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Chapter Meeting . 2-3 Member Spotlight ... 4 Christmas Fun ........ 5 Blast from Past ... 6-7 Internships ............ 8 Membership ........... 9 Sponsors ....... 10-11 Chapter Info ........ 11

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The Season of "Harvest"

From the President's Pen

In my opinion, fall is the nicest time of year in South Dakota. The hot, humid days of summer are gone and I can enjoy the cooler, drier weather until the next season arrives...winter. It matters not if you were in construction, agriculture or sports, you'll remember this fall as one of the nicest ever. If you have ties to farming in South Dakota, the season is not fall...its "Harvest" season. Harvest season is not only the fall weather, it's the excitement of harvest ing the crops, pheasant hunting, Thanksgiving and Christmas all rolled together at the end of the year. Friends and family gather together to enjoy the good company, tradition and memories that is associated with "Harvest" season. It's good news that the SDSM&T Mining Engineering & Management Department continues to increase enrollment. Enrollment has grown from 10 in 2002 to 105 in 2011. Keep up the good work!! I would like to congratulate the SDSM&T Mining Engineering & Management Department on obtaining approval to offer a Master's pro gram. This has been in the works for several years and has now come to fruition. The program will begin to offer the Master's program starting in the near future. Thanks to all who attended the recent meeting on December 2nd in Rapid City. A membership meeting was held with a social hour that included dinner, chapter business and three excellent presenters. Thank you Jim Spanos & Buckley Powder Company for sponsoring the meeting! Regardless of what your "Season of Harvest" is (rock, crops, coal, sales, students or Masters programs), I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Black Hills Chapter of ISEE 3213 W. Main #140, Rapid City, SD 57702

www.bhisee.org

Doug Hoy, Black Hills Chapter President

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DECEMBER MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

The Black Hills Chapter of the International Society of Explosives Engineers held their 4th quarter membership meeting on Friday, December 2nd at the exit 59 AmericInn Bison Room in Rapid City. There were 35 members and guests in attendance. A special thank you goes out to Jim Spanos of Buckley Powder Company for sponsoring the meeting. The meeting started at 6 p.m. with a social hour and catered meal for all attendees. The general meeting started at 7 p.m. with miscellaneous chapter business and followed by three excellent presentations. The first speaker was Justine Sorenson (SDSMT­MEM student) who gave attendees an update on the Jack & Jared Atwater, Shashi Kanth, Justine Sorenson, PT and Paul Jewel SDSMT Mining and Mucking team who are currently "in training" for the April 2012 competition in the U.K. The International Mining Competition began in 1978 to remember and honor the survivors, Justine Sorenson family members and the lives lost in the Sunshine Mine Fire of 1972. We wish the team the best of luck in 2012! The team is in need of approximately 12 cy (6'x9'x6') of concrete and forms to build a "practice block" for the jackleg completion. If you or your company can help the team with this, please contact Justine Sorenson at [email protected] or Shashi Kanth at [email protected] at the SD School of Mines.

2012 Mining & Mucking Team Events:

Jackleg -- 2 person event. Each person gets 2 minutes to drill as may holes as possible in an 8"x8" square. Winning team is determined by total depth drilled. Hand Muck -- 5 person event. The empty ore cart is pushed down and back 75 ft of rail. It is then loaded with muck and pushed down and back full. Winning team is determined by fastest time. Hand Steel -- 5 person event. Each person gets two minutes to drill as deep as possible in a relay style format using hand steel and a 4lb ham mer. Winning team is determined by total depth drilled. Swede Saw -- 5 person event. Each person cuts through a 6x6 timber in a relay style format. Winning team is de termined by fastest time. Surveying -- 2 person event. Each team has 45 minutes to survey an unknown point and 15 minutes to do calcu lations. Winning team is determined by accuracy. Track Stand -- 5 person event. Teams must construct a 30ft section of rail; time is stopped and inspected for penalties. Time is then restarted and rail is decon structed. Winner is determined by fastest time. Gold Pan -- 5 person event. Teams must find 5 lead pieces in 1 kg of material. Winner is determined by sum of all 5 team members time, fastest overall time is the winner.

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Crush er T hroughput

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James McGough (SDSMT 800.00 -- MEM Student) gave a CM -1 C M -2 CM -3 CM -5 CM -6 CM -7 CM -8 CM -9 CM -10 CM -11 CM -12 S ho t preview to his paper that This graph shows increase in "crusher throughput" as a result of utilizing continuous will be presented at the photo analysis of blast fragmentation. National ISEE conference in Nashville this February. His presentation titled "Utilizing Continuous Photo Analysis of Fragmentation as a Blast/Crush Improvement Tool" is an excellent example of how continuous photo monitoring and analysis can improve efficiency in the drill/blast/crush process. The final presentation was from Kevin Hachmeister with Golder Associates Inc. Kevin showed some pictures of a recent project involving drilling/blasting and vibration monitoring inside an underground electrical power generating plant located in British Columbia, Canada.

Kevin Hachmeister

After the meeting, a Black Hills Chapter Board of Directors Meeting was held. Mark your calendars for the next Black Hills Chapter meeting on Friday, January 27th, 6:00 pm at the exit 59 AmericInn Bison Room in Rapid City. See you there!!

Chuck Kliche & Bill Clements

January Chapter Meeting

Friday, January 27th at 6:00 pm Exit 59 AmericInn in Rapid City

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Member Spotlight:

Chris Peters

SDSM&T Student Chapter President

Each newsletter, a member will be featured in the "Member Spotlight". This quarter, Chris Peters, a student at SDSM&T, is featured. Major and Anticipated Graduation: Mining Engineering BS, Geology Minor, May 2012 Member of the Black Hills Student Chapter Since: 2009 Hometown: Dell Rapids, SD Family: Father Stanley Peters, Mother Victoria Peters, Sister Samantha Peters Employers (Summer Internships): Metallurgical Internship at QuadraFNX - Robinson Nevada Mining Company in 2011 Civil Engineering Technician for the Federal Highway Administration, Western Federal Lands Highway Division (WFL) in 2008-2010. Locations of projects included Cloverdale, OR, Montesano, WA and Riggins, ID. Cost Estimator at DRM, Inc. in Gillette, WY, in 2007 Engineering Draftsman in Worthington, OH, in 2006 Hobbies: Skiing, rock climbing, power kiting, travel and photography What do you enjoy most about your work? What I enjoy most about working at my various internships, is being involved in complex projects that require challenging solutions. I enjoy seeing a project successfully through from beginning to end! What do you feel is the benefit of belonging to ISEE? Being a part of ISEE is the best way for a student to get introduced and immersed into the explosives industry. It opens up an enormous networking potential where students can find jobs, earn scholarships, and access a wealth of technical resources. These resources will allow for continued learning throughout one's career and keep engineers at the cutting edge of explosives technology. And at the end of the day it is always awesome to shoot or at least watch a blast! Post Graduation Goals: Following graduation, I intend to enter the mining industry as an ambitious engineer, who is ready to see the world. Ultimately, I plan to return to school to further my education with a masters degree in either business or engineering.

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Best in the West - In History

2001 Scholarship Recipients (10 Years Ago)

Steven Robbins--$700 Tom Briggs--$800 Nick Beukema (SDSM&T)--$900 Rachel Bernau (SDSM&T) --$1,100

Christmas Trivia

(from www.chirstmastrivia.net)

1. What company was the first to use Santa Claus in an advertisement? 2. Which president was the first to decorate the White House Christmas tree? 3. What country did the gingerbread house come from?

From imgur.com

Tis the season of brotherly love!

4. What was the name of the Grinch's dog in the movie "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"? 5. Which reindeer helps Rudolph fly at the reindeer games? 6. Which Christmas movie has been played more than any other? 7. When do most Europeans put up a Christmas tree? 8. Who wrote "The Nightmare Before Christmas"? 9. What is the name of the rabbit in the magic hat in "Frosty the Snowman"? 10. What did Ralphie want for Christmas in "A Christmas Story"?

From the Newsletter Editor

From funny-quotations.net

Merry Christmas! Have a great holiday season and best wishes for a very happy New Year!

~ Carrie Jaeger, "Fire in the Hole" Editor

Answers

1. Coca-Cola 2. Franklin Pierce 3. Germany 4. Max 5. Clarice 6. It's a Wonderful Life 7. On Christmas Eve 8. Tim Burton 9. Hocus Pocus 10. A BB Gun

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Blast from the Past

Text copied from A Comprehensive History of Minnehaha County, South Dakota by Charles A. Smith, Pictures and headlines from the Sioux Falls Argus Leader

It was a bitterly cold night on New Year's eve, December 31, 1936. In spite of the intense sub-zero weather, the usual "watch" parties were in progress. Suddenly, there came a mighty muffled roar that was heard many miles away. It has come to be referred to as the "New Year's Eve Powder Blast". It proved to be the culmination of a series of burglaries and robberies, the last of which was that of a Sioux City, Iowa, jewelry store on the night of February 22, 1936, participated in by a gang of four men and one woman, namely, Lee Bradley (alias Tom Tobin), Harold Baker, Harry Reeves, William Nesbeth and Helen Sieler. All except Bradley were of Sioux City. Mrs. Sieler was known to be a habitué of the underworld there. Bradley was a paroled convict from the California penitentiary with a criminal record in South Dakota. The explosion was that of a powder-house owned by the Larson Hardware Company

of Sioux Falls. It was caused by the attempt of three of the above named members of the gang to "eliminate" the other two, Harold Baker and Mrs. Sieler, who were suspected of planning to "peach" on the others. The flash of the blast was seen as far away as 15 miles, as four tons of blasting powder and one and a half tons of dynamite were touched off. Where the powder house stood, seven miles east of the city, there remained a crater many yards in diameter and twenty-five feet deep,

rimmed by a band of dirt and debris. The shock was felt at Dell Rapids, twenty miles distant to the north, at Canton, the same distance south, Pipestone, MN, fiftyone miles, and many other places within that radius. Store windows were shattered at Dell Rapids, Rock Rapids, and Doon, IA, and at Jasper, MN. In Sioux Falls, the sidewalks on the west side of Phillips and Main avenues were literally covered with broken glass, as though by an earthquake, doing damage at a cost of $20,000.

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The details of the events leading up to the final act have no place in this volume. We will add, however, that this had been planned as "a perfect crime", but failed, thus again emphasizing the fact that "crime never pays". The "New Year's powder blast" of 1936 immediately recalled to memory a similar explosion, under entirely different circumstances, October 3, 1908. This place also belonged to the Larson Hardware Company and was situated about one mile east of the Rock Island passenger depot. This explosion took place between 10 and 11 o'clock on a Saturday morning. Two high school boys, Otto Wehling and Charles Weeks, taking advantage of a day away from school, had left their homes and gone hunting, armed with small calibre rifles.

It is presumed they had seen a rabbit near the building and fired at it but missed and that the bullet had struck into the dynamite, causing it to explode. There were 3,000 pounds of dynamite and 100 kegs of black powder stored in the building, a smaller amount than that of the blast of 1936 and the property damage was smaller in proportion. Further than a few fragments of clothing, pieces of flesh and bones, nothing was found of the boys.

The one death was that of Harold Baker, a member of the gang who had been marked for his fate. Helen Sieler, the other intended victim was slugged with a hammer and had eight bullets fired into her body. She was dragged into the building with Baker but had retained her consciousness and dragged herself out before the lighted fuse had burned to the cap that set off the explosion. By her escape the whole story was told and the three plotters were apprehended.

Text copied from A Comprehensive History of Minnehaha County, South Dakota by Charles A. Smith, Pictures and headlines from the Sioux Falls Argus Leader

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In Their Own Words

SDSM&T Students Share Their Internship Experiences

Experience is what gets us all through life, allows us to make better decisions, and experience is what employers seek out. I have been graced with four awesome internships, each one unique and different but very relevant to the mining industry. I received my first internship offer during my first semester of college and had never been to a mine, no experience. What that company saw in me was my drive to learn, succeed, and enthusiasm towards my work. I drove haul truck that summer, I was a dirt herder. Many interns cringe at the fact of driving in circles all day, but I saw it as opportunity. I am the type of learner that gains knowledge from repetition, so I was constantly trying to find more efficient ways of backing into the shovel and the dump. For my second internship, I was Rebecca Bickal put in charge of time studies and exploration drilling. My experiences as a haul truck driver opened a whole new perspective on cycle times, what affects them, and how they are optimized. If that company wouldn't have granted me that first internship to open the door, I wouldn't have fully understood the big picture of the mining operation itself. After my first and second internships, my responsibilities were upgraded and I was granted engineering duties. The third summer I worked with reclamation dozing, finding push lengths and dirt quantities, surveying and my own topsoil laydown project. This was my first experience where I was put in charge of everything from initial surveying and researching topsoil depth requirements to creating a work plan and managing production. From this project, I came to one major revelation: what looks good on paper doesn't always work out in the field. This is something we can all attest to. Needless to say that is something that has always remained imprinted in my mind. My final internship this summer involved design optimization, budgeting quantities for the next fiscal year, and another special project. As I look back on my career as an intern, I am thankful for every single opportunity to scrape grease, load blast holes, log geology core samples, survey my tail off, bag topsoil samples, and everything in between. If it wasn't for my interviewer taking a chance on me, a freshman with no mining background, I wouldn't be the well-rounded and experienced full-time employee I am 8 today.

Jennifer Ward

From Colorado Springs, CO Degree: Undergraduate in Mining Engineering and Management

This past summer I had an internship with BHP Billiton in Farmington NM. I was at their surface, which does coal strip mining with draglines. This internship exceeded all expectations I had. As soon as I started I was put on projects such as prestrip design, dozer forecasting, dragline analysis, safety analysis, slope stability and reclamation. I presented my findings to engineers, regulators and shareholders on a daily basis. I worked alongside blasting crews, production foreman, geologists, environmentalists, and engineers.

The atmosphere of this internship was very fast paced and the projects that I worked on demanded attention to detail, conversing with others in order to gain a clear picture, and finally obtaining results. There was no greater reward than seeing many of my ideas and designs implemented. Because of the people, the projects, and even the lifestyle, this internship afforded me the opportunity to be a Mining Engineer.

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Individual Membership for the Black Hills Chapter of ISEE 2012 Membership Application & Dues

NAME (Please Print) ___________________________________________________________ COMPANY ___________________________________________________________________ MAILING ADDRESS ___________________________________________________________ CITY ________________________ STATE _____ ZIP _________ PHONE ______________ FAX _________________________________ E-MAIL _______________________________ MEMBER STATUS: (Check One) Associate Full National ISEE # _______________

(NOTE: Full membership status requires membership to the International Society of Explosives Engineers. If you would like to be a national member, just request an application.)

Local Dues - $20 per year

Students - Free

Corporate Membership for the Black Hills Chapter of ISEE 2012 Membership Application & Dues

COMPANY ___________________________________________________________________ AUTHORIZING PERSON & TITLE ________________________________________________ ADDRESS ___________________________________________________________________ CITY ______________________ STATE ______ ZIP_________ PHONE ________________ Please attach a sheet to this application with the names, addresses and e-mail addresses of each person to be included in Corporate Membership.

Members Annual Dues 0-10 $150 11-20 $250 21-30 $300 31 or more $350

Mail above form to: Black Hills Chapter ISEE 3213 West Main - 140 Rapid City, SD 57702

Or register online: www.bhisee.org

- Membership - Black Hills Chapter

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THANK YOU TO OUR NEWSLETTER SPONSORS

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2012 CHAPTER EVENTS CALENDAR

January 27, 2012 -- Black Hills Chapter Meeting including Officer & Board Elections Where: Exit 59 AmericInn, Rapid City, SD When: 6:00 pm Social Hour, 7:00 pm Meeting February 12-15, 2012 -- ISEE's 38th Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique Where: Nashville, TN Find more information at www.isee.org April 18, 19 & 20, 2012 -- 25th Annual Best in the West Drilling & Blasting Conference Where: Spearfish Holiday Inn & Convention Center, Spearfish, SD September 15, 2012 -- Black Hills Chapter Annual Fall Picnic Where: Crazy Horse Memorial, Crazy Horse, SD When: 3:00 pm Registration, 6:00 pm Buffet November 30, 2012 -- Black Hills Chapter Meeting Where: Exit 59 AmericInn, Rapid City, SD When: 6:00 pm Social Hour, 7:00 pm Meeting

2011 BLACK HILLS CHAPTER OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Here are the 2011 Black Hills Chapter Officers & Board of Directors. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact one of these members. The chapter is always looking for ways to improve the mineral and explosives industry. Your suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Doug Hoy, President Sayre Associates [email protected] Phone: (605) 940-1055 Darcey Baker, Vice President Pete Lien & Sons [email protected] Phone: (605) 939-2632 Mike Watson, Secretary GCC Dacotah [email protected] Phone: (605) 721-3141 Kevin Hachmeister, Treasurer Golder Associates [email protected] Phone: (605) 440-0352 Chuck Kliche, Past President SDSM&T [email protected] Phone: (605) 394-1972 Bill Clements, Director Century Blasting Service [email protected] Phone: (605) 347-2163 Marlyn King, Director Cloud Peak Energy [email protected] Phone: (307) 686-9142 Kevin Morgan, Director Yenter Companies [email protected] Phone: (303) 710-3012 Joe Wood, Director Retired Phone: (605) 722-8486 Jack Atwater, Director Dyno Nobel [email protected] Phone: (307) 680-8127 Mark Dean, Director Crazy Horse Memorial [email protected] Phone: (605) 673-4681 Shashi Kanth, Director SDSM&T [email protected] Phone: (605) 430-8339 Paul Sterk, Director Austin Powder [email protected] Phone: (405) 850-2263

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

25th Annual Best in the West Drill & Blast Conference

April 1820, 2012

Spearfish Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center, Spearfish, South Dakota

More info at www.isee.org

Black Hills Chapter of ISEE 3213 W. Main #140 Rapid City, SD 57702

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