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December 29th

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.


Haakon School District 27-1 finishes semester and calendar year 2006

Convening at 5:00 p.m. due to the high school Christmas concert at 6:30, the Haakon School District Board of Education wrapped up its 2006 business.

The board approved the list of volunteer coaches for the winter sports.


Update on teenager Jennifer Nelson

Jennifer's grandmas, Rose Nelson and Lyndy Ireland (center) pictured with Karla Kroetch (far right), and Mickey Reedy on far left.

Jennifer Nelson took a "bump in the road" on Thursday, December 14, during one of the preliminary double lung transplant tests. She had to be put in intensive care. At last report, she was stabilized, but sedated.

Even though this is a bit discouraging we have to remember what a little fighter Jenn is and please keep your eyes on the goal.

KOTA television was at the Philip/Stanley County basketball game Thursday night to report on the audience dressed in green, the color representing organ transplants. The footage was aired on KOTA sports on Friday evening.


Update on teenager Jennifer Nelson

Green Day in Philip ... It’s news when so many basketball fans wear green in support of Jennifer Nelson’s hopeful double lung transplant. The December 14 boys’ and girls’ games saw fans on both sides wearing a splash to a drenching of green. KOTA Territory News cameraman Shad Olson recorded it to be aired on the Friday evening news.

Jennifer Nelson took a "bump in the road" on Thursday, December 14, during one of the preliminary double lung transplant tests. She had to be put in intensive care. At last report, she was stabilized, but sedated.

Even though this is a bit discouraging we have to remember what a little fighter Jenn is and please keep your eyes on the goal.

KOTA television was at the Philip/Stanley County basketball game Thursday night to report on the audience dressed in green, the color representing organ transplants. The footage was aired on KOTA sports on Friday evening.


Haakon School District 27-1 finishes semester and calendar year 2006

The board approved the list of volunteer coaches for the winter sports.