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April 29th, 2005

Dakota L. Hildebrandt Nelson

Dakota Lorraine (Threadgold) Hildebrandt Nelson, age 83, of Sturgis, formerly of Wall, died Tuesday, April 26, 2005, at the Sturgis Community Healthcare Center.

Visitation will be held 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 29, at the Rush Funeral Chapel in Wall, and one hour preceding the services at the church on Saturday.

Services will be held 10:00 a.m.


Diane D. Gegelman

Diane Delores Gegelman, age 52, of Gillette, WY, passed away on Friday, April 22, 2005, at her home after a courageous battle with cancer.

Memorial services for Diane D. Gegelman of Gillette, WY, were held Monday, April 25, at the Stevenson-Wilson Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Scott Firminhac of The Trinity Lutheran Church officiating. A memorial service was also held on Tuesday, April 26, at the Emanuel Lutheran Church in Creighton, SD, with Pastor Monty Dell and Pastor Scott Firminhac officiating.


Lowell Ellis

Lowell Ellis, 83, Sturgis, died Saturday, April 23, 2005, at the Fort Meade VA Medical Center.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 2:00 until 7:00 p.m. with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Thursday one hour prior to the services at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 28, 2005, at 11:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Dennis Reich officiating. Burial with military honors by the Sturgis Veteran's Honor Guard will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.


Bernice V. Weigandt

Bernice Viola Weigandt, age 83, of Murdo passed away April 19th, 2005, at her home.

Services were held Friday, April 22, at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Murdo with Pastor David Brinkmeyer officiating.

Music for the service was provided by Doris Convey, organist, with congregational hymns. Register book attendant was Elsie Joy. Ushers were David Geisler and Donald Weber.


Plain Stubborn

The little town of Philip is dying. Wrong!

Ever since the first tiny settlement towns began longing for “big city” status, the small communities of America have been dying – or so people say. If that is true, then explain the ideas of “suburbia,” of “bedroom communities,” of living in a “country home,” and explain the “main street rot” being experienced by the bigger cities. There are many more such questions whose answers are obvious.

Though so many people live in metropolises, what do they dream about? What is depicted on TV and in magazines?


Snow and rain welcome sight, but hopefully there is more to come

The water poured down. Shoes squished. Golf balls were played from grass that might as well have been in standing water. Still, no one really complained because the rain was great. Here, Brit Miller and two opponents wait their turns at the Philip meet. The Philip Scotties won.

The moisture that came to the Haakon County area in the form of snow and rain during the last few weeks was welcome.

Reports and comments varied from area to area and personality to personality. Generally, there was less run-off than normal because the moisture “was just going into the ground.”

Some minor difficulties were caused by the rain. The girls’ golf meet in Wall was started, but then cancelled because of the downpour.


Snow and rain welcome sight, but hopefully there is more to come

Everybody liked the damp weather and this snapping turtle was out and about from his Bad River home. The moisture came at a good time for crops; the ground soaked up the moisture, so there was relatively little run-off.

The moisture that came to the Haakon County area in the form of snow and rain during the last few weeks was welcome.

Reports and comments varied from area to area and personality to personality. Generally, there was less run-off than normal because the moisture “was just going into the ground.”

Some minor difficulties were caused by the rain. The girls’ golf meet in Wall was started, but then cancelled because of the downpour.


Muirs new to Philip; bring new business to town

Chuck and Franny Muir come to Philip from Phoenix, Arizona. They intentionally looked for a small town to live in, and they luckily found Philip. Chuck works for WAPA. They already belong to the Chamber of Commerce and are working to be a part of the community.

Chuck and Franny Muir have moved to Philip. Chuck comes to work as a high voltage power system electrician for WAPA. Franny runs a massage business where the one giving the massage travels to the client.

The Muirs are recently from Phoenix, Arizona, though Chuck is originally from a small town. Chuck was in the Navy and has lived in or visited large metropolises such as Los Angeles and Tokyo.


April 20th

Philip boys' golf team takes first place … again

The Philip Scotties once again won the boys’ division at their last golf meet. The St. Thomas More Area Invitational High School Golf Tournament was at the Red Rock Golf Course near Rapid City on Thursday, April 14.

The Philip boys’ team finished with a team score of 259, again ahead of the Custer Wildcats. Individually, Scotties’ Dak Carley and Fred Foland, finished second and third, respectively, with rounds of 83 and 84.

This meet called for the boys’ and girls’ teams having five players each, with the three best scores being counted. The tournament was played on 18 holes.


Philip girls continue strong track presence

The Myron Lindquist Memorial Track Meet was held in Kadoka on Saturday, April 9.