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Curtis L. Bentley

Curtis L. Bentley, age 90 of Midland, South Dakota, died November 2, 2009, at the Philip Nursing Home.

Curtis Leroy Bentley was born February 22, 1919 on the family homestead north of Midland, the son of Thomas O. and Ida Marie (Sandal) Bentley. He was baptized and confirmed at the Deep Creek Lutheran Church.

He grew up and received his education at the Butte School in the Moenville area. After his schooling, he worked at the Spurling ranch as a ranchhand for several years.

At the age of 21, Curtis was one of the first Haakon County citizens to be drafted into WWII.


Dorothy "Dottie" Rice

Dorothy "Dottie" Rice, age 87 of Philip, SD, died Sunday, November 1, 2009, at the Hospice of the Hills in Rapid City.

Funeral services were held Wednesday. November 4, at the First Lutheran Church in Philip, with Pastor Frezil Westerlund officiating.

Music was provided by Marilyn Millage, pianist, and Elvera Moos, vocalist. Ushers were Fred Foland and Craig Anderson. Pallbearers were Mark Foland, Robert Anderson, Dale and Ed Morrison, Bill Gottsleben and Steve Lindgren.

Interment was at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.

Dorothy M.


Cross country awards night

Scottie cross country team, post-season ... Standing, from left: manager Sam Stangle, Zane Pekron, William Coyle, Kelvin Ferguson, Tyler Dekker and Jennifer Stangle. Sitting: Emily Schofield, Holly Iwan and Allison Pekron. Not pictured: Kaeley Fenhaus.

by Ralph Kroetch

After one of the most successful cros country seasons in Philip High School history, the Scootte team gathered to honor their own with a pizza and pop supper. Many of these athletes give up pop as part of a healthy diet during the season.

Certificates for their ninth place team finish at state went to Kelvin Ferguson, Tyler Dekker, Zane Pekron and William Coyle.


Philip Lady Scotties fall to #1 seeded Wall Eagles 2-3 in final regular season volleyball match

Power and placement ... This smash by Philip’s Marissa Mann went straight down between the Wall Eagle opponent and the net. The Lady Scotties lost, by 2-3, their last regular season match. Photo by Deb Smith

The Philip Lady Scotties traveled to Wall to face the Eagles on Thursday, October 29.

In their last regular season match, the Scotties were defeated by the Eagles 2-3, with set scores of 25-16, 23-25, 25-21, 20-25 and 13-15.

The evening was also a joint venture of the Philip High School and Wall High School student councils and volleyball teams in "Pack the Place Pink" volley for a cure. Audience members were encouraged to wear the color pink and to bring donations for breast cancer research.


Philip Scotties fall to Herreid/Selby Area Wolverines 12-22 in football playoff

Scottie offense ... Philip Junior Brandon O'Dea (#23) running the ball with seniors Casey Cvach (#13) and Colin Van Lint (#43) clearing the way. Photo by Deb Smith

With a 6-2 season record, the number three seeded Philip Scottie football team traveled to Herreid to challenge the number two seeded Herreid-Selby Area Wolverines.

Philip 12 0 0 0 = 11

Herreid 8 14 0 0 = 22

The Tuesday, October 27, Region 4 Class 9AA game started fast, with Wolverines' Tanner Sjomeling finishing a drive by carrying the ball in the last two yards for a touchdown. Teammate Jon Schlomer made good the two-point conversion for a 8-0 lead.


Downtown Philip to host Christmas tree displays

A display of Christmas trees and wreaths decorated by organizations, groups and indiviudals will be spread out around Philip's downtown this Christmas season.

The annual Parade of Trees at the Haakon County Courthouse had to be put on hold for this Christmas season due to ongoing plumbing renonvations. The loss of the Parade of Trees sparked a group of citizens to organize a downtown display, for this season only.


West River/Lyman-Jones Rural Water Systems annual meeting held in Philip

The annual meeting of the West River/Lyman-Jones Rural Water Systems was held in Philip on Wednesday, October 28, in the Fine Arts Building.

After a roast beef supper, a welcome was given by Philip Mayor John Hart. WR/L-J Manager Jake Fitzgerald introduced the WR/L-J board of directors, staff, consultants and special guests. Wall's Mayor Dave Hahn gladly reported that Wall has now been hooked up to the Mni Wiconi Rural Water Supply Project and its Missouri River water for several months.

The WR/L-J annual president's report was made by Paul Goldhammer, Wall.


Philip City Council - finances, construction

The Monday, November 2, meeting of the Philip City Council saw finances and construction as the main points of business.

A request from Brad Wilson with Insurance Benefits, Inc. regarding a change of agents for the city's airport liability insurance was denied. Mayor John Hart said, "Everything else being equal between the First National Agency and the Insurance Benefits, Inc. plans, I don't wish to take the money out of the local community."

Work on the School Drainage Project has been completed, but the payment for it is still in litigation.