Year in Review

The year of 2004 – from The Pioneer Review archives


South Dakota livestock Producers received $2.7million in disaster livestock assistance. Haakon County’s share was $95,887.

An opt-out possibility was discussed by patrons and the school board. The board later voted unanimously in favor of the opt-out.

The City Council stated that the proposed sales tax changes (the food tax repeal) could harm the city budget.

The Prairie Expo held in Philip was a success. The Brown Family Singers performed at the Expo.

Mel Smith was elected chairman of the Haakon County Commissioners. Mike Geebs fills a vacant position.

The Philip Chamber of Commerce listens to Mayor Hart against any food tax changes. The Youth Business Ventures thank the Chamber for their support.

Heidelberg Transmission and Tire began business in Philip.

During an area meeting, the Stockgrowers addressed landowner rights and hunting access.

Philip High School student Felicia Nickelson served two weeks as a page in the South Dakota legislature.

Rusty Olney joined the Crow Agency, Ltd. insurance.

Former South Dakota Congressman Janklow was sentenced to 100 days in jail for causing a fatal accident with a motorcyclist.

Zeeb’s Pharmacy introduced Krystle Pabst as a certified pharmacy technician and Erin Schofield as a pharmacy technician in training.


Cheryl Baker was the new foster grandparent to the Philip kindergarten.

The Philip Police Department was granted $9,740 for equipment.

An early morning fire destroyed a shed at the Philip Livestock Auction.

County Commissioners approved purchase of a newer grader.

Golden West contributed $5,000 to the Economic Development Committee to help the Walkers purchase and re-open the Gem Theater.

Scotties went to the Region 4B wrestling tournament.

Scottie girls went to the District 15B basketball tournament.

Murdo, Kadoka and Philip chapters joined together for an Order of Eastern Star meeting.

Hantavirus situation was updated.

Governor Rounds removed four of the five Brand Board members.

The Philip Scottie boys went to the District 15B Basketball Tournament.

The Philip wrestlers sent six members to the State B tournament; they took 4th at Regions.

The Midland Vikings boys basketball team qualified for District 6B.

Superintendent Dr. Ertz resigned.

Cheyenne School is re-opened. Ottumwa school remained closed.

Philip students attended the FCCLA District 9 meeting.


Kurt Flesner and Brock Slovek placed at the State B wrestling tourney.

Tate Guptill made middle school all-state band as a trombonist.

Five students made the South Dakota Elementary Honors Chorus; Michelle Van Tassel, Colby Smith, Molly Coyle, Emily Schofield and Kelsey Hostutler.

The Haakon County Community Action Teams helped low income families.

Milesville Hall performed “Larceny and Old Lace.”

The Philip Chamber of Commerce heard a proposal concerning a Community Assessment opportunity.

The County Commissioners discussed zoning issues and library expansion proposals. No action was taken concerning the library.

Relay for Life preparations began. The traveling fundraiser was to held in Wall this year.

The Philip City Council awarded the garbage contract to Waste Connections.

Midland Drama club presented “Birds of a Feather.”

The Haakon School Board viewed a presentation for alternative school year calendar.

The South Dakota Legislature passed a bill to reconstruct the Brand Board.

John Hess received one of his son’s kidneys. Both were doing well.

Student-created athletic murals spruced up the school's commons area.

The 2004 Haakon County 27-1 Science Fair went well.


Sgt. Pat Seager returned from Operation Iraq Freedom.

Three positions were open on the Haakon School Board. Voters were to decide the fate of the opt-out proposal.

Sue A. Pulse was named as the editor of The Pioneer Review in Philip.

The 2004 Haakon County Spelling Bee went well.

The Philip school qualified athletes for state track.

Shorty Woitte was recognized for 55 years of service to the Midland Volunteer Fire DeparTMent.

Charlie Ekstrum retired as president of the Philip First National Bank. Ray Smith was voted into that position.

Pastor Mark Ford found a connection with the rural community of Philip.

Among some controversy, BJs Corner was granted a malt beverage license.

The City of Philip asked for help in controlling the spread of the West Nile Virus.

Leo’s Body Shop sponsored a car show for local dirt-trackers.

Voters went against the opt-out for Haakon School Board 27-1.

Jamie Schofield and Danny Bork were crowned Midland prom queen and king.

Chancie Smith and Duane Adair were crowned Philip prom queen and king.

The Philip Chamber of Commerce set a community assessment into motion.

SSG Cory Brooks died in Iraq. Large numbers of people turned out to pay their respects.

Corky’s Super Valu expanded into the old bank building.

The revised capital outlay plan was reviewed by the Haakon School District.


The Philip Drama Group performed the well-received “Calamity Jane.”

Philip School’s Scottie Fest was a hit.

The new, longer boat ramp was ready for use at Lake Waggoner.

Jen Jacobsen became the new SDSU extension educator.

The Philip City Council discussed water use rights.

The Philip Scotties went to the Regional track meet in Sturgis.

The Midland Vikings went to the Regional track meet in Miller.

The Scotties went to the Regional golf meet at Hart Ranch near Rapid City.

Philip and Midland had their high school graduations.

The public was invited to a supper and a vehicle extrication demonstration, hosted by the Philip Ambulance Service & the Philip Volunteer Fire Department.

The philip school A+ computer class offered advice to Internet users on how to avoid spyware.

The Haakon school board decided against another try for an opt-out.

The Midland high school performs “Loonies and Snatchers.”

The Scotties track team and two Midland Vikings go to the state track meet in Sioux Falls.

The Scotties golf team went to state.

The Haakon School board discusses alternative school days and a dress code.


The Scotties girl tracksters grabbed 6th at state meet.

Philip high school golfer Dak Carley took 16th in state competition.

Highway 73 paving began.

Haakon Community Library story time and Summer Reading Achievers Programs began.

Haakon School District country school students visited the South Dakota Discovery Center and Aquarium.

Melvin and Dorothy Anderson (the 73 Ranch) supported the Make-A-Wish Program at a local auction.

Flags flew at half mast in honor of former President Reagan.

Flooding covered Philip in midst of a drought on June 10.

Flag day celebration.

Possible food sales tax repeal created budgeting concerns for the Philip City council.

Students from Philip went to the State High School Rodeo.

The Minuteman Missile Site and its preservation of the legacy of America’s Cold War was noted.

South Dakota reported its first West Nile positive bird.

The antique archway at the corner of E. Oak St. and Main St. was constructed beside the First National Bank.

Berenstein’s Brother Bear visited the Midland library as part of the library’s summer reading program.

Second Century Development Inc. of Midland received a $99,000 Rural Business Enterprise Grant.

To be continued in the next issue.