Grand River Roundup

This week almost felt like summer with temperatures in the 70s. It cooled off Saturday when we were blessed with almost a half inch of rain and warmed up again on Sunday.

Betty Olson COLUMN BOX 2This week almost felt like summer with temperatures in the 70s. It cooled off Saturday when we were blessed with almost a half inch of rain and warmed up again on Sunday.

Congratulations to Danial Burkhalter from Prairie City for his second consecutive win in the state Cross Country meet at Huron last Saturday. Danial is on Bison’s Cross Country team and the Cardinal boys finished third in the state.

Casey and Taz joined the crew at the Hackamore Monday to help Doll’s ship their steer calves. Bryce went back to college after coming home to be a sponsor for little Trace’s baptism on Sunday. She went to Buffalo to cast her absentee ballot at the courthouse on her way back to Chadron. She’s disgusted with several of her classmates who not only are NOT going to vote, but aren’t even registered to vote because they don’t think the election has any effect on their lives. Sad.

Tuesday was a beautiful day to work outside, so Taz went up to help Uncle Sage build on his house west of Hettinger. Casey took his horse trailer to Northwest Auto in Reeder to get new tires put on. Heidi Melmer brought a delicious scalloped potato and sausage lunch to feed the guys at noon.

Tuesday evening was the first football playoff game between Harding County and Faith. A huge crowd from Buffalo and Faith came to watch the game and enjoyed the warm weather immensely. Harding County won 50 to 12 and will play again this Monday in Buffalo.

Coyotes killed an ewe just west of here up on Dead Man Butte Tuesday night, so Casey went hunting the guilty parties early Wednesday morning. He managed to kill five coyotes and a fox, saw two other coyotes and was able to shoot one of them, but it was gone when he went back to check on it. Hopefully it’s dead too. Taz helped Sage put in floor joints on the second floor of his house Tuesday and they certainly had beautiful weather to work in.

Wednesday was another nice day so Taz went back up to help Sage on the house again. After he was done hunting coyotes, Casey spent the rest of the day hauling stuff to the dump and Reub spent all day piling up dead trees and branches at Glendo to burn this winter after the ground is covered with snow.

There are three deaths to report this week. Robyn Holzkamm, age 23, who grew up north of Bucyrus, was killed in an automobile accident last Thursday and her funeral was this Friday in Hettinger.

Ernest “Ernie” Kari, age 96, a longtime Bison businessman, passed away last Saturday and his funeral was held Thursday in Bison. Ernie was buried with military honors at the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis.

Former South Dakota Sen. Richard “Dick” Waddell, age 94, of Isabel passed away last Thursday at the Mobridge Regional Hospital. Graveside services were held Monday at the Hillview Cemetery.

Our sympathy goes out to these families.

Thursday morning Casey and Taz went up to help Rone Jenson pour a heated concrete floor in his shop. Besides these guys and Rone’s crew, Bill Holt, Heath Hafner, Todd Anderson, and Paul Thomas Palczewski were also there to help. They finished half the floor by late afternoon and all of them came back to finish the job on Friday. Rone and the guys are really going to enjoy working in the shop on that heated floor this winter.

Janice Peck broke her hip last week in Colorado. After having surgery, we were happy to hear that she is out of the hospital and home at her daughter Shirley’s.

Gert Kooiman is in the Hettinger hospital with pneumonia. Please keep these two wonderful women in your prayers.

The presidential election is coming soon with a contest between four of the most contentious and controversial candidates in recent memory. We have to choose between a thin-skinned television celebrity, a former Secretary of State that will probably be indicted for criminal activity soon, a clueless Libertarian, and a Green candidate who was recently arrested for vandalism in North Dakota. I agree with a young man on the news the other night who said, “I remember when Halloween was the scariest night of the year. Now, it’s election night!”

On that happy note, I’ll leave you with this Halloween joke:

Two guys left the bar after a long night of drinking on Halloween, jumped in the car and started it up. After a couple of minutes, an old man appeared in the passenger window and tapped lightly. The passenger screamed, “Look at the window. There’s an old ghost’s face there!”

The driver sped up, but the old man’s face stayed in the window.

The passenger rolled his window down part way and, scared out of his wits, said, “What do you want?”

The old man softly replied, “You got any tobacco?”

The passenger handed the old man a cigarette and yelled, “step on it,” to the driver, rolling up the window in terror.

A few minutes later they calmed down and started laughing again. The driver said, “I don’t know what happened, but don’t worry; the speedometer says we’re doing 80 now.” All of a sudden there was a light tapping on the window and the old man reappeared.

“There he is again,” the passenger yelled. He rolled down the window and shakily said, “Yes?”

“Do you have a light?” the old man quietly asked.

The passenger threw a lighter out the window saying, “step on it!” They were driving about 100 miles an hour, trying to forget what they had just seen and heard, when all of a sudden there came some more tapping.

“Holy cow! He’s back!” The passenger rolled down the window and screamed in stark terror, “WHAT NOW?”

The old man gently replied, “You want some help getting out of the mud?”

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