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June 12, 2018 • Page 2 shop online at www.missourivalleyshopper.com Pirates, Romans, and Scouts Dave Says By Daris Howard Take Care of the Basics Dear Dave, I just graduated from college, and I’ll be starting my first real job soon. What can young adults, who are just getting started, do to avoid money problems now and in the future? Ben Creativity is the Key Dear Dave, How do you have a wedding without debt? Brooklyn Dear Brooklyn, It’s pretty simple. To have a wedding without debt you must be creative and think within your budget. In other words, you pay for a wedding with the money you have. Dear Ben, There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a small, inexpensive wedCongratulations! I’m glad you ding. Once you realize and understand that fact, and start thinking realize the importance of being about things with a budget in mind, you’ll realize you can scrimp responsible with your money and and save and still have a great small wedding. Lots of people have planning for things down the road. beautiful ceremonies, and even small receptions, for well under There are three or four imporDave $1,000. tant things a recent college graduate — or Sure, you can go into debt by renting the fanciest venue, and anyone, really — can do to make the most buying a $9,000 wedding dress to wear for just a few hours on one of their money and protect themselves day. Or, you can realize it’s not the place and the clothes that make financially. The first is to always live on budget. When you write a wedding special. What about an outdoor wedding at a friend or down a budget on paper, and give every dollar a name before family member’s house? When it comes to a dress you can opt the month begins, it helps you know what your money is doing for something simple and inexpensive, or even one that has been worn once, for just a few hundred dollars. If you think that’s awful, instead of leaving you in a situation where you’re wondering let me tell you something that’s worse — going tens of thousands where it went. of dollars into debt for an event that lasts just a few hours! Two more important practices are saving money and stayMost people don’t have lavish, expensive weddings, and guess ing out of debt. Your income is your biggest wealth-building tool. When you’re saddled with debt, your money goes to credi- what? Years down the road they’re still happily married, very much in love, and they look back on their wedding as the best day tors instead of into your pocket. Saving money prepares you of their lives. for all the things life will throw at you — both good and bad. — Dave One more thing I’d include is investing. I know you’re young, but you still need to think about life after retirement. If you start investing just a little bit each month now in good mutual * Dave Ramsey is America’s trusted voice on money and busifunds, you could easily retire a millionaire. ness, and CEO of Ramsey Solutions. He has authored seven bestThese are all very simple, basic things, Ben. But they’ll selling books, including The Total Money Makeover. The Dave make a huge difference in your financial situation now and in Ramsey Show is heard by more than 12 million listeners each the years to come! — Dave week on 575 radio stations and multiple digital platforms. Follow Dave on Twitter at @DaveRamsey and on the web at daveramsey.com. RAMSEY finding the right job is easier than you think Mrs. Forrest has always been a compulsive feeder. Before she retired, she was cooking for the Mule Barn truck stop’s customers, and is singularly responsible for about three flabby tons of avoirdupois on this nation’s truck drivers, and may have been marginally responsible, third-hand, for a cardiac event or two. But now she’s retired, and a widow, and her kids all have kids and are scattered like a covey of quail. Local bachelors of a certain age know if they should just happen to be chatting with Mrs. Forrest on her front lawn along about supper time, there’s a dang-near dead certainty they’ll get a meal out of it. And, through the magic of telepathic communication and the synchronistic wave lengths of humanity, the message about Mrs. Forrest’s unstoppable feeding compulsion had somehow reached the psyches of the homeless. At any rate, two of the aforementioned drifters had knocked on Mrs. Forrest’s door and asked if there were any chores she needed done in exchange for some food. Well, you should’ve seen her eyes light up at that question. She said she had a bunch of firewood that needed to be split into kindling and if they didn’t mind doing that, she’d fix them a chicken dinner with cream gravy. Mrs. Forrest puts cream gravy on everything. So she busied herself in the kitchen, and then went out to see how these fellows were doing. And there, leaning on an axe handle, was one of them, and the other was doing gymnastics in and around the woodpile. It was amazing. He’d come out of a round-off flip flop and then gracefully go into a full layout Sukuhara with a right-hand twist. She watched in awe for a few minutes before whispering to this gymnast’s partner. “I had no idea your friend was an acrobat,” she whispered. He looked at her and whispered back, “Neither did I ‘til I cracked him on the shin with this axe.” $5,000 DRIVER HIRING BONUS when you’ve got the right direction Stop searching. 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Even after I moved on to other assignments, I still spent a lot of time camping with the boys when their scoutmaster needed another adult. But now I’m scoutmaster again. I hadn’t been in long when a couple of the boys came to me and asked about going camping. “When?” I asked. “How about this weekend?” was their reply. The weekend was only three days away, hardly time to do the planning. “I have a pond with an island and canoes,” I said. “Would you like to camp there? My scouts used to camp there off and on when we didn’t have time to go anywhere else.” Some of the boys who hadn’t been to my place thought that sounded “dumb.” But the boys who had been fishing in my pond were excited and convinced the others it would fun. Friday night arrived, and the boys showed up and set up their tents. They found that it was a nice place to camp. The island became our eating area with a firepit and tables. The open area farthest from the road was for the tents. With the large number of trees, it was secluded and much like camping in the forest without the hours of travel. After the camp was set up and the tents were pitched, which was my first rule of camping, the boys immediately went to the two canoes and the pedal boat. I began to wonder if my canoes would hold up under the imagination of the nine boys. As I watched one canoe approaching the other at full speed, I heard one boy call out to the others in it, “Roman Army, ramming speed!” The boys in the other canoe were able to turn just in time so they were only sideswiped. A boy in the second canoe yelled, “Avast, ye scurvy Roman dogs, prepare to be boarded by me band of pirates!” The two groups of boys battled it out, taking prisoners and treasure. Treasure happened to be the paddles, and if one group could steal all of the treasure from the other boat, leaving that boat stranded with no way to move, they would win. Sometimes the pirates won, and sometimes the Romans did, but most of the time, both canoes limped away in retreat from the fracas. My old canoes already had some cracks, and the cracks were lending themselves to boat sinkings. So, after a few battles, the canoes were pulled onto shore for dry dock. They were patched with duct tape until they were more tape than boat, then they were relaunched to battle again. After an hour or so of battling, I told the boys the Dutch oven potatoes were ready, and they needed to come cook hot dogs. The boys decided to skip the bridge and see how many they could fit onto the pedal boat. They started with one in each seat. That made four. Two more sat behind between them. With six, the poor boat was barely above the water line. One more boy, Jason, decided to stand on the back of the boat. Water trickled over the edge of the boat, and those in the back seats bailed water while the others pedaled. Jason called out to me. “Hey, look, Daris, seven of us can fit on the pedal boat. Of course, if you were on it, you would be the only one, or it would sink. And it might sink anyway.” I laughed, but not because of what he said. He was facing backward as he yelled to me, and the boys were pedaling toward a low tree limb. “Look at me,” Jason said, striking a pose, while still standing on the back facing me. “I’m George Washington crossing the Delaware. Just then, the branch caught him across the shoulders, tumbling him into the water, and George Washington never made it across the Delaware that night. 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South Dakota has 71 public-use airports serving 2,333 certified pilots and 2,030 active general aviation aircraft, including a Civil Air Patrol Squadron. Organizations such as the South Dakota Pilots Association, the South Dakota Aviation Association and many others recognize and promote the interests and importance of aviation in South Dakota and throughout the world. Aviation in South Dakota includes the airline industry, education institutions, aviation organizations and Ellsworth Air Force Base. The Department of Transportation and the Aeronautics Commission work aggressively to enhance and promote aviation in the state. “Aviation plays a critical role in South Dakota and as a business owner and farmer, I see the value it brings to our economy for transporting goods and services,” says Aeronautics Commission chairman Eric Odenbach. “As a largely agricultural state, a strong aviation program is vital to the livelihood of the citizens of our state and I am proud to be part of a Commission that supports and fosters aviation success in South Dakota.”
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