Opinion

Grand River Roundup

This week started off sadly with Jaxon Klempel’s friends and family service at the Reva Hall Monday evening and his funeral at the school gym in Buffalo on Tuesday. Huge crowds of mourners had standing room only at the Reva Hall and packed the gym. Losing this fine young man at such a young age is absolutely heartbreaking for this community.
By Betty Olson
Guest Columnist
On a much happier note, a new neighbor has been born. Sydney and Trent Turbiville welcomed their new baby boy into the world on June 11 in Spearfish. Ridley Allen Turbiville weighed in at 8lb 11oz and is 20 inches long, joining siblings Denton and Dempsey at home in the Ludlow community. Congratulations to his parents and grandparents! Taz, Amanda and the kids went fishing with Sydney and Trent Sunday afternoon and got to meet the new little man.
There was lots of rodeo activity this week. Taz left for a jackpot rodeo in North Platte on Monday and then continued on to several other PRCA rodeos. He came home Thursday and left Friday morning for rodeos in Glendive, MT and New Town, ND. Sterling Lee and Trig also took in the jackpot in North Platte before going out to the college national finals in Casper, WY to help some friends compete. A lot of the Harding County cowboys and cowgirls competed in the high school state finals in Belle Fourche this week.
While Taz was gone, Amanda took the kids to North Dakota to go to the zoo, to visit her sister Josi Jenson in Bismarck and hang out with Kristi (Slaba) Wachendorf and her kids. Sounds like they had a lot of fun!
GF&P trapper Bruce Bethea and the state predator plane killed three more coyotes around here this week and also got rid of a coyote den. Thanks Bruce, you’re doing a great job!
Missy went to the Black Hills with Laura Johnson on Wednesday, working on some stuff for Bryce’s wedding in August. Bryce came home that evening so she and her mom could do some more work on wedding stuff. She left this Monday because she has to go to Torrington, Wyoming to make her class plans for her teaching job there this fall. She’s a busy girl!
Reub and I went to Dickinson on Wednesday to pick up some stuff from Menards and get a piece for the wire-feed welder that Reub had repaired. On the way home we stopped at Jerry Rebel’s place south of New England to bring the truck home that he’d fixed for us.
Casey drove to Billings on Friday for the annual reunion over the weekend with the guys he wrestled with in college. Bryce went in to Buffalo that evening to visit with some of her high school friends and stayed at the house in town that night.
Reub and I made a run to Isabel to get parts to fix the swather so they can start haying soon. I had a quick visit with Sen. Maher about things that were going on in Pierre. Ryan is on the Appropriations Committee and it sounds like the committee will be coming to Harding County soon to try to figure out what to do about the uncapped oil wells in this area.
Tom Holt gave the sermon this Sunday at Slim Buttes Lutheran because Pastor Henry and Linda Mohagen were up in North Dakota visiting family. June Hotchkiss, Duane Shea, and James Brixey all had birthdays on Sunday so the congregation got to sing Happy Birthday to them. Tony and Dorothy Holt celebrated 69 years of marital bliss on Saturday, but they weren’t in church so we couldn’t sing to them. Dorothy was suffering with a medical condition in the Hettinger hospital and was sent to Bismarck on Monday to address the problem. We wish her a speedy recovery.
Slim Buttes Lutheran won’t have coffee and goodies after church as usual next Sunday because there will be a going away party after church with cake and coffee for Margaretta Hanson. She will be moving to North Dakota soon to live closer to family. We’re going to miss her.
Sunday was Father’s Day so I’ll leave you with these Father’s Day jokes:
“Dad, are bugs good to eat?” asked the boy.
“Let’s not talk about such things at the dinner table, son,” his father replied.
After dinner the father inquired, “Now, son, what did you want to ask me?”
“Oh, nothing,” the boy said. “There was a bug in your soup, but now it’s gone.”

Joe: What does your father do for a living?
Jon: He’s a magician. He performs tricks, like sawing people in half.
Joe: Do you have any brothers or sisters?
Jon: Yep, four half-sisters and a half-brother.

Four men are in the hospital waiting room because their wives are having babies. A nurse goes up to the first guy and says, “Congratulations! You’re the father of twins.”
“That’s odd,” answers the man. “I work for the Minnesota Twins!”
A nurse says to the second guy, “Congratulations! You’re the father of triplets!”
“That’s weird,” answers the second man. “I work for the 3M company!”
A nurse tells the third man, “Congratulations! You’re the father of quadruplets!”
“That’s strange,” he answers. “I work for the Four Seasons hotel!”
The last man is groaning and banging his head against the wall.
“What’s wrong?” the others ask.
“I work for 7 Up!”

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Joe: What does your father do for a living?
Jon: He’s a magician. He performs tricks, like sawing people in half.
Joe: Do you have any brothers or sisters?
Jon: Yep, four half-sisters and a half-brother.
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Four men are in the hospital waiting room because their wives are having babies. A nurse goes up to the first guy and says, “Congratulations! You’re the father of twins.”
“That’s odd,” answers the man. “I work for the Minnesota Twins!”
A nurse says to the second guy, “Congratulations! You’re the father of triplets!”
“That’s weird,” answers the second man. “I work for the 3M company!”
A nurse tells the third man, “Congratulations! You’re the father of quadruplets!”
“That’s strange,” he answers. “I work for the Four Seasons hotel!”
The last man is groaning and banging his head against the wall.
“What’s wrong?” the others ask.
“I work for 7 Up!”