No moisture this week and it was warm enough that the laundry dried outside on the clothesline.
Tuesday evening the Western Plains Action Group hosted an informational meeting dealing with highway issues and proposed legislation from the legislative Oil and Gas Development Committee at Reva Hall. Department of Transportation Operations Engineer Tom Horan, Sen. Ryan Maher and I were on the panel that Vaughn Meyer moderated. A good-sized crowd came to ask a lot of questions, many of them about the deteriorating conditions of the highways in this area. We also discussed the proposed legislation and resolutions that came out of the summer committee.
Linda Gilbert from Buffalo and Danni Beer from Keldron have been re-appointed to seats on the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. They will both serve three-year terms. The 106-member Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board oversees the $1-per-head beef checkoff, so congratulations ladies!
There were lots of people in the hospital this week. Bill Vroman was taken to the Spearfish hospital late Wednesday night with an intestinal problem. He’s a lot better now and was dismissed from the hospital on Friday. Sharon Kvanvig is staying with her daughter in Sioux Falls taking cancer treatments. A former Reva School teacher, Kara (Strong) Schroeder’s son Dane is hospitalized in serious condition in Sioux Falls. Julia Davis got some bad news. She has been having problems with her hip for years and doctors have decided that the only thing left to do for her is to amputate her leg. There will be a fundraiser for Julia in Camp Crook in late December and I believe her surgery is scheduled for January. Please put these folks on your prayer list.
Eric and Amanda Schuchard made a fast trip to Arizona Thursday to be with Eric’s mother. Mary has been dealing with cancer for quite awhile. She was able to come to Eric and Amanda’s for Thanksgiving, but she wasn’t doing very well. Eric called home on Sunday to let us know that Mary passed away early that morning. Keep Eric and Amanda and their kids in your prayers as they deal with the death of Grandma Mary.
After a rather traumatic fall, our chickens have started to lay eggs again. This summer we had 17 chickens. Something, a coon, fox, or skunk, got into the chicken coop one night and packed off 10 chickens. I had one hen setting on a bunch of eggs in the other coop, so she was safe. She later hatched out seven baby chicks. To keep her and her chicks safe, we locked them in the barn that the men had just finished fixing up. I went to feed the chicks one morning about a month ago and found that something had dug under the barn door and eaten all seven of them. The other chickens refused to go in the coop where their companions met their demise, so we transferred all the chickens to the coop next to the barn last month. At least one of them has finally quit worrying about getting eaten by predators and has started laying again.
If you don’t get “Range” magazine, I suggest you can locate a copy of the winter issue. Carrie Stadeim has a really nice story about Spring (Turbiville) Padden in this last one. Carrie has had several stories in “Range” and its fun to read her well-written articles about the neighbors. If you don’t already get the magazine, it’d make a nice Christmas present for yourself.
Daron and Amy Tenold are the parents of a new baby boy! Dace Todd Tenold was born Friday in Spearfish and weighed in at 7 pounds, 3 ounces. Congratulations!
Scotty’s Guns from Timber Lake held a gun show at the Buffalo Rec Center Saturday and drew quite a crowd. Lots of locals did their Christmas shopping and some of us bought goodies for ourselves. Penny Gunderson is partial to purple — what can I say, she’s from Harding County. Anyway, she not only found a nice purple .22, but she also bought the only purple handgun they had!
I already have a .38 pistol, so I bought a little PT-22 semi-automatic pistol that shoots nine shells at a time and fits in my pocket. Several guys were buying handguns for their wives. I suggested they all get concealed weapons permits since we live so close to North Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming where we have reciprocity to legally carry concealed weapons across the borders.
Having too many guns is a lot like having too much money — how many is too many?
With that said, several people at the gun show reminded me of this story:
An elderly lady cruises through a stop sign and gets pulled over by a local policeman. She hands the cop her driver’s license, insurance verification, and her concealed carry permit.
“Okay,” the cop says. “I see your concealed carry permit. Are you carrying today?”
“Yes, I am.”
“Well then, better tell me what you’ve got.”
She said, “… well, I have a .357 revolver in my purse. There’s a 9 mm semi-auto in the glove box, and I’ve got a .22 magnum derringer in my coat pocket.”
“Okay,” the cop says. “Anything else?”
“Yeah, in the trunk I’ve got a 30.06 and a shotgun. That’s about it,” she said.
The cop asked, “Ma’am, are you on your way to or from a gun range?”
“No,” she replied.
“Well then, what are you afraid of?”
The old lady smiled sweetly at him and replied, “… not a darn thing!”
Betty Olson is a rancher and legislator from Harding County.