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Northwest Salmon

 

Editorial

Clean it, sell it, keep the change

By: John Suhr 

suhrs@reporterandfarmer.com
For people in the City of Webster it is a double win – not only for themselves, but their neighbors and community as well.
April 28 through May 1 the City of Webster is sponsoring their annual cleanup days.
Other than tires, batteries, concrete or construction materials, home owners can haul their junk to the curb and the city crew will come by to haul it away at no charge.
If you do not want others rummaging through your trash, the landfill is free that week as well, so haul it yourself and do some spring cleanup.
Wondering what the next bonus is? The following weekend, May 3, the Webster Area Chamber of Commerce is having a citywide rummage sale.
So if you thought some of those items you have had hanging around for years are too good to just throw away, now would be the time to join with a friend or have your own rummage sale.
Not only do you get rid of a few more items, you put a little spare cash in your pocket. So I guess you could say it would be a triple win. Getting rid of some old junk and possibly making some cash.
Cleanup time is not only for Webster, but many of the communities in the county will have cleanup times as well.
What a great opportunity to not only make your community a better place, but the county as well.
Roslyn clean up will be around May 1 with a dumpster system in town for a week.
Bristol cleanup day is May 17, also with the use of a dumpster.
Pierpont is May 10 and the town plans on sending out a postcard with the date, time and restrictions.
Waubay’s cleanup days are May 12-16.
For more information on these communities see the story in today’s paper. For communities who may not have been listed, check with your town clerk.
It’s a great opportunity to do some spring cleaning and make this an even a better place to live, work and play.

Column

By: LeAnn Suhr

A couple of skunk stories



There was a police car in our driveway this morning. But don’t worry. There was no break in, vandalism or domestic violence.
No, the problem is, there was a skunk under the car!
There were a couple of Facebook statuses written about it, but pictures weren’t easy. After all, he was under the car and we were safely inside our house. Sorry, officer, but we weren’t going to risk it by going out there with you.
After 45 minutes or so of throwing a ball at it, remotely starting cars, poking with an ice chipper handle and assorted other futile attempts we came up with, he wandered off. He went east, out to the country – a relief to us all.
And, finally, our dogs could go outside for their morning bathroom break!
As far as skunk stories go, ours was pretty uneventful. But it reminded me of one from my parents. It took place 20 or more years ago when they still lived on the farm. It’s best told by participants and eye witnesses, but I’ll do my best.
The neighbors had just bought a new car, so to celebrate they took Mom and Dad out for supper in town. They arrived home well after dark and the plan was to go inside and play cards.
As soon as Gene (the driver) opened his door to get out, Hooch (the dog) jumped in. Highly unusual behavior that could only mean one thing. “There must be a skunk out there,” was my dad’s comment.
Four sets of eyes combed the front yard, and sure enough, sauntering up to the dog dish was the offensive visitor.
It’s a big enough yard to work with, so Mom and Dad headed to the house, giving this skunk plenty of room. Sweet success. If they could have gotten the dog out of the car the tale could have ended right here. But that was not possible.
So in a flash they were back outside, Dad with a shotgun, Mom with a flashlight.
The skunk walked around the house, Mom and Dad followed.
Gene, in an attempt to move the car, started it. But Hooch wouldn’t get off the accelerator, so he couldn’t put it in gear. Mom said it was just as well he didn’t move. They could use the light anyway.
There hadn’t been a clear shot for Dad yet, but he was ready. The skunk started to head under the porch. “Should I shoot?” BOOM.
He hadn’t waited for an answer and now a green fog was rising, coming from under their house. Dad got him right in the business end with his 12 gauge shotgun.
Gene and Janice didn’t come in for cards after all.
Mom and Dad kept living in their house, but it took a couple of weeks before it was truly inhabitable.
And Hooch? He did get out of the car but gave up his preferred sleeping spot under the porch for a long time. He seemed to decide that the barn was good enough.


By George, by George

Where’s the beef? Try the top of the meat case

 

Where’s the beef? Try the very tip- top shelf of the meat case, right next to the caviar.
Beef prices are higher than they’ve been in almost three decades. Prompting today’s shoppers to ask “What’s happened to beef?” a take off on 1970s industry slogan “Where’s the beef?” that vaulted this red meat to the top of consumer shopping lists.
Nowadays beef sticker shock is growing ever larger in the minds of consumers and restaurants, and it comes at a time when beef usually experiences its traditional high demand period – summer when the country fires up their outdoor grills.
Industry experts warn that “beef relief” won’t come soon because of dwindling cattle numbers and growing export demands by China and Japan.
The average retail cost of fresh beef was at $5.28 a pound in February, up almost a quarter from January. Its highest price since 1987.
Prices are likely to stay high for several years until cattle producers rebuild herds. These days grocery shoppers are responding by looking for beef cuts that won't break their budgets.
Many are limiting their purchases to hamburger or are opting for chicken, pork and fish.
Restaurant owners are coping with the high prices by trimming portions and limiting the number of beef offerings on the menu. Restaurant beef entrees have gone up five percent or more since November.
Fancier restaurants are also adjusting the size of pricier steaks by selling six- ounce sirloins where they used to sell eight or 10-ounce portions.
The high prices are good news for ranchers, especially those who have struggled with drought and high feed prices.
Recent USDA statistics show the fewest head of cattle in this country since 1951. However prices haven't followed suit with fallen numbers. Beef demand remains strong although there is some industry worry that continued high prices will lead to consumers permanently changing their buying habits, especially young folks on limited budgets.
Beef isn’t the only meat with a higher price tag. Pork is up, largely due to a virus that killed millions of young pigs. So is chicken, whose retail price in February averaged $1.95 per pound.
The long-term scenario is likely to be that more shoppers will have “minibeef with beef,” choosing cheaper hamburger over high dollar steaks and roasts – but not abandoning the king of red meats entirely.
bye george


Award winning farm kid shoots the moon

By: Amanda Fange

reporter@reporterandfarmer.comr



Over this past weekend, I had a great time at the South Dakota Newspaper association’s 132nd convention in Pierre.
Not only is the convention a great time to catch up with newspaper friends from all across the state, but also a great way to exchange ideas and learn lots about ways to better serve our readers and gain ideas on how to create a higher quality product every week. This year, many ideas were sparked that we will be trying to implement in the R&F in the weeks to come.
This year, we got to tour the governor’s mansion with the tours personally led by none other than South Dakota’s first lady Linda Daugaard.
And the keynote speaker for Friday night’s banquet was, of course, Gov. Dennis Daugaard himself.
During his speech, the governor said, “Newspapers are still essential to the world. Newspapers work hard to report information they can stand behind. We need newspapers. I’m confident they will not only survive but also thrive in the future.”
Also as part of the convention was the Better Newspaper Contest where newspapers put forth their best stuff in competition with one another.
In the Reporter & Farmer’s circulation category, we pulled in a total of 11 awards. Two were thirds, four seconds and five were firsts.
That’s not bad if you consider we only sent in 17 entries this year.
~af~
Winning all the awards at convention was a lot of fun, but it’s not like it’s gone to my head or anything.
I’m still the same old farm kid I’ve always been.
As proof of that, by Sunday afternoon I was with my family, out in the sheep barn. It was time again to clean out the old manure.
That’s about as far as my commentary on that will go, other than to add it was a smelly job.
~af~
A few people asked me last Monday, “Is tonight the night?”
Yes, indeed it was.
I got up at 1 a.m. Tuesday to see if the skies were clear enough to see the moon. There had been clouds rolling through the area all Monday afternoon and I was worried I wouldn’t get the chance to see the first lunar eclipse of the year. But when I glanced out my bedroom window, a bright, full moon greeted me. The very left edge was beginning to go dark.
Hurriedly I dressed, messaged a friend that we were good to go, grabbed the thermos of hot chocolate and camera and headed out the door to shoot the moon (with the camera, of course).
~af~

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