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May 9th, 2012

Joyce M. Handcock

Joyce M. Handcock, age 85 of Kadoka, died Saturday, May 5, 2012, at the Kadoka Nursing Home.
Joyce M. Mansfield was born June 14, 1926, at Niobrara, Neb., the youngest of 11 children born to Ben and Leafy (Larson) Mansfield. In March 1929, she moved with her family to Bennett County, where she attended all eight grades at the Pass Creek School, and high school at Martin, graduating from Bennett County High School in 1944.


May 3rd

“Extreme makeover: FCCLA edition”

Approximately 1,600 Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members from across South Dakota attended the 2012 South Dakota FCCLA Leadership Meeting April 22-24 at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. At the meeting, members have the opportunity to show their leadership skills through educational workshops, STAR Events, and general sessions.


Picture perfect prescribed burn completed at Badlands

Professional fire crews from Badlands National Park and the Northern Great Plains Fire Office successfully completed the park’s first prescribed fire of the spring: a 560-acre burn on Tuesday, April 24.
The burn location was west of the Pinnacles Entrance, between the Badlands Loop Road (Highway 240) and the Sage Creek Rim Road. Fire is native to the prairie ecosystem, and part of a healthy landscape. 
The goal of the burn was to restore Grassland habitat by reducing accumulated vegetation and non-native grass species.  


Freshman Impact: Caught in the moment

A deadly crash occurred behind the Wall Community Center on Wednesday, April 25. The crash was the result of a drunk driver hitting a suburban full of young people. The crash sent seven to the hospital, one to the mortuary and the driver to jail.


April 25th

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.