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July 18th

Haakon School District new year

The Monday, July 16, meeting of the Haakon School District 27-1 Board of Education began with Mark Radway and Jake Fitzgerald reciting their oathes of office as they began their terms.


Walter Van Tassel

Walter Van Tassel, age 88 of Midland, died Thursday, July 12, 2012, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
Walter Harlan Van Tassel was born February 16, 1924, in Ottumwa, Iowa, to Walter E. and Ruth Van Tassel. Walter (“Junior” to many) moved to the Midland area in 1929 where he lived with his grandparents, William and Pearl Lee, on the 1912 homestead ranch north of Ottumwa and was raised like brothers and sister with his aunt, Fern (Lee) Konst, and his uncle, Bill Lee.
Walter was educated at the Mattison Country School where he graduated the eighth grade.


July 11th

Jack Brunsch

Jack Brunsch, age 60 of Norris, South Dakota , died July 9, 2012, suddenly at his ranch.

Jack Louis Brunsch was born March 17, 1952, in Kadoka, South Dakota, the son of Paul and Lucille (Peck) Brunsch. He began grade school in a one room school house located two miles from the ranch home. He later attended grade school at Norris, before attending Bennett County High School, graduating in 1970. He began his college career at South Dakota State University in Brookings, then transferred to Missoula, Montana, before graduating from Black Hills State, majoring in Biology and Chemistry.


Jewel J. Coverdale

Jewel J. Coverdale, age 100, of Midland, died Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
Jewel J. Belkstrom was born January 30, 1912, in western Stanley County, the daughter of Charles and Amanda (Fetter) Belkstrom. She grew up in the Stanley County area and attended rural schools through the 10th grade, then attended Pierre High School. After graduation, she went to college in Aberdeen where she attained her teacher’s certificate. She, along with her sister, taught school in several rural schools in the area.


Arnold Matt

Arnold Matt, age 86, passed away peacefully at his home in New Underwood with family at his side on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. He lived, loved and laughed well.
Arnold Arthur Matt was born September 22, 1925, in a farm house to Joseph and Selma Martinson Matt in the Elk Vale community north of Rapid City. In 1928, he moved with his parents and siblings, Gladys and Julius to his mother’s homestead in the Boneita Springs area close to the Belle Fourche River. His brother, Henry, was born in 1933.


Dennis J. Kennedy

Dennis J. Kennedy, age 66 of Philip, S.D., died June 29, 2012, at the Hospice of the Hills in Rapid City.
Dennis Jay Kennedy was born July 13, 1945, in Philip, S. D., the son of Howard and Dorothy (Aaberg) Kennedy. He grew up in Philip where he attended school through high school. He graduated from South Dakota State University in pharmacy in 1968. Upon graduation, took a job with Walgreen Drug Stores in Phoenix, Ariz.