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3 The Burke (SD) Gazette, Wednesday, February 10, 2016 PRESCRIBED BURN County. "I sent a survey letter out to Continued from Page 2 the 400 Gregory County landown- about the cedar problem in Gregory ere with land where the cedar trees I We may not be the "Biggest" store but a "little heart" i goes a long way! i Shop our Valentine's Gift Selections in "little 'ole Burke!" Electronic Service More 802 Main Street ~ Burke, SD 57523 Phone: 605-775-3000 ister for Door Prizes with Purchase Steer ng Challenge Appreciation Hosted by Community Memorial Hospital Saturday February 20th at the Burke Uvestock Auction at 11:ooAM Come and join us and enjoy some great company along with cookies and coffee! If you would still like to donate the are getting thicker. Over one hun- Special prescribed bum insur- Grass Creek near Lodge Grass, dred responded, and of those, 70% ance is now available. Montana. Her father, John, was said it was a serious problem and "Most farm liability policies a cowboy and worked on various something should be done." will cover prescribed burning if you large ranches. They moved often to The Bonesteel landowners met have a prescribed burn plan and no- various cow camps. Olive attended with state and federal agencies, in- tify neighbors and required all agen- several country schools while grow- cluding the Game, Fish and Parks, cies," said Steffen. "The prescribed ing up, to which she rode horse the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, bum association will organize these back. She attended Lodge Grass the South Dakota Department of things for its members. We will as- High School in Lodge Grass, Mon- Agriculture, the Natural Resources sist members or find somebody to tuna. On December 12, 1940, Olive Conservation Services, U.S. Forest help them. We will have a set of married Hollis Wayland Sargent at Service, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe rules to follow. If they don't fol- the Baptist Church in Hardin, Mort- and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. low them, we will not endorse the tuna. They traveled to Dixon, South "We're ready to help as soon as burn. If they don,t comply with all Dakota to visit Hollis s mother, you're organized," they told Stef- the state and local laws, liability in- Adelein and step-father, William fen. surance won't cover them. It's ev- Moore and family. There are many prescribed erybody's liability and that's impor- In 1947, Olive and Hollis bum associations in Nebraska, Kin- taut." moved to Bonesteel, South Dakota sis and Oklahoma. The Niobrara Steffen also mentioned new re- where they worked on a ranch. In Valley Prescribed Burn Association search that indicated that the cedar 1958, they moved to Gregory, South is located across the border south of trees are breeding grounds for mos- Dakota where they fanned until Gregory County. quitoes that carry diseases like West 1961. They then moved to Burke, "All of the resource people and Nile virus. South Dakota where they continued the other states especially south of For further information prior to to farm. They later sold out and us have been doing a lot of pre~ the meeting contact Keith Hovorka purchased a home in Burke. Olive scribed burning to control cedars, at (605) 464-0377 or David Steffen continued to live in their home even Prior to organizing in Gregory at (605) 775-9112. after the loss of her husband. County, Steffen attended burn as- Olive was preceded in death by sociation meetings, in other states, Services Held her husband, Hollis; her daughter, primarily in Nebraska. Betty Willis; her parents, John and "We did a 480 acre burn with !dr y F Blanche; her sister, Inabell Snyder; Greg Schmitz last spring north of her brother, John E Hammett, Jr.; Bonesteel and it went like clock- lye ent and her sisters-in-law: Mary Ruth work. We got it organized, put in Hammett and Elsie Hammett; her the firebreaks and did the burn, and brother-in,law, Alfred Stevens; her we developed some confidence to son in-law: Will Oliver; and a great- do burns like that,' said Steffen. great-grandson, Brayden Worden. A month ago, about 18 land- Olive is survived by her owners met. Twelve joined new the children: Mary (Ivan) Wille of Dal- association and ktarted organizing. The non-profit association is incor- porating and filing for 501(c)(3) tax exemption status. A set of by-laws has been approved. Members of the board of directors are chairman Keith Hovorka, vice chairman Da- vid Steffen, secretary/treasurer Sara Grim, Kenny Koenig, Greg Schmitz and Chad Bentz. The training offi- cer is Brad Christensen. "As far as we know, this is the first prescribed burn association in South Dakota," Steffen remarked. "We already have three or four burns lined up for this year with those people who have already joined our association," noted Stef- fen. "What we want to do is get more people involved. We envision that we have 10 bums each year. If it gets bigger than that we may split off into a number of groups." "Everybody that joins and wants to burn has to have training. That's part of the purpose of the association so that we can have a strong liability effort for our mem- bers," said Steffen. The Fairfax, Bonesteel, Burke and Gregory Volunteer Fire Depart- ments are interested in participat- ing to support the effort during the bums, and the bums will benefit their training programs. The association's scope is not limited to cedar tree bums. "We will help burn CRP field prescribed burns for mid-term management," said Steffen. Funeral services for Ol- ive Juanita Sargent were held on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at Clausen Funeral Home in Burke, South Dakota with Pastor Clay Lun- dberg, Officiating. Interment was in the Lucas Cemetery at Lucas, South Dakota. Casket Bearers included: Dustin Allumn, John Oliver, Chad Holmberg, Wade Broome, Jeremy Holmberg and Jared Holmberg. The music was provided by Clay Lun- dberg, Vickie Dobesh and Loren Bosch with Twylah Ward, Organist. Lavina Matucha attended the Regis- ter. Olive Juanita Sargent was born April 4, 1922 at Thermopolis, Wyo- ming to John E and Blanche (Brown) Hammett, Sr. and she died February 4, 2016 at the Gregory Healthcare Center in Gregory, South Dakota at the age of 93 years. She was the oldest of six children. At the age of five her family moved to Upper Lodge las, SD; Maggie (Norbert) Holm- berg of Gregory, SD; ]uanita Oliver of Minatare, NE; a special niece, Dorothy (Charles) Kemery of Wagner, SD; 12 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren; 21 great-great- grandchildren and many nieces, nephews relatives and friends. i Marvin Funeral services for Marvin E1- vin Bailey were held on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Trinity Luther- an church in Fairfax, South Dakota with Pastor Jordon Andersen, Offi- ciating. Interment was at the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Fairfax. Cas- ket Bearers included: Kelly Bailey, Chris Bailey, Kevin Bailey, Continued on Page 4