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August 14th, 2008

Chamber of Commerce speaker Russian Egor Prokofyev

Cold War ... intern Egor Prokofyev, Russian interpreter for the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, gave an overview of propaganda used then and of potential results of nuclear usage today.

The guest speaker for the August 11 meeting of the Philip Chamber of Commerce was Egor Prokofyev, Russian interpreter for the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site.

This is his second summer in this position. Last year he was sponsored by the Wyoming Rotary Club. This year he is being sponsored by the National Park Service Association of Air Force Missileers.

"My friend is a superintendent in Wyoming in Rotary Club.


Commissioners approve switch to Winner's 9-1-1 dispatch service

Early next year Haakon County residents' 9-1-1 calls will be dispatched through the Winner dispatch service as per an agreement approved by the Board of Haakon County Commissioners last Tuesday, August 5.

Winner Chief of Police Paul Schueth presented the board with the agreement. He had met with the commissioners in June to outline what Winner could offer Haakon County. Schueth noted that total expenses would be about $25,000 each year. This includes the 75 cent charge mandated by the state for each phone line and cell phone and another $4,000 for other expenses.


A reality: Ft. Pierre/Deadwood centennial wagon train crossing western South Dakota

Some authenticity ... This wooden-wheeled wagon pulled by four mules was somewhat rare in the wagon train in that it did not have rubber tires, modern ice-chests nor a driver wondering when he would again get cell-phone reception. The August 3 night stop included a small city of waiting motorhomes and fifth-wheel campers, speakers talking about local history and a roast beef supper served by the Philip Volunteer Fire Department.

On August 3, the Ft. Pierre to Deadwood centennial wagon train stopped for the evening at Grindstone in Haakon County.

Horses were corralled and fed, riders took a few moments to put their feet up and the speakers for the evening prepared the flatbed stage. Supper did not have to be scrounged together by individual wagon groups; it was served by the Philip Volunteer Fire Department (PVFD) as a fundraiser.


August 7th

Winner and Timber Lake SDRA results

Area ropers continue to win at South Dakota Rodeo Association sanctioned rodeos. Two area saddle bronc riders also make showing.

Winner Elks Benefit Rodeo

July 25 - 27

Saddle Bronc - 3rd - 75, Ty Kennedy, Philip.

Calf Roping - 3rd - 10.4, Dillon Kjerstad, Quinn.

Ladies Breakaway Roping - 3rd - 2.7, Kaylee Gallino, Wasta.

Goat Tying - 5th - 8.5, Renee Perkins, Long Valley.

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Jamie "Spud" Gittings Golf Tournament results

The sixth annual Jamie "Spud" Gittings Memorial Golf Tournament was held on Sunday, August 3, at the Lake Waggoner Golf Course in Philip. The format for this tournament is a nine-hole, three-person scramble.

There were 17 three-player teams that competed in the event, which raised $600 for the Spud Gittings Memorial Scholarship. To date, the event has raised over $3,500 for the scholarship. Last year's recipient was Jerry Rhodes, Jr.


Festival Days PVFD demolition derby results

Who needs a bumper anyway? ... Even the consolation heat saw some crunching action. All cars ended up as compact models before the Philip Volunteer Fire Department’s demolition derby was through on Saturday night, August 2. Photos by Del Bartels

The August 2 demolition derby sponsored by the Philip Volunteer Fire Department had an estimated 400 audience members, plus pit crews, the fire department and 12 cars.

These were the ingredients for the first evening-time showing of the annual demolition derby. The new lighting system made the timing possible. The heat of the day was diminishing as the sun was going down, and as the cars were revving up. The new public address system and crow's nest improved the information-to-the-audience aspect of the action.


Sarah Marie Austin

Sarah Marie Austin, 23, Union Center, SD, died Tuesday, July 29, 2008, as the result of an automobile accident.

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 2, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. at the Central Meade County Community Center in Union Center with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will follow at the Red Owl Cemetery.

Sarah was born October 11, 1984, in Deadwood, SD, to Bryan and Laurie (Eilert) Austin. She grew up at Enning. She moved to Sturgis where she graduated from Sturgis Brown High School.


Lornce E. Grimes

Lornce E. Grimes, age 84, of Philip, SD, formerly of Interior, died August 2, 2008, at the Philip Nursing Home.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, August 5, at the Interior Fairview Cemetery in Interior, with Pastor Dave Morrison officiating.

Pallbearers were Allen, Dean, Tony, Willie and Tom Grimes and Travis Saunders.

Lornce Everett Grimes was born June 22, 1924, in Mellette County, the son of Everett and Eva May (Gray) Grimes. He grew up on his parents' ranch north of Belvidere, where he received his education in rural school in that area.


Bronc Ride, lawsuit, Festival Days, work projects updated to Philip City Council

One of the first updates heard during the City of Philip regular City Council meeting held on Monday, August 4, was of this summer's bronc ride event.

Event coordinator Branden West said, "It was every bit as big as the previous year. Philip doubled its population for that evening. Even without the Centennial Celebration going on, we had only 65 fewer at the gate than last year. It all went smoothly and we had spectacular riders. We came out ahead on our budget and it can only get bigger and better."

The Arena Association/Bronc Ride share of the concession was $1,700.


Brigitte Brucklacher is Career and Technical Teacher of the Year

Worth parading ... At the insistence of her relatives, Brigitte Brucklacher broke the news of her Teacher of the Year Award to the public during the Philip Festival Days parade on August 2.

Brigitte Brucklacher has been selected as the Outstanding Career and Technical Teacher of the Year by fellow members of the South Dakota Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences.

This is an award given to a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher providing outstanding vocational and technical education programs to youth. It is given to teachers who have made significant contributions toward innovative, unique and novel programs that are serving to improve and promote career and technical education.