Grand River Roundup

All the rain and the little bit of snow we got this week left over a half inch of moisture in the rain gauge and toward the end of the week the weather sure cooled off. Firing up the woodstove felt pretty good the last few nights.

Guest Columnist

  Rep. Chuck Turbiville’s funeral was in Deadwood Monday with a huge crowd in attendance. A lot of legislators and former legislators came to bid goodbye to our old friend and several other politicians, legislative staff members, city officials from Deadwood, and lots of Chuck’s friends and relatives were also there. After the funeral I had lunch with his Maliscki cousins, Judy Nash, Arlene Maliscki, and Lucille Knutsen and her husband Roger.

  Ben Juelfs came to weld a hole to stop a leak in our diesel tank on Monday. The guys have moved all the fuel tanks from beside the shop to over beside the grain bins on the spot where the other grain bin blew away this summer. They called 811 to have the buried lines marked so they can dig in electricity to the pumps.

  The temperatures were in the fifties Tuesday and Wednesday so I was able to hang several loads of laundry on the clothesline and dig the last of my carrots and beets out of the garden. I’m now as ready for winter as I’m going to get.

  Casey and Missy went to Dickinson on Wednesday to get lumber for the next building project and to visit Lanie and the kids. That morning Taz went to help Sage put steel on Nathan Stadheim’s shed they are building for him. Wednesday was Halloween and Copper and little Knox came to trick or treat us that evening. What fun!

  Reub and I went to Newell Thursday to watch Sandy Dan’s auction of his place south of Newell. It sold pretty well, and no, Sandy and Lorri aren’t moving from Newell.

  The wind wasn’t blowing Friday morning so Casey and Taz went up to help Sage put steel on the roof of Nathan Stadheim’s new shed. Friday was also Guy’s birthday and he was on his way to Creed’s football game in Gillette when I called him. The guys have been tearing down the old stockade up on the hill across the creek and since it was still kind of nice, I went up to help Reub tear some of it down and gather some firewood.

  RonE and Starla Jenson and Casey attended the college football game in Spearfish Saturday afternoon to watch Jarett and Trig play against Pueblo, Colorado. Sadly, BHSU lost. Amanda didn’t go to the football game to watch the boys because she took some of her Stella Marie Boutique clothes to the Christmas Fair in Bison that day. 

  Kristi (Lensegrav) Birkeland was honored at the Casey Tibbs Foundation Tribute Dinner Saturday evening as this year’s Rodeo Cowgirl Great. Jake Rinehart was recognized as the Rodeo Cowboy Great and the Hollenbeck Ranch as the Ranch Cowboy Family. Missy and a whole lot of Kristi’s friends and family were in Fort Pierre that evening to celebrate with Kristi and her family. Congratulations Kristi – you certainly deserved this!

  Teri McTighe sent me a great gift this week. She is a terrific artist and she had painted a portrait of my hero, WWII veteran and POW Bob Hanson on a big ceramic coffee mug that she sent me. Now I can have coffee with my late friend every morning. Thank you so much Teri!

  We survived another time change this week when we switched all the clocks back an hour to real time on Sunday. Having to adjust to the time change twice a year seems so stupid. It always reminds me about what a wise old Indian said about daylight saving time, “Only the Government would think that you can cut off a foot from the top of a blanket, sew it on the bottom and think you have a longer blanket”.

  Good news – little Riggin Ryen was dismissed from the burn center and he and his Mom are home with his family south of Prairie City. Christi changes his dressings over the skin grafts he got after being badly burned and he’s doing much better.

  Casey and Taz went up to the Hackamore this Monday to help Doug and Clint Doll sort off their heifer calves and haul them up to Bill Holt to feed them over the winter. It was kind of chilly out, but everything went well.

  Tuesday is Election Day and I hope you voted for lower taxes, smaller government and less government control of our lives. I’ll leave you with this quote about big government from Col. Allen West: 

  The tribal wisdom of the Plains Indians, passed on from generation to generation, states “When you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.”

  However, in government more advanced strategies are often employed, such as:

1. Buying a stronger whip.

2. Changing riders.

3. Appointing a committee to study the horse.

4. Arranging to visit other countries to see how other cultures ride dead horses.

5. Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be included.

6. Reclassifying the dead horse as living-impaired.        

7. Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse.

8. Harnessing several dead horses together to increase speed.

9. Providing additional funding and/or training to increase the dead horse’s performance.

10. Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse’s performance.

11. Declaring that as the dead horse does not have to be fed, it is less costly, carries lower overhead and therefore contributes substantially more to the bottom line of the economy than do some other horses.

12. Rewriting the expected performance requirements for all horses.

And, of course…

13. Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position.