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November 3rd, 2005

Maybe a good day …

My dog and I step out of the house into darkness. Gray on the horizon tells of the fast-coming sunrise as we go on an early morning walk. The small town that I gratefully call home is a close-knit farming and ranching community. Sounds, smells, sights, and the general feel of things attest to this in the early morning.

Semi-trucks and some cars can be heard way over on the highway. The rumble of tractors or other farm equipment is a faint whisper, maybe from miles away. What is that faint aroma on the distant breeze? I take a deep breath. Yeah, somebody must have driven over a skunk.


Marsha Sumpter … A go-getter from the get-go

Bil-Mar Expressions ... Marsha Sumpter writes a weekly newspaper column, flies a plane, and operates a home business that creates specialty t-shirts, mugs, banners and other items.

From a country-girl raising hogs and writing news for a local newspaper, airplane pilot Marsha Sumpter of Kadoka has her plate full, and, it doesn’t look like retirement is coming anytime soon.

She was a legal secretary and also worked for a psychiatrist in Rapid City before moving back to the family farm 25 miles north of Philip (Fairchild Enterprises) where she was born and raised. Sumpter, a 20-year pork producer, served on the executive board and was vice president for a term.


County commissioners follow up on issues from past months

It was a quiet meeting, Tuesday November 1, as the Haakon County Commissioners followed up with action on issues from previous months.

The commissioners decided to not have county employees fill out time cards. Commissioner Rita O’Connell reported that the person she spoken to in regards to time cards stated that they were a good policy to have, but he did not say if they were required or not. Auditor Shirley Dennis informed the board that she found out elected officials do not have to submit time cards.


Rural health care

Dr. Mangulis says he still thinks a lot.

by Bill Kunkle

Special to The Pioneer Review

Those who look at western South Dakota as beer-drinking, pickup driving, country music-listening liberals have a lot to learn. Oh, good folks here do that and they add color to the region, but it’s much more than that today.

When a September evening cools this land of valleys and hills, what’s most beautiful are the shadows’ cool fingers stretched across flutes of parched brown.


Rural health care

Dr. Mangulis … Hands that delivered 1000 babies and helped save scores of lives.

by Bill Kunkle

Special to The Pioneer Review

Those who look at western South Dakota as beer-drinking, pickup driving, country music-listening liberals have a lot to learn. Oh, good folks here do that and they add color to the region, but it’s much more than that today.

When a September evening cools this land of valleys and hills, what’s most beautiful are the shadows’ cool fingers stretched across flutes of parched brown.


October 27th

What really matters

Shakespeare stated that all the world is a stage, and all the men and women merely players. One man in his time plays many parts. The older age shifts along with spectacles on nose; his youthful clothes too wide for his shrunken frame; and his manly voice turning again toward childish treble. The last scene of all is second childishness and mere oblivion; without teeth, without eyes, without everything.

I say “No” to this. Yes, I feel old, so very old, and I know that I will leave this world with what I brought into it – nothing, not even teeth.

But wait.


October 20th

School board updated by guest speakers

by Del Bartels

The Haakon County School Board 27-1 meeting on Monday, October 17, was held at the Milesville School.

Roger Porch was the first guest speaker, who reported on the progress of the state committee that will eventually make recommendations to the State Department of Education on school funding. The committee meetings are open to the public, though not to open or audience testimony.

Porch summarized the consideration of sparsity – comparing the average daily membership (number of students) with the square mile area covered by the school district.


Safety tips for Halloween

Anytime a child has an accident, it's tragic. The last thing that you want to happen is for your child to be hurt on a holiday, it would forever live in the minds of the child and the family.

There are many ways to keep your child safe at Halloween, when they are more prone to accidents and injuries. The excitement of children and adults at this time of year sometimes makes them forget to be careful. Simple common sense can do a lot to stop any tragedies from happening.

Help your child pick out or make a costume that will be safe.


JC-M Rebels roust Raiders, 22-14

The Jones County/Midland Rebels defeated the Lyman County Raiders during the Friday, October 14, football game at Presho 22-14.

The first quarter saw defensive and offensive action, but no score for either team. It ended with the Raiders closing the gap toward their goal line.

Ten seconds into the second quarter, Lyman’s Drew Reuman punched through with a one yard drive for the first touchdown of the game.


Lady Scotties can't make comeback against Lady Raiders

The Philip Scotties hosted the Lyman Raiders on Thursday, October 13. The volleyball match did not go well for the Scotties, though a come-back possibility was briefly seen. The match ended in four games; 11-25, 23-25, 25-22, 16-25.

Serving: 71 of 77 (7aces). Leaders: Tylissa Fitch - 15 of 15 (3 aces), Sierra Slovek - 13 of 13 (2 aces), Marissa Mann - 11 of 11.

Receiving: 53 of 93. Leaders: Jodi Williams - 20 of 30, Kayla O’Connell - 7 of 11, Tylissa Fitch - 15 of 23.

Setting: 69 of 73 (17 assists).