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December 30th

Janet Kittinger

Janet Kittinger, age 65, of 345 Dakota Ave S., Huron, died Thursday, December 22, 2005 at the Huron Regional Medical Center.

A memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 30, at the American Lutheran Church in Huron with Rev. Steven Brandsrud officiating. Inurnment will be at the East Lake Andes Lutheran Church Cemetery at a later date. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are under the direction of the Kuhler Funeral Home.

Janet Lappe was born on June 19, 1940 in Pierre, SD, to John and Thelma (Crain) Lappe. She attended school in Pierre and Huron.


Edna Knutson, wife and mother, earns honors at National Guard boot camp

Barry and Edna Knutson

by Del Bartels

On May 24, Edna Knutson signed up with the National Guard. On October 6, she left Sioux Falls for boot camp.


McDonnell to end R-CALF presidency at Philip Livestock Auction January 10th

During June of 1998, three cattle producers co-founded a fledgling rancher foundation that originated in South Dakota with very strong ties to Philip. The idea, the many interested cattle producers, and regional sales barns were all of western South Dakota. Those three co-founders were Herman Schumacher from Herreid, SD; Kathleen Kelly from Meeker, CO; and Leo McDonnell, Jr. from Columbus, MT.

A year later, Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF USA) began and was quickly gaining national membership.


December 27th

Maurice T. Hoffman

Maurice T. Hoffman, age 83, of Creighton, died Thursday, December 15, 2005, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Services were Monday, December 19, at the Methodist Church in Wall, with Pastor Brad Kattelmann officiating.

Music was provided by Carol Hahn, pianist, and Lucille Holsether, vocalist. Ushers were Bill Leonard, Jerry Johannesen and Norm Klingbile.


Lauren H. Thorson

Lauren H. Thorson, age 75, of Philip, died Friday evening, December 16, 2005, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Services were held Wednesday, Dec. 21, at the American Legion Hall in Philip with Pastor Mark Ford officiating.

Music was provided by Marilyn Millage, pianist, and Maureen Palecek, vocalist. Ushers were Rod Knutson and Donnie Poss.


Marvin T. Bowen

Marvin T. Bowen, age 82, of Philip, died Thursday evening, December 15, 2005, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Services were held Tuesday, Dec. 20, at the United Church in Philip with Pastor Mark Ford officiating.

Music was provided by Marilyn Millage, pianist, Vernon Burns, vocalist, JoAnne Stilwell, pianist, with congregational hymns. Ushers were Loren Kiel and Bill Gottsleben.


December 23rd

Dickinson Tournament challenges Philip Scottie wrestlers

Scottie wrestler Bo Slovek

The Philip wrestlers traveled to the Dickinson Tournament on Friday and Saturday, December 16-17.

Several Scottie wrestlers have already been tentatively placed in the State’s Class B Ratings. In the 103 pound division, Troy Guptill was ranked twelfth; in the 112 weight class - Jordan Smith - seventh; 152 - Bo Slovek - second; 171 - Lincoln Smith - ninth; 189 - Kent Bucholz - third.


Lady Scotties win one, lose one on the road

Aggressiveness is key … Lindsay Mann is going to get this shot off, no matter what, if her expression is any indication. The Lady Scotties traveled to Stanley Co. last Thursday night, Dec. 15, losing to the Lady Buffs by a score of 57-45.

The Lady Scotties were defeated by the Stanley County Buffs on Thursday, December 15, in Fort Pierre 45-57.

Philip 8 24 39 45

Stanley County 11 27 42 57

Philip scorers were: Sarah Foland and Bailey Bergesen - 2 each, Kaylee Nelson and Jodi Williams - 3 each, Sierra Hook 4, Lindsay Mann 9, Kenzy Pinney 18.

Stanley County scorers were: Kaitlin Fisher 1, Julie Gray 5, Lindsey Rogers and Loni McQuistion - 7 each, Kelsey Hanson 10, Marissa Jacobsen 13, Sam Ostarello 15.

Three-point goals; Pinney, McQuistion, Jacobsen, Ostarello.

Field goal percentag


Scotties win one, lose one on the road

Good for two … Scotties guard Michael Westerberg, 35, makes good on a jump shot at Stanley Co. last Thursday evening, Dec. 15, in a hot contest against the Buffaloes. Although they had a valiant attempt, the Scotties could not pull off the win. Photo by Kelly Penticoff

The Philip boys’ basketball team traveled to Fort Pierre to challenge the Stanley County Buffalos on Thursday, December 15. The challenge was answered, and was bested by only three points.


Jeff Willert, NFR 2005 World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider

Jeff Willert autographing his poster.

Once upon a time there was a little cowboy …

A childhood dream turned to gold on Sunday, December 11, when Jeff Willert, a 23-year-old cowboy, put Belvidere back on the map after winning the title of 2005 Wrangler World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider.

After 10 days of eight-second intense rodeo action Willert earned the world title, finishing top in the money with $278,168.74 and placing fourth in the average. He went into the NFR with $159,538.93 and in 10 days he earned another $118,629.81 to set a new earning record for a single year.