Dorothy Padden has been busy cleaning out her garden, canning and freezing. She usually shares a lot with the deer. She went with Bryce and Dawn to watch great-granddaughters play basketball in Buffalo on Thursday. Ashley and the kids were busy with the Methodist church bazaar on Sunday and lots of kids did a great job of serving and clearing tables. It was great to see how efficient they were. Dorothy went to the bazaar that day, too.

Dick Albert took his four-wheeler to town to be worked on Monday. On Wednesday, Erma had a chiropractor’s appointment. Dick went up to the Short Pines on Thursday to visit with hunter friends from Lake Preston.

On Thursday, Doug Davis went up to help Dan ship calves. Doug and Julia moved cows on Friday, and that evening, Jake and Calli and the boys came out. On Saturday they worked cows and gave shots. Lori Buck came out to make the dinner and brought chicken noodle soup. McKinzie, Mattie, and Morgan Buck, and Darwin and Kay Latham came to help and it was a beautiful day to do the work.

Ernie, Rachel and Tommy Melum made a trip to the hills on Monday during a nice rain. Ernie is still busy haying and it’s good to have the boys helping him.

Donna Lewis went bowling on Thursday. There had been two birthdays and she made cakes for those, but one great-granddaughter wanted chicken noodle soup with home-made noodles, so Donna spent a day making a special pot of soup for her birthday. She spent Saturday in Baker.

On Wednesday, Craig Nelson came out to the ranch to help Bruce Gustafson work cows. Lynn Gustafson made a trip to Moorcroft on Friday for a hair appointment. She attended the Methodist Church dinner on Sunday at the Camp Crook Community Center.

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Gene and Carol Odell went to the football game in Buffalo. Carol’s sister Donna Mattson visited this week. Gene, Chancey and Megan Reedy went to the Methodist Church dinner on Sunday.

Last week Karen Odell flew to visit Mollie, JD and Kyia Smith in Minneapolis, where she and Kyia did lots of playing together. Then on Friday, Karen, Mollie, and Kyia went on to Gomer, Ohio for the 100th Gymanfa Ganu held at the Gomer Church. The program was well-known hymns and the audience divided into soprano, alto, tenor, and bass and everyone sang. The church was filled with 350 voices and the director was exceptional. All 350 people joined hands for the final song “God Be With You”. Karen visited a brother, sister-in-law, four nephews, a niece, and five cousins along with many old friends from her childhood. She flew home on Tuesday. Lisa Koranda brought some food she had saved for the cats. Ken Nelson brought a tractor for Charlie on Wednesday. Charlie went to the chiropractor on Tuesday and to Belle Fourche and Spearfish on Friday, while Karen went to Buffalo for a physical therapy appointment. Cody, Kellan, Kenna, and Carson Odell came from Mitchell that evening. Cody hunted antelope and Kellan was hunting deer. On Saturday, Steve, Lane and Clayton Ryarson came to visit and hunt. Lane got an antelope at Odell’s. Cody got an antelope and that afternoon, Kellan got his first deer. On Sunday, Charlie, Karen and Cody’s family went to Camp Crook for the annual Methodist Church Dinner, and Karen bought a couple of pies. That afternoon Karen, Cody and the kids visited at Gene and Carol Odell’s.

Much of the community was at the Methodist Church dinner on Sunday. The meal was wonderful, the desserts delicious, and it was great to visit with everyone. We always enjoy watching Slug Mills auction, and the special quilt Janet Odell made was beautiful. We especially enjoyed seeing the very young children serving and helping with games for the guests.

The freezes are moving in, so gardens are being picked and cleaned this week. Unbelievable that Halloween is just around the corner.

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