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July 29th

Governor Rounds hosts town hall meeting

“Putting kids first in education” was the theme of a Town Meeting in Philip hosted by Governor Mike Rounds and his staff.

School district patrons attending last Thursday’s meeting got a lesson on school district funding from the governor.

Rounds said he would present some figures, and then take questions from the audience. “We’re here to learn,” he said. “We’re here to learn what’s going right and what’s not.”

The first figures Rounds presented were demographic. Census figures show the population in the state growing older.


July 22nd

Philip Teeners face Post 320's Rising Stars

Nick Christensen, Philip Teeners' first baseman, stretches out in an effort to get the out against the Post 320 Rising Stars last Tuesday in Rapid City. The Teeners faced a much older group of players, but made a decent showing. The Stars came to Philip on Thursday to again face the Philip team, giving the Teeners some much needed experience.

Enterpreneurs …

Kaci Olivier (center) and Jaci Benter (right) took advantage of the hot weather last week to set up a lemonade stand in the shade of Bonnie and Clark Morrison’s yard on Pine Street. Jaci’s big brother, Dalton, stopped by to check on sales. The girls reported a brisk business.

Alice V. Bowman

Alice Virginia Bowman of Velva, ND, formerly of Belle Fourche, SD, passed away on July 17, 2004, in a Minot, ND, hospital.

Services will be held Thursday, July 22, at 10:00 a.m. at the Christian Life Center in Belle Fourche with interment to follow.

Alice was born on January 14, 1935, in Batesland, SD. She was the fourth of six children born to Fay and Annette (Lathrop) Coleman.

The Coleman family moved to the Philip area when she was a young child. Alice graduated from Quinn High School in 1953.


Emory P. Herring

Emory Philip Herring, 91, Sturgis, died Monday, July 12, 2004, at his home in Sturgis.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, July 15, 2004, at the First Wesleyan Church in Sturgis with Pastor Dwight Peterson officiating. Burial with military honors was in the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Emory was born August 13, 1912, at Ottumwa, SD, to Elza and Matilda (Berg) Herring. His family lived at Philip, SD, before moving to Piedmont in 1928. Emory graduated from Piedmont High School in 1931.


Dolores M. Thomas

Dolores M. Thomas, age 72, of Kadoka, died Saturday morning, July 17, 2004, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Services were held Wednesday, July 21, at the Presbyterian Church in Kadoka with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Music was provided by Jean Weller, pianist, and Susan Davidson, vocalist. Ushers were Bruce Madsen and Paul Briggs. Pallbearers were Mike, Greg, Andrew, Dan and Philip Thomas and Wib Osborn.

Interment was in the Kadoka Cemetery. Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka was in charge of the arrangements.

Dolores M.


Ethel Sowards

Services for Ethel Sowards, age 66, of Pierre, who died Wednesday, July 14, 2004, at St. Mary’s TCU in Pierre, were held Saturday, July 17, at Isburg Funeral Chapel in Pierre. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery.

Ethel Schilling was born December 29, 1937 to Richard “Dick” and Elizabeth “Betty” (Jones) Schilling in Haakon County.


Marlene E. (Curtis) Moland

Marlene E. Moland was carried to heaven in the arms of Jesus on July 11, 2004, after a short battle with cancer, at her home in Huson, MT, surrounded by her family.

She was born in Philip, SD, on November 10, 1928, to Harry and Melissa Fay (Waldron) Curtis. She grew up northeast of Milesville, SD, and completed high school in Eagle Butte, SD.

On June 7, 1947, she married Leif Moland at Pierre. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June, 1997. The couple lived in Kansas while Leif served in the army.


Bicyclists pedal through on cross-country tour

Easy rider … Bill Gaither shows off his recumbent bicycle, one of two being used on the tour of the northern US. At 72, Gaither is the oldest rider in the group. This is his third bicycle tour, and he says this time he is keeping notes and plans to write a book about his experiences on the road.

If you’ve traveled Interstate 90 or Highway 14 this past week, you may have noticed a lot of bicyclists. Two tours have passed through the area, making stops in New Underwood, Wall and Philip.

Thirty-three riders with America by Bicycle passed through earlier in the week. The group stopped in New Underwood Tuesday before staying the night in Wall.


Three new members take seats on Haakon School Board

New members sworn in … Recently-elected school board members were sworn in at Monday night’s meeting. Left to right, Vonda Hamill, Craig Hanrahan and Bill Slovek were the new Haakon School Board members taking the oath of office.

New members Vonda Hamill, Craig Hanrahan and Bill Slovek took the oath of office at the July meeting of the Haakon School Board on Tuesday. The board chose Hanrahan as their president and Matt Reedy as vice president.

Hanrahan had come prepared, with several issues he wanted to address already on the agenda.

In the course of approving their annual designations, board member Kelly Blair noted when approving The Pioneer Review as the official newspaper that the newspaper had made an error when reporting on the opt out effort.