Hunters increase the Polo population
Last week’s news
Halloween came early for 80 kids in the Orient area, when Orient hosted the second Kids’ Halloween Party at the Legion Hall on Friday night, Oct. 26. The evening included games and judging the costume winners, which proved to be no easy task with all the dress-up varieties the kids came up with. Appreciation to Jill Schulte, Robin and Rex Young, Connie Gupman, Jan Martinmaas, Larry, Skyla and Marlene Wangsness, Don and Jodie Clement and Virgil Hansen for planning of the early Ghost and Goblin Day.
Jill Schulte was in Miller on Friday to visit her grandma, Ida Moser, and her uncles, Vince Moser, Huron; Henry Moser, Canton; and Bob Moser, Rapid City. Ida’s nephews Roy and Allen Palmer, Minneapolis, and friends were also home for the hunting season.
Jim Ortmeier’s nephew, Jack King, came from California to visit his uncle and cousin Jim between taking to the field to enjoy some hunting. Wednesday, they drove up to Faulkton where they visited Bea Foerster, Rosie Miller and Irene Cordts at Faulkton Healthcare, and with Leo and Connie Huss before leaving for Redfield to visit with Marilyn Baxter at the Eastern Star Home.
Home for pheasant opener weekend with LeRoy and Donna Schaefers were Tom and Sarah Schuster, TC and Tori of Harrisburg; Tom’s parents, Tom and Barb Schuster of Brandon Valley; Andrew and Angela Schaefers of Madison; and Scott and Jennifer Gibson, Emily, Jake and Ally of Miller. Saturday, Angela’s parents, grandmother and brothers and their families of Parkston also visited. The fellows enjoyed pheasant hunting, while the women attended a baby shower hosted by Jennifer and Sarah, which was held in honor of Andrew and Angela’s little one who will be welcomed into their family in the coming month. Also present for the shower were great-grandma Marion Martinmaas, and great-aunts, Rodey Martinmaas, Theresa Martinmaas of Clear Lake, Marlene Brueggeman of Miller and Eunice Reichling and her daughter, Lori, of Watertown.
Ray and Pat Naber gathered with their family and friends to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday, Oct. 19, at the Polo Ponderosa. The Nabers were married October 13, 1962 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Wessington. Their children who were home for the weekend for the special event were Mike and Amy Naber, and Michael, Shakopee, Minn.; Jordan Naber and friend Aerial, Sioux Falls; Jeff Naber, Cody and Casey, St. Lawrence; and Chelle Naber, Luke and Gabby, Colleyville, Texas.
Ray’s sister Judy and Bill Lemmel came from Lakewood, Colo., and niece Al and Tammi Anderson, from Castlewood. Pat’s sisters and brother present were Luane Lichty, Wessington, and family; Vivian Jones, Lake Preston and her family; and her brother Stanlee and Mary Ann Lakner, Wessington, and his family. Special guests included the couple’s attendants from 50 years ago, Vivian Jones-matron of honor; best men Gerald Mullaney and Leo Naber; the ring bearer, Jeff Lakner; and flower girl. Judy Boomsma.
The large crowd brought back many memories of the early days of Polo’s gathering place as family and friends filled the Ponderosa to honor Pat and Ray, and enjoy visiting and the meal served by Cheryl’s Catering amid the festive decorations. Adding to the excitement for many of the attendees was being back into the surrounding communities to be part of the highlight of October in South Dakota—“Opening Weekend of Pheasant Hunting Season.”
Polo’s “main street” has been busy since hunting season opened. The former Polo High School, now the Haneke Brothers Flying J Outfitters Hunting Lodge, was almost as busy last week as it used to be in years past when school days would start up in the fall. The difference, however, is from the late 1920s to the 1970s it would definitely not have been acceptable to get caught sleeping!
The old Polo High School that was moved in to allow students to continue in Polo after the eight grades in St. Liborius parochial boarding school, served the area well until the new high school was built in 1973. The classrooms were used for kindergarten, junior high and home economics until after 1990, when the last high school senior graduated and the district became K-6.
White Ribbons Against Pornography (WRAP)
One person can make a difference. In 1987, Norma Norris, in Butler, Pa., took a stand against pornography by encouraging white ribbons tied on cars. For 22 years, the Catholic Daughters in Orient and Polo have been passing out white ribbons to continue to take a stand to say pornography has no place in our communities, in our homes or in society. Studies have proven the effects of pornography are wide-spread and lead to aggressive actions as well as it degrades us as individuals and as a society. Helen Peterson helped Marietta Wieseler prepare 150 ribbons, together with a fact sheet, which were passed out at the Masses in Orient and Polo last weekend for WRAP.
We tasted winter last week with the light dusting of snow Wednesday night, Oct. 24, that didn’t get to melt for 24 hours, thanks to the “winter” temps. Adapting to the 40-50 degree temps is much easier to do when the sun shines and the winds stay calm. How about that big full moon that lingered in the sky Monday morning, Oct. 29, as the sun was welcoming in the new week?