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August 12th

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.

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.


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