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School board doing business while watching legislature financial plans

Many items are on hold until the South Dakota Legislature determines some school budgeting matters.

Funds have been set aside and have been accumulating toward trading up or purchasing a new school bus. It has been five years since the last acquisition of a bus. The school has no real need for an additional bus, so trading up is most likely. The discussion was put on hold for now.

The inclusion of an Industrial Arts position was discussed.


Canine security check at Philip school

As part of a drug awareness class being presented by the National Guard, Patrolman Slade Ross and his canine partner, Scout, quietly did their jobs and nothing was found at the Philip school as a result of the drug search.

At 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 9, the Philip High School was put in a quiet lock-down while a police dog sniffed for illegal drugs. Lockers were scrutinized while students were kept in their classes. People wanting to come into the building were politely asked to return later.

At 9:45 a.m., the search was over. Nothing was found. Very few people were even really concerned, except for the search being the general conversation topic for the rest of the day.


Klopper, Travnicek medical interns in Philip

Doctors in the making … Henk Klopper (left) and Paul Travnicek are interning at the Philip hospital under the supervision of Henk's dad, Dr. Coen Klopper, and Dr. Dave Holman, respectively. They will be in this rotation of internship until the end of February and will graduate from the University of South Dakota at Vermillion in May.

They each have their own backgrounds and personalities, yet Paul Travnicek and Henk Klopper befriended each other while in medical school and are following somewhat similar paths toward their doctorates.

Both young men began their most recent interning rotation under the tutorship of Philip doctors on January 31 and will continue until February 28. Both will graduate from the University of South Dakota on May 7.

Travnicek grew up on a farm near the rural community of Scotland, SD, where his father is an anesthesiologist.


Airport improvement, rubble site activity, future election are main concerns of City Council

The Philip City Council had applied to host “Capital for a Day”, but this year’s opportunity has been denied. Next year, though, is still a possibility for Philip to receive the notoriety and political ear that comes with being the South Dakota “Capital for a Day.”

The Council approved the airport committee’s recommendation that K.L.J. (Kadermus, Lee and Jackson) be awarded the five-year Airport Engineering Contract.


Movie maker from Midland

From "jock" to movie producer and actor, Justin Koehler has co-written and co-produced a full-length movie which will be released in April. He also acted the part of the main character's best friend, Brad. Koehler is from Midland, SD, and was a mass communications major at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, where he and co-writer-producer, Gus Karinen, set the movie.

Justin Koehler started at Black Hills State University as a basketball player. Now he is one half of a strong friendship and partnership which has produced a full-length movie which will premiere in April, 2005, at BHSU on the big screen.

Koehler, son of Mike and Cindy Koehler of Midland, and his partner, Gus Karinen, have written, directed and produced the drama “10:15 Salem Park.” With no budget, no paid-for cast, and little movie-making experience, they have put together a film about secrets. As the movie’s teasers state, “I promised I’d never tell anyone her secret ...


From Philip to Djackone …

Helping with a child birth was one of many memorable events Albrecht experienced while in Africa in January.

Jandie Albrecht has experienced the medical field through college classes, and she has experienced it through every-day life in the villages of Africa. Albrecht still wants a nursing career.

She originally started at Sioux Falls Augustana College to be a medical technician, but felt that that was too much lab work and not enough dealing with patients. She earlier graduated from Philip High School in 2000.


From Philip to Djackone …

As part of a mission group, Albrecht and seven others helped finish building a mission and gave health care to villagers in need.

Jandie Albrecht has experienced the medical field through college classes, and she has experienced it through every-day life in the villages of Africa. Albrecht still wants a nursing career.

She originally started at Sioux Falls Augustana College to be a medical technician, but felt that that was too much lab work and not enough dealing with patients. She earlier graduated from Philip High School in 2000.