November 9th, 2007

Gordon "Doc" Bork

Gordon "Doc" Bork, age 86, of Okaton, longtime dentist in the Murdo area, died Thursday, October 25, 2007, at the Kadoka Nursing Home.

Visitation will be held one hour preceding the services at the church on Thursday.

Services will be held 11:00 a.m. CDT, on Thursday, November 1, at St. Peter Lutheran Church south of Midland, with Pastor Glenn Denke officiating.

Music will be provided by Grace DeVries, organist. Ushers will be Bill Eckert and Tom DeVries. Register book attendant will be Margie Esmay.

Katherine "Kathy" Pfeifle

Katherine "Kathy" Pfeifle, age 64, of Aberdeen, formerly of Philip, died Tuesday, October 23, 2007, at her home in Aberdeen.

Services were held Saturday, October 27, at the American Legion Hall in Philip, with Pastor Monty Dell officiating.

Music was provided by Marianne Frein, pianist, and Maureen Palecek, vocalist. Ushers were Alvin and Brian Pearson.

James M. Schanzenbach

James Marvin Schanzenbach, age 84, of rural Midland, died Saturday, November 3, 2007, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Services were held Wednesday, November 7, at the Deep Creek Lutheran Church north of Midland, with Pastor Frezil Westerlund officiating.

Music was provided by Carmen Alleman, organist, with congregational hymns. Register book attendant was Gene Hudson. Ushers were Julian Roseth and Dick Hudson.

Helen Obr

Helen Obr, age 88, of Sioux Falls, formerly of Belvidere, died Monday, November 5, 2007, at the Good Samaritan Village in Sioux Falls.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, November 8, at the Belvidere Community Church in Belvidere, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Visitation will be held two hours preceding the services at the church.

Music will be provided by Marjorie Street, organist, Syd Iwan, pianist, with congregational hymns. Usher is Tom DeVries.

Philip City Council prepares for next summer

The Philip City Council met on Monday, November 5th.

A lawsuit has been filed against the city. Emily Kroetch is asking for a declaratory judgement regarding property. After an executive session, the council decided to take no action until legal council can be consulted.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has granted permission for the Philip Volunteer Fire Department to use a structure on Park Avenue as fire fighter training. Any shingles, furniture and carpeting must first be removed.

DM&E officials meet with Haakon County Commissioners

The Haakon County Board of Commissioners was informed Tuesday, November 6, 2007, that work by Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern crews is slated to begin early in 2008 on a 107 mile stretch from Pierre to Wall.

The work is planned in three segments. In 2008 two lengths between Pierre and just west of Midland will be completed. The first length or railroad bed is between mileposts 486.2 and 490.9 just to the west of Ft. Pierre.

Linda Smith and Lola Roseth take second in Trauma Wars at SD-EMT conference competition

Linda Smith (left) and Lola Roseth competed in the EMT Trauma Wars. They raced through a trauma assessment, then initiated care and management of the patient, as judge’s shot critical questions at them.

The Trauma Wars second place award goes to Linda Smith and Lola Roseth.

The Philip and Midland area women recently competed as a team in the fifth annual Trauma Wars competition at the South Dakota Emergency Medical Technician Association's annual conference.

SD-EMTs met in Rapid City October 25th through 28th with at least eight hours of classes held each day. Sponsored by Sanford USD Medical Center-Trauma Services, the competition involved an emergency scenario and a moulaged patient. Basic EMTs, intermediates and paramedics competed.

October 25th

Philip Scotties compete well at state cross country - Holly Iwan medals at 20th place

State cross country medalist ... Philip Scottie Holly Iwan earned the girls’ 20th place medal at the state cross country competition in Huron on Saturday, October 20, 2007. Iwan, only a seventh grader, is the third Philip girl to have ever placed at state cross country. She is pictured receiving her medal.

by Coach Ralph Kroetch

Temperatures in the mid-60s, a light breeze and sunny skies made for excellent spectator conditions at the State Cross Country Meet in Huron on Saturday, October 20th.

Previous heavy rains gave the runners the extra little challenge that over 100 competitors alone could not provide.

Lady Scotties defeat Rapid City Christian Comets 3-0

The Lady Scotties volleyball team hosted the Rapid City Christian Comets on Saturday, October 20th.

Philip won 3-0; 25-8, 25-13, 25-12 for a current season record of 26-3. The Scotties' only losses have been once to Bennett County and twice to Hot Springs.

Serving: Philip - 61 of 72 (18 aces). Leaders: Sierra Hook - 18 of 19 (6 aces), Tylissa Fitch - 13 of 14 (5 aces), Lindsay Mann - 11 of 13 (3 aces).

Receiving: Philip - 23 of 26. Leaders: L. Mann - 5 of 5, Marla Kelly - 4 of 4, Kayla O'Connell - 5 of 6.

Setting: Philip - 57 of 57 (26 assists).

October 24th

Local area and state NRCS tree planting efforts

Tree rows ... October 2007, a young man mows the aisles in a tree grove to keep the grass and weeds down so the trees can continue growing well. They were planted in the spring of 1997.

Over 1.9 million trees were planted for conservation purposes across South Dakota during Fiscal Year 2007, according to Resource Conservationist Greg Yapp of the United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Huron.

Teresa O'Connell, Haakon County Conservation District manager, said the NRCS's East Central Area consists of 12 counties, including Haakon. In 2007, Haakon County had the most trees planted of its area. There were 34,318 trees planted, or 10.2 miles worth of windbreak trees.