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July 3rd, 2008

County residents can enroll now for NACo prescription drug cards

Haakon County residents can now stop at the auditor's office and pick-up their prescription drug cards, announced Haakon County Auditor Patricia Freeman, Tuesday, July 1.

The cards will allow county residents to save a little money on their prescription medications that are not covered by insurance. The savings area vailable through a plan the Haakon County Board of Commissioners recently obtained through the National Association of Counties.

The Haakon County Commissioners signed up for a prescription drug discount card program earlier this year.


Proposed TransCanada Keystone XL Project holds open house in Philip

Construction of a proposed 36-inch crude-oil pipeline through Haakon County is not expected to start until 2011. Actual excavation on any piece of land is estimated to take seven weeks, with complete land reclamation taking less than two to three years. Then the pipeline will be out of sight and no problem for landowners.

This was the summation at an informational open house on Wednesday, June 25, at the Fine Arts Building in Philip. Project Director Ken Murchie presented an overview, then opened a question and answer period for the audience.


Flood damage tasks highway department budget

Haakon County Highway Superintendent Kenny Neville informed the Haakon County Board of Commissioners at their Tuesday, July 1, 2008, meeting that as of now President George W. Bush has not signed a disaster declaration that would allow Haakon County to receive federal aid dollars for repairing roads, bridges and culverts damaged in the June flooding.

The declaration involves other counties within South Dakota. Neville stated he had been told that the declaration had been given to the President.


Three Rivers Special Services Cooperative in Philip

Three Rivers Special Services Cooperative has moved its office to Philip after being in Midland for the past 10 years.

Business Manager Kathy Arthur has taken office space at 100 East Pine Street. This is the north office section of the Philip Ambulance Service building. "The ambulance service has done a great job on remodeling the office for Three Rivers. Stop in to see the office and say hello," said Arthur.

Three Rivers' former address was 204 Main Street in Midland. The new address will be 100 East Pine Street, PO Box 615, Philip, SD 57567.


Kathy Chesney new United Church minister

On Sunday, July 6, Kathy Chesney will be giving her first sermon as the new minister for the United Church in Philip and for the First Presbyterian Church of Interior.

"For many years I struggled and passed by the calling to be a pastor," said Chesney. "Finally I just couldn't say no anymore. Since, it has been great; there is no other word for it, even with the insane schedule." Even before that decision came in August of 2005, her schedule had been full.

Chesney was raised in Michigan.


June 26th

Results of Wall's Pre-Father's Day Golf Tournament scramble

The Wall Community Golf Course hosted the Pre-Father's Day tournament on Saturday, June 14.

The 18-hole four-man scramble consisted of two flights; a championship flight and first flight. Players were from the immediate area, particularly from Philip, Wall and New Underwood.

First place was earned by the team of Dean Schulz, Tom Kruger, Shawn Kruger and Justin Kruger, who shot a team score of 60.


Father's Day golf tournament

Lake Waggoner Golf Course hosted its annual Father's Day Stroke Play golf tournament on Father's Day Sunday July 15.

Fifteen golfers competed in the event; Corky Thorson, Ray Smith, Glenn Parsons, Pat Stout, Bob Thorson, Landon Peterson, Dick Stolley, Dean Fitzgerald, Brad Haynes, Colt Terkildsen, Luke Weber, DJ Rush, Tristan Rush, Dak Carley and Bill McDaniel.

It was an 18-hole tournament and was flighted by the toss of a coin. "There were some very respectable scores turned in," said Glenn Parsons, "and there were some scores that were less than stellar.


Milesville Post Office honored

Gayla Piroutek

On Thursday, July 19, Milesville Postmaster Gayla Piroutek was presented with the Team Award "Top Performing Office" award. The manager of postal operations of western South Dakota, Cindy Lipp, gave the presentation. Post offices are listed in four classes from largest to smallest, Milesville being in the smallest division with about 40 other post offices in western South Dakota. This Dakotas district award, given out quarterly per fiscal year, is based on the number of sales, address corrections and performance of various other postal duties


Quentin Strubel, a Philip graduate, is top officer in Brandon

Top officer ... Quentin Struble, a Philip graduate, of the Brandon Police Department recently received an Officer of the Year Award from the Sioux Falls Morning Optimists. Photo by Alica P. Thiele

Officer Quentin Struble likes the variety of his job. As night shift leader on the Brandon Police Department, he patrols the city in the wee hours, answering calls and handling disturbances.

His commitment to his job has earned him the honor of Officer of the Year by the Sioux Falls Morning Optimists.

"Annually, we recognize an officer of the year award from different agencies throughout our county," said Lt. Bruce Swan of the Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office and an Optimists member.


Woitte family - three surviving generations having served in the United States military

“It’s a demanding life” ... agreed three surviving generations of the Woitte family in being in any branch of the military. From left: Kandus Woitte, Kelly (Woitte) Maugiri and Joe Woitte.

When he reached 18 years of age, Kandus Woitte volunteered for the U.S. Navy. The years of 1944 through 1946 saw his ship, the U.S.S. Lauderdale APA179, survive intense battle, including the 97-day, 219,000-casualty Battle of Okinawa.

In July, 1976, Joe Woitte volunteered for the U.S. Air Force.