Grand River Roundup

Didn’t that cool air feel good this week? It was jacket weather here Wednesday and Thursday. The wind blew so hard while I was watering my gardens Wednesday afternoon it about tipped me over, but at least it wasn’t 100 degrees again. We got a little sprinkle of rain on Saturday, but we sure need a lot more.

Betty Olson

We had an EMT mass casualty training in Buffalo Monday evening and some firemen couldn’t come because they were fighting fires. There were seven fires in Harding County that day, three of them in the Cave Hills. The dry lightning started five more fires in the Long Pines early Thurs-day morning. A couple other days we heard talk fire departments on the fire radio, but didn’t hear where those fires were.

Casey and Trig loaded their horses and headed to Kadoka for the Rodeo Bible Camp that start-ed Monday. Several other local kids also attended the camp where Casey has been the steer wrestling instructor for years. Missy went to Chadron to visit Bryce for a couple days while no one was home to cook for. Missy came home Tuesday evening and Chris Lee picked her up the next day to go to Kadoka to watch their kids in the rodeo Thursday.

Reub and Taz went up to Horse Creek to doctor a bloated calf Tuesday morning before Taz left for another pro-rodeo run that afternoon. Reub mowed the dry creek in front of our house while everyone was gone and got a few bales of mostly slough grass, cat tails, and fox tail, but hey – at least its hay and the cows will eat it in this winter.

Our daughter Teri Dee and Mike McNelis, Collin and Aidan drove out from Minnesota to visit family. Devils Tower was first on their list of places to visit and Guy and Megan and their boys met them there Monday evening after Guy got off work in Gillette. Teri’s family toured the Hills Tuesday and Wednesday, meeting up with Thad and Angie. Thad, Mike, and the boys played miniature golf in Rapid City while Angie and Teri had a good visit.

Teri and crew got to the ranch in time for lunch on Thursday. Mike and the boys pitched their tent in the backyard and they all slept outside that evening. Teri Dee tried to make connections with Sandy Dan and Lorri when they came through Newell, but both of them were working. Sandy Dan called to have a long visit on the phone with his sister on his way home from work Thursday evening.

While we were sitting outside enjoying the weather that afternoon, Ruth Burkhalter drove up from Prairie City to bring me some fun stuff. She brought me a Confederate flag that her brother Nathan bought for me and three great bumper sticks that she got for me that I just love! The first one was like the bumper sticker Mary Jean Jenson gave me that I put on the back of my vehicle when I was in the legislature. It says “I carry a pistol because my rifle won’t fit in my purse”. That sticker almost got me in trouble with a new city cop who had just moved to Pierre from Minneso-ta, but it got me out of trouble when he found out that I was the legislator that brought all those pro-gun bills. I’ll tell you about it sometime.

Casey, Missy and Trig came home late Thursday evening after the rodeo. Trig had a good week. He took first place in calf roping, steer wrestling, he and Sterling Lee took first in team roping, and Trig won all-around cowboy.

Casey’s bunch came to visit Teri’s family after breakfast Friday morning before Teri’s family packed up and headed to Hettinger to have lunch with Sage and Alaina. That afternoon they drove to Dickinson to visit Lanie, Matt and Trace before heading back to Minnesota.

Friday evening most of Harding County and almost everyone around Faith came to the wedding of Kami Elshere and Jace Jenson. They had a beautiful outdoor wedding at the Belle Fourche Country Club. The weather was perfect, the food was wonderful and we got to visit a whole lot of old friends. With this marriage, the population of Ralph has increased from one resident to three because Kami and Jace will live right next to Jace’s Grandma Louise Jenson.

I’ll leave you with this story I can really relate to:

An elderly lady cruises through a stop light and gets pulled over by a local policeman. She hands the cop her driver’s license, insurance verification, plus her concealed carry permit.

“Okay, Mrs. Smith,” the cop says. “I see your CCW permit. Are you carrying today?”

“Yes, I am.”

“Well then, better tell me what you got.”

Mrs. Smith says, “Well, I got a .357 revolver in my purse. There’s a 9mm semi-auto in the glove box. And, I’ve got a .22 magnum derringer in my right boot.”

“Okay,” the cop says. “Anything else?”

“Yeah, back in the trunk, there’s an AR-15 and a shotgun. That’s about it.”

“Mrs. Smith, are you on your way to or from a gun range…?”


“Well then, what are you afraid of?”

She grinned and said, “Not a darn thing!”