Vol. 19, No. 43; Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018

Aug 9, 2018 | Parker's Midweek Update | 0 comments


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Pierre Post 8: Pierre won its regular-season finale 8-4 over Bismarck. Then came the state tournament at Hyde Stadium. In the opener Post 8 scored in five of six innings, including three runs in the bottom of the first, an inning which featured a home run by Maguire Raske. Yankton got to within 3-2, but Post 8 kept adding runs. Finally in the bottom of the sixth, leading 7-2, Pierre scored five to end the game via the 10-run rule, 12-2. Starter Peyton Zabel went five innings, striking out 10, walking seven, giving up only two hits and two earned runs. Garrett Stout pitched the sixth. Michael Lusk had four hits. On the second day Renner roared to a 9-0 lead before Pierre adding two meaningless runs in the sixth, and the game ended with a 9-2 loss. Post 8 had six hits. Starter Grey Zabel threw 5 1/2 innings, giving up eight hits, six runs and two walks while fanning eight. It was do-or-die on Friday afternoon, and after a 1-1 tie after the first inning, Pierre gave up three unearned runs in the second. The closest Post 8 came after that was 6-2. Then Brandon Valley put up a nine spot in the fourth, and the game ended after five due to the 10-run rule, 15-2. Austin Hoss made his first-ever Legion start on the mound. Brandon Valley outhit Post 8 14-4. The season ended with a record of 24-22.

State Legion tournament review:

Mitchell 10, Brandon Valley 7.
Renner 12, Sioux Falls East 11.
Rapid City Post 22 12, Brookings 1.
Pierre 12, Yankton 2 (6 innings).
Brandon Valley 11, Brookings 0 (6 innings); Brookings eliminated.
S.F. East 8, Yankton 1; Yankton eliminated.
R.C. Post 22 11, Mitchell 1 (6 innings).
Renner 9, Pierre 2.
— Friday:
Mitchell 4, S.F. East 2; East eliminated.
Brandon Valley 15, Pierre 2; Pierre eliminated.
R.C. Post 22 4, Renner 3.
— Saturday:
Mitchell 8, Renner 7; Renner eliminated.
R.C. Post 22 14, Brandon Valley 6; Brandon Valley eliminated.
— Sunday:
R.C. Post 22 9, Mitchell 0; Mitchell eliminated.

Legion baseball notes: Next year’s state tournament will be hosted by Mitchell. Therefore, the Mitchell team will not have to be in the Region 3A tournament. That will leave Pierre, Sturgis, Rapid City 320 and Rapid City 22 battling for two tournament spots. And what’s more, the Central Plains Regional will be in Sioux Falls next year instead of in North Dakota. . . . . The Big Stick award for highest batting average in the tourney went to Renner’s Nick Hoelstra, who went 10-for-14 at the plate. Post 22’s Cooper Bowman was named Legion Player of the Year. The Talcott sportsmanship award went to the Mitchell team. . . . . . If you have any interest in listening to the games at the Central Plains Regional in Dickinson, you can find them all at www.kdix.com as the hometown Dickinson station broadcasts all of them, not just the ones involving their home team. They also provide the audio for the livestream of all of the games at www.youtube.com/americanlegionhq, then scroll down to the Central Plains logo. . . . . . Rapid City Post 22 lost its opener at the regional to Dubuque County, Iowa, 8-2, yesterday. Post 22 will next play an elimination game at 1:30 p.m. MDT today (Thursday) against the loser of last night’s game between Dickinson and Omaha Burke.

Pierre Trappers: The first season of the Pierre Trappers and the Expedition League ended Sunday, at least for the teams not qualifying for the playoffs. Pierre finished with a 32-31 record. For some reason Badlands got to play an extra game, so their 33-31 record puts them in the second playoff spot in the Lewis Division. But the Trappers had their chances to make the playoffs but went 5-6 over their last two weeks, including losing two of three to lowly Hub City on the final weekend. Pierre and Badlands were tied for second place going into the last series. At least the season ended with a win as the Trappers won at Aberdeen, 10-6, Sunday. Alex Sheetz was winning pitcher in relief. Jack Waletich had four hits and five RBIs, Jack Simonsen three hits and Pierre’s own Spencer Sarringar two hits as he played right field.

Pierre Trappers: Sarringar batted .206 this season, getting 34 hits in 165 at-bats. He played in 45 games, scored 32 runs, had eight doubles and five homers, drove in 26 runs, had one sacrifice fly and stole two bases. The other Pierre native on the team, Landon Badger, played in 22 games, batting .325 with 25 hits in 77 at-bats, scored 21 runs, hit three homers and two triples and three doubles while driving in 18 runs. He had four sacrifice flies and five stolen bases. . . . . . Among the Trappers who played in at least half of the 63 games Teddy Petersen had the best batting average at .376. Tate Ellison was the home run leader with 12. In RBIs Ken Scott had 56, Cal Smith 55 and Jack Stamper 54. Among the pitchers Tyler McDonald had the best ERA at 3.95. The best won-lost recofrds were Seth Brewer’s 6-2, Eric Romo’s 5-2, Tyler McDonald’s 5-4 and Connor McDonald’s 5-4. . . . The Trappers averaged 525 fans per game with a total attendance of 15,746 for 30 home dates. The highest attendance was accomplished by Western Nebraska (Scottsbluff-Gering), averaging 921 per game. Next in line was Casper, averaging 780.

Expedition League final standings:
— Lewis Division: Souris Valley 40-24; Badlands 33-31; Pierre 32-31; Hub City 24-34.
— Clark Division: Western Nebraska 46-17; Hastings 31-33; Spearfish 24-38; Casper 18-45.

Sioux Falls Canaries: The Birds lost three to Wichita and three more to Kansas City, then took two of three over Lincoln. Sioux Falls split the first two games of a series vs. St. Paul earlier this week. The Canaries are home Thursday through Sunday vs. Fargo-Moorhead, then go to St. Paul for four games starting Monday.

Chicago Cubs:
Friday: Washington, 1:20 (MLBN).
Saturday: Washington, 3:05 (FS1).
Sunday: Washington, 7:05 (ESPN).
Tuesday: Milwaukee, 1:20 (MLBN).
Wednesday: Milwaukee, 1:20 (MLBN).
Thursday: at Pittsburgh.

Minnesota Twins:
Thursday: at Cleveland, 12:10 (FSN).
Friday: at Detroit, 6:10 (FSN).
Saturday: at Detroit, 5:10 (FSN).
Sunday: at Detroit, 12:10 (FSN).
Tuesday: Pittsburgh, 7:10 (FSN).
Wednesday: Pittsburgh, 12:10 (FSN).
Thursday: Detroit, 7:10 (FSN).

Colorado Rockies (times are MDT):
Thursday: Los Angeles Dodgers, 6:40.
Friday: Los Angeles Dodgers, 6:40.
Saturday: Los Angeles Dodgers, 6:10.
Sunday: Los Angeles Dodgers, 1:10.
Tuesday: at Houston, 6:10.
Wednesday: at Houston, 6:10.
Thursday: at Atlanta, 5:35.


“We are a nation of many nationalities, many races, many religions, bound together by a single unity, the unity of freedom and equality. Whoever seeks to set one nationality against another seeks to degrade all nationalities. Whoever seeks to set one race against another seeks to enslave all races. Whoever seeks to set one religion against anoher seeks to destroy all religion.”
— President Franklin D. Roosevelt


Thursday: lemon.
Friday-Sunday: strawberry.
Monday-Tuesday: apricot.
Wednesday-Thursday: watermelon.


Minnesota United FC: The Loons lost to Vancouver, 4-2, and lost to Seattle, 2-1. Now 9-13-1, the Loons will be home vs. Los Angeles Saturday at 8:30 p.m.


Minnesota Vikings: The Purple begin their four-game preseason schedule at Denver Saturday night. The game kicks off at 8 p.m. CDT live on the NFL Network.

Denver Broncos: The Broncos begin their era of Case Keenum with a home preseason opener against Minnesota at 8 p.m. CDT Saturday on the NFL Network.

Live games on NFL Network this weekend:
— Thursday, 6 p.m., Cleveland vs. New York Giants.
— Thursday, 9 p.m., Dallas vs. San Francisco.
— Friday, 6:30 p.m., Atlanta vs. New York Jets.
— Friday, 9:30 p.m., Detroit vs. Oakland.
— Saturday, 8 p.m., Minnesota vs. Denver.


Let’s teach our daughters it’s not about being beautiful. Teach them to be bold. Be silly. Be strong. Be confident. Be independent and intelligent. Be brave and be fierce. Be real in a world full of fake. Let’s redefine beauty.
— WholeSelfHealth/Facebook


Minnesota Lynx: After a three-game losing streak the Lynx snapped out of it Tuesday with an 85-64 win over Chicago. Minnesota plays at Las Vegas tonight and Seattle Sunday, then home vs. Chicago Tuesday.


PGA Champions Tour: Tom Byrum played in the 23rd annual Orion Classic in Sioux Falls as he always has. It is a benefit for Children’s Home Society. Last weekend at the 3M Championship in Minneapolis, he tied for 13th place with an 11-under 205. He had rounds of 70, 67 and 68 and earned $33,250. Next on the Champions Tour will be the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open at Endicott, N.Y., Aug 17-19.


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. 28: Tyler Arbach/Rachel Hartmann.
Oct. 6: Rodd Bauck/Megan Vockrodt.
Oct. 6: Cale Pell/Sarah Lihs.


This week’s schedules:
Girls soccer: home vs. Brandon Valley (at PILC), 4:00.
Boys soccer: home vs. Brandon Valley (at PILC), 6:00.
Boys golf: at Sioux Falls invitational.
Girls soccer: at Spearfish, 4:00 MDT.
Boys soccer: at Spearfish, 6:00 MDT.

Other sports’ first competitions:
Volleyball—Aug. 29 at Rapid City Central.
Cross country—Aug. 24 home with Aberdeen Central and Rapid City Central.
Girls tennis—Aug. 17 at Harrisburg.
Football—Aug. 24 home vs. Harrisburg.
Cheer/dance—Aug. 25 at Aberdeen invitational.

Aug. 13: at Sioux Falls invitational (Willow Run), 9:00.
Aug. 16: at Rapid City invitational (Meadowbrook), 8:00.
Aug. 21: Pierre invitational, 10:00.
Aug. 24: at Huron invitational (Broadland Creek), 10:00.
Aug. 27: at Aberdeen invitational (Moccasin Creek), 10:00.
Aug. 31: at Sturgis invitational (Boulder Canyon), 9:00.
Sept. 7: at Yankton invitational (Fox Run), 10:00.
Sept. 10: at Brookings invitational (Brookings Country Club), 10:00.
Sept. 14: at Mitchell invitational (Lakeview), 10:30.
Sept. 18: at Watertown invitational (Prairie Winds), 10:00.
Sept. 22: at ESD invitational, Huron (Broadland Creek), 10:00.
Oct. 1-2: at state tournament, Brookings.

Aug. 10: Brandon Valley (G 4:00, B 6:00).
Aug. 14: at Spearfish (G 4:00, B 6:00 MDT).
Aug. 18: at Aberdeen Central (G 3:00, B 1:00).
Aug. 23: at Harrisburg (G 6:00, B 4:00).
Aug. 28: Watertown (G 6:00, B 4:00).
Aug. 31: Rapid City Stevens (G 4:00, B 6:00).
Sept. 1: Rapid City Central (G 1:00, B 11:00).
Sept. 4: Yankton (G 4:00, B 6:00).
Sept. 8: at Huron (G 10:00, B 12:00).
Sept. 11: Mitchell (G 4:30, B 4:30).
Sept. 15: at Sioux Falls Roosevelt (G 4:00, B 2:00).
Sept. 20: at Brookings (G 4:00, B 6:00).
Oct. 2: First-round games.
Oct. 6: Quarterfinal games.
Oct. 9: Semifinal games.
Oct. 13: State championship game, Rapid City.

Coaching notes: Sydney Zanin returns as coach of the girls varsity soccer team this fall as they seek to defend their state title. Sean Blanchette is back as coach of the boys soccer team. Courtney Hoff is coaching the competitive cheer team, and Amanda (Huck) Stoeser is coaching the competitive dance team.


Your life will start to shift when you prioritize long-term happiness over short-term satisfaction.
— PeacefulMindPeacefulLife


Fall sports’ opening dates:
Volleyball: Aug. 30 at Miller.
Cross country: Aug. 30 at Redfield meet.
Football: Aug. 17 at Potter County.


Fall sports’ opening dates:
Cross country: Aug. 24 at Winner meet.
Volleyball: Aug. 25 at Bennett County (with Wall).
Football: Aug. 17 at Mount Vernon-Plankinton.


Today-Sunday: Sully County Fair, Onida.
1 day: Pierre soccer openers (Aug. 10).
2 days: Lilly Fest, Fort Pierre (Aug. 11).
8 days: State 4-H Rodeo, Fort Pierre (Aug. 17-19).
8 days: Sully Buttes football opener (Aug. 17).
8 days: Stanley County football opener (Aug. 17).
11 days: First day of school at Riggs High (Aug. 20).
12 days: First day of school at Stanley County (Aug. 21).
13 days: First day of school at Pierre middle and elementary schools (Aug. 22).
15 days: BluntFest (Aug. 24-26).
16 days: Stanley County volleyball opener (Aug. 25).
16 days: Pierre football opener (Aug. 25).
21 days: State Fair, Huron (Aug. 30-Sept. 3).
28 days: NFL opening night (Sept. 6).
29 days: U.S. Men’s National Team soccer vs. Brazil friendly (Sept. 7).
31 days: Minnesota Vikings opener (Sept. 9).
32 days: Riggs High homecoming coronation (Sept. 10).
33 days: U.S. Men’s National Team soccer vs. Mexico friendly (Sept. 11).
33 days: Riggs High homecoming parade (Sept. 11).
34 days: Special session of the Legislature (Sept. 12).
36 days: Riggs High Class of ’68 reunion (Sept. 14-15).
36 days: Pierre homecoming day (Sept. 14).
36 days: Dakota Western Heritage Festival (Sept. 14-16).
37 days: “M” Day at School of Mines (Sept. 15).
39 days: PGA Champions Tour’s Sanford International tournament, Sioux Falls (Sept. 17-23).
39 days: Emmy awards, NBC-TV (Sept. 17).
42 days: South Dakota Festival of Books, Brookings/Sioux Falls (Sept. 20-23).
43 days: Pierre Players’ “The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church” (Sept. 21-23, 27-29).


Look at yourself as a color. You might not be everybody’s favorite, but one day you will meet someone who needs you to complete his or her picture.
— Power of Positivity


College basketball: Looking ahead to the USD-SDSU games in men’s and women’s basketball next winter, we see that the games in Vermillion will be a doubleheader on Sunday, Jan. 6. The games in Brookings will be on back-to-back days—the men on Saturday, Feb. 23, and the women the next day. The Summit League tournament dates in Sioux Falls are March 9-12.

Presentation College football (Michael Lyons): Michael is a freshman offensive lineman on the Saints roster. PC opens Aug. 25 against Trinity International at Deerfield, Ill.

Black Hills State football (Shawn Schnabel): Shawn, who formerly coached in Pierre, begins his fifth season as offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator for the Yellowjackets. BHSU opens RMAC play Sept. 1 at Chadron State.

North Dakota football: The Fighting Hawks open their season at home Aug. 30 against Mississippi Valley State at 6:30 on Midco Sports Network.

North Dakota State football: The Bison begin defense of their national title at home Sept. 1 at 2:30 vs. Cal Poly.

Dakota Wesleyan football (Lukas Chase): Lukas is a redshirt sophomore defensive end for the Tigers. They open their season at home Aug. 23 against Dakota State.

Augustana football (Peyton Zabel): Peyton is a freshman quarterback for the Vikings, who open NSIC play at Upper Iowa Sept. 1 at 6 p.m.

University of Sioux Falls football: The Cougars open at home Aug. 30 vs. Concordia-St. Paul at 6 p.m.

Northern football (Alex Gray, Joe King, Colten Drageset, Jacob Howard): Alex is a sophomore defensive back, Joe a redshirt freshman tight end, Colten a sophomore tight end and Jacob a freshman defensive lineman. The Wolves begin NSIC play at Bemidji State at 6 p.m. Aug. 30.

South Dakota Mines football: The Hardrockers kick off their season Sept. 1 at Colorado-Mesa.

South Dakota football: The Coyotes open the season on the road against Kansas State of the Big 12 at 6 p.m. Sept. 1.

South Dakota State football: The Jackrabbits’ season begins at Iowa State of the Big 12 at 7 p.m. Sept. 1.

Dakota State volleyball (Nicole Sarringar): Nicole is a freshman on the Trojan roster. They begin the season Aug. 29 at Dakota Wesleyan.

University of Mary volleyball (Korie Lebeda Tetzlaff): Matt’s wife Korie begins her first season as head coach of the Marauders, who open the season at the MSU-Moorhead tournament Aug. 24-25. They will have matches against Western State (Colo.), MSU-Billings, South Dakota Mines and MSU-Moorhead.

South Dakota volleyball: The Coyotes open the season with an exhibition match at Iowa State Aug. 17 and a red/white scrimmage Aug. 18.

South Dakota State volleyball: Jackrabbit volleyball begins at the UMKC invitational in Kansas City Aug. 24-25 with matches against Austin Peay, Western Michigan and the host team.

Dakota Wesleyan volleyball (Elena Svingen, Jennifer Sweetman): The Tigers go to Chicago for their openers Aug. 24-25 in the Robert Morris tournament. DWU will play William Penn, Graceland, Ave Maria and the host school.

South Dakota State golf (Austin Hoss): The fall season for the Jackrabbit men opens Sept. 9-10 at Wisconsin’s Badger Invitational in Madison. This is Austin’s freshman season at SDSU.

Northern Michigan golf (Karissa Guthrie): Karissa’s junior season at Marquette, Mich., begins Sept. 10-11 at the Indianapolis invitational.

South Dakota golf (Katie Bartlett): This will be Katie’s junior year at USD. The golf team’s schedule hasn’t been posted yet.

Northwestern (Iowa) soccer (Cole Cruse): Cole’s junior season with the Red Raiders (and his first as a married man!) begins next Thursday with a scrimmage at Spencer against Iowa Lakes Community College.

Northern soccer (Tori Thorpe): Tori is a sophomore defender for the Wolves. They open the season with exhibitions at home against Presentation Aug. 20 and Concordia (Minn.) Aug. 22.

South Dakota soccer (Joana Zanin): The Coyote women, with whom Joana is a freshman forward, begin their season with two exhibitions—Aug. 11 at North Dakota and Aug. 14 at home vs. St. Mary’s (Neb.). Next Thursday they begin the full-fledged season at home vs. Wyoming.

South Dakota State soccer: The Jackrabbit women open the season with an exhibition Saturday against Minnesota.

King’s College soccer (Gus Axtman): This will be Gus’s junior year at King’s in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., already. He is listed as a defender on the roster. The Monarchs open their season at home Aug. 31 vs. Alvernia University and the following day vs. Arcadia University. Gus is the son of Pierre natives Greg and Sarah (Adam) Axtman of Harrisburg, Pa.

Black Hills State cross country (Kelsey Van Den Hemel): This is Kelsey’s junior year at BHSU. The first meet is Sept. 1 at the School of Mines.

South Dakota Mines cross country (Theron Singleton): Theron is a junior this year at Mines where the first meet is their own invitational Sept. 1.

South Dakota cross country (Caleb Lusk): The Coyotes’ first meet will be the Augustana twilight meet on Sept. 3.

Xavier University cross country (Courtney Klatt): Courtney, who just graduated from Sioux Falls Lincoln, will be a freshman runner for the Musketeers at their campus in Cincinnati. She is the daughter of Kevin and Sandy (Case) Klatt of Brandon.


Directions: Draw yourself a 4×4 box containing 16 squares, four boxes in a row left to right and four rows, one on top of the other. Number the boxes in your top row 1, 2, 3 and 4 from left to right. Number the left-hand box in your second row 5, the left-hand box in your third row 6, and the left-hand box in the bottom row 7.

1 across: The red planet.
1 down: Choices for dinner.
2 down: A native of the Middle East perhaps.
3 down: What the sun is expected to do each day.
4 down: The mark left by an injury.
2 across: —- Unkenholz (‘Riggs 92).
3 across: Our space agency.
4 across: Alternative to a taxi these days.

Solution found at the bottom of this Update.


— When my grandson Dylan and I attended two days of the Region 3A Legion baseball tournament at Sturgis, a lady taking tickets asked that age-old question, “Aren’t you Parker Knox?” I couldn’t deny it. She was Pierre native Kristen (Konechne) Huntington (Riggs High ’90), who said she has been living in Sturgis for 10 years after moving up from Rapid City.

— In the last Update we asked people to tell us a part of the United States to which they have never been, a place they would most like to visit. We received several responses and will include one in each of the subsequent Updates. First up? John and Susan Culberson at Custer said, “We want to ride our motorcycle to the Florida Keys and down to Key West. It just seems as if that would be a great ride on a bike. We would then spend some time in Key West, enjoying the sun and sand.”

— If you know of college athletes from Pierre, Fort Pierre and the Sully Buttes area whom we haven’t mentioned yet in our college athletics section, let me know at parkerhome16@hotmail.com. For right now we’re concentrating on the fall sports of football, volleyball, cross country, soccer and golf. We’ll worry about the winter sports later.

— In the last Update we told you about the cloudburst which sent rain pouring into the backstage area at the Black Hills Playhouse during a recent performance of “Oklahoma!” It caused the show to be called off at intermission. Wait! There’s more drama from the Playhouse! At the final performance of “Oklahoma!” a week ago last Sunday afternoon, the fight between our hero, Curly, and the dirty rotten farmhand from the smokehouse, Jud Fry, was taking place just after Curly’s and Laurie’s wedding when (Bam!) the choreographed fight went awry, and Lukas Ptacek, who played Curly, was totally knocked out and remained unconscious for five minutes. He was revived by the time an ambulance arrived from Custer. He was taken to the hospital but was able to be released. The show itself was resumed with a backup Curly finishing the show, which fortunately was near its end when the accident happened. The understudy had only eight minutes to be Curly. Just about all he had to do was kiss the bride and join in singing the finale.

— What are the odds the Tweeter-in-Chief will be busy on his little device once the “Murphy Brown” show returns to CBS-TV this fall? That’s one of the safest bets you can find.

— Can you believe it? Our first football contest will be in the Update three weeks from today!

— Come on, NBA schedule-makers! Don’t you know the Cleveland Cavaliers ALWAYS play on Christmas Day? What do you have against the Cavs that they’re not scheduled this coming Christmas Day? What’s changed? Well, we all know the answer to that, don’t we! There will be five games on ABC and ESPN on Christmas Day as usual. The two “featured attractions” will be Oklahoma City vs. Houston (of course!) and Golden State vs. LeBron James (of course!). The rest of the Lakers may show up, too.

— More examples of destroying the English language:

  • From a Facebook post: “Your to big to play there.”
  • From another Facebook post: “Keep a eye on ur kids. 40 kids in 10 days have went missing.”
  • From another Facebook post: “The amount of respect wrestling don’t get is unreal.”


“A lie doesn’t become truth, wrong doesn’t become right, and evil doesn’t become good just because it’s accepted by a majority.”
— Stephen DelSignore


Thursday, Aug. 9:
Collin Livermont, Rebecca (Zebroski) Neises, Jenny Hallenbeck-Orr, Megan (Joachim) Jaeger, Mary Sieck, Larry Joachim, Brynn Sogaard, Remington Reilly.
— 4th anniversary, Ryan/Kelly (Lingle) Royer.
— 21st anniversary, Chuck/Hope (Hoover) Brenny.
— 10th anniversary, Justin/Stephanie (Mutschler) Pierson.
— 15th anniversary, Nick/Brittany (Bailey) Jarecke.
— 32nd anniversary, Jeff/Lisa Mammenga.
— 43rd anniversary, Terry/Janet Hofer.
— 54th anniversary, John/Linda Knox.
— 15th anniversary, Chris/Jenny Derry.
— 21st anniversary, Chris/Sarah (Kringel) Hibbitts.

Friday, Aug. 10:
Kyndal Van Zee, Gracie Weinheimer, Sue Light, Christopher Nath, Stella Lindbloom, Stephanie Bengs, Laynee Brandt, Ron Lutz, Liv Smith, Kaydee (Hewlett) Withers.
— 6th anniversary, Dustin/Cidna Pitlick.
— 16th anniversary, Thomas/Dulcie (Bellander) Stotts.
— 16th anniversary, Joseph/Michelle (Maskovich) Soulek.
— 16th anniversary, Brett/Stacy Anderson.
— 16th anniversary, Toby/Amber Bryant.
— 49th anniversary, John/Margaret Ellefson.
— 50th anniversary, Dick/Jean Weischedel.

Saturday, Aug. 11:
Nancy Hunsley, Courtney Sheffield, Mike Snyder, Archie Haag, JoAnn Nelsen, Alex Ludemann, Scott Lamb, Tom Opoien, Susan Quinn, Terry Becker.
— 18th anniversary, Mark/Meghann (O’Day) Kjolsrud.
— 6th anniversary, Jim/Lindsey (Jungwirth) Costello.
— 33rd anniversary, Dave/Denette (Eisnach) Becker.
— 12th anniversary, A.J./Amanda (Huck) Stoeser.
— 11th anniversary, Clinton/Missy (Drew) Figland.
— 11th anniversary, Austin/Lindsey Schneider.
— 11th anniversary, Jonathan/Sarah (Yackley) Ploeger.
We respectfully remember wildland firefighter Trampas Haskvitz, who died in the line of duty seven years ago today.

Sunday, Aug. 12:
Lindsay Ambur, Cooper Hogan, Courtney Zander, Taylor Murtland, Molly Wilbur, Bo Rosane, Kari Anderson, Mary (Holm) Keahey.
— 1st anniversary, Chris/Ashlee Voller.
— 39th anniversary, Dave/Marcia Mack.
— 18th anniversary, Eric/Amanda (Weaver) Sprenkle.
— 12th anniversary, Tim/Lindsey (Simons) Ferber.
— 18th anniversary, Christopher/Jessica (Yost) Cox.
— 18th anniversary, Kevin/Julie Lors.
— 12th anniversary, Jeff/Jamie (Stokke) Lemire.

Monday, Aug. 13:
Kory Davis, Misti (Currier) Baumberger, Sam Herrscher, Charissa Howard, Bobbi (West) Meyer, Leto Knudson, Finn Meiners, Andi Mancuso.
— 7th anniversary, A.J./Tisa Wharton.
— 7th anniversary, Cody/Raelynn (Foss) Dewell.
— 2nd anniversary, Jerry/Aly Bollinger.

Tuesday, Aug. 14:
Ethan Harder, Wyatt Rumrill, Eloise Cermak, George Summerside, Kristi (Barnhart) Yackley, Andrew Johnson, Mike Walton, Mike Zellmer, Rebecca Cruse, Jordyn Ripperger Tim Maher, Michaela Stroup, Gay Rhoades, Heath Stoeser, Jonathan Pfleger, Spencer Thomas, Jackson Goodman.
— 48th anniversary, Mike/Diana Vogel.
— 8th anniversary, Chris/Victoria Bell.
— 8th anniversary, Justin/Jill Gilmore.
— 37th anniversary, Tony/Shiela Mangan.
— 13th anniversary, Nate/Tracie (Seyfer) Vogel.
— 14th anniversasry, Rick/Katie (Skrondahl) Melius.
— 31st anniversary, Doug/Deb Smith.
We fondly remember Phil Trautner on the 15th anniversary of his death.

Wednesday, Aug. 15:
Meredith Lee, Kathy (Hoover) Pautz, Hunter Roberts, Jason Christenson, Danny Snow, Jesse Nystrom, Heath Houdek, Jack Steece, Brian Kemnitz, Jared Dutton, Ellie Knudson, Autumn Iverson, Dianne Weyer.
— 38th anniversary, Mark/Glennis (Parsons) Zarecky.
— 11th anniversary, Sam/Amber (LaBrie) Shaw.
— 9th anniversary, J.D./Amanda Lauing.

Thursday, Aug. 16:
Dustin Van Balen, Susan Culberson, Nancy Shoup, Ann (Schroyer) Schwartz, Brittney (Nuttall) Binger, Mike Vogel, Gaylon Gerber, Terry Keller, Melanie (Bunkowske) Cruse, Trudie (King) Feldman.
— 4th anniversary, Derek/Natalie Van Roekel.
— 10th anniversary, Robert/Samantha (Merrill) Pietz.
— 15th anniversary, Tom/Jill (Novotny) Hart.
— 15th anniversary, Eric/Misty (Doll) Brenden.
— 15th anniversary, Jerry/Doralynne (Micklos) Jarvis.
— 5th anniversary, Devin/Kimberly (Bartels) Malone.
— 10th anniversary, Terry/Brenda (Crandell) Carroll.


The Pierre community two weeks ago lost two men, both far into their 90s, who had profound effect on the city during the decades they lived here and participated in the community’s growth. Our sympathy to the May and Beck families.

Ken Beck died July 28 at Avera Maryhouse at the age of 94. Funeral Mass was celebrated Aug. 3 at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. Mr. Beck graduated from Ogden High School in Utah in 1942. He attended Weber State and entered the U.S. Army. He was deployed to Italy with the 86th Infantry Division. He worked nine winters as a ski instructor and a ski patrol member at the Sun Valley resort in Idaho. There he met Marilyn Dondelinger, and they were married in 1957. They lived in Spokane, Wash., and Grand Junction, Colo., before coming to Pierre in 1969. They purchased the Chevrolet, Pontiac and Cadillac dealership. Mr. Beck worked in the car business for 35 years, then turned it over to his sons. Among his survivors are his sister, Carol Salmon of Ogden; his wife, Marilyn; their five children, Trace Beck and his wife Lynn of Pierre, Sue Douglas and her husband Todd of Pierre, Roger Beck and his wife Angela of Sturgis, Steve Beck and his wife Jami of Pierre, and Cynthia Kincs and her husband Joe of Burnsville, Minn.; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Warren May died at home July 30 at the age of 97. Services were held Aug. 4 at Trinity Episcopal Church. He was born in Rapid City but was a life-long resident of Pierre. After graduating from Pierre High School in 1939, his studies at the University of Minnesota were interrupted by World War II. He served with the South Dakota Army National Guard in California and the South Pacific after the 147th was transferred to regular Army duty. He returned to the U. of M. and completed his law degree in 1948. He came back to Pierre to begin his law practice. He was appointed Hughes County state’s attorney in 1949. In 1950 he joined Martens & Goldsmith as a partner, and that is now the May Adam firm. Mr. May practiced law for more than 50 years. He was a Masonic Lodge for 68 years, a member of BankWest’s board, the VFW, the American Legion, his church, the library board and the South Dakota Banking Authority. He married the former Ada Chesley in 1946. Among his survivors are their children, Daniel May of San Francisco, Barbara May of Sioux Falls, Philip May of North Palm Beach, Fla., and William May of Rapid CIty; two grandsons, a step-granddaughter and three great-grandchildren.

The Riter Rogers Law Firm has welcomed Jason Rumpca to the firm. A native of Pierre and a Riggs High alumnus, Rumpca (’01) has been practicing law in Beresford since his graduation from the USD law school.

Jim Iverson, who coached the Post 8 baseball varsity through several winning seasons, was selected to throw in the ceremonial first pitch at one of the sessions of the state Legion tournament at Hyde Stadium. On Sunday ahead of the championship game, long-time Post 8 baseball pillars Rick Merriam and Mike Kelley both threw in ceremonial first pitches.

Dr. Paul Turman, who is a member of the Pierre school board, has been selected to fill the spot on the South Dakota High School Activities Association board of directors that is specified for a large school group school board member. He will have a five-year term ending June 30, 2023.

Our sympathy to Jeremy and Nicole Pullman of Crooks. Her father, Kent Petersen, 77, Madison, died Aug. 5 at a nursing home in Madison. Services are being held this morning (Thursday) at Prairie Village.

Alverde (Hines) Daniel died July 30 at Maryhouse at the age of 86. Services were held Aug. 6 at the Maryhouse Chapel. She graduated from high school at Onida and attended Huron College. She and Duane Daniel were married in 1951. She taught in Geddes and Leola. After retirement she moved to Fort Pierre to be closer to family members. She is survived by three daughters, Margaret Kleeves of Montrose, Colo., Dorinda Daniel of Pierre and Sheila Jiminez of Panama City Beach, Fla.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Adam and Megan (Linn) Bertsch had the grand opening of their new bar and grill business, The Fieldhouse, at the end of July. Their new building is located in northeast Pierre north of the mall and Beck Motors.

Long-time Sully County resident Louise Buhler celebrated her 90th birthday on July 28. Belated greetings will reach her at Apt. 326, 400 ParkWood Drive, Pierre SD 57501.

Long-time Pierre resident Bob Hartford, 77, died July 24 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls after a short illness. A celebration of his life took place July 31 at Lutheran Memorial Chufch. Bob was born in Kansas City and moved with his parents and siblings to Bellingham, Wash. He met the former Virginia Knutson at Bellingham High School. Bob attended Western Washington University, and he and Virgie were married in 1961. Bob managed Newberry’s stores in Bellingham, then Hardin, Mont., then Pierre until 1972. After the Newberry’s store in Pierre closed, he remained and began his real estate career. Later he worked for state government, the federal government and the Music and Vending Association. Bob was active in many aspects of the business community, and he spent countless days on Lake Oahe. Virgie died of lung cancer in 1991. Bob met his second wife, Sara, at a conference in 1992, and they were married in 2000. He is survived by his wife; daughter Kristine Westall and her husband Jeff of Edina, Minn.; son Dr. Joe Hartord and his wife Deb of Rapid City; daughter Kate Johnson and her husband Terry of Pierre; eight grandchildren, two sisters and two brothers.

Barry Johnson, a native of Pierre and one of the three sons of the late Bill and Joanie Johnson, will remain in Champaign, Ill., for one more school year while his daughter Amelia finishes her senior year of high school. Barry’s wife Janeen has accepted a new position at Oklahoma State University, and their son Kaleb will start high school there in Stillwater. After Amelia graduates, Barry plans to telecommute from Stillwater. The Johnsons’ older sons are Zach, who is working in Cincinnati, and Noah, who will work for a year before starting medical school.

Michele Slott, who was Michele Vallery when she lived in Pierre-Fort Pierre in the ’90s, as of Aug. 1 is the associate pastor at First United Methodist Church in Rapid City.

Clark Alleman, 75, Hayes, died July 27. Services were held at Lutheran Memorial Church Aug. 2. He lived his entire life on the family farm and ranch. He attended high school in Fort Pierre and married Carmen Roseth in 1968. He is survived by his wife; son Clinton Alleman and his wife Laura, daughter Kelly Nelson and her husband Anthony, three grandchildren, and sisters Phyllis Stoeser and Barb Oros.

Megan Robertson posted on her Facebook page last week that she is moving all the way across the country. She has been living and working in Waterville, Maine. Her new job will be as territory sales representative for Johnny’s Selected Seeds in Nevada, Utah, northern California and southern Oregon.

Meghann (O’Day) Kjolsrud (Riggs ’98) has completed her master’s degree in education with an early childhood specialization from North Central University. Meghann, who began her teaching career last year after the last of her four children reached school age, will be teaching second grade at Esmond Station Iron Horses K-8 School this year. She, her husband Mark and their kids—Katie, 13; Thomas, 11; Luke, 8; Michael, 5—live in Vail, Ariz., just southeast of Tucson.

Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Jo Gaetze, 82, who had been a Pierre resident since 2002, will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. There will be visitation at 6 p.m. Friday and rosary and a prayer service at 7 at the church. She and her husband Peter were married for 45 years and lived in Aberdeen and Mellette. She is survived by her son Paul and his wife Deb of Pierre; daughters Janet Gaetze of Yankton and Pam Gaetze of Pierre; three grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, and six half-siblings.

Carol (Rilling) Tople, 77, Onida, died Aug. 2 at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital. A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at the Onida United Methodist Church. She was a 1959 graduate of Onida High School and married Gordon Tople in 1959. Carol worked as a waitress for many years at the Bakery Cafe and the Fireside in Onida. She is survived by her husband; their son, James Tople; three grandchildren; her sister, LaVonne Weischedel, and her brother, Dale Rilling.

The Cone Ag team from the Thursday night men’s softball league finished as runners-up in their first year at the state “D” Division softball tournament. The team’s Jake Wagner was named most valuable player in the tournament.

Homecoming time is only a month away. Do you have your float built yet? The Riggs coronation will be on Monday night, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m., and the parade will be on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m.

Bridget (Libner) Miller died July 26 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Services were held Aug. 4 at Faith Lutheran Church. Bridget graduated from Riggs High School in 1989 and attended Northern State University and SDSU. She married T. Miller, and they had a son, Jake. She worked at St. Mary’s Hospital in the physical therapy program, at the Pierre Police Department as a dispatcher and at Prairie Traders as a secretary. She is survived by her parents, Merle and Bonnie Libner and Brenda and John Seeley; sisters Jamie and Denise; brothers Tyler and Danny; her son, Jacob, and a grandson, Brevin.

Ryan and Jenni Nuttall of Watertown are the parents of a daughter, Lainey Ryan Nuttall, who was born July 30, weighing 6 pounds, 11 ounces, and measuring 19 inches. The Nuttalls have an older daughter, Lydia, who is 1 1/2.

You may remember that, when Jen Neuhauser was just out of college and teaching in an elementary school in Los Angeles, she was “adopted” by the De Jong family. Mrs. De Jong was a teacher in the same school where Jen worked. One of the De Jongs’ sons, Chase, was a baseball pitcher, whom we later followed all the way to the major leagues. Now 24 years old, Chase had started 21 games for Seattle’s Class AA Arkansas team. Over his career he has appeared in 134 minor league games with 122 pitching starts in seven seasons with an earned-run average of 3.92, allowing 177 walks and striking out 584. The news now is that Chase was traded to the Minnesota Twins in a trade involving two other players.

Cindy Glum, 64, Pierre, died July 21. Services were held July 26 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She came to Pierre with her family from Bismarck and graduated from Riggs High School in 1973. Cindy joined the U.S. Army and served eight years as a military policeman. She was discharged with the rank of sergeant. Cindy worked with her church’s Family Life Center and worked for the state, helping to establish the Cultural Heritage Center. In 1997 she became a correctional officer at the state women’s prison and worked there for 20 years. She is survived by three brothers and three sisters.

Tyler Merriam, the voice of SDSU athletics, was home for the state Legion baseball tournament as public address announcer.

Dr. Stuart Stofferahn stepped down Aug. 1 as president of the board of directors of Nebraska Transition College to become its first executive director. The school began as a conversation between two people and has grown to many hundreds of dedicated donors, followers and volunteers. Depending on funding, the goal is to begin classes for students in September next year. NTC will serve persons who have autism spectrum disorder or other learning differences and empower them to live interdependently through employment and community support systems.

Summer Larscheid, daughter of Pierre native Mary (Neiber) Larscheid-Christensen and the late Mark Larscheid, was married to Tim Boland in the Cancun, Mexico, area on July 28. Summer and her husband live in Phoenix.

Leon Friend, who in his retirement years was a substitute teacher in Pierre’s junior high and senior high school, died at age 80 July 29 at Highmore Healthcare. Services were held Aug. 2 at First United Methodist Church. Mr. Friend grew up in North Dakota and attended Northern State Teachers College. He taught at Garden City, Igloo, Brookings, Lake Benton, Minn., and Midland. He and Nancy Schumacher were married in 1972. They came to Pierre where he worked as an auditor in state government. He was a Master Mason for 56 years and an assistant Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America for 32 years. He is survived by his wife; their son, Edwin Friend and his wife Carrie; and granddaughter Ellise.

Shane and Laura Prunty are the parents of a son, Cole Vincent Prunty. He was born July 25, weighing 8 pounds, 15 ounces, and measuring 21 1/2 inches.

Agar area natives Dick and Jean Weischedel of Sturgis will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary Friday, Aug. 10. The Weischedels have three daughters, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Greetings can be sent to them at 1506 Davenport St., Sturgis SD 57783.

At the Thursday night community get-together on the Platz in downtown Vermillon last night, former Pierre resident Kelsey Collier-Wise was surprised by a flash mob with signs and a cake as she was thanked for her devotion to the city as executive director of Vermillion United Way and as a city council alderman. She and her husband, Royce Miller, have one daughter.

Josh and Kassi (Schuetzle) Wilson of Sturgis are the parents of a third son. Lincoln Jude Wilson was born July 25, weighing 7 pounds, 1 ounce, and measuring 21 inches. He has two big brothers—Jaxten, 5, and Cooper, 2. The Wilsons own a fitness center in Sturgis and are both teachers in the Meade School District.

This Sunday’s 8 a.m. service at the Oahe Chapel will be conducted by members from First Congregational United Church of Christ in Pierre. On Aug. 16 the service will be handled by the Rev. Roger Easland.

Gene Bigelow, who was superintendent of schools and basketball coach at Agar back in the late ’50s and ’60s, died at the age of 90 July 24 in Hattiesburg Miss. A native of Colome, he attended Huron College, SDSU and USD. He and the former Carolyn Jackson were married in 1954. After leaving Agar, he taught at Wayne State College in Nebraska. He retired in 1991 after 40 years in education and moved to Hattiesburg where his son is a dentist. He is survived by that son, Dr. Tod Bigelow; a daughter, Teri Nuss of Omaha, and five grandchildren. A memorial service was held Aug. 4 at his son’s home. He will be buried next to his wife at Black Hills National Cemetery.

Chris and Ashlee Voller of Billings, Mont., who were married last summer, are expecting their first child in November.

Fern Barnett and her family spent four days at a resort on Lake Okoboji, Iowa. The vacation was Fern’s Christmas gift from her children. Joining Fern there were Jeff and Brianne Roby, Jacob and Maddie, from the Twin Cities and Nick and Mallori Johnson and Grady from Pierre. Fern’s other daughter, Whitney, who passed away this past spring, was there in spirit, Fern said in a Facebook post.

Former Pierre School District employees Dave and Ellen Dulas are still living in Pipestone, Minn., where they have been for 17 years since leaving Pierre. The Dulases have a son, Matthew, who will be a high school senior this fall, and a daughter, McKenzie, who will be a sophomore. Dave continues to teach chemistry and physics, and Ellen has been a high school counselor for 16 years.

Alex Weaver, the starting left-fielder for the state champion Rapid City Post 22 Hardhats, is the son of Tom Weaver, who graduated from Riggs High in 1990 and played basketball for the Governors.

Elizabeth (Bumann) Larson completed her doctor of nursing practice degree through SDSU’s West River Center. She lives in Rapid City with her husband, Chris, and their two children.

Howard Grinager, a former head pastor at First United Methodist Church in Pierre, revealed on Facebook last week that he is a Democratic candidate for the state Senate from District 17, which includes Turner and Clay counties. Grinager and his wife Karen live at Parker. Howard’s opponent will be veteran Republican incumbent legislator Art Rusch of Vermillion.

Erik Gilbertson (Riggs ’02) is engaged to Lauren Fosheim, a Webster native who works at Farmers Business Network Inc. in Sioux Falls. Erik is a CPA with the Dorsey & Whitney Trust Company firm.

Nate Sprenkle, son of Eric and Amanda (Weaver) Sprenkle of Sioux Falls, was a member of the Renner Post 307 Dukes team which won the state VFW Class “A” 15-16 tournament.

Pierre native Mike Snyder, an associate attorney with the Davenport Evans firm in Sioux Falls, was married on July 21 to Charlotte Wood. You may remember that Mike proposed to Charlotte last year after they both completed a marathon.

Toby and Amber Bryant’s daughter Dessa played on the 12U TSC Thunder team that Toby helped coach to the championship of the Northern Nationals fast-pitch softball tournament at Yankton. They emerged as champions from among 16 teams from Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota and South Dakota. The Bryants’ oldest daughter, Tevan, played with the South Dakota Renegades in a national tournament at Huntington Beach, Calif., this week.

Meanwhile, Tyler and Megan Bryant’s two oldest kids, 10-year-old Macy and 8-year-old Boston, played on the same 10U team which won the South Dakota Little League state championship for that age group, beating a Rapid City Canyon Lake team in the title game. Tyler is head coach of the team.

This is the Rev. David Zellmer’s last year as bishop of the South Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). A new bishop will be elected at the 2019 synod meeting.

Mitchell Likness graduated from the physician’s assistant program at the University of South Dakota.

The “Tales on the River” program series hosted by Short Grass Arts Council at the Moose Lodge will feature Mayor Gloria Hanson of Fort Pierre tonight (Thursday) as she talks about her interest in politics and interesting tales she has come across as mayor. Her program starts at 7 p.m. Next week on Aug. 16 author Wayne Fanebust will tell tales from his book about the Jesse James gang. The Baker family will have pre-program music starting at 6:30.

Riggs High alumnus Jeremy Jorgenson (’98) and his wife, Nicole DiDomenico, became first-time parents on July 26. Their daughter, Elliana Sofie, weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces, and measured 20 1/2 inches. They live in Montpelier, Vt. Jeremy works for TruexCullins, an architectural and interior design company. Jeremy and Nicole celebrated their first anniversary on June 28.

Our sympathy to Jenny and Trent Merkwan and all of their family. Jenny’s father, Jack Marshman, died July 26 at the age of 84 at Avera Dougherty Hospice in Sioux Falls. His services took place July 30 at First Congregational United Church of Christ there. Mr. Marshman grew up in Sioux Falls and earned degrees from SDSU and Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. After college he returned to Sioux Falls to begin work with Sioux Falls Construction. He and the former Ellie Huether of Wessington Springs were married in 1961. He is survived by his wife; three daughters, Julie Grossman of Sioux Falls, Jill Lawless of Mansfield, Texas, and Jenny Merkwan of Pierre, and nine grandchildren, including Jack, Addison and Beau Merkwan.

Mary Hove, who has lived in Pierre for 28 years, revealed on Facebook last week that she is moving to Osceola, Wis., where she will be closer to two of her children and four grandchildren. Osceola is on the St. Croix River along the Wisconsin-Minnesota border, just northeast of the Twin Cities.

The Fields of Grace non-denominational religious organization will present an evening of Christian music at the baseball park in Arlington at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. One of the performers will be Pierre native Jacob Shoup of Sioux Falls appearing as Jacob Daniel. David Dunn and the group Sidewalk Prophets will also be on the program. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. The cost is $20 at the gate, but tickets are only $15 if ordered in advance at eventbrite.com. Those attending are encouraged to take lawn chairs and blankets. There will be food vendors and activities for kids.

Jeremy and Penny Ripperger and family are still in Milwaukee where Jeremy works at Northwestern Mutual’s headquarters. He will have a new supervisory position in September. Penny is still working full-time for the Wisconsin Air National Guard in Madison. The family moved from Greendale, Wis., to Dousman, Wis., which is half-way between Milwaukee and Madison to “even up” their respective commuting distances. On July 1 Jeremy completed his master’s degree through American College. The Rippergers have two children. Jarret will be a high school freshman, and Jordyn will be in fourth grade. Jeremy and Penny have enoyed concerts this year by Puddles PIty Party, Bill Murray and Jan Vogler, Bon Jovi, Adam Sandler and Rob Schneider, Barenaked Ladies and Better Than Ezra, and the Dave Matthews Band. Still to come on their concert agenda this year are Metallica, The Eagles, Phil Collins and Impractical Jokers.

Performing on the deck at the Legion cabin at 5:30 p.m. Sunday this weekend will be Hank Harris. On Aug. 19 it will be Dan Hall and the Joe Creek Band.

Music on the patio at Drifters will be provided by Katie Dwyer tonight (Thursday) from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and by Cody Henson Hullinger next Thursday, Aug. 16.

Deacon Charlie Walker, 71, died Aug. 2 after a short illness. Services were held Wednesday at the Expo Center in Fort Pierre. Charlie grew up in Pierre and married Betty Koan in 1965. He worked at several jobs in Pierre, but his presence was best known through the countless organizations which he served. He was also state fire chaplain. He is survived by his wife; three children, Steven Walker and his wife Lori in Pierre, Angel Rhodes and her husband Jim of Casselton, N.D., and Chuck Walker and his wife Cara of Fremont, Neb.; seven grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, one step-great-grandchild; brothers John Walker in Washington state and Daniel Walker in Georgia and sister Margie in Arizona.;

Ericka Williams, the young daughter of John and Laura Williams of Sioux Falls, has a date of Sept. 13 penciled in for epilepsy surgery at Mayo Clinic. Ericka has had medical problems all of her life, and the Williamses hope this may finally give the little girl some semblance of normalcy in her life. There is a CaringBridge page on which you can follow her progress.

The Sully Buttes Class of 1973 will have its 45-year reunion at the home of Randy and Colleen Pool in Blunt from 2 to 6 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 11.

Lilly Fest, the annual celebration of local musicians and composers held outdoors at Fischer’s Lilly Park in Fort Pierre, will run from noon to 6 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 11. On the performers’ list are Emily and Cody Asher, Rodd Bauck, Cindy Bechard, Katie Dwyer, Megan Nicole Fischer, Houdek, K.C. Hughes, Cody Henson Hullinger, David Kastner, Andrea Royer and Lance Spears.

Eva (Schieckoff) Johnson, 86, a life-long resident of rural Sully County, died Aug. 2. Visitation will be Sunday evening at 6 p.m., followed by a prayer service at 7, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Onida. The funeral will be there at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13. A graduate of Onida High School, she earned a teaching certificate at Northern State Teachers College, then taught in rural schools in Sully County while her husband, Bob Johnson, was in the Army in Korea. In 1956 the Johnsons purchased the Albert Lomheim farm east of Onida and remained there the rest of their lives. She is survived by their four children, Barbara Schneider, Randy Johnson, Betty Wolter and Joan Scholz; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; her sister, Helen Cameron, and her brother, Clifford Schieckoff.

Jim McLain, who will be teaching at Georgia Morse Middle School this year, still needs more picture postcards for displays in his classroom. He welcomes postcards from anywhere and everywhere. You could leave cards in his mailbox at the middle school, but if you need his mail address, find the Jimmy McLain page on Facebook and ask him personally for his address.

Our sympathy to Lynne (Feiner Kurth) Reuter and husband Tim of Dell Rapids on the death of Lynne’s father. Keith Feiner, 85, Mitchell, died Aug. 5 at Firesteel Healthcare Community under hospice care. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell. He drove for Feiner Trucking for 34 years, then drove for Willers Trucking of Sioux Falls. He and his wife, Janice, owned Mitchell Gun Club for 25 years. He is survived by his wife of 60 years; two daughters, Lynne Reuter of Dell Rapids and Diane Feiner of Sioux Falls; two sons, Mark Feiner of Springdale, Ark., and Dan Feiner of Denver; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three brothers and three sisters.

Pierre native Katie Carter and fellow cast members from Bemidji, Minn., will be taking their play “Mary 4, Martha 3: No Footnotes” to New York City this month to perform before a greater audience in the New York Summerfest Theater Festival. As we reported to you last winter, Katie’s friend, Catge Belleveau, wrote the play about the women in Ernest Hemingway’s life, mental health, alcoholism and relationships. Katie plays Martha Gellhorn, Hemingway’s third wife. Before New York they are showing their play at 8 p.m. next Thursday, Aug. 16, at the Old Salem Hall in Turtle River, Minn.

Newlyweds Matt and Taryn (Wolf) Blaseg are making their first home in Cordova, Tenn. Matt is beginning study at the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, and Taryn began her first year of kindergarten teaching this week at Cherokee Elementary School in Memphis.

Mildred Wright, who worked for 46 years as a legal secretary for lawyers at the Martens & Goldsmith (later May Adam) firm, died at the age of 100 Aug. 2 at the Eventide Jamestown nursing facility in North Dakota. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Pierre. She is survived by three children, Mary Gilbert of Kulm, N.D., Kathleen Wright of Kulm, and John Wright of Sioux Falls; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and three sisters.

Onida native Brian Bechard will again be one of the assistant coaches of the football team at Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls. He will be coaching the defensive line for the Patriots this season.

Tanner and Jamie (Dykstra) Fitzke of Pierre have another daughter in their family. Tenley Grace Fitzke was born Aug. 6, weighing 6 pounds, 8 ounces, and measuring 20 inches. She joins a sister, Lincoln, who will be 3 in December.

Former Pierre teachers/coachers Monte Hillestad of Pierre and John Hoover of Custer as well as Onida native Earl Lindell, who lives in Texas, were members of the unbeaten 1969 Northern State University football team. That team as a group will be inducted into the NSU Athletic Hall of Fame at a banquet Sept. 28 during Gypsy Days weekend in Aberdeen. Five individual athletes will also be inducted. The 1969 Wolves won their conference title with a 9-0 record under legendary coach Jim Kretchman.




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