February 1st, 2007

Frederick Lyle Hunt

Frederick Hunt, age 50, of Rapid City, died Wednesday, January 24, 2007, at his residence in Rapid City.

Funeral services were held Monday, January 29, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Midland, with Pastor Paul Bly officiating.

Music was provided by Marilyn Millage, organist. Ushers were Reuben Vollmer, Jr. and Kirby Schofield. Pallbearers were Ken Standiford, Roger Dale, Pat Fosheim, Kenny Gillaspie, Terry Olson and Lawrence Stroppel.

Reuben Deutscher

Reuben Deutscher, age 87, of Wall, died Saturday, January 27, 2007, at the Beverly Healthcare Bella Vista in Rapid City.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday, January 30, at the St. Patrick's Catholic Church with Father Leo Hausmann as celebrant and Father Dan Juelfs and Father Kerry Predeville as con-celebrants.

Music was provided by Rita and Gene Patterson and Myron Williams. Ushers were Mike Erz and Dennis Schone.

January 26th

Scottie boys lose by one to New Underwood

Philip lost an excitingly close game against the New Underwood Tigers on Thursday, January 18. The Scotties started coming from behind in the second half, then held the Tigers in the fourth quarter, but not enough. The score at the buzzer was 48-49.

Philip 12 7 14 15 = 48


All Philip wrestlers take fourth place or better at Parkston Tournament; Trask/Lincoln take firsts

The Scotties traveled to Parkston to compete in a January 20th tournament.

Lady Scotties lose to top-rated Sully Buttes 45-78

The Lady Scotties faced one of the top basketball teams in the state on Friday, January 19, when they went up against the Sully Buttes Chargers in Onida. The final score was 45-78 against the Scotties.

Philip 7 12 10 16 = 45

Sulley 24 21 16 17 = 78

Philip scorers: Tylissa Fitch and Marissa Mann - 13 each, Kenzy Pinney - 9, Sierra Hook - 4, Kaylee Nelson and Toyeala Fortune - 3 each.

Sully Buttes scorers: K. Lamb - 29, E. Lamb - 16, A. Yackley - 13, K. Lamb - 7, E. Guthmillsto - 5, H. Handcock and H.

My Community ...

The town and surrounding community of Philip, SD, has a rich 100 years of trials and glories. Today, residents and visitors can see that continuing history in the individuals, organizations and businesses of the area.

With fewer than a thousand residents, Philip has the positive attributes of communities 10 times its size. Volunteerism is not a thing or a bewilderment; it is a way of life. The state-acclaimed Philip Volunteer Fire Department exists even without a taxable fire district.

Legislative Update

The legislature is in full swing as we complete our second week. Several major issues have come up in the past week that I would like to share with you.

Personally, I did not agree with or vote for the cigarette tax. However, the people of South Dakota approved the measure in the November election. I am supporting legislation that would take the additional tobacco tax monies and return it to the taxpayers in three areas; education, property tax relief, and Medicaid funding.

The Great South Dakota Copper Rush of '06-07

The time was right. The Minuteman Missile sites had long been abandoned, except for one facility kept as a historical tourist stop. The legal ownership of anything left behind on non-public land was now in the hands of the ranchers and farmers who own and work that land.

Doud and Kurle honored by Assoc. of Water Systems

Honored ... The Donald Hentges, President of the SD Assoc. of Rural Water Systems, presents Rick Doud with the Carroll Anderson Award

Lobbying for federal funds is at the top of his list. In doing so, Kurle is on a first name basis with those important Congressional contacts in Washington, D.C. Always promoting the WR/LJ RWS and the needs of those who will be served, Kurle continuously faced numerous challenges.

Benefit funds still designated for Nelson family

Ongoing tribute to Jennifer ... New Underwood School Board President Scott Parsons presents a check for $1,300 from the New Underwood Student Council to James and Wayne Nelson at the “green” basketball game held on Thursday, January 18. Green is the color designating organ transplants. James is the older brother and Wayne is an uncle to Jennifer Nelson, who recently lost her life-long fight with Cystic Fibrosis. Funds to help with the tremendous costs related to her fight are being given in her memory. The Wayne Nelson family lives at New Underwood. James’ family lives in Midland.

Jennifer, 16, the daughter of Wes and Nicole Nelson, died Tuesday, January 16, in Omaha, Neb., from Cystic Fibrous related complications.

When Jenn's medical costs reached her health insurance's $1 million maximum, she was partially covered by a state medical program for disabled children, but the program did not cover all of the family's expenses related to the illness or the transplant.

Teams of volunteers in Midland, Philip, Kadoka and New Underwood joined forces in late 2006 to raise funds that would have helped offset expenses for a double lung transplant for Jenn.