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June 7th, 2007

VSO Graber resigns at Tuesday's county commissioners meeting

Veterans Service Officer Kevin Graber notified the Haakon County Board of Commissioners at their Tuesday, June 5, meeting that he is resigning from his position.

Graber, who has received commendations for his work in Haakon and Jackson counties, is leaving his position since his wife has taken a teaching position in Chamberlain. He has been the Haakon County Veterans Service Officer for the past four years.


Philip Ambulance Service open house

Philip Ambulance crew ... Back row, from left: Marty Hansen, Mike Schultz, Dody Weller, Amy Kroetch, Dianne Parsons, Edna Knutson, Steve Millage and Larry Hanes. Middle row: Karyl Sandal, Carla Smith, Debbie Hansen, Donna Smith, Vanessa Anderson, Kim Bouman, Pam Word and Brenda Kersteins. Seated: Training Officer Lori Quinn, Treasurer/Billing Esther Oldenberg, Director Don Weller, Secretary Debbie Hanrahan and Sergeant at Arms Lee Vaughan. Not pictured: Mark Foley and Gayle Rush

Moved into its new location, the Philip Ambulance crew offered an open house on May 22. Crew members have been eager to show off the new facilities - to the point of giving preliminary tours of the building during the remodeling stages to anyone who wished.

Gutting of the structure began around mid-April of 2006, shortly after the ambulance service acquired the property from Kennedy Implement.

The Philip Volunteer Fire Department had purchased several additional trucks. With the two ambulance units sharing bay space, some fire units had to be parked outside.


A young man's fancy ...

Spring! A young man’s fancy … salute to the season.

Philip will celebrate spring right where it all happened one hundred years ago. It will be a big party, drawing together the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of area homesteaders and early pioneers to a place they can call home. For many, it will mean traveling back from where life has taken them.

Spring is a time when a young man's (and lady's too) fancy can throw caution to the wind.

Thankfully, Philip is not a hotbed for serious crime, but while having fun, it may be a good idea to keep your eyes open and your mind engaged.


May 24th

Four Philip area students earn honors at West River Math Contest

The 57th annual West River Math Contest was held at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City on Monday, May 14.

About 475 students, representing 21 schools, competed.

Prizes were awarded in each division for first through fifth place in A and B school divisions. An overall winner in each division was also determined.

The only exception to this is the masters test and all students, whether class A or B, are tested against each other. The top five place winners receive medals and certificates and the overall winner receives a plaque.


Rose Heeb of Midland to vie for Miss South Dakota 2007 title

Rose Heeb, daughter of Dean and Cheri Heeb of Midland, is one of 26 young women from around the state who will compete for the title of Miss South Dakota 2007, June 6 through 9, at the Mueller Civic Center in Hot Springs.

Heeb's brother, Cecil, will be her escort, walking her down the walkway during the preliminaries of the evening gown event.

All contestants competed at local competitions throughout the state to qualify for the state pageant.


Region 7B track meet qualifies more Philip Scottie athletes for state tournament

The wind and competition could not stop the Philip Scottie team from adding to its list of state qualifying members.

The Region 7B Track and Field Meet, held in Kadoka on Thursday, May 17, had eight schools represented. The Philip girls' team earned second place with 118 points, behind the first place Kadoka team. The boys' team soundly took first place with 163 points, with Kadoka trailing behind with 112.

"Overall it was a fantastic day," said head coach Jerry Rhodes. "We won the boys 7B region and were runner-up with the girls.


Dalles Craig Bruckacher

Dalles Craig Brucklacher, age 18, of Philip, died Wednesday morning, May 16, 2007, as a result of an automobile accident south of Philip.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 22, at the high school, with Pastor Mark Ford officiating.

Music was provided by Barb Bowen, prelude/postlude pianist, Skye Brucklacher, prelude flute, Philip High School Choir, accompanied by Marilyn Millage, and congregational hymns.

Ushers were J.J. Walker, Jay Baxter, Lee Dennis and Casey Seager.


Emma E. Rauch

Emma E. Rauch, age 103, of Belvidere, died Wednesday, May 16, 2007, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 19, at the Belvidere Community Church in Belvidere, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Music was provided by Syd Iwan, pianist, with congregational singing. Ushers were Mitch Norman and Eric Lainier.


Philip Chamber acquires improved website

"You get a pretty good grasp of what Philip is like just by going to PhilipSouthDakota.com," said DJ Rush at the Philip Chamber of Commerce meeting on Monday, May 14. Rush and local computer and website expert, Lukasz Stanczyk, illustrated improvements of the Chamber of Commerce website which have already been implemented.

"We can make this a real community website," said Rush. "It's the same information, just presented differently, plus more."

"People will see new things every day," said Stanczyk.


Veteran's Living Memorial

32 trees, six hopefully never with a name ... 26 local military personnel have fallen while serving the United States. Six extra trees will remain unmarked, hopefully forever. From left: Greg Weber, John Kangas, Floyd Bendickson, Hans Hanson, Bill Sumpter and Don Ferguson.

"You go by this place almost every day," said Hans Hanson. "Now when a little boy asks, 'What's that, Daddy?,' it can and should be talked about. It should be remembered every day."

Hanson has led a board of directors and a growing following of other volunteers in creating a legally registered Veteran's Living Memorial placed west of the American Legion in Philip.