Vol. 21, No. 1; Thursday, August 29, 2019

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Thursday: root beer.
Friday-Sunday: strawberry.


This week’s schedules:
Football—Saturday, home vs. Sturgis, 7 p.m.
Volleyball—Friday, home vs. Rapid City Central, 7 p.m.; Saturday, home vs. Rapid City Stevens, 1:30 p.m.; Tuesday, home vs. Mitchell, 7 p.m.
Cross country—Friday, home for Pierre invitational (with Aberdeen Central and Rapid City Central, 10 a.m.).
Boys soccer—Thursday, home vs. Harrisburg, 6 p.m.
Girls soccer—Thursday, home vs. Harrisburg, 4 p.m.
Boys golf—Friday, at Huron invitational, 10 a.m.; Tuesday, at Aberdeen Central invitational, 10 a.m.
Girls tennis–Thursday, Brandon Valley (at Rapid City); Friday-Saturday, at Rapid City invitational, 2 p.m. and 8 a.m.
Cheer/dance—Saturday, at Aberdeen Central invitational, 10 a.m.; Tuesday, at Watertown invitational, 5 p.m.
Softball—Next games Sept. 8.

Boys soccer: The Governors were shut out by Aberdeen Central, 1-0. Pierre now stands at 0-2-1.

Girls soccer: Pierre lost a 3-0 match to Aberdeen Central. Miriam Thompson made nine saves in goal. Pierre is now 1-2-0.

Girls tennis: After a dual loss at Harrisburg last Friday, the Governor girls on a weekend in Sioux Falls lost to Lincoln 9-0, lost to Roosevelt 5-4 and lost to Washington 6-3. At #5 singles Caitlin Ott won her matches against Roosevelt and Washington. Gracie Zeeb at #6 singles also beat her Roosevelt and Washington opponents. At #3 singles Jocelyn Corrales won her Roosevelt match. The Ott/Corrales duo at #3 doubles won their Roosevelt and Washington matches.

Boys golf: At the Pierre Invitational Tuesday Pierre’s Team #1 placed sixth at 354 with Team #2 10th at 375. Rapid City Stevens was the team champion. Grady Klundt and Raef Briggs tied for 15th place with 86s. Other scores on Team #1: Karter Karst 91, Nick Bothun 91, Luke Owens 94, Zain Baus 96. On Team #2 Jonathohn Lyons with a 90 tied for 26th place. Other Team #2 scores: Sawyer Lee 93, Tyler Swenson 94, Thomas Kropp 98, Andy Gordon 98, Cooper Swartz 104.

Softball: In season-opening games played at Sherman Park in Sioux Falls, the Pierre fast-pitch varsity team lost to Pipestone, 12-2, and tied with Baltic, 4-4. In the opener six of the 12 Arrow runs came on just two hits, each of them driving in three runs. Pipestone pitching allowed seven Pierre hits, including a single and a triple from Allycen Herman and two singles by Kamden Carter. Kenzie Gronlund pitched that game, giving up 13 hits and striking out four among the 31 batters she faced. The nightcap ended in a tie after one extra inning due to the time limit. Carter, Herrman and Shelby Roman had two hits each, and Jessi Buntrock slugged a deep triple. Buntrock pitched for Pierre, striking out seven and allowing 12 hits among the 32 batters she faced. The Pierre girls are off for the holiday weekend but resume league play Sept. 8. Pierre plays in the state “B” league where the other teams are Pipestone, Baltic, Tea, Vermillion, West Central, Lennox, Dell Rapids and Madison.


Football: The Buffaloes fell behind at Winner by 38-0 before they scored on a two-yard run by Isaac Cliff. The final score was 44-6. Reid Wieczorek at quarterback completed one of six passes for nine total yards. Dylan Gabriel ran the ball 14 times for 66 total yards.

This week’s schedules:
Football—Saturday, Chamberlain (at Pierre), 4 p.m.
Volleyball—Saturday, at Wall (with Bennett County); Tuesday, home vs. Chamberlain.
Cross country—Thursday, at Mobridge-Pollock invitational.


Football: Quarterback Nick Wittler ran Warner crazy, scoring first on a keeper, thenm on runs of 50, 17, 53 and 44 yards. The Chargers led 28-0 before Warner scored. The last TD came on a Jordan Schall run for a final score of 42-14. Wittler ran for 307 yards himself and passed for 58 yards.

This week’s schedules:
Football—Friday, at Wall, 6 p.m. MDT.
Volleyball—Thursday, at Leola-Frederick (at Roscoe); Saturday, at YTC tournament, Gettysburg; Tuesday, home vs. Faulkton Area.
Cross country—Sept. 5 at Redfield invitational.


Class 11AA games this week (all teams are 0-0):
PIERRE—home vs. Sturgis (Saturday).
BROOKINGS—home vs. Huron.
DOUGLAS—at Mitchell (Saturday).
HURON—at Brookings.
MITCHELL—home vs. Douglas (Saturday).
SPEARFISH—at Yankton.
STURGIS—at Pierre (Saturday).
YANKTON—home vs. Spearfish.

Class 11B last week’s scores and this week’s games:
ABERDEEN RONCALLI (1-0)—beat Miller/Highmore-Harrold 26-0; home vs. Webster.
BENNETT COUNTY (0-1)—lost to Lead-Deadwood 39-0; at Todd County.
BERESFORD (0-1)—lost to McCook Central-Montrose 39-22; home vs. Wagner.
BRIDGEWATER-EMERY/ETHAN (1-0)—beat Wagner 49-0; at Elk Point-Jefferson.
CHAMBERLAIN (1-0)—beat Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central 26-6; vs. Stanley County (at Pierre).
ELK POINT-JEFFERSON (0-1)—lost to Mount Vernon-Plankinton 20-14; home vs. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan.
FLANDREAU (0-0)—open date; home vs. McCook Central-Montrose.
GARRETSON (0-1)—lost to Webster Area 20-0; at Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central.
GROTON AREA (1-0)—beat McLaughlin by forfeit; at Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm, N.D.
HOT SPRINGS (0-1)—lost to St. Thomas More 51-0; at Newcastle, Wyo.
LEAD-DEADWOOD (1-0)—beat Bennett County 39-0; home vs. Upton-Sundance, Wyo.
McCOOK CENTRAL-MONTROSE (1-0)—beat Beresford 39-22; at Flandreau.
McLAUGHLIN (0-1)—forfeited to Groton Area; home vs. Redfield.
MILLER/HIGHMORE-HARROLD (0-1)—lost to Aberdeen Roncalli 26-0; home vs. Mobridge-Pollock.
MOBRIDGE-POLLOCK (0-0)—open date; at Miller/Highmore-Harrold.
MOUNT VERNON-PLANKINTON (1-0)—beat Elk Point-Jefferson 20-14; open date.
REDFIELD (0-1)—lost to Sioux Valley 52-36; at McLaughlin.
SIOUX VALLEY (1-0)—beat Redfield 52-36; home vs. Tri-Valley.
ST. THOMAS MORE (1-0)—beat Hot Springs 51-0; at Winner.
STANLEY COUNTY (0-1)—lost to Winner 44-6; vs. Chamberlain (at Pierre).
WAGNER (0-1)—lost to Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan 49-0; at Beresford.
WINNER (1-0)—beat Stanley County 44-6; home vs. St. Thomas More.
WOONSOCKET/WESSINGTON SPRINGS/SANBORN CENTRAL (0-1)—lost to Chamberlain 26-6; home vs. Garretson.

Class 9A Region 4 last week’s scores and this week’s games:
SULLY BUTTES—beat Warner 42-14; at Wall.
NEW UNDERWOOD—beat Edgemont 72-0; home vs. Rapid City Christian.
PHILIP—beat Bison 69-14; home vs. Hill City.
POTTER COUNTY–lost to Ipswich/Edmunds Central 52-28; at Sunshine Bible.
TIMBER LAKE—beat Dupree 54-0; at Faith.
WALL—beat Harding County 29-26; home vs. Sully Buttes.


Aug. 31: Devin Maki/Karlie Warne.
Sept. 14: Jake Fanger/Shantel Norman.
July 18: Jace Anderson/Hannah Lorenz.


South Dakota women’s golf (Katie Bartlett): The Coyotes’ fall opener is still two weeks away at Missouri State’s Payne Stewart tournament Sept. 9-10.

Augustana women’s golf (Natalie Young): The Vikings open Sept. 9 at Bemidji State’s meet.

Dakota Wesleyan football (Lukas Chase): The Tigers’ opener is tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m. at Dakota State on Midco Sports Network.

Presentation football (Michael Lyons): The Saints open at home Saturday vs. Trinity International.

King’s College men’s soccer (August Axtman): The Monarchs open their season with a Saturday faceoff at home vs. Scranton.

South Dakota cross country (Maddy McClure): The Coyote runners open their season Friday at NDSU’s Bison Open.

South Dakota women’s soccer (Joana Zanin, Emily Mikkelsen): The Coyotes opened their regular season with a win and a loss. USD shut out Idaho State, 2-0, getting the first goal just 24 seconds into the game. The Coyotes then lost to Utah State, 1-0, on a goal at 37:05. USD lost though out-shooting Utah State by a 15-4 spread. Joana started at forward in both matches. Now 1-1, USD plays at Loyola in Chicago Friday and at Illinois-Chicago Sunday.

Loyola men’s soccer (Sean Knoblauch): The Ramblers defeated Wisconsin, 1-0, in their final exhibition match and stand at 2-0-1. The regular season begins at home in Chicago Friday vs. Vermont and Sunday vs. Northern Illinois.

Northern women’s soccer (Tori Thorpe): The Wolves outscored two exhibition opponents by 10-0 in an 8-0 win over Presentation and a 2-0 win over Concordia (Minn.). Northern finishes the exhibition season at home vs. Manitoba tonight, then opens the regular season at Wisconsin-Green Bay Sept. 6.

Mary volleyball (Korie Tetzlaff): The Marauders tip off their season Sept. 5-7 at Michigan Tech’s tournament in Houghton.

Mary women’s soccer (Abigail Foster): The Marauders open their season at home against Jamestown on Labor Day.

Black Hills State women’s soccer (Katie Nielson): BHSU opens the season on the road at Dakota Wesleyan Sept. 6 and Southwest Minnesota State Sept. 8.

Black Hills State cross country (Kelsey Van Den Hemel): BHSU runners start the season against Rocky Mountain in Billings, Mont., Sept. 13.

Black Hills State football (Shawn Schnabel): The Yellowjackets kick off the season at home Sept. 7 vs. Chadron State.

Northern football (Joe King, Colten Drageset, Jacob Howard, Gage Gehring): The Wolves open their season at home vs. Bemidji State next Thursday, Sept. 5.

Northwestern football (Morris Hofer): The Red Raiders’ opener is at home Sept. 7 vs. Valley City State.

Northwestern men’s soccer (Cole Cruse): Idle last week, the Raiders are home Saturday vs. Bellevue (Neb.).

Northwestern women’s soccer (Nikki Farnsworth): The Raiders had last week off. They resume play at home Saturday vs. Florida National.

Dakota Wesleyan volleyball (Elena Svingen, Jennifer Sweetman): Idle last week after a 4-0 start, the Tigers play this weekend in the William Penn tournament at Oskaloosa, Iowa.

University of Charleston volleyball (Jaxin Melby): The Charleston women scrimmaged Radford and Randolph-Macon in Virginia last weekend. The regular season begins at home Saturday against West Virginia Wesleyan and Ohio Valley.

Dakota State volleyball (Nicole Sarringar): The Trojans opened their season Tuesday with a 3-1 loss to College of St. Mary (Neb.). Nicole played in all four sets and had two digs and 25 assists. DSU goes to Glendale, Ariz., for four matches Friday and Saturday vs. Park University, American Indian University, Montana State-Northern and Arizona Christian.


“If you want to know where your heart is, look where your mind goes when it wanders.”

— Vi Keeland


1 day: Pierre volleyball opener (Aug. 30).
1 day: Pierre cross country opener (Aug. 30).
2 days: Pierre football opener (Aug. 31).
4 days: Labor Day (Sept. 2).
7 days: NFL opening night (Sept. 5).
8 days: Riggs High Class of ’69 50-year reunion (Sept. 6-7).
10 days: Minnesota Vikings season opener (Sept. 8).
11 days: Riggs High homecoming coronation (Sept. 9).
14 days: Sully Buttes High homecoming coronation (Sept. 12).
15 days: Dakota Western Heritage Festival (Sept. 13-15).
15 days: Sully Buttes High homecoming day (Sept. 13).
15 days: Riggs High homecoming day (Sept. 13).
16 days: Stirling Family Memorial Ranch Rodeo (Sept. 14-15).
18 days: Sanford International golf tournament, Sioux Falls (Sept. 16-22).
23 days: Trojan Day at DSU (Sept. 21).
24 days: Emmy awards, Fox-TV (Sept. 22).
29 days: Custer State Park buffalo roundup (Sept. 27).
29 days: Pierre Players’ “Dracula” (Sept. 27-29, Oct. 3-5).
29 days: Stanley County High homecoming day (Sept. 27).
30 days: “M” Day at School of Mines (Sept. 28).
30 days: Halo Day at Presentation (Sept. 28).
30 days: Swarm Day at BHSU (Sept. 28).


Minnesota Twins:
Thursday—at Chicago White Sox, 1:10, FSN.
Friday—at Detroit, 6:10, FSN.
Saturday—at Detroit, 5:10, FSN.
Sunday—at Detroit, 12:10, FSN.
Monday—at Detroit, 12:10, FSN.
Tuesday—at Boston, 6:10, FSN, MLBN.
Wednesday—at Boston, 6:10, FSN, MLBN.
Thursday—at Boston, 6:10, FSN.

Chicago Cubs:
Thursday—at New York Mets, 6:10, MLBN.
Friday—Milwaukee, 1:20, MLBN.
Saturday—Milwaukee, 1:20.
Sunday—Milwaukee, 1:20.
Monday—Seattle, 1:20.
Tuesday—Seattle, 7:05.
Thursday—at Milwaukee, 6:10, MLBN.

Colorado Rockies (times MDT):
Thursday—Pittsburgh, 6:40.
Friday—Pittsburgh, 6:40.
Saturday—Pittsburgh, 6:10.
Sunday—Pittsburgh, 1:10.
Monday—at Los Angeles Dodgers, 6:10, MLBN.
Tuesday—at Los Angeles Dodgers, 6:10.
Wednesday—at Los Angeles Dodgers, 6:10.

American Legion baseball: The Class “A” Legion all-state team as voted by coaches was announced this week. Two Post 8 players were so honored—catcher Cade Hinkle and pitcher Grey Zabel. Other Legion all-staters: pitchers—Brady Hawkins, Mitchell; Zach Whitesell, Rapid City Post 22; Kieren Luellman, Yankton; Reece Arbogast, Renner; infielders—Hawkins again; Joe Kolbeck, Brandon Valley; Ryan Bachman and Matt Hegre, Rapid City Post 22; outfielders—Carson Max, Mitchell; Nick Hoelstra, Renner; Nathan Gonnelly, Watertown; Mason Crow, Sioux Falls West.

Sioux Falls Canaries: The Birds beat Texas, 20-5 and 6-4, lost to Texas 3-2, lost two of three games in Milwaukee and lost to Sioux City Tuesday 14-4. The last home game is tonight vs. Sioux City, then the Canaries finish the American Association season with four games in Winnipeg Friday through Monday.


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): Tom didn’t play in last week’s tour stop at Snoqualmie, Wash. The Champions Tour moves north to Calgary for the Shaw Charity Classic this weekend.


Regional college schedules:
USD—home vs. Montana, 2 p.m. Saturday, Midco Sports Network.
SDSU—at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Thursday, FS1.
Augustana—home vs. Upper Iowa, 1 p.m. Sept. 7, Midco Sports Network.
USF—home vs. Concordia-St. Paul, 6 p.m. Sept. 5.
Dakota State—home vs. DWU, 7 p.m. Thursday, Midco Sports Network.
School of Mines—home vs. Colorado-Mesa, 1 p.m. Sept. 7.
NDSU—vs. Butler at Target Field, 3 p.m. Saturday.
UND—home vs. Drake, 4 p.m. Saturday, Midco Sports Network.
Minnesota—home vs. SDSU, 8 p.m. Thursday, FS1.
Nebraska—home vs. South Alabama, 11 a.m. Saturday, ESPN.
Iowa—home vs. Miami (Ohio), 6:30 p.m. Saturday, FS1.
Iowa State—home vs. Northern Iowa, 11 a.m. Saturday, FS1.
Wyoming—home vs. Missouri, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, CBSSN.

NFL live TV games this weekend:
Thursday—Pittsburgh at Carolina, 6 p.m., NFL Network.

Live games on Midco Sports Network this weekend:
Thursday—College: Dakota Wesleyan at Dakota State, 7 p.m.
Friday—High school: West Fargo Sheyenne at Bismarck High, 7 p.m.
Saturday—College: Montana at USD, 1 p.m.
Saturday—College: Drake at UND, 4 p.m.

Minnesota Vikings: It wasn’t a sterling performance, but the Vikings defeated Arizona, 20-9, to go to 3-0 in preseason games. The last one is tonight (Thursday) at Buffalo at 6 p.m.

Denver Broncos: The Broncos lost to the Los Angeles Rams, 10-6, and are now 1-3 in preseason play. Denver ends the preseason at home tonight vs. Arizona.


Last week Kyle Richards up in Fergus Falls and Beth Rinehart up in Sully County had perfect records with one game to go, but Hawaii knocked off Arizona, so they ended up at 9-1. Levi Neuharth, however, had picked Hawaii in that one, and he wins our first week’s contest with a 10-0 mark. Levi gets 10 points; Kyle and Beth get 9 points each. With our third-best mark of 8-2 for 8 points each are David Ludwig and Dawn Magee here at home, Jared Martin in Indiana and Brian Hunhoff in Yankton.

Everyone is welcome to participate in our contests. The prizes for winning are non-existent. You get only the notoriety of your name appearing in The Midweek Update. (Whee!) Send your 10 winners to parkerhome16@hotmail.com by Saturday morning.

Contest #2:
(1) NDSU vs. Butler (at Target Field).
(2) Montana at USD.
(3) Boise State at Florida State.
(4) Missouri at Wyoming.
(5) Fresno State at USC.
(6) Houston at Oklahoma.
(7) South Alabama at Nebraska.
(8) Northwestern at Stanford.
(9) Oregon at Auburn.
(10) Notre Dame at Louisville.

Note: The Houston-Oklahoma game is Sunday night, and the Notre Dame game doesn’t happen till next Monday night, so the results obviously won’t be posted on my Facebook page till after that game ends. The Contest #3 games, however, will be posted on the Parker Knox Facebook page by Sunday night if you’re eager to get started.


“Once upon a time there was the simple understanding that to sing at dawn and to sing at dusk was to heal the world through joy. The birds still remember what we have forgotten—that the world is meant to be celebrated.”

— Terry Tempest Williams


Minnesota United FC: In MLS play the Loons lost to Sporting Kansas City, 1-0. Their stunning run through the U.S. Open Cup tournament ended in the championship match with a 2-1 loss at Atlanta. The first Atlanta score came on an own goal. Minnesota plays at Los Angeles Football Club at 9:30 p.m. Sunday on Fox Sports North.


Thursday, Aug. 29:
Dan Nielsen, Dalton Carroll, Carolyn Fouts, Jared Neilan, Lisa Kohler, Elin Johnson, Lincoln Boer, Jocelyn Olson, Zach Merwin, Stella Thier.
— 4th anniversary, Cliff/Kristin (Gilbertson) Curry.
— 4th anniversary, Drew/Pam Garry.
— 50th anniversary, John/Sylvia Moisan.
— 10th anniversary, Eric/Niki (Fergen) Rodawig.
— 14th anniversary, Clayton/Kacie (Cross) Etzkorn.
— 10th anniversary, Abe/Kate Storms.

Friday, Aug. 30:
Morgan Finley, Laura White, Audra Sarvis, Nathan Vetter, Michelle (Koehn) Fox, Lindy (Bouchie) Geraets, Addison Sarvis, Barry Johnson, Henry Runyan, William Maier, Amanda Tinker.
— 17th anniversary, Cody/Aimee (Stoeser) Nickolas.
— 16th anniversary, Kyle/Heather (Smith) Englehart.
— 5th anniversary, Kip/Kelsey (Ahlers) Rounds.
— 50th anniversary, Randy/Alice Wright.

Saturday, Aug. 31:
Cecelia Hight, Hank Hoffman, Thelma King, Heather (Knox) Sazama, Holly (Knox) Perli,
Chloe Harder, Joliz (Schaefer) Beskow.
— 17th anniversary, Bradley/Amy (Klein) Greba.
— 46th anniversary, Gary/Judy (Sonnenschein) Larson.
— 7th anniversary, Todd/Julia (Weisgram) Lintner.
— 45th anniversary, Blake/Cathy Barringer.
— 6th anniversary, Peter/Serena (Norman) Townsend.
— 6th anniversary, Mark/Sarah (Zinter) Detwiler.

Sunday, Sept. 1:
Katie Nold, Trace Beck, Jess Ellingson, Tarina (Zebroski) Kopren, Taylor MIckelson, Janet (Ellis) Leidle, Josh Baldwin, Brett Ripley, Lauren (Gilsrud) Thayer, Jetta Whitebird, Megan Stulken, Diane (Lomheim) Schlenker.
— Anniversary, Nick/Renee Osterkamp.
— 7th anniversary, Kevin/Lauren Hall.
— 12th anniversary, Kellan/Angie (Huxford) Pfleger.
— 12th anniversary, Shawn/Tracy Hostler.
— 7th anniversary, Cody/Cassie (Rausch) Stoeser.
— 7th anniversary, Brandon/Kia (Otten) Rieger.

Monday, Sept. 2:
Kathryn Birkeland, Shayne McIntosh, Mary Ness, Danielle Peters, Rachel (Knutson) Steece, Kelly (Lingle) Royer, Brian Knadle.
— 2nd anniversary, Jayson/Jordyn (Anderson) Herra.
— Anniversary, Andy/Kate (Robertson) Bartel.
— 13th anniversary, James/Audra (Meyer) Cardwell.
— 2nd anniversary, Justin/Lisa (Jenssen) Harmon.
— 13th anniversary, Chris/Carrie Rasmussen.

Tuesday, Sept. 3:
Rona (Todd) Boettcher, Dylan Stader, Tina (Geary) Vermeulen, Sarah (Kringel) Hibbitts, Kyle Villa, Austin Schneider, Brian Pendergast, Dylan Gordon, Jordan Shangreaux, Lance Nielsen, Alexandria Anderson, Benjamin Oehlerking, Nate White, Beckett Hangebrauck, Tanner Boggs, Sean Billet, Doyle Holden.
— 3rd anniversary, Stephen/Katie Bollinger.
— 3rd anniversary, Tyrel/Kallie (Dresbach) Hall.
— 3rd anniversary, Jason/Sarah (Jeffries) McHenry.
— 14th anniversary, Terry/Amie Miller.
— 15th anniversary, Levi/Rose (Beckwith) Briggs.
— 13th anniversary, Jake/Chandra Miller.
— 14th anniversary, Sean/Megan Tousley.
— 14th anniversary, David/Robyn (Clausen) Bauer.
— 14th anniversary, Dusty/Amanda (Nystrom) Van Balen.
— 25th anniversary, Tom/Gini Grannes.

Wednesday, Sept. 4:
Ryan Johnson, Lucas Jeanotte, Alecia (Johnson) Bowers, Julia Disburg, Harper Juhala, Taman Eggers, Kara Brandlee, Laurie (Bonrud) Gronlund, Paige Burkett, Lindsey Marshall.
— 15th anniversary, Paul/Jamie (Rasmussen) Walter.
— 8th anniversary, Jake/Liz (Naber) Mortenson.
— 8th anniversary, Justin/Kellie (Parker) Tollefson.
— 9th anniversary, Brett/McKenna Ripley.
— 15th anniversary, Ryan/Patricia Scarborough.
— 15th anniversary, Darin/Lynsey (Meyer) Anderson.
— 9th anniversary, Brett/Jenny Durick.
— 15th anniversary, Cory/Sara (Prunty) Tennant.

Thursday, Sept. 5:
Danielle (Clark) High Bear, Kirsten Libby, Jeff Mammenga, Wyatt Mersinger, Amy Petersen-Kolb, Scott Cichos.
— 10th anniversary, Scott/Melissa (Stevens) Gibson.
— 10th anniversary, Josh/Sam (Lytle) Irvine.
— 16th anniversary, Shad/Brandy (Beastrom) Ludemann.
— 4th anniversary, Perry/Maggie (Nielson) Job.
— 4th anniversary, John/Erin (Ryan) Bush.
— 55th anniversary, Dave/Connie (Doyle) Nighswonger.
— 55th anniversary, Bob/Mickey Miller.


  • If you’re so inclined to perform a good deed today, send a birthday card to Holocaust survivor Sam Weinreich. He celebrates his 100th birthday on Tuesday, Sept. 3. His address is: 5731 Ashbriar Ave., Memphis TN 38120.
  • Up at the top of this Update, it reads Vol. 21, No. 1, meaning we’re starting the 21st year of this weekly nonsense. The goal now is not to get from year to year but to get from week to week.
  • No one does television documentaries like Ken Burns, and that legendary filmmaker has put together a 16-hour documentary, “Country Music,” which
    begins on South Dakota Public Broadcasting at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15. SDPB and the National Music Museum have scheduled three special events to celebrate the beginning of the documentary:


    • In Pierre Sept. 7 with Pierre native Chris Gage playing a 1969 Martin guitar owned by Marty Stuart and Johnny Cash. That event begins at 7 p.m. at the Ramkota.
    • In Sioux Falls Sept. 10 with Boyd Bristow and Kaija and Brian Bonde playing Johnny Cash’s Bon Aqua guitar and June Carter Cash’s Hummingbird guitar.
    • In Rapid City Sept. 13 with Jami Lynn playing a 1980 Gibson banjo given to Johnny Cash by Earl Scruggs.
      Each of these events will include a screening of the Ken Burns documentary on country music. For details on locations and times of these programs, go to facebook.com/sodakpb.
  • How much fun is college women’s volleyball in the Big 10? Take a look at the preseason poll, whose top six includes four Big 10 teams—1, Stanford; 2, Nebraska; 3, Minnesota; 4, Texas; 5, Wisconsin; 6, Illinois. Last year Nebraska reached the national championship match again and lost to Stanford there.


“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

— Maya Angelou


This year’s goal for Capital Area United Way’s campaign is $621,000, which is $21,000 more than last year. United Way supports 50 programs and services in Hughes and Stanley counties. Co-chairing this year’s campaign are Steve and Jami Beck.

Herman Fennell, Stanley County High alumnus who worked this summer as director of game-day operations for the Pierre Trappers baseball team, has been hired by his alma mater, South Dakota State, as a part of the men’s athletics and facilities staff. He will be working with the men’s cross country, basketball, wrestling, baseball, golf and swimming teams.

Nathan and Michelle Brakke of Coronado, Calif., became parents for the first time on July 22. Their son, William Joseph Brakke, weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces, and measured 21 1/2 inches. He is the first grandson for Verne and Deb Brakke. Nate is a pediatric anesthesiologist at Raby Children’s Hospital in San Diego. His wife is an engineer who works for the U.S. Navy.

Delon Ganschow died at the age of 65 on Aug. 22. His funeral is taking place today (Thursday) at 1 p.m. at First English Lutheran Church in Lennox. An open house visitation is planned for 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at Feigum Funeral Home in Pierre prior to interment at Riverside Cemetery.

The best moment of the high school football season so far came just before kickoff in Burke last Friday night. The Lyman High School seniors met the Burke seniors at midfield and presented a check for $5,098.91 to the Burke school district, money raised from a fund-raiser held in the Lyman community of Presho, Vivian and Kennebec to support the Burke school and community, which were ravaged by a tornado last month. Burke won the game itself, 46-8.

Rodney and Janice Haag were honored as royalty for this year’s BluntFest and rode in a place of honor at the head of that event’s parade last Friday night.

Bill Shoup will play the music on the deck of the Legion cabin this Sunday, Sept. 1, starting at 5:30 p.m. The summer series ends Sept. 8 with the Houdek band.

Mauritz Springer, 64, Fort Pierre, died Aug. 21. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Feigum Funeral Home. He worked as a cab driver in Sioux Falls for more than 20 years. He came to Pierre in the mid-1990s and worked at Century Manufacturing until it closed. Then he worked for more than 20 years for Culligan/Inman’s Water Technologies. He is survived by his son, Charles Springer and his wife Ruth of Fort Pierre; his grandson, Tyler Renhardt and his wife of Aberdeen; two grandsons and his sister, Mary Springer of Fort Pierre.

John Knox won the South Dakota Golf Association’s senior 70-and-over championship with a weekend of 80-77=157, 13 over par. He edged Ray Strand of Rapid City, who had a score of 80-78=158, 14 over. Bill Olander of Pierre was third at 81-79=160, 16 over.

Jason and Sarah (Jeffries) McHenry of Clark are the parents of twins born Aug. 22. Their son, Logan Robert, weighed 3 pounds, 14 ounces, and their daughter, Hallie Cavel, weighed 3 pounds, 9 ounces. While the twins arrived more than a month earlier than expected, they are doing well. Sarah is a registered nurse at Avera DeSmet Memorial Hospital, and Jason farms with his father as well as working for Farm Credit Services.

Trinity Episcopal Church is in charge of the last Oahe Chapel service of the summer. It begins at 8 a.m. this Sunday at the chapel on the east end of Oahe Dam.

An open house celebrating Thea Miller Ryan’s 25 years of service at the Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls will be held there from 3 to 5 p.m. next Wednesday, Sept. 4.

Pierre lost two of its oldest citizens this week. Albina Stageberg, 106, died Aug. 23. A memorial celebration of her life will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Lutheran Memorial Church. Amelia Larsen, 103, died Aug. 20. Memorial Mass will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday at St. John’s Catholic Church in Fort Pierre.

Amanda (Weaver) Sprenkle, 41, a member of the Riggs High Class of 1996, passed away early Tuesday morning at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls after a long illness. Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Central Church in Sioux Falls. Visitation with the family present will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at George Boom Funeral Home where there will be prayer service at 7 p.m. Among her survivors are her husband, Eric Sprenkle; their sons, Nate, Zach and Noah; her parents, Prentice and Susan Weaver of Sioux Falls; her brother, Kyle Weaver of Rapid City; her parents-in-law, Randy and Bev Sprenkle of Sioux Falls; her sister-in-law, Jen Terveen and her husband Jordon of Tea; her grandmother, Jeanette Sprenkle of Winner, and a host of other relatives.

A fund-raiser for the Pierre Fine Arts Booster Club will take place at the Pizza Ranch from 5 to 8 p.m. next Tuesday, Sept. 3. A portion of the proceeds from all dine-in, take-out and delivery meals during those hours will go the booster club.

Weston and Kristin Kusser of Highmore are the parents of another daughter. Jensen Renee Kusser was born Aug. 26, weighing 8 pounds, 2 ounces. She joins a sister, Falon, 1 1/2, in their family.

Betty (Flansburg) Novak, 69, died of cancer Aug. 27 at Avantara, formerly Golden LIving Center, in Pierre. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, at the Isburg Funeral Chapel. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Faith Lutheran Church. Betty grew up on the Albert Flansburg ranch southeast of Blunt and graduated from Blunt High School in 1968. She married Robert Novak in 1970. She worked for 25 years as a waitress at the Kings Inn restaurant. From 1999 until last month she worked as a waitress at the Ramkota Best Western restaurant. Among her survivors are her husband; her cousin’s daughter whom she raised as her own for a time, Cindy (Byrum) Washburn and her husband Brian of Gillette, Wyo.; her sisters, Shirley Novak, Joan Kimbley and Linda Harborth, all of Gillette, Gail Tennant of Onida and Alberta Olson of Piedmont; her brother, Walter Flansburg of Rozet, Wyo., and many other relatives.

The Pierre Players community theater organization has announced the cast of the first show of the 2019-20 season, “Dracula.” Performance dates are Sept. 27-28 and Oct. 3-4-5 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. Tickets go on sale Sept. 16. The show will be directed by Joshua Penrod, assisted by Roxanne Smith. Cast members include Leah Hilsabeck-Lowrey, Jenah Feiler, Mason White, Lydia Kanz, Matt McQuistion, Andrew Yaeger, Dylan McQuistion, Jennhifer Bieser, Sarah Kanz, Melissa Snow, Bridger Ness and Sarah Burger.


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