April 20th, 2006

Local college students help clear Katrina aftermath

Joy of helping ... Maggie Coyle, on right, and a co-volunteer pause outside of one of the homes their group helped to clean out in preparation for rebuilding. Hurricane Katrina damaged or destroyed much, but much is being rebuilt – including lives and spirits of people still trying to live in the area.

While many college students enjoyed their week-long spring break, two Philip High School graduates gave their time, sweat and humility to help survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

Maggie Coyle, a student at Northern State University, with 53 other students from SDSU, SDSMT, USD and NSU, bused from Brookings to New Orleans.

April 13th

Todd County Invitational track results

The Todd County Invitational track and field event was held in Mission on Thursday, April 6.

In the girls’ division, Philip earned third place with 82 team points. Bennett County took first place with 88, and Winner took second with 84. Chamberlain – 70, Todd County – 65, Kadoka – 59, Rapid City Christian – 53, Little Wound – 23, Marty Indian – 14, White River – 13.

Jodi Williams took first place in the 200 meter dash with a time of 27.17. Williams also earned first place in the 400 meter run with a time of 1:05.20.

Four Corners’ wrestling season comes to an end

The Four Corners’ Wrestling Club has ended another year. Ten wrestlers came to Kirley Hall twice a week to practice with Coach Clay Riggle. The boys ranged from five and a half to 13 years of age.

Parents traveled to the country community hall to discuss the do’s and don’ts of wrestling and get in their winter workout. Families put on some miles, traveling to over 11 different tournaments across South Dakota.

The team members placed as follows: Tyrel Olson, son of Chad and Randi Olson, is a first grader at Cheyenne School. Tyrel is seven and wrestled at 55-60 pounds.

High School golf season off to windy start at Philip Invitational

At the Philip Invitational Golf Tournament on Friday, April 7, the more experienced players were able to eventually adapt to the windy conditions that marked the golf season’s opener.

Seven schools were represented in the boys’ division. Philip High School filled two teams. Team A took second place behind Wall. Team B took fifth place behind Lyman and Lemmon. Newell, Bennett County and Bison golfers also competed.

Individually, Philip’s Jordan Smith took fifth place with a score of 87. Allen Hauk earned seventh place with a 91. Devon Ehlers came in 15th with a 103.

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.