Vol. 20, No. 38; Thursday, June 20, 2019

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Pierre’s summertime celebration, Oahe Days, kicks off tonight (Thursday). There is a plethora of events taking place day and night right through Sunday.

For the schedule of everything that is to happen, go to www.oahedays.com.


“Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end, then stop.”

— Lewis Carroll


Thursday: huckleberry.
Friday-Sunday: watermelon.
Monday-Tuesday: blueberry.
Wednesday-Thursday: kiwi.
June 28-30: strawberry.


Thursday, June 20: “Taste of Pierre” Oahe Days kickoff “Super Heroes” concert, Steamboat Park, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, June 26: “Movies” concert, Steamboat Park, 8 p.m. (band rehearses at 6:30).

Wednesday, July 3: Band rehearses at 6:30 p.m .

Thursday, July 4: Patriotic Fourth of July concert, Steamboat Park, 9 p.m.


Minnesota Twins:
Thursday—at Kansas City, 7:15, FSN.
Friday—at Kansas City, 7:15, FSN.
Saturday—at Kansas City, 1:15, FSN.
Sunday—at Kansas City, 1:15, FSN.
Tuesday—Tampa Bay, 7:10, FSN.
Wednesday—Tampa Bay, 7:10, FSN.
Thursday—Tampa Bay, 12:10, FSN.
June 28-29-30—at Chicago White Sox.
July 2—at Oakland.

Chicago Cubs:
Thursday—New York Mets, 7:05, MLBN.
Friday—New York Mets, 1:20, MLBN.
Saturday—New York Mets, 1:20, MLBN.
Sunday—New York Mets, 1:20.
Monday—Atlanta, 7:05.
Tuesday—Atlanta, 7:05.
Wednesday—Atlanta, 7:05, MLBN.
Thursday—Atlanta, 1:20.
June 28-29-30—at Cincinnati.
July 1-2—at Pittsburgh.

Colorado Rockies (times MDT):
Thursday—at Arizona, 1:40.
Friday—at Los Angeles Dodgers, 8:10.
Saturday—at Los Angeles Dodgers, 5:15, Fox.
Sunday—at Los Angeles Dodgers, 2:10.
Monday—at San Francisco, 8:05.
Tuesday—at San Francisco, 7:45, ESPN.
Wednesday—at San Francisco, 1:45.
Thursday—Los Angeles Dodgers, 6:40, MLBN.
June 28-29-30—Los Angeles Dodgers.
July 2-3—Houston.

Pierre Post 8: Since the last Update, Post 8 has been a busy baseball team, playing 14 games over 14 days, and they now stand with a 12-8 record. A schedule totally on the road awaits the team over the next two weeks—at Mitchell Sunday, at Rapid City Post 320 Tuesday, at Rapid City Post 22 Wednesday, at the Minot tournament June 28-30 and at Brookings July 1. Over the past two weeks Pierre lost twice to Sioux Falls East, 9-3 and 17-5; defeated Mandan twice, 9-5 and 7-5; split with Bismarck, winning 8-0 in five innings and losing 12-7; lost twice to Post 22, 16-2 and 16-2, both games in five innings; beat Viroqua, Wis., 4-3; beat North Platte, 8-0; beat Lennox, 1-0; beat Brandon Valley, 9-2, lost to Fargo, 12-0 in four innings, and beat Bismarck, 10-6.

Pierre Trappers: The Trappers have won six and lost five in the last two weeks through Monday. Pierre took three of five from Wheat City; lost two of three to Badlands; swept a three-game series over Fremont and lost one to Hastings. The Trappers are home tonight (Thursday) vs. Spearfish; on the road to Hastings Friday through Sunday; home vs. Spearfish Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; home vs. Wheat City June 28-29-30 and at Hub City July 1-2.

Sioux Falls Canaries: The Birds have gone 7-3 over their past 10 games and are in first place in the American Association’s South Division with an 18-12 record and a three-game lead over second-place Kansas City. In the past two weeks Sioux Falls swept a three-game series over Gary-South Shore, split two games with Milwaukee, took two of three from Lincoln and split two games against St. Paul. The Canaries play Friday through Sunday at Sioux City, then will be home vs. Fargo-Moorhead Monday through Thursday next week and June 28-29-30 vs. Milwaukee before going to Kansas City for July 2-3-4.


“No poems can please for long or live that are written by water drinkers.”

— Horace


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): At the Mastercard Japan Championship overseas, Tom tied for 13th place, earning $46,312.50 for his weekend of 73-72-66=211, five under par. The Champions Tour is in Madison, Wis., this weekend for the American Family Insurance Championship.


Minnesota United FC: The Loons lost to Colorado, 1-0, but dominated Sporting Kansas City, 4-1. Minnesota hosts FC Cincinnati June 29.

World Cup: The USA women play Sweden in their third and last Group F pool play match today (Thursday) at 2 p.m. CDT. The winner of this match will be the group winner and advance to play in the Round of 16 at 11 a.m. Monday, June 24. Today’s loser plays at 2 p.m. Monday.


Sioux Falls Storm: The Storm finished the Indoor Football League’s regular season with an 11-3 record after losing to Iowa, 55-43, and beating Bismarck, 65-54. Sioux Falls opens the playoffs with a home game at 3 p.m. this Sunday, June 23.


“I cannot ask of heaven success, even for my country, in a cause where she should be in the wrong. My toast would be, ‘May our country be always successful, but whether successful or otherwise, always right.'”

— John Quincy Adams


Aug. 17: Lane Severyn/Anne Marie Holter.
Aug. 31: Devin Maki/Karlie Warne.


1 day: Riggs High Class of 1979 40-year reunion (June 21-22).
1 day: Riggs High Class of 2009 10-year reunion (June 21-22).
6 days: Democratic presidential candidates debates, NBC-TV and MSNBC (June 26-27).
14 days: Fourth of July celebrations, Fort Pierre-Pierre (July 4-5).
15 days: Black Hills Playhouse’s “Side Show” (July 5-21).
19 days: Baseball All-Star Game (July 9).
22 days: Central South Dakota 4-H Rodeo, Blunt (July 12).
28 days: Region 3A Legion baseball tournament, Pierre (July 18-21).
29 days: Pierre Players’ “Peter and the Starcatcher” (July 19-21, 25-27).
29 days: Oahe Blues Festival (July 19-20).
29 days: Governor’s Cup walleye fishing tournament (July 19-21).
30 days: 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing (July 20).
36 days: Black Hills Playhouse’s “Mamma Mia!” (July 26-Aug. 11).
36 days: State Legion baseball tournament, Mitchell (July 26-30).
40 days: Democratic presidential candidates debates, CNN (July 30-31).
46 days: Sturgis motorcycle rally (Aug. 5-11).
48 days: Legion baseball Central Plains Regional, Sioux Falls (Aug. 7-11).
49 days: Sully County Fair, Onida (Aug. 8-11).
51 days: Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center 10th anniversary celebration (Aug. 10).
57 days: Black Hills Playhouse’s “Steel Magnolias” (Aug. 16-25).
64 days: BluntFest (Aug. 23-25).


  • We are on a summertime schedule, so for awhile the Update will show up every other week. The next issue will be sent out on Wednesday, July 3, since our usual Thursday date will be a holiday.
  • It won’t matter much in South Dakota who the Democratic presidential candidate is in 2020 because President Trump is assured of our three electoral votes. But if you care what happens elsewhere in the country and what Democratic candidate for whom you will have a chance to vote in November 2020, the first two candidate debates will take place next Wednesday and Thursday, June 26-27, from 8 to 10 p.m. CDT each night on NBC and MSNBC.
    The candidates who will appear on Wednesday are:
    Sen. Cory Booker (New Jersey)
    Julian Castro (former mayor of San Antonio and U.S. housing secretary)
    Mayor Bill de Blasio (mayor of New York City)
    John Delaney (former Representative from Maryland)
    Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii)
    Gov. Jay Inslee (Washington)
    Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minnesota)
    Beto O’Rourke (former Representative from Texas)
    Rep. Tim Ryan (Ohio)
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts)
    The candidates who will appear on Thursday are:
    Sen. Michael Bennet (Colorado)
    Joe Biden (former Vice President and former senator from Delaware)
    Mayor Pete Buttigieg (mayor of South Bend, Ind.)
    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (New York)
    John Hickenlooper (former governor of Colorado)
    Sen. Kamala Harris (California)
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vermont)
    Rep. Eric Swalwell (California)
    Marianne Williamson (author; California)
    Andrew Yang (entrepreneur/philanthropist; New York)


“Ambition may be defined as the willingness to receive any number of hits on the nose.”

— Wilfred Owen


Thursday, June 20:
Judy Foth, Megan Sutley, Caynen Carr, Beth (Weischedel) Henrichsen, Gillian (Woodburn) Hanson, Mary Fredrichs, Amos Hauck.
— 10th anniversary, Nick/Chelsey (Roberts) Renemans.
— 4th anniversary, Riley/Rachel (Hanten) Haag.
— 32nd anniversary, Michael/Marcie (Lyngstad) Long.
— 38th anniversary, Dave/Mary Voeltz.
— 5th anniversary, Tanner/Sarah (Pogany) Wald.
— 21st anniversary, Kyle/Tammy Richards.

Friday, June 21:
T.J. McCauley, Sawyer Antholz, Becky Sjerven, Wanda McKittrick, Eli Jun Welch Okawa, Deann (Martin) Rausch, Stacy (Alt) Decker, Andy Hanson, Andrew Eickbush, Erin (Richter) Jerke, Ami (Hanson) Kennell, Austin Brown.
— 17th anniversary, Tim/Kimberly Melvin.
— 5th anniversary, Graham/Sam Schuetzle.
— 5th anniversary, George/Paige Sperry.

Saturday, June 22:
Brian Englund, Matt Englund, Bridget Dowling-Stoeser, Tane Owens, Kyle Englehart, Ed Welch, Andrew Pietrus, Rainer Westall, Portia (Hurney) Corbin, Caitlin (Wagner) Graves, Stephanie (Farries) Judson.
— 6th anniversary, Sam/Kelli (Livermont) Olson .
— 28th anniversary, Bob/Lori Sutton.
— 6th anniversary, Willie (Sara (Kindopp) Gloe.
— 17th anniversary, Dustin/Reagan (Schanzenbach) Byrum.

Sunday, June 23:
Kirsten Marshall, Cathy Barringer, Leanne Neuhauser, Ty Hardwick, Cleo Hilding, Taylor Brock, Stacy Small, Luke Shoup, Brianne (Barnett) Roby, Beckett Reilly, Kevin Lors, Diane Smith, Kila Vogel, A.Jay Heiss, Trevor DeSchepper, Shawn Flottmeyer.
— 7th anniversary, Jerid/Jeanine (Van Ash) Maskovich.
— 18th anniversary, Mark/Kelly (Larson) Anawski.
— 19th anniversary, Elton/Karla (Richards) Blemaster.
— 12th anniversary, David/Emily (Naylor) Franks.
— 13th anniversary, Aaron/Amanda (Wharton) Brown.
— 7th anniversary, Brody/Andi (Pond) Andresen.

Monday, June 24:
Grayson Miller, Kylie Husted, Dennis Gibbs, Jim Patten, Dallas Prater, Jacob Parsons, Nikki (Koenig) Sullivan, Cora Jefries, Elliot Riis, Jarren Deal, Gavin Wilson, Andrew Wulf.
— Anniversary, Ricky/Vicki (Fosheim) Dant.
— 14th anniversary, Chance/Erika (Rounds) Stoeser.
— 13th anniversary, Andy/Kari (Kietzmann) Potter.
— 13th anniversary, Jason/Stephanie (Tveidt) Knapp.
— 13th anniversary, Brent/Jennifer Sogaard.
— 8th anniversary, Kiel/Emily (Auch) Ford.
— 3rd anniversary, Chuck/Alexa (Edman) Miesbauer.
— 2nd anniversary, Jody/Sydney Lutz.
— 2nd anniversary, Andru/Brittany (Guindon) Meiners.
— 2nd anniversary, Blake/Ashley (Brotsky) Hemminger.

Tuesday, June 25:
Piper Word, Joe Schueller, Drew Brandner, Muryl Paxton, Katie (Lakner) Dill, Krista Smith, Steph Flyger, Diane Kehrwald, Shelby Smith, Shavonne Mitchell, Larry Mosiman, Brett Stewart, Jenny (Sprenkle) Terveen, Adam Mentele, Dayna (Ludwig) Husman.
— 3rd anniversary, Brian/Amy Pope.
— 3rd anniversary, Neil/Kelsey Nemec.
— 3rd anniversary, Andy/Brittany Hanson.
— 9th anniversary, Lucas/Jenna Oehlerking.
— 8th anniversary, Brad/Rachkel Lowery.
— 14th anniversary, Tyler/Jessica (Wood) Steele.
— 13th anniversary, Philip/Nicole (Krueger) Whitesitt.
— 8th anniversary, Alex/Rachel Beckwith.

Wednesday, June 26:
Matthew Kachelmyer, Todd Taylor, Ed King, Dick Stolp, Grace Dozark, Jodi (Cowan) Harder, Alex Roberts, Deb (Micklos) Nelson, Steve Bass, Jesse Martin, Ryan Kennedy, Landon Miller, Ryan Bass, Jenna Everson, Jase Blair, Jason Fuhrer, Ashley Fosness, Elizabeth Weber, Linda (Matzen) Aaker.
— 15th anniversary, Matt/Kendra Hall.
— 15th anniversary, Jesse/Whitney (Palmer) Flottmeyer.
— 9th anniversary, Chad/Amanda (Cerney) Johnson.
— Anniversary, Scott/Sandra (Kern) Mollman.
— 15th anniversary, Chris/Jodie (Reede) Crutcher.
— 15th anniversary, Jeremy/Julie Hand.
— 15th anniversary, Mark/Julia Schlekeway.
— 15th anniversary, Joshua/Heather (Konechne) Proff.
We fondly remember Darlene Grace Harmon, daughter of Erin and Susanne.

Thursday, June 27:
Craig Keller, Byron Reed, Jenna Nielsen, Carrie Messer, Gordon Van Ash, Keith Weigandt, Justin Kraemer, Brian Dozark, Heidi Vogel, Willard St. Claire.
— 21st anniversary, Trent/Krista (Lovald) Miller.
— 49th anniversary, John/Roberta Lovald.
— 4th anniversary, Michael/Sarah Jo (Even) Tveidt.
— 38th anniversary, Jerry/Jo Mikkelsen.
— 10th anniversary, Jafar/Jessica Karim.
— 10th anniversary, Darin/Heather Noyes.
— 16th anniversary, Corey/Tiffany (Winkler) Carr,

Friday, June 28:
Torin Coolidge, Brendan Newman, Hilary Gray, Brooke (Drewes) Dozark, Leah Ahartz, Kari Porch, Kathryn Rich, Brent Sutton, Derrick Haskins, Clayton Colson, Kathy Sarvis, Amanda Fredericksen, Spencer Wedin, Fran Welch, Zach Kinsman, Trey Johnson, Marcia Mentele, Cole Uecker, Addison Van Houten, Nick Formanek, McKayla Kirkpatrick, Samantha Bahe.
— 22nd anniversary, Eric/Julie (Shangreaux) Sibson.
— 22nd anniversary, Cory/Dawn (Henderson) Holmes.
— 5th anniversary, Zach/Alisha Kemink.
— 11th anniversary, Michael/Heather Herman.
— 6th anniversary, Cody/Aimee (Vogel) Van Houten.
— Anniversary, Monni/Karen Karim.
— 5th anniversary, Matt/Allison Englund.
— 55th anniversary, Bob/Janet Judson.
— 55th anniversary, Arden/Judy Rapp.

Saturday, June 29:
Leo Storms, Laurie (Koehn) Gilman, Addison Eisenbeisz, Corbin Heiss, Jessica (Wilson) Bosma, Scott Rislov, Mya Parsons, Craig Dilley, Quinn Palmer, Hudson Stoeser, Tyler Smith, Daphne Jones, Mike Clegg, Matt Joens, Mark Knudson, Aaron Denton, Esther Barnes.
— 51st anniversary, Wally/Nancy Thomsen.
— 1st anniversary, Jack/Eileen (Leong) Markel.
— 23rd anniversary, Todd/Roberta Peterson.
— 45th anniversary, Don/Darla (Pollman) Rogers.
— 45th anniversary, Jay/Beverly Mickelson.
— 6th anniversary, Chris/Tracy (Shangreaux) Boom.
— 17th anniversary, Troy/Kristina (Buxcel) Fredde.
— 6th anniversary, Josh/Alana Breske.
— 6th anniversary, Bryon/Karen (Engbrecht) Reiser.
— 6th anniversary, James/Mandy (Jung) Moisan.

Sunday, June 30:
Sequoyah Chavez, Arick Graham, Chris Williams, Parker Merriam, Taylor Anderson, Melita Hauge, Wesley Huxford, Laurie Gill, Ross Wright, Dylan Nielsen, June Hansen, Deryn Beck, Zane Erickson, Maggie Thorne, Raury Cruse, Lillian Bell, Dick Bradley, Trait Torhne, Greg Adams, Becca Lunstrum, Phyllis Perkovich.
— 7th anniversary, Tyler/Jill Merriam.
— 1st anniversary, Blake/Nicole Simon.
— 29th anniversary, Revi/Kea (Boyd) Warne.
— 57th anniversary, Lou/Pauline Manus.
— 13th anniversary, Derek/Michelle Hunsley.
— 12th anniversary, Josh/Katie (Shoup) Nebelsick.
— 12th anniversary, Ty/Cathy (Comes) Richter.

Monday, July 1:
Nadine Kepford, Quinn Reimers, Trevor Samuelson, Catie Schroeder, Nathan Dryden, Cathy (Comes) Richter, Dennis Ries, Beckett Larson, Misty (Keller) Skinner, Crystal Blue Dvorak, Reese Richardson, Owen LeBeau, Jodi Hartmann, Eleanor Berghorst, Hazel Leidholt, Joseph Nebelsick.
— 57th anniversary, Ron/Marlys Mullivan.
— 14th anniversary, Justin/Shawna (Claussen) Diedrich.
— 14th anniversary, Jeremy/Amy Webb.

Tuesday, July 2:
Heather (Nuttall) Westover, Taylor Smalley, Matt Clark, Kellie Parker, Eric Juhala, Kelly Mikkelsen, Gerry Barnes-Baucom, Luke Edwards, LInda Steele, Ashlie Tisland, Sandi (Hindman) Laird, Grace Kachelmyer.
— 8th anniversary, Jeff/Kim Marso.
— 8th anniversry, Dan/Susan (Gregory) Walker.
— 3rd anniversary, Devin/Laranda Bruns.
— 3rd anniversary, Chad/Andrea (Bartel) Sharkey.
— 14th anniversary, Chris/Aftin (Riehle) Eich.

Wednesday, July 3:
Trace Franks, Dave Sayler, Claire (Garry) Peschong, Jenah Feiler, Judy Perry, Rick Dockter, Mike Dierks, Dana Martin-Hess, Bethanna (Feist) Baloun, Walker Jacob, Chip King, Ryan Bear, T.J. Gabriel, Ally (Kraemer) Formanek, Jody Ryland, Craig Schochenmaier.
— 3rd anniversary, Aaron/Erin Bumann.
— 51st anniversary, Roger/Jean Easland.
— 14th anniversary, Jason/Michelle Glodt.
— 9th anniversary, Steve/Kaydee (Hewlett) Withers.
— 48th anniversary, Jerry/Eileen Krom.
— 10th anniversary, Nathan/Carrie (Schlaak) Barnes.

Thursday, July 4:
Aurora Zakahi, Shalista (Wendt) Anderson, Joshua Dutt, Dax Salmonson, Zach Clark, Peggy Huber, Jason Bucholz.
— 49th anniversary, Daryl/Linda Johnson.
— Anniversary, Scott/Gina (Kotilnek) Hickenbotham.
— 10th anniversary, John/Annie (Fuller) BonneCarre.


Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.


Our sympathy to Dennis and Joyce Williams and their family. Joyce’s mother, Silvina Marie Maurice, 96, died at home in Sioux Falls on June 14. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Lambert Catholic Church in Sioux Falls. In addition to Joyce, she is survived by three other children, son Roger of Menomonee Falls, Wis., daughter Marlys Sundby of Sioux Falls and son Gene of Sioux Falls, as well as 19 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. Among those who preceded her in death were a son, Robert; her husband, Burdette; her parents, a sister and a brother.

The activation ceremony for the soon-to-be-deployed 152nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion of the South Dakota Army National Guard has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at Riggs High School.

We call your attention to Jared Lindbloom’s new Facebook music page entitled “Pink Honey Moan.”

The Barstool Boys will provide the music for the Sundays at the Legion summer music series on the deck at the American Legion cabin this Sunday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. On Sunday, June 30, the No Worries Band will be there. The series will also include a July 4 performance by the Sidehackers.

Pierre attorney William D. Spears died recently at the age of 91. He was a native of Onida. He earned his bachelor’s degree at USD and met the former Barbara Krumm of Huron while he was in law school at USD. They were married in 1957. He worked for many years as a lawyer and land management businessman headquartered in Onida. He is survived by his son, Sam Spears, and his wife Lisa Posey and their three children.

The Augustana University spring semester Dean’s List includes these area students: Layne Hohn, Arden Koenecke, Nolan Ortbahn, Peter Sanchez, Riggs Sanchez.

The funeral service for Norma Marroquin-Ruiz Vasquez, 36, Blunt, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Sully Buttes High School gym in Onida. After the service a celebration of Norma’s life will take place at the family’s home in Blunt. She died at the scene of a two-vehicle collision near Philip last Friday, and her husband and two children were injured. A native of Guatemala, Norma met her husband, Julio Vasquez, in her homeland. They moved to Las Vegas in 2004. In 2012 they moved to Blunt where they were warmly welcomed into the small community, and their children—daughter Mily, 12, and son Bradly, 9—became students of the Sully Buttes school district.

Matt Blake has declared his candidacy for a seat on the city council at Urbandale, Iowa.

The Rev. Roger Easland will lead the service this Sunday at 8 a.m. at the Oahe Chapel north of Pierre on S.D. HIghway 1804. On June 30 the service will be handled by First Baptist Church.

Kai and Kayla Hanson of Minneapolis became parents on June 14. Their daughter, Elouise Taylor Hanson, weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces, and measured 20 1/2 inches.

The funeral service for Blunt native Lavon “Vonnie” Kozel, 88, Huron, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Riverview United Methodist Church in Huron. He passed away at home June 15. Vonnie attended grades 1-6 in Blunt, grades 7-10 at Igloo, S.D., and grades 11-12 in Blunt, graduating from BHS in 1948. With the U.S. Army he served in Korea. He married the former Shirley Groves. Vonnie worked at the Kozel family garage until being appointed as a rural mail carrier in 1962. In 1976 he transferred to Huron and worked for the post office there until 1991. Shirley died in 1988. Vonnie married the former Drelda Tyler in 1989, and she died in 2000. While he was in Blunt, he served on the Blunt School Board, the American Legion, the Masons and the Blunt Fire Department and was a member of the United Methodist Church. He is survived by his son, Mark Kozel and his wife Marcia of Sioux Falls; his daughter, Gayle Evans and her husband Steve in Texas; stepsons Jeff, Greg, Barry and Cory Tyler and their wives; four grandchildren, nine step-grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

The Tales on the River series of programs is taking place again this summer at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Moose Lodge in Fort Pierre. Next week on June 27 the program will feature Jill Schimkat Moody, professional barrel racer, horse trainer and horsemanship[ clinician.

The 25-member Riggs High School chamber choir sang as part of an international group of singers at Carnegie Hall in New York on June 9. The mass choir performed the 47-minute “Calling All Dawns,” conducted by its composer, Grammy-winning Christopher Tin. The texts of the piece are sung in the Swahili, Portuguese, Mandarin, Japanese, French, Latin, Irish, Polish, Hebrew, Sanskrit, Farsi and Maori languages. Joining the Riggs singers were a gospel choir from Budapest, the Joy ‘n’ Glory gospel choir, the Lawrence (Kan.) civic choir, the Earley Presbyterian Church choir from South Carolina, the Mineral Arts College Singers from Missouri, the Summit Ensemble of the Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale, the Leland United Methodist Church choir from Michigan, the Marionettes Chorale from Trinidad and Tobago, the Singing Earth Divine Choir from France, the Junger Chor Munster from Germany, the Madrijazz Choir from Switzerland, the Swiss Gospel Singers and the Waimea Community Chorus from Hawaii.

Donna Rankin, 77, died June 14 at Avera Maryhouse. A memorial service is being held this (Thursday) morning at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Fort Pierre. The former Donna Hagemann graduated from Riggs High School in 1960. She married Rupert “Bud” Rankin in 1983. Donna worked at Bob’s Lounge for 37 years and at Walmart for 12 years. She is survived by her daughter, Julie Ricketts, and her husband Jim; her daughter, Sara Rankin; her stepdaughter, Gloria Schmidt and her husband Cliff; her stepdaughter, Deb Holmes and her husband Terry; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchildren; and her brother, Ronnie Hagemann in California.

Mary (Sutera) Sieck from Sully Buttes High School was honored as Region 4 Assistant Track Coach of the Year by the South Dakota High School Track and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Tate and Kristin Gabriel revealed on Facebook last week that they are expecting their first child in November.

Rhonda Wellsandt-Zell, a former pastor at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Pierre, has been installed as pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mitchell. The service was performed by outgoing Bishop David Zellmer, who also installed Pastor Wellsandt-Zell when she began her tenure at Resurrection.

Laverne Bak, 83, Pierre, died May 28 at Avera Maryhouse after battling cancer. A celebration of his life took place at the Governor’s Inn June 14. Laverne served in the U.S. Marine Corps, then worked as a court reporter and payroll clerk. He married Marcene Walker. He attended Southern State College at Springfield and earned his master’s degree at USD after which he taught in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota. In 1975 he married Brenda Brosz while he was assistant director of vocational education for the state. He moved to Denver and worked for the U.S. Office of Education’s Vocational Education Division. Back in South Dakota, he became director of the occupational information coordination committee. He became a fishing guide and worked in that capacity for 32 years. He is survived by his wife, Brenda Bak; his daughter Risa of Yankton; his stepmother, Martha Soeth of Viborg, and his brother, Orgene Bak of Alexandria, Minn.

There was at least one person with a Pierre connection at the USA’s opening match of the Women’s World Cup against Thailand. Kari Kebach, an athletic trainer at the University of Colorado, was there with the CU women’s soccer team, which played a series of matches against French women’s professional league teams. The CU women went 3-0 in their French road trip and did not allow a single goal in their three matches.

Brady Neiles, who works as a wildlife biologist with the Department of Game, Fish and Parks, became part of a posse of GF&P staff, Custer State Park law enforcement and staff, and a conservation officer in chasing down a rogue pig near Center Lake in the park. The pig had to be captured because it is an unwanted species in the park. The animal, once captured, was taken to a humane society.

This year’s three new statues in the Trail of Governors were unveiled June 14. The new statues to be installed in various locations in Pierre are those of governors Samuel Elrod, Archie Gubbrud and Dennis Daugaard. These three bring the total of statues along the trail to 25.

The spring semester Dean’s List at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln includes Garrett Vizcarra, senior marketing major; Emily Kist, freshman accounting/finance major; Emily Petersen, senior biochemistry major; Miranda Rockwood, junior elementary education major; Jade Thompson, senior music major, and Jessica Weber, sophomore finance major.

Lois Van Ash, 85, died June 14. A wake service was held Wednesday night at ths Isburg Funeral Chapel. Mrs. Van Ash grew up in the Larchwood/Sioux Falls area and married Gordon Van Ash in Canton in 1953. They raised their family of seven children in Pierre. Lois worked at the Crippled Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls and in Pierre at Oahe Head Start, Raue Daycare, The Weekly Remnder, Rivercrest Manor and as a tour guide at the Cultural Heritage Center. She and Gordon operated Gordy’s Plumbing for 30 years, retiring in 2011. Lois was active at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church and in St. James Band there, in the Irish Club and with the Rebekahs and Qwesters. She is survived by her husband, Gordon Van Ash; their children, Theresa, Gordon Jr., Mary, Anna and Garry; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Two of her children, Jeanine and Gregg, preceded their mother in death.

Former Pierre resident Les Traut of Rapid City is again in the Twin Cities undergoing continuing treatment for his cancer and other diseases. He will be there, it is expected, for at least another month. Friends from Les’ Pierre years can send him greetings at this address: Les Traut, Extended Stay America, 3015 Denmark Ave., Eagan MN 55121.

The spring semester Dean’s List at Northern State University includes these area students: Dustann Norris, Abigail Arhart, Colten Drageset, Joshua Albright, Judah McKinley, Jocelyn Gray (4.0), Lacey Hepker (4.0), Jacob Howard (4.0), William Ellwanger (4.0), Bailey Regynski (4.0), Tori Thorpe (4.0), Joni Willoughby (4.0) and Catherine Woodmansey (4.0). Part-time NSU students with Dean’s List recognition include Monte Meier, Allison Schaefbauer, Austin Neilan (4.0), Alex Gray (4.0) and Haelly Pease (4.0).

Burt Lounsbury, 82, died May 26 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Services were held May 31 at the Isburg Funeral Chapel. A native of Huron, he married Delores Nelson in 1956. He worked at body shop jobs and as a truck driver, work which took him to several places. In Pierre he worked for Holst Motors, then Harding Motors as body shop manager for 28 years, then Capital Motors. In 1988 he started Quality Body Shop. From 1998 to 2005 he lived on a farm near Woonsocket. He is survived by his wife, Delores of Blunt; three sons, Wayne Lounsbury of Williston, N.D., Burt Lounsbury Jr. of Los Lumas, N.M., and Bruce Lounsbury of Fort Pierre; six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Doug Decker, code counsel, and Kris Schneider, business manager, recently retired from the Legislative Research Council.

Larissa FastHorse’s original play, “The Thanksgiving Play,” will be the second show of the upcoming 2019-20 season at the Augustana University Theatre.

This year’s Trail of Governors 3.5-mile “Run with the Govs” had nearly 100 runners and walkers participating. Shay Van Den Hemel was first-place male runner in a time of 21.22. Kelsey Van Den Hemel was the first-place female in 23.49. The U12 male winner was Carter Schiefelbein in a time of 24.44, and the U12 female winner was Annaliese Holsing in 31.20.

Patsy Stotts, 70, died June 3 at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital. Services were held June 8 at Southeast United Methodist Church. She graduated from high school at Kennebec and attended the Pierre School of Practical Nursing, becoming an LPN in 1969. She and Gene Stotts were married in 1970. Patsy worked as a nurse at St. Mary’s, at Buhl’s Laundry and as a saleswoman of Avon products. She is survived by her sons and their wives, Tom and Dulcie Stotts and Chris and Amy Stotts; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; her mother, Mary Cummins, in Texas; and her siblings, Verna Pudwill, Barbara Hall, Nancy Goehring, Albert Cummins and Jimmy Cummins.

Small World Dept.: In Washington, D.C., with her family, Stacy (Hull) Cottrell noticed the person sitting on the next bench and immediately recognized her as Shana (Holsteen) Read, a fellow classmate in the Riggs High Class of 1990. Shana, who lives in Topeka where she works for the Kansas Rural Electric Association, was in Washington leading a youth tour. Not only were Stacy and Shana high school classmates, but their mothers, Donna Hull and the late Connie Holsteen, were friends.


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