Grand River Roundup

The January/February thaw was sure nice while it lasted.

The January/February thaw was sure nice while it lasted. The temperatures in the 50s and 60s that began the second week in February lasted until this Wednesday when the thaw went out with a bang with a thunderstorm, lightning and hail about 3:00 that morning. A lot of the snow drifts have either disappeared or are really shrunk down, so my husband is starting to worry about a lack of moisture now.

A week ago on Sunday Dr. Kevin and Margie Lee, and Dalton and Sylvia Zeiszler from Beulah, North Dakota gave a very interesting report to Slim Buttes Lutheran about their trip to Alaska to FLAPS (Free Lutheran Association of Pilot Supporters). Dr. Lee, a pilot and dentist, is the new FLAPS director, the position held by Pastor Henry Mohagen when he and Linda were serving a church at Naknek, Alaska before coming to Reva.

For the first time in a long time, we sold our heifers by private treaty to a guy in Kansas, who sent trucks to pick them up on Wednesday. The guys spent most of Monday sorting heifers and reading ear tags for the health certificate they needed to send with the heifers. The trucks arrived in the middle of the night Tuesday and Clint Doll was here early Wednesday morning to brand inspect the heifers before the guys loaded them on the trucks for the long trip south. Everything went well and these guys were satisfied with the price they got. The guy who bought them called after he got the heifers and he was also pleased, suggesting that they want to visit again next year!

Casey, Missy and Trig left for the state wrestling tournament in Sioux Falls really early Thursday morning to try to beat the blizzard that hit the southern part of the state on Friday. There were several wrecks because of the snow and ice, but it sounded like all the Harding County wrestlers and their families made it to Sioux Falls without mishap. The state tournament was Friday and Saturday and the blizzard was done by Friday evening. Trig placed third and Sam Adams placed seventh at state. Congratulations to all the Harding County wrestlers – you’ve made us proud!

I haven’t been much help around here this week because I’ve had the flu all week. I missed Bible study at the Fabris ranch on Tuesday and I’m missing it again this Monday. It seems like about everyone in the neighborhood is either suffering from the flu or recovering from it. Bryce was diagnosed with influenza at college in Chadron this weekend, but no beds were available at the hospital so the doctor medicated her and sent her home to suffer with her sick roommates. Henry Mohagen missed church this Sunday because of the flu, so Iver Heier filled in for him with a hilarious audio from Ken Davis giving a commencement speech at Liberty University.

Reub and I ventured out Sunday afternoon for the gathering of family and friends for our old friend Violet Weeks at the funeral home in Hettinger. There were a lot of old friends, neighbors and relatives to visit with. Not all of Vi’s family were able to come for her service and burial at the National Cemetery because of bad weather and illness, but it was sure nice to get together with all the folks who could come.

After telling you about my experience overdosing on codeine cough syrup years ago, I got an email from my pharmacist daughter-in-law suggesting that next time I take the advice of my pharmacist instead of my husband. That reminded me of this joke Kelly Lorge sent me several years ago:

The Pharmacist’s Morning

Arriving home, a husband was met at the door by his sobbing wife.

Tearfully she explained, “It’s the pharmacist, he insulted me this morning, I had to call multiple times before he would even answer the phone.”

Immediately, the husband drove downtown to confront the druggist and demand an apology.

Before he could say more than a word or two, the pharmacist told him,

“Now, just a minute, listen to my side! This morning the alarm failed to go off, I was late getting up, and went without breakfast. I hurried out to the car, realized I had locked the house with both house and car keys inside, and had to break a window to get my keys.

“I drove a little too fast and received a speeding ticket, and when I was three blocks from the store, I had a flat tire.

“When I finally arrived at the store, several people were waiting for me. I opened the store, started waiting on customers, and all that time, the phone was constantly ringing.

“I had to break a roll of nickels against the cash register drawer to make change, they spilled all over the floor. I got down on my hands and knees to pick up the nickels, and the phone was still ringing. When I came up from the floor, I cracked my head on the open cash drawer, which made me stagger back against a showcase with perfume bottles on it, half of them hit the floor and broke.

“Meanwhile, the phone was still ringing. I finally got back to answer it, and it was your wife. She wanted to know how to use a rectal thermometer, and believe me mister, as God is my witness, all I did was tell her!”

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