Clubs Borders tells Rotarians about West Nile threat

Clay County Extension educator/agronomist April Borders told members of the Vermillion Rotary Club May 20 that the West Nile Virus is almost certain to spread across South Dakota this summer, just as it did last year.

The virus has already been detected in the state, she said. It had been thought West Nile would show up in South Dakota later in the spring or in the early summer.

"We've seen West Nile two months earlier than anticipated in South Dakota," Borders said.

She said there are 20 different species of mosquitoes in South Dakota that carry West Nile. The primary cycle for its spread is with birds and mosquitoes.

For example, a mosquito may bite a bird and infect it with the virus. Or mosquitoes may become infected by biting affected birds.

Horses and humans serve as incidental hosts, meaning they pick up the virus if bitten by an infected mosquito.

"At this point, there is no human vaccine, but there is a vaccine for horses," Borders said.

People infected with West Nile may suffer flu-like symptoms, fever, confusion, memory loss, fatigue, encephalitis and coma.

Approximately 12 percent of infected humans die of the virus. Young children and the elderly are at highest risk.

Borders said we can all protect ourselves from the virus by reducing our time outdoors, wearing loose fitting clothing, and using an insect repellent that contains DEET.

Another effective way to control the spread of the virus is to get rid of objects that collect water and serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

People with ponds or sloughs on their property can purchase larvicide and adulticide treatments that kill mosquitoes and are safe to the environment, she said.

Mollet speaks to historical society

The April meeting of the Union County Historical Society was held April 21 at the museum with 23 persons attending. The secretary's and treasurer's reports were read and approved.

We have a wonderful new addition to the museum courtesy of some very dedicated members. Fred Meisel started the ball rolling with his donation last summer. It was decided that we would use the money to put towards the purchase of a gun case. Ray Andresen then offered to custom build an oak gun case just the right size for our larger old guns.

It was decided that Marcia and Pat Quinn's donation should also be used for this project. Rudy Eslick supplied the final donation and the project was complete. The gun case will hold 10 guns which are protected behind locking glass doors. Thank you to all for your monetary support and a special thank you to Ray Andresen for the superb job he did on building the case.

Our Lewis & Clark projects have been finished and should prove to be quite a "drawing card" for the museum this summer. The campsite is complete including a "star spangled banner." Fern Chicoine and Evelyn Vincent arranged a very nice display of items in the Felton case to compliment the campsite. Many thanks to all the volunteers who worked on these projects.

Sherri McKee reported on the trip to the annual meeting of the Association of South Dakota Museums which was held in Pierre on April 4-5. PeeWee Kincaid and Tom Burns accompanied her. The meeting was very educational and was a great opportunity to share information with other museums across the state.

The work schedules for the summer were viewed and all agreed that this would work out well. Each volunteer is required to attend the museum one afternoon per month from 1 to 4 p.m.

This allows us to be open Wednesday through Sunday for the months of June, July and August.

Roland Rosenbaum crafted a "sandwich" sign which will be put on the curb during business hours to attract visitors. Rosenbaum had checked with the city secretary for permission to display the sign.

Members were asked to complete a survey regarding the society's thoughts on a new museum building and pursuing the doll collection. The results will be reported at the May meeting.

The meetings for the summer will be held in different towns within the county. Delores Merrill has invited our group to meet in North Sioux City to tour the new city hall in June and Alice Mae Kennedy has arranged a trip to the Ed Westburg Music Museum near Beresford in July.

Acquisitions for the month included a Capper's Farmer magazine, 1927 band picture, 1982 plat maps from Douglas and Tibbe Bosse; a family history of ancestors of Pierre Broulliette from Mary Brooks Gilmore; historical listings of S.D. Legislature from Roland Rosenbaum; the book Some Trees Have More Leaves, and a meat thermometer from Cathy Curry; a German Mauser, French, English and Russian Mosin NaCamp rifles from WWII on loan from Rudy Eslick; and many items to be used in the Lewis & Clark display in the Felton case on loan from Joni Kjar.

Alice Mollett from Crossroads, a women's shelter in Sioux City, was the speaker for the program. She presented a very colorful talk using several different hats to depict all her duties at the shelter.

The program is designed to assist homeless women and their children under the age of 6. The program helps these women with all aspects of life. Mollett also writes a column, Ask Alice, in the Weekender.

Our next meeting will be May 19 at the museum located on Main Street in Elk Point. Don Keck will present a program on steeples, domes and cupolas. Keck has been with us before and is always entertaining.

The meetings are open to the public and begin at 7:30 p.m.

Seniors enjoy dominoes, bridge

On Tuesday, May 13, four dominoes players arrived with Veryl Lawrensen high with 509 and Veronica Heimes low with 183. We play every Tuesday at 1 p.m. if you would like to learn or want to join.

On Wednesday, May 14, 17 players came on a lovely day to play bridge � Ernie Miller, first; Barb Kronaizl, second; Veronica Heimes, third; Adeline Isaacson, blind bogey and Lola Christensen, low.

Coffee break refreshments were furnished by Ernie Miller. Come join us; no reservations are needed.

AEYC elects new officers

The Missouri Valley Association for the Education of Young Children met on Wednesday, May 7 at Head Start on Prospect Street. There were 18 members present.

Chairperson Jeanne Hansen called the meeting to order. Election of officers were held, with Cindy Lias/Carmen Gregg to be the co-chairperson for the school year. They will replace Jeanne Hansen/Mary Main.

Cindy Weis is the newly elected vice president. She will replace Carmen Gregg. Cindy Knutson, secretary, handed her position over to Faith Tiezen. Kathleen Nilson, treasurer, and Connie Birgen, advocacy chairman, will remain in their positions for one more year.

Some of the projects the affiliate will be working on is to establish "Theme Bags." Each bag will contain materials to highlight the theme. Jessie Rasmussen is the head of this project.

The bags, when completed, will be available at the Vermillion Public Library for families, day care providers and teachers to check out.

The next meeting will be on July 9 at 12:05 at the Winery. If you are interested in joining, please feel free to attend that day or contact one of the officers for more information. AEYC is open to anyone who is working with young children in the area. Hope to see you there!

Catholic Daughters plan bus trip

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, St. Agnes Court #687, met at Cody's Homestead Restaurant, Elk Point, Saturday, May 17 at 9 a.m. for Mary's Day Award Breakfast set at tables decorated with a springtime theme for 26 members.

Following the breakfast, Court Regent, Theresa Wingen called the meeting to order with an opening prayer and pledge to the flag. The court approved a monetary donation to Dexter Johnson Funeral Fund. Dexter, a 12-year-old boy, died May 10 following a fight with cancer for four years.

Scholarship winners were announced by Sharon Weber, scholarship chairman. Carley Bernard, daughter of Terry Bernard and Jan Merrigan and Katie Connors, daughter of Patrick and Jenny Connors of Jefferson, were the recipients of the $300 scholarships.

Mary Geffre Johnson announced that Theresa Wingen received the Catholic Daughter of the Year Award. She was presented an engraved silver tray.

The court is planning a bus trip with Kelly's Koaches on June 24 to the Shrine of Mary, Yankton. The bus will leave the St. Joseph Church parking lot, Elk Point, at 5:30 p.m., the Coffee Cup at 5:45 p.m. and St. Agnes Church parking lot at 6 p.m. Following the tour to the shrine, members and guests will dine at one of Yankton's eating establishment. Anyone interested in attending, please call 605-624-3747 by June 21. The court from Beresford will be joining the group.

The next meeting will be held May 27 with a prayer service at St. Agnes Catholic Church at 5:15 p.m. with the living rosary and the crowning of the blessed Virgin Mary. Rhoda Grant and Doris Heine will be in charge of arrangements. Following the service members will meet at the Silver Dollar for dinner to honor Court Chaplain Father Imming for priest appreciation. Father David Roehrich, St. Joseph Parish, will be honored by Catholic Daughters on Sunday June 1.

Helen Malloy was honored with a birthday song in celebration of her 95th birthday May 24.

Members will sponsor bingo at the Sioux Valley Care Center May 24. Volunteers are needed to assist. It was announced that Jim and Barbara Kronaizl will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary May 25 at the Senior Citizens Center. The open house will be from 2 to 5 p.m.

Prayers were offered for the sick and deceased members of St. Agnes and St. Joseph parishes.

Emeritus Club hears report of China trip

Dr. Judy Sebesta, combining most interesting commentary with an excellent series of pictures, brought to the club a description of modern and traditional China. Judy, as a participant in a Fulbright-Hayes Seminar, had traveled to major centers, including Bejing and Hong Kong.

The group met with teachers and students, middle school through university levels, as well as with education and government officials.

She showed the contrasts in buildings, commerce, and even freedom (and occasional lack thereof) of expression.

Pictures of historical sites, museums, etc. were excellent, as were her samples of fine fabrics. The program was thoroughly enjoyed by all attending.

Dr. Knutson reported that the "back fence" of the Shakespeare Garden is sheduled for completion by August.

Jeffrey Johnson, a new member from the medical school, was recognized.

The club mourns the death of Dr. Raymond Dillon.

Results of the Retirement Village questionnaire will be discussed on May 16 at a meeting in the C.J. Calloway Hotel in Sioux Falls, beginning at 8 a.m. Club members are invited to attend and participate.

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