Thursday, August 28, 2014

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Long-term Recovery Team meetings set in Lincoln, Union Counties

CANTON, S.D. – The Lincoln-Union Long-term Recovery Team is hosting two additional public meetings to reach out to any residents of the two counties who have unmet needs after the June flooding.
 “We want to be sure we are reaching everyone who may need help in the recovery process after our devastating flood event,’’ said Steve Ziebarth, co-chair of the recovery team.  “We also want to make sure everyone understands the process of long-term recovery.  Both meetings will be Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. The Lincoln County meeting is at the Senior Citizens Center in Canton from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Union County meeting is in the community room of the Union County Courthouse in Elk Point from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Remembering the working man on Labor Day

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
Lois Wells, a former Lennox teacher, interviewed her husband  Bill in 2008 about his thirty years working at Morrell’s in Sioux Falls.
“Going through my notes after interviewing Bill in ‘08, I became in awe of the working man,” said Lois. “How many of us would endure the Condemned Room in order to get a permanent job to support our families?”
In honor of all the working men and women this Labor Day, here is the story of one worker at Morrell’s from 1969-1999.
Thirty Years at a Meat-Packing Plant
By Lois Wells 
In August of 1969, after 13 years in the Air Force, Bill Wells was ready for a change.  In fact, he had even talked about moving to Australia, which was a common occurrence at that time. He had assumed he could get a job with the Post Office, a work assignment he had had at SAC (Omaha in ‘66-‘67).  
When that didn’t happen, neighbors near my parents’ farm (Lloyd and Lorraine Schrag of Marion)  suggested applying at Morrell’s meat-packing plant in Sioux Falls.  None of those farmers actually worked there, but they had heard the paychecks were good.  And, they appreciated being able to truck their livestock to that location–only 40 miles away.
After two weeks of work for the Marion Lumber Yard ($1.25 an hour), the beginning salary at Morrell’s did look good: ( $4.40 an hour).  He said, “I left the Air Force getting $100 every two weeks to $200 a week with Morrell’s. I worked with a guy who had a Master’s Degree in English, and he had left teaching to get the better salary with Morrell’s–and he stayed with it.”

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