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September 8th, 2006

Badlands District Fire School planned

The annual Badlands District Fire School will this year be held in Kadoka on Sunday, September 24. The training is highly recommended for all area fire fighters, and firefighters from other districts are welcome.

Registration will be from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. There is a department and individual cost, but often the fire departments pay for their volunteers to attend. Morning classes will be from 8:00 to 11:00. Lunch and the annual business meeting will be from 11:00 to 12:30.


Big and Rich to honor vets at September dedication

The country vocal duo Big and Rich will add their voices to the September dedication of South Dakota's Vietnam War Memorial in Pierre. The ceremony will take place at 2:00 p.m on September 16.

Big and Rich co-wrote their current hit "8th of November" as a tribute to their friend Niles Harris, a Deadwood resident and Vietnam War veteran.

"They have a very special story to tell," Governor Mike Rounds said.


Funding issues discussed by Haakon County Commissioners

Crushing gravel later this year was discussed, as well as other funding issues, at the Tuesday, September 5, Haakon County Commissioners meeting.

Budget concerns, along with the need to crush gravel for use in the Midland area, were brought to the commissioners attention by Highway Superintendent, Kenny Neville. With spending cuts in the highway department's budget this year Neville had not proposed any gravel crushing. A possible cash surplus of $40,000 could be added to the $50,000 proposed for next year's crushing.


Art Kroetch - celebrating 50 years as a Philip businessman

With 50 years under his belt as an industry entrepreneur, he has seen the 40-year-old Scotchman Industry, Inc. grow from an idea to the international company that it is today. “It’s all come gradually, like a family,” Kroetch said. “And this family’s home is in Philip.”

Art Kroetch, the founder and former chairman of the board of Philip's largest industry, started as a businessman 50 years ago by buying a salvage yard.

This coming October 5th, Scotchman Industry is celebrating 40 years of ironworker production and Art Kroetch's 50th year in business. An open house is planned at the Scotchman offices and manufacturing plant. On that Thursday, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., guided tours of Scotchman Industries will be offered to the public. At 1:00 p.m. a special ceremony will include a few comments from the man of honor, Art Kroetch.


August 24th

Philip Volunteer Fire Department activity so far

by Del Bartels

The 2006 summer fire season has been a busy one for the Philip Volunteer Fire Department.

The department has been called to respond to several vehicle accidents. It has been mopping up one fire, only to be immediately called to another. It has been asked by neighboring departments to help in their jurisdictions, and sometimes it cannot respond because it is has no available trucks.


Wauneta Stoeser

Wauneta Katheryn Briggs was born at Carlin, SD, to Walter and Katie (Jones) Briggs, on January 24, 1925. Wauneta died August 19, 2006, at St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre, with her children and grandchildren at her bedside.

Mass of Christian burial was held Tuesday, August 22, at St. John's Catholic Church with Fr. Brian Christenson officiating.

Burial was at Scotty Philip Cemetery, Ft. Pierre.

Wauneta was born in a small home in the country, by the Cheyenne River, and raised in a log house on Robbs Flat.


Phyllis C. Oldenberg

Phyllis Catherine Oldenberg, age 90, of Philip, died Saturday, August 19, 2006, at the Philip Nursing Home.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 23, at the First Lutheran Church in Philip, with Pastor Tim Solberg officiating.

Music was provided by Marilyn Millage, pianist; Elvera Moos, vocalist; congregational hymns; and special music by Rose and Loren Kiel. Usher was Marvin Eide.


Robert "Bob" Johnson

Robert "Bob" Johnson, age 43, of Kadoka, died Thursday, August 17, 2006, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Funeral services were held Monday, August 21, at the Kadoka City Auditorium with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Music was provided by Carl Bauman, Boyd Porch and John Kaiser. Ushers were Maurice Handcock, Tom Parquet, Larry Cvach and Bob Spears.


Update on Midland shooting

The shooting death of a Rapid City man in Midland on August 11 is being investigated as a homicide, according to state Attorney General Larry Long.

Harold Lee Cleveland, 64, was shot to death inside a Midland residence that night, Long said. The name of the shooter has not been officially made public. No one has been arrested. Long said, to his knowledge, no one else was injured in the incident.

"The individual who did the shooting has been identified, and the investigation is centering around whether the shooting was justified," Long said.


"Spotlight" on Philip community development to be September 13

During a presentation at the August 14 meeting at the Philip Chamber of Commerce, guest speaker Dan Oedekoven summarized the "Spotlight" program which is coming to Philip.

The South Dakota State University Cooperative Extension Service will continue its community development work with small towns in South Dakota with the help of a second major grant from the Northwest Area Foundation.