Vol. 20, No. 37; Thursday, June 13, 2024

Jun 13, 2024 | Parker's Midweek Update | 0 comments


The closer you are to nature, the further away you are from idiots.


Pierre’s annual music and arts festival takes place this weekend on Friday and Saturday at Steamboat Park. For the full schedule of events and details go to www.oahedays.com.

Friday’s schedule:
3:00: Vendors, tents and carnival open.:
3:00: Meet Oahe Zap baseball players.
6:00: The Dirty Boot Band.
7:30: Rowan Grace.
10:00: Drake Milligan.

Saturday’s schedule:
8:30: Run with the Govs 5K.
9:00: Inflatables open.
10:00: Cornhole Classic.
10:30, 12:30, 2:00: Magic Joe Productions.
11:30, 3:00: Capitol City Cheer.
3:00: Hot dog eating contest.
4:00: Deep Fury..
5:00: Concerning Behavior.
7:30: 280 Fifth Band.
10:00: Hinder.


Softball: Ely Broers and Noel Kist of the Governors were named to the honorable list of the ESD Conference all-conference team. The state champions in girls softball were Sioux Falls Lincoln in Class AA, Tea Area in Class A and Chester in Class B. Dell Rapids was the Class B state champion in baseball.

Girls golf: At the state AA tournament in Yankton, Hadley Hart tied for 29th at 41-over 98-87=185. Andrea Mosteller was 39th at +46 190. Sittie Kasan and Drew Rectenbaugh tied for 71st place at +82 226. Watertown was the AA team champion, and Sioux Falls Christian won in Class A .


Boys golf: At the state Class B tournament in Brookings Wyatt Mortenson tied for 89th place with a scorecard of 93-88=181. Barret Schweitzer tied for 100th at 186.


Girls golf: At the state Class B tournament in Brookings, Olivia Olson tied for fifth place with a scorecard of 33-over-par 83-90=173. Beckley Birney was 30th at +48 188. Chester was the B girls team champion.

Boys golf: Sully Buttes has a new state champion. Sophomore Gavin Colson was first at the state B boys tournament in Brookings with a 6-over-par 75-75=150. Wesley Wittler tied for eighth at 82-75=157. Jonas OLson placed 116th at 195 and Logan Severson 129th at 208. Wessington Springs was the boys team champion.


Thursday: coffee.
Friday-Sunday: tutti fruitti.
Monday-Tuesday: blue mood.
Wednesday-Thursday: watermelon.
June 21-23: raspberry.
June 24-25: lime.
June 26-27: coconut.


1 day: Oahe Days (June 14-15).
1 day: Flag Day (June 14).
3 days: Tony awards, CBS-TV (June 16).
3 days: Fathers Day (June 16).
6 days: Juneteenth (June 19).
7 days: First day of summer (June 20).
17 days: “The Little Mermaid” at Black Hills Playhouse (June 30-July 14).
21 days: Independence Day (July 4).
28 days: Donald Trump sentencing (July 11).
32 days: Republican National Convention, Milwaukee (July 15-18).
33 days: Baseball All-Star Game, Arlington, Texas (July 16).
36 days: Hills Alive music festival, Rapid City (July 19-21).
38 days: Joe Mauer’s Baseball Hall of Fame induction, Cooperstown, N.Y. (July 21).
38 days: “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” at Black Hills Playhouse (July 21-Aug. 4).
43 days: Summer Olympics, Paris (July 26-Aug. 11).
44 days: Oahe Blues Festival (July 27).


Do the world a favor. Don’t give your 6-year-old a smartphone. Teach them to dig up worms and catch a fish.


Minnesota Twins schedule:
— Thursday: Oakland, 6:40 p.m.
— Friday: Oakland, 7:10 p.m.
— Saturday: Oakland, 1:10 p.m.
— Sunday: Oakland, 1:10 p.m.
— Tuesday: Tampa Bay, 6:40 p.m.
— Wednesday: Tampa Bay, 6:40 p.m.
— June 20: Tampa Bay, 12:10 p.m.
— June 21: at Oakland, 8:40 p.m.
— June 22: at Oakland, 3:07 p.m.
— June 23: at Oakland, 3:07 p.m.
— June 25: at Arizona, 8:40 p.m.
— June 26: at Arizona, 8:40 p.m.

Pierre Post 8: After seven straight losses to open the season, Post 8 won the nightcap of a doubleheader at Rapid City Post 320 Monday for their first victory. Pierre lost to Brookings 1-0 and 2-1; to Renner 10-0 (6 innings) and 14-0; to Mandan 10-0 and 6-5, and to Rapid City Post 320 7-6 before winning the late game Monday. Upcoming schedule:
— Friday-Saturday-Sunday: at Sioux Falls Dakota Classic.
— Wednesday, June 19: at Aberdeen, 5 and 7 p.m.
— June 21-22-23: at Minot tournament.
— June 25: at Watertown, 5 and 7 p.m.
— June 26: home vs. Spearfish, 3 and 5 p.m.

Sioux Falls Canaries (Spencer Sarringar): The Canaries went 7-4 over the past 11 games through Tuesday of this week. The Canaries are 18-10 through Tuesday. Here is how Spencer did in each game:
— Lost to Sioux City, 10-4 (0-for-3 as designated hitter).
— Beat Sioux City, 13-2 (3-for-5, 2 runs scored, 5 RBIs, single/2-run homer/3-run homer).
— Beat Sioux City, 8-7 (0-for-3, 1 walk, 1 hit-by-pitch, 1 RBI on bases-loaded walk ending the game).
— Beat Kansas City, 9-1 (2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI on single).
— Lost to Kansas City, 6-5 (0-for-4, 1 run scored).
— Lost to Kansas City, 17-6 (1-for-5, 1 run scored).
— Beat Lincoln, 1-0 (0-for-3).
— Beat Lincoln, 8-5 (0-for-3, 1 run scored after 1st-inning walk).
— Beat Lincoln, 3-2 (did not play).
— Lost to Kansas City, 4-3 (0-for-3, 1 walk, 1 run scored).
— Beat Kansas City, 11-7 (2-for-5, scored winning run).
Upcoming games:
— June 14-15-16: home vs. Fargo-Moorhead.
— June 18-19-20: home vs. Chicago.
— June 21-22-23: at Sioux City.
— June 25-26-27: home vs. Lincoln.

Oahe Zap: The Zap stood at 3-13 for the season through Tuesday of this week. The team lost to Hastings twice; lost to Fremont; beat Fremont, 6-2; lost to Fremont 9-2 and 2-0; beat Nebraska, 11-6; lost to Nebraska, 15-8; lost to Hastings, 3-1, 2-0 and 4-2 lost to Spearfish, 6-1. Upcoming games:
— Thursday: home vs. Casper.
— Saturday/Sunday: at Casper.
— Monday-Tuesday: home vs.Spearfish.
— June 19-20-21: at Spearfish.
— June 22-23: at Casper.
— June 24-25: home vs. Plainsmen.
— June 27-28-29: home vs. Casper.


Minnesota Vikings: You learned the Vikings’ regular-season schedule a month ago. Now we know the preseason schedule, and if you’re going to Minneapolis for a preseason game, you have only one choice. That’s Saturday, Aug. 10, for a 3 p.m. game against the Las Vegas Raiders. The Vikings’ other preseason games will be on the road—Aug. 17 at Cleveland and Aug. 24 at Philadelphia.

Homecoming dates for this fall:
— Northern State: Oct. 5.
— Minnesota: Oct. 26.
— Nebraska: Oct. 5.
— Dakota State: Sept. 14.
— SDSU: Oct. 12.
— Augustana: Oct. 5.
— NDSU: Sept. 21.
— USD: Oct. 21.
— Dakota Wesleyan: Oct. 12.
— Mount Marty: Sept. 21.
— Northwestern (Iowa): Oct. 5.
— School of Mines: Sept. 21.
— Black Hills State: Sept. 21.
— University of Sioux Falls: Oct. 19.
— UND: Sept. 28.
— Mary: Oct. 5.
— Minnesota State-Mankato: Oct. 5.


— We are on our summer every-other-week schedule for the Midweek Update, so the next new edition will show up on www.everythingsouthdakota.com and later that day on Facebook on Thursday, June 27.


Thursday, June 13:
Nathan Zimmerman, Rocco Huber, Brittany Kenzy, Mitchell Hansen, Mark King, Jeremy Joel, Luke Zellmer, Charlie Shives, Bob Holloway, Renee Osterkamp, Jamison Rounds.
— 9th anniversary, Drew/April White.
— 9th anniversary, Jesse/Whitney Martin.
— 6th anniversary, Jack/Dianne (Bickett) Nielsen.
— 21st anniversary, Brian/Amy (Ripperger) Grunewaldt.
— 60th anniversary, Greg/Karen Schaefer.
— 15th anniversary, Jon/Torri (Ice) Lechtenberg.
— 15th anniversary, Yohance’/Ann (Schaack) Humphery.

Friday, June 14:
Elouise Hanson, Larry Lyngstad, Travis Hull, Katie Stager, Troy Kuszmaul, Dana Houdek, Patreica Nicholas, Jake Rysdon, Presley Jo Martin, Adriana Dvorak, Blaine Eagle Boy.
— 16th anniversary, Ben/Alyssa Gloe.
— 21st anniversary, Matt/Amy (Haase) Eldridge.
— 21st anniversary, Jeremy/Renee Hamm.
— 27th anniversary, Scott/Stacy (Alt) Decker.
— 21st anniversary, Clark/Nicole (Roseland) Vold.
— 21st anniversary, Collin/Danae (Darrington) Gregerson.
— 15th anniversary, Scott/Anne (Eichstadt) Saniuk.
— 22nd anniversary, Aaron/Lindsey Weaver.
— 21st anniversary, Ryan/Sheri (Elenbaum) Doolittle.

Saturday, June 15:
Landon Van Zee, Nash Willard, Lennon Husman, Kyle Tobin, Ray Smart, Holly (Vosberg) Nemec, Tyler Pruess, Stephanie Vietor, Molly Bock, Lou Manus, Daniel Etzkorn, Lucas Scheibe, Kandi Hovis, DeVante Miller.
— 11th anniversary, Josh/Tessa (Bollinger) Hartmann.
— 11th anniversary, Kody/Blaire (Dryden) Bridger.
— 12th anniversary, Jesse/Timmie (Lunsford) Hutchison.
— 11th anniversary, Radley/Kelcie (Cross) Hohenberger.
— 51st anniversary, Tom/Peggy Huber.
— 12th anniversary, Alan/Courtney (Hackett) Frenz.
— 17th anniversary, Derek/Brittney (Lamb) Schiefelbein.
— 11th anniversary, Jhett/Jennie Schuetzle.
— 12th anniversary, Jon/Jenna (Wickersham) Morin.

Sunday, June 16:
Caleb Gilkerson, Ken Shelbourn, Chelsey Severson, Jenna Schiefelbein, Van Stewart, Nancy Hanson, Tanner Fitzke, Monica (Currier) Robbins, Dustin Jordan, Chad Holsteen, Matthew Schnlosser, August Stofferahn, Katie Eberlein, James Blackmore, Tim Hartmann.
— 18th anniversary, Dallas/Mindy Cronin.
— 6th anniversary, Matt/Taryn (Wolf) Blaseg.
— 6th anniversary, Brandon/Kayla Vockrodt.
— 17th anniversary, Justin/Krista (Schmidt) Sarvis.
— 12th anniversary, Dominic/Abby (Pitlick) Bottenfield.
— 12th anniversary, Chris/Becky (Barringer) Hoffman.
— 40th anniversary, Brian/Lisa Bondy.
— 48th anniversary, Ed/Julie (Stahl) Welch.
— 12th anniversary, Brandon/Amy (Breitag) Boulay.

Monday, June 17:
Katie Lingle, Kim (Hill) Burge, Logan Costello, Miles Orr, Cathy (Wood) Georgis, Brittany Hedman, Lisa (Ripley) Trenhaile.
— 35th anniversary, Karl/Joan Adam.
— 2nd anniversary, Lucas/Amber Hoover.
— 19th anniversary, Kirby/Brooke (Hall) Cronin.
— 18th anniversary, Aric/Tracy (Stoeser) Frost.
— 18th anniversary, Jamie/Kasey Liudahl.
— 18th anniversary, John/Kendra (Jensen) Kallemeyn.

Tuesday, June 18:
Julene Yackley, Patti Stolp, Lacey (Boehmer) Hogan, Dana Darger, Rex Craven, Terrance Waters, Chad Jungman, Don Dahlin, Kasey Light, Kylie Light, Tucker Light, Tiffany Light, Oliver Gordon.
— 8th anniversary, Allen/Sadie (Fitzke) Goodman.
— 5th anniversary, Seamus/McKayla (Marso) McDonough.
— 3rd anniversary, Curtis/Kelly Egan.
— 3rd anniversary, Chris/Katya Rumrill.
— 3rd anniversary, Shaun/Brittany Keller.
— 36th anniversary, Brad/Tammy (Helgeson) Cruse.
— 2nd anniversary, Garrett/Allison Pochop.
— 12th anniversary, Johnnie/Ami (Hanson) Kennell.

Wednesday, June 19:
Trey Lewis, Ellie Fox, Kea (Boyd) Warne, Susan (Olson) West, Alexa Rydland, Jeremy Mikkelsen, Tom Lehmkuhl, Staci Holden.
— 20th anniversary, Erin/Susanne Harmon.
— 20th anniversary, Casey/Amanda (Wood) Krog.
— 20th anniversary, Jason/JoAnn Fuhrer.
— 20th anniversary, Jody/Christy (Maskovich) Ryland.
— 14th anniversary, Kody/Lindsey (Friez) Karschnik.
— 14th anniversary, Michael/Nicole (McComsey) Lewis.
— 42nd anniversary, Monte/Tami Carda.

Thursday, June 20:
Megan Sutley, Judy Foth, Caynen Carr, Beth (Weischedel) Henrichsen, Gillian (Woodburn) Hanson, Maryu Fredrichs, Amos Hauck.
— 9th anniversary, Riley/Rachel (Hanten) Haag.
— 37th anniversary, Michael/Marcie (Lyngstad) Long.
— 10th anniversary, Tanner/Sarah (Pogany) Wald.
— 43rd anniversary, Dave/Mary Voeltz.
— 26th anniversary, Kyle/Tammy Richards.
— 15th anniversary, Nick/Chelsey (Roberts) Renemans.

Friday, June 21:
T.J. McCauley, Becky Sjerven, Wanda McKittrick, Deann (Martin) Rausch, Eli Jun Welch-Okawa, Sawyer Antholz, Stacy (Alt) Decker, Andy Hanson, Ami (Hanson) Kennell, Austin Brown, Erin (Richter) Jerke, Andrew Eickbush.
— 22nd anniversary, Tim/Kimberly Melvin.
— 10th anniversary, Graham/Sam Schuetzle.
— 10th anniversary, George/Paige Sperry.

Saturday, June 22:
Rainer Westall, Andrew Pietrus, Ed Welch, Portia (Hurney) Corbin, Caitlin (Wagner) Graves, Stephanie (Farries) Judson, Brian Englund, Vada Thielen, Matt Englund, Tane Owens, Kyle Englehart, Bridget Dowling-Stoeser.
— 11th anniversary, Sam/Kelli (Livermont) Olson.
— 33rd anniversary, Bob/Lori Sutton.
— 11th anniversary, Willie/Sara (Kindopp) Gloe.
— 20th anniversary, Dustin/Regan (Schanzenbach) Byrum.

Sunday, June 23:
Kirsten Marshall, Deb (Sorenson) Neilan, Cathy Barringer, Leanne Neuhauser, Ty Hardwick, Cleo Hilding, Summer (Pitlick) Mersinger, Luke Shoup, Taylor Brock, Beckett Reilly, Brianne (Barnett) Roby, Diane Smith, Kevin Lors, Kila Vogel, Brandon LaBrie, Trevor DeSchepper, A.Jay Heiss, Shawn Flottmeyer.
— 12th anniversary, Jerid/Jeanine (Van Ash) Maskovich.
— 23rd anniversary, Mark/Kelly (Larson) Anawski.
— 24th anniversary, Elton/Karla (Richards) Blemaster.
— 17th anniversary, David/Emily (Naylor) Franks.
— 18th anniversary, Aaron/Amanda (Wharton) Brown.
— 12th anniversary, Brody/Andi (Pond) Andresen.

Monday, June 24:
Grayson Miller, Kylie Husted, Dennis Gibbs, Jacob Parsons, Dallas Prater, Jim Patten, Genny McMath, Elliot Riis, Nikki (Koenig) Sullivan, Jarren Deal, Gavin Wilson,, Andrew Wulf.
— Anniversary, Ricky/Vicki (Fosheim) Dant.
— 13th anniversary, Kiel/Emily (Auch) Ford.
— 18th anniversary, Brent/Jennifer Sogaard.
— 18th anniversary, Jason/Stephanie (Tveidt) Knapp.
— 18th anniversary, Andy/Kari (Kietzmann) Potter.
— 19th anniversary, Chance/Erika (Rounds) Stoeser.
— 8th anniversary, Chuck/Alexa (Edman) Miesbauer.
— 7th anniversary, Jody/Sydney Lutz.
— 7th anniversary, Andru/Brittany (Guindon) Meiners.
— 7th anniversary, Blake/Ashley (Brotsky) Hemminger.

Tuesday, June 25:
Patrick Lechtenberg, Piper Word, Blair Zimmerman, Joe Schueller, Katie (Lakner) Dill, Drew Brandner, Muryl Paxton, Krista Smith, Steph Flyger, Diane Kehrwald, Shavonne Mitchell, Larry Mosiman, Shelby Smith, Dayna (Ludwig) Husman, Brett Stewart, Jenny (Sprenkle) Terveen, Adam Mentele.
— 13th anniversary, Alex/Rachel Beckwith.
— 14th anniversary, Lucas/Jenna (Jantsch) Oehlerking.
— 13th anniversary, Brad/Rachel Lowery.
— 19th anniversary, Tyler/Jessica (Wood) Steele.
— 18th anniversary, Philip/Nicole (Krueger) Whitesitt.
— 3rd anniversary, Quentin/Kayla (Nagle) Johler.
— 8th anniversary, Brian/Amy Pope.
— 8th anniversary, Neil/Kelsey Nemec.
— 8th anniversary, Andy/Brittany Hanson.

Wednesday, June 26:
Gray Gabriel,, Scarlett Gabriel, Rex Decker, Matthew Kachelmyer, Todd Taylor, Dick Stolp, Ed King, Grace Dozark, Alex Roberts, Deb (Micklos) Nelson, Steve Bass, Jesse Martin, Landon Miller, Ryan Kennedy, Jase Blair, Ryan Bass, Jenna Everson, Coy Gill,, Elizabeth Weber, Jason Fuhrer, Linda (Matzen) Aaker, ,Ashley Fosness.
— 14th anniversary, Chad/Amanda (Cerney) Johnson.
— 20th anniversary, Chris/Jodie (Reede) Crutcher
— 20th anniversary, Jeremy/Julie Hand.
— 20th anniversary, Mark/Julia Schlekeway.
— 20th anniversary, Joshua/Heather (Konechne)( Proff.
— 20th anniversary, Jesse/Whitney (Palmer) Flottmeyer.
— 20th anniversary, Matt/Kendra Hall.
— 3rd anniversary, William/Valori (Kunsman) Fairbanks.
— We fondly remember Darlene Grace Harmon on her birthday.

Thursday, June 27:
Craig Keller, Byron Reed, Jenna Nielsen, Heidi Vogel, Brian Dozark, Kannon Lamb, Carrie Messer, Gordon Van Ash, Keith Weigandt, Justin Kraemer, Willard St. Claire.
— 9th anniversary, Michael/Sarah Jo (Even) Tveidt.
— 43rd anniversary, Jerry/Jo Mikkelsen.
— 15th anniversary, Jafar/Jessica Karim.
— 15th anniversary, Darin/Heather Noyes.
— 21st anniversary, Corey/Tiffany (Winkler) Carr.
— 54th anniversary, John/Roberta Lovald.


“No one has ever become poor by giving.”
— Anne Frank


The band’s concerts are on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. at the Steamboat Park amphitheater. Upcoming concert themes:
— June 19: “Shall We Dance?”
— June 26: “Carnival of Instruments:


Dorothy Nygaard-Gibbs, who taught more than a generation of first-grade students in Pierre over 27 years, died at the age of 83, June 2 at Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls. A graveside burial service will be held at a later date. Dorothy graduated from high school at Bradley, S.D., in 1958. She earned a two-year degree from Augustana College in 1963, a four-year degree in 1970 and later a master of education degree. She also taught for seven years at Brandon Valley, with her 27 years in the Pierre district completing a 34-year career. She and Dennis Gibbs were married in 1989. Dorothy retired from teaching in 1997. She is survived by her husband, Dennis Gibbs of Sioux Falls; four nieces; two nephews, and Dennis’ stepson, Mark Platz of Chandler, Ariz. Among those who preceded her in death were her parents, her grandparents and two brothers as well as other relatives.

The state high school rodeo is underway at the Stanley County Fairgrounds through Saturday. Rodeo performances remaining are at 5 p.m. today (Thursday), 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday.
Members of the Pierre-Fort Pierre High School Rodeo Team who qualified for the state rodeo are Tristan Spencer, Chelsey Clair, Tommie Kay Martin, Walker West, Makia Brink, Makenzee Wheelhouse, Taylyn Cass and Ryen Sheppick.

Speaking of rodeo, Rafe Wientjes of Onida, a member of the rodeo club at SDSU, qualified in tie-down roping for the College National Finals Rodeo. That event is taking place in Casper, Wyo., this week through Saturday.

Elyse Miller, daughter of Krista (Lovald) Miller and Trent Miller, graduated summa cum laude from Tom C. Clark High School in San Antonio this month. She plans to attend nearby University of Texas-Austin this fall. Her maternal grandparents are John and Roberta Lovald.

Buddy Cronin is retiring from Nystrom Electric after 40 years. There will be a retirement party from 4 to 7 p.m. next Tuesday, June 18, at 4250 Highway 34.

Kate Stofferahn, daughter of Steve and Maggie Stofferahn of Terre Haute, Ind., graduated from high school there this month. She plans to stay in the city to attend Indiana State University to major in psychology beginning this fall.

Paul Byrum, 73, died in March. He had been in Pierre since 2011 because of the fishing and hunting opportunities he found in the area. A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Aug. 9 at the new South Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Sioux Falls. He is survived by his sisters, Trudy (Wayne) Ode of St. Charles, Minn., and Lynda (Don) Hanson of Champlin, Minn.; two nieces and three nephews.

Emma Grace Schmidt, daughter of Pierre native Tim Schmidt, graduated from Stillwater, Minn., High School this month. She also achieved CNA certification. Emma will attend Minnesota State-Mankato to continue her pursuit of her nursing career this fall.

Barb (Calkins) Stoeser, 63, Draper, died May 24 as the result of an automobile accident in Stanley County. Her funeral was held June 1 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Fort Pierre. The daughter of Robby Calkins and Bonnie Corwin graduated from Stanley County High School in 1979. She served with the Army Reserves and the National Guard for 12 1/2 years. She became a sergeant in the supply unit in Rapid City and was honorably discharged in 1991. She was married to Vince Stoeser. He died in 1980. She is survived by her children, Kie and Tyler; three grandchildren, and her mother. She was preceded in death by her father and her husband.

The Dakota State University spring semester Honors List (3.5-4.0) included these local students: Robert Arnold, Arthur Hodges, Jacob Page, Joe Helmbrecht, Jack Baker, Aaron Booth, Aydan Johnson, Abbie Pillen, Zasck Roberts, Drew Schuchard, Collin Brueggeman, Houston Lunde and Joey Fischer. Part-time DSU students recognized for academic achievement were Hannah Lightfield, John DeBoere and Evan Becker.

Claire Kachelmyer, whose mother is the former Nikki Peterson, will be a senior this fall at Apple Valley, Minn., High School. Claire and her varsity mock trial team placed second at an online national tournament, and Claire won two individual awards. Her team was invited to the national championships in Philadelphia and also the world championships in Chicago this fall. Earlier this spring her team placed third at state, and Claire won the All-State Witness award.

Ryan Darling, 60, Blunt, died June 3. A celebration of his life took place June 7 in Blunt. Ryan graduated from Worthington, Minn., High School in 1982. He earned a B.S. degree from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, then a master’s degree and a law degree from USD. He married Karla Engle, a fellow law student. They moved to Pierre where Ryan was an administrative law judge for the Department of Labor and then the Office of Hearing Examiners. Survivors include his wife, Karla Darling; his children, Laurel, Layna and Jack; his parents, Harris Darling and Carolann (Pfeil) Darling; two sisters, a niece, a nephew and other relatives.

Auditions for “She Kills Monsters,” the fall show of the Pierre Players community theater organization, are set for Monday, July 8, at 7 p.m. at Grand Opera House. The show dates for the play are Sept. 13-15 and 19-21. Pierre Players needs volunteers for offstage responsibilities as well as actors for on the stage. For details on all of this go to www.pierreplayers.com.

Pierre native Evan Roth will start his 12th year of teaching at Galileo High School in San Francisco this fall. But for the summer he is traveling to Vietnam and Thailand. In the latter country he plans to meet up with another Pierre native, Seth Waitman, who lives there.

The 4.0 Presidents List at Northern State University for the spring semester included these local students: Audra Bland, Kayleigh Dueis, Madyson Hudson, Hannah Lemieux and Kara Weiss. The Dean’s List at Northern (3.50-3.99) included Trevin Black Bear, Addison Cumbow, Eli Houdyshell, Kaeley Malm, Alexander Newsam, Angela Rowse and Savannah Shrake.

Alison Kennedy, Spearfish High School junior and daughter of Scott and Dawn Kennedy, tied for eighth in the Class AA girls golf tournament with a 20-over-par 80-84=164 scorecard.

In the June 4 election voters in Sully County approved a road-and-bridge levy by a vote of 257 to 195, carrying by 57%. The issue had been referred to a vote after being passed by the county commission.

In the Stanley County school board election on June 4, Shirley Swanson with 239 votes and Patricia Duffy with 237 votes were elected to the board. The other results were 181 votes for Mitch Kleinsasser and 167 for Shaun Cronin.

Onida native Dana Day, daughter of former Pierre resident Karen Day, is retiring after 39 years of teaching in Olympia, Wash.

Peyton Zabel, who completed his college and baseball career at Texas State University this spring, was one of four TSU players named to the Academic All-District Team.

The Dean’s List for the spring semester at Dakota Wesleyan University included MBA graduate student Aric Williams. Undergraduate DWU students named to the Dean’s List included Elizabeth Duffy, Emma Hunt, Noah Miller, Abby Wyly, Tayne Bohman, Taylor Chavez, Julio Morales Ramirez, Madison Oedekoven, Mariah Schnabel and Kieran Steffen-Uecker.

Kenneth “Shorty” Tassler, 75, died June 1 at home in Pierre. His funeral was held June 6 at Community Bible Church. Shorty graduated from Harrold High School in 1968 and served in the U.S. Army. He married Diane McQuistion in 1971, and they had two daughters. He married Vicki Shaw in 1980, and he added two more daughters. He worked as a mechanic at Harding Motors/Capital Motors/Gateway Motors for more than 40 years. He is survived by his wife, Vicki Tassler; his daughters, Michele (Dion) Johnson of Sioux Falls, Sheila Tassler of Montrose, Nicki (Patrick) Eleveland of Pierre and Shawna (Joel) Sengelmann of Pierre; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; his brother, Donald (Karen) Tasslser of Pierre, and his sister, Sharon (Bill) Lengkeek of Presho.

Tyler Bonnett is still flying for Fed Ex out of Memphis and lives in Nashville. Recently on vacation he visited Omaha Beach in the Normandy region of France just four days prior to the 80th anniversary of D-Day. While he is flying the Boeing 767 now, Tyler is also doing some independent consulting work that keeps him involved with the F-35 as a subject matter expert.

The spring semester Dean’s List at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology included these local students: Payton Peery, Adeline Abernathy, Joseph Cremer, Justin Houlette, Kendra Rounds, Devin Strutty.

Chase and Courtney Harmon, who now live just outside Hot Springs, are the parents of twins born June 1. Blakely Edith weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces, and Weston Lane weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces. The paternal grandparents are Joe and Stephanie (Colwill) Harmon of Pierre, and the twins’ great-grandmother is Connie Colwill of Sioux Falls, formerly of Pierre.

Jerry Vrooman, 96, died June 2. His funeral was held June 8 at First Congregational United Church of Christ. Jerry grew up on the family homestead near Eagle Butte. After high school he worked at home, eventually purchasing his own land and the family ranch. He married Lillian Zimmerman in 1954, and they raised four children. Jerry served the Eagle Butte community in various capacities. In 1989 Jerry and Lillian moved to Pierre for semi-retirement. Lillian died in 2008, and Jerry moved into assisted living at Edgewood in 2015. He is survived by his children, Charles Vrooman of Pierre, Janice (Shane) Reede of Fort Pierre, Diane (Jon) Grukot of Villard, Minn., and Lois Brooks of Sioux Falls; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Josh and Ashley (Zimmerman) Wheeler of Milwaukee became the parents of twin boys on May 28. Weston John weighed 4 pounds, 7 ounces, and Cole Michael weighed 5 pounds, 6 ounces. They join sisters Nora, 5, and Blair, almost 3, in the family. Maternal grandparents of the twins are John and Sandy Zimmerman.

After having five CEOs in the last six years, the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce has another one. Marcy Anderson has been with the Monticello, Minn., Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the last 12 years. She and her husband, Richard, have two children, both of whom live in Sioux Falls. (News courtesy of KCCR Radio)

The spring semester Dean’s List at Black Hills State University included these local students: Jackson Edman, Tori Fratzke, Saige Heath, Hunter Martell, Marissa Mathews, Ethan Ogan, Isaac Polak and Sydney Theobald. A part-time BHSU student who earned academic recognition was Mikah Moser.

Betty (Powell) Anton, 89, died May 27 in Texas. A celebration of her life will be held this Saturday, June 15, at 10 a.m. at Feigum Funeral Home. Burial will take place at 2 p.m. that day at Restlawn Memorial Gardens south of Huron. Betty grew up in Howard, Las Vegas and Wessington Springs. After graduating from WSHS in 1952, she married Jack Anton in 1953. She began her cosmetology career at a salon in her own home. After her children were grown, she and Jack moved to Fort Pierre. Later Betty became president of the state Board of Cosmetology and a state salon inspector. After retirement, she worked at St. John’s Catholic Church. In 2020 the Antons made their final home with their daughter in Fort Worth, Texas. She is survived by her children, John Jeffrey Anton and Bonnie Lou Wioehoff; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.

Spring graduates from Augustana University included Jett Lamb, bachelor of arts with majors in business administration and finance, and Natalie Mohr, bachelor of arts with major in biology, summa cum laude. Receiving a certificate from the Augustana Access Program was Fletcher Somsen.

Pierre native Ben Gloe of the U.S. Army was appointed to the rank of sergeant major yesterday morning at the NCO Leadership Center of Excellence in El Paso

Virjean “Nena” Nelson died in January. A joint celebration of her life and that of her mother, who died in February, was held June 12 at the Isburg Funeral Chapel. Nena graduated from Riggs High School and attended Northern State College and USD. She married Randy Hirman in Watertown. After divorcing she and her son and her daughter moved to Pierre where she worked for the Department of Transportation. She and her family were the first recipients of Pierre’s Habitat for Humanity program. Nena is survived by her children, Shannon Nelson and Bobbi Jo Hirman; two grandchildren; her father, Larry (Pat) Nelson of Rapid City; her brothers, Lane Nelson of Pierre and Todd (Dawn) Nelson of Sioux Falls; her sister, Mary Kane of Rapid City, and nephews and nieces.

Dakota Wesleyan University announced the appointment of two returning members of its board of trustees. One of them is Daniel C. Duffy of Rapid City, a native of Fort Pierre and a partner with the firm of Bangs, McCullen, Butler, Foye & Simmons since 1992. Dan was a 1983 graduate of DWU and a 1990 graduate of the USD law school. He previously served on the DWU board of trustees in 1998-2008 and 2011-2013. He and his wife, Karrie, have eight children ranging in age from 33 to 17. Dan, Karrie and his brothers Bernie and John are all DWU alumni.

Carly (Feiler) Retterath of Mandan, N.D., finished the Fargo Marathon on June 1. This was her second full marathon. Her time this time was 4:04.16. Carly has also run in several half-marathons.

Donald “D.D.” Jacobson died June 6. An open house to celebrate his life will be held at the Post 8 American Legion cabin from 3 to 6 p.m. next Friday, June 21, including military honors at 3:30. D.D. graduated from Stanley County High School in 1968 and served in the U.S. Navy between 1970 and 1972. He earned a degree in civil drafting technology from Lake Area Technical Institute in 1977. He spent a long career with Aaron Swan & Associates, retiring in 2019. He served on the Stanley County Commission for eight years. His survivors include his wife, Gail Jacobson; his son, Travis (Pam); one grandchild and two great-grandchildren; his brothers, Jeff (Gayle) and Jerry (Karen), and a sister, Dawn (Norm).

The spring semester Dean’s List at South Dakota State University was announced this week. An asterisk (*) indicates a 4.0 grade-point average. Local students on the Dean’s List include:
— With Fort Pierre addresses: Olivia Chase, Trey Frost*, Tyanne Geppert, ,Brooke Gloe, Alejandra Juarez, Nick Loe, Sheridan Nickolas, Sydney Tedrow*, Daysen Titze*, Ty Turman, William Van Camp*, Reid Wieczorek.
— With Onida addresses: Lydia Hill, Josh Lamb*, Landon Severson, Reese Voorhees*, Shalie Weinheimer*.
— With Pierre addresses: Clay Ambach*, Madilyn Brakke*, Jessica Buntrock, Jenna Bush, McKenna Cass*, Brooke Easland, Jade Evans*, Kenzie Gronlund*, Kiera Hanson, Jonathan Herman, Ruth Howard, Autumn Iverson*, Michael Jackley*, Allison Johnson*, Blake Judson, Hannah Kari, Kyla Keyes*, Claire Koenecke, Adisyn Kuxhaus*, Hattie Larson*, Spencer Letellier, Emily Lingle*, Emma Lusk*, Jessica Lutmer, Daniel Magee*, Jacob Mayer*, Abigail Miller*, Alexander Miller*, Sarah Mohr, Alexia Morris, Dmitri Mutchelknaus*, Raileyn Myers, Carlee Natvig, Kimber Natvig, Kaitlyn Pitlick, Selah Rilling*, Jasmine Rounds*, Grace Sargent, Malia Schumacher*, Hattie Shaffer*, Nathan Shoup, Addy Smith*, Noah Smith*, Kylee Thorpe, Alec Venner*, Maria Vukovich*, Kyra Wallace*, Nathan Williams, Danessa Wilson, Deni Zeeb*, Gracie Zeeb*.

Mike Pietz, who worked with Pierre Indian Learning Center students for three decades, died Tuesday from a massive heart attack. He was on his way to Sioux Falls with his mother for knee replacement surgery at the time.

Carrie Wheelhouse will be the new head volleyball coach at Riggs High School, it was announced yesterday. (News courtesy of KCCR Sports)


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