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December 30th

Betty M. Eliason

Funeral services for Betty M. Eliason, age 73, of Belle Fourche, were held Monday, December 19, 2005, at the United Methodist Church in Belle Fourche with Pastor Gail Arnold officiating. Burial was at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Betty Lou was born October 23, 1932, at Eagle Butte, SD, to George and Lydia (Jesser) Matz. The Lord called her home on Thursday, December 15, 2005.

Betty attended Eagle Butte Public School for 12 years, graduating in 1950. She attended Northern State Teacher's College in Aberdeen, SD, for 1 year.


Darroyl O.E. Sims


Ardith L. McKown

Ardith Louise McKown, 80, of Hot Springs, passed away December 23, 2005, at her home in Hot Springs, SD.

Ardith Louise was born at home on a farm close to St. Lawrence, SD on February 21, 1925, to V. Arthur and Viola (Turner) Moon. She graduated from St. Lawrence High School in 1943 and from St. Mary’s Hospital and School of Nursing as a registered nurse in 1946. She immediately went to work at Hand County Memorial Hospital in Miller, where 2nd Lt. Roy McKown was a patient due to a tragic auto accident.

Ardith and Roy were married on October 10, 1946.


Janet Kittinger

Janet Kittinger, age 65, of 345 Dakota Ave S., Huron, died Thursday, December 22, 2005 at the Huron Regional Medical Center.

A memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 30, at the American Lutheran Church in Huron with Rev. Steven Brandsrud officiating. Inurnment will be at the East Lake Andes Lutheran Church Cemetery at a later date. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are under the direction of the Kuhler Funeral Home.

Janet Lappe was born on June 19, 1940 in Pierre, SD, to John and Thelma (Crain) Lappe. She attended school in Pierre and Huron.


Edna Knutson, wife and mother, earns honors at National Guard boot camp

Barry and Edna Knutson

by Del Bartels

On May 24, Edna Knutson signed up with the National Guard. On October 6, she left Sioux Falls for boot camp.


McDonnell to end R-CALF presidency at Philip Livestock Auction January 10th

During June of 1998, three cattle producers co-founded a fledgling rancher foundation that originated in South Dakota with very strong ties to Philip. The idea, the many interested cattle producers, and regional sales barns were all of western South Dakota. Those three co-founders were Herman Schumacher from Herreid, SD; Kathleen Kelly from Meeker, CO; and Leo McDonnell, Jr. from Columbus, MT.

A year later, Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF USA) began and was quickly gaining national membership.


December 27th

Maurice T. Hoffman

Maurice T. Hoffman, age 83, of Creighton, died Thursday, December 15, 2005, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Services were Monday, December 19, at the Methodist Church in Wall, with Pastor Brad Kattelmann officiating.

Music was provided by Carol Hahn, pianist, and Lucille Holsether, vocalist. Ushers were Bill Leonard, Jerry Johannesen and Norm Klingbile.


Lauren H. Thorson

Lauren H. Thorson, age 75, of Philip, died Friday evening, December 16, 2005, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Services were held Wednesday, Dec. 21, at the American Legion Hall in Philip with Pastor Mark Ford officiating.

Music was provided by Marilyn Millage, pianist, and Maureen Palecek, vocalist. Ushers were Rod Knutson and Donnie Poss.


Marvin T. Bowen

Marvin T. Bowen, age 82, of Philip, died Thursday evening, December 15, 2005, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Services were held Tuesday, Dec. 20, at the United Church in Philip with Pastor Mark Ford officiating.

Music was provided by Marilyn Millage, pianist, Vernon Burns, vocalist, JoAnne Stilwell, pianist, with congregational hymns. Ushers were Loren Kiel and Bill Gottsleben.


December 23rd

Dickinson Tournament challenges Philip Scottie wrestlers

Scottie wrestler Bo Slovek

The Philip wrestlers traveled to the Dickinson Tournament on Friday and Saturday, December 16-17.

Several Scottie wrestlers have already been tentatively placed in the State’s Class B Ratings. In the 103 pound division, Troy Guptill was ranked twelfth; in the 112 weight class - Jordan Smith - seventh; 152 - Bo Slovek - second; 171 - Lincoln Smith - ninth; 189 - Kent Bucholz - third.