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Ernest C. Clarin

Ernest C. Clarin, age 94, of Apple Valley, MN passed away on August 25, 2010.

Mr. Clarin grew up in the Philip and Quinn, South Dakota area.

Ernest is preceded in death by his wife, Jean; son, Stanley; and 12 brother and sisters. He is survived by his 2 daughters, Sandy(Bob) Nelson and Annette Raymond; 7 grandchildren, Kent(Stephanie), John(Charles), Todd(Sherry), Melissa, Keith(Lori), Kellie(Tim) and Richard(Heidi); 11 great-grandchildren; brother, Hilbert(Ardy); nieces, nephews and friends.


Glenn Hamm

Glenn Hamm, age 87 of Wall, S.D., died Friday, August 20, 2010, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Glenn Howard Hamm was born February 3, 1923, the oldest of four children born to Jay and Ellabud (Wallace) Hamm. He was born and raised in rural Pennington County, S.D. He attended Tableland rural school and graduated from Interior High School in 1941. He was a rural mail carrier and worked on various ranches before entering the United States Army in March of 1943.


Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

After the informative meeting, and talking to different people in the community, the fire district proposal for an operating opt-out is somewhat misleading.

In the past, the fire department was put together with community donations and support from a very dedicated bunch of people.

Is raising taxes to fund the fire district the only way?


Silent Guide on Stone Man Hill strengthened

by Del Bartels

Approximately nine miles dead west of Philip stands a stone obelisk that is so much a part of the history of area residents that it is often taken for granted.

The Silent Guide stone tower has stood as a marker for, first, shepards, then over the last century for all travelers. Built on top of Stone Man Hill in 1900 by W. S. Jones, the landmark was designated in 1950 as a U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey reference marker. High peaks on the horizon seen from the vantage point are many, many miles distant.


Silent Guide on Stone Man Hill strengthened

Ready to stand watch for another century ... M.R. Hansen, upper right, David K. Hansen, left, young Willow Hansen, upper ladder, and Barbara Hansen put in several days of hard work in breezy 100 degree weather replacing much of the mortar in the historic landmark known as the Silent Guide on Stone Man Hill. They also replaced the rope and the American flag.

by Del Bartels

Approximately nine miles dead west of Philip stands a stone obelisk that is so much a part of the history of area residents that it is often taken for granted.

The Silent Guide stone tower has stood as a marker for, first, shepards, then over the last century for all travelers. Built on top of Stone Man Hill in 1900 by W. S. Jones, the landmark was designated in 1950 as a U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey reference marker. High peaks on the horizon seen from the vantage point are many, many miles distant.


No more no-fee post office boxes in Philip

by Del Bartels

As of the last day of this month, all post office boxes in the Philip Post Office that were previously considered free to mail customers will require a charge.

The charge for a small post office box is $44 per year. If the fee is not paid by the due date, boxes can be closed. If the payment is late, a $15 lock change fee can be charged. Eventually, the box can also be assigned to a different customer.

Steve Carter is the acting manager of post office operations for the West River area of South Dakota.


Sheriffs of Haakon County date back to 1914

Since its beginning in 1915, Haakon County has been watched over by a number of dedicated sheriffs. Prior to the November 1914 election that divided Stanley County, the sheriff traveled from Pierre when needed.

Fred Root was elected the first sheriff of Haakon County in 1914 and was sheriff until 1917. Root was voted county sheriff again in 1922, and served until 1923. He was originally from Keystone, but moved to the area in the early 1900s. Root started out ranching near Powell. He was the director and manager of the State Farmers Union Oil Company in Philip for several years.