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March 22nd

Philip Centennial kicks off with a St. Patrick's Day theme

And they’re off! ... The timed wheelbarrow race was a four-person team effort with a pusher, rider and a container of green fluid with a people-switch half way through. The team called Bill’s Blogs won this event during the Centennial Kick-off. Here, Brandon West pushes a teammate. For more photos, see inside this issue.

Philip's Centennial Celebration got an early kick-off when combined with St. Patrick's Day. A sidewalk parade with entrants dressed in old-time apparel, as wel as St.


Charles Perault

Charles Perault, age 80, of rural Midland, died Thursday, March 15, 2007, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 20, at the Belvidere Community Church in Belvidere, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Music was provided by Syd Iwan, pianist, and musicians Boyd Porch, Carl Bauman and John Kaiser. Ushers were Tom DeVries and Chuck Willard.


Verle A. Crown

Verle A. Crown, age 87, of Wall, died Saturday, March 17, 2007, at the Clarkson Mt. View Healthcare Facility in Rapid City.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 20, at the United Methodist Church, with Pastor Brad Kattelmann officiating.

Music was provided by Carol Hahn, pianist, Nicole Ramirez and Tom Ramirez, vocalists, and congregational hymns. Ushers were Jerry Johannesen, Bernard Foster and Bill Leonard. Pallbearers were Kem, Jem, Kent and Kevin Kjerstad, Byron Crown, Tim Fauske, B.J.


Roger D. Neiffer

Roger Dale Neiffer, age 72, of Kadoka, passed away Sunday, March 11, 2007, with his life partner, Pat, and his children at his side at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip, SD.

Services were held Wednesday, March 14, at the Kadoka City Auditorium, with Father Bryan Sorensen officiating.

Music was provided by Boyd Porch, Carl Bauman and John Kaiser. Ushers were Rick Wilmarth and Paul Briggs. Pallbearers were Bob and Bill Bauman, Dan Smiley, Jerry Sharp, John Madsen and Verne Richardson.


Emil Muller

Emil Muller, age 95, passed away at a Rapid City nursing home on Sunday, March 11, 2007.

Visitation will be held 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 16, at the Rush Funeral Chapel in Wall, and one hour preceding the services at the church on Saturday.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m.


Cora Jean Snyder

Cora Jean Snyder, age 81, of Philip, died Saturday morning, March 10, 2007, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Graveside services were held Monday, March 12, at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, with Chaplain Moe Greiner officiating.

Cora Jean Ward was born March 17, 1925, in Philip, SD, the daughter of Chandler Hiram and Ethel (Hunt) Ward. She graduated from Quinn High School and attended two years of nursing school at St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre.

Jean was united in marriage to Stewart Snyder on December 31, 1946.


Local economic development efforts receive support from Golden West

The funding was made available as part of Golden West's annual economic development program created to target funds toward projects and programs within its service areas that help enhance or generate local employment opportunities.


Haakon and Jackson FSA offices to consolidate

Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Steve Cutler has announced that the SD State FSA Plan was submitted to Washington, D.C. for review and approval.

Cutler said, "It's been almost one year since I began gathering data, holding meetings and reviewing information in preparation for developing a plan to effectively and efficiently manage a declining budget and shrinking staff here in South Dakota. After the plan is reviewed at the D.C.


Philip City Council meets

Rita Merrill, Director of Equalization, presented her annual report and update. A new assessment of the City of Philip is nearly complete.

New construction has resulted in a growth of $776,000 in Philip. The levy from last year, plus usage of the cost of living index, plus the new growth index will result in the tax projection for next year.


Public part of School Board meeting brief

The board approved continued membership in the South Dakota High School Athletic Association.

The board again disapproved joining the South Dakota Coalition of Schools in its lawsuit against the state concerning the state's funding methods of schools.

The track coach roster is complete, now that Ralph Kroetch has been formally approved as an assistant coach.

Notification of intent to not hire any instructors for the next school year, if there are any, must be completed before April 15.