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January 12th

Henry B. Jeitz

Henry B. Jeitz, 86, Belle Fourche, South Dakota died Monday, January 2, 2006, at the Sturgis Regional Hospital, Sturgis, SD.

He was born March 19, 1919, in Ft. Pierre, SD, to Bruno Henry Jeitz and Elsie Carrie (Koch) Jeitz. As a young man he worked with his father on the railroad near Capa, SD. Henry enlisted in the United States Army, Cavalry Division on May 9, 1942, and soon became a truck driver, which gave him the opportunity to travel the Pacific. He was honorably discharged on September 29, 1945, in Ft. Leavenworth, KS. He returned to Midland were he ran a gas station.

R-CALF President Leo McDonnell speaks at Philip Livestock Auction

“R-CALF USA is proof that change does not come easy,” said Leo McDonnell. He will officially end his R-CALF presidency at the annual cattlemen’s meeting during the Denver Stock Show on January 19.

“We’ve been criticized mainly by those who benefit from the United States cattle producers not being organized. Cattlemen, though, have to be pretty good businessmen or they wouldn’t have made it. My wish is for every ranching community to continue to improve the economy of the cattle industry, to improve their lives and have a successful industry.

Philip City Council begins year – sets fines and levies

The Philip City Council meeting on Monday, January 3, began the new year quickly.

The council approved the payment of monthly bills from the appropriated funds. The official depository for the city for 2006 is the First National Bank in Philip. The official newspaper for the city for 2006 is The Pioneer Review. The paid holidays for 2006 for city employees were set.

Nemecs honored as South Dakota 2005 Retailers of the Year

Retailers of the year ... Ernie and Laurel Nemec, owners and operators of Ernie’s Building Center in Midland, received the award from Jerry Scriver, the 2005 president of the South Dakota Retailers Association. The Nemecs began their business in 1960 and built it to what it is today. Their community involvement and business reputation have earned them the state-wide honor for 2005.

The 2005 Retailer of the Year award, presented by the South Dakota Retailers Association to an individual or couple each year in recognition of business and civic achievements, was awarded to Ernie and Laurel Nemec of Midland. They were presented with the distinction during an awards banquet in Pierre on Monday, January 9.

The Nemec’s have owned and operated Ernie’s Building Center of Midland for 47 years.

In December, 1959, they bought the Midland Co-op Lumber Yard and the local hardware store.

Midland School Board faces resignations and time crunch on opt-out/reorganization

While striving for an imperative opt-out for next year, the Midland School Board is simultaneously interviewing neighboring school boards for reorganization.

The Midland School Board is also dealing with three staff resignations. History teacher Steven Decker will be leaving at the end of this school year. Band and vocal director Crystal Brakke has also resigned. Superintendent/Principal Denise Fox also tendered her resignation effective at the end of her contract on June 30.

The board accepted the resignations with regret.

Philip area says “Happy 50th Birthday" Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital”

Head table for the hospital program ... From left: Dr. George Mangulis and his wife Rasma, Rida and Dr. Paul Dzintars, Vivian Minard, Hospital administrator for Philip Health Services Mark Pond, and board member Roger Porch. Not pictured: Mayor John Hart.

People of local renown headed the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital held on Friday, January 6.

Roger Porch, a current hospital board member, was master of ceremonies for the program. His main theme was, “Only that which is invisible is essential.” The vision that became the hospital is really the hospital. The building is visible; though the community support, finances, work, donated time, memories and continued vision for the health services in the area are the truly essential aspects of the hospital.