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March 20th, 2008

Haakon County to be fully accounted into legal Fire Protection Districts

Proposed – everything in a fire district ... In the southeast corner is the existing Midland district. The existing Milesville district is north-central with a proposed expansion westward. The existing Deep Creek district claims most of the northeast corner, with hopeful expansion. The Philip Fire Protection District, in the southwest, encompasses the rest of Haakon County. At this time, the Philip Fire Protection District has no proposed mill levy, thus no fire district taxes.

Philip, Milesville, Midland and Deep Creek all have existing fire protection districts. Land may not be within the boundaries of two different fire protection districts. Milesville is petitioning to include the two full townships and parts of four others between its current boundaries and Pennington County. The Deep Creek district is hoping to include two townships to its northwest.

In attempting to clarify matters, Philip Fire Chief Marty Hansen said, "We definitely need to have fire protection districts.


Eugene Wheeler

Eugene Wheeler, age 80, of Amarillo, TX, died Friday, February 22, 2008.

No services were held.

Mr. Wheeler was born in Deadwood, SD. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and retired from the Veterans Administration and Bivins Memorial Nursing Home.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Lula Wheeler; and a son, Noel Wheeler.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara; three daughters, Kay Miller of Montana, Diana Staniewski of Washington, D.C. and Kelly Harris and her husband, Poncho, of Amarillo; two sons, Gene Wheeler, Jr.


Helene Kalkbrenner

Helene Kalkbrenner, age 91, Wasta, SD, died March 17, 2008, at the Belle Vista Nursing Home in Rapid City.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Wall, with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m.

Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 20, at St.


Norma M. Philips

Norma Marie Philips, age 91, of Murdo, SD, died March 16, 2008, at the St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre.

Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Wednesday, March 19, at St. Martin's of Tours in Murdo, SD, with Fr. Timothy Castor as celebrant.

Music was provided by Rose Comp, organist, and Deb Venard, vocalist. Ushers were Drew Venard, Kyle Venard and Brandon Kinsley.


Bonna Lindquist

Bonna Lindquist, 72, of Pierre, formerly of Murdo, died Saturday, March 8, 2008, at her home in Pierre.

Memorial services were held at Thursday, March 13, at the Murdo United Methodist Church.

Inurnment was in the Murdo City Cemetery.

Bonna was born on July 18, 1935, one of 10 children born to Waldo and Clara (Jordan) Finck of Okaton, SD. She attended Kessler School and Okaton High School.

Bonna was united in marriage to Dean Lindquist on December 21, 1958. To this union three daughters were born, Karen, Kim and Tammy.


Dick Fanning

Dick Fanning, age 71, Long Valley, SD, died March 10, 2008, of a heart attack, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Mass of Christian burial was cekebrated Thursday, March 13, at the Old American Legion Hall in Martin, with Father Bryan Sorensen as celebrant and Deacon Cal Clifford assisting.

Lector was Tony Fanning. Music was provided by Steve and Stuart Livermont and Dana Fanning.


Sylvia Jeppesen

Sylvia Jeppesen, age 99, of Wall, SD, died March 12, 2008, at the Good Samaritan Center in New Underwood.

Services were held Monday, March 17, at the United Methodist Church in Wall, with Pastor Brad Kattelmann officiating.

Music was provided by Sister Susan Pohl. Ushers were Jerry Johannesen and Bill Leonard. Pallbearers were Orlin Winkowitsch, Jody Sawvell, Dale Sawvell, Shaun McKay, Kenny Karp and Randy Ehlers.

Interment was in the Wall Cemetery.

Sylvia L.


Charlie Brunson

Charlie Brunson, age 66, of Kadoka, SD, died March 11, 2008, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Services were held Monday, March 17, at the Belvidere Community Church, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Ushers were Bob Eckert and Jim Willert. Pallbearers were Tom DeVries, Casey Willard, Bob Schofield, Charlie Carlson, John Rodgers, Al Badure, Jerry Willuweit and Joe Thorn.

Interment was in the Belvidere Cemetery.

Charlie W. Brunson was born June 17, 1941, in Murdo, SD, the son of Charles and Ada V. (Swan) Brunson.


March 6th

Philip Chapter FCCLA competes at District IX

Philip FCCLA at District IX meeting ... Floor in front: Grace Schnabel, Callie Schofield, Kayla O'Connell and Abby Fitzgerald. Front on stage: Advisor Brigitte Brucklacher, Cassie Schofield, Jordan Smith, Skye Brucklacher, Andrew Brech, Abby Carley, Emma Slovek and Colby Smith. Back row: Bethany Kroetch, Jennifer Stangle, Loni Nelson, Sierra Hook, Tara Ravellette, Kenzy Pinney and Molly Coyle.

The Philip Chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America attended the District IX FCCLA meeting on February 27th at the School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City.

Towns in District IX include Philip, Belle Fourche, Bison, Sturgis and Wall. The conference gave members the opportunity to compete in STAR events and develop leadership.

Skye Brucklacher, a Philip High School senior, has served as the district chairman for the past year and is also a state officer through having this position.


Time's a-wasting before the Elementary Science Fair

by Lee Vaughan

Philip Science Fair organizer

With just three weeks to go until the Philip Elementary Science Fair, it's time to pull out all stops to wrap up this year's research.

For students' convenience, the websites listed on the handouts explaining how to do a project, write the report, and set up a board, have been listed on the school's web page. All that is necessary is select the appropriate site and click.

As in the past, students will be setting up their projects in the Elementary Gym between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m. on March 27th.