February 2nd, 2006

Ila M. Kjerstad

Ila Maxine Kjerstad, age 83, of Quinn, died Sunday, January 29, 2006, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Services were held Wednesday, February 1, at the United Methodist Church in Wall, with Pastor Brad Kattelmann officiating. Interment was in the Wall Cemetery.

Music was provided by Carol Hahn, prelude organist, and Cheryl Fitch, Wendy Johnson, Rhonda Sinclair, Anita Sandal and Theodore Kjerstad, vocalists. Ushers were Gary Keyser, Rod Renner and Jerry Johannesen. Pallbearers were Kem, Jem, Kent, Kevin and Rick Kjerstad, Derek Hood and Jason Evans.

Michael W. "Mike" Rembold

Michael W. "Mike" Rembold, age 59, of Philip, died Sunday January 29, 2006 at the Ft. Meade VA Medical Center, after a year- long battle with cancer.

Visitation will be held 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1, at the Philip High School, and one hour preceding the services at the high school on Thursday.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 2, at the Philip High School, with Pastor Mark Ford officiating.

Music will be provided by Marianne Frein, pianist, Maureen Palecek and Barb Bowen, vocal duet.

Marjorie "Jackie" Bouman

Marjorie "Jackie" Bouman, age 75, of White River, died Saturday morning, January 28, 2006, at the White River Healthcare Center.

Services were held Monday, January 30, at the White River Community Events Center with Pastor James Naumann officiating. Interment was in the White River Cemetery.

Ushers were Karch Foley and Cody Bouman. Register book attendants were Barbara Ketel and Judy Knispel.

Steve A. Kroetch

Steve A. Kroetch, age 54, of Philip, died Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Saturday, January 21, at the Philip High School Auditorium with Father Ron Garry as celebrant.

Altar servers were Bethany and Kelsie Kroetch. Music was provided by Marianne Frein, organist, and Maureen Palecek, vocalist. Lector was Rita O’Connell. Ushers were Alan and Adam Rislov, Ross and Josh Kroetch, Ben and Jason Arnold and Michael Scozzaro.

Alice M. Henschel

Alice M. (Fosse) Henschel, 95, died on Saturday January 28, 2006, at the Bennett County Nursing Home in Martin, SD.

She was born to Roynald Fosse and Sigrid (Running) Fosse on October 20, 1910, in Haakon County, SD. She and her family lived on a farm near Hilland, SD, where she attended church and school. She graduated from Central High School in Rapid City, after which she attended Normal School in Spearfish. She received her teaching certificate and began her teaching career at Interior.

The darkness …

My children’s eyes were bright with wonder as I told them a bedtime story about a classic struggle.

The night sky was aglow with the shining of the moon. It out-shown the stars. It was a warm night. All was good and right with the world.

A slight breeze brought a coolness to the air. Off in the distance, a cloud could be seen coming from the far north. Before very long it filled a quarter of the sky. It was a storm cloud. It grew and became darker than the night. The bright moon was unmoving.

Letter to the Editor:

The January 29 Rapid City Journal carried an opinion piece by Sam Hurst criticizing ranchers who are opposed to designating the public lands in the Indian Creek area of the Buffalo Gap National Grasslands as wilderness. Hurst stated that ranchers who hold permits to graze livestock on public lands are “welfare ranchers”, subsidized by the federal government to compete against ranchers who don’t happen to have grazing permits.

My husband and I own a ranch and have a livestock grazing permit on the National Grasslands.

Drury returns from Iraq – family to leave Philip for post in New Jersey

The Drury family is excited to be united again. They are leaving Philip for Nick’s new post of Fort Dix, New Jersey. Nick Drury just returned from a six-month deployment in Iraq. Pictured are Heidi and Nick in the back row, and daughters McKennah and Meghan in front. The family is expecting a third child in March. Heidi, McKennah and Meghan lived in Philip near family and friends while Nick was deployed. Family and friends wish them well and will keep in touch.

Nick Drury arrived home from Iraq this last weekend. Heidi, his wife, had gone to meet him at Fort Dix in New Jersey, and family and friends were waiting for them in Philip ... so were flags and a welcome home banner in the front yard.

Nick has to report back to his post in New Jersey. The family will be moving with him on February 10, in order to get settled into post housing by his report date of February 20. The Drurys have two daughters; six-year-old McKennah and four-year-old Meghan.

January 12th

Scotties host wrestling triangular

Lifting up for a take down ... Andrew Brech (135 pound division) defeated his Lyman County opponent.

The Scottie wrestlers hosted the Philip Triangular Wrestling Meet on Tuesday, January 3.

JC/Midland Lady Coyotes fall to Platte, 45-33

Miller hosted the Jones County/Midland Lady Coyotes and the Platte Lady Panthers basketball teams. Platte defeated JC/M, 45-33.

JC/Midland 9 19 25 33

Platte 10 19 29 45

Jones County/Midland scorers: Caitlin Eckert - 8, Amy Petoske - 7, Alyssa Krogman - 6, Staci Royer - 5, Karissa Miller - 4, Mandy Strait - 3. The Coyotes made 3 of 8 free throws (37 percent).

Platte scorers: Hilaree Greise and Jenny Kimball - 12 each; Austin Taylor - 9; Chelsea Cutler - 6; Shewndra Hoekensen, Annie Kuipers and Robi Samuelson - 2 each.