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December 14th

Keyser shares recollections of life on the ranch

Dale Keyser, 2006

Longtime rancher Dale Keyser was born on February 1, 1919, on his family's ranch in northwestern Haakon County. Keyser says his birth is recorded as February 12, because that was the day his father hitched up the team to go to Philip for supplies. When his father got to the courthouse in Philip, the birth was recorded as the current date.

Keyser is the youngest of six children born to Clarence and Effie Keyser. He went to the Roosevelt School for nine years and had six weeks of high school. He left school to help at home.


Maggie Grace Angel Tree

The annual Angel Tree is again on the first floor of the Haakon County Courthouse among the Parade of Trees.

Please leave an unwrapped gift - toy, book, stuffed animal, new article of clothing - for any age of child under this tree by Wednesday, December 20. Gifts for teenagers are especially needed.

The Philip FCCLA Chapter, in conjunction with the local churches and the Haakon Community Health Office, will distribute the donations to children in need in the Philip area.


November 30th

Dog's life

We refer to dogs in a confusing manner. If you work hard, you work like a dog, then you become dog-tired. Not working is being lazy as a dog. When feeling oppressed, you lead a dog's life. When really dressing up, you are putting on the dog. Bill collectors dog my footsteps. Young love is called puppy love. There are bird dogs, hot dogs and underdogs. A thunderstorm is said to be raining cats and dogs. Watchdogs do not tell the time. Sheep dogs are not wooly. Cattle dogs do not say "Moo". You walk some dogs, and some dogs walk you.

If you have a dog that snaps, name it Ginger.


Philip Scottie season-end football awards

Philip placed six players on the Western Conference All Conference Team: Casey Cuny, Nathan O’Dea, Jake Mathews, Lincoln Smith, Casey Elshere and Michael Westerberg. Philip also placed three Honorable Mentions: Alex Moos, James Williamson and Zane Fees.

The Philip High School football players, families, and fans held their end of the season potluck supper and awards night on Tuesday, November 21. The team had advanced to the 9A quarterfinals this year, after finishing in second place to Hanson last season.

Four Philip Scottie players have been selected to be on the All State 9A First Team - voted on by the coaches in the state.

Casey Cuny (senior, 6'0", 175 lbs.) was selected as running back. Cuny finished the season with 1,691 yards, averaging 12.4 yards per carry.


Philip Scottie season-end football awards

The Philip High School football players, families, and fans held their end of the season potluck supper and awards night on Tuesday, November 21. The team had advanced to the 9A quarterfinals this year, after finishing in second place to Hanson last season.

Four Philip Scottie players have been selected to be on the All State 9A First Team - voted on by the coaches in the state.

Casey Cuny (senior, 6'0", 175 lbs.) was selected as running back. Cuny finished the season with 1,691 yards, averaging 12.4 yards per carry.


Community Christmas concerts

The Community Christmas Cantata will perform "On Christmas Day" by Marty Parks. A time of fellowship over coffee and cookies will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 3, at the United Church of Philip. The Cantata will begin at 3:30 p.m.

The Philip Elementary Concert will be on Tuesday, December 5.

The Milesville School Christmas Program will be at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 14.

The Philip High School Band and Vocal Concert will be at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, December 18.

Midland's Elementary Christmas Concert will be at 7:00 p.m.


Free flu shots

Free flu shots are available to infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers ages six months to 59 months from November 27 through December 3 at the SD Health Department's local community health-nursing offices. The free shots are part of the state's observance of National Influenza Vaccination Week.

Parents can contact their local office to schedule a shot or learn about scheduled clinics. To find the office nearest you, call 1-800-738-2301.

Parents should know that a booster shot is needed one month after the first shot if the child is receiving the flu vaccine for the first time.


Burglary of Philip gun shop

Earl Eliason is a licensed dealer of used and new firearms. He is still checking his inventory, but at this point in time, he knows that five handguns have been stolen. A paper bound acquisition and disposition book, Federal Firearms Record, was also taken. The book is Eliason's registry of the make, model and serial number of the guns that he has in stock and has sold.

The front door was jimmied and the wood by the door lock was splintered. The lock hasp on the handgun display cabinet was forced open.


Jennifer Nelson family aided by COTA and community in lung transplant quest

Jennifer Nelson

Jennifer, 16-year-old daughter of Wes and Nikki Nelson of Midland, continues her battle with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). CF is a genetic disorder that particularly affects the lungs and digestive system and requires ongoing treatment and medical care.

COTA exists to assist patients who require a life-saving organ, bone marrow, cord blood or stem cell transplant. It works with any patient who needs a transplant due to a genetic disease such as Cystic Fibrosis, and all patients 21 and younger for any disease or complication.


Jennifer Nelson family aided by COTA and community in lung transplant quest

Family and friends on a mission of love ... coordinating efforts to raise funds to offset the initial and life-long expenses of a lung transplant for Jennifer Nelson. From left: Cynthia Finn – public relations coordinator, Gretchen and Gary Phillips – trustees, Amy Rasing – COTA Resource Development Mgr., James Nelson – brother, Sheryl Hansen – campaign coordinator, Wesley Nelson – father, Lyndy Ireland – grandmother, Bailey Bergeson – youth and media liaison, Kenny Ireland – grandfather, and Jesse Hansen – campaign coordinator.

Jennifer, 16-year-old daughter of Wes and Nikki Nelson of Midland, continues her battle with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). CF is a genetic disorder that particularly affects the lungs and digestive system and requires ongoing treatment and medical care.

COTA exists to assist patients who require a life-saving organ, bone marrow, cord blood or stem cell transplant. It works with any patient who needs a transplant due to a genetic disease such as Cystic Fibrosis, and all patients 21 and younger for any disease or complication.