Most of the Fall
events on the Local level are now once - again
over, and as we look back - I must say it was a
pretty good summer for the club and all the
One of the many
event's Prairieland has is the Fall cruise -
this year. We all met at Casey's in St. James at
7:30 a.m. Approximately 15 cars showed up and we
motored west toward Sioux Falls South Dakota. We
arrived at the Blue Line Cage at Worthington for
a quick coffee break and then headed for the
McCrossan Boys Ranch at Sioux Falls. We arrived
at the boys ranch at 10:30 am and gathered at a
conference center for a very warm welcome and
informative briefing from Executive Director
Brian Roegiers. We began by introducing
ourselves and describing our cars. He covered a
number of interesting facts and as he explained
exactly how they operate and what their goods
are. I have briefly mentioned these below.
- He explained how the
ranch came to exist from donations from the
late Mrs. McCrossan in the late 1940's. That
exceeded 800 thousand dollars.
- They house approximately
68-70 troubled boys.
- They are near the
reservation. So a large percentage of the
boys are native American.
- They plan a structured
life with no exceptions or variations.
- They range in different
ages, but they must leave at age 21.
- They teach by giving boys
responsibilities' such as chores or jobs.
- They have a working farm.
-they bond with
-they do a lot of
-have a rodeo that
has gained National attention - held annually in
- They are allowed to work
off the campus at normal jobs.
- The money they earned is
saved for them. They get their money when
they leave. Some boys have left with over
- They are not allowed to
drive so they are driven to jobs, (etc.)
- They can buy a car but
are not allowed to use it until they leave
- They are given the
opportunity to have a religion orientated
life, to worship and become involved with
church and God.
- Many of the boys don't
want to leave because they realize they may
not even be alive if it weren't for the
Boy's Ranch and the care and guidance they
- There are a certain
number of staff living on Campus and on call
24 hours a day.
We were given a walk
through tour of the Campus. It is unbelievable
to see what they have built with donations and
The staff and Board
of the Boys Ranch have done an amazing job.
Building and operating this campus. We left the
Boys Ranch after a noon meal and toured the
actual Falls area and the park.
We Arrived at Larry
Olson's Garage at 3:00 p.m. and we were given a
guided tour of his building where he has a
number of very beautifully kept to totally
rebuilt cars to hot rods.
He has cars that
have won National Awards and Recognition and we
were all very impressed with his gracious
hospitality! Thanks Larry!
In closing I would
like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Denny Johnson and Mr.
and Mrs. Franz Helling for taking the time to
line up this extraordinary weekend event.