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September 11th

Eikmeier new Haakon/Jackson Extension Agent

Being a 4-H member for 13 years will help Jessica Eikmeier be a positive, energetic Extension Agent for Haakon/Jackson counties' six 4-H clubs.

Eikmeier's first responsibility was transporting and setting up 4-H items at the South Dakota State Fair. "I was amazed at what the 4-Hers had; they are talented kids," Eikmeier stated.

Now she is getting settled into her office at the Jackson County Courthouse where she will be spending most of her time. She will also go to Philip when needed.


City council recaps Capital For A Day



The Philip City Council's regular monthly meeting on September 2nd began with a review of the Capital For A Day celebration held on Thursday, August 28.

The entire cost by the city was $4,958 - $2,292 under the allocated budget. A donation of $300 was used for afternoon snacks and beverages for the 63 state staff members. The 269 banquet tickets sold brought in $1,345.


Watertown company and commissioners discuss relining courthouse plumbing

A possible solution to the Haakon County Courthouse's plumbing woes was presented by a Watertown company that uses trenchless technology to reline old pipes.

Drainman, owned by Travis Stadheim, refurbishes old pipes by cleaning out the buildup then relining them with a new system that uses epoxy to coat a felt liner. The liner then hardens and coats the inside of the pipe.

Stadheim and Matt Brewster met with the Haakon County Board of Commissioners Tuesday, September 2 to discuss the procedure.


September 4th

Pugh family achieves home ownership through USDA Rural Development program

USDA Rural Development success ... Consuelo Pugh, daughter of Victor and Allison Pugh of Philip, plays with the family dog outside of their new home in Philip.

After five years of apartment living, Victor and Allison Pugh and their daughter Consuelo, are living in their own home. The Pugh's have been working the past few years to reach a financial position where they could purchase a home. This was no easy task with their partially fixed income.

Last year, they contacted USDA Rural Development and began learning about the 502 single family housing loan program with subsidized interest as low as one percent.


Gene Hansen

Gene Hansen, 71 of Winner, SD, who owned and operated Hansen Community Drug in Winner until 2005, passed away Saturday, August 30, 2008, at the Winner Regional Healthcare Center in Winner.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 4, at 11:00 a.m. CT at the First Christian Church in Winner.

Burial will be in the Winner Cemetery.

Visitation will begin on Wednesday, September 3, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Mason Funeral Home in Winner with a prayer service at 5:30 p.m.


Eugene "Gene" Stoeser

Eugene "Gene" Anthony Stoeser, 80, of Hayes/Midland, died Monday, August 25, 2008, at St. Mary's TCU in Pierre

Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Saturday, August 30, at St. John's Catholic Church, Ft. Pierre with Father Brian Christensen officiating

Interment was at Scotty Philip Cemetery, Ft. Pierre.

Gene was born April 3, 1928 in Ft. Pierre to Albert and Hatta (Wiseman) Stoeser. He grew up in Hayes where he attended Sansarc School, Sansarc, SD and St. Liborious Catholic School, Polo, SD. He graduated from Gilboa High School in Fowler, IN, in 1948.


Philip Volunteer Fire Dept. Mud Bog

The Philip Volunteer Fire Department sponsored its annual mud bog fundraiser on Saturday, August 30, at O'Connell Construction, Sand and Gravel west of Philip.

"It was an excellent mud bog," said Fire Chief Marty Hansen. "It was a really good show. None of the contestants got stuck, though one was stopped when their battery came out of its box and yanked out some wiring."

Though the day's temperatures neared 100 degrees, the action was fast and furious over the traditional mud course.


Season's first football match; Philip Scotties defeat Kadoka Kougars 28-20

Extra point conversion attempt stopped ... The Kadoka Kougars were under Philip Scottie pressure all game. Philip won its first game of the season 28-20. Photo by Robyn Jones

In their first football match of the 2008 season on August 29, the Philip High School Scotties defeated the Kadoka Area Kougars at the Kadoka field. The final score was Scotties - 28, Kougars - 20.

The first score of the game came when Kadoka's Michael Herber received a 67 yard touchdown pass from Chris Byrd. The extra point attempt failed. The rest of the first quarter remained scoreless. In the second quarter, Philip was back in the game when Jeff O'Connell caught a three yard touchdown pass from Jeb Stewart.


Volleyball season opener, Philip Scotties fall in fifth game to White River Tigers

The first game of the season for the Lady Scotties volleyball team was in White River on Saturday, August 30.

Requiring all five games to determine the best of five, the Tigers narrowly defeated the Scotties. With four close games and one game somewhat easily taken by Philip, the total points for the evening were 107 for Philip and 104 for White River. The final scores were 22-25, 21-25, 25-16, 25-22 and 14-16.

The winner of each game is the first to reach 25 points with at least a two point lead over their opponents.


Murdo-Philip Ryder Cup golf players ...

The third annual Philip-Murdo Ryder Cup Golf Tournament was held Sunday, August 24, at the Murdo Golf Course. The annual event is a 27-hole competition, combining a match play, scramble and alternate shot. This event is meant to build camaraderie and gives a chance for the host team to show the visitors their improvements on the golf course. Each nine holes pairs different players together to get to know one another. This year was a tight match between the two teams, but Philip retains the cup with a 36-24 victory.