Grand River Roundup

Taz got home from the rodeo in Sioux Falls about 4:30 Sunday morning after driving all night. Interstate 90 was open again, but he could only drive about 10 miles an hour through all the water on the road from that heavy rain they got down in the southeast part of the state.

Betty Olson
Guest Columnist

Casey and Taz joined the crew at the Hackamore ranch to help sort pairs on Monday. Reub was trying to cut the grass along Olson Creek, but with all the rain we had last week, he got too close to the creek and wound up getting the swather stuck and had to get the tractor to pull it out. He almost got it stuck again further south, but thankfully he gave it the gas and got out before it bogged down.
Taz went to Hettinger Tuesday morning to help Sage with a roofing project. Casey hauled hay all day and I took Reub over east so he could bale hay. I went in to the Coffee House meeting in Buffalo that afternoon. The Coffee House will have the Song Fest on October 6th in Buffalo at the Lions Civic Center at 6pm with lunch following. A lot of local entertainment have been invited to perform at the Christian fundraiser and if you have a song, a reading or a poem you’d like to share, contact Mary Lu Holt in Buffalo.
It started to rain just as I left Buffalo that evening and then that terrible wind came up making it had to keep the pickup from blowing off the road on the way home. Just east of Reva, a semi-trailer got blown off the highway and was upside down in the ditch. The wind did a lot of damage. It busted a big window out of the south side of the Glendo Ranch store, blew a sky light off the roof of our cowshed down the creek, knocked a tree over in Reva, and left our yard full of tree branches blown off the cottonwood trees. The news reported 72 mph winds in Buffalo that night, but it seemed worse than that here.
Casey and Taz went to the Hackamore with the regular crew to help Dolls work their calves on Wednesday. Reub was baling hay down along the creek and I rode into Buffalo with Linda Mohagen that evening for our EMT training with Colleen Long.
Casey and Taz joined the neighborhood crew to work cattle at Jenson’s on Thursday while I canned tomatoes and Reub worked on the swather. Reub had bought a Kubota at the state sale in Sturgis last week and it wasn’t working right, so he parked it at our son Thad’s place near Bear Butte. Thad fiddled with it and got it to working so his son Till brought it up to the ranch that afternoon. Till also brought both of his soon-to-be wife’s grandfathers up to have coffee with us and see the ranch. When Casey and Taz got home from Jenson’s, Taz saddled up and moved the sheep while Casey hauled more hay.
Till and Kelsey’s wedding rehearsal and supper was Friday evening at the Cadillac Ranch south of Belle Fourche. Reub and I went down early in the afternoon to pick up parts for his old Kubota that broke down this week and get some more parts for the swather.
Dennis and Roger Nash came over Saturday morning to bring me all the equipment he had from his knee surgery. Dennis has had both of his knees replaced and had everything I’ll need after my surgery. Till and Kelsey’s wedding was Saturday afternoon at the Cadillac Ranch. It had rained hard during the night and sprinkled on us all the way to Belle Fourche. It was an outdoor wedding and, although it was pretty chilly, it didn’t rain until we were back inside for the reception after the wedding. All six of our kids, a lot of our grandkids, all of our great grand kids, and lots of friends and relatives were there to visit with, so we didn’t get home until the middle of the night.
Because of the wedding we had to miss my cousin Joe and Karen Wilkinson’s 50th wedding anniversary celebration at the Reva Hall that evening. A good crowd showed up to help them celebrate and the lights were still on at the Hall when we came through Reva late that night.
Taz and Amanda came home late that night too, because Taz and Billy Boldon had to be in Dickinson for the rodeo slack at 7:00 Sunday morning where Taz took first in the steer wrestling.
Pastor Henry Mohagen was still gone, so David Douglas came up from Rapid City to give the message at Slim Buttes Sunday morning. We had choir practice after church in preparation for the community Hymn Sing at our church next Sunday, September 29 at 7:00 and then we talked David into coming up for a bowl of soup at the ranch before driving back to Rapid City.
With the wedding and the anniversary celebration this week, I’ll leave you with this old wedding anniversary story:
John wants to get his beautiful wife Emma something nice for their first wedding anniversary. So he decides to buy her a mobile telephone. Emma is excited, she loves her cell phone. John shows it to her and explains to her all the different and varied features on the phone.
On Monday Emma goes shopping in the local supermarket. Her phone rings and it’s her husband. “Hi Emma”, he says, “how do you like your new phone?”
Emma replies, “I just love it, it’s so small and light and your voice is clear as a bell, but there’s one feature that I really don’t understand though.”
“What’s that, Emma?” asks the husband.
“How did you know that I was at Wal-Mart?”

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