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August 12th

Library board seeks approval to proceed with downtown location

Plans to proceed with a more indepth look at putting the county library in a downtown location were approved by the Haakon County Board of Commissioners at their August 3 meeting.

Barbara Sloat, Shirley Kangas and Jennifer Henrie, from the library board of directors, and librarian Annie Brunskill approached the commissioners with their intentions to look further at the former K-Gee's building on Philip's main street.

Sloat noted that usage of the library continues to increase and they want to pursue the possibility of moving the library to the downtown area.

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Grasshoppers continue to devour Haakon Co.

Grasshoppers have taken over Haakon County this summer, and it looks as though they are not going to be thinning out any time soon.

The only sure way the grasshopper species will die for the year is with a hard freeze. While the warm weather remains, grasshoppers will continue to be a nuisance throughout western South Dakota. The first freeze and frost of the year will bring an end to the pesky crop eating grasshoppers, but not the entire species.

This summer, Haakon County is seeing an increasingly large number of grasshoppers.


August 5th

Philip Nursing Home flies through inspection

by Jennifer Henrie, Marketing/Human Resources, Philip Health Services, Inc.

On June 22-23, surveyors from the South Dakota Department of Health visited the Philip Nursing Home for its annual inspection.

Under contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the state is required to inspect all nursing homes that provide care to people receiving Medicare and Medicaid.

There are over 180 regulations and standards that Medicare certified nursing homes must uphold at all times to protect the residents.


High school bronc ride added to bull ride event

The Northern Bull Riding Tour will be presented Saturday, August 7, as part of the Haakon/Jackson County Fair and 4-H Achievement Days.

As an extra feature, between the rounds of bull riding at the Philip Roping Arena, 16 West River high school bronc riding cowboys will also compete in their own event. Those teenage cowboys are experienced in saddle bronc riding competition. Most, if not all, have ridden in competition for the South Dakota High School Rodeo Association state finals. They practice every Wednesday evening at the roping arena in Philip.


Parquets earn South Dakota State Trap Shoot awards

Sure-fire winners ... The South Dakota State Trapshoot was held in Mitchell, July 14-18. Three members of the Kadoka Trap Club, Tom, Mary and Kristi Parquet, and former member, Jesse Kaufmann, participated in the state shoot against approximately 250 other shooters. Kristi was the lady handicap champion on Thursday, July 15, with 89 hits out of a possible 100. She was also tied for lady handicap champ on Friday, July 16, with 91 out of 100, but finished with the runner-up spot with a 22 to 24 loss out of a possible 25 in the shoot-off. On Thursday, Tom won Class “C” Singles with 95 out of 100. He earned the 18-21 yard line handicap trophy with 92 out of 100. Tom also claimed the High Over All Class “C” Champ by shooting 815 out of 900 targets over the course of four days, including singles, handicap and doubles scores. The Kadoka shooters club practices in Kadoka almost every Wednesday night starting at 6:30. Tom said, “We have anywhere from five to nine people shooting each week. Anyone can shoot or join the trap club and we are always looking for new shooters. Kadoka will be hosting the Town Team shoot later this fall with teams from Martin, Draper, Wall and Kadoka shooting for the team title. There will be other shooters from Winner, Chamberlain, Edgemont, Custer and Rapid City also participating. To shoot at a registered shoot you must be an Amateur Trapshooting Association member. The ATA sponsors the state shoot. Each event – singles, handicap and doubles – is 100 clay targets, so it varies from shooter to shooter how many shells it takes at any given shoot. Most shoots are a 100 of each, but some competitions vary. Not everyone shoots all events. About the only restriction on shells is not over 1-1/8 ounce of shot and no shot larger then 7-1/2 shot.” Courtesy photo

Cole Elshere holds off loaded field for win

Faith’s Cole Elshere rides Lunatic Fringe in the saddle bronc riding event at the Days of ’76 rodeo in Deadwood on Saturday. Photo by Aaron Rosenblatt/Journal staff

by Joe Kavanaugh/Journal correspondent (reprinted with permission from the Rapid City Journal)

One of a new generation of South Dakota saddle bronc riders made the biggest splash Saturday night as the 88th annual Days of '76 rodeo closed the chutes for the final time before a near-capacity crowd.

Despite a field featuring three former South Dakota world champion saddle bronc riders -Jeff Willert, Chad Ferley and five-time world champion and legendary cowboy Billy Etbauer - Cole Elshere, one of South Dakota's new breed of bronc busters, stood atop the pack when the dust finally


Summer youth activities winding down, to end with community water festival

The three groups that provided activities for area youth this summer will sponsor a community water festival starting at 5:30 p.m.


City council - constuction and budgeting

The Philip City Council meeting Monday, August 2, was almost totally focused on summer construction and project budgets.

Approved building permits included Greg Ferguson to install a meter and pit for a sprinkler system; Coddy Gartner for Terry Henrie for tree stump removals; Trisha Larson for Kindercottage for a fence; Jason Petersen to level and gravel a rear yard; Philip Health Services, Inc. to move a 13'x13' shed from the hospital to 500 West Pine Street; and Gary Stephenson to demolish houses at 405 Hone Street and 402 N. Wood Ave.


Internet discovery leads to Philip visit

Trip to America ... Helen Philip poses beneath the memorial highway sign that was erected outside of Philip last winter. Philip was in the area learning more about Scotty Philip, who she discovered is her third cousin.

A chance find on the Internet lead an Englishwoman on a discovery of not only American relatives but a town named after her third cousin.

Helen Philip, Faringdon, Oxfordshire, England, had known of relatives in America as her dad, Ian, had mentioned them and spoke of James (Scotty) Philip. He had also told her about Wayne C. Lee's book The Man who Saved the Buffalo.

She came across information on the Internet about Scotty Philip. The search pulled up the town of Philip, SD, and a Facebook site about the town. The site had only been up about a month so luck was in the air.


Internet discovery leads to Philip visit

Visiting the buffalo ... Helen Philip, Faringdon, Oxfordshire, England, left and Diane Fitch, toured the Ray Houck buffalo herd near Ft. Pierre, last Friday. Philip was visiting the area and learning more about her third cousin, Scotty Philip.

A chance find on the Internet lead an Englishwoman on a discovery of not only American relatives but a town named after her third cousin.

Helen Philip, Faringdon, Oxfordshire, England, had known of relatives in America as her dad, Ian, had mentioned them and spoke of James (Scotty) Philip. He had also told her about Wayne C. Lee's book The Man who Saved the Buffalo.

She came across information on the Internet about Scotty Philip. The search pulled up the town of Philip, SD, and a Facebook site about the town. The site had only been up about a month so luck was in the air.