We had some pretty nice weather this week with temperatures ranging from a low of 7 degrees to a high of 50 degrees. No moisture this week, but with fog on Friday and Saturday, if the old wives tale holds true, we should see some in 90 days.
There was an “interesting” ambulance call Monday night. Someone called dispatch to report a vehicle rollover three miles east of Reva. All the law enforcement and EMS people in the area headed out to the rescue but we couldn’t find anything anywhere! As I headed toward Reva I met several vehicles including two cop cars with lights flashing headed north on Highway 79 trying to find the accident. At Reva, I got in the ambulance with Troy Stugelmeyer and Brian Teller and we drove clear south of the Slim Buttes searching for the wreck and met a patrolman coming up from the south that hadn’t found anything either. We cut across country to come up the Jefferson Road and found absolutely nothing. Highway patrolmen searched the highway in North Dakota between Lemmon and Bowman without finding anything. The guy that called in the fake accident report had a phone that couldn’t be traced and was evidently just having some fun with us. I got home about midnight, but I was so mad it took a long time to get to sleep!
There were lots of medical issues in the community. Bill Vroman was in the hospital for a few days with pneumonia. Verona Vroman also had pneumonia that was caught in time so she didn’t have to be hospitalized. Dorothy Holt is in the hospital with what sounds like pneumonia. Dennis Nash stopped to visit the other day and said that Roger Nash had fallen and broke his hip. Roger had surgery and is recovering in rehab. Duane Shea had emergency surgery in Bismarck this week. He was in church this Sunday and is doing well. Reub had a physical in Hettinger on Wednesday while I was in Rapid City for my knee appointment. We’re sure glad we have so many good medical personnel around here!
The eight of us that were elected to the SD Historical Society Foundation spent Thursday and Friday in Pierre for our orientation meeting. I visited the Senate and the House on Thursday and was surprised to see so many new faces. On Friday Reub went to Rapid City to go to basketball game with Thad and Angie. Our grandson Cade plays for the Gillette Camels and just a couple minutes into the game against Rapid City Central he badly injured his knee. The ambulance took him to the hospital for what they thought would have to be surgery, but the orthopedic surgeon put his dislocated knee back in place and let his folks take him home to Rozet. He had to have a brace put on the next morning, but they expect him to heal in a month or so.
We lost a couple old friends this week. Albert Weaver, age 91 of Hettinger, passed away Friday at the Western Horizons Assisted Living in Hettinger. His funeral was Monday at the Abundant Life Assembly of God Church in Hettinger with burial at Hettinger Cemetery next to his wife.
Garnet Gaaskjolen, age 94 of Lemmon passed away Saturday evening at the Five Counties Nursing Home in Lemmon. We haven’t heard about her funeral arrangements yet.
The government shutdown is now the longest in history and it doesn’t look like it will end soon because Democrats refuse to vote for money to allow Pres. Trump to build a border wall to stop illegal aliens from sneaking across our southern border. This year almost 4,000 terrorists have been arrested by border patrol after illegally crossing the border and a number of Americans have been killed, raped or injured by illegals. The yearly cost to taxpayers is $70,000 for each illegal crossing into the US, totaling about $70 billion a year! Just stopping those illegals would pay for a lot of wall.
I’ll leave you with this:
The President and the head of the Democrat Party, Nancy Pelosi, are arguing extensively over allowing immigrants into our country. Nancy, of course, wants free access to everyone who wants to come in, while Donald wants us to secure our borders and insure only the right people come in.
Instead of going to a costly, time-consuming nationwide vote on the matter, they agree to a 3-day ice fishing contest to settle the issue. Whoever catches the most fish at the end of the 3 days will have his or her process implemented.
The two decide that a remote frozen lake in northern Minnesota would be the ideal place. No observers on the fishing grounds, but both would need to have their catches verified and counted each night at 5 PM so they use a neutral park ranger station.
After Day 1, Trump returns to the station with a total of 10 fish, while Pelosi comes back with nothing.
Day 2 finishes and Trump catches another 20 fish, but Pelosi once again comes back with no fish.
That night, Pelosi and her liberal cronies get together and accuse Trump of being a “low-life, cheating piece of scum.” Instead of fishing on Day 3, they are going to follow Trump and to spy on him and figure out how he is cheating.
Day 3 finishes up and Trump has had an incredible day, adding 30 more to his total.
That night, Pelosi and her Democrat cohorts get together for the full report on how Donald was cheating. Pelosi stands up to give her report and says, “You are not going to believe this. Trump is cheating because he’s cutting holes in the ice!”
And this, my friends, tells you the difference between a businessman and a career government politician.