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January 4th, 2007

"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.


Western South Dakota cowboys dominate NFR saddle broncs

NFR finalists ... Meeting in the 73 Bar and Saloon in Philip for autographs and friendship were, from left: Jeff Willert (2005 World Champion and 2006 ninth place in the world standing), Chad Ferley (2006 World Champion) and J.J. Elshere (2006 sixth place in the world standing).

The open house at the 73 Bar and Saloon in honor of Jeff Willert, Chad Ferley and J.J. Elshere was for local residents to personally meet with the champions and to get their autographs. The cowboys brought along some of their buckles and saddles won in their saddle bronc event.

South Dakota was singular this year in that it had five contestants in the National Finals Rodeo held in Las Vegas, NV; all five competing in the same event.

Chad Ferley, from Oelrichs and a first-timer at the NFR, took first place in the 2006 world standings.


Philip Scottie boys mauled by Kadoka Kougars 49-72

Ten legs, how many bodies? ... Nathan O’Dea in foreground and Casey Elshere in background compete with at least three other players for this rebound during the Philip/Kadoka basketball game.

The Scottie effort was hurt by 32 turnovers, compared to 14 for the Kougars.

Philip 6 8 17 18 = 49

Kadoka 17 13 20 22 = 72

Philip scorers: Nathan O'Dea - 19, Casey Elshere - 8, Alex Moos - 7, Slate Evans - 6, Dexter Livermont - 5, Jake Mathews and James Nelson - 2 each.

Kadoka scorers: Bryer Jones - 20, Colby Porch - 15, Carter Uhlir - 9, Royal Addison - 7, Brett Amiotte and Andrew Groupmann - 6 each, Lukus Fite, Josh Hicks, Keith Huffman and Dustin Gunhammer - 2 each, Jordan Stout - 1.

Field goal percentages: Philip - 32 (19 of 59), Kadoka - 40 (26 of


Lady Scotties let White River slip by 43-48

The Philip Lady Scotties traveled to White River to challenge the Lady Tigers on Thursday, December 21.

In a low-scoring, close game, the Scotties lost by five points; 43-48.

Philip 12 14 8 9 = 43

White R.


Lady Scotties outplay Kadoka 60-49

Surrounded, though determined ... Kenzy Pinney.

Philip 18 14 11 17 = 60

Kadoka 17 9 12 11 = 49

Philip scorers: Tylissa Fitch - 22, Kenzy Pinney - 9, Sierra Hook and Marissa Mann - 8 each, Lindsay Mann - 6, Kaylee Nelson - 3, Mariah Evans and Toyeala Fortune - 2 each.

Kadoka scorers: Sammi Berry, Maria Herber and Shannon VanderMay - 13 each, Andi Johnston 10.

Field goal percentages: Philip - 42, Kadoka - 26.

Rebounding: Philip 34, Kadoka - 32. Philip leaders: Hook - 7, L. Mann - 6, Pinney - 5, Nelson and Evans - 4 each, M. Mann -3, Fitch and Fortune - 2 each, Taylor Holman - 1.


December 21st

James E. "Jim" Keegan

James E. "Jim" Keegan, age 89, of Faith, died Sunday, December 17, 2006, in Dupree, SD.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Thursday, December 21, at the Pioneer Hall in Dupree, with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating.

Visitation will be held one hour preceding the services at the church on Thursday.

Interment will be in the Dupree Cemetery.

James E. Keegan was born August 31, 1917, at Philip, SD, the son of James and Ethel (Royer) Keegan.