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October 19th, 2006

Dorothy Mae Nixon

Our community lost a wonderful person, devoted mother, grandmother and friend on Monday morning, October 16, 2006. Dorothy Mae "Pete" Nixon passed away following a courageous battle with cancer. Dorothy was very proud of her community and was committed to serving her family, friends, and neighbors.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 19, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip, with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m. at the church.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m.


Oliver "Allen" Towne

Oliver "Allen" Towne, age 80, of Hemingford, NE, formerly of Pierre, SD, died Thursday, October 12, 2006, at the Box Butte Hospital in Alliance, NE.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 17, at the Deep Creek Lutheran Church, rural Midland, with Pastor Ruth Ann Loughry and Pastor Ann Schlossnagle officiating.

Ushers were Kevin Neuhauser, Dan Saenz and Larry Dean. Music was provided by Carmen Alleman, organist, Pastor Ruth Ann and Pastor Ann, vocalists. Reader was Sandra Johnson. Register book attendant was Gene Hudson.


Jerald E. "Jerry" Kjerstad

Jerald Elnoris "Jerry" Kjerstad, age 64, of Piedmont, died Sunday, October 15, 2006, at the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver, CO.

Visitation will be held 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thurday, October 19, at the Wall Community Center, and one hour preceding the services at the Center on Friday.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 20, at the Wall Community Center, with Pastor Brad Kattelmann officiating.

Music will be provided by Rita, Dean and Gene Patterson, Linda Eisenbraun, vocalists, Sydney Kjerstad, pianist, and Jenni Kjerstad, dancer.


N. Craig Bearheels

N. Craig Bearheels, age 45, of Kadoka, died Thursday morning, October 12, 2006, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Funeral services were held Saturday, October 14, at the Presbyterian Church, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Music was provided by Ruth McCubbin, organist, and Susan Davidson, vocalist. Ushers were Brett Amiotte and Cody Young. Pallbearers were Gary Obr, Ric Omasich, Donnie Longbrake, Alan Romero, Tim Romero and Jody Stone.

Interment was in the Kadoka Cemetery.


Time ...

My mother, proudly 89 years old, just got done putting up her storm windows, preparing her flower bed for winter, and making enough chokecherry jam to last all her relatives until well into next season. My brother, I and our two families sat around her kitchen table. She worried that all that food wouldn't be enough (yeah, maybe for the 165th regiment).

She noticed that Daylight Savings Time will be coming around again on October 29. She said, "I can't keep up with the time."

I used to have to wait for time.


Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Can you imagine being sued for the decision you reach while serving on jury duty; or while serving on a school board or city council? If Amendment E passes on November 7, it can and will be a reality.

Amendment E is the Judicial Accountability Initiative Law (JAIL) and is the brain child of Ron Branson of North Hollywood, California, a man disgusted with the judicial system after being unsuccessful in numerous attempts to sue judges.


Four candidates vie for two positions in 6th Circuit Court

The Sixth Circuit serves Haakon, Jackson, Bennett, Todd, Mellette, Jones, Stanley, Potter, Sully, Hughes, Hyde, Lyman, Tripp and Gregory Counties.

Jones County State's Attorney Anita Fuoss of Murdo will challenge incumbent Judge Lori Wilbur of Pierre. Pierre attorney Rose Ann Wendell will challenge incumbent Judge Kathleen Trandahl of Winner.

Fuoss has been an attorney for 20 years.


Patton brothers inducted into Philip High School Hall of Fame

Philip (left) and Bill Patton

After high school graduation, they both went on to earn doctorates in education, and both are now retired professors.

Philip Patton, high school class of 1952, was a professor at the Northwestern College at Orange City, Iowa, for over 40 years. He was a professor of accounting and marketing, an Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, and departmental chairman.

William Patton, class of 1954, was a professor at the University of Montana in Missoula, MT, for over 30 years.


Bergeson presides over Kids Speak 2007

Fifteen South Dakota high school students, including Philip's Bailey Bergeson, met in Oacoma, South Dakota, on Sunday, October 15, as the Youth Advisory Council (YAC). This council helps the Voices for Children identify problems concerning today's younger generation.

The council met to discuss and organize the Kids Speak 2007.

Each member of the YAC had earlier convened a listening session within their community. The members then came together to pool their information to decide what topic was most prominent and how the individuals and the YAC could be most beneficial.


Haakon District 27-1 School Board meeting

The regularly scheduled Haakon District 27-1 School Board meeting on Monday, October 16, was held at the Milesville Rural Attendance Center.

The board had inspected the currently used school buildings, finishing at the Milesville RAC before their board meeting. The inspection went well. The board then discussed the surplus of the Deep Creek teacherage, though no action was taken.

Luke Weber has been officially approved as the assistant wrestling coach for this season.

Superintendent Keven Morehart stated that the K-6 Title Review was currently underway.