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July 1st, 2014

Merlene E. Rank__________________

Merlene Elizabeth Rank, age 87, Rapid City, S.D., passed away Monday June 16, 2014 at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Merlene was born on December 9, 1926, in Rapid City to Clarence and Margarite (Pitz) Root of Midland. She was raised in Midland and graduated from Midland High School in 1945.
Merlene married Thurman Rank on December 14, 1946, in Midland. The couple made their home in the Rapid City area from 1957 to 1972. From 1972 until Thurman’s death in 1993, they lived and ranched in the Hermosa area. She spent the last years of her life in Rapid City at Fairmont Grand Manor.


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Willert is CowBos bronc ride winner

Jeff Willert, Belvidere, came out on top at Philip’s Invitational Matched Bronc ride, Friday, June 13. During the first round, shown above, Willert scored a 78 which was good enough to advance him to the short go. Winning the first round with a 79 was Travis Nelson, Philip. Willert’s ride in the short go scored 88 points. There was no score lower than an 81 from the eight riders in the short go.

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Mike Shrader____________________________________

Mike Shrader, 55, of Pierre, S.D., died Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at his home in Pierre
Mike was born June 30, 1958, in Sioux Falls to James and Barbara (Jessop) Shrader. He grew up in Sioux Falls, Philip and Ft. Pierre. While attending school in Ft. Pierre, he participated in track and cross country he also played the saxophone and won the John Phillips Sousa Award. He graduated from Stanley County High School in 1976. After high school, he attended Black Hills State for two years before moving to Arizona to work construction.


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