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Archive - 2008

May 1st

Scotties at Harry Weller Invite Track Meet

Marcus Martinez

The Philip Scotties girls' and boys' track teams traveled to Kadoka on Tuesday, April 22nd, to compete in the Harry Weller Invitational Track Meet.

Philip returned home with four first places. Kayla O'Connell completed the 300 meter hurdles in 51 seconds. She also finished the 200 meter dash in 29.40 seconds. Brandon O'Dea covered 18'01.5 for the long jump. The boys' 4x400 relay team of Beau Ferguson, Brandon O'Dea, Rob Williamson and Jeff O'Connell ran a time of 3:50.5.

The Scotties earned seven second place medals. Marissa Mann threw the shot put 33'00.5.


Career Center directly involving Philip area

Job openings and job applicants ... Employment representative Dawn Nipp and Pierre Career Center Manager Mark Anderson will be bringing a face-to-face presence of new employer/applicant programs back to the Philip area.

by Del Bartels

"The South Dakota Career Center is still continuing its big push for people to use its self-service programs," said Pierre Career Center Manager Mark Anderson. "But, we want to also communicate to employers and job-seekers the many new programs that we now offer."

Anderson and employment representative Dawn Nipp visited some Philip employers on Wednesday, April 23rd. Nipp will initially be in Philip around once a month and will come directly to area businesses.


Cabin Fever Florals absorbs Flowers of Fortune

New location ... The Cabin Fever Florals flower shop, owned and operated by Kerry Hostutler, will offer the same services and products as the previous downtown Philip business. It will also offer many new ones, including a coffee nook.

"I've had my flower shop in the country for six years," said Kerry Hostutler, the owner of Cabin Fever Florals. Her shop is now located in downtown Philip in what used to be known as Flowers of Fortune.

According to Hostutler, the previous owner, Anita Schofield, had said that she was wanting to spend more time with her husband and their three, soon to be four, children. The timing and logistics of changing over the flower shop all just came together. "Things seem to work out for a reason," said Hostutler.

The transfer took place April 21st.


Plumbing issues force commissioners meeting

The Haakon County Board of Commissioners are being forced to solve an issue that has long plagued them, that being the courthouse plumbing in the aging 78-year-old Haakon County Courthouse.

Late Tuesday evening, April 22, 2008, the Haakon County Public Library started receiving water from above. Librarian Alison Kattelmann noticed the leak about 6:00 p.m. Luckily, the leak occurred the one day a week that the library is open until 7:00 p.m., otherwise the damage could have been much worse. Kattelmann noted that no damage was done to the any books or computers in the library.


April 17th

City council meets and canvasses election; Shirley Chin elected

The Philip City Council met in two capacities on Monday, April 14, 2008, as a city council and then as an election canvassing board.

The Ash Street Improvement Project bids were rejected. The city's engineer, Sam Hohn, stated, "I figured that it (the bids for such a project) might be higher in rural western South Dakota, but not that much higher." Comparable projects have been done, though in the eastern part of the state. Using completed costs of these street projects, Hohn estimated the Ash Street project to come in around $81,000.


Philip High School acting club to perform comic thriller/mystery "Forest of the Dead"

We’ve got to stop him, I tell you ... “You say a prayer if you want to. But make sure you say a prayer for the victims and their families, too.” Positive that the almost comatose patient is a killer, three teenagers decide they must stop the local murder spree. Playing ex-fun-loving characters in the up-coming Philip High School comic thriller are, from left: Colby Smith, Shelby Berguson and Kenzy Pinney.

Two local teenagers and their new accomplice love practical jokes. But, they don't know when to quit, even when little old ladies take pot shots at them. Life is hilarious ... until people start ending up dead.

The two-act thriller "Forest of the Dead" will be performed at the Philip High School at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 20th, and at 7:00 p.m.


Carol Hunt retires from banking after 44 years

In honor of Carol Hunt, an open house retirement party was held in Midland on Tuesday, April 8th. Hunt has retired from the banking business after 44 years.

Sharing in the special evening were her husband, Roy, and around 150 guests. These included family, friends and fellow bank employees from Murdo, Pierre, Ft. Pierre and Huron.


Chamber briefed on Tri-County Drug and Alcohol Awareness program hosted by Philip

by Del Bartels

The Philip Chamber of Commerce meeting on Monday, April 14, 2008, quickly covered old business.

Then guest speaker Kelly Sterns of the South Dakota Highway Patrol updated the chamber on the preparations being made for Philip's hosting of the Tri-County Drug and Alcohol Awareness program this year.

Stern said that a mock accident, with all its associated programs, will be presented at the Philip High School on Wednesday, May 7th. It will begin at 8:15 a.m. with the announcing of the winners of the kindergarten through fourth grade poster contest.


Min-kota Fisheries testing new market for inoculating fingerling fish before shipment

Vaccinating tilapia ... Workers at Min-kota Fisheries are inoculating these fingerling fish against streptococcus in preparation for shipment to a Minnesota facility which has experienced an outbreak of the deadly disease. In back are Donnie Ehlers and Devon Ehlers. Around the fish table are, from left: Julie Seager, Kit Bramblee, General Manager Pat Seager, Brandy Seager, Jay Calhoon and Jason Harry.

"It's a very tedious process, but tolerable," said Pat Seager, Min-kota Fisheries general manager, about inoculating 40,000 fish per batch before shipment to a facility that has been exposed to a deadly fish disease.

The disease, called streptococcus, can wipe out at least 40 percent of a major fish growing operation. The disease, though, does not affect humans. Any infected fish within harvestable size can be, and are, processed for human consumption.

Even the inoculation itself is species specific. It is a "killed" vaccine and does not harm people.


April 7th

Dale R. Lewis

Dale R. Lewis, age 72 of Wasta, South Dakota, died April 5, 2008, at the Hospice of the Hills in Rapid City.

Dale was born May 27, 1935, at Wall, the second son of Russell F. and Eleanor (Bliss) Lewis. With the exception of fourth grade at Wasta, Dale attended Wall Schools, graduating in 1953. He received a B.S. in journalism and business administration from the University of Nebraska in 1957. While stationed at Fort Monmouth, N.J., with the National Guard, he attended the U.S. Army's School of Photography.