Vol. 20, No. 33; Thursday, May 9, 2019

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PIERRE GOVERNORS SPORTS ROUNDUP

This week’s schedules:
Track—Saturday, at ESD conference meet, Mitchell; Monday, home for Capital City Qualifier.
Boys tennis—Friday, at ESD conference meet, Brookings.
Girls golf—Friday, at Mitchell invitational.

Track: At the Howard Wood Dakota Relays the only Pierre athlete to appear on the medal stand was Jack Maher for his third-place finish in the discus with a throw of 163’5″. Jack was also 21st in the shot put at 47’7 1/4″. Among the other best performances were Paul Adam’s 11th place in the high jump at 6’2″, Morgan Jones’ 21st in the high jump at 4’10”, Tucker Berens’ 19th place in the 400, Mikah Moser’s 14th in the pole vault at 7’0″, Mackenzie Rath’s ninth in the shot at 38’3 1/4″, the boys’ medley team 12th in 3:46.21 and the girls’ medley team 10th in 4:28.25.

Boys tennis: At the three-day Pierre Invitational the Governors were 4-1 in five duals over the first two days. Pierre had wins over St. Thomas More 9-0, Aberdeen Roncalli 5-4, Madison 9-0 and Lennox 8-1 and lost to Rapid City Christian 5-4. In the tournament portion of the weekend Pierre placed third behind Rapid City Christian and Aberdeen Roncalli among eight teams. Individual places: #1 singles, Jace Wernsmann second; #2 singles, Matthew Hanson did not place; #3 singles, Blake Judson fifth; #4 singles, Ryan Warne sixth; #5 singles, Grant Judson first; #6 singles, Luke Leingang first; #1 doubles, Wernsmann/Warne third; #2 doubles, Hanson/Grant Judson second; #3 doubles, Cole Nelson/Spencer Davis first. Pierre swept Milbank, 9-0, in the final dual of the regular season, which ends with a 14-8 record.

Girls golf: At Huron last week the Lady Govs tied for third place with a 364 score behind O’Gorman and Aberdeen Central. Halle Gronlund tied for 17th with an 89, and Annabelle Simpson tied for 20th with a 90.

STANLEY COUNTY BUFFALOES SPORTS ROUNDUP

This week’s schedules:
Track—next May 16, at Region 6 meet, Stephan.
Golf—Monday, at pre-region meet, Huron.

SULLY BUTTES CHARGERS SPORTS ROUNDUP

This week’s schedules:
Track—Saturday, at CSDC conference meet, Gettysburg.
Golf–Monday, at pre-region meet, Huron.

Track: At the Howard Wood Dakota Relays Jett Lamb placed eighth in the shot put at 50’2 1/2″. The Charger boys’ medley relay team of Grant Johnson, Mackenzie Weinheimer, Dohrion Eisterhold and Sebastian Frost placed fifth in 3:48.28. The 4×200 team of Johnson, Morris Hofer, Frost and Weinheimer placed sixth in 1:36.28.

DID YOU KNOW?

Our brain uses the same amount of power as a 10-watt light bulb.

ZESTO SHERBET SCHEDULE

Thursday: almond.
Friday-Sunday: strawberry butter.
Monday-Tuesday: grape.
Wednesday-Thursday: root beer.

HOCKEY UPDATE

Sioux Falls Stampede: With a 4-1 win in Game #2 and a 3-2 win in Game #3 on a goal with 51 seconds left, the Stampede swept the USHL’s best team, Tri-City, out of the playoffs with a 3-0 sweep in the best-of-five Western Conference finals. Sioux Falls and the Chicago Steel now compete in the Clark Cup finals, starting with the first two games of the best-of-seven series at 7:05 p.m. Friday and 5:05 p.m. Sunday in Sioux Falls. Games 3 and 4 will be in Chicago on May 17 and 18.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Gardens are not made by singing “Oh, how beautiful!” and sitting in the shade.”

— Rudyard Kipling

BASEBALL UPDATE

High school baseball: The Governors went 3-1 in two doubleheaders in Sioux Falls and Brandon and vaulted to No. 2 in the state seed-point standings as the postseason approaches. The Govs swept Washington, 7-3 and 11-5. In the opener Matt Lusk’s single in the fifth inning gave Pierre the lead out of a 3-3 tie. He also pitched three shutout innings in relief. Garrett Stout and Andy Gordon had two hits each. In the nightcap Cobey Carr had three hits, Andy Coverdale two and Stout two. Maguire Raske was winning pitcher. Pierre then shut out Brandon Valley, 2-0, as Stout threw 6 2/3 innings, striking out 13 and allowing one hit. He left the game with one out to go only because of the pitch-count rule. Jack Van Camp came in to get the final out. He also had an RBI hit for the first Pierre run, and the other run scored on a wild pitch. In a 4-2 loss to Brandon Valley Jacob Mayer was the losing pitcher but threw 4 1/3 innings, giving up two runs, four hits and a walk while striking out three. Tuesday’s scheduled doubleheader at Huron was cancelled due to the weather.

High school baseball: The Governors finish the regular season with two home doubleheaders—Friday at 5:30 vs. Roosevelt and Saturday at 1:00 vs. Harrisburg.

Minnesota Twins:
Friday—Detroit, 7:10, FSN.
Saturday—Detroit, 1:10 and 7:10, FSN.
Sunday—Detroit, 1:10, FSN.
Monday—Los Angeles Angels, 6:40, FSN.
Tuesday—Los Angeles Angels, 6:40, FSN.
Wednesday—Los Angeles Angels, 12:20, MLBN, FSN.
Thursday—at Seattle, 9:10, MLBN, FSN.

Chicago Cubs:
Thursday—Miami, 1:20.
Friday—Milwaukee, 1:20, MLBN.
Saturday—Milwaukee, 1:20.
Sunday—Milwaukee, 6:05, ESPN.
Tuesday–at Cincinnati, 5:40.
Wednesday—at Cincinnati, 5:40.
Thursday—at Cincinnati, 5:40, MLBN.

Colorado Rockies (times MDT):
Thursday—San Francisco, 1:10, MLBN.
Friday—San Diego, 6:40.
Saturday—San Diego, 6:10.
Sunday—San Diego, 1:10.
Tuesday—at Boston, 5:10, MLBN.
Wednesday—at Boston, 5:10.

Sioux Falls Canaries: In the first two exhibition games the Canaries lost to Sioux City, 4-3, and beat Sioux City, 7-1. Two more preseason games vs. Sioux City plus single games against Lincoln and Fargo-Moorhead will come in the next week. The regular season starts next Thursday at Cleburne, Texas. Sioux Falls will play this year in the American Association’s South Division along with Sioux City, Lincoln, Kansas City, Cleburne and Texas (Grand Prairie). The North Division includes Milwaukee, Chicago, Gary-South Shore, St. Paul, Winnipeg and Fargo-Moorhead.

Pierre Trappers: Returning to the Trappers for his second season in Pierre will be senior pitcher Alex Sheetz from Monmouth College in Illinois.

FACT OF LIFE

“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.”

— Mark Twain

GOLF UPDATE

PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): At the Insperity Invitational Tom tied for 27th place with a 4-under-par weekend of 74-69-69=212, earning $17,105. The Tour moves to Birmingham for the Regions Tradition event this weekend.

SOCCER UPDATE

Minnesota United FC: The Loons tied Seattle, 1-1, Saturday. Their next match is at Chicago at 7 p.m. Saturday on Fox Sports North.

Sioux Falls Thunder: In their season opener the Thunder lost at Duluth FC, 2-0, Sunday. The home opener is Saturday against LC Aris FC from LaCrosse.

FOOTBALL UPDATE

Sioux Falls Storm: The Storm dominated at Quad City, 59-46, to improve to 7-2 for the season. Sioux Falls is home at 7:05 p.m. Saturday against Green Bay.

AUGUSTANA
Sept. 7: Upper Iowa
Sept. 14: at Minnesota State-Mankato
Sept. 21: Wayne State
Sept. 28: at USF
Oct. 5: at Bemidji State
Oct. 12: St. Cloud State (Viking Day)
Oct. 19: at Minnesota State-Moorhead
Oct. 26: Minot State
Nov. 2: Concordia-St. Paul
Nov. 9: at Winona State
Nov. 16: Southwest Minnesota State

THOUGHT FOR TODAY

“Be like the bird who, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing she hath wings.”

— Victor Hugo

COUNTDOWN

4 days: Riggs High/Georgia Morse Middle School chorus concert and art show (May 13).
5 days: Stanley County High scholarship awards night (May 14).
5 days: Riggs High/Georgia Morse Middle School bands concert and art show (May 14).
7 days: State boys tennis tournament, Sioux Falls/Brandon (May 16-18).
10 days: Stanley County High graduation (May 19).
10 days: Riggs High graduation (May 19).
14 days: Stanley County last day of school (May 23).
15 days: Pierre Trappers home opener (May 24).
15 days: State track meets, Sioux Falls/Tea/Brandon (May 24-25).
20 days: Post 8 home opener (May 29).
23 days: Crazy Horse volksmarch (June 1).
23 days: Casey Tibbs Match of Champions bronc ride (June 1).
25 days: State girls golf tournaments, ‘B’ Mitchell, ‘A’ Aberdeen, ‘AA’ Watertown (June 3-4).
28 days: South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, Vermillion (June 6-9).
29 days: Women’s soccer World Cup (June 7-July 7).
31 days: Tony Awards, CBS-TV (June 9).
36 days: Black Hills Playhouse’s “Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood” (June 14-30).

COLLEGE SPORTS ROUNDUP

South Dakota track (Madason Tessier, Maddy McClure): At the Howard Wood Dakota Relays Madason placed fifth in :14.79 in the 100-meter hurdles. The Coyotes are competing Wednesday through Friday at the Summit League championships in Macomb, Ill.

South Dakota State track (Rachel Propst, Riley Sears, Addy Eisenbeisz): At the Howard Wood Dakota Relays Addy won the high jump title at 5’7″, a height which ranks her tied for third all-time among SDSU high jumpers. Riley placed sixth in the men’s high jump at 6’4 3/4″. Rachel was 12th in the 800 in a personal-best time of 2:19.23. The Jackrabbit athletes are at the Summit League championships through Friday at Macomb, Ill.

Black Hills State track (Allan McDonnell, Kelsey Van Den Hemel): Allan won the men’s triple jump at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays with a best leap of 43’2 1/4″. He was also eighth in the high jump at 6’4 3/4″. The Yellowjackets compete at last-chance meets this weekend, hoping to qualify for the NCAA postseason.

Northern baseball (Spencer Sarringar): The Wolves took three out of four from Mary to end the regular season. In a 5-4 win, Spencer went 0-for-4, but in a 10-3 win he was 1-for-4, driving in two runs with a two-run homer in the fourth inning. In a 10-7 win he was 2-for-5 and did it again, slugging a two-run home run in the third after hitting a first-inning double. He did not play in a 6-2 loss. Northern is now playing in the NSIC tournament at St. Cloud, starting with a quarterfinal game against Minnesota State tonight (Thursday). The tourney runs through the weekend with the champion automatically advancing to the NCAA Division II tournament’s Central Regional.

Augustana baseball (Peyton Zabel): The Vikings swept Upper Iowa, 6-0, 13-0 and 27-5 and ended a 29-6 regular season. Augie entered the NSIC tournament at St. Cloud as the #1 seed, opening with a game against Winona State today (Thursday). The tourney runs through Sunday with the champion advancing to the Division II tournament. Augie went all the way last year to the national championship.

South Dakota State baseball (Landon Badger, Quinn Reimers): The Jacks swept Purdue-Fort Wayne over the weekend, 8-0, 7-4 and 12-2 in seven innings. In the shutout win Landon went 3-for-5, scoring once and driving in a run with a third-inning double. In the middle game he was 2-for-4 and drove in a pair with a two-run home run in the second inning. In the shortened game he was 1-for-1 and scored twice. On Tuesday the Jacks were shut out at Minnesota, 5-0, and Landon was 0-for-2. Now 24-18, SDSU is home for a Summit League weekend three-game set against Oral Roberts.

Minnesota baseball (Nolan Burchill): The Gophers swept Ohio State in a Big 10 weekend series, 5-4 in 18 innings, 11-2 and 3-2. On Tuesday Minnesota scored once in the first inning and four times in the second, and that was more than enough to shut out South Dakota State, 5-0. Nolan was the third of four Gopher pitchers who threw the shutout. Nolan pitched two innings, facing eight batters. He struck out one, gave up two hits, got two on fly balls and retired three on grounders. Now 22-23, the Gophers host Maryland for three games this weekend.

Northern Michigan women’s golf (Karissa Guthrie): At the three-day NCAA Eastern Regional in Owensboro, Ky., that concluded yesterday, the NMU team placed seventh of 12 teams with a team scorecard of 323-314-321=958; The top four teams advance to the national tournament. Karissa tied for 22nd place individually with a scorecard of 79-78-78=235.

WORDS OF WISDOM

“The voice of parents is the voice of gods, for to their children they are heaven’s lieutenants.”

— William Shakespeare

WEDDING DAYS

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.

BIRTHDAYS/ANNIVERSARIES

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

Friday, May 10:
Nicole (Bourk) Prince, Kylie (Mundt) Erickson, Judy Weisgram, Chad Jungwirth, Jason Mangan, Shaun Downs, Marv Waitman, Andrea (Barber) Goebel, Evelyn Gibson, Virginia Hanson, Brian Rounds, Todd Koenecke, Matt Hall, Troy Wanner, Jorgen Martin, Doralynne (Micklos) Jarvis, Paul Hess.
— 16th anniversary, Daniel/Stacy (Hull) Cottrell.
— 4th anniversary, Monte/Jackie (Christenson) Jessup.
— 5th anniversary, Grant/Monica (Geary) Burgeson.
— 17th anniversary, Trevor/Amber Wiebe.
— 16th anniversary, Todd/Michelle Erickson.

Saturday, May 11:
Keanan Fischer, David Erickson, Earl Berg, Brock Axthelm, Evan Roth, Tom Sogaard, Christina (Lawver) Hanson, Anna Tinker, Cooper Walton, Tynell Kocer, Lita Magedanz, Angel Corcoran.
— 23rd anniversary, Jeff/Robyn (Starks) Holcomb.
— 6th anniversary, David/Jessica (Smith) Little.

Sunday, May 12:
Kelley Fouts, Valerie Melmer, Carly Bass, Chris Fry, Clay Pearson, Kay (Calkins) Venjohn, Ashley Heikes, Jarret Ripperger.
— 12th anniversary, Greg/Wanda Goodman.
— 7th anniversary, Luke/Danielle (Magorien) Kaiser.
— 7th anniversary, Charlie/Kamila Magedanz.
— 12th anniversary, Josh/Jody (Maberry) Sting.
— Anniversary, Boomer/Christi Kuiper.

Monday, May 13:
Sarena (Nuttall) Beastrom, Jameson Linn, Terry Buchholz, John Beranek, Keira Ryan, Terri Iverson, Joanne (Berg) Hight, Pat Libby, Shane Bartels, Garry Schrank, Emersyn Tilberg, Kate Vogel, Ty Norman, Kristen (Berg) Grohs.
— 19th anniversary, Rob/Michelle Dvorak.
— 13th anniversary, Josh/Amanda Ellis.
— 8th anniversary, Jeremy/Laura (Hansen) Mikkelsen.

Tuesday, May 14:
Tayson Mitchell, Bryant Naylor, Jenna Paxton, Tyler Stoeser, Tom Kallemeyn, Bodhi Hindman, Paula (Roddewig) Ruedebusch, Mindy (Stearns) Sivage, Paulette Petersen, Kati Harm, Lora (Den Ouden) Moore, Dustin Byrum.
— 14th anniversary, Patrick/Holly (Lunn) Miles.
— 14th anniversary, Steve/Brittany Novotny.
— 3rd anniversary, Matthew/Stacy (Zeigler) Cwach.
— 14th anniversary, Guy/Ellen Erlenbusch.

Wednesday, May 15:
Barb Mitchell, Ava Vermeulen, Russell Hofeldt, Brian Graves, Cody Stoeser, Carol Van Roekel, Ellen Dulas, Deb (Stoeser) Schiefelbein, Jared Lindbloom, Brooke Anglin, Zach Erickson, Nathanial Smith.
— 9th anniversary, John/Lisa (Wallace) Peary.
— Anniversary, Jerry/Monica Ortbahn.
— 15th anniversary, Damon/JoLynn Parks.
— 15th anniversary, Matt/Heather (Hageman) Elwood.
— 15th anniversary, Jason/Amanda Dodson.

Thursday, May 16:
Nick Jung, Becky DeYonge, Jack Shives, Whitney Jandreau, Paul Kenefick-Aschoff, Cody Nicholas, Emma Lusk, Jett Zabel, Grady Larson, Brent Baumberger, Colleen (Colson) Pool, Scott Kennedy, Tammy Williams,
— 10th anniversary, Jay/Kasey (Anderson) Cappellano.
We fondly remember long-time Pierre teacher Terry Peterson on his birthday.

CONSIDER THIS

“All things share the same breath–the beast, the tree, the man . . . the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.”

— Chief Seattle

PARKER’S PERSONAL NOTES

  • The people at South Dakota Public Broadcasting have begun a new series about this state’s sports legends called “Almanac.” The first two segments feature jockey Earl Sande and wrestler Randy Lewis. Check them out at www.sdpb.org/almanac.
  • If you are in Rapid City or the Black Hills for this Mothers Day weekend, and especially if you are a reader, be aware of the Great American Book Festival taking place Friday and Saturday. Friday events include a free writers conference and a GABfest literature walk-themed pub crawl. On Saturday the Lit Stage at Main Street Square will include children’s book readings, interactive dance, tween and teen book readings and young adult and adult book readings. More than three dozen authors/vendors will be set up at Main Street Square, available for conversation, selling their books and signing them. For full details on the book festival, go to www.GABfest.INFO.

NEWS OF PEOPLE AND EVENTS

We told you last week of the retirement celebration event for Jay Mickelson being planned for Monday, May 20, at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome for the evening of music, conversation, reminiscing and refreshments. But what if you are too far away to come to Pierre that night? Here is an idea. Be part of an audio keepsake for Jay that has recorded messages from friends, relatives, former students and colleagues, etc. For instructions on how to call in and record a message, go to this link: https://lifeonrecord.com/invite/?eid=de9113. Or call 1-800-437-3007. When prompted, enter your invitation number, which is 52969. Record your message after the tone. When finished, hang up or press # for options to listen to your recording, accept it or re-record it.

Former Pierre student Alex Hillestad graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science in nursing degree from the University of South Dakota Saturday. That makes three generations of nurses in her family—Alex; her mother, Anne (Severson) Hillestad, and her grandmother, Chris Hawkinson. Alex will be working at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton in the medical/surgical unit. After graduation at Vermillion, Alex, Anne and Chris along with Anne’s younger daughter, Rowan Hillestad, went to Rochester where Rowan is undergoing additional treatment and the three nurses in the family were to take a tour of Mayo Clinic and St. Mary’s Hospital where Chris began her nursing career in 1975.

Pierre senior Nathaniel Bader received several honors at Dakota Wesleyan University’s honors banquet recently. He received the Alumni Medal for Scholarship, given to one student in each field of study, and Nate earned two of them–one in history and one in nonprofit administration. He also was the recipient of the George and Eleanor McGovern Student Leadership and Public Service Award and the GBHEM United Methodist Scholarship.

At the DWU honors banquet Elena Svingen received the Mary E. Anderson Freshman Nursing Merit Award and the Methodist Hospital Endowed Scholarship.

Rapid City Stevens senior Elizabeth Schaefer, daughter of Pierre natives Troy and Kim (Merkwan) Schaefer, won the Howard Wood Dakota Relays 300-meter hurdles event for the fifth straight year, this time in :44.34. She also placed second in the 100-meter hurdles and ran on Stevens’ fourth-place 4×400 relay team. Elizabeth also received the Howard Wood Scholarship for a female athlete at the meet. She has committed to attend Augustana beginning this fall. This week she was named Rapid City’s high school female athlete of the year from among the five nominees, one from each of the five local high schools there.

Prairie Pages Bookseller in downtown Pierre will host a pair of author book-signings next week. Bill Markley will be there from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, to sign copies of his new book, “Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson: Lawmen of the Legendary West.” Bruce A. Raisch will be at the store from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, to sign copies of his new book, “Ghost Towns and Other Historical Sites of the Black Hills.”

The 90th birthday of long-time Pierre resident Ione (Onie Nellermoe) Neuharth will be celebrated at an open house at ParkWood Apartments from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19. Friends can send greetings to Onie at 400 ParkWood Drive, Apt. #206, Pierre SD 57501.

At the SDSU athletic department’s senior banquet two Pierre students were honored for their 4.0 grade-point averages throughout their careers there with the Jackrabbit Scholar Award. They are Wyatt Rumrill of the swimming team and Rachel Propst of the cross country and track and field teams.

At Dakota Wesleyan University’s honors banquet recently the university presented its Honors in Scholarship recognition to students who have grade-point averages of at least 3.5 during their DWU careers. Among the honored students were senior Nathaniel Bader, junior Lukas Chase and sophomores Davis Anderson, Bradley Dean and Elena Svingen. In addition the Scholar-Athlete Award was received by Lukas Chase, Bradley Dean and Elena Svingen.

Carly (Feiler) Retterath of Mandan, N.D., graduated from USD Saturday with her doctor of education degree.

Margaret Huck Phillips died April 29 at the age of 84. Mass of Christian Burial took place May 6 at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. A native of Burke, Margaret married John Huck of Fort Pierre in Onida in 1951. He died in 1998. Margaret married Steve Phillips in 2000, and he passed away in 2013. She worked as a telephone operator and daycare provider. She was inducted into the South Dakota Bowling Hall of Fame. Among her survivors are her daughter, Deb Huck of Pierre; her son, Brad Huck of Pierre; seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Among those who preceded her in death were her parents, her husbands and 12 siblings.

Tim and Rachel (Knutson) Steece of Scottsdale, Ariz., became parents on March 25. Their son, Jude Richard Steece, weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces, and measured 21 inches.

Not only did Kirstyn Larsen graduate from USD Saturday with her doctorate in occupational therapy, but she also received the Student Achievement Award for excellence in leadership and academics from out of her entire clas. Kirstyn, the youngest daughter of Mike and Sharon Larsen, has accepted the occupational therapist position with the Pierre school district.

At the Pierre Educational Foundation’s Evening of Excellence last week, Kelly Brandt received the 2019 BankWest Educator of Excellence award. The BankWest Scholarship of $1,500 each was awarded to Carly Bowman and Jordan Thompson. The Pierre Educational Foundation presented the following scholarships:
— Lindy and Shirley Feeney Scholarship ($1,000), Frank Becker.
— Herbert and Irene Emde Family Scholarship ($1,000), Ellie Richards.
— Mortenson Family Scholarship ($1,600), Miranda Cerdillo.
— Spilde Family Scholarship ($2,000), Annabelle Simpson.
— James and Gertrude Mueller Scholarship ($3,500), Jordan Thompson.
— Schliessman Family Scholarship ($4,000), Jordan Thompson.

Grant Judson of the tennis team was named Athlete of the Week by the Pierre Athletic Coaches Association.

Our sympathy to Dennis and Joyce Williams and their extended family. Dennis’ sister, Julie Harris of Sioux Falls, died May 2 at the age of 55. A memorial service was held Wednesday at George Boom Funeral Home in Sioux Falls. She is survived by three adult children, six siblings and three granddaughters.

Among the eight School of Mines and Technology students initiated into the Order of Omega national Greek honor society were two Sully Buttes High School alumni. Ethan Unruh is a junior electrical engineering major, and Kole Pickner is a mechanical engineering major.

Stanley County senior Joey Fischer has signed his letter of intent to attend Dakota Wesleyan University and play basketball with the Tigers.

Lexie Sack, 74, Fort Pierre, died May 1. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday at St. John’s Catholic Church. Lexie grew up in Hoven. She worked as a beautician in Onida where she met Frank Sack. They were married in 1966 and moved to Pierre in 1970. Lexie worked for the Department of Public Safety, for St. Mary’s Hospital and then for the Department of Social Services until retiring. She is survived by her son, Francis Sack; three grandsons, two great-grandsons and three sisters.

Matt and Mandy (Kusser) Mitchell have a new daughter in their family. Brecklyn Rae Mitchell was born May 6, weighing 8 pounds, 4 ounces, and measuring 21 inches. She joins brother Tayson, 7 next week; daughter Madyson, 5, and brother Braxton, 2, in the Mitchell family.

With a 40-year reunion looming, the Riggs High Class of 1979 reunion organizers are still missing dozens of addresses for former classmates. If you know someone from that class, go to the Facebook page entitled Linda Fjelstad Schumacher to see if you can help provide missing information.

Agnes Deal, 97, Pierre, died May 2 at Avera Maryhouse. Mass of Christian Burial is being celebrated this (Thursday) morning at 10:30 a.m. at the Maryhouse Chapel. She is survived by five daughters, Barbara Harvey of Mission Ridge, Diane Boyer of Edgeley, N.D., Marlys Watson of Casper, Wyo., Susan Deal of Pierre and Deb Van Winsen of Pierre; 15 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and 21 great-great-grandchildren.

Gov. Kristi Noem will be commencement speaker at Lake Area Technical Institute’s graduation ceremony at 4 p.m. Friday at the Watertown Civic Arena. Among the graduates from this area are:
— Tyler Hansen, agriculture, AAS degree.
— Sadie Hoyt, agriculture, AAS degree.
— Benjamin Hughes, agriculture, AAS degree (honor graduate).
— Justin Mennenger, agriculture, AAS degree.
— Carson Wyly, agriculture, AAS degree (honor graduate).
— John Erickson, automotive technology, AAS degree.
— Jack Whaley, automotive technology, AAS degree.
— Phillip Gilliland, building trades technology, AAS degree.
— Stephen Heath, energy technology, AAS degree (honor graduate).
— Kameron Mollard, energy technology, AAS degree (honor graduate).
— Tate Cowan, financial services, AAS degree.
— Nicholas Wiley, financial services, AAS degree.
— Kramer Eaton, human services technician.
— Kendyl Lyon, human services technician.
— Remi Paul, human services technician (optional AAS degree).
— Paige Gloe, practical nursing (high honor graduate).
— Maxwell Fravel, welding technology.
— Aaron-James Whited, welding technology (optional AAS degree).

If anyone deserves a few years of peace and quiet and no adventures, it is Mark and Alysia Livermont. After he had to spend 102 days in a NICU, little Joey Livermont is home in Sioux Falls with dad and mom and their three older children. Joey weighed 2.6 pounds at birth and now weighs 9 pounds. Joey was the one of the Livermonts’ triplets who survived. His brothers and sister were finally able to meet their little brother for the first time this week.

Lt. Col. Jason Christenson, who grew up at Blunt and graduated from Sully Buttes High School where he was an outstanding wrestler, retired from the U.S. Army Tuesday after 24 years of military service. His ROTC program at the University of Central Missouri threw him a surprise retirement party to mark the occasion. Jason spent the first four years of his military life as an enlisted Marine at Camp Pendleton, Calif., and Quantico, Va. He left the Marine Corps as a sergeant in 1997 to attend the University of South Dakota. There he joined the Army ROTC program and earned a commission as an Army logistics officer when he graduated in 2000. After graduating he was stationed at Fort Riley, Kan., serving as a maintenance and warehouse platoon leader and later as a human resource staff officer. While at Fort Riley, he deployed to Iraq in 2003-04. Jason transferred to Fort Lee, Va., where he served as a brigade petroleum plans officer. He deployed to Louisiana to support Hurricane Katrina response efforts. Then he served as a logistics company commander for two years. While in command, he deployed to Afghanistan for six months. In the next stage of his military life, Jason was selected by the Army to attend Kansas State University as part of the Advanced Civilian Education Program where they send people to college full-time for up to two years to earn a degree in an area in need for the Army. Jason followed the Army’s orders and earned his MPA in city management. After K-State he deployed for just over a year to Kabul, Afghanistan, where he became an embedded team chief within the Afghan army. His job was to lead a small team with the goal of building and training the Afghan logistics infrastructure while also advising a few tribal chiefs on local government issues. He next attended the Army’s Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., for a year. Then he deployed yet again, this time to Kuwait as a battalion executive officer. Jason returned to Fort Riley and served with the 1st Infantry Division as a brigade executive officer for about two years. He was next stationed back at Fort Leavenworth with the Mission Command Training Program for 2 1/2 years. His job this time was to train and educate Army units during warfighter exercises. As a member of that organization, he traveled throughout the world, including Japan, Germany, Belgium, Poland and Korea as well as just about every Army base in the United States, training units on staff operations. Finally Jason became department chair and professor of military science for the ROTC program at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg for the past four years. Jason’s break between retirement and the next stage of his life lasted a matter of hours. Beginning Wednesday he is participating in the Army’s Corporate Fellowship Program, which is an initiative started in 2013 to help mid- to senior-level officers transition into the corporate sector. It is an eight-week internship to help translate their military experience into business skills. After the fellowship it can translate into a job or position. Jason is doing his internship with FedEx Ground in Lenexa, Kan., and will be a human resources partner/recruiter. Jason married the former Manda McFall from Olathe, Kan., in 2001. They are the parents of Cadence, 15; Raina, 14, and Trevor, 10. Manda is a speech pathologist in the St. Joseph, Mo., schools in addition, Jason says, to being “an Uber driver for all of the kids’ school and sports activities.” The Christensons live in Basehor, Kan., and plan to stay there as this next phase of life begins.

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  1. Robert Medina

    Congrats to Mr. Mickelson. I had Mrs. Mickelson in Civics. To her credit, I recall more history and have picked up volumes of Hamilton and Grant (for the fun of it). Thanks to you both for being our teachers. Bobby Medina

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