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Lady Scotties back from State B Basketball

Lady Scotties ... The welcome home celebration on Sunday, March 15, had fans, photos, speeches, jokes, stories, awards and smiles. Back row, from left: Danielle Piroutek, Josie Guptill, Abby Ditsgerald, Carissa Doolittle, Kelsey Hostutler, Rhiannon Schultz and Emily Schofield. Middle row: Jennifer Stangle, Mariah Evans, Kenzy Pinney and Molly Coyle. Sitting: Tara Ravellette, Sierra Hook, Marissa Mann, Taylor Holman and Kayla O’Connell. Photo by Deb Smith

On Sunday, March 15, the Philip Lady Scotties were honored as heroes in their return from their first ever State B Girls' Basketball Tournament.

Philip, with a before-state season record of 21-4, had earned 43.00 seeding points to rank it sixth at state.


Haakon county commissioners decide how to use $136,825 federal stimulus dollars

The Haakon County Commissioners were informed Tuesday, March 17, of the amount of federal stimulus dollars they would receive.

Haakon County Highway Superintendent Kenny Neville told the board at a special commissioner's meeting that he had received word from the state that the county would receive $136,825.10 in federal stimulus dollars. He said the money would be distributed through the South Dakota Department of Transportation.

A letter from SDDOT outlined the stimulus dollars that the county would receive. The county has two options for receiving the funds.


Board of Education prepares for election, emergencies and end of the school year

Before the Haakon District 27-1 Board of Education meeting began on Monday, March 16, a public drawing was held to determine the order of names on the upcoming election ballot.

Also, eight election officials will be hired for election day. The five in Philip and three in Milesville will set up before 7:00 a.m. and close up after 7:00 p.m.


Philip city council denies two property assessment appeals

by Del Bartels

The Philip City Council met on March 16, first as a board of equalization, then as the city council.

The meeting was held in the Commissioner's Room on the second floor of the courthouse because of construction work being done in the community room.

Rita Merrill, Director of Equalization for Haakon County, said in her annual report, "We try to make sure property values are at 100 percent of sale values, then taxable value is set at 85 percent of that. We had a light year of growth for 2008.


Seven candidates for Haakon District Board of Education

Seven candidates are running for two at-large seats on the Haakon School District 27-1 Board of Education. The election will be Tuesday, April 14.

Five questions have been given to each candidate. Before the election, their answers will be printed in successive issues of the Pioneer Review.

Question #2. What do you feel is the most important issue before the board of education at this time?

Jodi Kammerer: "I think the number one issue facing the school board right now is accountability.


Albert "Sunny" Osborne

Albert "Sunny" Osborne, age 67, of Quinn, died Wednesday, March 11, 2009, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include his daughter, Deirdra Lynn Osborne of Salt Lake City, Utah; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, George Osborne and his wife, Maureen, of Allen, Texas; one sister, Penny Baumann and her husband, Dale, of Quinn; and a host of other relatives and friends.

According to his wishes, cremation has taken place, and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall.

On


Erma Gabriel

Erma Gabriel, age 92 of Creighton, SD, peacefully went to heaven, Sunday, March 15, 2009, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip, with her daughter and dear friends by her side.

Visitation will be held 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at the Rush Funeral Home in Philip, and two hours preceding the services on Thursday.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at the Community Center in Wall, with Rev.


George Turpen

George Leroy Turpen, 83, Minot, ND, formerly of Black Hawk, SD, died Thursday, March 5, 2009 in a Minot nursing home.

George was born August 17, 1925, in Belle Fourche, SD. He was one of five children born to Emil and Florence (Schipke) Turpen. They enjoyed growing up in Nisland. He attended high school in Rapid City and graduated in 1943.

Following graduation he entered the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific. Towards the end of World War II, he married Delores Briggs in Rapid City on November 15, 1945.


Kelly Sowder

Mass of Christian Burial for Kelly Sowder will be held at 9:00 a.m., Friday, March 6, 2009, at St. Matthew's Catholic Church with Father Cliff Jacobson officiating.

Rite of Committal followed in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.

Kelly Sowder, age 30, of Gillette, WY, died on Monday, March 2, 2009, at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, WY, due to injuries received in an automobile accident.

Kelly Marie Sowder was born to Orrin and Cheryl (Limbo) Carstensen in Philip, SD, on February 24, 1979. At the age of two, her family moved to Gillette, WY.


Marjorie Kodet

Marjorie Kodet, age 92 of Belvidere, SD, died March 8, 2009, at the Philip Nursing Home.

Marjorie J. Kodet (nee: Barton, Lueck) was born January 3, 1917, in Schoharie, NY. She grew up in Aberdeen, SD, and graduated from Aberdeen Central High School in 1934. She attended Northern Normal College in Aberdeen and received her bachelor's degree in 1938 with majors in English and business as well as two minors. After graduation, she accepted a teaching position in Belvidere, SD, at Belvidere High School.