Grand River Roundup

The weather is cooling down and we got a .19 hundredths of rain this week.

Betty Olson COLUMN BOX 2Casey and Missy took a load of open heifers and a crippled bull to Faith Monday. The market is down at all the livestock and grain markets. It would be nice if our taxes and expenses would drop like the market has!

Reub had trouble with the manure spreader again this week. Monday morning it broke a chain with a full of load of manure and Reub killed all morning unloading the manure so he could fix the chain. Casey got home in the afternoon and it was dark before they got it fixed.

Taz came home from the rodeo circuit Tuesday morning. He and Casey took their horses to our grazing association pasture thinking they’d have to doctor calves that had snotty noses last week when Reub was up there, but the calves were all healthy this time and they couldn’t find anything wrong.

Rep. Dan Dryden from Rapid City passed away. Rep. Dryden, who has represented district 34 for the last six years, lost his long-fought battle with cancer Tuesday morning. His funeral was Friday in Rapid City.

Lemmon became Capitol For the Day on Wednesday. Gov. Dennis and Linda Daugaard and several people from his office flew up from Pierre to tour the community and meet with business leaders and legislators from District 28. This was also the 70th anniversary of Wheeler’s and we were all treated to a fantastic lunch at the Beeler building at noon. All of Wheeler’s employers were honored for their years of service making that beautiful jewelry and then Gov. Daugaard addressed the crowd after lunch.

Rep. Sam Marty, Sen. Ryan Maher, and I were the legislators in attendance and we joined the crowd at the meeting about governmental issues at the Grand River Museum that afternoon. We got to meet Scott Stern, the new Economic Development Commissioner who recently replaced Pat Costello. Scott is married to a former Lemmon resident, Staci Kesling, who graduated from Lemmon High School with our daughter-in-law Missy. Another former graduate of LHS, Tiffany (Anderson) Sanderson accompanied Linda Daugaard to the school so the First Lady could read to the elementary kids. Tiffany’s Grandpa Lester Blomberg was my father’s first cousin and Dad and Lester were both raised in the Slim Buttes near Flat Top Butte.

Reub ruined a tire the manure spreader on Thursday, so he had Casey pick up a new one from Northern Auto when he took horses to the vet in Hettinger to get their Coggins test. That afternoon we went to Hettinger for Reub’s appointment with Mary Eggebo. Mel Eggebo is back to work at Runnings after his heart surgery and is looking good! After we picked up the stuff we needed from Runnings, we went to check on how Sage and Taz were doing on Sage and Alaina’s new house they are building west of town. They have the basement walls up and are ready to pour the flour this week.

Taz went back to help Sage again on Friday. Casey went to Buffalo for a work day at the arena to get it ready for the Labor Day rodeos over the weekend. And Reub broke another U joint on the manure spreader that day. I swear, that machine has it in for him! Friday evening most of Harding County drove to Timber Lake for the football game. Harding County won 56 to 22!

Saturday was the first day of the Labor Day celebration in Buffalo. I was on ambulance duty for the matched steer wrestling and breakaway roping at the Tipperary Arena and Reub came with me to watch the cowboys and cowgirls compete. We left right after the rodeo so we could get home in time to lock the chickens up before the coons got any more of them.

The annual Glendo community picnic was Sunday at Reva Gap. Some of our neighbors camped out down there the night before and we went over right after church. A good crowd gathered for the picnic and, as usual, we had way too much food. It was so cool most of us wore jackets and it only rained a couple drops. It’s nice to get the neighborhood together without it being a funeral for one of us.

Just a reminder for local pilots – don’t forget the Fly In at Dennis and Roger Nash’s ranch for the pancake breakfast early in the morning on Saturday, Sept. 10. Dennis has called a lot of you, but wants us to spread the word to any pilots he might have missed.

The Labor Day parade was Monday morning in Buffalo. Sen. Ryan Maher and Rep. Sam Marty rode together through the parade and, as their Senior Advisor and retiring Senator, I drove Sam’s pickup for them while they threw Ryan’s candy at all the little kids. It rained on us all through the parade, but no one seemed to mind and it stopped before the delicious beef barbeque under the big tent downtown.

Bob Hall sent me this to share with you:


1) You can’t count your hair.

2) You can’t wash your eyes with soap.

3) You can’t breathe through your nose when your tongue is out.

Put your tongue back in your mouth, you silly person.


1) You are reading this.

2) You are human.

3) You can’t say the letter P without separating your lips.

4) You just attempted to do it.

6) You are laughing at yourself.

7) You have a smile on your face and you skipped No. 5.

8) You just checked to see if there is a No. 5.

9) You laugh at this because you are a fun loving person & everyone does it too.

10) You are probably going to share this to see who else falls for it.

Betty Olson is a South Dakota rancher and state legislator for District 28.