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Knutson still in Country Showdown

Winning and continuing on ... Philip’s Kianna Knutson sang and played her guitar to win the North and South Dakota State Final of the Texaco Country Showdown talent contest. Her rendition of “Folsom Prison Blues” and her self-composed “Always Come Back to You” won over the judges. She will next compete in the Midwest Regional Final, November 5, in Keshena, WI. Courtesy photo

Surpassing the competition at the 30th annual Texaco Country Showdown North and South Dakota State Final, Kianna Knutson proved worthy of the state title and $1,000.

On August 5, Spirit of the West in Beach, N.D., showcased acts which had won at local contest sponsored by radio stations throughout the state. These previous contests enabled each winner to perform at the state level competition of America's largest country music talent search.

Kianna Knutson, Philip, representing radio station KZZI of Spearfish, triumphed at the state level event.


Knutson in South Dakota Honors Choir

Honors Choir ... Kianna Knutson, accompanied by Philip music instructor Barb Bowen, attended the 2011 South Dakota High School Honor Choir. The rehearsals, and final performance July 29, were in Vermillion. Shown are Knutson, left, and Bowen in front of one of the campus buildings of the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. Knutson is the daughter of Barry and Edna Knutson, Philip. Courtesy photo

The 38th annual South Dakota High School Honor Choir, held in Vermillion at the University of South Dakota, performed its closing concert July 29, 2011.

Kianna Knutson, an alto vocalist from Philip High School, was a part of the South Dakota Honor Choir. Knutson had to compete against other students from across the state to earn the chance to participate in the Honors Choir.


Rita Merrill

Rita Merrill, age 69 of Philip, S.D., died Sunday, August 7, 2011, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Rita M. Patton was born July 26, 1942, in Pierre, the daughter of William B. and Olga (Grotto) Patton. She grew up on a farm-ranch southeast of Milesville and attended rural school in that area. She then attended Philip High School, graduating in 1960. As a young girl she worked at First National Bank until 1962.

Rita was united in marriage to Norman Merrill on July 28, 1962, in Philip, and to this union were born two children, Colleen and John.


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.