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January 16, 2018 • Page 2 shop online at www.missourivalleyshopper.com The Friendly Cow Returns Dave Says By Daris Howard Renting to Family? Dear Dave, I have cousins who are thinking about moving back to Connecticut from Virginia. They’ll be renting for a while, and I have an unoccupied rental house. Do you think renting to family is a bad idea? Katherine Dear Katherine, Renting to family can work out just fine, as long as there are clearly understood rules and boundaries in place ahead of time. Both parties should understand there must be a Dave landlord and tenant relationship with regards to all aspects of the rental agreement. Tenants have the right to expect a landlord to make needed repairs promptly, pay the taxes and insurance on a property on time, and do all the other things a landlord should do as outlined in the rental agreement. As a landlord, you have the right to expect the rent to be paid early or on time, and for the tenant to respect the property and guidelines in the rental agreement. A landlord also has the right to Ramsey A new year. A new start. Who said I can’t finish this book? Dud Campbell walked the frozen sidewalk and blew steamy breath out through his parka hood. All I need, really, are a few ideas. Dud’s been working on his novel, “Murder in the Soggy Bottoms,” for several years now, and it has taken on different blends of seasoning, largely depending on what things were happening here in our little valley. For example, the bizarre romantic connection between Dewey and Emily led to a rewrite of the part where the book flashed back many years to when the Duchess and the Truck Driver first met. And when the Truck Driver’s son met the Duchess’s daughter, 20 some years later, it was the courtship of Randy Jones and Katie Burchell that he patterned that after. What is still left to solve, however, is what happens when the Truck Driver and the Duchess discover that their children are sweet on each other, because the kids happen to be half brother and sister. And then, the guys at the coffee shop wanted to know why the Truck Driver, an American truck driver, was there driving below the Duchess’s castle in Europe. At first he was just calling it a special assignment, but the guys wanted to know what the special assignment was, and did he have to change his name for it, and was he armed, and did theme music play when he shifted gears. He’d already killed off a few characters early on in the book, so he believed he was under no obligation to bump off any more, but then the book is called “Murder in the Soggy Bottoms,” (which his friends think sounds like wet diapers) and the soggy bottoms are back in the good ol’ U.S. of A. and how was he going to get the Duchess and her daughter across the foaming tide? And as he walked and thought, he asked himself if really good writers like Balzac and Max Evans had to struggle like this. He nodded and smiled to himself. Sometimes I’ll bet they just wanted to sit down, open a beer, and watch football. Hey, not a bad idea. Art does exact its price. Prices Best n Town! I evict a tenant through fair, legal process if they violate the terms of the agreement. When it comes to these business dealings, you’re wearing the landlord cap, and they’re wearing the renter’s cap. At Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other family events, the caps come off and you’re family. But you don’t get to play the cousin card as a way to keep from paying rent, and you don’t get to play that game to avoid your duties as a landlord. Phrases like, “Well, I just thought because you’re my cousin” have no place in these situations. Make plans to have a full-blown, in-depth conversation about every aspect of the rental agreement and relationship before anything is signed. If you don’t, there’s a possibility someone will develop a sense of entitlement about something. And that’s no good in any type of relationship! — Dave * Dave Ramsey is America’s trusted voice on money and business, and CEO of Ramsey Solutions. He has authored seven bestselling books, including The Total Money Makeover. The Dave Ramsey Show is heard by more than 12 million listeners each week on 575 radio stations and multiple digital platforms. Follow Dave on Twitter at @DaveRamsey and on the web at daveramsey.com. Governor Seeking Summer Intern Applicants PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for the 2018 Governor’s Office internship program in Pierre. The positions will be paid and run from May through August 2018. Governor’s Office interns have the opportunity to work at the highest level of state government. Interns’ duties will depend on interests and strengths. Typical duties will include aiding the Governor’s director of constituent services, and communications director; conducting policy research; preparing policy briefings; and staffing the Governor, Lt. Governor, and First Lady. The positions are open to all undergraduate or graduatelevel students. Preference will be given to South Dakota residents attending South Dakota colleges or universities. Students who are interested in receiving credit should also apply. The Governor’s staff is open to working with individual universities and professors to secure credit for the internship program. Interested students should submit a resume, cover letter and a letter of recommendation by Monday, Feb. 5, via email, to Grace.Beck@state.sd.us. For more information on duties or logistics, please contact Grace Beck at Grace.Beck@state.sd.us or 605-773-3661. Interested in this spot? Call 665-5884 to place your ad here. Our cow, Leah, demanded to be petted. Justin, our daughter’s friend, learned that when he came out to fish in our pond. Leah chased him until she had him cornered. I arrived just in time to pet her and save him. I explained to him that Leah was just being friendly and wanted him to scratch her ears. “What would she do if a person doesn’t scratch her ears?” Justin asked. “When I didn’t, she shoved her head in my back and pushed until she had me pinned against the barn wall,” I replied. I locked Leah in a pasture away from the pond so Justin could fish in peace. A couple of days later, Justin called and asked if he could bring a roommate and go fishing again. “Sure,” I replied. “Just let me know ahead of time so I can lock Leah out of the pond area.” “It’s okay,” he said. “Now that I know what she will do and that she isn’t going to kill us, I will be fine.” Justin and his roommate did come fishing. I wasn’t home when they came, nor did I worry about them. I had shown Justin how to lead her into the pasture and how to secure the gate. I figured that Justin could take care of things if he needed to. A few days after he came fishing, my daughter informed me that there was a video she had on her phone that I needed to watch. “What is it?” I asked. “It’s Justin and his roommate fishing,” she replied. “Did they pull out some big ones?” She laughed, and said, “You’ll just have to watch it. Justin didn’t tell his roommate everything about Leah. He just said if she came up close it didn’t matter because she was friendly and wouldn’t hurt anyone.” My daughter turned on the video, and we watched it. The roommate climbed through the fence in by the pond. He walked over to the fishing area. Leah, seeing someone whom she thought had a duty to pet her, immediately came over. Justin had told his roommate not to run, or Leah would give chase. That was the mistake Justin made when he first came. But the roommate didn’t run. He just started fishing. He didn’t run, but he also didn’t scratch Leah’s ears, so she moved in closer. As he kept fishing, she kept moving closer, but he didn’t take the hint. Finally, she had her head right against his back. But the roommate didn’t know she expected him to pet her, so he tried to push her away with one hand while he held the fishing pole with the other. Leah must have decided it was time to show this stranger she meant business, so she bunted him with her head, sending him flying into the pond. At this point, the camera jiggles a lot and moves closer as Justin is apparently laughing and walking to the pond. But after a moment of the camera recording the roommate trying to pull himself from the water, the camera suddenly goes upward, and all a person can see is the sky. Then, after a brief moment, the video ends. “What happened at the end?” I asked. My daughter laughed. “Justin had planned all of this, thinking Leah might push his roommate into the pond. 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