Grand River Roundup

Reub and I went to Hettinger Monday morning for my physical therapy and to get the staples taken out of my knee after my knee replacement surgery.

Betty Olson
Guest Columnist

While we were there, Reub got another shot of “rooster juice” in his bad knee and that didn’t work so well for him this time like it had the several other times he’s gotten the shot. I’m getting around fairly well, but now Reub’s knee is in worse shape than mine!
Casey and Taz, RonE and Jace Jenson, and Doug and Clint Doll helped Bill Holt wean his calves on Monday and take them back up to the home place. Casey hauled both loads of the calves home for Bill in his semi, but barely made it through the mud with the first load in the morning so he didn’t haul the second load until late that afternoon after it had dried up some. We got an inch and 62 hundredths of rain this week, so it’s pretty muddy everywhere.
I had planned to go to Belle Fourche Tuesday evening to attend the meeting with the politicians from Districts 28 and 29, but my knee decided I should stay home. Sen. Ryan Maher had eye surgery in Rapid City that day and Rep. Sam Marty had an appointment at Fort Meade so they both went since they were already down that way. Rep. Tom Brunner, Rep. Kirk Chaffee, and Sen. Gary Cammack were also there so it would have been a very interesting meeting.
We lost another old friend this week. Ralph Kriege, 76, of Spearfish passed away on Tuesday. His funeral was Saturday morning at the Lutheran Church of the Cross in Bismarck. Biff was married to my friend Alyce Loftsgaard and was the youngest child of Bob and Irene Kriege from Buffalo. Bob was the trapper in Harding County for years and did a wonderful job. Our sympathy goes out to Ralph’s family.
Bill Johnson was supposed to have shoulder surgery this Monday, but his surgeon got sick so Bill’s surgery will be at least a week later. Laura Johnson did get her knee replaced in Rapid City on Thursday as scheduled. Their son Brad told me that she got home from the hospital on Saturday and is doing pretty well. Dennis Hathaway called me again this week to see how my knee was doing and he told me that his sister Bonnie is going to have her knee replaced soon. I wonder what’s up with all the bad knees around here?
The hay grinder was here Thursday morning and Taz went to help Sage with a carpenter job while Casey helped grind hay. Casey and Missy went in to the football game in Buffalo that afternoon to watch Harding County beat Dupree.
Reub and I went back to Hettinger Friday afternoon for my physical therapy and Reub’s doctor’s appointment and his appointment with Mary Eggebo. While Mary was working Reub over, I went to the school to read with our granddaughter Ellarie in first grade. Alaina didn’t work that day and she came to the reading too. That was fun. Ellarie is a very good reader! Bill Holt, Doug and Clint Doll, Andy and Donella Elshere, and Casey and Taz went up to help RonE and Jace Jenson ship their calves Friday morning.
It was snowing and nasty on Saturday so we didn’t go to the Bella Gala for Life Banquet that evening in Spearfish like we’d planned. We would have loved to listen to Alan Keyes speak, but the roads were just too icy for us to be out on them. Several folks from Bison also planned to attend, but also backed out because of the weather. The movie “Unplanned” will be shown at the Grand Electric social room on Sunday, November 3rd at 3:00 in the afternoon. We plan on attending because this anti-abortion movie sounds like it will be very interesting.
Amanda took her Stella Marie boutique items to Bison for the Christmas Fair on Saturday and they had a pretty good crowd.
Some of our local kids placed in the state cross country meet in Huron this week. Seventh grader Bailey Verhulst placed 31st, seventh grader Jozi Schuchard placed 33rd for her personal best, Will Burkhalter took 91st, Kiley Schuchard placed 93rd,Jarett Schuchard placed 105th, and Prairie City’s Jonathan Burkhalter took 2nd place! We have a lot of fast kids in this area. Congratulations to them all!
Linda Mohagen wasn’t in church this Sunday because she took her puppets to the Methodist church in Bowman for their fall festival. Next Sunday will be the Bible Character reenactment at Slim Buttes Lutheran Sunday School. Halloween is this Thursday and Pastor Henry Mohagen shared this Halloween joke with us in church Sunday morning:
Two men were walking home after a Halloween party and decided to take a shortcut through the cemetery just for laughs. Right in the middle of the cemetery they were startled by a tap-tap-tapping noise coming from the misty shadows. Trembling with fear, they found an old man with a hammer and chisel, chipping away at one of the headstones.
“Holy cow, Mister,” one of them said after catching his breath, “You scared us half to death — we thought you were a ghost! What are you doing working here so late at night?”
“Those fools!” the old man grumbled. “They misspelled my name!”

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