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March 20th, 2008

Results of library study circles to be shared at community meeting

The visions of Haakon County residents regarding a library will be presented at a community meeting, Tuesday, March 25th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Philip school's elementary gym.

For the past three weeks residents of Haakon County have met in six study circles, four based in Philip and one each in Milesville and Midland. During the first meeting the groups discussed the current library's services and other pros and cons of library services within the county. They also discussed their vision for a library and its services to the county.


Special meeting of Philip City Council on CDBG grants and as Board of Equalization

The Philip City Council met in special meeting on Monday, March 17th.

It hosted a public hearing for the application of Community Development Block Grant funds on the proposed storm drainage improvement project. The council also met as a municipal Board of Equalization.

The drainage project is the installation of storm sewers and the repairing of affected street surfaces.


Midland Drama Club presents comedy "Aunt Ollie's Home Away from Home"

Hometown hospitality? ... You can laugh until you choke, or get choked, during the Midland Drama Club’s performance. The residents and guests of “Aunt Ollie’s Home Away From Home” are a cast of real characters. No, any refreshments for the audience between the two acts will not include samples of Earl’s moonshine.

The cast and crew of the Midland Drama Club are in the last stages of dress rehearsal for their performances of "Aunt Ollie's Home Away From Home."

The two-act comedy is to be presented on Friday and Saturday, March 28th and 29th, at 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday, March 30th, at 2:00 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Midland.

Director Linda Schofield has transformed these volunteer actors and actresses into a zany collection of residents and visitors at a hillbilly inn.


Haakon County to be fully accounted into legal Fire Protection Districts

Proposed – everything in a fire district ... In the southeast corner is the existing Midland district. The existing Milesville district is north-central with a proposed expansion westward. The existing Deep Creek district claims most of the northeast corner, with hopeful expansion. The Philip Fire Protection District, in the southwest, encompasses the rest of Haakon County. At this time, the Philip Fire Protection District has no proposed mill levy, thus no fire district taxes.

Philip, Milesville, Midland and Deep Creek all have existing fire protection districts. Land may not be within the boundaries of two different fire protection districts. Milesville is petitioning to include the two full townships and parts of four others between its current boundaries and Pennington County. The Deep Creek district is hoping to include two townships to its northwest.

In attempting to clarify matters, Philip Fire Chief Marty Hansen said, "We definitely need to have fire protection districts.


Eugene Wheeler

Eugene Wheeler, age 80, of Amarillo, TX, died Friday, February 22, 2008.

No services were held.

Mr. Wheeler was born in Deadwood, SD. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and retired from the Veterans Administration and Bivins Memorial Nursing Home.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Lula Wheeler; and a son, Noel Wheeler.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara; three daughters, Kay Miller of Montana, Diana Staniewski of Washington, D.C. and Kelly Harris and her husband, Poncho, of Amarillo; two sons, Gene Wheeler, Jr.


Helene Kalkbrenner

Helene Kalkbrenner, age 91, Wasta, SD, died March 17, 2008, at the Belle Vista Nursing Home in Rapid City.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Wall, with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m.

Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 20, at St.


Norma M. Philips

Norma Marie Philips, age 91, of Murdo, SD, died March 16, 2008, at the St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre.

Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Wednesday, March 19, at St. Martin's of Tours in Murdo, SD, with Fr. Timothy Castor as celebrant.

Music was provided by Rose Comp, organist, and Deb Venard, vocalist. Ushers were Drew Venard, Kyle Venard and Brandon Kinsley.


Bonna Lindquist

Bonna Lindquist, 72, of Pierre, formerly of Murdo, died Saturday, March 8, 2008, at her home in Pierre.

Memorial services were held at Thursday, March 13, at the Murdo United Methodist Church.

Inurnment was in the Murdo City Cemetery.

Bonna was born on July 18, 1935, one of 10 children born to Waldo and Clara (Jordan) Finck of Okaton, SD. She attended Kessler School and Okaton High School.

Bonna was united in marriage to Dean Lindquist on December 21, 1958. To this union three daughters were born, Karen, Kim and Tammy.


Dick Fanning

Dick Fanning, age 71, Long Valley, SD, died March 10, 2008, of a heart attack, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Mass of Christian burial was cekebrated Thursday, March 13, at the Old American Legion Hall in Martin, with Father Bryan Sorensen as celebrant and Deacon Cal Clifford assisting.

Lector was Tony Fanning. Music was provided by Steve and Stuart Livermont and Dana Fanning.


Sylvia Jeppesen

Sylvia Jeppesen, age 99, of Wall, SD, died March 12, 2008, at the Good Samaritan Center in New Underwood.

Services were held Monday, March 17, at the United Methodist Church in Wall, with Pastor Brad Kattelmann officiating.

Music was provided by Sister Susan Pohl. Ushers were Jerry Johannesen and Bill Leonard. Pallbearers were Orlin Winkowitsch, Jody Sawvell, Dale Sawvell, Shaun McKay, Kenny Karp and Randy Ehlers.

Interment was in the Wall Cemetery.

Sylvia L.