Vol. 20, No. 4; Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018

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  • Absentee voting: For the Nov. 6 general election, absentee voting begins this Friday, Sept. 21. You do that at your county auditor’s office by showing a photo ID of some sort. To request a ballot on which to vote absentee, contact your county auditor’s office, prove your voter registration is correct, get the ballot by mail and return it to be received by Nov. 5.
  • Voter registration: To change your current voter registration information or to register to vote if you are not now currently a registered voter, the deadline is Oct. 22. Fill out a voter registration form available at your county auditor’s office and mail it back or turn it in no later than Oct. 22.
  • Ballot measures: Besides local races such as those for the legislature, South Dakota voters will elect a governor and a U.S. House of Representatives member. There are also five ballot issues:
    • Constitution Amendment W—changes campaign finance and lobbying law, creates a government accountability board and changes certain initiative and referendum provisions.
    • Initiated Measure 24—prohibits contributions to ballot question committees by non-residents, out-of-state political committees and entities that are not filed with the secretary of state.
    • Initiated Measure 25—increases the state tobacco tax and creates a post secondary technical institutes fund for the purposes of lowering student tuition and providing financial support to the technical institutes.
    • Constitution Amendment X—relates to amendments to the constitution.
    • Constitution Amendment Z—relates to amendments to the constitution.

Beware: There is more to some of these five issues than meets the eye. Details, the attorney general’s explanations and other information are available at the secretary of state’s website (https://sdsos.gov/elections-voting). Newspaper articles will be forthcoming on each of these issues as well.


Thursday: maple.
Friday-Sunday: strawberry.
Monday-Tuesday: blue mood.
Wednesday-Thursday: cinnamon.


NFL games on local TV this weekend:
Thursday: New York Jets-Cleveland, 7:20, NFLN.
Sunday: Buffalo-Minnesota, 12:00, CBS.
Sunday: Green Bay-Washington, 12:00, Fox.
Sunday: Chicago-Arizona, 3:25, Fox.
Sunday: New England-Detroit, 7:20, NBC.
Monday: Pittsburgh-Tampa Bay, 7:15, ESPN.

Midco Sports Network live games this weekend:
Thursday: Wayne State-Concordia St. Paul, 6:00.
Friday: Pierre-Brookings, 7:00.
Saturday: USF- Augustana, 1:00.
Saturday: Idaho State-UND, 4:00.

Minnesota Vikings: In a game in which both teams had several chances to score the winning points, the Vikings tied Green Bay, 29-29, after overtime. Now 1-0-1, Minnesota hosts Buffalo at noon Sunday on CBS.

Denver Broncos: Trailing all the way, the Broncos beat Oakland on a last-second field goal, 20-19. Now 2-0, Denver goes to Baltimore at noon Sunday.


Messages posted on the marquee at the Indian Hills Community Center in Colorado:





Minnesota United FC: The Loons lost to D.C. United, 2-1, and tied Real Salt Lake, 1-1. Now 9-16-3, Minnesota plays at Portland Saturday.


Gillette Wild (Coleman Varty): The Wild opened the season at Helena, losing 4-3 in a shootout Friday and losing 8-4 Saturday. In the latter game Coleman scored his team’s second goal at 14:21 of the second period on a power play and also had an assist on a power-play goal, one of his three assists for the weekend. Gillette opens the home season Friday and Saturday vs. Missoula.

Minnesota Wild: The preseason schedule began with a 2-1 loss to Winnipeg Monday. The Wild played St. Louis last night, hosts Dallas Thursday and Colorado Saturday, then goes to Dallas Monday and hosts Winnipeg next Wednesday.

Sioux Falls Stampede: The Herd lost to Tri-City, 6-2; defeated Omaha, 3-1, and lost to Sioux City, 6-2, in the first three preseason games. Sioux Falls plays at Fargo Friday and hosts Fargo Saturday.

Boys varsity hockey: The Expo Center in Fort Pierre for the second straight year will host the state boys varsity tournament March 15-17.


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): At the Ally Challenge in Michigan, Tom tied for 17th place with an 8-under-par 69-66-73=208 on the par-72 course. He earned $26,657.14 for the weekend. Tom was 7 shots behind the tourney champion. This weekend the Champions Tour golfers are in Sioux Falls for the first Sanford International with tourney play Friday through Sunday.


Sept. 29: Tyler Arbach/Rachel Hartmann.
Oct. 6: Rodd Bauck/Megan Vockrodt.
Oct. 6: Cale Pell/Sarah Lihs.
Aug. 31: Devin Maki/Karlie Warne.


“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
— Jane Goodall


Colorado Rockies (times MDT):
Friday: at Arizona, 7:40.
Saturday: at Arizona, 6:10.
Sunday: at Arizona, 2:10, TBS.
Monday: Philadelphia, 6:40.
Tuesday: Philadelphia, 6:40.
Wednesday: Philadelphia, 6:40.
Thursday: Philadelphia, 1:10.

Minnesota Twins:
Friday: at Oakland, 9:05, FSN.
Saturday: at Oakland, 8:05, FSN.
Sunday: at Oakland, 3:05, FSN.
Tuesday: Detroit, 7:10, FSN.
Wednesday: Detroit, 7:10, FSN.
Thursday: Detroit, 7:10, FSN.

Chicago Cubs:
Friday: at Chicago White Sox, 3:10, MLBN.
Saturday: at Chicago White Sox, 6:10, MLBN.
Sunday: at Chicago White Sox, 1:10, MLBN.
Monday: Pittsburgh, 7:05.
Tuesday: Pittsburgh, 7:05, MLBN.
Wednesday: Pittsburgh, 7:05, MLBN.
Thursday: Pittsburgh, 7:05.


  • Continuing our responses from readers as to where in the country they would most like to visit, Holly Perli writes, “Seattle! I’ve never been to the Northwest. To enjoy drinking coffee, the rain, the seafood.” Her husband, Nathan, chooses Alaska “to see the mountains, wilderness, animals, glaciers, etc., and so much fresh salmon and seafood.” Their daughter Olivia picks Washington, D.C., “to see all of the cool history, monuments and museums.”
  • We call your attention to South Dakota Public Television at 10 p.m. CDT this Saturday night, Sept. 22. Back in 2012 Neil Diamond appeared in concert outdoors at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original Hot August Night concert. He sings 31 of his hit songs (only 31???!!!) in this rebroadcast of the original live telecast. We’re running out of times we can hear Neil Diamond sing these days, so here you go! (It’s been only 46 years—or is it 48?—since I saw him live at Slagle Auditorium in Vermillion.)
  • Good job, Sioux Falls! Voters there—at least the 17% who showed up at the polls Tuesday—passed a school bond issue for building a new elementary school, a new middle school and a new high school, all because of expanding enrollments. The “yes” approval percentage, which had to be at least 60%, was 83.88%.


This week’s schedules:
Girls soccer: Thursday, at Brookings, 4:00.
Boys soccer: Thursday, at Brookings, 6:00.
Volleyball: Thursday, at Aberdeen Central, 7:00; Saturday, Mitchell, 7:00; Tuesday, at Brandon Valley, 7:00.
Girls tennis: Friday-Saturday, home invitational, 11:00 and 8:00.
Cross country: Friday, at Rapid City Central, 1:00 (Hart Ranch).
Football: Friday, at Brookings, 7:00.
Boys golf: Saturday, at ESD meet, Huron, 10:00.
Cheer/dance: Tuesday, at Sioux Falls O’Gorman invitational, 5:30.

Football: Huron came to Pierre’s homecoming unbeaten at 3-0 and ranked No. 1 in Class 11AA. The Tigers went home after being dominated by the Governors, 34-7, as Pierre improved to 3-1. Garrett Stout passed for a school-record 370 yards. He and Zane Schuchard hooked up on a 75-yard touchdown pass play, and Stout also connected with Jack Maher on a 32-yard TD. Stout ran in two scores, and Maguire Raske scored from a yard out as the Govs racked up 532 yards of offense.

Class 11AA football:
Last week’s games—
Harrisburg 48, Douglas 0
Sioux Falls Washington 49, Mitchell 12
Pierre 34, Huron 7
Brookings 27, Watertown 14
Sturgis 33, St. Thomas More 20
Belle Fourche 49, Spearfish 7
Sioux Falls Roosevelt 35, Yankton 22
This week’s games—
PIERRE (3-1) at BROOKINGS (3-1)
YANKTON (1-3) at HURON (3-1)
HARRISBURG (2-2) at Aberdeen Central
MITCHELL (1-3) at DOUGLAS (0-4)
STURGIS (2-2) at SPEARFISH (0-4)

Cross country: At Huron’s meet the Governor boys placed 10th, led by Trevan Black Bear in 54th place in 18:59.21. Isaac Polak placed 64th, Tyler Gere 66th, Hayden Schaffer 71st and Ethan Gilk 82nd. The Lady Govs placed ninth, and Jessica Lutmer was Pierre’s best in 28th place in 20:46.60. Hunter Martell was 32nd, Kyla Keyes 56th, Denni Zeeb 67th and Hallie Drewes 73rd.

Volleyball: The Lady Govs lost to Harrisburg, 3-0, on game scores of 17-25, 21-25 and 24-25. Kodi Severyn had 10 kills, Emry Heiss eight kills and Abby Kitts 18 assists. Pierre whipped Douglas, 3-0, on game scores of 25-7, 25-13 and 25-12. Heiss had eight kills, Severyn seven kills, Raegan Wiebe six kills and Addy Smith six service aces.

Boys soccer: The Governors and Sioux Falls Roosevelt were deadlocked 0-0 until the Rough Riders put in a goal in the 78th minute and won 1-0. With one game remaining, the Govs are 2-8-1.

Boys soccer postseason update: The top 16 of the 18 Class AA boys soccer teams qualify for the postseason playoffs, which start Tuesday, Oct. 2, with first-round games. The quarterfinals will be Oct. 6, the semifinals Oct. 9 and the state championship game in Rapid City Oct. 13. The Pierre Governors currently stand No. 15 and, if the playoffs started today, they would play at No. 2 Washington in the first round. The two schools that would not qualify would be Mitchell and Douglas.

Girls tennis: At Aberdeen Central’s invitational the Lady Govs lost to Aberdeen Central and Rapid City Stevens by 9-0 scores and lost to Milbank by 7-2.

Cheer/dance: At the Brookings meet the competitive cheer team placed 14th and the dance team eighth overall, placing ninth in jazz, 11th in pom and third in kick. At Huron’s meet Tuesday the cheer team placed ninth with a 157.5 score and the dance team eighth at 214.50.

Boys golf: At Mitchell Friday the Governors finished 17th of 18 teams with Roosevelt taking the team title. Carter Karst placed 52nd with an 83 for Pierre’s best score. Other scores: Grady Klundt 87, Tyler Swenson 91, Zane Baus 92, Sawyer Lee 95, Thomas Kropps 101.

Girls soccer: The Lady Govs dominated Roosevelt in Sioux Falls Saturday, 4-1. Emily Mikkelsen’s hat trick and Avery Davis’ single goal accounted for the Pierre scoring. The girls stand at 9-1-1.

Girls soccer postseason update: The top 16 of the 18 Class AA girls soccer teams qualify for the postseason playoffs, which start Tuesday, Oct. 2, with first-round games. The quarterfinals will be Oct. 6, the semifinals Oct. 9 and the state championship game in Rapid City Oct. 13. The Pierre Lady Govs currently stand No. 1, so, if the playoffs started today, the Lady Govs would have all home games for as long as they stay alive. Their first-round opponent would be No. 16 Spearfish. The two schools that would not qualify would be Huron and Douglas.


Directions: Draw a box containing 16 squares, four across and four down. Number the top row of boxes 1, 2, 3 and 4 from left to right. Number the left-hand box in the second row 5, the left-hand box in the third row 6, and the left-hand box in the bottom row 7.

1 across: Free from danger.
1 down: Works with needle and thread.
2 down: City in Israel, Tel —-.
3 down: Small flute in a military band.
4 down: Tiger Woods’ ex-wife.
5 across: Opposite of good.
6 across: Because of this, our computers work in cafes.
7 across: A Norwegian guy’s name.


This week’s schedules:
Football: Saturday, St. Francis, 1:00 (at Deadwood).
Volleyball: Thursday, at Potter County, 6:30; Monday, home vs. Crow Creek, 6:30.
Cross country: Monday, at Miller, 2:00.

Football: After opening their season with two losses, the Buffaloes have won three in a row, the latest being a 14-8 win at Mobridge-Pollock. J.D. Carter scored from 30 and 17 yards away for a 14-0 lead before the Tigers scored in the final quarter to close the deficit. The Buffs accumulated 224 rushing yards and 12 passing yards.

Class 11B, Region 4 football:
Last week’s games—
Stanley County 14, Mobridge-Pollock 8
Lead-Deadwood 58, Crow Creek 6
Hot Springs 56, Custer 13
Red Cloud 57, St. Francis 0
Winner 26, Valentine 20
Gordon-Rushville 28, Bennett County 6
This week’s games—
STANLEY COUNTY (3-2) vs. St. Francis (at Deadwood)
RED CLOUD (3-1) at Todd County
Mount Vernon-Plankinton at WINNER (3-1)
CUSTER (3-2) idle
CROW CREEK (1-3) at Pine Ridge

Volleyball: The Lady Buffs defeated Jones County, 3-1, on game scores of 25-23, 25-14, 24-26 and 25-18. At the Big Dakota Conference tournament Saturday SCHS defeated Cheyenne-Eagle Butte, 2-0; beat Mobridge-Pollock, 2-1; lost to Winner, 2-0, and defeated Todd County, 2-1.


This week’s schedules:
Football: Friday, at Sunshine Bible Academy, 4:00.
Volleyball: Thursday, home vs. Sunshine Bible Academy, 6:30; Saturday, at Miller tournament, 11:00; Tuesday, home vs. Potter County, 6:30.
Cross country: Saturday, at Hoven invitational, 10:30.

Football: In a game full of offense and plenty of drama, the Chargers fought off Warner, 58-40, to improve to 4-0. Nick Wittler passed for 212 yards, throwing for TDs twice to Cam Ogle, and carried the ball for 189 yards and four touchdowns. Mackenzie Weinheimer and Morris Hofer ran in TDs, and Grant Johnson returned an interception for a score.

Class 9B, Region 1 football:
Last week’s games—
Sully Buttes 58, Warner 40
Faulkton Area 22, Hitchcock-Tulare 14
Sunshine Bible 55, Iroquois 0
North Border 48, Langford Area 14
Northwestern idle
This week’s games—
FAULKTON AREA (4-1) at North Border
Tiospa Zina at HITCHCOCK-TULARE (2-3)
IROQUOIS (0-5) idle

Volleyball: The Charger girls swept Lyman, 3-0, on game scores of 25-21, 25-23 and 33-31. Sully Buttes then defeated Timber Lake, 3-1, on game scores of 25-15, 19-25, 25-11 and 25-15. In the latter match Lauren Wittler recorded 11 kills, Angela Guthmiller 10 kills and Kendra Kleven four service aces.


1 day: Pierre Players’ “The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church” (Sept. 21-23, 27-29).
1 day: Absentee voting for general election begins (Sept. 21).
2 days: Homecoming at NDSU (Sept. 22).
2 days: Homecoming at UND (Sept. 22).
4 days: Sully Buttes High homecoming coronation (Sept. 24).
5 days: Stanley County High homecoming coronation (Sept. 25).
8 days: Stanley County High homecoming day (Sept. 28).
8 days: Sully Buttes High homecoming day (Sept. 28).
8 days: Custer State Park buffalo roundup (Sept. 28).
9 days: Trojan Day at DSU (Sept. 29).
9 days: Gypsy Day at Northern (Sept. 29).
9 days: Swarm Day at Black Hills State (Sept. 29).
9 days: Cougar Day at USF (Sept. 29).
9 days: Homecoming at Nebraska (Sept. 29).
9 days: Riggs High band at River City Band Festival, Chamberlain (Sept. 29).
10 days: Crazy Horse volksmarch (Sept. 30).
10 days: Grand opening of The Helmsley Center (Sept. 30).


Northwestern (Iowa) men’s soccer (Cole Cruse): On a weekend road trip to California, the Red Raiders defeated Marymount, 3-2, and shut out La Sierra, 9-0. Cole had one shot in the Marymount game. Now 4-3, Northwestern hosted Jamestown last night and is home against Concordia (Neb.) Saturday.

South Dakota women’s soccer (Joana Zanin): The Coyotes defeated Drake, 1-0, as Maddison Sullivan converted Joana’s assist at 70:48 for the winner. Joana took a long pass from teammate Abby Ostrem and headed the ball to Sullivan for the goal. Joana has played in seven games, has one goal (a game-winner) and one assist and has had three shots, including two shots on goal. USD, now 4-2-2, plays at New Mexico State today, then is home vs. UMKC Sunday.

Concordia (Minn.) women’s soccer (Morgan Hluchy): The Cobbers lost to St. Benedict, 3-0, and lost to Gustavus Adolphus, 3-2. Morgan got off one shot in the latter match. Now 3-3, Concordia is home vs. Hamline Saturday and Wisconsin-River Falls Sunday before going to Macalester Tuesday.

South Dakota State women’s soccer: The Jacks defeated Idaho State, 2-0, and tied Eastern Washington, 0-0, on a western trip. Now 5-4-1, SDSU is home vs. UMKC Friday.

St. Thomas men’s soccer (Marcus Hluchy): The Tommies defeated St. Mary’s 2-0, then had a match vs. St. John’s postponed. On Tuesday St. Thomas saw its 19-game winning streak, dating back to October 2016, end with a 2-1 loss to Luther. St. Thomas hosts Gustavus Adolphus Saturday and goes up the street to Hamline Tuesday.

Northern women’s soccer (Tori Thorpe): Tori started as Northern tied Mary, 1-1. She didn’t play in Sunday’s 3-0 loss to Minot State. Now 3-2-1, NSU goes to Southwest Minnesota State Friday and USF Sunday.

King’s College men’s soccer (Gus Axtman): The Monarchs defeated Wells, 2-0, and lost in double overtime to SUNY New Paltz, 2-1. Now 3-3-1, King’s hosted Cabrini last night and goes down to Frostburg State in Maryland Saturday. Gus, a junior men’s captain of the team, was honored by the Middle Atlantic Conference last Monday as MAC Freedom Defensive Player of the Week. The two-time all-conference athlete anchored a Monarch defense that did not allow a goal in 290 minutes spanning three matches the previous week. Axtman capped off the week with a game-winning goal on a penalty kick in a 2-0 over Berkeley (N.J.).

Black Hills State women’s soccer (Katie Nielson): The Yellowjackets are 0-7 after losing to Fort Lewis State, 3-0, and to Adams State, 5-1, in RMAC play. BHSU hosts Westminster Friday and Dixie State Sunday.

South Dakota State volleyball: The Jackrabbits are 3-10 after defeating North Florida, 3-1; losing to San Jose State, 3-0, and losing to Florida Atlantic, 3-0, in a tournament at Boca Raton. SDSU is home vs. Omaha Friday and on the road to Denver Sunday in Summit League play.

Dakota State volleyball (Nicole Sarringar): Though only a freshman, Nicole is already proving to be a force on the DSU team, which is now 5-6. DSU lost to Bellevue (Neb.), as Nicole had 22 assists, three digs and a kill. In a 3-2 loss to Peru State she had four kills, 15 assists and eight digs. In a 3-0 loss to Clarke she had a kill, 25 assists and 13 digs. DSU beat Graceland, 3-1, as Nicole had 26 assists, seven digs and two service aces. DSU goes on the road to Valley City State Friday and to Dickinson State Saturday in conference play.

Dakota Wesleyan volleyball (Elena Svingen, Jennifer Sweetman): The Tigers won over Mount Marty, 3-0, and lost to Dordt by the same score. Now 11-4, DWU plays at Northwestern (Iowa) tonight and at Morningside Saturday.

University of Mary volleyball (Korie Tetzlaff): The Marauders lost 3-0 matches to St. Cloud State and Minnesota-Duluth in NSIC play. Now 3-10, Mary plays at Bemidji State Friday and Minnesota-Crookston Saturday.

South Dakota volleyball: In a weekend tournament in California, the Coyotes lost by 3-0 to UC-Santa Barbara and CSU-Bakersfield and by 3-2 to Montana. Now 6-6, USD begins Summit League play at NDSU Friday and at Oral Roberts Sunday.

North Dakota football: The Hawks won at Sam Houston State in Texas, 24-23, on a extra-point kick following UND’s touchdown with 4:44 remaining. Now 2-1, UND hosts Idaho State for homecoming at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Northern football (Alex Gray, Joe King, Colten Drageset, Jacob Howard): The Wolves, down 42-7 at point point, lost to Minnesota State-Moorhead, 42-28. Alex had one solo tackle and one assisted tackle. Now 1-2, the Wolves host St. Cloud State at 1 p.m. Saturday.

University of Sioux Falls football: The Cougars defeated Southwest Minnesota State, 39-21, to improve to 2-1. USF plays down the street at Augustana at 1 p.m. Saturday on Midco Sports Network.

South Dakota football: The Coyotes had only 28 net yards rushing in 33 attempts in a 27-10 loss to Weber State in Utah. The score was 27-3 until USD scored its only TD with 10 seconds left. Now 1-2, USD is off until opening Missouri Valley Conference play at Southern Illinois Sept. 29.

Augustana football (Peyton Zabel): Augustana led at Wayne State by 27-7 until the Wildcats scored twice in the fourth period. The Vikings held on, 27-21. Rudolh Sinflorant carried 29 times for 235 yards and two touchdowns. Now 2-1, Augie hosts USF at 1 p.m. Saturday on Midco Sports Network.

North Dakota State football: The defending national champs have yet to be challenged. The latest Bison win was a 38-7 triumph over North Alabama. Now 2-0, NDSU hosts Delaware for homecoming at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Presentation football (Michael Lyons): The Saints, idle last week, return to play Saturday at Dakota State. PC stands at 1-2.

Black Hills State football (Shawn Schnabel): The Yellowjackets, down by 44-41, got the ball with 3:44 left, but the chance to drive to a win ended with a fumble. Ryan Hommel passed for 383 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for two scores. Now 0-3 in the RMAC, BHSU goes to Durango to play Fort Lewis Saturday.

Dakota Wesleyan football (Lukas Chase): The Tigers were swamped by Morningside, 66-13, in GPAC play. Lukas had four solo tackles. Now 1-2, DWU hosts Northwestern (Iowa) at 7 p.m. Saturday.

South Dakota Mines football: The Hardrockers won their ‘M’ Day game over Simon Fraser, 52-28. Mines led 42-0 at one point. Jake Sullivan completed 24 of 31 passes for 264 yards and two TDs. Now 2-1, Mines goes to St. George, Utah, to play Dixie State at 6 p.m. Saturday.

South Dakota State football: The Jacks set school records for net passing yards (557) and net rushing yards (369) and never punted in a 90-6 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Coach John Stiegelmeier apologized for the score total after the game. Taryn Christion completed 13 of 14 passes for 332 yards and five touchdowns. Isaac Wallace had five rushes for 192 yards and two scores. Now 2-0, SDSU is off this week in advance of the beginning of Missouri Valley play at NDSU Sept. 29.

Northern Michigan women’s golf (Karissa Guthrie): The Wildcats won Saginaw Valley State’s tournament by a 28-stroke margin over the next-best school. Karissa placed second individually with a 71-76=147 scorecard, finishing a single stroke behind the champion. NMU plays next Sept. 29 at the Grand Valley State invitational.

Augustana women’s golf (Natalie Young): The Vikings won the team title at Concordia-St. Paul’s tournament by seven strokes over runner-up Minnesota State-Mankato. The team had three women among the top six and posted a total scorecard of 316-315=631, 55 over par. Natalie tied for 20th place with a 25-over 88-81=169. Augustana, which has won nine straight NSIC conference titles, plays Saturday and Sunday at Southwest Minnesota State’s Mustang Invitational in Marshall.

South Dakota State men’s golf (Austin Hoss): The Jackrabbits placed 13th among 17 teams at Colorado State’s meet Monday and Tuesday. The team scorecard showed 295-291-289=873. Austin did not play there. SDSU hosts its Jackrabbit tournament at Valentine, Neb., Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

South Dakota women’s golf (Katie Bartlett): The Coyote women won the team title at Loyola University’s tournament in suburban Chicago with a 48-over-par 912 team score and placed four women in the top 10 there. Katie tied for 18th place with a 239. USD’s best, Megan Menneke, was second with a 223, only one shot behind the champion, The USD women go to the Creighton Classic in Omaha Oct. 1-2.

South Dakota cross country: The Coyote women were second only behind No. 12 Michigan at Nebraska’s Woody Greeno Invitational. Megan Billington in 10th place in 21:46.7 in the 6000-meter race was USD’s best. On the men’s side Eldon Warner placed 33rd in 26:04.4 in the 8000-meter race as the USD men placed eighth. USD runs next at Minnesota’s Roy Griak Invitational Sept. 29.

Black Hills State cross country (Kelsey Van Den Hemel): Idle last week, the BHSU runners host their own meet Friday.

South Dakota Mines cross country (Theron Singleton): The Hardrockers were idle last week. They run Friday at BHSU’s meet in Spearfish.

South Dakota State cross country (Rachel Propst): The Jackrabbit men were fourth and the women sixth at Nebraska’s Woody Greeno meet in a field that included three Big 10 schools and five Summit League teams. Rachel did not run there. SDSU runs next Sept. 29 at Minnesota’s Roy Griak Invitational.


Can anyone tell the difference between “complete” and “finished”? No dictionary has ever been able to define the difference between those two words. However, at a linguistics conference in London, a Guyanese was the clever winner. His challenge was this: “Some say there is no difference between ‘complete’ and ‘finished.’ Please explain the difference in a way that is easy to understand.”

His response: “When you marry the right woman, you are complete. If you marry the wrong woman, you are finished. And when the right woman catches you with the wrong woman, you are completely finished.”


Thursday, Sept. 20:
Eric Lusk, Dave Gordon, Chad Kiel, Steve Baker, George Vandel, Rob Gull, Ryan Weaver, Claire Martin, Parker McKittrick, Brian Long, Samantha Mitchell, Sue (Ludwig) Stotz, Bob Fuller, Taylor Crawford, Tiffany (Tate) Stoeser, Brenden Kruckenberg.
— 4th anniversary, Jess/Cherissa (Nielsen) Wright.

Friday, Sept. 21:
Ken Barber, Patty Hofer, Arlene Krueger, Jessie (Stewart) McEntaffer, Mark Wixon, Kim (Kindler) Nachreiner, Abbie Waitman, Carl Eichstadt, Alex Smith, Knox Hollingsworth, John Potts, Jason Noyes, Terry Hofer, Willie Welch, Lance Fravel.
— 5th anniversary, Kyle/Loryn (Schuetzle) Lichty.
— 5th anniversary, Sid/Bethany (Goeden) Intorn.
— 2nd anniversary, Jacob/Katie Parsons.

Saturday, Sept. 22:
Mark Dutt, Troy Rus, Connie Pierce, Charlie Maurice, Krista (Lovald) Miller, Aimee (Vogel) Van Houten, Paige (Wilbur) Bock, Bridgette Wernke, Rob Dvorak, James Sivage.
— 6th anniversary, Zach/Ellie Word.

Sunday, Sept. 23:
Vern Armstrong, Dick Howard, Mike Boring, Matthew Kenyon, Kim Sutton, Jeremy Engbrecht, Mary Livermont, Clay Cudmore, Travis Tipton, Brett Durick, Nora Mangan, Nate Grueb, Justin Garrigan, Autumn Tipton.
— 12th anniversary, Tyson/Danae Paxton.
— 1st anniversary, Cooper/Candace (Volmer) Waln.
— 1st anniversary, Dayton/Rylae (Wientjes) Jensen.
— 13th anniversary, Brett/Julie Oakland.
— 7th anniversary, Ross/Andrea Wright.
— 29th anniversary, Mark/Beth Dutt.

Monday, Sept. 24:
Emmett Becker, Mikayla Mikkelsen, Mary Lynne Swanstrom, Lindsey (Tilberg) Jennewein, Jessi (Huber) Herrscher, Bridger Tobin, Ryan Olson, Alicia (Ripley) Schoenhard, Kolten Haag, Blake Paxton, Nicole Smith, Tabitha Smith, Kolten Withers, Kirion Vogel.
— 12th anniversary, Adam/Shawna (Miller) Lizotte.
— 35th anniversary, Jeff/Staci Holden.
— 7th anniversary, Justin/Kelly (Kindle) Hipple.
— 2nd anniversary, Jalen/Tiera (Feller) Lamb.
— 2nd anniversary, Miles/Shelby (Stadel) Schock.

Tuesday, Sept. 25:
Renee Rodgers, Penny Ripperger, Isaac Hall, Matt Geraets, Kay Huxford, Corwyn Mosiman, Brett Prue, Charlene Lower, Sara Rankin.
— 36th anniversary, Alan/Paula Hrdlicka.
— 14th anniversary, David/Carla Madden.
— 42nd anniversary, Dale/Eileen Bertsch.
— 8th anniversary, Mark/Haley (Larson) Landers.
— 14th anniversary, Jason/Jessica (Williams) West.
— 14th anniversary, Brandt/Rebecca Becker.

Wednesday, Sept. 26:
John Storsteen, Mikayla Hight, Marty Calkins, Calyn (Cronin) Hauck, Trudy Feigum, Michele Hoss, Helen Sutera, Stephanie Snow, Kim (Hipple) Carter, Josh Williams.
— 9th anniversary, Michael/Kallee (Hewlett) Rydland.
— 15th anniversary, Joshua/Cheri (Olinger) Raymond.
— 53rd anniversary, Tim/Janie Cass.
— 3rd anniversary, Clay/Angie (Beintsma) Pearson.
— 9th anniversary, Nathan/Sara (Dvorak) Becker.

Thursday, Sept. 27:
Hazel Thier, Ken Erlenbusch, Ryan Ogan, Kevin Colestock, Kendra (Lamb) Macke, Remington Uecker, Kevin Hipple, Mollee (Hewlett) Madden, Quanna Hager, Barb Nielsen, Ken Melius, Cheryl Seefeldt, Gill Hedman, John Williams, Nicole Stasch, Robert Sowers, Mark Mitchell.
— 10th anniversary, Tyson/Crystal (Boehmer) Lindekugel.
— 21st anniversary, Brian/Jami Oakland.


The late Gov. Peter Norbeck, who deserves most of the credit for the existence of Custer State Park, once said this about the park: “You’re not supposed to drive here at 60 miles per hour. To do the scenery half justice, people should drive 20 or under. To do it full justice, they should get out and walk.”


Katie Stier of Onida, a student at Dakota State University in Madison, is student teaching in the Pierre School District this year. For the fall semester she is student-teaching in the first grade at Kennedy Elementary. Next semester she will be student-teaching in special education in Pierre.

Former Pierre residents John and Jean Lakner, who live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, won first place in the grape-stomping competition for senior citizens at the Grapevine Wine Fest in Grapevine, Texas.

Terry and Yutzil Becker revealed on Facebook this week that they are expecting a baby boy in December.

Everyone is invited to a free pie social at the Oahe Chapel from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. There will be pie, ice cream, root beer floats and yard games as well as a 2 p.m. concert by Surprise Package. The only cost is a free-will donation in support of the chapel and its maintenance costs.

A celebration of the life of Dylan Fulton was held at the Miller High School Armory Saturday. The University of Minnesota sophomore was found dead Sept. 12 in the Alpha Gamma Rho agriculture fraternity’s house near the U. of M.’s St. Paul campus. He was valedictorian of his Miller High School class in 2017 and earned a full-ride scholarship to the university where he maintained a 4.0 grade-point average in his first two semesters. He was an officer in the fraternity, was Gopher Dairy Barn assistant manager at the Minnesota State Fair and had just become the University of Minnesota sheep barn manager. He is survived by his parents, Paul and Kayleen (Wyly) Fulton on whose ranch near St. Lawrence he grew up; his siblings, Wyatt, Mackayla and Jenna; and his grandparents, Tex and Annie Fulton of Miller and Mack and Karen Wyly of Fort Pierre.

Onida native Charles Voorhees has joined BankWest in Rapid City as a business development officer. He and his wife, Anjar, are the parents of two sons—Aidan, 12, and Adrian, 6.

Fort Pierre native Marty Calkins, who teaches in the Dominican Republic, was married Sept. 14 to Marlin GR, who is also a teacher there. They live in the city of Cabarete.

Homecoming king and queen royalty candidates at Stanley County High’s coronation next Tuesday night are Emma Cowan, Courtney Brown, Ally McQuistion, Braya Klemann, Jayden Face, J.D. Carter, Austin Hand and Brady Hoftiezer.

Parker Mitchell, 22, a 2015 graduate of Riggs High School, lost his life in a car accident Sept. 11 near Wayne, Neb. Visitation will be at Feigum Funeral Home this evening (Thursday) with a rosary/eulogy service there at 5:30 p.m. A memorial celebration of his life will occur at 11 a.m. Friday at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. Parker grew up in Pierre and worked at Don’s Sinclair and Steamboat Bait Shop while he was in school. He graduated from Mitchell Technical Institute this past May with a welding certificate and a degree in electrical construction and maintenance. He moved to North Sioux City where he began working for Trinity Electric. He is survived by his father, Mike Mitchell; his mother, Barb Mitchell; his sisters, Sam Severin and Abbie Mitchell; a nephew and a niece, and his grandmother, Gay Rhoades.

The annual Pierre Players membership meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Grand Opera House.

Kyle Mammenga leaves this week to begin U.S. Navy basic training at Great Lakes, Ill.

Music on the patio at Drifters will be provided by Weston Frank, starting at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday).

Angela Miller, the wife of Pierre native Rob Miller, is the subject of an article on People magazine’s website, people.com. She lost her toddler son, Noah, when he was 2 years old 10 years ago, and he would have started seventh grade this fall. Angela took a photo of an empty porch where Noah would have been standing when she also took back-to-school photos of Landon, 8, and Everett, 6. In the People story she explains how she needed to take three back-to-school photos instead of two and how the loss of Noah still impacts her and her husband on a regular basis. The Millers live in Minneapolis. Rob is an airline pilot based there.

Belated birthday greetings to Lucile Nuttall of the Agar-Onida area, whose 100th birthday was celebrated at an open house Wednesday. Greetings can be sent to her at 30342 – 180th St., Agar SD 57520.

Long-time Pierre businessman Bob Friman died at the age of 93 Sept. 14 at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls after a short health struggle. Visitation took place Tuesday at Heartland Funeral Home in Brandon, and burial was Wednesday at Black Hills National Cemetery. He is survived by his daughters, Susan Winter and her husband Kevin of Sioux Falls and Brenda Doran and her husband Terry of Waukee, Iowa, and six grandchildren. Bob graduated from high school at Hurley in 1943, He quarterbacked his football teams at Hurley, in the Navy and at Yankton College. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946, his tour of duty keeping him primarily in the Pacific theater during World War II. After a year at Yankton College, he joined Standard Oil in Sioux Falls for 18 months, moved on to Huron for 18 months, then came to Pierre in 1950. He continued working with Amoco until retiring in 2000. He was active in church, community and business organizations during his professional life in Pierre, and he was an avid golfer and pilot. He was married to his late wife, Sandy, for 67 years until her death in 2015.

The Pierre Athletic Coaches Association awarded Athlete of the Week recognition last week to Gage Gehring of the football team and Jessica Lutmer of the cross country team.




Still meaningful 25 years later

The other day I was rummaging through some boxes of books, newspaper articles, photographs, greeting cards and more, moved from town to town during my various moves.

I ran across a book called “Poetic Voices of America—Summer 1993,” which contains poetry written by young students from all across the country. I don’t remember the circumstances, but my daughter Heather, who was an eighth grader in the spring of 1993, had a poem in that volume. (Why else would I have bought a 284-page book of poetry except for the fact that my daughter composed 16 lines of poetry inside that book!)

Now that I read what she wrote (perhaps it was in one of Shirley Eisnach’s English classes at the junior high?), I see that it has meaning yet today.


Once our land was alive and bright,
Our air was healthy, clean and light,
And then reality hit us hard.
The end could be coming not too far.
The living birds can hardly fly,
The fish’s river is running dry.
Endangered species, another life claimed,
Time to stop this endless blame.
This earth is full of burning hate.
Just realize this is our fate.
Littering playgrounds, sidewalks, a park,
Please stop now; the light’s growing dark.
But we all know this way can change.
Turn it around while it’s in our range.
So would you help, I’m begging you,
Not just for my sake but your sake, too?


Crossing the Rainbow Bridge

Somewhere online just the other day I read this statement: “Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love. They depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog. It merely expands the heart.”

Since I dog-sit frequently for my daughter’s in-laws, I’m well acquainted with a lot of our furry friends. They, however, have lost three of their dogs in just the past year or so—two of them to old age and illnesses and one to an accident. And my son-in-law had to put down his faithful Rottweiler last week, a dog he had had with him for 10 years.

As I was cleaning out boxes of stuff over the weekend, I ran across this explanation of The Rainbow Bridge, a story whose author, it says, is anonymous:

Just this side of Heaven is a place called the Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies, one who has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to the Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends where they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content except for one thing—each misses someone who was very special to them, someone they had to leave behind.

They all run and play together, but a day comes when one of them suddenly stops and looks into the distance. The eyes are bright and intent; the eager little body quivers all over. Suddenly that lucky one breaks away from the group and flies over the green grass, little legs carrying him faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in a joyous reunion, never to be parted again. Happy kisses rain on your face; your hands again caress that beloved head, and once more you look into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together.


A life lesson

Another clipping I found in sorting and discarding was one I lifted from the newsletter at Pierre’s First Baptist Church way back when Bonnie Pitlick was office secretary there:

The famous conductor of a great symphony orchestra was once asked which instrument he considered the most difficult to play. He thought for a moment and then said, “The second fiddle.”

Explaining his choice, he added, “I can get plenty of first violinists, but to find one who can play second fiddle with enthusiasm—that’s a problem. And if we have no second fiddle, we have no harmony.”

In man’s struggle to achieve success, he must have humility to be able to play second fiddle. He must be able to play it expertly while waiting for assignment to the select section of the first violin.


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