Grand River Roundup

Okay, after this week I’m probably done complaining about the winter weather. It was above freezing every day and water is running everywhere. Not all the snow is gone because it still freezes every night, but the frozen ground just makes it easier for me to get to the chicken coop every morning and I’m not going to complain about that.

Betty Olson
Guest Columnist

  The guys were able to move a bunch of pairs south to the cowshed Monday afternoon using the trail Reub opened up after getting the tractor stuck. Amanda took a bunch of her Stella Marie boutique items to Buffalo that afternoon. We haven’t heard any Meadowlarks yet, but a Robin is hanging out in the tree by our house.
Spring officially arrived on Wednesday and that always brings to mind this little poem that Reub’s mother used to recite every spring: “Spring has sprung, the grass is riz, I wonder where the flowers is?” There were a couple blades of green grass that showed up after a snowbank melted by the yard and as for flowers? A couple of dandelion plants are also growing, so those pretty yellow flowers will be all over our yard soon!
The ground was still froze early Wednesday morning so Rick Holzkamm was able to get in here with a truckload of corn for us. Amanda took Taz to the airport that morning to fly to Texas for rodeos in Huntsville, Nacogdoches, and Austin. The road to the highway was really muddy Wednesday evening, but the 4-wheel drive pickup got us out to go to the Lenten service and supper at Slim Buttes that evening. Olson Creek was threatening to run over the road east of our house and the Big Nasty Creek is running over the road west of Ralph. There’s a reason the Big Nasty got that name, because when it gets big, it gets nasty!
Todd Trask was on the news this week when he was being interviewed about the huge ice jam and flooding on the Cheyenne River near his ranch close to Wasta. After hearing about the White River flooding down by Belvidere, I called former Rep. Mark DeVries to see how his ranch was doing after the blizzard dumped 22 inches of snow on them. Mark doesn’t live far from the White River and he said when the ice started to break up on the river the noise woke him up. It sounded like cannons going off when the flooding started and it’s taken down power lines and washed out roads all over. When I called Liz May Sunday afternoon she said they still haven’t been able to get to their cows because of the flooding down there but a neighbor of theirs has found several dead calves after some of the snow melted on his ranch. There’s no drinking water in Kyle after a water main broke because of the flooding, just adding to the problems they have to deal with.
There were several deaths to report this week:
Randy Curtis, 61, of Belle Fourche passed away unexpectedly March 14th at the Spearfish Regional Hospital. His funeral services were held Saturday morning at the Belle Fourche Livestock Market.
Elsie (Wahl) Nelson, age 97 of Buffalo, died Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Dahl Memorial Nursing Home in Ekalaka, Montana. Her funeral was this Saturday at the Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche with burial in Pine Slope Cemetery.
Delbert Kolb, 81, formerly from Bison, died Sunday at his residence in Sturgis. Delbert’s memorial service was also on Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis. His burial will be at the Date Cemetery, southwest of Bison, at a later date.
Cyndi (Bonnema) Veitz, 60 of Hettinger and formerly from Bison, passed away on Tuesday in Hettinger. Her funeral was Friday at the Hettinger Baptist Church with burial at the Hettinger Cemetery.
Trig came home from college on Friday to help with the calving while Taz was gone and he saw a lot of flooding on his way home. All the rivers and creeks between here and Belle Fourche were running bank full when I drove down to Elsie Nelson’s funeral on Saturday and several dams were running over. The South Moreau River is so wide at Hoover that it has flooded the whole flat north and east of the Hoover store, although it doesn’t look like the store is flooded yet. We’ve heard reports of dead sheep and dead calves south of here, but so far we haven’t had much for death loss, thank God!
After Elsie’s funeral I visited Bill and Verona Vroman where they are now living at Judy’s Assisted Living in Belle Fourche. Mary Buchholz writes an article in the Belle Fourche Beacon “Looking Back in Belle”. In last week’s paper she shared an article from the Belle Fourche Post about the Belle Fourche senior class play from 75 years ago where Bill Vroman played the part of Jimmy Haleon who was “just plain plane crazy”. Bill said that was the most fun he’d had in high school!
Reub read an article about how eating avocados improves your brain and now we eat a lot of them. I haven’t noticed much improvement, but I just have to share this avocado joke with you:
A wife asks her husband, “Would you please go shopping for me? Buy one carton of milk and, if they have avocados, get 6.”
A short time later the husband comes back with 6 cartons of milk.
The wife asks him, “Why did you buy 6 cartons of milk?”
He replied, “They had avocados.”
If you’re a woman, I’m sure you’re going back to read it again!
Men will get it the first time.
My work is done here.