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Number 41
Volume 107
October 10, 2013
Joah Royer shines bright with her pink bags of hope
Kids participate in local Punt, Pass, and Kick competition
by Tami Jo Newbold-Flynn
Joah Royer is a normal 12 year
old girl, doing a lot of the same
things that many girls her age do:
volleyball, homework, helping her
parents, hanging out with
friends. However, Joah also does
something extraordinary; she
gives pink bags of hope to people
suffering from cancer.
Joah started giving the bags to
cancer patients a little over a year
ago. She started by giving these
now notorious bags to her grand-
ma. When she would go visit her
grandma in the hospital she
would feel bad for all the other
people who didn’t have a bag, but
who were also suffering, so she
decided to remedy the situation
by making everyone their own
Joah’s currently makes two
bags a day and her best estimate
about the number of bags that
she has given away thus far is
around 200! When asked about
the hardest and most rewarding
parts of this undertaking, Joah
said, “There is no real hard part
about it,” and “The most reward-
ing is when you get to meet the
people and getting the stuff to put
in the bags.”
Since Joah first started the
pink bags of hope she has
received a lot of attention. KDLT,
KOTA and KSFY have all run sto-
ries about Joah; she was also on
the front page of the Capital Jour-
nal and the Rapid City Journal
did an article about her. Most
recently Joah was an honored
guest at the Jones County Pink
Power Volleyball game. The
attention is the main thing that
has changed for Joah this past
Joah said at first there weren’t
many people who knew what she
was doing and now everyone
knows. More people being aware
is mainly a good thing because
she gets more donations, but
sometimes she just wants to walk
through Wal-Mart without any-
one recognizing her.
The pink bags of hope are pink
because that is Joah’s favorite
color, they are not gender specific
or cancer specific. There are a few
items she requires every bag to
have: chapstick, travel sized
journals, lotion, pen/pencils, hard
candies/gum and a deck of cards.
Joah may live in Fort Pierre,
but her and her family have many
ties to Jones County. Joah’s moth-
er, Sonia (Connot) Royer, gradu-
ated from Jones County and her
grandfather, Joe Connot, still
lives here as does her older broth-
er, Dylan Kinsley. Joah’s grandfa-
ther Ron Royer went to school
here as did her grandma Deb
(Cromwell) Haka.
Her other grandmother, Cindy
Connot, was a Jones County resi-
Top: Peyton Rankin and Madelyn
Host represent the eight and nine
age girls.
Left: Participants from every age
division take a photo before the
fun begins.
Photos by Lonna Jackson
and Jill Rankin
From left to right: Malikai Chipps, Kaden Kinsley, Peyton Jankord, Jace
Nix, Jett Nix, Kooper Steilen, Gunnar Whitney represent the six and
seven year old boys.
From left to right: Sophie Dowling, Briana White Buffalo, Breanna Jack-
son, Taya Iversen, Emmy Newsam for the six and seven year old girls.
From left to right: Wyatt Olson, Ty Fuoss, Tanner Willert and Blaine
Hauptman for the 10-11 year old boys.
Dana Trethaway and Molly Dowling were the 14-15 year old division.
Deanna Brave representing the 12-
13 year old girls.
Jeff Birkeland watches to see how far Bre
Jackson’s throw will go. More pictures of
Punt, Pass, and Kick continue on page 5.
From left to right: Isaac Cook, Rudy Edwards, Chastin Tollakson, Carter Iversen, Matthew Birkeland,
Bridger Hight, Dawson Moreland, Tristen Host, Dylan Fuoss, Cooper Feddersen, Kade Larson were the
participants in the boys eight and nine year old division.
dent until her death in 2001.
Cindy had battled breast cancer
and went into remission, only to
find out that the cancer had
moved into her bones. Sonia said
that she believes that her mother
does influence her daughter.
Joah receives many thank you
cards, but one of the most special
ones she has received was from
another Jones County family, the
Rankins, who recognized Joah’s
amazing efforts with her pink
bags of hope. The last part of the
card from the Rankin family
read, “The world needs more peo-
ple like you. Shine on, sweet girl.”
Joah and her pink bags of hope
now use the phrase ‘Shine On’ as
their motto.
Even Joah’s friends are proud
of her. Joah’s best friend Karley
Leafgreen said about the pink
bags of hope and Joah, “It’s cool
how she does it and good how
she’s giving them away.”
When asked about her ulti-
mate goal with the pink bags of
hope, Joah said, “I want to try to
keep going for as long as I can
and keep making bags and get
bigger and bigger.
Joah Royer shows off a t-shirt that was specially made for her using her slo-
Courtesy photos
Jones County News
Murdo Coyote • October 10, 2013 • 2
Murdo Coyote – Murdo, SD
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Items received after that time will be
held over until the next week’s issue.
Fridays at 4:00 p.m. (CT)
Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. (CT)
Trace and Jean Frost from
Burnett, Wis., visited with Bill
and Ellen Valburg Saturday and
had lunch with them.
Pastor Hazen visited Alice
Horsley last Thursday afternoon.
Janet heard from Melva and
Roger Vik Monday afternoon.
They are doing well, just sitting
in their big snow bank. They did-
n’t lost their electricity but
daughter Patti and Wade Dowl-
ing did. She gave the news that
their granddaughter, Ashley
Gall, was married September 14
in Scotland to Jacob Herman in
the United Church of Christ, fol-
lowed with a
reception/dinner/dance at the
Beseda Hall in Tabor. Ashley is
the daughter of Pam and Gary
Gall. Roger, Melva and Patti
went to Scotland on Friday for
the wedding and back to
Spearfish on Sunday. Congratu-
lations to the newlyweds.
Melva Vik also reports that
Kenny Bartels, formerly of Drap-
er and Murdo, has moved into an
apartment near them.
Dave and Linda Brost spent
several days recently in Wauna-
kee, Wis., with Paul and Denise
Brost and family. While there
they took in two football games
and, needless to say, lots of visit-
ing with grandkids. Janet forgot
to ask, but she is thinking that
Dave got in some fishing, too.
Gene Cressy is a patient at
McKennan Hospital in Sioux
Falls. Wife Carol is there with
him. Our get well wishes go out
to him.
Lila Mae Christian, Shirley
Vik, Velma Scott, Lill Seamans,
Katherine Patterson, Linda
Brost, Esther Magnuson and
Elaine Meyers listened to the
first and second graders read to
them; afterwards, some went for
While in Pierre Tuesday of last
week, Nelva and Janet Louder
stopped in at Parkwood and had
coffee and a visit with Mona
Sharp, Ken Halligan, Lillian Sev-
eryn and others; also a brief hello
to Joyce Nielsen.
On Monday of last week Ray
and Shirley Vik visited Margaret
Rankin. Also there was Eleanor
Miller, so they had a good visit
with her also. Greg Rankin spent
last Thursday and Sunday with
his mom. Other visitors through
the week were: Kris and Dick
Bradley; Gloria Schmidt; Debbie
Holmes; and Steve Hayes.
On Friday, September 27 Gen
and Jodee Liffengren visited Rita
Smithburg and her mom, Joyce
Ernst, in Sturgis. Joyce spent a
couple of weeks in Sturgis with
Rita. While there she got to see
her grandkids and great grand-
Susan Hamer spent Sunday
with her mom, Dorothy Louder,
and boys.
On Monday Dorothy and
Darin Louder went to Kadoka to
see Dwight. They saw snow and
dead cattle.
Last Wednesday Nelva and
Janet Louder went to Kadoka
and called on Dwight and then to
Deanna Byrd’s. They also saw
the Stone girls. From there they
went to the West Central Electric
annual meeting and supper.
There was a good crowd. They
presented meter lamps to Sheila
Hurst and Justin Bryan as they
are retiring. Then a very emo-
tional time as they called the
family of Susie Rankin up: Bob
and his family; Andy and Jill and
family; Kati and Drew and fami-
ly; Tyler and Chelsee and family;
and Susie’s parents, Ray and
Janice Pike. They presented a
meter lamp to Bob in memory of
Susie and for her 21 years of
service. A delicious beef supper
was served and many prizes were
Following the meeting and
supper Fritz Peters invited Nelva
and Janet Louder to his house for
coffee and a visit. His wife,
Margie, was in the Pierre hospi-
tal at the time. A lot of old times
were discussed.
South Dakota made national
news with the terrible snow
storms in the west and tornadoes
in the east. Right here we got
four inches of rain, a little snow
and lots of wind. But Sunday
morning we woke to sunshine for
the PHL bazaar and supper.
There was a very good turnout.
People came from Pierre, Ken-
nebec, Presho, Vivian, Murdo,
rural areas, Rapid City, Califor-
nia and even saw a car with an
Alaska plate. We must have some
really good cooks to draw them
here. With our really good rains,
our farmer guys couldn’t work
but could eat. There was a table
full of really good looking pies, a
table of goodies, rugs, etc., and
some good looking stuff on the
bake table. The raffle of a paint-
ed saw blade by Wanda Mathews
went over big and the winner
was Robert Styles. The raffle for
the quilt hand made by Velma
Scott also had many wanting it
and the lucky winner was Cole
Waibel of rural Draper. The PHL
appreciate all that attended and
bought tickets. They had lots of
good help and, again, really
lucked out with the weather. As
most know the Prairie Home
Ladies have been around since
1908 and are associated with the
Draper UMC; and, no, Janet is
not a charter member!
Jane Hazen and two friends
from Rapid City traveled to
Aberdeen on Thursday and
attended a Dakota Conference
UMW meeting. They returned to
Draper on Sunday where they
joined the supper at the PHL
bazaar before returning to Rapid
City. Jane and Pastor Rick got in
on helping with the bazaar.
Nelva and Janet Louder visit-
ed at Kelly’s I in Pierre recently.
They saw Joyce Ernst, Margaret
Juhnke, and Alex and Jean
Freier; daughter Sharon was also
Janice Pike turned over anoth-
er year on Sunday and had to
work at the bazaar. A pizza party
was thrown for her by her grand-
kids on Monday evening. The
event was held at the home of
Tyler and Chelsee Rankin and
family with Bob Rankin; Andy
and Jill Rankin and family; Kati
and Drew Venard and family;
and, of course, hubby Ray help-
ing her celebrate. The evening
was topped off with a favorite of
Janice’s, pineapple upside down
cake. Happy birthday, Janice.
Notice of closing
The Murdo Post Office LOBBY will be CLOSED and LOCKED
beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 12 and will reopen on Tues-
day, October 15 at 8:00 a.m. due to floor repair. Sorry for any inconven-
Housing assessment meeting
On November 6, the Chamber is hosting a public meeting regarding
the final report of the housing assessment for Murdo. The public meet-
ing will be held at the Turner Community Center at 7 p.m.
J.C. School Board
The Jones County School District #37-3 will hold their monthly
meeting Monday, October 14 at 8:00 p.m. at the high school library.
The public is encouraged to attend.
Caring and Sharing
The Caring and Sharing cancer support group will meet on Monday,
October 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the Messiah Lutheran Church. Anyone
whose life has been touched by cancer is welcome to participate.
Coyote News Briefs
To have your NON-PROFIT meeting listed here, please submit
them by calling 669-2271 or emailing to coyoteads@gwtc.net.
We will run your event notice the two issues prior to your
event at no charge. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND, if you charge for
an event, we must charge you for an ad!
East Side News
by Janet Louder • 669-2696
Mel and Clarice Roghair went
east Friday, picked up Jessie
Lynn from Sunshine Bible Acade-
my and traveled on to Rock
Rapids, Iowa, where they spent
the weekend with daughter Lau-
rel Schriever and Darin and all
the kids. Marine Caleb Schriever
was home on a short leave from
his post in North Carolina. On
Sunday grandparents Lee and
Darlene Schriever from Davis,
S.D., were dinner guests after
church and Sunday school. The
Roghairs returned home on Mon-
day, dropping Jessie back off at
What sadness grips western
South Dakota in the wake of the
worst early blizzard on record
and probably the most devastat-
ing in loss of livestock. The only
encouraging angle to this situa-
tion is the fact that no or very lit-
tle human life perished in the
storm. This reporter has heard
no official reports of such. The
other good thing to come out of
tragedy is the fact that friends
and neighbors work together
here to help out those who are
Elaine Roghair spent some
time in Kadoka last week with
her grandson, Jack Henry, as his
parents were at work. It was par-
ent-teacher conference time, so
she got to enjoy little Jack for
some extra hours.
One of these weeks, this cover-
age of the west side of Jones
County will be a bit more
detailed. This reporter just
learned that some nasty mosqui-
to caught up with me somewhere
and gave me the West Nile virus
before he got slapped to death. In
spite of the headache, fever and
malaise, I am thankful it hasn’t
hit me as hard as it has other
Jones County folks.
West Side News
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Fourth annual Pink Power event
Teri Kinsley, Lorrie Esmay and Maribeth Trumbo at the ticket table during
the Pink Power event at the volleyball game held on Tuesday, October 1.
A large variety of baked goods were donated. The money raised was
given to breast cancer research.
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Church and Community
Murdo Coyote • October 10, 2013 • 3
Catholic Church of St. Martin
502 E. Second St., Murdo, S.D. • Father Gary Oreshoski
Saturday Mass: 6 p.m.
St. Anthony’s Catholic Church
Draper, S.D. • Father Gary Oreshoski
Sunday Mass: 8:30 a.m.
Draper United Methodist Church
Pastor Rick Hazen
Sunday Worship: 11 a.m.
Murdo United Methodist Church
Pastor Rick Hazen • Corner of E. 2nd and Jefferson Ave.
Sunday Worship: 9:30 a.m. and Fellowship Time • Sunday School: 10:30 a.m.
United Methodist Women: 1st Wednesday at 2 p.m. • ALL WELCOME!
Okaton Evangelical Free Church
Okaton I–90 Exit 183 • Pastor Gary McCubbin • 605–837–2233 (Kadoka)
Sunday Worship: 9 a.m. (CT) • Sunday School: 10:30 a.m. (CT)
Messiah Lutheran Church
308 Cedar, Murdo, S.D. • Pastor Ray Greenseth
Sunday Worship: 9 a.m. • Sunday School: 10 a.m. • Bible Study: Tuesday 7 a.m.
Thursday 9:30 a.m. • Midweek: Wednesday 3:15 p.m.
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
Draper, S.D. • Pastor Ray Greenseth
Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. • Bible Study: Wednesday 9 a.m.
Community Bible Church
410 Washington, Murdo, S.D. • Pastor Alvin Gwin • 669–2600
Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. • Sunday School: 9:45 a.m.
Wed. Night Bible Study: 7 p.m.
Best Western
First National
669–2414 • Member F.D.I.C.
PHONE: 669–2271 FAX: 669–2744
Super 8
Dakota Prairie
Draper and Presho
669–2401 • Member F.D.I.C.
Delay In Judgment
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam
The Scriptures leave no doubt that the Lord Jesus Christ will come to this earth again, “in flaming fire, taking vengeance on them that know not God”
and who “receive not the love of the truth, that they might be saved” (II Thes. 1:8; 2:10). Nor will He forget His promise to give the twelve apostles thrones
in His kingdom (Matt. 19:28). There can be no successors to Peter and the eleven, for they themselves are to reign with Christ in glory. What is happen-
ing now is a parenthesis in God’s prophesied program. Delaying Christ’s return to judge and reign. God chose another apostle, separate from the twelve,
to bring a message of grace to this Christ-rejecting world. How great is His mercy and love!
And how are men saved today? How are their sins remitted? Must they come to some recognized authority and be “baptized for the remission of sins”?
Some, still following Peter rather than Paul, say, “Yes.” But let us see what St. Paul, by divine inspiration, has to say about this.
This stands in striking contrast to Peter’s “Repent and be baptized… for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38). It stands in contrast, also, to the words of
the so-called “Great Commission”: “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” (Mark 16:16). Does not this indicate that a change in dispensation
took place with the raising up of Paul, that other apostle?
But what about the kingdom? Does some man on earth hold the keys? No, for both the King and His kingdom are in exile. When a sinner obeys God
and receives Christ as His Savior he is “translated into the kingdom of His dear Son” (Col. 1:13), and “made accepted in the Beloved” (Eph. 1:6).
Two minutes with the bible
The first Petition of the
LORD’S Prayer: Hallowed be
Thy Name.
A nine year old boy some time
ago, was standing around the
corner of a building selling news-
papers, clutching his coat close
around him to shield him from
the cold winds that were blowing
by in early Nov. He wished that
he was home where it was warm,
but did still had three newspa-
pers to sell.
Finally, the boy saw a man
coming in the distance. His
hopes rose. “Now I’ll probably
sell a paper,” he thought. As soon
as the man was in hearing dis-
tance, the boy called out, “Paper,
“If I buy your paper, then
what?” the man said crossly.
“Then I will only have two
papers left, and can go home
sooner,” replied the boy.
The man looked at the shiver-
ing boy and then said with a
smirk on his face, “Curse God,
and I’ll buy all your papers.”
Now, this was a temptation for
this small nine year old boy. If he
would just curse using God’s
name, he could sell all his papers
and go home where it was warm.
“I wouldn’t mean it,” he thought.
“I’ll never see this man again.
Nobody will ever know that I did
“But God would know said his
conscience.” Then he pushed
away the wicked thoughts, lifted
his head and looked the man in
the eye sand said, “No I can’t. We
learned in Sunday School that we
should hallow God’s Name and
not curse.”
In the Bible there is a story
about three men who also hal-
lowed God’s Name. They were
Peter, John and a poor beggar
who had been lame from his birth.
Friends of the beggar had carried
him to one of the gates of the Tem-
ple, where he would beg for alms.
One day, about three in the
afternoon, the time when people
went into the Temple to pray, the
lame man saw two men coming.
His hopes arose. He thought they
looked like kind men who would
give him something, and so with a
hopeful voice, he said “Have pity
on me. Alms! Alms!
Peter and John looked at the
man. To get the man’s attention
and to prepare him for what was
going to happen, Peter said, “Look
at us.”
The man’s hopes rose higher as
he was sure he was going to
receive something from them.
But Peter said, “Silver and gold
have I do not have; but what I do
have that is what I will give to
you. IN the Name of Jesus Christ
of Nazareth, walk.”
As Peter spoke, he took the
lame beggar by the right hand
and raised him up.
Imagine the lame man’s sur-
prise and joy as he felt strength
coming to his bad leg and now
being able to move and walk.
Where do you suppose he
walked to? He walked into the
Temple with Peter and John and
gave praise to God for what He
had done.
He gave God the credit.
Now as I started out with the
boy who would not curse God. I
hear stories about me at the golf
course where people watch their
language when I am around, but
as soon as I am gone, the lan-
guage changes.
Funny? A little, but God still
hears. So let’s not curse God and
I am not saying anyone does, but
let us give Him thanks for what
He does for us. Always. And for
warmer days to be back out on
the golf course playing so I can
try out the golf balls I received
at “Dig Pink!”
Let us pray: Dear LORD, help
us always to hallow Your Name,
Help us to praise and honor You
in all that we say and do. For-
give us when we don't for Jesus’
sake, and help us with Your Holy
Spirit to live better lives as a
Christian. This I pray in Jesus’
Name. Amen.
People Who Hallow God’s Name
•Pastor Ray Greenseth, Messiah/St. Paul Lutheran Churches•
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Record livestock death loss
As South Dakota livestock
owners begin to dig out from one
of the worst blizzards to hit west-
ern South Dakota in recorded his-
tory, reports of animal losses are
just coming in.
“Producers and family's mem-
bers are busy trying to recover
from the results of this terrible
blizzard. At the present time, we
don't know if there will be any
governmental program to assist
ranchers. This may take awhile
because the federal shutdown has
furloughed key local USDA staff,”
said Julie Walker, SDSU Exten-
sion Beef Specialist.
Walker urges livestock produc-
ers to document death loss.
“We know that you don't need
another task during this difficult
time but it is critical that you doc-
ument your losses. The lesson
learned from winter of 1996 to
1997 showed the importance of
good records needed for getting
some assistance from governmen-
tal programs,” she said.
Here are some things to
record/document during this
1) Number of dead animals
2) Time/labor for processing
dead animals
3) Equipment used and
amount of time
4) Pictures or videos - make
sure the date is set correctly and
is on. Try to show detail to sub-
stantiate number dead.
Walker added that having a
third party verify losses can be
helpful; however, she said that it
may not be practical in most situ-
ations because travel and access
are difficult to impossible. So,
taking pictures is a producer's
next best options.
For more information contact
Walker at Julie.walker@sdstate.
edu or 605-688-5458.
If you are in Jones County, you
can also contact Angie Kinsley at
Murdo a semi safe haven
by Tami Jo Newbold-Flynn
As tornadoes were reported in
the eastern part of South Dakota
on Friday, October 4, the western
part of South Dakota was start-
ing to get, what many are calling,
the blizzard of a lifetime. Rapid
City and the Black Hills region
were devastated by high winds
and fast falling, heavy snow.
The blizzard has made nation-
al news not only because of the
record snow fall received, but also
because of power outages and the
high livestock loss sustained.
Cattle losses are expected to
reach monetary values in the mil-
lions and some ranchers in the
western part of the state are
reporting that 50 percent of their
herd may be dead. Sadly, many
people also lost horses and family
Disposal of
The South Dakota Animal
Industry Board (AIB) will be coor-
dinating disposal of livestock car-
casses. Brand Board inspectors
will be involved in identifying
livestock and livestock carcasses
and will document these losses
and ownership. Call the Animal
Industry Board at 605.773.3321.
For carcass disposal informa-
tion, contact the AIB at
605.773.3321. Disposal guide-
lines are available at
A large scale effort to gather
carcasses from the roadways will
begin on Tuesday morning.
Please contact your county emer-
gency management or the Animal
Industry Board for details or to
report livestock for removal.
Help document the loss of live-
stock found on your property that
don't belong to you before dispos-
ing of those carcasses with photo-
graphs or by calling Emergency
Management or a brand inspec-
Don't forget to take care of
yourself and your family mem-
bers! Self worth is not tied to net
worth. These tragic losses are not
your fault and don't reflect on
your capabilities as a rancher or
as a person.
Individuals experiencing disas-
ter-related stress should contact a
local community health provider
or call Youth and Family Services
in Rapid City at 605.342.4195 or
Information is also available at
http: / / dss. sd. gov/ behavioral-
Human stress
Above photo looking South and below photo looking North of all the semi
trucks stranded during the worst fall blizzard since 1919. There was an esti-
mated 250 semi trucks awaiting the opening of Interstate 90.
Courtesy photos
If you’re moving or have
a change of address,
please let us know as
soon as possible to
ensure timely
delivery of your
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Call: 605-669-2271
Fax: 605-669-2744
Murdo Coyote • October 10, 2013 • 4
by Sonia Nemec
Something as simple as a drive
in the country can take you off on
a journey to places you have never
seen before. That’s exactly what
happened as Jerry and I took off
on one of those country drives
we’ve come to enjoy.
We headed north on Highway
14, turning east on the Bad River
Road then down the Van Metre
road, driving past what once had
been the lively town of Van Metre.
Now only prairie grasses with no
signs showing of a town ever hav-
ing been there.
Crossing the railroad track and
Bad River, we headed up the south
road, then turning on the first
gravel road to the east. Our jour-
ney took us on a rather winding,
hilly road, and there, nestled in
the valley below was a little coun-
try church with a cemetery nearby
and a homestead off to the south.
The name Immanuel was written
across the arch, above the gate to
that old cemetery. There was just
something peaceful about that pic-
turesque scene, with its history
and its stories to tell.
That old church, now silent,
rests near White Clay Creek in the
middle of Jones County. As we sat
there for a time, quietly taking in
the scene before us, of an old coun-
try church with a cemetery nearby,
I couldn’t help but wonder who
were those folks, whose journey
was the story of that old country
With a desire to learn the story
of that old country church, I got
out the Jones County history book,
“Proving Up,” and there on page
44 began the story of the
Immanuel Lutheran Church,
1907-1968, by Dorothe Boe.
Dorothe, her husband, Knute, and
their family were members of that
church. Dorothe and Knute have
since passed away and are buried
at that little cemetery. Dorothe
wrote that the Immanuel Luther-
an Ladies Aid was first organized
in July 1907 under the name of
Helping Hand Society. As I contin-
ued reading, I couldn’t help but
think that was an appropriate
name as they helped with many
worthwhile causes in the neigh-
borhood. Like many communities
during that era, meetings were
held in homes and schoolhouses.
On September 4, 1907, the society
voted to hire two pastors who
would take turns holding services.
They were to be paid two dollars
for every service held. In 1912,
Reverend H. Jensson was called to
serve as a permanent pastor, com-
ing from Midland once a month.
New homesteaders kept moving
into the community, many of them
Scandinavians of Lutheran
denomination. The society pro-
gressed and grew. Dorothe wrote
that in the fall of 1908 the Norwe-
gian ladies formed an aid society
by themselves, calling it the Unit-
ed Lutheran Ladies Aid with 12
members enrolled. “This history of
the ladies aid and church could
hardly be separated,” wrote
Dorothe, “as they go hand in hand
down through the years.”
As I read Dorothe’s history of
that church, I was once again
reminded of those pioneer folks,
working together and supporting
each other, with thoughts of a
church for worship not far from
their mind.
Work toward building the
church began in 1908. Knowing it
would be no easy task, but believ-
ing it to be a worthy cause, they
moved forward. In the spring of
1914 they had their first bazaar to
raise monies toward building a
church. Those bazaars were an
annual event with the exception of
1918, when the First World War
was in progress.
The ladies decided to drop the
aid work and knit and sew for the
Red Cross, so no bazaar was held
that year. “Eight boys were called
for the First World War from our
midst,” wrote Dorothe, “and only
two of those eight came home
The spring of 1918, Reverend
Jensson resigned and move to
Canada. Reverend O. H. Olson
was then called and took charge
the summer of 1918, serving the
churches of Midland, Deep Creek,
Nowlin and the Van Metre church,
which was Immanuel Lutheran.
By the end of the year 1923,
they had accumulated more than
$1,700, so they decided to start
building a church in the coming
year, beside the cemetery which
had already been started.
Immanuel Cemetery was built on
land donated by Iver Monson.
In looking through the records of
the cemetery, Barbra (Boe) God-
frey found that the first burial was
in 1909. It was that of George
Albert Anderson, a six-year-old
child, son of P. A. and Ida Ander-
She found it interesting to note
that in the records of the ladies
aid, it told, “On July 12, 1919,
there was an ice cream social held
at the Anker home for the purpose
of raising money to buy a fence
around the cemetery. The income
was $22.20. In 1920, there was
another ice cream social at Anker’s
for the same purpose. The pro-
ceeds from the social was $42.46
($64.66 had been accumulated
from both socials). The ladies aid
decided to pay the balance out of
their treasury. They paid J. F.
Anderson Lumber Co. $87.25 for
material to build the fence.”
I smiled, as I read of the sur-
prise party and handkerchief
shower in September 1935 in
honor of their three oldest mem-
bers, Mrs. Iver Monson, Mrs. G. A.
Nelson and Mrs. O. H. Liffengren.
For the most part, Kleenex tissue
has replaced handkerchiefs in this
fast-paced world we live in.
October 24, 1926, was the first
confirmation class in that newly
built church, with Dorothe Liffen-
gren Boe being a member of that
class. I found it interesting to note
that Irvin Severson, was also a
member of that confirmation class.
Also of interest in this area,
Mrs. Ray Livermore donated a
piano in 1940; her parents had
given her that piano many years
previous. She gave it in memory of
her mom with the stipulation it
remain in the church and never be
sold. In visiting with Deloris
(Nordin) Iversen about the history
of that church, I asked if the piano
was still there. She said someone
had taken it from the church and
so they began locking its doors.
Deloris’ parents were Albin and
Ethel Nordin and her grandpar-
ents were Charlie and Betsy
Nordin, all of who went to
Gus Larson was only six weeks
old when his dad died in the 1918
flu epidemic. His dad was a broth-
er to Deloris’ grandmother, Betsy
Nordin. Gus came from St. Paul,
Minn. around the age of 11, living
with Deloris’ grandparents and
her parents. “He was like a broth-
er to me,” said Deloris. Gus went
to school in Van Metre and when
in confirmation he rode horse back
11 miles to the Immanuel Luther-
an Church for classes and was con-
firmed in that church.
Gus met his future bride-to-be,
Lucy Bonhorst, after coming to the
Van Metre area. Deloris remem-
bered the time when she and Bar-
bra (Boe) Godfrey and Barbra’s
cousin, Ida (Liffengren) Jansen
packed a picnic lunch and headed
for the cemetery. They measured
for a fence around thecemetery
and other things that needed
doing. Jim Bierle’s twin brother,
Johnny, died from leukemia at 18
months and is buried at that ceme-
tery. Their dad, Jake, worked on
the railroad and their family lived
in Van Metre at that time.
I drove to the home of Deloris
Iversen at Murdo, a while back,
and Barbra Godfrey came from
Rapid City. In listening as they
shared stories of their memories of
that church, you felt their deep
love and respect, for those ances-
tors who were such a huge part of
that old country church.
Barbra’s parents were Knute
and Dorothe Boe and her grand-
parents were Roald and Gjorgine
Boe and Ole and Barbo Liffengren.
As Barbra and I shared stories of
Pastor Arvid Myhrwold and his
wife, Adeline, we learned both of
us were confirmed by Pastor
Myhrwold. Fay Hunt was in Bar-
bra’s confirmation class, as were
Gaylen and Belva Noldner and
Sharon and Beverly Rust.
I shared with Deloris and Bar-
bra a conversation I’d recently had
by phone with Adeline Myhrwold.
Barbra’s mom, Dorothe, had invit-
ed the Myhrwold family to their
home following church services on
this particular Sunday. It began to
rain while they were there, and
with the road to their place being
downhill from the main road, they
weren’t able to make it home. They
were there for three days and hav-
ing run out of formula for Chris-
tine, Dorothe gave Adeline some
unpasteurized milk. “Guess it did-
n’t hurt her,” laughed Adeline, “she
grew into a fine, healthy, young
lady.” Barbra had a picture of
church camp at Nemo in 1957. In
that picture of a whole lot of kids
and camp leaders, Pastor
Myhrwold was one, was Barbra,
Bev Sheeley and me. Arvid turned
92 in June and Adeline is 84 and
they live with their daughter
Freda in Minneapolis, Minn.
The similarities between
Immanuel Lutheran Church and
the Deep Creek Lutheran Church,
where I grew up, are most inter-
esting. In the early years of those
two churches, Sunday morning
services were in Norwegian, the
afternoon services were in English
and a potluck dinner was served in
between. In both churches the men
sat on the right side and women
and children on the left. Deloris
made the comment she wanted to
sit on Grandpa Nordin’s lap, but
had to stay on the side with the
women and kids.
While getting ready for those
bazaars and dinners, those ladies
were busy sewing garments of all
kinds. And, don’t forget those
homemade quilts for those cold
winter nights. The ladies of
Immanuel Lutheran would do up
quilt squares and then get togeth-
er to make them into a quilt to be
auctioned off at those baazars.
Barbra has a box with many, or
most, of square quilt pieces, from
over those years, and talked of get-
ting them made into a quilt at
some point. Now that would be
what I would call a “memory
My most vivid memory of the
Deep Creek bazaars was of my
Aunt Esther Schanzenbach with
her embroidered pillow cases and
Mildred Sandal with her embroi-
dered dishtowels. Both did beauti-
ful work and watching their
expressions during the lively bid-
ding for those pillowcases and dish
towel, it was almost as if they were
in competition to see whose would
bring the most money for the
One difference between those
two churches is Immanuel Luther-
an sits in a valley and Deep Creek
sits atop a high hill. Though
Immanuel Lutheran has been
closed since around 1978, Deloris
continued to care for the church,
until failing eye sight made it too
difficult. But, her heart still
belongs to that old country church
and she has been known to say,
“It’s the most peaceful place in the
Families who lived at the old
homestead at one time were the
Monsons and the Ankers. Dr.
Knox, a dentist coming to Murdo
in 1948-49, owned it at one time.
Now the homestead and surround-
ing area, all but for the church and
the cemetery, are owned by Ted
Turner. The family of Knute and
Dorothe Boe still own the home
place and the land of their child-
hood, having family gatherings
there from time to time. Their
daughter, Barbra, her husband
Bob Godfrey, and sometimes some
of their grown children, come from
Rapid City mowing the cemetery
and church area. They do it
because, “The people there are
gone but not forgotten. They are
our forefathers. Let us not aban-
don their place of rest.”
Not wanting to see the church
sold, Deloris went on a campaign
to save the church. In 1982, Ida
(Liffengren) Jansen drew a pencil
drawing of the church and ceme-
tery onto note cards and painted a
large oil painting of the church
and cemetery. Ida’s dad, Helmer
Liffengren and Barbra’s, mom,
Dorothe, were brother and sister.
Chances were sold on that oil
painting and boxes of those note
cards were sold, with monies used
in the restoration of the church.
Deloris told of a fellow hunting
on the Iversen place, she had sold
him some chances, and when it
was time for the drawing, his
name had been drawn. She called
to tell him and to ask for his
address. He told her to keep the
painting that it would mean more
to her then to him, that he’d just
wanted to help with the church.
And so, on a wall in the living
Immanuel Lutheran, a hidden treasure
room of Deloris’ house, hangs that
large beautiful oil painting of the
church and cemetery.
Once again there’s a similarity
between those two churches,
Immanuel Lutheran with its
painting by Ida Jansen hanging on
a wall of Deloris Iversen’s home
and a large framed night scene
photo of a full moon in a deep blue
sky over the Deep Creek Church,
taken by well known photogra-
pher, Greg Latza, auctioned off at
one of the bazaars and hanging on
a wall in the home of my cousin,
Carmen (Roseth) Alleman. Both to
raise monies for the churches of
their ancestors!
It’s been quite a journey from
that drive in the country to those
stories shared by Deloris and Bar-
bra. My hope is that I’ve done jus-
tice to that old country church,
called Immanuel Lutheran, with it
stories and its memories, of those
hearty Scandinavian pioneers who
were such a part of that church in
the valley.
When fighting to save that
church and in an article written by
Dennis Gale, Deloris was known to
say, “I don’t think God himself
wants this church taken out of
here.” That church still stands in
that valley in Jones County, as a
silent reminder of those early pio-
My thanks to Deloris and Bar-
bra! It’s been a journey I’ll not soon
Courtesy photos
An early day photo of the Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Barbra (Boe) Godfrey and Deloris (Nordin) Iversen.
A sketch of Immanuel Lutheran Church by Ida Liffengren Jansen in 1982. The sketch was part of a fundraiser for
restoration funds.
The altar in the church.
Murdo Coyote • October 10, 2013 • 5
been to enough other places in
my lifetime to compare living
conditions, and we actually have
it pretty good here most of the
time. For one thing, we aren’t
crowded. There is plenty of room
to move. If I pass three cars on
the country roads going to town,
that is heavy traffic. Quite often I
pass no one. Even the interstate
is by no means bumper to
bumper, and for nine months of
the year it really doesn’t have
much traffic. In the summer
months with tourists, we might
have to keep our wits about us
when driving, but few tourists
come here from November to
April. They have better sense.
The busiest time might be in
August when they have the
motorcycle rally, and you can eas-
ily pass a hundred roaring two-
wheelers every ten miles and
campers galore. The quietest
time is probably January when
most sensible people stay farther
I also like the fact that our
state does have a wide variety of
scenery. We have farm country in
the east and ranch country west.
Over northeast there are lots of
lakes, and a big old river runs
north to south in the middle. In
the southwest, the badlands take
up a chunk of real estate. Way
west are mountains and trees
which I don’t care much for and
consider somewhat claustropho-
bic, but other folks seem to think
they’re dandy.
We also have major differences
in annual rainfall from east to
west. East river often has enough
moisture to raise corn and soy-
beans while the northwest barely
has enough to grow grass. Here
in the middle we are between the
extremes and usually have
enough precipitation for grass
and hay, but crops are somewhat
hit and miss. We may be able to
grow them or maybe not. I never
did care much for farming so that
isn’t my main concern, but I do
like to have the enough grass to
decently feed the critters.
Culturally speaking, the arts
are more at home far east and far
west in the biggest towns.
Between those more heavily pop-
ulated areas, you aren’t going to
find many orchestras or art gal-
leries, or much classical music. I
was trained as a classical pianist,
but I don’t spend a lot of time on
that here since the general popu-
lation isn’t keen on that sort of
thing. That’s okay. There are
other forms of music that fill the
bill adequately, and I can concen-
trate on those.
Far and away, though, the best
thing about this state is the peo-
ple. They are basically friendly
and helpful. If you live in this
area as long as I have, you know
and like a whole lot of people. In
cities, people may not know their
next-door neighbor whereas here
we get to know practically every-
one. If we dial the wrong number
on the phone, we’re apt to know
the person who answers and end
up having a nice chat before
hanging up. This is sort of nice. I
like it.
So, occasionally the infinite
variety of weather we have to
deal with in this silly state can be
somewhat of a pain. Other things
more than compensate, however,
so I guess I’ll just stick around to
see what happens next. It may be
good or it may be less so, but I’m
probably here to stay on these
wide-open prairies that, most of
the time, I love.
This state is sometimes called
“The Land of Infinite Variety.”
That would include blizzards as
early as October 4, hundred-and-
twelve degree heat in July, and
various other things we’d rather
not talk about. I particularly do
not need major snowstorms in
October. That is way too early.
Not that we suffered all that
much in yesterday’s blizzard.
Our electricity was only out an
hour or two, and it wasn’t that
cold. It was, of course, extremely
windy and wasn’t a day for
leisurely strolls in the park or
across the prairie. My main com-
plaint is that this kind of a
weather system puts my nerves
on edge. I can’t really settle to
anything. I’m wondering when
the power is going to go out, how
much snow there will be to give
us grief, and, primarily, when the
dumb thing is going to get over.
You’d think that I’ve lived
through enough of these storms
to just take them in stride, but I
guess I haven’t. They still get me
fussed up.
At present, however, the wind
has subsided, the snow has quit,
and the stars are out. There’s a
glow in the east meaning sunrise
is imminent. Things are a lot bet-
ter. I can take a deep breath and
get back to some semblance of
normal. That’s a good thing.
Maybe I can even accomplish
something of value today. Who
knows? Alternately, I may need a
day to get myself back to normal
before attempting anything that
takes rational thinking or con-
centration. If I ramble on inco-
herently here, you’ll know why.
Despite the occasional storm or
other form of miserable weather,
I do basically like this area suffi-
ciently to plan on staying. I’ve
Lookin’ Around
• Syd Iwan •
Participants and volunteers get ready for the days events. Winners of the local Punt, Pass and Kick competition
will compete next in Pierre on October 20.
Photos by Lonna Jackson and Jill Rankin
From left to right: Paige Moreland, Hailey Cook, Kenadie Steilen, Taylor
Feddersen, and Kira Left Hand Bull represent the 10-11 year old girls.
Kaden Kinsley punts the football.
From left to right: Austin Olson, Jacob Birkeland, Morgan Feddersen, Riley Rankin, Wallace Cook, and Jake
Dowling represent the 12-13 year old boys.
Punt, Pass and Kick pictures continued
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Recent rain and snow across
much of the state has improved
the prospects of planting winter
wheat in some of the dry areas,
but will also delay planting in
fields yet to be seeded.
In South Dakota, the recom-
mended time to plant winter
wheat is September 15 through
October 10. The October 15 dead-
line to receive full crop insurance
coverage and winterkill protec-
tion provides incentive to get
fields planted by that date. Pro-
ducers can still purchase crop
insurance on fields planted after
October 15, but will sacrifice one
percent of coverage for each day
after that date, up to 25 days, and
those fields are ineligible for win-
terkill protection.
There are good reasons for the
September 15 to October 10
planting date recommendations,
but winter wheat can be planted
after October 10, or October 15
and still raise a respectable crop.
The primary disadvantage to
planting late is that the plants
are typically behind in develop-
ment going into the winter, are
slower getting going in the
spring, and consequently mature
later than earlier planted wheat.
That delay can shorten the grain
fill period, and often results in the
plants being subjected to mois-
ture and heat stress during this
stage. Date-of-planting studies
have shown that late planted
winter wheat can produce just
over 20 percent less than wheat
planted at the ideal time. Late
planting also presents higher risk
of winterkill and erosion, particu-
larly when not seeding into pro-
tective cover.
There are management strate-
gies you can use to help compen-
sate for planting late. If you have
the equipment, can rent it or hire
someone who does, use narrow
row spacing. Ten inches or wider
would be considered wide spac-
ing. If wider spacing is your only
option, increase the seeding rate
by 1.5. Also, simply increase the
seeding rate. While 960,000 – 1.2
million pure live seeds per acre is
the recommended seeding rate
when planting during the recom-
mended time, raising that to 1.6
million seeds per acre or even
higher is suggested when plant-
ing late. Apply Phosphorus with
the seed. Apply 20 Lbs/A of Phos-
phorus if soil test levels indicate
none is needed, and add 20 Lbs/A
to recommendations. Phosphorus
promotes root growth and
improves winter survival. Plant
certified, disease-free, treated
seed. A final suggestion would be
to plant an early maturing vari-
ety with favorable agronomic
characteristics and good yield
If winter wheat planting gets
delayed past November 1, produc-
ers should consider waiting until
spring to plant spring wheat, or
consider dormant planting spring
wheat. Winter wheat that is
planted late enough that it does-
n’t emerge and become estab-
lished before winter often
matures later and yields less
than dormant or early planted
spring wheat. True dormant
planting occurs when the seed is
planted just before the ground
freezes. Spring wheat that is
properly dormant planted will lie
in the soil as hard seed until the
soil warms enough in the spring
to begin germination, approxi-
mately 34-37 degrees F.
10/10/2013 – Drought Risk
Management Workshop, 9:00 am,
Lucy’s, Gettysburg
10/11/2013 – Drought Risk
Management Workshop, 9:00 am,
SDSU Extension Center, Winner
10/21-23/2013 – SDSU Exten-
sion Annual Conference, Brook-
12/3-4/2013 – Ag Horizons Con-
ference, Ramkota Inn, Pierre
Extension News
• Bob Fanning (605) 842-1267 •
Late planting
winter wheat?
New diseases seem to cause a
big splash with the news media.
Controversy over the course of a
disease, the cause of the disease,
and the treatment of the disease
make even more media fodder.
Lyme disease is such a condi-
tion. It was first described in
1975, although the bacteria that
causes the disease was not identi-
fied until 1981 as a disease caused
by a specific type of tick prevalent
in the New England area. Early
recognition and treatment can
effectively treat Lyme disease and
prevent the complications that
frequently follow its untreated
course. Appropriate antibiotic
intervention early enough will
prevent the problem.
The impetus to write this col-
umn comes from an individual
who came to the clinic, a few years
ago, convinced that she had Lyme
disease. She had not been out of
the Pierre area but had discovered
a tick imbedded in her skin. She
removed the tick but came to the
clinic the next day convinced that
she had Lyme disease from that
bite. I explained to her that the
ticks in Hughes county or central
South Dakota do not carry Lyme
disease. In addition, the disease
does not develop the first day after
a tick bite.
But there are a host of other
tick borne diseases and these were
recently emphasized in an infec-
tious disease meeting I attended a
few weeks ago. An examination
offered at the end of the meeting
had two out of 32 questions that
were devoted to tick bites. It may
not seem like much, but it was
quite disproportioned compared to
the content of the rest of the meet-
ing. At that time, we were warned
that board examinations seemed
to be top heavy in regard to insect
bites that carry infections.
At this time, there are about 10
known diseases that are carried
by ticks. Lyme disease is only one.
For those so inclined, other tick
born diseases are described on the
internet with quite extensive
entries on their diagnosis, treat-
ment and course. Lyme disease,
babesiosis, anaplasmosis, ehrli-
chiosis, STSAI are five tick borne
diseases not expected in South
But there are four conditions
that healthcare providers in
South Dakota occasionally experi-
ence. The first of these is Rocky
Mountain spotted fever. This con-
dition can be fatal if not diag-
nosed. This diagnosis must be
made on clinical grounds in indi-
viduals with a high fever, non-spe-
cific feelings of illness and severe
headaches. Within three to five
days of the illness, only three per-
cent of the patients develop a
rash, but over 70 percent of them
develop a rash after two weeks.
The lab test to diagnose this con-
dition does not turn positive until
after the first week of illness and,
thus, appropriate care and diag-
nosis of this condition requires the
clinical recognition by the health-
care provider. Treatment is very
simple consisting of doxycycline.
Often times when a person comes
to the hospital, this antibiotic will
be added to several others until
the true diagnosis is determined.
Waiting for the diagnostic blood
test a week later can lead to a
much worse illness if the treat-
ment is delayed.
The second tick borne disease
that occurs in South Dakota is
called tularemia. It is carried by a
specific bacteria most commonly
resident in wild rabbits. However,
the common dog tick can carry
this infection and individuals get-
ting tularemia from domestic
house pets is common. A person
develops the same triad of fever,
malaise and headache as occurs in
Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
The diagnosis in this condition is
finding an ulcer or a resident tick
on the individual at the time the
condition develops. Again, this is a
clinical diagnosis made by suspi-
cion of the healthcare provider.
The third tick borne disease
healthcare providers may
encounter in central South Dako-
ta is called tick-borne relapsing
fever. This condition is much more
common on the west coast but also
well known to occur in the Rocky
Mountains where people from
South Dakota frequently vacation.
The condition most commonly
occurs within a week of the tick
bite and presents as a high fever,
headache and aching. The diag-
nosis is based upon seeing the
infecting organism on a peripheral
smear of the blood. Fortunately,
treatment is very simple and
equally fortunately, the condition
is rarely fatal.
These three condition are really
the common or expected infections
carried by ticks in central South
Dakota. One of the common ques-
tions encountered by healthcare
providers is how to remove a tick
once it is found. Some ticks will
self remove relatively quickly
such as the one that causes tick-
borne relapsing fever. That tick
only needs to be in place for a half
an hour in order to inject the bac-
teria causing the disease. In order
for a person to get Lyme disease
the tick has to be in place about
two days. Be that as it may, the
simplest way to remove a tick is
take hold of it and pull it off either
with tweezers or your fingernails.
There are a host of folk remedies
on how a tick “must be removed”.
I have encountered a person who
had a significant burn from put-
ting his cigarette lighter to the
back of the tick thinking this
would make it back off. I am sure
the tick got cremated but the ciga-
rette lighter burned the heck out
of the patient. The use of turpen-
tine, nail polish remover, alcohol
and a host of other folk remedies
has no demonstrated benefit over
grabbing hold of the tick and
pulling it off and then squash it
good. Pets should be inspected for
ticks if they are out in the woods
and grasslands. They can be carri-
ers that then allow the ticks to get
into a person’s home and cause
infection in a patient who says,
“No, I never go out in the woods.”
The Clinical View
• Dr. P.E. Hoffsten •
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Republican shutdown puts
South Dakotans at risk
by U.S. Senator Tim Johnson
Visitors to Mount Rushmore
have been turned away. More
than 400 civilian employees at
Ellsworth Air Force Base have
been sent home without pay.
South Dakota small businesses
relying on federal Small Business
Administration loans to grow and
create new jobs have been cut off
from this credit. USDA offices
across the state are shuttered.
These are just a few examples of
the real, every day impact the
government shutdown is having
in South Dakota.
Nationwide, the shutdown has
resulted in 800,000 federal work-
ers being furloughed, more than
400 national parks and monu-
ments being closed, veterans edu-
cation and rehabilitation benefits
not being processed, and 19,000
children being sent home from
Head Start centers. The shut-
down is disrupting our recent eco-
nomic gains. It will cost our econ-
omy $10 billion each week the
government remains closed. Addi-
tionally, a three-to-four week
shutdown is projected to slash
our country’s GDP by 1.4 percent.
For the good of the country, Con-
gress must reach a deal to end the
government shutdown.
Last week, the Senate passed a
“clean” funding bill to keep the
government running through
mid-November. This would give
Congress time to negotiate a
longer-term measure to provide
funding certainty through the
remainder of the fiscal year. This
bill represents a compromise
from Senate Democrats and
funds the government at spend-
ing levels that are closely in line
with the House-passed Ryan
Budget. Unfortunately, the House
has refused to vote on the Senate
bill and has instead attached a
controversial policy rider to delay
the Affordable Care Act, common-
ly called “Obamacare.”
There isn’t the support in the
Senate to approve a policy rider
delaying Obamacare, and the
President has vowed to veto the
House bill. Republicans have
made their case against Oba-
macare legislatively and judicial-
ly through the courts, but they
have lost the argument each
time. The Supreme Court issued
its decision, the American people
had their voices heard in last
November’s election, and Oba-
macare is moving forward as a
result. There is a time and a place
to debate policy, but it is reckless
to hold our government hostage
when one side does not get its
We live in a nation where there
are checks and balances. Our
Founding Fathers created a gov-
ernment designed around the
principles of compromise and con-
sensus. Unfortunately, a relative-
ly small minority in the House
have abandoned the spirit of com-
promise, grinding the govern-
ment to a halt until they get
everything they want. This is not
the way a democracy works.
South Dakotans are rightfully
sick and tired of the gridlock and
partisanship in Washington. Our
country simply cannot afford to
stumble from one manufactured
crisis to the next. The American
people expect and deserve better.
While I believe we can find solu-
tions to contentious issues, it will
require compromise and a will-
ingness to work together for the
common good. The time has come
for the House of Representatives
to end the government shutdown
and for Congress to get to work on
the nation’s business.
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Murdo Coyote • October 10, 2013 • 7
Proceedings of the
Jones County
Regular Meeting
October 1, 2013
The Board of Commissioners met for a
regular meeting with Monte Anker, Helen
Louder and Steve Iwan present. Chair-
man Anker called the meeting to order.
Minutes from the previous meeting were
read, signed and approved by the Board.
All motions are unanimous unless other-
wise stated.
CLAIMS APPROVED: Salaries of regu-
lar employees and officials, $13,181.69;
Travis Hendricks, Weed Board Supervi-
sor, $138.52; Joyce Hurst, Deputy Reg-
ister of Deeds, Deputy Director of Equal-
ization, $1,857.57; Angie Kinsley, 4-H
Specialist, $796.95; Richard Sylva, Jr.,
Deputy Sheriff, $1,507.80; Lenae Tucker,
Deputy Treasurer, $401.28; William M.
Valburg, Weed Sprayer, $1,875.84; Jill
Venard, 4-H office staff, $596.62; Kerri
Venard, Deputy Auditor/Road Secretary,
$1,872.89; American Family Life Assur-
ance, cancer & intensive care insurance,
$382.30; Boston Mutual Life Insurance,
life insurance, $168.64; Dakotacare,
group health insurance, $13,311.69;
Electronic Federal Tax Payment System,
social security & withholding, $9,317.39;
SD Retirement, retirement, $4,588.27;
AT&T Mobility, cell phone bill, $165.10;
Best Western of Huron, State Fair lodg-
ing, $147.00; Deb Byrd, convention
expenses, $180.94, anti-virus renewal,
$48.99; City of Murdo, water bill,
$215.62; Corky’s Auto Supply, supplies,
$41.23; Dakota Mill & Grain, chemicals,
$915.00; Farmer’s Union Oil Company,
gas, $978.93; Golden West Telecommu-
nications, Sheriff phone bill, $47.27; Lori
Grode, court reporter, $390.20; Heart-
land Waste, garbage removal, $50.00;
Hildebrand Construction, courthouse
front steps, $4,049.40; Hughes County
Auditor, August prisoner care, $160.00;
Ingram’s Pest Service, Inc., pest elimina-
tion, $130.00; Inman’s Water Technolo-
gies, R.O. rent, $21.30; Angie Kinsley,
State Fair mileage, meals, $154.20; Lar-
Jos, tax list binder & pages, $346.57;
Lexis Nexis, SD Court Rules, $70.39;
Murdo Coyote, publications, $151.22;
Murdo Ford, Durango repairs, $561.83;
Noble Ink & Toner, ink cartridge, $25.99;
Office Products, printer, office supplies,
$787.39; Katherine Patterson, mileage,
$156.51; Jessica Paulsen, transcrip-
tions, $87.40; Quill, office supplies,
$74.41; Rough Country Spraying, equip-
ment rental, mileage, $1,278.76; Rural
Health Care, subsidy, $600.00; Marilyn
Seymour, coroner calls, $116.00; Gary
Sletto, Jones County’s share of meals,
mileage, lodging, $74.70; Super 8 Motel-
Spearfish, convention lodging, $555.92;
Kerri Venard, anti-virus renewal, $46.74;
Venard, Inc., tire repairs, $36.00; John
Weber, photo processing reimburse-
ment, $5.03; Carrie Weller, mileage &
meals, $99.46; West Central Electric,
electricity, $796.12; Winner Police
Department, $2,534.63.
ROAD & BRIDGE: AT&T, cell phone bill,
$138.17; City of Murdo, water bill,
$16.12; Corky’s Auto Supply, parts,
$75.28; Diamond Mowers, repairs,
$935.18; Farmer’s Union Oil Company,
diesel, $12,114.42; Hullinger Bros –
Murdo Amoco, gas, $75.90; Inland Truck
Parts, parts, $516.87; Powerplan, parts,
loader repairs, $794.10, loader repairs,
$2,298.52, patrol repairs, $6,660.31;
Bruce Royer, mileage, $133.20; Shee-
han Mack Sales & Equipment, parts &
repairs, $4,785.44; South Dakota Feder-
al Property, wrenches, $10.00; Super 8
Motel – Spearfish, convention lodging,
$147.98; Venard, Inc., parts, $114.29;
West Central Electric, electricity,
$108.04; Ronnie Lebeda, labor,
$2,297.72; Chester McKenzie, labor,
$1,764.17; Levi Newsam, labor,
$2,310.17; Melvin Feddersen, seasonal
labor, $736.87; Milton Feddersen, sea-
sonal labor, $920.58.
CARE OF THE POOR: Cheryl Iversen,
WIC Secretary, $68.61; Schreiber Law
Firm, court appointed attorney, $345.45.
911 FUND: CenturyLink, monthly
charge, $84.16.
ES: Angie Kinsley, Emergency Manager,
$796.95, meals & mileage, $40.82.
M&P FUND: US Records Midwest, LLC,
plat map envelopes, $2,991.17.
At midnight on October 1, the
federal government shut down due
to a lapse in appropriations. I’ve
heard from hundreds of South
Dakotans about the shutdown and
have heard from hundreds who
support the effort underway to
protect people from the damaging
effects of Obamacare. I want to
take this opportunity to share
some insight into where I stand
and to let you know what I’ve been
doing to try to resolve this issue.
I was not in favor of shutting
down the government and I want
to see it get reopened as soon as
possible. In the past, government
funding bills have always included
negotiations on reforms that can
be put into place. That is why it is
so surprising that the President
and the Senate are refusing to
negotiate. I have voted four times
Finding common
ground to fund
the government
in the past week to keep the gov-
ernment open while also asking
that no one get special treatment
under Obamacare – which is some-
thing I’ve heard repeatedly from
South Dakotans who have contact-
ed me and asked for.
One of the most recent bills I
voted for would have kept the gov-
ernment open while also delaying
the individual mandate in Oba-
macare for one year. This mandate
requires all individuals to pur-
chase health insurance or pay a
tax. President Obama previously
decided to give big businesses a
delay from this requirement, so
why should we treat individuals
and families any differently? I
believe it is only fair that big busi-
nesses and the people of South
Dakota be treated the same under
All of these attempts to fund the
government while providing fair-
ness from Obamacare have been
rejected out of hand by the Senate
Majority Leader. In response, I
supported an attempt to convene a
formal conference committee so
the House and the Senate could
meet and work out our differences.
Unfortunately, our request for
negotiation was rejected.
Our country’s spending prob-
lems are simply unsustainable.
The federal government goes $4
billion into debt every day. With
the debt we have accumulated in
the past year we could have fully
funded the state of South Dakota’s
budget for nearly 200 years. We
cannot continue to borrow money
from China to fund our federal
government today and expect our
children and grandchildren to pick
From the U.S. House
• Representative Kristi Noem •
From the U.S. Senate
• Senator John Thune •
Military service covers a wide
range of duties and responsibili-
ties throughout the branches of
our Armed Forces. From operat-
ing and maintaining equipment,
to defending our nation at home,
to deploying forces abroad, each
of these men and women—civil-
ian, National Guard and Reserve,
and active-duty military—are
critical to sustaining our military
readiness. Due to the important
nature of their job, those who
serve and defend our nation
should not be forced to face the
added anxiety of wondering how
their pay will be affected by dis-
agreements over spending in
On Monday, September 30,
President Obama signed the “Pay
Our Military Act” to provide pay
during a lapse in government
funding for active-duty members
of the Armed Forces. The legisla-
tion, which passed with unani-
mous support in the Senate, also
provided the Secretary of Defense
with the authority to pay civilian
and contract employees who are
engaged in supporting our Armed
Forces. Unfortunately, despite
enactment of this law, the
Department of Defense (DoD)
civilian personnel and full-time
National Guard employees
throughout the country were fur-
In response to these furloughs,
I sent a letter to Secretary of
Defense Chuck Hagel calling for
him to send these hard-working
men and women back to work. My
letter stressed that the legislation
signed by the president granted
authority to pay civilian and con-
tract employees who are engaged
in supporting our Armed Forces,
including many of those who were
recently furloughed at Ellsworth
Air Force Base and South Dakota
National Guard installations. I
believe that Congress acted with
clear intent to prevent the fur-
lough of National Guard employ-
ees and civilian DoD personnel
who support our Armed Forces, a
position supported by the Adju-
tant General of the South Dakota
National Guard, and am dis-
mayed that the administration
still chose to inappropriately fur-
lough these men and women.
In addition to my letter, I also
offered a unanimous consent
agreement on the Senate floor to
pass a bill to ensure National
Guard and Reserve servicemen
and women who are not on active-
duty are able to train and receive
compensation during this lapse in
government funding. Unfortu-
nately, Senate Democrats blocked
funding for this bill along with
three other common-sense fund-
ing bills to resume normal opera-
tions for several important gov-
ernment functions, including:
veterans’ services, lifesaving
medicine and treatment, and
national parks and museums. I
was disappointed that the Senate
Democrat Majority Leader chose
to play partisan politics rather
than pass measures to fund these
important services.
I will continue to work to end
this unnecessary partial govern-
ment shutdown and put our DoD
civilian personnel and National
Guard servicemen and women
back to work.
Senate democrats
should stop blocking
funding for DoD
civilians, national
guard employees
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up the tab. That’s why the Presi-
dent’s insistence that we continue
to do so and stick with the status
quo is so shocking.
Obamacare is a law that too
many people don’t want and our
country can’t afford. It is filled
with nothing but broken promises.
In fact a recent Manhattan Insti-
tute study shows that young males
in South Dakota will see a 145 per-
cent increase in their premiums
because of Obamacare. A 64-year-
old female in South Dakota will
see her premiums increase by over
93 percent, according to the same
While I would prefer to see the
law completely repealed and
defunded, I have been and remain
willing to find common ground
with Senate Democrats. I am
hopeful that the President will
begin to start productive conversa-
tions with Congress that will keep
our country strong and safe. They
just need to be willing to come to
the table and talk.
In the meantime, I have been
supporting targeted funding bills
that would allow our government
to continue doing things like pay
our troops, operate national parks,
continue children’s cancer
research, and take care of veter-
ans. These basic functions of gov-
ernment are not controversial.
There’s no reason we shouldn’t
fund them immediately.
Please know that I will continue
working to resolve this problem. In
the meantime, I hope I continue
hearing from you. I appreciate
hearing your stories and receiving
your feedback. Please stay in
SALARY & MILEAGE: Monte Anker,
$387.87, mileage, $145.78; Helen Loud-
er, $364.20, mileage, $183.15; Steve
Iwan, $387.87.
TY: Clerk of Courts, $253.74; Register of
Deeds, $367.50; Sheriff, $101.90.
Auditor’s account with the treasurer is as
follows: Cash, $630.00; Checking & Sav-
ings, $1,050,151.25; CDs, $990,000.00;
TOTALING: $2,040,781.25.
Terri Volmer’s building permit report for
September: 0.
Jon Esmay and Tammy VanDam met
with the Board to discuss designating
Brett Anderson and Jon Esmay as
deputy coroners. The Board agreed to
appoint them as deputy coroners and
pay registration and mileage to obtain
the necessary training.
Sheriff Weber discussed sheriff’s depart-
ment business with the Board.
It was moved by Iwan and seconded by
Louder to supplement the M&P (Modern-
ization & Preservation) Fund for
$4,000.00 for the Register of Deed’s plat
map envelopes (to protect plats).
It was moved by Anker and seconded by
Louder to enter a change to comp time in
Section 5.13 of the Jones County per-
sonnel policy.
Road Superintendent Royer met with the
Board to discuss graveling and mowing
progress and the need to advertise for a
County Highway employee. The Board
will accept applications for a road
employee until Friday, November 1, 2013
at 5:00 p.m. at the Auditor’s Office or the
Road Department.
It was moved by Anker and seconded by
Louder to enter into executive session to
discuss personnel.
When executive session ended, the
Board met with Angie Kinsley, Emer-
gency Manager for Jones County. After
some discussion, it was moved by Loud-
er and seconded by Anker to approve
and for the Chairman to sign a State &
Local Agreement with SDEM for the
2014 year. The agreement would help to
pay expenses associated with Emer-
gency Management and expand the
assistance to the area.
It was moved by Louder and seconded
by Anker to declare as surplus a 2009
Forest River enclosed trailer and desig-
nate it to go back to the SDEM in Pierre.
It was moved and carried to adjourn.
Monte Anker,
Helen Louder,
Steve Iwan,
John Brunskill,
County Auditor
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