Grand River Roundup

We’ve been having some beautiful summer weather, even though it is officially fall. No frost yet, and we’re getting a nice rain as I’m writing this on Monday.

Betty Olson COLUMN BOX 2We’ve been having some beautiful summer weather, even though it is officially fall. No frost yet, and we’re getting a nice rain as I’m writing this on Monday. There was almost a half inch in the rain gauge when Reub came home at noon.

Tuesday Casey and Taz went up to help Jeremy Stadheim ship his lambs. When they finished Taz went on to Hettinger to help Sage with his building project.

Wednesday morning Casey and Taz and most of our neighbors went to the Hackamore to help Doug and Clint Doll sort pairs. I thought about running over there for a while to see how Clint and Kelli’s new house is coming along, but it was such a beautiful day that I washed windows and laundry instead. Most of us went in to Woody’s Feed supper at the Lions Civic Center in Buffalo that evening. We had an EMT training meeting that evening, so I stuck around for that.

Kay Latham filled in for Annette Slaba at the meeting because Ron and Annette were in Bismarck meeting their first grandchild. Their daughter Kristi and Mitch Wachendorf are the proud parents of a baby girl. Avery Ann was born Sept. 28, weighing in at 7lb 6oz. and is 21 inches long. Congratulations to the new parents and to the new grandma and grandpa!

It was so late when I got home after the EMT training Wednesday night that I didn’t lock the chickens up. Big mistake! Four of the seven laying hens were gone on Thursday. All the old hens that survived are two Leghorns and one Rhode Island Red hen. Thankfully seven of the young pullets are still alive, but if this keeps up I’ll soon be buying eggs. Taz thinks it’s a fox that got these hens because so many disappeared at once. Casey shot another coyote this week and maybe he’ll be able to decrease the fox population soon.

Reub had his appointment with Mary Eggebo in Hettinger Thursday and we took our granddaughter Irelyn’s birthday present up to her. We missed Irelyn’s second birthday was last week because the Stockgrowers convention in Rapid City was the same day, so we took Irelyn, Ellarie, Acalia and Sage out for ice cream to celebrate. Alaina was still at work so she couldn’t join us, but the rest of us had fun.

Mac and Terisa Thompson’s son Brady’s third birthday was Saturday, Oct. 1 and that same day he was flown from the hospital in Sioux Falls to Ann Arbor, Mich. suffering from severe heart problems following his heart surgery earlier. Doctors found two clots in Brady’s heart and they put him on heparin because another surgery would be too risky. This sweet little guy really needs our prayers.

Please keep Joni (Helms) Gonzolez’s baby in your prayers too. Little Isaiah Gonzolez is in the hospital with a very serious illness. He’s only a couple weeks old and this isn’t the first time he’s been hospitalized.

Friday night we all went to Bison to watch the Harding County Ranchers and the Bison Cardinals play football at Bison’s Homecoming. It was a hard-fought game, especially in the first quarter, but Harding County finally won 42 to 14. I went to school in Bison and have relatives on both teams, so this game is always exciting for me.

Sadly, there are three deaths to report this week. Jared Lewton, age 45, was killed in a truck wreck near Gladstone, N.D. on Wednesday. His funeral was in Hettinger Monday with burial at a later date.

Esther Muth, age 96, passed away Thursday at the Western Horizons Care Center in Hettinger. Esther’s services will also be held later.

Marilyn Brockel, age 81 of McIntosh, passed away on Sunday evening at Western Horizons Care Center in Hettinger. We haven’t heard when Marilyn’s funeral will be.

Please keep these families in your prayers.

Saturday was Men’s Day at the Rainbow Bible Ranch and several men from this area spent a very enjoyable day down there. Reub rode down with Lester Longwood. Michael Brandt, Harold Delbridge, Earl Maier, and Dale Bartscher, Executive Director of the Family Heritage Alliance, were the speakers; Jim Hunt was the MC; and John Kaiser, Les Lensegrav, Bart Carmichael, and Andy and Cole Elshere provided the musical entertainment. Oh, and Reub said the guys were very well fed!

The Coffee House in Buffalo held their annual fund raiser at the Lions Civic Center Sunday evening. There was some really good entertainment provided by local talent. Ventriloquist Linda Mohagen did a couple of puppet skits and Slim Buttes Lutheran had a skit. There great entertainment was followed by a delicious lunch. It was a really fun evening.

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting really tired of hearing all the political presidential candidates speak. Although I will definitely vote, I can’t stand to listen to any of the four people currently running for the Oval Office.

I don’t remember who sent me this joke, but these answers to “why did the chicken cross the road?” certainly fit this election year:

DONALD TRUMP: We will build a big wall to keep illegal chickens from crossing the road. We will have a door for legal chickens.

JOHN KERRY: We will trust the chicken to tell us whether it crossed the road or not.

NANCY PELOSI: We will have to wait until the chicken crosses the road to see what it says.

BRIAN WILLIAMS: I crossed the road with the chicken.

BARACK OBAMA: Let me be perfectly clear, if the chickens like their eggs they can keep their eggs. No chicken will be required to cross the road to surrender her eggs. Period!

HILLARY CLINTON: What difference at this point does it make why the chicken crossed the road?

BILL CLINTON: I did not cross the road with that chicken.

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