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Archive - 2007

July 12th

Arthur A. "Art" Kroetch

Arthur A. "Art" Kroetch, age 80, of Philip, died Tuesday, July 3, 2007, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Arthur Albert "Art" Kroetch was born August 18, 1926 in Hilland, South Dakota, the son of Fredrick and Pearl (Boyce) Kroetch. He grew up on his parents' homestead and received his education at the Elbon Rural School.

As a young man he worked with his family and various ranchers in that area. In 1948, he owned and operated a custom haying business.

Art was united in marriage to Eleanor May Johnson on June 30, 1950 in Cottonwood, SD.


Philip City Council approves water restrictions

The Philip City Council met for a relatively quiet meeting Monday, July 2, at 7:00 p.m. at the Haakon County Courthouse. One of the more important notes on the agenda was that water restrictions are in effect immediately. At June's meeting, the council decided to wait until West River/Lyman-Jones decided that water restrictions were necessary before implimenting them, though they had a plan ready to put in place.


County Commissioners get budget proposals

The Haakon County Board of Commissioners received proposed budgets from all county offices at their July 3 meeting.

At their August 2007 meeting the board will decide if there is a budget shortfall and if major cuts in the budgets will need to be made.

Most of the submitted office and program budgets saw small increases for pay raises, postage rates and mileage costs.

Auditor Patsy Freeman informed the board that she would like to increase the deputy position in her office to full time status.


Hazel Schwalm, 73, lost and trapped in 97º heat

Hazel Schwalm, 73, was missing for almost 21 hours, over half that time partially encased in a mudhole, before she was found by volunteer rescuers.

At around 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, Schwalm and her husband, Calvin, were rounding up cattle which had gotten out of a pasture. The ranch land is about nine miles north of Midland and the cattle were roughly two miles northeast of the house.

Hazel stayed on foot to gather a few straggling, slower cattle while Calvin drove the main group ahead with the pickup.


June 28th

Horizons II communities are planning for the future

Improving accessibility and sharing information about resources is the most common point of strategy South Dakota's Horizons II communities share as they plan for the future.

Communities are also working on beautification projects and business development as top priorities in their efforts to reduce poverty and build new leadership.

Horizons II is a project delivered to 24 communities by the South Dakota State University Cooperative Extension Service with funding through the Northwest Area Foundation in St. Paul.


Darlene Baye retires from Philip Health Services

Darlene Baye retirement ... From left: Steve Baye, Darlene Baye and Scott Baye. Photo by Kim Kanable

Darlene Baye stepped down from full-time status at Philip Health Services, Inc. as of June 9, 2006.

She is still on an on-call list if needed.

Baye started working for PHSI in December of 1970 in the kitchen.

"I'm going to catch up on what I couldn't get done before," said Baye about her retirement.


Jacobson honored as 60-year Master Mason

60-year Mason ... Stanley Jacobson, front row, has been presented with a special recognition Masonic gold lapel pin. Seated next to Stanley is his wife, Loleta. Back row are fellow Masonic lodge members and recogniton presenters: Doug West, Durward Wheeler, Darral Brooks and Sherman Burns.

During a special ceremony held in the solarium of the Philip Nursing Home, Stanley Jacobson was recognized for his 60 years as a Mason.

Jacobson was born on May 18, 1910. Jacobson joined the Masons upon the request and insistence of friends. To use the Masonic terminology, he was "raised as a Master Mason" in the Midland Lodge on June 16, 1947.

He has held many positions and offices in the local lodges, including as the manager of the Masonic Cemetery near Philip for 16 years.

Officiating at the ceremony was Worshipful Master of Philip Lodge #153 Doug West.


Current SDARL class visits Slovek Ranch

The 2007 South Dakota Agricultural Rural Leadership (SDARL) latest class trip began on June 5.

Members met in Pierre, joining newly appointed South Dakota Department of Agriculture Secretary Bill Even for a discussion on agriculture. They also met with newly appointed SD Education Association Executive Director Bryce Healy.

SDARL member Bill Slovek and his wife, Pennie, gave a guided tour of area rangelands on their ranch.


Leadership Plenty finalizes in Philip; next stage in Horizons program is Community Visioning

Philip participants, back row, from left: Mel Smith, Hallie Albrecht, Brian Mills, Fay Hauk, Kelly Baxter, Sheila Olson, and SDSU correspondent Dan Oedekoven. Middle row: Becky Brech, Crystal Martinez, Mary Burnett, Emily Kroetch, Adele Gelvin and Val Schulz. Front row: co-leader Jim Kanable, Britni Ross, Fran Rayman, Michelle Butler, Brittany Smith and co-leader Kent Olson. Not pictured: Tom Radway, Carmen Fees, Kim Engbarth, Diane Fitch, John Kramer, Vicki Petersen, Cindy Pfiefle, Traci Radway, Lori Seager, Mike Vetter, Susan and Del Bartels.

"Now we raise the bar for the next step," said Dan Oedekoven, Extension Community Development Associate with the South Dakota State University Horizons Project.

Oedekoven spoke at the ninth and final session of the Leadership Plenty meetings in Philip on Thursday, June 7. The culmination of this stage put the volunteers from the community of Philip over half way through the entire two year Horizons project.

The kick-off for the next stage, Community Visioning, will be on September 17 at the Ramkota Inn in Rapid City.


Marjorie May Fenner

Marjorie May Fenner, 83 of Flower Mound, TX, (formerly of Wall, SD) passed away Wednesday, June 20th at the Cross Timbers Care Center in Flower Mound, TX, surrounded by family.

She was born on a hot summer day, July 3, 1923, near Pedro, SD, to Frank and Nellie (Huss) Wilsey. She attended school in the Pedro area through the 8th grade then attended Rapid City High School graduating in 1941.

After graduation from high school, she worked various jobs until she met the love of her life, Dempsey Fenner. They were married April 6, 1944, in Rapid City, SD.