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January 26th, 2007

My Community ...

The town and surrounding community of Philip, SD, has a rich 100 years of trials and glories. Today, residents and visitors can see that continuing history in the individuals, organizations and businesses of the area.

With fewer than a thousand residents, Philip has the positive attributes of communities 10 times its size. Volunteerism is not a thing or a bewilderment; it is a way of life. The state-acclaimed Philip Volunteer Fire Department exists even without a taxable fire district.


Legislative Update

The legislature is in full swing as we complete our second week. Several major issues have come up in the past week that I would like to share with you.

Personally, I did not agree with or vote for the cigarette tax. However, the people of South Dakota approved the measure in the November election. I am supporting legislation that would take the additional tobacco tax monies and return it to the taxpayers in three areas; education, property tax relief, and Medicaid funding.


The Great South Dakota Copper Rush of '06-07

The time was right. The Minuteman Missile sites had long been abandoned, except for one facility kept as a historical tourist stop. The legal ownership of anything left behind on non-public land was now in the hands of the ranchers and farmers who own and work that land.


Doud and Kurle honored by Assoc. of Water Systems

Honored ... The Donald Hentges, President of the SD Assoc. of Rural Water Systems, presents Rick Doud with the Carroll Anderson Award

Lobbying for federal funds is at the top of his list. In doing so, Kurle is on a first name basis with those important Congressional contacts in Washington, D.C. Always promoting the WR/LJ RWS and the needs of those who will be served, Kurle continuously faced numerous challenges.


Benefit funds still designated for Nelson family

Ongoing tribute to Jennifer ... New Underwood School Board President Scott Parsons presents a check for $1,300 from the New Underwood Student Council to James and Wayne Nelson at the “green” basketball game held on Thursday, January 18. Green is the color designating organ transplants. James is the older brother and Wayne is an uncle to Jennifer Nelson, who recently lost her life-long fight with Cystic Fibrosis. Funds to help with the tremendous costs related to her fight are being given in her memory. The Wayne Nelson family lives at New Underwood. James’ family lives in Midland.

Jennifer, 16, the daughter of Wes and Nicole Nelson, died Tuesday, January 16, in Omaha, Neb., from Cystic Fibrous related complications.

When Jenn's medical costs reached her health insurance's $1 million maximum, she was partially covered by a state medical program for disabled children, but the program did not cover all of the family's expenses related to the illness or the transplant.

Teams of volunteers in Midland, Philip, Kadoka and New Underwood joined forces in late 2006 to raise funds that would have helped offset expenses for a double lung transplant for Jenn.


Benefit funds still designated for Nelson family

Jennifer, 16, the daughter of Wes and Nicole Nelson, died Tuesday, January 16, in Omaha, Neb., from Cystic Fibrous related complications.

When Jenn's medical costs reached her health insurance's $1 million maximum, she was partially covered by a state medical program for disabled children, but the program did not cover all of the family's expenses related to the illness or the transplant.

Teams of volunteers in Midland, Philip, Kadoka and New Underwood joined forces in late 2006 to raise funds that would have helped offset expenses for a double lung transplant for Jenn.


Call for leadership volunteers from Philip community for Horizons Program

The Horizon program is continuing to rise in communities throughout South Dakota.

On December 4th, nine community members of Philip joined the facilitators' training seminar held in Rapid City. Those people were: Britni Ross, Mary Burnett, Terry Holman, Tom Radway, Jim Kanable, Kent Olson, Shirley Chin, Adele Gelvin and Del Bartels.

Facilitators will help the 30 or more community Study Circle volunteers to work together toward a goal.


January 23rd

Jennifer Nelson

Jennifer Leann Nelson, age 16, of Midland, died Tuesday, January 16, 2007, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

Jennifer Leann Nelson was born October 15, 1990, in Rapid City, South Dakota, the daughter of Wesley and Nicole (Ireland) Nelson. She was baptized and confirmed in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Midland. She grew up in Midland as well as her grandparents' ranch outside of Midland. She received her education in Midland until the 10th grade, when she transferred to Philip.


Clara J. Roseth

Clara J. Roseth, age 88, of Midland, died Wednesday evening, January 10, 2007, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 13, at the Deep Creek Lutheran Church north of Midland, with Pastor Ann Schlossnagle officiating.

Music was provided by Marlis Doud, organist, and Barbara Larson and Shirley Halligan, vocalist. Ushers were Billy Markwed and Dick Hudson. Pallbearers were Thor, Rhett, Adam and Nicholas Roseth, Clint Alleman, Todd and Jim Larson.


January 4th

"Biff" it !

My young son came crashing in through the front door. I ran to the living room to see why he was bawling, but he was laughing ... laughing through the four inches of packed snow caked in his hood, boots and gloves. "I biffed the hill!" was all he said, and he exclaimed that over and over again, as snow was being scooped off of and out of his clothing.