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July 24th, 2007

Martha Pearson

Martha Pearson, age 85, of Philip, died Tuesday, July 10, 2007, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Services were held Saturday, July 14, at the United Church in Philip, with Pastor Mark Ford officiating.

Music was provided by Marilyn Millage, pianist, and Maureen Palecek, vocalist. Ushers were Julie Kemnitz and Debbie Hansen.


Behind the byline ...

Galen Kropf, an Oregon farmer who spent several days in the Philip area, was very impressed with the press mechanism – watches it in motion. Photo by Bill Kunkle

It takes much more than chasing stories and colorful prose to make a newspaper.

As reporters, we mostly ignored the proposition that newspaper need to make money.


Behind the byline ...

Press Manager Sam One Skunk shows Philip visitor Galen Kropf the Pioneer Review press room.

It takes much more than chasing stories and colorful prose to make a newspaper.

As reporters, we mostly ignored the proposition that newspaper need to make money.


Terry Henrie and family to be in Texas for year-long emergency medicine residency

Professional improvement is a family affair ... Jennifer and young Reese Henrie will be with Terry in San Antonio, TX, during Terry’s year-long Physician’s Assistant residency in emergency medicine.

Physician's Assistant Terry Henrie has been accepted to continue his professional training in an emergency medicine program at the Health Science Center of the University of Texas in San Antonio.

The family - Terry, Jennifer and three-year-old Reese - will be leaving Philip at the end of August 2007, then will return early in September 2008.

Terry will still be classified as a Physician's Assistant, though will have extensive specialized experience. "For about a year, I've been thinking about ways to enhance my skills and become better trained," said Henrie.


July 12th

Living Memorial

In years to come, Philip's west entrance, adding historical interest, will be highlighted by a tribute to those who gave their lives in defense of our country.

The living memorial was the dream of retired main street shopkeeper, Hans E. Hanson, who said, "I just wanted to give something back to my town."

It will take many hands to nurture the trees, but the work of Greg Weber, who waters the plantings and helped in other ways, should be an inspiration. Greg is a former bank president who's not afraid to get his hands dirty.


Lincoln Smith wrestles at Disney Duels Tournament in Florida

Bronze medal winner of the Disney Wrestling Duels Tournament, Lincoln Smith, Philip, returned home with a record of seven wins and two losses.

Smith was the 189 pounder for the South Dakota Class "B" team at the Disney Wrestling Duels Tournament.

Members of the two South Dakota teams met at Beresford, on Thursday, June 21, for two days of training with the four South Dakota coaches. The South Dakota "A" team was coached by Brian Moser of Rapid City Stevens and Jeremy Tostenson of Milbank.


Arthur A. "Art" Kroetch

Arthur A. "Art" Kroetch, age 80, of Philip, died Tuesday, July 3, 2007, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Arthur Albert "Art" Kroetch was born August 18, 1926 in Hilland, South Dakota, the son of Fredrick and Pearl (Boyce) Kroetch. He grew up on his parents' homestead and received his education at the Elbon Rural School.

As a young man he worked with his family and various ranchers in that area. In 1948, he owned and operated a custom haying business.

Art was united in marriage to Eleanor May Johnson on June 30, 1950 in Cottonwood, SD.


Philip City Council approves water restrictions

The Philip City Council met for a relatively quiet meeting Monday, July 2, at 7:00 p.m. at the Haakon County Courthouse. One of the more important notes on the agenda was that water restrictions are in effect immediately. At June's meeting, the council decided to wait until West River/Lyman-Jones decided that water restrictions were necessary before implimenting them, though they had a plan ready to put in place.


County Commissioners get budget proposals

The Haakon County Board of Commissioners received proposed budgets from all county offices at their July 3 meeting.

At their August 2007 meeting the board will decide if there is a budget shortfall and if major cuts in the budgets will need to be made.

Most of the submitted office and program budgets saw small increases for pay raises, postage rates and mileage costs.

Auditor Patsy Freeman informed the board that she would like to increase the deputy position in her office to full time status.


Hazel Schwalm, 73, lost and trapped in 97º heat

Hazel Schwalm, 73, was missing for almost 21 hours, over half that time partially encased in a mudhole, before she was found by volunteer rescuers.

At around 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, Schwalm and her husband, Calvin, were rounding up cattle which had gotten out of a pasture. The ranch land is about nine miles north of Midland and the cattle were roughly two miles northeast of the house.

Hazel stayed on foot to gather a few straggling, slower cattle while Calvin drove the main group ahead with the pickup.