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January 2nd, 2008

At 2007 year-end meeting, Philip City Council anticipates Missouri River water

The Philip City Council held its year-end meeting in the Commissioner's Room of the Haakon County Courthouse on Thursday, December 27th.

Members of the board of directors of West River/Lyman-Jones Rural Water System and other representatives addressed the council. They congratulated their partnership with Philip and all the people who played a part in the long project of getting Missouri River water to this area. The piping is now in place.


HEA auction based on celebrity donations

Local students show a limited number of the items to be auctioned off by the HEA on January 20th. Back row, from left: Rachel Wheeler, Tyana Gottsleben, Emma Slovek, Chana Gottsleben and Tara Gottsleben. Front: Elise Wheeler and Sayde Slovek.

The Haakon Education Association (HEA) will hold an auction of celebrity-donated items on January 20, 2008, in the Fine Arts Building, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

The organization is raising the final amount of funds necessary to purchase the centerpiece large play system for the elementary playground. There are 17 HEA members who include teachers, support staff, retired teachers and substitutes. Many non-members have also been helping with the playground equipment project.

So far, eight pieces of equipment have already been installed.


November 29th, 2007

Gloria E. Montgomery

Gloria E. Montgomery, age 78, of Kadoka, formerly of Quinn, SD, died Sunday November 25, 2007, at the Kadoka Nursing Home.

Gloria Monaco was born January 31, 1929, at Anaconda, MT, the daughter of Angelo and Maria (Farrace) Monaco. She grew up in Anaconda where she graduated form high school in 1946. She then graduated from college at Havre, MT. She taught elementary school for several years.

Gloria was united in marriage to Thomas Montgomery on June 10, 1950, in Coeur D'Alene, ID. They made their home in Butte and Helena, MT, in Chile, in New Mexico and in Globe, AZ.


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.