September 3rd, 2004

New teachers at Philip School

Left to right, are some new (and some familiar) faces at the Midland School: Teresa Walker, Secretary; Steven Decker, Social Science; Lori Nemec, 3rd & 4th grade; Tracey Hand, 1st & 2nd grade; Steven Fetheroff, 8-12 Math & 9th Science; and Tamara Hunter, 7-12 English. Not pictured: Alice Burgess, Computer/Business.

Mrs. Dawn Backman (Miss Dawn to pre-schoolers, Mrs. Backman to other students) has been hired as the Haakon Elementary School’s new pre-school to sixth grade special education teacher.

Scheduled to work Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; she will also work downtown in a private pre-school on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. The exact number of students under her school supervision is still being determined through referrals and evaluations.

She has taught for ten years.

August 26th

Wesley W. Stverak

Wesley W. Stverak, age 65, of Quinn, SD, died Tuesday afternoon, August 10, 2004, at his residence.

Funeral services were held Friday, August 13, at the United Methodist Church in Wall, with Pastor Jim Cissell and Rev. Charlie Hunt officiating.

Music was provided by Dorothy Shearer, organist, with congregational hymns. Ushers were Jerry Johannesen, Bill Leonard, and Delbert Sebade. Pallbearers were Klare Schroder, David Jedlicka, Grant Shearer, Dan Hedlund, Rodney Lanz, Lavern Lanz, Jim Williams, and Dennis Eliason.

Interment was in the Mt. Hope Cemetery, Quinn.

Linda Kay Williams

Linda Kay Williams, age 36, of Interior, SD, died Saturday, August 14, 2004, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Funeral services were held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 18 at the Interior School Gym, with Pastor Paul Bly and Pastor Lisa Isensee officiating.

Music was provided by Randi Oyan, pianist, and Veronica Stoneall, vocalist, Travis Hanson and Brad Johnson, vocalists. Ushers were Aaron Kaye and Jerry Stout, Marv Williams, Mike Antonsen, and Marty Williams.

Elsie M. Haddock

Elsie M. Haddock, age 96, of Rapid City, formerly of Midland, died Tuesday, August 24, 2004 at her residence in Rapid City.

Visitation will be held 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, August 27, at the Rush Funeral Home in Philip, and one hour preceding the services at the church on Saturday.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 28, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Midland, with Pastor Paul Bly officiating.

Music will be provided by Kim Bierle, organist, and the Open Bible Study Group, vocalists. Ushers will be Richard Doud and Theron Koehler.

Bad River Open held at LWGC

The Bad River Open Golf Tournament attracted only thirty-eight golfers this last weekend. Of these, only nine were local players. The Great Plains Native American Golf Association (GPNAGA) hosted the three day event on the Lake Waggoner Golf Course.

Estate planning seminar to be held in Philip

The District Five Farmers Union will sponsor Estate Planning Services' popular seminar "Five Pillars of Estate Planning" at the Philip Senior Center on Saturday, September 4, at noon. Randy McKee of Black Hawk and his wife Carol present workshops to civic organizations and private groups all over the region. The workshop is free.

Fire, any volunteers?

Jaws of Life … Shortly after the open house demonstration, the Jaws of Life were used to cut an injured woman from this car. It collided into the back of a loaded gravel truck. Assistant Fire Chief Roger Williams is amazed that the call was for a rescue of a live person, rather than recovery of a body.

The Philip Fire Department has 42 members led by Marty Hansen and Roger Williams. When an emergency call comes in to the Philip Police Station, ten phones around Philip ring. A 911 call goes through Rapid City first, but is just as fast. Usually Marty or Roger are the ones to sound the whistle and initiate pagers. An estimated dozen or more volunteers quickly arrive, ready for anything. If the situation requires more volunteers, the whistle keeps blowing and almost everyone is soon present and accounted for.

Eight trucks stand ready.

School board: insurance, heat, and homecoming

The scheduled Haakon County School Board meeting drew a dozen citizens, most of them interested in the geo-thermal agreement section of the agenda.

Six businesses and the fire hall use the school’s surplus heating energy. Barium chloride is used to take radon out of the hot water before it is used to heat the school buildings. Barium chloride has increased in price. Testing the water for radon is an on-going requirement and expense. The underground water flow has slightly decreased, thus lowering the energy potential.

August 12th

Commissioners discuss graders

Just when they thought they had all the problems solved, a new problem with a new grader came along.

The Haakon County Commissioners took possession of two new graders just a couple of months back, and one has been taken back to Butler Machine for the second time. Alex Kuleza, Butler’s representative, reported to the commissioners at their August 10 meeting. He said the first time the grader was in was for a failed seal in the transmission. They thought it had come partially out during assembly at the factory. The replaced seal has now done what the first one did.

Pastor Al's bridge is work of salvation

People who know Pastor Al Brucklacher know that he is a talented carpenter who likes to have a project or two underway.

What they may not know is that one of his recent projects was a big one. Brucklacher has built a bridge across the Bad River at his place west of Philip. We’re not talking about a footbridge, either. It is seventy feet long and sturdy enough to drive a vehicle across, although he hasn’t driven his tractor across it yet.

In a 2001 interview with Pioneer Review reporter Sue A.