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Florence M. Sanftner

Florence M. Sanftner, age 90, of Belvidere, died Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Florence M. Weis was born November 12, 1914, at Plattsmouth, Nebraska, the only child of Raymond and Florence (Wolf) Weis. She received her education in Tripp and Gregory counties, Iowa, Ohio, and California. In the course of her education, she attended eighteen different schools.


Merritt E. Patterson

Merritt E. Patterson, age 93, of Wall, died Tuesday, August 2, 2005, at the Clarkson Mt. View Health Care Facility in Rapid City.

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 6, at the United Methodist Church, with Rev. Brad Kattelmann officiating.

Music for the service was provided by Carol Hahn, prelude/ postlude pianist; Rita Patterson, pianist; Gene, Dean, Dale and Gale Patterson, vocalists; with congregational hymns.

Ushers were Lauren and Eric Kasuske and Bernard Foster.


Herma R. Marsden

Herma R. Marsden, age 84, of Wall, died Saturday, August 6, 2005, at her residence in Wall.

Closed-casket visitation will be held 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 11, at the Rush Funeral Chapel in Wall, and one hour preceding the services at the church on Friday.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 12, at the United Methodist Church in Wall, with Rev.


Pearl A. Wilsey

Pearl A. Wilsey, age 61, of Philip, died Tuesday, August 9, 2005, at her residence in Philip.

Pearl Ada Page was born August 20, 1943 in Martin, South Dakota, the daughter of Daniel and Juanita L. (Estes) Page. She grew up near Allen, South Dakota, and attended grade school at the Salway Country School and then attended and graduated from Bennett County High School in May 1961.

Pearl was united in marriage to Wesley Wilsey in September of 1961. After their marriage, they ranched northeast of Wall, near the Cheyenne River.


Too long at the fair …

My kids and I look forward to and enjoy the sounds, crowds of people, bright lights and variety of a fair. I insist that the kids eat a meal before we go so I don’t have to buy every treat in sight. My plans never do work out right. And, I guess, what is a fair or carnival without cotton candy, snowcones, popcorn, huge pickles or barbecue sandwiches? You don’t have such things every day.

Fairs are extraordinary. That is what makes them so special. You don’t hear those particular sounds, say, at a basketball tournament. Sports have their own smells, sounds, tastes and atmospheres.


Philip Health Services' branch clinic opens in Kadoka

The doors are open, the doctor is in and patients are being seen.

Housed in the south section of the Kadoka Nursing Home facility (the former Sundet Memorial Hospital), the Kadoka Clinic held its ribbon cutting ceremony Monday, August 1st.

It was a long time coming, with a number of hurdles, but after four months of renovation it is no longer just a dream to have a new clinic in Kadoka.

The Kadoka Clinic is owned and operated by Philip Health Services, which rents the space from the Kadoka Nursing Home Association.


Home Health Services celebrates 10 years

Director Marcy Ramsey (left), Lee Ann Knutson and Jean Calhoon lead team members who cover a 30-mile radius from Philip, offering aid in both home health and home maintenance services.

On August 16, Philip Home Health Services will have served the surrounding community for 10 years since it gained its official certification through federal Medicare.

Director Marcy Ramsey said that her staff will probably not have any large celebration, probably have a little extra chocolate and coffee on hand for anyone dropping by.

Home Health provides short-term care through a number of services in a client’s home.


Haakon/Jackson County Fair and Philip Festival Days a success

See Photo Gallery for more candid photos from the fair and Festival Days!!

The Haakon/Jackson County Fair and Philip Festival Days were a resounding success. Individuals and groups of all ages could find something to do during all three days, Friday through Sunday.

Actually, the activities began on Thursday afternoon with the 4-H and open class exhibits and judging. Anything from photography, to food, to miniature rockets and most things in between were on display.

On Friday, the exhibits and the Pen of 3 opened before noon.