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January 25th, 2005

To the Editor:

Dear Editor,

After Martin Luther King Day let US reflect - what was and is the “civil rights movement” and why are civil rights important?

We all believe that we are entitled to them, and they loosely mean “I” have liberty to use, access, and enjoy the common things and activities that “ALL” the rest of society enjoys, uses, and accesses.


Health Services “career peeks” for local high school students

Philip Health Services and the Philip High School will be working together on a Career Peeks Day on February 9.

An executive proclamation by Gov. Michael Rounds declared February 9-13 as Healthcare in Partnership in Education Week.


January 6th

Year in Review

The year of 2004 – from The Pioneer Review archives

January

South Dakota livestock Producers received $2.7million in disaster livestock assistance. Haakon County’s share was $95,887.

An opt-out possibility was discussed by patrons and the school board. The board later voted unanimously in favor of the opt-out.

The City Council stated that the proposed sales tax changes (the food tax repeal) could harm the city budget.

The Prairie Expo held in Philip was a success.


Wrestling triangular held at Philip

Bo Slovek plays pretzel with his opponent's arm in attempt to pursuade him to roll over to be pinned. Such maneuvers, speed and amazing comebacks were all part of the Phlip Triangular Wrestling Meet on January 3rd.

The Philip Scotties hosted the Philip Triangular Wrestling Meet on Monday, January 3. Wall/ Kadoka and Lyman County were invited. The results are as follows:

Philip vs.


Wrestling triangular held at Philip

Mick Trask was the one in control somewhere in the tangle of his opponent's arms and legs. Philip's hosting of the triangular wrestling meet on January 3rd went well.

The Philip Scotties hosted the Philip Triangular Wrestling Meet on Monday, January 3. Wall/ Kadoka and Lyman County were invited. The results are as follows:

Philip vs.


Conzemius new American Family agent in Philip

Boyd Conzemius of Pierre is the new American Family Insurance agent for the Philip area.

Conzemius has known Cathy Knight, Ray Hanson and Ramsey Kendall, the three previous agents. He is familiar with the Philip area and has 25 years experience with American Family. The Philip office will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will continue to be operated by Margaret Pfeifer, who is a fully licensed staff member.

Having started business in Rapid City, Conzemius has been based out of Pierre since 1983.


Commissioners reorganize with Schofield as chairman

Lawrence Schofield was chosen by his fellow board members to lead the Haakon County Commissioners during 2005.

The commissioners reorganized

at their January 4 meeting at the Haakon County Courthouse. Rita O’Connell replaced Mike Gebes as the commissioner from District 3. All commissioners and elected officials were given the oath of office.

Chosen as vice-president was Don Eymer. The commissioners also selected members to be on certain boards. Schofield will stay on the weed board; Mel Smith - extension board; Darrel Terkildsen - fair board.


Philip City Council completes year-end business

Year-end business for the Philip City Council was addressed at the scheduled special meeting on Wednesday, December 29, 2004.

The well water users agreement has been drafted and sent to the various users. A meeting to finalize that issue has been set for Friday, January 14.

The Philip Airport PAPI lights are up and running. The specific line item ran higher than expected, but the overall budget for the airport absorbed the cost. The airport five-year engineering proposals have been received and engineering interviews with the airport committee are scheduled at 2:00 p.m.


Letters to the Editor:

Flags for overseas military

We frequently hear about the negative actions of the people in power. I would like to share a kind action of a man I know little about.

I am an employee of the State of South Dakota. This is important only for the details to make sense. Recently, while I was at work, my supervisor phoned me and asked for the names of my son and daughter-in-law who are both in the military and serving overseas. The names had been requested by Governor Rounds.


Mirror, mirror

I hate mirrors because they force me to see myself. I would much prefer to let my mind ‘see’ me as I truly am: handsome. I don’t wear glasses in that life. There, I actually have hair on top of my head. I always sincerely smile and never appear to be in a foul mood. If this stuff is getting too deep, I do rent out shovels and rubber boots.

On the rare occasion when my children wake up because of nightmares, they now come to my wife’s side of our bed. Once, I was their first choice for support and comforting.