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Dakota Diary

Richard and Echo Rockafellow are helpful members of the Philip community, and reside four miles north of town.

The couple raised three children; Rhonda and her husband, Rick Coyle, Philip, Judy, Bozeman, MT, and Mark and his wife, Lisa, Tea. Richard and Echo have two granddaughters and four grandsons, and two great-grandsons and one great-granddaughter.

Richard was an only child born in Chamberlain. He went to grade school there until third grade, then moved to Quinn to live with his grandparents.


Eleanor Wilson

Eleanor Wilson, age 87, of Kadoka, S.D., died Wednesday, July 14, 2010, at the Pioneer Manor in Gillette, Wyo.

Eleanor J. Holmes was born February 16, 1923, in Kadoka, S.D., one of four children born to Robert "Bob" and Evelyn (Perault) Holmes. She graduated from high school in Kadoka, and was married to Kenneth "Ken" Wilson in 1943 in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, where Ken was stationed in the Army.

While living in Kadoka, Eleanor was active in the Legion Auxiliary and Eastern Star, when she wasn't working at the People's Market owned by her husband.


Philip Fire Protection District opt out town hall meeting

by Del Bartels

The town hall meeting Tuesday, July 20, concerning the proposed tax opt out for the Philip Fire Protection District was well attended and cordial, but concerned.

The audience was given details concerning the current situation of the Philip Volunteer Fire Department's financial situation and need for maintenance or replacement of safety equipment. Yearly donations are on a steady decline.


Cycle America riders stop in Philip

Though most bikes were traditional, some were of the recumbent pedels-out-front design. All the cyclists wore clothing appropriate for such exercise, especially helmets. Many relaxed Friday evening in the air conditioned establishments of downtown Philip.

Approximately 90 men and women bicyclists of the Cycle America tours stayed at the Philip High School the night of Friday, July 16.

The troup's members ranged from 18 to 81 years of age. Though 40 people are pedaling the entire journey, the rest of the group varies in size depending on the section or week of the coast-to-coast trip.


Mark Nelson sworn in as newest board member of Haakon School District

The Monday, July 19, Haakon School Board meeting began with Business Manager Britni Ross swearing in elected Mark Nelson and appointed Bill Slovek and Vonda Hamill.

Slovek was voted in to continue as the board president and Anita Peterson is the new vice president.

Next, the consent calendar was gone over and discussed. First National Bank in Philip was declared as the official depository for school district funds.


Wheat combining in full operation

Combining has begun in earnest in the region. It will continue for approximately three to four more weeks.

Harlan Moos, local combiner, is running two machines almost non-stop. His crew uses two combines, which unload on the move into a tractor-pulled grain cart, which is unloaded into a semi-truck hopper. Moos said that doing so on-the-move is equivalent to having a third combine.

"Our pits have been pretty much non-stop," said Jay Baxter, site manager for the Philip Cenex Harvest States elevator.