Grand River Roundup

This week had typical fall weather, warm during the day and cold at night. Those two little showers that gave us a third of an inch of moisture were much appreciated.

Betty Olson COLUMN BOX 2This week had typical fall weather, warm during the day and cold at night. Those two little showers that gave us a third of an inch of moisture were much appreciated.

Sam Marty is a grandpa again. His daughter Samantha and Darin Sandberg are the proud parents of a baby girl, born Sunday, Oct. 16 in Minneapolis. Little Olivia Sam weighed 7 lbs 2 oz and is 20 inches long. She joins two older siblings, twins Emmett and Ellie.


Casey, Taz and several other neighbors helped Bill Holt ship calves on Monday. While they were gone, Reub finished building the big sliding doors for the addition they built on the lambing shed. After the guys got home that afternoon they got both doors hung. Their next project will be building pens in the new addition.

A large crowd of friends and family gathered at the Indian Creek church Monday to say goodbye to Della (Oliver) Hatle. Della lived near Meadow all of her 79 years and she was buried in the Gallaway Cemetery near Meadow. Her family has our sympathy.

Louise, Rone, and Jace Jenson shipped calves on Tuesday. When Casey and Taz were headed up there with the horse trailer to help, they had to stop and chase a bunch of our bulls off the highway. The bulls had evidently gotten in a fight and tore the fence down, so Reub had to take the fencing pickup over there to fix fence. I had a Heritage board meeting in Spearfish that day and when I came home I was pleased to see that Reub had picked up a lot of big rocks and bladed the road into place to smooth out the gravel they hauled in last week.

Justin Seidel brought us a load of diesel and gas Wednesday and Justin and Casey ate lunch with us. Taz wasn’t here because he and some other local cowboys had gone to Billings for the NILE rodeo that evening.

Taz got home late Wednesday night and these guys sorted off and weaned our heifer calves at our east place Thursday morning. They had a really good crew come to help, Doug and Clint Doll, Rone and Jace Jenson, Jeremy and Pitch Stadheim, and Bill Holt. I took coffee and snacks over there to fortify the crew after they had the cattle gathered. They hauled the heifer calves home to the feedlot as they got them sorted off and things went so well that they were here to eat before noon. Thanks guys!

Most of Harding County went to Lemmon Thursday evening to watch the Ranchers play the Cowboys in the last regular season football game. Harding County won and now they will play Faith in the first playoff game on Tuesday in Buffalo.

Friday morning Reub and I handed out Gideon Bibles to the fifth grade class in Buffalo and then had coffee with Bill and Verona Vroman in their new apartment at Peaceful Prairie Estates. From there we went to Reva and got Henry and Linda Mohagen to join us for lunch at the Gideon Pastor’s Banquet at the New Hope Church in Lemmon.

Saturday was an absolutely beautiful day. Taz and Casey went to the rodeo in Bowman, Reub spent the day working outside, and all my laundry got dry outside on the clothesline. I spent most of the morning on the phone with people who wanted me to explain the ten issues that will be on the ballot in November.

You know you’re living in cowboy country when your county’s states a ttorney winds up in the hospital after getting bucked off his horse. Dusty Ginsbach got bucked off Saturday morning and he has five broken ribs and a tension pneumothorax so the hospital kept him overnight. Busted ribs take a long time to heal and, speaking from experience, I suggest Dusty avoid sneezing, coughing, laughing, and taking any deep breaths!

Bryce came home from college in Chadron for the weekend and we all headed to Dickinson early Sunday morning for the baptism of our granddaughter Lanie and Matt Klug’s son Trace. All of Trace’s grandparents, great grandparents, aunts and uncles were there. Aunt Bryce and Uncle Alex Klug were Trace’s sponsors. Following the baptism we gathered for food and fellowship at Lanie and Matt’s house.

Kelli Doll’s baby shower was Sunday afternoon at Slim Buttes Lutheran, so as soon as we were done eating we headed south for her shower. Laura Johnson, Janet and Stacy Doll, and Amanda Olson cooked up a lot of delicious goodies and had the church basement beautifully decorated. Sunday was a really fun day!

These guys have done a lot of fencing around here. They build it to last and do it as cheaply as they can, unlike the government in this story:

Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House.  One is from Chicago, another is from Newark and the third is from New Orleans.

All three go with an official to examine the fence.

The Chicago contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works some figures with a pencil.

“Well,” he says, “I figure the job will run about $900, $400 for materials, $400 for my crew and $100 profit for me.”

The Newark contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, “I can do this job for $700. That’s $300 for materials, $300 for my crew and $100 profit for me.”

The New Orleans contractor doesn’t measure or figure, but leans over to the government official and whispers, “$2,700.”

The official, incredulous, says, “You didn’t even measure like the other guys. How did you come up with such a high figure?”

The New Orleans contractor whispers back, “$1000 for me, $1000 for you, and we hire the guy from Newark to fix the fence.”

“Done!” Replies the government official.

And that, my fellow tax payers, is how the federal government works.

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