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January 12th, 2006

Nemecs honored as South Dakota 2005 Retailers of the Year

Retailers of the year ... Ernie and Laurel Nemec, owners and operators of Ernie’s Building Center in Midland, received the award from Jerry Scriver, the 2005 president of the South Dakota Retailers Association. The Nemecs began their business in 1960 and built it to what it is today. Their community involvement and business reputation have earned them the state-wide honor for 2005.

The 2005 Retailer of the Year award, presented by the South Dakota Retailers Association to an individual or couple each year in recognition of business and civic achievements, was awarded to Ernie and Laurel Nemec of Midland. They were presented with the distinction during an awards banquet in Pierre on Monday, January 9.

The Nemec’s have owned and operated Ernie’s Building Center of Midland for 47 years.

In December, 1959, they bought the Midland Co-op Lumber Yard and the local hardware store.


Midland School Board faces resignations and time crunch on opt-out/reorganization

While striving for an imperative opt-out for next year, the Midland School Board is simultaneously interviewing neighboring school boards for reorganization.

The Midland School Board is also dealing with three staff resignations. History teacher Steven Decker will be leaving at the end of this school year. Band and vocal director Crystal Brakke has also resigned. Superintendent/Principal Denise Fox also tendered her resignation effective at the end of her contract on June 30.

The board accepted the resignations with regret.


Philip area says “Happy 50th Birthday" Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital”

Head table for the hospital program ... From left: Dr. George Mangulis and his wife Rasma, Rida and Dr. Paul Dzintars, Vivian Minard, Hospital administrator for Philip Health Services Mark Pond, and board member Roger Porch. Not pictured: Mayor John Hart.

People of local renown headed the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital held on Friday, January 6.

Roger Porch, a current hospital board member, was master of ceremonies for the program. His main theme was, “Only that which is invisible is essential.” The vision that became the hospital is really the hospital. The building is visible; though the community support, finances, work, donated time, memories and continued vision for the health services in the area are the truly essential aspects of the hospital.


December 30th, 2005

Resolutions ...

I love making New Year’s resolutions. I hate trying to keep them.

I will lose weight. I think that sounds exceptionally good, as I absent-mindedly reach for another piece of peanut brittle. Who cares about weight anyway? I don’t need to worry about my appearance since I am already married. (Don’t worry, my wife never reads what I write.) Besides, being overweight during the winter time just adds more insulation from the cold. Here in the middle of Western South Dakota, I will be needing every ounce that I can get.


Lady Scotties outplay Tigers, 61-54

The hometown audience witnessed their Philip Lady Scotties defeat the White River Tigers 61-54 on Thursday, December 22.

Philip 13 27 41 61

White River 14 23 36 54

The first quarter ended with the Tigers ahead, but only seconds into the next quarter the Scotties grabbed the lead.


Lady Scotties fall to Lady Kougars, 63-45

The Philip girls’ basketball team traveled to Kadoka on Tuesday, December 20 to play the Kougars. The Scotties lost 45-63.

Philip 14 21 32 45

Kadoka 15 30 48 63

Philip scorers: Bailey Berguson - 10, Sarah Albrecht - 7, Kenzy Pinney - 6, Beth Lawson and Jodi Williams - 5 each, Lindsay Mann - 4, Kayla Nelson and Sierra Hook - 3 each, Tylissa Fitch - 2. The Scotties completed 12 two-point baskets.


Betty M. Eliason

Funeral services for Betty M. Eliason, age 73, of Belle Fourche, were held Monday, December 19, 2005, at the United Methodist Church in Belle Fourche with Pastor Gail Arnold officiating. Burial was at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Betty Lou was born October 23, 1932, at Eagle Butte, SD, to George and Lydia (Jesser) Matz. The Lord called her home on Thursday, December 15, 2005.

Betty attended Eagle Butte Public School for 12 years, graduating in 1950. She attended Northern State Teacher's College in Aberdeen, SD, for 1 year.


Darroyl O.E. Sims


Ardith L. McKown

Ardith Louise McKown, 80, of Hot Springs, passed away December 23, 2005, at her home in Hot Springs, SD.

Ardith Louise was born at home on a farm close to St. Lawrence, SD on February 21, 1925, to V. Arthur and Viola (Turner) Moon. She graduated from St. Lawrence High School in 1943 and from St. Mary’s Hospital and School of Nursing as a registered nurse in 1946. She immediately went to work at Hand County Memorial Hospital in Miller, where 2nd Lt. Roy McKown was a patient due to a tragic auto accident.

Ardith and Roy were married on October 10, 1946.


Janet Kittinger

Janet Kittinger, age 65, of 345 Dakota Ave S., Huron, died Thursday, December 22, 2005 at the Huron Regional Medical Center.

A memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 30, at the American Lutheran Church in Huron with Rev. Steven Brandsrud officiating. Inurnment will be at the East Lake Andes Lutheran Church Cemetery at a later date. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are under the direction of the Kuhler Funeral Home.

Janet Lappe was born on June 19, 1940 in Pierre, SD, to John and Thelma (Crain) Lappe. She attended school in Pierre and Huron.