize on thetechnology that wireless customersuse every day.For example, citizens can’t send atext message to a 9-1-1 dispatch cen-ter. They aren’t able to send photosor video of crimes or suspects di-rectly to a 9-1-1 dispatcher. Thoseservices would be possible in theNext Generation 9-1-1 system.The surcharge increase passednearly unanimously (SB174) duringthe last legislative session. A portionof the increase, 25 cents per line permonth is earmarked for Next Gen-eration 9-1-1 and is scheduled tosunset in 2018. The State 9-1-1 Co-ordination Board plans to start up-dating parts of the 9-1-1 system inthe next one to two years and tohave all 9-1-1 centers on the up-dated system by 2018.
9-1-1 surcharge to increase July 1
by the Kadoka AAU Wrestlers
Former Sidekick’s Building, Hwy 73
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