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Pioneer review$100Includes TaxA Publication of Ravellette Publications, Inc., Philip, South Dakota 57567. The Official Newspaper of Haakon County, South Dakota. Copyright 1981.Number 43Volume 106June 14, 2012Youthbasketballcamp 8Youth golfclinic 9Market ReportWinter Wheat, 12 Pro...........................$5.87Winter Wheat, Any Pro..........................$5.07Spring Wheat, 14 Pro............................$7.10Corn.......................................................$5.35Millet....................................................$14.10Sunflowers..........................................$23.50Railroadwork 2by Del Bartels The Philip City Council met asan election canvassing boardThursday, June 7, to verify thecount from the June 5 city bondelection. Out of 505 eligible voters resid-ing within city limits, 184 cast bal-lots on the bond issue. That meansthere was a 36.4 percent voterturnout. The yes votes in favor ofraising the debt limits for the cityof Philip were 139, while the novotes were 45. The yes vote wonby a 75.5 percent landslide. Thecity now has the financial option toproceed with the street projects ofWood and Walden avenues, PineStreet and Wray Avenue. Haakon County, as a total, had a26 percent voter turnout for theJune 7 primary election. Out of atotal of 1,364 eligible voters, 358cast ballots. Precinct breakdownswere: Deep Creek 32 voted out of129 eligible voters, Milesville 32of 162, Midland 59 of 289, Dead-man 65 of 272, Lake Waggoner 95 of 257, and South Fork 75 of255. The last three precincts listedhave portions of their boundarieswithin Philip city limits. Countywide, Republican presi-dential candidate Mitt Romneywon with 69.7 percent of the Re-publican 264 votes. He also wonstatewide. Democratic UnitedStates Representative candidateMatt Varilek won with 81.69 per-cent of the 71 Democratic vote. Healso won statewide. Haakon County Auditor PatFreeman said that countiesthroughout South Dakota varied invoter turnouts. Ziebach Countyhad the lowest with eight percentand Potter County had the highestwith 54.7 percent. The city council dismissed as anelection canvassing board and re-convened for city business. Ken Asheim with ProfessionalInsurers Dakotacare reviewed forthe council the citys employeehealth insurance rate increasesand options. You are very typicalwith city governments with ratesand premiums, said Asheim.Healthcare costs are rising; itsjust a fact. Philip has eight fulltime employees, and all eight areon the insurance policy. Council Member Greg Arthur,acting as council president at thismeeting, said of the citys position,The wages arent great, so wevekept the health insurance as acadillac policy. Council MemberMarion Matt said, We need tokeep our people, and treat themfairly. I want whats best for theemployee, but we are not workingfor the employee but for the city.This year, the city had budgeted fora possible 10 percent increase inpremiums, though the actual in-crease was 5.6 percent. The councilwill look into any changes in de-ductibles and premiums next year. A building permit was approvedfor Scotchman Industries to pour a30-inch thick concrete pad to holda nitrogen tank that will be placednext to an already existing tank.The nitrogen is used to power acutting laser. Planning on giving as manyhours as possible to the regularswimming pool lifeguards, the cityhas accepted Gayle Rushs volun-teering as a lifeguard if an other-wise unfillable time slot shouldpresent itself. The next regular council meetingwill be Monday, July 2, at 7:00 p.m.in the Haakon County CourthouseCommunity Room.Philips bond issue passesWindstorm brings damageThe storm Saturday evening, June 9, brought rain, hail, a power outage and devastating winds to Haakon County. Shown iswhat is left of a grain bin on the north side of Highway 14 across from the roping arena. More photos in this issue.by Del Bartels The storm that came throughHaakon County, Saturday evening,June 9, affected everyone in somemanner. According to Susan Sanders,warning coordination meteorolo-gist for the National Weather Serv-ice out of Rapid City, a cold frontcame through from the southwest.There were a couple of differentlines, and they produce strongerwinds. At approximately 9:40 p.m. theelectrical power went out. Joe Con-not, director of member services forWest Central Electric Cooperative,said that the reason was simply,Eighty mile per hour winds.Eight three-phase heavy construc-tion power poles in the Kirley Roadarea were broken by the wind.They snapped at various points,but most right at ground level.The area involved a long rectanglefrom the truck stop east of Kadoka,west to Cactus Flat, and north tothe Cheyenne River. We have a transmission feed outof Philip that feeds Philip andKadoka. We had two wireswrapped together and that was thecause of the transmission outage,said Connot. We can operate open and close transmission lineshere in Murdo, so we had Kadokaback on in minutes. Then we gotthe Philip substation on. Thepower was on within about 45 min-utes. The weather station at the PhilipAirport also lost power, so officialweather information was not avail-able from there. We dont have alot of weather stations that meas-ure wind, and they are far apart,said Sanders. Eighty mile per hourwinds could have been possible.The west side of the Badlands hadgusts of 65 mph, and Wall had near60 mph. Closer to your area, andagain the station in Cottonwoodwas not in the core of the storm,had 53 mph. It was likely allstraight line winds, said Sanders.The biggest report to us of hail inyour area are inch-sized hail south-west of Creighton. The storm tipped over semi-trucks and campers. It blew apartfences and livestock windbreaks. Itblew in, and out, garage doors.Trees and branches were scatteredthroughout the area, causingstreets and yards to be cleared. Outbuildings, vehicles, house windowsand crops in the country experi-enced mostly hail damage, thoughthere was some wind damage. Inthe Milesville area, wind-drivenhail caused bruising on livestock.by Nancy HaighLack of spring rains have createdshort pasture grasses, low stockdams, as well as stunted alfalfaand wheat growth, all leading theHaakon County Commission toissue a drought declaration at theirJune 7 meeting.The board visited with DukeWesterberg, Haakon County FarmService Agency, regarding the sta-tus of drought in the county . West-erberg noted that rainfall amountsfor the year are running between50 and 60 percent of normal. Someareas are less than that, he said.The grass is already affected, hesaid. (Producers) are usually hay-ing by now, theres nothing there.Westerberg noted that based onFSA rankings the area is in a lowranking at the moment. Whenasked by the board if they wouldbe jumping the gun by making adeclaration now, Westerbergreplied, No. He added that itwould help his office in applying forfederal funds.Judy Goldhammer, Wall, spokewith the board regarding their in-surance policy for vehicles, build-ings, etc. She noted that the frisbee(disc) golf course could be added tothe countys policy. The board ap-proved a motion for the frisbee golfcourse to be installed. Goldhammer also spoke to theboard about a recent incident withthe courthouses elevator. Therehas been an issue for years withkids riding up and down in the ele-vator for fun. A pair of teenagersrecently took the elevator andbegan jumping up and down in it,causing the elevator to jam. Lawenforcement personnel helpedNancy Neville, courthouse custo-dian, release the two individualswho were caught between floors.Repairs for the elevator cost thecounty $1,500. The board statedthat any future vandalism at thecourthouse will be reported to thesheriff and charges will be filed.Neville is concerned with liabil-ity for injury in the elevator, alongwith kids playing on the metal railson the west side of the courthouseand the kids going upstairs to getcups of water from the water foun-tain. Kids twirl on the handrailsoutside and could possibly fall andhit the cement. The water issuearises from them bringing theircups of water downstairs, andspilling it, causing a slipping issue. The commission requested signsbe posted that those under 18 notbe allowed in the elevator unlessan adult is with them. Also signsthat state the county will not be re-sponsible/liable for accidents ornegligence. A water dispenser willbe installed on the first floor. Chris Candelaria, permit spe-cialist for the Keystone XLpipeline, met with the commissionto have a utility crossing permitsigned. He and Haakon CountyHighway Superintendent KennyNeville traveled the county roadsrecently, discussing the crossings,approaches and other haul roadmatters. Neville noted he was in agree-ment with the permit. The boardapproved the permit with each en-tity keeping an original copy.A mobile home at Robbs Flat fora highway department employeewas discussed again. The boarddiscussed one possible trailer houseand its related costs of moving, newsiding and windows. No action wastaken on the issue.The commission approved a wa-terline crossing for John Knutson,a resolution regarding funding forstreet signs in 10 years, and forNeville to attend the summermeeting in Pierre June 13 and 14.Director of Equalization ToniRhodes asked for a refund andabatements on two properties. Arefund and abatement were ap-proved for Patrick Foshiem in re-gards to a mobile home. An abate-ment was also approved forLawrence Stroppel for a mobilehom