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BankWest Chairman, President and CEO Charles Burke III announced today that Bob Sutton of Pierre has rejoined the BankWest Board of Directors. Sutton is the VP/Community Relations for Avera Health System and served on the BankWest Board of Directors from 2004 to 2009. “We are very excited to have Bob back at the table with us,” Burke said. “He brings a tremendous amount of board experience, he’s a strategic thinker and he truly personifies the BankWest image.”

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Sutton rejoins BankWest board

The Jones County Republican Party will hold a meeting and election of officers on Thursday, February 7, 2013, at 7 p.m. at the Jones County Tech Center. Election of officers for the positions of Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Committeeman and Committeewoman will be held. Other general business will be discussed. All registered Jones County Republicans are invited to attend.

Johannsen Scholarship

The deadline for the Lee Johannsen scholarship available to college students who were graduates of Jones County High School is Friday April 12, 2013. The scholarship will be awarded to a student in their junior or senior year at their respected college or university for the 2013-2014 school year. A copy of the scholarship application is available at the Jones County High School office. The Murdo Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a cracker barrel session with Larry Lucas and James Schaefer. It will be held at the Murdo Senior Center on Saturday, February 2 from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. The public is encouraged to attend and discuss any concerns they may have with Senator Lucas and Representative Schaefer.

Southern Plains Champions… Back L to R: Assistant Coach Mike Hunt, Skylar Green, Carol

Cracker barrel session

Murdo Lions Club raises funds for Jones County EMS

Drayer, Garline Boni, Julie Joseph, Calli Glaze, Jessie Harrison, Coach Neil Krogman. Front L to R: Madison Mathews (tournament MVP), Emiley Nies, Becky Bryan, Paige Venard, Rachel Buxcel and Savannah Krogman. Read next week’s Coyote Call for complete coverage! Courtesy photo

Murdo UMC M.Y.F.

United Methodist Youth Fellowship will meet on Wed., January 30 from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for fifth through eighth graders, and at 7:00 p.m. for Senior High Youth. After school snacks, games, video and discussion are part of the Junior UMYF group. The Senior High Youth continue with the study, “What On Earth Am I Here For?” A meal and games before the study are part of the Senior High fellowship. You don’t have to be United Methodist to join the group, either afternoon or evening. Talk to Rev. Rick Hazen, Lana Feddersen or Lea Glaze for more information.

EMT training February 1

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 have set a date for February 1, 2013 for the first EMT training. Watch the Coyote Briefs in the future for more information regarding the training. 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.

Donation for equipment… Tammy Van Dam (center), rep-

Certainty in uncertain times
South Dakota’s electric cooperatives gathered in Pierre January 10 and 11 for the South Dakota Rural Electric Association’s 71st annual meeting. During the meeting, the 317 cooperative leaders, which represented each of the state’s 31 electric cooperatives, heard presentations that focused on grassroots advocacy, the importance of an energized cooperative culture and other aspects impacting electric cooperatives. On Thursday, cooperative directors attended an “In the Boardroom” training session presented by NRECA focusing on Planning Among Regulatory Uncertainty. A session on the importance of grassroots advocacy was also held, which included a state legislative update prior to the evening’s Legislative Dinner, which saw more than 420 people attend. “This year will be a great opportunity to know the new legislators,” said SDREA board president Don Heeren. “Our Co-op Day at the Capitol on February 26 will provide an additional occasion for co-op members, directors and employees to get to know our lawmakers and become more familiar with the legislative process.” The importance of co-op members being involved in their cooperatives was stressed by SDREA’s general manager. “There is so much going on in our industry right now that these meetings take on special meaning,” said SDREA general manager Ed Anderson. “Bringing electric co-op leaders from around the state to discuss issues and spend time with their local legislators adds tremendous value to our organization.” Gov. Dennis Daugaard spoke to the group on Friday morning and commended their work in the state. “You go the extra mile for your members and you’re persistent. We, as a state, need to be persistent in solving our budget issues,” said Daugaard. On Friday morning, representatives of Sen. Tim Johnson, Sen. John Thune and Rep. Kristi Noem spoke to the group and gave an update on issues from a national perspective. Following the meeting, the board of directors held its re-organizational meeting. Southeastern Electric director Don Heeren of Parker was re-elected as the association’s president while Lacreek Electric director Butch Livermont of Martin was re-elected as the association’s vice president. West

resenting the Jones County EMS, accepts a check from Ray Greenseth, Murdo Lion’s Club President and Jamie Klingberg from the Modern Woodmen. Photo by Lonna Jackson

by Karlee Barnes The boys and girls basketball Holiday Classic held in Murdo on Friday, December 28 was a night for more than just basketball. The Murdo Lions Club held a BINGO fundraiser that night, generating $6,175 which was donated to the Jones County EMS to be put towards the purchase of new equipment. The Murdo Lions Club partnered with the Modern Woodmen of America to make this donation to the EMS. The $6,175 check presented includes a $2,500 match from the Modern Woodmen. Jones County EMT Tammy Van Dam said that the money will be used to purchase a new cot for the ambulance. Since the EMS bought a new ambulance, the current cot no longer fits. The Jones County EMS accepts donations at any time. Anyone unable to participate in the BINGO fundraiser, but wishing to donate may leave a message at the ambulance shed at 605-669-3125 or contact any EMT. Anyone interested in information on the upcoming EMT training may also contact the ambulance shed or any EMT.

Open AA meetings Kids Club

Thursdays 8:00 p.m. at the East Commons. Call 530-0371 or 280-7642. Kids Club, sponsored by the Community Bible Church, will meet Wednesday, Feb. 6 at the mini–gym after school. All kids in grades K–6th are welcome to attend. Come and enjoy a Bible story, snacks, games and a craft.

River Electric director Bill Bielmaier of Wall was re-elected secretary of the association and West Central Electric director D.J. Mertens of Kennebec was elected as the association’s treasurer. During the meeting, fifty-eight cooperative directors and employees were recognized for 25 or more years of service to the state’s electric cooperatives. Those recognized from West Central Electric Cooperative include: Marvin Moor, Kadoka lineman, for 30 years of service; and Steve Reed, WCEC CEO, for 35 years of service. About South Dakota’s Electric Cooperatives

Exercise room reminder

The exercise room at the Tech Center is open Monday– Friday 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., Monday through Friday. It is also open on Saturday from 5 a.m.–5 p.m. and on Sunday 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.

South Dakota’s electric cooperatives provide electricity to more than 114,000 homes, farms and businesses in the state, averaging only 2.37 consumers per mile of line. SDREA is a member-owned, member-controlled association of 31 electric cooperatives in South Dakota. SDREA is devoted to unifying, promoting and protecting the interests of member electric cooperatives in South Dakota by providing leadership, training, communication, legislative representation and other member services.

by Karlee Barnes Due to the rescheduling of the championship games of the Jones County Invitational Tournament, the Jones County school board meeting was held Monday, December 14 in the afternoon, rather than the usual evening meeting. Those attending the meeting included: Lorrie Esmay, Larry Ball, Gary Knispel, Mike Hunt, Chad Whitney, Carrie Lolley, Brett Nix, Scott Mathews, Tami Schreiber, Trudy Hurst, JayTee Sealey, Krysti Barnes and Karlee Barnes. The agenda was approved, as well as the December 10, 2012 minutes. Bills were approved after a brief discussion concerning the Booster Club. It was questioned if the hoop shoot funds raised at home basketball games go into the Booster Club general fund. That was confirmed, and it was further explained that Booster Club money also goes toward paying junior high sports coaches. Gary Knispel then provided the financial report. Knispel discussed current proposed legislative bills that concern the school district directly. Senate Bill 41 is for an act to revise certain provisions regarding the requirements for school bus inspection and to authorize the Highway Patrol to approve school bus inspectors. Senate Bill 15 is an act to revise certain provisions regarding state aid to special education. Knispel said that SB15 will, “clean up the language in terms of special education funds and redefine special education designations for students.” Krysti Barnes addressed the board first during the discussion segment of the meeting. She told the board that Esmay Electric had presented the City of Murdo with a $11,760 overall cost estimate to update the auditorium lighting. Areas to be updated include: the lobby, the bathrooms, the locker rooms, storage areas and the loft. Barnes suggested that the update be done in a couple steps, if need be. She then mentioned the drainage issue with the auditorium. Barnes said that the City has been getting quotes from contractors to fix the drainage problems, and that she would speak with Ball when all of the quotes have been presented to the City. Ball agreed and said that the lighting update would more than likely not take place until the summer. Next, the board discussed the activities bus that students take to

Senate bills concerning district discussed with school board

Sutton is a South Dakota native and graduated from the University of South Dakota with an undergraduate degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration. He has served as president of the South Dakota Community Foundation and lobbied for county governments, the energy industry and the financial services industry. Sutton also served as a vice president at Citibank in Sioux Falls. Sutton also serves on numerous boards of directors across South Dakota, including the Avera St. Mary’s Healthcare Board, Avera Health Board, the Hill City Scholarship Foundation Board and the South Dakota Association of Fundraising Professionals Board. He has previously served as chairman of the South Dakota Housing Development Authority, was on the Junior Achievement of South Dakota Board and several other statewide organizations. Sutton and his wife Lori live in Pierre with their two children. “BankWest has a 123-year tradition in South Dakota and I am proud to be a part of its organization,” Sutton said. “I look forward to working with the bank’s leadership and staff to ensure it continues to prosper and continues to provide the latest products and services to its customers.”

sporting and academic events out of town. Nix asked about the status on the bus, and whether or not it is operational. Hurst, who regularly drives the bus, responded and said she thinks that the leveling system in the bus is rusted. Hurst asked if the company who sold the school the bus is paying for any of the repairs. Ball said that the school is paying for the repairs. Nix then asked, “as far as we know, is the bus safe and road ready?” Ball said yes. Hurst told the board that parents have been questioning her about whether or not the bus is likely to break down in the cold weather. Esmay then talked to the board about the new intercom system installed in the elementary school. She said that the system is running smoothly and that they have been using it for announcements and also for a fire drill. Esmay also told the board that the preschool building is wired in, and that seems to be working well. The school board scholarship application was next in line for discussion. Ball asked the board if they could think of any changes that needed to be made to the application. He said they will leave the application as it is if there are no changes. Ball told the board that a new popcorn machine has been ordered for the auditorium, and asked the board if they wished to continue with the student exchange program. He said that the first semester with an exchange student this year went really well. The board also discussed the December school shooting in Connecticut. It was mentioned that the elementary school has been locking the doors as a safety precaution, and further discussion took place about the locking of doors in the high school. Mathews said that eventually, the government will be passing down more safety requirements. Ball said that he is guessing school safety suggestions will come out of the 2012 legislative session. The board discussed which doors in the high school would have to be locked, mentioned an outdoor to indoor intercom system and also discussed what other area schools have been doing to increase security. The board then motioned to enter into Executive Session, after which the meeting was adjourned. The next school board meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 11, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the high school library.

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by Janet Louder • 669-2696
Jeff and Kristi Vlietstra, Will and Walker arrived at the Valburg ranch Thursday evening. They came home to help celebrate Kristi’s dad’s birthday. On Friday, Jeff ’s mother, Barb Vlietstra from Stickney, joined them. Saturday noon, Bill and Cindy Valburg and Chad, and Barry and Missy Valburg, Mallory and Sunny came for the big birthday dinner. Saturday afternoon Barb left for home. The Vlietstra’s went home to Rapid City on Monday. Happy birthday greetings go out to Murdo Coyote reader Irene Caldwell of Pierre, who will be turning 100 on Thursday, January 24. We wish her a good day. Tony and Kim Schmidt traveled to Rapid City last Wednesday. On Thursday, they both kept eye doctor appointments and then visited Uncle Reuben Schmidt before returning home. Nelva and Janet Louder spent last Wednesday in Pierre. We went out for lunch. Bill and Ellen Valburg arrived and joined us. In the afternoon the Louders had coffee at Parkwood and visits with Mona Sharp, Joyce Nielsen and several others. Learned that day that Lillian Severyn wasn't well and was spending some time in the TCU. Later, we visited Alex and Jean Freier. On Friday, Linda MaGee and Diana Glantz of Rochester, Minn., arrived at Ken and Carmen Millers. On Saturday, Ken, Carmen, Linda, Diane, Clayton Miller, and Terry and Penny Dowling attended the wedding of their sister, Melanie and Tim Stampe's son Justin, to Bradi Porch at the Assembly of God Church in Pierre with the reception following in the church fellowship hall. The Miller's daughter, Karissa, and fiance Ben Zimmer of Sioux Falls arrived. Penny tells me there was a lot of eating, visiting and card playing that took place at the Millers on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, the Rochester gals headed home. Ken, Carmen, Clayton, Karissa and Ben joined family and friends in Sturgis to celebrate Carmen's dad, Roy Anderson's, 85th birthday. An open house was held at Heritage Acres with cake and coffee being served. While there, Ken got in a good visit with former Draperite Harriet Miller; her daughter, Janice and hubby Dennis Jensen of Sturgis were also there. Karissa and Ben returned to Sioux Falls Sunday evening. Happy birthday, Roy. On Thursday, Helen Louder, Lill Seamans, Lila Mae Christian, Margie Boyle and Janet Louder listened to the first and second graders read to them. After to the cafe for coffee and conversation. Later, Gerald and Wanda Mathews stopped in for coffee with Nelva and Janet Louder. On Friday, Brent and Donna Dowling, Cortney and Justin of Pierre brought a carry in supper complete with birthday ice cream cake to Trace and Karen Dowlings to celebrate their daughter, Cortney's, birthday. Helping her celebrate were Sarah Dowling; Luke and Sawyer Dowling; Jared and Bonnie Dowling and family. Happy birthday, Cortney. David and Lill Seamans spent Sunday afternoon in Kennebec with brother Chet and Teresa Hamer, and also had supper with them before returning home. Dick and Kris Bradley of Pierre spent Sunday with Margaret and Greg Rankin. Friday afternoon Rosa Lee Styles, Janet Louder and Ellouise Ellwanger played canasta at Margie Boyles. After, they had cookies brought by Rosa Lee and coffee and other treats from Margie. Alice Horsley joined Greg and Doreen Hauptman and Bud Gross Sunday for dinner at a Murdo cafe. She enjoyed the visit. Following church Sunday, Pastor Rick and Jane Hazen, Ray and Janice Pike, Rosa Lee Styles, Ray and Shirley Vik, Don Volmer, Nelva and Janet Louder had dinner together at a local cafe. Also there but not room at the same table were Ron Lebeda and Holly and Eldon and Esther Magnuson. Following dinner, the Magnusons and Don Volmer sat in the cozy corner near the stove and had a long visit. The Louders went to the home of Dorothy and Brad Louders for cards, which was topped off with pie and coffee. Pat Shinabarger came from Rapid City Thursday evening and stayed the night with her mom, Lila Mae Christian. Friday morning they left for Grand Island, Neb. They met Doug Christian and Ray on highway 281 and continued on to Nebraska for a belated Christmas family gathering. There they met daughter Cheryl and Dan and family; Melinda, Tony and family; Joey, Stacy and family; Tara, Kevin and girls; daughter Delores, Kevin and girls; Pat's daughter, Shanna, Cody and Amirah at the motel. Son Neal, Kathy and family arrived on Saturday. Lila Mae reports everyone was there except grandson Chris, Christina and boys from Miller as the boys were having a bout with the flu. All of the young ones and a few of the older ones went roller skating Saturday afternoon. By the time they exchanged gifts Saturday evening, the older ones decided they weren't as young as they used to be! They all met for breakfast Sunday morning and then departed for their respective homes. Everyone had good traveling weather. Pat spent the night with Lila Mae and returned to Rapid City on Monday. The cold night didn't keep anyone home from the Jones CountyWhite River elementary games Monday evening. The Draper auditorium was bursting at the seams (I exaggerate), but it was hard to find a seat. Just think back a "few" years, the District tourney was held there. It was the biggest hall around – time changes. Anyway it was a hungry bunch, too, which the church was glad about as the Draper UMC runs the concession stand and really appreciates the business. News was a little short this week. Maybe it was too cold!

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Alma Weller

1916, in McPherson County. She married Emil Weller on August 25, 1940. In 1955 she and Emil opened the Eureka Bakery which they operated until their retirement in 1974. She was a life time member of Zion American Lutheran Church. Alma enjoyed cooking, baking, knitting, crocheting, traveling and gardening. Her greatest pleasure was to spend time with her children and especially the grand children and great grandchildren. Survivors include three sons: Richard (Audrey) Weller, of Tucson, Arizona, James (Candy) Weller of Hastings, Minnesota, Harry (Nancy) Weller of Kadoka; one daughter, Barbara (Darold) Owens of Brainerd, Minnesota; eight grandchildren: Mara (John) Determan, Carla (Brent) Johnson, Christa (Chris) Strenge, Michael (Jennifer) Owens, David (Kari) Weller, Debra (Ryan) Hafey, Brandee (Heath) Hauptman, and Kendra (Neal) Mastel; and fifteen great grandchildren: Maia, Matthew and Hallee Determan, Von and Levi Strenge, Brady and Carolyn Johnson, Hailey and Kate Owens, Kenzie and Maycie Jo Weller, Chauncey and Blaine Hauptman, Hayden and Hudson Mastel. Alma was preceded in death by her husband, Emil; a son, Thomas, her parents and her thirteen brothers and sisters. The funeral service for Alma Weller was held on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. at Zion American Lutheran Church in Eureka, with Pastor Ryan Gage leading the service. Burial followed at the church cemetery. Alma’s family prefers memorials to Zion American Lutheran Church, PO 546, Eureka, S.D. 57437 or to the Avera Eureka Healthcare Center, PO Box 40, Eureka, S.D. 57437. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.MillerLien Lien-Straub Funeral Chapel, Eureka, is in charge of arrangements. Kevin, Ashley, Jenna, Dane, Amber, Crystal, and Rylan; greatgrandchildren: DJ, Olivia, Dillon, Robert, and Sophia; siblings: Donna Mitchell, Peggy Dahme, Roger (Doris) Dahme, Terry (Pat) Dahme, Carol (Phillip) Geist, and Kathy (Jim) Otter. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Lillian Dahme; and siblings: Rita, Dennis, Keo, Joann, Bruce and Gerry. A prayer service will be held on Friday, January 25, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church. Memorial services will be held at St. Joseph’s Church in Blende, 1145 S. Aspen Rd., in Pueblo, Colo. on Saturday, January 26. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Joseph’s New Building Fund.

Linda Masset

Alma Weller, 96, passed away on Friday, January 11, 2013, at the Avera Eureka Health Care Center. Alma Wolff, the last surviving child of Jacob and Christina (Gohl) Wolff, was born March 27,

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J.C. Sheriff’s Report
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: Jan. 10 Sheriff Weber responded to the Pilot parking lot to a report of a two semi accident. Both trucks received minor damage. Jan 12 Deputy Sylva responded to a report of two vehicles in the median on I-90 at mm 200 and mm 196 due to icy roads. The vehicles had gone into the median the night before. Owners were located and vehicles were pulled out. Deputy Sylva responded to I-90, westbound, mm 178 to a report of a vehicle broke down. Owner fixed problem and drove away. Jan. 13 Deputy Sylva transported a transient from the Lyman Co. line to the Jackson Co. line. Jan. 14 Deputy Sylva investigated the

Linda Susan (Dahme) Masset, 65, formerly of Murdo, was taken by cancer at her home in Pueblo, Colo. on January 18, 2013.

Linda was born March 15, 1947, in Faulkton, S.D. to Roy and Lillian Dahme. Linda lived in Murdo from 1974-1979 where she worked as a bookkeeper for Schwan’s. While in Murdo, she was involved in everything Murdo had to offer at the time. Linda enjoyed going bowling in Presho with friends. She loved to play cards and visit with friends. She would help anybody in need; her life was defined by family, friends and faith. She is survived by her loving husband of 25 years, Frank E. Masset; children: Lynette (Troy) Weinkauf and Dan (Becky) Wahlen, Kayleen (Jim) Cooper, Tony (Judi) Masset, Brent Masset Frank (Carin) Masset, and Anne (Brian) Scott; grandchildren: Samantha (Daniel), Joshua, Jason, Jesse (Jill), Danielle,

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report of approximately 160 gallons of diesel fuel being stolen out of two tractors that were parked north of Murdo. Jan 15 Deputy Sylva responded to a report of a subject that had attempted suicide in Murdo. The subject had no life threatening self-induced injuries. The subject was transported to the Rosebud Hospital to be evaluated. Deputy Sylva responded to I-90, eastbound, mm 180, to a report of a vehicle in the ditch. The vehicle was pulled out and drove away. Jan. 16 Deputy Sylva responded to I-90, westbound, mm 190 to a report of a car that slid into the ditch due to icy roads. The vehicle was pulled out and had received no damage. Deputy Sylva responded to I-90, westbound, mm194 to a report of a car that slid into the ditch due to icy roads. The vehicle hit a mile marker post and caused minor damage. The vehicle was pulled out and drove away.

by Jody Lebeda • 669-2526 •
Jody Lebeda hosted a coffee on Wednesday and while the coffee was brewing the gals called Linda Kessler in Arizona and visited with her. She said hello to all her friends in Murdo. She and Mel are having a great time in Arizona. They are looking forward to have Melinda come for a visit this week. Helen McMillan and Corrina and Justin Boyle went to Kadoka on Saturday and watched the Murdo Elementary boys basketball games. Lola and Orville Anderson flew to Los Angeles to visit Dee, Rye and Charlei over Christmas. While there they hopped on an Amtrak and went to San Diego, which goes the scenic route along the ocean, very lovely ride. In San Diego they met Lola’s sister and several other family members for a time of sharing and getting reacquainted. The trip back was quite an experience as they spent two days in the Denver airport, due to overbooking. They did get to spend one night in a motel but had to be back very early as they were on stand-by for the first plane going to Rapid City. Chuck Lebeda had his kids home over the weekend. Lacy came with her boyfriend and his two sons to go ice fishing. They

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didn’t have much luck fishing but had a good time being together and doing outdoor stuff. The flu is making its rounds so I want to caution everyone to be especially careful so as to avoid this cruddy stuff. To those who have it, I wish a speedy recovery. Cecelia Newsam visited at Dixie Warner’s Sunday afternoon. Cecelia was reminiscing about the good ole days in Van Metre; they had some rollicking good times at the dance hall there. Violet and John Sichmiller celebrated their anniversary on Sunday, with guest “Punk” Strum and Dennis Heuhl from Vivian. Punk shared a story about him winning a waltz contest that he didn’t even know he had entered. Wanda and Roger Larson recently spent two weeks in Overbrook, Okla.,with Rowdy and Amy Larson. They had rain the first two days but then the weather straightened up and was about 60 degrees most days. While there, they were able to attend a couple of horse cutting competitions and watch Rowdy ride on two different days. He took sixth place out of forty or so entries. They also helped put new siding on Rowdy and Amy’s home, which was quite a project. They returned home late Monday night.

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High school rodeo featured at 20X event
An extreme showcase of South Dakota’s finest high school cowboys and cowgirls – that is exactly what you will find if you make your way to the Black Hills Stock Show Rodeo at the Rapid City Rushmore Plaza Civic Center January 27, at 1:00 p.m. There will be 114 top high school rodeo athletes will be geared up and ready to go as they get an opportunity to showcase their rodeo talents during the 11th Annual 20X Extreme Showcase. South Dakota has four regions of high school rodeo contestants. The top three cowboys and cowgirls from each region in each event, based on points after state finals, are invited to compete in this exclusive rodeo event. Each contestant will receive a Wrangler 20X shirt and a Wrangler jean gift certificate. Event winners receive a trophy buckle

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Turner Youth raffle… Kayla Venard was the lucky winner of the mini iPad raffled by the Turner Youth Foundation during the 45th Annual Jones County Invitational Basketball Tournament. The TYF conducted the raffle to raise money for their scholarship fund. Courtesy photo

Murdo and Draper Let’s get more concerned about “Church Street” and less concerned about “Wall Street.” The following article I share with you comes from the Rev. Rodney Gist, a retired United Methodist pastor who currently lives in Sioux Falls. The article appeared in the January 11, 2013, issue of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and is being used by permission of the Argus Leader. The following article is titled: “Wealthy Citizens Fear for Debt More than the Poor:” “Nine years ago, while I was a participant in a short-term mission from our church to Bolivia, the bishop of the Bolivian Methodist Church hosted us for a visit. Back in the 1960s, First United Methodist Church of Sioux Falls had built a high school building at the American Institute, and the bishop was there to celebrate all of the contributions the graduates of that school had made to their country. “One of them asked the bishop: ‘I have noted how worshippers in the churches down here always seem so happy and full of joy when they sing and dance and worship. Most of them are so poor, I don’t understand what they have to be so happy about. Why do you think that is?’ “The bishop smiled and said: ‘I think it must be because you in the richest nations live with a fear that you might lose what you have, while we in the poorest nations have little or nothing, but we live in the hope that God is gracious and good and will give us all that we need to live. We are just very thankful for food and a place to be sheltered from the cold or the rain.’ “I thought of the bishop’s words when I read a December 30 headline in the Argus Leader, ‘Market drop is first “cliff”fear.’ Followed was the news that ‘Anxious South Dakotans race to shield assets against tax hits.’ It is interesting that our courthous-

Seizing the Hope Set Before Us by Pastor Rick Hazen ... Heb 6:18 United Methodist Church

es were being mobbed by wealthy citizens afraid of losing what they have rather than by people on food stamps who might not know where their next meal will come from. Many of the poor already have fallen over the fiscal cliff and are just glad to be alive. “Have you noticed that more and more, it seems, Americans are turning to Wall Street rather than ‘Church Street’ for their salvation? Our bishops, and I think leaders of other denominations as well here in America, give the bleak report at the end of every year that we have lost members. But we note that our church is growing in many of the Third World countries in Africa and Latin America. There is fear in Nashville (United Methodist Headquarters) that if this doesn’t stop, the missionary conferences of the world soon will be outvoting us. The implication of this is that we soon might be at the mercy of these happy troopers who have never even heard of the Dow Jones average. “As 2013 dawns upon us, I have wisdom from a book by Max Webber: ‘One would think that the material wealth produced by advanced capitalist economic organizations would have brought great happiness. But the most successful,’ he observed, ‘is characterized by the exact opposite of the joy of living — the earning of more and more money combined with a strict avoidance of all enjoyment of life.’ “Our courthouses (and Congress) are spending more time counseling and consoling fearful millionaires than they are comforting the poor.” Let us remember what Jesus said in Matthew 25:40: “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Food for thought in the New Year of 2013.

Rev. Rick Hazen announces that the study “What On Earth Am I Here For?” by Pastor Rick Warren will be opened up to the communities of Murdo and Draper and the surrounding area during Lent. On February 13, at 7:00 p.m., during the Ash Wednesday Service, the series will be introduced by Pastor Rick Warren, of Saddleback Church, with a DVD called, “How to Follow Christ.” The book study itself begins with Soup and Soul on Wednesday, February 20. At that time, books will be distributed. If you would like to purchase Pastor Rick Warren’s book “What On Earth Am I Here For?” and would like to participate in the weekly study during “Soup and Soul” at the Murdo United Methodist Church, please contact Rev. Rick Hazen at 669-2501 for

Murdo UMC to offer book study to area during lent

made by Maynard Buckles. Four $500 scholarships are available for senior contestants, one from Wrangler, two from the Black Hills Stock Show Foundation and one from South Dakota Buckaroos. The 20X Extreme College Fair will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the south balcony of the Barnett Arena. This is a great opportunity for contestants to visit with National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association rodeo coaches from South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Oklahoma and Wyoming. This will be an opportunity to see some of the best young rodeo talent South Dakota has to offer, matched up against top stock, competing in the Black Hills Stock Show Rodeo venue. Combine this with the top contract personnel in the PRCA, and fans are sure to receive an afternoon of pure rodeo entertainment.

more information about the study. The cost of the book is $17.00. Deadline to purchase your book is January 31, 2013, when the books will be ordered. You do not have to purchase a book in order to be part of the study and discussion. All are welcome.

Submitted by Grace McKillip Early one morning in mid-May the demolition of the house next door began with crashing blows as the bobcat repeatedly struck the building until it was reduced to a pile of rubble. Trucks hauled the debris away leaving only a hole in the ground. Loads of dirt were brought in and leveled until every trace of the house built in the 1920’s was gone. I wondered why feelings of remorse echoed through my mind as memories came flooding back of the large family that lived there when we moved next door. The kids, spotlessly clean, would come barreling out in the morning ready to join the neighbor kids. The sandbox was a favorite spot. A tree house was built in an old cottonwood tree in the backyard. There were occasional fights and spats, however, the next day found everyone ready to do it all over again. The best memory lingering in my mind was evening (kids in bed and hopefully asleep) when the couple would be seen sitting on an abandoned car seat in the back yard. They would hold hands quietly talking until dusk. Occasionally, I would lose track of one of my boys. I could always count on Mom to know exactly where they could be found. We

The old house next door

would borrow from each other. She always returned more than was borrowed. The mouth watering aroma of the endless loaves of bread baked would come floating through my window. Her floors were always scrubbed clean. The clothes sewing for the family was endless. The demolition of the house was finished. I saw a grown son looking forlornly at the empty lot. Every scrap of evidence was gone that the house ever existed. Curiosity prompted me to ask what he was thinking. He emphatically responded, “It was bitterly cold in winter and blistering hot in summer. I am glad it is gone.” I am grateful at this season of Jesus’ birth that it was only the beginning of His mission on earth. John Flavel wrote the following prayer from the heart: “Precious Father, I stood at the foot of His cross, realizing there was nothing I could do. I could not have eased His weight against the tearing nails... I could not have calmed the anguish of His tormented Spirit. But I can lift my meager hands of faith and accept the words: ‘It is finished.’ An empty cross, an empty tomb, and the sweet words, ‘It is finished.’ Thank you for sending Your Son.” Amen.

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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
The Love Of The Truth by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam
In II Thes. 2:10 St. Paul declares that the apostates of the coming age will “perish, because they received not the love of the truth, that they may be saved.” This is something worth considering very seriously. God calls this present dispensation “the dispensation of the grace of God” (Eph. 3:2). During this dispensation faithful Christians are proclaiming “the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24). This is the message of God’s grace and love in giving Christ to die for our sins so that we might be saved from its penalty and power. All, however, do not believe this glorious message or accept God’s grace in Christ. These, the Apostle declares, will be left behind when our Lord comes, at the close of this dispensation, to receive His own to Himself. Because they rejected the truth, and the love it proclaimed, God will give them up “that they might believe a lie,” and put their faith in Antichrist, “that they all might be damned who believed not the truth” (II Thes. 2:8-12). It was infinite love that brought Christ to Calvary to suffer shame and disgrace for our sins, and this love is being proclaimed in this dispensation of grace. But this dispensation may be brought to a close at any time and bring in the day of God’s wrath. How important then to accept God’s love, and trust His Son without delay! “Behold, now is the accepted time… Behold now is the day of salvation” (II Cor. 6:2). If you do not trust Christ as your Lord and Savior now and you are caught unawares and lost for all eternity, you will never be able to say, “It was because God did not choose to save me.” Whatever all the reasons involved in His electing grace, He does not accept the responsibility for your rejection of Christ. He says that the unsaved will perish “because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” Don’t gamble with the future. Receive God’s gift of salvation now through faith in Christ.

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.

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Lee Johannsen scholarship offered to college students
County, living most of his life on a ranch northwest of Okaton and was a faithful member of the St. Peter Lutheran Church. He passed away February 12, 2000. The Johannsen scholarship for current college students is a $4,000 ($2,000 for each semester) award. During the 2013-2014 school year, one scholarship will be available to a Jones County High School graduate who will be enrolled as a full-time student in a college or university as a junior or senior at their respected school. Scholarship selection will consist of application evaluation. A copy of a current college transcript, showing completed courses, cumulative credits and cumulative GPA should accompany the application. Applications may be obtained at the Jones County High School office. Return the application to the high school office, attention “Johannsen college scholarship” by Friday, April 12, 2013.

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Students in the news
The following students have been named to the dean's list for academic excellence during the Fall 2012 semester at South Dakota State University. To earn dean's list distinctions in SDSU's eight colleges, students must have completed a minimum of 12 credits and must have earned at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Local students include: Sophie Iversen, College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, Murdo; Kamaria (Iversen) Labrier, College of Education and Human Sciences, Murdo; and Mariah Krogman, College of Nursing, White River. South Dakota State University Becca Gregoire of Draper, Walker Iversen of Murdo and Travis Iversen of Huron have been named to the University of South Dakota’s 2012 Fall Semester Deans List. Sawyer (Stulken) Dowling of Draper has been cited with Academic Recognition honors for USD’s 2012 Fall Semester. USD students achieving Dean’s List honors this spring total 1,673 students while 402 part-time students have been cited with Academic Recognition honors. Students earn Dean’s List distinction by achieving a GPA of at least 3.5 while maintaining a course load of 12 or more credit hours with no incomplete or failing grades. Part-time students are eligible for Academic Recognition by completing at least 12 hours prior to the current semester earning a minimum of three and up to 11 credit hours during the term and achieving a GPA of at least 3.5 with no failing or incomplete grades. The South Dakota Board of Regents sets the policy for Dean’s List eligibility. For more information on the Board of Regents policy, please see policy/2-Academic_Affairs/documents/2-10.pdf. University of South Dakota

Applications for artists in residence due March 1
South Dakota schools and communities have the opportunity to give lasting learning experiences to students of all ages through an easy grant program of the South Dakota Arts Council. The South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC) is now accepting grant applications for its Artists In Schools and Communities (AISC) residency program and reminds applicants that the grant deadline has changed to March 1. The SDAC will provide matching grants to schools and other nonprofit organizations that would like to host teaching artists for residencies. Through the AISC program, students – adults and children alike – will learn about fine arts in an exciting, relevant, hands-on environment. Grantees choose their art medium and artist from a roster of professional teaching artists endorsed by the Arts Council. Residency genres include dance, literature, writing, music, theater, visual arts and traditional arts. A theater residency could include classroom workshops or a full-length production featuring local students at the end of the week. In the visual arts, choose from pottery, weaving,

The Lee Johannsen Estate established a scholarship for Jones County students. The goal of the scholarship is to encourage local students to continue their education at a college, university or technical school. Mr. Johannsen was a long time resident of Jones

Grade school and junior high boys basketball in action

A Honor Roll (4.0) Sixth Grade: Kade Brost Morgan Feddersen B+ to A- (3.5-3.99) Senior: Becky Bryan Josh Daum Janna Glaze Philip Mathews Melissa Montoya Paige Venard Wyatt Walker Junior: Travis Grablander Skylar Green Kaylen Larsen Greydon Shangreaux Jackson Volmer Mikayla Waldron Sophomore: Shelby Bork Carol Drayer Kalli Hespe Cody Hight Dylan Kinsley Madison Mathews

2012-2013 First Quarter Honor Roll
Tristan Grablander Alexis Hullinger Melyssa Manecke Dana Trethaway Tana Volmer Eighth Grade: Haley Booth Hannah Hight Troi Valburg Kyle Manke Gus Volmer Junior: Carole Benda Skyler Miller

painting, drawing, sculpting and community murals. The traditional artists include residencies in cowboy culture, American Indian hoop dancing and rodeo clowning. Four new artists have been endorsed and added to the roster this year.To view the roster of artists and read about the residencies offered, The deadline for grant applications to be postmarked or emailed is March 1, 2012; the simple, two-page application is available at gov/aisc/aiscsponapp.pdf. An office of the South Dakota Department of Tourism, the South Dakota Arts Council's mission is to provide grants and services to artists, arts organizations and schools across the state, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the state of South Dakota. For more information about SDAC grant programs and artist rosters, visit www.arts The South Dakota Department of Tourism is comprised of Tourism, the South Dakota Arts Council, and the South Dakota State Historical Society. The Department is led by Secretary James D. Hagen.

Seventh Grade: Emily Flynn Savannah Krogman Kennedy Nebel

Sophomore: Rachel Buxcel John King Wyatt Weber

Sixth Grade: Sloan Benedict Jacob Birkeland Jaden Eagle Bear Preston Gyles Chauncey Hauptman Austin Olson Fifth Grade: Dylan Iwan Emily Jacobs Lilli Moore Riley Rankin

Freshman: William Brave Julie Joseph

Eighth Grade: Jami Addison Madison Gyles Ali Kell Jacob Lolley

Seventh Grade: Zach Boyle Molly Dowling Mackenzie Springer Sixth Grade: Christian Nelson Alec Whitney Fifth Grade: Jake Dowling LeRoy Gross

Top: Alec Whitney shoots a free throw in the middle school game against White River Monday, January 21, held in Draper. The Coyotes played two games against the Tigers, falling short in both.

Freshman: Jacob Arendt Garline Boni Calli Glaze

Bottom: Coaches Cliff Olson and Del Brost give the Coyotes a pep talk during the game against the White River Tigers. The following is a schedule of upcoming middle school boys basketball.

A Honor Roll (4.0) Freshman: Tristan Grablander Sixth Grade: Kade Brost Fifth Grade: Riley Rankin

2012-2013 Second Quarter Honor Roll
Kaylen Larsen Greydon Shangreaux Jackson Volmer Mikayla Waldron Sophomore: Shelby Bork Rachel Buxcel Kalli Hespe Cody Hight Dylan Kinsley Madison Mathews Freshman: Garline Boni Calli Glaze Alexis Hullinger Melyssa Manecke Dana Trethaway Tana Volmer Eighth Grade: Haley Booth Hannah Hight Ali Kell Troi Valburg

B Honor Roll (3.0-3.49) Senior: Wyatt Hespe Nicki Kell

JH Boys Basketball Schedule: •1-28: at White River, 4:30 p.m. •1-31: vs. Lyman at Draper, 4:00 p.m. •2-2: Conference Tournament at Philip, 10:00 a.m. Courtesy photos

B+ to A- (3.5-3.99) Senior: Becky Bryan Josh Daum Melissa Montoya Paige Venard Wyatt Walker Junior: Travis Grablander Skylar Green

Seventh Grade: Molly Dowling Savannah Krogman Kennedy Nebel Sixth Grade: Sloan Benedict Jacob Birkeland Morgan Feddersen Austin Olson Fifth Grade: Dylan Iwan Emily Jacobs Lilli Moore Breckin Steilen


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Ginny, Thanks so much for believing in me! Love ya, Sis

Dear Christine, Life with you couldn’t be any sweeter. With all my love, Drake

Healthcare in Partnership with Education Week observed February 4-8
Promoting health careers to South Dakota students is the focus of the upcoming Healthcare in Partnership with Education (HIPE) Week February 4-8. As South Dakota’s population continues to age, projections indicate the state will need thousands of additional healthcare workers, with rural areas particularly affected. HIPE Week is an annual observance bringing together schools, communities and healthcare providers in an effort to make today’s students aware of the many healthcare careers that are available to them. “There are a wealth of career options available in health care today and a growing demand for services,” said Doneen Hollingsworth, Secretary of Health. “HIPE Week is a great

B Honor Roll (3.0-3.49) Senior: Janna Glaze Wyatt Hespe Philip Mathews Junior: Carole Benda Sophomore: Carol Drayer John King Wyatt Weber Freshman: Jacob Arendt

Sweet, silly or sentimental, our messages are the perfect way to tell the people you care about exactly how you feel. All personal messages will be published in the newspaper on Thurs., February 14.

Violet, We’ve had our ups and downs, but our friendship has stood the test of time. Thanks for always being there for us. Bob & Mae

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opportunity to introduce South Dakota students to those options and encourage them to consider health care careers right here in South Dakota.” Hollingsworth said HIPE Week is sponsored by the state’s Health Occupations for Today and Tomorrow program. The program is a joint effort of the Departments of Health, Education, and Labor and the Board of Regents intended to promote health careers for South Dakota students. Local groups interested in participating in HIPE Week can find free resources, including lesson plans and activities on the web at More information about South Dakota Workforce Initiatives can be found at http://www.southdakotawins. com/.

Eighth Grade: Madison Gyles Jacob Lolley

Seventh Grade: Zach Boyle Emily Flynn Mackenzie Springer

Sixth Grade: Chauncey Hauptman Jaden Eagle Bear Preston Gyles Fifth Grade: Jake Dowling LeRoy Gross Alex Newsam

Murdo Coyote Lookin’ Around
“Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy chickens, and that’s pretty much the same thing.” I read this little saying the other day and thought, “That’s about right.” For some strange reason, I’ve always liked having those silly critters running around the place making it homey. They’re so dreadfully optimistic and cheerful. They can hardly wait to start each new day since there is bound to be something wonderful just about to happen, or so they think. Open the door or gate in the morning, and the birds don’t just wander out. They run and fly out to spread in all four directions. Pretty soon they’re chasing grasshoppers, scratching busily in the dirt, taking dust baths, and generally having a grand old time. Watching all this lifts my spirits and makes me smile. My neighbor, Chuck, apparently feels somewhat the same way. They haven’t had any chickens around their place for a number of years, but Chuck has been plotting to get some for quite a while. Last spring he finally got things together enough to order some baby chicks so he now has eggs to sell from time to time. Since I unfortunately do not have any hens myself at present, this is good because farm-raised eggs do taste better than those shipped in to the grocery stores. They have more colorful yolks as well and firmer shells. Better-tasting eggs, actually, and more of them, are one of the main advantages of having chickens around. In my experience and financially speaking, you aren’t apt to make much money raising chickens. You’re probably lucky to break even. The birds are satisfying in other terms, some of which I’ve just mentioned, but as a money-maker not so much. Early last year, Chuck asked what breeds I’d found that might work out well for him. Heaven knows I’ve had enough experience through raising thousands of chickens over the years and trying dozens of breeds from tiny little bantams to huge old things. I said I’d found Hubbard Golden Comet hens to be the best layers of brown-shelled eggs and some form of Leghorns for white. Cornish-Rocks are the best meat chickens by far. Chuck eventually took some of my advice but also ordered some just for fun and because their color etc. appealed to him. I know he got some roosters because Ted at our river place can hear them crowing from across the river on a quiet day. What doesn’t work very well are those breeds that are touted as dual-purpose. These are supposed to be good producers of both meat and eggs. In practice, those hens don’t lay nearly as well as the ones bred strictly for egg production. The roosters also tend to get tough before they’re big enough to have much meat on them. I remember many years ago when Chuck’s wife, Merry, was grumbling around one day that she’d butchered an old rooster and tried to boil it up for soup. Her comment was, “I boiled that sucker for three days, and it was still tough.” That may have been a slight overstatement, but it is probably true that any rooster over six-months old should just be fed to the cats. Cooking it is apt to be a waste of time. Any rooster much over twomonths of age, in fact, is going to be a little tough unless you fricassee it which involves cooking it a really long time. Well, as you can probably tell, a person raises chickens because he or she enjoys it and reaps some benefits along the way although probably not financially. That applies to lots of other things as well such as gardening. You can buy your veggies about as cheaply as you can raise them, but some home-raised ones taste ever so much better. Other pursuits that grab people’s interest and time might include hunting, fishing, woodworking, quilting, knitting,

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Extension News
• Bob Fanning (605) 842-1267 •
Plague Affecting Prairie Dog Populations? With much of the snow melting, and labeling of the chemical products registered for prairie dogs allowing use for some time yet, some opportunity remains this winter for control. Before initiating chemical control measures however, landowners would be advised to make sure prairie dog towns are active. Several recent news stories have relayed the incidence of sylvatic plague, the term assigned to cover all forms of plague in wild animals, which is affecting prairie dogs in various locations across the U.S. Sylvatic plague is believed to have been introduced into the North American prairie ecosystem around 1899, and was first documented in a prairie dog colony near Lubbock, Texas, in 1946. A 1999 article states that plague has been active in blacktailed prairie dog populations in the northern Great Plains only within the last decade although it has been present for much longer. One source states that few if any healthy prairie dog complexes currently exist in the Southern Plains within the United States. Another article states that sylvatic plague was first detected in South Dakota in 2004, and has since been confirmed on the Fort Pierre National Grassland, the Buffalo Gap National Grasslands, in Badlands National Park and on the Lower Brule Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Other reports indicate that the plague may be affecting prairie dogs on private land as well. In cases where people have contracted the disease, it is usually referred to as bubonic plague. When people contract the disease, it is usually from coming in contact with an infected rodent (such as a rat, a squirrel, or a prairie dog) or their fleas. Before the advent of modern medicine, bubonic plague struck the human population in epidemic proportions every few centuries. Today, improved sanitation practices and modern insecticides and antibiotics have reduced the threat of plague epidemics in developed countries like the United States. According to an article in lateNovember, 2012, there had not been any confirmed cases of the plague in people in South Dakota as of that time. Although it is said to be a rare occurrence, humans can contract the plague. Modern antibiotics are effective against plague, but treatment must begin promptly. Symptoms include swollen and tender lymph glands accompanied by fever, chills, headache and extreme exhaustion. Although humans contracting the plague is said to be rare, it only makes sense to take precautions. People are advised to keep themselves and their pets flea-free and away from plagued areas. If you are working in or around a prairie dog town, take steps to minimize your exposure. 1/28/2013 – PAT, 1:00 pm CST, Burke Civic Center, Burke, SD 1/31/2013 – PAT, 1:00 pm MST, Pennington County Extension Center, Rapid City, SD 2/12/2013 – PAT, 1:00 pm MST, Mueller Civic Center, Hot Springs, SD 2/19/2013 – PAT, 1:00 pm CST, Winner Regional Extension Center, Winner, SD 2/20/2013 – PAT, 1:00 pm MST, Wall Community Center, Wall, SD Calendar

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sewing, and genealogy. These things might not make you rich, but they might make you happy. By the way, I saw another saying the other day that probably applies to neighbor Chuck along with the one about chickens. That one goes, “The most important thing in life is to be yourself, unless you can be a cowboy. Always be a cowboy.” Chuck and a whole lot of other people around here would definitely subscribe to that theory. It tends to get in the blood. Put another way, we might say, “Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy horses and cattle, and that’s pretty much the same thing.”

Tourism leaders recognized by Governor Dennis Daugaard
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the South Dakota Department of Tourism presented five awards, including a new award, to top visitor industry leaders and organizations during the Thursday evening banquet at the 2013 Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Pierre. The Ben Black Elk Award recognizes individuals or entities that have made outstanding contributions to South Dakota’s Visitor Industry. This year, the award was presented to Michelle Lintz, Executive Director of the Rapid City Convention and Visitors Bureau. She has served in the tourism industry for 26 years and has proven to be a leader and innovator for Rapid City and South Dakota’s visitor industry. “Michelle is committed to leading the industry and is always embracing new ideas to promote her city to visitors,” said Gov. Daugaard. “She has continuously promoted Rapid City, the Black Hills and South Dakota as a travel destination and is a strong and wellrespected leader in her community and across the state.” The A. H. Pankow Award, which honors a media outlet or individual member of the media for unparalleled coverage and promotion of the state’s visitor industry, was awarded to Chad Coppess*, who is the senior photographer for the Department of Tourism. Governor Daugaard noted, “Chad has traveled the entire state looking for new and interesting ways to show off some of our state’s most recognized attractions. His photos are featured around the globe in tour catalogs and magazine articles. Nearly every industry partner, state entity, and South Dakota attraction has used his images and photographs in one way or another. We are privileged to have Chad serving South Dakota.” The George S. Mickelson Great Service Awards were awarded to South Dakota State Parks and the Holiday Inn City Centre in Sioux Falls. “We thank these leaders for their commitment to excellent customer service," the Governor said. “This dedication to hospitality and customer satisfaction makes South Dakota a place worth remembering.” The 2012 George S. Mickelson Great Service Award winner, Murdo’s Pioneer Auto Show and Prairie Town, made the list of finalists for the 2013 award. 2012 marked the fourth successful year of the Rooster Rush fall hunting promotion. This year, the Rooster Rush Cacklin’ Community Award was presented to the communities of Pierre and Fort Pierre. Businesses hosted welcome hunter receptions, more than 40 businesses decorated their storefronts, front-line employees dressed in orange, and a car dealership sponsored a Best Pheasant Recipe cook-off. A new award at the 2013 conference, one of which the Department of Tourism will nominate, is the Excellence in Tourism Innovation Award. The award honors an industry member for thinking “outside the box” when it comes to promoting their business, organization, or destination. The 2013 award was given to the Rapid City Convention and Visitor Bureau for the Rushmore Mascots marketing efforts. “Thanks to the CVB’s creative thinking, they were able to bring South Dakota to the visitor, promoting travel to South Dakota across the United States,” the Governor said. The South Dakota Department of Tourism is comprised of Tourism, the South Dakota Arts Council, and the South Dakota State Historical Society. The Department is led by Secretary James D. Hagen.

Sand County Foundation, the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association and the South Dakota Grassland Coalition are accepting applications for the $10,000 Leopold Conservation Award, which honors South Dakota landowners who demonstrate responsible stewardship and management of natural resources. “Our 2012 South Dakota Leopold Conservation Award winners, the Koprivas, are outstanding land stewards, but they aren’t the only family doing exceptional work for natural resources in South Dakota,” said Brent Haglund, Ph.D., president of Sand County Foundation. “We look forward to honoring more innovative farmers and ranchers, like the Koprivas, who are committed to the enhancement of South Dakota’s landscape.” Given in honor of Aldo Leopold’s land ethic, the Leopold Conservation Award recognizes extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation inspires other landowners in their communities through these examples and provides a visible forum where leaders from the agricultural commu-

S.D. Leopold Conservation Award seeks nominees
nity are recognized as conservation leaders outside of the industry. In his influential book, “A Sand County Almanac” (1949), Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage, which he called “an evolutionary possibility and an ecological necessity.” "The South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association is proud to be part of the Leopold Conservation Award as one aspect of our work to enhance a profitable business climate for current and future beef producers,” said Cory Eich, president, South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association. “The use of novel conservation practices is critical for our next generations of farmers and ranchers to meet the food needs of our growing world population.” The Leopold Conservation Award in South Dakota is possible thanks to generous contributions from many organizations, including: American State Bank, Belle Fourche River Watershed Partnership, Daybreak Ranch, Ducks Unlimited, Farm Credit, Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Millborn Seeds, Mortenson Fami-

ly, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Partners for Fish & Wildlife, Professional Alliance, South Dakota's Conservation Districts, South Dakota Department of Environment & Natural Resources, South Dakota Farm Bureau, South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks, South Dakota Grassland Coalition, South Dakota State University Foundation, The Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund. Nominations must be postmarked by March 8, 2013 and mailed to SDCA at 215 E. Prospect, Pierre, S.D. 57501. The 2012 Leopold Conservation Award will be presented at the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association’s Annual Convention in December. "Seeking out and honoring private land managers who deserve the South Dakota Leopold Conservation Award goes a long way to advancing proven land conservation practices that we all can benefit from,” said Jim Faulstich, vicechairman, South Dakota Grassland Coalition. For application information, please visit

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Cold stress and newborn calves
For the 73 percent of South Dakota’s cattle producers who calve in the spring, calving is right around the corner. Being prepared is key for a successful and profitable calving season, says Kalyn Waters, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist. “In a year when input costs are at record highs, saving every calf possible is at the top of producers' check list,” Waters said. Cold temperatures and storms often threaten newborn calves. According to USDA reports, each year approximately 95,000 calves are lost annually to cold stress and hypothermia. Waters says understanding the risks of hypothermia in newborn calves and working to identify its severity quickly allows for proper treatment and will increase calf survival. “When calves are 24 hours old or less and air temperatures drop below 56.2 degrees, additional energy is needed to maintain their body temperature and health,” Waters said. She adds that several factors impact a newborns calf's ability to combat hypothermia and cold stress including; maternal diet prior to calving, calving difficulty, hair coat, bedding, colostrum intake, speed of detection, wind speed, and shelter. Know what the weather holds “The Cold Advisory for Newborn Livestock (CANL) forecast at the Aberdeen area's National Weather Service Web site was created with input from northern U.S. ranchers and experts in animal science and those who study biological responses to extreme weather conditions,” said Edwards, SDSU Extension Climate Field Specialist. Edwards explains that the CANL forecast takes five factors into account: wind chill, rain or wet snow, high humidity, combinations of wind chill and precipitation, and sunshine vs. cloudy days. As a result, it is a quick and easy way to combine several weather factors together to determine the hazardous weather risk to your newborn calves. To learn more about CANL, visit and read “Cold Weather Advisories for Newborn Livestock.” To view the National Weather Services’ CANL, visit abr/canl/forecasts.php . In instances where a calf becomes chilled, Waters says producers need to be ready to warm them up - whether it’s using a warming box, water baths or another warming method. To learn more about this topic, Waters encourages producers to visit and read the following articles: “Q & A: Lower Critical Temperatures for Newborn Calves” and “Cold Stress and Newborn Calves.” “Calving can be stressful time for many cow/calf producers, however being prepared, and learning more about how to identify and respond to cold stress and hypothermia will allow for it to be better managed, reducing its impact on the calving season,” Waters said. To learn more on this and other livestock topics, visit www.igrow. org.

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Senator Larry Lucas

2013 Legislature Updates
underage individuals to have alcohol parties on your property as long as you do not furnish or buy the alcohol. The parents matter coalitions are helping lobby legislators and are providing public information about the dangers of underage drinking. I attended a meeting conducted by the governor's office on how low income individuals and those on Medicaid will be impacted with heath care insurance under the Federal Affordable Health Care Act. The governor is recommending that the state not participate in expanding our Medicaid numbers. The Affordable Care Act will impact about 26,000 low income adults in South Dakota who will be limited to getting health care in a community health center, free clinic, or in a hospital emergency room. We can, as a state, choose to opt back in to the federal Medicaid expansion in a future year. However, the federal match money will be less. Economic development incentives to attract large development projects to South Dakota are being discussed. Some of the ideas are to improve education and worker skills in our schools, reduce or elimination the contractors excise tax, and give tax advantages to South Dakota owned businesses. This is an important issue and I welcome your suggestions and ideas of what will work best in south central South Dakota. We had a legislative memorial service for legislators who passed away this past year. Of the eight former legislators that were memorialized, I have served with three of them and personally know many of their family members. I am working on an education funding bill that will tie funding increases to the state’s on-going revenue stream. The Bill will give K-12 schools more money in years when South Dakota’s revenues are good. The main idea of the Bill is to give schools a means to “claw back” from the 8.6 percent cut they received two years ago when revenues were down. I may be reached by phone at 208-8333 and through email at

Rep. James Schaefer

Waters says one of the first steps in planning to prevent cold stress, is to have a clear understanding of what weather conditions are. She encourages producers to frequently check the Cold Advisory for Newborn Livestock (CANL) forecast which is available on the Aberdeen National Weather Service Web site http://www.crh.

I spent time in the Appropriations Committee this week to give support to the governor's criminal justice legislation which has been named the Public Safety Improvement Act. My experience on the CJI Work Group this past summer was very positive. The Work Group reflects one of the most positive experiences in evidence based decision making that I have ever been involved in. The concept of “justice reinvestment” is extremely important to taxpayers. We cannot continue to do business as usual with prison funding in South Dakota. The Appropriations Committee was receptive to increase money in the Department of Social Services to expand drug and alcohol treatment for non-violent lawbreakers, to start a state-tribal pilot parole project, and to add more court service officers to better monitor individuals on probation. The full bill, Senate Bill 70, was presented in Senate State Affairs Committee on Friday. Some of the policy changes in the Bill include options for earned credit for individuals on parole and probation, better coordination with local law officials to test drug and alcohol offenders, and improved methods to collect restitution and fines. I voted for SBN 70 in the Senate State Affairs Committee. I filed a bill (Senate Bill 94) to create a penalty for adults "social hosting" alcohol parties for underage individuals. The intent of the bill is to mirror the penalty for contributing to underage drinking. Currently there are no laws in South Dakota against allowing

Greetings! The Governor’s Tourism Conference was held in Pierre this past week. Numbers show that the tourism industry’s impact on South Dakota in 2012 almost reached $2 billion (up 5 percent from 2011). Seventy-six percent of the tourists were from out-of-state, which includes 8.3 percent from other countries. The other 24 percent were South Dakotans touring their own state. The numbers indicate that for every dollar the tourism department spends on marketing, the state receives five dollars in revenue. The additional 1/2 cent tourism tax previously implemented will sunset this year. HB 1066, which passed the House and will go to the Senate, now makes this tax permanent. Tourism is the #2 industry in South Dakota. HB 1043 received unanimous approval and moves S.D. to an electronic-titling system for motor vehicles. The first phase would track a vehicle from the manufacturer to the dealer to the first sale. This will probably not happen in the next year. Depending on test project results, further legislation will be needed. The Department of Education reported that there are 128,000 students in South Dakota public education. The per student allocation for FY 13 is $4,490.92. The small school adjustment (0 to 200 students) adds another $847.54 per student to that amount. Secretary of Agriculture Walt Bones spoke to our Ag and Natur-

al Resources Committee. The following are some interesting facts: 1) Agriculture is South Dakota’s #1 industry with a $20.9 billion economic impact. 2) Each year one S.D. producer raises enough food to feed 155 people in the U.S. and abroad. 3) S.D. has over 2,500 farms that have been in the same family for more than 100 years. 4) 98% of farms and ranches in S.D. are family owned and operated. 5) The average size of a farm/ranch is 1,374 acres. 6) The average age of a S.D. farmer/rancher is 55.7 years old. Save the date to attend a “Next Generation of Livestock Production” forum: Kimball Livestock on February 28, Presho Livestock on March 19, Chamberlain Livestock on March 21. All events start at 6:30 p.m. If these dates do not work, there are other options. Give me a call. The Governor appointed Larry D. Zimmerman as the first Secretary of Veterans Affairs. He will service over 70,000 Veterans in South Dakota. The annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfast featured former South Carolina governor David Beasley as the speaker. His message was based on the teachings of Jesus, principles that apply to all denominations and societies. Beasley shared that it is important for elected officials to remember that, despite differences of opinions, they must treat others as they would want to be treated; bitter encounters do not work. Prayer, fellowship, and loving unconditionally (even our enemies) were key elements he impressed. The Memorial Service for deceased legislators in 2012 was held Thursday. District 26B remembers and honors the service of James Abdnor of Kennebec and Leonard Andera of Chamberlain. Bills are coming through committees, so more action will be taking place on the floor of the House beginning this next week. Come to Pierre and attend a committee meeting and session. Give me a call. The most effective way to contact me is by calling my cell 730-1990.

J C FSA News
REPORT OF PAYMENTS TO PRODUCERS A summary of all earned payments and/or refunds during the previous calendar year will be mailed to producers during the last week of January. Form CCC 1099-G will be mailed from Kansas City, Missouri. If you find errors or omissions on this form, please contact the local FSA office as soon as possible to correct the error.

• David Klingberg •

gram payments received from FSA, regardless of the amount. Producers who receive payments from more than one county will receive one 1099-G form if the total of all payments from all counties is $600 or more. The same changes apply to producers who normally receive IRS Form 1099-MISC.

2013 NAP SALES CLOSING DATE IS MARCH 15 The last day to purchase NAP insurance for 2013 is March 15. Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) provides financial assistance to producers of non-insurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory, or prevented planting occurs due to natural disasters. To be eligible for NAP assistance, crops must be non-insurable crops and agricultural commodities for which the catastrophic risk protection level of crop insurance is not available. FSA CHANGES WAY PRODUCERS RECEIVE IRS FORMS Beginning this year, producers whose total reportable payments from the Farm Service Agency are less than $600 will not receive IRS Form 1099-G. Previously, the forms were issued to show all pro-

FARM RECONSTITUTIONS In program terminology, farms are constituted to group all tracts having the same owner and the same operator under one farm serial number. When changes in ownership or operation take place, a farm reconstitution is necessary. The reconstitution — or recon — is the process of combining or dividing farms or tracts of land based on the farming operation. Let the county office know if you want changes done to your farm(s). DATES TO REMEMBER/ DEADLINES: February 18: Office closed for President’s Day March 15: 2013 NAP Sales closing date July 15: 2012 ACRE Production July 15: 2012 NAP Production July 15: Final 2013 Acreage reporting date Feel free to call the office if you ever have questions on any of our programs 605-669-2404 Ext. 2.

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Legal Notices
Notice of Vacancy
The following office will become vacant due to the expiration of the present term of office of the elected office. Trustee for three-year term Nominating petitions may be filed with Kim Schmidt, city finance officer, no earlier than the 25th of January, 2013 and no later than 5:00 p.m. CST on February 22, 2013. Petitions are available from the city finance officer. Published January 17 & 24, 2013, at the total approximate cost of $12.35. Hatheway mentioned that he has had several complaints of the garbage service. Nies also mentioned that he had too. It was discussed as to what it would cost to break the contract and whom they might get in contact with about a new service. Cody also asked for a main phone number to Heartland Waste as he will call and discuss these problems with the owner. Nies mentioned that he had burned the landfill last week when there was a very mild west wind. Being no further business, Nies motioned, second Louder, to adjourn. Kim Schmidt, Finance Clerk Published January 24, 2013, at the total approximate cost of $28.92. way. No action was taken and council discussed issuing another letter requesting her at the next meeting and this would be reviewed at that time. One building permit was reviewed for All Pro Towing for an addition. Erikson has looked at the area designed by the owners for the addition to be built and found it was satisfactory. A motion to approve the permit was made by Connot, seconded by Waddell. Other items were discussed as follows: Auditorium lights, possible new stop, and request for street light. Being no further information, council adjourned at 8:36 p.m. Krysti Barnes, City Finance Officer Published January 24, 2013, at the total approximate cost of $55.56. /s/ Kati Venard Kati Venard, Recording Secretary /s/ Joseph Hieb Joseph Hieb, Chairman Published January 24, 2013, at the total approximate cost of $45.85.

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The Clinical View
• Dr. P.E. Hoffsten •
In the early 1980s, it was observed that rice with a red mold on it seemed to lower blood cholesterol. The Merck Pharmaceutical Company investigated this further and isolated a product called lovastatin (Mevacor). This was the first statin drug on the market. In the 25 years since that drug was introduced, there have been no fewer than eight different competing products of the statin family. Some are relatively weak products such as Lovastatin which is now infrequently used. Some are very potent products such as rosuvastatin (Crestor). All are generic to this time except for Crestor. Some can be obtained at $4 per month from the chain pharmacies. It was early shown that all of these statin products were very effective at lowering serum cholesterol. To this time, it is the only family of drugs that has a clear and definite beneficial effect in preventing heart attack and stroke. The decrease in heart attack rate in our country in the past 20 years has been spectacular. To no small extent, it is due to the statin family of drugs in addition to better blood pressure control and a decrease in the cigarette habit of the population. Of the four major risk factors for developing atherosclerotic-mediated heart attacks and strokes, only diabetes has been increasing in our society. Diabetes after 10-15 years duration carries with it a substantial risk of heart attack and stroke. One can only imagine the alarm when several large studies preceding the release of these drugs indicated that there was a slight increase in the incidence of diabetes among the people taking the statin drugs as opposed to the control group that was not. In the December 2012 issue of the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, a “meta-analysis” was published analyzing the question of whether statin drugs really do play a part in causing diabetes. There are so many questions that would surround this consideration that the article is eight pages long. The following is a summary of that article. Question 1: Is there an increased incidence of abnormal blood sugar in people taking statin drugs? The article notes that in a study involving 91,000 people there was a 4.89 percent of them that developed diabetes while taking statin drugs. The rate of diabetes in the control group not taking statin drugs was 4.5 percent. For 91,000 people, this was statistically significant indicating that there is a slight but definite tendency for blood sugars to run higher in more people on statin drugs than on those not on statin drugs. Question 2: Did the dose of statin drugs seem to make a difference? The answer to this question is difficult. Those receiving higher doses of statin drugs would be those that had higher blood levels of cholesterol and therefore those more likely to have vascular problems. When the correlation was made, it did seem that the higher the dose of statin drugs, the more likely the person was to develop abnormal blood sugars. DO CHOLESTEROL MEDICATIONS CAUSE DIABETES? Question 3: Did the particular drug used seem to make a difference? Atorvastatin seemed to be more likely to cause a diabetic tendency than pravastatin. There have been no good studies directed at comparing the effectiveness of the various cholesterol medications to this time. Question 4: Was there a problem with other medications interfering with the statin or augmenting its effect? The authors tried to analyze thousands of patients and all of the medications that they might be using. There was no drug interactions detected that seemed to make an impact on the development of diabetes or even the effectiveness of the statin drug. With the above questions and many more that were analyzed in the article in the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, the effect of statins upon the incidence of diabetes must be considered an association without the cause and effect relationship established. The authors of this article make the point that it is only after 10 to 15 years that type 2 diabetes causes heart disease, strokes, etc. Thus if the statin drugs are indeed a culprit, the vascular disease risk reduction that comes with the statin drugs is well worth the tradeoff. In as much as the major problem with all diabetics is vascular disease with heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, eye disease, and limb loss from peripheral vascular disease, the use of the statin family of drugs is still highly recommended for diabetics and non-diabetics. This information from the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine made its way onto the national news service for several days. I received multiple calls and questions from patients calling up to say that they were taking a statin drug and should they stop it. The answer is an emphatic NO! The continued use of the statin family of drugs is still the best lifesaving intervention that we have for heart disease, stroke and the other complications of diabetes.

Notice of Hearing on Petition for Vacation of Public Roadway
Notice is hereby given that a Petition requesting that certain public roadways be vacated in Okaton Township, Jones County, South Dakota, pursuant to SDCL 31-3-6, as hereinafter specifically described has been received by the Board of Supervisors of Okaton Township; that the Petition may be examined by contacting the Clerk of the Township at the address indicated below; that the specific description of the property being request to be vacated is: Between Section 24 2S 27 and Section 13 2S 27, between Section 14 2S 27 and Section 23 2S 27, between Section 23 2S 27 and Section 26 2S 27, and between Section 4 2S 27 and Section 5 2S 27. Therefore, notice is hereby given that the Board of Supervisors of Okaton Township will hold a public hearing to consider the vacation of the above described public roadways; that the meeting will be held on Friday, the 1st day of February, 2013 at 7:00 o’clock pm. at the clerk’s house, 24410 264th Ave, Murdo, S.D. That any persons interested in the proposed action may be present at said date and time and present their information, opinions, and/or arguments relative to the proposed action. Any persons unable to attend this hearing may deliver their written opinion for consideration by the Board of Supervisors, such testimony must be delivered prior to the date and time of the scheduled hearing by mailing or delivering the opinion to: Jane Daum, Clerk of Okaton Township, 24410 264th Ave., Murdo, South Dakota. Jane Daum Okaton Township clerk Published January 24 & 31, 2013, at the total approximate cost of $33.79.

Unofficial Record of Proceedings of the Murdo City Council
End of the Year Meeting December 26, 2012 The Murdo City council met for their year end meeting to approve final bills and the budget on Wednesday, December 26, 2012. Mayor Geisler called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. Members answering roll call were: Wayne Esmay, Matt Kinsley, Mike Jost, Joe Connot, Arnie Waddell and Mayor Geisler. Absent: Jay Drayer. Also present: Karlee Barnes (The Murdo Coyote), Jerry Hatheway and Krysti Barnes. All motions were unanimous unless otherwise stated. The agenda for the meeting was reviewed and approved on a motion by Esmay, seconded by Kinsley. The bills were presented as follows and approved on a motion by Esmay, seconded by Jost. GENERAL: Buffalo Bar (Christmas supper) 200.11; Dakota 2000 (computer) 2,473.34; Servall (mats) 37.44. PUBLIC SAFETY: Jones County (law contract) 1,600.00; Murdo Fire & Rescue (year end budget) 3,273.00. PUBLIC WORKS: Corky’s (supplies) 139.49; Dept of Revenue (sales tax) 258.36; Farmers Union (fuel) 211.36. HEALTH: Jones County Emergency Care (donation) 1,500.00. PARKS & RECREATION: Main Street Design (Christmas décor) 1,068.00. WATER: Esmay Elec (wiring) 170.40; MARC (ice melt) 62.06; SDDENR (certification) 24.00; WRL/J Rural Water (water/tower) 3,969.00. WASTEWATER: SD One Call (locates) 8.88; Titan Machinery (repairs) 761.61. The budget for year end 2012 was presented with transfers being outlined from the contingency fund. Resolution 201226 was approved as follows on a motion by Esmay, seconded by Waddell. Resolution #2012-26 A Resolution Supplementing and Finalizing the Year End Expenditures for the City of Murdo WHEREAS, the Murdo City Council, in and for the City of Murdo, Jones County South Dakota does find it necessary to supplement the general fund for the 2012 budget year from the contingency, and WHEREAS, the City supplements it as follows: Legal (41410) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2,367.00 Assist. Finance Officer (41421) . . . . . . . . . . . . 592.00 Insurance & Bonds (41470) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4,000.00 Airport (43500) . . . . 22,768.00 Animal Control (44120) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .536.00 Swimming Pool (45124) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7,041.00 Parks & Recreation (45200) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3,828.00 NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the above areas be supplemented as indicated to balance the 2012 expenditure budget and general ledger of the City of Murdo. Dated this 26th day of December, 2012 The Anchor Inn Liquor license was discussed at this time. Council had not taken action on this at the earlier December meeting as the license application was unsigned. A letter had been issued to her to appear this evening and discuss issues with her license. Vollmer has came to the office and signed the application and told Barnes she would be unable to attend. Barnes said she had advised her to contact the council members concerning this. Waddell mentioned she had talked to him and as he was not in attendance at the earlier December meeting, he was unaware of the situation. No others had been contacted. Mayor Geisler called for a motion to approve or disapprove the license and no motion was made either

Proceedings of the West River Water Development District
Regular Session December 20, 2012 CALL TO ORDER: The West River Water Development District convened for their regular meeting at the West River Water Development District Project Office in Murdo, S.D. Chairman Joseph Hieb called the meeting to order at 10:25 a.m. (CT). Roll call was taken and Chairman Hieb declared a quorum was present. Directors present were: Joseph Hieb, Casey Krogman, Marion Matt, Veryl Prokop and Lorne Smith. Also present: Jake Fitzgerald, Manager; Kati Venard, Sec./Bookkeeper. ADDITIONS TO AGENDA: None. APPROVE AGENDA: Motion by Director Krogman, seconded by Director Smith to approve the agenda. Motion carried unanimously. APPROVE MINUTES: The minutes of the November 15, 2012, meeting were previously mailed to the Board for their review. Motion by Director Matt, seconded by Director Prokop to approve the November minutes. Motion carried unanimously. FINANCIAL REPORT: A. Approval of Bills: Joseph Hieb - $56.61, Casey Krogman - $56.61, Marion Matt - $56.61, Veryl Prokop - $56.61, Lorne Smith $56.61, West River/Lyman-Jones RWS $1,000.00, Kadoka Press - $32.81, Lyman County Herald - $27.11, Murdo Coyote - $31.41, Pennington County Courant - $26.64, Pioneer Review $26.00, Todd County Tribune - $29.76. Motion by Director Smith, seconded by Director Matt to approve the District bills. Motion carried unanimously. B. District Financial Status Report: The financial status of the District to date was previously sent to the Board. A copy of the November Financial Report is on file at the District office in Murdo. Motion by Director Matt, seconded by Director Krogman to approve the November Financial Report. Motion carried unanimously. REPORTS: A. Manager’s Report: Manager Fitzgerald presented his December report to the Board. Motion by Director Smith, seconded by Director Krogman to approve the Manager’s Report. Motion carried unanimously. B. Other Reports: None. JOYCE WILLIAMSON - USGS: Joyce Williamson with the United States Geological Survey was present to give an overview and answer any questions on the monitoring, operation and funding of the streamflow gages. They are seeking funding in the amount of $11,280 for two gaging stations: White River near Kadoka and White River near White River. It was requested that Joyce try to find a cost share partner for the White River near Kadoka station, and she agreed to work on this for the 2014 funding agreement. Motion by Director Matt, seconded by Director Krogman to approve the agreement with USGS for FFY 2013 on the condition that next year they find someone to cost share the project to help lower costs. Motion carried unanimously. CASEY PETERSON & ASSOCIATES – 2012 ANNUAL REPORT: Due to a recent law change that no longer requires a formal audit, an annual report will be completed which Casey Peterson & Associates, LTD. has agreed to review at an hourly rate that is not expected to exceed $300. Motion by Direct Matt, seconded by Director Smith to authorize Casey Peterson & Associates, LTD. to review the 2012 Annual Report. Motion carried unanimously. UPPER MISSOURI DUES - $145: Manager Fitzgerald presented an invoice from Upper Missouri Water Association for 2012 membership dues in the amount of $145. Motion by Director Krogman, seconded by Director Prokop to approve payment of $145 for the 2012 membership dues. Motion carried unanimously. ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 11:07 a.m. (CT). ATTEST:

West Central Electric Cooperative recognized at South Dakota ACRE meeting
The South Dakota Action Committee for Rural Electrification® (ACRE®) elected officers during its annual meeting Jan. 11. Approximately 230 ACRE members present at the meeting reelected Jerry Hammerquist of Caputa chairman. Hammerquist is a director for West River Electric Association of Wall where he serves as board president. Also re-elected were Ken Gillaspie, Pierre, as vice chairman; East River Electric Assistant General Manager of Administration Greg Hollister was re-elected ACRE secretary while Whetstone Valley Electric Cooperative manager Steve Ahles was re-elected the group’s treasurer. ACRE was organized to support candidates who will speak for and protect the interests of electric cooperatives and their consumers. ACRE is bipartisan and its contributions are based on a candidate’s record of support for rural electrification, not on his/her political affiliation. Currently, ACRE is

Proceedings of the Draper Town Board
Regular Session January 7, 2013 The Draper Town Board met in regular session January 7, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. at the Draper hall. Chairman Nies called the meeting to order. Present was Hatheway, Nies and Louder. Absent: none. The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. These bills were presented for payment and approved: IRS, 941, $76.65; Dept. of Revenue, sales tax, $14.40; Heartland Waste, garbage, $700.00; WR Lyman Jones, water, $42.50; Servall, rugs, $19.09; West Central Electric, electric, $368.36; SD Dept. Environment, wastewater fee, $50.00; Dakota Prairie Bank, safety deposit rent, $12.00; Kim Schmidt, salary, $359.40; Murdo Coyote, advertise, $12.67; IRS-ACH, ss & wh, $71.20. Finance clerk Schmidt mentioned that Cody’s term was up for election this year. Election is to take place April 9, 2013, if there should be one. She then handed out their W-2’s. A short time was spent discussing the Operating Agreement of the Outhouse. There has been several complaints that she is not operating this establishment as a business because it is closed whenever they see fit. Finance clerk mentioned that at one time the operating agreement stated that the renter was to be open six days a week and had the hours set for them unless it was an act of God or approved by the Town Council that it be closed. She also mentioned that she thought the contract is up for a new lease and such an amendment could be added. The board agreed that this should be looked into further and will be discussed at the next board meeting. Finance clerk is also to make sure all of her insurance papers are up to date. Finance clerk made note that all business and households sewer and garbage are due, If anyone should have any questions, she can be contacted. The 2013 salaries remained the same and are as follows: Trustees - $50.00 a meeting, Finance clerk - $400.00 a month. Mowing with town mower $10.75 an hour and with own mower $15.00 an hour. Tractor mower rent was set at $65.00 an hour.

among the top 100 largest PACs in the nation with more than 29,000 individuals contributing. ACRE is truly a grassroots roots PAC. Nearly 6,000 of our members are electric co-op consumer-owners who have joined the ACRE Co-op Owners for Political Action Committee®. Hammerquist said having a strong ACRE organization is increasingly important for rural electric consumers. “With all the new politicians on board both locally and nationally, now, more than ever, we need to become involved in ACRE and also get our neighbors to be involved, too,” said Hammerquist. Cooperatives were recognized for reaching membership goals for the 2012 recruitment year, which concluded Aug. 31. Among the recognized included West Central Electric Cooperative of Murdo, with 100 percent Board and Management, Management at Century Level and 100 percent Employee Participation

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CLASSIFIED RATE: $5.00 minimum for up to 20 words.10¢ per word after initial 20. Each name and initial must be counted as one word. CARD OF THANKS: Poems, Tributes, Etc. $5.00 minimum for up to 20 words.10¢ per word after initial 20. Each name and initial must be counted as one word. NOTE: $2.00 added charge for bookkeeping and billing on all charges. DISPLAY AD RATE: $5.20 per column inch. PUBLISHER’S NOTICE: All real estate, advertised in this newspaper is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968, which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, or discrimination on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, or any intention to make any such preference, limitation, or discrimination.” This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is a violation of the law. Our readers are informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis.

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NOW IS THE chance to buy a well established & successful business in the State Capitol of S.D. The Longbranch is for SALE (serious inquires only). Call Russell Spaid 605-280-1067. VACANCY: FAITH SCHOOL DISTRICT, Faith, S.D. seeking candidates for the position of superintendent of schools with Special Education Directors duties to be determined. Application materials available at or contact Dr. Julie Ertz at 605.391.4719 or FAMILY COUNSELOR (RAPID CITY, S.D.) Counsel children with severe emotional disturbances. Work with families towards treatment goals. Master’s degree Counseling, Social work. Experience preferred. Details/ EMPLOYMENT

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EQUIPMENT OPERATOR/ MAINTENANCE WORKER: Haakon County Highway Department. Must have a commercial driver’s license or be able to obtain one within three months of hire date. Benefits package offered. Open until filled. Apply: HC Highway Department, 22260 Lake Waggoner Road, Philip, S.D. 57567. 605/859-2472. Haakon County is an EOE. DAKOTA LOG HOME Builders representing Golden Eagle Log Homes, building in eastern, central, northwestern South & North Dakota. Scott Connell, 605-5302672, Craig Connell, 605-2645650, www.goldeneagleloghomes. com. SAWMILLS FROM ONLY $3997.00. Make & save money with your own bandmill. Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. FREE Info/DVD: 1800-578-1363 Ext.300N. $1500.00 SIGN-ON BONUS! EXP. OTR Drivers, TBI, 33¢/34¢, $375 mo., health ins., credit, 03¢ safety bonus, Call Joe for details, 800.456.1024, STEEL BUILDINGS. Huge winter discounts for spring delivery. 50x80, 62x100, 68x120, 68x200, 100x200. Take advantage of tax deductions. Limited Offer. Call Jim 1-888-782-7040. ADVERTISE YOUR VACATION PROPERTY, to more than 700,000 South Dakota readers. Your 25-word classified ad will appear in 130 S.D. newspapers for only $150. Call Cherie Jensen at the S.D. Newspaper Association, 1-800-658-3697 or your local newspaper for more information. VACATION RENTALS STEEL BUILDINGS

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VENDORS WANTED FOR THE Annual Presho Chamber’s Farm & Home Show, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, 10 am - 3 pm, Call Nicole @ 605-895-9445. Mark your calendar and plan to attend. M3-2tc


Thanks for the Murdo Bucks and choosing our house for the Christmas lighting contest. Bill Philips Thank you to Pioneer Country Mart for the door prize I won at the Winter Fair and fund raiser sponsored by Modern Woodmen, held at the Senior Center. Very much appreciated. Jody Lebeda

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Murdo Nutrition Program Menu
January 28 Tator Tot Hotdish Green Beans Cottage Cheese & Fruit Bread Applesauce January 29 Roast Beef Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Corn O’Brian Bread Tropical Fruit January 30 Meatloaf Baked Potato Mixed Vegetables Bread Strawberry Gelatin Dessert January 31 Baked Chicken Breast in Gravy Rice Pilaf Seasoned Green Beans Tossed Salad Dinner Roll Mixed Fruit February 1 Potato Soup Meat Sandwich Pea Salad Juice Apricots