Grand River Roundup

It wasn’t quite as hot this week although the temperatures stayed in the upper 90s. The prairie is bone dry and the fire danger is high so be careful.

Betty Olson

Made another run to Hettinger Monday afternoon to get a starter for one of the pickups and some other stuff for Casey while Reub went up to our Horse Creek pasture to check on the well. With hardly any rain, he has to make that trip every other day to make sure the well is keeping the cows watered. When it’s dry like this the dam in the pasture turns bad and cows start dying if they have to drink that water.

I called former Rep. Mark DeVries Tuesday to tell him about Paul Higbee’s book about our cowboy governor Tom Berry. Mark lives in the area where Gov. Berry ranched and knew Tom’s son Baxter Berry, who was an old friend of mine back in the day.

The guys have been working on the new fence they’re building over on our east place. Taz came home off the rodeo circuit Wednesday and helped them fence. They ran out of posts and wire, so Casey went to Buffalo to get more supplies from the hardware store. They borrowed Jace Jenson’s post pounder and when they got the last of the posts in the ground Taz and Amanda took the post pounder back to Jace Wednesday evening. Taz helped with the fencing Thursday before he had to leave that afternoon for rodeos in Nebraska, Colorado and Deadwood.

Amber Wiechmann hosted a baby shower for her sister’s new baby at the ranch Thursday evening. Rebecca and Andrew Trouten came from Washington with little Rilee Rae to visit her family. This is the first time most of us met Rilee and let me tell you, she’s a keeper! Looks just like her momma did at that age.

Laura Johnson got a bunch of the Bible study ladies together Friday morning for a surprise birthday party for Briana Fabris. Briana and the girls thought they were invited to Laura’s for a tea party and so they were surprised to see all the cars parked in the yard when they drove in. There were a lot of goodies to eat and we sure had fun. Happy Birthday Briana – hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Saturday night we went down to the Rancher’s Camp meeting at the Darrel Lyon Campground south of Meadow Corner to hear Pastor Mark Richardson from Bethel Lutheran in Faith speak. Phil Hahn played his guitar and led the singing. After the service Jim Lyon grilled hot dogs for us and the ladies served some delicious side dishes.

Duane Shea donated a beautiful picture taken by Christian Begeman to Slim Buttes Lutheran. This summer Begeman took the picture of a double rainbow centered right over our church. It is impressive!

Have you been listening to the circus in D.C. this week? These quotes are so fitting:

1. In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a congress. – John Adams

2. If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed. – Mark Twain

3. Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself. – Mark Twain

4. I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. – Winston Churchill

5. A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. – George Bernard Shaw

6. A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money. – G. Gordon Liddy

7. Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. – P.J. O’Rourke, Civil Libertarian

8. Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. – Frederic Bastiat, French economist(1801-1850)

9. I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. – Will Rogers

10. If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free! – P.J. O’Rourke