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Volume 30 Number 21 November 8, 2012

Includes Tax


Official Newspaper for the City of Bison, Perkins County, and the Bison School District A Publication of Ravellette Publications, Inc. P.O. Box 429 Bison, South Dakota 57620-0429 Phone: (605) 244-7199 FAX (605) 244-7198

Bison CourierAt the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), we understand your need to protect natural resources on your farm. The Environmental Quality Incentives Program, or EQIP, is one of many voluntary working lands Farm Bill programs that could be your solution to reducing wind or water erosion and improving the health of your resources. Many options for conservation practices are available such as pipelines, tanks, grass seeding, shelterbelt plantings, fabricated windbreaks and many more. EQIP sign-up is continuous but you must sign-up by November 16th, 2012 to be considered for FY13 financial assistance. Contact NRCS at 605-244-5222 or visit our website at: All Bison town Board members were in attendance when they met for their regular monthly session for a time of four hours Monday evening. KBM Engineer Allan Page was on the speaker phone to discuss the Storm Sewer Project with the Board. The city is waiting to hear from DENR (Department of Environmental and Natural Resources) concerning the approval of this sewer project. the needed information of flow analysis, project impact of user rates and an analysis of the system condition has been sent to DENR. The engineering report and a new updated report is needed before the city can receive money through a small community planning grant. Chairman, Juell Chapman had a question for the board. Should we axe it or do it? Specs and engineering fees are very expensive costing $110,000. so far. Board member Mike Lockert believes the city should see something for the money. Its too much money for what were getting. Page promised to call DENR to find out the status of this project and then call Chapman. Chapman is concerned that the project is not moving forward as it should. He suggested having a public meeting to discuss the feasibility of he cost of this for the city. As a result the board set a public meeting tentatively for TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27 at 7 p.m. at the Grand Electric Social Room. Page will be asked to attend this meeting to present the storm sewer plan and answer any questions citizens have. Page will also present a construction budget that explains the expenses. Citizens, please attend this public gathering because it is the citizens who pay the expenses through taxation.

Heupel land EQIP sign-up sells deadlineThe Heupel Family Trust land sold at Public Auction on Nov. 5th. The sale was held in the Bentley Building in Bison with a moderate crowd in attendance. There were many observers but the bidding was active among the serious bidders including some bidders on the phone. The eight separate tracks were sold at absolute auction with no reserves. The building site sold for $2,100 per acre, the cropland topped out at $1,050; with an average of $723 per acre on the entire offering, much of which was grassland. Weishaar Auction Service conducted the sale in a clear and efficient manner. Farm Credit Services generously provided coffee and snacks for the various breaks that were taken for bidders to ponder their positions as the tracks were auctioned off.

Should we axe it or do it?Proceed with storm sewer project or not? Town Board has tough decision to make.Shane Steiner, KLJ Engineer, Steve Kamaron and Andy Vandal from South Dakota DOT ( Department of Transportation) aeronautics office were also present to discuss work to be done at the Bison Municipal Airport in the spring of 2013. Pavement rejuvenation and crack sealing will be done at a cost of $60,000. The city will pay 2% of that cost. Future projects include a wildlife fence and construction of a new hangar. Bids for the Heck property buildings located on Main Street were opened at 7:30 p.m. Lyle Reiff s bid of $106.01 was accepted for the 10 by 12 lawn shed. Eric Newmans bid of $205. was accepted for the 12 by 26 garage. These buildings must be moved from the property at the bidders expense no later than January 1, 2013. Upon failure to comply with this request the buildings will become city property again. Employee Heath McKinstry reported that 80% of the work on the retaining wall at the landfill is now completed and looks very good. The landfill costs have also gone up by 5%. McKinstry was also authorized to purchase a trac phone for employee Larry Hendricks to aid in communication for them. Liquor licenses were also approved as follows: Bison Bar - on and off sale; Legion Hall - on sale. The first reading of a supplemental budget of $20,000 to go from the General fund to the Street fund to cover the cost of city street work and street snow removal was heard. The second reading will be heard next month. Citizens do enjoy the improvements made on the city streets. A sewer main has collapsed by the water tower going east. Chapman advised McKinstry to get the repair work done soon before weather prohibits that. Other sewer mains may also need to be repaired according to McKinstry. The board also approved a motion to buy a mower from Dakota Farm for use at the Municipal Golf Course at the state bid price. There was only one dissenting vote. A quote from Hausauer Seamless Products of Lemmon of $415. was presented by McKinstry to place rain gutters on the pump house building. After a time of hashing it over it was the boards consensus to hire Hausauer Seamless Products to do this work for the quoted price. Chapman read a letter from Jan Gossman informing the Board of her retirement as Director of the Bison Public Library as of January 1, 2013. It is a position she has held for the last fourteen years. Thank you, Jan, for your dedicated service to the library. Stacy Kvale will fill this position January 1, 2013. Considerable time was spent in discussing employee handbook revisions that include health insurance premiums, vacation accrual, hourly employees, salaried positions, smoking in designated areas, cell phone use and work hours for temporary employees. A first reading was heard on the suggested changes. There can be no smoking in any of the citys buildings. Employee evaluations will be discussed at the next regular monthly meeting to be held December 10th. A form will be used for this process. The meeting concluded with an executive session to discuss personnel.


Nov. 2010

Veterans Day Program on Monday, November 12 at 2:30 p.m. in the Bison School gym. Contact Roxie Seaman at 244-5273 if you would like to participate in the parade. The mammogram bus will be at the Bison Clinic November 14. This is possibly the last time it will come to Bison, call the Bison Clinic for an appointment, 2445206.

Highlights & HappeningsVETERANS DAY pancake and sausage breakfast will be served at the American Legion Post #255, from 5 a.m. until 9 a.m. Saturday November 10, 2012. Adults $5.00, children under 12 $4.00, preschool FREE. Hunters Supper soup sandwich and bars at Indian Creek Lutheran church, Friday, november 9 from 5 - 7 p.m. Free Will offering.

Attention Fall supper at Immanuel Lutheran Church at Zeona (the church on a hill 14 miles north of Mud Butte) on Saturday, November 10th, starting at 4:30 p.m. Serving beef stew, chicken noodle soup, sandwiches, relish tray and pies! Free will offering appreciated, at 7 p.m. Clint Ridley from St. Onge will show pictures and tell about his Ag trip to China. Everyone welcome and that includes you HUNTERS!

Nutrition Site MenuRoast turkey mashed potatoes w/gravy green bean almandine/dressing cranberry sauce pumpkin pie Chili marinated veggie salad cooked apples wheat crackers NO MEALS VETERANS DAY

Page 2 The Bison Courier Thursday, November 8, 2012Chef's Planet launches search for America's messiest recipesChef s Planet is launching a Messy Recipe contest to search for the gooiest, most flavorful, mouthwatering, original recipes. All amateur and professional chefs and bakers are invited to submit their favorite, original recipes that leave the kitchen and oven an utter mess, but family and friends begging for more. Main dish, side dish, appetizer and dessert recipes can be submitted on Chef s Planet Facebook page from Oct. 29 - Nov. 30. As part of our 10th anniversary we are celebrating the fearless bakers, the recipe masterminds and the courageous chefs who are not afraid of a mess, said Audrey Parker, Chef s Planet business manager. In the words of Julia Child, we should try new recipes, learn from our mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun. The messier the kitchen, the better. Chef s Planet will select 10 finalists and 10 runner-ups to be featured in a special edition Chef s Planet 10th anniversary cookbook. Additionally, the 10 finalists will receive the Baking Basket that includes a Nonstick Ovenliner, Universal Nonstick Bakeliner and Ovenglove and the 10 runner-ups receive a Gadget Basket from Chef s Planet, including our Nonstick Ovenliner, 2-Cup Measuring Colander and PrepTaxi Food Scoop. Planet to enter or learn more about the contest.

Town and Country Club enjoys meal consisting totally of pumpkinTown and Country Extension Club met at the home of hostess Vera Kraemer on October 25. The evening began with a tasty meal of foods all containing pumpkin. After the meal Geraldine Peck gave a fun and interesting presentation of pumpkins, beginning with a brief history of the introduction of pumpkins to the early settlers. T