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The weather has been nice all week, but we could use some rain because it’s getting pretty dry. Farmers around here have most of their early crops planted and are planting corn now.

Betty Olson COLUMN BOX 2The weather has been nice all week, but we could use some rain because it’s getting pretty dry. Farmers around here have most of their early crops planted and are planting corn now. Ranchers would like to see some rain on our pastures, but so far the prairie is still green.

Bill Holt branded on Monday and when these guys came home, they started trailing our cows to our Horse Creek pasture 20 miles west of here. That night they left the cows by the Hackamore branding corral and finished the drive Tuesday afternoon.

W.I.T. sponsored the Candidate Forum at the City Hall in Newell Wednesday featuring primary candidates for the Senate in District 28, the House in District 28B, Butte County States Attorney, Butte County Commission, and the Newell School Board. Fred Wilson was the moderator and Rep. Tom Brunner from District 29 was there.

KBJM radio and the Dakota Herald sponsored the Candidate Forum at the Dakota Lodge in Lemmon Thursday for the Senate and House candidates from District 28 and 28B, and the Perkins County Commissioner candidates. Perkins County States Attorney Shane Penfield moderated the forum.

Two funerals for area residents were held Saturday. Randy Kolb, 63, who grew up in Bison, passed away unexpectedly April 7 at his home in Blaine, Minn. Randy’s funeral was at the Catholic Church in Bison with inurnment in the Date Cemetery.

My father’s cousin, Lester Blomberg, 96, passed away Dec. 7 and his memorial service was at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, S.D. Lester’s memorial has been established to the Bison Volunteer Fire Department.

I’m writing this early because of Memorial Day. Rep. Sam Marty will be the featured speaker at the Memorial Day service at the Lions Club Civic Center in Buffalo, sponsored by the American Legion. Sam is a veteran of the Vietnam War where he received a Purple Heart after being wounded.

Thank you for your service Sam.

The Capitol Journal had a story this week about two cowboys that are planning to ride from Fort Pierre to DC on horseback to honor our military vets. Tony Jones and Orv White Eyes plan to pack and ride horses from Fort Pierre to Washington to honor military veterans. They are calling it “The Quest for Constitution in honor of Vets: A 1,500 mile journey from Fort Pierre, South Dakota, to Washington DC.”

“The purpose of this two-man journey on horseback is to raise awareness for all the vets who served this country,” the men say in a news release, “and fought for our Constitution, which is slowly being stripped away. We’re here to reunite America as a whole and to bring awareness to the people that we still have rights.”

Jones, 54, grew up in Fort Pierre. White Eyes, 44, grew up in Eagle Butte and Gettysburg and is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. Neither man was in the military but they have family members who were. “My grandfather was in World War II,” Jones said. “He was in Patton’s Third Army.”

My father, Sgt. Bryce White, was also a WWII veteran in Patton’s Third Army and he would really appreciate what these cowboys are doing to honor our veterans.

I’ll leave you with this in memory of our departed military veterans:

A Soldier Died Today

 He was getting old and paunchy

And his hair was falling fast,

And he sat around the Legion,

Telling stories of the past.

 Of a war that he once fought in

And the deeds that he had done,

In his exploits with his buddies;

They were heroes, every one.

 And ‘tho sometimes to his neighbors

His tales became a joke,

All his buddies listened quietly

For they knew where of he spoke.

 But we’ll hear his tales no longer,

For ol’ Joe has passed away,

And the world’s a little poorer

For a Soldier died today.

 He won’t be mourned by many,

Just his children and his wife.

For he lived an ordinary,

Very quiet sort of life.

 He held a job and raised a family,

Going quietly on his way;

And the world won’t note his passing,

‘Tho a Soldier died today.

 When politicians leave this earth,

Their bodies lie in state,

While thousands note their passing,

And proclaim that they were great.

 Papers tell of their life stories

From the time that they were young

But the passing of a Soldier

Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

 Is the greatest contribution

To the welfare of our land,

Some jerk who breaks his promise

And cons his fellow man?

 Or the ordinary fellow

Who in times of war and strife,

Goes off to serve his country

And offers up his life?

 The politician’s stipend

And the style in which he lives,

Are often disproportionate,

To the service that he gives.

 While the ordinary Soldier,

Who offered up his all,

Is paid off with a medal

And perhaps a pension, small.

 It is not the politicians

With their compromise and ploys,

Who won for us the freedom

That our country now enjoys.

 Should you find yourself in danger,

With your enemies at hand,

Would you really want some cop-out,

With his ever waffling stand?

 Or would you want a Soldier

His home, his country, his kin,

Just a common Soldier,

Who would fight until the end.

 He was just a common Soldier,

And his ranks are growing thin,

But his presence should remind us

We may need his likes again.

 For when countries are in conflict,

We find the Soldier’s part

Is to clean up all the troubles

That the politicians start.

 If we cannot do him honor

While he’s here to hear the praise,

Then at least let’s give him homage

At the ending of his days.

 Perhaps just a simple headline

In the paper that might say: