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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.