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Philip Municipal Airport to receive $50,000 in federal funding for environmental impact study

The Philip Municipal Airport will receive a $50,000 federal grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for airport enhancements.

This grant will provide federal funds to study potential environmental impacts of a purposed land acquisition at the Philip Municipal Airport. The environmental impact study will involve federal and state authorities, and environmental experts, including archeologists. If possible, the purchase of areas at each end of the airport will be done, not to increase the length of the runway, but to expand the clear zone.


Public notices to remain in state's newspapers

by Tara Lynn Okeson, Community News Service

A bill that would permit government entities to forego publishing public notices in newspapers was killed by the House of Representatives' committee on local government February 5.

House Bill 1135, introduced by Rep. Roger Hunt, R-Brandon, would have allowed school boards, local and county governments and state government to post financial reports and notice of elections, bids, financial reports, meetings and minutes on the Internet instead of in newspapers.


CHS distributes $20.7 million to SD owners

During a banguet meeting at the Philip American Legion Hall on Monday, February 16, board members of Central Harvest States Midwest Cooperative announced that South Dakota cooperative members are sharing in a $20.7 million disbursement.

This is a result of the energy and grain-based foods company's record fiscal 2008 earnings. This marks a fifth consecutive record return to owners by CHS and is the largest ever made by a United States cooperative.

The annual meeting in Philip had over 120 attendees.


Sheep ranching and champion shearers

A little over a minute ... Tony Torendell, left, and Loren Opstedahl, along with four other crew members, calm the ewes and easily manuever them for shearing. Other workers collect and bail the wool, while ranch hands keep the wooly animals coming into the work trailer and the shorn animals going back to the pasture.

The long trailer sat toward the back of the huge quonset, the trailer's left side completely opened. The right side was a two-level runway for sheep, the upper for mostly ewes and some rams herded in for shearing, while lower chutes lead the shorn animals back out to the pasture behind the quonset.

Every minute and some seconds, one of the six men pushed a shorn sheep out and smoothly reaches for a wooly one.


Education elections, contracts and easements

The board of education for Haakon School District 27-1 will have two seats open for the April 14 election.

Kelly Blair's and Matt Reedy's at-large terms are to expire. Petitions, with at least 20 signatures of registered voters within the school district, must be filed before 5:00 p.m. on February 27. Any registered voter within the school district may run.