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Page 6• Going to Miles City alone can booe scary Hello. was from n Park, but hadn't Hat Tips By Dean Meyer Well, I made it. You would have been proud of me. I told you last week that we were heading for the bucking horse sell in Miles. We were to have a pickup load. Shirley and I, ShMey's sistc and her hus- band, and my Dtd. Dad is 86 and had missed the last few sales so he was pretty excited. Then Lynn cancelled out. Then his wife wouldn't go. Then Shirley wouldn't go without her sister. Then Dad wouldn't go cause 1 might stay up late and play cards. So Sunday morning, I packed up the sleeper pickup and headed west. Now the sleeper pickup is an older Dodge that has a DOT approved sleeper on it. I mean it is a cool deal. Door on the side. Back seat makes into a bed. So I assured Shirley that all I would need is my pillow and a blanket. I could party up like crazy, play cards all night, crawl in that sleeper and be home flr harvest! Anyway, I'm on my west. Just past Glendive I see these two fellas walking pretty slow headed west. They are carrying big packs and steps are pretty short. There are not many outfits that have room for two guys with hundred pound packs and a German Shepard dog. But I did. So I pulled over. told them to throw their bags in back, one guy jump in I could party up like crazy, play cards all night, crawl in that sleep- er and be home for harvest! the sleeper, and the other in the front seat with me, Dog could go in the sleeper too. There's been worse in there. They load up and I have to crack the window a little. They haven't had much of a chance to clean up the last couple years. They have been on the road. The guy with the crooked face is covered with tat- toos. Well, all the skin I could see had tattoos. I didn't check him com- pletely out: But his hands and wrists were completely tattooed. From his fingers to above his wrists. He had purple spots all over his lace. Like pox, only it was tattoos. I hope. He had a big CM, like a cattle brand on one cheek. I think it was a tarantula, or possibly a huge wood tick, on his neck. Kind of slurred his words, but seemed like an alright guy. Said he been back since he had gotten in trouble as a kid. I kept nay eyes to the road and nodded. ! didn't really want to know' about the trouble. The guy and the dog in the sleep- er kept digging around in his bag. 1 figured he was looking ['or his knife or his gun. I sat the mirror so 1 could watch him. The dog growled at me. 1 quickly put the mirror back in place. I don't like mad dogs. They said they were heading for Billings, then north to Butte, and finally to Helena. I asked if they had worked in the oil fields. The guy in the sleeper said he had years ago. But he said that was no life. You spent all your money on pickups and houses and when the boom went bust. you would have all those payments to make and no job. I guess there is nothing like being a free man on the road. Except you get a little hungry, and hot, or cold, and your feet get sore. They were going to put cardboard in their shoes when they got to Miles City. One of them wondered out loud how Montana got the name "Big Sky Country". I assured them that when I let them out in Miles City. by the time they walked to Billings. they would have it figured out. Oh, yeah, and l made it home by dark. It's scary out there alone. Later. Dean Deadline approaching for farm programs Agricultural producers who want to participate in Farm Service Agency's Direct and Counter Cyclical Program, Average Crop Revenue Election Program, or Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program dur- ing the 2012 crop year must sub- mit their applications by June I to be eligible for the programs. Aaron Krauter, North Dakota State executive director for FSA, said he can't stress the importance of the deadline enough. "This is a deadline that program partici- pants can't miss," Krauter said, "We saw some confusion in the past where people thought they had signed up, didn't realize they had to apply each year, and missed out on the program." Producers who choose to par- ,ticipte in either the5k£genue-, ibase-ACRE  sety t;"[" the ! pr,celbased DCP:5£}I:" must :; :" ,z . :,. Jamestown to Jamestown VFW Post 760 and Ladies Auxiliary are hosting.the 91 st Annual Convention of the N.D. Veterans of Foreign Wars and the 76th Annual Convention of the Ladies Auxiliary to the N.D. Veterans of Foreign Wars. The convention will be held at apply for the program each year. All owners and operators who will share in the DCP or ACRE pay- ments on the farm must sign the enrollment form (CCC-509) by June 1. If a producer does not get the Signed form in to their local office by June 1, they will not be enrolled in the program for the current year and will not receive benefits. Producers 'who choose to par- ticipate in DCP or ACRE were • allowed to choose between the two programs in 2009. A produc- er who initiallychose to remain in DCP does have the option to switch to the ACRE program when they apply for the program before the June 1 deadline. However, producers who elected to enroll their farm in ACRE cannot switch bac k to I Additional!y, if a produce if#tin t-hat is enr611edi buys anoth- er farm that is enrolled in DCP, the two farms cannot be combined unless the DCP farm is changed to ACRE. The 2010 SURE program, which provides benefits for farm revenue losses, also has a June 1, 2012 deadline. Losses due to nat- ural disasters that occurred during the 2010 crop year may be eligible for this sign up. SURE is avail- able to eligible producers on farms in counties with secretarial disas- ter declarations, including con- tiguous counties, that have incurred crop production or quali- ty losses of at least 10 percent, or both. and includes all crops grown by a producer nationwide, except grazed crops; or any farm in which, for the crop year, the actu- al production on the farm because of disaster-related conditions is 50 prcdnt m" "f6.s thih normal pro- ducnon of the fm'm. host VFW State Convention the Gladstone Inn starting Thursday National VFW and Auxiliary evening, June 7 and concluding Headquarters are Past National Sunday, Jtt-fie!:lO. ........... .. Commander-in-Chief. John Gwizdak Leading the convention will be from Georgia: 'National Auxiliary N.D. VFW State Commander Hospital and VNVS Director Sandi Robert Bird, Bismarck and Ladies Kriebel of Maryland; and National Auxiliary President Peggy Headrick. Auxiliary Council Member Sandra Minot. Special guests representing Pedersen of Wyoming. North Dakota is tops in national credit ranking North Dakota ranks #1 national -• ly in credit quality among all U.S. states, according to a report by Conning, a Connecticut-based money management firm with $87 billion in assets. North Dakota rated highest on a measure created from 13 indicators including state rev- enue growth, year-over-year employment gains and foreclosure rates. North Dakota rose one spot from November, when Wyoming held the top place. "This report is more evidence that our efforts are getting results," North Dakota Commerce Commissioner AI Anderson said. "These rankings show that North Dakota has experienced statewide growth in a number of industries while maintaining one of the lowest foreclosure rates in the nation." The Conning report also noted that North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation and that North Dakota's economy outpaced every other state in 2011. with the fastest growth in personal income, jobs and home prices. The North Dakota Department of Commerce works "to improve the quality of life for North Dakota citi- zens by leading efforts to attract• retain and expand wealth. Commerce serves businesses and communities statewide through committed people and partners who offer valuable programs and dynam- ic services. USDA seeking applications to improve housing USDA Rural Development State Director Jasper Schneider says that applications for grants are being• accepted to provide assistance to low income rural residents to repair their homes. "This funding opportunity helps homeowners make necessary prop- erty improvements which are important to building strong, vibrant communities," Schneider said. "Upgrades may include anything from replacing a roof to installing energy efficient technology." Housing Preservation Grants are available to intermediaries Such as town or county governments, public agencies, federally recognized Indian Tribes, and non-profit and faith-based organizations. The grants are then distributed to quali- fied homeowners, owners of multi- family rental properties or coopera- tive dwellings who rent to low income residents. Grants can be used to weatherize and repair existing structures, install Put Your Money Where Your House Zsl lOCal independetlt : strer OUr bustrtesses are  commut your best value coo our economy or improve plumbing or provide access to people with disabilities. Housing Preservations Grants help bring job growth and stability to communities while improving liv- ing conditions. For fiscal year 2012, USDA may award up to $4.1 million in compet- itive grants through the Housing Preservation Grant program. Applications are due June 25, 2012. For more int`ormation on how to apply, please contact the USDA Rural Development office in Bismarck at (701) 530-2037 or visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/nd. Clarin - In loving memory of our father, Bob, who passed away on May 26, 2003. It's all the simple things you did, That made made our lives worthwhile. It's all the years you shared with us, And how you made us smile. It's how you brought us laughter, Each time that we were down. Life was so much easier, Just having you around. Remember "Dad" with a smile today, He was not one for tears. Reflect instead on memories, Of all the happy years. ~ Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by Joyce and Tom Ray and Bev and Jerry Noll and families.  May 24, 2012 The Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and its members are: Open for Business: Upcoming Chamber events: City Wide Rummage Sale: June 23 Rummage in the Badlands: September Annual Meeting & Awards: October Holiday Extravaganza: Nov 30- Dec 1 In recognition of Chamber-member businesses during National Small Business Week: • Agri Insurance, Inc. • Home on the Range • American Legion • James J. Wosepka Auxilliary • LaPlaya Restaurant • Bank of the West • Legion Club ° Beach Cooperative • Mackoff Kellogg Grain Co Law Firm • Beach Medical Clinic • Midstate .i Bech Sohoot-£)istrict Communications  • Beach vet Clinic • MDU • Bijou Show House • Nodak Mutual • Boss Office & Insurance Computers • Page Two ° Buckboard Inn ° Prairie Lumber Co. • Business Buddy • Prairie West • Chesapeake Development Operations Foundation • City of Beach • Rohan's Hardware • CT Electric ° SallyAbernethy • Dakota Farm • Silvernale-Silha Equipment Funeral Home • Dakota Insurance • Sip 'n Sew & • Dakota Lights Flowers To Go • Eido Connect ° West Plains, Inc. • Farmers Union ° Western Cooperative Oil Co. Credit Union • First State Bank of • Zachmann Auction Golva Service • Golden Valley Manor • Golden Valley News • Golden Valley Outfitters • Harvey Peterson • Heart River Hearing • Holkup Chiropractic For more information about the chamber or to become a member please call 701-872-3125. This ad sponsored by the Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.