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March 1st, 2006

Olive J. Taggart

Olive Jane Taggart, 94, of Aberdeen, SD, died Tuesday, February 21, 2006, at Bethesda Home of Aberdeen.

Funeral were held Tuesday, February 28, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Aberdeen with Revs. Allan Schoonover and Keith O. Hanson officiating.

Burial was at Timber Lake Cemetery, Timber Lake, SD.

Olive Jane Hogen was born July 18, 1911, at Jackson County, Kadoka, SD, to Thomas N. and Marie (Langorgen) Hogen. This is the area where she attended school. She worked at home and for area families.

Olive married C. Paul Swisher on December 25, 1929, at Kadoka.


Roseth is emergency manager

With the emergence of Homeland Security, there is now a position entitled the Haakon County Emergency Manager. Lola Roseth began the job’s responsibilities on October 5, 2005.

The job description may be compact, but the methods of fulfilling the many job facets are always evolving. Haakon County Emergency Management is charged with the overall mission of protecting its citizens and their property from the effects of natural and man-made disasters.


Journalism intern Nicolle Wiekamp learning at Ravellette Publications

by Del Bartels

Nicolle Wiekamp is the new intern at Ravellette Publications of Philip. She began on Monday, February 27 and will complete the on-the-job training in the middle of May.

A news/editorial journalism student from South Dakota State University in Brookings, she is already a senior and needs only the internship time to graduate.

Graduating from high school in Clear Lake, a South Dakota town of around 1,100 residents, Wiekamp has learned to prefer weekly newspapers over the dailies.


Bill to help Midland School passed by Congress, waiting for Governor’s signature

The Midland School District is looking for a way out of a situation where 15 of its students attended other schools this year putting a greater burden on the district to fund education.

That solution was drafted in the form of a bill that would allow the school to contract with neighboring districts to take their high school students. Elementary school students would stay in Midland.


February 17th

Modest proposal

With Presidents’ Day coming up, and with the local economy always needing a significant boost, I offer a plan that would help out our cattle/farming region as well as Washington, DC.

Let’s find ways to market – for the lack of a more polite term – living livestock by-products. Please, don’t try to come up with an impressive business name that has an accurate acronym. The organic fanatics would be forced to add their backing to the many varied lines of value-added products. The politicians, out of professional courtesy, wouldn’t dare object.


Dora A. Finley

Dora A. Finley, age 70, of Philip, died Friday morning, February 3, 2006, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Services were held Monday, Feb. 6, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Philip with Pastor Robert Oettel officiating. Graveside services were held Monday afternoon at the Hillview Cemetery in Isabel.

Music was provided by Marilyn Millage, pianist, with congregational hymns. Ushers were Dora’s grandsons, Eric and Connor. Pallbearers were Sonny, Jeff and Mark LaBeau, Sonny Newman, Rowdy Schuler and Scott Baye.

Dora A.


Dorothy E. Porch

Dorothy E. Porch, age 90, of Kadoka, died Sunday, February 5, 2006, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Kadoka City Auditorium with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating. Interment will be in the Kadoka Cemetery.

Music will be provided by Grace DeVries, pianist, and Peggy Porch Schoon, Roger Porch, John Kaiser and Carl Bauman, vocalists. Ushers are Cleve Prichard, Cleon Boomer, Gordon Good and Tom Ward. Pallbearers are Matt, Shayne, Brockdon, Joel and Shawn Porch and Gib Rodgers.

Dorothy E.


Rex E. Radway

Rex Eugene Radway, age 80, of Philip, died Sunday, February 12, 2006, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15, at the Rush Funeral Home in Philip, and one hour preceding the services at the Legion Hall in Philip on Thursday.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 16, at the American Legion Hall in Philip, with Pastor Mark Ford and Father Ron Garry officiating.

Music will be provided by Marilyn Millage, pianist, Maureen Palecek and Barb Bowen, vocalists.


“Dakota Life” features World War II hero former Philip resident Richard Hedden

South Dakota Public Broadcasting's popular television magazine program "Dakota Life" is back with a new episode of great South Dakota stories this February. The Emmy-nominated program is known for finding the stories that make life in our state unique. It will feature several segments from around South Dakota.

One segment features Richard M. Hedden, a Normandy survivor who was awarded the French Cross of War, the equivalent of our Congressional Medal of Honor, in August 2005. Hedden was born in Mt. Vernon but grew up in Philip.


Downtown street improvement project bids high; accepted by City Council

A special meeting of the Philip City Council was held on Thursday, February 9, to review and possibly award bids for the 2006 Downtown Street Improvement Project.

Harlan Quenzer, accompanied by Sam Hohn, both with SPN and Assoc., presented the bids received for the street and utility improvements.

Hills Material Co. - $669,615

Simon Contracting - $711,888

Site Work Specialists - $715,602

Bituminous Paving - $787,842

Shovel Head Excav. - $876,565

All of the bids were above the engineer’s estimated cost of $500,943.