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June 8th

Summer programs for Philip area youth

Three different youth program are working together to offer a summer full of activities for area young people.

Youth may attend any and all of the activities throughout the summer.

For four Mondays of the summer, the Extension Service is holding a SumMEr sensory program, that emphasizes the individual ME aspect of hands-on learning. The first session was June 6. The other sessions will be June 27, July 10 and July 25. Youth from kindergarten through third grade meet from 10:00 a.m. to noon, while fourth through sixth graders meet from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Notes From the Editor

An article comment was submitted by Nansie Cleaveland concerning the article " 'Little House on the Prairie' baby Carrie a Haakon County homesteader" in the May 19 issue of the Pioneer Review.

Cleaveland wrote, "Carrie's claim was a preemption, not a homestead. She had to live there only six months before paying $1.25 per acre to purchase the land. Carrie, and a group of her single and married friends from De Smet, all filed on claims near each other, so that they had a network of support. The Morrisons were friends from De Smet.


Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

I just returned home from the new Philip swimming pool with three very excited and happy little boys.

The pool is fantastic! The new zero-entry is so nice for small children and the water was the perfect temperature.

We never got a chance to try out the new diving board, but it appeared to be quite popular with the older kids. I really appreciated that the lifeguards rotated their positions to create less break time and more time for the public to swim.


Iowa man to appear in Pennington County for initial court appearance

Attorney General Marty Jackley and Jackson County States Attorney Daniel Van Gorp said Tuesday, June 7, that Thomas Petersen, 39, Greene, Iowa, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, class 2 felonies witha maximum penalty of 25 years in the state penitentiary, two counts of aggravated assault, class 3 felonies with a maximum penalty of 15 years in the state penitentiary, one count of felony aggravated eluding a law enforcement officer, a class 6 felony with a maximum penalty of two years in the state penitentiary, and one count of reckless driving, a misdemeanor.


Traffic to be slowed at children's intersection

by Del Bartels

The Philip City Council's meeting Monday, June 6, was chaired by councilman Greg Arthur.

The grand total of bills to be paid as of June 6 is $78,020.25.

The otherwise 20 miles per hour speed for vehicle traffic in Philip will be slowed to 10 mph on West Elm Street and N. Dakota Avenue. A stop sign will be posted for traffic exiting the mobile home court at that intersection. This is to protect children playing near there and walking through that area.

Jennifer Henrie addressed the council, "Personally, I've seen near misses.


June 7th

Iowa murder/kidnap suspect captured south of Philip Sunday morning, two sheriff vehicles destroyed in high speed chase

Rolled ... Jackson County Sheriff Raymond Clements, Jr. rolled his pickup four times after it was hit by Petersen. Clements received three cracked ribs from the accident.

The body of Judy Petersen, 36, was discovered at approximately 9:00 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at her home in Greene, Butler County, Iowa.

Thomas Petersen, 39, was a suspect in the murder. The couple's two older children, a 17-year-old son and a nine-year-old daughter, were accounted for. Their two-year-old son, Jacob Duncan Petersen, was missing. At approximately 12:40 a.m., an Amber Alert was issued, which listed Petersen as armed and dangerous.

Petersen was tracked getting fuel in eastern South Dakota, and later in Jackson County.


May 19th

Western Great Plain meet sees records

The Philip Scottie track and field team competed in the Western Great Plain Conference meet in Kadoka, Friday, May 13.

The girls' team earned the title of conference champions. The boys' team earned the runner up spot. The girls' pole vault, with Rachel Kochersberger's 7'00", was a new conference record. The boy's triple jump, with Jeff O'Connell's 44'08.75" was also a new conference record as well as a new Philip school record.


Region 6B Golf Tournament, two Philip High School players on to state May 16

The 2011 Region 6B Golf Tournament was held at Hart Ranch Golf Course, Monday, May 16.

The Philip team finished the day in fifth place with a score of 324, not qualifying as a team to go on to the state tournament. Two Philip golfers did earn individual advancement to the Monday and Tuesday, May 23 and 24, state tournament at the Central Valley Golf Course in Hartford.

Tristen Rush finished in third place with a day's total of 46+48=94.


School board preparing for next school year while finishing present school year

The Haakon School District 27-1 Board of Education began its Monday, May 16, meeting with a full presentation of the Family Career Community Leaders of America state champion chapter showcase.

Tate DeJong, Kelsie Kroetch and Sayde Slovek showed the school board their competition presentation that they will perform at the National FCCLA Leadership meeting July 10-14 in Anaheim, Calif. Their title "FCCLA is hoppin" is done to a frog theme. In the state competition, LaRae Van Tassel earned a top superior gold in career investigation and is a peer education candidate.


Philip High School graduation 2011

The auditorium was packed as Philip High School held its graduation ceremonies Sunday, May 15, 2011.

The Bacceloriate began with music played by the sixth through 11th grade band members. Pastor Frezil Westerlund gave the invocation. Graduating senior Jeff O'Connell presented the opening prayer. Special music "Benedictus" was sung by Tawnie DeJong and Trey DeJong. Included in Westerlund's message was the advice, "See the world, but come back, come back home.