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There were a few snow flurries this week and the mercury dropped to 15 degrees Wednesday night, but the end of the week was nice and warm.

Betty Olson COLUMN BOX 2There were a few snow flurries this week and the mercury dropped to 15 degrees Wednesday night, but the end of the week was nice and warm.

Marilyn Brockel’s funeral was Monday in McIntosh and her son Audie had a wonderful memorial service for her. It was nice to see all of Marilyn’s kids and grandkids and I also had a visit with Corson Co. Commissioner Darren Bauer over lunch at city hall after the funeral.

Loretta (Heinrich) Davis, 73, of Rapid City, passed away Monday, Oct. 10 at Westhills Village Health Care. Loretta was married to Earl Davis, who graduated from high school in Hettinger with Reuben. Earl’s mother was a Clarkson, so he’s related to a good share of Harding County. Loretta’s funeral was Wednesday at the First Congregational Church in Rapid. She was a really nice lady and her family has our sympathy.

We have a new grandson born Monday evening! Sage and Alaina are the proud parents of a baby boy born Oct. 10 in the Hettinger hospital. Although he arrived three weeks early, Dathan Jerome weighed in at 7 lb, 3 oz and is 20 inches long. He has three older sisters who are more than eager to help raise him, so he is a blessed little man.

If Dathan would have waited to arrive until Tuesday he could have shared his birthday with several other family members. Our grandson Cade Olson, our son Thad Olson, and Reub’s cousin Sandy Bill Matson all have birthdays on Oct. 11.

There are two other new babies I haven’t told you about. Jack and Kim Anderson had a 9 lb baby girl on Oct. 1 they named Rowan Alyce. Alyce was the name of Jack’s grandmother, Alyce (Giannonatti) Blomberg.

Bleaux and Janel Johnson also had a baby girl Oct. 4. Brinley Marie weighed 7 lb, 2 oz and is 19.5 inches long. LaQuita Shockley is Brinley’s grandmother.

Congratulations to all the new parents and grandparents!

On Wednesday Grandpa and I went to Hettinger to meet little Dathan after he and Alaina were home from the hospital. He’s a keeper all right!

There was a State/Tribal Relations committee meeting in Eagle Butte on Thursday. Rep. Elizabeth May wasn’t able to be there because she is on federal jury duty and Rep. Lee Qualm and Sen. Ernie Otten were also excused. The meeting was held at the main auditorium which was without water because of a water main break. The gas station on the west side of town was one of the few places that still had water, so we all ate lunch over there.

Casey and Taz went up to the Hackamore Friday morning to help work Clint Doll’s Corrientes. It was an absolutely beautiful day to be working outside and everything went well.

The Harding County football team had a game against Herried/Selby in

Buffalo Friday evening. Herried/Selby only scored once and Harding County won handily. Next week Harding County plays Lemmon and the playoffs begin the next week.

Sandy Dan, Lorri and Lorri’s young nephew Austin McClure brought us a trailer load of critters Saturday, a two-year old steer and a lamb to put in the feedlot, seven hens, and another rooster to replace what the coons and fox have eaten. Three of the hens are Barred Rocks, three are California Whites, the big yellow hen is a Rainbow, and the rooster is a Speckled Sussex. With two Leghorns, a Rhode Island Red, and seven Silver Lace Wyandotte hens and an Americana rooster we already had, our chickens are a pretty colorful menagerie!

The Ludlow Fire Department had their pancake supper Saturday night at the Ludlow Hall with a huge crowd in attendance. Ren McCoid entertained us with country music while we stuffed ourselves. The pancake supper was an enjoyable end to a beautiful day and we drove home beneath a gorgeous full moon.

Sunday evening Rosebud Lutheran Church north of Bison held their annual Smorgasbord. Reub and I and several others from the Reva area joined the large crowd to avail ourselves of the delicious Scandinavian delicacies, lefsa, Swedish meatballs and ham, scalloped potatoes, mashed potatoes with white gravy, lots of pickles, fruit soup, and all sorts of pie and desserts. And again, we stuffed ourselves to the limit – or maybe just a little beyond the limit.

With all the new babies and grandbabies, I leave you with this:

Grandkids say the darnedest things

*I was in the bathroom, putting on my makeup, under the watchful eyes of my young granddaughter, as she’d done many times before. After I applied my lipstick and started to leave, the little one said, “But Gramma, you forgot to kiss the toilet paper good-bye!”

I will probably never put lipstick on again without thinking about kissing the toilet paper good-bye…

*A grandmother was telling her little granddaughter what her own childhood was like: “We used to skate outside on a pond. I had a swing made from a tire that hung from a tree in our front yard. We rode our pony. We picked wild raspberries in the woods.”

The little girl was wide-eyed, taking this all in. At last she said, “I sure wish I’d gotten to know you sooner!”

*I didn’t know if my granddaughter had learned her colors yet, so I decided to test her. I would point out something and ask what color it was. She would tell me and was always correct. It was fun for me, so I continued. At last, she headed for the door, saying, “Grandma, I think you should try to figure out some of these yourself!”

*A second grader came home from school and said to her grandmother,

“Grandma, guess what? We learned how to make babies today.”

The grandmother, more than a little surprised, tried to keep her cool.

“That’s interesting,” she said, “How do you make babies?”

“It’s simple,” replied the girl. “You just change ‘y’ to ‘i’ and add ‘es’.”

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