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April 20th

Time for the wind ...

Yes, it is the start of the political season. Yes, many of us work for bosses. Yes, most of us are married. Add all that to the fact that this is South Dakota, and yes, the wind must blow.

The sun may be shining or snow might be falling, but the wind is always present. We’ve grown accustomed to it. A tourist might yell as the tumble weeds knock him over, “Wow, feel that wind!” and the local farmer could casually reply, “What wind?”

We know what ‘horizontal rain’ is. We know that trees growing on the prairie are never straight.


Etta Mae Crouch

Etta Mae Crouch, age 96, of Rapid City, formerly of Wall, died Thursday, April 13, 2006, in Rapid City.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 15, at the Evangelical Free Bible Church in Wall.

Music for the service was provided by Rose Barber, pianist, with congregational hymns. Ushers were Gerald Julson and Jim Barber. Pallbearers were Dave Hahn, Dean Parsons, Lawrence Schreiber, Rod Renner, Dean and Gene Patterson.

Interment was in the Wall Cemetery.


Quad County Relay For Life meeting April 25

The Quad County Relay for Life, which annually raises funds for the American Cancer Society, will be held in Philip this year. The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday evening and go to around 6:00 a.m. Sunday morning, September 16-17.

A planning meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, in the lobby of the Senechal building in Philip. Part of the agenda is to finalize committee chairs and to distribute team packets. This year’s theme has yet to be finalized; one possibility is “Gift of Hope” with the Relay using Christmas lights and decorations.


Update on local elections

There were two local elections on Tuesday, April 11.

Three candidates ran for the two three-year positions on the Haakon School District 27-1 School Board. Official results are: Matt Reedy with 162 votes, Kelly Blair with 123 votes, and Joe Carley with 89 votes. The turn-out was a little over 10 percent of the registered voters.

For the three-year trustee position for the town of Midland, Bill Manke won over Melody Songer.

There is no need for an election of Philip City Council members, because only incumbents are running to retain their current seats.


Haakon 27-1 School Board finalizes 2006-07 contracts

The Haakon School Board has approved the contracts for certified and extra-curricular employees for next school year. All teaching positions are filled for the 2006-07 year except for one – the high school science position. Four extra-curricular spots are still open – oral interp advisor, sponsor for the annual, head volleyball coach, and coach for junior high boys’ basketball.

The board voted to condemn a proposed lawsuit by the South Dakota Coalition of Schools. The Coalition is planning to sue the State of South Dakota, trying to prove that there is an inadequacy of funding.


Philip street and utility improvements scheduling

The City of Philip’s pre-construction meeting on April 11th set the legalities of the Downtown Street Improvement Project. More importantly to the businesses concerned, it set the time and sequence of operations of the construction.

City Engineer Sam Hohn introduced Kevin Roth, also with SPN & Assoc., as the lead resident engineer for this project. The electrical engineer is Sara Honer of West Plains Engineering. The contractors are Hills Material Co.


Local college students help clear Katrina aftermath

Joy of helping ... Maggie Coyle, on right, and a co-volunteer pause outside of one of the homes their group helped to clean out in preparation for rebuilding. Hurricane Katrina damaged or destroyed much, but much is being rebuilt – including lives and spirits of people still trying to live in the area.

While many college students enjoyed their week-long spring break, two Philip High School graduates gave their time, sweat and humility to help survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

Maggie Coyle, a student at Northern State University, with 53 other students from SDSU, SDSMT, USD and NSU, bused from Brookings to New Orleans.


Local college students help clear Katrina aftermath

One house almost done ... Jackie Smith, far left, and other volunteers pose in front of a house that was damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Note the spray-painted markings on the garage door and the information tags on the pole.

While many college students enjoyed their week-long spring break, two Philip High School graduates gave their time, sweat and humility to help survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

Maggie Coyle, a student at Northern State University, with 53 other students from SDSU, SDSMT, USD and NSU, bused from Brookings to New Orleans.


April 13th

Todd County Invitational track results

The Todd County Invitational track and field event was held in Mission on Thursday, April 6.

In the girls’ division, Philip earned third place with 82 team points. Bennett County took first place with 88, and Winner took second with 84. Chamberlain – 70, Todd County – 65, Kadoka – 59, Rapid City Christian – 53, Little Wound – 23, Marty Indian – 14, White River – 13.

Jodi Williams took first place in the 200 meter dash with a time of 27.17. Williams also earned first place in the 400 meter run with a time of 1:05.20.


High School golf season off to windy start at Philip Invitational

At the Philip Invitational Golf Tournament on Friday, April 7, the more experienced players were able to eventually adapt to the windy conditions that marked the golf season’s opener.

Seven schools were represented in the boys’ division. Philip High School filled two teams. Team A took second place behind Wall. Team B took fifth place behind Lyman and Lemmon. Newell, Bennett County and Bison golfers also competed.

Individually, Philip’s Jordan Smith took fifth place with a score of 87. Allen Hauk earned seventh place with a 91. Devon Ehlers came in 15th with a 103.