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April 26th, 2007

Lois Shemek

Lois Shemek passed away, Thursday, April 19, 2007, at the Kadoka Nursing Home, from years of multiple health problems.

Lois was born in Ava, MO, in 1923. She spent most of her early years with her maternal grandparents who struggled to make a living in farming on the Missouri/Arkansas border. Of Native American heritage, she always recalled her grandparents as very loving and kind, while enduring a life of hardships. Lois married very young to Coy Mulanax of Springfield, MO, but the marriage was not to last long.

She married Russ Burmood around 1947.


James "Jim" K. Knudtson

James "Jim" Karl Knudtson, Rapid City, SD, passed away in his home Sunday, April 22, 2007, at the age of 64, after fighting a gallant battle with cancer. He was born February 15, 1943, in Watertown, SD, to Willard and Maxine (Higgins) Knudtson, the third of three children.

Jim was a proud graduate of Watertown High School, his senior year he was Chieftain of the Arrows football team. He went on to study at Northern State University, Aberdeen, SD. He met the love of his life, Helen Jeanne (Deanie) Yackley, in college and they were married on September 7, 1963.


Mistakes happen ...

It finally happened. I actually made a mistake. Actually, years ago, I thought that I had made an error, but I was mistaken.

Thank goodness everyone makes mistakes. The key to mistakes is the degree of importance they are and how you deal with them. It's all relative (and yes, some relatives are mistakes). A kindergartner with a pencil and an eraser saying "oops" is not the same as a brain surgeon or a Rabbi saying the same thing. Leaving your car lights on is not as bad as leaving the car out of gear on a hill.


Attorney General Long warns small businesses of credit card scam

Attorney General Larry Long is warning South Dakota hunting guides and outfitters of a credit card scam. The Consumer Protection Division has received complaints from two hunting outfitters that have been scammed out of money and several others who have received similar inquires.

South Dakota hunting guides and outfitters typically use their websites as a way to market their services, but this is where the scam begins. The business is contacted via email to reserve a hunting trip.


Philip Elementary Playground ... Be a Part of the Dream!

The Haakon Education Association (HEA), in conjunction with the Philip Alumni Association, is sponsoring a campaign titled "Philip Elementary Playground ... Be a Part of the Dream!"

"Our goal is to obtain new equipment for the elementary playground," said Jessica Wheeler, second grade instructor at Philip Elementary. "The school board has stated that if we can purchase the equipment, they will provide the required safety ground cover and the installation of the equipment.


Blood drive in Philip May 8 at Fine Arts Building

Local residents have the opportunity to further celebrate life by joining in the community blood drive from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, at the Fine Arts Building at the Philip High School. This blood drive is being sponsored by the Community Betterment Committee (the Birthday Gals).

Not only will people earn a good feeling after donating blood at the drive, but they will also be able to check their total cholesterol level. United Blood Services now offers free cholesterol testing to blood donors.


District 27 Representative Mark DeVries visits Philip schools

Mark DeVries visited the Philip schools on Thursday, April 19. He was implementing a legislature-back-to-school program in which he hoped to visit with students in most, if not all, of the schools in his district.

In the Philip High School, he first quizzed students on how much they already knew about state lawmaking. He said he was pleased with their responses.


Philip All-School Play "Daddy's Girl"

The secret recipe is the key ... Laughter and a heartwarming ending are on the menu at the Philip All-School Play “Daddy’s Girl”.

The Philip All-School Play will be performed Thursday, May 3, and Sunday, May 6, in the Philip Fine Arts Building.

Directed by Laura O'Connor, the large cast covers an amazingly wide range of hilarious characters. The crotchity restaurant owner has loyal customers who eat there for almost any reason other than his company. Only two people can still put up with him.


Milesville Post Office celebrates 100 years

by Gayla Piroutek

"The first Star Route between Cherry Creek and Milesville was opened in 1919. Evan Griffith was the first mail carrier and though he had an automobile, he had to switch to horses at least half of the time as the only roads were trails. Griffith managed to get the mail through practically every conceivable way from 1919 to 1925, when Frank Dutton took over the route. Dutton handled the mail toting chores from 1925 until 1933, when Kenneth David took over.


April 19th

Scotties fair well at Kadoka's Harry Weller Invitational track and field meet

Marissa Mann

The Harry Weller Invitational in Kadoka on Tuesday, April 10, was such a cold, wet track and field meet that the last few events of the day were called off because of rain.

"We came home with a few medals," said Head Coach Jerry Rhodes. Those "few" medals included seven third places, five second places and two first places. The boys took first in the 4x100 relay and the girls took first in the 800 meter run.

"Even though it was cool, it was better than what we've been running in," said Rhodes. "We got a chance to run.