Flood Warning

…The Flood Warning continues for the following rivers in South

Big Sioux River Near Brookings
Big Sioux River below Dell Rapids
Big Sioux River At Sioux Falls North Cliff
Big Sioux River above Hawarden
Big Sioux River At Akron
Little Sioux River near Milford
Little Sioux River at Spencer
Little Sioux River At Linn Grove
James River At Huron
James River Near Forestburg
James River At Mitchell
James River Near Scotland
James River Above Yankton
Missouri River At Niobrara
Missouri River At Springfield
Big Sioux River near Estelline
Big Sioux River Near Bruce
Big Sioux River near Flandreau
Big Sioux River near Egan
Big Sioux River near Trent
Big Sioux River near Dell Rapids
Big Sioux River At Sioux Falls I-90
Big Sioux River at Brandon
Big Sioux River near Canton
Big Sioux River at Fairview
Big Sioux River near Richland
Split Rock Creek Below Jasper
West Fork Des Moines River near Avoca
West Fork Des Moines River Near Windom

.The following river forecasts include forecast precipitation through
tonight. Any additional future rains could affect the crest
The Flood Warning continues for
The Big Sioux River near Canton.
* until further notice.
* At 09AM Monday the stage was 1238.12 feet.
* Flood stage is 1235.00 feet.
* At stages near 1238 feet…Nearly all crop and pasture land in the
1/2 mile wide flood plain will be inundated.

Safety message…Do not drive cars through flooded areas. the water
depth and road condition may be unsafe.

Additional information is available at


Joel “Joe” Bernard Penny, 65, of Decatur NE

Joel “Joe” Bernard Penny was born to Forrest and Lucille (Gatewood) Penny on March 15, 1952 in Oakland, Nebraska. He passed away Thursday, August 31, 2017 in Pierre, South Dakota.

Joe grew up on a farm south of Decatur, Nebraska. He worked for the railroad for a couple of years before he started farming. At the time of his death he was raising cattle and farming land around Burt County, including the original Penny family farm.

Joe loved to ride his motorcycle, hunt, and ride horses. He was an animated storyteller and would stop to visit friends spontaneously. No matter where Joe went or who he met, they wouldn’t forget meeting him. He was one of a kind.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Colt; brother-in-law, Bob Mussack.

Joe is survived by his wife, Brenda (Weston) of Decatur, daughters: Jennifer Penny of Decatur, Molly (David) Dickinson of Milford, NE, Fawn Barger of Scottsdale, AZ, Tyler Rambeau of Flandreau, SD; sons: Sage and Hawk Penny of Decatur; grandchildren: Brady, Jacqulyn and Colt Barger, Hunter, Cash and Penny Dickinson, and Jacob Fisherman; brother, Phil Penny of Decatur; sisters: Cindy Mussack of Omaha, NE, Sandy (Greg) Brummond of Craig, NE; step-sisters: Mary (Scott) Christ, Jean Wiersman; step-brother, Dan (Heidi) Mussack; his first wife Deborah Connealy; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and thousands of friends!

Visitation is Monday, September 4th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Pelan Funeral Services in Tekamah, NE.

Funeral services will be held at the Decatur Firehall on Tuesday, September 5th at 10:30 a.m.

Burial is in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Decatur Ne.

Memorials suggested to the family for future designation.

Joel Penny

George Clifford Hawk, 89, of South Dakota

George Clifford Hawk was born to Frank and Chlora (Bourne) Hawk June 18, 1927 in Wessington Springs, South Dakota. He passed away peacefully at his home October 30, 2016, at the age of 89 years.

George received his education in a one-room schoolhouse. When George turned 17, he enlisted in the United States Navy during the Second World War. He also served in Korea during the Korean War.

He became the proud father to five children; three daughters: Lynda Kay, Marcy and Kathleen Louise were born to his first marriage; daughter, Teresa Lynn and son, Andrew Dwayne were born to his second marriage with wife, Joanne Grace (Lovatt) Hawk. Joanne and his children are grateful for sharing his life – the life of a wonderful, caring man, who was gentle, kind and considerate.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, James Monroe, Bruce, Claude; four sisters, Ruth Quiram, Jean O’Neil, Lila Hawk, Zola Ashley.

Those left to cherish George’s memory include his wife, Joanne; his children, Lynda Kay (Bert) Peairs of CA, Marcy Hawk of PA, Kathleen Louise (Christopher) Faltys of NE, Teresa Lynn Hawk of NE, Andrew Dwayne Hawk of NE; brother, Max (Jane) Hawk of SD; sister, Audree (Duane) Edwards of SD; thirteen grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

A Graveside Service will be held Mon., Nov. 4th at 2:00 p.m. at the Tekmah Cemetery.

Memorials suggested to the family for designation at a later time.

Pelan Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Goerge Hawk

Goerge Hawk

Market Report and South Dakota Sights

Markets @10:50am

Dow +27
S&P +2.26
Nasdaq +9.90


U.S. stocks were little changed early Monday following a batch of better-than-expected earnings from companies such as google (jumping 16.3%) and Hasbro (jumping 5.8%).  Investors turned their attention to a stream of corporate earnings reports from several large companies this week.  The Nasdaq ended at a record level on Friday, Gaining 46.96 points, or .9%, to 5210.14.  Googles surge is to blame posting their 3rd largest daily gain ever.


The U.S. Dollar rose to its highest level as compared to the Euro in nearly 3 months on Friday, likely due to the continued discussion of the feds interests rate hikes later this year.


Gold Hits 5 Year Low

Gold tumbles, hitting 5 year low at the open today after 23 days of steady decline.  Gold likely weighed down by the U.S Dollars continued gains and the continued concern of the first U.S interest rate increase in more than 9 years.  While some analysts believe the down trend is the market taking advantage of low liquidity as opposed to actual fundamentals.



Grain Markets @ 10:51am

Sept Corn -7 ½ @ $4.12 ¾
Dec Corn – 7 ½ @ $4.23 ¾
Aug Beans -6 @ $10.08 ¾
Nov Beans -6 ½ @ $10.00 ¼ 


A weaker start to the open this week due to favorable weather through the Midwest.  Fridays CFTC report showed spec funds long 130k corn, and just over 80k beans, the funds are liquidating some of these positions today causing some market negativity.  Also expecting crop ratings report out this afternoon, not looking to see much of an adjustment.


Corn – With today’s low landing right at the 20 day moving average we are likely to see some support in the $4.21 area for Dec Corn.  The next support line would fall at $4.10.  I will also mention there was a “Gap” at the open, many technical analysts believe there is almost always a gap retracement.  If that holds true we should see ourselves back to at least $4.29 ¼ in the short term.


Beans opened very weak this morning below $10, but have gain back most of what was lost on the overnight by mid-morning.  The story in beans may not play out until August when USDA resurveys Arkansas, Missouri, and Kansas.  The trade believes we may see USDA reduce yield estimates by a few bushels.  Until then it seems Nov Beans will continue to see support at $9.80 and resistance at $10.30 giving us a wide trading range, until we get some news sending us one way or another.


For Fun: Just returning from a vacation in South Dakota, I took the family to see some of the most impressive marvels of nature starting with the Badlands, the Needles, Sylvan Lake, Custer Park and even crystal cave.  Then of course Mt. Rushmore, something that many of us have seen but forget how truly amazing the process of making it was.  All done through private funding, this is not likely ever seem something of this magnitude in our lifetime being built.  Mt. Rushmore cost $989,992.32 to build, taking 14 years to complete, with over 400 workers to complete, there was not one single death.  Despite the fact that I have been there many times, it was the first with my boys.  It was a fun and affordable trip.


That said, there are so many things to do in the midwest over a long weekend, things we easily forget about, its easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, or fixate only on glamourous trips.  When there are some great things our children have never seen right here in our back yard!  I will add the liesure trip and lack of internet…gives a lot of time to learn about your family, and hold a lot of conversations you may not ave had otherwise.


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Beauty of Old Farm Places

I took this picture in South Dakota while Jeff was driving down the highway at the new speed limit of 80 mph. It is very hard to take a picture while going that fast! I had seen this place before and remembered this time to take a quick picture of it. I love old farm places. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland/Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

I took this picture in South Dakota while Jeff was driving down the highway at the new speed limit of 80 mph. It is very hard to take a picture while going that fast! I had seen this place before and remembered this time to take a quick picture of it. I love old farm places. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland/Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Falls Park, Sioux Falls SD

Every time we go to South Dakota, we stop at Sioux Falls and go to Falls Park. It is beautiful there!

The beauty of Falls Park in Sioux Falls, SD. All photos credit of Denise Gilliland/Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

The beauty of Falls Park in Sioux Falls, SD. All photos credit of Denise Gilliland/Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

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Carolyn Jean Johnson, 74, of South Dakota

Carolyn Jean Johnson was born August 18, 1940 in Hartville, Missouri to Mabel Virginia (Mitchell) and Carroll Hake. She passed away peacefully at the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital on October 13, 2014 at the age of 74 years, 1 month and 25 days.

Jean went to Reed Elementary in Springfield MO until the 8th grade. She then helped her family care for nieces and nephews while working waitressing. Jean married the love of her life, Virgil Johnson on May 3, 1958 offficiated by Rev. Dowel at Highstreet Baptist Church in Springfield MO with her parents present. The couple resided in Springfield until Virgil was released from active duty in the Army.

Three years after Virgil was discharged from duty, they moved back to South Dakota and then to California for a short period of time before returning to South Dakota where they would remain. To this union they were blessed with two children, Timothy Dean and Theresa “Tess” Jean.

In October 1970, Virgil and Jean purchased the farm where they have since resided. Jean worked that farm and loved it dearly. Whether she was chopping weeds or taking care of the livestock, (goats and geese included) she loved being there. In 1989 Virgil and Jean purchased the Sundown Lounge where she worked alongside Virgil until their retirement and sale in 2000.

Jean loved her family dearly. She enjoyed watching and feeding the Baltimore Orioles and Hummingbirds that came to visit. She doted on her pets, flowers and gardens and especially loved playing games with her family. Highest on her list, though, was spending time with Virgil. Whether they were frying chicken, tending gardens or decorating their home everything was made more beautiful when Jean touched it. Her family reveled in the benefits of that care every time they were with her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Delores June Dye, eight brother in laws, and seven sister-in-laws.

Survivors include her husband, Virgil of Irene; son Timothy of Yankton, daughter Theresa (Larry) Johnson, Oakland, NE; four grandchildren:  Ryan Johnson, Cody Johnson, Jamison Johnson and Lyndsey Johnson and many nieces and nephews.

FUNERAL SERVICE: Friday, October 17, 2014, 10:30 a.m., First English Lutheran Church in Centerville, SD.

VISITATION: Thursday 5 – 8 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 6 – 8 p.m. at Hansen Funeral Home in Irene. Visitation will also be held at the church Friday one hour prior to the service.

BURIAL: Union Cemetery, Wakonda, SD.

MEMORIALS: To the Family.

Carolyn Johnson

Carolyn Johnson


Gregory Randall of Sioux Falls SD

Gregory Randall, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota passed away Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at the Daugherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Funeral arrangements are pending with Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Pender, Nebraska.

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