A Publication of Ravellette Publications, Inc., Philip, South Dakota 57567. The Official Newspaper of Haakon County, South Dakota. Copyright 1981.
Number 42Vlume 107
June 13, 2013
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Legals in thisweek’s issue:
Prceedings -City f Philip
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by Bob WelchRegister-Guard columnistEugene, Oregon
Just before the “Heroes AmongUs” Memorial Day Service beganMonday at West Lawn MemorialPark and Funeral Home, he shuf-fled down the aisle to a spot in thefront row reserved for him.When 88-year-old William “Bill”Kunkle of Harrisburg was seated,Musgrove Family Mortuary Fu-neral Director Dee Harbison whis-pered to him: “Mr. Kunkle, at theend of the service, we’d like tohonor you with the ceremonialflag.”Kunkle wondered if there hadbeen some mistake, he said later. A guy who’d been sent home fromHawaii by the Navy because he’dbeen so emotionally wracked bywar?Kunkle looked at Harbison. Hiseyes glistened. His head noddedslightly.To his right, tucked into the nookreserved for families during funer-als, singers from Willamette High’sTopnotchers musical ensemble no-ticed Kunkle.“He had this sad lip quiver,” saidJarom Jenkins, a 16-year-old soph-omore. “He had this blank stare onhis face, as if thinking of all themen he’d met back then whoweren’t here.”Later, during a song, Jenkinshimself appeared on the verge of tears.“Some of the singers were gettingpretty choked up,” Kunkle noticed.As I sat beside him – I was one of the speakers – I’m not sure Bill un-derstood why the teenagers were soemotional, that it was largely be-cause of him.This is a column about a bridgemade of music, spanning thechasm between a generation leav-ing our world and a generationthat’s inheriting it.Since 2007, the Topnotchershave sung at the three MemorialDay services each year that Mus-grove puts on to honor vets. It’s aneight-hour time commitment on avacation day.“I’ve never heard a single stu-dent complain about doing this,”said Topnotchers Director MikeMcCornack.“It’s personal for me,” said seniorNicholas Silva, whose family treehas plenty of military leaves. “It’stouching to see these men hon-ored.”Earlier in the day, as a steadyrain fell on the Springfield Memo-rial Gardens chapel, the 16-mem-ber group – eight girls, eight boys – had opened the first ceremony with“The Star Spangled Banner.”When the group sang a militarymedley – a song for each majorbranch of service – vets were askedto stand during their respective an-thems. A few stood up with uneasylooks chiseled on their faces.“When I saw that, I just startedcrying,” said senior TopnotcherEllie Thompson. “I had to lookaway to compose myself. We’re soyoung and haven’t experiencedanything like what they did.”“It was like you were looking not just at people but the stories intheir eyes,” Silva said.At a second event, at Lane Me-morial Gardens’ much-smallerchapel on West 11th Avenue, theTopnotchers – the girls in sleeve-less dresses – had to stand outsidein a blustery wind until time fortheir three appearances.
Music connects oldest andyoungest generations
Bill Kunkle is given the ceremnial flag after a Memrial Day service at WestLawn Memrial Park & Funeral Hme. (Bb Welch/The Register-Guard)
by Nancy Haigh
Issues with a previously ap-proved plat, legal land descriptionsalong the Cheyenne River andgrader payments highlighted theJune 4 Haakon County Commis-sion meeting. At last month’s meeting theboard approved a plat for FredHoag for land north of Highway 14and east of Highway 73. Abuttinglandowners, Michael and JaniceSchofield, had concerns with theplat and the recently completedsurvey, stated Auditor PatriciaFreeman. “Michael said the marksare off. He is talking about hiring asurveyor and having it redone,” shesaid. “Michael has even said if boundaries are put where theyshould be, it would be advanta-geous to Fred. He just wants itdone right.”Don Jacobson, Ft. Pierre sur-veyor, and Haakon County Regis-ter of Deeds Traci Radway lookedat the plat and noticed that it hadbeen revised, with dates of revisionnoted on the plat. The revision tookplace after the commission ap-proved the plat at the May 7, 2013,meeting. Jacobson noted that asurveyor is not suppose to revise anapproved plat.The question of easements beingpart of the plat was discussed. Rad-way noted that easements are notsupposed to be on the plats.Jacobson suggested that theboard have State’s Attorney GayTollefson review the plat and therevision issues for legal status.Toni Rhodes, director of equal-ization, met with the board regard-ing land parcel legal descriptionsalong the Cheyenne River.She noted that over the past 100plus years the river has changed itscourse, in some areas a great deal.This has created issues with thelegal descriptions, which need to becorrected. Rhodes noted that theCentral South Dakota Enhance-ment District employees have of-fered to help with the project. Theestimated cost would be just over$2,000. Rhodes asked if her office’sbudget could be supplemented by$3,000, giving the project someextra funds if needed.Rhodes noted that there areabout 274 parcels along the riverthat are affected. Commissioner EdBriggs noted that the riverbed’schange does not affect the borderdesignation, that will always be theriverbed reflected on the 1891 map.Commission Chairman SteveClements noted the goal would notbe to gain taxes, but to have thelegal descriptions straightened out.The board approved the $3,000request with the funds coming outof the contingency fund.Judy Goldhammer, First West-ern Insurance, Wall, reviewedHaakon County’s policy for build-ings and their contents, vehiclesand other items. Goldhammernoted that while some areas showsome increase, it was typically dueto newer equipment and/or moreequipment.The board approved a requestfrom the Philip Arena Associationfor a special liquor license for thematched bronc ride, June 14. Thetabled approval of T-34’s liquor li-cense as the owner has not yet sub-mitted an application.Haakon County Sheriff FredKoester and Emergency ManagerLola Roseth were added as contactsto the rangeland fire protectionagreement the county has with thestate. Approved was a raffle request forthe Wall youth football league. Theleague has several Philip partici-pants who will also be selling tick-ets.The annual contract with Cen-tral South Dakota EnhancementDistrict was approved with a mem-bership payment of $5,618.50.Freeman reported that the SouthDakota Department of Game, Fishand Parks submitted that anamount of $4,349.92 was appropri-ated for 2014 animal damage con-trol for the county. Alex Kulesza, Butler MachineryCompany, Rapid City, finalized thepayments schedule for the threenew graders with the commission-ers. The yearly payments for fiveyears is $51,323.68. The board ap-proved the supplement of fundsfrom the road and bridge surplusproperty fund in the amount of $429,600, and $100,000 from eachof capital outlay and swap funds tothe road and bridge budget. The$429,600 is the monies receivedfrom the sale of the three surplusedmachines.Kenny Neville, highway depart-ment superintendent, updated thecommissioners on his department’sactivities. He was approved to at-tend the summer highway superin-tendent meeting in Pierre, June 12and 13. The board also approvedthe designation of Dwight Slovekas highway department foremanand also the corresponding wageincrease. Slovek replaces HughHarty, who recently retired.Reports reviewed included thesheriff’s report and the Extensionoffice report. Tabled reports werethe auditor/treasurer, veteran’sservice officer, treasurer, registerof deeds and county health nurse.The meeting minutes from May7, 2013, and last month’s warrantswere approved.The board entered into an execu-tive session to discuss personnel forapproximately one hour. No actionwas taken following the session.The board will meet Tuesday,July 2, beginning at 9:00 a.m. forbudget discussion with the regularmeeting to follow.
Commissioners discuss land issues
by Del Bartels
At approximately 12:35 p.m.,Tuesday, June 4, the 30-bed PhilipNursing Home facility was en-gulfed in a mock fire.Flames were detected in thenorth wing. The disaster was min-imalized through practiced proce-dures, assistance from multipledepartments, and the organizedevacuation of all residents and per-sonnel.Before emergency responderscould arrive, though all doors hadbeen closed immediately, smokehad billowed to the south hall.Eventually the injured list wouldinclude two smoke inhalation vic-tims and one resident with aburned hand.The exercise included nursinghome staff, Philip city police, theHaakon County Sheriffs Office,Philip Volunteer Fire Department,Philip Ambulance Service, HaakonCounty Emergency Manager LolaRoseth, disaster coordinator LindaSmith, and inspectors from thestate level.There were seemingly more peo-ple carrying clipboards and takingnotes than were actually involvedin the drill. Exclamations, made atcritical moments, included, “Smokein the south hall!,” “We need acount!,” “The firemen have ar-rived!,” “Smoke has infiltrated thewhole building!,” “Caroline is miss-ing!,” “Foot pedals on all wheel-chairs!,” “We’ve been around thebuilding twice!,” “We’ve foundher!,” and “The head count is good!”Personnel were with the resi-dents out on the neighboring lawn.Beds, wheelchairs and regularchairs were used. Attending to theresidents after the evacuationwould be part of the debriefing.At approximately 1:00 p.m., thefire was under control and the res-idents were being brought back totheir rooms. At approximately 1:15p.m. the debriefing began.Though the drill was supposed tobe as realistic as possible, PhilipHealth Services, Inc. Chief Execu-tive Officer Kent Olson admittedthat there was a degree of “artifi-ciality.” “It’s supposed to be a cre-ation of confusion,” he said, andadded, “We do internal fire drillsall the time.” People wearing iden-tifying vests helped direct the sce-nario, and they would be part of thedebriefing immediately followingthe disaster.Each year, the state of SouthDakota and Federal EmergencyManagement Agency require eachcounty emergency management tohave a preapproved full scale exer-cise, tabletop exercise, functionalexercise or a drill. Last year’s emer-gency management scenario was amock flooding in the county.This year the requirement was afull scale exercise. A scenario,which is decided by the capabilitiesthe organization wants to test, waswritten. Philip Health Services,Inc., also needed to conduct an ex-ercise, so PHSI and Roseth joinedforces for this year’s training. Thecapabilities tested were communi-cations, on-site incident manage-ment, citizen evacuation andshelter in place. The two liaisonsfrom the state were BradMaskovich, state exercise coordina-tor with the Department of PublicSafety, and Tyle Spomer, regionalcoordinator with the South DakotaOffice of Emergency Management.
Mock fire at Philip Nursing Home
Evacuatin was begun immediately. Head cunts f residents and persnnelwere repeatedly dne. All the while, drs were being clsed t limit the speedf the mck fire, first respnders were arriving, triage was dne n injured indi-viduals, and clipbards were filled with ntes fr the later debriefing n the mckemergency at the Philip Nursing Hme.
Photo by Del Bartels
The driveway was blcked with a vehicle s nninvlved visitrs wuldn’t causeany real danger t the residents r persnnel wh gathered utside the PhilipNursing Hme. The mck fire was this year’s cunty disaster training evaluatin.
by Del Bartels
The 71st annual session of the American Legion Boys State of South Dakota convened on thecampus of Northern State Univer-sity, Aberdeen, May 27 throughMay 31, with 360 young men be-tween their junior and senior yearsattending.Wheeler-Brooks American Le-gion Post #173, Philip, sponsoredGavin Brucklacher and Brian Pfei-fle to attend. The post’s auxiliarysponsored Madison Hand to attendthe South Dakota Girls State, May27 through June 1, at the Univer-sity of South Dakota, Vermillion.Midland’s American Legion #143sponsored Chauncey Trapp to at-tend Boys State.Hand did not really know whatto expect. “... all I knew was that itwould be a very different experi-ence for me. Once there, I wastaken back by how little I actuallyknew about the government,” saidHand.“Boys state was a great experi-ence, especially to kick-start mysenior year. I’d go back in a heart-beat if I had the chance,” statedBrucklacher. He was elected as acity alderman and chief of police forthe city of Washington D.C., countycommissioner, and was the partychairman for his city. He was alsoin the Boys State band.Pfeifle believed the best partwas, “all the people I met and howmuch fun I had there. It was amemorable experience and I’m gladI did it.” He added, “I learned aboutthe government. I didn’t know howmuch went into it. It’s a really bigprocess. I learned a lot there.”“It was enjoyable to spend aweek learning about our state gov-ernment, the federal government,the different court systems andeven law enforcement,” said Hand.She said that what made GirlsState most impressive was howreal they made everything seem.By splitting up all the girls intocities, counties, and then later sep-arating them into two different po-litical parties –Federalists andNationalists –it made the experi-ence very real. The studentsdrafted bills and presented them tothe House and Senate to try to getthem passed.Over 60 volunteer staff membersfrom local, county and state gov-ernment along with members of the South Dakota Army NationalGuard, colleges and universities,and associations in South Dakotaassisted the American Legion inpresenting the program. Activitiesincluded legislative sessions, courtproceedings, assemblies, law en-forcement, presentations, bands,chorus and recreational programs.“I think the funnest thing forme,” said Pfeifle, “was we werehaving a tug-of-war and were win-ning, when the three biggest guyswe had just fell down and we lost.It made me laugh.”Brucklacher was part of the band
American Legion Boys/Girls State
Madisn Hand with Suth Dakta Gv-ernr Dennis Daugaard.Brian Pfeifle.cntinued n page