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November 3rd, 2005

Letter to the Editor:

Dear Editor,

I disagree with last week’s article proclaiming the need for foreign workers. Rural USA has a surplus of young hard-working people.


Letter to the Editor:

Dear Editor,

Reading the article in the Rapid City Journal about the Foland/ Game Fish & Parks dispute has just put me over the edge. And so I’m taking advantage of our right to freedom of speech, and appreciate this Letter to the Editor section.

Being a previous resident of Haakon County. I understand the different way of life and mentality that comes with living in a rural setting. I have lived in the “big city” for over 10 years now and feel I have an unique perspective: I know both rural and urban lifestyles.


Lady Scotties defeat New Underwood in last volleyball match before Districts

The Philip Lady Scotties hosted the New Underwood Tigers for a volleyball match on Thursday, October 27. The Scotties won three out of the four games played 25-14, 17-25, 25-12, 25-7.

Serving: 88 of 94 (13 aces). Leaders: Sierra Slovek - 21 of 22, Sierra Hook, 10 of 12 (5 aces), Taylor Holman - 13 of 13 (3 aces), Sarah Foland - 14 of 15 (2 aces).

Receiving: 40 of 55. Leaders: Sarah Albrecht - 16 of 20, Sarah Foland - 8 of 8.

Setting: 101 of 102 (28 assists). Leader: Taylor Holman - 98 of 98 (28 assists).

Hitting: 115 of 128 (36 kills).


Philip Scotties continue playoff climb to state football championship by beating Warner 45-0

The Philip Scotties defeated Warner on Tuesday, October 25, in front of a large home-field crowd. The first round of the Class 9A Region 4 ended with a score of 45-0.

Philip’s quarterback, Dana Kerns, rushed for three touchdowns and passed for another in the Scotties' many charges downfield.

"It was a total team effort. We came out with a lot of intensity," said Philip head coach Keven Morehart. "I thought our defense played extremely tough for us.


Double overtime win sends JC-M Rebels into semi-finals

In double overtime, the projected underdogs of the Jones County/Midland Rebels upset the Harding County Ranchers and will go on to semi-final play.

The Monday, October 31, game held in Buffalo went into overtime tied eight to eight. Overtime scoring raised that to 22-16.

The Rebels held their own through almost two-thirds of the first quarter. Rancher Cody Sarsland caught a pass from Charlie Nelson for a 23 yard touchdown.


JC-M Rebels continue in playoffs

The Jones County/Midland football players defeated the Lower Brule Sioux by one touchdown 26-20. The Tuesday, October 25, win allows the Rebels to continue their playoff bid toward state championship.

The game began quickly in the Rebels’ favor. Within the first four minutes of play, JC/M had reached the one yard line. Henry Ireland completed the charge, and Kevin Ball passed to Andrew Bork for the conversion. The Rebels took the lead 8-0. With three and a half minutes left in the first quarter, the Rebels were in trouble.


Philip Scotties make semi-finals by beating South Central, 44-22

Going, going, gone ... The Philip Scotties are going into the semi-finals because rushers and pass receivers could get down the field against the South Central Cougars. The defense held back the Cougars and stopped them after the score was tied. Here, a fast Scottie got by several defensive players, though several others were trying to head him off.

The Monday night, October 31, football game hosted by the Philip Scotties versus the South Central Cougars was tied half way through the fourth quarter. The Scotties then lunged ahead to end the game 44-22.

With a little over three minutes into the game, the Cougars fumbled and the Scotties recovered. Philip earned a first down in two plays, then was the first to get on the scoreboard, when Casey Cuny ran in a 55 yard run at the 7:20 mark. Cuny then ran in the conversion points.

The Cougars came back with a ground-eating charge full of first downs.


Irish Malone Lytle

Irish Malone Lytle 91, of Yuma, AZ, formerly of Philip died at her home in Yuma after a short illness on October 27, 2005. Irish and her husband, Glen, were former operators of the Midway Café in Philip.

Irish is survived by her husband of 51 years, Glen Lytle; sons and their wives, Jerry and Kay Lyn Sterner, Tucson, AZ, Stephen (Kip) and C.J.


Spc. Daniel Bartels

U.S. Army Specialist E-4 Daniel Bartels, age 22, with the 4th Squadron, 14th Calvary Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team of Fort Wainwright, Fairbanks Alaska died Tuesday, October 18, 2005, in Mosul, Iraq.

His funeral will be at 2:00 p.m. (CT) Thursday, Oct. 27, at Riverview United Methodist Church with Rev. Iva Laudermith and Rev. Mark Sargent officiating.

Burial will be at the Riverside Cemetery at Huron with military rites.

Visitation will be from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Kuhler Funeral Home.


Maybe a good day …

My dog and I step out of the house into darkness. Gray on the horizon tells of the fast-coming sunrise as we go on an early morning walk. The small town that I gratefully call home is a close-knit farming and ranching community. Sounds, smells, sights, and the general feel of things attest to this in the early morning.

Semi-trucks and some cars can be heard way over on the highway. The rumble of tractors or other farm equipment is a faint whisper, maybe from miles away. What is that faint aroma on the distant breeze? I take a deep breath. Yeah, somebody must have driven over a skunk.