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May 10th, 2007

Philip FFA Range Judging team at Nationals

National contenders ... The Philip FFA Range Judging team members are, from left: Advisor Doug Hauk, Troy Guptill, Mick Trask, Mark Trask and Katie Nelson.

The Range Judging team of the local Philip FFA Chapter competed in the 56th Annual National Range Judging Contest, held May 1 through 3 in Oklahoma City.

The team members were Katie Nelson, Mark Trask, Mick Trask and Troy Guptill.

"While in Oklahoma City, the team was able to tour the Braums Dairy, the Oklahoma City National Memorial, Lazy E Breeding Farm and Arena, and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Hall of Fame," said advisor Doug Hauk, "as well as spending many long hours in the field practicing."

Competing in the FFA Division of the National Range Judging


Mother's Day

A list of chronological statements traditionally heard by mothers:

Mommy, I wuv yu. - My favoritist chair is mommy's lap. - Mommy, will you kiss my skinned knee and make it all better? - My mom makes the best peanut butter sandwiches in the world. - Will you stay with me all day during kindergarten? - Kindergarten was great, and we get to go back tomorrow. - Please don't kiss me goodbye when you drop me off at school, at least not when all the other kids are watching. - It wasn't me! - Where do babies come from? - Can you help me with my science fair project? It's due tomorrow.


Citizens of the Month

Dan and Gayla Piroutek were nominated as May's Citizens of the Month by Bill and Connie Parsons.

Dan is a native of the Milesville community and is a farmer, rancher and auctioneer. Gayla was raised in Artesian, SD, and moved to the Milesville area as a teacher. While teaching in the area, she met and married Dan. To this union two daughters were born, Erin and Amy.

Dan and Gayla are very active in the Milesville community. They are members of St.


USDA Rural Development assists with home ownership

Their own home ... Tom and Marie Radway are new home owners in Philip. The corner lot and the lower windows add to the view of the world. Tom can see friends and relatives as they are dropping by to take advantage of the couples’s open door hospitality.

Tom and Marie Radway were living in the country. It was getting more and more difficult for Marie to make the 25-mile one way commute to work everyday knowing that her husband, Tom, a quadriplegic, was alone and unable to maneuver freely inside most of the trailer house they called home. The Radways decided it was time to look for a place within the city limits and began to research their options. They contacted the First National Bank in Philip, SD, for assistance.

FNB contacted the Rapid City USDA Rural Development Office.


April 26th

Dowling community looks back at 100 years

Dowling Church was built in the 1920s on land owned by John Ramey. It was later moved south to Ash Creek in the 1950s. Services are no longer held at the church, but it stands as a sentinel for the community it served so well for so long. Photo by Ruby Gabriel

Dowling was founded in 1907 by Michael P. Dowling, owner of the general merchandise store, land attorney and notary, who filed on a homestead near there. He was also the first postmaster. Dowling was located over 10 miles north of Ash Creek.

Farming was the number one industry in the Dowling community. Businesses throughout the years in the village included Chester Farnsworth, barber; Louis Kloster, blacksmith; Theo Kloster, well driller; German Lutherans Church (held at the Dowling School 1929-1933), Rev. E.J.


Scottie take 1st and 2nd at Philip Invitational Meet

The Philip Lady Scotties took second place and the Scotties took first place at the Philip Invitational Track Meet held in Kadoka on Saturday, April 21.

Of the seven schools represented, the Philip boys' team earned 125 points, 20 over second place Bennett County. For the Philip boys, Jake Mathews earned first place in the triple jump with a distance of 37 feet and nine inches. Casey Elshere earned first place in the discus throw with a distance of 136 feet and two inches.

The girls' team claimed 127 points for second place, behind the Kadoka Lady Kougars.


Philip Invitational Golf Meet goes to Scottie Team and medalists

Scottie girls’ team takes first ... The Philip Invitational went to the home team of, from left: Tara Ravellette (1st individual spot), Ashley Berry (9th) and Abby Fitzgerald (8th).

The Philip Scottie golf teams swept the first place spots at the Philip Invitational Golf Tournament on Friday, April 20, at the Lake Waggoner Golf Course.

The boys' and the girls' both took top team places, while Jordan Smith earned the top individual boys' honors and Tara Ravellette earned the top girls' medalist spot.

The players from the 11 schools had near perfect weather and course conditions. The sun was shining and the course was dry and ready for play.

Smith shot a 77 for first place. Philip's Caleb Clements ended the day with an 89 for fifth place.


Philip Invitational Golf Meet goes to Scottie Team and medalists

Scottie boys’ team takes first ... From left: Allen Hauk had a 91 to earn seventh place, Jordan Smith had a 77 for the medalist position and Kolby Longbrake finished with a 108. Not pictured is Caleb Clements, who had an 89 for fifth place.

The Philip Scottie golf teams swept the first place spots at the Philip Invitational Golf Tournament on Friday, April 20, at the Lake Waggoner Golf Course.

The boys' and the girls' both took top team places, while Jordan Smith earned the top individual boys' honors and Tara Ravellette earned the top girls' medalist spot.

The players from the 11 schools had near perfect weather and course conditions. The sun was shining and the course was dry and ready for play.

Smith shot a 77 for first place. Philip's Caleb Clements ended the day with an 89 for fifth place.


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.