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October 2nd

Rod Knutson and Curt Arthur mission trip to Ethiopia

Mission of Mercy ... Curt Arthur (right) helped a team construct a classroom building for Mission children. Stones are cut with hammers and cement is carried by stick-and-tin gurneys.

"We didn't have much for tools," said Curt Arthur. "You mix the cement on the ground, then haul it by hand to where you needed it. We used tin and sticks; the only bought lumber was the 2x2 furlongs as part of the roof."

Arthur and Rod Knutson related their experiences to a large audience at the Community Evangelical Free Church in Philip on Sunday, September 28. Their Mission of Mercy Program trip to Ethiopia had been from August 2 to August 12.


Rod Knutson and Curt Arthur mission trip to Ethiopia

Flowers and smiles ... Curt Arthur (left) and Rod Knutson receive flowers from Ethiopian Mission students in exchange for the backpacks and suitcases of school supplies and for their time working on the new addition to the mission building.

"We didn't have much for tools," said Curt Arthur. "You mix the cement on the ground, then haul it by hand to where you needed it. We used tin and sticks; the only bought lumber was the 2x2 furlongs as part of the roof."

Arthur and Rod Knutson related their experiences to a large audience at the Community Evangelical Free Church in Philip on Sunday, September 28. Their Mission of Mercy Program trip to Ethiopia had been from August 2 to August 12.


September 23rd

Avis Gillaspie

Avis Gillaspie, age 85 of Midland, SD, died September 18, 2008, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday, September 23, at St. William Catholic Church in Midland, with Father Ron Garry as celebrant.

Music was provided by Barb Petokse, pianist, and Barb Jones, cantor.

Lector was Eleanor Zuccaro. Altar server was Brody Jones. Ushers were Jerry Nemec and Mark Nemec.

Pallbearers were Avis' grandsons, Jay Gillaspie, Cody Gillaspie, Michael Schofield, Daniel Gillaspie, John D.


LaVina C. Maxon

LaVina Maxon, age 75 of Buffalo, SD, died September 19, 2008, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Monday, September 22, St. Therese Catholic Church in Rapid City with Father Gary Oreshoski as celebrant, with Father Bill Zandri and Father John Heying as con-celebrants.

Reader for the service was Melvin Maxon.


September 18th

Dona Compton

Dona Jean Compton, age 77, of Vancouver, WA, died September 4, 2008, at Salmon Creek Legacy Hospitalin Vancouver, WA.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 19, 2008 at the Presbyterian Church in Kadoka with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating. Interment will be in the Kadoka Cemetery.

Music will be provided by Syd Iwan with congregational hymns. Ushers will be Ted Vobr and Joe Stratton.


Myrtle Marskell

Graveside services for Myrtle Renning Marskell, age 96, of Long Beach, CA, and formerly of the South Creek Community near Kadoka, SD, will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008, at the South Creek Cemetery, north of Kadoka.

Myrtle Renning Marskell died August 28, 2007.

Myrtle Renning was born July 17, 1911, in South Creek, SD, the daughter of Andrew and Katie (Nelson) Renning, Norwegian immigrants who homesteaded there in the early 1900s.


Golden West 56th Annual Meeting

A return of more than $2 million in patronage capital credit checks, a free noon meal, a chance to win a $500 grand prize, the election of board members and voting on the expansion of the cooperative await members attending the Golden West Telecommunications 56th Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, September 27.

"Being able to hand one of our members a check and say thank you is one of the most satisfying aspects of our jobs as directors and employees," said General Manager/CEO George Strandell referring to the $2,037,510 in capital credit checks being returned to cooperative member


Mayfield new grain operations manager

Since August 25, Don Abby's responsibilities at the CHS-Midwest Cooperatives in Philip have moved over to feed sales. The new grain operations manager is Lucas Mayfield.

Mayfield moves up being an operational employee for Midwest Co-op in Kadoka for the last two years. He graduated from Kadoka High School in 2003, and in 2005 from Mitchell Technical School with a cooling and heating degree. After working on a ranch for about a year, Mayfield joined Midwest.

"The transition for both Abby and Mayfield should be pretty much done by spring," said Location Manager Jay Baxter.


Pay-lane changes, substitute pay, approving budget highlight board of education meeting

The Haakon School District 27-1 Board of Education held its first monthly meeting on Monday, September 15, with its new Business Manager, Britni Ross.

The board officially approved Ross's contract, as well as pay-lane changes for three instructors. Both Jerry Rhodes and Jayne Gottsleben rose from a Bachelor of Science plus 12 to a BA+24 category, and Melanie Morehart rose from a Masters to a MA+15. Each will receive about $500 in pay raise. Board member Anita Peterson commented, "That doesn't even pay for the university credits."

Pay for substitute teachers was discussed.


Britni Ross takes over as new Haakon School District 27-1 business manager

Britni Ross officially started the position of Haakon School District 27-1 business manager on Wednesday, August 27.

The last day for outgoing business manager, Jackie Longbrake, was Friday, September 12, and the Board of Education approved the 2008-2009 budget during their monthly meeting on Monday, September 15.

Ross did have almost three weeks of tutoring from Longbrake. Within her first full week, Ross spent three days in Sioux Falls in Accounting System Training learning the specific computer software that the Haakon district uses.