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February 14th, 2008

Philip boys fall to Dupree

The Philip Scotties boys' basketball team traveled to Dupree to challenge the Tigers on Saturday, February 9th. The final score was 43-58 in favor of Dupree.

Philip 8 21 29 43

Dupree 14 28 45 58

Philip: Jeb Stewart 1 0-2 3, Richard Williamson 3 0-1 6, Rob Williamson 0 2-4 2, Casey Cvach 1 2-2 5, Allen Hauk 2 1-3 5, Caleb Clements 5 1-4 11, Jeff O'Connell 1 0-2 2, Brandon O'Dea 4 0-0 9.


Bonnie L. Royer

Bonnie L. Royer, age 74, Wall, SD, died February 6, 2008, at her home in Wall.

Services were held Saturday, February 9, 2008, at the First Lutheran Church in Wall, with Pastor Monty Dell officiating.

Music was provided by Mary Kay Wilson, organist. Ushers were Darwin Haerer and Dan Dartt. Pallbearers were Jeremy Royer, Ray E. Royer, Vern Omdahl, Terry Peters, Craig Weber and Mark Brucklacher.

Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery of Philip.


Kenard D. Fisher, Jr.

Kenard Daniel Fisher, Jr., age 84, Kadoka, SD, died February 7, 2008, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Services were held Tuesday, February 12, at the Presbyterian Church in Kadoka, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Music was provided by Lyndy Ireland and Joyce Wheeler. Ushers were Tony Gould and Mitch Olney.

Interment with military honors by the Sturgis Honor Guard was held Tuesday at the Black Hills National Cemetery.

Kenard Daniel Fisher, Jr. was born November 3, 1923, in Washabaugh County, SD, the son of Kenard D. Fisher, Sr.


Chamber hears from Superintendent Morehart

Haakon School District Super-intendent Keven Morehart was the guest speaker for the Philip Chamber of Commerce during it's meeting on Monday, February 11th.

Morehart gave an overview of current school activities. Parent-teacher conferences will be this Wednesday and Thursday, February 13th and 14th. "Parents of the elementary students always show up," said Morehart. "With the weather and an away girls' basketball game that evening, I hope we can still get many of the high school parents."

Student enrollment is at 277, kindergartners through seniors, down 17 from last year.


Philip's Mark Foley returns from National Guard military police duty in Afghanistan

Safely back home ... Mark Foley, National Guard staff sergeant in the 235th Military Police Company based out of Custer, returned from his deployment in Afghanistan. Among the many family and friends welcoming him safely home were his fiancee, Vanessa Anderson. Right: as Mark Foley neared his hometown of Philip, he was met by friends and neighbors. Vehicles from the Philip Volunteer Fire Department, Philip Ambulance Service, local law enforcement, many businesses and other friends joined the caravan. A West Central Electric Co-op boom raised the United States flag for the National Guardsman returning from Afghanistan.

"Like a bad headache, I'm coming back," joked Mark Foley before he left, and he gave the same joke after he returned to Philip from his duty in Afghanistan.

Haakon County Deputy Sheriff Foley was one of the National Guard soldiers from Custer's 235th Military Police Company who received mobilization orders Tuesday, June 20, 2006. They were mobilized in October 2006 to train for two to six months at Fort Bliss, TX, prior to deployment to Afghanistan.

National Guard Staff Sergeant Foley said that his unit had to report at Ft.


Medical update on young Jaycie West

On the long road to recovery ... Five-year-old injured Jaycie West receives a helping hand from younger brother Eastan. She will be in rehabilitation for an undetermined time.

Five-year-old Jaycie West lay in the hospital bed. She overheard a nurse explain that sick children were not permitted to go to the family waiting room, even to quietly celebrate a brother's fourth birthday.

"I'm not sick. I just got kicked in the head by a horse." She was wheeled down to see her brother, Eastan.

On Friday, January 25th, Jaycie was with her mother, Amber, her father, Zach, and her brother at the Central States Fair Event Center. She was, as usual, on her mother's horse, but this time it spooked into a gallop.


Medical update on young Jaycie West

Jaycie West

Five-year-old Jaycie West lay in the hospital bed. She overheard a nurse explain that sick children were not permitted to go to the family waiting room, even to quietly celebrate a brother's fourth birthday.

"I'm not sick. I just got kicked in the head by a horse." She was wheeled down to see her brother, Eastan.

On Friday, January 25th, Jaycie was with her mother, Amber, her father, Zach, and her brother at the Central States Fair Event Center. She was, as usual, on her mother's horse, but this time it spooked into a gallop.


January 31st

Edna E. Piotter

Edna Emilie Piotter was born on December 30, 1907, at Pella, WI, daughter of the late Will and Annie (Yordi) Cronce. She was baptized on April 5, 1908, at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Pella, and confirmed at the Shawano Methodist Church in 1921.

On June 28, 1931, she married Erwin R. Piotter at the Shawano Methodist Church. They resided in Manawa and she became a member of Zion Lutheran Church in September of 1931.

Erwin and Edna were employed by, and later owners of, Piotter's General Store.


Timothy A. Plant

Timothy Allen Plant, age 31 of Wall, SD, died January 16, 2008, at his home in Wall.

Memorial services were held Monday, January 21, at the First Lutheran Church in Wall, with Pastor Monty Dell officiating.

Music was provided by Nan Miller, organist, with congregational hymns. Ushers were Dennis Sieler and Roger Fortune. Honorary pallbearers were all relatives and friends in attendance.

Timothy Allen Plant was born December 15, 1976, the son of Dale and Marilyn (Geigle) Plant. He was born in Cactus Flat, SD, which later earned him the nickname "Cactus".


DM&E project delays threaten economic opportunities - call for railroad corrections bill

Thirty-nine statewide organizations, communities and businesses are urging the Governor and state legislature to correct South Dakota's eminent domain laws that are currently being manipulated to delay a project important to South Dakota's future. The groups expressed frustration over delay tactics designed to block the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad's expansion and upgrade project.

"We all want fairness for the landowners," said David McGirr, Mayor of Huron, "and believe that if the merits of the issue are ever allowed to be argued it will prove that DM&E has been fair.