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Archive - 2006

September 8th

Funding issues discussed by Haakon County Commissioners

Crushing gravel later this year was discussed, as well as other funding issues, at the Tuesday, September 5, Haakon County Commissioners meeting.

Budget concerns, along with the need to crush gravel for use in the Midland area, were brought to the commissioners attention by Highway Superintendent, Kenny Neville. With spending cuts in the highway department's budget this year Neville had not proposed any gravel crushing. A possible cash surplus of $40,000 could be added to the $50,000 proposed for next year's crushing.


Art Kroetch - celebrating 50 years as a Philip businessman

With 50 years under his belt as an industry entrepreneur, he has seen the 40-year-old Scotchman Industry, Inc. grow from an idea to the international company that it is today. “It’s all come gradually, like a family,” Kroetch said. “And this family’s home is in Philip.”

Art Kroetch, the founder and former chairman of the board of Philip's largest industry, started as a businessman 50 years ago by buying a salvage yard.

This coming October 5th, Scotchman Industry is celebrating 40 years of ironworker production and Art Kroetch's 50th year in business. An open house is planned at the Scotchman offices and manufacturing plant. On that Thursday, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., guided tours of Scotchman Industries will be offered to the public. At 1:00 p.m. a special ceremony will include a few comments from the man of honor, Art Kroetch.


August 24th

Philip Volunteer Fire Department activity so far

by Del Bartels

The 2006 summer fire season has been a busy one for the Philip Volunteer Fire Department.

The department has been called to respond to several vehicle accidents. It has been mopping up one fire, only to be immediately called to another. It has been asked by neighboring departments to help in their jurisdictions, and sometimes it cannot respond because it is has no available trucks.


Wauneta Stoeser

Wauneta Katheryn Briggs was born at Carlin, SD, to Walter and Katie (Jones) Briggs, on January 24, 1925. Wauneta died August 19, 2006, at St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre, with her children and grandchildren at her bedside.

Mass of Christian burial was held Tuesday, August 22, at St. John's Catholic Church with Fr. Brian Christenson officiating.

Burial was at Scotty Philip Cemetery, Ft. Pierre.

Wauneta was born in a small home in the country, by the Cheyenne River, and raised in a log house on Robbs Flat.


Phyllis C. Oldenberg

Phyllis Catherine Oldenberg, age 90, of Philip, died Saturday, August 19, 2006, at the Philip Nursing Home.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 23, at the First Lutheran Church in Philip, with Pastor Tim Solberg officiating.

Music was provided by Marilyn Millage, pianist; Elvera Moos, vocalist; congregational hymns; and special music by Rose and Loren Kiel. Usher was Marvin Eide.


Robert "Bob" Johnson

Robert "Bob" Johnson, age 43, of Kadoka, died Thursday, August 17, 2006, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Funeral services were held Monday, August 21, at the Kadoka City Auditorium with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Music was provided by Carl Bauman, Boyd Porch and John Kaiser. Ushers were Maurice Handcock, Tom Parquet, Larry Cvach and Bob Spears.


Update on Midland shooting

The shooting death of a Rapid City man in Midland on August 11 is being investigated as a homicide, according to state Attorney General Larry Long.

Harold Lee Cleveland, 64, was shot to death inside a Midland residence that night, Long said. The name of the shooter has not been officially made public. No one has been arrested. Long said, to his knowledge, no one else was injured in the incident.

"The individual who did the shooting has been identified, and the investigation is centering around whether the shooting was justified," Long said.


"Spotlight" on Philip community development to be September 13

During a presentation at the August 14 meeting at the Philip Chamber of Commerce, guest speaker Dan Oedekoven summarized the "Spotlight" program which is coming to Philip.

The South Dakota State University Cooperative Extension Service will continue its community development work with small towns in South Dakota with the help of a second major grant from the Northwest Area Foundation.


Williams vacations as missionary to Nicaragua

Home for 2,500 people ... People continue to stay and live in the place known as the Dump. Slightly better conditions exist in surrounding villages, which are filled withpeople. Managua itself is little better in living conditions. Shown here is a young girl finding what she can to stay alive. Still, their spirits shine.

Kay Williams and her granddaughter, Kayla Herren, were invited to join the extended Jones family on a mission trip this year to Managua, Nicaragua.

On Saturday, July 15, 27 people (12 between 7-15 years-of-age) flew from Houston to Managua. After going through customs and locating their luggage, they boarded the 1987 'Blue Bird' school bus and bumped and bounced to the Buzbee Mission Camp. The dorm quarters had bunk beds, a small mirror, a sink, and a toilet that was not supposed to flush paper. The showers were cold-water; there was no hot water anywhere.


Williams vacations as missionary to Nicaragua

Guests of Ruby ... In a tiny house near the squalor of the Dump, Ruby could be a Nicaraguan version of Mother Theresa. At four foot, Ruby is tall when it comes to compassion and prayer. With some of the Jones family on their missionary trip are Kay Williams (front) and her granddaughter, Kayla Herren (far right).

Kay Williams and her granddaughter, Kayla Herren, were invited to join the extended Jones family on a mission trip this year to Managua, Nicaragua.

On Saturday, July 15, 27 people (12 between 7-15 years-of-age) flew from Houston to Managua. After going through customs and locating their luggage, they boarded the 1987 'Blue Bird' school bus and bumped and bounced to the Buzbee Mission Camp. The dorm quarters had bunk beds, a small mirror, a sink, and a toilet that was not supposed to flush paper. The showers were cold-water; there was no hot water anywhere.