Vol. 19, No. 34; Thursday, May 10, 2018

May 10, 2018 | Parker's Midweek Update | 0 comments


“Not all superheroes have capes. Some have teaching degrees.”
— TheatreFolk


This week’s schedules:
Track—Saturday, home for ESD Conference meet, 11:30 a.m.
Boys tennis—Thursday, @ ESD Conference meet, Aberdeen.
Girls golf—Friday, @ Mitchell invitational; Tuesday, @ Parkston invitational (at Mitchell).

Boys track: At Aberdeen’s invitational meet the Governors had three event winners. Erick Colman won the shot put at 50’6″. Caleb Lusk won the 800 in 2:04.90. Jack Maher won the discus at 160′ and was second in the shot put. Carsten Mueller placed second in the 400, Barry Browning third in the 200, Wiliam Kessler second in the 110-meter hurdles and the 4×400 relay team third.

Girls track: At the Aberdeen invitational Addy Eisenbeisz was a double winner, taking the long jump at 16’10” and the triple jump at 39’5.90″. Mackenzie Rath won the discus and was second in the shot put. Emily Mikkelsen finished second in the 400, Jessica Luther second in the 800, Taryn Senger third in the 100 hurdles, Kenzie Gronlund third in the 300 hurdles and the 4×800 relay team third. At the Howard Wood Dakota Relays Eisenbeisz had three places— sixth in the triple jump at 39’9 1/4″, fifth in the high jump at 5’2″ and fifth in the long jump at 17’4″. Rath was seventh in the shot put at 39’8″.

Capital City Qualifier: Governor varsity and JV track and field athletes were joined by several other schools for Tuesday’s meet. In girls’ events Mikah Moser won the pole vault at 9’6″, Abby Ferris won the high jump at 4’8″ with Morgan Jones third at 4’6″, Janaina Zanin won the long jump at 13’9 1/4″, and Chloe Ryan was third in the shot put at 34’3″. Halli Drewes was second in the 1600 in 6:12.33. Miah Kienholz was second and Morgan Jones third in the 300-meter hurdles with respective times of :53.87 and :56.95. In boys’ events Erick Colman won the shot put at 50′. Paul Adam won the long jump at 19’7″. Tyler Gere was second in the 1600 in 5:18.36, Dmitri Mutchelknaus second in the pole vault at 10’6″, Jack Maher second in the discus at 142’9″. Francois Moritz won the triple jump at 37’6 1/2″ with Jack Walsh second at 37’2 1/2″.

Wrestling: Three Governors—Lincoln Turman, Will Turman and Michael Lusk—were all named to the USA Wrestling All-American team in the honorable mention category.

Girls golf: The Lady Govs placed seventh of 15 schools at Aberdeen Central’s invitational where the home Golden Eagles were team champs. Pierre had a 380 team score. Annabelle Simpson placed 10th with an 88 and Hallie Gronlund 25th with a 93. Other scores: Taylor Davis 99, Rilee Rowse 100, Jessa McTighe 103. At Huron’s invitational Washington was the team winner with Pierre fifth at 355, 20 over par. Gronlund tied for eighth with an 83, Annabelle Simpson and Rowse tied or 24th with 90s and Ellie Sipson tied for 32nd with a 92. Other scores: Swenson 97, Davis 98. At Yankton’s invitational the Lady Govs were sixth with a 361 score as O’Gorman won the team title. Gronlund tied for fourth with an 81. Other scores: Annabelle Simpson 92, Rowse 92, Davis 96, Ellie Simpson 98, Swenson 102. At the rescheduled Pierre invitational on Tuesday Huron, Winner, Mobridge and Aberdeen Central had golfers on hand with the Lady Govs, and Aberdeen won the team title. Gronlund placed third with an 81. Other scores: Annabelle Simpson 86 for sixth place, Kaitlyn Swenson 91, Davis 91, Rowse 92, Tessa McTighe 94, Ellie Simpson 97, Haley Nadeau 98.

Boys tennis: In duals played in Rapid City, the Governors lost to Brandon Valley, 8-1, and lost to O’Gorman, 9-0. In the Rapid City Invitational Pierre places included Jace Wernsmann, eighth at #1 singles; Ryan Warne, sixth at #2; Matthew Hanson, sixth at #3; Spencer Davis, sixth at #4; Grant Judson, fifth at #5, Luke Leingang, eighth at #6; Wernsmann/Hanson, eighth at #1 doubles; Warne/Cole Nelson, sixth at #2, and Grant Judson/Blake Judson, eighth at #3. At the Mitchell quadrangular the Govs lost to Mitchell 9-0 and lost to Yankton 8-1. The sole Pierre point was earned by Hanson in singles. In a home triangular the Govs lost to St. Thomas More, 6-3, and defeated Lennox, 8-1. Against STM the Pierre points were earned by Phil Adam, Leingang and the Judson/Davis doubles team. Pierre then defeated Madison, 9-0; lost to Brookings, 5-4; defeated Sioux Falls Christian, 6-3, and lost to Rapid City Christian, 5-4. In the latter two duals Wernsmann at #1 sngles, Grant Judson at #5, Leingang at #6, and the Judson/Davis #3 doubles team all went 2-0. On Tuesday the Governors won twice, 5-4 over Huron and 9-0 over Milbank. The five points against Huron were earned by Wernsmann, Hanson, Grant Judson and Leingang in singles and the Wernsmann/Hanson doubles team.


The past, present and future walked into a bar. It was tense.


This week’s schedules:
Track—Friday, @ Western Great Plains Conference meet, Wall.
Golf—Monday, @ pre-region meet, Pierre.

Track: At the Pistulka meet in Winner J.D. Carter was second in the 200 in :23.45. Logan Rosenberger placed second in the 800 in 2:10.74. Reid Wieczorek was third in the 800 in 2:13.80. In the 1600 meters Shay Van Den Hemel was second in 4:38.07 and Cale Meiners third in 4:40.21. Brady Hoftiezer was second in the shot put at 48’0″. Buffalo relay teams were second in the 4×800 in 9:26.97, third in the 4×200 in 1:39.48 and third in the medley in 3:59.82.


Draw four square boxes side-by-side from left to right. Then draw a new row of four boxes directly below the top row. Then draw a third row of boxes below the second row. Number the top four boxes 1, 2, 3 and 4 from left to right. The left-hand box in the middle row is numbered 5. The left-hand box in the bottom row is numbered 6.

1 across: Israel’s first female prime minister.
5 across: “Wild Kingdom” TV host.
6 across: First name of McNally, the map company.
1 down: To scratch, damage, spoil.
2 down: Statistic measuring a pitcher’s effectiveness.
3 down: Hotel/motel.
4 down: Dominant color at USD.

(Solution at the bottom of this Update.)


This week’s schedules:
Track—Saturday, @ Central Conference meet, Mobridge.
Golf—Thursday, @ Central Conference meet, Faulkton; Monday, @ pre-region meet, Pierre.

Golf: Finally permitted by the weather to actually play golf, the Chargers started at Faulkton’s meet where Devan Kleven tied for third place with a 43 and Nick Wittler tied for fifth with a 45. Peyton Peery was 27th at 66 and Caleb Chicoine 28th at 69. In girls’ play Kara Huse placed second with a 53. At Eureka’s meet Nick Wittler was eighth, Devan Kleven ninth, Lincoln Jordre 13th and Peyton Peery 14th. Kara Huse was third, Lauren Wittler fifth and Lydia Hill 11th. At another meet in Eureka in boys’ play Nick Wittler was seventh and Kleven eighth with 84s and Chicoine 24th with a 111. Kara Huse was seventh with a 101.

Track: At the Yellowstone Trail Conference meet Charger athletes brought home five first places. Brooklynn Bradford won the 100 in :13.25 and the 200 in :28.62. Lauren Wittler won the shot at 37’5 3/4″, Rachel Guthmiller the discus at 129′ and Lincoln Jordre the high jump at 5’8″. The girls 4×400 team and the boys 4×100, 4×200 and 4×400 teams all won their relay events.

Capital City Qualifier: Charger athletes went to Pierre for Tuesday’s meet. In girls’ events Brooklynn Bradford won the 100 in :13.46 and won the 400 in 1:05.98. Lauren Wittler won the shot put at 38’5″ and was second in the discus at 106’4″. Rachel Guthmiller was discus winner at 118′. The Charger girls’ 4×400 team won their race in 4:30.46 with Courtnie Weinheimer, Dani Frost, Allyson Wittler and Bradford running. In boys’ events Jacob Howard was discus winner at 154’6″ with Jack Mercer third at 36’9″. Mackenzie Weinheimer won the 200 in :24.49 and was second in the 100 in :11.9. Sebastian Frost won the 800 in 2:15.48. Coulto Lentz was second in the 200 in :24.65 and third in the 100 in :11.94. Jett Lamb placed second in the shot put at 48’7 1/2″:.


Travel. As much as you can. As far as you can. As long as you can. Life’s not meant to be lived in one place.
— Power of Positivity


1 day: Riggs High Evening for the Arts (May 11).
5 days: Stanley County elementary concert (May 15).
7 days: State boys tennis tournament, Rapid City (May 17-19).
9 days: Sully Buttes High graduation, 1:30 p.m. (May 19).
9 days: High school baseball regional tournament (May 19).
10 days: Riggs High graduation (May 20).
10 days: Stanley County High graduation, noon (May 20).
11 days: Voter registration deadline for June 5 primary and municipal elections (May 21).
14 days: NCAA Division II men’s/women’s track and field championships, Sioux Falls (May 24-26).
15 days: State track meets, Rapid City/Sturgis/Spearfish (May 25-26).
16 days: Pierre Trappers home opener (May 26).
17 days: High school baseball state tournament, Sioux Falls (May 27).
21 days: NBA Finals begin (May 31).
25 days: State “B” boys/girls golf tournaments, Watertown (June 4-5).
25 days: State girls golf tournaments, “A” Dell Rapids, “AA” Aberdeen (June 4-5).
26 days: Primary and local elections (June 5).
28 days: South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, Vermillion (June 7-10).
31 days: Tony awards, CBS-TV (June 10).
35 days: Men’s soccer World Cup (June 14-July 15).
36 days: Unveiling of newest Trail of Governors statues (June 15).
37 days: College World Series, Omaha (June 16-27).
42 days: Capital City Children’s Chorus 25th anniversary reunion (June 21).
42 days: Oahe Days (June 21-23).
43 days: Riggs High Class of ’98 reunion (June 22-24).
50 days: Bass Anglers Sportsman’s Society Elite Series fishing tournament (June 29-July 2).


Sometimes the thoughts in my head get bored and go for a stroll through my mouth. This is never a good thing.


Toyama Grouses (Sam Willard): The Grouses split a pair with the Sea Horses, losing 75-74 and winning 95-92. Sam did not play in either game. In an 82-67 loss to the Shiga L-Stars, Sam was 1-of-2 in twos, 2-of-6 in threes and 1-of-2 in free shots for nine points with 11 boards, two assists, one steal and one block. In a 78-76 loss to Shiga Sam went 3-of-7 in two-pointers, 0-for-3 in threes and 2-of-2 in free throws for eight points with 12 rebounds, two assists and two steals. The Grouses ended their season with a 24-36 record.

Minnesota Lynx: In their last preseason game the Lynx of the WNBA lost to Washington, 90-85. The regular-season opener is Saturday aganst the Chicago Sky.


She has an electric blender, electric toaster, and electric bread maker. She said, “There are too many gadgets and no place to sit down.”

So I bought her an electric chair.


Minnesota Twins:
Thursday: @ Los Angeles Angels, 9:07 p.m., FS1.
Friday: @ Los Angeles Angels, 9:07 p.m., FSN.
Saturday: @ Los Angeles Angels, 8:07 p.m., FSN.
Sunday: @ Los Angeles Angels, 3:07 p.m., FSN.
Monday: Seattle, 6:10 p.m., FSN.
Tuesday: St. Louis, 7:10 p.m., FS1.
Wednesday: St. Louis, 12:10 p.m., FSN and MLBN.

Colorado Rockies (times are MDT):
Thursday: Milwaukee, 6:40 p.m.
Friday: Milwaukee, 6:40 p.m.
Saturday: Milwaukee, 6:10 p.m.
Sunday: Milwaukee, 1:10 p.m.
Monday: @ San Diego, 8:10 p.m.
Tuesday: @ San Diego, 1:40 p.m.
Thursday: @ San Francisco, 8:15 p.m.

Chicago Cubs:
Friday: Chicago White Sox, 1:20 p.m., MLBN.
Saturday: Chicago White Sox, 1:20 p.m.
Sunday: Chicago White Sox, 1:20 p.m., MLBN.
Monday: Atlanta, 1:20 p.m., MLBN.
Tuesday: @ Atlanta, 6:35 p.m.
Wednesday: @ Atlanta, 6:35 p.m.
Thursday: @ Atlanta, 6:35 p.m., MLBN.

Pierre high school baseball: Pierre stands at 9-5 heading into the last weekend of the regular season. Pierre will host Brandon Valley at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday and Rapid City Stevens at 11 and 1 Sunday. Games in the past two weeks included:
— Beat Brookings, 19-1; Peyton Zabel went three innings, no hits, eight strikeouts, only one baserunner allowed.
— Lost to Brookings, 5-3; Michael Lusk went 2-for-4; Brookings scored three in the final inning to rally from behind.
— Beat Harrisburg, 6-3; Garrett Stout was starter and winner, also had two hits and two RBIs.
— Lost to Harrisburg, 1-0 in eight innings; Grey Zabel threw six innings, walking two and striking out 10.
— Beat Watertown, 6-0; Peyton Zabel was starter/winner, going six innings with 12 strikeouts, one hit, three walks.
— Lost to Watertown, 2-1; Kyle Stover threw 5 1/3 innings, two runs, five hits, one walk, four strikeouts; Lusk had two hits.
— Beat Sturgis, 10-0; Stout struck out six in four innings; he and Danny Magee combined for a no-hitter as Magee got the final six outs; Peyton Zabel had three hits and two RBI, Lusk two RBI.
— Lost to Sturgis, 5-4; Maguire Raske started and fanned eight; Lusk took the loss in relief; Grey Zabel had three hits.
— Beat Washington, 5-0; Peyton Zabel threw 6 1/3 innings, two hits, three walks, 10 strikeouts; Grey Zabel pitched the last two outs.
— Lost to Washington, 12-7; Grey Zabel pitched three innings, four strikeouts.
— Beat Mitchell, 6-5; Pierre rallied from behind to win; Stout five strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings pitched; Raske went 2-for-3; Lusk two hits, two RBI.
— Beat Mitchell, 10-4; Raske seven strikeouts and six walks in 3 1/3 innings; Lusk went 5-for-5 and drove in two.


Even duct tape can’t fix stupid, but it surely does muffle the sound.


Sioux Falls Thunder: The Thunder opened the season with a 2-2 draw against Minneapolis City FC. Sioux Falls will be home Saturday at 7 p.m. against the LC Aris FC team from LaCrosse. Next Wednesday the Thunder goes to St. Paul to play VSLT FC.

Minnesota United FC: The Loons won two in a row for the first time, beating Houston, 2-1, and Vancouver, 1-0. Last night they lost at Los Angeles, 2-0. Minnesota, whose record is now 4 wins, 6 losses and no draws, plays at San Jose at noon Saturday.


Pointer + setter: Poinsetter, the traditional Christmas pet.


Sioux Falls Storm: The Storm defeated Nebraska, 62-48, but lost to Iowa, 49-42, the first-ever loss to Iowa. Now 6-3, Sioux Falls hosts Nebraska at 7:05 p.m. Saturday.


“I Was a Cloakroom Attendant” by Mahatma Coats
— Literary WordPlay


PGA Champions Tour: At the Inspirity event at The Woodlands, Texas, Tom ied for 40th place with a 2-under-par score of 71-70-73=214, nine shots behind winner Bernhard Langer. Tom got no earnings from this event. Next on the Champions Tour is the Regions Tradition at Birmingham May 17-20.


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

Friday, May 11:
Anna Tinker, Angel Corcoran, Lita Magedanz, Tynell Kocer, Cooper Walton, Christina (Lawver) Hanson, Tom Sogaard, Evan Roth, Brock Axthelm, Earl Berg, David Erickson, Keanan Fischer.
— 5th anniversary, David/Jessica (Smith) Little.
— 22nd anniversary, Jeff/Robyn (Starks) Holcomb.
— 5th anniversary, Dale/Kacie (Schneider) Olsen.

Saturday, May 12:
Jarret Ripperger, Ashley Heikes, Chris Fry, Kay Venjohn, Clay Pearson, Valerie Melmer, Kelley Fouts.
— 11th anniversary, Greg/Wanda Goodman.
— 6th anniversary, Luke/Danielle (Magorien) Kaiser.
— 6th anniversary, Charlie/Kamila Magedanz.
— Anniversary, Boomer/Christi Kuiper.
— 11th anniversary, Josh/Jody (Maberry) Sting.

Sunday, May 13:
Ty Norman, Kate Vogel, Emersyn Tilberg, Garry Schrank, Shane Bartels, Pat Libby, Joanne (Berg) Hight, Kristen (Berg) Grohs, Sarena (Nuttall) Beastrom, Jameson Linn, Terry Buchholz, John Beranek, Keira Ryan, Terri Iverson.
— 7th anniversary, Jeremy/Laura (Hansen) Mikkelsen.
— 18th anniversary, Rob/Michelle Dvorak.
— 12th anniversary, Josh/Amanda Ellis.

Monday, May 14:
Dustin Byrum, Kati Harm, Paulette Petersen, Mindy (Stearns) Sivage, Paula (Roddewig) Ruedebusch, Bodhi Hindman, Tayson Mitchell, Lora (Den Ouden) Moore, Bryant Naylor, Jenna Paxton, Tyler Stoeser, Tom Kallemeyn.
— 13th anniversary, Guy/Ellen Erlenbusch.
— 2nd anniversary, Matthew/Stacy (Zeigler) Cwach.
— 13th anniversary, Steve/Brittany Novotny.
— 13th anniversary, Patrick/Holly (Lunn) Miles.

Tuesday, May 15:
Barb Mitchell, Ava Vermeulen, Brian Graves, Cody Stoeser, Carol Van Roekel, Deb (Stoeser) Schiefelbein, Ellen Dulas, Russell Hofeldt, Jared Lindbloom, Zach Erickson, Nathanial Smith, Brooke Anglin.
— Anniversary, Jerry/Monica Ortbahn.
— 8th anniversary, John/Lisa (Wallace) Peary.
— 14th anniversary, Damon/JoLynn Parks.
— 14th anniversary, Matt/Heather (Hageman) Elwood.
— 14th anniversary, Jason/Amanda Dodson.

Wednesday, May 16:
Emma Lusk, Cody Nicholas, Whitney Jandreau, Jack Shives, Becky DeYonge, Nick Jung, Terry Peterson, Tammy Williams, Scott Kennedy, Colleen (Colson) Pool, Brent Baumberger, Grady Larson, Jett Zabel.
— 9th anniversary, Jay/Kasey (Anderson) Cappellano.

Thursday, May 17:
Josh Davis, Eileen Bertsch, Gus Terveen, Angie (Wire) Fouts, Calla Ellis, Diana Melvin, Bill Squires, Uncle Matt Schatz, Tyler Hoffman, Mat Ripperger, Blair Krueger, Meshanna Heckenlaible, Lanete (McFarling) Kotilnek.
— 4th anniversary, Charlie/Stephanie Moore.
— 9th anniversary, Matt/Blair (Simon) Picchietti.
— 38th anniversary, Hal/Marie Rumpca.
— 4th anniversary, Cole/Jennifer (Glanzman) Uecker.
— 15th anniversary, Dan/Sarah (Shepherd) Schulte.
— 15th anniversary, Arlo/Chandra (Miller) Brower.


“From secrecy and deception in high places, come home, America.

“From the entrenchment of special privileges in tax favoritism; from the waste of idle lands; from the prejudice based on race and sex; from the loneliness of the aging poor and the despair of the neglected sick, come home, America.

“Come home to the affirmation that we have a dream. Come home to the conviction that we can move our country forward.”
— Sen. George McGovern in his 1972 presidential nomination acceptance speech


South Dakota State (Landon Badger, Quinn Reimers): The Jackrabbits won two of three over Fort Wayne. In an 8-6 win Badger was 1-for-3 with one RBI. In a 6-5 loss he went 3-for-4, scoring twice and stealing two bases. In an 11-5 win Badger was 1-for-5. Last weekend the Jacks swept Omaha. In a 5-4 wn in 10 innings Badger went 0-fr-3. In a seven-inning 14-4 win he was 1-for-3 with one RBI and one run scofred. In an 8-6 win Badger went 1-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored. Reimers pitched 1 1/3 innings, giving up one hit, two earned runs and two walks while fanning a pair. Now 15-24 overall but 13-8 in the Summit League, SDSU played at Wichita State last night and hosts Western Illinois for three league games this weekend.

Minnesota baseball (Nolan Burchill): The Gophers, moving up to #15 in the national poll, took two of three from Ohio State, defeated Concordia-St. Paul in a single game and swept Indiana in three games. Now 32-12 overall and 13-3 in the Big 10, Minnesota hosts Michigan State for three this weekend, then goes to New York to play St. John’s Tuesday.

Northern (Spencer Sarringar): To end the regular season the Wolves took three of four from Minnesota-Duluth and three of four from Winona State. NSU finished with a 20-18 overall record, 13-13 in the NSIC, but they qualified for the NSIC tournament as the eighth and final seed. But never mind that! Yesterday in the opening round of the double-elimination postseason tournament, the #8 seed Wolves shocked the #1 seed Minot State, 13-6. Northern next plays Concordia-St. Paul at 3:30 p.m. today (Thursday) at the tournament in Sioux Falls. The tourney champion advances automatically to the NCAA Division II national tournament.


The number of bourbon barrels in Kentucky outnumbers the state’s population by more than two million.


Liberty (Cortney Dowling): At the Virginia Grand Prix meet Cortney placed hird in the 400 in :55.24, her season-best time, and she now stands among the Liberty all-time top 10 for that event. Her 4×100 relay team placed second in :45.96, the seventh-best time in school history, and the 4×400 team placed third in 3:44.40. At a home meet last weekend Cortney placed second in the 400 in :56.08. This weekend Liberty goes to High Point, N.C., for the Big South Conference meet, an event the Flames women have won for three straight years.

Mary (Jack Wollman): The Marauders compete this weekend at the NSIC outdoor championships in Winona, Minn.

South Dakota State (Rachel Propst, Max Reinke, Riley Sears): At meets in Iowa, Rachel placed seventh in the 3200-meter steeplechase in 11:46.51, and Max was fifth in the shot put at 50’2″. At MSU-Moorhead’s meet Reinke placed fifth in the shot at 50’2″. At the Howard Wood Dakota Relays Reinke was seventh in the shot put at 48’11” and Sears third in the high jump at 6’7″. SDSU goes to the Summit League championships in Tulsa this weekend.

Black Hills State (Allan McDonnell, Kelsey Van Den Hemel): At the RMAC conference meet the BHSU men placed seventh and the women eighth. Allan placed fifth in the high jump at 6’5 1/2″, 18th in the long jump at 19’6″ and 11th in the triple jump at 42’10 1/4″. At the Howard Wood Dakota Relays McDonnell was fifth in the high jump at 6’5″. Yellowjacket athletes compete Monday in a last-chance meet.


“Basketball is 70% talent, 20% coaching and 10% luck.”
— Gary Palladino


Northern Michigan women (Karissa Guthrie): Karissa is the first-ever GLIAC first-team all-conference player from NMU. Playing in the NCAA Division II East Super Regional, NMU had to place among the top three teams to advance to the national tournament. The Wildcats finished seventh instead. Karissa, completing her junior year, tied for 31st place with a scorecard of 75-82-80=237, 21 over par.


Q.: What to you call a hippie’s wife?
A.: Mississippi.


Thursday: coffee.
Friday-Sunday: cherry.
Monday-Tuesday: orange.
Wednesday-Thursday: lime.


A blonde was playing Trivial Pursuit one night. It was her turn. She rolled the dice, and she landed on “Science and Nature.” Her question was, “If you are in a vacuum, and someone calls your name, can you hear it?”

She thought for a time and then asked, “Is it on or off?”


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: Todd Leiferman/Hillary Handcock.
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.
Aug. 31, 2019: Devin Maki/Karlie Warne.


#2. The farm was used to produce produce.


  • The final program in the “Live from Lincoln Center: Stars in Concert” series on PBS on Friday nights concludes this week (May 11) with two-time Tony nominee Andrew Runnells as the star performer.
  • Sioux Empire Community Theater in Sioux Falls has announced the shows in its 2018-19 season: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” Sept. 27-Oct. 7; “A Christmas Carol” Nov. 29-Dec. 9; “Steel Magnolias” March 14-24; “Oliver” May 9-19.
  • The upcoming season for Black Hills Community Theater in Rapid City has also been revealed: “Willy Wonka” Sept. 21-30; “Macbeth” Nov. 2-18; “Crimes of the Heart” Jan. 25-Feb. 10; “The Full Monty” March 22-31; “Noises Off” May 3-19.
  • What???!!! I see high school baseball has gone the route of the SDHSAA sports with its seeding plan, so the top four teams will host the regional tournaments next week. As of today, the regionals would be held in Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, Brandon and Sioux Falls. Those are NOT “regional” tournaments. The plan is, of course, much like basketball—get the metro teams into the state tournament although proponents wll ask, “Well, don’t you want the four best teams in the state tournament?” It didn’t quite work that way in boys basketball this past winter, but most years it would. Now baseball has fallen into that trap, too.
  • The two choirs at my First United Methodist Church in Rapid City teamed up with choir singers from Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church for a powerful hymn festival last Sunday sponsored by the local chapter of National Pastoral Musicians. There were some really magnificent pieces sung by a 70-voice choir. If you are interested, you can hear as much of it as you wish at this link: https://youtu.be/6Tekrj5G-BM.


Recipients of this year’s Rawlins Memorial Scholarship at Riggs High School are Hannah Gates, Carsten Mueller, Evan Rumrill, Arden Koenecke, Samantha Gortmaker, Kaylee Becker and Kailee Schultz. An alternate is Gracie Jones. Each of this year’s scholarships is for $5,000 per year. It is interesting to note that the senior class claims seven other students with 4.0 grade-point averages with a 30 score or better on the ACT test in addition to the Rawlins recipients.

Cash Anderson graduated from the University of South Dakota Saturday with magna cum laude status and was also designated as a University Scholar. He plans to go on to law school next.

The sixth annual Tyler Wilcox Memorial Golf Tournament will be played at The Dunes course in Fort Pierre on June 16, beginning at 9 a.m. Call the course to sign up your four-person team.

Gayle Johnson, 85, Pierre, died April 27 at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital. Services were held May 1 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Pierre. A native of Missouri, she attended college in Lincoln, Neb., where she met Lloyd Johnson. They lived in 14 different places during his Army service and education. After he finished dental school in 1961, they moved to Pierre where he practiced dentistry until 2013. Mrs. Johnson worked as a pediatric LPN at St. Mary’s and as a medical transcriptionist at two medical clinics. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Dr. Lloyd Johnson; sons Craig and Marlin; daughter Rhonda Goransson; four grandchildren and a sister.

John Kalda, who teaches biology and A.P. biology and coaches wrestling and track, was named 2018 BankWest Educator of Excellence. As such he received an award and a $1,500 educator grant from the bank.

The Pierre Hospital Auxiliary held a raffle of a beautiful quilt hand-made by Marge Schoenrock. Several hundred tickets were sold. The winning name of Bill Abernathy was drawn by Governor Daugaard.

Michael Bumann recently graduated from the University of Michigan with a master’s degree in Chinese studies. He and his wife, Kimmie, will return to China in August.

Jeff Hunsley died at home in Pierre on April 30 at the age of 50. Services were held at First United Methodist Church on May 4. The son of Leonard and Cora Hunsley lived all of his life in Pierre. He grew up farming with his father and more recently was self-employed as a trucker. He is survived by his mother, Cora Hunsley of Rapid City, and several uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews and nieces.

Kelsie (Brandlee) and Josh Williams were married in Washington, D.C., on April 28. Josh is an accountant for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Kelsie is an attorney for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

DeeAnn Stevens and her sister, Mary Wiese, recently marked the 37th anniversary of the day DeeAnn donated a kidney to her sister.

There will be an additional reason to visit Crazy Horse Memorial this summer. The Native American music group Brule will perform at Crazy Horse at 12:30, 2:30 and 5:30 every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from June 7 through July 28.

Riggs High senior Austin Hoss, who last fall won the individual Class “AA” golf state championship, has declared his intention to attend South Dakota State and play golf for the Jackrabbits.

Kayla (Pochop) Riswold was inducted into the AOA National Medical Honor Society. Kayla is starting her senior year of medical school in Sioux Falls. Right now she is doing a family practice rotation in Pierre. She hopes to get a residency in dermatology.

Dr. Pat Anderson on behalf of Anderson Dental accepted the Unsung Hero Award from Capital Area United Way.

Twyla Mae Adney, 95, Pierre, died April 28 at Kelly’s Retirement Center. Services were held May 4 at Faith Lutheran Church, followed by interment at Black Hills National Cemetery. A native of Watertown, she married Richard Adney in 1947. In 1949 they moved to Pierre so he could work on the Oahe Dam construction. Mrs. Adney worked as a babysitter for several families and also at The Fabric Shop, Corner Dug, Sandvig’s and Total Look. She is survived by daughters Penney Williams of Spearfish and Debra Parsons and her husband Dean of Spearfish; son Kurt Adney and his wife Vicki of Sterling, Colo.; son Brent Adney and his wife Sheri of Pierre; a sister, Joy Bretsch of Brookings; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The Riggs High chamber choir will present “Angels of Architecture 2018″ in the Capitol Rotunda at 6 p.m. tonight (Thursday). There is no admission charge. The a capella choir under the direction of Rodd Bauck will sing its entire repertoire for this year.

Tyler Propst graduated from SDSU Saturday with a degree in agricultural engineering. He will be working as an electrical design engineer at AGCO in Jackson, Minn. Meanwhile, Aaron Propst, who graduated from SDSU in December with a master’s in mechanical engineering, has been in Sioux Falls for the past four months and working as a product engineer at Adams Thermal Systems in Canton. Their sister, Rachel, recently completed her third year of pharmacy school at SDSU and received her pharmacy white coat.

Sam Booker, 94, died April 27 in Pierre where he had lived for the last seven years. Services were held May 5 in his hometown of Princeton, Ind., where he lived much of his life except for 15 years in California. Among his survivors are his daughter, Patty Pearson and her husband Rodger in Pierre; his son, David Booker in Wisconsin; five grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

USD’s Chris Nilsen in winning the pole vault at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays surpassed a career-best 19’2 3/4” and thrilled a crowd as he did so in a pole vault pit right in the middle of the football field. It was the best vault in the U.S. this season and the fourth-best in the world.

Mary DeVany received her master of science degree in administrative studies/organizational leadership at USD’s commencement Saturday. Mary and her husband, Rex Bishman, and their son Adam live in Harrisburg.

With Ben Leidholt getting his degree at Northern State University last weekend, he joins his brothers, Lukus and Sam, with college degrees. The three men are the sons of Ron and Cari (Jorgenson) Leidholt.

Cora Julieta Bartsch was born to Will and Stephanie (Magedanz) Bartsch in Duluth, Minn., on April 27. She weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces. Cora is the first child for Will and Steph. Among her grandparents are Tom and Lita Magedanz, formerly of Pierre and now of Dubuque, Iowa. Steph’s brother, Charlie Magedanz, lives in Des Moines with his wife, Kamila, and their daughter Natalie, 5.

The Stanley County High School Class of 1983 has announced its 35-year reunion will be held June 30.

Kappa Alpha Theta sorority at the University of South Dakota has presented its Outstanding Alumna Award to Pierre native Meaghan (Anderson) Neuberger. Meaghan, who graduated from Riggs High in 1998, is a dentist in Sioux Falls.

Blake Dean graduated from South Dakota State University last Saturday with a degree in human biology. He is in the process of selecting the physical therapy school he will attend.

The South Dakota State Drone Club at SDSU has elected its 2018-19 officers, including Wyatt Rumrill as president.

Justin Oakland will graduate from the College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities on May 12.

Laura Schoen Carbonneau, who is stepping away from the position of chief executive officer of the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce, will begin June 4 as executive director of the Prairie Family Business Association, an outreach program of the USD Beacom School of Business. Taking Laura’s position at the Chamber of Commerce will be Jamie Seiner, beginning May 14. She has been director of the SHIINE program with the state of South Dakota for several years.

Michael and Jessica (Husman) Fuchs became parents for the first time on May 1. Their daughter, Elsie Lynn, weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces, and measured 19 3/4 inches. The family live in Manhattan, Kan.

Linden (Barber) Hiller, a graduate of Sully Buttes High School and the daughter of Ken and Paula (Johnson) Barber of Onida, graduated with a master’s degree as a reading specialist from East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., May 5.

In a newspaper column sent to newspapers from Governor Daugaard in time for State Employee Recognition Day, the following opened the column: “Aaron Scheibe (Riggs High ’97) has been instrumental in getting companies like Agropur and Terex to invest millions of dollars in South Dakota’s economy and played a key role in the development of Foundation Park, the state’s first mega industrial site. The economic development deputy commissioner’s work has helped bring jobs and companies to South Dakota. Aaron is one of thousands of state employees I am proud to call a co-worker.”

Matt Bunkowske worked as a clown at the Shrine Circus in Rapid City last weekend.

Sully Buttes High delegates to Girls State and Boys State at the end of this month will be Lauren Wittler and Cade Currier, respectively.

Oahe Marina & Resort on the downstream side of Oahe Dam will not be open in 2018. Steve Rounds with Oahe Tailrace, LLC, called the decision to shutter operations “difficult.” He said the 2011 flooding dealt a devastating blow that has been hard to overcome. The closure will not impact the three campgrounds, daytime use of the parks and the boat ramps. (News courtesy of “Today’s KCCR News.”)

Kyle Cummings has been promoted to the position of patrol sergeant with the Pierre Police Department. He has been in law enforcement for 12 years, including the last six with the police department.

Brianna Zimmerman, daughter of John and Sandy Zimmerman, graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln last weekend with a major in global studies and minors in business, history and Spanish. But that is only part of Brianna’s good news. She was named recipient of one of 14 Fulbright Scholarships earned by UNL students. Brianna will be going to South Korea in July for a year as an English teaching apprentice and also a cultural ambassador for the United States. The Fulbright Scholarship program is funded by the U.S. Department of State to foster understanding between this country and other nations. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as their potential for leadership.

The Evening for the Arts at Riggs High School, which was postponed due to bad weather last month, will now be held this Friday, May 11, from 6 to 10 p.m. There will be dinner, music, an art show, a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle as well as a big-band dance featuring the high school and middle school jazz bands from 8 to 10 p.m. Admission prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students. All proceeds till go to the performing arts and visual arts programs at Riggs High.

Fort Pierre will be one of the overnight stops on this year’s RASDAK bicycle tour across South Dakota. The ride will start in Sioux Falls and end in Hulett, Wyo., with overnight stops in Flandreau, De Smet, Miller, Fort Pierre, Union Center and Belle Fourche. The stop in Fort Pierre on Tuesday, June 5, will include a social, dinner and program at the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center. The riders will use facilities in the Stanley County school gym and will camp on the football field and at Fischer’s Lilly Park.

Ryan Habeck, senior at Stanley County High School, has been appointed to the incoming freshman class at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado.

B. Dwaine Tilden, 86, Sioux Falls, died April 28 at the Sanford Foundation Hospice. Services were held May 3. He worked as a garage technician for Tufty Dodge for 50 years. Among his survivors are his wife; his daughters, Beth Hahn in Pierre and Connie Marrowbone in Sioux Falls; his son, John Tilden in Sioux Falls; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Chris Rumrill was named Student-Athlete of the Year from the SDSU swimming and diving team.

USD senior Conrad Adam, who has been serving as the student member of the South Dakota Board of Regents, chaired the May 1 meeting of the Regents inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center at which the vote selecting the new USD president, Sheila Gestring, was announced. The Board of Regents later posted the following: “Thank you to Regent Conrad Adam for chairing today’s meeting. You are a terrific representative of the student body at USD and of all our public universities in South Dakota.”

Chad Kringel rolled a 300 game in bowling in Aberdeen on April 27.

Several present and former Pierre residents participated in the 18th annual SDSU “I’m Ready for Summer” triathlon in Brookings April 28. A triathlon
includes a 500-yard swim, a 12-mile bicycle ride and a 5K run. First-place finisher among more than 80 athletes was Weston Christensen, who swam distance races for the SDSU swimming team in his college years. Weston at age 23 was timed in 55:09.858. Jerry Tveidt of Aberdeen, age 34, was 17th in 1:13.09.425. Scott Darnall, age 46, Pierre, came in 20th in 1:15.57.322. Michael Tveidt of Sioux Falls, age 30, was 21st in 1:16.22.087. Tami Darnall, age 48, Pierre, placed 49th in 1:31.58.563. Mary Turner of Pierre, age 51, was 60th in 1:38.56.563. Her father, former governor Frank Farrar of Britton, who is 89 years old, finished 78th in 2:43.38.731.

Kelly Neiles-Brindza recently received the Norton L. Dodge Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Junior Faculty Member at St. Mary’s College in Maryland.

Thad and Aubrey (Hunt) Stofferahn of Humboldt have added another daughter to their family. Ada Mae Louise Stofferahn was born April 28, weighing 9 pounds, 7 ounces. She joins Ellie, 8; Tilden, 5, and Hattie, 2, in their family.

Will Turman, Riggs High senior and state champion wrestler, has been selected as the 2018 Dave Schultz Memorial High School Excellence Award winner for South Dakota.

Karlie Warne has spent this past school year as a graduate assistant at USD and completed the first year of her school psychology Ph.D. program with a 4.0 grade-point average both semesters. She has three years remaining.

Tickets will go on sale June 1 for “Coming Home for Cancer,” a concert by the legendary Red Willow Band at the Pat Duffy Community & Youth Involved Center on July 25. The evening of great music and dancing will raise funds for the Helmsley Cancer Treatment Center.

Brock Axthelm, Ross Vander Vorste and Evan Roth, who graduated from Riggs High School together in 2002, got together in San Francisco last week to jointly celebrate their May birthdays.

Riggs High alumnus Stuart Stofferahn has been selected as the recipient of the Bud Cuca Servant Leader of the Year award given by Leadership Lincoln. Inc., in Lincoln, Neb. The annual award is bestowed to “embody the ideals of servant leadership, by leading from the heart and for using his talents, gifts and leadership ability to make a better future for the entire community, including all of its citizens.” Stuart was nominated in part for his creating Nebraska Transition College, which provides a tailored learning atmosphere and builds stronger communities to enhance interdependent living for individuals with an autism spectrum disorder or other learning differences. Stuart and his golden retriever, Buckley, also are dedicated hospice therapy volunteers. An interview with Stuart conducted by Leadership Lincoln, Inc., can be accessed at this link:
Note: In that web address the fifth letter from the end is a lower-case “L,” not a capital “I.”

Blunt native Mark Kozel, an alumnus of Sully Buttes High School, has retired after 45 years with Scott’s Lumber in Sioux Falls. Mark is married to the former Marcia Davis of Onida.

Lt. Col. Jason Christenson, who grew up in Blunt and graduated from high school at Sully Buttes, was commencement speaker Monday at Des Moines Area Community College’s campus in Carroll, Iowa. Jason served in the U.S. Marine Corpos from 1993 to 1997. He later joined the Army ROTC program. He has served tours of duty in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait. Since 2015 he has been professor of military science at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. His ROTC program there was named the most improved in the nation in 2015. Since that year UCM’s ROTC program has grown from 37 cadets to more than 90. It was ranked No. 7 out of 275 in the nation during the 2017 academic year. Jason’s parents are Larry and Dolly Christenson of Blunt.

PAWS Animal Rescue will get the proceeds from a freewill-offering Mexican supper served at the American Legion cabin on Monday, May 14, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Elizabeth Schaefer on Monday night was named High School Female Athlete of the Year in Rapid City at the annual awards banquet. Each of the five local high schools there—Stevens, Central, Christian, St. Thomas More and Douglas—nominated a male athlete and a female athlete as candidates for the city-wide honor. Lizzie, a junior at Stevens, is the daughter of Pierre natives Troy and Kim (Merkwan) Schaefer. She plays basketball and volleyball and runs track at Stevens. Just last weekend she won the 300-meter hurdles at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays in Sioux Falls for the fourth straight year.

Ethan Leif, a biology/pre-medicine major at South Dakota State University, has accepted the position of external vice president for the State A Thon executive board. The dance marathon raises funds for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, a non-profit organization that raises funds and awareness for more than 170 pediatric hospitals across North America, including Sanford’s Children’s Castle in Sioux Falls. Ethan is also a physiology tutor and a community assistant with SDSU housing and residential life. To contribute to the State A Thon, go to Ethan Leif’s Facebook page and scroll down to find his fund-raising page link.

Sully Buttes alumnus Caleb Currier just completed his third year at the University of Tennessee where he is working toward his bachelor of science degree in education. His major is recreation and sport management. He will also have a business administration minor and a communication studies minor. Caleb has one more year of school left in Knoxville and one more year as a student manager with the Lady Vols women’s basketball team. He is the son of Scott and Brenda (McGee) Currier.

Sully County native Rosella Seaman died Tuesday at the age of 87. She was the wife of Dick Seaman. They have lived in the Nemo/Rapid City area for many years. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City with visitation one hour prior.

Former Pierre resident John Beranek of Sioux Falls was listed Wednesday as a member of Paul TenHaken’s 10-member transition team. Beranek works as a leadership consultant. TenHaken, who takes office as Sioux Falls mayor Tuesday, said the team will meet on a regular basis to advise and consult with him on key appointments, initiatives and the execution of his 100-day plan.




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