Grand River Roundup

  Winter is officially here and all those dreaming of a “White Christmas” got their wish a day late. Frankly, I wasn’t looking forward to all this snow, but I guess it will leave some moisture when it melts.

Guest Columnist

Because of the holidays, I wrote the Roundup early last week and am writing this on the Thursday after Christmas, so some of this will be the end of last week’s news and from the first part of this week. That big snowstorm on the day after Christmas left a lot of snow on the ground around here.   

  Reub and I went to Hettinger last Thursday so he could have Kellee (Clanton) Hollenbeck give him a shot of “rooster juice” in his bad knee. Kellee is a Harding County girl who works as the nurse for Dr. Ackerman from Bismarck. She is working on some very interesting family histories on her grandparents Bill and Bonnie Clanton and the Hollenbeck side of her husband’s family and thankfully she is writing all the information down.    

  The insurance company totaled out my car after hitting that second deer this year, so we stopped at RZ Motors and bought a big Dodge Ram pickup to replace it. They ordered a big grill guard to put on the front of the pickup, so those deer had better look out when they get it put on.

  Raymond Lee took Casey with him to Sioux Falls on Friday so Raymond could buy a truck and they got home on Saturday. Trig came home from college in Spearfish on Friday and Lanie and Matt and their kids came down from Dickinson Friday afternoon. Teri Dee and Mike and their boys came from Buffalo, MN Saturday evening and Bryce got home from Chadron that night so they could all be here for the Olson family Christmas here on Sunday.

  The Slim Buttes Lutheran Sunday School program was Sunday morning followed by the delicious meal that Linda and Henry Mohagen cook for the congregation as our Christmas present from them. After eating too much at church we came home for the Olson Christmas that afternoon. Not everyone could make it, but there were thirty two here for supper that evening. Starla and Rone Jenson also had their family Christmas on Sunday afternoon, so Taz and Amanda and the kids went up to celebrate with them. Guy, Cade and Cass headed back to Wyoming Sunday night to spend Christmas with Megan and Creed and Megan’s family. Creed is still having some allergy issues, so he and Megan had to stay home on Sunday.

  Teri Dee and Mike had planned to drive back to Minnesota on Christmas morning, but after hearing the snowstorm warning, they left Christmas Eve morning. They stopped in Bison to visit my sister and her husband on the way back home. All of Casey and Missy’s family went to Sturgis to celebrate Christmas Eve with Rick and Cindy Engle’s family and Reub and I went to the Christmas Eve candlelight service at Slim Buttes that evening. Casey and Missy had all of their family and us over to their house on Christmas day. All these celebrations of the birth of Jesus were absolutely wonderful. Over the holiday I found a bunch of things that Sylvia Doll used to say that her daughter Elaine gave me several years ago and here is some great advice from Sylvia: “It’s not the things you do at Christmas, it’s the Christmas things you do all year.”

  Reub and I went to Hettinger on Wednesday for his physical at the clinic and his treatment with Mary Eggebo. It was snowing hard when we left here about 8:00 in the morning and it snowed hard all day. I had the pickup in 4 wheel drive the whole way because the roads were nasty even on the way to town that morning. It was late in the afternoon when we headed home and the roads were absolutely terrible. On the way home we met the Hettinger ambulance with lights flashing south of Reeder and there was a vehicle wrecked in the ditch south of Dorian Valloff’s place. It snowed all that night and I took a ruler with me the next morning to see how deep the snow was when I went out to do chores. The snow on the flat measured between 3 ½ to 6 inches, so I’m guessing we probably got just over four inches total.

  I’ll leave you with this recipe for a Happy New Year:

  To leave the old with a burst of song

To recall the rights and forgive the wrong;

To forgive the thing that binds you fast

To the vain regrets of the year that’s past;

  To have the strength to let go your hold

Of the non-worthwhile of the days grown old;

To dare to go forth with a purpose true;

To the unknown task of the year that’s new,

  To help your brother along the road

To share his work and lift his load;

To add your gift to the world’s good cheer,

Is to have and to give a Happy New Year.

  Happy New Year to all of you from all of us.