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June 21st, 2007

Spud Gittings Memorial Golf Tournament

The fifth annual Spud Gittings Memorial Golf Tournament took place on Sunday, June 17, with 22 three-person teams.

Every year this tournament gets bigger, and this year it brought in over $700 to fund the Jamie Gittings Memorial Scholarship at the Philip High School. There were donations given by Irv Jones of Jones' Bottle and Vet and Matt Mangulis.


American Family Golf Tournament at Lake Waggoner

The American Family Two Person Scramble golf tournament teed off at 12:00 noon on Saturday, June 9, at the Lake Waggoner Golf Course north of Philip.

Twenty-one teams participated in the three flights, with contestants coming from Pierre, Faith, Wall, Cottonwood and Philip.


Helen Boyd

Helen Boyd, age 87, of Kadoka, died Friday, June 15, 2007, as a result of a car accident north of Faith.

Helen Mednansky was born October 8, 1919, on a farm-ranch near Cottonwood, SD, the daughter of Michael and Emma (Mickaletz) Mednansky. As a child she moved with her family to a farm-ranch north of Kadoka, attending school in Kadoka.

Helen was united in marriage to Otto Roy Bork on November 21, 1937 in Kadoka. They made their home near Midland prior to moving to a farm north of Stamford, SD. They owned and operated the farm and ranch until his death on December 21, 1952.


Lois M. Fode

Lois M. Fode, after battling cancer for 14 months, passed away on June 2nd, 2007, at the young age of 72.

She was born to Dallas and Dorothy Vaughn in rural Gregory, SD, on September 3, 1934. Lois married Fred Fode on November 1st, 1953, at Lutheran Parsonage in Burke, SD.


Special meeting by county commissioners

Budget talk filled the special meeting held by the Haakon County Commissioners on Wednesday, June 13.

The budget was presented to the commissioners for discussion at the meeting.


All-School Reunion success

All over town, exclamations of joy and an abundance of hugs were heard and seen as classmates from the past 90 years gathered at the All-School Reunion.

Bringing the reunion together with the Centennial Celebration made both events bigger and more enjoyable for those attending.

Marcia West, reunion coordinator, said she had 1,300 preregistered alumni before June 14, the first day of registration. Alumni were able to register at the high school gym Friday and Saturday. About 200 people registered during that time.


Ferley and West tie for top honors at Matched Bronc Ride

The much anticipated Match-ed Bronc Ride lived up to and surpassed all expectations Thursday night, June 14.

Twenty-five top quality saddle bronc riders were pitted against some very young and inexperience broncs in the first two gos. While those rides made for some great photos the scores were on the low side. Eight of the 25 lost the match to their rides. Another two riders failed to break a score of sixty and seven didn't break 70.


School Board:schedulings, playground and scholarships

At the beginning of the meeting, Marcia West spoke on behalf of the Philip High School Alumni Board and thanked the school board for the use of the high school facilities during the All-School Reunion.

"It was just more than we ever expected," she said. "We served 1,453 people, and they all had a chair to sit on."

"It was well organized and a great time," said Superintendent and Elementary Principal Keven Morehart. "We appreciate you letting us be involved."

The board reviewed their five-year capital outlay plan.


Philip celebrates 100 years of success

Muzzleloaders and tomahawks ... These mountain men reenactment enthusiasts entertained Bad River Park visitors during the Philip centennial. Their official club title is the Muzzleloaders of the Black Hills.

The all-school reunion registration started at noon on Thursday. The many, many (and still many more) activities started out easy with an old-timers' baseball game. Then, the tempo jumped and leaped forward and locked onto maximum with a Matched Bronc Ride whose quality, some said, could rival that of the National Finals Rodeo.

Over 1,200 people witnessed the pony express delivery of Governor Rounds' official proclamation of Philip's Centennial. Then, midst a buffalo-meat supper and gabbing with old friends, the audience saw 25 cowboys eliminated down to six.


June 14th

Kaylee Nelson takes Girls All-Around at Sturgis High School Regional Rodeo

Sturgis hosted a South Dakota High School Regional Rodeo June 8 through 10. Several contestants from the midwestern part of South Dakota participated in the event.

Though many local contenders accumulated points, Kaylee Nelson of Philip earned the Girls' All-around title with 89.5 total points. In barrel racing, she took second place in the second go round: with a time of 18.881, and took sixth in the average with a 34.467.