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Holabird Advocate

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Thursday, June 05, 2003
VOL. II Issue 6B
Clarence Hansen still clings to life, although we understand it's to be a losing battle. His heart is only at 20% right now. Bergit Hinkle was 30% when she left the hospital and died a month later. There has been little change in his condition since we last reported on it earlier this week. Presently all one can do is sit back, relax if they can, and leave it up to God. It sounds easy, but it's not as easy as all that. All of us at the Holabird Advocate send our best thought's wishes and prayers out for Pa Hansen and his family.
William "Wild Bill" Janklow called a press conference to let the media know that a bull from the Canadian herd in Alberta that produced a cow with BSE, known commonly as "Mad Cow Disease". This matter is under investigation.But Janklow was critical of the pace of the U.S. Department of Agriculture has taken in its investigation.
"I'm really disappointed in how long it's taken USDA to jump on this," he said. "It doesn't appear the USDA has been working with the same sense of urgency that they've been talking."
Before Janklow had a conference call with South Dakota reporters, USDA had a press conference to confirm the Canadian mad cow investigation had led to the U.S.
Five bulls sold to a rancher in Montana in 1997 were born the year before in the same herd as the one afflicted cow in Saskatchewan. Two animals were sold to ranches in Montana and South Dakota between 1999 and 2002. The afflicted cow turned up in a herd in northern Alberta.
He said, however, that it's highly unlikely the animals which came to the U.S. were afflicted with Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy.
The bulls were sold at sale barns in the state, but they aren't going to be identified at this time.
"We have no reason to be overly concerned," Janklow said. "This is all showing our system worked."
Officials will learn quickly how they came into the U.S. and then South Dakota. If the animals were sold in South Dakota, there will be records of it, and more information was likely by this morning.
The longer it takes for a cow to manifest BSE the less likely other animals will have it, Janklow said. "This appears to be long simmering," he said.
Officials are now working to find out what happened to the bulls. In the meantime, the border remains closed to Canadian beef products.
"Our food supply is safe," Janklow said. "It's the safest in the world."
What we at the Holabird Advocate fail to understand is, if there is no reason to worry why is Janklow speaking to the media. Could be he's trying to start a panic by telling people not to worry. When Bill Janklow says not to worry, we find it is the best time to start worrying.
All this week Kristi Hinkle has been having a weeklong sale at her greenhouse. She will have 48 different kinds of plants plants on sale. The sale will be over tomorrow on her actual birthday.

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