Volume 29 Number 48 May 17, 2012

Includes Tax


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

a warm welcome when they moved their meeting to Lemmon last week. Garrett Schweitzer, speaking on behalf of Mayor Neal Pinnow, formally welcomed the board to his town and addressed some exciting things that are happening there. Lemmon’s Chamber of Commerce furnished a complimentary lunch, served by staff from R Bar Café during the noon hour. The meeting took place at Dakota Lodge. Immediately, following the meeting on Tuesday afternoon, the county board was given a tour of the new senior citizens facilities in the old Car Quest building. The meeting in Lemmon is an annual trip for County Commissioners, at the beginning of their budgeting process, when short meetings are scheduled with various entities in the Lemmon area regarding county subsidies for the next calendar year. Budget talks will continue into late summer and, by September, the board and their finance officer Sylvia Chapman will approve an expenditure budget based on projected revenues for Perkins County. Groups that visited the boardroom last Tuesday included the Lemmon Volunteer Fire Dept, Lemmon EMTs, Three Rivers Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Center, Lemmon’s Senior Citizens and Western SD Senior Meal Service, Arrow Public Transit, Lemmon Jr. Livestock Show, the Lemmon grandstands committee and Lemmon Area Charitable and Economic Development. Firefighters Chad Baumgarten and Harlan Hess asked for the same $20,000 for training and equipment that they’ve requested before. “Hopefully you can fund that request so we can keep up with our training,” Baumgarten
OIL & GAS issues and possible impacts on our chapter area if the Bakken patch expands south will be the topic at the Western Plains Action Group meeting on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at Smokey’s in Meadow, SD. Come early and order supper by 6:30 pm. Meeting time is 7:00 pm. This meeting is open to the public. For more information call chapter chair Corinne Erickson 605-244-5462 or chapter organizer Jessica Miller 605716-2200. Rummage sale at Vera Kraemer’s on Friday, June 1, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 201 East Carr St. Some of the proceeds will be used to fill 4th of July Care Packages for deployed soldiers. Any-

Budget requests heard at commisssion meeting Decision reversed on school By Beth Hulm said. past year. wrestling cooperative County commissioners received Likewise, EMTs Wendy Block Arrow Public Transit, repreand Joanne Ericsson are satisfied with their allotment. They receive 37 cents per mile to help pay fuel and maintenance costs for their ambulance, plus $40 per trip, which covers their supplies. In addition, they have been receiving $200/month for the utilities in their building. They make approximately 200 runs per year. Becky Newhall, the relatively new business manager for LIVE, Inc., had high praise for the work that LIVE, Inc. and Arrow Public Transit do in this rural area. She asked for an additional $300 over and above what they received in 2011. Her request was “particularly because the clients that we serve are aging.” Susan Sandgren, Three Rivers, asks for the same $7,395 every year. So far, she has been successful is acquiring $6,000 annually from the county coffers, which covers a portion of costs for those who have financial difficulties but need services. Medicaid and state contracts fund the majority of their programs. “Our finances are in real tough shape,” according to senior citizen representative Jim Lorenz. The seniors are currently moving to their new facility, which was donated to them, but they need parking lot and sidewalk repairs to the tune of $50,000 to $60,000. Last year, the county budgeted $1,250 for the seniors. “I’d kind of like to see if you couldn’t double that for us,” Lorenz said. The seniors will be doing some fundraising themselves and have rent-paying tenants in others parts of the building; they’ll also sell the old building by sealed bids but will still have a shortfall. On the sunny side of things, Lorenz announced that membership at the senior center has tripled in the sented by Chris Block, isn’t asking for more that the $4,000 that they received in 2011’s budget but “our vehicles are getting older,” she said. Service in Lemmon and for out-of-town trips account for nearly 50,000 trips annually. Assisting people with their medical trips and delivering meals on wheels is “economical” for Arrow’s clients and “keeps people in their home,” according to Block. It’s a mission of Western Senior Citizens, Rapid City, to keep seniors living at home as long as possible by providing a nutritious meal five times each week. “Many of those people would be in nursing homes if it weren’t for our program,” said Marcia Murrey, Rapid City, who was accompanied by Helen Bergenheier, site manager. While some centers across the state have been forced to close, “Lemmon and Bison are doing well,” Murrey said. The financial situation is dire, however. Fundraising efforts are down and there has been a loss of some grant money. The program is operating $5,000 in the red. Last year, Commissioners actually gave Western Senior Citizens double what they requested – $3,000 vs. $1,500. Koreen Anderson, Brad Sigvaldsen and Renae Gebhart spoke on behalf of the Lemmon Jr. Livestock Show, which will be the 70th Annual, in 2012. Traditionally, they’ve received a $3,500 annual subsidy from Perkins County. Anderson stuck around to join her son Jack Anderson to talk about the grandstand project at the arena. That group has received $2,500 annually in the past from the county budget; in 2013, they are asking for $5,000 in hopes of retiring the bank loan that was borrowed five years ago at the be continued on page 22
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By Beth Hulm A little over a month ago, Bison school board members voted to enter a varsity wrestling cooperative with the Lemmon school district. On Monday night they reversed their decision. Instead, the junior high program will continue for at least one more year. Local board members had been led to believe that Bison wrestlers would abide by Bison school’s eligibility rules while being part of Lemmon’s program. Bison’s rules allow homeschooled students to participate in athletics and two of the four to five boys who would wrestle from Bison next year are in homeschooling programs. Lemmon’s policy disallows homeschooled participation and they won’t sign a cooperative agreement if Bison is to bring those boys into their program. Coach Tracy Collins is frustrated and he won’t disappoint his team. “I don’t know where to go with it,” he told the school board on Monday night. He agreed to continue with his coaching duties and to run a junior high program from Bison next year but he wants the door left open to pursue another cooperative in the future. First grade teacher Lola Hedstrom represented Bison Education Association to present a new finalized negotiated agreement. “There are very few changes to the agreement this year,” she said. The schedule for Friday tutoring days has been revised; the salary schedule remains the same. Teachers will, however, receive a four percent pay hike plus any eligible steps on the schedule. Extracurricular coaches and advisors will realize a 10 percent pay in-

crease. Making it official, the agreement was signed by both the board chairman, Dan Kvale, and the president of the board’s negotiating committee, Dan Beckman. Heidi Collins was the spokesperson for support staff contracts for next year. “I’m one individual speaking for 13 people,” she said. She preferred to do her talking behind closed doors. Following an executive session, which lasted nearly an hour, classified staff received a 40 cent per hour raise and five snow days. Also in preparation for next school year, elementary teachers presented a “guided reading series” that they would like to order. When it comes to ordering textbooks, teacher Michelle Stockert said, “Reading is the area we’d like to address first.” Stockert’s colleagues Heidi Kopren, Shelby Miles and Hedstrom had input. The new books would cost approximately $19,000 but would be used for several years in kindergarten through sixth grades. Old books would not be disposed of. “We want more reading, not less,” Hedstrom said. Business Manager Bonnie Crow said that maybe some of the expense could be paid from Title I grant money. Music instructor Darren Jackson had two proposals to discuss with the board. His music program has experienced “rebirth,” he said, increasing to around 30 students, compared to a mere three when Jackson first took the music position at Bison school. First, he talked about starting a jazz/rock band with 10 to 12 students, who would have to audition for their chairs. He’d meet with continued on page 11

Bison Cemetery clean-up is Saturday, May 19 at 9 a.m., everyone's help would be appreciated!

body who wants to donate rummage sale items to the campaign should call Vera, 244-5779 or Beth Hulm, 2445231. Fabrics, children, baby and women’s clothing, housewares, Avon products and more.

Highlights & Happenings
Graduation Open House for Nathan and Valarie Burkhalter on Sunday afternoon, May 20 at the Burkhalter home in Prairie City. Come and go from 3:00-5:00 PM.

MEMORIAL DAY WREATHS AND VASES AVAILABLE NOW!! The Jolly Ranchers 4H Club has partnered with the Bison Food Store to offer for sale to the public, beautiful Memorial Day Wreaths and Vases. They are made of recycled products, hand crafted by the Jolly Ranchers

Preschool Open House: Christ Lutheran Preschool will be having an open house / registration for the 2012 - 2013 school year on Wednesday, May 23rd from 1 - 6 p.m. Registration will be in the church basement. Children must be 4 years old before September 1, 2012 to register. For more information please contact Sarah Juergens at 244-5636.

Please remember to keep voting for Jessica Johnson who is competing in the "Rising Star of the West" scholarship competition. You can vote once each day on each computer without registering. The steps include: 1.) Go to www.blackhillsfox.com 2.) Type Jessica Johnson's name in the "Search" box in the upper right-hand

White goods and branches: The Town of Bison will pick up white goods from curb sites on Wednesday afternoon, May 23. All freon must be removed and the appliance tagged before items can be picked up. The town maintenance crew will pick up tree branches, etc., beginning Thursday, May 24.

corner of the screen 3.) Scroll down and "click" on any news story about Jessica 4.) Click on the "Rising Star of the West" Box on the right side of the screen 5.) Click on "View Entries" at the top of the screen 6.) You will, then, be able to listen to all of the presentations 7.) You can vote for Jessica and the other contestants with one being the lowest score and ten being the highest score. Please keep voting-(every day)--as Jessica will be on again at the end of this week and, then, for another two weeks after that. Thank you so much for taking the time to vote for Jessica, as your VOTES are very IMPORTANT!

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Dakota State University in Madison, S.D., held the spring commencement ceremony Saturday, May 5, at 10:30 a.m. in the DSU Fieldhouse. Dakota State awarded 4 doctorate, 34 masters, 169 baccalaureate and 42 associate degrees. The baccalaureate and associate degrees awarded included spring and summer graduates. Bison - Emily Chapman, Bachelor of Business Administration in Management

Dakota State University holds spring commencement

Cattle producers are reminded to include Anthrax vaccination this spring
South Dakota cattle producers are encouraged to include anthrax vaccine in their vaccination program when they turn out cattle to summer pastures this spring, says Dr. Russ Daly, SDSU Extension Veterinarian and Dr. Dustin Oedekoven, South Dakota State Veterinarian. "Anthrax is a disease of cattle and other ruminants that results in sudden death in affected animals. It is also a potential human pathogen," said Daly, who also serves as the State Public Health Veterinarian. Anthrax is caused by bacteria that can develop an environmentally resistant spore form in the soil. When the right conditions exist, these spores can become available for cows to graze. Once eaten by cattle, the spores become activated and produce toxins within the body that cause rapid death. Anthrax can be prevented by vaccinating cattle with the anthrax vaccine for cattle which is widely available, inexpensive, and very effective. While the anthrax risk has been well-documented in many parts of South Dakota, and anthrax vaccination of cattle is routine in those areas, it is not always possible to predict where cases may occur. For this reason, Daly encourages South Dakota producers to use anthrax vaccine in their herds going to summer pastures. Daly says that flooding is an environmental factor which may aid in making the anthrax spores available to cattle. Cattle going onto pastures that have previously experienced flooding or into areas where anthrax has been documented in the past, should especially be candidates for vaccine. "Flooding disrupts the soil, washing up anthrax spores from lower soil levels. These spores then may be deposited on grass or other forage for the cows to eat after the pasture dries up, and warm temperatures occur," he said. He says 2011 floods may increase the risk of cattle coming in contact with anthrax this season. "The flooding experienced by many South Dakota Rivers in 2011, creates the possibility that anthrax spores that have been hidden for many years may now be made more available to cattle now able to graze those previously flooded areas," Daly said. If Anthrax is Suspected Contact Your Local Veterinarian or the Animal Industry Board During the summer, producers should take time to check all cattle frequently, says Oedekoven. "Cattle producers need to promptly investigate any unexpected deaths on pasture, whether in cows, bulls or calves," Oedekoven said. "With anthrax and many other diseases, treatments and preventive measures are available, and prompt action can help prevent excessive losses." If a producer suspects anthrax, Oedekoven says the case should be reported immediately to local veterinarians or to the State Veterinarian at 605-773-3321. Suspect carcasses should not be moved or disturbed until a diagnosis has been made. "Local veterinarians are excellent sources of information for cattle producers regarding anthrax," Oedekoven said.

Nutrition Site Menu
Thursday, May 17
Citrus chicken baked potato peas acini di pepe salad

Hamburger on w/w bun potato salad tomato slices on lettuce leaf cooked apples

Friday, May 18

SDSU extension launches sheepSD
SDSU Extension encourages South Dakota sheep producers to sign up for an exciting new learning opportunity called sheepSD. This 3-year course is modeled after SDSU Extension's Beginning Farmer/Rancher Program called beefSD. sheepSD has adopted the American Sheep Industry Association Goals to grow the industry to a point of economic sustainability for all levels of the sheep industry. sheepSD is designed to : •Help potential and beginning sheep ranchers enter and expand into the sheep industry. •Provide mentorship for beginning sheep ranchers from successful, established sheep ranchers. •Develop production and management skills for producer efficiency, profitability & sustainability. •Establish perpetual learning communities of sheep producers that will continue to seek knowledge and skills toward becoming progressive and prosperous ranchers. •Gain perspective of the global sheep industry and participate in marketing of industry products. Applications will be accepted through June 15, 2012. Producers will be selected based on their applications and an interview process which will begin in June and wrap up August 2012. South Dakota Sheep Grower's Association members and SDSU personnel will participate in the interview and selection process. An initial orientation meeting will occur the end of August followed by the official announcement of participants at the South Dakota Sheep Grower's Convention on September 29 at the Golden Hills Resort in Lead, S.D. To request an application, contact or Dave Ollila, SDSU Extension Sheep Field Specialist (605) 394-1722, or Jeff Held, SDSU State Sheep Specialist (605) 6907033.

Monday, May 21
Taco salad whole wheat roll fruit & pudding

Chicken alfredo harvest beets 2 tbsp cranberry sauce apple juice fruit cocktail Steak & tater stew orange juice fruit apple crisp w/topping whole wheat crackers

Tuesday, May 22

Wednesday, May 23

Love you Grandpa Merle & Grandma Cheryl

Happy 4th Birthday Matson!

Letter to the Editor
The way we raise and educate our children is important to everyone in our community, state and nation. If effects the youngest child to the most elderly person. It is obvious how it effects children, but doe it effect the rest of us? As the saying goes, “Our children are our future.” What and how our children learn will have a lasting effect on them for the rest of their lives. They will become our future doctors, teachers, service providers, etc. How well our future leaders are developed will developed will determine the quality of life we all will have. I have no doubt most every parent and educator wants the best for our young people. What is best for them may be the real question we must ask ourselves. About 30 years ago some well intended but miss guided people, cam up with a plan to elevate this nation’s test scores to better compete with other industrial nations around the globe. Their plan was to raise every child’s self-esteem. The theory was, if our children thought better of themselves, that would equate to better work in the classroom thus having higher standardized test scores. This may be good in theory but it has had a negative effect on our children. First, they did not distinguish between self-concept and self-esteem. Many use these term interchangeably but there is a difference. Secondly, they falsified the children’s self-concept. No matter the quality of work that was done, the adults told the children they had done well. This began over 25 years ago on the West Coast and has now spread across our nation. Our children are growing up not knowing what a “good job” really is. I have witnessed these changes over the course of my educational career. There are ways of combating this situation we now find ourselves in but it will take everyone’s efforts to do so. As adults, we owe it to our children and ourselves to raise and educate our children so they can truly be successful in their lifetimes. /s/ Gale Patterson Wall, SD

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Birthday party open house and card shower for Esther Johnson’s 97th Birthday Friday May 25th at 2:00 p.m. at the Sugar Shack in Lemmon.
Cards can be sent to Esther at 12785 168th Ave, Bison, SD 57620

Lindsey Hendrickson honored for Academic Excellence Master Gardeners plant sale huge success
all who have helped them achieve. The governor credited America's commitment to public education; a value he said was reinforced during his recent trip to Afghanistan. He also said students should be thankful to taxpayers who fund the state's public education system and to teachers, who helped students understand the importance of learning. Gov. Daugaard stressed that students should also take time to express gratitude to their parents, many of whom were in attendance with the honorees. "Let's thank Mom and Dad most of all," he said. "They made it all possible." Since 1990, ASBSD has schools to identify the top 1 percent of the state's graduating students to be recognized at the Academic Excellence Recognition Banquet. This year, approximately 550 students, parents and educators attended the event. Associated School Boards of South Dakota is a private, nonprofit association representing more than 850 local school board members, the 150 school districts they govern and the students they serve. The mission of ASBSD is partnering, advocating and leading.

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Lindsey Hendrickson and Gov.Dennis Daugaard PIERRE -- The entire state should celebrate the accomplishments of South Dakota's top-performing students. Gov. Dennis Daugaard told a room full of highachieving seniors during the 22nd Annual Academic Excellence Banquet, held April 30 in Pierre. The event, hosted by Associated School Boards of South Dakota and sponsored by the South Dakota Community Foundation and Citibank, recognizes the top 1 percent of the 2012 graduating class. Each of the state's public, private and tribal schools are asked to identify one student for every 100 graduating seniors. Gov. Daugaard opened his ad-

dress by complimenting students for their hard work and dedication. "On behalf of all South Dakotans, congratulations on your accomplishments," he said. We are very, very proud of you." The governor invited the soonto-be-graduates to dream big and summon their perseverance to follow through on their aspirations. "You have the talent and ability to make big ideas a reality," Daugaard said, adding later that talent, intelligence and education mean little without persistence and determination. Gov. Daugaard called the celebration a time for thanksgiving, encouraging students to recognize

Tammy Buer browses the huge selection of bedding plants.

Dr. Jason M. Hafner Dr. David J. Prosser

Every 1st Wed. of the month Every 3rd Wed. of the month

Buffalo Clinic

Faith Clinic

Lines from the bookshelf
Peanut Butter Gang” by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. is a collection of wise words from young hearts. It is a book of insightful one-liners from kids of all ages along with their illustrations. There is a page on teachers which includes “When teachers are mad, they don’t blink”, “Teachers aren’t Einsteins” and best of all “Teachers are the best people in the whole world”. It is a fun book of wisdom that will give you a chuckle. The 2012 Graduates have reached a goal and I am sure feel that the world is theirs. Yet the future is uncertain and as I remember back to that time so many years ago there was a sense of wonder. How is this all going to work out? There has to be a lot more to learn. Well, in case there are still a few questions in the inquisitive mind, there is a book called “How do they do That” by Caroline Sutton that answers some of the questions you may have been wondering about and might not have learned in school. How does a polygraph detect lies? How do they charm snakes? How do magicians saw a woman in half? How do they suspend suspension bridges? This book has the answers to these questions and many more things that we just take for granted. One of the concerns with graduation is maintaining friendships when life takes everybody in different directions. “The Girls From Ames” by Jeffrey Zaslow is a story of women and a forty year friendship. It is the story of eleven childhood friends who formed a special

Impatiens were in full bloom.


By Vi Leonard I feel like I am in a time warp. Can it really be time for school to be out? I’m sure that the school year has been plenty long for the kids and teachers who are looking forward to a change of pace. The last day of school is sort of a rite of passage. Now you have moved up in the ranks to the next level. I do know that the Library is planning a summer reading program for all ages, even a book group for teens who might be interested. When the excitement of all the summer activities begin to wear off, a good book can fill some quiet hours. Watch for the details soon. I am quite sure that very few, if any young people read this column, but still I am going to direct some books to that group today. I am hoping that maybe you readers will suggest them to those teens that may be inclined to read something that might help them move into the future. “Wit and Wisdom from the

bond growing up in Ames, Iowa. They all went different ways after graduation but the bonds they had developed stayed with them through triumph and tragedy. It is good reading for anyone but especially a recent graduate who might be wondering how to keep those relationships alive and well. “The Road Ahead” by Bill Gates is about his vision for the future into the information highway that is ahead of us. This is not a new book, and many of the things he predicts have happened, and continue to happen. The reason I am including it here is because he saw a vision and had the courage to follow it, even though dropping out of college and following his instincts wasn’t quite the expected norm at that time. He followed his heart and we all know what happened. Our Library has been on the receiving end of his great success. The last books I want to mention are a couple “Chicken Soup” books. There is one for the teenage soul and another for the College soul. These are books of very short stories that deal with things teens and college students go through all the time. These stories will make you laugh and cry, just like life does. There are stories about dreams realized and loves lost; about overcoming shyness and surviving a suicide. Each story speaks to you, not at you. The college “soul” moves on to focus on the critical years when students are setting a path for their future in a new environment. Congratulations to the Graduates!!

Randy & Diane Vetter invite ALL to come and celebrate their 20th Anniversary with a dance at the Prairie Lounge on May 26th at 8:30 p.m.
Music by Play One Drink One


Our Friends, Our Family, Our Future

Celebrate our love with us June 2, 2012, 2 - 4 p.m. at the Legion in Bison, SD. Everyone Welcome! Austin & Timara Kopren

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Farm safety comes to Bison Elementary

Bison Elementary students enjoyed a morning out of the classroom learning about farm safety on Monday, April 30th. Students in grades kindergarten though 6th traveled through 6 different sessions on Farm Safety. The students learned about grain bins, tractors, ATVs, poisonous weeds, animal safety, and electricity safety. They also had to the opportunity to hear from a farm accident survivor and see his prosthetic leg. The students learned about do and don’ts on the farm. Every student in Bison Elementary received a t-shirt about Farm Safety with the help from South Dakota Farm Bureau, Southwest Grain, Bank of the West, Dacotah Bank, Gebhart Ranch, Stateline Designs, Grand Electric Cooperative, Northwest Supply, Shane Penfield, Attorney at Law, Prof. LLC, West River Telephone, Bison Grain, Current Connection, and Dakota Farm Equipment.

•Tractor accidents on farms cause the highest number of fatalities with tractor overturns accounting for 44 percent of all tractor fatalities. •Fruit farms have the highest work injury rate among various specified agricultural operations (233 injuries per million hours of exposure). The 1989 rate for all farms is 20.0 compared with 4.2 for all industry.

Males have a higher injury rate than females and hired workers have higher injury rates than family members.

Palace Theater

Pastors Perspective
Church of Christ, Faith Calvin Chapman, Pastor

The Pirates! Band of Misfits
May 18 - 20surround
sound Lemmon 374-5107 8:00 p.m. nightly

PG 88 minutes

Life is not a race-but indeed a journey. Be honest. Work hard. Be choosy. Say “thank you”, “I love you” and “great job” to someone each day. Go to church, take time for prayer. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Let your handshake mean more than pen and paper. Love your life and what you’ve been given, it is not accidental; search for your purpose and do it as best you can. Dreaming does matter. It allows you to become that which you aspire to be. Laugh often. Appreciate the little things in life and enjoy them. Some of the best things really are free. Do not worry, less wrinkles are more becoming. Forgive, it frees the soul. Take time for yourself-plan for longevity. Recognize the special people you’ve been blessed to know. Live for today, enjoy the moment. -unknown

Living Life

The Bison Courier • Thursday, May 17, 2012 • Page 5 Obituary
Marilyn Mundahl
earned a teaching certificate. She then taught at Johnson School, in South Dakota for one year. She married Robert Mundahl on June 19, 1950, which was the last wedding in that church, and to this union four children were born. At age 25, she joined the Lutheran Church. Robert and Marilyn worked the farm in Perkins County until 1993 when they retired to Spearfish. In addition to raising her children, through the years she was a substitute teacher and taught piano lessons. She was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Spearfish. Marilyn was blessed with an amazing musical talent. Music was an integral, essential part of her life and she shared her gifts with the community in many ways. She taught piano lessons to many children, and played for countless social and church groups. She was a member of the Hometowners Singing Group, and accompanied the Borderline Singers men’s group. Until the time of her death, she played for the Spearfish Senior’s Center and the David M. Dorsett Healthcare Center. Her love of music was shared with all of her children and grandchildren, and will be a lasting legacy for which we will always be thankful. Survivors include her daughter Marla (Tom) Braaten, Hettinger; sons, Michael (Teri) Mundahl, Billings, Montana and Thomas (Susan) Mundahl, St. Louis Park, Minnesota; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Bob (Helen) Lewis, Hettinger; and sister, Pat (Bill) Ohnemus, Spearfish. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, son, Douglas Dean and one grandson. Memorial services will be at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Karen Matuska officiating. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Our Saviors Lutheran Church. Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapels. Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com

Martha Pauline "Polly" Hahn
her last years and we are all very thankful. Born in Wallace, Michigan, March 23,1925, to Paul and Lydia Orloff, Polly was a Godly woman who taught Bible studies, loved missionaries, encouraged many thru correspondence and creative writing; loved cooking, gardening, quilting, and reading. She enjoyed baking cookies for her grandchildren and passed her love of chocolate to all of us! Polly was married for 52 years to Earl Hahn and lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and LaGrange Illinois before moving to Weaverville, NC. She is survived by two brothers, Dan and Phil, and one sister, Laura; her six children: Wendy, Maureen, Gary, Jennie, Dave and Phil: twelve grandchildren, and twenty-nine great-grandchildren. She will be buried in Bronswood Cemetery, in Oakbrook, Illinois, next to her husband, Earl.

Mundahl, 81, of Marilyn Spearfish, passed away on May 7, 2012 at Spearfish Regional Hospital. Marilyn was born on December 8, 1930 to Murrel and Agnes (Olson) Lewis in Hettinger, North Dakota. She was baptized in the Evangelical United Bretheran Church. She started grade school at Ellingson, South Dakota, and graduated from Hettinger High School in 1949. She attended Black Hills Teachers College and

Martha Pauline Hahn (Polly), of Weaverville, North Carolina, passed peacefully from her own home into her Heavenly Home Sunday, May 6, 2012, after living a faith-filled eighty-seven years. Her daughter, Jennie, faithfully and lovingly attended her during

John (Jack) R. Roggenkamp
Brookings, South Dakota. In 1959 they moved to Chicago and Jack studied at the Illinois College of Optometry, completing his Doctor of Optometry degree in 1962. He began a lifetime career as an educator, administrator, and director of training clinics for optometrists. He worked at the Illinois College of Optometry, Pennsylvania College of Optometry, and lastly at Pacific University College of Optometry beginning in 1976 and retiring in 2000. Throughout his career, he mentored many students and new faculty members. He felt especially gratified by the success that he saw at Pacific University in their development of the optometric education program, which trained optometrists to enhance their patients' vision and quality of life. Jack was a lifetime member of the American Optometric Association, Oregon Optometric Physician's Association, and Portland Metropolitan Optometric Society. Throughout his career he received many awards and honors. That which he held most dear was being at home with his wife and family. His daughter and grandchildren brought him great delight. Throughout his life he was a voracious reader. He loved to learn and continued throughout his life to learn about a variety of subjects. He was well informed and could "fix anything." Prior to his illness, he enjoyed traveling, especially travel by train; he loved a new adventure. He approached death as he approached life; he was realistic, curious, and interested, sometimes reporting to Janice what he was experiencing. He was prepared, at peace, and had done all he could to ease the pain of those he leaves behind. He is survived by his mother, Catherine Williams of Bison; wife, Janice, daughter, Dawn, and grandchildren: Jay Watkins and Madison, Jackie, Tyler, and Declan Moothart, all of Portland, Oregon; sisters: Karen (Llewellyn) Englehart, Corinne (John) Erickson, and Holly (Lynn) Waddell, all of Bison; brothers: Warren (Joyce) Williams, Golden, Colorado and Bruce Roggenkamp, Seminole, Florida; sister-in-law Donna (Jim) McLaird, Mitchell, South Dakota plus many nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service was held in Hillsboro, OR with another to follow at a later date in South Dakota. Memorial gifts may be given to The Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families, 3903 S.E. 52nd Ave., P.O. Box 86852, Portland, OR, 97286. Jack's family thanks Providence Hospice for excellent care given during the last months of his life making it possible for him to remain at home as he had wished, First Congregational United Christ of Hillsboro for his memorial service, and many individuals who were helpful and supportive during his illness and after his death.

Sunday School 9:30 a.m. • Worship Service - 10:30a.m. Wednesday Prayer Mtg. - 6:30 p.m.

Grace Baptist Church • Pastor Phil Hahn Church of Christ

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

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

Christ Lutheran Church WELS •
Pastor Gerhardt Juergens

John (Jack) Roggenkamp passed away April 23, 2012 at the age of 74. As he had wished, he died at his home in Portland, his wife, Janice, and daughter, Dawn, were at his side. Jack was born in Evergreen Park, Illinois, on June 22, 1937 to John and Catherine (Piskac) Roggenkamp. At the age of 5 he and his sister moved with their mother to western South Dakota where she married George Williams. He grew up on his Dad George’s ranch near Bison attending rural elementary schools. He attended high school in Chicago for 2 years then returned to South Dakota graduating from Lemmon High School in 1955. He studied at South Dakota State University and met his beloved, Janice Hillman of Faulkton, South Dakota. They were married June 8, 1957 in

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

Coal Springs Community Church Pastors Nels & Angie Easterby

Seventh Day Adventist Church • Pastor Donavon Kack
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 - 11:00 a.m. Sabbath School - 10:30 a.m., Worship Service - 11:00 a.m.

First Presbyterian Church • Pastor Florence Hoff, CLP
Worship Service -10:30 a.m. • 9:30 Sunday School all ages welcome Reva • Sunday School 10:00 a.m., Worship Service - 11:00 a.m. WMF 2nd Wednesday at 1:00 p.m., Confirmation every Wednesday

Holland Center Christian Reformed Church Pastor Brad Burkhalter • Lodgepole
Worship Service - 8:00 a.m.

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

Beckman Wesleyan Church • Pastor Brad Burkhalter

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Town and Country is last hanger-on in long line of Extension Clubs
A sign of the times
By Beth Hulm Back in 1925, the Grand River Extension Club paved the way for many others like it in Perkins County. The Happy Hour Club joined them in 1928 and ten years later there were 21 clubs scattered across the county, boasting a total of 309 members. In 2000, there were only four clubs left in the county. The Domestic Leaders, Lemmon, fell first; then in 2010, the 70-year Moreau River Club, south Bison, disbanded. Also, after more than 70 years as an extension club, HandE-Hands, south Prairie City, ceased to exist at the end of 2011. It is a sign of the times that today there is only one Perkins County club left standing. The 2012 roster of the 58-year old Town and Country Club, Bison, lists 17 members. In addition, there are two women, who are unattached to an individual club but continue to pay dues and keep their membership in the statewide Community and Family Extension Leaders (CFEL) organization About half of the current membership met on a recent Saturday in April for the Area I meeting. Once, those area meetings - or district meetings, as they used to be called - brought together more than a hundred extension homemakers from a four-county radius. Homemakers clubs in Corson, Ziebach and Dewey Counties have called it quits. A few members in Harding County now join Perkins in comprising Area I. The nine women who gathered last month were no less enthusiastic than a larger group would’ve been as they conducted the annual business meeting, under the leadership of Bernice Kari, chairman and Donna Erhart, secretary/treasurer. Alice Holcomb, Harding County, absent that day, is the vice chair,. The day included entertainment by Linda Mohagen and her puppet friends, Reva,; a presentation by Heather Brixey, Prairie City, who spoke about her mission travels to Swaziland and Honduras; judging of hand-crafted items for a cultural arts exhibit at the upcoming state convention in Aberdeen; a fundraising silent auction; and a mouth-watering potluck luncheon. Traditionally, CFEL members from all of the clubs in Perkins County have gathered once in the spring and again in the fall to take care of county business. There’s no longer a need for name tags or a registration table. Clubs used to take turns handling those duties, as well as furnishing refreshments for morning and afternoon coffee breaks. Those county-wide meetings are where things like planning a luncheon during the county fair, making plans to host the annual Christmas Fair in Bison, and arranging the Parade of Trees at the county courthouse take place. Some changes are in sight. With so few members, local club meetings, county meetings and area meetings have much the same agendas. Already, in this first year of only-one-club, the women have notified the Perkins County Fair Board that they won’t be doing concessions in August. There just isn’t enough woman-power. They’ve made the decision to host the Christmas Fair again on the first Saturday in November and they hope to continue sponsoring the decorated Christmas trees. A major project of the countywide CFEL organization has been the awarding of two $500 college scholarships to graduating seniors who plan to enter the fields of agriculture or home economics. The funds for those scholarships come from the very successful Christmas Fair, which extension homemakers started more than 30 years ago. Scholarships are expected to continue as long as there are funds to support them. One annual event that will fall to the wayside due to declining numbers is the homemaker banquet. That banquet began in 1963 to honor veteran membership and to install new officers. It’s been a fun dress-up night, often including family members. Last October the membership agreed that the 2011 banquet would be the final one, ending a 48-year tradition. “Club” used to be a place where women went to take a few hours off each month from child-rearing, laundry and kitchens duties; a time when they could socialize and share with their friends and neighbors. Gone are the days when most women can stay home to tend to the home front. In the busy, hustle and bustle of today’s world, women have joined the work force and spend their “leisure time” doing the cooking; playing an active part in their children’s lives and activities; and answering the call of volunteerism. They don’t need the extension clubs of old, which taught them how to be better homemakers. An evening at home, now, is a luxury not to be passed up. The organization itself evolved over the years. South Dakota State University Extension Service used to furnish lessons in varied areas of study for club education. County project leaders would attend workshops in areas such as safely, health, family life, citizenship, cultural arts, etc. to acquire the information for each and then, in turn, take their newfound knowledge back to their respective clubs. SDSU no longer offers programs. Town and Country CFEL, however, continues to offer some form of education at each of their monthly meetings. The hostess plans a program. For example, Bob Drown, Natural Resource Specialist, recently spoke about tree planting and other tree facts,

a lesson that was timely given that it took place during Arbor Day week. The lessons themselves have evolved. Where members once learned to cut and can meat, to make cheeses and rugs, took Red Cross courses and learned about home nursing are now more apt to learn about identity theft, consumer protection, health issues and physical fitness. Homemakers used to contribute to the Red Cross, March of Dimes and the Custer’s Children’s Home and they saved Betty Crocker coupons for the acquisition of a statewide lung machine. Today, money is raised for college scholarships and to help 4-H clubs and post prom parties. Statewide, the beginning of “Home Demonstration” clubs was in 1921. They were touted for “social gatherings and neighborly aid.” Recordkeeping in Perkins County began in 1938. A countywide organization emerged in 1939 and the first executive meeting was held in 1940. The county’s first constitution and bylaws were written in 1950-51. The first county fair was in 1961 where extension clubs had a visible presence. Homemaker clubs were under the leadership of county agents continued on page 7

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Perkins County once boasted more than 300 Extension Homemakers. Today, that number is a mere 19. Left to right, back row: Beth Hulm, Teddi Carlson, Diana Landis, Bernice Kari, Donna Erhart, Joyce Waddell. Seated, left to right: Aletha Adcock, Edith Meland, Vera Kraemer. Not pictured: Ruby VanDenBerg, Mary Lee Drake, Mary Ellen Fried, Rebecca Graf, Carolyn Hendricks, Margie Hershey, Linda Howey, Vi Leonard, Betty Tufty, Sara Weishaar.

continued from page 6 (including Elbert Bentley for 35 years) until 1972 when Ida Marie Norton Snorteland became the first Home Economist in Perkins County. Back in 1957-58, a Christmas Fair began that featured a tea with exhibits from each individual club to showcase craft ideas and favorite recipes. In 1980, it grew to become a place where vendors could hawk their homemade wares. More than 40 vendors have descended on Bison every fall since 1980 and a full lunch stand has replaced the “tasting tea” of bygone years. In 1974-75, two homemakers became the first in the county to attain 50 years of membership. Velma Foster Bates, Sagebrush Rustlers Club, and Mary Mattix, Lone Tree Club, were the recipients. The 1995 banquet program lists 8 members with over 50 years of membership: Blenda Christman, Helen Drieske, Anna Goddard, Mary Randall, Carol Kolb, Alice Hall, Cleone Miles and Christine Veal. Since that time others have attained the same distinction, including Donna Fried, Pearl Gerbracht, Betty Tufty, Joyce Preszler, Dallas Preszler and Nora Anderson. Current member Donna Erhart, Lemmon, will be recognized at the next state meeting for her 50-year membership. Ruby VanDenBerg will have 65 years of membership this year. In 2009, Mary Randall and Edith Meland achieved 70 years of membership in the CFEL organization! Alice Hall also attained that milestone before her club disbanded. Who could ever forget the skit, “Mrs. Always in a Hurry,” that Moreau River Club presented on the occasion of that club’s 60th anniversary? Helen Drieske once said that the reason she joined the women’s club was that it was “just a natural

A sign of the times

thing….and a community thing.” Alice Hall, who was 18 when she joined, said, “I was at the age where I wanted to learn to cook.” One of the county’s most ambitious projects was the “blue cookbook,” as it’s now affectionately called. In 1983, Perkins County homemakers published 1,455 copies of “What’s Cookin’ in Extension.” When they sold out there was a second printing. There won’t be another. This county hosted the state convention in Lemmon in 1959. More than 500 guests attended. The Chamber of Commerce found beds for all the visitors, meetings were held in the armory and church ladies provided the meals. Throughout its long history, Perkins County has had several members serve on the state executive board. Joyce Preszler, Meadow, was the first when she was elected state treasurer in 1969. Carol Kolb, Bison, was both the secretary and the chairman, during different terms. She once reminisced about her experiences. “All of the ladies I’ve had the privilege to meet are friends and down-to-earth gals,” she said. Dorothy Haugen, south Bison, served on the state board as historian at the same time as Kolb. Betty Ann Tufty, Bison, had 12 consecutive years on the state board, first as the Vice President of Public Policy and, later, as Area I Director. More recently, two Bison women, Aletha Adcock and Bernice Kari, have served as state secretary and historian, respectively. Adcock, current Area I Director, has also been a state project leader as has Donna Erhart, Lemmon. Jan Gossman, Bison, is a former Area I director, too. Perkins County has also had two recipients of the prestigious statewide “Spirit of CFEL” award. Eldora Ogdahl was the first and Betty Ann Tufty followed in 2007. Both were members of Town and Country CFEL club.

Through the years, Town and Country has weathered many changes and grown because of them. More than 100 members have come and gone as families have moved in and out of the community. The club meets monthly on the 4th Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. and would welcome new members. Current members include: Aletha Adcock (chairperson), Teddi Carlson, Mary Lee Drake, Mary Ellen Fried, Rebecca Graf, Carolyn Hendricks, Margie Hershey, Linda Howey, Beth Hulm, Bernice Kari, Vera Kraemer (sec/treas.), Diana Landis, (vice chair), Vi Leonard, Edith Meland, Betty Tufty, Joyce Waddell and Sara Weishaar. Perkins County members-atlarge include Donna Erhart, Lemmon and Ruby VanDenBerg, Zeona. Town and Country look forward to carrying on the strong tradition of family and community extension leadership in Perkins County. This article was written to commemorate CFEL Week in South Dakota, May 6-12, 2012. It is not intended to be a complete history of the organization in Perkins County. Any omissions are unintended.

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Linda Mohagen looks on as "Grandpa" tries to wrangle a date with 72-year member Edith Meland.

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The Case of the Hanging Basket
Do you wonder how the nurseries get those hanging baskets so full of bloomers? With some practice and a few clues you can solve that mystery. First select your basket container which could be plastic, wood, metal, or a wire basket lined with flexible fiber liners available from any garden center. You can even fashion your own novelty hanging “basket” by recycling an old kettle-style barbecue, an old satellite dish, retired bird cage, be creative. Small lightweight containers are easy to handle but the larger ones will hold more plants and make a more pleasing or dramatic display while providing more room for healthy roots and holding moisture for a longer period of time. Be advised that the larger pots could weigh up to 50 pounds and will need a very sturdy support and hook. Now comes the “putting it together”. A good lightweight potting mix is required, preferably one that contains peat moss, forest products and/or vermiculite to provide aeration and drainage. Select your plants, a mixture of foliage and flowers create a nice variety. Varying leaf shapes and forms add appeal. Using plants with staggered heights adds depth to your composition as well as adding trailing plants with upright plants in the middle, mounding plants next filling the outer edges with trailing plants. Some plant ideas might be salivas, penstemon, or zinnia in the center, petunias, impatiens in the mid area and trailers such as verbena, sweet potato vine, vinca vine, trailing petunias along the outer edge of the basket. Make sure the plants you put together in the basket share the same needs for water and light. Smaller plants can be placed closer together than the larger ones. As a general rule a 12 inch container will hold five to seven plants. Wire baskets can have plants down the sides in openings cut into the flexible liner and can accommodate more plants. Planting down the sides provides more coverage for a full lush look; choose plants that will grow comfortable hanging down the side of the basket. Once you determine your plant arrangement, begin by filling the pot two-thirds full of moist potting mix, plant the larger plants first, then the center, following with smaller plants and those around the edges. Always place the plants the same depth as they were in their original container. Firm the plants in place with additional potting mixture and water well. Maintain your creation with consistent watering and fertilizer about every three weeks. Earth laughs in flowers. – Ralph Waldo Emerson Submitted by Karen Englehart, Master Gardener, SDSU Cooperative Extension Service.

Garden Gate

Water quality report
Last year, the Perkins county Rural Water monitored your drinking water for possible contaminants. This is a snapshot of the quality of the water that we provided last year. Included are details about where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state standards. We are committed to providing you with information because informed customers are our best allies. Water Source: We serve more than 602 customers an average of 323,000 gallons of water per day. Our water is surface water that we purchase from another water system. The state has performed an assessment of our source water and they have determined that the relative susceptibility rating for the Perkins County Rural Water public water supply system is low. For more information about your water and information on opportunities to participate in public meetings, call (605) 244-5608 and ask for Doyle Udager. Detected Contaminants: The following table lists all the drinking water contaminants that we detected during the 2011 calendar

year. The presence of these contaminants in the water does not necessarily indicate that the water poses a health risk. Unless otherwise noted, the data presented in this table is from testing done January 1 - December 31, 2011. The state requires us to monitor for certain contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants are not expected to vary significantly from year to year. Some of the data, though representative of the water quality, is more than one year old.

The Perkins County Rural Water public water system purchases water from North Dakota
Terms and abbreviations used in this table: *Maximum Contaminate Level Goal (MCLG): the level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety. *Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL): the highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technology. *Action Level (AL): the concentration of a contaminant which, when exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow. For Lead and Copper, 90% of the samples must be below the AL. *Treatment Technique (TT): A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water. For turbidity, 95% of samples must be less than 0.3 NTU UNITS: *MFL: million fibers per liter *mrem/year: millirems per year (a measure of radiation absorbed by the body) *NTU: Nephelometric Turbidity Units *pCi/l: picocuries per liter (a measure of radioactivity) *ppm: parts per million, or milligrams per liter (MG/L) *ppb: parts per billion, or micrograms per liter (ug/l) *ppt: parts per trillion, or nanograms per liter *ppq: parts per quadrillion, or picograms per liter *pspm: positive samples per month Highest Level Test Sites> Date Allowed Ideal Units Major Source of Contaminant goal Substance 90% Level Action Level Tested (AL) 0.1 0 07/25/07 AL=1.3 0 ppm corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits; leaching from wood preservatives.

2011 Table of Detected Contaminants for Perkins County Rural Water (EPA ID 2228)









Corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits.


Highest Ideal Units Major Source of Contaminant Level goal Allowed (AL) Data for the North Dakota water system needs to be added to this table. Please direct questions regarding this information to Mr. Eric Newman with the Perkins County Rural Water public water system at (605)244-5608. 90% Level Test Sites> Action Level Date Tested

Leading sources of pollution in our nation’s waters include air deposition, agricultural runoff, and hydrologic modifications such as water diversions and channelization of streams. A recent study of the nation's streams found that only 28% have healthy biological communities compared to best possible conditions in their region

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6th grade washes cars for hunger

The Prairie Doc

Taking Kidneys for granted
By Richard P. Holm MD I was just turning 30 years old when I first noticed blood in my urine. I tried the time-honored method of ignoring it for a bit hoping it would go away, but it continued, and so I saw a doctor friend who thought it might be a form of kidney disease innocently called “minimal-change disease.” He said, “This means that it could be up to ten years before your kidneys would fail.” I think he was trying to be reassuring, but it turned my blood cold. Making the story short, the blood was not from the kidney, came as a result of jogging, and thankfully here I am 33 years later with working kidneys. It made me reflect not only on the direction of my life, but also on the causes of renal failure and kidney disease. There are many inherited reasons for the kidney to fail, the most common of which is called polycystic kidney disease where the kidneys become filled-in by cysts, which choke off normal kidney function. There is little any individual can do to prevent something like this since it happens by the luck of a genetic coin toss. Kidney disease can also be the result of many acquired conditions. Several are caused by the immune system gone awry, which follows infectious conditions such as Hanta virus and certain streptococcus bacterial infections. These are simply the consequence of a bad break being at the wrong place at the wrong time. What is most important to realize, however, is that there are many causes of kidney disease that can be prevented. Of course high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes all run in families but unlike the polycystic type of condition, these can often be effectively treated with appropriate medicines and with a life-style change of exercising more and eating less. Sometimes kidney damage results from certain medicines, such as a common Chinese herbal medicine or kidney toxicity from too many pain relievers for too long. You should know that daily doses of Tylenol, Advil, and Aleve for many months could actually harm your kidneys. It is 33 years after a big scare in my life, and I do not take my health and especially my kidneys for granted. Neither should you.

Chris Fisher, Tylee Lundberg, Matthew Johnson, Tuff Seim and Gracee Veal wash one of the many cars for hunger.

Diabetes is an important cause of kidney failure and diabetes is five times more common in the Asians when compared to the white population

Darrick Palmeno-Sacrison, Mrs. Stockert, Joey Aukland, Chris Fisher, Tuff Seim, Lance Wolff, Matthew Johnson, Tylee Lundberg, Jake Kahler, Gracee Veal. The sixth grade would like to thank the Bison community for their support in helping us raise money to feed the children in Africa. We washed twenty-one cars in three hours. The money we raised will be used to help the organization, Save the Children, as they add nutrients to the rice and cornmeal they provide to villages in Africa that are suffering from malnutrition. Thanks to Grand Electric and West River Telephone Company for their donation of the car wash bay and use of the water. Thanks also to the parents for their generous donations of baked goods. We learned that hard work can definitely pay!

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Post prom party success
Thank you for Contributing to Bison’s Post Prom All Star Dairy, American Lutheran Church, Bison America Legion, Bison Courier, Bison Education Association, Bison Food Store, Bison Grain, Bison Implement, Bison Men’s Club, Bob’s Repair, Brixey Repair, Buzz Stop, Carmel’s Cleaning, Chapmans Electronic, Cindy’s Crop Insurance, Coke, Pepsi, Dacotah Bank, Dakota Plains FCU, Dakota Western Bank, Don & Vera Kramer, Don’s Electric, Bonnie J Anderson DDS, Evanson- Jensen Funeral Home, Farm Bureau, Farmer’s Union Insurance/ Jim Erk, The Flower Shop, Glenda’s Hair Design’s, Grand Electric Coop., Hands on Health, Harding Perkins Farm Mutual Ins., Hettinger Candy, Hettinger Hospital, Hibner Insurance Agency, Hurry & Hustle, Indian Creek WELCA, Jackson Dental, Jim & Joyce Orwick, Kolhlman Bierschbach Anderson, Kopren Shearing, Lemmon REC, Les & Cindy Lensegrav, Live, Inc., Lodgepole Propane, Mark Nelson DDS, Nate & Colette Johnson, Olson Carpet, Palace Theater, Patrick D Kelly, Perkins County Rural Water, Perkins County Title Co., Prairie Lounge, Presbyterian Church, Rose Plumbing and Electric, Sarah Holzer, Scheels, Schwans, The Current Connection, The Daily Grind, Tim Parmley, Town & Country CFEL, Town of Bison, Tracy & Mary Wolf,West River Eye Center, West River Telephone, and Wheeler’s A big thanks to a the volunteers Trish Peck, Ross Kopren, Kel Brockel, Karla Larson, Heidi Stevens, Randy Kopren, Thane & Faye Schalesky, Beau Chapman, Kalin Engle, Kallie Kronberg, Margo Kronberg, Sarah Holzer, Karen Holter and the junior class parents for the food donations.

SDSU extension agronomy specialists are ready to serve growers this season
South Dakota growers have historically depended on SDSU Extension agronomy staff to provide them with unbiased, researchbased recommendations. In 2012, growers can expect even more from SDSU Extension explains Rosie Nold, Ag & Natural Resources Program Director. "What can be expected from SDSU Extension Field Specialists has really stepped-up to meet the needs of today's growers," Nold said. She is referring to the reorganization which now allows agronomy and other field specialists to serve growers with a specialized focus instead of serving as generalists. The new role is a refreshing change, says Connie Strunk, SDSU Extension Plant Pathologist Field Specialist. "Because I focus on plant pathology, I can take the time to be the expert our growers need. I can do more research, dig deeper and provide them with more answers when it comes to plant diseases," says Strunk, who offices in the Sioux Falls Regional Extension Center. Before the reorganization, Strunk served as an Extension Educator in Turner County. In her new role, she will continue to work one-on-one with growers, however today she will only work with them on plant disease issues. If a grower has other issues, Strunk will refer them to SDSU Extension Field Specialists who focus in that area. "It's great to work within a network of specialists," says Strunk, of the Extension staff focused in the areas of entomology, weeds, precision agriculture, soils, and production agronomy for crops grown in South Dakota. That network includes both Field Specialists, like Strunk, who are located in Regional Extension Centers throughout the state, as well as South Dakota State University Specialists.

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Research and demonstration plots will also benefit from focused attention, says John Rickertsen, an SDSU Extension Agronomy Field Specialist. "We are able to dedicate 100 percent of our time to issues related to dryland production - in my case that applies to the implementation of research plots," says Rickertsen, who offices in the Rapid City Regional Extension Center. Across the state, SDSU Extension agronomy staff works in conjunction with SDSU faculty to implement research and demonstration plots to address local agronomic issues. Rickertsen is currently working to implement a test plot focused on testing herbicide options for safflower. "There are very limited herbicide options for safflower - especially in no-till systems, which is what we are predominately," Rickertsen said. Working closely with Mike Moechnig, Extension Weeds Specialist and SDSU Plant Science Assistant Professor, and the South Dakota Oilseed Council, the test plot will collect data on the safety of an herbicide that growers would like to be able to use in their safflower fields, but is not currently labeled for use in safflowers. "We need information to understand if using this herbicide in safflower fields causes any injury to the plant. If we find that it is safe to use, we'll provide the information to the herbicide company and work with them to update the label," Rickertsen said. Nold says growers throughout the state can expect to benefit from this type of focus. "Instead of working with someone who knows a little bit about everything, growers will work with specialists, who have indepth training and experience to provide the level of service needed to assist them in making management decisions," Nold said.

Labor department abandons proposed child labor rules on the farm
South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) President Doug Sombke released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Labor yesterday announced it was abandoning efforts to change rules governing youth who work in agriculture. “I applaud the Department of Labor and the Obama administration for listening to farmers and ranchers across the country and not pursuing any further action on these proposed rules,” Sombke said. “Our youth are so important to the future success of the agriculture industry, and putting up barriers that would prevent them from working on the farm would have been detrimental to the entire industry.” The rules, as proposed, would have prevented young people under the age of 16 from working on a farm that wasn’t owned by their parents. They also would have prevented anyone under 16 from operating power-driven equipment, even if their parent owned the farm. The rules would’ve prevented children under 16 from tending to any livestock over the age of six months. “Farmers Union was a vocal opponent to these proposed rule changes, arguing that our young people need to be able to get their hands dirty and learn the job if they could ever expect to someday work in agriculture or take over the farm for themselves,” Sombke said. “I’m encouraged by the fact that the administration was open to listening to the concerns of our agricultural producers and decided to leave the rules the way they are.”

Dodge and Wrangler Weishaar have a sibling rivalry in a game of Bungee Run.

May Schedule
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continued from page 1 them for one hour, prior to the start of the school day, on two days per week. They’d perform a couple of concerts and would probably attend some music festivals around the area. Next, Jackson proposed teaching a digital music production course and building a recording studio at the south end of the current music room. While he estimated $7,000 for the construction of the sound room, he’d be willing to let students use his personal recording equipment. “I think it would be a great addition,” he said. “I think it would excite the students.” Athletic Director Kalin Engels discussed scheduling changes for next year when North Dakota will no longer play games against South Dakota schools. Roxie Seaman and Heidi Collins talked about next year’s school-wide plan. Seaman said it is designed “to improve the academic aspect of our students.” The board was in for a treat when two senior boys culminated this year’s work study efforts, using them (and a roomful of visitors) as their audience for the programs required presentations. Tanner Besler and Roy Goddard have been involved with South Dakota’s Capstone program, which has allowed them hands-on training while earning graduation credits and a class grade. Besler, who was up first, left school early each day to go home and work on the family ranch. Using a power point presentation, Besler explained his family’s history on the ranch, dating back to 1910, and the evolution of farm equipment. He talked about the Game Fish and Park land management program employed by his dad and grandpa. As part of his studies, he tore apart a wooden feed rack and built a steel replacement of his own design; he restored a John Deere tractor; used a rented no-till drill; and did livestock chores. He appreciated that the program allowed him to be “out in the real world.” He isn’t interested in college. He wants to stay on the ranch. “It’s my passion. I want to do it ‘til they throw dirt on my face,” he said. Roy Goddard is enrolled at North Dakota State College of Science for next year, in “the program of my dreams.” The Capstone program allowed him to work at Bison Implement for two hours every school day afternoon. He showed a video and a poster board as he explained the steps involved in changing tires. He studied the interview process and wrote a paper about it as part of his assignment. Both young men compiled portfolios of their projects, complete with written assignments, pictures and other pertinent information. Crow introduced a preliminary budget for 2012-13. The revenue side is still missing the as yet unanounced amount that will come

School board

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Bison students honor grandparents

Geraldine Peck and Jerry Wells play Bingo with grandson Dustin Wells.

Mary Carmichael plays bingo with Grandma Diane Vetter.

from county taxpayers and state aid. Not all of the expenses are plugged in either but board members have time to fine tune their new budget in the next couple of months. A public hearing has been scheduled for July 9 at 8:00 p.m. The board will again dip into surplus to fund the general fund budget. Right now, Crow estimates that the bottom line could be about $50,000 more than the current budget. Capital Outlay is “where we see the biggest increase,” Crow said. If all of the improvements, currently plugged in, remain in this early budget, it would result in a $146,813 increase over the 201112. The biggest project would be the construction of a new shop building with classrooms. The board has voted to hire a Sturgis architect to draw a preliminary design. Other capital outlay expenses could include ag equipment, windows for some elementary classrooms and the lunchroom, a new kitchen ceiling, gutters, a mobile computer lab, an iPad and a riding lawn mower. It’s also where the reading textbooks would come from, which are not yet calculated into the bottom line. Most of the other funds show little change. A resignation from English teacher Nancy Reimer was accepted.

Tallie and Tylie Lundberg play bingo with Grandma Tibbs.

Jake and Allison Kahler play Bingo with Grandma Shirley Morris.

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Third grade students help chicks hatch

3rd Grade students hatched eggs from Fern Besler as part of our Animal unit. We were able to hatch eleven chicks. What a great culminating activity for our study of animals and their life cycles.

•There are at least two hundred breeds and variations of domestic chickens on record, most though are extinct or rare. •Chickens are able to communicate with their mother whilst still in the egg and she with them. They can hear their mother's vocalisations and understand them after they are born.

Back row: Kenley Day, Will Crabtree, Jaylie Beckman, Gavin Nelson, Roni Voller. Front row: Katie Kvale, Collin Grage, Rawlin Smith.

Kindergarten students are presented with American flags

Grand River Museum
Open for the Season on May 1 Bring your friends!
Hwy 12 • Lemmon 374-3911

T eams will organize weekly, just show up to play!

Every Thursday night starting May 24 at 6:30 Lions Club Park

Kindergarten had their end of the year program on Tuesday, May 8th. Joyce Aukland presented each student with an American flag on behalf of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 255. Back Row: Morgan McKinstry, Emery Lensegrav, Joyce Aukland, Abby Thompson, Jarett Schuchard. Front Row: Talon Lundberg, Jayda Seim, Cohen Palmer, Maddie Hulm

See You There! It will be fun! Concessions available.

For details: T ally 431-0682 or Luke 685-3118

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Bison High School golfers hit the road
The Bison boys golf team competed in a JV and JH tournament in Hettinger on April 30th. The boys won the team title with a score of 400. In the JV division, Conner Palmer placed third with a 91, and Clayton Prelle got fifth with a 94. Christopher Morris shot 95, Wrangler Weishaar a 120, and Dodge Weishaar a 159. in the JH, Collin Palmer got third with a 105, Justin Moody a 159, and Greg Voller a 188. The first annual Perkins County Challenge was held on May 3rd in Lemmon. The tournament was a nine hole duel between Bison and Lemmon. The Bison boys Varsity team took the boys team title, and the Lemmon girls took the girls team title. Conner Palmer won the boys individual contest with a score of 40. Christopher Morris shot 45 which placed him third. Collin Palmer got fourth with a 49, and Clayton Prelle shot 56 for fifth place. Wrangler Weishaar shot 57, and Dodge Weishaar 78. In the JV division Greg Voller shot a 69 for third place, and Justin Moody shot 74. In the girls division, Jessica Johnson got third with a 52, Samantha Moody shot 58 for fifth, and Brittnee Aaker 81. In the girls JV, Julianna Kari got third with a 63 and Marranda Hulm fourth with a 66. On May 4th the Bison varsity boys and girls team traveled to Newell for the Newell invitational and Little Moreau Conference tournament. In the LMC tournament, Conner Palmer placed fourth with an 87, and Jessica Johnson shot a 101 for fourth place. Christopher Morris shot 95, Clayton Prelle a 100, and Collin Palmer a 110. Marranda Hulm shot a 115 and Julianna Kari a 130. Conner Palmer, Christopher Morris, clayton Prelle and Collin Palmer travel to Bowman on May 5th for a varsity tournament. Conner Palmer and Christopher Morris both shot a 96. Clayton Prelle shot a 99 and Collin Palmer shot a 104. The next tournament will be on May 7th at the Hart Ranch golf course, follow ed by the Marjean Huber Invitational on May 11th. The regional tournament will be on May 14th also at Hart Ranch.

Greg Voller, Clayton Prelle, Christopher Morris, Collin Palmer, Conner Palmer. Julianna Kari, Marranda Hulm, Jessica Johnson, Samantha Moody.

Coach Johnson and Christopher Morris discuss the course.

Clayton Prelle at the Newell meet.

Julianna Kari at the Newell golf meet.

Valarie Burkhalter is just turning 16 this week yet she is graduating high school and has already been accepted into an undergraduate nursing program at SDSU. She credits being able to work at her own pace in a home school environment for her early step-up in life. She’s had the freedom to study independently and to take courses that interest her. Her favorite subjects are science, biology and chemistry. Brad and Jennifer Burkhalter will host a graduation reception in their home on Sunday in honor of both of their graduates. Valarie and big brother Nathan will receive diploma's. The transition from home schooling - where her mother has been her only teacher since kindergarten - to university life both scares and excites Valarie. She isn’t old enough to live in a dormitory setting but will stay with an aunt and uncle and their large family in Brookings, just six blocks from campus. Having a lot of people around is second nature to Valarie. She is the second of ten children in the Burkhalter household. In addition to the graduates are Ruth, Daniel, Rebekah, Jonathan, William, all homed-school, and pre-schoolers, Esther, Jael and Justin. Valarie was born on May 16, 1994 in Birmingham, AL where her father was a youth pastor. There was one more church elsewhere in Alabama before the family moved to Pierre. Valarie was five when they came to the Beckman Memorial Wesleyan Church in Prairie City. This young and petite senior runner has been involved in BHS cross country and track since 7th grade and has numerous letters in both sports. She also tried one year of girls’ basketball. For the past three summers she has participated in a Bible Bee. To prepare, she was challenged to memorize 800 Bible verses and to study a book of the Bible. Local competitions, oral and written, were held in Pierre and Wibaux, MT. In addition to academics, Valarie helps with chores around the house. “I don’t have a lot of spare time,” she said. When she does, she likes to read historical fiction. Her family sometimes participates in monthly gatherings with other families of home schooled students. Activities include a camp-out at Shadehill, track and field days and, always, a potluck dinner.

2012 Senior Spotlight

•Ninety-five percent of homeschoolers had an adequate comprehension of politics and government, compared to 65% of U.S. adults. •Seventy-one percent of homeschool graduates participate in ongoing community service activities, including politics, compared to 37% of adults in similar ages.

Valarie Nicole Burkhalter

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TREE FACTS – Juniper Tip Blights and Their Control
young stem tissue causing dieback of the new shoot tips. The foliage turns dull red, brown and then ash gray. As the disease progresses, small cankers form on the stems and entire branches may die. Infection is spread by splashing rain, wind, insects, or mechanical means, especially when temperatures are between 70 – 80 degrees, during periods of high humidity and when foliage is wet. Kabatina Tip Blight causes symptoms similar to Phomopsis, but only infects twigs a year or more old. This fungus enters the stems through wounds caused by pruning, insects, or severe winter weather. The foliage turns dull green, red, yellow and then brown. As the disease develops, spores are formed in cankers between infected and healthy tissue. The brown, dried foliage eventually drops from the plant in late June. Kabatina Tip Blight occurs only in the early spring and does not cause extensive branch die back. The primary infection period for the Kabatina fungus is autumn, symptoms are not apparent until late winter or early spring. CONTROL Cultural practices that help control both diseases include the following. Select juniper varieties resistant to both tip blights. When planting, avoid heavily shaded areas and space plants to allow for good air circulation. Avoid wounding plants, especially in spring and fall. Water plants in early morning so foliage will dry during the day. Prune out diseased branch tips during dry summer weather and destroy. If the infection is severe, remove the plant and replace with a resistant tree selection. Avoid excessive pruning or shearing. Chemical control of Phomopsis and Kabatina Tip Blights are normally not needed. Occasionally, fungicide applications at 7 to 21day intervals during rapid plant growth in early spring may be used to treat junipers susceptible to Phomopsis Tip Blight. Options for chemicals to use include products containing either Bordeaux mixture, Copper sulphate, Mancozeb or Thiophanate-methyl. Since Kabatina Tip Blight infections occur in the fall there are currently no fungicides used to control this disease. There are varieties of juniper that are resistant to both Juniper Tip Blights. Upright types include: Ames, Fairview, Hetzii, Iowa, Keteleeri, Mountbatten and Robust Green. Low spreading types include: Armstrongii, Pfitzeriana, Sargentii Glauca, Repanda, Arcadia, and Skandia. My sources for this news release were the Morton Arboretum and K-State Research and Extension. If you would like more information about Juniper Tip Blights and Their Control call Bob Drown at the Conservation Office at 605244-5222, Extension 4.

By Robert W. Drown, Natural Resource Specialist Juniper Tip Blights are common fungal diseases in shelterbelt and ornamental plantings of junipers. The diseases are most serious on young or newly transplanted plants and as the plant matures, disease susceptibility and severity decreases. Occasionally it can infect arborvitae, cedar, European larch, jack pine, and Douglas-fir. The two most common Juniper Tip Blight diseases are Phomopsis Tip Blight and Kabatina Tip Blight. SYMPTOMS Phomopsis Tip Blight is mainly a leaf and shoot infection that affects the new, young foliage of junipers. The symptoms are yellow spots on young needles and sometimes older needles may also show spotting. The fungus then enters

•The shade and wind buffering provided by trees reduces annual heating and cooling costs by 2.1 billion dollars. •Well-maintained trees and shrubs can increase property value by up to 14%.

Children’s Theatre presents Imagine Nation

Above: Larry (Kevin Earlywine), Father (Leighland Hooks), Little Brother (Dustin Wells). To the right Gracee Veal, Katie Kvale, Marleigh Hulm and Kahlea Seidel.

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Children’s Theatre...Imagination Nation

Above: Red Pirates; Jim Brockel, Tylee Lundberg, Jenna Kari, Taylor Fisher and the Captain

Some dogs can predict when a child will have an epileptic seizure, and even protect the child from injury. They're not trained to do this, they simply learn to respond after observing at least one attack.

Parrot Cohen Palmer and Pirate Taylor Fisher.

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Monday, May 7, 2012 7:00 p.m. at City Hall

DEPT 452 – Parks & Rec: EMP. SALARIES, $292.44; FICA, $22.36; SDRS, RETIREMENT, $9.84; EMP. HEALTH INS, $33.33; SD ARBORISTS ASSN, FEES, $35; GRAND ELEC, UTIL, $57.69; BISON COURIER, PUBL, $8.50; DAKOTA FEED, SUPP, $6.91; MASTER GARDENERS, SUPP, $42; BISON IMP, REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE $11.50. DEPT 455 – Library: EMP. SALARIES, $496.70; FICA, $37.99; GRAND ELEC, UTIL, $77.36; PCRWS, UTIL, $1.24; WRCTC, UTIL, $27.08. DEPT 465 – ECON DEVELOPMENT: EMP.SALARY, $37.24; FICA, $2.85. FUND 601 - Liquor DEPT 499 – Liquor: EMP. SALARIES, $6,257.02; FICA, $478.65; SDRS, RETIREMENT, $237.09; EMP. HEALTH INS, $361.48; DEPT. OF REV, SALES TAX, $1,380.96; PCRWS, UTIL, $9.74; GRAND ELEC, REPAIRS/MAINT/ UTIL, $499.42; SERVALL, PROF. FEES, $70.71; BISON COURIER, PUB. $11.80; DPFCU, SUPP, $59.65; WRCTC, UTIL, $121.02; FRITO LAY, SUPP, $48.18; COCA-COLA, SUPP, $173.90; JOHNSON BROS, ON/OFF-SALE/BEER, $1,653.71; PEPSI, SUPP, $304.40; NW BEV, BEER, $3,977; REPUBLIC, ON/OFF-SALE LIQ, $1,280.95; S & S, SUPP, $1,825.44; HETTINGER CANDY, SUPP, 734.62; JEROME BEV, BEER, $1,793.35. FUND 602 - Water DEPT 433 – Water: EMP. SALARIES, $586.75; FICA, $44.91; SDRS, RETIREMENT, $24.29; EMP. HEALTH INS, $82.28; BANYON DATA SYS, PROF. FEES, $256.67; PCRWS,WATER PURCHASED/ PROF.FEES, $4,447.65;HD SUPPLY, SUPP, $439.86; GRAND ELEC, UTIL, $124.20. FUND 603 – Special Project DEPT 433 – Storm Sewer: KBM, PROF, $10,263.51. FUND 604 - Sewer DEPT 432 – Sanitation Dept: EMP SALARIES, $953.23; FICA, $72.88; SDRS, RETIREMENT, $35.32; EMP. HEALTH INS.$119.83; CAM SPRAY, EQUIP, $15,001.41; GRAND ELEC, UTIL, $197.66; BANYON DATA SYS, PROF. FEES, $256.67. FUND 612 – Solid waste DEPT 432 – Sanitation Dept: EMP. SALARIES, $2,187.72; FICA, $167.37; SDRS, RETIREMENT, $52.57; EMP. HEALTH INS, $178.11; DEPT OF REV, SALES TAX, $232.74; BISON FOOD, SUPP, $10.08; NWSDRLA, PROF, FEES, $2661.27.

Bison Town Board

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL: Finance Officer Beth Hulm called the regular monthly meeting of the new year of the Bison Town Board to order on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall. Trustees Juell Chapman, Luke Clements, Mike Lockert, David Kopren and Matt Butsavage were present. Others present: employee Heath McKinstry, Todd Fink, Kelli Nelson, Allan Page, Clyde Hafner and Gladys Jackson, press. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WAS RECITED BY ALL.

up white goods. All Freon must be recovered and the appliances tagged by the owners prior to pick-up; curb side pick-up of leaves and branches will begin on Friday morning, May 24.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: KBM Engineering: Engineer Allan Page presented plans and specs, which were designed using DOT standards, for trustees’ approval. Trustees asked for some additions and changes prior to the plans being sent to SD DOT for final approval. Page will confer with Stacy Froelich at DENR regarding composting needs. Silkman payment: McKinstry announced that South Dakota Rural Water will camera the new sewer line in Cooper Addition on Wednesday of this week. If trustees are satisfied that the contractor did no damage to the new line, Silkman may pick up his check that day.


APPRECIATION AWARD: Terry Haggart, Trustee, was recognized for 25 years of loyal and dedicated service to the Town Board of Bison, from May 1987 through April 2012. OATHS OF OFFICE: Hulm presided over the swearing into office of two trustees – Matthew Butsavage for a three year term, ending April 30, 2015; and David Kopren for a one-year term, ending April 30, 2013. ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN: Hulm asked for nominations for board chairman. 032-2012 – Clements moved, seconded by Kopren to nominate Juell Chapman and to cast a unanimous ballot for his election. Carried.

Library survey/annual report – Fiscal year 2011: Trustees reviewed the corrected 2011 library survey/annual report, which will be on kept on file at City Hall.

ELECTION OF VICE CHAIRMAN: Chapman took over the meeting and called for nominations for vice president of the board. Lockert nominated David Kopren, seconded by Clements. Carried. There being no other nominations, 033-2012 – Lockert moved that nominations cease and that a unanimous ballot be cast for Kopren. Seconded by Chapman. Carried.

STATUS REPORT: Trustees reviewed Heath McKinstry’s written status report with him. The complete report is on file at City Hall. In addition, town clean-up days were scheduled. Beginning Wednesday afternoon, May 23, maintenance employees will pick

DELEGATIONS: 7:10 p.m: Contractor Todd Fink presented his cost estimate of $18,388.56 for extending White St., east from Ernest Kari’s to 3th Ave. E and then south to Dem Crary’s with a July 1 start date. Trustees asked that he also quote the widening of White Street from Coleman Ave. to Kari’s so that it matches up with the new road. Fink will present a new estimate at the June 11 meeting. 7:30 p.m: Summer Rec director Kelli Nelson visited Trustees about upcoming summertime activities for children 5 years and older. She shared a proposed schedule for three days per week plus alternating Fridays, a list of games/activities and another of supplies that she’ll need. She was authorized to run her program as she sees fit, with help from McKinstry, as needed. Registration and a noon picnic are scheduled for Friday, June 1.

FINANCIAL STATEMENT: 0352012 – Chapman moved, seconded by Kopren to approve the April Financial Statement, as presented. Carried.

MINUTES: 034-2012 – Clements moved, seconded by Kopren to approve the April 11 minutes, as corrected. Carried.

NEW BUSINESS Liquor License Requests: Clyde Hafner, Perkins County Fair Board, requested a special malt beverage permit for use at the fairgrounds during the 2012 Perkins County Fair, Aug. 17-19. 036-2012 – Chapman moved, seconded by Lockert to schedule and advertise a public liquor hearing for the fair board at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 11 at City Hall. Carried. The Bison Volunteer Fire Dept. requested a special malt beverage permit for use at Lion’s Club Park on Saturday, June 30, 2012. 037-2012 - Chapman moved, seconded by Lockert to schedule and advertise a public liquor hearing for the firefighters at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 11 at City Hall. Carried. Transfer of airport entitlement funds: 038-2012 – Clements moved, seconded by Kopren to transfer $86,000 in airport entitlement funds to the State of South Dakota for a pavement seal coat and marking project this summer, of which the town’s share will be 2%; and to transfer $64,000 of expiring 2009 entitlement funds to the State of South Dakota to be used for a project at Pine Ridge airport. Carried. Chapman and Bogue signed the required paperwork.

City Attorney matters: Eric Bogue will speak with Lindskov Automotive and write a contract for the free summertime use of a Ford tractor, offered through a government program; he’ll write a letter to the owner of a Uke, which is on city property and needs to be removed; he’ll research a deed that shows Perkins County is the owner of Coleman Ave. from Carr Street north to Highway 20 and try to determine which entity should maintain that stretch of road; and trustees asked him to write an ordinance, or an amendment to the existing nuisance ordinance, that would forbid property owners from allowing their grass clippings, leaves and snow to lie on public streets.

Advertise hay bids: 040-2012 – Lockert moved, seconded by Clements to advertise airport hay bids for two tracts of land, to be opened and read at 7:45 p.m. on Monday, June 11, 2012 at City Hall. Carried.

appointements. Carried. Official signatories: Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Town Board and the Finance Officer; Finance and Revenue Officer: Elizabeth Hulm; Street Superintendent and Water and Wastewater Superintendent: Heath McKinstry ; City Attorney: Eric Bogue; Fire chief: David Kopren; Depositories: Dacotah Bank, Bison and DPFCU, Bison; Official newspaper: The Bison Courier; Official Meeting time and place: First Monday after the first Thursday monthly at City Hall at 6:00 p.m. (Oct. – Mar.) and 7:00 p.m. (Apr. – Sept.); PCRW Board: David Kopren; NSDRLA: Richard Seidel; Bison Economic Development Board: Carolyn Hendricks with alternate Luke Clements; HUD Housing Board: Paul Adcock, Tim Gossman, Blane Chapman, Geraldine Peck, Virginia Green and town board representative Juell Chapman; Bison Public Library: Jeff Van Vactor, John Blosmo, Vi Leonard, Nina Loper, Cheri Butsavage and town board representative Luke Clements; Nuisance Committee: Luke Clements, Mike Lockert, Darla Moody.



STORM SEWER QUESTIONS: Stacy Froelich, in town for another meeting, visited briefly to answer questions about composting in regards to the upcoming storm sewer project. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WAS RECITED BY ALL.

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL Chairman Juell Chapman called a special meeting of the Bison Town Board to order on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 5:45 p.m. at City Hall. Trustees David Kopren, Luke Clements and Matt Butsavage were present. Mike Lockert was absent. Others present were Beth Hulm, finance officer; and Stacy Froelich, DENR, Pierre.

DELEGATE TO PCRWS BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Kopren announced that he preferred to not accept the appointment to the rural water board. 0422012 – Clements moved, seconded by Butsavage to re-appoint Terry Haggart to the PCRWS board. Carried. ADJOURNMENT Chairman Chapman adjourned the meeting at 6:00 p.m. ATTEST: Elizabeth Hulm, Finance Officer APPROVED: Juell Chapman Chairman, Town of Bison

SD Rural Water Director: Trustees were unfamiliar with the slate of candidates for a board position on the SD Rural Water Board of Directors and chose not to vote. Grand Electric Delegate: Luke Clements was appointed the town’s voting delegate for the June 1, 2012 Grand Electric annual Meeting. CORRESPONDENCE: None.

[Published May 17, 2012 at a total approximate cost of $17.69.]

Land Acquisition grant: Hulm reported that grant #3-46-0003-07-2011, for Kolb land airport acquisition, is now closed out and the final grant payments in the amounts of $24, 567.67 and $1,944.31 (including the state’s 3% share) have been received. A decision to auto supplement the final payments into the 2012 budget was postponed. 2011/2012 Designations and Appointments: 039-2012 - Butsavage moved, seconded by Chapman to approve the following designations and

CLAIMS: The following claims were presented and approved for payment. Fund 101- General Fund DEPT 410 – Gen. Gov’t: GRAND ELEC, UTIL, $60.39; BANYON DATA SYSTEMS, PROF. FEES. $770; WRCTC, UTIL, $280.61; BISON COURIER, PUBL, $123.79; PCRWS, UTIL, $1.25. DEPT 412 – Board of Trustees: DACOTAH INS, PREMIUM, $80; K.B. JEWELERS, OTHER. $29.95. DEPT 413 – Election: ELECTION BOARD SALARIES, $352; BISON COURIER, PUBL, $46.55. DEPT 414 – Fin. Admin: EMP. SALARIES, $796.32; FICA, $60.91. DEPT 419 – Public Works: GRAND ELEC, UTIL, $211.65; NW FARM, SUPP, $27.86; PCRWS, UTIL, $1.94. DEPT 421 – Police: SHERIFFS OFF, PROF. FEES, $3,000. DEPT 422 – Fire Dept: PCRWS, UTIL, $12.95. DEPT 431 – Streets: EMP. SALARIE, $521.56; FICA, $39.92; SDRS, RETIREMENT, $25.51; EMP. HEALTH INS,$86.45; GRAND ELEC, STR. $1,080.89; BISON COURIER, PUBL, $8.50; BISON GRAIN CO, SUPP, $1,194.32; BISON IMP, SUPP, $40.99; DAKOTA FEED, SUPP, $346.01; PETE LIEN, SUPP, $524.16. DEPT 435 – Airport: GRAND ELEC, UTIL, $110.06; PCRWS, UTIL, $0.13.

OPEN FORUM: There was discussion regarding the need to find a sponsoring group for a city-wide clean-up; spending $1.600 from the park budget for sand at the ballpark; and meeting with County Commissioners and the Fair Board about renting office space at the Bentley Building. Hulm announced that auditors from Eide Bailly, LLP, Aberdeen, will be in town, beginning Monday, May 14 to audit the town’s 2010 and 2011 books.

EXECUTIVE SESSION: 041-2012 Clements moved, seconded by Kopren to enter executive session at 10:40 p.m. to discuss personnel, pursuant to SDCL 1-25 - 2(1). Carried. Chapman declared the meeting back in open session at 11:25 p.m. ADJOURNMENT: Chapman adjourned the meeting at 11:30 p.m.

NEXT MEETING: Monday, June 11 at 7:00 p.m. ATTEST: Elizabeth Hulm, Finance Officer APPROVED: Juell Chapman Chairman, Town of Bison

[Published May 17, 2012 at a total approximate cost of $143.32.]

Southwestern Chicken Salad 6 cups sliced romaine lettuce 1 cup shredded rotisserie chicken 1 sliced red bell pepper 1/2 cup canned black beans, rinsed 1/3 cup sour cream 3 tablespoons lime juice 1/4 teaspoon chili powder kosher salt tortilla chips, for serving Directions Divide the lettuce, chicken, bell pepper, and beans between two lunch containers. In a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream, lime juice, chili powder, and ? teaspoon salt; divide between 2 small containers. Serve the salad with the dressing and tortilla chips.

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continued from page 1 ginning of the project. They called the grandstands “a very good investment for the community to have.” Also wearing two hats, Jack Anderson stuck around for LACED’s presentation. He was joined by Karen Knutson and Jo Hetzel. One of the group’s major projects has been to turn abandoned and derelict property around to get it back on the tax rolls. They also manage the Beeler Community Center and recruit new business to Lemmon. The money that they receive from the county ($35,000 last year) is mostly used for the administrative duties of office personnel. Commissioner Rusty Foster commented that Lemmon is one of only a few who have paid personnel on their economic development boards. Patti Benson and Joanne Seim came in to give the 1st quarter report from Lemmon and Bison’s community health nurse offices. They’ll be back later with their budget request. Also on the agenda last Tuesday was the sale of three Lemmon properties, taken by the county after taxes went unpaid. The bidding began with the opening of sealed bids, none of which were for the required 90% of appraised value. Two, the old Kokomo build-

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ing on Main Ave. and a house at 105 3rd Ave. W. will be re-advertised. The third property, located at 106 8th St. W. had been appraised at $7,500. The highest sealed bid came from Jack Anderson at $2,000 less than that. A bidding war ensued with Martin Paul, Lemmon, coming out on top with his bid of $7,650. Bids were also opened for the purchase of a truck for the highway department to replace the 1990 Peterbilt that recently caught fire and burned in its Bison lot. Two Sioux Falls dealers bid a total of nine trucks, ranging from $44,700 to $81,250. Some did not meet Highway Superintendent Tracy Buer’s bid specs. Buer was authorized to make a trip to Sioux Falls to look at and drive some of the trucks. There will likely be a special meeting or a conference call to award the bid. The county will recoup $10,000 from insurance and bids will be advertised for the burned truck. Buer’s other business with the commission included the proposal for a new bridge, five miles north of Bison on the White Butte Road, which is estimated to cost more than $1.5 million. Of that amount, the state would pay 80%, leaving about $303,000 for county taxpayers. “It’s a real good deal,” Buer said. The bridge would be south of where the overlay project begins this coming summer and could be paid for from 2013 budgeted dollars. Buer announced a change order on the White Butte overlay project equaling a $66,000 reduction from the contractor’s bid because material was found closer to the project site. Two full-time permanent employees have been hired for the highway crew. Daroll Aukland, Bison, moves from temporary status and John Eastburn is a new worker who hails from Indiana. Both will start their positions at $12.35/hr. without having to take a 5% reduction for the first three months. Commissioners took action to delete that reduction from their policy. “I just don’t see where it gains anything,” Foster said. The June meeting of the Perkins County Commission has been moved to Wednesday, June 6 to avoid being held on Primary Election day. It will be in the boardroom at Bison.

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CUSTER REGIONAL SENIOR CARE is searching for dedicated, caring nurses to join our team. We have full and part time LPN and RN positions available. We offer excellent benefits and competitive wages. For more information please contact TerryAnn Scott at (605) 673-2237 ext. 29 or log onto www.regionalhealth.com to apply. EEOC/AA. ASSISTANT CUSTODIAN: FT, benefits. Maintain heating system, clean/maintain school buildings/grounds, minor repairs, snow removal. Contact Faulkton School, Supt. Joel Price, 605-598-6266 ext. 206.

GREAT PAYING JOBS! Statewide construction jobs, $12.00 - $15.00 OR MORE hourly + benefits. Summer or permanent. No experience necessary. Hit Pay Dirt! Apply Online www.sdwork.org. SMOOTHIE MACHINE, used 18 months, excellent condition. WOOD LATHE, excellent condition, used once or twice. Call after 6 p.m. 605-5986592. FOR SALE: HUNTING LODGE/HOME fully furnished 2 bedroom and cottage on 2 lots located in Faith, SD. $57,000 negotiable, must sell. Call cell 605-680-3635 or 605-2394611. LOG HOMES FOR SALE

For sale: 2003 Mazda Tribute 2447534. B48-3tc

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Second Chance! Three bed, two bath ranch style home with basement for sale. Includes extra lot, a one-room school house and 4 car garage. 613 1st Ave. West. If interested call Kvale's at 244-7536. B40-tfn For Rent For rent: Homestead Heights located in Bison, S.D., has a one and two bedroom apartment available. Homestead Heights is a low-income elderly and disabled Section 8 HUD (Housing and Urban Development) housing facility. We are smoke free. Energy Assistance is available for those who qualify. Utilities are included in the rent. Homestead Heights is an equal housing opportunity. For more information, please call (605) 244-5473. B14-tfn Services Cleaning Services, various hours available. References upon request. Please call Karin @ 244-7799 or 406581-1108. B30-tfn Employment The Perkins County FSA Office, located in Bison, South Dakota, currently has a vacancy for a temporary

BRIDGEWATER CITY accepting written Notice of Interest for Manager Lessees for City Bar. Call Bridgewater Finance Office 605/729-2690 or see bridgewatersd.com for more information. GREAT PAYING JOBS! Statewide construction jobs, $12.00 - $15.00 OR MORE hourly + benefits. Summer or permanent. No experience necessary. Hit Pay Dirt! Apply Online www.sdwork.org.

DAKOTA LOG HOME Builders representing Golden Eagle Log Homes, building in eastern, central, northwestern South & North Dakota. Scott Connell, 605-530-2672, Craig Connell, 6052 6 4 5 6 5 0 , www.goldeneagleloghomes.com. ADVERTISE IN NEWSPAPERS statewide for only $150.00. Put the South Dakota Statewide Classifieds Network to work for you today! (25 words for $150. Each additional word $5.) Call this newspaper or 800-658-3697 for details. ATTENTION CAMPERS! Full hookup campsite provided free in exchange for general maintenance 24hrs/week/person. June 1-Oct. 1, negotiable. 605-264-5324. www.okobojoresort.com Bar and restaurant. Lots for sale. WANT TO BUY: 1980s or 1990s mobile homes, Watertown, SD. Call (605)8811296. REAL ESTATE RECREATIONAL NOTICES

Center-Based Teacher/Home Visitor: TREC/Badlands Head Start Prenatal to Five is seeking a high energy, self-motivated and professional individual to work as a Teacher/Home Visitor in Bison, South Dakota. This individual will be working with young children (ages 3-5) and their families. Strong communication skills, experience working with families, and a valid driver’s license are required. Head Start experience is preferred. Due to Head Start mandates and TREC policy a minimum of an AA in Early Childhood is required. This is a 40 hour per week, 38 weeks per year position. We provide a competitive salary and benefit package. Salary DOE. For more information and an application, please call 605-7238837. Position open until 5/21/12. B46-3tc

ABSOLUTE AUCTION: (7) Modular 2005 buildings, each 64’x24’ with 2 bathrooms, furnace, water heater, 2 classrooms, handicapped accessible, Faith, SD, June 13, www.PiroutekAuction.com or 605-544-3316.


DIRECTOR OF ADDICTION SERVICES: Rapid City. Qualified candidate will provide treatment, clinical oversight and administrative supervision. Requires Level II or III chemical dependency certification. Master’s Degree preferred. See full job description and apply online www.BehaviorManagement.org. BUILDING TRADES INSTRUCTOR opening for 9th-12th grade program in Northwest South Dakota. Competive wage, excellent benefits, car provided. For more information contact Cris Owens, Northwest Area Schools, 605466-2206 or Christine.Owens@k12.sd.us. CITY OF NEW TOWN seeking Water Plant Operator. Mandatory Water/Sewer Operator License. Resume: City of New Town, PO Box 309, New Town, ND 58763.

HOSPITAL, COMMERCIAL KITCHEN, Office and Nursing Home Equipment Auction, 9:00 am June 2nd, Hoven, SD. www.hovensd.com has pictures. M & R Auctions ph.’s 605.769.1181, 605.281.1067 or 605.948.2201. MEDICAL BILLING TRAINEES needed! Train to become a Medical Office Assistant! No experience needed! Local job training. Placement available. HS diploma or GED and PC needed! 1-888-926-7884. EXPERIENCED CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION Field Supervisor needed. Based out of Dell Rapids, SD. Excellent pay and benefits. Call Buskerud Construction at 605-428-5483. Equal Opportunity Employer. GREAT PAYING JOBS! Statewide construction jobs, $12.00 - $15.00 OR MORE hourly + benefits. Summer or permanent. No experience necessary. EMPLOYMENT EDUCATION

COUNTY HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT - Huron, SD. Job description available at www.beadle.sdcounties.org. Deadline to apply is 6-15-12 . Submit resume with salary expectations to auditor@beadlesd.org. THE SISSETON SCHOOL DISTRICT 54-2 has an opening for Food Service Director. Application and job description available at the business office at 516 8th Ave.W Sisseton, SD 57262. Position open until filled. EOE.

WANTED: SERVICE TECHNICIANS at a stable dealership with three locations in South Dakota and four locations in Nebraska. Excellent benefit package. A/C service departments. Wages DOE. For locations and phone numbers check our website:

In 2002, women earned 742,000 bachelor's degrees. Men earned only 550,000 during the same year. The difference is growing so large that many colleges now practice (quietly) affirmative action for male applicants.

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