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Thursday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of athunderstorm and rain in the morning, thenclear. High of 97F. Winds from the East at 5to 15 mph shifting to the North in the after-noon. Thursday Night:Partly cloudy in the evening,then clear. Low of 63F. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10mph shifting to the SSE after midnight.Friday:Clear with a chance of a thunderstormand rain in the afternoon. High of 99F.Winds from the South at 5 to 15 mph.Chance of rain 20%.Friday Night:Partly cloudy with a chance ofa thunderstorm. Low of 64F. Breezy. Windsfrom the SSE at 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.Saturday:Clear. High of99F. Winds from the Southat 5 to 15 mph.Saturday Night:Clear.Low of 64F. Winds fromthe WNW at 5 to 15 mph shift-ing to the NNE after midnight.Sunday:Clear. High of 99F. Winds from theEast at 5 to 15 mph.Sunday Night:Partly cloudy with a chanceof a thunderstorm. Low of 64F. Winds fromthe SE at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%with rainfall amounts near 0.4 in. possible.
No free lunch
... by Del Bartels
We all have heard, well most of us have heard, actually I’m sure atleast some of us have heard, okay I have heard ... or at least made up... the idea that there is no free lunch.The word “free” is grossly over used, yet still grabs the eye, thus ad-vertisements abuse it frequently. Sales gimmicks use phrases such as“Buy one, get one free,” “Free delivery,” “Free extended warranty,”“Free with purchase of an item of equal or greater value,” “Free for allcustomers,” and “Free prize in every box.” Individuals and companiesuse the word so freely (sorry) that it doesn’t really mean anything anymore. If one person wins the lottery, that means a mathematically atro-cious number of people lost. If a person down on their luck is given ameal, then some good samaritan paid for it. If the company takes a po-tential client out to lunch, then the current customers pay for it inhigher costs for the goods or services. The only way something is freeis to a specific someone, with it costing someone else.There is another saying –and yes I looked it up –that the best thingsin life are free. Of course, what is best in life depends on the personspeaking. Then, something considered free still has conditions, prereq-uisites or has to be paid for in some manner later. A sunrise is free, if you have the health to see it, if you struggle out of bed early enough, if you cared to look and if you hold any value to sunrises.I don’t want some “free” things. The flimsy plastic prizes at kids car-nivals take up drawer space until they are finally pitched. Bugs invit-ing themselves into your home could be considered free. The breeze isfree, even if it does come from the nearest sewage lagoon.Some things are not free, but seem that way. Radio waves are avail-able to anyone who has a radio. The right to travel down a public, no-toll road requires no immediate charge. The right to say what is onyour mind can be had by everyone, without putting cash on the counter.If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you ... thoughyou will be charged. Citizens may register to vote, but being informedand opinionated is a cost in itself. Schools are so very far from beingfree, but all youth can go. Churches are free, as long as they can keepup expenses. Not going to church is free, but that can be hotly debated.Not being treated worse or better than anyone else by businesses or bythe government is definitely worth something, but is free to all. Evenhaving a government is worth something.I am not rich, but I have seen enough sunrises to consider myself wealthy. I am opinionated. I am prejudiced –I prefer rocky road icecream and country western music. I like going to church, but whichone varies. I like voting and thus having the right to complain. I canput up with paying taxes, but only if everyone else is paying them aswell. I know life is not free. I especially know that life as I know it inthis country is not free. Thank God for those who paid for me.Golden West Telecommunica-tions Cooperative Inc., based out of Wall, has announced the promotionof Nick Rogness to director of engi-neering and operations.Rogness will be responsible forthe design, implementation and op-eration of Golden West’s networkinfrastructure and supporting serv-ices.Rogness brings 16 years of expe-rience within the service providerindustry, including various techni-cal and management roles. Heholds a bachelor of science degreein computer science and a mastersdegree in technology managementfrom South Dakota School of Minesand Technology.Rogness is stepping into the po-sition previously held by GalenBoyd, who is retiring July 1 fromGolden West after 33 years of serv-ice.
Golden West promotion
The Midland farmers market isopen every Friday from 6:00 p.m. to8:00 p.m., with vendors offeringgarden produce and other items.Last Friday, the market washeld in the Midland Park. On pre-vious Fridays, because of weatheror other events in the park, themarket has been at the MidlandSenior Citizens Center or the American Legion Hall. The scopeand number of vendors alsochanges from week to week.Although last Friday was a bitbreezy and hot, there were overhalf a dozen vendors, and over 30browsers. According to JulieSchwalm, it was a nice evening forvisiting, enjoying the park and sup-porting friends and neighbors.Wares included tickets to the homeand garden tour, the church cen-tennial cookbook “Trinity LutheranTemptations,” beets, lettuce, car-rots, radishes, broccoli, bok choy,fresh herbs, homemade goods of pies, jelly, donuts, a variety of breads, cookies and bars, aprons,recycle bags and Barbie clothes,soup mixes, biscotti, farm fresheggs, used books, trinkets and jew-elry and snow cones.For the upcoming market, Fri-day, June 29, Schwalm stated, “Weare calling it Pre-Fourth Celebra-tion and encouraging vendors todecorate their tables, and for all towear patriotic clothing. Pastor Andy Blye and/or Morris Daly willplay American/patriotic music andthere will also be recorded music.They will be using the sound sys-tem that was donated to the Amer-ican Legion Hall.”“The market welcomes new ven-dors. Bring your garden produce,homemade goodies and craft items,or just things you want to get rid of.The market is trying for a widerange of vendors to attract a widerange of customers,” statedSchwalm.To be a vendor or keep posted onthe market, call 843-2256, firstname.lastname@example.org orcheck Facebook/MidlandMarket.
Midland farmers market Fridays
Above, some of the participants at the last Midland farmers market were, fromleft, Karel Reiman, Gloria Schofield Hansen and Sonia Nemec, with Nemec mod-eling one of Hansen’s aprons. Below are Betty Block, Peggy Martin, Sonia Nemecand Carolyn Manke
. Courtesy photos
Evangelical Free Vacation Bible School
The Community Evangelical Free Church west of Philip sponsored a Vacation Bible School for youngsters four-years-old andolder, Tuesday through Friday, June 19-22. Each evening, the youth sang songs, created crafts and played games that werebased on the Bible. Under this year’s theme “Paradise Island,” there were beach and island decorations, Bible verse basedcrafts, self-created snacks and plenty of water games. A total of 20 children were involved, with volunteer leaders alsonumbering about that many. A stage presentation summarizing the week was done on the last evening.
Photo by Bartels
Summer is here, with vacations,swimming, barbecues and more.These great summer activitieskeep people busy –too busy, some-times, to donate blood.It takes approximately 185 blooddonations every day to maintain anadequate blood supply for area hos-pital patients, patients who areeager to return to their familiesand the fun of summer.Philip’s next blood drive withUnited Blood Services is on Tues-day, July 10, from 10:30 a.m. to5:00 p.m. at the Bad River SeniorCitizen’s Center. This drive is espe-cially important because it is beingheld in the summer. According to Anita Peterson, area blood drive co-ordinator, blood drive participationdrops off considerably in the sum-mer months.“It’s something we see everysummer,” Peterson said. “Peoplesimply are much busier with out-door fun and vacations than theyare at other times of the year. Eventhough donors might have otherthings to do, patients in our area
Philip area blood drive July 10 at senior center
and how each level affects the prof-its on each animal.Gates said grasses in the rangeconditions varied due to the graz-ing intensity. The high intensityareas tend to buffalo grass and bluegrama and other warm seasongrasses. The lower stock rate pas-tures tend toward western wheatgrass and other cool seasongrasses.Focusing on the study betweenthe years 1969 to 2002, the net in-come on range in excellent condi-tion, income averaged $9.31 peracres, good condition at $11.86 andlow-fair at $11.18.Gates said that the college hasalways promoted the excellentrange conditions, but most produc-ers utilize the good or low-fair, be-cause they stock the area in highquantities which are more prof-itable to him.In those same groups the aver-age daily weight gain for thegroups reflected those animals onthe excellent range condition pas-ture gained an average of 1.61pounds per acre; good were at 1.69and low-fair at 1.56.The “Long-Term Production andProfitability From Grazing Cattlein the Northern Mixed GrassPrairie” report of the study stated,“Over the 34-year period of thestudy, real profit ... steadily in-creased ... for the low-fair and goodtreatments while it remained basi-cally level for the excellent treat-ment. It is difficult to speculate asto the cause of these differences,but it is important to note that theprofitability of the low conditionpastures, which had the heavieststocking rate, did not decline overtime, it actually improved.“In our 34-year study, rangelandmanaged to maintain either low-fair or good range condition wasequally profitable. Profit for bothsteadily increased over time. Excel-lent condition rangeland was theleast profitable to maintain andprofit remained stable over time.These results are consistent withgenerally observed rancher behav-ior concerning range condition deci-sions.”Range scientist Pat Johnson in-troduced a new study at the stationinvolving native bird habitat.Johnson said the proactive studyis designed to be a jump ahead of any possible bird threaten statusand also to see if the use of live-stock grazing can help with theirhabitat.Steers were placed in eightpatches within the same pasture.Water is supplied in the center of the pasture so as not to be an issue.Two animals in each patch havebeen fitted with GPS units thatrecord their location every 65 sec-onds.Personnel at the Cottonwood sta-tion monitor the height of thegrasses, record found nesting sitesand how they are in relation tograzing and weight gain on thesteers. The study is still in its firstmonth, but Johnson is excitedabout early data.Johnson said this preliminarystudy will be used to apply forgrants so further research can beconducted.Olson discussed the high sulfatewater trials that had been con-ducted at Cottonwood. Producershad contacted the college regardinglivestock health issues which ledthe specialists to the problems of high sulfate concentrations indams, especially during dry years.He stated no solution has yetbeen found for the problem. Onething that was found is that thereseems to be a genetic disposition tothe level the animals are affectedby the sulfates.He noted that after drinkingwater with sulfates, the sulfatesturn into hydrogen sulfide, a gas,in the rumen. The gas then affectsbrain tissue, creating polio-likesymptoms and in some cases death.The change to hydrogen sulfide iscaused by a bacteria, he said, so fo-cusing on the bacteria may be anavenue. As of now there are noplans for further research regard-ing sulfate water.
Range monitoring, research
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and throughout the nation con-tinue to need blood. It would begreat to see eligible donors give atleast three times a year, especiallyonce in the summer, to keep pa-tients supplied with lifesavingblood.”The Tea Timers urge residents tobe heroes and make time to savelives. Those who are not able to do-nate are encouraged to recruitother s in their place. Anyone inter-ested in donating, or in coordinat-ing a blood drive, may call 342-8585 in Rapid City, 996-3688 inMitchell or go online at www.blood-hero.com.
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Students from across South Dakota spread out on pastures southwest of Philip June 19 and 20 to compete in RangelandDays. The students rotated amongst plots identifying plants and completing site evaluations. Full story and more photos onpage eight.
Photo by Nancy Haigh
Area FFA and 4-H teams take contest honors