March 8th, 2006

Joy Klima holds painting classes for all levels

Form, colors, background, highlights, technique – all these and more are what Joy Klima teaches. She teaches painting.

Her classroom is a spacious room in her basement converted into a studio and gallery. Her students are anyone who wishes to learn and/or improve their artistic skills. Her classes consist of two sessions, one in the spring and one in the fall, that meet for four consecutive Saturday mornings.

This year’s spring session has just concluded, and Klima is already inviting students for next fall’s session.

You Bet!

Almost everyone dreams of winning the lottery. Why not, since almost everybody takes a chance with “Lady Luck” every once in a while. Hey, sometimes simply getting out of bed can be a gamble.

We learn from the cradle to do things that are ruled by randomness. We love board games that include dice or a stack of cards where one commands “Go directly to jail, do not pass Go.” For fun, “Life” is based on chance, and to some degree, that could be literal.

Marlis Doud – Master Gardener for fun, community betterment and profit

It’s an annual labor of love – not to mention perennial – when Marlis Doud plants over 2,000 seeds, which will later be transplanted as seedlings and relocated from her basement to her 12’x16’ greenhouse.

Doud has been raising plants for an estimated 30 years now, but this is only the fourth year she has been doing so on the grand scale of using a full-fledged green house.

Courthouse employees concerned with new library and restroom plans

Haakon County Courthouse employees weighed in with concerns to the proposed new library and restrooms plan at the Haakon County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday, March 7.

Register of Deeds Karyl Sandal, Director of Equalization Rita Merrill, Treasurer Patti Rhodes, and Sheriff Larry Hanes met with the commissioners in regards to the proposed new restrooms that would be connected to the new library. The commissioners have outlined these details at numerous meetings during the past year.

Hayes community performs five-part comedy “A Bad Year for Tomatoes”

“She’s the one!” ... The Hayes community play shows how it can be “A Bad Year for Tomatoes.” The actors portraying the hilarious, but more-real-than-not assortment of townspeople are Vince Bruce (in back) and, from left, Crystal Neuharth, Laura Yost, Annette Hand, Levi Neuharth and Jennifer Neuhauser (seated). Not in this scene is Clint Alleman.

What extremes would you go to in order to get the small-town, nosey busybodies out of your hair? For comedy-loving communities like Hayes, Midland, Milesville and Philip, that might be an unfair question.

The make-believe residents of the hilarious community of Beaver Haven aren’t really that fictional. Yes, there is a jack-of-all-trades who romantically falls for the craziest lady in town. Yes, the town gossips have a permanent target on a weird woman who is a real ... well ... witch. And, yes, the newest celebrity in town wants nothing more than to be unrecognized and live in peace.

March 1st


I overheard two people who were purchasing lottery tickets. One asked if they should include their other friends, because if only those two won, the others would be upset in not sharing the $99 quadrillion winnings. The second person joked that if they won that much money, they could afford to buy new friends.

In all seriousness, though, the lottery wouldn’t be enough. And, definitely, my wallet, checkbook, and wildest dreams wouldn’t be enough.

I can pay a mechanic to fix my car. I can trade any modest skills of mine for a paycheck from an employer.

Velva (Billie) G. Baker

Billie Baker of Carson City, Nevada, died on February 10, 2006 in Carson City.

She was born June 21, 1911 in Philip, South Dakota, to Jess Baker and Elsie (Garrett) Baker.

Billie graduated from Philip High School. She attended and graduated from a teacher’s college in South Dakota and taught elementary school there for two years.

Helen K. Gorr

Memorial services for Helen K. Gorr of Chadron, NE, were held February 10, 2006, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with Father Edward Cortney officiating. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery.

Vigil services were held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Thursday, February 9, 2006.

Mrs. Gorr died February 2, 2006 at Chadron. She was 88. A memorial has been established for the Chadron Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Unit.

Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.

Mrs. Gorr was born April 27, 1917 in O’Neill, NE, to Harry J.

Linda J. Thomas

Linda J. Thomas, age 57, of Interior, died Friday, February 24, 2006, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Tuesday, Feb. 28, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Wall with Father Leo Hausmann as celebrant and Father Ron Garry as con-celebrant.

Music was provided by Mary Erz, organist, Lisa Fisher, vocalist, and Daniel Green, guitarist.

Ushers were Jesse Baysinger and Casey Short Bull. Pallbearers were Larry Joe Lange, Willie, Tom, Tony and Allen Grimes, Wayne Barber and Brad Gartner.

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.