October 19th, 2006

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Can you imagine being sued for the decision you reach while serving on jury duty; or while serving on a school board or city council? If Amendment E passes on November 7, it can and will be a reality.

Amendment E is the Judicial Accountability Initiative Law (JAIL) and is the brain child of Ron Branson of North Hollywood, California, a man disgusted with the judicial system after being unsuccessful in numerous attempts to sue judges.

Four candidates vie for two positions in 6th Circuit Court

The Sixth Circuit serves Haakon, Jackson, Bennett, Todd, Mellette, Jones, Stanley, Potter, Sully, Hughes, Hyde, Lyman, Tripp and Gregory Counties.

Jones County State's Attorney Anita Fuoss of Murdo will challenge incumbent Judge Lori Wilbur of Pierre. Pierre attorney Rose Ann Wendell will challenge incumbent Judge Kathleen Trandahl of Winner.

Fuoss has been an attorney for 20 years.

Patton brothers inducted into Philip High School Hall of Fame

Philip (left) and Bill Patton

After high school graduation, they both went on to earn doctorates in education, and both are now retired professors.

Philip Patton, high school class of 1952, was a professor at the Northwestern College at Orange City, Iowa, for over 40 years. He was a professor of accounting and marketing, an Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, and departmental chairman.

William Patton, class of 1954, was a professor at the University of Montana in Missoula, MT, for over 30 years.

Bergeson presides over Kids Speak 2007

Fifteen South Dakota high school students, including Philip's Bailey Bergeson, met in Oacoma, South Dakota, on Sunday, October 15, as the Youth Advisory Council (YAC). This council helps the Voices for Children identify problems concerning today's younger generation.

The council met to discuss and organize the Kids Speak 2007.

Each member of the YAC had earlier convened a listening session within their community. The members then came together to pool their information to decide what topic was most prominent and how the individuals and the YAC could be most beneficial.

Haakon District 27-1 School Board meeting

The regularly scheduled Haakon District 27-1 School Board meeting on Monday, October 16, was held at the Milesville Rural Attendance Center.

The board had inspected the currently used school buildings, finishing at the Milesville RAC before their board meeting. The inspection went well. The board then discussed the surplus of the Deep Creek teacherage, though no action was taken.

Luke Weber has been officially approved as the assistant wrestling coach for this season.

Superintendent Keven Morehart stated that the K-6 Title Review was currently underway.

October 12th


My daughter was not waking up. This is rare, but with me in the household, she knows better. I poked my head into her room (holding desperately to my safety rope) and yelled loud enough to penetrate her covers. "Remember, two wrongs do not make a right, but three lefts do." A few moments later she came out of her room complaining, "Daddy, by the time I figured that out, I was so awake that I couldn't get back to sleep."

That is what a good one-liner is supposed to do - make you think.

Floy M. Fugate

Floy May Fugate, age 92, of Rapid City, died Sunday morning, October 8, 2006, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip, after a 40-year battle with cancer.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 11, at the Presbyterian Church in Kadoka, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Music was provided by Jean Weller, organist, with congregational hymns. Ushers were Cliff Parke and Eric Wilmarth.

A library is food for thought

Librarian Alison Kattelmann … “More than just a library – a community center.”

Special to The Pioneer Review

Two roads open up in my "working" vacations and I take the one less traveled by - which has always made all the difference. I am, you see, a traditionalist when it comes to vacations. I bring a few books I've been meaning to read for years, but, as it turns out, never get time to read them.

I wander into libraries and used book stores … the ones less traveled are more helpful and friendly; but for me, and Philip, the journey remains unfinished.

As a writer, I am against censorship; I want to get people reading - especially the young.

More S.D. Air National Guard deployed

Sixty airmen from various units throughout the 114th Fighter Wing departed Joe Foss Field on Saturday, October 7, for an undisclosed operating location in Southwest Asia.

They were deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as part of the United States Air Force's Air Expeditionary Force (AEF) rotation plan. These deploying members will join the 74 airmen who deployed on September 11, 2006.

County Library receives four new computers through grant dollars

Librarian Alison Kattelmann poses with one of four new computers arrived September 18th and are already being used extensively. The Library Services and Technology Act provided $3,280 to purchase the four new computers, which have been named Helga, Inga, Mary and Edith. The Haakon County Public Library received the money through a grant proposal written by librarian Alison Kattelmann (pictured) when she recognized the need for more public access to computers. The four old computers are in storage until a future library facility offers more user space.

Librarian Alison Kattlemann applied for a Library Service and Technology Act grant through the South Dakota State Library. She was notified in mid-summer that the library had received a $3,280 grant.

With those grant dollars she was able to purchase four Dell, Dimension 1100, flat screen computers. The computers arrived in mid-September.

All four computers have been installed and are up and running. Kattleman noted since the computers were put in about three weeks ago, the number of computer patrons has risen by 50 percent.