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October 21st, 2004

To the Editor,

To the Editor,

We write to encourage bi-partisan support for Amendment A authorizing merit selection of circuit judges and for retention elections.

If passed, Amendment A would require an evaluation process that will inform the public in advance of an election as to how a judge is performing in the office. A committee of respected judges and lawyers of this state have been charged with the responsibility of recommending an evaluation model.

Our state’s judges have to be independent, fair and impartial.


Dear Editor,

On October 5th, my wife and I were among several residents of the Philip area who attended a “Stand for the Family Rally” in Rapid City. This rally featured Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family. It was reported that there were nearly 7,000 there.


Dispute on Bad River

Eugene Little, age 2, is a like a lot of Native American kids, sorta shy when they first get to a big city – and Ft. Pierre is very big to them. This boy felt more secure in the hands of his sister, at least for awhile.

With a splash of history and color, hundreds of people witnessed the re-enactment of the meeting of the Plains Indians with Lewis & Clark Expedition at the mouth of the Bad River near Ft. Pierre. At the original meeting, 200 years ago, there were no television crews and national press to meet them, so details of that event have been in some dispute ever since.

The Expedition had been on the road awhile before it reached what is now Ft. Pierre, South Dakota, and, as they made their way up the Missouri River, it is alleged they encountered hostile Indians.


Dispute on Bad River

Exact replicas of Lewis & Clark's boats seen here coming to tie up at the confluence of the Bad River and the Missouri at Ft. Pierre. (see more photos in photo gallery section)

With a splash of history and color, hundreds of people witnessed the re-enactment of the meeting of the Plains Indians with Lewis & Clark Expedition at the mouth of the Bad River near Ft. Pierre. At the original meeting, 200 years ago, there were no television crews and national press to meet them, so details of that event have been in some dispute ever since.

The Expedition had been on the road awhile before it reached what is now Ft. Pierre, South Dakota, and, as they made their way up the Missouri River, it is alleged they encountered hostile Indians.


Min-Kota Fisheries receives $12,500 grant

Min-Kota Fisheries, Inc., of Philip, South Dakota, will receive a grant of $12,500 from USDA Rural Development. The funds are awarded under the Value-Added Agricultural Product Market Development Program and will be used to evaluate the feasibility of marketing organically raised tilapia, a delicacy fish.

Rural Development Value-Added grants are offered to commodity producers who refine their products to increase their value.

"This research funding will help Min-Kota stay at the forefront of aquaculture," Senator Tom Daschle said.


School board gives go-ahead for alternative calendar

The School Board for the Haakon School District #27-1 spent last Monday inspecting the country schools, interviewing for a school superintendent for next school year, and conducting a scheduled school board meeting.

The annual country school inspection tour was predictably informative. The buildings and properties were noted. The teachers did have the opportunity to show off the students and the teaching programs.

The interviewing for a new superintendent will be an ongoing process until the right candidate is found. The position will then be offered to that candidate.


Assessment shows Philip's strengths

At the town hall meeting last Thursday night, four officials who donated their time and expertise presented the information gathered in 16 listening sessions. Far left, Lynn Jensen adds a compliment as Ted Haeder, Darlys Baum and Shawn Pritchett agree.

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“Philip is a proud community, and rightly so.”

Ted Haeder of the Community Assessment team said this to start the list – a long list – of strengths already visible concerning the community of Philip.

Haeder is a planner/project manager with the South Dakota Department of Tourism and State Development of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. He was joined by Lynn Jensen, State Director of the U.S.


Evelyn Livermont

Evelyn Livermont, age 80, of Pierre, SD, formerly of Rapid City and Wanblee, passed away on Saturday, October 16, 2004, at Mary House Nursing Home in Pierre, surrounded by her family.

Private family services were held Tuesday, October 19, at St. Mark's Cemetery in Rockyford, SD. Rush Funeral Chapel of Philip was in charge of arrangements.

Evelyn Steele was born June 12, 1924, at her family's home near Rockyford, SD, the daughter of Asa and Winnie (Shangreaux) Steel. She grew up and attended schools in Wakpala and Pine Ridge, SD.

In 1943, Evelyn married A.


October 14th

Scotties beat White River 49-14 for homecoming

Blocking was key as Dana Kerns is once again given an open path through the White River Tigers' line. Alex Brech and John Hanes double-team a Tiger.

Exploding into the first quarter, the Scotties still had 11:02 on the clock when John Hart intercepted a pass and ran the ball in for a touchdown. The extra point attempt by Ty Fees was good.

Six minutes later, Dana Kerns passed 25 yards to Brit Miller for another touchdown. The extra point attempt failed. The Tigers fought back with less than a minute on the clock when Clinton Osterbur let loose a 77 yard pass to Travis Krogman for the touchdown. The Tiger extra point attempt failed.

The second quarter belonged to the Scotties.


Scotties win at Lead triangular

The Philip Scotties’ volleyball team played at the Lead Triangular on October 5.

The first competition, versus the Lead Golddiggers, required all five games to determine the best three out of five.