Grand River Roundup

Winter came back on Wednesday, dumping a pile of wet snow on us that was all melted off by the weekend leaving an inch and 29 hundredths in the rain gauge.

Betty Olson COLUMN BOX 2I’m sure we got more moisture than that, but that’s all the snow melting into the rain gauge recorded. I added up everything I dumped out of the gauge in April and it totaled just over 4 inches.

I had a real struggle getting this column typed last Monday with the big rigid cast the surgeon put on my right thumb after my surgery in Bismarck last week and it isn’t any easier this week, so please overlook the numerous typing errors you might find. The surgeon wants me back in Bismarck to remove the cast and take the stitches out on Tuesday, so hopefully typing up my column will be easier next week.

I’ve got some GREAT news for you – our great-grandson was born to our granddaughter Lanie and Matt Klug in Hettinger on Wednesday, April 27. Little Trace Adam weighed in at 7lbs, 9oz, was 19 inches long, and has a full head of dark hair. He waited a week or so after Lanie’s due date to make his appearance, but the fact that the baby was a boy is what surprised everyone because the parents were told that their baby was going to be a girl!

My birthday was on the 19th and I was hoping Lanie’s baby would be born then, making a great birthday present for me. That didn’t happen, but Ben and Lacey Juelfs’ baby boy was born on my birthday. Calder James arrived early, so he only weighed 4lbs, 1oz, but he’s doing well. Calder just missed his Uncle Anson Juelfs’ birthday on the 18th.

Happy Birthday to all these fellas!

Slim Buttes Lutheran hosted the WMF Spring Rally at the church on Saturday and we had a nice crowd. Andy and Monica Coyle were the speakers. They served as missionaries in the Ukraine for several years and now Andy is the pastor at the new AFLC church in Rapid City, Shiloh Lutheran. Our gardening theme was “Being Rooted and Grounded in Love” and the Faith ladies did a very clever gardening skit based on Bible verses. Laura Johnson and Linda Mohagen led the praise and worship and provided some very special music. Altogether, it was a very enjoyable day.

The Reva area has some important special events coming up soon. Six confirmation students will be confirmed at Slim Buttes Lutheran at 9:00 on Mother’s Day, which is next Sunday, May 8th.

A bridal shower is planned for the next Sunday, May 15th at 2:00 at the Reva Hall for Jamie Britton and Tyrel Thybo. This sweet couple will be married at Besler’s Cadillac Ranch on May 20th.

Vera Gay Wilson, age 76 of Bison, passed away Sunday at the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls. Her funeral will be in Bison on Wednesday with burial in the Bison Cemetery. Vera’s family has our sympathy.  She was such a nice lady.

April is over and May 1st was this Sunday. Communists and labor unions celebrate May 1st with parades, riots, and protests, but that not how we used to celebrate May Day when I was a kid. Do you remember the old saying “April showers bring May flowers”? When we lived in Prairie City the only other people living in town was the minister’s family at Beckman Memorial Church. Their boys Ronnie and Larry were about the same age as me and my sister and I remember making little paper baskets to hold May flowers, dandelions and a few pieces of candy for them. They lived just across the street from us and my sister and I would sneak over to the parsonage, place the May baskets on the front step, knock on the door, and then run away and hide before they discovered their gifts in honor of May Day. I wish May Day was still celebrated that way, instead of protesting, rioting and looting like some leftists do now.

The electricity has gone off a few times lately, that and the birth of all the new babies in our community reminded me of this story:

An expectant mother went in to labor during an early evening power outage and only one Emergency Medical Technician was able to respond to the call.

The house was very dark so the EMT asked Kathleen, a 3-year old girl to hold a flashlight high over her mommy so the EMT could see while she helped deliver the baby. Very diligently, Kathleen did as she was asked.

Her mother pushed and pushed and after a little while, baby Connor was born.

The EMT lifted him by his little feet and spanked him on his bottom. Connor began to cry.

The EMT then thanked Kathleen for her help and asked the wide-eyed 3-yr old what she thought about what she had just witnessed.

Kathleen quickly responded, “He shouldn’t have crawled in there in the first place……smack his butt again!”