February 27th, 2008

Study Circles to focus on library patrons' needs

A series of study circles initiated by the Haakon County Public Library Board of Directors will begin this week to gain a clear vision of library services needed in Haakon County.

Six study circle groups will meet three times each in the next few weeks. Four of the study circles will be comprised of residents in and near Philip and one each in the Milesville and Midland areas.

Times and locations for the study circles are Monday, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Senechal lobby; Tuesday, 12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m., Haakon County Courthouse Community Room; Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

Missile Site selects Philip's John Black as facility manager

The Minuteman Missile National Historic Site has hired John Black as the site's first facility operations specialist.

Black, a National Park Service employee for nine years, has been selected to fill this new position at the former military installation. He will assume his new responsibilities effective March 17.

Milesville comedy "Jolly Roger: King of the Pirates" full of mistaken identities, family fun

Aaargh, nobody tries to impersonate me ... The Milesville play, Jolly Roger: King of the Pirates, is full of characters ... real zany characters. Shown is Jolly Roger (Jim Stangle) trying to run-through opposing first mate Nate (Sam Stangle), while Captain Cleverly (Jared Doud) stays out of harms’ way. Actors in back, from left, are: Lori Quinn, Dusti Berry, Nina Pekron and (yes) Kelly Blair.

This year the Milesville play is doing things differently. And in this case, different may be a very good thing for the audience.

The stage for the comedy "Jolly Roger: King of the Pirates" has been built out from the permanent stage. The prow of the good ship Blue Walrus is 12 feet wide and extends 16 feet in front of the curtains.

Mni Wiconi Missouri River water pipeline opened to Philip area by way of WR/L-J

400 gallons per minute ... Former mayor Mike West opens the valve that now brings treated Missouri River water to the City of Philip. For several more months, the water in the 948,000 gallon tank will be 80/20 Missouri water and water from the current Creighton and Quinn wells.

The pipeline connecting the Mni Wiconi water project to the City of Philip was officially opened during a special ceremony at the Philip water tank on Wednesday, February 20th.

Treated Missouri River water is now being pumped to the water storage tank just north of Philip. At 2:00 p.m. the pipeline was opened and it began bringing in 300 gallons per minute. Within a half of an hour that pressure had edged up to 350 gpm.

Hayes community comedy performance "Squirrel Lake" full of hilarious nuts

Oh no, its departed Mom in a strange man’s body ! ... In this play, performed at the Hayes Community Hall, estranged siblings come together for the reading of their mother’s will. Their mother, though, shows up in the body of an out-of-his-mind detective.

Mistaken identities and confusion run rampant at the Olsen family's summer cottage on Squirrel Lake.

Imagine a normal dysfunctional family of three grown siblings who haven't seen one another for years. Each one is struggling to survive their own faults. Now, put them in a cabin to discuss what to do with their mother's will and see how human nature takes over.

February 25th

Louise Fitzgerald

Louise Fitzgerald, age 87 of Milesville, SD, died February 14, 2008, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Services were held Tuesday, February 19, at the American Legion Hall in Philip, with Pastor Frezil Westerlund officiating.

Music was provided by Marilyn Millage, pianist, and Barb Bowen, vocalist. Ushers were Dawn Nipp and Kirsten Stilwell.

Pallbearers were Dallas Fitzgerald, Colt Fitzgerald, Erika LeBeau, C.J.

Agnes Sandall

Agnes Johnson was born July 9, 1914 at Letcher, South Dakota, the daughter of Chris and Louise (Ness) Johnson. When she was two years old the family moved back to Norway where she started her elementary education. The family then moved back to South Dakota and settled on a farm-ranch northeast of Kadoka. She grew up on the farm-ranch and graduated from Kadoka High School. Agnes attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls for two years where she received her teaching certificate. She taught rural schools in the Kadoka area for four years and taught thirty-six years at Kadoka School.

Elizabeth Shearer

Elizabeth Shearer, age 97, of Wall, better known as "Gammies" to her family and friends, passed away Sunday, February 17, 2008, at Custer Regional Senior Care Center.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20, at the Rush Funeral Chapel in Wall, and one hour preceding the services at the church on Thursday.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m.

Blanche L. Young

Blanche L. Young, age 86, Philip, SD, formerly of Morris and Beardsley, MN, was called to her heavenly home on February 14, 2008, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Memorial services for Blanche will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 21, at St.

Louie Grimes

Louie Grimes, age 89, of Kadoka, SD, died February 16, 2008, at the Hans P.