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Volume 31 Number 40 March 20, 2014
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By Beth Hulm TSP Engineers will soon be visiting with school board members and administration again regarding the feasibility of building a new school in the Bison district. School board members have engaged those services for $10,000. The meeting will be a needs assessment and will consider such things as site location, space requirements, classroom sizes, curriculum objectives and its impact on the facility, building lay-out, the budget and a strategy for the existing building. Board member Marcie Kari encouraged the board to postpone the meeting from its original March 20 schedule. She wants them to be prepared for the meeting. Things to do ahead of time, she said, would be to contact landowners who have vacant lots around town to find out what might be available for the school to purchase. Finances need to be
School moves forward with engineering firm to discuss building needs and options
critiqued, also. “I just want us to go into it knowing what we want,” she said. That, of course, is “…if the public votes it in.” Coming on the heels of property tax statements and the increases that they reflected, Kari said, “This is coming at a difficult time.” The current building has been appraised at $6.4 million. The board suggests keeping the current gymnasium, locker rooms, cafeteria and office space and possibly selling the elementary building, which could be moved from the premises. The original building would likely be demolished. They would hope to construct the new building with a $7 million budget. “Let’s have our stuff in a row,” Kari urged. She thinks that the general public does not realize the extent of the damages in the current building. To fix everything that needs repairs would require that the building be brought up to American Disability Act standards. That would require millions of dollars. Superintendent Marilyn Azevedo will speak with TSP about changing the meeting date to give the board and administration more time to prepare for the meeting. Board members will consider implementing a middle school for grades 6-8 into any plans for a new building. They hope it will help them to retain teachers. Currently, teachers have classes with students in grades 7 -12 and multiple lesson plans to prepare each week. It could cause burn out. Having 2-3 teachers, specifically for middle school, might alleviate that problem. Elizabeth Bonacci, English teacher for two years, submitted her resignation, effective at the end of the current school year. She feels that the job is bigger than she can do justice to. In addition to her classroom duties, Bonacci has been the oral interp and drama coach. She’d like to pursue other interests that she currently has no time for. The state recently conducted an accreditation study at Bison school and, in some areas, it has come up short. “We got some really high marks in some areas,” Azevedo said, adding that, unfortunately, other areas were “not so
Wages, a concern for all employees, were discussed at great length. Highway Superintendent Duane Holtgard had a request. He explained that his secretary Patsy Crow is "much more than a secretary" and is a very helpful assistant for his department and asked that she be given a wage increase and a new title. After doing the job for 26 years he believes it is time for a well deraise. After some served discussion a motion passed to give her the title of Administrative Assistant and also to increase her pay to that of a deputy which is $13.62 per hour. More discussion developed concerning those employees who haven't gotten a raise. As a result a 50¢ an hour raise was given to Deputy Finance Officers , Deputy Register of Deeds, Deputy Director of Equalization I & II, State's Attorney's Secretary, Sheriff ’s Administrative Deputy, Custodian and the County Health Nurse Secretary. Finance Officer Sylvia Chapman also had a request to make. Because her Deputy I works extensively in the Finance Office and in the Treasurer's Office she asked that Deputy I’s title be changed to Deputy Finance Officer I and her pay be raised by 25 ¢ per hour in addition to the 50¢
Commissioners discuss wages once again
raise for deputies. By unanimous approval a motion passed to make this change. These increases will be made retroactive to February 26, the first day of payroll. Mike Commissioner Schweitzer suggested that the Highway Superintendent and the Sheriff have the same wage. After a short discussion this idea was acted upon and passed by a unanimous vote. Should merit pay be a possibility in the future? Commissioner Willard Ottman suggested that wages be discussed each year at budget time in July. Six month evaluations could also be completed by the department heads for their departments. "It, merit pay, can increase productivity," remarked Holtgard. In the future the department heads will have a meeting to discuss these ideas. Their suggestions will be "hashed over" at budget time. County Assessor, Rownea Gerbracht was present to discuss bids for a Geographic Information System (GIS) she has requested. It is a web based global information system for county government. In fact the system would construct parcel layers for the viewer to examine. As a result it would be very useful for analyzecontinued on page 6
Its Bingo time!! March 23 at 1:30. Community Center. Lunch will be served, $1.00 per card play
Moreau Township Equalization meeting has been postpones to Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 3p.m. at the Welter residence.
Highlights & Happenings
good.” The district has six months to make amends. Most critical was the absence of a school improvement plan for grades 7 - 12. The last one on record is from 2007/08. The plan is supposed to be updated every five years. Board member Eric Arneson asked, “How big of an elephant is that?” Azevedo replied, “A big elephant!” With her usual tenacity, she will tackle that project. continued on page 7
Perkins County Highway Dept. has started spring blading and are pulling the shoulders. We will be leaving a windrow along edge of road, so please drive with care.
all afternoon. Lots of prizes.
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Everyone is invited to hear the 2014 graduating Seniors who attend Grace Baptist Church share their Senior Sermons during the 10:30 a.m. service as follows: Sunday, March 16 Seth Buer and Tricia Wilken. Sunday, March 23 Brian LaDue and Drake Butsavage.
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Letter to the Editor
Dear Editor, Our Governor, with the support of the Republican controlled legislature, has rejected the Medicaid expansion portion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The goal of the ACA is to provide affordable, reliable health insurance to everyone. This is accomplished by specifying what health insurance must provide (i.e. the reliable portion) and by providing assistance to purchase private health insurance (i.e. the affordable portion). Those with the lowest incomes are to be covered by the Medicaid system. However, significant numbers of lower income Americans are not eligible for Medicaid benefits, so the ACA expanded Medicaid eligibility. The ACA provides subsidies for those with incomes at the poverty level and slightly above so they can afford to purchase private health insurance in spite of their low income. The ACA does not provide subsidies for those with incomes below the poverty level because the ACA intended for them to be covered by Medicaid. Unfortunately, people with incomes below the poverty level who are not disabled and are living alone or with non family members are not eligible for Medicaid. The ACA expanded Medicaid to cover all of these people, and to include those whose incomes are up to 138% of the poverty level. South Dakota, along with sev-
Last week the Food and Drug Administration or FDA launched its proposed changes to Nutrition Facts labels on packaged foods. The proposed changes are intended to more accurately reflect the nutritional value and calorie content of packaged foods. The changes were published in the Federal Register on March 3 and will be open for public comment for 90 days before final rulemaking and implementation. The proposed changes represent the first major overhaul of food-nutrition labeling in 20 years. The first thing consumers will notice is greater emphasis on calories and serving size. The new labels will make the total calorie count for a serving of food more prominent by using larger and bolder type and listing the amount of calories per serving size. They will also more clearly show the serving size which will be updated to reflect today's eating habits. By law, serving sizes must be based on what people ac-
Proposed changes to food labels
tually eat, not on what they should be eating. In addition, the rules would also update the list of nutrients that are required or permitted to be declared on food labels. For the first time, "Added Sugars" will be included since, on average, Americans eat 16% of their daily calories from sugars added during food production. Second, calories from fat will no longer be listed. Instead, the kinds of fat, including total fat, saturated fat, and trans fat will be required. Next, FDA's proposed changes will update the Daily Values of various nutrients and move that information to the left of the label, helping consumers visually and quickly put nutrient information in context. Finally, the new labels will require the amounts of potassium and Vitamin D to be listed. Vitamin D because it is important for healthy bones, and potassium because it helps lower blood pressure and prevent hypertension.
The primary goal of the FDA's proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts label is to expand and highlight the information consumers need most when making food choices, particularly those with certain health issues such as high blood pressure or cardiovascular health. FDA is dividing the proposed changes into two proposed rules, one that would update the nutrition information based on nutrition science and the label design to highlight important information, and the second to cover the changes to serving size requirements and labels for certain package sizes. To comment on either or both rules, please visit FDA's official docket at www.regulations.gov. We encourage all South Dakota beef producers to get involved by joining the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association. To learn more about SDCA or to join online, please visit www.sdcattlemen.org
eral other Republican controlled states, has rejected the Medicaid expansion. By doing so, our State government has denied health insurance to many of our neediest South Dakotans. State Representative Bernie Hunhoff in an article in the Yankton Press and Dakotan says “a New England Journal of Medicine study says the lack of Medicaid Expansion will cost the lives of 94 South Dakotans”. THIS IS WRONG!!!! Our incumbent Republican legislators supported this travesty and for this they should be replaced. Sincerely, Carol Williams Yankton, South Dakota
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By Beth Hulm Thing are progressing towards finalization as a committee, appointed by Perkins County Commissioners, seeks final input for a Comprehensive Plan that has been in the works for a year and a half. Todd Fink, Prairie City, chairman of the Perkins County Planning Board, hopes that a final plan can be presented to the County Commission this spring. Worried that oil activity from the north could eventually move into Perkins County, the five-man board of county commissioners started a conversation in August, 2012 to protect the county’s landowners. Although cautious about writing zoning laws, they determined that it might be the lesser of two evils to enact some regulations. It isn’t only the man camps that come with oil activity that has the board worried. They also think about expansion of large animal feed lots, wind energy and other potential industry moving into Perkins County. Currently, there are no regulations governing land use. Before there can be any zoning laws, however, there must first be a comprehensive plan. There is no other way for local government to gain authority over land use. From the beginning, commissioners have made it clear that they want to respect, not restrict, county residents when it comes to property rights. The plan will provide the framework to allow Perkins County to move forward while protecting its rural values and adapting to changes that may occur. Blaise Emerson, Black Hills Council of Local Governments, Rapid City, joined early conversations with county commissioners, visiting the board room and then conducting public meetings throughout the county in September, 2012. Perkins County is a relatively new member of BHCLG, which offers its members assistance when writing grants, loan applications - and comprehensive plans. In April, 2013, commissioners officially hired Black Hills Council and named a committee to represent them. Emerson turned the project over to Community Development Planner Ali DeMersseman, who has been working with the Perkins County committee ever since. They meet regularly, have sponsored a community survey and have held public meetings in both Bison and Lemmon. Currently, they are requesting feed back on the first draft of their plan. County residents are urged to go Perkins County’s Website (http://perkinscounty.org) to respond to what’s been done so far. After a time of public comment, a public hearing will be held with the planning board before a final draft is presented to county commissioners for approval. The first draft of the plan was introduced at a public meeting in Lemmon on February 21. That draft is the result of the survey and comments from the public meeting that was held in Bison in October. The county’s majority strength, according to survey respondents, is its people. Those who answered the survey stressed the importance of local businesses and would like more of them, especially eating establishments. Tabulated comments show the county getting high marks in the areas of schools and education, recreational opportunities, public safety and the overall appearance of the county. Respondents indicated a need for improvement in road conditions, job and shopping opportunities, and available housing. Those who offered input indicated that they hope that Perkins County will grow but they don’t want
Local input needed
Countyʼs comprehensive plan nears final stages
“We need to know the opinion of the people who live here,” Fink said.
growth to change the way of life as it exists. They wish that young people would stay to work and raise families, rather than moving away. As a result of both the survey and public meetings, four key goals have been established: 1.) Foster collaboration, coordination and partnerships throughout the county; 2.) Promote and grow the county’s economy; 3.) Preserve the county’s land and natural resources and 4.) Protect the county’s rural culture and values. The feedback survey, currently being conducted, specifically asks for opinions on those four goals. “We need to know the opinion of the people that live here,” Fink said. Policy statements and strategies are written into the comprehensive plan to help in achieving the specified goals. Already, a county website has been built to help keep citizens informed. It can be accessed at http://perkinscounty.org and contains the first draft of the comprehensive plan for community review. Copies are also available in the Director of Equalization’s office at the courthouse. After reviewing the plan, it is important that residents of Perkins County complete the feedback form. Some interesting statistics, which DeMersseman relates in the first draft, include population trends and other demographics, as follows: In 1910, when the county was established, there were 11,348 people living here. Census 2010 recorded only 2,982. Recent census estimates do show a slight increase since 2010, up to 3,037 people. The median age of county residents is 48.7 compared to South Dakota’s median of 37.1. Perkins County has a lower percentage of children under five and a higher percentage of people over 65 than the state does. The average household size is 2.15 people compared to the state’s 2.43. There are a high percentage of people over 65 who live alone. In Perkins County, 87% of its residents graduate from high school and 18% earn Bachelor degrees. State figures are slightly higher. In 2010, there were 135 businesses in Perkins County and 63.7% of the population was part of the labor force. Unemployment is low, at just 1.2%. Agriculture, of course, is the largest industry, followed by education, healthcare and social service. There is a total of 1, 774 housing units throughout the county. Most are in Lemmon. Over 76% are single-family units and about 12% are mobile homes. Over 26% are vacant. More than half of the housing within the county was constructed prior to 1960! The final draft of the Comprehensive Plan will have three important components – land, people and economy – and will be written as the people of this county want it to be! That’s why community input is so important, Fink said. DeMersseman, has also stressed the importance of additional community input to ensure that the goals, policies, and strategies presented in this plan reflect the desires of the Perkins County community. Working with Fink and DeMersseman on the comprehensive planning board are Dan Kvale, Geraldine Peck and Luke Clements, Bison; Chuck Anderson, Dave Johnson and county commissioner Willard Ottman, Lemmon; Vaughn Meyer, Sorum; and Reggie Kennedy, rural Faith. Rownea Gerbracht, Perkins County Director of Equalization, is the liaison between the committee and the county commission.
People who have moved into a new or different home over the last year have until Saturday, March 15, to file for the owner occupied, single family dwelling certificate to be eligible for a property tax reduction. “We want to make sure the property tax reduction is received by everyone eligible,” said Governor Dennis Daugaard. “If you have moved into a new home over the past year, check your assessment notice to ensure your home is classified as owner occupied.” Any South Dakota homeowner who owned and occupied a home on November 1, 2013, is eligible for the classification and property tax reduction. Taxpayers who have received the reductions previously and still own and occupy the same home will continue to receive the property tax reduction without filing a new certificate. Before filling out the application, new homeowners should check their valuation notices. New homeowners whose property
Property tax reduction
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is classified as owner occupied on the valuation notice will receive the property tax deduction automatically and do not need to fill out an application. Homeowners should be receiving those notices in the mail. Taxpayers who have purchased or built a new home prior to November 1, 2013, and homeowners who have not previously applied for the classification must apply to their county director of equalization by March 15. Applications postmarked by March 15 will qualify. The certification of owner occupied dwelling form is available on the Department of Revenue website http://dor.sd.gov/Taxes/Property_Taxes/Forms.aspx. Homeowners who need forms or have questions regarding the owner occupied certificate should contact their county director of equalization or the property and special taxes division of the South Dakota Department of Revenue in Pierre at 605-773-3139.
3rd Annual Chili Cook Off!
1st 2nd 3rd place prizes!
Saturday, March 22 The Buzz Stop 5 p.m.
How good is your Chili??? Lets find out!!!!
Remainder of Chili will be available for “Free Will Offering” - proceeds go to a local charity.
Registration forms available at the Buzz Stop. Forms must be returned no later than March 20th. Space is limited - sign up soon!
Tasters needed for judging from 5 - 6 p.m.
Call 244-7760 for more information
Chili Contestants Wanted!
Girl Scout HEALTHIHER event rescheduled
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This Saturday Bison will host the HEALTHIHER Event for girls in grades Kindergarten through High School. This event, originally scheduled in October was postponed due to the Atlas storm. Girls will learn about how to live a healthy lifestyle as they rotate through workshops on dental hygiene, nutrition, skin care, self-esteem and exercise. Join your friends at the Bison High School, March 22nd, from 1-4 PM. The HEALTHIHER event is $14 for registered Girl Scouts and $29 for non-registered Girl Scouts. Please contact Stacy Kvale at 244-7536 for further details.
Bingo has been a great pastime
Dr. Jason M. Hafner Dr. David J. Prosser
1st & 3rd Wed. of the month 2nd & 4th Wed. of the month
Buffalo Clinic Faith Clinic
Joyce Aukland calling bingo numbers. Edith Meland, Della Hatle, Vera Gay Wilson, Dorothy Haugen, Jim Wilson and Howard Haugen enjoy an afternoon of Bingo.
Jesse Lensegrav, DC Chiropractic Physician
Will be available by ADVANCE appointment through April 7882943
Bison American Legion Auxillary provide service for the community
Womens Legion Auxillary has the following equipment to rent for free. They have the following available: Portable commode, 3 different sizes of wheelchairs, wooden crutches, high rise, shower chairs, walker, walker with arm rests, and canes. If you need information please call Joyce Aukland at 344-5593 or Patsy Crow at 244-5484.
for many of the community
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Roast beef mashed potatoes w/gravy lima beans orange Macaroni & cheese sliced tomatoes banana butter scotch pudding w/topping
Thursday, March 20
Friday, March 21
Monday, March 24
Hamburger on w/w bun hash brown patty baked beans tomato slices on lettuce pears
Tuesday, March 25
Turkey ala king mashed potatoes peas lime perfection salad orange
Wednesday, March 26
Bingo has been enjoyed by young and old. Lenard Chapman, Tami Kilcoyne, Chuck Kilcoyne, Dustin Wells, Brittnee Aaker, Connie Aaker and Kindra Aaker, Lita Wells, Diana Landis, Jill Archibald.
Beef stew crunchy cranberry salad whole wheat biscuit seasonal fruit
Diana Landis and Bernice Kari enjoy a visit.
When faced with predator control or wildlife damage issues, livestock producers and landowners in Perkins County can contact Dustin Drews, the new Wildlife Damage Specialist for S.D. Game, Fish & Parks. Focused on protecting private landowner's assets from predators, Drews is a skilled trapper who has been trapping since he was 12. Drews will also be addressing damage caused to private property by other wildlife. "Our selection process is extensive. We were impressed by Dustin's background and trapping skills. He grew up trapping and is eager to put these skills to use protecting livestock from predators," says Mike Kintigh, Regional Supervisor for S.D. GF&P. A Nebraska native, Drews began trapping when as an eighth grader, a neighbor offered to pay him to trap beaver. With some help from the local game warden who loaned him traps and a trapping guide, he taught himself the art. Drews took a break from trapping when he joined the Marine Corps, but returned to it soon after he came home. Today he traps with his dogs by his side. "I love what I do. Trapping is a very rewarding occupation because the harder I work, the more predators I'm able to catch to help
New Wildlife Damage Specialist serves Perkins County
livestock and landowners out," said Drews, who spent the last five years working as an independent trapper, primarily trapping coyotes, before joining S.D. GF&P. New to the area, Drews will spend time between calls for his service getting to know landowners and understanding the predator issues that impact the area he serves. He is replacing Wildlife Damage Specialist, Roger Schofield. "Dustin is equipped and ready to begin assisting producers and landowners with predator control issues and game animal damage," says John Kanta, Regional Wildlife Manager for S.D. GF&P. Drews joins a team of 24 S. D. GF&P Wildlife Damage Specialists who work in counties across South Dakota. In 2013 they responded to more than 1,900 requests and worked with more than 1,200 livestock producers to stop predators. This year, the joint efforts of S. D. GF&P, Predator Control Districts and USDA Wildlife Services resulted in the removal of 8,058 coyotes, statewide. Kanta encourages all Perkins County livestock producers and landowners to contact Drews with all their predator control and wildlife damage issues. Drews can be contacted by calling 402-5210286.
Monday, March 24 Chicken noodle casserole peas salad bar fruit & milk Tuesday, March 25 pizza green & gold salad salad bar fruit & milk sausage links mac & cheese whole grain roll salad bar fruit & milk
Wednesday, March 26
Thursday, March 27 Turkey sandwich sweet potatoes cranberries salad bar fruit & milk
ng properties and for record keeping and would give valuable information to the auditor, register of deeds, sheriff and Highway Superintendent. Because the system would link parcel and soil data directly to Gerbracht's data base it would save her much time when updating property values. A web site would also be available for public use. Three bids given ranged from a cost of $100,000 to
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$80,000. The bid from Schneider Corporation was accepted at $80,000 by unanimous vote. Four payments will be made in four years. This expenditure will be placed in the budget with it's own budget determinations. Gerbracht is happy that this decision was now made since she has been studying GIS for a long time noticing it's many benefits. Holtgard explained three highway projects that are greatly in need of repair. The first, Coleman Avenue, which begins at Highway 20 and ends at Main Street of Bison going past Grand Electric Cooperative and West River Cooperative Telephone Company, is one of them. The county would like to deed this street to the city of Bison so it would be the city's responsibility. A grant is available to rebuild this road with costs split with the City of Bison and Perkins County at an approximate cost of $116,000. Juell Chapman, Chairman of the Bison Town Board, was a guest in the board room to discuss this road project. Chapman suggested that County Road 11/5th Avenue East, be accepted by the county in exchange for Coleman Avenue. However, the county is already maintaining County Road 11/5th Avenue East. The commissioners concensus was to leave that road out of the Coleman Avenue agreement. Remarking about Coleman Avenue Ottman exclaimed, "Get it done." A motion was made to sign an agreement with the City of Bison to reconstruct Coleman Avenue with grant money available as well as funds from the city and county funds not to exceed $125,000. Chairman Brad Besler was also authorized to sign this agreement with the Town of Bison. The deed for Coleman Avenue would also go to the City of Bison. Railway Street on the state line in Lemmon is a second highway project. Perkins County, Adams County in North Dakota, City of Lemmon and the State of North Dakota are joining funds together to rebuild this street that comes into Lemmon from the west and is the main truck route to Southwest Grain in Lemmon. Commissioners are now waiting to attend a meting when these four entities can make more definite plans to move ahead with this project. It will be placed on the April 8th meeting agenda. The Bixby Road south of Bison is the third road that needs repair. There is not enough money available to resurface the entire road but Holtgard will get done what he can with the money that is available. Authorization was also given to Holtgard to hire two summer helpers at a rate of $12 per hour and must be 18 years of age. A new employee on the crew is Cody Green who will begin at base pay. Holtgard had a question for the commissioners. "How
many employees can I hire?" Ottman replied by saying, "As many as you need to get the job done within your budget." The bid from Hills Material, of Rapid City, for road oil was accepted. Cretex Concrete Products of Huron had the lone bid for Concrete products and was accepted. The county was happy to receive a check in the amount of $32,948.81 from FEMA for the Highway Department due to expenses incurred during the October storm "Atlas". SDSU weather stations will be set up at the Bison and Lemmon Airports at a cost of $6,000. Schweitzer has been recruiting sponsors to make this happen. As a result Perkins County will provide $1,000 to each station to make this project a reality. Information will be made available to many people because of these stations. Surplus vehicles were discussed with Sheriff Serr. A 2003 Dodge Durango was received from the city of Lemmon and has been well used. After a time of "considering what to do" it was the Board's agreement to give the car back to the city of Lemmon. Another vehicle to surplus was a Crown Victoria that will be advertised and sold by bids. "Don't put money into a dead horse," suggested Sheriff Serr. The terms of Wayne Henderson, Mike Schweitzer and Rusty Foster will expire at the end of the year. An election will be held this year to determine if they will continue to serve for another four year term. Another visitor at the board room was Dennis Drayton from the Lemmon area. His first concern to visit about with the commissioners was expansion of the Powder River Training Zone over northeast Perkins County for the Air Force. The low level flights would be very disturbing to cattle and ranchers which is a property rights issue. Affects would include sonic booms, littering of metallic chaff and firing of flares above our grasslands, lakes and communities all causing a reduction in property values. Drayton thanked the board for making a resolution in 2010 against this expansion of the FAA into Perkins County. A second reason for Drayton to attend the commissioners meeting was to ask a question. "Why base taxes on sales?" Gerbracht and Chapman showed a video to all in the room to explain this process. The average tax per acre in Perkins County is $2.20. A liquor hearing for a malt beverage license for Boss Cowman Days in Lemmon in July was set for April 8. The county equalization meeting was also set for April 8th at 2 p.m.
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Bison Boys Ranked 18th in State Class B pre-season track poll
I'm a Track and Field junkie and last week I was reading the latest about the sport on sdmilespilt.com. On their web site, I saw a pre-season poll for class B boys and my curiosity got the best of me. I was surprised and excited to learn that the Bison boys track team was ranked 18th among all South Dakota B schools. The poll is based on returning athletes, how they did last year, and how they thought they would place this year. This ranking is only for the State Meet and past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results. I will be quick to caution our athletes that polls are just somebody's opinion. We still have to perform on the track. The nice thing is that I'm not the only person in the state that thinks we could have a good season. Here are the top 20 Boys' class B track teams in the Burkhalter state. 1. Harried-Selby 2. Freeman 3. Parker 4. Kadoka Area 5. Wessington Springs 6. Baltic 7. Sully Buttes 8. Clark/Willow Lake 9. Mitchell Christian 9. Faulkton Area 9. Britton-Hecla 12. Irene-Wakonda 13. Arlington 13. Ipswich 15. Langford Area 15. Elkton/Lake Benton 17. Great Plains Lutheran 18. BISON 19. Wall 20. Deuel
Currently there are teachers on staff who aren’t “highly qualified,” which simply means that they need more credits. They are already working on that. The report also revealed that professional development with no additional teacher pay. Aspredo there isn’t enough instruction time in the class schedule. It came up a whopping 25 days short! While the administration thinks that is an error in calculation, it will be looked at and corrected, if necessary. Students must log in for 10,245 hours of instruction per year. The school calendar for next year was reviewed and approved. Days have been added for teacher said that the teachers “see the need for professional development.” A $2,800 contract with Educational Assistance of America, a
School moves forward
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cuss offering teacher contracts. Several applications have been received for a reinstated guidance counselor position and the vacancy created in the 5th grade, due to Shelby Miles’ recent resignation. The school’s insurance company conducted a loss control survey and presented a list for needed repairs/improvements. Uppermost on their list was the lack of a safety bar on the table saw in the shop; falling concrete from the school building’s fascia; and rebar sticking through the concrete of the outdoor steps on the south side of the building. The fire marshal also visited recently and reported on several items that need correcting. A review of current text books throughout the school is attesting to a need for a cycle/replacement policy. Mrs. Azevedo reported that she found textbooks in the high school as old as 1982 and in the elementary dating back to 1997. She’s working on a recycle proposal to share with board members soon. Azevedo met with high school students who said they’d rather get their high school yearbook in the fall vs. spring so that all of the spring activities can be included. According to Azevedo, 90% of schools do it that way. She polled the board about their wishes for photography services in the future. Parents and students haven’t been very happy with the quality of pictures in the last couple of years. Azevedo will invite Leonard Studios, Mobridge, to take individual and group pictures next year. Upcoming for Students is a lyceum with a speaker who will talk about social media. Azevedo also wants to schedule somebody to talk with them about suicide prevention. She has developed a form for teachers to complete before showing movies in the classroom that are not curriculum related. The board had a second reading of a referral form to be used for discipline incidents. Smart Balance Assessment tests will be given to students in grades 3-8 and 11, with some selected grade 10 students, too, at the end of March. Four more surveillance cameras will be installed in strategic places in the school. A bid from Chapman’s Electronic Shop for $1,635.30 was approved. In other business, Azevedo was appointed to be the school’s Title I director; an audit of the school’s 2012/2013 school year has been accepted by the State of South Dakota; FEMA reimbursement in the amount of $1,785 was received for tree limb removal following winter storm Atlas; and board member representative Dan Beckman reported that interviews will begin soon for a new administrator at NOGAS.
provider of K-12 alternative and special school programs, was approved. It will buy four service days of professional development through Northwest Area Schools. Next year, when there is a Monday holiday, students will go to school on Friday to maintain the four-day school week. All early holiday dismissals will be consistent, with the final bell slated for 1:33 p.m. There are approximately 8.96 snow days built into the calendar, which students would not have to make up. There will be new curriculum for physical education and Azevedo is researching a program that would provide fruit and veggie snacks, in an effort to have healthier students. Also looking towards next year, the board approved contracts for their two business managers and went into executive session to dis-
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Charles Andrew Anderson
to the Culver Place that was purchased in 1939. Charles attended grade school in Strool and high school in Lemmon, graduating in 1940. Charles met Helen Ploog in 1940 as they closed the Thunder Hawk School. Charles went to Mankato Business College in Mankato, Minnesota, for a year. He worked at a bank in Fairmont, North Dakota, before going to work at First National Bank in Lemmon as he had come home to help with farming. Charles married Helen in July 1943. They lived in a trailer house on Charles' parents farm. Charles was drafted into service and chose the Navy where he repaired PT boats in Eniwetok Island near Guam in the Pacific until his honorable discharge in 1946. When Charles returned, they moved on the Culver place as Charles' parents moved to Rapid City. Charles enjoyed raising his Hereford cattle and raising registered bulls and farming. When he started farming, he used a WD 9 caterpillar. He was a hard-working father that provided for his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Helen Anderson; daughters, Sandy Wagner, and Cindy (Leroy) Klein; one son, Tim (Merna) Anderson; seven grandchildren, Scott and Lisa Wagner, Terry, Michael, and Brian Klein, and Stacy and Cody Anderson; sixteen great-grandchildren; one brother, James (Nora); one brother-in-law, Gale Holbrook; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Tanya; brother, Maurice; and two sisters, Janie Holbrook and Jocie McCarney. Graveside services with full military honors were held Monday, March 17, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery National Cemetery near Sturgis. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals .com.
Charles Andrew Anderson, 91, Meadow, South Dakota, died Saturday, March 8, 2014, at the Hettinger Medical Center in Hettinger, North Dakota. Charles was born on January 16, 1923, to Oscar and Lillian (Lorenz) Anderson at Bath, South Dakota. The family moved to Strool, South Dakota, and rented from Molly in 1929. They moved
Shiloh Baysinger of Perkins County Rural Water Systems was present to ask if PCRWS could purchase the Heck lots that the Town had purchased. There are four lots, one is approximately 80 x 140 and the other three are 50 x 140. These lots are located at the south end of Coleman Avenue. PCRWS would like to build a shop to keep their equipment out of the weather. After some discussion it was decided to sell PCRWS the two north lots if they could come to an agreement. The Town keeps gravel and chips stockpiled on the south lots. James and Marci Sandgren were also present at Monday nights meeting concerning the plank bridge at their property. Sandgrens had received an agreement to look over and sign, they felt that a lot of unnecessary requests of them were in the agreement and wanted an explanation. Sandgrens had not received the revised agreement and were given one, they will take it home
Town Board agrees to sell two of the South Heck lots
and review it and be in contact with the Towns Attorney, Eric Bogue for any revisions. Jim Hodgson of Dacotah Insurance presented liability package, liquor liability and airport liability policies for renewal. The Towns business office will not be moving to the Bentley building until sometime in April, after a lease agreement can be made with the Fairboard/Perkins County. Board members authorized Chapman to sign an agreement to proceed with work on the Coleman Avenue improvement project. Sludge removal at the lagoon will be put on hold until there is more information on the process. Heath McKinstry was authorized to purchase another trash pump. Their will be a public hearing dealing with the lagoon project on March 24th at 6 p.m. at the Grand Electric Social Room.
Pastor Brad Burkhalter Beckman Wesleyan Church
John 17:15 "I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil."
Church Services Directory
Sunday School 9:30 a.m. • Worship Service - 10:30a.m. Wednesday Prayer Mtg. - 7:30 p.m.
Grace Baptist Church • Pastor Phil Hahn Church of Christ
Sat. evening services •American - 5:30 p.m. Sunday morning services •Rosebud - 8:00 a.m. • Indian Creek - 10:30 a.m. Sunday evening services • Grand River Lutheran - 5:00 p.m.
Prairie Fellowship Parish ELCA • Pastor Dana Lockhart
18 mi. south of Prairie City - Worship Service - 10:00 a.m.
Christ Lutheran Church WELS
Pastor Gerhardt Juergens
Many times when we face trials or difficulties, we pray and ask God to deliver us from the hardship that we face. Sometimes God,in His mercy, answers our prayer and delivers us from our trial. That is evidence of God's grace and mercy, but He doesn't always respond in that way. Sometimes God doesn't answer our prayer the way we want. Here in John 17, Jesus prayed that we be not taken out of the world, but kept from the evil, or evil one. In other words He is praying that we are given strength to endure through our trial. Sometimes God shows Himself by giving us the power to endure and to emerge more than conquerors rather than snatch us out of our problem. We have to be able to see that God has a purpose for our trial. He may place us in a trial to reveal His glory. The disciples were left in the world for that reason. We have to be aware that whatever we are going through at this moment is part of God's plan to reveal His glory. God is wanting to show Himself through His children, even in trials.
Sunday Bible Class - 8:00 a.m., Worship Service - 8:30 a.m.
Seventh Day Adventist Church • Pastor David Moench
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. Sabbath School - 2:00 p.m., Worship Service - 3:00 p.m.
South Jct. of Highways 73 & 20 Sunday School - 10:00 a.m., Worship Service - 11:00 a.m.
Coal Springs Community Church
First Presbyterian Church • Pastor Florence Hoff, CRE
Worship Service - 10:30 a.m. Sunday School - 9:30 for all ages Reva • Sunday School 9:45 a.m. for all ages •Worship Service - 11:00 a.m., WMF 2nd Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. Sunday School - 10:00 a.m., Morning Worship - 11:00 a.m. Vesper Service - 6:00 p.m., Wed. Evenings - 7:30 p.m.
Holland Center Christian Reformed Church Pastor Brad Burkhalter • Lodgepole
Worship Service - 8:00 a.m.
Slim Buttes Lutheran • Pastor Henry Mohagen
Beckman Wesleyan Church • Pastor Brad Burkhalter
Albert and Bridget Keller traveled to Bismarck on Monday for appointments. The kids stayed with Grandma Pat. They returned to Patricia Kellers and spent the night. The boys stayed with Grandma and Albert and Bridget returned home on Tuesday to get some things done around the house. Wednesday, Albert Keller returned to work. Bridget ran to Hettinger in the morning then waited for a mattress to be delivered. Once delivered she traveled to Bismarck for some Guard training. Thursday, Bridget Keller was in Bismarck all day for guard training, she returned to Patricia Kellers that evening. She and the boys spent the night there. Friday, Bridget and boys returned home. Dawn Harris was a Friday afternoon guest of the Kellers. Tiss Johnson gave Shirley Dreiske a ride home Friday and they both attended the Farm and Home show. Larry and Sarah Dreiske spent Saturday helping Tiss Johnson get stuff ready for a sale. Tiss took them out to supper at Summerville that evening. Monday, Steve Sandgren came out and the phone company came to fix the phone. Tuesday the phone didn’t work and Thelma went to Longwood’s to report it. Wednesday, the phone company came to fix the phone. Norman Seim was a supper guest of Thelma Sandgren. Alf and Betty Vliem were evening visitors. Thursday, Steve Sandgren and the insurance man were dinner
Rosebud News by Tiss Johnson
guests. The phone was fixed. Friday, Thelma Sandgren went to Hettinger and had lunch with Gladys Merwin, visited at the Nursing home. Thelma then went to Lemmon for the Farm and Home show. Saturday morning, Steve Sandgren picked Thelma Sandgren up for a trip to the hills. Steve dropped her off at Georgia’s in Sturgis. Georgia took Thelma to Spearfish where she visited with Lois Blosmo. They had lunch with Kylee and then returned to Sturgis where Steve picked her up. Norman Seim was a Sunday morning coffee guest of Thelma Sandgren. Norman Seim of Northome, MN is visiting neighbors and relatives in the area. Saturday, Tim, JoAnne, Justin, Jo and Jacob Seim spent time with Bonnie Haynes. They also called on the Jed Seim family. Justin, Jo and Jacob Seim were Sunday dinner guests of Tim and JoAnne Seim. Lynn Frey attended the Farm and Home Show in Lemmon Friday. Lynn Frey visited with Larry and Marlys Foss Friday evening. Susan Gunn helped at a Team Retreat at St. Mary’s church over the weekend. Susan and Vince Gunn participated in the St Patrick’s celebration at Summerville Sunday. Friday, Patsy Miller went to Bison and spent the day at the Eastern Star Official Visit. Matt, Christi and Zabrina Miller spent Saturday with Jim and Patsy Miller.
DENR to host 26th Annual Environmental and Ground Water Quality Conference
The 26th Annual South Dakota Environmental and Ground Water Quality Conference will be held March 19-20 at the AmericInn Teton Island Conference Center in Fort Pierre. The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) hosts the conference, which will consist of exhibits and technical presentations covering subjects related to the environment, ground water, geology, mining, and mineral resources. For a complete agenda, visit http://denr.sd.gov/GWQConference/. “Do you want to learn more about in situ uranium mining? How about cleanups of oil spills in North Dakota or former manufactured gas plants? Maybe you are interested in the Big Sioux River water quality master plan? Or are you in-
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terested in learning more about agricultural tile discharges?” asks DENR Secretary Steve Pirner. “If so, DENR invites you to attend the presentations being made at the 26th Environmental and Ground Water Quality Conference.” The conference is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Brian Walsh, Conference Coordinator for DENR, (605) 7733296.
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Owen Lake is running over the spillway, should be some good fishing this spring. Photo submitted by Lita Wells.
American Legion Spring District Convention
The annual District 1 Spring Meeting of the South Dakota American Legion will be held Saturday, March 29, 2014 in Box Elder for Legionnaires from Butte, Harding, Lawrence, Meade, Corson, Dewey, Perkins and Ziebach counties. The Legion business session will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the Box Elder Post Home. There will be a district joint meeting at 11:00 a.m. followed by lunch at 12:00 noon. Participants will elect County Commanders and Vice Commanders in the District for oneyear terms during the business meeting.
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The session will also feature Post reports regarding the past year’s unusual activities, Post Americanism reports, a membership turn-in, recognition of the District 1 Legionnaire of the Year and an address by State American Legion Commander Rick MacDonald of Hermosa. District 1 Commander Thom Hood of Belle Fourche will conduct the Legion business session. Box Elder Post Commander Dan Holst will be in charge of local arrangements. The District 1 Auxiliary will hold its meeting at 1 p.m. at the Box Elder Post Home.
Amy Lewis of Denver, CO and Chris Mitchell of Spearfish spent the weekend with Art and Marilyn Christman. Carolyn Petik spent the day with Irene Young on Tuesday, while Jerry attended a Grazing Association meeting. Jerry and Carolyn Petik attended the Farm and Home Show on Friday. On Friday evening, Jeri Lynn Bakken brought supper and they and Thelma Lemke were guests at Irene Young’s.
Meadow News by Tiss Johnson
SDSU Extension in partnership with the SD Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Pheasants Forever, and other organizations will be hosting the second annual CRP and Grassland Prescribed Fire Planning workshop series in late March. The 2014 workshops will be held in Winner on March 25th at the SDSU Regional Extension Center, Rapid City on March 26th at the SDSU West River Ag Center, and in Lemmon on March 27th at the Lemmon Fire Department. All classes begin at 8:30 am with on-site registration and adjourn at 5 pm with a one hour lunch break at noon. Lunch will not be provided at the training site. Courses will consist of 1-day classroom instruction led by trained prescribed fire professionals with the NRCS, SDSU Extension, Pheasants Forever, and other organizations. Pete Bauman, SDSU Range Field Specialist is excited about the opportunity to reach out to landowners in 2014 in new areas of the state. “We’ve been working for years through the Prairie Coteau Habitat Partnership to improve fire education in the northeast part of the state,” said Bauman. “Last year we educated over 150 agency staffers and producers in Yankton, Watertown, Huron, Leola, and Sisseton. It will be good to bring the program further west in 2014.” The training focuses on in-
Landowner and Agency Staff Fire Planning Workshops to be held in March
Lucas Fried of Rapid City and Jenny Fried of Spearfish arrived Friday evening and spent the weekend with Mary Ellen Fried. Greg and Peggy Fried joined Lucas Fried, Jenny Fried and Mary Ellen Fried for supper Saturday evening. Fred and Bev Schopp accompanied Ray and Julie Schopp, Krista and Justin to Huron Thursday to attend the State B Basketball Tournament. They returned home Saturday evening.
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. DATES TO REMEMBER: JULY 15, 2014 – LAST DAY TO REPORT 2014 ACRE PRODUCTION AND NAP PRODUCTION FOR 2013 JULY 15, 2014 – LAST DAY TO REPORT 2014 PLANTED ACREAGE FARM OPERATION CHANGES With the new farm bill being implemented soon it is important to report changes in the farm operation to the FSA office. These changes include ownership changes, changes in entity structure, cash rent and share rent changes. You should also remember to keep your address and personal information up to date. LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS AFFECTED BY SEVERE WEATHER URGED TO KEEP GOOD RECORDS The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia, today repeated his appeal to livestock producers affected by natural disasters such as the drought in the West and the unexpected winter storm in the upper Midwest to keep thorough records. This includes livestock and feed losses, and any additional expenses that are a result of losses to purchased forage or feed stuff. "The 2014 Farm Bill provides a strong farm safety net to help ranchers during these difficult times,” said Garcia. “We’ll provide producers with information on new program requirements, updates and signups as the information becomes available. In the meantime, I urge producers to keep thorough records. We know these disasters have caused serious economic hardships for our livestock producers. We’ll do all we can to assist in their recovery.”
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structing both landowners and NRCS staff on the methods of planning for and conducting prescribed fires on CRP and grasslands in general. Topics include firebreak development, grassland ecology, fire planning, resources and tools, weather, safety, and communications. “Prescribed fire is 90% preparation, it’s not complicated when one takes a systematic approach”, added Bauman. Stan Boltz, State Range Conservationist for NRCS is looking forward to expanding the reach of the current program. “Partners such as Pheasants Forever and The Nature Conservancy have worked closely with NRCS to help shape a program that not only educates landowners but NRCS staff as well. With these workshops, our staff gains valuable instruction in how to help landowners….and they learn together in the classroom. Our western staff was ready for this opportunity, and we’re happy to bring the program to the landowners they’ll be working with as well.” The workshops are free, and walk-in registration will be held on site at 8:30 each morning. However, participants are encouraged to pre-register if they know they are planning to attend. For more information or to pre-register, please call the SDSU Regional Extension Center in Watertown (Bauman’s office) at 605-882-5140.
In addition to western drought and the early-winter snowstorms, there are a variety of disasters from floods to storms to unexpected freezes. Each event causes economic consequences for farmers and ranchers throughout the United States. FSA recommends that owners and producers record all pertinent information of natural disaster consequences. Documentation of the number and kind of livestock that have died, supplemented if possible by photographs or video records of ownership and losses; Dates of death supported by birth recordings or purchase receipts; Costs of transporting livestock to safer grounds or to move animals to new pastures; Feed purchases if supplies or grazing pastures are destroyed; Crop records, including seed and fertilizer purchases, planting and production records; Pictures of on-farm storage facilities that were destroyed by wind or flood waters; and Evidence of damaged farm land.
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TREE FACTS – Growing Your Own Fruit
well on any fertile garden soil that has good surface drainage. Shelter is necessary from all directions except the east. Tree Size – Select trees that are at least ½ inch in diameter just above the graft union. Trees that are smaller than this do not establish as well as larger ones. Steer clear of trees of 1 inch diameter or more, because the nursery may have damaged or removed a significant portion of the root system in digging. Branches - Ideally, a tree should have three to five symmetrically spaced branches. If you end up getting a healthy, unbranched tree, cut it about 36 inches above the graft union and it will grow several branches developing below the cut. Dwarf Apple Trees – Dwarf apple trees of any variety are not recommended for general planting because dwarfing rootstocks are of questionable hardiness and their roots tend to be brittle. Pollination – Since most fruit trees cannot set fruit with their own pollen, it is necessary to select and plant two different varieties to insure proper pollination. An ornamental flowering crabapple will suffice as a pollinating tree for apples and crabapples. Generally it is best to plant two varieties of stone fruits for good pollination. Plums will not crosspollinate with cherries or apricots. Wild plums located nearby will satisfactorily pollinate plums.
By Robert W. Drown, Natural Resource Specialist Growing your own fruit can be fun and delicious. Many different kinds of fruit can be grown in the western Dakotas including apples, crabapples, pears, plums, cherries, apricots and peaches. Recommended varieties are as follows: Apples – Haralred, Haralson and Honeycrisp; Crabapples – Chestnut, Dolgo and Centennial; Pears - Golden Spice and Ure; Plums – Waneta, LaCrescent and Pembina; Cherries – Nanking and North Star; Apricots – Moongold, Sungold, Brookcot, and Westcot; Peaches – Contender. Fruit trees should be planted at least 40 to 50 feet from farm shelterbelts to prevent snowdrift damage and reduce competition for soil moisture and nutrients. In town, where backyard space may be limited, locate fruit trees away from large shade trees for similar reasons. Most fruits do
Spacing – Apple trees should be spaced 20 - 25 feet apart; plums and apricots should be spaced 20 feet apart and Nanking and North Star cherries should be spaced 10 - 16 feet between rows, with the plants 4 - 8 feet apart in the row. Planting Time - Plant bare-root stock as soon as the frost is out of the ground. Healthy bare-root planted trees will exhibit vigorous growth and establishment the first year. Potted nursery stock can be planted throughout the growing season. Dig a hole larger than the root spread of the tree to avoid crowding or bending the roots when planting bareroot trees. Take care to prevent loss of soil around the roots when removing the container at planting time and always remove containers before planting potted trees. Grafts - Most fruit trees have a top grafted onto a rootstock. Place the graft on most fruit trees 1 - 2 inches above the soil level. Place the graft of apricots at least 4 inches below the soil level. Tamp firmly. Leave a depression around the tree and water thoroughly. My sources for this news release were the South Dakota and North Dakota Cooperative Extension Services. If you would like more information about “Growing Your Own Fruit” contact Bob Drown @605-244-5222 Extension 109 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Picture taken several years back of a Haralred apple tree located near Mobridge, SD.
Representative Betty Olsonʼs views of the 2014 Legislative session
Middle School who received the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, was in Pierre on Tuesday. When Ann visited the House Chambers, I read the commemoration we gave honoring her outstanding teaching academic performance and throughout her career. Congratulations Ann! Department of Agriculture Secretary Lucas Lentsch gave legislators a Blizzard Recovery Update on March 13th. The update included discussions regarding financial assistance programs for producers affected by the Atlas Blizzard. SD Stockgrowers and SD Cattlemen gave presentations on the work they did together to help the livestock producers who were severely impacted by the October storm. These are the last bills we passed through the House this week: •SB 1 provides for the selection of the chair and vice chair of the Executive Board of the Legislative Research Council, revises the membership of the Executive Board, provides for the term of each constituted Executive Board, provides for the yearround governance of the Legislative Research Council by the Executive Board, and provides for continuity of board membership. •SB 13 makes texting a secondary offense punishable by a $100 fine. •SB 25 establishes the procedure to forfeit personal property in child pornography, human trafficking, child solicitation or exploitation cases, and to direct money from the forfeitures. •SB 85 revises provisions regarding confidential criminal justice information. •SB 137 makes an appropriation to rehabilitate state-owned rail lines. •SB 168 authorizes criminal background checks for officers and employees of the Governor's Office of Economic Development. The animal cruelty bill, SB 46, passed on Tuesday with only fifteen of us voting against it. The governor signed it on Friday, but I really hope it doesn’t come back to bite animal agriculture. Cruelty to animals was already against the law in South Dakota, but after the legislature caved in to threats from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) this bill now makes cruelty to animals a felony. The governor also signed two of my bills on Friday. The two bills were SB 82 revising provisions concerning purchases, sales, and contracts made by public officers with the state or its political subdivisions and revising provisions concerning agreements or other transactions of the South Dakota Housing Development Authority and HB 1184 designating the fourth Saturday in July the “Day of the American Cowboy”. All the sponsors of HB 1184 were invited to Gov. Daugaard’s office to watch him sign our bill honoring cowboys with an unpaid state holiday. Two of my other bills, HB 1118 clarifying provisions about discharging firearms in safety zones and SB 22 authorizing the issuance of citations for livestock inspection violations are on the governor’s desk awaiting his signature. Friday was a sad day for some
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of us. Twenty one members of the House and seven members of the Senate will not be coming back to the same legislative house next year. I and five other House members are termed out. Two Senators, Sen. Jean Hunhoff from District 18 and our Sen. Ryan Maher from District 28, are also termed out. Several other members of both houses will be leaving the legislature for various reasons. Some of the members who are termed will be running to fill seats in the opposite house. Since Sen. Maher and I are both termed out, I will be running for his seat in the Senate, but Sen. Maher isn’t running for any office this year. Ryan is still chairman of the Executive Board and that, along with his two businesses, keeps him very busy. I also serve on the Executive Board and we will continue working until January 2015 as we try to find a new Executive Director of the Legislative Research Council to replace Jim Fry who retired last year. The last official day of the 2014 legislative session is Veto Day on March 31. If you want to contract me, my phone number at the ranch is (605)855-2824 and you can email me at email@example.com Since Monday is Saint Patrick’s Day, I’ll leave you with this Irish blessing: May you be poor in misfortune Rich in blessings Slow to make enemies Quick to make friends. But rich or poor, quick or slow, May you know nothing but Happiness from this day forward.
The 2014 legislative session is over. Once again, the legislature balanced the budget without raising taxes. Because of South Dakota’s dedication to smaller government, lower taxes and personal responsibility, over the last two years we were listed as the top state by these entities: #1 Best Run State - 2012 Barron’s #1 America’s Top State to do Business - 2013 CNBC #1 Growth in Personal Income - 2013 Bureau of Economic Analysis (from 2010-2011) #1 Enterprising States - Best Business Climate-2013 US Chamber of Commerce Foundation #1 Percent Growth in Entrepreneurial Activity - 2013 Fast Company Magazine #1 Best Business Tax Climate 2012 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council #1 Best Business Policy - 2012 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council Pretty impressive, isn’t it? Ann Anderson, the fifth grade science teacher at Belle Fourche
Prime sponsors of HB 1184, Sen. Billie Sutton and Rep. Betty Olson, stand beside Gov. Dennis Daugaard as he signs their bill to make the fourth Saturday in July a state holiday – the Day of the American Cowboy. Back row, left to right: Rep. Jim Schaefer, Sen. Corey Brown, Rep. Troy Heinert, Sen. Jim Bradford, Rep. Dean Schrempp, Rep. Dennis Feicert, Rep. Gary Cammack, and Rep. Scott Craig.
A national volunteer network of precipitation observers or Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS ) is looking for more volunteers to track precipitation events across South Dakota. These volunteers measure and report after rain, hail and snow events. "These are everyday people who enjoy measuring precipitation and are willing to report that on the internet," said Dennis Todey, South Dakota State University Extension state climatologist and CoCoRaHS state coordinator. Despite today's automated technology, Todey believes local reporting is still essential in tracking the variability of rainfall. For example, on July 15, 2013, an observer near Kennebec reported 4.18 inches, where the volunteers near the north and south borders of Lyman County reported just .20 inches. "It's a huge benefit to us to have people across the state who monitor precipitation. The biggest variability in weather across South Dakota is how precipitation differs from place to place. Even with all the technology we have, we really need to have on-ground measurements all across the state to tell us what is really happening on the ground," he said. "Where we have heavy rain events, like flood events, the National Weather Service has issued flash flood warnings based on people's reports on how much rain fall there was," he said. Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension climate field specialist and CoCoRaHS state coordinator, said volunteer reports can also be useful in documenting drought conditions. "If people can tell us how many days they've gone without rainfall, it helps us document drought conditions and better support disaster declaration because of drought," she said. Volunteers who are interested in joining the CoCoRaHS network must be willing to take daily precipitation readings between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and report the events online or by phone. There is a smartphone app for Android, and an app for Apple is coming soon. They are asked to use a standard four-inch diameter rain gauge and will receive a small bit of training. A March Madness recruiting campaign is now underway. To learn more and view an informative video trailer about CoCoRaHS, visit www.cocorahs.org or contact Todey at 605-688-5678.
Weather reporting volunteers needed
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Perkins County Commission Regular Meeting
Weather Stations Grand Electric and West River Telephone made the decision to support the weather stations from the State Climate Office at SDSU in Bison and Lemmon. The cost to Perkins County would be $1000 per station annually. Schweitzer moved, Ottman seconded to cost share the support for the weather stations in Bison and Lemmon at a cost of $1000 per station per year, motion carried. Wages Henderson moved, to give the offices deputies and secretaries a 50₵ per hour increase. Henderson withdrew his motion. Highway Department •Superintendent Holtgard shared cost estimates for Coleman Avenue. Juell Chapman, Town Board Chairman, was present and stated that they would like a signed agreement with Perkins County prior to accepting the grant from the State of SD. Ottman moved, Schweitzer seconded to enter into an agreement with the Town of Bison for the repair of Coleman Avenue with the County’s share not to exceed $125,000, motion carried. •Ottman moved, Henderson seconded to give signatory authority to Chairman Besler upon completion of a written agreement with the Town of Bison, motion carried. •Discussion was held on the Bixby Rd project which is currently slated for 2016. Discussion was held on reducing the number of miles to reduce costs. •Discussion was held on the installation of the culvert on 178th Ave. Bison Township will be invited to the April meeting to discuss the agreement between Bison Township and Perkins County. •Holtgard hired Cody Green. His wage will be the base wage of $15.81 per hour. •Holtgard shared his plans for blading the roads in Perkins County. •Holtgard would like to advertise for two summer seasonal employees. Schweitzer moved, Ottman seconded to allow Holtgard to advertise for summer seasonal employees, motion carried. •Ottman moved, Henderson seconded to authorize Chairman Besler as signatory on the Sign Retroreflectivity Assessment/Management Plan, motion carried. •Schweitzer moved, Henderson seconded to accept the FEMA grant money in the amount of $32,948.81 and to auto-supplement 201-313-422, motion carried. •Commission reviewed a letter from Daryl & Geraldine Storm concerning the condition of their roads. Holtgard is aware of the situation. Abatement Ottman moved, Schweitzer seconded to approve the abatement for Daniel Kvale in the amount of $3,358.10, as his property failed to get discretionary, motion carried. County Vehicles Foster moved, Henderson seconded to declare the 2003 Dodge Durango surplus and to gift it to the City of Lemmon, motion carried. from Cretex, motion carried. the following persons with the authority to request assistance from the State Wildland Fire Coordinator in fighting range fires: tric, utilities/supplies, 1,608.78; Hamand Tire, maintenance, 87.00; John Deere Financial, repairs, 758.00; John’s Repair, maintenance, 60.87; KM Construction, repairs, 352.12; Lemmon EMT, travel, 840.69; Lemmon Senior Citizens, subsidy, 1,500.00; Lodgepole Store, propane, 5,327.75; Matheson Tri-Gas Inc, supplies, 209.52; Meade County Auditor, E911, 156.63; Meade Co Auditor, jail board, 1,045.00; NAPA Auto Parts, repairs, 187.31; Newman Signs, supplies, 871.08; Northern Fire & Safety, supplies, 469.05; NW Farm & Home Supply, supplies, 78.21; S Penfield, rent, 400.00; Pennington Co Sheriff, jail board, 2,316.80; Penor’s Texaco, repairs, 1.50; Pharmchem Inc, drug testing, 126.00; Phil’s Paint & Body, maintenance, 80.00; Phoenix Investigations, prof fees, 1,504.85; PostofficeBison, box rent, 86.00; Prairie City Fire Dept, insurance, 3,431.00; Prairie Community Health, prof fees, 428.00; Rapid Tire & Alignment, repairs, 630.98; Regional Pharmacy, jail meds, 21.13; Running’s, supplies, 159.92; SBM, maintenance, 125.33; K Schumacher, travel, 431.70; SD Dept of Health, blood testing, 35.00; SDSU Extension, prof services, 10,998.00; Servall Uniform, jail supplies, 32.45; Sheehan Mack, repairs, 430.18; Shopko Pharmacy, jail meds, 363.00; Southside Repairs, repairs, 489.71; Tennant’s Auto, repairs, 148.32; Town of Bison, utilities, 209.59; Trail King Industries, repairs, 105.54; J Vanvactor, supplies, 7.55; Verizon Wireless, utilities, 240.12; VISA, travel, 196.98; Dr Wessel, jail meds, 39.61; West Group, law books, 1,340.28; West River Health Serv, blood testing, 146.00; West River Telephone, utilities, 1,206.67. Adjournment Foster moved, Henderson seconded to adjourn the meeting at 2:20 pm, motion carried. The next regular meeting of the Perkins County Commission will be held on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 10:00 am at the Perkins County Courthouse. ATTEST: Sylvia Chapman, Finance Officer
Call to Order Chairman Besler called the regular meeting of the Perkins County Commission to order at 10:04 am at the Perkins County Courthouse. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Approval of Agenda Foster moved, Henderson seconded to approve the agenda, motion carried.
Date: March 11, 2014 Present: Commissioners Besler, Henderson, Ottman, Schweitzer and Foster and Finance Officer Chapman Others Present: Shane Penfield, Rownea Gerbracht, Duane Holtgard, Kelly Serr, Dennis Drayton, Todd Fink, Juell Chapman, Theora Carlson, press
Alcoholic Beverage Hearing Ottman moved, Schweitzer seconded to set the Alcoholic Beverage Hearing for 10:30 am on April 8th 2014, motion carried. County Board of Equalization Foster moved, Ottman seconded to set April 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm as the date and time of the County Board of Equalization Meeting, motion carried. Annual Report The 2013 Annual Report, as prepared by the Finance Officer, was reviewed by the Commission.
Douglas Jerde, Jerry Vliem, HL Ransom, Don Palmer, David Kopren, Allen Palmer, Harlan Hess and Chad Baumgarten.
Minutes Ottman moved, Foster seconded to approve the minutes of the February 11th Commission Meeting with the following corrections: Ottman moved, Schweitzer seconded to increase the base wage of the Register of Deeds and the Director of Equalization $4000, roll call vote: Schweitzer nay, Foster nay, Ottman aye, Besler nay, motion failed. and; I hereby submit the following report of my examination of the cash and cash items in the hands of the Deputy Finance Officer of this County as of January 31, 2014, motion carried.
Henderson moved, Schweitzer seconded to change Patsy Crow’s title to Administrative Assistant and to adjust her base wage to $13.62 per hour effective February 26, 2014; Ottman moved to call for the question, Foster seconded, all ayes, motion carried. Besler called for a vote on the motion, all ayes, motion carried. Schweitzer moved to adjust the base wage by 50₵ per hour for Deputy Finance Officers, Deputy Register of Deeds, Deputy Director of Equalization I & II, State’s Attorney’s Secretary, Sheriff ’s Administrative Deputy, Highway Administrative Assistant, Health Nurse Secretary and Custodian effective February 26, 2014, motion failed for lack of a second. Foster moved, Henderson seconded to give a 50₵ per hour increase to the Deputy Finance Officers, Deputy Register of Deeds, Deputy Director of Equalization I & II, State’s Attorney’s Secretary, Health Nurse Secretary and Custodian with an effective date of February 26, 2014, all ayes, motion carried.
Schweitzer moved, Besler seconded to accept Schneider’s bid for GIS services, motion carried.
GIS Bids were received for GIS services and presented at the February 11th Commission Meeting. They were: •GIS Workshop $95,500 creation fees spread out over 4 years, $12,500 yearly maintenance fees •Sidwell $178,507 creation fees spread out over 3 years, $13,250 yearly maintenance fees •Schneider $79,879 creation fees spread out over 4 years, $9,000 yearly maintenance fees •District III $100,000 creation fees spread out over 3 years, $5,500 yearly maintenance (came in after the bid date)
Correspondence Correspondence from the Forest Service was reviewed.
Monthly Reports •Finance Officer’s Account with the Deputy Finance Officer - To the Honorable Board of County Commissioners Perkins County: I hereby submit the following report of my examination of the cash and cash items in the hands of the Deputy Finance Officer of this County as of February 28, 2014, Sylvia Chapman, Finance Officer, Perkins County. Total amount of deposits in banks $103,654.76, Total amount of actual cash $150.69; Insured Money Market $1,942,005.45; Dakota Plains Federal Credit Union membership fee $10.04; Certificates of Deposit $500,099.66; South Dakota FIT $101,495.23; Total $2,647,415.83. The total represents state, county, schools, cities and township funds, which will be transferred to each entity of government after being apportioned. •Sheriff ’s Fees in the amount of $181.94 were reviewed. •Sheriff car logs were reviewed. •Motor Vehicle fees for the month of February 2014 were reviewed. •Register of Deed’s fees in the amount of $2,870.62 were reviewed.
Finance Officer Chapman requested a change in title and status for the deputy on the auditor side of the Finance Office to Deputy Finance Officer 1 and a pay adjustment of 25₵ per hour. Henderson moved, Foster seconded to change Paulette Fero’s title to Deputy Finance Officer I and to adjust the wage to $14.37 per hour (includes longevity) effective February 26, 2014, motion carried.
Bids Ottman moved, Henderson seconded to open the bids, motion carried. One road oil bid was received from Hills Material Company, Rapid City. Bids were: MC-70 No bid MC-800 No bid AE-150 $550.65 per ton MC-3000 No bid CRS2 $551.63 per ton CRS2P $608.15 per ton Foster moved, Schweitzer seconded to accept the lone bid from Hills Material, Rapid City, motion carried. One bid was received for concrete products from Cretex. Schweitzer moved, Foster seconded to accept the lone bid
Powder River Training Zone Dennis Drayton was present to ask the Commission to consider publishing their resolution on their position on the Powder River Training Zone in Perkins County. Resolution 2010-16 was signed and published in 2010. Mr. Drayton will provide addresses that he would like Resolution 2010-16 to be sent.
Schweitzer moved, Henderson seconded to adjust the base wage for the Sheriff to $47,981.58 effective March 1, 2013, motion carried.
Claims The following claims were presented and approved for payment, February payroll: 73,973.58; IRS, fica, 5,658.94; SD Retirement, retirement, 4,884.61; Delta Dental, insurance, 1,207.00; Lincoln Mutual, insurance, 151.92; SDSDBF, insurance, 20,606.18: A&B Business, supplies, 377.87; A+ Repairs, repairs, 1,176.90; Automotive Co, Inc, repairs, 1,087.59; Avera Queen of Peace, prof fee, 122.80; Best Western Ramkota, travel, 419.95; BH Council of Local Govt, fees, 1,550.00; BH Family Practice, jail meds, 8.00; Bison Courier, publishing, 290.74; Bison Food Store, supplies, 12.03; Bison Implement, supplies/repairs, 889.62; Bison Senior Citizens, subsidy, 1,500.00; Butler Machinery, repairs, 260.39; Jean Carlson, ct reporting, 280.00; Contractors Supply, repairs, 741.60; Corson Co Sheriff, registration, 45.83; Country Media, publishing, 228.90; Current Connection, supplies/equipment, 2,583.40; Dakota Auto Parts, supplies, 334.76; Dakota Business Center, supplies, 210.72; Dakota Farm Equipment, repairs, 413.06; Dakota Fluid Power, repairs, 153.92; Dakota Herald, subscription, 45.00; Dale’s Tire, supplies, 5,452.40; City of Mobridge, E911, 7,308.75; G&O Paper, supplies, 306.50; Godfrey Brake Service, repairs, 236.28; Grand Elec-
[Published March 20, 2014 at a total approximate cost of $138.42.] Exhibit I
APPROVED: Brad W. Besler, Chairman
Henderson moved, Foster seconded to surplus the 2001 Ford Crown Victoria, motion carried.
SD Wildland Suppression Agreement Foster moved, Henderson seconded to introduce and approve Resolution 2014-02, roll call vote: Foster, aye, Henderson aye, Ottman aye, Schweitzer aye, Besler aye, motion carried. Resolution 2014-02 WHEREAS, the South Dakota Wildland Fire Coordinator is authorized to assist in fighting range fires through the State, and WHEREAS, a county must formally request his assistance pursuant to SDCL 4120-8.1;
PERKINS COUNTY STATEMENT OF NET POSITION MODIFIED CASH BASIS December 31, 2013
Position: Cash and Cash Equivalents Investments Restricted Position: Cash and cash equivalents Investments TOTAL Position
Primary Government Governmental Activities Total 2,131,585.74 400,000.00
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Perkins County Commissioners do hereby designate
NET Position: Restricted for: Road & Bridge Purposes Capital Projects Purposes Debt Service Purposes Permanently Restricted Purposes Other Purposes Unrestricted (Deficit) TOTAL NET POSITION
0.00 0.00 2,531,585.74 1,127,132.84 174,515.12 1,230,087.78 2,531,735.74
0.00 0.00 2,531,585.74 1,127,132.84 0.00 0.00 0.00 174,515.12 1,230,087.78 2,531,735.74
[Published March 20, 2014 at a total approximate cost of $31.59.]
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PERKINS COUNTY STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES - MODIFIED CASH BASIS December 31, 2013
Program Revenues Operating Charges for Grants and Services Contributions 89,790.43 163,163.67 55,784.68 38,859.12 62,454.52 12,752.92 0.00 4,113.57 120,279.68 894,231.47 0.00 0.00 6,300.00 0.00 Exhibit II by the Perkins County Weed and Pest Board. Robert Hermann, Chairman Perkins County Weed and Pest Board
Functions/Programs Primary Government: Governmental Activities: General Government Public Safety Public Works Health and Welfare Culture and Recreation Conservation of Natural Resources Urban and Economic Development Intergovernmental Expenditures Payments to Local Education Agencies **Capital Outlay - Unallocated *Interest on Long-term Debt Loss on Disposal of Capital Position Total Primary Government Total Governmental Activities
Expenses 716,648.59 697,289.86 1,935,133.48 106,554.80 99,488.73 107,093.41 39,550.00
Net (Expense) Revenue and Changes in Net Position Primary Government Governmental Activities Total (622,744.59) (413,846.51) (985,117.33) (67,695.68) (37,034.21) (88,040.49) (39,550.00) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 (622,744.59) (413,846.51) (985,117.33) (67,695.68) (37,034.21) (88,040.49) (39,550.00) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
[Published March 13, 2014 and March 20, 2014 at a total approximate cost of $38.34.]
General Revenues: Taxes: Property Taxes Wheel Tax 911 Telephone Surcharge State Shared Revenues Grants and Contributions not Restricted to Specific Programs Unrestricted Investment Earnings Miscellaneous Revenue Special Items Extraordinary Items Transfers Total General Revenues and Transfers Net Position - Beginning Adjustments: _____________________ Change in Net Position
0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
131,864.50 0.00 0.00 0.00
1,659,789.84 50,957.67 44,963.16 18,367.34 150,461.69 3,485.17 12,491.30 0.00 0.00 0.00
1,659,789.84 50,957.67 44,963.16 18,367.34 150,461.69 3,485.17 12,491.30 0.00 0.00 0.00
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN 1st day of March 2014, pursuant to SDCL 3822 as amended to all owners, occupants, agents and public officials in charge of lands in Perkins County, South Dakota, that they are responsible for suppression, control, and eradication of noxious weeds and declared pest’s infestation that may exist on such lands.
Perkins County Notice of Responsibility to Control Noxious Weeds and Declared Pests
1,478,918.80 2,845,248.38 0.00
[Published March 20, 2014 at a total approximate cost of $137.95.]
NET POSITION - ENDING
Adjusted Net Position - Beginning
[Published March 13, and March 20, 2014 at a total approximate cost of $4.34.]
Bison Township will hold there Equalization meeting Thursday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Buzz Stop. A supervisors meeting will follow.
Bison Township Equalization Meeting Notice
[Published March 13, and March 20, 2014 at a total approximate cost of $7.17.]
Strool Township will hold there Equalization meeting Friday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Strool Township Equalization Meeting Notice
The Perkins County Weed Board is accepting bids for the position of County Contract Weed Sprayer. Bid must include hourly rate, type of equipment, and number of units in their bid. Successful bidder must hire their own qualified sprayers, attend all meetings, be able to apply 50 gallons per acre of water carrier with herbicide and Liability Insurance must accompany the bid. Contractor and all help must have a Commercial Pesticide License. No aerial spraying applications accepted. Contract will go from 1 May 14 through 1 November 14. Sealed bids will be accepted until 1:00 p.m. on 27th March 2014 and will be publicly read aloud at 1:15 p.m. during the regular meeting of the Perkins County Weed and Pest Board. Bids clearly marked Contract Sprayer Bid may be mailed to Perkins County Weed Board, PO Box 126, Bison, SD 57620. For more information contact the Perkins County Weed Board Office at 605-244-7299 or 605-374-5315. Perkins County re-
Invitation for Bids County Contract Weed Sprayer
serves the right to accept or reject any or all bids. Robert Hermann, Chairman Perkins County Weed & Pest Board
[Published March 13, 2014 and March 20, 2014 at a total approximate cost of $25.35.]
The Perkins County Weed and Pest Board is now requesting sealed bids for the supply of chemical for the period beginning May 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014. Bids are to be for not less than 100 gallons Platoon in 2 1/2 gallon containers, no less than 100 gallons Tordon in 2 1/2 gallon containers, no less than 30 qts. of Milestone in quart containers, no less than 100 gallons MSO in 2 1/2 gallon containers, no less than 15 gallons of Plateau in gallon containers. The Perkins County
Perkins County Weed and Pest Board Invitation for Chemical Bid
Bids are to be stated as price per gallon, delivered in Bison, South Dakota. Sealed envelopes are to be addressed to Perkins County Weed & Pest Board, PO Box 126, Bison, SD 57620 and clearly marked “Chemical Bid”.
Weed and Pest Board would like the option to purchase additional chemical as needed throughout the summer and fall. Please quote prices on these chemicals as well. Bid quotes should also include storage of chemical , distribution cost and all pertinent paperwork associated with distribution through December 31, 2014 and 24-hour access to pick up chemical. In addition, all unused chemical must be taken back for storage at the end of the spraying year. Bid should include any other additional costs that might be applicable.
The Perkins County Weed and Pest Board reserve the right to accept or reject any or all bids. No chemical substitutions unless specified and accepted
Bids will be received until 1:00 p.m. on March 27th 2014 and will be opened and publicly read aloud at 1:30 p.m. during the regular meeting of the Perkins County Weed and Pest Board.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that upon establishing probable cause to believe a noxious weed or declared pest infestation exists upon any property in Perkins County, representative of Perkins County Weed and Pest Control board will enter upon said property for the purpose of inspecting and confirming that such infestation actually exists. Robert Hermann, Chairman Perkins County Weed and Pest Board
Plant and animals designated as being noxious weeds and declared pests in the state of South Dakota are Leafy Spurge, Salt Cedar, Perennial Sow Thistle, Russian Knapweed, Hoary Cress, Canada Thistle, Purple Loosestrife, Gypsy Moth, and Prairie Dogs.
Upon failure to observe this notice, the county weed and pest board is required to proceed pursuant to the law and have the noxious weeds or declared pests destroyed by such methods as they find necessary, the expense of which shall constitute a lien and be entered as a tax against the land, and be collected as other real estate taxes are collected, or by other means as provided by law.
The Perkins County Weed and Pest Control Board have a Prairie Dog applicator for use. A deposit of $25.00 is required for 3 days of usage. Call 3745315 or 244-7299 for arrangements.
The Perkins County Weed and Pest Control Board request all organic producers within the county to meet with the board to identify all land under this program.
Chemical, biological, and/or cultural control methods used for the suppression, control and eradication of noxious weed and declared pest infestations shall be those approved for such purpose by the Perkins County Weed and Pest Supervisor, and the South Dakota State University Experiment Station.
[Published March 13, 2014 and March 20, 2014 at a total approximate cost of $49.40.]
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Monday, March 10, 2014 6:00 p.m. City Hall
Bison Town Board
CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL: Chairman Juell Chapman called the regular monthly meeting of the Town Board of Bison to order at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 10, 2014. Trustees David Kopren, Luke Clements and Matt Butsavage were present. Mike Lockert was absent. Others present: Jim Hodgson, Shiloh Baysinger, James and Marci Sandgren, Robert Froning Jerry Landis, Alan Voller, Bob Crow, Jr., and Bob Drown; Attorney Eric Bogue; employees Heath McKinstry and Beth Hulm, and Arlis Seim, press. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WAS RECITED BY ALL.
JIM HODGSON, DACOTAH INSURANCE – Dacotah Insurance agent Jim Hodgson presented the proposed liability and property insurance package, effective April 1, 2014, offering a general synopsis for all coverages. There is an approximate 6% increase over the previous policy. 0162014 - Kopren moved, seconded by Butsavage to accept Hodgson’s insurance quotes, totaling $12,912.90, from Employers’ Mutual and Mt. Vernon Fire Ins. Co. and to authorize Chairman Chapman to sign the renewal papers. Carried. FINANCIAL REPORT –017-2014Chapman moved, seconded by Clements to approve the fund balance report as of Feb. 28, 2014, as presented. Carried.
APPROVE MINUTES - 015-2014 Clements moved, seconded by Kopren to approve the Feb. 10, 2014 minutes as corrected
UNFINISHED BUSINESS Perkins County Rural Water: Shiloh Baysinger spoke with trustees about the possibility of PCRWS purchasing lots from The Town of Bison on which PCRW could construct a shop building/equipment garage. Currently, two of the four lots in question are being used by the town to stockpile gravel and chips. It was the general consensus of trustees that they would be willing to sell the two north lots only, which would be 129.9 x 140 sq. ft., if that space would be feasible for rural water’s use.
Sludge removal from lagoon: Discussion about sludge removal at the lagoon was postponed until McKinstry can talk with Perkins County Rural Water regarding the application of chemicals.
made through March 31.
ALL ACTION IN THE FOLLOWING MINUTES CARRIED BY UNANIMOUS VOTE UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED.
ANNUAL REPORT FOR TOWN OF BISON AS OF AND FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2013
GOVERNMENTAL FUNDS MODIFIED CASH BASIS Beginning Balance General Fund 329,769.07 146,945.64 221,213.38 1,040.85 735.49 24,879.96 27,812.32 821.59 230.09 342.50 1,441.97 76.70
DELEGATIONS Men’s Club – Members of the Men’s Club petitioned the board to buy 5 trees, in lieu of submitting a suggested cost-share grant, at an approximate cost of $105 each, to replace trees lost at Lions Park during winter storm Atlas. The Men’s Club would be responsible for planting and maintaining them. Employee McKinstry asked for two new trees for City Park, too. 0182014 - Kopren moved, seconded by Clements to purchase 7 seven - eight ft. trees outright without applying for grant money. Carried. STATUS REPORT: In addition to reviewing McKinstry’s written status report (which is on file at City Hall), McKinstry spoke of the need for another trash pump or two and maybe a plate packer for potholes. He’ll check state surplus property sales. He also discussed the need for culvert replacements and will provide trustees with a list of which ones need replacing when they meet next.
Sandgren bridge: James and Marci Sandgren discussed a proposed agreement, prepared by Attorney Bogue, as instructed by town trustees, regarding the bridge at the edge of their West Main St. property. That bridge sits in the town’s right of way. The Sandgrens found the agreement to be “excessive.” They will meet with Attorney Bogue to make revisions.
Bentley Building lease: Trustees are dissatisfied with a lease agreement, for renting office space from the Perkins County Fair Board. Attorney Bogue will work with States Attorney Shane Penfield to design a suitable agreement that both parties can be happy with.
Coleman Avenue Project: Signing of a cost share agreement with South Dakota Dept. of Transportation for a $193,500 grant to fix Coleman Ave. was postponed until Chapman could meet again with County Commissioners, who have verbally agreed to share Bison’s 40% share of the project. Chapman wants something in writing.
Revenues and Other Sources: Taxes: Property Taxes General Sales and Use Taxes Gross Receipts Business Taxes Penalties and Interest on Delinquent Taxes Intergovernmental Revenues: Federal Grants State Shared Revenue State Payments in Lieu of Taxes Charges for Goods and Services: General Government Highways and Streets Culture and Recreation Other Fines and Forfeits Library Miscellaneous Revenue Investment Earnings Rentals Other Revenues Total Revenue and Other Sources
Transfers In (Out) Increase/Decrease in Fund Balance Ending Balance: Unassigned
Expenditures and Other Uses: Legislative 7,161.70 Executive 14,183.70 Elections 434.91 Financial Administration 10,211.54 Other General Government 7,417.00 Police 12,000.00 Fire 10,115.45 Highways and Streets 60,305.17 Airport 45,833.25 Cemeteries 500.00 Health 176.37 Mental Health Centers 500.00 Ambulance 3,000.00 Recreation 62.62 Parks 12,512.16 Libraries 15,697.56 Museums 180.00 Economic Development and Assistance (Industrial Development) 13,095.00 Total Expenditures and Other Uses 213,386.43 -100,000.00 131,270.32 461,039.39
334.44 1,467.50 14,048.58 444,656.75
UNFINISHED BUSINESS, CONT. Employee health insurance: Hulm reported on auditor Eide Bailly’s suggestions for offering employee health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Attorney Bogue will do further research prior to a special March 17 meeting so that payments could be
Upcoming meetings: 019-2014 – Kopren moved, seconded by Clements to meet as a Board of Equalization on Monday, March 17 at 6:00 p.m. to review county property assessments, as provided by Perkins County Director of Equalization Rownea Gerbracht, and to act on any appeals, which must be filed by Thursday, March 13, 2014; and also to set a special town board meeting, to immediately follow the equalization meeting. Carried. 020-2014 - Chapman moved, seconded by Butsavage to reschedule the regular April meeting from Monday, April 7 to Monday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. so that votes from the April 8 election can be canvassed. Carried. Public Hearing: The board will also meet on Monday, March 24, as advertised, in the Grand Electric Social
NEW BUSINESS Amendment to KLJ agreement: Butsavage moved to sign an agreement with KLJ, Engineering, amending professional fees for the re-bidding of a new fuel system at Bison Municipal Airport. The motion died for lack of a second. Instead, signing of the agreement was postponed until the next special meeting. In the meantime, Chapman will talk with Shane Steiner, engineer.
Engagement letter/Annual report: 022-2014 - Kopren moved, seconded by Clements to authorize Chairman Chapman to sign an engagement letter with Kohlman, Bierschbach and Anderson, LLP, estimated to not exceed $1,250, for the preparation of the Town of Bison’s 2013 Annual Report of finances. Carried. 023-2014 – Butsavage moved, seconded by Kopren, to accept KBA’s Annual Report and to publish the findings. Carried. (See accompanying documents.)
Wages for new employees: Butsavage moved, seconded by Clements to set wages for Jarvis Bruhn and Tara Cleveland, new employees at Bison Bar, at $8.50/hr. for the first six months, increasing to $9.00/hr. and then to full scale following one year of employment. Carried.
Room at 6:00 p.m. to discuss Interstate Engineering’s facilities plan and the proposed funding application for repairs to the lagoon and sanitary system. Engineer Nick Hoffman and Black Hills Council, Community Development Planner Bill Lass, will be present to answer questions. Board action will be required. 021-2014 Clements moved, seconded by Chapman to increase Bison’s financial commitment on the lagoon/sanitary sewer application to $75,139. Carried.
OPEN FORUM: Chapman will visit with Engineer Jason Hanson, Brosz Engineering, about placing 4 inch caps on markers following proposed survey work.
CORRESPONDENCE: The South Dakota Airport Conference is in Spearfish on March 26 - 27. Chapman may attend.
LIQUOR AUDIT: 024-2014 – Clements moved, seconded by Chapman to approve and publish the 2013 July – Dec. and the Jan. – Dec. liquor audit as prepared by the finance officer. Carried. (See accompanying documents.) 025-2014 – Chapman moved, seconded by Clements to pay bar manager Kelli Bruhn $699.55 in addition to her March salary, which is the equivalent of 3% of her net bar profits for 2013. Carried.
SUMMER JOB APPLICATIONS: Trustees reviewed a couple of summer continued on next page
ANNUAL REPORT FOR TOWN OF BISON AS OF AND FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2013 PROPRIETARY FUNDS - CASH BASIS
Revenues Beginning Balance Liquor Fund 150,649.86 306,183.70 0.00 328,393.09 Water Fund 30,573.55 102,158.45 88,921.75 0.00 Sewer Fund 36,632.20 545,786.28 440,745.29
Solid Waste Fund 5,403.24 59,101.12 0.00 60,656.88
Ending Balance: Long-term Debt Unrestricted
Transfers In (Out)
The preceding financial data does not include fiduciary funds or component units. Information pertaining to those activities may be obtained by contacting the municipal finance officer at (605) 244-5677 Municipal funds are deposited as follows: Depository Dacotah Bank Amount
[Published March 20, 2014 at a total approximate cost of $74.45.]
[Published March 20, 2014 at a total approximate cost of $45.17.]
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job applications. McKinstry will visit with one of the applicants. EXECUTIVE SESSION PURSUANT TO SDCL 1-225-2(1): Not needed. prof. fees, $1,460; NW Bev., beer, $2,454.85; NWSDRLA, prof. fees, $2,294.37; Pepsi, supp., $586.40; PCRWS, util, $4,145.05; Potomac Aviation, fees, $250; Republic, on/off sale, $1,227.50; S&S, supp, $3,425.90; Servall, prof. fees, $146.85; Sullivan, Evonne, land, $2,000; WRCTC, util., $284.31. ADJOURNMENT: Chapman journed the meeting at 9:50 p.m. adP&L: 2013 July to Dec. On-Sale Liquor Operating Revenue Resale - Op Agreements $85.91 Recovery of Expenditures $6,022.00 Lottery Sales (PB/Machines) $17,595.84 Gross Sales $29,452.59 Total Sales $53,156.34 Cost of Sales Inventory 07-01-2013 $5,663.52 Purchases (net) $7,416.07 Goods Available $13,079.59 Less Inventory 12-31-2013 $6,176.52 Total Cost of Sales $6,903.07 Gross Profit $46,253.27 Operating Expense Salaries $30,995.36 FICA $2,371.17 Retirement $990.00 Heath Insurance $0.00 Sales Tax $8,216.34 Insurance $0.00 Workman's Compensation $1,916.00 Fees $125.00 Professional Fees $1,697.27 Publishing $573.81 Repairs & Maintenance $126.40 Supplies $2,390.89 Postage $0.00 Utilities $3,888.65 Subsidies $100.00 Equipment $149.99 Building $0.00 Powerball Scratch Tickets $8,110.93 Depreciation $2,805.50 Other $6,022.00 Total Operating Expense $70,479.31 NET INCOME
Town of Bison Municipal Liquor Store
Beer Sales Miscellaneous
Off Sale Liquor
CLAIMS: The following claims were presented and approved for payment. February payroll by department: Fin. Admin - $937.83; Streets - $1715.37; Parks, $100.94; Library, $758.20, Bar - $4,963.03; Water - $1,279.85; Sewer – $243.68; Solid Waste - $1,519.23. Total FICA, $2,535.04; Health Ins, $1,290.84; SDRS, $850.36; Supp. Retirement, $85; 1st Nat’l. Bank, loan payt., $5,422.78; A+ Repair, equip. repair, $2,880.94; Bison Courier, publ, $154.91; Bison Grain Co., supp., $488.87; Bison Imp., supp/repairs/ maint, $60.26; BL Contracting, prof. fees, $433.50; Butler, equip repair, $138.86; Coca Cola, supp., $183.20; Dacotah Ins., bonding, $651.50; Dakota Feed, supp., $282.45; DPFCU, util./supp/postage,travel,$50; Dept. of Rev., sales tax, $1,376.25; Grand Elec., repairs/maint./util, $3,513.34; Hettinger Candy, supp., $897.12; Jerome Bev., beer, $1,233.60; Johnson Bros., on/off sale/beer, supp, 1,461.02; KBA,
UPCOMING MEETINGS: Monday, March 17 – Equalization at City Hall, beginning at 6 p.m. and special town board meeting to immediately follow; Monday, March 24 – Public Hearing at Grand Electric at 6 p.m. re lagoon/sanitary sewer loan application and facilities plan; Monday, April 14 – Regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall. ATTEST: APPROVED:
$5,791.95 $37,438.86 $43,230.81 $5,350.84 $37,879.97 $38,188.80
$4,668.08 $24,848.17 $29,516.25 $5,619.56 $23,896.69 $1,778.76
$12,413.92 $14,868.82 $27,282.74 $14,406.26 $12,876.48 $2,914.30
$0.00 $6,022.00 $17,595.84 $146,987.59 $170,605.43 $28,537.47 $84,571.92 $113,109.39 $31,553.18 $81,556.21 $89,049.22
Elizabeth Hulm, Finance Officer Juell Chapman, Chairman
[Published March 20, 2014 at a total approximate cost of $100.07.]
Fleas! become more active as it gets warmer and at the same time your pet is more interested in going outside. Spring time is a great time to make sure you have a defense plan.
A school land lease auction will be held in Perkins County Courthouse, in Bison, SD on March 24, 2014 at 1:00 PM (MT).
SCHOOL LAND LEASE AUCTION
[Published March 20, 2014 at a total approximate cost of $86.85.]
A list of tracts available for lease may be obtained at the Perkins County Auditor’s Office, by visiting sdpubliclands.com, or by contacting Mike Cornelison, Office of School & Public Lands, 500 E Capitol Avenue, Pierre, SD 57501-5070 or phone (605)7734172. Disabled individuals needing assistance should contact the Office of School and Public Lands at least 48 hours in advance of the auction to make any necessary arrangements.
[Published February 27, 2014, March 6, March 13, and March 20, 2014 at a total approximate cost of $29.49.]
Operating Expense Salaries FICA Retirement Heath Insurance Sales Tax Insurance Workman's Compensation Fees Professional Fees Publishing Repairs & Maintenance Supplies Postage Utilities Subsidies Equipment Building Powerball Scratch Tickets Depreciation Other Total Operating Expense NET INCOME
P&L: 2013 Jan. to Dec. On-Sale Liquor Operating Revenue Resale - Op Agreements $85.91 Recovery of Expenditures $6,104.36 Lottery Sales (PB/Machines) $40,241.76 Gross Sales $55,578.34 Total Sales $102,010.37 Cost of Sales Inventory 12-31-2012 $5,089.29 Purchases (net) $14,571.09 Goods Available $19,660.38 Less Inventory 12-31-2013 $6,176.52 Total Cost of Sales $13,483.86 Gross Profit $88,526.51 $62,825.65 $4,788.60 $1,980.00 $0.00 $15,733.58 $5,218.52 $1,916.00 $277.00 $3,160.98 $860.26 $2,953.12 $5,056.00 $0.00 $8,652.85 $200.00 $1,339.62 $25.19 $17,403.86 $5,611.00 $6,022.00 $144,024.23
Town of Bison Municipal Liquor Store
Beer Sales Miscellaneous
Off Sale Liquor
$148,529.80 $148,529.80 $5,403.04 $73,633.66 $79,036.70 $5,350.84 $73,685.86 $74,843.94
$6,410.70 $46,310.86 $52,721.56 $5,619.56 $47,102.00 $960.40
$10,702.17 $30,254.86 $40,957.03 $14,406.26 $26,550.77 $3,097.41
$27,605.20 $164,770.47 $192,375.67 $31,553.18 $160,822.49 $167,342.35
$0.00 $6,104.36 $40,241.76 $281,818.72 $328,164.84
[Published March 20, 2014 at a total approximate cost of $86.85.]
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Seasonal allergies in the spring are a problem for 30-60 million in the U.S. alone. The culprits are often pollen, including tree pollen, and mold.
Spring fever is real! Commonly occurring when a sudden warm spell follows a long cold period. When the temperature rises, there's a dilation or expansion of the blood vessels so that blood can be carried to the body surface where heat can be lost quickly. Some people experience an energetic feeling to this reaction.
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Perkins County Highway Department is accepting job applications for summer help. Will be required to work 40 to 50 hours per week. Must have a valid South Dakota Drivers License. Experience preferred but not required and must be 18 years of age. $12.00 per hour. Applications can be picked up at the Perkins County Highway Department Office in the Courthouse at Bison, SD or please call 605-244-5629.
Wanted Carpenter or carpenter helper wanted in Lemmon for residential new home construction. Year round work. Wages negotiable. Call 605-374-4166. B40-2tc
Help Wanted: The Town of Bison is now accepting applications for summer workers. Applicants must be 18 and over. $10/hr. Please request an application from: Finance Officer, Box 910, Bison, SD 57620 or call 2445677 or 244-5231. The Town of Bison is an Equal Opportunity Employer. B36-tfn
Perkins County is An Equal Opportunity Employer. B40-2tc
Thank you for all of your prayers, phone calls, cards, gifts, offers to help, etc. for Amos and our family. We are praising God and thankful for your love and support. Love, The Wiechmann and Bingaman families
to my retirement parties, for the kind words and the wonderful comments in your cards and “apparently on Facebook”. thank you for the forty-four plus years of happiness that I enjoyed because of you folks. Thank you to the employees of West River Regional Medical Center and my partners over the years for their great support. Thank you to my family for putting up with me in my absences. I had a great run and lots of fun. I thank you all! Sincerely Thomas E. Jacobsen, MD
LAKE PRESTON SCHOOL HAS TWO OPENINGS, Elementary Teacher or Title I Aide, with/without coaching, opened 3-11-14, closes when filled, Contact: Roxanne Lamphere, Principal, Lake Preston School District, 300 1st
IMMEDIATE OPENINGS: LPNs & CNAs, top weekly pay, direct deposit, & flexible schedules. Take control of your schedule with Tri-State Nursing. Apply online today. www.tristatenursing.com 800727-1912.
HELP WANTED IN WESTERN NORTH DAKOTA. Great Northern Ag is a pulse processing/seed facility in need of staff. Full details at www.greatnorthernag.comor call 701/497-3082.
FAULK COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT accepting applications for FT Highway Maintenance individuals. Benefit package. Motivated, positive attitude, work with others. Valid CDL. EOE. For application call 605-598-6233.
COORDINATOR P/T: Provide support and activities for high school exchange students. Volunteer hosts also needed. Apply online: www.aspectfoundations.org.
EMPLOYMENT APPLICATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED for a full-time highway department employee. Successful candidates must have or be able to obtain a Class A CDL. Starting salary is D.O.E.Q. and benefits are provided. Send completed application by 5:00 p.m., April 4th, 2014, to: McPherson County Auditor, PO Box 390, Leola, SD, 57456. For application or information, call 605-439-3314. EOE.
OPENINGS: COOK, WAITRESS, DISHWASHER. Call Tim or Deb at Branding Iron Inn, Faith, SD. 605-967-2662. Possible living quarters.
NORTHWEST AREA SCHOOLS EDUCATION COOPERATIVE 2014-2015: Early Childhood Special Education Teacher. Starting salary $35,000 with great benefits. Contact Director Cris Owens ( 6 0 5 ) 4 6 6 - 2 2 0 6 , Christine.Owens@k12.sd.us
MCLAUGHLIN SCHOOL DISTRICT is seeking candidates for Superintendent of Schools. Candidate needs proper certification, management expertise, effective communication and interpersonal skills. Contact Dr. Randall Royer firstname.lastname@example.org or 605 7732500. Closes April 7, 2014.
St. NE. roxanne.lamphere@k12 .sd.us 605-847-4464.
WATER/WASTEWATER SUPERINTENDENT/OPERATOR - The City of Howard is accepting applications for a full time position of Water/Wastewater Technician. Work areas include but not limited to streets, snow removal, water, sewer and equipment maintenance. Will be required to become South Dakota certified in water and wastewater. Must have a valid driver’s license.
SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST, 2014-2015 school year in northwestern SD: Competitive salary and great benefits. Contact Director Cris Owens, Northwest Area Schools (605)466-2206, email@example.com.
SEEKING MOTIVATED JOURNEYMAN/APPRENTICE Electricians for full-time positions now available with Kindt Electric of Brookings. Competitive wage DOE. Call for application details. 605-690-3148.
RDO EQUIPMENT CO. – Competitive wages, benefits, training, profit sharing, opportunities for growth, great culture and innovation. $1,500 Sign on Bonus available for Service Technicians. To browse opportunities go to www.rdoequipment.com. Must apply online. EEO.
SERVICES FARMERS - IH DISGUSTED! Shifting problems? We have cost effective fixes for 06-56-86-88 series tractors, engines, clutches, and ta fixes. Call Wenz Service 800-808-7885 for details.
OTR DRIVERS DRIVERS WANTED: CDL, owner operators, freight from Midwest up to 48 states, home regularly, newer equipment, Health, 401K, call Randy, A&A Express, 800-658-3549.
NOTICES ADVERTISE IN NEWSPAPERS statewide for only $150.00. Put the South Dakota Statewide Classifieds Network to work for you today! (25 words for $150. Each additional word $5.) Call this newspaper or 800-6583697 for details.
LOG HOMES DAKOTA LOG HOME Builders representing Golden Eagle Log Homes, building in eastern, central, northwestern South & North Dakota. Scott Connell, 605-5302672, Craig Connell, 605-2645650, www.goldeneagleloghomes .com.
LIVESTOCK BUNKER CATTLE COMPANY ANNUAL BULL Sale March 22. 18 – 2 year old bulls, 35 Yearling Bulls, 30 Registered Heifers. See our website, bunkercattle.com, 605-530-6404.
FOR SALE FOR SALE BY SEALED BIDS 4 motor graders and 2 loaders Deadline for bids is March 24, 2014 For Information Contact 605-995-8625 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
YANKTON COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE seeks 4-H Youth Development Program Assistant. Contact the Extension Office, 605-665-3387 or email@example.com or Yankton County Auditor’s office, 605-260-4400 ext: 0.
Complete job description and applications may be obtained at the City Finance Office, P.O. Box 705, Howard, SD 57349, 605-7724391. Open until filled. EOE.
Thank You “To love what you do and feel that it matters, how could anything be more fun” -Katharine Graham. This essentially says it all! Thank you for the honor and privilege of allowing me to enter your lives in caring for you and your families. Thank you all who came
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Herb walked into O’Dontal Dental the other day, holding his hand against a swollen face. He hadn’t even made an appointment to see Perry first, and it became obvious why he hadn’t. “Good morning, Herb,” said Andrea, the receptionist. “What can we do for you today?” “Mmfft Crullit!” “Certainly. Have a seat and I’ll let Perry know you’re here.” In less than a minute, Dr. O’Dontal had Herb seated, numbed, and ready for work. Herb’s labored breathing had returned to normal, even if his speech patterns hadn’t. “At what o’ the clock did the infliction attack, good sirrah?”
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“Lfft’ent mmst,” said Herb. “You should’ve used the phone to let me know, Herb. Oh, that’s right. What was I thinking? Well, you’re here now, let’s see what we can do.” “Wonk oo.” “You’re welcome. Open wide. Little more. Cast open the gates, Leander! Let us gaze upon the source of woe!” Perry worked his way through dental school as a Shakespearean actor, and didn’t make it out of there unfazed. “Aha, brothers of mine on this field of battle today, I glimpse with fearful eye the seat of our alarm. It’s a tooth, by Cuspid!” Perry dove into the fray with
drill and pick. Snicker-snick! GRRRR and fill. Rinse and spit. “And so, Leander, take these, the pills that weave up the raveled sleeve of pain. Do so in remembrance of this day, this meeting, this sceptered isle of dental chair. Those who weren’t here with us this day will forever cast envious eyes upon us, for they will say this was our finest hour, the culmination of drill and yawn … the grinding and filling of fang for fun and profit. Arise, sweet prince, and fulfill your destiny!” It’s almost worth getting a toothache.
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