April 13th, 2006

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.

City Council preparing for summer projects

Most of the April 4th Philip City Council meeting was spent in preparation for summer activities.

The city is in the planning stages of contracting the hot water well to MinKota Fisheries. Philip would remain in control of the well, though MinKota would be responsible for the well’s maintenance. Current users of the hot water would continue to pay their fees, but to MinKota and they, in turn, would pay the city.

Annexation and library issues highlight commissioners meeting Tuesday a.m.

A small parcel of land on the edge of Philip, along with the proposed new library were items of discussion at the Haakon County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, April 4.

In a recent transaction, Krofam Inc. sold a building and land to Kennedy Implement. The land is outside of the city limits. At the March commissioners meeting the board referred the city’s request to Haakon County States’ Attorney Chip Kemnitz for review. Kemnitz informed the commissioners that the city would need to publish and approve a resolution that states which parcel of land would be annexed into the city.

Erving E. Helms

Erving E. Helms, age 90, of Creighton, died Wednesday, March 29, 2006, at the Meadowbrook Manor in Rapid City.

Erving Emmanuel Helms was born May 30, 1915, the third child born to Ernest H. and Paulina (Geigle) Helms. He was born on the ranch where he lived all of his life, located twelve miles northeast of Wall. Erving was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith.

A. Elaine Berry

A. Elaine Berry, age 95, of Kadoka, died Tuesday, March 28, 2006, at her residence in Kadoka.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 1, at the Belvidere Presbyterian Church with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Music was provided by Syd Iwan, organist, and Joni Hunt, vocalist, with congregational hymns. Ushers were Shorty and Jerry Jones. Pallbearers were Jeff Page, Jim Kayras, Brent Berry, Alan Kayras, Tom and Justin Hunt.

Interment was in the Belvidere Cemetery.