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August 5th, 2007

Results of Midland's July 28th Mudbog

Here’s mud coming at you ... Win or lose, the competitors all looked the same at the Midland Mudbog on July 28.

The mudbog competition sponsored by the Midland Volunteer Fire Department was held on July 28th.

According to Fire Chief Reuben Vollmer, Jr., the audience included over 300 people and 40 to 50 volunteers helped run the races and and the concessions.

The races included a total of 67 entries among six different classes.


Fitzgerald new general manager of West River/Lyman-Jones Rural Water Systems

Jake Fitzgerald took over as the general manager of West River/Lyman-Jones Rural Water Systems Inc. on July 1.

The previous general manager, Mike Kurle, retired from the position after 16 years of service.

"I think it was a pretty smooth transition," said Fitzgerald. "I've worked for Mike for the last 10 year. Now I have some very big shoes to fill."

Fitzgerald was promoted from working as the Operations and Maintenance Foreman out of the Philip O&M field office. WR/L-J's business office is in Murdo and there is a construction field office in Midland.


July 30th

Bonnie K. Morrison

Bonnie Kathryn Morrison, age 74, of Philip, died Wednesday, July 25, 2007, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 30, at the American Legion Hall in Philip, with Pastor Ray Greenseth officiating.

Music was provided by Marilyn Millage, pianist, with a vocal duet by Barb Bowen and Mike Seager.


July 24th

Loretta Elaine Smith

Loretta Elaine Smith, age 65, of Milesville, died Monday, July 23, 2007, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Loretta Elaine Sorum was born October 11, 1941, to Asaf and Hazel (Nelson) Sorum in Canton, SD. She grew up in the Fairview area and attended Canton grade and high school, graduating in 1959. Loretta went on to attend the University of South Dakota and Black Hills State College, where she earned her degree in elementary education and art.

She was united in marriage to the "cowboy" of her dreams, George E.


Gladys D. Bear Heels

Gladys Dorothy Bear Heels, age 83, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, July 15, 2007, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip, SD.

Gladys was born August 25, 1923, at West Bend near Ft. Thompson, SD, the daughter of Grace Bear and Van Meter Kennedy. As a child, she moved with her family to Norris, SD, where she spent her childhood and being raised by Sam Chasing Horse, Sr.

She was united in marriage to Stacey Bear Heels on April 15, 1947.


Janet Rosalie "Tootie" Stout

Janet Rosalie "Tootie" Stout, age 68, of Kadoka, died Wednesday, July 11, 2007, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Memorial services were held Monday, July 16, at the Presbyterian Church in Kadoka, with Dave Ohrtman officiating.

Music was provided by Boyd Porch, John Kaiser and Carl Bauman. Ushers/hostess were Cliff and Priscilla Parke, Robert and Frances Getz, Leonard and Ruby Sanftner, Ray and Janice Pike. Honorary pallbearers were Brad Jorgensen, Cam, Cory and Chris Uhlir, Matt McKinney, Merle and Norman Kezar.

Interment was in the Belvidere Cemetery.


Audrey "Joyce" Quiver-Romero ~ Cikala Waste Win

Audrey "Joyce" Quiver-Romero, Cikala Waste Win, was born February 9, 1940, in Pine Ridge, SD. Joyce left this world to be with her family that preceded her in death on July 15, 2007. Joyce passed away at her residence, the Seven Arrow Ranch on Quiver Hill.

Meeting and guiding her home was her mother Lavina Richards-Quiver, her father Bert Quiver, her sisters Fern Fast Wolf and Twila Quiver. Also, brothers Bertie, Willard and Delane Quiver.

Joyce was a hard working woman who raised eight children of her own, and several of her family members.


Olaf "Ole" Nelson

Olaf "Ole" Nelson, age 75, of Midland, died Tuesday evening, July 10, 2007, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital.

Services were held Saturday, July 14, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Midland, with Pastor Paul Bly officiating.

Music was provided by Joyce Wheeler, Lyndy Ireland and James Nelson.


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.