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Milton Trask

Milton Trask, age 87 of Wall, S.D., died Thursday, November 11, 2010, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Milton was born December 30, 1922, in Wasta, the son of Malcolm and Ruth (Laughlin) Trask. Milton began school when he was five, but ran away. His mother, being a teacher, helped him at home and he started again the next year. Milton went his eight years of grade school near his home on the forks of the Belle and Cheyenne rivers. He enrolled in Cathedral School in Rapid City for his freshman year of high school before transferring to Sturgis, where he graduated in 1940.

Alice F. Naescher

Alice Faith Naescher, age 87 of Wall, S.D., died Tuesday, November 9, 2010, at the Golden Living Center Black Hills in Rapid City.

Alice Faith was born the daughter of Walter and Rose (Chapman) Whitcher on August 25, 1923, at the family's home near Creighton, S.D., where she was raised and attended country school through the eighth grade.

She married William A. Naescher in October 1949 and to this union a daughter, Naomi Hope, was born on December 8, 1953.

William and Alice farmed and ranched 10 miles north of Wall until William passed away in 1970.

Elnoris Kjerstad

Elnoris Kjerstad, age 90 of Quinn, S.D., died Thursday, November 4, 2010, at his home in Rapid City.

Elnoris was born January 10, 1920, at the ranch northeast of Quinn to Emil, Sr. and Gurine (Ellingsen) Kjerstad. He grew up in the Quinn area and attended the Kruse Country School through the eighth grade and then attended high school in Quinn for six weeks. He then became employed by Knute Tennyson helping run his grocery and creamery store. He eventually purchased the creamery from Knute and also bought a freight line from Frank Gregson.

Wanblee's Shayne Porch, top rodeo pick-up man

Ten miles southwest of Wanblee, on the south edge of the Badlands of South Dakota is where the 77 Ranch is located.

It is here you will find 2010 Northwest Ranch Cowboys Association Championship Finals Rodeo pick up man Shayne Porch training and developing his string of seasoned and upcoming pick up horses.

Haakon District Board of Education proactive on foreseeable money woes

"At no time has the board ever discussed closing the Cheyenne School," said Superintendent Keven Morehart at the Monday, November 15 meeting of the Haakon School District Board of Education.

He and school board member Mark Radway had held an informal, an "almost random" meeting with parents in the Cheyenne school area. "This was just an informational meeting, a good meeting, with good community input. Cheyenne School will be open next fall," said Morehart.

School district earns distinguishing rating, week of recognition by HEA

The Haakon Education Association took American Education Week, the school week of November 15 through November 18, to recognize the Haakon 27-1 School District as a Distinguished School District.

"This designation was hard-earned by the students and staff in this district," said Marie Slovek, technology coordinator and K-6 computer instructor at Philip schools, "and, it is something we would like to take time to celebrate."

Distinguished districts are identified using the following criteria:


Howard Pihlaja, at 86 years old, still the man to operate heavy equipment

“I just like to do it.” ... Howard Pihlaja drives the big machinery. It makes no difference to him or to the people who know him that he is 86 years old.

"When you've been driving them for as many years as I have, there's nothing to it," said Howard Pihlaja, Philip. "I just like do it."

At 86-years-old last October 17, and having driven big machinery since he was 15, Pihlaja still drives equipment such as road graders and bulldozers for a living. He has been working for Philip Livestock Auction for approximately 30 years as a jack-of-all-trades, but he is the man when it comes to operating the heavy stuff.

"I retired at 65. Figured all I had to do was drink beer and fish.

New business - Dakota Trophy Taxidermy

Brothers in business ... Mark, left, and Mick Trask are the owners and operators of Dakota Trophy Taxidermy, the third such business run by local entrepreneurs. “The Trask boys have the perfect opportunity for the business,” said mentor and professional taxidermist Marty Hansen.

A new business has been started, owned and operated by two brothers who graduated from Philip High School. Mark Trask, a 2008 graduate, and Mick Trask, 2009, have started the Dakota Trophy Taxidermy business.

Mark said, "I'm an avid hunter, like to fish, and am fairly artsy with drawing, carving and making things out of clay. Taxidermy involves a lot of the same skills. We were around Marty Hansen's taxidermy shop a lot when we were kids. He was a big influence on both of us."

Mick said, "It's something I've always wanted to do since I was in kindergarten.