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April 25th, 2012

Downtown demolition!

The building at 204 E. Pine Street was razed Wednesday, April 18. Four different pieces of machinery were used to first take out the light carport behind the former apartment, then the wood and block storage shed in the far back, and finally the block and brick front building. Throughout the day-long procedure, neighboring business owners and employees, and passersby watched from a distance. As shown left, care was taken to not damage the greenhouse immediately east of the main building.


April 20th

Mark Alan Seifert

Mark Alan Seifert, 56, of Rapid City, went home to be with his Lord on Monday, April 16, 2012.


Gladys L. Bartels

Gladys Laverne Bartels, 94, of Lead, died on April 10, 2012, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Survivors include four sons, Dennis (Sherrill) Vail, Sundance, Wyo., Donald (Valarie)Vail of Worland, Wyo., Delvin (Susan) Bartels, Philip, and Dolan (Lori) Bartels, Dixon, Ill.; two daughters, Marva Bartels, Arizona, and Georgia Vail, California; one sister, Deloris Tennant, Gettysburg; 20 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Elvin Bartels; two grandchildren, three brothers and one sister.


April 5th

Wind storm sweeps Philip area

At approximately 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 26, a sudden wind storm swept through Haakon County. The wind blew dust and dirt so fiercely that many people initially thought it was a rain downpour being blown almost horizontally. The area lost electrical power for about half an hour. The brunt of the wind hit ranch buildings on M&A Farms a mile and a half north of Philip, taking off a roof and scattering materials eastward. Harlan Moos said, “Those bulk bins just stood there, and it took out the roof and the south wall (of the big outbuilding).


Vernon L. Burns

Vernon L. Burns, 91, of Rapid City, died March 26, 2012 at Fort Meade V.A. Medical Center.
Vernon was born December 26, 1920, at Philip to John and Nellie (Phillips) Burns. He grew up in the Hilland and Ash Creek areas and graduated from Philip High School in 1940.
He entered the U.S. Navy and served on the aircraft carrier USS Vella Gulf during the Mariana Islands and Okinawa campaigns of WWII.
He married Dorothy M. Carlson on January 21, 1944, at Rapid City. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and attended Moeler’s Barber School at Spokane, Wash.


Kenneth “Kennie” Wood

Kenneth "Kennie" Wood, age 88 of Kearney, Neb., formerly of Quinn, S.D., died Monday, April 2, 2012, at Mt. Carmel Nursing Home in Kearney.


March 15th

Kenneth "Ken" Heeb

Kenneth "Ken" Heeb, 67, of Custer, South Dakota, formerly of Philip, SD , died March 12, 2012, at the Custer Regional Hospital in Custer.

Kenneth H. Heeb was born April 7, 1944, in Pierre, South Dakota, the son of David K. and Mary (Moss) Heeb. At the age of six weeks, his mother passed away, so Ken lived with various aunts and uncles until the age of seven, when his father married Helen. Ken attended Ottumwa rural school and Philip High School. While in high school, Ken was class president, Homecoming King, and very active in FFA, boxing and football.


Rodger E. Chant

Rodger E. Chant, age 67, Cottonwood, S.D., died Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at his home.
Rodger E. Chant was born in Champaign, Ill., on December 10, 1944, the son of Rodger and Ruth (Sanders) Chant. Rodger was raised in South Dakota his whole life and attended White River schools in Mellette County. After high school, he attended Black Hills State University in Spearfish, as well as school in Flagstaff, Ariz.
Rodger enjoyed outdoor sports, such as gold mining, geocaching, boating, hunting and fishing.
Roger was united in marriage to Judy on February 12, 1998, in Rapid City.


Dorothy Pearson

Dorothy Lillian (Ritter) Pearson, age 90, of Spearfish, S.D., passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on March 4, 2012.
Dorothy was born on March 30, 1921, near Dupree to the farm family of Edward and Margaret (Comstock) Ritter. She grew up on the family farm and attended a nearby country school. While working at the Stroppel Hotel in Midland, in 1945, she met her future husband, Palmer Pearson.