Grand River Roundup

Casey and a couple horses left for the Rodeo Bible Camp in Kadoka Monday morning. He has been the steer wrestling instructor down there for years. Trig didn’t go because of his injured foot, so he and Reub have been busy haying all week.

Betty Olson
Guest Columnist

Taz and Jake Kraupie left here that afternoon for rodeos in Glasgow and Great Falls, Montana. Lance and Marilyn Olson live in Great Falls and Taz was looking forward to spending some time with them while they were out there. Lance called us this week to let us know that they’re planning on coming to Bryce’s wedding on August 10th. That will be fun!
Henry and Linda Mohagen took me to Buffalo with them Monday evening for our EMT SIMs training at the school. It was a very educational evening.
Missy kept Copper and Knox at her house on Tuesday while Amanda made a trip to the dentist. I had to water the gardens again that afternoon because we haven’t been getting any rain. Darn it.
Starla Jenson came to visit Amanda and the kids Wednesday morning. I called Stephanie Rissler from South Dakota Public Broadcasting to find out more about the documentary she’s been working on about this area. She had emailed me earlier in the week to let us know that the Vanished South Dakota Documentary is scheduled to air on Monday Aug. 19th at 6pm MT on SDPB TV. It will be a pledge program for SDPB the first time it airs. After that it will air without pledge breaks, although she didn’t know when that would happen. Zeona, Harding / Nashville and Strool are all in the documentary. The interview she did with Steve Hight will also be in there because interviewing Steve is like talking to John Wayne or Gus from “Lonesome Dove”! She had too much good stuff for the documentary so they had to cut about a half hour out, but there will be pictures from Ralph, Ladner, Vernal and Sorum included in the video. We will be able to see the whole thing on and Stephanie will let us know when it will be on the website. We will also be able to watch it on SDPB TV after the first time it’s shown.
Missy went to Rapid City on Thursday, so Trig ate dinner with us. Grandma Starla came down that morning to take Copper and Knox home with her so Amanda could get a lot of things done around here, including mowing the lawn. Trig Clark came in the afternoon to shoe some of the rodeo horses and our Trig held them for him. It’s kind of confusing to have two Trigs working together because when anyone says Trig, it gets both of their attention! There just aren’t many other Trigs around.
Casey got home from the Rodeo Bible Camp in Kadoka Thursday night. He said it went pretty well with only two guys getting hurt, neither of them in the bull dogging. Tyler Bickerdyke’s son got his ear tore up and a slight concussion in the bronc riding, but he’s okay now. The Perkins County fair is going on in Bison this weekend with rodeos Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. Hope no one gets hurt.
I had to write this early because some of the newspapers need to get the columns early this week and next week because of the motorcycle rally in Sturgis that will be going all week. Hopefully I’ll have more information for you next week.
I’ll leave you with this:
A State Patrol sees a motorcycle puttering down the middle of the highway north of St Onge at 34 MPH & he says to himself, “This is just as dangerous as speeders!” He turns on his lights and pulls the bike over.
Approaching, he notices it is an elderly gentlemen with a wide eyed, white as a ghost biker chick on the back.
The old biker obviously confused, says to the officer, “I don’t understand, I was doing the speed limit! What seems to be the problem?”
The officer replies, “You weren’t speeding, but you should know that driving way slower than the speed limit can also be a danger to you & other drivers.”
“I was doing the speed limit exactly… Thirty-Four miles an hour!” the old biker says a bit cocky. The State Patrol, trying to contain a chuckle explains to him that “34” was the highway number, not the speed limit. A bit embarrassed, the old man grinned and thanked the officer for pointing out the error, and started to ride off.
The officer says “Hold on… Before I let ya go, I have to ask… Is your passenger OK? Your ole lady seems awfully shaken & she hasn’t muttered a single peep this whole time.”
“Oh, she’ll be alright in a minute officer. We just got off 212.”

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