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November 11th, 2011

Knutson sings at Midwest Regional Finals

“It’s been a fun ride.” ... Kianna Knutson, shown far right among some other contestants, did not win the Midwest Regional Finals talent contest in Wisconsin. She did have a great time. “The audience really got a good taste of how a country showdown is supposed to be,” said Knutson.

After earning her way through local and district talent contests, Kianna Knutson, Philip, represented South and North Dakota when she competed in the Midwest Regional Finals at the Menominee Casino in Keshena, Wis., Saturday, November 5.

Knutson competed against seven other acts to determine who would proceed on to the national competition in Nashville. Each regional act had seven minutes on stage. Of the eight acts, two were duets, one duet being brothers, while the rest were individual performers. Three musicians were 17 years old.


June Roby

June Roby, age 57, of Boise, Idaho, died Sunday, November 6, 2011, at her home in Boise.

June Loua Williams was born February 23, 1954, in Kadoka, S.D., the daughter of Virgil and Donna (Crowser) Williams. She grew up in Philip where she received her elementary education. She then attended Philip High School for three years, before she moved to Faith where she graduated from Faith High School in 1972.

She was united in marriage to Craig Hickenbotham at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip, and to this union were born two children, Jennifer and Cody.


Richard A. Burnett

Richard A. Burnett, age 78 of Philip, S.D., died Friday, November 4, 2011, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Richard Burnett was born September 7, 1933, on the family farm near Huron,. Richard was the 11th of 13 children born to Roy and Alma (Katz) Burnett. He grew up and attended school in Beadle County and graduated from Huron High School in 1953. After graduation he enlisted and served in the United States Navy until 1957. He was a veteran of the Korean War.

Richard was united in marriage to Carol Potter on February 12, 1955, in San Diego, Calif.


Dale Leroy Hansen

Dale Leroy Hansen, age 79 of Frazier Park, Calif., died Sunday, October 30, 2011, in Frazier Park, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Dale Leroy Hansen was born April 12, 1932, in Philip, the son of Ralph and Alvina Hansen. Dale grew up on his parents' ranch west of Philip, attending Watson Country School and graduating from Philip High School in 1951. Dale's classmates and friends from the 1950s will remember him as an outstanding runner, specializing in the mile run for the Philip Scotties track team.


Sadie Conlee Williams

Sadie Conlee Williams, age 97 of Rapid City, formerly of Kadoka, S.D., died Tuesday, November 1, 2011, at Fountain Springs Health Care in Rapid City of congestive heart failure.

Sadie Elsie Williams was born to John and Mary (Kutilek) Washecheck on June 19, 1914, northwest of Kadoka, on the family homestead in Old Stanley County. She was the youngest of 10 children. She received her education at the Lone Star country school. She then helped her parents on the farm until she moved into Kadoka and worked at the Pearl Hotel.


November 4th

Helen F. Wegner

Helen F. Wegner, 85, of Hanna, Wyo., passed away on October 26, 2011.

Helen Fay Neville was born August 3, 1926, on her parents' homestead near Milesville, S.D. She was the daughter of Dewitt and Harriet (Stiles) Neville and grew up on the family farm with one sister and three brothers.


Sadie Conlee Williams

Sadie Conlee Williams, age 97 of Rapid City, formerly of Kadoka, South Dakota, died Tuesday, November 1, 2011, at Fountain Springs Health Care in Rapid City of congestive heart failure.

Sadie Elsie Williams was born to John and Mary (Kutilek) Washecheck on June 19, 1914 northwest of Kadoka, on the family homestead in Old Stanley County. She was the youngest of 10 children. She received her education at the Lone Star country school. She then helped her parents on the farm until she moved into Kadoka and worked at the Pearl Hotel.


Janice I. Parker

Janis Parker, age 51, of Rapid City, died Thursday, October 27, 2011, at her home, surrounded by family and a special friend.

Janis Irene Gebes was born September 12, 1960, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip, the daughter of Jerome and Celestine (Brech) Gebes. She grew up in the Milesville area and attended school at the Hart Country School north of their home place. She graduated from Philip High School in 1978. She married Thomas James Konst on June 21, 1977. They started a family and raised four children, Nicholas, Monica, Jeremy, and Mandi.


N.âBeverley Tucker, Jr.

N. Beverley "Bev" Tucker, Jr., age 71, North Kingston, R.I., formerly of Philip, S.D., died peacefully of cancer in Rhode Island on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

Bev was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on April 14, 1940, the son of N. Beverley Tucker and Eleanor Marshall Tucker. He attended Lotspeich School, Walnut Hills High School, Princeton University and Harvard Business School. He was in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1962 to 1965.


Academics highlight Philip cross country awards

Thursday, October 27, the Scotties cross country team gathered to honor their own. Each team member cast a vote for teammates who best met the criteria of five awards, as well as recognized the 2011 team and each of four senior's career achievements.

The girls' rookie of the year award went to Ellie Coyle. For the boys, Nelson Holman and Keegan Burnett tied for this award.

The award for most improved can be from the beginning of this year to the end, and can be from last year to this year.