A Pubication of Raveette Pubications, Inc., Phiip, South Dakota 57567. The Officia Nespaper of Haakon County, South Dakota. Copyriht 1981.
Number 35Voume 106Apri 19, 2012
Koester takes helm as county sheriff
by Nancy Haigh
Learning about Haakon Countyand its residents is Murdo nativeFred Koester, who started as theHaakon County sheriff on April 2.Koester has 11 years experiencein law enforcement, seven asMurdo’s chief of police and four asJones County sheriff.Koester did not seek re-electionas sheriff in 2010 as he and hiswife, Missy, were discussing amove to her home state of Wiscon-sin. The move didn’t happen, soKoester continued his rural mailroute that he has had for the past30 years.When the opportunity for theHaakon County sheriff positioncame up, Koester decided to getback into law enforcement. Koestersaid his first job in law enforce-ment came about when the MurdoCity Council approached him withthe job. He said the town had hada series of individuals who, oncecertified, left the position. “Theywere looking for someone local,”said Koester. So he took thechance, and it worked out well, hesaid.Koester said law enforcementwas a lot different than he ex-pected. He likes it because it giveshim the opportunity to help people. And in a small community, he said,there is a lot more opportunity tohelp people. Koester added that asa city officer he had a little closerrelationship with the people thanwhen he was sheriff. He said thesheriff position had a wide range of responsibilities, especially with theinterstate running through JonesCounty.Koester noted there is a lot moreopen country in Haakon County,along with it being bigger in sizethan Jones County. Koester saidhis biggest challenge is figuring outthe county roads and where peoplelive. He said he will figure it out, itwill just take a little time.Through his association with thebaseball leagues, Koester knows afew Haakon County resideints. Heis looking forward to being involvedhere also. One reason he likes to beinvolved with the youth is so thatthey can get to know him as otherthan a cop, it lets them get to knowhim and an individual.Koester’s youngest daughter canparticpate one more year in theyouth baseball league. She is cur-rently an eighth grade student inMurdo. The family includes sixmore children, all grown and out of the house. His wife and daughterplan to join him at the end of theschool year.One thing Koester said he is get-ting used to is his phone not ring-ing. He said he has discovered thatwithout the interstate his officephone is quieter. He urges resi-dents to call him with any of theirconcerns, complaints, etc.Koester is in the process of adding a deputy sheriff. He said hehas had a few applications already,even before the position has beenadvertised.
by Nancy Haigh
The Haakon County Commissionmet as a board of equalizationTuesday, April 10.Director of Equalization ToniRhodes presented the board withtax freeze requests from 13 individ-uals on 14 parcels. Elderly and dis-abled residents can apply for a taxfreeze on their property taxes. Theboard approved the requests.Rhodes then presented the boardwith the tax exempt applications,which represented the samechurches, cemeteries, school dis-tricts, utility companies and gov-ernment entities as in previousyears. The board approved the re-quests. Abatements were approved forfour individuals. Three were formobile homes and one for a right-of-way with South Dakota Depart-ment of Transportation. The boardapproved the abatements.The board then convened as theboard of commissioners. AuditorPatsy Freeman discussed finan-cials with the board for overallcounty and highway departmentfigures.The board also visited with Sher-iff Fred Koester regarding a deputysheriff.
Haakon County Commissionersmeet as board of equalization
A statewide tornado drill will beconducted for South Dakota by theNational Weather Service between9:00 a.m. and 9:30 am MDT (10:00and 10:30 a.m. CDT), Wednesday, April 25.Because the exercise is used toensure that communications andwarning systems are functioningproperly before storm season, peo-ple will see and hear the alertsused for tornadoes.This exercise will be done as partof South Dakota Severe WeatherPreparedness Week, April 23-27.The state Emergency Alert Systemchairman was required o apply tothe Federal Communications Com-mission for a waiver to use the ac-tual tornado warning codes for thetest. The approval was grantedwith the requirement of letting thepublic know that the warning willlook and sound like a real one.Outdoor warning sirens will besounded in many towns, includingMidland and Philip. The sirensmay not be heard inside homes andoffice buildings, as they are in-tended to alert people who are out-doors away from radio or TV.The drill will also include activa-tion of the Emergency Alert Sys-tem, which will interrupt localmedia broadcasts. The publicshould be aware that the scroll ontelevision will look like a real warn-ing, while the audio will be identi-fied as a test.Local emergency response agen-cies may practice their responseprocedures and schools will con-duct safety drills for their students.Individuals do not need to takeany action during the drill, butthey are encouraged to make plansto protect themselves and theirfamilies before storms develop. Donot wait until the storm is headedtoward you, as there will not betime.Information about storm safetyis available from county emergencymanagement offices or visit the fol-lowing web sites: the Rapid CityNational Weather Service – www.weather.gov/rapidcity, theSouth Dakota Department of Health –www.bReadySD.com, andthe Black Hills Chapter of the American Red Cross –www.black-hillsredcross.org.
Tornado warning system to be tested April 25
by Del Bartels
The Monday, April 16, meetingof the Haakon School DistrictBoard of Education began with themembers quickly approving annualroutine items. Then they addressedresignations and contracts for nextschool year.After an executive session con-cerning student and personnel is-sues, the board regretfully acceptedtwo resignations. Edith Slovek , thehigh school special education para-professional, will be retiring May22. Jeff Rieckman, secondary prin-cipal and activities director, is re-signing after this school year totake a position in Moorcroft, Wyo.Board member Anita Peterson wasthe first of all the members to say,“We wish them well.”Michael Baer will return to theschool district, this time not as aninstructor but as the new second-ary principal. He will also be the junior high football coach and headboys basketball coach. Erin Baerwill fill a position in elementaryspecial education. Carmen Powell,currently finishing her studentteaching, will be the science in-structor next year. She will alsohave the duties of head girls’ bas-ketball coach. The duties of highschool activities director still re-main open.Contracts for next year for thecertified positions include a $1,000increase to the base pay. The tradi-tional step and lane pay increaseswill be reimplemented after a two-year freeze. Step increases arebased on years of experience andlane increases are based on an in-dividual’s continued education.Rural instructors will also receivea $300 increase per month for ninemonths as additional compensa-tion.Contracts for next year for theclassified positions will include anadditional $600 to individual fringebenefits.Contracts for next year for theadministrative positions will be an-nounce at the next school boardmeeting, with expected increases.Membership was approved forthe district to align itself with theSouth Dakota High School Activi-ties Association. The 2012-2013handbooks for the elementary, highschool and staff were approved.This is done as ahead of time aspossible so they can be put into theschool planners.Superintendent Keven Morehartwill continue investigation and re-port back about the district imple-menting a breakfast program. Hesaid that most other schools havesuch a program. The particulars,such as when students would haveto be there, when the first class pe-riod would then be, having staff present even earlier for prepara-tion, would have to all be workedout.The Dakota STEP testing hasbeen completed. The last gradecheck of the school year has alsopassed. The local elementaryspelling bee will be during the day,and the annual Scottie Festfundraiser will be during theevening of this Thursday, April 19.The annual elementary breakfastMuffins for Moms will be Wednes-day, April 25.The rest of that day will be an el-ementary science day, in lieu of thetraditional elementary track andfield day. Activities brought in fromthe Mammoth Site, educationaltrips to the Philip airport to inves-tigate airplanes, and other planswill be held. This will be reminis-cent of the old hobby days. The goalis to get students genuinely in-volved. Board Member Doug Thor-son said that, as it increased eachyear, it will be “something the kidscan all look forward to.”The high school music concertwill be Tuesday, May 1. The re-gional elementary spelling bee willbe in Murdo, May 7. An elementaryassembly concerning exotic ani-mals will be Wednesday, May 9.High school graduation is set forSunday, May 20. The kindergartengraduation will be in the morningand the eighth grade graduationwill be evening of Monday, May 21.The last day of the school year forthe students will be Tuesday, May22.Three Haakon School District in-structors are nearing the comple-tion of their masters in educationdegrees. Kim Bouman, Deb Snookand Laura O’Connor described tothe board some of the requirementsand assignments. They each had toprove classroom demonstration of 24 standards, with two artifacts foreach standard, and each was re-vised multiple times.Snook said, “Great teachers arenot born, you learn to teach. Wewere learning to teach, for studentsto learn information and retain it. You have to have a passion for it.”Bouman said about trials on herstudents, “They did it! I kept test-ing to see if they would retainlonger. For me, it was the coolestthing. You don’t really learn frompeople telling you, you have to ex-perience it. It’s amazing what Itook from the English and elemen-tary teachers (in the program).O’Connell said, “I wanted to seeif what I am doing is actually work-ing with my kids. I love school, I al-ways have. It was good for our kidsto see that we also had work to do.”The next scheduled meeting forthe board of education will be at7:00 p.m., Monday, May 14, inroom A-1 of the Philip High School.
School faces resignations and contracts
... From left, Kim Bouman, Deb Snook and Laura O’Con-nor show their 60-plus page finished projects and some of the texts they had tointernalize in their requirements toward their masters in education degrees.They have yet to do their final presentations.
Photo by Del Bartels
by Del Bartels
The Philip City Council metMonday, April 16, at 4:00 p.m. asan election canvassing board.The council verified the count of the votes from the April 10 mayoralelection. Current CouncilmanMike Vetter received 172 (79 per-cent) of the total 219 votes. Therewas a 42 percent turnout of voters.He will take his oath of office as thenew mayor during the May 7 coun-cil meeting.The council adjourned as thecanvassing board and immediatelyreconvened to do city council busi-ness.Building permits were grantedfor Christine Andrus in renewing afence permit from July 7, 2009.Nathan and Brittney Drury re-newed a February 7, 2010 permitfor a deck, retaining wall and win-dow. Tom Struble will be moving ashed from 201 Ash Street to 612Sunshine Drive.The council approved installing asewer lift station and replacing ap-proximately 140 feet of sewer mainin the public right-of-way (alleyrunning east and west) in Block 01of Highway Addition. This is northof Highway 14. Public Works Direc-tor Matt Reckling has estimatedthe cost of the project to be under$10,000.The council reviewed the pro-posed demolition of 204 E. Pine St.The council stated that the demoli-tion could begin soon. The inspec-tor stated that the building is inimminent danger of collapse. Thedemolition is considered an emer-gency removal. For public safety,the alley way beside the buildingwas barricaded off Monday, April16, and the sidewalk in front wasbarricaded off the next day.The most intense topic of themeeting ended with the denial of arequest by Vicki Petersen and thePizza Etc. business for the councilto waive the requirement of PizzaEtc. installing a grease trap. TheState Department of Health andthe State Plumbing Commissionrequire that grease traps be in-stalled in restaurants. Since thebuilding had stopped being used asa restaurant before the Pizza Etc.was moved into it, Petersen cannothave the building grandfatheredaround the State Plumbing Code.Mayor John Hart said, “I mustcaution you, don’t waive this thinglightly.” Reckling said that suchgrease traps were spendy, at ap-proximately $500 plus the labor of a licensed plumber.Councilman Greg Arthur said, “Iknow it may be spendy for them,but fixing it (a future sewer stop)could be spendy for us.” The city of Philip spent over $15,000 between2005 and 2008 in clearing sewerpipes in Philip.“I hate to make her spend moremoney after starting a business,but ...,” said Vetter. “We want to bebusiness friendly. Some businessesare grandfathered in. Other peopleare putting grease down from theirhouses.”Arthur said, “If there is a plumb-ing code, then we are going againstthe state. If we don’t go by the code,then everything falls back on thecity. You do it for one, then youhave to do it for everyone.” Hartsaid, “Once you give this variance,then there’s nothing you can doabout it.”The council voted, not unani-mously, to deny the request for awaiver by Pizza Etc. to install agrease trap.The annual South Dakota Mu-nicipal League district meetingwas Tuesday, April 17, in Kadoka.The next scheduled meeting forthe Philip City Council will be at7:00 p.m., Monday, May 7, in theHaakon County Courthouse com-munity room.
City council ratifies election tally, deniesrequest for waiver to state plumbing code
by Del Bartels
Kim Grimsrud, Rapid City, wasthe first of four nurse practitionerstudents receiving hands-on expe-rience at Philip Health Services,Inc., during this semester, theirlast, through South Dakota StateUniversity College of Nursing.Grimsrud was at the PhilipClinic from March 5 to March 8. Abbie Jennings was here March15-18. Summer Wilcox was study-ing in Philip, April 5-6 and 19-20.Nanette Fitzgerald experiencedrural medical practices in Philipfrom April 9 to April 13.They studied under the supervi-sion of Doctors Coen Klopper andDavid Holman, and Physician’s As-sistants Terry Henrie and JanellGerberding.PHSI has never before been a tu-toring facility for this discipline.Kent Olson, administrator of PHSI,said of the program, "We arepleased to host students represent-ing different aspects of medicalcare. In the past year we have hadMD (medical doctors), PA (physi-cians assistants) and pharmacystudents. The nurse practitionersround out the field and PhilipHealth Services is glad to offerthem exposure and training inrural medicine.”Robin Peterson–Lund is the as-sistant professor in charge of thisprogram through the West RiverOffice of the SDSU College of Nurs-ing. “These nurse practitioner stu-dents are quite thrilled to come outto our frontier to learn an evenmore different way to provide care.The skills learned are so important
Nurse practitioner students learning at PHSI
Kim GrimsrudSummer WilcoxAbbie JenningsNanette Fitzgerald
A story in the April 12 issueof the Pioneer Reviewconcerned the history of theWest River Museum. KeithEmerson did not board thereduring his high school years.He had friends who did.
In the play preview printed inthe April 5 issue of the PioneerReview, the photos of highschool actress Rachel Parsonswere incorrectly labeled as JodiParsons, her mother. I apolo-gize for this error. Del Bartels
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