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    Karen Odell|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    June 10, 2024 There was a tiny shower of rain near Tie Creek on Sunday morning. The multitude of grasshoppers at least calmed down a little, and the morning was very cool. Last week, Ronda Cordell took time out to go to the Quilt Show in Buffalo. There were many outstanding quilted items filling the Rec Center, and a good lunch, also. Last Monday, Mindy Yates and Kendall Shepherd came to Ronda’s to do bull testing. It’s always a question as to how those critters will be, to bring in and have in the corral. Diane Wear, Gen...

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    Karen Odell|Updated Jun 5, 2024

    June 3, 2024 Memorial Day was a little windy, but pretty nice for outdoor programs at Buffalo and Ekalaka. Spring at Capitol, and on Tie Creek, has been fairly cool, and even in the first days of June the night-time temperature dropped into the low thirties. Karen Odell spent the holiday at home. On Tuesday, Jack Ovitz came to check out, and do some electrical work. That night, Tyler Wolff came with a new mower battery, and to take back a mower tire to be worked on. Then, Karen got a little mowing done, before the mower quit...

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    Karen Odell|Updated May 29, 2024

    May 27, 2024 Alvin and Ryan Cordell, and Charlie Casteel, have been busy sorting cows, and moving them to summer pasture. Marlee went to an appointment in Spearfish, on Tuesday. Then, on Saturday, she went down to the wedding of her cousin, Kelly West’s, son. Paul O’Toole stopped in for a visit with Alvin. Paul has a hunting cabin in Camp Crook, and has been coming out this way for hunting for nearly fifty years. On Thursday, Alvin got thirty-five hundredths of rain, and then another three-tenths on Saturday. It had been ter...

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    Karen Odell|Updated May 23, 2024

    May 20, 2024 Ronda Cordell spent much of last week getting ready for branding on Mother’s Day weekend. In spite of the inch and a half of rain, they had a good crew, got the branding done, and also moved pairs to summer pasture. It is a relief to have gotten some rain, and the branding done, too. On Mother’s Day afternoon, Ronda went to Belle Fourche to meet Cristen and Jayda Westling. They had planned to have a late Mother’s Day dinner, but Cristen had gone to Kirk, Colorado to pick up a puppy for Ronda on Saturday, and it w...

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    Karen Odell|Updated May 16, 2024

    May 13, 2024 Well, we did get a little rain this week on Tie Creek, but it seems that Capitol got the bulk of the moisture. Ernie Rachel and Tommy Melum are still calving, but are close to the end of calving season. Tommy has finished his school year, and is a big help to his dad in all his free time. Rachel’s brother, Don Kalbach and his wife, Thu, from Seattle, came out to the ranch to visit for a few days. They had come out for Daniel’s wedding, last week, and stayed to visit a while longer before heading west again. The...

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    Karen Odell|Updated May 8, 2024

    May 6, 2024 The weather forecast for Capitol and Tie Creek had been that there would be rain every day. Somehow that prediction was completely wrong. The sun was out every day, and the few clouds dissipated. Sunday was so windy that it was almost impossible to be away from the shelter of a building, if you wanted to stay on your feet. Erma Albert had another attack of the coughing flu. By Wednesday, she was better, and went with Dick to do some shopping in the Hills. On Friday, they both went to the Senior Citizen dinner,...

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    Karen Odell|Updated May 1, 2024

    April 29, 2024 Capitol and Tie Creek were forecast to have 100 percent chance of rain on one day this week, but suddenly that was changed to 20 percent, and in reality I believe there wasn’t even one drop that day. Then the middle of the country got some mean tornadoes, that they could have done without. On Sunday, we woke to a ground fog, but that didn’t seem to wet the ground either. Diane Wear came from Ekalaka to Ronda Cordell’s, on Monday. She checked through the cow/calf pairs, to see if there were any issues with...

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    Karen Odell|Updated Apr 24, 2024

    April 22, 2024 Our countryside at Capitol and on Tie Creek is greening up. The snow showers, and the few misty rains, have helped settle the dirt, but we could use a nice long slow shower, now. It seems to be windy and cold on track meet days, so the track season has lagged behind this year. Dick and Erma Albert didn’t even leave town this week. They didn’t really need to go shopping in the Hills. Erma is back to two physical therapy sessions per week, and that is helping her lots. They both went to the Senior Citizen din...

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    Karen Odell|Updated Apr 18, 2024

    April 15, 2024 The eclipse was not total at Capitol and on Tie Creek. It was cloudy all day on Monday, so we didn’t even get a glimpse of the occasion. Karen Odell watched the NASA website, which had very good coverage of various city sightings along the path of the eclipse. She had never thought about the fact that there would be a three-hundred sixty-five degree sunset if you happened to view in line with the total eclipse. One NASA astronomer mentioned the fact that there would be a southern and a northern sunset, too, m...

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    Karen Odell|Updated Apr 11, 2024

    April 8, 2024 It will be darker today at Capitol and on Tie Creek. The moon will be blocking the sun, so hope everyone stays inside, saves their eyes and doesn’t look up. It won’t be a perfect eclipse here, as it will be in the eastern states. Dick and Erma Albert had a good Easter, and attended the Catholic Church service. This week the church time in Buffalo had been moved up, so that the Bison church could have a special service. The service was over in time for them to have the Breakfast Buffet at Saloon Number Thr...

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    Karen Odell|Updated Apr 4, 2024

    April 1, 2024 We are back to winter at Capitol and on Tie Creek. The moisture can’t decide if it wants to be rain or snow, but any moisture is good. The snow gathers, and melts and then gathers again. Dorothy Padden did not plant her potatoes on Easter, this year, because she decided she would not dig through snow to get to the dirt. She is usually very punctual, and has her potatoes already planted by Easter. Alvin and Marlee Cordell are checking on heifers. Their heifers are nearly done calving, and then it will be the t...

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    Karen Odell|Updated Mar 28, 2024

    March 25, 2024 Palm Sunday usually brings spring, but at Capitol and on Tie Creek, it brought the most snow of the winter. Dick and Erma Albert made a trip to the Hills, on Wednesday, for an oil change and shopping. They picked up some medicine for Bobbie Wahlfelt, while they were there. They got back soon enough for Erma to get to her massage appointment in Buffalo. On Friday, they both went to the Senior Citizen dinner at the Senior Center. Bobbie served ham and beans and fish. Sunday was a snowy day, but Dick and Erma got...

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    Karen Odell|Updated Mar 21, 2024

    March 18, 2024 It was another mild week at Capitol and on Tie Creek. There was a day of drizzle and warm rain, and by Sunday, the wind had become brisk, but the sunshine felt warm. Dick and Erma Albert made a trip to Belle Fourche for dentist appointments, on Tuesday. They discovered that all services have become exceedingly expensive. Erma had a chiropractor appointment on Wednesday, but that was in Buffalo, and she didn’t have far to travel. Thursday was ‘Pie Day’ in Buffalo, and there were pies provided for people who v...

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    Karen Odell|Updated Mar 14, 2024

    March 11, 2024 The Capitol and Tie Creek weather has been warming up all week; until by Saturday and Sunday, it was a wonderful warm day to be outdoors in the beautiful calm sunshine. Dick and Erma Albert got some extra shopping done in the Hills, on Tuesday. Erma got a massage in Buffalo, on Wednesday. Friday was the taco bar at the Senior Center. Bobbie had egg sandwiches for those who were recognizing Lent on Friday. Many people had gone to Rapid City for the state girls’ basketball tournament, so there were not so many a...

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    Karen Odell|Updated Mar 7, 2024

    March 4, 2024 March came in like a lion cub, or a protective ewe, at Capitol and on Tie Creek. First it was sunny and warm, but soon a fierce wind came, and then the snow came drifting down again. The accumulation was small and melted fast. On Monday, Ronda Cordell took a water sample to Ekalaka, to catch the mail to Billings by 2:00 p.m. Then, she joined some of the coffee crowd at the Wagon Whee,l for a ‘sit down and visit’ session. The weather was making a change as she headed home. Tuesday morning was four degrees, aft...

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    Karen Odell|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    February 26, 2024 Ronda Cordell’s trip to the Little Missouri Soup Supper, last Sunday, turned out to be quite interesting. A half mile west of Chancey and Megan’s, she ruined a tire. It was dark by the time the doughnut was mounted, but she managed to get there in time to enjoy the delicious soup. She ended up catching a ride home with the Zolnoski’s, as the doughnut was hissing air when she arrived at the Camp Crook Area Community Center. On Monday morning, the barn building crew was back at their job. The barn has reall...

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    Karen Odell|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    February 19, 2024 Capitol and Tie Creek had snow again this week, but the last snow had mostly melted before this two inches came. The weather stayed below freezing most of the time, but by Sunday, things were melting again. Monday began the week with some light snow flurries, but Ronda Cordell made a quick trip to Ekalaka, and the road was good, except through the pines out of town. Toney and Linda Hannah came for supper that evening. Clint, Denise and Abby Zolnoski drove to Spearfish after feeding. Clint hauled a...

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    Karen Odell|Updated Feb 15, 2024

    February 12, 2024 The Capitol News may be limited this week. Super Bowl Sunday is not the best time to gather news. It may not be the game that keeps people busy, but the tail-gate parties are especially interesting. Dick and Erma Albert made a trip to town, on Tuesday, where Dick got a haircut. They also did some shopping. Their week was filled with usual activities. They went to the Senior Center for the Friday dinner, and Erma stayed to play cards for a while. Then, she stopped by at Delores Sperle’s for a short visit. Dic...

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    Karen Odell|Updated Feb 8, 2024

    February 5, 2024 February has come around already, with mild weather. The beginning of the week was beautiful, and warm for this time of year, while the last of the week became foggy mist for three days. Some people are figuring 90 days until rain or snow, that may come about the first part of May. Dick and Erma Albert made a trip to town, so that Erma could have a wisdom tooth removed. It was such a fun time, that she also went on a diet for a few days. On Wednesday, she went to the chiropractor in the morning, and then got...

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    Karen Odell|Updated Jan 31, 2024

    January 29, 2024 We enjoyed the warmer week at Capitol and on Tie Creek. The snow began melting, and by Sunday, most of the snow was gone. Each day was a little icy, until it warmed up. Even with the warmer air, some days still produced a cold wind. Ross Phelps was at Ronda Cordell’s, several day this week. He finished up all the current projects for her, on Saturday. On Tuesday morning, Ronda left for Spearfish in dense fog. When she got to the Belltower Curve, and looked west from there, she saw clear blue sky. As she l...

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    Karen Odell|Updated Jan 25, 2024

    January 22, 2024 The deep freeze was broken on Sunday at Capitol and on Tie Creek. We had had nearly three weeks of below zero weather, that never seemed to even approach positive numbers. There was a few inches of snow on the ground that the sun’s warmth hadn’t even softened. The good thing was that the snow was still crystals and not ice. Sunday morning was hazy, but one step outside and it felt like spring, and already things were beginning to melt. Ronda Cordell got most of her taxes organized during the nasty days. She...

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    Karen Odell|Updated Jan 18, 2024

    January 15, 2024 When it’s springtime at Capitol and Tie Creek, it might just be 30 below. The winter has come to Capitol and Tie Creek. Karen Odell took a look at the forecast, and decided to go in to Wolffy’s at Camp Crook to stock up on some groceries, and to send out her mail. The warning weather prediction was that the temperature would soon drop, drastically. Previously, even up through the New Year, things had been mild, but everyone knew it just couldn’t last, and everyone was right. Early on Saturday morning, the t...

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    Karen Odell|Updated Jan 11, 2024

    January 8, 2024 The storms are still holding off, at Capitol and on Tie Creek. There has been lots of fog and dustings of snow, but the fall has been mild. The cold weather is finally predicted. Guests at Ronda Cordell’s on Christmas Eve included the Zolnoski’s families of Chad, Curt and Clint and Cristen and Jayda Westling. Chad’s family headed home that evening, to go to Denver on Christmas. Cristen and Jayda spent the night with Ronda. On Christmas morning, they went for breakfast at Clint and Denise’s, where Curt’s...

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    Karen Odell|Updated Jan 4, 2024

    December 25, 2023 December has been a wonderfully mild and beautiful month. Karen Odell wishes to thank all those people at Capitol and on Tie Creek, who have shared their lives with you this year. It is a great kindness to share your days, and experiences. It is thrilling to know that people in far distant places like reading about your daily lives. Although our world is in turmoil, it is especially calming to read about common occurrences, and to know that other lives are similar to our own. I especially want to thank so ma...

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    Karen Odell|Updated Dec 21, 2023

    December 18, 2023 It has been a quiet week at Capitol and on Tie Creek. The weather has been very mild, so it doesn’t seem like Christmas weather, but no one is complaining, and everyone is still able to get some outside work done. Erma Albert had a doctor’s appointment in Spearfish, on Wednesday, so Dick went with her, and they did a little shopping. They picked up supper at Subway. On Friday, they went to the Senior Center for the Friday meal. Bobbie was not able to come, so Sherry Blankenbaker did the cooking this week. It...

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