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March 24th

Audry Marcella Poppe

Audry Marcella Poppe, age 92 of Rapid City, formerly of Murdo, died Friday, March 11, 2011, at Fountain Springs Health Care Nursing Home in Rapid City.

Audry was born July 25, 1918, at home near Marion to Charles-and Marcella (Divine) Splonskowski. She was the second of eight children.

She attended the parochial elementary school staffed by Presentation Sisters in Marion and graduated from Marion High School. She attended Notre Dame College in Mitchell for one year and then taught in a rural school near Montrose.

Audry married H. Woodrow Poppe in Marion in 1938.


March 11th

Philip area blood drive set for March 15

United Blood Services invites new donors to give blood. The need for blood is constant, and volunteer blood donors contribute to nearly all the blood used for patient care in the United States. If all those who were eligible to donate would do so on a regular basis, say three times per year, community and hospital blood needs could be met at all times.

Every two seconds, someone needs blood.


March 10th

Military Brief

Private First Class Dallas Lamm is currently stationed in Mississippi.

Lamm is a graduate of Philip High School, and is the son of John Lamm and Tana O'Connor and the grandson of Rudy and Susan Roth.

He graduated from Marine Corp boot camp December 10, 2010, and from the School of Infantry, February 8, 2011.

Lamm's current mailing address is:

PFC Lamm, Dallas J.

330 Fletcher Rd. Suite 210

Meridian, MS 39309-5054


Scotties stopped by Eagles in semi-final game of District 14B Basketball Tourney

The Philip Scotties, having earlier defeated the Rapid City Christian Comets, faced off against the Wall Eagles in the second round of the District 14B Basketball Tournament, Thursday, March 3.

The New Underwood Tigers had beaten the Edgemont Moguls 60-26 in the first round. The New Underwood Tigers lost Thursday's conference game against the Oelrichs Tigers 55-56.

In the Philip/Wall game, the Scotties trailed by six points in the first quarter, and by an additional six points in the second quarter.


Miss South Dakota shares loss with America on CBS Early Show

No text message is worth a life.

United States Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced, March 7, the newest addition to the Department of Transportation's "Faces of Distracted Driving" web video series at www.distraction.gov/faces.

Loren Vaillancourt, who has been speaking out against distracted driving throughout her reign as Miss South Dakota, contributed her personal and moving story about the loss of her brother, Kelson, to a distracted driver.


Appointment requests for Ward I council seat to be looked at by Philip City Council

At the Philip City Council's regular meeting Monday, March 7, it was announced that there will be no city election this year.

Tom Struble and Greg Arthur have petitioned, with no challengers, to retain their current seats. Monte Palecek did not run for his Ward I seat, and no one petitioned for that position.

The city council wishes to hear from any one who would like to be considered for appointment to Ward I. Candidates must live in the city limits in that ward, which covers the northeast section of Philip.


CHS Midwest Co-op heading 2-for-1 food drive

Midwest Cooperatives has joined with Cenex Harvest States country operations to work together to feed the hungry.

CHS through the "Harvest for Hunger" program has set a goal of raising enough food, funds and grain to provide one million meals.

According to the CHS plans behind this food drive, this is just one way the patrons and employees of Midwest Cooperatives can continue their commitment of volunteering and community stewardship.

The "Harvest for Hunger" program demonstrates how much CHS country operations and Midwest Cooperatives employees care about making a mean


Haakon County radio system to be reprogrammed

A federal mandate which requires all communication radios to be programmed to narrowband frequencies will cost Haakon County less than expected for reprogramming, but will require the spending of additional monies to replace existing unprogammable radios.

Lola Roseth, Haakon County emergency manager, and Curt Rees, Pierre, of Western Communications, updated the Haakon County Commission on the mandate. Rees said the mandate originated due to high populated areas running out of frequency channels.

Currently radios run on 25 kilohertz. The narrowband would drop that to 12.5 kHz.


Charles "Chuck" Ramsey

Charles "Chuck" William Ramsey, 83, Spearfish, passed away Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at his home in Spearfish surrounded by his loving family.

Chuck was born October 21, 1927, to Claude and Hilda (Sether) Ramsey at Philip. He attended Jones country school and graduated from Philip High School in 1945. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. After being honorably discharged, he returned to Philip to ranch until 1971 when he moved the family to Wall.


Grace Ann DeVries

Grace Ann DeVries went to be with her Lord, Saturday evening, March 5, 2011, surrounded by family and friends.

Grace's commitment to her family, to her Sunday school class, and to her music students was an inspiration to all who knew her.

Grace Ann Dolezal was born on September 9, 1960, in Kadoka, S.D., the daughter of Larry and Joy (Ramey) Dolezal of Belvidere. After graduation from Kadoka High School she was united in marriage to Tom DeVries on August 26, 1978. They made their home in the Belvidere and Midland communities.