July 27th, 2006

Restful vacation?

Two weeks of lying on an isolated tropical beach with an umbrella-covered drink and not doing a thing. For me, not a chance!

My idea of a vacation is doing something ... so many somethings that I need a vacation when I get back from vacation. I can lie around at home and get a drink (tea or otherwise) here in town. The only time I enjoy not doing something is when I'm avoiding it. A vacation should be what I don't do the rest of my work year. Some people (ladies, you know who you are) enjoy shopping.

Why do Hellashish Prairie Fires Happen to Fun Family Picnics?

God "allows" horrible things to happen for an even greater good! Some people simply write a thank-you note in gratitude for the efforts of support crews and firefighters. In this instance, (the Elm Springs, SD, fires) beginning with the annual Ronald Reagan Memorial picnic fire, there is a complex and intriguing tale to share.

A swather skimming a stone, then a dry lightning storm dancing across Pennington and Meade counties were the bic flickers to catalyze a local Armageddon of OOC's (out-of-control) wildfires.

Two director terms to expire at Golden West's annual meeting

This year's 54th annual Membership Meeting of Golden West Telecommunications Cooperative scheduled for Saturday, September 23rd in Wall, will find the terms of two directors expiring on the Cooperative's 12-member board of directors.

Terms expiring will be those of Dale Guptill of Interior and Kenneth "Sonny" Zickrick, Jr. in District III.

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.