July 27th, 2006

Relay For Life is September 16

The fourth annual Quad County Relay For Life event is scheduled for Friday, September 15. The next planning meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 1, in the Senechal lobby in Philip.

The meeting's main purpose is to update participants on the planned activities. All relay teams, or at least their representative, should attend. Any money already collected by current teams should be turned in at this meeting. Encouragement is given for more teams to be created from each and all involved communities.

Emergency declared by state because of fire danger

A persistent lack of rain and expectations that it will continue to be scarce led South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds to declare a statewide emergency July 20.

Rounds made the declaration during a meeting of the state's Drought Task Force. A drought monitor lists much of the north central part of South Dakota as D3 or D4. D4 is the highest drought rating.

The Standing Rock Complex Fire has burned 25,000 acres in north-central South Dakota. Blazes will continue to ignite, experts say, if current conditions continue.

Public review for Midland school reorganization plan

The Board of Education of Midland School District 27-2 has unanimously approved the Reorganization Plan with Kadoka School District 35-1. The Kadoka Board of Education has also approved the plan.

Public meetings to review the plan with patrons are scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 1, in Kadoka and for 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 2, in Midland.

The reorganization plan will face public vote this summer on a date established by the Secretary of Education.

School board accepts Cottonwood Roping Club donation

Haakon School Board members Kelly Blair, Matt Reedy and Scott Brech began their new terms by taking the oath of office. Reedy is the new president and Bill Slovek is the vice-president for the district.

The July board meeting had been rescheduled from the 17th to the 20th because of area wildfires which affected board member's land as well as the community.

The Cottonwood Roping Club offered its savings and property as principle for scholarships to help students in local communities.

Vern Sampson

Vern Sampson, age 83, of Midland, died Wednesday, July 26, 2006, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Vern Sampson was born on April 28, 1923, the son of C.J. and Rose (Rada) Sampson, on a farm eight miles south of Midland. He grew up in that area and attended Loyalty School for eight years. He did not attend high school but bought his first truck at age fourteen. Vern worked for neighbors doing odd jobs until old enough to work on the railroad. He worked off and on for the railroad for seven years, while still trucking.

Jack M. Spinsby

Jack M. Spinsby, age 83, of Midland, died Tuesday morning, July 25, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Jack McLain Spinsby was born January 25, 1923, at South Bend, Indiana, the son of John and Isabel (Myers) Spinsby. At the age of three, the family moved to a farm-ranch south of Midland where he grew up and received his education in rural schools before graduating from Midland High School in 1941.

As a young man he worked with his parents on the farm-ranch. In 1945 he entered the United States Army and served in the Aleutian Islands during WWII.

Mary Jane Hovland

Mary Jane Hovland, age 86, of Philip and formerly of Rapid City, died early Friday morning, July 21, 2006, at the Michael Daly ranch west of Midland.

Memorial services were held Wednesday, July 26, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Philip with Pastor Robert Oettel officiating.

Inurnment followed at the Nowlin Cemetery, Nowlin, SD.

Ushers were Alvin Pearson and Miles Hovland.

Alma F. Kellogg

Alma Frances Kellogg, 95, Sturgis, SD, died Thursday, July 20, 2006 at the Sturgis Regional Senior Care Center.

Services were held Monday, July 24, 2006, at the First Methodist Church in Sturgis with Pastor Keith Nelson officiating. Burial followed at the Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.

Memorial have been established to the United Methodist Church Building Fund.

Alma Frances Long was born June 18, 1911, at Kadoka, SD, to Alvin C. And Suzanna (Fitzgerald) Long.

She was the youngest of seven children.

July 21st

Bo Slovek travels from Philip to "down under" to play football

Football in a different hemisphere ... Bo Slovek and other Mid-west athletes visited Australia, then stopped in Hawaii on the return trip. He experienced some things that were “weird” and some things that were “cool.”

You play football? What kind of foot? Gridiron. What?

For the people of Australia, the American version of football "is not very big yet, but they're trying to get it going, still trying to get it established," said Bo Slovek. He recently spent 10 days on a Down Under Sports Team trip operated by International Sports Specialists, Inc.

Referring to a promotional letter from Down Under Sports, Slovek said, "I thought it would be fun and I wanted to play football.

Pinney and Team South Dakota earn the gold

Kenzy Pinney and her South Dakota NAIG Midget Basketball team brought the gold medal back with them from Denver, CO.

Pinney, a Philip freshman and daughter of Kevin and Kim Pinney, has returned with the South Dakota Midget team from competition in the North American Indigenous Games, July 2-9.

They won all seven of their games; handily taking six by at least 20 points each, and defeating the North Dakota team in double overtime in sudden death play. Though not a starter on the 12-member team, Pinney was the first off of the bench, and played in all seven games.