Vol. 21, No. 33; Thursday, June 3, 2021

Jun 3, 2021 | Parker's Midweek Update | 0 comments


Voting locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CDT in Pierre and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CDT in Fort Pierre next Tuesday, June 8, as public officials are selected by voters in three major races in the local communities:

* Pierre City Commission, 2 seats to be filled: Jamie Huizenga (incumbent), Todd Johnson, Amy Currie, Lucas Solberg.

* Pierre School Board, 2 seats to be filled: Randy Hartmann (incumbent), Dennis James (incumbent), Bree Oatman, Paul Giovanetti, Lindsay Strohfus.

* Fort Pierre City Council, Ward I, 1 seat to be filled: Greg Kenzy (incumbent), Brady Gaer.

* Fort Pierre City Council, Ward II, 1 seat to be filled: Callie Iverson unopposed.


Baseball: Lincoln Kienholz was named first-team All-State at the end of the high school season. Brady Getz was selected second-team All-State. Those two players plus Andy Gordon, Matt Hanson and Bennett Dean were all named to the All-Region team.

This week’s schedule:
* Girls golf: at state tournament, Sioux Falls.
* Girls golf: at state tournament, Sioux Falls.

Girls track: The single team point earned by the Governors at the state AA meet in Sturgis came from Jessica Lutmer’s eighth-place finish in the 1600-meter run. Her time was 5:13.08.

Boys track: The Governors accumulated four team points at the state AA meet with a pair of seventh-place medals. Jack Merkwan was seventh in the 300-meter hurdles in :40.79. The medley relay team of Caden Thompson, Tucker Putzier, Josh Strand and Hayden Shaffer placed seventh in their event in 3:40.60.

Girls golf: At Brandon Valley’s meet Tuesday the Governor girls placed first among six schools with a 379 team score, 10 shots better than Lincoln. Haley Nadeau was the individual winner with an 86. Ellie Jo Simpson tied for fifth with a 96, Hadley Hart was seventh at 97, Madilyn Brakke tied for 10th place with a 100, Andrea Mosteller tied for 16th at 106, and Morgan Lisburg was 21st with a 109.


The Capital City Band, directed again this summer by Larry Johnson, opened its two-month summer season with a concert last night at the Steamboat Park amphitheater. Each Wednesday night concert starts at 8 p.m.

The concert schedule for the rest of the summer and the theme of each:

* June 9: “Strike Up the Band.”
* June 16: “History of the U.S. Flag” and “Fun on the Water.”
* June 23: “John Williams in Concert.”
* July 4 (9 p.m.): “Let Freedom Ring.”
* July 7: “Rock, Roll and Remember.”
* July 14: “Broadway Bound.”
* July 21: “Christmas in July.”
* July 28: “Director’s Favorites.”


This week’s schedule:
* Golf: at state tournaments, Brookings.
* Golf: at state tournaments, Brookings.

Boys track: The Buffalo boys team tied for 10th place at the state A meet in Spearfish with 20 team points. Nathan Cook placed third in the shot put with a throw of 49’11 1/4″. Andrew Frederickson was fifth in the 400-meter run in :51.89. Evan Nordstrom placed fifth in the 100-yard dash in :11.27. Tracy Nielson was sixth in the discus at 136’9″. The 4×100 relay team of Frederickson, Trey Frost, Cook and Nordstrom was sixth in :45.09.


This week’s schedule:
* Golf: at state tournaments, Brookings.
* Golf: at state tournaments, Brookings.

Boys track: At the state B meet in Rapid City the three Charger team points were earned by Jesse Schall with a sixth-place medal in the discus event at 135’2″.

Girls track: Sully Buttes girls earned 11 team points at the state B meet in Rapid City. Stevie Wittler was fifth in the 300-meter hurdles in :49.17 and seventh in the 100-meter hurdles in :16.55. Lydia Hill placed fourth in the discus at 116’7″.


2 days: Casey Tibbs Match of Champions (June 5).
3 days: Kennedy Center Honors, CBS-TV (June 6).
4 days: State B boys/girls golf tournaments, Brookings (June 7-8).
4 days: State AA girls golf tournament, Sioux Falls (June 7-8).
5 days: Election Day (June 8).
8 days: Trail of Governors statues unveiling (June 11).
12 days: State high school finals rodeo (June 15-19).
14 days: South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, Vermillion (June 17-20).
14 days: U.S. Open golf tournament, San Diego, NBC-TV (June 17-20).
15 days: Oahe Days (June 18-19).
15 days: Black Hills Playhouse’s “The Marvelous Wonderettes” (June 18-July 4).
16 days: College World Series, Omaha, ESPN (June 19-30).
17 days: Fathers Day (June 20).
22 days: Daytime Emmy awards, CBS-TV (June 25).
29 days: Sitting Bull Stampede rodeos, Mobridge (July 2-4).
30 days: Fort Pierre Fourth of July rodeos (July 3-4).
36 days: Black Hills Playhouse’s “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” (July 9-25).
40 days: Baseball All-Star Game, Denver, Fox TV (July 13).
42 days: The British Open golf tournament (July 15-18).
43 days: Pierre Players’ “Man of La Mancha” (July 16-18, 22-25).
44 days: Hills Alive Christian music festival, Rapid City (July 17-18).
49 days: PGA Tour’s 3M Open, Blaine, Minn. (July 22-25).
50 days: Summer Olympics opening ceremonies, Tokyo, NBC-TV (July 23).
50 days: State American Legion baseball tournament, Brandon (July 23-27).


South Dakota State baseball (Landon Badger, Garrett Stout): At the four-team Summit League tournament in Omaha, the Jackrabbits lost their opening game to Oral Roberts, 7-1. Landon was 0-for-4 but drove in a run on a ground-out. SDSU stayed alive with a 7-0 elimination-game win over Omaha. Landon was 2-for-4, walked once and scored three times. In another elimination game the Jacks’ season ended with a 5-3 loss in 11 innings to Oral Roberts. Landon was 0-for-5, and Garrett was 0-for-1 and scored a run. SDSU ended its season with a 15-32 record.


Thursday: peach.
Friday-Sunday: strawberry.
Monday-Tuesday: kiwi.
Wednesday-Thursday: coconut.
June 11-13: tutti fruitti.
June 14-15: blue mood.
June 16-17: almond.


The past week: In the season openers at Hyde Stadium Tuesday, the Eights lost to Renner, 6-1, and beat Rapid City Post 22, 9-6. Starter Jack Van Camp was the losing pitcher in the Renner game, but it wasn’t all his fault as Pierre gave away 12 free baserunners on four errors, a hit batter and walks. Otherwise Van Camp allowed only two hits and struck out three in his 3 1/3 innings, but all four runs that Renner scored during his stint were unearned runs. Lincoln Kienholz drove in Post 8’s only run with a double, and Andy Gordon had two hits. A five-run third inning for Pierre broke open the Post 22 contest after the teams had exchanged early runs. Gordon, Spencer Letellier, Maguire Raske and Isaac Polak all had RBI hits in that big grame. Elliot Leif went the first 4 1/3 innings on the mound, striking out eight and giving up four hits and three runs. With Post 22 threatening in their final at-bat, Kienholz in relief struck out all three Rapid City batters with the bases loaded to end the game. Raske had two hits.

The next two weeks:
* June 3: home vs. Brookings, 5 and 7 p.m.
* June 6: home vs. Sioux Falls East, 1 and 3 p.m.
* June 9: home vs. Watertown, 5 and 7:30 p.m.
* June 10: home vs. Mitchell, 5 and 7:30 p.m.
* June 12: home vs. Renner, 5 and 7:30 p.m.
* June 15: home vs. Aberdeen, noon, and Sturgis, 5 p.m.
* June 16: at Rapid City Post 22, 5 and 7:30 p.m. MDT.


The past week: Pierre split a pair with Western Nebraska, losing 14-5 and winning 4-3, then lost two at Spearfish, 8-7 and 10-2.

The next two weeks:
* June 4: at Sioux Falls.
* June 5-6-7: home vs. Sioux Falls.
* June 9-10: at Sioux Falls.
* June 11-12-13: at Fremont.
* June 15: at Sioux Falls.
* June 16-17: home vs. Sioux Falls.


The past week: Last Thursday’s game vs. Kimball/White Lake was postponed by rain and will be rescheduled.

The next two weeks:
* June 3: at Miller.
* June 6: home vs. Plankinton Gold Sox.
* June 10: at South Central.
* June 13: home vs. Wessington Springs.


The past week: It was a poor week for the Twins. They lost two of three against Kansas City, losing 8-3 and 6-3 and winning 6-5. Worse yet, they lost two of three to lowly Baltimore, losing 7-4 and 6-3 and winning 3-2 in 10 innings.

The next two weeks:
* June 3-4-5-6: at Kansas City.
* June 8-9-10: home vs. New York Yankees.
* June 11-12-13: home vs. Houston.
* June 14-15-16: at Seattle.


Aberdeen Wings: For a team that won 51 out of 56 games in the regular season, the Wings had a scary Central Division semifinal series. Aberdeen beat Minot in the first two games, but last weekend the Wings lost at Minot, 3-2 in double overtime and 4-2, to force a deciding fifth game. The Wings won that one, 4-3 in overtime, scoring the winning goal with 19 seconds left in O.T. Next Aberdeen faces Bismarck in the best-of-5 division final series, starting with Games 1 and 2 in Aberdeen this Friday and Saturday.

Rapid City Rush: Allen swept the Rush in the final home series of the season by scores of 3-2, 4-1 and 3-2. The season ends with the Rush at Alen Friday and Saturday.

Minnesota Wild: The Wild lost Game 7 of their first-round series against Vegas, 7-1, ending their season.


Sioux Falls Canaries: The Birds won two of three over Lincoln, winning 9-3 and 9-2 and losing 8-2, then won two of three vs. Kansas City, winning 5-4 and 15-5 and losing last night 8-6. Sioux Falls is home June 4-5-6 vs. Houston and June 8-9-10 vs. Cleburne, then on the road to Winnipeg June 11-12-13 and back home vs. Milwaukee June 15-16-17.


The South Dakota Hall of Fame, located along I-90 at Chamberlain, did not have an induction ceremony for its Class of 2020 inductees due to the pandemic, so that event will be held this fall on Sept. 10-11. Meanwhile, the Class of 2021 inductees were announced this week, and their induction ceremonies will take place on April 1-2 next spring.

The 10 persons named as inductees in the Class of 2021:

— Gary Cammack, Union Center, visionary agriculturist and statesman, currently majority leader of the state Senate.
— Jon Crane, Hill City, distinguished artist who has captured the beauty of rural America.
— Ray Hillenbrand, Rapid City, philanthropist and guardian and guiding light of the community (died in 2019).
— David Kapaska, Sioux City, medical professional, long-time senior vice president for medical affairs at Avera McKennan.
— Angela Kennecke, Sioux Falls, advocate, news anchor and investigative reporter for KELO-TV.
— Dan Kirby, Sioux Falls, businessman, public servant and philanthropist, leader of the team that made the Washington Pavilion a reality.
— Steven Lindquist, Beresford, executive leader of Avera Behavioral Health and administrator of South Dakota Human Services Center.
— Ryan McFarland, Rapid City, passionate entrepreneur and outdoorsman, founder of Strider Sports International now in 75 countries.
— Marian Sullivan, Sioux Falls, creator of Sullivan Import Company, respected global entity in the gift industry.
— Craig Tieszen, Rapid City, police officer, police chief and legislator (died in 2017).


June 18-July 4: “The Marvelous Wonderettes.”
July 9-July 25: “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.”
July 30-Aug. 15: “Altar Boyz.”
For ticket reservations: Call (605) 255-4141 or go to www.blackhillsplayhouse.com.


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): Tom had rounds of 76 and 78 for a two-day 14-over-par 154 at the Senior PGA Championships but missed the cut by seven strokes. Alex Cejka was the winner at 8 under. Next on the Champions Tour are the Principal Charity Classic in Des Moines this Friday through Sunday, then the American Family Insurance Championship at Madison, Wis., June 11-13.


June 18: Chris Rumrill/Katya Vakshteyn.
June 18: Shaun Keller/Brittney Ware.
June 26: William Fairbanks/Valori Kunsman.
July 31: Jack Carpenter/Leesa Johnson.
Sept. 25: Nick Jung/Natalie Nagle.
Oct. 2: Jordan Lamb/Abbey Fjeldheim.


Minnesota United FC: The Loons played Real Salt Lake to a 1-1 deadlock. Now 2-2-1, Minnesota plays at FC Dallas June 19 in their next game.


South Dakota State football: The Jackrabbits’ fall season opener against Colorado State in Fort Collins has been moved from Saturday afternoon, Sept. 4, to be a Friday night game on Sept. 3.

Sioux Falls Storm: The Storm won at Louisville, 49-43. Sioux Falls plays at Bismarck this Saturday, then returns home to face Spokane June 12.


Thursday, June 3:
Cohen Grunewaldt, Josh Vanderloo, Rusty Westall, Amber (LaBrie) Shaw, Aspen Iverson, Lucas Roberts, Shawn Hostler, Seamus McDonough.
— 4th anniversary, Clint/Cally (Thomas) Kindred.
— 26th anniversary, Jon/Theresa Beastrom.
— 54th anniversary, Terry/Nancy Woster.
— 16th anniversary, Tyler/Tiffany (Tate) Stoeser.
— 32nd anniversary, John/Sandy Zimmerman.
— 4th anniversary, Walter/Natasha Haigh.
— 32nd anniversary, Duane/Penny Unruh.

Friday, June 4:
Amanda Aadland, Jessica (Evenstad) Haeder, Aaron Blow, Ava Aadland, Nick Renemans, Ellen Johnson, Emly (Stout) Kelley, Scott Howard, Owen Zuercher, Bodie Bramblee, Tillie Haag.
— 39th anniversary, Gary/Genny McMath.
— 44th anniversary, Patrick/Jill Burger.
— 10th anniversary, Lucas/Angela Scheibe.
— 16th anniversary, Brian/Jennifer Lowery.
— 16th anniversary, Tony/Megan Darger.
— 16th anniversary, Scott/Sara (Goeden) Richardson.
— 16th anniversary, Brandon/Melanie (Bunkowske) Cruse.

Saturday, June 5:
Harper Jo Anderson, Carter Baloun, Nate Chappelle, Madilyn Brakke, Chuck Weischedel, Alice (Scharnweber) Safe, Kalen Moodie, Carter Martin, Jeremy Clegg, Sarah Lake, Mike Fisher, Dakota Huber, Matt Bunkowske, Alexia Zeigler, Joe Riis, Chad Larson.
— 17th anniversary, Andy/Deborah (Lucas) Leedahl.
— 11th anniversary, Brett/Amanda Fergen.
— 17th anniversary, Tim/Jamie Maher.
— 17th anniversary, Brad/Dawn Englund.
— 17th anniversary, Josh/Heather (Clausen) Redetzke.
— 11th anniversary, Zach/Liza (Sizer) Clark.
— 11th anniversary, Ross/Jen (Neuhauser) Tschetter.
— 11th anniversary, Jason/Hollie (Stutesman) Stoeser.
— 17th anniversary, Chris/Deb (Micklos) Neson.
— 11th anniversary, Brandon/Jennifer (Pogany) Kirchner.

Sunday, June 6:
Preston Workman, Madeline Roby, J.J. Kucker, Vona Johnson, Roberta Lovald, Brad Garrett, Edna Chambers-Brady, Katie Carter, Drayton Thomas, Zach Hanson, Willa Whitebird.
— 1st anniversary, Chas/Sheila (Ricketts) Olson.
— 40th anniversary, Ki/Jennie Weingart.
— 6th anniversary, Mitch/Jennie Boe.
— 52nd anniversary, Bob/Eileen Kramer.
— 6th anniversary, Zane/Sarah (Albrecht) Pries.
— 56th anniversary, David/Suzanne (Lauing) Lockhart.

Monday, June 7:
Hudson Barber, Lydia Sullivan, Bretton Barber, Van Huse, Trailyn Townsend, Sara Anderson, Stacey Somsen, Sarah Sullivan, Erik Gilbertson, Anthony Hatlestad, Ellie Gran, Paul Karber, Polly Kuykendall.
— 46th anniversary, Dick/Patti Stolp.
— 18th anniversary, Joe/Gina (Nickolas) Gruman.
— 7th anniversary, Spencer/Christina Yackley.
— 18th anniversary, Cody/Susan (Van Camp) Wendelbo.
— 18th anniversary, Andy/Janelle (Kvislen) Carda.
— 46th anniversary, Joe/Cindy Jungman.
— 7th anniversary, Eric/Christina (Adams) Lusk.

Tuesday, June 8:
Michelle (Monroe) Kettler, Kristin Brost, Darcy Beck-Boersma, Mike Garrett, Ellen Lee, Torri (Ice) Lechtenberg, Brenda (McGee) Currier, Krista Wright, Patty Pearson.
— 8th anniversary, Jay/Susan Davis.
— 8th anniversary, Cody/Timaree (Ice) Axlund.
— 19th anniversary, Ben/Jody Clair.
— 19th anniversary, Chris/Mahryah (Dixon) Anderson.
— 19th anniversary, Jon/Allyson (Friez) Kreycik.

Wednesday, June 9:
Layney Arbach, Jed Hillestad, Katie (Shoup) Nebelsick, Alan LaFave, Justin Hipple, Ethan Lors, Isaac Lors, Jon Stahl, Chris DeJabet, Peggy (Huse) Hyde, Dane Hagen, Bart Pullman, Sivage Schuetzle, Peter Townsend.
— 4th anniversary, Uriah/Emily (Zarecky) Steber.
— 37th anniversary, Bill/Suzanne Stahl.
— 9th anniversary, Bobby/Sarah (Ramirez) Ramler.
— 20th anniversary, Ryan/Trish Murphy.
— 14th anniversary, Will/Molly (Tillman) Genzler.
— 9th anniversary, Bret/Caitie (Wagner) Graves.
— 9th anniversary, Chris/Mallory (Petersen) Dekker.
— 9th anniversary, Jeff/Stacy (Huss) Hegge.

Thursday, June 10:
Kelly Tobin, Cory Noordermeer, Matt Riter, Woody Stahl, Chris Hipple, Kelli Nutter, Harry Kumpala, Lincoln Jordre.
— 21st anniversary, Jon/Cathy (Hansen) Stahl.
— 15th anniversary, Greg/Nancy (Dewell) Lemieux.
— Anniversary, Scott/Amy (Kirkpatrick) Harris.
— 15th anniversary, Travis/Amber (Ness) Stout.

Friday, June 11:
Kim DiBenedetto, Adam Wyly, Tripp Lindekugel, Andrew Kightlinger, Sara Weischedel, Aaron Roubideaux, Dawn Langley, Lindsay (Peitz) Rounds, Jim Protexter, Francis Bies, Mike Yackley, Samantha (Hestdalen) Van Zee.
— 5th anniversary, Justin/Michelle (Kopecky) O’Daniel.
— 17th anniversary, Robert/Kay (Ricketts) Hanten.
— 16th anniversary, Michael/April Hobert.
— 11th anniversary, Greg/Amanda (Ford) DeMeritt.
— 60th anniversary, Dale/Donna Gohl.

Saturday, June 12:
Lois Sivage, Annie Heath, Steve Cass, Blake Hyde, Trey Livermont, Jory (Drayer) Rogers, Sean Roemen, Jackie (Christenson) Jessup, Lindsey (Luers) Hyde, Jeff Marshall, Kathy Heiss, Stacy Jo Johnson, Angela Hall, Rolly Kemink, Jesse Gates, Kaden Hight.
— 39th anniversary, Bernie/Julie Linn.
— 6th anniversary, Kreighton/Brittany (Kirkpatrick) Baxter.
— 34th anniversary, Dave/Joni (Welch) Lingle.
— 45th anniversary, Dave/De (Welch) Knudson.
— 17th anniversary, Michael/Amy (Kenzy) trobbe.
— 17th anniversary, Brady/Sheri Douglas.
— 17th anniversary, Darrin/Brenda Dykstra.
— 17th anniversary, Waylon/Katie (Thompson) Rochelle.

Sunday, June 13:
Renee Osterkamp, Jamison Rounds, Charlie Shives, Bob Holloway, Mark King, Mitchell Hansen, Jeremy Joel, Brittany Kenzy, Nathan Zimmerman, Rocco Huber.
— 6th anniversary, Drew/April White.
— 6th anniversary, Jesse/Whitney Martin.
— 3rd anniversary, Jack/Dianne (Bickett) Nielsen.
— 18th anniversary, Brian/Amy (Ripperger) Grunewaldt.
— 57th anniversary, Greg/Karen Schaefer.
— 12th anniversary, Jon/Torri (Ice) Lechtenberg.
— 12th anniversary, Yohance/Ann (Schaack) Humphery.

Monday, June 14:
Elouise Hanson, Larry Lyngstad, Katie Stager,, Troy Kuszmaul, Dana Houdek, Patrecia Nicholas, Jake Rysdon, Presley Martin, Adriana Dvorak, Travis Hull, Blaine Eagle Boy.
— 13th anniversary, Ben/Alyssa Gloe.
— 18th anniversary, Matt/Amy (Hasse) Eldridge.
— 18th anniversary, Jeremy/Renee Hamm.
— 24th anniversary, Scott/Stacy (Alt) Decker.
— 18th anniversary, Clark/Nicole (Roseland) Vold.
— 18th anniversary, Collin/Danae (Darrington) Gregerson.
— 12th anniversary, Scott/Anne (Eichstadt) Saniuk.
— 19th anniversary, Aaron/Lindsay Weaver.
— 18th anniversary, Ryan/Sheri (Elenbaum) Doolittle.

Tuesday, June 15:
Nash Willard, Lennon Husman, Landon Van Zee, Tobie Jo Welch, Kyile Tobin, Molly Bock, Ray Smart, Lou Manus, Tyler Pruess, Holly (Vosberg) Nemec, Stephanie Vietor, Daniel Etzkorn, Lucas Scheibe, Kandi Hovis, DeVante Miller.
— 8th anniversary, Josh/Tessa (Bollinger) Hartmann.
— 48th anniversary, Tom/Peggy Huber.
— 8th anniversary, Radley/Kelcie (Cross) Hohenberger.
— 9th anniversary, Jesse/Timmi (Lunsford) Hutchison.
— 9th anniversary, Jon/Jenna (Wickersham) Morin.
— 8th anniversary, Jhett/Jennifer Schuetzle.
— 14th anniversary, Derek/Brittney (Lamb) Schiefelbein.
— 9th anniversary, Alan/Courtney (Hackett) Freng.

Wednesday, June 16:
Caleb Gilkerson, Tanner Fitzke, Monica (Currier) Robbins, Nancy Hanson, Van Stewart, Jenna Schiefelbein, Chelsey Severson, Ken Shelbourn, Dustin Jordan, Chad HOlsteen, Matthew Schlosser, August Stofferahn, Katie Eberlein, James Blackmore.
— 15th anniversary, Dallas/Mindy Cronin.
— 3rd anniversary, Matt/Taryn (Wolf) Blaseg.
— 3rd anniversary, Brandon/Kayla Vockrodt.
— 14th anniversary, Justin/Krista (Schmidt) Sarvis.
— 9th anniversary, Chris/Becky (Barringer) Hoffman.
— 9th anniversary, Dominic/Abby (Pitlick) Bottenfield.
— 45th anniversary, Ed/Julie (Stahl) Welch.
— 9th anniversary, Brandon/Amy (Breitag) Boulay.
— 37th anniversary, Brian/Lisa Bondy.

Thursday, June 17:
Brittany Hedman, Cathy (Wood) Georgis, Lisa (Ripley) Trenhaile, Logan Costello, Kim (Hill) Burge, Katie Lingle.
— 16th anniversary, Kirby/Brooke (Hall) Cronin.
— 15th anniversary, Aric/Tracy (Stoeser) Frost.
— 15th anniversary, Jamie/Kasey Liudahl.
— 15th anniversary, John/Kendra (Jensen) Kallemeyn.
— 32nd anniversary, Karl/Joan Adam.


  • Beginning with this issue, The Midweek Update goes to a summer schedule with an issue coming out every OTHER Thursday. So the next two Midweek Updates will show up on Facebook on June 17 and July 1.
  • In almost any South Dakota school district except Harrisburg, a third bond election in a seven-year span would have been met by uproars by the no-no’s (the people who vote “no” against everything). But on Tuesday in the Harrisburg district, a bond election for yet another new middle school as well as a freshman academy to lighten the enrollment load at Harrisburg High passed by an overwhelming 83% positivity rate. The district superintendent had said earlier that passage of the bond issue would have zero dollars of additional monthly tax impact on residents there. The previous bond election in that district, which includes a huge chunk of the south side of Sioux Falls, had passed with an 86% approval rate.
  • Kennedy Center Honors, annually one of the best entertainment shows of any TV year, will be broadcast this Sunday at 7 p.m. CDT. The honorees are Dick Van Dyke, Garth Brooks, singer/songwriter/activist Joan Baez, actress/choreographer Debbie Allen and violinist Midori.
  • With NBC and its fleet of networks scheduled to carry the Olympics starting next month, first come the U.S. trials in each Olympic sport. You can catch the gymnastics trials this weekend Thursday through Sunday on NBC and MSNBC from Fort Worth.


Musicians perform on the deck at the American Legion cabin in Pierre starting at 5 p.m. Sundays:

June 6, Cody Henson Hullinger.
June 20, Lance Spears.
June 27, Andrea Royer and Katelyn Hump.


Dr. Ken Bartholomew last week resumed his quest to kayak all 411 miles of the Missouri River from the North Dakota border to the Nebraska border. He writes poetry to describe his journey, and you can read it on his Facebook page.

Pierre Players has announced members of the cast of next month’s summer musical, “Man of La Mancha.” Those actors include Del Bartels, Jay Mickelson, Tyson Nafus, Justin Munyer, Jim McLain, Brodie Malfero, Angel Corrales, A.J. Holland, Jack King, Julie Vasquez, Drew Nafus, Sarah Kanz, Bfree Oatman, Amber Sargent-Granberg, Emily Costar, Liz DeTample, Brian Oakland and Jack Garrett.

Abby Javurek ran her first half-marathon (13.1 miles) last week. The race ended in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Kim (Bartels) Malone is assuming a new job as supervisor of the investigations and resolutions unit in the Office of Equal Opportunity at the Metropolitan Council, a regional policymaking body and planning agency which provides services to seven counties in the Twin Cities region. The council employs more than 4,000 employees. Kim will be responsible for overseeing the complaints, specifically about protected class harassment and discrimination issues.

Eric and Christina (Adams) Lusk revealed they are expecting their second child in November. The Lusks have a daughter, Lydia.

Former Pierre residents Taylor Hamblin and Lorena Reichert were married May 29.

Jared McEntaffer, Riggs High alumnus, is one of four economic experts on a panel of persons who will state their views and answer questions from the Facebook public on the subject of why some South Dakota residents in a recent poll are pessimistic about what life will be like for future generations. The program airs online from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. CDT tonight (Thursday), hosted by South Dakota News Watch. There is no cost to participate, but to be able to ask questions and access the program, you must register in advance at SDNewsWatch.org. Jared, who earned a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska, is a labor economist and applied econometrician who is president and CEO of the non-profit Benchmark Data Labs in Rapid City.

A new skate park has been approved by the city commission for Griffin Park. The site of the old skate park is being taken up by the new swimming pool under construction there.

Mitch and Stephanie (Dvorak) Delvo, who live in Bismarck, are expecting their third child in July. The Delvos have a daughter and a son.

Matthew Cwach, 42, died June 1. Visitation will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday) with a prayer service at 5:30 at the Isburg Funeral Chapel. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Faith Lutheran Church.

Landon Badger, who just graduated from SDSU, will assume a physical education teaching position at Kennedy Elementary School in Pierre.

Dale and Donna Gohl will observe their 60th anniversary next week on June 11. Greetings can be sent to them at 1109 E. Cabot Ave., Pierre SD 57501.

The Tales on the River program series sponsored by Short Grass Arts Council begins its summer run at 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at the Moose Lodge in Fort Pierre. The presenter will be Jennifer Kanz, noted local actress and theater professional, who will describe what it takes to produce a community theater production such as the summer musical, “Man of La Mancha,” which has just begun rehearsals.

Elizabeth “Libby” Jeschke, 29, Scandia, Minn., passed away unexpectedly May 28 following a courageous battle with life. Her funeral service is taking place this (Thursday) morning at Elim Lutheran Church in Scandia. She was the daughter of Onida native Kirsten Libby and Gerald Jeschke. Libby is also survived by her stepfather, Bill Strusinski; her stepmother, KoniKaye Jeschke; her sister, Abby Jeschke, and her paternal grandparents. Among those who preceded her in death were her maternal grandparents, long-time state government worker Bob Libby and long-time Sully Buttes teacher Jean Libby.

The Fort Pierre swimming pool won’t be open for awhile yet due to a shortage of workers.

Toby Olsen, the oldest child of Kevin and Katie (Schaack) Olsen, graduated from Dowling Catholic High School in Des Moines last week. Toby is the oldest grandson of Karon Schaack and the late Ken Schaack.

Nate Sprenkle, outfielder for Sioux Falls O’Gorman, was selected as a second-team All-State player at the end of the high school baseball season. He is the son of Eric and Cindy Sprenkle and the late Amanda (Weaver) Sprenkle.

Former Pierre student Joe Kolbeck, shortstop and pitcher for Brandon Valley High School, was named a first-team All-State player.

Jessica “Jessie” Schieckoff, 40, died this week. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at Feigum Funeral Home, and her funeral is planned for 10 a.m. Friday at Oahe Presbyterian Church.

Yesterday’s Department of Health report revealed that the South Dakota death toll continues to climb even though the number of active cases dwindles. The death toll has reached 2,019. The number of active cases as of Wednesday’s report was 300 with 41 persons hospitalized due to COVID-19.

Elias and Morgan (Sibson) Aguirre were married May 31 in a ceremony in Larkspur, Colo. Morgan is the daughter of Eric and Julie (Shangreaux) Sibson, who now live in Monument, Colo. Elias, Morgan and their 2 1/2-year-old daughter, Emory, live in Odessa, Texas. The couple met while they were students at San Angelo State University in Texas.

Katie (Lakner) Dill, who lives with her husband, Brent, and their daughters in Sachse, Texas, just completed her sixth year as a teacher at Carylene McClendon Elementary School in Nevada, Tex. Katie is moving to a new position as a fourth-grade teacher in the Wylie, Texas, school district, which will be closer to home and in the same district where her girls attend school.

Our sympathy to the Robertson girls and their dad, John, on the death of their mother and wife, respectively. Carol Robertson passed away May 30 under hospice care in Sioux Falls at the age of 74. A private family service will be held at a later date with interment at Sunbeam Cemetery in Carol’s native Hand County. The youngest of 10 children of Jewell and Eleanor Campbell, Carol attended Miller High School and earned a biology degree at Mount Marty College. She and John Robertson were married in 1970. They made their home in Pierre where they raised their three daughters. Carol and John moved to Sioux Falls in 2004. Carol was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2016 and moved to Edgewood Vista in 2019. Throughout her life she was a champion for social justice. She worked with and for several organizations, both locally and statewide. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, John Robertson of Sioux Falls; her three daughters, Molly (Nate) Golla of Luverne, Minn., Kate (Andy) Bartel of Anchorage, Alaska, and Megan Robertson of northern California; four grandchildren, and three siblings, Kathleen Stanage of Hurley, Alice Enger of Corona, Calif., and Francis Campbell of Sioux Falls.

Allison Mickelson is currently in London, studying at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

Jim and Pat Kuchta of Sioux Falls had two granddaughters graduate from high school last week. Ellie Kuchta, daughter of Nate and Rachel Kuchta of Sioux Falls, graduated from Roosevelt High School. Harper Miller, daughter of Allan and Jessica (Kuchta) Miller, graduated from Parkway High School in Chesterfield, Mo.

Our sympathy to Dawn Marso and all of her family. Her dad, Bob Johnson, passed away recently. He was a legend in Minnesota radio broadcasting circles, owning and operating KRBI AM/FM at St. Peter, Minn., for 46 years and spending 54 years in radio. It was estimated he broadcast more than 2,300 live play-by-play sports events. He was known as “The Voice of the Valley,” serving radio listeners in the Minnesota River valley from Mankato northward for decades. He and his wife were married for 64 1/2 years.

Former Pierre residents Ed and Rhoda Baer, who live near their daughter, Larissa FastHorse, and her husband, Edd Hogan, in Santa Monica, Calif., are moving to a new apartment in a beautiful senior living community in Culver City, a facility which offers various levels of care, depending on the residents’ individual needs. Larissa quoted Ed as saying, “Never too old for a new adventure!”

Riggs High alumna Annie Woodmansey is one of 15 contestants for the title of Miss South Dakota in this weekend’s pageant being held at Brookings, not in Hot Springs as is tradition. Annie qualified for the state event by winning the title of Miss State Fair last fall. She plays her flute for her talent competition.

Kelbie (Frederick) Miller arrived home in Emery Tuesday night to find their home on fire. Kelbie, her husband Derrick, and their baby Rhett are all OK, but they lost their two beautiful dogs in the fire. A GoFundMe page has already been established by friends in Emery. Kelbie is the daughter of Gary and Kesiah (Pearson) Frederick.

Scott Raue, already in a long recuperation from triple bypass heart surgery this spring and the after-effects of that operation, suffered a setback Monday night. The local hospital in North Dakota where he was a patient could not control bleeding, and Scott had to be airlifted to a Fargo hospital where he is now in an intensive care unit after emergency surgery Tuesday morning. The GoFundMe page set up by his brother to help pay mounting medical bills has more details. One comment there: “The long road to recovery just got longer.”




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