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November 29th, 2007

Lyle Melvin

HOWELL, Mich. - Lyle Melvin, 87, passed away November 20, 2007, at his home in Howell, MI.

He was born July 29, 1920, in Wall, SD, to Patrick and Cecilia Melvin. He grew up on the family farm north of Wall.

He enlisted in the Marines during WWII and after receiving a medical discharge, went to Long Beach, CA, to join his fiancée and work in the shipyards. He was married to Gwenda Sieh on November 28, 1942, in Long Beach, CA. They were planning a celebration of their 65th wedding anniversary at the time of his death.


Donald Bergeson

Don Bergeson, 79, of Pierre, died Friday, November 23, 2007, at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Services will be held Thursday, November 29, at Lutheran Memorial Church in Pierre at 10:00 a.m. CT, with burial in Riverside Cemetery.

Donald was born on January 7, 1928, southwest of Hayes to Arthur and Mary (Olesen) Bergeson. He grew up in Hayes where he attended grade school. He then went to T.F. Riggs High School in Pierre where he graduated in 1947.

He was united in marriage to Gretha Floyd on September 2, 1950, at Lutheran Memorial Church in Pierre.


Philip and Midland to have Missouri River water

It may have taken a little longer than anticipated but Missouri River water will soon be flowing through area water lines.

Late last week, West River/ Lyman-Jones Rural Water System employees were taking the final steps that will hook-up a pipeline that will supply Philip with water from the Missouri River. As of Wednesday, November 21, 2007, they were laying pipeline within feet of the tank.

By early 2008, the river water will begin flowing into the Philip reservoir north of town.


November 23rd

Philip Lady Scotties return with seventh place from state volleyball tournament

Philip Lady Scotties Volleyball Team ... at the 2007 State “B” Volleyball Tournament in Sioux Falls November 15-17.

With a 30-3 season record, the Philip Lady Scotties began the State Class "B" State High School Volleyball Tournament as the number three seeded team. The tournament was November 15th through the 17th in Sioux Falls.

The Scotties had not lost a Class B match during the regular season. Two of their three losses went to Hot Springs and the other went to Bennett County, both Class A teams. The Scotties had won the District 13B tournament, then defeated Wall for the Region 7B championship.


Elsie R. Mortensen

Elsie Rae Mortensen, age 77, of Wall, died Thursday, November 22, 2007, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Services were held Monday, November 26, at First Lutheran Church, with Pastor Monty Dell officiating.

Music was provided by Rhonda Mettler, organist, and Tom Ramirez, vocalist. Ushers were Darwin Haerer, Dan Dartt, Roger Fortune and Dennis Sieler.


Elizabeth L. Brown

Elizabeth L. Brown, age 82 of Tyndall, SD, died November 14, 2007, at the Tyndall Good Samaritan Center.

Services were held Friday, November 16, at the Rush Funeral Chapel in Philip.

Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Elizabeth Lucy Maris Brown was born February 17, 1925, in Parade, SD, the daughter of James and Agnes (Paradis) Brown. She grew up in Parade, and later in the Chamberlain, SD, area. She finished her schooling in Kansas. She received her nursing training in Los Angeles, California during WWII.


Reid C. Palecek

Reid C. Palecek, stillborn son of Nicholas and Dusti (Feddersen) Palecek, died Saturday, November 17, 2007, at the Sanford Mid-Dakota Hospital in Chamberlain.

Survivors include his parents, Nicholas and Dusti Palecek of Ft. Pierre; a brother, Daylen Palecek of Ft.


Beryl "Bud" Allen

Beryl "Bud" Allen was born November 15, 1918, in a house his father built in Ansley, Nebraska, the son of Peter G. and Agnes (Duncanson) Allen. As a child the family lived on a farm in the Ansley area and a ranch in the Burwell, Nebraska area. In 1926, the family moved to a farm east of Longvalley in Washabaugh County. He completed his education in that community. As a young man he worked for his parents and Maurice and Mae Handcock for several years. In 1940, he and Carson Dithmer moved to California to work on the railroad.


School Board looks at scholarships, football field renovation and the school's report card

The Haakon District 27-1 Board of Education meeting on Monday, November 19, 2007, began with communications from the audience.

Philip second grade instructor, Jessica Wheeler, is the head of the Haakon Education Association's playground equipment project. She reported that a fundraising auction of special items will be held on January 20th, 2008. Wheeler said that her students are "excited about the progress" and about the different items coming in the mail. Items are coming in almost every day.

All auctioned items will be donations from famous individuals or businesses.


Stanley & Loleta Jacobson married for 79 years

The Jacobsons ... Loleta and Stanley don’t project if their 80th year of marriage will come around. To them, it doesn’t really matter. “We’re happy and thats the main thing.”

Stanley and Loleta will have been Mr. and Mrs. Jacobson for 79 years on November 28th, 2007.

They both lived in the Nowlin area and, when both were 18-years-old, they traveled to Fort Pierre to get married in a Lutheran church there on November 28, 1928.

"Why do kids do things like that?" said Loleta. "We were both crazy. But, we made it work."

She was a graduate from Philip High School and he was working for the railroad. "Then, we never even thought of making it to 79 years. We never thought of that during our marraige.