Vol. 19, No. 33; Thursday, April 26, 2018

Apr 26, 2018 | Parker's Midweek Update | 0 comments


Girls golf: The Pierre Invitational scheduled for Tuesday was called off due to weather forecasts and rescheduled for May 8.

This week’s schedules:
Track: Saturday, @ Aberdeen invitational; Tuesday, @ Miller invitational and Black Hills Classic, Sturgis.
Boys tennis: Thursday: Brandon Valley (@ Rapid City); Friday, Sioux Falls O’Gorman (@ Rapid City); Saturday, @ Rapid City invitational; Monday, @ Mitchell quadrangular (with Vermillion and Yankton).
Girls golf: Thursday, @ Aberdeen invitational.

Girls track: At the Pierre Legion Relays, which due to frequent postponements drew one of the largest crowds of athletes in its history, Mackenzie Rath won the shot put at 41’5″. Addy Eisenbeisz placed third in the high jump at 5’1″, fifth in the long jump at 15’11” and fourth in the triple jump at 33’11 3/4″. The Lady Govs’ 3200-meter relay team placed third in 10:27.25.

Boys track: Pierre had a pair of champions at the Pierre Legion Relays. Erick Colman won the shot put at 54’9″, and Jack Maher was the discus champion at 152’8″. Barry Browning placed fourth in the 400 in :53.34.


A good way to prepare yourself for parenthood is to talk to rocks because of similar listening habits.
— Dawn French Fan Club


The Pierre Educational Foundation will host its annual Evening of Excellence at the Ramkota RiverCentre next Thursday, May 3. recognizing the top students in the Riggs High School graduating class of 2018.

Nearly $12,000 in scholarships will be given away that evening. Tickets can be reserved at $25 per person by calling 224-9016.

Riggs seniors to be honored as Scholars of Excellence are Alexandria Allison, Davis Anderson, Jacob Beastrom, Kaylee Becker, Erick Colman, Addison Eisenbeisz, Hannah Gates, Paige Gloe, Samantha Gortmaker, Abigail Gunderson, Anna Haberman, Madyson Hammell, Melissa Hedglin, Mary Howard, Grace Jones, Chloe Kaiser, Emily Kist, Arden Koenecke, Judah McKinley, Kade McTighe, Carsten Mueller, Grace Nedved, Hudson Rohrbach, Evan Rumrill, Cassandra Ryckman, Riggs Sanchez, Kailee Schultz, Austin Senger, Josephine Slaathaug, Logan Spelbring, Molly Stulken, Kenzie Trujillo Carson Tschetter, Lincoln Turman, William Turman and Casey Williams.


Thursday: coconut.
Friday-Sunday: watermelon.
Monday: pineapple.


Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.
— Ellen Goodman


This week’s schedules:
Track: Thursday, @ Cecil Johnson invitational, Presho; Tuesday, @ Miller invitational.
Golf: Thursday, @ Faulkton invitational.

Boys track: At the Pierre Legion Relays the Buffaloes’ 3200-meter relay team placed fourth in 8:46.9.


This week’s schedules:
Track: Thursday, @ Yellowstone Trail Conference meet, Eureka; Saturday, @ Battler invitational, Gettysburg; Tuesday, @ Miller invitational.
Golf: Thursday @ Faulkton invitational.


We sleep in separate beds. Hers is in California; mine is in Texas.


May 19: Prince Harry/Meghan Markle.
June 2: Ethan Fife/Heather Mangan.
June 2: Cole Cruse/Kadence Feininger.
June 16: Matt Blaseg/Taryn Wolf.
June 16: Brandon Vockrodt/Kayla Nuese.
June 29: Jack Markel/Eileen Leong.
July 7: Matt Tetzlaff/Korie Lebeda.
July 14: Shawn Hlavacek/Rebekah Hartmann.
Aug. 11: Steve Long/Cassie Amundson.
Aug. 18: Jason Noyes/Micki DeCurtins.
Aug. 19: Derek Berman/Danea Duxbury.
Aug. 25: Steven Gordon/Katelynn Engh.
Sept. 29: Tyler Arbach/Rachel Hartmann.
Oct. 6: Rodd Bauck/Megan Vockrodt.
Oct. 6: Cale Pell/Sarah Lihs.


Draw four boxes side by side. Directly below them draw another row of four boxes. Directly below that second row draw four more boxes. Number the boxes in the top row 1, 2, 3 and 4. Number the left-hand box in the second row 5. Number the left-hand box in the third row 6.

1 across: What we’ve had enough of this winter/spring.
1 down: That school in Carbondale.
2 down: A person of wealth.
3 down: To be indebted.
4 down: A historical event to be avoided.
5 across: Where football fans wave to kids in a hospital.
6 across: Whom to call instead of a taxi.

(Solution at the bottom of this Update.)


Liberty (Cortney Dowling): In a meet at Charlottesville, Va., Cortney placed 13th in the 400-meter invitational event with a season-best time of :56.32. The 4×400 relay team on which Cortney runs placed fourth in 3:40.85, its season-best time. Liberty competes Saturday at the Virginia Grand Prix in Charlottesville.

Mary (Jack Wollman): The Marauders will compete Saturday at the MSU-Moorhead meet.

Black Hills State (Kelsey Van Den Hemel, Allan McDonnell): The Yellowjacket men and women both won their divisions at the Blue Hawk Games at Dickinson State. Allan won the high jump at 2.05 meters and placed ninth in the long jump at 6.42 meters. Kelsey placed third in the 5,000-meter run in 19:14.15. BHSU competes Thursday through Saturday at the RMAC conference meet at Golden, Colo.

South Dakota State (Max Reinke, Riley Sears, Rachel Propst): At the NSU twilight meet in Aberdeen, Max placed second in the shot put with a season-best distance of 49’11 3/4″. Rachel was fifth in the 1500 meters in 5:04.14. After competing yesterday at Mount Marty’s invitational, Jackrabbit athletes go to Iowa this weekend for either the Drake Relays in Des Moines or the Kip Janvrin meet at Indianola.

South Dakota Mines (Theron Singleton): At Dickinson State’s Blue Hawk Games Theron placed seventh in the 5,000-meter run in 17:09.01. The Hardrockers go to Golden, Colo., today through Saturday for the RMAC conference meet.


“School Truancy” by Marcus Absent
— Literary WordPlay


Northern Michigan women (Karissa Guthrie): At the GLIAC conference meet at Nashport, Ohio, NMU finished in a second-place tie with Tiffin at +22. Grand Valley State won the team title among 11 schools at +17. Karissa was one of three NMU golfers in the top five. She was second at 226, +10, just one shot behind the champion, with a scorecard of 78-73-75. Northern Michigan plays next May 7 at the NCAA Super Regional at Big Rapids, Mich.

South Dakota women (Katie Bartlett): The Coyote women finished fourth at the Summit League championships played at Nebraska City, Neb., the highest-ever finish for USD. The team had rounds of 309, 302 and 316 for a three-day 927, finishing behind champion NDSU, which won by four strokes over Denver, and third-place SDSU. Katie placed 23rd with a scorecard of 80-76-81=237. USD’s Abby Dufrane placed 10th at 227, ending her college career.


A tomato family is walking down the road. Baby Tomato falls behind. Daddy Tomato goes back, smacks him on the head, and says, “Ketchup!”


South Dakota (Brevin Kaiser): In the USD spring game, the Offense defeated the Defense, 33-27. The offense totaled 23 points on seven first-half drives and took the lead on Brevin’s 23-yard touchdown pass to Randy Baker with a minute left in the third quarter. That proved to be the final score of the game. Kaiser quarterbacked the Coyotes for two drives, completing five of eight passes for 58 yards. Four USD quarterbacks combined for 24-40 passing for 417 yards.


I have days when my life is just a tent away from a circus.


Northern (Spencer Sarringar): The Wolves took three of four from Mary and split a pair with Minnesota-Crookston. Now 14-16 overall and 7-11 in the NSIC, Northern plays four at home vs. Minnesota-Duluth this weekend.

Minnesota (Nolan Burchill): The Gophers took two of three from Iowa, winning 4-3 and 3-0 and losing 5-3. Last night Minnesota beat South Dakota State, 6-2. Now 26-11 and ranked as high as 21st in the nation, the Gophers play three at Ohio State this weekend and host Concordia-St. Paul next Tuesday.

South Dakota State (Landon Badger, Quinn Reimers): The Jacks lost two of three against Oral Roberts. In a 3-1 win Landon went 0-for-2 at the plate. In a 7-3 loss he was 0-for-4. Quinn faced two batters in two-thirds of an inning and got them both to ground out. In an 8-1 loss Landon was 1-for-3 and walked once. Quinn pitched an inning, facing five batters, striking out one, getting two on ground balls and giving up two hits and two earned runs. Last night SDSU lost at Minnesota, 6-2. Landon went 1-for-4. Quinn pitched an inning, walking one, striking out one and getting the other two batters on groundouts. Now 10-23, SDSU plays three this weekend at Fort Wayne.


7 days: Pierre Educational Foundation’s Evening of Excellence (May 3).
8 days: South Dakota State Arts Conference, Sioux Falls (May 4-5).
15 days: Evening for the Arts, Riggs High (May 11).
21 days: State boys tennis tournament, Rapid City (May 17-19).
23 days: High school baseball regional (May 19).
23 days: Sully Buttes High graduation (May 19).
24 days: Riggs High graduation (May 20).
24 days: Stanley County High graduation (May 20).
25 days: Voter registration deadline for June 5 primary and local elections (May 21).
28 days: NCAA Division II men’s/women’s track and field championships, Sioux Falls (May 24-26).
29 days: State track meets, Rapid City/Sturgis/Spearfish (May 25-26).
30 days: Pierre Trappers home opener (May 26).
31 days: High school baseball state tournament, Sioux Falls (May 27).
39 days: State ‘B; boys/girls golf tournaments, Watertown (June 4-5).
39 days: State girls golf tournaments, ‘A’ Dell Rapids, ‘B’ Aberdeen (June 4-5).
40 days: Primary and local elections (June 5).
43 days: South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, Vermillion (June 7-10).
46 days: Tony awards, CBS-TV (June 10).
50 days: Men’s soccer World Cup (June 14-July 15).
51 days: Unveiling of newest Trail of Governors statues (June 15).
52 days: College World Series, Omaha (June 16-27).
57 days: Capital City Children’s Chorus 25th anniversary reunion (June 21).
57 days: Oahe Days (June 21-23).
58 days: Riggs High Class of ’98 reunion (June 22-24).
65 days: Bass Anglers Sportsman’s Society Elite Series fishing tournament (June 29-July 2).
76 days: Major league baseball All-Star Game, Washington (July 10).
86 days: Jazzfest, Sioux Falls (July 20-21).
86 days: Pierre Players’ “Guys and Dolls” (July 20-22 and 26-29).
98 days: WNBA All-Star Game, Minneapolis (July 28).
102 days: State Legion baseball tournament, Pierre (Aug. 1-5).
104 days: Riggs High Class of ’78 reunion (Aug. 3-4).
104 days: Sturgis motorcycle rally (Aug. 3-12).


A misplaced modifier walks into a bar owned by a man with a glass eye named Ralph.


Sioux Falls Stampede: The Stampede lost to Lincoln, 5-4 in overtime, in the third and deciding game of their first-round playoff series, and thus the season ended.

Minnesota Wild: The Wild lost to Winnipeg convincingly, 5-0, in the fifth game of their first-round series, which the Jets won four games to one.


A Russian, an American and a blonde were talking one day. The Russian said, “We were the first in space!”

The American said, “We were the first on the moon!”

The blonde said, “So what? We’re going to be the first on the sun!”

The Russian and the American looked at each other and shook their heads. “You can’t land on the sun, you idiot! You’ll burn up!” said the Russian.

To which the blonde replied, “We’re not stupid, you know. We’re going at night!”


Toyama Grouses (Sam Willard): The Grouses fell to 22-33 for the year with two losses to Nagoya. In a 76-74 loss Sam was 1-of-2 in two-pointers and 2-of-2 in free throws for four points with nine rebounds. In an 85-67 defeat he was 3-of-4 in twos and 0-of-2 in threes for six points with four rebounds, an assist and two steals. Toyama plays first-place SeaHorses (45-10) twice this weekend.

Minnesota Timberwolves: After losing the first two games of their first-round series at Houston, the Wolves won at home in Game #3, 121-105, but then lost Game #4, 119-100. Last night the Minnesota season ended with a loss by 122-104 at Houston as the Rockets win the series four games to one.


Sioux Falls Storm: The Storm outscored Cedar Rapids, 65-48, to improve to 5-2 for the season so far. Sioux Falls plays at Nebraska Friday.


Example #1: The bandage was wound around the wound.


PGA Champions Tour: Tom Byrum did not play at the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf tournament in Missouri last weekend. The next Champions Tour event is the Inspirity Invitational at The Woodlands, Texas, May 4-6.


Minnesota United FC: The Loons lost to the Seattle Sounders, 3-1. Minnesota, now 2-5-0, plays at Houston at 6 p.m. Saturday on Fox Sports North.

Sioux Falls Thunder: The Thunder will play a pair of friendlies at home Saturday and Tuesday.


Collie + Lhasa Apso = Collapso, a dog that folds up for easy transport.


Thursday, April 26:
Jean Easland, Ellie Mangan, Beth Simon, John Wellhouse, Matt Mitchell, Julie Miller, John Bradley, Nathan Ellenbecker, Susan (Van Camp) Wendelbo, Rebekah Hartmann, Brian Chicoine, Sarah Gloe, Susie (Gloe) Hanson, Sheryl Nielsen, Jane Candler, Penn Williams (#80).
— 15th anniversary, David/Ann (Beemer) Candler.
— 4th anniversary, Andrew/Ashley Tople.
— 15th anniversary, Dennis/Jackie (Thorson) Richey
— 4th anniversary, Tyler/Nikki (Koenig) Sullivan.
— 4th anniversary, Will John/Kylee (Lamb) Johnson.

Friday, April 27:
Mona Oehlerking, Mike Leidholt, Carol (Ebert) Newcomb, Allyson (Friez) Kreycik, Daulton Mercer, Gene Weischedel, Isaac Denke, Sarah Olson, Matt Blake, Melinda Christiansen, Morgan Lindekugel, Lavin Stoeser, Leo Sengos.

Saturday, April 28:
Ryker Custer, Allen Goodman, Casey Ahlers, Aaron Mentele, Lane Severyn, Steph Paluch, Brittney (Witte) Hunsley, Benjamin Lechtenberg, Eric Tilberg, Barron Kafka, Boyer Mikkelsen, Henry Bridge Hansen.
— 11th anniversary, Matt/Carly Heard.
— 6th anniversary, William/Lynnette Coolidge.

Sunday, April 29:
Ryan Kelley, Joey Boyer, Brian Rausch, Josiah Severson, Brittany Rausch, Morrigan Cardwell, Cindy (Bourk) Bowden, Hollis Eschmeyer, Jeremy Jorgenson, Terri Johnson, Blake Rose.

Monday, April 30:
Eileen Dean, Adam Calkins, Juleana Enright, Tyler Merriam, Jake Mortenson, Diana Heymans, Dave Knudson, Frank Whitebird, Paula (Darger) Gunderson, Jason Rumpca.
— Anniversary, Rob/Amanda (Chick) Deelstra.
— 2nd anniversary, Troy/Kelsey (Hanson) Roth.

Tuesday, May 1:
Mark Senftner, Connor McKittrick, Connor McKee, Ryan Swartz, Dianne Wegner, Scott Swenson, Parker Reid Knox, Michelle (Young) McCullough, Emilie Oltman.
— 8th anniversary, Jeremy/Christine (Gors) Ellwein.

Wednesday, May 2:
Stacy (Zeigler) Cwach, Chris Henrichsen, Josh Joel, Debra Bollinger, Jared Vermundson, Ross Vander Vorste.
— 15th anniversary, Murray/Jennifer Thompson.
— 9th anniversary, Mat/Bre Ripperger.
— 9th anniversary, Mike/Terri Mehlhaf.

Thursday, May 3:
Jason Dodson, Sarah Neuhauser, Brooke (Severson) Lusk, Rebecca Shatek, Addilene Sanderson, Cari (Jorgenson) Leidholt.
— 4th anniversary, Derek/Stephanie (Wells) Todd.

Friday, May 4:
Shelby Guthrie, Noah Odden, Jessica Larson, Brett Anderson, Deb Rumrill, June (Cary) Classen, Suzanne (Somsen) Moe, Jared Tabbert.

Saturday, May 5:
Shelby (Schochenmaier) Buseman, Track Lindekugel, Tevan Bryant, Carissa Ott, Maxwell Johnson, Max Hanson, Kit (Hartley) Schmidt, Weston Kusser, Jared Martin, Jason Garrett, Karen Kern, Blake Anderson, RhyAnne Schoenhard, Wren (Bishop) Hollingsworth.
— 6th anniversary, John/Courtney (Zander) Fisk.
— 6th anniversary, Jason/Lexi Zeigler.
— 7th anniversary, Mike/Kate Clegg.
— 6th anniversary, John/Ashlee Rounds.

Sunday, May 6:
Jean Person, Rashelle Tassler, Molly (Hanson) Prieksat, Nicole Ormesher, Tammy (Helgeson) Cruse, Isaac Maxwell, Josh Rose, Beth Eckman, Colton Schutz.
— 1st anniversary, Justin/Mackenzie (McKeithan) Jensen.
— 12th anniversary, Dan/Jessica Rasmussen.
— 12th anniversary, Moe/Rochelle Reede.

Monday, May 7:
McKenzie Dulas, Beckee (Snyder) Biasi, Devin Rounds, Sharon Erlenbusch, Jessica (Hoyme) Oltman, Tenley Lindekugel, Sophie Intorn, Kris Dozark, Amanda (Nystrom) Van Balen, Brayden Frick, Vicky (Eldridge) Reagle.
— 2nd anniversary, Tyson/Janelle (Flottmeyer) Keller.
— 2nd anniversary, Garrett/Tess Weber.
— 13th anniversary, Shane/Brandi (Kebach) Jackson.
— 13th anniversary, Pete/Nichole (Hunsley) Metzinger.

Tuesday, May 8:
Michael Kendall, Kaitlyn Magee, Daniel Fry, Bob Graff, Leroy Foster, Kathy Lingle, Shelley (Stewart) Wickersham, Amber (Ness) Stout, Tanner Norman, Christi Kuiper.
— 8th anniversary, Jason/Jodi (Cowan) Harder.

Wednesday, May 9:
Tiffany Jastorff Gillies, Justin Sarvis, Angie (Konechne) Eide, April Lees, Adele Hall, Katelyn Kreycik.
— 15th anniversary, Chad/Cassie Stoeser.

Thursday, May 10:
Nicole (Bourk) Prince, Kylie (Mundt) Erickson, Judy Weisgram, Chad Jungwirth, Shaun Downs, Andrea (Barber) Goebel, Virginia Hanson, Jason Mangan, Marv Waitman, Evelyn Gibson, John Mitchell, Brian Rounds, Matt Hall, Todd Koenecke, Doralynne (Micklos) Jarvis, Jorgen Martin, Troy Wanner, Paul Hess,
— 16th anniversary, Trevor/Amber Wiebe.
— 4th anniversary, Grant/Monica (Geary) Burgeson
— 3rd anniversary, Monte/Jackie (Christenson) Jessup.
— 15th anniversary, Daniel/Stacy (Hull) Cottrell.
— 15th anniversary, Todd/Michelle Erickson.


The one-woman town of Monowi, Neb., is the only officially incorporated municipality with a population of 1. The sole 83-year-old resident is the city’s mayor, librarian and bartender.


Minnesota Twins:
Thursday: @ New York Yankees, 12:05, MLBN and FSN.
Friday: Cincinnati, 7:10, FSN.
Saturday: Cincinnati, 1:10, MLBN and FSN.
Sunday: Cincinnati, 1:10, FSN.
Monday: Toronto, 7:10, FSN.
Tuesday: Toronto, 7:10, FSN.
Wednesday: Toronto, 12:10, FSN.
Thursday: @ Chicago White Sox, 7:10, FSN.

Chicago Cubs:
Thursday: Milwaukee, 7:05, MLBN.
Friday: Milwaukee, 1:20, MLBN.
Saturday: Milwaukee, 1:20, MLBN.
Sunday: Milwaukee, 1:20.
Monday: Colorado, 6:05, ESPN.
Tuesday: Colorado, 7:05.
Wednesday: Colorado, 1:20.

Colorado Rockies (times are MDT):
Friday: @ Miami, 5:10, MLBN.
Saturday: @ Miami, 5:10, MLBN.
Sunday: @ Miami, 11:10.
Monday: @ Chicago Cubs, 5:05, ESPN.
Tuesday: @ Chicago Cubs, 6:05.
Wednesday: @ Chicago Cubs, 12:20.

Pierre high school baseball: Pierre’s rescheduled games with Sturgis set for Tuesday were postponed again. Last night the Pierre team (some people get upset if you call them the Governors) finally got to play baseball for only the second time this season. Pierre won the first game of a doubleheader over Brookings, 9-0, but we couldn’t find the score of the second game before having to send this along to the printer. Pierre is scheduled for a twinbill at Harrisburg at 3 and 5 p.m. Friday and will be home vs. Watertown at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday. Subsequent games currently scheduled: May 5, home vs. Washington, 11 and 1; May 6, @ Mitchell, noon and 2; May 12, home vs. Brandon Valley, 11 and 1; May 13, @ Rapid City Stevens, 11 and 1.


I wish there were a way to donate fat as easily as you can donate blood.


  • The “Live from Lincoln Center: Stars in Concert” series, which began last Friday with Sutton Foster and Jonathan Groff, continues on PBS this Friday night with Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr. (“Hamilton”) as the star performer. On May 4 the star will be two-time Tony nominee Stephanie J. Block.
  • Tom Rudebusch, the radio voice of Rapid City Post 22 baseball for 41 years and 1,327 games, has decided not to return to the radio booth this season. He broadcast games for 35 years with Dave Ploof as coach and the last six years with Mitch Messer as Post 22 coach. Rudebusch will continue as the radio voice of School of Mines football and basketball this coming school year.
  • Here’s your Thanksgiving Day menu (and it’s nothing you can’t skip if the turkey dinner is ready): late morning game, Bears @ Lions; afternoon game, Redskins @ Cowboys; evening game, Falcons @ Saints.
  • Plan your ticket ordering and travel now. Here are the Minnesota Vikings home dates this fall—Sept. 9, San Francisco, noon; Sept. 23, Buffalo, noon; Oct. 14, Arizona, noon; Oct. 28, New Orleans, 7:20 p.m.; Nov. 4, Detroit, noon; Nov. 25, Green Bay, 7:20 p.m.; Dec. 16, Miami, noon; Dec. 30, Chicago, noon.
  • For those of us in the west to whom a trip to Denver is a bit shorter, here are the Broncos’ home dates—Sept. 9, Seattle, 2:05; Sept. 16, Dallas, 2:05; Oct. 1, Kansas City, 6:15; Oct. 14, Los Angeles Rams, 2:05; Nov. 4, Houston, 2:05; Nov. 25, Pittsburgh, 2:25; Dec. 15, Cleveland, time to be determined; Dec. 30, Los Angeles Chargers, 2:05.
  • The size of the ballots we will face at the polls in November continues to grow. The sixth ballot question is titled Initiated Measure 26. If passed, it would place a cap on the price a state agency may pay for a prescription drug.
  • College graduations are upon us. It takes most of the colleges weeks to post their lists of graduates, so we’d like to hear about your graduate from you.
  • Watch for the next Midweek Update two weeks from today on May 10.


My bed is a magical place where I can suddenly remember everything I was supposed to do.


Post 8 baseball will honor Jim Iverson as its 2018 Hometown Hero during the annual roast beef dinner at the American Legion cabin from 5:30 to 7 p.m. next Wednesday, May 2. The public is invited. Freewill donations will be appreciated. Iverson coached the “A” Teeners for a year, then was head coach of the Post 8 varsity for five seasons. His teams compiled a record of 227-128, placed third in the state tournament three times, won the Jablonski Wood Bat Classic three times and won the Doug Koester Memorial Tournament three times. He came out of retirement in 2014 to coach the 14-year-old Teeners for a year. (News courtesy of “Today’s KCCR News.”)

Former Pierre resident Frank Bryant, 86, Custer, died April 20 at the State Veterans Home in Hot Springs. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service, then started Bryant Surveying, running that business until he retired in 1997. He lived for a time in Pierre. Besides his wife, Doris, he is survived by four children, including Curtis Bryant in Pierre; a stepson; three brothers, including Donald Bryant in Pierre; a sister, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Custer Lutheran Fellowship, followed by interment at Black Hills National Cemetery.

Chris Schafer, an EMT from Castlewood who happened to be traveling home from Pierre at precisely the right moment last fall, has been awarded the South Dakota Sheriffs and South Dakota Chiefs of Police Associations’ citizen’s award of merit for 2018. He came upon the accident where teen-ager Colt Brink’s truck had collided with a train crossing U.S. 14 on the west edge of Blunt. Schafer pulled Brink from the wreckage just moments before the truck became engulfed in flames.

Recognized as Athletes of the Week by the Pierre Athletic Coaches Association last week were Phil Adam of the tennis team and Addy Eisenbeisz of the track team.

Crowned king and queen of the Stanley County High prom were Kade Kinsella and Carlee Olson, respectively.

Mary Roselle Morris, 75, Pierre, died April 22 at Avera Maryhouse. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Isburg Funeral Chapel. Services will take place in the Avera Maryhouse Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Monday. Roselle was born in Gary, Ind., and attended school in rural Sully County. She lived in Deadwood, Belle Fourche and Pierre. She worked as a home caregiver for elderly persons. Among her survivors are her siblings, Carolyn Baxter of Hereford, Tex., Milt Morris of Pierre, Larry Morris of Sun City, Ariz., Wayne Morris of Deadwood, Linda Foster of Tacoma, Wash., Steve Morris of Pierre and Diane Hager of Seattle.

The late Patricia (Pat) Adam will be the recipient of the Robinson Memorial Award during the annual state history conference this weekend. She was a long-time member of the State Historical Society, serving on the board of trustees from 1991 to 2009 and as its president from 1996 to 2009. She also served on the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation’s board of directors from 2000 to 2014.

Riggs High senior athlete Erick Colman announced he will attend South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and compete on the track and field team there.

Elizabeth Schaefer of Rapid City Stevens, daughter of Troy and Kim (Merkwan) Schaefer, won the 300-meter hurdles in :46.75 and placed second in the 100-memter hurdles in :15.01 at the Pierre Legion Relays last week. Courtney Klatt of Sioux Falls LIncoln, daughter of Sandy (Case) Klatt, won the 800-meter run in 2:21.66 and placed second in the 1600-meter run in 5:14.77.

Pierre Players’ spring show, “Cookin’ with Gus,” opens this weekend. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The show continues at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday next week, May 3-5. Call 224-7826 for ticket reservations. Ticket prices are $15 for adult general admission and $13 for senior citizens and students (high school and younger).

Marvin Beck, 81, Pierre, died April 22 at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lutheran Memorial Church, followed by internment at 2 p.m. Saturday at the cemetery in Selby. A native of Herreid, Mr. Beck married Betty in 1956. He served in the military during the Korean War until his discharge in 1965. Betty died in a car accident in 1971. In 1976 Marvin married Karen Knutsen. They lived in Selby until moving to Pierre in 1988. He worked as a parts manager for implement dealers in Selby and Pierre. He is survived by his wife, Karen; his children, Tammy Jensen of Omaha, David Beck of Sioux Falls, David Yochum of Omaha, and Michael Beck of Omaha; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Donald Beck; a brother-in-law and six sisters-in-law.

Pierre native Luke Venner, who is the head chef at the elm restaurant in New Canaan, Conn., has received a special invitation from the prestigious James Beard Foundation to bring a taste of Connecticut elegance to the Beard House in New York City on Monday, May 14, with an elegant menu of seasonal inspirations. The foundation’s mission is to celebrate, nurture and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse and sustainable for everyone. The member price for the May 14 event at the Beard House, 167 W. 12th St., New York City, is a cool $135, and the public ticket price is $175. Chef Luke’s menu includes these hors d’oeuvre: Iberico ham with sea urchin, oysters with cucumber, and Tandoori chicken liver mousse. The dinner menu includes tuna crudo with burrata, watermelon and spring onion, spring vegetable salad with bacon, smoked cheddar and buttermilk ranch dressing, lumache pasta with ‘Nduya bolognese and honey, veal schnitzel with green garlic potatoes and morel jus as well as assorted wines.

Pierre senior Conrad Adam this week was honored as Greek Man of the Year among all the USD fraternities. His award was presented at the Greek Life awards banquet.

Ten athletes from the five Rapid City high schools have been nominated for Athlete of the Year by The Officials and the Rapid City Sports Hall of Fame. The female nominee from Stevens High School is Elizabeth Schaefer. Being recognized as one of Rapid CIty’s College Athletes of the Year is Ciara Duffy of USD.

Riggs High alumnus Garrett Pochop has been named Male Athlete of the Year at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, where he is a senior. Garrett was the first-ever winner of the Academic All-American Award at his school, and he was named to the All-America second team in men’s soccer in back-to-back seasons. He was the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s most valuable player as he set school records for goals (49) and points (116) in his senior soccer season. Back in his Riggs High days, Garrett played soccer, football and basketball.

Sully Buttes alumna Remi Wientjes this week was named to Black Hills State University’s Yellowjacket All-Academic first team.

Jerry Erbe, who provided employment opportunities and life lessons to dozens of local young people during the many years he managed the Pierre movie theaters, died at the age of 85 on April 20 at Avera Maryhouse. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at the Isburg Funeral Chapel with a prayer service there at 7. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Faith Lutheran Church. He was a native of Staples, Minn., and while in high school there, he began working at the Staples Theater, leading to a life-long career. After graduating from high school in 1950, he married the former Lois Biskey in 1951. They moved in 1957 to Pierre where he managed the three movie theaters. One of his favorite responsibilities was appearing as the clown for the kiddie matinees on Saturday afternoons. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lois Erbe; their children, Carol Harrmann of Pierre, Wanda Erbe of Grand Island, Neb., Mike Erbe of Santa Cruz, Calif., and Jeri Erbe of Pierre; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; his “children of the heart,” Long Tuyet, Vi and Vu Do; a sister, Darlene Doyle; a brother, Allen Erbe, and two brothers-in-law.

Last night in Vermillion the USD athletic department presented this year’s Charlies, awards to student-athletes. Chloe Lamb was honored as Female Rookie of the Year in all sports for her work in women’s basketball. Among the recipients of the Coyote Character Award given in each sport were Katie Bartlett for women’s golf and Caitlin Duffy for women’s basketball.

Jayden Pittmann, senior at Baltic High School and the son of Jason and Kristen (Colestock) Pittmann, learned this week he has appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., beginning this fall. Among his grandparents are Lee Colestock and Greg and Julene Yackley, all of Onida.

“Sweeney Todd,” the musical in which Pierre native Rodger Hartley is playing the title role, has scheduled an additional performance at the Firehouse Brewing Company Theater in Rapid City. They will have a 4:30 p.m. show this Sunday, April 29, in addition to their Friday and Saturday evening shows this weekend and next.




The mailmust go through

My dad, Maynard Knox, was a rural mail carrier out of the Onida post office. He was one who was determined that people along his route west, northwest and north of town would get their mail. An act of God such as a week-long blizzard was never something to postpone his daily duty if he could help it.

The other day I ran across a letter he typed to me on March 17, 1960.(Remember what it was like to get a letter? In the mail? With a postage stamp on it?) I was a senior at Huron College that spring, going through student teaching under Mrs. Ruhlman and Mr. Penning at Huron High School. Dad at the time was 65 years old.

What follows is an interesting description of what happened to him along his route during one of those classic central South Dakota winters. First, the cast of characters whom he mentions: Marge was my mom. Tom Donahue was the county highway superintendent. Art Owens was the local banker. Sunshine (Chenoweth) was a substitute mail carrier.

Now to his letter:

“I’m taking a few days off from the route, nursing a fractured rib. Last Monday I slipped off into the ditch while going around the route. I thought I was in the middle of the road, but such wasn’t the case. It all looked alike to me. I used the fence posts on either side of the road as a guide, but the road just wasn’t there.

“It was a little after noon when I slipped into the ditch, and about 4 p.m. a guy came long with a tractor and pulled me out. I had been shoveling all that time but couldn’t get the Jeep up the bank onto the road again. I was about to give it up when the tractor came along. I was debating whether to walk 1 1/2 miles against the snow and wind or 2 1/2 miles with the wind to the nearest phone. I think I would have taken the 2 1/2 miles. I was at the corner east of the Brooking place and east of the creek where you turn north to Byrums’ box.

“While shoveling and standing on a slope, my feet slipped, and I fell on one elbow, which cracked one of my ribs. It took quite awhile to get my breath and be able to start shoveling again after the fall, but I kept at it.

“After getting pulled out of the ditch, I went back to the Lomhem place and phoned home. Marge was about fit to be tied by that time. She couldn’t understand why I had waited so long to phone in, why I had stayed out so long, why I insisted on shoveling so long. I just told her I didn’t have any phone with me, and besides, it would have taken me just about as long to have walked that 2 1/2 miles as it did to shovel and wait until the trator came along. I don’t believe a fellow could have walked over two miles an hour in that snow, and I think it wold have been harder work than shoveling.

“Marge phoned the county highway shed right away as they had been wondering about me and were about to send out a search party. A plow had just left before she phoned. Tom Donahue said for me to wait right there, that the plow would be there in just a few minutes. I could have gotten home all right by going back around by Seamans’, but the plow crew were coming around the back way to meet me and wouldn’t have known where I was. I waited for over an hour, and finally they showed up. The plow turned around and beat it back to town via Pierces’ and Glen Blaisdell’s, but I went on around the route and got all my mail delivered for the first time since Wednesday of last week.

“I went out again Tuesday and had to shovel a couple times, which was quite annoying so far as the pain in my side was concerned. I couldn’t get any farther than Seamans’, however. Tuesday night I was getting so sore and stiff I thought I would go over to see Doc. They took an X-ray and discovered that one of my ribs on the left side was cracked. I got Sunshine to carry mail the rest of this week, and I guess he is having a time. The roads drift full every day, so it doesn’t do much good to plow them out.

“They didn’t tape me up as I thought they would but used a new device just out. It is a wide band with little stretch to it that sticks together when it comes in contact at the ends. It is so tight I can hardly take a deep breath. Last night I was up walking around most of the night. I am going to Pierre in the morning to take a treatment and get my back straightened out so I can get out and shovel some more snow.

“Everyone seemed so concerned about me being lost. Even Art Owens said he was about to have his chains put on so he could go out and help find me. I asked him how far he thought he would get or where he would look, and he didn’t have any idea. I told them I was disappointed they didn’t get the airplanes out to spot me before they started out with the plow since they were going to so much trouble!”

He was one of a kind. But, you know, that U.S. mail just had to be delivered if it was humanly possible. Or even if it wasn’t!


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