January 26th, 2007

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.

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.