Archive - 2010

May 13th

Pfeifle training as director of equalization

by Del Bartels

Though not officially starting as the Haakon County Director of Equalization until July 1, Kevin Pfeifle began May 3 learning the ins-and-outs of the position from his predecessor, Rita Merrill.

Retiring as the director, Merrill will continue on as a temporary part-time deputy to assist Pfeifle as needed. Merrill's current five-year South Dakota Certified Appraiser Assessor license is valid until 2013.

Reflections of a 2010 Philip High School senior

It all begins between the ages of five and seven: the quest for knowledge. We set out in search of wisdom and somewhere along the way, life finds us.

The rapid approach of graduation has triggered a flood of nostalgia combined with anxious anticipation for the next stage of life. Just months ago, I was the girl who would cringe at the thought of leaving high school and moving on. While I still have some fears, I've come to realize that I am prepared to take that step forward.

May 6th

Philip at People's Market Track Meet in Kadoka April 27

The Philip Scottie track and field team competed in the People's Market Relays at Kadoka Tuesday, April 27.

Attending schools were Philip, Kadoka Area, Wall, New Underwood, Faith, Lyman, Jones County, Dupree and Rapid City Christian.

For the boys, Karch Foley threw the discus 139 feet and two inches to claim first place. Casey Cvach ran the 100 meter dash in 11.5 seconds to earn first place. Jeff O'Connell took first in the 400 meter dash with a time of 52 seconds even. In the 3200 meter run, William Coyle came in first with a time of 11 minutes and 22 seconds.

Scotties host Philip Invitational Golf Meet April 23

Philip High School hosted the Philip Golf Meet at the Lake Waggoner Golf Course Friday, April 23.

Participating schools included Philip, Wall, Jones County, Hill City, Newell, Bennett County, Rapid City Christian, Rapid City Stevens junior varsity, Red Cloud and St. Francis.

The Philip boy's varsity team took second place with a total score for three players over 18 holes of 315.

According to Philip golf coach Doug Hauk, "The Philip tourney will be this Friday and the Conference on Saturday.

Philip High School relay team takes four wins and breaks records in Sioux Falls

One relay team ... Four athletes, four events, four wins, three records. Philip High School showed its ability when, from left, Jeff O’Connell, Rob Williamson, Brandon O’Dea and Casey Cvach won their four entered events at the invitation-only Howard Wood Dakota Relays in Sioux Falls May 1 and 2.

"I took four boys to the Howard Wood Dakota Relays in Sioux Falls this past weekend," said Philip High School's head track and field coach Jerry Rhodes. "They ran four relays and won all four.

Kadoka hosts two days of Triple Crown Rodeo

The 20th annual Triple Crown High School Rodeo was held April 30, May 1 and 2. The first two days of rodeo action were held in Kadoka and the final rodeo performance was held in Burke.

Three Philip chapter members earn State FFA Degrees

State Degree recipiants: Danielle Piroutek, Caleb Clements, and Carrisa Doolittle. The State Degree is the highest degree awarded to FFA members in South Dakota. It is an honor and requires hours of hard work and dedication.

The State FFA Degree, the highest degree of membership conferred by the South Dakota FFA, was presented to 224 agricultural education students at the 82nd annual South Dakota FFA convention held in Brookings, April 18 through April 20.

The 2010 State Degree recipients for the Philip FFA chapter are Carissa Doolittle, Caleb Clements and Danielle Piroutek.

Philip shines at State "Star with FCCLA" in Sioux Falls

On to nationals ... From left: Advisor Brigitte Brucklacher will escort Abby Carley, Colby Smith and Emma Slovek to the National FCCLA Convention in Chicago in July for the three to compete in the chapter showcase presentation.

The Philip chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) was represented by 14 students at the State FCCLA Convention in Sioux Falls April 25 through 28.

The Philip chapter, lead by advisor Brigitte Brucklacher, returned home with state championship award. The three girls who gave a chapter showcase Students Taking Action with Recognition presentation, Colby Smith, Emma Slovek and Abby Carley, earned first place.

Leonard Thorson

Leonard Thorson, age 88 of Philip, SD, died Monday, April 26, 2010, at Ft. Meade Veterans Hospice, surrounded by his family.

Leonard was born February 27, 1922 at home near Grindstone, SD, to Joe and Cora (Hovey) Thorson. He was the eldest of six children.

He was united in marriage to Phillis Pierce on October 16, 1948 in Rapid City. They farmed and ranched in the Grindstone area until moving to Philip in 1992. Leonard had the mail route to Milesville for nearly 50 years. One year he received recognition for outstanding service on the agri-talk radio program.

Duane Eleeson

Duane Eleeson, age 81 of Wichita, KS, formerly of Philip, SD, died Wednesday, April 21, 2010, in Wichita, KS.

He was a wonderful, loving family man and a dedicated and caring friend. Duane Herman Eleeson was born in Philip, SD, on June 30, 1928, to Herman and Ida (Christenson) Eleeson. Their parents had immigrated from Norway and homesteaded in Haakon County.

He married Elaine Van Ourkerk, his high school sweetheart, and to this union were born to children, Linda J. Upton and Bruce D. Eleeson.