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Archive - 2010

August 26th

No more no-fee post office boxes in Philip

by Del Bartels

As of the last day of this month, all post office boxes in the Philip Post Office that were previously considered free to mail customers will require a charge.

The charge for a small post office box is $44 per year. If the fee is not paid by the due date, boxes can be closed. If the payment is late, a $15 lock change fee can be charged. Eventually, the box can also be assigned to a different customer.

Steve Carter is the acting manager of post office operations for the West River area of South Dakota.


Sheriffs of Haakon County date back to 1914

Since its beginning in 1915, Haakon County has been watched over by a number of dedicated sheriffs. Prior to the November 1914 election that divided Stanley County, the sheriff traveled from Pierre when needed.

Fred Root was elected the first sheriff of Haakon County in 1914 and was sheriff until 1917. Root was voted county sheriff again in 1922, and served until 1923. He was originally from Keystone, but moved to the area in the early 1900s. Root started out ranching near Powell. He was the director and manager of the State Farmers Union Oil Company in Philip for several years.


August 12th

Earl S. Lunde

Earl S. Lunde. age 86, of Bloomington, Minn. passed away peacefully at home on July 31, 2010.

Beloved husband, father and grandfather, Earl was born to Erik and Emma Lunde on a farm near Ellsworth, Wisc., on September 21, 1923.

He will be remembered for his kindness, twinkling eyes, quick wit and love of family.

He was a Naval Aviation Cadet at Chapel Hill, NC. He started working for Northwest Airlines in 1941. He worked as an aircraft mechanic, flight engineer, co-pilot and captain. He retired after 49 years with NWA in October of 1990.


Karrie Pecka

Karrie Pecka (Karoline Kathlein Schreiber), a longtime resident of Los Gatos and Saratoga, Calif., passed away due to natural causes on July 25, 2010, at the Los Gatos Terraces Health Center.

Born August 16, 1918, in Quinn, S.D., she was a daughter of Henry (Heinrich) F. Schreiber and Anna M.


Badlands Cowboy for Christ Rodeo Camp

Working thru the pattern … Hanna Hostutler had a time of 17.047 on the barrels at the Badlands Rodeo Bible Camp. Hanna received fourth place in the two day average.

Badlands Cowboy for Christ Rodeo Camp in Kadoka August 2-5. The campers attending received two days of rodeo event instruction and then competed in two days of rodeo performances.

With 104 campers and more than 70 adult volunteers, the campers took part in a several fun games, including a paint ball competition, chapel services, and spending time with friends.

Goat tying: 1st place, Shania Johnston, Union Center; 2nd place, Tawny Barry, Carter; 3rd place, Tricia Wilken, Meadow; 4th place, Kami Elshere, Faith.


Badlands Cowboy for Christ Rodeo Camp

Got rhythm … Trey Fortune had a score of 50 on this bronc during the competition at Rodeo Bible Camp. Fortune took second place in the steer wrestling average, competed in team roping and won the boys all-around saddle. Photos by Robyn Jones

Badlands Cowboy for Christ Rodeo Camp in Kadoka August 2-5. The campers attending received two days of rodeo event instruction and then competed in two days of rodeo performances.

With 104 campers and more than 70 adult volunteers, the campers took part in a several fun games, including a paint ball competition, chapel services, and spending time with friends.

Goat tying: 1st place, Shania Johnston, Union Center; 2nd place, Tawny Barry, Carter; 3rd place, Tricia Wilken, Meadow; 4th place, Kami Elshere, Faith.


Annual Northern Bull Riding Tour mixes with high school bronc riding in Philip

Make-A-Wish ... Bull rider Myles Cuka, Wagner, was probably making a real serious wish as he hit the ground and tried to get away from the bull that just threw him. With the help of the other cowboys in the arena, he made it to the fence uninjured. Only seven riders make their eight seconds in the first round, and only three made in the short-go at the Philip Roping Arena.

The Northern Bull Riding Tour again was a major draw during the Haakon/Jackson County Fair and Achievement Days.

Beginning at 7:00 Saturday evening, August 7, at the Philip Roping Arena, the full activities lasted until after 10:00 p.m.

All proceeds from this bull riding event go to the Make-A-Wish weekend at the Northern Bull Riding Tour finals at the Sioux Falls arena September 25. Paul Gropper was the main man behind the minute-to-minute operation of the evening's bull riding event.


Dakota Diary ... Marion Nelson

Marion and Jim - 2006

Marion Nelson is a friendly member of the Philip community, and keeps herself busy with different projects around the house and town.

Marion and her husband, Jim, who passed away three years ago, have seven children.


Dakota Diary ... Marion Nelson

Marion Nelson

Marion Nelson is a friendly member of the Philip community, and keeps herself busy with different projects around the house and town.

Marion and her husband, Jim, who passed away three years ago, have seven children.


An 18-year survivor, Petras will tell her story at Kadoka's Relay For Life August 21

Back then … Jody Petras, surrounded by balloons and a stuffed bear made by Nancy Weller and autographed by the entire Kadoka High School 1994 junior class. This photo was taken in December, 1992. Petras will be one of the guest speakers at the 2010 Quad-County Relay For Life in Kadoka, August 21.

At the young age of 16 years, it wasn't easy for Jody Petras when she learned she had cancer. She was just a junior at Kadoka High School. Today, she is an 18-year cancer survivor.

Her contagious, bright smile and the soft voice will leave an impact when you listen to her testimonial on how important it is to take precautionary measures when dealing with one's health.

Petras will not only be attending Kadoka's Relay For Life on Saturday, August 21, she is scheduled to be a guest speaker.

She's been through it all.