Vol. 19, No. 38; Thursday, June 7, 2018

Jun 7, 2018 | Parker's Midweek Update | 0 comments


Dusty Johnson, who graduated from Riggs High School in 1996 and who formerly served on the state Public Utilities Commission and as chief of staff for Governor Daugaard, easily won the Republican nomination for the state’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in Tuesday’s primary election. Johnson received 47,032 votes (47%) to secretary of state Shantel Krebs’ 29,442 (29%) and Neal Tapio’s 23,980 (24%). Johnson will face Democrat Tim BJorkman, independent Ron Wieczorek and Lbertarian George D. Hendrickson in the general election.

U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem also had an easy win in the Republican race for the governor nomination. She had 57,437 votes (56%) to 45,069 for Atty. Gen. Marty Jackley (44%). Noem will oppose the Democratic candidate, state Sen. Billie Sutton, in November.

In Pierre voters overwhelmingly supported a new water treatment plant by a 73%-27% margin, 3,089 votes to 1,143.

In the Republican primary for the two nominations for state House of Representatives from District 24 (Hughes-Stanley-Sully counties), the two incumbents were the winners. Mary Duvall had 3,947 votes (44%), Tim Rounds 3,414 (38%) and Roxanne Weber 1,648 (18%).

In a seven-way race for three seats on the Hughes County Commission, the top three vote-getters were Bill Abernathy, 1,939; Randy Vance, 1,913, and Connie (Walton) Hohn, 1,751. Other totals: Jerry Ogan, 1,729; Dave Braun, 761; Dave Word, 662; Kerry Smith, 633.

The three-way race for Pierre City Council saw two incumbents returned to the council. Jim Mehlhaff received 39% of the vote at 2,611; Jamie Huizenga, 2,444 (37%) and challenger Kylor Knox 1,596 (24%).

The statewide constitutional Amendment Y, which will revise the effects of Marsy’s Law, which was originally passed in 2016, was successfully victorious by an 80%-20% margin statewide.

A vote in Rapid City which will affect residents in all areas of the state saw the citizens there approve the construction of a new arena at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, attached to the northwest side of the present Barnett Arena. The vote was 10,968 in favor and 6,066 opposed, 64% to 36%. A successful “no” vote would have begun remodeling of the 40-year-old Barnett Arena.


Thursday: tutti fruitti.
Friday-Sunday: cherry.
Monday-Tuesday: cinnamon.
Wednesday-Thursday: lemon.


“Shhh!” by Danielle Soloud
— Literary WordPlay


Girls golf: The sports year ended at the state “AA” tournament in Aberdeen, and O’Gorman won the team title. Pierre’s best finisher was Halle Gronlund, who tied for 27th place at 92-88=180. Other Pierre scores: Annabelle Simpson, tied for 35th, 92-92=184; Taylor Davis, tied for 39th, 92-95=187; Rilee Rowse, tied for 43rd, 97-93=190; Jessa McTighe, tied for 51st, 99-97=196; Kaitlyn Swenson, 81st place, 112-116=228. Pierre finished ninth with a 165-over-par 373-368=741.


Golf: At the state “B” tournament in Watertown Lauren Wittler tied for 23rd place with a scorecard of 97-98=195. Kara Huse had to withdraw from the first round due to illness. In the boys’ tournament Devan Kleven tied for 60th at 95-91=186, and Nick Wittler tied for 74th at 94-96=190.


The subjunctive would have walked into a bar, had it only known.


June 16: Brandon Vockrodt/Kayla Nuese.
June 16: Matt Blaseg/Taryn Wolf.
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 Lieferman/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.


Post 8 teams’ schedules this week:
Thursday—Junior Legion @ Rapid City Post 320 tournament.
Friday—Junior Legion @ Rapid City Post 320 tournament; Legion at Border Battle in Mandan; U14 @ Mitchell tournament; U13 @ Mitchell tournament.
Saturday—Legion @ Border Battle in Mandan; Junior Legion @ Rapid City Post 320 tournament; U14 @ Mitchell tournament; U13 @ Mitchell tournament.
Sunday—Legion @ Border Battle in Mandan; Junior Legion @ Rapid City Post 320 tournament.
Monday—U16 vs. U14, 5:00 doubleheader.
Tuesday—Legion @ Aberdeen, 6:00 single game; Junior Legion home vs. Rapid City Post 22, 3:00 doubleheader; U16 home vs. Rapid City Post 22, 3:00 doubleheader.
Wednesday—Junior Legion @ Mitchell, 5:00 doubleheader; U16 vs. Onida, 5:00 doubleheader; U13 home vs. Mitchell, 1:00 doubleheader.
Thursday—U16 @ Sioux Falls East, 5:00 doubleheader; U14 home vs. Sioux Falls East, 3:00 doubleheader; U13 @ Sioux Falls East, 3:00 doubleheader.

Post 8: It was a brutal season-opening weekend for the defending state champions. Post 8 was swept in doubleheaders by Renner and Rapid City Post 22. Pierre managed only four hits in the Renner opener, losing 13-3. Kyle Stover was starter, went five innings and gave up six hits and nine runs while fanning four. In a 10-3 loss starter Grey Zabel went three innings, struck out six while allowing four runs and six hits. In the opener against Post 22 the Pierre hitters were silenced in a one-hitter by Rapid City’s Dylan Richey. The game ended 11-0 after six innings. Starter Garrett Stout lasted 3 2/3 innings, fanned two and gave up seven runs and seven hits. In the nightcap Post 8 was behind by 12-0 before they ever came to bat in the first inning, and the game ended 14-2. Starter Maguire Raske lasted two-thirds of an inning, giving up nine runs and three hits while fanning a pair. Post 8 got on the winning side for the first time with a 3-2 win at home over Aberdeen Tuesday. It was 0-0 into the bottom of the eighth; Pierre scored three. In the top of the ninth Aberdeen cut the deficit to a single run, but Peyton Zabel came in in relief to record the final out and save the win. Michael Lusk in middle relief got the pitching win.

Pierre Trappers schedule this week:
Thursday: home vs. Hub City, 6:35.
Friday: home vs. Spearfish, 6:35.
Saturday: @ Badlands, 7:35.
Sunday: @ Badlands, 6:35.
Monday: idle.
Tuesday: home vs. Souris Valley, 6:35.
Wednesday: home vs. Western Nebraska, 6:35.
Thursday: home vs. Western Nebraska, 6:35.

Pierre Trappers: The season-opening six-game series against Hub City ended with the Trappers at 5-1 after a 5-2 win last Thursday. Cal Smith gave up only one run and two hits in five innings and also drove in three runs. Seth Brewer in relief gave up a run and three hits in four innings. On the road in Dickinson the Trappers were swept over the weekend by the Badlands Big Sticks. On Friday a walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth won it for Badlands, 7-6. Cal Smith had three hits and three RBIs for Pierre. Saturday saw another heart-breaker. Pierre scored once in the top of the ninth to tie the game at 14-14 on a pitcher’s error, but Badlands walked it off again on an RBI single that plated an unearned run, 15-14. Teddy Peterson had four hits and Jack Waletich four RBIs for the Trappers. Sunday’s 16-5 loss featured three hits each from Peterson and Cole Johnson. Jack Simonsen had a home run and two RBIs for the Trappers. Starter Jackson Back went 4 2/3 innings and gave up six runs and eight hits in taking the loss. The losing streak reached four Monday as the Trappers went to Minot for the first time and lost to the Souris Valley Sabre Dogs, 14-6. Jack Stamper have five RBIs on a grand slam homer and a double for Pierre. Connor McDonald was starting hurler and gave up 10 hits and eight runs in four innings. Pierre’s road trip north ended with a 19-13 win at Minot Tuesday. The Trappers pounded out 18 hits and had a seven-run third inning. Ken Scott and Cal Smith each drove in five runs, and Jack Simonsen had three RBIs to account for 13 of the 19 Trapper scores. Last night Pierre’s return home from the road was less than successful as the Trappers gave up 25 hits to Hub City and lost to the Hot Shots, 23-2.

Expedition League standings:
Lewis Division—Badlands 10-2, Souris Valley 7-5, Pierre 6-6, Hub City 2-10.
Clark Division—Western Nebraska 7-4, Spearfish 6-6, Hastings 5-7, Casper 4-7.

Pierre Trappers roster:
— Pitchers:
Jackson Back, Bemidji State.
Joseph Brazil, El Camino College (Calif.).
Seth Brewer, Bismarck State.
A.J. Fell, Spring Hill College (Ala.).
Anthony Fidanza, Holmes Community College (Miss.).
Jimmy Harden, Hope International University (Calif.).
Connor McDonald, Monmouth (Ill.).
Tyler McDonald, Monmouth (Ill.).
Niko Piazza, Scottsdale Community College (Ariz.).
Eric Romo, Golden West College (Calif.).
Alex Sheetz, Monmouth (Ill.).
— Catchers:
Spencer Sarringar, Northern State.
Jack Simonsen, North Dakota State.
— Infielders:
Tate Ellison, Concordia (Neb.).
Michael Herrera, Scottsdale Community College (Ariz.).
Cole Johnson, Holmes Community College (Miss.).
Teddy Petersen, Minnesota State-Mankato.
Zane Phelps, Abilene Christian (Texas).
Cal Smith, Carson-Newman (Tenn.).
Jack Stamper, Alabama-Huntsville.
— Outfielders:
Landon Badger, South Dakota State.
Connor Burgess, Bismarck State.
Ken Scott, East Central Community College (Miss.).
Jack Waletich, Minnesota State-Mankato.

Sioux Falls Canaries: The Birds lost two of three to Lincoln and lost two of three to Chicago this week so now stand at 6-12. Sioux Falls is at St. Paul for three this weekend, then home against Chicago Monday through Wednesday.

Colorado Rockies (times are MDT):
Thursday: at Cincinnati, 10:35.
Friday: Arizona, 6:40.
Saturday: Arizona, 5:15, Fox.
Sunday: Arizona, 1:10.
Tuesday: at Philadelphia, 5:05.
Wednesday: at Philadelphia, 5:05.
Thursday: at Philadelphia, 11:05.

Minnesota Twins:
Thursday: Chicago White Sox, 1:10, FSN.
Friday: Los Angeles Angels, 7:10, FSN.
Saturday: Los Angeles Angels, 1:10, FSN.
Sunday: Los Angeles Angels, 1:10, FSN.
Tuesday: at Detroit, 6:10, FSN.
Wednesday: at Detroit, 6:10, FSN.
Thursday: at Detroit, 12:10, FSN.

Chicago Cubs:
Thursday: Philadelphia, 1:20′
Friday: Pittsburgh, 1:20, MLBN.
Saturday: Pittsburgh, 1:20.
Sunday: Pittsburgh, 1:20.
Monday: at Milwaukee, 7:10, MLBN.
Tuesday: at Milwaukee, 7:10.
Wednesday: at Milwaukee, 1:10.


Youth is a gift of nature. Age is a work of art.


Sioux Falls Thunder: The Thunder and Duluth FC played to a 0-0 tie Saturday. Sioux Falls played at Dakota Fusion in Moorhead last night and goes to play the Minnesota TwinStars in Minnetonka next Wednesday.

Minnesota Loons: The Loons lost to Sporting Kansas City, 4-1, Sunday, and their record is now 5-8-1 in MLS. Last night the Loons were to play at Cincinnati in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup. MLS play takes a two-week hiatus during the U.S. Open Cup and the World Cup.


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

1 across: It’s “bustin’ out all over.”
1 down: Austin Hillestad’s dad.
2 down: Card game.
3 down: At this moment.
4 down: The conference in which Riggs teams play.
5 across: Baseball Hall of Famer Slaughter.
6 across: Elwood P., main character in “Harvey.”

(Solution at the bottom of this Update.)


My wife told me the car wasn’t running well because there was water in the carburetor. I asked where the car was. She told me “in the lake.”


Sioux Falls Storm: In their last road game of the regular season, the Storm won at Green Bay, 60-21, to improve to 9-3. Two games remain before the playoffs—home vs. Iowa, 7:05 Friday, and home vs. Green Bay, 7:05 June 16.


Minnesota Lynx: The WNBA champions have struggled to a 2-5 record to open the season. Latest losses were to Phoenix, 95-85, and to Los Angeles, 77-69. Minnesota plays at Washington Thursday and at Connecticut Saturday.


PGA Champions Tour: The tour took a break last weekend. The next stop is at the Wakonda Club in Des Moines this weekend for the Principal Charity Classic. It will be on Golf Channel Friday through Sunday.


3 days: Tony awards, CBS-TV (June 10).
7 days: Men’s soccer World Cup in Russia (June 14-July 15).
8 days: Unveiling of newest Trail of Governors statues (July 15).
9 days: College World Series, Omaha (June 16-27).
14 days: Capital City Children’s Chorus 25th anniversary reunion (June 21).
14 days: Oahe Days (June 21-23).
15 days: Riggs High Class of ’98 reunion (June 22-24).
22 days: Bass Anglers Sportsman’s Society Elite Series fishing tournament (June 29-July 2).
23 days: Stanley County High Class of ’83 reunion (June 30).
27 days: Fort Pierre Fourth of July parade, rodeo (July 4).
33 days: MLB All-Star Game, Washington (July 10).
43 days: JazzFest, Sioux Falls (July 20-21).
43 days: Pierre Players’ “Guys and Dolls” (July 20-22 and 26-29).
51 days: WNBA All-Star Game, Minneapolis (July 28).
55 days: State Legion baseball tournament, Pierre (Aug. 1-5).
57 days: Riggs High Class of ’78 reunion (Aug. 3-4).
57 days: Sturgis motorcycle rally (Aug. 3-12).
57 days: Sioux Empire Fair, Sioux Falls (Aug. 3-11).
64 days: Governors/Lady Govs soccer openers (Aug. 10).
65 days: LillyFest, Fort Pierre (Aug. 11).


“What is beautiful about self-expression is its sincerity. Anyone who chooses to express himself creatively (through art, music, the way you dress yourself, or even bleaching your hair) has an opportunity for that creativity to come from a place of true honesty and sincerity.

“What is so difficult for many creatives, including myself, is the overwhelming amount of input from the world that can so easily threaten our courage to put forth our authentic creativity. This is why I am encouraging us all to not be afraid of a little solitude once in a while to get away from the pressure of wanting to ‘fit in’ and to resist creating only for the easily obtained applause that comes from doing what others have pre-approved of.”
— Julianna Zobrist


South Dakota, South Dakota State, Liberty: As listed in last week’s Update, the qualifiers for the national meet are now in Eugene, Ore., for the NCAA championships running through Saturday. ESPN has coverage each evening.


Minnesota (Nolan Burchill): The Gophers swept through the regional they hosted, beating Canisius, 10-1; edging UCLA, 3-2 in 10 innings, and beating UCLA again in the championship game, 13-8. Minnesota plays at Oregon State in a best two-of-three super-regional this weekend from where the winner goes to the College World Series.

Augustana: Having won their first two games at the Division II College World Series in Cary, N.C., the Vikings waited for somebody to qualify to join them in the national championship game Saturday. Augie won it, 3-2, over Columbus State (Ga.) to bring home the national title, a trophy to sit alongside Augustana’s men’s basketball national championship hardware from two years ago. The final season record is 52-9. Four singles, including a squeeze bunt, allowed Augie to capitalize on an error and score twice in the top of the fourth. Columbus State tied it up on a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth. In the top of the sixth the Augie leadoff man was hit with a pitch. He advanced to second on a ground-out, then freshman J.T. Mix from Farmers Branch, Texas, singled to make it 3-2, and that run held up. Jacob Blanmk, senior from Gretna, Neb., threw a complete game, striking out 12, including all three batters in the ninth, and allowed only four hits. Pitcher Tyler Mitzel, senior from Sioux Falls Roosevelt, was named tournament MVP.


“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight and no vision.” — Helen Keller


Thursday, June 7:
Lydia Sullivan, Hudson Barber, Bretton Barber, Van Huse, Sara Anderson, Stacey Somsen, Sarah Sullivan, Erik Gilbertson, Anthony Hatlestad, Ellie Gran, Trailyn Townsend, Paul Karber, Polly Kuykendall.
— 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.

Friday, June 8:
Patty Pearson, Krista Wright, Brenda (McGee) Currier, Torri (Ice) Lechtenberg, Ellen Lee, Mike Garrett, Darcy Beck-Boersma, Kristin Brost, Michelle (Monroe) Kettler.
— 16th anniversary, Jon/Allyson (Friez) Kreycik.
— 16th anniversary, Chris/Mahryah (Dixon) Anderson.
— 16th anniversary, Ben/Jody Clair.
— 5th anniversary, Cody/Timaree (Ice) Axlund.
— 54th anniversary, Larry/Colleen Weiss.
— 60th anniverary, Dennis/Shirley Eisnach.
— Anniversary, Jeff/Connie Pierce.
— 5th anniversary, Jay/Susan (Kelts) Davis.

Saturday, June 9:
Jed Hillestad, Katie (Shoup) Nebelsick, Alan LaFave, Ethan Lors, Isaac Lors, Jon Stahl, Chris DeJabet, Justin Hipple, Peggy (Huse) Hyde, Dane Hagen, Peter Townsend, Bart Pullman, Sivage Schuetzle.
— 6th anniversary, Jeff/Stacy (Huss) Hegge.
— 6th anniversary, Chris/Mallory (Petersen) Dekker.
— 6th anniversary, Bret/Caitie (Wagner) Graves.
— 11th anniversary, Will/Molly (Tlllman) Gengler.
— 11th anniversary, Nick/Hannah (Waack) Carda.
— 17th anniversary, Ryan/Trish Murphy.
— 6th anniversary, Bobby/Sarah (Ramirez) Ramler.
— 34th anniversary, Bill/Suzanne (Hertel) Stahl.
— 1st anniversary, Uriah/Emily (Zarecky) Steber.

Sunday, June 10:
Derek Smith, Kelly Tobin, Cory Noordermeer, Matt Riter, Woody Stahl, Kelli Nutter, Chris Hipple, Harry Kumpala, Kelly Tobin.
— 18th anniversary, Jon/Cathy (Hansen) Stahl.
— 12th anniversary, Travis/Amber (Ness) Stout.
— Anniversary, Scott/Amy (Kirkpatrick) Harris.
— 12th anniversary, Greg/Nancy (Dewell) Lemieux.
We fondly remember “Mrs. B.”, Ida Bartels, on what would have been her 97th birthday.

Monday, June 11:
Adam Wyly, Tripp Lindekugel, Kim DiBenedetto, Andrew Kightlinger, Sara Weischedel, Aaron Roubideaux, Mike Kelley, Francis Bies, Jim Protexter, Lindsay (Peitz) Rounds, Dawn Langley, Samantha (Hestdalen) Van Zee.
— 2nd anniversary, Justin/Michelle (Kopecky) O’Daniel.
— 14th anniversary, Robert/Kay (Ricketts) Hanten.
— 13th anniversary, Michael/April Hobert.
— 8th anniversary, Greg/Amanda (Ford) DeMeritt.
— 7th anniversary, Wes/Ashley (Dunwoody) Dugstad.

Tuesday, June 12:
Annie Heath, Lois Sivage, Steve Cass, Blake Hyde, Trey Livermont, Jory Rogers, Sean Roemen, Jackie (Christenson) Jessup, Jeff Marshall, Angela Hall, Kathy Heiss, Stacy Jo Johnson, Rolly Kemink, Jesse Gates, Kaden Hight, Lindsey (Luers) Hyde.
— 36th anniversary, Bernie/Julie Linn.
— 47th anniversary, Joe/Ellen (Lehmkuhl) Kub.
— 3rd anniversary, Kreighton/Brittany (Kirkpatrick) Baxter.
— 31st anniversary, Dave/Joni (Welch) Lingle.
— 42nd anniversary, Dave/De (Welch) Knudson.
— 14th anniversary, Michael/Amy (Kenzy) Strobbe.
— 14th anniversary, Brady/Sheri Douglas.
— 14th anniversary, Darrin/Brenda Dykstra.
— 14th anniversary, Waylon/Katie (Thompson) Rochelle.

Wednesday, June 13:
Nathan Zimmerman, Brittany Kenzy, Jeremy Joel, Mark King, Mitchell Hansen, Charlie Shives, Jamison Rounds, Renee Osterkamp.
— 3rd anniversary, Drew/April White.
— 3rd anniversary, Jesse/Whitney Martin.
— 64th anniversary, Myron/Mabel Kusler.
— 54th anniversary, Greg/Karen Schaefer.
— 15th anniversary, Brian/Amy (Ripperger) Grunewaldt.
— 9th anniversary, Jon/Torri (Ice) Lechtenberg.
— 9th anniversary, Yo/Ann (Schaack) Humphery.

Thursday, June 14:
Blaine Eagle Boy, Travis Hull, Adriana Dvorak, Presley Jo Martin, Jake Rysdon, Dana Houdek, Troy Kuszmaul, Patrecia Nicholas, Katie Stager. Larry Lyngstad.
— 15th anniversary, Matt/Amy (Haase) Eldridge.
— 15th anniversary, Jeremy/Renee Hamm.
— 21st anniversary, Scott/Stacy (Alt) Decker.
— 15th anniversary, Clark/Nicole (Roseland) Vold.
— 15th anniversary, Collin/Danae (Darrington) Gregerson.
— 9th anniverary, Scott/Anne (Eichstadt) Saniuk.
— 16th anniversary, Aaron/Lindsay Weaver.
— 15th anniversary, Ryan/Sheri (Elenbaum) Doolittle.


— One of the sportstalk radio shows to which I listen when I’m driving asked its listeners the other day to name their all-time favorite player in each sport and their favorite currently-playing player in each sport. So let’s do that here. Anybody who is interested can e-mail me at parkerhome16@hotmail.com with his all-time favorite player in each of these sports—NFL, college football, NBA, college basketball, baseball, hockey, tennis, golf. Then do the same with your favorite athlete in each of those sports who is currently playing. I’ll post them here from time to time. Here are mine:

  • All-time favorites: NFL, Randy Moss; college football, Colt McCoy, Texas; NBA, David Robinson; college basketball, Christian Laettner, Duke; baseball, Kent Hrbek; hockey, Neal Broten; tennis, Pete Sampras; golf, Johnny Miller.
  • Currently-playing favorites: NFL, Tom Brady; college football, Bryce Love, Stanford; NBA, Stephen Curry; college basketball, Tre Jones, Duke; baseball, Bryce Harper/Kris Bryant/Mike Trout; hockey, Zach Parise; tennis, Roger Federer; golf, Jordan Spieth.

— Granted, I’m a prude when it comes to people misusing spelling and grammar in their conversation and writing. Among this week’s glaring errors I heard or read:

  • “Things have really went downhill the last year or so.”
  • “Legion baseball team will open it’s season.”
  • “We’ve just ran out of donuts.”
  • “. . . not no game like that . . .”
  • “. . . when you’re laying in bed . . . “
  • “Her and I have been going out.”
  • “I’d of gone forward.”

You who despise my listing these errors in the Update will chuckle over the following. On Tuesday I happened to write a comment on Facebook (my first mistake ever), and my keyboard on its own wrote, “Is their a hotter place in South Dakota than that?!” Of course I know the correct word is “there.” I think this laptop has its own “Autocorrect” device that writes the words it chooses rather than what I type. Georganne Sorensen called my attention to the error. Out of personal shame, I may not list your errors next week.

— The Rushmore Plaza Civic Center’s Broadway series for 2018-19 has been announced. The shows will be: “Finding Neverland,” 2:00 and 7:30 on Oct. 20; “Elf,” 7:30 on Nov. 20-21; “Kinky Boots,” 7:30 March 16 and 2:00 March 17; “The Sound of Music,” 7:30 April 5 and 2:00 and 7:30 April 6.

— You may not recognize the name of Zach Wahls, but if you have been on Facebook in the past decade, you may remember him. As an engineering student at the University of Iowa six years ago, he made an eloquent, passionate speech in front of the Iowa House of Representatives defending his two lesbian mothers, telling the legislators the sexual orientation of his parents had “zero effect” on the content of his character. His testimony went viral. Now completing his master’s degree in public policy at Princeton, Wahls on Tuesday won the Democratic nomination for the state Senate from his district in Iowa and will face a Libertarian candidate in November out of a district that has traditionally been won by a Democrat.

— In college baseball, among the 16 top national seeds, all of whom were at home for regional tournaments, seven were eliminated—#2 Stanford, #4 Mississippi, #7 Florida State, #10 Clemson, #12 East Carolina, #15 Coastal Carolina and #16 N.C. State. This weekend there are eight super-regionals from which the eight champions will advance to Omaha for the College World Series. Games will be on the ESPN networks Friday through Monday. Here is what it looks like:


  • Game 1: Arkansas vs. South Carolina; Texas vs. Tennessee Tech.
  • Game 2: Florida vs. Auburn; Texas Tech vs. Duke.
  • Game 3: Cal State-Fullerton vs. Washington; Vanderbilt vs. Mississippi State.
  • Game 4: North Carolina vs. Stetson; Minnesota vs. Oregon State.


“Each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
— Atty. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy in address at Capetown, South Africa,
June 6, 1966


Tony Mangan, who was KCCR’s news director at the time of the 2011 flooding, will relive that disaster in the first of this summer’s “Tales on the River” programs sponsored by Short Grass Arts Council. The program starts at 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at the Moose Lodge, preceded by music by Kathy Dwyer at 6:30. Next week on June 14, Kelly Serr, warning coordinator meteorologist with the National Weather Service, will discuss central South Dakota’s weather, preceded by music by The Valentines.

The South Dakota Small Business Administration district office has named Tiger Tots Preschool Child Center, Inc. of Harrisburg as 2018 veteran-owned Small Business of the Year. The owners are Pierre native Travis Hendrix and his wife Sarah.

The museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will host an outdoor concert called “How Western Music Won the West,” featuring traditional music artists Bob and Sheila Everhart, at 7 p.m. Friday, June 8, at the Capitol Lake Visitors Center. The museum is also hosting its annual ice cream social beginning at 6:30 p.m., featuring several flavors from the SDSU Dairy Barn. There is no fee to attend the concert or for the ice cream. Attendees are encouraged to take lawn chairs or blankets for the outdoor concert. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved inside the visitors center.

Lois Zickrick, 80, died May 29 following a UTV accident near Kennebec that also took the life of her friend, Rep. Jim Schaefer. A memorial service was held Monday at Peace Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. Interment will occur at a later date at Black Hills National Cemetery next to her husband, Justin. A graduate of Presho High School, Lois attended business college in Rapid City where she met Justin, and they were married in 1958. The family lived in Rapid City, Mobridge, Mitchell and Dickinson before coming to Pierre in 1967. Lois worked as a legislative committee secretary and at BankWest from where she retired in 1997. The Zickricks moved to Sioux Falls where Lois worked with cafeteria and banquet services at Augustana College. Among her survivors are five sons, Mark Zickrick and his wife Danette in Pierre, Lance Zickrick of Sioux Falls, Darren Zickrick of Denver, Rodney Zickrick of Sioux Falls and Kevin Zickrick of Sioux Falls; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

The Summer Patio Series at Drifters begins tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 p.m. John Swanson and Katelyn Hump will be providing the music for this first date on the summer schedule. Next Thursday, June 14, it will be Trevor Green.

Meanwhile, the Sundays at the Legion music series will feature the No Worries Band this Sunday, June 10, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. On June 17 it will be Wade Driftwood.

Pierre dentist Dr. Murray Thompson will be a member of the Leadership South Dakota Class of 2018-19, which will meet for the first time this fall.

Jacob Shoup and his guitar will perform a concert at 7 p.m. Friday, June 8, at the Pierre Music store in the Northridge Plaza mall. Corbin Beastrom will also be featured in this program. In addition, Jacob revealed this week he will be opening for prominent Christian music singer/composer Michael W. Smith on Aug. 19 at Okoboji, Iowa. The concert will be in the outdoor stage next to the lake and Arnold’s Park, gates opening at 3 p.m. and the music beginning at 5. For ticket information go to:

The South Dakota all-star football game will be played at the DakotaDome in Vermillion Saturday at 1 p.m. on Midco Sports Network. Michael Lusk, Easton Swartz and Peyton Zabel, recently graduated Pierre seniors, and Jacob Howard and Devan Kleven of Sully Buttes are all part of the Blue team.

Don’t invite Jeff and Becky Lamb for any of your Christmas parties the week prior to Christmas! I suspect they now have travel plans. The USD women’s basketball team has been invited to a tournament in Puerto Rico where the Coyotes, for whom the Lambs’ daughter Chloe plays, will play against Indiana, Grambling State and Loyola-Marymount Dec. 19-21.

Ryan Callahan received word that he has been selected for a National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship in the field of microbiology. He received his bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State last month, graduating at the top of his class. He will start graduate school at the University of Iowa this fall.

Ten middle school science teachers, including Jessica (Callahan) Carr of Georgia Morse Middle School in Pierre, were selected to participate in the prestigious National STEM Scholar Program, a unique professional development program that provides advanced training for the middle school teachers of aspiring scientists nationwide. The ten were chosen from about 200 applicants from 37 states. The 2018 National STEM Scholar class is being hosted June 3-9 by the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science of Western Kentucky University on the WKU campus in Bowling Green.

Kit and Amanda Bramblee revealed this week they are expecting their second child. The Bramblees already have a son, Bodie.

Avera Health announced that former Pierre resident Bob Sutton has been named its new president and CEO beginning June 18. He most recently served as Avera’s executive vice president of human resources. Sutton succeeds John Porter, who is retiring after 44 years of leadership to the Avera organization.

Peyton Zabel was named Midco Sports Network’s Class 11AA Player of the Year in football last fall. He was named Midco’s Class AA Player of the Year in basketball this past winter. So why not baseball! Midco announced last week that Zabel, who is headed to Augustana for football and baseball, is now its Class A Player of the Year for high school baseball. He pitched 38 innings this spring season, striking out 79, and posting an earned-run average of 0.18. For good measure as a batter he had a .368 average.

Wait! There’s more! This week Peyton Zabel was drafted in the 19th round by the Milwaukee Brewers as the 575th pick in the Major League Draft.

Bertha Oldenkamp, 99, died May 30 at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls. Services were held Monday at Messiah Lutheran Church in Murdo. Mrs. Oldenkamp and her husband had 12 children. She worked at the HIghway 16 restaurant in Murdo and the local truck stop. Her husband died in 1973, and Bertha moved to Pierre in 1979. She was a cook for HeadStart and cleaned motel rooms until the age of 75. In Pierre she was a member of Faith Lutheran Church. Among her survivors are 11 of her children, Bessie Roghair of Okaton, Mary Ann Van Rooyer of Philip, Benjamin Oldenkamp of Kennebec, Henrietta Oldenkamp of Rapid City, Lynda Oldenkamp of Sioux Falls, Pauline Paul and her husband Gordon of Fort Pierre, Bertha Oldenkamp of Watertown, Doris Hubbard and her husband Phillip of Pierre, Alfred Oldenkamp of Jonestown, Texas, Robert Oldenkamp of Rapid City and Betty Lou Oldenkamp of Sioux Falls; 28 grandchildren, 66 great-grandchildren, 24 great-great-grandchildren and three siblings.

This Sunday’s 8 a.m. service at the Oahe Chapel will be conducted by people from First United Methodist Church. On June 17 Oahe Presbyterian Church will handle the service.

The new activities director at Central High School in Rapid City is Jordan Bauer, son of Harrold natives Judy Bauer and the late Dennis Bauer. Jordan has been A.D. at Spearfish High School since 2013. For 10 years prior to that, he was an assistant coach for women’s basketball at Black Hills State University.

A free program at 7 p.m. next Tuesday at the Cultural Heritage Center will feature Wayne Fanebust, author of “Chasing Frank and Jesse James: The Bungled Northfield Bank Robbery and the Long Manhunt.” In 1876 only Frank and Jesse James out of the eight-man James-Younger gang survived the robbery attempt in Minnesota and escaped. Fanebust will describe what all happened and how the legacy of the James brothers grew. The program is made possible by a grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council.

Our sympathy to Kyle and Meaghan (Anderson) Neuberger of Sioux Falls and the rest of Kyle’s family. His mother, Kathy Neuberger, passed away May 31 at the age of 68 at a local care center in Watertown. A celebration of her life for family and friends is planned for Friday, June 15, from 5 to 8 p.m at the Elks Lodge in Watertown. She worked in radio sales for KWAT Radio for 30 years. Among her survivors are her husband, Val Neuberger of Watertown; their children, Dustin Neuberger of Santa Rosa, Calif., Mika Olbertson of Viborg and Kyle; five grandchildren, a brother and a sister.

The Capital City Band began its Wednesday night concerts at the Steamboat Park amphitheater last night. Next Wednesday, June 13, the 8 p.m. concert theme will be music of America.

Services for Verda Flannery, 83, Wessington Springs, who passed away in April, will be held this Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Wessington Springs, followed by a celebration of life at the Springs Inn at noon. She is survived by three children; two sisters, including former Pierre resident Sandy Spencer of Rapid City; 16 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Her brother, the late Denny Kringen, formerly of Pierre, preceded her in death as did two children and another brother.

Former Pierre resident Larry Zikmund, a member of the state House of Representatives, was top vote-getter in District 14 in the Republican primary election in his Sioux Falls district. He drew 44% of the vote, and Tom Holmes received 33% as both moved on to the general election against Democratic opponents. Left out in the Republican primary is another former Pierre resident, Shane Tornow, who had 23% of the vote.

State Rep. Taffy Howard, wife of Blunt native and Sully Buttes alumnus Mark Howard, received 39% of the vote as did David Johnson in a three-way Republican primary in District 33 on the west side of Rapid City. Losing out was Melanie Torno with 22% of the vote. Howard and Johnson have Democratic opponents in the general election in November.

Former Pierre mayor Gary Drewes made a successful return to public service in Tuesday’s election. He won a seat on the Pennington County Commission from that county’s District 5 by polling 47% of the vote at 198 votes, beating out Jodie Frye with 157 and Jeanette Deurloo with 68.

Dr. Brian Dozark, who lives in Sioux Falls with his wife, the former Brooke Drewes, and their four children, will be spending Wednesdays at the medical clinic in Kimball. He has been a practicing chiropractor for more than 10 years.

Pierre dentist Pat Anderson and his wife, the former Sara Tillman, now have a third daughter in their family. Harper Jo Anderson was born June 5, weighing 7 pounds and measuring 20 inches. She joins sisters Taylor, 7, and Lexi, 4, in the Anderson family.

Pierre native Heather Mangan was married to Ethan Fife in an outdoor ceremony in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., last Saturday.




50 years ago this week, we were robbed of hope

On that Tuesday night 50 years ago this week, I had stayed up late in my trailer house in Blunt to watch the final election returns from the Democratic primary election in California.

Robert F. Kennedy, the attorney general of the United States, had entered the race for the party’s presidential nomination late in the spring. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had been assassinated in Memphis less than two months earlier. Suddenly a groundswell for Kennedy seemed to be building, much to the chagrin of would-be candidates such as the two Minnesotans, Hubert Humphrey and Eugene McCarthy.

Kennedy had won the Democratic primary in South Dakota (yes, we had such things in those days!) earlier in the evening. When the results in California were confirmed, Kennedy spoke to the crowd at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles and left backstage through the kitchen. I shut off the TV and went to bed.

It wasn’t till 11 a.m. Wednesday, as I was sitting at a table along the south windows of Flossie Albright’s cafe in Blunt, devouring one of her legendary hot beef sandwiches for lunch, that I first heard that Kennedy had never made it through that hotel kitchen. A guy named Sirhan Sirhan, who was angry at Kennedy’s support for Israel, had shot him, just moments after I had turned off my TV set. I remember thinking, “Oh no! Not him, too.”

Bobby Kennedy lasted for a day, barely clinging to life himself while millions of Americans clung to hope that somehow he would survive. But just 4 1/2 years after his brother, the President, had been gunned down in Dallas, this Kennedy, too, was gone.

On that Thursday I headed west alone on the long drive to Provo, Utah, to attend a week-long journalism teachers’ summer workshop at BYU. I well remember on the drive through Wyoming listening constantly to the radio commentators, eulogizing RFK, disecting his legacy, looking back, looking ahead.

I was in Salt Lake City, awaiting the start of my workshop on Monday, as I watched the funeral at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on TV. The younger of the Kennedy brothers, Sen. Ted Kennedy, gave the eulogy, as moving a funeral speech as one could ever imagine. His final paragraph quoted George Bernard Shaw as his brother often did: “Some men see things as they are and ask ‘Why?’ I dream things that never were and say ‘Why not?'”

And so a funeral train carried RFK’s casket and his family and friends from New York through New Jersey, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and all along the mainline crowds of people lined the tracks for a brief memorable, emotional, close-up look at history as it passed.

Humphrey went on to get the presidential nomination and lost to Richard Nixon in the general election. He stayed in office long enough to defeat George McGovern four years later, and we know how that turned out.

One can only imagine how that fall 1968 campaign would have gone had Robert Kennedy been alive to get the nomination and become a candidate. One can imagine he would have been a fantastic President. Fifty years ago this week we were robbed of the chance to know.


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