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June 28th, 2007

Marjorie May Fenner

Marjorie May Fenner, 83 of Flower Mound, TX, (formerly of Wall, SD) passed away Wednesday, June 20th at the Cross Timbers Care Center in Flower Mound, TX, surrounded by family.

She was born on a hot summer day, July 3, 1923, near Pedro, SD, to Frank and Nellie (Huss) Wilsey. She attended school in the Pedro area through the 8th grade then attended Rapid City High School graduating in 1941.

After graduation from high school, she worked various jobs until she met the love of her life, Dempsey Fenner. They were married April 6, 1944, in Rapid City, SD.


William F. (Ole) Steele

William F. (Ole) Steele, age 89, of Rapid City, SD, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 23, 2007 at home surrounded by his family.

Mr. Steele was born in Tracy, MN, to Minnie and Carl Steele. He grew up in the Badlands, helping his mother operate the Conata Motel. He married Dolores Abrams on May 30, 1950. Ole and Dolores owned and operated Ole's Upholstery in Rapid City for many years. He was also employed by and retired from the Badlands National Park. He enjoyed horseback riding, dancing, and wine making.


Clara W. Solon

Clara W. Solon, 95, formerly of Kadoka, died Tuesday, February 27, 2007, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Clara Schulz was born in Interior on October 5, 1911, the first child of Heine and Anna (Gulzow) Schulz. During her early childhood, the family lived either in Interior or on their homestead above the Badlands wall. Clara attended the Interior School for 11 years, but graduated from Rapid City High School in 1929 because Interior did not have a four-year high school.


June 21st

Results of Pennington County 4-H Rodeo

The Pennington County 4-H Rodeo was held on Saturday, June 16, at the Wall Rodeo Arena. Approximately 217 youth participated. The contestants are from the area towns of Philip, Wall, Quinn, Belle Fourche, Martin, Dupree, Interior, Sturgis, Hermosa, Fairburn, Spearfish, New Underwood, Rapid City, Midland, Kadoka, Edgemont and Buffalo Gap.

The Junior Junior Division ranges in age from eight to 10 and do not qualify for the state finals. The Junior Division may be from ages eight to 14 and the Senior Division is from 14 to 19.


Stephanie O'Connell wins 3-D saddle at National Barrel Horse Association state finals

Stephanie O’Connell of Philip won the 3-D saddle. She is shown here with State NBHA President, Della Amdahl.

District Six National Barrel Horse Association members competed at the 2006 state finals in Huron May 26 and 27, 2007, with 206 barrel racers in the open, 64 barrel in the youth and 31 senior barrel racers.

Four state championship saddles were awarded in the open division. Two were won by local area cowgirls. Stephanie O'Connell of Philip won the 3-D saddle and Chelsea Shearer of Wall won the 1-D saddle.

First go of the open

Open 1D: 1. Chelsea Shearer. 5. Jodie O'Bryan. 10. Jodie O'Bryan. 12. Lissa Papousek.

Open 2D: 4. Shannon Olson. 11. Jamie Iverson.


Results of Philip Roping Club team roping

The Philip Centennial Celebration included a team roping competition on June 16. Action drew cowboys and cowgirls from the region to compete for top places in three different divisions. For the open roping division, there were 55 teams; for the draw pot division there were 65 teams; and for the Number 11 roping division, there were 54 registered teams.

In addition to the regular anticipated winnings, free Steak Out tickets were given to first place teams for each roping.


Spud Gittings Memorial Golf Tournament

The fifth annual Spud Gittings Memorial Golf Tournament took place on Sunday, June 17, with 22 three-person teams.

Every year this tournament gets bigger, and this year it brought in over $700 to fund the Jamie Gittings Memorial Scholarship at the Philip High School. There were donations given by Irv Jones of Jones' Bottle and Vet and Matt Mangulis.


American Family Golf Tournament at Lake Waggoner

The American Family Two Person Scramble golf tournament teed off at 12:00 noon on Saturday, June 9, at the Lake Waggoner Golf Course north of Philip.

Twenty-one teams participated in the three flights, with contestants coming from Pierre, Faith, Wall, Cottonwood and Philip.


Helen Boyd

Helen Boyd, age 87, of Kadoka, died Friday, June 15, 2007, as a result of a car accident north of Faith.

Helen Mednansky was born October 8, 1919, on a farm-ranch near Cottonwood, SD, the daughter of Michael and Emma (Mickaletz) Mednansky. As a child she moved with her family to a farm-ranch north of Kadoka, attending school in Kadoka.

Helen was united in marriage to Otto Roy Bork on November 21, 1937 in Kadoka. They made their home near Midland prior to moving to a farm north of Stamford, SD. They owned and operated the farm and ranch until his death on December 21, 1952.


Lois M. Fode

Lois M. Fode, after battling cancer for 14 months, passed away on June 2nd, 2007, at the young age of 72.

She was born to Dallas and Dorothy Vaughn in rural Gregory, SD, on September 3, 1934. Lois married Fred Fode on November 1st, 1953, at Lutheran Parsonage in Burke, SD.