Archive - 2007

March 8th

Glorious Food ...

I love to eat. We all have heard about the seafood diet - if I see food, I eat it. I can wolf down three hamburgers in about five minutes, or I can take about two hours to really take it all in. As a teenager, I won a bet that I could eat a hot dog (bun, mustard, relish, everything) in one bite. I've actually counted my fingers after eating finger food.

Someday I will pay for my obsession. I will not only not be able to see my feet, but my belt buckle will also be out of view. I will have to pay double when getting on board an airplane.

Local Economic Development efforts receive support from Golden West

The Philip Chamber Economic Development Committee received a $5,000 economic development donation from Golden West Telecommunications.

The funding was made available as part of Golden West's annual economic development program created to target funds toward projects and programs within its service areas that help enhance or generate local employment opportunities.

Commissioners review county growth figures

Haakon County Commissioners were given good news by Director of Equalization Rita Merrill at their Tuesday, March 6, 2007, meeting.

Merrill informed the board of commissioners that the county had seen $2,474,727.00 in growth during the last year. The City of Philip had $776,254.00 in new growth with Midland increasing $48,728. New growth is new construction within an area.

The down side, Merrill reported, is that the county continues to see sales above the 150 percent value mark. When sales are that much higher than the assessed value she cannot use the sale for tax purposes.

Hayes play "Aaron Slick from Punkin' Crick"

And sir, what would you like? ... Vince Bruce, playing the title character of Aaron Slick, is surrounded by people who are not who they seem – a land speculator who is a con man, a tomboy who cleans up real “perty”, a waitress who is a policewoman and a caberet favorite who also is a con artist. But, is the love of his life the real thing? Find out in the Hayes Play, “Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick”.

The 54th Annual Hayes Play is the hillbilly romantic comedy "Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick". Performances will be in the Hayes Community Hall on Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10, at 7:30 p.m. CST, and Sunday, March 11, at 2:00 p.m. CST.

The plot is about country bumpkin Aaron Slick who has been unsuccessfully courting pretty young widow Rosy Berry for years. Rosy yearns for a fling in the big city. Con artist Merridew and his niece Gladys are staying at Rosy's farm and boarding house. Merridew thinks there is oil on the farm.

Donor Wall at Hans P. Peterson Hospital

To honor the Capital Campaign ... The plaque honoring those who have made major donations to the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital during its Capital Campaign is now in place. Pictured is Philip Health Services Administrator Kent Olson.

The plaque was delivered and assembled last week. It hangs on the interior west wall of the Philip Health Services complex. Made of a granite like material called corian, the display measures 42 inches high by 125 inches long. Extra space has been designed in the plaque to commemorate future donors.

"The memorial has been part of the plan all along, since the beginning of the Capital Campaign in 2000, to recognize the contributors," said Cindy Pfeifle, who recorded and balanced the pledges over the years.

March 1st

Lady Scotties shoot by Jones County in 13B second round

Win by one ... Above, Marissa Mann makes a free throw against the Tigers, while Kenzy Pinney guards for a fast break. The Lady Scotties won the District title and go on to Regionals.

The Lady Scotties began the District Basketball Tournament in Murdo with a win against the Jones County Coyotes 53-42.

Philip, now holding a 13-6 record, will go up against the White River Tigers for the District 13B Championship. Philip previously defeated White River 48-43 on December 21 in a Great Western Plains conference game.

White River (now 9-12), came from 17 points behind using a full court press to stop Kadoka (now 6-15) with a final score of 54-48.

Philip 11 13 13 16 = 53

Jones Co.

Lady Scotties win District and advance to Region 7B Basketball Tournament

District 13B Champs … the Philip Lady Scotties … Back row, left to right: Asst. Coach Terry Holman, Mgr. Ashley Berry, Lindsay Mann, Sierra Hook, Mariah Evans, Carissa Doolittle, Mgr. Sarah Foland, Mgr. Cassandra Schofield, Head Coach Mike Albrecht. Middle row: Tylissa Fitch, Kayla O’Connell, Marissa Mann, Kelsey Hostutler, Kenzy Pinney, Taylor Holman, Toyeala Fortune. Front: Seniors Carrie Buchholz and Kaylee Nelson. Photos by Cynthia Finn

Philip's Mariah Evans toes the free throw line with only 10 seconds remaining in overtime play. The 2007 Girls Basketball District 13B Championship is on the line.

The crowd in the Murdo gymnasium is cheering and screaming almost hysterically, but a hush settles as Evans aims and releases the ball. It arcs upward, then downward toward the basket. The shot misses.

White River calls a time out.

Eric Charles Eisenbraun

Eric Charles Eisenbraun, age 51, of Houston, TX, formerly of Dallas, TX and Wall, SD, son of Emanuel and Glenda (Cleveland) Eisenbraun, born December 26, 1955, in Quinn, South Dakota, passed away December 30, 2006, in Houston, Texas.

He was baptized on February 5, 1956 (on his father's birthday) at First Lutheran Church in Wall, South Dakota. He was confirmed May 17, 1970, at First Lutheran Church in Wall, South Dakota.

Eric received his elementary and high school education at Wall Public School.

Henry "Tub" Rath

Henry "Tub" Rath, age 78, of Wasta, SD, died Friday morning, February 23, 2007, at his home.

Funeral services were held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 28, at the Community Center in Wall with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating.

Music was provided by Dorothy Shearer, pianist, and Deanna Kammerer and Dale Lewis, vocalists. Ushers were Jim Glines and Travis Grenstiner.

One hundred

Towns and businesses across the midwest are celebrating their 100 year mark. Back in the early 1900s, the desolate region known as the Dakota Territory actually saw people who wanted to stay and call the area home. Many people on the coasts thought the settlers were fools.

Horses pulling a loaded wagon can comfortably go just so far per day. Small gatherings of people which became towns popped up about every ten miles apart. That distance jumped to about 20 miles apart when trails became the precursors of roads and when the railroads came through.