August 17th, 2007

Lake Waggoner Golf Course League results

The team of Don and Dak Carley won the 12-week golf league season to take home the the first place trophies. The Lake Waggoner Golf Course league competition season started May 14th and ran until August 6th. Twenty-four teams competed. The results are below.

1. Dak Carley / Don Carley - total points


2. Steve Jeffords / Don Oyan - 191

3. Ray Smith / Darrel Terkildsen - 187.50

4. Brad Haynes / Beau Ravellette - 185.00

5. Corky Thorson / Gary Wahl - 181.50

6. Dean Fitzgerald / Jimmy Fugate -



Philip's Burnett family meets Muhammad Ali

Muhammed Ali and Ethan Burnett

On August 31st, we (young Keegan and Ethan, grown brother, David and his wife, Cori, and David and Mary Burnett) witnessed a priceless memory.

We visited the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Ky.

Philip's Burnett family meets Muhammad Ali

Greatness in Louisville ... Philip’s David and Mary Burnett’s family “had the privilege to meet a remarkable man; a priceless moment. Thank you, Mahammad Ali, for your inspiration,” said Mary. From left: David, Keegan, Mary, Ethan, David, Muhammad Ali and Cori.

On August 31st, we (young Keegan and Ethan, grown brother, David and his wife, Cori, and David and Mary Burnett) witnessed a priceless memory.

We visited the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Ky.

County commissioners approve to draft resolution supporting voluntary animal ID

Chuck O'Connor, Philip, and Kenny Fox, Belvidere, approached the commissioners to ask their support by implementing a resolution that states the Haakon County Board of Commissioners is not in favor of mandatory animal identification, but that they agreed with animal identification on a voluntary basis.

Fox informed the commissioners that the counties of Meade, Jackson, Fall River, Perkins, and Harding have approved such resolutions already. He added that Shannon, Mellette, Corson and Dewey counties were in the process of forming resolutions.

Seven-year-old hero - Mikayla Quinn

"You gotta get me some help. I can't last much longer," was what young Mikayla last heard from her 79-year-old great-grandmother out of the shadowed interior of the crashed pickup cab.

At around 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 9, Marie Lamm was driving back from doing chores for a friend north of Philip.

Lonnie L. Carlson

Lonny Loyd Carlson, age 54, of Kadoka, South Dakota, died Monday morning, August 13, 2007, in Kadoka.

Lonny Loyd Carlson was born May 12, 1953, in Kadoka, South Dakota, the son of Leonard and Lillian (Erickson) Carlson. He grew up on his parents' ranch northeast of Kadoka, where he attended grade school at South Creek Country School graduating from the eighth grade. He then attended Kadoka High School, graduating in 1971.

Lonny was united in marriage to Tammy O'Bryan Prang on January 3, 1976, and to this union were born three children, Jessy James, Frank James, and Lonnie Jo.

John R. Ernst

John R. Ernst, age 84, passed away suddenly at home in Bullhead City, Arizona, on July 23, 2007.

John, born January 14, 1923, was a farmer and rancher near Midland. He moved to Pierre in 1967 and California in 1980, working as a plumber until retirement.

Dorothy E. Wedean

Dorothy Elizabeth Merchen was born on April 15, 1922, in Crofton, NE, to William (Fred) and Josephine Irene (Cummings) Merchen.

She passed away in her sleep on Thursday, August 9, 2007.

Services were held August 15, 2007, at the Assembly of God Church in Winner, SD, with Pastor Randy Hahne officiating.

Pallbearers were Ross Brunskill, Tom Cuny, Neil Lantz, Shawn Iversen, Jay Keever and Kyle Manke. Music was provided by Teresa Yeamen, soloist, and Joanne Jerrod, pianist.

Interment was in the Winner Cemetery.

August 9th

South Dakota Rodeo Assoc. at Timber Lake

The SDRA rodeo at Timber Lake was held July 28 through 29.

Bareback Riding (7 entries)

1. Brian Wieser, Walcott, ND - 79; 2. Kel-C Norvold, Rapid City - 75; 3. Travis Sharp, Interior - 73; 4. Travis Bechan, Rapid City - 71

Saddle Bronc (24)

1. Rick Gross, Shields, ND - 77; 2. Kirby Goodvin, Hulett, WY - 76;; 2. Tate Eck, Kindred, ND - 76;; 4. Chuck Schmidt, Keldron - 75;; 5. Travis Escott, Faith - 74;; 6. Marty Hebb, Eagle Butte - 73

Bull Riding (19)


Yes, there's real cowboys in South Dakota

S.D. Cowboys … Cowboys would rope and drag steers to the branders … busy boys

A cowboy's work is dusty in summer season and freezing cold in winter. Year-around they face the elements in a job that is still a reality in the west. It's a hard job that can be dangerous when dealing with the unpredictable nature of animals.

Farmers and ranchers provide food and fiber for all of us. And it's usually a family affair. Not only are there many cowboys in the West River area of South Dakota, but cowgirls, too. Jamie Crew, 19, is the daughter of ranchers Grady and Bernice Crew and when she is not riding the range, she is a student at the University of Wyoming.