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Editor’s Note I hope that everyone had a very enjoyable Fourth Of July. Did you know that the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence did not all sign at the same time, nor did they sign on July 4, 1776. The official event occurred on August 2, 1776, when fifty men signed it. At first, the identities of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were originally kept secret due to fear of being charged with treason if independence was not achieved. Our history is rich of interesting facts that schools don’t teach us, for example, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams passed away on Independence Day, July 4, 1826 or that the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence was read by Colonel John Nixon. I have always been intrigued of history and especially our own. It is a vivid and colorful past with many great quirks. This is our third publication of the Huron Harvester which makes me smile. I think about all the good feedback we get and know that we are making a difference in the community. We make it our goal to produce a quality magazine and we will continue to strive to be better. On another note, I wanted to talk about local businesses for a moment. I have been trying to change my shopping habits and spend as much money as I can at local businesses in Huron. For example Fair City Foods gets most my grocery shopping since it’s the only locally owned store in town. It feels pretty good to know that more money is going into the community for the city to fix roads, keep the police and firemen employed, and support the schools. I find that I feel better when I shop at local stores then when I do at corporate chain stores. I know that more than just payroll is coming back into the community when I shop at a Huron owned and operated business. I hope that more of you have started to shop locally and see the benefits it will provide in the long run.

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Harvester Media July 2012 Cover - Photography by Mike Lions. Features Bruce and Barb Smalley of Huron on a 2000 Harley-Davidson FXR4. Near the Plains Dining & Recreation Center.



The Impact Wat By: Danette Peterson, Wellness Coach

Drinking plenty of water has an important role in maintaining a healthy weight and a nutritious diet. Water is essential in helping your body process nutrients, maintain normal circulation and keep the proper balance of fluids. REPLACE WHAT YOU LOSE After each 30-minute workout, be sure to drink two 8 oz. glasses of water to replenish your fluids. If you find you become thirsty while working out, consider using a sports bottle to help you stay hydrated while you exercise. Lack of hydration could lead to health concerns.


Soft drinks and fruit juices are not good choices for replacing lost fluids as they have a calorie content that directly effects your weight loss goals and weight management. Add a splash of fruit juice or a slice of lemon or lime to a glass of water if you don’t like the taste of plain water. HOW MUCH WATER IS ENOUGH? A general guideline, drink six to eight 8 oz. glasses of water a day. With exercise, you will probably need to drink more to replenish the water lost through sweating. You can typically trust your sense of thirst to let you know when you need to hydrate your body. Your sense of thirst, combined with keeping track of the glasses of water you drink each day, can help you to keep your body hydrated.


ter Has On You! WHEN WATER ISN’T ENOUGH When you’re thirsty, it can be smart to think before you drink. "You are what you eat,”, a common phrase although the phrase is more accurately “You are what you drink.” Our bodies are about 60 percent water, and our daily water needs are met with the advised eight glasses of water a day. Watery foods can help meet that goal but fluids are still necessary. Aside from plain water, consumers are faced with a rather large array of juices, juice drinks, vitamin-fortified waters, sports drinks, energy drinks and teas–making it difficult to choose the best beverage to help meet fluid needs. For the average person who exercises moderately, plain water is a perfectly good choice. But many people prefer tastier options for increased enjoyment to consume. As your exercise duration and intensity increases, it’s important to replace body salts–such as sodium and potassium–that are lost with sweating as well as replacing fluid losses. LOOK BEFORE YOU DRINK Nutrition labels are a great start on evaluating your drink choices. For instance, sodas or fruit drinks are often high in calories and sugar, and low on nutrients. Not only can these empty calories pile on the pounds, the high sugar concentration in sodas and fruit drinks can actually slow down the rate at which the body absorbs fluid. If you


see high-fructose corn syrup at the top of the ingredient list, you may want to pass. Sugars other than fructose, in lower concentrations, are much better absorbed. Some energy drinks have a combination of caffeine and sugar, designed to give you a quick spike in energy. But if you aren’t used to consuming caffeinated drinks, these could make you jittery or upset your stomach. So what should you look for? It’s a good idea to check labels for electrolytes, such as sodium and potassium, which are the salts that your body loses when you perspire. Electrolytes can also add some flavor, which will encourage you to drink more. Also, Drinks with less than 100 calories per 8 oz. serving are a great choice since higher calories means a higher sugar concentration; you also don’t want those calories you just burned to be put right back. Too much sugar can be a problem, but a little bit of carbohydrate in beverages can help to maintain blood sugar while you are exercising. Also, a mixture of several types of carbohydrates in the drink helps to get carbohydrates into working muscle better than just one carbohydrate source. STAYING HYDRATED You may become dehydrated before you are actually thirsty. This is one reason that athletes learn to drink on schedule. Two cups of fluid a couple of hours before you start exercising and another cup 10 to 20 minutes before you start. A few ounces every 15 minutes or so when you are working out can help prevent excessive fluid losses. Watch for signs and symptoms of dehydration during exercise, such as muscle cramping, or feeling light-headed or faint. Even if you’re only a weekend warrior, adequate fluids are important for a healthy, well-functioning body. If you think you drink less than you should, a flavorful beverage designed to help you hydrate might be just the thing to help meet your fluid needs.




aturopathic medicine is a unique system of health care that uses natural therapies (e.g., dietary recommendations, herbs, acupressure, homeopathy) to treat, prevent, and diagnose disease. Although naturopathic medicine may seem relatively new here in Huron, it is a form of medicine that has existed since the early 1900's. Since its origin, naturopathic medicine has evolved over the years to combine traditional remedies with modern medicine. One of the goals of naturopathic medicine is to treat the underlying cause of disease, rather than to simply mask the symptoms. Perhaps the best way to explain this concept is to use a specific example. Let us assume that you are someone who suffers from frequent heartburn. As soon as the burning starts, you reach for an antacid. The antacid provides quick and effective shortterm pain relief, but does it do anything to address why the heartburn is occurring in the first place? Does it prevent the heartburn from re-occurring? Does it reverse or treat the heartburn? The answer to each of these questions is no - the antacid only serves to mask the symptom of


pain. In contrast, the naturopathic approach would be to investigate factors that contribute to the heartburn (e.g., poor diet, being overweight, poor digestion) and then treat these causal factors using natural remedies. The process typically

therapies. This approach may take more work than popping an antacid, but the long-term benefits are certainly worth the effort. The end result is not only the elimination of the heartburn, but an improvement in overall health and well-being. Another main goal of naturopathic medicine is to prevent disease. Just as your car needs regular tune-ups to run efficiently, so does your body. A body that is not properly cared for will wear out prematurely, eventually resulting in chronic disease. Naturopathic medicine helps to ensure that your body is well tuned and running on all cylinders! Prevention is the best form of medicine - it is easier and far less expensive to prevent disease than to treat it once it occurs.

involves taking a comprehensive health history, conducting a physical exam, doing various testing (e.g., blood and urine tests), and creating customized treatment plans. Your treatment plan for heartburn may include a combination of dietary and lifestyle recommendations, herbs, supplements, and/or other natural

Benefits Medicine


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Natu ropathi c medicin e i s beneficial for individuals of all ages, for acute and chronic health conditions, and for those who simply wish to maintain good health and prevent disease. With a focus on addressing the underlying cause of illness and treating the whole person, naturopathic medicine can help to reverse di seas e an d/ o r si gn i fi can tl y

improve overall quality of life. Through naturopathic health care, individuals commonly experience improvements in energy, sleep, digestion, stress, and overall sense of wellbeing. Some of the conditions that can benefit from naturopathic health care include: Acne

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and necessary. If you fall and break your leg, for example, there is no question that you would require conventional medical treatment. Similarly, if you suffer from severe and debilitating pain, prescription pain medication may help you to obtain a better quality of life. However, there are numerous conditions that can be effectively treated using natural alternatives. Crohn's disease, for example, usually responds very well to a combination of dietary and supplement recommendations. Although there are many prescription drugs that are used to

manage the symptoms of Crohn's disease, most are associated with undesirable side-effects. Thus, for Croh n ' s an d oth e r m edi cal conditions, naturopathic treatments may offer a safer alternative. In summary, individuals would benefit from having both medical care and naturopathic care. There is certainly a place and a need for both in our health care system. This would allow individuals to be informed of their options (both conventional and naturopathic) before selecting the treatment(s) that would best suit their needs.

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What is the difference between a Naturopathic Health Care and Conventional Medical Care? One of the main differences is that naturopathic health providers do not use prescription drugs or su rgery. In stead, th ey are extensively trained in the use of natural therapies to treat and prevent disease. Naturopathic health providers may prescribe herbs, supplements, homeopathic remedies, acupressure, whole foods, exercise, or other safe and effective therapies. Whereas the medical approach to health care focuses more on the treatment of symptoms, the n aturopathic approach focuses on investigating and treating the underlying causes of illness. Under ideal circumstances, individuals would have access to both naturopathic and conventional health care. There are certainly times when surgery and prescription drugs are beneficial


Bridal Veil When marriages were arranged by family members, the newlyweds very rarely were allowed to see one another. Family members exchanging a dowry were afraid that if the Groom didn't like the appearance of the Bride's face, he might refuse to marry her. This is why the Father of the Bride "gave the Bride away" to the Groom at the actual wedding ceremony. Only after lifting her veil just prior to the ceremony did the Groom see the Bride's face for the first time! Early Greek and Roman Brides wore red or yellow veils to represent fire, and to ward off demons.

Carrying The Bride Over The Threshold When a Groom used to steal his Bride from her tribe, he was forced to carry her kicking and screaming. This act of thievery has evolved into a more romantic gesture, welcoming the Bride into her new home.

Garter Brides originally tossed a garter, rather than a bouquet, at a wedding reception. In the 14th century, this custom changed after Brides became tired of fighting off drunken men who tried to remove the garter themselves! According to one legend, the garter toss in England evolved from an earlier tradition of "flinging the stocking". On their wedding night, guests would follow the Bride and Groom to their bedroom, wait until they undressed, steal their stockings, and then "fling" them at the couple! The first person to hit the Bride or Groom on the head would supposedly be the next person to marry.

Wedding Traditions & Folklore Many of today's popular wedding ceremony and reception traditions can be traced to ancient Egyptian and European customs. These were often based on symbolism, superstition, folklore, religion, and even the belief that evil spirits could bring disease and death to newlyweds and crops, which was very important in many farm-based early cultures. Although the exact origin and usefulness of many of these early wedding traditions are not always clear, popular acceptance has allowed them to flourish. Besides, many of these wedding traditions are just plain fun! Here are just some of the traditions used today in many ceremonies.

Bouquet Wedding bouquets were originally made of such strong herbs as thyme and garlic, which were meant to frighten away evil spirits, and to cover the stench emitting from people who had not bathed recently!

Bridesmaids Early Brides and Bridesmaids wore similar dresses in order to confuse evil spirits so that they would not recognize the bride and steal her away.

Penny In Shoe This is a European tradition to bring the Bride good luck, fortune, and protection against want. After the Wedding Day, the lucky penny can be turned into a piece of jewelry as a pendant, charm for a bracelet, or ring setting.

Shoes On Vehicle Ancient Romans used to transfer to the Groom his authority over his Bride when her Father gave the Groom her shoes. In later years, guests threw their own shoes at the newlyweds to signify this transfer of authority. Today, this tradition is kept alive by simply tying old shoes to the back of the newlywed's vehicle before they leave their wedding reception celebration.

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue This superstition of the Bride wearing something that fits each of these four categories originated in Europe to ward off evil spirits. Something Old: This tradition symbolized the sense of continuity while making the transition from a single person to that of a married couple. Something New: This tradition symbolized that marriage represented a transition to adulthood. Something Borrowed: This tradition symbolized the popular belief that by borrowing something from a happily married couple, good fortune would follow the newlyweds. Something Blue: In ancient Israel, blue was the border color of the Bride's dress, symbolizing purity, constancy and fidelity..

Tossing Rice By believing that newlyweds brought good luck, guests used to shower them with nuts and grains to insure a bountiful


harvest, and many children to work the land. During years of a poor harvest, rice was tossed instead. This tradition continues today with rice or birdseed (where permitted), or bubbles to wish the Bride and Groom much happiness. Incidentally, it is not true that birds eating rice thrown after a wedding ceremony will cause their stomachs to enlarge and eventually explode. This myth may have simply evolved from church and synagogue employees weary from cleaning up after every wedding ceremony!

Tying The Knot This comes from the days of the Roman empire when the Bride wore a girdle that was tied in knots. The Groom untied the knots prior to the consummation of their marriage.

Wedding Toast It is said that this tradition first began in France, where bread would be placed in the bottom of two drinking glasses for the newlyweds. They would then drink as fast as they could to be the first person to get to the toast. According to legend, the winner would rule their household!

White Wedding Dress This was made popular in the 1840's by Queen Victoria, who chose this instead of the traditional royal "silver" wedding dress. Prior to this, Brides simply wore their best dress on their wedding day.



It was quite a surprise. The spring prairie of the old Dakota Territory was beautiful. Dramatically so, really, considering that this part of the country used to be called “The Great North American Desert.” As the buckboard wagon lurched across the land, the surveyor looked around him with approval. It was wetter than a man might expect, scattered with wildflowers and little ponds filled with ducks. And peaceful. It had been nearly 15 years since the end of the great War Between the States, and what a relief that was over. More directly of concern, the Sioux and Cheyenne tribes, who had been responsible for the attack on the Army four years earlier – west of the Black Hills, over in what’s now called Montana Territory – had fled to Canada. A few bands of Indians were in the area, but it was unlikely that he’d run into trouble. No, this was easy duty. The surveyor for the Chicago and Northwestern Railway Company had come a long way from Chicago. A couple of weeks, in fact. Just a few days earlier, he’d spent a night at the company’s surveyor’s house in DeSmet, bedding down in the barn because Charles Ingals and his wife and daughters had taken up


residence in the place. Now, days later, he had driven his wagon westward, across the South Dakota prairie towards the James River valley. His boss, Marvin Hughitt, the general manager of the railroad, had instructed him to platte a new town called “Huron” – an Indian name, although the actual Huron tribe was far to the east – as a cross -roads and depot for the railroad. The company had been founded in 1859, cobbled together from several smaller railroads, the surveyor vaguely remembered, but the War and the Indian uprisings had interrupted any move west. Now, though, was the time. It was 1880, b’God, and the States was moving West. The surveyor thought in capital letters a lot. The buckboard… well, bucked. Every jolt and every sway of the wagon shot a pain through the surveyor’s left jaw and reminded him that he needed to see a dentist. Someday. The sun shone and the sky stretched on for miles. It was May 10th and not only was God in his heaven, and all was right with the world but, by crikey, he could see the shadow of trees of what must be a river valley up ahead. This was the exciting part of

what was, after all, a fairly mundane task of laying out boundaries for a railroad right-ofway. This was platting a new town! True, he wasn’t breaking new ground here – Brigadier General William Henry Harrison Beadle (no doubt what party his family belonged to) had surveyed the area just a couple of years earlier. Rumor was, the new county – carved out the edges of several others – would be named after Beadle himself. Still, the new town of Huron would be a new locus for the railroad, allowing it to punch west to the Black Hills as well as ranging up and down the James River valley, and connecting back east to Chicago. A lot of good wheat-growing territory, from what the surveyor could see. With the railroad coming through the area, the farmers who would settle the land would have a means of getting their harvests to market. As for the rates… well, that was up to Mr. Hughitt and the board members, wasn’t it? Hope it wouldn’t come to that bitter Granger stand-off they had back in Iowa, anyway. Not his problem, anyway. B e f o r e h e k n e w i t , th e buckboard had rattled up to the eastern bank of the James River. Before him was the great arc of the

sharing sips, in turn, from a bottle that Cain had provided. The strange man even offered a plug of tobacco. “Chaw?” The surveyor accepted it, but when he bit down his bad tooth twinged. “And why did you get to this particular place, Mr. John Cain?” the surveyor finally asked. “Why, I’m going to start a n e w s p a p e r ! ” C ai n r e p l i e d , expansively. “A… newspaper,” the surveyor replied. “Mister,” he explained carefully, as to a small child, “there ain’t nobody even here.”

sky, the vast, level plate of the prairie, the sun beating down and… A house. Here, in the middle of nowhere, was a house. No, not in the middle of nowhere: Right in front of where he, the official surveyor of the Chicago & Northwestern Railway, was supposed to platte a new town was a house. The sound of hammering drifted across the valley. Someone was building a house. The surveyor considered this for a few minutes. Spending most of your life alone, working with chains and compasses and notebooks makes a man patient, if nothing else. And precise. What, precisely, was this situation needed to be investigated. So, unhitching the horses and leading them down to the river, the surveyor decided to take it one step at a time. Wet only from the knees down, the surveyor had put his boots back on and trudged up the hill to the new building site. The sound of the hammering covered the sound of his approach, but he knew that the man on the newly built roof had seen him at least an hour ago. Still, the tall, thin man on the roof ignored the surveyor until the last nail was driven. “Hello, the camp!” the surveyor called out, remembering his

etiquette from the War, when surprising a man could get you a bullet. “Hello, the surveyor!” the builder called back, in an annoyingly cheerful voice. “Be right down.” T h e surveyor was feeling a little prickly, but the man who clambered down from the roof was friendship personified. “How do you do?” he asked, a l m o s t aggressi vel y, “my name is John, John Cain!”

John Cain, his sun-bleached hair blowing in the wind, grinned and looked up and down the James River valley. He paused, watching the same wind cause the wild prairie grass on the other side of the river to bend and flow. “Oh, but there will be, There will be.”

The survey introduced himself, almost reluctantly, but r e s e r v e d judgment. Th e two wandered down to the river and sat under a cottonwood tree, watching the water and




Sturgis Rally The small town of Sturgis, like most small towns here in South Dakota is a peaceful community almost all year long; however, every year, for one week in August, the town hosts the biggest and wildest motorcycle rally on the planet. The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is one of the longest-running weeklong motorcycle rallies in the country, and in 2012 it'll celebrate its 72nd year.

In Sturgis, S.D., on August 14, 1938, a group of nine men raced their motorcycles with a small group of people watching. The bikers were known as the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club which later organized the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally along with a fellow member and owner of the Indian Motorcycle Shop, J.C. "Pappy" Hoel. Pappy Hoel worked for his family's ice business before buying a motorcycle

one of the things that makes the attendance of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally so exceptional is that the city of Sturgis normally only has a population of about 6,000 people. In addition to the city of Sturgis' small population, the entire state of South Dakota nearly doubles its population when the rally bikers show up each year. The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally keeps its traditional racing roots by offering a half-mile motorcycle race similar to Hoel's first race. Other races, competitions, concerts and far more entertainment than the original founders ever planned have been added, too. Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Events While many bikers make long road trips to come to Sturgis, the events that are held during the week definitely don't disappoint. The events and races are divided into several areas in and around the town of Sturgis, which is broken up into three zones. The zones are: the Sturgis Zone, the Bear Butte Zone and the Black Hills Zone.

There are plenty of other motorcycle rallies throughout the world, but over the years the Sturgis rally has earned its fame by attracting motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the globe. But everyone in attendance shares at least one thing in common -- they're all looking for a good time. The weeklong event boasts of bike shows, concerts, motocross events, lots of alcohol and more than its share of unconventional entertainment. Motorcycle enthusiasts know it simply as "Sturgis," or "The Rally," and the people of South Dakota know it as the time of the year where their state's population almost doubles in just one week. But what makes this bike rally so special? In this article we'll find out how the rally started, what goes on there and the type of culture the rally brings to Sturgis every year. Up next, let's see how the rally got its start. Sturgis Motorcycle Rally History


franchise and becoming one of the most successful dealers in South Dakota. Since then, the rally has continued every year since that first race in 1938 -- with the exception of two years during World War II. Now, seven decades after the first rally, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is still going strong and doesn't show any signs of slowing down. An event that started out as a small group of racers has turned into the largest motorcycle gathering in the world. All types of motorcycles are represented at the rally as well as all different types of people. In 1960 the attendance of the rally topped only 800 people and in 1970 that number grew to 2,000. The Rally mentions in its official guidebook that after 1970 the attendance of the weeklong event grew exponentially. In the year 2000 about 550,000 people attended the rally. Of course, Daytona Beach, Fla., is infamous for its Bike Week event, but

The Sturgis Zone is the primary hub of the rally and Main Street is the place to be for the best people and bike watching. The Sturgis Rally Guide Book recommends visiting Main Street at least one evening out of all the nights at the rally. Unlike some of the other areas, Sturgis doesn't have any major concerts, but many rally attendees visit

the week. Biker bars are also a big part of the rally culture. Most of them offer live music and a few even have burnout pits for some tire smoking fun. Some of the bars are large enough for bikers to ride their motorcycles into and most have various forms of entertainment, too. Almost all of the bars feature live music, and some, like the Full Throttle Saloon, have hosted professional performers like Lil Jon and Molly Hatchet, for instance.

the area for the bars, bike shops and tattoo parlors. Sturgis also provides motorcycle races during the rally as well. The Bear Butte Zone, just east of the city of Sturgis is where the rally holds its major concerts. The Buffalo Chip and Rockin' the Rally are the two main venues for the concerts. Performers at these concerts have included Tom Petty, Keith Urban and Kid Rock. For the 70th anniversary, the rally will host ZZ Top as one of the main headliners. This zone is also known for having rowdy campgrounds and for hosting entertainment shows close to where the campgrounds are so that attendees can consume alcohol but not have to ride their bikes to the shows. The Bear Butte zone hosts motorcycle and car drag races during the week as well.

atmosphere is a huge part of the yearly gathering. The rally has its fair share of contests and pageants for women, which are not to be confused with the pageants most people might think of. Some unofficial events at the rally consist of women riding around showing off their bikes and their bodies. Partial nudity at the rally events and particularly at the campgrounds is not uncommon. Although some of the campsites near Sturgis are quiet and secluded, most are known for their parties. Downtown Sturgis remains strict with its laws about indecent exposure, but many attendees push the limits of the law throughout

The rally boasts in its official guidebook a list of criminal statistics over the years: Emergency room visits, number of attendees put in jail, parking tickets and even calls to the local sheriff are among some the deviant behaviors listed. Each year, an average of $250,000 worth of bikes are stolen during the rally, and even though there are a fair number of misdemeanors, most of the arrests are for non-violent crimes. The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally atmosphere is definitely not suitable for families, but there's a wide range of people who attend the event. Doctors, lawyers, hardcore bikers and those just looking for a good time are all drawn to the events and culture of Sturgis.

In addition to the concerts, many bikers come to the rally for the scenic rides, which are found in the Black Hills Zone. This area of South Dakota and Wyoming includes Mt. Rushmore, the Badlands and several monuments including the Crazy Horse Monument. This area of the Sturgis rally is quieter and more secluded than the other two zones. Motorcycle hill climbs are also part of the rally, where bikers compete by racing their bikes up steep inclines. The rally also hosts the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building, a favorite event among attendees. So, for bikers who are looking for more than just scenic rides, the Sturgis rally provides a full array of entertainment that could rival Las Vegas. Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Culture Despite all the concerts, famous performers, bike shows and scenic rides, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is also wellknown for its surrounding culture. Besides the bikes, the rally's party



-Chris Wilson, Lead Technician at Dakota PC The importance of getting computer maintenance done at least once a year. Preventative maintenance is one of the best practices you can have when it comes to everything in your life. Whether it is your vehicle, house, health, your possessions and yes your computer. Computers have become a very integrated part of our everyday life and they aren't going anywhere. You generally don’t notice how much you use your computer until you have a problem and cannot use it. We all use our computers differently. After awhile you might notice your computer slowing down, web pages are not loading as fast as they used to and that once blazing fast computer now takes minutes to turn on and be usable. These are all problems that can be either avoided or mitigated through regular computer maintenance. Just as you should get an annual physical, getting your

computer checked out at least once a year is a great way to prevent problems. Most computer stores offer a free diagnostic where you can get your computer looked at for no cost and only be charged a bill if there is something wrong with it. If you keep up with computer maintenance you can greatly improve the life and use of your computer. Your computer is a machine and like any machine the more you use it the more maintenance needs to be performed. What actually causes computer to slow down?


Physical issues There are many factors that can cause a computer to slow down. Everything from a virus/spyware infection to a physically dirty computer and everything in-between can cause your computer to slow down. Every single computer that comes to our store first gets a physical

cleanup. Dust, animal hair and tar build up from people that smoke near their computer are the some of the most common things we come across when we perform a physical cleanup on a computer. These and other factors will cause the temperature at which your computer is running at to rise. Modernday computers have the ability to either increase the fan speed or lower the speed at which your computer is running to try and counteract the increase in temperature, but this alone doesn’t prevent overheating. So the dirtier your computer is the slower and harder it will run, both things will cause a decrease in your computers life expectancy. Every computer has a hard drive. The hard drive contains all of your pictures, documents, e-mails, and anything else you have stored on your computer. The problem is the more data that is on your hard drive the harder it has to work thus decreasing the life of the drive. If your hard drive fails and you have no backup of the data it gets extremely costly to perform a data recovery. Furthermore there is no guarantee a technician can recover your data. Even if you do happen to have a backup getting your computer working how you had it before a crash is very time consuming. C o m p u t e r s c o n ta i n p r e c i o u s materials such as gold, silver, and silicon. When computers were first


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being built the only option the computer manufacturers had was to use the best and highest quality of those materials. Since the popularity of computers has exploded in the past decade computer component manufacturers started using alloys and lower quality metals to keep the cost of computer components down so they can sell more units. As with any metal, whenever you pass electricity through it it will degrade. The higher quality a metal the longer it takes the pathway to degrade. After computer component manufactures discovered they could use lower quality metals and the computer manufacturers realized they will be able to sell their computers for much less while still making a good profit, the use of lower quality metals became standard. Big name computer companies are no longer building a computer to last, they are building a computer as cheaply as possible and counting on it to fail within a few years so you have to purchase a new one. When your computer is physically dirty or you have a virus/ spyware infection your computer works much harder than it needs to. So when you have metals and parts inside a computer that are more susceptible to breaking down, the harder your computer has to work the quicker they will stop working.

Man-made issues Virus, spyware, and scareware infections are in the top five reasons people bring their computer to our shop. These programs that get on people's computers range from popup advertisements on your screen to a much more malicious scheme like trying to get your bank account information or your identity. In last month's issue of the Huron Harvester I wrote an article called “Has Your Computer Been Compromised?� The article illustrated a type of computer infection where a program gets on your computer, then claims you have multiple errors and that you need to purchase their program to fix it. Programs like these not only slow your computer down, they also go after your money and identity. We have had several people come into our store saying their computer has been running slow for a couple months but they didn't bring it in because it was still working, after a technician took a look at the computer, we found they have had a nasty infection for months. Over the years, we’ve had handfuls of customers have their bank accounts and/or identity stolen due to these infections. In the long run, you will find that routine maintenance will not only save you the headaches of a slow computer, but save you lots of money. Should you experience a horrible computer crash due to a problem that could have been prevented by regular maintenance, I can almost guarantee that it will cost more money to try and recover the data than it would have been to get it checked out by a qualified technician.


Where it Started

The Founders William Harley was 21 when he drew up plans for an 116cc engine, which was built and fitted to a pedal cycle. That was in 1901. He was joined by his friend Arthur Davidson, and together they worked on what was really a motor-bicycle. With the help of Arthur's brother, Walter, they completed the project in 1903, h o w ev e r t h e b oy s w e r e s o dissatisfied with their first attempt, they scrapped the bike, but not without gaining valuable experience along the way.

prototype was built in a ten by fifteen feet shed belonging to the Davidson family, although the engine parts were said to be built at the West Milwaukee Rail shops, where older brother William Davidson worked as a foreman. By 1905 this motorcycle was been offered to the public on a very limited basis. Three were sold that year. The shed was eventually moved to the Juneau Avenue factory to serve as a reminder of the

police departments. Also in that same year, a prototype 880cc, Vtwin engine was developed and displayed at the Chicago Automobile show, although very few V-twin motorcycles were sold before 1910. By 1909 well over 1,000 motorcycles were being produced, a tribute not only to the boys' engineering skills, but also to their entrepreneurial attributes. In 1917, when the USA entered the arena of World War 1, new demands were placed on the company, as the military needed a robust, reliable machine. HarleyDavidson rose to the challenge and produced 20,000 motorcycles for the war machine. This no doubt helped the company take their place as the World's largest motorcycle manufacturer, and by 1920 they were producing over 28,000 units which were sold in 67 countries. The depression of the Thirties hit the company hard and production fell to less than 4,000 in 1933. Through necessity, they produced a threewheeled delivery vehicle which was named the 'Servi-car', a design that stood the test of time and only ceased production in 1973.

The second machine, with a 405cc engine is classed by many as the first real Harley. The bigger engine and frame design meant this machine was something other than a motor-bicycle, and was a forerunner of the modern motorcycle. The


company's humble beginnings, but sadly was accidentally demolished by contractors during the 1970's. By 1907 production had reached 150 motorcycles, and in that year they began selling their machines to

As war came again, HarleyDavidson copied the design of the BMWR71, and produced the XA model, as once again the company answered the demands of the United States Army and produced large numbers of motorcycles. They also built the WLC for the Canadian military, and sent more than 30,000 units to the Soviet Union. After the war, the company flourished and the 'Super 10' and

World War I

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'Topper' scooter were produced. In Japanese, they concentrated on the 1960 they bought fifty percent of 'Retro' style of bike. Many of the Aeronautica Macchi's motorcycle components for these machines were division and the built overseas, and importation of the the quality of the “In 1969 AMF bought 250cc horizontal finished article took a the company, decimated single began. This turn for the better. bike wore the the workforce and began In 2008, a HarleyH arley -Dav idson Davidson Museum to produce a machine badge and was o p e n e d i n marketed as the which was much inferior Milwaukee. The three 'Harley-Davidson to its Japanese rivals.� building complex Sprint'. The contains a large company became c o l l e c t i o n of sole owners of Aermacchi in 1974. motorcycles and other HarleyHollywood too has played a part Davidson memorabilia. This in the development of HarleyDavidson, sadly tarnishing the company's image and leading the brand to be associated with groups such as 'Hell's Angels'. In 1969 AMF bought the company, decimated the workforce and began to produce a machine which was much inferior to its Japanese rivals. Sales slumped and the company was on the edge of the abyss. The company's reputation became almost irredeemable. Under pressure from HarleyDavidson, the US government introduced a 45% tariff on imported motorcycles over 700cc, but instead of going head to head with the

represents a huge leap from the shed in the Davidson's backyard and the austere y ears of the G reat Depression. Proof enough that Harley -Davidson is more than a motorcycle , more than a company; it has become a way of life for motorcyclists all over the world. William and Arthur would be delighted.

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n the prior 2 parts to this series, you have learned about the mechanics of angular measurements and how typical rifle s c o p e s us i ng e a c h s y s t e m a r e configured. In part three we will discuss the specifics of reticles in the Second Focal Plane (SFP), First Focal Plane (FFP), and compare the differences of the two. By the end of this article you should fully understand the strengths and weaknesses of each system, and be able to choose which will best accomplish the type of shooting you intend to do with a specific rifle. First we will talk about SFP reticles as they are the most common of the two. Nearly all rifle scopes you have likely used have had a reticle in the second focal plane. In this configuration the reticle is located in the rear of the rifle scopes erector assembly. The easiest way to explain the way this setup functions is to say that the reticle is on the same plane as your eye. When you increase magnification, the image appears to grow larger in your scope, but the reticle stays the same size. The reticle itself does not scale with the target proportionally.

In the illustration above you can see the mechanics of how a SFP reticle does not scale with the target. This illustration is not in the proper proportion, so don't draw any conclusion from the exact mil readings. You can

however see that the target is small at 5x magnification and the target is large at 25x, just as you would expect. The target is a 30" IPSC, and you can see it measures approximately 3.1 mils at 5x.


Now when you look at the 25x magnification, you can see the target looks much bigger, while the reticle has stayed the same size. The 30" IPSC is now 11.6 mils in size. So, we know that in order for mil-based measurements to be accurate, 1 mil must subtend exactly 3.6" at 100yds. As we see here, the linear distance that 1 mil subtends with SFP scopes is dependent upon which power you are on. Typically, the power at which they will subtend correctly is calibrated at the factory to the max power setting. You can also use a bit of math to figure out the correct subtension at the other powers. Setting the power ring on 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, and the math is relatively simple. However, you can never be sure if you are precisely where you need to be on the power ring to make your calculations correct. You also can not be sure if the scope is correctly calibrated at those powers unless you verify it. The primary reason for wanting the reticle to subtend correctly at various powers is so that when you apply a wind hold or hold-over, it will be correct. If you use the above example, you can see that if you held for wind or elevation using the reticle at 5x, you would not be able to use that same hold at any other magnification. Another problem you encounter is accurate range estimation. If the reticle does not subtend the correct distance, then your calculations will be off and will result in the wrong distance to target. There are those among us that can do the math and dial the scope to precisely the correct position to make holds subtend correctly using SFP reticles, however there are none that can do it quickly and accurately under pressure that I'm aware of. With SFP reticles the reticle itself covers a different amount of area on the target depending on the magnification. In the illustration above you can see that at 5x magnification the reticle covers more area of the target on low magnification than it does on high power. If you are on low power, then chances are that the target is close enough that you will not need to worry about it covering too much of the target. The most effective method of using a scope with the reticle in the second focal plane is to rely on your turrets to make the appropriate adjustments. When dialing the turrets you remove the error involved in using the reticle for holds, as your turrets do not care what power the scope is on. One click is one click, regardless of power. So if you need to come up 10.2 mils, you simply dial 10.2 mils into your elevation turret and hold dead center with the crosshair. There are cases when this does not hold true, such as shooting in areas with very rough terrain. It has been proven that on very long shots, updrafts and downdrafts on the face of cliffs or mountainsides can cause a bullet to rise or drop. This falls into the wind reading category and is pretty much all instinct. It's tough to dial instinct. The windage is a little trickier than just dialing it. Obviously when you come up with a firing solution you will be given a windage adjustment to make. The problem with this is that the wind is always changing. Wind holds are every bit as much instinctual as they are precise calculations. As I pointed out above, it is very hard to dial the "instinct" your brain is giving you and fire the shot at the correct moment. One method to overcome this is to "ambush" the wind. With this method you simply wait for the wind to match your dialed adjustment. This idea of waiting for the condition to match the shot doesn't sit very well with the tactical shooting crowd as they are often forced to shoot in any condition due to time pressure. This is especially true for a professional marksman such as a LEO sniper. When the shot needs to be taken, it must be taken. He must make his shot match the conditions, n o t t h e o t h e r w a y a r o u n d .


As we covered earlier, SFP optics with mil or moa reticles will usually subtend correctly at least one power in the scopes magnification range. This is usually the max power the scope offers. You might ask: "Well why not just always shoot on max power then?" It is a good question, but unfortunately usually asked by someone without a lot of trigger time. If you shoot long enough you will inevitably find a condition that you will not be able to use the max power of your scope. This is especially true for optics with high magnification of 15x or more. One of the reasons for this is due to mirage. Some days when shooting long range, the mirage is so bad that you would be hard pressed to see the target at 25x. When shooting from inside a house during the winter the heat escaping through an open window can create mirage so bad that a 1" black dot on white paper at 100yds will appear to move almost 2-3 inches. This means you must dial the magnification down to cut down on the mirage, and then your holds are useless. Even if you do the math, you still will be holding a different number for a set range. Lets say you need a 1.8 mil wind hold where your scope subtends at 20x, and you dial back to 10x. You now have to hold 0.9 mils. The range did not change, nor the conditions, but you have to apply a different hold just because you dialed back the magnification. This gets much more complex if you don't run the power ring in whole numbers that are easily worked with in your head. Another reason you would have to dial back is in a hunting situation. Often the critter won't be cooperating the way stationary steel does. First focal plane reticles are probably one of the more misunderstood items in the optics industry. They are frequently the topic of much heated debate on shooting forums all across the internet. This is mainly due to the fact that FFP rifle scopes are generally more expensive, and thereby not nearly as prevalent. People will often fight things they do not understand. This is especially true of optics due to the fact that a lot of shooters are heavily invested in optics and simply cannot process the thought of having to sell all of their scopes and buy new. Lets take a look at what makes FFP reticles different and how they are used. FFP reticles are located in the front of the scopes erector assembly. This effectively puts the reticle on the same plane as the target, rather than your eye. As a result, the reticle scales precisely with the magnification of the target. In the illustration above you can see that the target measures 3 mils on 5x magnification. When the scope power ring is increased to 25x, the target still measures 3 mils. When using a scope with a FFP reticle, whether it be a MOA reticle or mil reticle, it will always subtend the same distance at any power in the scopes magnification range. You can dial the power to 5x, 7.4x, 21x, or 25x and the reticle subtension will remain correct. (so long as the manufacturer did their job) At 5x, one mil equals 3.6" at 100yds and it will still


equal 3.6" at 25x. This behavior makes the reticle appear to shrink and grow when the power is adjusted. This is true to a degree, but it is actually the entire objective image that is shrinking and growing. The reticle is scaling directly proportional to the objective image. A 30" object at 500yds will measure the same in mils at 5x as it does at 25x. If the 30" object moves closer or farther away, then it will of course measure differently in mils. Due to this behavior, the reticle will always cover the same amount of the target regardless of what power the scope is on. The reticle design itself determines how much area is covered on the target. For instance, a reticle with a main crosshair width of 0.06 mils such as that of the EBR2 in a Vortex Razor will cover 0.22" at 100yds. This is considered to be a pretty thick reticle. A Premier 525x56 with a Gen II XR reticle measures 0.025 mil and covers an area of 0.09" at 100yds and is one of the thinner reticles available. These measurements hold true regardless of the power setting for each scope. Here are some through-thescope pictures of two 4-16x optics. They are looking at a IPSC cardboard silhouette at 300yds. Don't draw any conclusions from the glass quality, as it was a cloudy day and light was changing drastically. Also, it can be difficult to get a camera perfectly aligned. Needless to say it doesn't do either optic justice. Instead, pay attention to the reticle and how it sizes in relation to the target. Now that you know the basics of SFP and FFP reticles, the next thing we will cover is which one to choose and why. Each type of shooting situation presents its own unique challenges that must be overcome. When selecting a rifle scope you want to address each problem individually and systematically. You need to play the scenario through and walk it through in your head, step by step. If you setting up a rifle for hunting, what kind of hunting? Where will this hunting be done? What will the conditions be like there? If you are unfamiliar with the area you are going to, you'll want to get some local Intel to answer these questions. If you plan on hunting in your own back yard, obviously you will know what you'll be faced with.



The primary considerations in selecting a scope that revolve around the reticle have to do with your intended target and where it is located. For instance, if you are hunting deer in the south you will likely be taking most of your shots inside of 100yds and it will be dark. This requires a low magnification scope with a big thick reticle that is easy to see against a dark and cluttered background. For this situation, you would want a SFP reticle. The distance is so short that wind and elevation holds will be non-existent, and the reticle being large and covering a lot of area on low power will be of great benefit. Benchrest competition, or any other target shooting in which the targets will be at a fixed predetermined distance would be another instance where a SFP reticle would be of benefit. For example, if you are shooting 600yd benchrest, you want a high magnification, with a thin reticle. Due to the fact that the targets are always the same size, and at the same distance every time you shoot, you can use the target itself to figure the correct wind holds. This also negates the need for any elevation holds, because you will be zeroed well in advance for the exact distance you are shooting. FFP reticles will work quite well for benchrest competition as well, but the high priced features you paid for aren't being utilized... so there is little point in it. Low stress recreational shooting such as casual target shooting or prairie dog shooting is not that dependent on reticle. Either SFP or FFP will usually work equally well in these situations. In this type of shooting you have ample time to use a range finder, and dial your


turrets as much or as little as you want. Fact is, in this type of shooting there is no pressure to beat a clock and no pressure to hit your target. If you miss, you just find another prairie dog. The primary goal of most in these instances is to have fun! Personally, I try to learn something every time I squeeze the trigger... so when I'm doing these casual shooting activities I am usually using a rifle setup for something else all together. That doesn't stop me from using every rifle I happen to have along when shooting sod puppies! The number one situation where FFP reticles show their strengths is in tactical shooting, and what I mean by that is situations where you have limited time and one shot, or if you are lucky you might get a follow-up shot. For most of us this means running through a precision rifle competition. At these events you are presented with targets of various size at known or unknown distances in virtually every position imaginable. Shots can be from 11yds to well over 1000yds and you may only have a matter of seconds to find and engage targets. In these circumstances are where optics with FFP reticles really shine. You may not have time to run the turrets at a stage, so you will rely heavily on the reticle to apply your correct hold. You will often be shooting multiple directions, so your wind hold will move from left to right and dialing the windage turret will take too much time. I could go on for another full page about all the situations I can think of at a match where a FFP reticle would be superior to SFP, but I think you get the point.

I have not yet encountered a situation where a FFP reticle was not able to get the job done. I get my fair share of paper punching in as well and again I have not encountered an instance where I wished I had a SFP reticle. A FFP reticle is kind of like a concealed carry weapon. I'd rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it! The most important thing for you is to understand what you are using. Not everyone can afford the latest and greatest FFP rifle scope. Do not let that discourage you from shooting. There are new models being offered in FFP configuration by most major optics manufacturers at ever decreasing price points. Don't be a gear queer! Your optics are not the determining factor in whether you are a proficient shooter or not. So long as your scope is in good working order, you can be effective with it. Sure, having a $3,000 U.S. Optics 525x56 mil/mil/ffp definitely won't hurt you, but military snipers have been using mil/moa/sfp optics for a long time and have been very proficient with them. Equipment is important, but the only way you are going to find out what works for you is to use it. Only then will you have the knowledge required to determine if you need a different optic.

Written By: Greg Dykstra Primal Rights

Just as it is important to wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle, helmets provide the best protection from head injury when riding a bicycle, too. More than 75 percent of bicycle deaths are due to head injuries, according to SD Emergency Medical Services for Children. Wearing a helmet can reduce the chance of brain injury during a bicycle accident by 88 percent. “Therefore, it is important that children and adults wear helmets each time they get on a bicycle or tricycle,” explains Robin Broz, DO, pediatrician at Huron Regional Medical Center. Dr. Robin cares about the health and safety of your children and offers a few simple safety precautions, which can help your family avoid a trip to the ER. · Be seen and heard. While you're riding, let other cyclists and motor vehicle drivers know you're on the road. Equip your bike with a horn and bell to alert others of your presence. · Learn the rules. Read reliable road safety guides such as those produced by the National Highway Traffic Safety A d m i n i s t r a t i o n ( . · Ride smart. Your common sense can help you avoid being the


victim of an accident. If riding on a road rather than at a park or other non-traffic area, always stay on the right side of the road and don't weave in and out of traffic. Be aware of turning cars, and use hand turn signals to alert others of your actions. Stay headstrong. One of the most important ways to reduce your risk of injury while riding a bicycle is to wear a proper helmet.

Overcoming Your Child’s Helmet Objections Getting children to remember to wear helmets can be a bit of a challenge. Dr. Robin provides these tips to help encourage consistent helmet usage: ·


Let your child pick out the helmet. (The helmet should have a sticker that says it meets standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, or CPSC.) Remind your child to always wear a helmet when riding something with wheels (e.g., a bike, trike, scooter, ATV).


Lead by example – wear your own helmet.


Begin the habit early – get a helmet with the first bike.


Praise and reward your child each time it's worn.


Encourage other parents to buy helmets.

Remember, the right fit means the right protection. Get the right size and allow your child to try it on. A properly fitting helmet should: ·

not pinch,


include foam pads to adjust the fit,


have a chin strap adjusted to fit snugly,


cover the top of the forehead and


not rock back and forth or side to side.



“Remember, injuries can occur anywhere – on sidewalks, driveways, bike paths, in parks as well as on streets,” says Dr. Robin. “You cannot predict when an accident might happen, so it's important to wear a helmet on every ride.” For more information about keeping your child safe this summer or to make an appointment with Dr. Robin, call (605) 5542300.

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A Listing of Childcare Centers and Home Providers in Huron. Holy Trinity Catholic School (605) 352-9344

Jenks, Nikole

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M&M Day Care

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Kingdon-Reese, Ashley

(605) 350-7797

Schnabel ChildCare Center

(605) 352-4608

Luellman, Lavonne

(605) 352-2547

Almond, Amy

(605) 352-5087

Merriam, Carrie

(605) 352-6045

Blom, Lorena

(605) 352-2805

Meyers, Renee

(605) 352-7933

Carolyn Mallon Child Care

(605) 352-4266

Miller, Marcia

(605) 352-6665

Coss, Kristina

(605) 352-5568

Paulson, Coreen

(605) 352-1810

Grohs, Silvia

(605) 353-1652

Pettis, Danielle

(605) 353-5533

Hewitt, Suzanne

(605) 352-4751

Roberts, Amanda

(605) 353-1545

Hofer, Belinda

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Sabers, Darlene

(605) 352-6332

Hofer, Rachel

(605) 354-6096

Wager, Linda

(605) 352-2498

Hunter, Sherri

(605) 350-7268

Winter, Gina

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Isaacson, Yvonne

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Wurzer, Jill


Harvester Media does not endorse or recommend any of the childcare providers listed, and cannot be held responsible or liable in any way for your dealings with them. We provide this as a directory to assist you in locating providers, we do not own or operate any child care facility, and makes no representation of any of the listings contained within. Harvester Media does not guarantee the accuracy of these listings. However we will strive to keep listings accurate.







Many, if not most people, are looking and/or hoping for a positive change in some aspect of their life be it personal or professional! Many expect that the good changes they seek will happen in due time and therefore do nothing at all to help make things better! This is a big mistake since it is up to each individual to take charge and be more proactive in their own lives especially if it will help make things better! For anybody looking for good changes to occur in any aspect of their lives, here are 3 realities they must accept! Do Nothing The attitude that 'change will occur' tends to put people into a state of 'dependence' insofar as 'awaiting' an outside 'force' to make things better! In most cases, this is pure fantasy since if you do nothing at all to help 'initiate' the changes you're looking for, everything will either stay the same or could even get worse!

Either option does not seem very attractive therefore action must be taken on your part and don't expect somebody or something to do it on your behalf! You Can Improve It The responsibility is YOURS to identify what you can do to initiate the good changes you seek! These may involve you as a person or your environment in terms of where these changes are being applied! In either case you as an individual must determine how exactly you can make things better than they are! Identifying the areas you need to focus on and the actions you need to take stands to help you grow and improve as a person! You Have to Step Aside Sometimes you can 'meddle' too much or too long into matters where you may be trying to make improvements! By doing so you can easily 'undo' any good changes you

may have already made and this is obviously something you don't want to happen! Quite simply once everything is working the way you want, simply 'step back' and enjoy the results of your efforts! There are times where certain situations may call for a lot of effort on your part to make things better and other times it may simply be a matter of a few minor adjustments! Once everything seems to be 'working' your work is done! Who doesn't want or need positive change in some aspect of their lives? The problem for many however is they assume the good changes they seek will simply 'just happen' and thus do nothing at all to make things better! The general attitude that life is just a carousel over which we have no control is NOT the proactive mindset needed to make things better in our own lives! As the discussion above points out, in many cases the changes we seek are our personal responsibility to make happen! Remember for things to change, we


must change and if we continue to choose to do nothing at all, what we currently have is all we can expect! What is it that keeps people from taking action to make their dreams their reality? Often times a person, maybe even you, will establish certain goals to accomplish while even devising a plan and then go no further! One thing is for certain, to become successful at any endeavor you choose requires your full participation! The only way you can ever p o s s i b l y expect to achieve your goals be they personal or professional is by 'p h ys ic ally' implementing any plans you may have made which calls for action to be taken! Here are 3 common reasons why people tend to 'freeze' even with a plan in hand, which keeps them from enjoying the success they desire! Fear of Failure This fear is a very common one that typically keeps people from putting into motion exactly what is needed to become successful! It seems to matter very little how much preparation a person may invest after they establish certain goals to accomplish if they're consumed with the possibility of failure! Nobody likes to fail and especially if they've taken measures to ensure their success! Simply consider the feeling you can experience that comes after making the proper preparations and then still falling short of your goal! To put it nicely, it doesn't make a person feel too good about themselves therefore


many chose to avoid even the 'possibility' of this feeling by not taking any action at all! Loss of Hope When the idea or process fails, t h e hope

that went along with its expected success is now vanquished! Facing this fear is another barrier that tends to 'paralyze' people from pursuing their dreams no matter how well prepared they are! Simply having the 'glimmer' of hope is sometimes enough for some people and losing that feeling is more than they are willing to risk! Although it is always necessary to take specific actions to achieve your goals many remain satisfied with just the 'dream' that all their goals have been met! For many, hope is all they need or are willing to settle for, to keep them happy!

Reluctance to Commit The achievement of anything is usually a 'process' that takes

patience, effort and time! For some if not the majority, this is considered a commitment which of course means changes will need to be made! Strangely enough people tend to become 'comfortable' in their situation even if they wish for better! This reluctance to commit is yet another reason some people fear taking certain actions, even if it means they could possible become successful at what it is they are conside ring to pursue! T a k i n g action is the only feasible way you can expect to achieve your goals yet many hesitate to take this step! Even after establishing particular goals to accomplish along with a workable plan, people find themselves frozen like a deer in the headlights of a car! Our discussion above points out 3 common reasons many fail to take the necessary actions required to implement their own plan! By identifying these factors it hopefully becomes easier to 'blast' through these barriers allowing you to achieve your goals and therefore become successful!

Before you go, remember...No one's perfect, nothing will ever go as planned, and yes Murphy’s Law does apply to you. Change does not happen by itself, it needs you to take action. Everything starts and ends with You in this journey we call life.

Jim Rogers



Huron Harvester Community Magazine July 2012  

Community Magazine for Huron and surrounding areas.