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Archive - 2011

August 11th

Harold Stotts

Harold Stotts, age 85 of Okaton, S.D., died Friday, August 5, 2011, at St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre, with his wife, Flavia, of 65 years, at his side.

Harold Eugene Stotts was born October 29, 1925, the son of Roy Ray and Mary Adline (Marshall) Stotts on their homestead west of Okaton, shortly after their move from Lance Creek, Wyo., by horse and wagon. Harold was the eldest of his nine siblings.

Harold and Flavia (Hampton) were married on May 27, 1946. Harold and Flavia spent those years farming the homestead and raising their five children.


Cheyenne School operations suspended

The Haakon School District 27-1 Board of Education met Wednesday, August 3, before a concerned audience.

The special session was to discuss the 2011-2012 enrollment of the Cheyenne School. For years, it has been a board policy to try to keep a country school open as long as there are at least four students in normal attendance. The anticipated 2011-2012 attendance of the Cheyenne School had been four students.


Budget discussed at commissioner's meeting

Money issues continue to plague the Haakon County Commission as they were $3,000 short in the general fund just to pay August's bills.

Haakon County Auditor Patricia Freeman informed the board that bills for July were over $64,000 and there was just over $61,000 in the general fund to pay them. The board knew late last year that some months in 2011 could have this scenario. To meet the amount, the board instructed Freeman to use monies from another fund for this month and replace the money when able. "We can't skim along month to month," said Chairman Gary Snook.


Northern Bull Riding Tour again in Philip

Winning the bull riding ... Jeff Bertus, Avon, took top honors in the bull riding event at the Haakon/Jackson County Fair. Photos by Nancy Haigh

The annual Northern Bull Riding Tour performance was Saturday, August 6, at the Philip Roping Arena.

Out of the 20 competitors, the long go was won by Jeff Bertus, Avon. The other top three riders were Clay Hindman, Belvidere, Jay Dunford, Menoken N.D., and Jake Waring, Ree Heights. To round out six riders for the short go, two riders were brought up on time, Abe Dillman, Grassy Butte, and T.R. Stirling, Newell.

The short go ending with Bertus taking the top spot, and Dillman claiming second place. Bertus won the $1,500 added purse plus fees.


Northern Bull Riding Tour again in Philip

Matched bronc ride winner ... Bodhi Lytle, Quinn, took this horse to the pay window last Saturday in Philip.

The annual Northern Bull Riding Tour performance was Saturday, August 6, at the Philip Roping Arena.

Out of the 20 competitors, the long go was won by Jeff Bertus, Avon. The other top three riders were Clay Hindman, Belvidere, Jay Dunford, Menoken N.D., and Jake Waring, Ree Heights. To round out six riders for the short go, two riders were brought up on time, Abe Dillman, Grassy Butte, and T.R. Stirling, Newell.

The short go ending with Bertus taking the top spot, and Dillman claiming second place. Bertus won the $1,500 added purse plus fees.


August 4th

Philip's Rance Johnson brings home three Little Britches national rodeo titles

Rance Johnson, 13, Philip, recently won the 2011 Little Britches Rodeo junior boys' national championship and the Little Britches junior boys' world championship titles in Pueblo, Colo., Monday through Saturday, July 25-30.

Johnson also won the Little Britches junior boys' national championship in goat tying (28.060 seconds).

Many South Dakota contestants made up the nearly 600 competitors in the National Little Britches Rodeo Finals.

Johnson brought home three saddles, one each for the national and world all-around championships and one for the goat tying championship.


National High School Rodeo Finals results

Trey Fortune

The South Dakota High School Rodeo was held this year Wednesday through Sunday, June 22-26, at the Roundup Rodeo Grounds in Belle Fourche.


Charles L. "Larry" Fanning

Charles L. "Larry" Fanning, age 77, of Martin, S.D., died Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at his home in Martin.

Charles Loren Fanning, better known as Larry to his family and friends, was born March 1, 1934, in Martin, the son of Cameron and Marcella (McLaughlin) Fanning. He grew up in the Martin area graduating from Bennett County High School in 1950.

Larry enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War. After his honorable discharge, Larry attended college at Cal Poly. Upon graduation he returned to Martin where he worked for the U.S.


City council - bills and next year's budget

The Philip City Council meeting Monday, August 1, began with the monthly bills and ended with the council preparing for the annual budget reading next month.

Bills pending as of August 1 total $69,904.37. This includes $15,000 for the upcoming purchase of a 1995 Ford tandem axle dump truck.

The council approved the first reading of Ordinance #2011-08.


Eighty South Dakota post offices on closure list

The United States Postal Service has announced a proposal to close about 3,700 post offices around the country.

Eighty of those are in South Dakota. One is the post office in Milesville. Howes and Hayes are also in this coverage area.

The Milesville postal service, established May 3, 1907, was originally located at the General Store of Jeremiah C. Miles. Other postmasters over the years include Henry Kertzman, Albert Harvey, Mrs. Harvey, Randall Collins and Allen Piroutek.