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Frezil Westerlund pastor for Western New Hope Parish

The new pastor for the Western New Hope Parish is Frezil Westerlund. Her responsibilities include shepherding the congregations of the First Lutheran Church in Philip, the Long Valley Lutheran Church, Trinity Lutheran in Midland and Deep Creek Lutheran.

Though starting her duties on August 1, she is to be officially installed for the Parish in Midland at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 19.

"I really liked the people when I came down here for the interview," said Westerlund. "People are straight forward. Serving in the four churches is going to be an interesting challenge.

Man and mule heading west

Mule ride across three states ... Rod Maday and his mule, Henry, stopped in Philip on their trip from Boy River, MN, to Gillette, WY.

Maday and his mule, Henry, two stopped in Philip early morning on Wednesday, August 1. Maday later cooled off in the Philip community swimming pool as Henry grazed in the shade of nearby trees. They had previously come through Hayes and were to reach Wall by mid-afternoon on Thursday.

They have covered 1,200 miles in 30 days and have already worn out one set of Henry's shoes. "I've done as many as 70 miles in a day, but 16 hours in a saddle is a long day," said Maday.

Filipina lab tech at Philip Health Services

Melanie Tezon is the new Laboratory Technician at Philip Health Services, Inc. This is noteworthy because such skilled help is difficult to draw to rural America. Tezon arrived on July 24 from her homeland of the Philippines.

She is trained and experienced in the medical profession, and used to a rural community, but the differences in Philip, SD, will require some adjustments.

Tezon is prepared for her duties at Philip Health Services. Raised in the city of Taeloban in the province of Leyte, she graduated from a college in Cebu with an earned B.S.

Katlin Knutson a National Guard top shot

Katlin Knutson attended the 2007 South Dakota National Guard Youth Leadership Camp on July 16 through 20 at Camp Bob Marshall in Custer State Park. Katlin competed against 113 other 10 to 13-year-old children in air rifle shooting contests. She not only won the Top Shot Award, but also two other trophies in various categories.

The South Dakota National Guard Family Support Office partnered with 4-H during the 2007 SDNG Youth Leadership Camp on July 16 through 20 at Camp Bob Marshall in Custer State Park.

Katlin Knutson, 10-year-old daughter of Barry and Edna Knutson of Philip, won the overall youth pellet rifle shooting contest at the camp. Out of 114 kids, ages 10 through 13, she earned the "Top Shot" award and two other trophies in different shooting categories.