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August 9th, 2007

Yes, there's real cowboys in South Dakota

Jamie Crew, age 19, South Dakota cowgirl.

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.


S.D. contestants at 2007 National High School Rodeo

The 2007 National High School Rodeo was held in Springfirld, Illinois. It concluded on July 28. The final overall averages of the South Dakota contenders are listed below.

Breakaway Roping

(136 contestants)

11. Jordan Murray, Isabel - 5.799

23. Tyler Shoemaker, Faith - 9.05

39. Kaylee Nelson, Midland - 16.805

53. JaceyJandreau, Kimball (on one head) - 2.906

Girls Cutting (110)

49. Kaylee Nelson, Midland - 400

59. Stacy Doll, Prairie City - 393

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South Dakota Rodeo Association at Winner

The SDRA rodeo was held at Winner July 27 through 29.

Bareback Riding (7 entries)

1. Ty Kenner, Wood Lake, NE - 74 2. Kel-C Norvold, Rapid City - 73 3. Joe Wilson, Kyle - 68 4. EJ Karp, Owanka - 63

Saddle Bronc (20)

1. Joe Wilson, Kyle - 76 2. OJ Heidler, Opal - 75 3. Jesse Laurenz, Faith - 68 3. Travis Escott, Faith - 68 5. Marty Hebb, Eagle Butte - 66 6. Chason Floyd, Ludlow - 56

Bull Riding (17)

1. Keith Anderson, Belle Fourche - 78 1. Wade Schoenfelder, Huron - 78 3.


Four-person Scramble Golf Tournament

The sixth annual Four-Person Scramble Golf Tournament, sponsored by local Farm Bureau agent, Glenn Parsons, was held Saturday February 4th, at the Lake Waggoner Golf Course.

Fifteen four-person teams from around the area competed in an 18-hole tournament. Farm Bureau sponsored prizes on every hole for men and women. Also, every player had a chance to win $5,000 for a hole-in-one on the par-3 Hole #2.  Nobody succeeded in making a hole in one, but many came close.

Championship Flight

1. Luke Weber, Bob Thorson, Tianna Fitch, Don Heltzel - 57

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Haakon/Jackson County Livestock Show results

The Haakon/Jackson County Livestock show was held on Saturday, August 4, with 16 youth from the two counties participating. The show began with the sheep, followed by the goat and then finished with the cattle.


Wall Golf Tournament results

The Wall Golf Tournament One-Person Scramble was held on Sunday, August 5, in Wall. The competition covered 18 holes.

Championship Flight

1. Butch Beach, Wall 72

2. Lynn Denke, Wall 73

3. Mark Ammann, Wall 74

4. Jan Bielmaier, Wall 75

5. Jay Price, New Underwood 76

6. (tie) Rod Renner, Wall 79

6. (tie) Pete Dunker, Wall 79

First Flight

1. Bill Rutledge, Minnesota 82

2. Dan Hilgenkamp, Wall 84

3. Gary Keyser, Wall 85

4. Ken Karp, New Underwood 86

5. Tim Fast, Wall 89

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City Council's August meeting

Mayor John Hart reported that the sales taxes for the year looked very good, with records up to this last July showing an estimated 20 percent increase over last year's same time period.


Golden West names Reed as new Cable TV Manager

Golden West Telecommunications has selected Rick Reed as the company's new Cable Television Manager following the January, 2007 retirement of Dwight Flatt. Reed will be responsible for the overall operations of the Golden West cable television business which now provides service in 41 communities across South Dakota.

"We are pleased to have someone of Rick's background and expertise join our organization," said George Strandell, General Manager/CEO of Golden West Telecommunications.


Frezil Westerlund pastor for Western New Hope Parish

The new pastor for the Western New Hope Parish is Frezil Westerlund. Her responsibilities include shepherding the congregations of the First Lutheran Church in Philip, the Long Valley Lutheran Church, Trinity Lutheran in Midland and Deep Creek Lutheran.

Though starting her duties on August 1, she is to be officially installed for the Parish in Midland at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 19.

"I really liked the people when I came down here for the interview," said Westerlund. "People are straight forward. Serving in the four churches is going to be an interesting challenge.


Man and mule heading west

Mule ride across three states ... Rod Maday and his mule, Henry, stopped in Philip on their trip from Boy River, MN, to Gillette, WY.

Maday and his mule, Henry, two stopped in Philip early morning on Wednesday, August 1. Maday later cooled off in the Philip community swimming pool as Henry grazed in the shade of nearby trees. They had previously come through Hayes and were to reach Wall by mid-afternoon on Thursday.

They have covered 1,200 miles in 30 days and have already worn out one set of Henry's shoes. "I've done as many as 70 miles in a day, but 16 hours in a saddle is a long day," said Maday.