Bison Courier

Official Newspaper for the City of Bison, Perkins County, and the Bison School District
A Publication of Ravellette Publications, Inc.
P.O. Box 429 • Bison, South Dakota 57620-0429
Phone: (605) 244-7199 • FAX (605) 244-7198
Volume 31
Number 8
August 8, 2013
Includes Tax
Highlights & Happenings
Any group interested in selling
food at a Bison High School home
game should contact Bison School
@244-5961 by August 19th.
Stateline Right to Life is having
a booth at the Perkins County
Fair, Friday, August 16, your help
with baked goods, garden produce
and home canned goods is appre-
Rummage Sale 3-Party Land-
phere/Jackson Rummage Sale Fri-
day, Aug. 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00
p.m. directly west of Bob Hanson’s
at the old abandoned Kopren
Rummage Sale at the home of
Helen Aaker from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00
p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16 and Satur-
day, Aug. 17 from 8:00 a.m. to
noon, with prices being slashed on
Garage Sale Misc. household n
stuff. Also, 1994 Jayco Pop-up
camper - fully contained. August
17th from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Located
at New A + Repair shop - West of
Bently building off Carr Street.
Please join us for a Bridal
Shower honoring Heidi Schorz-
mann, fiancé of Sam Drown, Sat-
urday, August 10th at 10 a.m. at
the Grand Electric Social Room.
Heidi and Sam are registered at
Target and Herberger’s.
Antique Tractor and Quilt
Show at the Perkins County Fair
on Saturday, August 17. For infor-
mation about the Tractor show
contact Jens Hansen 788-2227 and
for the quilt show contact Pam
Reder 244-7224 or go to
Dance Saturday evening, August
17 to the Itty Bitty Opry Band at
the Perkins County Fair
Buer, Kopren, Voller retire form FSA
Arla Kopren retires with 27 years of service as a Program Technician for FSA in Bison. Alan
Voller retires with 28 years of service as the County Executive Director with FSA. Anna Buer re-
tires with 27 years of service as a Program Technician for FSA in Bison. Good luck to you all and
Thank You for all your service within Perkins County.
by Lita Wells
I am pleased to introduce the
new 4-H Program Advisor, Kelli
Schumacher. Schumacher is a 26
year old woman who lives in Buf-
falo and commutes to Bison three
days a week. She is a hard worker
and I myself have seen her put in
some late hours already trying to
get things all situated for the com-
ing fair. Schumacher’s normal
hours for Bison are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Tuesday and Friday she is in the
Buffalo office. Either place she is
she is willing to help you with any
questions you may have.
She has been working for the
SDSU Extension Office since April
15, 2013.
Schumacher is not a stranger to
4-H. While growing up in Wolsey,
S.D., she was an active 4-H mem-
ber herself. Her favorite events
were Archery, Bug Collections,
Bread Making Competition, Sewing
and 4-H Rodeo.
After she graduated from
Wolsey/Wessington High School she
moved on to Brookings, S.D. where
she went to South Dakota State
University. There she continued to
use all she learned in 4-H while
pursuing her degree. Schumacher
also competed on the SDSU Rodeo
She graduated in 2010 with a
Bachelor of Science Degree in Park
Management and a minor in Horti-
With her degrees in hand she
headed out west to work with
Game, Fish and Parks. Her longest
job title with Game, Fish and Parks
was working within the Custer
State Park. She worked there for 5
Perkins/Harding Counties welcome
new 4-H Program Advisor
years as a Naturalist and also
helped with tours at Jewel Cave.
However, park jobs are seasonal so
in the off season she worked at a
winery and also at Star Academy.
She feels though she has found
her niche finally as a 4-H Program
Advisor. She would really like to en-
hance the program that is estab-
lished in Perkins and Harding
County. Schumacher would like to
see more project days. On these
project days she would like to see
the kids doing more quality work
like wreath making or sewing a
whole dress. Something that the
kids would have to put a lot more
time and effort into. She really
would like to see programs where
the kids would do more hands on
science projects. She also men-
tioned that she would like the clubs
of the county to work together to in-
volve everyone in the community.
Her plans to do this are to have all
of the clubs hold a workshop on
something that they are interested
in, once a year, and invite all to at-
She knows that to do this people
that are involved need to get more
active. She is very open to sugges-
tions and wants to know what the
kids want to learn about in the fu-
ture. Either stop in at the Court
House or call her if you have any
ideas or comments. In Bison the
number to reach her at is 244-5622
and at Buffalo it is 375-3412.
When Kelli isn’t working she
loves to do beadwork on belts and
headbands, sew dresses and table
runners, or just small projects. She
also travels back to her childhood
home which is a small ranch, 8
miles from Wolsey, S.D.
Perkins County Farmers Union day
camp is Thursday, August 9th at the Bentley Build
ing. Registration is at 9 a.m. registration fee is $10.00.
For information call 244-5622
School starts August 26th
Perkins County fair books are available at all the
local businesses.
Bison Public Library reading program,Friday, August 9th
1st & 2nd graders 10:30. Tuesday August 13th - 3rd - 6th
grades 2:30. Wednesday August 14th Preschool & Kinder-
garten 10:30. Friday, August 16th - 1st & 2nd grades 10:30.
The American Lutheran Church is seeking wedding
dresses, baptism gowns and Easter hats from 1913 - 2013 to
display during their 100 Year Anniversary program. If you
have an item or know of someone who does, please contact
Salli at 605-244-5491.
Alcoholics Anonymous is meeting weekly in Bison. The
group meets every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in the basement of
the Presbyterian Church. Everyone is welcome.
To have your NON-PROFIT meeting listed here, please sub-
mit them by calling: 244-7199, or e-mailing to: courier@sd- We will run your event notice the two issues prior
to your event at no charge.

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Page 2 • The Bison Courier • Thursday,August 8, 2013
The Heat
R • 117 min.
August 9 - 12
7:30 p.m. nightly
surround sound
Lemmon 374-5107
Shadehill Outdoor youth challenge
Join us on Saturday September
7th, 2013 for the Shadehill Out-
door Challenge at the Boy Scout
Cabin at Shadehill
This Challenge will be geared
towards introducing and testing
kids in activities such as shooting
sports, hunting and fishing. All
events will be scored and prizes
will be awarded for the top three
Instructors will provide area
youth - ages 12 to 15 and 16 to 18
- with an opportunity to try their
hand at several different outdoor
activities: Trap Shooting; .22 and
.223 Rifle Shooting; Archery; plus,
"shoot don’t shoot scenarios," as
well as an identification course.
Events for youth ages 7-11, will
include BB gun shooting; casting;
and an identification course.
There is no cost for the program
and all materials will be provided.
START TIMES: 8:00 A.M. for
ages 12-18 and 10:00 A.M. for ages
END TIME: Approximately 4:00
NOTE: Lunch will be provided
for the contestants
LOCATION: The Boy Scout
cabin area on Shadehill Reservoir.
tration is required and registra-
tion will be limited to 20 youth per
age group. The youth must be ac-
companied by a guardian. Youth
attending over age 12 are required
to have successfully passed a
hunter's safety course.
To register, or for more informa-
tion, please call Keith Mutschler
at 605-391-7364 and leave a mes-
sage. The registration deadline is
August 26th.
SPONSORS: South Dakota
Game, Fish, and Parks; Friends of
the NRA; Pheasants Forever;
Grand River Sportsmen’s Club;
Sons of the American Legion;
Grand River Archery Club; Mon-
tana Dakota Utilities; Geo’s Cor-
ner; Lemmon Trap and Skeet; Da-
cotah Bank; Lemmon IGA; SDSU
Extension Service.
Farm Service Agency
has new hours
The Perkins County Farm Service
Agency would like to inform the
farmers, ranchers and agricultural
producers of Perkins County that
the Farm Service Agency in bison
is tempoerarily reducing the hours
that they are open to the public.
The Perkins County Farm Service
Agency in Bison will open to the
public from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m.
daily unless closed due to a holi-
day. The reduction in the public
access hours is a result of unantic-
ipated retirements of Farm Serv-
ice Agency personnel and does not
affect the hours of operation of the
Natural Resources Conservation
Dr. Jason M. Hafner
Dr. David J. Prosser
Faith Clinic
1st & 3rd Wed. of the month
Buffalo Clinic
2nd & 4th Wed. of the month
The Bison Courier • Thursday, August 8, 2013 • Page 3
Screenings are available to individuals that have
not seen a private practice dentist in the last two
years and are patients of the Bison Community
Clinic. Digital x-rays will be taken, an intra-oral
camera will be available and preventive services
such as fluoride treatments, sealants and cleanings
will be performed by a staff dental hygienist.
Before the Dakota Smiles truck comes to Bison in
September, pre-screening appointments are being
taken. To sign-up for a screening contact: Susan at
When the truck arrives in September, appoint-
ments for dental treatment can begin right away. If
you are interested in this service, please contact
Susan to fill out an application.
by Nancy Haigh
Pioneer Review
& Loretta Passolt
Faith Independent
After 37 years behind the win-
dow at Faith Livestock Commis-
sion Company, Faith, S.D., JoAnn
Brown looks forward to time with
Owner Scott Vance noted that
when his grandad, Lawrence H.,
and his dad, Gary W., initially
hired Brown in 1977 there was a
discussion if she would quit
within a few years to raise a fam-
ily. Turns out they were some-
what right, but it was a lot more
than a few years.
JoAnn now has a grandson,
Everett Vernon Brown, and she
wants to be able to help her son
and daughter-in-law, Jeff and
Mandi, like her mother-in-law
helped her. “It’s a gift I can give
to the kids,” she said. JoAnn and
her husband, Jody, also have an-
other son, Luke, who is a semi-
nary student, and daughter,
Hanna, a nurse who commutes to
Eagle Butte.
JoAnn noted that she will miss
the people, not only coworkers
but all the buyers and sellers that
come to the sale barn. She feels
that they all have become like
family to her. There have been
many good laughs held at both
buyer and seller windows, said
JoAnn. She added that she is
anxious to bring Everett up to
visit everyone on sale day.
Scott stated the sale barn is
seeing fourth generation family
members at their sales. JoAnn
said her former teachers, now re-
tired from teaching, are cus-
tomers of Faith Livestock – as
well as their families. Small
towns are close-knit units, where
many businesses go out of their
way to help someone who is not
just a customer, but a friend, a
teacher, or even a relative.
The use of computers has been
the biggest change that JoAnn
and the Faith Livestock staff
have seen in the offices. She said
she remembers hand writing out
checks as well as using a couple
different check writing machines.
JoAnn said she remembers all
the hand writing that used to
take place for everything before
2006, when the office computers
were installed. In 2008, the ring
scale computers were installed
which made the office work run
even more smoothly.
The computer has also changed
the way information is passed
from the sale ring to the book-
keepers. Where slips of paper
once were walked from the ring to
the front desk, it now is all done
through the computers.
JoAnn recalled how hard it was
to hand write some of the bigger
check amounts, dealing with
thousands of dollars. Now they
are printed from the computer.
JoAnn admitted that while the
computers have made things
more professional and faster,
there are times when she misses
the days of writing the checks
out. It was more personal back
then, she said.
JoAnn stated that one of the
more difficult changes of her job
was when it became mandatory
for Faith Livestock to put liens on
seller’s checks. She felt that it
was an invasion of privacy to
have this duty; this was some-
thing between the lien holder and
the rancher themselves. But, she
noted, this aspect of her position
has become more user friendly
over the years.
Some of the changes have cre-
ated more paperwork for JoAnn.
State and federal regulations that
have been added over the years,
and the additional paperwork
that comes from selling expenses,
such as brand inspection, beef
checkoff and vet inspection.
JoAnn plans to work Fridays,
to give some assistance with that
paperwork. It’s all those little
things that JoAnn does as a mat-
ter of routine that create more
stress for someone new in the po-
sition and she wants to ease the
Scott stated that JoAnn was
recognized in 1997 as the office
manager of the year by the Live-
stock Marketing Association dur-
ing their annual convention and
championship auctioneer contest.
JoAnn still is very humble about
the award. She did admit that it
was a lot of fun the next year as
she, as one of the regional win-
ners was able to travel to Mis-
souri to help select the 1998
award winner.
JoAnn ’s last sale day was Mon-
day, August 5. The Vances want
to invite everyone to the 53rd An-
niversary Sale and barbecue on
Monday, August 19, to visit with
JoAnn and your neighbors as well
as watch the sale and enjoy a free
JoAnn’s bubbly personality has
always brightened up the sale
barn, and will surely be missed,
but those grandchildren are
pretty hard to beat. Although, she
is ready for life’s next adventure.
FLCC’s Brown set to retire
SCREENING for Children
‘Birth to Kindergarten Age: The
Bison School District / Badlands
Head Start in conjunction with
Northwest Area Schools Educa-
tional Cooperative have scheduled
their annual SCREENING for
GARTEN AGE. Screenings will
be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
MT at the Bison School on
Wednesday, August 14. Please
call Bison School at 605-244-5273
to schedule an appointment. THIS
PARE FOR SCHOOL. The screen-
ing involves hearing, vision and an
assessment of development in the
areas of speech/language, motor
and cognitive development. The
purpose of such a screening is to
detect delays in a child’s develop-
ment that could affect their suc-
cess in school: the earlier any diffi-
culties are detected, the sooner the
school and you as parents or
Bison School District has scheduled
its annual pre-school screening
guardians can work together to
help your child overcome any prob-
The results of the screening are
discussed with the parent/s or
guardian on the day of the screen-
ing. If delays are suspected, plans
for a more thorough evaluation
will be discussed. This may lead to
an individualized program de-
signed to help your child develop
skills needed for school. Preschool
services are available for children
who qualify at no cost to the par-
ent/s or guardian.
Screening for your child is the
first step in helping to insure
school success. Please bring your
child, birth to kindergarten age,
for this free screening!
If you have questions or con-
cerns, please call the Bison School
at 605-244-5271 or Northwest
Area Schools office at 605-466-
2206. If you cannot attend the
screening in your area you are
welcome to attend a screening in a
neighboring school.
Gary Vance, JoAnn Brown, Scott Vance
Garden Gate
What is Wrong?
My cucumbers and zucchini look
weird, sort of big at one end and
peaked on the other end, what’s up?
Answer: For the most part this is
due to poor/ incomplete pollination.
Check your garden for bees and
other pollinating insects. Often in
urban communities if the city has
been spraying for mosquitoes during
the pollination period for plants, the
pollination may be compromised as
bees avoid the area or are
killed/sickened by the chemicals
used to kills the mosquitoes, depend-
ing on the chemicals. The poor pol-
lination problem this year is wide
spread, not just in cities where mos-
quito controls are in use. Using in-
secticides in or near the garden af-
fects pollination.
The bad news - there isn’t a solu-
tion unless you are willing to become
a pollinator yourself. Cucumbers
and squash have male and female
blossoms, the female blossoms have
a tiny fruit (inferior ovaries) at the
base of the blossom, the male blos-
som is on a slender stem. Female
blossoms are only open for pollina-
tion four hours, then the blossom
closes, if pollination has not oc-
curred, the blossom/ tiny fruit drops
off the vine. Pollen from the male
blossom must be transferred to the
female blossom and that is your task
should you decide to be the “pollina-
The leaves of some of my cucurbit
crops look spotted and yellowing,
what’s happening? Cucurbitaceae is
a plant family that includes melons,
squash, gourds, cucumbers, luffas
and watermelons. These plants
have similar problems, poor pollina-
tion, pests and diseases. The yellow-
ing of leaves can be due to poor soil
nutrition, yellow dots may mean
lack of nitrogen. Pests such as spi-
der mites or disease such as powdery
mildew (fungi) which thrives in
warm dry weather of mid to late
summer cause yellowing. Check the
leaves for the spider mites, you may
want to use a magnifying glass or
place a white piece of paper under
the plant and shake it, if you see
small objects moving around the
paper, you have mites.
So your options are: 1. Do a soil
sample to check soil nutrients and
supplement the soil accordingly if
that is the problem. 2. If it is spider
mites you can make your own home-
made insecticide--here are some to
choose from: a) mix one part alcohol
to one part water and pour into a
squirt bottle; b) add 5 tbsp. of liquid
dish detergent to 1 gallon of water;
c) add 1 tbsp. each of ground cinna-
mon and clove to a quart of water,
along with 2 tbsp. of Italian season-
ing. Heat the mixture until it starts
to simmer, then take it off the heat.
Add 2 tbsp. of fresh garlic when the
water cools to a warm temperature,
then let it cool completely. Pour the
mixture through a strainer and add
a few drops of liquid soap. Place in a
spray bottle. Whichever mixture
you choose be sure to spray both
sides of the leaves thoroughly. The
alcohol mixture should kill the mites
on contact; however, the dish deter-
gent solution will need to be applied
several times until it kills the entire
mite population and the herbal mix-
ture once every three days for about
two weeks.
Anyone who says sunshine brings
happiness has never danced in the
rain. ~Author Unknown
Submitted by Karen Englehart,
Master Gardener, SDSU Cooperative
Extension Service
Young people who attended Dis-
trict IV, V and VI Farmers Union
camp held July 30-August 1 at
Camp Bob Marshall have a better
understanding of the cooperative
philosophy and learned how to
better manage their finances and
increase their financial literacy
knowledge. They came from
Perkins, Harding, Meade, Jones
and Lawrence Counties to experi-
ence the district camp and all it
had to offer. This year’s theme was
‘Farmers Union is our name, Co-
operation is our game,’ and
campers had a chance to learn
about cooperative businesses, citi-
zenship, environmental steward-
ship, leadership and other life
“It’s important that young South
Dakotans learn to manage their
money and work together,” said
District V Education Director
Tamie Fahrenholz. “Campers had
the chance to participate in coop-
South Dakota Farmers Union Districts IV, V and VI
Camp held at Camp Bob Marshall in Custer, S.D.
erative games and activities that
taught them about setting finan-
cial goals and saving their money
while having a lot of fun.”
Activities at this year’s camp in-
cluded a ‘Deal or No Deal’ a game
show that taught campers about
Farmers Union and ‘Cash Cab’
which quizzed camper’s knowl-
edge about Financial Literacy.
“We can’t stress enough the im-
portance of teaching our next gen-
eration about cooperation,” Dis-
trict V Education Director Tamie
Fahrenholz said. “We really focus
on building future leaders, and
this year’s camp was a chance for
young people to put their skills to
the test and improve themselves
and their personal lives.”
Along with various camp activi-
ties, games and singing, each child
also took part in a craft activity
decorating ceramic piggy banks to
promote saving money and finan-
cial literacy. Participants at this
year’s camp were: Jim Brockel
from Shadehill; Peyton Mollman
from Buffalo; Rowdy Thompson,
Luke Thompson, Kade Montague
and Taylin Montague all from
New Underwood; Brooklyn Larsen
and Taeanna Larsen from Murdo;
Davin Valdez from Spearfish; and
Taylor Todd from Box Elder.
District V Farmers Union camp
was directed by Tamie Fahrenholz
from Rapid City. The Farmers
Union summer interns were Han-
nah Lily of Aberdeen and Kortny
Sterrett from Huron. Also helping
with the camp was Keely Thomp-
son from New Underwood.
For more information on South
Dakota Farmers Union and how
you and your children can get in-
volved in the organization’s youth
activities, visit the education page
at or call Bonnie
Geyer, state education director at
605-352-6761 ext. 125.
Page 4 • The Bison Courier • Thursday,August 8, 2013
Speaking recently at an evangelical festival in England, Justin
Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury and titular head of the
world-wide Anglican Communion, called for the church to be a
movement of prayer that creates “collateral blessing.” As
reported in the August 2nd online edition of The Church Times,
the archbishop explained this term: "The US Army gave us the
expression 'collateral damage', which means killing people you
did not mean to target," he said. "People seeking Christ create
collateral blessing. That means changing the world for the
better, in ways you could not have predicted." If we take the
time to count our blessings, surely we could all include
blessings that came unexpectedly, without any intentionality,
almost like they were just luck. Having counted some in my
own life, I think the archbishop is on to something with this
idea of “collateral blessing.”
As individuals, we may not feel like we can do much to change
the world. Indeed it may be impossible for us to see what
contributions we are making. This can be discouraging,
particularly when it comes to prayer. How many of us have felt
tempted to give up praying because a particular prayer was not
answered in the way we hoped or we did not see how our
prayers were contributing anything. Yet the Bible teaches the
power of prayer, telling us “the prayer of the righteous is
powerful and effective” (James 5:16b, NRSV). A notion of
“collateral blessing” reminds us that as we seek to be followers
of Jesus Christ, God is working among us and through us in
ways beyond our understanding. The idea that blessings may
come about in unexpected and unpredictable ways also reminds
us that God is in control. St. Paul writes, “We know that all
things work together for good for those who love God, who are
called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28, NRSV).
Trusting in God to bring about “collateral blessing” through our
efforts may also help preserve our hope in the face of adversity.
It is easy these days to let go of our hope, to slip into pessimism,
to adopt a cynical outlook. So much is going wrong so fast that
it is easy to be overwhelmed: both by the negative occurrences
and by the appeals for us to do something about them.
Remember that all the calls for us to “change the world” and
“make a difference” fall into the category of law. The law is
holy, but it is not salvific: the law does not save us. We are not
justified by what we do, but rather what Jesus did for us. Jesus
is the savior of the world, not us! Likewise, the most important
things that are happening as we seek to serve Christ may not
be the blessings we intend, but rather the unexpected,
unpredictable “collateral blessing” that
God is doing through us.
Pastors Perspective
Pastor Dana Lockhart – Prairie Fellowship
Memorial services for Ronald
Elwood Emly, age 55, of Bison,
South Dakota and Mott, North
Dakota, will be held at 1:00 p.m.
on Saturday, August 10, 2013 at
the American Lutheran Church in
Bison, SD. Pastor Dana Lockhart
will officiate. Following the serv-
ice, Ron’s wishes were to have his
ashes scattered on the land he
worked and loved, near Prairie
City, South Dakota.
Ronald Elwood Emly was born
December 2, 1957, in Fairview,
Montana to Moses Peter and
Gladys (Engen). He grew up and
attended school in the Fairview
area on the North Dakota and
Montana border. Following his
schooling he began working as a
hired hand for an area farmer. In
his spare time, Ron would rodeo
with his relatives and was an ex-
cellent bull rider.
Throughout his adult life, Ron
worked on the oil rigs in Alaska
and even went overseas as a rig
hand. He worked as a hired hand
in Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Vir-
ginia and Wyoming, following the
seasonal harvest times as a cus-
tom combiner. He even spent some
time in Washington running a
crane on the ship docks. Every fall
though, Ron would return to Mon-
tana and work the sugar beet har-
vest as a truck driver.
In the fall of 2006, while driving
sugar beet trucks, he met Rosanne
Wright. They were married in
Bison, S.D. on February 5, 2007.
Ron finished his work as a custom
harvester and moved to Prairie
City, S.D., to work alongside his
wife on the Parker Ranch.
Ron and Rosanne began work-
ing as hay brokers in the spring of
2010. They would locate hay for
ranchers from South Dakota to
Texas and arrange transportation.
They also began doing custom hay-
ing for area ranchers.
In the spring of 2013 they
moved to the Ray Kilzer farm near
Mott, N.D., and spent their time
haying and working between Mott
and Bison, S.D.
Ron was proud to have com-
pleted his GED and was a member
of the NRA. He was an excellent
shot as a young man and you
never wanted to try to outshoot
him. Ron and Rosanne were
awarded the first Certified Weed
Free Alfalfa Crop in Perkins
County. They worked long and
hard to attain that certification.
Ron passed away on Saturday
evening, July 27, 2013 southwest
of Bison, S.D., doing what he
He is survived by his wife,
Rosanne Emly, Bison, S.D. and
Mott, N.D.; one son, Shalako (Hay-
ley) Emly; adopted daughter, Afton
Peterson; three grandchildren;
four brothers, Winston (Bonnie)
Emly, Gene Emly, Roscoe Emly
and Norman Emly; and two sis-
ters, Avis (Lonnie) Falcon and Ina
Ashcraft Tarnavsky.
He was preceded in death by his
parents; two sisters, Alva and Ila;
and two brothers, Myron and War-
Condolences may be sent
through our website at www.evan-
The Bison Courier • Thursday, August 8, 2013 • Page 5
Ronald Elwood Emly
Grace Baptist Church • Pastor Phil Hahn
Sunday School 9:30 a.m. • Worship Service - 10:30a.m.
Wednesday Prayer Mtg. - 7:30 p.m.
Church of Christ
18 mi. south of Prairie City - Worship Service - 10:00 a.m.
Prairie Fellowship Parish ELCA • Pastor Dana Lockhart
Saturday evening service at Indian Creek - 5:00 p.m. • Rosebud - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday morning services at American - 8:30 a.m. • Grand River Lutheran
Christ Lutheran Church WELS
Pastor Gerhardt Juergens
Sunday Bible Class - 8:00 a.m., Worship Service - 8:30 a.m.
Coal Springs Community Church
Pastors Nels & Angie Easterby
South Jct. of Highways 73 & 20
Sunday School - 10:00 a.m., Worship Service - 11:00 a.m.
Seventh Day Adventist Church • Pastor David Moench
Sabbath School - 2:00 p.m., Worship Service - 3:00 p.m.
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church • Fr. Tony Grossenburg
Saturday Mass: - Lemmon 4:45 p.m. Bison - 7:15 p.m.,
Sunday Mass: Lemmon - 8:15 a.m., Morristown - 10:30 a.m.
Holland Center Christian Reformed Church
Pastor Brad Burkhalter • Lodgepole
Worship Service - 8:00 a.m.
First Presbyterian Church • Pastor Florence Hoff, CRE
Worship Service -9:30 a.m.
Slim Buttes Lutheran • Pastor Henry Mohagen
Reva • Worship Service - 9:00 a.m., WMF 2nd Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.
Beckman Wesleyan Church • Pastor Brad Burkhalter
Prairie City
Sunday School - 10:00 a.m., Morning Worship - 11:00 a.m.
Vesper Service - 6:00 p.m., Wed. Evenings - 7:30 p.m.
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left to right: Frank Carroll, Jerry Petik and Linda and Gayle Evridge at Pautre Fire review meet-
There are lessons to be learned from the Pautre Fire
By Beth Hulm
There were about 35 people
crowded around a board table at
Dakota Lodge in Lemmon last
week for a review of the Forest
Service’s early April Pasture 3B
Prescribed Fire that got out of con-
trol and burned more than 11,000
acres of grazing land. The fire oc-
curred south of Hettinger, N.D.
and in northern Perkins County,
S.D. That wild land fire was
named the Pautre Fire.
Last Tuesday’s meeting was
called by the Grand River Grazing
Association, who invited various
dignitaries, including local and re-
gional Forest Service personnel
and Frank Carroll, Professional
Forest Management, LLC, Custer.
Also invited and attending were
land management consultant Van
Elsbernd, Ft. Collins, CO; new
S.D. Secretary of Agriculture
Lucas Lentsch; District 28 Repre-
sentative Betty Olson and Senator
Ryan Maher; and representatives
for each of North Dakota’s con-
gressional delegation. Several
area landowners, some of whom
were affected by the fire, and local
fire fighters were also in atten-
Shane Penfield, Lemmon, attor-
ney for the Grand River Grazing
Association, kicked off the three-
hour review with a recap of events
leading up to the fire. He re-
counted how members of the Asso-
ciation had repeatedly asked the
Forest Service to ban burning of
the grasslands as a grass manage-
ment tool, saying that it had a
“detrimental effect” on the grass.
Instead, they had urged livestock
grazing and haying.
Penfield described “dire condi-
tions” on the day of the prescribed
fire in Pasture 3B when three of
six weather parameters were at or
near critical limits. He maintained
that the Forest Service did not cor-
roborate with members of the
Grazing Association before light-
ing the match.
Penfield shared a survey sent
out to nine landowners who sus-
tained losses in the fire. All would
like to ban prescribed burns, he
said. “It’s not worth the risks of
losing our homes and livelihood.”
He praised “God and God
Almighty only” for rains that
blessed the area on May 25, stim-
ulating new grass growth.
He ended his presentation with
a plea that the meeting that day
could be a “meaningful discus-
Dennis Neitzke, Forest/Grass-
lands Supervisor, Bismarck,
fought for composure as he re-
sponded to Penfield’s remarks. “If
we are here to find fault and lay
blame,” he said, “let’s just go
home.” Nobody accepted that invi-
Neitzke warned the audience,
“What you heard may or may not
be accurate.” He didn’t deny that
Forest Service personnel were re-
sponsible for the fire. “We started
a fire and it got away,” he said. He
was anxious to use the meeting as
a tool for talking about what went
wrong that fateful day and how to
avoid similar occurrences in the
Tim Smith, President of the-
Grand River Grazing Ass’n.,
Lodgepole, said, “Let’s just look at
the facts.”
Next up on the agenda was a
presentation by Paul Hancock,
Lemmon-area District Ranger of
the Grand River Grasslands. He
maintained that things weren’t
quite as Penfield presented. He
said that his presentation would
be “slightly different than what we
just heard.”
He offered a slide show to assist
him in describing the Forest Ser-
vice’s objectives, management op-
tions and the decision to burn that
Hancock maintained that the
reason for ridding Pasture 3B of
crested wheat grass was because
“selective” livestock were avoiding
the area where it grew. By burning
off the old growth to stimulate new
growth, cattle could be influenced
to graze the crested wheat grass,
too, he said.
Other options could’ve been to
mow, hay, burn or knock the old
“prickly” crested wheat grass
down, Hancock said. Those options
were presented at a spring meet-
ing of the Forest Service where
none of them were selected.
“It left me with the tool that I
had available, which is prescribed
burning,” Hancock said. That de-
cision involved “a lot of risk man-
agement,” but he defended his de-
cision, calling it “a good plan.”
Hancock shared the US
Drought Monitor of April 2 (the
day before the burn), which
showed “extreme drought” in the
area but with a predicted improve-
ment between March 21 and June
30 as a result of predicted rains.
He shared the growth cycle for
crested wheat grass and said that
it would’ve barely begun to grow in
March and April and that by burn-
ing it off early, moisture in the
ground would be preserved for
more growth next year.
Hancock used a spot forecast
from Rapid City for weather con-
ditions that day. It called for only
17-20 mph winds. Combining that
knowledge with the moisture in
the ground “made me feel more
comfortable” about proceeding
with the burn, Hancock said
“Everything is telling us we’re
within the prescription.”
Jerry Petik, Keldron rancher
and member of Grand River Graz-
ing, told Hancock, “I do not listen
to Rapid City if I want to get
weather. I listen to Bismarck.” He
said that there are flaws in the
system that puts northern Perkins
County in the jurisdiction of the
Rapid City spot weather monitor
and asked if that could be
changed. The Pautre Fire was only
3.5 miles inside the north bound-
ary of Rapid City’s jurisdiction.
Maure Sand, USFS, said that
one lesson learned that day is that
the weather information needs to
be coordinated. “If they’re differ-
ent, we need to start asking ques-
tions,” he said.
Neitzke said, “We were going
with the best information at the
The prescribed burn of Pasture
3B began around noon with 20
Forest Service personnel on hand
to “mitigate conditions.” They
were about 75% complete when
the fire jumped the mown contain-
ment line. By 2:30, area volunteer
fire departments were being called
to assist with the wild fire that en-
By 4:30, the Rapid City spot
forecast was announcing a very
high fire index and dangerous
burning conditions and warning
that outdoor burning was not rec-
Lodgepole Fire Chief Wade Hen-
derson wished that his depart-
ment would’ve been put on alert
earlier regarding the prescribed
burn. His peer Bob Parker said
that decisions to burn should be
made on “worse case scenarios.”
Hettinger had a red flag fire warn-
ing posted that day, he said.
Linda Evridge and her husband
Gayle lost a lot of grassland in the
fire. She told Neitzke, “There’s
knowledge in the area.” The For-
est Service should have been con-
tacting the locals, she said. “You
guys, somehow, really dropped the
Frank Carroll sympathized
about the information received,
calling it ambiguous that weather
reports and other indicators were
in direct opposition. With 42 years
of fire management experience
under his belt, Carroll admitted
that he probably would’ve lit the
match, too, based on the informa-
tion that was available. “The
weather service is an imperfect in-
strument,” he said.
Carroll went on to say that
“there’s never a single cause.” He
found other warning signs in the
report that was filed after the fire
was extinguished.
Sand reiterated what Nietzke
said earlier. The point of a fire re-
view is to learn from the experi-
ence. He said that he’d use the re-
port and learn from it to do some
things differently and better. One
example, he said, was that bigger
nozzles have been attached to fire
hoses as a result of the Pautre
Nietzke said, “There are several
lessons learned.”
Parker said that the Forest
Service Burn Boss at the site was
not knowledgeable of the area and
wasn’t able to give good directions
for getting local departments to
the fire in a timely manner. He
said a better contingency plan was
needed. Petik stated how impor-
tant it is to anticipate where a fire
is going and not where is has al-
ready been when giving directions.
Communication was another
factor at the fire. Forest Service
radios and local fire department
radios are not on the same fre-
quency. Frequencies are controlled
by the FAA.
Neitzke suggested that the For-
est Service and local departments
do some training together. “Com-
munication is important,” he said.
L. Evridge wanted to know if
local fire departments had been re-
imbursed. Sand answered that in-
formation was collected and sent
to the finance office in Albu-
querque. Henderson said that the
Lodgepole VFD had received their
reimbursement “fairly promptly.”
Many of the other responding fire-
fighting units were not repre-
sented at the meeting last week.
Landowners will file a total of
thirteen tort claims against the
Federal Government by October.
The resolution regarding them
will be through USDA within a
promised 24 months, or by April
In closing, Smith asked Hancock
if he is open to other means of
managing crested wheat grass
growth. He said that the fire has
caused an “explosion” of crested
wheat grass and L. Evridge said it
has also caused land erosion.
Evridge said that fencing is a
great tool for managing livestock
and moving them from pasture to
pasture. Rep. Olson said that ex-
perience as a ranch wife has
taught her that mowing works bet-
ter than burning. Paul Drayton,
Lemmon Forest Service Director,
said he’s willing to listen to other
plans and Neitzke agreed that it
needs to be accomplished as a joint
effort between the two entities.
Smith promised, “We’re going to
work with you.”
The bottom line, according to
Hancock, is “We need to be more
specific with our plans and objec-
The North Dakota congressional
delegation representatives said
that they hoped for extended dia-
logue between the Forest Service
and the Grazing Association to get
to the bottom of the distrust issue
that exists between the two. Inter-
actment and communication are
key, they said. Olson said that she
would be in contact with South
Dakota Senator John Thune and
Representative Kristi Noem with
a report of the day’s proceedings.
Secretary of Ag Lentsch said
that the lessons learned from the
Pautre Fire can benefit the future.
He applauded those who came.
“Our communities and our state
are run by the people who show
up,” he said.
The Bison Courier • Thursday, August 8, 2013 • Page 7
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Highway 20
The South Dakota Department
of Transportation will begin a
drainage improvement project on
Highway 20 in Harding County on
Monday, Aug. 5.
Highway 20 in Camp Crook will
be closed for 0.2 miles to through
traffic during a portion of the proj-
ect and traffic will be detoured on
1st Street South and Miller Street.
Motorists can expect up to 15
minute delays, loose gravel, shoul-
der drop offs and equipment cross-
ing or entering the highway.
The prime contractor on the
$133,000 project is Sacrison
Paving, Inc. of Whitewood and the
completion date is Sept. 1.
For more information, contact
Adam McMahon with the Depart-
ment of Transportation at 605-
Complete road construction in-
formation can be found at or by
dialing 511.
By Robert Drown,
Natural Resource Specialist
There are dozens of types of
aphids sometimes called plant lice
that can be found on shade trees.
Aphids are small insects, usually
about an eighth of an inch long
that range in color from bright or-
ange or red to dull gray. They feed
on plants by sucking plant sap
from the leaves, twigs or stems. If
present in high numbers large
Tree Facts – Aphids can be a problem on your trees
quantities of sap are removed, re-
ducing plant growth and vigor.
Aphids feeding on new leaves can
produce leaf curl injuries espe-
cially on ash trees.
Most aphids excrete large quanti-
ties of a sweet, sticky substance
called honeydew. At times, exces-
sive honeydew dropping from trees
can be an extreme nuisance. Sooty
mold fungus may grow on the hon-
eydew, producing a gray, unattrac-
tive covering of the leaves. Nor-
mally sooty mold does not do dam-
age to the trees but can when it
covers leaves and reduces photo-
Ants are attracted to the honey-
dew and feed on it. Ants may even
tend aphids, protecting them from
natural enemies such as lady bee-
tles and lacewings. Often the
presence of ants crawling up trees
or on foliage indicates that large
numbers of aphids or other honey-
dew producers also are on the
LIFE CYCLE - Aphids overwinter
as eggs on woody plants and the
eggs hatch in the spring. Different
types of them move from overwin-
tering plants to other plant
species. Summer aphids consist
entirely of females that give birth
to live young at a rate of one to 20
per day.
The newly hatched aphids grow to
adults in one to two weeks and
start producing more aphids. Con-
sequently, aphid, populations may
increase rapidly, with several gen-
erations occurring during the
growing season. At the end of the
summer, both male and female
Close up of aphids feeding on the underside of a tree leaf.
aphids are produced. They mate
on the overwintering host plant,
and females lay eggs.
CONTROL - Many kinds of insects
such as ladybugs, green lacewings,
syrphid flies and small parasitic
wasps naturally prey on aphids.
Before applying any insecticide,
check the plants to see if these
natural controls are already reduc-
ing aphid numbers. Sometimes
ants interfere with these natural
controls. Excluding ants with
sprays and sticky bands can allow
biological controls to be effective.
The Bison Courier • Thursday, August 8, 2013 • Page 9
Cool weather projected to stay a while
The latest update to the August
climate outlook was released this
week, with a forecast of cooler than
average temperatures for most of
South Dakota. Rainfall forecasts
show no clear leaning toward wet-
ter, drier or near normal for the
next month, said Laura Edwards,
SDSU Extension Climate Field
"The cool weather of late July is
spilling into August," said Edwards.
"The climate computer models are
pretty consistent with cooler than
average temperatures for at least
the first half of the month."
According to the report issued by
National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) the area
that is projected to have below av-
erage temperatures is the Upper
Midwest or Great Lakes region,
from South Dakota to Ohio. The re-
port also states that warmer than
average conditions are forecast for
much of the western U.S.
"Currently there remains much
uncertainty with the moisture out-
look for August," Edwards said.
"Summertime is a challenging sea-
son for rainfall prediction, due to
the spotty coverage we often see."
This cool, if not chilly, period in
July and August comes at a good
time for corn pollination. Stress in-
troduced by warm temperatures
and/or a lack of moisture are usu-
ally the largest concerns at this
time of the growing season, added
Dennis Todey, SDSU State Clima-
"For the most part, neither of
these will be issues that will create
a significant impact on the state's
2013 corn crop," Todey said. "There
is one exception however - the far
southeast corner of South Dakota
has begun to show some signs of
drought stress in the cropping
areas. We are watching this area
for possible degradation if signifi-
cant moisture doesn't come soon."
Preliminary data from the Na-
tional Weather Service reports that
Sioux Falls had its ninth driest
July on record. Centerville had its
thirteenth driest, and Yankton had
its nineteenth driest. Cedar Butte
in south central South Dakota also
was the seventh driest.
"As a result of the dry July and
agricultural impacts, the U.S.
Drought Monitor this week de-
picted a one category degradation
in the counties of Union, Turner
and Lincoln. That area is now in
moderate drought status on the up-
dated map," Todey said.
In contrast, Todey added that Ken-
nebec, Murdo, Selby and Elm
Springs had July precipitation to-
tals in the top 10 wettest on record.
The new monthly drought out-
look map indicates that areas of
drought in the state are likely to
persist through August. The cooler
than average temperatures will
continue to prevent some potential
impacts, but there is not enough
precipitation expected for wide-
spread improvement in existing
drought conditions during the
Rosebud News...
....By Tiss Treib
Tuesday, Patricia Keller (Trail
City), Mary Lou Scherer (Timber
Lake) and Marsha McAdams,
Austin, TX (Albert’s aunt) were
dinner and afternoon guests of the
Albert Kellers.
Wednesday, Duane Harris was a
dinner guest of Bridget Keller and
Monday, Wednesday, and Thurs-
day Bridget Keller and the boys
went to Lemmon for swimming
lessons for tiny tots. Thursday
they went to have pizza at the
Powderhorn with Stefanie and
Gabe Honeyman after lessons.
Friday, Cindy and Steve Gebhart,
McDonough, Georgia, (Alberts
Aunt and Uncle) were late after-
noon guests of Bridget Keller and
Saturday, Bridget Keller and the
boys attend McKenna Dreiske's
2nd Birthday party and stayed at
the Dreiskes for supper as well.
Sunday, Brady Hathaway and
bride to be Charity Cook were
morning visitors of the Kellers.
Thelma Sandgren’s Monday
callers were Steve Sandgren, Mike
Smelzer and Brady Ham moved
Dale Johnson over to the hay and
then had a little pie.
Thursday late afternoon, Thelma
Sandgren went to the Lodgepole
Hall to assist Gwen Smith in mak-
ing all the ice cream, later the men
arrived and got busy freezing it.
They had a big, big crowd. Lester
and Sharon Longwood; Jim and
Patsy Miller; Tiss Treib and
Shirley Johnson came over also. I
wish to thank all our guests from
every direction, for coming – you
made it a great success.
Friday was Thelma Sandgren’s
day in Hettinger. She played
pinochle at the Senior Center and
stopped at Western Horizon’s to
visit her brother and sister, Buster
Van Wyk and Gladys Vliem.
Dale Johnson had a coffee break
with Thelma Sandgren Saturday
after he finished swathing.
Thelma Sandgren went to church
Saturday evening.
Sunday, a day of rest and that was
all Thelma Sandgren did. It was a
beautiful day for all the church’s
that had their devotions and pic-
nics at the lake. 70 degrees, a very
slight breeze and overcast, it was a
truly blessed day.
Tiss Treib and Shirley Johnson at-
tended the annual Lodgepole Ice
Cream Social at the Lodgepole hall
Thursday evening.
Tiss Treib met Vern, Roni and
James Klein and Jade Schaff in
White Butte Friday afternoon.
Roni and Jade accompanied Tiss
home and spent the afternoon.
Tiss took Roni and Jade back to
their home that evening.
Ben, Ezra and Miles Wiechmann
helped Tiss Treib with a cow Sun-
day afternoon.
Nolan and Linda Seim and family;
Bridget Keller and boys, Grandma
Dreiske; Children of Brian and
Lisa Dreiske were among those
who attended McKenna Dreiske’s
2nd birthday party in Lemmon
Saturday afternoon.
Nolan and Linda Seim hosted an
early 50th birthday party for Tiss
Treib at the Summerville Café
Saturday evening. Those in atten-
dance included: Jim and Patsy
Miller; Matt and Christi Miller,
Jasmine and Logan Seim; Dorena
Wiechmann and Esther Johnson;
LaVonne Foss and Shirley John-
son; Vernon, Veronica and James
Klein and Jade Schaff, and Mar-
tina Ham. Astrid Alexander joined
them for birthday cake.
Tim and JoAnne Seim left last
week Wednesday and traveled to
Sheridan, WY and were guests of
Jerry and Sheryll Anderson
Wednesday night. Thursday they
met Kelly and Danny LaDue and
boys in Cody, WY. Tim and JoAnne
returned home Saturday and the
boys, Owen and Ketch returned
home with them to spend a week.
Horace Seim and Dorothy Bowers
called on Tim and JoAnne Seim
Monday afternoon.
John and Shirley Johnson called
on Jim and Patsy Miller Tuesday
Jim and Patsy Miller were among
those who attended the Lodgepole
Ice Cream Social.
Jim and Patsy Miller visited with
Violet Miller Sunday afternoon at
the Nursing home.
Lynn Frey attended a church con-
vention in New Ulm, MN.
Rebecca, Kristina and Zachery
Haugen have been spending the
summer with their dad, Austin
Haugen and with their grandpar-
ents, Melvin and Loretta Haugen
and Shirley Harris.
Shirley Harris, Rebecca, Kristina,
Zachery and Austin Haugen were
Sunday supper guests of Melvin
and Loretta Haugen.
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At bat is Tally Seim, Meadow for the Bison team.
Luke Clemets pitching for Bison.
Bison co-ed softball
The Bison Courier • Thursday, August 8, 2013 • Page 11
Beau Chapman at bat for the Bison team.
Morgan Kronberg at bat for the Bison team.
The Perkins
County Fair is
August 15 - 18
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& industrial parts!
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Windshields & Car Care Products
Paint & Body
Tools & Equipment
Badlands Ministries teaches 28 area kids at American Luthern Church
Sun catcher to represent that
Jesus is King. The children
made these to take home to
display in their homes.
A prayer bucket that all the
children at VBS made. All the
children were given sticks to
write who they pray for or
Mary Carmichael and Abby Thompson getting there prayer
sticks ready for their prayer buckets. Monday they learned
about the Bible, Tuesday was about Prayer, Wednesday was
Serve, and Thursday was Worship.
Even the younger kids had some important people to put in
their prayer buckets. Molly Lemer, Daemik Wells and Olivia
Kindergarten group singing
the “Hippo Song” at the Amer-
ican Luthern Church VBS.
(Left to Right) Molly Lemer,
Daemik Wells, Colt Kopren,
Jace Bruhn, Whitney Thomp-
Beth Seidel holding the poster for the words to the song Every Move I Make that the older kids
sang at the program Thursday at the American Luthern Church. Abby Thompson, Morgan McK-
instry, Allison Kahler, Dustin Wells, Elliot Peil, Mary Carmichael, and Jayda Seim.
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Preschoolers signing a very energetic song “If Jesus Loves You and You Know It, Say Amen”. (bot-
tom row) Melanie Lemer, Ava Roth. (Top Row) Camden Holmes, Julia Carmichael, Zoey Kopren,
Marcella Wells, Paisley Seim, Lakyn Hulm.
Area kids signing “Pharoah, Pharaoh” at the American Luthern
Church in Bison. (Left to Right) Hannah McKinstry, Braden Ko-
pren, Carter Johnson, and Taylor Thompson.
This years theme
was “Faith Alive”
The Bison Courier • Thursday, August 8, 2013 • Page 13
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Efforts to improve the manage-
ment of forage storage are good in-
vestments, said Karla Hernandez,
SDSU Extension Forage Field
"Hay, haylage or silage preserv-
atives will reduce storage losses
from molds, bacteria and fungi es-
pecially when the forage is har-
vested at higher moisture levels,"
Hernandez said. "Limited micro-
bial growth occurs in dry hay, gen-
erates a small amount of heat, and
usually raises temperatures very
Dry matter and crude protein
digestibility are reduced by exces-
sive microbial growth explained
"Excessive microbial growth can
raise temperatures to 130 to
150oF, increasing dry matter loss
and producing Maillard reactions
that reduce dry matter and crude
protein," she said. "Effective
preservatives to inhibit microbial
growth or artificial drying to re-
move excess moisture help to
avoid quality and yield loss in
moist hay."
Hernandez said effective hay
preservatives include: organic
acids, buffered acids, ammonia
sources, like anhydrous ammonia
or urea, inoculants and enzymes.
Each are described below:
Organic acids (propionic
and acetic acids): inhibit mold
growth and will help to reduce
heating and dustiness in hay.
Their effectiveness in hay depends
on the application rate of active in-
gredients and moisture content.
Application rates near 10 pounds
per ton are needed for hay with 20-
25 percent moisture, while 20
pounds per ton are needed for wet-
ter hay with 25-30 percent mois-
ture. Some issues with the use of
organic acids are related to late
season mold growth. Mold inhibi-
tion of acid products tends to de-
crease after long periods of hay
storage. The acid eventually dissi-
pates during storage while the
moisture remains in the hay.
Buffered acids: are effective in
control heating in moist hay but
corrosiveness, high acidity, and
difficult working conditions has
limited their use.
Ammonia sources (Anhy-
drous ammonia or urea): effec-
tive reducing microbial growth in
moist hay and can improve fiber
digestibility by acting on lignin-
carbohydrate bond in cell walls.
However, it is important to recom-
mend ammoniating low quality
roughage for forages with less
than 5 percent crude protein and
45 percent of total digestible nutri-
ents (TDN). Ammoniating higher
quality forage can cause toxic com-
pounds to be formed. In terms of
livestock component, ammonia in-
creases non-protein N, which can
help to meet the protein needs for
a dairy or beef cattle. Anhydrous
ammonia is an effective preserva-
tive for hay containing less than
30 percent moisture. As for urea,
it is safer to handle than anhy-
drous ammonia and has similar
benefits for storage and fiber di-
gestibility. Relatively large
amounts (5-7 percent of estimated
bale weight) of urea applied dur-
ing baling can be effective up to 30
percent moisture. However,
treated hay must be covered or
processed with a bale wrapper.
Inoculants: bacterial inocu-
lants (i.e. lactic acid) are being pro-
moted as an alternative to chemi-
cals for improving hay preserva-
tion. How does it work? Bacteria is
added to water and sprayed on
hay as it is baled. The bacteria
multiply and grow during the
early stages of forage preservation
(after baling) and help to preserve
the hay. These products can be
used in hay with moisture content
of 25 percent moisture. Interest-
ingly, not a lot of research has been
done in order to examine their ef-
fects in large rectangular bales
over a range of moisture contents.
Research suggests that lower
moisture content may be neces-
sary to be effective for safe stor-
Enzymes (cellulose, amylose,
and lactobacillus): These en-
zymes promote plant cell break-
down and render the cellulose and
starch more accessible to desirable
acid-producing bacteria.
Advantages of using
forage preservatives
Early harvest reports of low test
weights are coming in from pro-
ducers in south central and south
western South Dakota. If produc-
ers suspect low test weights they
should contact their crop insur-
ance agent to evaluate their op-
tions before the fields reach matu-
rity or cut them for hay, suggested
Bob Fanning, Plant Pathology
Field Specialist.
"Although many wheat fields
appear to be a week to 10 days or
more away from harvest maturity,
those in particularly dry areas are
progressing quickly and a few
fields in south central South
Dakota have already reached ma-
turity. As they began to harvest
the crop, some producers have
quickly learned that the test
weight was very low," Fanning
One such field produced wheat
that weighed 47 pounds per
"As test weights drop below 60
pounds per bushel discounts begin
to mount," Fanning said. "The low-
est test weight that wheat can be
marketed at grain elevators is 50
pounds per bushel, with discounts
in the neighborhood of 70 cents per
bushel at that level."
Fanning said there are several
potential reasons for wheat being
low in test weight, including
drought, root and crown rots, viral
diseases, fungal or bacterial foliar
diseases, scab, aphid feeding, etc.
"It is difficult to determine the
test weight of a wheat crop until it
is mature and harvested, but the
presence of a substantial percent-
age of shriveled and/or small ker-
nels should raise a red flag," he
If wheat is low in test weight,
one strategy Fanning suggested
may be to open the sieves on the
combine and turn up the wind in
hopes of blowing some of the
lighter, shriveled kernels out the
"Harvested wheat that is light
might also be cleaned aggressively
in an attempt to gain test weight,"
he said. "If the majority of the ker-
nels are lighter and shriveled, the
potential of gaining much test
weight by is likely to be limited."
If using either of these strate-
gies, Fanning said producers
would need to compare the benefit
of gaining test weight against the
yield loss due to blowing the light
seeds out the back of the combine
or aggressive cleaning.
The remaining options available
are to harvest the wheat and sell
it as feed wheat at a significant
discount or harvest as hay.
"Unfortunately, crop insurance
may not offer substantial coverage
for wheat that is low in test
weight. The adjustment for light
wheat doesn't reach significant
levels until the bushel weight
drops into the low 40 pounds per
bushel range," he said.
If considering harvesting the
crop as hay, Fanning reminds
growers to check herbicide, fungi-
cide or insecticide labels of any
products that have been applied
for the pre-harvest interval or if
the label allows harvesting as hay.
Low test weight wheat seen in some fields
The Prairie Doc Perspective The telltale heart
By Richard P. Holm M.D.
Do you remember the short story
“The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan
Poe? It ends with these words:
“… – no, no! They heard! – they
suspected! – they KNEW! – they
were making a mockery of my hor-
ror! … and now – again! – hark!
louder! louder! louder! …
‘Villains!’ I shrieked, ‘… I admit
the deed! – tear up the planks! here,
here! – It is the beating of his
hideous heart!”
I have a real story of a telltale
heart. His wife almost had to force
him to come to the E.R. She said he
was unusually irritable. Although he
typically kidded with me, this
evening the smile was gone. He com-
plained of a throbbing abdominal
discomfort that spread into a tearing
pain into his back. On exam he had
a pulsating abdominal mass and
upon listening with the stethoscope I
could hear a repeating and promi-
nent whoosh. My patient had the
telltale indications of a dissecting
abdominal aortic aneurysm.
The aorta is the largest blood ves-
sel that extends from the top of the
heart and it provides oxygenated
blood to virtually every cell in the
body. It is a multi-layered, high-pres-
sure hose that arches upward and
around sending tributaries to neck
and brain, arms and then down
through the chest past the di-
aphragm. Once it reaches the ab-
domen, the aorta sends branches to
bowels, kidneys, and finally splits to
the two femoral arteries providing
blood for the legs.
We measure the continuous pres-
sure exerted within the aorta in mil-
limeters of mercury, and its pres-
sures on average range from 120
down to 80, but in a hypertensive
person this can be much higher.
After many years of such pressure,
and especially after years of smok-
ing, the walls of this mighty vessel
can weaken and blood can split into
one of the layers of the vessel, dis-
sect down, and finally rupture or
blow out the vessel, causing immedi-
ate death.
Some 14,000 Americans die from
this condition each year and that
would be less if proper screening oc-
curred.  My patient did not die, but
he went to surgery and within hours
a new lining to his aorta was pro-
vided. Now, something like 10 years
later, he is still alive and joking with
I saw him last week, and listened
to the beating of his glorious, not
hideous, heart.
Page 14 • The Bison Courier • Thursday,August 8, 2013
Having just turned sweet 16,
Celine Trask was injured in a
ranch related accident late in
2012. She has endured many
surgeries and continues
strong in her rehabilitation
efforts. Please come and help
us celebrate Celine, her sweet
birthday, and her amazing
ongoing recovery.
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Free Will Supper ~ 5 p.m. · Live Auction to follow ~ 6 p.m.
Elm Springs Hall, Elm Springs, SD
To donate auction items
or for more information,
contact Shirrise Linn 798-2413,
Margaret NachtigaII 798-2365
or Arneson Auction 798-2525.
See Iist of items at:
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By Richard P. Holm M.D.
This week, in our little town in
South Dakota, a young man in his
twenties came into my office weep-
ing and scratching his arms and
legs.  I was expecting a rash-type
problem, when he blurted out that
he was injecting methampheta-
mine two to four times a day.  “It
has destroyed my life,” he said.  “I
used to have a job, insurance, a
house, and a life.  Now I have
nothing.  Please help me,” he
cried. I referred him to a rehab
center, but I don’t think he took
the help and he failed to return to
my next appointment.
By definition addiction is the
state of physical or psychological
dependence on a drug, which is li-
able to have a damaging effect.
It’s a habit, a compulsion, or an ob-
session, which turns around and
bites the user and everyone
nearby.  Alcoholism is the most
pervasive and obvious addiction in
our society.  If it doesn’t directly af-
fect you, most certainly it affects
someone dear to you. 
The potential for addiction is
part of our collective human na-
ture.  I dare say that every one of
us given just the right situation
would be addicted to one drug or
another, whether it be cigarettes,
pain medicines, sleeping pills,
marijuana, methamphetamine or
a fine red wine.
What is it that separates the ad-
dict from normal happy people
who are able to function in soci-
ety?  Some experts define addic-
tion and, specifically, alcoholism
with four features: craving, loss of
control, physical dependence, and
tolerance. Others add that addic-
tion means losing perspective
about what has value in life.  Vi-
sion of the surrounding world
dims, and instead the addict ob-
sesses on self and how to get an-
other shot, pill, snort, drag, or
drink.  Addiction accelerates like a
maelstrom into such selfness until
nothing else exists. 
It makes sense then that the op-
portunity for recovery comes with
the sacred message of the Golden
Rule: treating others with compas-
sion and fairness. Valuing others
is the key ingredient in order to
sober- up the self-absorbed ad-
dicted individual.  It is no wonder
spiritual based programs for sobri-
ety are the most successful. 
No question, we are all at risk
for the selfish cycle of addiction,
and our best help comes by re-
learning how to care for others.
The Prairie Doc Perspective
Valuing others
Home Country Slim Randles
“Bert looks good this morning,
Doc,” Dud said, quietly. Three
stools down the counter, Bert
smiled and said, “Yes, I certainly
We turned toward our old pal.
“You heard that?”
“Sure did, guys,” he grinned.
He pointed to his ears. “Hearing
aids,” he said. We walked over and
looked, and sure enough.
“It was Maizie’s idea,” Bert said.
“She made the appointment and
everything. Said she was tired of
having the TV on so loud.”
“But it was a good idea, Bert,”
Doc said.
“Oh, I know. I’d been thinking
about it for some time, Doc, but
you know how a guy gets. You
never really want to admit you
need them, I guess. Truth is, I did-
n’t know how bad my hearing had
become until I got them. Yester-
day, when we got that little shower
… I heard the rain on the roof. I
heard a clock tick, too, and it’s
been years for both those things.”
“Both what things?” said Herb.
We all looked at each other. We
knew who should be next.
“Rain and clocks, Herb.”
“Oh … yeah.”
“The hearing test lady came in
the little room when the test was
over and asked me if I’d shot guns
a lot,” Bert said.
Bert’s younger days as a hunting
guide brought nods and chuckles
from us.
“There’s a range of sound that
loud noises can hurt, and I guess
that’s what happened with me.
Turns out, it’s also the range of
most women’s voices.”
He grinned. “That may have
something to do with Maizie’s
making that appointment for me.
Now I have no excuse when she
says things like ‘Take out the
trash’ and ‘When are you gonna
mow the lawn?’”
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The Bison Courier • Thursday, August 8, 2013 • Page 15
The SD Wine Pavilion at the
State Fair is becoming a tradition
for some fairgoers.
This is the only venue in the
state where people have the oppor-
tunity to taste samples from 11 of
South Dakota’s wineries, several
of the state’s breweries and eight
cheese manufacturing plants in
South Dakota.
The South Dakota Department
of Agriculture (SDDA) and the
winegrowers in South Dakota are
working together to host this pop-
ular attraction at the Fair. Fairgo-
ers can taste and purchase South
Dakota wines, beer, cheese and
other specialty food items, visit
with these value-added businesses
about their operations and learn
more about the state’s growing in-
dustries. Participants will be able
to pair the wine and beers with
South Dakota cheese and other
food products as well.
Tasting packages with over 30
varieties of South Dakota wine
and hand-crafted beers are avail-
able to purchase as well as bever-
ages by the glass to enjoy in the
wine garden. Wine-a-ritas, a re-
freshing blend of wine and mar-
garita mix, will also be available.
This year the South Dakota
Wine Pavilion will have many spe-
cials and features including a $5
savings on Border to Border wine
tasting packages Thursday only,
happy hour specials Thursday and
Friday, and 25 percent off select
cases on Monday.
“We work hard to create a very
pleasant atmosphere for fairgoers
to enjoy our state’s great wine,
beer, cheese and specialty foods,”
said Alison Kiesz (KEEZ), event
organizer for SDDA. “We want
consumers to learn more about
agriculture and the industries rep-
resented in the pavilion.”
The 2013 State Fair runs Thurs-
day, Aug. 29 – Monday, Sept. 2.
Preview day is Wednesday, Aug.
28. For more information on State
Fair events, contact the Fair office
at 800.529.0900 or visit You can also find the
State Fair on Facebook and Twit-
ter (@SDStateFair).
South Dakota made
wine, beer and
cheese featured at
State Fair
Page 16 • The Bison Courier • Thursday,August 8, 2013
Cool weather over the last week
could not have come at a better
time for corn. As most of the corn
fields in eastern South Dakota
have moved into pollination stage,
weather and climate become criti-
cal factors in determining final
yield, explained Laura Edwards,
SDSU Extension Climate Field
"Corn can be easily stressed dur-
ing its brief pollination period, as
both hot temperatures -mid-90s or
higher - and dry conditions can
negatively impact yield," she said.
"It's probably safe to say that the
cool weather of the last week or so
will not harm corn, and in fact
may extend the grain fill period."
Edwards added that the result
may actually lead to larger grain
size and that minimum tempera-
tures in the 40s, such as those over
the weekend (July 24 to July 25),
will not harm corn plants.
According to temperature data,
this growing season the accumu-
lated Growing Degree Days (GDD)
are near normal for most of the
corn growing region of the state.
Edwards said the forecast for
the next one to two weeks calls for
continued cooler than average
temperatures across most of South
"There is some increased chance
of rainfall in the same period, par-
ticularly across the southern coun-
ties. The only areas with the possi-
bility of some climate stress are
those corn fields in the far south-
eastern counties that are begin-
ning to show some signs of mois-
ture stress," she said. "Hopefully
enough timely rains this week and
next can prevent any substantial
yield loss in that area during this
critical period."
Cool pollination
period is good for
Meadow News
By Tiss Treib
Wednesday, Fred and Bev
Schopp were supper guests of Ray
and Julie Schopp and family.
Sunday dinner, Ray,
Krista and Justin Schopp and An-
drew Sackman were guests of
Fred and Bev Schopp.
Jerry Petik attended meetings in
Lemmon Tuesday.
On Thursday, Grant Petik ar-
rived in Lemmon to spend several
days visiting family in the area.
Friday, Jerry, Carolyn and
Grant Petik attended the Adams
County Fair in Hettinger. Jerry
and Carolyn were also Friday vis-
itors at Irene Young's and at
Thelma Lemke's where they
helped celebrate Thelma's birth-
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
(DBE) Goal – Town of Bison, Bison Mu-
nicipal Airport, Bison, South Dakota
for Fiscal years 2013 through 2016.
The Town of Bison, Bison Municipal
Airport hereby publishes a proposed
overall DBE goal. The proposed over-
all goal is 6.93% (six point, nine three
percent) (4.42% Race Neutral + 2.51%
Race Conscious) for Airport Improve-
ment Program (AIP) funded projects
during Federal Fiscal Years (FY) 2013-
2016. The methodology used in devel-
oping this goal is available for inspec-
tion between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.,
Monday through Friday at Bison City
Hall, Finance Office, 309 1st Ave W,
Bison, SD 57620 for 30 days from the
date of this publication.
The DBE Liaison Officer will receive
and consider public comments on the
proposed goal for 45 days from the date
of this publication.
The Town of Bison attempts to provide
reasonable accommodations for any
known disability that may interfere
with a person participating in any
service, program, or activity of the Air-
Comments may be submitted to:
Town of Bison
Beth Hulm, Finance Officer
PO Box 910
Bison, SD 57620-0910
For additional information and ques-
tions, please contact during normal
business hours.
[Published August 1 and August 8,
2013 for a total approximate cost of
Bison Town Board
Friday, July 12, 2013
7:00 p.m. City Hall
Chairman Juell Chapman called a
special meeting of the Bison Town
Board to order on Friday, July 12,
2013 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall. All
other trustees - Luke Clements, Matt
Butsavage Mike Lockert, David Ko-
pren - were in attendance. Others
present: Branden Landphere, contrac-
tor, Beth Hulm, finance officer and
Lita Wells, press.
DERS, etc.
073-2013 – Lockert moved, seconded
by Kopren to remove the current as-
phalt on the north side of Main Street
from 1st Ave. W. to where the pave-
ment ends, when tearing up the south
side of the same street to install the
storm sewer. Carried. (Trustees will
decide next spring whether to resur-
face with asphalt or to chip seal. Re-
placing the south side of the street is
included in the storm sewer contract;
the north side would be wholly at town
074-2013 – Lockert moved, seconded
by Clements to do a change order to
the original storm sewer contract and
to hire KBM, Inc. to engineer restruc-
turing of all culvert placements on
West Main Street, not already in-
cluded in the storm sewer contract,
from 1st Ave. W. to 7th Ave. W. Car-
Fence in ROW: A privately owned
fence in the south ditch along West
Main Street is in the Town’s right- of-
way. Approximately 500 feet of fence
needs to be taken down or relocated to
allow the contractor to grade the ditch
for the storm sewer project. Trustees
will ask the engineer to write a letter
to the owner of the fence giving her the
option of removing the fence herself or
allowing the contractor or city employ-
ees to do so at her expense.
Extended contract: The completion
date of the project, Sept. 30, 2013, may
need to be extended due to the project
start date being 12 days later than an-
Trustees are in receipt of the com-
pleted engineering report for a Waste-
water Treatment and Sanitary Sewer
Collection System, as prepared by En-
gineer Nick Hoffman, Interstate Engi-
neering, Spearfish, SD. There is a
Community Planning Grant to pay for
80% of the engineering fee. The next
step is to meet with Hoffman to priori-
tize projects. He will be invited to at-
tend the August 5 meeting, along with
Denise Livingston, who will assist in
writing a project grant application for
90/10 cost-share money.
JOB APPLICANTS Hulm will sched-
ule interviews with 3 applicants for the
Maintenance Worker vacancy for one
hour prior to the next meeting.
LATE CLAIMS The following claims
were presented and approved for pay-
ment. Avera, prof. fees, $60.90; SD One
Call, prof. fees, $19.95.
requesting removal of some trees sur-
rounding the runway at Bison Munici-
pal Airport. There has been a com-
plaint regarding unmowed grass in a
residential area. McKinstry will be
sent to investigate.
ADJOURNMENT Chairman Chap-
man adjourned the meeting at 8:50
Elizabeth Hulm, Finance Officer
Juell Chapman, Chairman
Town of Bison
[Published August 8, 2013 at a total
approximate cost of $37.78.]
The Bison Courier • Thursday, August 8, 2013 • Page 17
August 12, 2013
7:00 pm
1. Pledge of Allegiance
2. Call to Order
3. Consent Agenda
a. Approve Agenda
b. Minutes
c. Financial Reports
4. Approval of Claims –
5. Delegations –
6. NWAS report
7. Accreditation
8. State Report Card
9. Evaluation of staff
10. Smarter Balance Assessment/Com-
mon Core
11. Revision of Registration handbook
12. Eligibility Policy (second reading)
13. Grade posting requirements
14. Approve Handbooks – Elementary
Handbook, Secondary (7-12) Hand-
book, and Teacher Handbook
15. Tax Levy Approval –
16. Bid opening – Coal and Propane
17. Home School Applications –
18. Open Enrollment Application –
19. Approve Contracts – Head Start
Contract, Coaching contracts
20. Executive Session – For personnel
21. Superintendent Report – Mrs.
22. Adjournment –
[Published August 8, 2013 at a total
approximate cost of $15.33.]
DATE: July 29, 2013 TIME HELD:
7:00 p.m. KIND OF MEETING: Spe-
cial WHERE HELD: Boardroom
Beckman, Kari, Kvale, Thompson
Supt. Azevedo, Bus Mgr. Crow, Asst.
Bus. Mgr. Johnson
013. Motion by Arneson, second by
Thompson to enter executive session
to discuss personnel, pursuant to
SDCL 1-25-2(1) Motion carried.
Chairman Kvale declared the meet-
ing into executive session at 7:00 p.m.
and back in regular session at 8:14
014. Motion by Kari, second by Arne-
son to increase the secretary staff pay
by $2.00 per hour, effective immedi-
ately. Motion carried.
015. Motion by Arneson,second by
Kari to adjourn the meeting at 8:36
p.m. Motion carried.
Dan Kvale, Chairman
Bonnie Crow, Business Manager
[Published August 8, 2013 at a total
approximate cost of $14.46.]
PRO No. 13-10
In the Matter of the Estate of )
ILMA G. GABRIEL, Deceased.)
Notice is given that on the 9th day of
July , 2013, Faye F. Schalesky,
whose address is 16502 156th Street,
Faith, SD 57626, was appointed as
Personal Representative of the Estate
of Ilma G. Gabriel.
Creditors of decedent must file their
claims within four months after the
date of the first publication of this No-
tice or their claims may be barred.
Claims may be filed with the Personal
Representative or may be filed with
the Clerk, and a copy of the claim
mailed to the Personal Representative.
Dated this 15th day of July, 2013.
/s/ Faye F. Schalesky
16502 156th Street
Faith, SD 57626
Patricia Peck
Perkins County Clerk of Courts
P.O. Box 426
Bison, SD 57620
(605) 244-5626
Dale R. Hansen
Hansen Law, PC
P.O. Box 580
Sturgis, SD 57785
(605) 347-2551
[Published July 25, August 1, August
8, August 16, 2013 at a total approxi-
mate cost of $77.35.]
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We had a couple nice rains this
week, just short of an inch on Fri-
day and 33 hundredths Sunday
morning. Most of the haying is fin-
ished, the guys are busy hauling
hay, and harvest has started. It’s
unusual to see green out on the
prairie this time of year, but we’re
very thankful for all the beautiful
grass in the pastures.
Sen. Maher and I attended a
meeting between the Grand River
Grazing District and the Dakota
Prairie Grasslands Forest Service
officials at the Dakota Lodge in
Lemmon Tuesday. This was a re-
view of the Forest Service’s pre-
scribed burn of Pasture 3B that
got out of control and destroyed al-
most 14,000 acres of government
pasture and privately owned
grassland. South Dakota Secre-
tary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch
and Courtney De La Rosa came
from Pierre for the meeting and
North Dakota was represented by
Shirley Meyer from Sen.
Heitkamp’s office and by Jon
Cameron from Sen. Hoeven’s of-
fice. Most of the local fire depart-
ments attended and reported that
they have been reimbursed for the
expenses incurred in fighting the
fire. The firemen stressed the crit-
ical need for better radio commu-
nication between the Forest Serv-
ice and the fire departments.
Members of Grand River Grazin
met with Forest Service represen-
tatives to determine what was
learned from the catastrophic fire
and what would be the best
method of handling crested wheat
grass that wouldn’t involve burn-
ing. Grand River Grazing Associa-
tion Pres. Tim Smith asked if the
Forest Service would work on a
burn plan with the association and
Grassland Supervisor Dennis
Neitzke agreed, asking that they
work together to develop a plan for
management goals.
The Buffalo Youth Rodeo finals
were in Buffalo Wednesday after-
noon. We didn’t make it in to
watch the grandkids but they did
okay without us. Trig was wonder-
ing what Bryce was going to do
with all the buckles she won cuz
she doesn’t have enough belts to
put them on. He thought she’d
have been better off to win some of
the cool stuff he won!
Many of the neighbors are busy
putting up garden produce and
making jam, jelly, pickles, syrup,
etc. I canned 21 quarts of cherries
this week, made a cherry pie, two
carrot cakes, two chocolate zuc-
chini cakes, and a couple quarts of
pickled cucumber salad. My sister
gave me three heads of cabbage, so
tomorrow I’m making sauerkraut.
Yum! Oh, if any of you need dill for
pickles, call me. I have a whole
garden full of it. There’s a reason
that stuff is called dill weed.
Isabel’s annual celebration was
this weekend. There was an
alumni reunion Friday evening, a
parade, barbeque and ice cream
social on Saturday, and rodeos on
Saturday and Sunday. Sen. Maher
called to tell me that George Boldt
was furnishing a vehicle to haul us
through the parade.
George’s antique manure
spreader was perfect for hauling
around a couple politicians! Curtis
Witte pulled the old manure
spreader with an antique tractor,
also belonging to George Boldt,
and thankfully, he didn’t engage
the spreader after we were aboard.
Curtis said his wife wanted to put
a sign on the back of the manure
spreader that said “Spreading
ObamaCare”, but since both of the
politicians he was hauling are
adamantly opposed to Oba-
maCare, they decided against it,
at least while we were aboard!
Sunday was the first church
service held in the new Bethlehem
Lutheran Church at Ludlow. The
building was originally the chapel
at Sky Ranch for Boys south of
Camp Crook. When Sky Ranch
closed, the church bought the
building, had it moved to Ludlow
near where the old church once
stood, and remodeled it inside and
out. Chase Stugelmeyer and
Trevor Gress were confirmed dur-
ing the service on Sunday, the first
class to be confirmed in the new
building. Having a church in Lud-
low again is wonderful and we con-
gratulate not only Chase and
Trevor, but the entire Bethlehem
Lutheran congregation!
Reub and I picked Bob Hanson
up in Bison Sunday evening and
took him with us to Bible study at
John and Corinne Erickson’s
ranch. Brad and Linda Abelseth
and Les and Sharon Longwood
joined us for a delightful evening.
When we picked Bob up, he let us
listen to a message on his answer-
ing machine from another old sol-
dier. His friend, who is 94 or 95, al-
ways calls Bob on the anniversary
of the day Bob was critically in-
jured by the Germans in France
and taken prisoner. Bob was tick-
led that he didn’t get to the phone
in time, because now his answer-
ing machine has preserved the
message so he can listen to the
voice of his friend again and again.
Bob told us a story he forgot to
tell Jan Swan Wood when she in-
terviewed him a couple weeks ago.
Bob was a member of Pres. Roo-
sevelt’s security detail when FDR
visited his son Elliot Roosevelt’s
ranch in Texas. Bob was armed
with a 50 caliber machine gun that
he carried pointed into the air. A
FBI agent walked by where Bob
was standing and asked, “Is that
thing loaded?” while the agent
reached over and touched the trig-
ger! Thankfully the shell went
straight into the air, but the re-
sulting blast certainly got every-
one’s attention!
Our ride through the Isabel cow-
boy community parade in the old
manure spreader made me think
of this joke Debbie Kahl sent me
years ago entitled Country Poli-
A busload of politicians was
driving down a country road, when
suddenly the bus ran off the road
and crashed into an old farmer's
The farmer got off his tractor
and went to investigate. Soon he
dug a hole and buried the politi-
cians. A few days later, the local
sheriff came out, saw the crashed
bus and asked the old farmer
where all the politicians had gone.
The farmer told him he had
buried them.
The sheriff asked the farmer,
"Lordy, were they ALL dead?"
The old farmer said, "Well, some
of them said they weren't, but you
know how them crooked politi-
cians lie."
Grand River Roundup ............................................................... By Betty Olson
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Bison Housing & Redevelop-
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Heights housing facility. A job
description can be picked up on
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and Clyde Green and their sister
Emoline Green Terry settled in
Perkins County in the early 1900s.
Their other sister lived in the
Huron area and is the grand-
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SD. We are trying to find informa-
tion on the Green Family in this
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a HS Math Instructor (w/wo Head
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patrol and other law enforcement
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G.E.D. required. Certified Officer
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