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January 4th, 2007

Yvonne Feeney

Yvonne Feeney, age 87, of Pierre, SD, died Tuesday, December 26, 2006, at Maryhouse Nursing Care Center in Pierre.

Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Saturday, December 30, at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Pierre with burial at Riverside Cemetery.

Yvonne Carlson was born on May 12, 1919 in Philip, SD, to Clarence "Print" and Blanche (Voshal) Carlson.

She graduated from Philip High School in 1937, and attended both South Dakota State University and the Minnesota School of Business.


Vetal Romero

Vetal Romero, age 91, of Wanblee, died Saturday, December 30, 2006, at the Kadoka Nursing Home.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 2, at the Presbyterian Church in Kadoka, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Interment will be at the Romero Family Cemetery near Wanblee.

Vetal Romero was born March 28, 1915, in Wanblee, SD, the son of Manuel and Florence (Hawk) Romero. He grew up around Wanblee and received his education in Genoa, NE.


Norma E. Asheim

Norma LeCocq was born in Wall, SD, and was the 10th of 11 children in her family.

She married Robert Asheim on April 30, 1944. They resided in Rapid City, SD, and raised five children there.

Norma was very involved with her children's activities, church and community organizations, often serving in leadership roles.

After their retirement from Robert's career at Black Hills Power and Light, they lived in Saudi Arabia for two years where Robert worked as a consultant for electric power development.


Commissioners end 2006

A year-end meeting to wrap up 2006 paperwork was held by the Haakon County Board of Commissioners on December 27.

The minutes of the regular December commissioner's meeting were approved. Recently submitted claims were approved for payment.

Automatic supplements and contingency transfers were approved for departments which had gone over their budgets.


Senator Tim Johnson - medical update

Senator Tim Johnson and his wife, Barbara

Tim Johnson, United States Democratic Senator from South Dakota, underwent surgery for an intracerebral bleed on December 13, 2006.

He still remains in the intensive care unit in critical but stable condition at George Washington University Hospital. Johnson was diagnosed with arteriovenous malformation (AMV), a condition that causes arteries and veins to grow abnormally large, become tangled and sometimes burst.


"Welcome to Philip"sign in place west of town

First of four sign artists ... Donnie Ehlers stands next to the “Welcome to Philip” sign at the west entrance to town. He created the three sheet metal figures and the letters with the artistic use of a plasma cutter.

The "Welcome to Philip, est. 1907" sign at the intersection of Highway 14 and Pine Street will eventually be highlighted with decorative landscaping and accent lighting.

The community assessment done in 2004 brought to light that such signage was a priority to the community. Actual planning was begun in 2005, and it was decided to focus on only one sign for now because of the availability of funds.

After the project was officially commissioned, the metal work began around the middle of September and was completed in early November.


January 2nd

Blast from the Past

75 Years Ago - January 5, 1933

County Officers for 1933 ... H. E. Walden, county treasurer, Alice Dawson, deputy county treasurer, Henry Singleton, county auditor, W.O. Lamb, county superintendent.

E.F. Walden retired from the position of cashier of the First National Bank of Philip at the close of the old year. Mr. Walden has been in the banking business about 26 years.


December 29th, 2006

Carrie B. Anderson

Carrie B. Anderson, age 99, of Wall, died Tuesday, December 19, 2006, at the Good Samaritan Center in New Underwood.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 26, at the United Methodist Church in Wall, with Pastor Mark Ford officiating.

Music was provided by Carol Hahn, pianist, and Lucille Holsether, vocalist. Ushers were Jerry Johannesen and Bill Leonard.


Rodney L. Meyer

Rodney L. Meyer, age 52, of Huron, formerly of Cody, WY, died Friday, December 15, 2006, at the Huron Regional Medical Center.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, December 19, at the Riverview United Methodist Church in Huron with Rev. Iva Laudermith officiating. Burial was at Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Rodney L. Meyer was born on March 22, 1954, to Paul and Ruby Meyer at Huron. He was raised on the family farm and attended Meyer Country School and Alpena School. In 1972, he graduated from Huron High School.


Two pastors in Philip moving on

Moving on ... Pastor Tim Solberg (left) has completed an interim stay and will be returning to his home in Minot, ND. Pastor Robert Oettel will be retiring, though has not made definite plans as to where he will be moving.

Pastor Robert Oettel of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church will be retiring. Interim Pastor Tim Solberg of First Lutheran Church - a congregation in the Western New Hope Lutheran Parish - will be moving back to Minot, ND.

"As of now," said Oettel, "our plans are for me to 100 percent retire, though I hope to do some pulpit supply work on occasion." Oettel is 69 years old. He has not only led services in Philip and the now closed First Lutheran Church of Milesville, but has also conducted services and personal ministry for deaf worshippers in Mission and Rapid City.