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May 9th, 2012

Richard LeRoy “Gator” Willuweit

Richard LeRoy "Gator" Willuweit, 64, of Sturgis, went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at Fort Meade VA Medical Center after a lengthy illness.
Richard was born December 14, 1947, in Philip, SD, to Christian and Marjorie (Guethlein) Willuweit. The first couple of years, the family lived west of Philip before moving to Quinn, SD, and finally settled in Wall, SD, in 1956. He started his education at Wall Public School where he went through all twelve grades graduating in 1966 with a perfect attendance, an honor that earned him a plaque that he always pointed at with pride.


Kayla Marie Houska

Kayla Marie Houska of Moscow, Idaho, died Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at Gritman Medical Center. She had just celebrated her 29th birthday.
Kayla was born March 14, 1983, in Moscow to Ken and Mitzi (Erdmann) Houska. She grew up and attended Moscow schools where she was active in basketball, volleyball and track. Kayla still holds the record at Lena Whitmore Elementary in the 400 meter dash. She graduated from Moscow Senior High School in 2001.


Stella Ptak

Stella Ptak, age 97, of Pierre, S.D., formerly of Philip, died Tuesday morning, May 8, 2012, at the Maryhouse Nursing Home in Pierre.


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.