Volume 30 Number 28 December 27, 2012

Includes Tax


Official Newspaper for the City of Bison, Perkins County, and the Bison School District A Publication of Ravellette Publications, Inc. P.O. Box 429 • Bison, South Dakota 57620-0429 Phone: (605) 244-7199 • FAX (605) 244-7198

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to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Committee, a national honor based on their leadership abilities and Farm Bureau involvement. “We congratulate Travis and Renae on this great opportunity to serve and interact with some of the very best young leaders in our organization,” said Scott VanderWal, President of the South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB). “The experience they gain from serving on the AFBF committee over the next two years will be extremely valuable for them and for our state Farm Bureau. Their leadership efforts in the past have earned them the privilege of being members of this elite group.” The Gebharts will serve on the YF&R Committee from 2013 to 2015. Committee members’ duties include planning the YF&R competitive events at the AFBF annual meeting, hosting the national YF&R leadership conference, national travel for events and meetings, and representing Farm Bureau and agriculture to the public and policymakers. Travis and Renae were selected through a competitive process from a pool of other young agriculture producers from across the nation. “We are extremely excited to be representing South Dakota on the National Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee,” Travis and Renae Gebhart commented. “It is a great opportunity to network with other agricultural producers from across the United States so we can better tell our story of agriculture to consumers.” In his letter announcing the Gebharts’ appointment to the Committee, American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman complimented their success in agriculture and dedication to community. “You are among the nation’s best young farmers and ranchers,” Stallman stated. “I am thoroughly impressed by the quality of your application and the dedication you have given to Farm Bureau and your community.” Over the years, South Dakota has been well represented on the AFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee. The Gebharts are the sixth couple from South Dakota Farm Bureau to be selected for the leadership position over the past 30 years, following in the footsteps of Ed and Wanda Blair of Vale, Scott and Michelle VanderWal of Volga, Keith and Deb Kraft of Wessington Springs, Jeff and Sheila Gatzke of Hitchcock, and Troy and Stacy Hadrick of Faulkton. The South Dakota Farm Bureau is a grassroots organization with more than 13,000 farm, ranch and rural families in its membership.

Parade of Trees 2012 Young South Dakota couple chosen for National Agriculture Leadership Committee
Travis and Renae Gebhart of Meadow, S.D. have been appointed

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Meet the people
Florence Hoff

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Name: Florence Hoff Age: 72 Family: husband Joe, step children Doug and Sheila, daughter Lori and son John plus many foster kids that have lived with us. Hobbies: gardening, sewing, reading, walking, writing and baking. I live...in Lemmon in the same house for 50+ years. I grew up... in NE south Dakota on a dairy farm. Occupation...Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Bison. Something you wouldn’t expect from me...quiet times -- because I have been accused of liking to talk! Someone I admire...In general, anyone that can make a commitment and keep it and those who can deal with problems in a positive manner. Pastor ken Meunier has had a significant role in my life and I have admired him and appreciated his direction over the years. Something my grandparents have passed on to me....I have no memory of my grandparents. My mothers parents were killed in a

car/train accident when I was a baby and my father’s Dad died when he was a child and his mother died when I was five. therefore, i never experienced the love of grandparents. My favorite things...falling leaves, ice fishing, birds and squirrel's in my yard, my garden and friends. My favorite food is...Yorkshire pudding with steak and milk gravy. Also have a frequent urge for a hot fudge sundae. however, I only allow this treat once a year or the consequences would be huge. Something I do every day....read, pray, drink coffee and diet pepsi. My favorite thing to do during a winter storm...bake bread, sew and look out the window being grateful I can stay inside. My favorite summer things...digging in the dirt, growing things, I am always trying to grow something new. I’ll never forget the time...I rode an elephant. it had always been a secret desire of mine. Finally, when I was 70, I decided it was now or never so I lined up with the kids at the circus and climbed on. What a ride! Someone who has influenced my life...My father. He was an awesome role model, always filled with love. He could correct and guide with a remarkable ease. He has been in heaven for 25 years and I look forward to our reunion. My favorite season....is whatever we are in, I like winter less and less and spring more, as I get older. Seasons that change are important to me, would not want to live in an area without seasonal change. Something everyone should get to do at least once....spend a night in the airport -- makes you appreciate your bed.

Nutrition Site Menu
Thursday, December 27
Meatloaf boiled potatoes broccoli apricots pudding

Computers, health care, and the future
By Richard P. Holm M.D. The computer age has finally come upon the practice of medicine. While the rest of the world has been living with electronic checkout, accounting, and business applications for quite a while, medicine has somehow escaped the plug-in paperless chart…until now. Why has the computer been so delayed in entering into the hospital rooms and private offices of medicine? Maybe it’s because of the complexity of medicine; the potential risk to patient confidentiality; the time and cost required for physicians to learn a new system; or maybe it’s because of the stubborn nature of physicians. There are a lot of possible reasons why the computer came late to medicine, but why did it finally come around? In recent years as physicians’ practices have been brought together into larger groups, electronic-portable-sharable records have become more inviting. Additionally the Government is strongly encouraging the electronic medical record (or EMR) by actually providing higher Medicare payments to doctors who are effectively using an EMR. The Government is motivated by the belief that EMRs will reduce medical errors, enhance medical research, and set the stage for controlling run-away health care costs.

Friday, December 28
Turkey ala king mashed potatoes peas lime perfection salad orange Closed NO MEALS Closed NO MEALS

Monday, December 31 Tuesday, January 1

Beef Stew pineapple tidbits brown rice pudding w/topping cranberry juice

Wednesday, January 2

Indeed there are more reasons an EMR could improve care: it gives immediate access to patient records, (old way pulls old paper charts from large file rooms;) allows for readability of record, (old way forces trying to interpret the doctor’s writing;) and provides for portability of record when patient moves, (old way copies reams of pages and mails them in bulk.) But different electronic record systems don’t speak to each other; the majority of systems are generated by computer geeks not physicians; and every EMR system seems more written for billing and legal defense rather than made to enhance communication to help solve the patient’s problems. But probably the biggest problem for the EMR comes from using checklists instead of writing out the patient’s narrative. The computer puts us at risk of losing the valuable essence of the patient’s story. Over time I expect EMR systems will merge, improve, and care providers eventually will learn to use this tool. But it is still just an instrument to enhance, not replace or interfere with the important interface between patient and doctor. The computer is here and we need to make it work.

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Roy and Janet Cranston named South Dakota Hereford Association 2012 Seedstock Producers of the Year
Roy Cranston Herefords, Prairie City, SD was named South Dakota Hereford Association’s 2012 Seedstock Producer of the Year at their recent awards banquet. Owned and operated by Roy and Janet Cranston, they will hold their 22nd annual sale in February. Roy began his lifelong passion for Herefords early with his first cow being a gift from his grandfather Nels Erland of Moorcroft, WY. Roy’s parents Gene and Wyoma Cranston of Upton, WY carried on the tradition and Roy worked as a young boy helping with their operation. Roy, along with his siblings, were active in 4-H and showed Herefords in the Weston County Fair. In later years his mother moved to Moorcroft, WY where Roy continued to help her with the operation and ran his own cows until 1984. Along with his cow herd Roy also owned and operated RC Paving, a concrete business specializing curb and gutter construction. In 1983 Roy married Janet Hitt and in 1984 moved their herd of 11 cows to the Harold Hitt place south of Gillette, WY. From that point on Roy and Janet’s herd was ran separate from his mothers and continued to grow with Line One and British breeding. Roy continued to sell bulls with his mother until 1992. The 1st Annual bull sale was February 19th 1992 at the Sturgis Livestock Exchange selling 9 bulls. When the Sturgis barn closed the sale was moved to St. Onge Livestock. In 1998 Roy and Janet lost their lease in Gillette. At that time they purchased the CF Goodwin ranch south of Prairie City, SD and closed RC Paving to further purse raising quality registered horned Herefords. The cow herd today consists of 140 cows. Bloodlines include Dakota, Gold Domino, Neon, Saga, and Caliber. They breed for length, depth, width, milk, disposition, and longevity with some cows still producing at 15 years of age. Roy and Janet have sold the ranch and are looking forward to retirement. February 15 2013 will be their 22nd annual bull sale and complete dispersion. The offering will include 50 two year old bulls, the entire cow herd along with the 2012 heifer calf crop and yearling bulls.

Janet and Roy Cranston.

One of the Cranston’s herd sires, SR Saga 1307

Some of the Cranston’s hereford cows.

One of the Cranston’s momma cows.

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Boomer Babble – Thoughts at large - History
By: Jay Vanduch “I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened”. Mark Twain said that and as I get older I understand it better. It seems that when we remember an event, our minds think we are reliving it and exchange the new “memory” for the old. So each time you think of something that happened you “remember” it a bit differently, it is colored with whatever feelings or memory mistakes that you have. Which brings me to the next point; we need to preserve our stories. While I was growing up, I thought that my Dad’s stories about his life were boring and he repeated them often. Now I wish I had turned one of my video cameras on and recorded it. We were smart enough to have done a little of that with Ginger’s (Boomer Babe) dad, but we could have done a lot more. We have about an hour of his stories; he had many days worth if we would only have kept shooting. Now it is second or third hand and the “facts” are in the vicinity of the truth if not on the same block. So I encourage all of you to sit your older family members down to tell their stories and you need to take a turn there as well. I know at this point that we tend not to think our stories are that interesting and, of course, we will live forever… I have some suggestions for the technical aspects of this project, sort of my “Videographer 101’ class: First, get a tripod for the camera! It can be impossible to watch some shaky, hand-held videos. It doesn’t have to be too expensive, just work well with whatever size camera you have. Next, be sure you know how your camera works. You may even have to go so far as to read the manual, but you want to be sure that Grandma isn’t green. Then, get a microphone that plugs into your camera. This will make the quality of your video so much better you will never want to be without it again. It is amazing how much better it is viewing a video when you can hear and understand whoever is speaking. Think about the questions you want to ask before you start. Don’t be afraid to show something other than the speaker. One interesting method is to begin with a short introduction with the speakers on camera then move the camera to a close shot of a family picture and have the person being interviewed talk about the picture. If you do this, you can start and stop the camera when you change pictures (just don’t forget to start it again).

Crew’s receive Aggie of the Year award
On Thursday, December 6 at the 32nd Annual Ag Appreciation Banquet hosted by the Ag & Natural Resources Committee of the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce, Grady and Bernice Crew were honored with the Aggie of the Year Award. The Chamber’s Ag & Natural Resources Committee established this special award in 1981, the award was created to honor individuals who provide leadership that has benefited the local area agriculture community over an extended period of time. The Crews were honored for their lifetime of service in agriculture through the operation of their successful agri-businesses including the Crew Crop Insurance Agency, the Badlands Trading Post and now the Prairie Homestead. Grady is the fourth generation operator of Crew Ranch, Crew Cattle Company, where he and Bernice now raise Angus cows and Charolais calves and grow wheat and corn. The Crews have been married since 1978 and have two children. Their son Caleb is at home and helps run the ranch with them and their daughter Jamie works as Communications Officer for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture. Grady and Bernice have both played important roles in their community. Grady has served as Secretary of Cenex Harvest State, President of the White River Grazing District, Director on the SD Wheat Board, he was on the Jackson County Soil Conservation District Board and President of the Kadoka School Board. Bernice is currently a director on the Badlands Natural History Association. More than 600 people were present at the Appreciation Banquet, were South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Walt Bones gave the keynote address.

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Grady and Bernice Crew were honored with the Aggie of the Year Award.

left to right is Caleb Crew, Tom Husband, Bruce Berry, Maurice Handcock, Bernice Crew, Grady Crew, Rusty Olney, Heidi Porch, Tanner Handcock.

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Jazz band played at the school Christmas program

Pastors Perspective
First presbyterian Church Florence Hoff, Pastor

The birth of a child is an exciting time. Families and friends gather to congratulate the new parents. They press their noses against the nursery glass to catch a glimpse of the child. In excited whispers, they express their awe of life. They comment on the intricately formed hands and fingers, the strength of the child’s movements and the child’s healthy lungs. We come together today with the shepherds, wise men and saints past and present to celebrate the birth of Jesus the Christ. We marvel with them at the gift of new life and we stand in awe of God’s love and forgiveness. In the depth of our being, we understand that we celebrate more than the birth of a child. This is the birth of our God, our King.

“The Nativity of Our Lord” Read Psalm 116:12-19 What shall I return to the Lord for all his bounty to me? (vs12)

Shaley Lensegrav plays the guitar.

Lenae McKinstry playing the keyboard.

The thought crosses our mind, “What can we give as a birth gift, a present, ti this King?” Occasional attendance at worship does not seem adequate, nor does a few dollars in a collection plate, nor the pledge to keep Christmas throughout the year. The only appropriate gift is the offering of our lives. “Take my life that I may be Consecrated Lord, to thee.” Amen

Anna Hatle playing the piano.

Sunday School 9:30 a.m. • Worship Service - 10:30a.m. Wednesday Prayer Mtg. - 6:30 p.m. Brianna Sexton playing the guitar.

Grace Baptist Church • Pastor Phil Hahn Church of Christ

Prairie Fellowship Parish ELCA • Pastor Margie Hershey
Indian Creek - 8:00 a.m. • American - 9:30 a.m. • Rosebud - 11:00 a.m.

18 mi. south of Prairie City - Worship Service - 10:00 a.m.

Veal and Beckman give to the Special Olympics

Christ Lutheran Church WELS •
Pastor Gerhardt Juergens

Sunday Bible Class - 8:00 a.m., Worship Service - 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Bible Class - 7:00 p.m. South Jct. of Highways 73 & 20 Sunday School - 10:00 a.m., Worship Service - 11:00 a.m. Sabbath School - 2:00 p.m., Worship Service - 3:00 p.m.

Coal Springs Community Church Pastors Nels & Angie Easterby

Seventh Day Adventist Church • Pastor Donavon Kack
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church • Fr. Tony Grossenburg
Saturday Mass: Morristown - 4:45 p.m. Lemmon - 7:15 p.m., Sunday Mass: Lemmon - 8:15 a.m., Bison - 11:00 a.m.

First Presbyterian Church • Pastor Florence Hoff, CRE
Reva • Sunday School 9:45, Worship Service - 11:00 a.m., WMF 2nd Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.

Holland Center Christian Reformed Church Pastor Brad Burkhalter • Lodgepole
Worship Service - 8:00 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. • Worship Service -10:30 a.m.

Slim Buttes Lutheran • Pastor Henry Mohagen
Prairie City Sunday School - 10:00 a.m., Morning Worship - 11:00 a.m. Vesper Service - 6:00 p.m., Wed. Evenings - 7:30 p.m.

Beckman Wesleyan Church • Pastor Brad Burkhalter

Jozee Veal and Jaylie Beckman raised $200 for the Special Olympics.

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Santa made a stop in Bison -----------

Jenny and Kaden Glover and Cody Green took a break from a busy Christmas season to have their picture taken with Santa.

Jasmine Weasel had a nice visit with Santa.

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Braden Kopren having fun with Santa.

Rylee Veal had a chat with Santa.

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Five steps to extend the life of your holiday trees and plants, enhance your indoor décor and reduce stress this holiday season
The holidays can be a wonderful, yet stressful time. Reduce stress and enhance your families’ enjoyment this season by increasing the benefits of holiday décor and gifts and by taking a few shortcuts to properly care for holiday trees and plants. 1. Keep your Christmas tree looking its best by keeping the tree stand filled with water. Make this a daily chore for someone trying to stay on Santa’s nice list. Don’t worry if good help is hard to find. Purchase or make your own self-watering device. Use a decorative tin or plastic bucket set in a box and wrapped to hide its presence. Fill it with water and run a piece of plastic tubing from the bucket to the tree stand. Weight each end of the tubing, so it stays at the bottom of the reservoir. Test before leaving town to make sure it is in working order. 2. Add some holiday plants this year. Many studies have shown that indoor plants can boost mood levels, reduce fatigue and even lower stress. Plus, it’s easy to extend the life of your holiday plants. Place them in a cool bright location away from drafts of hot or cold air. Water thoroughly and often enough to keep the soil moist. Pour off any excess water that collects in the saucer, basket or foil wrap to prevent root rot. Save time and improve your plants growing conditions by placing pebbles in the base of the saucer or foil to elevate the plants above the excess water. As the water evaporates, it increases the humidity around the plants. Or purchase one of the saucer inserts, like rubber grids, that work the same way. 3. Use nature-inspired decorations that provide enjoyment throughout the holiday season and beyond. Colorful stems, white painted allium seed heads and wooden stars can add beauty throughout the holidays and much of the year. Red wood wreaths are festive enough for the holidays and timeless enough to leave hanging on your wall year round. Luminaries can be used to light the entrance to your home or the path to your outdoor living space during warmer months. Use a few roosting pocket bird houses to decorate trees and greenery and then move them outside for the birds. These decorations can provide beauty and enjoyment way beyond the holiday season and remove some of the pressure to take down all of the holiday decorations by a certain date. 4. Spruce up indoor plants with a few holiday flowers, spangles and lights. Place a few cut flowers in floral picks filled with water. Place these in one or more of your houseplants for some seasonal color. Or add one of the miniature poinsettias, kalanchoes or cyclamen to a large planter. Simply sink the flowering plant, pot and all, into your houseplant container. Replace the small flowering plants as they fade or the seasons change. Add colorful stems, ribbons and winter branch lights to your houseplants and planters for a bit of seasonal sparkle. Branch lights are also a festive way to light an entrance, bathroom, or other out of the way space. Look for lights with timers to extend the life of the batteries and reduce your workload.

5. Increase value and extend enjoyment with gifts that give twice. A tabletop spruce tree, perfect for any size home can add greenery and fragrance long past the holidays. And, once the weather is suitable for planting, move your tree into the garden. Or re-gift it to a friend or relative looking to expand their landscape. Make this a holiday you can relax, enjoy and remember throughout the coming year.

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Tips to curb thoughtless eating
It’s a common scenario that many people often find themselves in: eating and overeating without rhyme or reason. Perhaps you always seem to feel hungry or eat “just because.” TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, explains the triggers that cause these behaviors and offers solutions to help curb thoughtless overindulgence. Because It’s There - “It’s Monday, and we could all use a pickme-up after the weekend,” says a co-worker. The local sandwich shop offers a free cookie with the purchase of a combo meal. The auto body shop replenishes a spread of sweet treats throughout the day while you wait for your service to be completed. When food is in plain sight, it’s convenient to grab a handful simply because it’s there. Be mindful, take personal inventory, and ask yourself if you are truly hungry at that moment. There are times when you may need to remove yourself from the situation or move the temptation out of reach, if necessary. You Skip Breakfast -It can be difficult to fit a meal into the typical morning rush, but breakfast is considered the “most important meal of the day” for a reason. A study in the “American Journal of Epidemiology” showed that people who regularly skip breakfast are nearly five times as likely to be obese than those who don’t. Breakfast provides your body and mind with the fuel necessary to take on the day and get your metabolism out of its resting state and back to burning calories. “So many people start every day on a diet and routinely skip breakfast in an effort to compensate for last night's behavior with the hopes of losing weight,” says Nicholas “dr. Nick” Yphantides, M.D., M.P.H., Medical Editor for TOPS. “In reality, skipping breakfast is much more likely to cause weight gain rather than weight loss. Overweight and obese individuals are much more likely to skip breakfast in comparison to healthier and leaner individuals.” Unprocessed, fiber-rich foods like steel-cut or slow-cooked oatmeal, grapefruit, whole-grain and low-sugar cereals, and low-fat dairy are all best bets. If possible, prepare your breakfast ahead of time or bring your breakfast with you to work if you aren’t able to find the time to eat at home. You’re Emotional - Emotions are a common eating trigger. You may typically celebrate happy news with a gourmet dinner and dessert, or soothe sadness with a large bowl of ice cream. Anger or stress can lead to munching on a seemingly bottomless bag of chips. While eating creates a temporary sense of physical fullness, it only temporarily distracts from the feelings that are bothering you. In actuality, the unhealthy decisions are likely to leave you feeling guilty with a sense of regret, which may start a vicious cycle of continued unhealthy decisions. Instead, reach out to a friend or family for support and guidance. Even a quick workout releases tension, generates extra energy, and stimulates feel-good endorphins. Relaxing behaviors, like getting a quick massage or taking a hot bath, also help calm the system. If you are celebrating, remember that the occasion is about being with loved ones and creating memories – not about the food. Check in with your hunger level and see if you are actually hungry, or if you’ll be simply satisfied by the company. You’re Bored - If you know boredom is a trigger for thoughtless eating, have a list of strategies in place to keep yourself busy and entertained when you feel like you don’t have anything else to do. An activity that occupies your hands is ideal, like giving yourself a manicure, reading a book, playing a game on the computer, or writing in a journal. Go for a walk with a friend and/or with your dog. This will also take you away from the kitchen and should help cravings subside. Or, drink a glass of water, which is filling. Snacking on celery or watermelon or chewing a piece of gum can also help curb appetite. You Don’t Get Enough Sleep Lack of sleep, or just the typical mid-afternoon energy slump, can lead a person to binge on sugary or salty treats and beverages for a boost. Researchers at Columbia University note, people who sleep two to four hours a night are 73 percent more likely to be obese than those who get seven to nine hours. Those who get five or more hours of sleep a night are 50 percent more likely to be obese than normal sleepers. “There is substantial and growing medical evidence suggesting some important links between adequate sleep and a healthy weight,” notes Yphantides. “Recent research has indicated that the production of certain hormones, leptin and ghrelin, may be influenced by how much or how little we sleep. Inadequate sleep can influence these hormone levels in our body in such a way that when we are sleep-deprived, we may not be as satisfied when we eat and our appetite may be enhanced. Additionally, it’s harder to be disciplined and make the right decisions when we are exhausted. One way that we may try to perk ourselves up is to consume extra fuel. All these actions contribute to excess caloric consumption and resulting weight gain.” Getting consistent exercise can improve the quality of sleep and make you feel more rested. Avoid exercising less than three hours before bedtime though, as it can make it more difficult for you to fall asleep. To combat an afternoon lull, drink a large class of refreshing, cold water, take a walk around the office, or head outside for a quick walk. A change of scenery, fresh air, and sunshine can be invigorating and give you a jolt of positive energy.

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Al and Tiss Treib traveled to Hettinger Monday afternoon. Al and Tiss Treib traveled to Hettinger Thursday morning and returned home in the afternoon. LaVonne Foss picked up Tiss Treib Friday morning and they traveled to Bison where they were lunch guests of Pastor Margie Hershey. It was a lovely afternoon. Al Treib made a trip to Hettinger Saturday morning to deliver a toy box, he picked up Stanford Allen and returned to the ranch. Tiss Treib made a trip to the Kari Hoff home Saturday evening and picked up her mother, Esther Johnson and brought her back to the ranch to spend

Rosebud News ............. Tiss Treib
Christmas. Lucas Allen, Dusti and Dally spent Sunday afternoon with Al and Tiss Treib. Thelma Sandgren and Kylee Sandgren were Sunday late afternoon visitors of Tiss Treib and Esther Johnson. Emily Mauri and Lexi Johnson spent time with Shirley Johnson Friday. LaVonne Foss and Thelma Sandgren were Friday afternoon cappuccino and cookies guests of Shirley Johnson. Duane and Dawn Harris brought Helen Meink a Violet plant for Christmas Sunday. Troy Merkel and his wife of Texas arrived Saturday to spend the Christmas Holidays. He visited with Helen Meink Sunday. Rebecca Askew of Kansas arrived Saturday to spend her Christmas vacation with her mom, Tabbi Mauri. Paulo and Tabbi Mauri and Sue Meink returned home Saturday from a trip to Rochester, MN. Ole Herland and Kathy Seim of Wild Rose, ND arrived Friday evening and spent through Sunday with Nolan and Linda Seim and family. Nolan and Linda Seim and family, Ole Herland and Kathy Seim spent

Saturday with Larry and Sarah Dreiske and family. Lynn and Dorothy Frey attended Iva Dill Honeyman’s funeral in Hettinger Friday morning. Keith Hoffman attended a birthday party for Gene Hoffman at Dakota Lodge Thursday afternoon. Tuesday, Jim and Patsy Miller delivered some cat food and had coffee and a good visit with Thelma Sandgren. Thursday, Steve Sandgren came out and helped his mother and then they made a trip over to Helen Meink’s to mail some letters for her. Friday was Thelma Sandgren’s usual day in Hettinger. Thelma had lunch at Prairie Rose Floral and cappuccino with Shirley Johnson on her way home. Saturday morning, Thelma Sandgren was on the road by 6:30 and down to Bison where she joined the James Sandgren’s, then on to Rapid City for a 10:30 brunch at the home of Alton and Mariette Cornella. Mariette entertained all her brothers and wives and their families, her sister, Georgia and the Hanson’s and Mariette’s own family. Later in the afternoon after a 4:30 luncheon they all headed for their homes. Thelma returned home by 8:30, it was a good

day. Kylee Sandgren came up on Sunday and did some work for her grandmother, took her to Treib’s to deliver her news, what a good girl. Albert Keller returned to work early Tuesday morning. Wednesday, Bridget and Lil Albert Keller traveled Bison to pick up some orders that came in and stopped in at Tim and JoAnne Seim’s to visit on the way home. They stayed and had supper with JoAnne. Saturday Bridget and Lil Albert Keller traveled to Timber Lake to spend time with Bert and Patricia Keller and family for an early Christmas. They came back Sunday evening and on their way home stopped in at Tim and JoAnne Seim’s for their Christmas get together. Jim and Patsy Miller visited with Violet Miller at the Western Horizon’s Care Center Wednesday. Matt and Christi Miller were Thursday supper and evening guests of Jim and Patsy Miller. Jim and Patsy Miller spent Friday in Hettinger. Kelly and Danny LaDue and boys of Draper, Utah; Justin and Jo Seim and Jacob of Belle Fourche arrived at Tim and JoAnne Seim’s Friday afternoon. Tim and JoAnne Seim; Danny and Kelly LaDue and boys, Justin and Jo Seim and Jacob were among those who celebrate Christmas Saturday with Bonnie Haynes. Danny and Kelly LaDue, Justin and Jo Seim and Tim and JoAnne Seim hosted a Christmas supper Sunday evening. Guests included Jim Anderson; Sabra and Arlie Hulm and family of Faith, SD; Bailee Hulm and girls and a friend Aaron of Belle Fourche; Chet and Mandy Anderson and family; Dawn and Duane Harris; Bridget and Lil Albert Keller; Boyd and Betty Ellingson; Tyrell and Krista Ellingson and family; Andy and Kaye Arthur and family; Jean, Kiana and Jim Brockel; Jim and Patsy Miller; Jeff Seim; Lisa Wagner and family; Max Loughlin and Irwin Tescher; Gregg Seim and Karen Bucholz.

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Jane and Walter of Boulder, Colorado and Chuck and Judy Lewis of Sturgis spent the weekend with Art and Marilyn Christman. Jane and Walter will spend Christmas. DeJon and Jeri Lynn Bakken, Leif and Mirandi were among the guests of Jerry and Carolyn Petik Sunday evening.

Meadow News .................By Tiss Treib
Wednesday, Jerry and Carolyn Petik went with the Spencer Youth Group Caroling at the Five Counties Nursing Home. Afterwards they visited with several residents and also at the home of Irene Young. Thursday afternoon, Jerry Petik attended a meeting in Lemmon

and Carolyn visited with her mother, Irene Young. Thursday evening, Jerry and Carolyn Petik and Irene Young attended the Christmas on Main Street in the Lemmon Park. Saturday, Kurt, Leah, Grant, Kiya and Irelyn Petik arrived at jerry and Carolyn Petik’s to spend several days visiting friends and family in the area. Sunday, dinner and supper guests of Jerry and Carolyn Petik included Jeri Lynn, DeJon, Leif and Mirandi Bakken; Irene Young; MacKenzie Schwab; Kurt, Leah, Grant, Kiya and Irelyn Petik. Thursday and Friday evening the grandkids, Andrew, Katie and Kelly Schopp came to Fred and Bev’s to play cards. Sunday after church, Fred and Bev Schopp had lunch with Laurie, Dan and Danci Hoff and Jessie Ginther.

Jozee Veal got a chance to tell Santa what she was wishing for.

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Make holiday cooking healthier
Pie, mashed potatoes, cookies, and carved ham – these are just a few of the popular seasonal dishes we tend to consume more of during the holidays. According to Katie Ferraro, M.P.H., R.D., C.D.E., nutrition expert for TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, the holidays don’t have to sabotage your healthy meal planning. “Use parties and family get-togethers as an opportunity to try out new, healthy recipes and incorporate several of the following tips into your upcoming celebrations,” says Ferraro. “Special holiday recipes prepared healthier with simple substitutions can add nutrition and won’t break the calorie bank.” Mash cauliflower instead of potatoes. One cup of mashed potatoes made with skim milk and no butter has 150 calories, while one cup of mashed cauliflower made with skim milk and no butter has one third of the calories, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) – and tastes nearly identical. For the pickiest eaters, mix half mashed cauliflower, half mashed potato. “Add fresh herbs in place of salt for zesty flavor,” notes Ferraro. Unsweetened applesauce instead of sugar, oil, or butter - Cut calories in baked goods while providing a hint of sweetness with this substitute. According to the USDA, a cup of sugar contains 775 calories, while a cup of unsweetened applesauce contains only about 100 calories. Nutrient-rich leafy greens instead of iceberg lettuce - For an added boost of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, consider dark, leafy vegetables like arugula, chicory, kale, mustard greens, or spinach in place of iceberg lettuce for your salad. “Generally, the deeper the color of vegetable, the better the nutrition,” says Ferraro. Air-cured or other smoked meats instead of bacon - Substitute bacon with lower-fat and higher-protein Canadian bacon, turkey bacon, or prosciutto. According to Ferraro, one slice of bacon has 45 calories, while turkey bacon contains roughly half that amount. These meats are best enjoyed in limited quantities though, as they can still contain significant amounts of sodium. `Finely-chopped prunes instead of butter in dark breads - Swap finely-chopped prunes or baby food prunes for oil, butter, or margarine in quick breads or other dark baked goods, like brownies. Cut calories and fat in half without compromising on sweetness or moisture. Steam in canned broth instead of sautéing in oil - For a tasty, lowcalorie and fat-free alternative to oil sautéing, Ferraro recommends steaming meats and vegetables in a half cup of reduced-sodium canned chicken or beef broth. Steaming vegetables in broth helps retain their nutrients and enhances flavor, as well. Fresh fruit instead of fruit canned in heavy syrup - Avoid processed foods like fruit canned in heavy syrup and opt for fresh fruit or fruit canned in its own juice or in water. Heavy syrup typically contains water, sugar, and corn syrup – with little nutritional value and lots of additional calories. If your budget is tight, purchase canned produce and then drain and rinse the fruit. Cacao nibs instead of chocolate chips - Cacao nibs, minimallyprocessed bits of cocoa beans, are semi-sweet and rich in antioxidants and essential minerals. Their crunchy texture and intense taste are a unique way to add a boost of flavor to holiday treats.

Instead of my regular column, I’ll share this wonderful Christmas story with you that I got from Todd Trask. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Christmas Eve 1921 Pa never had much compassion for the lazy or those who squandered their means and then never had enough for the necessities. But for those who were genuinely in need, his heart was as big as all outdoors. It was from him that I learned the greatest joy in life comes from giving, not from receiving. It was Christmas Eve 1921. I was fifteen years old and feeling like the world had caved in on me because there just hadn't been enough money to buy me the rifle that I'd wanted for Christmas. We did the chores early that night for some reason. I just figured Pa wanted a little extra time so we could read in the Bible. After supper was over I took my boots off and stretched out in front of the fireplace and waited for Pa to get down the old Bible. I was still feeling sorry for myself and, to be honest, I wasn't in much of a mood to read Scriptures. But Pa didn't get the Bible; instead he bundled up again and went outside. I couldn't figure it out because we had already done all the chores. I didn't worry about it long though; I was too busy wallowing in self-pity. Soon Pa came back in. It was a cold clear night out and there was ice in his beard. "Come on, Matt," he said. "Bundle up good, it's cold out tonight." I was really upset then. Not only wasn't I getting the rifle for Christmas, now Pa was dragging me out in the cold, and for no earthly reason that I could see. We'd already done all the chores, and I couldn't think of anything else that needed doing, especially not on a night like this But I knew Pa was not very patient at one dragging one's feet when he'd

Grand River Roundup .............A Christmas Story..................By Betty Olson
told them to do something, so I got up and put my boots back on and got my cap, coat, and mittens. Ma gave me a mysterious smile as I opened the door to leave the house. Something was up, but I didn't know what. Outside, I became even more dismayed. There in front of the house was the work team, already hitched to the big sled. Whatever it was we were going to do wasn't going to be a short, quick, little job. I could tell. We never hitched up this sled unless we were going to haul a big load. Pa was already up on the seat, reins in hand. I reluctantly climbed up beside him. The cold was already biting at me. I wasn't happy. When I was on, Pa pulled the sled around the house and stopped in front of the woodshed. He got off and I followed. "I think we'll put on the high sideboards," he said. "Here, help me." The high sideboards! It had been a bigger job than I wanted to do with just the low sideboards on, but whatever it was we were going to do would be a lot bigger with the high sideboards on. After we had exchanged the sideboards, Pa went into the woodshed and came out with an armload of wood---the wood I'd spent all summer hauling down from the mountain, and then all Fall sawing into blocks and splitting. What was he doing? Finally I said something. "Pa," I asked, "what are you doing?" You been by the Widow Jensen's lately?" he asked. The Widow Jensen lived about two miles down the road. Her husband had died a year or so before and left her with three children, the oldest being eight. Sure, I'd been by, but so what? "Yeah," I said, "Why?" "I rode by just today," Pa said. "Little Jakey was out digging around in the woodpile trying to find a few chips. They're out of wood, Matt." That was all he said and then he turned and went back into the woodshed for another armload of wood. I followed him. We loaded the sled so high that I began to wonder if the horses would be able to pull it. Finally, Pa called a halt to our loading, then we went to the smoke house and Pa took down a big ham and a side of bacon. He handed them to me and told me to put them in the sled and wait. When he returned he was carrying a sack of flour over his right shoulder and a smaller sack of something in his left hand. "What's in the little sack?" I asked. "Shoes. They're out of shoes. Little Jakey just had gunnysacks wrapped around his feet when he was out in the woodpile this morning. I got the children a little candy too. It just wouldn't be Christmas without a little candy." We rode the two miles to Widow Jensen's pretty much in silence. I tried to think through what Pa was doing. We didn't have much by worldly standards. Of course, we did have a big woodpile, though most of what was left now was still in the form of logs that I would have to saw into blocks and split before we could use it. We also had meat and flour, so we could spare that, but I knew we didn't have any money, so why was Pa buying them shoes and candy? Really, why was he doing any of this? Widow Jensen had closer neighbors than us; it shouldn't have been our concern. We came in from the blind side of the Jensen house and unloaded the wood as quietly as possible, and then we took the meat and flour and shoes to the door. We knocked. The door opened a crack and a timid voice said, "Who is it?" Lucas Miles, Ma'am, and my son, Matt. Could we come in for a bit?" Widow Jensen opened the door and let us in. She had a blanket wrapped around her shoulders. The children were wrapped in another and were sitting in front of the fireplace by a very small fire that hardly gave off any heat at all. Widow Jensen fumbled with a match and finally lit the lamp. "We brought you a few things, Ma'am," Pa said and set down the sack of flour. I put the meat on the table. Then Pa handed her the sack that had the shoes in it. She opened it hesitantly and took the shoes out one pair at a time. There was a pair for her and one for each of the children--sturdy shoes, the best, shoes that would last. I watched her carefully. She bit her lower lip to keep it from trembling and then tears filled her eyes and started running down her cheeks. She looked up at Pa like she wanted to say something, but it wouldn't come out. "We brought a load of wood too, Ma'am," Pa said. He turned to me and said, "Matt, go bring in enough to last awhile. Let's get that fire up to size and heat this place up." I wasn't the same person when I went back out to bring in the wood. I had a big lump in my throat and as much as I hate to admit it, there were tears in my eyes too. In my mind I kept seeing those three kids huddled around the fireplace and their mother standing there with tears running down her cheeks with so much gratitude in her heart that she couldn't speak. My heart swelled within me and a joy that I'd never known before, filled my soul. I had given at Christmas many times before, but never when it had made so much difference. I could see we were literally saving the lives of these people. I soon had the fire blazing and everyone's spirits soared. The kids started giggling when Pa handed them each a piece of candy and Widow Jensen looked on with a smile that probably hadn't crossed her face for a long time. She finally turned to us. "God bless you," she said. "I know the Lord has sent you. The children and I have been praying that he would send one of his angels to spare us." In spite of myself, the lump returned to my throat and the tears welled up in my eyes again. I'd never thought of Pa in those exact terms before, but after Widow Jensen mentioned it I could see that it was probably true. I was sure that a better man than Pa had never walked the earth. I

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started remembering all the times he had gone out of his way for Ma and me, and many others. The list seemed endless as I thought on it. Pa insisted that everyone try on the shoes before we left. I was amazed when they all fit and I wondered how he had known what sizes to get. Then I guessed that if he was on an errand for the Lord that the Lord would make sure he got the right sizes. Tears were running down Widow Jensen's face again when we stood up to leave. Pa took each of the kids in his big arms and gave them a hug. They clung to him and didn't want us to go. I could see that they missed their Pa, and I was glad that I still had mine. At the door Pa turned to Widow Jensen and said, "The Mrs. wanted me to invite you and the children over for Christmas dinner tomorrow. The turkey will be more than the three of us can eat, and a man can get cantankerous if he has to eat turkey for too many meals. We'll be by to get you about eleven. It'll be nice to have some little ones around again. Matt, here, hasn't been little for quite a spell." I was the youngest. My two brothers and two sisters had all married and had moved away. Widow Jensen nodded and said, "Thank you, Brother Miles. I don't have to say, "'May the Lord bless you,' I know for certain that He will." Out on the sled I felt a warmth that came from deep within and I didn't even notice the cold. When we had gone a ways, Pa turned to me and said, "Matt, I want you to know something. Your ma and me have been tucking a little money away here and there all year so we could buy that rifle for you, but we didn't have quite enough. Then yesterday a man who owed me a little money from years back came by to make things square. Your ma and me were real excited, thinking that now we could get you that rifle, and I started into town this morning to do just that. But on the way I saw little Jakey out scratching in the woodpile with his feet wrapped in those gunnysacks and I knew what I had to do. Son, I spent the money for shoes and a little candy for those children. I hope you understand." I understood, and my eyes became wet with tears again. I understood very well, and I was so glad Pa had done it. Now the rifle seemed very low on my list of priorities. Pa had given me a lot more. He had given me the look on Widow Jensen's face and the radiant smiles of her three children. For the rest of my life, whenever I saw any of the Jensen's, or split a block of wood, I remembered, and remembering brought back that same joy I felt riding home beside Pa that night. Pa had given me much more than a rifle that night; he had given me the best Christmas of my life.

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Extension estate planning and farm transition conferences set
Brookings will be the site for a series of SDSU Extension training sessions which will focus on estate planning. Sustaining the Legacy conferences also help people who seek transition of their farm or ranch from one family member to another. Extension staff and industry professionals will help participants develop the tools they need in order to face estate-planning challenges with less stress. The sessions will be hosted in Brookings- January 3, 4, 10 and 11, 2013- Days Inn, 2500 6th St. The training costs $75 per person. Registration is required by December 20, 2012. The registration form and more information can be found at www.igrow.org. "Each session is filled with important information that can help farm and ranch families address questions they may face as parents or grandparents get older and consider their legacy," said Gessner, who is organizing the conferences. "Producers have told me that the value of this program was $1 million, due to the changes they made to their estate plan and the reduction of potential estate taxes." Each day of the four-day program is full of tools and how-to information families can use to create and implement their individualized plan, no matter how big or small the operation. Topics for the sessions cover communication styles, business structures, goals, asset distribution, wills and probate, retirement planning and funding, fair versus equal distribution, tax implications for the operation, life insurance, long-term care insurance, trusts, and other topics as determined by the audiences. "Many of the past participants have utilized the information from the conference to reduce potential estate taxes and ensure that their operation is passed down to the next generation in a smooth, hassle free transition," Gessner said. All family members are encouraged to attend the sessions. Both on- and off-farm heirs are invited to learn about the tools and participate in the discussions. "Past participants have used this conference to interview attorneys and insurance agents while they are presenting the basics of using the many tools available to them," Gessner said. "If you are making plans to retire or becoming a partner in the operation, or if you own farm or ranch assets, this program is a great start for you. Our goal is to give you the tools to develop your estate plan and the motivation to get started, combined with some gentle nudging that keeps you moving forward with the process." Partial funding for this program is provided by the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council. "SDR&PC is proud to be one of the sponsors for this year's estate planning workshops. With rising land values and profit margins, estate planning has never been more important," said Doug Hanson, a SDSRPC board member and a past participant of the conference. "My wife and I have attended these workshops in the past and have found them very informative." Date, location and registration information can be found online at www.igrow.org by calling Heather Gessner 605-782-3290 or by contacting one of the regional extension centers.

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Farm Credit Services of America authorizes $130 million cash-back dividend payment for 2012
Farm Credit Services of America (FCSAmerica), a financial cooperative with more than $18 billion in assets, has approved a 2012 cashback dividend of $130 million to its eligible customer-owners. The $130 million cash-back dividend is another significant distribution of FCSAmerica’s net earnings to its customer-owners. The 2012 distribution is the cooperative’s ninth consecutive. Since 2004, FCSAmerica has distributed $685 million cash-back dividends back to its customers to support their operations and benefit the communities they call home. “Farm Credit Services of America has been consistent through agriculture’s good times and challenging times and is financially strong,” said Robert Bruxvoort, Board Chairman. “The Board is very pleased to approve the sizeable $130 million cash-back distribution.” The FCSAmerica Board also approved a patronage program for 2013 at their meeting this week. The Board will determine the cash-back dividend for the 2013 program in December 2013. “Farm Credit Services of America’s unique business model, capacity and commitment to agriculture differentiate us,” said Doug Stark, president and CEO. “We’re proud to pay yet another strong cash-back dividend to our customer-owners. We’re also proud to be well-positioned financially to meet their needs and challenges well into the future.” Cash-Back Dividend Details The Board of Directors has paid cash-back dividends, available as part of its patronage program, every year since 2004. For 2012, each customer’s cash-back dividend from the program is based on the customer’s average loan volume during the calendar year. The more eligible loan business a customer has with the cooperative, the more they benefit financially from the patronage program. Eligible customers can expect 2012 payments to be distributed in March 2013. About Farm Credit Services of America - Farm Credit Services of America is proud to finance the growth of rural America, including the special needs of young and beginning producers. With more than $18 billion in assets, FCSAmerica is one of the region’s leading providers of credit and insurance services to farmers, ranchers, agribusiness and rural residents in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. Learn more at fcsamerica.com.

Pre-registration is open for the 2013 Black Hills Stock Show Youth Day
The Black Hills Stock Show will kick-off South Dakota youth in action events in 2013 at their annual Youth Day on Jan. 26. This free event is coordinated by SDSU Extension and the Black Hills Stock Show. It is open to all youth ages 8 to 18 (as of Jan.1, 2013) and offers a wide range of activities for youth to participate in and learn from. Contests will be hosted at the Central States Fairgrounds and 4H/Extension Building in Rapid City. The free Beef Bust lunch is sponsored by area businesses and is available to all youth participants and their families. New this year, every youth who pre-registers by Dec. 31 for Youth Day activities will receive a free Tshirt donated by Farm Credit Service. Registrations are due by Jan. 10. Youth may participate in two events. The events they can choose from include: Beef Cook-Off, Horse Bowl, Hippology, Livestockology, Livestock Judging, and the Dog Show. A training will be available for youth who need to become Youth Pork Quality Assurance Plus certified. Scholarship Applications Due Dec. 31. Six scholarships will be awarded during Youth Day for 2012 and 2013 graduating seniors. They include four $1,000 scholarships for formal instruction in any South Dakota accredited post-secondary learning institution preparing young people for careers in agriculture and natural resources related fields; and two $500 scholarships for Western Dakota Technical Institute. All scholarship applications are due by Dec. 31.

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– Growing trees is not easy in South Dakota
new homes. It was common thinking at the time that tree planting would help cause the climate to change much like a saying back then that rain would follow the plow. Several decades after early settlement, the “Dust Bowl” hit the Great Plains teaching everyone that those beliefs were incorrect. People came up with new approaches to help them be successful with tree planting. The old Soil Conservation Service developed windbreak suitability group ratings for soil types and they and other agencies imported tree and shrub species from overseas that had good adaptability to the Great Plains. Nobody understood the tough conditions the area posed for tree planting and survival better than the farmers, ranchers and homeowners. Two of the main hazards for tree survival are lack of moisture and strong winds. The practice of summer fallow eliminates weeds and banks moisture for planned tree plantings. Also, providing supplemental watering helped many new tree plantings become established. The use of weed control fabric was adopted widely across the area during the 1990s. At first it was only recommended for the evergreen rows of shelterbelts but it has become common to use it on all rows. In most tree plantings survival and growth rates of trees and shrubs were improved. Many people think of weed control fabric as the magic bullet and all you have to do is put it down over the trees and success is assured. Now we are finding that the fabric put on tree plantings 15-20 years ago, has not deteriorated like it was supposed to and the health of trees and shrubs are starting to be affected. At a minimum the holes need to be enlarged for each tree or the fabric removed in order to prevent girdling and death. Another common practice used over the years by many farmers and ranchers is to put old tires around trees to protect young tree seedlings from strong winds. They worked well, providing excellent protection from wind and even made a microclimate effect due to the tire heating up from the sun which helped to improve temperature conditions for trees in the early spring and late fall. But here again, we are finding 10, 20, 30 and 40 years after the tires were put on the tree, we are presented with the problem of the trees having grown and tires are the same size. The tires need to be removed or the trees are most likely will die. However, some trees amazingly grow roots over the tires and survive. Those farmers, ranchers and homeowners that have been successful at growing trees on the high plains of South Dakota realize that their work is never done. Timely maintenance of trees planted around homes and in shelterbelts around the farm/ranch need to be done. Control of weeds and other competitive vegetation should be done each year several times during the growing season. The holes should be enlarged around trees with weed control fabric or removed completely by approximately 10 years from planting and tires should be removed from around trees by approximately 5 years from planting. My sources for this news release were the School of Hard Knocks, farmers, ranchers and homeowners. If you would like more information about “Growing trees is not easy in South Dakota,” contact Bob Drown at the Conservation Office at 605-244-5222, Extension 4 or by e-mail at robert.drown@ sd.nacdnet.net.

By Robert W. Drown, Natural Resource Specialist South Dakota is situated on the sub-arid high plains of the United States and the main native vegetation is made up of grasses and forbs. The few trees that grow naturally in the state grow along rivers, creeks and drainage ways and swales. The advent of windbreaks and shelterbelt planting during the 20th century changed the landscape of the state dramatically. Many of the tree planting pioneers came from areas where trees grew naturally and they wanted to have the benefits of trees at their

Amazing growth of a spruce tree’s roots over a tire that had been put around it 40+ years ago in McIntosh, SD.

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SD Dept. of Ag and SDSU Extension to hold “The Next Generation of Livestock Production” forums
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) and South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension will hold forums across the state to discuss South Dakota’s vision for livestock production this January through March. “South Dakota has progressive, forward-thinking entrepreneurs who understand the exciting potential of today’s agri-business marketplace,” said SD Secretary of Agriculture Walt Bones. “We’re starting the conversation about the challenges and advantages South Dakota has to increase the number of livestock in our state.” All forums are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. local time but are subject to change. Dates and places are as follows: •Jan. 14-Aberdeen Livestock •Jan. 15-Mobridge Livestock •Jan. 21-Ft. Pierre Livestock •Jan. 22-Herried Livestock •Jan. 23-Martin Livestock •Jan. 24-Philip Livestock •Feb. 4-Hub City Livestock •Feb. 6-Bales Continental •Feb. 8-Glacial Lakes Livestock •Feb. 25-Platte Livestock •Feb. 26-Magness Livestock •Feb. 27-Madison Livestock •Feb. 28-Kimball Livestock •March 5-Mitchell Livestock •March 6-Yankton Livestock •March 7-Sioux Falls Regional •March 11-Belle Fourche Livestock •March 12-St. Onge Livestock •March 13-Faith Livestock •March 14-Lemmon Livestock •March 18-Miller Livestock •March 19-Presho Livestock •March 20-Winner Livestock •March 21-Chamberlain Livestock For more information, contact Sarah Caslin, SDDA Livestock Development Specialist at 605-7733649 or visit http://sdda.sd.gov

Farm bill extension isn’t good enough
South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke is calling on Congress to get a five-year farm bill passed before the end of the year and says an extension of the farm bill that expired in September isn’t enough. “We need certainty in rural America,” Sombke said. “A lot of people forget that farming is a family business, the lifeblood of our rural communities, and businesses need to plan ahead. They need to know what to expect so they can make major decisions for their businesses. And it’s not just farmers and ranchers, either. It’s seed dealers, bankers, crop insurance brokers and a host of other people who are waiting on this important piece of legislation.” The Senate passed its version of the farm bill this past summer, which saves $23 billion over the next decade, and the House Agriculture Committee passed its version which includes $35 billion in savings. The bill has been stalled, and hasn’t come up for a vote, in the full House of Representatives. Sombke says simply extending the farm bill into next year will lead to even more uncertainty. “It just creates more questions,” Sombke said. “Will dairy producers still go without the Milk Income Loss Contract program which has already expired? What about livestock producers who have dealt with drought and no disaster assistance? How long will the extension be in place? Will we be up against a deadline again when the extension expires? There are just too many questions. We just need a farm bill now.” Sombke says all of the hard work has already been done, and the House needs to pass its version of the farm bill so Senate and House leaders can look for common ground in a conference committee and get it to the president’s desk. “The heavy lifting has been done. There will need to be compromise, but that won’t happen with just an extension and we’ll be looking at these issues again months down the road. The time to get the farm bill passed is now,” Sombke said.

DATE: December 10, 2012 TIME HELD: 7:00 p.m. KIND OF MEETING: Regular WHERE HELD: Boardroom MEMBERS PRESENT: Arneson, Beckman, Kari, Kvale, Thompson MEMBERS ABSENT: None OFFICERS AND OTHERS PRESENT: Supt. Kraemer, Bus. Mgr. Crow, Asst. Bus. Mgr. Johnson, Shawnda Carmichael, Kalin Chapman, Christi Ryen, Tarina Kopren, Teddi Carlson CHAIRMAN KVALE CALLED THE MEETING TO ORDER WITH A CALL FOR THE SALUTE TO THE FLAG.


2012 meeting. Motion carried.

CONSENT AGENDA 52. Motion by Arneson second by Kari to approve the consent agenda with the following changes: move Discussion of Wrestling Co-op to January agenda and add 7a Executive Session for Personnel (Pursuant to SDCL 1-25-2 (1)) and to approve the financial reports and the minutes of the November 12,

GENERAL FUND 79400.44 711995.04 CAP OUTLAY 930.13 491425.21 SPED ED 11064.57 -1363.81



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2,100.00; DAKOTA FEED, GAS, 18.45; HANDS ON HEALTH PT, SPEC ED SERVICES, 1,569.28; RAMKOTA OF ABERDEEN, ROOMS, 56.25 TOTAL SPECIAL ED FUND $3,757.85 BISON FOOD STORE, MONTHLY SUPPLIES, 110.29; CASS CLAY CREAMERY, SUPPLIES, 1,555.55; CHILD & ADULT NUTRITION SERVICE, SUPPLIES, 110.48; SYSCO FOOD SERVICES OF ND, SUPPLIES, 3,037.22; TRIGG, KATE, MEAL TICKET REFUND, 34.25 TOTAL SCHOOL LUNCH FUND $4,847.79 Total Payroll for November-$84,379.90 58. Motion by Kari second by Beckman to approve the contract of Breann Nelson in the amount of $1,859.00 for Assistant Girls Basketball Coach for the 2012-2013 school year. Motion carried. 59. Motion by Kari second by Beckman to approve the contract of Sarah Holzer in the amount of $2,644.40 for Head Girls Basketball Coach for the 20122013 school year. Motion carried. Basketball Coach in the amount of $2,644.40 for the 2012-2013 school year. Motion carried.

Elem-$21,244.30; Junior High$4,300.63; High School-$17,147.94; Title-$6,004.12; Library-$3,563.89; Network-$668.29; Supt-$5,556.25; Secretaries-$3,643.54; Fiscal-$1,828.17; Custodial-$3,918.17; Co-curricular$4,015.87; Spec Ed-$9,502.23; School Lunch-$2,986.54 DELEGATIONS None

MEMORANDUM OF AGREMENT WITH STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION After much discussion the board decided not to approve this contract until more information can be obtained. AUDIT APPROVAL 60. Motion by Thompson second by Arneson to approve the audit for the 2011-2012 school year. Motion carried.

Cash on Hand 11-1-12 Invested in Securities Receipts: Local Sources Interest Taxes Co-Curricular


48784.54 13782.50



DISCUSSION ON SHOP BUILDING Marcie Kari presented the board with information about the new shop building. Supt Kraemer will obtain more information on other options/buildings. DISCUSSION OF WRESTLING COOP This will be on the January Agenda.

EVALUATION OF SUPERINTENDENT 61. Motion by Arneson second by Kari to enter into executive session to discuss the Superintendent evaluation/student issue. Motion carried. Chairman Kvale declared the meeting into executive session at 8:40 p.m. and back in regular session at 10:15 p.m Chairman Kvale stated that the Superintendent received an above average evaluation.

Total Receipts Total Disbursements Cash on Hand 11-30-12 Invested in Securities

State Sources State Aid Medicaid

Intermediate Sources County Apportionment

225.62 188142.57 6.80 474.94 42201.00 231050.53 124520.08 2890.61 $895035.72 $296,051.81 $1,460.58 4,846.50 8,701.67 $-2,394.29 1,846.10 141.25 3499.00 3134.75 1888.63 1.60 474.62 396.92 544.18 300.00

150.94 91901.51


EXECUTIVE SESSION-PERSONNEL 54. Motion by Kari second by Thompson to enter into executive session to discuss personnel. Motion carried. Chairman Kvale declared the meeting into executive session at 7:30 p.m. and back in regular session at 8:20 p.m. 55. Motion by Thompson second by Beckman to advertise for an assistant athletic director. Motion carried.

62. Motion by Thompson second by Kari to authorize the Board Chairman to send a letter addressing a complaint issue. Motion carried.

NWAS REPORT Dan Beckman offered a brief report of the monthly meeting he attended. SUPERINTENDENTS REPORT ADM ACT Preparation Crisis Plan Speech Services Personnel Change



92052.45 2885.00 1045.13 $580477.66

69907.30 15573.05 1491.52 $62543.29


13782.50 $62567.04

10511.33 7825.18 36698.02

SURPLUS ITEMS 56. Motion by Thompson second by Arneson to dispose of the surplus property that received no sealed bids (old freezer parts and encyclopedias). Motion carried. APPROVE CONTRACTS 57. Motion by Kari second by Beckman to approve the contract of Corben Alley in the amount of $929.50 for Grade Boys Basketball coach for the 20122013 school year and for Head Boys

63. Motion by Thompson second by Arneson to adjourn the meeting at 10:30 p.m. Motion carried. Dan Kvale, Chairman Colette Johnson, Asst. Business Manager

School Lunch Fund Receipts Disbursements Ending TRUST & AGENCY Receipts Sophomores/Concessions /Misc Seniors/Fundraiser Special Clearings/Dist VB FCCLA/Fundraiser/Misc General Fund/Sept Reimb Dacotah Bank/Int

[Published December 27, 2012 at a total approximate cost of $77.01.]

[Published December 27, 2012 at a total approximate cost of $112.33.]

Disbursements Eric Walmarth/Official Fee Robert Fugate/Official Fee Bryan Zahn/Official Fee Joyce Grunewaldt/ Official Fee Petty Cash/FCCLA Starting Cash Petty Cash/Seniors Starting Cash Timber Lake School/ Oral Interp Fees Sturgis FCCLA/ Bus Transportation Bison Food Store/ Board Supplies Roxi Gaaskjolen/Mileage Super 8/Rooms


200.00 226.08 1750.00

21.04 148.00 303.80

Ipswich School/ Oral Interp Fees Java Joe’s/ Fundraising Supplies Joyce Matthews/Supplies Faith School/Entry Fee Hauff Mid-Am Sports/ Supplies Colle Nash/VB Districts Clock Penny Nash/VB Districts Tracker Sylvia Chapman/VB Districts Book Kirby Chapman/VB Dist. Announcing Petty Cash/Postage SDHSAA/Dist VB Proceeds

180.92 700.00 43.48 20.00 26.20 75.00 75.00 75.00

75.00 80.00 1124.10

Newell School/Dist 4.50 VB Proceeds Takini School/Dist 4.50 VB Proceeds Lemmon School/Dist 4.20 VB Proceeds Faith School/Dist 5.30 VB Proceeds Harding Co School/Dist 5.40 VB Proceeds Kalin Chapman/Dist 200.00 VB Chair BHS Sophomores/Dist 93.20 VB Supplies Bison School/Dist 6.80 VB Proceeds 240.00 SD FFA/Fees SD FFA Foundation/Supplies8.00

Save the date: Beef Days 2013 is set for Buffalo, January 11
The Harding County Stockgrowers and SDSU Extension annual Beef Day is set for 2013. This year’s Beef Day will begin at 1 p.m. on Jan. 11 in Buffalo at the Harding County Recreational Center. The Beef Day program is held every year in Buffalo presenting information to help producers along with other individuals involved with the livestock industry. Door prizes will be drawn throughout the day. The Harding County Stockgrower’s Annual Meeting, social, supper and evening entertainment will follow the Extension Service Beef Day Program. Admission to the supper and entertainment will be $15/person; contact the Pioneer Bank and Trust to reserve your spot. For questions on the event, call Bill Johnson, HC Stockgrowers President; 866-4813 or Robin Salverson, Cow/Calf Extension Field Specialist at 374-4177.

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Over-width baled livestock feed hauling extended 60 days in South Dakota
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has extended an Executive Order to haul over-width baled livestock feed until Feb. 21, 2013, in South Dakota. The Executive Order states that, upon receipt of a permit, permission is granted to move overwidth baled livestock feed not exceeding 12-feet-wide or 15-feethigh for two hours after sunset and two hours before sunrise. The order allows movement of overwidth baled livestock feed until cessation of the drought emergency, or no later than Feb. 21. Over-width vehicles must be equipped with flashing or rotating white or amber warning lights on each side of the load’s widest extremity. The warning lights must be clearly visible to motorists approaching from the front and rear. Movement under the Executive Order is valid only for baled livestock feed. This year’s persistent drought conditions have left livestock producers across South Dakota with inadequate feed supplies,” said South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Walt Bones. “Increasing hauling height and width restrictions for baled hay will allow producers to move feed in a more efficient manner.” The normal size restriction on South Dakota highway loads is 14feet, 3-inches high and 8-feet, 6inches wide. Although height and width restrictions for baled livestock feed have been temporarily increased by Executive Order, several highways in the state have width and height restrictions in place because of construction or permanent structures that cannot accommodate such large loads. Truckers are encouraged to check their routes ahead of time for those restrictions. For information on permits, contact a South Dakota port of entry or call 800-637-3255.
Date: December 11, 2012 Present: Commissioners Schweitzer, Foster, Ottman, Gochenour & Henderson and Finance Officer Chapman Others present: Shane Penfield, Brad Besler, Tracy Buer, Rownea Gerbracht, Jeanette Kruger, Slade Burdine , Kelly Serr, Beth Hulm, press

Perkins County Commission

Call to Order Chairman Schweitzer called the regular December meeting to order at 10:01 a.m. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Minutes Foster moved, Henderson seconded to approve the minutes with the following corrections: the date of the financial report should be October 31, 2012 and a report of the September 30, 2012 Annual Surplus Analysis report showing undesignated cash balance of $40,568.66 should have been recorded in the minutes, motion carried. Monthly Reports •Finance Officers Account with the Deputy Finance Officer - To the Honorable Board of County Commissioners Perkins County: I hereby submit the following report of my examination of the cash and cash items in the hands of the Deputy Finance Officer of this County as of November 30, 2012, Sylvia Chapman, Finance Officer, Perkins County. Total amount of deposits in banks $88743.80, total amount of actual cash $150.69; Insured Money Market $2,626,340.39; Dakota Plains Federal Credit Union membership fee $10.04; Certificates of Deposit $495,531.04; South Dakota FIT $101,495.23; Total $3,312,271.19. The total represents state, county, schools, cities and township funds, which will be transferred to each entity of government after being apportioned. •Sheriff car logs were reviewed. •Sheriff fees were reviewed for November – $487.02. •Motor Vehicle fees for the month of November, 2012 were reviewed. •Register of Deeds fees in the amount of $6,351.50 were reviewed. Correspondence •A letter of resignation was received from Ida Schmidt as SDSU 4-H Advisor. •A e-mail was also received from Donna Bittiker concerning advertising for a new advisor. •Jill Olson, CHN Administrative Assistant, sent a request to attend training in Sturgis

BE IT HEREBY MOVED AND RESOLVED by the Board of Perkins County, acting in pursuant to SDCL ch. 1-24 and SDCL 13-10-3, 13-8-39, and the general authority of SDCL title 13, and hereby adopts, approves, and ratifies the ASBSD Health Benefits Fund Participation Agreement as attached hereto as EXHIBIT A, effective as of the time of adoption of this Motion.


Bicycle Resolution Foster moved, Ottman seconded to deny the consideration of doing a Bicycle Resolution, motion carried.

Fund Board pursuant to the Bylaws and the full amount of any contribution agreed to in the current or subsequent Participation Agreements approved by the Board as submitted upon proper vouchers.

BE IT FURTHER MOVED AND RESOLVED that actions taken under the ASBSD Protective Trust Joint Powers Agreement and Bylaws and the ASBSD Health Benefits Fund Participation Agreement since the time and date the District initially joined said Trust are hereby ratified and approved to the same extent and effect as if each amendment thereto had been separately submitted and to the Board for approval prior to execution by the Chairman and Auditor. BE IT FURTHER MOVED AND RESOLVED that the Chairman and Finance Officer are hereby authorized to execute, on behalf of the District, the present ASBSD Health Benefits Fund Participation Agreement as it presently exists and may from time to time be amended and approved pursuant to the Bylaws herein adopted. Each succeeding Participation Agreement changing in any manner the benefits, contributions, or obligations arising under the Health Benefits Fund shall be submitted to the Board for approval prior to execution by the Chairman and Auditor.

Slade Burdine •Burdine wished to address the subject of setting out county equipment to be used by temporary part-time individuals. He felt it wasn’t a good solution to the problem. •Burdine also expressed his opinion concerning the loss of county employees and the exit interview subject. He believes the exit interview process serves a good purpose. He also feels the wage scale needs to increased in order to retain employees. Exit Interview The Commission reviewed the proposed exit interview process. A couple of changes were suggested to the exit interview document and it will be presented again at the January Commission meeting.

Liquor License Renewals Ottman moved, Foster seconded to approve the renewal of On-Sale Liquor License #RL-5306 for Buzz Stop, motion carried. Ottman moved, Henderson seconded to approve the renewal of On-sale Liquor License for Smoky’s Bar & Grill #RL7800, motion carried.

County Holidays The courthouse will be closed for the holidays on Monday, December 24 & Tuesday December 25 in observance of Christmas.

Tax Abatement Foster moved, Henderson seconded to deny Lemmon Senior Citizen’s request for tax abatement on Lemmon’s 1st Addn Blk 9 Lots 5 & 6, City of Lemmon, roll call vote: Foster aye, Ottman nay, Henderson aye, Schweitzer nay, tie vote. Ottman moved, Henderson seconded to table the decision until the January meeting when a full board will be present, motion carried.

IT IS FURTHER MOVED AND RESOLVED that coverage provided in the ASBSD Health Benefits Fund Participation Agreement shall extend from 12:01 a.m. CST, January 1, 2013 to 12 midnight CST, December 31, 2013. The contribution required for such coverage is as set forth in the attached EXHIBIT A renewal letter and by this reference incorporated herein.

Rownea Gerbracht •Foster moved, Ottman seconded to allow the flexible work schedule for the Director of Equalization’s new employee, Jeanette Kruger, to be used during the weeks she is attending her National Guard Training, motion carried. •Gerbracht also addressed the wage scale for the appraiser position. The Commission will set all wages at their January meeting. Surplus Equipment Foster moved, Ottman seconded to surplus the following equipment: APC Back-ups ES 350 Serial #3B0708X12580 and Cyber Power Back-up 800ANR Serial # BFB5T2014835 for disposal and Epson Stylus CX3810 SN# G5YY495337 and Epson Stylus CX4800 SN#GSFY012825, motion carried. Year-End Bonuses Ottman moved, Foster seconded to thank Perkins County employees for their dedication and hard work this past year and to grant the full-time employees a $300 year-end bonus and J Olson, L Carda and A McGinnis $150 and J Kruger and the jailers $50 yearend bonus, motion carried. Meeting Dates •Foster moved, Henderson seconded to set a final year-end meeting on December 27, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Perkins County Courthouse, motion carried. •Henderson moved, Foster seconded to set the January regular meeting date as January 8, 2013 at 10:00 am, continued on next page

Health Insurance Resolution The 2013 participation agreement with South Dakota School District Benefits Fund for health insurance was received and reviewed by the Commission. The health insurance increase was 7%. Ottman moved, Henderson seconded to approve Resolution 201216 Ottman aye, Henderson aye; Foster aye, Schweitzer aye; motion carried. RESOLUTION 2012-16 BOARD OF

There is hereby delegated to the Chairman the authority to carry out, or to further delegate subject to his supervision and responsibility, the obligations of the District identified in the Bylaws approved herein, the Participation Agreement, and the Master Contracts provided by the Trust Administrator. The Claims Supervisor is Avera Health Plans of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Finally, the Board hereby agrees to indemnify the Trust and its members, pursuant to the process established in the Bylaws approved herein, the full amount of any assessment levied by the Trust

motion carried. •The Township Meeting will be held February 12, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Perkins County Fair Building. Blaise Emerson from Black Hills Council of Local Governments will also be attendance with a presentation on Comprehensive Planning. CHN The 2013 Community Health Nurse Contract with the State of South Dakota was reviewed. The contract is for the same amount as 2013. Foster moved, Ottman seconded to approve the 2013 Community Health Nurse contract and authorize Chairman Schweitzer as signatory on the contract, motion carried. Highway Superintendent •Highway Superintendent Buer presented the Monthly Maintenance and Project Report. •Joe Green resigned effective December 6, 2012. •Lance Berger will be in the area and is willing to meet on the Lemmon Roadway Reconstruction Project. Commissioners Schweitzer and Ottman will plan to attend along with the Superintendent Buer. Contingency Transfer Foster moved, Henderson seconded to transfer the following from contingency: Elections $1600 and Coroner $2000, motion carried.

HAVA Grant Finance Officer Chapman reported that she had made application for HAVA funds for eligible expenses from the primary and general elections. The Secretary of State has also submitted a subagreement between the State of South Dakota and Perkins County to utilize HAVA grant funds to pay for the new Total Vote program. Waste Tire Grant Finance Officer Chapman reported that the waste tire clean-up project is complete. The cost for pick-up and removal of the waste tires was $25,654.50. Chapman will submit this cost along with other miscellaneous cost to the Department of Environment & Regulations for reimbursement.

422 - $1554.56; 226-211-426.29 – $6,139.55; 226-211-454 – $33,889.24; 226-221-454 - $13,124.00 and 226-222454 - $2,466.00 and to transfer the following equipment dollars: Corson County $21,835.96; City of Deadwood - $12,053.28; Harding County $2,466.00; Lawrence County $13,124.00, motion carried.

tols from Neve’s Uniforms, motion carried. •Serr requested permission to order the new Sheriff ’s vehicle which is budgeted in 2013. Ottman moved, Henderson seconded to purchase the following vehicle for the Sheriff ’s Office using state vehicle contract #16416: One 2013 Ford Police Utility Interceptor from Lamb Motor Company of Onida, South Dakota in the amount of $26,883, motion carried. Executive Session Foster moved, Henderson seconded to declare executive session to discuss personnel at 1:22 p.m. Commission was declared out of executive session at 2:17 p.m.

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maintenance, 449.92; DMI Diesel, repairs, 370.41; EIDO, publishing, 28.50; Marv Ekeren, MI board, 15.00; ES &S, supplies, 1,680.34; Evanson Jensen Funeral, indigent burial, 1,525.00; G & O Paper, supplies, 95.60; R Gerbracht, supplies, 370.56; Grand Electric, utilities, 1,416.74; G Hendricks, chemical, 163.08; R Huber, travel, 166.78; Bob Jackson, repairs, 465.00; Jim Grothe Electric, supplies, 92.67; KBJM, publishing, 21.00; Kevin Klemann, contract pay, 500.00; Lemmon EMT, mileage, 889.02; Lucy Lewno, MI board, 104.20; Lindskov Implement, rentals, 500.00; Lodgepole Store, propane, 1,100.25; Lyle Signs, supplies, 91.87; Meade County, jail board, 385.00; Gary Mikelson, MI board, 45.00; New Deal Tire, prof fees, $25,654.50 Newman Signs, supplies, 538.77; NW Supply, supplies, 383.42; R Opheim, chemical, 174.75; S Penfield, rent/cellphone, 500.00; Pennington Co Sheriff, transport, 139.20; Penor’s Texaco, supplies, 503.07; Perkins Co Ambulance, travel/vehicle subsidy, 6,519.72; PharmChem, drug testing, 105.00; Pitney Bowes, supplies/postage, 3,025.48; Prairie Community Health, rent, 1,680.00; Rapid Fire Protection, repairs, 175.00; Ida Schmidt, travel, 34.04; SD Dept of Health, CHN qtrly, 1,545.00; SD Dept of Public Safety, supplies, 20.00; SD Dept of Revenue, registration, 440.00; SD DOT, fees, 417.40; SDAAO, dues, 165.00; SDML Workers Comp, premium, 27,685.00; Shepherd Reporting, MI ct reporter, 27.50; Stateline Construction, repairs, 6,313.80; Tessier’s Inc, repairs, 901.39; Town of Bison, utilities, 243.74; VISA, travel, 224.93; West Group, law books, 2,306.03; WR Telephone, utilities, 891.72; Yankton County, MI board, 103.75. HLS Grant Claims Corson County, EM subsidy, 21,835.96; City of Deadwood, EM subsidy, 12,053.28; Harding County, EM subsidy, 2,466.00; Lawrence County, EM subsidy, 13,124.00;

Adjournment Henderson moved, Ottman seconded to adjourn the meeting at 2:26 p.m., motion carried. The next meeting of the Perkins County Commission will be on December 27, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Perkins County Courthouse. ATTEST: APPROVED:

HLS Grant Henderson moved, Foster seconded to accept HLS grant payment in the amount of $57,423.90 and to supplement 226-211-426 - $250.55; 226-211-

Kelly Serr •Serr updated the Commission on the narrow banding of the emergency services radio system. He believes there will be enough grant dollars to cover the costs of narrow banding. •The Sheriff ’s Office would like to update their Glock sidearms. Henderson moved, Foster seconded to declare three (3) Glock; Model 22; 40 caliber pistols with serial numbers HKV418, HKV419, and HRP497 surplus and trade them for three (3) new Glock pis-

Claims The following claims were presented and approved for payment: November payroll: 65,284.10; IRS, fica, 4,316.75; SD Retirement, retirement, 3,333.02; Delta Dental, insurance, 913.74; Lincoln Mutual, insurance, 116.64; SDSDBF, insurance, 15,015.73; Loyson Carda, travel, 23.45; A&B Business, supplies, 100.44; Avera Queen, drug test, 169.80; Best Western, travel, 237.00; Bison Courier, publishing, 967.58; Bison Food, supplies, 113.81; Bison Implement, repairs/supplies, 1,756.91; BL Contracting, repairs, 3,825.00; Brevik Law, MH ct appt atty, 200.40; CAVA, collections, 435.00; Chapman’s Electronics, supplies, 81.50; Cody Denise, MI board, 15.00; Country Media, publishing, 522.08; Crane, Roseland, Hardy, ct appt atty, 2,827.90; Current Connection, supplies/equipment, 2,268.10; Dakota Herald, supplies, 48.50; Dale’s Tire,

Sylvia Chapman, Finance Officer Mike Schweitzer, Chairman [Published December 27, 2012 at a total approximate cost of $185.50.]

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The country doctor in crisis

Ad Deadline is Monday at NOON! Legal Deadline is Friday at NOON!
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By Richard P. Holm M.D. Hanging on the wall of my community hospital is an idealistic image of what it might have been like practicing rural medicine in South Dakota back in the very early 1900s. It's a John Redman painting of a country doctor’s horse and buggy standing outside a warmly-lit farmhouse, next to a windless pond with a formation of wild geese framing the sunset. We imagine the physician is inside with his black bag beside him, delivering a perfect baby. It is too ideal to be real... or is it? There is still much idyllic about the world of the modern country or prairie doctor. She or he still makes rounds at the small town hospital every day managing the severely sick; still sends them home to follow later in the office; still has to understand an encyclopedic medical knowledge to nail the diagnosis; and still senses the life story of many patients having watched and even helped them through the joys and tough times of years of living. The country doc's still around. There are some differences from that painting, though. Now the country doctor consults the specialist by e-consult over a video screen; co-manages the sickest patient in the local hospital with e-

ICU; keeps up on rapidly changing medical knowledge with teleconferences and internet learning; summons information about medicine side effects through a smart phone; if needed flys the emergency crash victim by helicopter to a trauma center; and so on. But as rewarding as this great life for the doctor may be, there are fewer medical students drawn to it, and for many reasons. Now the country doc called a primary care provider, spends too many hours filling out forms or computer records instead of seeing patients; is paid less than almost all of the other specialties; in the larger cities gives up seeing hospitalized patients to the "hospitalists;" most of the med student teachers are specialists from the big city; and the list goes on. The country doctor is going by way of the horse and buggy. And the big loser in this picture will be the patient. In both the city or country, especially with all the advances in medical science, we desperately need the patient advocate and coordinator who is expertly trained to know the whole picture of his or her complicated patient. We shouldn't let the idealistic life of the country doctor become just a painting.

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Ten ways to stay cool when conversation gets hot
During the holiday season, many will be gathering with family and friends to share in good cheer. Occasionally, “cheer” can turn to “chore,” and stressed-out tempers can heat up and singe others in the process. Here are a few tips from TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, to help you keep a cool head when it starts getting hot: 1. Know your triggers. Is it a certain person who gets your blood boiling? Or is it a specific situation that can melt your otherwise cool resolve to be pleasant and cheerful? Or is there a certain time of day when you can be more vulnerable and quick-tempered? Recall times when you have successfully overcome these triggers in the past and apply them to the present. 2. It’s not all about you… yet it’s up to you. Everyone deals with stress and social situations differently. Don’t take things too personally. You can control only one person’s reaction to stress – yours. Resolve to be the epitome of cool, calm, and collected demeanor and a good example for others. 3. Mind environmental influences. A festive background should stay in the background. Rather than rocking around the clock or the tree, maintain a calmer ambiance with the warm glow of candles, subtle sounds of instrumental tunes, and inviting aromas that remind guests of happy times. 4. Look before you leap. Rather than jumping into the middle of a heated discussion, take a moment or few to listen and assess what is going on. If you must share your opinion, do so with gentle consideration for others and their points of view. 5. Prepare with self care. Don’t let the holidays or your companions wear you out or erode your resolve. Late hours, overindulgence in treats, and trying to accomplish too much in too little time all undermine your determination to live a healthy lifestyle. Nobody can or should do it all. Consider joining a local TOPS chapter for additional support, and attend your first meeting free of charge. 6. Remain in control. When you swallow pride, comments, or emotions, don’t accompany them with foods that may disrupt your healthy eating meal plan and weight management success. Instead, keep your thoughts positive and coach yourself with affirmations, such as TOPS’, “I am an intelligent person. I will control my emotions and not let my emotions control me.” 7. Serenity now. Just as proper planning and preparation can help you accomplish healthy lifestyle goals, it also helps to navigate smoothly through the challenges of the holidays. Incorporate small, peaceful rituals such as breathing deeply or being mindful to enter each situation with a smile on your face. 8. Size matters. It’s all too easy to dramatize and think that something is a big deal when, in fact, it isn’t. Be honest with yourself. Avoid the urge to think that every conflict is the end of the world. Use self-talk such as, “This is not a big deal,” or “I’m bigger than this,” to keep your thoughts straight and attitude cool. 9. Back off. When all else fails, remove yourself gracefully from the situation and allow it to resolve or dissolve on its own. This would be a good time to go for a walk and keep your physical activity up. Invite others to join you and converse about a new, neutral topic to diffuse focus on the uncomfortable situation. 10. Mission accomplished. If you’re motivated by rewards, promise to “treat” yourself to a non-food gift for making it through the holiday season without burning out or up – perhaps a little pampering or the one gift that you forgot to ask for and would really enjoy.

This tree was decorated by the Thunder Butte Valley 4-H club members.

Highlights & Happenings
Bison Fire Dept., Coyote Calling Contest, Jan 11th & Jan 12th. Registration & Free Supper Jan 11th at the Bison Bar @ 6:00 pm. Followed by Rules Mtg & Calcutta; Attendance Required NO Exceptions!! Need more info call Chris Seidel 605-630-3319 or Allen Palmer 605-244-5550 Arrow Transit provides transportation for appointments, shopping and more. Rapid city trips are 1st Tuesday and 3rd Wednesday for $30.00. Lemmon to Bismarck trips are 2nd Wednesday and 4th thursday for $25.00. lemmon ti Dickinson 1st Wednesday for $20.00. Call for information 374-3189.

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