Grand River Roundup

Betty Olson

Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday mornings were really foggy this week, so if that 90 day thing holds true we should get a lot of moisture in June. It was above freezing every day this week, even on Thursday and Friday when it snowed here again. The new snow melted pretty fast and the huge snowdrifts from the earlier snow storms are getting a lot smaller. All the creeks and rivers are still running, but not nearly as full as they were last week around here. The Moreau River has gone up so high that it’s causing flooding over on the Cheyenne River Reservation near White Horse. No one is going to complain about the drought for a while.
Ilene Anderson, 83, from Buffalo, passed away at St. Luke’s Home in Dickinson on Monday. Her funeral services were this Sunday at Grand River Lutheran Church in Buffalo with burial at the Buffalo Cemetery. Her family has our sympathy.

I went to Rapid City on Tuesday for my brother-in-law’s cataract surgery and Missy went with me to Belle Fourche to pick up their car that was repaired after hitting a couple deer a while ago. Ken had his surgery at the Black Hills Surgical Center, the same place where Reub had his back surgery. This was Ken’s second cataract surgery and it went really well. All I had to do was drive him from the motel to the surgery center and back to the motel after the surgery. Ken was able to see good enough the next morning to drive himself back home to Bison.

I didn’t get home Tuesday evening in time to watch Liz (Marty) May on the news. They were interviewing her about the effects of the flooding and snowstorm at Kyle and on the Pine Ridge Reservation. It’s a mess down there, but her husband and son were able to finally get to their cows on horseback dragging a sled full of mineral. They found half the cows on Wednesday and the rest on Thursday.

The big snowdrift under my clothesline finally melted down enough so I was able to hang a couple loads of clothes on the line in that 56 degree weather on Wednesday. It had been a long time since I was able to dry the laundry outside and everything sure smelled good when I brought it back in the house to fold and put away.

Reub and I went to Hettinger on Thursday for his appointment with Mary Eggebo. While she was working on him, I took the pickup up to RZ Motors to get the oil changed. There’s some fun people to visit with at RZ Motors, especially if you like to visit as much as I do. Lynn Stadheim was Bangs vaccinating at Bill Holt’s Thursday and Bill cooked up another of his delicious brisket dinner for them. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

Sadly, our old terrier Lucy died this week. In dog years she was about a hundred years old, but losing a dog is almost like losing a family member. Friday afternoon, Reub buried Lucy next to the grave of Felix, who was the terrier Lucy replaced.

Forest Sainsbury drove up to go to the rodeo in Fargo with Taz Friday morning and they got home really late that night after Taz won the performance. Lanie brought Trace and Chantry down Friday afternoon so Grandma Missy could take care of them this weekend while Matt and Lanie were repairing the flood damage in their basement in Dickinson. It’s flooding everywhere.

Early Saturday morning we heard Luke Wiechmann on the business band radio calling Jim Bingaman to let him know that he was just coming by Sandy Bill Matson’s trailer house and it was on fire! Thankfully Sandy wasn’t there but he lost everything. Sandy Bill is in the hospital at Fort Meade and not doing well. He can sure use your prayers.
With all the Socialists running for president this year, I was reminded of this:

The definition of the word Conundrum is: something that is puzzling or confusing.
Here are six Conundrums of Socialism in the United States of America:
1. America is capitalist and greedy – yet half of the population is subsidized.
2. Half of the population is subsidized – yet they think they are victims.
3. They think they are victims – yet their representatives run the government.
4. Their representatives run the government – yet the poor keep getting poorer.
5. The poor keep getting poorer – yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.
6. They have things that people in other countries only dream about, yet they want America to be more like those other countries.
And that, my friends, pretty much sums up the USA in the 21st Century. Makes you wonder who is doing the math.
By the way….
1. We are advised to NOT judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge ALL gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics.
Funny how that works. And here’s another one worth considering…
2. Seems we constantly hear about how Social Security is going to run out of money. But we never hear about welfare or food stamps running out of money? What’s interesting is the one group “worked for” their money, but the other did not.
Think about it – am I the only one missing something?