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Track: At a meet squeezed in between spurts of bad weather, the Pierre teams competed at Sturgis Saturday. Jack Maher emerged as champion of the discus at 154’4″ and was second in the shot put at 48’1/2″. Paul Adam placed sixth in both the high jump and triple jump. Tucker Berens finished fifth in the 400. On the girls’ side Mack Rath was third in the shot put at 37’10 1/2″ and third in the discus at 122’4″. Morgan Jones placed third in the high jump at 4’9″. Miah Kienholz was sixth in the 400. The girls 4×400 relay team of Kienholz, Autumn Iverson, Emily Mikkelsen and Addy Smith came in third in their event.

Girls golf: At the Hub City Invitational in Aberdeen the Pierre was third among six with a score of 342. Halle Gronlund placed seventh with an 82, Annabelle Simpson eighth with an 83, Jessa McTighe 12th with an 85 and Anna Otto 21st with a 92.

This week’s schedules:
Track—Friday-Saturday, at Howard Wood Dakota Relays, Sioux Falls; Tuesday, home for Pierre invitational.
Girls golf—Thursday, at Huron invitational; Friday, at Yankton invitational.
Boys tennis—Thursday-Saturday, home invitational (with Aberdeen Roncalli, St. Thomas More, Huron, Rapid City Christian, Lennox, Madison, Rapid City Central); Tuesday, at Huron invitational (with Milbank).

Boys tennis: The Governors lost a 5-4 dual with Aberdeen Central. The Pierre points were earned by Jace Wernsmann, Grant Judson and Luke Leingang in singles and the doubles team of Matthew Hanson/Grant Judson. In a 6-3 loss to Mitchell Wernsmann, Grant Judson and Leingang earned the Pierre points. The Govs swept Vermillion, 9-0, as Wernsmann, Grant Judson, Blake Judson, Leingang, Hanson and Ryan Warne won in singles and the Wernsmann/Warne, Grant Judson/Hanson and Cole Nelson/Spencer Davis doubles teams won their matches. Pierre also lost to Yankton, 7-2, with the Govs’ points coming from Wernsmann in singles and the Grant Judson/Hanson team in doubles.

Girls basketball: Emily Mikkelsen of the Lady Govs is one of the 12 finalists for the honor of South Dakota Miss Basketball. The winner as well as Mr. Basketball will be revealed Sunday at the Hansen-Andersoon Basketball luncheon in Sioux Falls.


Track: At the Cecil Johnson meet in Presho, the Buffalo boys placed fifth and the girls 14th. In top-three finishes Isaac Cliff won the pole vault, Brady Hoftiezer placed second in the shot put, Tracy Nielson third in the shot and JD Carter second in the 100 and third in the 200. The boys 4×100 relay team placed third.

This week’s schedules:
Track—Friday, at Mobridge-Pollock meet and Howard Wood Dakota Relays, Sioux Falls; Tuesday, at Pierre invitational.
Golf—Friday, home for Stanley County invitational.


Track: The Sully Buttes boys won the Yellowstone Trail Conference championship, and the Charger girls were second behind Potter County at the conference meet in Gettysburg. The boys team got first-place finishes from Jett Lamb in the shot put, Sebastian Frost in the 800 and the 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams. In girls’ events Stevie Wittler won the 100- and 300-meter hurdles events, Calleigh Chicoine the shot put, Angela Guthmiller the discus and Lauren Wittler the shot put. The girls’ 4×400 and medley teams won their relay events.

This week’s schedules:
Track—Friday-Saturday at Howard Wood Dakota Relays, Sioux Falls; Tuesday, at Pierre invitational.
Golf—Friday, at Stanley County invitational; Saturday, at Eureka invitational.


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June 8: Frank Turner/Jasmin Fosheim.
June 8: Joseph Rezac/Brittanie Blaseg.
Aug. 17: Lane Severyn/Anne Marie Holter.
Aug. 31: Devin Maki/Karlie Warne.


Northern Michigan women’s golf (Karissa Guthrie): Karissa was named most valuable player on the golf team during NMU’s athletic banquet. She was also named to the Elite 20 (the student-athlete from each team with the highest grade-point average). This week Karissa was named first-team all-conference in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and the Wildcats team earned an at-large bid to the NCAA East Regional to be played at Owensboro, Ky., next Monday through Wednesday.

Black Hills State track (Allan McDonnell, Kelsey Van Den Hemel): At the RMAC conference meet in Rapid City, the Yellowjacket men placed sixth, tying with their highest-ever finish in the conference meet, and the women were fifth, their highest-ever finish. Allan placed third in the high jump at 6’7 1/2″ and 10th in the triple jump at 42’9 1/2″. BHSU goes to the Howard Wood Dakota Relays in Sioux Falls this weekend.

Augustana women’s golf (Natalie Young): At the NSIC conference meet, the Viking women placed second with a 985 score behind Minnesota State with 952. The team’s scorecard showed 330-324-331. Natalie did not play in that meet.

South Dakota Mines track (Erick Colman, Theron Singleton): At the RMAC conference meet hosted by the Hardrockers, Erick placed 13th in the shot put at 44’1/2″, 17th in the discus at 116’9″ and 15th in the hammer throw at 142’11”. The men’s team placed ninth.

Augustana baseball (Peyton Zabel): The Vikings split with Minnesota State, winning 5-2 and losing 6-3, and took two of three from Wayne State, winning 13-2 and 10-1 and losing 4-3. Now 33-14 overall and 26-6 in the NSIC, Augustana hosts Upper Iowa for three games today through Saturday.

South Dakota State track (Rachel Propst, Riley Sears, Addy Eisenbeisz): At the Indianola, Iowa, meet, Rachel placed sixth with a personal-best time of 4:44.92. It was the fourth consecutive personal-best reset for her this month. Jackrabbit athletes go to the Howard Wood Dakota Relays in Sioux Falls this weekend.

South Dakota State baseball (Landon Badger, Quinn Reimers): The Jacks won two of three vs. Omaha over the weekend. In a 5-2 loss Landon was 2-for-4, driving in a run with a first-inning single. In a 3-0 win he was 1-for-3 and scored once. In a 13-inning 6-4 win he went 0-for-6. SDSU plated three runs, each on an RBI single, in the top of the 13th to get the win. Now 21-17 overall and 13-8 in the Summit, SDSU hosts Purdue-Fort Wayne for three games this weekend, then plays at Minnesota Tuesday.

South Dakota track (Madason Tessier, Maddy McClure): Coyote teams brought home four first-place flags from the prestigious Drake Relays in Des Moines. Madason ran on the USD shuttle hurdle relay team which placed fourth. USD competes this weekend at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays in Sioux Falls.

Minnesota baseball (Nolan Burchill): Nolan did not pitch in Minnesota’s three weekend games at Indiana. The Gophers won, 7-3, and lost, 7-6 and 7-1. Tuesday’s game vs. North Dakota State was cancelled. Minnesota hosts Ohio State for three games this weekend and hosts South Dakota State next Tuesday.

Northern baseball (Spencer Sarringar): The Wolves swept Minnesota-Crookston, 4-3 and 10-4. In one game Spencer was 1-for-1, driving in two runs on a fourth-inning double. In the other game he went 1-for-2 and scored once. In a 2-0 win over St. Cloud State he was 2-for-3 and scored a run. In a 4-3 win over the Huskies he was 2-for-5 and drove in a pair on two RBI singles, the second of which provided the Wolves with their winning run. In a 6-0 loss to SCSU Spencer went 1-for-3. Northern hosts Mary for four games this weekend.


“Music is God’s gift to man, the only art of heaven given to Earth, the only art of Earth we take to heaven.”


Thursday: pina colada.
Friday-Sunday: tutti fruiti.
Monday-Tuesday: grape.
Wednesday-Thursday: almond.


4 days: Stanley County High activities banquet (May 6).
5 days: Stanley County high school/middle school concert (May 7).
11 days: Riggs High/Georgia Morse Middle School chorus concert and art show (May 13).
12 days: Riggs High/Georgia Morse Middle School bands concert and art show (May 14).
12 days: Stanley County High scholarship awards night (May 14).
14 days: State boys tennis tournament, Sioux Falls/Brandon (May 16-18).
17 days: Stanley County High graduation (May 19).
17 days: Riggs High graduation (May 19).
21 days: Stanley County schools’ last day of school (May 23).
22 days: Pierre Trappers season opener (May 24).
22 days: State track meets, Sioux Falls, Brandon, Tea (May 24-25).
27 days: Post 8 season opener (May 29).
30 days: Casey Tibbs Match of Champions bronc ride (June 1).
30 days: Crazy Horse volksmarch (June 1).
32 days: State girls golf tournaments, ‘B’ Mitchell, ‘A’ Aberdeen, ‘AA’ Watertown (June 3).
35 days: South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, Vermillion (June 6-9).
36 days: Women’s soccer World Cup (June 7-July 7).
38 days: Tony Awards, CBS-TV (June 9).
43 days: Black Hills Playhouse’s “Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood” (June 14-30).
49 days: Oahe Days (June 20-22).
50 days: Riggs High Class of 2009 10-year reunion (June 21-22).
50 days: Riggs High Class of 1979 40-year reunion (June 21-22).


“Science is not about building a body of known facts. It is a method for asking awkward questions and subjecting them to a reality check, thus avoiding the human tendency to believe whatever makes us feel good.”

— Terry Pratchett


Sioux Falls Stampede: The Stampede, the only one of four teams in the Western Conference semifinals not to get a bye through the first round, not only beat Waterloo in their first-round series but also ousted Sioux City in the semifinals. The Stampede won at Kearney, Neb., Tuesday, 3-0, over Tri-City in Game #1 of their Western Conference final series. Game 2 was to be played last night at Kearney. Sioux Falls will host Game 3 Friday and, if necessary, Game 4 Saturday in the best-of-five series.

Oahe Capitals: The only coach the Oahe Capitals boys varsity team has ever known in its quarter-century of existence will be in that position no longer. According to a Capital Journal story on the newspaper’s website yesterday, Rob Kittay was informed this week that the Oahe Hockey Association board has chosen to create a hockey director position, part of which job will include coaching the boys’ varsity team. That new position was offered to Steve Steele, Kittay’s assistant coach. Kittay told the Capital Journal that the news came as a total surprise and that he was not given any reason for his not being offered the newly created position which would have allowed him to continue coaching the Capitals.


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): Tom did not play in last weekend’s tour event, the Legends of Golf in Missouri. The Champions Tour moves to Tom’s home territory at The Woodlands, Texas, this weekend for the Insperity Invitational.


Minnesota United FC: The Loons tied the Los Angeles Galaxy, 0-0, and defeated D.C. United, 1-0, in a pair of home games. Minnesota is home Saturday at 7 p.m. against the Seattle Sounders.


“To accomplish great things we must not only act but also dream; not only plan but also believe.”

— Anatole France


Sioux Falls Storm: In a battle of the two best teams in the Indoor Football League, the Storm lost at home to Arizona, 63-44. Now 6-2, Sioux Falls plays at Quad City Saturday.


Pierre Trappers: Signed for their first seasons with the Trappers are redshirt freshman pitcher Dom Parkhurst of Minot State from Tucson, Ariz., and Jared Dinisi, sophomore pitcher of Cal State-San Marcos from Hisperia, Calif.

Minnesota Twins:
Thursday—Houston, 12:10, FSN, MLBN.
Friday—at New York Yankees, 6:05, FSN.
Saturday—at New York Yankees, 12:05, FSN, MLBN.
Sunday—at New York Yankees, 12:05, FSN, MLBN.
Monday—at Toronto, 6:07, FSN.
Tuesday—at Toronto, 6:07, FSN.
Wednesday—at Toronto, 6:07, FSN.

Chicago Cubs:
Friday—St. Louis, 1:20, MLBN.
Saturday—St. Louis, 3:05, FS1.
Sunday—St. Louis, 6:05, ESPN.
Monday—Miami, 7:05.
Tuesday—Miami, 7:05.
Wednesday—Miami, 7:05.
Thursday—Miami, 1;20.

Colorado Rockies (times MDT):
Thursday—at Milwaukee, 11:10, MLBN.
Friday—Arizona, 6:40.
Saturday—Arizona, 6:10.
Sunday—Arizona, 1:10.
Tuesday—San Francisco, 6:40.
Wednesday—San Francisco, 6:40.
Thursday—San Francisco, 1:10, MLBN.

Pierre high school baseball: The Governors stand at 7-5 heading into a doubleheader at Sioux Falls Washington Friday and two games at Brandon Valley Saturday. Pierre lost to Brookings, 6-1, committing six errors in the process. Andrew Coverdale had two hits. Grey Zabel was the tough-luck losing pitcher though he struck out 10 and allowed only three hits in five innings. Pierre defeated Watertown, 5-4, getting the winning run on a walk-off RBI single by Josh Rowse in the bottom of the seventh. Rowse pitched three shutout, hit-less innings and fanned four. Aaron Booth threw 1 1/3 innings in relief. Jack Van Camp was the starter, going 2 2/3 innings and giving up only one hit and two runs while striking out five. Cobey Carr had two hits, Pierre pitchers, however, walked 11 batters.


“It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.”

— Mark Twain


Thursday, May 2:
Ross Vander Vorste, Jared Vermundson, Josh Joel, Debra Bollinger, Chris Henrichsen, Stacy (Zeigler) Cwach.
— 16th anniversary, Murray/Jennifer Thompson.
— 10th anniversary, Mat/Bre Ripperger.
— 10th anniversary, Mike/Terri Mehlhaf.

Friday, May 3:
Addilene Sanderson, Cari (Jorgenson) Leidholt, Brooke (Severson) Lusk, Sarah Neuhauser, Jason Dodson.
— Anniversary, Devin/Beth Weingart.
— 5th anniversary, Derek/Stephanie (Wells) Todd.

Saturday, May 4:
Shelby Guthrie, Noah Odden, Jessica Larson, Brett Anderson, Jared Tabbert, Suzanne (Somsen) Moe, June (Cary) Classen, Deb Rumrill.

Sunday, May 5:
Karen Kern, Blake Anderson, RhyAnna Schoenhard, Wren (Bishop) Hollingsworth, Jason Garrett, Bev Sprenkle, Jared Martin, Weston Kusser, Kit (Hartley) Schmidt, Max Hanson, Maxwell Johnson, Carissa Ott, Tevan Bryant, Track Lindekugel, Shelly (Schochenmaier) Buseman.
— 7th anniversary, John/Courtney (Zander) Fisk.
— 7th anniversary, Jason/Lexi Zeigler.
— 7th anniversary, John/Ashlee (Novak) Rounds.
— 8th anniversary, Mike/Kate Clegg.

Monday, May 6:
Jean Person, Rashelle Tassler, Molly (Hanson) Prieksat, Nicole Ormesher, Tammy (Helgeson) Cruse, Isaac Maxwell, Josh Rose, Colton Schutz, Beth Eckman.
— 13th anniversary, Dan/Jessica Rasmussen.
— 13th anniversary, Moe/Rochelle Reede.
— 2nd anniversary, Justin/Mackenzie (McKeithan) Jensen.

Tuesday, May 7:
McKenzie Dulas, Beckee (Snyder) Biasi, Devin Rounds, Sharon Erlenbusch, Jessica (Hoyme) Oltman, Tenley Lindekugel, Sophie Intorn, Kris Dozark, Amanda (Nystrom) Van Balen, Brayden Frick, Vicky (Eldridge) Reagle.
— 3rd anniversary, Tyson/Janelle (Flottmeyer) Keller.
— 3rd anniversary, Garrett/Tess Weber.
— 14th anniversary, Shane/Brandi (Kebach) Jackson.
— 14th anniversary, Pete/Nichole (Hunsley) Metzinger.

Wednesday, May 8:
Christi Kuiper, Tanner Norman, Amber (Ness) Stout, LeRoy Foster, Shelley (Stewart) Wickersham, Kathy Lingle, Bob Graff, Daniel Fry, Kaitlyn Magee, Michael Kendall.
— 9th anniversary, Jason/Jodi (Cowan) Harder.

Thursday, May 9:
Adele Hall, Katelyn Kreycik, April Lees, Angie (Knechne) Eide, Justin Sarvis, Tiffany Jastorff-Gillies.
— 16th anniversary, Michael/Tara (Adamski) Kogelmann.
— 16th anniversary, Chad/Cassie Stoeser.


  • The Howard Wood Dakota Relays run all day Friday and Saturday. For those who can’t attend, Midco Sports Network will begin live coverage at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday.
  • Black Hills Community Theatre in Rapid City has announced its main-stage season for 2018-19, including “Beauty and the Beast” Sept. 20-29, “Book of Days” Nov. 8-24, “Lend Me a Tenor” Jan. 31-Feb. 16, “The Who’s Tommy” March 20-29 and “Sense and Sensibility” May 1-17. BHCT will also have its dinner theater fund-raiser, “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” Dec. 11-14, two Cherry Street Players productions for teen-age actors, five one-night-only play readings, two Well Done Players productions and one additional special event.


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Jay and Beverly Mickelson are organizing a graduation/retirement concert and celebration as Jay prepares to end his long teaching career at Riggs High School. The event to which everyone is welcome will take place at First United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. Monday, May 20. There will be glorious music, both instrumental and vocal; conversation; stories from the past five decades and refreshments.

The South Dakota High School Activities Association’s winter academic achievement award, which goes to any group or team which earned a combined grade-point average of 3.00 or higher, has been given to Riggs High School’s girls basketball cheerleaders, girls basketball team, boys basketball cheerleaders, boys basketball team, wrestling team and gymnastics team and Stanley County High School’s boys basketball team, gymnastics team, vocal solo-ensemble group, girls basketball team, one-act play, wrestling team and visual arts team.

Margaret Huck-Phillips passed away April 29. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, May 6, at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, followed by Mass of Christian Burial there at 2 p.m.

Justice Judith Meierhenry, who was the first woman to sit on the South Dakota Supreme Court when she served as a justice from 2002 to 2011, will be the commencement speaker at USD Saturday morning. When Mrs. Meierhenry lived in Pierre starting in 1979, she served as secretary of labor and secretary of education and cultural affairs.

Cindy Bahe, director of the Casey Tibbs Foundation/South Dakota Rodeo Center for eight years, who has been in Pierre and Fort Pierre for 26 years, announced she will be moving to the Sioux Falls area to be closer to her daughter and other family members. Her resignation takes effect June 7. The board is now advertising for the positions of director and event center manager.

Marjorie Zeman, 97, formerly of Chamberlain, died April 22 at Avera Maryhouse hospice. Services were held April 27 at Hickey Funeral Chapel in Chamberlain. A graduate of Platte High School, Marjorie married Fred Chilman in 1940. They became the parents of three children. He died in 1951. She married Charles Zeman in 1953, and they had one daughter. The Zemans lived on his farm at the edge of the Bijou Hills until moving into Chamberlain in 2001. He died in 2009. She moved to Kelly’s Retirement Home in Pierre in 2012. She is survived by three daughters, Lynn Pease of Rapid City, Twila Merkwan and her husband Gary of Pierre, and Joan Greene of Placentia, Calif.; a son, David Chilman of Greenville, S.C.; six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

Jack Maher was honored as Warrior of the Month at Riggs High School. The award is presented in conjunction with the South Dakota Army National Guard. Other nominees this month were Will Kessler of the choir, Phil Adam of the newspaper staff and Luke Leingang of the tennis team.

A great interview with Pierre’s own Capt. Tyler Bonnett regarding his latest adventure with the U.S. Marine Corps was published last week. To find it, go to the Parker Knox page on Facebook and scroll down to where you see a photo of two F-35B planes in the air. Click on the article and enjoy the questions and Tyler’s answers. He remains stationed at Yuma, Ariz.

It is “Break a leg!” weekend for Jason Knox and the rest of the cast and crew of Black Hills Community Theatre’s “Noises Off.” The hysterical comedy runs on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons for the next three weekends, May 3-19, at the Performing Arts Center of Rapid City’s Studio Theatre.

Pierre Players’ “Born Yesterday” concludes its run at Grand Opera House with performances at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday.

Judy Maxwell, 72, Pierre, died April 29 at Pierre Care and Rehab. Services will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Feigum Funeral Home, preceded by visitation there at 10 a.m. Judy grew up at Bridgewater and married Ron Maxwell there in 1971. She was self-employed as a daycare provider for 41 years. She is survived by her husband, Ron Maxwell of Pierre; son Steve Maxwell in Houston; son Richard Maxwell in Cleveland; daughter Lori Maxwell in Pierre; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother Tom Pringle of Chamberlain and brother Charles Pringle of Bridgewater.

A portrait of the late Supreme Court Justice Steven Zinter was unveiled at a ceremony in the corridor of the first floor at the Capitol Monday.

Recognized as Athlete of the Week last week by the Pierre Athletic Coaches Association were Tucker Berens and Jessica Lutmer of the track team.

Shelby Guthrie, who is completing her freshman year at the School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, has been named the government relations representative on the Student Senate.

Vernon Lehman Jr., who worked for the Pierre School District the last 13 years of his life, died April 18. A celebration of his life took place at the Wecota cemetery north of Faulkton last week. He is survived by his mother, Dorothy Lehman Clark; his son Vernon “Bugs” Lehman III; and his granddaughter, Elizabeth Anne Marie Clark.

Riggs High alumnus Zach Frisby, who has lived in Colorado for the past decade, has been selected as one of the “100 People You Need to Know” in the cannabis industry by Hemp Connoisseur magazine. Zach, a combat veteran and Purple Heart recipient, is the founder of the Grassified app, and his firm can be accessed at

Jaime (Snyder) Hamm, who works in an executive position in Kansas City with Hostess Brands, the packaged dessert treats company, was part of that firm’s leadership team which was in New York on Monday to ring the closing bell at Nasdaq. Hostess is beginning a celebration of its 100th anniversary. Jaime is married to fellow Riggs High alumnus Nathan Hamm. They and their children live in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, Kan. Nate works for Aquaterra Environmental Solutions, Inc.

Onida native and Sully Buttes High School alumnus Dr. Calvin Hofer, head of the music department at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, has stepped down from that position to focus on teaching full-time. He plans to emphasize teaching and conducting the CMU Wind Symphony and become more involved with the Maverick Stampede marching band in addition to teaching three courses. He will also focus on projects important to the music department, such as Rockestra, Middle School Music Camp and a new Music Forum lab setting for music business and performance majors.

A fund-raiser for Monty Carter will be held tonight (Thursday) from 5 to 8 p.m. at Pizza Ranch.

Taylor Hamblin of Georgia Morse Middle School has been named the 2019 Loren Lutz Teacher of the Year award winner. He oversees the middle school’s History Day program and is South Dakota’s 16-county Region 4 coordinator for National History Day competitions. Lutz, for whom the award is named, taught social studies for 40 years in several districts, including Gettysburg, Agar, Miller and Jones County. (News courtesy of Dakota Radio Group’s “My Daily News.”)

Tom Leckey, 86, died at his home in Pierre April 29 after a bout with liver cancer. A memorial service is planned for 10 a.m. Monday, May 6, at American Lutheran Church in De Smet. Mr. Leckey grew up in De Smet and graduated from high school there in 1951, later attending SDSU. He married Lucy Holmes in 1953. They lived first in El Paso, Texas, where he was serving in the U.S. Army as an artillery instructor. They later lived in De Smet, Sioux Falls and Madison. Tom worked for Midland Chemical, first as sales manager, then as plant manager and then as part owner. In 1973 the Leckeys returned to De Smet so he could run the family farm. They moved to Pierre in 1987 when he was appointed deputy secretary of state, a position he held for 16 years until retiring in 2002. While in Pierre, the Leckeys were members of Faith Lutheran Church. His wife died in 2015. He is survived by his son, Kevin Leckey and his wife Delilah of Kennebec; his daughter, Melanie Leckey of Clearwater, Minn.; six grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Jason Noyes and his wife, Micki, are expecting their first child in November. Jason continues to do website work for Keloland Media Group, operates his own “What’s Going On in Sioux Falls” site at, and works as a deejay. Jason and Micki plan to build their own new home and will be using Brian Hosman’s business for their garage doors and opener.

Buddy Hendrickson, 64, Pierre, died April 19 at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital. His funeral service took place Wednesday at River Center Church. He grew up at Buffalo, Mo., and married his wife, Faye, there in 1988. He was called in 2004 to come to Pierre to be part of River Center Church, and he spent the rest of his life ministering to others in many ways, including on foreign mission trips. He is survived by his mother in Missouri; his wife in Pierre; son Chad Hendrickson of Huron; daughter Amanda Stitt in Missouri; daughter Lacynda Carmack in Florida; 10 grandchildren, a brother and a sister.

PAWS Animal Rescue will serve a Mexican dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 6, at First United Methodist Church’s Trinity Hall. Proceeds from the free-will donation dinner will go to PAWS Animal Rescue’s special needs program.

The Pierre Educational Foundation will host its annual Evening of Excellence tonight (Thursday) at 6 p.m. at the Ramkota Convention Center, preceded by a social hour beginning at 5 p.m. BankWest is the presenting sponsor of the event. The evening will recognize the top students of the Class of 2019, those with career grade-point averages of 3.75 or higher. This year’s Scholars of Excellence are Carly Bowman, Elise Carda, Tess Erwin, Jade Evans, Adam Forman, Halle Gronlund, Sarah Hemmelman, Ethan Hill, Caleb Huizenga, Claire Hussey, Mattie Jones, Sabrina Kintz, Abbigail Kitts, Jack Maher, Emily Mikkelsen, Tate Mueller, Dmitri Mutchelknaus, Mackenzie Rath, Ellie Richards, Joshua Rounds, Annabelle Simpson, Sophia Stueven, Sydney Theobald and Jordan Thompson. In addition, winners of the scholarships awarded through the PEF and of the BankWest Scholarships will be recognized. And from among 16 educators nominated for the BankWest Educator of Excellence this year’s recipient will receive $1,500 from BankWest. The nominated educators are Kim Bierle, Mackenzie Blake, Karla Blemaster, Kelly Brandt, Vasthi Gibson, Brittany Gran, Guy Hunter, Teresa Johnson, Mackenzie McKeithan Jensen, Brianna Postma, Jay Schwartz, Adam Spoehr, Christina Staskewich, Elizabeth Vogt, Becky Walsh and Paula Weeldreyer. (News courtesy of Dakota Radio Group’s “My Daily News.”)

Thomas Carroll, 68, Pierre, died April 27 at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital. A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Southeast United Methodist Church. Tom grew up in Pierre. After finishing school he started working at St. Mary’s. He was part of the kitchen staff there for 33 years. He is survived by his sister, Stella Van Loh of Hunan, Mont.; his brothers, Pat Carroll of Pierre and Simon Carroll of De Smet, and 11 nephews and nieces.