Grand River Roundup

  The week started out with a temperature of 43 degrees last Sunday but it got a whole lot colder the rest of the week. There was heavy fog on Wednesday and Thursday and it snowed on Thursday, Sunday and Monday.

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  The annual meeting at Slim Buttes Free Lutheran was Sunday afternoon with a potluck dinner after church. Tom Holt and Eric Schuchard are the newly elected members on the church council.

  Reub took a bunch of beef and pork scraps over to Jean Akers on Monday to make sausage using the recipe that Jean and Raymond make and he gave them the recipe we use to make our bacon.

  I went to RZ Motors in Hettinger on Tuesday to get the oil changed in the pickup. Dorothy Holt is still in the Hettinger hospital, so I visited her and got to talk to Tony and their daughter Wanda too. Dorothy is doing a lot better and we’re hoping she’ll get to come home soon.

  Missy took her mother to Bismarck for a checkup on Wednesday and Reub and I went to Buffalo to see Jacy Buffington to start his physical therapy. While Jacy was working Reub over, I went up to the courthouse and got the licenses for the pickup. Some of the ladies were quilting at the church that day, so I couldn’t make it. They plan to quilt this week on Wednesday and Thursday, so if you’d like to join us we usually start about 9:00 in the morning. Come to the church and we’ll keep you in stitches!

  Thursday was another busy day here. Casey, Taz, Reub and I cut and wrapped beef all day, getting lots of steaks, roasts, briskets, and even some more hamburger. Reub and I left Taz to grind the hamburger so we could get to Sturgis by 4:00 to watch our grandson Creed play basketball at the middleschool. Creed plays basketball for Gillette and they beat Sturgis pretty good. We sat with Guy and Cass came to watch Creed and Angie and Missy also came to the game. Missy had a NRCA meeting in Belle Fourche that evening and stopped for the game before heading to Belle. Dick and Mary Vliem came to watch their son Jeremy’s boy play for Sturgis in the next game, so we got to see them too. The fog was really heavy on the drive home that night and it got so bad after we got to the Slim Buttes we could hardly see the road!

  A huge crowd came to Buffalo Friday evening for the fundraiser to help with little Susy Meyer’s medical expenses. A lot of folks donated some great items for the auctions. Don’t know how much money was raised, but it should cover a lot of expenses. We were lucky enough to get the three items that Bill Holt made and donated. He made a beautiful wall clock out of Boxelder wood, a mirror that he framed using slats cut from cedar posts, and a bowl made with Bittersweet blossoms and berries enclosed in epoxy. Bill also took one of his big wooden bowls up to Gladstone, ND, for the medical fundraiser for Becky’s brother on Saturday night. He sure is a talented artist!

  On Friday, Bill Vroman was taken by ambulance to the Spearfish hospital. Saturday night I called Jo Vroman to see how he was doing and she told me he was a lot better, but the doctors weren’t ready to turn him loose yet.

  Our old friend Paul Anderson passed away at 59 on Tuesday after losing his battle with a very aggressive cancer. A large crowd attended Paul’s funeral in Hettinger on Saturday at the Assembly of God Church. Rev. Michael Brandt gave the sermon and, although it was a sad occasion, it was nice to see Michael and Colleen again. Paul’s family has our sympathy.

  Taz left Saturday morning for the rodeo in Denver and Casey and Missy were in Killdeer at the wrestling tournament with Lanie, Matt and the kids, so Trig came home from Spearfish to do the feeding for us that afternoon. He stopped and had a good visit with us before driving back to college that evening.

  Lester and Sharon Longwood hosted the Bible study at their place Sunday evening. Brad and Linda Abelseth are in Arizona so they weren’t there, but most of the rest of us that regularly attend were able to make it for a nice evening together.

  The government shutdown continues. This a new word explains it – Governmentium:

   “This is the discovery of the heaviest element yet known to science. The new element, Governmentium (Gv) has one neuron, 25 assistant neurons, 85 deputy neurons, and 198 assistant deputy neurons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.

  These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons. Since Governmentium has no electrons, it is inert; however, it can be detected, because it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact.

  A minute amount of Governmentium can cause a reaction that would normally take less than a second to from four days to four years to complete. Governmentium has a normal half-life of 2-6 years, it does not decay, but instead undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neurons and deputy neurons exchange places. In fact, Governmentium’s mass will actually increase over time, since each reorganization will cause more morons to become neurons, forming isadopes.

  This characteristic of moron promotion suggests that Governmentium is formed whenever morons reach a critical concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as critical morass. When catalyzed with money, Governmentium becomes Administration, an element that radiates just as much energy as Governmentium since it has half as many peons but twice as many morons.”