Vol. 21, No. 26; Thursday, April 15, 2021

Apr 15, 2021 | Parker's Midweek Update | 0 comments


Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.
— Thich Nhat Hanh


Baseball: The Governors split a doubleheader at Mitchell Friday and are now 5-1. Pierre won the opener, 5-4, despite giving up three Mitchell runs in the first inning. A three-run fourth in which Lincoln Kienholz, Maguire Raske and Aaron Booth each drove in a run put the Govs back in control. Booth as starting pitcher went three innings and allowed two hits and three runs while fanning two. Pierre lost the nightcap, 6-0, stymied by Kernel starter Jake Helleloid who shut down the Govs with three hits, walking one and striking out three. Bennett Dean, the Pierre starter, struck out four and allowed three hits and two runs in two innings. Pitching in relief were Christian Busch, Jett Zabel and Collin Brueggeman.

Boys tennis: The Governors won three and lost four in seven duals in the past week. In a home triangular Pierre lost to Mitchell, 8-1, and beat Rapid City Central, 8-1. Luke Leingang won singles in both duals and with Spencer Kelly went 1-1 in doubles. Against Central Blake Judson, Leingang, Kelly, Josh Ryckman, Jacob Mayer, Matt Hanson/Judson, Leingang/Kelly and Denton Beck/Carter Schulz accounted for the eight Pierre points. At Huron’s quadrangular Pierre beat Watertown, 6-3, and lost to Huron, 7-2 and lost to Lincoln, 9-0. Leingang and Kelly were both 2-1 in their three singles matches. On Monday the Govs beat Harrisburg, 5-4, and lost to Sioux Falls Christian, 6-3. Leingang was 4-0 in singles and with Kelly in doubles. Matt Hanson went 3-1 for the day.

This week’s schedules:
Girls golf: at Harrisburg invitational, 9 a.m. (Canceled)
Boys tennis: home triangular (with Aberdeen Central and Rapid City Stevens), 10 a.m.
Track-field: at Rapid City meet, 9 a.m.
Baseball: home vs. Harrisburg, 1 and 3 p.m.
Baseball: at Huron, 5 and 7 p.m.

Track-field: At the Huron meet Friday Governor athletes won five events, and the girls’ team finished second in team standings. Winning girls’ events were Ryann Barry in the high jump and Jessica Lutmer in the 1600-meter run. On the boys’ side Jack Merkwan won the 300-meter hurdles, Canyon Jones the pole vault and Josh Strand the 400-meter dash. Tuesday’s scheduled quadrangular at Miller was canceled.

Athletes of the Week: Earning the recognition from the Pierre Athletic Coaches Association for last week’s efforts were Lincoln Kienholz for baseball and Aleise Christopherson for track/field. This week the honored athletes are Josh Strand of the track team and Ellie Jo Simpson of the girls’ golf team.

Academic All-State: For boys basketball Houston Lunde and Bennett Dean of the Governors earned this recognition.


This week’s schedules:
Girls golf and boys golf: at Mobridge-Pollock.
Girls golf: at Wall.
Track-field: at Battler invitational, Gettysburg.


This week’s schedules:
Track-field: at Battler invitational, Gettysburg.


Thursday: coffee.
Friday-Sunday: raspberry cheesecake.
Monday-Tuesday: cinnamon.
Wednesday-Thursday: kiwi.


Directions: Draw a square of 16 boxes in a 4×4 format. Number the squares in your top row 1, 2, 3 and 4 from left to right. Number the boxes in your left-hand row 1, 5, 6 and 7 from top to bottom.

(1) Of extreme height
(5) Mr. Bramblee
(6) One of Christopher Columbus’ ships.
(7) Summertime tea.
(1) Singer/songwriter Braxton.
(2) Race car driver Almirola.
(3) Hockey forwards that play in a group.
(4) Home of Homestake.

Puzzle answer at the bottom of this Update.


Minnesota Twins schedule:
— Thursday: Boston, 12:10 p.m. (BSN, MLB Network).
— Friday: at Los Angeles Angels, 8:38 p.m. (BSN).
— Saturday: at Los Angeles Angels, 8:07 p.m. (BSN).
— Sunday: at Los Angeles Angels, 3:07 p.m. (BSN).
— Monday: at Oakland, 8:40 p.m. (BSN).
— Tuesday: at Oakland, 8:40 p.m. (BSN).
— Wednesday: at Oakland, 2:37 p.m. (BSN).

Minnesota Twins this past week: Since a 10-2 win over Seattle in their home opener last Thursday, the Twins have lost five in a row—4-3 in 10 innings and 8-6 to Seattle and 4-2, 3-2, and 7-1 to Boston. Their record is 5-7.


South Dakota State track-field (Addison Eisenbeisz): At USD’s meet in Vermillion Addy tied for third in the high jump at 5’7″. The Jackrabbits compete Friday at the Sioux City Relays.

Iowa Western baseball (Peyton Zabel): The Reivers swept a four-game home series against Marshalltown Community College, 7-1, 14-4, 3-0 and 12-2 in four seven-inning games. As usual Iowa Western sent Peyton to the mound in the series opener, and he responded with a complete game seven-inning stint, allowing four hits, one earned run and one walk while striking out six. He faced 26 batters, throwing 83 strikes and 60 balls. Peyton’s pitching record is now 4-1. Yesterday Iowa Western lost twice at Centerville, Iowa, to Indian Hills CC, 3-2 and 2-1 in 11 innings. Now 30-7 overall and 21-3 in conference play, Iowa Western goes to Fort Dodge for four games Saturday and Sunday vs. Iowa Central CC.

North Dakota State football (Grey Zabel): The Bison survived a close one at Northern Iowa, 23-20, to go to 5-1 in conference play. NDSU is home vs. SDSU at 2:30 p.m. Saturday on Midco Sports Network in the final regular-season game.

Augustana track-field (Elizabeth Schaefer): The Vikings’ next meets will be April 23-24 at the Drake Relays in Des Moines and the Kip Janvrin meet in nearby Indianola, Iowa.

South Dakota Mines track-field (Erick Colman, Theron Singleton): At the home Bauer Invitational, Erick placed third in the hammer throw at 51.15 meters (167’9 3/4″). The Hardrockers compete Friday at Nebraska-Kearney’s Loper Invitational.

Black Hills State track-field (Kelsey Van Den Hemel, Frank Becker): At the Bauer meet at the School of Mines, Frank placed eighth in the 400-meter run in :53.05. The Yellowjackets go north Friday to Dickinson State’s Blue Hawk Open.

South Dakota women’s soccer (Joana Zanin, Janaina Zanin, Emily Mikkelsen): With six straight wins and four straight shutout wins to end the regular season, USD qualified for the Summit League tournament as the #4 seed. USD tied with Omaha for third place but lost the tie-breaker so advances to the tournament semifinals as the #4 seed against #1 Denver in Omaha this (Thursday) afternoon. The championship match will be played Saturday. This past weekend USD shut down UND 6-0 and 3-0 to finish the regular season at 9-6-1.

South Dakota State baseball (Landon Badger, Garrett Stout): SDSU split four weekend games with Omaha and is now 9-19 overall and 4-8 in the Summit League. SDSU is home for two games Friday and single games Saturday and Sunday vs. Western Illinois. In a 2-1 loss to Omaha Landon in center field and went 1-for-4, and Garrett at third base was 0-for-2 at the plate. In a 10-5 loss Landon was 0-for-2 but walked twice, stole a base and scored once, and Garrett was 1-for-4, driving in a run with a second-inning single. In a 6-0 SDSU win Landon and Garrett were instrumental in the Jacks’ victory. Landon was 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving in a run with a second-inning double, and Garrett was 1-for-3, scoring a run as he hit a solo home run in the sixth. In a 9-8 win to end the series Landon was 0-for-4 but scored a run and got an RBI when he was hit with a pitch with the bases loaded, and Garrett was 0-for-3 but walked once and scored once. In that game the Jackrabbits were down 8-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning but scored six runs to win it.

Dakota Wesleyan baseball (Bradley Dean): The Tigers lost all four weekend games to Jamestown College and now stand at 10-17 overall and 4-12 in the GPAC. In a 10-5 loss Bradley was right-fielder and went 0-for-3. In a 12-6 loss he was a pinch-runner and 0-for-0 at the plate. He did not play in Sunday’s 6-2 and 8-0 losses. DWU plays four this Saturday and Sunday at Doane College in Crete, Neb.

Rochester Community & Technical College baseball (Cade Hinkle): It was a tough weekend for RCTC, losing all four games to Century College. Cade continued his role as starting catcher. He was 0-for-1 in a 10-2 loss. In a 4-2 loss he went 1-for-3, driving in two runs with a triple. In a 7-5 seven-inning defeat he was 0-for-2 but walked once, had an RBI, and scored once. In an 11-2 loss Cade walked twice more and was 0-for-1 in official at-bats. RCTC is now 10-10-1 overall and 0-4 in conference play. The team plays four games this Saturday and Sunday against Hibbing Community College, then goes to Iowa Lakes CC for a Tuesday game.

Northern baseball (Spencer Sarringar): The Wolves lost two of three to Upper Iowa. In a 16-9 loss Spencer went 0-for-2. In a 4-3 loss he was 1-for-4 and walked once. On Saturday he helped key a 9-4 win for NSU, going 3-for-5, scoring once and driving in four runs on two one-run singles and one two-run single. Yesterday NSU split with Augustana. In a 2-0 loss Spencer was 2-for-3, but the rest of the NSU team had a total of two hits. In a 4-3 win Spencer was 1-for-3 as NSU scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth on a wild pitch. Now 11-10 overall and 10-7 in the NSIC, Northern is home for two Saturday and one game Sunday vs. Minot State.


1 day: Minnesota Loons MLS season opener (April 16).
5 days: All-State Orchestra concert, Sioux Falls (April 20).
10 days: The Oscars, ABC (April 25).
15 days: Pierre Players’ “Radium Girls” (April 30-May 2, May 6-8).
21 days: Pierre Educational Foundation’s Evening of Excellence (May 6).
24 days: Mothers Day (May 9).
30 days: FCS football national championship game (May 15).
33 days: NBA playoffs begin (May 18).
35 days: State AA boys tennis tournament, Sioux Falls (May 20-21).
40 days: Pierre Trappers baseball season opener (May 25).
43 days: State track meets, AA Sturgis, A Spearfish, B Rapid City (May 28-29).
46 days: Memorial Day (May 31).
47 days: Pierre Post 8 baseball season openers (June 1).


May 1: Dan Nielsen/Kim Borbely.
June 18: Chris Rumrill/Katya Vakshteyn.
July 31: Jack Carpenter/Leesa Johnson.
Sept. 25: Nick Jung/Natalie Nagle.
Oct. 2: Jordan Lamb/Abbey Fjeldheim.


Aberdeen Wings: The Wings swept St. Cloud, 4-2 and 4-1. Aberdeen hosts Bismarck Friday and goes to Bismarck Saturday.

Rapid City Rush: The Rush lost to Tulsa, 3-0, then beat Tulsa, 5-4 in a shootout and 3-2 in overtime. After hosting Allen last night, the Rush are home vs. Allen Friday and Saturday.

Sioux Falls Stampede: The Stampede lost to Waterloo, 6-3 and 4-3. Sioux Falls is home vs. Sioux City Friday and goes to Lincoln Saturday.

Minnesota Wild: After a 9-1 loss and a 3-2 overtime loss to St. Louis, the Wild had a Monday game vs. St. Louis postponed to a later date due to the civil unrest in a Minneapolis suburb. Yesterday the Wild dominated Arizona, 5-2, improving their third-place standing in the Western Division where the top four teams qualify for the playoffs. Minnesota has a nine-point lead over fourth-place St. Louis and a 10-point spread ahead of fifth-place Arizona with a month to go in the regular season. The Wild will be home vs. San Jose Friday and Sunday, then go to Arizona Tuesday.


Missouri Valley Football Conference standings: NDSU 5-1, Missouri State 5-1, SDSU 4-1, UND 4-1, Southern Illinois 3-3, Northern Iowa 3-4, USD 1-3, Illinois State 1-3, Western Illinois 1-5, Youngstown State 1-6. Saturday’s schedule: SDSU at NDSU (2:30 p.m., Midco Sports Network); UND at Youngstown State. NOTE: These Saturday games end the regular season. The playoffs begin the following weekend. The NDSU-SDSU winner will get the league’s automatic bid into the playoffs, and the loser will likely get an at-large invitation.


Minnesota Timberwolves: The Wolves lost to Boston in overtime, 145-136; beat Chicago, 121-117; lost to Brooklyn, 127-97, and lost to Milwaukee, 130-105. Minnesota will be home vs. Miami Friday, then goes west to play at the Los Angeles Clippers Sunday and at Sacramento Tuesday and Wednesday.


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): The Champions Tour resumes action at Naples, Fla., with the Chubb Classic Friday through Sunday.


Minnesota United FC: The Loons finished the preseason with a 3-1 record, losing the final preseason match to Orlando, 3-2. The regular MLS season openbs for the Loons Friday night against the Sounders in Seattle. The game can be seen on FS1 at 8:30 p.m. CDT.


  • While the high school baseball season continues, we’re not far from the Legion baseball season. When Renner Post 307 opens its season at home, a special ceremony will be held to dedicate a new scoreboard at the Renner ballpark and turn it on for the first time. Eric Sprenkle and his three sons purchased the new scoreboard in memory of Amanda (Weaver) Sprenkle, Eric’s late wife and the boys’ mom. A panel on the base of the scoreboard shows it is dedicated to Amanda’s memory. Zach Sprenkle, Eric’s middle son, will be playing Legion ball for the Renner post. Meanwhile, oldest son Nate will be back with the Sioux Falls Post 15 East team this summer.
  • South Dakota is one of those states whose residents are being “encouraged” to dial all 10 digits when making a phone call, even a local call, starting April 24. Therefore, they suggest we dial 605-xxx-xxxx for any local call. Of course we can’t have people telling us what to do in this state, loving our freedoms the way we do, so of course most of you won’t do this. You’ll have to, like it or not, in 2022, however.
  • One of the most stirring moments of the high school sports year was, without doubt, Hayden Shaffer’s sudden pin in the final match of the state team-dual tournament’s championship match. Trailing at the time, his pin brought the Governors from behind Rapid City Stevens to the state title. Now that moment is one of three nominees for Play of the Year in the Argus Leader Sports Awards. In my humble opinion, the other two nominees don’t come close to comparing, but it’s up to voters to decide. To vote for Hayden’s pin as the Play of the Year, go every day from now to the middle of May to http://sportsawards.usatoday.com/southdakota/play-of-the-year. The other two nominees are a vault by Mitchell gymnast Kyra Gropper and a football run by Lincoln’s Tommy Thompson. Vote today! And tomorrow. And the next day.


Thursday, April 15:
Brian Deal, Rachel (LeBeau) Hachem, Spencer Safe, Matt Christie, Kassi (Schuetzle) Wilson, Dusty Beringer, Shannon (Dykstra) Herbert, Kelly Gerber, Nevaeh Hight, Jason Wulf, RyLee Fischer, Jacob Wagner.

Friday, April 16:
Nina Jordre, Tyler Bonnett, Geoff Simon, Sherri Zeller, Brett Wheelhouse, Mia Feyereisen,
— 5th anniversary, Kevin/Kaitlyn (Forman) Stiles.

Saturday, April 17:
Brandon Tedford, Beckett Merriam, Vinnie Olson, Anita (Shoup) Spitzer, Adam Molseed, Nancy Woster, Pat Weeldreyer, Ellen (Meyer) Walker, Ann (Schaack) Humphery, Ami Jo Welch, Aidan Stoeser.
— 10th anniversary, Nick/Mallori (Barnett) Johnson.
— 50th anniversary, Mike/Mary Thorson.
— 39th anniversary, Tim/Kara Brandlee.

Sunday, April 18:
Nathaniel Gough, Blake Yackley, Darrel Curtis, Amelia Corbin, Doug Jennewein, Carly Myers, Harper Pool, Leo Mortenson, Scott Raue, Josia Fuerst, Jackie Haggin, Darcy Unruh.
— Anniversary, Reid/Tiffany Alt.

Monday, April 19:
Kerry (Leuning) Rosane, Erin (Nielsen) Nielsen, Brooks Garrett, Shane Prunty, Amanda Nielsen, Rhonda (Massey) Watson, Sawyer Garrett, Olivia Perli, Sandii Bartels, Robert Sautner, Cheri (Olinger) Raymond.

Tuesday, April 20:
Elaina Rounds, Michael Burke, Ty Holsteen, Kristin (Viken) Carlson, Jim Sutton, Ryan Knox, Steven Gordon, Marlee Casanova, Linda Euneau.
— 8th anniversary, Troy/Bonnie (Pitlick) Rus.

Wednesday, April 21:
Mira Garrett, Adam Bertsch, Olivia Graff, Kara (Kurth) Kuiper, Danyelle Angyal, Donna Cole, Colette Kemink, Melissa Gosselin, Alexander Becker, Larissa Fasthorse, Neil Nemec, Ava Stoeser, Vicki (Kinder) Rapp.
— 9th anniversary, Jake/Tara Johnson.

Thursday, April 22:
Tim Schmidt, Lindsey (Jungwirth) Costello, Bonnie Bauder, Bob Burke, Mark Livermont, Sandra Hepper.
— 15th anniversary, Todd/DeNeil (Hosman) Taylor
— Anniversary, Mike/Jean Rounds.


Things won’t be quite the same any longer at the golf course, at the softball fields, at the bowling alley, around the pool tables and everywhere else Scott Stabnow hung his hat. We see via Facebook posts that Scott passed away Tuesday night. As of late last night, we have not seen any funeral information on either of the two Pierre funeral home websites, so check there for late information on services for Scott.

Two seats on the Fort Pierre city council were decided in Tuesday’s election. In Ward I incumbent Greg Kenzy survived a challenge by Brady Gaer with a 55-33 victory. The turnout of voters from that ward was a meager 19 1/2%. In Ward III Rick Cronin edged incumbent Randy Seiler, 70-67, and the turnout of voters from that locale was 24 1/4%. The new terms of Kenzy and Cronin begin May 1 although a recount is possible in the Ward III race. (News courtesy of “Today’s KCCR News.”)

Megan Buscher has been awarded a SMART (Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation) Scholarship through the Department of Defense to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder for a master’s degree in applied mathematics. The scholarship includes a summer internship at The Research Analysis Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and guarantees employment at that center after her completion of the degree at CU.

Florence Kallemeyn, who passed away April 6, will be remembered at a memorial service at 10 a.m. Friday, April 16, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Rapid City. She and her late husband, Lawrence, raised their four children in Brookings. In 1980 they retired to Prescott, Ariz. Mrs. Kallemeyn later became a seasonal employee at Custer State Park. In 2011 she moved to Rapid City and became a resident at West Hills. She is survived by her four children, David (Sharon) Kallemeyn, Beth Carter and Laurie (James) Good, all of Rapid City, and Robert (Vonni) Kellemeyn of Pierre; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Anderson Dental in Pierre is now known as Anderson Rumpca Dental. Dr. Aaron Rumpca has been working there with Dr. Pat Anderson and his parents, Drs. Chuck and Kathy Anderson, since graduating from dental school.

Riggs High alumna Abby Javurek (Riggs High ’00) is now officially “Doctor Javurek.” On Monday she successfully defended her dissertation and will “walk” at commencement exercises at USD next month to receive her Ph.D. degree in political science with a focus on education policy. Her research looked at the relationship between legislatures and district boards of education and the impact that the amount of local control districts have to govern themselves has on student outcomes. Abby is a vice president at NWEA, an international education non-profit based in Portland, Ore., and plans to remain in her position there for now.

Seamus McDonough, whose wife is the former McKayla Marso, will assume the role of producing artistic director at Boulder Dinner Theatre in Colorado.

Wednesday’s report from the state Department of Health revealed the COVID-19 death toll in South Dakota has reached 1,948. As of yesterday there were 2,391 active cases of the virus with 113 persons hospitalized. Wednesday’s report revealed 255 new infections.

Brady Smith will start a civilian career as a project manager of an ID department this month. Brady, his wife Emily, and their children relocated to Denver after his U.S. Army service ended a few months ago.

Recognized as Fine Arts Performers of the Week at Riggs High School last week were Blake Jones and Sophia New, who both successfully auditioned for All-State Band, and Michael VanDeWiele, who has been selected for All-State Jazz Band.

Frank Eich, 68, died March 25 at The Pillars Hospice Home in Oakdale, Minn. A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. next Friday, April 23, at First United Methodist Church in Pierre. Frank grew up on a farm near Draper, and he attended school in Draper. After college he located in Pierre and began work as an engineer for the state. He and Deb Malsam were married in 1978, and they had two children, Becky and Chris. Frank and Deb were active in youth hockey, and he was a co-founder of the Street Masters Car Club. He is survived by his daughter, Becky (James) Watson of Woodbury, Minn.; his son, Chris (Aftin Riehle) of Rapid City; four grandchildren; his brother, Mark Eich, and his sisters, Brenda Tibbetts, Kitty Stoeserand MaryAnne Vogel.

Aaron Scheibe (Riggs ’97) is joining the staff of Gov. Kristi Noem as her chief of staff, succeeding Tony Venhuizen, whom Noem recently appointed to the Board of Regents. Aaron is a former economic adviser to Noem. He worked from 2014 to 2019 as deputy cabinet secretary of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Prior to that in 2012-13 he was a diplomat with the U.S. Department of State at embassies in Azerbaijan and Belarus and in the District of Columbia. Aaron has most recently been practicing law in Pierre with the firm of Moreno, Bachand, Hruska and Scheibe.

Eric Sprenkle and his three sons have welcomed the former Cindy Sonnenschein into their home in Sioux Falls. Eric and Cindy, daughter of Clayton and Sharon Sonnenschein, were married April 3. The three Sprenkle boys are Nate, 18, a senior at O’Gorman who is headed to SDSU this coming fall; Zach, 13, an eighth grader at Patrick Henry Middle School, and Noah, 9, a third grader at Harvey Dunn Elementary School.

Plans for Funeral Mass in celebration of the life of Marilyn Beck are under way through Isburg Funeral Chapel. She passed away in Rapid City April 10 at the age of 89. Marilyn grew up in Brainerd, Minn., and attended St. Scholastica and the College of St. Benedict. She met her future husband, Ken Beck, at Sun Valley, Idaho, where he was a ski instructor and she was a waitress. They were married in 1957 and lived first at Spokane, Wash. They owned a motel in Grand Junction, Colo., for 11 years, and their five children were born during that time. In 1969 the Becks moved to Pierre to become owners of Beck Motor Company. They wintered in Arizona for many years until Ken died in 2018. Marilyn is survived by her children, Trace (Lynn) Beck, Sue (Todd) Douglas, Roger (Angela) Beck, Steve (Jami) Beck and Cynthia (Joe) Kines; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Bob Dondelinger of Thief River Falls, Minn., and Wayne Dondelinger of Bemidji, Minn., and a sister, Mary Helen Sandoval of Denver.

Jorge Garcia was crowned king and Shantay Waldron queen of the Stanley County High School prom Saturday. Other candidates for those honors were Jayda Boxley, Sophie Meligan, Trey Frost and Caleb Schultz.

Pierre native Kimberly (Bartels) Malone, who lives with her husband Devin and their two children in Brooklyn Center, Minn., a suburb on the northwest edge of Minneapolis, posted Sunday evening that the killing of a 20-year-old man by a police officer took place less than two blocks from their home. Protests developed quickly and eventually moved from their neighborhood to the Brooklyn Center police department and continued through the night. The man was shot when, after a traffic stop, he got back into his car. He drove while injured several blocks before crashing and dying at that scene. Devin worked last year at Brooklyn Center High School, which is across the street from the police station. For safety’s sake all Brooklyn Center schools were closed to in-person classes Monday. Minneapolis has already been on edge and on alert with the murder trial of Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin nearly its conclusion and a verdict expected soon.

Kevin Stulken is retiring from the board of directors of Capital City Campus, formerly Capital University Center, after 40 years.

The Riggs High spring play, “A Lighter Shade of Noir,” will be performed Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights this weekend at 7 p.m. Activity tickets will be honored. Admission prices otherwise are $5 for adults and $3 for children.

Natalie Likness will be the new assistant executive director at the Edgewood-Pierre senior living center.

Eunice (Gatons) Cavanaugh, daughter of the late Frank and Ardis (Brooking) Gatons who grew up in Onida and graduated from high school there, died March 27 at the age of 88. A virtual service is planned for 3 p.m. CDT Saturday, May 8, at https://rememberingeunicecavanaugh.com. Eunice spent almost all of her life in South Dakota but had moved recently to Minneapolis to be nearer family members. She worked in several careers, including librarian, restauranteur, mental health therapist, newspaper columnist and author. She is survived by six children, John Cavanaugh, Susan Cavanaugh, Wesley Cavanaugh, Cary Zahrbock, Jan Cavanaugh and James Cavanaugh; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Besides her parents, Eunice was preceded in death by her brother, Herb Gatons, and her sister, Dee (Gatons) Kowalski.

Ryan and Kelly (Lingle) Royer are the parents of a third son. Carter John Royer was born April 12, weighing 9 pounds, 9 ounces, and measuring 21 inches. He joins brothers Riley, 4, and Brody, 19 months, in the Royer family in Pierre.

Tom Ellefson, who lives in Indianapolis, has secured a spot to run in the Chicago Marathon in October.

At the area seniors all-star basketball game played in Presho, the Red team defeated the White team, 125-102. James Mikkonen of Pierre had four points on the winning White team. For the Red team Bennett Dean of Pierre scored 16 points and Nathan Cook of Stanley County had 13.

Long-time Pierre teacher/coach Don Shields celebrated his 80th birthday last week. Friends and former students of Coach Shields can still send him greetings via his wife Vonnie’s Facebook page.

Agnes Weisgram-Rader, passed away April 12 at the age of 101. Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at Isburg Funeral Chapel with a prayer service and rosary there at 7. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. Agnes grew up at Hoven and married Herb Weisgram in 1946. They moved to Pierre during the construction of Oahe Dam and raised their five children in Pierre. Herb passed away in 1977. Agnes worked at St. Mary’s Hospital for many years, retiring as department head of central supply. She married family friend Urban Rader in 1987. Agnes headed United Blood Services drives many times and was active in volunteering at the hospital, at Ss. Peter & Paul, and with the American Legion Auxiliary. She is survived by four children, MIke (Judy) Weisgram of Fort Pierre, Susan Gullickson of Pierre, Mary (David) Blythe of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Kathryn Lex of Cheyenne, Wyo.; seven grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. Among those who preceded her in death were her husbands, son David, son-in-law Dan Lex and six siblings.

One of the Rapid City Stevens senior athletes signing letters of intent to play college sports was Ella Peterson, who played basketball for the Stevens girls. She will attend Dickinson State in North Dakota. Ella is the granddaughter of former Pierre teachers Sandy Peterson of Rapid City and the late Terry Peterson.




Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope too can be given to one only by other human beings.
— Elle Weisel


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