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June 18th

Mildred Sawvell

Mildred Sawvell, age 100, of Rapid City, formerly of Wall, SD, died June 9, 2009, at the Clarkson Mt. View Healthcare Facility.

Services were held Monday, June 15, at Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home in Rapid City with Sister Susan Pohl officiating. 

Music was provided by Jody Sawvell and Shaun McKay. A poem was read by Kailey Rae Sawvell.

Ushers were Bryn McKay and Casey Sawvell.


Conrad Vogelgesang

Longtime Jackson County rancher, Conrad Vogelgesang, age 70, went to the arms of his Lord June 11, 2009, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Services were held Wednesday, June 17, at the Kadoka City Auditorium, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Music was provided by Jean Weller, pianist, and Susan Davidson, Boyd and Pat Porch, vocalists.

Ushers were Dennis Sharp, Tyler Jones, Cole Weaver and Travis Thompson.


Howard Kennedy

Howard Kennedy, age 91 of Philip, SD, died June 9, 2009, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Services were held Saturday, June 13, at the Philip High School Gym with Pastor Kathy Chesney officiating. 

Music was provided by Marianne Frein, pianist, and the Haakon County Crooners.

Reader was Paul Goldhammer. Eulogy was given by Shane Olney. "Tribute to Grandpa" was read by Blayne Kennedy.

Ushers were Mark Buchholz, Darral Brooks, Jody Brown and Jerry Roseth.


June 11th

Haakon County Commissioners meeting

The Haakon County Commissioners met June 2, 2009, to discuss highway department, insurance and liquor issues. 

The commissioners approved all the minutes, except the transfer of cash from the general fund to the highway fund. Deene Dayton, head of Legislative Audit, Pierre, spoke to Pat Freeman, Haakon County auditor, regarding all transfers of cash that need to be in the minutes and approved by the governing board. The commissioners decided to have Dayton come speak with them about the money transfers because of some confusions.


Murray's Coffee, Confections & More to open

The husband and wife team of Willard "Edwin" and Beth Murray, originally of Belton, Mich., are newcomers to Philip. They are opening Murray's Coffee, Confections & More at 103 N. Larimer Ave. (just north of The Gas Stop).

The coffee shop will offer hot and iced tea, hot and iced coffee, water, canned pop, baked doughnuts, scones, cinnamon rolls, mini cakes, bars (like brownies, but thinner).


New Bakehouse Cafe opening June 15

Owners and operators ... Shannon and Ronda McCain will offer a family atmosphere and home-style cooking at their Bakehouse Cafe.

The Bakehouse Cafe, owned and operated by Shannon and Ronda McCain, will open Monday, June 15, at 6:00 a.m. This newest business in Philip is at 102 North Center Avenue, between the Gem Theater and the NAPA auto parts center.

The McCains are ready for breakfast, lunch and snack-time crowds, with a seating capacity of 50 diners. Cafe hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays will be the McCains' down day and the cafe will be closed. On Saturdays they will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 11:00 a.m.


Vivian Hansen ... homesteader's daughter, wife, mother, educator

Vivian Hansen

by Nancy Haigh

The daughter of homesteaders, the wife of a sign painter, the mother of 10, a teacher of many and a local news columnist that reaches thousands all describe Vivian Hansen.

This spry, down-to-earth woman is about to celebrate her 90th birthday. Her family plans to help her celebrate in a big way, by inviting the Philip community to a buffalo burger feed on Saturday, June 20, from noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Fire Hall Park. The event is in conjunction with Festival Days.


Vivian Hansen ... homesteader's daughter, wife, mother, educator

Looking northwest ... Old equipment and the blacksmith shop at the Rollie and Effie Palmer homestead.

by Nancy Haigh

The daughter of homesteaders, the wife of a sign painter, the mother of 10, a teacher of many and a local news columnist that reaches thousands all describe Vivian Hansen.

This spry, down-to-earth woman is about to celebrate her 90th birthday. Her family plans to help her celebrate in a big way, by inviting the Philip community to a buffalo burger feed on Saturday, June 20, from noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Fire Hall Park. The event is in conjunction with Festival Days.


P. Oliver Erdmann

P. Oliver Erdmann, age 80, of Philip, South Dakota, died June 4, 2009, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

P. Oliver Erdmann, better known as Oliver to his family and friends, was born November 14, 1928, in Wellsville, Kansas, the son of Paul John and Ida M. (Millburn) Erdmann. Oliver graduated from Philip High School on May 15, 1946. On May 21, 1946, Oliver entered the United States Navy, serving until March 19, 1948.


June 5th

Scottie boys take second place at State Track

School record ... Josie Guptill, top, placed seventh at state and set the Philip High School record in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 49.09 seconds.

The Philip Scotties brought home a list of bragging rights from the state track and field meet: second place over all for the boy's team, two first place event medals, two second place event medals and two new Philip High School event records.

The South Dakota High School Activities Associations' boys' and girls' State High School Track and Field Meet was held May 29-30, 2009. The Class "B" preliminaries were held on Friday, May 29, at the Rapid City O'Harra Stadium. Final events were Saturday, May 30.