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Kianna Knutson continues through talent competition

On to the region music contest ... Philip’s Kianna Knutson won the chance to compete in Beach, N.D. for a possible spot in the national competition.

Kianna Knutson had earned a shot at the regional competition of the Country Showdown talent contest, sponsored by Eagle Country 95.9/96.3 radio.

The preliminary round for Knutson was at Besler's Cadillac Ranch near Belle Fourche, Saturday, March 12. The top two of the 12 singers were chosen by judges to move up to the next competition.

Round two was held again at Belle Fourche, this time in Hermann Park, July 3. Along with Knutson, 11 other contestants had placed first or second at one of six separate preliminary rounds throughout the state.


Coast to coast bicycle group stops in Philip

A good cause ... Of the 14 bicyclists on this leg of the trip, these six stopped for breakfast in front of the Haakon County Courthouse before rejoining the others. This year’s trip will include 25-30 riders on at least one day of the fundraising journey.

The 14 bicyclists stayed at st. Patrick's Catholic Church in Wall, July 14, and trekked through Philip en route to staying the evening in Hayes.

The Lasaluan Volunteers Ride group of eventually 25-30 riders on varying legs of the journey, consists of 10 who will complete the entire trip from Warrenton, Ore., to Long Branch, N.J. from June 16 to August 13.

"The church (in Wall) provided the riders with a place to stay, and Father Leo Hausmann was very helpful in getting one of the riders to the bus station to head home.


Marjorie Hosek

Marjorie Hosek, age 83, of Kadoka, S.D., died July 6, 2011, at the Kadoka Nursing Home.

Marjorie Deloris Bennett was born November 30, 1927, in Kadoka, the daughter of Fred M. and Ida L. (Schultz) Bennett. She attended grade school at Brady School in Jackson County prior to graduating from Philip High School. Marjorie then attended beauty school in Watertown and lived with her cousins, the Hackbart's while she was there.

Marjorie was united in marriage to Ben Hosek on August 14, 1948, in the Lutheran Church in Lake Andes, S.D.


County commissioners meet to discuss budget

Waterline easement and budget were discussed at the Friday, July 15, Haakon County Commission meeting.

Jake Fitzgerald, West River/ Lyman-Jones Rural Water manager, updated the commission on the easement situtation on the city of Philip's southwest border. He said the survey had been completed and discussed those results with the board.

Haakon County State's Attorney Gay Tollefson also discussed the issue in regards to the right-of-way and fence issues.

The board reviewed budget sheets compiled by Haakon County Auditor Patricia Freeman.


Special city council meeting just hours before much-planned Scotty Philip Days

A special meeting of the Philip City Council was held Thursday, July 14, to give final approval to amendments to the special event application by the Philip Chamber of Commerce for Scotty Philip Days.

The public hearing resulted in the chamber receiving a temporary malt beverage license and extended hours for the already-approved beer garden area.

The council also approved several building permits. These were for C.


New school board begins new year

Oath of office ... From left: Scott Brech, Doug Thorson, Vonda Hamill and Anita Peterson are starting new terms on the board of education. Brech was voted in as the new board president.

The Haakon School District 27-1 Board of Education meeting Monday, July 18, began with the swearing in of members beginning new terms.

Returning board members Scott Brech, Vonda Hamill and Anita Peterson were joined by new member Doug Thorson in giving their oaths of office. The new board president is Brech.

The proposed budget for the 2011-2012 school year has an anticipated total revenue of $1,936,736. This is $52,668 less than last year. The anticipated general fund is anticipated to be $2,103,649. This is $141,121 less than last year.