Grand River Roundup

It’s been hot and windy most of the week and summer arrived on Monday.

Betty Olson COLUMN BOX 2It’s been hot and windy most of the week and summer arrived on Monday. It’s been hot and windy most of the week and summer arrived on Monday. We got a couple little showers last Monday and again on Saturday, for a grand total of 32 hundredths of moisture. We appreciate every drop of rain we get, but we sure need a lot more.

I have an apology to make – it was Wilfred Smolnikar from Ralph who died in the Rapid City flood 44 years ago, not Wilbur Smolnikar like I had in last week’s column. Sorry about that.

Charlie Verhulst had his knee replaced last Monday in Spearfish and he’s getting by pretty good. He’ll start therapy with Janie Hett in Buffalo this week. He said he’d like to graduate from his walker to a set of crutches, so he doesn’t feel like such an old guy!

I’m also going to need a knee replacement one of these days. Kathy Fabris, Sue Litzel, and Rusty Foster have all had knees replaced, so I’m taking notes from my friends who have already gone through the procedure before I get a new knee. I’m due to have surgery in Bismarck this Friday to remove the pins in my thumb after that little incident with a Rambouillet buck back in April. When that’s all healed up, maybe I’ll start thinking about having knee surgery.

Our Great Pyrenees guard dogs have been falling down on the job. Last week we had a couple lambs that were bit by coyotes and survived. Tuesday morning Reub went over to our east place to check on the sheep and found a lamb that the coyotes had killed in the Glendo Cemetery. Reub checked around and couldn’t find the coyote before he came home for lunch. When he went back over there after lunch the coyotes had killed another lamb. The guys parked a pickup on the hill near the sheep and the next two mornings Reub got up before dawn and spent most of both days driving around the pasture to keep the coyotes at bay.

Our trapper, Scott Phillips, is no longer with us, so I called the Perkins County Dustin Drews to tell him about the coyote kills on the Perkins County side of our ranch and he told me that Dan Drolc in Harding County was having coyote problems too. Dustin called in the federal predator control plane and they were up and hunting early Friday morning. Dustin called me that evening to say that they killed a male and a female coyote and a bunch of coyote pups south of the river at Glendo and had shot a couple coyotes in Harding County. We think they got the guilty predators, but we still hear coyotes howling every night, so there are still plenty of the varmints out there.

Trig qualified for the State High School Rodeo in Belle Fourche, so he and Casey left for the rodeo on Thursday and Sterling Lee came down from North Dakota to go with them. Taz left earlier in the week for rodeos in Nebraska and Utah, so except for the coyotes howling, it was pretty quiet around here.

Taz flew home from Utah on Saturday and Amanda brought him from the airport in Bismarck that afternoon. Amanda was babysitting Karli Gress’ baby for a couple days and we got to play with cute little Emerson after they got home.

The Camp Crook area has lost two former residents. The funeral for Jack Teigen’s sister, Barbara Wintermute, 76, of Ekalaka, Mont. was last Saturday at the Camp Crook Community Hall in Camp Crook with burial at the Little Missouri Lutheran Cemetery in Capitol, Mont.

Bennie Padden’s sister, Carol Electa (Padden) McKinley, age 83, passed away in April in Munster, Ind. Her graveside memorial service will be held this Saturday, June 25 at 2:00 pm at the Fairview Cemetery in Camp Crook.

The Newell community also suffered a loss. Tommy Stapp, 73, died at Fort Meade last Monday. His funeral was this Monday at the Newell City Hall with burial at Hope Cemetery in Newell. Tommy drove school bus and he and his wife Darlene hauled mail in the area for years.

These families have our sympathy.

Sunday was Father’s Day and Slim Buttes Lutheran celebrated by hosting a movie and an ice cream social that evening. As much as we hated to miss the homemade ice cream, Reub and I went to Bible study at Lester and Sharon Longword’s that evening. Brad and Linda Abelseth and Mel and Juanita Pittman drove up from Nisland and Ruth and Ben Weichmann and their kids joined us for a very enjoyable evening.

Casey, Missy and Trig celebrated Father’s Day at the Youth Rodeo in Camp Crook where Trig won the double mugging for the third year in a row.

Can you answer these questions?

•Can you cry under water?

•If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?

•Do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?

•Why did you just try singing the two songs above?

•If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?

•If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?

•If FedEx and UPS were to merge, would they call it Fed UP?

•Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?

•Why is it that no plastic bag will open from the end on your first try?

•How do those dead bugs get into those enclosed light fixtures?

•Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that’s falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?

•The statistic on sanity is that one out of every four persons are suffering from some sort of mental illness. Think of your three best friends – if they’re okay, then it’s you.