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August 4th

Doud displays methods that earned first Leopold Conservation Award in South Dakota

Honors ... For the audience, the check and crystal award were again presented to the Doud Ranch for earning the first Leopold Conservation Award in South Dakota. Shown, from left, are: Brent Haglund, Sand County Foundation, Jim Faulstich, Natural Resources Conservation Servi

The main reason for the gathering at the Doud Ranch, Friday, July 29, was for the audience to see first hand the reasons that Rick and Marlis Doud were the recipients of the 2010 Leopold Conservation Award.

First, a history of the award and of the Doud Ranch was held, then an awards ceremony. The day ended with hundreds of guests and organization and department dignitaries climbing aboard a parade of flatbeds and pickups to tour different aspects of the Doud ranching operation

Brendt Heglund represented the Sand County Foundation, the originators of the award.


July 28th

Tuffy Riggins

Tuffy Riggins, age 88 of Wall, S.D., died Friday, July 22, 2011, at his home north of Wall.

Jess Timothy Loras Douglas "Tuffy" Riggins was born the son of Floyd and Marie (Dugan) Riggins on March 1, 1923, in Kingsley, Iowa. He was the middle child of 11. In 1931, the family moved to the Garner place on Bear Creek in Washabaugh County, S.D.

Tuffy had many interesting experiences. As a young man, his first job was delivering "milk." At 13, Tuffy and his brother, Wayne, hopped a freight train to Montana where he started a short career as a race horse jockey.


Luella Pauline Griesel

Luella Pauline Griesel, age 83, of Rapid City, formerly of Philip, died July 24, 2011, at the Golden Living Center Bella Vista in Rapid City.

Luella Pauline Griesel was born August 18, 1927, in Philip, the third of seven children born to Paul Kephart and Miriam Isabel (Riddell) Griesel. Pauline grew up in the Philip area and graduated from Philip High School in 1947.

After graduation, Pauline worked as a secretary at the Kennedy Brothers Implement Company in Philip. She moved to Pierre where she worked as a secretary at the state house.


Dorothy H. Bosanco

Dorothy H. Bosanco, age 87, Philip, S.D., died Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at the Golden Living Center in Salem.

Dorothy Helen Haerer was born February 5, 1924, to William and Minnie (Shoemaker) Haerer on their homestead 40 miles northwest of Philip, the Old Manila. On January 19, 1928, at the age of four, she lost her mother Minnie due to complications on the operating table. Her father continued to raise her and her brothers on the family farm. In 1939, her father remarried to Ruby Searle and Dorothy thought of her as a mother.


Social Security information day, August 2 at Senechal Apts. lobby

August 2, Kathy Petersen, public affairs specialist for Social Security, will be in Philip to help people file order replacement cards, change addresses and ask questions. Petersen will be at the Senechal Apartments in Philip between 12:00 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.

If someone is preparing to retire and has questions, or is interested in finding out more about disability benefits, they should attend this information day.

"I'll be in Philip in August. It's a great opportunity for folks to contact Social Security in person," said Kathy Petersen.


BHFCU granted charter expansion into Haakon County

Black Hills Federal Credit Union has been granted an expansion of its community charter to include the counties of Haakon, Butte, Stanley and Hughes.

The credit union now serves nine counties from 10 locations in western South Dakota. The closest office to Haakon County is in Wall. Based in Rapid City, the $885 million credit union serves more than 54,000 members.

"This is a significant expansion for BHFCU," said Roger Heacock, president and chief executive officer.


Philip to Ft. Pierre wagon train concludes

by Lonis R. Wendt

The final chapter of the Historic Bad River Trail Scotty Philip Memorial Ride from Philip to Fort Pierre ended at 5:00 p.m.


CHS Midwest Co-op to expand rails

"Cenex Harvest States corporate office has a system for projects like this," said Jay Baxter, site manager for Midwest Cooperatives in Philip. "They are currently bidding out for the project. We are hoping for the work to be done in three to four months."

CHS Midwest Cooperatives will expand its own railroad side track capability from 25 to 35 railroad cars. An existing loading rail line will be lengthened eastward. It, and a new line, will both extend across S. Auto Avenue.


July 21st

Kianna Knutson continues through talent competition

On to the region music contest ... Philip’s Kianna Knutson won the chance to compete in Beach, N.D. for a possible spot in the national competition.

Kianna Knutson had earned a shot at the regional competition of the Country Showdown talent contest, sponsored by Eagle Country 95.9/96.3 radio.

The preliminary round for Knutson was at Besler's Cadillac Ranch near Belle Fourche, Saturday, March 12. The top two of the 12 singers were chosen by judges to move up to the next competition.

Round two was held again at Belle Fourche, this time in Hermann Park, July 3. Along with Knutson, 11 other contestants had placed first or second at one of six separate preliminary rounds throughout the state.


Coast to coast bicycle group stops in Philip

A good cause ... Of the 14 bicyclists on this leg of the trip, these six stopped for breakfast in front of the Haakon County Courthouse before rejoining the others. This year’s trip will include 25-30 riders on at least one day of the fundraising journey.

The 14 bicyclists stayed at st. Patrick's Catholic Church in Wall, July 14, and trekked through Philip en route to staying the evening in Hayes.

The Lasaluan Volunteers Ride group of eventually 25-30 riders on varying legs of the journey, consists of 10 who will complete the entire trip from Warrenton, Ore., to Long Branch, N.J. from June 16 to August 13.

"The church (in Wall) provided the riders with a place to stay, and Father Leo Hausmann was very helpful in getting one of the riders to the bus station to head home.