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June 12th, 2008

Built from the heart ...

Jaycie West, daughter of Zach and Amber West, sits upon a dresser that will be raffled during Philip Festival Days, August 1 and 2, as a fundraiser to help with medical expenses. Earlier this year Jaycie was kicked in the head by a horse and required surgery. "Now she's well on her way to 110 percent recovery," said grandfather Doug West. "The doctors gave her a green light to be a normal kid." The dresser is made of cedar, oak, cherry, teak, African Rosewood and barn wood, and has spur poles for handles.


County declared disaster area by commissioners

Up to 15 inches of rain in some areas during the past month, caused flooding across the county last Friday, June 6, 2008, which in turn was bad enough that the Haakon County Board of Commissioners declared the county a disaster area at a special meeting Monday, June 9. Not present at the meeting were commissioners Don Eymer and Mel Smith.

"The roads are in tough shape," reported Kenny Neville, Haakon County highway superintendent.


Matched Bronc Ride ready for second year

The autograph session will begin at 5:30 p.m. under the arena tent on the west side of the Philip Roping Arena. The session will run until 7:00 p.m., when the riding will begin.

There will be three progressive rounds where only the top scoring riders from one round go on to the next. From the first round of all 25 invited cowboys will come the top 12 for the second round of bucking bronc competition. Only six bronc riders will advance to the last round.

An amount of $5,000 has been added to make a total prize money of $8,500 for the riders, $4,000 more than last year.


June 9th

Charlotte Roseth

Charlotte Roseth, age 92 of Philip, died May 30, 2008, at the Philip Nursing Home.

Charlotte Starkey was born December 16, 1915, at Hiteman, IA, the daughter of Frank and Salley (Whitehead) Starkey. When she was four-months-old she moved to the Starkey homestead located 21 miles north of Powell, SD. She grew up on the homestead, attended rural grade school and graduated from Philip High School in 1933. Charlotte was united in marriage to Palmer "Paul" Roseth on August 22, 1934, on her parents homestead north of Powell.


May 23rd

School Board sets contracts and a wrestling cooperative

The Haakon School District 27-1 Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, May 19, 2008.

The board approved the certified contract for the 2008-09 school year for Eileen Pipal as the Special Education (SPED) instructor. Classified contracts were approved for LaRae Carley, Lana Elshere, Karen Nelson, Mary Nelson and Edith Slovek to be next year's SPED aides.


Philip Scotties to send seven girls and four boys from regionals to the State Track and Field Meet

The Region 7B Track and Field Meet was held in Kadoka on Thursday, May 15th.

All first and second place winners earned the right to compete at the state meet on Friday and Saturday, May 23rd and 24th in Sioux Falls. If an athlete matched or surpassed a specific time or distance in their event during the season, then they automaticially earned a berth at state.

Philip girl athletes going to state include Josie Guptill and Kayla O'Connell in the 300 meter hurdles. The 1600 meter relay team of Lindsay Mann, O'Connell, Kady Pinney and Guptill also qualified.


Scholarships for Science Camp

The S.D. Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (SD BRIN) and USD Foundation are sponsoring the Lawrence Brothers Science Camp for science-interested students entering the 7th, 8th and 9th grades this fall. Located on the campus of the University of South Dakota, the camp runs from July 14-18.

This year's theme is "Light and Vision." The $250 fee will cover all expenses; scholarships are available. Students will be housed in the USD residence halls.

For more information, including applications and scholarship forms, please see the Web site at http://usd.edu/lbc/.


Grace D. Wasser

Grace D. Wasser, age 94 of Hartford, South Dakota, died May 20, 2008, at the Leisure Living Assisted Living in Hartford, South Dakota.

Grace D. Dooley was born October 17, 1913, in Ramona, South Dakota, the daughter of David and Theresa (Schuster) Dooley. She grew up in the Ramona area and graduated from Ramona High School in 1931. She obtained her teaching certificate from Eastern State Normal School at Madison. She then taught at rural schools in the Ramona area for two years. In 1936 she moved to Sioux Falls where she worked as a dental assistant for five years for Dr. H.J.


Edward M. Ptak

Edward M. Ptak, age 94, of Pierre, formerly of Philip, died May 20, 2008, at St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre following a short illness.

Ed Ptak was born November 1, 1913, in Tabor, SD, the eldest of three sons born to Thomas Ptak and Rosie (Kortan) Ptak. They enjoyed growing up on a farm south of Dante, SD. He attended high school in Geddes and Wagner.

Following graduation, he received a teaching certificate from Springfield Teacher's College and taught school in a small country school. He enlisted in the National Guard, 109th Engineer Combat Battalion when WWII broke out.


Bernard W. Fennell

Bernard W. Fennell, "Bernie #1", went out front to smoke his pipe one last time on the afternoon of May 3, 2008. He had fought bravely for his life during his final two months following major surgery in February.