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2008 - A year with some very exciting events

Compiled by Nancy Haigh

Each year brings special remembrances for everyone. The year 2008 will have a very special place in people's memories.

A look back through the files of the Pioneer Review brought out some highlights from the surrounding area.

January - An ongoing effort by the Haakon Education Association to raise funds for new playground equipment brought some big names to town. Well, at least their photos and autographs. The HEA held a celebrity auction in which well-known individuals donated books, autographed photos, drawings, and apparel.


Earl Slovek

Earl Slovek, age 85, of Philip, SD, died December 24, 2008, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Services were held Saturday, December 27, at the American Legion Hall in Philip, with Pastor Kathy Chesney officiating.

Interment was at the Masonic Cemetery, Philip.

Music was provided by Barb Bowen, pianist, and Elvera Moos, vocalist. Ushers were Keith Slovek and Glenn O'Connell.


Ranchers Workshop set for January

The 2009 annual Ranchers' Workshop is set for January 14 at the White River Events Center in White River.

  The workshop begins with registration at 9:00 a.m. After a welcome presentation at 9:45 a.m., a series of discussions will make up the workshop.

•Brad Young, a rancher from Wausa, NE, will present information on low-cost grazing concepts.

•Dr.


Together we will survive ...

Gary Kropf, here with his wife, Janice, looks like a Norman Rockwell painting when I saw them on the farm at work. He visited Philip as you may remember. Photo by Bill Kunkle

The recent roiling of the financial markets is unparalleled in our generation. Financial collapses, forced buyouts, reports of big banks faltering have sent shudders throughout the world. The Great Depression is distant history to most of us, but the current collapses can be more than facing history.

All this can remind us to evaluate our priorities.