Vol. 20, No. 42; Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019

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“One doesn’t have to operate with great malice to do great harm. The absence of empathy and understanding is sufficient.”

— Charles M. Blow


This week’s schedule:
Girls soccer—Friday, at Brandon Valley, 6 p.m.; Tuesday, home vs. Spearfish, 4 p.m.
Boys soccer—Friday, at Brandon Valley, 4 p.m.; Tuesday, home vs. Spearfish, 6 p.m.
Boys golf—Monday, at Sioux Falls Washington, 8 a.m.; Tuesday, at Brandon Valley, 10 a.m.

Other sports’ season openers:
Girls tennis—Aug. 23 at Harrisburg and at Sioux Falls Lincoln invitational.
Cross country—Aug. 30 at Huron invitational.
Volleyball—Aug. 30 home vs. Rapid City Central.
Football—Aug. 31 home vs. Sturgis.


This week’s schedule:
Football—Friday, at Winner, 7 p.m.

Other sport’s opener:
Cross country—Aug. 30 at Winner invitational.


This week’s schedule:
Football—Friday, home vs. Warner, 7 p.m.

Other sport’s opener:
Cross country—Sept. 5 at Redfield invitational.


Thursday: huckleberry.
Friday-Sunday: strawberry butter.
Monday-Tuesday: lime.
Wednesday-Thursday: grape.


“There is something deeply hypocritical about praying for a problem you are unwillng to solve.”

— Miroslav Volf


1 day: Black Hills Playhouse’s “Steel Magnolias” (Aug. 16-25).
1 day: Pierre soccer openers (Aug. 16).
1 day: State 4-H Finals Rodeo, Fort Pierre (Aug. 16-18).
4 days: Pierre boys golf opener (Aug. 19).
7 days: Capital Area United Way campaign kickkoff (Aug. 22).
8 days: BluntFest (Aug. 23-25).
8 days: Stanley County and Sully Buttes football openers (Aug. 23).
8 days: Pierre girls tennis opener (Aug. 23).
14 days: State Fair, Huron (Aug. 29-Sept. 2).
15 days: Pierre volleyball opener (Aug. 30).
15 days: Pierre cross country opener (Aug. 30).
16 days: Pierre football opener (Aug. 31).
16 days: Pierre competitive cheer opener (Aug. 31).
18 days: Labor Day (Sept. 2).
21 days: NFL opening night (Sept. 5).
22 days: Riggs High Class of ’69 50-year reunion (Sept. 6-7).
24 days: Minnesota Vikings opener (Sept. 8).
25 days: Riggs High homecoming coronation (Sept. 9).
29 days: Riggs High homecoming day (Sept. 13).
29 days: Dakota Western Heritage Festival (Sept. 13-15).
30 days: Stirling Family Memorial Ranch Rodeo (Sept. 14-15).
32 days: Sanford International golf tournament, Sioux Falls (Sept. 16).
37 days: Trojan Day at Dakota State (Sept. 21).
43 days: Pierre Players’ “Dracula” (Sept. 27-29, Oct. 3-5).
44 days: Swarm Day at Black Hills State (Sept. 28).
44 days: Halo Day at Presentation College (Sept. 28).
44 days: “M” Day at School of Mines (Sept. 28).
47 days: Riggs High indoor marching band concert (Oct. 1).
47 days: Baseball playoffs begin (Oct. 1).
49 days: Minnesota Wild season opener (Oct. 3).
51 days: Sioux Falls Stampede home opener (Oct. 5).
51 days: Homecoming at UND (Oct. 5).
51 days: Dakota Day at USD (Oct. 5).
51 days: Hobo Day at SDSU (Oct. 5).
51 days: Blue & White Day at Dakota Wesleyan (Oct. 5).
51 days: Cougar Day at USF (Oct. 5).
53 days: State boys golf tournaments, ‘AA’ Yankton, ‘A’ Spearfish (Oct. 7-8).
56 days: State girls tennis tournaments, Rapid City (Oct. 10-12).
58 days: Viking Day at Augustana (Oct. 12).
58 days: Gypsy Day at Northern (Oct. 12).
58 days: Homecoming at NDSU (Oct. 12).


“I don’t know how to save the world. I don’t have the answers or The Answer. I hold no secret knowledge as to how to fix the mistakes of generations past and present. I only know that without compassion and respect for all of Earth’s inhabitants, none of us will survive, nor will we deserve to.”

— Leonard Peltier


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): The Champions Tour has been idle for a couple of weeks. Play resumes Friday through Sunday at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open at Endicott, N.Y.


Denver Broncos: The Broncos won the Hall of Fame game over Atlanta, 14-10, then lost at Seattle, 22-14. Now 1-1 in preseason games, Denver is home for San Francisco at 7 p.m. Monday on ESPN.

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings won their preseason opener at New Orleans, 34-25. Minnesota plays at home Sunday night at 7 p.m. on Fox against Seattle.

NFL preseason games on live TV this weekend:
Thursday—Oakland at Arizona, 7 p.m., ESPN.
Friday—Chicago at New York Giants, 6:30 p.m., NFL Network.
Saturday—Cleveland at Baltimore, 3 p.m., NFL Network.
Saturday—Kansas City at Pittsburgh, 6:30 p.m., NFL Network.
Saturday—Dallas at Los Angeles Rams, 9 p.m., NFL Network.
Sunday—New Orleans at Los Angeles Clippers, 3 p.m., CBS.
Sunday—Seattle at Minnesota, 7 p.m., Fox.
Monday—San Francisco at Denver, 7 p.m., ESPN.


“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

— Dr. Seuss


Pierre Post 8: The U14 team coached by Connor Gerber and Landon Badger won their state tournament played in Pierre. The team defeated Sioux Falls West, 13-5; beat Aberdeen, 5-2; shut out Renner, 10-0, and did the same to Yankton in the championship game, 10-0. The team finished its season with a record of 33-6-1. The Post 8 U13 team won five games at its state tournament and reached the championship game. Pierre beat Yankton, 12-1; beat Renner, 4-2; beat Watertown, 14-7; beat Aberdeen, 10-0, and beat Sioux Falls East. The championship game went eight innings before Pierre lost to Aberdeen, 5-3. The U13s finished their season with a 31-10-2 record. With the results of these teams in the postseason, the future of Post 8 senior baseball looks quite bright.

Pierre Trappers: The Trappers’ second season in the Expedition League ended Aug. 5 with a 12-4 win over playoff-bound Badlands before a crowd of 1,100 at Hyde Stadium. Pierre ended the summer with a 32-32 record, four games shy of a playoff berth. The Trappers had been eliminated from playoff contention with four losses in the next-to-last series at Souris Valley.

Four Corners: The local amateur ball club reached its district championship game where Four Corners lost to Plankinton, 9-5. Brad Hand had three hits, and Justin Allen, Spencer Sarringar, Brian Graves, Justin Lester and Jason Overweg had one hit each. Having already qualified for the state tournament, Four Corners in its first-round game there trailed Madison, 11-3, at one point but won the game by 13-11. Sarringar slugged a two-run homer to ignite a nine-run fifth inning. Hand, Nathan Hainy, Sarringar, Adam Kaus, Graves, Overweg and Kris Dozark each had two hits in the game. In the second round Four Corners was scheduled to play the Dell Rapids Mudcats Wednesday night.

Minnesota Twins:
Thursday—at Texas, 7:05, FSN.
Friday—at Texas, 7:05, FSN.
Saturday—at Texas, 7:05, FSN.
Sunday—at Texas, 2:05, FSN.
Monday—Chicago White Sox, 7:10, FSN.
Tuesday—Chicago White Sox, 7:10, FSN.
Wednesday—Chicago White Sox, 12:10, MLB Network.

Chicago Cubs:
Thursday—at Philadelphia, 6:05, MLB Network.
Friday—at Pittsburgh, 6:05.
Saturday—at Pittsburgh, 12:35, MLB Network.
Sunday—Pittsburgh (at Williamsport, Pa.), 6:10, ESPN.
Tuesday—San Francisco, 7:05.
Wednesday—San Francisco, 7:05.
Thursday—San Francisco, 1:20, MLB Network.

Colorado Rockies:
Friday–Miami, 6;40 MDT.
Saturday—Miami, 6:10.
Sunday—Miami, 1:10.
Monday—at Arizona, 7:40.
Tuesday—at Arizona, 7:40.
Wednesday—at Arizona, 1:40.
Thursday—at St. Louis, 5:45, MLB Network.

Sioux Falls Canaries: The Birds were swept in three games at Cleburne, took two of three at Texas, lost all three to Lincoln and split a pair with Sioux City. Now 34-47, Sioux Falls is at Fargo-Moorhead tonight through Saturday, home vs. Cleburne Sunday through Tuesday and home vs. Texas Aug. 21-23.


Minnesota United FC: The Loons defeated Portland in MLS play on a penalty kick in stoppage time, 1-0. Three nights later and playing Portland again, this time in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals, the Loons beat the Timbers again, 2-1, advancing to the Cup championship game at Atlanta Aug. 27. Continuing MLS play, Minnesota lost to Dallas, 5-3, ending a seven-game winning streak. The Loons were to play Colorado Wednesday night and hosts Orlando City Saturday.


“Don’t cling to a mistake just because you spent a lot of time making it.”

— Unknown


Aug. 17: Lane Severyn/Anne Marie Holter.
Aug. 31: Devin Maki/Karlie Warne.
July 18: Jace Anderson/Hannah Lorenz.


Northwestern College women’s soccer (Nikki Farnsworth): This is Nikki’s senior year in Orange City, and the Raiders’ roster lists her as a forward. NWC opens the season Friday against Northern Iowa Area Community College and Tuesday against Viterbo (Wis.).

Loyola University men’s soccer (Sean Knoblauch): Sean is a freshman midfielder for the Ramblers in Chicago. He is the grandson of former Pierre resident Juanita McKeever and the son of Juanita’s daughter, the former Cristin McKeever of Coon Rapids, Minn. Sean played his high school soccer at Shattuck St. Mary’s. Loyola opens its season with exhibition games at home Saturday against Marquette and Tuesday against Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Northwestern College men’s soccer (Cole Cruse): Cole is a senior midfielder this fall for the Raiders, who open with a scrimmage at home Friday against North Iowa Area Community College and a home match Tuesday against Viterbo (Wis.).

Northern women’s soccer (Tori Thorpe): Tori is one of the team captains this fall, her junior year as a defender for the Wolves. They open their season next Wednesday in a home exhibition match against Presentation College.

Dakota Wesleyan volleyball (Elena Svingen, Jennifer Sweetman): Elena is a junior outside hitter and Jennifer a sophomore middle hitter for the Tigers. They are at West Palm Beach, Fla., this week for matches Friday and Saturday against Keiser, Pensacola Christian, Georgetown (Ky.) and Madonna.

South Dakota women’s soccer (Joana Zanin, Emily Mikkelsen): Joana is a sophomore forward and Emily a freshman forward for the Coyotes. The USD season begins Saturday in Omaha with an exhibition match against Creighton.


Thursday, Aug. 15:
Jesse Nystrom, Heath Houdek, Jack Steece, Brian Kemnitz, Jared Dutton, Ellie Knudson, Autumn Iverson, Dianne Weyer, Danny Snow, Jason Christenson, Kathy Pautz, Meredith (Lee) Roebuck.
— 39th anniversary, Mark/Glennis Zarecky.
— 12th anniversary, Sam/Amber (LaBrie) Shaw.
— 10th anniversary, J.D./Amanda Lauing.

Friday, Aug. 16:
Susan Culberson, Dustin Van Balen, Nancy Shoup, Ann (Schroyer) Schwartz, Brittney (Nuttall) Binger, Gaylon Gerber, Mike Vogel, Terry Keller, Melanie (Bunkowske) Cruse, Trudie (King) Feldman.
— 5th anniversary, Derek/Natalie Van Roekel.
— 50th anniversary, Monte/Barb Hillestad.
— 11th anniversary, Robert/Samantha (Merrill) Pietz.
— 16th anniversary, Tom/Jill (Novotny) Hart.
— 16th anniversary, Eric/Misty (Doll) Brenden.
— 6th anniversary, Devin/Kimberly (Bartels) Malone.
— 11th anniversary, Terry/Brenda (Crandell) Carroll.

Saturday, Aug. 17:
Olive Williams, Asher Williams, Rachel (Hermanson) Knutson, Stephanie (Colwill) Harmon, Lois Telford, Adam Snow, Karen Stengle, Brad Curtis, Ryan Callahan.
— 6th anniversary, Mitchell/Casi (Huizenga) Popko.
— 12th anniversary, Jesse/Megan Ahlers.
— 18th anniversary, Jeremy/Penny Ripperger.
— 17th anniversary, Bob/Cara (Roseland) Gray.
— 17th anniversary, Josh/Katie Melgaard.

Sunday, Aug. 18:
Landyn Uecker, Kyle Weaver, Jerrid Conway, Hannah Stahl, Mike Larsen, Kathy Lindekugel, Brooke (Graff) Albertson.
— 1st anniversary, Todd/Hillary (Handcock) Leiferman.
— 1st anniversary, Jason/Micki Noyes.
— 7th anniversary, Jamey/Erin (Titze) Herr.
— 52nd anniversary, Larry/Dee Lundeen.
— 10th anniversary, Isaac/Anna Vogel.
— 52nd anniversary, Larry/Anita Zastrow.
— 12th anniversary, Will/Stephanie (Magedanz) Bartsch.

Monday, Aug. 19:
Nick Johnson, Tom Huber, Bill Stevens, Jacob Shoup, Naomi Fossen, Tanna Becker, Ross Hettinger, Carmen Howard, Maddie Lund, Anita Jung, Emily (Zarecky) Steber.
— 2nd anniversary, Trevor/Brielle (Yackley) Bohle.
— 2nd anniversary, Wyatt/Miranda Trautman.
— 2nd anniversary, Trevor/Mary (Volmer) Lopour.
— 19th anniversary, Jesse/Sarena (Nuttall) Beastrom.
— 47th anniversary, Mike/Jean Denton.
— 2nd anniversary, Colton/Jenny (McKillip) langdeau.
— 13th anniversary, Abran/Brandy Kean.
— 13th anniversary, Ryan/Melissa (Luers) Hansen.
— 49th anniversary, Don/Diane Giesinger.

Tuesday, Aug. 20:
Elinor Dekker, Becky (Eich) Watson, Amber Ogle, Jordyn Martin, Devin Weingart, Lindsey (Friez) Karschnik, Brycen Haefner, Jared Randen, Tina Jenson.
— 3rd anniversary, Ben/Michelle (Monroe) Kettler.
— 2nd anniversary, Cody/Mandi Coppess.
— 15th anniversary, Tyler/Erin (Schiefelbein) Jones.
— 57th anniversary, Bob/Glynnes Sargent.
— 59th anniversary, Jon/Terry (Lamster) Horning.
— 9th anniversary, Brad/Katie (Zeller) Murphy.
— 14th anniversary, Brian/Amy (Johnson) Berendes.
— 54th anniversary, Ray/Wanda Beck.

Wednesday, Aug. 21:
Carter Zellmer, Jerry Ortbahn, Abigail (Barber) Burgum, Savannah Cromwell, Amy (Ripperger) Grunewaldt, Becki Weischedel-Erickson, Abran Kean, Jordan Lamb, Dennis Reed, Tamra (Buol) Armijo, Dorothy (Nygaard) Gibbs, Emily Lancaster, Amanda Peck, Rip Ray, John Peck, Vanessa Sevier, Judson Seaman, Denise Garber, Jamie Damon.
— 4th anniversary, Vinh/Jackie (Schlaikjer) Nguyen.
— 31st anniversary, Larry/Peggy Hofmeister.
— 10th anniversary, Demetri/Joni (Haugan) Senger.
— 35th anniversary, Greg/Sarah (Adam) Axtman.
— 15th anniversary, Jay/Nikol (Hillmer) Penrod.
— 15th anniversary, Kevin/Kim (Kindle) Nachreiner.

Thursday, Aug. 22:
Sheridan Cronin, Steve Harding, Jason Stahl, LaDonna Zellmer, Kirby Mammenga, Gail (Flansburg) Tennant, David Ludwig, Quinn Schiefelbein, Jim McLain, Alissandra Stoeser.
— 38th anniversary, Brent/Betty Lindbloom.


“There are men running governments who shouldn’t be allowed to play with matches.”

— Will Rogers


  • Next Thursday in the Aug. 22 edition we will have our first football contest of the new season. Everyone is welcome to participate for the fun of it. There are no prizes involved, just the high recognition that comes with being the best at something! There will be 10 games for which you will pick the winners each week; 10 points go to those with the best score, 9 points to those with the second-best score, 8 points to those with the third-best score, no matter what that score is. Last season Jon Boer was the season-long champion with Nathan Vetter second, Jeff Adel third, Jason Noyes fourth and Lane Kozel fifth. The list of games each week will appear here in The Midweek Update, but if you don’t want to wait until Thursdays, the games will be posted on my Facebook page (Parker Knox) on Sunday night or Monday morning each week. You can enter with your 10 picks right there on Facebook or by e-mailing me at parkerhome16@hotmail.com.
    One note: We will not pick high school games throughout the season EXCEPT for the first week next week when only high schools will be playing. After that we will concentrate on college and NFL games.
  • Speaking of high school football, Pierre’s game at Mitchell on Oct. 18 is slated for live television coverage on Midco Sports Network.
  • It’s the time of year when I ask for readers’ help in informing me of young men and women who are playing sports in college, whether they are from Pierre, Stanley County or Sully Buttes high schools or they are related to any of you. (Grandparents, we do want to follow your grand kids in college athletics, even if they didn’t go to high school locally, so let me know about them!) So anyone, remind me who is involved in college football, volleyball, soccer, cross country or golf this fall. Send information to parkerhome16@hotmail.com.
  • Those of you who take a trip into Minneapolis for Twins games can start planning for next season. Here are the dates in 2020 when the Twins will be home at Target Field:
    April 2, 4-5 Oakland
    April 6-7-8 Cleveland
    April 17-18-19 Detroit
    April 20-21-22-23 Seattle
    April 24-25-26 Boston
    May 4-5-6 San Francisco
    May 8-9-10 Kansas City
    May 18-19-20 Baltimore
    May 21-22-23-24 Chicago White Sox
    June 1-2-3 Tampa Bay
    June 4-5-6-7 Los Angeles Angels
    June 16-17 Milwaukee
    June 18-19-20-21 New York Yankees
    June 26-27-28 Colorado
    July 6-7-8 Kansas City
    July 9-10-11-12 Toronto
    July 28-29 Los Angeles Dodgers
    July 31, Aug. 1-2 Houston
    Aug. 3-4-5 Cleveland
    Aug. 14-15-16 Kansas City
    Aug. 18-19 Chicago White Sox
    Aug. 21-22-23 Detroit
    Aug. 31, Sept. 1-2-3 Cleveland
    Sept. 4-5-6 Chicago White Sox
    Sept. 15-16-17 Texas
    Sept. 18-19-20 Detroit
  • I proudly admit I am a prude to the utmost degree when it comes to destroying the English language. When people open their mouths or type on their computers and stuff such as what is listed below comes out, I cringe and scream “Aaarrrgggghhhhh!” Can you hear me screaming? Here are some of the violations I have accumulated in the last two weeks alone:
    From a baseball news story: “The tying run would have came to the plate.”
    From a description of a TV show: “Everyone’s blood pressure is raising.”
    From a sports TV interview: “Me and my wife were happy about that.”
    From a Big Brother spoiler story: “They talked about laying low.”
    From a Vikings player’s interview: “Teams are going to key in on Diggs and I.”
    From a Facebook post: “Sometimes you just need to lay on your bed and do nothing for three years.”
    From another sports interview: “Me and him both do that to each other.”
    From a Big Brother houseguest’s visit to the diary room: “Me and my allies could be in trouble.”
    From a sports talk show: “It’s amazing there wasn’t more injuries.”
    From a Facebook post: “Stop if your near.”
    From another Facebook post: “The teacher still has 47 boxes to unload from their car.”
    From a Legion baseball online page: “Delay because of lightening in the area.”
    From a Facebook post: “Where are you at?”
    From another Facebook post: “Me and her were planning a shower.”
    From yet another: “Stop by if your bored.”
    From a Big Brother houseguest: “The egg don’t roll straight.”
    From a Facebook post: “She must have drove over something.”
    From yet another: “I seen hundreds of them in this area.”
    From a sports talk show interview: “I’m confident that it is them.”
    From the Big Brother spoilers blog: “It’s hard to say who is with who.”
  • And one more pet peeve to get out of my system: When somebody—a pro athlete, a coach, an analyst, anybody!—says “It is what it is,” I wish one of them were smart enough to tell me just what it is. What is it exactly?


Sunday evening music on the deck at the Legion cabin this week will be provided by Jake Miller. The music runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Pierre golfer Katie Bartlett and her partner, Julia Hall, won the South Dakota Golf Association’s two-woman state tournament with rounds of 70-73=143. They tied with the duo of Kelley Evans-Hillinger and Carley McMacken, then beat them in a playoff for the title. In the senior division of the two-woman tournament Pierre golfers Nancy Berg and Heidi Rusch placed third with a 166 score. Kristie Hepper and Barb Haberling tied for 15th at 184.

Then last weekend Katie won the SDGA’s state women’s amateur championship, winning by two strokes over Maggie Murphy. Katie carded rounds of 75, 77 and 77 for a total of 229. Earlier this summer Katie was runner-up in the state women’s match-play championship. Her senior season on the USD women’s golf team begins Sept. 9-10 at Missouri State.

Ashley (Iverson) Feyereisen of Watertown left this week as part of a medical mission team to Honduras. Ashley is an operating room registered nurse at Prairie Lakes Healthcare System in Watertown.

Our sympathy to Patsy Kringel and Janice Beemer and their families. Their sister, Cleo (Grage) Martin, passed away July 21 at Rapid City Regional Hospital at the age of 84. Services were held July 26 at Black Hills National Cemetery. She and her parents came to Pierre while her father, Clarence Grage, was employed at Oahe Dam. Cleo married Onida native Larry Martin in 1955. She worked for the state in Vermillion and in the banking industry as a teller and a loan officer in Rapid City as well as for Wilferly Equipment Company in Denver. She is survived by her husband, Larry Martin of Rapid City; her daughter, Pamela Burg of Kemmerer, Wyo.; a grandson; three great-grandchildren; her brother, Ralph Grage of Colorado Springs, and her sisters, Patsy Kringel of Pierre and Janice Beemer and her husband Doug of Fort Pierre.

Vicki (Ramse) Blake, a certified paralegal at the Duncan law firm in Sioux Falls, was elected state president of the South Dakota Paralegal Association at its annual meeting.

Willie and Sara (Kindopp) Gloe won the Pike Haven Resort couples fishing tournament two weekends ago.

Pastor Roger Easland will conduct this Sunday’s 8 a.m. service at the Oahe Chapel north of town at the east end of Oahe Dam.

Not many families ever have the opportunity to have a five-generation photo taken, but it happened in Ginny Schlekeway’s family recently. They snapped a photo that included Ginny’s mother, Ginny herself, daughter Patty McClemans, granddaughter Ashtin (McClemans) Evans and Ashtin’s newborn son, Cason.

Members of First United Methodist Church who knew Marcia Mack when her husband, Dave Mack, was pastor at the church would be interested to know that one of Marcia’s grandsons, Caden Headlee, plays center field on the Fargo American Legion baseball team that won the North Dakota state tournament and then won the Central Plains Regional in Sioux Falls last weekend. Now they play in the Legion World Series starting this weekend in Shelby, N.C., facing regional champions from Idaho, Massachusetts and North Carolina in pool play. Two other of Marcia’s grandsons (Caden’s cousins), Jacob and Hunter Headlee from Harrisburg, play football at USD.

Tonight’s “Tales on the River” program at the Moose Lodge at 7 p.m. will be presented by Anne Lewis, special projects director at the Discovery Center. A $5 supper will be served from 6:15 to 7, but the program itself is free. This series is sponsored by Short Grass Arts Council. Next week on Thursday, Aug. 22, the program will be presented by the local music group Houdek, who will perform music from their album as well as discuss the song-writing process.

Riggs High alumna Katie Lingle, who is press secretary for U.S. Sen. John Thune, was the subject of a KELO-TV segment by news anchor Don Jorgenson while he was in Washington covering Thune recently. Katie told him the majority of her work is writing, drafting press releases, handling press inquiries and scheduling interviews. She said she has no car with her in Washington, so she walks a half-mile to work at the Capitol.

Nolan Burchill of Sioux Falls, son of Pierre natives Tom and Paula (Adam) Burchill, played summer collegiate baseball at Saugerties, N.Y., in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. His team, the Stallions, finished with a 26-19 record. Nolan started eight games and had a 1-0 won-lost record. Nolan pitched 44 innings, gave up 39 hits, 27 runs (21 of them earned runs) and 14 walks, struck out 48 and had an earned-run average of 4.29. Nolan is halfway through his four years of baseball eligibility at the University of Minnesota.

Monte and Barb Hillestad will celebrate their 50th anniversary this Friday, Aug. 16. They will celebrate a special weekend with their children and grandchildren at a special place in the Black Hills.

Rob Nill, who has been teaching in the public schools in Beaver Dam, Wis., for 13 years, will be moving to a new building there this fall. He will be physical education teacher at Washington Elementary School. Rob has also been head varsity girls soccer coach for the last 10 years.

Rodger Hartley and his wife, Joanna Lawler, were part of a five-person cast who performed a staged reading of Larissa Fasthorse’s “The Thanksgiving Play” at Black Hills Community Theatre in Rapid City last Friday.

Jalen and Tiera (Feller) Lamb became parents on July 27. Their daughter, Layla Mae Lamb, weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces, and measured 20 1/4 inches. The Lambs live in Christiansburg, Va., near the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg and southwest of Roanoke. Jalen is just beginning his rotations for medical school, and Tiera is doing her rotations as a nurse practitioner.

Heather Forney has been named system vice president of finance and administration for the South Dakota Board of Regents, effective Sept. 9 and headquartered in Pierre. Heather is currently vice president of finance and administration at the School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, a job she has held since 2014. Prior to that, she was in Pierre serving with the Regents as finance director of the higher education system. Before joining the Regents, she worked as deputy executive director for the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission. Heather’s husband is Pierre native John Forney.

Wyatt Rumrill, who graduated from SDSU this past spring, is in St. Louis where he is settling into his apartment and preparing to begin medical school at Washington University.

Your Update editor heard last week from Riggs High alumnus Kyle Melby, younger son of the late Pete and Carole Melby. His and Lisa’s son Jayce graduated from Colorado State in May and now works for Jackson National Life in Nashville. Their daughter Jaxin graduated from Loveland, Colo., High School in May and earned a full-ride scholarship for volleyball to the University of Charleston in West Virginia. Lisa is in her 31st year with Good Samaritan/Sanford. Kyle does outside sales for Wagner Equipment, the Caterpillar dealer in Colorado, New Mexico and west Texas.

Caleb Currier, who served as a student manager for the Lady Vols women’s basketball team at the University of Tennessee during his four years there and who since graduation has been given the position of graduate assistant with the team for two more years, left with the team Aug. 4 for 10 days in the Netherlands, Belgium and France. The Lady Vols played three games against European teams during their bonding experience. Tennessee will be coached for the first time by Kellie Harper this coming season.

Brothers George Hipple and John Hipple have been inducted into the South Dakota Bowling Hall of Fame.

Christian music artist Jacob Daniel (our own Jacob Shoup) will perform at the annual Fields of Grace music event at the ballpark in Arlington at 1:30 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 17. A week later Jacob will be in Lakefield, Minn., for the sweet corn/brats family picnic at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church from 5 to 8 p.m. with the music set for 6 to 7:30. A free-will offering there will go toward the church’s handicap ramps.

Brady Smith completed his 22nd year of active duty in the U.S. Army last week with one year to go. He is currently stationed at Anchorage, Alaska.

Tracie (Seyfer) Vogel is beginning a new job as assistant director of recreational sports at Texas A&M-International in Laredo. Her husband, Nate, is the new head women’s basketball coach there.

An outdoor concert entitled “Music of the American West” will be held at the Capitol Lake Visitors Center at 7 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 16, sponsored by the museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center. Traditional music artists Bob and Sheila Everhart will be featured on the program. The museum is also hosting its annual ice cream social, featuring flavors of ice cream from the SDSU Dairy Barn, starting at 6:30 p.m. There is no charge for the program or the ice cream. Those attending are urged to take lawn chairs or blankets.

There will be more music on Saturday when Lilly Fest, 4 1/2 hours of original music by local singers and songwriters, is held at Lilly Park at the mouth of the Bad River in Fort Pierre from noon to 4:30 p.m.

Mily Vasquez, the Sully Buttes student from Blunt who lost her mother in a car accident near Philip earlier this summer, has her 13th birthday this Sunday, Aug. 18. In case anyone would like to send a card and/or a cash gift for school clothes or supplies, the mail address is P.O. Box 32, Blunt SD 57522.

After 25 years at The Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls, Pierre native Thea Miller Ryan will leave her position as director there to become director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University Center/Community College in September.


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