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Commissioners discuss policies and insurance

The Haakon County Commissioners met in special session Wednesday, January 23, 2008 to discuss the policy handbook and health insurance.

New information had been received regarding the state health insurance pool. The commissioners would like to go with a different health insurance carrier begining in July 2008. Auditor Patricia Freeman was instructed to obtain further information from the state pool and also county employees. The board will discuss the issue at their regular February board meeting.

The board reviewed a proposed county employee handbook.


Area residents meet with DM&E

Area residents and Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad representatives met at the Philip Fire Hall Wednesday evening, January 23, 2008 to discuss the railroad crossing on County Road 13.

DM&E office engineer Beth Lynn, Sioux Falls and Frank Doland civil engineer with HWS, Lincoln, NE, outlined some of the problems with the crossing. Doland noted his biggest concern was the seven percent grade on the hill coming down to the crossing. He noted he was afraid in bad road conditions a driver would not be able to stop in time and would run into a train.


Haakon Education Association celebrity auction for playground items a success

Going, going, gone ... Mick Trask helped auction the Haakon Education Association items that had been donated by distant celebrities and local entities. The auction results of $3,393 were added to the previous donations to pay the $12,665 cost of the additional elementary playground equipment. Some equipment has already been donated and installed.

The Haakon Education Asso-ciation celebrity-item auction to raise funds for playground equipment, held on Sunday, January 20th, brought in $3,393.

"HEA was very happy with the outcome of the auction," said HEA co-president Jessica Wheeler.


Two points from 1st to 8th for Scotties wrestlers

Dace Kelly,, 103-112 lbs. Photo by Debbie Smith

The Philip Scotties competed at the State B Wrestling Duals Tournament in Wagner on Saturday, January 26th, in Wagner.

At this tournament, the wrestlers did not compete for individual wins in the designated weight classes. Here, teams were only scored against other teams. Some individuals, though, wrestled in a higher weight class for practice against different opponents, to fill in an empty weight slot or to strategically win specific matches to earn team points. No individual champions were crowned.

Philip ended up placing eighth as a team.


Philip Scotties fall to Bennett County Warriors, 106-54

Up and over ... Philip’s Caleb Clements (#41) lets fly a shot over the heads of the Lemmon defenders.

The Philip boy's basketball team traveled to Martin to challenge the Bennett County Warriors on Tuesday, January 22nd. The game ended 54-106 in favor of the Warriors.

Philip 16 25 30 54

Bennett Co. 31 55 76 106

Philip scorers: Caleb Clements - 16, Brandon O'Dea - 12, Allen Hauk - 8, Richard Williamson, Casey Cvach, Anthony Iwan - 4 each, Jeb Stewart, Jeff O'Connell - 3 each. Totals 13 25-30 54.

Bennett Co.


Scottie come-back attempt soured by Cowboys, 54-60

The Philip boy's basketball team hosted the Lemmon Cowboys on Friday, January 25th. The Scotties attempted a fourth quarter come-back, but just could not pull it off in this non-conference game. The final score was 54-60.

The Scotties repeatedly pulled within four points of the Cowboys' lead during the final quarter, but let the initiate slip and gave up several free throws points.

Philip 6 16 37 54

Lemmon 18 29 44 60

Philip scorers: Caleb Clements - 21, Casey Cvach 10, Jeb Stewart, Rob Williamson - 8 each, Allen Hauk - 4, Brandon O'Dea - 3.


Philip Lady Scotties go into overtime play to defeat Wall Eagles, 52-47

The Philip Lady Scotties held back a hard drive by the Wall Lady Eagles that ended in overtime play. The Scotties defeated the Eagles in a Wall hosted Great Plains Conference game on Saturday, January 26th. The last buzzer sounded to a Philip win of 52-47.

Philip out did Wall 20-15 in free throws, and that was one of the deciding factors in winning the game.


Scotties fall to Bennett Co. Warriors, 54-106

The Philip boy's basketball team traveled to Martin to challenge the Bennett County Warriors on Tuesday, January 22nd. The game ended 54-106 in favor of the Warriors.

Philip 16 25 30 54

Bennett Co. 31 55 76 106

Philip scorers: Caleb Clements - 16, Brandon O'Dea - 12, Allen Hauk - 8, Richard Williamson, Casey Cvach, Anthony Iwan - 4 each, Jeb Stewart, Jeff O'Connell - 3 each. Totals 13 25-30 54.

Bennett Co.


Sweet victory of Lady Scotties over Lemmon Cowgirls, 58-38

Synchronized teamwork ... Philip’s Mariah Evans (#45) lands after going up for a jump shot while Marissa Mann (#33) takes on two Lemmon opponents for the rebound.

The Philip Lady Scotties basketball team hosted the Lemmon Cowgirls on Friday, January 25th in a non-conference game.


January 10th

Rodney G. Gartner

Rodney Gene Gartner, age 49 of Long Beach, CA, formerly of Kadoka, died January 3, 2008, at his home in Long Beach.

Rodney Gene Gartner was born January 10, 1958, in Kadoka, SD, the son of Clifford and Marie (Anderson) Gartner. He grew up in Kadoka and graduated from high school in 1977. That same year he enlisted in the United States Navy. He received an honorable discharge in June 1979. He went to Gillette, WY, where he was in building construction at Wright, WY.

In September 1979, he was injured in a swimming accident.