Vol. 20, No. 40; Thursday, July 18, 2019

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Thursday: blue mood.
Friday-Sunday: raspberry.
Monday-Tuesday: lemon.
Wednesday-Thursday: root beer.
July 26-27-28: strawberry.
July 29-30: pina colada.
July 31: apricot.


The band’s last concert of the summer will take place next Wednesday, July 24, at 8 p.m. at the Steamboat Park amphitheater with “Director’s Choice” as the theme of the music. The band will rehearse at 6:30 that evening.


“Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.”

— Henry David Thoreau


State Little League tournament: For the first time ever, Pierre has a team in Little League baseball postseason play in South Dakota. The Capital City Little League team has won its sub district and will play in the four-team state tournament in Rapid City this weekend from where the champion goes to Indianapolis for the Midwest Regional. From there the regional champ goes to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. The double-elimination state tournament starts Friday with two first-round games—Capital City LL vs. Brandon Valley LL at 5 p.m. and Rapid City Harney LL vs. Rapid City Canyon Lake LL at 7:30 p.m. Friday’s losers play at noon Saturday, Friday’s winners at 2:30 Saturday, and the two remaining one-loss teams at noon Sunday. The first championship game will be at 5 p.m. Monday and the second game, if necessary, at 7:30. The games will be played at the Canyon Lake Little League field in Rapid City.

Region 3A Legion tournament: This is Pierre’s year to host the Region 3A tournament, and there will be only four teams vying for two state tourney spots instead of the usual five because Mitchell is already into the state tournament as host team. The first-round pairings Friday have Rapid City Post 22 vs. Sturgis at 4 p.m., followed by Pierre Post 8 vs. Rapid City Post 320 at 7 p.m. Saturday’s games will pit the first-round winners in the first game at 1 p.m., the Friday losers in an elimination game at 4 p.m., and the two remaining one-loss teams in the third gameat 7 p.m.. On Sunday there will be one championship game at 1 p.m. and another one, if necessary, immediately afterward. The two teams who reach the championship game both qualify for the state tourney in Mitchell next week.

Pierre Post 8: In home games in the Border Classic, Post 8 beat Minot, 43; defeated Sioux Falls East, 7-6; lost to Minot, 5-3 and 10-0, and won over Watertown in five innings, 15-5. In their pool of the Gopher Classic, Pierre went 1-4 last weekend, losing to Papillion, Neb., 9-0; losing to West Fargo, 11-3; losing to Hopkins, 6-3; beating Duluth Lakeview, 4-3, and losing to Elk River, Minn., 5-4. The regular season came to an end Tuesday with a 9-4 loss at Mitchell. Pierre’s regular-season record was 20-19.

Pierre Trappers: In the past two weeks the Trappers defeated Hub City, 11-2; split a four-game series with Fremont; lost two of three at Western Nebraska, and split four games with Badlands. Pierre stands 3 1/2 games behind Souris Valley at the all-star break. The Trappers resume Expedition League play at Badlands Friday through Sunday, then come home to play Hub City July 21-24, Spearfish Juiy 25-28 and Fremont July 29-30.

Expedition League: At the league all-star game in Minot, the Trappers’ Jackson Back threw a scoreless third inning, and Dominick Parkhurst pitched a scoreless eighth inning as their Lewis Division team beat the Clark Division, 6-3. Other Pierre players named to the all-star game were Michael Herrera (for the second year in a row), Kyle Nordby and Zane Phelps.

Minnesota Twins:
Thursday—Oakland, 7:10, FSN.
Friday—Oakland, 7:10, FSN.
Saturday—Oakland, 6:10, FSN.
Sunday—Oakland, 1:10, FSN.
Monday—New York Yankees, 7:10, FSN.
Tuesday—New York Yankees, 7:10, FSN, MLBN.
Wednesday—New York Yankees, 7:10, FSN.
Thursday—at Chicago White Sox.
July 25-26-27-28—at Chicago White Sox.
July 30-31, Aug. 1—at Miami

Chicago Cubs:
Friday—San Diego, 1:20, MLBN.
Saturday—San Diego, 1:20.
Sunday—San Diego, 1:20.
Monday—at San Francisco, 8:45.
Tuesday—at San Francisco, 8:45, MLBN.
Wednesday—at San Francisco, 2:45, MLBN.
July 26-27-28—at Milwaukee.
July 30-31, Aug. 1—at St. Louis.

Colorado Rockies (times MDT):
Friday—at New York Yannkees, 5:05, MLBN.
Saturday—at New York Yankees, 11:05, MLBN.
Sunday—at New York Yankees, 11:05.
Monday—at Washington, 5:05.
Tuesday—at Washington, 5:05.
Wednesday—at Washington, 5:05.
Thursday—at Washington, 2:05.
July 26-27-28—at Cincinnati.
July 29-30-31—Los Angeles Dodgers.

Sioux Falls Canaries: In the American Association in the past two weeks the Canaries took two of three from Sioux City, swept a four-game series over Texas and lost three in a row to Chicago. Sioux Falls goes on the road to Winnipeg and Sioux City before returning for home games against Kansas City July 24-26 and Lincoln July 27-29.


1 day: Pierre Players’ “Peter and the Starcatcher” (July 19-21, 25-27).
1 day: Oahe Blues Festival (July 19-20).
1 day: Region 3A Legion baseball tournament (July 19-21).
1 day: Governor’s Cup walleye fishing tournament (July 19-21).
2 days: 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing (July 20).
8 days: Black Hills Playhouse’s “Mamma Mia!” (July 26-Aug. 11).
8 days: State Legion baseball tournament, Mitchell (July 26-30).
12 days: Democratic presidential candidates debates, CNN (July 30-31).
18 days: Sturgis motorcycle rally (Aug. 5-11).
20 days: Legion baseball Central Plains Regional Tournament, Sioux Falls (Aug. 7-11).
21 days: Sully County Fair, Onida (Aug. 8-11).
23 days: Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center 10th anniversary celebration (Aug. 10).
29 days: Black Hills Playhouse’s “Steel Magnolias” (Aug. 16-25).
29 days: Pierre soccer openers (Aug. 16).
29 days: State 4-H finals rodeo, Fort Pierre (Aug. 16-18).
32 days: Pierre boys golf opener (Aug. 19).
35 days: Capital Area United Way campaign kickoff (Aug. 22).
36 days: BluntFest (Aug. 23-25).
36 days: Stanley County and Sully Buttes football openers (Aug. 23).
36 days: Pierre girls tennis opener (Aug. 23).
42 days: State Fair, Huron (Aug. 29-Sept. 2).
43 days: Pierre volleyball opener (Aug. 30).
43 days: Pierre cross country opener (Aug. 30).
44 days: Pierre football opener (Aug. 31).
46 days: Labor Day (Sept. 2).
49 days: NFL opening night game (Sept. 5).
50 days: Riggs High Class of ’69 50-year reunion (Sept. 6-7).
52 days: Minnesota Vikings season opener (Sept. 8).
53 days: Riggs High homecoming coronation (Sept. 9).
57 days: Riggs High homecoming day (Sept. 13).
57 days: Dakota Western Heritage Festival (Sept. 13-15).
58 days: Stirling Family Memorial Ranch Rodeo (Sept. 14-15).


Minnesota United FC: Suddenly the Loons can’t lose! Minnesota beat San Jose, 3-1; beat Montreal, 3-2, and beat Dallas, 1-0, in MLS play. In the quarterfinals of the Open Cup, the Loons defeated New Mexico, 6-1, and will next play in the semifinals at home vs. Portland Aug. 7. In MLS play the Loons will be at Real Salt Lake Saturday and home vs. Vancouver July 27.


“Every time we turn our heads the other way when we see the law flouted, when we tolerate what we know to be wrong, when we close our eyes and ears to the corrupt because we are too busy or too frightened, when we fail to speak up and speak out, we strike a blow against freedom, decency and justice.”

— Robert F. Kennedy


Sioux Falls Storm: Kept from winning the Indoor Football League championship in the title game the last two years, the Storm returned to the throne room of the league with a scintillating 56-53 win over previously unbeaten and top-seed Arizona on the road in the United Bowl. It is the 11th IFL championship for the Sioux Falls franchise. The win avenged a loss to Arizona in last year’s United Bowl.


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): At the Bridgestone Classic at Akron, Ohio, Tom tied for 34th place. He carded rounds of 74, 70, 75 and 71 for 10-over-par 290 and earned $16,856 for his weekend’s work. The next stop for the Champions Tour players will be the Senior British Open in Lancashire, England, July 25-28.

SDGA state women’s match-play tournament: Pierre’s Katie Bartlett, who has one year of college golf remaining at USD, reached the championship match of the state match-play tournament. In the semifinals she defeated Sydney Weber, 2 and 1 (leading by two holes with one hole left). In the championship match Katie lost to Maggie Murphy, 2 and 1. Murphy is a former O’Gorman golfer who now is assistant golf coach at SDSU.


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


Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles. It takes away today’s peace.

— Quantum World


Aug. 30: Rapid City Central
Aug. 31: Rapid City Stevens
Sept. 3: Mitchell
Sept. 6: at Sturgis
Sept. 7: at Spearfish
Sept. 12: at Sioux Falls Roosevelt
Sept. 14: at Aberdeen Central
Sept. 17: at Yankton
Sept. 19: Harrisburg
Sept. 21: at Douglas
Sept. 26: Aberdeen Central
Oct. 3: Brandon Valley
Oct. 5: at Sioux Falls O’Gorman
Oct. 8: at Huron
Oct. 15: Watertown
Oct. 17: Sioux Falls Washington
Oct. 25: Sioux Falls Lincoln
Oct. 29: at Brookings
Nov. 5: at Mitchell
Nov. 7: Huron
Nov. 12: SoDak 16 game
Nov. 21-23: State tournament, Rapid City

Aug. 19: at Sioux Falls Washington meet
Aug. 20: at Brandon Valley invitational
Aug. 27: Pierre invitational
Aug. 30: at Huron invitational
Sept. 3: at Aberdeen Central invitational
Sept. 6: at Sturgis invitational
Sept. 13: at Yankton invitational
Sept. 16: at Brookings invitational
Sept. 20: at Mitchell invitational
Sept. 24: at Watertown invitational
Sept. 28: at ESD conference meet, Mitchell
Oct. 7-8: State tournament, Yankton

Aug. 30: Pierre triangular (with Aberdeen Central, Rapid City Central)
Sept. 6: at Augustana invitational, Sioux Falls
Sept. 12: at Aberdeen Central invitational
Sept. 21: at Huron invitational
Sept. 27: at Rapid City Central invitational
Oct. 3: at Watertown invitational
Oct. 12: at ESD conference meet, Aberdeen
Oct. 17: at Huron invitational
Oct. 26: State meet, Huron

Aug. 23: at Harrisburg
Aug. 23-24: at Sioux Falls LIncoln invitational
Aug. 29: Brandon Valley (at Rapid City)
Aug. 30-31: at Rapid City invitational
Sept. 6: at Mitchell triangular (with Yankton)
Sept. 7: at Madison
Sept. 10: Pierre triangular (with Aberdeen Roncalli, Rapid City Central)
Sept. 14: at Huron quadrangular
Sept. 21: at Aberdeen Central invitational
Sept. 27-28: Pierre invitational
Oct. 1: at ESD conference meet, Harrisburg
Oct. 7-8: State tournament, Sioux Falls

Aug. 31: at Aberdeen Central invitational
Sept. 3: at Watertown invitational
Sept. 7: Pierre invitational
Sept. 12: at Yankton invitational
Sept. 21: at Brookings invitational
Sept. 24: at Huron invitational
Oct. 1: at Sioux Falls O’Gorman invitational
Oct. 8: at Brandon Valley invitational
Oct. 17: at ESD conference meet, Mitchell
Oct. 25-26: State meet, Aberdeen


“May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.”

— Peter Marshall


Thursday, July 18:
Jill Burger, Amanda Crompton, Jean Donahue, Julie Welch, Jean Riedy, Ken Jaeger, Khloe Spaid, Dan Baltzell, Graham Schuetzle, Wyatt Fox, Matti Shaw, Kayleen Stoeser, Jason Kotilnek, Paisley Boyer, Amy Leidholt, Elizabeth Leidholt, Joseph Schrempp, Stine Gunderson.
— 10th anniversary, Jeffery/April (Chicoine) Smith.
— 4th anniversary, Dustin/Laura (Hofer) Gaspar.

Friday, July 19:
Karli (Larsen) Williams, Robert Hardwick, Mike Swenson, Peter Hodges, Fern Barnett, Andre Sengos, Josee Linn, J.J. Iverson, Jaime (Snyder) Hamm, David Mackey, Brittney Munyon.
— Anniversary, Leonard/Jackie Haggin.
— 16th anniversary, Tanner/Elena (Hyde) Norman.

Saturday, July 20:
Karsin Garrigan, James Marie Nold, Damon Thielen, Marcy Fifield, Harper Yackley, Jacque Hahn, Michelle (Leidholt) Fonck, Kellie (Englehart) Beck, Molly (Huber) Hausmann, Phil Sheffield, Siri Segrud, Carol (Marshall) Crain, Brandi Hahn, Michael Kelley, Mike Tveit, Audrey Moodie, Amy LaFave, Chase Bolte, Miranda Tracy, Steven Cronin, Brandon Swenson, Patrick Wellner, Pamela Bonrud, Colton Hanson.
— 12th anniversary, Joe/Lisa Martin.
— 7th anniversary, Tyler/Chelsey Coverdale.
— 45th anniversary, Dennis/Lois Ries.
— 12th anniversary, Lance/Megan (Ulmen) Fravel.
— 17th anniversary, Travis/Amber (Osnes) Antholz.

Sunday, July 21:
Mandi Wharton, Adriane Wegman, Starla Curtis, Maclin Schmidt, Bill Stahl, Michelle (Bartel) Chenoweth, Tyrel Larson, Rhett LeBeau, Ciara Tipton, Mike Shaw Sr. (#95).
— 19th anniversary, Dusty/Jacquelyn Johnson
— 13th anniversary, Brent/Katie (Lakner) Dill.
— 1st anniversary, Mike/Charlotte Snyder.
— 1st anniversary, Sam/Ashley Leidholt.

Monday, July 22:
Benjamin Roberts, Mia Schrank, Jon Sailer, Mark Burger, Gayle (Kozel) Evans, Tenley Heiss, Tom Johnson, Tamie Brandt, Ashlee (Roemen) Keyes, Don Stars Sr., Dawn (Kilian) Bradley, Jason Schumacher.
— 2nd anniversary, Travis/Megan Newling.
— 30th anniversary, Leo/Terry Disburg.
— 42nd anniversary, Rod/Tawana (Zebroski) Grueb.
— 13th anniversary, Tyler/Megan Bryant.
— 8th anniversary, Brent/Grace Chittum.
— 2nd anniversary, Connor/Michaela (O’Daniel) Landberg.

Tuesday, July 23:
Eve Heard, Nick Kruse, Janet Penticoff, Becca (Fossen) Mehlhaff, Zack Word, Kyle Weiger, Carson Carlisle, Caleb Currier, Adam Spellman, Kristi (Schultz) Brakke, Kylie Nystrom, Mike Mehlhaff, Ashley Richter, Jason Sass, Ryan Geraets, Jalen Lamb.
— 8th anniversary, Justin/Karli (Larsen) Williams.
— 3rd anniversary, Travis/Elizabeth (Lamb) Salmonson.
— 14th anniversary, Jason/Erin Bisbee.
— 25th anniversary, Steven/Maggie Stofferahn.
— 3rd anniversary, Michael/Kimmie Bumann.

Wednesday, July 24:
Chris Bell, Patrick Conway, Jon Kotilnek, Alexander Flynn, Erin (Ryan) Bush, Jon Pier, Carol Pickering, Barry Jennings, Brecken Fuller, Tate Stoeser.
— 37th anniversary, Shane/Nancy Mundt.
— 15th anniversary, Chris/Kristina Bauck.
— 20th anniversary, Jason/Wendy (Kaiser) Wulf.
— 9th anniversary, John/Brittany (Kroll) Bergeson.
— 10th anniversary, Joel/Liz (Edman) Stauss.

Thursday, July 25:
Kim Stoeser, Diane (Curtis) Nuttall, Kim Brakke, Julie (Kusler) Samuelson, Cienna Tipton, Clara Ann Watson, Cheyenne Tyree-Ragsdale, Ranae Hoffman, Michaela Bear, Benjamin Jacobson, Lincoln Wilson, Cole Prunty, Chuck Hanson, Brad Lowery, Heidi (Larson) Shives, Angie Johnson, Zachary Bruzelius, Elizabeth Kennison, Tanna Zabel, Jon Rapp, Kenzie Clark.
— 9th anniversary, Anthony/Tiana Johnson.
— 4th anniversary, Rhener/Nicole (Loosbrock) Gordon.
— 4th anniversary, Chip/Kendell King.
— 4th anniversary, Tye/Sabrina Johnson.
— Anniversary, Travis/Sarah Hendrix.
— 30th anniversary, Mark/Lynn Senftner.

Friday, July 26:
Elliana Jorgenson, Danielle McGee-Campbell, Lindsey Riter-Rapp, Brayden Maskovich, Tony Mangan, Bob Sutton, Conrad Adam, Kathy Riedy, Morgan (McLain) Willard, Meghan (Drewes) Hall, Rio Reeves, Annie Lueders, Austin Bishop, Laycie Williams.
— 16th anniversary, James/Crystal Dvorak.
— 9th anniversary, Colin/Kaycee (Miller0 Larson.
— 5th anniversary, Jared/Alex (Voeltz) Little.
— 5th anniversary, Evan/Angie Protexter.
— 16th anniversary, Nathan/Holly (Knox) Perli.
— 6th anniversary, Tyler/Tevan (Wenbourne) Newman.

Saturday, July 27:
Krista Weyrich, Russell Jennewein, Ross Jones, Marsha Kucker, Lucas Zimmerman, Austin Blair, Jay Miller, Trey Montana, Kristi (Kunsman) Lloyd, Amanda Hodgin, Kate Stahl, Jered Stars, Kalin Miller, Brandon Coyle, Casey Placek, Austin Darrington.
— 16th anniversary, Chad/Pam Kringel.
— 17th anniversary, Michael/Melissa (Hitchcock) Maxwell.
— 6th anniversary, Tanner/Jamie (Dykstra) Fitzke.

Sunday, July 28:
Melissa (Luers) Hansen, Joni Boub, Kessler Decker, Taylor Becker, Stuart Jones, Mary DeVany, Dave Dulas, Kendra Kuiper, Karsten Withers, Allison Zuercher, Feleica Pulman, Tiffany (Winkler) Carr, Alex Allison, Nick Neuhauser.
— 12th anniversary, Jesse/Rachel (Hermanson) Knutson.

Monday, July 29:
Joshua Dykstra, Alyssa Bump, August Mortenson, Megan Farris, Mariah Fuchs, Miranda Panzer, Jace Anderson, Aaron Hoelscher, Sheila Clark, Carson Knudson, Jeff Garrett, Twila (Larson) Reding, Libby Thorne, Cole Kayser.

Tuesday, July 30:
Lainey Nuttall, Karla (Richards) Blemaster, Pat (Caldwell) Miller, Joan Podhradsky, Meara Hauck, Kent Skrondahl, David Koenig, Linda (Kern) Anderson, Mark Zabel, Dan Barringer, Barbara (Thomas) Kinder, Keith Garrigan.
— 14th anniversary, Tim/Kristi (Kunsman) Lloyd.
— 14th anniversary, Matt/Daisha (Seyfer) Finke.
— 8th anniversary, Matt/Amanda (Kusser) Mitchell.
— 9th anniversary, JD/Megan (Rapp) Deal.
— 3rd anniversary, Mitch/Theresa (Gabriel) Kleinsasser.
— 3rd anniversary, Shane/Jessica (Parsons) Big Eagle.
We fondly remember firefighter Dave Ruhl, who lost his life in the line of duty four years ago today.

Wednesday, July 31:
Jeremy Ripperger, Sarah (Zinter) Detwiler, Julia (Guhin) Yach, Makenna Nystrom, Jeanine Maskovich, Gabriella Herbert, Adalynn Gustafson, Linda Geraets, Pat Parlin.
— 9th anniversary, Trent/Brandi Barth.
— 14th anniversary, Luke/Jennifer Steece.
— Anniversary, Lance/Nicole (Rathbun) Kuper.
— 9th anniversary, Kyle/Kayla (Prince) Kusek.
— 48th anniversary, Dennis/Judy (Metzinger) Pullman.
We fondly remember the late Kier Murphy on his birthday.

Thursday, August 1:
Dustin Bonnett, Ryan Merriam, Loni Shoup, Galen Stolp, Kevin Hall, Camden Vogel, Scott Heibel, Brooke Bjorneberg, Craig Eichstadt, Charlotte Hofer.
— 4th anniversary, Hunter/Cait Johnson
— 4th anniversary, Kristen Job/Cindy Royer.
— 15th anniversary, Eric/Danielle (Scott) High Bear.
— 16th anniversary, Jay/Ann (Schroyer) Schwartz.
— 4th anniversary, Sam/Morgan (McLain) Willard.
— 10th anniversary, Blake/Randi (McQuistion) Norman.


“The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.”

— Rene Descartes


  • Let’s hope for good weather on Saturday night, Aug. 31, so we can have a six-hour doubleheader of high school football at Hollister Field. I see by the schedules that on that day Stanley County will open its season against Chamberlain at 4 p.m. at Hollister, followed by the Pierre-Sturgis game at 7 p.m.
  • For you who travel statewide to theater productions, here is the list of shows coming to the Washington Pavilion’s Performance Series in Sioux Falls for the 2019-20 season:
    “The Play That Goes Wrong,” Oct. 18-19; “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” Nov. 15-17; “The Color Purple,” Jan. 14-16; “A Bronx Tale,” Feb. 8-10; “Waitress,” March 9-11; “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” April 30-May 2. Extra performances include “Bandstand,” Nov. 11-12, and “An American in Paris,” Feb. 14. Also coming to the Pavilion will be musician Branford Marsalis, Oct. 2; “1984,” Oct. 30; “Rent,” Feb. 25-26, and The Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s “The Wizard of Oz,” March 31.
  • Chloe Lamb and her USD women’s basketball teammates (and probably their parents?) are no doubt planning for Thanksgiving in Las Vegas. The Coyotes will play in a holiday tournament there where their opponents will be Ohio State and Northern Illinois.
  • Sioux Empire Community Theatre in Sioux Falls had a tough year last year, but they are back on their feet and preparing for their 2019-20 season. I hope you readers in that area will support them through this schedule of shows: “Mamma Mia!”, Sept. 26-Oct. 6; “Tuesdays with Morrie,” Dec. 19-29; “Lend Me A Tenor,” Feb. 20-March 1; “Beauty and the Beast,” April 23-May 3.
  • According to TV Guide magazine, here are some specials you may wish to check out, especially if you are younger than 50 and weren’t around 50 years ago this week:
    • On Discovery Channel at 7 p.m. CDT Saturday and again on Science Channel at 6 p.m. CDT Sunday, “Apollo: The Forgotten Films” shows a behind-the-scenes look at the groundwork by thousands of people prior to the first moon landing.
    • On BBC/America at 8 p.m. CDT Saturday “Moon Landing Live” shows NASA footage as well as news broadcasts in this country and others as Apollo 11 touched down on the moon on July 20 1969.
    • On Smithsonian Channel at 8 p.m. CDT Saturday “The Day We Walked on the Moon” features interviews with the astronauts and Americans reminiscing about that day and how they experienced the lunar landing.
  • If you live over east of us along U.S. Highway 281, you should be interested in the following event. The American Legion’s 100th anniversary is being celebrated July 31-Aug. 4 with a 1,875-mile motorcycle trek through the heart of the country. This centennial ride will follow U.S. 281, the national American Legion Memorial Highway. Two 30-rider teams will each carry one-half of a centennial banner—Team Vision will ride north from Pharr, Texas, and Team Legacy will ride south from Dunseith, N.D., then meet in Great Bend, Kan., on Aug. 4 to fasten together the two halves of the banner. That banner will then be presented onstage at the Legion’s national convention in Indianapolis later next month. At stops along the way the riders will be greeted at Legion posts by Legionnaires and community members, and everyone is welcome. Here are the South Dakota stops and times on Friday, Aug. 2, as Team Legacy passes through the state—8:09 a.m. at Frederick; 9:08 a.m. at Aberdeen; 9:53 a.m. at Warner; 10:57 a.m. at Redfield; 12:10 p.m. at Tulare; 1:06 p.m. at Wolsey; 1:50 p.m. at Virgil; 2:48 p.m. at Wessington Springs; 3:54 p.m. at Plankinton; 5:08 p.m. at Stickney; 5:51 p.m at Corsica; 6:36 p.m. at Armour; 7:36 p.m. at Pickstown.
  • The next two debates involving Democratic presidential candidates are set for Tuesday and Wednesday, July 30-31, on CNN both nights. I haven’t yet seen the list of which candidates will appear on which night, but you can find it somewhere in the next two weeks.


“Racism is so American that, when you protest it, people think you are protesting America.”

— Jane Morris


A community celebration of the life of Mansour Karim will be held at the Drifters events center in Fort Pierre at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9. Mr. Karim, who spent his last days under care at Good Samaritan St. Martin’s Village in Rapid City, died at the age of 90 on July 5. He and his late wife Ruth were two of the most profound philanthropists the community has ever known. He was born in Iran in 1928. Twenty-two years later at his parents’ urging he came to the United States and enrolled for a semester at Huron College. He later attended South Dakota State College where he earned a bachelor of science degree in agricultural engineering and a master of science degree in civil engineering. Mr. Karim lived in Rapid City briefly, then came to Pierre to work for the Department of Transportation. On Dec. 31, 1959, he married the former Ruth Kempster in Huron, and they raised seven children. In 1960 Mr. Karim became a United States citizen. Professionally he established the DOT’s first highway hydraulics office where he worked for 36 years. He later owned and managed rental properties in Pierre. The Karims contributed to many organizations, including the SDSU Foundation, the USD nursing program, South Dakota Right to Life, Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, the Trail of Governors, the South Dakota Community Foundation, the South Dakota State Historical Society, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Countryside Hospice and Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area. Among those who preceded him in death were his wife and their oldest daughter, Laura Kist. He is survived by his brother, Houshang, in Sweden; his sister-in-law, Delores Mydland of Pierre; his six surviving children, Kiran Karim of Kailua Kona, Hawaii, Shane DeWald and her husband Dan of Seattle, Zahra Pfeifer and her husband Todd of Omaha, Monni Karim and his wife Karen of Custer, Soraya Anaple and her husband Gordon of Cincinnati, and Jafar Karim and his wife Jess of Rapid City; 17 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Long-time Pierre resident Mike Shaw Sr. will observe his 95th birthday on July 21. Friends can send greetings to him at 3208 Augustana Place, Brandon SD 57005.

The spring semester Dean’s List at Black Hills State University includes these area students: Kristi Maxfield, Rilee Rowse, Racquel Wientjes (4.0), Harrison Armstrong (4.0), Aaron Chapman, Ranni Haskins, Jesse Jares, Kaitlynn Kelly, Cassie Natvig, Katherine Nielson (4.0), Cassandra Ryckman (4.0), Kelsey Van Den Hemel, Cassandra Vandewiele. Part-time students who earned Dean’s List recognition were Jessika McCarty (4.0) and Samantha Wempe.

Sidney Zanin, who coached the Pierre Governors girls to the state soccer championship last fall, has been named Soccer Coach of the Year by the South Dakota High School Coaches Association.

Ruth Kilber, 89, Pierre, died July 13 at Avera Maryhouse. The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at Lutheran Memorial Church. A gathering of family and friends will begin at 6 p.m. Friday at the Branding Iron Bistro. A native of North Dakota, Ruth and her husband, Eldor, came to Fort Pierre in 1952 so he could work on the construction of Oahe Dam. During her working years she was employed at Parshall Drug in North Dakota and Post Corner Drug in Pierre. Later she became a “lunch lady” at the Stanley County school. Among her survivors are her children, Bonnie Libner and her husband Merle of Fort Pierre, Ron Kilber of Gilbert, Ariz., Patricia Miller of Fort Pierre, Bernie Jorgenson of Parshall, N.D., and Pam Metzinger and her husband Jeff of Pierre; 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Cari Leidholt and Joan Adam were sworn in for new three-year terms on the Pierre School Board at the July meeting. Cari was elected president of the board, and Dan Cronin is vice president.

Music for this week’s “Sundays at the Legion” will be played by Roger Dale Coble. The music starts at 5:30 p.m. on the deck at the American Legion cabin. On July 28 the guest musician will be Josh Bagwell.

The No. 1 spectator sport in Pierre last Sunday morning was watching the old Boys & Girls Club building, divided down the middle into two halves, being moved east on Wells Avenue and up the hill on the truck bypass to its new location at the airport. A new Boys & Girls Club will be constructed during the coming year on the current site behind the outfield walls of Hyde Stadium, and it is due to be ready for occupancy in the fall next year.

All-around athlete Grey Zabel, who will be a senior at Riggs High this coming year, has committed to attend North Dakota State and play football for the Bison.

Graduates from Dakota Wesleyan University this past spring included:
— Jason Culberson, master of business administration in strategic leadership.
— Nathaniel Bader (summa cum laude), bachelor of arts in nonprofit administration and history.

The man who had the honor of dumping the very last load of dirt into the trickling Missouri River to close Oahe Dam in 1959 has died. Harold Butterfield passed away at the age of 91 on July 4. After high school at Creighton, Neb., he went into construction, including dirt work on the dam under construction north of Pierre. He was selected as the most precise bulldozer operator to close off the final trickle of water. Later Mr. Butterfield began his own Harold Butterfield Trucking, and at one time his business owned 16 trucks. He married the former Virginia Mitchell in Pierre in 1956. They moved to Sioux Falls in 1964.

Gaylord Norman rode in the place of honor as grand marshal of Fort Pierre’s Independence Day parade on July 4.

Megan Buscher earned recognition on the University of Wyoming spring semester President’s Honor Roll.

Nate Vogel, whose wife is the former Tracie Seyfer, has become the new head women’s basketball coach at Texas A&M-International University in Laredo, Texas. The Vogels have been in Miles City, Mont., where Nate was women’s basketball coach at Miles City Community College.

A celebration of the life of Mike Youngberg took place July 5, and his funeral was at Faith Lutheran Church on July 6. He passed away at the age of 45 at Avera Maryhouse on July 1. Mike, the son of Jon and LaVon (LaFave) Youngberg, was an alumnus of the Pierre schools and SDSU. He married Jennifer Rysdon on Dec. 27, 1995. He spent his professional career as an accountant for the state, serving as finance officer for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the Department of Revenue and Regulation. Most recently he worked for the Department of Social Services. Mike is survived by his wife, Jennifer; their children, Ty, Rylee and Sydney, all of Pierre; his mother, LaVon Lidel of Pierre; his father, Jon Youngberg of Sioux Falls; his siblings, Steve Youngberg in Alaska, Forest Lidel of Miami, and Autumn (Lidel) Anderson of Lead; his parents-in-law and brothers- and sisters-in-law, and 14 nephews and nieces.

The wedding of Drew Osnes and Dr. Heather Carlisle took place July 2 in the backyard at Drew’s home in Pierre. Their new family also includes Heather’s sons, Charlie, 6, and Beckett, 4. Heather is a veterinarian at Oahe Veternary Clinic in Fort Pierre. The daughter of Jim and Deb Anderson grew up in Kennebec. She and Drew attended SDSU at the same time although their paths did not cross there.

Pastor Roger Easland will conduct this Sunday’s 8 a.m. service at the Oahe Chapel north of Pierre on S.D. Highway 1804.

An open house in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Duane and Mary Jenner will be held Sunday, July 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Oahe Presbyterian Church.

It’s show time for Pierre Players’ summer show, “Peter and the Starcatcher.” Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday with additional shows at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 25-26-27. The number to call for ticket reservations is 224-7826.

The Pierre City Commission has approved the location of a city dog park. The site is on East Sully Avenue next to the Pierre Community Orchard. (News courtesy of Dakota Radio Group’s “My Daily News.”)

Katie (Lakner) and Brent Dill and their family happened to be in New York City last week and had the thrill of being along the route of the ticker-tape parade the city bestowed on the U.S. Women’s National Team following their World Cup victory. The next day they arrived at Rockefeller Plaza at 5 a.m. to be near the front of the line to get into the “Today Show” area, and they later managed a selfie with Savannah Guthrie and appeared live on television during the show’s outdoor segments. The Dills live in Sachse, Texas.

Hertha Gross, a resident of Pierre for 68 years, died June 25. She moved to Pierre with her 2-year-old daughter, Kathy, in 1951. Her first job here was as a waitress at the St. Charles Hotel and Restaurant, and she became heavily involved as a member at Lutheran Memorial Church. Hertha spent a 40-year career with the state of South Dakota, working for the Office of HIghway Safety, the Bureau of Personnel, the Department of Public Instruction and the Department of Labor. Hertha never satisfied herself as being simply a member of an organization. She worked in every aspect of the Order of Eastern Star chapter and the Germans from Russia chapter. She served as communications coordinator for AARP in the community and secured speakers for the Pierre and Fort Pierre senior centers. Hertha is survived by her granddaughter, Betsy Valnes of Pierre; her son-in-law, Jim Valnes of Pierre; her sister, Bernice Pence of Aberdeen; her brother, O.R. Weller of Seattle; a sister-in-law and five nephews and nieces.

The annual Missouri River/Lake Sharpe cleanup drew 98 volunteers who collected 2,180 pounds of trash, 840 pounds of lumber, 540 pounds of scrap metal and more than 200 pounds of tires. The cleanup is a joint effort of the Sunshine Chapter of the Izaak Walton League, the Department of Game Fish and Parks, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USACE, the cities of Pierre and Fort Pierre, the Department of Corrections, the Sixth Circuit Court and the Pierre Young Professionals organization.

The 38 years David Zellmer has been a pastor were celebrated over the weekend by his family, friends and members of the parishes he has served. Zellmer officially retires Sept. 1 as bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America’s South Dakota Synod. Josh Zellmer served as master of ceremonies for the program. All of the Zellmer children spoke. A prayer written by LaDonna Zellmer’s father, Don Graves, was read by Mike Zellmer. A letter from Sen. Stan Adelstein was read by the Zellmers’ son-in-law, Allan Johnson. People were there from all of the churches Pastor Zellmer served over the years.

Curtis Egan has been named head coach of the boys junior varsity team in the Sioux Falls Flyers hockey program.

Jared Randen, who joined the Navy right out of Riggs High School in 2002, will have served for 20 years by the time his latest enlistment expires. Jared re-enlisted for his final three years with the Navy last week. He and his family will be stationed in Hawaii.

Long-time Blunt residents Lowell and Thelma King, who now live at Edgewood in Pierre, are celebrating thkeir 60th wedding anniversary today (Thursday). Greetings can be sent to them at 1950 E. Fourth St. #112, Pierre SD 57501. The Kings’ children are Nancy Knutson in Alaska, Matt King in Pierre, and Trudie Feldman in Blunt.

Monty Carter of Fort Pierre died at the age of 57 on July 11 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. His funeral was held Wednesday at Lutheran Memorial Church. Monty graduated in 1981 from Stanley County High School where he was named outstanding senior male athlete in his class. He earned a degree in automotive parts from Lake Area Technical Institute. He and his first wife, Theresa Young, became the parents of two sons. He later married Dori Nelson. Monty spent 37 years in auto parts departments, the last 12 years of which were with Grosenburg Implement. Among his survivors are his wife, Dori; his sons, Chris Carter and Colton Carter; three granddaughters, and his siblings, Jimmy Carter, Byron Carter, Jeanette Thompson, Theresa Beastrom and Kyle Carter.

We didn’t have Dean Sorenson in our birthday book, so belated 80th birthday greetings to the South Dakota radio legend. He turned 80 Wednesday.


As the dogs and I were in the backyard under the shade tree the other evening, I looked up at the moon, bright and clear way up there in the heavens. My immediate thought was the first moon landing 50 years ago. How in the world, it occurred to me again as it often has, were we able to get men up there, have them walk on the surface and get them back safely! And while that 1969 Apollo 11 landing was the first, we did it again several times.

The 1960s were such turbulent years in this country. The Vietnam War in the decade’s early years kept growing, kept taking away thousands of our young men. In the later years it became an unwinnable quagmire, dividing the country, costing Lyndon Johnson his chance to even run for his second term.

At the same time race was splitting the country, too. Major cities were ablaze. Race riots were taking place from coast to coast.

There were the assassinations—the Kennedy brothers and Dr. King.

Space successes were a welcome distraction from the horrors and the tragedies that were all around us.

In May 1961 when Alan Shepard became our first man in space—although it was for a grand total of about five minutes—my elementary music students and I from Wessington Springs were at the school in Platte for a contest. I remember one of the host ladies coming to the registration desk, all excited that “our astronaut made it back.” Russia’s Yuri Gagarin had orbited the earth a few weeks earlier—a shocking development. But Shepard’s brief flight was our first step back into the space race.

John Glenn became our first man to orbit the earth, doing so three times in February 1962. I remember reliving it over the radio time and time again as my friend, Bill Kieser, and I drove through the night in a raging blizzard from watching an Onida game in a district tournament in Gettysburg.

The chances of something horrible happening always existed in the space program. Coach Ron Baseley and I were in the car heading back home to Onida from one of our Blunt school’s ballgames in January 1967 when the news came over the radio that Gus Grissom, Roger Chaffee and Ed White had died in a fire during a test, trapped in their space capsule from which there was no escape.

The political year of 1968, after the deaths of Dr. King and Robert Kennedy in April and June, respectively, was filled with dreadful moments, including violence outside and inside the Democratic convention in Chicago. The Nixon-Humphrey campaign was nothing of which to be proud. But at the end of that year, as the world observed Christmas Eve, astronaut Jim Lovell read from the Bible as television showed his spectacularly beautiful view of Earth from orbit around the moon. That Apollo 8 flight didn’t attempt a lunar landing, but it showed we could get men up there and bring them back. My mother and I were staying at a motel in Huron that Christmas Eve night and watched it unfold on television.

And finally came Apollo 11 in July 1969, 50 years ago this week.

Every space flight was fraught with danger. The countdown to a lift-off was a hold-your-breath moment. Minutes later the separation of the capsule from the rockets that had propelled it upward always had to work perfectly. When astronauts returned from orbit, they lost radio contact as they came back into the Earth’s atmosphere. Every time they became a fireball, and the quiet moments as we waited for the first words from them that they had made it back were nerve-wracking. The first glimpses of their giant parachutes slowing their capsules toward splashdown n the ocean, seen via TV cameras aboard the recovery ships, were lump-in-one’s-throat, tears-in-one’s-eyes moments.

In the case of Apollo 11, again everything had to work perfectly the first time. There was no second chance—no second chance for Neil Armstrong to try a second landing away from a gaping chasm on the moon’s surface, no second chance for his and Buzz Aldrin’s lunar-landing vehicle to lift off from the moon if it didn’t work the first time, no second chance for them to reunite with Michael Collins up there circlng the moon in wait for their return. When Walter Cronkite held his breath on live television, he was holding his breath along with the entire world.

July 20 was a Sunday that year. I had to be in Blunt for something—I don’t remember what—and Swede’s Bar on Highway 14 was the only place that was open that had a working TV set. My most vivid memory is of some man whom I probably knew but whose identity I have forgotten looking at the TV, then walking to the front door and looking up at the moon and simply shaking his head, not quite comprehending what was happening.

Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins were inside a quarantine enclosure aboard their recovery ship when President Nixon welcomed them back to Earth. Once free of that entrapment back in Houston, they were treated like the conquering heroes they were with a ticker-tape parade in New York and similar receptions across the country and around the world.

The United States sent men to the surface of the moon several times after that until the country and its politicians lost interest in space and turned their attention to other matters—our finally leaving Vietnam, the Watergate debacle and the resignation of a disgraced President among them.

But for one period in the summer of 1969 we were one country—in fact, one world—all cheering the same achievement, no matter our lineage, our circumstance, our location.

Fifty years ago this Saturday evening, Armstrong guided the out-of-fuel landing vehicle gently to the dust of the moon. “The Eagle has landed,” he said—calmly, of course, because astronauts seemed always to be calm and in control. Walter Cronkite uttered words never before reported: “Man on the moon!” Then he took off his glasses, wiped a tear from his eye and said simply, “Whew! Boy!”

That was the ultimate “wow” moment. The challenge the late President Kennedy had issued eight years earlier had been met, and it was the USA that had achieved it. But lest we forget, the plaque up there still reads, “We came in peace for all mankind.”


  1. Mabel Kusler

    Correction for birthdays on July 25. Julie Kusler Should be listed as Julie Samuelson not Skaggs. Wonderful write up about the astronauts and the moon landings!! Your column is always so interesting. Mabel Kusler

    • everythingsd

      Hi Mabel, thank you for the update. I will get it fixed. 🙂

  2. Don Summerside

    Nice job of revisiting the highs and lows of the ’60s. What a decade!


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