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March 26th

Selma E. Darmer

Selma Elizabeth Darmer, age 90, of Mediapolis, IA, died Friday, March 5, 2010, at Prairie Ridge Center.

The daughter of Axle Harold and Lenna Mae (Miles) Pearson, she was born October 19, 1919, at Philip, SD.

On June 2, 1936, she married Samuel Darmer at Mobridge, SD; he died June 8, 1984.

She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church and Martha Circle in Mediapolis; was a member of King's Daughters and the Nellie Walker Circle.

Survivors include two daughters, Bessie Marie Weak of Burlington and Roberta Stonoff of Oakville, IA; four grandch


George Thomas "Tom" Hart

George Thomas "Tom" Hart, age 54 of Brea, CA, formerly of Philip, SD, died Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at his home in Brea, after battling cancer for more than 22 years.

George Thomas "Tom" Hart was born September 29, 1955, the fourth of six children born to George and Ella (Fitch) Hart. Tom graduated from Philip High School in 1974 and moved to Denver, CO for 24 years and then to Brea, CA, where he has since resided.

Tom was united in marriage to Cindy Graupner and to this union were born two children, George T. "T.J." Hart III and Katie Hart.


Anna M. "Ann" Eckert

Anna M. "Ann" Eckert, age 92, of Kadoka, SD, died Friday, March 19, 2010, at the Kadoka Nursing Home.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, March 23, at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis with Chaplain Herbert Cleveland officiating.

Anna M. Prochaska, better known as Ann to her family and friends, was born May 18, 1917, on a ranch near Belvidere, the daughter of James and Marie (Cacek) Prochaska.

She grew up in the Belvidere area and graduated from Belvidere High School. As a young lady, she worked as a clerk in the Belvidere Post Office.


Davis joins Minuteman Missile National Site

Butch Davis is the newest permanent employee at the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site.

Davis, a current ranger with the National Park Service, has been selected as the new ranger at the former military installation.

Davis started March 2, as an interpretive ranger.


Private well owners reminded to check for water contamination after flooding

Flooding in eastern South Dakota could impact the water in privately owned wells.

That is according to Christopher Hay, South Dakota Cooperative Extension water management engineer, who said owners should be aware of the risks of water contamination that flooding poses.

"Floodwaters often carry hazardous or toxic materials, including bacteria, viruses, other pathogens, petroleum products, pesticides, and other chemicals," said Hay.


Behind the scenes at prom 2010!

Get a date. Find a dress. Rent a tux to match. Order flowers. Everyone understands the essential process in which prom-goers participate, but what most are not familiar with is what goes on behind the scenes.

The date for festivities is determined well in advance according to an available time slot in accordance to all other school activities. This year, the Philip High School Prom will be held on March 27 in the Fine Arts gymnasium.

The elaborate planning process begins with the junior class, whose advisors are very involved.


March 18th

As board of equalization, Philip City Council presented no property valuation objections

Acting as a board of equalization, the Philip City Council met Monday, March 15, at 3:30 p.m.

No objections with property valuations within the city limits had been filed with the city finance office. The deadline to file objections had been March 10 at 5:00 p.m.

Rita Merrill, director of equalization for Haakon County, presented her annual report to the city council.

"Everybody is happy," Merrill began. "Consequently, we have had no formal objections this year.


Jerry Rhodes and Judy Longbrake resign from Haakon School District

New business during the Haakon School District 27-1 Board of Education meeting on Monday, March 15, began with the board "accepting with regret" the resignations of two instructors.

Judy Longbrake informed the board in a letter that she will not be returning for he 2010-2011 school year. She is currently the instructor at the Cheyenne country school. "I have enjoyed my five years at Cheyenne School, but I feel the students need a change," wrote Longbrake.

Kelly Blair, a member of the school board, commented that Longbrake had taught him and at least one of his children.


March 17th

Helen Eisenbraun

Helen Eisenbraun, age 95, Hugo, MN, formerly of Wall, SD went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at Hugo Comforts of Home in Hugo.

Helen Lydia Eisenbraun was born June 12, 1914, at Creighton to Gustav and Lydia Eisenbraun. She was baptized into the Lutheran faith on June 27, 1914 and reaffirmed her faith at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Creighton on April 1, 1928.

She attended 1st through 8th grade at Creighton School and completed Black Hills Commercial College's commercial course in July of 1932. She married Erhard A.


Lois Grimme

Lois Grimme, age 72 of Belvidere, SD, died Monday, March 8, 2010, at her home in Belvidere.

Services were held Monday, March 15, at the Kadoka City Auditorium, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Music was provided by Syd Iwan, pianist, with congregational hymns. Special music was provided by Larry Grimme, vocalist, singing Lois' song "Love Is Blind."

Ushers were Harris Eisenbraun, Ken Toews, Chris Baldwin and Dan Rasmussen.