Grand River Roundup

It’s been quite a week here. Our granddaughter Bryce Olson married Braxton Hespe last Saturday at the Elk Creek Resort between Sturgis and Rapid City during the last weekend of the Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis.

Betty Olson
Guest Columnist

It was an outdoor wedding that took place after a bad hailstorm and pouring rain. Every vehicle there had hail damage and there was flooding around the area, but the sun came out right before the wedding at 5:00 and all went well from there on. Teri Dee and her family flew into Rapid City and rented a car to drive to the wedding and the car got hammered with hail. Sage and three of his kids came down from Hettinger to the wedding, but Acalia just had her tonsils taken out so Alaina stayed home with her. We drove home late that night and it rained on us all the way home, but we only had .23 hundredths in the rain gauge.
Casey and Missy came home Sunday afternoon and Lanie and Matt and the kids came too. Matt and Lanie brought the kids over to visit with us before they headed back to Dickinson. While Matt was here, we had him fix the TV downstairs and the video player in the living room. Thanks Matt! We would have never figured out either one by ourselves.
Starla Jenson and Amanda and the kids left on Tuesday to visit Amanda’s sister Josi in North Dakota for a couple days. They came home again this Thursday.
We lost a friend and neighbor last Friday when Scot Giannonatti, age 60, passed away at the Sanford Hospital in Bismarck. A large crowd gathered for his celebration of life at the Ludlow Community Hall Tuesday evening. Scot was buried in the Ludlow Cemetery and this community is really going to miss this genial man. His family has our deepest sympathy.
Rone and Jace Jenson, Bill and Mollie Holt, and Clint Doll came to help Casey work cows and vaccinate calves on Wednesday while Reub was raking and baling hay down south. Missy took lunch up to the arena for them and I fed the bunch at noon. Reub was making hay while the sun was shining, so he didn’t come home to eat until late in the afternoon. I watered all the gardens that afternoon and there is quite a crop of tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers coming on.
We went to Hettinger Friday morning for Reub’s appointment with Mary Eggebo. She worked him over and made him feel real good. Her husband Mel got a good report after his last trip to the doctor, which was great to hear! One of the front tires on the pickup gave us some trouble on the way to town, so I got to drink a lot of coffee at RZ Motors while they figured out what was wrong with it. As usual, we had to stop at Runnings to get stuff for the ranch before coming home in time for Reub to rake hay and finish baling down south.
There were lots of birthdays this week. Pete Larson’s birthday was on Thursday, Janice Peck’s birthday was on Friday, and Taz’s birthday was on Saturday. I didn’t get Taz called because he and the guys had driven all night and Amanda thought they might be sleeping. I think she said they were traveling between five rodeos out west, but she couldn’t remember where. Amanda went to Dickinson on Saturday for a birthday party for a friend of hers. Casey and Missy went in to Buffalo Saturday night for Lynette Stugelmeyer’s birthday party and during coffee after church on Sunday we all sang Happy Birthday to Sandy Hotchkiss!
The Harding County Fair was in Camp Crook this weekend. We didn’t make it over there, but lots of friends and neighbors did. Reub and I rode with Tom and Kathy Fabris to the Bible Study at Lester and Sharon Longwood’s Sunday evening and got to visit with Brad and Linda Abelseth, who had spent the weekend in Camp Crook.
Summer is over for the kids. Most of the area schools have started already. Bryce started her teaching job in Torrington, Wyoming on Monday, two days after her wedding. Acalia and her sisters are back in school in Hettinger and Jarett Jenson and Trig are back at college in Spearfish.
You cannot read these and not laugh out loud. These are real notes written by parents in a Tennessee school district: (spellings have been left intact)
*My son is under a doctor’s care and should not take PE today. Please execute him.
*Please exkuce Lisa for being absent she was sick and I had her shot.
*Dear school: Please ecsc’s John being absent on Jan. 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, and also 33.
*Please excuse Gloria from jim today. She is administrating.
*Please excuse Roland from P.E. for a few days. Yesterday he fell out of a tree and misplaced his hip.
*John has been absent because he had two teeth taken out of his face.
*Megan could not come to school today because she has been bothered by very close veins.
*Chris will not be in school cus he has an acre in his side.
*Please excuse Ray Friday from school. He has very loose vowels.
*Please excuse Tommy for being absent yesterday. He had diarrhea, and his boots leak.
*Irving was absent yesterday because he missed his bust.
*Please excuse Jimmy for being. It was his father’s fault.
*I kept Billie home because she had to go Christmas shopping because I don’t know what size she wear. *Sally won’t be in school a week from Friday. We have to attend her funeral.

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