November 15th, 2005

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.

Philip Scotties hold own against state’s top Class 9B football team


The excitement was high and audience attendance even higher. The last person leaving Philip was reminded to shut off the lights, as the spectators followed their Scotties to the DakotaDome.

The Scotties earned the right to play the top-ranked and undefeated Hanson Beavers (11-0) for the Class 9A championship on Friday, November 11, in Vermillion.

It was the Scotties’ first game in the DakotaDome and their first chance to play for a state title.

November 3rd

Matching seasonal workers with employers in the United States is a rewarding experience for Philip woman

Matching seasonal workers, mostly agricultural related, with employers has become not only a business, but a rewarding experience for Trudie Klopper of Philip, SD.

Klopper, a native of South Africa, came to Philip when her husband Dr. Coen Klopper accepted a job at Philip Health Services. The couple and their family had previously been in Canada where her husband had been a physician.

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.