Grand River Roundup

Slim Buttes Ladies Aid had our regular meeting after church last Sunday and decided what to bring to our friend Bill Vroman’s funeral on Friday. Patsy Wilkinson fed us lunch and even fed our husbands who waited for us to get done with the meeting.

Betty Olson
Guest Columnist

Monday morning Casey hauled both of Reub’s side-by-sides to Belle Fourche to get fixed and Reub took me to Hettinger for physical therapy that day. Ken Amor called from Abilene, Texas that morning to let me know that all the tests on his health problems came back really good, thank goodness!
Winter is coming soon, so I picked the last of the onions out of the garden this week and have a lot of tomatoes waiting in the basement for me to can themNot sure when my sore knee will let that happen, but we’re eating a lot of really delicious fresh tomatoes.
Reub took me back to Hettinger Wednesday afternoon for another session of physical therapy. Jacquelyn Hedstrom was there for therapy too, because she recently had her knee replaced. There seems to be an epidemic of knee replacement surgery around here. Laura Johnson is scheduled to have her knee replaced on Thursday, right after Bill Johnson has his shoulder surgery on Monday. It should be interesting at the Johnson ranch the next couple weeks! Taz and a bunch of his cowboy buddies left for the rodeo in Billings on Wednesday after helping Casey haul hay that day. Rep. Sam Marty and Harold Smolnikar called me to visit about health and politics that afternoon.
Lanie brought the kids down to visit this Thursday and left them with Grandma Missy until Lanie and Matt came back down on Saturday. Cal and Ty Thybo, Ty Hotchkiss, RonE Jenson, Jim Evans, and Casey went up to the Hackamore to help Doug and Clint Doll ship calves Thursday morning. When Casey got home from the Hackamore little Trace went with him to haul hay while Reub bunched bales down the creek. Margaret Vansickel called to check on me that afternoon and we had a really good visit. She’s 92 years old and doing really well.
Bill Holt stopped in here early Friday morning on his way down to watch the guys chopping his corn just south of here. Thankfully, they got it all chopped and packed before the nasty weather moved in on Sunday. Most of this community went in to Buffalo Friday afternoon to bid goodbye to our old friend Bill Vroman. Jim and Colleen Oatman even came from Colorado for Bill’s funeral and it was nice to visit with them. They’re working on a big ranch near Kit Carson, Colorado near the Kansas border. Taz got home from the rodeo in Billings late that night.
Matt and Lanie came down from Dickinson on Saturday to spend the weekend here with Casey and Missy. Bill Holt was having some trouble taking pictures of his corn fields with his drone, so he had Matt and Lanie come down and help him out. He sure got a lot of corn off those two fields south of here.
I called Sen. Ryan Maher Saturday afternoon to congratulate him for the Legislative Friend Award he’s getting at the SD Stockgrowers convention and trade show on Thursday, October 31 and Friday, November 1 in Rapid City. On that Thursday at 11:00 Lesley Coyle, director of Property Tax in the SD Dept. of Revenue, will be speaking on the current property tax assessment system in South Dakota and will be discussing the pilot study about “Actual and Most Probable Use” that Harold Smolnikar has been telling me about. If you go to the website, the Ag Land Assessment Task Force will be meeting about it and you can listen to it online on October 24 at 9:00 mountain time in the morning. You can listen to it at: and as high as our property taxes are, this should be really interesting.
I’m also looking forward to attending the Stockgrowers lunch on Friday, November 1 to listen to Krayton Kerns DVM speak. Dr. Kerns from Laurel, Montana is a veterinarian and served several years in the Montana legislature. We really enjoy reading his columns in the Western Ag Reporter and want to get a copy of his book “Ramblings of a Conservative Cow Doctor” that he will be signing at the luncheon.
Reub and I had planned to go over to the smorgasbord at Rosebud Lutheran Church Sunday evening and attend the Bible study at Lester and Sharon Longwood’s after the supper, but the rain and snow falling all day Sunday and my bad knee changed our minds, so we stayed home by the fire that evening. Ashley Thybo came to visit Lanie before she and Matt and the kids went back to Dickinson Sunday afternoon.
After listening to the presidential debates, I was reminded of these words of wisdom that my late cousin Pat John sent me:
*You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity, by legislating the wealth out of prosperity.
*What one person receives without working for…another person must work for without receiving.
*The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
*You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.
*When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work, because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work, because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation!

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