Vol. 19, No. 37; Thursday, May 31, 2018

May 31, 2018 | Parker's Midweek Update | 0 comments


No matter one’s political party registration, there is some serious voting to do on Tuesday as primary and local elections are held. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

All voters in South Dakota have Constitutional Amendment Y to consider. Revisions in the amendment, which was first passed in 2016, are favored by law enforcement. A “yes” vote would adopt the amendment, revising certain provisions relating to the rights of crime victims. A “no” vote favors leaving the amendment as it is, keeping the full effects of Marsy’s law in place.

In Hughes County voters can select three among seven candidates for the county commission. On the ballot are Dave Word, Connie Hohn, Jerry Ogan, Kerry Smith, Bill Abernathy, Dave Braun and Randy Vance.

In Pierre voters will choose two city council members from among three candidates—incumbents Jamie Huizenga and Jim Mehlhaff and challenger Kylor Knox.

Pierre voters will also be deciding whether the city should build a water treatment facility.

In Sully County voters in Area 5 will choose a county commissioner between Joe Fanger and Tawana Grueb.

Registered Republicans will select the party’s candidate for governor between attorney general Marty Jackley and U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem. Republicans also have to choose a U.S. House of Representatives candidate from among Dusty Johnson, Shantel Krebs and Neal Tapio.

In District 24 (Hughes, Stanley and Sully counties) Republicans will choose two legislative House of Representatives candidates from among incumbents Mary Duvall and Tim Rounds and challenger Roxanne Weber.


I consider On Trend to be the clothes that still fit.


Pierre Post 8:
Saturday—home vs. Renner, 1:00 doubleheader.
Sunday—home vs. Rapid City Post 22, 1:00 doubleheader.
Tuesday—home vs. Aberdeen, 6:00 single game.

Post 8 teams’ schedules this week:
Thursday—U16 team @ Sioux Falls East, 4:00 doubleheader.
Friday—Junior Legion home vs. Huron, 5:00 doubleheader; U14 @ Mitchell, 4:00 doubleheader; U3 home vs. Watertown, 5:00 doubleheader.
Saturday—Legion home vs. Renner, 1:00 doubleheader; Junior Legion home vs. Pierre U16, 5:00 doubleheader.
Sunday—Legion home vs. Rapid City Post 22, 1:00 doubleheader.
Monday—U1t home vs. Watertown, 5:00 doubleheader.
Tuesday—Legion home vs. Aberdeen, 6:00 single game; U16 home vs. Rapid City Post 22, 1:00 doubleheader.
Wednesday—U13 @ Aberdeen, 3:00 doubleheader.

Pierre Trappers: The Trappers lost their first-ever game in Aberdeen, 8-6, last Friday but then beat the HotShots in the home opener, 4-0, a game highlighted by a home run by Pierre’s own Spencer Sarringar. Pierre also whipped Hub City 12-4 Sunday. The Trappers made it three wins in a row Tuesday, 11-7 over Hub City, as Ken Scott and Jack Waletich had three hits apiece and they plus Sarringar had two RBIs. Jackson Back was winning pitcher, going the last three innings and allowing no hits. Last night the Trappers made it four wins in a row with an 8-7 win over Hub City. Scott had three hits and four RBIs. Cole Johnson had three hits and three RBIs. A.J. Fell was winning pitcher in middle relief. After the sixth straight game against Aberdeen tonight to open the season, Pierre will finally get to play somebody else starting this weekend in Dickinson.

Expedition League standings:
Lewis Division—Pierre 4-1, Badlands 3-2, Souris Valley 2-3, Hub City 1-4.
Clark Division—Hastings 3-2, Spearfish 3-2, Casper 2-2, Western Nebraska 1-3.

Pierre Trappers:
Thursday—home vs. Hub City, 6:35.
Friday—@ Badlands (Dickinson), 7:35 CDT.
Saturday—@ Badlands, 7:35.
Sunday—@ Badlands, 6:35.
Monday—@ Souris Valley (Minot), 6:35.
Tuesday—@ Souris Valley, 6:35.
Wednesday—home vs. Hub City, 6:35.
Thursday—home vs. Hub City, 6:35.

High school baseball: The lowest seed among the four teams in the state “A” semifinals Saturday in Sioux Falls, Pierre nevertheless reached the championship game. The Governors beat Sioux Falls O’Gorman, 5-3, in their semifinal as 18 of the 21 O’Gorman outs were strikeouts—16 by starter Peyton Zabel in 6 1/3 innings and the final two by closer Austin Hoss. Grey Zabel drove in two runs, and Garrett Stout had two hits. In the championship game against Brandon Valley, Pierre was the victim of a complete game by sophomore Dayne Peyton, who allowed six hits and struck out two. The Pierre runs came on an RBI single by Hoss and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Michael Lusk. Stout and Peyton Zabel each had a double, and each scored a run. Starter Stout gave up four runs in his 3 1/3 innings. Pierre finished its high school season with a 15-7 record.

High school baseball: Pierre’s Michael Lusk, Peyton Zabel, Garrett Stout and Grey Zabel earned all-region honors. Lusk and Zabel were named to the All-State team.

Chicago Cubs:
Thursday: @ New York Mets, 6:10.
Friday: @ New York Mets, 6:10.
Saturday: @ New York Mets, 6:15, Fox.
Sunday: @ New York Mets, 12:10, MLBN.
Tuesday: Philadelphia, 7:05.
Wednesday; Philadelphia, 7:05.
Thursday: Philadelphia, 1:20.

Minnesota Twins:
Thursday: Cleveland, 7:10, MLBN, FSN.
Friday: Cleveland, 7:10, FSN.
Saturday: Cleveland, 3:10, FS1.
Sunday: Cleveland, 1:10, FSN.
Tuesday: Chicago White Sox, 3:10 doubleheader, FSN.
Wednesday: Chicago White Sox, 7:10, FSN.
Thursday: Chicago White Sox, 12:10, FSN.

Colorado Rockies (times MDT):
Friday: Los Angeles Dodgers, 6:40, MLBN.
Saturday: Los Angeles Dodgers, 5:15, Fox.
Sunday: Los Angeles Dodgers, 1:10.
Tuesday: @ Cincinnati, 5:10.
Wednesday: @ Cincinnati, 5:10.
Thursday: @ Cincinnati, 10:35.

Sioux Falls Canaries: In the past week the Canaries lost two of three to Winnipeg and lost two of three to Fargo-Moorhead, including an 8-4 defeat last night in which Fargo-Moorhead had two home runs and scored five runs all in the bottom of the ninth. Sioux Falls is home vs. Lincoln Friday through Sunday and on the road in Chicago Monday through Wednesday.


She ran after the garbage truck, yelling, “Am I too late for the garbage?”

The driver said, “No! Jump in.”


2 days: Crazy Horse volksmarches (June 2-3).
2 days: Casey Tibbs statue unveiling and Match of Champions (June 2).
4 days: State ‘B’ boys/girls golf tournaments, Watertown (June 4-5).
4 days: State ‘AA’ girls golf tournament, Aberdeen (June 4-5).
5 days: Primary and municipal elections (June 5).
7 days: South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, Vermillion (June 7-10).
10 days: Tony awards, CBS-TV (June 10).
14 days: Men’s soccer World Cup, Russia (June 14-July 15).
15 days: Unveiling of newest Trail of Governors statues (June 15).
16 days: College World Series, Omaha (June 16-27).
21 days: Capital City Children’s Chorus 25th anniversary reunion (June 21).
21 days: Oahe Days (June 21-23).
22 days: Riggs High Class of ’98 reunion (June 22-24).
29 days: Bass Anglers Sportsman’s Society Elite Series fishing tournament (Jun 29-July 2).
30 days: Stanley County High Class of ’83 reunion (June 30).


“Positive Reinforcement” by Wade Ago.
— Literary WordPlay


Girls track: At the state meet in Sturgis and Rapid City, the Lady Govs accumulated 27 points and placed 12th. Brandon Valley won the “AA” title for the first time with 108.5 points, ahead of Lincoln’s 94 and Yankton’s 72. The Pierre points:
— Addy Eisenbeisz, first in triple jump, 35’8 1/4″ (10 points).
— Addy Eisenbeisz, fifth in high jump, 5’3″ (4 points).
— Addy Eisenbeisz, fourth in long jump, 17’3 3/4″ (5 points).
— Mikah Moser, seventh in pole vault, 10’3″ (2 points).
— Emily Mikkelsen, eighth in 400, 1:02.45 (1 point).
— Mackenzie Rath, fourth in shot put, 39’6 3/4″ (5 points).

Boys track: Two athletes accounted for all 18 of the Governors’ points at the state meet where Pierre was 13th. Lincoln won the team title in runaway fashion with 174 points, ahead of Rapid City Central’s 79.5 and Brandon Valley’s 74. The Pierre points:
— Erick Colman, first in shot put, 51’5″ (10 points).
— Jack Maher, sixth in discus, 147’6″ (3 points).
— Jack Maher, fourth in shot put, 49’3 3/4″ (5 points).

Girls golf: Pierre placed third in the ESD Conference tournament with a 345 team score. Aberdeen Central was the team champion with a 306 score. Halle Gronlund and Annabelle Simpson earned all-conference honors by placing among the top 15. Halle tied for eighth with an 80, and Annabelle tied for 12th with an 86. Other Pierre scores: Rilee Rowse, tied for 17th, 89; Jessa McTighe and Taylor Davis, tied for 19th, 90; Kaitlyn Swenson, tied for 24th, 92.

This week’s schedule:
Girls golf—Monday-Tuesday, @ state tournament, Aberdeen.


Boys track: At the state “A” meet in Spearfish and Rapid City the Buffaloes tied for 14th place with 14 points. St. Thomas More won the boys’ team title with 109.5 points, ahead of Sioux Falls Christian’s 80. STM also won the girls’ team title with 83 points, ahead of Belle Fourche’s 52 and Vermillion’s 51. The Stanley County boys’ points:
— Shay Van Den Hemel, sixth in 3200, 10:16.94 (3 points).
— Brady Hoftiezer, fourth in shot put, 49’3 1/2″ (5 points).
— Cale Meiners, seventh in 800, 2:02.72 (2 points).
— 4×800 relay, fifth, 8:29.97, Meiners, Logan Rosenberger, Ryan Habeck, Van Den Hemel (4 points).

This week’s schedule:
Golf—Monday-Tuesday, @ state tournament, Watertown.


Draw four boxes side-by-side. Then make another row of four boxes directly beneath the first row. Then draw still another row of four boxes directly below the second row. Number the four boxes in the top row 1, 2, 3 and 4 from left to right. Number the left-hand box in the middle row as 5. Number the left-hand box in the bottom row as 6.

Word clues:
1 across: To corner with no escape.
1 down: An airline out of the past.
2 down: Color standard system.
3 down: Machine that gives you money.
4 down: Organization supporting schools.
5 across: Houston Texas player/humanitarian.
6 across: College in Michigan.

(Solution found at the bottom of this Update.)


Girls track: At the state “B” meet in Rapid City the Charger girls tied for 15th place with 19 points. Deubrook Area won the state championship with 89 points, ahead of Ipswich’s 58.5 and Newell’s 47. The Sully Buttes points:
— Rachel Guthmiller, first in discus, 125’1″ (10 points).
— Marinda Archer, sixth in discus, 113’5″ (3 points).
— Lauren Wittler, fourth in shot put, 36’6″ (5 points).
— 4×400 relay, eighth, 4:24.63, Dani Frost, Allyson Wittler, Calleigh Chicoine, Brooklynn Bradford (1 point).

Boys track: Two athletes accounted for the Sully Buttes boys’ 21 points at the state meet. Freeman edged Viborg-Hurley, 46-42, for the team title, ahead of Gregory’s and Wall’s 37. The Charger points:
— Jacob Howard, second in discus, 154’6″ (8 points).
— Jett Lamb, second in shot put, 53’3/4″ (8 points).
— Jacob Howard, fourth in shot put, 50’0″ (5 points).

This week’s schedule:
Golf—Monday-Tuesday, @ state tournament, Watertown.


A simile walks into a bar, as parched as a desert.


PGA Champions Tour: At the Senior PGA Championship at Benton Harbor, Mich., Tom Byrum tied for eighth place and earned $86,500 for his efforts. His scorecard showed 69-69-67-69=274. He was 10 under par, nine strokes behind winner Paul Broadhurst. Next on the Champions Tour is the Principal Charity Classic at Des Moines June 8-10.


Sioux Falls Storm: Idle last week, the Storm plays at Green Bay Friday night.


“Rosa Parks was not protesting the bus. Gandhi was not protesting the food. The colonists were not protesting tea. Players are not protesting the flag or the anthem. They are protesting injustice.”
— Anonymous on Twitter


Minnesota Lynx: The Lynx defeated New York, 78-72; lost to Washington, 90-78, and lost to Atlanta, 76-74. Minnesota is home vs. Phoenix Friday and Los Angeles Sunday.


Minnesota United FC: The Loons defeated Montreal, 2-0, Saturday. This Sunday they are home vs. Sporting Kansas City at 6:30. Next Wednesday they play at FC Cincinnati at 5:30 in the U.S. Open Cup.

Sioux Falls Thunder: The Thunder lost last night to Med City FC in Rochester, 3-1. Sioux Falls is home Saturday vs. Duluth FC.


He could lead if he would get the lead out.


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 23: Jason Petersen/Ericka Wiebrush.
June 29: Jack Markel/Eileen Leong.
June 30: Jason Graves/Sarah Seibel.
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.


Terrier + bulldog = Terribull, not a good dog


Augustana: The Vikings won their opener at the Division II College World Series in Cary, N.C., over Southern New Hampshire, 5-2. In the next round Monday Augie stunned the top national seed, Florida Southern, 6-5. The Vikings had Tuesday and Wednesday off, awaiting an opponent today (Thursday) to play for the national championship. If the other surviving team is also unbeaten, a best two-of-three series will determine the champion. If the other team already has one loss, Augie needs to win only once to be national champions.

Minnesota (Nolan Burchill): The Gophers swept through the Big 10 conference tournament in Omaha. They beat Illinois, 3-0; took out Ohio State, 8-1, and won the title over Purdue, 6-4, to complete a 41-13 regular season with the school’s 10th Big 10 title. Minnesota as #14 national seed hosts one of the 16 regionals this weekend. Canisius is the Gophers’ first opponent, and the other two teams in Minneapolis are Gonzaga and UCLA. The winner advances to a super regional next weekend to determine a College World Series entrant.

South Dakota State (Landon Badger, Quinn Reimers): At the Summit League tournament in Tulsa, SDSU lost to perennial champion Oral Roberts in the first round, 13-8. Landon was 1-of-5 at the plate and scored once. In an 8-4 win over Western Illinois, Landon went 1-for-4 and drove home a run. In another elimination game SDSU ousted NDSU, 13-7, as Landon walked twice and went 0-for-4 at the plate. In the finals Oral Roberts won its 19th Summit title with an 11-3 win over the Jacks. Landon did make the defensive play of the day, taking a home run away from an ORU hitter in the sixth inning as he stretched his arm and glove over the wall to bring back the ball. SDSU ends the season with an 18-32 record.


South Dakota: USD has six qualifiers for the NCAA championships at Eugene, Ore., June 6-9, the most since USD moved to Division I. Qualifying out of the NCAA West Preliminaries at Sacramento last week are:
— junior Lora Boman (Edina, Minn.), seventh in hammer, 204’8″.
— sophomore Zack Anderson (Parker), tied for first in high jump, 7’1″.
— redshirt junior Jake David (Venture, Calif.), 12th in pole vault, 16’10 3/4″.
— sophomore Chris Nilsen (Kansas City), tied for first in pole vault, 17’2 2/3″.
— sophomore Helen Falda (Torino, Italy), tied for first in pole vault, 13’8 1/2″.
— junior Ben Hammer (Dell Rapids), 11th in discus, 181’7″.

Liberty (Cortney Dowling): Cortney in her first year of college competition is going to the NCAA nationals at Eugene, Ore., June 6-9. Her 4×100 relay team ran the second-fastest time in school history, :45.17. The 4×400 relay team just missed qualifying, placing 13th in 3:36.56, a school record time, but only the top 12 qualify for nationals.

South Dakota State: Rachel King, junior from St. Michael, Minn., qualified for nationals out of the NCAA West Preliminaries in Sacramento, placing 10th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:57.75, a school record time.


A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows. Be a weed.
— Doug Larson


Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing violence, reports there is an unintentional shooting involving a child in this country every 34 hours. There have been at least 70 such shootings so far in 2018. While the U.S. Congress and state officials bear mush responsibility in failing to do more to prevent gun violence, individual Americans, including parents and prosecutors, can do more. There would be many fewer “accidents” involving small children and shootings by teens if gun-owning adults locked up their weapons. Those who do not do so should be held criminally, and very publicly, accountable. That may be the only hope for saving children—and their classmates—from gun violence.
— Des Moines Register


Thursday, May 31:
Wes Dugstad, Jackson Hipple, Graham Protexter, Tori Emerson, Jay Mickelson, Jackie Schlaikjer, Melissa (Hitchcock) Maxwell, Lahnee Martin, Tyler Bales, Rodney Parks, Curry Kuehl, Alice Rapp, Craig Feigum, Kirk Yackley, Jeff Robbins, Anna Engelbrecht, Kayla Engelbrecht, Connie (Rislov) Casanova.
— 10th anniversary, Dan/Alissa (Harter) Schumacher.
— 15th anniversary, Jason/Lanete (McFarling) Kotilnek.
— 21st anniversary, Jon/Heather Sailer.
— 57th anniverssary, Jack/Lillian Campbell.
— 7th anniversary, Daniel/Christee (Staufer) Hershberger.
— 5th anniversary, Aaron/Jenna (Goehring) Hiller.
— 4th anniversary, Nick/Liz (Winter) Marso.
— 4th anniversary, Andrew/Heather Fergen.
— 61st anniversary, Roger/Suzanne Pries.
— 32nd anniversary, Vern/Hope Armstrong.

Friday, June 1:
Jonathan Huft, Miranda Townsend, Amanda (Chick) Deelstra, Josh Ford, Bruce Abels, Tanner Johnson, Paige Erickson, Alex Roth, Melinda (Kruger) Vetsch, Jerry Bollinger, Rick Jensen, Julie (Inman) Darger.
— Anniversary, Craig/Gail Eichstadt.
— 2nd anniversary, Aaron/Kayla (Pochop) Riswold.
— 16th anniversary, Nathan/Kristin (Koupal) Venner.
— 5th anniversary, Elliot/Emily (Bloomberg) Meier.
— 55th anniversary, Dan/Helen Sutera.
— 45th anniversary, Mark/Marcia (Davis) Kozel.

Saturday, June 2:
Ryan Beck, Lila Houck, Marley Myers, Matt Judson, Nicole Erbele, Bill Shoup, Austyn Christiansen, TyAnn Herman, Momo Kei Welch Okawa, Julie (Shangreaux) Sibson, Tammy (Hinckley) Garrity.
— 6th anniversary, Sam/Holly (Lindbloom) Gilkerson.
— 6th anniversary, Tony/Mackenzie (Kusser) Blake.
— 12th anniversary, Mike/Lindsey Swenson.
— 12th anniversary, Aaron/Ashley (Pries) Brewer.
— 6th anniversary, Eric/Angie Aadland.

Sunday, June 3:
Amber (LaBrie) Shaw, Cohen Grunewaldt, Josh Vanderloo, Rusty Westall, Shawn Hostler, Lucas Roberts, Aspen Iverson.
— 1st anniversary, Clint/Cally (Thomas) Kindred.
— 23rd anniversary, Jon/Theresa Beastrom.
— 51st anniversary, Terry/Nancy Woster.
— 13th anniversary, Tyler/Tiffany (Tate) Stoeser.
— 1st anniversary, Walter/Natasha Haag.
— 29th anniversary, Duane/Penny Unruh.

Monday, June 4:
Emily (Stout) Kelley, Ellen Johnson, Scott Howard, Nick Renemans, Aaron Blow, Marrietta Catlin, Ava Aadland, Jessica (Evenstad) Haeder, Amanda Aadland, Tillie Haag, Bodie Bramblee, Owen Zuercher.
— 36th anniversary, Gary/Genny McMath.
— 13th anniversary, Brandon/Melanie (Bunkowske) Cruse.
— 13th anniversary, Scott/Sara (Goeden) Richardson.
— 13th anniversary, Tony/Megan Darger.
— 13th anniversary, Brian/Jennifer Lowery.
— 7th anniversary, Lucas/Angela Scheibe.
— 41st anniversary, Patrick/Jill Burger.

Tuesday, June 5:
Carter Baloun, Nate Chappelle, Madilyn Brakke, Chuck Weischedel, Alice (Scharnweber) Safe, Kalen Moodie, Jeremy Clegg, Carter Martin, Sarah Lake, Joe Riis, Mike Fisher, Chad Larson, Matt Bunkowske, Dakota Huber, Alexia Zeigler.
— 8th anniversary, Brandon/Jennifer (Pogany) Kirchner.
— 14th anniversary, Chris/Deb (Micklos) Nelson.
— 8th anniversary, Jason/Hollie (Stutesman) Stoeser.
— 8th anniversary, Ross/Jennifer (Neuhauser) Tschetter.
— 14th anniversary, Andy/Deborah (Lucas) Leedahl.
— 14th anniversary, Tim/Jamie Maher.
— 14th anniversary, Brad/Dawn Englund.
— 14th anniversary, Josh/Heather (Clausen) Redetzke.
— 8th anniversary, Zach/Lisa (Sizer) Clark.
— 8th anniversary, Brett/Amanda Fergen.

Wednesday, June 6:
Drayton Thomas, Katie Carter, Brad Garrett, Edna Chambers-Brady, Zach Hanson, Willa Whitebird, Preston Workman, Madeline Roby, J.J. Kucker, Vona Johnson, Roberta Lovald.
— 37th anniversary, Ki/Jennie Weingart.
— 3rd anniversary, Mitch/Jennie Boe.
— 49th anniversary, Bob/Eileen Kramer.
— 3rd anniversary, Zane/Sarah (Albrecht) Pries.
— 53rd anniversary, David/Suzanna (Lauing) Lockkhart.

Thursday, June 7:
Polly Kuykendall, Paul Karber, Ellie Gran, Trailyn Townsend, Anthony Hatlestad, Erik Gilbertson, Sarah Sullivan, Stacey Somsen, Sara Anderson, Van Huse, Bretton Barber, Hudson Barber, Lydia Sullivan.
— 43rd anniversary, Dick/Patti Stolp
— 4th anniversary, Eric/Christina (Adams) Lusk.
— 15th anniversary Joe/Gina (Nickolas) Gruman.
— 4th anniversary, Spencer/Christina Yackley.
— 15th anniversary, Cody/Susan (Van Camp) Wendelbo.
— 15th anniversary, Andy/Janelle (Kvislen) Carda.
— 43rd anniversary, Joe/Cindy Jungman.


— Women’s softball fans, it’s College World Series time in Oklahoma City and everywhere on the ESPN networks starting today (Thursday). In Bracket 1 are Oregon, Oklahoma, Washington and Arizona State. In Bracket 2 are Florida, UCLA, Florida State and Georgia. Each bracket has double-elimination play to determine a winner, then the two bracket winners play a best two-of-three championship series.


Tickets go on sale Friday for the Red Willow Band’s “Coming Home for Cancer” concert to be held at the Pat Duffy Community Center in Fort Pierre on July 25. To get tickets call 280-2491 or 280-6071 or go to Pierre Music, Alley Exchange, Pink Petal, Dakotamart or Capital City Wine and Spirits.

Ashlee Rathbun has been named executive director of Capital Area United Way. She has been its program coordinator for the last three years. Ashlee succeeds Christina Oey, who is moving with her family to Sioux Falls.

Jay and Kasey (Anderson) Cappellano of Omaha are the parents of a son, Gio Thomas, who was born May 24 on his brother Dax’s birthday. Gio weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces, and measured 20 1/2 inches. He joins Ander, 5; Kenzie 5, and Dax, 2, in their family.

The spring semester Dean’s List at the University of South Dakota includes these area full-time students: Jordyne Schultz, Shaina Dean, Katie Lehrkamp, Tom Maher, Emily Spaid, Jessica Wagner, Conrad Adam, Jon Albright, Cash Anderson, Katie Bartlett, Annelle Becker, Caitlin Bolte, Hannah Booth, Myranda Brandner, Shaina Farris, Renee Gallagher, Nicole Gednalske, McKenna Halverson, Carlie Hanson Demeri Hanson, Michael Hanson, Layne Hohn, Katy Honeywell, Connor Jallo, Amanda Jandt, Mollie Jenkins, Hallie Jerome, Jace Jerome, Jenna Johnson, Jack Johnson, Cassandra JKones, Jordyn Lemieux, Brooke Miller, Jenny Miller, Madisyn Neibauer, Hanna Tounsley, Emily Wald, Brooke Wiest, Ciara Duffy.

Part-time USD students who earned Academic Honors for the spring semester include Hope Jurrens, Christine Olson, Emily Adams, Kaitlin Cummings, Liz DeTample, Jana Doherty, Alisha Hunt, Jason Larson and Tatum Richards.

Courtney Klatt, whose mother is Pierre native Sandy (Case) Klatt, was named co-Most Valuable Performer among Class “AA” girls at the state track meet. The Sioux Falls Lincoln senior, who transferred from Brandon Valley after her sophomore year, won the 1600-meter run n 5:02.73, won the 3200 in 11:14.46, placed second in the 800 in 2:16.42, and ran on Lincoln’s medley team, which placed second in 4:20.66. She will be attending Xavier University in Cincinnati beginning this fall.

Meanwhile, Rapid City Stevens junior Elizabeth Schaefer, whose parents are Pierre natives Troy and Kim (Merkwan) Schaefer, won both of the hurdles events at the state “AA” track meet, winning the 100s in :14.98 and the 300s in :44.46. Though she still has another year of high school competition remaining, Elizabeth has won the 300-meter hurdles for four straight years (from eighth grade through junior year) and has won the 100-meter hurdles twice.

Edgar B. “Ed” Taylor, 96, died April 14 at Rapid City Regional Hospice. A celebration and sharing of his life was held on Monday at his “Gramps’ Place” in his daughter’s yard in Rapid City. A private family internment of his ashes took place at Mountain View Cemetery. In the summer of 1963 he moved his family to a farm north of Pierre where he partnered with his brother on a farm and trucked. In 1979 they retired, sold the farm and moved to the Black Hills. Among his survivors are his daughter, Susan Andersen of Rapid City; his son, Rick Taylor of Sioux Falls; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; his brother, Bert Taylor of Pierre, and his sister, Dorothy, of Kuzoki, Saskatchewan. Among the grandchildren are Todd Taylor and his wife DeNeil (Hosman) of Pierre and Toni Durnil and her husband Jason of Sioux Falls and their families.

Jim McLain, who will be teaching language arts at Georgia Morse Middle School beginning this fall, urges anyone who goes on a trip this summer to send a postcard or two. He wants to make his classroom all about journeys and plans to make use of the postcards from anywhere and everywhere. Check the Facebook page entitled “Jimmy McLain” and post a private message to him to ask for his mail address to which you can send your postcards.

Josh and Kassi (Schuetzle) Wilson will have new teaching assignments this fall but are remaining in the Meade School District. Josh will be teaching physical education at the newly-built Stagebarn Middle School in Summerset, and Kassi will be a third-grade teacher in Sturgis. They both have been teaching at Piedmont Valley Elementary.

At Central High School’s commencement in Rapid City on Sunday, at least two young men whose parents have Pierre connections received their diplomas. They are Jed Hillestad’s son, Austin Hillestad, and Cory and Dawn (Henderson) Holmes’ son, Joshua Holmes.

Owner Chad Grunewaldt told the Vermillion City Council he plans to build a rooftop patio atop the second floor of his Old Lumber Company business in downtown Vermillion for diners and those who wish to relax with a view.

This Sunday’s 8 a.m. service at the Oahe Chapel on S.D. Highway 1804 next to the east end of the dam will be conducted by people from New Life Assembly of God, featuring the Blood Washed Band.

Former Pierre residents Duane and Penny Unruh, who have pastored in Belgium for several years, are grandparents for the first time. Their son, Austin, and his wife, Kristy, are the parents of a son, Marshall Wilder Unruh.

Music for “Sundays at the Legion” on the deck at the Legion cabin from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. this Sunday will be shared by Rodd and Joey. On June 10 the No Worries Band will be there.

Cheri (Olinger) Raymond and her Team Jonathan are again planning to walk in memory of her brother, Jonathan Olinger, in the Sioux Falls Step Forward to Prevent Suicide. The walk begins at Falls Park at 9 a.m. June 10. To help support the Helpline Center through Cheri’s team, go to:

Meanwhile, Kathy Sarvis and her family will participate in the same walk June 10 in memory of their loved one, Brian Bult, who lost his life to suicide four years ago. Their team name is Brian’s Storm Troopers. Find the Helpline Center page and click on “Search for a Team” to find them so you can donate to their cause.

The spring semester Dean’s List at South Dakota State University includes these area students (asterisk indicates 4.0): Rachel Propst*, Madelyn Reinke*, Chris Rumrill*, Wyatt Rumrill*, Moina Syed*, Brady Woodring*, Marie Zander*, Carter Gordon, Martee Larson*, Ashley Theobald*, Conner Archer, Bramm Pickner, Hannah Becker, Donald Beckwith, Hanna Corning, Blake Dean, Haley Dorschner, Bennett Eisenbeisz, Andrew Forest, Logan Gesinger, Nathanael Hill, Alyssa Jedema, Jacey Jessop, Brad Koch, Abby Lingle, Jordan Lutmer, Hayden Miller, Tyler Propst, Nathan Remmich, Emily Rice, Sierrah Schlekeway, Kelsey Schmitz, Connor Shoop, Kallie Stout, Julia Stueven, Anna Maher, Clay Feller*, Blake Widvey, Reed Feller, Erin Foth*, Greer Hofer*, Briana Hyde*, Audrey Johnson*, Joshua Weinheimer*, Sarah Haberman*, Cartney Knecht*, Ethan Leif*, Madison McLaury*, Shelby Meintsma*, Stephanie Nelson*.

Short Grass Arts Council’s Tales on the River program series begins next Thursday, June 7. Each program starts at 7 p.m. at the Moose Lodge, preceded by music at 6:30. The first program will feature music by Katie Dwyer at 6:30, and the program at 7 features Tony Mangan, who at the time of the 2011 flood was news director at KCCR. He will give his memories of the flood and its impact on the community.

Gladys Laarsen, a former long-time resident of Pierre, continues her journey with Alzheimer’s and arthritis. Her daughter, Janet Larsen, writes that her mother, after some time working on medication issues and starting in-home hospice at the memory care unit at Dow Rummel Village, is doing quite well. Mrs. Larsen has gained weight and is generally content in her surroundings. “We have been through some rough times and are grateful for however long this part of the journey may last,” Janet said. “She still knows who we are!” Mrs. Larsen likes cards but probably won’t connect to whom it is from. The address for Gladys Larsen is 1321 Dow Rummel St., Sioux Falls SD 57104.

In this sixth school year of the South Dakota Showdown Series sponsored by South Dakota Corn, USD again came out on top over SDSU, 14-13. USD has now evened the six-year series at three wins apiece. It is USD’s third win in the last four years after SDSU won the first two years. USD got its points in this manner: 3 for GPA, 2 for volleyball sweep 2-0, 2 for women’s basketball sweep 2-0, 1 for women’s cross country, 1 for a men’s basketball win, 1 for men’s swimming and diving, 1 for women’s indoor track and field, 1 for women’s tennis, 1 for men’s golf and 1 for women’s outdoor track and field. SDSU’s points came in this manner: 3 for GPA, 2 for the football game, 1 for women’s soccer, 1 for men’s cross country, 1 for women’s swimming and diving, 1 for a men’s basketball win, 1 for men’s indoor track and field, 1 for a softball series win 2-1, 1 for women’s golf and 1 for men’s outdoor track and field.

Patrick Wellner, veteran kayaker, participated in the South Dakota Kayak Challenge over its 72-mile course down the Missouri River from Riverside Park in Yankton to the South Sioux City boat ramp. Pat’s time this year was nine hours, four minutes. It was a challenging race this year in 90-degree temperatures and a pretty strong wake on the water. The winner from Montana set a new course record of eight hours, 17 minutes.

Chris and Molly (Weisgram) Maxwell of Fort Pierre have added a daughter to their family of three boys. Hannah Julia Maxwell weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces, and measured 21 inches when she was born May 24. She joins brothers Ben, 8; Samuel, 5, and Isaac, 3, in the family.

Josh Joel, who works for Idexx Laboratories in Baltimore, said he was in the downtown area of Ellicott City, Md., about an hour before serious flooding began Sunday night. Many businesses there had just started to recover from a similar devastating flood two years ago. Creeks run literally beneath and between businesses, so deluges of rain such as fell over the weekend are always a threat.

Eric and Christina (Adams) Lusk revealed on Facebook this week that they are expecting a child in November.

Small World Dept.: Ryan Knox and his friend, Holly Griffith, who live in Tucson, Ariz., were sitting along the Piazza Maggiore in Bologna, Italy, Sunday when they saw a fellow Tucsonian walk by. It was a University of Arizona English professor, a regular customer at the restaurant where Ryan formerly worked.

At the Sully Buttes commencement exercises May 19, Devan Kleven and Gracie Weinheimer were revealed as class valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. The graduation section of The Onida Watchman revealed upcoming plans for the 14 SBHS seniors:
— Marinda Archer, SDSU, for B.S. in nursing degree.
— Braeden Bruning, Mitchell Tech for power line construction and maintenance and electrical utilities and substation technology.
— Hope Davis, Southeast Tech to become early childhood specialist and a preschool teacher.
— Rachel Guthmiller, Northern, biology major to become a nurse; also track and field.
— Lacey Hepker, Northern, secondary English education.
— Tara Hiller, SDSU, medical laboratory sciences.
— Jacob Howard, Northern, political science; also football.
— Lincoln Jordre, Northern, management information systems; also basketball.
— Devan Kleven, USD, business administration/marketing.
— Coulton Lentz, Black Hills State, outdoor education.
— Kirsten Marshall, none listed.
— Austin Myers, going to work.
— Gracie Weinheimer, SDSU, agriculture sciences.
— Jaxon Yackley, Northern, business administration.

Emily Olsen graduated last week from Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines, Iowa. She is the daughter of Katie Schaack Olsen and her husband, Kevin. Emily marked the end of her high school career with a 4+ gradepoint, a portfolio of college credits and a very nice scholarship to Marquette University in Milwaukee. But there’s more to this story! Emily and Aubreyann Kowalczyk were classmates all four years at Dowling, just as they had been at St. Theresa Elementary and Middle School. Emily’s mom, Katie, and Aubreyann’s dad, Stan, were likewise classmates throughout elementary school at St. Joseph’s in Pierre, middle school and Riggs High School. Aubreyann’s mom, Angela Grueneich Kowalczyk, also grew up in Pierre and graduated from Riggs High. The girls decided to honor their shared experiences by having a joint graduation party. The grandmas, Marge Kowalczyk and Karon Schaack, enjoyed visiting and reminiscing during the party as did aunt Ann Schaack Humphery, her husband Reno, and uncle Dave Kowalczyk of Sioux Falls. The startling coincidence first became known when the St. Theresa kindergarten class list was sent home in 2005 and Katie recognized Stan’s name in the “Parents’ column. Emily will major in speech-language pathology at Marquette while Aubreyann is headed to Creighton to explore options in healthcare.




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