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April 13th, 2006

Edmund P. "Ed" Kujawa

Edmund P. "Ed" Kujawa, age 87, of Kadoka, died Monday, April 10, 2006, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, April 13, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Kadoka, with Father Brian Sorenson as celebrant.

Music will be provided by JoAnne Stilwell, organist, and Ed’s granddaughters as vocalists: Colette Jones, Stephanie Beynon, Trista Hedderman, Chelsea Kujawa, Britni Rhinehart, Abby Endres, Jodi Leeper and Trina Thorn.

Readers are Jeremy Kujawa and Matt Bercheim.


Jessica R. Grimes

Jessica Ray Grimes, age 17, of Kadoka, died Sunday, April 9, 2006, as a result of an automobile accident, east of Kadoka.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 12, at the Kadoka City Auditorium, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Prelude and postlude music was provided by Jake Elwood, guitarist. Service music was provided by Carl Bauman, Boyd Porch and John Kaiser.

Ushers were Alan Badure, Kenny Fox, John Bauman and Steve Williams.

Pallbearers were Joe Stoddard, Mark Williams, Richard Jobgen, Rodney Sharp, Chris Elwood and Charles VanderMay.


Par for the course

The cold wind is cutting through my winter coat, the water on the ground is squishing into my tennis shoes, and I am learning a colorful new vocabulary, yet everybody else around me is enjoying themselves. Welcome to golf. Despite the hardships, though, I could maybe learn to like this game, that is if I can first understand it.

The object of the game is to hit a little white ball into a hole that is way over on the horizon. The winner is whoever does so by hitting their ball the fewest number of times.


Don Nelson is interim CEO for Philip Health Services

Don Nelson is filling the position of interim CEO for Philip Health Services until a permanent head administrator can be found. The Rapid City Regional Health Network is currently advertising for applications and holding preliminary interviews for that position. According to Nelson, Philip Health Services will make the final decision in choosing from the top candidates.

Nelson began his interim responsibilities on March 23. “I will probably be here at least 60 to 90 days, but that is hard to pin down,” said Nelson.


Commissioners meet as board of equalization

Taxpayers were able to approach the Haakon County Commissioners on Tuesday, April 11, regarding their taxes when they met as a board of equalization.

Only one taxpayer, Vincent Schofield, requested a reduction on a quarter of land. Schofield noted that alkali has increased in that particular quarter of land. The commissioners opted to not reduce the tax payment on the land. They felt that before they acted on such a request that the county needs to have a new soil survey completed.


Preliminary plans for proposed new library reviewed by Haakon County Library Board

View of proposed library from Pine Street, looking south toward courthouse, which would be behind.

Following months of reviewing various drafts for the proposed new Haakon County Public Library, the Library Board approved preliminary drawings Saturday, April 8.

The new structure is approximately 6,000 square feet. It will run east to west about 94 feet and north to south about 64 feet. The lot it is proposed to be built on is 140 feet from east to west. According to designer Kent Kennedy, the Haakon County Commissioners have to complete a site survey before the exact placement of the proposed library will be known.


Preliminary plans for proposed new library reviewed by Haakon County Library Board

Following months of reviewing various drafts for the proposed new Haakon County Public Library, the Library Board approved preliminary drawings Saturday, April 8.

The new structure is approximately 6,000 square feet. It will run east to west about 94 feet and north to south about 64 feet. The lot it is proposed to be built on is 140 feet from east to west. According to designer Kent Kennedy, the Haakon County Commissioners have to complete a site survey before the exact placement of the proposed library will be known.


Skittles the wild-born bobcat again roams the wild

Back to the wild ... Marty Hansen released Skittles the Bobcat into a remote area of the Badlands National Park on Wednesday, April 5. “She’ll be alright once we get her out there,” said Hansen as he and Conservation Officer Todd Enders put the loaded cage in the back of Hansen’s pickup.

Friends were only half joking when they offered Marty Hansen boxes of tissue for when he had to release Skittles, the bobcat, back into the wild.

Marty and his wife, Debbie, had taken the six-or-so week old kitten off of the hands of Game, Fish and Parks officials. Someone, who mistakenly thought they were doing the right thing, had “rescued” it when they found it in the wild.


April 5th

Prom time …

She strolls down the flower-lined aisle with her arm wrapped around the offered arm of her date. He simultaneously seems awkward and regal in his tuxedo. She shimmers and shines in her evening gown and her grandmother’s necklace. The long-awaited prom is here.

Weren’t those two young adults only children yesterday? Memory has them starting out as bubbling, cooing babes in arms coming home from the hospital. Mother was weary, but proud. Dad was nervous, scared and in awe of having to raise such a small, helpless bundle that couldn’t yet even hold a baseball.


Philip receives $549,760 airport funding

The City of Philip has been awarded $549,760 in funding from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for improvements at its airport.

Federal funds are being provided to construct a snow removal equipment storage building, pave the airport’s access road, and install a 10-foot-high perimeter fence to prevent wildlife from entering the airport and becoming a hazard.

The funds are provided through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program and are made available to eligible public-use airports throughout South Dakota and the United States. The program