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April 20th, 2006

Update on local elections

There were two local elections on Tuesday, April 11.

Three candidates ran for the two three-year positions on the Haakon School District 27-1 School Board. Official results are: Matt Reedy with 162 votes, Kelly Blair with 123 votes, and Joe Carley with 89 votes. The turn-out was a little over 10 percent of the registered voters.

For the three-year trustee position for the town of Midland, Bill Manke won over Melody Songer.

There is no need for an election of Philip City Council members, because only incumbents are running to retain their current seats.


Haakon 27-1 School Board finalizes 2006-07 contracts

The Haakon School Board has approved the contracts for certified and extra-curricular employees for next school year. All teaching positions are filled for the 2006-07 year except for one – the high school science position. Four extra-curricular spots are still open – oral interp advisor, sponsor for the annual, head volleyball coach, and coach for junior high boys’ basketball.

The board voted to condemn a proposed lawsuit by the South Dakota Coalition of Schools. The Coalition is planning to sue the State of South Dakota, trying to prove that there is an inadequacy of funding.


Philip street and utility improvements scheduling

The City of Philip’s pre-construction meeting on April 11th set the legalities of the Downtown Street Improvement Project. More importantly to the businesses concerned, it set the time and sequence of operations of the construction.

City Engineer Sam Hohn introduced Kevin Roth, also with SPN & Assoc., as the lead resident engineer for this project. The electrical engineer is Sara Honer of West Plains Engineering. The contractors are Hills Material Co.


Local college students help clear Katrina aftermath

One house almost done ... Jackie Smith, far left, and other volunteers pose in front of a house that was damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Note the spray-painted markings on the garage door and the information tags on the pole.

While many college students enjoyed their week-long spring break, two Philip High School graduates gave their time, sweat and humility to help survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

Maggie Coyle, a student at Northern State University, with 53 other students from SDSU, SDSMT, USD and NSU, bused from Brookings to New Orleans.


Local college students help clear Katrina aftermath

Joy of helping ... Maggie Coyle, on right, and a co-volunteer pause outside of one of the homes their group helped to clean out in preparation for rebuilding. Hurricane Katrina damaged or destroyed much, but much is being rebuilt – including lives and spirits of people still trying to live in the area.

While many college students enjoyed their week-long spring break, two Philip High School graduates gave their time, sweat and humility to help survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

Maggie Coyle, a student at Northern State University, with 53 other students from SDSU, SDSMT, USD and NSU, bused from Brookings to New Orleans.


April 13th

Todd County Invitational track results

The Todd County Invitational track and field event was held in Mission on Thursday, April 6.

In the girls’ division, Philip earned third place with 82 team points. Bennett County took first place with 88, and Winner took second with 84. Chamberlain – 70, Todd County – 65, Kadoka – 59, Rapid City Christian – 53, Little Wound – 23, Marty Indian – 14, White River – 13.

Jodi Williams took first place in the 200 meter dash with a time of 27.17. Williams also earned first place in the 400 meter run with a time of 1:05.20.


Four Corners’ wrestling season comes to an end

The Four Corners’ Wrestling Club has ended another year. Ten wrestlers came to Kirley Hall twice a week to practice with Coach Clay Riggle. The boys ranged from five and a half to 13 years of age.

Parents traveled to the country community hall to discuss the do’s and don’ts of wrestling and get in their winter workout. Families put on some miles, traveling to over 11 different tournaments across South Dakota.

The team members placed as follows: Tyrel Olson, son of Chad and Randi Olson, is a first grader at Cheyenne School. Tyrel is seven and wrestled at 55-60 pounds.


High School golf season off to windy start at Philip Invitational

At the Philip Invitational Golf Tournament on Friday, April 7, the more experienced players were able to eventually adapt to the windy conditions that marked the golf season’s opener.

Seven schools were represented in the boys’ division. Philip High School filled two teams. Team A took second place behind Wall. Team B took fifth place behind Lyman and Lemmon. Newell, Bennett County and Bison golfers also competed.

Individually, Philip’s Jordan Smith took fifth place with a score of 87. Allen Hauk earned seventh place with a 91. Devon Ehlers came in 15th with a 103.


Edmund P. "Ed" Kujawa

Edmund P. "Ed" Kujawa, age 87, of Kadoka, died Monday, April 10, 2006, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, April 13, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Kadoka, with Father Brian Sorenson as celebrant.

Music will be provided by JoAnne Stilwell, organist, and Ed’s granddaughters as vocalists: Colette Jones, Stephanie Beynon, Trista Hedderman, Chelsea Kujawa, Britni Rhinehart, Abby Endres, Jodi Leeper and Trina Thorn.

Readers are Jeremy Kujawa and Matt Bercheim.


Jessica R. Grimes

Jessica Ray Grimes, age 17, of Kadoka, died Sunday, April 9, 2006, as a result of an automobile accident, east of Kadoka.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 12, at the Kadoka City Auditorium, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Prelude and postlude music was provided by Jake Elwood, guitarist. Service music was provided by Carl Bauman, Boyd Porch and John Kaiser.

Ushers were Alan Badure, Kenny Fox, John Bauman and Steve Williams.

Pallbearers were Joe Stoddard, Mark Williams, Richard Jobgen, Rodney Sharp, Chris Elwood and Charles VanderMay.