Grand River Roundup

This was another week of beautiful fall weather. It’s usually really cold by this time and it’s hard to believe that this is already the second week in November!

Betty Olson COLUMN BOX 2This was another week of beautiful fall weather. It’s usually really cold by this time and it’s hard to believe that this is already the second week in November!

Doug and Clint Doll, Bill Holt, Jace Jenson, and Ben Juelfs came to help Reub, Casey and Taz gather and sort off our steer calves on Monday. Peder Tenold and Casey hauled them to the sale in Faith and the steers weighed up really well. The calves brought more money than they would have sold for a week or so ago, but a whole lot less than they would have brought last year or two years ago. The price of everything else keeps going up and prices for all agriculture commodities keep going down. It’s depressing!

We headed to Buffalo after the sale to watch the Harding County football team play Alcester-Hudson in the last play-off game. It was an exciting game and Harding County won with a score of 42 to 22. When the game was over, the coach from Alcester-Hudson prayed over all the players from both teams and then led them in the Lord’s Prayer as they knelt on the field. In some places, the coach would be putting his job on the line for doing that, but this South Dakota crowd wholeheartedly approved!

Tuesday Rep. Sam Marty and I went to Belle Fourche and Spearfish to meet with U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem, but before going to the meetings, Sam and I stopped to see his aunt Maxine Marty in Belle. Mac fell a few days ago, dislocating her shoulder and breaking her upper arm and causing her a lot of pain. She isn’t doing very well, so please keep Mac in your prayers.

Rep. Noem’s producers’ round-table at the 1st Interstate Bank was well attended by cattle and sheep producers and agriculture related businesses. The producers gave Kristi a lot of information about what is happening with the decreasing prices for our livestock. I was really proud of the producers when they made it clear that they did NOT want federal subsidies, but they need government to step up to the plate and stop imports from disease ridden countries like Brazil and allow Country Of Origin Labeling of meat products (COOL), so consumers can know where their food comes from. If you buy a shirt, a tablecloth, or a lawn ornament the label tells you what country it came from, but we are not allowed to know where our meat comes from. Not only is this a serious health and safety issue, it just makes sense to allow people to know where the food they consume comes from.

At noon, I was honored to introduce Kristi and moderate her Town Hall meeting at the Branding Iron café on the south side of Belle Fourche. Later that afternoon we all drove to Spearfish for Kristi’s Town Hall meeting in the theater at the High Plains Western Heritage Center. Rep. Fred Romkema was the moderator for that meeting.

Before Sam and I left town, we stopped to visit his mother, Helen Marty, at her apartment after she got back from visiting her sister Mac over in Belle Fourche. Helen celebrated her 94th birthday with a surprise party her family had for her last Saturday. If I’m lucky enough to live that long, I sure hope I’m in as good shape as our dear friend Helen. Happy Birthday Helen, and many, many more!

Greg Urlacher and a hunter friend of his came down from North Dakota to preg check our cows at the east place Thursday. Doug and Clint Doll and Bill Holt were here to help Casey, Taz and Reub and they all came over here to eat when they finished. Thursday was also Cassie Holt and Bryce’s birthday. I called Bryce that evening and she had been celebrating her birthday by being really sick. Thankfully, she was busy taping ankles for football players and doing much better when I called her Saturday morning.

We lost two more neighbors on Thursday. Stan Lindholm, age 62, lost his battle with cancer and Bob Schell, 86, passed away in Miles City. We haven’t heard about funeral arrangements for Stan yet, but there will be a family service for Bob at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City this Friday at 4:00 p.m. with graveside services at the Fairview Cemetery at Camp Crook at 11:00 a.m.on Saturday. These families have our sympathy.

Casey shot another coyote Saturday morning and Lanie, Matt, and Trace came down from Dickinson for the semi-final football game in Buffalo Friday evening against Langford. It was a nice warm evening and an exciting game, but unfortunately Harding County suffered their first loss of the season to Langford, 44 to 61. Langford will advance to Vermillion for the state championship game this week. They’re a nice bunch of folks and we will be cheering them on.

Veteran’s Day is Nov. 11, and at a time when our president and other politicians tend to apologize for our country’s prior actions, here’s a refresher on how one of our former patriots handled negative comments about our country. This story is a good reminder of how proud and thankful we should always be of our veterans:

A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of officers that included personnel from most of those countries. Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked, “Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?”

Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied, “Maybe it’s because during WWII the Brit’s, Canadians, Aussie’s and Americans arranged it so you wouldn’t have to speak German.”

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