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June 30th, 2006

The best things don’t change

A cowboy’s day starts early.

Ralph “Shorty” and Maxine Jones reflect the character and temperament, as well as the common sense of Western South Dakota ranchers.

Their place is a long-time family “home place” about 10 miles south of Midland, and their 20,000 acres stretch into Jackson County. They need to keep track of about 850 head of Black cattle – the white-faced Herefords seem to have faced away in most of the cowboy country now.

Walking into their living room is to experience a glow of South Dakota history.


Residents voice opinions at public hearing concerning proposed library

A packed courthouse community room Monday, June 26, 2006, was the scene of a public hearing in regards to the Community Development Block Grant that Haakon County is applying for to help fund the proposed new library.

The public hearing was just one of many HUD requirements that have to be met to qualify for the CDBG. Other requirements include an income survey and an environment assessment.


Bergeson new chair of S.D. Coalition for Children youth advisory council

Bailey Bergeson of Philip has been elected chair of South Dakota Voices for Children’s Youth Advisory Council.


Freedom attitude

When a news program shows anti-Americans burning the United States flag, my blood boils. But, when I witness a worn flag being retired – respectfully done by burning – my right hand automatically reaches up to cover my heart. Independence Day is really an attitude.

We have all heard that America is not perfect, but it is the best possible place to live.


SD High School Finals Rodeo results

Cowboys and cowgirls from the Philip area who participated in the South Dakota High School Finals Rodeo in Belle Fourche were Ryan Kammerer, Stephanie O’Connell, Katie Nelson, Toyeala Fortune and Kaylee Nelson.

Kaylee Nelson, a junior at Philip High School and daughter of Tim and Denise Nelson, qualified for nationals in the breakaway roping and cattle cutting events. Nelson finished second point-wise in breakaway roping with 35 total points from the two Regional and one State Finals rodeo.


June 22nd

The sun kisses ...

Philip is a great place to live. The people are friendly and outgoing, life is enjoyable, and most day-to-day activities are relatively safer than in other places. The loudest “gang” is the men’s golf club. Philip’s motto is “Where the sun kisses the earth.” It makes you think of being at one with the land and nature. It is somewhat romantic. Life here “doesn’t have a cloud in the sky.”

This year, at least, that is a problem. We’ve already had several days in a row of over 100 degree weather. Rainfall seems to be rudely passing us by.


Reverend Donald A. Olson

The Reverend Donald A. Olson, 76, of Marquette, NE, died Monday, June 5, 2006, as a result of an automobile accident near Central City, NE.

Funeral services were held Friday, June 9, at the Monroe Evangelical Free Church near Phillips with the Rev. Mark Dunham officiating. Burial was in the Monroe Cemetery.

Donald was born on Feb. 21, 1930, to Joe E. and Alice T. (Nelson) Olson in Aurora, Neb. He grew up in Aurora and attended school there. He furthered his education at Bob Jones University.


Viola Herrman

Viola Herrman, age 95, of Philip, died Monday, June 12, 2006, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Visitation will be held 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14, at the Rush Funeral Home in Philip, and one hour preceding the services at the church on Thursday.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m.


Darleen Y. Jost

Darleen Y. Jost, age 74, of Murdo, died Monday, June 5, 2006, at St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre.

Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Friday, June 9, at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Murdo, with Father Timothy Castor as celebrant.

Music was provided by Janet Widvey, organist, Donna Erikson, vocalist, and congregational hymns, “Amazing Grace”, “Old Rugged Cross” and “How Great Thou Art”. Register book attendants were Jackie Fosheim and Jody Lebeda. Ushers were Bill Philips and David Venard. Pallbearers were D.J.


Alvina A. Brown

Alvina A. Brown, age 86, of Kadoka, died Tuesday, June 6, 2006, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 10, at the Concordia Lutheran Church in Kadoka, with Pastor Ann Schlossnagle officiating.

Music was provided by Randi Oyan, pianist, with congregational hymns “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art”. Ushers were Tom Terkildsen and Paul Briggs. Pallbearers were John, Butch and Paul Oien, Russell Dean, Gerard Magelky and Mark Heltzel.

Interment was in the South Creek Cemetery near Kadoka.

Alvina A.