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Official Newspaper for the City of Bison, Perkins County, and the Bison School District
A Publication of Ravellette Publications, Inc.
P.O. Box 429 • Bison, South Dakota 57620-0429
Phone: (605) 244-7199 • FAX (605) 244-7198
December 19, 2013
workshops to be held
in McIntosh and Eagle
Butte, South Dakota
The South Dakota Grasslands
Coalition, Corson, Perkins,
Dewey, Ziebach, and Tri-County
Conservation Districts, Tatanka
RC&D, and the Natural Re-
sources Conservation Service
have rescheduled their 3 day Ho-
listic Resource Management
Workshops. One will be held
Tuesday, January 7 through
Thursday, January 9, 2014 from
10:00 AM to 5:30 PM each day at
the Cheyenne River Motel Con-
ference Room in Eagle Butte,
South Dakota. The second one
will be held Wednesday, January
15 through Friday, January 17,
continued on page 8
Commissioners tackle a variety of issues
By Beth Hulm
Commissioners had a wide
range of topics on their agenda
last week and, as always, roads
were a priority discussion.
The meeting kicked off at 10
a.m. with the decision to move
forward in hiring an engineer for
Perkins County’s share of Rail-
way Street, which runs on Lem-
mon’s north side, bordering (and
shared with) Adams County, ND.
That road has become heavily
traveled with increased facilities
at Southwest Grain.
Perkins County will pay for the
road that begins at Lemmon’s city
limits and goes west, for about
three-quarters of a mile, to the
North Dakota state line. Engi-
neering alone for that section will
amount to somewhere between
$600,000 and $700,000.
Commissioner Rusty Foster is
concerned. “I’m really confused
how Perkins County can keep up
with Adams County,” he said.
North Dakota has the oil money
(and federally matched funds)
that South Dakota doesn’t have.
Perkins County owns the south
half of the road and Adams
County the northern part. Be-
cause federal money is involved,
the road has to be built by federal
Commissioner Mike Schwei-
tzer assured his peers that all en-
tities have to agree – the two
states, two counties, City of Lem-
mon and the Department of
Transportation. “If you guys are
trying to tell me that this road
doesn’t need to be fixed, he said ,
“you need to drive it.”
“I don’t argue that it don’t need
to be fixed,” Foster said. He
thinks it could’ve been done for a
lot less money if the feds weren’t
involved. He termed it “rip-off
Wayne Henderson, commis-
sioner for the western part of
Perkins County, chipped in with,
“We don’t have much choice, re-
ally” and Willard Ottman, Lem-
mon, remarked, “You’re damned
if you do and you’re damned if
you don’t.” Bison area commis-
sioner Brad Besler had little to
say about it.
Schweitzer called it “a great
problem to have” because that
road brings many trucks to Lem-
mon and the people driving them
spend money in town, maybe
even making it their “trade
Contracts won’t be bid until
late 2014 for construction in
Schweitzer was equally vocal
about a road project within the
Town of Bison. Chairman Juell
Chapman has a letter from Gov.
Dennis Daugaard in which he
awards the Town of Bison a
$193,500 Community Access
Grant through the Department of
Transportation to fix Coleman
Ave. That street is the main thor-
oughfare into town, leading to the
school, government offices, court
house and most of Bison’s busi-
nesses including Grand Electric
and West River Telephone, which
are located on Coleman Ave.
The grant is a 60/40 match and
does not include any engineering
fees, estimated at approximately
$90,000. Last September, mem-
bers of the Town Board had ap-
proached commissioners, asking
Grade 5th and 6th singing Winter Fantasy at the Bison School Christmas concert. Left to Right: Katie Kvale, Veronica Voller,
Samantha Jamerson, Kiley Schuchard, Hannah McKinstry, Taylor Fisher.
Bison School Christmas concert
them to share the engineering
fees and 40-percent match be-
cause, although it lies within
Bison’s city limits, most of it –
from Carr Street north to High-
way 20 - is county-owned.
Schweitzer predicts that there
will be “backlash” from the City
of Lemmon if the county helps
pay for repairs. Lemmon also has
a county road that runs through
it. “It is not fair,” he said, but he
also said that he won’t stand in
the way of the project being done.
If the county does help support
the project, Schweitzer would be
in favor of turning the road over
to the town after it is finished.
In the application that the
town wrote, they included a reso-
lution, passed by the town’s
trustees, in which they stated
that they would be solely respon-
sible for maintaining the road
once it was fixed. The next step is
to wait for somebody from the
DOT to visit with details.
Acting Highway Superintend-
ent Duane Holtgard was awarded
a $500 bonus check for every
month in that position, beginning
Dec. 1, until a new superintend-
ent is hired. He’ll also receive a
$50 stipend for the use of his per-
sonal cell phone.
Holtgard visited with the
county board for a long time last
week, bringing them up to date
on projects that are in process
and those that need to be accom-
At Holtgard’s recommendation,
one of the two trucks that were
recently ordered will be cancelled,
mostly because they aren’t ready
for delivery yet. The county will
hope to piggyback off a Brookings
County bid to equip the remain-
There are still vacancies on the
highway crew and Holtgard said
that wages need to be higher so
that those positions can be filled.
All employee wages for next year
will be set at the January 7 meet-
Highway workers will be get-
ting a new winter coat. They are
necessary for “warmth and
safety,” Holtgard said.
Todd Fink, of Fink Dirtmoving,
continued on page 15
2 • The Bison Courier • Thursday, December 19, 2013
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Christmas program 7 p.m.
December 21st, American Lutheran Church
Christmas program. .
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22 at 10:30 a.m.
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The Bison Courier • Thursday, December 19, 2013 • 3
"There's no place like home."
In 1923 John Howard Payne penned the words, “Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like
No couple on earth ever had a home like their's. Not only were they the happiest couple
that ever lived. And, not only were they free from worry, struggle, pain or fear but the Lord
God was a regular guest in their home. Adam and Eve knew what it was to experience a
face to face relationship with their Creator. There was no need for the great God of the
universe to veil His glory with them.
Tragically, however, rebellion found its way into the hearts of our first parents and God's
physical presence with man was no longer possible. That is until one special day over
2,000 years ago. Why did God send His Son into the world? Yes, to pay for our redemp-
tion. But also, like the father in the story of the Prodigal Son, He longed once again to be
In John 1:14 we are told that "[God became a man] and made His dwelling among us."
That is Jesus made His home with us. Ironically after entering His ministry He became
homeless. Said Jesus, "Foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of
man has no place to lay his head” (Mt. 8:20).
But surely from time to time even the Son of God longed for a place of rest; a retreat from
the burdens of His day; a place where He would not be disturbed, and where He could
speak freely without criticism. Was there such a place on earth – a place where He might
find peace from the great burden that was His? Scripture suggests that there was such a
place. It was found in the home of Martha, Mary, and Lazarus.
Their home was in Bethany (John 12:1,2). Jesus stayed there when attending temple
ceremonies like the Passover in Jerusalem which was less than two miles away (Mt. 21:17).
Bethany is also located on the ridge of the Mount of Olives where Jesus spent many a night
in prayer, and it was also the site of Jesus’ final departure from this world
(Luke 22:39 - 41; 24:50, 51).
And, so the home of Martha, Mary and Lazarus was that one place on earth where Jesus
could find comfort, peace and rest - that Jesus could call home.
Think of it! Think of how wonderful it would have been to have Jesus as a regular
houseguest. Now let me ask, If Jesus were to walk the streets of our world today in whose
home would He find acceptance, joy, and peace? Are our homes a place where Jesus loves
to stay? Is He a regular and welcomed guest there?
Isn't it true that if we are Christ's that our sweetest and best thoughts are of Him - that we
long to be with Jesus, to do His will and to please Him in all things? Who has our heart,
our warmest affections and best energies? Jesus tells us, "Anyone who loves me he will
obey My teaching. My Father will love them, and We will come to them and make Our
home with them" (John 14:23).
The home that Jesus loves to stay in today is not in need of fine furnishings, but rather of
hearts that love and are obedient to Him. The occupants of Martha’s home truly loved
Jesus as He loved them. One day, sooner than we realize, Jesus will come a second time to
planet earth - this time to take His children to their Eternal Home. Who will join Him
there? Won't it be those in whose homes He loved to visit in while here?
May our hearts and homes be open to Jesus this coming Christmas Day and every day
Pastor, Bison Seventh-day Adventist Church
USDA/Farm Service Agency news
The Dewey, Meade, Perkins &
Ziebach County FSA offices would
like to keep you informed of the
following items important to
USDA programs. If you have any
questions please contact the
Dewey County office at 865-3522
ext 2, Meade County at 347-4952
ext 2, Perkins at 244-5222 ext 2 or
Ziebach County at 365-5179 ext 2.
Acreage Reporting Dates for
Producers now have until Janu-
ary 15, 2014, to report crops that
have a November 15, 2013, or De-
cember 15, 2013, reporting dead-
line without paying a late file fee.
Crops under this waiver include
winter wheat, rye and native and
improved grasses intended for graz-
ing or haying. The Risk Manage-
ment Agency (RMA) did not grant a
waiver so producers need to consult
their crop insurance agent for dead-
lines for insured crops.
In order to comply with FSA pro-
gram eligibility requirements, all
producers are encouraged to visit
the FSA County FSA office to file
an accurate crop certification report
by the applicable deadline.
The following acreage reporting
dates are applicable:
•January 2, 2014: Honey
•January 15, 2014: Late -filed
2014 winter wheat, rye and peren-
nial forage (fees waived)
•July 15, 2014: All other spring
The following exceptions apply to
the above acreage reporting dates:
•If the crop has not been planted
by the above acreage reporting
date, then the acreage must be re-
ported no later than 15 calendar
days after planting is completed.
•If a producer acquires addi-
tional acreage after the above
acreage reporting date, then the
acreage must be reported no later
than 30 calendar days after pur-
chase or acquiring the lease. Ap-
propriate documentation must be
provided to the county office.
•If a perennial forage crop is re-
ported with the intended use of
"cover only", "green manure", "left
standing", or "seed" then the
acreage must be reported by July
Noninsured Crop Disaster Assis-
tance Program (NAP) policy hold-
ers should note that the acreage
reporting date for NAP covered
crops is the earlier of the dates
listed above or 15 calendar days be-
fore grazing or harvesting of the
Additionally, producers can pur-
chase both NAP and RMA coverage
for 2014 annual forage crops. NAP
coverage will not be available for
2015 annual forage crops.
Late file fees will be assessed for
2013 crops reported after Septem-
ber 15, 2013, and 2014 crops re-
ported after January 15, 2014.
Evelyn Lorraine Breck
The funeral service for Evelyn
Lorraine Breck, 77, of Groton,
SD, were at 2:00 p.m., Friday, De-
cember 13, 2013 at the Groton
Christian and Missionary Al-
liance Church, with Pastor Bill
Duncan officiating. Burial fol-
lowed at Groton Union Cemetery.
Evelyn left this earthly life De-
cember 9, 2013, while peacefully
asleep at the Groton Golden Liv-
ing Center, surrounded by family
Visitation was from 1:00 p.m.
to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, December
12, at Spitzer-Miller Funeral
Home, 1111 S. Main St., Ab-
Evelyn was born in Lead, SD
February 24, 1936, of Myrle New-
man Breck and Albert Breck, at-
tended by her grandmother Mary
Jane Newman. She grew up in
Lead and graduated high school
there in 1955.
Evelyn devoted her life to help-
ing others, taking to heart the
Golden Rule and the command-
ment to Love One Another. Her
life was filled with challenges
that could overwhelm, but she ac-
complished amazing good in the
world. She met obstacles with de-
termination and perseverance,
and never gave up. Without even
thinking about it, she regarded
them as opportunities to do what
she deeply understood was God's
purpose for her. Her smile
greeted everyone, and she made
friendships that lasted her entire
Diagnosed with Diabetes in
1984, she became an advocate for
diabetes research, participating
in the American Diabetes Associ-
ation's yearly "Rally for a Cure”
in DC. She received several na-
tional awards, including the
ADA's prestigious Advocacy
Achievement Award. In 2005 she
won Eli Lilly's highest honor, the
Lily for Life award, and Ladies
Home Journal told her story in
In 2000 she entered Crown Col-
lege and at the age of 68 accom-
plished her lifelong dream of
earning her college degree.
She regarded these accomplish-
ments with humility, as simply
doing good, God's will. When her
wheelchair limited going and
doing, she knitted dozens of little
blankets to keep the Humane So-
ciety's dear kitties comfortable.
That was what Evie did, who she
Grateful for sharing her life are
her sisters, Kate (Abbie) Kelly of
Andover, SD and Betty Breck of
Groton, SD, nephew Toby Place,
niece Kristina Mackey (Evan),
and their children Alex, Cody and
Samantha Place and Avery
She was predeceased by her
mother Myrle Newman Breck,
her father Albert Breck, her
grandparents and many aunts,
uncles, and cousins.
All her life she asked herself
"Am I doing good". The answer is,
"Yes, Evie, you did good. And God
blessed us with your presence".
Thelma (Eichenburger) Lewton
Thelma (Eichenburger) Lew-
ton, 70, died Saturday, December
7, 2013, at Spearfish Regional
Thelma was born May 6, 1943,
in Sturgis, SD, to Robert and
Laura (Harrington) Eichen-
burger. She attended schools in
Sturgis and Nisland. Thelma
lived in Nisland with her parents
until she moved to Washington
state for a short time to reside
with her sister Dorothy and hus-
band Loren Turnidge. On Janu-
ary 26, 1963, Thelma was
married to John M. Lewton in
Sturgis, SD. They resided on a
ranch between Bison and Faith
from the spring of 1963 to 1980.
While on the ranch they raised
cattle and vegetables and sold
produce in various towns in
North and South Dakota. In
1980, they sold the ranch and
moved to Rapid City. While in
Rapid City, they were active
members of Hart Ranch and
Busted 5. John passed away in
1986. Thelma moved to Sturgis in
1988 to be closer to her sister and
brother-in-law. While in Sturgis,
Thelma worked in various jobs
but especially enjoyed her work
at the Puppet Factory. She was
an active member of First Baptist
Church in Sturgis for many
Thelma was very special to her
stepdaughter, Caroline Lewton
(Rosander) Rumminger. In 2006,
Caroline began helping Thelma
with her personal affairs and con-
tinued taking care of her until the
time of Thelma’s death. Also in
2006, Caroline helped Thelma to
move into assisted living facilities
in Belle Fourche and Spearfish.
In April 2013, she moved to the
Belle Fourche Healthcare Com-
munity nursing home.
Survivors include six stepsons;
a stepdaughter, Caroline (Gene)
Lewton (Rosander) Rumminger,
Murieta, CA; as well as numer-
ous step grandchildren and step
She was preceded in death by
her parents, Robert and Laura
Eichenburger; her husband, John
M. Lewton; her sister, Dorothy
Turnidge; her brother-in-law,
Loren Turnidge; and a stepson,
Milton J. Lewton.
Services were at 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, December 12, at Black
Hills Funeral Home in Sturgis,
with the Rev. O.C. Summers offi-
ciating. Visitation was one hour
before services. Burial was at
Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
Friends and family may sign
the online guest register and
leave written condolences at
Grace Baptist Church • Pastor Phil Hahn
Sunday School 9:30 a.m. • Worship Service - 10:30a.m.
Wednesday Prayer Mtg. - 7:30 p.m.
Church of Christ
18 mi. south of Prairie City - Worship Service - 10:00 a.m.
Prairie Fellowship Parish ELCA • Pastor Dana Lockhart
Sat. evening services • GR Luth. - 5:00 p.m. •American - 6:30 p.m.
Sunday morning services •Rosebud - 8:00 a.m. • Indian Creek - 10:30 a.m.
Christ Lutheran Church WELS
Pastor Gerhardt Juergens
Sunday Bible Class - 8:00 a.m., Worship Service - 8:30 a.m.
Coal Springs Community Church
South Jct. of Highways 73 & 20
Sunday School - 10:00 a.m., Worship Service - 11:00 a.m.
Seventh Day Adventist Church • Pastor David Moench
Sabbath School - 2:00 p.m., Worship Service - 3:00 p.m.
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church • Fr. Tony Grossenburg
Saturday Mass: - Morristown - 4:45 p.m., Lemmon 7:15 p.m.
Sunday Mass: Lemmon - 8:15 a.m., Bison - 11:00 a.m.
Holland Center Christian Reformed Church
Pastor Brad Burkhalter • Lodgepole
Worship Service - 8:00 a.m.
First Presbyterian Church • Pastor Florence Hoff, CRE
Worship Service - 10:30 a.m. Sunday School - 9:30 for all ages
Slim Buttes Lutheran • Pastor Henry Mohagen
Reva • Sunday School 9:45 a.m. for all ages
•Worship Service - 11:00 a.m., WMF 2nd Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.
Beckman Wesleyan Church • Pastor Brad Burkhalter
Sunday School - 10:00 a.m., Morning Worship - 11:00 a.m.
Vesper Service - 6:00 p.m., Wed. Evenings - 7:30 p.m.
4 • The Bison Courier • Thursday, December 19, 2013
Funeral Services for Alvin He-
upel, 76, of Hettinger, ND will be
Friday, December 20, 2013 at
11:00 a.m. at the United
Methodist Church in Hettinger.
Rev. Richard Wyman and Rev.
Paul Lindt will officiate and bur-
ial will follow at the Hettinger
Cemetery. Visitations will be
from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thurs-
day, December 19, at the Centen-
nial Chapel of Evanson Jensen
Dolly Milner was born March
30, 1926 near Strool, South
Dakota to Harley and Belva
Young Milner. She grew up in the
Rabbit Creek area south of
Dolly attended grade school at
the Date school and High School
in Bison, South Dakota where
she met Norman Seim. After 2
years of dating, they were mar-
ried in baker, Montana on Sep-
tember 19, 1946.
Norm and Dolly worked and
ranched in the Bison area and in
July 1950, bought a ranch on the
South Grand River where they
raised cattle until 1967. They
then moved to Minnesota where
they have resided since.
Dolly had a massive stroke on
November 12, 2013 and passed
away on November 14, 2013 in
Fargo, North Dakota.
Dolly was preceded in death by
her parents, 3 brothers, daugh-
ters Karen and son Tom.
She is survived by her husband
Norman, daughter Norma Jean
(Craig) Dietrich and Gloria
(Rowdy) Pihlaja, 10 grandchil-
dren, 20 great grandchildren and
3 great great grandchildren;
three sisters, Darlene Price,
Prairie City, SD; Dorothy Bow-
ers, Buffalo, SD; Delores & Wil-
ford Seim, Lemmon, SD.
Memorial Services were held
Saturday, November 23, 2013 at
the Dora Lake Alliance Church in
Dora Lake, Minnesota. Burial
will be at the Fairview Cemetery
in Kelliher, Minnesota in the
Dolly Milner Seim
Funeral Homes in Hettinger and
one hour prior to the service at
the church Friday morning. A
Gathering of Family and Friends
will be Thursday evening at 7:00
p.m. at the Centennial Chapel.
The Bison Courier • Thursday, December 19, 2013 • 5
IN CIRCUIT COURT
COUNTY OF PERKINS
BRANDON S. MATTHEWS,
Case No. PRO 13-21
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
Notice is given that on November 26,
2013, Jack Matthews was appointed as
Personal Representative of the estate
of Brandon S. Matthews.
Creditors of decedent must file their
claims within four months after the
date of the first publication of this no-
tice or their claims may be barred.
Claims may be filed with the Personal
Representative or may be filed with
the Clerk, and a copy of the claim
mailed to the Personal Representative.
/s/ Jack Matthews
10042 White Butte Road
Lemmon, SD 57638
Perkins County Clerk of Court
P. O. Box 426
Bison, South Dakota 57620
Eric M. Hardy
Attorney for the
Estate of Brandon S. Matthews
Crane Roseland Hardy, PC
P.O. Box 390
Hettinger, North Dakota 58639
[Published December 5, December 12,
and December 19, 2013 at a total ap-
proximate cost of $44.13.]
Thunder butte Valley 4-H dec-
orated this tree.
1 (8 ounce) package
cream cheese, softened
1 (2 ounce) can chopped
1 (4 ounce) can diced
1 (4 ounce) jar sliced
pimento peppers, drained
2 green onions, minced
3 tablespoons hot pepper
3 tablespoons chopped
10 (10 inch) flour tortillas
In a medium-size mixing
bowl, combine cream
cheese, olives, chiles,
pimentos, green onions,
hot sauce and fresh
cilantro. Spread the
mixture onto tortillas. Roll
the tortillas up and
refrigerate for at least
Slice the roll ups and
6 • The Bison Courier • Thursday, December 19, 2013
A Christmas story to remember
It was Christmas Eve 1881. I
was fifteen years old and feeling
like the world had caved in on me
because there just hadn't been
enough money to buy me the rifle
that I'd wanted for Christmas.
We did the chores early that
night for some reason. I just fig-
ured Pa wanted a little extra time
so we could read in the Bible.
After supper was over I took
my boots off and stretched out in
front of the fireplace and waited
for Pa to get down the old Bible. I
was still feeling sorry for myself
and, to be honest, I wasn't in
much of a mood to read Scrip-
tures. But Pa didn't get the Bible
instead he bundled up again and
went outside. I couldn't figure it
out because we had already done
all the chores. I didn't worry
about it long though I was too
busy wallowing in self-pity. Soon
Pa came back in.
It was a cold clear night out
and there was ice in his beard.
"Come on, Matt," he said. "Bun-
dle up good, it's cold out tonight."
I was really upset then. Not only
wasn't I getting the rifle for
Christmas, now Pa was dragging
me out in the cold, and for no
earthly reason that I could see.
We'd already done all the chores,
and I couldn't think of anything
else that needed doing, especially
not on a night like this. But I
knew Pa was not very patient at
one dragging one's feet when he'd
told them to do something, so I
got up and put my boots back on
and got my cap, coat, and mit-
tens. Ma gave me a mysterious
smile as I opened the door to
leave the house.
Something was up, but I didn't
know what. Outside, I became
even more dismayed. There in
front of the house was the work
team, already hitched to the big
sled. Whatever it was we were
going to do wasn't going to be a
short, quick, little job. I could tell.
We never hitched up this sled un-
less we were going to haul a big
load. Pa was already up on the
seat, reins in hand. I reluctantly
climbed up beside him. The cold
was already biting at me. I wasn't
happy. When I was on, Pa pulled
the sled around the house and
stopped in front of the woodshed.
He got off and I followed. "I think
we'll put on the high sideboards,"
he said. "Here, help me." The
high sideboards! It had been a
bigger job than I wanted to do
with just the low sideboards on,
but whatever it was we were
going to do would be a lot bigger
with the high side boards on.
After we had exchanged the
sideboards, Pa went into the
woodshed and came out with an
armload of wood - the wood I'd
spent all summer hauling down
from the mountain, and then all
fall sawing into blocks and split-
ting. What was he doing? Finally
I said something. "Pa," I asked,
"what are you doing?" "You been
by the Widow Jensen's lately?" he
asked. The Widow Jensen lived
about two miles down the road.
Her husband had died a year or
so before and left her with three
children, the oldest being eight.
Sure, I'd been by, but so what?
"Yeah," I said, "Why?" "I rode by
just today," Pa said. "Little Jakey
was out digging around in the
woodpile trying to find a few
chips. They're out of wood, Matt."
That was all he said and then he
turned and went back into the
woodshed for another armload of
wood. I followed him.
We loaded the sled so high that
I began to wonder if the horses
would be able to pull it. Finally,
Pa called a halt to our loading
then we went to the smoke house
and Pa took down a big ham and
a side of bacon. He handed them
to me and told me to put them in
the sled and wait. When he re-
turned he was carrying a sack of
flour over his right shoulder and
a smaller sack of something in his
left hand. "What's in the little
sack?" I asked. "Shoes, they're out
of shoes. Little Jakey just had
gunny sacks wrapped around his
feet when he was out in the wood-
pile this morning. I got the chil-
dren a little candy too. It just
wouldn't be Christmas without a
We rode the two miles to
Widow Jensen's pretty much in
silence. I tried to think through
what Pa was doing. We didn't
have much by worldly standards.
Of course, we did have a big
woodpile, though most of what
was left now was still in the form
of logs that I would have to saw
into blocks and split before we
could use it. We also had meat
and flour, so we could spare that,
but I knew we didn't have any
money, so why was Pa buying
them shoes and candy? Really,
why was he doing any of this?
Widow Jensen had closer neigh-
bors than us; it shouldn't have
been our concern.
We came in from the blind side
of the Jensen house and unloaded
the wood as quietly as possible,
then we took the meat and flour
and shoes to the door. We
knocked. The door opened a crack
and a timid voice said, "Who is
it?" "Lucas Miles, Ma'am, and my
son, Matt, could we come in for a
bit?" Widow Jensen opened the
door and let us in. She had a
blanket wrapped around her
shoulders. The children were
wrapped in another and were sit-
ting in front of the fireplace by a
very small fire that hardly gave
off any heat at all. Widow Jensen
fumbled with a match and finally
lit the lamp. "We brought you a
few things, Ma'am," Pa said and
set down the sack of flour. I put
the meat on the table. Then Pa
handed her the sack that had the
shoes in it. She opened it hesi-
tantly and took the shoes out one
pair at a time. There was a pair
for her and one for each of the
children - sturdy shoes, the best,
shoes that would last. I watched
her carefully. She bit her lower lip
to keep it from trembling and
then tears filled her eyes and
started running down her cheeks.
She looked up at Pa like she
wanted to say something, but it
wouldn't come out.
"We brought a load of wood too,
Ma'am," Pa said. He turned to me
and said, "Matt, go bring in
enough to last awhile. Let's get
that fire up to size and heat this
place up." I wasn't the same per-
son when I went back out to bring
in the wood. I had a big lump in
my throat and as much as I hate
to admit it, there were tears in
my eyes too. In my mind I kept
seeing those three kids huddled
around the fireplace and their
mother standing there with tears
running down her cheeks with so
much gratitude in her heart that
she couldn't speak. My heart
swelled within me and a joy that
I'd never known before filled my
soul. I had given at Christmas
many times before, but never
when it had made so much differ-
ence. I could see we were literally
saving the lives of these people.
I soon had the fire blazing and
everyone's spirits soared. The
kids started giggling when Pa
handed them each a piece of
candy and Widow Jensen looked
on with a smile that probably
hadn't crossed her face for a long
time. She finally turned to us.
"God bless you," she said. "I know
the Lord has sent you. The chil-
dren and I have been praying
that He would send one of His an-
gels to spare us."
In spite of myself, the lump re-
turned to my throat and the tears
welled up in my eyes again. I'd
never thought of Pa in those
exact terms before, but after
Widow Jensen mentioned it I
could see that it was probably
true. I was sure that a better man
than Pa had never walked the
earth. I started remembering all
the times he had gone out of his
way for Ma and me, and many
others. The list seemed endless as
I thought on it. Pa insisted that
everyone try on the shoes before
we left. I was amazed when they
all fit and I wondered how he had
known what sizes to get. Then I
guessed that if he was on an er-
rand for the Lord that the Lord
would make sure he got the right
Tears were running down
Widow Jensen's face again when
we stood up to leave. Pa took each
of the kids in his big arms and
gave them a hug. They clung to
him and didn't want us to go. I
could see that they missed their
Pa and I was glad that I still had
mine. At the door Pa turned to
Widow Jensen and said, "The
Mrs. wanted me to invite you and
the children over for Christmas
dinner tomorrow. The turkey will
be more than the three of us can
eat, and a man can get cantan-
kerous if he has to eat turkey for
too many meals. We'll be by to get
you about eleven. It'll be nice to
have some little ones around
again. Matt, here, hasn't been lit-
tle for quite a spell." I was the
youngest. My two brothers and
two sisters had all married and
had moved away.
Widow Jensen nodded and
said, "Thank you, Brother Miles.
I don't have to say, May the Lord
bless you, I know for certain that
He will." Out on the sled I felt a
warmth that came from deep
within and I didn't even notice
the cold. When we had gone a
ways, Pa turned to me and said,
"Matt, I want you to know some-
thing. Your ma and me have been
tucking a little money away here
and there all year so we could buy
that rifle for you, but we didn't
have quite enough. Then yester-
day a man who owed me a little
money from years back came by
to make things square. Your ma
and me were real excited, think-
ing that now we could get you
that rifle, and I started into town
this morning to do just that, but
on the way I saw little Jakey out
scratching in the woodpile with
his feet wrapped in those gunny
sacks and I knew what I had to
do. Son, I spent the money for
shoes and a little candy for those
children. I hope you understand."
I understood, and my eyes be-
came wet with tears again. I un-
derstood very well, and I was so
glad Pa had done it. Now the rifle
seemed very low on my list of pri-
orities. Pa had given me a lot
more. He had given me the look
on Widow Jensen's face and the
radiant smiles of her three chil-
dren. For the rest of my life,
Whenever I saw any of the
Jensens, or split a block of wood,
I remembered, and remembering
brought back that same joy I felt
riding home beside Pa that night.
Pa had given me much more than
a rifle that night, he had given
me the best Christmas of my life.
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Blessed Sacrament Catholic church program
Mrs. Stockert, sixth grade
teacher, accompanist to the
song Winter Fantasy; playing
8 • The Bison Courier • Thursday, December 19, 2013
Jazz band players Christopher Morris, Shane Collins and Dr.
Jazz band performs at Christmas concert
2014 from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM
at the McIntosh City Hall in
McIntosh, South Dakota.
These workshops are being pre-
sented by Joshua Dukart, a land
and livestock manager from Bis-
marck, ND. He is a Certified Ed-
ucator of Holistic Management
who speaks and teaches regularly
throughout the United States
and Canada. With his current
ranching activities and diverse
experiences teaching and consult-
ing, he will share real-life exam-
ples of Holistic Management in
Holistic Management is a new
management approach helping
people improve their quality of
life, generate wealth and manage
their resources. It’s a process of
goal setting, decision making and
monitoring that people through-
out the world are using to restore
vitality to their ranches, busi-
nesses, communities, and the
natural resources we all depend
These workshops are highly
recommended for producers by
past participants. Kayla Ander-
son, Lemmon, SD who attended
this workshop said, “It really
made us think more outside the
box of how we run our operation.
We learned that there really is no
wrong way of doing things and to
be more proactive with our think-
ing ahead instead of being reac-
tive to possible outcomes to
The cost of the workshops are
$200 which includes a textbook,
workbook, lunch and breaks.
Each ranch may bring one addi-
tional participant at a cost of
$100. Class sizes are limited to
30 people, so call now to pre-reg-
ister. To pre-register or for more
details, call Ryan Beer at NRCS
Office in Bison, SD at 605-244-
5222 Ext 3.
continued from page 1
Joseph Kvale in the Jazz Band
playing the song Greensleeves.
The Bison Courier • Thursday, December 19, 2013 • 9
Kindergarten through 4th grade singing O Come, Little Children, Mary Had a Baby, and Away in
a Manger at the Bison School Christmas Concert. Pictured from left to right: Alex Jamerson,
Olivia Seidel, Cooper Mackaben, Kyle Stadler, and Kohl Risty.
Kindergarten through 4th grade sing Mary Had a Baby
10 • The Bison Courier • Thursday, December 19, 2013
Michael Kopren shoots a free throw.
By Coach Sander
The Bison Cardinals lost a hard-
fought 54 - 43 season opener at
McIntosh Friday night.
McIntosh took an early 18-13
1st quarter lead, but the Cardinals
bounced back to take a 22-21 lead
in the 2nd period. Foul problems
plagued the Cardinals in the 2nd
period enabling the Tigers to take
a 33-26 halftime lead.
A strong third quarter enabled
the Cardinals to stay close, but
they continued to trail after three
periods. McIntosh took their
longest lead early in the 4th quar-
ter, but the Cardinals closed the
margin to six with two minutes re-
maining. The Tigers hit several
key free throws in the closing min-
utes to seal the victory.
Ty Plaggemeyer led the Cardi-
nals in scoring with 17 points.
John Hatle added 11, Chris Morris
6, Tyler Kari 5, Michael Kopren 3,
Logan Hendrickson 3, Josh McK-
instry 2 and Layton Hendrickson
John Hatle had 10 rebounds to
lead the board attack. Tyler Kari
and Layton Hendrickson added 6
and 5 respectively.
Turnovers and fouls played a
key role in the Cardinals loss, but
the Cardinals had a strong per-
formance on the boards, and they
played hard to the end.
McIntosh JV - 30
Cardinal JV - 27
Scoring: Josh McKinstry 12,
Reed Arneson 7, Collin Palmer 4,
Ross Collins 3, and Jim Brockel.
Cardinals lose season opener, 54 - 43
The Bison Courier • Thursday, December 19, 2013 • 11
By Coach Sander
The Newell Irrigators took ad-
vantage of the Bison Cardinals
cold shooting in the 1st half to
take a 29-10 lead, then withstood
a strong second half come back by
Michael Kopren drilled the two;
three pointers to give the Cardi-
nals an early 6-2 lead, but the Car-
dinals went ice cold from the field
and quickly found themselves
playing from behind.
The Cardinals came out firing
Newell hands Cardinals 58 - 46 loss
on all cylinders in the 3rd period
and out scored the Irrigators 24-
15, to close the gap to 44-34. The
Cardinals stayed close, but they
were unable to cut into the deficit.
Ty Plaggemeyer led the 3rd period
assault with 14 of his game high
Newell outscored the Cardinals
14-12 in the fourth quarter to seal
the victory. Bison outscored the
visitors 36-29 over the final two
quarters, but they were unable to
overcome the first half deficit.
Ty Plaggemeyer led the Cardi-
nals scoring attack with 24 points.
Michael Kopren added 9, Chris
Morris 7, Tyler Kari 4, and John
Newell JV- 57
Cardinals JV - 42
Scoring: Collin Palmer 19, Josh
McKinstry 7, Ross Collins 6,
Dylan Beckman 5, Jim Brockel 4,
Reed Arneson 2.
The Cardinals will host Faith on
Thursday night with B and A
games starting at 6:00 p.m.
Christopher Morris goes up for a shot.
12 • The Bison Courier • Thursday, December 19, 2013
Meadow News ...By Tiss Treib
Tuesday afternoon, Fred and
Bev Schopp attended the Ele-
mentary Christmas Music Con-
cert in Lemmon.
Friday, Fred and Bev Schopp
attended the First Girls Basket-
ball game on the season.
Ray, Justin and Kelly Schopp
were Sunday supper guests of
Fred and Bev Schopp. Katie
Schopp visited with her grand-
parents in the evening.
Jerry Petik was among those
who attended the Grand River
Grazing Annual meeting in Lem-
mon Friday afternoon.
Recent callers at the home of
Mary Ellen Fried were Mr. and
Mrs. Paul Randall and Rebecca of
Denver, CO; David Randall of
Gettysburg and Ken Randall of
Prairie City; Edward and Violet
Saturday evening, Kendra
McIntyre was an overnight guest
of Mary Ellen Fried as she was
enroute home from a trip to
Sunday evening, Mary Ellen
Fried attended the Town and
Country Extension Christmas
party at the home of Beth Hulm.
By Tiss Treib
Tiss Treib visited with Shilo John-
son Monday afternoon.
Tiss Treib made a trip to Lemmon
Tiss Treib and Dorothy Frey helped
at the Western Horizon’s Care Center
Annual Resident Christmas Party in
Hettinger Thursday evening.
Tiss Treib called briefly on Shirley
Johnson Friday morning.
Tiss Treib joined Scott and Pam
Seim for dinner in Lemmon Friday
Tiss Treib was among those who at-
tended the Grand River Grazing An-
nual meeting in Lemmon Friday
Tiss Treib attended the Western
Horizon’s Care Center Employee
Christmas Party Saturday evening in
Wednesday, Duane Harris was a
dinner guest of Albert and Bridget
Saturday, Patricia Keller, Trail
City, SD, Annette Lipp, Rapid City,
SD and Duane and Dawn Harris
were dinner guests of the Albert and
Bridget Keller and family. Dave and
Adam Lipp, Rapid City, SD were af-
Sunday, Albert and Bridget Keller
and boys went over to Duane and
Dawn Harris’ to visit a bit.
LaVonne Foss took Shirley John-
son to Lemmon Thursday.
Thursday, Jim and Patsy Miller at-
tended the Annual Western Horizon’s
Care Center Christmas party and
helped Violet celebrate her 90th
Friday Jim and Patsy Miller trav-
eled to Scranton and on their way
home they met Barb Lyon in Het-
tinger and had lunch.
Patsy Miller traveled to Bison for a
Church Parish Council meeting Sun-
day and then on to Rapid City for
Christmas Shopping, returning home
Matt, Christi and Zabrina Miller of
Hettinger spent Sunday afternoon
with Jim Miller and Christi fixed sup-
per for them all.
Ella and Greta Anderson were Fri-
day supper and evening guests of Tim
and JoAnne Seim.
Monday Steve Sandgren brought
some groceries out to Thelma Sand-
gren and had lunch with her.
Wednesday, Vince Gunn picked up
Thelma Sandgren’s mail, brought it
in to her and had coffee.
Thursday, Thelma Sandgren made
a trip to Hettinger for some errands
and attended the Western Horizon’s
Care Center Annual Christmas party.
It was great.
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Perkins County Courthouse parade of trees
Christ Lutheran preschool decorated this tree.
Town and Country CFEL members decorated this tree, the gifts under the tree will go to CAVA.
This tree won $25.00 in the lighted division, sponsored by the Town and Country CFEL.
14 • The Bison Courier • Thursday, December 19, 2013
The Bison area Girl Scouts decorated this tree.
The Bison Courier • Thursday, December 19, 2013 • 15
Levi Krautschun playing his
clarinet for the 5th-6th grade
band to the tune of Suite for
Old Saint Nick.
SDDOT launches 511 traveler
information app for iPhone
The South Dakota Department
of Transportation has released a
traveler information app for smart
phones using the iPhone operating
system. An app for Android phones
was released earlier this year.
“The South Dakota 511 mobile
application is one more way to
help South Dakotans travel
safely,” says Transportation Secre-
tary Darin Bergquist. “Travelers’
safety is our greatest concern, es-
pecially during the holiday sea-
The SDDOT 511 app provides
the same information as SDDOT’s
popular SafeTravelUSA website,
but in a format compatible with
mobile phones. Current informa-
tion on road conditions, highway
closures, travel advisories, con-
struction projects and incidents af-
fecting travel is available on all
Interstate, and U.S. and state
As users move through the high-
way network, the app displays
their location on the state map.
The map also shows the location of
SDDOT’s roadside cameras and al-
lows users to view images from
more than 50 locations throughout
For the first time, National
Weather Service warnings for se-
vere weather are available. Specif-
ically for commercial vehicle
operators, both apps also provide
information on detours and vehi-
cle load and dimension restric-
The South Dakota Department
of Transportation maintains a
Twitter feed accessible through
the mobile application's main
menu. In addition, the mobile app
links surrounding states' mobile
applications and websites.
The app is free. Users can down-
load it from the Apple iTunes store
by searching for “SDDOT 511”
Travelers can now access road
condition, construction and
weather information by visiting
the web at www.safetravelusa.
com/sd, by dialing 511 from any
phone or by using the Android or
iPhone app on their smart phones
Users can also subscribe to
ClearPath511 email or text alerts
for no-travel advisories, road clo-
sures and reopenings for the spe-
cific routes, days of the week and
times of the day they need at
was a morning visitor in the
county boardroom. He asked to
buy 10 loads of gravel from the
Karnen pit, on behalf of one of his
customers. He said that he’d like
to establish a “gravelling repoire”
with the county.
Last month, commissioners de-
nied a claim from Fink for blad-
ing that he did in the Lodgepole
area, at the request of a private
landowner. That landowner had
paid the bill but the claim to the
county was for reimbursement to
him. “That’s not the way it should
be done,” Schweitzer said, and he
voted against paying the private
individual back. Henderson ab-
stained from voting due to a con-
flict of interest but the other
three commissioners agreed to
pay the man back. The commis-
sion will consider a policy for hir-
ing private contractors to assist
with work on county roads and
unorganized township roads.
US Forest Service personnel
from Bismarck, Dickinson and
Lemmon came to the meeting to
discuss their annual mainte-
nance agreement with the county
and to talk about completed and
Yet another visitor was Mal-
colm McKillop, representing the
county’s health insurance pack-
age through the Associated
School Boards of South Dakota.
He quoted a 15% increase in pre-
miums. Commissioners plugged a
10% increase into their 2014
budget. They will need to estab-
lish how much of the employees’
insurance they are willing to pay
(currently it is 72%) and then em-
ployees will have to decide how to
deal with the plan’s specifics.
Lynn Storm was the successful
bidder on a Lemmon property, lo-
cated next to his own. The mini-
mum bid had been advertised as
$800; Storm paid $879. He was
the only bidder. Gene Smith and
Larry Carr had high bids for a
truck and two pick-ups that had
been advertised as surplus prop-
erty. A burned-out 1993 Ford
tractor received a bid of $780,
which commissioners felt was too
low and they rejected it.
In other business, commission-
ers turned down a request from
The Town of Bison to put a culvert
near the Seventh Day Adventist
Church, on Fifth Ave. East, a
county road, as requested by the
Pastor. Holtgard said it wasn’t a
county deal and “we can just forget
it.” Church-goers have since de-
cided that they only need a load of
The highway department’s
courthouse office will be moved to
the area recently vacated by the
Following a quick review of new
courthouse office hours, the court-
house will continue to open at 7:30
a.m. and close at 4:30 p.m. Mon.-
Thurs and at noon on Fridays. In
keeping with the Governor’s
proclamation for state employees,
county workers will enjoy a full
holiday on Dec. 24, as well as on
All fulltime county employees
will receive a $300 year-end bonus
with part-timers receive half that
amount or less, depending on their
There will be a special year-end
meeting at 10 a.m. on Monday,
Dec. 30 when commissioners will
close the books on 2013. The first
meeting of the New Year will be on
Tuesday, Jan. 7, as set by law.
continued from page 1
16 • The Bison Courier • Thursday, December 19, 2013
Hurry & Hustle club members decorated this tree in red, white
And many magical moments
to you and yours.
Faith Livestock Comm. Co.
Gary, Nancy, Scott & Toni
The Bison Courier • Thursday, December 19, 2013 • 17
Taking the “Charlie
Brown Tree” to New
When it comes to getting and
decorating our Christmas tree for
the holidays, our family knows
how to do it differently.
We don’t do spendy, perfectly
shaped, and uniformly filled in
trees for sale or artificial trees.
Instead we opt to find ourselves a
socially unacceptable Christmas
tree. Especially now that the bark
beetle plague has wiped out per-
fectly good pine trees in epidemic
numbers, my husband and I find
it even harder to want to harvest
a good tree.
We’ve always let our kids do
the picking, so our Christmas
trees usually have a Charlie
Brown touch to them. We also get
into theme-decorating our cull-
looking trees. Our theme is
“Elmer’s glue homemade hodge-
The Christmas decorations on
our kid-picked tree include home-
made decorations. Ornaments
like a photo of my son’s face
cutout and glued onto the head of
a store-bought gingerbread man,
ribbon-attached Polaroid pictures
taken in 2005 by a babysitter of
my kids dinking off in front of our
tree, Sunday school colored and
glued paper angels, crooked
beaded icicles, candy cane rein-
deer (that they used to want to
eat every year), and freehand cut
out and sewn-together stockings
with glued-on glitter.
We have many school picture
ornaments too. Photos glued onto
pieces of wood, juice can lids, and
fun-foam. The famous “chappy-
stash” picture is my son’s kinder-
garten picture when he sucked
his lower lip raw. His fifth grade
picture represents the year of his
white t-shirts everyday phase.
Our daughter’s ornaments in-
clude photos signifying the year
she cut her hair or her Otis
phase, when her favorite stuffed
animal was ever-present.
This year, we incorporated a
new theme—redneck. WARN-
ING: For any tree decorators who
are obsessive about tree perfect-
ness, balanced ornament-and-
lights placement, or
classy-themed decorating, I don’t
want to be responsible for giving
you a coronary but duct tape was
involved this year as a result of
my son’s tree carelessness. This is
why moms should be present for
the tree picking tradition—to su-
Amy Kirk is a ranch wife from Custer, SD
My husband, kids, and our
son’s girlfriend went after our
tree while I stayed at the house
and dug out the ornaments,
lights, and decorations and made
apple cider. It’s still unclear to me
why my son brutally compro-
mised our tree’s top with an axe,
but it had something to do with
misinterpreting Dad’s instruc-
tions regarding tree height.
In addition to our Clark Gris-
wold-like tree, several efforts
were made before we could get
the tree to stay upright in the
stand due to its lack of branches
on one side. My suggestion was to
weigh it down in the back by
tying a rock to it, and my son, of
all people, said, “This isn’t a fenc-
ing project” (my suggestion is also
how people around here weigh
down t-posts in rocky ground).
After attempting to conceal the
broken top, it was decided that
we needed to improvise a treetop
to give our tree the illusion of
having a treetop, so we applied
the “makin’ chicken salad out of
chicken doo-doo” approach. This
is where the duct tape came in,
but not just standard duct tape,
CAMO duct tape. A lower limb
was cut and camo duct-taped to
the broken top, allowing our tree
topper to finally be added.
With the exception of our tree’s
replacement treetop branches
pointing in the opposite direction,
you can’t even tell the top was
18 • The Bison Courier • Thursday, December 19, 2013
Courthouse employees decorated a tree.
The Bison Courier • Thursday, December 19, 2013 • 19
The Jolly Rancher 4-H club decorated this tree and received
$25.00 in the unlit division.
20 • The Bison Courier • Thursday, December 19, 2013
Karen Englehart, Bison
Shirley Morris, Bison
Jim Larson Miller, SD
Conner Palmer Bison
The deadline for the
paper is December
19th at noon.
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What a difference a week makes!
Last week we had frigid weather, -
31 degrees, and snow. There were
blizzard warnings on Monday and
it started storming here just after
lunch. All events were canceled and
the kids drove home in the snow-
storm. It was still snowing a little
when Reub and I went to Hettinger
on Tuesday for wood pellets and an
appointment with Mary Eggebo.
School was dismissed early in
Harding County and all events
were either postponed or canceled.
It took until Wednesday to get the
mercury above zero, but now warm
weather has returned and it’s been
nice enough to turn my chickens
Taz brought his snowmobile
home from college in Chadron
Tuesday evening. He doesn’t have
any more classes until after Christ-
mas. Tate Gress brought his snow-
mobile down on Wednesday and the
boys went hunting coyotes and fox.
I don’t think they found any, but
they sure had fun. And while I’m on
the subject of predators, did you
hear about the mountain lion
GF&P shot in Wall Tuesday? Do
you suppose they will give the dead
cougar to the city of Wall? The
mountain lion Laura Johnson ran
over in the Slim Buttes is now on
display at the Harding County
The National Finals Rodeo was
this week in Las Vegas and if you’ve
noticed the neighbors are looking a
little blurry-eyed, it’s because the
NFR comes on TV every night at
8:00 and doesn’t get over until
11:00, which is way past bedtime
for most of us out here in the coun-
Taz got up early Thursday morn-
ing to do chores while Casey hauled
some old ewes and a couple wethers
to Newell. After chores Taz left to
catch a flight to Las Vegas to watch
the Finals. Only two South Dakota
cowboys and one SD cowgirl made
the Finals this year and a lot of our
neighbors are down there to watch
them. The little town of Oelrichs
sent two contestants – Lisa Lock-
hart in the barrel racing and the
new Saddle Bronc World Champion
Chad Ferley! The other contestant
from South Dakota is Cole Elshere
from Faith. It seems pretty strange
not having anyone from South
Dakota in the bull dogging, but
maybe next year?
West river county commissioners
and county officials held their an-
nual noon meeting with area legis-
lators in Sturgis on Friday.
Legislators attending were Sen.
Larry Rhoden, Rep. Dean Wink,
Rep. Gary Cammack, and me. Both
Harding County and Perkins
County were well represented by
their elected officials. We were
given a presentation on the efforts
to control the mountain pine beetle
in the Black Hills.
Friday evening the Black Hills
Works held a legislative informa-
tion meeting in Rapid City. Six area
legislators were able to attend –
Sen. Larry Rhoden, Sen. Jim Brad-
ford, Rep. Jacque Sly, Rep. Scott
Craig, Rep. Brian Gosch, and me.
The disabled and mentally handi-
capped from Butte and Harding
Counties are well-served by this
worthy organization. Buffalo native
Dorothy (Miller) Rosby is one of the
staff and they do a wonderful job
helping the patients become pro-
ductive citizens. Like so many
other organizations dependent on
government money to keep going,
they are really struggling to retain
staff and fund their programs. The
director told us that ObamaCare is
killing Black Hills Works and they
are doing everything they can to
protect their people from the dire
consequences of the healthcare fi-
The legislature convenes on Jan-
uary 14 and legislators are gearing
up for what could be a very inter-
esting session. I’m writing this and
sending it off early because I’m
headed to Pierre Sunday afternoon
after the Slim Buttes Lutheran
Sunday School Christmas program
for the last Executive Board meet-
ing before the session starts.
With the focus on rodeo and cow-
boys this week, I’ll leave you with a
A cowboy rode into town and
stopped at a saloon for a drink. Un-
fortunately, the locals had a habit
of picking on strangers. When he
finished his drink, he found his
horse had been stolen. He went
back into the bar and with a quick
move of his hands he flipped his
guns into the air, caught them
above his head without even look-
ing and fired at the ceiling. Which
one of you sidewinders stole my
hoss!?" he yelled. No one answered.
"Alright, I'm gonna have another
beer, and if my hoss ain't back out-
side by the time I finish, I'm gonna
do what I done in Texas! And I don't
like to have to do what I done in
Some of the locals shifted rest-
lessly. He had another beer, walked
outside, and his horse was back! As
he swung up into the saddle and
started to ride out of town, the bar-
tender ran out of the saloon and
asked, "Say partner, before you go -
what happened in Texas?" The cow-
boy turned back and said, "I walked
Grand River Roundup ............................................... By Betty Olson
22 • The Bison Courier • Thursday, December 19, 2013
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1/4 cup butter
2 cups semisweet
2 eggs, beaten
1 (10.5 ounce) package rain-
bow colored miniature marsh-
1 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
Melt together the butter and
chocolate chips in the top of a
double boiler or in the mi-
crowave. Stir to blend, then
stir in the eggs, colored
marshmallows and pecans.
Pour the mixture into a 9x5
inch loaf pan, lined with foil.
Dust with powdered sugar
and refrigerate until firm.
Remove chilled dough from
loaf pan, remove the foil, and
slice into 1/4 inch slices.
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