August 9th, 2007

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.

Filipina lab tech at Philip Health Services

Melanie Tezon is the new Laboratory Technician at Philip Health Services, Inc. This is noteworthy because such skilled help is difficult to draw to rural America. Tezon arrived on July 24 from her homeland of the Philippines.

She is trained and experienced in the medical profession, and used to a rural community, but the differences in Philip, SD, will require some adjustments.

Tezon is prepared for her duties at Philip Health Services. Raised in the city of Taeloban in the province of Leyte, she graduated from a college in Cebu with an earned B.S.

Katlin Knutson a National Guard top shot

Katlin Knutson attended the 2007 South Dakota National Guard Youth Leadership Camp on July 16 through 20 at Camp Bob Marshall in Custer State Park. Katlin competed against 113 other 10 to 13-year-old children in air rifle shooting contests. She not only won the Top Shot Award, but also two other trophies in various categories.

The South Dakota National Guard Family Support Office partnered with 4-H during the 2007 SDNG Youth Leadership Camp on July 16 through 20 at Camp Bob Marshall in Custer State Park.

Katlin Knutson, 10-year-old daughter of Barry and Edna Knutson of Philip, won the overall youth pellet rifle shooting contest at the camp. Out of 114 kids, ages 10 through 13, she earned the "Top Shot" award and two other trophies in different shooting categories.

August 5th

Kaylee Nelson is the 2007 National High School Rodeo Cutting Champion

Kaylee Nelson returned triumphant from the competition at the National High School School Rodeo as the 2007 Cutting Champion. The finals were held in Springfield, Illinois.

The July 22 to 28 event included cowboys and cowgirls from across the nation who earned the right to compete nationally at their state rodeos. Nelson, a graduate from Philip High School and the daughter of Tim and Denise Nelson of rural Midland, competed among the best.

Nelson said that two of her most memorable high points in rodeo so far were this from year.

South Dakota Rodeo Association - Dupree Rodeo

The South Dakota Rodeo Association sponsored a rodeo in Dupree on July 14 and 15. The unofficial results are:

Bareback (10 entries)

1. Travis Sharp, Interior 77

2. Dustin Luper, Black Hawk 76

3.Travis Bechen, Rapid City 75

3. Rollie Wilson, Kyle 75

Saddle Bronc (37 entries)

1. Levi Hapney, Wall 86

2. Ty Thompson, Wanblee 77

2. Chuck Schmidt, Keldron 77

4. Travis Escott, Faith 74

Calf Roping (55 entries)

1. Jay Mattson, Deadwood 9.8

2. Jack Garr, Belle Fourche 10


Slovek ranch tour a success - Philip area family honored

Bill Slovek was presented the Excellence in Grazing Management Award by Tate Lantz from the South Dakota Section of the Society of Range Management during the Slovek’s ranch tour on July 24.

Approximately 100 people from across South Dakota arrived at the Bill and Pennie Slovek Ranch Tuesday, July 24, as part of the joint ranch tour by the South Dakota Grassland Coalition and the Society for Range Management.

Nominated by the Haakon County Conservation District, Bill, Pennie, Earl and Helen Slovek were bestowed the 2006 South Dakota Section Excellence in Range Management Award for their ranch's grazing practices.

Bill is the third generation to work the ranch located northwest of Philip.

Kayla O'Connell's takes trip to Central Europe

Accommodations fit for a queen ... Kayla O’Connell views King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein Castle in Austria. Said to be the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Fantasyland Castle, “It is a fancier castle and is filled with pictures and figurines of swans,” said O’Connell.

Kayla O'Connell, a junior at Philip High School and daughter of Roger and Teresa O'Connell, is back from her learning experience in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Liechtenstein.

The whirlwind tour began June 9 and continued through June 22. The overnight, trans-Atlantic flight had an hour lay-over in Greenland. "I couldn't see the ocean," said O'Connell.