Vol. 19, No. 39; Thursday, June 14, 2018

Jun 14, 2018 | Parker's Midweek Update | 0 comments


Pierre/Fort Pierre’s early-summer celebration starts a week from today on Thursday, June 21. Get the schedule of all the events at www.oahedays.com. At that site you can register for the various competitions, find out who performs and when and where, check the list of vendors, and learn where to eat!


“I used to think the top envronmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I thought that with 30 years of good science we could address those problems. But I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy, and to deal with those we need a spiritual and cultural transformation, and we scientists don’t know how to do that.”
— Gus Speth


Pierre Trappers schedule:
Thursday: home vs. Western Nebraska, 6:35.
Friday: home vs. Spearfish, 6:35.
Saturday: home vs. Spearfish, 6:35.
Sunday: home vs. Spearfish, 5:35.
Monday: at Western Nebraska (Gering), 7:35 CDT.
Tuesday: at Western Nebraska, 7:35.
Wednesday: at Casper, 7:35.
Thursday: at Casper, 7:35.
June 22: at Casper, 7:35.
June 23: home vs. Souris Valley, 6:35.
June 24: home vs. Souris Valley, 5:35.
June 25: at Western Nebraska, 7:35 CDT.
June 26: at Western Nebraska, 7:35.
June 27: idle.
June 28: home vs. Casper, 6:35.

Pierre Trappers: After starting the season 5-1, the Trappers had to play teams other than Aberdeen and are now 7-9 overall and 2-8 in their last 10 games through Tuesday. Pierre lost to Hub City, 9-2, last Thursday, then lost to Spearfish 15-14 Friday even though Spencer Sarringar had a home run and a sacrifice fly and Landon Badger drove in two runs with two hits. The bats exploded Saturday in a 15-2 win over Badlands as Niko Piazza had four RBIs, Zane Phelps and Cole Johnson three RBIs each. Badger, Johnson, Phelps and Piazza each slugged a homer. Connor McDonald went eight innings for the pitching win. After a weather postponement and an open date, the Trappers returned to action Tuesday and lost to Souris Valley, 18-1, as a nine-run seventh blew it open for the Minot team.

Expedition League standings through Tuesday:
Clark Division—Western Nebraska 12-6, Spearfish 9-8, Hastings 7-10, Casper 6-11.
Lewis Division—Badlands 11-5, Souris Valley 10-7, Pierre 7-9, Hub City 6-12.

Pierre Post 8 schedule:
Friday-Sunday: at Renner tournament, Sioux Falls.
June 18: home vs. Bismarck, 7:00.
June 19: at Sioux Falls East, 4:00 and 6:00.
June 25: home vs. Mitchell, 5:00 and 7:00.
June 26: home vs. Huron, 6:00.
June 27: at Rapid City Post 320, 5:00 and 7:00 (MDT).

Post 8: At the North Dakota-South Dakota Border Battle in Battle, Post 8 went 1-3, losing to Bismarck twice, 12-2 and 5-1 and losing to Mandan 8-4. In a 7-6 eight-inning win over Mandan, Garrett Sout pitched six innings, striking out nine and giving up two walks, seven hits and five runs. Pierre beat Aberdeen for the second time this season Tuesday, 9-8, but there was a hairy finish. The Smittys trailed 9-5 going into the bottom of the ninth, scored three times and had the bases loaded as Pierre got the final out. Carson Tschetter was winning pitcher, throwing the first five innings, striking out one and allowing six hits and three runs. Jacob Mayer finished the game in relief. Michael Lusk led the offense with four hits and four RBIs.

Colorado Rockies (times are MDT):
Thursday: at Philadelphia, 11:05.
Friday: at Texas, 6:05.
Saturday: at Texas, 2:05.
Sunday: at Texas, 1:05.
Monday: New York Mets, 6:40.
Tuesday: New York Mets, 6:40.
Wednesday: New York Mets, 6:40.
Thursday: New York Mets, 1:10.

Chicago Cubs:
Friday: at St. Louis, 7:15, MLBN.
Saturday: at St. Louis, 7:15, Fox.
Sunday: at St. Louis, 7:05, ESPN.
Monday: Los Angeles Dodgers, 7:05, ESPN.
Tuesday: Los Angeles Dodgers, 7:05.
Wednesday: Los Angeles Dodgers, 1:20, MLBN.
Thursday: at Cincinnati, 6:10, MLBN.

Minnesota Twins:
Thursday: at Detroit, 12:10, FSN.
Friday: at Cleveland, 6:10, FSN.
Saturday: at Cleveland, 3:10, MLBN, FSN.
Sunday: at Cleveland, 1:10, FSN.
Tuesday: Boston, 7:10, FSN.
Wednesday: Boston, 7:10, FSN.
Thursday: Boston, 12:10, MLBN, FSN.

College World Series:
Pool 1 first round—
Oregon State vs. North Carolina, 2 p.m. Saturday.
Washington vs. Mississippi State, 7 p.m. Saturday.
Pool 2 first round—
Arkansas vs. Texas, noon Sunday.
Florida vs. Texas Tech, 6 p.m. Sunday.

Mankato Moondogs (Quinn Reimers): Quinn, who pitches for SDSU during the school year, is playing this summer in the collegiate Northwoods League, which has teams stretching all the way from Bismarck in the west to Michigan on the east with most of the teams in Minnesota. Quinn has appeared in two games. Against Willmar he faced 13 batters, striking out five, giving up one run and four hits in 2 1/3 innings, unfortunately taking the pitching loss. In a game vs. Duluth he gave up three hits and a run in two-thirds of an inning. Mankato plays at Waterloo tonight and Friday, home vs. Willmar Saturday, at Willmar Sunday, home-and-home with St. Cloud Tuesday and Wednesday and home vs. Eau Claire next Thursday.

Sioux Falls Canaries: The Birds are now 8-15 through Tuesday, losing two of three to St. Paul over the weekend and splitting the first two games of a Chicago series this week. Sioux Falls hosts Chicago tonight and Winnipeg over the weekend before going to Wichita for three games starting Tuesday.


The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.


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 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.


Bloodhound + Labrador = Blabador, a dog that barks incessantly.


Minnesota United FC: The Loons drew at Cincinnati, 0-0, but advanced on penalty kicks to the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup. They will play at Houston Monday in the round of 16. It is the first time ever for the Loons to advance that far in the Cup. Back in MLS play, Minnesota hosts Colorado June 23.

Sioux Falls Thunder: The Thunder lost to Dakota Fusion in Moorhead, 3-1. Sioux Falls played at the Minnesota TwinStars last night, then stay there to play Minneapolis City FC Saturday. Next home match is next Wednesday, June 20, vs. Med City FC of Rochester.

World Cup: Since the matches are being played in Russia, they are live in the morning hours here. (No, this is not NBC covering the Olympics hours after the events actually happen!) You will find every game of the World Cup on Fox or FS1. Here is the game schedule for the coming week as pool play begins:

June 14: Russia-Saudi Arabia, 9 a.m.
June 15: Egypt-Uruguay, 6 a.m.; Morocco-Iran, 9 a.m.; Portugal-Spain, noon.
June 16: France-Australia, 4 a.m.; Argentina-Iceland (Skol!), 8 a.m.; Peru-Demmark, 10 a.m.; Croatia-Nigeria, 1 p.m.
June 17: Costa Rica-Serbia, 6 a.m.; Germany-Mexico, 9 a.m.; Brazil-Switzerland, noon.
June 18: Sweden-South Korea, 6 a.m.; Belgium-Panama, 9 a.m.; Tunisia-England, noon.
June 19: Colombia-Japan, 6 a.m.; Poland-Senegal, 9 a.m.; Russia-Egpyt, noon.
June 20: Portugal-Morocco, 6 a.m; Uruguay-Saudi Arabia, 9 a.m.; Iran-Spain, noon.
June 21: Denmark-Australia, 6 a.m.; France-Peru, 9 a.m.; Argentina-Croatia, noon.


“I fear the day when technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.”
— Alfred Einstein


Minnesota Lynx: The WNBA defending champs have struggled to a 3-6 start. Their latest games were an 88-80 win over Washington and an 89-75 loss to Connecticut. Minnesota is home vs. New York Saturday and Dallas Tuesday.


Sioux Falls Storm: Sioux Falls nipped Iowa at the buzzer, 51-49, blocking a game-winning field goal try by Iowa and forcing a safety on the game’s final play. That win established a three-way tie at the top of the IFL standings with one game to go. The Storm will be home vs. Green Bay at 7:05 p.m Saturday to end the regular season.


PGA Champions Tour: At the Principal Charity Classic in West Des Moines, Tom Byrum tied for 39th place with a 3-under 68-73-72=213. He earned $7,525 for the weekend, bringing his season total to $225,489. He is 41st on the Champions Tour money list. Tom was 10 strokes behind winner Tom Lehman. Next up is the June 22-24 American Family Insurance championship at Madison, Wis., followed immediately by the U.S. Senior Open at Colorado Springs June 28-July 1.


“I have one cup of coffee each morning, just to start the day off right. The other ones are to keep me out of jail, help me form sentences and fuel my razor-sharp wit.”
— Facebook.com/coffeelove


You know the routine: Draw three rows of four boxes each, one on top of the other. Number the boxes in the top row 1, 2, 3 and 4 starting at the left. The first box in the middle row is numbered 5, and the first box in the bottom row is numbered 6.

1 across: Prominent lead sportscaster on Fox.
1 down: First name of Avera’s new CEO.
2 down: Former union of Egypt and Syria
3 down: — Town, where the Cubs play.
4 down: Very large container of brew.
2 across: —- Days, very big summer celebration.
3 across: Jail on a naval vessel.

(Solution at the bottom of this Update.)


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

Friday, June 15:
Lennon Husman, Landon Van Zee, Tobie Jo Welch, Kyle Tobin, Molly Bock, Lou Manus, Ray Smart, Holly (Vosberg) Nemec, Tyler Pruess, Stephanie Vietor, Daniel Etzkorn, Lucas Scheibe, Kandi Hovis, DeVante Miller.
— 6th anniversary, Alan/Courtney (Hackett) Freng.
— 11th anniversary, Derek/Brittney (Lamb) Schiefelbein.
— 5th anniversary, Jhett/Jennifer Schuetzle.
— 6th anniversary, Jon/Jenna (Wickersham) Morin.
— 5th anniversary, Kody/Blaire (Dryden) Bridger
— 6th anniversary, Jesse/Timmi (Lunsford) Hutchison.
— 5th anniversary, Josh/Tessa (Bollinger) Hartmann.
— 5th anniversary, Radley/Kelcie (Cross) Hohenberger.
— 45th anniversary, Tom/Peggy Huber.

Saturday, June 16:
Caleb Gilkerson, Monica (Currier) Robbins, Tanner Fitzke, Nancy Hanson, Dennis Sharp, Van Stewart, Jenna Schiefelbein, Chelsey Severson, Ken Shelbourn, James Blackmore, Katie Eberlein, August Stofferahn, Matthew Schlosser, Chad Holsteen, Dustin Jordan.
— 12th anniversary, Dallas/Mindy Cronin.
— 11th anniversary, Justin/Krista (Schmidt) Sarvis.
— 6th anniversary, Chris/Becky (Barringer) Hoffman.
— 6th anniversary, Dominic/Abby (Pitlick) Bottenfield.
— 6th anniversary, Brandon/Amy (Breitag) Boulay.
— 34th anniversary, Brian/Lisa Bondy.
— 42nd anniversary, Ed/Julie (Stahl) Welch.

Sunday, June 17:
Katie Lingle, Kim (Hill) Burge, Logan Costello, Lisa (Ripley) Trenhailer, Cathy (Wood) Georgis, Brittany Hedman.
— 29th anniversary, Karl/Joan Adam.
— 12th anniversary, John/Kendra (Jensen) Kallemeyn.
— 12th anniversary, Jamie/Kasey Liudahl.
— 12th anniversary, Aric/Tracy (Stoeser) Frost.
— 13th anniversary, Kirby/Brooke (Hall) Cronin.

Monday, June 18:
Julene Yackley, Oliver Gordon, Patti Stolp, Lacey (Boehmer) Hogan, Rex Craven, Dana Darger, Rob Hall, Terrance Waters, Chad Jungman, Don Dahlin, Kasey Light, Kylie Light, Tucker Light, Tiffany Light
— 2nd anniversary, Allen/Sadie (Fitzke) Goodman.
— 30th anniversary, Brad/Tammy (Helgeson) Cruse.
— 13th anniversary, Matt/Allison Jahraus.
— 6th anniversary, Johnnie/Ami (Hanson) Kennell.

Tuesday, June 19:
Ellie Fox, Kea (Boyd) Warne, Susan (Olson) West, Alexa Rydland, Tom Lehmkuhl, Jeremy Mikkelsen, Staci Holden.
— 36th anniversary, Monte/Tami Carda.
— 14th anniversary, Erin/Susanne Harmon.
— 14th anniversary, Casey/Amanda (Wood) Krog.
— 14th anniversary, Jason/JoAan Fuhrer.
— 14th anniversary, Jody/Christy (Maskovich) Ryland.
— 8th anniversary, Kody/Lindsey (Friez) Karschnik.
— 62nd anniversary, James/Joan Likness.
— 42nd anniversary, Bob/Nancy Shoup.
— 8th anniversary, Michael/Nicole (McComsey) Lewis.

Wednesday, June 20:
Megan Sutley, Judy Foth, Caynen Carr, Beth (Weischedel) Henrichsen, Gillian (Woodburn) Hanson, Mary Fredrichs, Amos Hauck.
— 3rd anniversary, Riley/Rachel (Hanten) Haag.
— 31st anniversary, Michael/Marcie (Lyngstad) Long.
— 4th anniversary, Tanner/Sarah (Pogany) Wald.
— 37th anniversary, Dave/Mary Voeltz.
— 20th anniversary, Kyle/Tammy Richards.
— 9th anniversary, Nick/Chelsey (Roberts) Renemans.

Thursday, June 21:
Austin Brown, Ami (Hanson) Kennell, Erin (Richter) Jerke, Andrew Eickbush, Andy Hanson, Stacy (Alt) Decker, Sawyer Antholz, T.J. McCauley, Becky Sjerven, Wanda McKittrick, Eli Jun Welch Okawa, Deann (Martin) Rausch.
— 16th anniversary, Tim/Kimberly Melvin.
— 4th anniversary, Graham/Sam Schuetzle.
— 4th anniversary, George/Paige Sperry.

Friday, June 22:
Matt Englund, Brian Englund, Bridget Dowling-Stoeser, Tane Owens, Kyle Englehart, Ed Welch, Andrew Pietrus, Rainer Westall, Portia (Hurney) Corbin, Caitlin (Wagner) Graves, Stephanie (Farries) Judson, Heather Sailer.
— 5th anniversary, Sam/Kelli (Livermont) Olson.
— 5th anniversary, Willie/Sara (Kindopp) Gloe.
— 16th anniversary, Dustin/Reagan (Schanzenbach) Byrum.

Saturday, June 23:
Cathy Barringer, Leanne Neuhauser, Ty Hardwick, Cleo Hilding, Summer (Pitlick) Mersinger, Stacy Small, Taylor Brock, Luke Shoup, Brianne (Barnett) Roby, Beckett Reilly, Kevin Lors, Diane Smith, Kila Vogel, Brandon LaBrie, A.Jay Heiss, Trevor DeSchepper, Shawn Flottmeyer.
— 6th anniversary, Jerid/Jeanine (Van Ash) Maskovich
— 17th anniversary, Mark/Kelly (Larson) Anawski.
— 18th anniversary, Elton/Karla (Richards) Blemaster.
— 11th anniversary, David/Emily (Naylor) Franks.
— 12th anniversary, Aaron/Amanda (Wharton) Brown.
— 6th anniversary, Brody/Andi (Pond) Andreson.

Sunday, June 24:
Grayson Miller, Andrew Wulf, Gavin Wilson, Jerren Deal, Elliot Riis, Cora Jeffries, Nikki (Koenig) Sullivan, Jacob Parsons, Dallas Prater, Dennis Gibbs, Jim Patten, Kylie Husted.
— 7th anniversary, Kiel/Emily (Auch) Ford.
— 12th anniversary, Brent/Jennifer Sogaard.
— 12th anniversary, Jason/Stephanie (Tveidt) Knapp.
— 12th anniversary, Andy/Kari (Kietzmann) Potter.
— 13th anniversary, Chance/Erika (Rounds) Stoeser.
— Anniversary, Ricky/Vicki (Fosheim) Dant.
— 2nd anniversary, Chuck/Alexa (Edman) Miesbauer.
— 1st anniversary, Jody/Sydney Lutz.
— 1st anniversary, Andru/Brittany (Guindon) Meiners.
— 1st anniversary, Blake/Ashley (Brotsky) Hemminger.

Monday, June 25:
Piper Word, Joe Schueller, Drew Brandner, Muryl Paxton, Katie (Lakner) Dill, Steph Flyger, Krista Smith, Diane Kehrwald, Shavonne Mitchell, Larry Mosiman, Shelby Smith, Brett Stewart, Jenny (Sprenkle) Terveen, Adam Mentele, Dayna (Ludwig) Husman.
— 2nd anniversary, Brian/Amy Pope.
— 2nd anniversary, Neil/Kelsey Nemec.
— 2nd anniversary, Andy/Brittany Hanson.
— 8th anniversary, Lucas/Jenna Oehlerking.
— 7th anniversary, Brad/Rachel Lowery.
— 13th anniversary, Tyler/Jessica (Wood) Steele.
— 12th anniversary, Philip/Nicole (Krueger) Whitesitt.
— 7th anniversary, Alex/Rachel Beckwith.

Tuesday, June 26:
Matthew Kachelmyer, Todd Taylor, Dick Stolp, Ed King, Jenna Everson, Ryan Bass, Alex Roberts, Landon Miller, Jase Blair, Steve Bass, Ryan Kennedy, Deb (Micklos) Nelson, Jesse Martin, Grace Dozark, Jodi (Cowan) Harder, Elizabeth Weber, Jason Fuhrer, Linda (Matzen) Aaker, Ashley Fosness.
— 63rd anniversary, Gerald/Ruth Ann Johnson.
— 14th anniversary, Matt/Kendra Hall.
— 14th anniversary, Jesse/Whitney (Palmer) Flottmeyer.
— 8th anniversary, Chad/Amanda Jungman.
— Anniversary, Scott/Sandra (Kern) Mollman.
— 14th anniversary, Chris/Jodie (Reede) Crutcher.
— 14th anniversary, Jeremy/Julie Hand.
— 14th anniversary, Mark/Julia Schlekeway.
— 14th anniversary, Joshua/Heather (Konechne) Proff.
We fondly remembver Darlene Grace Harmon, infant daughter of Erin and Susanne Harmon, on this anniversary of her passing.

Wednesday, June 27:
Craig Keller, Byron Reed, Jenna Nielsen, Carrie Messer, Gordon Van Ash, Keith Weigandt, Bran Dozark, Heidi Vogel, Justin Kraemer, Willard St. Claire.
— 37th anniversary, Jerry/Jo Mikkelsen.
— 9th anniversary, Jafar/Jessica Karim.
— 9th anniversary, Darin/Heather Noyes.
— 15th anniversary, Corey/Tiffany (Winkler) Carr.
— 3rd anniversary, Michael/Sarah Jo (Even) Tveidt.
— 20th anniversary, Trent/Krista (Lovald) Miller.
— 48th anniversary, John/Roberta Lovald.

Thursday, June 28:
Nick Formanek, Addison Van Houten, Fran Welch, Trey Johnson, Zach Kinsman, Marcia Mentele, Cole Uecker, McKayla Kirkpatrick, Spencer Wedin, Kathy Sarvis, Amanda Fredericksen, Clayton Colson, Derrick Haskins, Brent Sutton, Pam (Welch) Wenbourne, Kathryn Rich, Kari Porch, Leah Ahartz, Samantha Bahe, Brooke (Drewes) Dozark, Hilary (Gray) Hanson, Brendan Newman, Torin Coolidge.
— 21st anniversary, Eric/Julie (Shangreaux) Sibson.
— 21st anniversary, Cory/Dawn (Henderson) Holmes.
— 10th anniversary, Michael/Heather Herman.
— 4th anniversary, Zach/Alisha Kemink.
— 5th anniversary, Cody/Aimee (Vogel) Van Houten.
— 4th anniversary, Matt/Allison Englund.
— Anniversary, Monni/Karen Karim.
— 54th anniversary, Bob/Janet Judson.
— 54th anniversary, Arden/Judy Rapp.


Remember, marriage is the No. 1 cause of divorce.


Minnesota (Nolan Burchill): The Gophers lost their super-regional series at Oregon State, two games to none. Minnesota fell 8-1 and 6-3 to finish the season at 44-15 with a Big 10 regular-season title, a Big 10 tournament championship, and a regional championship.


South Dakota State: The Jacks’ contestant at the NCAA national championships in Eugene, Rachel King, placed 12th in her heat and 23rd overall in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:27.92.

South Dakota: USD’s sensational pole vaulter, Chris Nilsen, won his second national championship at the NCAA nationals in Eugene, clearing 19’1 1/2″. It was USD’s third national title since the school joined Division I. Nilsen was the only vaulter to clear 18’4 1/2″. Jake David in the pole vault scored a personal best of 17’6 1/2″. Zack Anderson tied for 13th in the high jump at 6’9 3/4″. Ben Hammer fouled three times on the wet discus ring.


A verb walks into a bar, sees a beautiful noun and suggests they conjugate. The noun declines.


1 day: Unveiling of new Trail of Governors statues (June 15).
2 days: College World Series, Omaha (June 16-27).
7 days: Capital City Children’s Chorus 25th anniversary reunion (June 21).
7 days: Oahe Days (June 21-23).
8 days: Riggs High Class of ’98 reunion (June 22-24).
15 days: Bass Anglers Sportsman’s Society Elite Series fishing tournament (June 29-July 2).
16 days: Stanley County High Class of ’83 reunion (June 30).
20 days: Fourth of July parade, rodeo, etc., Fort Pierre (July 4).


Thursday: lemon.
Friday-Sunday: watermelon.
Monday-Tuesday: pina colada.
Wednesday-Thursday: root beer.
June 22-24: strawberry.
June 25-26: blackberry.
June 27-28: pineapple.


“The Philippine Post Office” by Imelda Letter
— Literary WordPlay


— We likely won’t be snowbound this weekend, but if we were, things would be just fine so long as the television stayed on. The World Cup soccer games, the College World Series opening games, a Cubs-Cardinals baseball series and the U.S. Open in golf! A smorgasbord of television sports!

— Max Huber was the first to respond to our suggestion that you send the Update your all-time favorite players in certain sports and also your currently-playing favorites in those sports. You should do the same! Send them to parkerhome16@hotmail.com. Here are Max’s responses:

MAX HUBER All-Time Favorites:
NFL: John Randle.
College football: Charles Woodson, Michigan.
NBA: Michael Jordan.
College basketball: Kenyon Martin, Cincinnati.
Baseball: Kirby Puckett.
Hockey: Mike Modano.
Tennis: Andre Agassi.
Golf: Greg Norman.
Soccer: Theirry Henry.
MAX HUBER Currently-playing Favorites:
NFL: J.J. Watt.
College football: Anyone not on the Alabama Crimson Tide roster.
NBA: Kevin Durant.
College basketball: Anyone on the Michigan or Kansas rosters.
Baseball: Brian Dozier.
Hockey: Zach Parise.
Tennis: Roger Federer.
Golf: Rickie Fowler.
Soccer: Bobby Shuttleworth, Minnesota United FC.

  • This was the message on the bulletin board in the parlor of our church on Sunday: “Tweet others as you want to be tweeted.” Can you think of any prominent person—famous or infamous—to whom this message would be good advice?
  • We don’t take weeks off very often, but it’s time for a break during this gap between school years and all their accompanying activities. Therefore, the next Update should show up in your inboxes on Thursday, June 28.
  • Skimming through old (VERY old!) “Pierre-ing Around” columns from my earliest days at the Capital Journal, I found this math stumper which you should try on one of your kids to impress him with your mathematics genius. Have somebody write down his age, multiply it by two, add five, multiple that total by 50, and subtract 365. Ask your friend for the number he came up with and the amount of change in his pocket less than a dollar. You with me so far? To the friend’s total add the amount of change. To that number add 115. In the resulting figure, the first two digits will be the person’s age, and the last two numbers will be the amount of change in his pocket. I don’t know why it works, but it does. Try it to see for yourself!
  • If you need some football, try the Canadian Football League game tonight on ESPN2 at 7:30 p.m. Chris Streveler, who had a terrific season as USD’s quarterback last fall, gets a start for the Blue Bombers in Winnipeg’s regular-season CFL opener against Edmonton tonight.
  • The beginning of the World Cup today reminds me of the most exciting moment EVER in World Cup history—eight years ago in South Africa when Dustin and Tyler Bonnett, clad in red, white and blue and cheering wildly for the USA team, appeared on television for a few seconds!


Government must answer not just to the wealthy, not just to those of a particular religion or a particular race but to all its people.
— Robert F. Kennedy


This week’s Thursday night (tonight) “Tales on the River” program at the Moose Lodge at 7 p.m. will feature Kelly Serr, warning coordinator meteorologist with the National Weather Service, discussing our weather. Preceding the program will be music by The Valentines at 6:30 p.m. Next week on June 21, Scott Lane, the morning guy on KGFX Radio, will show how he puts his show together, sound effects and all.

The family of Wally and Nancy Thomsen invite you to join them for ice cream sundaes (SDSU ice cream) to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, June 30, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Pierre Chamber of Commerce community room, 800 W. Dakota Ave. Please, no gifts! The Thomsens’ actual golden anniversary date is June 29.

The Sacred Hoops organization announced that Sam Willard is joining its staff for coaching and training as well as a business partnert. Sam graduated in 2007 from Riggs High School where he played basketball on Governor state tournament teams. He played college ball at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., from 2007 to 2011. Then he played professional basketball for a year in Latvia, a year in Sendai, Japan, and the last four seasons in Toyama, Japan.

Judy Beck retired last week at the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) after 46 years, 7 days, in the same office since 1972.

The Pierre Players community theater organization has been announcing its 2018-19 season one show at a time each day this week at 10 a.m. So far the shows for the coming year:

  • Sept. 21-23, 27-29: “The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church.:
  • Nov. 30-Dec. 3, Dec. 6-8: “Whodunit, Darling?”
  • Feb. 22-24, Feb. 28-March 2: “Bill W. and Dr. Bob.”

Renee (Ward) Krieger died at the age of 50 in Sioux Falls on May 30. A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. Friday, May 22, at Feigum Funeral Home, preceded by visitation at noon. The former Renee Ward graduated from Riggs High School in 1987. She married DeLoren Krieger in 1988. They spent three years in Germany, then returned to Watertown and finally to Pierre. Renee worked at the South Dakota Women’s Prison. Among her survivors are her husband, DeLoren Krieger of Pierre; their son, Jesse Krieger; two grandchildren; her mother, Patti Ward, and three brothers.

The Dean’s List for the spring semester at Northern State University included these area students: John Kiepke, Dustann Norris, Cordell Ring, Alex Gray, Ben Leidholt, Tori Thorpe, Catherine Woodmansey, Will Ellwanger (4.0) and Joni Willoughby (4.0). Part-time students on the Dean’s List included Peggy Fredricks, Monte Meier, Ashley Even (4.0), Haelly Pease (4.0) and Allison Schaefbauer (4.0).

This year’s group of retirees from Pierre School District employment had a combined total of nearly 160 years of service to the district. Ending their careers with the district at the end of the 2017-18 year were Dan Frost, 41 years; Fern Barnett, 26 years; Barb Mitchell, 34 years; Sheryl NIelsen, 31 years; Martha Nystrom, 28 years, and Cindy Fiechtner, 19 years.

Our sympathy to the Thompson family. Lois Thompson passed away at the age of 98 on June 5 at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital. She grew up in New Mexico, Missouri and Texas and earned a degree from Texas Tech. She and her husband, Walter Thompson, moved to Pierre in the early 1950s. She taught for more than 40 years, the last 28 of those in Pierre. She was named one of the top 10 teachers in the United States in 1954. She was also the Flying Farmers’ Woman of the Year in 1981. She is survived by her son, Charles “Charlie” Thompson of Pierre; her grandson, Murray Thompson of Pierre; her granddaughter, McLean Kerver of Rapid City, and three great-grandchildren. Services were held June 8 at Madison Avenue Church of Christ.

Former Pierre teacher/coach Todd Palmer, who has spent the last four school years as activities director at Chamberlain, is moving to Sturgis to assume that position at Brown High School.

In Harrison School District Two in Colorado Springs, Riggs High alumnus Dr. Wendy Birhanzel (’92) is one of two people appointed by the school board as chief operating officers (COO) of the district while the board continues a superintendent search. Wendy is currently the curriculum, instruction and assessment officer and previously served as principal of Wildflower Elementary and Centennial Elementary there. She has served more than 18 years in education. In her new role she will lead elementary education in that district and be the primary interface to the board.

Lou Mehlhaff and Alyssa Brill were married June 2.

The 8 a.m. Sunday services at the Oahe Chapel will be conducted by Oahe Presbyterian Church on June 17 and by First Baptist Church on June 24.

The three newest statues that will be erected along Pierre’s Trail of Governors will be unveiled at 10 a.m. Friday in the Capitol Rotunda. This year’s statues are those of William McMaster, South Dakota’s 10th governor; M. Q. Sharpe, the 17th governor, and Ralph Herseth, the 21st governor.

The Pierre Educational Foundation oversees multiple scholarship funds and participates in the selection process of the recipients each year. This year scholarships were awarded to five graduating seniors to help support their continuing education. Generous support for these scholarship funds allowed the foundation to award more than $11,500 to these students:

  • Herbert and Irene Emde Family Scholarship is awarded to a Riggs senior who is pursuing a degree in education. The recipient is Rilee Rowse, who plans to attend Black Hills State to major in elementary education.
  • Spilde Family Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship awarded to a Riggs senior in need of financial assistance to further his or her education. This year’s recipient is Emily Trapp, who plans to attend SDSU.
    — Mortenson Family Scholarship goes to a Native American senior at Riggs High who will be attending a college or technical school. This year’s recipient, Caleb Lusk, plans to pursue a career in physical therapy at USD.
  • James and Gertrude Mueller Scholarship for $3,500 is offered to a Riggs senior who intends to pursue a career in the medical field. This year’s recipient, Casey Williams, plans to go to USD to pursue a degree in medical biology and then attend medical school.
  • The Schliessmann Family Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 for up to four years supports a Riggs senior planning to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. The first recipient of this scholarship is Erick Colman, who plans to go after a mechanical engineering degree at the School of Mines and Technology.
  • Charles “Lindy” and Shirley Feeney Scholarship for $1,000 goes to a Riggs senior in need of financial assistance to continue his education. This scholarship’s recipient is also Erick Colman.

Note that the Capital City Band’s concert next week will be on Thursday, June 24, to coincide with the first night of Oahe Days rather than on the band’s usual Wednesday night date. The theme will be “Rockin’ Along the River.”

Former Pierre Lady Govs golfing teammates Karissa Guthrie and Katie Bartlett won the SDGA Two-Woman Championship played at the Hart Ranch course south of Rapid City. They won by eight strokes in the championship division with an 8-under 136. Tiffany Berham and Brooke Hermsen were second in the open division, Heidi Ruch and Nancy Berg third and Jan Chambers and Gayle Varty seventh.

At the South Dakota all-star football game at the DakotaDome, the Blue Team on which Pierre’s and Sully Buttes’ players were members defeated the Red, 27-6. Peyton Zabel was named most valuable player. He completed 10 of 18 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns and also carried the ball twice for 21 yards.

Upcoming Sundays at the Legion music on the deck at the Legion cabin at 5:30 p.m.: June 17, Wade Driftwood; June 24, Mike Hilson.

Upcoming Thursday live music at 6:30 p.m. at Drifters: Tonight (June 14), Trevor Green; June 28, Lance Spears.

Dr. Travis Antholz of Lincoln, Neb., whose wife is the former Amber Osnes, received his mastership from the Academy of General Dentistry, graduating from the six-year program during a ceremony in New Orleans last week. He and Amber are the parents of four daughters.

Our sympathy to Claire Martin of Onida and her family on the death of her mother. Kaija Jared died June 10 at the age of 91. Services are being held today (Thursday) at 1:30 p.m. at the Vangen Lutheran Church at Mission Hill. Mrs. Jared was a life-long resident of the Volin/Mission Hill/Yankton area. She is survived by four children, 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and two sisters.

John Knox has submitted to the Pierre school board his resignation as head boys and girls golf coach. During his tenure his teams won two state team championships, and five Pierre individual golfers won state championships.

Meanwhile, Pierre’s string of state championships has continued with a new one in trapshooting. The Pierre high school team won the state title in Aberdeen last weekend. Isabel Myron was first overall among females, and Erisk Gutenkauf and Wyatt Rose were third and seventh, respectively, in the males division.

The Dean’s List for the spring semester at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology included these area students: Ryan Hinrichs, Melinda Ravnaas, Evan Becker, Andrew Brown, Matthew Darnall, Ashlee Dikoff, Shelby Guthrie, Cody Henrichsen, Hans Leong, Matthew Pugh, Samuel Ryckman and Seth Snyder.




Pierre Cowboys Night brings back memories

I see that the new Pierre Trappers baseball team in the collegiate Expedition League planned a Pierre Cowboys Night at their game last night. Not cowboys of the type from west of the river, but the type who played Basin League baseball back in the glory days of that collegiate league in the ’50s, ’60s and early ’70s.

Oh, my! Be still, my heart! Pierre Cowboys baseball was the best show in town back there in the day when there was a row of trees up there behind the first-base seats and the press box hung from the roof of the main grandstand, accessible only from a hole in the roof.

While I’ve seen probably more than 100 major league games in my day, those games tend to fade from memory, and no particular play or individual stands out in most cases. But where my baseball memories really lie is on the grass and dirt at good old Hyde Stadium. Living and dying with the Pierre Cowboys was the sole purpose of my summer vacations when I was a kid. Having to miss a game even though living 31 miles away was a catastrophe. And then I had the rare treat of working as their P.A. announcer for three of the team’s final four seasons! (Bob Beattie was always my favorite Cowboys manager because he said I had a “major league voice.”)

Why would I rather sit through a baseball game than anything else? For one thing it’s a sport that thrives on its past as it tries to be of interest to a generation of people who can’t avoid their electronic devices for more than a minute or two and who have no patience to sit still and relax.

Baseball is a relaxing game at the same time it is exhausting. One can sit back, soak up the sunshine or the stars and not miss a bit of the action. There’s time to visit, time to get something to eat, time to come early and watch batting practice, and there’s always time for my team to rally to win, no matter how hopelessly far behind they are. There always is hope, however faint, until the players decide the game ends. No clock, no referee, nothing ends the game except the game itself (or perhaps a nearby lightning strike).

And dramatic? No sport has catch-your-breath pauses built in to let the drama build and build. The base-stealer on first base; will he go or won’t he? Pitch after pitch, the crowd waits. Or bases loaded, two out, bottom of the ninth, game tied, and the pitcher is tired—ball one, ball two, ball three, and then the batter fouls off seven straight pitches. Drama? It’s magnificent. The other sports, sad to say, don’t wait. They carry on in their race with the television schedules, waiting for nothing except timeouts.

There wasn’t quite so much going on in Pierre back in the early Basin League days as there is now. Every other person in town didn’t play softball back then. Everybody didn’t have a boat. The river was something to cross, not something on which to live.

I can still remember the group that always sat over there to my left—the Walseths, the Wosepkas, the Rummels, the Burkes. And Gerry Robbins on the aisle. And down in front were the salty Kirley brothers. Boy, did they give those umpires a bad time, not to mention Cowboys managers when they left lousy pitchers on the mound to fend for themselves!

In our section usually were the Telfords, the St. Clair Smiths, the Andy Potters, Anna Sonnenschein, the Gordon Stouts, Dorothy Kelly with her whistles and horns, and my Onida neighbors, the Johnsons. Over there in the grandstand were more folks down from Onida—the Pat Abbotts and the Earl Hardwicks in the second or third row. And the Musgroves up near the top on the east side. And there were dozens of other regulars whose names I didn’t know. And up and running around, tending to some duty or other was Ernie Hirrschoff.

Ernie served man and God as pastor at the Congregational church, of course, but he served baseball and the Pierre Cowboys as well, doing everything from picking up garbage and arranging host homes for players to watering the grass and chalking the baselines. I remember his calling me frequently at the paper, years after the Basin League folded, to point out what Cowboys alumni were doing. In one September he pointed out to me that Jeff Zahn had been named Player of the Week in the American League, Del Unser had driven in a winning run for the Expos, Mike Cubbage had four RBIs for the Twins, Mike Caldwell won his 21st game, Ted Sizemore made a fielding play that helped the Phillies move closer to their title, and Paul Pryor umpired another big-league game. And of course all of those men were right here in Pierre at one time or another. (Pryor was the only Cowboys manager asked not to return; later he became one of the top-rated umps in big league ball.)

Remember some of those great Cowboy moments? Not many of us who were here then are still alive. But how about Aug. 20, 1958, the third and final game of the playoffs. The Cowboys had still never won a Basin League pennant then, but Johnny Herrnstein homered in the seventh to tie it up, and Lamar Jacobs hit one in the eighth for a 7-6 Pierre lead. Valentine tied it in the top of the ninth, but reliever Ben Baker got the side out with the lead run at third base. That set the stage for a base hit I can picture as if it happened yesterday—Don Montgomery’s ringing hit to right field to score Fred Boiko with the pennant-winning run!

Ellen Johnson, if you are reading this, do you remember I said to you, “I don’t believe we finally got to see this!” Or words to that effect.

Or there was Aug. 16, 1959. Pierre and the Rapid City Chiefs had both won on Saturday night to stay in a first-place tie going into the final game of the season at Rapid on Sunday night. There were a few of us Pierre fans there as the game stretched on and on, every play a potential pennant-winner. Finally in the 14th the Chiefs got a lucky bounce over Dirks Rolston’s head, and that runner eventually scored. That was one we lost that still sticks in my mind.

Or way, way back in the early days, Arizona’s Harry Messick (one of Pierre’s all-time favorite players) at first base. And later Minnesota’s Bill Davis. And remember towering Frank Howard coming to town with Rapid? He was a giant even then as a kid.

And how we used to taunt visiting manager Harry Wise and he us. How exasperating he was as he ambled at a snail’s pace to and from the mound, all the time giving us the eye in the bleachers!

And last but not least, while it was not one of our finest moments, the night of the brawl, the last Cowboys home game ever on Aug. 6, 1973, when, after a financially frustrating season for the players and the management, the Cowboys nevertheless kept the Sturgis Titans from clinching the flag by scoring twice in the ninth to tie it up, amid an umpire-attacking brawl, and scoring twice on Wes Westmoreland’s hit in the tenth to win it.

Remember? The Cubs’ surge to the World Series title two years ago? The Astros’ dramatic wins just last fall? The Twins’ 1987 and 1991 championships? Kent Hrbek’s grand slam against the Cardinals? Kirby Puckett’s Game 6 homer against the Braves? (“And we’ll see you tomorrow night!”)

That’s the way it is with baseball. A million little things to remember.

I’m glad the Trappers organization took time to remember the Cowboys era. That was one of the best times of my life. Fortunately baseball has brought me many other memories beyond the Basin League years. The privilege of being announcer for Post 8 Legion games for my last 10 years in Pierre ranks right up there, and the same holds true for my six years in Vermillion where the announcer’s box at Prentis Park became my second home.

Sorry to cut this short, but I have to run to the ballpark. Tonight’s game starts in an hour. See you in Pierre for the state Legion tournament!


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