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March 20th

Sylvia Jeppesen

Sylvia Jeppesen, age 99, of Wall, SD, died March 12, 2008, at the Good Samaritan Center in New Underwood.

Services were held Monday, March 17, at the United Methodist Church in Wall, with Pastor Brad Kattelmann officiating.

Music was provided by Sister Susan Pohl. Ushers were Jerry Johannesen and Bill Leonard. Pallbearers were Orlin Winkowitsch, Jody Sawvell, Dale Sawvell, Shaun McKay, Kenny Karp and Randy Ehlers.

Interment was in the Wall Cemetery.

Sylvia L.

Dick Fanning

Dick Fanning, age 71, Long Valley, SD, died March 10, 2008, of a heart attack, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Mass of Christian burial was cekebrated Thursday, March 13, at the Old American Legion Hall in Martin, with Father Bryan Sorensen as celebrant and Deacon Cal Clifford assisting.

Lector was Tony Fanning. Music was provided by Steve and Stuart Livermont and Dana Fanning.

Charlie Brunson

Charlie Brunson, age 66, of Kadoka, SD, died March 11, 2008, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Services were held Monday, March 17, at the Belvidere Community Church, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Ushers were Bob Eckert and Jim Willert. Pallbearers were Tom DeVries, Casey Willard, Bob Schofield, Charlie Carlson, John Rodgers, Al Badure, Jerry Willuweit and Joe Thorn.

Interment was in the Belvidere Cemetery.

Charlie W. Brunson was born June 17, 1941, in Murdo, SD, the son of Charles and Ada V. (Swan) Brunson.

March 6th

Philip Chapter FCCLA competes at District IX

Philip FCCLA at District IX meeting ... Floor in front: Grace Schnabel, Callie Schofield, Kayla O'Connell and Abby Fitzgerald. Front on stage: Advisor Brigitte Brucklacher, Cassie Schofield, Jordan Smith, Skye Brucklacher, Andrew Brech, Abby Carley, Emma Slovek and Colby Smith. Back row: Bethany Kroetch, Jennifer Stangle, Loni Nelson, Sierra Hook, Tara Ravellette, Kenzy Pinney and Molly Coyle.

The Philip Chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America attended the District IX FCCLA meeting on February 27th at the School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City.

Towns in District IX include Philip, Belle Fourche, Bison, Sturgis and Wall. The conference gave members the opportunity to compete in STAR events and develop leadership.

Skye Brucklacher, a Philip High School senior, has served as the district chairman for the past year and is also a state officer through having this position.

Time's a-wasting before the Elementary Science Fair

by Lee Vaughan

Philip Science Fair organizer

With just three weeks to go until the Philip Elementary Science Fair, it's time to pull out all stops to wrap up this year's research.

For students' convenience, the websites listed on the handouts explaining how to do a project, write the report, and set up a board, have been listed on the school's web page. All that is necessary is select the appropriate site and click.

As in the past, students will be setting up their projects in the Elementary Gym between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m. on March 27th.

City Council addresses topics and audience from fishing, insurance, trees, dances to rifles

The Philip City Council held on Monday, March 3rd, was longer than usual to accommodate the full agenda.

Roger Williams asked if Lake Waggoner was receiving all that it could from the well system. With the extended drought in the region, there are very few fishing and boating places in western South Dakota. "We have a great place with a nice camping area, and no other place around to fish or boat," said Williams. He noted that the north boat ramp at the lake will not be usable much longer because of the lowering water level.

Haakon County Commissioners met in regular session Tuesday

Insurance and highway department matters highlighted the Tuesday, March 3, 2008, Haakon County Commissioners meeting.

Brad Wilson, Sioux Falls, from the South Dakota Municipal League spoke with the commissioners regarding what his organization's workmen's compensation pool could do for Haakon County. He noted they are a member-owned nonprofit pool that provides workmen's compensation for cities, counties and special districts within South Dakota.

Philip students study leap year with four local citizens born on February 29th

From left: Roger Williams with 13 calendar birthdays, Cheryl Hook who is only nine birthdays old, Gay Logan with 19 birthdays and Carson Daly celebrating his first February 29th birthday.

"The students were so worried that Carson has never really had a birthday before now," said Philip third grade instructor Karen Rembold. Carson Daly, son of Steve and Julie Daly of Midland, celebrated his first calendar birthday on February 29th. He is actually four years old.

He and three others, Roger Williams, Cheryl Hook and Gay Logan, visited the classroom to culminate the third grade studies of leap year.

While grasping the idea of an extra day every four years, the students studied the history of different calendars.