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Archive - 2008

August 7th

Brigitte Brucklacher is Career and Technical Teacher of the Year

Worth parading ... At the insistence of her relatives, Brigitte Brucklacher broke the news of her Teacher of the Year Award to the public during the Philip Festival Days parade on August 2.

Brigitte Brucklacher has been selected as the Outstanding Career and Technical Teacher of the Year by fellow members of the South Dakota Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences.

This is an award given to a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher providing outstanding vocational and technical education programs to youth. It is given to teachers who have made significant contributions toward innovative, unique and novel programs that are serving to improve and promote career and technical education.


Highway 73 resurfacing project completed

The Department of Transportation resurfacing project of Highway 73 between Interstate 90 and Philip was unofficially completed on August 6. At least that is when traffic-stops were ceased and road machinery was transported to a new site.

The company completed the project with no extra materials.


Philip as Capital for a Day set for August 28

Governor Mike Rounds has announced that the City of Philip will be South Dakota Capital for a Day on Thursday, August 28. The event will be held at the Philip High School Armory, and a complete agenda will be released at a later date.

"Capital for a Day brings government to the people," said Governor Rounds. "Those who are unable to travel to Pierre on a regular basis have an opportunity to discuss their issues with the different agencies. It also gives state employees a chance to learn more about activities in the region.


Northern Bull Riding Tour thrills audience

Top eight bull riders ... The Haakon/Jackson County Fair hosted the Northern Bull Riding Tour event in Philip on August 1. Back row, from left: Marshall Byrne, Jeff Assman, Tyrell Carson and Shawn Coleman. Front: Chris Kuemper, Clay Hindman (earned second place in short go), Casey Sterling and Taylor Cowan (took first place in short go).

Make-A-Wish youth and their families were aided in being able to attend the Northern Bull Riding Tour finals at Sioux Falls on October 4 and 5. Funding for this special weekend was added to by the bull riding event held in the Philip arena on Friday, August 1.

Thirty-four riders were on the roster for prizes at this first-time inclusion of bull riding during the Haakon/Jackson County Fair. Taylor Cowan of Ft. Pierre earned the top score of 78 in the first go. He then won the top score of 90 in the eight-rider short go.


July 28th

David H. Cook

David H. Cook, 86, died at a Rapid City nursing home on Sunday, July 27, 2008.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 31, at Calvary Lutheran Church, 5311 Sheridan Lake Rd., with Pastor Dwight Stensgaard officiating.

Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery.

David was born in Mitchell on August 26, 1921, to Charles and Bertha (Horsley) Cook. He grew up in Draper and graduated from high school in Philip. After school he worked on the family farm.

On October 15, 1943, he was united in marriage to Ruby Valsvig in Rapid City.


Frances L. Murphy

Frances L. Murphy, age 92 of Las Vegas, NV, died July 24, 2008, at the Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 23, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip, with Father Ron Garry as celebrant.

Lector will be Rita Narcisian. Music will be provided by Marianne Frein, organist, and Kristina Schofield, vocalist.


Eugene "Jack" Tennyson

Eugene "Jack" Tennyson, age 84 of Rapid City, SD, died July 22, 2008, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Saturday, July 26, at the St. Patrick's Catholic Church, with Father Leo Hausmann as celebrant.

Music was provided by Mary Erz, organist. Ushers were Myron Williams and Delmar Paulsen. Pallbearers were Clarence Wagner, Eric Tennyson, Nick Feller, Norman Klingbile, John Overholt and Lyle Williams.

Interment was in the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Quinn.


Merle Ann Elshere-Haveman

Merle Ann Elshere-Haveman, age 66 of Summerset, SD, died July 22, 2008, at her home.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 28, at the United Church in Philip, with Pastor Al Brucklacher officiating.

Music was provided by Judy Elshere, pianist, with congregational hymns. Ushers were Eric Hoag and Derek Lane. Pallbearers were Trent and Tyler Sever, Dustin and Jordan Cazier, Douglas Kennedy, Jr. and Robert Haveman.

Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery, Philip.


July 24th

Scotties at Wall 5K run/walk cancer fundraiser

On July 12, nine Philip athletes tested what their 338 cumulative miles of individual training so far this summer have done for them.

They also helped the Wall Community Cancer Cause by participating in the five kilometer run/walk fundraiser.

Philip's Christy Ferguson took first place in the women's 30-to-39 age bracket, and took 22nd place overall, with a time of 29:59.


Nonabelle Ellefson

Mass of Christian burial for Nonabelle Ellefson, age 85, of Philip, SD, formerly of Faith, SD, was celebrated Monday, July 21, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Faith. Father Marcin Garbacz and Father John Heying officiated with burial at the White Owl Cemetery.

Nonabelle Howie was born February 14, 1923, at Faith SD, to Earl Delano and Rose Isabel (Hellekson) Howie. She attended Barada Rural School, graduated from Faith High School, and attended a year of college at Black Hills State.

On December 26, 1940, she married Victor Julian Ellefson.