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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.


Derailment-caused fire destroys trestle between Midland and Philip

Calls to the Midland Fire Department started coming in around 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 15.

Marty Hansen, fire chief of the Philip Volunteer Fire Department, had seen two puffs of black smoke east from where he was. His cell phone call had Roger Williams, Cody Gartner and other Philip fire fighters heading out before other calls reached Philip.

In Midland, Bridget Schofield had answered the fire phone and set off the fire whistle.