October 2015

dick hopper    Richard “Dick” Allen Hopper, 75, of Woonsocket, passed away Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, at Prairie View Care Center in Woonsocket.
Visitation was held at Basham Funeral Home in Woonsocket from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, with a Celebration of Life at 7 p.m. A private family inurnment will be held at a later date.
Richard Hopper was born April 5, 1940, to Ivan and Margaret (Peterson) Hopper in Huron. He graduated from Woonsocket High School in 1958. He was united in marriage to Mary Ann Merriman on Aug. 12, 1961, and was divorced in 1981.
Dick was a farmer most of his life and enjoyed helping local farmers by driving grain cart and hauling silage. At one time he had the top producing herd of registered brown Swiss milk cows in South Dakota. He had a passion for fishing and hunting with friends and family. He also took great pride in his gardening and fruit trees.
Grateful for sharing in his life are his daughters, Jody (Patrick) Hehn of Hillsboro, Ore., Dawn (Joel) Rassel of Woonsocket, and Menetta (Justin) Rassel of Fulton; six grandchildren; brother, Howard (Delrita) of Watertown; sister, Norma (Lewis) Patterson of Howard; sisters-in-law, Phyllis Hopper of Arizona and Betty Hopper of Illinois; and his very special friend and companion for many years, Judy Kindle of Woonsocket.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents; twin brother, Robert (Bob); brother, Donald; sister-in-law, Joan Hopper; and one niece and one nephew.

NATHAN, JONATHAN and Aaron Linke are pictured with some of the awards they received at the Western Junior Livestock Show.

NATHAN, JONATHAN and Aaron Linke are pictured with some of the awards they received at the Western Junior Livestock Show.

A group of Sanborn County 4-H members traveled west to attend the Western Jr. Livestock Show in Rapid City Oct. 7-10 to show livestock and participate in various events.
Results of the livestock show are as follows:  Tyler Eddy, Charolais junior bull calf – purple and grand reserve champion; Aaron Linke, angus junior heifer calf – purple (2), Angus junior yearling heifer – blue; Jonathan Linke, angus junior heifer calf – purple; Nathan Linke, angus junior heifer calf – purple (2); Collin Schmiedt, shorthorn plus junior heifer calf – purple, shorthorn plus feeder steer calf – top blue; and Morgan Schmiedt, chi junior heifer calf – top blue.
In the Grass and Range Plant ID Contest, Aaron Linke was the first place senior, followed by Nathan Linke in third place and Jonathan Linke in fourth.
The Livestock Judging Contest included classes of Breeding Cattle, Market Cattle, Breeding Sheep, Market Sheep, Market Goats and Market Swine.  Taking first place in senior livestock judging was Jonathan Linke. Also taking first place was the senior team from Sanborn/Jerauld counties:  Jonathan, Aaron and Nathan Linke and Talli Heim.  Junior level participants in Livestock Judging were Collin Schmiedt and Tyler Eddy.
The Livestock Skillathon tested knowledge in beef and swine in the areas of structure of beef, parts of beef cattle, meat cuts of beef, breeds of swine and how to identify a livestock medicine label.  Nathan took second place in the Skillathon, followed by Jonathan in third and Aaron in fourth.
The Cattlemen’s Family Legacy program is a scholarship program designed to pass on a Black Hills Stock Show cattleman’s legacy by donating a heifer to the next generation in the form of a scholarship to a Western Junior Livestock Show exhibitor. This heifer will be raised and shown by the scholarship recipient.  The recipient will receive the heifer after the 2016 Black Hills Stock Show and must return to show her at the 2016 Western Junior Livestock Show.
Nathan and Aaron each submitted an essay for the Cattleman’s Family Legacy Contest and were both chosen as one of four finalists to interview.  Nathan was chosen as the winner and will receive a heifer in February.

SD Standard Plate 2016    PIERRE — An image of the new license plate design for the 2016 South Dakota license plate reissue was unveiled today.
The current plate design has identified South Dakota motor vehicles since 2006. Many existing plates are succumbing to age, damage and loss of reflectivity, all of which can create readability problems.
The design was a cooperative effort led by Gov. Daugaard, the Department of Revenue Motor Vehicle Division and the South Dakota Department of Tourism and reflects a partnership in promoting South Dakota. The new license plates will be issued beginning Jan. 1, 2016.
Department of Revenue Secretary Andy Gerlach said, “The 2016 reissue will add up to approximately 1.5 million non-commercial vehicle and motorcycle plates consisting of the standard plate, the emblem plate, personalized plates, amateur radio, low-speed vehicles and the commercial radio plate.”
The license plate reissue contract was awarded to Intellectual Technology, Inc., (ITI) from Fort Wayne, Ind., through a March 2015 request for proposal (RFP) issued by the Motor Vehicle Division. The RFP requested assistance to the Motor Vehicles Division with the implementation of a plate on demand system.
ITI will oversee plate production along with servicing a fulfillment center in Brandon,  to control quality, manage inventory and distribute license plates and annual vehicle registration cards through an on-demand system.  The plate on-demand system will reduce material waste while providing a higher level of customer service.
The license plates will continue to be made at Pheasantland Industries located in the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls.
The new plate design will not be available until Jan. 1, 2016 and can be acquired during a regular vehicle registration renewal period from several convenient methods:  local county treasurer’s office, self-service terminals (SSTs) throughout the state, and from the Motor Vehicle customer portal.