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April 13th, 2006

Par for the course

The cold wind is cutting through my winter coat, the water on the ground is squishing into my tennis shoes, and I am learning a colorful new vocabulary, yet everybody else around me is enjoying themselves. Welcome to golf. Despite the hardships, though, I could maybe learn to like this game, that is if I can first understand it.

The object of the game is to hit a little white ball into a hole that is way over on the horizon. The winner is whoever does so by hitting their ball the fewest number of times.


Don Nelson is interim CEO for Philip Health Services

Don Nelson is filling the position of interim CEO for Philip Health Services until a permanent head administrator can be found. The Rapid City Regional Health Network is currently advertising for applications and holding preliminary interviews for that position. According to Nelson, Philip Health Services will make the final decision in choosing from the top candidates.

Nelson began his interim responsibilities on March 23. “I will probably be here at least 60 to 90 days, but that is hard to pin down,” said Nelson.


Commissioners meet as board of equalization

Taxpayers were able to approach the Haakon County Commissioners on Tuesday, April 11, regarding their taxes when they met as a board of equalization.

Only one taxpayer, Vincent Schofield, requested a reduction on a quarter of land. Schofield noted that alkali has increased in that particular quarter of land. The commissioners opted to not reduce the tax payment on the land. They felt that before they acted on such a request that the county needs to have a new soil survey completed.


Preliminary plans for proposed new library reviewed by Haakon County Library Board

View of proposed library from Pine Street, looking south toward courthouse, which would be behind.

Following months of reviewing various drafts for the proposed new Haakon County Public Library, the Library Board approved preliminary drawings Saturday, April 8.

The new structure is approximately 6,000 square feet. It will run east to west about 94 feet and north to south about 64 feet. The lot it is proposed to be built on is 140 feet from east to west. According to designer Kent Kennedy, the Haakon County Commissioners have to complete a site survey before the exact placement of the proposed library will be known.


Preliminary plans for proposed new library reviewed by Haakon County Library Board

Following months of reviewing various drafts for the proposed new Haakon County Public Library, the Library Board approved preliminary drawings Saturday, April 8.

The new structure is approximately 6,000 square feet. It will run east to west about 94 feet and north to south about 64 feet. The lot it is proposed to be built on is 140 feet from east to west. According to designer Kent Kennedy, the Haakon County Commissioners have to complete a site survey before the exact placement of the proposed library will be known.


Skittles the wild-born bobcat again roams the wild

Back to the wild ... Marty Hansen released Skittles the Bobcat into a remote area of the Badlands National Park on Wednesday, April 5. “She’ll be alright once we get her out there,” said Hansen as he and Conservation Officer Todd Enders put the loaded cage in the back of Hansen’s pickup.

Friends were only half joking when they offered Marty Hansen boxes of tissue for when he had to release Skittles, the bobcat, back into the wild.

Marty and his wife, Debbie, had taken the six-or-so week old kitten off of the hands of Game, Fish and Parks officials. Someone, who mistakenly thought they were doing the right thing, had “rescued” it when they found it in the wild.


April 5th

Prom time …

She strolls down the flower-lined aisle with her arm wrapped around the offered arm of her date. He simultaneously seems awkward and regal in his tuxedo. She shimmers and shines in her evening gown and her grandmother’s necklace. The long-awaited prom is here.

Weren’t those two young adults only children yesterday? Memory has them starting out as bubbling, cooing babes in arms coming home from the hospital. Mother was weary, but proud. Dad was nervous, scared and in awe of having to raise such a small, helpless bundle that couldn’t yet even hold a baseball.


Philip receives $549,760 airport funding

The City of Philip has been awarded $549,760 in funding from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for improvements at its airport.

Federal funds are being provided to construct a snow removal equipment storage building, pave the airport’s access road, and install a 10-foot-high perimeter fence to prevent wildlife from entering the airport and becoming a hazard.

The funds are provided through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program and are made available to eligible public-use airports throughout South Dakota and the United States. The program


Midland School reorganization process

The Kadoka and Midland School Districts have agreed to enter into a discussion surrounding the reorganization of the districts. The reorganization process is dictated by law, but more importantly, developed by board members, administrators and community members who care about the education and lives of the students we serve.

The reorganization process will begin with the selection of a “reorganization committee”.


HCYW’s Kiddie Park dreams soon to be an even greater reality

The dream began long ago. The grant was applied for in early April of 2005. That grant was formally approved in January of 2006. On Saturday, April 29, a large quantity of new playground equipment will be installed at the Philip Kiddie Park.

Haakon County Young Women have worked long to see this dream become a reality. The land is owned by the City of Philip. And, since requirements dictate that a public entity must do the paperwork for the grant, the City of Philip has been the official facilitator.