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December 7th

Geothermal well, curb and gutter, street light projects before Philip City Council

With a very humble heart and an acknowledgement of responsibility, Mayor John Hart announced that the proposed sale of the city’s geothermal well will have to be handled in a different manner.

The sale of the well to MinKota Fisheries for the future development of a 35-job business in Philip was enthusiastic, but premature. MinKota has been made aware of the situation and “we are on the same page,” said Hart. Legal stipulations dictated by state law regulate the method of selling public property, even with the ownership-reversion clause that was to be an important part of the sale.


November 24th

Jones County/Midland Coyotes take eighth place in State “B” Volleyball Tournament

The Jones County/Midland Lady Coyotes ... Back row, from left: Kam Iversen, Staci Royer, Karissa Miller, Nicole Roghair, Ashley Weber, Jenna Hullinger, Katie VanDam, Britney Sinkey, Amy Petoske. Front row: Head Coach Sharon Freier, Kelsey Kerns, Katie Venard, Mandy Strait, Caitlin Eckert, Chelsee Nemec, Assisant Coach Lori Nemec. Courtesy photo

The Jones County/Midland Rebels headed into the Class B state volleyball tournament as the underdogs, especially in their first round match against the Northwestern Area Wildcats.

The Wildcats (30-2) came into the tournament having won last year's Class B title, but were the No. 2 seed behind Hurley.

JC/M Head Coach Sharon Freier said, "I was really happy that we were rated seventh."

The Coyotes already ran into the Wildcats at the Sully Buttes Invitational earlier this season.


Flowers of Fortune relocates

Reflecting on how the open house was going ... Flowers of Fortune opened at its new location and many people stopped in. Shown, in mirror from left, is Janet Schofield, Jennie Morrison, and owner Anita Schofield.

Anita Schofield has moved her Flowers of Fortune business into what used to be the old Dakota Bar at 102 N. Center Avenue next to the Gem Theater.

“I like this place. It’s fitting for a flower shop – homey and cozy,” said Schofield from in front of the hand-polished antique bar and full-length mirror.

For the open house on Wednesday, November 16, coffee and cider were served. Future offerings will include fountain sodas. “We’ve had a great turn-out,” said Schofield as she welcomed the constant flow of visitors.


Cub Scouting starting in Philip area

Scouting is back ... Pack 37 has nine cubs and Webelos, and is welcoming more. A “Scout night” has already happened at the Gem Theater. Shown, from left are: Tristan Rush, Colten Triebwasser, Gavin Brucklacher, Blake Martinez, Coy Kramer, Damian Bartels, Ben Saucerman, Nelson Holman and Darion Saucerman.

Initial meetings in September showed that the Cub Scout program had a strong potential for restarting in Philip. These meetings also showed that there is solid support in the Philip community for the Cub Scout program.

Years ago, the Cub Scout and Boy Scout programs began fading as other activities and organizations simply took too many boys and volunteers from the program.

Now, “Pack 37 is looking for volunteers and more boys,” said Cub Master David Butler.


Food for body and soul … The simple life

The room lights up when Vivian Hansen shows up!

Philip, South Dakota, is a town where the siren blows at 10 p.m. to remind kids to get off the street and go home. The siren also starts coyotes howling at the town outskirts. But that’s just for kids. Adults and coyotes can howl all night if they want to.

People often say, “Why would anyone want to live in the Dakotas, it’s so dead.” I used to think it was to admire the pretty women, but have learned there is more.

I thought about this when looking through my address book to make some changes.


Food for body and soul … The simple life

Heidi Drury, whose husband is in Iraq, works in a family-owned pizza shop in Philip. Philip residents not only live longer, but are prettier, too. Photos by Bill Kunkle

Philip, South Dakota, is a town where the siren blows at 10 p.m. to remind kids to get off the street and go home. The siren also starts coyotes howling at the town outskirts. But that’s just for kids. Adults and coyotes can howl all night if they want to.

People often say, “Why would anyone want to live in the Dakotas, it’s so dead.” I used to think it was to admire the pretty women, but have learned there is more.

I thought about this when looking through my address book to make some changes.


November 17th

Ruth V. Schneider

Ruth Virginia Schneider, 83, of Eugene, Oregon, passed away November 4, 2005 at Porter Hospice, Centennial, Colorado.

Ruth was born August 20, 1922 in Grandy, Nebraska, to Guy and Ethel Morrison.


Take a Breath …

My children quietly ask for my time. I wish that they would shout for it. My son half-looks at a book, and half-looks at me. You would think that even thick, old me would get that kind of hint.

Well, now I can take a deep breath and maybe get around to all the things that have not been yelling at me. The football, volleyball and cross country seasons are over. A large chunk of farming chores are over, though never all.


November 15th

Strategic plan outlines next five years of growth for Haakon County Public Library

As the Haakon County Public Library Board of Directors works on a new library facility, they have created a five-year plan that outlines operations and growth areas.

The strategic plan states that the library’s mission is to expand educational opportunities for the adults and children of the community. This would be done by enriching their lives through full access to information, entertainment, service and lifelong learning.

The board has eight main goals they want to accomplish within the next five years.


Deep Creek School to close

by Del Bartels

The closure of a rural school and sorting out insurance discrepencies were the main topics at the Haakon School District 27-1 board meeting on Monday, November 14.

The Deep Creek School will be closed after this school year. Student numbers will diminish through one family going to Pierre and one student who will attend the Philip school. The closure does carry the condition that the school could reopen if enough student-aged children reenter the area.

The financial reports through October were approved except for two items.