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September 19 fire burns 2,465 acres in Jones County
by Karlee Barnes Wednesday, September 19, at 4:30 p.m. a semi hauling hay north of Exit 177 started on fire, resulting in a blaze that destroyed 2,465 acres of land. The fire threatened five different residences between Exit 177 and Okaton, both north and south of Interstate 90. Although no residences were damaged, one shop building near the Flavia Stotts home was destroyed, as well as the abandoned “Stickler Place,” owned by Raymond Stotts. According to Jones County Deputy Sheriff and Murdo Fire Chief Rich Sylva, a semi carrying bales accidentally ignited the load of bales, then proceeded to drive two miles down the road towards the Interstate, spreading the fire as it went. Sylva said it is unclear as to how the bales actually started on fire. The blaze swept through the Herman Bork Place, taking with it 382 hay bales, as well as destroying winter grazing pastures and approximately 7.6 miles of fence. To make matters worse, a good portion of that fence was new. After making its way through the Bork Place, the fire jumped the Interstate and threatened both Flavia Stotts’s residence, as well as the residence of Nathan and Sherri Vander Schaaf. A little further south, Brad and Shawna Roghair’s place was also in danger. With a strong wind blowing the fire South, Flavia Stotts knew she had to do something, as the firemen had not yet arrived at her house. With garden hose in hand, she was determined to saturate her dry yard around her house and propane tank. “Whether that stopped the fire or not, I don’t know. I could see where the firemen had sprayed the north side of the house.” Stotts said she took her car and drove east to be out of the way of the fire.
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“Marty Roghair drove over to report to me that my barn had gone with the fire,” said Stotts. The fire came within yards of her house and destroyed her barn, but the firemen were able to keep the damage to only that. Straight south of Stotts’s house, the Brad and Shawna Roghair place was in danger. Clarice Roghair reported that Bob Roghair drove over with his tractor and disk, turning up ground to stop the fire from advancing any closer to the Roghair home. The Vander Schaaf ’s have been threatened by fire more than once this summer. The first time, a fire started in the east bound lane of Interstate 90, and spread up a draw towards their home. This time, the fire spread even further, coming within less than 100 yards of their home. Sherri Vander Schaaf said that the fire has flared up near their house twice since Wednesday. Sylva reported that the Murdo Fire Department stayed on the scene of the fire over night on September 19, and has been back every day to monitor and wet down hot spots as needed. Sixteen fire departments responded to the fire, including: Murdo, Draper, Belvidere, Kadoka, Midland, Philip, Ft. Pierre, Four Corners, Wood, White River, Vivian, Presho, Kennebec and Reliance, as well as the U.S. Forest Service National Grasslands stationed in Ft. Pierre and B.I.A. from Rosebud. The departments were assisted by many neighbors who drove personal fire fighting rigs. In addition to other departments, Sylva reported that many other services assisted with the fire. They include: Jones County Sheriff, Jones County Ambulance, SD Highway Patrol, Pierre Police Department, State Radio Commu-
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U.M.Y.F. will be meeting on Wed., October 3, at the Murdo United Methodist Church. The Jr High (grades 6-8) meets starting with snacks at 3:15 p.m. The meeting will end around 4:30 p.m. The Sr High (grades 912) meets beginning with a light meal at 7:00 p.m. in the church fellowship hall and will end around 8:15 p.m. The session for the October 3 meeting is called, “Who is Jesus?” Fun, games, music and discussion are all a part of the session. You don’t have to be United Methodist. All Jr High and Sr High aged youth are welcome to attend. On Wed., Oct. 24, youth will help with the bazaar at the church, Following the bazaar youth will go door to door in Murdo and Draper for “Trick or Treat, So Others Can Eat,” asking for non-perishable food items, to help stock the local food pantry.
Too close for comfort…The home of Flavia Stotts was surrounded by fire, but survived the disaster.Photo by Karlee Barnes nications, Rapid City Department of Transportation, SD Office of Emergency Management, Great Plains Dispatch, West Central Electric and Jackson County Emergency Management. Dean Nelson from West Central Electric reported that 40 powerline poles will have to be replaced as a result of the fire. He said that nobody was out of power for an extended amount of time during the fire. Pole replacement will continue for the next two weeks. Sylva estimated that 50-60 fire trucks responded, and approximately 120 firemen. “After the fire jumped the Interstate, I put a call in to Great Plains Dispatch for single engineer air tankers, but before they could get mobilized, we had the fire under control,” said Sylva. Direct dollar damage reported so far for the fire includes, but is not limited to: Borks’ fence, the hay lost and the buildings that were destroyed. Indirect dollar damage includes winter grazing pastures owned by Borks, and wheat stubble fields that provide cover and keep moisture in the ground. Sylva said, “Thank you for everyone who brought food and water to the firemen, it really made it easier.” The Murdo Fire Department has responded to approximately 50 fires so far this year. Eight of those include mutual aid calls, in which the department is called to help another county. Vegetation fires, such as grass or wheat, accounted for 25 of the calls. Sylva encouraged everyone to be careful when it comes to anything that can cause a fire. “The season is not done yet,” Sylva reminds. He said, at this point, rain will help, but it will not stop the fire season.
Ambulance needs EMTs
The Jones County Ambulance is looking to expand their EMT members and would like to have anyone who might be interested in becoming an EMT to let them know. They would like to host a training class but first need candidates that are willing to take the course. Anyone with an interest or anyone with questions that the ambulance crew could answer are asked to call and leave a message at 669-3125 or to call Tammy Van Dam at 530-7553.
Kids Club, sponsored by the Community Bible Church, will meet Wednesday, October 3, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the mini–gym. All kids in grades K–6 are welcome to attend. Come and enjoy a Bible story, snacks, games and a craft.
Feeling the heat… Firemen withstand the heat of the fire to spread burning hay bales with rakes to suppress the September 19 blaze. Courtesy photo
Exercise room reminder
The exercise room at the Tech Center is open Mon.–Fri. from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you have a key card, the room is open additionally from 5–7 a.m. and 5–10 p.m., Mon.–Fri. It is also open on Sat. from 5 a.m.–5 p.m. and on Sun. from 1–6 p.m. Patrons need to be out of the building one hour after the doors are locked; no later than 11 p.m. on weekdays. If you have any questions or would like a key card, contact the high school office.
Open AA meetings
Thursdays 8:00 p.m. at the East Commons. Call 530-0371 or 280-7642.
Murdo City Council
The Murdo City Council will meet Monday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the city office. The public is welcome to attend.
Re-filling… The Murdo tanker refills a fire truck and the firemen get a chance to catch their breath before heading back out to fight the fire. Courtesy photo
Fighting fire… Draper fireman Keith Herbaugh rides on the back of a fire truck, spraying a ditch along SD Hwy 248. Courtesy photo
Draper Town Board
The Draper Town Board will meet Monday, Oct. 1, at 7:00 p.m. at the Draper hall. The public is welcome to attend.
The Jones County Commissioners will hold their monthly meeting at the courthouse on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 9 a.m. The public is welcome to attend.
J.C. School Board
The Jones County School District #37-3 will hold their monthly meeting Monday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. at the high school library. The public is encouraged to attend.
South Central RC&D
Fire fuel… Fire races across a dry stubble field belonging to Raymond Stotts. Courtesy photo
South Central RC&D will be holding their annual meeting on Sat., Oct. 6, at the Todd Co. 4-H Building. Registration will be at 5:30 p.m. with a meal and business meeting to follow. If you plan on attending please contact the RC&D office at 605-6692222. The public is welcome to attend.
land, sits on the road between the Herman Bork ranch and Roland Barton’s ranch.
The start of it all… The semi that started on fire, and in turn, burned almost 2,500 acres of
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East Side News
by Janet Louder • 669-2696
I failed to put this article in last week, sorry! Kevin and Laura Louder traveled to Aberdeen on Friday, September 14. On Saturday they, along with daughter Jamie Bretsch and family, went to Ellendale, N.D. to watch son/grandson Sean Louder play football. Our county commissioners Helen Louder, Sam Seymour and Monte Anker spent Monday through Wednesday in Sioux Falls attending a county officials convention. Caroline Sullivan of Alaska arrived at the Rapid City airport last Tuesday. Uncle Gene Cressy picked her up and brought her to Murdo. She spent time in Pierre with her mom, Alice Horsley, in the TCU recuperating following her recent hip surgery. Caroline was able to bring her home on Friday. I understand she is doing okay. Janet Dowling stopped in for a visit. Troy Iversen and Conner of Lismore, Minn., spent Friday through Monday at the Wanda and Gerald Mathews' home. Helen Louder accompanied Virginia Louder to Pierre on Friday where Virginia had a vehicle being worked on. After bailing her outfit out, the gals did a little shopping and then had supper at a steakhouse to celebrate Helen's September 25 birthday. Happy birthday, Helen. Dorothy and Darin Louder visited Dwight in Kadoka on Saturday and then to the home of Deanna Byrd, Brad and Kristi Stone and girls. Susie Rankin and granddaughter Mallory visited Ray and Janice Pike Friday evening. Betty Mann visited Helen DeRyk in Pierre on Monday, September 17, and then again on Saturday when she joined Helen for the Maryhouse family indoor picnic. Others she saw were Kay Moore and Margaret Juhnke, there with resident Darlene (Juhnke) Rabern. Kevin and Vicki Daniels of Kansas have been spending time here with his daughter, Brenda and Rod Mann and family. They were also on hand for the gun competition shoot hosted by Rod Mann and Denny Mann (no relation) of Rapid City on Saturday, September 22, held at the Dahlke/Mann ranch. The overall competition winner was from Rapid City. Virginia Louder met grandsons Scott Nix and Christopher Nix and Molly and Mason at a pizza place in Murdo. Scott's friend, Lara, was doing the cooking and serving. Eldon and Esther Magnuson met an old army friend and wife from Holland, Mich., for lunch and a lengthy visit at a cafe in Murdo on Friday. Then the Magnusons left for Sioux Falls where they met family members Kathie Mason and Ernie Kessler; Shelley and Bob Boehmer and family Lacey, Crystal and Tripp; Terri Pelle and Jim Nickleson; Lori Owens and son Tane; Chad and Heather Whitney and boys; Ginger and Twix Waltner, Travis and Jessica Waltner and family for the wedding reception of their grandson, Derek and bride Whitney, son of Ginger and Twix Waltner. The couple were married recently in Arizona. The reception was held at the Embrace Church. Most spent the night in Sioux Falls. The Magnusons stayed at the Freeman home of Ginger and Twix. On Sunday the Magnusons and Waltners returned to Sioux Falls and attended church at the Embrace Church; their son, Travis, is the assistant pastor there. In the afternoon the Magnusons and Waltners helped their great/grandson, Ayin, celebrate his third birthday with cake and ice cream at the home of his parents, Travis and Jessica, at their home in Tea, along with several other family and friends. The Magnusons returned home that evening. Shelli Terwilliger of Rapid City spent the night Sunday with mom Rosa Lee Styles. Shelli was on her way home after spending time in Minneapolis with daughter Tara and Zac Meyer and baby Lincoln. Gen Liffengren, Betty Mann and Bev Andrews went out for supper Saturday evening in Pierre and then took in the Pierre players play "The Red Velvet Cake War" which Gen reports was very good. Last Thursday Lill Seamans, Shirley Vik, Velma Scott and Bev Nies listened to the first and second graders read to them. After they went to a cafe for coffee, of course. Jaime Schmidt and Kayla Hoag and Sydney of Aberdeen arrived for the weekend Friday evening at Kim and Tony Schmidt's. Amanda and Kraig Henrichs, Blake and Layney also spent time there. On Sunday all of them along with Don Volmer had dinner together at the Schmidt's home. The gals returned home Sunday afternoon. Melva Vik and Patti Dowling visited Roger Vik at Ft. Meade on Sunday. As it was a nice day they took him outside for some fresh air. He is doing okay but would like to receive some cards and phone calls. David and Lill Seamans visited Roger on Friday afternoon. On Saturday Neal and Kathy Christian and girls Hannah and Rachel of Gordon, Neb., visited Harvey and Lila Mae Christian. On Sunday Pat Shinabarger visited her folks on her way back to Rapid City. She had spent time in Miller spoiling her grandsons. As you probably noticed – we, the Louders, haven't gone anywhere this week. This husband of mine caught a bug – sore throat and cough – and as he is a sharing person, he passed it on to me! But we are on the mend as I write Monday evening.
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Through the smoke… A Murdo fire truck drives through the
by Senator John Thune Earlier this month, our country looked back with sadness on the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Despite the anguish of losing more than 3,000 American lives that day, our country was inspired by the courage and sacrifice of the many men and women who honored the call to duty to defend our nation and our freedoms. Many of these men and women have served and continue to serve as members of the United States Air Force. This month the United States Air Force celebrated its 65th anniversary. In 1947, the Department of the Air Force was established as a separate and independent military service from the U.S. Army. Since then, thousands of pilots, gunners, radio operators, and navigators have served a proud and grateful nation as members of the U.S. Air Force. Not only has the Air Force continued to be an agent for positive change around the world, but it also has been a force for good right here in South Dakota. Ellsworth Air Force Base, which recently celebrated its 70th year as a military
Celebrating 65 years of service
smoke on SD Hwy 248, just after the fire crossed the highway. See page five for more pictures of the September 19 fire. Courtesy photo
West Side News
Last Friday night Henry and Elaine Roghair went north to attend the Pierre Players presentation of “The Red Velvet Cake War”. They recommend the show for anyone who delights in family reunion miseries. Fire once again exploded on the prairie last Wednesday afternoon when a semi-load of bales caught fire on the Bork Road west of Okaton and pieces of burning hay peeled off to start the tinder-dry grass on fire. The homes of Flavia Stotts, Nathan and Sherri VanderSchaaf as well as Brad and Shawna Roghair and family were evacuated, but thankfully, no homes or livestock were lost. Several ranchers lost pasture grass with the Bork family losing the greatest number of acres and fences. The parade at Midland Saturday afternoon was enjoyed by Clarice Roghair and Jessie. The crowd is not as big as it used to be when Midland still had a high school, but the residents and business places still put on a good parade. The theme being “Weather” this year, most of the floats indicated it was okay to “rain on our parade”. After games in the afternoon and a free roast beef sandwich, chips and beans, door prizes were given away. The night was rounded out with country music by Westbound. Word was received by Mel and Clarice Roghair that their oldest grandchild, Caleb Schriever, is in the final testing of Marine boot camp in San Diego. Called “the crucible”, the exercise involves “roughly three days of combat conditions with only four hours of sleep and two meals total”. By the time this note gets into your hands, he should officially be a Marine and will graduate October 6.
base, continues to play an important military role and has had a direct positive economic impact in South Dakota. In fact, as one of the largest employers in the state, Ellsworth has an economic impact of more than $300 million to South Dakota’s economy. While Ellsworth has experienced times of uncertainty, it has always played an important role in protecting our nation and promoting democracy around the globe. However, fiscal irresponsibility in Washington has the potential to impose significant cuts across the military, including all Air Force programs, due to the looming sequestration cuts that are scheduled to take place in January of 2013. While the risk is real, I am committed to protecting South Dakota’s military installations and ensuring that America’s national defense is not compromised by these draconian cuts. I offer my congratulations and gratitude to all of our airmen and airwomen on the event of the U.S. Air Force’s 65th anniversary, and encourage all South Dakotans to join me in keeping the brave members of our military and their families in our thoughts and prayers as they continue to serve on our behalf.
Donating blood… Katie Venard takes time to donate blood during a blood drive hosted by Jones County Caring and Sharing and the Murdo United Methodist Church. Pastor Rick Hazen reported that 25 donors donated 33 units of blood. Photo by Karlee Barnes
New school lunch standards concerns
by Rep. Kristi Noem Moms and dads in South Dakota try to do right by our kids. We try to instill character, integrity, a strong work ethic and a healthy dose of South Dakota common sense. We also do our best to be sure our kids eat well. We know they need fruits and vegetables, and a good amount of protein and grains. The federal government also thinks our kids should be eating healthy. For the first time in over 30 years, the school lunch program is undergoing major changes as a result of 2010 legislation known as the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. The changes require healthier foods and calorie restrictions for school meals. While it’s good to know there is interest in our kids’ health, we've seen all too often how top-down Washington approaches don’t always operate as expected on the ground. And it's looking like this is the case for new school lunch standards. My kids were the first to voice complaints to me that they weren't feeling full, and then I heard that concern echoed by parents and students across the state. Talking with South Dakota school lunch program directors, superintendents and students and administrators during a recent visit to Georgia Morse Middle School in Pierre made it even clearer that these standards are cause for concern. Aside from the increased paperwork and other burdens placed on our schools, which particularly strain our rural schools, too many kids feel as if they aren't getting enough to eat. That's because the United States Department of Food and Agriculture (USDA) has placed caps on the number of calories a student can consume at lunch based solely on their age. These caps don't take into account activity level or other needs.
Junior High Football… Seventh grader Greg Boni took down a Kadoka ball carrier in the Monday night junior high game. At the junior high level, the score is not kept. Coach Mike Boni reported, however, that the Coyotes played a very good game. Photo by Karlee Barnes
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The Sheriff ’s report is printed as received by Jones County Sheriff ’s Office. It may or may not contain every call received by the department. Sheriff and Deputy calls: Sept. 13 Deputy Sylva assisted a Jones Co. landowner that was having issues with a neighbor’s bulls continuously getting on his land. Deputy Sylva and Sheriff Weber are investigating several reports of unlocked vehicles that were entered in to and items were stolen from the vehicles while they were parked in the school parking lot during the volleyball game on 9/11/12. Sept. 14 Deputy Sylva responded to a report of an accident that occurred in front of the Murdo Fire Hall. Both vehicles received minor damage. Sheriff Weber responded to a motorist assist on I90, westbound, mm 185. Vehicle was towed. Sheriff Weber responded to rural Jones Co. to assist with the dispute and impounding of bulls that were causing damage to crops. This is a continuance from the Sept. 13 call.
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Sheriff Weber responded to a 911 misdial. Everything was found to be okay. Sept. 15 Sheriff Weber responded to the report of a semi hauling hay that was traveling at a high rate of speed on a Jones Co. rural road in northeast Jones Co. The driver was spoken to and warned to slow down. Sheriff Weber responded to I90, westbound, mm 200, to a report of a motor home that was on fire. The Draper Fire Dept. responded and extinguished the fire. In the process of getting out of the camper one of the owners’ two dogs had run away. The area was searched for a black Terrier with a pink collar, but the dog was not located. Sheriff Weber gave church fund assistance for gas to a stranded motorist. Sept. 16 Deputy Sylva investigated a report of an open door at a residence in rural northwestern Jones Co. The residence was found to be secure. The owner will be gone for some time and will report if anything is found to be missing when she returns. Sheriff Weber responded to I90, westbound, mm 204, where a Lyman Co. Deputy had pulled a vehicle over that resulted from a driving complaint call of an erratic driver. The driver was found to be fine, but she was driving and moving things around in her vehicle. The driver was advised to pull off the road and do this. Deputy Sylva responded to a report of a car vs. deer accident that occurred on I90, eastbound, mm 208. The driver continued driving east. The SD Highway Patrol was contacted to write the accident. Deputy Sylva responded to the TeePee Campground in Murdo to the report of a camper that had been broken in to. A window was found forced open. Nothing was found to be missing. The break in is under investigation by the Sheriff's Office. Sept. 17 Deputy Sylva assisted again with more issues from the impounded bulls that were damaging crops. Deputy Sylva responded to I90, eastbound, mm 198 to a transient or a distressed female. Unable to locate. Sept. 18 Sheriff Weber served a Hughes Co. warrant on a Jones Co.
As a mother of three, I know how important nutritious meals are, but my concern is that these caps on calories are tying the hands of South Dakota schools in providing our kids the amount of food they need. That's why I sent a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to ask how the department is monitoring the results of the new program and what kind of flexibility they are planning on providing schools. I think the best decisions are those made closest to home. When it comes to something as important as our kids' lunches, I think our local schools should have the flexibility to tailor the lunch program to better meet the needs of individuals students. I will continue to closely monitor this issue and do what I can to make sure that our kids are getting enough to eat and South Dakota schools aren’t unduly burdened because of these new standards.
resident. Sept. 19 Sheriff Weber responded to SD Hwy 248, two miles east of Murdo, to a report of a horse out that was almost hit by a passing motorist. The area was searched and the horse was not located. The owner was contacted, and advised to check for horse and to locate fence that it got out of. Sheriff Weber responded to I90, westbound, mm 192 to the report of a grass fire in the north ditch. The Murdo Fire Dept. responded and extinguished the fire. The fire was started by sparks from an REA pole. Sheriff Weber responded to I90, westbound, mm 177, to a report of a truck load of hay that was on fire. It was found that the truck was two miles north of Exit 177 on a gravel road. The truck and trailer were destroyed by fire which ignited several fires that burned approximately 2,500 acres and threatened five residences. The Murdo and Draper Fire Depts. along with 14 other fire departments extinguished the fires. Both lanes of I90 and SD Hwy 248 were closed for several hours due to condensed smoke and fires.
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and Maxine purchased the funeral homes in Presho and in Murdo. In 1983, they purchased the Isburg Funeral Home in Pierre, changing the name to Hofmeister Funeral Chapels. After retiring from funeral business in the early 90’s, Lauren and Maxine continued to live near the golf course in Pierre. Throughout his life Lauren enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and his coffee groups. In the mid 80’s they started spending their winters in Pharr, Texas, and their summers in Pierre. In 2006 due to health concerns he and Maxine moved to Sioux Falls. He is survived by his sons: Larry (Peggy) and Glenn (Kathleen); seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine; daughter, Roxann Joy; brothers: Harold, Glenn and Claire; and sisters: Evelyn Blogg and Floy Leyba. Memorials may be directed to Hillsview Golf Course. Visitation was held on Sunday, September 23, at Isburg Funeral Chapel with Masonic Services at the Chapel. The funeral service was held Monday, September 24, at the First United Methodist Church with burial following at the Rosehill Cemetery in Parker. Arrangements were placed in care of Isburg Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.isburgfuneralchapels.com.
Lauren Hofmeister, 87, formerly of Pierre, died Thursday, September 20, at the Marion Nursing Home. Lauren Hofmeister was born on April 11, 1925, in Chancellor, S.D. to Albert and Ida (Mundhenke) Hofmeister. He grew up in Chancellor and graduated from Chancellor High School in 1944. He served in the United States Army from 1944-1946 during WWII with service in Okinawa and Korea. He married Maxine Purcell in Sioux Falls on December 31, 1948. Lauren worked as a newspaper editor for the Chancellor News and the Hurley Leader. He followed his Dad into the funeral industry and then attended St. Louis Mortuary College and became a funeral director in 1950. In 1964, Lauren
Gant: Absentee ballot options
Registered South Dakota voters have the option of absentee voting by mail or in person. Secretary of State Jason Gant said absentee voting opens Friday for the November 6 general election. “To vote absentee by mail, voters must complete an absentee ballot application, sign it and either have it notarized or provide a copy of their photo identification card before returning it,” Gant said, adding that applications are available in the offices of county auditors as well as online at sdsos.gov. “The auditor will then mail a paper ballot to the voter to complete and return.” Residents may also vote absentee in person beginning September 21 by visiting the office of their county auditor. There they may confirm voter registration, complete an application for an absentee ballot and then vote the ballot and return it to the auditor. In the case of military and overseas voters, applications can be transmitted via fax or e-mail as well as by postal mail. If the application is for a primary, general or other statewide election, uniformed and overseas voters may request to have their ballots sent to them electronically. “Our website provides general absentee voting guidelines as well as a military and overseas citizens section, which offers specific stepby-step instructions,” Gant said. “Voters can also check their registration status online at sdsos.gov through the Voter Information Portal, which is a tool allowing voters to view a sample of their ballots and check on polling locations.” Applications can be returned at any time, but absentee voting begins 46 days prior to an election. In South Dakota, election officials must receive applications for absentee ballots no later than 3:00 p.m. on election day. Once an absentee ballot is completed, a voter may return it to the county
“The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-12). Did you know that you are one of the saints? Did you also know that you are a minister? How can that be? You might be saying to yourself, “I’m not ordained like my pastor.” or “I haven’t been to school / seminary to take all the classes that makes my pastor a pastor.” or “I haven’t been called into ‘the ministry’ like my pastor.” You are one of the “saints.” You are also a minister of the Gospel. You are correct in that you haven’t been to school or seminary like your pastor to take all those theological classes. And, you are right in that you haven’t been called into “full-time” ordained ministry like your pastor. But you are called as one of the saints. You have been called by God through your baptism, and as a member or constituent of the church you have been called to share the Good News of God’s love in Jesus Christ with others.
by Pastor Rick Hazen, United Methodist Church, Murdo and Draper
Seizing the Hope Set Before Us ... Heb 6:18
than God. Loving God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and loving your neighbor as you love yourself become your top priorities. Getting ahead or being a financial success doesn’t matter to God. God wants you to “seek first the kingdom of God.” Your local church can help you if you want to grow in your faith as you become one in community with others. When Jesus Christ gave the Great Commission at the end of the Gospel of Matthew, it was meant for everyone at the time when He said it and it is still meant for everyone today — not just the “ordained.” Let me refresh your memory: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Pray, read the Bible, establish a relationship with Jesus Christ, and get active in a local church — spread the Good News! May God bless you. Amen.
auditor in person or by mail. A qualified voter who is confined due to sickness or disability may apply in writing for an absentee ballot via authorized messenger. An authorized messenger delivers the ballot from the election official to the qualified voter and then returns the marked ballot. Breakdown of absentee voting in South Dakota: 1. Verify status as registered voter in South Dakota (register to vote or update registration through county auditor if needed; registration deadline is 15 days prior to an election). 2. Obtain absentee ballot application from county auditor or online. 3. Fill out application, sign and have notarized or provide copy of a photo identification card (ID requirement waived only for overseas voters). 4. Return application in person, via authorized messenger or by mail (uniformed and overseas voters may also submit applications by fax or email). 5. Fill out absentee ballot upon receipt and return to election official in person, via authorized messenger or by mail.
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Your pastor is very clear on his / her mission and why God called him / her into the ministry. The apostle Paul made it very clear to pastors when he wrote the above verse in his letter to the Ephesian church, which also applies to the modern church today. The pastor’s / teachers’ role in the church is “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.” As a Christian, that means that you are a “follower,” a “disciple of Jesus Christ.” A disciple is a learner who along with his / her daily work, follows and every day and every week ‘spiritual discipline,’ which includes daily prayer and Bible study, tithing, attending worship and Sunday School and the sacraments of the church, serving God and neighbor both inside the church and outside the church, and witnessing to others his / her faith in Jesus Christ. If you are a faithful follower of Jesus Christ then, without hesitation, you become a new creation in Christ as you become one with Him and He becomes one with you. Followers of Jesus Christ do not think of themselves as better than others or better
Jones County Caring and Sharing
Sunday, October 7 ~ 4:00-6:00 p.m. Murdo Football Field
For more information or for pledge sheets, contact Pastor Ray Greenseth or Pastor Rick Hazen
Second Annual Cancer Support Walk
Walk to support those with cancer & raise funds to help in the local area
All proceeds stay in Jones County!
The Murdo Coyote does not charge for obituaries, engagements or wedding announcements! Stop in at the office for details.
J.C. School Board’s Tailgate Party
Friday, October 5 6:00 p.m. @ Murdo Football Field during Jones County vs. Wall game
Proceeds to be used for scholarships
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Catholic Church of St. Martin 502 E. Second St., Murdo, S.D. • Father Gary Oreshoski Saturday Mass: 6 p.m. St. Anthony’s Catholic Church Draper, S.D. • Father Gary Oreshoski Sunday Mass: 8:30 a.m. Draper United Methodist Church Pastor Rick Hazen Sunday Worship: 11 a.m.
Two Minutes With the Bible
What Shall We Do? by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam
When John the Baptist appeared as Christ’s forerunner, God’s chosen people had lived under the law of Moses for fifteen hundred years but had not kept it. Hence John’s call to repentance and baptism for the remission of sins (Mark 1:4). John was in earnest, too, for when the thoughtless multitude came to him to be baptized, he sent them back, saying: “Bring forth fruits worthy of repentance” (Luke 3:7,8). Their lives were to be changed and they were to show it. When the people asked: “What shall we do, then?” he told them to live for others rather than for self (Luke 3:10,11). When the tax collectors asked: “What shall we do?” he demanded that they stop cheating the tax payers and live honestly (Vers. 12,13). When the soldiers asked: “What shall we do?” he told them to forbear violence, false accusation and bribery (Ver. 14). Clearly, righteousness was demanded under John’s message. His hearers were to repent, be baptized, and bring forth the fruits of true repentance. When our Lord appeared, He proclaimed the same message as John (Matt. 3:1,2; 4:17). A lawyer asked: “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” and He replied: “What is written in the law?” When the lawyer recited the basic commands of the Law, our Lord answered: “This do and thou shalt live” (Luke 10:2528). God was still demanding righteousness. They were all under the Law (Gal. 4:4,5; Matt. 23:1,2; etc.). Some suppose this was all changed after Calvary by the so-called “great commission.” This is not so. When, at Pentecost, Peter’s hearers were convicted of their sins and asked “What shall we do?” Peter commanded them to “repent and be baptized… for the remission of sins” just as John had done (Mark 1:4; cf. Acts 2:38). He did not tell them that Christ had died for their sins. Paul was the first to say: “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested… [We] declare His righteousness for the remission of sins” (Rom. 3:21-26). When the Gentile jailor fell on his knees and asked: “What must I do to be saved?” Paul replied: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:30,31). This is God’s message for sinners today, for “we have redemption through [Christ's] blood, the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of His grace” (Eph. 1:7).
Murdo United Methodist Church Pastor Rick Hazen • Corner of E. 2nd and Jefferson Ave. Sunday Worship: 9:30 a.m. and Fellowship Time • Sunday School: 10:30 a.m. United Methodist Women: 1st Wednesday at 2 p.m. • ALL WELCOME! Okaton Evangelical Free Church Okaton I–90 Exit 183 • Pastor Gary McCubbin • 605–837–2233 (Kadoka) Sunday Worship: 9 a.m. (CT) • Sunday School: 10:30 a.m. (CT)
Messiah Lutheran Church 308 Cedar, Murdo, S.D. • Pastor Ray Greenseth Sunday Worship: 9 a.m. • Sunday School: 10 a.m. • Bible Study: Tuesday 7 a.m. Thursday 9:30 a.m. • Midweek: Wednesday 3:15 p.m. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Draper, S.D. • Pastor Ray Greenseth Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. • Bible Study: Wednesday 9 a.m.
Community Bible Church 410 Washington, Murdo, S.D. • Pastor Alvin Gwin • 669–2600 Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. • Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wed. Night Bible Study: 7 p.m.
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“infectiosus” only ten of them die if untreated. Previously, the disease was thought to be 100 percent fatal but now through the use of this test, it has been discovered that 90 percent of the people who have this disease will recover spontaneously. Only the very sick patients need the antibiotic to prevent death. But the test was new and physicians did not know only 10 percent of the cases died. Instead it was assumed that all of the people with “infectiosus” would die from the disease. And therefore in order to save half of them (50 out of 100), the antibiotic was given to all. The presumption based upon previous experience would be that 40 people would be saved and ten people would die from the side effects of the antibiotic. Thus, the 50 percent survival rate with the antibiotic would still be claimed. Since now 100 cases were diagnosed as opposed to ten before, the drug manufacturer can claim that they are saving 40 lives out of 100 from this fatal disease. In fact, out of a 100 patients that have “infectiosus”, ten would die just from the antibiotic itself. Four more would die from the disease itself (as before) and thus the mortality from 100 cases of infectiosus is now 14 per 100 instead of 10 out of 100 previously. Note this is because 90 percent of the asymptomatic cases that used to go undiagnosed are now included in the statistics. By this “over diagnosis” more lives are lost by using the new test than were lost before the test. This same complicated story applies to prostate cancer. In the case of prostate cancer, the PSA test first became available in the late 1980’s. It took several years to catch on but by 1995 prostate cancer deaths in the United States had peaked at 34,000 men per year. In 2009, that absolute death rate had dropped to 28,472 men and the death rate per 100,000 population had dropped from 39 men per 100,000 population down to only 23 men per 100,000 population. Note, this is in spite of the general population in the United States aging over this time. Thus if anything, it would be expected that the absolute number of deaths and death rate from prostate cancer would have increased as the baby boomers began to develop their prostate Recently, the United Status Public Service Task Force recommended that screening use of the prostatic specific antigen test (PSA) be abandoned. I don’t agree with this decision for reasons that I will outline below. A patient who had read about the task forces decision asked me to explain the problem. He was of the opinion that the earlier that a disease is discovered, the more likely it will be cured. Of course, that is only true if there is a cure for the disease. Note that if you find certain types of cancer very early before the cancer has caused any symptoms, the person will know that they have a cancer for a longer time. This is not really a good thing if there is no cure to look forward to. Thus, screening for lung cancer or pancreatic cancer has very little benefit for the general population. Even if the disease is found early, there is rarely a predictable surgical or medical cure for the condition. The person will have a cancer that they know about longer. In the opposite camp, is the case of mammography screening for breast cancer. Found early, breast cancer is very definitely curable in many, many cases. And the earlier it is found, the more likely it is to be cured. Thus, screening for breast cancer with mammography is a highly beneficial screening test. Arguments rage over whether to start screening at age 40 or at age 50 but there is no question that the test itself is useful. The best way to explain the problem with the PSA test can be exemplified by a fictitious disease called “infectiosus”. The characteristics of infectiosus are that once it is symptomatic causing fever and a cough, the condition will be fatal if not treated. For illustration purposes, imagine that there is an antibiotic that can cure 60 percent of the patients who have infectiosus. But this antibiotic is very toxic and one person out of ten who receives it will die from the toxic effects of the antibiotic. Thus, the antibiotic saves five out of ten people who have the disease and causes the death of one case. Four cases die in spite of the antibiotic. Now imagine that continued research uncovers a new test to diagnose “infectiosus”. This new test is very sensitive and soon it is discovered that out of 100 cases of
Murdo Coyote • September 27, 2012 •
Jones County FSA News
• David Klingberg •
CCC-576 requires acceptable appraisal information. Producers must provide evidence of production and note whether the crop was marketable, unmarketable, salvaged or used differently than intended. Producers must annually provide (if not appraised) the quantity of all harvested production of the crop in which the producer held an interest during the crop year. We will be sending out the “NAP Yields” form which lists your acres and a spot for you to record your production. The deadline for reporting this production is not until July 15, 2013, but report the production now while the records are handy and newly calculated. DATES TO REMEMBER/DEADLINES: Sept. 24–Oct. 24: ECP sign up Oct. 8: Office closed for Columbus Day Nov. 15: 2013 acreage reporting date for all perennial forage and winter wheat Feel free to call the office if you ever have questions on any of our programs 605-669-2404 Ext. 2.
cancers. Granted that our ability to treat prostate cancer has improved substantially in the past 20 years, the principle of detecting and treating a prostate cancer early does apply. But to me, the biggest change in this last 20 years has been the use of the PSA test to detect prostate cancer at an earlier and more treatable stage. In the case of infectiosus, the diagnostic test resulted in a less favorable outcome for people with the disease. But it wasn’t because of the test; it was because of what was done in response to the test. The same thing is true of prostate cancer. Doing a PSA test is not the issue. The issue is what one does because of the PSA test. That needs to be very carefully considered. The problem of over diagnosis already significantly impacts illnesses in our society. As our technology continues to improve, we will find diseases at an earlier and earlier stage. We need to be very, very careful about what we do because of the test. Thought of another way, over diagnosis translates to over treatment with resultant excess cost and excess complications. As a closing remark, one can see the conflicts of interest that arise from this phenomenon. Medicare and insurance companies are going to want to cut down on their expenses. Therefore, they will not want to do what they consider to be unnecessary tests that “overdiagnose”. And if the test is clearly unnecessary, I agree. But in the case of the individual who faces the actual disease process and the cost of same, expense might well be worth saving a life. All of the above require very careful consideration between a caregiver and the patient and avoidance of emotional and over-zealous decisions as much as possible.
USDA Farm Service Agency's (FSA) Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) provides emergency funding and technical assistance for farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disasters and for carrying out emergency water conservation measures in periods of severe drought. Funding for ECP is appropriated by Congress which has not been approved at this time. ECP program participants receive cost-share assistance of up to 75 percent of the cost to implement approved emergency conservation practices, as determined by county FSA committees. As mentioned above, there is no funding for the ECP practices at this time. Filing an application is still the first step to get cost share for pipeline projects or reimbursed for water hauling completed this summer. Contact the Jones County FSA Office for additional information at 605-669-2404 Ext. 2. 2012 NAP NOTICE OF LOSS AND PRODUCTION When a crop is affected by a natural disaster, producers must notify the FSA office where their farm records are maintained and complete Part B, (the Notice of Loss portion) of Form CCC-576, Notice of Loss and Application for Payment. This must be completed within 15 calendar days of the natural disaster occurrence or the date the damage to the crop or loss of production became apparent. To receive NAP benefits, producers must complete Form CCC576, Notice of Loss and Application for Payment, Parts D, E, and F as applicable, and certify in Part G, no later than the immediately subsequent crop year acreage reporting date for the crop. The
JONES COUNTY IS APPROVED FOR EMERGENCY CONSERVATION PROGRAM (ECP) – SIGNUP ENDS 10/24/12
“Leaving Middle America” SDSU receives $5 Webinar being offered
SDSU Extension Community Development is offering a free webinar where participants will learn about the exodus of youth in the heartland and from our small South Dakota towns. The one hour webinar entitled “Leaving Middle America: The Rural Brain Drain in South Dakota’s Small Towns” will be presented by SDSU Extension Field Specialist Cheryl Jacobs. The webinar will focus on what communities can do to stop the decline of rural towns and encourage young people to stay or return to their community. The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, September 26, at 7:00 p.m. Central and will also be repeated on Thursday, September 27, at 10:00 a.m. Central. To join each Webinar visit the iGrow event listings for the Wednesday and Thursday sessions. Participants are encouraged to log in within 30 minutes of the specified time. For more information contact Cheryl Jacobs, SDSU Extension Field Specialist. The South Dakota State University Foundation today announced a $5 million gift in the form of a challenge match that pushes total commitments to the proposed Indoor Practice and Human Performance Center to $24.3 million. The anonymous donor providing the $5 million match wants to make sure the project moves forward on schedule, while providing an incentive for others to contribute, said Keith Mahlum, Vice President for Development of the SDSU Foundation. “The donor hopes this commitment will motivate a lot of people to invest in this project – at whatever level they are comfortable,” Mahlum said. The current total comes from 39 donors. SDSU plans to begin construction in the spring of 2013, subject to reaching its fundraising goal and getting final approval through the South Dakota Board of Regents. Based on estimates from the architectural firm, officials believe $28 million would complete the facility with most of the preferred features. The planned facility would include an eight-lane, 300-meter
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track and 100 yards of synthetic turf, along with space for sports medicine, athletic training, strength and conditioning, physical therapy, hydrotherapy, expanded academic advising, observation rooms and office facilities. Sanford Health announced a $10 million leadership gift in August to launch the fundraising effort. At the same time, SDSU announced another $8 million in leadership gifts from donors that wished to remain anonymous. “This donor is excited by the transformational impact of this new facility – not only for athletics and our 475 student-athletes – but for the university, the city of Brookings and the region,” said Director of Athletics Justin Sell. “It’s an incredible boost to our fundraising efforts for this project. We need to be clear to our alumni and friends: While this puts us well down the path to getting this project done, we’re not there yet. Our final hurdle is to generate support to equal this $5 million challenge match,” Sell said. The Indoor Practice and Human Performance Center is a project of It Starts with STATE: A Campaign for South Dakota State University. The Foundation is leading the sixyear, $200 million campaign. With gifts and pledges from nearly 22,000 different donors, It Starts with STATE has already exceeded its goal. The campaign will conclude December 31, 2012.
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Smoke on the horizon…again
by Dee LeRoye Less than six weeks ago I wrote a story about fighting forest fire in Washington state. Thankfully, our son Chane’s home was passed over. His biggest loss was his fall pasture. Does history repeat itself? Last Wednesday evening a grassfire raged across the prairie just a few miles from our Jones County home. With a horrible northwest wind blowing, the flames leaped, danced and destroyed. Before it was done approximately 2,500 acres of prairie grass disappeared, leaving a trail of black ash. The inferno wiped out our son Brad’s north pasture, but stopped around fifty feet from his home. The tales of bravery and heroism are as varied as South Dakota weather, so much so that this story teller does not know where to begin. So perhaps the place to begin is at the beginning. It quit raining in west Jones County way last spring. The grasshoppers came anyway. Gardens did produce some, but it was mostly because they were watered from hydrants that deliver through the rural water pipes from the Oahe Dam. By mid-August even the grasshoppers had died out, and skunks, who had been feasting on grasshoppers, began to appear in chicken coops and gardens, along with raccoons, possums and other predators seeking something to eat. Small fires seemed to appear out of nowhere, often along the interstate highway where a careless smoker let hot ash drift out a window, or some malfunctioning piece of equipment threw a spark and the tissue-dry grass exploded. Ever-alert fire fighters were on the job continually, snuffing out flames before the damage extended. Last Wednesday’s events were a different story. Daughter Jessie was home from school and preparing to go to youth group, so I’m guessing the time was between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m. I was in the shed helping Mel’s cousin Henry unload barrels of chicken scratch from his seed cleaning mill when Jessie ran from the house hollering “Fire.” We stepped around to the south of our quonset and saw white and black smoke already billowing in the sky. Moments later, Henry, who is a retired volunteer fireman, was on the road rushing to help fight the blaze. By the time I got down to the house, Jessie was dressed in old blue jeans, a longsleeved shirt and leather gloves and boots, ready to join the fight. Telephone calls to neighbors told me the word was out. My second thought was with the northwest wind, Brad and Shawna’s home was in direct line for the inferno, only an approximate seven miles away from where the fire had started. I tried dialing Shawna’s number; no answer. When I got Brad to answer his cell phone he told me Shawna had contacted him, but he was still seventy miles from home. I’m guessing my next-to-the-youngest son broke the speed limit a bit that day. While Jess and I were still wondering how we could help, Shawna called, asking us both to come to her house. From the hayfield she had spotted five different fires burning along the Bork road northwest of her home. Quite possibly she would have to move livestock and wanted our help. When we got to Brad and Shawna’s place three miles west of Okaton, the three older girls were already saddling horses and proceeded to bring the bulls in from the west pasture. Jessie and I helped unload the pickup and get the stock trailer hitched to it. Brad would later use it to haul out as much livestock as possible before the heat and smoke from the fire stopped that action. Somewhere in the haze of the next half hour we evacuated as much stuff out of the house as possible, loading it into three vehicles. Then it was déjà vu as I once again left the scene of a fire carrying the most precious treasure of all – grandchildren. By the time I drove out to the service road, the fire had jumped both lanes of I-90 and the service road, licking up out of the ditch and into Brad’s pasture. I headed east toward Okaton, meeting several vehicles, including Uncle Bob Roghair who was driving his big John Deere tractor with a disk behind. Shawna followed the evacuation around ten minutes or so behind us, flying through the thick smoke and popping over the hill to find that big tractor and disk right in the middle of the narrow gravel road she was traveling. She hit the brakes and thought the rig was going to roll into the ditch. Did an invisible hand keep it upright? Before I left the place, I had stood in the yard and watched the flames dance on the northwest side of the old Stickler place, remembering having coffee with the dear old couple who lived there some forty years ago. We are thankful that place had been long vacant as nothing now stands except some old steel grain bins. The rest disappeared in black smoke. As I stood there, I asked God, “If you can’t send a downpour of rain, would you please shut down the wind?” Bob drove into the pasture just north of the house and disked a strip, turning up the dry sod, turning under the short dead grass, which had fueled the fire across the miles from the road where it started. Someone told Shawna the next morning it was a matter of 40 seconds from the time Bob made the second pass until the flames reached the dirt barrier. The fire burned itself out, then the wind went down and the humidity went up. It is as if God said, “That’s enough” and put a giant lid over the inferno. All that was left as darkness came was acres of black ground and smoldering bales, cow pies and posts. I’ve learned in the days since that we are still a praying people in this part of America. It doesn’t make any difference if people go to church or even talk about God, when a neighbor needs help, they talk to God. And now I know God hears when folks pray for help for someone else. He doesn’t always answer the way we want Him to, but he did last Wednesday for our family when He was asked to spare lives and homes. Just north of Brad and Shawna’s place and across the service road is the home of Flavia Stotts. The grass is burned on three sides of her house and the barn is gone. Flavia, who has endured the loss by fire of two homes in past years, was recognized by newscasters for her efforts in wetting down the
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grass around her home. At nearly 88 years old, she calmly did her part to save her home. Across the road from Flavia’s and on the other side of a tinderdry cornfield is the home of Nathan and Sherri VanderSchaaf, two young people who were raised in Iowa’s lush green landscape and have been married just over a year. As the fire attempted to burn its way through the long grasses in the draw and approach the home site, Nathan was battling flames on the northwest end of the fire and had no time to get around the inferno to protect his own home. When Sherri called for instructions about getting the farming equipment to safety, Nathan told her, “Just get out of there.” She evacuated as Bob Roghair was disking a fire guard around the buildings and equipment. Yet even as late as Sunday morning, fire in that draw again attempted to snuff out the young couple’s home site. After fire fighters put out the flames, Henry Roghair hooked up a tractor and disk and tore up the dead grasses from the draw to destroy fuel before it can flare up in the next wind. Once again, the prairie people have proved their mettle as units from all surrounding towns responded to fight the flames, neighbors stood together to join the battle, others made sandwiches and provided beverages for those in action. And in the days of clean-up, still others have come forward to help. Perhaps soon snow will cover the sad landscape, or perhaps rain will come to brighten burned areas with soft new grasses. Already, crews from West Central Electric have replaced rural electric poles and Golden West has made sure phone systems are working. Ranchers are estimating damage expense and hoping there will be insurance or funding somewhere to help replace fences and hay. The Bork Ranch alone lost seven miles of fence, much of it being new just in the last year or so. They also counted 382 big round bales along with all their fall and winter grazing land and their spring calving pasture. At a replacement cost that could amount to at least $200 per ton on the market, plus trucking, the lost hay will cost more than $40,000 plus trucking. Additional hay will have to be bought to replace the feed lost in the grazing land. But through it all, remember with me what I overheard said, “It’s just things. Things can be replaced, life cannot.” And, before Bob Roghair could get out of his tractor last Wednesday night, a 13-year old blonde girl climbed up the steps of his rig, opened the door, and, in Bob’s words, “smothered me with a huge hug. That was all the thanks I needed for plowing a strip that kept the flames away from her home.”
Firefighters continue to douse the burned field just north of Flavia Stotts’s house as interstate traffic moves slowly due to low visibility from the smoke. Courtesy photo
SDWDA offers scholarships
The South Dakota Well Drillers Association is pleased to announce it is offering scholarships totaling $ 5,000.00 to be divided between two deserving students. The Association recognizes the need for educational advancements at all levels of the industry and seeks to support students pursuing their educational goals. Applicants must be a resident of South Dakota or a relative of an individual employed by a Member Company in good standing of the SDWDA. Applicants must be a full-time student of an accredited South Dakota University or Technical School with a major emphasis on a degree related to the water well/groundwater industry. Areas of study include, but are not limited to: Engineering, Geology, Hydro-Geology, Environ-mental Sciences, Pump Installation/Plumbing, Geo-Thermal, etc. Applications must be received by December 1, 2012. Applications and rules for application can be obtained by contacting Dennis Duvall, Committee Chairman by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your mailing information in your email.
After… The torched semi was pulled into a field and off the road after fire had swept through the country side. Photo by Karlee Barnes
Cause for worry…The fire came within less than 100 yards of the Vander Schaaf residence, and has since flared up twice near their home. Photo by Karlee Barnes
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Jones County High School October 2012
JH VB @ Pierre 5:15
X-Country @ Lyman 2:00
JH FB @ Lyman 4:00
FB vs. Wall Here 7:00 School Board Tailgate Party
X-Country @ Philip 11:00 JH FB @ Philip Jamboree JH VB Triangular @ Stanley Co. 10:00
JH VB vs. Chamberlain Here 5:00 School Board Meeting HS Library 8:00
VB vs. Lyman Here 6:30 X-Country Parents Night Jostens Rep Here 8:15 Graduation & Class Rings
Region X-Country @ Philip 1:00
VB Triangular @ New Underwood 5:00
FB vs. Lower Brule Here VB @ New 7:00 Parents Night Underwood 3:00 JH VB @ White River Tourney 9:00
Honors Band @ White River
VB vs. Kadoka Here 6:30
FB @ New Underwood 7:00
State X-Country @ Parent/Teacher Huron Conferences 2:45-6:00 & 6:45-8:00 Picture Retakes 8:30
Region Student Council @ Presho 8:30
All-State Chorus @ Rapid City
All-State Chorus @ Rapid City JH GB @ Philip Tourney 10:00 Lions Fall Fling 6:30
VB vs. Chamberlain Here 1st Round FB Playoffs 6:30 “Dig Pink” & Parents Night Jr/Sr Career Day @ Pierre
2nd Round FB Playoffs
District 13B VB Tourney @ Murdo 5:00
District 13B VB Tourney @ Murdo 7:00
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Proceedings of the Jones County School District #37-3
Regular Session September 10, 2012 The Board of Education of the Jones County School District No. 37-3 met in regular session on September 10, 2012, in the High School Library with the following members present: Michael Hunt-President, Chad Whitney, Scott Mathews and Carrie Lolley. Board President Hunt called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m. with Board members present answering roll call. All actions in these minutes were by unanimous vote by members present unless otherwise stated. Others Present: Larry Ball--CEO/Principal, Lorrie Esmay--Principal, Tami Schreiber--Business Manager, Cheryl Iversen and Gary Knispel. Absent: Brett Nix. AGENDA: Motion by Lolley, seconded by Whitney to approve the agenda. MINUTES: Motion by Whitney, seconded by Mathews to approve the minutes of the August 13, 2012 Regular Meeting. EXPENDITURES: Motion by Lolley, seconded by Whitney to approve the expenditures and the issuing of checks on September 10, 2012. PAYROLL BY DEPT: FICA paid through First Fidelity Bank, Retirement check issued to SD Retirement System and Health Insurance check issued to Three Rivers Insurance Fund. PAYROLL: $76,419.29; EMPLOYER SHARE: FICA $5,269.55, RETIREMENT $4,412.63; HEALTH INSURANCE $10,996.06. GENERAL FUND: A&B Welding--Supplies $417.12; APEX--Services $375.00; Larry Ball--Meals/Gas $83.27; Stacey Booth--Boxes $47.79; Cengage--Supplies $55.00; Chesterman--Pop/Water $1,246.75; City of Murdo--Water $1,671.36; Classroom Products--Supplies $154.48; Rose Comp--Tuition Credit/Files $50.00; Country Pride--Bus Fuel $291.97; Crum--Light Bulbs $205.40; Dakota Mill--Tempo $51.50; Daktronics--Maint Agreement $750.00; Discovery Center--Supplies $44.00; DCI-Background Checks $302.75; DoAll-Supplies $50.00; Jeanette Drayer-Tuition Credit $40.00; ECC--Training $350.00; EMC--Insurance $231.00; Environmental Products--Filters $57..57; Good Samaritan--Lodging $55.00; Farmers Union--Bus Fuel/Gas $866.96; Farner Bocken--Concessions $1,494.09; Amazon--Shelves $423.68; Lea Glaze-Supplies $57.25; Golden West-Phone/Repairs $632.00; Haggertys-Repairs $287.70; Harlows--Bus Training $128.00; Hillyard--Supplies $2,905.09; Amoco--Gas $306.34; Jostens--Yearbook Deposit $5,072.80; Gary Knispel-Services $2,000.00; Lakeshore--Supplies $262.71; LSI--Picnic $564.00; Micron--upgrade $171.98; Moores--Supplies $565.69; Coyote--Ads/Minutes $181.46; Officemax--Supplies $226.64; Pepsi--Pop $680.40; Really Good Stuff-Resources $676.67; School Specialty-Supplies $2,208.15; SDMEA--Reg Fee $50.00; JayTee Sealey--Fee Reimb $99.00; Servall--Mops/Towels Cleaned $368.15; Spark--Manual $344.99; SW/WC CoOp--Paper $966.96; Teachabout--Certification $1,050.00; TemTech-Repairs $1,486.42; Venard Inc--Maint $41.26; Verizon--Phone $83.20; West Central--Electricity $168.02; Western Great Plains--Conf Fees $400.00. CAPITAL OUTLAY: All American--FB Equip $1,693.24; Curt Chambliss-Reroof House/Garage $3,335.00; Amazon--Library Books $21.32; Moores-Roof Steel $3,750.85; School Specialty-Carpet/Chairs $5,560.60; Weathercraft-1/2 Elem Roof $45,819.00. SPECIAL EDUCATION: PAYROLL $11,790.15; EMPLOYER SHARE FICA $852.77, RETIREMENT $688.59, HEALTH INSURANCE $2,615.03. EXPENDITURES: Childrens Care--Services/Tuition $6,927.66; Parent--Mileage $84.36; Coyote--Ads $198.55; Oakwood--Communications System $3,745.00; School Specialty--Supplies $881.20; SW/WC CoOp--Paper $107.44. PENSION: None. FOOD SERVICE: Armstrong--Hood Inspection $161.22; Moores--Keys $5.67. FINANCIAL REPORTS: Motion by Mathews, seconded by Whitney to approve as follows: GENERAL FUND: Bal. Bro't Fwd $548,558.60; RECEIPTS Ad Valorem Taxes $3,138.35, Mobile Home Taxes $118.56, Penalties $76.66, Interest $159.81, Admissions $359.00, Rental $1,000.00, Concessions $325.50, Co Apportionment $1,731.00, State Aid $30,970.00, OST Attendance $232.00, Exp Reiimb $400.00; Gross Receipts $48,139.09. EXPENDITURES $123,576.77; Bal on Hand Checking $156,831.67; MMDA $104,800.13; Investments $250,000.00. CAPITAL OUTLAY: Bal Bro't Fwd $322,487.29; RECEIPTS: Ad Valorem Taxes $335.10; Mobile Home Taxes $25.28, Penalties $7.97, Interest $10.45. EXPENDITURES $88,281.23; Bal on Hand Checking $143,813.66; MMDA $90,771.20; Investments -0-. SPECIAL EDUCATION: Bal Bro't Fwd $978,736.73; RECEIPTS: Ad Valorem Taxes $477.33, Mobile Home Taxes $36.03, Penalties $11.34, Interest $36.88. EXPENDITURES $22,802.03; Bal on Hand Checking $484,361.00; MMDA $212,135.28; Investments $260,000.00. PENSION FUND: Bal Bro't Fwd $262,461.43; RECEIPTS: Ad Valorem Taxes $119.00, Mobile Home Taxes $8.97, Penalties $2.83. EXPENDITURES $0; Bal on Hand Checking $262,592.23; MMDA -0-; Investments -0FOOD SERVICE: Bal Bro't Fwd $20,756.15; RECEIPTS: -0-. EXPENDITURES $936.45; Bal on Hand Checking $19,819.70; MMDA -0-; Investments -0-. TRUST & AGENCY: Bal Bro't Fwd $60,892.46; RECEIPTS $184.00; EXPENSES $4,348.60; Bal on Hand $56,727.86. Resolution #379 Adoption of the Annual Budget LET IT BE RESOLVED that the School Board of the Jones County School District, after duly considering the budget and its amendments, to be published in accordance with SDCL 13-11-2, hereby approves and adopts its budget and amendments thereto, to be its Annual Budget for the July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012. The adopted Annual Budget totals are as follows: ANNUAL BUDGET GENERAL FUND . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,613,222.00 CAPITAL OUTLAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .253,900.00 SPECIAL EDUCATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .311,560.00 PENSION FUND . .51,960.00 FOOD SERVICE . .99,000.00 TAX REQUEST TO COUNTY AUDITOR GENERAL FUND . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$ 655,000.00 (max) CAPITAL OUTLAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .165,000.00 SPECIAL EDUCATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .240,000.00 PENSION FUND . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51,960.00 BOARD ACTION: Motion by Scott Mathews, seconded by Carrie Lolley to adopt the foregoing resolution. ROLL CALL: In Favor--Carrie Lolley, Chad Whitney, Scott Mathews and Michael Hunt.Opposed--None. Absent--Brett Nix. OPEN ENROLLMENTS: Motion by Whitney, seconded by Mathews to approve the application for open enrollment for the 2012-2013 school term as submitted by #713. CONTRACTS/WORK AGREEMENTS: Motion by Lolley, seconded by Whitney to approve the following for the 20122013 school term: Bev Ball--Summer Plyometric and Weight Program Monitor $15.00/hr; Lana Feddersen--21st Century Staff $8.00/hr; Ann Geisler--Summer Plyometric and Weight Program Designer/Monitor $15.00/hr. Resolution #380 Unnecessary or Unsuitable Property LET IT BE RESOLVED, that the school board of the Jones County School District #37-3, in accordance with SDCL 1321-1, hereby declares the following property to be no longer necessary, useful, or suitable for school purposes, and hereby declares said property obsolete and that said property be disposed of (List available from Business Manager). BOARD ACTION: Motion by Scott Mathews, seconded by Chad Whitney to approve the foregoing resolution. ROLL CALL: In Favor--Carrie Lolley, Chad Whitney, Scott Mathews and Michael Hunt. Opposed--None. Absent-Brett Nix. RETIREMENT PAYMENT: Motion by Whitney, seconded by Mathews to include as a part of Larry Ball’s regular
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contract a payment of $5,000.00 from the Pension Fund for each consecutive year he serves as High School Principal and Activities Director for the Jones County School District beginning with the 2012-2013 school year and all to be paid after the official retirement from such position. Brett Nix arrived 5:23 PM. BUS BID OPENING: No Bids received on the two buses. Motion by Mathews, seconded by Whitney to add the 1999 IH Bus back on the inventory and insurance to be used as a spare route bus. INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR AGREEMENT: Motion by Mathews, seconded by Nix to offer Gary Knispel, an independent contractor, an agreement as Grant Writer/Consultant for the 2012-2013 school year at $1,000.00 per month. DISCUSSION: Homecoming, Tailgate Party, Enrollment, White River Bus Pick Up Points, Public School Exemptions, PA System. QUIT CLAIM DEED: Motion by Lolley, seconded by Whitney to accept having the Parish Tech Center quit claimed to the Jones County School District by the City of Murdo. Motion by Nix, seconded by Whitney to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 6:14 p.m. Tami Schreiber, Business Manager Published September 27, 2012, at the total approximate cost of $124.43.
Proceedings of the Draper Town Board
Regular Session September 11, 2012 The Draper Town Board met in regular session September 11, 2012, at the Draper Hall. Chairman Nies called the meeting to order. Present: Nies, Hatheway and Louder. Absent: none. The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. These bills were presented for payment and approved: West Central Electric, electric, $404.70; Greg Rankin, mowing, $54.72; WR Lyman Jones, water, $60.00; Kim Schmidt, salary, $367.40; Dept. of Revenue, sales tax, $50.80; Draper Post Office, box rent, $44.00; Servall, rugs, $19.09; Heartland, garbage, $700.00; Murdo Coyote, advertise, $15.92; Farmers Union, propane, $572.00; Farmers Union, hall & diesel, $24.25; IRS, ss & wh, $113.52. The Report on the Surface Water Discharge Inspection Permit (SDG823612) was reviewed and discussed. The budget was discussed for the 2013 year. Raymond Pike and Kevin Louder both asked for building permits. Finance clerk will get the info to them. The check was received from Kelly Green for the hay in the amount of $3,506.47. The board discussed the street lights. They feel the town no longer needs this many for the cost and the lack of buildings and property owners. The board will check into this further. Hatheway motioned, second Nies that we put a $5.00 charge on the use of the landfill if the person does not belong to the Draper garbage service. Signs should be posted and the fee should be collected before the gates are unlocked. Being no further business, Louder motioned, second Nies, to adjourn. Kim Schmidt, Finance Clerk Published September 27, 2012 at the total approximate cost of $22.10.
Notice for Bids Bus for Sale
The Jones County School District is accepting sealed bids on a 2001 BlueBird Bus. For more information contact Larry Ball at 669-2258. Bids will be opened October 8, 2012, at 8:30 p.m. at the regularly scheduled school board meeting. The Board reserves the right to reject any and all bids. Published September 27 & October 4, 2012, at the total approximate cost of $11.70.
RC&D week declared for September 23-29
The National Association of Resource Conservation and Development (NARC&D) Councils Board of Directors and USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack declare September 23-29, 2012 as RC&D Week. RC&D Week 2012 will begin a year-long celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Program. The National Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils began its kickoff of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Service to America with a proclamation by USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack. Secretary Vilsack’s proclamation commences a year-long series of events highlighting the contribution of hundreds of RC&D Councils across the United States. The unique nature of the RC&D Councils is their ability to identify potential challenges in their local communities and create solutions that are tailored to those local needs. RC&D Councils are 501(C)3 non-for-profit corporations. They are not governmental entities, so the typical policies and constraints of local, state, and federal government programs do not limit the types of issues they address or the means they use. For 50 years RC&D Councils have quietly, and successfully, partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, other Federal and State agencies, local organizations, corporation and citizens to better the lives of citizens in rural America. Secretary Vilsack’s proclamation will celebrate this continuing service. The RC&D movement began with the 1962 Food and Agriculture Act during the Administration of President John F. Kennedy through the leadership of then Secretary of Agriculture Orville Freemen. The goal of the program is to assist areas to conserve natural resources while enhancing the social and economic well-being of rural communities through volunteer-driven RC&D Councils. In the half-century since the program’s creation, this movement has grown to include more than 20,000 volunteers who serve 2,693 counties in all 50 states, the Caribbean and the Pacific Basin. South Dakota has seven RC&D councils and one applicant area. South Central RC&D, located in Murdo, SD, serves Jones, Mellette, Todd and Tripp counties. Some of the projects that South Central RC&D has recently assisted with are: Mellette County Farmers Market, Ranchers Workshops in Todd and Mellette County, Tree Pruning Workshop, Annie’s Project, Seasonal High Tunnels, assisted Murdo and Parmelee Fire Departments, helped host a SRM Grazing Tour, Shelterbelt Renovation Workshops in Winner and Murdo, Internet Marketing Workshop, Sinte Gleska University Tree Bank and Marketing Development/ Customer Service Training. South Central RC&D and other RC&D Councils will continue doing what they do best…making things happen in their local communities. For more information on RC&D program check out the national web site at www.narcdc.org or South Dakota’s web site at www.sdrcd.org and click on the local RC&D councils. To contact the South Central RC&D office call 605-669-2222 or e-mail at email@example.com.
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2012 will certainly go down in the record books as one of the driest growing seasons in history, and has also proven to be very educational. Granted, that may optimistic. It became obvious early in the summer that some crop sequences like corn following corn, soybeans, alfalfa or sunflower were much shorter on soil moisture than others. No-till fields seemed to withstand the drought better than tilled fields. Even within fields, large differences were seen in how well the crops handled the drought, reflecting changes in soil types and the water holding capacity of them. As you look ahead to the 2013 growing season and beyond, if you planted a crop that failed in 2012, that may not necessarily be a bad thing. That may sound easy to say when you don’t farm, but if you farm in such a way that a crop never fails due to drought, you will not take full advantage of a good year. Regardless of your farming technique, good crop rotations have many benefits; including making the best use of the rainfall you receive. Producers in dry areas should strive for a mix of high and Matching the Cropping System to Water Availability
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low water-use crops. Producers in better rainfall areas will include more high-use crops. A good rotation has diversity in plant types, planting dates, and harvest periods. This diversity spreads workloads and decreases insect, disease, and weed pressure. Crop rotations also have varying levels of water use intensity. Dwayne Beck, Manager of the Dakota Lakes Research Farm, has done some example calculations on both the diversity and intensity of a variety of crop rotations, and has the document available at: http://www.dakotalakes.com/Publications/DI_Sample_Calculations.pdf. The proper water use intensity will vary from one area to another. The key is to make use of the rainfall you receive. As Dwayne Beck says, when a crop fails, that’s what crop insurance is for. We were able to summarize a large number of Nitrate test results from the 2002 and 2006 droughts, due to the cooperation of the Olson Biochemistry Lab at SDSU. With the closing of that lab in the fall of 2011, that resource is no longer available, but one of the private labs recently provided a summary of the Nitrate tests they Nitrate Testing Summary
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I unclogged the drain on the bathroom sink earlier this week. It had been getting worse and worse over the last month to six weeks until it had become very slow to empty. Using it required a bit more patience than I had. It was time or past time to fix things. Accordingly, I rounded up the big pliers-like tool I bought ages ago after seeing plumber Lloyd using one like it to good effect many times. A couple of screwdrivers were grabbed as well. Then I cleaned out the vanity under the sink just in case I made an unmitigated mess which was somewhat likely going on past experience. Taking a deep breath, I adjusted the pliers to the size of the nut on the plastic pipe and tentatively gave it a turn. It moved easily. “Oh, good!” I said. The nut on the other side of the trap moved just as easily. I could unscrew both of them by hand from there on. Oddly enough, the trap was completely clear. The problem had to be farther up. I probed up there with a big screwdriver and brought some stuff out, but the clog seemed to be higher still. Standing up, I considered how to get the drain plug out since some of those are connected by complicated screw contraptions that have completely defeated me in the past. When I gave a tug, though, the plug came right out. “That was easy,” I said in relief. From there I could see the obstruction, and the screwdriver soon had it out. It was a nasty glob of hair and unidentifiable slime. It only took a minute or two to remove it and flush the pipe into the pail I had under the drain below. Mission accomplished except for reconstruction. Luckily, the plug snapped right back in, and the trap went back on about as easily as it had come off. I tightened things with the pliers and tested my work by running some water through. No leaks. Excellent! A few wipes with a couple of paper towels and the job was done. “That was easy,” I said to myself. “Why didn’t I do that weeks ago?” “Because you don’t have any confidence in your plumbing skills,” was my immediate reply to myself. And that is so. It is not an area where I shine. I can do such things, but natural talent, aptitude and experience are somewhat lacking. As a result, I would rather put up with the inconvenience of a slow drain than actually try to fix it. As you know, a lack of confidence can inhibit our attempts to do various things. We might kind of want to do various jobs or activities but don’t because we aren’t sure we can pull it off. Dealing with electrical matters certainly falls into that category with me. I’m not very confident when it comes to plumbing, but double or triple that with electricity. You might make a big mess if you goof up in plumbing, but you could end up dead through a mistake with electricity. I’m not sure that will ever change with me so I am not hesitant to call in an actual electrician if things look somewhat beyond me. I plan to continue that practice. In other areas, though, I can accomplish what I want to do if I work at it. About the first thing I need to do, however, is relax. If you’re all tensed up, you can’t do much. This I learned in part through playing complicated musical pieces in public. If you’re too tense, your music won’t be very good or you’ll scramble the hard parts. I have to just tell myself that, yes, there is a chance I’ll goof up and embarrass myself, but, what the heck. So be it. I’m going to give it a shot anyway and try to have a good time in the process. A lot of practice beforehand, of course, will make public performance easier. Public speaking is another instance of where one needs to consciously relax. Seeing all those eyes watching you could possibly make one tense. I don’t have much of a problem with that anymore, but it was harder to do earlier in life when I’d had no experience with it. You know, when Joshua was about to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land, God repeatedly told him, “Be strong and courageous. Be strong and courageous.” This was possible for Joshua because God had promised to be with him and help him. God promises to do the same for us if we trust him, even in everyday matters like plumbing. Oh dear! Wife Corinne just informed me that another drain in the house is having problems and could use some work. Perhaps I’d better deal with that while my triumph over the first drain is still fresh in my mind. As the little train says in the childhood story about climbing a steep hill, “I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.”
have analyzed to date. SGS Labs, of Brookings, SD, provided analysis of a number of corn, corn silage, corn stalks, alfalfa hay, grass hay mix, lambsquarter (weed), oat forage, oat hay, and sorghum/sudan grass samples from June 28 – September 4, 2012. The samples came largely from South Dakota, with some from Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska. The majority of the samples came from southeastern and southern South Dakota, and the bordering parts of the other states. The highest level of Nitrate their analysis found was 1.14%, which is well over 2 times the level that is considered safe to feed, even when mixed with safer feedstuffs. The average level was 0.15%, which is at the upper limit of safe to feed to non-pregnant animals, and recommended to be limited to 50% of the ration for pregnant animals. The median level, which is the numerical value separating the higher half of the samples from the lower half of the samples, was 0.10%, which is safe to feed to all animals if adequate feed and water are available. Any of the labs will continue to test forages for Nitrates. 10/16-18/2012 – SDSU Extension Annual Conference, Brookings, SD Calendar
Deer licenses reduced, refunds offered
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department has been monitoring die-offs of white-tailed deer across portions of the state and must make adjustments to some West River deer hunting units. Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) has been confirmed in white-tailed deer, and many of the deer deaths being reported by the public are suspected to be the result of that disease. In response to the disease, all unsold licenses will be removed from the following deer hunting units for the West River deer season: Bennett County: 11A-09 and 11B-17; Gregory County: 30A-19 and 30B-19; and Jackson County: 39B-09. In addition, 200 licenses will be removed for Meade County: 49B-09. “As the department continues to monitor the outbreak of EHD over the next couple of weeks, we will provide additional recommendations to the Game, Fish and Parks Commission at its October meeting to address East River deer units,” said GFP Secretary Jeff Vonk. “Currently, the department plans to recommend that the commission remove all unsold licenses in Bon Homme, Hutchinson, and Yankton counties and make significant reductions to leftover licenses in Brule and Charles Mix counties for the second draw of the East River deer season. Between now and the next commission meeting, we will continue our surveillance efforts with the possibility of additional license reductions.” Aside from conducting ground surveillance and collecting reports from the public, GFP is also using aerial flights to help determine the severity of deer mortalities.
SD Beef Council to set budget September 29
Directors of the South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC) will be approving the 2012-2013 fiscal year budget at its annual meeting September 29 in Brookings. The budget, explains SDBIC Executive Director Ron Frederick, will include the promotion, research, consumer and industry information and international marketing of beef programs to be funded with the state’s fifty-cent portion of the $1 per animal beef checkoff. The meeting, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Swiftel Center in Brookings, will also include election of the SDBIC president, vice president, treasurer and the council’s representative on the Meat Export Federation board of directors. Following the meeting, SDBIC will honor recipients of this year’s Prime Promoter awards during the 11:30 luncheon. This year’s Prime Promoters and their categories are: Kip and Michelle Pharis of the Pizza Ranch and BraVo’s restaurants in Brookings (Business); All American Beef Battalion/Kelly Landis (Organ-ization); and Clark Braun, certified executive chef, Alpine Inn, Hill City, SD (Individual). Dr. Keith Underwood, South Dakota State University (SDSU) meat extension specialist, will receive the Distinguished Service Award.
As is the tradition, SDBIC is holding its annual meeting and Prime Promoter Award Luncheon in Brookings during the SDSU Beef Bowl. “It’s an excellent opportunity to partner with SDSU on a day the university honors the beef industry’s important role in our state,” says Frederick. As part of the Beef Bowl festivities, SDBIC will, for the second year, sponsor the Tailgate of the Year Award. The council will present $200, $100 and $50 in Beef Bucks respectively to the top three participants with the best use of beef at the tailgate party prior to the game. The South Dakota Beef Ambassadors will be on hand for the pre-game beef barbeque. SDBIC is also sponsoring the “Beef Up Your Game” instant replay during the game between the SDSU Jacks and the Missouri State Bears. The 2012 Prime Promoter and Distinguished Service Award recipients will also be introduced during halftime. The game begins at 6 p.m. at Coughlin Stadium on the SDSU campus. Cattle producers are encouraged to attend the annual meeting. Those wishing to attend the Prime Promoter Award Luncheon are asked to RSVP by September 21 by calling the SDBIC office at 605-224-4722.
“Reports of dead deer are coming from across the state, and in some instances landowners are telling traditionally hosted hunters that opportunities will be limited,” Vonk said. “With that in mind, GFP is notifying deer hunters that they can voluntarily return a deer license for any season prior to the start of that respective season and receive a full refund.” Hunters desiring a refund for a deer license should send their license, including all associated tags, to: GFP Licensing Office; 20641 SD Highway 1806; Fort Pierre, SD 57532. EHD is common in white-tailed deer and is typically detected in late summer or early fall. The virus is spread by a biting midge and causes extensive internal hemorrhaging. Many deer exhibit no clinical signs and appear perfectly healthy, while others may have symptoms such as respiratory distress, fever, and swelling of the tongue. With highly virulent strains of the virus, deer can be dead within one to three days. In an attempt to combat the high fever, affected deer are often found in low-lying areas or near rivers, ponds and other waters. GFP continues to ask individuals who see sick deer or find dead deer to contact their local conservation officer or call the Pierre office at 605-773-5913. EHD is not infectious to humans. For more information on the EHD virus visit http://gfp.sd.gov/wildlife/diseases/epizootic-hemorrhagic-disease.aspx.
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The 2013 annual park entrance license for South Dakota's state parks and recreation areas go on sale October 1. The 2013 park entrance license is valid from Oct. 1, 2012, through May 18, 2014. Purchasers of one license can also buy a second license at half price. The license is required for entrance into designated state parks, recreation areas and lakeside-use areas, although it does not cover camping costs or other fees. Entrance licenses can be purchased at local state park offices or by calling the South Dakota Division of Parks and Recreation at 605-773-3391. The 2013 annual entrance license features the image of a soaring eagle. Parks near the dams on the Missouri River offer excellent opportunities for bald eagle viewing in winter months.
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NOW IS THE CHANCE to buy a well established and successful business in the State Capitol of S.D. The Longbranch is for SALE (serious inquires only). Call Russell Spaid 605-280-1067.
ROUGH COUNTRY SPRAYING: Specializing in controlling Canada thistle on rangeland. ATV application. Also prairie dogs. Call Bill at 605-669-2298. M21-24tp
WANTED: LOOKING FOR BUSINESSES for sale. Bars/ restaurants or c-stores. Buyers are willing to be partners, buy and lease back or purchase the business and property. Please call 605380-0703.
DOUGLAS COUNTY COMMISSION is taking applications for full-time Douglas County Highway Superintendent. Must have
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Rent This Space $4.25 a week/ minimum 3 mos.
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POTENTIAL HUNTING LODGE or hospitality location. 4800 sq ft former bar/restaurant with full kitchen, restrooms, tables. Plenty of parking. Located next to the Vivian Coffee Cup. Triple net lease. Call 605-690-5408 for more information. M36-4tp
I’d like to thank all you folks who sent me cards while I was in the hospital. Thanks also for bouquets and phone messages. Alice Horsley My sincere thanks to all who sent cards, calls, flowers and gifts for my birthday. Also my thanks to my family for this and the surprise birthday party. A special thanks to Gerald, John, John and Chris for keeping 10 of the “greats” so Doreen, Carrie, Sarah and Becky and one “great” Brysen could come home for the party. Thanks again Dan and Susie for setting everything up. You’re a great family. Deloris Iversen
• Nightly Deliveries to Murdo • Senior Citizen’s Discount
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Allen Heiman – Owner
Located in White River, S.D.
P.O. Box 433 Presho, S.D. 57568-0433 Phone: (605) 895-9644 Cell: (605) 730-5634
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Thank you to everyone who supported the September 8 Step Forward to Prevent Suicide Walk and Run. The day was beautiful and the turnout was great! Shorty, Judy and Brandon Feddersen
Thank you to everyone who helped celebrate with us for our wedding showers, wedding and both receptions! Also, thank you again for the gifts. Shannon & Levi Louder
New Life Home, Inc.
Residential Living Center
24–Hour Care Home–Like Atmosphere
203 W. Hwy. 16, Presho, S.D. • 605-895-2602
CALL US FOR ALL YOUR HOME REPAIRS
AERIAL & AG SERVICE
• Aerial & Ground Application • Chemical & Fertilizer Sales • GPS Equipped
Tires & Service ~ 605-669-2077 Exit 191 ~ Murdo SD
Residents of the north and west Okaton community are very grateful for the fire trucks and their crews who came to fight the fire and protected our homes. Many thanks are also due to others who helped in any way and to those who expressed their concerns. Stotts Family We would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who provided food, water and any other assistance during the September 19 fire west of Okaton. Murdo Fire Department Address Change?
605-669-2121 Clinic J.S. McNeely 605-669-2553 Home RN, CFNP dba Jones County Clinic
609 Garfield Ave., Murdo, SD 57559
Murdo, Martin & White River
Your Full Service Lumber and Hardware Store
105 E. 2nd Street • PO Box 108 • Murdo, SD 57559 Phone: (605) 669-2201 • Fax: (605) 669-2450 Dennis and Kevin Moore
If you’re moving or have a change of address, please let us know as soon as possible to ensure timely delivery of your Murdo Coyote!
Dan: 605-259-3134 Charlie: 605-452-3311
Family owned and operated – Our family serving your family
Call: 605-669-2271 Fax: 605-669-2744
Low–Income Housing 1 & 2 bedroom apartments Income–based rent Includes light, heat, water and garbage pickup
Murdo Housing & Redevelopment
H ildebrand S teel & C oncrete
Contact us for ALL types of concrete work!
Murdo Nutrition Program Menu
October 1 Cheeseburger Pie Broccoli Muffin Berry Fruit Dessert October 2 Barbeque Beef Baked Potato Mixed Vegetable Dinner Roll Pears October 3 Fish Portions on a Bun w/ Lettuce Macaroni Salad Baked Beans Juice Peaches October 4 Meatloaf Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Seasoned Green Beans Bread Tropical Fruit October 5 Vegetable Beef Soup Meat Sandwich Mandarin Oranges Cookie
Jerry Hildebrand Cell: 605.488.0291
Rich Hildebrand Cell 605.431.2226
Office: 605-837-2621 Toll Free: 1-877-867-4185
Equal Housing Opportunity
Daryl & Scott Isburg, Funeral Directors
James C. Szana, DDS
Murdo Health Center Wednesday & Thursday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Rent This Space $4.25 a week/ minimum 3 mos.
ALL PRO TOWING
24-Hour Service Light to Heavy Duty Towing Repairs Domestic Cars & Trucks
Phone: (605) 669-2075 Murdo, S.D.
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