Letters to the Editor 1-16-13

Posted January 16, 2013 at 11:37 am

Parents grateful for prayers during search for son

We would like to send our appreciation to all of Miller, DeSmet, Huron, Arlington, Lake Preston, and the surrounding towns for all their prayers and support when our seven-year-old son, Cole Evans, went missing in the mountains in Arizona. Special appreciation to all the schools and churches that prayed and spread the word to everyone to pray. It was your prayers that brought the military (two Black Hawks and the C130), the FBI, the countless horses and dogs that helped search, and the five counties of people out looking for Cole.


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After 26 hours of looking, 15-degree temperatures, the wind blowing, nothing to eat and drink, and only jeans, boots, a t-shirt, and a light winter coat, he survived. Cole was rescued by a local couple from Seligman, Bill and Janet Pope, who were out searching land that they hunt on, from time to time.

By the grace God, Cole was found in good condition. His lips were chapped, his skin a little purple from the cold, and he had bruises from falling on rocks. He was hungry and thirsty but just fine. God protected him all night and led us to him thanks to all of you who prayed. Cole should not have survived the harsh conditions.

We believe the “birdies” he claims to have made noises with and prayed with all night were angles protecting him. There are no words to express our thanks and gratitude to the over 100,000 prayer warriors that were invoked by word of mouth and social media to pray for little Cole.

Cole is home, back in school, and doing well with no signs of trauma! God bless you all!

The Evans Family

Recognize school board members this week

Each day, students in public school buildings across South Dakota strive to realize their dreams. They work hard to learn, solve problems, grow and achieve the goals set before them.

Today, I would like to publicly thank the Miller School District school board members for playing their part in our school system.

School board members supply the leadership and governance our public schools need to ensure all children can learn. To recognize their efforts, January 14-18 has been set aside as School Board Recognition Week. It is a week for all South Dakotans to salute the dedication and commitment of our school boards.

The Miller School District school board works closely with parents, educators and community members to create the educational vision we want for our students. It formulates goals, defines results and sets the curriculum for an adequate and equitable educational program for our 440 students.

By taking the initiative to serve their communities, our school board members ensure decisions about public schools are made with the needs of the community and its children foremost in their minds. They are committed to ensuring public schools remain a solid foundation for American democracy, and serve as examples for our young people to continue the tradition of volunteerism that is a hallmark of our society.

Join others around the state January 14-18 to thank the men and women who provide grassroots governance of public schools. Make a special effort during School Board Recognition Week to tell each school board member that his or her hard work has been noticed and is truly appreciated.

The men and women serving Miller School District and their years of service are: David Fremark -10 years; Tim Zacher -10 years; Kurt Pfeifle – 5 years; Connie Schroeder – 3 years; Cindy Rombough – 2 year; Mike Runge – 2 year; Natalie Bertsch – 1 year.

Michael Ruth

Superintendent, Miller School District