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Worthing Days The City of Worthing celebrated their annual Worthing Days this past weekend, June 28-29. The celebration featured cruise night, a parade, kids’ activities, adult activities, and music by Autumn Road. For more pictures from Worthing Days turn to page 8 of this week’s paper.

Worthing hires part-time police officer BY WENDY SWEETER

At the June 27 Worthing City Commission meeting, commissioners approved malt beverage licenses for three Worthing businesses. Public utilities commissioner Darren VanHouten moved for approval of a malt beverage license for Boondock’s. Public works commissioner Todd Gannon moved to approve the malt beverage license for Olde Towne Dinner Theatre. Gannon also moved to approve the issuance of special malt beverage and liquor licenses for Boondock’s and Otis’ during Worthing Days. Also in regard to Worthing Days, the commission moved to approve Travis Johns as interim acting chief of police for the city of Worthing from June 27 through June 30. They also approved the hiring of part-time police officers Matthew Hess and Joe Carlson and to pay part-time officer $25 per hour. The commission approved the resignation of Kay Pucket, city finance officer. The commissioners, city administrator Jeff Tanner and Mayor Eric Saugstad thanked Pucket for her work. “Thank you for everything you’ve done for us. We’ve been through a lot in the last year,” Sau-

be consolidated into one pile,” Tanner said. The hope is that MidAmerican Energy will complete their work during July and then Second Street work can resume. Commissioners approved the final pay application of $103,975.01 for phase II of the Worthing school improvement project. In Tanner’s report, he said patchwork on Main Street would cost $700. He has gotten a quote about putting an asphalt mat around City Hall for an estimated cost of $3,200. He said part of that cost could be put into funding that could come from the city’s claim with FEMA due Joe Carlson gets sworn in as a part-time police officer by Worthing Mayor to the flooding the city had. He also reported that the Eric Saugstad. finance officer position was posted June 24. They are doing gstad said. “We wish you the best.” Tanner reported on the Worththe background check on a chief The commission reviewed a ing school improvement project. of police candidate. The city has resolution establishing a fee struc- Construction crews have completsecured a 30-foot wide drainage ture for renting the Civic Center. ed the storm sewer work on Third easement at Joel Street across The proposal included $25 for a Street and Juniper Street. They are private property that the developer full-day rental and $15 for half-day waiting on MidAmerican Energy has signed. The city is in charge of for Legion members. For Worthing to come out to deal with a gas line maintaining that. residents, the full-day fee would on Second Street before work can In Gannon’s report, he apolobe $50 or $35 for a half-day. For continue there. Dirt grading was gized to the citizens of Worthing non-residents, the fee would be set to begin June 28. who had their lawns sprayed with $100 for a full day and $70 for “They’ve been given instrucRoundup the last week of June. a half-day. Commissioners were tion that that’s cleaned up by 5 There was a miscommunication in going to review the fee structure p.m. tomorrow. They won’t take direction for a temporary summer and planned to vote on it at the any trees down unless they haul it worker about cleaning up weeds next meeting. away immediately. Dirt piles are to around signs and posts. Some pri-


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vate property, including Gannon’s, has significant grass kill. The city will be working on reseeding the dead spots. “Mistakes happen. We’re going to fix it and make it right,” Gannon said. Gannon also said chip sealing will begin in July and affected residents will be getting a letter notifying them. Street sweeping has started. He also thanked Crystal Jacobson, ball coaches and volunteers for a good ball season. Finance and revenue commissioner Troy Larson commended the maintenance crew for the mowing and weeding they did in preparation for Worthing Days. He also asked commissioners to start thinking about their budgets for next year. Saugstad thanked the Worthing Days committee along with the fire department and the maintenance crew for all their work getting ready for Worthing Days. He also reported that the auditors would be going through the city’s books the first week of July. Pucket prepared a sales tax analysis of the last three years for the city of Worthing. The report showed sales tax revenue continues to increase. The July 11 city commission meeting will be reported on in the Lennox Independent, available at Blue Sky Junction in Worthing.

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SD State Parks a must see this summer BY KELLI BULTENA


het her you pack the cooler for a day picnic or load up the tent or camper for the weekend— South Dakota State Parks should be your destination. So far this summer I can check off Palisades State Park near Garretson, Newton Hills near Canton, Lake Vermillion Recreation Area, just 27 miles west of Sioux Falls, and down by the river in Platte. Out of all of those trips only one weekend did it not rain. Even so, camping is one of my summer loves—dutch oven cooking, hiking, fishing, building fairy houses and just sitting in the sun. Palisades (pictured above) is a favorite destination for my children, who love to climb the Sioux quartzite formations and hike the trails there. The sites are private and the campground seems smaller than some of the other places we go. Split Rock Creek flows through this beautiful area allowing you a chance to fish or just enjoy the sound of the water as you hike along the edge.

Newton Hills State Park is a fun weekend trip, the weekend we were there though, the rain really damped our spirits. We left a day early because it just never stopped! Newton Hills is fun if you can hike, ride bikes and sit around the fire. It loses the fun after 24 hours huddled around a table playing cards looking through the screens. Newton Hills is a beautiful park but it is so busy. It seems so much bigger than it used to. That’s one of the reasons I love Lake Vermillion, although it is busy, it still seems small, and I like that. We stayed on the East side during our weekend there, at a site where

we could drop a line in and fish all day right next to the camper. It was a perfect way to spend the time. Lake Vermillion on the West side offers a great swimming beach and more hiking options though, so either way you can’t go wrong. We have made our reservations usually at the 90 day mark just to ensure that we can get to our favorite South Dakota State Parks. I find the easiest way to make reservations is to call (1.800.710.CAMP), they recently redesigned their website, campsd. com and I haven’t been a fan of the changes. If you are looking for a quick trip, these three South Dakota State Parks are my top choices, all under a 45 minute drive. Another great option nearby is the Big Sioux Recreation Area near Brandon— great biking paths, frisbie golf and playground. Cost for a South Dakota State Park entrance license is $30, or you can spend $6 per vehicle for a day pass. Camping fees vary $14-18 depending on the park.

Writers on Wind BY KATIE HUNHOFF


ind is an omnipresent force in South Dakota. We notice the rare absence of wind almost as much as strong gusts that ruin a summer picnic or dangerously carry snow during blizzards. Our state is consistently ranked as the fifth windiest by the National Weather Service. Throughout South Dakota's history writers have written about our wind, trying to capture the sound, the bite and relentlessness of prairie gales. There are rumors, which may be exaggerated, of pioneers going insane from the constant wind. More likely it was a mix of loneliness, poverty, harsh weather and extreme hardships that most settlers faced. Kathleen Norris wrote a passage in her book Dakota: A Spiritual Geography that gives a glimpse into how wind can affect the psyche: "In open country, far from any trees, the wind beats against you, as insistent as an ocean current. You tire from walking against it just as you would from swimming against an undertow. Working outdoors on such a day leaves you dizzy, and your ears will still be ringing at night, long after you have drawn

the shelter of four walls around you. The wind can be a welcome companion on a hot day, but even die-hard Dakotans grow tired when the sky howls and roars at forty miles an hour for a day or more. The wind is so loud you have to shout at the person next to you, and you can't hear yourself think at all. You begin to wonder if you have a self." Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Hamlin Garland was not a stranger to midwest winds. He was born in Wisconsin but the winds he experienced on the prairie stood out. "It was like all the roarings of all the lions of Africa, the hissing of a wilderness of serpents, the lashing of great trees. It benumbed his thinking, it appalled his heart, beyond every other force he had ever known." Sheepherder Archer Gilfillan touched on wind in a more lighthearted manner in his nationally acclaimed 1929 book Sheep (which was more about his Harding County neighbors than about sheep). Gilfillan wrote that the "force, not to say violence of the wind may be judged by the fact that when it is due east or west the transcontinental trains frequently blow through our towns as much as a day and a half ahead of schedule." South Dakota Magazine contributing editor Paul Higbee re-

flected on prairie wind for the May/June 2008 edition. In Lakota culture, he wrote, wind is a benevolent spirit Tate (tah-tae). "Tate is the father of the four directions and the epitome of what a good husband and father should be: strong and gentle, masculine yet unafraid of being nurturing and mother-like." And Black Elk, Oglala Lakota holy man, wrote that wind is part of the great circle. "Everything the Power of the World does is done in a circle. The sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nest in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves." Wind is as natural as our prairie grass, hills and flowing rivers. It is a part of the circle of life of which Black Elk speaks. Although we can't see it, its force affects everything around us, our actions and even our thoughts. Katie Hunhoff is the editor of South Dakota Magazine, a bi-monthly print publication that explores the people and places of South Dakota. For more information or to subscribe, visit


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your plants too close to the stem. ’m back in the house after Mold may be growing there so only 20 minutes outside hopefully you used the tip I gave this morning because it is you and didn’t get the mulch too raining again. What a difference close to the stem. With all the a year makes! We were gone rain, mold will grow almost anycamping for 3 days and when where in the lush plant growth, we came back and looked at the so be watching that garden, it department. I have looked like been know to rip we had been out a hand full of gone for leaves in my tomato a week or plants just to get air more. The movement inside the growth rate plants to stop mold. this time of HomeGrowin’ Also be watching year can be amazing at Gail & Dave Strasser grape vines, this is another spot in high times. Perhumidity years that haps now is a can be a problem for good time to mold. You may need fungicides remind you that an almost daily on some of your plants, again check of the garden is important read labels on any product you if you can manage that. choose to use. If you have started your first Back to the weeds, I seemed garden or are using tomato cages to have provided some entertainfor the first time, you will find ment last week when I chose to out that almost every other day take a lawn chair into the garden you need to be out there “trainto sit down as I weeded a very ing” the tomato vines to go weedy row of dill. This is a first the direction you want. Work for me, weeding while sitting in a carefully so as not to break any chair, but I figured, I’m the boss of those vines as you work them here so if I need to weed sitting upward thought the cages. down, so be it. Hey, why don’t On your walk be watching you try it? It is working for me for bugs. We have to watch for with the very fine work I was the little green/black striped bug doing. So what if people think called the cucumber beetles this you have lost all your marbles— time of year. They love our zucagain—and are looking for them. chini, cucumbers and pumpkin My unorthodox method is workcrops. If this is your problem ing for me, my back was happier too, you will need to find a remand my job is almost done in that edy, a spray or dusting powder row. works if you don’t mind putting It has stopped raining. them on. The problem this year Maybe I can find some kind of is following through with reapplication after every rain because job outside so I can avoid the housework inside. For me being they will wash off obviously outside is much more fulfilling and those bugs know that so be this time of year. Sharpen that vigilant. hoe, check your plants and keep Need we talk about weeds? at it! Oh my! This is probably one of the most frustrating problems for many people. Might I encourage you to tackle them as soon as possible. Little weeds— little problems, big weeds—big problems, get them pulled as quickly as you can before your produce gets lost in a frustrating jungle and you want to give up. Another problem with letting things slide is that the weeds will produce seeds making problems down the road so get at it! We Your local news, around here are obviously NOT sports and columns weed free, and the problem only gets worse when we open the delivered to your stand and more time needs to be mailbox each week! spent helping our customers, but Price includes FREE we know that we have to keep at it or we will loose production e-Edition when you provide power for our plants and add to your email address. the weed seed bank beneath our feet. That weeding will provide Subscribe today! your exercise and perhaps even help you take out some frustraName:____________________ tions of the day on your weeds. If you mulched, be watchAddress:__________________ ing for too much mulch under




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Lennox school board to study cost of building LACF accepting addition for 7th and 8th grades at high school applications During last month’s Lennox School District 41-4 Board Meeting on May 13 a representative from the instructional planning committee was present. Last fall the board created this instructional planning committee to deal with the upcoming crowding issue that will likely be in the Middle School in 2015. Superintendent Robert Mayer said at that May meeting, “The task of the group was to find a solution so they could make a recommendation to you this spring or next fall.” The recommendation was presented by Marlyn Jacobson, who said, “We studied very many options; over-crowding is a nice problem to have, it means you have a nice campus.” He continued, “After several meeting and much discussions we are suggesting building on for the seventh and eighth grades at the high school. It would mean keeping the middle school here. There are no frills—just classrooms, bathrooms and a music room.” This idea brought forth in May received further attention from the board Monday night, June 10, during the June monthly meeting of the school board. It was determined that the board take action to determine the cost and feasibility of this recommendation.

What this will entail is creating a planning committee comprised of three board members, appointed by board president Alan Rops as Sandy Poppenga, Mary Peters and Renee Buehner, also on the committee will be the principals involved and the business manager. The group will look to find an architectural firm that will put together a drawing and budget. In other business, during the meeting Mayer offered his appreciation to Rich Luther for his work during the State Track meet that was recently held at the Sinning Sports Complex in Lennox. A short discussion was held regarding the Chancellor School property that was recently let for bids. The bid on the property is currently for the lot only and was tabled at last month’s meeting. Mayer said, “I have contacted and visited with the Chancellor mayor to see if they would be interested to send a representative from their council to meet with a representative from our board. They meet tonight and will let me know after the meeting.” Rops said, “I would like to have the decision makers meet face to face.” Board members were in agreement that they wait until the July meeting to


PARK &REC Submitted by Crystal Jacobson

I would like to say thank you to all of the volunteers that helped to make this years baseball and softball season a huge success! Coaches (head and assistant), you will never know how much of a difference you make in these kids lives! I watched several games this year. I watched the kids grow in their abilities in ball! I saw how excited they were when they hit the ball or caught a fly ball. You are making memories that will last a lifetime! Umpires, these games would not be possible without you. You are amazing people! Concession stand volunteers, without you, there would be no candy bars, hot dogs, pixie sticks, or freezies! I think you are the most liked people of all! Parents, thank you for making sure your child was at practice and games. Thank you for being their cheerleaders! Most of all, thank you for being proud of your child no matter if they hit a home run or struck out. Thank you for always saying “great job” no matter what the outcome of the game was. Lastly, thank you to all of the ball players! I know that all of your coaches, parents, grandparents, and other fans are very proud of how hard you played this season! You all have made Worthing very proud. I personally am very proud of your attitudes and sportsmanship. I never saw anyone complaining. All I saw was very proud players, whether you won or lost! I would also like to thank Otis Bar and Grill for making the June special a benefit for the Park and Rec. Your gracious donation is very much appreciated! Thank you to all that participated in the bean bag tournament and those that donated prizes! We had 23 teams compete during Worthing Days. All of the proceeds will benefit the Park and Rec. The first place winners won 2 Wild Water West tickets and a $75 gift card to Scheel’s. Second place took home 2 Olde Towne Dinner Theatre tickets and an hour massage at Royal Table Massage. Third place won $20. Lastly, thank you to all of our sponsors again! KJ Automotive, Knology, The Lennox Independent, Tri-State Utilities, Blue Sky Junction, and Great Plains RV. You will never know how grateful I am for your generosity.

deal with the property. New hires and resignations that were approved in May included: Contract offers to Chad Allison, Middle School Principal; Cody Lutes, 5th grade LES; Eric Anderson, 4th Grade LES and Assistant football Coach; Matthew Luze, Strength Training Coach and Assistant Wrestling; Sara Baaken, Assistant Marching Band; Steve Kruse, Middle School Track and Field; Resignation of Mary Slunecka Special Education and Sunshinse Preschool Teacher in Worthing was approved. Resignations that were approved in June include Jordon bra as Technology integrationist and Jessica Nordman in food service; the new hires approved included: Andrea Irish, fifth grade teacher at Lennox Elementary; Allison Highum, Special Education Paraprofessional Lennox Elementary; Steve Kruse, Technology Integrationist; Dustin McLouth, 8th grade Volleyball Coach; Jessica Nordman, Sunshine Preschool Worthing Elementary; Kris Leek Becker, Business Manager’s Assistant; also approved was a transfer for Leah Howes to seventh and eight grade science. The next meeting for the School Board was to be held July 15.

Rep. Noem’s office accepting applications for fall interns Washington, D.C. — Representative Kristi Noem is accepting applications for fall internships in her Washington, D.C. office, as well as in her offices in Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Watertown. Student interns in Representative Noem’s office will assist staff with various constituent service and communications projects, as well as assist with legislative research. Both South Dakota and Washington, D.C. internships provide

students with first-hand knowledge of the legislative process and the countless other functions of a congressional office. College students who are interested in interning in any of Representative Noem’s offices should submit a resume, cover letter and references to Christiana. by August 12th. For more information, contact Christiana Frazee at 202-225-2801.

Thune’s office accepting applications for fall interns WA S H I N G T O N , D.C.—Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) is currently seeking intelligent, hard-working college students to serve as fall interns in his office in Washington, D.C., as well as in his offices in Aberdeen, Rapid City, and Sioux Falls. Interns in Senator Thune’s state offices will participate in constituent service and state outreach activities, while students in the Washington, D.C., office will have the opportunity to witness the legislative process, give Capitol tours, and attend Senate votes and hearings. Both in-state and Washington, D.C., internships will allow students to work closely with constituents, hone their research and writing skills, and learn a multitude of valuable office skills.

College students who are interested in interning in Senator Thune’s Washington, D.C., office should submit a resume and cover letter, by July 31, 2013, to: Senator John Thune, Attn: Allie Ryan, 511 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510; Or by E-mail to: Allie_ College students who are interested in interning in Senator Thune’s Sioux Falls, Rapid City, or Aberdeen offices should submit a resume and cover letter, by July 31, 2013, to: Senator John Thune, Attn: Robin Long, 320 North Main Avenue, Suite B, Sioux Falls, SD 57104; Or by E-mail to: robin_ For more information call 202-224-2321.

The Lennox Area Community Fund (LACF) is currently accepting applications for their annual grant awards. Application deadline is August 1, 2013. Grant application forms are available at City offices and banks in Chancellor, Lennox and Worthing. Forms are also available at The Lennox Independent. The LACF was established in 2004 in order to provide an endowment fund

that will benefit the communities of Lennox, Chancellor and Worthing for years to come. The Community Fund is available for grants for charities and activities that will specifically and directly benefit the people of these three communities. If you have any questions about the grant application process, you can contact Kelly Wulf at

Lennox School District 41-4 Dates to Remember:

Open House at Worthing Elementary: Tuesday, August 13th from 5:30-6:30 pm School begins Tuesday, August 20th

Worthing City Hall Hours Located at 208 South Main Street Mon.—Thurs.: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. & Fri.: 7:30 a.m. - 12 noon Phone: (605) 372-4113 Fax: 605-372-2194 Mail: PO Box 277, Worthing, S.D. 57077

CITY COMMISSION MEETINGS Monday, July 22, 2013* *Date could change, check with City Hall and Monday, August 5, 2013 Regular Meeting @ 7 p.m. Each meeting begins at 7 p.m. with the exclusion of special meetings. Meetings are now being held in the Worthing Civic Center (American Legion Building). All meetings are open to the public except for Executive Session, which is used only to discuss legal and personnel issues.

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETINGS Monday, August 12, 2013 at 6 p.m., Worthing City Hall Planning Commission Meetings: Each meeting begins at 6 p.m. with the exclusion of special meetings. Meetings are held at Worthing City Hall. All meetings are open to the public

Worthing City Officials Eric Saugstad, Mayor: 270-2614, Darren Van Houten, Public Utilities: 212-4908, Todd Gannon, Public Works: 254-3229, Troy Larson, Finance & Revenue: 201-6644, Carrie McDannel, Public Safety: (605) 941-0665, Jeff Tanner, City Administrator: 372-4113, Kay Heiberger, Finance Officer: 372-4113, Jake Sees, Maintenance Lead, 251-4555, Marie Albertson, Administrative Assistant/Utility Assistant, 372-4113, Jason Schroder, Zoning Administrator: 941-2751




Daughter of local couple Dakota State loses fight with leukemia Honors List released This past Tuesday, an angel of the Lord received her wings. Christy Jo HoferOrth of Sioux Falls, SD, a loving and devoted Christian, went to be with her savior after a long battle with leukemia. Funeral services were held Friday, May 31, 2013 at Salem Reformed Church, Menno, SD with Rev. Michael Hecht officiating. There will be a private family burial of Christy’s cremated remains. AisenbreyOpsahl-Kostel Memorial Chapel, Menno is in care of the arrangements. She was born to Gloria Hofer-Schneiderman on Nov. 22, 1960, she attended country school in Lennox, SD, where she enjoyed home economics and sewing classes. After graduating from Lennox public school in 1979, she continued her education at Nettleton College for a degree in fashion merchandising. In 1981, Christy married Don Orth and moved to Menno, SD, to help work on the family farm raising hogs and beef cattle. Christy and Don were blessed with two children, and Christy guided their growth by serving on the school board and teaching Sunday school at the Salem Reformed church, where she was a faithful and active member. Christy went on to continue her education, receiving a BA in Business Management from Mount Marty college, all while working as a Mental

MADISON, SD —The following local students were named to the President’s Academic Honors list for the spring semester at Dakota State University (DSU) in Madison: Bryce Haviland, from Worthing, SD with a 4.0 GPA A total of 370 students qualified for the honors list. Highest honors were earned by 145 students who achieved a 4.0 grade point average; the remaining students earned a 3.5 to 3.99 average to qualify for the honors list.

Health Aid at the Human Services center in Yankton, SD. Christy led an active and full life, enjoying such hobbies as sewing (including her daughter’s wedding dress), riding her bike, baking, gardening, studying the Bible, and spending time with her family, whom she loved dearly. Christy is survived by her parents, Merrill and Gloria Schneiderman; her children, Robert Orth of Rapid City, SD, and Amanda and Ben Digmann of Rochester, MN; and her siblings: Jeff Schneiderman of Lennox, SD, Scott Schneiderman of Marshaltown, IA, Joel and Glenda Schneiderman of Lennox, SD, Julie Olson of Rapid City, SD, and Joy and Mark Hyronemus of Worthing, SD. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

DeWitt dies at age 87 Inez Ione (Broughton) DeWitt, Mission TX formerly, Worthing, SD, died Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at the age of 87. She was born on March 23, 1926 in Canton, SD. Inez married Earl H. DeWitt on September 18, 1943 in Sioux Falls, SD. Earl died in 2009. Survivors include her children: Diana (deceased) L.(Russell) Henning, Mabel M. (Rollin) Olson, Jeffry E. DeWitt; grandchildren: Anthony Henning, Andrew (Tara) Henning, Glenn Henning (deceased), Kristi (Chris) Neyman, Todd Olson; great-grandchildren: Jacob Olson, Joshua Olson, Aniston Henning, Ashley Gonzales and Alex Gonza-

les; Sisters: Joy VanHull, Joyce Geiken, Ruth Liichow, Irene Davis; sisterin-law: Phyllis Broughton; and many nieces and nephews. Services and burial of her cremated remains in the Worthing Cemetery will be held at a later date.

Birth announcement Austin James Bockelman was born June 26, 2013 to proud parents Derek and Elizabeth Bockelman, of Worthing. He was 7 lbs. 15 oz. and was 20 inches long. Welcoming Austin home was Emma, age 4 and Jeremy, age 2. Grandparents are Marlin and Heather Day, of Alcester, SD and Jim and Pam Bockelman, of Hawarden, IA.

USD announces academic honors VERMILLION, S.D. – University of South Dakota students receiving academic honors for the 2013 Spring Semester have been announced. Students achieving Dean’s List honors total 1,641 full-time students while 459 part-time students have been cited with Academic Recognition honors. Students earn Dean’s List distinction by achieving a GPA of at least 3.5 while maintaining a course load of 12 or more credit hours with no incomplete or failing grades. Part-time students are eligible for Academic Recognition by completing at least 12 hours prior to the current semester earning a minimum of three and up to 11 credit hours during the term and achieving a GPA of at least 3.5 with no failing or incomplete grades. Additionally, 21 students enrolled at the University of South Dakota School of Law attained Dean’s List recognition this spring. To be named to the School of Law Dean’s List, law students must achieve either a GPA of 85.00 or greater for that semester or rate in the top 10 percent of their class for that semester, whichever group is smaller. The list is not based on cumulative grade point average, and first semester, first-year law students are not eligible for the law school’s Dean’s List. Students receiving academic honors for the 2013 spring semester are listed below by hometown and honor received:Worthing - Rachael Ruba, Haley E Voges, Tabatha M. Lemke (Academic Recognition), Arthur W Wallace (Academic Recognition), Andy Mager (Academic Recognition).

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Heiberger, Pucket unite in marriage Kay Heiberger and Luke Pucket were united in marriage on June 8, 2013 at First Evangelical Free Church in Sioux Falls. Officiating during the ceremony was Grant Sather. Matron of Honor was Betsy Larson. Best Man was Seth Pucket. Attendants were Brittney Heiberger, Bekah Wager, Lara Heiberger, Ben Pucket, Daniel Crossman, and Wes Johnson. The bride has a bach-

Country Clovers hold meeting The Country Clovers 4-H Club met on June 26 at the Turner County Fairgrounds. Marlys Davis gave instructions for working in the 4-H lunchstand during the fair. Gretchen Rops called the business meeting to order and Addyson Brandsrud led the pledges. Members answered roll call by telling things they are doing this summer. Harley Blue read the secretary’s report. Alyssa Brandsrud volunteered to make a card for our club to display at the lunchstand. Turner County Fairbooks and registration forms were passed out and discussed. Entries are due by July 26. Lunch was served by the Rops family.

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Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, South Dakota has announced its Spring 2013 President’s List. These students have demonstrated outstanding academic performance in the classroom and laboratory settings. In order to become eligible for the President’s List, students must be fulltime and have achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.5 for the semester. These students should be commended for their efforts and performance. The students achieving this recognition at Southeast Technical Institute from our community includes the following: Debra Jean Huff-Beres, Worthing; Accounting

DWU students named to dean’s list The spring semester dean’s list at Dakota Wesleyan University includes 188 students. To qualify for the dean’s list, a student must have a semester grade point average of at least 3.5 on a four-point scale. They also have to complete at least 12 hours of academic work during the semester. The following area students have been named to the dean’s list: Worthing – Jared Stearns. ❐ 1 Yr. in SD $30 ❐ 1 Yr. out of state $40 Return to: Lennox Independent PO Box 76, Lennox, SD 57039


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Nearly 400 runners compete in road race in Lennox during Fourth of July

Three hundred and ninety seven participants ran the annual Firecracker Road Race held July 4 in Lennox. The event, sponsored by the Lennox Lions and the Lennox Community Fund, featured a one mile run with 84 competitors, a two mile run with 83 competitors, a 5K run with 146 competitors and a 10K run with 86 competitors. Below are the results of the top competitors in each race and age group: 1 Mile Run Top ten finishers: 1. Joshua Arlt; 2. Taylor Anderson (F); 3. Jackson Arlt; 4. Tyler Leisinger; 5. Taryn Raabe (F); 6. Zach Leisinger; 7. Braeden Wulf; 8. Chelsea Pullman (F); 9. Selah Tabbert (F); 10. Sawyer Bowers Male Finishers (1 Mile) Ages 10 & under: 1. Jackson Arlt, 2. Braeden Wulf, 3. Sawyer Bowers, 4. Lance Spieler, 5. Jack Begeman, 6. Carter Benning Ages 11-14: 1. Joshua Arlt, 2. Zach Leisinger Ages 15-18: 1. Tyler Leisinger, 2. Dylan Abraham, 3. Cameron Abbas Ages 19-29: 1. Chris Kruse Ages 30-39: 1. Curtis White, 2. Jeff Spieler, 3. Tyler Jorgenson Ages 40-49: 1. Joe Abbas, 2. Joel Begeman, 3. Mike Sanchez Ages 60+: 1. Richard Poppinga, 2. Allen Rippentrop Female Finishers (1 Mile) Ages 10 & under: 1. Selah Tabbert, 2. Rianna Fillipi, 3. Mara Hinker; Ages 11-14: 1. Taryn Raabe, 2. Riley Peters, 3. Annaliese Tabbert; Ages 15-18: 1. Taylor Anderson, 2. Jordan Kruse, 3. Abby Abraham; Ages 19-29: 1. Chelsea Pullman, 2. Jordan Weeldreyer, 3. Katie Oltmanns; Ages 30-39: 1. Jordan Anderson, 2. Christine Friedrich, 3. Katie Sherwood Ages 60+: 1. Beth Frederickson, 2. Vickie Munce 2 Mile Run Top ten finishers: 1. Michael Olson; 2. Mark Olson; 3. Sierra Harder (F); 4. Mike Mazourek; 5. Ben Olson; 6. Camden Wulf; 7. Alex Fiegen; 8. Dylan Hanisch; 9. Colby Zupancich; 10. Tanner Miller Male Finishers (2 Mile) Ages 10 & under: 1. Tanner Miller, 2. Kain Sanders, 3. Layne Kuper, 4. Wyatt Stuntebeck Ages 11-14: 1. Camden Wulf, 2. Alex Fiegen, 3. Dylan

Hanisch, 4. Colby Zupancich Ages 15-28: 1. Michael Olson, 2. Alex Lane, 3. Josh Beukelman Ages 19-29: 1. Mark Olson, 2. Mike Mazourek, 3. Ben Olson, 4. Thomas Hagena Ages 30-39: 1. Kris Kuper, 2. Nathan Wolf, 3. Mike Lee Ages 40-49: 1. Robert Zupancich, 2. Mark Westerman Ages 50-59: 1. Drrell Olson, 2. Bruce DeNieu, 3. Greg Payne, 4. Gordon Hagena Ages 60+: 1. John Kolb, 2. Arlo Larson, 3. Jim Ferrier, 4. Darrel Westerman Female Finishers (2 Mile) Ages 10 & under: 1. Sydney Bezemk, 2. Gracie Bowers, 3. Cruz Pakovic Ages 11-14: 1. Kendra Stien, 2. Madysen Vlastuin, 3. Hannah Denning, 4. Janeka DeCou; Ages 15-18: 1. Sierra Harder, 2. Kayla Plimpton, 3. Kate Smit; Ages 30-39: 1. Steph Brandt, 2. Janet Stuntebeck, 3. Amber Wolf Ages 40-49: 1. Darla Olson, 2. Lori Payne Ages 50-59: 1. Kristie Fiegen, 2. Rise Jongeling, 3. Mindy Murphy Ages 60+: 1. Kathy Rippentrop, 2. Vonnie Larson, 3. Karen Westerman 5K Top ten finishers: 1. Casey Shade, Hartford, SD, 16:26; 2. Duane Jongeling, Parker, SD, 16:38; 3. Tyler Boltjes, Beresford, SD, 16:45; 4. Free Bump, Sioux Falls, SD, 17:33; 5. Austin Handley, Madison, 18:24; 6. Bryan Rowenhorst, Harrisburg, SD, 18:32; 7. Dustin Peterson, Sioux Falls, SD, 18:55; 8. Chris Anderson, Harrisburg, SD, 19:26; 9. Rodrigo Balmaceda, Sioux Falls, SD, 19:44; 10. Dreuz Selzler, Sioux Falls, SD, 20:10; Male Finishers (5K) Ages 14 & under: Henry Klitzke, Sioux Falls, SD, 20:25; Tadan Wilson, Worthing, SD, 21:39; Jacob Harms, Harrisburg, SD, 22:33; Jaetin Decou, Lennox, SD, 25:51; Cooper Benning, Davis, SD, 25:52; Mitchell Rust, Lennox, SD, 28:21; Kaleb Lunstra, Lennox, SD, 28:44; Ty Spieler, Chancellor, SD, 29:47; Cole Benning, Davis, SD, 29:51; Griffin Smith, Hartford, SD, 29:53; Layne Lunstra, Lennox, SD, 29:54; Zachary Lary, Plymouth, MN, 31:00; Bridge Helleson, Sioux Falls, SD, 32:05 Ages 15-18: Duane Jongeling, Parker, SD, 16:38; Free Bump, Sioux Falls, SD, 17:33; Austin Handley, Madison, SD, 18:24; Rodrigo Balmaceda,

Sioux Falls, SD, 19:44; Dreuz Selzler, Sioux Falls, SD, 20:10; Jett Ptacek, Sioux Falls, SD, 20:24; Sam Maxwell, Sioux Falls, SD, 20:58; Devon Jongeling, Parker, SD, 21:01; Kinard Sproles, Sioux Falls, SD, 21:33; Mitchell Peters, Lennox, SD, 22:29 Ages 19-29: Casey Shade, Hartford, SD, 16:26; Jeremy Barnes, Sioux Falls, SD, 22:37; Robert Beringer, Lennox, SD, 23:17; Matthew Ray, North Liberty, IA, 32:11; Trenton Haan, Chancellor, SD, 38:55 Ages 30-39: Tyler Boltjes, Beresford, SD, 16:45; Dustin Peterson, Sioux Falls, SD, 18:55; Chris Anderson, Harrisburg, SD, 19:26; Scott Wilson, Worthing, SD, 20:47; Derek Sanders, Truman, MN, 20:59; Jamie Baldwin, Sioux Falls, SD, 22:58; Matthew Alley, Hartford, 23:03; Chris Hanssen, Tea, SD, 23:58; Paul McVey, Lennox, SD, 24:00; Aaron Canfield, Sioux Falls, SD, 24:43; Nate Duncan, Worthing, SD, 25:28; Nathan Strasser, Lennox, SD, 25:32; Ryan Arlt, Lennox, SD, 26:06; Rob Hoover, Lennox, 27:26 ; Michael Van Roekel, Parker, SD, 27:29; Jason Rowe, Harrisburg, SD, 28:17; Dave Doherty, Sioux Falls, SD, 28:53; Jeremy Eitreim, Sioux Falls, 28:57; Jamie Benning, Davis, SD, 29:54; James Krueger, Sioux Falls, SD, 30:07; Aaron Krueger, Omaha, NE, 31:23; Wade Helleson, Sioux Falls, SD, 32:06; John Curtis, Tea, SD, 32:10; John Luedtke, Dubuque, IA, 32:43; Kelly Thurman, Kelly, Sioux Falls, SD, 34:21; Nathan Nielson, Lennox, SD, 36:14; Chris Munce, Sioux Falls, SD, 37:48; Mark Braunschmidt, Sioux Falls, SD, 50:03; Matt Braunschmidt, Lennox, SD, 50:08 Ages 40-49: Bryan Rowenhorst, Harrisburg, SD, 18:32; James Murphy, Tea, SD, 23:21; Merris Miller, Lennox, SD, 23:56; Troy Coatsworth, Sioux Falls, SD, 24:23; Doug VanBeek, Harrisburg, SD, 28:10; Karl Hernes, Canton, SD, 29:44; Chad Breck, Lennox, SD, 30:28; Dave Klock, Chancellor, SD, 34:45 Ages 50-59: Michael Moeller, Freeman, SD, 21:48; Bryon Thomas, Marion, SD, 23:49; Bahne Bahnson, Hartford, SD, 26:32; John Morris, Afton, MN, 27:19; Kevin Hanson, Sioux Falls, SD, 27:33; John Ray, Humboldt, SD, 30:38 Ages 60+: Pat Bohl, Humboldt, SD, 28:35; Leroy Larson, Leroy, Sioux Falls, SD, 34:53; Ed Breck, Sioux Falls, SD, 34:58; Jeri Braunschmidt, Len-

nox, SD; 50:09 Female Finishers (5K) Ages 14 & under: Maisey Bainbridge, Lennox, SD, 21:01; Karissa West, Lennox, SD, 28:22; Danielle Stoffers, Hartford, SD, 32:15; Sophie Seivert, Beresford, SD, 32:19; Hannah Goehring, Humboldt, SD, 32:56; Maggie Noonan, Chancellor, SD, 36:33; Margaret Kniffen, Edina, MN, 37:50; Kirsten Perry, Tea, SD, 43:47 Ages 15-18: Rachel Alexander, Rachel, Sheldon, IA, 22:36; Harley Breck, Lennox, SD, 28:14 Ages 19-29: Whitney Lucas Molitor, Sioux Falls, SD, 22:43; Heidi Oakland, Sioux Falls, SD, 23:04; Chelsea Sweeter, Lennox, SD, 26:28; Laura Kneip, Sioux Falls, SD, 27:00; Jade Ptacek, Sioux Falls, SD, 27:53; Kayla Lyngstad, Sioux Falls, SD, 28:50; Julie Vander Pol, Sioux Falls, SD, 29:47; Melissa Preheim, Marion, SD, 30:05; Laura Krueger, Omaha, NE, 31:20; Sherri Bostwick, Sioux Falls, SD, 31:51; Danielle McEneaney, Sioux Falls, SD, 32:14; Kelsey Oltmanns, Wayne, NE, 32:26; Jamie Winklepleck, Baltic, SD, 41:07 Ages 30-39: Amy Sanders, Truman, MN, 23:13; Heidi Groen, Sioux Falls, SD, 24:36; Jada Kahl, Juneau, AK, 24:36; Tami Bittner, Lennox, SD, 24:53; Kristin Canfield, Sioux Falls, SD, 25:02; Lonna Thelen, Lonna, Dubuque, IA, 25:54; Leslie Larson, Dubuque, IA, 25:54; Amy Miller, Lennox, SD, 26:53; Sarah Hutton, Harrisburg, SD, 27:03; Heather Herlyn, Lennox, SD, 27:20; Amber Brown, Sioux Falls, SD, 27:28; Anna Flogstad, Lennox, SD, 27:57; Lindsay Dummer, Hartford, SD, 29:31; Angela Krueger, Sioux Falls, SD, 30:00; Kim Hanssen, Tea, SD, 30:06; Angela Arlt, Angela, Lennox, SD, 30:54; Meggan Schafer, Springfield, MN, 31:06; Patti Timmermans, Chancellor, SD, 31:51; Melanie Johnson, Lennox, SD, 32:17; Katie Seivert, Brandon, SD, 32:19; Laura Byl, Tea, SD, 32:41; Shannon Behrend, Sioux Falls, SD, 33:45; Shannon Coleman, Sioux Falls, SD, 33:59; Sheila Dumdei, Sioux Falls, SD, 34:55; Jennifer Nielson, Lennox, SD, 36:14; Jill Sunde, Harrisburg, SD, 37:03; Elizabeth Kniffen, Edina, MN, 37:50; Erin Daggett, Tea, SD, 41:07; Anna Braunschmidt, Sioux Falls, SD, 50:04 Ages 40-49: Tami Blasius, Denver, CO, 22:45; Laurie Kruse, Lennox, SD, 26:50; Lisa Murphy, Tea, SD, 27:27; Joanne Bohl, Joanne, Humboldt, SD,

28:08; Michelle Smith, Hartford, SD, 30:09; Jackie Lackas, Davis, SD, 31:39; Heidi Coatsworth, Sioux Falls, SD, 32:10; Krystil Smit, Centerville, SD, 32:20; Tammy Loos, Harrisburg, SD, 32:22; Bobbie Gamboa, Plymouth, MN, 32:37; Ellen Deneui, Ellen, Chancellor, SD, 36:32; Brenda Reeves, Little Canada, MN, 36:44; Kimberly Klock, Kimberly, Chancellor, SD, 40:49 Ages 50-59: Leann Kuper, Milbank, SD, 29:22; Jan Ray, Humboldt, SD, 31:35; Laura Atkins, Tea, SD, 31:59; Renae Hostetler, Tea, SD, 32:04; Amy Konda, Sioux City, IA, 35:34; Rosie Moeller, Freeman, SD, 37:19 10K Top ten finishers: 1. Ethan Tabbert, Lennox, SD, 34:59; 2. Travis Buse, Lennox, SD, 35:33; 3. Adam Kost, Sioux Falls, SD, 36:28; 4. Brian Clark, Sioux Falls, SD, 37:24; 5. Adam Shafer, Sioux Falls, SD, 37:42; 6. Joe Berg, Littleton, CO, 37:51; 7. Kevin Berg, Littleton, CO, 38:04; 8. Bill Sevold, Sioux Falls, SD, 38:55; 9. Becca Steadman, Centerville, SD, 40:29; 10. Gabe Smith, Hartford, SD, 41:11 Male Finishers (10K) Ages 15-18: Adam Kost, Sioux Falls, SD, 36:28; Joel Berg, Littleton, CO, 37:51; Gabe Smith, Hartford, SD, 41:11; Nathan Timmerman, Lennox, SD, 44:06; Joe Hendrickson, Lennox, SD, 44:06; Creighton Raabe, Lennox, SD, 44:06; Josh Friese, Chancellor, SD, 46:30; Austin Green, Loretto, MN, 49:00 Ages 19-29: Ethan Tabbert, Lennox, SD, 34:59; Travis Buse, Lennox, SD, 35:33; Matt Powell, Harrisburg, SD, 48:11; Adam Holubar, Omaha, NE, 56:48; Ryan Smith, Alcester, SD, 1:14:00; Ages 30-39: Adam Shafer, Sioux Falls, SD, 37:42; Perry Dehaan, Sioux Falls, SD, 41:43; Seamus Walsh, Worthing, SD, 45:07; Jesse Javers, Lennox, SD, 45:16; Travis Stuntebeck, Tea, SD, 46:17; Tom Kniffen, Edina, MN, 47:37; Danny Weiss, Sioux Falls, SD, 48:14; Manuel Tort, Sioux Falls, SD, 49:13; Matt Seivert, Matt, Brandon, SD, 49:27; Adam Schafer, Sprinfield, MN, 49:32; Philip Klemond, Sioux Falls, 51:07; Troy McKenney, Harrisburg, SD, 53:47; Trigg Even, Midlothian, TX, 53:53; Daniel Burzlaff, Sioux Falls, SD, 1:00:44 Age 40-49: Bill Sevold, Sioux Falls, SD, 38:55; Jim Eichshen, Sioux Falls, SD, 41:37; Jeff Smith, Hartford,

SD, 43:14; Mike Rutten, Sioux Falls, SD, 43:53; Robert Gamboa, Plymouth, MN, 44:20; Tarek Mahrous, Sioux Falls, SD, 44:27; Rod Friedrich, Sioux Falls, SD, 49:30; Kevin Schneider, Sioux Falls, SD, 49:56; Joel Ruud, Sioux Falls, SD, 50:43; Todd Roth, Renner, SD, 50:47; Dan Gill, Yankton, SD, 1:27:38 Ages 50-59: Brian Clark, Sioux Falls, SD, 37:24; Kevin Berg, Littleton, CO, 38:04; Owen Hotvet, Sioux Falls, SD, 43:47; Arne Anderson, Canton, SD, 44:52; Kenneth Renner, Beresford, SD, 46:37; Kermit Thompson, Devils Lake, ND, 46:53; Jim Lemonds, Sioux Falls, SD, 48:50; Jody Kuper, Milbank, SD, 48:58; Terry Reeves, Little Canada, MN, 49:27; John Lang, Lennox, SD, 50:19; Michael Oltmanns, Lennox, SD, 50:56; Bill Carpenter, Sioux Falls, SD, 54:43 Ages 60+: Al Schmuck, Sioux Falls, SD, 1:02:32 Female Finishers (10K) Ages 15-18: Summer Smith, Hartford, SD, 41:19; Katelyn Hinker, Lennox, SD, 48:23; Olivia Schneider, Sioux Falls, SD, 49:58; Stacey McDonald, Crooks, SD, 51:00; Halie Mechels, Lennox, SD, 52:24 Ages 19-29: Becca Steadman, Centerville, SD, 40:29; Emily Renner, Beresford, SD, 42:31; Kaia Jans, Sioux Falls, SD, 43:42; Brittney Mikkelsen, Lennox, SD, 50:44; Allison Sinning, Lennox, SD, 51:21; Melissa Eich, Sioux Falls, SD 53:37; Ashley Maturan, Mesa, AZ, 56:05; Erika Jacobson, Lennox, SD, 57:12 Ages 30-39: Charissa Covey, Sioux Falls, SD, 43:37; Heidi Mahrous, Sioux Falls, SD, 44:04; Sara Bruner, Sioux Falls, SD, 45:16; Shannon Newman, Freeman, SD, 45:43; Sarah Weiss, Sioux Falls, SD, 48:17; Jean Weber, Sioux Falls, SD, 49:28; Carla Wilson, Worthing, SD, 50:03; Andrea Jacobson, Denver, CO, 51:14; Angie Roth, Sioux Falls, SD, 53:11; Annie Hendrickson, Sioux Falls, SD, 53:51; Jennifer Even, Midlothian, TX, 54:16; Karen Sumner, Mesa, AZ, 55:03; Tanya Oswald, Eau Claire, WI, 55:07; Eve Fokken, Omaha, NE, 56:48; Jill Carlson, Lennox, SD, 57:18; Renee James, Beresford, SD, 58:04; Jennifer Javers, Lennox, SD, 1:02:41; Stacy Davey, Chancellor, SD, 1:03:14 Ages 40-49: Melissa Zwart, Kansas City, KS, 41:47; Patty Klinghagen, Lennox, SD, 50:04; Terri McDonald, Crooks, SD, 54:38; Paula Anderson, Canton, SD, 1:01:32.




The buzz about bees Are they facing extinction?


Beekeepers across the country started noticing a troubling trend in their hives a few years ago. More bees than normal were dying off, without explanation. It’s considered normal to lose up to a third of the bee population each winter. Keepers do several things to combat losses. Some ship their bees to warmer climates for the winter. Others leave a supply of honey, sugar water or corn syrup for the bees to feed on and seal the hive until spring. A typical colony is home to 50,000-60,000 bees. It’s important to leave enough food for the colony to feed on throughout the winter so the hive can remain sealed until spring. Opening the box where the bees are kept causes them to lose valuable heat and can cause a rash of premature deaths. If all goes well during the winter, the beekeeper should be greeted in the spring with plenty of adult bees and unhatched young and the queen should be busy laying more eggs. But when bee guardians looked in on their winged charges in the spring of 2007, they were stunned. The adult bees had vanished. The ones that were left in the hives were dead. Losses for that year, and every year since, have ranged between 60 and 90 percent, well over the accepted rate of 30% or less that keepers accept as normal. The hunt for answers began soon after the initial wave of losses and continues today. There are many theories circulating about what could be happening to the bees, specifically honey bees, which support a third of our food supply and contribute $15 billion to the national economy annually. Soon after the bees began disappearing, a general term to describe the phenomenon was coined: Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). After several years of research, a handful of possible reasons for CCD have emerged. Some keepers and scientists point to

increased pesticide use, which would explain the disappearance of the adult bees. Consequences of a bee’s encounter with a pesticide can vary. Depending on the level of toxicity the bee is exposed to, death can occur quickly or the insect can first become disoriented and die trying to return to the hive. Perhaps an even worse outcome is if the affected insect does make it back to the hive; that bee can infect the rest of the hive and trigger mass casualties within the colony. In addition to pesticides, other possible causes of CCD could be viral or parasitic. A new breed of bee, the Minnesota Hygienic variety, is a good start in the fight against both. As their name suggests, Minnesota Hygienic Bees (MHB) are very clean. They comb each other in search of parasites, tearing off the intruder’s legs before tossing it out of the hive to ensure it won’t be back. When they aren’t searching for parasites, MHB monitor their larvae carefully for signs of viral infections, removing and disposing of affected young before the virus can spread. Hygienic bees and continued research and collaboration between the scientific community and beekeepers are all strides in the right direction to solving the problem of the disappearing bees, local beekeeper Weston Parsons said, but there’s still a lot of work to be done. Parsons has been in the bee business for about five years and switched to the MHB once he began experiencing heavy losses with other kinds of bees. “They’re good for experienced beekeepers, but probably too aggressive for a beginner,” he cautioned. Another measure of protection Parsons affords his stock of bees is to keep them in different locations, so if one group of hives has problems, the others may continue to thrive. Parsons has reached out to farmers, researchers and beekeepers all over the country and hopes com-

munication will help slow the devastation. One apparent key to the mystery is that U.S. bees seem to be at the heart of the storm. “Other countries don’t seem to be losing bees nearly as quick as we are,” Parsons said. To some, the obvious answer would be to import healthy bees. But complex problems generally require more than a quick fix. Part of the problem, Parsons said, is the lack of genetic diversity among today’s bees. “There are seven species of honey bees left. There used to be thousands.” Lack of diversity leaves the bees in a vulnerable position. “If they are all susceptible to one virus or pesticide, that’s it,” Parsons said. “More than a third of our food supply depends on the bees,” Parsons said. “Without bees, a lot of the crops couldn’t be pollinated. One crop that would die out completely is almonds. Almonds can only be pollinated by honey bees.” Alfalfa, blueberries, apples, grapes and many other fruits and flowers are pollinated largely, or solely in some cases,

by the bees. Bringing in foreign bees isn’t the answer, because the root of the problem has not been identified. Importing bees could just cause the problem to spread and become an international issue. Foreign bees could further compound the problem if they carry viruses or bacteria not previously encountered by U.S. bees. No one knows for sure what would happen if the bees became extinct, but Parsons hopes we don’t have to find out. Losing the bees “is a big deal and should concern everybody, but not many people seem to be aware of the seriousness of this problem,” Parsons said. “Albert Einstein was a very bright man and is believed to have said ‘If the bee disappears from the surface of the Earth, man would have no more than four years to live.’ I hope we figure out a solution before it comes to that.”

Local beekeeper Weston Parsons (at right) prepares to work with his bees on a farm near Worthing, SD. One way Parsons keeps his hives healthy is by keeping a limited number of colonies at each location. Photos by Eric Gaspar

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Minimizing toxic effects of pesticides on pollinators cally contain environmental as well as personal hazard information. Buyung Hadi, Pesticide Educator and Urban Entomology Coordinatorpoints to one such environmental hazard label from a pesticide product commonly used on soybeans. “The emphatic language in the label ‘do not apply to blooming crops or weeds if bees are visiting,’ signifies enforceable restriction. Usage of the product neglecting this restriction is deemed illegal,’” Hadi said. The case of large bumble bee kill in the state of Oregon underscores the importance of following the label direction closely. Always read the entire label to get the full information of the usage and potential restrictions of the product at hand. Hadi said it is important to recognize the different languages in pesticide labels pertaining to bee toxicity. The examples in figures 1 and 2 serve as illustrations. “In both pesticide products, the labels stated ‘high toxicity’ on bees. In figure 1, the label proceeds with the direction not to apply the product if bees are visiting the treatment area. In figure 2, the product is not to be applied while bees are actively visiting the treatment area. The subtle difference between ‘visiting’ and ‘actively visiting’ has quite a large significance,” he said.

In this case both pesticides are toxic to bees but, Hadi explained, the pesticide in figure 1 has an extended residual toxicity compared to the pesticide in figure 2. Consequently, the product in figure 1 has a longer toxic period against bees compared to the one in figure 2. “The phrase “do not apply if bees are visiting,” in figure 1 signifies the product’s potential to kill bees by residual effect. In this case, bees visiting treated areas later during the day can still be fatally affected by the product,’” Hadi said. “In the case of the product in figure 2, the phrase ‘do not apply while bees are actively visiting’ signifies the product’s potential to kill bees in the case of direct exposure.” Practically speaking, Hadi said the product in figure 2 should not be used when the bees are visibly foraging in the field. “During crops’ blooming period it is recommended to use pesticides with label language illustrated in figure 2,” he said. Keeping in mind, Hadi said, that application of the product in figure 2 should be conducted after the active foraging time for bee is completed - for example in the late afternoon or in the evening. To learn more, visit

Worthing Firemen offer tribute during 4th of July Thousands descended on Lennox, SD for the Old Fashioned Fourth of July Parade. One of the highlights of the parade was provided by the Worthing Fire Department. Pictured above is the tribute offered by the Worthing firemen to honor the 19 firemen who lost their lives fighting a wild fire in Arizona. At right antique tractors of all kinds and ages were featured in the parade.

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Fig. 1: An example of environmental hazard information in a pesticide label warning against treatment on blooming crops or weeds if bees are visiting the treatment area

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BROOKINGS, S.D. - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a statement concerning use of pesticides and their unintended negative impacts on pollinator health. This was triggered by a massive kill of bumblebees following applications of pesticides to linden trees to control aphids in Oregon. While this event has received much publicity, pesticides applied to crops kill scores of bumblebees and other pollinators every summer. This is an important issue for agriculture because there is a large diversity of pollinating insects that provide an invaluable service to crop production, said Ada Szczepaniec, Assistant Professor and Extension Entomologist. “These include the obvious pollinators that most people are familiar with such as honeybees and bumblebees, as well as many species of native pollinators that are perhaps a little less known,” she said. Szczepaniec explained that insecticides are toxic to all of these insects, and said it is crucial to minimize exposure of pollinating insects to insecticides. “Pollinators are attracted to flowering crops, and many insecticides registered for use in alfalfa and soybeans, for example, have warning statements about applying them when these crops are in bloom,” Szczepaniec said. “If the crop you are about to apply insecticides to is in bloom, it is a good time to consider the impact of these applications to pollinators and do all that is recommended to minimize their exposure to these toxins.” Applying insecticides only when insect thresholds are reached, reading labels carefully, adhering to recommended doses and choosing the least toxic insecticides are steps Szczepaniec said landowners should take to minimize harmful effects of insecticides on pollinators. Read the label Pesticide labels typi-


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Mass at St. Magdalen in Lennox Wednesday: Mass, 9 a.m. Friday: Mass, 9 a.m. Sunday: Mass, 8:45 a.m.

The Worthing Class of 1963 had a float in the 2013 Worthing Days parade.

St. Dominic Catholic Church, Canton Sunday: Mass at 10:45 a.m.

Bergun Moeller and Adria Besmer enjoying Worthing Days.

The Church of God 201 E. 2nd St., Worthing, SD Daniel Scheideler, Pastor Phone: 521-8434 Sundays: Worship Service, 11 a.m. Children’s Church, 11:15 a.m. Sunday School, 10 a.m.

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Above: Dennis Gundvaldson mans the pancake station Pictured above and moving clockwise: Natalie Van Houten helps a customer at her Usborne Books booth; the CHIPS program was well attended; Kaitlin Gundvaldson paints a butterfly on a little girl during Worthing Days; Dennis Gundvaldson flips pancakes at the Mason pancake breakfast held on June 29.

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SB SANITATION 5900 S. Western Ave., Suite 200, Sioux Falls, SD

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