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Hot enough for you? Its been ascorcher around here this week.Casey put the air conditioner infor me on Monday when it wasonly 93 degrees. Tuesday the ther-mometer registered 107 degrees inthe shade and it was a whole lothotter south of here.Trig and the boys had footballcamp in Buffalo Monday. Taz joined the former HCHS players tohelp out. Quite a few junior highboys participated and everyonehad a good time.The camp wouldn't have beennearly as much fun in the tripledigit heat on Tuesday. I went toPrairie City before SophiaBlomberg's burial service inHoover that afternoon and saw aninteresting sight. Ashirtless guywas riding a bicycle betweenPrairie City and Reva. The ther-mometer on my car said 105 de-grees when I went by him the firsttime and 106 degrees when I cameby him the second time. By thattime he was walking the bikedown the highway, but since he ig-nored me when I waved at him, I just let him walk. What an idioticactivity on such a hot day!There was a shower near Costel-loís on my way to Sophiaís memo-rial service. The thermometer read109 degrees when the first dropshit my windshield and the temper-ature dropped to 88 degrees withintwo miles. That little bit of rainevaporated as soon as it hit theground and was over in just aminute or two. The temperaturestarted back up and when I got toHoover Leonaís official weatherservice thermometer at the storeregistered 113 degrees! We aboutmelted during Sophiaís burialservice at the Hoover Cemetery.One of the mourners said his ther-mometer registered 115 degreeswhen they left the cemetery for thereception afterward at the HooverStore. All this dry heat has reallyraised the fire danger. Fires areraging out of control in ten west-ern states right now, includingthat massive fire near Fort CollinsColorado and several smaller fireshere in western South Dakota.Tommy Fabris lost his baler andrake in a fire east of his parentsranch Friday. He may have baled abranch that started the fire.Tommy had a fire extinguisher,but that wasn't enough to get itstopped. He got his tractor un-hooked so it didn't burn andthankfully the fire trucks got therefast enough to keep it from burn-ing a very big area. All of westernDakota is under an extreme firedanger warning, so be careful andkeep your fire fighting units ready.Two more mountain lions werekilled in residential areas in theBlack Hills Tuesday, a grand totalof four cougars shot in just 11days! On June 15, a female waskilled by Rapid City police officerson Omaha Street in Rapid City; onSaturday, a female was killed in amachine shed in the northeastRapid; on Tuesday, another femalewas killed by Game, Fish & ParksDepartment officers on a street inCuster; and also on Tuesday, amale mountain lion was shot in asubdivision in north Rapid City.Mountain lions are showing upall across the country. My cousinCharlie White from Michiganwrote me that he and some otherhunters had one pay a visit totheir tree stand during deer sea-son, even though Michigan DNRclaims there are no cougars inMichigan. His daughter and herfamily live in Fenton, Michiganand they often see a mountain lioncross the school yard behind theirhouse. And in the cherry orchardsout there, many migrant workersare refusing to work in some areasbecause of regular visits of cougars.Mountain lions aren't the onlypredators we have to worry about.I visited with Jerry Petik at thestate high school rodeo finals inBelle last weekend and he told metheir trapper got the Wildlife Ser-vices plane to come to CorsonCounty and they shot 58 coyotes in just one morning! We hear coyoteshowling at night and there's a foxden around here somewhere. A hen hatched out twelve babychicks last week, but we keepthem locked up in order to savethem from the fox that ate ouronly rooster.We were sorry to hear about thedeath of Vonda Westers. Vondadied on June 26th at the hospitalin Billings, Montana. Her funeralwill be this Monday at the Hard-ing County Rec Center in Buffalowith burial to follow in the BuffaloCemetery.Wednesday we'll celebrate Inde-pendence Day. I wish you all asafe, happy, and fire-free 4th of July. Oh, and keep the fire extin-guisher handy! Along with personal responsibil-ity, patriotism doesn't come natu-rally. Children have to be taughtto be take care of themselves andthey also need to learn what ablessing it is to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave.This teacher is starting her stu-dents out the right way:Little Andy was at his first dayof school. His teacher, Mrs. White,advises the class that each schoolday starts with the "Pledge of Alle-giance" and instructs them to puttheir right hand over their heartand repeat after her. As Mrs. White starts the recita-tion she looks around the room, ìIpledge allegiance to the flag.....î,when her eyes are drawn to Andywho has his hand over the rightcheek of his bottom. Andy, I cannot continue till youput your hand over your heart, shedemands. Andy looks up and replies, It isover my heart. After several more attempts toget Andy to put his hand over hisheart, Mrs. White enquires, Whydo you think that is your heart, Andy?Well Miss answers Andy, be-cause every time my Grandmacomes to visit she pats me thereand says, Bless your little heart,and my Grandma never lies.
Grand River Roundup
By Betty Olson
Many of the community at-tended a 97th birthday party forBernie Rose Friday at Smoky’s.Laurie and Danci Hoff visitedwith Fred and Bev SchoppWednesday to help out.Saturday, Connie Houriganspent the day with Fred and BevSchopp and helped with variouschores.Katie and Kelly Schopp droppedin several times to help theirgrandmother, Bev Schopp.Tuesday, Carolyn Petik attendedthe Farmers Union Camp in McIn-tosh in the morning.Tuesday afternoon and evening,Jerry and Carolyn Petik attendedthe Range Tour at the Dennis andShari Evenson ranch.Thursday, Carolyn Petik visitedwith her mother, Irene Young.EmiLou and Mark Ebarle andMary Ellen Fried spent Tuesdaythrough Thursday with Bob andLillian Bohnet. ON their wayhome, they went through Mo-bridge and visited at the home of Chris and Mary Fried and familythrough Sunday.Sunday supper guests of MaryEllen Fried, EmiLou and MarkEbarle were Kendra McIntyre,Greg and Peggy Fried, Leif andLarissa Anderson and children,Duane and Dawn Fried and HerbFried.
Goat milking contestants atthe Ranch Rodeo